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Darla's Blog Picks - Best Father's Day gift, crowd-pleasing burgers, helping tornado victims, gun-toting grandma and more!

by Darla Lindauer Modified: June 14, 2013 at 9:15 am •  Published: June 14, 2013

1. KTAR

By: Becky Lynn  

What blog is about – News, sports, entertainment, shows, and videos.

Featured post –What Dad really wants for Fathers Day – “Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 in case you forgot to write it down or circle that on the calendar. And again, the puzzle of what to buy for dear old Dad arises.”

Remember when it was always a tie, watch, or socks? Well, that time has passed. There is so much “Dad gear” out there and priced high enough you almost need a loan! Well, I ran across this post and I decided to do a small poll of my own. I asked 10 men what they wanted for Father’s Day and all of them said something similar. Here are the most popular in order. 1. Nothing, just time at home relaxing. 2. Fishing with my family. 3. Dinner out, if anything, but would rather just be with my kids. I am right there with them on Mother’s Day. All I wanted was some nothing time. But I wouldn’t give up my girls for anything, not even rest. So I guess no loan is needed after all. Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there! – Darla Lindauer

 

2. 22 WORDS

By: The blog uses words such as “we” and “we’re” when reading the “About” page, but it does say that the site curator is Abraham Piper, so credit goes to Abraham, and “we.”

What blog is about – The curious, cute, comical and crazy.

Featured post – Vintage cigarette psychology for men (not women, because they’re too fake) – “From a magazine in 1959, we learn from a Los Angeles psychoanalyst that much can be learned about a man by the way he holds his cigarette.”

Whether this is a true study from some time ago or not, it had me laughing so hard! I smoked for a long time and I am telling you some of these poses are not by cigarette smokers! I personally was always an “I,” so according to this psychology, I must be very pessimistic, excessive in business caution. So since I quit smoking, does that make me now optimistic and have no business caution?  Ha ha! Oh yes, I forgot, this is only psychology for men, because women are too fake. I love it. I did try to look up Dr. William Neutra, to see if he had done any more research that was published, but I found nothing. It is very possible this was his only report. – Darla Lindauer

 

3. Better Homes and Gardens

By: This site is maintained by a business full of people, credit goes to the Staff.

What blog is about – Recipes, cooking, decorating, home ideas, gardening, entertaining, health, family, pets and more.

Featured post –Crowd-Pleasing Burgers – “Take burgers from ho-hum to extraordinary with these easy-to-make relishes, adds-ons, and marinades. Perfect for cookouts, potlucks, or a simple summer get-together, these burger recipes will leave your guests begging for more.”

This one is for all you Dads out there who love to cook. These look amazing! I must be un-American because a plain hamburger to me is just not worth the calories. I think my issue is it needs to crunch. I add chips to my sandwiches and burgers, too, to add a crunch. I think I may have found the cure for me, this blog post. Either the photographer is amazing or the burgers are as yummy as they look. I am going to print out each page and make a goal to try each one to see if I can find the winner for me. If you have an awesome burger recipe, please let me know. I will try it, too.Darla Lindauer

 

4. Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild

By: It looks as though posts come from different sources, so the credit for this post goes to the OKCMQG.

What blog is about – Quilting

Featured post –Even Moore Love: Long Term Support – “Once the first responders leave there is still much to be done. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight.”

I think this is a great idea and just shows the love of Oklahomans. It is true, when a disaster happens, even though it may not be a direct hit to many of us, it can affect us mentally and physically. Research has shown that hormones are released in and after a disaster that causes our minds to be more giving and sympathetic to others even if we may be in need ourselves. Most of this has come from the “Adrenal Gland guide” and “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” which is quite interesting. But when all the hormones go back to normal, we return to our daily lives and the news stops reporting on it, the “help” tends to dwindle. This is a good way to keep the support going. I think all businesses should start now for the support needed in the upcoming months and maybe years. It is too bad that the giving and need to help does not stay in all people all the time. The world would be a better place and maybe no children would ever be hungry. – Darla Lindauer

 

5. Guns.com

By: The site is updated by a whole staff, the credit for this post goes to Jennifer Cruz

What blog is about – Everything related to guns.

Featured post –Intruder pleads with armed Grandma: ”I’m sorry, ma’am. I’m leaving. Please don’t shoot.” (VIDEO) – “She shot at him with her Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, coming within inches of his face.”

See this is a good story about guns! I think everyone who passes an extensive background check should be able to have guns and as many as they want, but I also think an educated person needs to handle the gun. I have guns in my house and I do not know how to use them, really. I know you pull the trigger and it shoots and there is a safety on it. That is it pretty much. I have loved going to the gun range, but that was not enough for me to feel safe with them. I am a firm believer that people kill people, not guns. Here is my question. If you have a gun and you have kids and you have to keep the gun locked up at all times without fail for safety, what good does that gun do if an intruder comes in? You can not ask them to wait for you to get it out and load it. All I can say is good job Grandma!Darla Lindauer

 

6. YARD SALE Bloodbath

By: This blog looks to be maintained by two ladies, Meghan Smith and Jenny Hayes. This post was made by Meghan Smith.

What blog is about – Yard sales.

Featured post –Adventures in Candle Land – “As I was leaving some guy mentioned that I need to check out “CandleLand.” I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds scary.”

I love the title of this blog! ‘Tis the season to be garage selling. I have needed to have one for years, but I just haven’t taken the time. My problem is I have to have everything perfect and organized. I am afraid if someone comes by and messes up something, I might have to hurt them. Ha ha! Maybe I am just lazy. I know someone who does this and I have heard it is not for the weak-minded or anyone who gets tired or hot easily! I would love to be able to go and refurbish and resale for profit, but I just cannot do it! I am OCD and it is not allowed in my house! Ha ha. I do however like going to garage sales to look, only because I have a fascination with older things and maybe just a little nosy about what others have. Happy garage selling this summer!Darla Lindauer

 

7. Tim Hoch

By: Tim Hoch – “Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is a 1985 graduate of Texas Christian University. He obtained his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He has practiced law in Fort Worth, Texas since that time. He is licensed in both Texas and Oklahoma.”

What blog is about – Trial Law, pictures, songs and videos.

Featured post –10 rules for Talking to Kids – “I have been able to decipher some hard and fast rules when trying to converse with kids. Here are a few:”

I had to laugh as I read through this post. I remember being “that” child who thought my parents were so old and so not cool. Funny thing is, I am now that parent and I love it! I think it is funny when my daughters look at me with that look of total horror. Secret is, I am really not that dorky and I know some of these rules, but it is so much fun to break them and watch your kids cringe. Ha ha! I will agree, though, when it comes to serious issues such as my daughter fighting with a friend over what to play next, it probably is better for me not to have fun right at that moment. You know you’re old, or feel like you’re old, when your child says to you, “Mom, I am going to need for you to never do that ever again.” I seriously thought I was going to die laughing when she said that!Darla Lindauer

 

Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email dlindauer@opubco.com


by Darla Lindauer
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Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group for six years. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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