Broken, But Full

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Memories of loved ones too soon gone are kept alive through stories, stories that tell who they were and who they still are. Recently, I gave an interview about becoming grateful through tragedy. In the interview, I discussed our journey through the loss of our son, Jacob. Even after the interview, there’s still lots to tell about how our hearts are broken, but full. Full of memories of the good he put into the world.

These particular memories involve a CD found in his car and a simple trip to the grocery store turned into something more. The stories behind them leave our hearts broken, but full.

My Only Sunshine

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“You Are My Sunshine” is one of the most recognizable songs throughout the world. Few people are aware of it’s origins as a Country music tear-jerker and it’s place inthe politics of Louisiana. Fewer still know about it’s rocky path getting to that point…

And the song has taken on a new meaning for me, after an evening with the neighbor’s daughter Eowyn and the turbulent year that followed.

A High Stakes Halloween

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Halloween is all fun and games…until you have something to prove. For my brother, it was coming up with an elaborate costume, Sigmund the Sea Monster, to dethrone Hal DeJarnett after a years long winning streak at the annual Halloween get-together. For me, it was expressing my self on this one day a year you got to be someone other than yourself.

It was a day I saw into the future, celebrated the past and decided what it was I was going to be!

Poor Mr. Dore: A Local Tale Through The Lens of The Frontier Thesis

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The killing of PJ Dore as he stood talking to friends in front of the Westville, Oklahoma Post Office in 1914 was the result of a clash of cultures, a part of the history of the American West. As seen through the on-going debate of the Frontier Thesis, the story, which has taken on the stuff of local legend, illustrates two opposing views of the American West. Listen in!

Go Ahead: Crockett Takes On The President

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David Crockett (he never signed his name as Davy Crockett) cuts an impressive figure in history. Frontiersman, bear hunter, Indian fighter and hero of the Texas Revolution, his memory has become legendary. Author Michael Wallis, writer of the book “David Crockett: The Lion of the West” talks about another aspect of Crockett’s heroism. As a congressman from Tennessee,  Crockett broke with the powerful and tenacious President Andrew Jackson over the issue of Indian removal. Learn more about what Wallis calls Crockett’s “shining moment.”