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AUGUST 2011 VOLUME TWO ISSUE EIGHT

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Contents | Features

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Tape Up and Ship Out!

Braving Arcadia Lake on August 27 requires nerves of steel… because it also requires decks of paper, as corrugated craft vie for supremacy (and buoyancy) in the third annual Cardboard Regatta.

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Where It All Began

The accommodations are incredible, the amenities are divine and the timeless town is one of America’s prettiest. Stillwater isn’t just the birthplace of Minnesota; it creates new fans every day.

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Fam Favorite

As the OKC Thunder’s director of digital media and publications, Ron Matthews knows quality presentation – even in the kitchen, where this Bell Pepper Steak recipe consistently scores big.

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Style to Spare

With a clear, consistent vision that still allows for the joyful rambunctiousness of family life, Sarah Burton’s home proves contemporary design can coexist with welcoming warmth.

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Starting Early

An educated citizenry pays immense dividends, and younger beginnings mean greater eventual benefits for the community. That’s the message, and the mission, of Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities. 6

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Class Act

Your little scholars’ grades are up to them, but with this study guide for back-to-school fashion, you’ll have no trouble making sure their ensembles pass with flying colors.

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Family Story You know better than anyone how a family takes on a life of its own. It takes you for unexpected twists and turns, through valleys and victories, and all the moments in between. But if your patience, tenacity, and fortitude run deep, then you will be stronger. Whom will you trust to keep that strength thriving? Will they know your story? Will they try to understand what lies beneath? Where you have been, where you are going, and what you hope to carry on for your future generations?

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Contents | Departments

Shoelicious!

Letters

From the Editor 14

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Spritz

Local Flavor 16 Elves in the Off-Season 18

Details

A Splash of Sunshine 20

Pursuits

Visual Performance Events Calendar

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Wanderlust

Roughing It Royally 39 Where It All Began 43

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Fare

Chowdah! Potent Portent All Fired Up Fam Favorite

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Spaces

Style to Spare 56 Setting the Table 68

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Contents | Departments

Living Well

Arts and Science Go With the Flow On-the-Clock Energy Powerful Pain Relief

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Marketplace

Fendi’s New Address Starting Early Successful Failure Social Media and Open Enrollment

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Glimpse

In the Eye of the Public 92 Enter With Style 97 The Other Side of Danny Williams 104

Designers’ Notebook

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Class Act 106

Out & About

Party Directory 117

Last Laugh

Out to the Hall - Now! 134

Last Look

Chad Vesper 136

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Publisher Editor-in-Chief Managing Director Creative Director Photography Director Features Writer Food Editor Associate Editor Stylist

Robert L. Allee Elizabeth Meares James Moscowitz Mia Blake

Contributing Writers Art Director Graphic Designer

Carol Ringrose Alexander Jennifer Barron Cher Bumps Robert Custer Lauren Hammack R. Murali Krishna, M.D. Mary Ellen Ternes Elaine Warner

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Celebrate the Next Generation

A transcendent visual storyteller, Alexander has a remarkable ability to poetically capture the essence of her subjects in a single frame while conveying a grander meaning. Her distinct style and abilities as an artist make her an invaluable cultural asset for Oklahoma. Suzanne Tate, executive director Oklahoma Arts Council

M.J. Alexander has a way of seeing the world that shows it to you. The layers of it that are sometimes ignored or overlooked, especially in our country. A brilliant photographer. Alice Walker, author The Color Purple 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner

Everybody takes photographs of kids. M.J. Alexander makes you remember what it’s like to be one. Eric Bates, executive editor Rolling Stone

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Letters | From the Editor

here are certain scents that ingrain themselves deeply in our memories. New car smell, for example – the kind that’s only found in an actual new car and promises impending adventures, not the fumes from those silly cardboard things that the car wash puts under your seat. All fragrances from nether regions aside, cuddle a newborn baby in your arms and breathe deeply; there’s nothing else like it. Freshly cut grass. A campfire. Pre- and post-thunderstorm air. In many cases, these aromas are as good as time machines, whisking us unexpectedly back over all the years and miles we have traveled since to relive moments we didn’t know we remembered… or have never been able to forget. Remember the first day of each year in elementary school? It didn’t matter if it was a new school or one you’d been attending for years, there was the unmistakable “first day” scent. Somehow, over the summer, the sweaty-kid smell had dissipated, and the remaining elements converged to produce a fragrance that would become forever associated with first-day jitters. The events leading up to that day are filled with promise: new school supplies, new backpack, new clothes. Personally, I always felt somewhat cheated where the prep for elementary school was concerned, because my school provided all the necessary supplies, so there was no shopping for them. That could explain my habit of going wholly overboard when shopping with my own kids – but really, can you have too many crayons? I don’t recall carrying my books in anything but my hands. Most insulting to me, however, was that while my public-school pals were deciding which of their trendy new clothes to wear on the first day, I knew exactly how I would be dressed: white Peter Pan-collar blouse, navy blue jumper, penny loafers. Every. Single. Day. Fortunately, enough time has gone by that I’m not bitter about the breadth of back-to-school ensembles we explored for this month’s feature… not very, anyway. Fashion – or lack thereof – aside, the school I attended was far above average academically, but there was still much to be learned about childhood education. The arts were a part of the curriculum, but considered far more frivolous than the “important” subjects of science, math, English and history. The idea that art, music and languages play a crucial role in mental development as well would have been revelatory in those days. Perhaps by providing a more thoroughly balanced educational “diet”(see “Arts and Science,” page 73) and doing so beginning at a young age (see “Starting Early,” page 86), we can help the students of today raise the bar astronomically for our state’s future potential. The path of our children’s future success is an amalgamation of all kinds of sensory experiences… and that includes crayons, so spring for the 64-count and enjoy reliving the smell of a fresh box.

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Spritz | This & That

Local Flavor I By Kent Anderson

magine this scenario: you are on the road somewhere in Oklahoma, say in Boise City or Madill or Poteau, or even right here in the heart of the Oklahoma City metro. It’s time for lunch. Being a tried-andtrue supporter of our state, you want to know where you can find Made In Oklahoma (MIO) food products.

Of course, you do what any tech-savvy Oklahoman would do – you pull out your smartphone. The new iPhone app from the MIO Coalition is free to download from iTunes, and features categorized lists of MIO products, a directory of MIO recipes, a MIO restaurant locator and general information about the coalition. For social media animals, this app allows sharing through email, Twitter or Facebook. “The MIO iPhone app will make it much easier for Oklahomans to support local companies, products and restaurants,” said MIO Market Development Coordinator Sharra Martin. “We also hope the app will increase awareness of and support for MIO on social media channels.”   An exciting new aspect to MIO is the restaurant locator, displaying maps, addresses, phone numbers and directions to find MIO restaurants. Users have the ability to search for new recipe ideas, grouped by categories, on the recipe feature. There are even photographs of MIO dishes to help users identify meal ideas and easy-to-read recipes to follow while cooking or grocery shopping.   “Restaurants depend so much on the support of the community,” says Chef Robert Black of A Good Egg Dining Group, who helped develop the app. “This app will make it easier for Oklahomans to find restaurants that serve dishes made from local products.” Worldwide technology meets hometown food products… with tasty results for those who love both good food and shopping local. Download the MIO app at www.miocoalition.com/mioapp.

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Spritz | This & That

Elves in the Off-Season

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By Lauren Hammack Photo by Erick Gfeller

hen the word “Christmas” is part of your name, it’s reasonable that people may associate your organization solely with that holiday, but the Christmas Connection – like Santa’s elves – stays busy throughout the “off season” with programs that further the spirit of giving the other 364 days of the year. As it looks back on 30 years of serving families in need throughout the metro area – originally by providing a department store setting where low-income families could “shop” for free Christmas gifts – the Christmas Connection has truly evolved into a charity for all seasons, now offering several programs to provide clothing, shoes, household items, furniture and other necessities to more than 8,000 children, adults and senior citizens every year. Through September, the Christmas Connection is accepting backpacks and school supplies for its Backpack Shopping Days, which help ease the return to school for low-income K-12 students as part of the charity’s year-round School Connections program. Shelley Dutton, executive director for the Christmas Connection, points to Oklahoma City Public Schools’ newly adopted

from low-income families,” Dutton notes. “Our Backpack Shopping Days and School Connections program help provide basic school supplies and uniforms in service to 41 schools, which allows families to concentrate on their education without worrying over how to pay for supplies for school.” Dutton explains that uniforms and basic supplies are accepted throughout the year, including:

year-round school calendar as an indicator of the increased need for supplies and uniforms. “About 88% of OKC students come

For collection sites, visit www.christmasconnection.org or call 634.2006.

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Details | Things We Love

A Splash of Sunshine “Flowing Rhythm” mobile by renowned Danish mobile company Flensted, from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

By Lauren Hammack

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ugust is summer on steroids: full-throttle heat, followed by more heat. After that, heat. And those visions you’ve been having of cooler autumn days on the horizon? Mirages. What’s very real are 31 sun-filled days for soaking in summer a while longer. So here’s to our favorite color for capturing the warm and sunny mood of happy August days: crank up the yellow! (and the a/c…)

Fendi “Peekaboo” handbag (Fall/Winter 2011 Season) in ochre goat leather with signature Zucca lining, from Gordon Stuart.

The Royal Standard yellow resort wrap from Painted Door. Hand-tooled “Flore Chale” leather boot by Liberty Boot Company in mustard calf, with red leather braiding detail and mahogany leather overlay, exclusively from Rawhide.

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Giorgio Armani handmade acetate glasses frames for men or women, in honey, from Dr. Carter Johnston at Physicians Optical.

Classic Home Furnishings yellow fabric button-tufted end table with wooden top, from 405 Imports.

Ritani Masterwork diamond engagement ring with prong-set, radiant cut yellow center stone, from Mitchell’s Jewelry.

Tory Burch handbags – Saffiano Satchel, Dipped Tote, Trompe l’Oeil Tote – from Cayman’s Clothiers.

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Pursuits | Visual

INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

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ven the most dazzling creative vision and breathtaking skill are of no avail to an artist without an audience to be dazzled and breath-taken by the resulting wonders. Broader exposure of deserving artists has obvious benefits for everyone involved – including viewers – as the Istvan Gallery is happy to demonstrate in its newest exhibit: six artists who have appeared in individual or group shows across the state but thus far avoided the OKC spotlight take center stage as featured talents August 12-October 30. Jesse Whittle teaches at the Philbrook Museum of Art and Tulsa Public Schools, while garnering awards and accolades for his abstract, exuberant acrylics and collages.   A native of Parral in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Luis Saenz holds two master’s degrees in economics, but his lifelong passion for art drove him to learn the camera as an instrument to express his feelings and the way he sees the world.    Veteran portraitist and portrayer of architectural and natural scenic beauty Trish McCain has developed a unique style using a combination of charcoal with pastels on an assortment of papers – her extensive travel across West Africa has informed much of her work and continues to infuse it with depth and character.

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Luis Saenz, “Waiting for You”

By Steve Gill

Norman sculptor Todd Jenkins has invested 20 years in developing his own language in the age-old conversation of sculpture, using bronze casting, splashing bronze, welding and metal fabrication to communicate through metal.   Dark, surreal, often primitive and surprisingly comic, Spencer Tracy’s mixed media pieces are enticingly layered with texture and multiple meanings.   The final component of this assemblage of talent is Istvan’s own gallery assistant Brittany Rudolf, a UCO student who will be showing a collection of her small sculptural work. She and her colleagues invite you to get acquainted with this exciting mixture of artists you may not have seen before, but definitely should encounter.  

Located at 1218 N. Western, the Istvan Gallery at Urban Art boasts over 2,000 square feet of comfortable hospitality and Oklahoma artists’ creations for all levels of art aficionados, including quarterly exhibitions like this one. Visit www.istvangallery.com or call 831.2874 for more information.


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Pursuits | Visual

The Gallery

canvassing the area’s art By Steve Gill

BREAKING THE MOLD

jrbartgallery.com, 528.6336 Glass has been available to humanity as a medium for over five thousand years, so finding new possibilities for its artistic use requires some truly impressive creativity. A juried exhibition of inventive and daring designs that challenge the material and its traditional presentation from leading national talents Donna Branch, Adam Burges, Ben Johnson, Jing Li, Joanna Manousis, Kathie Foley-Meyer, Rachel Haynes, Timothy Stover, Zac Weinberg and David Zvanut shatter guests’ preconceptions about the possibilities of glass in Cutting Edge, on display August 5-27 in JRB Art at the Elms.

Jing Li, “Artificial Nature”

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FARAWAY EYES howellgallery.com, 840.4437 For Linda Kukuk, space is the place for inspiration – the OKC artist has used images recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope as the basis for a series of watercolors expressing cosmic possibility. Her (ahem) out-of-this-world collection will be on display through August 31 at the Howell Gallery, beginning with a Coffee With the Artist event August 13. FAUVISM – FOR REALS inyoureyegallery.com, 525.2161 Breaking into the art world can require a beastly amount of skill, but some local aesthetes have more than enough creativity to offset a slight lack of traditional artistic talents… like having opposable thumbs. The second annual Art Gone Wild exhibit, featuring works by bears, rhinos, sea lions and other OKC Zoo animals, stampedes into the Paseo’s In Your Eye Gallery August 5-26.   STAND AND DELIVER normanfirehouse.com, 329.4523 Juvenile participants in the Firehouse Art Center’s Children’s Summer Art Program have spent months studying painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and more – now it’s time to show off the results. “They have been working hard this summer; this chance to have their artwork displayed in a professional gallery is always an exciting experience,” said executive director Douglas Shaw Elder. The valedictory exhibit runs August 12-27 at the FAC.   MOVING BEYOND iaogallery.org, 232.6060 Tom Lee’s career was an inspiration: the award-winning artist and community servant was a driving force behind the growth of the Paseo Arts District, Governor’s Arts Award recipient and renowned black-and-white photographer... despite living as a quadriplegic for over 30 years. Individual Artists of Oklahoma will present a retrospective of Lee’s landscapes, portraits, still lifes, nudes and anti-war photographs August 12 through September 3.


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Pursuits | Performance

Curtain Calls

metro entertainment takes center stage By Steve Gill

CAUGHT UP IN THE ACTION pasnorman.org, 307.9320 The heat, in case you haven’t noticed, is on – but Norman’s Performing Arts Studio is happy to blow some musical relief listeners’ way as its Summer Breeze Concert Series continues in Lions Park: the slightly misnamed Jonbear Fourtet (six members, not led by a bear) hammer out playfully propulsive blues August 7, and blistering rock star Patrice Pike tears in from Austin August 21. DANCE FEVER lyrictheatreokc.com, 524.9310 There’s nothing else like it – you could, if you were so inclined, call it a singular sensation – and given that it’s the story of people who have devoted themselves heart and soul to making it in musical theater, it’s a spectacular fit for Lyric Theatre, as Broadway blockbuster “A Chorus Line” sashays into the OKC Civic Center August 2-6. PLAY DOWN THE SUN artscouncilokc.com, 270.4848 Nightfall is often used as a metaphor for endings, which is an apt coincidence for music-lovers in this, the final month of the Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert Series. The free slate of performances on the Myriad Gardens lawn concludes with Shortt Dogg August 7, the Flatland Travelers August 14, OK Chorale August 21 and Tekumbe August 28.

