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Contents | Features

June 2011


From Strength to Strength

Its inaugural year was a towering success, but consider that the Armstrong Auditorium’s prelude. Before the first note has even been played, this season sounds incredible.


Renaissance on the Rocks

Natural splendor, artistic expression and treats for the explorer combine to make Oklahoma’s Medicine Park a perfect cure for the summertime blues.


Earthly Paradises

The best gardens cultivate tranquility and joy as well as flowers; explore outstanding examples during the 28th annual Nichols Hills Garden Tour.


Success Is Sweet

Inspiration can strike anywhere – ask Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt CEO Reese Travis, for whom a dessert detour led to a future that’s looking tastier all the time.


A Day in the Sun

The heat is on, which means a sizable portion of your wardrobe is off the menu. No sweat – these sleek, stylish men’s fashions make for smooth summer sailing.


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Giants Among Men

The hours are long, the demands are grueling… and the spiritual rewards are enormous. Despite fatherhood’s job requirements, these dozen Cool Dads more than fill the bill.


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

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Vehicular Freedom 20 Trunk Show 22


Carry On! 25


Visual Performance Events Calendar

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Renaissance on the Rocks 57



Italian-American Classic Puttin’ on the Brick Taste of the Tropics On a Roll

62 64 66 68


Earthly Paradises 70 Setting the Table 76


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Living Well

Scenic Route Don’t Get Mad, Get Even-Tempered The Path to Perfect Health The Pattern of Addiction Take Time to Screen

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Success is Sweet 90 Character Counts 96 Road Map to Retirement 98 Reducing Health Care Costs 100

Get Smart

Tech-Savvy Summer Travel 102


Giants Among Men 105 A Clearer Picture 122 The Other Side of Deby Snodgrass 126

Designers’ Notebook


A Day in the Sun 128

Out & About

Party Directory 135

Last Laugh

The Black Sheep 150

Last Look

Emily Watson 152


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y father is a really good sport. He has played a part in raising four children and taken in a few extras along the way – without complaint, and as is his nature, almost without com-

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ment. He seemed to merely accept the presence of another human being in the household as part of the normal routine (remarkably, it may have been). He’s footed the bill for more four-legged animals in varying sizes than I’m sure he ever intended, and he’s graciously accepted many a gift that was most likely charged to his own credit card. Throughout the chaos of a full house and the mayhem that ensued, two things remained constant: he almost never had an unkind word to say about anyone, and there was no doubt that, at least in his eyes, his children were absolutely perfect. When we asked for your nominations for great dads who also give back to the community, you delivered. We took turns reading them, laughing with some, crying over others – often a combination of both. We then placed all the nominations into neat and tidy packets for the selection committee, handing them over with a huge sigh of relief that we didn’t have to make the choices ourselves. Beginning on page 105, you’ll meet the 12 remarkable men chosen as this year’s Cool Dads. The gentlemen were asked many questions in preparation for the feature, including, “What does being a ‘Cool Dad’ mean?” As this issue was going to press, Dean Imel sent an email to writer Lauren Hammack to expound on his original answer. In it, he admits having struggled with the balance between parent and provider. He built a successful construction business, yet found himself at odds with the demands of work and time with family. He shared the story of driving home from Dallas, only to miss his daughter’s program by 30 minutes – one of those occurrences that may seem insignificant from the outside, but are devastating when you’re a parent. (Because of my job, I missed my son Joe’s violin performance in elementary school. At 17, he’s probably forgotten about it, but it haunts me to this day.) Ultimately, Dean sold his business to a competitor in order to spend more time with his family. Everyone’s situation is different, and parenting styles are as varied as the children who emerge from them. But Dean Imel got straight to the heart of the matter in his letter, and with his permission I’ve shared an excerpt here: “There are times in all our lives that we look back and wonder if we made the right choices. This one was never questioned. I guess you might say that it all boils down to the decisions we make as dads. We are pulled in many ways by job, family and friends. The defining thing about our lives and how we are judged is where do we spend our time, and who do we spend it with. In the end you know my choice.”

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Thank you so much for the wonderful experience my mom, Lucille Rose, had with your staff as Slice honored her as a “Hot Mama!” She was truly humbled by the generosity and kindness you all showed her on the day of the photo shoot. She thoroughly loved the special day! Terri Rose White Rockwall, TX

Wow, what a beautiful issue… every bit as gorgeous as I knew it would be. I am so very humbled to be included in the special “Hot Mamas” issue, and I love my photo. I had so much fun at the shoot! My next “thank you” is to Erick Gfeller for his lovely photo. Again, it was pure joy and an experience I will never forget. Jenny Flax Hot Mama 2011 Norman

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Vehicular Freedom By Kent Anderson Photo by PhotoArt Studios



A notable perk: Timecar insures every driver, even those under 25, for whom it is often difficult to rent a vehicle. Also, Timecar vehicles are located within walking distance of their target populations. Cars are actually parked on campus at OCU, and across the street from residence halls at OU. Easy access is crucial to the company’s success. So is variety: available vehicles range from Mini Coopers to Ford Ranger trucks.


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n Oklahoma, we love our cars. We tend to drive everywhere we go, and many view their car as an extension of their personality and treat it as such. But from a practical standpoint, having a car and all that goes along with it - insurance, gas (noticed those pump prices lately?), maintenance costs - doesn’t make sense for everyone. There are those who walk or bike or take the bus, people who, for whatever reason, do not have a daily commute, and those who just don’t drive all that much. Owning a personal car isn’t the solution, but it helps to have access to one nonetheless. The concept is called car sharing. Popular on the east coast for years, it has come to Oklahoma, courtesy of Timecar. The Oklahoma operation is the brainchild of Christian Keesee, scion of Oklahoma’s Kirkpatrick family, who splits his time between New York and Oklahoma City. Timecar opened for business last August. “If you need to go to the grocery store or to a Thunder game, or if a college student wants to go home for the weekend, they make a reservation online for a certain amount of time,” says Ross Powell, Timecar’s marketing director. “Then they pick up the car and go.” It is just that simple. Car sharing is a membership-based program. After the member pays a nominal annual fee, they are issued a card, very similar in shape and size to a credit card. They go to www.timecar.com, reserve a car and go to one of the designated Timecar parking lots. A sensor, similar to a Pikepass, is on each car. The member places their card against the sensor, and the doors are unlocked and the ignition activated. They pay an hourly rate – whether for an hour or a weekend. A gas card is included in each Timecar vehicle, usable in conjunction with the member’s individual code. Powell says that Keesee’s vision of Timecar was as a “progressive movement” for Oklahoma. “I am really looking forward to seeing Oklahoma embrace this,” Powell adds. “The city benefits, as well as individual drivers. It leaves a smaller carbon footprint, with fewer cars serving more people. It could even segue into Oklahoma City adopting more advanced forms of public transportation.”

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Spritz | This & That

Trunk Show By Lauren Hammack Photo by Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino


hen babies arrive, it’s truly cause for celebration, but when the baby has been two years in the making, it’s definitely worth a collective cheer – the kind that zoo-goers, zoo staff and “ele-fans” throughout the state have given baby Malee, the first elephant calf ever to be born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Malee arrived April 15, born inside the Zoo’s new Elephant Habitat that opened this spring. Her first several weeks have been spent in the reassuring company of her mother, Asha, a 16-year-old Asian elephant, and Asha’s 15-year-old sister, Chandra, who has maintained a nearby presence to welcome the calf into the herd. Malee’s father is a 39-year-old Asian elephant named Sneezy, who resides at the Tulsa Zoo. According to Laura Bottaro, Curator of Mammals for the Zoo, elephant “love connections” don’t just happen when the


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parties in question have a turnpike separating them. “The animal and veterinary staff planned virtually every aspect of the birth,” Bottaro explains, “from assisting with the design of the new habitat and barn, to the successful pairing of Asha and Sneezy, and the ultimate planning and training for the successful birth.” Malee’s arrival also brings a great opportunity to teach zoo-goers about the close-knit family/herd structure in the elephant population. Thanks to a donation from the Inasmuch Foundation, the Elephant Pavillion (located in the new habitat) will provide a fascinating opportunity for as many as 400 guests to observe the elephants’ natural behaviors. Tara Henson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Zoo, believes Malee will be an exciting elephant to watch. “The calf is feisty, spunky and sassy. She’s got attitude! Who couldn’t love her?” Henson says.


Stretching across 9.5 acres, the Zoo’s new Elephant Habitat is the largest Asian elephant zoo environment in North America. To support the zoo’s conservation and preservation efforts, step out of your own enclosure for Zoobilation on June 17 – an all-adult (21 or older), casual, outdoor evening of food and drinks. For ticket information, contact Brianne at the Oklahoma Zoological Society, 427.2461.




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h, to return to the days when the traveler’s only worry was forcing the suitcase shut. I’ve crossed the globe schlepping suitcases bulging with souvenir rocks, 30-pound bocce sets, stacks of textbooks and shoes, shoes, shoes… all without a second thought about the hernias left in my wake. Weight limit? Pshaw. Now, it’s a crazy, mixed-up, bag-limited, weight-restricted, lock-free, TSAgroping world for travelers. All that mayhem adds up to just one sensible response: the carry-on. When done right, the carry-on is the indisputable mark of the nimble traveler. When done wrong – and don’t ask how I know – the indiscriminately packed carryon is a menace to the deplaning travelers in the back who are forced to wait for a “jaws of life” extraction from the overhead bin. Before we take off this summer, we’ve been giving some careful thought to doing right by the carry-on and avoiding any testy altercations with that hothead back in 28E. Put these goodies in your pack, Jack!

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Just the ticket for your tickets, passport, credit cards and other travel documents, the cheery Treska travel wallet keeps everything neatly accessible in a variety of colors and color combinations. From Red Château.

Leather Tie Jewelry Roll by Rowallan Jewelry is like lunch money – you should keep it with you at all times, never in a suitcase. Your baubles will travel first class in this leather tie jewelry roll, specially designed to keep all kinds of jewelry secure and protected. Better still, you can have it embossed with your monogram. From Mitchell’s Jewelry.

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Toss your liquids, loose items, makeup or receipts into these colorful, durable mesh bags and go. Available in a million easy-to-spot colors and assorted sizes, Walker Bags hold it all together. From The MakeUp Bar.

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t’s common practice to recommend creating art as a means of helping to alleviate depression… but once upon a time a depression became a means of helping to create art. 75 years ago, the U.S. government created the Public Works of Art Program – the first federal program to support the arts nationally – against the backdrop of the Great Depression. A selection of paintings made with support from this program is now on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, in the exhibition “1934: A New Deal for Artists.” Understanding how essential art was to sustaining America’s spirit, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration created the Public Works of Art Program to alleviate the distress of professional, unemployed American artists by paying them to produce artwork to embellish public buildings. Artists from across the country were encouraged to depict “the American Scene,” but were allowed to interpret this idea freely. Though the program lasted only six months, it resulted in a treasure trove of portraits, cityscapes and depictions of rural life that reminded the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community spir-

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it and optimism, while vividly capturing the realities and ideals of Depression-era America. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “1934: A New Deal for Artists” contains 56 paintings arranged into eight sections: American People, City Life, Labor, Industry, Leisure, The City, The Country and Nature. “It is a great pleasure for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to present this fine exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution,” said president and CEO Glen Gentele. “Several of the buildings adjacent to the Museum are Works Progress Administration projects and thus link the show to the community and architecture in Oklahoma City.”

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has a full deck of outstanding exhibits – don’t let this New Deal retrospective, on display through August 21, get lost in the shuffle. Find more information by calling 236.3100 or visiting www.okcmoa.com.

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“Irish Madonna”

ost Americans know Glenna Goodacre, whether they realize it or not. The Lubbock-born sculptor, who has resided in Santa Fe for a number of years, created the likeness of Sacagawea that graces the face of the gold dollar coins that were minted beginning in 2000. But in addition to the widely distributed coin, this noted artist has done many breathtaking large-scale works: the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington; the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia, a massive installation featuring 35 life-size figures; and the eight-foot standing portrait of President Ronald Reagan, unveiled at the Reagan Library. A retrospective exhibition of Goodacre’s works opens this month at JRB Art at the Elms in The Paseo. The exhibition, her first solo showing in Oklahoma City, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 6-10pm as part of the First Friday Paseo Gallery Walk, and runs through June 25. This monumental show will not only include some of her best-known works, but will debut recent works as well. “Her work captures the essence of the human spirit that reaches out, touches us and draws us to it,” says gallery director Joy Reed Belt of Goodacre. Indeed, Goodacre’s sculptures are noted for lifelike, compelling expression, rich texture and dramatic composition. They are held in public, private and museum collections across the country. Goodacre was a best-selling artist at Oklahoma City’s prestigious Prix de West for 27 years. She is a recipient of the Texas Medal of the Arts, won the James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award at the Prix de West, and in 2010 was awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration Award from the Craig Hospital Foundation in Denver for her efforts to continue her work, even after a debilitating stroke in 2006.

JRB Art at The Elms presents a diverse roster of emerging, established, and internationally exhibited artists who create in a wide range of media. More information on the Glenna Goodacre exhibition and the gallery is available at www.jrbartgallery.com, or 528.6336.


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ho says youth is wasted on the young? A set of metro high school students who joined the Arts Council of OKC’s Teen Advisory Council have the fruits of their collective labor currently on display at the Istvan Gallery, in an environmentally conscious exhibit they curated themselves. Under the guidance of Istvan owner Stephen Kovash, the students are responsible for all aspects of “Reclaimed,” from choosing a theme to creating and distributing a call for artists to selecting, hanging and lighting the show, and even assisting with sales. “I’m grateful to be able to offer them guidance through the process and provide the space to display the works of their choosing,” Kovash said. “I wish an opportunity like this existed when I was in school.” Hanging alongside work from Marvin Lee, Scott Henderson, Bobby Lee and Audrey Barcus, “Reclaimed” will continue through July 31, with a portion of proceeds from its sales benefiting the Arts Council of OKC. For more information, call 831.2874 or visit www.istvangallery.com.




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he march of time is inexorable, the future draws a little nearer each day, and while some people greet the change it brings with wary suspicion, others dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to reaching for that temporal horizon, to living on the cutting edge of development and expression. And among that latter group, many are artists… The Individual Artists of Oklahoma views the shape of things to come at Edge Art Now 2011, its 20th annual juried exhibition of selected mixed and new media works, June 17-July 9. In this context, “new” doesn’t mean “recently completed,” though only work from the last two years is eligible – IAO uses the term “new media” to refer to artwork created using cutting-edge advances in technology. IAO wishes to celebrate and encourage fresh, original and ambitious approaches to the creation of art; methods including biotechnology, computer graphics, interactive hypermedia (as demonstrated on the Internet) and robotics. The resulting artwork might range from conceptual to virtual. Judging a show so deliberately unconventional requires an extraordinary juror, a position for which Robert Dohrmann is singularly qualified. An Associate Professor of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Dohrmann has spent the last decade immersed in digital media: experimental video shorts, audio mash-ups and nonlinear, interactive, web-based media. He will choose one Best of Show award and two awards of merit for cash prizes. IAO is committed to sustaining and encouraging artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental, making this exhibit a perfect fit for its gallery space at 706 W. Sheridan. For more information, visit www.iaogallery.org or call 232.6060.


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The Gallery

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artspaceatuntitled.org, 815.9995 Take a look inside [Artspace] at Untitled for an illuminating exhibit by New York photographer Lynn Stern, whose luminous, abstract black and white photographs skirt the boundaries of vision in “Seen/ Unseen.” Stern’s ethereal imagery will haunt the downtown OKC gallery through July 31, intimately exploring imagery that “looks inward rather than outward,” and is created in a space she controls. “I have been working inside in both senses of the word,” she says, “creating images in the studio rather than looking for them outside.” Stern deals primarily with still lifes that ground her real subject: light. “Luminosity, which partakes of both space and energy, is of primary importance in my work.”


DINING IN STYLE howellgallery.com, 840.4437 Feast your eyes on fresh creations at the Howell Gallery’s annual Art Sale and Brunch on Sunday, June 12 – the midday event features oil landscapes from Linda Tuma Robertson, meditative still lifes from James W. Bruce and New Mexico-influenced watercolors by Tom Perkinson. The triple exhibit runs through the end of the month; good news for those who want a second helping.

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TEENY TREASURES okartguild.com, 525.2161 A little art can be all you need to bring a space to life – and who’s got room to hang “Guernica,” anyway? Original creations that condense a world of inspiration into one square foot await the budget-conscious collector at the Oklahoma Art Guild’s Small Works member show, on display June 3-25 at the In Your Eye Gallery in the Paseo Arts District. BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME ou.edu/fjjma, 325.3272 Let’s call this the comeback: magnificent works from Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Ruscha and more are once more the stars of the show as the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art reinstalls its permanent collection of modern and contemporary art in the Sandy Bell Gallery. The June 4 opening reception features a guest lecture, interpretive dance and an open-air concert by indie rockers White Denim. BACK TO THE CLASSICS sciencemuseumok.org, 602.6664 Returning to venerable tropes after time in its fullness has transmuted them from daily fact to modern myth offers a fresh perspective on the past… plus, it looks cool. Muralist Dr. Robert Palmer and Caddo metal sculptor Darroll Joe Reddick visually reinterpret their respective heritages in “Cowboys and Indians Revisited,” June 24 at Science Museum Oklahoma.


