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Contents | Features




I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree look extra-fine when paired with blue gifts – see? This chromatically consistent array should be enough to brighten anyone’s yule.


In Excelsis Duo

On the theory that two treats are better than one, arts lover Angela Cozby prepares for impending festivities with the recipes for a classic cookiecocktail combo.


Joy Throughout the Years

Festive but not frenzied, filled with cherished traditions while open to spontaneity, the Norman residence of Tinker and Terri Owens is home to plenty of reasons to celebrate.


The Magic Kingdom

The Children’s Center’s methods aren’t supernatural – commitment to caring, focus on the spirit, a foundation of community support – but the results are life-alteringly magic.


Of Serenity and Steel

Painting awoke Dan Garrett’s artistic interest, but his career involves metal work… so his art bridges the gap between sculpture and painting via a 3D “steel canvas.”

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Seasonal Celebrating

From the glitziest gala to simple sightseeing, events abound during the holidays – so whatever the occasion, peruse this visual aid for a fashionable guide to stepping out.






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Contents | Departments


From the Editor 14 To the Editor 16


King of Castoffs 18


I’ll Have a Blue Christmas 20


Visual Performance Events Calendar

24 28 34 40


A Destination for All Seasons 43 Christmas With the Kiddos 46


In Excelsis Duo An Extraordinary Finish We’ll Take Manhattan! Dining From the Heart

48 50 52 54


Joy Throughout the Years 56 Setting the Table 68

Living Well

The Magic Kingdom Keeping Your Spirits Bright Raindrops on Roses… Scaling Down


72 76 78 80


Funds on the Table 82 Stay the Course 84

Get Smart

Playing with Fire 86


How to Save a Life 88 Of Serenity and Steel 92 The Other Side of Frosty Troy 96

Designers’ Notebook


Seasonal Celebrating 99

Out & About

Party Directory 103

Last Laugh

One (or Two) for the Road 118

Last Look

Melody Steers 120

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Contributing Writers Art Director Graphic Designer

Carol Ringrose Alexander Cher Bumps Robert Custer Lawrence Evans Lauren Hammack Sandina Heckert R. Murali Krishna, M.D. Michael Miller Mary Ellen Ternes Elaine Warner

Contributing Photographers

Justin Avera David Cobb Jerry Hymer Claude Long Michael Miller

xecutive Director of Advertising E Account Executives Account Manager

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Contributors | Behind the Curtain


Sandina Heckert


A local pet rescue advocate and volunteer, Sandina has thus far enjoyed a life lived in technicolor thanks to a wide variety of exciting and sometimes ironic experiences – which is just how she likes it. The phrase “wide variety” isn’t an understatement: she has been an interior decorator, a space camp instructor, a schoolteacher, a photographer, a rock band caterer, a wedding coordinator, an artist, a chef, a fund raiser, an event planner and a grant writer… and not a singer, though that didn’t stop her from once singing the national anthem at a baseball game. But after all those employment adventures, Sandina may have finally found her “forever” career in legal marketing – she is currently a communications specialist and graphic designer for McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm. She is also the founder of Sit. Stay. Art!, a fundraiser and non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for pet adoption through art (learn more by visiting www. Sandina admires tree-hugging dirt worshippers, supports natural living and local eating, advocates tolerance and loves God. She is absolutely passionate about animals and their welfare, and delights in spending time with her artist husband and best friend, Eric, and their two rescued cats, blackand-white tuxedos named Wendigo (pictured) and Banzuke.

Lawrence Evans

For Humphrey Bogart, it was a gold statue encrusted with jewels and disguised with black enamel; for Lawrence Evans, the magazine you’re reading is the stuff that dreams are made of – because his work is here in it, representing the beginning of a new chapter in his personal voyage. After graduating from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism and a minor in English, Lawrence has been piecing together his dream career one word at a time. He developed an interest in writing at an early age, and nurtured it as he crafted short stories and plays while seated in the pews of the Baptist church where his father was a pastor. His love of the arts, especially wordsmithing, drove him to begin writing professionally. “My career has been a continuous journey,” he says, “a never-ending chase after a lifelong dream.” One facet of that dream, a longstanding interest in our magazine, has come to fruition as his voyage through the field of journalism continues with this month’s issue. Pinch him now.

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Letters | From the Editor


Making Memories... in Moderation


hen I was a little girl, about the age of five, I saw “The Nutcracker” for the first time. If you’ve never seen it (I’ve heard rumors that such people exist), it’s visually stunning, and when you’re pint-sized it’s absolutely amazing. But a funny thing happened after we left the the-

atre – not the same evening, but in the days that followed. The universe aligned so that I would see the performance again that season… and again… and again… and again.

Everyone should see it, and preferably more than once, but when you’re five years old there need to

be some limits. I can no longer recall the exact number of times I saw the performance in 1969, nor with whom I attended each one. What I do recall is that in a bizarre twist of fate, it seemed that everyone we knew couldn’t wait to take us to see it. At the tail end of the season, we received a dinner invitation from a business associate of my father’s. The big surprise? “I have tickets for all of us to see ‘The Nutcracker!’”

I could feel my eyes widening as I heard the first syllable; the world suddenly shifting into slow mo-

tion. Could this really be happening? I assured my mother that if we skipped it, I could perform each role on my own, a one-kid show that would have been a tremendous sensation, or at least an opportunity not to sit quietly in my theatre seat one more time. Naturally, we attended the performance.

The Year of the Nutcracker is as much an indelible part of my Christmas memories as the original

poems my mother penned for us and attached to the tree, the stockings my grandmother made (and the one my extraordinary husband Ray had made to replace mine when it was lost), driving around with my brother to see the Christmas lights and every certainty-laden “I heard Santa Claus” tale my own children shared when they were still young enough to believe. It’s the small things that stay with you forever that truly make the season bright.

Fortunately, the city is loaded with opportunities to share that will serve as excellent fodder for future

memories: in practically every corner of the community you’ll find tidings of comfort and joy, from the costumed finery of Edmond’s Dickens-themed weekends to the decidedly less formal revelers in midslide down the snow tubing slope in Bricktown.

As for me, I’m planning a date with a little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Chloe. We’re going to

see “The Nutcracker.” Just one performance. Two, tops.

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Letters | To the Editor

Fans From All Over

I came across your magazine very recently and became an instant fan. For someone who was born, raised and currently resides here, it’s always neat and important to learn more about our surrounding metro area. It’s an exciting time to be in Oklahoma because of the constant changes – we’re expanding rather fast! I was blown away with all the photos and storylines of places and events I didn’t know existed. Slice highlights everything great about Oklahoma. Keep doing an excellent job! Tony Nguyen via email

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Are You reAChinG Your power potentiAl? 70 46

Green Cuisine

A CoAstline, A CAr & You 38

Go for the Gold 22 20

Art on the move

steppinG in 96 91 still in the swinG of thinGs 86 whAt Colors the pAinter’s perspeCtive

I don’t live in Oklahoma City, but I’m often in the city on business. I happened to pick up the first issue of your magazine about a year ago on my very first trip to Oklahoma. Wow. Great writing. Great photography. Great layout. My job requires substantial amounts of travel, and I’m an avid magazine reader everywhere I go. Slice is my handsdown favorite. Whenever I come to town it’s my source for where to eat and what performance I want to see. I use it as a guide for sightseeing ideas, and it’s my reading material at the end of the day. I just picked up your November issue at Nonna’s in Bricktown – my now-favorite restaurant and one that I learned about in your magazine – and it’s another home run. I guess this means you and I just celebrated our one-year anniversary! Bobby J. Johnson Phoenix, AZ

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Thanks so much for a great write-up in the September issue of Slice (“Right Where We Belong” from the editor). I moved to the OKC area 16 years ago with the USAF, and soon after told my husband that I was “not leaving.” I love the people, the cost of living and many other things about Oklahoma, and this metro area in particular, which is full of unique boutiques – my favorite places to shop. When people complain that there is not much to see here (as compared to Florida, California, etc.) I remind them that while this may not be the most exciting place to visit, it is by far the absolute best place to live!  I guess I need a bumper sticker that says, “I wasn’t born in Oklahoma, but I got here as soon as I could.” Thanks for saying what needed to be said!  Joanne Compton via email Your views and opinions are welcome. Letters to the editor must include name, address, a daytime phone number and are subject to editing for length and clarity. Email to; fax to 842.2216; or mail to Slice Magazine, P.O. Box 18697, Oklahoma City, OK 73154.

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Spritz | This & That

King of Castoffs By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson


ake no mistake, the holidays are wonderful, and the season brings much joy and fond

memories. It also tends to bring a lot of… stuff. And as the famous routine by the late George Carlin went, your home is just a place for your stuff. But when all that stuff crosses over into the realm of “junk,” then what do you do?

You call the Junk Boss.

Hunter Magness – the Junk Boss

himself – is an enterprising young man with big ideas. Not long ago, he began researching the central Oklahoma market, and to his surprise, discovered that the area was ripe for a new entry in the junk removal business, in addition to standard municipal services. “I found out that many surrounding cities don’t even have ‘big trash day,’” he says.

So in 2010, Magness became the Junk

Boss. “We reach out to not only those who don’t have big trash pick-up, but to people who are not physically able or equipped to get rid of their big, or even small, junk.”

With his neon green truck, Magness

and his crew will come to any home, business, or other “place of interest” and give a bid on the spot. “We will remove almost anything,” he says happily – furniture, appliances, attic material, household debris and practically whatever else one can imagine.

But removal – “from pick-up to clean-

Junk Boss Hunter Magness

up,” Magness says – is only one facet of the Junk Boss experi-

ence. In addition to promising professionalism and prompt ser-

love that I have brought a service like this to Oklahomans,”

vice, Magness’ primary goal is to keep as much material out of

says Magness. “The best part of my day is when a customer

landfills as possible, so he recycles… a lot. All metal, cardboard,

smiles in relief, knowing they can finally get rid of those pesky

paper and plastics are taken directly to recycling facilities, and

items that have been annoying them for so long.”

items that are in usable condition are taken to such nonprofits

as The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. Or a customer

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The most rewarding thing about being the Junk Boss? “I

It’s a dirty job, but it’s a good thing somebody does it – haul

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Details | Things We Love

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas (with or without you…) By Lauren Hammack


ing can have his White Christmas. You remember the White Christmas we had, don’t you? It took a week to dig ourselves out.

Despite the funk it cast over Elvis and countless others

among the “seasonally depressed” in song, our Blue (blue, blue, blue) Christmas is all it takes to make the season – and everyone on the receiving end – merry and bright.

KitchenAid Artisan ice-blue, five-quart mixer with tilthead stand from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

“Thunderstorm” etched vase, an original design by award-winning artist Dustin Mater for Chickasaw Arts and Humanities

The Fisheye One 35mm camera in Blue Pearl with built-in flash and fisheye lens for a 170-degree view from the Museum Store at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza cuff in sterling silver with enamel overlay and multi-colored sapphires from Balliets

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Carelle 18K white gold leaf-shape ring with pave diamonds and blue topaz from B.C. Clark Jewelers

Didier Gomez-designed “Belem” sofa by Ligne Roset from BD Home

2012 HarleyDavidson FLHX Street Glide in Big Blue Pear from Ft. Thunder Harley-Davidson

Deep V-neck, peacock-blue sheath dress by Lela Rose from Gordon Stuart

Smith Brothers chair and ottoman – available in over 1,200 fabrics and leathers, wood finish, and seat cushion firmness – from Haggard’s Fine Furniture

“Pallas” ring by Edward Mirell in cast gray titanium with lapis stone setting from Mitchell’s Jewelry

Whole Home DVR from Cox lets you watch and control recorded shows on any TV from a single DVR; comes with Trio Guide, which offers personalized viewing options for up to eight users.

Sterling silver bangles by Ippolita: multi-stone bangle with faceted gemstone and motherof-pearl, and five-stone bangle with hand-faceted sky blue doublets from Cayman’s

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Details | Things We Love

The Metro sofa by Stylus in pool blue “Bella” upholstery – available in a variety of configurations (sofa bed, loveseat, sectional) – from True North Living

Nicole Miller Studio long-sleeved cocktail dress in sapphire from Ruth Meyers

Infinity scarf and ribbed headband by Echo from The Webb


Watches by Nixon: “Vega” in royal granite and “Chrono” in gold and royal granite from Closet Moxie


Cobalt blue crystal ice bucket and scalloped tongs from the Classic Lismore line by Waterford, from B.C. Clark Jewelers

Four-strand turquoise necklace and hand-hammered silver daisy pendant by Rocki Gorman – available exclusively at The Museum Store at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum


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Chantal Blue Loop enamel-onsteel teakettle – suitable for all stove types, including induction – from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Sapphire blue velvet sequined evening sweater with satin trim by Armani Collezioni (available with matching short-sleeved tee, not shown) from Mr. Ooley’s

Johnathan Adler “Nixon” side table (14” diameter, 17” height) in brushed nickel with wooden top that reverses from blue to white from Designer Rugs

“Carma” pump by Something Bleu in velvet suede with satin bow detail –made in Italy – from Heirloom Shoe

Rustic, ceramic bottle vases in teal blue from Mister Robert

Carelle cage pendant with 11mm blue topaz disc and diamond leaf pave from B.C. Clark Jewelers

For resources, see page 114.

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Pursuits | Visual



By Steve Gill

“For Fear” by Kristen Vails

he gift for the fourth anniversary of the Istvan Gallery

standing and wall displayed (see “Of Serenity and Steel,” page

is the same thing it’s been the previous three: outstand-

92, for more of his oeuvre). Reid will show his colorful and excit-

ing art for Oklahoma City. And in the generous spirit

ing mixed media paintings, and Graham is displaying several

of the impending holiday season, the exhibit commemorating

new pieces of his mid-century style furniture, handcrafted by

the occasion features the work of not four Oklahoma artists,

the artist using only wood found in Oklahoma.

but six: Rick and Tracey Bewley, Dan Garrett, Billy Reid, Todd

Graham and Kristen Vails.

tion to art goes beyond her work as the Executive Director of the

Istvan Gallery has been partners with Rick and Tracey Bew-

creatively explosive Plaza District in Oklahoma City; her own

ley since its inception – the Bewleys own “Urban Art,” the build-

acrylic paintings of horses are a welcome addition to this show.

ing that houses the gallery as well as their own Blue Sage Glass

Blowing Studio – but this is the first time the husband-and-wife

volving creative destination… and many more!

