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ON THE COVER: Our holiday shopping guide brings together fifty-nine gifts from nearly forty Oklahoma stores to turn your holiday shopping excursion from dreaded chore to Sooner State road trip. Illustrations by JJ Ritchey.
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Local for the Holidays
What do you get your favorite foodie that will fill her heart with delight on Christmas morning? Or the artist, bookworm, or outdoorsy type? The Oklahoma Today editors have driven hundreds of miles across the state to bring you the ultimate guide for almost every type of person on your list.
Photography by Lori Duckworth
Illustrations by JJ Ritchey
Wade in the Water
They are a source of recreation, inspiration, and life itself for Oklahomans whether minnow, bird, or human. Following the Canadian and Kiamichi rivers, writer Susan Dragoo and illustrator Debby Kaspari looked into the depths of the water and examined how they reflect us all.
By Susan Dragoo
Illustrations by Debby Kaspari
High Lonesome Sound
Chet Baker’s life was one of profound musical talent and self-destruction; deep love and devastating loss; worldwide fame and a premature end. Nearly thirty years after his death, the jazz trumpeter from Yale is remembered all over the world for his tragedies and triumphs.
By Preston Jones
Poet for the People
Throughout her career, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish has been many things: published author, Oklahoma Book Award winner, Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program director. As of 2017, she can now add “Oklahoma’s twenty-second poet laureate” to her résumé. Penny Candy Books publisher Chad Reynolds delves into the mind of one of the state’s greatest talents in this revealing interview.
By Chad Reynolds
Portrait by John Jernigan
The Shelter of the Most High
Religions are shaped in part by the places in which their practitioners gather. But more than simply meeting places, these churches, temples, synagogues, and centers have become beloved members of the communities to which they belong.
Photography by Mark W. Nault
Oklahoma City artist Lawrence Naff elevates the rhinestone into something sublime; charming downtown Poteau has the perfect gift for just about anyone; The Curbside Chronicle works to wrap up homelessness with help from local artists; one of the world’s rarest trees—the seaside alder—grows in Oklahoma; and a poem by Regan Wilds gets to the “Core” of things.
Luke Dick of Cogar is writing his way to musical glory in Nashville and beyond; as the weather cools, these new releases heat things up; a new mural is creating a scene and celebrating the Sam Noble Museum’s long history; and here comes Santa Claus, a.k.a. Michael Harris of Duncan, in the final installment of Trisha Bunce’s “Y’all” column.
They’ve come from all over to claim a taste of victory. For the third year in a row, the Oklahoma Today Oklahoma Pride Cooking Contest at the State Fair has brought out the state’s best amateur chefs, whose dips, soups, cakes, and more were better than ever. Plus: Apple Pie Time at the Bethany library is full of helpful tips for making the perfect pie.