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Contents | Features

November 57



Culture and glitz, catfish and grits; the best of everything is on the menu in Houston’s feast for the senses.


A Masterpiece of Elemental Design

Its enchanting beauty and natural harmony make Anam Cara ­– “Friend of the Soul” – a perfect name for the Price home.


Gaining Altitude

For patients with disabilities, equine therapy at The Sky’s the Limit Ranch can be a vehicle for immense personal triumphs.


And It’s Just That Easy

Greater affordability isn’t the only reason home automation is gaining popularity: it’s convenient, efficient and way, way cool.


An Unrestricted Palette

Creativity is more important than classification for David Holland, whose media of choice range from pastels to pumpkins.

New Avenues on Ninth

Bold, fun, funky… productive? Absolutely at Insight Creative Group, where the corporate culture includes a ball pit.


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Contents | Departments


From the Editor 14 To the Editor 16


The Wealthy Widow 22 A Marvelously Czechered Present 24


Raising The Bar 27


Visual Performance Events Calendar

34 42 46 54



Boomtown! 57 A Tale of Two Seasons 61


A Classic Twist Dramatically Distinctive Accent on Experience The Great Debate Tailgate Time!

64 66 68 70 72


A Masterpiece of Elemental Design 76 Setting the Table 94 Planning Ahead 98 A Wintry Welcome 100 Joy on the Wing 102


Living Well

Gaining Altitude Beyond Nutrition Staying in Tune Taking That First Step Understanding Alzheimer’s


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No O rdinary


Relationship “There’s just a difference. I’ve banked with Republic since 1989 and I tell people all the time, ‘The difference at Republic is the personal service you get. You’re banking with people you know, who want to be helpful. You can always count on making a new friend.’ I love that I get Visa Rewards points with my Republic Visa Global Check Card. Each year at Christmas time I redeem my points for gift cards that I use for stocking suffers. This past Christmas I decided to use my points for Amazon gift cards and purchased a new Kindle for myself! It’s fun to go shopping online to see what I can do with my points. Banking locally is important. Republic gives back to its customers and to the community. I love that.”

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Contents | Departments



New Avenues on Ninth The Hallmark of Philanthropy Experience vs. Success Benefits Buzz

120 126 130 132

Get Smart

And It’s Just That Easy 134 He Shoots, He Scores 136


An Unrestricted Palette Faces of the Future Giving Art to the Givers The Other Side of Bob Barry, Jr.

138 142 144 146

Designers’ Notebook


You Must Re-Boot! 148

Out & About

Party Directory 153

Last Laugh

Verminized! 174

Last Look

Craig P. Roderique 176


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Contributors | Behind the Curtain

Sara Gae Waters

Whether you are in the market for something elegantly simple or fantastically extravagant, within holidaywishes you will find offerings from some of the finest merchants in our metro.


little book. big ideas. We first met Sara Gae in 2004 when we photographed her home for an article in Norman Living. She styled her own house for the photo shoot, and we were so impressed with her abilities that we hoped to bring her into the fold some day. And so we have. In addition to her work on the Price home (page 76) for this issue, Sara Gae will turn her creative forces toward “Setting the Table,” (page 94) a recurring feature with inspired table design ideas for any occasion. In her brief tenure (trial by fire), she has experienced many of the finer aspects of the job, like how much fun it is to haul pumpkins across the country because they are needed for a photo shoot but aren’t yet available at home.

Lauren Hammack

ERICK GFELLER Contributor Lauren Hammack has been a storyteller in need of both an audience and an editor – but mostly, an editor – her entire life. Lauren’s writing career began early and gained staggering momentum when she began writing letters to her grandmother and discovered that Grandma always sent back $5 with her reply. This generous display of appreciation fueled years of uninterrupted correspondence and ultimately sparked Lauren’s love for writing, a passion otherwise wasted on countless, onesided (and less profitable) pen pal relationships in the years that followed. Today, Lauren contributes articles for many of our departments. She likes to think that, if Grandma were alive today to receive a copy of Slice, she might just send back $5.

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Mia Blake Mia Blake’s career with Southwestern Publishing began in 1997, just after the company launched its first magazine. She’s worn a variety of hats over the years (sometimes to cover up blue hair or other “creative” style choices) and has worked in nearly every aspect of the magazine business. Now she brings that flair and adaptability to the office as our company’s Creative Director. In short, she’s charged with making certain that the editorial team’s collaborative vision for the features in Slice is translated to the printed page. It’s a combination of project management, creativity, accountability and a fine sense of humor.


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Letters | From the Editor


What’s in a name?


he list of potential names, round one, topped 300. Yes, we were excited to merge our five monthly titles into one spectacular magazine. Yes, it made sense to celebrate our now all-grown-up metropolitan area as a whole. But naming the baby was a tough one. After

all, from that point on, it’s the name – no take-backs. Round one involved the entire creative team, caffeinating and collaborating around an outdoor table at The Red Cup. It was one of those “leave your ego at the door, because a great many of your ideas will be mercilessly ridiculed, then cast aside” kind of meetings. We gave ourselves time to ruminate and research, and every few days we whittled the list down a bit more. We ran our favorites past the marketing gurus, and pared down the list. Listened to the names as someone spoke them aloud, and pared down the list. Looked at the names on a printed page, and pared down the list. Time was marching on, and a decision had to be made. A little voice in my head (we’ll call that voice Marsha) kept reminding me: at some point, you just have to pick a name and move forward. So we took our then very short list of possibilities and cast our votes one final time. Welcome to Slice. Our goal, from the beginning, has been to shine a spotlight on life in central Oklahoma. We started nearly 15 years ago with one magazine, and gradually grew into five. Now the cities and communities we once served separately – Nichols Hills, Edmond, Oklahoma City and Norman – have evolved into a thriving metropolis, more interconnected and sophisticated than before but still suffused with their own indelible charm. Fresh faces have joined the long-timers on our production team, and the magazine has been given a fresh look as well. The evolution has been an invigorating experience, breathing new life into the pages and the people who bring all the pieces of the puzzle together. But the most important piece in that puzzle is you. Our purpose is to bring you the best of the broader community, to introduce you to some as-yet-undiscovered aspect of local life, to remind you of why this is such a tremendous place to call home. Thanks for joining us here at the first stage of our new journey, and for helping us celebrate life in central Oklahoma…

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Letters | To the Editor September 2010 • Volume 9, Number 9

Pointes for Style Fall Puts Fashion on Its Toes

Lyric Theatre’s Broadway Ballyhoo The Most Serene Exhibit at OKCMOA A Fresh Perspective on Historic Living

Praise for Pointes

What a classy publication. The ballet and fashion photos and article (“Pointes for Style,” September 2010) are award-winning. I read and love every word from Lauren Hammack. What a talented staff you have. Mitzi Hancuff Executive Director, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond

Wonderful issue! Especially enjoyed “Pointes for Style.” Very creative presentation and incredible photography. Your publication makes me proud to be from Oklahoma! Thank you for all you do to showcase our state. Becky Love Oklahoma City

Thank you for the beautiful photo spread for the Fall Fashion issue. It looks great! We are so grateful, and Lauren did a wonderful job with the article. Keith’s photos are amazing. Everyone really appreciates what you all have done. Sandra Kirk Board of Directors, Oklahoma City Ballet

WOW! Thank you to everyone at Southwestern Publishing. This is fabulous! I love it! Robert Mills Artistic Director, Oklahoma City Ballet




Bringing Up Bobby Silver Screen City Pointes for Style

Fall Puts Fashion on Its Toes

Authentically Ideal

The Past in Perfect Present

It’s All Good

Informative… fun… beautifully appointed… wow (Nichols Hills News, September 2010)! Look forward to reading it cover to cover. Thank you! Mary Lillard Nichols Hills


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Letters | To the Editor

Diversions Fiberworks


Texture and Form T By Kent Anderson



Fiberworks 2009 entrant“Dance of the Prairie Grasses” by Marie Miller (detail)

State University professor Lynne Richards, who took top honors for her piece “Hearts of Darkness Beneath the Gold.” “I enjoy problem solving, trying to figure out how to coax or coerce threads and yarns into doing what I want them to,” Richards says. “My work is experimental, in that I am testing the limits of what I can do with these ordinary materials.” The “ordinary materials,” in the hands of the anything-but-ordinary Fiberworks artists, become strikingly original creations, honoring an ancient tradition while exploring new avenues. Fiberworks 2010 is open to the public at the IAO Gallery June 19-July 17, Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6pm, with other viewing times by appointment. Fiberworks is presented by Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, Individual Artists of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Arts Council. More information is available at or by calling the IAO Gallery at 232.6060.


entries, from the traditional to highly innovative, are strong and impressive. We are especially thrilled to see new artists from all around Oklahoma enter our highly competitive show.” Over $4,000 in awards will be presented in a number of categories. The juror for this year’s competition is Ilze Aviks, who has maintained a studio in Durango, Colorado for nearly 30 years and has taught workshops across the United States, Australia and Canada. With degrees from the University of Kansas and Colorado State University, she has taught studio and art theory, and her own tapestries and stitched cloth are held in public and private collections around the world. Aviks will give a “ juror’s lecture” at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 19, followed by the Fiberworks opening reception from 6-8pm. The astounding diversity of creations at Fiberworks is well represented by the 2009 Best of Show winner, Oklahoma


he act of creating works of art from fiber is an ancient one, perhaps as old as fiber itself. Yet it is not all about tradition. Some of the freshest cutting-edge art in the world is being created in this medium, a journey into texture and form and new expressions of visual language. The 32nd annual Fiberworks exhibition opens in Oklahoma City this month, as artists from across the state display their creations in weaving, needlework, basketry, quilting, soft sculpture, paper, knitting, crocheting, felt and other works constructed primarily of fiber. The juried exhibition commences with an opening reception on June 19 and continues through July 17 at the new Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan in the emerging Film Row area of Oklahoma City. “I am looking forward to Fiberworks 2010, our 32nd year to highlight the fiber artists of Oklahoma,” says event chair Sue Moss Sullivan. “Each year the

Best in Show from Fiberworks 2009, “Hearts of Darkness Beneath the Gold” by Lynne Richards

“Dance of the Prairie Grasses” by Marie Miller

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Woven Sentiment

Thank you so much for publishing the wonderful article about Fiberworks (“Texture and Form,” June 2010). We all appreciated Kent Anderson’s enthusiastic tone, and he did a great job of conveying the essence of the show. Thank you also for the beautiful photo spread. The article goes a long way toward increasing the number of visitors, as well as enhancing the readers’ understanding of fiber art. Shirley Conaway Fiber Artists of Oklahoma

Pronoun Power

I always enjoy your magazine and always read your editorial first. As I was reading (“From the Editor,” August 2010), I noticed how you refer to Oklahoma City as “we,” “our,” “us.” That makes me glad that you have embraced Oklahoma City as your city, too. I love it here and am proud to call the metro home (although I live in a rural area). Keep up the great work! Lesa Shriver Cashion



Respect Original FOR THE




Fawning Over Four-Legged Friends Mediterranean Treasures at the Sam Noble

Viva Fred Jones

Thanks again for your continued support of the museum and the arts (“A Mind Forever Creating,” October 2010). It is much appreciated, especially by a nonprofit, educational organization like ourselves. I also know that when Steve Gill covers one of our events, he does not disappoint. Thank you for helping us spread the word about this amazing exhibition and the museum as a whole. Michael Bendure Director of Communication, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art


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Letters | To the Editor




ACOUSTIC AESTHETIC EXALTATION The Curtain Rises at the Armstrong Auditorium

BRINGING UP BOBBY Silver Screen City POINTES FOR STYLE Fall Puts Fashion on Its Toes BIKE MS OKLAHOMA Two Wheels and a Mission

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We have people flying in from all around the world who paid for this building, so this will be a special treat for them. I have to tell you how pleased we were with the article. Kent did a fantastic job. How refreshing to have a story written that is 100 percent accurate and is true to our vision and mission. Thank you for a fantastic article. And the front cover was just icing on the cake. Wow! Shane Granger Marketing Director, Armstrong International Cultural Foundation

Love for Lauren

We just sold 100 sets of spices thanks to you guys. The article (“Spicing Things Up,” September 2010) was great. We’ve received several phone calls from folks saying, “Did you know your spices were featured in…?” Please thank Lauren for doing such a good job on the article. Connie Thrash McGoodwin Executive Director, Dale Rogers Training Center

I just wanted to comment on how much I enjoy reading articles in Norman Living by Lauren Hammack. She has such a talent with words! It doesn’t matter the subject, I end up getting sucked in by the first few lines. I look forward to reading her articles every month. Thanks for great reading! Jackie M. Irwin Norman

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Erratum: In the October 2010 story “In-Sightful Evening,” we erroneously represented the date of Prevent Blindness Oklahoma’s annual Eye Ball in the graphic element. The correct date, as mentioned in the story, is November 6. We regret the error.

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Spritz | This & That

The Wealthy Widow efer to it as “The Widow” and, odds are, your bartender or wine steward will know exactly what you mean. First, you have excellent taste in champagne. Second, you have at least a passing knowledge of the name behind the celebrated yellow label. When François Clicquot died in the fall of 1805, the principal of a small champagne house made a widow out of 27-year-old Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. By any standard of the 19th century – and France’s Napoleonic Code was no exception – the death signaled an almost certain demise of the family enterprise, given the unfortunate fact that François was an only son. The ridiculous notion that La Veuve Clicquot – the Widow Clicquot – might take the reins of the family vineyard in the Champagne region of France was simply unspeakable in polite company. But Ponsardin was not what modern personality experts might label a “rule follower.” She may have been the daughter of a well-to-do textile merchant, educated in the finest school in Reims and quite socially adept, but Ponsardin cared less about traditional societal expectations and more about her own survival. She was quirky that way. Though she had no formal training in matters of business, the Widow was gifted with reliable entrepreneurial instinct. Sensing the end of the Franco-Prussian War was at hand, the Widow choreographed the furtive delivery of thousands of bottles of her champagne to Russia, despite a Napoleonic ban of exports. She had just tripled the price. For that, she may even have popped open some bubbly to celebrate her own cleverness – by her 40th birthday, Barbe-Nicole, La Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, had emerged as one of the wealthiest and most prominent entrepreneurs in Europe.


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By Lauren Hammack

Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin and great-granddaughter Anne de Mortemart in a painting by Léon Cogniet


Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin’s daughter Clementine married the destitute Comte Louis de Chevigné in 1817, and he proceeded to enthusiastically spend the Clicquot fortune. Wealthy employee Eduoard Werlé put an end to the financial crisis that ensued by paying off the company’s debts in 1828 and becoming a partner in the business. Placed in charge of the Clicquot finances, Werlé seriously curtailed Chevigné’s pocket money.

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A Marvelously Czechered Present By John Parker Photo by PhotoArt Studios


he may be 110 years old, but she was born to dance. Every Saturday night, Yukon’s Czech Hall is flooded with light as her admiring musicians warm up for what will be three-and-a-half hours of pure polka joy. When the tubas fully bellow to a floor full of dancers, all forms of depression, pretension and stick-in-the-muddiness don’t stand a chance. Visiting Czech Hall in the fall is a particular delight. The symphony of summer cicadas and the sultry heat still haunt enough to help one appreciate jacket weather. On any given Saturday, grinning little girls in dance skirts tear across the centerpiece golden oak floor. Grayhaired husbands lightly press their fingers on their grayhaired wives’ shoulder blades, steering their course amid the crowd. If the polka hasn’t already done it, noses inevitably drag legs out of chairs in search of the warm klobasy sausage sandwiches and cold beer. There are other old-time dancehalls like this. Gruene Hall in Texas. Grant Street Dancehall in Louisiana. But if there’s any Oklahoman who doesn’t know that Czech Hall more than equals their uniqueness, clear your Saturday nights and get out here. For first-time families, adventurous friends and anyone’s out-of-state visitors, the Czech Hall trek is a surefire and enthusiastic Facebook post. You’ll find Czech volunteer tradition-keepers out there like Laverne Benda. She watched her father hammer the roof on the 1925 expansion. Her grandfather and others tumped over countless wheelbarrows pouring the foundation. “I’m old enough to remember when we charged only 35 cents,” she said. Adjusted for seven decades of inflation, the cost is nearly the same today – $5 for 14 and up. Kids 13 and under are free. Laverne’s daughter Elaine points out that there’s little cause for self-consciousness among the college students, families, teens, babies, couples and octogenarians who show up on Saturdays. “As soon as you enter, you’re Czech,” she says. 24

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Raising T

The Bar By Lauren Hammack

he last couple of pages on the calendar devote themselves almost entirely to some celebration or another, and a good many of those fêtes merit the occasional adult beverage, raised in a glad toast. Some of the best celebrations take place right at home, requiring nothing more than a corkscrew and a gathering of family and friends. (Family and friends optional.) For those occasions, the finery of handsome barware and a barkeep’s best tools of the trade are the first measures of “raising the bar” for everyone’s enjoyment. This month, we’ve assembled everything you’ll need to get on with the festivities of the season. November is also a month dedicated to taking inventory of those people and blessings worth toasting in the first place. We wish you more of each in the holidays now upon us and throughout the new year ahead, so please enjoy responsibly. Or, at least peruse our “SideBar” for some Sobering Tips for the Tipsy. Then enjoy responsibly.