Kristen Vails is new to the Istvan Gallery, but her connec-

Happy anniversary to a still-evolving and continuously in-

fused glass artists will be featured exhibitors at Istvan. In addition to their usual small-scale freestanding 3D and sculptural pieces, the Bewleys will be producing several large-scale pieces to be displayed on the wall and as backlit pieces.

Returning artists Dan Garrett, Billy Reid and Todd Graham

have each received considerable acclaim during their previous showings – Garrett will be bringing metal sculptures, both free-

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Now four years old and counting, the Istvan Gallery at 1218 N. Western in OKC is open noon-6pm Tuesday-Friday and 1-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The 4th anniversary exhibit will be on display through January 30 – for more information, call 831.2874 or visit

They are the story of Oklahoma in the 21st century. They are the sons and daughters of the Red Earth. Author and photographer M.J. Alexander traveled more than 11,000 miles, photographing 250 Oklahomans from 50 cities and towns across the state for her latest book, Portrait of a Generation. It is an ode to the land and its people, a celebration of those destined to lead the state into its second century. Whether your roots run deep in the Red Earth or all that you know of Oklahoma comes from an old musical, M.J. Alexander’s camera lens will carry you on an emotional journey through an extraordinary state. Oklahoma is revealed as a microcosm of the modern world, yet unique in its vast beauty and ancient traditions. Portrait of a Generation is a work of art. Nanette Asimov San Francisco Chronicle Remarkable , moving photographs and words that reveal the inner lives and quiet power of ordinary people – people you might otherwise pass by. M.J. Alexander shows the poetry deeply rooted in the Oklahoma – and American – landscape. Heidi Evans 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Pursuits | Visual

The Gallery

canvassing the area’s art scene By Steve Gill

ARBOREAL ARDOR O Christmas tree… or Easter tree, or summer solstice tree – the time frame isn’t as important as the beauty of the subject matter at the Norman Park Foundation’s 7th annual Oklahoma Tree Photo Contest. Currently on display at First Fidelity Bank in downtown Norman, the juried show celebrates the splendor of nature by stipulating that each entry include part or all of an Oklahoma tree. An expert panel will select winners, but the People’s Choice Award is determined by ballots cast during the Second Friday Circuit of Art, 6:30-9:30pm on December 9. Over 300 visitors will enjoy refreshments, live guitar music provided by Larry Hammett and Oklahoma’s beauty seen through the artistic eyes of its photographers.

HERE TODAY, 325.3272 The population of China has over a billion members, a growing fascination with the recently burgeoning field of photography and a cultural eagerness to experiment creatively. That all adds up to an amazingly involving artistic phenomenon in progress, and a cross-section of its visual rewards is on view through December 30 in “No Heaven Awaits Us” at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s new Stuart Wing.

“Foggy Creek” by Kyle Haggard

A MATTER OF TSATE, 427.5228 You never know when and where inspiration will strike; for young Francis Bosin – an Oklahoma native of Kiowa-Comanche descent whose tribal name was Tsate Koniga, meaning “Blackbear” – seeing the work of the Kiowa Five prompted a career of combining traditional styles with surrealism as a self-taught sensation. Samples of his work will be on display through January 10 at the Red Earth Museum and Gallery. COME AND GET IT, 329.4523, 366.1667 Paintings, pottery, hand-crafted jewelry, blown glass, carvings and sculpture and other wonderments in plenty, Native Oklahoman art and art by Oklahoma natives… hard-to-find gifts are easy if you know where in Norman to look: art markets hosted by the Jacobson House Native Art Center December 11-13 and the Firehouse Art Center through December 24. ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND, 232.6060 You say you want a revolution? Head to the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery as three artists, colleagues and friends – Norman High School instructors Leslie Dallam, Kim Rice and Carla Waugh – take a spin through their personal creative processes to produce cyclically inspired collages, photographic fractals and piscine paper reliefs in “Revolve,” showing through December 17.

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• Devon Energy Ice Rink, Nov. 25 - Jan. 1

• SandRidge Santa Run, December 10

• Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing at RedHawks Field at Bricktown, Nov. 25 - Jan. 1

• Stonegate-Hogan Lights of Lower Bricktown

• SandRidge Christmas Tree and Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 25 • Bricktown Canal Lights, presented by OneMain Financial • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa, Nov. 26 - Dec. 17 • OG+E Garden Lights and Free Crystal Bridge Sundays at Myriad Gardens • Oklahoma City Community Foundation presents Free Museum Sundays • Wimgo Holidays on the Canal featuring free Water Taxi rides • OK Cityscape exhibit, Nov. 19 - Dec. 31 • Sonic Segway Santa

Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway

• Chesapeake Energy’s “The Christmas Show,” sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, an OKC Philharmonic production, Dec. 1-3 • Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a Downtown in December event, presented by BancFirst, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18 • Skirvin Holiday Celebrations • Devon Energy Holiday River Parade, Nov. 25 • Oklahoma City Thunder Girls, Rumble, Barons players and Ice Girls appearances at various locations • Oklahoma City Barons vs. Peoria Rivermen hockey game, Dec. 9 at 7pm

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Pursuits | Performance


By Steve Gill Photo by K.O. Rinearson

Devon supported the arts, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful could come of the story Lyric Theatre is going to relate.


nd it is a wonderful story – a tale of epiphany and redemption that encourages us to treasure

the great moments in our lives and the people with whom we share them; and reminds us that generosity toward others improves us immeasurably as well. It’s become an inescapably iconic hallmark of the season and even had a huge influence in shaping our concept of its namesake holiday, and though the story is near-universally known by heart, the joyous warmth of its appeal never fades. ’Tis the season: Lyric Theatre performs “A Christmas Carol” December 9-31 at the Plaza Theatre.

The musical adaptation of Dickens’

classic is presented by Devon Energy, which provided a thoroughly un-miserly $200,000 grant to underwrite the costs of the production each December for a fiveyear span, beginning this month.

The theatre has never before undertaken the story, but performers – and audi-

ences – are in good hands: Lyric’s artistic director, Michael Baron, actually developed this stage adaptation and has been directing its run at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He’s returning to OKC to helm a veteran cast of stars, including Jonathan Beck Reed as Scrooge, Tom Huston Orr as Bob Cratchit, Ethan Wells as Tiny Tim and many more.

Brimming with joyous song and dance, lavish scenery, period costumes, theat-

rical magic and lots of snow, Lyric’s new annual holiday production celebrates the timeless spirit of Christmas… for the first time. Ready to begin a fresh tradition?

“God bless us, every one” is a beautiful sentiment, but He helps those who help themselves; tickets are available by calling 524.9310 or visiting

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Ashley Mandanas (Martha), Jonathan Beck Reed (Scrooge), Ethan Wells (Tiny Tim), Tom Huston Orr (Bob Cratchit) and Natalie Goodin (Belinda) star in Lyric Theatre’s 2011 production of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Devon Energy.

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Pursuits | Performance

Curtain Calls

metro entertainment takes center stage


By Steve Gill

STILL DANCING, STILL DREAMING, 325.4051 It’s a fairytale adventure, it’s a masterpiece of composition, it’s a worldwide classic… and it only happens one month out of every four years at the University of Oklahoma. With lavish sets, beautifully designed costumes and a cast of over 100 dancers, including children from across the state, the story of little Clara and her heroic wooden soldier takes the stage as the OU Symphony Orchestra joins the dancers from the Oklahoma Festival Ballet – the university’s resident ballet company – in “The Nutcracker” December 2-11 in the Rupel Jones Theatre on the OU campus.

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THOSE OLD SWEET SONGS, 232.7464 Sometimes familiarity breeds contentment: you probably know all the words to the entirety of Canterbury Choral Society’s annual “Canterbury Christmas” concert December 4 at the OKC Civic Center, but that awareness is part of the appeal (although the surpassingly excellent delivery also is an undeniable draw). Plus, circle December 18 for the Victorian Christmas concert at OCU. WISHFUL THINKING, 812.7737 Whatever your endeavor, aiming high – reaching for the stars – is essential for a superlative result… unfortunately, “worst behaved” and “most inventively awful” are superlatives as well. Using very bad children as actors yields very funny results as the OKC Theatre Company sets its sights on “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” December 2-18 at the OKC Civic Center.   MEN OF MELODY, 297.2264 Toe-tapping tunes are the focus, and the reward, for Rose State Live! Audiences this month, as the performing arts series plays on by presenting two shows in a week’s time: Harold Hill’s hollow hucksterism plays second fiddle to the onset of true love in “The Music Man” December 2-4, and Three Mo’ Tenors display staggering vocal versatility December 6.   THE JOLLY AND THE JIVE-Y, 974.3375 Of all the year’s holidays, none comes with a better soundtrack than Christmas. The yuletide’s greatest hits get a double dose of instrumental pep as “Yule Be Swingin’” heats up the UCO Jazz Lab December 1-4 and again December 8-10. The smokin’ show’s left quite an impression on area listeners in years past, so reservations are strongly recommended.

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Pursuits | Performance

TELL IT LIKE IT IS, 232.7575 There’s no attempt at subterfuge here, no misdirection or obfuscation or needless ambiguity – it’s called “The Christmas Show,” and that’s exactly what viewers get: the OKC Philharmonic’s stocking runneth over with costumed singers, dancers, marvelous music and seasonal sparkle, and they’re more than gleeful to share the joy with the metro. Stage star Judy McLane takes a break from playing Tanya in “Mamma Mia!” on Broadway to reprise her role as the hostess and special guest star during this annual present for audiences of all ages; four shows total December 1-3 – a performance per evening with a Saturday matinee – at the OKC Civic Center.

THE SWEETNESS, 606.7003 The season’s most famous ballet isn’t all fun and games and showdowns between wooden soldiers and mouse monarchs; what happens when one of the stars has overindulged her sweet tooth and must select a stand-in? Oklahoma Children’s Theatre performs Lyn Adams’ “The Sugar Plum Fairy” December 2-18 at the Children’s Center for the Arts on the OCU campus. BRING IT ON HOME, 208.5227 It’s a thoroughly delightful Broadway-style blowout that runs the gamut from delicate ballet to a massive Christmas kickline – you might say there’s no place like the American Spirit Dance Company’s annual “Home for the Holidays” revue, December 8-11 at OCU’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium. Think of it as a full-family present, wrapped in razzle-dazzle and topped with a deep bow.   TOY STORY, 843.9898 Pixar’s much-loved modern classics have encouraged kindness toward playthings by stressing their clandestine capacity for loyalty and affection, but for willingness to actually step up and defend the owner from the minions of the Mouse King, look instead to the more timeless tale of “The Nutcracker” performed by the OKC Ballet and OKC Philharmonic December 9-18.   THE WINTER OF OUR CONTENT, 307.9320 Norman’s Performing Arts Studio has developed an ideal cure for the common cold snap: an evening in the cozy confines of the Santa Fe Depot bolstered with a healthy dose of acoustic bliss. The Winter Wind Concert Series continues December 4 courtesy of the nuanced, compassionate multi-genre explorations of picker and penner Darden Smith.  


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Pursuits | Events


By Steve Gill

e are told that ’tis the season to be jolly – and what

small entertainment awaits at OK CityScape, an assemblage of

better way to attain that happy state than by taking

nearly two million LEGO bricks and elements brought to life

part in the month-long party happening in down-

with lights, sound effects and animatronics.

town Oklahoma City? The 10 annual Downtown in Decem-

ber, presented by Devon Energy, is a 40-day spate of mostly

slide at RedHawks Field as Chesapeake Energy presents the

free festivity designed to provide holiday entertainment and

nation’s largest manmade snow tubing slope… or for a more se-

lifelong memories; consider this an open invitation.

date journey, Wimgo Holidays on the Canal offers free Water

Taxi cruises down the Bricktown canal. Hours for both excur-


The celebration officially began with the SandRidge

For a thrill that’s genuinely the biggest of its kind, go for a

Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 25, but those

sions vary; please check dates and times beforehand.

lights, impressive as they are, form a mere twinkling star in

And all that family holiday entertainment doesn’t even

the scintillating constellation that spans the entirety of

mention special events like the SandRidge Santa Run on De-

downtown, from the Bricktown Canal up to Automo-

cember 4, which incorporates a 5K run, Kids’ Dash and 1-mile

bile Alley and through the newly renovated Myriad

fun run for cash rewards and giveaways. Or the OKC Com-

Gardens – now home to the skaters’ paradise of the

munity Foundation’s Free Museum Sundays, of-

Devon Energy Ice Rink as well as kids’ activities

fering culture, art and history via the Ameri-

during Saturdays With Santa. And speak-

can Banjo Museum, OKC National Memorial

ing of kids, huge potential for

and Museum, OKC Museum of Art and Oklahoma Heritage Museum. Or the high tea, brunch and gingerbread mansion display of the Skirvin Hilton’s Holiday Celebration. Not to mention surprises like the presents awarded by the roving Sonic Segway Santa and the OKC Philharmonic’s Phil the Penguin… suffice it to say that December is a month of celebration, and downtown OKC is where it’s at. See you there!

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Pursuits | Events

Save the Date

keeping up around town By Steve Gill

JOY TO THE CITY, 249.9391, 340.3646, 974.2363 The splendor and spirit of the Christmas season are in full effect throughout the month in Edmond – the wintry wonders begin on day 1 with the Edmond Electric Parade of Lights’ movable feast for the eyes. UCO’s annual Winterglow offers free refreshments, crafts, games and carriage rides December 2; the residents of Boys Ranch Town reenact the inspiration of the nativity in their DriveThrough Living Christmas Pageant December 2-4; and December 3-4 initiates the triple-header of weekend treats from the Downtown Edmond Business Association, which presents carolers, music, food and free wagon rides through the heart of the city. Plus: outdoor ice rink open daily. Happy exploring!

