• Six Debutantes are hostesses for party in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

      Hannah Frogge, Callie Kumler, Liza Cameron, Katherine Wolf, Carly Collins, Caroline Sullivan. (Photo by Fran Kozakowski).  Among the parties this summer for Beaux Arts Ball debutantes, escorts and friends was the one that Debutantes Liza Cameron, Carly Collins, Hannah Frogge, Callie Kumler, Caroline Sullivan and Katherine Wolf gave recently. It was themed “Beauxnanza” party and was held on the Bedlam BBQ back patio.  The western- themed event featured assorted barbecue sliders. Vases of Gerber daisies and buckets of peanuts were on the tables.  Guests danced to the music of C+.

  • We want to share your annual back-to-school pictures

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Line your children up next to the front door. Or the mailbox. Or the tree in the yard. Wherever you take the annual picture, get ready to set them up for another photo.  School is about to be back in session.  Oklahoma City schools open for class on Monday. Deer Creek starts on Aug. 13. Millwood starts on Aug. 17. Then a whole bunch of other suburban districts go to class on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. That's Moore, Yukon and Mid-Del on the 19th and Edmond, Norman and Putnam City on the 20th.  For the next three weeks, we want to see all those traditional back-to-school photos you take next to the front door (or by the mailbox or by the tree in the yard).  We see those photos

  • Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling (and Harry Potter)

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling turned 50 years old today. It's Harry's birthday, too. If he were real, he'd be 35 today. Rowling's actual name, as most fans know, is Joanne Rowling. She was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England and attended the University of Exeter. Although she has written adult novels under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, she is undoubtedly best-known for her infinitely popular books about young wizard Harry Potter and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. The trio grow up together over the course of the seven books in the series, having fun, enduring tragedies and fighting the forces of the evil Voldemort, who tried to kill Harry when Harry was but an infant.

  • "Ready Player One" author returns with sci-fi novel "Armada"

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    "Armada" by Ernest Cline (Crown, 368 pages, in stores) Ernest Cline is an easy writer to like, especially if your tastes run to video games and classic science fiction novels, movies and television shows. Cline describes himself as, among other things, a "full-time geek," and that label, while entirely appropriate, is by no means a bad thing. Cline wrote the screenplay for 2009's "Fanboys," a surprisingly heartfelt comedy about "Star Wars" fans making their way to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in the hope that a dying member of their group will be able to see "The Phantom Menace" before its official release. (If any of that doesn't make sense to you, then you will be lost reading his books.

  • Update on Nani-gate

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Chefs Colin Stringer and Andon Whitehorn had the first of what could be a number of days in court before a local judge, pleading to operate their Japanese-Choctaw concept out of the home. Oklahoman reporter Graham Lee Brewer covered the hearing, which will pick up again in a few days. I'm still not sure the guys' argument that they don't advertise to the public is strong enough to win the case because their website openly solicits reservations from the dining public, but I think the larger story here is that the health department conceded the laws for private chefs are fuzzy and antiquated.

  • Enjoy Coca-Cola: This is what happens to you one hour after drinking Coke

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    No one is under the impression Coca-Cola (or any soda for that matter) is good for us. But we're creatures that, for the most part, value taste before nutrition, and that's why Coke is one of the most popular soft drinks in the world. The Renegade Pharmacist, Niraj Naik, has put together an infographic detailing what happens to our bodies one hour after drinking this delicious beverage: Yeahhh... It doesn't do a body good. At all.

  • Oklahoma City chefs gaining notice beyond borders

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last Sunday, chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson's R&J Lounge and Supper Club was featured in the New York Times Travel section and this weekend chef Kurt Fleischfresser travels to New Orleans to compete with some of the countries top chefs. Not bad for the land of chicken-fried everything and Little Kings. Kathryn O'Shea Evans, writing for the Times, notes, "Nostalgia is the main course" the the R&J. Whether the glowing review draws a lot of New York City license plates in the parking lot remains to be seen. Regardless, it's nice to see local talent gain notice in larger markets as long as that notice doesn't encourage them to move away.