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By Steve Gill

he Armstrong International Cultural Foundation treated Edmond and the metro to a massive, magnificent new performance venue illuminated by star-studded performances from Andre Watts, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Russian National Ballet Theatre and more… …But that was last season. Wait until you see what they’ve got for an encore.

JULY Two-time Grammy winner Mark O’Connor and a select corps of bow-wielders commemorate Independence Day with an American String Celebration July 3 featuring classical, jazz, oldtime and Texas-style fiddling. SEPTEMBER Call this “The Entertainment.” Marvelous Marvin Hamlisch has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer prizes in his storied career, but he’s never been to Edmond… until September 8, when he directs the OKC Philharmonic in “The Gershwin Project.” OCTOBER Though they have plenty to crow about, the dozen members of all-male (no hens in this metaphorical house) ensemble Chanticleer have considerably more mellifluous vocals than the average rooster, bringing impeccable artistry to their millenniumspanning repertoire October 25. NOVEMBER In the argument of nature vs. nurture – whether genetics or upbringing has a greater influence on development – neither side gains rhetorical weight from the example of the Romeros Guitar Quartet: three generations of the family have dedicated their lives to honing their performance skills, resulting in an unparalleled musical dynasty returning November 3. A veteran of Broadway, television and film alike, Brian Stokes Mitchell is an actor, singer, dancer, author, producer, conductor… he might be magic. Certainly his stage presence is mesmerizing, as he visits Armstrong Auditorium November 10 with a potent jazz combo in tow for an enchanting evening of song. JANUARY Considering that Dawn Upshaw is a gifted operatic soprano and that her skills have gained her worldwide acclaim, you could


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indisputably say that her career has (wait for it) hit a number of high notes while amassing over 300 performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and soon one in Edmond on January 19. A magic spell binds the princess Aurora in interminable slumber; a subtler spell binds the audience in wonder as Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and more than four dozen dancers from the Moscow Festival Ballet bring to life the tale of “Sleeping Beauty” January 31. FEBRUARY Lynn Harrell is one of the country’s most outstandingly talented living cellists, a chamber musician par excellence. The Miró String Quartet have been dazzling audiences worldwide for over a decade. The two appearing together in the same evening (February 16) is like a gift to the metro, wrapped up in a bow. The Chieftains are finally celebrating their 50th anniversary tour, but the milestone is hardly a surprise to longtime fans; their sound has been golden for a long, long time. The ambassadors of the Irish musical tradition and six-time Grammy winners remain as fresh and infectious as ever. February 27. MARCH What’s in a name? The “Tchaikovsky” St. Petersburg State Orchestra can produce masterful renditions of its namesake composer’s world-famous work, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg, as their prowess extends far beyond the musical legacy of Mother Russia. March 1. A top-tier collection of seasoned veterans, all the sweeter for years of playing in synch, performing big band standards and sentimental favorites with flash and panache March 8. And here are two more words that should seal the deal: Doc Severinsen. The bravura bandleader is back on tour! If you’re looking for something new and different in a musical dance performance, step right up on March 20. The exhilaratingly innovative StepCrew fuses traditional dance forms with modern

twists (and spins, and kicks) into a dizzying but dazzling audiovisual wonder. Jubilant Sykes isn’t afraid to get deep with his audiences; the classically trained baritone effortlessly conveys emotional resonance and soul across diverse genres, painting acoustic landscapes with his rich, colorful and above all, powerful voice March 27. APRIL A duo of instrumental performances featuring pairs of leading ladies and gentlemen: multitalented educator, writer and musician Eugenia Zukerman, a flutist of great international renown, takes the stage April 15 alongside preeminent harpist and Oklahoma native Yolanda Kondonassis, one of her instrument’s leading lights; then two towering Russian pianists share the spotlight when three-time international gold medalist Maxim Moglievsky joins UCO’s beloved Artist-in-Residence Valery Kuleshov for an evening of scintillating duets April 22. MAY A brilliant season reaches its coda May 3 with surpassingly powerful blow-the-doors-off renditions of the Brahms “Requiem” and Handel’s “Coronation Anthems,” courtesy of the Herbert W. Armstrong College Choral Union singing with full orchestral backup. Bravo!

The show must go on… even without those who waited too long to reserve seats for any or all of these dynamite performances. Season subscriptions and event tickets are on sale now; visit armstrongauditorium.org or call 285.1010 for packages, pricing and more information.

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in to enjoy a non-residential block party via the siren song of local performing artists. “We’re very, very excited for this,” enthused Gary Goldman, owner of Uptown Kids. “We’ve designed Concerts on the Curve to be a family-friendly event… we’re going to have live music spread throughout the Classen Curve, three different areas of local artists.” But the musical acts aren’t the only artists involved: local painters, sculptors and craftsmen will be displaying and selling their creations as well, alongside a children’s play and activity area, with refreshments available from a variety of vendors. Plus, retail establishments like Balliets, Red Coyote, On A Whim, BD Home, Uptown Kids and Barre3 will extend their hours until 9pm on event nights to accommodate the interests of evening shoppers. Visit www.classencurve.com to find out more about what’s cooking, or simply plan to swing by in person – sound like a plan?



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he best things in life might or might not be free, but finding evidence to support that famous thesis is always a genuine pleasure: ask any of the nearly 50,000 fans preparing to converge on Norman to enjoy a world-class musical lineup at the 28th annual Jazz in June festival June 23-25. Thursday starts off sultry at Brookhaven Park as Margo Valiante begins Blues Under the Stars; the charismatic singer/ songwriter often draws comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Patty Griffin, and her set is followed by sizzling guitarist and soulful vocalist Murali Coryell. Friday’s Jazz Under the Stars returns to Brookhaven, where the 145th Army Big Band will offer shoe-scooting standards dating back to WWII, along with more contemporary musical fare. Big band will then give way to a big name, as Larry Coryell, called “a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion” by The New York Times, demonstrates the dazzling guitar chops that have landed him on more than 75 albums as a bandleader, soloist and featured accompanist. Saturday the venue switches to Andrews Park for the grand finale “Jazz in the Park,” counted in by the return of the Norman North High School Jazz Choir. UCO alumni supergroup the Jeremy Thomas Quartet will kick out a few jams afterward, setting the stage for jazz headliner Poncho Sanchez – the Grammywinning percussionist is renowned for blending Latin jazz, soul, swing, bebop, salsa and other musical styles. Free music for a plenitude of palates, plus community jams and an instructional clinic at the Santa Fe Depot Saturday morning… can you dig it? For a full schedule or more information, visit www.jazzinjune.org.


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n just six years, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival has become one of Oklahoma’s most eagerly anticipated yearly events. World-class concert performers flock to the rugged country of southwestern Oklahoma, and the hills will again come alive with performances July 22-30. Composer and pianist Bevan Manson and Michael T. Geib, bassist and UCO faculty member, will be spotlight performers at “All That Jazz” on Friday, July 22 in The Catering Hall in Blair, a venue designed to evoke the intimate feeling of a jazz club. For a different sort of intimacy, return the following night for “Chamber Music Madness,” various combinations of small ensembles ranging from the baroque mastery of Johann Sebastian Bach to the tongue-in-cheek fun of the fictional P.D.Q. Bach. Friday, July 29 brings together the “first family of the guitar” as festival mainstays the Romeros Guitar Quartet join other performers and students from the Celedonio Romero Guitar Academy for a joyous evening. The final performance is one of undeniable power, as Michael Palmer conducts the festival orchestra plus students from all four of QMMF’s academies and renowned pianist Robert Roux in “The Heroes of Classical and Romantic Composers,” a slate including the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninov and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Both the July 29 and 30 concerts will take place at Quartz Mountain State Park. To discover the beauty of this rich musical landscape, purchase tickets by calling 580.482.0210, or visiting www.qmmf.org.


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Curtain Calls

metro entertainment takes center stage By Steve Gill


HEAT SEEKERS pasnorman.org, 307.9320 Oklahoma doesn’t need help getting warmer, but Norman’s Performing Arts Studio is dedicated to heating up the sonic season with the Summer Breeze concert series in Lions Park: Shane Henry and Maggie McClure combine their eclectic blend of influences June 5, while on June 26, Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White prove that two singer/songwriters are more dynamic than one, playing as The Damn Quails. A KNOTTY PROBLEM oklahomashakespeare.com, 235.3700 Old soldiers never die; they just star in romantic comedies when the public (or purportedly Elizabeth I) demands a sequel. Roisterous, rubicund Sir John Falstaff seeks a rich wife and finds naught but trouble as Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s rollicking rendition of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” runs June 16-July 9 on the Myriad Gardens’ Water Stage.   NIGHT MOVERS artscouncilokc.com, 270.4848 The Arts Council of OKC is ending every week on a high note this summer via its free Twilight Concert Series: string sensations The Stringents (geddit?) June 5, the jazz fusion of C@mpari with Lacy Saunders June 12, blues rockers the Phil Brown Trio June 19 and red dirt-y Riders Ford June 26, all on the Myriad Gardens lawn.

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okmozart.com, 297.2264 The OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville is one of the state’s biggest and most prestigious musical events, but that doesn’t mean it has reached the peak of its crescendo; organizers are adding extra resonance to this year’s symphonic splendor with a set of satellite performances right here in the metro, at the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre. The three-man Alloy Orchestra bends its unconventional instrumentation (pipes, saws, horseshoes, etc.) to a screening of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” June 13; masterful string ensemble the Turtle Island Quartet renders an evening of Jimi Hendrix June 14; the soulful Carolina Chocolate Drops play the blues (and practically everything else) June 15; and the series closes on Father’s Day, June 19, with the Amici New York Orchestra led by towering talent Joshua Bell.


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LOVE IN THE TIME OF SEASICKNESS oklahomachildrenstheatre.org, 606.7003 When young lovers are described as being “from different worlds,” it usually means “her family is rich and he’s a sensitive loner from the wrong side of the tracks,” not “they’re both royalty, but she doesn’t have any lungs.” A touch of magic may help calm the waters as Oklahoma Children’s Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid” June 15-19 in OCU’s Burg Theatre. FOR THE KID WHO HAS EVERY THINK summerstockok.com, 249.7477 A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but an awesome engine for adventure; especially if your tastes run toward playful rhymes, fanciful wordplay and nattily attired feline emcees. The wondrous world of a true literary great comes to life as Summerstock Productions invites you to imagine attending “Seussical the Musical” June 17-26 in UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater.

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MAID FOR EACH OTHER carpentersquare.com, 232.6500 While a wedding reception rages downstairs, the bridesmaids (each of whom is eager to evade being sucked into the post-nuptial proceedings) discover a communal hiding place, leading to a gradual discovery of common ground beyond their gaudy attire. Carpenter Square Theatre introduces audiences to “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” June 24-July 16 at the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center. THE JOY OF SECRETARIES celebrityattractions.com, 800.869.1451 If you can’t join ’em, beat ’em! The patriarchal workaday world of Consolidated Industries takes an estrogen-enhanced turn as circumstances, and the undervalued staff, conspire to fight the power – with, it needs hardly be said, wacky results. Get your clock punched with Celebrity Attractions’ tuneful rendition of “9 to 5: the Musical” June 7-12 in the OKC Civic Center.   WIDE OPEN SPACES jewelboxtheatre.org, 521.1786 It helps verisimilitude considerably to sing “The hills are alive” when there are actual sweeping vistas in the background instead of a painted canvas sheet, so the Jewel Box Theatre is taking the show on the road – or at least to the amphitheatre outside – for performances under the stars of “The Sound of Music” June 3-18.

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lyrictheatreokc.com, 524.9310 Even the most light-fingered lads probably wouldn’t put “pickpocket” atop their lists of dream careers, but if you’re talking about an orphan living on the streets of preIndustrial London… well, you know what they say about beggars and their paucity of options. Plus, life on the shady side of the law beats the beatings and starvation the title character used to endure: he has a few more comforts, a bit more food and plenty of pals to harmonize with while singing his life story to enraptured audiences. Lyric Theatre belts out the tale of “Oliver!” June 21-25 at the OKC Civic Center.


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here are events, and then there are events. The Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is more than an art exhibition. To be sure, it is one of the preeminent displays of art celebrating Western culture in the United States, with over 100 artists displaying more than 300 paintings and sculptures. But the 38th annual Prix de West is a cultural watershed, and its opening weekend this month features opportunities to learn, to participate, to become immersed in the world of Western art. While the art exhibition continues through September, the opening weekend activities of Prix de West on June 10-12 encompass seminars, workshops, receptions and an awards banquet. Seminar events kick off the weekend on Friday, June 10, with a session by Dean A. Porter discussing the work of Walter Ufer. Richard Rattenbury, resident curator at the National Cowboy

and Western Heritage Museum, will speak on the intriguing and unusual art of American arms makers. Sarah Burt of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, will follow with a lecture on the influence of Swiss painter Karl Bodmer on Western artists. Andrew Peters, a Prix de West

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artist, will conclude with a presentation about Bodmer’s voyage through the American West and his legacy. Authors and artists will also participate in a book signing.      The seminar on Saturday, June 11, features a panel discussion with Prix de West artists Walter Matia, Tim Shinabarger and Tim Cherry, moderated by Edna Mae Holden.  The Saturday seminar is followed by three simultaneous demonstrations by artists Howard Post and John Coleman of Arizona and William Whitaker of Utah. And oh, the works of art. The exhibiting artists at Prix de West bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious event. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West to contemporary and impressionist works. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. The weekend culminates with a sale of all the submitted works and finishes with the Prix de West Perk on Sunday morning. This year will carry on the tradition of the minimum-bid sale as well: any Prix de West patron with a registered ballot book may participate in the minimum-bid sale. In addition, a live auction of art will be offered during the awards banquet on Saturday night.

Prix de West is the major annual fundraiser for the museum, and both package and individual event pricing is available for opening weekend. For more information or to make reservations, call 478.2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

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he American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma is unmatched in two areas of expertise: responding to disaster at a moment’s notice and throwing one of the best parties of the year in Oklahoma City. This year’s event, Rendezvous for Red on June 17, boasts the hallmarks of an unforgettable evening of dining, covetable auction acquisitions and live music and dancing in the ballroom of the Skirvin Hilton. Co-chairs Patti Mellow and Susan Chambers have emphasized a “party atmosphere” with music by Zoom City during a festive, freeflowing agenda that includes one fixed point: Oklahoma City Ward 1 Councilman and former OKC Fire Chief Gary Marrs will be the first recipient of the Red Cross Ruby Award for Humanitarian Services for his decades of community service, most notably as the Fire Department’s Incident Commander during the aftermath of the OKC bombing in 1995 and the F5 tornado of May 3,1999. Every Red Cross fundraiser is renowned for its auction; finds this year include a trip to “The Late Show With David Letterman,” lodging in Breckenridge, Colorado and a Zumba Dancing package with Sherri Coale and OU Women’s Basketball players. Tickets for Rendezvous for Red are available by calling 228.9500, or at www.okc.redcross.org.

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A POWERFUL COLOR ywcaokc.org, 948.1770 Violet, indigo, aubergine… they are all shades of determination and comfort at the Purple Sash Gala at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum June 25 – proceedings include dinner, live and silent auctions, a fastpaced fashion show and the 2011 Embrace Award presentation, honoring commitment to racial justice and the empowerment of women. Proceeds help the YWCA eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault, and fund the only certified shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.


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SWING FOR IT alliedartsokc.com, 278.8944 ymcaokc.org, 297.7770 okcbeautiful.com, 525.8822 June offers multiple opportunities to improve the city’s quality of life at a stroke: the 12th annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament, benefiting the aesthetic improvement programs of OKC Beautiful, is at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club June 6 and is hosted by Mick Cornett, Jim Norick and Ron Norick; the Community Golf Tournament June 15 is presented by and raises funds for Allied Arts and the YMCA of Greater OKC at Edmond’s Rose Creek Golf Course.

okcmotorsports.com, 630.7668 Velocity is closely monitored in the area surrounding downtown OKC, and even on the highways drivers who exceed 60mph risk running afoul of the law. On the water, however, is a different story, and speeds topping 260mph are likely to be a key to victory during the third annual Ozarka OKC Nationals June 10-12. Sanctioned by the Southern Drag Boat Association and featuring a projected 10,000 fans cheering for 120 race teams from across the country, the high-octane weekend on the Oklahoma River during Navy Days is open to spectators of all ages – races are run among 13 classes of racing boats from Top Fuel Hydro boats to personal watercraft.