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I’ll Drink to That

Sometimes you can get by with a plastic Solo cup for your beverages, say, at a tailgate or poolside. Beyond that, all other imbibing opportunities should involve fine stemware and glasses. Carta Collection’s etched glass highball glasses from Occasions fit the bill nicely. And for tending bar in style, Red Chateau offers an eyecatching set of stainless steel bar necessities from Interlude, each accented with hand-carved bark.

Hors d’Ouevres, Anyone? Carafe Me

A stylish and practical way to serve wine, each of these 14" carafes from Bebe’s displays an etched label of its contents to let your guests know they’re not drinking juice, but rather something far more sophisticated.


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A little cheese and crackers is always a nice accompaniment to any festive occasion, especially when served on this gorgeous Zodax serving tray inlaid with cayman bone from Red Chateau.

Details | Things We Love

Chic Cold One

Occasions has the stylish solution for taking beer from “booze” to “beverage” with an etched glass perfect for frosting and the no-caps-flying opener from the Nicholas Collection.

At Your Service Perfect Shot

Evergreen’s hand-engraved crystal shot glasses are signed by the artist and feature a bronco rider or a pinup girl – either would make a fetching addition to your bar. Available in a large assortment of designs at Rawhide, the glasses can also be customized with a logo, a monogram, a special date or even your ranch brand.


Whether it’s chilling bottles or perched on a shelf, this aluminum ice and champagne bucket (with ice scoop) from 1st Dibs doubles as an art piece for your bar and makes a great wedding gift as well. And what better way to express the season’s sentiment than with 1st Dibs’ cylinder-shaped champagne flutes, individually engraved with the word for “Cheers!” in six different languages? Present your bubbly in its best light on a one-of-a-kind, inlaid mother-of-pearl penshell serving tray from Cunningham Interiors.


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Forget the colored cellophane fringe; Vagabond House elevates olives and cheese to a more appealing level with these pewter picks from Rawhide. Adorned with a moose or an elk, the whole herd is cleverly contained in a large matching holder. Naturally shed stag horn and crown tip bar tools and serving tray from Sterling’s Home Décor and Gifts offer a ruggedly handsome appeal, while helping the stag clean up his act a little, too. Personalize your bar service with Atticus Home’s silver-plated wine coaster from Bebe’s, suitable for engraving and sold with an accompanying wine stopper.

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Jolly Java A 12-Pack of Sobering Tips for the Tipsy

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Though many of us need no reminding, it bears repeating anyway: the lines of social etiquette blur where consumption is concerned, often long before the lines on the road do. Using life as our playbook, we’ve iced down a 12-pack of axioms for responsible enjoyment that you may want to commit to memory (while you still have one) before your festivities begin. Consider them a “social aperitif.”

All you need to tell the world you’re a barista is Miele’s patented coffee brewing system from Morrison Supply Company, which integrates beauty with function along with every accessory you’ll need for your cuppa: frothing system and milk tank, adjustable bean grinder, variable temperature control and an optional cup and plate warmer.

Know before you go… You can be the drinker. You can be the driver. But you can’t be both. Eat first. Strictly liquid diets precede colonoscopies. Save up for then. Consider your meds. Sleepy-eyed guy on the Rx label? Then enjoy your club soda and watch my purse. Now that you’ve got that glass in your hand… Don’t be the lush at the party.

Flawless Pull

Touted as the fastest and easiest way to open a bottle of wine, the “Legacy” wine bottle opener from Occasions uses a hardened steel needle and a low-pressure gas cartridge to remove the cork with just a press of a button and a gentle twist. The cork comes out easily and in one piece, so you’ll no longer have to chew your wine completely before swallowing it.

If it’s apparent you’ve become the lush at the party, get a ride home at once. Then go to bed. If, girded only with your dubious judgment, you remain the lush at the party, accept that your shame and the accompanying photos have probably already been posted on Facebook. Preserve whatever remains of your dignity by keeping the next six tips in mind… Don’t make a toast if you’re already toasted. To you, you’re a toastmaster. To the rest of the grimacing room, you’re the clown the host must have hired.

Salute the Captain When a cellar is all you need, and all you don’t have, Morrison Supply Company’s U-Line Wine Captain® is the next best thing for creating ideal conditions for your wines with triple temperature zone design and slide-out racks to chill up to 48 bottles.

Reacquaint yourself (and other party guests) with your inside voice.

No one in the room wants to hear you sing. And they now have medication for whatever’s making you convulse on the dance floor, Joe Cocker. In matters of love or commerce, it’s always best to enter with clarity of mind. Resist the impulse to quit your job or show/tell guests how much you love them. Don’t drunk dial. Ever. It’s over. Let it go.


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Keep your conversations upbeat. We already know s/he’s a social leper. That’s why we told you not to marry her/him to begin with. Enough already.

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hen the world arrives in Oklahoma City for the Creativity World Forum this month – the first time the event has ever been held on American soil – it will bring with it a multitude of artists and stunning, cutting-edge works to display. To celebrate this global infusion of creative energy, [Artspace] at Untitled is presenting the 2010 Creativity World Biennale, opening November 17 and running through January 8. Exhibits will take place in the [Artspace] at Untitled gallery and at four other venues to be announced in the Automobile Alley area. The exhibition is based on the Venice Biennale, held every two years in Italy, and focuses on the visual arts. The theme New Processes, New Approaches, New Art places the works on the cutting edge of contemporary art. Participating artists represent each of the seven Districts of Creativity worldwide. Oklahoma is the only such recognized district in the United States. “We are very honored to be working with Creative Oklahoma towards the implementation of the first-ever Creativity World Biennale,” says Jon Burris, executive director of [Artspace] at Untitled. “We proposed the concept during the early planning stages for the Creativity World Forum because we believe it fits perfectly with Untitled’s mission to introduce international contemporary art to audiences in Oklahoma City. The Biennale will also serve to publicly identify Oklahoma’s role as an international District of Creativity from the cultural arts sector.” The Districts of Creativity comprising the Biennale are Flanders (Belgium), Denmark, Catalonia (Spain), Scotland, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Shanghai (China) and Oklahoma. A Biennale Preview Party on November 14 from 6-10pm introduces the international artists to Oklahoma City. The Flemish contingent includes Nick Ervinck, who combines sculpture with digitalized 34

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Flemish artist Nick Ervinck

architectural techniques to create new artistic forms. His installation at the Biennale encompasses multiple photographs and three-dimensional sculptures. The Laboratory for Architecture and Urbanism, or LAB(au), based in Brussels, is represented by Els Vermang and Manuel Abendroth. Their work is interactive, generated and projected by computer. Tom DeSmedt and Ludivine Lechat of Antwerp-based Experimental Media Group produce computer graphics software, and take their inspiration from such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, linguistics, biology and toys. Denmark’s Center of Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI) has created a digital art experience for the Biennale. The Mejlby Stone is a 1,000-year-old runestone that is digitally augmented to give the audience an introduction to the ancient runic alphabet.

[Artspace] at Untitled, located at 1 N.E. 3rd Street in OKC, also hosts the November 14 Biennale Preview Party – tickets are $25 and grant admission to all Biennale venues as well. For more information, call 815.9995 or visit


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Joan Fontcuberta, from the Catalonia region of Spain, considers himself a “conceptual artist using photography.” His background is in communications and advertising, and his Biennale exhibition will comprise more than a dozen photographs. Scottish videographer and new media artist Henry Coombes presents a video documentary commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. “Red Palmer” follows the journey of a trout fishing fly from Kenya to Scotland. SuperUber Design Group, led by Russ Rive, represents Rio de Janeiro and explores the intersection of art, technology and design. They will install three interactive works: “Light Cubes,” “Musical Sand” and “Blow-Four.” Oklahoma artist Sara Hearn uses a variety of media – from anatomical drawings to sound clips – and experiments with systems of scientific classification in her works, such as “An Unnatural History,” which includes multiple photographs, objects and video. Brian Eyerman is the lead artist for Oklahoma-based Skyline Ink, a diverse group of digital artists who produce varied works in other media. The sculptural projection “Out of the Box” takes center stage at the Biennale. Shanghai’s installation at the Biennale is pending. “The theme is based on the idea that as new technologies are developing around the world, so too are new processes of creating art involving new media and new materials,” says Burris. “It is the goal of this Biennale to introduce new aesthetic approaches.”

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Michael Stack, “Winter Light”

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By Steve Gill

heir inspiration may be as big as all outdoors, but the artists creating pieces for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s annual winter art sale have had to restrain themselves in execution. Their mandate – and your reward – is right there in the event’s title: Small Works, Great Wonders returns November 18. The one-night-only sale hosted by the Persimmon Hill Associates will offer works from more than 100 painters and sculptors, including many who participate in the Prix de West Invitational and others invited especially for this creative shindig. The size limitations, general winter theme and pre-holiday timing are designed to encourage a broader audience for Western art, including first-time buyers along with seasoned collectors. And the Museum makes the process of mulling over these minor marvels well worth your while, too, with a festive event atmosphere enhanced by a variety of food and beverage stations from Deep Fork Grill, Kyle’s 1025, The Catering Connection, The Ranch Steakhouse, Republic National Distributing Co. and the Museum’s own restaurant, Dining on Persimmon Hill. Enjoy seasonal celebratory touches, free parking, free gift wrapping and 25 percent off most items at the Museum Store’s simultaneous one-night holiday sale, which includes a trunk show boasting hand-crafted, eye-catching, pulse-quickening designs from Rocki Gorman Jewelry. When it’s all said and done, everybody comes out ahead: the participating artists and the Museum reap the twin rewards of financial support and greater exposure, while guests go home with joyous spirits, new treasures for their collection (purchasers can depart with their art) and proof that great works do come in small packages.

Preview the art at or in person at the Museum during the week before the event. For more information, call 478.2250.


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hen the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum organized a retrospective of famed Western painter and sculptor Harold T. “H” Holden’s career, it was only natural they name the exhibit “The Cowboy Way” – that’s the way he’s been documenting for over 40 years. Whether executed in oil or bronze, Holden’s work is detailed, expressive – and ubiquitous: monumental sculptures grace Will Rogers World Airport, the OKC Stockyards, the Oklahoma History Center, the University of Central Oklahoma and State Fair Park, with paintings in the State Capitol and innumerable private collections. Holden regularly shows in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society, the Oklahoma Governor’s Art Award and Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni award. “H” spends much of his free time roping and staying close to the cowboy way of life, giving him great knowledge of his favorite subject matter as well as future fodder for a career that, for all its impressive span and storied heights, is far from over. The Cowboy Way will be on display through November 30 at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum. For more information, call 235.4458 or visit

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The Gallery

canvassing the area’s art By Steve Gill

AND ISTVAN MAKES THREE, 831.2874 The traditional gift for a third anniversary is leather goods, but since the Istvan Gallery is designed to appeal to the non-traditional art lover, it’s celebrating the big III with something a little more expansive: 3,000 extra feet of space. For its November Anniversary/Grand Opening, Istvan hosts an installation by handcrafted furniture artisan Todd Graham and printmaker Brandi Downham, who have created new work to demonstrate that original art can be functional in the home. Meanwhile, Oklahoma artists Kolbe Roper, Christen Humphries and Beverly Herndon will inaugurate the new, larger gallery space next door. The exhibit begins November 12 with a 6-10pm reception featuring music, light refreshments and a cash bar, and will remain on display through January at 1218 N. Western.

RED INK OR NOT, 232.6060 Seeing red can be good if your bid prompted the Red Dot at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma’s auction. Eat, drink, mingle and view unique pieces – but be ready to pounce. November 12 in the IAO gallery, 706 W. Sheridan, OKC. $20 in advance, $25 at the door DOUBLE VISION, 325.3272 What do you get when two disparate images are placed together? That’s up to you. The student-curated “Stare Stare Stereo” displays selected pictures in pairs, inviting visitors to consider the urge to compare and contrast. November 6-May 15 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum on the OU campus.

Christen Humphries, “Pressed Roses” (detail)

OLD SCHOOL, 478.2250 The classics never go out of style – not if the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association has anything to say about it. Over 50 impeccable examples of saddles, spurs, silverwork and more are on display, and up for purchase, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum through January 2. WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, 341.9023 Of his luminous landscapes, Kenny McKenna says, “I strive to create a painting you can be a part of, someplace I would like to be.” He also likes to be at Shadid Fine Art at 19 N. Broadway in Edmond, returning for a fresh exhibit opening December 2.


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Curtain Calls

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FLYOVER FOLLIES, 848.3761 Tuna, TX is a teeny-tiny town, but that just makes special occasions a bigger deal for its oddball residents. CityRep’s holiday tradition “A Tuna Christmas” returns to the Civic Center November 19-December 12. THE ROAD HE CHOSE 340.8552 Austin native Django Walker proudly carries on the family business, but with a tone and style that’s unmistakably personal. Get better acquainted with his rockin’ country sound November 12 at the UCO Jazz Lab.


SCOTS WHA HAE, 682.7576 November 9 is the day and 7pm is the hour when the irresistibly vivifying music of Scotland takes control of the OKC Community College Cultural Arts Series, thanks to fiddle ambassador Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas.

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THE UGLY TRUTH, 800.869.1451 Once upon a time (10 years ago), in a fairly far-away land (called Hollywood), there was a studio named DreamWorks that spun cels into box-office gold with an animated adventure featuring an enchanted princess, a selfish suitor, talking animals, fairies, knights, a dragon… the ideal stage for some tall, handsome chunk of muscle and charm to do some daring, save the day, win the maiden, yada yada blah. Only instead of that cookie-cutter hero, the movie introduced an ill-tempered, foul-mannered ogre, and a star was born. Now the magic is coming to OKC, as Celebrity Attractions adds some song-and-dance to the fairytale romance in “Shrek the Musical,” playing November 7-14 in the Civic Center.


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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK, 609.1022 Gamblers and drunks, con men and chorus girls, gorillas and tomatoes all deserve a shot at musical romance just as much as any prince or princess. Deep down, they’re all just “Guys and Dolls.” November 19-December 11 in St. Luke’s Poteet Theatre. NOT TO BE, 521.1786 Something is rotten in the life of Andrew Rally: master thespian John Barrymore’s ghost is trying to bully him into playing the Prince of Denmark. Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, anyone? Jewel Box Theatre presents “I Hate Hamlet” November 18-December 12. DEATH AND THE COURTESAN, 208.5227 Violetta and the noble Alfredo have a consuming love – but she also has consumption, and his family objects to her former employment in the oldest profession, leading to operatic romance in “La Traviata,” November 19-21 in OCU’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium.

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PIANO MAN II, 232.7575 Broadway sensation Michael Cavanaugh – handpicked to star in a smash run of “Movin’ Out,” he’s still keeping the faith – launches the OKC Philharmonic’s Pops season November 5-6 with “The Music of Billy Joel and More.” LEAP OF FAITH, 340.4481 Imagine how well ladies respond to “Hey, baby, I’m really an enchanted prince. Pucker up!” A princess must overcome her understandable amphibian ambivalence for both to live happily ever after in the Fine Arts Institute’s junior production of “The Frog Prince,” November 18-21. NO EXIT, 812.7737 A handful of guests are snowbound in a small hotel, only to find that the weather fits right into someone’s plans… for murder. OKC Theatre Company springs “The Mousetrap” on Civic Center audiences November 4-21. TANGLED WEBS, 974.3375 Power and desperation are a terribly potent combination. Struggling agent Sidney gets in good with the king of the gossip columnists, only to find he can’t get out, in “The Sweet Smell of Success” November 18-21 in UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater. FROST WARNING, 307.9320 Winter makes the indoors tempting; Winter Wind makes Norman’s Santa Fe Depot a must. The concert series continues November 7 with Sam Baker, musically reborn after a near-death injury, and November 21 with musical wordsmiths Beth Wood and Nathan Brown.

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“Sordid Lives”, 232.6500,, 232.7575 Inspiration can come from anywhere, and genius elevates the humblest source material. Though never intended as high art, something about the common folk’s vigorous melodies resonated with history’s great composers, so that centuries later their spirit lives on in magnificent classical music. The OKC Philharmonic’s Classics series continues November 20 with “Folk Dances and Celebrations,” featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (whose third movement was based on an Austrian pilgrim’s hymn), the Overture to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Wasps” and Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” a fantasia for violin and orchestra built around traditional Highland tunes. Perhaps in 2410 audiences will enjoy holophoner arrangements of “Rump Shaker” and “The Macarena.”

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verybody talks about the weather, but how many people learn something about it? Oklahoma is infamous for its often unpredictable conditions and occasional meteorological mayhem, but those same factors make it one of the best places on earth to learn how weather works: the OU School of Meteorology is the largest in the nation, and Norman’s National Weather Center has some of the most advanced equipment anywhere. Wanna see? Head to the 6th annual National Weather Festival 9am-1pm November 6. Attendance is brisk and steady – an estimated 4,500 last year – among visitors eager to tour the National Weather Center; view the National Weather Service’s forecasting areas (the Storm Prediction Center and the NWS Norman Forecast Office); explore vehicles used by NOAA and OU storm researchers during last year’s VORTEX 2, the largest tornado experiment in history; learn the usefulness of ham radio during severe weather from local amateur radio operators; and browse through the weath-


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er-related information and products available from local businesses in a bazaar of booths in the National Weather Center atrium. Organizers also expect a flurry of educational activities related to weather prediction and the environment for elementary-aged children: local TV meteorologists will help kids launch weather balloons at the top of each hour, storm chasers from throughout the region will bring their equipment-filled vehicles to show and compete in the 5th annual Storm Chaser Car Show and The Weather Friends – students dressed up as climatic superheroes – will be making an appearance to teach kids about weather safety. Take the family to the 2010 National Weather Festival; you’ll have a great time and learn something, and that’s one forecast that’s an absolute certainty.