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uco.edu/broadway, 974.3375 You think those guys on “The Voice” have performance chops? Jodi Benson’s sweet, sonorous lilt has carried her through a busy career of vocal acting that first brought her to international attention with her charming role as the speaking and singing voice of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” – and now brings her to Edmond to kick off the 2011 Broadway Tonight Series at UCO’s Mitchell Hall. The Tony-nominated Benson will perform a slate of Disney tunes, Broadway melodies and standards, with a few bars of assistance from the elementary and middle school students who make up the Young Voices of Edmond, for two enchanted evenings: August 26-27.

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THINK BUT THIS… oklahomashakespeare.com, 235.3700 The turbulent waters of romance aren’t treacherous enough already? You can’t even duck out on your impending arranged marriage for an arboreal tryst without faeries rolling up into your business, slinging around love potions and donkey-head spells willy-nilly? Geez! At least they also have the power to make all well that ends well during Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” August 4-September 3. POUNDING OUT THE HITS edmondok.com/parks/rec, 359.4630 The place: Edmond’s Hafer Park. The time: before it’s too late. The clock has practically run out on the Summer Concert in the Park series, but there are still two opportunities to rock a funky jam at an unbeatable price (can’t get lower than free) before the last note is sounded: Squeeze Box August 4 and the 23rd Street Jazz Band August 11.


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TAPE UP AND SHIP OUT!

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he Allure of the Seas is the largest passenger ship ever constructed – the 1,181-foot leviathan can accommodate 6,300 travelers and boasts a two-deck dance hall, ice skating rink, enormous theater and the first seagoing Starbucks stand. On the other hand, it isn’t made from cardboard. No titanium-reinforced beams nor tempered steel hull platings await the starry-eyed adventurers who will gather at Arcadia Lake August 27 for the City of Edmond’s third annual Cardboard Regatta – while the design and dimensions of their craft are theirs to determine, the only materials allowed are corrugated cardboard, glue, paint, duct tape to reinforce seams and varnish for waterproofing. When the results are as shipshape as they’re going to get, their builders must then grab some oars and take to the waves… and while their milieu may not be the bounding main per se, the lake’s placid waters will prove more than sufficient to dampen the spirits of the unfortunate. Merely remaining afloat represents a triumph of engineering that should delight successful sailors, but rewards aplenty are up for grabs: prizes go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in individual, team and corporate races, as well as the judges’ choices for Team Spirit and Pride of the Fleet

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By Steve Gill Photos by Erick Gfeller

(awarded for outstanding engineering and innovation), the Titanic Award for most dramatic unintentional sinking and the last boat floating in the Demolition Derby – in which no oars or projectiles are allowed as weapons, and contestants attempt to send one another’s cardboard craft down to Davy Jones’ Garage by ramming. Given that the winners receive prizes for attacking and sinking other vessels, you could be forgiven for referring to it as a “booty pageant.” A spectacle like this is too good to be missed, and increased turnout makes the proceedings more fun for everyone, so spectators are encouraged as well as participants. Avast!

All interested shipwrights are invited to come sail away – or float, or attempt to – but while formal christening via champagne and a band is not necessary, pre-registration and an entry fee are. For more information or to sign up, call 359.4630 or email diane.self@edmondok.com.


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ultiple sclerosis is a devastating disease, and to demonstrate their commitment to the goal of forcing it to depart from the human condition once and for all, a group of dedicated fundraisers will strive to arrive in Oklahoma City from Tulsa. If that doesn’t sound like a particularly Herculean undertaking, bear in mind that the route covers about 150 miles, and their transportation consists of two wheels and their own fortitude. The Oklahoma chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites you to hit the Mother Road September 17 and 18 for the 26th annual Bike MS Oklahoma Ride. Presented by Sam’s Club, the two-day ride will start at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa and follow historic Route 66 to Oklahoma City, with an overnight stop in Chandler for dinner, rest and conviviality, before concluding with a finish-line celebration at the State Capitol. Along the ride, cyclists can find rest stops stocked with healthy snacks and refreshing beverages every 10 to 12 miles, and Support and Gear vehicles will be available between stops to assist with mechanical or personal inconveniences. Even the extra commute is taken care of, since buses will make special trips to transport participants and their bicycles from OKC to Tulsa before and after the event. Riding as individuals or as part of a team, more than 600 cyclists are expected to help raise the goal of $500,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for more than 24,000 people with MS and their families in Oklahoma and for national MS research to find a cure for this crippling chronic disease of the central nervous system. In 2010 alone, the National MS Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people, and invested $37 million to support hundreds of new and ongoing research projects around the globe to move us closer to a world free of MS. It’s a fight worth winning, and you can be part of it– so get yourself in gear!

Volunteers and cyclists alike are needed for the Bike MS Oklahoma Ride – for more information or to register, visit www.bikemsok.org or call 918.488.0882.

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THREE-COURSE PHILANTHROPY

By Steve Gill

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t’s a general dictum that charitable organizations need more funding and resources than they have, and the public’s generous assistance is its own reward insofar as philanthropy is spiritually fulfilling. This month, it happens to be physically filling as well, as the metro offers a trio of delectable opportunities to nourish your body as well as your soul – and the community’s well-being. THE BIG TASTE bbbsok.org, 364.3722 The fourth annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma’s Cleveland County office welcomes guests to Belmar Golf and Country Club August 11 for “Summer and Sunsets.” Emceed by KWTV sportscaster and nascent voice of OU athletics Toby Rowland, the evening features the delectable cuisine of some of Norman’s finest restaurants: La Baguette, Blackbird, blu, Café Plaid, Cha Cha’s, Legend’s, Local, O Asian Fusion, Peach Crest Farms and Royal Bavaria. Proceeds will go towards matching more children in the Norman area with positive adult mentors. TASTE FOR SIGHT preventblindnessok.org, 848.7123 Over two million children have received free vision screenings

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from Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, but there will always be more on the nonprofit’s plate, and they’d be delighted to have you lend them a hand (fork optional). Taste for Sight 2011 –“Viva la Vision!” – will be August 27 in the OKC Civic Center’s Meinders Hall of Mirrors, featuring live entertainment and auctions, plus delicacies from 1492, CocoFlow, Coolgreens, Cuppies and Joe, Gopuram Taste of India, Iguana Mexican Grill, Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café, Johnny Carino’s, Kona Ranch, La Luna, The Melting Pot, Museum of Art Cafe, Old Germany, OPUS Prime Steakhouse, Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo and many more. TOUR DE PALATE tourdepalate.com, 943.8888 Finding a cure, promoters enthuse, never tasted so good. The fourth annual Tour de Palate returns to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum August 27 with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and proceedings benefiting the discerning patrons who will enjoy savory dishes and desserts from some of OKC’s elite restaurants and bakeries, carefully selected to pair with exquisite wines and the brews on tap in the beer garden. Auctions, dancing and the Kristen Stehr Band provide entertainment, but the icing, so to speak, is the incredible live cake decorating challenge.


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Save the Date

keeping up around town By Steve Gill

THE LONG ROAD BACK

integrisok.com, 644.5256 Nicole Brown emerged from a coma and went from immobility to a wheelchair to a walker, pursuing education and travel opportunities with a contagious joy. A car accident confined Mary Beth Davis to a wheelchair, but she has remained committed to her dream of becoming a veterinarian. OKCPD Officer Chad Peery was critically injured while attempting to defuse an altercation; he was paralyzed from the neck down but is propelling himself through what his doctors call remarkable improvement. These patients’ exceptional bravery and grace through the most difficult of circumstances will be honored August 20 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum during the third annual INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Courage Awards Gala, with proceeds supporting the clinic’s extraordinary programs.

Officer Chad Peery

HOW WE GIT ALONG cattlebaronsballokc.org, 841.5800 If your birthday happens to be August 19, you’re in for a doozy of a serendipitous, co-synchronous celebration… and if not, you can still help create a world with more birthdays for everyone whose lives might otherwise have been shortened by cancer. Head ’em up for a massive hoedown including live country entertainment, terrific food, games and auctions (and yes, a mechanical bull) as the Edmond Firefighters Association helps the American Cancer Society host its annual Cattle Baron’s Ball at the OKC Farmer’s Public Market.

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MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS cityartscenter.org, 951.0000 One person sprinting at top speed across a moonlit landscape in the dead of night is potential cause for alarm. Over 1,300 people engaged in the same activity under those conditions is a sure reason to celebrate for area art lovers, as it means City Arts Center is raising vital funds to continue offering year-round exhibits, classes and other creative activities via its annual Midnight Streak. Jared Fogle will present awards in the 5k race and free fun run at the State Fairgrounds August 13.

SUSTAINING THE SPIRIT heartlineoklahoma.org, 840.9396 Hope sustains us in our darkest hours, and without it, we are lost. Community assistance organization Heartline Oklahoma understands the importance of sharing that precious gift with others, and honors those who do so via its annual Festival of Hope. Chaired by Joe Hight and Teresa Peden, Karen Gilbert, Mike and Susan Turpen and A Chance to Change are the stars in An Evening of Acclamation and Admiration at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum August 26.

HOT STEPPERS okchf.org, 271.2296 It might be a stretch to refer to Mickey Rooney musicals as “the wisdom of the ages,” but sometimes the best way to raise funds for a worthy cause – like improving the health of area children – is by putting on a show. The Children’s Hospital Foundation welcomes Jeff George, Jessi Stone, Taylor Treat-Burget, Joe Dorman and other local celebrities to the stage for the 2011 Dancing for a Miracle, featuring couture from “Dancing With the Stars,” August 6 at the OKC Marriott.


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Art and the Animal Sam Noble Museum J 9/5 • 24 Works on Paper IAO Gallery J 8/5 • Can You See Me Now? [Artspace] at Untitled J 10/1 • CASA Playhouse Parade Penn Square Mall J 8/7 • Oklahoma Driven OK History Center J 3/31/12 • Passages OKCMOA J 10/16 • RedHawks vs. Storm Chasers RedHawks Ballpark • Tessa Traeger & Jen Stark City Arts Center J 12/17

A Chorus Line Lyric Theatre, OKC Civic Center J 8/6 • RedHawks vs. Storm Chasers RedHawks Ballpark • Tim McGraw OKC Zoo Amphitheatre

Nichols Hills City Council Meeting City Hall • Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex • Rockstar Mayhem Festival OKC Zoo Amphitheatre

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OKC Chamber Sunset Reception Kamp’s 1910 Cafe • OK Sports Hall of Fame Induction Jim Thorpe Museum • RedHawks vs. Aces RedHawks Ballpark

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Nichols Hills Band Concert Kite Park • Champions for Children Sheraton Hotel • Lower Bricktown Live! Reno & Mickey Mantle • Music Maker OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Noon Tunes: DuoFisher Downtown Library • RedHawks vs. Aces RedHawks Ballpark • State of the Schools Cox Center

OU School of Art Tee Party Fred Jones Art Center • Bruce Benson OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Lower Bricktown Live! Reno & Mickey Mantle • Noon Tunes: Edmond Jazz Trio Downtown Library • RedHawks vs. Cubs RedHawks Ballpark •

Children’s Summer Art Show Firehouse Art Center J 8/27 • Second Friday Circuit of Art Downtown Norman • Featured Artists Debut Istvan Gallery J 10/30 • Live on the Plaza Plaza District • Midtown Market at Saints St. Anthony Hospital • RedHawks vs. Sky Sox RedHawks Ballpark • Stories of Hope: Rev. Wendy Lambert OKC Nat’l Memorial • Tom Lee Retrospective IAO Gallery J 9/3 •

Beat the Heat Girls’ Tournament Edmond Soccer Club J 8/21 • Third Friday Celtic Night Sondermusic • Cattle Baron’s Ball OKC Farmer’s Public Market • Midtown Market at Saints St. Anthony Hospital • RedHawks vs. Aces RedHawks Ballpark • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • Stories of Hope: Dr. Bob Long OKC Nat’l Memorial

Edmond Jr. Finals Rodeo Carl Brenne Arena J 8/27 • Jodi Benson & Edmond Youth Chorus UCO Mitchell Hall Theater J 8/27 • Heartline Festival of Hope Nat’l Cowboy Museum • KATTFest 2011 OKC Zoo Amphitheatre • Midtown Market at Saints St. Anthony Hospital • OKC Beautiful’s Ruby Rendezvous RED Prime Steak • RedHawks vs. Cubs RedHawks Ballpark • Stories of Hope: Charlie Hanger OKC Nat’l Memorial •

Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Brunch With the Artist: Linda Kukuk Howell Gallery • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Rowdy Cousin Sooner Theatre • 411 Jazz Nonna’s Purple Bar • Midnight Streak City Arts Center • MDA Celebrity Poker Tournament FireLake Grand Casino, Shawnee • Spin Your Wheels Bicycle Tour The Children’s Center, Bethany Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Al Jarreau Zoo Amphitheatre • Jim Thorpe Courage Award Gala Nat’l Cowboy Museum • Rick Johnson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Sean Kingston Frontier City •

Cardboard Regatta Arcadia Lake • Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Dustbowl Arts Market Buchanan St., Campus Corner • Farmers Market & Horse Show Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Mitch Bell & Alan Byrd Nonna’s Purple Bar • RedHawks vs. Cubs RedHawks Ballpark • Taste for Sight OKC Civic Center • Tour de Palate Nat’l Cowboy Museum •

Parent-Child Championship KickingBird Golf Club • RedHawks vs. Sky Sox RedHawks Ballpark • Second Sunday Concerts: Gary Pratt Downtown Library • Twilight Concerts: Flatland Travelers Myriad Gardens Lawn •

Summer Breeze: Patrice Pike Lions Park • IronKids OKC Lake Hefner • Twilight Concerts: OK Chorale Myriad Gardens Lawn •

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Roughing I It Royally By Elaine Warner

f Oklahoma has a backwoods, Beavers Bend is in it. In the far southeastern part of the state, miles from a major metropolitan area, this little corner of the world was once noted for tall trees, rolling mountains, rushing streams and a lack of amenities. It still offers all those attractions but now, in addition to the rustic cabins in popular Beavers Bend State Park, there are luxury accommodations to please the most dedicated sybarite. The Beavers Bend area grew in tourism importance gradually. There were a few early entrepreneurs who saw possibilities. The building of Lakeview Lodge, part of the Beavers Bend State Park complex, jump-started other projects.