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Make-a-Wish Golf Classic Oak Tree • OKC Beautiful Mayors’ Golf Tournament OKC Golf & CC • RedHawks vs. Redbirds RedHawks Ballpark • Western Art Workshop – Pastels Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 6/9

OK Golf Assoc. Jr. Boys Championship KickingBird Golf Course • Summer Dance Workshop UCO School of Dance J 6/17 • Alloy Orchestra: Metropolis Rose State PAC • RedHawks vs. Isotopes RedHawks Ballpark • Watercolor Workshop Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 6/16


Art and the Animal Sam Noble Museum J 9/5 • 1934: A New Deal for Artists OKCMOA J 8/21 • The Bowie Knife: American Icon Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 11/20 • Charlie Christian Int’l Music Fest Bricktown J 6/4 • Lynn Stern: Seen/Unseen [Artspace] at Untitled J 7/31 • Oklahoma Driven OK History Center J 3/31/12 • Passages OKCMOA J 10/16 • Teen Advisory Council Show Istvan Gallery J 7/31

1889 Summer Camp Edmond Historical Society J 6/9 • Pink Tartan Trunk Show Ruth Meyers J 6/9 • 9 to 5 Celebrity Attractions OKC Civic Center J 6/12 • RedHawks vs. Redbirds RedHawks Ballpark • Wayne McEvilly: Stay Young With Mozart Warr Acres Library •

1889 Summer Camp Edmond Historical Society J 6/16 • Nichols Hills City Council Meeting City Hall • Norman City Council Meeting Municipal Complex • RedHawks vs. Isotopes RedHawks Ballpark • Turtle Island Quartet Rose State PAC • Wayne McEvilly: Stay Young With Mozart Bethany Library

OKC Chamber Sunset Reception Bravo Cucina Italiana • Oliver! Lyric Theatre, OKC Civic Center J 6/25 • Wayne McEvilly: Stay Young With Mozart Choctaw Library

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Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • deadCENTER Film Festival Throughout downtown OKC J 6/12

Community Golf Tournament Rose Creek Golf Club • Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Bigio Trunk Show Ruth Meyers J 6/16 • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • The Carolina Chocolate Drops Rose State PAC • The Little Mermaid OK Children’s Theatre J 6/19 • RedHawks vs. Isotopes RedHawks Ballpark •

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Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Broadway Boot Camp St. Luke’s Poteet Theatre J 7/20 •






Concerts on the Curve Classen Curve • It Happened One Night OKCMOA, Noble Theatre • Kevin Eubanks OKC Civic Center • NCAA Women’s College World Series ASA Hall of Fame Stadium J 6/8 • RedHawks vs. Express RedHawks Ballpark • Souvenir Carpenter Square Theatre J 6/4

Eighth Street Trio Fred Jones Museum • Flute Circle Jacobson House • Becannen/Vollertson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Glenna Goodacre JRB Art at the Elms J 6/25 • OK Art Guild Smaller Show In Your Eye Gallery, Paseo J 6/25 • Red Earth Cultural Festival Cox Center J 6/5 • RedHawks vs. Rainiers RedHawks Ballpark • The Sound of Music Jewel Box Theatre J 6/18 •



Stacey Kent UCO Jazz Lab • Stay Young With Mozart Edmond Library • Nichols Hills Garden Tour Nichols Hills • Modern Art Collection Reinstallation Fred Jones Museum • Canterbury Masquerade Ball Bricktown Events Center • Downtown Dash St. Anthony Hospital • RedHawks vs. Redbirds RedHawks Ballpark • Upward Transitions American Tourist Nat’l Cowboy Museum •



Paula Malone & Friends Armstrong Auditorium • Summer Breeze: Shane Henry & Maggie McClure Lions Park • RedHawks vs. Redbirds RedHawks Ballpark • Twilight Concerts: The Stringents Myriad Gardens Lawn • Wayne McEvilly: Stay Young With Mozart Midwest City Library •





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Muggle Fest – the Final Chapter Norman Public Library • Second Friday Circuit of Art Downtown Norman • Live on the Plaza Plaza District • OKC Nationals Oklahoma River J 6/12 • Prix de West Nat’l Cowboy Museum J 9/5 • Stephen Speaks Nonna’s Purple Bar • USA Wrestling World Team Trials Cox Center J 6/11

Endeavor Games UCO Campus J 6/12 • Cocktails on the Skyline OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Static Film Series IAO Gallery • Wayne McEvilly: The Joy of Mozart Bartlesville Public Library

Nichols Hills Band Concert Kite Park • The Merry Wives of Windsor OK Shakespeare in the Park J 7/9 • Of Human Bondage OKCMOA, Noble Theatre • RedHawks vs. Isotopes RedHawks Ballpark • Urban Pioneer Awards Skirvin Hilton

Seussical the Musical Summerstock, UCO J 6/26 • Meals on Wheels Golf Scramble Westwood Park • Bright Night of Sports Science Museum OK • Derek Harris Duo Nonna’s Purple Bar • EdgeArtNow IAO Gallery J 7/9 • OKC Red Cross Rendezvous for Red Skirvin Hilton • RedHawks vs. Zephyrs RedHawks Ballpark • Zoobilation 2011 OKC Zoo

Disney’s Camp Rock Sooner Theatre J 6/26 • Jazz in June: Blues Under the Stars Brookhaven Village • Cocktails on the Skyline OKCMOA, Roof Terrace • Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus Cox Center J 6/26

Night at the Museum Edmond Historical Society • Art After Hours: Ralston Crawford Fred Jones Jr. Museum • Jazz in June: Jazz Under the Stars Brookhaven Village • Becannen/Vollertson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Cowboys & Indians Revisited Science Museum OK

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Carpenter Square Theatre J 7/16 •

Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Le Tour de Vin Kerr-McGee Stadium Club • Festival in the Park Will Rogers Park • OKC Roller Derby Farmer’s Public Market • OK Senior Follies OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium J 6/12 • Rick Johnson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Sugar Free All-Stars Uptown Kids Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Children’s Storytime Uptown Kids • RedHawks vs. Zephyrs RedHawks Ballpark • Rick Johnson Nonna’s Purple Bar • Summer Season Celebration OKC Zoo • SliceTV Special broadcast edition of Slice Magazine noon on KFOR, Channel 4

Edmond Farmer’s Market Festival Market Place • LibertyFest Car Show UCO Campus • LibertyFest Kite Fest Mitch Park J 6/26 • Cleveland County Farmers Market Cleveland County Fairgrounds • Jazz in June: Jazz in the Park Andrews Park • OKC RIVERSPORT Regatta Chesapeake Boathouse • YWCA Purple Sash Gala Nat’l Cowboy Museum • Water Garden Tour Throughout Metro J 6/26 •

Art Show & Brunch Howell Gallery • Jazz Concert Series Santa Fe Depot • Twilight Concerts: C@mpari Myriad Gardens Lawn

FATHER’S DAY • Amici NY Orchestra w/ Joshua Bell Rose State PAC • RedHawks vs. Zephyrs RedHawks Ballpark • Twilight Concerts: Phil Brown Trio Myriad Gardens Lawn

LibertyFest Road Rally Throughout Edmond • LibertyFest Taste of Edmond Festival Market Place • St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Fairfax, Garden IV • Summer Breeze: The Damn Quails Lions Park • Twilight Concerts: Riders Ford Myriad Gardens Lawn •


LibertyFest Concert in the Park UCO Mitchell Hall, Outdoors • Midnight OKCMOA, Noble Theatre • OKC Summer Classic Dog Shows Cox Center J 7/3


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Renaissance M on the Rocks By Elaine Warner

edicine Park, tucked in the rugged boulders of the Wichita Mountains, was built in the early 1900s as a resort. It roared through the ’20s and rolled with hippies and bikers in the ’60s before collapsing into near obscurity by the late ’70s. Its unique cobblestone architecture tumbling into disrepair, the town languished until the mid’90s when Candace and David McCoy came to the area. Originally from Medicine Park, Candace loved the area and was saddened by its decline. Settling there, the McCoys discovered others as interested in a rebirth of the rocky retreat as they were. The location, steeped in Native American lore, exudes a siren song that attracts an interesting mix of creative people. In my interviews I heard many times, “I don’t know what it was, but something just drew me here.” I understand because, since my first visit in 1996, I’ve been drawn back many times.

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Wanderlust | Close Encounters

Get On Your A-Game

Before You Go

Grab a Bite

Buffalo Bistro - located in the Winery of the Wichitas. Menus and recipes are created by Anna Banda, who trained with Kurt Fleischfresser and is the chef at the Governor’s Mansion. Everything’s good, but save room for the Vinny – a peanut butter, banana and honey dessert that I’m sure is served in heaven. Live music on weekends. Check the website for days and hours.

The Old Plantation - recently refurbished and reopened, it’s long been famous for its country-fried steak. For healthier fare, the cedar plank salmon is superb. If these walls could talk, this 1910 building would have some tales to tell.

Riverside Café - the location, overlooking the creek, is super. Reviews are mixed. We’ve heard the food is good but the service erratic. We tried to go on a day it was supposed to be open. It wasn’t. You’re on your own here.

Medicine Park Ice Cream and Candy Co. - homemade ice cream and fudge plus sandwiches. Pounds were put on researching this place. Yum!


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Medicine Park is busiest on the weekends. Lots of places are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For maximum action, visit Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Helpful information can be found at www.stardustinn.com and www.medicinepark.com.

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Medicine Park is situated on the doorstep of the Refuge where opportunities for outdoor activities abound. Picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing and fishing are among the favorites. Take the driving tour for a panoramic view from Mt. Scott, chances to spot bison, deer, longhorn cattle, elk and prairie dogs, and don’t miss the exhibits at the Visitor Center. Old Swimming Hole Bath Lake, a dammed-up portion of Medicine Creek in the heart of town, is a cool spot on a hot day. A walking trail lines the creek and at night, with old-fashioned street lamps lit, the sight is magic. Paddleboats available and, in cold weather, trout fishing is popular. Fort Sill National Historical Landmark Museum Located just south of Medicine Park, the museum boasts a complex of 27 buildings with exhibits covering all aspects of the Fort’s history. A new exhibit, Warrior’s Journey, relates the story of Native Americans in the area from the pre-reservation period to the present. The Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Houses a collection that includes a re-creation of an early 1900s trading post with over 3,000 artifacts of Great Plains Indians. Winery of the Wichitas No winery tours, but swing by for a tasting and to check out the art on display. Also home of the Buffalo Bistro.

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Wanderlust | Close Encounters


Drop a Dollar - or Two

White Buffalo Trading Post – postcards, souvenirs and an everchanging assortment of hand-crafted items. The Branded Bear – authentic Native American arts and crafts by artists from over 20 tribes. Lulabelle’s Gourmet Foods – lots of Made in Oklahoma goodies. Chaps My Ass – a cool bike shop where you can get everything but your motorcycle. Grease Monkeys Hot Rod Shop and Vintage Memorabilia – this new shop carries replica signs, die-cast toy cars and other boy toys and a project corner where owner Ronnie Burchfield has a work-in-progress. It could involve building a rat rod or upholstering a sofa – it’ll be a guy project. Kibitzers welcome. 60

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I always bee-line for the Stardust Inn, a great bed and breakfast owned by Pegi and Clark Brown – more of those creative people I mentioned. Clark was the Creative Director for United Designs back in the day. You’ll find touches of Clark all over town – from beautiful event posters he created to the design of one of the town’s newest businesses, a man-cave called Medicine Park Grease Monkeys. In addition to Clark’s artwork, you’ll find pieces by a number of Oklahoma artists throughout the Inn. Jack and I stayed in “Good Medicine,” a comfy room done in a Native American theme; our daughter, Zoe, stayed in “Prairie Rose,” a tribute to the women of the West. All rooms feature two-person Jacuzzis and have exterior entrances. The Inn overlooks Gondola Lake. Rocking chairs on the wrap-around porch provide a great spot for bird-watching or just relaxing. Breakfast includes a bar with breads, cereals, fruit, yogurt and juices and Pegi adds a hot special each day. I took lots of photos, but no camera could capture the smell of fresh morning air and the accents of bird song. What a great place to rest, refresh and revive. Medicine Park is good medicine!

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Fare | A la Carte

Italian-American By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

Classic Stone Family Mostly-Healthy Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs


Guest chefs Renzi and Jackson

enzi Stone doesn’t slow down. He has gone from OU basketball star to entrepreneur, and as President and CEO of Saxum Public Relations, he has taken the business from a one-person startup in 2003 to one of the region’s leading public relations firms, serving a local, regional and national client base. Blend in the fact that Renzi hosts a political talk show, is an in-demand public speaker and serves on the boards of several nonprofit community organizations, and you might imagine there is no such thing as spare time in his world. But he loves to cook, and he and his wife Lee Anne created this new version of a classic recipe, shortly after they were married. “We make it together on lazy Sunday afternoons,” he says. “If a good bottle of Honig 2006 Cabernet is available, we enjoy that too. The recipe can be made with multiple measuring errors and still turn out better than the stuff from a can. The meatballs also make a great sandwich a day or two later.”

2 T extra-virgin olive oil 1 large whole yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 large cans (16 oz) Hunt’s tomato sauce 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes and their juices (can substitute 6-8 fresh Roma tomatoes) 11/2 c chicken broth 1/2 c red cooking wine 1 lb provolone cheese, sliced Salt and pepper to taste Garlic powder to taste 2 T sugar 8 oz pkg whole wheat angel hair pasta Heat large pan and add olive oil. After it becomes hot (oil will shimmer), add onions and garlic. Heat 7-8 minutes, stirring regularly until onions are soft and clear. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chicken broth and red cooking wine. Simmer on low for 2-3 hours, adding salt, pepper and garlic powder every hour to taste. Half an hour before serving, add sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes and stir. Then, add provolone cheese slice by slice and simmer for 30 more minutes. Sauce should be thick and a wooden spoon should stand straight up in the middle.  

Italian Meatballs

4 slices dry bread 1 lb lean ground beef 2 eggs 1/2 c grated Romano cheese 2 T chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, minced 1 t crushed oregano 1 t salt Dash of pepper Soak bread in cold water for 2-3 minutes. Squeeze out moisture. Combine bread and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Form in small balls and brown slowly in small amount of extra-virgin olive oil. Add to sauce 30 minutes before serving. Renzi says, “You can make your own pasta, but we like one 8-ounce package of whole wheat angel hair pasta.”

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Fare | From Our Kitchen

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By Tina Redecha Photo by K.O. Rinearson

ummer is here, and that means moving our kitchen outdoors. We wanted to grill a whole chicken, but the challenge was getting it crispy on the outside yet moist and well-cooked on the inside. An ancient technique, regularly used in Italy, was our starting point: split the chicken and wrap some heavy bricks in aluminum foil. (A heavy weight will keep the chicken flat while it cooks, ensuring that more surface area will be in direct contact with the grill or pan.) You can use any object that’s heavy and can withstand the heat, like an iron fry pan or Dutch oven, but a brick is more traditional, more easily maneuvered and more fun. The grilling method is simple and straightforward. The variations are all in the preparation. Simmer your favorite seasonings in oil and you’ll change the character of the dish. Try our Italian version, then experiment with your own favorite seasonings. You may never again grill a chicken without a brick nearby.

Brick-Grilled Tuscan Chicken

1/3 c olive oil 8 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 T garlic powder) 1 t lemon zest, grated 1/4 t red pepper flakes 1 t rosemary 1 t thyme 1 t basil 1 4-lb chicken, halved Salt and pepper to taste 2 large bricks, wrapped in foil 2 T lemon juice Combine olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and red pepper flakes and simmer over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and basil; stir for 30 seconds. Strain the seasonings, reserving them in a separate bowl from the oil. Mix salt and pepper with garlic solids. Loosen chicken skin and spread the solid mixture under skin. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Place chicken skin-side down over medium-hot grill and weight with bricks. Cook 20-25 minutes. Flip chicken, replace bricks and cook 10 minutes. Remove bricks and flip chicken, cooking for another 6-7 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.Let chicken rest for 10 minutes on carving board, then whisk lemon juice into the reserved oil and drizzle over chicken.


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Fare | Splash

Taste of the Tropics By Kent Anderson Photo by K.O. Rinearson


here is a mystic exoticism about the Latin American lands that we find intoxicating. The cultures of Central and South America are truly diverse, with Native American, African and European influences. From Belize to Brazil, Costa Rica to Argentina, the region is filled with tropical intensity and variety. The Melting Pot in Bricktown has adopted a Latin American menu just in time for spring and summer, capturing a bit of the essence of this alluring part of the world. When we think of the tropics, we tend to think of summer, and The Melting Pot’s special offerings lend themselves well to this seasonal aspiration. Look no further than the cocktail menu for some special ideas that will have you looking southward. The Blackberry Pico’Rita is not your father’s margarita. It blends El Jimador tequila and Cointreau, then adds the sweet and the spicy, namely fresh blackberries and pico de gallo. The Blackberry Pico’Rita is available for a limited time.


