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13 features 9 Chains Falling 13 Artist Pieces Life Together 17 Man vs. Mountain 21 No One Left Behind 22 The Bison Bicycle Classic

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bacon What is it about Bacon that makes us love it? I cant think of any meat with a more distinct flavor or smell that is used in so many different ways. We have bacon for breakfast and B.L.T. ‘s for Lunch. We put bacon on our salads, baked potatoes, burgers, and in our green beans for that extra flavor. If we are not putting bacon on it or in it, then we are wrapping bacon around it. Bacon wrapped Sea Scallops are one of my favorite meals. Chicken livers wrapped in Bacon become Rumaki while shrimp wrapped in bacon and skewered become Shrimp Brochettes. It’s a regular bacon bonanza! The most famous bacon wrapping is of course the Filet Mignon. The bacon wrapped Filet Mignon originated not as a flavor enhancer but rather to make the most use of the whole tenderloin. The tail pieces of the Tenderloin would be butterflied, inverted, wrapped in bacon and skewered to form an additional steak. Sometimes two of the smaller tail pieces would just be put together and then wrapped to form an additional steak. People loved the new flavor and the rest is history. If you’re hungry now and cant wait to wrap something in bacon here is a neat little recipe for some “Mock Filets”. They certainly cant take the place of a nice center cut Filet, but they’re easy to make, taste great, don’t cost $14.00 a pound, and yes they are wrapped in Bacon!

Combine 2 lbs ground beef, ¼ cup finely chopped onions, ¼ cup finely chopped bell bepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon Lawreys seasoning salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, and 1 beaten egg. Mix well by hand and pack tightly in the form of patties about 1 inch thick. Wrap the patties with one slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Cook on the grill or bake in the oven at 350 degrees until done. So why do we love bacon so much? Because it tastes great! Or maybe its just as we say, “One of those southern thangs.”

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Artist Pieces Life Together by: Tina Julich

Inspiration surrounds Jennifer Lynn Farrar, a local stained glass artist who lives on an acreage in south Pottawatomie county. Nestled in the native trees, her home is welcoming, and it is apparent from your first step on her property that an artist lives here. Glints of glass beads sparkle in the gravel drive, and her front porch welcomes visitors with a mosaic of china shards, pieces of glass and pottery arranged in a crazy-quiltlike splash of color. Farrar draws inspiration from her surroundings but she takes it a step further by living with the glass she will use in her projects, letting it speak to her before she begins. Large pieces of colorful glass are propped in the windows of her home, allowing wide swaths of color to saturate the rooms. “I like to be surrounded by color. It makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a comforter,” said Farrar. Her calm confidence belies the struggles she has encountered in her life, but she explained that those struggles contributed to her work as an artist. After fifteen years of employment she lost her job and found herself standing in the unemployment line for help. She applied for many jobs but was

turned down time after time. “It was humbling,” Farrar says. “As a single mom, even though my emotions would go up and down with the rejections I would get, I still had to be grounded enough to provide the consistency my daughter needed.” Farrar studied stained glass as a diversion from her busy work life, but after being laid off she kept working on her art. It took about two years to build up her art business, and she was fortunate to have Angie-Mamma’s, a local restaurant, offer to let her hang some of her artwork. A few of those pieces sold and that encouraged her to continue and to try other venues. She was able to get into the Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City, and then joined a co-op gallery in the Paseo. Although Farrar kept applying for a full time job, one never materialized. She did find part time work here and there, but not what she wanted. “That door was not opening for me, so I thought maybe I could make it work by piecing together enough of the part time things to keep going. That was the only thing I was getting direction from,” says Farrar. This is www.shawneeoutlook.com