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Water, Water Everywhere Most people are drawn to the water here. Broken Bow Lake is one of Oklahoma’s prettiest, and the rushing Mountain Fork River below the dam is a prime target for trout fishing. If you’re new to fly fishing, investigate the schools offered by Three Rivers Fly Shop. They also carry everything you’ll need, up to and including guides. Boats and jet skis are available at the Beavers Bend Marina while Wild Goose Canoe and Kayak Rentals can fix you up for a five- or eight-mile float trip on the Mountain Fork River.

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And then there were the Girls Gone Wine. This dynamic threesome, Michelle Finch-Walker, Rhonda Reed and Chandra Rickey, thought they’d start an investment club. They went away for a weekend to finalize plans and, over a bottle of wine, decided a winery would be much more fun… and that’s how Girls Gone Wine Winery was born. Michelle’s husband, Terry Walker, became their “wine stud” who oversees the winemaking process. Purchase some of their wine – or blend your own with your personal label. That’s not all the group does. Singly, or in combination, they’re also responsible for Creative Escapes and Chandra and Scott Rickey’s Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast. Creative Escapes manages a number of privately-owned homes that are available for rent. If you’re into what Chandra calls “glamping” – glamorous camping – in fully decorated, roomy homes, almost all with whirlpools, all with completely furnished kitchens and sleeping anywhere from four to a baker’s dozen, this is for you. And, if you request, they will take your shopping list and have the kitchen stocked and ready to go when you get there. They’ve done everything from strewing rose petals for a romantic evening to arranging for a personal chef. There are now close to 600 cabins plus the park accommodations in the Beavers Bend/Broken Bow vicinity – and some very special vendors. Here are a few that get my personal recommendation.

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If you want to stay high and dry, there are lots more things to do including hiking, horseback riding or golf. Or just pull up a rocking chair and watch the water go by.


The Medium is the Massage

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I’ve had massages in some pretty exotic and high-dollar places, but I’ve never had a better one than the 90-minute session at Body Harmony Day Spa. First off – no hard massage table – you’re cradled on a memory foam bed. I loved it when owner Valerie Greener said, “Don’t move a muscle, just relax.” And I did – while she drizzled warm shea butter all over me; while she painted my face with Dead Sea mud; and when she exfoliated my whole body with Dead Sea salts. She even gave me a scalp massage with the shea butter. I came out with hair like PeeWee Herman and muscles as relaxed as over-cooked noodles… and I never felt better!

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Sonno Beato

It means “beautiful sleep” in Italian, and that’s just what you’ll get at Lago Vista (lake view). With huge, comfortable bedrooms, commodious bathrooms, separate Jacuzzis and adjacent common areas with coffee, sodas and snacks, this has all the comforts of home – assuming yours is a really large, lovely home. Other amenities include an outdoor hot tub, pool, a recreation room with a pool table and a home theater. Chandra’s breakfasts are legendary. On our most recent trip she served us – with our juice and coffee – a strawberry/yogurt/granola parfait, migas and bacon. Rivers Bend Resort Cabins, situated on the banks of the Glover River, offer a different luxury experience. The rental bungalows are superbly decorated – designer area rugs approach art status – and the bathrooms, outfitted with hydrotherapy showers, have more features than a Porsche dashboard. All cottages have huge decks overlooking the river and a canoe is available for a peaceful paddle. BYO groceries.

I have to be honest – the only place I ever go out to eat in Broken Bow is Abendigo’s. And, no, that’s not a Bible name gone wrong. Brad and Charlette Hearne, who own River Bend Resort Cabins, were the guiding lights behind Abendigo’s – they put the “bend” in Abendigo. The restaurant, now owned by their daughter and son-in-law Masheli and Chad Sargent, features casual elegance and – in nice weather – patio dining. The menu, although not extensive, is sure to have you coin-tossing to choose between selections. While steak and chicken predominate, you’ll also find seafood, salads and the ubiquitous burger. Chef Tim Gardener won the 2010 Oswalt Culinary Cook-off in Oklahoma City – an “Iron Chef”-type competition where chefs were given an assortment of ingredients and one hour to create a dish. Anybody who could create a winning dish from a Caribbean lobster, whole rabbit, buffalo rib and a head-on tiger shrimp can do amazing things with a chicken! I’ve heard good things about the Oaks Steakhouse, Papa Poblano’s Mexican Restaurant and even the restaurant in the park. Someday I’ll pull myself away from Abendigo’s and try them – just not yet.

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MINNESOTA Live like a lumber baron in a river town where time stands still.

Where It All Began By Elaine Warner

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orman Rockwell would have loved Stillwater, Minnesota with its tree-covered hills, church steeples, Victorian cottages, Queen Anne wrap-around porches – all perched on the banks of the beautiful St. Croix River. Forbes just named Stillwater one of the nation’s prettiest towns – one of 11 chosen by the magazine. But Stillwater’s more than just a pretty face – it’s a great destination. Once part of Wisconsin Territory, the area was lopped off in 1848 when the state of Wisconsin was created. Stuck with no government in place, delegates met in Stillwater to create Minnesota Territory. Thus Stillwater can claim to be the “birthplace of Minnesota.” Movers and shakers saw the vast forests as an unlimited cash cow, and for 50 years it was. Lumber barons built magnificent mansions on the hills overlooking the river. Lumberjacks and sawmills worked so hard that by the early 1900s the party was over and the city went into decline.

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Beds Fit for a Baron AURORA STAPLES INN This was my home away from home. Built in the early 1890s by lumberman Isaac Staples for his daughter Aurora, the house is an elegant, three-story Victorian with a spacious front porch and lots of gingerbread (see photo page 43). Maybe not royalty, but I certainly felt pampered as I climbed into Aurora’s own walnut bed. As befitting a lumberman’s castle, the house is full of beautiful woodwork and intricate parquetry. In addition to antiques, owners Cathy and Jerry Helmberger have added some modern conveniences – like whirlpool tubs for two in each room. The gourmet, three-course breakfasts were delicious. How can you not love a breakfast that ends with a dessert?

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RIVERTOWN INN In this over-the-top fantasy, each bedroom pays homage to a famous poet or writer. The Agatha Christie Suite replicates an opulent train car from the Orient Express.

Agatha Christie suite at Rivertown Inn That was then; this is now. The city has experienced a resurgence of residents and visitors. Old buildings have been refurbished and repurposed and beautiful old homes are now gracious bed and breakfast accommodations. The riverfront makes a beautiful front yard for the town. Runners lope along the river’s edge while boaters and anglers enjoy sport on the water. The town is a book-lover’s heaven with enough art galleries, boutiques and specialty stores to satisfy the most serious shopper. About half an hour northwest of St. Paul, a trip to Stillwater is an easy jaunt from Oklahoma City. An early morning flight will have you in Stillwater for lunch.

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WILLIAM SAUNTRY MANSION The home of another lumberman, the house was started in 1881 and contains much of the original woodwork, light fixtures and stained glass. All rooms have double whirlpool tubs and several have Swedish steam showers and other interesting hydro features. WATER STREET INN Located on the historic waterfront, the inn is in the old Lumber Exchange Building, built in 1890. Victorian décor with some of the bathrooms built into the vaults where the barons kept their bounty.


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Eat Like an Earl

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DOCK CAFÉ A perfect location overlooking the St. Croix River with a huge deck for outdoor dining in nice weather. The menu includes seafood, pasta and steaks. Don’t miss the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte paired with Raspberry Infusion wine from St. Croix Vineyards.

WATER STREET INN Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub offers both fine and casual dining. Specializing in steak and seafood, the restaurant also serves a mean walleye sandwich. LUNA ROSSA Chef Rino is no stranger to cooking for royalty. Prince Charles

and Princess Diana have enjoyed his cuisine, as has the Pope, so you’ll be blessed with a great Italian meal. SAVORIES EUROPEAN BISTRO They call their food “hand-crafted cuisine” – fresh, local and organic products are used whenever possible and everything tastes great.

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Book-lovers go bonkers in Stillwater. The most unusual store – Loome Theological Booksellers – is located in an old Swedish Covenant Church and packed floor to ceiling with theological tomes on Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant themes and Judaica. Pick up your English copy of L’Osservatore Romano here. Other great bookstores include St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers – also specializing in architectural plans and prints – and Chestnut Street Books, carrying both old and new books. Valley Bookseller is a contemporary, independent bookstore. I loved the way patrons put Post-its with mini-reviews on the shelves by their favorite latest reads. For foodies, the must-stop shop is Chef’s Gallery – a hardware store for cooks. Besides every utensil you can think of, there’s also everything you need to set a beautiful table and serve a gourmet meal. Two specialty shops of interest include the Stillwater Olive Oil Company and Trade Winds Spice Company. For décor and more, Alfresco carries unusual items for home and garden while Alesci Gallery features art including colorful Peruvian tapestries. Antique lovers will find several venues to troll for treasures. I loved shopping in Stillwater, and I’m not a shopper! All these stores and more were within easy walking distance from one another. What variety and what a way to spend a day!

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Shopping by the Book

Ack! I’ve used all my space and haven’t even gotten to all the neat things to do in Stillwater! Here’s a quick list – but, trust me, there’s lots more. • Tour the town on the Stillwater Trolley • Take a romantic gondola ride on the river or a steamboat cruise • Check out the Three Rivers Wine Trail • Tour a brewery cave • Attend one of the town’s great festivals: Lumberjack Days in July; Take Me to the River, art and entertainment in September; HarvestFest in October For more information, visit www.discoverstillwater.com.

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Chowdah! By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson

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ummer is peak corn season and we’ve combined it with our passion for soup to create sun-kissed corn chowder. It’s a wonderfully versatile recipe whose consistency can be lightened or enriched according to your own taste. If you have lots of corn, use it all, add more liquid to the recipe and freeze the leftover soup. It can also be served cold or at room temperature so it’s perfect for early preparation; in fact, like most soups, it gets better after sitting a day or two in the fridge. Make our chowder with freshly-shucked corn or make it all winter with some frozen niblets… either way, it’s foolproof and forgiving!

Classic Corn Chowder

4 oz butter 1 small onion – finely chopped 5 ears of shucked corn with kernels cut from the cob or 10-12 oz frozen corn kernels 2 small Yukon potatoes – peeled and cut into small cubes 1/2 t garlic powder 1/4 t ground ginger or cumin 1/2 t salt 2 c chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 c half-and-half Sauté onions and butter in a large stockpot over medium low heat for 4-5 minutes. Add next five ingredients and continue cooking another 5-6 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil and simmer 18-20 minutes until all the vegetables are soft. Puree the soup in batches until smooth, remembering to open the vent on your blender lid and cover the hole with a dish towel to release steam or use an immersion blender. Return soup to the pot, add half-andhalf, and simmer until hot. Garnish with chopped chives or a dollop of whipped cream.

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To change the consistency of the chowder, use heavy cream instead of half-and-half for a thicker, richer soup or use milk for a thinner, lighter soup. Add 1/8 t turmeric for a bright yellow chowder. Garnishes: croutons, sour cream, a spoonful of corn kernels; a sprinkling of red pepper, chopped mint or dill.

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Fare | Splash

Potent Portent By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson

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or the uninitiated, a mixologist is an individual who specializes in the art of creating cocktail recipes. Some of the metro area’s finest practitioners of this art and science gathered at The Exchange on Film Row this past May for Mix: Art by the Ounce, the city’s first-ever mixology competition. “Mixology has gained momentum as a serious art form in recent years,” says Erica Reid, director of events for The Exchange. Patrons sampled new creations by 13 of the area’s most talented cocktail artists, and when the smoke – or, more accurately, the ice – had cleared, the winner was Becky Leath of Edmond’s Boulevard Steakhouse and Martini Lounge. Leath’s signature drink is the WTF Martini, made with Hpnotiq (a truly hypnotic blend of exotic fruit juices, premium vodka and a bit of cognac), Absolut Citron vodka, blue Curacao and fresh pineapple juice. It captivated the crowd and propelled Leath into the spotlight for her original concoction.

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Organizers hope to make Mix: Art by the Ounce an annual event, drawing attention to the creativity of local mixologists and the ongoing renaissance of the Film Row area.

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By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson

izza is ubiquitous in American society. There are franchise pizza joints on every corner, and their advertising does its best to convince us that each is the best, the fastest, the freshest. But the hard truth is that it’s very easy to do mediocre pizza, and many people will still eat it. Conversely, it takes a bit more work and creativity and thoughtful contemplation to produce a true gourmet pizza experience. Upper Crust, in Oklahoma City’s Classen Curve development, is the newest concept from locally based Hal Smith Restaurant Group. Classen Curve is fast becoming a prime retail and dining destination, and Upper Crust adds the flavor of exceptional wood-burning brick oven pizza to the mix. For freshness, unique combinations of tastes, fine service and value, Upper Crust is definitely worth a visit for either lunch or dinner. The proprietors describe Upper Crust’s décor as “Napa Valley comfortable,” with its hand-scraped wood floors, earthen tile, glass and brickwork. Its high ceilings and large windows mirror the motifs of other Classen Curve establishments, but with a laid-back “cool factor” all its own. Check “The Big Board” (true to its name, you can’t miss it) upon entering for weekly pizza and bar specials. The menu is filled with delights, including one of the freshest, finest salads in Oklahoma City. The Farmers Market Salad ($4 “little,” $6 “big,” per the menu) changes seasonally, to ensure only the freshest ingredients. A recent visit revealed a bed of mixed greens with gorgonzola, walnuts with just a hint of sweetness, sliced apples and a very light white balsamic dressing. But of course, the main event is the pizza, and there are several excellent varieties from the two brick ovens. This type of oven traditionally results in a crisp crust, and all of the pies at Upper Crust are 12 inches. Lovers of veggie pizza will swoon over the LK ($11). Signature “pie sauce” is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, goat cheese, eggplant, artichoke hearts, red pepper, red onion and parmesan. The creamy, smooth goat cheese makes all the difference. For a different twist, try The Godfather ($11), featuring pie sauce, blended cheeses, garlic sausage, shaved fennel, red peppers and chili flakes. The combination of flavors constitutes, indeed, an offer one cannot refuse. Upper Crust’s servers are knowledgeable and clearly well-trained, one of the Hal Smith trademarks. Make a swing along Classen Curve and enjoy the finer points of pizza in a laid-back atmosphere.

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Fare | A la Carte

Fam Favorite

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f you are a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder (and who isn’t these days?), you’ve seen Ron Matthews’ work. As the Thunder’s director of digital media and publications, he is responsible for the team website (www.thunder.nba.com), as well as Thunder Magazine and game night programs. Matthews came to Oklahoma from Seattle, where he had worked with the Supersonics/Thunder franchise, and as a sports editor and reporter with newspapers in states ranging from Vermont to California. But he loves to cook as well, and this recipe for Bell Pepper Steak is a family favorite passed down from his mother. “It was also one of the first dishes I attempted on my own, as a college student with a small budget, horrible pots and pans and very little skill in the kitchen,” he recalls. “Didn’t matter. I could whip this up and impress (usually) whoever was seated across the table from me.”

