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I spent the last week in California visiting our West coast family and friends (some came down from Oregon as well). As usual the jokes and remarks about Oklahoma started almost as soon as our covered wagon plane landed.  Here are a couple of  examples: “You have paved roads back there?” “How many outhouses does your double-wide have?” Real funny huh?   I don’t get angry because I know they’re just joking. I think…. Read More

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Michelle was out of town last weekend, so Tommy (my youngest son) and I took our boat out for the first time this spring. If you know me, you know it’s always an adventure when we launch the yacht (okay it’s more like a 20 year old, 20 foot boat). And it was no different this time. More on that in a moment, but first the back story. Michelle and I bought our… Read More

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This is what I came home to late last night. After another day of reporting about murders,scandals and disasters, stepping over a snake in my house isn’t my idea of relaxing. I hate snakes! Looks real doesn’t it? That’s what I thought for a heart-stopping moment. To top it off the joke happened the same day our next door neighbor killed a five-foot snake on his back porch. A real one! The… Read More

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Happy 90th birthday to my dad!! He (and mom) are still going strong. A young Doug. Dad and mom in the 1940’s. Doctor during WWII (that’s him on the right). Dad was a pediatrician. Dad loves his garden. Dad and mom today.

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Sorry to my friends in Oklahoma. I feel like I’m cheating on you. I’ve escaped your oppressive heat for a while. While you’re roasting day after day in the 100+ degree furnace, I’m enjoying some cool Oregon weather. I’m spending some time with my parents. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years. My dad turns 90 this year. My mom 85. Today I drove them (and brother-in-law Denny) to the… Read More

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Happy birthday to my oldest son. David is 21 today!! When Michelle and I left the hospital with him 21 years ago, we looked at each other and said, “What do we do now?” We’re still asking the same question. Every day it’s a new learning experience with our kids. Here’s a look at then and now: Forget David. His mom looks fabulous!! I should have kept those aviator sunglasses. They’re popular… Read More

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I just got a call from my wife. “You won’t believe what YOUR boys just did,” she scolded. They’re always MY boys when they’re bad. Were they catapulting water balloons at golfers again? Or yelling “Cannonball” in their backswing? No, the golf course is closed on Mondays, so it couldn’t be that.  Were they aiming the beam of one of those laser pens through the windows of one of our Middle Eastern… Read More

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It’s summer. School’s out. It’s hot. Kids are bored. Tommy thought he’d get a haircut…. from one of his friends, Sam. A buzz cut!! Here’s how it went: It turned out pretty good. Maybe I’ll try it next time. Maybe not.

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This is a special day for my parents. They’ve been married 66 years. That’s a long time. Recently I asked them their secret to a long marriage. Commitment, love and faithfulness are three words I heard a lot. It certainly worked for them. And for the three dozen couples I met a couple of weeks ago who are members of the exclusive 50+ club. Unfortunately, commitment, love and faithfulness is something fewer… Read More

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My wife says I can be a bit nostalgic at times. Guilty. As I get older, I have more memories. Makes sense. Over the weekend, I even conjured up the memories of a family I’ve never met. It was at one of her open houses. My wife is a realtor, and sometimes I keep her company for those two hours. The house was vacant. No furniture. No TV. Nothing. I was bored,… Read More

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I love to see my kids happy, but this is ridiculous.  Last night my 15-year-old and I were watching “Jersey Shore” together (don’t ask why). He kept bugging me about whether his school will have another snow day on Friday. A brief snow storm Thursday morning closed schools, and while there was no new snow forecasted, it was going to be really cold, freezing the roads. The conversation went something like this:

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Here are a few scenes from our family ski trip to Vail:

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