Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Ram car goes Honk, Honk

Christmas Poetic Forms : HAIKU (Week 7)

Cooper's Locksmith rocks,
So do L. K. Wilson, Mac
Plumbing, and McFarlin


Roto Rooter fixes 
Victor's toilet stool well, Patriot
indeed matches up.


Jurgens-Weir braves Wus
kitchen sink, Triple A gives
Simon road service.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Laugh With the Moon by Shana Burg


Laugh with the Moon is on the 2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List!

Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is stuck. Stuck in denial about her mother’s recent death. Stuck in the African jungle for sixty-four days without phone reception. Stuck with her father, a doctor who seems able to heal everyone but Clare.
Clare feels like a fish out of water at Mzanga Full Primary School, where she must learn a new language. Soon, though, she becomes immersed in her new surroundings and impressed with her fellow students, who are crowded into a tiny space, working on the floor among roosters and centipedes.
When Clare’s new friends take her on an outing to see the country, the trip goes horribly wrong, and Clare must face another heartbreak head-on. Only an orphan named Memory, who knows about love and loss, can teach Clare how to laugh with the moon.
Told from an American girl’s perspective, this story about how death teaches us to live and how love endures through our memories will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.
Wise, warm, and as brilliant as the laughing moon. I loved it.
Kathi Appelt, Author of Newbery Honor
Book The Underneath

Friday, November 28, 2014

O Captain, My Captain by Walt Whitman

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Year's Haiku entry

at the age of five,
Lance Thomas wears orange hat,
a cowboy forward.


Iowa energy place,
A 2015 seasonal first fight
Thunder players awaits.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

President Burns Hargis

President Burns Hargis

Burns Hargis was named the 18th President of Oklahoma State University and the OSU System in December 2007 and took office March 10, 2008.
Hargis oversees one of the nation’s most comprehensive land-grant university systems with more than 37,000 students, 7,400 employees, and campuses located in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee.
He has guided OSU to record enrollment and record fundraising, reaching the $1 billion Branding Success campaign goal in April 2013, nearly two years ahead of schedule. The campaign is focused on student scholarships, faculty and other vital resources and programs. He also is overseeing a construction boom that is transforming the OSU campus to be more competitive in academics and athletics.
Hargis has a bold vision of creating a modern land-grant university that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for success.
Hargis, who holds degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and in law from the University of Oklahoma, is the second OSU graduate to lead the university as president. Oliver S. Willham, who served as president from 1952 to 1966, graduated from then Oklahoma A&M in 1923.
Before being named OSU President, Hargis had a long and distinguished legal and business career, with active civic and philanthropic leadership across many fronts. He also is familiar to many Oklahomans through the political perspective and wit he provided on the award-winning television program “Flashpoint”.
Prior to coming to OSU, he was Vice Chairman of Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. Before joining Bank of Oklahoma in 1997, Hargis practiced law in Oklahoma City for 28 years, most recently with the firm of McAfee & Taft. He is a former president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, former president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Hargis served as vice-chairman of the Oklahoma State Election Board, the Oklahoma Constitutional Revision Commission, and served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services. He is a former member of the Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Hargis was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oklahoma in 1990.
A firm believer in the power of imagination and collaboration, Hargis was the first chair of the Oklahoma Creativity Project. He has served and chaired many boards, including the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges of Oklahoma State University.
Hargis received the state’s highest honor when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009. Hargis and his wife, Ann, have two married children and three grandchildren.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Every Day

The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can't be beat;
It's Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.
But other days, sometimes, things don't seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don't seem to shine.
It's then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.
On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it's all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we'd make every day like Thanksgiving Day.
By Karl Fuchs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Way Life Speaks Loudest

 The way life speaks loudest
is the way the souls linger the longest,
The fight for acceptance
is demonstrated by all who dare,
and attempting to try hard,
Deem daily acts' least that's well done,
An agenda to carry on,
and seek the gain in strife.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