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her tenth year to do this, and it has worked for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Job change; security; not knowing what is going to happen; stress; embrace those things. If you fight them it will make life so much harder,â&#x20AC;? she advised. Farrarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art has evolved over the years, and her unconventional artistic style is a reflection of her life. Traditional stained glass art is formed by carefully cutting the glass according to a pattern drawn out full scale, usually designed by someone else. Farrarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is more of a free-form approach. She scours garage sales, thrift and antique stores for unusual glassware or ceramic pieces. Those are incorporated into her work by breaking them into pieces, laying them out in a pattern that is pleasing, then foiling and soldering the pieces together. Many of her pieces have cherub faces peeking out, and her glass angels usually have beads and jewelry pieces added. She incorporates geodes, stones and other natural objects as well. One of her favorite pieces is a glass interpretation of a real cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skull she found at Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner in Shawnee. Her three-dimensional glass skull uses the

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To say that Dr. Gregory Konrath, MD enjoys a good challenge is a mountainous understatement. After the orthopedic surgeon conquered medical school, he decided to take on mountain climbing and eventually tackled the seven highest peaks on all seven continents. During his trauma fellowship at The University of California-Davis, in Sacramento, a Dr. Michael W. Chapman, MD introduced Dr. Konrath to mountain climbing, a sport he hadn’t encountered while growing up the Midwest’s flat lands. Konrath climbed Mount Shasta at his suggestion but he would have to come a long way to aspire to the “seven summits.” “The first time I did it, I didn’t prepare. I was wearing jeans and a tee-shirt and I rented the equipment. I didn’t even know how to use it. There was a group being instructed by a guide who were camping next to me, so I listened in. I woke up at midnight and got started going the wrong way,” he laughed. “I hooked up with a chiropractor who kind of showed me the ropes. We got to the top about 7 am. The sun was coming up and it’d been a full moon. The

shadow of the mountain was pointing at the moon and the sun was coming up from the other direction. It was pretty awesome.” Dr. Konrath was hooked and in 2002 set his sights on the seven summits according to the Bass List, accomplished first by Richard Bass in 1985. The list includes Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. Vinson Massif (Antarctica), Mt. Koscuiszko (Australia), the highest Mt. Everest (Asia), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Mt. McKinley (North America), Mt. Aconcagua (South America) with altitudes ranging from 7,310 feet (2,228 m) to 29,035 ft (8,848m). While he trained by running marathons and climbing at every opportunity, when he moved to Indiana’s flat terrain he would hike using a 90lbs backpack. Such ambitious mountaineering is among the most extreme sports, taking every ounce of endurance, strength and tolerance for discomfort as they camp for weeks at a time. Danger seems to be part of the fun and even when every precaution is taken, accidents invariably happen. “I had a pretty bad fall on

McKinley. I fell and my ice ax sliced the back of my calf. I hooked to a fixed line, which are attached in the dangerous portions of the climb, so that really saved me. They’re fixed into the ice so you hook on for safety; if you fall you’ll go to the next anchor in the snow and you won’t go beyond that.” Dr. Konrath has been eerily close to death more than once. He was in New Zealand to train for the Mt. Everest climb when his guide forgot his crampons, spiked footwear that provides traction in snow and ice. Six others, three climbers and three guides, decided not to wait out the four hour delay caused by his guide’s oversight. “He’s a very experienced guide, but that’s a basic you don’t ever forget. If I hadn’t known him I probably wouldn’t have climbed with him. We started and caught up by about 20 minutes or so. They’re hiking in ice and snow but they get to the technical part of the climb and then we hear an avalanche.” They soon realized the others were nowhere to be found. “We looked down the mountain, thousands of feet below, to see dots of color

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but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all you could see. We called in a rescue. They were at the bottom of the mountain, four were dead and two severely injured. So I kept telling the guide the whole day, next day and probably every day after that, if he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forgotten his crampons that would have been us.â&#x20AC;? With such a close call, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder Dr. Konrath jokes that climbing is 70% mental and 40% physical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was approaching the Everest summit, we were a few hundred yards from the top. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m near the back of the team and just a few feet away was a 30 x 20 patch of snow. It looks like snow you could walk or sit on but it just broke and fell into China from thousands of feet, no warning. I could have been sitting on that or walking over it. A lot of guys stronger than me turn back, either because they get tired or they get psyched out. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cold, you have to use the bathroom outside in the snow and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just uncomfortable. Your body has to adjust. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more tired than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been but because of the altitude you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think straight because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of oxygen. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a dangerous environment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentally challenging.â&#x20AC;? What made Dr. Konrath risk his life? The

