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Without a home or family, one man finds meaning in creating marionettes from discarded materials. 4
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Jack performs with a puppet modeled after himself on the corner of NW 23rd and Pennsylvania.
Jack doesn’t let that stop him. “I’m always working on a new one. Before I’ve finished one, I’ve got another one started.” Jack finds inspiration for his dolls in overlooked knickknacks that he finds laying around. “I find a lot of stuff in the garbage and in dumpsters around Oklahoma City. If I want or need something specific, I’ll go to Goodwill or thrift stores. I get a lot of hair for my dolls in the trash behind a wig store.” You can find everything from vegetables to dominoes to dog chew toys incorporated in the designs of Jack’s puppets. One of Jack’s current puppets is Abraham Lincoln. “I found an old shower mirror in the trash and thought, ‘This could be the rim of Abraham
Lincoln’s hat.’ So I just went from there.” But Jack put his own spin on the president, giving him drum sticks and a drum kit that he likes to play in Jack’s puppet band. Also in Jack’s puppet band is a rocker grandpa that strums a toy guitar and a skeleton on lead vocals. Each of Jack’s puppets has a specific purpose and motion to accommodate its existence for entertainment. His puppets have no limits to their abilities from a rabid raccoon that gnaws on a rubber chicken leg to a puppy dog that can hike its leg up and spray real water onto a fire hydrant. “They all have their own stuff that they do that’s unique. And there’s a little bit of me in all of them.”
If you’ve driven by the corner of NW 23rd and Pennsylvania, chances are you’ve seen Oklahoma City’s very own puppeteer, Jack Howell, busking on the sidewalk with his handmade marionettes. Jack is often out with his eccentric puppets, performing for anyone willing to spare a minute of their time to enjoy the show. Jack started making puppets a year ago after he and his wife separated. “I had a bunch of time left over after the old lady left with the kids. I was trying to get over her… My wife’s name was Maranelle, and I started to Google her name one day. But in the middle of doing so, I thought, ‘Nah, I shouldn’t do that.’ I looked and ‘marionettes’ had popped up on the screen. And I thought, ‘I can do that. That’s cool.’” Currently experiencing homelessness after the split with his wife, Jack uses his experience as artistic inspiration. Jack makes all of his dolls out of discarded and abandoned materials that he finds on the streets of Oklahoma City. Since starting, Jack has made over 30 puppets. But with being on the streets, more than half have been lost, stolen, or damaged along the way. But
I find meaning in this... Building them is an escape. Sometimes I don’t want them to be done because then it’s over with.
I never ask nobody for anything. I just like the smiles on the kids faces. It makes me laugh as much as them.
Jack’s life and the people he encounters also play a role in his creation process. He currently has one puppet modeled after a cashier from Walmart that he saw, whose style Jack admired. The gentleman has a cane and an eyepatch, which Jack found to be “groovy.” Jack made a puppet of him and plans to surprise him with it as a gift in the future. While Jack had never dabbled in puppeteering before, he has dabbled in art for most of his life, working in a variety of mediums. “I’ve done other art stuff. Painting and drawing. I go through phases. I was really into melting vinyl records and making them into bowls, flowers, etc. for a period of time. I once even melted them to myself and made a life-size statue of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’” But unlike Jack’s former art endeavors, he doesn’t seem to think this one is just a phase. “This is more than just art for me. I phased out of art projects in the past, but this one is different.” For Jack, his marionettes bring purpose back into his life after his separation and losing his kids. “What would I do with my life without this? Sit out in the sun and bake all day? I find meaning in this… Building them is an escape. Sometimes I don’t want them to be done because then it’s over with.” Without his wife and kids in his life anymore, Jack sometimes feels unsure about the future. He knows he wants to get back in housing and find steady employment. He used to work construction and at a convenience store. Sometimes Jack worries that his kids are embarrassed by his new hobby. “No one’s saying, ‘Man, my dad’s the puppet dude at 23rd and Penn!’ I’d rather have my children back in my life. I’d probably give [the puppets] all to my kids and tell them to go play with them and be done.” But until that day, Jack is certain that nothing will stop him from continuing to create puppets. “I’ll die if I stop. That’s what I keep telling myself. I won’t let anybody talk me out of doing this. People like them. I like them. There ain’t nothing wrong with that, is there?”
And Jack isn’t joking when he says that nothing can stop his passion. Jack recently served a short period of time in county jail and continued to make puppets to perform for his fellow inmates. “I made the puppets in jail out of soap and paper that I mixed together. I made little outfits for them by ripping up fabric from our jumpsuits. They were little inmates too.” It wasn’t until his puppets were confiscated as contraband that he had to stop. While Jack doesn’t think anything serious will ever come from his
performances, he does think it would be fun to create an entire stage show with his puppets. Unlike other major cities, Oklahoma City doesn’t have a very vibrant busking scene. Busking is when people perform for donations in public spaces and is very common in cities like New York, L.A., and Chicago. You can find your occasional musician performing for tips at large events around Oklahoma City. But in most cases, Jack is one of the few street performers in OKC to experiment with alternative forms of entertainment. While Jack does receive tips for his performances, that has never been the main motive for his act. “I do it to keep my mind busy. To keep me sane or insane, either way,” Jack jokes. “I never ask nobody for anything. I just like the smiles on the kids faces. It makes me laugh as much as them.”
