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Thanksgiving leftover recipes that elevate next-day turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more by JUDY ALLEN


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Homes for heroes

A national initiative aims to end veteran homelessness in Tulsa by Dec. 31 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. by NELLIE KELLY



Festive, frolicking fun A roundup of holiday events to catch the spirit of the season by JUDY LANGDON


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The Dish

11 Hot shop Tulsa Glassblowing School’s extreme art

46 Table Talk The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest restaurants, products and events

12 Notebook Topics of interest to Tulsans


14 Roots A Jenks grad is the ‘captain’ of the D.C. cookie market. 16 Applause A group of Tulsans is celebrated as volunteers and philanthropists. 18 Storefront ‘Stretch niche’ 20 Artist in residence An unexpected avenue of art for Annie Ferris 22 Locker room A Russian tradition wrestles its way to Oklahoma. 24 Where are they now? Rodger Randle has a taste for adventure. 26 Musings A little girl in a blue dress 30 A park grows in Tulsa A Gathering Place’s peaceful pond

Spirits Blessings by the glass

94 Agenda 93 Serving made simple Night Light Tulsa 94 Agenda This month’s standout events 96 Out & about See and be seen. 98 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings

The Good Life

100 Behind the scene The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art displays ‘Deception.’ 102 Tulsa sound More from John Moreland

51 Natural beauty Worldly stones make for stunning necklaces. 59 Haute topics A Hogwart’s holiday 60 In the garden It’s OK to stare at Paperwhite Narcissus.

103 Get the picture An actress from Tulsa produces ‘Yinz,’ a new film. 104 Flashback Celebrating TulsaPeople’s 30th anniversary

62 Weekend getaways Celebrate in style 65 Health Tips for a healthy, productive and stress-free holiday season 72 Home A couple’s dream comes true with a hilltop haven.


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From the editor

Holiday happenings: Festive, frolicking fun November 2015



was recently told that skin stops producing collagen — the spunky little protein that irons out wrinkles — at age 30. As in, one day you’ve got it; the next day, you don’t. Although Google reveals that an exact age is disputable and largely based on genetics, I don’t doubt collagen’s sneaky departure begins around that time. Since entering my 30s this year, what I refer to as my “smile lines” have become more plentiful. (And yes, I already have a Rodan + Fields consultant. And no, she is not a miracle worker.) Fortunately, a lot of things are getting better with age. My credit is better, for example. I wish I could say the same for my driving record. But my perspective is improving. I notice I care less about the material part of the holidays — shopping lists and Black Friday sales — and more about spending time with the people I love. Gratitude becomes more important as we get older, since it seems there is more to complain about. Our November feature on Zero: 2016 Tulsa, an initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Tulsa (p. 34), reminds me to be thankful — for what I have, and for the organizations committed to ending this widespread community issue. I can’t wait to use our annual holiday events guide (p. 52) to plan family outings this season. It’s an article you’ll want to tear out and keep on your fridge. Speaking of your fridge, if it’s like mine, it will be packed to the gills the day after Thanksgiving. Judy Allen’s tantalizing recipes for leftovers (p. 39) might get you more excited for the day-after meals than the main event. While making your grocery list, make sure to read our holiday survival guide (p. 65) for tips to stay healthy, productive and stress-free at Thanksgiving and beyond. Lastly, this issue kicks off TulsaPeople Magazine’s 30th anniversary year. Through November 2016, look at Flashback (p. 104) for photos that have graced our pages over the past three decades. TulsaPeople, welcome to 30. If personal experience is any indication — and having the inside scoop always helps — you, too, will get even better. But darn it, you’ll always be younger than me.




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Topics of interest to Tulsans by MORGAN PHILLIPS

Jenks band invited to Rose Parade

The Jenks Trojan Pride Marching Band is one of 20 international bands — and the only Oklahoma band — selected to perform in the prestigious Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2016, at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. Bands are chosen based on musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In addition to marching in the 5.5-mile parade, bands also perform in one of three events on Dec. 29 and 30 at Pasadena City College. Between 700,000 and 1 million people attend the parade each year, and tens of millions watch it on television, according to the Tournament of Roses. Bands must raise all funds for travel and accommodations. More than $600,000 is needed to send 250 individuals from Jenks. To support the band’s trip, visit www. or call AnnAline Drake at 336-906-2528. 12

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YOUNG TULSAN LAUNCHES BUSINESS Fifteen-year-old Remmi Smith’s goals include developing her own cookware and chefwear lines, and the energetic teen will likely achieve them. She is already a growing force in the world of food and nutrition. Smith, who has her own online cooking show and cookbook and is the student ambassador for Sodexo, was recently named the winner of Cox Business’ “Get Started Tulsa” competition to encourage entreprenuership. She won $10,000 in cash and prizes to launch her new business, Chef Club Box. The company, which Smith says will launch by December, is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of snacks and other products that encourage a healthy lifestyle for children. “Chef stands for ‘Cook healthy exercise frequently,” Smith says. “My platform is eliminating the childhood obesity issue in America.” She says she hones her business pitching skills by watching ABC’s “Shark Tank” with her dad most Friday nights. Don’t be surprised if Smith is someday pitching to Mark Cuban, Daymond John and the rest of the “sharks.” Perhaps she’ll be one of them herself.

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The STEM Funders Network chose Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance to help launch the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, a national project that seeks to nurture and scale effective STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for young people. Twenty-seven cities were chosen from 70 invited applicants. Participants will form a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry professionals and others. The White House will host its first gathering this month.

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Baker partners with Women in Recovery Heather Matheson recently moved her home-based cookie business, Peace, Love & Cookies, to Women in Recovery, a program of Family & Children’s Services. Women in Recovery is an intensive outpatient alternative for women who face incarceration for nonviolent, drug-related offenses. Participants help Matheson make and package the cookies from the kitchen that houses Women in Recovery’s culinary programs. Matheson also contributes 10 percent of her sales to Women in Recovery. tþ

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Kirk Francis A Jenks graduate takes a bite out of the Washington, D.C., cookie market. by KRISTI EATON


How exactly does one get involved in the cookie business? Ha, well, I’ve been obsessed with making the perfect chocolate chip cookie since age 4. I’ve made cookies pretty regularly for the past 25 years — most likely my classmates in high school and college will remember me as the guy who had a Tupperware of cookies to share all the time. I had a lot of experience making cookies, and in college I worked at a bakery for three years learning customer service, how to make food in bulk and how to prepare it quickly. My two years of doing cookies on the side in D.C. let me experiment with other recipes, find good ingredient wholesalers and meet a few other people in the food business. That helped tremendously when I launched the truck and changed the name to Captain Cookie & The Milk Man. After the truck started, it was mostly a matter of working all the time. 14

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ITAL STATS: Graduated from Jenks High School in 2004 and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008 with degrees in Chinese and English. Following graduation, moved to Washington, D.C., and began working in emergency communications. Started Kirk’s Cookies in early 2009 as a side gig to his day job, supplying cookies to two D.C. coffee shops and other local customers. In 2011, bought a van and rebuilt it into a mobile bakery. In February 2012, quit his day job and started selling cookies on the streets of the nation’s capital. NOW: Captain Cookie & The Milk Man has four trucks and a store in Washington, D.C. Francis, 30, employs approximately 40 people and offers catering and online ordering at

Kirk Francis says his wife named his cookie truck business “Captain Cookie & The Milkman.” He has four trucks and a store in Washington, D.C. What makes your cookies unique? They are the best ever. Or, at least, that’s what I say. I make them all from scratch, and I have a quarter-century of cookie experience, so I’m not very humble about how friggin’ awesome they are. What is the hardest part of running your own business? The workload is remarkable. For the first 3 ½ years, I worked 115 hours a week, 50 weeks per year. On weekdays, I would get up around 5 a.m., answer emails, prep the truck, restock, buy supplies, stop by the depot (a commercial kitchen facility Francis rents to make dough, store supplies, etc.) and get to the lunch spot between 7-9 a.m. It’s very competitive to park in D.C., so it was always a game

of chicken with the other food trucks. Plus, D.C. parking enforcement gave out $100 tickets liberally if you parked before legal hours. Then, I set up, baked my cookies and opened up 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. After that, I often had a second stop or a late-night event. In the evening, you clean the truck, answer emails and phone calls, fix whatever part of the truck broke today and, of course, take care of maintaining or renewing your food-serving license, business license, sales tax filings, insurance requirements, finding a new employee, etcetera. I would often work overnight making cookie dough if I hadn’t made enough on Sunday. Every Saturday I had one or more events and frequently on Sundays, also.

They say about 50 percent of food businesses fail in the first year, and that might even be an understatement. Most of my fellow truckers who threw in the towel did so because they weren’t prepared to work that hard. A few others had an overly romantic notion about how it would be nice to just cook for a living, but when it came to the practical aspect of finding customers, marketing, pricing your food and figuring out how to make a profit, they were lost. So, if you love popcorn, for example, and want to sell popcorn for your career, take a few business classes and be prepared to work crazy hours for the first few years. What is your favorite cookie? Chocolate chip. Always. tþ

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Tulsans receive honors and accolades

Seven to celebrate Tulsans are honored for their volunteerism and philanthropy. by JESSICA BROGAN


Outstanding Philanthropists: SCOTT AND KAYLA VAUGHN Honored for: Their community philanthropy and support of various causes, including the Child Abuse Network (Scott) and Emergency Infant Services (Kayla). Scott is a member and past president of the CAN President’s Council. Kayla is in her fourth year on the EIS board. She served as development committee chairwoman and Kaleidoscope Ball patron chairwoman. “As a mother I feel very strongly about the mission of Emergency Infant Services,” Kayla says. “No mom should have to worry about whether or not they can feed and diaper their child.” Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy (individual): HANNIBAL B. JOHNSON Honored for: His passionate work on diversity and inclusion/ cultural competence issues and nonprofit governance. “My work in diversity and inclusion is something I find profoundly engaging and deeply fulfilling,” says the attorney, author and independent consultant. Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy (organization): TULSA ADVOCATES FOR THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES INC. TARC Honored for: Advocacy and support of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. 16

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o celebrate National Philanthropy Day 2015, the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will recognize the following individuals and groups.

AFP seeks to enable people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. This month, it will honor the following individuals and groups for their fundraising and volunteerism: Lucky Lamons; Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (Executive Director John F. Gajda, pictured); Keith Boyd; Kayla Vaughn (and Scott Vaughn, not pictured); Hannibal B. Johnson; and Isaac Rocha. “This award honors the heritage of TARC embodied by the founders of the organization, who in 1952 recognized the desirability of diversity and fought for the rights of their children with disabilities to be included in the community,” says TARC Executive Director John F. Gajda. “As a staff member of TARC, continuing this commitment to inclusion and diversity each day gives me the satisfaction of fulfilling my personal vision of service to others.” Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: ISAAC ROCHA Honored for: His work with various nonprofits, including the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and Workforce Tulsa. He serves on the boards of all three organizations and on the advisory board of YWCA Tulsa. “The nice thing about this recognition is that it enforces and validates my commitment to Oklahoma and wanting to make

a more inclusive Oklahoma for all,” Rocha says. “I’m not a complainer. If there’s something you don’t like about a community or there’s something you are passionate about, it is important to follow it up with action.” Outstanding Fundraising Professional: LUCKY LAMONS Honored for: His leadership at The Foundation for Tulsa Schools. As president and CEO, Lamons has raised $9 million in just five years. He also serves on several community advisory boards. “As a police officer for 21 years and a state representative for eight, I saw the effects of poverty on our community,” Lamons says. “The one constant factor of lifting people out of poverty is education. I saw an opportunity with The Foundation for Tulsa Schools to work with the second largest public school district in Oklahoma to really make an impact on 40,000 lives.”

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: KEITH BOYD Honored for: Raising more than $140,000 for The Little Light House’s capital campaign by creating a lemonade stand in summer 2012. Boyd, 11, is CEO of Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages. Born with nonverbal cerebral palsy, he attended LLH from birth to age 6, where he received assistance for the technology he uses to communicate. Boyd and his parents now produce a private-label lemonade sold in Tulsa and northwest Arkansas. A portion of sales go to The Keith Boyd Foundation to support his mission of helping other children with special needs gain access to the tools they need to have a voice. tþ Nov. 6 — National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $75, luncheon ticket; $600, luncheon tables; conference tickets vary. Register online through Nov. 2 at

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Sarah Shibley chose the letters “L” and “A” for her and her husband’s middle initials. The “9” pays tribute to the company’s origins during the nine months of her first pregnancy.

‘Stretch niche’ Woman’s clothing line is designed in Sapulpa, made in America. by JORDAN COX


t all began with Eve. A tunic, that is. The “Eve” tunic was the first piece of what has now become Sapulpa native Sarah Shibley’s LA9 clothing company. Its birth was largely unintentional. In 2005, Shibley became frustrated in her quest to find comfortable, yet flattering, clothing during and after her first pregnancy. “You couldn’t find clothing that was fancy and comfortable,” she says. “For so long, those two things haven’t gone together.” She finally took matters into her own hands, literally. She went into her closet, cut up clothes that were the stretch material she had been looking for, assembled them and then asked her mom to sew it all together. While making her clothes, Shibley did extensive research on fabrics, fit and patternmaking, eventually creating an entire line of maternity clothes. They were sold in high-end maternity boutiques in Tulsa, Chicago and New York until the 2008 recession hit the maternity industry, eventually forcing the boutiques to close. At the same time, however, Shibley’s customers encouraged her to expand from maternity clothing design. They said the stretch niche she’d mastered offered the versatility, comfort and timeless style that women sought in mainstream fashion. “God just had a different plan,” she says. “A bigger plan than I could have hoped for.” Ten years later, LA9 designs women’s wardrobe essentials that Shibley — who is now a mother of three boys and the wife of a Sapulpa school administrator — calls classic and versatile.


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“All (women) have to do is change their shoes, and they can go wherever the day takes them,” she says. The LA9 line offers six pieces; however, each piece can be transformed into many different looks. Designing clothes is a family tradition forShibley. Her grandmother and mother made many of Shibley’s childhood clothes, and Shibley grew up watching those pieces come to life. Before Shibley was born, her mother, Linda Hudson, was a fashion and merchandising major at Oklahoma State University; however, she was told she’d never become a designer in Oklahoma and would have to move to Los Angeles or New York. One generation later, Shibley shirks this misconception by designing her clothes in Oklahoma and selling them in a national market. After reading that only 3 percent of clothing in the U.S. is made here, the 35-year-old entrepreneur prioritized American manufacturing. “LA9 is raising the bar with American productions,” says Shibley, who looked near and far to find a U.S. manufacturer that specialized in stretch fabrics. “It’s so important that we support America and the workers here.” She hopes the next few years bring more exposure and that her clothes will appear in more boutiques across the country. To shop LA9 clothing, visit www.la9clothing. com, attend a trunk show or shop local boutiques that sell LA9 clothing, such as Bella’s House in Tulsa and the Sapulpa Mercantile. tþ


lthough 2014 was the best year for job growth since 1999, the U.S. childhood poverty rate has remained high, especially in African American and Latino communities, according to the recently released 2015 Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book. Childhood poverty rates in Oklahoma, which ranked near the bottom for overall childhood well-being, match this depressing trend.


Of Oklahomans were under the age of 18 in 2010, according to the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

Is Oklahoma’s ranking in overall child well-being. The ranking considers four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.


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Is the decrease in high school dropouts statewide from 2006-10.


Of Oklahomans ages 18-24 were enrolled in or had completed college in 2013.

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Highlighting local talent

Unexpected avenue Annie Ferris recounts the change that launched her creative career. by JUDY LANGDON


We know you are busy creating this year’s holiday gift to clients of your mother’s (Becky Frank’s) public relations firm, Schnake Turnbo Frank. We are going on 12 years. … That first year was a bit of a nightmare as we had yet to learn the ins and outs of bulk production, and I literally painted canvases with the same image, which were packaged and delivered to the firm’s entire client base. Fortunately, the second year we got a handle on product reproduction services, and now the process (on ceramic tiles) is done with ease. I will say without hesitation that I love this project.

What’s the scoop on your new studio, where you also host your popular art classes for children? In January, I moved into the upstairs studio space in the Carriage House at the Tulsa Garden Center. My husband, daughter and I spent the spring making it suitable and inspiring for myself and about 200 children to create this summer. I feel lucky to have found a lively space with such a rich history — and of course, the garden views aren’t so shabby either. Also, you are now art director at Global Gardens. How did that 20

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here’s a popular saying about things that go awry: “When a door closes, a window opens.” Tulsa artist Annie Ferris knows that lesson well. In 2007, she made the decision to leave an expressive therapy graduate program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts — “a program my husband, Scott, and I had upturned our lives to attend but financially couldn’t sustain,” she says. “Moving home without completing the program was terribly defeating for me,” Ferris continues. “But, on this side of things, it is clear that it was the best thing to happen.” The move turned Ferris’ professional life around, an experience that she says “allowed me an opportunity to develop a different kind of creativity that forces you to sculpt alternate avenues to attain your professional goals.”

