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August 26, 2019

Last weekend had several good things going on. Hoping that you were able to take part in some of them.
Saturday morning’s Farmer’s Market was awesome. We only have September Saturday’s remaining to embrace the market. Took home some cucumbers, pumpkin bread, green beans, okra, and cantaloupe. Was too late to get some of Sarah Wiebe’s sour dough bread. It was difficult breaking that little bit of news to my dad.
Sue Smith called me last week and said that she appreciates the Farmers Market so much that she wanted to become a Main Street Guymon member. I love that! Not just that we’ll have a new member, but that someone appreciates what our volunteers are working so hard at doing. Thanks, Sue!
Then about half – way through the morning, there at the market was the Dog Parade, part of Main Street Guymon’s Meet Me at the Market events. What a great time. Charles White Insurance crew presented this event and there were some of the cutest dog costumes and dogs you ever saw. I smiled all the way home thinking of it. Main Street Guymon’s set the registration fee to go to the City of Guymon Animal Shelter, all $39 of it! And there was April Coble taking photos at the Dog Parade for the newspaper. Yep, working on Saturday. We appreciate you, April and the Guymon Daily Herald.
The Car Show happened that afternoon.
The OPSU soccer games took place that evening, with the girls winning their first game. I remember when we had soccer on the OPSU campus in the 70s. It was pretty exciting then. Most of the team was made up of students from Nigeria back then.
Then on Sunday I hope you all went to church. I tuckered out and missed church (which my kids said was excellent) and even missed the family lunch. Feeling old can be exhausting.
The Know Your Neighbor Event about Burma / Myanmar took place on Sunday and went really well. That was a Main Street Guymon event, sponsored by Seaboard Foods.
There were probably other things happening, too, like the feeding of the animals at the Game Reserve on Saturday morning.
We finished the weekend with a friendly game of six – point pitch, my twin son and daughter and I, on Sunday.
If you didn’t have a great weekend, then join us for some of our community events that are coming up!
The City of Guymon is showing a movie on the evening of Aug. 30 at Cross Park behind the YMCA on Oklahoma Street.
Farmers Market starts on Saturday morning, Sept. 7, and the Baby Beauty Contest begins at 10 (registration at 9:30) and presented by Golden Crown.
The Guymon Firefighter Ball is on Sept. 7 at Pickle Creek.
The Meet Me at the Market events on Sat., Sept. 14 are the Salsa Contest (who is the best salsa maker?) and the Art Walk.
Guymon Fiesta happens on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3-8 pm at 5th and Main. Lots of great food vendors and things to do.
We all have an opportunity to participate in many community activities and each and every person that attended any of the recent event, thank you. And extra thank you and blessings sent to those who sponsored these events. You’re all keeping our community alive!

August 12, 2019

Someone came up with some life lessons that they felt should be posted in all schools and work places. The writer(s) then attributed the list to Bill Gates. This seems to be a lie, but the list is interesting, and I think I’ll share it.
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it.
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self – esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice – president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it is not your parent’s fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They go that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life, people have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
It seems pretty obvious that the writer is someone older and pretty grouchy that wrote this. And probably someone that is very disappointed in their children or grandchildren. But there are some good points.
There are some young people who probably should read this, but I know some awesome young folks that know how to work and appreciate their parents. In no way does it seem to me that the majority of today’s youth are lacking.
The majority of people turn out pretty much they way they are taught and the way they are treated. But the one fact that cannot be altered is that we’re all different. And stereotyping all “those people” is not going to be accurate about everyone. Ever.
Let’s hope the information I have on upcoming community activities is more accurate than stereotyping.
The next Farmers Market, Aug. 17, includes a Pickle and Relish Contest. Bring your best and enter it up before 10 am and you might win $50 in Main Bucks! This all takes place at the market in front of the Texas County Courthouse at 4th and Main. See you there!
On Aug. 23 is the next Craft for a Cause which is a yard ball sign painting. BOP puts on the event, which is a fund raiser for the OPSU SOEA (not sure what that is) and costs $40 a person, but you get your yard sign and everything needed to make it, childcare, and drinks. This time it is at the OPSU Ballroom from 5 – 7:30 pm and you get 25% off of food. They do ask that you RSVP by Aug. 16. Call 580-468-3580 to do that. Did you know that BOP has given over $13,000 to the community through this program? Amazing! And that is the truth.
The 25th of August is the Know Your Neighbor program at the Guymon Public Library from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Safe Room. This program is a documentary about Burma and then we will hear from Mang Lien, who has been living in Guymon since 2009 (and who graduated from OPSU in 2015).
See you on the bricks!

