• Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 3; Aug. 31, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    This week we explore dolphins (and how they'll rule us all one day), the koala-human connection, Ken Burns' dedication, froyo vs. ice cream and the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

  • If the shoe fits....Marion Parke at Balliet's

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Barbara Jansen, Marion Parke, Linda Garrett.   Luxury footwear designer Marion Parke brought her 2016 Spring/Summer shoe collection by the same name to Balliet's and friends dropped by to see her and the shoes. It was a pre-order event since the shoes are not yet in the stores and won't be for several months, but guests enjoyed seeing Parke and sipping champagne. "Balliets is the premier Oklahoma City retailer for luxury accessories. Bob, DeDe and Barbara (Jansen, Balliets footwear buyer) have a discerning eye and see luxury brands on a daily basis, so it’s a true honor to be invited into the store and to be in such good company," Parke, podiatric surgeon from Minneapolis, Minn., and a former Oklahoma resident,

  • Oklahoma Strong: How the Oklahoma Standard helped me heal after my best friend’s suicide

    Siali Siaosi | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Aug. 24 marked a year since I lost my best friend to suicide. It hasn't been an easy time without her, but Oklahoma and its community have helped me heal.

  • Before the "dream," there was Oklahoma City

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the historic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His words have resonated throughout several generations.  But, did you know that before he stood in Washington in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 people on that day, King visited Oklahoma City and spoke during a Freedom Rally on July 29, 1960, at Calvary Baptist Church? About 1,500 filled the church to hear the words of the widely recognized civil rights leader.  When he was told that Oklahoma City youth were planning to boycott downtown stores to desegregate restaurants, King commended the action, saying such efforts had been successful in

  • Holiday and Fall Hair styles by Jennifer McCharen---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    [brightcove]4448950083001[/brightcove] Jennifer McCharen with Rutz Salon talks about the hottest hair style trends for fall and the holidays on Parties Extra! Paige Dillard, Jennifer McCharen, Dave Morris at The Oklahoman's video studio for Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Comics signing and new book set in Oklahoma

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Here are a couple things you won't want to miss. AUTHOR WILL SIGN VIKING COMIC NORMAN — Writer/artist Natasha Alterici will be signing her comic series, “Heathen,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Speeding Bullet Comics, 614 N Porter Ave. in Norman.  In “Heathen,” a young Viking woman is on a mission to end the tyrannical reign of god-king Odin during a time of warfare, slavery and the subjugation of women. For more information on the comic, go to heathencomic.com. For more information on the signing, go to www.speedingbulletcomics.com or call 360-6866.

  • Guys, will you wear a jumpsuit?

    Linda Miller | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    They may not be for everyone, but men’s jumpsuits are being touted as no-fuss, comfortable and fun.

  • Big day in literary history (with video)

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Tarzan was born on this day in 1912. Sort of. Edgar Rice Burroughs first installment of "Tarzan of the Apes" was published in a magazine on Aug. 27, 1912 -- introducing the world to a character Burroughs would revisit 25 times. The character later was taken up by other writers, appearing in more novels, cartoons and full-length motion pictures, including one that featured Bo Derek at the height of her popularity and another, more comical version (based on the derivative cartoon character "George of the Jungle) starring Brendan Fraser. Today, Tarzan is mostly remembered in broad strokes: He's the son of white nobles who get stranded on the African coast. His parents die, and he becomes a feral child, taken in by apes.

  • Mark Costello slaying: 6 facts about schizophrenia you should know

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By now you've heard about the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. He died Sunday night and police say Costello's son, Christian, is the one who held the knife. Christian and his father had had a rough relationship as of late, which family members say was due to Christian's battle with mental health issues. "Our son, Christian Costello, has experienced many difficulties over the past several years," the family said in the statement. "Christian, like thousands of Oklahomans, struggles with a mental health disease and like many families we did our best to support him. Mark was committed to being there for his son and provided whatever help he could as a father.

  • Book signing on Thursday

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    FULL CIRCLE BOOKSTORE, 50 Penn Place •Matt Van Steenwyk will sign copies of his book, “A Wolf at the Gate,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The book is described as “a retelling of the legend of Saint Francis and Wolf ... (that) explores what it means to be a peacemaker.

  • Versona’s newest store opens Thursday

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Check out fall’s hottest fashion trends Thursday when Versona’s new store opens in Westgate Marketplace.

