Lately the definition of success has been a topic of several conversations for me. It’s interesting. And then I read this, written by Coach Keith, an assistant coach in the OPSU baseball program who recently resigned. Coach Keith is the one that made Main Street Guymon’s Special Game Day happen.
What Coach Keith wrote says what I believe so well. I think he wrote it to other OPSU staff.
“I’ve worked here for 6 years. And seeing this university grow has been exciting. But seeing young boys turn into men by making mature decisions, on and off the baseball field, has been the most rewarding goal in my young life. Having a young man from half a world away, tell me ‘thank you for everything’ and having his family embrace me as one of their own trumps any amount of money an individual could get paid.
“We often think of happiness and wealth as money or success. But to be a positive influence in a human being life is worth more than its weight in gold.
“Helping a young man pass a test when 5 months ago he could barely speak English, is a reward.
“Allowing a young man, the opportunity to play college baseball at a competitive level, is a reward.
“Having a young man be the first to graduate college in his entire family, is a reward.
“Coaches, parents and mentors: do not take for granted the impact you make on a young person’s life, and do not overlook the impact they make in yours.
Players: play for a coach who you make you a better person, father, brother, sister, mother, aunt or uncle. Because you are as rewarding in a coach’s life as he/she is to your own.”
There are many teachers, youth leaders, coaches, and others who have figured this out. I know many of them, I’m related to several of them, and I have Main Street Aggie Families who live by this. Those kids that enrich our lives aren’t related to us by blood, they’re probably not known to us until we start to work with them. But they give us the true richness our souls are made to crave.
Thank you to every Coach Keith in this world. You make this world a better place.
Good luck to Coach Keith in his future endeavors.
See you on the bricks.
It’s fun to read good things about our community, our state, our country. And sometimes it’s even more fun to share them. So how about sharing some great Oklahoma trivia for a bit?
The design chosen for the National Native American Veterans Memorial, which is set to open on Veteran’s Day 2020 in Washington DC, is Warriors’ Circle of Honor. The artist who designed the memorial, Harvey Pratt, was born in El Reno Okla., and is part of the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. He joined the Marine Corps as a young man, where he served in Vietnam. Then as a civilian he served in law enforcement, first with the Midwest City Police Department and later with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Along the way, Pratt discovered he had a knack for turning witness descriptions into suspect sketches. He extended into other forms of forensic identification as well, and his career includes a long list of high – profile cases, including serial killer Ted Bundy and the Murrah building bombing. He retired from the OSBI in 2017.
Just reading about this Okie, whom I’ve never met, makes me feel proud.
The Lion King is being redone in live – action format by Disney and is supposed to come out on July 19. It features Tulsa native Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, mother of Simba. Woodard is an exceptional actress that Wikipedia says, “Alfre Woodard; (born November 8, 1952) is an American actress, producer, and political activist. Woodard has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award and 18 times for an Emmy Award (winning four) and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.” Impressive.
Those two Okies have made a mark on a national scale. But we have impressive people who have made a mark here in our own community that deserve some recognition too.
Recently an obituary ran in the Guymon Daily Herald for Dorothy Lois Williams. My world stopped for a moment as I read the obit. My mind went back years ago when Dorothy Williams made such a strong impression on me. I placed foreign exchange students for over 30 years and met some of the greatest kids on earth, learned about and visited places that I should have only been able to read about, and met the nicest families in the Panhandle area, families that were unselfish and caring and interesting. All were interesting.
Dorothy Williams was one of those. But she stands out amongst the hundreds of families I met. When I called Dorothy, she was the principal at Yarbrough School. She said she and her husband would be happy to host two boys, but if I was willing to come to Yarbrough, she would bring together several good families that might be willing to host. Which she did.
We placed 5 students in Yarbrough that year, I believe. And the kids loved their year on the Oklahoma plains. But, even more interesting, Dorothy knew that the state would be counting the number of students and she was always working to make sure the Yarbrough School was not closed.
Dorothy was smart. Dorothy cared. Dorothy did more than just talk about it.
That wasn’t the only year that Dorothy or her employees or family members hosted. And every year. I suspect Dorothy Williams legacy will live long past her years on this earth.