August 10, 2019

For those of us that love to read and hate tossing a book away, here is a way to pass on your paperbacks.
Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that can help you share your gently – used paperback books to American troops overseas and veterans and military families here in the United States. Since 1999, over 2 million books have been shipped through this program.
Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veteran’s hospitals in the U.S., as well as USO centers at U.S. airport transit points. In 2112, they added a program to ship books to any military family.
You can go online to and click on the “send books” point and sign up to be a volunteer shipper. The volunteer shipper collects and ships their own books using the addresses they provide. The list they provide is generated by the genres you have to ship, and the program generates a customize address label to use. You label the books and insert their standard shipping letter or write one of your own. Pack the box, address it, and mail it off at the post office.
This is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and donations are tax deductible.
And if you have children’s books, they can be donated to the Bus 6 program here in Guymon. If you have some, bring them on by the Main Street Guymon office and we’ll make sure they get to the right folks!
Talk about know, there is a program on the people from Burma (also knows as Myanmar) at the Guymon Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3:30 pm. This is part of the Main Street Guymon program “Know Your Neighbor.” Guymon has a significant population of people who have been living in Guymon for a long time. It’s good to learn a little about why the people from Burma have chosen to move to the United States, and Guymon in particular.
The next day is Aug. 26 and the day the Diabetes Support Group meetings at the Heritage Community at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend this free support group that has a program each month.
Does it sometimes feel that you’re always being rejected? That everyone is always telling you “no?” You can also use these moments as learning tools. Go to and you’ll find Jia Jiang teaches individuals and organizations that the fear of rejection is usually more damaging than the actual experience. In fact, he believes that looking at rejection with open – minded curiosity can be an impressive catalyst for success.
That’s an interesting concept.
When you’re down in the dumps, you can also look at these 10 signs that show you’re doing pretty good in life.
1. You have a roof over your head.
2. You ate today.
3. You have a good heart.
4. You wish good for others.
5. You have clean water.
6. Someone cares for you.
7. You strive to be better.
8. You have clean clothes.
9. You have a dream.
10. You’re breathing.
Be thankful for the little things, for they are the most important.
I am thankful for each and every one of you that support Main Street Guymon, our local businesses, and our community.
See you on the bricks!

August 1, 2019

Today let’s just mess around with some Oklahoma trivia that is gathering dust in my “On the Bricks” folder.
Oklahoma is home to several exceptional athletes over the years. Mickey Mantle is a baseball player from Spavinaw, who hit his 500th home run on May 14, 1967, for the New York Yankees. That day he became the sixth player in baseball to hit 500 home runs or more.
Baseball catcher Johnny Bench, Binger, is also well – known; as is Time Magazine’s Athlete of the Century, Jim Thorpe from Prague; Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Troy Aikman, Henryetta; baseballer Dizzy Dean, Holdenville; and footballer Darrell Royal of Hollis.
Gymnast Shannon Miller moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, at six months of age. She is the most decorated U.S. gymnast, male or female, at the Olympic Games, with a total of 7 medals; she has 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996; is the second most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history; and the tenth most decorated gymnast from any country by her individual medal count.
Bertha Frank Teague was a basketball coach and the first woman inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma also has some well-known people in the arts. Ralph Waldo Ellison is an author from Oklahoma City best known for his novel Invisible Man, winner of the National Book Award in 1953.
Author Tony Hillerman is from Sacred Heart; Pultizer Prize winning poet John Berryman, Anadarko and McAlester; S.E. Hinton, author from Tulsa; columnist Argus Hamilton, Ardmore; and Louis L’Amour, Oklahoma City.
Maria Tallchief was an Osage dancer considered America’s first major prima ballerina. Born in Fairfax, Okla., she studied in Los Angeles, moved to New York City, spent five years with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo where she met choreographer George Balanchine who later co-founded what became the New York City Ballet in 1946, where this Oklahoma ballerina became its first star. She was the first American to perform in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Before retirement she served as director of ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Brad Pitt is an American actor, born in 1963 in Shawnee, who had a leading role in A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Seven, Fight, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and many more movies. He had as wives both Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie.
This year Quentin Tarantino delivers an Oklahoma one – two punch with his newest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Pitt and featuring Oklahoma City native James Marsden as part of a sprawling ensemble cast exploring the film industry of the late 1960s.
Some other notable actors are James Garner, Norman; Ron Howard, Duncan; Ben Johnson, Pawhuska; Tony Randall, Tulsa; Gene Autry, Gene Autry and Sapulpa; Gary Busey, Tulsa; Kristin Chenowith, Broken Arrow; Joan Crawford, Lawton; Chuck Norris, Wilson and Ryan; and Donna Reed, Tulsa;.
TV host Phillip McGraw, “Dr. Phil” is from Oklahoma City. Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite also came from Oklahoma City.
Paul Harvey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was an American radio broadcaster known for his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From the 1950s through the 1990s, his programs reached as many as 24 million people a week.
The most famous radio personality in the history of the United States was Will Rogers of Oolagah and Claremore.
Woody Guthrie is a famous Oklahoma folk singer and song writer born in 1912 in Okemah. His best-known song is This Land is Your Land. He wrote many songs about his experiences in the Dust Bowl and was nicknamed the Dust Bowl Troubadour.
A few other singers include Garth Brooks, Tulsa; Vince Gill, Norman; Reba McEntire, McAlester; Roy Clark, Tulsa; Charlie Christian, Oklahoma City; David Gates (Bread) from Tulsa; Leon Russell, also from Tulsa; and Blake Shelton, Ada.
Cartoonist Chester Gould was from Pawnee. He drew the Dick Tracy comic from 1931 to 1977.
Air and space travel includes some famous Okies. Astronaut Thomas Stafford was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and flew on the Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz missions. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and is known for the “Handshake in Space” with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Lenov.
Other Oklahoma astronauts are Gordon Cooper, Shawnee and Tecumseh; Owen Garriott, Enid; Shannon Lucid, Bethany; and John Herrington.
Aviation pioneers Paul and Thomas Braniff were from Oklahoma City.
Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd is from Akins and Sallisaw; and Outlaw Belle Starr is from Eufaula.
Financier J. Paul Getty is from Tulsa.
The two largest airports in Oklahoma are named after two famous Oklahomans who were both killed in airplane crashes. Will Rogers Airport in OKC and Wiley Post Airport in Tulsa.
Carl McGee of Oklahoma City and Tulsa invented the parking meter.
Bill Pickett of Ponca City is considered the inventor of bull dogging.
Oklahoma has a rich history full of notable people and places.
See you on the bricks!