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SPRING AWAKENING Invigorating fashion for the season



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WRESTLING LEGACY Wrestling is a part of the fabric of the Sooner State

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While athletes in some sports enjoy particularly high profiles in Oklahoma, wrestling might arguably be the one in which state athletes most frequently and historically have achieved the greatest collective achievements. Regan Henson has a look at the wrestling legacy and culture in Oklahoma, some of the greats of the past, and the programs, coaches and competitors of all ages that place the state in the forefront of the sport today.


The healthy life

We all want to live a happy, healthy life, and every day there are more studies that tell us how to do that. Eat this, not that; jog this many miles; take these supplements – the information, often conflicting, can leave one feeling powerless over his or her health. Oklahoma Magazine takes a look at several factors that affect health, from diet and exercise to genetic testing and sex. We offer advice from some of the state’s top physicians and experts on how to live right.


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Spring awakening

This spring, fashion designers look to revive our senses with the bold contrast of black and white, colors as a fresh as a spring rain and a daring mix of prints. The look is ofthe-moment, sleek and contemporary, but with a decided nod to the past that is hard to pinpoint. Is it Old Hollywood screen siren? ‘70s glam? A touch of the Roaring ‘20s? Whatever it is, it looks stunning.

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The king of Country French, internationally renowned interior designer and Tulsa resident Charles Faudree has perfected the style and delivered it to homes all over the world. He has even penned six books on the subject. Design writer and longtime Faudree friend M.J. Van Deventer looks back on Faudree’s illustrious career and talks to those who admire Faudree’s talents and are proud to call him a friend.


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The years have taken a toll on Oklahoma’s State Capitol, from the depths of its infrastructure to the iconic capitol dome. But while officials agree on the need for renovations, the question of funding remains a major hurdle that remains to be cleared as the state weighs budget priorities.

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The nation of Ireland is committed to a major push this year to attract tourists of Irish descent in particular to visit the Emerald Isle. But visitors of any background will find scenic Dublin a fascinating treasure trove of culture, history and the vaunted Irish warmth.



Chef and restaurateur Justin Thompson has done it again. His new restaurant, Prhyme, located in Brady Arts District, offers those carnivorous diners looking for plenty of meat a wide selection of both wet- and dry-aged beef. Pair that succulent tidbit with flawless side dishes, a killer wine list and sophisticated ambiance not often found in Oklahoma’s steakhouses, and a star is born.

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They’re Locked & Reloaded and riding back to Oklahoma. Frequent tour cohorts Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley play country their way at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena March 8. Says Lambert, “This will be a tour of ‘epic badassery.’” Count on it.

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Saint Francis Hospital was also recognized in the following clinical areas in 2013: Cardiac 5-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure Vascular 5-Star Rated for Carotid Surgery Orthopedic 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award 5-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services 5-Star Rated for Joint Replacement 5-Star Rated for Spine Surgery 5-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement 5-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair 5-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery Pulmonary 5-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia Gastrointestinal 5-Star Rated for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I remember the first time I saw a Charles Faudree designed home. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but there was no question I was witnessing the work of a master. I’m not exactly a minimalist, but I certainly appreciate a less is more approach to interior design. So, it was a bit surprising that these rooms chock full of things would appeal to me so much, but then again, the home was everything a well designed space should be. As I would learn, the house was very Faudree, with an amazing level of attention to detail and not a square inch left uncovered; yet it remained cozy and reflected the personality of the homeowners. Through the years I’ve had the chance to tour a number of Charles’ clients’ homes, ranging from palatial estates to a downsized high-rise condo, as well as a few of his own homes. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Charles several times as Oklahoma Magazine has frequently spotlighted his work. As a writer and editor, featuring a Charles Faudree home is always a winning choice. Not only do the homes photograph brilliantly, but the clients are always willing to give unfettered access, and they gush enthusiastically about the experience of working with Charles. And if you’re interviewing Charles, or even having a causal chat with him on the phone, there’s always a story, typically laced with his charming wit and playfully self-deprecating humor. Those stories are pure gold. I could go on about Charles’ work, how he is held in such high esteem among his peers, his tireless and selfless giving to the community, his shoe collection, but suffice it to say when M.J. Van Deventer pitched the idea of a feature overviewing Charles’ life and career, we jumped at the chance. Not only would we have the opportunity to offer an in-depth profile of Oklahoma’s most famous interior designer, it would be written by someone who has known Charles all her life, someone who has been a frequent collaborator and confidant. It’s a special story and a very fitting tribute to a true legend who has brought great beauty to the world.

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Tulsa-based photographer Nathan Harmon has photographed several fashion features for Oklahoma Magazine. For “Spring Awakening,” (p. 71), Harmon worked with two models on several sets to create an overview of fashion that will be all the rage this spring. In addition to his professional photography career, Harmon also teaches full-time at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. Shawna Burroughs is a stylist at Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon on Brookside and a graduate of Clary Sage College of Cosmetology. Several of

her designs have been published in Oklahoma Magazine, including her designs for March’s spring fashion feature (“Spring Awakening,” p. 71). Burroughs says that hair trends for spring include ombre, bobs of all lengths and utilizing hair chalk for temporary hair color. Hailey Wheeler is a professional Oklahoma-based hair and makeup artist. She has made a name for herself with her directional high-end hair and makeup work in the fashion industry over the last six years, also working with brides in that time. Wheeler provided makeup design for this month’s fashion feature (“Spring Awakening,” p. 71). Wheeler says that this spring, it’s all about bold, natural eyebrows; siren red lips and exaggerated eyelashes with extensions that are complemented by blue liquid eyeliner.









The State Preliminary estimates put the cost of restoring the Capitol at approximately $153 million.


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State officials agree the Capitol is falling apart, but paying to restore it is another question entirely.

aps of Oklahoma City show Oklahoma’s State Capitol building sitting on North Lincoln Boulevard. It could also be said that the building sits at the intersection of time and action. With Oklahoma’s defining building approaching triple digits in terms of age, the Capitol is facing a day of reckoning with regards to its physical condition. Nearly a century of gravity and

manic Oklahoma weather have taken a toll on both the interior and exterior of the seemingly rock solid capitol, and the tangible evidence of that toll is making more than a few state officials take notice. “I’m told its problems are not inconsistent with a building nearly 100 years old,” says state finance office director Preston Doerflinger. However, he says, “Our State Capitol is steadily deteriorating, and the damage will only accelerate if significant repairs are not made soon.”

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Doerflinger cites the crumbling exterior among the Capitol’s most urgent needs. And it’s for more than just the obvious safety issues. “As Governor (Mary) Fallin has said, it’s embarrassing that visitors to the Capitol are greeted by yellow barricades and scaffolding erected to protect them from falling chunks of limestone.” John Morrison, administrator of Capitol Asset Management, says invisible deficiencies and historic relics are the greatest ills plaguing the building’s interior. “The primary problems are the things you can’t see.” The building’s original plumbing system used cast iron pipes, some of which became encased in concrete over the course of nine decades of maintenance projects. Morrison explains that many of these entombed pipes rusted out, leaving a concrete tube where pipes once existed. Doerflinger says the disintegrating sewer lines have allowed effluent to leach into the ground beneath the building. “At times a foul odor spreads through the building. It’s becoming a health hazard.” An outdated electrical system is also proving a liability to the capitol building of 2013. “The entire electrical system needs to be removed and reinstalled to meet modern needs. We have this 1917 wiring powering modern computers,” Morrison says. The question of comfort comes into play as well. “The building wasn’t equipped for air conditioning when it was originally built,” Morrison explains. Currently, over 500 individual cooling units are used to keep the building’s employees cool during the heat of a central Oklahoma summer. “We could take this opportunity to replace those units with a central system.” With issues mounting and time continuing its punishing march, assistance to the ailing building has been proposed and, according to at least one legislator, does have tacit approval. The overriding question, however, is one of funding. No funding measures have made the transition from bill to law, although Gov. Fallin proposed a modest $10 million expenditure earlier this year. “I haven’t found a member (of the legislature) that doesn’t want to repair the Capitol,” says House


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“You have the argument that it’s not an emergency,” says Rep. earl Sears. “my sources tell me that this is an emergency.”

The Capitol building is crumbling on the exterior, but the structure of the building is also aged and damaged.

District 11 Representative and enthusiastic restoration supporter Earl Sears. “We’ve got to quit finding reasons not to do it, and find funds to do it.” Preliminary estimates put the cost of restoring the Capitol at approximately $153 million. Sears has authored two Capitol-focused bills for consideration during the 2013 legislative session. One of Sears’ proposals calls for tapping $153 million from the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund, while the second proposes the establishment of a committee to develop a comprehensive plan. “You have the argument that it’s not an emergency,” he says. “My sources tell me that this is an emergency.” Sears’ dual 2013 proposals come on the heels of a 2012 legislative session during which he unsuccessfully sponsored a $200 million bond proposal to address the needs of not only the Capitol itself, but other structures on the Capitol grounds as well. While Doerflinger and Sears share a sense of urgency, they differ on funding approaches. “Nothing is off the table,” Doerflinger says, “although I’m not convinced using Rainy Day funds on a building program is the best use of those funds. Remember, the Rainy Day fund was depleted to make ends meet after the national recession.” With the Rainy Day fund back at what Doerflinger describes as near-record levels, he cautions against looking at the fund as a source for capital improvements. “We still face a degree of economic uncertainty nationally because of fiscal strife in Washington.” Sears believes an aversion to acquiring state-level debt is a big reason the legislature has been unwilling to use bonds to finance Capitol restoration. “We have numerous members that do not want to be in the column of borrowing money. I think that’s an honest reason and a legitimate reason.” But, he adds, “By no means are we overextended.” Restoration supporters are taking a guardedly optimistic view of the Capitol’s near-term future. “We are approaching the legislative session with an open mind,” Doerflinger says. “We are spending so much on non-routine repairs that it is becoming fiscally irresponsible. Our efforts have been focused on keeping the building from literally falling apart. It would be a lot less expensive in the long run to fix all that is wrong with the building.” BRian PaTRiCk

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OSU students gain hands-on experience in drone technology through the university’s new UaS master’s program.

Who’s Flying The Plane?

Oklahoma State University now offers a master’s degree in unmanned aerial systems.


sk any number of Oklahomans in a given year who has the better football team between the Sooners and Cowboys, and you’re going to get a number of strong opinions, but you’d be foolish to assume one’s allegiance without the aid of school-themed apparel. It’s the same with any sport. Oklahomans simply love their Sooners and Cowboys, and no one seems to be able to agree which school is superior. But when it comes to aerospace programs, OSU has no peer in Oklahoma. In fact, the OSU mechanical and aerospace engineering program is recognized as one of the best in the nation, and one that attracts applicants from across the globe. Students are drawn to the program by the promise of an education that includes learning to build and fly aircraft. OSU engineering


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students have long been fixtures at competitions across the nation where they compete with students from other schools in the design, construction and flight of unmanned aircraft. Most of the time the Cowboys come out ahead of the competition. That culture of success played a major role in the introduction of a new breed of graduate program at OSU. The school now offers something no one else does: a Master of Science in mechanical and aerospace engineering that focuses on unmanned aerial systems. “As far as we know it’s the only one in the world,” says Dr. Jamey Jacob, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering of the new degree program, now in its third semester. An unmanned aerial system (UAS) is exactly what it sounds like – an aircraft without a pilot. People will mostly associate this type of vehicle with drones used by the military.

“It’s an exciting time,” Jacob explains. “Right now we’re in that horseless carriage stage, where you classify (unmanned aircraft) by what it does not have instead of what it does. There is no pilot, but there are endless possibilities.” “One goal we have is to create entrepreneurial opportunities for our graduates,” says Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. “The bulk of our program deals with civilian-based applications. But we are in the very early stages in the commercialization of this technology. It may have applications in many different areas.” The endless possibilities behind UAS technology have proven to be a big draw for the university. According to Tikalsky, there are more than 200 students working toward earning the new degree. “It’s one of the fastest growing programs in the college,” he says. As students discover the emerging field of unmanned aerial systems, OSU is working to meet the demand. New faculty members are being hired. There is excitement in the air. The possibilities, indeed, are endless. “It’s a field that is experiencing a tremendous growth rate,” Jacob says. “When you start to consider the applications for the technology, you can think far out there.” Regan henSOn



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Easing The Strain

Private prisons are relieving the pressure on a system bulging at the seams.


ith an infrastructure groaning under the pressure of ever-increasing prison populations and the constant need for facilities upgrades, state corrections officials across the nation are depending more on the private sector for cost-effective and efficient solutions. Following a fluid national trend, Oklahoma is home to six privately owned and operated correctional facilities. “We’re probably fifth or sixth in the country with our population in private prisons,” says Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Justin Jones, adding that approximately 24 percent of Oklahoma’s prisoners are housed in privately owned facilities. “It’s been a growth industry for a few decades.” Over the last year, Jones says, Oklahoma’s prison population increased by more than 600 inmates, with approximately 240 transitioned to private facilities. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) spokesman Steve Owen, whose company operates four Oklahoma facilities, says both state and local governments can realize the financial benefits of introducing the private element to a state’s correctional system. “Often, we’re the largest employer in a community,” Owen says. When a state reaches an agreement with a private administrator, the administrator purchases land, constructs and manages a facility using its own resources exclusively. “Because we own the facilities, one of the benefits is that the taxpayers don’t have to come up with the funds.” As a for-profit company, the administrator is subject to local and state taxes, in addition to absorbing incarceration costs an inmate in a CCa prison traditionally left to the state. receives instruction. A recent CCA purchase of a pre-existing Ohio facility resulted in what Owen estimates to be an immediate injection of $72 million into the state’s economy and an annual operational savings of $3 million. However, Jones says peaks and valleys in the economy drive the degree to which state corrections functions are privatized. The difference is visible in the industry’s sales pitch. “They don’t necessarily promote themselves as being cheaper anymore,” says Owen. The process for placing a private prison in a state is a two-way street. “What typically happens is that states issue requests for proposal,” Owen explains. The state will publicize its need, and the private administrator will respond with a proposal outlining how it can meet the state’s needs. In addition to solving financial quandaries, Owen says exercising the private option often operates as a state correction system’s pressure release valve. Conversion of living spaces such as day areas and classrooms designed for rehabilitation purposes into sleeping areas is an all-too-common occurrence. “They’re under court order to lower their prisoner population to remain constitutional.” Jones says Oklahoma has reached its limit where conversion opportunities are concerned. “We’re pretty much to the point that we don’t have anything to renovate,” he says. Similar conditions in California and Arizona have resulted in two of CCA’s Oklahoma facilities contracting to house inmates from those states. While housing inmates in facilities outside of the convicting state’s borders isn’t an ideal situation, Owen explains that such arrangements are intended as temporary solutions until local conditions allow inmate transferal back to facilities in the inmate’s convicting state. Despite past and current privatization, an unpredictable economy and the fluctuating nature of criminal activity render predicting Oklahoma’s need for future privatization a roll of the dice. Jones suggests the DOC will take a wait-and-see approach. “You take it as it comes,” he says. “We can’t go into debt.” BRian PaTRiCk


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States all throughout the nation are becoming privy to the concept of privatizing prisons. Since the 1980s, a number of for-profit corporations have arisen to help in the correctional process, and over time the industry has steadily become lucrative. In 2011, the GEO Group,and Corrections corporation of america, the two largest private detention companies in the nation, earned a combined $2.3 billion in revenue. The positive and negative implications of private prisons have created a polarizing division among individuals in state governments. Proponents of private prisons believe that allowing corporations into the correctional system will help state governments hurt by the recession. Supporters of this solution argue that outsourcing prisons will trim correctional costs and free up millions of dollars in state budgets. States officials in Florida and Michigan have praised the beneficial role private prisons have played in their local governments. Many opponents to private prisons, however, argue that corporate involvement in the correctional process allows individuals to have an unnecessary interest in criminal punishment. This was revealed in the Pennsylvania “Kids for cash” scandal, where state judges Mark ciavarella and Michael conahan admittedly profited from sending youth to prison. additionally, private prisons are often much less safe than those run by state governments. In Iowa, 132 inmate-oninmate assaults were reported in private prisons between 2007 and 2008. Also, in New Mexico two years ago, the GEO Group was fined $1.1 million by the state for continually understaffing the three prisons it runs. The jury is still out on this issue. Whatever the final verdict may be, it’s guaranteed to either save a lot of money or a lot of criminals. – Nathan Porter


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Home Court

Women’s basketball pioneer Crystal Robinson’s career has brought her full circle.


asketball has always been at the center of Crystal Robinson’s universe. The Atoka, Okla. native is a pioneer in opening up the sport to women at the professional level, being drafted into the WNBA in the organization’s early years and later making the switch to coaching. Now, she’s returned to her Oklahoma roots and is currently head women’s basketball coach at Murray State College in Tishomingo. Robinson says her obsession with basketball came early and naturally. “Both of my parents were college All-Americans at Murray State, where I’m coaching right now,” she says. “I can remember being five years old when my mom bought me a Nerf basketball goal. I fell in love with it. I tore that that thing up!”


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Robinson first grabbed headlines at Atoka High School where she was named MVP at the inaugural women’s High School All-American game. She was nationally recruited by a number of colleges, but she stayed close to home and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla. “The women’s team was one and 20 at the time. But it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Playing at Southeastern gave me a family. I can call on them at any time for guidance and support,” says Robinson. Her skills helped turn the team around and earned her a spot in the NAIA Hall of Fame. A surge in the popularity of women’s basketball following the 1996 Olympics afforded Robinson the chance to go pro with the formation of the American Basketball League (ABL). She was charter member of the league, playing for the Denver-based Colorado Xplosion. She was drafted in the eighth round, but Robinson says she had to prove herself in a league dominated by the top female players in the world. “The coach knew I could play,” says Robinson. “But after drafting me, she pulled me to the side and said, ‘Crystal, I know you’re a great player, but your teammates are on a little bit different level and you might not get to play. I know you’ve been a star and I hope you can handle sitting on the bench well.’ I told her, ‘As long as they’re better than me, I’ll be their biggest cheerleader.’ I ended up being Rookie of the Year.” The ABL abruptly went bankrupt in late 1998, and Robinson transitioned to the WNBA, going to the New York Liberty as the sixth overall draft selection. She played there for seven seasons before signing with the Washington Mystics in 2006. Robinson retired from play in 2007 and became an assistant coach for the Mystics. After two years of coaching at the pro level, Robinson knew she had found her niche for the next phase of her career, but she had no idea it would bring her back home to Oklahoma. “What brought me back was my little cousin, Lashonda Green,” she says. “She plays for me now. When she was a sophomore at McAlester High, her coach quit suddenly. She was distraught, called me up and pushed me to take the job. I ended up doing it for her.” After leading the Lady Buffaloes to a state championship, Robinson took the head coaching position at Murray State in 2009. Now firmly into her second act, Robinson feels she’s found a renewed purpose. “The thing I like most about coaching has nothing to do with basketball,” she says. “At this level I have the opportunity to change a kid’s life and teach them that winning is not only what the score is at the end of the game. I teach them about winning in life by making the right decisions.” PaUl FaiRChilD


Former WnBa star Crystal Robinson has returned to her native Oklahoma.