Bell Pepper Steak

Ron Matthews

1 lb beef sirloin steak, cut into strips 1 T vegetable oil 1 can crushed tomatoes 1 can condensed French onion soup 1/2 t garlic powder 1/4 t ground black pepper Teriyaki sauce (to preferred taste) 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 T cornstarch 2 c brown or white rice In large nonstick skillet, heat oil and add beef strips. Once beef is cooked through, add cans of crushed tomatoes and French onion soup, as well as garlic powder, black pepper, teriyaki sauce and green and red peppers. Cook 25-30 minutes over low heat. Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a separate glass and add to skillet to thicken the sauce. Cook rice while preparing meat mixture. When rice is ready, place in a large bowl and top with steak and peppers. Ron recommends an optional garnish of fresh diced tomatoes and green onions.

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Style to Spare By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

In an impressive architectural achievement that blends cutting-edge design with comfortable livability, the Burton family’s house becomes a home. august 2011 | slice

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Some homes make bold statements of design and innovation. They embrace a vision that turns the entire dwelling into a breathtaking work of art. But there’s a drawback to these stately residences: if someone sets down a purse or a briefcase or a backpack, the vision shatters. These places aren’t really created for life to take place within their walls. On the other hand, there are homes that exude comfort and warmth. They are the places we all come back to in our dreams, where we are safe and secure and all is right with the world. They are the places we remember – the places we lived. They are not houses. They are homes, and this is an important distinction. So the question becomes: Are these two concepts in opposition to each other? Must they be mutually exclusive? Thankfully, the answer is no, and the home Sarah Burton shares with her two children makes this case every day. With undeniable style and artistic flair, it masters the fine art of design and construction with some interesting traditional/contemporary juxtapositions. But the Burton home is also a place where children grow and family life rules.

(previous spread) Day and night, the Burton family spends summer at the pool. Its location immediately to the rear of the house provides easy access and much enjoyment. After Red Eagle Construction completely revitalized the exterior, the home took on the quality of an English country house, white brick framed by black trim. But even from the street, there is an indicator that this is not a typical home. Flowing from all that black and white is a brilliant red front door. This spot, perfect for entertaining, is the entry to the home. During the renovation, Sarah replaced the traditional fireplace with a high-tech, bioethanol-fueled EcoSmart™ fireplace. Top-quality contemporary art, with many pieces by Sarah’s friends Shelly Stanfield and Christie Owen, fills this space and the transition into the main living area.

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This corner, near the back door, represents the family’s main living area, with a wall-mounted TV and a small couch that is something of an optical illusion—it has more the feel of a large chair, deep and wide, and it’s just the right size and shape for Sarah to snuggle with her six-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter. They call this couch/chair hybrid “The Nest.”

All the areas on this side of the house have a striking view of the pool outside, through large original windows. The abundant natural light is a major factor in the home’s overall airy feeling. An informal dining table with 1950s-style retro chairs anchors an open area between the kitchen and living area. The family photos on the hallway wall are all black and white, echoing the English style of the exterior.

After buying the property, Sarah immediately began a renovation project. Realtor Marilyn Torbett introduced her to David Reynolds of Red Eagle Construction, and the most pressing and immediate issue was the front exterior of the home. “It was all yellow, and a sort of faux stucco,” Sarah recalls. “That had to go. I am originally from England, and my mother suggested that this house would be perfect for a black and white English look. My kids have dual citizenship, so we thought it was a fun way to honor England.” “This house had good bones to work with,” says Reynolds. “But the front exterior had previously been altered dramatically and, in my opinion, did not fit the original design. We expanded on some areas in order to achieve Sarah’s dream home and pulled back in other areas, such as the entire front exterior, to stay in line with her vision.” The counterpoint to this home’s English country house exterior begins behind a brilliant red door, as Sarah has adopted a contemporary motif. “That’s my style,” she says happily.

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The sophisticated formal dining room is immediately adjacent to the kitchen. Sarah says the children prefer to eat their meals on the stools at the kitchen bar. Sarah says that while the kitchen is admittedly small, it is very functional and fits the family’s needs. New woodwork and stainless steel were added in the recent renovation. The slate and the glass bowl sink of the master bath were part of the home when Sarah purchased it, and she elected to keep these features intact.

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Sarah and the children moved into the 3,000-square-foot home in the spring of 2010, after approximately six months of renovation. She credits Red Eagle and Cunningham Interiors for creating a sense of openness, adding such touches as abundant stainless steel in the petite kitchen, and intriguing splashes of color. There is no formal entry to the home, and the front door leads directly into a space Sarah calls the “fireplace room.” But, she adds with a laugh, “Sometimes I call it the ‘kids stay out’ room.” Indeed, it has the feel of an adult gathering spot, with its four gray leather chairs around a glass-topped table, a perfect spot for a casual drink with friends. The living space is two steps down from the level of the fireplace room, kitchen and formal dining room. There is a feeling of both spaciousness and intimacy. “We opened up areas to gain sunlight and enhance the new modern floor plan,” says Reynolds. The back patio, pool and cabana area are focal points for the Burton home, rebuilt by Reynolds during the renovation. Unlike many homes, the pool is not far removed from the back of the house. It is only a few steps from the back door, and provides an area that family and friends have quickly grown to love, right down to the small ledge along the back of the house that serves double duty as a seating spot. “You can get a lot of kids on there,” Sarah says. The children love parties with their friends, and the Burtons and company spend a great deal of time by the pool.

Sarah teaches Pilates, and she turned this downstairs room from the children’s playroom into the “Pilates room.” Not to worry, though: the spare room upstairs is in the process of becoming the new playroom. Sarah’s daughter’s room adds a bit of whimsy to the home. The pink shag area rug is the perfect spot to bring out the balance beam for practicing gymnastics. The desk under the loft bed is a comfortable place for studying, or art projects. From superheroes to dragons to airplanes, Sarah’s son’s room is fun and functional. Look closely at the airplane picture over the bed—one of the pilots is Sarah’s father.

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The Burton home provides many touches, large and small, from its English exterior to its contemporary interior, from areas for adult conversation to spots for children to be themselves. It mixes the best aspects of cutting-edge design with the wondrous and intangible idea of livability. In melding the two, this house becomes a home. “It was a total pleasure,” Reynolds says. “The most satisfying part of this project was working with a homeowner who carried out the style throughout the entire home via architecture, furnishings and accessories.” “It’s a little different,” Sarah says of her home, “and it’s us.”

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Once painted the same yellow as the outside of the home, the master bedroom is now a serene blue, in contrast to the bright white of the furnishings and shag area rug. Both windows and skylights can be covered at the touch of a button.

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prinkle some sunshine (abundant), balloons (galore) and cupcakes (amazing) atop a table in the backyard and voila… you’ve got yourself a birthday party! This August, we’re braving the heat to throw the kids a party. Where else do you want frosting-covered, lollipop-coated, soda popdrinking kiddos? In the yard, under the setting of a hot sun, this table is as sweet as those surrounding it.

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Big balloons absolutely make the backdrop of this party, and these would be perfect for any grown-up occasion, too. Tie-dyed balloons in bright green, yellow, blue and pink are whimsical and eye-catching, and look good enough to eat! Save room for the swirly lollipops and cupcakes nestled in sprinkle-covered square plates. Small presents are takehome treats, blowers and swirly straws cover the table and whimsical flower arrangements in polka-dotted flower pots with a cookie-jar-turned-vase complete the picture. Additional mini cupcakes are safely tucked under a domed ped-

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estal for decoration (now), and are an extra dessert (later). A sky blue plastic plate is set with a beautiful white bowl, filled with sprinkles and a little treat for each child. Bright plastic forks and spoons and orange dotted paper napkins make for a splash of color and easy clean-up.

From our table to yours, many happy returns! For resources, see page 130.


Thirst Quencher In summer’s heat, those drinks had better be on ice. What is more appropriate for a kids’ party than filling the old red wagon full of ice and popping all the drinks in it? And why not throw in a jar of large gumballs in case someone needs a little treat while trying to cool off? Once the party’s over, just dump the ice and you’re back to pulling the kids in the wagon.

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Living Well | Mind, Body, Spirit

Arts and Science By Mary Ellen Ternes

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ith tight fiscal budgets, we find ourselves making do with less in all kinds of circumstances, including education. Frequently the brunt of those cutbacks is borne by diminishing art and music in school curricula. How do art and music, and languages for that matter, compare to reading, writing and arithmetic? Are they less important? Or do they fit within a broader, more rigorous and comprehensive approach to developing necessary mental skills? A lot of developmental scientists believe the latter, and see art, music and languages as critical neural training supporting other intellectual skills, reinforcing “synaptic density” and “cognitive reserve,” terms that reference measures of brain health and endurance. In a basic sense, art requires spatial manipulation skills allowing visualization in three dimensions necessary for design, whether the design be architectural, engineering processes or even basic functional relationships. Music requires pattern recognition, phrasing and quantitative manipulation skills necessary in math. In fact, scientists have recognized that music and math are not really that dissimilar and that children who listen to music do better at math, because both disciplines involve the brain in similar ways. Music has even been demonstrated to strengthen neural pathways and enhance cognitive and sensory abilities that support processing speech. Of course, the benefits of such brain training aren’t just limited to youngsters. For example, researchers have found that the neural enhancements exhibited in musically-trained individuals assist these same individuals when they are older, combating age-related communication problems and keeping the mind sharper as we age. Learning multiple languages at any age reinforces cognitive reserve, fending off dementia and allowing better recoveries from strokes. Ideally, it seems these methods of training our brains should be considered necessary prerequi-

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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. She is serving a three-year term on the City of Nichols Hills Environment, Health and Sustainability Commission.

sites for higher education and mental strength training for all of us as we grow older. The value of creative cognitive skills in meeting today’s economic, social and environmental challenges was recently discussed at The International Women’s Forum 2011 World Cornerstone Conference in Rome. The IWF’s goals include advancing women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting female leaders around the world. IWF summits provide a unique opportunity to explore global issues from the perspective of international women leaders, and the 2011 Cornerstone Conference was no exception. IWF’s Oklahoma Chapter was represented by Lou Kerr, The Kerr Foundation, Inc., President and Chair of the Oklahoma IWF Chapter, Mary Frates, Founder and Former President of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Secretary of the Oklahoma IWF Chapter, and Dr. Freda Deskin, ASTEC, Inc., CEO. With the theme “Art Transforming the World,” the IWF panel sessions addressed the role of creativity in meeting the challenges of our world’s sustainable future. The panel sessions included international experts from such diverse fields as art, music, fashion, film, innovation and design processes, business, architecture, mathematics, engineering and medicine. The panelists responded to questions from women leaders, some of whom expressed frustration with financial cutbacks in education targeting the arts. These experts described the critical benefits of employing creative processes in innovation and design in a broad spectrum of applications including the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development – where diverse and interdisciplinary skill sets are foundational. The refrain of “don’t neglect the arts!” is not only international, but also being raised in the context of the STEM movement: a U.S. educational funding initiative to expand the teaching of august 2011 | slice

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Some educators are calling for changing STEM to STEAM, to teach the Arts as well, recognizing the benefit of incorporating art and music, supporting happier students and achieving more creative technological results. My own personal experience leads me to believe that being raised by a working classical artist and studying classical piano as a child gave me a lifelong appreciation of the transcendent power of beauty in most things, but also a real advantage in math and three-dimensional visualization. That advantage proved quite handy while studying chemical engineering, imagining molecular interactions, energy and matter transport phenomena and fluid flow, and then describing these complex mechanisms with mathematical formulas. I’m also quite sure studying French, including a summer immersion course in Vichy, helped this passably articulate engineer pursue a second career in law. Toujours la croissance!

Be Informed For discussion regarding the effect of music on listening, learning, memory attention and literacy skills, and the benefit of musical training as we age, see: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110511170931.htm www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110420112058.htm www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100720152252.htm To read about the benefit of bilingualism in delaying the onset of dementia, visit: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101108161226.htm

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For general resources regarding music and the brain, see: musicandthebrain.org/research.htm For a fun example of the relationship between math and music, see this mathematician’s forensic mathematical method of identifying the opening chord of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081030201607.htm and this mathematician’s resolution of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” pitch and tempo anomalies: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110226221513.htm To learn about the International Women’s Forum, go to: www.iwforum.org To read about the “STEAM not STEM” movement and peruse in-depth research, visit: steam-notstem.com

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Go With the Flow

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By R. Murali Krishna, M.D.

Dr. Krishna is President and COO of INTEGRIS Mental Health and the James L. Hall, Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. This is one in a series of Mind Matters™ articles he authored.

hen our ancestors still roamed the vast savannahs or hunted wooly mammoth beneath the icy winds of massive glaciers, humans had a more intimate understanding of stress and its effects on the human body.

At night, when the hunting and gathering was finished and tribes congregated in caves around firelight, the dangers of raw nature could be heard growling around the edges of the comforting glow of the hearth. If a man or woman encountered a threat in this primeval element, they had two choices: run or remain to fight. This was all well and good when people either obtained a meal or became one. But today, we still have this same response, even if we’re faced with an impossible deadline from our boss, high gasoline prices, plummeting stock prices, a traffic jam or an argument with a friend or spouse. And, of course, now our lives are increasingly stressed by the looming threat of senseless terrorist attacks. In a world filled with infinite minute shocks accompanied by the occasional serious jolt, we need to relearn an ancient concept: going with the flow. Regardless of the outside source of stress, the human body still seems to think it exists in the wild environs of one million years ago. The body helps prepare humans for a life-and-death struggle by flooding our organs with a hormone cocktail, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. The nervous system becomes super-active. The blood supply is rerouted to skeletal muscles. Pupils dilate. The breath quickens. For the involuntary mind and body, there’s no difference between the stress of ancient threats and the events of modern life. We experience this fight-or-flight response hundreds of times a day. It’s like cranking a car engine, revving the accelerator, but moving nowhere. Energy that could be used to repair tissues, build strength and increase healing is instead frittered away in pumping us up for confrontation or a big sprint. We’re washing our bodies in a chemical bath that’s literally eating us alive. Look at your fellow Americans. Do they look peaceful, rested, relaxed? Probably not. Forty percent of Americans fall asleep while at work. Twenty-five percent fall asleep while driving, according to the National Sleep Foundation. This has devastating consequences for our productivity, memory, immune systems and creative capacity. Lack of sleep can hasten diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Deep, delta stage sleep produces growth hormone that repairs the body. If you aren’t resting, this doesn’t happen. Similarly, during REM sleep the brain seems to carry out an inner self-therapy through dreams, working out emotions and healing us from a psychological perspective. If you’re staring into the dark at 3am, worrying about tomorrow’s meeting with the boss or the endless to-do list facing you, your brain isn’t getting the vacation it needs. Stress is connected to every ailment: skin disorders, emotional difficulties, gastrointestinal disorders (a particularly unpleasant phenomenon of modern life), and heart disease. It’s impossible to pinpoint an area of the body not influenced by stress.

