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 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 19, 2022 

Teacher shortage

School has started but the shortage of teachers is nationwide. Teaching is a tradition in some families but as salaries have lagged and security concerns have surfaced, it puts districts in a lurch...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 12, 2022

Call me

Have you ever said, “When you need someone to talk to, just call me.” I have, and people called. People need a shoulder to cry on today more than ever. This country has been through numerous...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 5, 2022

A rocky economy

Why are gas prices so high? After all the finger pointing, it all boils down to Mississippi Lime. When America was awash in crude oil from this deposit, the price over $100 a barrel. Then Covid struck...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 29, 2022

Aging gracefully

Growing old gracefully: the hope of every mature person. The truth is that opinions differ. AARP Bulletin shed some light on the “full breadth of aging issues, from health and finances to attitudes...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 22, 2022

Transmissions

Looking at a 1955 Packard Caribbean coupe on the internet, I was fascinated with the instrument panel, which was stainless steel with engine turning, analogue gauges for engine functions and speedomet...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 15, 2022

Hot rods

Who coined the term “hot rod?” I’ve been using the term for over 50 years and thought it referred to an engine part called a “rod” that attaches pistons to crankshaft. Obviously, a car...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 8, 2022

Robert's Rules of Order

Parliamentary Procedures are also called rules of order. They originated in Great Britain and Thomas Smith wrote a formal statement of them published in 1583. This document included rules such as...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 1, 2022

Waves

If you have been to the ocean, you may have witnessed the overpowering energy in waves. Wave motion is usually caused by the wind and affects the water from the surface all the way to the bottom....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 24, 2022

Regrets

Arthur C. Brooks from The Atlantic magazine says, “Life is full of regrets.” You may wish things were like they used to be in the “Good Old Days.” That could be decades or just yesterday....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 17, 2022

Bicycles

“I ride my bike, I roller skate, don’t drive no car.” – Melanie, 1971. Jody Rosen’s new book “Two Wheels Good” tells the story of the most popular form of transportation humankind has...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 10, 2022

Collecting

An article in Smithsonian Magazine brought collecting to my attention. Most of us have collections. We often start them by accident, having begun by browsing garage sales, auctions and inheritance. I...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 3, 2022

eSports

Freedom Schools have decided to drop athletics and go with eSports as a result of declining enrollment. To most, this would seem a great loss, but it signals the beginning of a new era and a way to...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 27, 2022

Caves

Caves: home to humankind before the written word whose history is documented on their walls; habitat for many creatures, including prehistoric cave bears and wolves, who competed with Neanderthals...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 20, 2022

Starving profits

“You can’t starve a profit” – Clint Wilcox, Oklahoma Country Magazine Wilson's article, titled “Feeling the Pinch,” referred to the inflated cost of farming with fuel, fertilizer and...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 13, 2022

Tribal energy

Tribes are getting serious about solar energy. You have seen the commercial touting the partnership between the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Oklahoma Gas and Electric on property held in trust in southeast...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 6, 2022

Healing

“Body, heal thyself!” It’s too bad that a command like that doesn’t work, but self-healing is as old as humankind itself. It starts with what we eat but genetics do play a huge part in our...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 29, 2022

Speech mannerisms

Illeism: The act of referring to oneself in the third person singular. Bob Dole, the late U.S. Senator from Russell, Kansas, was a famous Illeist. He ran for president in 1996 and often used the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 22, 2022

Nuclear annihilation

As Vladimir Putin rattles his nuclear sabre, the human race is again on the brink of annihilation. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I would go to bed each night fearful that there would be no...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 15, 2022

Dreams

The mind is an amazing thing. It starts to work first thing in the morning and doesn’t stop working until the teacher calls on you in class. A question posed in Smithsonian Magazine piqued my...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 8, 2022

Green burial

Death is a permanent feature of every community, and many choose embalming, caskets, vaults, interment in mausoleums, and even freezing for attempted reanimation. There is also an increasing trend in...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 1, 2022

Gold rush

“All that glitters is not gold.” That line from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” tells us that things that seem most valuable on the surface are often deceptive. Such was the gold rush to California in 1848-1851. Visiting The Elegant...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 25, 2022

Nuclear testing

Atomic bombs: The fear has been hovering over us since the Russians developed their own weapons of mass destruction after World War II. Unilateral atmospheric tests were conducted until 1958 when Grea...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 18, 2022

Social Security

Americans may not bond on everything, but AARP’S Bulletin about the future of Social Security finds them in agreement on its importance. The program, now 86 years old, has had challenges in the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 11, 2022

Decisions, decisions

“The mind is an amazing thing, it starts to work first thing in the morning and doesn’t stop working until the teacher calls on you in class.” My friends and I joke about “senior moments...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 4, 2022

Knives

Knives are an important part of history. The first users of sharp-edged instruments were of the stone age when they discovered that some rocks could be used for cutting and scraping. Those which...

 

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