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Retired firefighter Rachel Shoemaker chronicles kit homes she finds across the state on her blog, Oklahoma Houses By Mail.


kit home enthusiasts preserve their legacy in Oklahoma.

ave you ever poked around in the basement and noticed shipping labels or strange stencil marks on the beams? Have you discovered a mysterious set of blueprints in your attic? Do you live near a railroad line? If so, it’s possible your house might have been a mail-order home. For around the first half of the 20th century, a variety of companies – most famously Sears, but also Montgomery Ward, Aladdin, Gordon Van Tine and others – offered build-your-own-home kits. Every single piece needed to construct a dream home, from pantry to patio, were shipped via boxcar to your future doorstep. Houses came in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from modest bungalows to columned mansions. And if you think housing prices have fallen in the past few years, they have nothing on real estate during the heyday of the mail-order house: Many kit homes were available for under $3,000. According to Lynda Ozan, architectural historian for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, kit houses made the homeowning dreams of the working classes come true. “Kit houses were appealing to the working class because of the price,” she says, “but that is not to say that they were ‘cheap,’ or inferior, houses. They were economical because there were not overages; the house has been streamlined so that the appropriate amount of material is included.” In addition to the lure of affordability, she says mail-order houses also offered the perfect chance to establish


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a home in the newly growing suburbs as urban centers became crowded and polluted. “Kit homes gave people the opportunity for home ownership that regular construction didn’t,” says retired firefighter Rachel Shoemaker, whose blog chronicles her personal quest to discover these little-known pieces of architectural history. “They were extremely nice houses and came in a variety of sizes and styles – not to mention the materials were the best. They were money saving and time saving. Think about it: everything you needed – lumber, windows, doors, hardware, trim, paint, even the nails – were included, as well as blueprints and an instruction booklet. If you built the house yourself, you saved labor costs for hiring a carpenter. You didn’t need any special equipment or skills; all you needed was a hammer, basically.” According to Ozan, there are several confirmed kit homes in Oklahoma, including a Colonial Revival style house in Chelsea, two homes in Stillwater, and another in Bartlesville. Shoemaker also has made it her personal quest to identify mail-order homes across the state, and has confirmed kit homes from Tulsa to Enid. “I have always loved old houses; they spark an interest in how people lived,” she explains of her fascination with mail-order homes. She describes her search for kit homes as her personal adventure. “It is mystery. And it’s like a treasure hunt. It’s an important part of Americana, and an unknown part or undocumented part of Americana here.” TaRa malOne



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Sight Saving

Dianna Bonfiglio works to prevent blindness.


Oklahoma Magazine: What does Prevent Blindness do? Dianna Bonfiglio: We provide free vision screenings for children in the state of Oklahoma; that would include all schools as well as Head Start programs and daycare centers. The reason we focus on screenings with children is because many of them do not know they have a vision problem because that is the way they have always been viewing the world. We’ve heard children say, “I didn’t Dianna Bonfiglio is president and CeO realize there were leaves on the trees.” They thought it was of Prevent Blindness Oklahoma. a big blob. “I didn’t’ realize there were wires that connected the poles together.” which were avoidable. Permanent damage, or even blindness, can Detection of vision problems early is really the key. Eighty result if poor vision or any type of eye disease such as strabismus percent of what a child learns is presented to them visually and (cross eye) or amblyopia (lazy eye) goes undetected in the early 86 percent of children never receive a comprehensive eye exam. years of a child’s life. We are also advocates and provide education If vision is the problem, early detection and proper correction can about wearing eye protection; from children playing basketball to prevent permanent vision loss and possibly negative attitudes toward mowing your yard. school. Many children will struggle in school needlessly when Eye health is extremely important and we often take our vision simple vision correction could be the solution. for granted. We will go visit the dentist every six months and get our OM: What is the most rewarding thing about working at Prevent teeth cleaned and checked for cavities because we know the sooner Blindness? we catch a cavity and take care of it, the less tooth decay we will DB: When a parent calls, or we receive a thank you letter from a have. Preventive care is the same for vision. nurse or parent letting us know how through our vision screening a OM: How many referrals were you able to make? child’s vision was saved. What we say in the organization is, “We DB: Of the 301,151 children screened, 46,863 were referred with don’t save lives, but we change them.” We have an impact on them. possible vision problems for a comprehensive eye exam with their We want every child to have every tool available to him to be local optometrist or ophthalmologist. successful. Some children need glasses and some need surgery to correct their vision. OM: What do you want people to know about Prevent Blindness? DB: We may be the best-kept secret in Oklahoma because the people OM: How many screenings do you do? we help are the children and the people we see are the children. The DB: During the 2011-2012 school year we provided free vision public may not know we are leading their school’s eye screening proscreenings at over 1,200 locations, screening 301,151 children gram because the HIPPA law prevents us from interacting with the throughout the state of Oklahoma. parents unless they contact us. As a non-profit, we can only continue OM: What is the impact of vision impairment? our good work with the support of the public. We are dependent on DB: Blindness is the most feared disability and vision disorders are the schools to communicate our service to their community. the fourth most common disability in the U.S.; nearly one-half of linDSeY JOhnSOn


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lindness is the most feared disability, says Dianna Bonfiglio, who left the corporate world 10 years ago to help prevent it. Bonfiglio worked in marketing and finance for companies like Xerox and the Oklahoma City Redhawks before jumping into non-profit work as the president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Oklahoma. With only 17 part-time screeners and six full-time staff, Prevent Blindness screens more than 300,000 children in schools across the state. Bonfiglio runs the organization with money only from private donations, foundations, grants and funds from the organization’s thrift store. Oklahoma Magazine caught up with her to discuss how she does it.

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Volume 10 is Junior Brown’s first CD he’s released on his own.


Full Circle

Junior Brown’s new disc highlights a style forged from years of experience, influence.


ne of the things I’ve long admired about northeastern Oklahoma resident Junior Brown is the way his affinity for the country music and western-swing performers of an earlier era colors everything he does but doesn’t make him sound like a “retro” act. As was the case with one of his big influences, western-swing giant Bob Wills, Brown has been able to stir together a vast array of musical ingredients and come up with an appealing and unusual contemporary dish that’s all his own. He’ll be the first to admit, however, that it took him a while. “There were certain songs I’d do, or write, and there’d be no other way to sing them than like Ernest Tubb,” he says. “Then, when I’d do shuffles, it’d be Ray Price. For years and years, decades and decades, when I worked in the dance clubs, I’d play those shuffles, and the Ray Price style was a big part of that. I had a low voice, so when I kind of put the vibrato to it, I sounded like Ray Price. And maybe I’d try to imitate Merle Haggard a little bit, too. “I was always searching, you know?” he adds. “And then (famed steel-guitarist) Lloyd Green told me, ‘You’ve got to cut the umbilical cord.’ That’s one of his famous sayings: ‘Cut the umbilical cord and be your own influence.’ Influences are great to get you started, but it’s like jump-starting a car. You’ve got to take those jumper cables off and let the car run on its own. That’s when I started finding my own sound, taking all these influences like Lloyd Green and Leon McAuliffe and Eldon Shamblin, and combining them into something that I could call a style of my own – almost like a meat grinder making ground-up hash.” He laughs. “But when you get everything in there that you want, you’re not imitating any more. You’ve become your own thing.”


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An Arizona native, Brown bounced around several states as a child, discovering country music when the family moved to Indiana. His country-music career began in the clubs of Albuquerque, N.M., while he was still in his teens. In the mid-1980s, he was playing “somewhere in Oklahoma, as a sideman with somebody,” he recalls, when a young woman came up to him and told him about the Hank Thompson School of Country Music, on the campus of what is now Rogers State University in Claremore. A noble experiment in music-business and performance education, its roster of notable instructors included the aforementioned Shamblin and McAuliffe, who was then the director. Both men were former Bob Wills sidemen and shining stars in the western-swing firmament. “When she named those two guys and said they were up there teaching, I thought, ‘Man, what kind of college is this?’” he says, laughing again. “It sounded like a pretty swingin’ campus.” Intrigued, he traveled to Claremore to check things out, ending up as an instructor. Although he got hired during the waning days of the school, he was there long enough to meet and marry a talented student, Tanya Rae, who’s been his rhythm guitarist and wife ever since. Brown’s big break as a recording artist came a few years later, when he signed with Curb Records in Nashville, which released his first solo disc, 1990’s 12 Shades of Brown. “I had the same old broken-heart story of knocking on all the doors in Nashville, and ‘thanks, but no thanks,’” he remembers. “There’ve been countless stories like that, and I was no exception. So when I did have some success, it just felt so good, and I made the most of it. I hung out with the cats I wanted to, did a video with George Jones, worked with Hank Thompson, whatever I could do to make every moment count. I did TV shows with (Johnny) Paycheck. I just really enjoyed all that, because I knew it was coming to an end. I knew those people were getting old. I thought, ‘Enjoy it while you can, because this is the end of an era.’ “I’ve always been that way,” he adds. “I’ve always looked to the past for inspiration, and not just as inspiration for the music, but also as a way to live life. You learn from old people. I always have. I’ve always tried to think progressively like a young person, but to learn the wisdom of the old people. That’s why you hear a lot of that in my music – because I hung out with those old cats.” Of course, the way artists get music to audiences has changed drastically since Brown signed his first record deal. While the goal of going out and getting a recording

contract is still a career model for some performers, it’s far from the only one. Technology and social media have radically changed the way music is delivered, and while Brown is quick to say that Tanya Rae is the computer user in their family, he also acknowledges the importance of the internet – especially for his brand-new disc Volume 10, the first CD he’s put out on his own. “You know, the record business now is more about someone in a room with a computer doing all your promotion and everything,” he says. “It’s a new ballgame, and the whole problem is, how do you promote your record in this new world? “I think the way you do it is the way I solve other problems – by looking back to see how the old-timers would’ve done it. Well, they did it fan by fan, handshake by handshake, autograph by autograph, concert by concert, ticket by ticket, album by album. It’s just all about the fans and connecting with them any way you can on a grassroots level. “This new record of mine is sort of catching on out there, and I really appreciate it, because I don’t have a sophisticated PR team. I have my webmaster, Matt Raney, and he helps a lot.” Releasing one of the best discs of his career doesn’t hurt his chances, either. Although its six songs make it more of an EP (that’s extendedplay as opposed to long-play, or LP, both old terms for vinyl records), it contains songs that show off his penchant for wry and unusual wordplay as well as his prowess on vocals and the guit-steel, an instrument of his own invention that combines electric and steel guitars, two longtime staples of country music. The lone cover song on the CD is an inventive and satisfying version of “Almost to Tulsa,” an instrumental written by one of his heroes, former Ernest Tubb steel player Buddy Charlton, while originals like “Hang up and Drive” and “Phantom of the Opry” combine classic-country grooves with up-to-the-minute lyrics.

“I guess that’s my way of being modern,” Brown says. “Sometimes, a guy puts a record out and you go, ‘Oh. Wow. When did that come out? That’s really authentic. Sounds like you did that in 1968 or something.’ But that’s a whole other thing. That’s for other people. I want to be modern. I want to be 21st century.” He laughs again. “I want to be relevant. I might still play like a hillbilly, but I’m writing lyrics about how I feel about all these gadgets and things that are a part of this modern technology, and that tells you it’s a new song.”

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Red Cross Rescue gala event chairs, Phillips and elaine Breckinridge, along with eastern Oklahoma Red Cross Board Chair Travis Campbell, prepare for the 2013 Red Cross Rescue gala, which will be held march 14 at Tulsa Convention Center.

Jennifer anthony, mollie Williford and Pattie Bowman are preparing for magic and mysery on the nile, an event on april 19 at Southern hills Country Club that will benefit Tulsa Opera.

g.T. and Susan Bynum serve as co-chairs for this year’s Vintage Tulsa: Oil Barons Ball, an event to be held June 7 to benefit Tulsa historical Society.

Ree Drummond and Jo lynne Jones kicked up their heels at Boots and Ball gowns gala, a fundraiser for infant Crisis Services.


Brad Doenges, mildred moore and kimberly Doenges enjoyed the festivities at the Price Tower arts Center gala held in Bartlesville.

Susan Thomas, Rosemary harris, Tracey lyall and Talmadge Powell attended The monarch Ball patron party. The gala will be held april 5 at the Tulsa Convention Center and benefits Domestic Violence intervention Services.

Doug Stussi, Christy everest and mike Joseph enjoyed the festivities of Snowflake gala, honoring those who have contributed to United Way of Central Oklahoma’s fundraising campaign.

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Steve and Teresa moyer, maria Stevenson and nick Salis dressed up for a speakeasy party hosted by Stevenson and Salis to benefit Just-bCaUSe.

Caroline and Durward hendee and Virginia meade attended a members’ preview of Photorealism Revisited, a new exhibit at Oklahoma City museum of art.

Stan and irene Burnstein and Desiree Doherty enjoyed this year’s Toyland Ball, a fundraiser for The Parent Child Center of Tulsa.

Jekyll & Hyde star Deborah Cox and John Scott were among those who gathered to discuss the performance’s run at Tulsa Performing arts Center.

Stephanie galles and elizabeth inbody are chairpersons for Bishop kelley’s Bk Corral annual Dinner auction on april 6. The event will be held at Bishop kelley.


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kent Faith is CeO of SpectrumFX.


Putting Out Fires Tulsa based SpectrumFX looks to make an impact in the fire suppression industry.


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out a lithium fire.” In Firebane, Faith recognized a fire suppression method that was not only effective in putting out lithium battery fires, but also EPA-certified as 100 percent environmentally safe, unlike halon, the industry standard, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) that hasn’t been produced since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1994. While halon is still used on domestic carriers, at some point the existing stores will run dry, and the airline industry will need an alternative. Faith is working toward making Firebane a viable option. “Right now the most effective method would be a combination of halon and

Firebane,” Faith says. “Halon is certified to extinguish A, B and C fires, and Firebane is certified for class A, B and D. We can’t do C-rated electrical fires because we’re waterbased. Firebane will put out an electrical fire, but because it’s conductive, it’s not rated for that.” It’s the D rating that proves Firebane’s effectiveness. Class D fires are those that involve the ignition of combustible metals, like magnesium and lithium. These metals burn at significantly higher temperatures than class A fires, which include wood or paper, and class B, which involve flammable liquids. Another of those amazing videos on



ne can find all manner of wonderful and amazing videos on the internet. From talking pets to daredevil maneuvers involving every vehicle known to man, there are truly unbelievable things to be seen all over the web. For instance, if you visit the website of a Tulsa-based company called SpectrumFX, you can see video of a mild-mannered looking fellow in a white coat in a lab setting cover his arm in a clear liquid, rub the liquid evenly over his skin and hold the blue flame of a blowtorch mere inches from his arm. Truly unbelievable stuff. And according to Kent Faith, 100 percent accurate. “I’ve done the blowtorch demonstration you see on the video,” says Faith, founder and CEO of SpectrumFX. “People are amazed, but the fact is, we’ve got an absolutely unique, effective product.” The product Faith refers to is Firebane, an incredibly efficient fire extinguishing agent and the primary reason that SpectrumFX exists. Faith, a 23-year veteran American Airlines pilot, was familiar with Firebane through his relationship with GSL, the company that owns the agent. It was Faith’s experience in the airline industry that led him to recognize Firebane as being uniquely suited for aircraft fires, particularly those fires involving lithium batteries. “I’ve always been concerned about fire dangers in the cabin of an aircraft,” Faith explains. “These days there are so many passengers with lithium batteries on board to power their devices, like laptops and cell phones. There hasn’t been a good way to put

SpectrumFX fire suppression products could revolutionize the industry.

the SpectrumFX website features a demonstration of Firebane extinguishing a magnesium fire. Literally seconds after the fire is extinguished, the gentleman conducting the demonstration picks up the burned magnesium with his bare hands. Taking what he learned about the effectiveness of Firebane in battling fires that posed such a significant threat in the industry he knew so well, Faith developed the Lithium Fire Extinguishing (LiFE) Kit and founded SpectrumFX to begin marketing the revolutionary product to the aviation industry. He quickly brought on his first, and to date only, employee. Ross Faith, Kent’s son, earned a JD and MBA from the University of Michigan. He finished business school last year

and in August 2012, just a few months after SpectrumFX was formed, Ross moved back to Tulsa to become vice president of finance and business development. “He and I talked early on, maybe two-anda-half years ago,” Ross says of working with his father. “I had just graduated law school,

“These days there are so many passengers with lithium batteries on board to power their devices, like laptops and cell phones. There hasn’t been a good way to put out a lithium fire.”

and I would try to help answer any questions about legal aspects he had.” There were other opportunities for a young guy with a law degree and an MBA, one would imagine. But for Ross Faith, the chance to work alongside his dad on something they both felt so strongly about was too good to pass up. “Working on a start-up is really risky,” Ross says. “I had to balance that uncertainty and not making as much income as I could in a corporate job with this opportunity. But my dad is a really good entrepreneur and salesman, and I was sold.” Ross’s decision looks less risky as time goes by. SpectrumFX recently signed its first two contracts with international carriers. And while the focus remains on the LiFe Kit in airline passenger cabins, the future possible applications for Firebane appear to be endless. Kent Faith sees Firebane as being just as suited for auto racing, the oil and gas industry and computer data centers as it is for the aviation industry. And as the business grows, so will the family connection, as Kent hopes to bring his daughter on board in the near future. “I’m from Oklahoma,” Faith says. “My grandfather was born in Indian Territory. My goal is to have a family-owned business that provides not only a useful, potentially lifesaving product, but to do it right here.” Regan henSOn



To a non-Oklahoman driving down West 51st Street, the five kids’ rides in front of the flea market on the southern end of the road appear to merely be an insignificant entertainment venue. But to Oklahoma residents familiar with the past legend of Bell’s amusement Park, those five rides are the remnant of an Oklahoma entertainment empire. In March 1951, five years before Disney Land was created, Robert Bell Sr.’s hand-made amusement park opened at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The amusement park had no deluxe resorts, nor expensive 3-D shows, but it was the perfect fit for Oklahomans. renting the space at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, however, was Bell’s Achilles’ heel, and it eventually became problematic. Over the 56 years Bell’s was at the Fairgrounds, the amusement park paid more than $12.8 million in rent to Tulsa County. As a result of the expenditure, its owners claimed, Bell’s was forced to close in November 2006. The eviction seemed to be a fatal blow to Bell’s, but after a six-year absence, the local amusement park has started to breathe again.