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elping people have better lives is eminently worthy of celebration. And if you do it as well as St. Anthony Hospital, it’s worthy of an outstanding celebration. The premier healthcare organization and its eponymous foundation are gearing up for a big-time, bigtop black-tie bash to commemorate past successes and raise funds for future triumphs with Cirque du Saints, the 2010 Saints Ball, November 5 at the Skirvin Hilton. Co-chaired by Joan and Rod Frates and Charlotte and John Richels, the ball will feature bold colors, vibrant energy and acrobatically inspired entertainment, as well as dinner, a special performance by David Hooten, live and silent auctions and music from Souled Out. Sponsorship co-chair Mary Blankenship Pointer said, “This is such a popular event that we have exceeded our sponsorship goal. This is a sign of the generosity of our community and their dedication to supporting exceptional health care.” It also signifies a need for haste on your part, since a sellout is expected – so make reservations now if you don’t want to have to bend over backwards to get in. For more information, call 272.7070.

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he calendar might read November, but trust us: ’tis already the season to be jolly. The holidays are ripe with a plenitude of parties and celebrations, and if you wait until December to make your plans you risk missing out on some of the metro’s star soirees. So consider this rundown an early present to you, labeled “Do Not Wait Until Christmas.” Winterfest Norman’s celebration of the season lasts a full month, so it starts when December does: the Winterfest Art Walk invites lovers of creativity to tour downtown and nearby artistic environs, with stops providing live music, warm refreshments and original pieces by local artists, many of which are for sale. Free for the whole family. UCO Winterglow Towering evergreens, carols floating on the breeze, a vast constellation – a veritable galaxy – of lights… the annual season kickoff on the University of Central Oklahoma campus is the very picture of “picturesque.” From the majestic Old North to the Nigh Center’s fun and games, the evening of December 1 is free and fabulous. Holiday Happening There’s never a bad time to learn, so the Sam Noble Museum offers free admission during its annual party December 2; along with music, storytelling, children’s crafts and activities, snacks and hot drinks, pictures with Santa and one-night-only discounts on the gifts, toys and decor in Excavations, the Museum Store. Territorial Christmas Family traditions are based around building on a shared history, so this December 2 bring your family to a tradition based around buildings that are part of our shared history. The Harn Homestead Museum’s open house event includes tours, vintage decorations, hayrides, caroling and sweet treats. $5 general admission

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November 4 • 7:30 PM • $20 - $45

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e was a prodigy from the word “идти,” performing in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of nine. He has studied with the world’s greatest pianists, impressed judges and dazzled audiences worldwide from Moscow to Milan to Munich to Memphis. And when he’s not touring in the most storied concert halls on Earth, Valery Kuleshov comes home to UCO. The world-renowned Russian pianist and University of Central Oklahoma Artist-in-Residence will be honored at the 5th annual benefit concert, “A Toast to the Maestro,” November 29 at the UCO Jazz Lab. Kuleshov’s liquid-smooth and intensely dynamic performances are the stuff of legend, and his ear is equally incredible: he once transcribed an unpublished work by all-time genius Vladimir Horowitz note for note solely by listening to an LP recording. Montenegro native Bozica Delic, a recipient of the UCO Global Arts Scholarship, will also play at the event – her first violin performance in the U.S. In addition to this sonorous spate of musical mastery, guests at the Jazz Lab for this outstanding evening will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a wine tasting offered by Edmond Wine Shop. A suggested donation of $50 will be accepted at the door, with proceeds benefiting scholarships as well as the Steinway piano initiative, which has the goal of replacing all the pianos in the UCO School of Music exclusively with Steinway instruments – truly a noteworthy endeavor. For reservations to help raise A Toast to the Maestro, call Lori Alspaugh at 974.3778.

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Save the Date

keeping up around town By Steve Gill

Hey Ladies

J.D. MERRYWEATHER The Art Show With a Curve returns November 5-6 to the Farmers Public Market – The Girlie Show includes elements of an art exhibit, a craft show and a music festival, pureed and served with a double shot of estrogen. Dozens of jury-selected female artists, designers and crafters display and sell their handiwork Friday night (which features a DJ, local cuisine and a cash bar) and Saturday (more casual and family-friendly with live music and a special female-focused professional networking session). Both genders are exhorted to enjoy the Show, so check the website for ticket info and remember that you can’t spell “extravaganza of excellence” without XX.

Les femmes formidables: The Girlie Show organizers Dawn Harth, Erin Merryweather and Marilyn Artus

Celebrate Sooner, 235.4058, 235.4458 Happy birthday, Oklahoma! You already know you belong to the land and the land you belong to is grand, but if you need a refresher visit the historic Harn Homestead or the Oklahoma Heritage Museum November 16 for free admission and special treats to mark Statehood Day.


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Food for Thought, 525.5600 Appreciating quality literature requires a little time, thought… digestion. Trinity School unites some of life’s great pleasures as guests enjoy food and wine from fine area eateries and absorbing presentations from authors Ace Atkins, Stefne Miller, Mike Wimmer, Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money at the 6th annual Novel Feast November 4.

Keep on Turnin’, 235.5100 “Service Above Self.” It’s a simple motto but a solid one, espoused by over 1.2 million Rotary International members worldwide. And of the nearly 34,000 member clubs, #29 is right here in OKC. Swing by the Chase Tower lobby November 16 to wish OKC Rotary a happy 100th anniversary.

In Vino Vetustas, 340.0078 In wine there is antiquity – at least for an evening, as Steve and Beth Kerr chair the 2nd annual Wine Through Time at the Edmond Historical Society November 4. Admission grants delectable tidbits, a bevy of beverages, music, auctions and funds to preserve history in the future. Tickets $50.

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2010 Creativity World Forum Throughout Metro J 11/17







Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind Fred Jones Jr. Museum J 1/2/11 • Emilio Amero Jacobson House J 11/12 • Mediterranean Treasures Sam Noble Museum J 1/2/11 • Adventures of Okie Cartoonists OK History Center J 12/31 • The Cowboy Way OK Heritage Museum J 11/30 • Nigel Hall City Arts Center J 12/18 • La Serenissima / New Frontiers: Hils OKCMOA J 1/2/11 • Traditional Cowboy Arts Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 1/2/11

Student Jazz Combo Concert UCO Jazz Lab • Sutton Series: Wind Symphony OU Catlett Music Center • Thunder vs. Timberwolves Ford Center

A Toast to the Maestro UCO Jazz Lab • Thunder vs. Hornets Ford Center

Dr. Emily Butterfield, flute UCO Jazz Lab • Art Adventures: Day of the Dead Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Tuesday Noon Concerts: M. Neumann Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Die Forelle Brightmusic St. Paul’s Cathedral • Oklahoma Voices: W. DeVier Pierson OK Heritage Museum

Opera Workshop: A Night of Classics UCO Jazz Lab J 11/11 • Readers’ Extravaganza Book Fair Norman Public Library J 11/10 • Tuesday Noon Concerts: G. LeBlanc Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Barons vs. Rampage Cox Center • Fraser & Haas OCCC • OKC Chamber Sunset Reception The Tasting Room, Will Rogers Theater • Shrek the Musical Celebrity Attractions Civic Center J 11/14

5th Street Jazz Collective UCO Jazz Lab • Tuesday Noon Concerts: G. Lee Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Basler / Dana Stein Furs Trunk Show Balliets J 11/17 • Rotary Club of OKC Centennial Chase Bldg. Lobby • Statehood Day Harn Homestead Museum • Tuesdays at Sundown: Ben Harjo Nat’l Cowboy Museum

Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex • Tuesday Noon Concerts: D. Leffingwell Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Barons vs. Admirals Cox Center • Jazz Ensemble Concert OCU Petree Hall •


The Science of Love and Bonding Sam Noble Museum • Tuesday Noon Concerts: G. LeBlanc Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Orchestral Concert OCU Petree Hall •


Flaming Festival Kappa Alpha Theta OKC Golf & CC • Justin Bieber Ford Center


Heart Rhythm Institute Luncheon OKC Golf & CC • Sutton Series: OK Chamber Players OU Catlett Music Center • InnoTech OK Cox Center • A Taste of Art Cooking Class [Artspace] at Untitled • Thunder vs. 76ers Ford Center

Arts Alliance Chili Bowl OU Lightwell Gallery • Creativity World Biennale [Artspace] at Untitled J 1/8/11 • OKC Chamber Megalunch Willow Creek Golf & CC • Thunder vs. Rockets Ford Center •

Thunder vs. Mavericks Ford Center •



Wine Through Time Edmond Historical Society • The 5 Browns Armstrong Auditorium • Contemporary Dance OK OU Rupel Jones Theatre J 11/6 • The Mousetrap OKC Theatre Co. Stage Center J 11/21 • My Vintage Baby Trunk Show Uptown Kids • A Novel Feast Trinity School • Stuart Weitzman / Dianaira Trunk Show Balliets J 11/5 •



Assistance League Holiday Home Tour Throughout Norman J 11/6 • Barons vs. Stars Cox Center • The Girlie Show Farmers Public Market J 11/6 • Michael Cavanaugh: Music of Billy Joel OKC Philharmonic Civic Center J 11/6 • Out of Africa OK Alzheimer’s Assoc. OK Sports Hall of Fame • Saints Ball St. Anthony Hospital Foundation Skirvin Hilton •



5k to Monet Fine Arts Institute Downtown Edmond • Nat’l Weather Festival Nat’l Weather Center • Stare Stare Stereo Fred Jones Jr. Museum J 5/15/11 • Barons vs. Aeros Cox Center • The Eye Ball Prevent Blindness OK Gaillardia Golf & CC • Kids’ Holiday Clothing Fashion Show Uptown Kids • OSU vs. Baylor Boone Pickens Stadium •



Winter Wind: Sam Baker Santa Fe Depot • Barons vs. Marlies Cox Center • Thunder vs. Celtics Ford Center •





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VETERAN’S DAY • Sutton Series: OU Jazz Bands OU Catlett Music Center • Bye Bye, Birdie Lyric’s Plaza Theatre J 11/13 • Moms Speakers: Catherine Gardner Uptown Kids • Noon Tunes: Patricia Surman Downtown Library • Othello OCU Black Box Theatre J 11/13 • Project 21 Concert OCU Bass School of Music • Veteran’s Day Concert OKC Symphonic Band OCU Petree Hall

Fall Concert OK Christian University • The Frog Prince Fine Arts Institute J 11/21 • The Sweet Smell of Success UCO Mitchell Hall Theater J 11/21 • I Hate Hamlet Jewel Box Theatre J 12/12 • Noon Tunes: Smilin’ Vic Downtown Library • OKC Town Hall: Carlos Luria St. Luke’s UMC • Pottery Sale City Arts Center J 12/23 • Small Works, Great Wonders Nat’l Cowboy Museum

THANKSGIVING • Edmond Turkey Trot Downtown Edmond

Django Walker UCO Jazz Lab • Women’s Leadership Conference UCO University Center • Holiday Gift Gallery Firehouse Art Center J 1/8/11 • Jacob Becannen & Mark Vollertsen Nonna’s Purple Bar • LIVE on the Plaza Plaza District • Red Dot Auction IAO Gallery • Third Anniversary Show Istvan Gallery J 1/28/11 • Thunder vs. Trail Blazers Ford Center •

Art After Hours: Daniel Ridgway Knight Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Movie Night at the Museum Sam Noble Museum • Third Friday Celtic Night Sondermusic • Barons vs. Stars Cox Center • Guys & Dolls Poteet Theatre, St. Luke’s UMC J 12/11 • Little Red Lyric’s Plaza Theatre J 11/20 • La Traviata OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium J 11/21 • A Tuna Christmas CityRep J 12/12

Creative Craft Festival Cleveland County Fairgrounds J 11/27 • Scrooge Sooner Theatre J 12/12 • Cuisine of the Americas Special Guest Rick Bayless Café do Brasil • Downtown in December Downtown OKC J 1/2/11 • Every Christmas Story Ever Told Carpenter Square Theatre J 12/18 • Rocky Kanaga Nonna’s Purple Bar • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family Ford Center •

Edmond’s Got Talent Fine Arts Institute Edmond North High School • Scout Saturday Edmond Historical Society • OU vs. Texas Tech Owen Field • Children’s Storytime Uptown Kids • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar

EWC Holiday Home Tour Lakeside at Oakdale J 11/21 • Silver Leaf Gems Trunk Show Shadid Fine Art • Charlene & The Smoking Section Nonna’s Purple Bar • Children’s Storytime Uptown Kids, OKC • Cirque du Cyclone Auction Casady School • City Divided Bedlam 5k Run Regatta Park • Folk Dances & Celebrations OKC Philharmonic Civic Center •

Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • OSU vs. OU Boone Pickens Stadium •

Sutton Series: Collegium Musicum OU Catlett Music Center • Thunder vs. Spurs Ford Center •

Percussion Consort UCO Jazz Lab • Winter Wind: Wood & Brown Santa Fe Depot • Barons vs. Admirals Cox Center •

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Go to enjoyable extremes in a place that has it all

Boomtown! D By Lauren Hammack

efining Houston isn’t easy. It’s a frenzied potluck buffet of high-rise executive suites, clusters of upscale shopping, world-class restaurants and hotels, set amid eclectic boutiques and family-owned taco stands in a “zoning-is-for-sissies” mega-tropolis. That might spell urban schizophrenia for some, but Houston – a city that wants for nothing – doesn’t seem to mind. Houston blithely celebrates exactly what it is: a city of extremes that throws all its ingredients into one pot, stirs them up, and serves up a memorable dish of culture, scenery, shopping and dining. In short, Houston is a boomtown for all the senses. november 2010 | slice


Wanderlust | Close Encounters


A triumph of Italian spirit, Hotel Granduca defines bliss – it’s the only Texas luxury hotel named as one of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World. Hotel Granduca’s creator, Giorgio Borlenghi, has masterfully reflected the Italy of his childhood in much of the décor and artwork throughout 123 sumptuously appointed luxury suites. If you can bear to leave your room, a visit to the hotel’s award-winning Ristorante Cavour will acquaint you with Chef Renato De Pirro’s culinary mastery of Northern Italian cuisine. Hotel Granduca 1080 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.418.1000 | 888.472.6382 58

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Overlooking scenic Lake Conroe, just 50 miles north of Houston, the $130 million La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa has spared its guests no amenity. You may enter SpaTerre as tense as a rock, but this 17,000-square-foot epicenter of nirvana and its extensive menu of traditional and exotic treatments will send you oozing your way out with all the bounce of a salted slug. SpaTerre at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa 600 La Torretta Blvd. (Montgomery, TX) 877.286.9590






Settle in for a comfortable evening of sipping and savoring wines from around the world, expertly paired with offerings from The Tasting Room’s gourmet menu, which includes a thin-crust pizza worthy of its own toast. Highly trained sommeliers impart such insight, you’ll feel your wine IQ rise by the glass.


The 1927 home of collector and philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, located in the heart of River Oaks, overlooks 14 acres of formal and woodland gardens, accessible year-round. The Butterfly Garden takes its name from rows of azaleas and flowers that bloom into the form of a butterfly – spectacular in the spring. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 1 Westcott Street at Memorial 713.639.7750 Experience the thrill of an African Adventure at the Houston Zoo’s African Forest, scheduled to open next month. Observe a colony of chimpanzees, then look at your own colony and shrug off any similarities. Feed the giraffe herd at the Masai Giraffe Habitat, where you can come nose-to-nose with the giraffes from an elevated viewing deck. Houston Zoo 6200 Hermann Park Drive 713.533.6500

The Tasting Room Wine Café 1101 Uptown Park 713.993.9800

Eat If you happen by this Midtown breakfast diner on a Saturday, consider the line of customers wrapped around the building and down the block as a sound endorsement for down-home cooking that’s worth the wait – particularly the Katfish and Grits. I come from a long line of grits aficionados and the Breakfast Klub’s are the finest I’ve ever had. The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis at Alabama 713.528.8564 Part tree house, part restaurant – that’s the design concept behind this bright neighborhood restaurant whose fresh, seasonal menus bring “global home cooking” to life with house-made artisan breads, hand-selected wine offerings and pastries to die for – just bury me in the tree house and put cookies on my grave. Canopy 3939 Montrose 713.528.6848 november 2010 | slice


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Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Bellingrath Gardens is a feast for the senses.