(Labor Day Poems) CAN’T ~ Edgar Guest

Can't is the worst word that's written or spoken;
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning
And robs us of courage we need through the day:
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.
Can't is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.
Can't is a word none should speak without blushing;
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man's purpose and shortens his aim.
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.
Can't is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and skill.
Hate it, with hatred that's deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed 'twill break any man
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: "I can."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2012 Contributors to OSSM

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
2012 Contributors

Many thanks go to all the outstanding partners—individuals, corporations, foundations, and other groups—who contributed generously in 2012 to help make the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics successful.  Their investment in OSSM—through capital gifts, faculty stipends, in-school and outreach programs, teacher training institutes, middle school summer math and science workshops, student activities, equipment, and other needs, is helping Oklahoma students develop their fullest potential in math and science, in high school and beyond.  Your continued commitment and support of OSSM is a gift that will benefit our students, our state, and our nation for many years to come.  Thank you!

Aristotle  ($100,000+)
OGE Energy Corporation ONEOK Foundation, Inc.
Hazel Roberts
Jerome M. Westheimer Family Foundation

Euclid  ($50,000+) 
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Devon Energy Corporation
Mary Nichols
Sarkeys Foundation

da Vinci  ($25,000+)
Ann Simmons Alspaugh
Sarah and Dan Hogan III
Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Sandra Stiles Roberts

Copernicus  ($15,000+) 
Drs. Oteka and Jerry Ball
The Herman Kaiser Foundation
Dan Little
Aubrey K. McClendon
The McGee Foundation
Jean M. Warren

Galileo  ($10,000+)
Christy and James Everest
James Hatcher
Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.
Presbyterian Health Foundation
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Nathan Seidle
Stone Family Foundation
James Vallion
Judy and Dr. Frank Wang

Newton  ($5,000+) 
Anonymous (1)
Carleen and Jerry Burger
Katherine and Dr. Paul Ellgen
Dr. Susan Spencer and Craig Jimenez
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
Terry and Bill Mathis
Robert J. McGrew
Kathy and Brenton A. Phillips
H. E. Rainbolt
Rita and George Singer
Tulsa Community Foundation
Marilyn and Dr. H. Wallace Vandever
Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

Pasteur  ($2,500+) 
Anonymous (1)
Susan and Dr. Emmanuel Barias
Linda and Lance Benham
Manisha and Dr. Amal Chakraburtty
Kelly and Joel Champlin
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Rebecca and Charles Dees
The Jean I. Everest Foundation
Express Employment Professionals
Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc.
Sue Ann and Dudley Hyde
Inasmuch Foundation
Fred Jones Family Foundation
The Kerr Foundation
Ketevan and Dr. David Kighuradze
Carol and J. Mark Lester
Dr. Edna McDuffie Manning
Dr. Lara Whittington Mashek
Jennie and Dr. Clinton Medbery
Oklahoma Natural Gas Company
Oklahoma State University Foundation
SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC
Kui Sook and Hyun Taek Suh
Bruzzy Westheimer