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So what’s new, you ask? It turns out human beings are blessed with an innate tool for reducing and eliminating stress. Call it “the flow response.” Here’s one way to consider this concept: Take a hypothetical glass of water and pour it into a container. The water takes the shape of the container it is in, as opposed to fighting it. Water also flows toward the path of least resistance. It finds the channels. To go with the flow, you must start by identifying the source of your stress. If possible, change it. If not, incorporate the flow response. One of my patients consistently suffers from high blood pressure, increasing frequency of illness, insomnia, weight gain, job dissatisfaction and family dysfunction. This patient feels frustration, anger and grief all the time. I ask this patient: “What must you do to change such desperate circumstances? Your job?” “No,” he responds, “the benefits are too good.” He feels trapped by debt. He can’t walk away from the regular paycheck. Many of us feel this way. We experience anger and misery, letting the body suffer, knowing this situation is damaging. But we continue to sit in this big pot of acid – letting it eat away at us. As the saying goes: When you stand, you stand. When you walk, you walk. But whatever you do, don’t wobble. If you’ve done everything you can to change the source of your stress, then make one of two choices: (1) Choose to make a change or (2) Choose to remain in your current circumstances and consciously remind yourself of this choice. Choice is liberating. Put everything you’ve got into that job or relationship, being present in the moment to make the most of it. While you continue to make efforts to change the situation, you’re not allowing the temple of the mind to be contaminated by misery and resentment. Because you’ve made the choice. If you choose not to be in a stressful situation any more, then go full speed in trying to find healthy options and embrace them. Don’t dally. Don’t wobble. Don’t sit in that big pot of acid. Cross the Rubicon. Don’t tread water in the middle of rapids. Initially, this decision may create new stress. But new doors may open to you, creating new challenges and opportunities. If you want to explore new lands, you must be willing to leave the comfort of the shore that you know. You must travel through uncharted waters. Until that happens, fill yourself with the flow response. When you’re ready, you will make a change. But be aware that problems have a tendency of traveling with us. If you view your situation objectively, you may come to understand that you need to change yourself, instead of your job or relationship or geographical location.

Mahatma Gandhi gave us a blueprint for this kind of behavior. He wanted independence and freedom for his land and for his people. He chose not to confront the mighty and oppressive British Empire head-on. But he spoke truth to power just by observing a simple precept: they can’t rule us if we don’t want them here. The problem, he observed, was with the people of India. He encouraged his countrymen to prove without armed conflict that the British must leave. So Indians refused to wear clothes made in Manchester, instead weaving their own cloth. They made salt from the salt of the sea, instead of accepting imported salt from Britain. Gandhi walked to the ocean to make salt. And a human mass arrived on the beach with him. He established forever the preeminence of nonviolence as the most effective means of change, accepting beatings from British thugs without raising a hand in retaliation. That’s flow. By developing flow, Gandhi moved a great nation and drove out a colonial tyrant. Your human nature flows with the universe. Nature follows. Go with the flow. It could change the course of your life.

Think Fluidly What are the steps for going with the flow? * Accept your current situation, with an awareness of what is making you unhappy. * Adapt to your current situation by accomplishing what’s asked of you, not letting your mind be preoccupied. * Reinterpret events in a positive light. How can you use your creativity? The road to success is paved with failure. * Try to maintain a sense of harmony with your task, relationship and function. View your work and relationships in a spiritual light. I’m not asking you to acquiesce or to become passive. Instead, I’m exhorting you to observe emotional peace, equanimity and energy so that it’s conducive to your success and happiness. When you take these steps, you calm the mind, learn delayed gratification and gain much more over the long term. You grow and mature in being able to survive and develop resilience. You become better prepared to face uncertainty. In these dark days of a brave new century, uncertainty is something we must all learn to cope with. august 2011 | slice

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our office – where you spend 30 to 50 percent of your waking hours – can work for you or against you, depending on how you use it. Don’t let your office life zap your energy; instead, take advantage of your workspace to stay energized and become more productive than ever. Stress is a huge factor in how well you perform at work. It clouds your thinking and wears you down while draining your physical battery. Without energy, you lose creativity, concentration and motivation… and gain irritability and tension. To counter this effect, fight low energy with a heavy dose of thorough stretching, proper breathing and good posture. You have a plethora of power boosters all around you. You don’t have to drop everything and run to the gym; in fact, there are dozens of ways you can reduce stress and increase energy within 50 feet of the office. (No special equipment required.) For starters, begin allowing for five minutes of mental or physical activity for every hour you spend at the computer. People who sit at desks and computers for hours on end are most prone to dwindling production from low energy. GET PHYSICAL • Go to the office staircase and step up and down on the bottom step (like step aerobics). • Massage your own head and shoulders. Find trigger points of tension in the shoulders, jaw and base of the skull. Hold pressure for 6-10 seconds. (See stretching instructions at betterfitnessdaily.com.) • Lean forward in an angled pushup position against the edge of your desk. (This will also work against a wall.) Do a couple of quick sets of inclined push-ups. • Curl a few reams of copy paper or lift them over your head like weights. • Shadowbox for a few minutes. Try to imagine a stressor while you’re punching. • Start a pick-up game of trash can basketball! Create trick shots, or play against a coworker. A little friendly competition can go a long way. • Jumping jacks or squat thrusts are a simple, quick way to pump yourself up. Try to increase your intensity (speed) and duration (minutes) to keep it challenging.

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• Go for a short walk around the office or outside around the block. • Stand up and stretch your muscles. Don’t forget your neck and wrists. • One of my favorite office exercises: use a stress ball. Squeezing a stress ball relieves stress while strengthening the forearms and wrists for typing. GO MENTAL • Do word puzzles. Crosswords, word finds – even a jigsaw puzzle. • Rearrange your office. • Draw something. Let your mind create. • Stand perfectly still for two minutes… just regroup. • Do some deep breathing exercises or quiet meditation. • Make an inkblot with a folded piece of paper and liquid ink. Have fun deciding what you see in the blot. Taking care of yourself at the office can help you in other parts of your life. All it takes is a few minutes at a time.

Around the Office Staying energized and stress-free at work isn’t difficult. Five minutes can make a big difference – just remember to stay out of the chair as much as possible. • In the morning, take as long as possible before sitting down. • Forget the boardroom. Hold walking meetings. • Hand-deliver mail, memos and faxes. • Try to chat face-to-face instead of by email or phone. • Use a bathroom on the other side of the building or on another floor. • Have a lot of phone time? Buy a cordless phone and move around while talking. • Replace your chair with a stability ball. This helps you maintain good posture, and by balancing, you’re working your core muscles all day.


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he old saying “An aspirin a day helps keep the doctor away” doesn’t really apply to a patient suffering from chronic pain issues. Typical headaches are controlled with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, etc. These basic medications can alleviate inflammation and decrease mild pain… but if someone is unable to relieve the pain and pressure from what they believe is a headache, they should contact their primary care physician, who can determine whether the pain is a more intense headache, a possible migraine or something more. If the primary care physician is unable to reduce the patient’s pain with narcotics, migraine-specific medications or injections, the patient needs to be referred to a specialist, according to Dr. Rafael Justiz. Fellowship trained in ACGME-accredited pain management, board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) in anesthesiology and ABA subspecialtyboarded in the field of pain management, Dr. Justiz is a St. Anthony pain management specialist versed in the full spectrum of chronic pain conditions, with a specific focus in spinal cord stimulation. He focuses on multiple types of minimally invasive procedures that help significantly reduce pain to get patients back on their feet and enjoying life again. Pain relief can be obtained by nerve blocks using fluoroscopy (x-ray technology), injections that are effective for months or even up to several years, depending on the patient’s condition prior to the procedure. Heating the nerves may also give long-term relief. Nerve stimulators might provide permanent pain relief, and Dr. Justiz is one of few physicians in Oklahoma who use neurostimulation therapy. A small implanted system, similar to the cardiac pacemaker, is placed under the skin to deliver electrical impulses that interrupt pain signals to the brain. The device is implanted during an outpatient procedure with a typical recovery time of two to three days and can last a lifetime, working toward the goal of reducing at least 50 percent of the patient’s pain and making it more tolerable.

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Dr. Rafael Justiz Vertebral Augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure proven to significantly relieve pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life without open surgery. During this procedure, a balloon is inflated to create a cavity in the collapsed vertebra, into which special cement is injected. The hardened cement helps stabilize the fracture, reducing pain in most patients instantly. Another procedure called MILD (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) restores space in the spinal canal while maintaining the structural stability of the spine. Tissue and bone sections that pinch or damage spinal nerves are the only portions removed. MILD differs from major surgery because it only takes an hour to complete and less recovery time is needed. Patients are not even required to have sutures because the point of entry for the procedure is only the diameter of a pencil. Both Vertebral Augmentation and MILD procedures are typically performed with local anesthetic and light to mild sedation. Patients who suffer from the most excruciating pain are looking for more permanent relief without having to recover from a major surgery – Dr. Justiz’s advanced practice as a member of the St. Anthony Pain Management program provides the most beneficial and least invasive therapy treatments for his patients.


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Fendi’s New Address By Lauren Hammack Photos by K.O. Rinearson

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t’s a perfect fit. The recent arrival of luxe Italian designer Fendi to premier Oklahoma City women’s couture destination Gordon Stuart has sparked a celebratory ovation among its clientele that has resonated well beyond the boutique’s Nichols Hills silhouette. The launch of the Fendi line at Gordon Stuart represents an exclusive – and very extensive – collection of ready-to-wear shoes and handbags from the fashion dynasty’s pre-fall and main fall collections, replete with the season’s prevalent colors of Flash Blue, Yellow Moon, Ochre, Prune and Gray. Resort wear and fragrances are soon to follow. The main fall collection’s year-round fabrics transcend seasons effortlessly, such as silks, lightweight cashmeres and the designer’s Sablé fabric, sumptuously refined material that seems to know intuitively that Oklahoma can experience all four seasons within any 24-hour period. The real beauty in this association comes from Gordon Stuart owner Sarah Crandall’s abiding desire to bring the best of the best to Oklahoma City – an aspiration that has identified Gordon Stuart consistently as one of the top ten couture boutiques in the U.S. Add to that Crandall’s exacting eye for the exquisite and the timeless, and it’s couture bliss for the boutique’s ecstatic clientele, who have poured in since the Fendi line launched this summer. “Our customers have been thrilled about the launch,” Crandall says. “So many have told me that Fendi is their favorite line.” She believes that Oklahoma City has always appreciated quality in design. “Our customers have come to rely on us for that,” Crandall observes, “and until now, they’ve had to leave the state to buy Fendi.” Before selecting the pieces Gordon Stuart would carry in its generous Fendi inventory, Crandall insisted on doing things the right way by waiting until she would be bringing in an extensive representation of the exclusive line, one that will join the boutique’s other luxury labels including Gucci, Dior, Giambattista Valli and one of Crandall’s recent ready-to-wear favorites, Talbott Runhof. How does Crandall intuit which items will appeal most to her clients? “I consider myself the ultimate consumer!” she says with a smile. “I’m always researching, looking for what will be the next big thing; it’s what I do and I love it.” As enviable as it sounds, being that consummate consumer is no easy feat. Crandall accumulates a staggering amount of frequent flyer miles in her regular buying visits – about every six weeks – to New York City. It was during one of those visits that Crandall affirmed that her boutique should carry Fendi. Once she


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reached that conclusion, she approached the venerable designer, who was already familiar with Crandall and her boutique’s sterling reputation. Although it may seem as simple as that, partnerships with high-end designers like Fendi don’t just happen. In fact, the designer selects very few boutiques to carry its line – a distinction of significance for Gordon Stuart – according to Fendi U.S. representative Bebhinn Timmins. “We have very few retailers, which speaks to our confidence with Sarah,” Timmins explains. “She truly understands the line and Fendi’s vision, and she has a clientele who can appreciate those things as well.” See more of the Fendi line at Gordon Stuart, 6500 N. Western in Oklahoma City.

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lected officials often refer to “coalition building.” It is one of those phrases that is heard frequently in public discourse, with the lofty goal of bringing together disparate groups for a common goal. But is it possible? Can it be done in today’s climate? Look no further than Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities (OKCEO), a new movement in the state bringing together elements of business, government, education and philanthropy to address one of our most critical social needs: investing in early childhood programs. It is a long-term objective, and OKCEO views it not simply through an educational lens, but as a tool of long-term economic development. OKCEO is a joint project of the Potts Family Foundation, Oklahoma Business Roundtable and Smart Start Oklahoma. Recently, three of OKCEO’s principals sat down to discuss the movement: its roots, its initiatives, its long-term goals. Pat Potts is co-founder of the Potts Family Foundation and former president of the Oklahoma City school board; Matt Robison is vice president for small business and workforce development at the State Chamber; and Natalie Shirley is former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, now serving as president of Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma City. What is your motivation for being a part of OKCEO? PP: Our foundation has been concerned with root causes for a long time. Oklahoma is considered one of the most generous states in the nation, but this often deals with quick fixes rather than longterm solutions that can change the trajectory of the future. That’s why we began to focus on how to change from a climate where we are punishing people to one where we are lifting them up, doing more to prevent some of the social ills that are dragging down our state. We are beginning to change people’s thinking about the area where they can make the most difference. The greatest return on investment is the first three years of life. MR: People always desire instant gratification. When you’re talking about early childhood development or education reform, it’s very difficult for people to embrace these things, when the benefit may not come for 20 years or so. But the business community is starting to embrace the ideas. We want a great workforce, and it starts from early childhood. If you bring in a person who is willing

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to work, has the social skills and the desire to earn their own way, businesses can train them. The “soft skills” are so important, and those begin as soon as a child is born. NS: There are two statistics that have driven me, first as Secretary of Commerce and now as president of OSU-OKC. Oklahoma has historically had very low unemployment rates, even during the recession. Yet of the 50 states, we have the 48th most families living in poverty, and 47th most children in poverty. So what we see is that everyone who will work in Oklahoma is working, and yet we’re not getting anywhere. The difference is education, and education doesn’t start at college or high school or middle school. What actions is OKCEO undertaking to deal with these issues? PP: We’re holding a conference in August (see “Champions for Children,” next page), and it will bring in some excellent speakers on public-private partnerships. We’ll be bringing in a lot of different perspectives and people discussing the costs and benefits of early childhood initiatives. We’ve been making many presentations to civic groups across the state, and trying to communicate from the perspective of business leaders. This helps our policy makers understand how critical this time is, and the benefits of investing in it. We’re looking for systemic change in Oklahoma. MR: We are instituting a survey for the business community, to discover how family-friendly Oklahoma businesses are. Questions like: “Do you offer health care; family coverage; time off for taking care of sick children?” For larger businesses, “Do you offer on-site day care?” We want to know where Oklahoma stands. Even if a business does not offer these amenities to their employees, we hope that the survey might help them to understand their employees’ motivations and challenges. NS: Getting CEOs to work as advocates for Oklahoma’s children is so important, because their perspectives are somewhat different from that of an educator. The business person is the “end user,” the person who is hiring the workforce. If the CEO is willing to make the investment in early childhood education, then the state as a whole should be willing to make that investment. I want clean air and clean water, and I want the federal deficit to come down, but none of that is going to matter if the children who inherit those


things can’t think their way through it. So it’s vital for businesspeople to become involved. What are the most personally satisfying and challenging aspects of your involvement with OKCEO? MR: The most encouraging and inspiring part is the message itself. It is the right thing to do. Oklahoma has shown our community spirit time and again, and I’m really looking forward to letting others know what we are doing here. The challenge is trying to educate the business community away from immediate gratification and to understand that it is a long-term idea to develop the workforce we need. NS: In my career I’ve had the opportunity to build a large business, then to build a platform for Oklahoma’s success as Secretary of Commerce. Now I have the chance to buff and shine the next generation of Oklahomans. But whatever I’ve been a part of has had a definitive beginning and end. This project is different in that its fruits will be exponential, and I can’t see the end of what has started here. It has infinite boundaries. That’s very exciting. PP: For me, the reward is feeling that I may be making a difference to the future. The frustration is that there are so many places and people we need to collaborate with, and the task is a big one. But this is a coalition that will have a long-term impact, and that is a great thrill.