In January 2012, robbie Bell III, the grandson of founder robert Bell Sr., was introduced to Jeff Schwickerath, the owner of Swick’s Flea Market, and in May Bell’s opened five of their children’s rides on the flea market grounds. “It’s a win-win situation,” says Schwickerath. So far, both businesses have favorably complemented each other. “Part of the reason this worked so well for us is because Jeff had things that we wouldn’t be able to borrow money to build,” says Bell. There’s certainly no easy way to reclaim the past glory Bell’s brought to the Bell’s amusement Park was an icon for Tulsa area children. state of Oklahoma. But Bell and Schwickerath hope to slowly bring it back to its peak, one Oklahoman at a time. – Nathan Porter

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All Natural

avoid the unnatural and turn to the pantry to dye this year’s easter eggs.

ost of us remember plopping colored tablets into bowlfuls of vinegar and waiting patiently for the tablet to dissolve, giving the vinegar a vibrant color and, thus, giving way to hours of Easter egg decorating. This year, instead of running to your local department store to pick up egg dyeing kits, reach into the pantry. Spices, juices and even some vegetables can help give Easter eggs vibrant color without the manufactured chemicals often found in those eggdyeing kits. Follow these recipes courtesy Better Homes and Gardens to make a natural dye for your eggs. For Blue: Mix one cup frozen blueberries with one cup of water, bring to room temperature, then remove the blueberries from the liquid. Also try adding one quart of boiling water to 1/4 head of red cabbage and two tablespoons of vinegar. Let the mixture cool to room

temperature, then remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon. For Green: Peel the skin of six red onions and simmer them in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Add three teaspoons of white vinegar. Also try peeling six yellow apples and simmering the peel for 20 minutes in two cups of water, then adding two teaspoons of vinegar and four ounces of fennel fronds. Strain out the peel and fennel. For Yellow: Stir two tablespoons of turmeric into one cup of boiling water, then add two teaspoons of vinegar. Chamomille or green tea also works well. Just steep four bags of tea in one cup of boiling water and steep for five minutes; remove the teabags and use the liquid. For pink: Chunk up one beet and add to a quart of boiling water. Stir in two tablespoons of vinegar, then remove the beets. Red wine vinegar also makes a lovely pale pink. Jami maTTOX March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM




Keeping Your Cool

investing in your air conditioner’s tune-up is the best prevention for a maintenance-free summer.


efore Oklahoma’s hot, steamy summer sends you indoors to cool off, make sure your air conditioner is ready for the job. Since air conditioning units are engineered to perform for years, it is easy to become complacent about investing in regular tune-ups. “Think of it as a preventative measure, like changing the oil in your car,” says Jason White, VP of Sales for Air Comfort Solutions. White says an annual tune-up, typically around $75 or less, provides lower utility bills, a longer life for the unit and, ultimately, fewer repairs. “For instance, a belt might still be working but could be rotten,” says White. “If it’s not replaced then it could fail during the high stress of summer causing even additional damage.” “An annual maintenance plan for servicing cooling equipment is the homeowner’s lowest cost of ownership,” adds Austin Boyce of Airco Service, Inc. In fact, some cooling equipment manufacturers are now requiring an annual maintenance tune-up as a part of their warranties. The technician will check the air flow, clean the condensing unit coils, replace air filters, adjust the belts, oil fan motors and verify the system operating pressures and temperatures using the manufacturers’ specifications. The coolant level is also important to check because a system that is only 10 percent low on coolant can cost up to 20 percent more to operate. And a small refrigerant leak is easily fixed, but replacing the compressor when low coolant levels burn the unit out is expensive. Be aware that the cost of Freon, or R-22,


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the refrigerant most used in systems that were manufactured before 2010, is becoming more expensive since its use is being phased out by 2020. A reputable air conditioning company can assist homeowners when considering the long-term costs versus benefits of repairing an older unit or replac-

ing it with a newer efficient system utilizing new coolant technologies. “Often homeowners are unaware of the age of their equipment, so a tune-up allows them to plan ahead if it looks like they might need to replace their unit,” says Boyce. Other benefits of investing in an annual maintenance tune-up include discounts of-

fered by most companies on any necessary repairs, including parts and even overtime labor. Plus, those customers are also on a priority list reducing the uncomfortably warm wait time in case a service call is required. In addition to seasonal tune-ups, ideas to help homeowners keep their system operating properly include buying quality filters and changing them regularly. Also keep bushes, vines and leaves away from the unit and if possible provide some shade for your A/C compressor. According to the Air Conditioning Con-

tractors of America (ACCA), your cooling unit doesn’t just control temperature. “It has an impact on the air that you breathe, on moisture and mold growth, the amount of energy that you use and money that you spend, and most importantly, on you and your family’s health.” TamaRa lOgSDOn haWkinSOn

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or patients with blood and bone marrow cancers, finding the right treatment plan can be crucial to recovery. To provide more treatment options for these patients, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa has recently launched their Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy Program including a brand new stem cell transplant unit. This is the second stem cell unit built in Tulsa, and the third in the entire state of Oklahoma. CTCA has also welcomed Joseph Lynch, MD, MS, as the medical director of the program. Board certified in oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Lynch has been performing stem cell transplants and caring for patients with hematologic malignancies for more than 25 years. Stem cell transplants can be used to infuse healthy stem cells into the body to stimulate new bone marrow growth, suppress the disease, and reduce the possibility of a relapse. Stem cells can be found in the bone marrow, circulating blood, and umbilical cord blood. Dr. Lynch and his team perform autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. In an autologous transplant, stem cells are collected from patients themselves. In an allogeneic stem cell transplant, stem cells are collected from a matching donor. Many patients will require an aggressive treatment approach to destroy as many cancer cells as possible prior to transplant. This may include high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. After transplant, patients are monitored very closely to ensure proper recovery. To help build patients’ immune systems and improve their quality of life, CTCA offers complementary services including nutrition, naturopathic medicine, oncology rehabilitation, mind-body medicine, and pain management. Dr. Lynch says, “I consider myself one of the luckiest men in the world to be able to take care of people during a time in their lives when they really need to be taken care of.” To learn more about Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, visit or call 888.568.1571. 10109 E. 79th Street Tulsa, OK 74133 (888) 568.1571

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Layers of Style “I was always afraid to implement color when decorating,” says homeowner Bershunda Taylor, “because I didn’t think I knew how to do it.” So when she, her husband Anthony and 2-year-old son Jaxon moved into their traditional Broken Arrow home and Taylor was faced with predominately neutral finishes, she called designer Kara Paslay for help. “We had a modest budget, and I am still amazed at the results Kara was able to achieve.” The only existing pieces of living room furniture were the brown leather sofa and a dark wall hutch for the television. Instead of the costly option of painting the walls with the 20-foot ceilings, Paslay chose to add a stained oak chair rail and paint below a vibrant blue. Plum drapery panels from IKEA provide an envelope of color for Paslay to add her trademark layering of color, texture and finishes. “I like to go ‘outside the box’ when exploring resources for each project,” says Paslay. She regularly checks and for online sales, and that is where she found the pair of chairs flanking the fireplace and the area rug. The pine sofa table, fireplace screen and mirror piece above the fireplace are from another favorite source,


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Using an eclectic blend of color and texture creates a sophisticated yet comfortable family home on a budget.

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a piece of art that hangs over the living room buffet was created from a satellite picture of a hurricane, a nod to the homeowners’ initial meeting at The University of Tulsa.

gray acrylic ghost chairs complement the more formal host chairs in the Taylors’ dining room. Upon the ottoman coffee table sits a serving tray that is fashioned from a decorative frame, wrapping paper and hardware.

“i was always afraid to implement color when decorating, because i didn’t think i knew how to do it.” IMAX Worldwide Home, whose headquarters are in Tulsa. With some paint and gold leaf, a buffet discovered at the flea market was repurposed into a storage unit for Jaxon’s toys. “And because Jaxon is at the climbing and exploring age, Kara suggested using an ottoman instead of a coffee table,” adds Taylor. But instead of an expensive custom piece, Paslay selected a pair from the furniture line at and pushed them together. The serving tray is actually a frame showcasing a stylish piece of wrapping paper with hardware added. “I like to use items that can be changed out easily according to the season,” shares Paslay. “My goal is to reflect the people who live in the space,” Paslay adds. The couple met at The University of Tulsa, where Anthony was on the Golden Hurricane football team. So in a subtle


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but colorful ode to their history, Paslay found a hurricane photo from the National Weather Service and uploaded it to and printed it on a large canvas. The captain’s chair near the buffet was another flea market find. Although it was in great shape, the front looked a little worn, so Paslay freshened it by applying a contrasting fabric dye. Transitioning into the dining room, Paslay used the same deep blue paint below the chair rail as in the living room to provide continuity. And instead of filling the existing alcove with a typical buffet or china cabinet, 3D wall tiles from were installed. Paslay handcrafted the gold leaf edge of the solid wood live edge counter that provides a handy serving area. And instead of covering the wall tiles with a piece of art, Paslay used a matte

gold paint to create a custom pattern, turning the wall into a piece of art. Focusing also on the couple’s love of the beach, Paslay chose a handmade capiz shell chandelier from Z Gallerie. And she selected a sisal rug to blend in, not to be a focus. The couple already owned the dining table, but Paslay added the gray acrylic ghost chairs. The host chairs are accented with matching scarves. Finally, as a feature, Paslay manipulated a picture of Jaxon in Photoshop, had them printed at a nearby FedEx Office and framed them. The Taylors are so pleased with Paslay’s results they are beginning work on another part of the house. “Our home has a beautiful elegance for the adults to enjoy but is also comfortable and functional for our family,” says Taylor. TamaRa lOgSDOn haWkinSOn




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ost of us have heard that taking 10,000 steps each day is a great way to ensure we’re getting plenty of exercise on a daily basis. The idea gained popularity around 20 years ago, especially with corporate wellness programs and individuals who were sedentary or desk-bound throughout the workday. “The concept of taking 10,000 steps a day for health has been around for 15 to 20 years. The American Heart Association recommends using a pedometer to count your steps and to increase your daily step count until you reach 10,000 steps a day,” says Jason Duvall, an exercise physiologist with Hillcrest Exercise & Lifestyle. “The distance is around five miles based on an average gait of two and a half feet.” Five miles is a lofty goal for those who live a sedentary lifestyle, meaning they take less than 2,000 steps each day. Duvall suggests that people make small goals, beginning with a goal of 1,000 to 2,000 steps a day and then increasing by 500 steps a week to reach 10,000 steps a day. He says small


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goals will help people remain motivated instead of getting discouraged. He also encourages a healthy lifestyle of eating healthy and regular exercise, whether it be walking or other forms of exercise. “The idea of achieving 10,000 steps a day is really to serve as a guideline and provide motivation. It helps provide an achievable daily goal for people who may lead more

sedentary lives,” Duvall says. “It’s really about awareness – being aware of how much you move is another way for people to increase their physical activity. Walking is something anyone can do; it’s something anyone can incorporate into their day, and it’s free. And pedometers provide a great visual for people to see how well they are doing and track their progress.” The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that individuals engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. ReBeCCa FaST



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A Caregiver’s Story

gery Sutton was a successful family physician with a busy practice in Claremore. When he was diagnosed with alzheimer’s at age 56, his wife became his caregiver. This is her story.


n old adage warns that our lives can completely change in a heartbeat, but it’s difficult to fully appreciate the meaning of these words until you’ve actually experienced it. I know this adage to be true because it happened to my husband, and it happened to me. Gery Sutton was a beloved son and brother, and a proud father and grandfather. He was an accomplished horseman and a marathon runner. He was a hard-working and successful family physician with a large practice in Claremore. We looked forward to our retirement years when he could relax and we could spend more time together. Then, on a beautiful day in October 2007, a doctor gave us terrible news that altered every aspect of our shared reality. Gery’s memory and concentration problems weren’t the result of stress, but were caused by early onset Alzheimer’s that had been slowly destroying his brain for at least two decades. He was 56 and would never grow old. For as long as I could manage it, I would be his caregiver. Caregiving is the most difficult job I’ve ever had. It is mentally, emotionally and physically taxing, and nothing in my background prepared


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me. There are no rules or guidelines. Just when you resolve one problem, another appears. Caregiving is knowing that no matter how hard you try, you’ll always be one step behind the illness.

“in the beginning, this behavior horrified me so much that i ran into the bathroom and sobbed into a towel so he wouldn’t hear me.” For the first few months, as I struggled to accept the implications of his diagnosis, our daily lives were somewhat normal. Gery had a strong work ethic, and not working made him feel useless. He could still complete simple tasks, and I tried hard to keep him busy around the house. However, even then his short-term memory and attention span were severely compromised. There were many days when he asked me the

Christine and gery dance at their daughter’s wedding.

same question 25 or 30 times. After six months, things deteriorated. Gery exhibited something the doctors called “Alzheimer’s clinginess” and trailed behind me everywhere I went. His attempts to help with household tasks inevitably ended in more work for me. He had seizures and other sleep disturbances, and I rarely got a full night’s sleep. I began wondering how long I could do this without losing my mind. In some ways, caregiving for an Alzheimer’s patient is like caregiving for anyone with a terminal illness. However, Alzheimer’s carries the added burden of watching the mental deterioration of someone you love. Alzheimer’s caregiving is lonely because you lose your loved one mentally before you lose him physically. Gery began doing bizarre things. He was an extremely intelligent man, but this made no difference as the dementia progressed. He ate raw meat out of the refrigerator. He changed his shirt multiple times in one morning. He wore five pairs of socks, and three ball caps stacked neatly on top of each other. In the beginning, this behavior horrified me so much that I ran into the bathroom and sobbed into a towel so he wouldn’t hear me. Then I got used to it, and that was a blessing. Sometimes, I was able to see the humor in something he did. That was an even greater blessing. I was more fortunate than some caregivers because Gery retained his sweet nature until the end. He never became violent or belligerent; he never struck me or kicked me, though I was told this was possible, even likely. The hallmarks of Gery’s disease were anxiety, clinginess, sleep disturbances and, later, sleeplessness – all extremely difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Caregiver stress is so toxic that I sometimes feared I wouldn’t survive it. More than one


gery and Christine are pictured at a high school dance.

study suggests that being a primary caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s damages your immune system and shortens your life by years. But, like thousands of other caregivers, I did it because I loved my husband. On our wedding day, I promised I would be his partner in sickness and in health. It was time to make good on that promise. For me, the physical manifestations of caregiver burnout were unmistakable. I ground my teeth so fiercely that I cracked several molars. I had pounding headaches that were impervious to aspirin, chronic heartburn, dizzy spells and even chest pains. The osteoarthritis I inherited from my mother grew significantly worse. Gery’s behavior became more erratic and unpredictable. Even going to the grocery store was an ordeal because he continually wandered away. One day, as we drove down a busy street, he opened his car door. Gradually, it became easier to just stay at home. The isolation warped my perspective and numbed my awareness of just how bad things were getting. By late summer 2010, Gery stopped talking to me in any meaningful way and didn’t know who I was. His anxiety reached epic proportions, and he paced continually. I had to help him dress, undress, shower and go to the bathroom. He was incontinent several times a week. He slept less and less. When the third sleeping medication failed, the doctor told me I was seriously jeopardizing my own health by keeping him at home. I had known from the start that eventually I would be forced to place Gery in long-term care. I also knew that I couldn’t let anyone make this decision for me because I was the one who would live with it. Even when many people were telling me the time had come, I struggled to accept it. I told myself I could do it for one more month, one more week, one more day. Finally, the lack of sleep forced me to let go. I placed Gery in long-term care in October 2010, three years after his diagnosis. My 96-year-old aunt occupied the room across the hall, and I will never forget how ridiculously young Gery looked compared to the other residents. He died Dec. 24, 2011, of a septic infection. To this day, it makes me sad that I wasn’t able to keep him at home until the end of his life. It would be easy to remain forever in despair over the life and love that I lost, but I’ve tried to let go of my anger and grief and move forward. Instead of asking, “Why?” I try to ask, “Where is the meaning in this?” I’ve learned that the only security in life is your own inner strength. I’ve learned that taking a loved one for granted, or treating them badly, puts you at risk for a lifetime of regret. I’ve learned that just one happy day is a rare and precious gift. Most of all, I learned that I was married to the bravest and most selfless man I’ve ever known. Despite his terrible diagChristine Sutton has detailed her times as a care- nosis, he consciously chose happiness. He didn’t giver for her husband who 5801 Northwest Grand Boulevard • Oklahoma City waste a moment of his precious time on false hope, suffered from early onset • 405.848.7811 alzheimer’s disease in Stop anger or regret. How many of us would maintain Monday to Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Smell the Garbage. such strength of character in the face of our own mortality? So, the adage is true. My life did change forever when my husband got sick and I became his caregiver. When grief threatens to overtake me, I 12815 Balliets.indd 1 2/6/13 Oklahoma Magazine presents recall his amazing grace and courage and it gives our annual survey of the state’s me the strength to go on. This is what he would want for everyone who loved him. top young professionals: 40


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Downtown Dublin is bright and lively nearly year-round.

aT a g l a n C e access: Many international carriers service Dublin airport’s two terminals six miles north of the center of the city. Population: 1.8 million (Greater Dublin area) Climate: Generally mild year-round with very few bitter cold winters and very rare 90-degree summer days. Similar climate to the U.S. Pacific Northwest but with less precipitation. main attractions: historic and cultural sites, high culture, cuisine, architecture from several periods and beautiful scenery.


