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Updated Dec 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

To discover one self’s absolute tipping point of what one could finish is an understatement to the things which I have been privileged to witness on this day. I can be no more proud of my wife and her accomplished efforts to bring our child into this world.

Updated Dec 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Every morning I try to make sure I get my daily dose of coffee. To be honest, coffee is the only thing that can get me out of bed each and every morning and get my day started.

Posted Dec 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Each December, around this time, I reflect on the year gone by and lessons learned. Because I’m a few months shy of 25, I’m looking back a quarter century. There are a number of insights I wish I could share with my younger self...

Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

It was around the 3rd grade when I was “lucky” enough to discover what many young children fear the most when walking home from school. I was the target of the neighborhood bully.

Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 12:23 AM

You may recall a recent story about an ugly penny that had survived for fifty years in circulation without getting lost. Without a doubt, that penny had traveled to every corner of the Federal Reserve System.

Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Beetlejuice was released in March of 1988, and has been one of my all time favorites for the past few years. Why just the last few years? Because I didn’t even know it existed until someone had mentioned it to me a few years ago.

Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 12:23 AM

I was watching TV the other day, and there was an awful lot of talk of fruit cake.

Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I don’t typically gravitate toward competition television programs, but MasterChef Junior baited my interest early on. The show is a weekly battle of children cooks. It’s brilliant. That is, until the taste-testing judges make the young...

Updated Dec 13, 2014 at 8:48 PM

For those of you that do not know, my wife and I have a baby boy on the way very soon. If you have been through this process you probably understand when I say that I have been, nearly obsessively, combing over my childhood and realizing how...

Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Exactly one week ago today, half of the diehard football fans in the state had sinking hearts while the other half experienced an unexpected full-body euphoria. With three minutes and sixteen seconds left in the game, the Sooners had a 14 point lead...

Updated Dec 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

My mother is a retail store manager, and every day I hear her complain about having to run off thieves. It is a lot worse during the holiday season, and there is really nothing they can do. They could be putting their lives at risk if one of the...

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