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Fare | Matters of Taste

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By Steve Gill Photos by K.O. Rinearson

handful of rice, a few slivers of vegetable or protein or both, a bit of seaweed to tie it all together and perhaps a dab of seasoning… it may sound too simple a list to be the makings of a globally beloved cuisine, but done well, sushi offers an amazing breadth of flavorful variety. And in this culinary art form – as exemplified by Edmond hot spot The Sushi Bar – the delicacy is in the details. A word of reassurance to those not quite ready to plunge into an unfamiliar cuisine: it’s perfectly possible to enjoy meals here ranging from shrimp yakisoba to a New York Strip without seeing a single grain of rice. But the restaurant is, after all, named The Sushi Bar, and it is perhaps symbolic that the selections among appetizers (like the lightly fried, delicately flavored Agedashi tofu), salads, noodles and entrees are all printed on a single loose sheet of paper, while the sleek black-bound booklet is crammed with rolls, sashimi, nigiri… dozens upon dozens of fresh, tasty sushi temptations. The array of choices is varied but not overwhelming, with ingredients spelled out in the menu and plenty of help available: when asked for a recommendation, the server cheerfully described the components and flavor profiles of multiple possibilities off the top of his head. And part of the joy of sushi is feasting on a bevy of those multifarious flavors: the California King roll ($10) contains king crab, cucumber and avocado, dusted with tobiko (tiny fish roe), and really sings with a wisp of fresh ginger; the Naughty Girl roll ($14) boasts tempura shrimp, avocado and cream cheese, rolled and topped with baked salmon, spicy mayo, sweet sauce, masago (a different kind of roe) and scallions; in the All ’Bout Tuna roll ($13) spicy tuna and cucumber are rolled and draped with an additional slice of tuna plus spicy mayo and scallions; and the two-piece Tamago ($3) is a light, sweet omelet on a tiny bed of sticky rice. Sushi is served all day every day: lunch is 11am-4pm, dinner is 5-10pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 5pm until 1am Thursday, Friday and Saturday… with special savings during those extended late-night hours. There’s a whole world to enjoy for neophytes, and new tastes to discover for even the most avid aficionado, in the cheerfully, casually bustling atmosphere of The Sushi Bar. It’s located at 1201 N.W. 178th Street in Edmond, at the northwest corner of 2nd and Western in the Highland Park Retail Center.


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Paradises By Kent Anderson Photos by K.O. Rinearson

The garden is a place for the senses – we find a connection with nature, and with ourselves, within harmonious spaces like those on the Nichols Hills Garden Tour.

Don and Candi Bullard 1102 Huntington The Bullards have lived in their home for 23 years, and for the last 15 their landscape has been constantly evolving, a thoughtful work in progress. After removing many of the original trees, they turned to Jeff Oakley of Oakley’s Landscaping, who planted new trees – ranging from pines to tea olive – to form the foundation of the garden. In 2008, the Bullards consulted with Terry Carlson of AC Dwellings, who oversaw construction of a stone fence and flower beds in the front yard, which then led to a kitchen remodel by Terry and her husband Anders. These additions provided Candi with a base of evergreen shrubs, including yews, hollies and hawthorns, and added color via roses, salvia, catmint and sedum. These are supplemented yearly with seasonal flowers. Tour Perspective: “I’ve always mowed our yard and planted my own flowers, so I am flattered to be asked to be on the tour. Gardening is a stress release for me, and I enjoy it immensely. While most women hunt for shoes or purses, my addiction is walking around TLC or browsing five to six different stores looking for the healthiest plants.” –Candi Bullard june 2011 | slice



Spaces | Discerning Design

For 28 years the Nichols Hills Garden Tour has led visitors to some of the metro area’s finest outdoor spaces. This year’s tour on June 4 promises five gardens inspired by the English style of landscape garden. All are noble, and dare we say, even royal.

The Timberlakes have lived in their stately 1949 home for three decades, but parts of it have been renovated within the past year, integrating a new outdoor living area into the aesthetically delightful whole. When a brick terrace crumbled over time, the Timberlakes talked with a number of landscape architects before turning to Anders and Terry Carlson. “Anders immediately grasped our goal of maintaining the integrity of the home while creating a functional outdoor space,” Sue says. “Terry designed the gardens to flow seamlessly with the hardscaping, while being sensitive to maintenance requirements.”

The Timberlakes added large Deodar cedars, hardy perennials and English roses. One of the distinctive joys of this space is Don’s large organic vegetable garden, which supplies produce for Sue and Don, plus their family and friends, for almost 10 months out of the year. A fire pit provides a fine gathering spot for cool evenings. Tour perspective: “We were members of the first Nichols Hills Parks committee and have been supporters for approximately 30 years now. The parks are a wonderful addition to our city and we are happy to support such a worthy cause.” –Sue Timberlake


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Sue and Don Timberlake, 1600 Elmhurst

Tony and Lisa Vaughn, 1600 Drury Lane The Vaughns moved into their home last year – just before the monster hailstorm that ravaged Nichols Hills. Both home and plants were damaged, but the Vaughns brought the space back, more glorious than ever, by adding many plants… and also an outdoor patio and kitchen. Tony and Lisa credit architect Jeff Jenkins for designing the outdoor living area, as well as builder Bruce Barkocy, designer Steve Callahan and landscaper Sam Hartwig. Roses abound here. Knockout roses surround the pool area, along with colorful annuals around the front and back entries. The backyard is a veritable forest, filled with cedars, purple-leaf redbuds, magnolias, dogwood and Bradford pear trees, along with more roses and Hicks Yews. Tour Perspective: “We are so pleased to participate on the tour, even though we are new residents. We enjoy living in the neighborhood and have found our neighbors to be the best.” – Lisa Vaughn june 2011 | slice


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The Hollidays’ home did not have much of a garden when they moved in nine years ago, but Carl and Courtney wanted to be able to see something beautiful from every window in the house. Landscape architect Robert Lewis created both a master courtyard and pool area, fostering an air of privacy and contemplation within an urban setting. Water is a strong focus in the Holliday garden, with fountains, a waterfall and an intriguing pool design: it is raised 18 inches above the patio level. Lewis uses lots of summer color and hardy yearround plants – “We try to make sure it will survive from two below to 102 degrees,” he says. Tour perspective: “We have an appreciation for what the people who attend our parks in Nichols Hills contribute to our city, and the Garden Tour supports those efforts.” –Carl Holliday

Carl and Courtney Holliday, 1905 Bedford It is rare in this day for an entire home to be built around a single tree, but that is exactly what Tim and Tracy Hughes did. They removed an existing house and built from scratch – except for the dignified sycamore in the back yard. The tree, which Tim estimates at 40 feet, remained, and the rest of the home and garden grew around it. Tim, a professional custom home builder, designed the pool himself, including the cobalt blue urns used as fountains. Landscape architect Ryan Flowers added the flora to the Hughes home, including double Knockout roses. A rock garden near the Mediterranean-style house features river rocks from Colorado and Wyoming. The home boasts views of the yard and garden from every room. And the sycamore tree? Greenery surrounds it in all its majesty as it commands the space, the central focal point of the yard.

Tim and Tracy Hughes, 1210 Larchmont

Tour perspective: “Hopefully people will be able to leave with some new ideas and make their own gardens more enjoyable.” –Tim Hughes

Explore the Beauty Co-chaired by Amy Bankhead and Suzanne Reynolds, the Nichols Hills Garden Tour takes place Saturday, June 4, from 10am-4pm. In case of rain, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 5, 12-4pm. Proceeds will benefit the 31 parks within the city of Nichols Hills. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and may be purchased at 42nd Street Candy Company, Covington Antique Market, Crescent Market, Horn Seed Company, New Leaf Florist, No Regrets, On A Whim, The Paper Lion, Precure Garden Center (Reno and N.W. 63rd locations), Tony Foss Florist, TLC (Memorial and N.W. Expressway locations), and Wilshire Garden Market.


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ovely June weather brings lots of reasons to pack up the table, chairs and all the things that go on top and move them outside. Father’s Day is a quintessential outdoor holiday for a family barbeque or Mexican fiesta, or even a combination of both! For our sunny setting we used blue old-fashioned picnic tablecloths and mixed them with authentic Mexican bandanas for the napkins. The bright colors combine with loads of daisies to make the table bright and inviting. A checked black-andwhite ribbon is tied around a daisy and napkin at each setting for a shot of whimsy. Glass dinner plates are used as chargers to offset the crisp white melamine plates, and brightly colored plastic utensils bring out the colors of the bandana napkins.

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Nothing says fiesta more than big margarita glasses filled with cold drinks (either adult beverages or something kid-friendly). Using benches and iron chairs to display napkins in a big wooden bowl alongside pots of flowers and herbs creates another attractive point of interest. Whether you are celebrating dad or the arrival of summer, bring out the color and enjoy!

From our table to yours, Happy Father’s Day! For resources, see page 146.


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Scenic Route


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.

e love our beautiful vistas. And, as a country, we decided a long time ago that maybe there was more to the “blue” of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the “smoke” of the Great Smoky Mountains, than just natural atmospheric effect. Some of the pollutants scattering our sunlight and creating hazy vistas are naturally occurring, like pollutants from vegetation and microbial activity (biogenic), erosion (geogenic) and lightning strikes. These natural sources contribute some of the types of pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act when they’re produced by us, including biogenic volatile organic compounds such as isoprene (photo-chemically reactive and ozoneforming), particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. But a lot of the haze is also man-made pollution from sources like power plants, commercial and industrial activity and vehicles, particularly from burning (oxidizing) fuel for energy. Substances created by burning fuel include oxidized sulfur from sulfur in the fuel itself (sulfur oxides or SOx), oxidized nitrogen, mostly from the 78 percent nitrogen in our ambient air (nitrogen oxides or NOx), small particles of organic matter or soot, and condensable forms of these materials in really small particles referred to as PM2.5, meaning particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 micrometers (1,000,000 times smaller than a meter). Regional haze is also made up of soil and ammonia (NH3) from agriculture. It is the man-made contribution to this haze impairing visibility in our national parks that has become an issue for us in Oklahoma lately. You might have heard of the issue; it’s big news. A portion of Oklahoma’s proposal to comply with EPA’s regulations implementing the U.S. Clean Air Act’s “Visibility Protec-


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tion” provisions (known as the “Regional Haze Rule”) has not been approved. So, in place of that portion, the EPA has proposed its own federal plan to take its place. Central to the dispute is primarily the timing and manner of compliance for SO2 emissions. What is the “Regional Haze Rule” anyway? In 1977, the U.S. Congress added Section 169 to the Clean Air Act, declaring as a new national goal “the prevention of any future, and the remedying of any existing, impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas which impairment results from man-made air pollution.” In English, this means that U.S. law requires us to prevent future, and fix existing, air pollution that obscures our views of nationally treasured vistas, like those at the Grand Canyon. The EPA initially adopted visibility protection regulations in 1980, addressing discrete emission sources or small groups of emission sources. Then, in 1990, Congress added CAA Section 169B, inspired by the decreasing visibility in the Grand Canyon. In 1996, the Grand Canyon Commission provided the EPA with strategies to address regional haze created by lots of emission sources, prompting the EPA to adopt its “Regional Haze Rule” in 1999. This rule requires review, modeling and control of sources emitting pollution that may cause or contribute to this hazy effect within a state’s national parks and also in states downwind from another state. The pollutants regulated by the Regional Haze Rule for their light-scattering properties are generally regulated for health purposes pursuant to another section of the Clean Air Act addressing “National Ambient Air Quality Standards,” which sets standards for “criteria air pollutants.” Thus, while these same pollutants are associated with health effects when

An Oklahoma scenic treasure: the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

they are present in the ambient air at levels above the ambient air quality standards, the purpose of the regional haze rule is primarily aesthetic. That is why we hear regional haze regulations referred to as “aesthetic,” even though these pollutants themselves are associated with health issues. Because the EPA implements the Clean Air Act and its regulations nationally, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality implements the Clean Air Act and its regulations in Oklahoma, the EPA has required ODEQ, along with all other affected state agencies with CAA delegation, to propose their own rules protecting visibility in our national wilderness areas. In Oklahoma, we have one such “national wilderness area,” the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton. So, the ODEQ is required to propose rules addressing regional haze to protect this area, as well as downwind states that might be affected by Oklahoma sources. To comply with EPA’s regional haze rule, ODEQ proposed a State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) revision on February 19, 2010, including, among other authority, provisions allowing several Oklahoma power plants to convert from coal to natural gas, switching fuel to avoid burning the higher sulfur coal and prevent creating SO2 that might cloud up our vistas over the Wichita Mountains. On March 22, 2011, while EPA proposed to accept much of the proposed SIP, EPA proposed to reject this portion of ODEQ’s SIP dealing with the SO2 emissions and has proposed one of its own (Federal Implementation Plan, or “FIP”) to address the rejected portions. This EPA proposal would mandate compliance with an SO2 emission limit either by installation of scrubber tech-

nology to remove the SO2, or a fuel switch to natural gas within three, but possibly up to five, years of FIP adoption. Given that retrofitting a coal plant to burn natural gas takes a bit of time, why would EPA appear to mandate the installation of scrubber technology rather than allow ODEQ to instead just allow those power plants to switch fuel from coal to natural gas? Among other issues, such as fundamental disagreements regarding cost and removal efficiencies, EPA reads ODEQ’s SIP as allowing this coal to natural gas fuel transition to last through 2026, which EPA says runs afoul of language in the Clean Air Act itself (and EPA’s regulations) requiring that controls need to be installed “as expeditiously as practicable but in no event later than five years” after adoption of the SIP or FIP. We shall see. The question may well be settled in court. With the potential impact to energy costs, all this does is provide more incentive to get an OG&E energy audit and set up your online account to monitor your smart meter, if you’re lucky enough to have one yet.

Be Informed To read about Oklahoma’s Regional Haze submittal and EPA’s response, go to: www.deq.state.ok.us/aqdnew/RulesAndPlanning/Regional_Haze/ index.htm To read more about EPA’s Regional Haze Program, visit: www.epa.gov/visibility/program.html

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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even-Tempered


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


By R. Murali Krishna, M.D.

hat makes you angry? Is it a difficult co-worker or client? Is it knowing that you’ll work all day and then be responsible for most everything at home, too, without the help you’d like from your spouse? Is it being caught in traffic on the highway or a slow checkout line at the grocery store? Everyone faces aggravations and challenges, and occasional outbursts of anger are understandable. But if your anger is frequent and unusually intense, it’s a matter of concern. When anger is beyond your ability to govern – if it manages you rather than you managing it – then you’re in a situation that is potentially destructive to your mental and physical health. How so? There’s a great deal of research showing that heart disease, the nation’s leading killer of men and women, is significantly influenced by anger. A study published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation, showed that the risk of heart attack increased by 2.3 times in the two hours following an episode of anger. A Harvard School of Public Health study showed that men with the highest levels of anger were three times more likely to develop heart disease than men with the lowest levels of anger. At Loyola College of Maryland, a study determined that of 41 patients who had angioplasty to unclog arteries, those who scored highest in hostility were 2.5 times more likely to need another angioplasty within a year. The risks don’t stop at your heart. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that men who experience outbursts of anger have twice the risk of stroke as men who manage their tempers. Another study found that “anger attacks” were found in more than 40 percent of people with major depression. There are relationships between chronic pain syndromes and anger. The pain and inflammation of arthritis can be worsened by anger. Anger weakens the immune system and delays healing. The truth is, there is not a part of the body that isn’t influenced by anger. Will managing your anger really help you be healthier? Research so far indicates that may be the case. A study conducted at Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco indicated that heart patients who underwent 14 months of counseling to reduce their hostility (and time urgency) suffered 60 percent fewer heart problems. A similar study at Stanford found that men and women who survived heart attacks and then were counseled on controlling their aggressive, hostile and hurried behavior reduced the number of recurrent heart attacks by half. What, then, should be your goal? Anger is a normal human emotion, so it’s not something you can shut out of your life. What you want is a sense of equanimity, a capacity to feel calm and stay calm in spite of challenges. Getting to this point in life puts you in a wonderful place from which to live. You aren’t blown whichever way the wind is blowing, and you have healthy control over your emotions and reactions. It’s from this perspective that you get the tranquility and peace of mind that enriches your life and enriches those around you.


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Anger Management 101 HOW CAN YOU MANAGE THE ANGER YOU FEEL? Recognize it.

Rage is plainly evident, of course. But will you see anger in early stages, before it builds? Will you be able to see resentment, irritation and frustration? Do you know how to tune into early warning signs of anger, perhaps tenseness, increased heart rate or a flushed feeling?

Determine the cause.

Anger occurs when you feel powerless or experience a sense of injustice. For example, you may feel powerless – and angry – when you find your schedule controlled by the decisions of others. But take it a step further. Was the problem that your schedule was changed, or was it your reaction to the change of schedule? This is the time to identify any mistaken attitudes and convictions that cause you to be excessively angry.

Take a moment.

Pause before your anger grows too strong. Count to 10 (or 20, or 30, or however high you need to go), breathe deeply, call a friend, go for a walk, listen to music, meditate, pray or do whatever else will calm your mind.

Make a change.

With your mind calm, look for solutions. Hopefully you’ve identified what’s causing the anger. Now, you must modify either the situation or your feelings. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Reconsider your expectations. If changing your thought patterns doesn’t help, or if you aren’t able to change them, then you may have to decide to get yourself completely out of situations that trigger anger. At this point, be aware that suppressing anger is not a solution. When you suppress your anger, you’re not dealing with the causes. You’re keeping your anger on a tight leash, so tight that it is bound to break at some point.