Curie  ($1,000+) 
Shawn and Don Abernathy, Jr.
Cecilia Abrams
Dr. Lowell Baker
Bette and Byron Berline
Ann N. and Dr. David R. Brown
Donita and George Bryan
Louis Buchanan
Lt. John M. Burger, M.D.
Steve Burrage
Laura Calvery
Dr. Greg Connor
Peggy and Douglas R. Cummings
Nancy and Frank Davies
Dr. Sangeetha Dayalan
Dr. Dorothy Dodd
Dr. Bryan Eastin
Josephine Freede
Connie and Gary Fuller
The Honorable Sandy Garrett
Bonnie and John P. Gleason
Google Matching Gifts Program
The Honorable James E. Halligan
Leigh Ann and Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr.
Ann and Burns Hargis
Jan and the Honorable Robert Henry
Bette Jo and Frank D. Hill
Beverly and Gregory Hodgen
Alice C. Hurst
Nicholas Johnson
Kimberly-Clark Foundation
Drs. Sharon and Kenneth Lease
Hanlie Wu and Dr. Ruibo Li
Jim D. Loftis
Margy and Dr. Joseph F. Messenbaugh III
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Randall Minter
Morgan Stanley
Ryan Mounts
Dr. Deborah S. Myers
National Christian Foundation
Thu-Nguyet and Truc Nguyen
Northrop Grumman Foundation
Pam and Alan Ortloff
Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation
Barbara and William G. Paul
Kathy and John Phillips
Raytheon Matching Gifts for Education Program
Linda and William Rodgers, Jr.
Lil and William J. Ross
Jeannette and Richard L. Sias
Bea and Marvin Smith
Drs. Alicia and J. Ross Vanhooser
Joel Wellnitz
Martha Williams
Wilhelmina Copley and Scott Wise

Salk  ($500+)  
Karen and Will Adams
Joyce and J. L. Allred
Claire and Bernie Baldwin
Dr. Mary Ann Bauman and Barton Dawson
Patricia and Donald Bodkin
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Catherine and Jack Coffman
Ryan DeSellier
Robert S. Doenges
Sandra and Dr. David L. Drennan
Jane and Dale Embry
Joan and Don Gaston
Julie and Kirkland Hall
Sandra and Ty Hebert, Sr.
Kirti and Dr. Satish Kumar
Linda P. Lambert
Nancy and the Honorable Tim Leonard
Karen and Robert Luke
Agnes Stadler and Dr. George Malatinszky
Barbara Ivy and John G. McGrew
Nadine and Frank McPherson
Stephanie and David Meara
Sarah Miracle
Dr. Xiao-Hong Sun and Dr. Xiaocong Peng
Yasmain and Dr. Faridah Ramji
Records-Johnston Family Foundation, Inc.
Roll Giving & Paramount Community Giving
Jack and JoRel Sallaska Nye
Margaret S. Salyer
Drs. Farideh and Mansur Samadzadeh
Kim and Bill Schlittler
Mary Spencer
Benjamin Stephens
Shirley and Paul Sturgis
Dr. Mark Wang
Myra and Lew Ward
Susan Winchester
Peggy and Tom Wolf
Xuechao Yu and Limei Yang
Dr. Hong Bao and Dr. Bing Zhang

Darwin  ($250+) 
Dr. John Armitage
Dorothy and Jonathan Aryeequaye
Bank of Oklahoma
Dr. Allison Barnes
Judy and Loyd L. Benson
Deborah Blackburn
Sharon and Dr. John Bozalis
Nina and Robert Butkin
Ellen and the Honorable Tom Cole
Carol and William H. Crawford
Dr. Ann and Brian Dell
Maribeth and David Dixon
Patricia and Leonard Eaton, Jr.
Barbara and Edward Eskridge
Pam Felactu
Karen Gallagher
Gabriella Geletzke
Cynthia and Capt. Gerald Geletzke
Kiranmai Chakilam and Dr. Venkata Goparaju
Deborah and David Graham
Chris and Mack Harris
Hicks Company
Dr. Misty and Warren Hsieh
Wen-Ching and Dr. Stephen Hwang
Mary and Dr. Gregory Jia
Sharon and Billy Jones
Kaye and Tommy Jones, Jr.
Shamsun Nessakhan and Nurul Khan
Shirley and Jack Lane
Johanna and David Lee
Jingling Zhou and Dr. Xifan Liu
Renee and Col. Richard Lyons
Barbara Minton
Bernice and Dr. Earl Mitchell
Kathy and Rocky Moore
Dorinda Morris
Sandra and Robert Morrison
Diem and Minh Nguyen
Oklahoma Health Center Foundation
Oracle Corporation – Matching Gifts Program
William Pirtle
Jan and Jerry Plant
Yolanda and Dr. J. F. M. Post
Sharon and Dr. John Reed
Suzan and Michael Reeves
Penny and Dee Replogle, Jr.
Mozelle Richardson
Maj. Amy (Ross), M.D., and Mike Schroer
Marian and Gary Salwierak
Danielle and Dr. Christopher Shrock
Joyce and Herbert Shrock, Jr.
Anne and Dr. Gregory Skuta
Kim and Dr. William A. Smith
Marilyn and Leonard Sullivan
Target Stores
Barbara and the Honorable Ralph Thompson
Eric A. Tong
Sandy and Jon Trudgeon
Denisa Uhlman Atkins
Linda VanBuskirk
Sharon and Robert Varnum
Yuhong and Dawei Wang
Sara and Dr. Gant Ward
The Honorable Penny Williams
Darlene and Steve Wood
Nyla and F. L. Young
Michael Zink

