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  • Richard Mize: Earthquake waves hit funny bone

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The slightest quake sends wee wavelets through the house detectable only by a slight ripple in the cat’s water dish, noticeable only if a cat actually witnesses it.

  • 4 tips for surviving Oklahoma earthquakes

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Earthquakes, am I right? Oklahomans are used to Mother Nature’s ebb and flow, but these stronger-than-normal earthquakes are kind of new to us. And if you live in the Jones, Perry and Guthrie areas, then you’re really feeling them, and almost on a daily basis.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 11, 2014

    Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 11, 2014

  • Oklahoma City-area community news in brief

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Community briefs

  • Oklahoma news briefs, April 10

    From staff reports | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, April 10

  • Daily Living Center in Bethany celebrated healthy living with spring event

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BETHANY—The Daily Living Center and its clients ushered in spring with a celebration of healthy living. With four locations in Oklahoma, The Daily Living Centers provide adult health care six days a week for clients with chronic physical and mental impairments. “This is about celebrating the stages and cycles of life,” Pam Timmons, vice president of development at The Daily Living Centers in Bethany, said. “That’s something we are all familiar with.” Last spring, members of the center made wishes and sent balloons into the sky. This year, participants planted flowers and released butterflies on Saturday that came to the center a month ago as caterpillars.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 9

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 9, 2014

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity offers naming rights at Legacy Estates

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The addition stalled amid recovery from the May 20 tornado, said CEO and President Ann Felton Gilliland. Offering naming rights and sponsorships seemed like a good way to raise the $2.5 million needed to develop the land, she said.

  • Richard Mize: Tornado Alley tales blowing in

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    After two springs in a row of throwing the cats into carriers and diving with my wife into a bathtub, tornado season is already wearing me out. But it’s here. Let me rummage up some nearly pleasant storm memories to take the edge off. I’ll soon be 50, and except for four months as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C., 26 years ago, I’ve lived my whole life in Tornado Alley: Muldrow; Stillwater; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Edmond. Around Muldrow, storms used to come up almost before we noticed, with the hills and tall woods in the way, blocking the view. One morning after a bad storm, Daddy came in and announced that one end of our big hay barn was gone. I was little and scared.

  • Oklahoma City trip was not a prize on “Wheel of Fortune,” and that's a bummer

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Despite a cascade of accolades, Oklahoma City is not among the Top 25 Travelers Choice Destinations. It surely would be in the Top 50.

  • Ray Ridlen: Help for spring dead spots

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    With the right care and maintenance, you can eliminate the severity of those spots

  • Gardening Tip of the Month: When to start planting and some great plants to try this year

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    When is it safe to plant in Oklahoma City? Yes, spring is almost here and all local nurseries are stocked with lots of beautiful plants that are often just too tempting to pass up. But, as we all know, Oklahoma City’s weather can be unpredictable. As Loretta Aaron always reminded me, “Too often, tender plants are set out into still chilly soil, and the reaction of the plant is to just sulk and do nothing. Hold off on planting periwinkles until late April. And wait until after April 15 to set out coleus, impatiens, celosia and zinnias. Petunias, marigolds, and alyssum usually can be set out after April 7. Many gardeners are tempted to purchase plants too soon. If you find good bargains, take them home, but do not immediately set

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for April 7.

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Design — turning Obstacles into Opportunities

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Some years ago when I was taking horseback riding lessons, I felt this unfamiliar and fleeting sensation that could only be described as getting the hang of it. In that same millisecond, my trainer, glimpsing perhaps smugness, knocked me off my high horse saying, “A good rider is not one who can ride a good horse and look good; it’s one who can ride a bad horse and look good.” Life. So humbling. This maxim is reverberating in my head as I get psyched up to move next week into the fourth house I will stage to sell. House No. 4 will have design challenges. I don’t know what they are yet, but challenges come with every home along with the keys. A great designer isn’t one who can make a great space look fabulous.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 5, 2014

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 5, 2014

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma County land sales

  • Oklahoma real estate briefs for April 5, 2014

    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Choice Hotels honors several Oklahoma properties

  • Extreme Earthships in Extreme Places

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    What is an Earthship, you ask? Good question. It's a highly sustainable building created entirely from recycled and natural materials, typically integrated together in a seamless whole: think a mud wall with glass bottles inserted into it for light and ornamentation. These structures are designed to be self-sustaining, with rugged, beautiful architecture that makes them eye-catching as well as practical and environmentally friendly, and they're part of a larger architectural and social movement focused on using building materials wisely and treading lightly on the surface of the Earth.

  • New York Can't Ditch School Trailers

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The New York Public School System is struggling with a huge volume of students pushing their way through facilities that are often outdated and unable to accommodate the sheer number of people seeking their publicly mandated educations. 20 years ago, the school system temporarily addressed the problem by installing trailer classrooms, planning for them to be in place briefly while the city worked on a better solution for students and teachers. Today, they're still there, only they're woeful shadows of what they were before. As temporary structures, they weren't designed to hold up to the hard use of generations of students and instructors, and they're molding, leaking, and developing other problems.

  • Get Down With Rainwater Collection

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Right now, the wet stuff is pouring outside; it's raining so hard that it looks a lot like someone is sitting on a cloud and upending bathtubs over the side, watching the water cascade down in sheets. It's great for my garden and the well, but I can't help but think about all the water I'm wasting. In a drought-prone area like California, it pays to think ahead to when the water table is dipping low and the garden is withering away because I can't use up precious water keeping things alive. If I had a rainwater collection system, though, I could sustain myself and my garden through lean times -- and leap for joy on days like this one! Texan Richard Heinichen has become a bit of a crusader for rainwater collection, and it makes sens