• Nature & You: Frozen soil forces birds out of hiding

    Nature & You: Frozen soil forces birds out of...

    Neil Garrison | Updated: 1 day ago

    Cold weather makes it possible to see some otherwise-hidden birds.

  • Anna Hollway review: Lots of Fun with ‘Curious George: The Golden Meatball’ at the Plaza

    Anna Holloway | Updated: 3 days ago

    Lyric’s Theatre for Young Audiences has produced a fun and lively show for young children.

  • Nature & You: The superpower of invisibility

    By Neil Garrison
    NewsOK Contributor |
    Published: Monday, February 18, 2019

    You can have the superpower of invisibility This is no jest. I am as serious as all get out as I lay claim to the fact that I can grant you the superpower of invisibility. Let's get started. Rummage through your clothes closet until you find those outdoor duds that are colored in Earth's pastels. Don these quasi-camouflage items and head out to the garage. Do a thorough search of your tool chest. I'd venture to guess that almost every home has at least one box knife, maybe even a couple. They're nothing more than a handle that is equipped with a razor-sharp blade. Cabbage onto that simple cutting tool because you'll need it for this feat of magic. Now, go to your favorite nature area.

  • Family Talk: Becoming a person of excellence

    Family Talk: Becoming a person of excellence

    Jim Priest | Updated: 4 days ago

    When I was young and working on a project with my father, I often would become impatient with his attention to detail. Even parts of the project that nobody would see had to be done right. This took too much time for me. Exasperated, I once blurted out, “Dad, why do you do that? No one will ever know!” To which my father calmly replied, “Because I’ll know.” Dad was teaching me to be a person of excellence. To pay attention to detail. To do your work better than expected. In all things, big and small, to perform with excellence. I wish I saw more of that. My wife recently was in the hospital, and although she received good care, they didn’t perform with excellence.

  • Nature & You: Native prairie grass can be a fun garden project

    Nature & You: Native prairie grass can be a fun...

    By Neil Garrison
    NewsOK Contributor |
    Published: Monday, February 11, 2019

    Native prairie grass can be a fun garden project What is the definition of an optimist? One example would be that person who plants a tree while knowing full well it will be the children two generations removed who will enjoy the shade. What is it that you are saying? Your druthers are to not wait that long, you say? That being the case, I'd encourage you to buy a packet of native prairie grass seeds. Garden center stores hereabout most always have Little Bluestem prairie grass seeds available for purchase. My experience has been that it does well as a container plant. Just be sure to afford it a plant pot that is large enough to accommodate the bountiful root system.

  • Family Talk: True love must be sincere

    Family Talk: True love must be sincere

    By Jim Priest | Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2019

    It’s true we sometimes must act better than we feel, and be kind toward those we don’t like. But expressing affection by mandate is not love.

  • Nature & You: Bird feet an example of Mother Nature's bioengineering feats

    Nature & You: Bird feet an example of Mother...

    By Neil Garrison | Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2019

    Why is it necessary for us to lay down when we want to fall asleep? Wild birds don't do that. Instead, they seem to balance precariously on tree branches when they choose to close their eyes for the night. Why don't they fall out of the trees?

  • Nature & You: These 'old coots' hang out at the lake

    Nature & You: These \'old coots\' hang out at the...

    By Neil Garrison NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2019

    This column is about coots ... those plump, black-colored water birds that have a prominent, white-colored bill.

  • Family Talk: Disrespectful kids can test parents

    Family Talk: Disrespectful kids can test parents

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2019

    Columnist discovers parents wrestling with how to deal with disrespectful 11-year-olds is common web topic.

  • Family Talk: You could choose 'one-anothering' as your theme for 2019

    Family Talk: You could choose \'one-anothering\'...

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2019

    What will your theme be for 2019?

  • Nature & You: The connection between a 'dead language' and feeding wild songbirds

    Nature & You: The connection between a \'dead...

    By Neil Garrison NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2019

    There are lots of choices when it comes to the matter of purchasing seeds with which to feed the wild songbirds.

  • Nature & You: New Year's resolutions need not be impossible to accomplish

    Nature & You: New Year\'s resolutions need not...

    By Neil Garrison NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2018

    Columnist suggests a new New Year's resolution — journaling what occurs in the natural world.

  • Family Talk: New year calls for relationship resolutions

    Family Talk: New year calls for relationship...

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2018

    Put relationships at the top of your New Year's resolutions list.

  • Family Talk: A merry, memorable Christmas

    Family Talk: A merry, memorable Christmas

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 21, 2018

    A last-minute decision to travel Christmas Eve stranded the columnist's family in an unseemly motel, but the experience provided a memorable holiday.

  • Nature & You: This Christmas, give the gift of life

    Nature & You: This Christmas, give the gift of...

    By Neil Garrison NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 21, 2018

    Here's how to make your garden more bug-friendly. Invite more plant-munching caterpillars to your garden!

  • An 'extra' special Christmas

    An \'extra\' special Christmas

    By Sarah Soell NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 21, 2018

    Most kids this time of year count down until it is Christmas morning. But for Macey Dickinson, she’s counting down the days until her 14th birthday.

  • Laugh lines and other wrinkles: How does your poinsettia grow? ... Forever

    Laugh lines and other wrinkles: How does your...

    By Peggy Gandy NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Thu, Dec 20, 2018

    Christmas plants that hang on until Valentine's Day and malinger through Easter should have the decency to shrivel up and stop taking up pot space.

  • Family Talk: Lives aren't determined by name

    Family Talk: Lives aren\'t determined by name

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Sun, Dec 16, 2018

    Our names might be common, but we choose who we want to be.

  • Nature & You: Now is the time to mail order wildflower seeds

    Nature & You: Now is the time to mail order...

    By Neil Garrison NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2018

    Several different species of wildflowers often have the same common names. This is when scientific names can be helpful.

  • Family Talk: A grown-up Christmas list

    Family Talk: A grown-up Christmas list

    By Jim Priest NewsOK Contributor | Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2018

    Columnist Jim Priest still enjoys receiving gifts at Christmas, but he has a new wish list.