Annie Ferris with former art student Dexter Taylor. Ferris teaches children’s art classes at her studio in the Carriage House at the Tulsa Garden Center. INSET: The 2014 holiday tile Ferris painted for clients and friends of her mother’s public relations firm. come about? In 2007, after a winter of good plans that went sour, I found myself back in Tulsa and working at Eugene Field Elementary School as a truancy officer. That is a laughable statement on so many levels, but primarily because I am the last person to make it anywhere on time. During that stint, I found myself escaping as much as possible to the onsite children’s garden — the Global Gardens. Here, I found my

smile again and a renewed inspiration to create. My time in the garden led me to begin painting again at home, and I ended up with a collection of new paintings all based on the garden at Eugene Field. A couple of months later, I had a show at the Palace Café and invited Global Gardens founder Heather Oakley and the gardens’ students. They came, and I left that night with a nearly sold-out show and a new job.

What new projects have come about through your children’s art classes? During spring break 2014, I decided to offer two impromptu children’s art classes … They were successful, and before I knew it I was off on an unexpected new adventure. I am also starting to bring my art classes into local elementary schools as an after-school program, which led to starting my own business, called MAKE LLC (an acronym for Modern Art for Kiddos Everywhere). And I am in the process of creating a new side-by-side family art experience called The StoryMAKEr Project. No doubt about it, this year has been a whirlwind … the really good kind. tþ

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Getting a grip Broken Arrow athletes find niche in newly imported sport of mas wrestling. by DOUG EATON



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little-known, Old World pastime imported from Russia appears to have the potential to become a popular sport here in the United States. Mas wrestling has simple rules, equipment and strategy, according to Jonathan Catlett, owner of Broken Arrow’s True Strength Gym. Its concept is surprisingly simple, too. Like a tug of war, two contestants firmly grasp a wooden stick, pulling it until one is toppled or loses hold of the stick. (See sidebar for more.) Catlett is a promoter of the sport and offers training classes in mas wrestling in his gym every Wednesday night. “I first saw the sport online and thought it was interesting and fell in love with it,” Catlett says. “This is one of the very few non-contact martial arts in the world. So, unlike other martial arts, you don’t get hit in the face or get beat up.” Catlett traveled to California a few years ago and met Odd Haugen (founder of Mas Wrestling USA, who brought the sport to America). “I learned as much as I could about the sport from him and became certified,” Catlett says. “I returned to Oklahoma and then got others interested.” The weekly training sessions have approximately 10 regular participants, and Catlett expects more as the sport becomes better known. In that regard, he plans to visit other gyms in the Tulsa metro area to spread the word about mas wrestling. “Most people we talk to have never heard of the sport,” he says. “But once they see it, they become interested. We hope to hold sanc-

Mas (pronounced “moss”) wrestling is a physical contest relatively new to the United States. It is derived from a traditional stick-pulling game, “mas tard’yhyy” that originated in Yakutia (the Russian Republic of Sakha, an area of Siberia) and is still Yakutia’s national sport. Its concept is surprisingly simple: Two contestants sit facing each other with their feet against a board that separates the two. They then pull on a wooden stick (“mas”) that both have firmly grasped. The athletes are allowed to move their feet along the board as their bodies respond to their opponent’s moves. To win a round, an athlete either pulls his opponent over the board and retains the stick in his hands, or he pulls the stick from his opponent’s hands. The winner of the best two out of three rounds is declared the winner of the match.


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Ben Rudy and Jonathan Catlett practice mas wrestling at Catlett’s True Strength Gym in Broken Arrow. The sport, which is relatively new to Oklahoma, tests strength and flexibility. Rudy and gym “regular” Richard Jackson recently competed in Las Vegas. tioned events later on as the sport grows and draws more interest.” One of the gym’s regulars, Ben Rudy, seems to have a natural affinity for the sport. Although he did not play sports in high school, the challenge offered by mas wrestling has captured Rudy’s interest. “It definitely tests you as it requires the use of your entire body,” Rudy says. “It looks easy, but your mind struggles.” One of Rudy’s favorite tactics is to move up and down the board while pulling. “You can keep your opponent on the defensive by making him move,” he explains. “It’s always good to keep them guessing.” Rudy points out one appealing

aspect of the sport is its quickness. “The average round lasts only 30 seconds, sometimes even less,” he says. “The longest a round can last is two minutes, but that almost never happens.” As with many physical sports, raw strength is important, according to Rudy. To increase strength, he does deadlifts and squats, as well as “farmer’s carries,” in which he carries two kettlebells at his sides. But Rudy considers other factors just as critical to his success. “Grip and flexibility are probably the most important assets to have in mas wrestling,” he says. Rudy recently traveled with others from True Strength Gym to Davenport, Iowa, for the Quad Cities Strong Man Tournament.

By virtue of winning his weight class, Rudy qualified for the International Mas Strength Challenge, along with Richard Jackson, another regular participant at the B.A. gym training sessions. In September, both men placed second in their weight classes at the AAU World International Mas Strength Challenge in Las Vegas. Almost half of the Wednesday night “regulars” at the gym are women who have taken up the sport, including Makenzie Hargrove, who also captured the championship in her weight class at the Quad Cities tournament. To learn more about mas wrestling, visit www.maswrestlingokla tþ

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Taste for adventure by DAVID HARPER


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odger Randle doesn’t need to retire to see the world. As director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Randle travels extensively as part of his job. On a recent Saturday, the former Tulsa mayor reflected on his life and travels after returning from trips to Germany and Honduras. “Tulsa is a great place to live, but you need to get out and experience the rest of the world,” he says. Randle, 72, began his international adventures in the mid-1960s when he lived in Brazil while serving in the Peace Corps. By that time, he was already fascinated with politics. However, he didn’t picture himself ever running for office. “My aspiration was to work for a politician,” Randle recalls now of his rather modest career goals after he graduated from OU. However, a stint as an office worker in the personnel and budget departments at Tulsa City Hall led him to an epiphany about politicians that would change the course of his life. “These people aren’t any smarter than the rest of us,” Randle remembers thinking. Emboldened and empowered by this knowledge, he ran successfully for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1970. Two years later, he began what would be a 16-year-hitch in the Oklahoma Senate, including serving twice as President Pro Tempore. In 1988, Randle was elected mayor of Tulsa. His time in office is best remembered for the change from a commission-based system to the City Council form of government.

Former Mayor Rodger Randle has documented his many travels through photography. Circle Cinema previously displayed his photos featuring faces of people from all over the world. Randle, who championed the change, remembers that several previous attempts to make the switch had failed to gain traction with voters. However, he recalls that the time was finally right, and not just because the commission system was being attacked in court for allegedly disenfranchising black voters. “The structure was not designed for a city the size of Tulsa,” Randle remembers of the commission era. “It was not a unified form of government that allowed things to get done. It was a system designed for a smaller city in a different era.” In the 25 years since the change, various dramas involving the City Council may have left Tulsa voters wondering if they made the right

choice. However, Randle remains convinced. “We love democracy, but a lot of people don’t want to see it in action,” he says. Randle says he “always enjoyed the intellectual challenge of politics,” including the “chessboard” of playing politics among the politicians. Yet, in 1992 he walked away. He says he had no desire to keep running for re-election until voters grew tired of him. Also, Randle — a Democrat — saw no realistic chance of being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tulsa’s Congressional district. The idea of running for governor didn’t appeal to him either. Although he earned a law degree from the University of Tul-

sa while he was a state senator, Randle says it was the world of higher education that led him into a second career in academia. He spent six years as president of the University Center at Tulsa. However, when UCAT morphed into Rogers State University and headed for Claremore, Randle stayed in Tulsa to take on another challenge. As director of OU’s Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture, he travels around the globe and shares his experiences with his students. “Why wouldn’t we want to enrich our own lives by experiencing other cultures?” he asks. Randle, who speaks Portuguese and Spanish, chronicles his journeys with his camera. This past summer, Circle Cinema displayed an exhibit of his photos. The display featured the faces of people from places such as India, Italy, Japan, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen. “People interest me more than landscapes,” he says. Randle, who also serves on various boards and as the honorary British consul general for Oklahoma, shows no signs of slowing down. Retirement seems to be very far away, if it ever comes at all. After all, why would he want to retire? “Almost all of the things I love to do are actually easier to do in my role as a professor at the University of Oklahoma,” he says. tþ

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A little girl in a blue dress by CONNIE CRONLEY


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The saddest sound is a child crying. That’s what I heard in the grocery store recently. There she was, a little girl about 2 years old, in a ruffled blue dress standing beside her mother’s grocery cart and crying. The mother was as beautiful and serene as a Madonna. A little sister was sitting quietly in the cart, and a bigger brother was hanging placidly onto the side. All three were ignoring the crying girl. “What a beautiful blue dress,” I said to the child as I went by, thinking that might distract her. It did. For about two seconds, then she cried louder. I hurried away. The next time I saw the family, she was in front of the cart trying to push it backward. Not crying now; she was wailing. Her siblings ignored her. Her mother remained tranquil and quiet. We met a final time at the checkout line. The little girl was lying on the floor, screaming and kicking the cart. “What does she want?” I asked the mother. “She wants the kind of cart you drive.” Oh. Now I understand. A pretty little girl in a blue, ruffled dress throwing a 2-year-old temper tantrum. The last time I saw them, they were walking across the parking lot toward their car. Three were walking. The little girl was being carried, shrieking even louder.


The week began with a memorial service for a close friend. On such an occasion we reach for our highest forms of communication — poetic language and exquisite music — to express our deepest emotions. The chapel was filled, even the balcony, with family and friends dressed in somber colors, primarily black. The service itself was a thing of beauty: prayers, a string quartet played Puccini’s “Crisantemi,” a cellist played J.S. Bach’s “Air in G,” friends read poetry by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Emily Dickinson, a soprano sang Gabriel Fauré’s “Pie Jesu,” and to close, a bass soloist sang “Amazing Grace” a capella from the balcony.

The music and language said what we felt, that our hearts were aching.


The week ended with a wedding — my first same-gender wedding, and for two men I adore. They wore identical gray suits with navy vests. The church was small and charming. The occasion was so happy, many of us wore celebratory colors. At least I did; I wore a chartreuse dress and lots of golden bling. This service, too, was beautifully crafted and included Scripture readings, poetry and a Native American blessing. From the balcony, the choir sang “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach and “Old Irish Blessing”; a cellist and organist played “The Lord’s Prayer.” Two robed clergy officiated.

One was the church minister, who radiated cheer. He pronounced the couple wed “under the law of the state of Oklahoma. Let me repeat that,” he said, “under the law of the state of Oklahoma.” We laughed because we live in Oklahoma and know what it’s like to live in Oklahoma. Before the lovely service was over, the minister acknowledged the couple’s dedicated attention to detail in crafting their bespoke service. “It was like working with two mothers-of-the-bride.” We laughed and applauded.


The little girl in the grocery store made her feelings clear without any words or music. She hated the damned grocery cart’s guts, and she wanted everyone to know it. We grieve and celebrate with the best language and music we know. We laugh, weep, hug one another and polish the silver of our communication skills. On many occasions lately, I have wanted to communicate by lying on the floor in public, screeching and kicking. Without more language skills, I would be a little girl in a blue dress. I may be, yet. tþ Connie Cronley is a columnist, an author of three books and a public radio commentator. She is executive director of Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry.

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Tulsa Realtor Rodger Erker was named chairman of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. Erker, currently a managing broker and partner of McGraw Re-

altors, has been in the real estate industry for more than 40 years. He has served as the president of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors and the Oklahoma Association of Realtors. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Erker to the commission in 2013. His term as chairman of the seven-member commission will end July 1, 2016.

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Mabrey Bank opens midtown location On Aug. 31, Mabrey Bank officially opened its midtown branch at 2525 E. 21st St. The latest Mabrey location is situated near Utica Square and offers midtown Tulsa residents a full range of commercial and consumer services, private banking, safety deposit boxes, three drive-thru lanes and a drive-thru ATM. Instead of traditional teller lines, branch service representatives meet customers as they walk in and assist with a variety of services. “We are excited to open our latest location in the very heart of Tulsa’s midtown,” says CEO Carlisle Mabrey III. “We have always taken pride in offering our customers flexible service with financial of28

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ferings that rival the largest national banks.” With 14 locations throughout Oklahoma, Mabrey Bank is known for providing its customers with financial leadership and vision. That continues into the bank’s third and fourth generation of Mabreys, who take an active role in the bank’s leadership and mission. “We believe midtown Tulsa is the perfect place for us to be,” Mabrey says. “We are conveniently located to a large number of businesses and residents who are wanting a friendly bank that can take care of all their financial needs.” Visit for more information.

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A cause close to home For the past nine years, TTCU The Credit Union has raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, a cause especially close to the heart of TTCU Chief Financial Officer Shelby Beil. During Thanksgiving weekend 2004, Beil’s 3-year-old daughter Tessa was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This jumpstarted Beil’s support for further disease research and resulted in TTCU’s involvement with JDRF. Each fall, TTCU employees hold various fundraisers and events to raise money for the cause. So far, TTCU has raised more than $115,000. As an active supporter, Beil has served on the Tulsa JDRF board for

the past six years, including several years as the Government Relations chairman. He is in his second year as board president. Seeing the daily stress that the disease has caused his daughter has been heartbreaking for Beil — but he remains optimistic. “There is tremendous hope due to the amazing research that JDRF is funding,” Beil says. “Seeing this progress is what keeps us motivated to continue supporting the cause.” On Oct. 10, TTCU volunteers participated in their ninth JDRF walk as a corporate team. TTCU also served as presenting sponsor of the event.

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SITE PROGRESS THIS MONTH Continue constructing the wall around Peggy’s Pond. Continue preparing pad sites, footings, stem walls and foundation work for the ONEOK Boathouse and Williams Cos. Lodge.

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Continue sitewide dirt work and landscape contouring.

A water feature in the heart of A Gathering Place is renamed for its donor.

Previously called Blair Pond, “Peggy’s Pond” — recently renamed for donor Peggy Stephenson — is centrally located on the site of the former Blair Mansion. Groundwater will feed into the pond and surrounding wetland gardens, helping to clean and purify the pond. Its tranquil waters will provide recreational activities such as wildlife observation, fishing and boating. Three docks will extend over the pond with spaces to park boats and opportunities for fishing and picnicking. The pond will be situated near the park’s major elements and dining options. “People can tie up their boat and run in to get an ice cream, a coffee or a meal,” says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC. “You could even go down to the water’s edge to eat your lunch or dinner.”

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The Stephensons were two of the earliest donors to A Gathering Place. At $5 million, their gift will make possible Peggy’s Pond and wetland gardens. During the couple’s 57-year marriage, they have supported numerous community projects through their family foundation. Education, religion and health in Oklahoma are the three causes for which the Stephensons are most passionate. The broad-based educational programming planned for A Gathering Place — to include physical fitness, health and wellness, gardening, and wildlife and nature programs for all ages — made the park a perfect project in which to invest. “It could be transformative for Tulsa and could be what Central Park was for New York City,” Charles says. Peggy says she was surprised by her husband’s suggestion to name the pond after her. “I am very humbled and excited about it because it reflects what we all do as a family,” she says. “We both love water activities and used to love to boat in our younger days.” tþ

Visitors to Peggy’s Pond will be able to rent equipment, including kayaks and canoes, at the nearby Boathouse.


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A community’s health

Community Health Connection plans to expand its affordable medical and dental services.


WILLIAM SNIDER     T company for more than three decades and was close to retiring with a full pension. Then came the Great Recession of 2008. His company went under and took Snider’s job with it, leaving him with only a third of the income he expected. With the local economy in the dumps, Snider couldn’t find other work. “There were no jobs at the time, especially for a man my age,” he says. Snider and his wife now get by on Social Security and Medicare. However, there is one thing they don’t have — dental insurance. And they can’t afford it, either. Fortunately, they were able to turn to a local nonprofit, Community Health Connection (CHC), for help. The organization provides a full range of health services for clients who lack insurance or are underinsured. Snider, who turns 70 in December, received affordable dental care — in his case, fillings and caps — at CHC. His wife visits for teeth cleanings. “I have to pay out of pocket, and their rates were much cheaper,” Snider says. “I probably saved $400 or $500. Plus, it’s convenient, and I think they give excellent service.” CHC exists for people like Snider and thousands more in the Tulsa community and beyond, says CEO Jim McCarthy. “What we are is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) whose mission is to provide primary health care to the uninsured and underinsured community,” he explains. “That means providing preventative medicine, dental care, and behavioral and mental health services.”


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Community Health Connection CEO Jim McCarthy

CHC, which started in 2003 as an outgrowth of Community HealthNET, operates on an annual budget of around $5 million, about one third of which comes from federal funding. Another 60 percent comes from Medicaid patients with the remainder from private insurance, fundraisers and philanthropic benefactors. CHC is the primary beneficiary of this year’s Tulsa Run. The nonprofit is one of two FQHCs in Tulsa (the other is Morton Comprehensive Health Services), and 17 others are located statewide. As with all FQHCs, the Department of Health and Human Services requires CHC to collect data and to demonstrate that it is improving patient outcomes.