Einstein  (up to $249)  
Dr. Robert E. Anderson
Elsa (Anderson) and John Cox
Stella Arvizo
Tresi Arvizo
Rhonda and Dennis Atkins
Will Atkins
Dr. Kurt Bachmann
Dr. Janet Barresi
Monique and Dean Baxter
William Bell
Jackie and Jerry Bendorf
Frank Berlin
Ruchira and Dr. T. K. Bhattacharya
Blue Bell Creameries, L. P.
Boeing Gift Matching Program
Mary Ann Boes
Janet and Michael Bonner
BP America, Inc.
Gilbert Brown
Dr. Kent Buchanan
Dr. Rico Buchli
Amanda Butler
Huifen Zhou and Jianfeng Cai
Dr. Michael Carl
Jo and Martin Cassidy
Robert M. Cheadle
Yijun Huang and Dr. Debao Chen
Sherilyn and Allen Clark
Elizabeth M. Coe
Mason Cole
Suzanne and Luther Cowan
Frances and Denis Curtin
Lt. Sean T. Curtin
Kim Dang
Drs. Nancy and Richard B. Dawson
Dr. Jo Lynn Digranes
Karol and Charles Dillard
Xi-Qin and Wei-Qun Ding
Mark D. Doiron
Suzanne A. Donnolo
Alicia and Maj. James T. Dunlap, M.D.
Ruth and Edward Eckenstein
Barbara and John Erickson
Yunhua and Chengde Feng
Jacque and Bob Fleshman
Cindi (Fleshman) and Mike Jackman
Patsy Ruth Fowler
Joanie and Doug Fox
Linda and Dr. Marc Frazier
Diana and Dr. Andrew Frost
Catherine and John Garrett
Charlotte W. Gibbens
Carol and Mark Goodwin
Susan Greenwood
Dr. Jack L. Griffin
Ingrid Young and Dr. Robert Hamm
Mary Ann and Dr. Don W. Haskins
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Richard R. Hefton
Phyllis and Dr. Mason Henderson
Deborah S. Hicks
Kim and Peter Hoang
Elaine B. Honnold
Anne Ruey-Hwa and Dr. Dick Hsieh
Daisy and Billy Hurte
Dr. Edward J. Huycke
Wei-Fang Liaw and Andrew Jeng
Dr. Glen D. Johnson
Gregory Johnson
Sharon and Donald Jorski
Talia Karim
Tami and Bryan Karinshak
Julie and Craig R. Knutson
Hillary and Rex Koller
Lynda and Dr. Joseph A. Kopta
Daniela and Jeffrey Levin
Shanta’ and Eduardo Lima, Jr.
Huei-Wen Ku and Hawk Lin
Cynthia Lindauer
Joe Little
Michael J. Loomis
Kimberly and John Lovitt
Audrey and Francis Lynch
George C. Malatinszky
Sally Marx
Clarence McDaniel
Christopher McKenzie
Donna McKnight
Joyce and William McMartin
Alva D. Melot
Jennifer Melot
Lena and John Mesis
Juan Morales
Alma More
Lynn Morgan
Jane R. Mullaly
Sharon F. Neuwald
Dr. Lila Nevrekar
James H. & Madalynne Norick Foundation
Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Ladies Golf
Jessica Oliver
Michelle Omari-Okyere
OUHSC—Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Frank J. Parker, P.E.
Gayle and Richard Parry
William Patterson
Philomathea Club
Patsy (Miracle) and Lee Pickens
Nancy and Douglas Pyle
Bina and Gopal Ranebenur
Dr. David Ray
Pamela and Dr. John A. Robinson
Colleen and Chris Rollins
Basabi and Dr. Jayanta Rudra
Nozlee Samadzadeh
Florentina and Dr. Ioan Sapariuc
Liz and Daryl Schwerdtfeger
Dr. Clayton Scott
Sally and Ronald Scott
Dr. Faiz Shakir
Mubeen Shakir
Phyllis and Tony Shelby
Carol Lee and Richard Simms
Alex Speir
Aihua Su and Dr. Susheng Tan
James Tanner
Drs. Dorothy and Udho Thadani
Ishita Thakar
Jodie Treeman
Greg True
Orla and Don Turvey
Esther and Dr. Bill Underwood
University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc.
Harriett and Jess Vanhooser
Dr. Subha Varahan
Suzann and F. Pat Ver Steeg
Kuihua and Dr. Zengyu Wang
Cleona and Roger Warren
Beth and Kenneth Waugh
Lori Webster
Mary Wikswo
Larneva and James C. Williams, Sr.
Francesca Winter
Michelle and Brad Wood
Rebecca and Wilfred Wright, Jr.
Todd York
Anita and Jason Young