Jack holds one of his newest puppets, a life-sized woman.
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Featuring Kevin Durant's personal chef, Chef Ryan Lopez Robert is currently a vendor for The Curbside Chronicle. During his time with Curbside, Robert has transitioned into housing, gone back to school at OSU OKC, and just recently got his drivers license and a car after 40 years without! Robert enjoys cooking and sharing recipes with readers! I recently had the privilege to meet Kevin Durant’s personal chef, Chef Ryan Lopez, and assist him in preparing a delicious meal for The Curbside Chronicle. Chef Ryan let me serve as his prep cook, while he used his artistry to prepare a meal fit for royalty. After just a few minutes in the kitchen with Chef Ryan, it became clear why Kevin Durant would want to work with such a passionate, skilled chef. I definitely was taking notes throughout the whole experience on how to up my game in the kitchen like Ryan. Chef Ryan is from Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Schoolcraft College for his culinary arts
training. Ryan was only 21-years-old when he was asked to drive to Akron, Ohio by one of his culinary instructors to cook for some NBA players. Lebron James and Kevin Durant were included in the group he was cooking for. Ryan managed to keep his cool and whip-up delicious comfort food that impressed Kevin Durant so much, he asked him to move to Oklahoma to be his personal chef. And four years later, Chef Ryan is still here, cooking for Kevin Durant but also carving a name for himself in the local community. Chef Ryan also currently serves as Corporate Executive Chef for Swadley’s BBQ chain, helping them perfect their menu and recipes. In addition to being a phenomenal cook, Ryan tries to use his culinary talents to create positive change in the community. Chef Ryan reached out to The Curbside Chronicle, after picking up a magazine from a vendor, asking how he could get involved. And I’m so glad he did! Chef Ryan teaches a nutritional cooking class for underprivileged youth at Youth Services Oklahoma and
has hosted a variety of charity dinners for organizations like Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He played a role in helping Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, expand their cafeteria kitchen and routinely teaches the kids about healthy eating. Despite his busy schedule, KD has been known to spice things up in the kitchen with Ryan ocassionally. And he’s even had the privilege to cook with Mama Durant too. Even though he’s definitely a big deal in my cook book, Chef Ryan keeps a level head and claims, “I’m a cook at heart, not a chef.” Thank you, Chef Ryan, for this amazing experience. This was one of my best experiences and has inspired me to prepare more diverse meals. It was my first time trying avocado, and I’m definitely going to continue using it in dishes. I hope you all enjoy the recipes for the food we made together on the following pages! Whip them up yourself to guarantee a slam dunk of a meal!
Quinoa Salad with Endive and Avocado INGREDIENTS 2 Heads of endive
3 Cups of quinoa
1/4 Cup of small diced zucchini 1 Minced shallot
2 Avocados cut into small chunks 1/4 Cup of small dice squash
5 Basil leaves (julienned)
1 Tablespoons of dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice Salt and pepper
STEPS 1) Cook the quinoa. 2) Saute the zucchini and squash until tender (5-6mins). 3) Make the dressing: Add shallot, mustard, basil, and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk. Slowly whisk 1/2cup of olive oil into the bowl. 4) Mix quinoa with zucchini and squash, add half of the dressing, mix, and season to taste. 5) Separate the endive leaves and dress each leaf using the other half of dressing. 6) Place leaves around the edge of a plate, spoon the quinoa into the middle, top with avacado, and serve. 7) Grab an endive leaf, scoop a spoon full of quinoa salad onto the leaf, and enjoy! 10
Grilled Asparagus with Parsley Lemon Veloute INGREDIENTS 1 Pound of asparagus 4 Ounces of flour
2 Cups of chicken broth
4 Ounces of butter
1/4 Cup of chopped parsley
2 Lemons (juiced)
STEPS 1) Place the butter in a sauce pot and allow it to melt. Add flour and whisk for 2-3 minutes. 2) Add chicken broth to the sauce pot and bring the mixture to a simmer. 3) Cook for 15-20 minutes, then add parsley, lemon, salt, and white pepper. 4) Grill asparagus until tender and lightly charred (about 5 minutes). 5) Place asparagus in a pan, drizzle the sauce from the pot over the top, and serve.