CHC operates two clinics: one at East 21st Street and South Mingo Road and one near Whittier Square on the northwest corner of East Third Street and South Lewis Avenue. The nonprofit draws patients primarily from the Tulsa area but also from as far away as southeastern Oklahoma and Kansas. According to the Community Service Council, 113,000 people in Tulsa County have no medical insurance; thus, their access to health care is limited or nonexistent. “These people are the working poor,” says McCarthy, adding they are either unable to pay for insurance, do not receive it through their employer, or work multiple part-time jobs and do not qualify. “When you eat out at a restaurant, they are the ones who are prepping the food, washing the dishes, taking your order. They are also the ones who are doing your landscaping, roofing and construction work. These are our patients.” Approximately 58 percent of CHC’s patients are uninsured, and 60 percent live at or below the federal poverty line. Ninety-nine percent of all patients are at or below 200 percent of the poverty line. Although people of many ethnicities use CHC’s medical and dental services, its primary patient population is Hispanic. “According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population is where Tulsa has seen by far the most growth, and many of them did not have access to health care,” McCarthy says. That fact was a key driver in the creation of CHC because local hospital emergency rooms were being used as primary care facilities for ailments that could be prevented or treated much more cheaply elsewhere.

Dr. Diana Hellman examines 3-year-old Fernanda Hernandez-Medina, a patient of Community Health Connection. The nonprofit provider offers primary health and dental services to Tulsans at its two locations.

“It costs seven times more to serve a patient in an emergency room than in a primary health care visit,” McCarthy says. “An ER is the most expensive way to get medical attention.” Since so many of its patients are Hispanic, CHC recruits doctors and staff members who are native Spanish speakers. “Spanish is the first language of 70 percent of our patients,” he says. “To give the best care, the doctors need to be able to communicate clearly with the patients. Even within the Hispanic population, there are dialects and accents because of the different countries people come from.” Eighty percent of the staff at both clinics speak English and Spanish fluently. Because CHC focuses on prevention and wellness, establishing long-term relationships between doctors and patients is paramount. McCarthy says CHC does not ask for a patient’s citizenship papers, and he vigorously defends providing health services for those living here illegally. “We don’t turn them away,” he says. “You don’t want to force them to go to an ER because that’s cost prohibitive. “They are here, they are working and the health of our population is critical. We’re not isolated. If someone gets the flu, for example,

because they had no access to immunization, that’s not smart. It hurts us all.” Although nearly all CHC patients are considered poor or near poverty, CHC is not a free clinic. Patients help pay for their health care based on a sliding scale. The State of Oklahoma also has a fund to reimburse health care providers for treating low- or no-pay patients, yet the 2015 reimbursement level is just $8 per patient, a sum that McCarthy calls “ridiculous.” Funding for a nonprofit like CHC remains tricky, but it is needed more than ever. In 2014, CHC served 10,000 patients; that number should be closer to 13,000 this year. McCarthy, like many health care CEOs statewide, wishes Oklahoma had accepted the Medicaid expansion as part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Doing so would have made it possible for many more uninsured working poor to gain access to health care, including care at CHC, McCarthy says. However, he doesn’t see that happening with the state’s current political climate. “Medicaid expansion would have a dramatic impact, but doing so under Obamacare poisons the well,” McCarthy says. “What we need is an Oklahoma plan that provides primary

health care for the working poor, and I believe we eventually will have one.” McCarthy says CHC submitted an application to receive Vision 2025 funding (should voters extend half of an existing .6 percent sales tax that would raise $300 million) to double the capacity of its east Tulsa clinic and make other patient care upgrades. He hopes to hear positive news on the application. In September, CHC added an onsite pharmacy at its Lewis location and is looking into a delivery service as it provides pharmaceutical care to its Mingo location. The new pharmacy allows patients to fill their prescriptions immediately at a much-reduced cost. This convenience is a major boon for workers who cannot afford to miss work time to get their medications. Although health care and immigration are two of today’s most contentious issues and CHC occupies a space where they come together, McCarthy argues that access to health care is in everyone’s interest. “There is no reason in 21st-century America for anyone to be without access to primary health care,” he says. “There is no excuse for not minimizing the health risks to the majority of people in our community. “It’s about protecting us all.” tþ


Homes for heroes A national initiative aims to end veteran homelessness in Tulsa by Dec. 31 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.


S J, SONDRA SMITH   something that eluded her for years — a home. When she was in her 30s, the 48-year-old found herself divorced with no place to live, no education and no transportation. A homelessness prevention group provided her with a house. Five years ago, the house burned. After the fire, she lived in an abusive situation, never working or traveling more than a mile from the place she lived. She never felt at ease and never felt she could put down roots. “When someone would ask me, ‘Where is your home?’ I realized I didn’t have one,” Smith says, wiping tears. “I was homeless. Home is so much more than a roof. It’s safety and comfort, like a warm blanket.” Smith represents the new face of homelessness — not a man under a bridge, but women, children and men of all ages who sleep in cars, on friends’ couches, in campsites and at motels. Another fact about Smith’s history might be surprising: She is a veteran. She enlisted in the Army as soon as she turned 18 and served as a sergeant in the military police for five years in Germany. Smith is one of the success stories of a new nationwide campaign called Zero: 2016, which seeks to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year and end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The initiative brings together a variety of community groups to focus not only on providing housing, but also mental health assistance, medical care and substance abuse treatment to support the veterans. Plus, Zero: 2016 aims to create public awareness of a problem that com-


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by NELLIE KELLY munities often would rather ignore. Tulsa is one of 75 communities chosen to participate. Working downtown, Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith is well aware of the issues surrounding homelessness. She says the commissioners and Tulsa City Council all jumped on board the proclamations to endorse the Zero: 2016 Tulsa initiative. “It does take resources and it takes patience and convincing people that you can live differently,” Keith says. “It’s a big goal, but it’s something that needs to be done.” Smith now lives in an apartment managed by Mental Health Association Oklahoma, which devotes 12 percent of its units to veterans. While she’s not proud of her situation, Smith says she’s glad to talk about it to bring a problem to light. “You think of the dirty, smelly man on the corner,” she says. “That’s not the face of homelessness. It’s the clerk at the grocery store that you chat with. But they don’t want you to know because they’re so ashamed. “The guy on the corner went from homelessness to hopelessness. And without programs like these, that’s not a hard slope to slide down. Without these programs, I’d be where he is.” According to the New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions, Zero: 2016’s national organizer, about 84,000 Americans are chronically homeless on any given night. Just under 50,000 of those are veterans. Homeless individuals face drastically reduced life expectancies and account for huge public costs in emergency rooms. Roughly 6,500 individuals — many of them veterans — flow through

Tulsa shelters annually, according to the Tulsa City and County Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System. Community Solutions set the Zero: 2016 goal to reach “functional zero” by the end of the year. Functional zero equates to more housing units available than the number who need them. For Tulsa, that means housing and making additional units available for 290 veterans. Ninety-five additional units for those experiencing chronic homelessness will be added by the end of 2016.

Why veterans? Veterans tend to be at risk of homelessness for a variety of reasons. Smith points to the fact that the military provided her housing, meals, training and employment. But when it was time to leave, she wasn’t prepared to review a lease or stick to a budget. Another veteran, Gwadelle O’Neal, came to rely on the teamwork she experienced in the Army. When she left, she realized that the civilian world was full of selfish people and those who got by on who they knew rather than training and teamwork. Returning to the civilian world can be jarring, O’Neal says. “When you have to come back to what you already left, it destroys you,” she says. While O’Neal became a military expert at handling hazardous materials and repairing weapons, gas masks and hydraulics, she had trouble converting that training to a civilian

AGENCIES HELPING VETERANS OBTAIN HOUSING These 23 core groups comprise the A Way Home For Tulsa coalition and are supported by a variety of other community participants.

12 & 12 Community Service Council Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma DaySpring Villa Domestic Violence Intervention Services Family & Children’s Services INCOG Iron Gate John 3:16 Mission Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. Mental Health Association Oklahoma Morton Comprehensive Health Services Participant Advisory Group Restore Hope Salvation Army Tulsa County Social Services Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless Tulsa Housing Authority Tulsa Regional Chamber Volunteers of America Youth Services of Tulsa Department of Veteran Affairs City of Tulsa — Grants Department Sondra Smith is an Army veteran who lives in housing provided to her through Mental Health Association Oklahoma, an organization that donates 12 percent of its units to veterans. It is also one of 23 agencies participating in the Zero: 2016 Tulsa initiative striving to end veteran homelessness by Dec. 31 and chronic homelessness by Dec. 31, 2016.

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Parrish McDaris, Chris Tennefos and Mark Lounsbury work for Volunteers of America Oklahoma, one of 23 agencies working to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Tulsa. Volunteers of America Oklahoma works with service members transitioning out of the military and those struggling to find employment in the civilian world.

résumé, let alone present her training in a way a civilian employer would understand. The training received in the military is jobspecific, and most jobs have an equal translation to civilian occupations, says Parrish McDaris, an Army veteran who works as the director of program development and veteran services with Volunteers of America Oklahoma, one of 23 organizations working on Zero: 2016 Tulsa. But, the barrier veterans face most often is a lack of understanding or acceptance of their capability to perform those civilian jobs or that their education is equally relevant to the civilian version of their military education. “The military teaches you a completely different set of values and language to do your job than what you experience in a civilian setting,” O’Neal says. “In the military we all believed in the mission above ourselves and would do anything we could to reach our goals. In the civilian world everyone is on their own mission, and it makes it hard for military members to adjust.” On top of the skills and teamwork vacuum are the emotional hardships that come with military service. Since Sept. 11, 2001, soldiers have faced a new set of traumas with multiple deployments, says Chris Tennefos, who works 36

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with veterans through Volunteers of America Oklahoma. After leaving the service, there isn’t much time for many vets to secure housing, work, education and mental health treatment. Veterans who are unable to understand and process this information typically need help developing a plan for the future. All these factors can contribute to homelessness, a reality that can be difficult for veterans to handle, and that often takes away the veteran’s pride and honor they attained through their service, says Mark Lounsbury, a Marine combat veteran who works as a business liaison with Volunteers of America Oklahoma. “It’s all about ‘mission accomplished’ and the drive to succeed in the military,” Lounsbury says. “When you get out, all that support system is gone. You figure out that you’re human and can fail. Failure is not acceptable in military culture, and many who experience failures, whether in the military or when they become civilians, struggle to accept this reality. And the next thing you know, you’re homeless.” Luckily, there is a growing determination in the United States to protect service members.

“I think regardless of what era or generation we live in, we all believe our veterans should be treated with respect and dignity,” says Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. “This is a universal concept that our organization upholds, and we seek to hold a mirror to our community and say that we are not doing our service members justice if they, at any point in their lives, become homeless and are not integrated back into the fabric of our community and civilian life.”

Tulsa’s solution No single solution can help homeless veterans, according to McDaris. They need housing first, then emotional support, job training, medical care, mental health treatment, dental care, an updated résumé, camaraderie and more, all at varying levels. In Tulsa, the Zero: 2016 effort is coordinated through the 23-member A Way Home for Tulsa (AWH4T) coalition, a continuum of care that provides wraparound services to invidivuals experiencing homelessness. The coalition consists of local nonprofit agencies,

including Volunteers of America Oklahoma; representatives from federal, state and local governments; corporations; and philanthropic organizations. As a member of AWH4T, the VOA’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program provides essential support in reaching functional zero, the primary goal of Zero: 2016 Tulsa, Parrish says. In order to maintain a functional zero for homeless veterans, employment plays a critical role as a central support structure that stabilizes veterans, allowing them the opportunity to imagine and realize a future without homelessness. “It’s harder to put the pieces back together after they’ve all fallen apart,” McDaris says. “So, we’re trying to reduce the time between a need for services and the time all can be restored. Each one of our agencies offers a critical piece to that puzzle.” The failed strategy of yesteryear was making the homeless get clean and sober, get on medication and then be eligible for housing, according to Commmunity Solutions. Today, the “housing first” model is an evidence-based practice that moves people off the streets into permanent, supportive housing. To make sure they’re successful, Zero: 2016 partners surround the formerly homeless individuals with the additional services they need. For example, a group called Fresh Start meets regulary to connect veterans and other chronically homeless individuals with services to aid in housing. Mack Haltom, associate director of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, is a member of the group that has met since 2010. From the larger Fresh Start group, these front line workers identify an individual and approach their needs as a group — whether it’s financial assistance, a mental health diagnosis or housing need, for example — and together they meet the person’s needs to get them into a stable and safe situation. The Zero: 2016 initiative has injected energy into the process. “I think sometimes you can get into the rut of what we’re doing, and the national initiative gave us the challenge as a city,” Haltom says. “It challenged me. “I just felt that in Tulsa — if we all get behind something — we could really make an impact on homelessness.” Volunteers of America now has a whole department of military veterans who provide mentoring relationships to fellow veterans, especially regarding employment, training and coordination of services. Each of those pieces has come together for O’Neal, a 35-year-old mother of five. She became pregnant at 16 and entered the Florida National Guard at 23 after earning a GED. Af-

VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE While not a member of A Way Home for Tulsa, Disabled American Veterans connects veterans with a service officer and a chaplain. The DAV team determines whether the veteran is receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and helps the veteran file claims and enroll in the VA’s medical program. “It’s a confusing system once you find out about it,” says Danny Oliver, state adjutant for the DAV. “We have veterans who don’t even know they’re eligible for benefits because they didn’t lose a leg or an arm. So, we are elated to see this be in the spotlight.” Each veteran’s needs are addressed on a caseby-case basis. Sometimes that means the DAV can provide a hotel stay while the team works toward a more permanent housing solution, and the chaplain can take the veteran shopping or to appointments. ter one year in the Guard, she served on active duty in Europe for two years. Then she was stationed in Alaska, and shortly after left the service for family reasons. Her husband was unable to find employment during their transition to Alaska, and when O’Neal was discharged, employment opportunities were scarce. She and her husband tried living with family. Then they moved to a mobile home, but they refused to pay the rent until the landlord fixed a mold problem. Soon, they were evicted. They lost two cars and eventually were living in a friend’s house with eight children and four adults under one roof. Money was very tight and meals were sparse. At that time, the family searched for support programs. A Community Service Council program called Barrier Removal and Residence Exchange for Veterans, typically called BRRX4Vets, helped O’Neal; her husband, who now works as an electrician; and children find a four-bedroom home with a fireplace and wood floors in Wagoner. Built in 1948, the white frame house meets all their needs. Through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant, BRRX4Vets provided two months of assistance for her family. “I really can’t express the happiness I feel,” O’Neal says. “My babies are so happy.” She realizes she has other struggles. Besides receiving veteran’s assistance, she wants to have a job. “I have had so much trauma,” she says. “I want to wake up one day and pursue happiness.”

A tight deadline Is eliminating veteran homelessness by the end of the year realistic? And will Tulsa really eliminate chronic homelessness by the end of next year? The experts say yes. According to statistics from Community Solutions, Tulsa is on target for meeting both goals. “People used to laugh at me when I’d say we can end homelessness and veteran homelessness,” Brose says. “Nobody’s laughing anymore. We can do this together.” In 2016, the national Zarrow Mental Health Symposium will be presented in partnership between Community Solutions and Mental Health Association Oklahoma. The symposium will educate attendees about housing, clinical and recovery support, along with innovative solutions to homelessness. Other communities are invited to Tulsa to discuss the progress made nationwide and what is left to do. There is one nagging question: What about the guys with the signs? The ones that say “Homeless Vet — Anything Helps.” Brose says there will always be new people who become homeless and need access to services, but the people panhandling usually are not the ones who need help. “They usually are not homeless,” he says. “They’re trying to turn fast cash for alcohol and other substances. We’re encouraging that behavior by handing money out the car window. We strongly discourage people from giving to panhandlers and people holding signs.” Rather than a dollar, panhandlers need a comprehensive system to rebuild their lives. Still, passersby feel the need to help, so Brose wants to develop a phone number concerned citizens can call when they see someone on the street they’re worried about. Brose also says a portion of the homeless do not feel comfortable coming into the shelter system, so they live in an encampment of two to four people. They may have a pet that would not be allowed in a shelter, or they may feel too restricted. That’s why Tulsa is developing a system to help with a variety of needs and make more housing available for those who haven’t yet accessed the system, Brose says. As for Smith, the veteran who has an apartment and a part-time job, she says she’s not exactly where she wants to be yet, but for the first time in years, she’s on the right track. “There’s a combination of things that get you into a situation,” Smith says. “And there’s a combination that can get me out.” tþ


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EVEN BETTER Thanksgiving leftover recipes that elevate next-day turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more BY JUDY ALLEN

I ADORE THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR ALL OF ITS GLORY ... and even all of its shopping and prep. I think about it all year, adding recipes to my list of favorites to try on unsuspecting family members. But I might even like the day after Thanksgiving a bit better — the dishes are done, my feet have rested overnight and the fridge is packed with an abundance of delicious leftovers. I always stock up on sandwich ingredients that are essential to making the perfect day-after sandwich — bread (I prefer Texas toast) and mayo, for sure — but for the most part, the work has been done. My sandwich process: 1. Toast some bread, if you can be bothered. 2. Throw it on a paper plate — remember, you just washed 100 dishes last night!

3. Smear the bread with mayonnaise, then start layering: Stuffing, turkey and cranberry sauce are a must, but have at it with the mashed potatoes and gravy, as well. Lunch is ready. Or dinner. Or even breakfast. I won’t judge. After so many turkey sandwiches, however, one can be tempted to open the refrigerator door and start pitching leftovers into the trash. Have that day-after sandwich — I have shared a more elaborate version on p. 43 — but then get busy with some of these creative concoctions.

