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Timeless Portraits of the Oklahoma Panhandle

Some places seem to remain largely fixed in time despite the constant changes that occur in the world around them. The narrow strip of land, affectionately known as the Oklahoma Panhandle, is just one of those places. Even today, the … Continue reading

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15 years after the tornado – Planning lessons from Greensburg, Kansas

May 4, 2007, will always remain a pivotal day in the history of Greensburg, Kansas. On that day, much of the city of Greensburg was obliterated by a EF5 category tornado. Thankfully, most residents survived the tragedy due early and … Continue reading

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The “unity of drought” must supersede myths and self interest

*A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using the above links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. _______ The book Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths About Water in the … Continue reading

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Best of 2022…thus far – UPDATED

Here’s my list of the best for 2022 to date, just beyond the midway point of the year. Enjoy! _______ TV Comedies The Wonder Years – ABC Call Me Kat – Fox The Conners – ABC American Auto – NBC … Continue reading

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“Slow Horses” – a brilliant new spy series

AppleTV has released yet another winner. Slow Horses, based on the book of the same name by author Mick Herron, was released in late April. The six-episode first season is a monumental triumph filled with great acting, superb writing, and … Continue reading

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Working list – Favorite spy sagas based on true events

To this blog author, spy stories are among the most thrilling and intriguing literature that can be read. This is especially the case for those stories that are based on actual historic events. The working list below identifies my favorite … Continue reading

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Wise and witty terms/phrases from “The Cowboy Dictionary”

The following list identifies some favorite terms and phrases from The Cowboy Dictionary*. The ones listed below are among the wisest and wittiest this blog author found in the book. Enjoy! *A small commission is earned from purchases that are … Continue reading

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15.3 million footsteps from Istanbul to Xian!

Over the course of four years (1999-2002), author and retired journalist Bernard Ollivier trekked the ancient Silk Road on foot from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. He accomplished this monumental 7,500 mile (12,000 km) feat by overcoming aches, pains, illnesses, … Continue reading

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2021 – TV/music/books/film

Here’s my list of the best for 2021, as updated through 12/30/21. This post will continue to be updated as needed through the end of 2021. Enjoy! TV Comedies Ted Lasso The Wonder Years The Conners American Auto Solar Opposites … Continue reading

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