A Tale of M Two Seasons By Elaine Warner

obile, Alabama conjures up images of azaleas, trees dripping with Spanish moss, a summer cicada serenade, tall glasses of iced lemonade and the scent of magnolias. It’s all that – and more. For a whole different experience, pick late fall for a visit. No spot in Mobile is more reflective of each season’s glory than Bellingrath Gardens, one of America’s most beautiful landscapes. In fall the gardens glow with the golden colors of autumn, which transition into holiday reds and greens for the annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The property was originally a rough and rural fishing camp on the Fowl River, overgrown with a couple of dilapidated shacks. Walter Bellingrath’s doctor ordered him to purchase it and to “learn how to play.” Instead, the Coca-Cola bottling exec got busy turning the facilities into a spot where he could invite friends. november 2010 | slice


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The Bellingraths’ Mobile home was surrounded by azaleas carefully tended by Walter’s wife Bessie. She began bringing cuttings of her favorite plants to the fish camp. After a trip to Europe and a tour of some of the continent’s grand gardens, the Bellingraths decided to give their rustic retreat a makeover. Architect George B. Rogers began with the grounds, taking advantage of underground springs to create water features that mirrored Bessie’s colorful plantings. He brought in more plants, including many large, heritage specimens. The project took several years. In April 1932, the couple invited the citizens of the area to come see the gardens. The response was so great that it resulted in an historic traffic jam. With viewing the gardens so obviously in demand, the Bellingraths decided to open them to the public on a regular basis. Today’s visitors can tour both the gardens and the Mediterranean/English Renaissance-style home Rogers built for the couple. Plantings are changed seasonally with daffodils, tulips and azaleas dominating in spring and tropicals in summer. A few hardy beauties gave a hint of the summer splendor of the rose garden while winter-loving camellias were just appearing. November is prime time for Bellingrath’s cascading chrysanthemums – like flowery Niagaras, they spill over every balcony and bridge. Coleus, salvia, Zinnia angustifolia, kale, dusty miller and ornamental grasses complement the yellows, oranges and lavenders of the mums. Dickens’ tale begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Mobile has him beat! See the best of fall and the best of winter. Have the best of both!



Cue the Lights

Right after Thanksgiving, three million tiny lights make Bellingrath Gardens a nighttime fairyland. Over 900 set pieces make up 12 scenes stretching throughout the gardens. Designer Clare Graham, a former Disney “imagineer,” working with the Gardens’ director, creates pieces for each specific area of the 65-acre property. Magic Christmas in Lights begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and closes on New Year’s Eve. The ideal time to see both the chrysanthemums and the lights is during the week after opening, while the plantings are being changed.


And Suddenly… It’s Christmas

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa 1 Grand Blvd. Point Clear, Alabama 251.928.9201 | 800.544.9933

Magic happens after the guests go to bed. On Friday morning, Christmas has arrived. A huge Christmas tree stands in the lobby and, in the dining room, diners are greeted by a substantial gingerbread replica of the Grand Hotel and grounds – complete with a little lake in the middle and a tiny train that chugs around the shore. End the day with the lighting of an historic live oak; listen to carolers and sip hot chocolate or apple cider. No wonder lots of folks think this is the ideal time to visit Mobile.

The Grand Hotel’s history dates back to 1847. Located along Mobile Bay, it sprawls across the property and offers all the amenities of a, well, grand resort. Plan a family holiday here, and you’ll find activities for every age group – from golf and romantic dinners for the grown-ups to story time and Turkey Tuck-in at bedtime for the kids. Chef Mike Wallace’s Grand Buffet is all that and more. The staples – turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish – are there, but that’s just the beginning. A variety of shellfish, seared ahi tuna, pecan-crusted grouper, venison and Kobe beef vie with the turkey for a starring role. Dishes are prepared “small plates” style – no huge bowls of food getting cold or warm on the buffet. Desserts like pumpkin creme brulee and cheesecake lollipops iced with white chocolate salute the season, but don’t pass up the bread pudding with whiskey sauce (made from a century-old recipe).


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Fare | From Our Kitchen


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hanksgiving is a wonderful yet stressful holiday for the cook. Some components of the feast can only be completed just before dinner is served, enhancing an alreadyelevated anxiety level. One strategy to eliminate last-minute pressure is to make dishes ahead whenever possible. Here we’ve updated Brussels sprouts, a classic autumn vegetable. This deliciously cool slaw complements the turkey and trimmings and is a tasty departure from the hot, butter-laden dishes we often expect on Thanksgiving Day. This doahead recipe is foolproof and forgiving!

By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson

Thanksgiving Slaw

1 c nuts – pistachios, pecans or walnuts 1/4 c maple (or Karo) syrup 1/2 t salt and pepper 1/4 c Dijon mustard 1 T vinegar (rice wine or apple cider) 2 T lemon juice 1 T brown sugar 1/2 c olive (or canola) oil 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed 1 T salt Preheat oven to 325° and whisk syrup, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir in nuts. Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 6-8 minutes, tossing twice. Cool and divide into 2 equal parts. Crush 1/2 c and reserve. Remove sprouts’ outer leaves and thinly slice by hand or food processor. Boil in salted water about 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain, rinse in cold water and squeeze dry. To make dressing, whisk mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and sugar in small bowl, then whisk in oil. Toss with sprouts and marinate 30-40 minutes. Toss again with 1/2 c crushed nuts. Sprinkle remaining nuts over plated dish. Garnish with some halved Brussels sprouts.

The Warm Option

After boiling and draining the sprouts, sauté in 1/4 c of oil or 3 T butter over medium-low heat 5 to 6 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add a handful of shredded red cabbage or carrots for color and 2 t of caraway seeds for a more complex taste. Pour in 1/4 c vegetable or poultry stock. Simmer 5 to 6 minutes. If making ahead, refrigerate and reheat on stovetop prior to serving. Just before taking it off the heat, stir in dressing. Garnish with nuts and a sprinkling of parmesan, cheddar or Gruyere.


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Fare | Splash

Dramatically Distinctive T By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson

he martini is a classic, but its origins remain shrouded. The stories of how the cocktail came to be are as diverse as the many, many variations on the recipe that exist today. An oft-repeated account claims the drink’s point of origin (and namesake) as Martinez, California, the creation of a saloon-keeper who prepared it for a visiting miner in 1862. If that story doesn’t have enough gusto, consider the version that says the drink is named for the Martini and Henry rifle used by the British Army in the 1870s. Both the cocktail and the rifle, it is reported, possessed a “strong kick.” Others point to the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York, where the bartender – an Italian immigrant named Martini – gave the concoction its debut. Pick whatever story you like, but the martini is one of the most beloved of all cocktails. Nonna’s Purple Bar in Bricktown has created a namesake drink that honors martini history, but blazes its own colorful trail as well. The Purple Bar Martini combines Effen Black Cherry Vodka and Stirrings All-Natural Pomegranate Liqueur with cranberry juice and a splash of Sprite. The ingredients are thoroughly shaken, then served in a frosted Z-stem martini glass with an orange spike.


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Fare | Matters of Taste

Accent onExperience By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson


afé 501 began with Sheree Holloway’s love of travel and the cuisines she and husband Peter discovered as they crisscrossed the globe, especially in Europe. The “eclectic European” style of Café 501 has been a mainstay in Edmond since 1995, and with the opening this fall of a new location in the Classen Curve, that style brings a cool, contemporary attitude and an impressively creative menu to an emerging area. The new Café 501 is next to Balliets in Classen Curve, and juxtaposes contemporary design with an abundance of rich woodwork to bring about an atmosphere that is at once relaxed and elegant, comfortable and gracious. Chef Noureddine Bennai, a native of Morocco, adds his own spin to the ideas the Holloways have collected in their extensive travels through France, Italy, Germany and Austria. Start the meal with an appetizer of assorted cheeses ($12). This cheese plate is one of the finest such selections in the metro area, accompanied by red currant compote, green apple and radish slaw and seasoned pecans, with toasted French baguette slices. It is a light and exceptional opener to dinner at Café 501. The entrée menu is extensive, ranging from stone oven pizzas to steaks, seafood and even meatloaf. The Balsamic BBQ Prime Pork Tenderloin ($19) is served over Southern-style cole slaw, with baked potato salad. One of the top seafood selections is the Four Season Roasted Salmon ($19), a meal of dazzling presentation and a delicate balance of flavor and texture. It is served with dill vin blanc, seared grape tomatoes, cucumber and arugula, and excellent grilled cauliflower. The delightful choice of desserts includes such favorites as New Orleans Bread Pudding and Oreo Cheesecake. But the Caramel Walnut Cheesecake ($7) is a standout. Made with mascarpone, this extra-creamy personal cheesecake, with its walnuts, caramel sauce and whipped topping, is certain to please. Building on a decade and a half of experience in Edmond, Café 501 adds a fine European accent to Oklahoma City’s Classen Curve. 68

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Fare | Just a Bite

The Great Debate

By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson


hili is serious business. Don’t believe it? Just get two or more chili cooks into a room and let the debate begin. The recipes are as varied as the weather on the Great Plains. (And we won’t even get into the discussion of beans vs. no beans.)




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But in Oklahoma City, there is another layer to the serious discussion of this regional culinary delight. Two years ago the Junior League of Oklahoma City began to explore a fundraising project that would not only provide income to support its community efforts, but also give the organization a platform to discuss community literacy. Thus, Chili for Literacy was born. The JLOC sells five-pound bags of its frozen chili, and the funds support the League’s many literacy-oriented endeavors. Manufactured by Oklahomabased Advance Food Company, this recipe was the official chili of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Chili for Literacy is made with certified angus beef sirloin chunks, red and yellow peppers and of course, any number of secret spices. “It’s flavorful without being too spicy,” says Margaret Brooks, JLOC Financial Development chair. To purchase Chili for Literacy and support one of the 17 community projects in which JLOC is involved in 2010, call 843.5668 or order online at

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Fare | A la Carte

Tailgate Time!

By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Sassy Tailgate Sandwiches 1 pkg King Hawaiian rolls (12 count) 1 lb Black Forest ham, shaved 12 slices Gruyere cheese (Swiss will work as well) 1/2 T dried onion flakes 1 T Worcestershire sauce 1/2 c butter, melted 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated 1 pkg Philadelphia chive and onion cream cheese


aryn Ross of Norman has always loved to cook. “Nothing makes me happier than to spend my days showing friends and family my love through the food I cook,” she says. But the word “whirlwind” doesn’t even begin to describe her life since June of this year, when she entered a contest backed by cooking maven Paula Deen. She produced a video of herself making an appetizer recipe she calls Sassy Tailgate Sandwiches, and from 8,000 entrants across the country, Caryn was chosen as a finalist and sent to Savannah, Georgia for the final competition. She stepped onto the fast track when she was named one of the four “Real Women of Philadelphia” for her recipe featuring Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese. Now Caryn serves as the appetizer host for the website, filming advertisements and cooking segments for Kraft. She has also launched her own food blog at, and is working on a cookbook of her own. As if all that weren’t enough, she spends time with Jack, her husband of 18 years, and their children, Jack and Caytie, working on new recipes and managing the kids’ activities. We wonder, when does this dynamic lady have time to sleep?

Cut all rolls in half and put bottom halves in 9" x 13" pan. Place equal amounts of ham on each roll bottom, then top with a slice of Gruyere. Spread a generous amount of the cream cheese inside each of the roll tops. Then place roll tops over bottoms, creating a sandwich. In a separate bowl mix together butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion flakes and Parmesan cheese. Pour over sandwiches and let sit for at least 20 minutes. (Caryn adds that this can be made ahead of time and placed in refrigerator overnight.) Cover sandwiches in foil into a preheated 350° oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until warmed all the way through. Enjoy!

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A Masterpiece of

Elemental Design By Lauren Hammack Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Inspired by the land, Tom and Lisa Price’s hidden paradise is a flawless, harmonious blend of home and nature. Welcome to Anam Cara.


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Well before their stunning home materialized on their 50acre estate in Arcadia, Tom and Lisa Price had already begun inviting friends over. Granted, there was no house and the wooded acreage hadn’t yet been transformed, but friends didn’t seem to mind. From the beginning, the Prices wanted to build a home that reflected the beauty of the property to serve primarily as a gathering place for friends. The name they chose for their home, Anam Cara, or “friend of the soul,” is a fitting appellation for this hidden sanctuary whose abundance of natural beauty effortlessly transforms its guests. Understandably, countless friends make frequent appearances at the home, gracefully cresting a hill amid the pin oaks and the lush, native landscape of Arcadia and occupying an impeccably landscaped four-acre lot that overlooks three ponds among the remaining acres. However, the view wasn’t always as breathtaking as it is today. For at least 20 years, the property was a rich source of dirt for homebuilders who eventually mined it to bedrock. “A lot of Edmond homes were built on that dirt,” Lisa says. Replenishing the property required thousands of loads of dirt and thousands of tons of boulders. The Prices then restored the topography with native grasses and wildflowers.


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Many of the property’s sculptures, which combine the abstract with the traditional, were acquired on the couple’s visits to Santa Fe and Colorado.

Natural components are used in abundance to complement the property. Waterfalls create refreshing cascades, while several fire bowls flank the perimeter in a bold display of fire, water and earth elements.

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The clean lines and uncomplicated use of natural materials in the home’s stone and stucco construction suggest influences of a Frank Lloyd Wright structure. Copper rain chain guttering and sconce lighting bring a decidedly Asian flavor to the exterior.

The couple’s appreciation for the natural beauty of the landscape harmoniously manifests itself throughout the entire home and its exterior. In fact, any guest would likely contend that, if the earth broke open and offered its loveliest elements, the result would be the Price home, a fascinating integration of nature and architecture. A visitor’s approach to the home reveals only the rooftop, peeking out from the obscurity of the trees that envelop it. A winding driveway crosses a stone bridge, which channels water naturally from one side of the drive to the other. From that point, the home comes into view with a striking entrance marked by several decorative sculptures, welcoming fountains and fire features. With no detail left unattended, Lisa’s innate sense of style gracefully emerged in her collaborations with architect Bruce Bockus and interior designer Stephen Edwards. 80

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Beyond the front doors, a massive water wall faces the entry, providing a welcoming display for guests. “Originally, the design called for a wall here, and I didn’t want that,” Lisa recalls. “I wanted this to have a ‘wow!’ factor.” And that’s just what she got. “I love that you can see through it. It lets the light pass through and I love the sound of the water – it’s very soothing,” she adds. Despite the grandeur of the home’s entry, most of the Prices’ friends and guests enter first through the kitchen, having slipped in through the side door, the way a friendly neighbor might. It’s less ceremonious, of course, but it’s probably the way Tom Price would prefer guests to come in – like old friends. “We built this house for all our friends to enjoy,” Tom says. “It belongs to them, too.”

On the other side of the water wall in the entry, a formal dining area receives its light naturally from two sides. A large chandelier made of horn (not antler) radiates an amber glow in the evening. A custom rug in the dining area furthers the home’s Asian influence, with each of the rug’s corners bearing a Chinese symbol. Combined, the symbols represent love, courage, harmony and forgiveness. Overhead, suspended from the 25-foot ceiling, an enormous, custom-made bubble glass chandelier from Lighting Concepts reflects the watery theme of the entrance.

The kitchen, according to Lisa, has passed the “holiday test.” Lisa adores the resilient, feet-loving cork floors that have held up beautifully, withstanding countless gatherings. The counters along the kitchen’s perimeter are made of black granite, sandblasted and steel-brushed for a matte sheen. Naturally occurring flecks of red garnet embellish the countertops. Above the main sink, a backsplash of genuine fossils – from Wyoming’s Green River basin and other parts of North America – creates a natural display of Lisa’s artistry. When planning the kitchen, Lisa took the pieces to Kathy Reed at Tile and Design in Oklahoma City. “Kathy sacrificed half her showroom floor for at least two months while we painstakingly laid the tiles out, numbered them and reassembled them here,” Lisa recalls. Reed used drystacked travertine as a natural “canvas” for the fossil piece.


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“We built this house for all our friends to enjoy. It belongs to them, too.� The house, though certainly substantial, doesn’t appear grandiose. Intimate gathering spaces, like this area adjacent to the kitchen, are a hallmark of the design. The warm, neutral tones and view of the outside make this a perfect spot for quiet contemplation or casual entertaining.


As construction of the home began, it became apparent that a magnificent, 200-year-old tree was standing in the middle of the original floor plan. Rather than remove it, the Prices adopted a new design, modifying a 5,000-square-foot plan to become a 7,500-square-foot plan, in order to accommodate the tree without harming it.


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Cradled among the treetops, Tom’s office incorporates the natural beauty of its surroundings. The vantage point from the window bench offers one of the home’s most magnificent views of the wooded property. The desk is made from a fossilized slab of marble, naturally ornamented with fish fossils throughout.

A screened porch, adjacent to Tom’s office, offers an inviting retreat. “Any time it starts to rain,” Lisa says, “we open a bottle of wine and head straight for this sitting porch where we can enjoy the sound of the rain.” The setting is so relaxing, in fact, that Lisa has plans to add a daybed for the ultimate napping spot.


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His and hers closets, occupying two levels adjacent to the master bedroom, are as handsomely appointed as every other room in the Price home and seem more like a boutique or a fine haberdashery. “What I love about these closets,” Lisa observes, “is being able to see everything. Before we built this house, we kept separate closets for out-of-season clothing. Here, there’s no need to change out the closets.”

The master bedroom includes a seating area ideal for relaxing with a good book. On the right, Lisa’s favorite chair, covered in curly lamb’s wool, faces the two-way fireplace that divides the room.