May each of us do something with such love during our time.
On July 17 the Chamber of Commerce is having a Summer Celebration in conjunction with Channel 10 News out of Amarillo. It takes place at Thompson Park from 4:30 – 7 pm. Stay tuned to find out more of what will be happening and meeting the News Crews!
Texas County Children’s Health Fair is on July 18, 4 – 7 pm at the Texas County Activity Center.
The City of Guymon is hosting a summer movie in the area by the YMCA and the Guymon Library on July 19. The movie starts at dusk, but there are other fun things happening before the movie. Check their facebook page to see more. It’s a Luau that evening with the movie being “Moana.”
Go have fun with family and friends.
See you on the bricks!
My recent road trip, the route was figured out online with the motels considered via google and then reservations made online. When in any of the towns, google was checked once again for local restaurants and their ratings were given careful consideration. When I was in the motel by myself and didn’t want to get out after one day, I even googled “restaurants with delivery, (town name and state)”. And then I hit the “call” button and ordered.
No place to stay or eat was given any consideration because it wasn’t on google.
Once we arrived in Myrtle Beach, the same method was used to find things to do like go to the Aquarium.
Then I get home and go to work, my mom brings a friend over who is visiting from Maryland. Yes, they did almost the same road trip and they looked on their cell phone to decide where they would stop.
My serious question to our local merchants is this: While these friends were here, if they were to look up on the phone great places to visit, to stay, to shop, or to eat … would your business come up? Would our favorite restaurants have reviews? We can all leave reviews.
This is an issue that Taos McIntyre as a transformer during his high school years had as a project. He looked up businesses (first were the Main Street ones that are more apt to draw someone traveling off the highway) and offered to help them get their information updated on Google. He would bring his laptop in to the store and he didn’t charge anything.
And said people said, “No, thank you.”
You don’t have to be computer savvy to update Google. Especially if Taos is helping you. Why would you not take the 30 to 45 minutes to possibly bring new customers in?
It’s a puzzlement to me.
And then I recall the various things that my kids want me to do with my phone, my banking, etc., and I just nod and smile and never plan on doing it. And it probably would be easier. And it probably would save time. And yet I don’t do it.
So, that just happens, I guess.
What else is happening?
On July 15 during the lunch hour the OSU Extension is holding a class on “Eating Healthy on a Budget.” Call 338-7300 to reserve a spot.
The Texas County Children’s Health Fair is happening on July 18 from 4-7 pm at the Activity Center.
The City sponsored summer movie at Cross Park happens when the sun goes down on July 19 behind the YMCA.
And on July 22 is another OSU Extension class, this one on “Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping it Off.” This one is also held during the lunch hour.
Hope your Fourth of July was wonderful and it’s my hope that you were able to watch the beautiful City Firework display. How fun was that?
See you on the bricks!
June was wonderful. A two – week vacation got me relaxed, had time to visit with some old friends and some family, and then as I drove those last miles home feeling thankful to be back. Then on Monday morning I woke up wanting to come to work and be productive. June made July looks so good … and so fun.
During the two weeks I drove to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s a long way. Lots of road time to listen to my music and sing to it when I wanted, and time to have quiet when I wanted to rest my mind. The first day I drove across Oklahoma. The second day I drove across Arkansas. The third day I drove across Tennessee, which I had been looking forward to because I’ve never explored Tennessee.
That whole exploring Tennessee still wasn’t marked off my bucket list when I crossed the state line into North Carolina. Interstate 40 is not conducive to exploring. And there’s no looking at the scenery because there are so many blamed trees that you can’t see the scenery. But I had a drive back to remedy this poor performance, so just mark it up to experience rather than adventure.
Going through North Carolina and arriving in South Carolina, I had the absolute pleasure of spending my best friends 60th birthday with her. We’ve been best friends (there are four of us) since first grade and all of us attended Panhandle State together. Having some time with Nancy was worth every single mile.
