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contents December 2010
17 departments 6 From the Editor A New Outlook for the Holidays
10 Best of Shawnee 20 Sonic Contest 21 All About Food Obsessed
A-Caroling We Go
30 Reflections Generosity
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From the Editor
A New Outlook for the Holidays by: Rian Ada Hunter
Rian Ada Hunter is a writer, singer, and the new managing editor of the Shawnee Outlook. She obtained her BA in Humanities, concentrating in philosophy and theology, from St. Gregoryâ€™s University, and holds a Master of Arts in Religion with high honors from Oklahoma City University. Adaâ€™s multi-faceted career includes work in music ministry, guest artist performances, operating a successful voice studio in her native Oregon, and guest lecturing on topics of religion, biblical studies, and spirituality. She resides in Shawnee, along with her husband, Simon Ott â€“ a master craftsman and contractor â€“ her parents, dogs, and cats. She loves to garden, design jewelry, read mystery novels, and she adamantly proclaims that Oklahoma is far more than â€œOK!â€?
While we havenâ€™t conceived a marketing strategy of â€œthe new Outlook,â€? it is evident from the pages of the last issue and this one that changes are afoot. Most obvious is probably the appearance of my humble self on board as a combination editor and lead writer â€“ which is why I write a number of stories in each issue. Funny how that lead-writer thing works! But beyond the writers and personalities involved in the magazine, a new vision is beginning to emerge to take us further into the realm of excellence in journalism. Just as any project must grow over time lest it coast for awhile before an inevitable decline, we are embracing change for the better, exploring ways in which to deliver a better magazine with each issue that captures the atmosphere and uniqueness of this community. How appropriate is it that we are stirring things up, shifting gears, and pursuing new goals in this season? A season dedicated to giving, caring, and hopefully being open to a little bit of wonder. I think youâ€™ll enjoy this issue. Weâ€™ve filled it full of meaningful messages, interesting people, and attention to the heart of the holiday season. Take a look at some of those who give of their time and talents in Patti Marshallâ€™s exposĂŠ on holiday volunteerism â€“ maybe youâ€™ll get inspired to join their ranks if you arenâ€™t already one of them. Shopping during the season always poses a problem; to be honest, I avoid Black Friday like the plague (pun intended) having no intention of potentially ending my time on earth over a 40â€? television set that was â€œon sale.â€? Sandra Merchant explores alternatives to the hustle of holiday shopping in her article on locally crafted gifts, which has the added bonus of benefitting our local economy. Just for fun, Sandra takes a look at a local hero of sorts, Shawneeâ€™s own Santa Claus, Daryl McVey in Santa Incognito. And, be sure to catch In Tuneâ€™s spotlight on Christmas carols, which offers some interesting information unfamiliar
to most people before it highlights the upcoming Festival of Lessons and Carols concert coming up at St. Gregoryâ€™s University. Meet Shawnee resident Penny Coates, a fabulous artist who let us tour her home, and feast your eyes on her magical holiday decorating. Bob Searl is back with wisdom about giving, while Marshallâ€™s Law has an altogether different take on the matter â€“ personally, I think youâ€™ll find both funny. And, be sure to meet the three little kittens larking about. Donâ€™t forget to take a peek at â€œfaces,â€? our new department for society photosâ€Świth a twist. â€œSocietyâ€? is made up of all sorts of people and events, and we try to capture a little bit of the wonderful diversity in our midst. We want to hear from you! If you like what we are doing, let us know. And, of course you are more than welcome to write in about what you donâ€™t like, but itâ€™s more helpful to the whole process if you give us suggestions to go along with it. No matter who you are, no matter what you are dealing with right now, and no matter how you feel about the holidays, I hope that you experience blessings beyond expectation this season, even if you donâ€™t recognize them at the time. We often do not. Take the opportunity to extend love and gratitude to those around you, and accept the care that is freely sent your way even if it seems insignificant at the time. I guarantee it will be transformational for you and for those around you. My most heartfelt wish for a blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas,
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