by Tammy Ryan on April 14, 2014

in Random Thoughts

bucketlistIn honor of my son’s 23 birthday today I am reposting a blog I did a few years ago.  He continues to amaze me with his zest for life and living every moment to the fullest. He is still going strong at working on crossing all his “must do’s” off his list.  I am proud that he sees the blessings in the gift of life.

On a recent visit home from college my son randomly announced that he was working on his “bucket list”. Like any mother for a second my heart stopped but he quickly assured me that all was fine. He and his friends decided that they were going to create their own personal “do to” lists…with the goal of living life to the fullest. I was touched by this expression of enthusiasm for life from my young man…that at the young age of 21 he is already learning to appreciate that every day of life is a gift. On his list were typical things that would freak a mother of a 21 year old boy out…skydiving, bungee jumping off a bridge, repelling off a mountain, flying an F-15, etc…but there was also many items that showed his true spirit. Getting married, having a family, helping someone overcome financial distress (he said once he is no longer a poor college student)…I was so touched.bucketlist1

And yes…I saw the “Bucket List” movie, it made me laugh and cry as I watched the two old men learn to really appreciate the gift of life and love. And of course, I sing along to Tim McGraw’s “Live like you were dying”. I don’t want to ride a bull named Fu Man Chu but I do admit that I used to be so much better at really, really appreciating every moment that is given to me. I am embarrassed to say that lately I admit that sometimes I get so wrapped up in performing the functions of everyday life that I sometimes forget to take a deep breath and enjoy the day that I have been blessed to have. So to continue my sons zest for life attitude I started thinking about my own bucket list. It has already been an insightful thought process helping me to reprioritize. So what is on your bucket list? I encourage you to just take a moment to think about it…it might just give you a new enthusiasm for life.

Mothers ending note:  He did go skydiving.  Probably a good thing he called me after the fact than before.  And he is going to Air Force Pilot training in June so he might just get to fly a fighter jet someday too.skydive

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by Tammy Ryan on April 1, 2014

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tornadoSpring in Oklahoma means the potential threat for severe weather is ever present so I thought I would post a few tornado safety tips I found from a radio website.   None of the tips include running outside with your camera to take pictures so when severe weather is approaching please take the proper precautions to keep you and your family safe.

*Look and listen for…large hail, heavy rain, strong winds, frequent intense lightning …bulge with a rotary motion at the base of the thunderstorm cloud …loud roar like the sound of a jet or train.

*Seek safe shelter…A basement is best. Otherwise choose ground-floor center rooms surrounded by other rooms. Never choose upstairs locations because tornado wind speeds increase with height above the ground.

*Choose rooms on the north and east sides of your shelter if no interior rooms are available.  Stay near the innermost walls. Avoid rooms on the south and west, because tornadoes usually travel from southwest to northeast.

*Choose a small closet or bathroom, because small rooms are less susceptible to collapse. Take shelter within the bathtub if there are no glass tub enclosures or large mirrors nearby.tornado2


  • Stay calm
  • Seek shelter immediately!
  • Keep a portable tv/radio in your shelter
  • Wear closed toed shoes to protect your feet from broken glass and other debris by left by storm
  • Protect head and chest – crouch, face to floor, hands behind head
  • Cover yourself with blankets, pillows or coats
  • Hide under sturdy furniture
  • Avoid candles, gas lanterns and oil lamps.
  • In schools and offices: seek designated shelter in interior rooms or hallway’s on ground floor, or lowest floor possible. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums
  • In shopping malls, seek the smaller interior shops on the ground floor
  • In shopping centers, avoid large open rooms as well as the south and west walls
  • Evacuate mobile homes and vehicles! Seek shelter in substantial structure.

Be prepared before the storm hits: By the time a tornado is heading toward you, it is usually too late to make a plan. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, you should: · Conduct tornado drills each tornado season. · Designate an area in the home as a shelter, and practice having everyone in the family go there in response to a tornado threat. · Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person. This will help should the family be separated during the storm.

Preparing a tornado safety kit: The American Red Cross suggests that you assemble a “disaster supplies kit” that you keep in your shelter area. The kit should contain:

1. A first aid kit with essential medication in addition to the usual items 2. A battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries 3. Canned and other non-perishable foods and a hand-operated can opener 4. Bottled water 5. Candles and matches 6. Sturdy shoes and work gloves 7. Cash and credit cards 8. Written instructions on how to turn off your homes utilities

After a tornado: 1. Help injured or trapped people. 2. Give first aid when appropriate. 3. Don’t try to move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. 4. Call for help. 5. Turn on a radio or television to get the latest emergency information. 6. Stay out of damaged buildings. 7. Return home only when authorities say it is safe. 8. Use the telephone only for emergency calls. 9. Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, or gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the building if you smell gas or chemical fumes. 10. Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents, for insurance purposes. 11. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance–infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Published by AVC Communications, Incorporated.