Those friends come from every facet of the Prices’ lives. Tom is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Relations at Chesapeake Energy, and Lisa serves on several nonprofit advisory boards, including those for HeartLine, Central Oklahoma Humane Society, Oklahoma City Educare, the Arcadia Historical Society, Smart Start Oklahoma and Smart Start Central Oklahoma. Whatever the impetus for hosting guests, the end result is always the same: any visitor departs as a welcomed friend. november 2010 | slice


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The master bath echoes an Eastern influence with its dramatic marble countertops in Red Dragon and black cabinets. Koi drawer pulls and backlit sinks add to the artistic detailing, characteristic of the entire home.

Floor-to-ceiling windows create a striking panoramic view from the master bedroom to the outdoors, infusing natural aesthetics into the room’s tranquil design. Softly textured bamboo shades filter light during the heat of the day in warmer months, and blackout shades can get the entire job done with the press of a button on the electronic control panel that operates both, although Lisa says they rarely use either option, given the seclusion provided by the trees.


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Tom and Lisa relax at home with their long-haired dachshunds, Beau and Gordon. A grouping of alabaster pedestal lamps in the corner brings an inviting glow to the room, adding to the serenity of the space.

A multi-level, beach-entry pool, designed by Royal Pools in Oklahoma City, is encircled by boulders. The spa at the top is naturally edged in native Oklahoma stone. Waterfall rapids separate each level, creating miniature lagoons and wading pools.

Most gatherings at the Price home extend to the backyard, which is a journey for all the senses. Three flagstone staircases lead to the beautifully manicured yard, landscaped by Total Environment, where several inviting garden features lend themselves to conversation among guests. A red sandstone fire pit, surrounded by sandstone benches, seems to erupt from the ground. If the adult-sized swing set and bench swing don’t depict Tom’s idea of an adult “playground,” the adult-sized teeter-totter definitely conveys his more festive side. When he saw the teeter-totter for the first time, renowned Oklahoma politico Mike Turpen enthusiastically endorsed this symbol of what he predicted would be known as “Teeter-Totter Diplomacy.” Harmonious in every detail, the Price home is a masterful fusion of inspiration, nature, artistry and architecture. As the holiday season approaches, the property takes on all the splendor of the changing seasons in every sense, giving a renewed depth of meaning to its name, Anam Cara, as the point at which beauty and friendship meet the soul and friends gather to celebrate it all. For resources, see page 169.


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By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


he beginning of the holiday season brings many opportunities to create a beautiful table. Thanksgiving tops the list as a chance to make a statement in presentation with an amazing array of choices in plates, stemware and accoutrements. Families can celebrate the holiday formally or informally, in modern or traditional ways. Even the menu can be tailored to reflect the same creative tendencies. Here are some ideas designed to spark your imagination.

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For a more modern, relaxed feel, mix natural elements with glass and flowers in warm jewel tones. Mums, dahlias (as shown), or ranunculus make the table pop with color and style. Use wood features to add height and texture.

Please Be Seated Using food to create place card holders (like the chocolate-cocoa covered almonds shown), is a departure from the norm. Here a wood coaster base, reindeer moss and a shallow dish create a layered effect that rises above the plate for visual interest. To hold the card upright, nestle it in the dish filled with small items, like nuts or candy.


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A Different Twist Candelabras and candlesticks are a great way to add height to your table or sideboard. We placed reindeer moss and a small pumpkin on some arms, and wet “oasis� foam in the candle holders on the others. We pushed cut flowers into the oasis to make a small bouquet and dressed it up with reindeer moss.



Settings of china, silver and crystal impart a traditional feel to any table. Bouquets of roses, kale and gourds grouped in layers create a striking focus. The addition of a calligraphic menu blends formality with a personal touch.

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Planning Ahead By Ken Settle


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all is the best time of the year to start thinking about what you are missing in your outdoor environment and begin planning for the next “outdoor” season. When planning a major project, many homeowners are overwhelmed by the complexities of the tasks to be performed and will require professional assistance. For the smaller and less extensive projects, the homeowner can generally plan something and then turn it over to a landscaper to finalize, price and build. But in every case, the earlier the planning begins, the more likely the project will meet expectations and be ready when the season is right to enjoy the outdoors again. A swimming pool and associated landscape is extremely complex. When considering the addition of a pool, the first step is contacting a highly regarded pool builder to make plans for the design and implementation, and to determine a feasible budget. If your new swimming pool will result in a complete landscaping makeover, then a long-range plan is in order. A reputable landscape designer can clearly map out the preparations, putting events in proper sequence and establishing prices for each phase of the project. A home’s landscape is a very personal thing. There are plants the homeowners desire and others they don’t for any number of reasons. Your landscape designer should be very aware of your theme, and then advise you on what is practical for the conditions in your area so that the plants are able to grow and thrive in that environment. Carefully consider the ultimate goal. There may be things that aren’t in the budget right now – an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, cabana, pergola, etc. – but they need to be a part of the overall scheme. Putting these things into place later will be far more cost-effective and successful if your design professionals know to plan for their eventual addition. The best advice I can give the homeowner interested in such projects is to find the right company/person to help you develop the plan and orchestrate the accomplishment of the dream of your most perfect outdoor environment.

Ken Settle is the director of the outdoor living division of Turf Team, a landscape design and management firm.


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Major Plans Take Preparation If it’s a swimming pool you want, your landscape will be affected. Pool installation means disturbance of the soil and overall destruction of the back yard, so complementary landscaping is the next logical step. A site plan should be drawn to scale and include property boundaries, placement of the home, driveway/motor court, utilities and any easements and neighborhood restrictions that may impact the desired outcome. Exact requirements need to be established, including the size and shape of the pool (and spa), type of cleaning system, water features, lighting, sun ledge, etc.

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A Wintry Welcome By Steve Gill Photo by K.O. Rinearson


ecorating is one of the great joys of the impending holiday season, and if you’re looking for inspiration for decking your own halls or simply in the mood to enjoy some of the Norman area’s domestic beauty, take the Assistance League of Norman’s Holiday Home Tour November 5 and 6 from 11am to 6pm. Tickets are $25 at Mel’s Kloset, Mister Robert, Mitchell’s Jewelry, Cayman’s, Christmas Expressions and Walden’s Cleaners, or from Assistance League members. A collection of vendors and artisans will sell their wares 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday at the Unique Boutique in the ALN Chapter House, 809 Wall Street. Assistance League of Norman is a nonprofit, charitable organization of women committed to volunteer service in the community. Chapter members’ donated time and financial support – as well as the proceeds of this tour – enable six philanthropic programs: ASK (Assault Survivor Kits), Bears for Children, Care Kits, May Fair Arts Festival, Seniors R&R and Operation School Bell.

Tour Stops JEFF AND SUSAN RALEY 3216 Millbrook Drive, Brookhaven Square The Raley home is a new construction decorated with Western art and bronzes, antique, contemporary and traditional furniture, antique Staffordshire Spaniels, Indian tribal blankets… “We consider ourselves true eclectics,” says Susan. Over the holidays they have several trees, one with an Oklahoma Western theme and another entirely adorned with Radko Santas, but there’s no risk of running out – Susan has collected more than 500 Santas from her travels all over the U.S. and Europe. DR. JIM AND ANGIE BAILEY 475 N.W. 24th Avenue, Goldsby Angie served as designer and general contractor on their Hill Country-style home, whose interior features a mix of European and Western influences. “We love Christmas,” smiles Angie, “and always have a live tree decorated in coppers, reds and raffia, for a natural feel.” GREG AND SARA GAE WATERS 630 Tulsa Street When they needed more room, Greg and Sara Gae added a second story rather than move away from the neighborhood they love. According to Sara Gae, “Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for! We always put up one tree with simple white lights, and the other with all the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. Decorating is always a family affair, and something we all love to do together.” CLARK COLLIER AND JASON JOBE 3309 Chardonnay, Chardonnay at the Vineyards Jason and Clark’s 2007 home is very traditional, modeled after the Federal period. Says Clark, “We enjoy friends and family at the holidays, and the entertaining that comes with guests. Our favorite tree is the ‘family’ tree in the rear living room, decked out with ornaments received as gifts and acquired through various vacations and events.” MARK AND MEGAN MOORE 4300 Covington Way, Ashton Grove The Moore house was an all-Oklahoma effort, from architect to builder and interior designer. Megan defines it as “elegant yet edgy,” mixing modern and antique influences while housing five kids and six animals. At Christmas the Moores decorate their tree with all Radko ornaments, which are gifts from friends, family and their children.


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“Swans in Flight� was carefully reassembled with steel supports, reinforced to handle the Oklahoma wind. Some discoloration had taken place during its years in Texas, so a new finish was applied. The reflecting pool and fountains were built around it, breathing new life into the magnificent sculpture.


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Joy on the Wing K.O. RINEARSON

By Kent Anderson

An iconic piece by a world-famous sculptor anchors Edmond’s breathtaking Armstrong Auditorium.



hen the new Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond officially opened in September, it heralded not only the unveiling of a dazzling performance venue for Oklahoma, but also the reawakening of a piece by one of the world’s greatest living sculptors. “Swans in Flight,” a bronze by British sculptor Sir David Wynne, has been reinstalled on the Grand Mall leading to the auditorium, the latest chapter in an artistic odyssey more than four decades long. Wynne, whose sculptures appear worldwide and whose body of work includes several commissions from Britain’s royal family, created “Swans in Flight” in the 1960s. The bronze depicts five swans in various stages of flight, and is now at home in a 120-footlong reflecting pool surrounded by six fountains. “It is an iconic piece,” says Shane Granger, marketing director for Armstrong Auditorium. “The water cascading over the birds gives a sense of motion, that they are in flight. It’s very inspiring.” That inspiration arose in the mid-’60s when Herbert W. Armstrong, namesake of Armstrong College and Auditorium, traveled to London. He had founded college campuses in California, Texas and England, and was seeking original pieces of art to serve as signatures for the campuses. While meeting with an associate in London, he noticed a small piece and asked about the sculptor. The associate gave him the name of David Wynne. A meeting was arranged, and Armstrong commissioned Wynne to create a piece for the Ambassador College campus in Pasadena, California. When the sculptor asked Armstrong what he wanted the piece to be, Armstrong told him he wanted it to be about prayer.

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To move David Wynne’s masterwork, Armstrong College engaged The Crucible Foundry of Norman, who sent staff to Texas, disassembled the piece at the Big Sandy campus and began the long process of transporting and restoring it. After more than six months of work at the foundry, “Swans in Flight” came to the Armstrong College campus in Edmond in January of this year – in pieces.



Wynne, now 84, recalls how he responded to Armstrong at the time. “I told him the idea of prayer was a very personal thing. But I did want to demonstrate the aspiration of the spirit being lifted.” He chose birds as his medium, creating an egret sculpture for the California campus. Armstrong was so pleased that he issued commissions for more pieces from Wynne. For the campus in Big Sandy, Texas, Wynne selected “Swans in Flight,” which was a new version of a piece he had already created for the Civic Center in Newcastle-uponTyne, England. Wynne made the journey to east Texas and personally oversaw the installation in 1968. “This was what greeted you as you drove into the campus,” says Granger. “It made a very bold statement.” The sculpture made its statement at the Big Sandy campus for years, but when Armstrong died in 1986, the institutions he founded were closed. The sculpture became sentinel to an empty campus. The Texas property was finally purchased in 2000 by the Green Family Trust of Oklahoma City, who then transferred ownership to the Institute of Basic Life Principles, an Illinois-based ministry. Still, the sculpture sat at the campus gates as years passed, falling into a level of disrepair. During the same time period, Armstrong College in Edmond was founded on the legacy of Herbert Armstrong. With a master plan set, and groundbreaking about to take place for the new auditorium, the college began to look for a piece of public art. In November 2008 the negotiations opened to purchase “Swans in Flight” and bring it to Oklahoma. Now Sir David Wynne’s sculpture, created more than 40 years ago, greets patrons of Oklahoma’s newest arts and performance space. “Having a piece by one of the greatest sculptors living today will help make this facility a jewel in the crown of Edmond and of Oklahoma,” says Granger. Wynne traveled to Oklahoma from London in September for the unveiling of his work’s new home, and he has an even more succinct take on the sculpture and its message. “I hope people get a feeling of joy,” he says. “I hope it touches the heart.”


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Scott Adams marks cut lines to disassemble one of the swans.

Each of the five swans that now grace the Armstrong Auditorium weighs more than three-quarters of a ton, with wingspans from 13 to 18 feet. It is a formidable sculpture with quite a history.

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By Kent Anderson Photos by Erick Gfeller

t 15, my son Will is six-feet-two, taller than I. He is a handsome, easygoing young man with an unruly mass of thick dark hair, brown eyes that are constantly in motion and beautiful hands with long, slender fingers. He loves pizza, being outdoors and going to the pool in summer. Will has profound autism. This developmental disorder affects how he processes sensory input and his environment. It has a particular impact on his communication skills. At an age when many teenagers are concerned about social nuances and dynamics, Will has no words at all. So I have learned over time to take joy in small victories. Will is the middle child of three sons, and we have all learned how to navigate his condition, to gain an understanding of things that many families take for granted. A fleeting second’s eye contact, the way he holds my arm when we take a walk around the neighborhood or go into a store, the genuinely happy smile he offers when doing something he enjoys… these are Will’s triumphs, and these are my family’s victories. It is a constant juggling act, ever mindful of my other sons’ chess tournaments and baseball games and theatre performances and concerts. Finding something that belongs to Will, and to Will alone, is a challenge. But thanks to a dedicated, committed group of volunteers – and a handful of horses – Will has become a horseman. Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary of providing equine-assisted activities and therapy (EAAT), The Sky’s the Limit Ranch offers free therapeutic riding on Saturday mornings to children and adults with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities, including multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome. After hearing about the program from a friend, my family first went to the ranch in the summer of 2004. Will’s life – and mine – would never be the same. Equine-assisted activities comprise any interaction between human and horse, whether grooming, riding, competing or simply bonding. EAAT provides both physical and psychological benefits. Sitting astride a horse as it walks closely simulates the movement of the human pelvis walking: a three-dimensional motion, forward and backward, side to side, up and down. This movement is unable to be mechanically reproduced, and for those with physical challenges, it strengthens the involuntary

Will riding Darrell, with volunteer Chris Roberts leading the horse and ranch director Rhonda Cross working with the reins

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Will at The Sky’s the Limit Ranch.

core/trunk muscles, those muscles every person needs to sit, stand or walk. For others, with cognitive/developmental issues, EAAT is about focus, accomplishment, bonding. Riders learn patience. They are calmer, they attend more closely. Selfconfidence grows. It is a fascinating transformation – and make no mistake, it is transformative. “Each rider is very different, and we try to customize the session for them,” says Rhonda Cross, director of The Sky’s the Limit. Cross has worked with horses her entire life. “While one rider works on posture, another works on following a pattern, another works on balancing in a twopoint stance while the horse is moving.”

When we first went to the program – now housed at the Rockin’ D Ranch north of Edmond – I admitted some trepidation. I did not know what to expect, or how Will would respond. But I had read about equine therapies, and we had to try. “Will was very fearful of the horse, so we started small,” Cross recalls. “Just standing still, within 10 or 15 feet of a horse, was an accomplishment. It took eight weeks for Will to sit astride a horse.” She smiles. “You’d never think now that was how it started… Will loves to ride! Once he realized that riding a horse provided the input it did, he sought it out and even learned to cue the horse to trot, which provided even more input. Will’s current activities include using the november 2010 | slice


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reins to steer the horse, and we will soon add obstacles to steer around and add the two-point stance.” I held my breath for those first few weeks, but I began to see the change in Will: the subtle shift in his body language, his improved posture while sitting the horse, the way he began to attend for longer periods of time, the sharpened focus… and, of course, the smile. In Will’s sessions, one volunteer leads the horse, while a “sidewalker” is on either side. They engage Will in various activities while he is on horseback – throwing and catching a ball, putting the ball in a basket, taking a set of rings from one side and giving them to the person on the opposite side – all activities that focus him, that let him connect, both to the horse and to other people. The Sky’s the Limit is completely volunteer-run. Ray Rhoades has been volunteering on Saturday mornings and working with Will for five years. “I get more than they do out of it,” he says of the riders with whom he works. “You learn to open your heart and they sense that, and they will open their heart to you. It’s hard to describe… there’s an energy there, an appreciation there.” An appreciation, indeed. I can speak only for my own family, but over the last six years I have observed other riders at The Sky’s the Limit. The program touches many Oklahoma families. It has always been free of charge to all interested riders, at all functioning levels, with major financial support from Oklahoma Elks Major Projects and the Remington Park Golf Classic for several years. But difficult economic times have hit the nonprofit world hard. The organization owns three horses, and the cost for stabling them, for feed and tack, has not decreased. There is a possibility that the program may need to begin charging for sessions, simply to meet its expenses. But The Sky’s the Limit is nothing if not optimistic. “We’d like to grow, to do this five days a week,” says board member Jim Roberts. “We’d like to serve 100 riders a week instead of 10 or 15. When you bring someone with their various challenges and you watch them over a period of time and see the improvement, or seeing kids come who are non-verbal… they get on the horse and they begin to feel different. Their body feels different, but the biggest thing is the mind. It’s an experience like no other, and they become empowered.” 108

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Before mounting: volunteer Ray Rhoades with Will

Roberts says the organization is in need of financial support, of additional volunteers and active individuals who are willing to serve on its board. While keeping one eye on Cross – who is also his wife – and other volunteers working with a rider, he turns to my son and puts a hand on his shoulder. “If this program does nothing else but give this young man something to look forward to every week,” he says, “then we’ve accomplished something very great.” On any given Saturday morning, Will begins to smile as soon as we exit I-35 on Waterloo Road. He knows where we are going. He knows how he feels when he is connected to the horse, and he knows that the friends he will see at The Sky’s the Limit are happy to see him. This is a place where he – and many others – are accepted for who they are, and given opportunities to grow and to be something more than just a diagnosis. While he may never go to college, or live independently, or even say, “I love you too, Dad,” at The Sky’s the Limit I have seen what Will can do and what he can be. It has taken him beyond his limitations, and that is one of the greatest gifts my family will ever receive.