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PUMPKIN PIE PANCAKES MAKES 1012 PANCAKES We all know the madness that pumpkin creates when fall arrives — Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone? Pumpkin pancakes are a favorite of ours at home, and are typically made with canned pumpkin puree and a generous amount of spices. For Thanksgiving weekend, however, I like to spice them up, literally, with a few scoops of pumpkin pie and some additional ground cinnamon and ginger. 2 1½ ½ ½ 3

cups all-purpose flour teaspoons baking powder teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups buttermilk, plus more if necessary 2 large eggs, separated 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup mashed leftover pumpkin pie (filling and crust, or just filling) Vegetable oil, for cooking Maple syrup, butter and powdered sugar, for serving In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon and ginger. In a blender, combine buttermilk, egg yolks, vanilla and leftover pie, and pulse until well combined. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form and fold them into the mixture until just combined. (Gently stir in a bit more buttermilk if the mixture seems too thick.) Heat skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and add a small amount of canola oil, wiping it over the surface with a brush or paper towel. When hot, add batter in ¼-cup ladlefuls. Cook until bubbling and golden brown on the bottom, 1-2 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until done, 1-2 minutes more. Serve with syrup, butter and powdered sugar.

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L E F TO V E R FAV O R I T E S FROM THE TULSAPEOPLE STAFF We make potato cakes (similar to a pancake) with leftover mashed potatoes the day after Thanksgiving and eat them for breakfast. Very tasty! — Rachel Webb, administrative assistant



Hot turkey sandwiches are always delicious: We cut leftover turkey into small bites, drop into leftover gravy and heat. Spoon over toasted buns with salt and pepper to taste. — Juley Roffers, Langdon Publishing Whenever I have leftover mashed potatoes, I make potato patties for breakfast. Leftover cornbread dressing is good on a sandwich with hot sauce (preferably Louisiana Hot sauce). — Gene White, receptionist It doesn’t get much easier than potato puffs: Add some eggs, flour, baking powder, cheese and green onions into leftover mashed potatoes. Form into balls and drop into hot oil. Remove when golden brown and let cool. — Morgan Phillips, city editor Nothing too unusual, but we always make turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce. — Andrea Canada, advertising representative Visit to see Judy’s recipes for Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Sweet Potato Biscuits.

Use leftover cranberries for cranberry scones or muffins (see Judy’s recipe online at — Michelle Pollard, photographer We make “Turkey Terrific” — leftover turkey, bacon, sliced tomato, pineapple ring (optional, but really good), a sprinkle of black pepper, Cheese Whiz (I like Swiss), and Thousand Island dressing on rye or sourdough bread. Microwave it just long enough to melt the cheese. Makes a great big tasty, messy sandwich. — Steve Hopkins, advertising representative I’ve made leftover soup out of a wild rice casserole I make. It’s one of those clear-outthe-pantry-and-fridge soups. — Anne Brockman, managing editor 40

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SERVES 4 Sipping spicy soup is a great way to power through the busy holiday weekend. Stir in extra white or wild rice if you have it lurking in the fridge from the big feast. Once cooled, this soup will keep for a few days in the refrigerator, or you can freeze it for a hot meal later in the winter. I also love to make the soup, thin it with extra vegetable stock and stir in sautéed shrimp and cooked rice noodles. 1 1 1 2

tablespoon olive oil medium onion, diced or thinly sliced tablespoon red curry paste cups leftover mashed or roasted sweet potatoes (or even sweet potato casserole, marshmallows included)

1 can unsweetened coconut milk 2 cups vegetable stock Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Cilantro leaves and sliced red or green hot chili, for garnish In a medium saucepan or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sweet potatoes, coconut milk and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with cilantro and chili.

GREEN BEAN AND FARRO SALAD with feta and black olives

SERVES 46 This hearty grain salad takes inspiration from the Mediterranean but makes use of traditional green bean casserole. Stir in some shredded turkey or chicken to make this a main dish. 1 cup farro 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 8 ounces brown mushrooms, quartered 2 cups leftover green bean casserole ½ cup crumbled feta cheese ½ cup pitted Greek olives ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted ¼ cup thinly sliced celery ¼ cup grated carrot Balsamic vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water and farro to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until al dente, about 20 minutes. Drain if necessary and cool slightly. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add green bean casserole to the bowl along with feta, olives, walnuts, celery and carrot. Stir in cooled farro. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

STUFFING-STUFFED BAKED PEPPERS MAKES 4 Before writing this story, I polled the TulsaPeople staff for their favorite recipes. Videographer Greg Bollinger said, “How about using leftover stuffing and make baked stuffed peppers with cheese on top?” The idea sounded delicious, so here we are! 4 large red bell peppers Olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 cups leftover stuffing 1 cup leftover gravy ½ cup Greek yogurt, plus more for serving 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese, plus more for sprinkling ½ cup pitted and sliced Greek olives ¼ cup chopped parsley, plus more for serving ¼ cup sliced green onion

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get a baking dish large enough to hold the peppers upright. Spray the dish with non-stick cooking spray. Slice the top off of each pepper (save the tops to bake edible lids if desired), and discard any seeds and ribs from inside the pepper. Smear a bit of olive oil inside each pepper and season with salt and pepper. Place peppers in baking dish and set aside. In a bowl, combine stuffing, gravy, yogurt, feta, olives, parsley and onion. Spoon mixture into peppers. Sprinkle tops with extra cheese. Bake until heated through and tops are golden, 25-30 minutes. Serve garnished with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of parsley.


TURKEY TOSTADAS with cranberry-chipotle sauce

SERVES 12 Serve the filling as below, over toasted corn tortillas, or steam the tortillas and serve as soft tacos. ½

cup leftover cranberry sauce (plus more for serving) 2 tablespoons chopped chilies with sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo 2 corn tortillas Olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 can diced green chilies, drained 1 cup shredded roast turkey 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion Sour cream, for serving Heat broiler with rack 4-6 inches from heat. In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce and chipotles. Brush tortillas with olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Broil until just golden, 2-3 minutes per side. Set tortillas aside. In a bowl, combine green chilies, turkey, cheese and red onion. Scatter mixture over tortillas. Broil until golden and cheese has melted, 3-5 minutes. Serve, topped with cranberry sauce and sour cream.

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the ultimate THANKSGIVING SANDWICH This is by far the best reason to make too much food on Thanksgiving. Sure, turkey sandwiches at midnight on Thanksgiving are a given, but it is the dayafter sandwich, topped with a smidge from every Tupperware container in the fridge, that gets me through Black Friday. Thank you to Monica Gellar on TV’s “Friends” for this tip — soak a slice of white bread in warm gravy and stick it in the middle of your sandwich. She calls it a “moist maker.” I call it genius! 3 slices white sandwich bread Mayonnaise Leftover gravy, heated until warm Roast turkey breast, sliced Mashed potatoes Stuffing A few slices of cheese (I like either white cheddar or brie) Cranberry sauce Lettuce and sliced tomatoes (optional) Spread two slices of bread with mayonnaise. Dip remaining slice of bread into the warmed gravy and set aside while assembling the sandwich. Build the sandwich, starting with a slice of mayo-topped bread. Top with turkey, mashed potatoes and the gravy-soaked bread slice. Continue with stuffing, cheese and cranberry sauce. Stick lettuce and tomato in the layers if you like, but frankly, they aren’t needed. Top with the last piece of bread and serve.

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KIMCHI, SCALLION and POTATO PANCAKES I love soy sauce-drenched, pan-fried turnip cakes from the dim sum cart at authentic Shanghai restaurants. I also love spicy kimchi and velvety mashed potatoes. Put them all together and you end up with a terrific breakfast or brunch dish, especially when served with an over-easy egg or two. 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes 3 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup chopped green onions ½ cup chopped Korean kimchi ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil, for cooking Soy sauce and hot chili sauce (such as Sriracha) for serving In a bowl, combine mashed potatoes, eggs, onions, kimchi, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Using your hands, shape 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture into a patty; repeat, using all of the mixture. Sauté, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with soy sauce and hot chili sauce on the side.


LEFTOVER IDEAS F R O M S O M E O F O U R TA L E N T E D LOCAL CHEFS I make a dried cherry and turkey salad with turkey, celery, green onion, walnuts, cherries, mint and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. — James Shrader, Palace Café The recipe (as well as many other helpful Thanksgiving cooking tips) is available on Palace Café’s website: I have taken potatoes (gratin and mashed), thinned them with milk and served as soup. I also have thinned out the soup with stock made from the turkey carcass ... and I suppose you could add shredded turkey to that potato cauldron. I usually top the soup with bacon and cheese because everybody loves that. — Teri Fermo, chef/owner of Bohemia Moveable Feast Caterers I usually make mashed potato and stuffing croquettes. And a favorite post-Thanksgiving breakfast is leftover challah bread toasted with cream cheese and cranberry jelly. — Andrea Mohn, Antoinette Baking Co. Thanksgiving “Bubble and Squeak” is a favorite. I use leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, adding a sunny egg on top. You can make it in a cast iron skillet and put a raw egg on top, then throw it in a really hot oven to cook the egg and get a nice crisp cook on the bottom. — Ben Alexander, executive chef of The Tavern I’m not a fan of leftover turkey, but I love leftover ham. I chop it and put in small baggies to freeze for later, but not before putting it into a frittata, which is a great place to use up some of those leftover veggies. You can even dollop in some mashed potatoes. And why not serve it with sweet potato pancakes on the side? — Shannon Smith, cooking instructor My background is mostly in Japanese cooking, so for many years I’ve made turkey ramen after Thanksgiving. I pull all the meat off the bones of the bird, break up the bones with a cleaver and simmer them with onions, garlic and ginger for about four hours; season with soy sauce, sake and sesame paste. Boil some ramen noodles (it’s totally legit to use the dried ones from an instant pack). Noodles, meat and soup go in the bowl and it gets garnished with dried nori and sliced scallions. I honestly think it’s more satisfying and comforting than the whole meal the day before. — Matthew Owen, executive chef of The Canebrake 44

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CRANBERRY FOOL SERVES 46 Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get fooled. A fool, in this instance, is nothing more than sweetened whipped cream and tart cranberry sauce folded together into a gorgeous marbled dessert. 1 ½ cups heavy cream ½ cup powdered sugar 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce ½ cup crumbled gingersnaps or Amaretti biscuits

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), whisk the heavy cream and powdered sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the cranberry sauce, leaving ribbons of the sauce visible. Spoon into bowls and chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve, sprinkled with cookie crumbs. tþ Visit to see Judy’s recipes for Cranberry and Brie Tartlets and Orange-cranberry Sauce Scones.

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A     on Thanksgiving. Everyone is so busy with the pies and turkey and dressing, they don’t worry about nibbling before the biggest feast of the year. But take a little time to make a great app, and you will win — big time. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of time. Even if you’re doing potluck, it’s a feat to make sure everything is ready, and warm, at the same time. How many times have you been invited for a 2 o’clock lunch and actually eaten at 2 o’clock? Maybe it’s just my family, but a 2 o’clock invitation means we’re eating at 4 p.m. By then, the wine is flowing and the carrot sticks and cheese and crackers are running low. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year or you’ve been assigned to bring something to dinner, “There’s an app for that.” Here are some of my favorites. STUFFED MUSHROOMS WITH PANCETTA, SHALLOTS AND SAGE These little mushroom bites taste like Thanksgiving, with the mix of butter, sage, shallot and pancetta. I’ve been making this recipe, from Fine Cooking, for years. You can make them a day in advance. Just let them come to room temperature, and drizzle with olive oil before baking. 35-40 cremini mushrooms (about 1 ½ pounds) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ½ ounces pancetta, finely diced (¼ cup) 5 medium shallots, finely diced 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped Pinch dried red chili flakes Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ⅔ cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs (preferably from a day-old rustic French or Italian loaf )

¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim and discard the bottom of the mushroom stems. Remove the remaining mushroom stems and finely chop them, along with five of the largest mushroom caps. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat for 1 minute and add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When it has melted, add the pancetta and cook until it starts to render some of its fat, 1-2 minutes. Add the shallots, sage and chili flakes; cook gently until the shallots are tender, about 4 minutes (reduce the heat if the shallots begin to brown). Stir in the chopped mushroom stems and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is tender, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. When it has melted, transfer the mushroom mixture to a bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs and Parmigiano. Season

BLUE CHEESE AND PEAR TARTS 1 (2.1 ounce) package mini phyllo tart shells 1 tablespoon butter 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped 1 tablespoon honey 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream Fresh ground black pepper, to taste Pre-bake phyllo shells according to package directions. Set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauté pan, warm butter over medium heat. Cook chopped pear for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly tender. Mix together pear, honey, blue cheese and cream. Season to taste with pepper. Spoon mixture into cooled shells. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm. tþ Natalie Mikles is a writer who loves food, cooking and the people behind the stove. If she could only eat one food every day, it would be pie — hands down. She explores life with her husband and three children, who she is determined will become adventurous eaters.

A RECIPE FOR RESONANCE For years, people lined up — sometimes out the door — for French dip sandwiches, soup and chocolate cream pie at Impressions, the downtown mainstay that closed in 2011. Its closing left a hole for diners, but that is soon to be filled by Impressions’ owner Tom Butcher’s new venture. Butcher will manage the new Take 2: A Resonance Café. Take 2 will feature some of those favorite foods from Impressions. Even more impressive, it will employ women in the Resonance program, which assists women transitioning out of prison into a safe environment. Program participants will live in chaperoned housing above the restaurant as they build skills and confidence to secure long-term employment and a life outside prison. The café will open this winter at 309 S. Main St., in the former location of another downtown favorite, Grand Selections. Take 2 will serve lunch Monday-Friday, with future plans including a breakfast service.

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to taste with salt and pepper and let cool slightly. Butter a shallow baking dish large enough to hold the mushroom caps in one layer. Arrange the mushrooms in the dish and season the cavities with salt. Stuff each cavity with a rounded teaspoonful of the filling, or more as needed. The filling should form a tall mound. Drizzle the mushrooms with the olive oil, and bake until the mushrooms are tender and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve warm.

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Blessings by the glass The right wine can round out a traditional Thanksgiving menu. by RANDA WARREN, MS, CWE, AIWS, CSS*


A T,     efforts on food and sometimes overlook excellent wine selections. A major holiday is not the time to serve mediocre wines. Think strongly about “blushing” your way to success by starting your feast with a dry rosé. You can serve it adeptly as an appertif, with the salad or starter course, or easily with the whole meal. Dry rosé is versatile — it goes with everything except cloyingly sweet desserts. Because it is served chilled, it is refreshing and doesn’t overpower dishes such as turkey, seafood or ham. It goes with foods generally served with white wine or equally well with foods traditionally served with red. In choosing your white wine, I say play it safe with dry or off-dry Gewürztraminer. Gewurz has lovely floral and fruit aromas/flavors such as rose petals, lychee fruit, honeysuckle, tangerines and Bosc pear. The hint of spiciness in most Gerwurz adds a bump of complexity to the wine. If you want a red wine for your main course, you have lots of choices. Some of my favorites are Cru Beaujolais (not Nouveau) from a good producer (Thivin or Lapierre), Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah and their blends. Heavier red wines can easily overwhelm your food, so tread lightly. Count your blessings by the glass this turkey day and enjoy. tþ

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Gundlach Bundschu 2013 Gewürztraminer, Sonoma County, California — $19.99 A lovely, dry Gewurz that smells like a garden in the glass. The spicy character of the wine will work with the abundance of flavors in your Thanksgiving meal.

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Holiday Mart | Nov. 21. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Center, 815 S. Utica Ave. The annual shopping extravaganza features one-of-a-kind artwork created by Center members. Free admission. ..

Festive, frolicking fun Parades, lights, holiday markets, performing arts, home tours, even ice skating … you name it, it’s all here.

❇ Philbrook Festival | Nov. 21-Dec. 31. Regular museum hours. Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. The former Philbrook Festival of Trees has a new name and lasts longer. Holiday décor, gingerbread houses and live entertainment. See p. 94 for for more information. Free, Garden Glow opening night, 5-8 p.m., Nov. 21. Otherwise, festival is included with museum admission. .. ❇ Lights On | Nov. 26-Dec. 31. 6:30 p.m. Utica

Square, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue. An outdoor after-Thanksgiving dinner tradition with live music; the night ends with Santa switching on 700,000-plus shimmering white lights on 175 trees. Free admission. ..


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“A Christmas Story, The Musical!” | Nov. 10-15.

Celebrity Attractions

Various times. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Third St. “Double-dog-dare ya!” and “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” Admit it, you love the movie. Now it’s onstage, with music. Celebrity Attractions presents the never-ending, hilarious trek of young Ralphie Park to get his prized Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun from Santa. $20-$68. .., ..

❇ Santa House at Utica Square Garden Area | Nov. 27-Dec. 24. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-

Saturday; noon-6 p.m., Sunday. Kids can visit Santa before he makes his round-the-world Christmas Eve sleigh ride. $5 per picture. ..

❇ Rhema Holiday Lights | Nov. 25-Dec. 31.

Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow. Walk or drive through this dazzling and dizzying display of holiday lights. Free; donations accepted. ..

