Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

The Hawk!

July 21, 2018

Now that we are in the dogs days of summer, I’m reminded of the lyrics  from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma,  . . . “Oklahoma, ev’ry night my honey lamb and I . . . Sit alone and talk, and watch a hawk, makin lazy circles in the sky.” And speaking of hawks, here is a poem by W.B. (William Butler) Yeats entitled “The Hawk.”

“CALL down the hawk from the air;
Let him be hooded or caged
Till the yellow eye has grown mild,
For larder and spit are bare,
The old cook enraged,
The scullion gone wild.’
“I will not be clapped in a hood,
Nor a cage, nor alight upon wrist,
Now I have learnt to be proud
Hovering over the wood
In the broken mist
Or tumbling cloud.’
“What tumbling cloud did you cleave,
Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind,
Last evening? that I, who had sat
Dumbfounded before a knave,
Should give to my friend
A pretence of wit.’

Fire and Ice!

July 12, 2018

Fire and IceA couple of months ago, while attending the Oklahoma Library Association’s Annual Conference, I entered a raffle for a work of art . . . and won!  The title of this piece: “Fire and Ice” (from the House of Voodoo Series), the artist: Rudy Ellis, the medium: enhanced digital photography.  This was a rather large piece (24″ x 36″) that required some creative “shuffling” of paintings hanging in my bedroom.  Alas, the challenges of an art collector who is rapidly running out of wall space.  But, I always manage to find a way to get new acquisitions up on the wall (so far).  Rudy has been a professional artist for over 35 years from Ardmore, Oklahoma. His creative foci are in enhanced digital photography, photography, painting, illustration and design.   I always enjoy discovering new talent.  My apologies for the “flash” in the middle of the picture; I have not yet mastered the photographing of art behind glass — I either get a reflection off of the glass, or the flash.  Alas.


Necktie of the Month – November 2017!

November 1, 2017

WoodenTieThis month’s necktie represents the acquisition of a second “wooden” bowtie from the local company The Two Guys Bowtie right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This bowtie features the Tulsa skyline and is positively stunning!   The obvious suit and shirt pairings would be my brown and beige-toned items, but I’ll try to keep an open mind.  Be sure to check out their website to explore the wonderful variety of styles and designs.  And, if you don’t see something you like, they give you the opportunity to “build your own” custom bowtie thereby removing any excuse possible for not owning one of these works of art.

The Circus is Coming!

July 16, 2016

Summer, the time of hot days, baseball and apple pie, and the circus coming to town.  Just what was the draw of the circus?  The big tents, the clowns, the exotic animals, the trapeze and high wire acrobatics, jugglers, etc. . . . they were just plain fun!   Did you know that sixty years ago today (in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was the last time that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus did a show in a “big tent?”  It all boiled down to the economics (cost) of putting on the shows.  All subsequent shows were to be held in arenas.


And speaking of circuses, did you know that there is a circus cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma?  A mere two-and-a-half hour drive south (and a little east) of Tulsa will bring you to this historical gem of a town.

According to, “This southeastern Oklahoma town first caught the eye of the Kelly Miller Circus, back in 1937.  Hugo’s central location and temperate climate proved an ideal base for a caravan of performers, and through the years the idea caught on.  More than 20 different circuses have called Hugo home, and three still do.”


With My Life If Need Be . . . !

May 7, 2016

Today we honor Tulsa’s Heroes — those police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our city having died in the line of duty.   This is always an emotional event, but an important one.  And, lest we forget, here is the Oath of Office that every officer takes when they are sworn in:

I, [name], having been duly appointed a Police Officer of the City of Tulsa, and a Peace Officer of the State of Oklahoma, do solemnly swear, that I will defend, enforce, and obey the Constitution and Laws of the United State, the State of Oklahoma, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Tulsa.

That I will obey the lawful orders of my superior officers and the regulations of the Tulsa Police Department.

That I will protect the Rights, Lives, and Property of all citizens and uphold the honor of the Police Profession.WITH MY LIFE, if need be.

This I solemnly swear.

We remember, and we honor each and every one of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Candlelight Vigil!

May 6, 2016

Memorial-Oath-on-wall-006This year, the National Peace Officers Memorial Day will fall on Sunday, May 15. National Police Week (NPW) takes place during the calendar week on which May 15 falls, so this year’s official NPW dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016, through Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Here in Tulsa we will be honoring our fallen tonight (Friday, May 6th) with our Candlelight Vigil (8:30 PM) and tomorrow (Saturday, May 7th) with our Memorial Service (10 AM).

I’ve never actually been to Washington, DC to attend the National Police Week events, but I did find myself in DC a couple of weeks ago and stopped by the National Peace Officers Memorial to pay my respects.  During my visit, I copied down the location at the National Memorial for each of Tulsa’s fallen.  So, if you are planning a visit to DC in the future, here is a list of Tulsa’s heroes . . . (chronological, most recent to oldest).