For information on The Sky’s the Limit’s riding sessions, to volunteer or financially support the organization, contact Rhonda Cross at 250.0406.






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Beyond Nutrition By Mary Ellen Ternes


ave you wondered about the term “slow food?” To my kids, slow food is anything that isn’t ready after about two minutes in the microwave. But slow food, along with local food, sustainable food and green dining, are the edible elements of sustainable thinking these days. Slow food appears to be an anti-fast-food movement, promoted by the nonprofit entity Slow Food International to protect “taste, culture, and the environment as universal social values.” The thinking includes the admirable goal of trying to get us to slow down and enjoy real food – that is, food without “Mc” or other prefixes, various super sizes, and heart-stopping amounts of fat, sugar and sodium. Local food movements have a slightly different goal: to get you to buy fresh and buy local. Pomegranates in June, for instance, may be wonderful, but they aren’t really “in season” in June, particularly in Oklahoma. To get to your table, this fruit was likely picked a long way away or in a hothouse. That sounds like lots of fuel and water en route, and they are probably not “just picked” when they get here. While I like fruit as much as the next person, there is something attractive about enjoying fruit in season, “just picked” by local growers when the fruit is naturally ripe and driven relatively short distances. Local food movements want to recognize certain goals and values in supporting our diets. Some goals may generally reflect sustainability ideals of economic viability, social justice and environmental protection; other goals of any particular local food-oriented organization may include healthier and more wholesome


Mary Ellen Ternes, Esq., is a former chemical engineer from both the EPA and industry. She is currently a shareholder with McAfee and Taft, and a co-chair with Richard A. Riggs, Esq. of its Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, and is serving a three-year term on the City of Nichols Hills Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission.

choices (low-fat, made daily from scratch), use of organic farming methods, more nutrient-dense foods and foods that have been allowed to ripen longer and transported fewer miles. Some of the goals, however, are value-driven, including the concept that eating locally preserves family farms and local growers, in an attempt to avoid some of the issues that have been raised in the context of really large commercial operations. Other value-driven goals include dolphin-safe tuna and wild-caught salmon, as well as eggs produced from cage-free and certified humane chicken producers. Oklahoma has its own local food organization: the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (, or “Coop.” With the price of membership, the Coop allows you to buy locally grown food from certified organic growers, directly from local farmers and ranchers identified in online customer handbooks, with recipes incorporating seasonal products. And, you can meet the people who produce your food at Oklahoma food events. In addition to promoting the economic viability of the local food approach and social justice by arranging for easy donations to low-income neighbors, the Coop also promotes “Table Fellowship.” Members get together to host an Oklahoma food dinner – the Coop can help with specific menus and recipes – for churches, schools, organizations or workplaces. The Coop is owned by its members, and all are encouraged to get involved. What fun! Nonprofit environmental groups have contributed to the sustainable table as well by working with corporations to better manage the food they serve and the restaurants they operate. For example, the Environmental november 2010 | slice



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Defense Fund has partnered with Restaurant Associates (including McDonalds!) to create “Green Dining Best Practices.” These practices comprehensively address issues arising from conventional production, transportation and preparation approaches that can result in wasting materials and energy, and require an unhealthy reliance on chemicals. Green Dining Best Practices include guidelines for food purchasing, such as meat, dairy and eggs produced without antibiotics designed for humans, organic produce grown in season, seafood from eco-friendly fisheries, purchasing from local farms to prevent unnecessary generation of emissions from transportation, coffee and tea from growers that certify promotion of habitat protection and organic growing methods, and beverages that do not require single-size bottles, known as the “bottleless beverage option.” All of this “green food” would then be served in a sustainable dining establishment, which would use green cleaning supplies, Energy Star appliances in an appliance scheduling program to minimize power use, conserve water with low-flow faucets and toilets, adhere to energy- and water-efficient building construction, utilize washable and reusable serviceware and more recyclable to-go containers, focus waste minimization efforts to emphasize waste avoidance or reduction first, then reuse and then recycle. EDF has issued the “No Net Cost Challenge” to elicit demonstrations by participating organizations that Green Dining Best Practices results in no net additional cost.

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ow far are you willing to travel to get exceptional specialty medical care? What if you could access the level of specialty care you desire without having to drive to a major city? St. Anthony Hospital has secured the equipment and services to make the possibility into a reality, via its Telemedicine Network. Telemedicine – the use of two-way interactive videoconferencing – can help a patient stay close to home and access specialty care traditionally available only at large tertiary hospitals. It benefits both patients and physicians, making the specialty care more accessible to patients in rural hospitals. Video consultations from a rural hospital or clinic to a specialist can alleviate prohibitive travel and associated costs for patients. Patients are able to see and hear their physician just like they are in the room with them. Doctors will be able to hear heart and lung sounds with an electronic stethoscope and be able to look into a patient’s ears, nose and throat through this technology. Major specialty areas to be offered include mental health, cardiology, neurology, stroke treatment, rehabilitation, otolaryngology, pulmonology, endocrinology, nephrology, virtual diabetes management network and wound care. “I’m getting every bit of quality care here that I would in Enid, but I’m in my own town,” said Matt Gard, the initial Saints 1st TeleRehabilitation patient from Fairview, Oklahoma. “It’s a great deal to have access to the therapists down there... helping me with therapy and training.” Dr. Robert Rader, Medical Director, Saints 1st Telemedicine and Mark 5 Care Group, says Telemedicine makes patient evaluation a pleasant experience for both the patient and the physician. The technology also opens up new possibilities for continuing education or training for rural health practitioners who may not be able to leave for a day to take part in educational opportunities. “To me, Telemedicine holds incredible promise as we attempt to deal with some of the most challenging times we have faced in the care of patients,” said Rader. “In order to deliver the same level of specialty care in our rural communities that we deliver in our large cities where special114

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ized care is readily available, we need to capitalize on the efficiencies of available technology. Telemedicine allows a specialist at St. Anthony Hospital to easily evaluate a patient who is still in their local health care facility in the same way they could evaluate them in person. In this way, more patients can be evaluated quicker, more comfortably and more economically. This will enable local hospitals and primary care providers to maintain their relationships with their patients and ensure they get the care they need. The possibilities of this technology, if applied correctly, are staggering.”

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Taking That First Step Dr. Larry Bookman, a gastroenterologist, practices with Digestive Disease Specialists and is the current president of the Oklahoma County Medical Society.


hile National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is observed in March, it’s never too early to make the public aware of the “silent killer” and the options for effective screening. Though common and potentially lethal, colorectal cancer is preventable, and the majority of those diagnosed at an early stage can be cured. Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) – the secondleading cause of cancer deaths – are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Surgical resection is the primary treatment modality, and the outcome is most closely related to the extent of disease at presentation. Screening can lead to diagnosis at an earlier stage of disease, thereby reducing mortality. Compliance with screening guidelines is still low, but improving. Many people want to hide from the disease and are often unwilling to talk about the symptoms, the diagnostic tests available or the treatment. Initial symptoms of patients presenting with potentially resectable colon cancer include abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, bleeding or anemia. Patients who are symptomatic at the time of diagnosis have a somewhat worse prognosis. The five-year survival for patients diagnosed at screening is 70-80 percent, while for symptomatic patients it may be as low as 40 percent. The primary goal of screening is to prevent death from colon cancer. Most CRCs develop from precancerous pol116

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yps, and the progression may take as much as 10 years. However, if these precancerous polyps can be removed, the risk is removed from that particular tumor, and regular screening reduces the risk of developing CRC by up to 90 percent with colonoscopy. All adults should undergo screening beginning at age 50 or earlier, depending upon their risk factors. People who have one first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister or child) with CRC or polyps at a young age (before 60) should begin screening earlier, typically at age 40, or 10 years younger than the earliest diagnosis in their family, whichever comes first. Several tests are currently available, each with advantages and disadvantages. The optimal test depends upon your preferences and your risk of developing colon cancer. Having one or more risk factors will determine the age when you should begin screening, the frequency of screening and the screening tests that are most appropriate. Some of the risk factors include a family history of CRC, prior history of polyps or cancer, increasing age and lifestyle factors such as a high-fat diet, cigarette smoking and obesity. The method of screening is not as important as having screening done. Colon cancer is preventable and curable, but you have to take that first step. Talk to your doctor. If he does not bring it up, bring it up to him. Don’t be scared, and don’t be the “ostrich.”


By Larry Bookman, M.D.

A Strategy for You Guidelines from expert groups recommend that you and your health care provider discuss the available screening options and choose a strategy that makes sense for you. Tests that detect pre-cancerous polyps are preferable. COLONOSCOPY Colonoscopy remains the gold standard of CRC screening. While a colon preparation is required, the patient is sedated and usually quite comfortable during the procedure. The entire colon can be evaluated and polyps removed at the time of the procedure. Its sensitivity is greater than 90 percent, and the risk of bleeding or perforation is less than 1 in 1,000. CT COLONOGRAPHY CT colonography (“virtual colonoscopy”) is a test that uses a CT scanner to take images of the entire bowel. The major advantages of CTC are that it does not require sedation; it is noninvasive; the entire bowel can be examined; and polyps can be detected about as well as with traditional colonoscopy. There are also several disadvantages: it requires a bowel prep, and if an abnormal area is found, a traditional colonoscopy will be needed. It exposes the patient to radiation and may not be covered by health insurance plans. FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY Flexible sigmoidoscopy is not generally accepted as adequate screening, as only about one-third of the colon is evaluated. Evaluation of the entire colon is best.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s

By Melissa Mahaffey

Melissa Mahaffey, MHA, is executive director of Cypress Springs Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Residence in Oklahoma City.


lzheimer’s is a progressive and potentially fatal brain disease that affects more than 74,000 Oklahomans. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, that number is expected to grow by 36 percent over the next 15 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, including forgetting familiar words, difficulty paying bills, impaired ability to perform mental arithmetic or changes in mood. As the disease progresses, those affected may lose the ability to coordinate basic motor skills such as swallowing, walking or controlling other voluntary bodily functions. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Though there is no known certain cause, there are several risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s, the greatest being increasing age. The likelihood of developing the disease doubles every five years after age 65 and reaches nearly 50 percent after age 85. The risk increases for those with a close relative with Alzheimer’s and continues to increase if multiple family members have the illness. Research shows genetics do play some part in whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s, though we do not yet fully understand the relationship. If you suspect a loved one may have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, contact their regular primary care physician to discuss the concerns. They may refer you to a specialist such as a neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist for various diagnostic tests. As loved ones progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s, it is imperative to provide them with proper care and limit their risk of wandering. More than 60 percent of persons with dementia will wander off and get lost at least once, and 70 percent of wanderers will wander many times. The consequences can be grave: 33 percent die if not found within 24 hours. Families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s should know their options regarding professional care before there is an emergency situation. When considering placing a loved one in an assisted-living community, you should look for specialized design features and life-enrichment programs that allow for a lifestyle that is as independent as possible. Consider the type of dedicated training each caregiver receives upon hire and the continuing education for staff. Many Alzheimer’s residences also provide support groups for caregivers to share their experiences. There are new drug treatments in development and testing continues to find a means to stop, slow or even prevent the disease. All around the globe, scientists are fighting for a world without Alzheimer’s. 118

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memory loss that interrupts daily life

challenges in planning or solving problems

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misplacing things and the inability to retrace steps

• decreased or poor judgment • withdrawal from work or social


• changes in mood and personality

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New Avenues on Ninth By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Talent is nurtured. Play is encouraged. In a field that is both creative and fiercely competitive, Insight Creative is fostering fun and success.

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The word “bold” surfaces repeatedly in conversation with the three partners who own Insight Creative Group. The Oklahoma City-based ad agency strives for boldness in its relationship with clients and employees, in its approach to marketing campagns, its in-house creative flair.

Employee workstations in the beehive are not the typical office cubicles. “Light walls” bracket each workstation, compensating for the building’s lack of windows. The walls are on casters and can be moved to adjust the size of each space.


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“In the same way a client hires us to take them from what they are to what they could be, we wanted to do that with our building,” says Eric Joiner. “It’s a fun environment. We believe healthy employees make for a healthy business.” “We tried to be as funky as possible here,” adds Rusty Duncan. Insight Creative Group was born in 2005. Joiner and Doug Farthing had worked together at another local ad agency that closed its doors. They had been considering opening their own agency for some time, and their employer’s closing accelerated their plans. They called a handful of clients with whom they had already worked and convinced them to come along for the ride. Duncan, with a background in television and running his own agency, was introduced to the pair by a mutual friend, and the trio soon began their exploration of new avenues, both creative and commercial. In 2009 they moved from cramped office space on Northwest Expressway into a 7,000-square-foot building on the booming 9th Street corridor. This is a firm that takes its creativity seriously – and, perhaps paradoxically, likes to have fun, stimulating further creativity. It drives the culture of the company. “Our mission statement is to be a new model for business culture and creativity,” says Joiner. “We want to be known nationally for that. We look at our clients and say, ‘Let’s figure out who you are.’ We don’t do a marketing campaign just for a particular audience they want to reach. We find out who they are as a company and individuals and figure out how that factors into a marketing campaign.”

Employees and visitors to ICG have multiple options of places to congregate. Cool and contemporary spaces like these nooks lend themselves well to new ideas.

The ball pit is the heart and soul of ICG. Staff meetings are held here, as are informal brainstorming sessions. Employees also step inside to read, think, meditate – and shoot baskets.

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“To be bold in the approach, and to have partners who see that and want to go that route, is like candy for us. It’s amazing,” says Duncan. Those local “partners,” the company’s clients, include St. Anthony Hospital, Brewer Carpet One and Kickapoo Casino. Insight is one of several agencies working with Devon Energy, handling its community outreach efforts in multiple markets. The firm also recently signed its first national client and is in the process of hiring its 17th employee. The agency has received national attention for some successful campagins,including the Saint Anthony Power of Prayer and End of ER Waiting campaigns. As a result, Insight now works with more than 10 hospitals across the country. “There’s a lot of advertising out there that is just selfserving and egotistical,” says Farthing. “We’re not that way. We want to make sure we reach people.” For Insight Creative Group, reaching people means doing all its work in-house: signs, printing, TV and radio production, websites, social media. It’s all housed in the 9th Street facility. But the company’s culture isn’t just about fun – it’s about growth, and not just for clients’ businesses. 124

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The ICG entry makes a bold statement, with vibrant color on guest chairs and the “handprint wall” with prints by the entire staff.

The editing suite is enhanced by dynamic printed wallpaper.

The formal conference room features multimedia options for presentations.

“We tried to be as funky as possible here.” The 16-member staff of Insight Creative Group

“We take our staff and sit down with them and set goals,” says Joiner. “We look at their life and their skills and their goals. Someone may come in as a graphic designer but end up as a social media director. We don’t put our employees in a box. This is a place for people who want to be intentional and work as part of a team.” Business is good along 9th Street, and the agency continues to grow. It has been recognized with a Metro 50 Award from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, as one of central Oklahoma’s fastest-growing businesses. From its “outside the box” physical surroundings, to a culture that encourages thought and innovation and, above all, boldness, this is a company making its presence known both in Oklahoma City and on a national level. “We look for partners who are exciting and bold and are good people,” Joiner summarizes. It’s a business model that is working for Insight Creative Group.

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The Hallmark of Philanthropy By Kent Anderson


The inaugural Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift goes to support the construction of a new performing arts theatre at Oklahoma City Community College. But this is only part of the story – the students of OCCC are paying for half of the theatre themselves, having voted for a fee increase to fund the project. “That was very impressive to us,” says Kirk Hall. “It’s a tremendous effort on the part of the students and we wanted to be a part of that success.”