❇ Scuba Diving Santa Claus | Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-24. 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma

Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks. Watch Santa find out who’s naughty or nice among the fish in the 60,000-gallon saltwater tank. Snap a swimmingly unique picture with Santa — without getting wet. Free with admission. ..

Chandler Park Lights on the Hill | Nov. 27-Dec. 27, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays only. 6-9 p.m.

Lights On! | Nov. 19. 5-9 p.m. Jenks Main

Street. The ceremonial lighting of Main Street with local celebrities, the Jenks High School Trojanaires, food trucks and shopping. ..


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❇ GLOW on the Green | Nov. 29. 3-7 p.m. Guthrie Green, 111 E. M.B. Brady St. Holiday shopping from more than a dozen vendors, live entertainment, food, drinks, festivities and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday music series: Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26; Jan. 2, 9, 26, 23, 30; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. .. Ready, Set, GLOW | Nov. 29. After dusk. Var-

ious locations. Progressive lighting ceremony in multiple downtown districts. Plus, plenty of activities, food and live music. Free. ..

❇ Winterfest 2015 | Nov. 27- Jan. 17. Various

times. Outside the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. Tulsa’s only downtown, outdoor skating rink comes to life. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or listen to live music. Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 12. $10; special promotions on certain days. ..

Brown Bag It: Tulsa Festival Ringers | Dec. 2.

❇ Holiday Market | Nov. 6-8. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Exchange Center, Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Shop till you drop, with thousands of ideas from more than 100 vendors. Pictures with Santa. Preview party, Nov. 5. $6, admission; special events extra. ..

10th annual Leftover Turkey | Nov. 27. 7 p.m., doors; 8:30 p.m., show. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. All-ages concert featuring Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Cody Canada & The Departed. $18-$33. ..

Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St. Drive through thousands of bright lights and whimsical displays in celebration of Christmas. Free; donations accepted. ...

11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. John H. Williams Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Th ird St. Ring in the holidays at this handbell choir performance. Free. ..

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” | Dec. 3-6, 10-13. Various times. Henthorne Performing Arts Center, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Presented by Clark Theatre. A church Christmas pageant goes into panic mode when the Herdmans, the meanest kids in town, take over. $13, adults; $10, seniors and students. ..

Nutcracker Jazz | Dec. 4. 7:30 p.m. Lorton Performance Center, University of Tulsa, 550 S. Gary Place. Students of the TU theater/dance and music programs present “The Nutcracker” as you’ve never seen or heard it. $6-$20. .. “‘Twas the Last Mailing Day Before Christmas” | Dec. 4-13. Various times. Sapulpa Community Theatre, 124 S. Water St., Sapulpa. A group of procrastinators discover the true meaning of Christmas. $10, adults; $5, K-12 students. ..

❇ Christkindlmarkt | Dec. 4-6. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. German American Society of Tulsa, 1429 Terrace Drive. Step into an Old World Christmas in Bavaria, Germany, right in the heart of Tulsa! Free admission. ..

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” | Dec. 4-6, 11-13. Various times. Liddy Doenges Theater,

Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Third St. Kids and teens perform in Theater Tulsa Family’s musical presentation of the classic fairy tale, set during Christmastime. $16, students and seniors; $20, adults. ..

“Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular” | Dec. 4-13. 7:30 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday, Sun-

“A Christmas Carol” | Dec. 10-13, 15-20.

Various times. John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Th ird St. American Theatre Co.’s musical tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit. $13-$26. ..

A Christmas Cabaret | Dec. 11. 6:30 p.m.

day. Tulsa Spotlight Theatre, 1381 Riverside Drive. Spotlight Children’s Theatre presents the golden days of early radio with a local twist. $12, adults; $11, seniors; $10, children under 13. ..

Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati Ave. Dinner, cabaret-style musical entertainment, featuring secular and religious music. Benefits the Trinity Choir. $75, individual tickets; $400, tables of six. w..

Carols & Crumpets | Dec. 5. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tulsa

“The Nutcracker” | Dec. 11-13, 18-20. Various

Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. The place to go for holiday décor or for “green thumb” gifts. Sponsored by Tulsa Herb Society. Free admission. ..

All Lutheran “Messiah” | Dec. 5-6. 5 and 7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 1224 S. Utica Ave. Lutheran choirs from the metro area gather for the 95th performance of Handel’s classic oratorio in biblical costume with orchestral accompaniment. Free; donations accepted. .. “Home for the Holidays” | Dec. 5-6. 7:30 p.m.,

Saturday; 2:30 p.m., Sunday. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Th ird St. Tulsa Symphony presents its Holiday Pops concert. $15-$70. ..

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” | Dec. 5 and 10. 12:55 p.m., 7 p.m., respectively. Cin-

emark Tulsa and IMAX, 10802 E. 71st St. Presented onscreen by Lincoln Center at the Movies: New York City. Watch the New York City Ballet perform Balanchine’s version of the holiday classic. $15-$17. .., ..

Cascia Christmas Walk | Dec. 6. 11 a.m.-4

p.m. Cascia Hall Preparatory School, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. A tour of four homes decorated for the season by local florists and designers. Plus, a boutique and café at the school. $15 in advance; $20 day of. ..

Lessons and Carols | Dec. 6. 5 p.m. Trinity

Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati Ave. Presented by Holland Hall School. Free. ..

Lessons and Carols | Dec. 6. 7:30 p.m. Sharp

Chapel, University of Tulsa, 2940 E. Sixth St. TU Chaplain’s Office and Capella Chamber Singers present this annual service. Free. ..

CHRISTMAS PARADES ❇ “Christmas on the Farm,” Sand Springs Christmas Parade of Lights | Dec. 4. 7-9 p.m. Downtown Sand Springs. ..

❇ Broken Arrow Civitan Christmas Parade | Dec. 6. 10 a.m. Downtown Broken Arrow’s Rose District. ..

❇ “An Old Fashioned Family Christmas” Tulsa Christmas Parade | Dec. 12. 6 p.m.

Downtown Tulsa. ..

times. Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Th ird St. Tulsa Ballet’s own art deco version of the classic, set to music by Tchaikovsky and accompanied by Tulsa Symphony. $25-$100. ..

“Home for the Holidays,” with The Ten Tenors | Dec. 15. 7:30 p.m. Broken Arrow Performing

Arts Center, 701 S. Main St. Australia’s “rock stars of the opera” share their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. $25-$65. ..


Tulsa Boy Singers | Dec. 17. 7:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati Ave. A holiday tradition featuring vocal talents of local youth. $10, at the door; free, students. .., ..


Signature Pops: Christmas in Tulsa | Dec. 18-19.

Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road. .. Boare’s Heade Feaste | Nov. 21. 7-10 p.m. $39.95, per person.

7:30 p.m. TCC Van Trease Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St. Tulsa might not always have a white Christmas, but these classical arrangements performed by the Signature Symphony are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. $30-$55. ..

Second annual “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Reunion Show | Dec. 19. 7 p.m. Henthorne

Performing Arts Center, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Former cast members re-enact their roles. $13, adults; $10, seniors and students. ..

Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee | Dec. 20. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Cain’s

Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. All-ages concert featuring Robert Earl Keen and Nashville sweethearts Doyle and Debbie. $23-$38. ..

20th annual Natalie Warren Presentation of “Messiah” | Dec. 20. 5 p.m. Boston Avenue

United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave. The Chancel Choir and soloists perform the iconic repertoire. Free admission. .. tþ

Garden of Lights | Nov. 26-Jan. 1. 5:30-10

p.m., weeknights; 5:30-11 p.m., weekends. Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Drive. Free, donations accepted. ..

Castle Christmas | Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

6-10 p.m. Free admission.

BARTLESVILLE Wonderland of Lights | Nov. 27-Dec. 20, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. 5-9 p.m. Woolaroc, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road. $4, adults, $1, kids 11 and younger. ..

Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd. . . Handel’s Messiah | Dec. 6. 2 p.m. Presented by Bartlesville Choral Society. $17, adult; $7, student.

The Nutcracker | Dec. 19-20. 7:30 p.m.,

Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Presented by Bartlesville Civic Ballet. $22, adult; $15, senior; $12, student.


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F ,     starts with Halloween and continues through Epiphany — or until I take down my Christmas tree, which was up year-round a few yuletides back. But it was sooo pretty. Anyway, I embrace the holidays with a bear hug. Always have. But I used to be a slave to tradition more than I am now, and it often led to disappointment. After all, those gilt memories from childhood of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and studying the Sears Wish Book are hard to compete with, especially as they are populated with people who have either moved to other states with their own families or moved on from this life entirely. It took awhile, perhaps until as recently as last year, to stop comparing the emotional fulfillment of the here and now with experiences past. Not to channel “Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul” or whatever the latest incarnation is titled, but it truly pays to be present in and appreciate the moment you’re living in right this second. That’s especially true for the sappy-prone, carol-singing, “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer”-watching freaks like me — or, more importantly, those who have a different kind of holiday ahead of themselves because folks they love won’t be around this year.


The key to coping and, ideally, having a grand ol’ time upon doing so is to try something new — preferably, something you might actually want to do. For example, my Thanksgiving, which again will be spent away from my family, will not, however, be spent at Black Friday sales. I’d probably be more for standing in line in the cold with a bunch of strangers if there was a dessert table on wheels beside me, complete with pecan pie and eggnog doused liberally with amaretto. Now, that is a tradition I could get behind in a heartbeat. Fond as I am of movie marathons, maybe I’ll watch all of the Harry Potter films this Thanksgiving — or at least my favorite ones from the franchise (the first, third and final three films). If I were really creative (i.e., not as lazy as I’ve already committed to being), I’d throw together a Hogwarts-themed Thanksgiving complete with … Lord, I don’t know. Magical turkey? Harry Potter foods escape me. Of course, if I attempt to cook anything on Thanksgiving, that alone would be magical. I like the idea of a game night on Thanksgiving that would go into the wee hours of Friday. That reminds me of the card games we’d play at Mamaw Wright’s house or Clue and Monopoly at Mamaw Walters’. Personally, I’m partial

to old standbys like Trivial Pursuit (probably because the game pieces resemble pie) and Taboo (because I can eat pie when it’s the other team’s turn). It might be a good idea to make a running event or holiday hike a new tradition, considering my obvious affinity for pie. Oh my Lord, the Pie Run! Is that a thing? If not, it needs to be. Every half mile, you have a tiny slice of pie. I’m hoping this would just be a 5K. Still, I can imagine that dozens of people would be interested in this, especially if walking was an option. Whatever activity I decide upon — sorry, brace yourself for “Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul: Part Deux” — it’s going to be spent in a spirit of gratitude that I can celebrate however I wish. Moreover, I have oodles for which to be thankful — and those memories, both old ones and new ones I’ll make, are at the top of my list. tþ

A Mississippi native, Jason Ashley Wright has called Tulsa home since 1998. He spends his free time f inishing a novel, contemplating his next meal and hanging with his Maine Coon, Ali Tabouli.



The Narcissus statue in the Woodward Park Conservatory greenhouse.

Paperwhite Narcissus are the easiest bulbs to force indoors for fragrant winter flowers.


You can find Paperwhite Narcissus at most nurseries and garden centers in early autumn when spring flowering bulbs arrive. However, they always seem to sell out long before the other bulbs. A good mail order source is Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester, Virginia; 877-661-2852; I have grown their Ariel cultivar. A yellow cultivar offered is Grand Soleil d’ Or.

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The Paperwhite Narcissus garners attention indoors during the winter months.


Story and photos by RUSSELL STUDEBAKER

O  ’   P Narcissus  recounting the tragic story of its namesake.  In this Greek myth, a handsome youth became so obsessed with his own reflection in a pool that he could not leave, and thus, he perished. In the story, a flowering Narcissus plant sprang from where he died.  A statue of Narcissus can be viewed in the Woodward Park Conservatory’s greenhouse in a pool gazing at his reflection. From Narcissus, we have the words narcissism and narcissistic — obsession with self-love or excessive interest in one’s own appearance, comfort, abilities, etc. The flower has been seen as the symbol of unrequited love and vanity in the West. Narcissus have bulbs and are native to the Mediterranean region. The Paperwhite Narcissus requires no pre-cooling for flowering, and forcing it to flower is simple. Purchase the bulbs in early autumn and plant them bulb-to-bulb in a shallow container without drainage holes. Use 3-4 inches of small gravel to anchor the bulb’s roots and plant the bulbs halfway into the media. Because the foliage and flower scapes can grow 12-16 inches, I like to plant mine in a 15-inch-tall-by-6-inch-wide clear round glass vase. This gives the stems and flowers support; otherwise, they tend to fall. After the bulbs are planted, add water to the bottom of the bulbs, then place the container in a cool, dark area for one to two weeks. 


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Examine them for their root growth, which is easier in a clear glass container. When there is root growth, they can be brought out to a bright, sunny window or room to continue their growth and flowering. These bulbs will not need any additional fertilizer — only water and light. Add water to the container as they grow, and bring the water level only up to the bottom of the bulbs. These Paperwhites will flower four to six weeks after planting and will continue to flower for three to four weeks. If you plant several containers some weeks apart, you can extend the flowering period. Paperwhite’s flowers typically are single, white and in clusters. However, yellow cultivars also are available. All will fill a room with delicious fragrance for many weeks.  After flowering, discard the bulbs because they do not rebloom in our hardiness zone. It is easy to become infatuated with Paperwhites just as the Greek youth Narcissus became mortally entranced with his own reflection. tþ

Russell Studebaker is a professional horticulturist, book author and garden writer in Tulsa and can be reached at russell.studebaker@



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A    ,  likelihood of needing a hotel room — for you or that loveable relative — increases. The Ambassador Hotel Group, whose roots remain deep in Tulsa, recently joined the Marriott family as a part of its Autograph Collection, a luxury line of distinct hotels. If you’re headed out of town to nearby destinations, these options offer traveler perks and opulent accommodations.



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Wichita Known historically as a cow town, Wichita transforms each winter into a glowing celebration at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens’ “Illuminations.” Seventeen acres are adorned with lights, which are set to music, igniting the holiday season. Like many city centers, Wichita’s downtown is experiencing revitalization. Stay in the heart of the action at the Ambassador Hotel Wichita. The 117-room hotel’s Rock Star Suite is 1,596 square feet of indulgence. Watch your favorite rock stars at the nearby Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, Orpheum Theatre or Intrust Bank Arena. 104 S. Broadway St., Wichita, Kansas; 316-239-7100

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Oklahoma City Our state capital is an easy destination for holiday fun. Located in the historic Olser Building, the 53-room Ambassador is a great homebase for your weekend in Oklahoma City. Catch an OKC Thunder game, watch Stevie Wonder on Nov. 3 or visit the nearby Oklahoma City National Memorial. Don’t miss the Paseo Arts Distict on Nov. 6 for the community’s first Friday Gallery Walk. At the Civic Center Music Hall on Nov. 24, get in the spirit with “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” which The New York Daily News calls a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” 1200 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City, 405-600-6200 Photos courtesy Ambassador Hotel Collection

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Q: I always put on 10-15 pounds from attending parties during the holiday season. What tips do you have to keep the weight off this year? A: It’s so easy to put on those extra, unwanted pounds during the holiday season. To combat the urge to overindulge, I recommend increasing your number of healthy snacks throughout the day to fight cravings and stop you from overeating. Try adding in 2-3 apples every day this winter. Also, drink more water: Make it a goal to drink 3-4 quarts (32 ounces each) of water every day. As for those holiday parties, 30 minutes before you leave, eat an apple topped with peanut butter and drink a 32-ounce glass of water, then go enjoy the party.

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A: Probably. If the account is not held in a trust, you could set up the account as a transfer-on-death (TOD) account. You can name your beneficiaries, and confirm that you and your spouse have rights of survivorship. When you and your spouse are both deceased, the beneficiaries will receive the account in equal shares, unless you have specified otherwise. During you and your spouse’s lifetimes, the beneficiaries have no ownership in the account. Transferring assets by a will (or trust) should be considered first since a formal estate document addresses other contingencies and provides more flexibility.

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L    . W ’ for holiday meal planning, gifts or a naughty or nice inventory, each one demonstrates just how crammed the holiday season can be. Here’s one list you should really consider: healthy holiday habits. When we become busier, “me time” is often neglected or forgotten. We asked four experts to share tips to manage stress, including exercise routines, healthy expectations and how to stay well while traveling.

Healthy eating and fitness Exercise routines and diet might be the first to go out the window when life gets busy. But both are key to ensuring you have the energy and stamina to complete your to-do list. MAINTAIN AN EXERCISE ROUTINE. Stick with a plan you’ve already developed, advises Natalie Sanders, an outpatient dietitian at St. John Health System. Exercise early in the morning so it’s out of the way. Incorporate exercise into your family activities, such as a walk, football game or even crafts. As days become busier, individuals can add a lot on themselves with extra errands, shopping and get-togethers, which can become overwhelming, says Katie Gill Miller, YWCA Tulsa health and wellness director. “You kind of cut out the things you feel are extra for yourself,” Gill Miller says. She suggests taking time to run, do yoga or walk, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. “Fifteen minutes really does add up,” she says. “Give yourself a pat on the back for the activity you can do instead of punishing yourself for the activity you can’t do.”