Chicken Lollipops INGREDIENTS 12 Chicken drumettes
2 Tablespoons of canola oil
2 Cups of sweet and sour sauce 3 Ounces of unsalted butter (melted)
1 Tablespoon of Sriracha 2 Tablespoons of chopped cilantro
STEPS 1) Holding the bone of the drumette, use a knife to push the meat towards the other end. 2) Place drumettes in a pan with oil and sear on medium heat until golden brown (about 4 minutes per side). 3) Whisk together the sweet and sour sauce, Sriracha, and melted butter in a mixing bowl. 4) Place drumettes in the mixing bowl, tossing them in the sauce to coat the chicken. 5) Place drumettes on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 mins. 6) Place drumettes on a plate, garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve.
At the Movies
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by Marcos Powell, former Curbside vendor
Marcos is a former vendor for The Curbside Chronicle. During his time with Curbside, Marcos transitioned into housing and onto further employment. In his spare time, Marcos enjoys contributing articles about his love for cinema.
I have loved action and adventure movies ever since I was a young boy. Growing up as a military brat, my friends and I were constantly playing war, acting out legendary battles and fight scenes, and rescuing the world from destruction. In my opinion, every good action movie has three main elements: a hero, a villain, and a damsel in distress. Sometimes these elements are more literal or cliché and other times they are more abstract within the plot. What classifies a movie as action or adventure is its fast-paced nature, epic fight scenes, plethora of explosions and stunts, and riveting story line. Action movies are known for having a lot going on at once, which keeps the audience entertained and engaged from start to finish. There’s a consistent thrill feeling that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie. It’s almost an impossible task being asked to pick my favorite action and adventure films when there are so many great ones to choose from. But I’ve narrowed it down to eight classics that I think everyone should see. While I do like a lot of present-day action and adventure movies, I think it’s important to understand how the genre has evolved over time. Before all of these new special effects were invented, action and adventure movies had to rely more on the art of captivating storytelling. So here are a few of my favorite cinematic stories in the action and adventure genre for your viewing pleasure.
Shoot to Kill | 1988 Shoot to Kill is an action thriller with an outstanding cast. It stars Sidney Poitier as an FBI agent on the hunt for a murderous diamond thief who has embedded himself in a guided hiking trip through the Pacific Northwest mountains. The best part is that you don’t know which member of the hiking group is the killer until other members of the group start dying. Not only is it a great movie, but it was Sydney Poitier’s first film after a decade of not acting. Poitier is an iconic actor who made history when he became the first African American man to win an Oscar in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Fields. At the time, African American actors and actresses were limited to mainly stereotypical roles of slaves and servants. Sidney refused to play these types of roles and was the first African American actor to be consistently cast in leading roles. He is truly a legend and has been a big inspiration to actors of color around the world, including Oprah Winfrey.
Moby Dick | 1956 Moby Dick stars Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. Peck is an incredible actor with a very diverse movie career, spanning over 50 years and ranging from To Kill a Mockingbird to the original The Omen. This action adventure adaptation of the well-known novel by Herman Melville follows the quest of Captain Ahab as he and his crew hunt down the great white whale that took his leg. I see Captain Ahab’s obsession with catching Moby Dick as a metaphor for addiction and the self-destructive behavior that comes along with it. Captain Ahab is so addicted to hunting this whale that he isn’t afraid to put his life, his crew’s life, or his ship in jeopardy. He is willing to hurt himself and everyone around him in pursuit of his addiction. There is a serious lesson to be learned from Moby Dick. This life lesson goes beyond a giant whale and the movie screen and can be applied to personal addictions like greed and substance abuse. In the end, addiction of any kind is dangerous. 15
Die Hard| 1988 This action adventure film takes place at an employee Christmas party that suddenly takes a turn for the worst when a group of terrorists take some of the employees hostage. But this hostage takeover is just an elaborate heist in an attempt to steal millions. John McClane, a New York cop played by Bruce Willis, takes matters into his own hands in an attempt to thwart the robbery and rescue the hostages. This is the movie that made Bruce Willis into a superstar. But fun fact, Bruce Willis was not the studioâ€™s first choice to play John McClane. The role was originally offered to Frank Sinatra and then Arnold Schwarzenegger, but both turned it down. Luckily for Bruce Willis, Die Hard is considered one of the best action movies ever made. There are a total of five movies in the series - spanning 25 years - so itâ€™s been interesting to see Bruce Willis develop as an actor over time in the series. But hands down, I absolutely love the Die Hard series, especially the third movie, Die Hard with a Vengeance, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Expect to remain entertained with non-stop action throughout the entire film.
