Columns

Happy Father’s Day to crazy old men

    

I have spent the last few days traveling with one of my three younger brothers. We haven’t taken a trip together since we were teenagers. This time, I’m hanging out with my oldest younger brother. Our family is very proud of him; he graduated in the top half of the bottom third of his high […]

Oklahoma deserves better than this

    

While I am not a big fan of his, I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said – when describing hypocrisy . . .  “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” I think that statement captures what the Legislature has done with the budget this last year and […]

Build lasting memories with family summertime vacations

    

When our kids were young, I worked for a company that gave me two weeks of paid vacation every year. My family lives in Tulsa and my wife’s folks now live in Orlando. They used to live in North Carolina. One week of vacation was usually reserved for Christmas. My in-laws lived on Lake Norman, […]

Will Tulsa’s new zoning code offer more or fewer options?

    

As I have continued to study the Public Review Draft of the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code Update, I have become very concerned about one thing in particular as it relates not only to possible church development in Tulsa, but other commercial and mixed use developments as well. The Public Review Draft is available on the […]

The ‘Toyota Effect’

    

That was the story line of an article by Steve Brown, real estate editor for the Dallas Morning News. The report began by saying, “One of the last empty corners in Legacy Business Park on the Dallas North Tollway is attracting development plans.” Stream Realty Partners is beginning a new 12-story office tower which is […]

7 things found only at grandma’s house

    

As I wrote about my grandmother’s cooking last week, I got to thinking about her house. I loved going to both my grandmothers’ homes. They lived about an hour away from us, and each weekend we would visit. When the summer came, I spent extended time there.  As I was reminiscing, it dawned upon me […]

Legal plunder from the public purse

    

Is it a core function of our state government to pay for museums, especially in challenging economic times? Consider this – Oklahoma has just gone through one of the most trying budget times in its history. Legislators were greeted (almost from day one) with a $611 million dollar budget deficit gap to fill due to […]

Here are your twenty-one easy ways to lose your money

    

After 50 years of helping people solve business and personal problems, I have discovered a few ways to lose one’s hard-earned money. Listen carefully for these phrases and your objective of losing money will soon be attained. “This opportunity is available for only a short time…” “You have been selected as a winner of a […]

Summertime is a fantastic time to learn how to swim

    

Every child should learn how to swim. Actually, every child and adult should learn to swim. And this is a great time of year to start. I was about 7 years old when I went to the city pool at McClure Park at 11th Street and Memorial Drive with my brothers and my Uncle Clarence […]

Tulsa’s new zoning code should not be restricting churches

    

This is an article I wrote for the July 2, 2009, issue of the Tulsa Beacon regarding the conclusion of the PlaniTulsa comprehensive planning done by the urban planning consultant John Fregonese, and the initiation of the re-writing of the new Tulsa Zoning Code. As I continue my study of the new zoning code draft […]