Four experts give their tips for a healthy, productive and stress-free holiday season. by RACHEL WEAVER SMITH

EAT PROPERLY. First, don’t leave the house hungry. Eat a snack and drink water before you go out. Gill Miller recommends taking a water bottle with you and a healthy snack like almonds or applesauce pouches. During holiday parties, eat from smaller plates to help with portion control. “If you’re at a party, get a little cocktail plate” and don’t return for seconds, Sanders says. She suggests doing the same at holiday meals and ensuring half your plate contains fruits and vegetables. Add-on foods, like rolls, are small items that can quickly add more calories to your meal. When cooking the big holiday dinner, many tend to skip meals and taste the dishes as they make them. “I hear a lot of women say they’re up at 4 in the morning cooking the turkey, and they don’t eat anything until a huge lunch or dinner meal,” Sanders says. “We don’t want to be skipping meals at all. That tends to make us overeat when we actually do sit down to eat.”


How to deal with loneliness and family squabbles If you’re feeling lonely during the holidays, Lindsay Patterson of Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital recommends giving yourself permission to feel sad and then letting it go. And, if you cannot be with family and friends on the actual holiday, choose another date to celebrate. “They could have a wonderful feast and celebration on another day,” she says. “Sometimes people will gather with friends who are ‘holiday orphans’ and have a potluck.” Recognize what helps you deal with loneliness or potential family squabbles. Sometimes speaking with a counselor prior to a holiday might help. “Mental health and physical health directly correlate and are equally important,” says YWCA Tulsa’s Katie Gill Miller. Family dynamics during the holidays can range from tense to explosive. To prepare for a gathering, acknowledge the good things in everyone. “I often tell people to predict Uncle Tom will bring up a political perspective counter to yours, Mom will criticize, etcetera,” Patterson says. “Play a game of ‘How long will it take for them to do it?’ When the zinger occurs, you might smile instead of be mad.”

Ultimately, she suggests taking the focus off of food. “The holidays shouldn’t be about what you can eat next or how much of this you can eat but about spending time with your family and putting focus on activities with the family.” MINIMIZE TEMPTATIONS. Temptations are unavoidable. You might crave a slice of pumpkin pie or Grandma’s banana bread. Sanders suggests focusing on the food item you love the most so you get the best bang for your buck. “What’s that one thing that you’re dying to have and you waited all year long for?” Sanders asks. “That’s the thing you have. Discard all of the other little sweets and extras you don’t care too much about and really focus on that one thing. Don’t eat the whole apple pie. Have a slice, but don’t feel guilty about it if you’re limiting all the others.”

heads, but that is not reality,” says Lindsay Patterson, a clinical psychologist with Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital. “No one can do it all.” Set an intention and review it weekly. Ask yourself what your goal is for the holidays, and focus on that.

SET A BUDGET. Holidays can trap us into overspending. “Be realistic about your time and money,” Patterson says. “That is often easier to do if you plot it all out on a calendar.” Your ideas often are more realistic if written out on paper.

DELEGATE. Ask guests and family to share in the cooking, setting the table or cleaning up.

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TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. “Do a lot of selfcare and learn to say no, so whenever you do burn the banana bread, it’s not really as traumatic as it seems,” Gill Miller says.

Stress management

PRACTICE GRATITUDE. “I do gratitude exercises, and that helps me focus,” Gill Miller says. “It actually makes you happier because it’s thinking about what you have during the day instead of what you don’t have.” At the end of each day, she suggests thinking of three things that went well and three things for which you’re grateful.

HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. Recognize what’s important to you because putting high expectations on yourself can be unrealistic, Gill Miller suggests. “We all have the ideal holiday in our

PLAN AHEAD. Gill Miller also suggests scheduling time for yourself on your calendar and following through with those plans. That time could be exercise or simply 10 minutes for meditation and breathing exercises.


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FEND OFF GERMS. If you’re traveling, you want to stay well so you can enjoy the special holiday moments. Chances are you’ll be exposed to more germs from different people. So, this is when hand washing and proper hygiene become even more important. “It’s my opinion that everyone should have some hand sanitizer in their car or their purse,” says Scott J. Fowler, D.O., with Utica Park Clinic Urgent Care. “Even just walking through an airport and sitting down in your seat, you’re going to come in contact with so many germs that your body is not used to having to handle.” Most hand sanitizers are shown to be as effective as hand washing, he says. But if your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water. HYDRATE. When traveling, and particularly when flying, people forget to drink enough water.

“If you’re on a seven- to eight-hour flight trying to make a connection in an airport terminal — a lot of times people rush and are in a hurry and tend to skip that step,” Fowler says. Or, they might drink beverages they don’t normally consume, like caffeinated drinks, to stay awake for their travel. Alcoholic drinks dehydrate, too. They also can be high in calories and dull your senses so you end up eating a little more than normal. Limit those calories by focusing on something you don’t necessarily consume as quickly or as easily. “Staying away from alcohol in general would be a great way to shave some calories off the holidays,” Sanders says. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Traveling tends to mess with sleeping habits, but it’s important to try to get the same amount of sleep that you would at home. Fowler recommends bringing your own pillow when you travel as it will help you rest better and save you from some unwanted germs. Keeping similar sleep and rise times reduces the release of stress hormones, Sanders says. If you’re one of those people who can’t fall asleep easily, avoid distractions such as lights or television, she adds. TAKE TRAVEL BREAKS. Whether you’re traveling by airplane or car, get up and move periodically. Typically Fowler recommends people get out of the car to walk and stretch their legs every 90 minutes to two hours, and a little more frequently if traveling on an airplane. AVOID SHARING FOOD. At family get-togethers, it’s easy to share sips and bites, especially for children. But doing so exposes one to potential illness. “The human mouth is just a dirty place,” Fowler says. “The last thing you need to do is spread that to other people.” tþ



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You can find beautiful housing, fabulous food, and plenty of activities in various assisted living locations, but the question remains: how will my loved one be treated? Shortly after my father moved into Saint Simeon’s, Patrice, a staff member, grabbed my arm and told me, “I just love that man! I’d love to take him home with me!” Knowing he’s cared for by people who appreciate him means everything to me.


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Perched atop a hill, this custom home was a dream for these empty-nesters. The open concept home has 4,500 square feet of interior space, plus 1,800 square feet in outdoor entertaining space, perfect for family gatherings and country relaxation.

Hilltop contemporary A Tulsa couple builds their dream home on an idyllic property. story by JANE ZEMEL


T ,--   would be striking anywhere. And any house on that property would be remarkable. But that house on that hill. Well, that’s just genius. “The positioning of the house was wellstudied,” says builder and designer Bill Powers of Powers Design and Build. “Everything spins off of that.” Unfortunately, construction presented a series of challenges. City utilities were in place, but Powers had to build a road to the site, clear a forest, build trenches and grade a hilltop. His crews excavated rock in an area 125 feet by 125 feet for the home’s foundation and pool. No wonder prepping the site took three months. Powers likes to coin a term for the homes he creates. This one — with its lodge look, courtyard design and open concept — became the Hill Country Contemporary. That title worked for the owners, who are empty nesters.


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“I grew up in the hill country of Texas,” the wife says. “I wanted to feel like I was at summer camp all the time.” The couple wanted enough land to accommodate horses. They originally purchased 10 acres and eventually added the surrounding 60 acres. Plenty of room for five horses, “plus three dogs and a couple of barn cats,” the homeowner jokes. The $1.2 million project took 14 months to complete, not counting the six months of planning and tweaking almost every detail. The finished house reflects the couple’s vision and showcases an incredible view of the countryside. “This is a great place to be snowed in,” the homeowner says. “When there’s a storm coming, we invite people over.” “Sunrise, Sunset” could have been the inspiration for positioning the house on the property. The owners can enjoy coffee on the front porch while watching the sun come up; and a glass of wine on the back patio to see it go down.

A long gravel road leads visitors to the property, where they’re greeted by Rusty, a grazing horse made of weathered metal. At the circle driveway, guests get their first view of the vista. “On a good day, they can see Okmulgee to the south and Tulsa to the east,” Powers says. The beamed front porch offers plenty of seating: rockers or a porch swing. The house is big, but not too big. Modern, but not too modern. Fashionable, yet functional. The official tour starts at the open kitchen, which was designed for him — the main cook. A huge island houses the Wolf cooktop and seating. A Sub-Zero freezer and refrigerator bookend the wall of dark cherry cabinets. Gray-washed trim and stone balance the light and dark effects. Stained concrete floors throughout the main living area give it a rich, rustic feeling. Off the kitchen, the utility room doubles as a gallery for the wife’s framed needlepoint. Paint-

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The kitchen has a lodge look yet maintains the home’s contemporary feel. An exercise room/man cave (below right) was included in the home’s guest wing.

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ings of the couple’s first two horses hang in the hallway. The guest wing features two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one that doubles as the pool bath) and a safe room. At the end of this wing sits the man cave/home office/workout room, accented with weights, exercise machines, the requisite big screen and a bird cage. No window coverings needed; only the deer and birds can see in. The master wing was designed for privacy. The hallway leading to it doubles as an art gallery, featuring florals and still life paintings by Eileen Bryce and other Oklahoma artists. The actual master bedroom is a peaceful retreat with minimal furniture and generous space. A modern soaking tub is the centerpiece of the master bath. The master closet is bigger than many bedrooms and looks more like a boutique than most retail shops. Custom cabinetry was designed to fit the couple’s wardrobes, including his collection of custom cowboy boots and hers of shoes, in general. Every door and drawer serves a purpose. Upper cabinets hide suitcases and offseason wardrobes. A tall island adds even more storage. Two “Hold Your Horses” posters provide pops of color and humor. Back in the main living area, large open rooms give the home a lodge feel. An abundance of glass and natural light adds to the contemporary vibe. And, thanks to southern-facing dormers, the owners rarely have to turn on a light. The living, dining and kitchen area measures 24 by 56 feet — “an open concept in the purest sense,” Powers says. A den area takes the place of a formal living room “because there’s no formal living here,” the homeowner says. A fireplace separates the den and game room, located one step down. “Everything is appropriate to the home,” the builder says. “It’s a place where you can live and be on vacation.” Outside, 1,800 square feet of living (and playing) space is perfect for grilling, eating and seating. A fireplace and big TV increase the entertainment options. The sports activity pool is one depth, making it the ideal venue for volleyball and basketball competitions for the couple’s three sons. “When everybody’s in the pool, splashing around, it feels like living in an aquarium,” the owner says.

A row of chaise lounges on the patio offers an even greater payoff. “When there’s a clear sky, you can lie by the pool, look up and see a million stars,” she adds. She loves taking guests on a tour of the property in her off-road vehicle. The reward at the end is a dinner, prepared by her husband/chef and served outside. Another bonus: Neighbors allow the family to use 1,700 undeveloped acres to ride four-wheelers and host trail rides. The owner recently hosted her “horse friends” for a morning ride, followed by an outdoor brunch, courtesy of her husband. Richard Neel is the decorator and lighting expert. “From the road, all the lights make the house look like a cruise ship floating in blackness,” he says. Few changes have been made since construction three years ago. The raised gardens may make way for a pickle ball court. A guesthouse could be the next project. For Powers, building a home is more than just putting up drywall and trim. “We understand the owners’ focus,” he says. “We create a good spirit in the house.” For the owner, the best part of living in the dream house is, “the feel. The relaxing nature. I get here and take a deep breath,” she says. “It lives well.” tþ

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912 W. Indianapolis St. - 1st tee at Battle Creek Golf Course. Updated kitchen with granite and stainless. New master shower, huge walk in. Heated and cooled 3 car garage. $260,000

1333 E. 41st Place - Gorgeous Urban Town Home in the Heart of Brookside! Bedrooms w/ Private Baths. Hardwoods, Granite, Vaulted Ceilings, Green Area off Patio. Balcony Views. $314,000

Vintage on Grand Lake, 4 BR, 4 BA home with great lake views. Completely furnished, move in ready including linens & dishes, 36x14 boat slip, space for 1 seadoo, over the top appliances, awesome outdoor living space! $479,000

10921 S. 77 E. Ave. - Raven’s Crossing. Like-new and gentlylived-in. Open floor plan w/vaulted ceilings/wood beams/ crown molding, 5/3/1/3 car garage. $419,000

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1436 E. 35 th P laCE - Fabulous newer construction in Brookside. Massive center island in the beautiful stainless & granite kitchen. Box car wood ceiling in dining area. Reclaimed beams from 1800’s in vaulted family room. Vaulted master and study. Extensive landscaping w/rocks & boulders. Misting system in back. $619,000

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11318 S. 109th E. Aveenue Custom one level home. Room for your RV. Open Kitchen plan to Family room featuring fireplace and wall of windows looking out to a covered patio. Master has its own wing. Office and Formal dining have large widows with view of front yard. 2 bedrooms on other end of home Share a bath. Walking closets. Vaulted ceilings. Over sized 3 car garage. $410,000

14556 S. Courtney Lane Cottages at Taylors Pond in Glenpool. The layout of home & neighborhood has been carefully planned w/modern family living in mind. Neighborhood pool. Open Kitchen to family room w/fireplace. Formal dining & eating nook in kitchen. Granite counters, stainless appliances. Built in 2008 maintained like new. Master bath has separate shower, tub & double sinks. $203,000

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14458 S. Vandalia Wonderful gated in The Auberge in Bixby, Across from White Hawk Golf course. 2 bdrm home with office with fireplace could be 3rd bedroom. Large picture windows looking out to landscaped backyard and extra large patio, Kitchen has large center island, extra serving bar all in granite. Master bath has 2 person Jacuzzi tub. $208,000

7907 S. Braden This gorgeous estate in gated Holland Lakes features 3 levels of living, Master on main level, 3 bedrooms up, Game rooms on 2nd & 3rd levels. Family room has fireplace and cabinets. Kitchen with granite slab, 2 Viking refrigerators, 8 burner Viking stove, commercial vent hood, Huge island with sink, Tornado shelter, Formal dining, office, craft room. Perfect for entertaining! $860,000

4508 S. Hawthorne - Beautiful lot in Gated Woodlands at Cedar Ridge. Bixby Schools, One 3 homes backing to pond. 111th and Garnett area. $127,500

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10625 S. Garnett rd. Gracious Georgian manor home on 5 acres. A winding drive and a pool with a fountain greet you through the gate. There are over 6000 sq. ft. of pure luxury in this home. Gorgeous woodwork, and deep crown moldings. Marble entry. Large 2651 center S. St. island LouiS kitchen. - Orginial home views in John Book’s granite Fabulous andWalton balconies. Salt-is exceptional in design. The water pool.marble $1,350,000 circullar staircase greats you as you enter with an imprssive 3 story entry with

orginial fixtures. Extensive use of wood and moldings throughout will be a feast for the eyes. The kitchen has been updated with large prep island. 4 bedrooms located on the 2nd floor. Master retains the orgianl tile bath. Basement clubroom with laundry and storage. Guest apartment is updated located over the 3 car garage. Pool. $1,150,000

2165 e. 26th Place Backs to Crow Creek and is located on over an acre of land. The backyard is an entertainer’s dream with outdoor kitchen, putting green, pool and bridge over Crow Creek. The house has been updated with new kitchen 6010 E. 117th St. Several Beautiful and baths. formalnew and listing in the prestigious South Tulsa neighborhood of River Oaks. This English Estate informalpossible living areas provide living easy. Open kitchen has every amenity to make 6519 S. Two Gary ave. - Located on a culdesac behind you with options. masters, and familyroom hasSouthernHills. granite and appliances. Thestainless hosue drive upThe withmasgreat onesitting located on the with 1st floor and is a beautiful ter suite offers area fireplace to cozy up on winter landscaping, extra parking and a rear entry garage. The one on the 2nd floor plus an nights, the spa bathhouse has afeatures salted2 bedrooms soakingon tub. additional bedthe3first floor each having additioal bedrooms. Call for media rooms. Billards room3 has full kitchen, room and more. access to $2,995,000 a bath. Spacious kitchen with granite and tile Call for moremore information. details. flooring. Upsatirs has 2 bedrooms, bath, plus game room and exercise room. Ultimate outdoor kitchen with all the stainless applainces you need. Pool. $510,000

3458 S. delaware avenue It’s all in the Details! And this house has them. Over 1,000 sq. ft. of new construction has made this home open and contemporary. The ceilings have all been raised in the living areas and new 8ft patio doors added to new outdoor covered patio with fireplace. New Master suite stunning bath e. 75th St. - Custom built home with quality 7777 S. JameStown ave. - Amazing custom built Jack Arnold 3266 60 woodward BLvd. - Boston Cir. Square Condos withhas close accessbackyard. 6623 S. Evanston This could be your This well 2404 E. 28th St. Wide front porch with rocking chairs makes plus an additional two bedrooms craftsmanship. Beautiful frontfeel doorwelcome open to officein home built for thestyle currenthome. owners. Attention to details are in to Riverparks and new Gathering Place. First floor features appointed home with gorgeous wood, hardware and marble is glassyou this colonial Large open rooms each having private baths. Therich paneling, built-ins with & fireplace. Formal living everymake room ofthe the house. Hardwood beamed ceilings, combo living/dining area having fireplace wetbar. The with situated on 2.8 acres. The ahouse isand close to 8000 sq. ft. beautifully a lots of windows house great floors, for lots of living. and dining rooms. Large center island kitchen with on beautiful cabinetryMaster and lots ofsuite natural plus light make this house kitchen has solidand wood cabinetry andtreed Corian countertops. kitchen features a 9 6ft bedrooms, island, landscaped has a large lot. The kitchen Hardwood floors 1st floor. additional high-end opens tobedroom family room. Master one of a kind.up. 6 bedrooms each having walk-inhas closetscenter and full Upstairs featuesliving master suite with double closets, largerange bath LaCornue dual fuel plus a 7appliances and formal areas are on one-level. There are full baths and suite 3 bedrooms Spacious kitchen located thekitchen first floor. Upstairs features roomdishwashers. baths. 2 located 3onliving first floor. Lower level has high ceilings, and private Second bedroom study,forgameroom full bath andcooking backplus kitchen additional and one balcony. ½ bath. Large lower level with on full island andgame double areas. $898,000 laundry. Calloverlooks for more details and bath a beautiful $1,500,000 space. Callpool. for more details. plus two additional bedrooms. Wonderful outdoor media room, game room, kitchenette plus work out room. entertaining space has stone fireplace. $599,900 All outside surfaces are covered in Pennsylvia bluestone tile. Inground pool. Call for more details.