Hard Times | 1975 This action drama stars Charles Bronson, one of my favorite action and adventure actors. Bronson plays a Depression-era fighter who joins forces with a smooth-talking promoter in an attempt to make it as a prize fighter in New Orleans. Bronson plays alongside his real-life wife, Jill Ireland, who he met on the set of Great Escape. James Coburn, who plays the promoter, also costarred alongside Bronson in The Magnificent Seven, one of my favorite westerns featured in a previous issue of Curbside. Overall, itâ€™s a great movie and an interesting look at the lengths people will go to in order to provide for their families during hard times. If you like Charles Bronson in this film, I would also recommend the Death Wish series that he stars in. Death Wish and Hard Times both shed light on violence in America and are filled with action and drama. 16
Training Day | 2001 This action drama follows Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), an LAPD police officer, as he tries to join the narcotics squad, run by veteran detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Sergeant Harris has agreed to give Jake a one-day “training day” to prove he should be on the squad. But Jake soon learns that Harris and his law enforcement techniques might not be 100% ethical. Denzel Washington’s performance in this movie earned him an Acadamy Award for Best Actor in 2002. And Ethan Hawke was nominated for an Acadamy Award for Best Supporting Actor in his role. Keep your eye out for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who both play roles in the movie. Training Day is the perfect bad cop vs. good cop movie to watch.
Face/Off | 1997 Face/Off is another great action thriller with a top-notch hero/villain duo, John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. John Travolta plays an FBI agent (Sean Archer) obsessed with catching a criminal genius played by Nicholas Cage (Castor Troy). Archer captures Castor in a shootout that leaves the villain in a coma. In order to foil Castor’s plan, which has already been set into motion, Archer undergoes an experimental surgery to trade his face with Castor’s. But the movie gets really interesting when Castor comes out of his coma and realizes his face is missing. Castor then has Archer’s face placed on his head. The villain and hero quite literaly swap places in the film. And the role reversal in the movie between Travolta and Cage is incredible. Even though John Travolta usually plays a good guy, he makes a really interesting villain. He and Cage are extremely talented in their ability to play both hero and villain at the same time in this movie. And Nicholas Cage is an actor that I respect. Most people don’t know that Nicholas Cage is the nephew of famous director, Francis Coppola, of The Godfather movies. Nicholas Cage actually changed his last name from Coppola to Cage when he first got started acting so he wouldn’t have an unfair advantage in the industry. I respect that.
The Untouchables | 1987 The Untouchables is based off a true story about a group of federal agents working to bring mob man Al Capone to justice during Prohibition. Prior to the movie, there was a TV series in the 1950s of the same storyline. The Untouchables follows the real story of federal agent Eliot Ness as he assembles a team of men determined to end Al Capone’s criminal empire.This film has an epic all-star cast, starring Kevin Costner (Eliot Ness), Robert De Niro (Al Capone), and Sean Connery (Marty Lahart). There is heavy gunfire throughout the movie and several iconic shootout scenes. It’s all about mob wars of the 1920s. It’s a great movie only made better by the fact that it’s based on a true story, though heavily dramatized for entertainment purposes. And actual historical Chicago locations were featured in the movie. Definitely a must-see!
The Last of the Mohicans | 1992 The Last of the Mohicans is based on the novel by James Cooper and is a remake of the original 1936 version. The film follows the last few members of the Mohican tribe, as they battle to lead the daughter’s of a British colonel to safety in the midst of the French and Indian War. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye, a European-born boy adopted and raised by the Mohican tribe. It is rumored that Lewis took his training for this role very seriously, learning how to build a canoe and how to skin an animal to help prepare himself. Another key character in the movie is Magua, the leader of the Mohawk tribe, played by Wes Studi. Studi is a full-blood Cherokee actor from Oklahoma and has played numerous iconinc Native American roles on film. The Last of the Mohicans is a different type of action film compared to others on this list. But its powerful storyline and incredible acting make it just as thrilling as more modern films. And make sure to pay close attention to the dramatic monologue at the end of the movie; it grants the movie its title. 18
Homeless World Cup by Whitley O’Connor | photo courtesy of Homeless World Cup
Every year the best players from around the globe converge to test their abilities and compete in a display of athleticism and sportsmanship known as the Homeless World Cup. Started in 2001, the Cup was created as a way to change the lives of people who are homeless through football (American soccer). The first tournament was held in Austria in 2003, and the 14th annual Homeless World Cup kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland this coming July 10. To qualify, players must be at least 16 years old by the time of the tournament and have not played in a previous Homeless World Cup tournament. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) have been homeless at some point in the last year 2) currently are in drug or alcohol rehabilitation and also have been homeless at some point in the past two years 3) be an asylum seeker currently without positive asylum status 4) make their living as a street paper vendor.
The Homeless World Cup is played in the style of street soccer, with a different set of rules than those used by organizations like FIFA. The game is played with four players per side – three outfielders, one goalie, and four substitutes – on a field a little bit smaller than a traditional basketball court. The field is also enclosed by barriers roughly 3ft. tall, keeping the ball from going out of bounds most of the time. Matches are 15 minutes long, consisting of two 7-minute halves with a 1-minute halftime in between. In the event of a tie, a shootout is used to decide the winner. These adapted rules make for a fast-paced, highenergy game with higher scores than you typically see in traditional soccer matches. The Homeless World Cup works with 70 street football programs operating in 420 cities around the world. Together they touch the lives of more than 100,000 individuals who are homeless around the globe. Each
year, the best players worldwide are selected to represent their countries at the global tournament. This year’s Cup boasts 64 teams from 52 countries, including the United States. Street Soccer USA is the Homeless World Cup affiliate responsible for putting together team USA for the annual tournament. Each year, Street Soccer USA oversees 22 programs in 16 cities across the U.S. Through national tournaments, Street Soccer USA selects the best 8 team members to represent the United States at the annual competition. Although Team USA has never made an appearance in the top four Homeless World Cup teams, they have made steady improvements over the past couple of years. Now ranked 26 out of the 48 men’s teams and 9 out of 16 women’s teams, Team USA improved upon its 35th place finish in 2014 with a 23rd place finish in 2015.