The next day after a few more hours on the road, I picked up my daughter Lisa and her friend Lisa (we call her GoGo) in Charleston. There we had our first meal of the anticipated seafood diet at a wonderful restaurant in the middle of downtown Charleston. And we stayed in a boutique inn there a few blocks away. Oh, my, it was fabulous. Our room was two – story and had two bathrooms and three TVs. I could go on, but just say it was a good call to stay there.
Then we drove to Myrtle Beach, SC, where we watched son – in – law Keith’s last baseball game and they won big time. The coast had cooled down because it was cloud covered and the humidity was unbelievable. GoGo and Lisa went to the beach and I stayed in the hotel enjoying my quiet time. And then we enjoyed all three days there.
After dropping Keith and the Lisa’s off at the Charleston airport, my road trip west began. This time I traveled the smaller roads and I seemed to weave from South Carolina into Tennessee and Mississippi and back and forth between the last two. I might have even been in Alabama for a moment, or not far from it. My roads were slow and gorgeous. I drove through where the Civil War Battle of Shiloh took place and through the Appalachian Mountains. At one point there was a mower going in front of my lane of traffic and since we couldn’t pass, it was at times stand still on the road. Nobody seemed to be nervous or cranky. We could see a beautiful and big river flowing below over the rocks and we were in the shade of the mountain. So, I rolled down my window and had that cool breeze and listened to the river. It was a highlight.
Eventually I arrived in Chattanooga and then on into Fayetteville, fulfilling my Tennessee adventure. In Memphis, the evening was great because I had supper with another old friend. It wasn’t his birthday, but we celebrated anyway. Lots of laughing and another highlight in Tennessee.
Soon I was traveling across Arkansas again and into Oklahoma, where the trees thinned out and the are thinned out. I could see better and breathe better. My heart (and lungs) were happy when I finally got home on Friday night.
Saturday was great because I could get the car cleaned out, the laundry done, sleep in my own bed. And on Sunday at church and for lunch was with Mama, supper with my daughter Missy and her family. Still need to catch up with work, with Papa, and with Justin … but there is time.
They’re all doing well, and life is good.
Hoping that your June was filled with highlights, too.
Now it’s time to make some Main Street Guymon highlights … like the Farmers Market on Saturday! I love the Farmers Market!
See you on the bricks!
This morning at 3:30, I woke up. I had fallen asleep while reading my book, so I picked my book back up and continued reading. Good book. Before long, the book got sad and I there I was crying and pretty soon my nose was running and then I could hardly breath.
Getting up, I hurried to the bathroom to blow my nose and I took a Kleenex back to bed with me and used it on my nose continually. Because the book only got sadder and I kept crying.
The character finally died and I cried more. Then the book was over. It was 6:00 in the morning, straight up. Time to get up and get ready for work.
Now it’s 9 am and pretty soon I’ll be in a meeting. I’m hoping my eyes are not still swollen and red. Go figure, I paid money for that book and spent m. any hours reading it. To make me cry and cry and cry.
We do some of the strangest things.
Maybe I should take the book and present about it at the Texas County Literary Society on June 20 at the Guymon Public Library. The meeting starts at 6 pm and it’s a time for readers to share their favorite book. So. if anyone wants to cry and cry, they can choose to read the book I present. Sounds like great fun, right? Crowds will rush to check out this book, I’m sure.
When you’re at the library, you might also see that the OSU Extension is holding Yoga for Kids, free at from 2-3 pm on June 14, 21, and 27. That sounds like fun. If I tried, it would probably make me cry, too.
There is a Summer movie shown behind the YMCA on June 15 at Sundown. The movie is “Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Keep an eye out, there may be some other games and maybe a food truck, too.
OPSU Alumni are getting together for a Summer Night Out at the Pub on the Bricks from 6 – 9 pm on June 20. Great time to get together, all alumni, all ages. Come in to 5th and Ellison and come for however long you want to stay. Find out some of the new happenings on campus.
Maybe we’ll be celebrating a three-pete Collegiate National Finals Rodeo Championship!
And golfers, be sure to take part in the Guymon Chamber Golf Tournament on June 22.
Lots of good things going on in Guymon. Be a part. We’d love to see you there.
See you on the bricks!