Channel that energy.

Look for chances to channel your anger in a positive way. An emotional outburst may make you feel better at some level, but real relief comes when you use anger to motivate you to change situations or thoughts that are causing problems. If your anger comes from a sense of powerlessness, you may, at a deeper level, be feeling self-doubt and selfcontempt. If so, you’d want to trade destructive self-talk for constructive self-talk, feelings of worthlessness for feelings of worth. It’s up to you to decide how you’ll react to a given situation, so you might as well decide to react in a way that is emotionally healthy rather than emotionally injurious.

Find balance.

A rich life with balanced attention toward family, work, exercise, laughter, socializing and spirituality helps you cope with daily ups and downs.

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The Path to Perfect Health By Robert Custer


Robert Custer is a motivational speaker, adrenaline junkie, world traveler and adventure enthusiast with over 20 years of leadership experience in health, fitness, wellness and nutrition. Reach him at robert@hiddenpony.com or visit www.betterfitnessdaily.com.

n reality, you’re probably not “well” right now and haven’t been since you were a baby, when your natural immune system was functioning perfectly. Since then you’ve lapsed into bad health habits that have made you chronically “unwell.” That’s not to say that you’re disease-ridden; it means your body is not in optimal condition to fight off the hundreds of illnesses present in our everyday environment. It also means that your body is wearing out much more rapidly than it should. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: your body is extremely effective at achieving and maintaining good health if you simply give it what it needs. For some time, I have published advice and guides on my website to help people nourish, cleanse and train their bodies into a “wellness” state, so they will feel better, resist illness, look better and live longer. For this issue, I’ve broken that advice into a simple master guide comprised of a few easy steps to get you as healthy as you can be. Attaining perfect health is a journey, but the path is well-defined and easy to follow, and it has an attainable and desirable destination.

Drink Enough Water

You’ve undoubtedly heard this most of your life, but even so, 90 percent of us are chronically dehydrated. We don’t realize it, because the symptoms are often subtle. To be properly hydrated so that our bodies operate at optimal capacity, we need a lot of water. It plays a critical role in the natural metabolic, digestive and cellular regeneration processes. When our bodies become dehydrated, our organs suffer, which can result in various types of degenerative diseases. All major systems of the body depend on water, so drink up – a minimum of eight eight-ounce glasses a day.

Exercise Regularly

Anyone, including those not accustomed to a regular exercise program, can benefit immediately from exercise, whether it’s basic cardiovascular, aerobic exercise and/or strength training. If you presently get little exercise, even walking 10 minutes a day can help immensely. In addition to helping control your blood sugar and aiding weight loss, exercise also has a detoxifying effect on your body. While there are many forms of exercise, walking and water exercise are the most easily accessible and beneficial.


The human body has a wonderful ability to heal itself and fight disease; however, the environment that our bodies are exposed to has changed dramatically in the last 50 years – faster than the human body can adapt. Exposure to environmental factors such as processed foods, additives, pollution and toxins have left our bodies less able to cope with disease. Resetting the body’s natural condition through a thorough body cleanse will help you achieve improved health naturally. Start with a colon cleanse for your entire digestive tract, then follow with a parasite cleanse, kidney cleanse and liver cleanse. (See more information at betterfitnessdaily.com. Always consult with your physician before making a change to your diet.)


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Nourish Your Body

Eat your fruits and veggies. Today’s diets are made up of more fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates, and fewer nutritionally rich foods. We tend to eat foods filled with artificial ingredients that have adverse effects on our bodies. By being vigilant about how much and what you eat – no matter how old you are – you’ll save yourself from a lifetime of fending off weight gain and the health problems that accompany it. Eat low-glycemic foods to control your blood sugar. Spikes in your blood sugar cause a syndrome called insulin resistance, which can lead to problems like Type II Diabetes, heart attack, high cholesterol and Alzheimer’s disease. Controlling your blood sugar levels will help you live a healthier life. Eat high-fiber foods. Fiber helps not only to control blood sugar, but also continuously cleanse your body of toxins and fatty deposits that lead to poor health. Eat natural and organic foods – they provide a better environment for your body.

Greens Mean Go One of the most important things you can do to get the nourishment your body needs is to eat seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. As a general rule, you can eat them until you’re full. One of the great triumphs of modern supermarket shopping is the sheer variety of produce they offer: half a dozen kinds of apples, a few varieties of pears, kiwis, mangos, papayas. You’ll improve your chances of keeping a healthy amount of fruit in your diet by cycling through different varieties. For veggies, go beyond steaming and boiling. Sure, these may be the lowest-cal options, but you’ll be bored to death within days and likely return to your old, higher-calorie way of eating. Instead, sauté, roast or grill them. If you do not consume this many servings of fruit and vegetables each day, you are probably not getting the necessary essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and phytochemicals so critical to building and maintaining good health. Quality supplements can make up for what you don’t get in your diet. I like NanoGreens10 or NanoReds10 from www. superfoodsamerica.com, which more than satisfy the physical need.


It’s good for you.

You take your vitamins and exercise regularly. But did you know that smiling can improve your health as well? It’s true. Recent studies show that laughing or smiling helps control stress. It improves our immune system. As our bodies relax when we laugh, we reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, strokes, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Are you smiling enough? If you avoid smiling because of embarrassment over a discolored tooth, chipped or crooked smile, you are missing out on one of life’s sweetest health bonuses. We can help. Doctors Susan Whiteneck and Sara Spurlock have exceptional training and an exceptional gentle touch to keep you confident and pamper your smile so it is as healthy and beautiful as it deserves to be. From cosmetic dentistry for the smile of your dreams to state-of-theart technology, we offer everything your smile needs, and our staff is specially trained in the latest techniques in virtually “pain-free” treatments so you can smile all the way through your visit.

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The Pattern of Addiction Lanny Anderson, M.D. is a certified addictionologist and is Medical Director of the Oklahoma Health Professionals Program (OHPP). He is in private practice with Anderson and Associates Counseling Center in Oklahoma City.


By Lanny G. Anderson, M.D.


nitiation among adolescents into alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is based on a strong peer group influence and the perceived availability of substances of abuse. In other words, “if other kids can do it, I can too” or “if it’s easily available, it must be OK.” Parents may also play a role in their child’s predilection toward substance abuse if they model the behavior of drinking, smoking and drug use, lack of involvement with their children’s activities, poor discipline and low educational aspirations for their children. It is well-established that substance abuse is a genetic disease; 85-plus percent of addicts and alcoholics have the condition present on either side of the family. It must be understood that adolescents (like adults) continue to use alcohol and drugs because it changes their mood and makes them feel better. As time passes, it takes more alcohol or drugs to get high, and it doesn’t last as long. Withdrawal symptoms occur when they don’t use, and this becomes the primary reason for continuing the substance abuse. Adolescents generally have poorly recognized feelings that may include: • I am not good enough. • Something is wrong with me. • I will try to keep others from knowing what is missing in my life. • I have an emptiness that I am “on duty” trying to fill. When these kids experiment with alcohol and any mood-altering chemical (opiates are becoming more and more prevalent), they work for them. The drugs’ euphoric effects fill that emptiness – the hole in their soul – and are perceived to “fix” what’s wrong. It seems logical to feel better, so they want to continue using. They may have heard warnings at school or from parents and peers about the harmful effects of drugs, but when they experience the euphoric effects, it trumps the previous information, and their own desire to be whole and enjoy the new feelings causes them to ignore the well-meant warnings of others. Over time, as they continue using, the disease of alcoholism/addiction begins to progress. Clinical studies suggest that the areas of their lives adversely affected are family, social, community, financial, spiritual and emotional health, legal, physical health and, finally, job performance. Long-term residential treatment (three months) based on the 12-step recovery model in most circumstances is ideal, but the cost can be prohibitive to the majority of families. Insurance does not cover most residential programs. Outpatient treatment is more affordable but generally not as effective statistically in achieving long-term sobriety. When the patient is motivated and committed, the program of Alcoholics Anonymous alone can work to achieve sobriety. The brain’s compulsion to continue using in spite of the adverse effects is the beginning a life headed downhill and the definition of addiction. Maintaining abstinence and getting help from people knowledgeable in recovery is essential; the 12-step recovery programs with a lot of hard work can lead to a slow, developing “miracle of recovery.”


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t’s the word everyone dreads hearing: cancer. The disease affects both men and women, but for men prostate cancer is the second-most diagnosed and the sixth-leading cause of cancer deaths. Unfortunately, prostate cancer often shows no warning signs or symptoms. At an advanced stage, it can present symptoms such as bone pain, weight loss and malaise. Prostate cancer is most diagnosed in men over 60 years of age. However, with PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening, more men are being diagnosed in their 40s and 50s, and on occasion even as early as their 30s. The American Cancer Society recommends screening for all men over 50 years old; those with a family history of prostate cancer should be screened in their 40s. AfricanAmerican men should be checked in their 40s due to their increased risk for prostate cancer based on ethnicity. St. Anthony uro-oncologist J. Stephen Archer, M.D. says, “I recommend that men have prostate examinations and PSAs on a yearly basis after the age of 50 and agree with the recommendation for screening earlier in men with family history or of African-American ethnic origin.� In the last five years, studies have indicated that the use of a compound called 5-alpha reductase inhibitor could help in decreasing or delaying the development of prostate cancer. In similar studies, there was a decreased incidence of prostate cancer by 25 percent. Dr. Archer says there are a wide variety of treatment options available. If prostate cancer is local, confined and at an early stage, surgery and radiation offer hope for a cure. In a more advanced local disease, radiation and hormone therapy are primarily used. Seek advice from a specialist if you have concerns or questions about prostate cancer or any other medical condition. Most importantly, no matter what your age, be proactive with your health.






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Oklahoma-based Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is growing rapidly, thanks to a superior product and a fun family atmosphere. 90

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When Reese Travis visited an Edmond yogurt store with his father-in-law, he came away with far more than a tasty dessert. He saw an opportunity in those flavors and toppings, and in a frozen-yogurt-covered nutshell, business is booming.

Clockwise from top: Reese Travis and Matt Wills enjoy the fun vibe of Orange Leaf’s corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City. The self-serve business model has propelled Orange Leaf to the top in a short time. Pick your yogurt flavor, pile on your toppings of choice, then pay by the ounce. Don’t forget sprinkles! The possibilities are almost limitless with Orange Leaf’s many options.

The entrepreneur looks at things in a different light. While many of us might sit down to enjoy a frozen dessert treat with family and friends and think, “This is delicious,” the individual with an entrepreneurial spirit thinks, “This is delicious, but is it also a business opportunity?” That’s what happened to Reese Travis, CEO of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, a fastgrowing, Oklahoma City-based company that is poised to become a leader in the $25 billion frozen dessert industry. Travis knows a thing or two about being a part of a winning operation. He was a member of the Oklahoma Sooners’ 2000 national championship football team and had put together a highly successful business career in fields as diverse as medical sales and corporate farming. But when his father-in-law, Mike Liddell, took him to Orange Leaf’s store in Edmond, the wheels began to turn. “Mike said, ‘It’s a great atmosphere, great product, it’s appealing to the masses. Let’s buy it,’” Travis recalls. “We started researching, and the more we learned, the more intrigued we were. A group of friends and family put some money together and we were off as a franchisee.” The Edmond store wasn’t for sale, but Travis’s group opened Orange Leaf stores in Norman and Lawton, with others not far behind. Within a few months, they were so intrigued by the business opportunity at hand that the group entered into negotiations with Orange Leaf’s founders to buy out the company. The deal went through in April of 2010, and Travis hit the ground running. “We create a great experience for our customers,” Travis says. “We have a great product, with something for everyone.” Indeed, Orange Leaf has grown quickly, using the self-serve model with a wide diversity of flavors and toppings, and specialty offerings such as sugar-free, dairy-free and certified kosher alternatives. The company’s tagline is “America’s Frozen Yogurt™,” and it is fast becoming just that. As of mid-April, 66 stores were open in 25 states, with 28 more under construction and another 50 signed agreements. New stores are opening almost on a weekly basis. The corporate operation isn’t top-heavy. With a lean staff of 20 in Oklahoma City, the strength of Orange Leaf’s growth lies in its commitment to its franchisees. “We partner with them from the outset,” says Matt Wills, director of franchise development. “We like the personal touch,” adds Travis. Wills and Travis are in constant contact with franchise applicants throughout the process, then they are brought to Oklahoma City for a “Discovery Day,” in which they june 2011 | slice


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meet the corporate staff and take the relationship one step further. “By the time we bring them here,” says Wills, “we feel like we know them already. It’s almost like a courtship.” With its franchisee-driven business model, Orange Leaf may not make as much money up front, but the key is long-term relationships with franchisees who share the company’s vision. “What we strive to create here is a focus on the overall experience,” says Wills. “That doesn’t necessarily require the most experienced businesspeople. We can teach the spreadsheets and the business end of it. The challenge is to find someone who places as much value on the customer experience as we do. Then we empower those franchisees to benefit their communities. Our stores are successful when the people in the community realize that we are there to benefit their town.” Orange Leaf looks to its suppliers for new innovations – read that as “cool new flavors.” Research and testing is ongoing, but product development must still pass the corporate taste test. Fortunately, Orange Leaf has made this step of the process very easy – and delicious. The corporate offices feature frozen yogurt machines in the main lobby, with a reception desk designed in the same mode as the décor of individual stores.


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Fun and funky, bright and energetic – the signature design of Orange Leaf, represented in its Norman location. It’s more than just frozen yogurt; the company focuses on the overall customer experience, and the store design is a major part of the equation.

The company is young and dynamic, and so are its leaders. Reese Travis brings a down-to-earth integrity, along with that elusive entrepreneurial spirit, to his role as CEO. Matt Wills, who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, is enthusiastic and energetic about growing Orange Leaf’s franchisee system. The brand is spreading, and the excitement spreads right along with it. “We feel that early next year we will be the dominant brand in the industry,” says Wills. Travis can scarcely contain his own enthusiasm: “In five years we want to be the absolute leader in self-serve frozen yogurt.” With positive energy to spare, an opportunity-driven mode of operation, and a product that rivals any in the marketplace, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is primed to break out as an Oklahoma City-born success story that is taking its message – along with its flavors and toppings – to the rest of the nation.

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Character Counts By Tom Hill

Tom Hill is chairman of the board of Oklahoma-based Kimray, Inc. and author of Making Character First, a guide for transforming the culture of any organization to one of character.


eaders of businesses and nonprofits know that every current and future employee represents their organization’s name (or brand) in the marketplace. Without employees of good character, a company is at great risk. A person of bad character can create a negative atmosphere, lower productivity and damage any good organization’s reputation. Until now, organizations have generally focused on ethics training – but the goals have changed. As leaders, we must do more than ethics training: we must address the culture of our organizations by actively encouraging good character in each employee. We must make character first. We must work to create a culture of character in our companies and organizations by learning to hire for character and by recognizing and rewarding good character. The following principles have been effectively used in our company, as well as thousands of organizations of all types around the world by making character first.

TO CREATE A CULTURE OF CHARACTER, HIRE FOR CHARACTER While there are many characteristics of a good employee – education, experience, skills – none is more important than character. Character encompasses many important values, including truthfulness, responsibility, initiative and dependability. Hiring for character is more important than the job skills or experience listed on a resume. As leaders of business, we want people with good character in our organizations. These qualities determine whether employees will do the right thing when faced with tough decisions or ethically questionable situations. Their character also determines how they treat their coworkers, customers, suppliers, supervisors and – ultimately – the organization.

HOW TO MEASURE A CANDIDATE’S CHARACTER The national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.5 percent, meaning there are many candidates vying for any opening in our organizations. The questions are, “How do I sift through all the candidates and the potentially exaggerated resumes to find the best fit for our organization?” and “How do I plug character into the employment equation?” The best way is to determine how the candidate responded to difficult situations in the past. If we can review tough situations they have experienced and see how they responded, we can begin to discover their character. This is not a difficult process. For example, if we are interested in loyalty and contentment, we could ask, “Was the previous company you worked for a good company?” Or, “Was your previous employer fair regarding pay?” Can a person’s complete character be revealed in the employment interview process? No. But if we ask the right questions and listen carefully to the answers, we can get a good glimpse of his or her character. In order to create an organization with a culture of character and employees known for their character, a business must hire for character. There is no other way, and there are no shortcuts.