Name; Date of Death; Memorial Location
Senior Police Officer Dick Hobson, Jr.; June 11, 1996; 19-E 20
Officer Constantine G. “Gus” Spanos; April 23, 1993; 47-W 19
Officer James A. “Bert” Slay; November 10, 1986; 53-W 10
Officer Chance F. Whiteman, III; March 26, 1982; 47-W 16
Officer Kelly L. Smythe; March 26, 1982; 37-W 1
Officer Fabrienne M. Van Arsdell; July 25, 1981; 63-W 16
Sergeant Donald L. Byerley; December 15, 1980; 41-W 5
Officer Carl V. “Pancho” Kime, Jr.; November 5, 1979; 37-W 18
Auxiliary Officer Glenn Truman Wortham; July 15, 1973; 63-W 19
Sergeant J. Thurman Spybuck; April 3, 1971; 52-W 8
Officer George Lee Brady; April 3, 1963; 28-W 10
Officer Hugh C. Greer; April 27, 1962; 38-W 8
Officer Thomas Ernest Milstead; November 30, 1961; 37-W 15
Officer Leroy E. Cowles; September 8, 1961; 51-E 5
Officer Alan F. Yerton; December 25, 1959; 51-E 6
Corporal Nelson F. Williams; June 1, 1958; 51-E 8
Officer Wallace Eugene Casey; May 12, 1957; 39-W 14
Detective Cornelius W. White; May 17, 1951; 45-W 8
Officer James S. Peters; April 14, 1949; 29-W 3
Officer Claud S. Lynch; November 28, 1948; 12-W 22
Officer Lawrence M. Inman; March 13, 1947; 29-W 1
Captain Ray F. Cowan; February 4, 1947; 5-E 10
Detective Ben H. Johnston; January 3, 1947; 46-W 12
Detective Sylvester R. Cormack; September 12, 1946; 46-W 11
Detective Gerald M. St. Clair; September 2, 1946; 46-W 9
Officer Walter C. Busch; October 10, 1944; 54-W 7
Officer Lawrence Leroy “Shorty” Rogers; March 16, 1941; 39-W 8
Officer Edward W. Von Holten; March 24, 1937; 54-W 5
Officer Walter N. Clark; December 10, 1936; 29-W 16
Detective Lawrence B. Mitchell; July 22, 1934; 45-W 9
Detective Henry C. Morrison; April 23, 1933; 33-W 14
Detective James A. Woolley; January 23, 1931; 5-E 14
Officer William Sydney Brooks; December 31, 1930; 28-W 1
Officer Robert Jackson; October 31, 1927; 53-W 15
Officer Robert Donnelly; February 26, 1922; 33-W 4
Officer Ed Yoakum; October 27, 1920; 63-W 2
Detective William Charles Meachum; June 8, 1920; 51-E 11
Officer Glenn Allison; February 7, 1918; 63-W 13
Sergeant John Harrod; November 9, 1917; 29-W 17

We will never forget!

NatureWorks . . . A Month Later!

April 8, 2016

Prairie+Grasses,+oil-canvas,14x14,2015Happy Friday!  So, it has been more than a month now since Tulsa’s NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale and I am just now getting around to posting one of the several pieces that I purchased.  I look forward to this show every year and successfully collected a piece from two separate artists that had formerly been on my “wish list” to collect:  Matthew Higginbotham and Jerry Ricketson.  This piece, an original oil by Matthew, is entitled “Prairie Grasses,” was painted in 2015, and measures 14 x 14 (16 x 16 with the frame).  It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist that I have been following and hoping to someday collect.  Hopefully, the first of many more.  I was also able to pick up a another painting by Christopher Westfall as well as a piece by Virginia Stroud.

Ghost Towns of Oklahoma!

August 12, 2015

I guess it would first be useful to define what is meant by “ghost town.”  Unfortunately, there seems to be no universal definition — towns that are completely abandoned, towns that are dead and dying, towns that may have never been a town at all (a hamlet, a village, a camp, etc.), or towns where the population has decreased at least eighty (80) percent from its maximum (can these really be considered “ghost” towns if people actually remain?).

Regardless of the definition, Oklahoma seems to have quite a few.  Here are a few sites that document these towns (in Oklahoma as well as throughout the U.S. and the world).

The Locked Door!

February 10, 2015

IMG_0744A couple of months ago, my institution hosted an art exhibit featuring the computer-generated art of Richard Coones.  Yes, I found a piece that I just couldn’t live without.  The artist: Richard Coones; the title: The Locked Door; the medium: computer-generated painting

Coones retired in 2001 after a 36-year career teaching art for the Northeastern State University Art Department in Tahlequah. But in the years since he retired from teaching, Coones has stayed busy as a working artist and maintained a relationship with NSU, including the generous sharing of his artwork.  Several substantial pieces have already been donated to the NSU Broken Arrow campus to help cultivate an increased appreciation for the arts, and I, for one, am truly grateful.


Happy Birthday Frank!

June 8, 2014

Price_towerFrank Lloyd Wright, that is, famous architect, interior designer, writer, and educator.  In 1991, Wright was named (posthumously, of course) “the greatest American architects of all time” by the American Institute of Architects.  In the course of his career, he designed over 1,000 structures and completed 532 works.  He also authored 20 books and numerous articles.  Here in Oklahoma, we are fortunate to have one of only two vertically oriented structures extant that were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Price Tower, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (pictured here).  This 19-story, 221 foot tower was completed in 1956.  Since 1985, the building has been repurposed as the Price Tower Arts Center which includes a museum, tours of the historic tower, a hotel and restaurant.  This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.

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