So often our English language and the way we put words together can be confusing … and, yet, entertaining.
Give a little gander to these commonly used word phrases:
- Act naturally;
- Found missing;
- Resident alien;
- Advanced BASIC;
- Genuine imitation;
- Airline food;
- Good grief;
- Same difference;
- Almost exactly;
- Government organization;
- Sanitary landfill;
- Alone together;
- Legally drunk;
- Silent scream;
- Living dead;
- Small crowd;
- Business ethics;
- Soft rock;
- Butt head;
- New classic;
- Sweet sorrow;
- Synthetic natural gas;
- Passive aggression;
- Taped live;
- Clearly misunderstood;
- Peace force;
- Temporary tax increase;
- Plastic glasses;
- Terribly pleased;
- Political science;
- Tight slacks;
- Definite maybe;
- Pretty ugly;
- Twelve-ounce pound cake;
- Diet ice cream;
- Working vacation;
- Exact estimate; and
- Microsoft Works
Interesting, aren’t they? Some of those gave me a real chuckle, so I had to share them!
Summer is upon us and I came across this Lemonade recipe that really looks delicious. Another something that I thought needed sharing.
The lady who sent the recipe in, wrote, “My sister and I spent a week every summer with our Aunt Frances, who always had this thirst – quenching lemonade in a stoneware crock in the refrigerator. It makes a refreshing drink on a hot day.”
- 5 lemons
- 5 limes
- 5 oranges
- 3 qt. water
- 1.5 cups sugar
Squeeze the juice from 4 of the lemons, limes, and oranges; pour into a gallon container. Thinly slice the remaining fruit and set aside for garnish. Add water and sugar to the juice; mix well. Store in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with fruit slices.
Summer food is fun food. And don’t forget the Guymon Farmer’s Market will be starting up on the first Saturday morning in July and run every Saturday in July, August, and September. Fresh vine ripened veggies will be for sale. There will also be fresh herbs and some fresh baked goods. It’s a great time. The markets open at 8 am and is done when the vendors sell out.
If you would like to sell your garden produce or home – made items, give me a call at 580-338-6246 or come by the office to get your packet with the market rules. We are lucky to have Linda Hill Crop Insurance as a sponsor for the market, paying the permit cost and all!
Hope to see you at Shop and Dine downtown!
See you on the bricks.
Have you ever taken a moment to write down the most important things you would like your children to know? I think it’s important to write them down because then they last longer than we do. True, it’s even more important to live them, but writing them down is important.
When I was asked to do this, it took some serious thinking time. And, honestly, I think that what is important at one time in our lives might not be what we choose a decade or two later. But, it’s all important.
Last October, the words I put down for my children, should they want to ever read them:
“I would like all of my children to understand how beautiful you are. You love easy, you work hard for those you love, you take time to see the beauty in others and around you. You don’t waste much time judging others, but you also have sense to not be blind to users.
“Keep your integrity and good reputation. That will hold you up in tough times. Stay honest. Be honest with yourself, be honest with others. Become a person you can like and don’t worry if others like you. We are on this earth for too short a time to worry about what others think about us.
“Be kind. Kind is never a bad choice.
“When someone doesn’t agree with you, don’t take it personal. They aren’t saying they don’t like you, they just don’t agree with you on an issue. Don’t try to change their mind, but have a quiet discussion. And I have learned that people don’t need to know your opinion most of the time, nor do they probably want it. And if you’re all about giving your opinion to the world, we need to question why. Because we know everything and want the world to follow us? Or that we as a person are defined by our opinion? I hope not.
“I struggle with this and yet, I know, most everyone is smarter than me at something and I know a friendship / relationship should be based on love, kindness, understanding, and acceptance … not on opinions. So, I need to shut up, right?”
Seven effective ways to make others feel important when you’re talking to them, according to author Roy T. Bennett, include: use their name; express sincere gratitude; do more listening than talking; talk more about them than about you; be authentically interested; be sincere in your praise; and show you care.
When I read this, I agreed, but then you have to wonder what do you do when you are talking to someone and you really don’t care? I think that’s when you just be quiet.
Hard for some of to do, this being quiet. But we can teach ourselves to do it.
