Genesis taking place in Oklahoma’s main street communities
Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst had a monastery in Spain disassembled and shipped to the United States in the early years of the 20th century.
Hearst’s most recent biographer wrote that the publisher intended to erect the monastery on the grounds of his castle in San Simeon, but due to the drop in newspaper sales during the depression he was unable to do so.
Legislature provides new transparency in 2014
You probably won’t see the following story reported anywhere else in the press, as Capitol reporters have been busy reporting on the ongoing race for Speaker of the House, but last week the members of the House of Representatives participated in a historic event.
On Monday the legislative session started, and those of us who are members of the House Calendar committee met and voted for the slate of bills to come before the House.
It was the first committee vote in the history of the House to use a real time voting technology that instantly reported to the public of the committee’s action.
OUR VIEW: Votes needed Tuesday
Voters in the Edmond Public Schools’ District 4 seat will be asked to make a choice Tuesday at the ballot box.
Running for Edmond Board of Education are Cynthia Benson and Stephanie Bills. This is for a five-year term of service on the board and replaces the seat vacated last year by longtime board member George Cohlmia. Bills was appointed by the Board of Education last spring to fulfill the remainder of Cohlmia’s unexpired term.
AS I SEE IT: Honey Crisp apples bring favorite foods to mind
Honey Crisp. That’s the name of the apple I’m addicted to, and I think I know why. There’s the satisfying crunch of teeth followed by a rush of tangy sweetness, but that isn’t all.
The labryinth gets messier in Kashmir
The first modern country in which democracy blossomed was the United States of America. As we are well-aware, the founding fathers of this nation learned from the mistakes of others, drafted a constitution and created a well-knit federal state through adult franchise. Looking at the ruthless and tyrannical dictatorships that people had lived through for eons, democracy had become a necessity.
It cannot, however, be said that democracy was universal in its appeal and acceptance as quite a few variants of it were devised by certain groups to suit their calling.
HEY HINK: Stay away from the snakes and cats
Snakes and cats are in the news this week. Because I have a mean streak, I decided to share it with you.
Let’s start with snakes. Everyone knows most people have an instinctive aversion to legless reptiles. Last October, scientists from Toyama University of Japan and the University of Brasilia jointly released the results of a study of brain cell activity in certain monkeys. According to their research, there are “snake-sensitive neurons” in the brains of these primates that respond more strongly and rapidly to images of snakes than other cells respond to images of monkey faces, monkey hands or geometric shapes. These results are astounding because subject monkeys were raised in a walled colony and never had previous exposure to snakes.
Why Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is so scary
I cried when I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman. The news scared me: He got sober when he was 22 and didn't drink or use drugs for the next 23 years.
The Sochi Olympics and the facade of Russian progress
In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman described the reconstruction of St. Petersburg’s monumental Winter Palace after a fire. To meet the czar’s deadline during a bitterly cold winter, the “unprecedented efforts” included heating the structure’s interior to almost 90 degrees. Of the thousands of laborers who braved the extremes of temperature, “a considerable number died each day,” wrote the Marquis de Custine, “but, as the victims were replaced by other champions who filled their places — to perish in their turn in this inglorious gap — the losses were not apparent.”
Frederick oysters pack a punch
Robb Walsh is a Houston food writer who has written extensively about that City’s various food cultures. He has recently authored a book about oysters that is titled “Sex, Death, and Oysters, a Half Shell Lover’s World Tour.”
In that work he details how oysters have been enjoyed by historical figures such as the Roman Emperor Nero, the French King Louis XIV and have been referenced in literature for centuries.
Walsh writes of how oysters have been eaten in what is now the American gulf south region for thousands of years and plays an important role in the culinary and cultural traditions in the coastal areas of Louisiana, Maryland and Texas today.
Maybe Legislature should not consider policy bills next year
Last week I wrote that it should be the goal of the Legislature to reduce the number of laws. Over the years, the number of state statutes has greatly increased, even though voters elected a new wave of small government conservatives.
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