A SPOT OF ROYALTY, 235.3700 A journey of 500 years is a pretty big deal; it’s a good thing there are refreshments involved. Elizabeth I, deo gratia Queen of England, France and Ireland and Defender of the Faith, pops by the Bass Music Center Atrium to host the Norman North Chamber Choir, a silent auction, a period fashion show and high tea with the graciousness only a monarch can muster as Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Christmas Tea With the Queen December 3.

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GIANT GOINGS-ON, 325.4712 The mammoth that the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is wont to picture in publicity materials is an especially apt choice for its annual Holiday Happening: it conveys an interest in learning about the Earth’s past and symbolizes the immensity of the event’s entertainment; plus it looks adorable in a giant stocking cap. Santa Claus and Saurians alike await on December 1 as visitors enjoy free admission, music, crafts, storytelling and deals in the Museum store.

HOLIDAY ROUNDUP, 235.7267 What do you call 100 longhorn cattle being driven through the streets of Stockyards City? A Christmas tradition. The bovine brigade forms the core of the 15th annual Cowboy Christmas Parade, a jubilant procession that also includes rodeo riders, antique cars, native dancers and Cowboy Santa. The December 10 parade is the district’s second round of free festivities, following December 2nd’s Holiday Open House, special sales, tree lighting ceremony and festive concert at the Rodeo Opry.

A TIME TO REMEMBER, 282.1947 The past might have lacked our modern life’s amenities like smartphones or indoor plumbing, but viewed through the rosy glasses of remembrance, it’s thoroughly inviting, and Guthrie’s a great place to experience it: the Pollard Theatre’s “Territorial Christmas Carol,” candlelit trolley tours through quaintly decorated historic homes, a stroll through picturesque downtown shops amid refreshments and carolers during the Victorian Walks – there’s something to enjoy on a near-daily basis during the city’s seasonal spectacular.

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Pursuits | Events

WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES ’12, 270.4848 One chapter ends with a flourish and the next begins with a bang for the tens of thousands in downtown OKC for the party of the year… and the next year. Arts Council OKC’s beloved bash Opening Night returns December 31 in a countdown to 2012 loaded with entertainment: headliner Smilin’ Vic, musicians Cori Emmett, Briana Gaither, The Maurice Johnson Band and FM Pilots, an OKC Roller Derby bout, OKC Improv’s comedy, master illusionist David Thomas – even a children’s area with petting zoo, colossal inflatable obstacle course and the Bricktown Clowns – plus fireworks to ring in the New Year. One wristband gets you in everywhere; check the Arts Council’s website for details.

STEPPIN’ OUT, 253.1400 The Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade is taking some inspiration from the classics this year; adherence to its theme will mean participants as well as viewers will have a “Holly, Jolly Christmas.” The experience is itself a gift to cherish, and though it lasts only one day – December 10 – it’s bound to contain at least 12 drummers drumming, nine ladies dancing and a Jolly Old Elf (there’s only one, after all) in a sleigh.

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MERRY TRAILS, 478.2250 Not that there’s anything wrong with bells, but for a certain demographic a more apt version of the carol would begin “Jingle spurs, jingle spurs, jingle all the way to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum…” Celebrate the season country-style as Michael Martin Murphey returns to add his joyous enthusiasm and energetic talents to the live music, dancing, buffet dinner, holiday cheer and visit from Santa that mark the 17th annual Cowboy Christmas Ball December 16.

WE LOVE THE (18)80S, 235.4058 Those who learn from and love history are sometimes fortunate enough to repeat it: the 1880s live again at the historic Harn Homestead, where the carefully preserved schoolhouse, outbuildings and home of William Fremont Harn are bedecked with vintage decorations and offer treats, crafts, carols and a visit from Santa during the Territorial Christmas celebration December 1. It’s perhaps the best kind of time travel –­ no DeLoreans, hot tubs, malfunctioning toasters or warp slingshots around the sun necessary.

PARK IT The joy of decorating is twofold: enjoying the fruits of your consideration and labor, and sharing the results with others. Residents of one of the city’s more charming neighborhoods have made their adornments and opened their doors to visitors; you’re not going to disappoint them, are you? Take the 34th annual Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour December 4, or bask in the glow of the softly lit homes on the Candlelight Tour the evening of December 3.

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Student Jazz Ensemble Concert UCO Jazz Lab •

Surrey Singers Holiday Show OCU Petree Hall


Art Moves: deadCENTER Shorts Downtown Library •

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Art Moves: Formicola/Zieba OKC Museum of Art •

Miracle Children of OK Calendar Penn Square Mall •

Three Mo’ Tenors Rose State PAC •


Nichols Hills City Council Meeting City Hall • •

Santa Delivers OKC Zoo

Winter Break Camps City Arts Center J 12/16


Rodney Carrington Firelake Grand Casino, Shawnee J 12/27 •

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu OKCMOA Noble Theatre •

OU Percussion Holiday Concert OU Catlett Music Center

OK Art League Luncheon Skirvin Hilton

Dan Garrett: Steel Canvas Governor’s Gallery, State Capitol J 2/19


Edmond Community Chorale First Christian Church

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5th Street Jazz Collective UCO Jazz Lab • •


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Art Moves: Diane Coady Leadership Square •



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Art Moves: Carols of Christmas City Hall •

Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex

Eames: The Architect & Painter OKCMOA Noble Theatre •

Art Moves: Wayne McEvilly OKC Museum of Art Barons vs. Stars Cox Center OKC Chamber Sunset Reception Gold’s Gym, NW Expressway •



HANUKKAH BEGINS OU (M) vs. South Carolina State Lloyd Noble Center •

OU vs. South Carolina State, Lloyd Noble Center


Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex •

Art Moves: Reduxion’s Songs of Shakespeare Leadership Square •

Barons vs. Americans Cox Center •


OU (W) vs. TCU Lloyd Noble Center •

Barons vs. Americans Cox Center •

Art Moves: Dustin Prinz Chase Tower •


THURSDAY Parade of Lights Downtown Edmond •


Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant Boys Ranch Town J 12/4 •


SATURDAY Choral Ensembles UCO Mitchell Hall Theater •


SUNDAY OU (W) vs. Ohio State Lloyd Noble Center •

Yule Be Swingin’ UCO Jazz Lab J 12/10

The Nutcracker OU Rupel Jones Theater J 12/11

Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Edmond J 12/4

Holiday Happening Sam Noble Museum

Barons vs. Rampage Cox Center

Gingerbread House Contest Edmond Historical Society Museum

No Heaven Awaits Us Fred Jones Jr. Museum J 12/30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever OKC Theatre Co. J 12/18

4th Anniversary Show Istvan Gallery J 1/30/12

First Friday Gallery Walk Paseo Arts District

Christmas Tea w/ the Queen OK Shakespeare in the Park, OCU Bass School of Music •

The Christmas Show OKC Philharmonic, Civic Center J 12/3

Downtown in December Downtown OKC J 1/2/12

Territorial Christmas Harn Homestead

Holiday Gift Gallery JRB Art at the Elms J 12/31

The Music Man Rose State PAC J 12/4 The Sugar Plum Fairy OK Children’s Theatre J 12/18



Wind Symphony UCO Mitchell Hall Theater •


Norman Park Tree Photo Contest First Fidelity Bank downtown •

Cowboy Christmas Parade Stockyards City Mesta Park Holiday Homes Tour Mesta Park •

Sutton Series: Christmas at OU OU Catlett Music Center Winter Wind: Darden Smith Santa Fe Depot Canterbury Christmas Civic Center Horseshoes & Holly Open House Nat’l Cowboy Museum •

OSU (M) vs. Langston Gallagher-Iba Arena •

Saturdays for Kids: Ornament Making Nat’l Cowboy Museum •

OSU vs. OU Boone Pickens Stadium •


Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Edmond J 12/11 •


Improv Tonight! UCO Pegasus Theater •

Holiday Open House Howell Gallery

Sara Evans Riverwind Casino

Historic Homes Tour Throughout Guthrie

New Horizons Chamber Concert OU Catlett Music Center

Small Works Show Santa Fe Depot J 12/31

Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade Downtown Norman

OU (M) vs. Oral Roberts Lloyd Noble Center

• Barons vs. Rivermen Cox Center

OU (M) vs. Arkansas Lloyd Noble Center

American Spirit: Home for the Holidays UCO Kirkpatrick Center J 12/11

A Christmas Carol Lyric’s Plaza Theatre J 12/31

Charles Scott Duo Nonna’s Purple Bar

Art Moves: Brian Mitchell Brody Robinson Renaissance

Live on the Plaza OKC Plaza District

Sugar Free All-Stars Holiday Concert Uptown Kids

Noon Tunes: Matt Denman Downtown Library

The Nutcracker OKC Ballet, Civic Center J 12/18

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Chesapeake Arena

OSU(W) vs. Missouri State Gallagher-Iba Arena

Screw the Eggnog, Pass the Rum 3D Ghostlight Theatre OKC J 12/17

Martinis & Mistletoe Firelake Grand Casino, Shawnee


New Horizons Band Concert OU Catlett Music Center •


Intersession Art Show OU Lightwell Gallery J 1/6 •


1889 Territorial School House Edmond Historical Society Museum •

OU (W) vs. Milwaukee Lloyd Noble Center Poetry: Carol Koss Santa Fe Depot The Sisters of Swing Santa Fe Depot Sutton Series: Holiday Pipes OU Catlett Music Center Horseshoes & Holly Open House Nat’l Cowboy Museum A Mary Mary Christmas Concert Frederick Douglass Auditorium


Horseshoes & Holly Open House Nat’l Cowboy Museum •

Art Moves: Erica Thomas Myriad Gardens

Art Moves: Nancy Peterson Robinson Renaissance

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Chesapeake Arena

Becannen & Vollertson Nonna’s Purple Bar

Victorian Walk Downtown Guthrie

Noon Tunes: Easy Street Downtown Library

Cowboy Christmas Ball Nat’l Cowboy Museum

Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Edmond J 12/18

Holiday Art Market Jacobson House J 12/13

King of the Cage Steel Curtain Riverwind Casino

Victorian Christmas Canterbury Choral Society OCU Bass School of Music OSU (W) vs. Texas-Pan American Gallagher-Iba Arena

All-College Basketball Classic Chesapeake Arena •

Barons vs. Aeros Cox Center •

Christmas Train OK Railway Museum •

Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar •


Noon Tunes: Flyin’ Fiddler & Co. Downtown Library •





Maurice Johnson Nonna’s Purple Bar •



OSU (W) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Gallagher-Iba Arena •


Noon Tunes: Em & the Mother Superiors Downtown Library •

Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar •

NEW YEAR’S EVE OU (M) vs. Northwestern State Lloyd Noble Center •

Barons vs. Rampage Cox Center •

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Wanderlust | Getting Away

Head north to make merry in a winter wonderland

By Elaine Warner






A Destination for All Seasons


Osthoff Resort is a year-round delight.


here does Santa spend Christmas? It’s entirely

possible that the jolly old elf heads for the Osthoff

arrived in 1885 and began building a summer resort on the

Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of course, he

lake. Their hotel, with accommodations for 120 guests, opened

likes it best when there’s lots of snow. With the cooperation of

in 1886. The resort grew and flourished with the town, which

the weather, the landscape looks like a Christmas card.

adapted to the times by becoming a drinking and gambling ha-

ven during Prohibition and a mecca for car buffs and road rac-

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh

Otto and Paulina Osthoff, entrepreneurs from Milwaukee,

rides… can’t you just hear the jingle bells now? Wisconsin na-

ers in the 1950s.

tives love the outdoors and think of lots of ways to enjoy it. And

the Osthoff – and Elkhart Lake – is the perfect place to do it.

arts camp for a number of years. In 1989 the Osthoff under-

Sold in the mid-’50s, the complex served as a drama and

First, a little history. Elkhart Lake – the lake, not the town

went a transformation into its present incarnation. The new

– lives in legend as a special place. Its 120-feet deep, crystal-

Osthoff Resort opened in 1995 and has only grown bigger

clear waters long attracted Native Americans who named it

and better.

“Me-shey-way-odeh-ni-bis,” or Great Elk Heart Lake, for its

shape. Until the railroad reached the area, Elkhart Lake was

hoff stands high on the lists of Midwestern destinations. With

isolated. By 1872 when a line reached the little settlement, the

wonderful accommodations, great dining and a luxurious spa,

gorgeous terrain and beautiful lake were attracting Midwest-

the Osthoff is no longer just a summer resort. It’s an ideal win-

erners looking for summer escapes from the cities.

ter getaway.

Today, with its AAA Four Diamond designation, the Ost-

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Wanderlust | Getting Away

Making a List

The next best thing to Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt is


the Old World Christmas Market at the Osthoff. Held in a giant heated tent trimmed with fragrant boughs of balsam and pine and sparkling lights, the market features 100 vendors offering wares from many parts of Europe. Among the favorites are matryoshkas from Russia, nutcrackers, smokers and Plauen lace from Germany, Czech glass ornaments and Estonian woolens. Festive food is a favorite, too, with the sweet smells of hot glühwein and gingerbread blending with the savory odor of sauerbraten and Nuremberg bratwurst. This year’s market runs

Santa brings his reindeer for a visit.

Christmas Eve Day fea-



from December 2 to 22 from 10 to 5 daily.

tures horse-drawn hayrides, hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols. Christmas morning, children will find stockings with toys and treats.

The Christmas Day Buf-

fet is a feast of epic proportions. Omelets and Eggs Benedict are available for

Enjoy a carriage ride complete with caroling and hot chocolate.