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Cathedral, the National Botanical Gardens and the National Museum rriving early on Friday afternoon permits you the of Ireland – Archaeology. You’ll be plenty hungry for dinner, and opportunity to settle into your accommodations, get maybe for a little more culture, too. Consider an Evening of Food, the lay of the land and slip out to your immediate or Folklore & Fairies offered by Irish Folk Tours (www.irishfolktours. preferred environs to take in Dublin’s vaunted pub com) or fine dining at Arch Bistro or the exceptional Chapter One. scene. Besides finding that the Guinness tastes better Sunday morning, take your breakfast at Mayfield Deli & Eatery or here than back home, you might also appreciate that Dublin is a at the Queen of Tarts, and then walk it off either at beautiful Phoenix place where you can learn plenty of the city’s history and culture in pubs. Take a risk with pub grub that might not sound familiar – there Park or St. Stephen’s Green, the beautiful urban park made famous will be ample time later for cuisine. Saturday morning, you’ll want to get an early start visiting the primary must-see sites of Dublin. Use a map to plan the most effective course to the various sites. The Dublin Bus Tour, Green Bus, is a good option to visit a number of sites efficiently. You’ll find plenty of information about it and other tours at your hotel. You’ll definitely want to take the tour of The Old Jameson Distillery and the romantic past of Irish whiskey; the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin’s No. 1 attraction; and stop to see The Book of Kells, a world famous illuminated manuscript of the Gospels from the Bible written in Latin. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D. and accentuates Ireland’s historic past. Take a break at Temple Bar for grog and grub – it’s Dublin’s most famous, albeit touristy pub. Walk it off in the afternoon having a look at some of the city’s historic and architectural treasures, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin Castle is one of the city’s must-see sites. (where Jonathan Swift’s remains rest), Christ Church


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Dublin by night.

by James Joyce’s Ulysses. Alternately, stroll the Dublin Zoo or shop along Grafton Street, the city’s main shopping boulevard, complete with the shops of trendy Irish designers. George’s Street Arcade, roughly comparable to Bond Street, is another good choice, as is taking in more historic sites, such as Trinity College and Dublin Castle, for 700 years the seat of British power in Ireland. Finish your evening with ethnic dining at either the acclaimed Sabor Brazil or Rasam Restaurant, and you’ll find yourself celebrating a very successful trip to the Emerald Isle. Dublin’s merrion hotel

S TaY i n S T Y l e The Merrion Hotel deliciously combines Old World and New, from pleasant doormen always with an umbrella handy to acclaimed modern art exhibited throughout; and from fire-warmed parlors ideal for taking one’s tea to a handy business center and free internet connection. Relaxed grandeur abounds at this five-star centrally located hotel. Two landscaped period gardens, décor and ambiance combine to offer a distinct Irish experience in a luxurious environment. The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin has high

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standards to meet given the Four Seasons flag flying over it, yet it meets and exceeds those expectations. All of the amenities one would expect of a Four Seasons can be found here, including all the tech necessities favored by business travelers, international satellite TV and high-speed internet. But the spacious and luxurious hotel never lets guests forget where they are – with rooms and suites looking out over leafy cityscapes and lush, landscaped parks. Service is also typically exceptional. www.fourseasons. com/Dublin The Westbury Hotel is one of The Leading Hotels of the World, and rejuvenated by a multi-million euro refurbishment, it is an urban retreat with Dublin city on its doorstep. Located in the heart of Dublin, this stylish, 5-star hotel provides easy access to the city’s best entertainment and business districts. All rooms have been refurbished to offer the best of both modern technology and convenience and intrinsic Irish charm in the form of linens, décor and furnishings. miChael W. SaSSeR

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World-renowned Tulsa interior designer Charles Faudree celebrates a fabled career. By m.J. Van Deventer

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What kind of career might Charles Faudree have had if his mother had not let him paint the family’s shuttered, Dutch-style front door, when he was only 10 years old? Every year, with Ruby Faudree’s blessing, Charles experimented with a different color – Wedgewood blue, pink, apple green. “I got that out of my system early on in my career,” he recalls. “Now I much prefer black.” That was the genesis of Charles’ interest in interior design – a fascina-

World renowned Country French interior designer Charles Faudree is pictured in a client’s home.

tion with colors, fabrics, textures, accessories and details that has made him a beloved icon in the world of French Country designs. It was inevitable that Charles would gravitate to a design career that would allow him to travel to Paris and London often to enjoy the nuances of French-style design. He finds incredible antiques and structural fragments at the Paris Flea Market. He favors London’s Portobello Road for smalls. March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



“The French don’t have small accessories, and I do love Staffordshire, Majolica and English tea boxes,” he notes. He was in London with close friends and clients for his 50th birthday. Paris was the scene of his 70th birthday, an event that drew quite an entourage. “Given my French name and heritage, I have always been drawn, almost charismatically, to elevate French Country to a fine art. I am an avowed Francophile, and I love the French carving so typical of French Country furnishings. There is a simplicity, a gentle softness to these furnishings I find very calming and soothing. French Country is a working class style and I believe it wears well,” he wrote in our first book. Charles and I grew up two doors apart in a modest neighborhood on East Side Boulevard in Muskogee. When he was 8 years old, and I was 6, he announced, “When I grow up, I want to be so famous I want someone to write a book about me.” My response was quick. “That will be me. I am going to be a writer.” In 2003, the first of three books we wrote together was published: Charles Faudree’s French Country Signature. Two more followed: Charles Faudree’s Country French Living in 2005 and Charles Faudree Interiors in 2008. Charles graduated from Northeastern State University in the early 1960s, as I did. NSU honored him in 1998 as a distinguished graduate. One of Charles’ first jobs was teaching art in Kansas City, later in Oklahoma City. I was a journalism student at the University of Missouri Design Magic then and sometimes rode the train You may not be able to travel to Paris to give to Kansas City so I could ride with your home a French personality. For charles, Charles to Muskogee. As I recall, we it’s not the trip that matters; it’s the materials often talked about decorating. Charles and details. left teaching for retail ventures in Start with fabrics. For authenticity, use Oklahoma City and Dallas. charles’ collection of fabrics and trims for “In 1978, when I was about to Vervain, especially toiles. turn 40, I gathered the courage to “I can’t live without checks or stripes,” leave my sales position and move charles notes in his Details book. “and from Dallas. I wanted to pursue my every room needs an animal print. You can dream – interior decorating – and buy fabulous antiques, but without the right chose to move back to my childhood fabrics to complement them, you’ve comprohome, Muskogee, to open my first mised their impact. You can easily use seven design studio and antique shop,” or eight fabrics in a room, as long as they are Charles notes. compatible.” Muskogee was an incubator for For Charles, the magic comes in the layergreater things ahead in his design ing of pattern and texture – florals and toiles, career. His sister, Francie, was checks and stripes, linens and silks, chintz among his first clients; she let him and velvets. experiment with several of her Some of charles’ boldest statements are homes. In 1979 he opened a shop found not only in furnishings, but also in drapand studio in Tulsa and began exeries and pillows. Decorating like charles pressing his love affair with Frenchcalls for a spirit of adventure, a willingness inspired homes for his appreciative to experiment, to add whimsical touches to a clientele. setting. You can’t be timid. In his newest, and sixth book, Tour your home to inventory your Charles Faudree Home, written with treasures, and then group them for impact. Francesanne Tucker in 2012, Francie charles says, “Nothing adds more to the noted, “I like to tell Charles I taught warmth of a room than objects and photohim everything I know about decographs of ones you love.” rating. In reality, my suggestions for Wall decorations – usually paintings – add designing come with the advantage personality. For charles, one of life’s greatest of years spent watching Charles pleasures is living with paintings you love. work his decorating magic.” remember, the smallest details have Editors have long gravitated impact. also, add candlelight to add warmth toward Charles’ designs. The late to a room. To achieve the final flourish in your Nancy Ingram discovered Charles version of the Faudree look, don’t forget fresh and was the unofficial president of flowers. They are Charles’ favorite accesCharles’ “fan club” while she was sories. – M.V. editor of Tulsa Home & Garden.


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Faudree’s signature look includes mixing up to eight fabrics in one room.

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Faudree created an outdoor retreat that overlooks the Smoky mountains at a Cashiers, n.C., vacation home.

Formality Without Stuffiness creating a room expressing charles Faudree’s style is a complex process. His rooms look like stage sets created effortlessly. charles makes rooms look elegant, yet simple. They are, because designing with a French flair is charles’ passion. I’ve studied Charles’ designs for 35 years. I’ve written numerous magazine articles and given speeches applauding his decorating talents. I’ve read his books three times. charles is a Francophile; if there is such a word as a “Faudreephile,” that’s me. I marvel at how fresh each new project appears. I find playful surprises every time I see his decorating magic. Want that Faudree style in your home? Study his work. Believe his credo that a room should: – Look full, but not cluttered. – all elements should be in proportion to each other. – There should be a sense of balance in the room. his rooms always seem so luxurious, even when he’s mixing rustic with refined elements. One Faudree rule can’t be ignored: Furnishings have to be antique, preferably of French origin. his French country collection for Thayer Furniture Inc. honors French traditions. “Each room needs a stellar, pivotal piece,” charles believes. “A French Country room should have a pleasing, fluid quality and a timeless appeal.” add to that inviting comfort. You can’t see that quality on a Faudree blueprint. – M.V.


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One rule of Country French that Faudree adheres to is the belief that furniture should be antique.

The mix of leather and velvet fabrics in this dining room demonstrates how subtle design differences can have a powerful impact.

Every time Charles moved to a new home, the magazine featured some aspect of each new address. When Ingram passed the editorship of Oklahoma Home & Lifestyle to me and became a regional scout for the Meredith Corporation, she encouraged their editors to write about Charles’ designs. Other shelter magazines took notice, and Charles’ reputation flourished. Ann Omvig Maine, editor-in-chief for Traditional Home, wrote the foreword for our first book. “Charles has a wonderful way with a room,” Maine noted. “He infuses a space with freshness and vitality, making it elegant and inviting – but most of all – personal. In each home – and in an amazingly short amount of time – Charles puts his own stamp on the place. Every one of his houses is uniquely his – replete with his prodigious collections, spilling over with comfort and exuding a sense of his having lived there forever.” Karen Dewulf Nickell, editor-in-chief of Better Homes & Gardens, called Charles’ designs, “a seamless sonnet of a life that’s well lived and also well appointed.” Lisa Newsom, founder and editor of Veranda magazine, which had featured six of his houses by our third book, wrote, “(Faudree) believes favorite colors and hues repeated throughout an interior can produce a harmonious environment.” Charles has shared his joie de vivre with audiences across the country. He often quips, “Each one of my homes is like Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands – my best and my last.” Friends and clients quickly learned that comment often signaled another move. I especially loved his 1923 Dutch Colonial house – a somber saltbox on the exterior – near Philbrook. A French chateau was another favorite. I adored one of his “Roost” dwellings at Spring Creek – a rustic cabin he gave a welcoming personality. Initially, Charles defined French Country as an “excessive, exuberant style” that fostered his favorite design principle – too much is never enough. That philosophy is still obvious in his homes but changing times and shifting tastes have encouraged him to recognize the pared-down trend in lifestyles. “All of my clients and friends are aware of my love for French Country. I still consider it one of my strengths. But the winds of change touch all of us and a sparer look is having its way,” he wrote in our third book. “I respond to the idea of paring down, too, but I like my simpler life to include my favorite collections and a great mix of fabrics and furnishings,” he stated recently. Charles recognized early that recycling, or repurposing, is part of the design process. He thrives on change – it’s part of his DNA. His good friend, artist Jimmy Steinmeyer, calls March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


This grand wine room housed in a Tulsa residence was designed by Faudree to showcase the homeowners’ extensive wine collection.

Two of Faudree’s favorite personal collections are his bowties and smoking slippers (below).

Faudree infused cozy Old World style into this kitchen while equipping it with every modern convenience.


Charles “a serial mover.” Charles responds, “Moving often has allowed me to be ready for the next design challenge as soon as the last renovation is complete, and frequently, has shown me how to assign new uses, new settings and new clothes for old furnishings.” The “mix” has long been part of Charles’ design philosophy. Asked often his secret for creating rooms with that certain French élan, he says simply, “It’s all in the mix, not the match. Hopefully that mix is always artful, eclectic and inspiring.” For Charles, that means mixing past and present, old and new, even blending accents from other eras, other countries. “I like to create inviting rooms that express a casual, comfortable feeling. I am often guided by my belief there are no rules about where you can use things. That’s why French Country design has a pleasing, fluid quality and an appeal that is timeless,” he says. In the mix, his penchant for blending fabrics, colors and textures becomes pronounced. “With a taste for the eclectic, I would like to think I have mastered one of the main tenets of this style – combining traditional prints, patterns, colors and textures with just the right furnishings,” he says. “It’s magic the way fabrics play off each other and off the contrast of the woods. I’m always inspired by new fabrics


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Faudree’s backdrops run the gamut from castles in Spain to lake homes in Oklahoma, and of course, his own home. a playful juxtaposition of fabrics, textures and colors make this Faudreedesigned bedroom stand out.

and I think that’s what keeps this style fresh.” Charles believes the first impression of a home begins with the front door. He says, “If the exterior of a house entices, the interior – especially the entryway – must enthrall.” One magnificent piece of furniture is often the first hello guests encounter. “An entry not only welcomes and wows your guests, it defines your design aesthetic as an individual,” Francie noted, in her introduction to Charles Faudree Home, his sixth book. Study Charles’ design magic and symmetry becomes apparent. He teaches clients to think in pairs. He loves dynamic duos. A pair of Chinese export porcelain vases adds interest above a mantle. Two antique Staffordshire deer vases accent an English bull’s eye mirror. A trumeau mirror is enhanced

with matching bronze wall sconces. His fascination for collections is legendary, from his white Staffordshire cows to dog memorabilia, a tribute to his three King Charles Cavaliers. “I love using my clients’ collections to create interesting tablescapes and wallscapes. Collections can be especially pleasing when they complement the fabrics in a room.” He adds, “Traveling and collecting are natural companions.” Collections and ideas for displaying them abound in his fifth book, Charles Faudree Details, written with Francesanne Tucker. “My rule of thumb for deciding if something is a collection is simple: one is good, two are usually a pair. Three are definitely a collection,” he says. “Details may seem like a small subject, but

these finishing accessories are by far the most important part of decorating. People’s lives are expressed by little details. They give a room its soul.” Early in his career, Charles hoped to elevate French Country to a fine art. He quickly surpassed that goal, creating settings that have all the elegant trappings of a French country estate, without any of the traditional French pretentiousness. His career has provided many design credos for his fans to savor. My favorite concerns collecting. Charles believes: “If you find something you love, nothing else matters.” I also love his client Linda James’ comment in Home. Her philosophy about entertaining: “When you open your home to others, in a sense you open your heart.” March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



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ardening in Oklahoma isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, you might call it a full contact sport. On one hand, most of the state has pretty mild weather with a prolonged growing season and adequate sunshine and precipitation to grow a wide range of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. These conditions account for the many lush gardens found throughout the Sooner State. However, it’s the extremes for which Oklahoma weather is famous that make gardening here an adventure. Blistering heat, monsoon-like rain, drought, blizzards and that ever-present wind that comes sweeping down the plains all affect our gardens and the plants we are able to grow. David Hillock with the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University says that in addition to wild weather and diverse growing conditions, the state’s prevalent clay soils also present a challenge to gardeners. These obstacles, in part, prompted experts at OSU to develop the Oklahoma Proven program, which produces an annual list of plants that are found to be well adapted for use throughout the state. Hillock says each year’s selections are chosen after surveying horticulture and landscape professionals from around the state. One committee generates a list of recommendations from this survey and a final selection committee makes the ultimate decision. He says most of the plants on the list are easy enough for novice gardeners to grow, but that those in the Collector’s Choice category may be a little more challenging. To learn more about the plants selected this year and in previous years, visit www. ThOm gOlDen


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The Oklahoma Proven! program recently released its 2013 selections of plants, handpicked for Oklahoma gardens. Winterberry euonymus, Euonymus bungeanus: Winterberry euonymus is a large shrub to small tree with light green foliage turning yellow to orange and red in fall. It has small yellow-green flowers and pinkish fruits, which split to reveal an orange aril. It is very adaptable, quite drought tolerant and mostly resistant to scale insects. Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Soil: Tolerates a wide range. Chaste Tree, Vitex: Vitex is a multi-stemmed large shrub, but can be trained into a small tree. It has dark green, palmshaped leaves and fragrant flower spikes in blue, lavender, pink or white. Vitex tolerates most soils and is very heat, drought and pest resistant. Exposure: Sun to part shade. Soil: Moist, well drained. Catmint, Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’: Walker’s Low catmint is an easy to grow, pestfree perennial that develops into a mound of aromatic, grayish green foliage with lavender-blue flowers. It tolerates dry, rocky soil and is drought and deer resistant. Exposure: Sun, part shade. Soil: Moist, well drained. Helenium, Helenium ‘Dakota Gold’: Dakota Gold grows as low, mounded cushions of fine, dark green foliage covered with golden yellow flowers all summer long. This native Texas wildflower is very tough and tolerates heat and dry conditions. Exposure: Full sun. Soil: Almost any well drained soil. Hardiness: Use as an annual. Specialty Fruit Collection: miniature peaches, columnar apples, dwarf pomegranate, and dwarf patio type blueberries: Today’s breeding and production techniques bring us dwarf and miniature versions of many fruit trees and bushes that fit in just about any space. Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Soil: Moist, welldrained soil; blueberries require acidic soil (pH 5).


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Oklahoma has a long and storied history with the sport of wrestling. By Regan henson

“It really was an act of God,”

Ernie Jones says when recalling his first steps toward a lifelong relationship with the sport of wrestling. Jones, who is in his 13th season as head wrestling coach at Tulsa’s Cascia Hall High School, says he never planned on going into wrestling. A skinny kid who lived in the country outside Sapulpa, Jones says he was never asked to participate in sports. But a penchant for mischief – and a strong sense of self-preservation – led him to stumble into his own destiny. “They were building a brand new school next to the old one,” Jones recalls, “And we were told not to go into the new building before it opened. Well, of course, my buddy and me walked right into it after school. We heard some noises at the end of the building and went and looked through the door to see what it was, and there staring right at us was the meanest guy at the school: the wrestling coach. He came up to us and asked, ‘Are you boys wanting to wrestle?’ We didn’t say a word, just nodded our heads. And that was that.”


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Keeping Up With The Joneses Each year in Oklahoma, thousands of youngsters are introduced to the sport of wrestling. Little league wrestling tournaments across the state regularly draw hundreds of participants. While football gets the headlines, wrestling is firmly entrenched in the culture of Oklahoma, and with the numbers of young people taking up the sport each season, it doesn’t seem anywhere close to giving up its ground. “We had something like 180 elementary kids sign up this year,” Shawn Jones, head wrestling coach at Broken Arrow High School, says. “And that was before the actual sign-up day. Every year we’re getting more.” Shawn Jones has a unique understanding of the attraction wrestling holds for kids in Oklahoma, and for what it takes to develop young wrestlers into champions. All he had to do was look to his father, the aforementioned Ernie Jones, who coached Shawn and his two younger brothers, Biff and Rodney, who are also successful coaches today. “I don’t know how other dads are as coaches,” the younger Jones says, “but he did a fantastic job of making us fall in love with the sport.” The same influence Ernie Jones has had on his own sons has been shared with hundreds of other young men over the course of his more than 40-year career as a wrestling coach and teacher. In building Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington wrestling program basically from scratch, Jones won five team state championships in seven years, along the way coaching Oklahoma State University and U.S. Olympic champion Kenny Monday. He followed that stint up by coaching multiple champions at Tulsa Webster. Following a brief retirement, the allure of the sport drew him back to Cascia Hall, where for the second time he has built a program from scratch. Being raised and coached by his father has allowed Shawn and his brothers to develop the skills to become not only championshiplevel competitors, but also championship-level coaches. This year Shawn’s Broken Arrow team will be gunning for its fourth consecutive state championship in class 6A. Assisting Shawn on his coaching staff will be youngest brother Rodney. Across the Arkansas River, middle brother Biff has Sapulpa High School poised to challenge for the crown. “It’s almost as if we cheated because we

were given the base that our dad provided growing up,” Shawn says. “He’s definitely done a really good job of brainwashing us. Sometimes we wish he had been a lawyer or a banker. We’d all be a lot richer because we were always going to follow in his footsteps.” The fact that the Jones boys have become so enamored of the sport of wrestling is not surprising if one considers the state in which they were raised. In Oklahoma, wrestling, maybe more than any other sport, is a legacy. All fathers wrestle with their kids. The fathers who wrestled competitively teach their kids from an early age how to wrestle them back.