view from the top, among other things.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very a emotional experience. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve invested all this time and money, risked your life and suddenly youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on top of the world. You get see things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never get a chance to see. Waking up above the clouds in a mountain, seeing the tallest mountain in the world, and the sun rise over the clouds is awesome. Risking your life adds to the challenge.â&#x20AC;? His final challenge in December 2008 was the easiest but a special one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My son, then ten went with me and it was great.â&#x20AC;? They hiked 7,200 feet to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko in

Australia in about four hours. He has also since authored a work of fiction, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Children Are Finally Safe,â&#x20AC;? (Dog Ear Publishing, 2010) an ebook available on Amazon.com. For now Dr. Konrath is happily adjusting to Shawnee and to his new office as Unity Health Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest orthopedic surgeon. As to future challenges he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to vacations where I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t risk my life.â&#x20AC;? But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that fool you; he enjoys sky diving and white water rafting too. For more photos from his travels you can visit www.konrathortho.com

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Elementary and middle school students at North Rock Creek and Earlsboro schools will have access to free or low cost tutoring services this school year thanks to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. Not just for Native American students, tutors will help students find success at the Horseshoe Band Community Center in Shawneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Rock Creek area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy Warrior, Project Coordinator Lieutenant Governor Isaac Gibson, Representative Jeff Gibson and Rick Short, our grant writer have worked hand in hand with me on the after school program. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great to work with and they really want to do everything they can for youth, Native American or not,â&#x20AC;? said Edwina Butler-Wolfe, Director of the after school program. The program, funded by a grant through the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, serves students kindergarten through 8th grade and is free of charge for Native American students up to age 13 and only $3 per session for non-native students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave any child out, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care what their skin color or background is. It takes a lot of courage for a kid to go through those doors and admit they need help. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anyone to be left behind.â&#x20AC;? Butler-Wolfe, former Education Director for the Title VII Program and tutor, grew up in the area and is excited about what the program will do for everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some parents told me their

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The Bison Bicycle Classic The Bison Classic is a tradition that cycling enthusiasts look forward to every year. In it’s 11th year, cyclists will head out on the highway September 24th but this year will have the honor of hosting the Oklahoma State Road Race Championship as sanctioned by the Bicycle Racing Association of Oklahoma. OBU’s Music Department is sponsoring the race as well as Pott County Pedlars and racing teams, PG13 and DNA. The annual trek usually draws about 100 cyclists but this year the number will likely grow to 250. The charity race will benefit the Shawnee chapter for Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization that helps provide low cost homes for families who would not otherwise afford home ownership. “They are selfless, tireless, and compassionate people who give their time, money, and effort to help others,” said James Vernon, founder of the Bison Classic and Professor of Music at OBU. “We are proud to have the faculty, staff and students in the OBU Division of Music do our little part in helping them reach their goals.” A small portion will also help fund endowed scholarships for music as well. Courses were designed for both cyclists who are up for a competition and those who enjoy it as a recreation. The races will test competitors in 13 categories for men, women and youth ranging in ages from 10 to 60+ and distances spanning 14 to 87 miles. For recreational riders, there are two courses, a 25 and 50 mile “tours.” Cash prizes range from $150 to $600 or medals, championship jerseys, and prizes depending on the category race. The races start at OBU and wind throughout