The Old World Christmas Market

the must-have-breakfast crowd, a carvery with beef, ham

December Saturdays offer special treats. Start the morn-

and pork for those more ready to eat hearty, and lots of oth-

ing with Breakfast with Santa (December 3, 10 and 17). Later,

er options topped off with a selection of desserts which in-

schedule cookie decorating or ornament making with Mrs.

cluding a classic Hazelnut Praline Buche de Noel with Me-

Claus. On the same Saturdays, you can enjoy a horse-drawn

ringue Mushrooms.

hayride complete with caroling and hot chocolate at the end.

weather – enjoy ice skating (BYOS) and sledding on the pond

On December 4 and 11, come to brunch with St. Nicholas and

and grounds.


one of his reindeer. Don’t forget your camera.

Throughout the season – depending, of course, on the

Hands-on Holiday

One of the most special features of the Ost-

hoff Resort is its L’ecole de la Maison cooking school. Courses range from several hours to one- and two-day classes. The class I took was Simple French Tarts and Pastries. Simple, yes, with lots of help from Chef Scott Baker. Recipes were ones that could be duplicated in our home kitchens. Not so easily duplicated was the team of ladies who whisked away every dirty dish, pan or spoon. Best of all, we ate our homework. This December’s classes include Christmas Cookies, Hearty Soups and Stocks, French Christmas Dinner and more.

Make delicious treats and enjoy eating your homework.

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Hit the Road

Following World War II, America experienced a sports car


The racing craze of the 1950s still lives at Road America.

craze. Returning G.I.s brought a new appreciation for the European engineering of such autos as Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Jaguars and MGs. Looking for ways to test the limits of their cars, and not challenged by oval tracks, enthusiasts began organizing road races like the famous Monaco Grand Prix. The first Elkhart Road Race was held in 1950. The 3.35-mile course through town and country featured straightaways, elbow and blind curves and undulations. You can still drive some of the original route – look for Wacker’s Wend, Kimberly’s Korner and Dicken’s Ditch, marked with signs.

The Elkhart Lake races lasted only a few years. They were dan-

gerous both to drivers and spectators and the state legislature banned racing on public roads. In 1955 Road America, one of the country’s leading racing venues, opened in nearby Plymouth. Racing season’s over, but check to see if one of the Road America Driving Schools

Historical markers line the route.

Ready to Go?

is offered when you visit. This is a defensive driving course that includes skid prevention and control, emergency braking and other techniques which will serve you well no matter what time of year. They don’t cancel class on account of weather – snow on the track pro-

Osthoff Resort, 800.876.3399, Elkhart Lake, 877.355.4278, Road America, 800.365.RACE,

vides a great teaching opportunity.

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Wanderlust | Close Encounters

For family fun, St. Louis takes the cake



Christmas With the Kiddos


By Elaine Warner

through Sunday night in December. Din-

House, which was built for the garden’s

break looming ahead like a

ner with Santa is December 16-19, fea-

founder Henry Shaw, is decorated for

black hole in the calendar? Do

turing an Italian buffet dinner overlook-

the holidays and offers storytelling on

you dread the inevitable chorus of “We’re

ing the lights, costumed characters and

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am and

bored” that will set in on Day Two? Make

Santa. Breakfast with Santa is available

1pm. There’s an activity corner where

it easy on yourself and plan a fun trip to

December 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. Reserva-

children can color holiday cards, and

St. Louis, where there is something for

tions are required for these special events.

everyone and more than enough to enter-

Visitors during regular zoo hours will

tain the wee ones.

find unique gifts and ornaments in the

Old Favorites

Holiday Zootique.

ST. LOUIS ZOO With over 19,000 ani-


mals representing 655 species, the St.

The Children’s Garden is closed for win-

Louis Zoo draws three million visi-

ter, but there are still great attractions

tors a year. A favorite event is the zoo’s

for kids this month. Saturday afternoons

Wild Lights, a nighttime fairyland with

feature carolers in the garden and San-

spectacular light displays each Friday

ta Claus. The mid-1800s Tower Grove

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re the long weeks of winter

Carolers in the garden

to a shoelace factory and even a circus! If

coloring book. An exhibit area in the

I only had one hour in St. Louis, this is

Visitor Center hosts the Gardenland Ex-

where I’d go.

press annual holiday flower and train show with eight G-scale model trains

MAGIC HOUSE This is a truly cool chil-

traveling through magical landscapes.

dren’s museum with delights for tots

through grade school. Highlights include a secret door into a hidden crime lab, a

CITY MUSEUM No special events are

children’s village, three-story beanstalk

scheduled here – they don’t need them.

to climb and much, much more. Acti-

Give yourself and your children a pres-

vate different sections of an orchestra by

ent and visit City Museum. Uber-in-

switching from chair to chair. Totally

teractive, this is a place to climb, slide,

hands-on and lots of fun. Special seasonal

explore, imagine... you add the verbs.

events: breakfast with Santa on Decem-

Exhibits run the gamut from caves,

ber 4 and a Piwacket Theatre for Children

climb-through slinkys-of-death and the

production of “The Mischievous Elf” on

world’s largest pair of men’s underpants

December 11.

Song, Dance and Theatre CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL Tickets aren’t inexpensive but for families with older children, particularly those involved with a choir, this is an amazing event. The concerts, December 10- 11, feature the 120-voice Archdiocesan Adult Choir, the 70-voice Children’s Choir, a handbell choir and a 20-piece orchestra in one of the most visually and vocally stunning places you’ll ever visit. The Romanesque/Byzantine-style St. Louis Cathedral is richly decorated with mosaics made of over 41 million small bits of gold and colored glass created by 20 different artists over a period of 75 years. THE NUTCRACKER You have several opportunities to catch a performance of this perennial holiday favorite: St. Louis Ballet at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, December 16-18 and 21-23; The Missouri Ballet

More Cool Stuff ST. LOUIS BLUES If you’re missing major league hockey, get your fix here. SKATE WITH SANTA The Jolly Old Elf will be gliding on the ice from 1 - 3pm on Saturdays, December 3 and 10. The Steinberg Rink in Forest Park is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest. Warm up with hot cocoa from the Snowflake Café. WEBSTER WONDERLAND WEEKENDS St. Louis is surrounded by charming little towns; one of my favorites is Webster Groves. Special holiday events are posted at CENTRAL WEST END WINDOW WALK The official celebrations begin on Saturday, December 3 from 1 - 6pm with Santa and his sleigh, a Holiday Village Workshop, Bojangles the Reindeer, Holiday Llama rides, Bob Kramer’s Marionettes and more. Shop owners will be competing for the most festive window displays. If you can’t make the opening event, go to CWE anyway to see the windows and shop the unique boutiques. Don’t miss Bissinger’s Chocolates! MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

each child will receive a garden-themed

Theatre production at the Edison Theatre at Washington University, December 1618 and 20., DR. SEUSS’ “HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL” December 7 and 18 at the newly restored and reopened Peabody Opera House. www. ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY The Symphony offers a whole goodie bag of seasonal treats – pick and choose by ages and interests: Gospel Christmas, December 8; Michael W. Smith’s Christmas, December 9 and 10; and the biggie – the annual Holiday Concert featuring favorite songs of the season, eggnog, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Disney’s Broadway hit comes to the Fabulous Fox December 20-24. The theatre itself is something to see – a restored, multi-million-dollar, 1929 movie palace complete with Hollywood’s interpretation of Asia and a massive Wurlitzer organ.

Dragon – Lantern Festival

A PRESENT FOR THE FUTURE St. Louis glitters in the winter but it also shimmers in the summer. One of the biggest upcoming events of 2012 is the Chinese Lantern Festival May 26 through August 19 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Described as “Art by day, magic by night,” the festival features 26 larger-than-life, lighted constructions of silk and steel placed throughout the gardens. If you can’t come to St. Louis for Christmas, do plan on a summer trip. Even better, see it at all seasons. There’s more than enough to do! Visit www.explorestlouis. com for more info.

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In Excelsis Duo


o say that Angela Cozby is busy is a bit like stating that this past summer was

hot. It simply doesn’t do justice to the word. Angela is director of one of the metro’s most treasured events, the annual Festival of the Arts, presented by

the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. She has also curated exhibits at the State Capitol and managed Oklahoma’s state art collection, and has been named one of the state’s top business people under 40.

During the holiday season, Angela stops (or at least slows) to contemplate fun

times and family ties, with this recipe for Sugar Cookies – and a bonus to accompany them.

“This cookie recipe came from the matriarch of a Scottish family in my parents’

hometown of San Francisco,” Angela says. “My mom still makes them each year and it’s one of my favorite aspects of going home for Christmas. The cookies are delicious with frosty milk or something with a little kick. Tinsel Tini is the perfect cocktail for a wintery night. The mint and white chocolate combination is classic and will definitely have you feeling jolly. This combo is perfect for your New Year’s celebration, whether you’re staying in or celebrating with 60,000 friends at the Arts Council’s Opening Night!”

By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Sugar Cookies

2 c flour 2 t baking powder 1/2 t cinnamon 1/2 t salt 1/2 c butter 1 c sugar, plus extra for coating the cookies 3/8 c half-and-half 1 egg 1 t vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350°. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and cream for 2 minutes.  Beat in egg and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Wrap dough in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight. Use a cookie press or cutters to create shapes. Top with sprinkles before baking or with icing or powdered sugar after baking. Arrange the cookies 2-3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer to racks and let them cool. The cookies keep in an airtight container for 1 week.

Easy Cookie Icing

1 c powdered sugar 1/2 T milk 1 t vanilla   Combine all ingredients.  Stir until smooth.  Separate and dye with food coloring.  

Tinsel Tini

3/4 oz Ketel One vodka 1/2 oz Rumple Minze 1/4 oz Godiva White Chocolate liqueur Optional Garnish: 1 t white chocolate 1 mint leaf   Mix liquids, add ice and shake. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint leaves and grated white chocolate.

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Chilly, Charming Chocolate Pie

2 sticks (16 T) butter, divided, chilled and cut into 1/2" cubes 1/4 c light brown sugar 1 9-oz package chocolate wafers, crumbled 31/2 c half-and-half 2/3 c sugar (plus 2 T for whipped cream – optional) 1/4 c cornstarch 9 egg yolks 9 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 21/2 t vanilla 2 c heavy cream


An Extraordinary Finish C

By Tina Redecha Photo by Carli Wentworth

hristmas is the most wondrous season of the

year, to my way of thinking – and it should be filled with the most extraordinary desserts

(preferably on a daily basis)! This truly over-the-top chocolate pie fulfills all of my sweet dreams and puts a very fitting end to 2011.

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Preheat oven to 375°. Butter a 9" pie plate (the deeper, the better). Heat 1 stick butter in a 1-quart saucepan until liquid and mix in brown sugar. Transfer mixture to bowl and stir in wafers, then press into bottom and sides of pie plate (use a Pyrex cup). Chill for 20 minutes to set, then bake for 15 minutes and put aside. If you prefer, use graham crackers instead of chocolate wafers or try adding 1/4 t cinnamon and/or nutmeg to the brown sugar.


Heat half-and-half in 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to simmer; remove from heat. In large bowl, mix 2/3 c sugar with cornstarch. Add egg yolks and mix very well, then slowly drizzle in half-and-half, whisking constantly. Return mixture to medium heat and cook, stirring, until bubbles rise to surface and mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining butter and chocolates in small batches. Stir in vanilla, then strain chocolate mixture through sieve into medium bowl and chill until set, 4-5 hours, with plastic pressed onto surface. Spoon chocolate into crust. Whip cream until stiff and spread on top of pie; garnish with shaved chocolate.


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ne of the less celebrated but more delectably memorable of the holiday season’s finer points is that many

restaurants and bars in the metro area roll out special menus with a decidedly distinctive and festive air. Good food and drink make the season bright, with chefs and mixologists working overtime to create fresh ideas, and in some cases, new twists on classic favorites.

One of the mainstays of the West-

ern Avenue scene, The Lobby Bar at 4322 N. Western presents a bit of flair for the holidays with the Maple Manhattan Flip, a concoction that combines Pendleton Canadian Whisky and Vya Sweet Vermouth, along with Angostura Bitters, maple syrup, rosemary and an egg white.

The blend is shaken without ice until

it becomes frothy, then further shaken with ice. Strain into a goblet or snifter, garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy this delightful bit of holiday cheer – available only through January, and only at The Lobby Bar.

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Dining From the Heart By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson


pen since August, Sergio’s Italian Bistro in downtown Norman has been earning raves from those who enjoy

homestyle Italian specialties, with a few menu twists. Combined with the intangibles of laidback charm, exceptional service and value, it makes for a low-key, pleasant dining experience at 104 E. Gray Street.

The owner is of Mexican descent, but pro-

fesses a deep and abiding love for Italian cuisine, and it shows in the menu. One of the most thoroughly unique offerings here (or anywhere, for that matter) is among the appetizer selections: the Pasta Chips ($3.50) are seasoned and lightly fried, then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. They are served with marinara sauce, but take our word for it – these chips need no sauce; they are outstanding in flavor and texture on their own. Don’t be surprised if you want a second order.

There is a good variety of pizzas, including

a build-your-own selection, plus original pasta dishes and classics like the Spaghetti alla Carbonara ($7.50), featuring pasta tossed with egg and parmesan in bacon-butter. The Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($8) stars large, succulent shrimp on a choice of pasta (spaghetti, fettuccine or penne) cooked in a spicy tomato sauce that can be adjusted to the diner’s taste – while a server said the heat level ranges from “mild” to “insanity,” one step below “insanity” provides fine heat without obscuring the sauce’s flavors.

Sergio’s has partnered with nearby La Ba-

guette for its desserts, and the Tiramisu ($4) does not disappoint. Light and creamy, it is the perfect topper for the meal.

Portion sizes are well done, and if you do

find you need a to-go box, take heart: the leftovers are even better the second day… the mark of exceptional café cuisine. Sergio’s Italian Bistro brings abundant character and tasty menu offerings to the heart of Norman.