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3126 E. 87th PL Gated Wellington 4942 E. 103rd St. Custom Built in Wexford 10520 S. 91st E. Ave. Magnificent home in South has view of the pond. Recently by Murphy has been nicely updated. Formal Legacy Park II built by Bill Haynes Homes. The 6423 S. indianapoLiS ave. attention Modern twist with a great floorplan 11413floorplan e. 132nd pLis. Custom with attention to 59th pLKitchen . Gated Garden Parkbacksplash, with hardwoodopen remodeled with grabbing living2117 and e.dining. has tile great built for home entertaining with make this in house one ofroom. a kind. Gated courtyard with2koi granite pond floorscounters detail inroom every room. Located on overfireplace. an acre of land. Master and lots of natural Combo formal living andgreat details every 5 bedrooms, and light. stainless appliances. having stone Granite Pl. unit 15down. Upstairs features game S. Gary bedrooms 7245 S.formal GaryRedone aliving venueand unitdining 22 dining. Kitchen opens to double front1st doors. Floating plus 7306 2 additional double windows overlooking front located on the floor. Study. Familyroom withhasbuilt-ins and fireplace. 3 of kitchen has area stainless appliances and cherry Beautiful views the common with lushand trees and landscpaing. Private oais with two sepearte patio areas each having beautiful views. is over a lower with level family stone fireplace. room, 2 other bedrooms office. Open kitchen with patio. on Kitchen appliances. bedrooms. 2bedbaths.cabinets. gameroom wet room bar. having Beautifully bedroms 1st Aid floor with 2 2additional Office. 3 bedrooms on the first The home is contemporary in design with large windows and open plan floor. The house is impecable with open granite kitchen. Two bedrooms on Spacious eat-in kitchen with pantry. Bedroom wing features Alderwood cabinetry and Expansion granite counters. Saferoom. 4 car used has a studio. landscaped. $760,000 roomsBonus up room + gameroom and $175,000 sittingliving. area.Office New Plantation Shutters. space upstairs on firstgarage. floor has built-ins. Master down having large closet. the firstMaster floor with baths. Upstairs feautres suite having private study. suite private plus 4 additional bedrooms anda guest Must See! Roof. $475,000 with plans. Call for more details. $334,500 bathroom and walk-in closet. $577,000 pullmanbedroom, baths. Large lot. $419,000

Upstairs features two bedrooms and a bath. Private entertaining areas. Call for more details.

Wonderful lot to build your dream home on in Woodlar. The property is 1.077 acres. $275,000


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Timber Ridge Lane, Sperry $149,500 Prime Hilltop Property affords spectacular, uninterrupted views of Skiatook Lake and Dam.

Nearby Cross Timbers Marina offers rentals & a restaurant just down the hill. Downtown Tulsa is just 20 minutes away. Gorgeous sunsets guaranteed! Call for access. Owner/Agent LOT

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4420 E. 14TH STREET - Perfect 4 bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms. Beautiful hardwoods, freshly painted. Open kitchen to dining, bonus living area that enters to back deck. Large backyard. $164,900 1709 W. PLYMOUTH STREET - Gated home in Magnolia Gardens that backs to the 17th hole of Battle Creek. Gorgeous home with master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms on the first floor, office, formal dining, game room or 4th bedroom upstairs with private bath, 2 car garage. Back patio faces golf course with fire pit and outdoor kitchen area. Not one detail missed on this home! $299,000

541 S. ALLEGHENY AVENUE - Located in midtown’s White City with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, 1 car garage. Beautiful wood floors and stained concrete. Fabulous outdoor patio with covered porch out back. Perfect for entertaining! Charming rock siding and fresh paint, new roof, & new gutters!

2260 E. 33RD STREET - Contemporary with concrete and wood floors, St Charles cabinets in kitchen, split level home with 4/3.5/2. Complete remodel, beautiful! Huge lot, mature trees, one of a kind! $459,000

Coming Soon! 4833 W. 88TH N. SPERRY, OK- Priced under $450,000 with 20 acres of horse property plus stocked pond! Minutes from Skiatook Lake & 20 minutes from Tulsa. Ranch style home with 3 horse stalls, 2 storm shelters, large storage areas and tack room, pole barn, pipe fence with electric gates!

DeeDee Jesiolowski Fulfilling dreams, one HOME at a time!


2503 S. Birmingham Avenue Stunning traditional brick home custom built in 1991 featuring four large bedrooms with private baths, two half baths, family room with fireplace, game room with wet bar, large formal dining room, separate his and her offices, sun room and spacious island kitchen. Beautifully landscaped corner lot with three-car sideentry garage. $655,000

4608 E. 109th Place An exceptional five bedroom home located in the exclusive gated neighborhood of Stonebriar Estates.  Built in 2005, this home features a spacious granite island kitchen, large family room, home office, formal dining room, first floor master and guest bedroom suites, upstairs game room,theater room plus bonus room over three-car garage.  Inground pool and spa. $630,000

6026 E. 140th Street No detail has been overlooked in this distinguished property. Located within the hilltop neighborhood of Eagle Rock this four bedroom home boasts a stately home library, two-story family room, elegant formal dining room, spectacular island kitchen, grand master suite, game room, theater room, home elevator, generator and so much more. $900,000


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Jennifer & Ed Richard 269-5948 269-6879

11725 S. 69th E. Avenue  A special home where memories are made. Swimming in your private backyard oasis. Evenings with family & friends in your fabulous kitchen with 2 dishwashers and your very own wine cooler. With 3 living areas, your formal living room could be a gorgeous office. The private master suite is located on the 1st floor. The additional bedrooms each have a spectacular bonus area that could be used as a gaming area, study area, your very own dress-up area or sing your heart out on your private stage for karaoke and add your own disco ball. The large game room is sure to entertain both young and young-at-heart. $549,900

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3636 S. Florence Place

Stunning multilevel home with great views of Tulsa. Great open living with kitchen island. Lots of natural light. Hardwoods, formal dining, office off living, split bedroom plan with master separate from other bedrooms. Park-like yard. Located in Colefax Hill. $365,000

Totally updated one level in Ranch Acres, formal living & dining. Beautiful entry, spacious living with fireplace & wet bar. Views of yard with pool from kitchen, living & master. Totally updated baths, very large lot & private. 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths. Must see! $465,000

Stately Maple Ridge home with classic entry, beautiful staircase with stunning hardwoods. 2 living down, formal dining & breakfast, screened in 2nd floor porch w/ hot tub. 3rd floor activity area, corner lot, large dry basement. Rentable quarters. 4 or 5 bed. New Price! $410,000

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7427 S. Granite Avenue NEW LISTING! Custom built one-owner home with stunning views of Tulsa. Wrap-around deck, large treed lot, stunning grand entry and three spacious bedrooms. Walkout basement has game room with full bath. Totally updated kitchen. Cul-de-sac lot. $330,000


Sharna Bovasso (918) 605-2995 | Dee Ann Beal (918) 688-5467 |


3031 E. 38th Place - Single level, 3901 sq ft, 4 bed, 3.5 bath home in desirable midtown Ranch Acres. Vaulted ceilings in the family and game room. Three living spaces and ideal open concept. Massive fireplace in the heart of the home. Beautiful wood floors in much of the home. Remodeled kitchen with S.S. appliances, gas and electric ovens, and 5 burner GE cooktop. Custom Sullivan cabinetry in kitchen and eat-in space. Formal living and dining combo. Master has private bath and spacious closets. Oversized laundry and mother-in-law suite. Gunite diving pool. Two car garage and additional parking spaces in back. $539,000

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7035 E. 118th Street Exquisite custom built Tuscan villa-style home on cul-de-sac. Amazing kitchen! Oversized master, office + 2nd bedroom down! Multiple living areas & media room. Granite, hand scraped hardwoods, custom tile & iron work throughout. Safe room! Lagoon pool & hot tub. 4+ car garage! New price! $900,000 W G! NETIN S LI

6126 E. 191st Street Full brick custom home on 10 acres with additional land available. Chef’s granite kitchen and new Miele fridge. 4 living areas and hardwoods. Master suite with sauna. Saltwater pool. Morton 2400 sq.ft.bldg. with stable and RV parking. New Decra $100,000 roof! $850,000



6652 E. 26th Court Nice 3 bedroom home on corner lot wIth great curb appeal. New paint inside and out. Updates in kitchen and baths. Large master with 2 closets and private half bath. Hardwood floors. Fridge stays! 2 car attached garage. Spacious backyard with full privacy fence. $110,000




1414 E. 19th Street Adorable Swan Lake cottage. Completely remodeled in 2015! Gorgeous granite, subway tile and 2 updated full baths! Refinished hardwoods and freshly painted. Master has a private bath. Bonus room c/b office, 3rd living or 4th bedroom. Walk to Cherry St. $265,000

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Immaculate one-owner, Mediterranean-style, stucco home in beautiful gated Signal Hill. Three living areas plus 5 bedrooms, 5 full and one half baths. Family room has fireplace and granite curved wet bar. Desireable open concept, hardwood floors and over 5,500 sq. ft. Granite island kitchen has eat-in area with wall of windows offering amazing views. Completely private backyard and two decks. Giant basement area ideal for children’s paradise. Media room.

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ight Light Tulsa asks one thing of its volunteers — to show up. For two years, the organization has provided an opportunity for citizens to help Tulsa’s homeless and working poor by providing hot meals, toiletries and clothing. Beyond physical needs, the group attempts to provide self-worth, kindness and love. Night Light Tulsa welcomes donations — financial and tangible. To volunteer: Meet under the bridge at 202 N. Maybelle Ave. for orientation at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Serving begins at 7 p.m.; clean-up is 9-9:30 p.m. Parking is available behind the bridge. Visit www.night

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11/20-21 Cyntergy Hurtland Cyclocross Athletes maneuvering sand pits, grass, muck, hurdles and other sketchy terrain. No, this isn’t a mud run — welcome to cyclocross. The fastpaced bicycling feat Cyntergy Hurtland — presented by Tulsa firm Cyntergy AEC — is Tulsa Tough’s first fall event. Participants, most of whom race road bikes, will undergo an adventurous cross-training experience at the Saturday races. It is not uncommon for participants to throw their bikes on their backs to lug them up a muddy hill and over manmade barricades. Gear up for the main event at the Disco Drome on Nov. 20 at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. The indoor race will feature energetic music and the Red Bull Mini Drome, an oval wooden track with high banks at the turns. Guests will include Red Bull cyclist Addison Zawada. Spectator tickets are $15-$22.50. Seven races will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, in Owen Park at the southeast corner of West Edison Street and North Quanah Avenue. Free for Saturday spectators; various fees to ride. A portion of registration fees will benefit Tulsa Children’s Museum. Visit www. 94

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11/20-22 Fall Home Expo Before the hectic holiday season begins, enjoy a weekend exploring the Fall Home Expo. Whether seeking a complete home remodel, an outdoor patio add-on, a garden upgrade or new home security features, you can find a scope of enhancements at Tulsa’s only fall home show. The expo features vendors for home materials, design and contractor services. “Dr. Lori,” star of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” will be onsite to provide free appraisals on antiques, art and collectibles. Another exhibit feature is the “Ultimate Man Cave Experience,” highlighting products from key exhibitors. Noon-8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Weekend passes: $6, age 13 and older; $5, age 60 and up, veterans and active military; free, 12 and under with paid adult. Located at the Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. Visit

11/21-12/31 Philbrook Festival Tradition awaits local families each holiday season at Philbrook Museum of Art. Formerly known as the Philbrook Festival of Trees, the Philbrook Festival begins with the free Garden Glow on Nov. 21, at which thousands of holiday lights illuminate the museum’s Italian garden. Hands-on art projects and photographs with Santa also will bring cheer to the evening. Sugar-trimmed gingerbread houses created by various organizations in Tulsa remain another tradition dear to many Tulsans. The festival also will sell local artists’ works in the museum’s gift shop. Nov. 21 events: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., photos with Santa (included with museum admission); 5-8 p.m., Garden Glow (free). After the Garden Glow celebration, visitors can return to view the outdoor illumination each Thursday evening, Dec. 3-31, until 8 p.m. Philbrook Museum of Art is located at 2727 S. Rockford Road. Visit tþ See our guide on p. 52 for more holiday events.

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4,000 Lives. Changed. By being given a chance at early detection and the peace of mind that comes with a healthy screening, Oklahoma Project Woman changed the lives of more than 4,000 Oklahomans last year.

Since the program began in 1998, Oklahoma Project Woman has provided breast health care for more than 39,000 TITLE SPONSOR: ABERSONS BENEFITTING OKL AHOMA PROJECT WOMAN FEATURING THE COLLECTION OF


uninsured Oklahomans, more than 600 of whom have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This would not have been possible without the donations of supportive individuals, foundations and organizations who embrace the Oklahoma Project Woman mission. Thank you for your participation in Pink Ribbon Gala 2015 and for your continued support.


People, places and events

Flight Night Mobile Fab Lab Designed and constructed by Fab Lab Tulsa and funded by proceeds from the Flight Night 2014 gala, the Flight Night Mobile Fab Lab was unveiled at an Aug. 25 Flight Night patron event at the Hardesty Arts Center. The mobile lab will bring digital fabrication equipment to northeastern Oklahoma classrooms. Pictured are Bailey Siegfried, Flight Night board member; Nathan Pritchett, Fab Lab Tulsa executive director; Mayor Dewey Bartlett; Meredith Siegfried, Flight Night board member; and Terrell Siegfried, Flight Night board member.

Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma Jeff Allen received the 2015 Parkinson’s Champion of Eastern Oklahoma Award at the first Tulsa Parkinson’s Caregivers Luncheon. Pictured are Bruce McIntyre, Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma’s executive director; Matt Morton, eastern Oklahoma director; Allen; and Jim Keating, founder.

Remodeled Tulsa Tour The Remodeled Tulsa Tour and RTT “Evening Of Giving” benefited Lindsey House, which serves families facing situational homelessness in Tulsa. Pictured are Barry Helms, president of the Remodelers Council; Allen Jenkins, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa; Tiffany Egdorf, executive director of Lindsey House; Lori Fullbright, News on 6 anchor and emcee for the event; and Weldon Bowman, RTT chairman. 96

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Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care A 93,000-square-foot senior lifestyle community broke ground Sept. 9 in collaboration with St. John Broken Arrow. Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care will add an eldercare component to the 40-acre medical campus at East 61st Street and North Elm Place and will provide accommodations for more than 100 area seniors. Pictured are Dodd Crutcher of Prevarian Senior Living; Matt Winter of Life Care Services; April Salisbury of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce; Allan Brown of Prevarian Senior Living; Toby Scrivner of Stan Johnson Co.; David Phillips of St. John Broken Arrow; Richard Carter, vice mayor of Broken Arrow; and Bill Weeks of St. John Health System.

Tulsa Area United Way Emerging Leaders Ted Haynes, 2015 United Way campaign chairman; Mark Graham, United Way president and CEO; Ali Ferguson, 2016 chairwoman of the Tulsa Area United Way Emerging Leaders Society; and Dave Shirley, 2015 chairman of the society, attended the society’s annual “Converge” event.

Saint Simeon’s Western Days 2015: “Celebrating Saint Simeon’s, Where Caring Really Matters,” was Sept. 15 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square. Pictured at the fundraiser are Patron Chairs Will and Donna Farrior and Event Chairs June Patton and David Hogan.

POSTOAK Wine & Jazz Festival More than 2,200 people attended the Sept. 5 POSTOAK Wine Jazz & Festival. Pictured are Trisha Kerkstra, general manager of POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat; musical guest Gene Miller; Donna and Kirk Weinkauf of the event’s presenting sponsor, Weinkauf Petroleum; musical guest Grady Nichols; and headlining musician Bill Champlin.

Tulsa Community College Foundation Susan Harris received the 2015 Vision in Education Leadership Award during a dinner at the Cox Business Center. Pictured are Pierce Norton, TCC Foundation 2015 board chairman; Harris; TCC President Leigh B. Goodson; Susan Neal, Vision Dinner Committee chairwoman; and Don Walker, past Vision award recipient and 2015 honorary chairman.