Start ‘Em Young “We see a lot of kids start in our takedown club at 3 or 4 or 5 years old,” says Cass Cagle. “I started wrestling when I was 3.” Cagle has volunteered as a little league wrestling coach in Wagoner for the past four years. He knows the value of working with children at a young age in teaching the nuances of the sport. “We play a lot of games when they’re that young,” Cagle says. “They don’t do any conditioning. Just some games to help learn techniques. Technique can beat strength. Starting from a young age was a big deal for me in learning the techniques. It made it a lot easier.” What may sound to some like a bad case of stage parents hoping to live vicariously through their destined-for-greatness young wrestlers becomes something altogether different upon closer inspection. “We try to get most of the little ones to only come about half the season,” Cagle says. “But a lot of the time their parents will tell me they just begged to come back. We try to make it fun.” There are volunteers in nearly every junior level wrestling program across the state doing what Cagle does. It’s that kind of dedication to the sport that professional coaches like Ernie Jones and his sons find invaluable to sustaining the success of their programs. “I have a ton of respect for the Ernie Joneses of the world who’ve built these dynasties,” says Dr. Brett Gray, “but the unsung heroes in wrestling are the volunteers who put in the time with the kids to help them build

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the foundation to be successful.” Gray, a three-time state champion from Stilwell who wrestled at OSU, has volunteered as coach of the elementary wrestling program in Pryor for the past eight years. “We just go over the basics, learn the techniques,” Gray says. “There’s a lot of different styles, you just try to guide them to their strengths.” Volunteers who instill fundamentals at the elementary level are key ingredients in building success. Another ingredient is a high school coach who can build confidence in the athletes within the program so they can reach their own potential. For Gray, that coach was Greg Henning. “One of the biggest things he did for me was help me find that inner drive,” recalls Gray. “I had a pretty solid foundation when he came to Stilwell, but he really made me, not only find my own style, but also to push myself to be as good a wrestler as I could be.”

leroy and John Smith are two brothers whose passion for wrestling has lasted a lifetime.


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Much like Ernie Jones, Greg Henning has found success at every school he’s coached, with stops at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sallisaw High School, Stilwell High School and Tuttle High School. Also like Jones, Henning briefly stepped away from wrestling before the urge to return became too strong. Following a six-year retirement, he became the head coach at Norman North this past fall. “I just got to missing it too much,” Henning says. “You miss the camaraderie; the other coaches. This is a sport in which you truly make lifelong friends.” Henning, who has coached 43 individual champions and had eight wrestlers named most outstanding at the state tournament, spent 21 years at Tuttle High School building one of the most dominant programs in the state. Again like Jones, Henning coached his three boys, his to 11 individual state championships. “One more than the Smith boys,” Henning brags good-naturedly, “and there are four of them.” There is a certain connectivity within the sport of wrestling, perhaps more so in Oklahoma than in other areas of the country. But one doesn’t need a sharp eye to recognize that wrestlers tend to know other wrestlers. They may go into a match as competitors, sometimes fiercely, but often times they strike up friendships that endure a lifetime. “I think a lot of times you can go back to the duels,” Henning says. “At a duel, every time you wrestle that guy you shake his hand five times.” Henning says his wrestlers will shake hands at each weigh in, again during the introductions as teams are lined up facing one another, before each individual match, after each match and at the end of the duel. “It helps build respect for a guy,” he says. “Some of my best friends were some of my worst enemies.” Those relationships make the reasons for Oklaho-


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ma’s enduring love affair with the sport of wrestling clearer, but they don’t tell the whole story. It may come down to a simple fact: Oklahomans are just better at wrestling than anyone else. “Wrestling’s a big deal here because we’re good at it,” Shawn Jones says. “Coach Gallagher at OSU brought a style of wrestling that was unlike anything that had been done. He was an innovator. Then you have all the Olympians from Oklahoma, guys like Kenny Monday and John Smith, who is probably the greatest wrestler of all time.” Coach Gallagher is Edward Gallagher, the man who introduced college wrestling to Oklahoma State University, setting the program on a course that would lead it to 34 national championships, the most titles for any sport at any Division I school. John Smith? He’s one of the Smith boys Henning mentioned, and a sixtime world champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion. “I think you can trace the relationship (Oklahomans) have with wrestling way back to Coach Gallagher,” says Smith, current head wrestling coach at OSU. “He was so instrumental in making wrestling what it has become. The way he did it obviously created longevity.” Smith is the winningest coach at OSU, having led the team to five NCAA championships and 12 conference titles. “What’s amazing about Oklahoma is the numbers compared to places like Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and California,” Smith says. “We’re a pretty low-populated state, but we’ve been able to produce a large number of great wrestlers.” Smith’s older brother, Leroy, was an NCAA champion at OSU. He is currently executive

director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater. “We can take pride in an authentic wrestling heritage in Oklahoma like no other,” Leroy Smith says. “There may not be another sport in America in a particular state that can cite the types of numbers and accomplishments that we can when it comes to wrestling.” The elder Smith singles out Tulsa Central High School, which, before it closed, saw 15 graduates go on to win 25 NCAA wrestling titles, more than any other high school in America, and Perry High School, which holds the national high school record for state team championships. “And of course you have OSU,” he adds. “It was one of the first sports dynasties.”

The Godfather of the Mat “Coach Gallagher set a trend of science in the sport,” continues Leroy Smith. “His influence is everywhere, not just in Oklahoma, but also throughout the sport. That’s why he was known as the dean of collegiate wrestling. That’s why his name’s on the arena. Can you think of any other school where the wrestling coach’s name is on the sports arena?” The crowds for high school and collegiate wrestling are a mere shadow of what they once were, but as the sport moves into the future, the state of wrestling in Oklahoma is as strong as ever before, and it is evolving. Female wrestling programs are popping up across the country, and while it has been slow to catch on in many

high schools in the state, one Oklahoma college is at the forefront of the burgeoning sport. “There are pockets of participation that are stronger than others in terms of numbers of athletes,” says Rich Bender, executive director of USA Wrestling. “But at the college level, Archie Randall at Oklahoma City University has set the pace for women’s opportunities in the NCAA.” As some things change, others stay the same. Ernie Jones started the wrestling season shooting for another team championship. If he gets it, he will have won titles at three different schools, tying him with Virgil Millard. In the meantime, he has been nominated for the National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year award for wrestling. Winning either would be nice, but wouldn’t necessarily be enough for him to call it a career. “Doggone, I retired from public schools after 25 years,” Jones says. “My brother-in-law got me a lucrative job. I could work when I wanted. But I was bored to death. So here I am doing what I was supposed to do. I told my wife just yesterday, the good lord got me into this situation, it’ll be up to him to get me out of it.” The young men who have been influenced by coaches like Jones and Henning would agree that the former is right where he belongs. “The time you spend in wrestling will always stick with you,” Gray says. “You learn discipline on a level that you never dreamed yourself capable of. You learn about sacrifice, endurance and dedication. You carry those things with you throughout your life.” “There’s a saying you’ll hear from wrestlers,” adds Gray. “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else is easy.” March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


The Healthy




Does eating like our ancestors affect health long-term? If it was good enough for the cavemen it’s good enough for us, right? after all, they eked out plenty of provisions when there were no grocery stores and stayed around long enough to propagate future generations, so perhaps they were on to something. The perception of the caveman diet is that they consumed a mostly protein-rich, meat-filled diet. In recent years, however, many researches believe that the modern “caveman’s diet” would be filled with wild plants, legumes, grass-fed beef and seafood, which is often identified as the Paleo Diet. Even with the new revelations on diet, many still prefer meat at every meal. What is popular in nutrition today may not be the case tomorrow, but heavy meat consumption has always been a hot topic. “It is well-known that red meat carries with it an increased risk of colon cancer and probably other GI cancers as well,” says Dr. Joel Grubbs,


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a physician with INTEGrIS Family care coffee creek. “In my mind, this is a moderation issue. Red meat as part of your overall diet plan is not a bad thing, and I would say the same thing about carbohydrates.” he recommends sticking to brown carbs and whole grains as much as possible. While researchers are split on the health benefits of red meat and extreme protein consumption, there is a general consensus that a high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is a wise choice. In other words, if the majority of the food on your plate won’t wilt or rot, your diet is probably out of balance. – Corrie McGee

THE PHYSICAL How important is this annual visit?

The yearly physical exam is a medical tradition between patient and doctor, a time spent focused on preventive medicine. During physical exams, doctors screen for disease, assess future potential health problems and update immunizations, explains Dr. Kathryn Reilly, a family medicine provider with OU Physicians. additionally, doctors often take the opportunity to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to develop a deeper doctor- patient relationship, adds Reilly. “a physical exam is important and intended to improve your health,” offers Reilly. A physical could be more accurately thought of as health maintenance exam, she adds. But how necessary is this annual visit to your health? New research suggests the frequency necessary may vary widely based on each patient’s needs. “The frequency of physical exams depends on the patient’s age and sex,” confirms reilly. Newest trends call for the patient to be separated into groups based on age, sex and risk level. Newborns and children up to age 2 are growing so rapidly that they should see a doctor often. after age 2, yearly exams are still necessary. At age 6, however, kids can begin to see the doctor every other year, suggests reilly. Eighteen- to 30-year-olds are advised to have at least two exams during this 12-year span. There are, however, tests that need to be performed more often. “Everyone should have their blood pressure checked every two years,” advises reilly. additionally, women in this group should have routine gynecological exams at least every three years, says reilly. Past age 30, the risk of heart disease begins to rise, so, more frequent exams may be necessary. “Men over age 34 and women who have a risk for heart disease should have cholesterol checked every five years,” says reilly. Between 40 and 65, the list of recommended tests begins to lengthen, adding a mammogram every one to two years and a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. At 65, the yearly exam begins once again. The new guidelines may seem more complicated. However, they have been designed to better address patient health and reduce unnecessary tests. “There is little to no evidence that the yearly physical provides any benefits for most patients,” says reilly. Of course, general physicals aren’t the only regular checkups recommended by health professionals. Dental health and vision are also important to maintain. Generally speaking, it’s recommended that one sees a dentist for a cleaning and check-up every six months – more frequently in the case of persons with existing issues. One’s vision should be checked every two years between the ages of 18 and 60 and annually after age 60. Those at risk for vision issues or who already wear contact lenses should also have annual vision check-ups. – Lindsay Cuomo


Is exercising really a miracle drug?

We all know we need to exercise, but that means a lot of things to a lot of people. Does walking count as much as running? Do we need to break a sweat or is simple activity just as effective? One thing is for certain: The effects of exercise go well beyond the physical benefits of weight loss. “(Exercise) truly is the miracle drug,” says Dr. Joel Grubbs, a physician with INTEGRIS Family care coffee creek. “If we could package this as a medication, we probably wouldn’t need a lot of other medications.” Multiple studies show clear benefits of regular exercise that reach across heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, alzheimer’s and cancer, to name a few. It’s important to clarify what “regular” exercise means. according to Grubbs, the amount of activity used in these studies was about 150 minutes per week, which is essentially 30 minutes five times a week. he adds that there is a “more is better” component to this; however, it’s not clear yet how much more benefit there is. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to matter what type of exercise you choose, which means there is something here for everyone, from the tennis player to the bird watcher. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming or weight-lifting programs can be effective. There is a tried and true formula of 220 minus your age, then taking 85 percent of that number as your maximum heart rate. Before you pull out that calculator, Grubbs recommends starting out slow and working up. “If you do too much too fast, you probably won’t like the way you feel, and you might quit before giving yourself a good chance. “remember, baby steps,” he adds. – Corrie McGee


What can my oral health say about the larger picture?

Studies have long proven the benefits of flossing, so it’s not so much a question of whether or not to do it as much as understanding how one’s oral health affects overall health. Gum disease is painful and often leads to tooth loss, and it has also been linked in some research to diabetes, heart disease and stroke as well as premature and low birth weight. The Mayo clinic explains it like this: The mouth has (mostly harmless) bacteria in it

that natural defenses and good oral care help keep at bay. however, if harmful bacteria are allowed to grow unchecked, you may end up with oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease through which the bacteria can enter the bloodstream. according to Dr. aliyeah roper of Utica Park clinic in Glenpool, those with diabetes need to be even more careful due to reduced resistance to infection. She points out that better control of sugars often equals better control of tooth decay. It’s important to have your physician do an oral exam as well as visit your dentist. Roper recommends avoiding overindulging in acidic food as well as beverages like coffee, tea and sodas and

WHAT TO VACCINATE Which shots are most important in adulthood?

Vaccines are often associated with children, but as we get older, several are recommended for adults to maintain good health. The flu shot is the most well-known vaccine for adults. It is recommended that adults receive the shot annually in November or December. “It has been proven beyond doubt to make a big difference in the death rate from flu in the U.S.,” shares Dr. Joel Grubbs, a physician with INTEGrIS Family care coffee creek. he adds that the pneumonia vaccine is important for people that have a chronic disease that impairs immunity or ability to fight infections, such as those with diabetes and heart disease, as well as those 65 and older. It is also recommended that adults 60 years and above receive the shingles vaccine whether they’ve had the disease or not, as it is a continued risk. Though it’s more of a risk for those over 60, there are a high number of adults in their 40s and 50s that are affected as well. Vaccines that may be needed due to lifestyle, health or job risks include hepatitis a/B as well as the meningococcal vaccine. along with these shots, women and men under the age of 26 are also encouraged to get the hPV vaccine. Lastly, experts recommend receiving a tetanus booster shot once every 10 years. This is part of younger booster shots, but just because you were vaccinated as a child doesn’t mean you are covered for a lifetime. It’s important to know vaccine history because there can be overlaps of vaccines that weren’t available when adults were younger. – Corrie McGee

starting good habits, such as flossing and using mouthwash nightly, as well as brushing teeth twice daily. The american Dental Association suggests flossing before brushing can be even more helpful as it allows the fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between teeth more effectively. The good news is that most oral disease is largely preventable, according to the center for Disease control, which means that by putting good habits in place you can maintain good oral health. – Corrie McGee

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Should I consider a mental health evaluation?


Can genetic testing keep you healthy? Preventive medicine is frequently touted as the best way to stay healthy. routine exams assess our current health and risk level for future ailments. Genetic tests take screening to another level by looking for gene abnormalities. Certain abnormalities can show a predisposition to a particular disease or can confirm a diagnosis. “Genetic testing tests for defined gene mutations that place a person at significantly increased risk,” says Dr. Denise Rable, director of breast surgery at St. John Medical center. “The idea is the genes don’t function properly,” continues Dr. coty ho, medical director of hematology and oncology at St. John Medical center. There is a wide variety of genetic testing available. Predictive testing can show if you have inherited a genetic risk factor to a particular disease. For example, a simple blood test could screen for the Brca gene, which would show a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, shares ho. “Genetic testing results can be helpful in planning treatment,” says rable. “The results can more accurately define an individual’s risk and guide subsequent screening and possibly preventive interventions.” “From a medical standpoint, it often means more surveillance or aggressive treatment is needed,” says Ho. “But, the results can be more complicated on the personal level.”


The emotional consequences can be quite difficult, cautions ho. “It can cause a lot of stress in the family,” says ho. “We do not take genetic testing lightly. That’s why we recommend a visit with a genetic counselor.” Genetic testing is only recommended for those with a strong family history of a particular disease. Genetic testing might be beneficial if there is a high occurrence of a certain type of cancer within your family, especially if they were diagnosed at an early age. additionally, someone with a limited family history might consider genetic testing, adds rable. “Genetic testing for appropriately screened individuals is covered by most insurance companies,” says rable. Genetic testing is still a limited science. “We often hear about genetic testing and cancer, but we haven’t been able to identify a specific gene for most cancers,” admits ho. “Ninety five percent of cancers aren’t linked to a specific gene,” shares ho. The science is simply not advanced enough yet, says ho. and, often, results only show a predisposition not whether you will certainly develop the disease. “It is a fairly easy procedure,” says ho. “It is very easy to do, but the results are a bit more complicated.” – Lindsay

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according to the Oklahoma State Department of Mental health and Substance abuse Services, one in four american adults has a diagnosable mental illness, but less than one-quarter of that percentage gets any type of mental health attention, let alone appropriate treatment. caring for mental health is as important as caring for physical health, shares Dr. ahsan Khan, an OU Physicians psychiatrist. “People are very familiar with the concept of routine physical health screening, but the notion of a regular mental health screening is not well established,” explains Khan. “In general, taking care of one’s mental health is not a top priority because of lack of knowledge and stigma associated with mental health.” a periodic mental health screening helps identify warning signs for common mental conditions like depression and anxiety. Both of which are treatable but if left untreated can result in very serious consequences. The symptoms of a mental health condition can often be overlooked. “Sometimes signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety are taken as if someone is moody or as their personality style,” says Khan. Additionally, some psychiatric disorders present with physical symptoms. “Patients with depression often complain about being tired, in pain and without energy,” explains Khan. “Early detection of mental disorders will prevent the problems from worsening.” Many people don’t realize that mental health conditions are treatable. “common conditions like depression and anxiety are as treatable as common medical conditions like hypertension,” says Khan. additionally, mental health

screenings are quite simple. These screenings can be done at home or by your primary care physician. “There are many self-evaluating screening tools available on the internet that anyone can use as a starting point to assess themselves,” shares Khan. Your physician will often use a questionnaire to assess your mental health. Khan encourages patients to answer openly and honestly. assessing mental health is just the first step. It is very important to follow through with the treatment your doctor recommends, advises Khan. “Do not change or stop taking your treatment, unless discussed with your doctor,” cautions Khan. Premature discontinuation of a prescribed treatment is very common and can result in relapse and a return of the symptoms. “The patient feels well when they are on their treatment and thinks they don’t need it,” says Khan. “They forget that the very reason they are feeling well is because of the treatment.” – Lindsay Cuomo


A common sense approach to vitamins renders the debate largely moot.

Every day, it seems, another report or study is announced that either supports the benefits of broad vitamin supplements or diminishes them. Still others border on labeling supplements as utterly fraudulent or worse – hazardous. It’s little wonder that many people are confused.


Is it possible to be both?

Many define their health solely by the number on the scale, but how much does weight really factor into health? Brooke Rusher, therapeutic exercise specialist with St. John Siegfried health club, says being healthy is more about what you are putting in your body and how active you are than your weight. “Being healthy is more than losing weight and having the best figure,” explains rusher. “Being healthy includes exercising regularly, eating healthy and keeping a healthy mental attitude.” Numbers matter, just not necessarily the number we typically focus on. Weight alone won’t give a complete picture. “research suggests a person can be overweight and fit,” counters Rusher. “Overweight people who exercise 150 minutes a week decrease their risk of mortality more than a normal weight person that doesn’t exercise.” a better measure of health comes from body mass index (BMI), a measure of fat based on height and weight, and waist circumference, outlines rusher. “Women with more than 35 inches around the waist and men with more than 40 inches have an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes,” shares rusher. Other important numbers are cholesterol,

But Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) advocates a thoughtful approach to such supplements. First and foremost, hSPh and most other leading exerts agree that the best way to meet your vitamin needs is nutrition via a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and healthy oils, and low in red meat and unhealthy fats. To ensure adequate ingestion of vitamins, choosing a daily multi-vitamin is a good idea. check for one with folic acid to fill in a gap that even healthy eating might not fill. hSPh and others also suggest a vitamin D supplement even if it is included in your multivitamin.

triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. “Everyone should know their numbers,” advises rusher. She encourages individuals to focus on health rather than simply being slim. “Getting fit is more realistic than getting slim,” says rusher. The goal should be to exercise, eat right and stay healthy. That may be achieved at any body weight. “Step back and look at what you are putting into your body,” recommends rusher. “It really does matter.” Are you getting enough exercise? “Everyone should be exercising at least 150 minutes each week,” says Rusher. “Thirty minutes of continuous exercise daily to maintain weight and 60-90 minutes to decrease body weight. “Exercise should be at an intensity of somewhat hard to talk. The Talk Test is always a good indication of intensity. You should be able to say short-winded phrases but should not be able to have a long conversation while exercising.” Find a fun activity that’s right for you. rusher suggests pool exercise, group fitness classes, chair exercise classes, yoga, treadmills or exercise bikes. “There is a mode of exercise for everyone no matter what: young or old, fit or unfit, healthy or unhealthy,” says rusher. – Lindsay Cuomo

Beyond these basics, which effectively help maintain a balanced intake of necessary nutrients, the effectiveness of other supplements is the source of considerable debate. HSPH cautions against mega-doses of vitamins and mega-fortified foods and also against advertised “super” supplements because more doesn’t always equal better, and claims that sound too good to be true probably are. always consult with your doctor before beginning or altering a supplement plan, and remember that a well balanced diet should provide almost everything the body needs nutritionally. – Michael W. Sasser


Sex has a remarkable number of health boons.