Champions for Children The “Champions for Children” conference will be held August 18 from 9am-5pm at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown OKC, and is open to all Oklahomans interested in the state of early childhood education and school readiness. Registration is free. Speakers include Lisa Klein, executive director of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance; Barry Downing, businessman and philanthropist who founded TOP early learning centers in Wichita, Kansas; and David Blatt, director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Former governor Brad Henry and his wife Kim will be honored for their efforts in strengthening early childhood education in Oklahoma. For more information or to register, contact Smart Start Oklahoma at 278.6978 or visit www.smartstartok.org.

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Successful Failure By Carol Ringrose Alexander

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had never thought much about failure, other than the desire to avoid it. When life didn’t follow my plan, I regrouped and tried a new approach. Reading Successful Failure: The Ultimate Paradox in the Pursuit of Happiness by Devery Youngblood gave me an opportunity to consider the role of failure in life. Youngblood says that failure “is the reality that often precedes genuine success. By facing our failures – by owning them, embracing them and learning from them – we transform ourselves to be all that we were intended to be.” Failure is in many ways the ultimate paradox. Some of the very things we like the least end up teaching us the most. Engineer-historian Henry Petroski says, “The failures always teach us more than the successes about the design of things.”1 The whole “it’s-awful-but-good-for-you” aspect of failure is largely why we seldom talk about it or embrace it, making failure “the great American taboo,” wrote Philip Schultz.2 “When I first started working in downtown revitalization,” Youngblood writes, “we had a street that ran through our downtown that was always bumpy and worn[…] Every year or two the city would come in and put another layer of asphalt over the street to make it smooth. “But as soon as the heat came, and more cars created pressure going over it, the road would simply conform to the same bumps and ridges and holes that it had before. Finally one year the city figured it out. They shut the whole thing down for several weeks, endured the complaints of inconvenience and disruption, and tore the road out all the way down to the dirt. They rebuilt the foundation and by the time they added the top layer of asphalt, they had a completely different road; one that could withstand the heat and the pressure.” Isn’t this a metaphor for life? “In parenting (as in weight loss and many other common areas of failure), we tend to latch on to the latest technique, training or fad, and add a whole new layer onto what we have been doing,” Youngblood writes. “But when the heat is on, and the pressure comes, we continue to be surprised that things never seem to get better. What we need is not a new layer of technique, but a changed lifestyle that gives us a new foundation upon which to build. Whatever we add to the top layer of our lives will in time simply conform to what is underneath.” Although it would be completely detached from reality to greet failure with any sort of celebration or happiness, the results can be positive. Failure is painful, frustrating and sometimes debilitating, and too often we get stuck at the “painful” stage and do not work through our failure to its growth-producing benefits. It is how we work through it that determines whether we will experience “successful failure.” “The problem comes when we make someone else responsible for our needs and wants and when we blame them for our disappointments,” according to Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend in Boundaries.3 Youngblood adds, “When you focus on someone else to solve a problem, it’s a pretty good bet that you have the wrong focus. Successful failure is all about how we choose to respond to our initial failure.” Failure is a part of all our lives – what needs to change in your foundation to prepare you for a successful future? 1 – Petroski, Henry, Success Through Failure: a Paradox of Design, page 49, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2006 2 – Schultz, Philip, Failure Poems, Harcourt, Inc, Orlando, Florida, 2007 3 – Cloud and Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, Chapter 9, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995

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n July, human resource professionals and staff across the country started the annual evaluation of their current benefit offerings, both coverage cost and lifestyle support. With less than six months until the majority of companies roll out their 2012 benefit packages, there is much discussion on ways to enhance current programs in order to increase employee approval, while simultaneously managing the inevitable cost increases that everyone is facing. One of the biggest challenges for HR professionals is effectively communicating with employees and their spouses, providing a clear understanding of what benefits are available and at what cost. It is a struggle to offer the right choices and decide how to best educate employees so they can make the optimal choices to meet their lifestyle and financial needs. Adding more to the complexity of this project is the multigenerational makeup of the average company’s demographics. I think, as we approach the “open enrollment” period for 2012, we would be remiss if we did not consider the way our Generation Y employees communicate. Research findings say the U.S. population of Generation Y workers is about 75 million, which is almost equal to the 80 million baby boomers in the workforce. This generation of employees is a large and influential group that is coming of age at a time when the benefits landscape is changing. It is imperative to understand what drives their decision-making and find a way to meet their needs – on their terms. These employees are not just internet savvy; they are like sponges, absorbing the available information to educate themselves regarding choices and associated costs before making financial decisions. This is not the generation who will forever buy a certain brand because that’s the brand their mothers bought. Believe me, they will read the label. This knowledge should be incorporated into every company’s benefit strategies for 2012. Diversified employee needs and uncertainty regarding the impact of all the new laws governing

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Social Media and Open Enrollment health care demand clearer and more detailed communication. The majority of HR managers believe that technology has been and will continue to be the driving force behind this annual process, and dovetails into a growing need for more meaningful decision-making on the part of our employees. Human resource and benefit professionals should continue to utilize newsletters, company and vendor websites, printed booklets and group meetings to educate employees regarding their benefit options and associated costs. However, they must also either dive – or step gingerly – into the waters that social media offers. Employers need to be aware that more than 300 million smartphones were sold in the last two years, and mobile applications available for education and communication give them a unique tool to reach their employees. Social media helps to spread the message, whether through e-mails, instant messaging, webinars, benefit websites, informational texts, sponsored web days with vendors or company Facebook or Twitter posts. Even employees who are not in front of a computer all day have a phone and could access benefits information via mobile apps and websites. But a word of caution: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. All the tools of social media and related apps need to be a part of an integrated communications and benefits strategy.

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s sunny weather beckons us to step outside and enjoy nature’s beauty in our backyards and neighborhoods, it’s a great opportunity to appreciate some of the manmade attempts to augment that beauty as well. Case in point: the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond provides plenty to see for those with an eye for public art. In recent years, the university – which also seeks to become certified as a botanical garden – has installed a number of fascinating sculptures throughout the campus. Thanks to a forward-thinking administration and the city of Edmond’s progressive Art in Public Places program, the university has positioned itself as a unique patron of the arts. On March 25, a sculpture by artist Kevin Box was dedicated in front of the university’s Center for Transformative Learning. The bronze sculpture, titled “Transformations,” features one six-foot leaf, two three-foot leaves and another three-foot leaf several feet away. The placement of the leaves makes them appear to be scattered casually by the wind, despite the piece weighing more than three tons in total. Each leaf is colored with a different patina, suggesting the changing of seasons throughout the year. The piece was selected specifically for this building, whose focus is assisting students with the many transitions of the university experience. While currently living and working in Santa Fe, Box has Oklahoma roots: he was born and raised in Bartlesville. Local attorney, gallery owner and former city council member Randel Shadid, who was familiar with the artist and his work for close to a decade, first brought Box to the attention of those in charge of selection. In fact, Shadid has been instrumental in assisting university staff to bring multiple pieces to UCO, like artist Gary Price’s “Shakespeare” in 2009. This bronze statue is of the Bard himself sitting on an ornate bench, surrounded by symbols of his most well-known plays (a skull, for example, is a sly reference to Hamlet). Located just outside of Mitchell Hall, the home of UCO’s Theatre Arts program, this whimsical and literate work may inspire students to set their creative sights a little higher, to take inspiration from the greats… or at least to complete their reading assignments. Christopher Domanski’s sculpture “Flight,” installed in 2006 in front of the Liberal Arts building, is another light-hearted addition to this collection. In this work, a stack of oversized books leans at an improbable angle, with the pages of the uppermost book fluttering open, seeming to take flight. The piece is a lovely comment on the experience of connecting with great literature, and this idea seems perfectly apt for its location.


“Breathe,” created and installed in late 2004, was selected through a contest sponsored by UCO’s College of Art, Media and Design and the American Democracy Project. The sculpture features a genderless, simplified human figure, standing with arms outstretched as if deeply inhaling. Winning artist and undergraduate art student David Thummel’s own words are included on a nearby plaque describing his goals for the piece: “Freedom embraces our arrangement as a civil society… so breathe deep, because at the bottom of every breath, the opportunity to make a difference waits for you.” These are only a few of the large-scale works of art that now adorn UCO’s campus, with at least one more Shadid describes as in the process of construction. Current and future students and visitors will not lack for a diverse, contemporary and growing collection of art wherever they may look. This expanding artistic bounty is aided by the fact that UCO, by virtue of its Edmond location, is eligible to benefit from the city’s highly successful Art in Public Places program. In the unique public/private partnership, active since 2001, any work of art may be proposed to the city’s Visual Arts Commission for any publicly accessible location in the city. If the proposal is accepted, the city of Edmond will pay half of the cost and private

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money will fund the rest. The success of this program for the city overall has been noted in publications such as Southern Living and Southwest Art, making a name for the city well beyond Oklahoma’s borders. At the time “Transformations” was created, it also benefited from the nowsuspended statewide Art in Public Places program. “Because it was a public construction project,” Shadid says, “it was a requirement that they add public art to the construction project, but the school already wanted it there,” adding that support from the statewide program allowed them to think bigger and install a larger work than initially planned. “The University has been a great supporter of public art. They really embrace it.” As an institution of higher learning, the University of Central Oklahoma’s support for the arts helps to set the stage for the sort of broadminded educational experience that many expect at a university. As outdoor scenery, the art flourishing across the campus makes for some lively exploration, for students and non-students alike. As a part of the Edmond community, UCO sets a lofty example for its support of public art, and provides works of art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

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Spin Another example of the Art in Public Places program’s legacy – albeit a controversial one, as it has been criticized by opponents of the program’s use of public funds – Thomas Sayre’s sculpture “Disk” stands north of the state capitol at N.E. 30th Street and Lincoln Boulevard. It is an abstract piece intended to evoke the state itself and our shared history: three earthcast concrete disks (which used the soil of Oklahoma in forming a mold) with an apparent texture similar to dry earth or clay are each meant to evoke a specific chapter in Oklahoma’s relationship with the earth: agriculture, land runs and the dust bowl. Each of these ideas has come to symbolize our state and our history. Even the land below the disks is arranged purposefully, formed into parallel berms meant to remind viewers of farmland. To the north of these three disks stands another, this one alone and made of thin strips of stainless steel. Sayre describes this disk as “speak[ing] of new Oklahoma: of technology, craft and ingenuity of the unknown future.” Sayre invites viewers to accept and embrace our state’s history – even its difficult moments – and to move into an optimistic future.

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TAYLOR NICOLE HELMS Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conner Lane Helms DePauw University EMILY ELAINE ORTHWEIN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph Orthwein Texas Christian University HELEN ELIZABETH LOCKARD Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Myers William Lockard III University of Oklahoma ROSALIE GRACE ATKINSON Daughter of Dr. Randy W. Atkinson and Ms. Donna Harmon Loyola University Chicago BONNIE JOANNA TIBBS Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Tibbs University of Oklahoma

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MARY LOUISE McLAIN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. McLain Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ELIZABETH DUNNAM FRANKLIN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Franklin University of Oklahoma ELAINE KATHRYN COLE Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Patrick Cole University of Oklahoma

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SARAH REBECCA COX Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Louis Howard Andres Cox Tulane University HANNAH MARIE TUBBS Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Tubbs University of Oklahoma EMILY WALKER PORTMAN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Portman University of Oklahoma LINDSEY BROOKS HENDERSON Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian David Henderson Rhodes College

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ALISON MARIE CHEEK Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy N. Cheek Westmont College SARAH ALLYCE TURPEN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Turpen University of Oklahoma EMILY KATE HUDIBURG Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Hudiburg Baylor University LAURA LOUISA LIEDTKE Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Clarence Liedtke III University of Texas Not pictured: CLAIRE MARIE ROBINSON Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Brett Robinson University of Oklahoma KATHERINE LYNNE PORTMAN Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Portman University of Colorado at Boulder CAITLIN PAIGE BRITT Daughter of Drs. Matthew J. and Carla Hardzog-Britt University of Arkansas KRISTIN KATHERYN DAHLGREN Daughter of Mrs. Mary Ellis Dahlgren and Mr. Duane Dahlgren University of Colorado at Boulder

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Back row: BROOKE ANN BOGERT Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andrew Bogert Oklahoma State University MERIDITH GLEN HARRIS Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graham Harris University of Oklahoma Front row: EMILY CHRISTINA HOOD Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew William Hood University of Arkansas VICTORIA McCUNE Daughter of Mr. John Robert McCune and Ms. Barbara McCune Rhodes College

The 2011 Escorts WILLIAM CALVIN BICKFORD Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bickford Texas Christian University JACOB ROSS BROWN Son of Dr. Randy Brown and Mrs. Susan Ross Oklahoma State University LUKE EDWARD CHAFFIN Son of Dr. and Mrs. John Chaffin Northwestern University NICHOLAS MICHAEL COFFEY Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Michael Coffey University of Oklahoma MICHAEL LAWRENCE ANDRES COX Son of Dr. and Mrs. Louis Howard Andres Cox Tulane University JOSEPH PRICE FALLIN III Son of Governor Mary Fallin and Dr. Joseph Price Fallin, Jr. University of Oklahoma

