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Woodstock

August 15th has come and gone but the memories of what happened in upstate New York on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm 50 years ago is fresh on many people’s minds. Not the adventurous soul that would...

 

Apple pie

September signals the start of the fall season with its official beginning on the 23rd. I know Autumn is arriving as the apples have ripened on our tree in the 300 block of Flynn. Apples are a great...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 30, 2019

In control

It becomes obvious that Lou Costello will never figure out who the players are in the classic vaudeville skit, “Who’s on First?” Is it a lack of communication on Bud Abbott’s part or the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 23, 2019

Technology's future

The world’s population doubles every 40 years. While that happens, technology is catching up to biology with some surprising results. DNA is the basis for life on Earth and as it makes copies of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 16, 2019

To rebuild or not

The recent decision concerning the Alva pool reminds us of the dilemma over the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral whose entire roof and spire were destroyed by fire. While the degradation of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 9, 2019

Summer heat

John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful sang, “Hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck getting’ dirt and gritty,” and global warming was yet to come! Oklahoma, cool, and August have never...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 2, 2019

Soil

This is the time of the year that the fields lie fallow, waiting for the September planting and the regrowth of wheat, a crop vital to the economy of this region and the nutrition of the nation. We...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 26, 2019

Diet and DNA

Americans have relied on federal dietary guidelines with assurance that the recommendations apply to everyone. Today we have the allure of the personalized diet based on genetic markers, lifestyle...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 19, 2019

Biometrics

Jack Webb, as Sergeant Joe Friday, implored “Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.” The fact is that no two people share fingerprints. There are records of fingerprints dating to...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 12, 2019

Smokey Bear

Who among you remembers Vince and Larry the crash dummies? Credited with saving 85,000 lives, they helped increase seat belt use to 67% during their commercials from 1985 to 1999. How about Woodsy...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 5, 2019

Spam

While shopping for the Blessings Box at Lincoln School, I picked up some cans of the famous product called Spam. We know the word as the label for the annoying number of unsolicited e-mails that most...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 28, 2019

Patina

Wife Nicki tells the story of her Grandma Annie who painted her ’47 Chevy coupe with a brush. I read a story about painting cars outside; for best results they recommended the color Indian Ceramic,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 21, 2019

Generic drugs*

The current lawsuits involving opioid manufacture, promotion and distribution bring to mind other drug company issues addressed in an article in Time magazine by Katherine Eban. Ninety percent of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 14, 2019

Lunar landing

When President Kennedy asked Congress to appropriate money for a moon mission, we had “no rockets powerful enough, no computers portable enough, no spacesuits,” according to Smithsonian Magazine....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 7, 2019

D-Day

A scene from the classic movie “Jurassic Park” has a humorous yet terrifying moment when Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom flees the Tyrannosaurus in his Jeep. “Must go faster,” he exclaims,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 31, 2019

Snowplow parents

Felicity Hoffman pled guilty to a college admission scandal and the U.S. Attorney recommended 12 months imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. Thirty-two other parents have been indicted on fraud charges...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 17, 2019

Aging in place

If you walk around your home, you will notice that there are areas that are hard to navigate. Throw rugs are aptly named. Most people are happiest in their current home – surrounded by memories and...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 10, 2019

Dissatisfaction

Thinking about my Army experience, I recall that Bill Sperry and I worked out getting in shape for basic training. I wish I were in that shape today, but age has taken its toll as walking replaces jog...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 3, 2019

Dinner time

C.S. Lewis said, “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” I agree, and some of my fondest memories involve the family dinner table. I was an only...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 26, 2019

Healthcare for all

Nicki and I spend nearly $14,000 on premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and travel for treatment in an average year. Should universal health care become the law of the land, the private insurance...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 19, 2019

Play

Tiger Woods won The Master’s and The Oklahoma City Thunder is in the NBA Playoffs. These are highly-paid professionals who are paid to play. Play is important to all of us; entertainment at its...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 12, 2019

Apocalypse

“Everyone, deep in their heart, is waiting for the end of the world to come.” –Haruki Murakami, 1284 Constant worry is responsible for debilitating headaches, mood swings, insomnia, depression...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 5, 2019

Helmets

You know from football injuries that concussion often can’t be prevented even with a helmet. The KTH Royal Research Institute in Stockholm claims that the blame for at least two-thirds of head...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 29, 2019

Tradespeople

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” – Jackie DeShannon, 1965. According to Kristen Bahler in Money Magazine, what the world needs now are more tradespeople: skilled workers,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 22, 2019

The universe

"I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space." – Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2 This quote gave Stephen Hawking the title for his 2001 book "The Universe in a...

 

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