For us, sport is a strategic medium for social empowerment.
But the Homeless World Cup is about much more than competition; it’s about the celebration of personal growth and overcoming obstacles. Ginan Koesmayadi, Director of Indonesia’s Homeless World Cup affiliate, said, “We want to convey a message to the general public, who still thinks that sport should merely be focused on achievement. For us, sport is a strategic medium for social empowerment.” And Ginan practices what he preaches. For years, Indonesia has been the only Homeless World Cup team with HIV positive team members. This year Indonesia’s team will also be the only team with a physically disabled player, Eman Sulaeman, a man who has no right foot and no left leg below the knee. This spirit of social empowerment is what the tournament is all about. One of the most difficult but least understood effects of homelessness is social isolation and alienation. The Homeless World Cup combats this feeling of solitude through teamwork. These teams create a sense of community and inclusion that is epitomized by the annual tournament, where they have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves, representing their countries to a global audience. Eighty-three percent of participants say that their experience with street soccer has improved social relations with their friends and families. Seventy-seven percent of participants report that competing in their local street soccer program has significantly changed their lives. After participating in street soccer programs, 71% of participants continue to play soccer regularly. In fact, some of the more talented Homeless World Cup players have seen tremendous success in the sport after the tournament ended. Andri Kustiawan became a professional soccer player for the Indonesian Futsal League and has led the league in scoring for the past two years. Another example is Bonsu Hazibuan, who now coaches the professional Vamos Futsal Club team. Locally, Tulsa has the only street soccer program in the state of Oklahoma, known as Tulsa Integrity. In 2012, Tony Ewing of Tulsa Integrity was selected to represent the U.S. at the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City. And in 2013, Scott Gray, another member Tulsa Integrity, had the opportunity to play for Team USA at the Homeless World Cup in Poland. Reflecting on his experience with street soccer, Scott said, “By having a street soccer background and being able to overcome some of the obstacles in my own life, I am now able to offer my own experience, strength, and hope to some of the younger guys on the team.” Scott and Tony continue to help train and mentor other team members in Tulsa, in hopes of helping them qualify to represent Team USA at the 2017 Homeless World Cup tournament in Oslo, Norway. This year’s Homeless World Cup tournament takes place in Glasgow, Scotland from July 10-16. If you are interested in watching, you can tune in via YouTube on the HomelessWorldCup channel and watch live games. For a schedule of games or more information, go to homelessworldcup.org. 20
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Homemade Bath Bombs recipe by Meg Rinehart of Local Lather | photo by House of Margot Scrub-a-dub-dub in the tub this summer with some homemade bath bombs! Meg Rinehart, shop owner of Local Lather, shares this fun recipe for do-it-yourself bath bombs. Local Lather is a handmade soap company out of Oklahoma City. You may have seen their mobile Soap Shop rolling around OKC. The adorable tiny house is a whimsical spa on wheels, complete with running water and a farmhouse sink for you to try their products!
Local Lather offers a variety of bath and body products and everything is handmade in small batches with the best ingredients possible One cool feature about Local Lather soap packaging is that it features the name of the musician and album that Meg listened to while making the product. It takes about the length of an album to make a batch of soap. The colors and scents of her prodcuts are often born from the mood of the soundtrack.
The best way to find Local Lather is by following them on Facebook and Instagram @LocalLather. You can also find their products in these stores around town: Blue Seven, Out On A Limb, Rant Dry Goods, OKC Zoo, Boutique 206, J. Lilly's Boutique, Covet House, and Black Scintilla.
Ingredients 4 Ounces of baking soda 2 Ounces of Epsom salt
2 Ounces of corn starch 1.5 Teaspoons of witch hazel
1.25 Teaspoons of coconut oil 22
2 Ounces of citric acid 1 Teaspoon of essential oil
STEPS 1) In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make sure you get all of the clumps out. 2) Add drops of dye to achieve the desired color. Mix well.. 3) Pour in the melted oil and mix mix mix. Add the essential oil, and mix some more. 4) Slowly add the water or witch hazel in. Do this with one hand while still mixing with the other. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. 5) Once all the ingredients are combined, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should feel a little like wet sand. If it’s still too loose or powdery to hold together, add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does. 6) Mold the powder into a ball with traditional sphere-shaped mold or use a special mold to make fun shapes. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and even Amazon have a lot of fun molds to choose from. Fill the mold with powder and press together firmly. Tap each side of the mold on a hard surface or with a spoon. 7) Gently remove one side of the mold. Turn it over (VERY gently) and remove the other side. Place them on a tray or dishtowel and let them dry overnight. Note: Bath bombs are tricky and can fall apart on you very easily. If at any point this happens or you become overly frustrated, keep in mind… loose bath fizz is pretty great too! Instead of molding the powder into balls, you can bag or jar your delicious mixture for easy storage and use anytime!