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MICHAEL MARTIN FLESHER Son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Harrison Flesher III University of Oklahoma

DANIEL DYLAN HOGAN Son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Hogan and Mrs. Jill Amundson Hogan Chapman University

BRYAN KIRKLAND HALL Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirkland Hall New York University

EDWARD CAREY JOULLIAN V Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carey Joullian IV Duke University

FREDERICK JONES HALL IV Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jones Hall III University of Central Oklahoma

ANDREW MARSHALL KATIGAN Son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Katigan Southern Methodist University

CODY DICKSON HIGHTOWER Son of Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Pearson Johnson Hightower St. Edward’s University

THOMAS GREGORY LOVE Son of Ms. Rebecca Burgess Love and Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Love University of Oklahoma WILLIAM MARK MCCOY Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCoy University of Oklahoma

BRADFORD CATON HOGAN, JR. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Caton Hogan University of Oklahoma

TURNER CHRISTIAN PETERSEN Son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Petersen Rice University

DAVID COWAN PRICE Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cowen Price University of Oklahoma FORD COWAN PRICE III Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ford Cowan Price, Jr. University of Oklahoma RYAN ZACHARY RANDOLPH Son of Dr. John Douglas Randolph and Mrs. Lory Hathorn Randoph University of Oklahoma MICAH GORDON SHERMAN Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Sherman College of the Desert PATRICK MICHAEL TURPEN Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Turpen University of Oklahoma GEORGE RAINEY WILLIAMS III Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rainey Williams, Jr. Southern Methodist University


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hile it’s true that personality goes a long way for anyone who works in the public eye (or ear), many would argue that Danny Williams was unfairly favored the day personalities were portioned out. For more than 50 years, Oklahomans have immortalized Williams as the unmatched King of Media for his starring role in the soundtrack of their lives, from childhood (as “Dan D. Dynamo, a.k.a. 3-D Danny” on then-WKY-TV, Channel 4) to the AARP years (for the “Danny Williams Morning Show” on KOMA). But to label Danny Williams a TV and radio personality is to reduce an epic to a short story. At age 84, the now-retired Williams exudes no less charm, charisma and lightning-quick wit than he did for decades as the market’s perennial top radio and TV program host. He’s devoted a lifetime to entertaining generations of listeners and viewers who, at the mention of his name, wax nostalgic about this Oklahoma treasure, Danny Williams – TV and Radio Legend.

What’s your real name? Dan Hamil Williams. Are you originally from Oklahoma City? I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. What kind of student were you back then? I was a very good student. I made straight As in high school – except in “conduct,” and I got a D in that. And you served during WWII after high school? Yes, in the U.S. Navy. After that, I graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas. Is it an occupational hazard to retain an unusual amount of worthless trivia? That’s a hazard of being alive for 84 years. Eighty-four years is fantastic! What’s still on your bucket list? My bucket has a hole in it! Actually, I’ve just about done it all. What’s the last thing you lost? My glasses. I’ve lost things all my life, and luckily, a lot of it turns up in some remarkable ways. I’ve lost money several times and someone finds it and gives it all back.

Controversial is better than invisible, right? Absolutely. Do you know that people still gush with adoration when they talk about you? Or do you get too distracted by the criticism? I think it’s important for anyone with a public persona to remain humble, but as for the criticism, I’ve always been hardest on myself. What’s the best decision you ever made? My wife, Maureen. She’s a definite asset! Do you have any vices to speak of? None that can be printed. What’s that they say? “One person’s vice is another’s nectar.” Who should play you in the movie about your life? Pee Wee Herman or Erik Estrada. But the guy I’d want to do it is one of my favorite actors, Benicio del Toro. What do you wish you’d never given away? Because of my career, I used to have one of the best record collections in the world – it was just incredible. I gave it all away, and now I really regret that. Among the many people you’ve met during your career, were there any you predicted would become famous before they did? I knew Mary Hart (who co-hosted my daytime talk show, “Dannysday,” for several years) would be famous. She was wonderful. And I knew Lee Greenwood and the Oak Ridge Boys would make it. What should everyone try at least once in his or her lifetime? Learn a foreign language. I understand you taught yourself Spanish. ¡Si! Where should I eat this weekend? Tarahumara’s Mexican Café and Cantina in Norman. Or Mahogany Prime Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. What book should everyone read? The Bible. I’ve read it in English and Spanish. Do you have any superstitions? Oh, gosh – too many to count. Don’t put your hat on the bed. It’s bad luck.

Have you always been lucky? I’d say I’m lucky. I usually come out on top.

How is that bad luck? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out. I come from a long line of superstitious people.

What else makes you feel grateful? My children. I say you can’t teach children anything, but they can teach you a lot.

What’s the best advice you ever got? My dad used to tell me, “Be nice. That way, if trouble starts, you’ll be right.”

What words have you eaten? A lot! I’ve never been afraid to say what I think, which isn’t always mainstream. I guess I’ve always been a little controversial.

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CLASS ACT By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller

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ne night this month, young scholars will lie awake in anticipation of the first day of school. The frenetic, time-honored flurry of who’s-your-teacher and what’s-your-schedule phone calls will have already taken place, leaving the last order of summer’s business to A+ wardrobe options. A new school year, like a fresh box of crayons, merits some appreciation for the potential it holds. With that in mind, we’ve done some homework on the subject of back-to-school style, making this the one time it’s OK to copy our answers.

(Nick) Palm graphic tee with green-checked cargo short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Joseph) Chevron polo, buffalo check short and buffalo check driver cap from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Dylan) Military green polo and palm-patterned cargo short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Harrison) Box plaid camp shirt and blue chino short from Ladybugs and Lizards

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(Elisabeth) Blue and black multi-striped dress with wide waistband from Uptown Kids | (Ava) White and pink tulip dress with wide black waistband from Uptown Kids

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(Katy) Blue color-block dress from Uptown Kids | (Makalyn) Purple sundress and flower barrette from Uptown Kids | (Anna) “Renee” dress from Funky Monkey | (Katy) “Riley” zig-zag tunic and black leggings set from Funky Monkey | (Anna) Red ruffled tank and multicolored skirt from Uptown Kids

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(Dylan) Graphic knit polo and dark wash jean from Uptown Kids | (Harrison) Black denim bomber jacket and dark wash denim jean from Uptown Kids and orange graphic tee from Funky Monkey | (Joseph) Black hoodie with tuxedo graphic and black wash denim jean from Uptown Kids | (Nick) black and teal plaid shirt from Uptown Kids and khaki cargo short from Funky Monkey

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(Anna) Nautical striped boat neck tee with navy pleated skirt from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Ava) “Skylar” tunic and leggings set with white flower and feathers headband from Funky Monkey | (Elisabeth) Zigzag maxi dress from Uptown Kids | (Makalyn) Brown floral empire café dress from Uptown Kids | (Ava) Sleeveless tunic with lace ruffle and black sequined leggings from Uptown Kids | (Elisabeth) Orange and chambray spaghetti-strap tank and chambray drawstring skirt from Uptown Kids | Aviator sunglasses from Funky Monkey | (Makalyn) Gray and white floral tunic and legging set from Ladybugs and Lizards

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(Dylan) Orange graphic tee with multi-striped cargo short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Harrison) SK8 Monster graphic tee and red/blue multi-plaid short from Uptown Kids | (Joseph) White polo, cream vest, green and white plaid short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Nick) White short-sleeved Henley buttoned tee and khaki cargo short from Funky Monkey

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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!

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EVENING IMPACT

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FONDUE FANDANGO

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PRIX DE WEST

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SOONER SPECTACULAR

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THE GOLDEN AGE

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ZOOBILATION

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DESPERADO POET

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Ridin’, writin’ and raconteurin’ are all in a day’s work for beloved cowboy poet Baxter Black, who visits Full Circle Bookstore to read excerpts from and sign copies of his new memoir, “Lessons From a Desperado Poet”

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RED TIE APPRECIATION

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Red Tie Night was a glamorous evening and a huge boon for the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, so Jim Vallion hosts a reception to thank the organizers and sponsors

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Details | Things We Love

A Splash of Sunshine “Flowing Rhythm” mobile by renowned Danish mobile company Flensted, from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

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ugust is summer on steroids: full-throttle heat, followed by more heat. After that, heat. And those visions you’ve been having of cooler autumn days on the horizon? Mirages. What’s very real are 31 sun-filled days for soaking in summer a while longer. So here’s to our favorite color for capturing the warm and sunny mood of happy August days: crank up the yellow! (and the a/c…)

Classic Home Furnishings yellow fabric button-tufted end table with wooden top, from 405 Imports.

Fendi “Peekaboo” handbag (Fall/Winter 2011 Season) in ochre goat leather with signature Zucca lining, from Gordon Stuart.

Ritani Masterwork diamond engagement ring with prong-set, radiant cut yellow center stone, from Mitchell’s Jewelry.

Tory Burch handbags – Saffiano Satchel, Dipped Tote, Trompe l’Oeil Tote – from Cayman’s Clothiers.

Yellow resort wrap from Painted Door.

Hand-tooled “Flore Chale” leather boot by Liberty Boot Company in mustard calf, with red leather braiding detail and mahogany leather overlay, exclusively from Rawhide.

For resources, see page xxx.

DETAILS | A Splash of Sunshine, page 20 “Flowing Rhythm” mobile by Flensted ($49.95) from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art gift store in Norman, 325.5017, www.ou.edu/fjjma; Fendi “Peekaboo” handbag ($2,730) from Gordon Stuart in Oklahoma City, 843.6500, www.gordonstuart.com; The Royal Standard yellow resort wrap ($58) from Painted Door Gifts and Decorative Accessories in Oklahoma City, 235.4410, www.painteddoor.com; “Flore Chale” leather boot by Liberty Boot Company ($1,150) from Rawhide in Oklahoma City, 236.4600, www.shoprawhide.com; Giorgio Armani glasses frames ($297) from Dr. Carter Johnston, Physicians Optical at Mercy Physician’s Tower in Oklahoma City, 749.4280, www.physicians-optical.com; Classic Home Furnishings yellow fabric button tufted end table with wooden top ($299) from 405 Imports in Norman, 217.4100, www.405imports. com; Ritani Masterwork diamond engagement ring with prong-set, radiant cut yellow center stone, (approximately $2,685-$4,145 depending on material, not including center stone) from Mitchell’s Jewelry in Norman, 360.2515, www.mitchells-jewelry.com; Tory Burch handbags: Saffiano Satchel ($550), Dipped Tote ($275), Trompe l’Oeil Tote ($195), all from Cayman’s Clothiers of Norman, 360.3969, www.caymanscollection.com

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Fare | From Our Kitchen

Chowdah! By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson

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ummer is peak corn season and we’ve combined it with our passion for soup to create

sun-kissed corn chowder. It’s a wonderfully versatile recipe whose consistency can be lightened or enriched according to your own taste. If you have lots of corn, use it all, add more liquid to the recipe and freeze the leftover soup. It can also be served cold or at room temperature so it’s perfect for early preparation; in fact, like most soups, it gets better after sitting a day or two in the fridge. Make our chowder with freshly-shucked corn or make it all winter with some frozen niblets… either way, it’s foolproof and forgiving!

Classic Corn Chowder

4 oz butter 1 small onion – finely chopped 5 ears of shucked corn with kernels cut from the cob or 10-12 oz frozen corn kernels 2 small Yukon potatoes – peeled and cut into small cubes 1/2 t garlic powder 1/4 t ground ginger or cumin 1/2 t salt 2 c chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 c half-and-half Sauté onions and butter in a large stockpot over medium low heat for 4-5 minutes. Add next five ingredients and continue cooking another 5-6 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil and simmer 18-20 minutes until all the vegetables are soft. Puree the soup in batches until smooth, remembering to open the vent on your blender lid and cover the hole with a dish towel to release steam or use an immersion blender. Return soup to the pot, add half-andhalf, and simmer until hot. Garnish with chopped chives or a dollop of whipped cream.

Options

To change the consistency of the chowder, use heavy cream instead of half-and-half for a thicker, richer soup or use milk for a thinner, lighter soup. Add 1/8 t turmeric for a bright yellow chowder.

Open space designs, granite countertops throughout, extensive use of 6” crown molding and much more.

Garnishes: croutons, sour cream, a spoonful of corn kernels; a sprinkling of red pepper, chopped mint or dill.

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For resources, see page xxx.

FARE | Chowdah!, page 48 Fortunata yellow plate and blue bowl, with Harvey & Strait 20" square buffet napkin from The Culinary Kitchen in Oklahoma City, 418.4884

160th & North Rockwell

From $200,000 and up (405) 470-8338 allenstyle.com

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Resources | Where to Find It

Rococo Catering by Sam Fitch

Spaces | Discerning Design

Experience our “Cruise Line Style Sunday Brunch” 10-2

Style to Spare

Now with a Bloody Mary Bar!

By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

In an impressive architectural achievement that blends cutting-edge design with comfortable livability, the Burton family’s house becomes a home.

Join us for “Yappy Hour” Tuesdays on the Patio Sunday Nights are Prime Rib Night ORIGINAL LOCATION 2824 N. PENNSYLVANIA | 405.528.2824

NORTHPARK MALL NW 122ND & MAY | 405.212.4577

SPACES | Style to Spare, page 56 Special thanks to Calvert’s Plant Interiors in Oklahoma City, 848.6642, www.calverts.com, for providing the orchids throughout the home, the dining table centerpiece, and the mixed planter on the front porch.

Spaces | Discerning Design

LUNCH | DINNER | SUNDAY BRUNCH | OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK www.rococo-restaurant.com Setting the

Table

By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson

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prinkle some sunshine (abundant), balloons (galore) and cupcakes

(amazing) atop a table in the backyard and voila… you’ve got yourself a birthday party! This August, we’re braving the heat to throw the kids a party. Where else do you want frosting-covered, lollipop-coated, soda pop-drinking kiddos? In the yard, under the setting of a hot sun, this table is as sweet as those surrounding it.

SPACES | Setting the Table, page 68 Special thanks to our talented models: Ally, Cole, Cooper, Grace, Kate, Lilly, London, Sadie and Zara

4410 N. Western • Oklahoma City 405.702.1700 • www.bdoconstruction.com

Jardin du Monde bowls by Juliska ($30 each), flower pots by Coton Colors ($24), cookie jar by Coton Colors ($75), candy jar by Sugar Cubes ($32) and hand-painted square trays by French artist Nathalie Lete ($65) from Tulips in Norman, 217.9322, www.tulipshome.com

Designers’ Notebook | Passion for Fashion

Class aCt By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller

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ne August night this month, young scholars will lie awake in anticipation of the first day of school. The frenetic, timehonored flurry of who’s-your-teacher and what’s-your-

schedule phone calls will have already taken place, leaving the last order of summer’s business to A+ wardrobe options. A new school year, like a fresh box of crayons, merits some appreciation for the potential it holds. With that in mind, we’ve done some homework on the subject of back-to-school style, making this the one time it’s OK to copy our answers.

