Posts Tagged tornado


On Woody the Stick Horse, Black Bart and Being a 3-year-old Cowboy in Norman, Oklahoma

                  Whoa, big felluh. It took every ounce of strength I had as a three-year-old to control Woody. He may not look like a massive steed in the photo above but, trust me, he was the greatest stickhorse who ever lived. Strong. Fast. Fearless. Loyal. Bulletproof. And […]

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After 20 Years Down Under, the Moore Tornado Stirs Up My Okie DNA

The longer you live overseas, the less you feel tethered to the American mothership. This month, I’ve been overseas for 20 years, and I’ve missed so much. To put this into perspective… I was in New Zealand, half a world away from America, when: — The Murrah Building was bombed — Gulf War II was […]

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Blowin’ in the wind, and missing thunder boomers

I thought it was a dog. Or a kid. It just blasted across the road, right to left. The car in front had to slam on its brakes to miss it. Turns out, it was a big box moving at high velocity, powered by blustery winds. It reminded me of one of the things that […]

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Give Me Tornadoes Any Day

An earthquake just whacked Christchurch, which is New Zealand’s second largest city, about 500 miles south of me. Thankfully, no casualties to report, but maybe $2 billion in damage. It all makes me think about relativity and Mother Nature. Growing up in Oklahoma, we spent most fall and spring evenings with the television on, listening […]

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