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Joy Throughout theYears By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

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Nestled in south Norman, the home of Terri and Tinker Owens presents no affectation or pretense, simply a space where a family can fondly recall old memories, revel in each other’s company and join in the richness of Christmas.

Tinker and Terri lived on the west side of Norman when

their children were young, and later purchased another home, which they remodeled and sold after two years. Six years ago they went in search of a home with open living space to fit their changing lifestyle. The house they purchased was a spec home, brand new. And while it has become a place where the family can congregate, in a safe neighborhood where grandchildren can ride their bicycles and generally enjoy life, there were changes to be made as soon as the family moved in.

“The dining room was painted burnt orange… in Nor-

man,” Terri says with an easy laugh. Questionable for even the most casual Sooner fan, the shade was out of the question for the two-time OU All-American and family. “So we had a lot of things done within the first week.”

A year’s worth of renovation achieved a delicate balance

to satisfy both Tinker and Terri. “He wanted new, I wanted old,” Terri says.

So the new home received a makeover to help achieve a

more lived-in feel, and it succeeded in fine fashion. Carpets were taken up and wood floors added. The Owens’ son-in-law built, by hand, a rustic screened porch. “That is where we truly live,” Terri says. “Every house we live in has to have a screened porch.”

Opening spread: In the great room, a canvas cloth Santa presides over the mantel, with the piano holding the Christmas village in the corner. far left: The rustic comfort of the screened porch is subtly and tastefully appointed during the holidays. The metal deer’s head above the fireplace becomes a reindeer during December. upper left: Terri and Tinker enjoy the warmth of their screened porch in all seasons. lower left: A wreath upon the door, a garland of greenery above, red and green in pots to either side… each year this entry welcomes family and visitors alike to the Owens home.

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far left: The winter sun bathes the great room. top: The Christmas village on the piano is a cornerstone of the Owens family’s holiday traditions. “If I did not put up the Christmas village on the piano,” Terri says, “the grandkids – and probably even my kids – would have a heart attack. It is a big part of our Christmas.” left: A few keepsakes in the shadow of the Christmas tree and its decades of ornaments – the football ornament honors Tinker’s sports career, and the shoes were Terri’s as a child.

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At Christmas, Terri dresses the house herself. Beginning the

day after Thanksgiving, she spends a week or so preparing the home for the holidays. There is tradition here; beginning with the Christmas tree ornaments Terri and Tinker received when they were first married 38 years ago, stretching forward to the ornaments they have given their children. Each is dated, and each is special. “I wouldn’t change or trade any of those for anything,” Terri says.

Each of the Owens children received a Christmas stocking

when they were born – their “stocking for life,” Terri says. Sonsin-law and three grandchildren have embraced and continued this treasured legacy.

top: One of the most pleasing spots in the Owens home is the informal wooden dining table, where the family can enjoy breakfast or guests can linger for a while. middle: Just off the kitchen, this comfortable TV room is a popular relaxation spot, especially for Tinker. bottom: With miniature Christmas trees as centerpieces, nutcrackers standing guard and Terri’s Santa collection on the sideboard, the formal dining room accommodates the entire family for Christmas dinner.

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upper left: Dappled in sunlight, the master bath features an oval tub with old-fashioned wrought iron fixtures, creating a feeling of peace and harmony with the surroundings. upper right: The plate was hand-painted by Terri’s mother. Fleur-de-lis symbols are scattered throughout the house, a nod toward Tinker’s years with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. lower right: With its wood floors and poster bed, the master bedroom captures the feel of an older home, reflecting the spirit Terri loves. left: This guest bedroom hearkens to an earlier time, balancing elegance and simplicity to create a lovely haven for visitors.

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But the tradition most anticipated by multiple generations of the Owens family

is the Christmas village that rests atop the piano at the edge of the great room. First assembled when the Owens children were themselves youngsters, the village has grown slowly for over 20 years, acquiring pieces here and there and including con-

Family photos from years past, a retelling of the biblical Christmas story and “It’s a Wonderful Life”… subtle touches that bring home the magic of the holidays.

tributions from Terri’s mother’s collection. The lovingly assembled heirloom has become one of the main stars of the season and the piano is a focal point in the home during the holidays.

“They just love it,” Terri says of her three grandchildren. “They will climb up on

the bench and look at it, again and again.”

Other accessories – a distressed informal dining table, a wooden poster bed in the

master – further add to the new/old charm of this 2,900-square-foot home.

The Christmas season is many things, and to paraphrase Dickens, we all keep

the holiday in our own way. For Tinker and Terri Owens and their family, the joy of the holiday in their home is not in counting how many lights are strung or how much money was spent, but in the precious and priceless moments spent with each other. They embrace the traditions wrought by Christmases past, lovingly enjoy the Christmas present, and plan for next year, when the stockings and ornaments and Terri’s Christmas village will once again bring the delights of Christmas yet to come.

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Setting the Table By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


s they say, the holidays can be “the most wonderful time of the year.� Of course, they

can also be the most hectic. We suggest throwing a holiday party that lets you sit back and relax, and shortens the to-do list for all your guests.

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The number one rule of a stress-

free party is to take it easy on yourself. You don’t need an overly elaborate centerpiece to make an impression. Cut branches from evergreens or holly from your own backyard. Lay the branches down in the center of the table and add decorative birds. Any kind will do‌ these warmly colored metal ones add a winsome touch. A bird’s nest placed in the middle of the branches with a small bunch of fresh flowers gives a center to the table with a splash of color.

A wooden spool of velvet ribbon

sporting a galvanized metal name tag doubles as a place card and is a perfect take-home gift for your guests to use for their holiday wrapping chores. Instead of the usual red and green, try a different color scheme like mustard and silver, turquoise and burgundy. These unusual colors warm up the cool pewter plates and intricate metallic placemats in this scene. Have drinks waiting for your guests as they arrive. A side table with some sprigs of evergreen and a sprinkling of cranberries set the stage for cranberry champagne flutes.

As guests leave the party, send them

home with rolls of wrapping paper simply tied with ribbon or string, and extra spools of ribbon as well... they will be on their way to a less-stress holiday! From our table to yours... happy celebrating, happy wrapping and happy holidays! For resources, see page 114.

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Living Well | Mind, Body, Spirit

The Magic Kingdom

By Lawrence Evans Photos by K.O. Rinearson

The Children’s Center is colorful and bright so that the healing atmosphere is more home than hospital.


he’s dancing, lifting her legs in time with the beat. She’s the little mermaid riding high on the wave of each note, arms moving to the music, a smile illuminating her face as her bright-red wavy hair sways in rhythm. She’s kicking

a drum as part of the physical therapy she needs, but until she yells “Ouch!” from her wheelchair when the song ends, it’s almost possible to forget that the dancing is really a means to strengthen her legs.

For Alexis Davis, music has always been an important part of life. A clarinet play-

er and one-time Justin Bieber fan, she’s all about Selena Gomez these days. Instead of worrying about the health obstacles facing her, she is able to concentrate on the things that should be on a teenage girl’s mind: music, dancing and those boys of yesterday. Through a variety of therapies at The Children’s Center in Bethany, kids like Alexis – those facing complex medical needs and disabilities – are able to receive the treatment they need while still focusing on what it means to be young.

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The Children’s Center began in 1898

as The Oklahoma Orphanage and operated at several different locations in the downtown area before moving to Bethany in 1909. Thirty years later, the organization’s focus shifted to medical care, primarily for children with polio. The orphans had been moved to the Sunbeam Home, but the basic principles of founder Mattie Mallory’s vision – faith, hope and love – endured. If the institution that would come to be known as The Children’s Center was the Magic Kingdom, then Mallory was the fairy godmother to all its children.

By the late ’60s, however, the center

was in financial straits, and it was going to take more than a simple “Ta-da!” to keep Mallory’s vision alive. Things continued to look grim for the next decade until the brother-sister team of Albert and Carol Gray came on board.

“They didn’t have any hope that it

could be turned around,” says CEO Albert Gray. “I had a license to operate a nursing home. They wanted me to come

Lead teacher Alane Nelson with Michael and The Children’s Center CEO Albert Gray

to close it, not to turn it around.” With faith, love and what some might call a little magic, Gray was able to find the hope and means to keep the facility open and operating. “We found that if we just followed good hard work and good biblical principles, it [would turn] around.” The rest is simply storybook history. Thirty-plus years and millions of dollars in donations later, The Children’s Center has become a beacon of hope for children and their families. “Now we’re a licensed hospital. We provide rehabilitation for long-term-care kids and shortterm,” says Gray.

A walk through the hallways leaves

visitors wondering where the hospital begins and Wonderland stops; everything in the facility resonates with

Patients Ashlynn and William take part in aquatic therapy with physical therapist assistants Amber Searle and Darcey Riemer.

Kyle with music therapist Rachel Nowels

memories of home and childhood.

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The Children’s Center offers a num-

ber of different therapies – ranging from aquatic to musical – that work to keep kids wrapped up in healthy distractions. “Sometimes I might have patients write songs to express what they’ve been going through,” says Rachel Nowels, a music therapy specialist. “They can record their project and make a CD, and we work on goals while doing that project.”

The Center takes a collaborative ap-

proach to caring for children with conditions like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and congenital defects. Physicians, consultants, dieticians, social workers, teachers and parents assess each patient’s progress and determine the best course of action to improve the child’s well-being as well as health. And while more than a century has passed since Mattie Mallory’s idea was hatched, the success of the The Children’s Center remains greatly attributable to a conscious desire to heal with a loving approach.

Physical therapist assistant Kelly Swafford with an ebullient young Jeremiah

Back to Basics Although The Children’s Center is steadily growing, community support is essential to meet the increasing needs of patients. The Holiday Baby Basics campaign is currently in full swing and continues through New Year’s. “Holiday Baby Basics is a way that we can outreach to the community. It gives people a chance to see what we do and give back to the hospital,” says Travis Doussette, media relations coordinator for The Children’s Center. View the complete Basic Needs List at, where you will also find links to department-specific wish lists at, Target, WalMart and Toys ‘R’ Us. Donated items may be dropped off at the Donald W. Reynolds Complex at 6800 N.W. 39th Expressway in Bethany between the hours of 8am-9pm. For more information about the Holiday Baby Basics drive, or to obtain a child’s Christmas present list, contact Amy Coldren at or 470.2284. A reminder of founder Mattie Mallory’s vision: faith, hope and love lead to healing.

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tatistically speaking, if the three wise men were alive

additional emotions associated with the holidays can worsen

today and following not a star but typical American cus-

their disorder.

toms for celebrating the holidays, two of them would be

If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, one of the most im-

perfectly fine. They’d be happily relaxing with their families,

portant things you can do is prioritize. During times of stress,

drinking eggnog and enjoying their gold and frankincense.

people commonly perceive their needs as equally important.

The other one, though, would be “myrrhed” in holiday

Stress steals our ability to discriminate between what’s impor-

stress. He would be overwhelmed with hanging lights, buy-

tant and what’s not. During such a time, you’ll really have to

ing gifts and going to parties. His life would be frenzied be-

focus yourself to decide what truly needs your attention and

tween lines in stores, traffic on the highways and endless

energies and what can be skipped or eliminated.

loops through lots in search of parking. The thought of extend-

ed family staying at his house for a week might fill him with

often mean an extra workload, which in a family most often

dread. Oh, and he’d probably be a she, since holiday stress is

falls on mom. In one survey, more than 50 percent of moth-

more likely to hit women than men.

ers felt that the holidays bring along with them tremendous

No question about it, the holidays are the most wonderful

expectations to cook, clean and generally make sure everyone

time of the year – that is, unless you happen to be part of the

has a good time, yet there was no support or aid offered up to

one-third of Americans who find Christmas and Hanukkah

help handle these expectations. Regardless of who’s carrying

stressful. What types of people are most likely to be among

the burden, this is a time to share or delegate tasks and chores

that stressed-out third? Although anyone can be subject to the

to others in the family. Not only does that relieve the pressure,

season’s stresses, several personality types are at special risk.

but it may even give you a chance to be engaged with your fam-

ily and experience the joy of being together.

Perfectionists – people who want every Christmas meal to

Another coping strategy is to involve others. The holidays

be absolutely delectable, who want every person to receive ex-

actly the right gift, who want every present wrapped in exactly

Christmas. Holiday stress can cause your body to become

the right paper and ribbon – are one category of people at risk.

tense. As a result, you may experience muscle spasms, head-

With the possible exception of Martha Stewart, none of us can

aches and backaches. Your immune system may drop its de-

reach perfection; so expecting the perfect holiday is a set-up for

fenses, or you may have difficulty sleeping due to a mind rac-

feeling stressed out.

ing with anxieties and worries.

Chronic worriers – people who naturally fret and stew in-

Learning to relax is another way to stave off a blue, blue

One of the best ways to relax is through deep breathing. For

stead of finding comfort and reassurance – are also at risk.

a few minutes a day, make a point of taking deep breaths all the

There is so much more to worry about during the holidays, and

way to the bottom of the lungs. Your breathing should become

the stakes are often perceived as higher.

slow, methodical and rhythmical. Research shows such breath-

The elderly – particularly elderly males, who statistically

ing calms heart and pulse rates, decreases blood pressure, re-

tend to be more often isolated from family and friends – are

laxes both muscles and the gastrointestinal tract, makes the im-

another group at risk. And people who are grieving, even if

mune system function better and starts a chemical cascade in

the death or loss they’ve experienced is not recent, may have to

the brain that results in a sense of inner tranquility.

deal with painful memories or feelings.

A final group of people at special risk for holiday stress in-

patience and peace through visualization. Take a few minutes

cludes those who have a biological predisposition to mental

each day to envision yourself in a situation that is calm and se-

illness. For people with bipolar disorder, seasonal affective

rene. You’re likely to find that sense of calmness then extends

disorder, depression or other mental illnesses, the stress and

beyond your visualization to your life.

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You may also be able to relax and attain a greater sense of


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 MattersTM articles he authored.