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I send two Sunsets by Emily Dickinson

I SEND two Sunsets—
Day and I in competition ran,
I finished two, and several stars,
While He was making one.
His own is ampler—        5
But, as I was saying to a friend,
Mine is the more convenient
To carry in the hand.

(Sent with brilliant flowers.)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Getting to Know " It's Race Time Inc. "


About Us

It’s Race Time, Inc. is the Midwest’s Premier Race Timing company.

Thank you for considering It’s Race Time, Inc for your event. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best, most reliable timing services for your race.

We time a diverse range of events: running races from 5K to marathon, triathlons of all distance, mountain bike races, time trials, fun runs and more.

Our primary focus is delivering the athletes in your race a first class timing experience. We have the equipment, knowledge, and experience to deliver immediate results to your athletes. If you’ve been to an event we’ve timed, you know that we are known for the speed at which we produce results. No more waiting around for results to be posted, or awards ceremonies to begin.

When your athletes get home, the first thing they’ll be doing is looking for their results online. We’ll have them there. What they won’t find is a text listing. Our Interactive Results allow your athletes to search, sort, see performance charts, and more! Most recently, we’ve added the ability for athletes to share their individual results on Facebook. (We told you you’ve come to the right place!)

We provide every athlete in your race a small RFID chip. We always provide them on neoprene bands, even for running races. No need for your athletes to untie or fiddle with attaching it to their shoe. The chip allows your athlete to be timed at various points in the race, and of course at the finish line.

If your race has over 2000 participants, you are likely a candidate for disposable chips. We use the industry’s #1 disposable chip system, the RFID Timing Ultra. The Ultra uses Ultra High Frequency and leverages revolutionary readers and chips and does not require participants to have to put a tag on their shoe! This is a premier timing system and there is an added cost for disposable tags.

We also offer online registration. We’ve learned that it really helps to streamline the process and remove a burden from you, the Race Director. No more having to download your registrations or share your password with us. Learn more about Online Registration.

Did we mention that we have a trailer full of extras for you as well? Finish line clock, inflatable arch (finish line and swim exit), cones, finish line chute, and more.

Contact us today. We’d love to help make your race a success. Email or phone, either works for us.

No matter how large or small, we time them all!

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