The summer is getting seriously under way these days. Enjoy your summer and we at Main Street Guymon wish blessings to you all.
See you on the bricks!
My Uncle Clyde’s funeral is Saturday and I’ve been asked to read some memories of his childhood that he wrote in 2006. My dad is also speaking, so we have been reading a little in the family history books. It’s been interesting.
One of the things that Uncle Clyde talked about was his attitude about work. He worked road construction early on and was often first hired and last laid off. He said that “after the major job was done, other guys would sit around, but I would keep busy … even if it was just picking up nails. So, the bosses kept me on longer.”
It made me remember the only big chastising I got from my father. We were laying rock and I was a sophomore in high school. My job was to make the concrete. It’s hard work, shoveling sand and cement into that little mixer, shoving it into buckets and carrying it to Papa. At one point, Papa asked me to do something and I just wilted, saying, “I can’t.” I was so tired.
He stopped working … and he had been working twice as hard as me … and said in a very stern voice, “You are not allowed to say, ‘I can’t.’ You say, ‘I’ll try.’” I had done something unacceptable to my kind and caring father. That day made a real impact on me.
And last week, one of the cousins posted on Facebook about Grandpa Grantham (Papa and Uncle Clyde’s father) and how when he said the prayers before a meal he always started his prayer, “Dear Lord, thank you for our work.”
Generations of my family have been impacted by Grandpa Grantham, a young married man and father during the Great Depression. This morning I received a group text from my eldest son, who is a mechanic for a gas company. The text was accompanied a picture of some big motor.
He wrote, “Man, I love when things go smooth and I can drop in a new piston first shot! It’s a beautiful morning!”
His sister texted back, “… since you’re a hard worker.” She was proud of her brother.
Thank you, Lord, for our work and for family that appreciates the blessings you give us in so many ways.
Now, I really need to get to work and get something accomplished today! Grandpa Grantham and Papa need to be proud, not disappointed in me!
Hope you enjoy your work today.
See you on the bricks.
One of my daughters gave me a book entitled “Between Me and You, Mom” and it has a bunch of open – ended questions to answer. The questions are ones that bring out things your kids might be interested in known about you or about what you think. Some of the questions were pretty thought provoking and took some time to answer.
As I went back and read what was asked and my answers, I thought that these would be good things to bring up in conversation between parents and kids. So often we think we know so much about someone, but the truth is that there is so much more to everyone.
So, one of the interesting questions was, “What interests and characteristics have you seen in me (your children) that you also had once upon a time?”
Every one of our kids has some of the same qualities as we, their parents. And when we find commonalities, then it’s it seems to be an easier relationship.
That question was followed by, “What characteristics do you think you and I share now?”
We can even bring in the grandparents as part of the conversation, if we want.
The next question was, “How do you think we are different?”
When I answered this one, I had to admit that my eldest son, Justin, has more patience than me and I always wish I was better at that. Missy is so happy to be at home; she loves being home and I wish I didn’t have such a wandering soul sometimes. I love how stable she is for her family. Lucas is such a researcher. I admire that in him because he goes to gain knowledge whereas I pretty much prefer to just be entertained. Lisa is very compassionate, and she has a willingness to DO something with her compassion. She acts out her compassion, helping people by cooking or babysitting or painting or visiting. That takes guts and energy.
Those are things that I should tell my children that I admire those qualities. We forget to tell our kids, too often, what we love about them. I’m pretty good at telling them what I think they’ve done poorly, and I should be just as diligent in telling them their good points.
And then there is the big question … “What do you think is my best quality?” Boy, this is one we need to tell our kids. They may not even realize we have noticed.
My eldest, Justin, is very accepting of people and their differences. He’s also opinionated, and I pray he doesn’t become so much more that he loses this acceptance. He has been a friend of the whole world for most of his life.
I respect Missy’s love of teaching. She loves helping people learn and bettering themselves. She nurtures all who let her and when we don’t, it can hurt her feelings. She was born to help people along their way.
Lucas’ best quality, in my opinion, is his intensity. I can also be his most irritating at times. To be around someone who lives life with such intensity and passion reminds me to never forget to live.