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Meet Sunshine compiled by Ranya Oâ€™Connor | photos by Sarah Powers
Sunshine is a vendor for The Curbside Chronicle, whose name fits her perfectly because she brings warmth to everyone she meets. You can find Sunshine selling magazines in Downtown Oklahoma City during the day and in the Plaza District at nights. After four years of homelessness, Sunshine recently moved back into housing! On the following pages, Sunshine bravely shares how being in an abusive relationship and being diagnosed with HIV impacted her life. 24
I thought he was Prince Charming. But I ended up losing everything.
Where are you from? I’m from Oklahoma City. I had a mom and dad. They separated. My mom wasn’t the best mom. She raised me very… differently. I have three sisters and two brothers. We were close growing up, but as we got older we all went our different ways. My dad is my hero. My dad means everything to me. I don’t give up because of my father. He always said to keep pushing. My dad had throat cancer, and he kept on going until he beat it.
What was school like for you growing up? I loved high school. I was a cheerleader and went to the prom. I am deaf in one ear but that never stopped me. I’ve always had a speech impediment because of it. But I just tell everyone that I’m from London or another country. As a kid, I was bullied because of it, but I learned to love it about myself. I went to special hearing impaired classes where I learned sign language and how to read lips. Fun fact: I’m fluent in sign language.
What did you do after high school? After high school, I got pregnant with my first baby. It was on graduation night. It was unexpected. He was my high school sweetheart. We met each other in 4th grade. I started working at Taco Mayo and Arby’s at the same time to support my daughter. We tried to make it work, but we were so young. Life went on, and along the way, I became a single mother of three.
What was it like being a single mom? I was struggling. We lived in an apartment in Midwest City. I was doing it all on my own. I would clean people’s houses just to make extra money so my kids could have school clothes. I was picking up cans to make extra money. It was a difficult time. And that’s when this guy walked into my life, and I thought he was Prince Charming. But I ended up losing everything. We were together for 8 years. I was too scared to leave. I was 32 when I met him. At first when he punched holes in the walls, I thought he just did it out of anger. I thought he was just mad about something. But then the abuse started getting worse and worse and worse until I couldn’t take it anymore. It was to the point it was scary. When he came home, I was terrified. I couldn’t get comfortable at home. I had no say in nothing. I had no choice in nothing. I ate when he wanted me to eat. I drank when he wanted me to drink. One day our neighbors called in a domestic violence report on him, and I lost my kids. He never touched my kids – just me. I made sure of that.
What happened when you lost your kids? I gave up. Because I lost my kids and I had nothing else except him. I started to believe my abuser. I was believing that he loved me. I was believing that he needed me. I was believing that I was his one and only. I was believing him.
How did you process the abuse? I got hurt so much that I got used to it. To the point I thought it was normal. I thought it was normal to smile and walk down the street with him and then be pushed in front of a car… I fought back at first. But then I learned not to fight back. He mainly used his fists. He was physically, sexually, mentally, and emotionally abusive. He was a monster.
What is it like living with HIV? It’s a struggle every day. It’s hard to stand on my feet and move around for long periods of time. HIV attacks my immune system and makes me tired, dizzy, worn out, and just weak all the time. I been through so much in my life. I just want to move up. And every time I move up, I fall down. Whether it’s a bad relationship, whether it’s being homeless, whether it’s my health. I felt like I couldn’t get ahead, even when I tried. Some jobs knew about my sickness and they would ask me, “Are you HIV positive? Oh, we can’t hire you here,” which is discrimination. There’s a social stigma.
I’ve been to the hospital with him a few times. He almost shattered my jaw once. He choked me out once. My throat muscles started having spasms and they kept me at the hospital for 7 days. But I always lied to the doctors.
When did you first experience homelessness? About 4 years into our relationship, we became homeless. He was working at Coca-Cola but he screwed that up. And then we lost our apartment. They couldn’t front us any more days… any more months. And then we moved on the streets. I was working at the mall when I first met him, but I had to quit my job. Every time I tried to work, he got possessive and jealous. I wasn’t allowed to work. While we were homeless, he did allow me to panhandle for money. But he was always right there just a few feet away watching me. When he did leave me by myself, I was allowed to have a cell phone to call him. But he would check all my texts and messages when he returned. When did you finally get away? I thought about leaving so many nights. The final “I’m out” was when I was diagnosed with HIV. It woke me up.