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Tulsa Fashion Week During a series of daily runway events, Tulsa Fashion Week showcased many clothing collections from local, regional and national designers. The event also gave furry fashionistas a chance to show off their style at Utica Square’s Dog Dish, followed by an early evening stroll/parade through the Square. Pictured are Pamela Reed with Bella Rose, her French Bulldog who served as grand marshall of the Fashion in the Square Pets on Parade; Dog Dish owner Emily Bollinger; and Tulsa Fashion Week volunteer Tracey Norvell.

The Art of Living Well Tulsa restaurants Tallgrass Prairie Table and The Bramble hosted “The Art of Living Well” on Sept. 13 to raise funds for Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, a faith-based nonprofit helping young people overcome addiction. Pictured are Event Cochair Paige Charping Sutherland; Carol McGraw, director of Friends of Brush Creek Inc.; and Event Co-chairs Lisa Siefert and Jennifer Anthony.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority The Alpha Chi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority adopted an area between 46th and 56th Street North on Martin Luther King Boulevard through the City of Tulsa’s “Adopt-a-Spot” clean-up program. AKA members pick up trash along this corridor at least twice a month to help clean and beautify north Tulsa. AKA members and their families recently cleaned their “Adopt-A-Spot” location under the leadership of Vanessa Hall-Harper, environmental ownership chairwoman.

Tulsa Girls Art School They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Creative Director Marilyn Ihloff, TGAS Executive Director Matt Moffett, Event Chairwoman Sara Bost Fisher, Patron Chairwoman Mary Ann Doran and Honorary Chairwoman Linda Allen. Tulsa Girls Art School and Ihloff Salon and Day Spa will present “Through a Child’s Eye Gala: Inspiring Individuality, The Addams Family,” on Nov. 12. The fundraiser for TGAS is based on the works of artist Charles Addams and will feature artwork by TGAS students and other local artists.


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Fundraisers and fun happenings

Volunteer Spotlight by JUDY LANGDON

Liz Austin and Susan Thomas, co-chairs of Pink Ribbon 2015, “Attire to Inspire.”

Susan Thomas

Co-chair, Pink Ribbon 2015, ”Attire to Inspire”


ore than five years ago, Liz Austin invited her friend Susan Thomas to Susan’s first Pink Ribbon event, a runway show benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman. This month, the two women are co-chairing Pink Ribbon 2015, “Attire to Inspire,” a lunch, dinner and runway show featuring the exclusive spring collection of world-famous fashion designer Carolina Herrera. The women’s husbands, Bob Austin and Bill Thomas, were recruited to serve as co-patron chairs “because Liz and I put it on their ‘honey-do’ list,” Susan says. Two locations — Abersons in Brookside and Southern Hills Country Club — will host daytime and evening events, which will feature local men and women modeling more than 20 of Herrera’s chosen looks.


compiled by JUDY LANGDON Nov. 1-8 — Care Card Benefits Family & Children’s Services. Nov. 2 — Pink Ribbon 2015, “Attire to Inspire” Benefits Oklahoma Project Woman.

OPW mission statement: Oklahoma Project Woman is dedicated to providing access to breast health care that will facilitate the early diagnosis of breast cancer and decrease the mortality rate for uninsured women (and men) with limited income.

Nov. 5 — OCCJ annual Awards Dinner Benefits Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.

How did Abersons become involved as title sponsor? This is the second year Abersons has generously sponsored Oklahoma Project Woman and the Pink Ribbon event by bringing a designer to Tulsa and hosting the lunch in its store.

Nov. 6 — Giving Spirits: A Whiskey Tasting Experience Benefits Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Why do you volunteer? Simply because I am very fortunate to have the time and resources to do so and feel it is my obligation and privilege to give back. tþ Nov. 2 — Pink Ribbon Tulsa 2015, “Attire to Inspire” 11:30 a.m., lunch at Abersons, 3509 S. Peoria Ave.; 7 p.m., dinner at Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St., followed by 7:30 p.m. runway show. Complimentary valet parking. $200, lunch seats; $2,500-$25,000, sponsorships (includes dinner). Benefits Oklahoma Project Woman. Contact Scarlet Henley, 918-834-7200 or scarleth@, or visit


11/16 Crosstown Learning Center Debbi Guilfoyle, executive director of Crosstown Learning Center; Mary Ann Hille of the Hille Foundation; and Carolyn Woodward attended the 2013 Old Bags Luncheon benefiting Crosstown. The Hille Foundation is a sponsor of the 2015 luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Nov. 6 — National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon Benefits Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. Nov. 6-8 — Holiday Market Benefits Junior League of Tulsa. Nov. 12 — Unite! Benefits Tulsa Area United Way.

Nov. 12 — Through a Child’s Eye Gala: Inspiring Individuality, The Addams Family Benefits Tulsa Girls Art School. Nov. 14 — TYPros 10 Boomtown Awards Benefits Tulsa’s Young Professionals. Nov. 16 — Old Bags Luncheon Benefits Crosstown Learning Center. Nov. 16 — Power to DREAM Achiever Awards Benefits DREAM Institute. Nov. 17-19 — Stories of Light Radiothon with KRMG Benefits Make-a-Wish Oklahoma. Nov. 19 — Dinner of Reconciliation Benefits John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Nov. 21 — Holiday Mart Benefits The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. Nov. 26 — Turkey Day 5K and Fun Run Benefits Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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‘Deception’ on display by GAIL BANZET-ELLIS



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Through Feb. 21 — “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E. 71st St. $6.50, adults; $5.50, seniors; $3.50, students. Call 918-492-1818 or visit

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t fills the screens of television sets, hijacks radio frequencies and dominates web browsers. Captivating propaganda, good and bad, is one of the most effective methods of persuasive communication. Humans have relied upon its power to spread their agendas for centuries, including the Nazis and their radical ideology. “The propaganda that drove Hitler and the Nazis didn’t start in 1933,” says Drew Diamond, executive director of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. “Two thousand years of history in Europe maximized their hatred toward other races, and at the core was a movement to eradicate Jews.” The exhibit “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” recently opened at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and is on display through Feb. 21, 2016. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum produced the multimedia exhibition, which features four sections of rarely seen film footage, original images and vivid illustrations of Nazi propaganda. Following World War I, the Nazi Party evolved from an undercover extremist group to Germany’s largest political party. As the group’s leader, Hitler quickly learned to mix the threat of terror with deceiving propaganda to attract followers en masse. In what Diamond describes as a “propaganda machine,” the Nazis’ keenly crafted messages appealed to large populations oblivious to the underlying, evil motives. “Hitler needed the national German police force to participate in his genocide of Jews,” Diamond says. “He gave them status and legal power and reinforced every day that Jews were the enemy — criminals who were destroying the economy.”

Drew Diamond of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art stands before examples of Nazi propaganda that can be seen in the museum’s current exhibit, “State of Deception.” Those of the Jewish faith were not the only victims targeted by the Nazis. Hitler and his battalions preached the ideology that all minorities and even people with disabilities deserved to be wiped from the earth. “You can get a sense of how racism was ingrained in people,” Diamond says. “Those who engaged in the genocide justified murder as a means to an end.” To accomplish this horrifyingly successful marketing campaign, Hitler borrowed propaganda methods from the Allies in World War I, his Socialist and Communist rivals and the Fascist Party. In an eerie twist of history, those techniques are clearly visible in modern-day news feeds.

“This country has 784 active hate groups, and with the presence of social media today, we see how powerful propaganda is in the hands of evil,” Diamond says. “The way you counter that for both children and adults is with education.” The “State of Deception” exhibit is intended to teach the public why understanding propaganda is critical to cultural awareness and acceptance. Diamond says the museum presentation explains how propaganda played a key role in equipping Nazis with the ability to murder millions of people and justify war. “This is a dynamic exhibit, and it could not be more timely in light of the intensified issues of racism and

11/7 James Woodfill: “Tulsa Patterns (Firefly Reference)” Artist James Woodfill, a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, will speak about his installation on the Mimosa Tree-Pinnacle Building exterior at 301 E. Third St. “Tulsa Patterns” is the first installation of the Urban Core Art Project (UCAP), a group dedicated to bringing public art to downtown Tulsa. Professional artist and University of Tulsa professor Whitney Forsyth will join Woodfill for a conversation about his work and today’s temporary public art. Holbrook Lawson, UCAP co-founder, says the piece has invoked interesting responses since it was completed in April. The subtle installation is a system of battery-operated lights powered by the sun that flash throughout the night in random patterns. Lecture is at 1:30 p.m. Hardesty Arts Center, second floor, 101 E. Archer St. Free. Installation can be viewed through April 1, 2016.

unequal justice facing every community in our nation,” he says. Hitler spread his message of hate by denying Germans access to their history and discouraging respect for other cultures, but “State of Deception” places that painful past front and center. It challenges citizens to actively question, analyze and seek the truth without the influence of destructive propaganda. tþ

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ohn Moreland knows there is often beauty buried deep within sorrow. And with the April release of his highly anticipated third album, “High on Tulsa Heat,” the acclaimed 30-year-old singer-songwriter showed once again he knows how to sculpt that raw, ragged beauty into powerful reflections on love, guilt and nostalgia. It’s surprising so much world-weary introspection can come from a musician barely out of his 20s, but Moreland’s vulnerable yet pointed imagery and old soul melodies are winning fans across the United States. Though his solo career has taken off relatively quickly (Moreland’s first album, “Earthbound Blues,” released in 2011) this troubadour has crafted music since he was just 10. That was the year his family relocated from Kentucky to Tulsa. “I didn’t have any friends here yet, and I was getting bored,” Moreland says. “I guess I was looking for something I could do alone. So, I started playing guitar.” His first foray into songwriting happened soon after. “I was never that interested in learning songs on the radio,” he says. “I wanted to make them my own.” By age 13, Moreland was playing with various punk bands. In high school, however, he took an interest in his dad’s music (CCR, Neil Young, etc.) as well as singer-songwriters such as David Bazan and Jason Molina. When asked about his lyrical penchant for melancholy, Moreland pauses for a moment. “That’s just the thing that makes me want to write,” he says. “When

Singer-songwriter John Moreland embarked on a solo career in 2010. Since then, he has released three albums, including the recent “High on Tulsa Heat.” I’m having a great time, I don’t think to pick up a guitar … I just have a great time.” In 2010, Moreland made the difficult transition from band member to solo artist. He admits it was challenging for him. “I wasn’t eager to play solo,” he says. “It took awhile to adjust to it. I started noticing, though, that when I played a show with a band, someone from the audience might come up afterward and say they liked my guitar or that my drummer was cool. “But when I played a solo show, they’d say, ‘Hey man, I really like that one lyric.’ That was way more satisfying for me as a songwriter. I don’t spend as much time as I do working on lyrics just for people to miss out because they can’t hear them over the band.” In 2011, the popular FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” used one of

Moreland’s tracks (“Heaven” from his debut CD) in an episode. “By that time I had already decided to tour all the time,” says Moreland, who was booking his own performances. “The TV show gave me a little boost. When the next record came out (2013’s “In the Throes”) they used a couple more songs off that one, too.” It was the career help he needed. His newfound exposure via touring, TV and even a glowing tweet from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow helped garner Moreland full-time management, a booking agent and a Nashville label (Thirty Tigers), which released his latest record. Ironically, though, Moreland’s hometown has been slow to respond. “I didn’t really have a following in Tulsa till this year,” he says. Fortunately, that trend appears to be reversing. tþ

11/14 Young the Giant, Cain’s Ballroom Since bursting onto the national scene in 2010 with hits “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” the Irvine, California, alterna-pop quintet Young the Giant has been a mainstay act on college radio while enjoying crossover successes on alternative and adult contemporary stations. Opening act: Wildling. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8. 11/21 JD McPherson, Cain’s Ballroom Roots rock alchemist and proud Okie JD McPherson storms into Cain’s with a show that will definitely rock the rafters. Touring in support of his lauded sophomore release, “Let the Good Times Roll,” McPherson will keep the dance floor packed with an evening of retro-informed rock-and-roll that fuses the melodic stomp of Chuck Berry, the colorful sweep of the psychedelic ’60s and the bombast of The Black Keys into their own unique sound. Doors at 7 p.m. Opening act Parker Millsap goes on at 8.

Jarrod Gollihare is one-third of Tulsa power-pop group Admiral Twin. He’s also a music producer and a painter of odd things. He claims to be the true king of Prussia, but no one believes him.

Notes on local and regional film


All of ‘Yinz’ by HEATHER KOONTZ

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violent and funny forbidden love story in the heart of the Rust Belt.” That’s how the creators of “Yinz,” an upcoming movie about life in Pennsylvania, describe the project. A unique version of the classic coming-of-age film, “Yinz” focuses on loyalty, betrayal, identity and drama, and has ties to Oklahoma. Hailey Hansard, one of the stars and producers of the film, grew up in south Tulsa. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Hansard moved to Los Angeles and began landing small roles in feature films, commercials and an episode of “Tabloid” on the Investigation Discovery Channel. “Yinz” — named for the northeastern equivalent of “y’all” — is Hansard’s first starring role in a feature film, and she’s working alongside her longtime boyfriend Jeremy Cohen, who wrote the script and is set to direct the movie. “I have to give all of the credit to Jeremy for writing an awesome script with characters I care about,” Hansard says. “It’s a movie about people making high-stakes decisions, good or bad, and the repercussions that come from their actions.” Hansard and Cohen met five years ago while working together on a film. Since then, they’ve teamed up as actress and director several times. “We make a great team,” Hansard says. “He knows me so well that he can help me get the performance we need by just giving me a quick note.” Cohen’s experience includes work on seven feature films and many high-dollar commercials. Earlier this year, Cohen and his team took to Kickstarter to raise funds for “Yinz.” They set their goal

Jenks High School graduate Hailey Hansard (right) will star in “Yinz,” set in small-town western Pennsylvania. Hansard also is a producer for the film. Her longtime boyfriend, Jeremy Cohen, wrote the script and will direct. at $30,000 and exceeded it with more than 400 backers. According to the Kickstarter campaign, the movie will appeal to fans of cinematic dark comedies. If you like “Fargo” or “Goodfellas,” the creators of “Yinz” think their film might be for you. “‘Yinz’ is a character-driven story that takes an up-close look at what happens when ill-fated love gets really messy,” Hansard says. Set in small-town western Pennsylvania, the story follows an affair between high school student Brad and his troubled guidance counselor, Mindy. The romance spirals into intimidation and violence when her ex — who happens to be her boss and Brad’s assistant principal — discovers their romance and starts making threats. Brad schemes with his two best

friends to get back at the assistant principal, but their plan goes awry and friendships break down along socio-economic fault lines. The team plans to show its film at festivals and eventually distribute it through video services such as Netflix and iTunes. Hansard hopes to have a Tulsa premiere in early to mid-2017. Now that she’s living in California, Hansard says there’s a lot she misses about Oklahoma, including Taco Bueno, thunderstorms, family and friends. “I miss the ease of living in Oklahoma,” she says. “I’m always amazed at how quiet and peaceful it is when I come back home. It seems so tranquil without the buses, sirens and honking streets of L.A.” A recent trip back to Oklahoma helped Hansard remember what

she loves about her hometown. “This summer I had the chance to come back to Tulsa and meet up with my five closest friends from Jenks High School,” she says. “We had the best girls’ night at Laffa, followed by drinks at the Saturn Room. I’m so thankful I grew up in Tulsa, and I brag about it maybe a little too much.” tþ For more information about “Yinz,” visit

Heather Koontz is a graduate of the University of Tulsa’s Film Studies program. She enjoys spending time with her Westie and French bulldog, as well as remodeling her 100-year-old home with her husband, Byron.


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1) HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BIRD? A 2002 Tulsa Zoo fundraiser raised $200,000 for the zoo’s African Penguin habitat. More than 100 fiberglass penguins were sold to area businesses to promote the exhibit, which opened in November 2002. Langdon Publishing Co. employees decorated TulsaPeople’s sponsored bird, “Paparazzi Penguin,” with text and photos from past issues of the magazine. The 6-foot penguin was displayed for a short time outside Langdon Publishing’s office; however, the elements would not have been kind to her decoupaged feathers. The bird was auctioned and allegedly resides in Grove, Oklahoma. Do you have an update on Paparazzi? Email 2) ENCORE Tulsa Ballet Theatre Inc. renovated the Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School into the ballet company’s headquarters and Center for Dance Education at 4512 S. Peoria Ave. The facility opened in September 1992. Pictured are Laquinnia Lawson, Wallace Engineering; Matt King, Page-Zebrowski Architects; David Thompson, Manhattan Construction; Roman L. Jasinski, then-artistic director of Tulsa Ballet Theatre; Lin Bacon, Phillips and Bacon; Kathleen Page, PageZebrowski; and Ernest Redwine, Manhattan Construction. This year, the Tulsa Ballet launched a $25 million capital campaign to build a satellite dance school, the Hardesty Center for Dance Education, in Broken Arrow. It will open in summer 2016. 3) CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, developed by the Tulsa Library Trust to recognize accomplished writers and bring them to Tulsa. Pictured at the 2001 award dinner are Barbara Sturdivant, dinner chairwoman; Linda Saferite, then-CEO of the Tulsa City-County Library; novelist, screenwriter and journalist William Kennedy, the 2001 award recipient; and the award’s namesake, Peggy Helmerich. The 2015 award presentation and dinner on Dec. 5 will honor three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and military historian Rick Atkinson.

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