Lisa’s best quality is her earnest and fair honesty. She loves life and all that goes with it. It is heavenly to be part of her reality.
To be fair, I have three in – laws that deserve to know the same things. I am going to work on doing that because I have been very blessed with the folks my children have chosen to marry.
Then to book poses the question, “What do you think is my not – so – best quality?” I’m not going to share all my answers there, but I do have to repeat what I wrote about Lisa. “Lisa being the matchmaker for every stray dog is an emotional roller coaster for her.” So, it’s not my favorite quality because it is so hard on her. I do think it’s a good thing for someone to do, though.
And lastly, “So far, have I turned out pretty much the way you expected I would? Any surprises?”
So, maybe this little books questions have raised some topics you could visit with your kids about … they could be interesting!
The recent graduation cards could hold a few of these types of comments in them. Hope you’re all enjoying the graduations with your family and friends.
Support Group for Diabetics is at the Heritage Community Assisted Living facility at 5:30 pm on May 27.
Family Game Night at the Guymon Public Library is May 28 from 5 to 7 pm.
I read in the newspaper that the Carson and Barnes Circus will be at the fairgrounds on May 30 with shows at 4:30 and 7:30 pm.
Friends of the Library Afternoon Friendship Tea with Author Jodi Thomas is June 1 at 3 pm in the library.
Some fun things coming up to do in Guymon!
See you on the bricks.
April 2019 has gone and the official Community Clean – Up month is over. The community worked hard to spiff up a little and get ready for company coming to town. The number of hours reported back to Main Street Guymon on clean – up hours is 825.5.
“This is the number of hours turned in to us,” says Main Street Director Melyn Johnson. “I am sure it does not include everyone’s extra efforts to pick up trash, mow, plant flowers, paint, and whatever else they’ve done. So, this is a great turn out.”
Many businesses got into the groove and joined, including
- Bank of the Panhandle,
- Memorial Hospital,
- Top Hand Western Store, and
Others have said that they’re still planning to step up in May!
School groups really stepped up. They include, from OPSU, the
- Science Club,
- football players,
- HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization),
- PBL (business club), and
- OPSU Upward Bound.
Guymon school groups included the
- Alma Folklorica Dancers,
- GHS BPA (business club), and
- junior high students.
Several church groups pitched in, too.
- The Connections Church,
- First Christian Church,
- Nazarene Church youth,
- Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispanic church,
- Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders, and
- Victory Center youth all helped.
The largest group of helpers involved the local organizations such as
- Boy Scouts,
- Girl Scouts,
- Glasswing Garden Club,
- Guymon 4-H,
- Junior 4-H,
- Lions Club,
- Recycle Guymon,
- Rose Garden Club,
- Texas County Democrats, and
Some local individuals worked and cleaned up on public lands, too. Those that send in their time included Linda Burke, Vonda Wilkins, Jim Norris and crew, Bob and Paula Lucas, and Jill and Mac Johnson.
Several people need to be recognized for their efforts, although everyone who participated (whether turning in hours or not) should be commended. Evlyn Schmidt, a retired librarian, helped three different groups pick up trash and was given the Main Street Guymon Vital Volunteer for her work. Teri Mora brought in three different groups from OPSU and the high school that put in a huge number of accumulated hours. She is also one of the many who has been a part of this program for almost ten years. Bob Lucas is over 85 years old and picked up trash along Highway 136 South.
“The people inspired me,” says Johnson. “They just do what needs to be done and it’s not for the pats on the back or for any other reason that it’s the right thing to do. They are what make this a great place to be.”
The volunteers picked up trash or did other clean-up along all the highway entrances coming into Guymon, along Main Street / Highway 64, at the county fairgrounds, at all the community parks, along the railroad easement in town, at the airport, along East Street, down some of the alleys, on the school campus, around the hospital, at the nursing home, Kid’s Inc. ball fields, at the rodeo grounds, at the post office, at the Y, and other areas.
“Thank you to all who helped,” said Johnson. “And thanks to those who are still working on some of the clean – up projects in May. You’re all community heroes!”