What was it like being diagnosed with HIV? I was diagnosed with HIV in 2014. When I found out… I had hung onto life for so long. I just felt like I didn’t want to hang on anymore. At that moment, I felt like I was already 6 feet under. I was homeless when I found out about it. For about a year, I was in a wicked, wicked depression. I didn’t want to be Sunshine anymore. I wanted to be a dark cloud. I wouldn’t hardly eat. I wouldn’t sleep. I wouldn’t take my medicine. I wouldn’t see the doctors. It was hard to take medicine every day and see doctors while being homeless. I didn’t take my medicine on the streets because it was too difficult. But now that I’m back in housing, I am taking it again. I’m on a higher dosage now, but I am slowly feeling better.
Did you know about HIV when you were diagnosed? I knew nothing about the illness when I was diagnosed. I thought only gays could get it. I didn’t have sex education at my school or none of that. But I read everything I could about it, and I learned.
What do you wish people knew about HIV? It’s not that easy to get. You don’t need to be scared of me. You can’t get it from hugging me or talking to me or touching me. You can’t even get it from kissing me.
Where is your abuser now? He’s in jail currently for domestic abuse. I’m not going to say I feel safe because I never feel safe. But it makes me feel safer.
Do you think you’ll ever feel safe again? It’s hard. If he gets out, I won’t feel safe again. But as long as he’s behind bars, I feel a little bit of peace. Sunshine stands under the bridge where she used to sleep.
What was it like being homeless? It’s a nightmare. Nobody wants you in their bathroom. People look at you like you’re scruffy. You gotta watch your back. You’re so tired and exhausted and filthy that you don’t care where you lay your head. I would lay my head anywhere I could. I mainly stayed underneath the bridge off of Penn and NW 39th and behind dumpsters. I would take showers and wash my clothes at car washes.
I had never imagined being in this situation. I wasn’t miss prissy, but I never imagined this. It sucked. But every day, I stood up tall. I took out my tiny mirror, and I put on my makeup. I cut my hair. And I went on with my life.
How does it feel to be back in housing? It feels good to not be on the streets. It feels good to have a shower. It feels good to have air conditioning. It feels good to buy real food because I have a kitchen. It feels good to walk barefoot without stepping on glass.
That I achieved this apartment is one of the happiest moment of my life. I didn’t give up. I kept fighting. You gotta take baby steps in life. If you fall off the ladder, get back up. If you’ve got to crawl, crawl to it. That’s basically what I did. I crawled to my apartment.
What’s it like being a vendor for The Curbside Chronicle? It’s amazing. You give us hope. You understand that everybody’s got problems. Everybody’s got issues. You don’t judge people. You give us hope that we can still do this. Don’t give up. We can still move on. We can still succeed. We can still accomplish what we want to. It has helped with my confidence. I’m not so afraid to talk to people now. People say “good job” and “nice going” and “keep pushing it.” It’s not like panhandling. People treat me differently because they can see that I’m trying to do something for myself. Believe me, people, it ain’t easy being a vendor. It’s not. To me, it is a job. Not only am I helping myself, I’m helping others. That’s what means the most to me. I get to meet different people and they inspire me, and hopefully I inspire them a little bit too. I’ve been through a lot, but I want to stand tall. I will set goals and achieve them all.
What are your goals for the future? I would like to go back to school to be a cook. Food makes people happy. And I like to make people happy. I like to see people smile. I got my commercial food license at Metro Tech in ‘97. My goal is to go back and get my license renewed.
What are your hobbies? I like to decorate. I’m a clean freak. I love to clean. I like to cook. I like to draw. I’m not a very good drawer. I like to be goofy and crack jokes. I like to see people smile. I love to dance and do choreography. Modern and hip hop are my favorites.
What would you like to share with other women in abusive relationships? Get away as soon as possible. Don’t prolong it. Don’t be afraid to get away. Go as soon and as fast as possible. Leave tire marks behind you. If not, it can end up costing you everything. I stuck around for 8 years. I believed my abuser and allowed him to control me. He would apologize sometimes. He would bring me flowers and candy. But the diamonds and the flowers aren’t worth the pain that they bring you. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me or pity me. Everybody has a story. And hopefully someone can learn from mine, and maybe they’ll come and share their story with me too. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline for help at (405) 917-9922. If you or someone you know is in need of HIV testing or services, please call RAIN Oklahoma at 1-800-285-2273.
I don’t want people to feel sorry for me or pity me. Everybody has a story. And hopefully someone can learn from mine...
Sunshine shares her powerful story on page 24 of this issue. For eight years, Sunshine was the victim of domestic violence. The following poem is one of Sunshine’s favorite that she would like to share with readers about the importance of helping women escape abusive relationships.