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There is nothing so fulfilling and joyous as bringing a baby into this world. A part of our very being, these messengers of optimism and promise change every part of life they touch. When parents experience the loss of a child, the joy and optimism are replaced by a grief so profound that only one who has experienced it can begin to understand. Parents Tom and Lynne Daubert know it too well. Last fall they moved to Shawnee from Indiana. Tom found a job with the Language Company, Lynne a stay at home mother to their one year old daughter Naomi, and on the way baby Elizabeth was due October 30th. Things were looking up until the 25th when Lynne went to the hospital. The ultrasound showed no heartbeat for their daughter. It was a terrible shock and a horrific blow. Before Naomi was born they endured a miscarriage and now a still born, but beautiful, baby girl. Although family, co-workers and their church were very helpful, the Dauberts knew that a support group provided more insightful comfort. They were part of a support group in Indiana when they lost their first child but now, in Shawnee there was no such help. “The nearest support group for us was Norman and we weren’t familiar enough with the area to be comfortable going there. We thought Shawnee was big enough, so why not one here?” said Tom. They decided to start Reassembling Hearts, a support group for those who have lost a child, a grief that the Dauberts say is unlike any other loss. “I’ve lost all four of my grandparents and my mom,” said Lynne. “It was harder to lose my mom than my grandparents but I felt like the tears I cried for

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off but months later they are often alone in their grief because everyone else’s lives naturally move on. “Some days when I go by the hospital I’m ok,” said Lynne. “I can do it and other days I’m right back there to that day on October 25th.” For Tom, “it could be a baby carriage going by, dates, a song. There are days when I feel like talking about it and it’s probably something we’ll need to talk about the rest of our lives.” The Dauberts hope they can help the healing process along as they heal themselves. Lynne remembered how helpful the support group was in Indiana. “We became friends. Sometimes we would get together and eat if nothing else and have time with people who knew that hurt. If you were having a bad day they could understand why because they’d walked that same path. They knew it wasn’t something you just get over, move on and pretend like it never happened.” The support group will meet the third Thursday of every month at the Shawnee Public Library starting September 15th at 6pm. For more information, email lynne_daubert@yahoo.com

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Amber Gregg watched the news in horror as the events of Kelsey Briggs’ death were detailed November of 2005. The two year old little girl’s body was broken by violent abuse, enabled by neglect. Despite nine months of documented abuse, the frantic efforts and cries for help were unanswered. Amber Gregg had to do something. She met with the Briggs family and offered to help. “I remember when Kelsey’s case happened it really touched me because she’s our home town girl and you can’t hardly believe something like that can happen in your area, that someone could be that mean to a little girl. Since I wasn’t counseling anymore I wanted to get involved again with kids. I talked to the Briggs family and we felt this would be a really good way to spread the word.” They formed the Kelsey Briggs Foundation in 2009 as a non-profit organization that would focus their efforts on prevention through awareness and education. For six years they’ve held an annual Run Against Child Abuse. “The run is September 10th at Lake Hefner. There is a 5k and half marathon and a free 50

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Ten years ago on a beautiful September morning I was driving to the office. I had stopped off at Homeland for a donut to go with the cup of coffee I was drinking and had just gotten back on the road. Hoping to listen to a bit of music I turned on the radio, but no music was playing. The disk jockeys were talking about a strange event that happened in New York City. An airplane had flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The radio announcers didn’t know much else. The details were sketchy. Imaging an amateur pilot becoming ill or disoriented and flying a light plane into the building, I was curious but not too concerned. When I arrived at the office I turned on a television to see if they were covering the story. The network was carrying live video, and I tuned in in time to see the second plane fly into the south tower. In a moment the world changed. The world watched a horrific, cowardly act on live television. Innocent lives were taken. Heroes emerged. Families were crushed by grief. A nation was gripped by fear and rage. Ten years and two wars later 911 means much more to us than the phone number we use to call in an emergency. Soldiers were deployed and too many returned flag-draped. In the name of security we’ve color-coded perceived risk, submitted to pat downs and full-body scans, and have resigned ourselves to the government poking around places our forefathers would not have tolerated much less imagined. The word “terrorist” is no longer an abstraction. If this seems like a bit heavy for a magazine like this then perhaps we need this reminder more than ever. The weight of this essay is nothing compared to the burden born by those who lost loved ones in the towers or that field in Pennsylvania or at the Pentagon or the deserts of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan. We

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