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Oklahoma Proud

Still Life with Roses and Pear,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
Here in Oklahoma, we are used to the winds blowing, and even when they beat us around a bit 
(sometimes a lot), we are strong and together we get up again and get moving. 
I live about 40 minutes from where this past week a tornado rolled over the town of Moore. It was like most Spring days in that we stay weather-alert and have our things ready for when we need to jump into our storm shelter, but this time things just felt so different. Even the kids at work were acting a bit more jittery than most tornado warning days. 
I know this time we were one of the fortunate ones and the tornadoes didn't head our direction, but we still ache for the people of Moore who lost their homes, businesses, and mostly those who lost loved ones. 
When something like this moves you to the core so drastically, it tends to remind you how fragile we are and how the things we have are so temporary... enjoy them. Aside from hugging and telling those I love that I LOVE THEM, I found myself enjoying my roses every day. You know... the whole "stop to smell the flowers" thing.  
Oklahomans are giving people. Any time there is a need, there is someone to help out, but it's been wonderful to witness all the support that has been pouring in from all over the nation and the world. 
THANK YOU from Oklahoma.
Still Life with Ranunculus and Peaches,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
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  1. Terribly sad about Oklahoma.
    Having people suffer and lose all they own is a terrible thing.
    To live keeping things in a storm shelter is also
    not the best way to live.
    I guess if we have to think positive, the prospect of rebuilding bigger and better and stronger, is something to look forward to.

  2. No matter where we live there are things that threaten our lives in some way. We don't have hurricanes in Oklahoma;earthquakes and floods are of little threat in Oklahoma; volcanoes are nonexistent here etc. Yet, there are places where these dangers exist and people live wonderfully happy lives there. Oklahoma is a beautiful place with some of the best sunrises in the world and where people will stop whatever they are doing to help you.


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