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Road Map to Retirement By Carol Ringrose Alexander, CFP®, AIF® , CDFA™

Carol Alexander, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA™ is Executive Vice President of Retirement Investment Advisors, which has been recognized more than 30 times in national publications as one of the top fee-only investment advisory firms in the nation.


ince we spend years saving for retirement, it is important to know whether we are in good financial shape or need to make adjustments to improve the odds of achieving our goals. A good target is for a person or family to reach retirement with no debt and savings worth at least 12 times their salary, which puts them in a position to generate approximately 60 percent of their pre-retirement income from savings. For example, a 65-year-old with $100,000 of pre-retirement household income would ideally have $1.2 million in savings. At a hypothetical five percent distribution rate, that would produce approximately $60,000 of income annually. Add her Social Security benefit of approximately $20,000, and she has an income that is 80 percent of her pre-retirement income. To help yourself move toward reaching that target, consider using personal financial ratios – Charles J. Farrell, J.D., LL.M., a partner in the financial consulting firm of Dorman Farrell LLC, in Medina, Ohio, outlined the concept in the January 2006 Journal of Financial Planning article, “Personal Financial Ratios: An Elegant Road Map to Financial Health and Retirement.” “Investors commonly use stock ratios such as the price-to-earnings and price-to-book to assess the financial health of a company because the ratios concisely benchmark a company’s financial status,” Farrell explains. “Just as stock ratios are primarily based on a company’s earnings, the personal financial ratios are based on an individual’s income. There are three ratios: savings-to-income, debt-to-income and savings rate-to-income.” Farrell used a series of assumptions including household budgets, post-retirement income replacement, rates of return and retirement distribution rates to create benchmarks for each ratio at different ages (see table). Our objective is to help individuals move from high debt and low savings at the beginning of their working careers to high savings and no debt at the end of their careers. While the ratios are not meant to substitute for individual advice or account for all of the specific variations in people’s financial lives, they can serve as a guideline. To calculate the ratios, let’s assume a 45-year-old female has a household income of $100,000. Her ratios are:


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Savings to Income: ($200,000 401(k) + $20,000 savings) / $100,000 = 2.2 (Goal 3.0) Debt to Income: ($125,000 mortgage + $10,000 auto loan + $4,000 credit card debt) / $100,000 = 1.39 (Goal 1.00) Savings Rate to Income: ($6,000 401(k) contribution + $3,000 company match) / $100,000 = 9% (Goal 12%) Compared to the benchmarks, her savings are too low, debt is too high and she needs to increase her savings rate to make up for the low total savings. To be on track with the benchmarks, she would have savings of $300,000 and debt no higher than $100,000. If she considers trading up to a larger home, this information would be helpful if she decides to increase her retirement savings and pay off debt instead. There is a fundamental relationship between income, debt levels and saving rates. For example, if a family cannot save 12 percent of pay starting at age 30, the savings rate will need to increase substantially later in life, which may not be possible to achieve. “The ratios are designed to serve as a road map so that investors can compare their individual ratios against the benchmarks to determine whether they are on track to retire by age 65,” Farrell said. So do the math. Are you on track?

Personal Financial Ratios Assuming 5% Return, 5% Distribution Rates Age

Savings to Income

Debt to Income

Savings Rate to Income

30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65

0.1 0.9 1.7 3.0 4.5 6.5 8.8 12.0

1.70 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75 0.50 0.20 0.00

12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12%


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Marketplace | Leading Edge

By Cher Bumps

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



Reducing Health Care Costs s the debate regarding national health care continues in both Washington, D.C. and at the state level, small and large businesses alike are struggling to control rising health care costs. The concept of “saving money” when negotiating annual health care benefit renewals is now recognized for what it truly is: not a cost savings, but a transfer of costs to employees through increased payroll contributions, higher deductibles, higher out-of-pocket maximums and increased co-pays for office visits and prescription drugs. So, is there an opportunity to actually lower plan costs without increasing the company’s cost, increasing the employees’ payroll deduction or decreasing benefits? I believe there is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of all health care costs are preventable. Additionally, poor employee health habits are a key cost driver and the largest contributor to rising health care costs. Studies show adopting healthy behaviors can help prevent chronic health conditions and save health care costs for the employee and the company providing the group health plan coverage. We all suffer from the short term bumps, bruises and illnesses of life. But, when asked to name illnesses or conditions that last for many years, that are persistent and eventually lead to death, most people list cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. These diseases are called chronic diseases and are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths. In the United States, chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health care problems to treat, but they are also among the most preventable. Chronic diseases don’t just happen; they are almost entirely the result of decades of unhealthy living. In addition to chronic health conditions, there are countless excuses for why we (and I include myself here) are not taking action to improve our health: lack of time, lack of discipline, family or work responsibilities that we prioritize over improving our health. When you think about the endless amount of learning tools available, you have to come to the realization that we must not only create programs that focus on health issues themselves, but start addressing the core problem – people’s desire, or lack thereof, to get healthy. The keys to this conundrum are teaching people why it is necessary to change their habits and getting them to commit to it. Common practices of high-performing companies include programs to support health improvement, emotional health and health assessments through Wellness Programs, Care Management Programs and Employee Assistance Programs. Successful wellness initiatives result in small, healthy behavior changes that gradually become daily habits over the course of many months. Companies who experience the lowest increases at renewal time are utilizing some type of initiative to change the health habits of their employees and educating them on health consumerism.


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he Internet has given us a new wave of websites and mobile apps for planning, booking and managing our travel plans. Many go beyond the basics of booking a hotel and making a dinner reservation. So while the traditional go-to vacation ideas (Disney World or Hawaii) won’t go away anytime soon, these new services may help you find something off the beaten path. Try something new… happy travels!

Pick the Perfect Location

While some are able to close their eyes and picture the perfect vacation spot, others spend hours doing research online and talking to friends before booking travel. Here are two great websites to visit before starting any adventure. Check them out: TripAdvisor - tripadvisor.com Think of this as the Amazon.com of destination reviews. TripAdvisor is known for having crazy-smart users, and they love to share their experiences. Just put in a location and you should have no trouble learning some key details and building a great itinerary. Lonely Planet - lonelyplanet.com Lonley Planet is known for its travel guides, but offers a great website for inspiring trip ideas. While the site does offer user reviews, it takes a more curated approach to content.


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Wayne Nabors is a partner with AEQU (www.aequ.com), a consulting group based in Oklahoma City that helps small businesses and select individuals understand and implement new technologies into their daily lives.

Book an Incredible Room

If you had asked me two years ago “What’s the best way to get a great hotel room?” I would have said, “How much are you willing to spend?” Most Internet users have had some experience with room discounters like Priceline or Hotwire, but the new trend is to bypass the hotel completely and stay in someone’s home or condo at an incredible price. HomeAway - homeaway.com The name gives it away. The site works like a hotel booking service, but you won’t find any hotels. Instead you’re presented with independent owners that rent out their extra rooms or vacation properties to people like you and me. Most people are a little nervous at first with the lack of hotel amenities like room service or daily maid service, but after trying it once I was hooked. Airbnb - airbnb.com Similar to HomeAway, but with a larger selection of international locations. There is a fun, informational video on their website that explains the whole concept.

Getting There

So you have somewhere to stay, but now comes the dreaded realization that you must fly to get there. While there may not be a service that allows you to skip the TSA screening process, there are some apps that will make your trip as smooth as possible. Hipmunk - hipmunk.com Airside Express - airsidemobile.com Tripit - tripit.com

Feel Like a Local

One of the great benefits to getting away is expanding your knowledge of other people and their culture. The good news is there are more ways than ever to discover the feeling of immersing yourself in local culture. Yelp (yelp.com) - food reviews from regular people Quora (quora.com) - ask anything and get an answer Try asking something like, “I have two days in Vancouver, what should I do?” or “What are good tips for airplane travel with babies?” Gowalla (gowalla.com) and Foursquare (foursquare.com) - location-based reviews and deals These two services can help you find places that locals frequent, and provide some pre-planned trips that may inspire you.

Keeping Friends and Family Up-to-Date

What’s the point of trading in your view of cubicle walls for sandy beaches if you can’t gloat about it to your friends and co-workers? We call this Facebragging. Here are some other easy ways to document your trip and share pics with your friends. They are free, easy to use and take minimal effort – three things that should be fully embraced while on vacation. Twitter (twitter.com) - the best way to communicate quickly Instagram (instagram.com) - style photos and share with friends Facebook (facebook.com) - the world’s network GroupMe (groupme.com) - free group texting and conference calling

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Glimpse | Personal Perspectives

Giants Among Men By Lauren Hammack Photos by Erick Gfeller


hen we met this year’s class of Cool Dads we had high expectations, based on the inspiring nomi-

thusiastically recognize the qualities shared by the gentlemen chosen for the honor: time for children before time for self, class

nations sent by readers in praise of their fathers, husbands, friends or co-workers who are models of character, generosity and love – architects of the next generation. The perfect dad may not exist; the ideal dad may be indefinable, but as we celebrate the sixth year of our Cool Dads, we en-

projects before career gain, encouragement instead of frustration and personal examples instead of excuses. In short, we see these 12 dads the same way their nominators see them – as giants among men. Happy Father’s Day!

Major Kevin Weber NORMAN

Weston Weber characterizes his father as “the best dad in the world” in his nomination letter for Major Kevin Weber, adding that his dad – a Major in the U.S. Army who has served in Afghanistan – is “super cool.” “He works out every day and looks like Ice Man from ‘Top Gun,’” Weston writes. “I have cerebral palsy, and he takes me to therapy and takes me to the Shriners [Hospital for Children] in Louisiana.” he adds. Weston’s friends share in his admiration for his father as well. “All my friends like to go to his house because they think he is cool,” Weston says. “He always has snacks and drinks and lets us use his Army stuff.”

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Son Weston Fatherhood motto Every day is a blessing. Parenting advice for new dads Never take a day for granted. If you want to embarrass your kids, try this Rap and break dance while driving with the top down. More than anything, being a dad has taught me there is something a lot more important than me! The most important thing I’ve taught my kids I want Weston to know that he is loved and for him to be able to give and show love. Guys don’t have to be too cool to show emotions. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kid Trying to teach him to style his own hair. One day, they’ll know Dad was right that Enjoy being a kid and don’t rush growing up. Being a “Cool Dad” means being there for your children, doing things together and letting them have fun being a kid. My secret weapon Double chocolate chip pancakes for Weston on Saturday morning. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is I have my best friend for the rest of my life.

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Charles de Coune OKLAHOMA CITY

It’s apparent that Chloé, Christian and Maximilien de Coune are blessed with exemplary parents; their father, Charles, is a Cool Dad and their mother, Eileen, was honored last month as one of this year’s Hot Mamas. The couple submitted reciprocal nominations, each extolling the virtues of the other to such an extent, it becomes evident that they bring out the best in one another and manifest it for the good of their children and the community. Eileen notes that Charles’ role as COO for ASTEC Charter Schools allows him to impact the community in a positive way, but adds that his dedication to others extends beyond the workplace: “Chloé, Christian and Maximilien understand how important community involvement is because Charles is sure to show them what it means to be compassionate,” whether they’re attending events at Community Literacy Center, ASTEC school functions or celebrating Easter with “an old friend” who is staying at the Salvation Army. Spouse Eileen Children Chloé, Christian and Maximilien Fatherhood motto If at first you don’t succeed, try again while hopping, skipping, dancing and singing. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids Most important in my eyes: to speak French. Most important in their eyes: to moonwalk. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kids To speak with a Southern twang. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My wife, Eileen. Being a “Cool Dad” means that my kiddos will see their papa’s photo in a nice, glossy magazine. They will be so proud! My secret weapon Angry eyebrows (if the hopping, skipping, dancing and singing approach didn’t work out). The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is being brought closer to my own family (parents, siblings, etc.) through my children.


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If you see Cary Pirrong out somewhere, odds are, he’ll be accompanied by his two young sons, Case and Reese, who enjoy helping their dad in all sorts of community endeavors. Cary serves as the boys’ soccer, basketball and baseball coach, as well as their Cub Scouts Assistant Cub Master and occasional Sunday School teacher. Cary’s wife, Randa (honored as one of the 2010 Hot Mamas), observes that Cary teaches his boys life lessons in all that he does, which includes representing indigent defendants for the Capital Post-Conviction Division of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. Ten-year-old Case writes, “My dad is the coolest because he is a lawyer and helps prisoners. He helps out at all my Cub Scout activities and coaches my sports teams. Dad is very cool.” Five-year-old Reese adds his observations. “I like my dad because he is cool, and he shoots baskets with me, and he likes to play boxing with me in the garage. I love Dad.” Spouse Randa Children Case and Reese Fatherhood motto Never give up. (Stolen from Jimmy Valvano.) Parenting advice for new dads There are no right or wrong answers. Just do your best and love your children. If you want to embarrass your kids, try this For a 10-year-old, hug him in front of his friends. For a five-year-old, it isn’t possible. More than anything, being a dad has taught me No two children are alike, but all children want to feel loved and valued. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids Not to listen to what other people say; instead, make up your own mind. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My own dad. Being a “Cool Dad” means It’s a very humbling experience and also a great honor. It also means I have very cool kids! My secret weapon “Donut Day” – every Friday, I take the boys to get a donut as a reward for the week. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is getting to do fun “kid” things with two people that look up to me.

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Emma Morgan nominated her father, Lynn, for his willingness to endure the elements for the benefit of the elderly and the disabled. “He builds ramps for poor, elderly people every Thursday morning,” Emma writes, adding that extreme weather is never a deterrent for her father’s volunteerism through Rebuilding Together. “Not a lot of people do this. He’s built ramps for their houses when it was pouring, freezing, snowing and on super-hot days,” she continues. Emma’s mother, Amy, adds that Lynn sets a positive example for both his children in everything he does. “He is an amazing dad, always attentive and willing to do the fun stuff that kids love to do,” Amy writes, observing, “Lynn’s love for his kids shines through the way he always puts them first.” Children Tyler and Emma, and Morgan Brown Fatherhood motto Make your kids your first priority and always be there for them. Parenting advice for new dads Be a man of your word. Enjoy your kids while you can because they grow up very fast. More than anything, being a dad has taught me God has blessed me beyond my wildest imagination. I couldn’t appreciate what being a dad was until I actually became one. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kids That ketchup is a seasoning and it goes on pretty much all foods. One day, they’ll know Dad was right that the tricks and excuses they use are the same ones that I tried. Also, that they will use math their entire life. Being a “Cool Dad” means that my children see me as more than the person who says “no,” and that they appreciate and see that I am on their side. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is knowing the love you can only feel for your children and the amazement of watching them grow. (Too fast sometimes, not fast enough other times.)


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Robert G. Martin, VI EDMOND

Heather Martin believes that her husband, Robert (Rob), “defies every stigma” given to his profession. “He competes in a tough business where not everyone is ethical, yet he maintains his integrity,” Heather writes. Through his sports management and marketing company, ICON, Martin represents role-model athletes who are selected for their character and then assists them in giving money back to various community interests. Heather describes Rob as “an amazing husband and devoted father to his two daughters, Marin and Marley, who are the apples of his eye.” Heather says that Rob keeps a journal of the big events in their lives, documenting them with black and white portraits from his old-school 35mm camera. Heather adds, “Whether he’s taking the girls on daddy-daughter dates or writing postcards to them from Spring Training, everyone marvels at the relationship he shares with his little girls. More importantly, he is the loving father that any little girl dreams about.” Spouse Heather Children Marin and Marley Fatherhood motto Set a good example and cherish every day. Parenting advice for new dads Get ready for the unexpected! Every day is an adventure! More than anything, being a dad has taught me how blessed I am to have my own parents. They were, and still are, tremendous. One day, they’ll know Dad was right that they can do anything they put their minds to. The person who inspired me to be a great dad Both of my wonderful parents. Being a “Cool Dad” means everything to me. It is humbling to know my wife nominated me because she truly is “Super Mom!” My secret weapon My wife. She is my inspiration, my parenting encyclopedia and my soul mate. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is realizing the wonderment of life viewed through a child’s eyes and what a great job my parents did!

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John Heatherly, III MOORE

Devereux Heatherly nominated her husband, John, in a letter detailing the task-oriented Air National Guardsman’s decision to become a stay-at-home dad last year when the couple’s first child, Barrett, was born. Devereux explains that, while she was required to fulfill her active duty service commitment, John put his own career on hold to provide the best care possible for the couple’s son. John and Barrett spend every day together, enjoying a special fatherson bond that John will undoubtedly miss as he deploys this month to the Middle East. Until then, John proudly takes care of the house, attends to Barrett’s needs and prepares dinner for the family every evening. Spouse Devereux Son Barrett Fatherhood motto I try to remember that the little guy is watching what I do, and I try to set a positive example. More than anything, being a dad has taught me To rethink my priorities and discard the trivial ones. The most important thing I’ve taught my son The importance of loving Mommy. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kids Music and lyrics from Weird Al Yankovic.


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Brent Gibson EDMOND

“Everyone who knows Brent knows that he is a fun, outgoing and encouraging person to be around and will always make you smile,” writes Nicole Rickey of her father. Nicole suggests that her father has never met a stranger, adding that he counts his many clients as lasting friends long after he has designed their homes through his company, Brent Gibson Classic Home Design. Nicole writes that her father “enjoys investing in the lives of young people” and has been a mentor to several young men over the years through his involvement as a Sunday School teacher to ninth and 10th-grade boys. “They know he is someone they can come to for encouragement, and he will always take time to talk to them and listen,” Nicole explains. What means the most, according to Nicole, is that Brent is a man who always puts his family first. Spouse Peggie Children Nicole Rickey and Natalie Francis Grandchildren Hope and Faith Fatherhood motto Roll with the punches and always be there for your kids. Parenting advice for new dads Spend lots of time with your kids. Listen to them. Play with them. Go on adventures with them. Tell them that you love them. More than anything, being a dad has taught me Life goes by too quickly and your kids grow up before you know it. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids Be respectful of others. Look for the good in everyone. Use the talents God gave you. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My own dad – he’s still teaching me today. Being a “Cool Dad” means being yourself, having lots of patience, helping your daughter with a college art project even if it means getting in Theta Pond at OSU. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is the joy of having raised two beautiful daughters who are both the apple of my eye.

