This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

As a transplant to Oklahoma, it’s been somethin’ to get used to the insanity of Southern plains weather. I grew up accustomed to cool summer evenings, late springs, a chilly fall and a white winter. At present, it’s searing hot in Oklahoma City. Heat-advisory invoking, dangerously, stupid hot. Here are six summer lessons I learned in …

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It’s Travel Tuesday. Today, I’ll visit the past. On the peaceful grounds of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum this fall, I stumbled upon the final resting place of a number of rodeo animals from across the country, including a bucking bull aptly named Tornado who hailed from Oklahoma. I wrote a piece for …

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Hey ya’ll! Happy New Year! I like to contemplate what I’m doing here on the world wide webs, especially when a year turns over, new leaf style. What do I want to do more of? Why did the song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” pop into my head as I wrote that? What do I …

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I’m re-posting what’s below in honor of the 20th anniversary today of the bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City: Tomorrow I’m participating in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I wanted to share a story about a doctor I got to know, who was there shortly after the domestic terrorist bomb attack …

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Last weekend we drove to northeast Oklahoma. Our destination was Osage County, home of the Osage Nation, a bustling little town called Pawhuska, 70 square miles of pristine prairie and Oklahoma’s most famous blogger, The Pioneer Woman. It was another last-minute hiking trip. Don’t our pics look perfect? Lest I mislead you, we got back …

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I was dispatched to western Oklahoma again yesterday to dig up more information on the lives of six people whose bodies may have been found at the bottom of Foss Lake. There were three bodies in two cars about 50 feet off shore, a 1969 Camaro and a 1952 or ’53 Chevrolet. Three adults went …

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