(Nick) Palm graphic tee with green-checked cargo short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Joseph) Chevron polo, buffalo check short and buffalo check driver cap from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Dylan) Military green polo and palm-patterned cargo short from Ladybugs and Lizards | (Harrison) Box plaid camp shirt and blue chino short from Ladybugs and Lizards

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(Elisabeth) Blue and black multi-striped dress with wide waistband from Uptown Kids | (Ava) White and pink tulip dress with wide black waistband from Uptown Kids

DESIGNERS’ NOTEBOOK | Class Act, page 106 Special thanks to our talented models: Anna, Ava, Dylan, Elisabeth, Harrison, Joseph, Katy, Makalyn and Nick


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DESIGNERS’ NOTEBOOK | Class Act, page 106 (page 106) Mayoral Kids palm graphic tee with green-checked cargo short Fore!! ($90.09 for the set), Axel & Hudson light blue Chevron polo ($41), navy buffalo checked short ($39) and buffalo check driver cap ($22), Scotch Shrunk military green polo by ($80.50), palmpatterned cargo short ($85.80), box plaid camp shirt ($81.40) and blue chino short ($81.40) | (page 112) E-Land Kidsall striped boat neck tee with navy pleated skirt ($61.60 for the set), Eliane et Lena gray and white floral tunic and legging set ($90.20) | (page 114) Mayoral Kids orange graphic tee with multistriped cargo short ($58.52 for the set), Il Gufo white polo ($107) and green and white plaid short ($118.80), Fore!! Axel & Hudson tan vest ($110), all from Ladybugs and Lizards in Edmond, 348.2121, www.ladybugslizards.com (page 107) Zoe Ltd. blue/black multi-striped dress ($195.50) and white and hot pink tulip dress ($195.50) | (page 108) Blush by Us Angels color-block dress in Carriblue ($82), Eliane et Lena Collection purple sundress ($94) with Bella Reese Boutique flower barrette ($30), Sophie Catalou red ruffled tank ($31.75) and Desigual Rojo Tierra skirt ($53) | (page 110) Kapital K graphic knit ($74.50) and max bomber jacket in black denim ($67.50), Diesel Kid dark wash jean ($99) and black denim jean ($95), Little Maven by Tori Spelling black hoodie with tuxedo graphic ($48), black wash denim jean ($50) and black and teal plaid shirt ($38) | (page 112) T Bags Girls orange and chambray tank ($68) and drawstring skirt ($65), Lipstik Girls sleeveless butterfly tunic with lace ruffle ($52) and black sequined leggings ($46), Flowers by Zoe zigzag maxi dress ($99), Eliane et Lena brown floral empire café dress ($83) | (page 114) Knuckleheads Sk8 Monster graphic tee ($33) and red/blue multi-plaid short ($42), all from Uptown Kids in Oklahoma City, 418.8881, www.uptownkidsstyle.com (page 108) Haven Girl “Renee” dress ($74) and “Riley” tunic and leggings set ($118) | (page 110) Alpha Industries orange graphic tee ($20), True Religion khaki cargo short ($79) | (page 112) Haven Girl “Skylar” tunic set ($86), Pieces of Dreams white flower and feathers headband ($26), Teeny Tiny Optics aviator sunglasses ($10) | (page 114) Rare Sauro Feroce short-sleeved Henley ($74) and True Religion khaki cargo short ($79), all from Funky Monkey in Oklahoma City, 748.7066, www.funkymonkeyokc.com

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NAME

ADDRESS

1 Dibs Design Center

15020 Bristol Park Place, Edmond

753.4466

Ladybugs & Lizards

1389 E 15 , Ste 128, Edmond

405 Imports

588 Buchanan, Norman

The Abbey at Fairview Farm

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PHONE 348.2121

th

217.4100

Legacy Cleaners & Laundry

N Western & 150th, Edmond

640.9210

Louie’s Grill & Bar

www.louiesgrillandbar.com

AllenStyle Homes

www.allenstylehomes.com

470.8338

Love, Dr. Tim

11101 Hefner Pointe, Ste 104, OKC

751.LOVE

Armstrong Auditorium

14400-A S Bryant, Edmond

285.1010

Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen

9219 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC

302.6262

Art in Iron

www.artinironok.com

501.3963

Marble Designs

400 NE 150th, Edmond

Ayers, Dr. N. Paul

3400 W Tecumseh, Ste 300, Norman

515.2222

The Menopause Center of Oklahoma

1705 S Renaissance, Edmond

Bajaj Plastic Surgery

6205 N Santa Fe, Ste 105, OKC

810.8448

Mercy Hospital

www.mercy.net

Balliets

5801 NW Grand, OKC

848.7811

Mister Robert

109 E Main, Norman

321.1818

BDO Construction

4410 N Western, OKC

702.1700

Mitchell’s Jewelry

218 E Main, Norman

360.2515

Bike MS: The Mother Road Ride

www.bikemsok.org

Monticello Cabinets & Doors

512 SW 3rd, OKC

228.4900

Bob Moore Audi

12920 N Broadway Ext, OKC

888.472.9509

N45 Fitness

14001 N McAuley, Ste 220, OKC

606.1246

Bob Moore Land Rover

13000 N Broadway Ext, OKC

749.9000

Naifeh Fine Jewelry

N Penn & Britton, OKC

607.4323

Brent Gibson Classic Home Design

www.brentgibson.com

340.1980

The Natural Doctor Wellness Clinic

www.thenaturaldoctorwellnessclinic.com 409.5742

The Broadway Clinic

1801 N Broadway, OKC

528.1936

Nonna’s & The Painted Door

1 Mickey Mantle, OKC

Brockhaus Jewelry

2107 W Main, Norman

321.4228

Norman Arts Council

www.normanarts.org

Brown, Kermit

www.kermitbrown.com

755.4422

notting hill

7200 N Western, OKC

842.1500

Cain & Cain

1770 W Main, Norman

364.2246

Oak Tree

Kelley & Sorghum Mill, Edmond

348.1804

California Closets

2701 Coltrane Place, Ste 5, Edmond

216.9910

OKC Museum of Art

415 Couch, OKC

236.3100

Caviness Landscape Design

www.cavinesslandscape.com

330.2844

Old World Iron

8405 Mantle, OKC

722.0008

Cayman’s

2001 W Main, Norman

360.3969

On a Whim

5850 N Classen, OKC

848.3488

Citizens Bank of Edmond

www.citizensedmond.com

341.6650

Optima Weight & Wellness Center

1489 E 15th, Ste 116, Edmond

City Arts Center

3000 General Pershing, OKC

951.0000

OU Medical Center Edmond

www.OU4women.com

The Consortium

9215 N Penn, OKC

286.4183

OU Physicians Plastic Surgery

825 NE 10th, Ste 5350, OKC

Coredination Pilates

128 E Main, Ste 201, Norman

701.8140

The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City

I-40 & Council, OKC

787.3700

Courtyard Antiques

3314 S Broadway, Edmond

359.2719

Partners in Financial Planning

1900 E 15th, Ste 700D, Edmond

330.4015

842.5400

751.2237 715.4GYN

235.4410

715.1919 271.4864

Cox Communications

www.cox.com

600.0109

PhotoArt Studios

www.photoart.com

557.0924

Crescent Market

6409 Avondale, Nichols Hills

842.2000

Pleasant Pools

www.pleasantpools.com

751.3105

The Culinary Kitchen

7302 N Western, OKC

418.4884

The Prophet of Vail Mountain

www.prophetofvailmountain.com

Cunningham Interiors

2109 W Britton, OKC

751.9051

Quail Creek Bank

122nd & N May, OKC

755.1000

The Curtain Exchange

6478 Avondale, Nichols Hills

840.0090

Red Eagle Construction

6508 N Western, OKC

843.3335 341.4643

Decorative Water Gardens & Landscapes

2001 E Britton, OKC

359.0140

Regal Healthcare

1101 N Bryant, Edmond

Dekorum

333 W Wilshire, OKC

204.8827

Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc.

3001 United Founders, Ste A, OKC

942.1234

Derma Logic

434 W Main, Norman

447.4411

The Ritz

Northpark Mall, OKC

286.3760

Designer Rugs

7118 N Western, OKC

842.9000

Riverwind Casino

www.riverwind.com

Elks Alley Mercantile

1201 S Broadway, Edmond

340.2400

Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine

www.rococo-restaurant.com

Fiat of Edmond

14113 N Broadway Ext, OKC

507.2100

Rose Creek

348.4422

FireLake Grand Casino

www.firelakegrand.com

Ruth Meyers

63rd & N Western, Nichols Hills

842.1478

First National Bank of OK

10900 Hefner Pointe, OKC

848.2001

Santa Fe Family Life Center

www.sfflc.com

840.1817

First Source Real Estate

12020 N Penn, OKC

236.4747

Sees Design

1818 N Western, OKC

Flux Salon

1 NE 2nd, Ste 208, OKC

600.7444

The Shower Door Source

9480 N May, OKC

608.0000

Fowler Toyota

I-35 & Tecumseh, Norman

Sooner Theatre

101 E Main, Norman

321.9600

Funky Monkey

14101 N May, Ste 103, OKC

748.7066

Southwestern Stationers

4500 N Santa Fe, OKC

525.9411

Furniture Buy Consignment

5801 N May, OKC

418.8488

Southwest Tile & Marble

100 N Classen, OKC

235.3393

Gfeller Studio

www.gfellerstudio.com

843.1411

St. Anthony Hospital

www.saintsok.com

Gigi’s Cupcakes

14101 N May, Ste 104, OKC

286.6200

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

222 NW 15th, OKC

Gordon Stuart

6500 N Western, OKC

843.6500

Stillwater National Bank

www.banksnb.com

427.4000

Haggard’s Fine Furniture

3415 N May, OKC

942.1985

Suburban Contemporary Furniture

201 N Portland, OKC

946.4387

Hanstein, Mark T, DDS

201 Robert S Kerr, Ste 521, OKC

235.7288

Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio Shop

17 W 1st, Edmond

341.2770

Hardware Expressions

210 36 Avenue SW, Ste F, Norman

364.0539

TSO Optical

3431 S Boulevard, Ste 105, Edmond

341.6941

Heritage Trust Company

www.heritagetrust.com

848.8899

University of Oklahoma Outreach

cls.ou.edu

Howell Gallery

6432 N Western, Nichols Hills

840.4437

Upper Crust

5860 N Classen, OKC

J Spencer Jewelry & Gifts

www.jspencerjewelry.com

Urban Kitchens

3515 N Classen, OKC

702.7747

Kidoodles Toy Zone

425 W Main, Norman

Verdigris

NW 10th & Classen, OKC

602.8986

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525.1818

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Last Laugh | Confessions From a Capsized Scholarship

OUT TO THE HALL – NOW! By Lauren Hammack Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at lauren.hammack@sliceok.com.

I

often refer to my recurring “day of the final” dream in which I have found my way to a nondescript classroom to discover that I’ve arrived on final exam day for a class that I’ve not

I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by calling my seventh grade PE teacher by his rather unfortunate given name, rather than addressing him

only missed all semester, but have forgotten altogether. I never recognize the other students in the class (probably because I’ve ditched the entire semester), but I persist in pressing them for a quick “primer” on what the class is even about. Invariably, the subject is something unforgiving – nuclear physics, math of any kind, a Survey of Emperors of the Ming Dynasty. My dream clearly originates from the mental anguish only academia can provide, and anything related to back-to-school time prompts uncomfortable flashbacks to the real-life classroom events of my checkered scholastic past. So here, in an attempt to purge my subconscious of assorted transgressions occurring during the pre-K through high school years, I dutifully present my confessional, complete with accompanying contrition. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by throwing my sweet potatoes under the table at the Farmer in the Dell nursery lunchroom in a (usually) successful ruse to qualify for dessert. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by opting not to return to Mrs. Tidwell’s first grade classroom to complete a lengthy math worksheet after lunch, having received a better offer of some kind, the specifics of which I can no longer remember, except that it held more appeal than math. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by threatening bodily harm to a first-grader who refused to forfeit her swing on the playground after I had, in good faith, counted out said first-grader’s entitlement of 30 remaining swings. I further regret the subsequent threats to said firstgrader following the corporal punishment I endured as a result of the initial offense. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by wedging slivers of Ivory soap into the spouts of water fountains located at the back of my fifth grade classroom, near the recess door, next to the front office and in the gymnasium.

by the more socially acceptable appellation of “Mr. PE Teacher.” I further regret the resulting 50-lap sentence imposed upon me by said hyper-sensitive instructor. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by openly verbalizing my opposition to directing my attention to eighth grade science, announcing instead, to my impressionable and compliant classmates, that it was time to dance. I further regret any defamatory remarks I may have made to the entire eighth grade pursuant to the subsequent corporal punishment I endured related to said offense. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by discovering that the Lance vending machine maintenance employee had inadvertently left the key in the door of the Lance machine, and rather than turning in said key to the proper administrative representatives, choosing to keep the key in my possession for several consecutive weeks, thereafter referred to as the “Free-All-You-Can-Eat-Choc-OMint” weeks. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by reporting to the vice-principal’s office under the pretense of “turning myself in” for a disciplinary conference related to an algebra class infraction and representing the purpose of said conference as an attempt to establish myself as the school’s first-ever student/faculty liaison. Although the attempt was successful and lauded as “innovative” by said vice-principal, I regret further perpetuating the charade by participating in the five or six resulting “liaison” updates for the remainder of the academic year, thus removing me from algebra class on multiple occasions. I hereby acknowledge and regret any inconvenience or hurt feelings I may have caused by using my appointed position as the school flag representative as a means to display unapproved flags which may have led thousands of passersby to conclude that my school’s athletes would relieve themselves inappropriately onto the opposing team’s athletes, the Pirates.

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Tune in for an all-new episode of SliceTV with host Lauren Hammack.

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Last Look | Chad Vesper

Hold On!

When summer takes hold with a vengeance, everyone looks for a way to beat the heat. Kate and Jack Vesper do it right – grabbing some air while tubing on the waters of Grand Lake.

To submit your photo for Last Look, visit www.sliceok.com/last-look

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TU, OU, & OSU On Demand available to Cox Advanced T V customers in the Cox Oklahoma ser vice areas. Cox Advanced T V and digital receiver and remote rental required. Digital cable ready T V’s and other devices equipped with a CableCARD™ require a Cox digital set-top receiver in order to receive On Demand programming. Installation, taxes and fees additional. Some On Demand programming may be ex tra. On Demand Channels cannot be recorded. Cox Oklahoma reser ves the right to change or end On Demand programming at any time. Other restric tions may apply. ©2011 Cox Communications, Inc. All rights reser ved.


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109 East Main • Norman • 405.321.1818

August 2011  

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