While many surely know the psychological benefits of sex, and some may even be aware of the potential exercise ramifications of an active sex life, there are numerous other advantages, researchers and physicians assert. Psychological benefits include increased confidence and self-esteem and deeper levels of intimacy with one’s partners. Sex boosts one’s level of the hormone oxytocin, the “love hormone,” which helps build trust and bonds. That same hormone also boosts the body’s set of natural painkillers and promotes better sleep. Exercise benefits of sex might have been exaggerated at times, but realistically, sex burns 85-plus calories per half hour, so overcoming a pint of haagen Dazs might be exhausting. But other benefits abound. Sex can lower stress levels and thus blood pressure. according to a Wilkes University study, sex also has been linked with higher levels of an antibody that can protect against colds and other infections. Meanwhile, a 20-year British study revealed that men who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month, intimating heart health advantages. also of note to men, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that frequent ejaculations – particularly in 20-something men – may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life. Sex, it seems, isn’t just a vital part of human life – it also enhances and improves lives in ways many not often consider. – Michael W. Sasser March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



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aerospace Camp Aerospace Camp at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is an adventure that inspires dreams of becoming a scientist, aviator or astronaut. The camp is offered at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., weekdays from June 3-28 and from July 8-Aug. 9. Camp is for youth ages 7-18 years. For more, go to or call 918.834.9900.

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Camp Shalom If you are looking for a summer of fun and lifetime of memories, Camp Shalom is the camp for you. Camp Shalom offers 10 weekly sessions and a safe, fun environment for your child(ren), from swim lessons, free swim, sports, guest speakers and arts and crafts. Specialty camps include soccer, tennis, swimming, GLEE, cheerleading, music, flag football, tutoring, fitness, music theater and many more. Camp takes place at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, 2021 E. 71st St., from May 28-Aug. 2. Camp is for children 3-12 years. For more information, go to or call 918.495.1111.

Founded in 1994, SHRA Summer Camp teaches kids how to ride horses and introduces basic horse care, grooming and bathing and also encourages group games on and off horseback. The camp is held at Southern Hills Riding Academy, 7600 S. Elwood Ave., Tulsa, May 27July 19. Full-day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and half-day (9 a.m.-noon) sessions are available for co-ed students age 5-14. For more information, visit or call 918.446.6556.

Summer Camp at zarrow Center An exciting adventure awaits with eight weeks of classes available. Students will participate in fun art activities. Shuttles to Gilcrease Museum will provide inspiration for creations. Camp is offered at Zarrow Center for Art and Education, 124 E. Brady St., located in the Brady Arts District from June 10-Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp is for ages 5-12. For more information, go to explore/zarrow or call 918.631.4402.

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People who were sexually abused in childhood often engage in abusive relationships as adults, either being repeatedly victimized, or becoming abusers themselves. Why? It feels familiar. If the Courtney Linsen- connection between abuse and “love” is made early in life, the feelings of shame meyer-O’Brien, and anger, which naturally happen as a PhD, LPC, MHR consequence of the abuse, are interpreted as feelings of love and passion. People who have been abused may not realize other ways of feeling in relationships are possible. They believe they are feeling love for their abuser, so when they are later abused in an intimate relationship, they perceive the familiar feelings of shame and anger as love and passion. Individuals may associate or confuse intensity with pleasure who have been abused and traumatized through sexual abuse as children. They may be attracted to abusive individuals or high-risk activities in order to feel pleasure, as they crave the “rush” of danger in order to feel aroused or to experience pleasure. Oftentimes, living a fantasy feels safer than reality. Either way, compulsive behaviors such as overeating, drinking and sex oftentimes occur to provide this temporary sense of relief and offer a false sense of control to the person’s imaginary life. It is never a healthy option to dismiss abuse or pretend it never occurred.

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While we encourage people to focus on their oral health year-round, now is the perfect time for a routine dental visit. Even if you care for your teeth and gums at home, you should still Bert Johnson, visit your dentist twice per year. Your D.D.S. dentist can check for dental problems that you may not see, including cavities, oral cancer and gum disease. If caught early, these problems can be managed. Studies have shown close links between oral and general health, including cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Modern preventive options allow us to protect your smile and your overall health.

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The first step is to visit with his physician about his condition and prognosis. There are Medicare regulations in Ava Hancock place to help doctors determine if and when a patient qualifies for hospice care. First, the patient must have a lifelimiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less left to live. Two physicians must make this determination and certify in writing. At Grace Hospice, we will have one of our registered nurses evaluate your father, following Medicare’s guidelines. If all parties determine that a patient is eligible, that person can elect to use their hospice benefit. At Grace Hospice, we provide care during the course of the disease and also provide support to the family throughout the duration of care and for a 13-month period of grief and bereavement after the death. Please contact Grace Hospice for more information at 918.744.7223.

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The same allergens that cause allergies in most humans can cause allergies in your pets, as well. Trees, grass and pollen can cause skin infections, itching and sneezing in our furry friends. Airborne allergens are unavoidable this time of year, but careful observation and a trip to the veterinarian are the first steps in helping your pet survive allergy season.

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I recently heard a friend speaking of nutritional psychology. Could you explain the meaning and what it treats?

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Nutritional psychology focuses on how the foods we eat influence how we feel and resulting behavior. Nutrition psychologists apply the principles and techniques of cognitive-behavioral psychology to help people get and stay Amy Kesner, PhD, healthy. Some steps a nutritional psyLPC, LADC chologist may utilize include researching and testing a patient’s unique bio-chemical make-up, helping discover nutritional deficiencies that could be contributing to a patient’s symptoms, encouraging a patient to explore diet and lifestyle changes that would best support your goals related to emotional and behavioral symptoms. Researchers are focusing on ways that various herbs, spices, vitamins and other nutrients affect our brain and overall health. Growing research is demonstrating how spices can improve brain functioning and how other foods may increase negative symptoms and decline in cognition. Some psychologists are utilizing the results of these studies as treatment of symptoms related to depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders. It is not recommended that any individual being treated for these disorders stop current treatments but may consult with their doctor or psychologist to see if adding certain spices, vitamins, nutrients and herbs may be a healthy addition or alternative.

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There has been a lot of buzz about public relations, but I don’t know where to start or even if it is worth it.

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I have recently had several patients in your same situation. Now that the injury is no longer acute and medicine, injections and bracing are no longer as effective, this left you with a chronically painful thumb. I have found that we can change the soft tissue around the joint using a manual therapy technique called ASTYM. This technique stimulates healing reducing your painful symptoms and increasing the functional use of your hand. Along with the soft tissue changes we work on strengthening and range of motion to optimize your function. The ASTYM technique must be carried out by a therapist certified to use the ASTYM technique.

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ustin Thompson should be relaxed and lazing on his laurels. Less than two years ago, his first restaurant, Juniper, raised the bar on Tulsa dining. And now, with Prhyme, Thompson has reinvented the steakhouse for the 21st century. He strolls toward the kitchen, scanning the tables in the dining room. It’s not yet 5 p.m., but diners are happily eating, served by attentive waiters dressed in well-tailored dark suits. Thompson gestures toward the leather chairs, the black-stained wood, the earthtoned walls. Scattered about are quirky sculptures and oddly comforting canvases by Cooper Cornelius. The classic steakhouse, Thompson observes, is rough, inelegant, darkly masculine. “I didn’t want to be like that,” he says. “I wanted warm, inviting, comfortable.” And, he says, the service must match. Those dapper, elegant waiters are well-trained and knowledgeable, but their main task is to make each guest feel welcome. After all, he says, “pleasing our guests is why we’re here.” The kitchen is bright, spotless and very crowded. Moving like a well-oiled machine, disciplined groups of sous-chefs are trimming

fat from red, glistening filets. And there are the broilers. They reach 1,600 degrees, which gives a fully browned exterior while leaving the center as rare as you like. But everyone’s eyes are drawn toward those beautiful, well-marbled steaks. They’re grass-fed beef, beef from cows that roam the range and graze in pastures. That yields leaner meat with a rich distinctive flavor – like wild game, Thompson opines – totally unlike its corn-fed cousins. “We’re different from any steakhouse I’ve ever heard of,” Thompson explains, “because we offer three kinds of beef.” There’s grass-fed beef, USDA Prime 21-day, wet-aged beef and, king of the hill and never before seen in Tulsa, USDA Prime 40-day dry-aged beef. (Sometimes a fourth kind, kobe-style beef, is available.) USDA Prime itself is a rarity; only one out of every 100 steers is good enough to make the grade. Aging improves flavor. Wet-aged meat is wrapped in airtight plastic during aging, allowing enzymes to break down the meat and liberate the flavor. For dry-aging, the meat is simply hung in a cooler; the meat loses water, intensifying its flavor and is broken down by airborne organisms March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM




as well as enzymes. The three kinds of beef, says Thompson, are vastly different in flavor and texture. He sees this as a chance for diners to explore and experiment. It’s like a wine tasting; a table of three can each get a different kind, share tastes, explore new flavors, find out what they really like. But what if you hate steak? Can you still find reason to love Prhyme? Thompson isn’t sure. Still, unlike the traditional steakhouse, which might offer a dry, flavorless slab of fish or chicken to accommodate the lone man out in a party of carnivores, Thompson has designed a bevy of creative entrees featuring produce of the air and sea. There’s blue crab ravioli with truffled sauce Mornay, duck breast with turnip puree and blackberry compote and brown butter scallops garnished with portobello duxelles. If you’re a very rich steak-hater, you can pamper yourself with a lavish spread of Osetra caviar and a $1,500 bottle of first-growth claret. The extensive wine list, designed by sommelier Joe Breaux, also offers 27 much less expensive wines by the glass, as well as more than 200 by the bottle, including, alongside those from famous chateaux, many off-the-beaten-path small boutique wines. Thompson spends at least half an hour each day training and meeting with the staff. “I love them,” he says, “because they have the same goals and values as I do: making the best product and taking care of guests.” He rushes off to do that now. Nonstop, high-pressure work – how does he do it? “It’s easy,” says Thompson, “because I’m doing what I love. I’m having fun.” 111 N. Main, Suite A, Tulsa. www. BRian SChWaRTz


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You don’t expect stark modern decor to convey a quintessentially Japanese sense of tranquility and grace, but that’s what you’ll find when you leave the bustle Beef ishiyaki is served with of Utica Square behind and thinly sliced Serrano peppers, walk through the door of Sushi cucumbers and bell pepper. Alley Izakaya. As befits such a setting, the elegant and artfully presented food you’ll be served is both modern and thoroughly Japanese. Chef Greg Bossler first learned to prepare sushi at his Japanese mother’s knee, so it’s not surprising that there’s a large selection of sushi: colorfully-topped nigiri laid out with jewel-like precision, slices of sashimi arranged in a pattern as complex as a prized kimono and creative American-style rolls. But if you stick to the raw, you’ll be missing Sushi Alley’s most creative, eye-popping delights. Tender, flavorful scallops are grilled with yuzu kosho, a traditional marinade from Kyushu Island made from the peel of the yuzu fruit mixed with zesty green peppers. Yakitori skewers of chicken or flavor-packed pork belly are brushed with tare sauce and grilled; the meat is sweet, juicy and sublime. If you want to do the grilling yourself, order the Ishiyaki Beef. Slices of raw beef will be brought to your table, along with a flameheated stone on which to cook it. What all these have in common, says Bossler, is “our core philosophy: There is elegance and sophistication to be found in simplicity.” 1730 Utica Square, Tulsa. – Brian Schwartz chrIS hUMPhrEY

Justin Thompson has opened Prhyme in downtown Tulsa, his second restaurant in as many years.

The new kid on the block, it’s a place favored by the trendy and timeless in Oklahoma City. And why would it not be an instant favorite? Hot grilled cheese sandwiches, as imaginative as they are delicious, paired with cold beer and served in a modern gastropub setting. “Oddly enough,” says co-owner Joey Morris, “(grilled cheese sandwiches) remain a food that has endless possibilities.” Gourmet touches, like the gruyere, prosciutto, figs and balsamic reduction found in the H.A.M. certainly make an impression. But Morris says it’s the Macaroni Pony that is the best seller: chipotle barbecue pulled pork, three-cheese macaroni and pickles sandwiched between jalapeno cornbread. All sandies are served with a side of choice. Add a craft cocktail or local beer, and you’ve got a dandy. 1630 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City. www. – Jami Mattox



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Since spring has almost sprung, it’s time to dig up those veggie recipes that the kids, both young and old, may flat refuse to eat. Green peas, in particular, have a bad reputation. If the thought of eating those little green orbs conjures up childhood nightmares of being force-fed the mushy vegetable, take heart. Peas can be quite delicious when combined with just a few simple ingredients. Believe it or not, peas are packed with nutrients. Just one cup of peas contains eight grams of protein, seven grams of fiber and only 100 calories. Peas also contain a powerful antioxidant called coumestrol that is particularly helpful in helping prevent stomach cancer. Peas are good sources of vitamins A, B complex, C and K as well as potassium. As nutritious as peas are, the nutrients will do no good if no one will eat them. Since kids may be reluctant to eat peas in their familiar form, try serving them as a dip with celery or carrot sticks. – Jill Meredith

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Pig & a Pint The Alley

St. Michael’s Alley, a Tulsa staple and purveyor of white chili, closed many years ago. But recently, The Alley – a modern gastropub with a menu that celebrates traditional pub fare by adding contemporary, gourmet touches – has opened in the space once occupied by its namesake. Now, in addition to The Alley’s rendition of that legendary chili, the restaurant offers everything from Scotch eggs and burgers

for those looking for a quick bite to elegant plates, like the braised short rib accompanied with roasted cauliflower and parsnip puree, and the Ribeye Frites, a 12-ounce steak with an espresso rub served with Brussels sprouts and frites. But on Tuesdays, The Alley is the place to go for Pig & A Pint, the restaurant’s monthly pork special served with a draft beer for just $10. Past monthly specials have included pulled pork and pork shoulder sandwich. 3324 E. 31st St., Tulsa. The Cannon Club Sandwich is served with French onion soup.

Spring Pea hummus With mint Makes about 2 cups

Place peas in a saucepan and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until peas are tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and cool. Combine peas and remaining ingredients, except salt and pepper, in the food processor. Process until almost smooth. add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers or pita chips.


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1 lb. fresh green peas Water 1/4 c. tahini (sesame seed paste) 2 tbsp. fresh, chopped mint leaves 2 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tbsp. olive oil or more if needed Salt and pepper to taste

Sandwiches Napoleon Deli

Great places to lunch in a city are easy to spot because they are crammed for several hours with hungry souls searching for sustenance and perhaps a little comfort, all needed in under an hour. Napoleon Deli, located in Midwest City, is a lunchtime favorite for many in the area, particularly Tinker

Air Force employees. Fresh-baked bread is filled with sandwich makings for classics, like tuna, roast beef and turkey. The soups are equally memorable, with staples like tomato, potato and French onion. The menu is simple. The folks at Napoleon are not pushing the culinary envelope; they are merely providing high-quality staples for the masses. 1120 S. Douglas Ave., Midwest City. 405.732.6773




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Few foods are more delicious than a perfectly poached egg. Whether part of an elegant brunch or over toast when you’re sick, poached eggs are so easy to prepare, there’s no reason to save them for special occasions. However, sometimes even the easiest tasks can seem daunting. While simple, there is some technique involved to get perfect results every time. Chef Trevor Tack from R Bar and Grill on Brookside offers tips to make this task a little less menacing. For starters, use the freshest eggs possible. To perfectly poach those eggs, fill a saucepan with cool water. Next, bring the water to a bare simmer. Tack says that the water is ready when the tiny bubbles resemble those in Champagne. If the water is boiling too vigorously, the egg will be torn apart. Before adding the egg to the water, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar. According to Tack, this step helps the white coagulate quickly. Next, swirl the water with a spoon to create a whirlpool effect. This will result in a more uniform shape. When adding the egg, either pour it from a small bowl or crack it directly into the water. Once the egg has cooked for three or four minutes and the white is set, remove with a slotted spoon and serve as desired. – Jill Meredith

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Coffee Bars Call it a match made in heaven; call it one-stop shopping. A few cafés have recently popped up in Tulsa that offer the casual vibe and menu of a coffee shop along with the addition of stronger stuff found in bars. Chimera, a coffee shop and bar located in Tulsa’s trendy Brady Arts District, is one of the newest on the scene, having opened its doors at the end of January. The café offers bistro-style food with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, along with quality coffee, mixed drinks, beer and wine (212 N. Main St., Tulsa). A little bit south and east of Chimera, in the burgeoning Pearl District, Blake

Ewing has opened another successful eatery, The Phoenix. This coffee shop and bakery has been compared to the fictional Central Perk of Friends fame. Baristas and bartenders work side by side, serving java drinks, local beers and great bagel sandwiches. The atmosphere is as conducive to a quiet afternoon of studying as it is to a raucous evening with friends (1302 E. Sixth St., Tulsa). The folks behind Topeca Coffee have teamed with well-known mixologist and sommelier Noah Bush to create Hodges Bend, a combination coffee shop, wine bar and craft cocktail emporium that has recently opened in the East End. Among other features, the bar approaches coffee much like they do wine and they have the state’s first hand-carved ice cubes for cocktails. (823 E. Third St., Tulsa). – Jami Mattox March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


a World Of Cookies The whole world loves a cookie, and you’ll find some version of this sweet treat in practically every culture’s culinary tradition. Whole Foods Market celebrates this global obsession with a tasty new addition to its bakery: the International Cookie Bar. Locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City offer a rotating selection of freshly baked, globally influenced treats for patrons to mix and match to their hearts’ content. The collection primarily features recipes originating in Europe and the Americas. The Scottish shortbread cookie plays a starring role, with variations including pecan, pistachio, green apple and the delightfully delicate lemon lavender. Italy contributes the ricciarelli, the fig-filled cuccidati, pignoli and amaretti. There are also variations on the German spritz

and the wedding cookie – apparently Whole Foods doesn’t wish to weigh in on the origin of this pastry, which at least a dozen countries claim as their own. Whole Foods’ Tulsa marketing specialist, Lorah Gerald, says the response from customers has been enthusiastic. “Guests love to pick what they want and to buy as much or as little as they want,” she says. She adds that Tulsa patrons are partial to the chocolate crinkle, chocolate chip shortbread and the crispy sandwich hazelnut varieties. The International Cookie Bar is available at both Oklahoma Whole Foods locations: 1401 E. 41 St. in Tulsa and 6001 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Cookies are $9.99 per pound. – Thom Golden