Most important of all, get back to roots of what the holidays

are all about: connection. While we enjoy giving and receiving gifts, the holidays are really a time to be connected to family, friends and our own sense of spirituality.

Spend time with family and friends, reminiscing about the

past, thinking about the future, playing, enjoying each other’s company. The more connected you are to your family and friends, the stronger (and less stressed) you will be.

At the same time, stay connected to your spirituality. For

many, the holidays are a time to focus on religious faith. But even if you do not practice religious faith, spirituality can also be felt in connection to nature or community. If you focus on believing in a higher power, so much the better, since research indicates that belief itself brings health benefits such as a strengthened immune system and heightened ability to cope with stress. However you feel it in your life, spiritual connectedness can help you through difficulties and reduce your vulnerability to stress.

By better recognizing your feelings and understanding

what the holidays should be all about, you can control the amount of stress you face in this season of celebration.

Bah! Humbug! As you go through your holiday paces, you may have reason to realize that you are suddenly not having such a wonderful life. Look for these symptoms: • Constant muscle tension • Inability to relax • Always feeling pressed for time, rushing through tasks, appointments, meals, etc. • Resentment • Anger • Frustration • Irritability • Appetite changes • Sleep disturbances • Exhaustion, either emotionally or physically • Lack of joy, feeling empty, having no enthusiasm If you feel any of these symptoms coming on, it’s time for you to take action.

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Living Well | Mind, Body, Spirit

Raindrops on Roses…


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.

nd whiskers on kittens, high tech and low tech di-

move, more resources to manufacture and more energy to op-

verse applications, iPhones and iPads and novel new

erate each machine than the smaller, lighter versions of the

apps, nanomembranes filling bulk storage gaps...

current models.

Discovery and innovation are a few of my favorite things.

Digital technology, i.e., expression of information in bi-

With the passing of Steve Jobs, the recent announcement of

nary digital code saved on data storage devices, has helped us

the annual Nobel Prize recipients, and perhaps also my partici-

move from the large and clunky to the sleek and tiny in many

pation, while drafting this column, in the Annual Conference

applications. Instead of scratching a needle over grooves in

of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – a

vinyl, or rotating spools of tape, we merely download and play

global professional society for over 40,000 chemical engineers

digital recordings, moving mostly electrons rather than me-

from 93 countries – it seems an appropriate time to celebrate

chanical parts.

research, discovery and innovation.

It seems there are more and more new things lately, largely

ogy. We’re now engineering structures smaller than 100 nano-

driven by radically new perspectives, but there are also super-

meters; that’s smaller than a human blood cell. The elements

ingenious innovations capitalizing on unique properties of

used to create these structures are not new, just the size of the

materials that truly are “new.” These new innovations, many

structures engineered from these elements. With nanotech-

predictably changing our understanding of things we’ve long

nology, we are engineering matter at the atomic level, creat-

taken for granted, allow great optimism in our ability to over-

ing materials with new properties that are a function of their

come resource and energy challenges.

dramatically increased surface area, including different reac-

Think of how the shift away from big in general has

tivity, solubility, absorption, transmission and other charac-

changed our approach to innovation. When the things in our

teristics very different from conventionally sized materials.

lives started becoming smaller, driven in part by the thought

With nanoscale materials, we are seeing an incredible array

that technology should be “personal,” innovation took a turn

of new possibilities. As just one simple example, researchers

for the tiny. Remember those huge stereo speakers that were

recently discovered a novel new energy storage device: new

once cool? Now they seem clunky and absurd. “Big and heavy”

nano-membranes that can store almost 20 times more energy

machines require more resources to build and more work to

than rechargeable batteries (10-20 watt-hours per dollar for

There’s small, and then there’s “nano,” as in nanotechnol-


the membrane, as compared to just 2.5 watt-hours per dollar for lithium ion batteries). Discoveries like this may provide the energy storage methods we’ve needed to enhance the practical utility of intermittent power generated from renewable energy sources like solar radiation and wind.

In making great strides forward, scientific explorers con-

tinue to challenge long-held assumptions. One such thought dear to chemists was that crystal structures always consisted of repeating patterns. But that’s just not so. The 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Dan Shechtman for discovering quasicrystals, crystals consisting of regular but nonrepeating patterns, which chemists had never before believed to exist.

Zhong Lin Wang, director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization at the Georgia Institute of Technology, demonstrates a small-scale “flexible charge pump” generator.

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What’s even more remarkable about Dan Shechtman’s dis-

covery is the recurrence of the “golden ratio” in these regular


By Mary Ellen Ternes


Experience the difference of 25 years in dental care but nonperiodic crystals. The golden ratio is the 13th-century Italian mathematician



constant, derived from his numerical sequence (in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers) by dividing a number in the Fibonacci sequence by the preceding number. This golden ratio is used in art, architecture, musical composition and even finance, and is present in many aspects of the natural world… including quasicrystals. Since their discovery, quasicrystals have been found in ultra-strong steel, and are being used in development of ultra-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs), materials to reuse waste heat and heat insulation in engines.

Who knows? Future Nobel Prize

winners could have been at the AIChE annual meeting. With papers on everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals, including hundreds of papers on nanotechnology with titles such as “SiliconBased Bulk Nanostructured Thermoelectric Generators” and “Advanced Nanostructures for Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting,” anything and everything seems possible.



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Living Well | Mind, Body, Spirit

Scaling Down By Robert Custer


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or a lot of us, the scariest object in our home is the bath-

room scale. Some say if you are so obsessed with or ter-

sure that your scale is an ally and not the enemy. Weigh in once

If you still want to know what you weigh, take steps to en-

rorized by the scale, perhaps you should just get rid of

a month or once a week, not daily.

it. Even Dr. Oz recommends we ditch the scale and give more

attention to our body.

a few wise ones every day. I read this reality check: most Hol-

One thing I didn’t like about training clients in the gym

lywood stars take four to eight months to get ready for a role

was when they would regularly (even daily) weigh themselves.

with the help of a daily personal trainer and nutritionist. Why

Mostly this was after each workout, but sometimes even dur-

do people think they can do it in two to four weeks?

ing a workout. Like a two pound drop would keep them going

on the treadmill!

quently. You won’t miss it!

Remember that you’re in control of your choices, so make

Consider getting rid of your scale or visiting it less fre-

Let’s get real. Do you honestly know if you’re losing fat or

water weight? Your body is roughly 60 percent water. The quick weight loss in the first week or so on some strict diets is mostly water loss, not fat.

With every emotional high, there is a low to follow. The

high is not sustainable. Ignore my advice and you’ll have discovered one of the quickest methods for derailing your workout plan. Imagine: one week you feel great with a three- to five-pound weight loss, only to gain back one or two pounds the next week. Are you still riding the first week’s high or are you upset and depressed? I’ve had clients upset because initially they had little “weight” loss, yet their clothes fit more loosely and they looked and felt better… gaining muscle and losing fat.

How silly to have your emotional well-being connected to

some number! It’s one thing to lose 30+ pounds over the course of a year and know it, but stepping on a scale day after day to see if you are a few pounds up or down can be unhealthy. In a recent interview, Oprah asked Jennifer Hudson how much weight she had lost and she responded, “I don’t know, I haven’t weighed myself.” I think she knew the answer, but the point

We all like to see progress, right? I get that – it’s motivat-

ing. But don’t you notice an improvement in body composition through how your clothes fit? How about looking in the mirror? What about by your daily energy, performance or strength gains? Why not use those instead?

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Funds on the Table ERICK GFELLER

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ecember is a time for giving back, but that commendable spirit of generosity shouldn’t extend to leaving available state health care funds on the table. Oklahoma employers with 99 or fewer

employees might be able to utilize an available alternative that would both subsidize their health care costs and help their families afford necessary coverage. The subsidy is at least 60 percent for eligible employees and 85 percent for their spouses and/or children.

Insure Oklahoma currently provides premium assistance to over

Employee Income Eligibility Requirements* (Income guidelines quoted as of April 2011)


Family Size

Single Income Family (one person working)

Double Income Family (two people working)

one of the approved medical plans and pays at least 25 percent of the




premium for those who participate, they may qualify. There are sever-







higher than $3,000 per year, combining deductible and coinsurance.




In addition, the program mandates that the combined household in-




come must be less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.




5,200 small businesses with over 18,000 low-income employees and their dependents receiving premium assistance. If an employer offers

al carriers who offer the approved plans; the main common denominator is that to be eligible, an employee cannot have an out-of-pocket cost

The process is fairly simple: the employer completes an application to

Insure Oklahoma (O-EPIC) for approval to make sure that their current program meets the guidelines as an eligible plan and that the company qualifies under the rules of the plan. Once approved, each qualified individual employee may apply for the plan’s assistance (see right).

*Plan grid assumes a W-2 employee(s) For larger family sizes, visit

How the Program Can Work for You Family of four: employee, spouse and two children with a household income of $40,000


• Oklahoma resident

• U.S. citizen or qualified alien

• Age 19-64


• Within the income guidelines listed in table (right)

• Ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare

• Contributing up to 15 percent of premium costs

• Enrolled in an Insure Oklahoma-qualified

health plan offered by their employer

For the many Oklahomans who cannot afford health coverage,

Insure Oklahoma can be a tremendous help. For more information, and to see whether your company qualifies for this benefit visit

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Marketplace | Leading Edge

Stay the Course By Carol Ringrose Alexander, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA™


Carol Alexander is Executive Vice President of Retirement Investment Advisors, which has been recognized more than 45 times as one of the top fee-only investment advisory firms in the nation.

t’s a common impulse: during turbulent stock market cy-

School in Barcelona, published a study in The Journal of Invest-

cles, the initial reaction of many people is to get out of the

ing that examined equity markets in 15 nations, including the

market. But for most investors, that is the worst action to

United States. A portfolio belonging to an investor who missed

take. If you have a well-diversified portfolio of mutual funds,

the 10 best days over several decades across all of those markets

you should not sell your investments to invest in cash.

would end up, on average, with about half the balance of some-

“The single biggest reason that people fail to achieve wealth

one who sat tight throughout. Given that 10 days represent less

in equities is that they never really understand risk,” Nick

than 0.1 percent of the days considered in the average market,

Murray writes in Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth. “First, peo-

the odds against successful market timing are staggering.4

ple greatly overestimate the long-term risk of owning stocks.

Second, and much more insidious, people seriously underesti-

not a way of capturing the long-term returns of equities; it is

mate the long-term risk of not owning stocks.”

the only practicable way,” Murray writes. “You have to stay in

Historically speaking, the long-term risk of stocks to loss

it to win it. Moreover, not only can you not time the market, but

of principal does not exist: there isn’t a 20-year period (with

you shouldn’t even try. Even if your timing were perfect – and

dividends reinvested) since 1926 with a negative return. “The

it won’t be – you historically don’t gain much by it.”5

world does not end; people just fear that it is ending,” Murray

writes. “Volatility isn’t risk and temporary decline isn’t loss.

have to be right twice and nobody can consistently do that. If

No panic, no sell. No sell, no lose.”

you sell when the market is down, you will lock in your losses.

It may seem logical to do something to a portfolio when

And once you’re in cash, you’re likely to lose money because

market conditions change, but in reality, the opposite is true.

inflation is usually higher than the after-tax returns you earn

A study by Brad Barber and Terrance Odean of the University

from a money-market account, reducing your purchasing pow-

of California showed that the more often investors changed

er and lowering your standard of living… possibly for the rest of

their portfolio, the lower their returns were. They also found

your life.

that the assets investors sold performed better than what they

bought with the proceeds.1 Another study by Richard Thaler

1973-’74 bear market, compiled by Salomon Smith Barney.

and Shlomo Benartzi found that the more often people looked

Two investors put $100,000 into the S&P 500 at the start of

at their portfolios, the lower their returns.2 By constantly

1973. By September 1974, with the market still sliding, each

watching a portfolio, investors become more likely to act on

of their holdings was worth just over $57,000. One of the in-

emotions rather than logic.

vestors moved his money into a safe haven with a guaranteed

“Time in the market, as opposed to timing the market, is

The problem with trying to time the market is that you

Consider the research on how investors weathered the

According to Murray, “The two critical things to remem-

return of 5 percent. A decade later, he almost had his original

ber are that (1) panic is a big mistake, but it’s clearly not the

$100,000 back. The other investor stuck with the S&P 500 and

only one, and (2) panic always rationalizes itself: ‘I have to get

10 years later his portfolio was worth nearly $250,000.

out until we see who wins the election/we see how the war in

Iraq goes/we get past the dot com depression/the jobless recov-

your destination if you stay the course.

ery/the balance of payments deficit/deflation/inflation/Watergate/Vietnam/Ike’s second heart attack/Pearl Harbor…’”3

Studies have shown the long-term damage investors could

do to their portfolios by missing out on the small percentage of days when the stock market experienced big gains. For example, Javier Estrada, a professor of finance at IESE Business

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The prudent investor learns from history. You can reach

1 Brad Barber and Terrance Odean, “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Com mon Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors,” Journal of Finance, April 2000, Vol. 55.2, pp. 773-806. 2 Shlomo Benartzi and Richard Thaler, “How Much Is Investor Autonomy Worth?” Journal of Finance, August 2002, Vol. 57.4, pp. 1593-1616. 3 Nick Murray, Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth, p. 183. 4 Javier Estrada, “Black Swans and Market Timing; How Not To Generate Alpha,” The Journal of Investing, Fall 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 20-34. 5 Nick Murray, Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth, p. 85.

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Get Smart | The Right Stuff


By Michael Miller

have a confession to make. I’m Michael, and I’m a media

junkie. I don’t watch TV or go to movies in the theater, but I have a couple hundred movies on DVD and VHS, maybe

600 CDs and more than 38,000 songs in my iTunes library –

and about 7,000 books. My perfect world involves reading a good book and maybe listening to music at the same time.

I have a tendency to buy books recommended by friends –

if I like one, I buy the catalogue of everything the author has written and consume them one by one.

