Commentary

Fri
20
Jul

Living With A Limp – Toward Her Miracle

Years lumbered by for Opaline, the years themselves seeming to limp at times. Variations of the prayer-line scene replayed occasionally. A preaching message. The invitation for healing. Opaline at times joining the others. With crutches, braces and her distinct angular limp navigating the center aisle. Then once more, returning to her seat – her hardware companions carrying forward their duties into another day, and week, and year.

If Opaline was disheartened, any evidence of it escaped notice. No sorrowful expression, no clue of disappointment.

Maybe her mindset became, perhaps next time. No one likely knew. 

Opaline was a deep well. Interior graces like contentment and peace and endurance – in the middle of whatever suffering – deepened her, flavored her. 

Fri
20
Jul

Life on Council House Square

5 Things Coming Up in Okmulgee

 

We’re in a season in Okmulgee where’s there’s always something going on, and I couldn’t be happier about how many people are stepping up in our community and getting involved.  I know the struggle sometimes with all these happenings is that it can be a challenge sufficiently getting the word out.  We all have our circle of influence, and sometimes things don’t go much further than that – so spread help spread the word!  

I personally know of a few people in our community who are doing GREAT things that are taking place in just the next few weeks, so I wanted to help bring them to your attention in this week’s column.  Here are 5 things you don’t want to miss, and they’re all coming up SOON!

Fri
20
Jul

Lighting the Path Ahead

Look for the good

 

An old man once said, “I have lived a long life and known many worries, but most of them never happened.” Our lives would be simpler and more enjoyable, if we could learn to focus on what we have rather than on what we don’t have and resolving the problems we can influence rather than worrying about what is beyond our control. 

Q: Why are people so quick to find fault with Okmulgee and so slow to recognize its good qualities?

A: I guess it’s easier to complain about what we don’t have in this town or what we have lost than to appreciate what we do have or rejoice in what we have gained, and harder yet to commit yourself to making improvements. 

Wed
18
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Okmulgee Times,

 

 Voting is an interesting activity in USA; also, within Oklahoma. We set election days; then we add early voting plus absentee voting. Several years ago, I worked in Branson, Miss., however, I maintained my residence in Beggs, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. 

I voted absentee, which I found had several advantages. First, my absentee ballot arrived approximately a month before the election day. This provided adequate time to research the candidates and state questions. No need to worry about sample ballots as my ballots were the same as sample ballots without the “SAMPLE” printed diagonal on them.

 When the decision was made on how I wanted to vote; I marked my ballot(s). I followed the enclosed instructions which came with the ballots. At my convenience I had the ballot affidavit notarized.

Wed
18
Jul

Night at the Orpheum

Monster of a summer hit

3 Os out of 5

Despite having monsters at the center of the film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation creates cute, human moments with its characters. 

Much like the first two films, the third one in the franchise uses unique humor and family to create a fun movie for all ages. However, it does lack substance when it comes to the plot. 

Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, is dead set on making him relax and take a vacation after years of making other monsters relax. 

Hilarity and insanity ensues when Dracula falls in love with the captain of the cruise ship, Ericka, who has a secret that could be deadly for Dracula’s family and friends. 

Hotel Transylvania 3 is a light, airy film that has no substance beyond fleeting humor and touching family scenes. 

Fri
13
Jul

The Living Faith

With inner drive of our call we can win the world

Some among us consider life is unfair and so they dare to die soon; many others esteem there is nothing to gain after death and so they plan to live. This kind of confusion, distortion or negative view about life is a pest bugging all humans at one time on another. However God does not want us, his disciples, to live in that suffocating mindset. His Spirit instructs us to go deeper into some Scriptural passages to help ourselves erasing these negative thoughts and to live our earthly life contently, smilingly and fruitfully. 

Fri
13
Jul

Victorious Victor Benefit Softball Tournament

One of the things I love about the people here in Oklahoma, is how kind and loving they are.  You can’t walk down the street without getting waved at, and you often see people stop and open doors for one another.  It’s something we haven’t lost, even though a lot of areas in our country have.  

This week, I want to help bring attention to a young man named Victor that lives in Tulsa area.  Victor was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain stem glioma.  There was some good new though: they’ve found a treatment plan for him.  Citizens in our community and nearby in Henryetta rose to the task of helping raise money for Victor.  Now YOU have a chance to help out – and it’s a pretty fun opportunity!

Fri
13
Jul

Living With A Limp - Angel on Crutches

The visiting minister opened his Bible. Taking it up he preached on ‘believing faith. And on healing. He then invited any person desiring God’s healing touch to come forward for prayer.

Several people with varied ailments entered the center aisle. They started toward the front. It was like a mini-pilgrimage for the hopeful. The regulars of the church turned to see their friend Opaline – the elegant woman inelegantly rising – joining with others.  Her friends were moved for her. Her Christ-like example constantly inspired them. Most uplifting was her simple and certain love for Jesus. Her shoulders elevated slightly from the rigid crutches supporting them, Opaline inched forward in the line.

Fri
13
Jul

Lighting the Path Ahead

Update on recent storm damage

 

Wed
11
Jul

Night at the Orpheum - Ant-Man and the Wasp

Paul Rudd shines as Ant-Man once again

 3 Os out of 5 Os

Paul Rudd takes up the mantle of Ant-Man, and Scott Lang, once again in Marvel’s latest film. Ant-Man and the Wasp. The story picks up right after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Age of Ultron with Scott on house arrest, paying the price for helping Captain America. Scott is once again thrust into the world of superheroes, despite being under house arrest, in an attempt by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to rescue Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is trapped in the Quantum Realm. 

Marvel Studios is just beginning to understand what they can accomplish with the a vast comic book universe. Avengers: Age of Ultron proves that they can take risks both visually and plot-wise. So, is Ant-Man and the Wasp a safe move to make after such a catalyst?

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