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irk Hall loves to tell the story of his grandparents, of how his grandmother, Mary Eddy Jones, came to this state in the run of ’89. His grandfather, Fred Jones Sr., was a sharp young man from Tennessee who was on a westbound train in 1916 when he developed a toothache. He stepped off the train on Main Street in Oklahoma City and found a dentist nearby. After his tooth was fixed, young Jones took a look around. “He decided this might be an interesting town with some prospects and decided to apply for a job here,” says Hall. The job for which he applied was at a new factory that Ford Motor Company was building to manufacture its Model T. The factory was at 900 West Main. Fred Jones never looked back. He later worked for and operated Ford dealerships, including the eponymous enterprise at Robinson and Reno, a business that pioneered 24-hour automotive service. During World War II, Fred Jones bought into a business that involved remanufacturing engines and transmissions – a business that continues today – at 900 West Main, in the same building where he first worked for Ford, many years earlier. Through it all, Fred Jones and his bride, Mary Eddy Jones, established a tradition of philanthropy, particularly in the areas of the arts and community beautification. “The foundation was a vision of my grandparents,” Hall says. “They always had a bent toward philanthropy, and they instilled that legacy in my mother and also their grandsons, and built that responsibility and desire to give back.” Fred and Mary Eddy Jones had a son and a daughter. Fred Jones Jr. was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1950. Their daughter, Marylin Jones Upsher, became the mother of Fred, Boots and Kirk Hall, who would eventually take over both the family business and the family tradition of philanthropy – a tradition that began with the establishment of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, a gift the Joneses made in honor of their late son. The family’s support of the museum continues to this day. According to Kirk Hall, his grandparents traveled extensively, and Mary Eddy Jones in particular was impressed by one aspect of the cities she visited. “She believed cities were great not because they were engines for business, but had a great climate for the arts and culture,” says Hall, who now serves


“Philanthropy is a way to bind our family together, and a great way to give back to the city that has given us so much.�

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Celebrating the 300,000th engine remanufactured in the plant.

as president and chairman of the Fred Jones Family Foundation. “Both she and my grandfather believed we needed to have a city for the arts.” In 2010, the foundation builds on the legacy of Fred and Mary Eddy Jones, by bringing an even sharper focus on the arts and community beautification to the projects they choose to fund. This year the foundation created the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift, an annual $50,000 grant. The first recipient of the grant was Oklahoma City Community College, for the construction of a new performing arts theatre. While Kirk Hall and his two brothers are the family members currently “in charge” of both the family businesses and the foundation, they have made a concerted effort to include the members of the next generation in the family tradition of philanthropy. There are seven members of the fourth generation, scattered in various locales and involved in fields as diverse as music and social work. But as part of this family, they have a seat at the table of the Fred Jones Family Foundation. “Philanthropy is a way to bind our family together, and a great way to give back to the city that has given us so much,” says Hall. “We want to make an impact on the arts and culture in central Oklahoma, to make gifts that are large enough to be meaningful to different recipients. We’d also like to encourage the next generation of the family to be part of that impact and have a say in areas they care about.” The generations of this pioneering Oklahoma family come together to honor a legacy, but to look forward as well. Fred Jones Sr. saw great prospects in Oklahoma City when he stepped off the train here in 1916. His descendents have the same vision in another century, a vision of service, of culture, of helping to create and support a great city. It is a fine vision – not only for this family, but for the community it serves. 128

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Experience vs. Success By Randy L. Thurman


Randy L. Thurman, CFP®, PFS®, CPA, is Co-President and Chief Financial Officer of Retirement Investment Advisors, which has been recognized over 30 times by national publications as one of the leading fee-only, financial advisory firms in the nation.

re you confused about today’s tax and economic environment? Do you consider yourself to be an experienced investor? Let me give you my definition of an experienced investor: someone who lost money in an investment and wasn’t very happy about it. Now, are you an “experienced” investor? I’m often asked, “Where’s the best place to put some money?” First, you need a cash reserve of three to six months of your monthly expenses in something guaranteed, like a CD or savings account. But beyond that, how do you invest your money? I’ll share some options and academic research to help you become a successful investor and not just “experienced.” TREASURIES VS. EQUITY-TYPE INVESTMENTS With an equity investment you have ownership – like a stock or a stock mutual fund. If you compare T-bills to equities (like the stock market), since 1926 there is a 70 percent chance in any one year that the market will outperform treasuries. If we look at five-year periods, the odds go up to 89 percent. If you apply the principles of the Modern Portfolio Theory (more about this later) you can bring those odds up to 94 percent (please note, it is not 100 percent). When investing in equities, one of the most important things is the holding period. You must hold equity investments for a minimum of five years, but preferably a 10-year period. PICKING STOCKS VS. INDEX In a recent study, 79 percent of stock-picking managers were beaten by the S&P 500 index. As for the 21 percent of the managers who beat the index, few have had a repeat performance. Pension managers and institutional investors (the big boys) tend to prefer asset class (e.g. large cap value vs. large cap growth, etc.) investing over timing and picking the hot stocks – primarily to manage risk. But how do you manage risk with asset classes? The landmark research on pension plans comes from Brinson, Hood and Beebower. This study of 100 pension plans, first presented in 1986 and reconfirmed in 1991, looked at the top pension managers. Why were they different? The greatest percentage (91.5) of the determination of return variation came from the asset alloca130

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tion selection; very little came from knowing when to be in or out of the market or from picking the right stock. STAY IN OR GET OUT? In contrast, what does Forbes, Money Magazine or your stockbroker tell you? The best time to be in or out of the market, or which stock you should buy, hold or sell. Pension managers, meanwhile, concentrate on the asset classes of a portfolio and how to allocate strategically among them. We know that owning one index or asset class by itself has high risk, so again, how do you lower risk? In 1990, the Nobel Prize was awarded to Merton Miller and Harry Markowitz from the University of Chicago, and William Sharp from Stanford. Their Modern Portfolio Theory is geared not so much to getting the highest return, but more on how to reduce volatility (risk). If you go to a broker, most will select managers or stocks for growth or value and bonds for income. Either way, they work hard on picking the right stocks and bonds at the right time. Brokers will tell you whether you should buy, hold or sell a particular investment. You get a lot of people trying very hard, doing a lot of active trading on that side of the equation (and making commissions). On the other side are the institutional investors. This is where you want to be. Institutionalstyle investing not only improves your probability of success, but allows someone else to have the “experience.”

By the Numbers Look at it this way: You have a 91.5 percent chance of a positive result with asset allocation (institutional investing). You have an 8.5 percent chance with stock selection and timing (most of the brokerage community and media). If you contracted an illness and your doctor said that you had a 91.5 percent chance of recovery with one medication or an 8.5 percent chance with another, which would you choose? There will always be a broker who says: “I know the best managers/stocks, based on our superior selection/algorithm/system/performance,” but this rarely pans out.

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By Cher Bumps

Cher Bumps is President and CEO of Cher A. Bumps and Associates (CABA), a locally owned and operated company specializing in all types of employee benefits.


n email circulated this past summer that read something like this: “You will now be taxed on your group health insurance benefits, and your employer will lose the right to deduct the expense of providing this health care coverage to you.” Not so. It is true, however, that current health care reform requires all employers, beginning after December 31, 2010, to include the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health benefits on all W-2 forms, but for informational purposes only. If the employee is covered under multiple health insurance plans, the employer must disclose the aggregate value of all such health coverage, but exclude all contributions to HSAs, Archer MSAs and salary reduction contributions to FSAs, as well as long-term care, accident and disability income benefits and specific disease or illness policies (like cancer policies). Keep in mind that employees have the right to request copies of their W-2s early if they terminate employment during the year, so payroll systems need to be updated for this change in early 2011. The intent of this reporting has nothing to do with an employee’s taxable income, but will provide the ability to track coverage values for the 40 percent excise tax (starting in 2018) on “high-cost” employer-based medical coverage – the so called “Cadillac Plan Tax.” DOES YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN HAVE A COACH? Employers, plan sponsors and trustees are almost always guilty of one thing: they think their retirement plans are okay, or possibly the best the industry has to offer. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the time that is far from the truth, and they have little or no protection from the fiduciary liability inherent in all retirement plans. Compliance and fiduciary issues have greatly increased over the past few years. How many employers have placed their company plans with their local banks because it helped with the company’s line of credit, or with their individual investment advisor because of an established trust 132

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Benefits Buzz level? Be aware, very aware, of just how much liability comes with sponsoring a qualified retirement plan. The key missing component in many retirement plans is a coach. This person is responsible for the management of the overall “game plan.” Most employers concentrate their efforts on the performance of the investment portfolio, the thing that affects them most on a personal level. They also want to ensure the plan administration is nonproblematic, as they find employee complaints problematic. If those two components are working, then no problem, right? Wrong! Your retirement plan coach should fulfill several key requirements: marketing your plan to assure you have the best options available; preparing annual investment reviews; creating and implementing employee education strategies; making certain that the investments offered and the administrative processes are streamlined and cost- effective; offering plan design alternatives; and advising of legislative changes. A good coach does not add to the cost of your plan, but instead lowers costs, creates employee satisfaction, reduces administrative headaches and finally, eliminates fiduciary liability. In short, hire a coach!

Get in the Huddle In a typical plan, the lack of a coach can create serious fiduciary liability, such as:

1 All the asset classes are not included in the investment portfolio. 2 Expense loads and asset fees are above standards. 3 Employee education consists of an inadequate handout. 4 The actual design of the plan and employer contributions are antiquated.

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ife is messy, untidy and haphazard, regardless of how much planning we do, how careful we are, how well we budget our time. There is never enough time to do all that needs to be done. Something always gets in the way. Always. So we seek ways to make our time more effective and the spaces we inhabit more efficient. Add in a bit of the “wow” factor and you have the ingredients for the steady rise in popularity of home automation systems in the last decade. Once the purview of commercial environments and the very rich, automation has seen an increasing residential presence among a broad range of homeowners. “As more people bought into the technology, the prices came down,” says Kathy Boulet Cox, who with her husband Todd is co-owner of Edmond-based Digital Future Home Automation. “Then came different, better, more consistent technologies that became accessible to more people. There are the efficiencies that make the home more green, saving money. There are those things that make your home more convenient, and then there are those that are just plain fun.” 134

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A large driver of the rise in home automation solutions has been the trend toward green building, energy efficiency and generally doing more with less. Home automation can control lighting, reducing electrical consumption. A homeowner can know by looking at a single screen if a light has been unnecessarily left on in any part of the house. At the same time, programmable thermostats can be set to “away” mode, heating or cooling a house to a lesser degree when no one is home. One step further, the convenience factor comes into play with systems that allow a homeowner to turn on lights remotely before starting for home, ensuring that they will not return to a dark house. Audio can be activated, with music filling the home. A temperature probe can sense if heating and air systems are not working properly, and a water meter detects flooding in a basement, sending an e-mail alert to the homeowner. Not necessarily a safety or security issue, or even convenience, a certain level of cool comes into play as well. A homeowner can program a system to turn on an espresso machine at a certain time each morning. The coffee will be ready when they step out of the shower. The possibilities with the technology are limitless. For a few hundred dollars worth of wiring, a homeowner can lay the groundwork for as basic or elaborate a home automation system as they like, which can be customized over time. “In new construction, with just a little bit of extra wiring, the home can be automation-ready,” Cox says. “It doesn’t have to be done all at once. But after the wires are in place, we can add the lighting or thermostat or audio controls whenever the homeowner wants. People like the flexibility of it, so it’s ready when they are.” Touch screens and control panels are still popular, but in the last few years, with the explosion of smart phone usage, a homeowner can now manage their home from wherever they may be. A simple, user-friendly phone app allows even more flexibility. “You can control your system from anywhere you have an Internet connection,” Cox says. “Any smart phone, any web browser… as long as you’re online, you can control it from anywhere in the world.” Home automation is no longer the realm of $20 million mansions. Digital Future Home Automation has installed systems in homes as small as 2,000 square feet. Systems are tailored to individual needs, wants and budgets. For the busy, often chaotic, occasionally frantic lifestyles of today, home automation technology offers homeowners a bit of control over their environment, a way to remain effective and organized in an ever-changing – and rather messy – world.


Speaking of possibilities in extra convenience: homes can even be set up so that you can perform functions like controlling the lights, raising or lowering the thermostat and activating the security system via voice commands, in person or over the phone. No word yet on whether your house will agree to open the pod bay doors.

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HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES Check your hair. Tuck in your shirt. Suck it in. It’s that snap-happy time of year.

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If you’re looking for a simple point-andshoot, this is too much camera for you. But if you have any penchant for the almost-extinct science of manipulating the camera to produce breathtaking, artistic images, read on. Leica has just introduced its D-Lux 5, featuring a versatile Leica DC-Vario-Summicron zoom lens and a lightning-fast aperture for capturing “available light,” such as dusk and dawn. Its Sonic Speed Auto Focus superbly captures quick-moving subjects, like sports action. In addition to its extremely high-def video capabilities and a full arsenal of intuitive, automatic controls, the D-Lux 5 maintains its manual capabilities for full creative control of your photos. In addition to producing stunning portraits, the D-Lux 5 captures detailed, close-up photos of jewelry or other intricate objects beautifully. For an additional $150, why not spring for the handsome brown leather case?

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Glimpse | Personal Perspectives

An Unrestricted Palette


klahoma City artist David Holland manages to pull off an enviable feat: creating concurrently in several distinct bodies of work, his style is both unpredictable and easily recognizable. Although thunderclouds captured in oil pastel, sketches of some of the world’s most well-known sculptures and illustrative social commentary may seem like far-flung subjects for the same artist to approach, Holland’s work is characterized by a vivid color palette, noticeable mark-making and finely rendered details. “I don’t want to be perceived as unfocused,” Holland offers, “but being an artist, creativity is where it’s at for me. Working in one body of work seems more restrictive than creative to me, and I have the motivation right now to keep working in this way.” Born in Lawton, Oklahoma but moving often with a father in the military, Holland has lived in locales from Moscow, Idaho to Okinawa, Japan. The broad worldview developed through these experiences is reflected throughout his work, but perhaps most obviously in his Modern Life series, in which the accepted priorities of our culture – technology, media, pursuit of material things – are critiqued in a colorful illustrative style that belies some of the darker ideas explored. “We don’t always recognize changes in society while they are happening; while we are living with them,” he notes. Holland’s work asks: is technology always an improvement? Does our culture’s focus on work and money cost us something more valuable? These questions are explicitly addressed in his piece “The Last Family Supper,” in which a family of seven sits down to dinner around a dimly lit table, each person focused only on his or her own glowing computer monitor. By contrast, the influence of his Oklahoma home is warmly reflected in Holland’s Cloudscape series. Towering thunderheads in heavy grays and glowing oranges, pinks and greens appear to loom before the viewer, rendered in vivid oil pastel. The clouds serve as compelling and surprisingly individual subjects, and through Holland’s impressive technical skills, the scenes evoke the tension of an imminent storm. 138

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In addition to his diverse two-dimensional work, Holland has recently been gaining attention for his work as a pumpkin-carving artist. In the past few months, Holland’s pumpkins have been commissioned by groups from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to Chesapeake Energy Corporation and even the Oklahoma City Thunder.


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“The beauty in those clouds, it’s just ingrained in you when you live in Oklahoma,” Holland explains. He chooses to depict these subjects in oil pastel for the wide color selection available and the speed with which they enable him to work. In Holland’s Torso series, inspiration comes from marble sculptures that have been chipped or broken intentionally over the years. The contrast between the smooth, delicate detail in the sculpted areas and the jagged broken edges provides a great variety of textures for Holland to capture, often in unexpectedly bright color. Certainly, creating in multiple bodies of work takes a specific kind of artist, but Holland embraces this style of work and has remained quite prolific. This past spring at the Leslie Powell gallery in Lawton, Holland displayed an impressive 30 works in the Modern Life series. In the Cloudscapes series, he is currently creating five to six larger-scale pieces – 22" x 30", or as he says, “as large as I can find paper” – for the upcoming National Weather Festival in Norman on November 6 (see story on page 46). Holland is also leading a number of pumpkin-carving workshops for adults and youth this fall. Indeed, using his work as an avenue for studying several different ideas at once, Holland keeps himself refreshed and actively motivated to keep making art. A proud citizen of Oklahoma and a student of the world, Holland creates work centered on life, beauty and progress. His oeuvre engages viewers to look more closely, and encourages us to think a little more deeply as we do.



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Faces of the Future

By Kent Anderson

he true storytellers mine deep into the hearts and souls of their subjects. They are able to see the different layers, to capture an essence of what lies on the surface for all to see. At the same time they find something more than what is seen, something that is all but invisible to the eye. M.J. Alexander knows well the power of storytelling that uses both words and images. This month sees the release of an extraordinary new book by the award-winning Oklahoma City photographer and writer, as she continues her exploration of the people who are the heart and soul of her adopted home state. PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION The Children of Oklahoma: Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth is a look inside the lives of the youngest Oklahomans. Through words and photographs, the shape of Oklahoma’s future emerges, from newborns to teenagers. The book is a follow-up to Alexander’s highly successful Salt of the Red Earth, published in conjunction with the state’s 2007 centennial, in which she portrayed the lives of Oklahoma centenarians. In addition to its publication as a book, Salt of the Red Earth toured in three concurrent exhibitions: at the opening of the new Oklahoma Heritage Museum, the International Photography Hall of Fame and the East Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol. “With this overwhelming response, there was talk of a follow-up book further exploring Oklahoma’s elders,” Alexander says. “After much thought, I decided it would be interesting to take a new perspective and focus not on the generation that has brought us to where we are today, but on the children who will be bringing the state and the nation into the future.” Alexander has produced several extended photo essays for us at Southwestern Publishing over the years, and a partnership on this project was a natural, adding in the component of a child-oriented fundraiser: a portion of the sale price for every copy of Portrait of a Generation supports Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Southwestern Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Meares says she was elated when Alexander approached her about the project. 142

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“M.J.’s work is so stirring, so captivating,” Meares said. “I couldn’t say ‘yes’ to the project fast enough. I knew how moving the book would be – not just in the present, but forever.” So the call went out across the state. “We were looking for a variety of outlooks and experiences, ages and geographic locations, interests and ethnicities, to give a true look at the different facets of Oklahoma in the 21st century,” Alexander says. “Some of the children are descended from survivors of the Trail of Tears, from Land Run homesteaders, from pioneering ranchers or oilmen. Some were born on the other side of the nation, or adopted from the other side of the world. Some want to stay forever, and are already planning to build on family land near their parents and grandparents. Others plan on leaving the state in their rearview mirror, to return later – or maybe never. But, for 2010, they all are Oklahomans.” M.J. Alexander traveled over 11,000 miles between May and October of this year, from the high plains of the Panhandle to the forests of the southeast. She was in the delivery room in Oklahoma City when John James Ruffin drew his first breath. She walked the Oklahoma City National Memorial with Brandon and Rebecca Denny, the only siblings to have survived the bombing of the Murrah Building in 1995. “My hope is that this glimpse of the next generation will go beyond stereotypes and show the variety and vibrancy of Oklahoma’s kids,” she says. “These pages will open the door to people you may never have had the chance to meet, against a backdrop of places you may never have had the chance to visit, and allow you to hear what they have to say.”