I Got Flowers Today by Paulette Kelly, Dedicated to battered women
I got flowers today! It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day. We had our first argument last night, And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. I know he is sorry and didn’t mean the things he said; Because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today! It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day. Last night, he threw me into a wall and then started choking me. It seemed unreal, a nightmare, but you wake up from nightmares; And I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over, But I know he is sorry; Because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today! And it wasn’t Valentines Day or any other special day. Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me; Make-up and long sleeves didn’t hide the cuts and bruises this time; I couldn’t go to work today because I didn’t want anyone to know, But I know he’s sorry; Because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today! And it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day. Last night he beat me up again, and it was much worse than all the other times. If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? What about money? I’m afraid of him, but I’m too scared and dependent to leave him! But he must be sorry; Because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today… Today was a very special day; It was the day of my funeral. Last night he finally killed me; He beat me to death. If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers today. 28
Mr. Mysterio is not a licensed astrologer, a trained therapist, or a registered nurse. You can follow Mr. Mysterio on Twitter @MrMysterio.
by Mr. Mysterio
It’s hot, Cancer, and you need a pool! But where to get one on such short notice? I think I saw one of those inflatable kiddie pools on sale at the drugstore for $14.99. It’s got pictures of flamingos on it and everything! Honestly, The Stars weren’t specific about whether or not you should buy an inflatable tub, but they were absolutely clear that you need to spend a day sitting around not staring at a screen.
The long sunny days came back. The trees filled up with leaves and then birds. The rain came and the ground softened and it covered up with flowers and snails and vines. Everything is so warm and alive but there you are, Leo, still frozen in place. I think you need to get out of here. Maybe for a few days, or even just an afternoon. Go somewhere you can see green and sky and things that are alive. You’ve got to get thawed out if you’re gonna make it through this summer.
The surest way to tell Summer is coming is to go to the movies. The blockbusters are here. Supervillains and mutants and slow-motion explosions. It’s very exciting. Just try to be sure all your excitement isn’t coming from action movies this season, Virgo. Get out there and make something exciting of yourself.
I guess beaches were inevitable, Libra. I mean, the ocean had to meet the land somewhere, right? Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to them. They’re places where worlds intersect. The earth and the sea share this narrow band, and we go there to connect with ourselves as well. If you can’t find a beach this week, Libra, you can still take some time thinking about the lines that separate you and parts of the world around you.
The first electric ceiling fan was developed by Philip Diehl in 1882. Diehl had already enjoyed great success with his electric sewing machine motor, so he decided to take the same idea and attach it to a fan. It was an instant success. This week, Scorpio, you may have the opportunity to reuse an old idea. Don’t hesitate. It’s an idea that may not be done with you yet.
When you’ve got a sunburn, Sagittarius, everybody knows you’re hurting. Some people will say you were reckless. Some people will assume you don’t even care. But only you know whether your experiences are worth the pain they cause. Your day in the sun is yours to remember and your story to tell.
I remember the summer my mom bought that bulk box of freezie pops. It was like paradise. I’d wake up in the morning and suck-back a tropicalorange. After lunch, I’d have a berryred. Before dinner, I could grab a lime green. Then I’d wrap up the day with a purple grape. But within a couple of weeks all we had left was a freezer-full of uneaten blue raspberry. Ugh. Blue raspberry. Capricorn, I recommend you start with the blue raspberry. Get it out of the way. Save the best for later.
“The Great Bath” is a large brick cistern built in Pakistan about 5,000 years ago, which is considered by some to be the world’s first swimming pool. What I find conspicuous about The Great Bath is its complete lack of an ancient lifeguard stand. That’s just plain dangerous! This week, Aquarius, be reckless in the water. Just be sure there’s somebody up there who can pull you out if things get out of hand.
What a great day for a picnic, Pisces! We’ll just pack up a basket with whatever’s in the kitchen and head down to the park. There will be birds singing and frisbees flying and ants crawling around on our shoes and across the picnic blanket and onto our sandwiches. I can almost feel them now. Millions of tiny insects dedicated only to the survival of colony and queen. Maybe let’s stay in and order pizza. There are advantages to keeping it low key.
Pile in the van, Aries! It’s time for your annual family-fun road trip across the country! There are so many states to see and so many roadside attractions! Hurry! If we start now, we can get to the truck-stop with the live alligators before feeding time! Then again, Aries, maybe you don’t have to see absolutely everything between here and the place you’re going. This is a good week to focus on the destination.
I wrote you a really great horoscope this week, Taurus! But then I left it in the car while I was at work and it melted. I tried to salvage some of my predictions that were dripping down the side of the cup holder, but I think it’s too far gone. Still, it’s a good reminder to Tauruses everywhere. It’s hot out there. Keep the important things close.
It’s summertime, Gemini. Let’s have a cookout! You pick up some charcoal and potato chips. We can use Capricorn’s grill. I’ll bring the tofudogs and squash-kabobs. (Libra can bring some real meat-burgers if she wants. I won’t eat one, but they sure do smell good.) Now all we need is a match! Somebody’s got a match, right? Gemini, your party’s never gonna get started if you can’t find your fire. It’s gonna take some passion to get you to the fun part.
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