  • 5 things that look like Grumpy Cat and Earl the Grumpy Puppy

    The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    In case you haven't been properly introduced, meet Earl the Grumpy Puppy: Sunday funday! A photo posted by @earlthegrumpypuppy on Jul 5, 2015 at 2:12pm PDT // No relation to Grumpy Cat, but the pint-sized pooch is making waves on the Internet thanks to his similar look. According to Earl's Facebook, he's a 5-month-old Puggle and looks like a blast to hang around. You can learn more about Earl here.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Swimming pool etiquette?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I take my children to the swimming pool and always sit by the pool to keep an eye on them. Sometimes I wear my swimsuit, and sometimes I have on shorts. There is a group of older kids that continue to jump in the pool without regard to whom they are splashing, or what they are wearing. How do I politely ask them to stop without them retaliating against my children or me? CALLIE’S ANSWER: Simply let the kids know: “You should be mindful of where you are getting in the pool so you don’t splash others.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Youth Services for Oklahoma County---Kami Kuykendall and Betsy Mantor

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    [brightcove]4364297960001[/brightcove] Kami Kuykendall and  Betsy Mantor talk about Youth Services for Oklahoma County on Parties Extra!

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 1; July 27, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! [pagebreak] <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; text-transform: uppercase; font-family: Helvetica; color: #fff; background-color: #0099e6; font-size: 30px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px;"><strong>No. 5 - Becoming bilingual<br /></strong></p> Do you have dreams of becoming an astronaut? Great! First hurdle: Learn Russian. (Or, if you're Russian, learn English.

  • Celebrities and their travel Instagrams

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    For the most part it's a pretty good deal to be a celebrity.  Most of them are rich. They are liked. And they get special attention wherever they go. Sure, there is a downside to fame, like stalkers, and TMZ, but for the most part it's a pretty good gig. So it should be no surprise celebrities go on really nice vacations, and like the rest of us plebes, they like to take pictures of their trips and put them on social media.  Travel and Leisure has a nice collection of photos from some recent celebrity trips around the world and yeah, they're having a pretty good time.

  • 5 of the creepiest places from around the world

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The world is a big, beautiful place. A big, beautiful placed filled with some extremely creepy spots, like the ones mentioned in this blog post. You up to learning about some of these places? Here are 5 scary and creepy places from around the world. [pagebreak] No. 5 - Where tugboats go to die The next time you take a family vacation to New York, be sure to check out one of the hottest tourist attractions in the state: the Staten Island Boat Graveyard, aka the "accidental marine museum." It's basically where

  • Rejoice, Americans: McDonald's to serve breakfast all day long (coming soon!)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    I was browsing the Internet and came across this link, which has this to say: All-day breakfast at McDonald’s is an apparent success. According to an internal company memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal, McDonald’s operators are being advised to prepare for a nationwide extension of the all-day breakfast platform as early as October. Soon you can have fries with your egg McMuffin, anytime you want. And that's a beautiful thing.

  • Remember when American hero Buzz Aldrin punched a moon landing truther in the face in 2002?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Remember that time Buzz Aldrin punched a guy in the face?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Question from Kentucky!

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I sent gifts from a couple’s bridal registry totaling about $150 to the daughter of a cousin to whom I am not especially close and who lives about a 10-hour drive from me. I sent the gifts several weeks ahead of the wedding, along with notes expressing regret that I would not be able to attend the wedding, both to my cousin and his wife, and to their daughter the bride and her fiance. The wedding itself was nearly two months ago. I haven’t heard anything at all, and do sort of wonder if they ever received them — the items were from a store (Williams and Sonoma and Crate and Barrel)

  • Tim Strange is new president of The Rotary Club

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

       Tim Strange, Terri Cooper, Jerome Holmes. (Photo provided)  Members of The Rotary Club of Oklahoma inaugurated its 105th president, Tim Strange, July 7 at the Devon Boathouse. Former club president Judge Jerome Holmes and president-elect Terri Cooper were there to celebrate, in addition to Strange’s family and several hundred Rotarians. This group is said to be the largest Rotary Club in the world with 650 members “Rollin’ on the River” was the theme of the dinner dance marking Strange’s one year term at the helm.  Strange is president of Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort Commercial Real Estate.

  • Oklahoma attorney finds purpose in fight for marriage equality

    Siali Siaosi,dsiaosi@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    It was a celebration more than a decade in the making. But when Don Holladay heard the Supreme Court’s historic June 26 ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. nationwide, he reached for his computer rather than a champagne bottle.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---When can I have a cell phone?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

     YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What do you think is the appropriate age for children to have cell phones?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: There is no longer an “appropriate” age. It is when you feel comfortable giving your child a cell phone. There are many positives […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Terry Neese---Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Christine Eddington, Paige Dillard and Terry Neese (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace). [brightcove]4346420445001[/brightcove]   Terry Neese was on the  Parties Extra! set  at The Oklahoman for a web cast. She discussed the Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women meetings in Dallas and Oklahoma City and the upcoming fashion show.