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Mat Smith YUKON

Albert Gray, CEO of The Children’s Center in Bethany, sums up Mat Smith this way: “Humility, generosity, compassion, dependability and gentleness… throw in endurance, enthusiasm and availability, and you have one of the coolest dads around!” Gray notes that Mat began volunteering for The Children’s Center 30 years ago, when he was still a high school student. “The blessings he has bestowed on the hospital have been magnificent ever since,” writes Gray, who adds that Mat has come to The Children’s Center every week for more than 15 years to serve in various capacities. Most notably, Smith has volunteered his civil engineering expertise to the hospital by providing oversight for more than $20 million in construction projects. Gray explains that Mat’s servant heart has shaped the example he provides for his three children, concluding, “His quiet way of mentoring and his gentle way of helping others are testimonies to his character. On the coolness radar, we think he’s off the scale!” Spouse Robin Children Linley, Kobi and Lawson Fatherhood motto You win some; you lose some; and some are rained out. Through it all, always be a good sport. Parenting advice for new dads Have patience. Love them like there’s no tomorrow. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids Kindness is a universal language. Everyone understands it and appreciates it. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kids My daughter reminded me that I taught her the correct way to do the “fins to the left; fins to the right” during that certain Jimmy Buffett song. One day, they’ll know Dad was right that there really is a good reason for understanding your math homework. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My own father. Being a “Cool Dad” means being there with an understanding ear, anytime and anywhere. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is the overwhelming love I have received in return is, without question, the greatest blessing.


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Jack Ross NORMAN

Caryn Ross tells us that all it takes is a “semi-sunny day” to find her husband, Jack, in the front drive, shooting hoops, playing wiffle ball or giving roller skating lessons to their kids and the neighbor children. “He is hands-on with everything,” Caryn writes, “helping them with talent show ideas, all the way to working with them to master multiplication tables or teaching them how to throw a spiral.” Caryn describes Jack’s involvement with the Optimist Football and City of Norman Junior Jammer league as an opportunity to coach and mentor young men as a positive role model. “Jack was raised by his mother so, many times, he looked to his coaches as role models,” Caryn explains, noting that her husband, professional sports handicapper “Fat Jack,” especially enjoys the “Daddy Trip” he spends with his children, one at a time, every year. “With our son, that may be a fishing trip or going to baseball games,” Caryn says. “With our daughter, that could be an amusement park or maybe a pedicure.” Caryn concludes, “I am blessed to have married a man 18 years ago who makes my life so much fun!” Spouse Caryn Children Jackson and Caytie Fatherhood motto They are only young for a short time. Teach them things that will keep me from visiting them in jail later. Parenting advice for new dads Live and behave the way you want your kids to. Also, remember they’re only young once. Give these years to your kids. You can play more golf when they’re gone. If you want to embarrass your kids, try this I don’t have to try with mine. My wife says I embarrass myself and others on a daily basis! More than anything, being a dad has taught me about my own weaknesses and shortcomings. I try to be a better person because I know they are watching. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids To be polite. Also, talk to people – less texting, more person-to-person. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My mother. She was the best mom and dad I could ever have asked for. Being a “Cool Dad” means having the chance to have a positive influence on my children and their friends and passing on the lessons I was taught by “Cool Dads” I had in my life. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is Giving of myself is truly better than anything I could be given.

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Laura Webb recognizes that her dad, Dean Imel, has always been a “guy’s guy,” surmising that the former state champion wrestler from Harding High School, Yale engineering graduate and U.S. Air Force navigator would have been a great father figure for a boy. Instead, along with his wife Mari, Dean was blessed with three daughters in three years. Undeterred by the gender imbalance of the Imel household, Dean raised his daughters to do “boy things” with confidence. “We learned to cook and sew,” Laura writes, “but we also learned to hunt, weld, change our oil, jackhammer, mow and play snooker. Dad even included us in the restoration of our first car, an XJ6 1960 Jaguar.” Laura adds that while she and her sisters didn’t always enjoy the attention that came with driving the car to school each day, “We were happy and proud to have fixed it up with Dad.” Laura describes “Night Out with Dad” as the “best Christmas present ever” from childhood. Each week, one daughter could plan an entire evening with Dean, who demonstrated for his daughters how they could expect to be treated on future dates. Today, Dean still observes a standing date: each Wednesday, he prepares blueberry pancakes for his grandkids. Spouse Mari Children Missy, Laura, Gretchen Grandchildren Emiline, Reid, Eli, Margo, Elaine, Adrian Parenting advice for new dads Never let business dominate your life to the point that it takes away from spending time with your kids and participating in what they are doing. More than anything, being a dad has taught me that life is not about me anymore. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids My work ethic. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My father, through his devotion to my mother and kids. Being a “Cool Dad” means I must have done something right. My secret weapon I married a great woman. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is watching my own kids become good parents themselves.


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A music teacher and choir director at Chickasha High School, a choir director at Tinker Air Force Base Chapel and pianist at Walnut Creek Wedding Chapel, David Briscoe is a man whose talents enrich the lives of others every day, particularly his daughter Leigha, who clearly has inherited some of her father’s expressive gifts. Leigha writes that her dad’s character “shows through his work every day. He has chosen to use his talent to teach others, bless others and glorify God.” Leigha credits her father for the success she has had in her own life, explaining that David is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. Leigha concludes, “Through my dad’s many roles, he has painted beautiful colors on the canvases of so many peoples’ lives, making the picture of the world a better place.” Spouse Brandi Children Leigha and Andrew Fatherhood motto Always let love be your inspiration for everything. Being a dad has taught me to grow up. To be selfless. That sleep isn’t all it’s worked up to be. That I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach my children to be a great influence and leader in their generation. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids To love and please God. Everything else will fall into place after that. The strangest thing I’ve taught my kids I’ve tried very hard to teach them, by example, how to embarrass themselves. One day, they’ll know Dad was right that They can do whatever they want and dream in life when they recognize their God-given talents and understand that even the little daily decisions are very important ones. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is celebrating their successes, watching them become independent thinkers, receiving the hugs and “Daddy, I love you’s.”

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Co-workers Tierney Tinnin and Kathleen Kennedy told us they nominated Karl Springer because, as two people who work closely with the Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, they see the passion, loyalty and honor Springer exudes every day as he serves Oklahoma City school children. “To the public, he is known as Superintendent Springer,” Tinnin and Kennedy write. “But he would much rather be called ‘the lead teacher,’” they add, describing Karl’s tireless commitment for aggressive education reform and academic achievement for all the district’s students – motivators that, his co-workers believe, factor into his willingness to make sometimes unpopular decisions based on what is best for children. “If you ask him to provide an interesting fact about himself,” the two write, “he will not brag about his years as a special education teacher or his service as an Army Colonel; he will say, ‘I have 43,000 kids.’” Spouse Cathy Children Andrea Courtright and Nathan Springer Grandchildren Madeline, Olivia and Eleanor Courtright; Curtis and Julianna Springer; plus over 40,000 Oklahoma City kids! Parenting advice for new dads Listen to your children. Have high expectations for them. Be encouraging! More than anything, being a dad has taught me to savor every moment with my children and grandchildren. The most important thing I’ve taught my kids That love has no preconditions. One day they’ll know Dad was right when I told them that in the blink of an eye, they’d be parents with children of their own. The person who inspired me to be a great dad My father and my father-in-law. Being a “Cool Dad” means being there for your children. My secret weapon My wife, Cathy, who is fearless – the bravest person I’ve ever known. The greatest blessing I’ve received from being a dad is Andrea and Nathan.


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Paying Tribute to Our Cool Dads


e’re not alone in our efforts to praise our Cool Dads – many local businesses join in, and we are grateful for their generosity. We also extend special thanks to J.P. Shadrick, Darren Headrick and Shannon Sieg of the

Oklahoma City RedHawks for hosting our photo shoot at the ballpark, and to Bob Calvert and the team at Calvert’s Plant Interiors for their assistance in alerting our Dads of their honored selection.

Solid navy suit by Hart Schaffner Marx, purple silk tie by Ted Baker of London, Polo blue striped dress shirt with white collar, tan silk pocket square – from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Brown pinstripe wool and linen suit by R.N.G., multi-colored check cotton sport shirt with white collar by Mirto, silk pocket square by Seaward and Stearn – from Steven Giles

Navy chinolino soft coat by Montedoro, tan chinolino pant by Incotex, sky blue linen sport shirt with silk tie trim detail on placket by Robert Talbott – from Spencer Stone Company

Hart Schaffner Marx blue window pane plaid sport coat, blue tattersall dress shirt by Roundtree and York, taupe khaki trousers by Hart Schaffner Marx – from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Washed white sport shirt with tie silk trim detail on placket and gray v-neck sweater by Robert Talbott, jeans by AG – from Spencer Stone Company

Tan striped sport coat and paisley camp shirt by Daniel Cremieux, white linen trousers by Murano, brown and black web belt by Roundtree and York – from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Madras sport shirt by Gant by Michael Bastian, straight-leg, indigo wash jean by Stone Island, white cotton bomber by Herno – from Spencer Stone Company

Tan linen sport coat with hacking pockets by Polo Ralph Lauren, Mason’s stone stretch cotton pant, denim blue linen sport shirt by Hickey Freeman – from Spencer Stone Company

Blue linen collarless shirt and white linen shorts by Murano – from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall

Rust and cream plaid sport coat in wool, silk and linen with three patch by Samuelsohn, chambray red washed cotton sport shirt with white spread collar by Steven Giles, Protegé dark washed nine-ounce jean by AG, silk pocket square by Seaward and Stearn – from Steven Giles

Navy and cream houndstooth sport coat by Polo Ralph Lauren, stone pant by AG, indigo denim sport shirt by Oriali – from Spencer Stone Company

Tan and cream pincord linen, three patch pocket sport coat by Empire of Canada, blue graph check cotton sport shirt by New England Shirt Company, tan silk and linen trouser by R.N.G., multi-colored plaid silk pocket square by Seaward and Stearn – from Steven Giles

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Our Cool Dads went home with some great gifts, and we thank the following for their generosity: Nautica bags, colorful bow tie and a wide assortment of men’s skin care and fragrance products by Jack Black, Ed Hardy, Giorgio Armani, Kiehl’s, Chrome, Perry Ellis, Bvlgari and True Religion from Dillard’s at Penn Square Mall, 1901 N.W. Expressway in OKC, 840.8495, www.dillards.com

A $20 dining certificate from FireLake Grand Casino, I-40 exit 178 in Shawnee, 96.GRAND, www.firelakegrand.com NICHOLS HILLS PLAZA 63RD & N. WESTERN 405.842.1478 www.ruthmeyers.com like us on Facebook

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Two complimentary passes, event calendars and exhibition catalogs from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm in Norman, 325.4938, www.ou.edu/fjjma

3D wine stoppers from The Melting Pot, 4 E. Sheridan in OKC, 235.1000 www.meltingpot.com

$25 gift certificate from Mitchell’s Jewelry, 218 E. Main in Norman, 360.2515 www.mitchells-jewelry.com

$25 gift card from Nonna’s and the Painted Door, 1 Mickey Mantle Dr. in OKC, 235.4410, www.nonnas.com, www.painteddoor.com

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A copy of PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION The Children of Oklahoma: Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth by M.J. Alexander, butterscotch candies, praline pecans and a bottle of wine from the Southwestern Group of Companies, 4500 N. Santa Fe in OKC, 525.9411, www.southwesternok.com

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partnership between two Oklahoma City arts organizations is set to develop into exciting things for those interested in the history of photography, and to serve as a valuable asset to the community at large. [Artspace] at Untitled in downtown Oklahoma City is launching its new [Photography Resource Center] at Untitled by archiving a collection of 5,000 prints that have been housed for decades by the Photographic Society of America. The development of this archive and photography center is an expansion for Untitled, which for years has coordinated events that spotlight the art of printmaking: its annual Monothon live monoprinting event, 2010’s “Altered Books” exhibit and regular classes and workshops at its [Press] at Untitled. Director Jon Burris describes the Photography Resource Center as both a new area of emphasis and a natural next step for Untitled, allowing the gallery to develop as a local hub for works on paper. Burris’ own artistic and curatorial experience is largely in the field of photography, and he carries his passion for this art form to his work at Untitled. “Partly due to my background, I became aware of a number of important collections locally, and I hope that Untitled can play a part in preserving them and presenting them to the public.” The Photographic Society of America, which currently boasts a mem-

bership scattered throughout all 50 states and over 60 countries, has a somewhat low profile despite its active 77-year history; its mission of “promot[ing] the art and science of photography as a means of communication, image appreciation and cultural exchange” is largely served through annual contests, workshops and mentoring services that put photographers in direct contact with each other. The PSA has been housed in an OKC office complex since 1988, but its rich historical archives have been inaccessible to – or unknown by – the public for most of this time. The group’s leadership says that it plans to change that. The organizations’ collaboration is due in large part to Burris, a longtime practicing photographer and former curator of photography for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Burris was sought out by the PSA for his help in appraising its collection several years before he came to Untitled. What he found was a revelation. Some images in the collection – including extremely rare methods of processing film such as color chrome, platinum, and metal chrome – date back to the 1860s,


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“Veiled Nature,” 1922 bromoil print by H.Y. Summons

“Sunday Afternoon,” c. 1920s bromoil print by Joseph Petrocelli


representing the earliest days of this art form. Works by some of the most well-known photographers of the 20th century are included here, including Alfred Stieglitz, William Mortenson and Ansel Adams. In fact, to the great surprise of everyone involved, an early Ansel Adams print was discovered among the collection, mislabeled at some point as the work of an “E. Adams.” “We were quite excited about finding that,” Burris adds, “It’s pretty rare to find a piece from so early in his career.” The PSA collection includes nearly 5,000 photographs, with such breadth of subject matter that it was possible to put together an entire exhibit of book-related images to accompany Untitled’s “Altered Books” exhibit last year. “We were able to put that together fairly easily. In fact,” Burris notes, “the PSA collection is so deep and specific that we could not only put together an entire show of images of New York, we could create an entire show of images of Times Square... at night... in winter.” As diverse as the subject matter may be, the collection as a whole is also valuable for its representation of a particular movement: Pictorialism. In the late 19th century, as Kodak began to develop cameras that were affordable to more people, early art photographers felt that their medium was not given the same respect as traditional options like painting or sculpture, and they wanted to differentiate their work from amateurs taking snapshots and journalists documenting events. Pictorialists began to experiment with different inks, chemicals and techniques like scratching their negatives in order to create stylized surfaces and achieve a broad range of effects. Many developed their own

Jon Burris sorts a treasure trove of images.

“The PSA collection is so deep and specific that we could not only put together an entire show of images of New York, we could create an entire show of images of Times Square... at night... in winter.”

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emulsions and film processing methods. The results often appear more like watercolor, charcoal or ink drawings. For newcomers to this style of work, these images are unexpected and pleasantly surprising. For students or aficionados of the history of photography, this collection is a treasure. Burris states without hesitation that “this is probably one of the very best collections of works in this movement.” Untitled staff is currently in the process of meticulously sorting, cataloging, scanning and preserving each individual photograph. Once this is complete, they will have high-resolution scans of each image and a thorough database of the work, and the actual photographs will be stored in an on-site climate-controlled facility. The organization has high hopes for how this collection will be used in the future. Burris talks about mining it for smaller shows alongside the gallery’s main exhibits – as they did for “Altered Books”– and creating educational programming around the field of photography, much as they do now for printmaking. “Right now we have a few exhibits planned featuring contemporary and abstract photography,” he says, mentioning the current exhibit “Lynn Stern: Seen/Unseen” and “Can You See Me Now? Pictures Made on Phones,” opening in July. Ultimately, Burris and Untitled mean for this collection to be a resource for local and regional art audiences. “I would like the public to understand that they can come by at any time and see some works from the collection.” says Burris, adding that he also plans to add works from other local collections once the PSA works have been fully archived. “We want to continue expanding; that is the goal of the resource center.” Untitled and the PSA may have found ideal partners in each other, but as this collection is preserved, displayed and seen by new eyes, the real beneficiaries will be art audiences at Untitled and lovers of photography across the community.


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(top) The painstaking - and ultimately rewarding - process of scanning and cataloging. (bottom) A selection of PSA prints graces the gallery walls at [Artspace] at Untitled.