Then along came e-readers. I was going to dinner with a

good friend who had just purchased an Amazon Kindle. I looked at it and scoffed. “I like real books,” I said. “Just look at any room in my house.”

“Take a look at it,” Dan said, smiling. “I feel the same way,

but it’s just like the pages in a book.”

I looked at the pages: black type against a white back-

ground, and you could make the print larger and easier to read by changing a setting. I didn’t know it then, but I was hooked. Within a week I bought a new Kindle.

I picked the Kindle because of its ability to store the many

PDF documents that I use in my consulting business. It’s a portable library of reference materials and textbooks on networking and application software I can carry around with me.

While it started out well, the screen size on the Kindle was

too small to allow me to read the charts and diagrams that accompanied the text without a great deal of trouble. I started to look at other e-readers: the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Sony Reader and Android-based tablets. Then another friend showed me his iPad.

More than twice the size and weight of the Kindle with a

huge screen, this was the answer to my dreams… but the cost

Kindle Fire doesn’t have a camera or mic built in, and with

was not. The iPad 2 with WiFi only and 16 GB storage is $488 at

only 8GB of memory, there is less storage for media than the

Sam’s, and no one had a better deal on the internet. Is comfort-

iPad 2.

ably reading my PDFs worth five times the cost of the Kindle?

looking for is a great way to make your media life portable, I

Amazon had the answer to this question also. Introducing

Those might not be dealbreakers – in fact, if what you are

the Kindle Fire.

think the Amazon Kindle Fire is right on the mark. Easy to

read, watch and listen to, it’s going to be the first in a line of

At $199, the Kindle Fire is less than half the cost of the

iPad 2. It has a 7" screen; much larger than the screen on the

Apple killers.

Kindle II but smaller than the 9.7" iPad 2. It is built to run me-

dia like movies and songs streaming from Amazon or down-

in a lineup of full-featured tablets to come. Growth in this cate-

loaded from their website, much like the iPad 2, but it has a

gory, which didn’t even exist three years ago, has been phenom-

couple of comparative drawbacks: many iPad users are using

enal. With the largest web-based retailer in the world behind

the device’s camera and microphone to do live chats, but the

the product, it’s going to change the way you enjoy media.

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Glimpse | Personal Perspectives

How to Save a Life By Sandina Heckert Photos by K.O. Rinearson


ne Saturday afternoon, I responded to a knock at my front door to find a woman

standing on my porch, clumsily holding up a large black dog. “Hey, do you know who this dog belongs to?” she asked. I didn’t. “Well, I can’t keep it,” she continued, “so I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.” I told her she should try calling the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to ask them for advice. “No way!” she said, “They will put it to sleep!” By the time I had begun to explain that isn’t the case and is in fact totally untrue, she was headed for the next house.

Most people want to help home-

less pets – but there are a lot of misunderstandings about exactly how to do so. How many times have you received an email or a Facebook message from a friend who has “rescued” a dog or a cat and is trying to help them find a home? If your friends or colleagues know you are pet-friendly, chances are you’ve had more than one request!

But what should a person who

wants to rescue a pet do? Imagine: you’re taking an evening walk and a friendly stray dog without a collar or tags approaches you. You sweetly pat it on the head and walk on, having to shoo it away. However, you notice for the next three nights the dog is still there, so you decide to take the poor thing home. After seeing to it that it has had a decent meal and some water, you begin the search for the owner.

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Lost or Homeless?

First, check the animal for an identifying tattoo. Many hu-

mane organizations require adoptable pets to receive a tattoo that is linked to a registry so that the dog or cat can be tracked if lost or re-adopted. These tattoos are done at a veterinary office, typically at the same time the pet is neutered or spayed, and are located on the animal’s inner thigh or belly.

You should also check for a microchip, typically placed

under the skin at the scruff of the neck. Each is programmed with a unique code number and information identifying the chip’s manufacturer. Specially designed scanners read this information from the chip through the dog’s skin.

If you find an identifying tattoo or suspect the presence of a

microchip, contact your local veterinarian or pet shelter to ask if they can locate the pet on a registry.

In addition, be sure to look for flyers in your neighborhood to

see if someone has lost the pet you found. Your next step should be to post your own flyers in your neighborhood, at local convenience stores and at your vet’s office to try to locate the owner. If no one contacts you, your newfound furry friend is probably homeless after being lost or abandoned. So what now?

The Rescuers

Aiding an animal in need of a home is not always an easy

job, but if you are willing to help, you could save a life.

The first thing you should know about pet rescue is that

although there are humane societies that save pets and help them find homes, these are not the places where you should expect to “dump” a homeless pet. I have worked with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and with Pets and People Humane Society here in the metro area; because these wonderful organizations have specific processes set in place to maximize their ability to save as many pets as possible and place them in responsible homes, they cannot accept pets directly from the public. There are local breed-specific rescues that in some cases may be able to take a pet, but they generally have requirements that must be met first.

Oklahoma City does have an animal shelter that will re-

ceive unwanted pets. The shelter does a great job of adopting out animals and working with local humane societies. However, if you feel you must make the decision to surrender a pet to the shelter, you should be aware that doing so does not

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guarantee they will survive. If for some reason that dog or cat does not get picked up by a humane society to be put in their adoption program, or is not adopted right away at the shelter, they are likely to be euthanized. Over 17,000 dogs and cats are euthanized every year at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter alone.

If you wish to save the pet’s life, it is

best to foster it yourself (or locate someone who can) until you are able to find it a permanent home. I have a network of friends and colleagues who have an informal email list where we share “Please help, looking for a home” emails for lost or homeless pets just for this purpose. It’s a good resource to have!

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Where to Help There are so many innocent animals waiting for their forever homes, and so many ways to help them – the information in this article is just the tip of the iceberg. Please familiarize yourself with the resources the Internet has to offer on ways to support animal welfare in your area. Here are a few suggestions to begin with: Central Oklahoma Humane Society: City of Edmond Animal Welfare: City of Norman Animal Welfare Center: City of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare (Animal Shelter): Dog and cat rescue group listing on Forever Friends Humane Society: Pets and People Humane Society:

Other Ways to Save Lives

Pet overpopulation is a severe and growing problem in our

community, as it is everywhere. If your compassion for animals compels you to do more to help, here are some suggestions:

Spay and neuter your pets By responsibly caring for your own pets, you can affect the pet overpopulation problem. If every pet owner spayed or neutered every dog and cat, there would be far fewer unwanted animals. Check out the Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s website for information on their low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

Donate or volunteer Pet shelters and humane societies rely heavily on donations. The bottom line is that the more you can give in money, volunteer hours or donated items, the more lives can be saved. Call one of the many humane societies in Oklahoma and simply ask how you can help!

Foster Often, local pet rescues cannot take in pets because they are completely full or over capacity. Building additional facilities and increasing staff or volunteers is expensive and takes time. However, more pets can be saved without impacting the shelter’s capacity if there are foster volunteers available to take in pets. If you are interested in fostering, please contact one of the many local pet rescues to inquire.

Adopt! If you have a place in your heart and in your home, consider adopting a pet. If you’re like me and you can’t bear the thought of walking into a pet shelter and gazing into those pitiful puppy dog eyes, there are many ways to find your ideal furry companion online before you make a visit. Right now there are hundreds of homeless pets sitting in crates or cages, wishing they were in someone’s lap… and one of them might become a perfect part of your family. Special thanks to Pets and People for allowing us to photograph these furry friends at their facility. Visit their website for adoption information,

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Glimpse | Personal Perspectives

Of Serenity and Steel By Kent Anderson


hen Dan Garrett talks about his art, he speaks matter-of-factly, with a

unique perspective on his journey as an artist. “I think the key to my success has been that I don’t have to do this,” he says. “I still have the day

job, so it’s a little more relaxed. I don’t have the pressure of desperation.”

Garrett has more than just a day job, actually. For more than 20 years the Choc-

taw native has worked in a training capacity with the AWACS program at Tinker Air Force Base. Along with a partner, he also operates a decorative metal business. It was that “sideline” that led to Garrett beginning to create more artistic metal pieces. He started simply enough, by taking a few sculptures to area farmers’ markets.

“People would buy everything I took,” he says, “and I thought, ‘There must be

something to this.’”

There is something to it. The metal sculptures that have resulted from exploring

his art are displayed at galleries in Albuquerque and Anchorage, and he is represented locally by the Istvan Gallery. His exhibition “Steel Canvas” opens this month at the Governor’s Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol (see “Metal Mentality,” page 94).

It’s been a long time coming for Garrett. His earliest artistic influence goes all the

way back to his maternal grandmother, a watercolor painter.

“She would take all of us, my four sisters and one brother and me, and would have


the girls help her with watercolors,” he remembers. “She never thought I would sit

Dan Garrett

still long enough to do anything, but I remember being fascinated with her making something artistic.”

Garrett “dabbled” in various kinds of art over time, including drawing and fiber

work. He went to college for a year. “Then I had kids,” he says, “and everything changed.”

So he settled into the nine-to-five routine, working and raising his family. But the

art was always there… and now that his children are grown, Garrett has taken advantage of the opportunity to slow down, take his creativity to a new level and become part of the artistic community. Once he saw that there was an interest in his sculptures, he began to attend a few art exhibitions, just to get the feel of the landscape. He immediately found a welcoming attitude and the encouragement he needed to sell his work.

“The art community here embraces you,” he says. “It’s completely different from

other places I have experienced. Oklahoma City is in this boom phase, and people have an interest in seeing the momentum build and grow.”

As a completely self-taught artist, Garrett decided to continue working in the me-

dium of metal. He finds the welding process to be relaxing, and loves the uniqueness of creating three-dimensional works. Still, the influence of painting is never far away.

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“Every sculptor really wants to be a painter,” he jokes. “We all want to be Pi-

casso or Kandinsky.”

Garrett’s solution is his “steel canvas.” He takes a steel panel and applies paint

Green: SUSPENSUS VIRIDIS (suspended in green) Red: RASA (scratch) Yellow: AMARELO ATUAL (yellow current)

to its surface, then uses metal-working tools to manipulate it: a torch, a propane heater, wire brushes. The colors change throughout the creative process. At times the result is what Garrett originally envisioned; sometimes it is completely different. But regardless of the outcome, Garrett believes that the colors and geometric shapes are hard-wired as part of human perception.

“What you see in your head is not necessarily what everyone else sees. Our

brain creates colors. But going back to caveman days, there are certain shapes and colors and even sounds in our brains, and we all experience them in different ways. Shapes, especially, make a connection for us.”

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“Spiral Mound”

Metal Mentality Garrett’s unconventional “bike rack”

Garrett’s use of shape and color in his sculptures has led to increasing no-

tice for his work. In addition to exhibitions and gallery representation, he has created several works of public art, on display in locales from McAlester to Dallas. In conjunction with Downtown OKC, Inc., he and another artist created a series of “artistic bicycle racks” that are sprinkled throughout downtown and Bricktown. One of Garrett’s racks stands in front of [Artspace] at Untitled. “I don’t know if anyone’s actually put a bike there, but it is a fully functional piece of art,” he says with a laugh.

For Dan Garrett, art is not about making a living – at least not yet. He won’t

starve if he doesn’t sell a piece. This flexibility has given him the freedom to create the works he wants to create, to let his own artistic voice be heard, in his own way.

“When I make art, I make what I like,” he says. “I don’t make things for

sales or notoriety or any other reason. The best moments are when I’m in the tiny little shop where I work, and I stand back and look at something I’ve just made, and I think, ‘That’s pretty damn cool.’”

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Dan Garrett’s “Steel Canvas” exhibition opens December 19 at the Governor’s Gallery, adjacent to the Blue Room in the Oklahoma State Capitol, and runs through February 19. The show will include about a dozen large-scale, mostly three-dimensional pieces. “Dan Garrett’s work will stretch the limits of the traditional exhibit and excite the viewers at the Capitol,” says the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Alyson Moses, curator of education and Capitol galleries. “Dan’s work is considered three-dimensional, but you can also hang it on the wall like a painting. The materials he uses are new to those who expect to see only paintings in the Governor’s Gallery, but he’s able to create the jewel-tones and colors of an oil painting in his work.” The Governor’s Gallery is open weekdays from 8:30am-5pm.

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The Other Side of By Lauren Hammack Photo by K.O. Rinearson


Frosty Troy

espondents in an opinion poll on the subject of Frosty Troy – founding editor of The Oklahoma Observer, radio and television commentator, humorist and nationally

acclaimed speaker – would probably fall into one of two categories: the crooked, the greedy and the smarmy hate him for the same reason the benevolent, the underdog and the compassionate adore him. The kid who barely went two rounds as a Golden Gloves boxer packs a politically lethal (and bi-partisan) one-two punch of a silver tongue and a remarkably low tolerance for B.S.

An educator best summed up Forrest J. Troy while intro-

ducing him as a speaker. “You don’t introduce Frosty Troy,” she said. “You unleash him.” This month, we’ve invited the Pulitzer Prize-nominated career journalist to unleash his other side. What’s your hometown? McAlester, Oklahoma. I was one of 17 in my graduating class from St. John’s (Catholic School). You were nearly one of 17 in your own family, weren’t you? My mother had 11 kids in all; she lost a set of twins. There were eight boys and one girl. My parents were good Catholics. So your mother was obviously a saint and you’re a riveting public speaker who’s Catholic... why weren’t you a priest? I actually studied for the priesthood until I was asked to “take a year off.” During that “year off,” I found girls. Who influenced you to become a journalist? One of my teachers, Sister Mary Andrew. She’d seen a poem I’d written for the school paper – I think I was in ninth grade. She asked if I’d ever thought about being a writer. From that moment, it’s all I ever thought about doing. I think the most important thing a teacher does is to touch a child’s life in a way that lets him or her realize, “I count for something.” Did Sister Mary Andrew live to see your work in print? I sent her the first edition of The Oklahoma Observer, published October 17, 1969. One day, my wife Helen brought in an envelope from Sister Mary Andrew, who had completely marked up the paper with her red pen before sending it back to me! Well, old habits die hard – heh heh… What’s the strangest thing you ever did for your job? Well, the dumbest thing I did was to borrow $18,000 from a Bartlesville bank to start The Oklahoma Observer, without knowing how I would pay back the loan.

