Carrying the Light: A reflection on St. Lucy and Thomas Merton

The following was delivered as a sermon for Noonday Prayers, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Enid, Oklahoma.    What do a 4th Century Italian maiden and a 20th Century Trappist monk from Kentucky have in common? That is an odd question. But, since today falls between feast days, I found myself going … Continue reading Carrying the Light: A reflection on St. Lucy and Thomas Merton

Marijuana dispensaries working to cut cost amid constricted supply

Oklahoma voters passed State Question 788 in June, legalizing the growing, processing and sale of medical marijuana in the state. Supply hasn't yet caught up to demand for the drug, leading to price gouging and some creative efforts by dispensaries to lower costs until market prices stabilize. Enid, Okla. -- Little more than two weeks … Continue reading Marijuana dispensaries working to cut cost amid constricted supply

Decades later, Atomic Veterans still fighting for benefits

The following is a compilation of a two-part piece on Atomic Veterans -- veterans who were subjected to radiation exposure by government atomic bomb testing -- who still, more than six decades on, are fighting the VA and Department of Justice for benefits and official recognition of their service and sacrifice. ENID, Okla. — Like … Continue reading Decades later, Atomic Veterans still fighting for benefits

Climate change: Making Earth “bad but manageable” again

I admit it. I like post-apocalyptic drama. If you’ve seen one of these shows, you’ve seen them all. The remnants of humanity end up living in the raped wasteland that’s left of God’s creation, fighting among themselves over dwindling resources. These tales are a dark diversion in movies and the pages of novels. They’re far … Continue reading Climate change: Making Earth “bad but manageable” again