Archives: February 2020

Creative Expertise

At home with Dustin and Sarah Dorr

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dustin and Sarah Dorr returned from California in 2014 with their young son and daughter in tow. Living well is at the heart of what both do professionally, albeit in different mediums. Dustin is a designer, whose extraordinary prowess is evident in his many projects and overall style.  Likewise, Sarah, a blogger, is unparalleled in…

The Reformer

Kris Steele changing how Oklahomans view incarceration

When Oklahoma conducted the largest commutation of nonviolent offenders in U.S. history, releasing over 500 individuals on Nov. 4, 2019, the former inmates were not just taken to the gate and told they were free to go. Because of efforts by Kris Steele, they had important tools to make their transition into society much easier.   “Department of Corrections removed…

Denim in Demand

In praise of a favorite fabric’s fashions

L’Agence frayed denim jacket and Gilli top from CK & Co.; Sanctuary high-neck blouse from rosegold; Rock & Roll Denim flares and Dingo booties from Tener’s; bolo and rings by Moth Wing Metal Works by Brittany Jacobs.   Let’s hear it for denim; always in style, forever a favorite and most definitely a classic. Who among us doesn’t have at…

What’s Up in the 405

See what's happening this weekend!

Brendon McLarty Asthma Foundation Benefit Concert   NEXT WEEKEND! Happening at the Tower Theatre is the 2020 Brendon McLarty Asthma Foundation featuring Reckless Kelly! Buy tickets HERE. Jason Aldean Brings ‘Hicktown’ to Bricktown February 28 Starting 15 years ago with his first single, “Hicktown,” Jason Aldean swiftly became one of the top male singers in country music, achieving platinum sales…

Lodi’s Wonderful Wine Reverie

Dreamin’ of a California wine paradise

Say “Lodi” and someone is bound to channel Creedence Clearwater Revival and respond with “Oh, Lord – stuck in Lodi again.” All I have to say is, “You should be so lucky!”   Located in California’s Central Valley, Lodi, east of Napa and south of Sacramento, is California’s largest viticultural appellation with more than twice as many acres of vines…

A Pain-Free Future

Finding a better treatment for sickle cell anemia at OMRF

Sickle cell anemia is a painful disease. It plugs up blood vessels, starves organs of oxygen and causes episodes known as “pain crises” that send sufferers to the hospital.   Rodger McEver, M.D., treated many patients with sickle cell while training in Chicago and St. Louis, which have large African American populations that are most susceptible to the disease.  The…

The Spine Clinic is Helping Oklahomans Stay on their Feet

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  Pictured Top: Brett Braly, M.D.  Pictured Bottom: Doug Beacham III, D.O. Dr. Brett Braly’s path to his present career as an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Spine Clinic of Oklahoma City began on a high school wrestling mat in Enid.    During practice one day Braly sustained an injury that ultimately resulted in a spinal fusion. It ended his…

Life Among Music

When Madison McCoy Rosser and husband Robert Rosser found their century-old house in Mesta Park, it was love at first sound.

The sounds of music regularly fill this 110-year-old Mesta Park home, but brightly colored guitars and vintage musical décor transform that theme into a visual one that conveys musician Madison McCoy Rosser’s love for the art.    McCoy Rosser, who lives here with her husband, Robert Rosser, displays guitars and other instruments she has collected through the years – many…

At Home With Britta Newton-Tarron

  Britta Newton-Tarron is owner of Oklahoma City-based creative consulting firm BNT & Co. Her work focuses on strategic communications and brand development. Newton-Tarron is married with twin boys due early this year. How did you end up in the creative consulting field?    I began my career working as a model, which is what initially sparked my interest in…

Affection Connection

The season to show you care

The month of February has long been associated with the idea of love. Truth be told, recognizing your loved one doesn’t mean it has to be your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife. Celebrating your friends (we see you, “galentine” party goers) or your kids or even your co-workers is always worth the effort. Here are a few thoughts on simple…

The Good Work

Inside the caring outreach of Someday Soon

A Someday Soon Foundation cookout for Oklahoma City’s homeless isn’t just another “feeding” of the local downtrodden. There is an energy to it. Music pumps. There is laughter and handshakes. It feels as much a party as anything.    Someday Soon Foundation founder Tommy Kelly loves engaging with this community and you can see it in the way he interacts…

The Heart of Soul Food

  Chef Carla Hall is best known for her turn as a cohost on ABC’s “The Chew,” or as a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars.” The television personality is only one small part of Hall’s resume, though. She is also a trained chef, cookbook author, former runway model, former culinary ambassador at the Smithsonian National…

The Great Date

Romance awaits on OKC dates

A great date can be as elaborate as a hot air balloon ride, complete with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and an unexpected marriage proposal – or as simple as a meal in a café, with steamy cappuccinos, ambient jazz tunes overhead and hours of conversation.    Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or any occasion you want to woo your boo,…

Bride to Be Stunning

Wondrous wedding couture

A wedding dress suggests a mood, a beautiful reflection of the bride’s personality and the way she wants to feel on her special day. Maybe it’s a chic wedding jumpsuit or a prairie-influenced bridal gown. More often, it’s a romantic and feminine style that’s everlasting and stunning, sometimes with a fresh update or two.   Today’s brides wear gowns that…

The Springfield Charm

Explore and enjoy in a Missouri treasure

  If you’re looking for a big-time destination in a small town, I have just the place for you: Springfield, Missouri, just over four hours northeast of Oklahoma City, is a one-size-fits-most kind of town. Indoors, outdoors and underground, history, food and fun – you’ll find it here.   Hunters, anglers and outdoorsy types know it as home to the…

Embracing Acceptance

Pride, support and free mom hugs

Sara Cunningham’s journey from conflicted mom of a gay son to passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community wasn’t exactly a cake walk.    When her son Parker came out to her in 2011, she wanted to know how to accept him while still holding on to her relationship with her church. In the end, she not only left her church…

Vive le Soixante Quinze

Champagne, gin and a French classic

  A very informal survey of Oklahoma City metro bartenders indicates that the French 75 is as popular as you think it is. The Champagne and gin cocktail, a variation on a Tom Collins, currently seems to be everywhere. In some bars around town, especially those that serve classic cocktails, it comes in second in sales behind the esteemed Old…

Cajun Contentment

Magnolia Bistro brings nice spice to downtown

  I once asked a chef why more restaurants didn’t serve chili, and his answer will work for gumbo, too: “Everyone has a way they prefer their chili, so the odds of making a majority of people happy with your recipe are very small.” Start talking about Cajun food, and gumbo experts show up in all your feeds.    “We…

An Act of Disobedience

The ongoing importance of OKC’s Katz Sit-In

Several children walk in from the hot August sun for a soda at the counter of Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City. It’s 1958. The children are African-American – and until then, had been prohibited from sitting at the soda fountain counter because of the color of their skin.     It is the first so-called “sit-in” in Oklahoma City to…

Fonda You

Farewell to an OKC legend

Late 2019 brought heartbreaking news for my family. My lifelong best friend and husband of 30+ years, Bob, passed away suddenly. Boisterous and larger than life, he left without a sound, gone in an instant.   Bob was an amalgamation of Dennis the Menace, the Three Stooges, Allen Funt of “Candid Camera” fame and Benny Hill. Irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny,…

Score Search

More options to ace the ACT

College-bound students looking to maximize their ACT scores will have more options this year. Starting in September, students may retake the English, reading, math and science sections separately, according to the nonprofit organization that administers the test widely used as part of the college admissions process. Currently, students seeking to improve their scores must retake the entire test.   Also…