  • Questions about lipstick testers and wrong size shoes

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    How bad is it to try the lipstick tester or wear the wrong size shoes?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Table manners for the nose

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen: hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Your sensible feature on manners and etiquette is always enjoyable, addressing as it does so many often overlooked pleasantries that oil social discourse. A topic I’ve never seen mentioned is the repellent […]

  • Guthrie's ghoulish ghosts

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    In case you missed this in Sunday's paper ... HAUNTINGS IN GUTHRIE Jeff Provine is becoming Oklahoma’s foremost expert on ghosts. After going on European ghost tours in the mid-2000s, he came back to the Oklahoma and founded the University of Oklahoma Ghost Tour as a charity walk in 2009.  He published two books about ghosts. “Campus Ghosts of Norman” was followed last year by “Haunted Norman, Oklahoma.” Both are collections of stories about purported paranormal activities on the OU campus or in the surrounding city. Now he’s back with another book, co-authored by Tanya McCoy, one of the founders of the Oklahoma Paranormal Association.

  • Read my latest column, 'Counting the change'

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Have you ever had someone push you to be something other than what you are? Maybe your Mom wanted you to take home economics classes even though you knew you were headed for a boardroom. Maybe your friends want you to calm down or smile more or flirt less. In my case, my Dad wanted me to be a leader. He was just trying to help me have a better life, but it made me feel as if I was never good enough. Took a long time for me to figure things out.  This month's column focuses on that. Parents push because they want the best for us ... but sometimes they push too hard. Check out "Purely Subjective: Counting the change." http://newsok.com/purely-subjective-counting-the-change/article/5441675 If you like it,

  • Patty Casteel celebrated her birthday recently in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Patty Casteel in birthday glasses and hat, Linda Casteel, Jacob Ahpeatone, Jaxon Casteel. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).   Patty Casteel celebrated her 70th birthday at Sophabella's. A no-host Italian dinner was served and guests danced to the music of Denise Smith, Talk of the Town. Linda Gardner and Julie Sloan brought a huge chocolate birthday cake. Guests included Allison, Spence and Haley Kidney, Jim Lindsey, Julie and Phil Sloan, Nancy and Courtney Biddell, Carolyn Kinsley Bean, Allen Pease, Diane and Charlie Porta, Diana and John Harden, Karen James, John Gray, Marilyn and Jim Case, Carol McCroskey, Shirley Belcham, Claire and Aaron Ramberg, Dave Attalle, Suzanne Slyvester and Cynthia Whitaker

  • Don't miss these book signings

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    BEST OF BOOKS, 1313 E Danforth Road, Edmond Oklahoma Book Award winner Sonia Gensler will speak about and sign copies of her newest book, “Ghostlight,” which recently was released by Alfred A. Knopf, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Sonia’s Oklahoma award was for “The Revenant,” and she was a finalist for “The Dark Between.” OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY-OKLAHOMA CITY, third floor of Student Center, 900 N Portland Doug Tallamy, author of two books about native plants, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tallamy also will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria, Tulsa.

  • Debut novel, "Maud's Line," is set in Oklahoma

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    "Maud's Line," the debut novel by Margaret Verble, is based on her Cherokee family's stories and set on the family's allotment land in 1920s Eastern Oklahoma. That alone should make it interesting to many Oklahomans.   What's better, Verble, who lives in Kentucky and England, proves herself a talented writer -- talented enough for her first book to land at a major publishing house, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , and talented enough for critics to cover it in praise. Here are the basics: The book "chronicles the life of a headstrong, earthy heroine, and the many loves of her life," according to press materials. "The young and magnetic Maud dreams of escaping the isolation and tediousness of farm life;

  • The Food Fight that never was

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    In case you’re concerned about a “food fight” rising up between the H & 8th Night Market and a new one the city council approved this week, don’t be. Recent coverage here and here indicates that food truck operator Rick Vick didn't win a spot in H&8th's lottery and found it unfair. He felt so strongly, he took his case before Oklahoma City's city council. All true. What wasn't reported was H & 8th has already been coexisting, not competing, with three independent food-truckcentric entities this year. When H&8th returned for its March through October 2015 run, it did so with two new neighbors: Industry Flea and Bleu Garten.

  • Tonight, a book signing for hunters

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    All I know about hunting comes from two books: Arthur H. Neumann's "Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa" (1898) and John Henry Patterson's "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo" (1907).   The latter book -- which records, among other things, Patterson's hunt for two man-eating lions who'd fed on perhaps as many as 135 natives and railroad workers -- inspired three films, including the 1996 thriller "The Ghost and the Darkness," starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. The movie exaggerated the story for dramatic effect, of course, but the lions were quite real. Each measured nearly 10 feet long, and their stuffed bodies can be seen at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.