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grab a Slice A couple of years ago, Andolini’s was a pizzeria in Owasso that enjoyed cult-like status for freshly made pizzas, spicy stromboli and authentic Italian creations. Tulsans flocked north to the suburb to experience the delicious pies. Now, in 2013, Andolini’s second location, on Cherry Street, is an always-packed hangout for families and friends looking to enjoy good food and good drink. The pizzeria also caters to the late-night crowd, offering pizza by the slice at night, at the Cherry Street location as well as from its mobile food truck. Pizza toppings offered by the slice vary by day; plenty of roasted garlic may top the pie one night, while another night may see pizzas topped with a plethora of meats. www. – Jami Mattox


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There was a time not too long ago in which all one needed to be a dedicated oenophile were a bottle of decent wine, a couple of glasses and slightly more knowledge of the vino than the person with whom you were sharing it. Technology has changed much of this – though not the pretension, of course. Today, numerous gadgets enable true wine aficionados to maximize their appreciation. Wine saver systems were the first major advent for home drinkers since advanced corkscrews. These systems, which range in cost and quality, enable users to remove excess air from an open bottle of wine and thus keep it fresh and in top quality to drink for a week to 10 days, generally. The result: One doesn’t need to finish a bottle of wine on one occasion and then surrender the remainder for cooking. Wine aerators might be the niftiest newcomer. These systems, which again, vary considerably in price and effectiveness, enable drinkers to let their wine breathe without having to decant. Aerators work in about the time it takes to pour a glass of wine, so for serious wine-lovers, particularly red wine lovers, it’s one of the more handy tools. Wine finers are systems – simple or elaborate – that filter out any cork, tartar or sediment as one pours a glass. Some, such as the Nuance Wine Finer, also decants red wine and can act as a cork to boot. Other wine related advances such as wine chillers, thermometers, foil cutters and high-end openers have their place but don’t necessarily increase the quality of the drinking experience. Still, for those who recall the day when pretense was a big part of the oenophile fun, why not? That pesky foil around the top of a champagne bottle can be so challenging. – Michael W. Sasser




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Two for the Road

miranda lambert brings it home to OkC co-headlining with Dierks Bentley.

here’s only one man in Miranda Lambert’s exciting, highprofile life, and that’s her equally famous husband and fellow country music star Blake Shelton. For the next few months, however, she’ll be seeing a lot more of someone else. The Locked and Reloaded Tour, which started in January, brings Lambert and friend Dierks Bentley together again to co-headline the tour. They rock Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave., Friday, March 8. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Lee Brice. Both Lambert and Bentley are credited with bringing some muchneeded country roots to today’s airwaves. Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, Okla. with Shelton, has been named top female vocalist multiple years by both the Country Music Association and the Academy

of Country Music. Her current album, Four the Record, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. She also anticipates the release of a new album with her trio, Pistol Annies, in 2013. Bentley brings his own share of accolades. A multi-platinum selling artist, he saw his album Home debut at No. 1 in 2012. He was also Grammy Award nominated for Best Country Solo Performances for Home. With 10 No. 1 songs to his career, he combines influences from bluegrass and rock music into his sound. On a double-billed show, the audience will find that Lambert and Bentley take a similar approach to country. As for touring with Shelton, it’s not on Lambert’s calendar yet, but would it really surprise anyone if it came true? Our fingers are crossed. Tickets to the concert are $28 and $57.75, available at the box office and online at kaRen ShaDe March 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM





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Tulsa Symphony: Violet March 16 Guest conductor Daniel Hege returns for a majestic night of sounds medieval and romantic with favorite OK Mozart pianist Robin Sutherland at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Quartetto di Cremona

March 17 What would you expect from a quartet from Cremona but an all-Italian program of works from Boccherini to Verdi. Chamber Music Tulsa presents at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Pokey laFarge and the South City Three March 17 The American roots act is presented by OK Mozart at Bartlesville’s Hilton Garden Inn. www.

Dual Pianos Ragtime

March 18 Ragtime pianists Brian Holland and Paul Asaro play the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a presentation of Ragtime for Tulsa.

Bright Tales March 18-19 The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble tells stories at Oklahoma City’s All Souls’ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. mike Bennett

March 19 Jazz favorite plays at Gilcrease Museum.

Yesterday Once more: a Tribute to the Carpenters March 22-23 Oklahoma City

Philharmonic presents the songs of Karen and Richard Carpenter, whose music grooved in the 1970s. www.

PERFORMANCES OKC Phil: Force of Destiny Design is in everything; at least that’s true of great musical compositions carefully written by genius for meter, tone, harmony and feelings they, together, draw from a listener. Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, which lends its title to Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s newest show, leads off an evening of works by Haydn (Cello Concerto in C Major) and Brahms (Symphony No. 1). In-demand cellist Zuill Bailey, acclaimed for his soul-stirring performances, joins the philharmonic in the music hall’s Thelma E. Gaylor Performing Arts Theatre, 201 N. Walker Ave. Show will be 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and tickets range from $15-$65 each. A concert preview is also scheduled at 7 p.m. Tomasz Zieba, adjunct instructor of cello at Oklahoma City University, is joined by Dorothy Hays, former music director at Putnam City Schools, in a performance that is free to Force of Destiny ticket holders. For more, visit

Performances new genre Festival XX: Particular

March 1-2 The arts festival features genre-breaking movement from Lostwax Multimedia Dance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

new genre Festival XX: expatriate

March 1-2 Poet, playwright and performance artist Lenelle Moise presents her original two-act play with all vocal music at the Nightingale Theater.

Of mice and men March 1-9 The adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel of two migrant farm workers during the Great Depression is presented by American Theater Company at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

OkC Phil: Force of Destiny March 2 Sound meets its destiny in guest cellist Zuill Bailey, joining the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in works by Verdi, Haydn and Brahms at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Radio golf

Thru March 2 August Wilson’s play of an Ivy League-educated businessman and the secrets that threaten his political ambitions is presented by Theatre North at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

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Thru March 2 Political satire is still fresh in Oklahoma at the annual roast of the year’s biggest newsmaker and fundraiser comedy show for college scholarships awarded to journalism students.

monty Python’s Spamalot

March 3 King Arthur and his knights quest for the Holy Grail encountering killer rabbits, chorus lines and more nonsense in the musical presented at Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

The most happy Fella

Thru March 3 Tulsa Opera brings an ambitious gem from old Broadway to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a tale of an aging Italian vineyard owner who proposes marriage to a young waitress in San Francisco (whom he hasn’t met) through the mail.

Peter Pan

March 5-10 Delightful Cathy Rigby is back in an all-new production of the Broadway musical of the boy who wouldn’t grow up and a magical land far, far away. Celebrity Attractions presents at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

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Tulsa’s Fourth annual 24-hour Play Festival March 9 Playhouse Tulsa Theater is back with

teams racing against the clock to create, produce and stage

10-minute plays in only a single day. Will be shown at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Step afrika!

March 23 Stepping, created on college campuses among traditionally black fraternities and sororities, brings high energy to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center from the Tulsa PAC Trust.

15th annual Crescendo music awards March 23 Presented by the Rotary Club of Tul-

sa, the annual awards in classical music performance will be at the Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

Cotton Patch gospel

March 23 Tulsa Repertory Musicals presents a favorite musical country-style at the Bernsen Center.

emily Drennan & Friends

March 23 Broadway and off-Broadway singer Emily Drennen will appear at Bristow’s Freeland Center for the Performing Arts in Bristow as part of the national Candelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness.

great moments from Stage and Screen March 9 Tulsa Oratorio Chorus celebrates

20 years on stage with a special program of music at the University of Tulsa Lorton Performance Center. www.

Five Course love

March 9 Watch as three actors play 15 different characters on a quest for true love in the musical comedy event benefiting the Mizel Jewish Community Day School. 918.494.0953

Brown Bag it

March 13-April 17 Irish pub band Cairde na Gael opens the spring Brown Bag It lunch-hour music concerts Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Bug March 14-24 Oklahoma City Theatre Company goes thriller for the dark Tracy Letts play set in an Oklahoma City motel. Presented at the OKC Civic Center Music Hall. an innocent man: The music of Billy Joel March 15-16 Tulsa’s Signature Symphony goes all

the way for its Pops Series with a tribute to the rock star and his music with musicians Jean Meilleur and John Regan at the Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

Pokey LaFarge presented by Ok mozart in Bartlesville.

Dream girls

March 25 Motown sings high and dreams big but not without its disappointments in the Tony Award-winning musical touring to the Bartlesville Community Center.

The glass menagerie

March 27-April 13 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma tells one of Tennessee Williams’ best-love plays, this one about a young man, his mother and sister struggling through abandonment and frustrations.


Side by Side March 27 Young musicians of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra perform with mentoring professionals of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for a fun concert at the OKC Civic Center Music Hall. www.

Balanchine and Beyond

Up Close with annie ellicott and Friends March 30 Tulsa’s jazz vocalist at the Broken

March 15-23 Theatre Tulsa gets in musical form with the favorite musical based on Charles Dickens’ endearing orphan at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

March 15-24 Tulsa Ballet presents three challenging and beautiful pieces at the University of Tulsa Lorton Performance Center. www.

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March 1 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Tom Russell March 1 Blue Door. Clint Black March 1 River Spirit Casino. www.

Jamey Johnson March 1 Riverwind Casino, Norman. Bob Wills Birthday Celebration

March 2 Texas Playboys, Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup and the Round Up Boys at Cain’s Ballroom.

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10th annual First-ever Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Rita Rudner & Paul Reiser: he Said, She Said March 2 Comedy at Osage Casino. www.

Winter Jam March 2 Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tish hinojosa March 3 Performing Arts Studio @ the Depot, Norman. lindsey Stirling

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of Love For centuries, the ancient world built temples and altars to the Goddess of Love in hopes that her power would not only inspire amore, but also protect cities from their enemies. Much was asked of Aphrodite then and even today she symbolizes harmony, beauty and romance. Aphrodite and the Gods of Love is a collection of more than 120 pieces of sculpture, ceramics, artifacts and jewelry grouped and organized by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Together, they tell the story of this figure’s mythology, history and fascinating evolution as patron of lovers as well as seafarers and warriors. With works borrowed from Rome and Naples, the exhibit comes to Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road. Visitors can view the stunning antiquities from March 10-May 26. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (open until 8 p.m. Thursday), and admission is $7-$9. For more, visit www. online.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

March 7 First Council Casino, Newkirk.


March 8 All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse. www.

miranda lambert and Dierks Bentley March 8 Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.

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March 8 Cain’s Ballroom.

Darius Rucker March 8 Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. Willie nelson & Family

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Winter Jam March 9 Tobymac, Red, Matthew West, Newsong and more at the BOK Center. www. The Devil Wears Prada


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Tech n9ne March 16 Tour with Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko and more at the Diamond Ballroom. www.

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March 16 Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Jimmy Webb March 26 Oklahoma City Community College. Sleeping with Sirens

March 27 Diamond Ballroom.

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March 30 Stand-up comedy at Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

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University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball v. Kansas March 2

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maroon 5 March 22 BOK Center. eoto March 22 Cain’s Ballroom. Brandon Jenkins March 22 Blue Door. www.

Tegan and Sara

minus the Bear and Circa Survive v. Arizona March 5-6 v. Bloomington March 8 v. Wichita March 23 v. Allen March 24

OkC Barons v. Rockford March 8-9 v. Rochester March 19 v. Houston March 22

Oklahoma Defenders v. Wichita March 9 Oklahoma State High School

Basketball Championship March 7-9 Teams meet and play at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Sunbelt Basketball Tournament

March 8-11 The most talented teams in the Sunbelt Conference square-off at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., for hoops action.

Run lucky 5k and mission mile Fun Run March 10 The third annual run race benefiting

the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society takes place in the Classen Curve District and in your best leprechauninspired wardrobe.

Conference USa Basketball Tournament March 13-16 The BOK Center and Tulsa

Convention Center host the annual college basketball conference games. Go online for schedules and match locations.

31st annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run March 16 Find your mark and get ready to run

through Brookside neighborhood and help Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes across the state. Visit RunnersWorld in Tulsa for more.

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Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing at the Cox Convention Center age. A March 1 symposium opens the event at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

american Chronicles: The art of norman Rockwell March 9-May 28 More than 50 origi-

nal paintings and 100 Saturday Evening Post covers by one of the world’s most recognizable artists go on exhibit at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark.

aphrodite and the gods of love March 10May 26 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits more than 120 sculptures, ceramics, artifacts and jewelry pieces from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, works from mythology, history and all-things from the story of the goddess of love. 55th annual Delta exhibition

IN CONCERT Tegan and Sara The first thing most critics have written in the numerous reviews of Tegan and Sara’s new album Heartthrob is how “danceable” it is. Fans who have followed the Canadian twins’ conjoined music career for the last 13 years, however, shouldn’t be concerned the angst and cutting lyrics they’ve looked forward to since 2009’s Sainthood haven’t been sacrificed. The indie rockers synth-up on tour, as well. They return to Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., Tulsa, for a Monday, March 11, show. Doors open at 7 p.m. with opening guest act Diana. Getting a fair amount of attention, Heartthrob debuted in January at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, and it’s hard to not be pleased with that. And, who doesn’t like to dance even if just alone? Tickets are $34-$36 each, available at Cain’s box office and at

maroon 5 at the BOk Center

Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge on foot and through books.

kids Dig Books: here We go! March 7 Storybook hour is fun as children learn about other cultures at Gilcrease Museum. Jack and the Beanstalk Thru March 8 The Fairy Tale Players get some help from the audience and favorite storytime characters to get to their next performance in a production by Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. Oklahoma

2013 nCaa Women’s Basketball Regional March 21-April 2 Chesapeake Energy Arena

hosts the Division 1 tournament with four teams battling for a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans. www.

Family mini masters: art Parts

March 1, 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Little ones study the basics of art and explore their own abilities at Gilcrease Museum. Go online for details and complete schedule.

march mask madness March 3 Local families visit the Sherwin Miller Jewish Museum of Art for a workshop making folded paper masks for the traditional observance of Purim. love’s labour’s lost Thru March 3 Clark Youth Theatre plays with Shakespeare’s comedy about a King and his three friends vowing to give up the company of women for one year to study just as a French princess and her ladies arrive. Henthorne Performing Arts Center. akdar Shrine Circus

Thru March 3, 14-17 Send in the clowns along with all the fun of the circus when it comes back to Tulsa at Expo Square through March 3 and to OKC and Oklahoma State Fair Park March 14-17.

Preschool Picassos March 5 Small children enjoy an interactive class to explore art, music and movement with caregivers at the Zarrow Center for Art Education. Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge March 6, 13, 20, 27 Small children explore the


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Bright night of Star Wars

March 15 Kids dress as their favorite Star Wars characters at this over night space adventure at Science Museum Oklahoma.

Sesame Street live: Can’t Stop Singing March 15-17 Elmo and friends share the fun in the

touring dance and musical show at the Cox Convention Center. Also look for the popular Play Zone attraction before shows.

Cowboy Round-Up

March 23 Kids, get out your cowboy hats and lassos for a fun day of families, chuck wagons and cowboy re-enactors at the Oklahoma History Center.

open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

art new genre XX: Ritual Room

March 1 This mixed media installation explores science fiction as empathics experience and explore hybridization at Living Arts of Tulsa.

momentum: art Doesn’t Stand Still March 1-2 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s an-

nual exhibition of interactive, multimedia work features Oklahoma artists, all 30 or younger and will be at the Farmers Public Market.

artist Palette March 1-28 Work from artist Karin Cermak presented at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center gallery. above, Below and What lies Between March 1-30 Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery

exhibits the work of Milissa Burkart, an exploration in three dimensions of surfaces and microcosmic interconnectedness below.

easter egg hunt

new genre arts Festival XX Thru March 2 Living Arts of Tulsa presents its annual showcase of art in all its varieties and forms at venues throughout the Tulsa downtown area. This year, look for dance and performance art, category-defying art collections, provocative music and video presentations and dance.


advancing american art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy March 2-June

March 30 The Easter Bunny hops over to the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the big hunt for prizes, treats and fun activities and crafts. Goes with Easter Brunch event. March 31 Brunch is served at the Oklahoma City Zoo with the Easter Bunny as guest in a day that include an egg hunt for prizes for children 5 and under.

art adventures

Ongoing Children 3-5 experience art every Tuesday morning at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, with special guests. Go online for schedules and other information.

9 Originally assembled to combat communism but later deemed un-American, this exhibit of modernist paintings still stands as testament of America’s artistic coming of

Second Saturdays Ongoing Families enjoy the Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www.

52nd annual Young arkansas artists exhibition March 15-May 5 This popular children’s art exhibition showcases the work of Arkansas students from kindergarten through twelfth grade at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.

Oklahoma Youth expo Western art Show Thru March 21 Winning entries of the annual

show is on exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Hall of Fame in advance of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, March 16-26.

edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey Through March 24 The retrospective exhibition

features nearly 100 paintings and drawings by the California plein air artist as well as photos and objects from his studio.

Reflections: The Photographs of allison V. Smith and Stanley marcus Thru March 30 Artspace at Untitled presents a unique photo exhibit of works by Dallas-based photographer Allison Smith and her late grandfather, former president of Neiman Marcus Stanley Marcus. The exhibit includes pictures from the fashion world of the mid 20th century captured on his travels for the clothing giant and a series of correlated images shot by Smith taken around the world.

Prominent Figures of the West from the T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by henry h. Cross Thru March 31 This selection of por-

traits of Native American leaders, U.S. generals, trappers and guides by Cross display key figures of the artist’s day and their influence on culture.

generations Thru March 31 The Red Earth Museum exhibits to the work of six Oklahoma art families to explore the unique artistic styles and subjects of the generations. Featured artists include Doc Tate nevaquaya, Iris Eby, Tiller Wesley, Sharron Ahtone Harjo, Brent Greenwood and Gordon Yellowman. Seventh annual Purim mask invitational Thru April 15 Masks made by Tulsa-area

students for the traditional Purim observance will be exhibited at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art with masks juried by a panel of art experts in a variety of categories.

Photorealism Revisited Thru April 21 Art and photography met in unexpected and fascinating ways in the Photorealism movement of the 1960s and beyond. Oklahoma City Museum of Art examines the force and its reexamination today through the work of some sixty works by such painters as Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, Don Eddy, Ralph Goings and more. Rural america: american Prints of the 1930s-1950s Thru April 21 Philbrook Museum of Art

presents a collection of prints on scenes of rural America created by favorite artists during a pivotal time of migration in arts and U.S. history.

Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in art

Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is

Thru March 10 The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Ark., displays innovative works in all media from artists of the Delta region.

muse at the BOk Center

Views from the Old Country: life in eastern europe Thru April 28 A collection of ob-

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Christo and Jeanne Claude: The Tom golden Collection Thru May 5 Bartlesville’s Price

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SPORTS 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional As home court of a professional men’s ball team, Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena sees more than its fair share of basketball. From March 31-April 2, even more eyes will be on OKC when the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Tournament begins. Women’s Division I teams take each other on to make it to the Final Four in New Orleans, April 7 and 9. Will 2012 champions, No. 1-ranked Baylor University’s Lady Bears, be the team to beat this time again? Could we see another showdown between Baylor and Notre Dame yet again? Anything could happen, and fans are only too pleased to support their favorite college teams. Tickets to tournament games are $35-$45 each, available at www.chesapeakearena. com. Find tournament information and follow rankings and other information at

original works by the celebrated artist go on display for this special Gilcrease Museum exhibit of work, which is significant also for spreading knowledge of Native American culture and traditional perspectives. www.

into the Void Thru July 28 The exhibit features work from printmaking artists such as Victor Vasarely, who take the viewer on a visual sensory experience at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru August 2013 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of

Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman has the Picasso masterpiece from 1956 on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum. Also look for the work to be displayed along with Picasso pieces from the FJJMA permanent collection.


Collection Ongoing National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

Scissortail gallery

Ongoing Fritz White, Clark Kelley Price, Jim Gilmore, Linda Besse and Jim Smith are just a few of the artists with works on display.

First Friday gallery Walk

Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month.

2nd Friday Circuit art

Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman.

Weekends On Us Ongoing Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the first full weekend of every month.

Charitable events Bowl for kids’ Sake

February 2013 April 2013 Teams raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma and enjoy fun at the lanes with pizza and prizes.

CaSa Casino: Win for kids

March 1 Casino games and auctions of great items are served along with a fine dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and its work on behalf of children.

Wine, Women and Shoes March 1-2 Join this mix of fine wine, good company and stylish footwear at the YWCA Tulsa benefit at the Tulsa Convention Center. Dream Builders gala March 2 Join Habitat for Humanity for the reception, dinner and dancing event, which includes silent and live auctions at Southern Hills Country Club, and help the charitable organization build more houses for low income families. 18th Red Tie night March 2 This premiere gala for Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund funds AIDS research and help to AIDS patients. Look for features cocktails, exciting auctions and live entertainment at the Cox Convention Center.


Sip for Sight gala March 2 All are welcome to enjoy a silent auction and a five-course meal created and prepared by a local celebrity chef at the annual wine tasting gala at OSU-Tulsa for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma. Post Oak lodge Challenge March 2-3 The event for elite runners benefits the Tulsa Boys’ Home.

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Red earth Run

Champions of Youth gala March 23 The Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County thanks individuals and corporations for their contribution to community and youth. Dinner, dancing and auctions will be at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

March 9 Race through the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River Trails and benefit Red Earth, Inc., and preserving Oklahoma native heritage.

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Souper Sunday: Souper Safari

March 23 Oklahoma Alliance for Animals holds its biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go toward missions to end pet over population and promote the humane treatment of animals.

March 3 The annual event helping Total Source for Hearingloss and Access hosts all you can eat soups, breads and desserts at SpiritBank Event Center plus a silent auction.

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March 4 Operation Aware of Oklahoma invites all to “Kingpins for Kids,” a night of bowling and music at Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge to benefit its programs and education helping youth make positive choices.

if Purses Were Wishes and more

March 5 The annual Wish Luncheon for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma will take place at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, where guests will big on designer hand bags and other beautiful accessories to help make wishes come true.

Tulsa memory gala

March 7 The experience goes “Across the Spectrum” with fine dining, wine, entertainment and more at the Tulsa Convention Center benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Byliners awards Dinner

March 7 The Association for Women in Communications honors leaders in the community at the 55th annual dinner with fun and activities at the Skirvin Hilton. 405.924.5992

green Tie gala March 8 This big night of dinner, cocktails, friends and auctions benefits the Sanctuary Development Center and the Holy Family Home of Catholic Charities’ Homeless Services and takes place at the Skirvin Hilton. 33rd annual Omelette Party

March 9 Breakfast is served at night with gourmet omelets, dancing, cocktails and more at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center to benefit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Red Ribbon gala

March 9 This elegant evening of auctions, entertainment and dining at Southern Hills Country Club raises funds for Tulsa CARES to help pre-

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Saturday night Fever: mizel goes Disco March 9 The night belongs to the ‘70s with

music and dancing with dinner to benefit Mizel Jewish Community Day School’s scholarship fund. www.

Spring gala March 9 Junior League of Tulsa goes “Pearls and Prohibition: Speakeasy 1923” for this year’s night of entertainment, dinner, auctions and fun at Southern Hills Country Club. not So Ugly Duck Race March 9 The second annual race takes place at the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Water Stage, where the sponsor of the winning duckie can win great prizes. Event benefits Oklahoma City Beautiful. Red Cross Rescue gala

March 14 The Tulsa Spirit Award and other recognitions are given at the Tulsa Convention Center, where dinner, a live auction, raffle and other exciting activities benefiting the Tulsa Area Chapter American Red Cross are scheduled. www.

Fight for air Climb (OkC)

March 23 Can you reach the top of Cotter Ranch Tower? The event benefits the American Lung Association.

Wings to Fly 15k/5k miracle Run March 23 Runners, joggers and walkers are invited to help make a difference in the lives of Oklahoma children through pediatric research and support of the Children’s Hospital Founda-

March 23 The long-standing women’s group Junior Hospitality Club holds its casinothemed benefit at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market to help an Oklahoma-based charity organization further serve the community.

annual Distinguished Service awards luncheon March 28 Oklahoma City Beautiful recog-

nizes service to the community and state through beautification projects with awards and a full lunch at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

2012 Oklahoma humanities awards March 28 Arts supporters and artists are honored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council for work promoting an understanding of the human experience at the Oklahoma History Center. Chef’s Feast March 28 This food-tasting event features creative dishes from some of the city’s finest chefs to raise money and awareness for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program. abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale March 29 Purchase designer clothing and home

décor items along with many other products at select Tulsa retailers for up to 87 percent off at Family & Children’s Services, and help the organization.

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Oklahoma Youth expo March 19-26 The world’s largest junior livestock show takes place at Oklahoma State Fair Park and opens to the public. 2013 OkC home & Outdoor living Show March 22-24 Whether you call it remodeling, reno-

vating or restoring, this show is sure to have new ideas and products to make that home project event better. Also meet Top Chef: Texas’s Chris Crary from Bravo TV. See what you’ll find at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

living with Diabetes March 23 The American Diabetes Association hosts a free health and wellness expo at Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott. Cholesterol screenings are available to the first 75 attendees. Also look for lectures, food samplings from My Fit Foods and more. Bead & Jewelry Show March 23-24 Oklahoma State Fair Park. FiRST Robotics

March 28-30 Robot-building teams from across the nation head for the Cox Convention Center to compete and solve an engineering design problem.

COMMUNITY Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show If you do the numbers alone, the Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show is nowhere near your average exposition. More than 450 exhibitors will be on hand with services and products that will make you wonder just how you ever did without; 14,000 square feet of exhibit space just for gardens and landscaping; 20-plus acres of exhibits; and 64 years of presenting the latest in consumer goods and services for your home inside and out. As the longestrunning and largest home and garden show in the state, there’s plenty to do and see at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Also look for the return of the cooking stage, which will feature some of the area’s best chefs as well as great kitchen appliances. Tickets are $7-$8, the show runs March 7-10. The show is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. For hours and other details, visit

Monty Python’s Spamalot at Broken arrow Performing arts Center 101 Ranch Collectors Western memorabilia Show March 30 Buy, sell or trade at this show of Western and Native American collectible items at the Noble County Fairgrounds northwest of Stillwater.

Celebrate Oklahoma’s arbor Day

March 30 Families can plant a fruit tree in the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge and enjoy planting demonstrations and a native tree giveaway.

OQha Redbud Spectacular Oklahoma City Ballet gala

cast from New York City on the obstacles to getting basic needs to the world’s poorest. Watch at Congregation B’nai Emunah.

March 30 You are invited to this year’s Black and White Ball, the elegant affair that helps raise funds for and promote Oklahoma City Ballet. The night will include dinner, a silent auction and exclusive dance performances at the Devon Rotunda.

Tulsa international auto Show

March 1417 A real classic in itself, the show is back with more classics, custom automobiles and even more legendson-wheels at Expo Square.

Community The Backwoods hunting & Fishing expo March 1-3 The 26th annual show is a big out-

door adventure indoors at Oklahoma State Fair Park complete with turkey calling contest, exhibits, seminars with the experts and more for the family. www.

Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & landscape Show March 1-3 Explore all your options for home improvement both inside and out at the Cox Convention Center.

glenpool Spring market

March 2 Vendors with hand-crafted items, baked goods, candles, jewelry and more at the Glenpool Conference Center. 918.291.2005

Underground monster Carnival

March 2 Dress your best: the freak show is back in a traditional carnival setting and boasting fun exhibits, vendors, workshops and more for appreciators of comic books, horror flicks, steampunk, super heroes, rockabilly, anime, pin-ups, monster make-up and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

greater Oklahoma hunter Jumper Schooling Show March 2-3 Admission is free to this horse show of performance and training at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Just Between Friends

March 3-9 The family consignment sale event will be at Expo Square’s Exchange Center.

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March 6 The children’s advocate and legal advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. will give a presentation as part of Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Speakers series on the OCU campus.


RV Super Show 1840s mountain man Camp at Woolaroc museum and Wildlife Preserve

greater Tulsa home & garden Show March 7-10 Home design and creature com-

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Oklahoma City international auto Show March 7-10 Great attractions and even cooler

line-up the latest vehicles hot from the assembly line are booked for this event at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

green Country hamfest

March 8-9 Radio enthusiasts tune-in to this event at the Claremore Expo Center.

Dennis Reis 2013

March 9-10 Famed horse whisperer Dennis Reis is back on tour and stopping at Expo Square to teach more secrets on building a better friendship and working relationship with your horse.

March 14-17 Features hundreds of models, RV products, destinations and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

St. Paddy’s Party

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2013 akC national agility Championship March 15-17 The nation’s top dogs in agility race

toward Tulsa’s Expo Square for a weekend of championship showdowns between hound-and-handler teams from across the country.

Oklahoma City St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 16 Irish music and fun marches through

the street of OKC’s Bricktown.

1840s mountain man Camp March 16 The Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve’s popular attraction opens for the season with re-enactors living in Indian Territory. R.k. gun Show

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made in Oklahoma arts & Crafts Show March 9-10 Unique craft items, foods and

10th annual First-ever Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 The zany parade of

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gifts are the wares of the annual fair at Broken Arrow’s frontier-themed attraction Persimmon Hollow Village.

March 13 The day-long seminar for women and girls is free and open to the public at Rudisill Regional Library in Tulsa with facts and information about preventing sexually transmitted diseases and free HIV/AIDS testing made available. Breakfast and lunch also provided. 918.549.7646

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leprechauns, floats, marching bands and Elvis impersonators welcomes celebrity Grand Marshals Bo Derek and John Corbett to Hot Springs, Ark.

March 18-22 The week of workshops and classes on Ozark arts and crafts takes place at the one-of-a-kind Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark.

City of Tulsa BRiDge expo March 19 The City of Tulsa Building Resources in Developing & Growing Enterprises (BRIDE) Expo offers networking and resources for building better business at the Tulsa Convention Center. 918.596.7817

May 30-June 9 The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association brings back its prime spring circuit event to Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Tulsa Orchid Society Show and Sale March 31 Vendors and information booth exhibitors on growing the tropical flowers will be at the Tulsa Garden Center.

Theatre Tulsa: 90 Years in the Spotlight Thru Aug. 31 The collection of photos and memo-

rabilia looks at the history of the “oldest, continuallyoperating theater (group) west of the Mississippi” in an exhibit the Tulsa Historical Society.

grieving the loss of a Spouse

Ongoing Support group taking place every Monday at Grace Hospice.

Walking Tour: Blanchard Springs Caverns Ongoing Wednesdays through Sundays, 9:30

a.m.-4:15 p.m. One-hour guided walking tour through the upper level of Blanchard Springs Caverns in Little Rock, Ark. 501.975.7230.

international gymnastics hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and artistic

elements of the sport while honoring its most accomplished athletes at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.

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• Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, view the house where the Clintons were married. Opens 1 hour before the show! FREE with ticket!

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Rocking out and getting loud with Beau Jennings and his tigers.


he allure of the concrete jungles in big cities out of state may lure away many Oklahomans, but some of them – particularly the creative types – find their way back home, where their roots have more room to stretch in Oklahoma’s wide open spaces. “I used to think that living in a bigger city made me more creative, but I don’t think that’s true anymore,” says singer/songwriter Beau Jennings. “In a bustling, busy city, you can be inspired, but the reality is it takes longer to get anywhere, so it’s harder to get anything done, and that can easily stifle your creativity. So I think in many ways, logistically, it’s much more open and free to make music here.” Jennings made his way back to Norman to raise a family after living and making music in both Brooklyn and Austin, Tex., and didn’t waste any time in recruiting some of Oklahoma’s most seasoned musicians to form The Tigers in early 2012. Based out of Blackwatch Studios in Norman, Jennings And The Tigers have quickly become a rock and roll band to be reckoned with, whose live show is guaranteed to have music lovers up on their feet. 102

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Its upcoming debut EP Sweet Action is set for release in February, with a string of shows on a short regional tour through Texas, Kansas and Arkansas in the works shortly after. Said to channel the energy of early Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the more modern sounds of Wilco, the Tigers’ upcoming Sweet Action is packed with aggressive and upbeat songs, with a faster tempo than what Jennings has traditionally written and performed live. “Even though I’ve always loved rock and roll, it’s a little newer for me to perform, and it’s partially because I think that a lot of things are dictated by your surroundings and your environment. Different places have the ability to affect your sound,” Jennings explains. “You can’t really be a rock band wherever you want to play. When I lived in New York, I found that it’s hard to have your amps and drums set up because everyone is living in such close quarters – so it’s easier being a folk musician in a big city, where you really just need an acoustic guitar to write and play music. In Oklahoma it’s a lot easier to play rock and roll. There’s more room to explore and be loud.” meika YaTeS hineS

It’s throwback time with anticipated new releases from four legendary acts. Depeche mode, Delta Machine: This British ensemble was part and parcel of what made ‘80s music so exciting and new, and they still hold the title of the most successful electronic band in music history. Now a trio, the band has never stopped recording music and inspiring a new generation, though not with the frequency and hullaballoo they enjoyed in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Still, the band’s legion of fans is anxiously awaiting this 13th studio album, which band members say they worked hard to make sound modern. David Bowie, The Next Day: With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Bowie is indisputably one of the biggest names, innovators and influential forces of all time. To record his 24th studio album and his first new material in 10 years, he spent a painstaking two years in the studio with producer Tony Visconti. The result, says Visconti, delivers classic Bowie, as well as the innovation for which he’s known. Bon Jovi, What About Now: another band that contributed heavily to the soundtrack of the ‘80s – “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” – and made a significant comeback in the 2000s – “It’s My Life” – is back with its twelfth studio album. after dabbling with a range of musical styles, they’re promising a return to their roots. They might Be giants, Nanobots: Though TMBG never enjoyed the superstardom of the previous three bands, this quirky band from the ‘80s has achieved massive success by never stopping and continuing to innovate. From “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” to their certified gold children’s albums to work in TV and film, TMBG has been a constant presence since their 1986 debut. Their 16th studio release is a collection of 25 short songs – perfect for the modern attention span.



Top Of The List Between March Madness and Saint Patrick’s Day, there’s no doubt celebrations in the month of March often consist of consumption of beer. Make no mistake – the folks at The List like nothing better than a good time, which includes bellying up to the bar with a pint of brew. However, we also enjoy celebrating the nuttier holidays in life – like National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products every year. The following are some of the stranger ways you can find Shack Shackelford devouring the lovely legume spread in March. The Peanut Butter, Tuna and Turkey Sandwich – That’s right. Faithful listeners of former morning personalities Steve Smith and Carly Rush may remember Steve’s affinity for this odd combination. Steve has since left Tulsa, but Carly is promotions manager for 106.9 KHITS and 92.9 BOB FM. Shack and Carly sit down for a trip down memory lane. Is it actually good, or should they be sending Carly’s former co-host to the nut house? The Chong Dog – Social media fans have the easiest time tracking down The Dog House, a local food truck claiming to have the “finest wiener slingers in town,” according to their Facebook page. The chong dog is topped with peanut butter, Sriracha, cream cheese and pickles. Talk about a pregnant woman’s dream dish! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger – Are we tired of the “everything’s better with bacon” fascination yet? There’s even a Wikipedia page dedicated to explaining bacon mania and bacon fanatics. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar in downtown Tulsa has taken “bacon fever” to a whole new degree. This bacon burger is topped with peanut butter, Sriracha, cilantro, jalapenos and pineapple.

Oh, Give Me A Home Brew Of course, we will still celebrate good ol’ Saint Patrick. If you’re not up for the green beer, beer tent lines or crazy costumes, try home brewing. It’s an increasingly popular hobby that Tulsan Gary Groblewski has been practicing for years. He and his wife, Kelly Brown-Groblewski own Okie Crowe, a local soap company concocted by Gary’s leftover brewing ingredients. The List met up with Kelly in January to learn more about her soapmaking business. Now it’s time to drink up with her husband and get a lesson in home brewing.

You’ll find these and other fun, informative and entertaining stories this March on The List, weeknights at 6:30pm on 2 Works for You.


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according to the most recently published statistics, one in six adults living in Tulsa County is functionally illiterate. many organizations across the state are attempting to combat the problem of adult illiteracy. in Tulsa County, the Ruth g. hardman adult literacy Service, a program of the Tulsa library Trust and headed by literacy services manager Cassie Spindle, is hoping to curb that statistic.



here are approximately 48 programs working with adults to improve literacy skills in the state. That number has declined over the years. A lot of funding has decreased for programs. We have been very lucky to be a part of Tulsa City-County Library system. We receive grants and donations for our program, but being part of a library system has helped us grow and remain relevant. Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service is one of the largest programs in the state. The illiteracy rate in Tulsa County is a little bit better than the state average, which is one in five adults that are functionally illiterate. But numbers don’t lie, and every month we have at least 30 students waiting for a volunteer to help them to read, and that number doesn’t change. Why do adult learners struggle with reading skills? We have two types of students: English as a first language and English as a second language. For those that speak English as a first language and are functionally illiterate, almost 80 percent show some characteristic of a learning disability that may have gone undiagnosed in school. A lot, as children, moved around a lot. Some had a debilitating illness and never caught up in school. It was probably that they needed more one-on-one help than they got. What we do is match volunteers to adult learners. We accept into our program anyone who is 16 or older and willing to commit one year to the program, because you need to have 80 hours of instruction to grow one grade level. We assess what the adult learners need. They run the gamut as far as adults up to age 90 in our program. Some adult learners come to us because they want to be able to read books to their grandchildren; some want to get GEDs and get into college. We want to help adult learners achieve their goals; we don’t force them to read to a certain level.

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