What’s the best decision you ever made? Convincing Helen to marry me. We were married 54 years before she passed four years ago. She’s the love of your life. Why did she need convincing? She was engaged to someone else – an Air Force pilot. Wow! How did you win her over? I told her that a homely dude in Oklahoma is better than the best-looking Air Force pilot over London. You’ve often gone against popular opinion. Is that deliberate? No. I’ve just always been for the underdog; the rich will take care of themselves. That’s right in keeping with The Observer’s time-honored motto: “To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” What’s the best advice you ever got? Don’t take anyone’s word for anything – check your facts! You’ve received several honors throughout your half-century career. What made you a Pulitzer Prize nominee? I spent a week on the floor of the mental wards in each of the state’s four mental hospitals – a full month – and wrote a series about the experience. Can you cook? Oh, I love to cook! My lasagna is second to none! What should people learn to do? Read the newspaper – really read it. And, walk in their enemy’s shoes and study their position. What do you bring to a crowded room? A message. I like to make ’em laugh. I usually ask whether there are any legislators in the room and I tell them, “In that case, I’ll try to speak slowly.” You have such passion for educators and students. Are there other nonprofits you love? I’m passionate about anything George Kaiser puts his name on. The George Kaiser Family Foundation does so many wonderful things to help the poorest of our citizens. Any regrets? It’s just been one roller coaster ride after another, and I never kept a daily log or a diary of it all. I really wish I’d kept some kind of record of it. Therein lies the irony: you’ve been busy chronicling everyone else’s ride. But you’ve done it quite well, friend.

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The weather outside is, well, unpredictable. As you take in your favorite outdoor activity – holiday lights, a little caroling, a dazzling pyrotechnic display – remember to keep your inner self warm while still looking unabashedly cool.

Him: Ryan Michael woven squash blossom pattern Western shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren wool muffler, Halsey stone-washed, five-pocket cords, Lacoste driving shoe and Hide Society lamb shearling coat with hand-laced whip stitch – all from S.J. Haggard and Company Her: Vince striped sweater, J Brand pencil-leg, low-rise jean and Tory Burch “Denise” wedge in olive split suede – all from Cayman’s | Black plucked mink coat with fluted hem and cuff and natural silver fox trim from Geno’s Furs

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Whether you’re a committed season ticket holder or plan to get your hands on a couple of tickets this season, December is a bountiful month for theatrical performances. There’s no rule that states you’re not allowed to steal a little of the limelight.

Her: Carmen Marc Valvo beaded floral cocktail dress, and Yolanta Collection jet and hematite drop earrings and bracelet from Ruth Meyers | Something Bleu “Calvin” black satin sandal with feather and grosgrain ribbon detail from Heirloom Shoe Him: Grey pinstripe Caruso suit, striped spreadcollar dress shirt, Hanauer glen plaid bow tie and polka dot pocket square, Zelli “Encore” Italian calf slip-on – all from Steven Giles

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Even the most casual December get-togethers call for holiday style. To ensure a repeat invitation, remember these simple rules: remember to RSVP; don’t forget the host/hostess gift; and never forget that casual and chic go hand-in-hand.

Him: Hickey Freeman plaid jacket, Steven Alan lightweight denim shirt, Hitsman cotton tie and Leyva belt with stirrup buckle – all from Spencer Stone Company Her: Moschino two-tone, button-close crepe dress with wrap pleats, long-sleeve jacket with ruffle detail and laced closure satin and suede sandals; La Perla patterned stockings – all from The Consortium

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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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Making an Entrance Mistletoe Market blu 2011 Broadway Ball Boulevard & Jazz Focus on Women Bring-a-Friend Brunch Cayman’s Style In Design Orchids in October

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DETAILS | I’ll Have a Blue Christmas, page 20 “Thunderstorm” vase ($300) from Dustin Mater,; KitchenAid mixer ($299) and Chantal teakettle ($50) from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, 840.8495, dillards. com; The Fisheye One 35mm camera ($60) from the Museum Store at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 278.8233,; Carelle leaf-shaped ring ($3,265), Waterford ice bucket and tongs ($495) and Carelle cage pendant ($2,345) from B.C. Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, 232.8806,; M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza cuff ($1,650) from Balliets at Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, 848.7811,; Ligne Roset “Belem” ($5,905 as shown) from BD Home at Classen Curve in Oklahoma City, 602.0578,; Lela Rose sheath dress ($1,295) from Gordon Stuart in Nichols Hills, 843.6500,; Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide ($19,994 MSRP) from Ft. Thunder Harley-Davidson in Moore, 793.8877, fortthunderharleydavidson. com; Smith Brothers chair and ottoman ($1,095) from Haggard’s Fine Furniture in Oklahoma City, 942.1985,; Edward Mirell “Pallas” ring ($349) from Mitchell’s Jewelry in Norman, 360.2515,; Whole Home DVR (price varies according to setup) from Cox, 600.0109,; Ippolita multi-stone bangle ($995) and five-stone bangle ($525) from Cayman’s in Norman, 360.3969, caymanscol; The Metro sofa by Stylus ($1,145 as shown) from True North Living in Oklahoma City, 843.3900,; Echo headband ($25) and scarf ($35) from The Webb in Norman, 321.8289,; Rocki Gorman necklace ($615.95) and pendant ($373.95) from The Museum Store at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, 478.2250, ext. 228, store.nationalcowboy; Nicole Miller Studio cocktail dress ($275) from Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza, Nichols Hills, 842.1478,; Nixon “Vega” ($60) and “Chrono” ($450) watches from Closet Moxie at Northpark Mall, Oklahoma City, 286.3760,; Johnathan Adler “Nixon” side table ($745) from Designer Rugs in Oklahoma City, 842.9000, designerrugsokc. com; Armani Collezioni evening sweater ($1,665) from Mr. Ooley’s at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, 879.0888,; Something Bleu “Carma” pump ($280) from Heirloom Shoe in Oklahoma City, 605.0356, pages/Heirloom-Shoe; Vases (small $36, medium $42, large $50) from Mister Robert in Norman, 321.1818, SPACES | Joy Throughout the Years, page 56 Special thanks to Birdie at Campus Corner in Norman, 579.0299,, for florals throughout the home.

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The Outlet Shoppes at OKC

7624 W Reno, OKC


Courtyard Antiques

3314 S Broadway, Edmond



Penn Square Mall, OKC


Cox Communications


Partners in Divorce Accountability

1900 E 15th, Ste 700D, Edmond


The Culinary Kitchen

7302 N Western, OKC


PhotoArt Studios


Cunningham Interiors

2109 W Britton, OKC


Physicians Optical

4200 W Memorial, Ste 101


Dale Rogers Training Center


Pickles and Ice Cream

1450 S Bryant, Edmond


Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services


Quail Creek Bank

122nd & N May, OKC



333 W Wilshire, OKC


Red Chateau

9205 N Penn, OKC


Dental Design Studio

2408 Palmer Circle, Norman


Red Eagle Construction

Designer Rugs

7118 N Western, OKC


Regal Healthcare

1101 N Bryant, Edmond

Downtown in December

Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc.

3001 United Founders, Ste A, OKC


FireLake Grand Casino

Riverwind Casino

322.6000 848.6166


947.0486 236.3100


First National Bank of OK

10900 Hefner Pointe, OKC


Route 66

50 Penn Place, OKC

First Source Real Estate

12020 N Penn, OKC


Ruth Meyers

63rd & N Western, Nichols Hills


First Watch Daytime Cafe

2328 W Memorial, OKC

Sam Noble Museum

2401 Chautauqua, Norman


Fort Thunder Harley-Davidson

500 SW 11th, Moore


Schardein & Company

9401 N May, OKC


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

555 Elm, Norman


Slice Magazine


Funky Monkey

14101 N May, OKC


Sooner Theatre

101 E Main, Norman


Geno’s Furs

12106 N May, OKC


Southwest General Contractors


Gordon Stuart

6500 N Western, OKC


St. Anthony Hospital

Haggard’s Fine Furniture

3415 N May, OKC


Sterling’s Home Décor & Gifts

105 S Broadway, Edmond

Hanstein, Mark T, DDS

201 Robert S Kerr, Ste 521, OKC


Stillwater National Bank


Hardware Expressions

210 36th Avenue SW, Ste F, Norman


True North Living

7318 N Western, OKC


Heritage Hall

1800 NW 122nd, OKC


TSO Optical

3431 S Boulevard, Ste 105, Edmond 341.6941

Heritage Trust Company


Urban Kitchens

3515 N Classen, OKC


Howell Gallery

6432 N Western, OKC



NW 10th & Classen, OKC

602.8986 271.5950



J Spencer Jewelry & Gifts

W Facial Aesthetics

13908 Quailbrook, Norman

Ketch Design Centre

4416 N Western, OKC


Women’s Healthcare of Norman

500 E Robinson, Ste 2400, Norman


Ladybugs & Lizards

1389 E 15th, Ste 128, Edmond


The Wood Garden

7650 N Western, OKC


The Learning Tree

7638 N Western, OKC


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Last Laugh | Last Call

ONE (OR TWO) FOR THE ROAD By Lauren Hammack Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at


he end of the year marks the onset of an annual tradi-

tion for me: among its other delights, December repre-

ping. Summer sausage platters, chocolate-covered cherries,

sents the last hoorah for an entire season’s worth – oh,

unidentified foodstuffs dipped in melted almond bark, Sam’s

who am I kidding – an entire year’s worth of the hedonistic eat-

Club-sized bagfuls of Hershey’s Kisses® with Almonds and

ing habits that stand between me and loose-fitting jeans.

those festive red and green M&Ms® (in my defense, eaten “just

one or two” at a time).

Next month, to anyone within earshot, I’ll bellow my pe-

So bring on the Rotel® for dipping and champagne for sip-

rennial New Year’s resolution to svelten myself once and for

That should cover Week One.

all. “This is THE YEAR!” I’ll promise. And I’ll mean it – de-

By Week Two, I’ll regale holiday partygoers with my

spite an unbroken track record of disappointment that demon-

dreadful (and thoroughly dreaded) plight. “I’m really getting

strates I really mean it for, oh, say 75 hours.

ready to buckle down in January. I’ll practically be fasting,”

I’ll tell them with an air of self-pity that will likely be just as

It’s the mere thought of those spartan 75 hours of January

dieting that always sparks an urgency to eat while the eatin’s

distinct as that garlic Chex® mix on my breath.

good in December. Sort of a “last call” for indulgence.

“After all,” I tell myself, “everything changes January 2.

hangover with Rice Krispies® treats, puppy chow and banana

And this time, I mean it. I’ve got a SlimFast coupon in my

nut bread for breakfast. Occasionally, I’ll quiet my craving

purse, for crying out loud, and I’m not afraid to use it. Next

with a sticky cinnamon roll or four.

month, I mean. Wow, look at this line at Braum’s.”


The following morning, I’ll nurse my spiked hot chocolate

I’ll skip the chicken breast at lunch – wouldn’t want to get too

Like Mrs. Claus to skinny Santa in “Rudolph the Red-

burned out on chicken before the big diet – and likewise shun the

Nosed Reindeer,” December practically demands, “Eat, Papa!

egg whites in favor of eggnog shakes. Occasional rewards are the

Eeeeeeeeaaaaatttttt!” Who am I to snub this time-honored tra-

key to diet success, so by dinnertime, to keep up my motivation,

dition? Reject the bounty of the season? And have to wait an-

I’ll reward my commitment to the pre-diet diet with – get behind

other year to have divinity again? Hunger strikes are for peo-

me, Satan – peppermint bark sprinkled over brownies.

ple with political agendas; my only agenda involves making

eggnog available year-round.

materialized in our refrigerator from who-knows-where-but-

In much the same way a conditioned athlete will carb up be-

who-cares. As a courtesy to the next grazer, someone in my fam-

fore high-intensity physical exertion (and this is really where

ily will thoughtfully leave their fork stuck in the pie, which may

any similarity between a conditioned athlete and me ends), I’ll

or may not be reduced to just the chocolate-stained crust “bones”

devote myself to the indiscriminate mainlining of sugar, but-

that, by about noon, will start looking good and will taste even

ter and chocolate – that holy trinity of seasonal delights – for

better when dipped in Nutella®. As a courtesy to the next grazer,

the entire month of December.

I’ll go ahead and leave the fork stuck in the open jar of Nutella®.

Technically, my steady fudge-and-eggnog regime began in

By the start of Week Three, a chocolate icebox pie will have

As Week Four draws near, weary of the continuous on-

earnest on Thanksgiving as a tryptophan antidote that I be-

slaught of weight loss commercials, I’ll begin thinking of the

lieve the Pilgrims might have endorsed, had they only been

steel-cut oatmeal I’ll be eating for my sensible breakfast in a

exposed to the kind of preservative-laden, chemically-engi-

week’s time. My beloved, cream-filled, chocolate long john

neered holiday banquet that has me smacking my lips. And

will become a thing of the past.

so what if the Pilgrims didn’t eat their weight in butterscotch

haystacks and pecan pie? Those are legitimate cornerstones of

chicken. SlimFast®. Fruit. Oh, that reminds me: I forgot I hid

my pre-diet diet.

that Woody’s toffee in the vegetable crisper!”

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“It’s all so unfair,” I’ll think to myself. “Oatmeal. Grilled



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Last Look | Melody Steers

Rise and Shine

The lighthouse at Lake Hefner has long been a popular setting for photographs, but Melody Steers of Oklahoma City found it looking particularly festive one early morning. “The objective was to shoot the setting of the full moon, but the clouds did not cooperate. This photograph ended up making it worth getting up at 5am on a Saturday.�

To submit your photo for Last Look, visit

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