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Nick Bayer with Harding students and artistic assistants Ben Wallace, Ashley Bernal and Kelsey Higdon at Edgemere Elementary School

Giving Art to the Givers T By Kent Anderson

here are people and organizations within this community who do important work, who give of their time and energy and many other types of resources to make Oklahoma City and the world better places. But as they give of themselves, should they also receive? In recognition of what they do every day, shouldn’t someone do something for them? Nick Bayer thinks it’s time to give back to the givers. “The idea is spreading happiness through art,” says Bayer, a professional artist, educator and founder of Project Blue Bird. “We want to create positive artwork, so that when people go into the space, they are uplifted. Their mood shifts and they are affected by what they see.” Project Blue Bird, created by Bayer earlier this year with a seed grant through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 144

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produces murals for the physical spaces of schools and other nonprofit organizations in the metro area… at no charge. Bayer smiles as he recounts the reactions he receives when he tells people he wants to donate a free mural to their space. “I spend a long time explaining that there’s no catch. It’s simply goodwill, and we want to give back.” Bayer has worked as a professional artist for seven years, taught at Harding Fine Arts Academy and recently began working as arts coordinator for Redlands Community College in El Reno. He was a mural painter for some time, and he began to notice something about the effects of his work. “The people we were working for loved this type of art,” he says, “but I noticed that the people who probably needed it the most couldn’t afford it. That’s where I saw the need.”


So he put together a plan to paint murals for worthy organizations, like the first two to receive the project’s creative benefits: Oklahoma City’s Edgemere Elementary School and the Touchstone Project, which organizes after-school activities for urban kids. Bayer is currently involved with a mural for the Russell and Murry Project, a children’s hospice based in El Reno. The artwork is truly transformative. “When we’re working with an organization that deals with children,” Bayer says, “and the children come into the space for the first time, the look on their faces is the reward.” After Bayer identifies an entity that he feels would benefit from a Project Blue Bird mural, he talks with the client about the content. When children are a part of the organization’s mission, they are involved in the mural’s design. Then Bayer goes to work. Students from Harding have helped in the creation of the early projects. Sometimes Bayer is on the job solo. At other times he brings other professional artists in to contribute their time and talents. “This is all about changing the environment,” Bayer says. “I teach artists, and they have all these gifts and want to give back, but don’t necessarily know how to do it. So this is an opportunity for them as well.” “People aren’t sure what to think when I approach them and say, ‘Here’s what I want to do for you,’” Bayer says. “After they see what it can mean for them, they love it! Their job is to give back to the community, and we are giving back to them.” november 2010 | slice


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The Other Side of Bob Barry, Jr. By Lauren Hammack

What does your typical day look like? I usually start at 7:30am to prep for my daily radio show, “Sports Morning,” 9am to noon on The Sports Animal. My TV gig at Channel 4 starts about 4:30 and goes into the wee hours of the morning – I rarely get home before 2am. What part of your profession is not for the faint of heart? The “missed events.” I can’t tell you how many games and recitals I’ve missed over the years because of work. There are no “off” days in TV news, including holidays. Sometimes it’s an adrenaline rush. Sometimes it sucks.



Do you ever wish you could go unnoticed in the doctor’s waiting room or in the john? Actually, NO, I don’t. I always tell my wife, Gina, that the day I’m not recognized is the day I no longer have a job!

FOR-TV Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr. (“BBJ”) was only eight years old in 1965, the year he decided he’d eventually pursue the often-grueling profession his father Bob Barry, Sr. (“Big Bob”) had chosen. Was it a decision that rose from his passion for sports? An earnest attempt to win paternal approval? Um, no. But it was a professional calling that came from within – specifically, from within the OU press box, generously stocked with chocolate chip cookies. “I snarfed down about a hundred,” Barry recalls. “I should’ve known my bad eating habits started right then and there.” Whatever the motivation to join its tireless ranks, the sports world is better for having scored Bob Barry, Jr., whose adrenaline-filled workday often ends 18 hours after it began. We convinced BBJ – a nocturnal rock star – to take a TV timeout and give us his report on the other side. 146

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Is there one moment in your career that left an indelible mark on you? My first year at KFOR (then KTVY). In my noon sportscast on April 1st, I reported that OU head football coach Barry Switzer had resigned to join the Dallas Cowboys. But I didn’t add my punch line, which was supposed to be “April Fools!” The producer was yelling in my earpiece to go to commercial, so I did, giving Oklahoma three minutes to react to that bombshell. The phone lines immediately jammed and media outlets were calling the newsroom. I said, “April Fools!” about a hundred times during the next segment, but the damage was done. I didn’t work too many April 1sts after that, but hey, I was a prophet! The story was correct; it was just 12 years early. Any recurring dreams? I always dream I’m a rock star – ALWAYS! I keep waiting for those Oklahoma artists to get me onstage at Ford Center. C’mon Toby Keith and Kings of Leon – you’re missin’ out on a talent here! Who has been the most important mentor in your life? Obviously, my father. Dad got me into sports, into the media business, and he taught me to have fun doing whatever I choose to do. Are you sentimental about anything? I’m not ashamed to admit I love “chick flicks.” Do you have a nonprofit shout-out? I’m a huge supporter of the Jim Thorpe Association and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Also, I tip my cap to the OKC All Sports Association. Good people, all. What’s the best decision you ever made? To have gastric bypass surgery in the summer of 2007. It basically saved my life, and I’ll be forever grateful to Dr. Greg Walton (at WeightWise in Edmond). Speaking of gratitude, Thanksgiving is coming up. What else makes you feel grateful? I’m most thankful for my renewed health and for my family. What else is there? What will be on your Thanksgiving table that you won’t be able to say “no” to? I’m a turkey and dressing guy. I used to eat the WHOLE turkey, which kinda messed things up for the rest of the fam, but now I just go through the line once, with a smaller plate.


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OUT & ABOUT A pictorial wrap-up of local parties and events from previous months. The place to see and be seen!

154 Courage Award Gala 155 Renaissance Ball 156 Balliets Grand Opening 157 OKC Ballet Kick-Off 158 Transitions 159 Uptown Kids Opens 160 Wine, Women and Shoes 161 Armstrong Opening 162 Chi Fashion 163 Choices 2010 164 Dinner With the EWC 165 Hope Uncorked 166 Lippert at 90 167 OMA smARTies

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Photos by Claude Long The only constant in life is change – an awareness which drives the work of artists John Seward and O. Gail Poole, on display in a joint exhibition at Norman’s MAINSITE Contemporary Art



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Raising T

The Bar By Lauren Hammack

he last couple of pages on the calendar devote themselves almost entirely to some celebration or another, and a good many of those fêtes merit the occasional adult beverage, raised in a glad toast. Some of the best celebrations take place right at home, requiring nothing more than a corkscrew and a gathering of family and friends. (Family and friends optional.) For those occasions, the finery of handsome barware and a barkeep’s best tools of the trade are the first measures of “raising the bar” for everyone’s enjoyment. This month, we’ve assembled everything you’ll need to get on with the festivities of the season. November is also a month dedicated to taking inventory of those people and blessings worth toasting in the first place. We wish you more of each in the holidays now upon us and throughout the new year ahead, so please enjoy responsibly. Or, at least peruse our “SideBar” for some Sobering Tips for the Tipsy. Then enjoy responsibly.

DETAILS | Raising the Bar, page 27 I’ll Drink to That Etched highball glass ($20) from Occasions in Norman, 217.8467,; ice bucket with tongs ($149), bar tools with stand ($129) from Red Chateau in Oklahoma City, 842.2262,

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Carafe Me Wine carafes ($77 each) from Bebe’s in Nichols Hills, 843.8431,

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Hors d’Ouevres, Anyone? Serving tray and knife ($139 for the set) from Red Chateau in Oklahoma City, 842.2262, Chic Cold One Etched beer glass (set of four $68) and bottle opener ($20) from Occasions in Norman, 217.8467, Perfect Shot Crystal shot glasses ($16 each) from Rawhide in Oklahoma City, 236.4600 At Your Service Moose and elk picks and stands ($40 per set), from Rawhide in Oklahoma City, 236.4600,; stag horn bar tools (hors d’oeuvres tray $172.50, bottle opener $80, double jigger $92) from Sterling’s Home Décor and Gifts in Edmond, 844.7465, www.; wine coaster and stopper ($95 for the set) from Bebe’s in Nichols Hills, 843.8431 Cheers! Aluminum ice/champagne bucket and scoop ($119) and champagne flutes (set of six $68) from 1st Dibs in Edmond, 753.4466,; mother-of-pearl serving tray from Cunningham Interiors in Oklahoma City, 751.9051,


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Investigate BEFORE you invest Jolly Java Coffee brewing system ($3,149) and optional warming drawer ($999) from Morrison Supply Company in Oklahoma City, 752.0142, Flawless Pull “Legacy” wine bottle opener ($31.50) from Occasions in Norman, 217.8467, Salute the Captain Wine Captain® ($2,279) from Morrison Supply Company in Oklahoma City, 752.0142

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Elemental Design By Lauren Hammack Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Inspired by the land, Tom and Lisa Price’s hidden paradise is a flawless, harmonious blend of home and nature. Welcome to Anam Cara.

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SPACES | A Masterpiece of Elemental Design, page 76 Many of the plants and arrangements in the Price home are by Trochta’s Flowers and Greenhouses in Oklahoma City, 848.3338, Spaces | Discerning Design

Setting the


By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


he beginning of the holiday season brings many opportunities to create a beautiful table. Thanksgiving tops the list as a chance to make a statement in presentation with an amazing array of choices in plates, stemware and accoutrements. Families can celebrate the holiday formally or informally, in modern or traditional ways. Even the menu can be tailored to reflect the same creative tendencies. Here are some ideas designed to spark your imagination.

SPACES | Setting the Table, page 94 Natural Table “Belezza” dinner and salad plates by Vietri in buttercream and celadon (dinner $38, salad $32), “Graham” goblets by Juliska ($79) from Tulips in Norman, 217.9322,; wood floral arrangement ($62), Burl Wood Coasters ($14) from Birdie in Norman, 579.0299, www.; place cards, chocolate card stock, gold ink by The Lovebyrd Calligraphy, available online at www.thelovebyrd. com; Duetto silver by Bugatti Metalworks for Vietri, private collection

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Traditional Table “Rutledge” china by Lenox, private collection; “Buttercup” silver by Gorham, private collection; etched crystal goblets and water glasses, private collection; linens, private collection; floral centerpiece by “Birdie” in Norman, 579.0299, www.thelittlebirdietoldme.blogspot. com; candelabra, private collection; demitasse set, “Rutledge” by Lenox, private collection; menus, cream vellum on ivory cardstock, script in black ink, by The Lovebyrd Calligraphy, available online at

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o other wardrobe accessory epitomizes the height of the season more beautifully than a standout pair of boots. Boots tell the world, “Sure, I could have played it safe and worn a sensible pair of pumps, but as you can see, I opted for fabulous.” An exceptional pair of boots transcends season after season by taking a basic wardrobe option and turning it into anything but ordinary.

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Bamboo “Beat 24” ankle boot in red faux suede with cross strap and buckle embellishment at vamp from Blush Christian Dior “Biker” boot with ankle harness detailing in brown Italian leather from Gordon Stuart Aquatalia “Undy” boot in weatherproof black leather from The Webb

UGG “Amberlee” leather riding boot with sheepskin lining in black from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique Jimmy Choo “Eden” tall suede boot in camel from Balliets Stuart Weitzman “Half-N-Half” boot, in black suede and stretch fabric, from The Webb

DESIGNERS’ NOTEBOOK | You Must Re-Boot!, page 148

Special thanks to model Kathryn Peckenpaugh page 148 Bamboo “Beat 24” ankle boot ($39.95) from Blush in Norman, 701.8600, www.blushnorman. com; Christian Dior “Biker” boot ($1,050) from Gordon Stuart in Oklahoma City, 843.6500,; Aquatalia “Undy” boot ($575) from The Webb in Norman, 321.8289, page 149 UGG “Amberlee” riding boot ($275) from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique in Edmond, 359.0044,; Jimmy Choo “Eden” boot ($1,195) from Balliets in Oklahoma City, 848.7811,; Stuart Weitzman “Half-N-Half” boot ($595) from The Webb in Norman, 321.8289, page 150 Donald J. Pliner “Lexy” bootie ($338) from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique in Edmond, 359.0044,; RoughOut “Raindance” zipper boot ($1,050), Liberty Boot Co. “Bucky Bronco” cowgirl boot ($1,100) from Rawhide in Oklahoma City, 236.4600, www. page 151 Apepazza “Strasburgo” bootie ($180) from Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique in Edmond, 359.0044, www.; Christian Dior “Spy” ankle boot ($1,250) from Gordon Stuart in Oklahoma City, 843.6500, www.gordonstuart. com; Prada ankle boot ($990) from Balliets in Oklahoma City, 848.7811,


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Last Laugh | A Rat’s Tale

Verminized! By Lauren Hammack


once saw a program on HBO about the rats of New York City. I’m not sure why this enthralled me, but I was riveted by the shocking stories New Yorkers shared about their harrowing experiences with legions of rodents that had invaded their otherwise peaceful lives. By all accounts, the rats were running the show in New York City, with bad attitudes to boot. One exasperated victim insisted that after a king-sized rat fell onto his bed from the ceiling of his infested apartment, the indignant rodent mocked him by inciting an intense staring contest with the man until finally, the man flinched. Maybe my fascination with the rat program stems from having once been verminized myself. My husband Bob and I were hosting a houseful of football fans for the OU/OSU game years ago. While Bedlam was breaking out in our media room upstairs, all hell was breaking loose in the downstairs kitchen. I’d walked in just in time to catch the split-second movement of what appeared to be a large rat slipping under the dishwasher. I. Just. Saw. A. Rat. Hopping around as if I were on an invisible pogo stick, I summoned my husband downstairs and mouthed the word, “RAAAAAAAAAAT!!! Rat, rat, rat, rat, raaaaaat!” Bob shrugged off my trauma with unusual calm. “I’ve told you, when it turns cold outside, a mouse will probably try to come inside. I’ll get a box of poison tomorrow,” he promised. We both put on our game faces and returned to our guests upstairs. I dispatched Bob the following morning to load up on poison. “Get the kind with the big RAT on the box!” I told him. Convinced we were stalking a pet store treasure, Bob returned with a single box of mouse poison – a mere hors d’oeuvre for our thug. I immediately set out a d-Con® buffet for anything on four feet that might happen by, adding small drinking troughs I’d crafted from Dixie® cups, reasoning that a properly poisoned rat is a thirsty rat. 174

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Now, I’d just wait. Well, wait and lie awake all night, wondering if Goliath Razorteeth would scale my bed and gnaw at my jugular. The dreams of hamsters on wheels had all but subsided when, several days later, I went down the basement stairs, only to confront him: MegaRat. A central drain on the basement floor collected water from the washer, providing the rat just enough refreshment to activate the poison from his d-Con® feast. He died with his eyes open – the final insult – as if he knew I’d stay frozen on the stairs for half an hour. Thirty minutes later, I alerted Bob that the rat had met his demise at the drain and would have to be removed right after work. “Stop calling it a rat,” my husband insisted. “If it’s not a rat,” I countered, “then it’s either a feral kitten with a bad case of mange on its tail, or it’s a teenage possum. Either way, there’s a carcass with your name on it in the basement tonight.” After work, I wasted no time reminding Bob that “Ben” was waiting in the basement. “Don’t forget that rat,” I told him. “Mouse,” he snapped back, as though clarifying the late rodent’s genus somehow amounted to defending its dignity. Halfway down his “mouse death march” into the basement, the sound of Bob’s footsteps stopped abruptly. Wait for it . . . “RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!! Oh my GOD, it’s a RAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!” he bellowed, making record time back upstairs. In a final gesture of humanity for the rat we had just poisoned, we prepared a proper burial, using a Bounce® fabric softener box for his casket, folding his tail over to fit him completely inside. Cooler weather has finally arrived and I’ve already set out my traditional d-Con® buffet around the house. But just in case that’s not prevention enough, I’ve set aside a Bounce® box or two for Bob to use when he gets home from work.

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Fortunate not to be on a dinner table, these turkeys were happily roaming free as Thanksgiving dawned. “They frequent my yard and neighborhood in fall and winter,” says Craig P. Roderique of Blanchard. “I looked out Thanksgiving morning, and there they were.”


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