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


Deby Snodgrass

emember the “What I Did This Summer” essays you used to write during the first week back at school in the fall, giving a recap of your summer travels? Imagine the essay Deby Snodgrass would be writing this fall – she’s hit the ground running as the state’s new Director of Tourism and Recreation, embarking on a whirlwind tour across the map, sampling coffee and fried pies along the way. In the process, Snodgrass is committed to conveying to anyone within earshot (that means you, legislators) the economic impact and value of tourism to the state. “Get out your skis… I’m makin’ waves!” she announces. So, with skis properly secured, we happily rode along while Deby Snodgrass gave us a tour of her other side.

What’s your real name? Deborah Sue Snodgrass. I love the name “Deborah.” She was the only prophetess in the Old Testament. Hometown? I was born in Cushing, Oklahoma – a fourth generation Oklahoman – but we moved around when I was young. I’ve lived in Oklahoma City for more than 20 years, so I call this my hometown. How’s this new gig of yours? Wow – it’s been a wonderful learning experience! What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve done so far? I wouldn’t have dreamed a year ago that I’d soon find myself in a cemetery in Atoka County (in Boggy Depot). I’ve also discovered the fried pie place at Exit 51 on I-35. They have a million kinds. I ended up having to bring several home.

What else makes you sentimental? Family things, especially old things that meant something to someone. In fact, I’m wearing my grandmother’s brooch and her rings. Do you have any random skills that will come in handy for this job? I am “the human compass.” If I’m in the middle of nowhere, somehow I just know which direction to go. Well now, there’s a gift. I’ve used GPS to get out of the mall parking lot. I’m also a techno-geek. I keep two iPhones in my purse and I post on Facebook all the time. It’s a great way to keep 700-plus employees up on all the things going on around the state. What’s the best advice you ever got? My dad always said, “Never trust someone who doesn’t like animals,” and my mom always said, “However you see a person treat someone else is how that person will treat you, given the opportunity.” What is a risk worth taking? Everything is a risk worth taking. Look, if you’re evaluating something, then you’re already thinking about it, so step out and do it. What’s not all it’s cracked up to be? Well, I don’t think anything is “all that.” And conversely, I don’t think anything is as bad as it seems. Everything is relative to your perspective, so it’s good to step out, step back and see things from all sides. I learned that when I had cancer several years ago. What else did that experience teach you? That there are a lot of people who have it a lot worse than I did, and that I’m obviously here for a reason.

Avoid the tough decisions and get them all… Exit 51, you say? Yes, just off I-35.

Which moments of your career have been most significant? The most special moments have been the ones of shared achievement. In this new role, I see myself as a steward of the people who work for this department, helping them achieve their goals.

Speaking of decisions, what’s the best one you ever made? To become a mother. My husband John and I had our son, Chase, when I was 38. I always knew I’d have a career, but becoming a mother gave me a life I never expected.

How will you measure that success? When none of us is satisfied with the status quo, and we begin to push ourselves to find new and better ways of doing things – that’s how I’d define success.

Guilty pleasure? Coffee. If I can just have my coffee, everything else in the world is OK.

What lesson do you still have to learn? I still need to learn how to have fun instead of worrying about details.

That’s exactly what I say about cream-filled chocolate long johns. Do you cook anything to go with the coffee? I do. My grandparents were great cooks. My grandmother taught me how to cook, and it’s something I absolutely treasure.

What are you most grateful for? Everything! It’s been a great ride.


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n u S e h t n i y a D A . Rinears tos by K .O o h P k c n H amma By Laure



t’s the month of the summer solstice, marking an abundance of daylight hours and as much sun as you – and your SPF – are prepared to handle. Oklahoma summers have a way of defining our wardrobes, paring them down to the most essential pieces – madras, linen, tropical weight wools and lightweight cotton – to handle even the longest day in the sun. We decided to take in some rays at the Devon Boathouse, where we found a crew of Oklahoma City National High Performance Center Athletes training for their own eventual day in the sun as elite rowers competing for the international spotlight.


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Hart Schaffner Marx gray Prince of Wales glen plaid suit, Polo Ralph Lauren French blue dress shirt, Roundtree and York leather belt, purple silk bow tie and silk pocket square by Daniel Cremieux, Johnston and Murphy white buck wingtips and Stetson straw hat from Dillard’s Penn Square

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(right) Samuelsohn blue and cream tropical weight wool pincord, three patch pocket suit with D-ring trouser, Seaward & Stern hand-rolled silk polka dot pocket square and Steven Giles private label blue and white regimental stripe sport shirt with French cuff and white spread collar from Steven Giles

(below) Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses with cornflower blue vintage wash, pique cotton polo and bay leaf green island cotton short by Vineyard Vines from Cayman’s Clothiers

Aiming High Based at the Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District, the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center overlooks the Oklahoma River, which has been designated as a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site. The athletes who train at the 33,000-square-foot facility, widely considered to be one of the finest in the world, aspire to make the U.S. National Rowing Team, representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics and beyond.


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Gant madras plaid sport shirt and Gant by Michael Bastian khaki patchwork pant from Spencer Stone Company

(right) White cotton twill trouser and multi-blue woven plaid cotton shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni black and brown braided woven leather belt and Sperry Top-Sider shoe in coffee and orange from Mr. Ooley’s

Special thanks to Kelley McGuire of the Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation and rowers-turned-models Brad Bertoldo and his crew of “Bradettes” – Brandon Shald, Henry Cole, Andrew Melander and Stuart Sloan.

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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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Photos by Claude Long

2 The Junior League of Norman throws a Big Apple blowout, Sterling Cooper-style, at Embassy Suites for its annual charity ball



1 Kathleen and Martin Hallren 2 John and Julie Sparks, J.T. and Brooke Harrison 3 Dr. Jacob and Sarah Smith 4 Holly and Steve Gray 5 Julie and Mark McCurdy 6 Erin Williford, Liz Massey



7 Sheri Straughn, Rhonda McAlester, Gina Thompson

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2 Santa Fe artist Aleta Pippin suffuses the Howell Gallery with vibrant, vivid visual joy during an exhibit of her eye-catching paintings



1 Sharen Polkinghorne, Cheryl Harris 2 Laura Howell Tirrell, Aleta Pippin, Ken Howell 3 Patty Harper, Kaye Adams 4 Jack Graves, Marianne Jost 5 Ashley Lynn, Margaret West


6 Cinda and Owen Lafferty 7 Lela Sullivan, Linda Howell

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Wes Welker leads an all-star lineup of special guests and local luminaries at the Oklahoma History Center in a fundraiser to help his namesake foundation encourage at-risk youth



1 Andria Heafy, Wes Welker, Edie Roodman 2 Mollie Bennett, Jenni Klos, Christy Bennett 3 Todd and Lee Ward 4 Ed Evans, Laura Ihrig 5 Tom and Lisa Price, Carol and Mike Johnson


6 Will McDonough, Maurice Taylor, Paul Rivers 7 Lindsey Mongold, Molly Adair, Amanda Kirkpatrick

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2 A new season is approaching for City Arts Center, so donors and supporters meet at the new Devon Boathouse to enjoy a meal and discuss progress so far

3 1 John and Mary Seward 2 Christian Keesee, Bill Johnstone, John Richels, David Reynolds 3 Bill and Mary Ellen Gumerson 4 Meg Salyer, Teresa Rose, Jeanette Elliott 5 Scott Wilson, Kim Bruno, Lori Tyler, Brad Simons



6 Donna and Robert McCampbell 7 David and Rachel Shortt

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Photos by Justin Avera


3 They help local children triumph in life – all the more reason for them to be honored as Champions of Youth by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum



1 Erica and Shane Fallot 2 Patrick and Brittany Parish 3 Darryl and Kim Wilkerson 4 Fran and Berry Pitts 5 Jack Elliott, Ron Williams 6 Justin Rush, Madisen Duroy


7 Dr. Richard Coberg, Pam Ballard

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Out & About | On the Town


Photos by Claude Long Norman’s 12th Avenue KinderCare gets a little greener as the SOUL Foundation and PROS for Vets christen the facility’s new educational garden


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Reaching the quarter-century milestone in business wasn’t unexpected for Gene Atkinson, owner of Geno’s Furs… but the silver celebration in Rococo was a surprise

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The Oklahoma chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness launches preparations for its annual fundraising walk with an informative feast at Crossings Community Church



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The season of rebirth sparks a celebration of creativity as the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond visits Oak Tree Country Club for its annual evening of art

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Prior to a Social Security seminar at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum, financial advisor Wells Fargo dips into its own history to offer brief trips in a replica stagecoach



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Resources | Where to Find It

Carry On! By Lauren Hammack


h, to return to the days when the traveler’s only worry was forcing the suitcase shut. I’ve crossed the globe schlepping suitcases bulging with souvenir rocks, 30-pound bocce sets, stacks of textbooks and shoes, shoes, shoes… all without a second thought about the hernias left in my wake. Weight limit? Pshaw. Now, it’s a crazy, mixed-up, bag-lim-


ited, weight-restricted, lock-free, TSAgroping world for travelers. All that mayhem adds up to just one sensible response: the carry-on. When done right, the carry-on is the indisputable mark of the nimble traveler. When done wrong – and don’t ask how I know – the indiscriminately packed carryon is a menace to the deplaning travelers in the back who are forced to wait for a “jaws of life” extraction from the overhead bin. Before we take off this summer, we’ve been giving some careful thought to doing right by the carry-on and avoiding any testy altercations with that hothead back in 28E. Put these goodies in your pack, Jack!

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DETAILS | Carry On!, page 25 Special thanks to model Dominic Dangoras and Denna Armstrong of Flash Models International and Karen Carney from Will Rogers World Airport



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Spaces | Discerning Design

Setting the


By Sara Gae Waters Photos by K.O. Rinearson


ovely June weather brings lots of reasons to pack up

the table, chairs and all the things that go on top and move them outside. Father’s Day is a quintessential outdoor holiday for a family barbeque or Mexican fiesta, or even a combination of both! For our sunny setting we used blue old-fashioned picnic tablecloths and mixed them with authentic Mexican bandanas for the napkins. The bright colors combine with loads of daisies to make the table bright and inviting. A checked black-andwhite ribbon is tied around a daisy and napkin at each setting for a shot of whimsy. Glass dinner plates are used as chargers to offset the crisp white melamine plates, and brightly colored plastic utensils bring out the colors of the bandana napkins.


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SPACES | Setting the Table, page 76 Provence melamine salad plates by Le Cadeaux ($14 each) and Clasica dinner plates by America Retold ($9 each) from Tulips in Norman, 217.9322, tulipshome.com; Wooden bowls by Nambe, private collection; Tin flower vase and bucket from Wright’s Flower Market in Norman, 369.6870

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A Day in

the Sun By Lauren


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t’s the month of the summer solstice, marking an abundance of daylight hours and as much sun as you – and your SPF – are prepared to handle. Oklahoma summers have a

way of defining our wardrobes, paring them down to the most essential pieces – madras, linen, tropical weight wools and lightweight cotton – to handle even the longest day in the sun. We decided to take in some rays at the Devon Boathouse, where we found a crew of Oklahoma City National High Performance Center Athletes training for their own eventual day

Hart Schaffner Marx gray Prince of Wales glen plaid suit, Polo Ralph Lauren French blue dress shirt, Roundtree and York leather belt, purple silk bow tie and silk pocket square by Daniel Cremieux, Johnston and Murphy white buck wingtips and Stetson straw hat from Dillard’s Penn Square

in the sun as elite rowers competing for the international spotlight.

DESIGNERS’ NOTEBOOK | A Day in the Sun, page 128 Hart Schaffner Marx gray Prince of Wales glen plaid suit ($695), Polo Ralph Lauren French blue dress shirt ($79.50), Roundtree and York leather belt ($32), purple silk bow tie ($39.50) and silk pocket square ($29.50) by Daniel Cremieux, Johnston and Murphy white buck wingtips ($130) and Stetson straw hat ($65) from Dillard’s Penn Square in Oklahoma City, 840.8495, www.dillards.com page 130 Samuelsohn blue and cream tropical weight wool pincord, three patch pocket suit with Dring trouser ($1,295), Seaward and Stern handrolled silk polka dot pocket square ($75) and Steven Giles private label blue and white regimental stripe sport shirt with French cuff and white spread collar ($150) from Steven Giles in Oklahoma City, 607.4633; Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses ($240) with cornflower blue vintage wash, pique cotton polo ($69.50) and bay leaf green island cotton short ($69.50) by Vineyard Vines from Cayman’s Clothiers in Norman, 360.3913, www.caymanscollection.com

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page 131 Ralph Lauren canary yellow plaid sport shirt ($150) and Bill’s Khakis twill short ($100) from S.J. Haggard in Nichols Hills, 843.9200 page 132 Gant madras plaid sport shirt ($145) and Gant by Michael Bastian khaki patchwork pant ($245) from Spencer Stone Company in Nichols Hills, 608.0586; White cotton twill trouser ($295) and multi-blue woven plaid cotton shirt ($295) by Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni black and brown braided woven leather belt ($235) and Sperry Top-Sider shoe in coffee and orange ($100) from Mr. Ooley’s in Oklahoma City, 879.0888, www.mrooleys.com



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Last Laugh | Olsenpalooza

THE BLACK SHEEP By Lauren Hammack Want to comment on Lauren’s tales or share some of your own? Write to her at lauren.hammack@southwesternpub.com.


or the Olsen family, every fifth of June means only one

thing: The Olsen Family Reunion. It’s a multi-generational convention of the ever-growing Olsen clan, their spouses and numerous offspring, who merge at a predetermined location for an all-out hootenanny as carefully choreographed as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Themed t-shirts commemorate the occasion: “Olsen Family Reunion 1995: New York City – The Olsens Take a Bite out of the Big Apple – and We Did It Our Way!!!!” “Olsen Family Reunion 2000: Knott’s Berry Farm – Let’s Make the New Millennium the ‘Berry’ Best!!!!” The Hammack family charged into Angel Fire, New Mexico just after the kickoff to the Olsen Family Reunion (“Olsen Family Reunion 2010: Angel Fire, NM – We’re No Angels – But It’s Easy to Get Confused: We’re Olsens!!!”) and spent the next four days as hostages to the Olsen agenda, which put us behind them in every line. This gave us plenty of time to size up this hypercheery group that has kept the expression, “It’ll be a hoot!” in the English vernacular. They irritated us instantly. At every restaurant, we found ourselves waiting on a table behind the Olsens – party of 85 – who loved nothing more than to linger over pot after pot of decaf to do some “catching up.” Our outing to the horseback riding stables was no different. We’d signed up for a mountainside ride and “cowboy dinner,” prepared by the trail cook. The cook, we were told upon arrival, would be back in an hour since the Olsens had been so ravenous during their “Sunrise Ride,” Cookie had to fetch a few scraps for us in town. “This works out better,” the stable keeper assured us. “Those horses are worn out.” The Olsens’ strict “no play through” rule at miniature golf gave us plenty of time to lurk behind and blame one another for arriving five minutes after them. We smoldered as they frolicked around the Astroturf, crowing, “Mulligan! Do-over!” By the day of the open-air train ride, the score was Olsen Family: 53, Hammack Family: -5. We boarded behind the 25


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or so Olsens who crowded onto the train car, clamoring for the good spots we’d be too late to get and cracking open bags of saltwater taffy for an afternoon of sugared-up fun. A real hoot! The Olsens’ joy left us hell-bent to find any chink in their armor, and a moving train was as good a place as any to do it. I quickly cornered an Olsen male and went for the jugular. “So, who’s the black sheep in the Olsen family?” I spat. The man puffed up instantly. “We don’t have any black sheep in the Olsen family,” he snapped back. “Sure you do. There’s one in every family. Who is it?” I persisted. “Well, there’s not one in our family,” he scowled, clenching his bag of saltwater taffy. Steps away, my husband looked to be holding court among the other Olsens. By all appearances, they were fully amused by his jokes until he committed a tactical error, feigning confusion between the Olsen teenage boys and the stench of the cattle that were loping alongside the train. Through the awkward silence, I deduced that Taffy Man was the least amused. Despite the B.O. reference, the Olsens remained giddy as the train returned to the platform. The outing had not revealed the slightest crack in the veneer. There were no black sheep or ne’erdo-wells among their lot, nor had any of the law-abiding Olsens ever found themselves on the wrong side of the law. As we waited to step off the train, my husband spied a stray piece of taffy. Without preamble, he scooped up the candy and hurled it at Taffy Man, missing him by a margin just wide enough to pelt a non-Olsen kid on the back of the neck and spark a powder keg of a crying fit. As the very imposing (and very tattooed) Mr. Non-Olsen turned around to confront his child’s assailant, he locked eyes instantly with Taffy Man, who stood, bewildered, gripping his bag of taffy, and looking every bit the part of the black sheep in the gasping Olsen herd. What followed, we’re not sure, because for the first time in four days, the Hammack family had a five-minute lead on the Olsens.

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Last Look | Emily Watson

Magical Moment

Warmer days mean time spent outdoors, and the Watson family is no exception. Every year Emily Watson hosts a campout in her backyard for friends, family and neighbors, where a lantern sheds a soft light on a summer night.

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