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Alabama Trash

By Sean Dietrich Some fool called her, “trash.” And that’s when she made up her mind. She wanted to better herself, and her family. So, that’s what she did. “That GED test,” she said, while she checked my blood pressure. “That ain’t no joke, now. It’s tough.” Her accent is...

A Pastor’s Ponderigs

By Rev. Pete Hyde Just a mile or two east of the small, (population 200) rural town situated in the vast, open, windy, "big sky" plains of western Oklahoma is the Lochman ranch. It is a modest spread in terms of size, but has feature not found on many of the larger arid...

Take It Easy

By Rick Moore Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and The Hare,” ends with this advice: "Don't brag about your lightning pace, for SLOW and STEADY won the race!” Going slower to get somewhere quicker, sounds contradictory, but it’s works. When is the last time you took a bike ride? A walk...

Happiness is a Choice

By Lauren Catanese Happiness is a choice. We say we are happy when things go our way; we get the job we wanted, our kids behave, our relationships are healthy. When life is pleasing to us it is easy to say we are happy. But how long does that last?...

Reaching Down

By Rev. Pete Hyde It was the spring of 1963. He was eight years old. His father, a career Air Force man, had been assigned to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and had gone ahead of the family to find a place for them to live before they made the trip. The...
By Kirk McCarley Some who read these articles might wonder what it is I do besides write articles. When I share, “I’m a Career and Life Coach,” a few comment, “that’s nice; good article.” If you haven’t used a coach, you may have some questions about how coaching works and what...

Sean Dietrich – Story

By Sean Dietrich Then, he met her. She’d moved to town to teach school. When he saw her at church, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. He approached her with an idea. I drove four hours to meet the editor of a big-city newspaper. I walked into a large office...
By Lauren Catanese When you are a kid it’s easy to dream big. I still have my lists I made from high school all the things I was going to accomplish. 1. Own an island 2. Start a non-profit for children 3. Have a big farm full of horses, dogs...
FOURTH OF JULY By Sean Dietrich Carl, 92, U.S. Army: “During the war, we had everyone pulling for us at home, and we knew it, too. Even movie stars were rooting for the troops. Those were different times. “As soldiers, there were moments, between the fighting, over in Europe, that we talked...
By Rev. Pete Hyde I have made many trips heading west from Oklahoma to various places in the Rockies.  Whether heading out on Interstate 40 through the vast open plains to Amarillo and beyond or heading from Woodward, Oklahoma on the lonely, two-lane U.S. 412 down the center of the...

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