What’s Happening in the OKC Metro for April

by Stephanie Burdine on March 28, 2014

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Spring is finally in the air and there are several things happening in April but one fun thing starts tonight.

H&8th Night Market kicks off the 2014 season tonight 3/28 from 7-11. It will be held the last Friday of the month through November. There are 20 plus food trucks, live music and craft beer. Elements Coffee , Ludivine Restaurant and COOP Ale Works are the local store fronts that help make this all possible. For more info visit the h&8th webpage at


On Sunday April 13th is family day at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from 12-5 with free admission it will be the last day for Lisa Hoke’s Come on Down exhibit. Also one of America’s most Iconic Photographer’s is on display Ansel Adams and Brett Weston in between these two exhibits is a model of a dark room and how it works. The museum staff at OKCMOA has outdone themselves with this exhibit.

Also April 22-27 is the annul Festival of the Arts in downtown OKC one of the top 20 art festivals in the country.

There’s one more thing how can we forget spring cleaning? On April 1st and this is not an April Fools either from 9-2 there is free document shredding at the Oklahoma Attorney Generals office at 313 NE 21st on the west side of the building.





by Tammy Ryan on March 14, 2014

in Random Thoughts

spring break     It’s that time of year again. Spring break is almost here.  In my household this year we are not going on any type of vacation and the pestering from my children has already started. What are we going to do?   Their declarations of this year’s spring break will be the “most boring ever” has prompted me to do a little research to find some great local Oklahoma attractions to visit.  The following article from “Travel Oklahoma” website lists some fun and affordable things to do over spring break.   So pack a lunch and load up the car and head out for an adventure filled Oklahoma day.

A perfect place to find rip-roaring adventure isspringbreak1 in the sand hills of Little Sahara State Park near Waynoka.  This northwest Oklahoma treasure offers dune buggy and ATV riding on 1,600 acres of towering sand dunes.  Bring the family, strap yourselves tightly into dune buggies and soar across the dunes.  When you need a break to shake the sand out of your ears, there are two more nearby state parks where breathtaking adventures await you.  Alabaster Caverns State Park in Freedom offers a guided cave tour through the world’s largest gypsum cave that is open to the public.  Explore beneath the Earth’s surface, hear stories from the past and watch out for bats.  You can also try your hand at a spelunking adventure in the wild caves in the park with a permit and appropriate equipment.  To complete your unique outdoor adventure, head up to Great Salt Plains State Park near Jet where the whole family can dig for the world’s only hourglass-shaped selenite crystals.  The salt plains stretch out as far as the eye can see, looking like a fresh blanket of snow has fallen on them.  Visitors can dig through the thin crust of salt and find soft, wet earth filled with small crystals that can be unearthed, cleaned up and taken home mementos.

buffalo     Located just outside of Medicine Park is the 59,000-acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, home to the oldest mountain range in the United States.  Here you can see wildlife in its natural environment, as well as pristine lakes, streams, canyons, mountains and grasslands.  Be sure and bring your camera in order to capture the photogenic bison herds and adorable prairie dogs that roam freely within the refuge.  This area is perfect for hiking, boulder hopping and fishing, so bring your hiking boots and prepare for a day filled with family-fun outdoor activities.  When blissful exhaustion hits and the sun begins to set, take a leisurely drive up the winding cliffs of Mount Scott to enjoy an awe-inspiring, panoramic view of the entire refuge.

Travel to Enid and find your way to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, a one-of-a-kind hands-on science and art museum. Children of all ages will enjoy building in the carpentry shop, creating their own masterpiece in the art studio or observing snakes, chinchillas and ferrets in the animal area.  After exploring a wide variety of activities inside, lead the kids outdoors to  Adventure Quest, one of the largest playgrounds of its kind in the world.

Another great place to turn the kids loose is the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, where kids play to learn.  It is here that children can take a trip down the imagination highway as they explore a wide variety of grown-up careers in a fun, engaging way.  Kids can bang the gavel as a judge, try their hand at being a newscaster complete with green screen and monitor or serve as a cashier in a grocery store.  They’ll have fun as they try other activities such as encasing themselves in a soap bubble, riding a miniature train or navigating a massive outdoor maze.

dinasaur  The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman is a can’t-miss hit with kids.  Watch their eyes expand with wonder as they look up at the enormous dinosaurs found in the museum’s Hall of Ancient Life.  The museum also sports the world’s largest mounted Apatosaurus and a gargantuan predator that looks an awful lot like a T-Rex, a traditional favorite with children.  You’ll also find the Guiness-record-holding largest dinosaur skull on a fully-mounted Pentaceratops, giant creepy-crawly prehistoric bugs the size of Volkswagons and prehistoric fish that will remind you of the terror experienced while watching the movie Jaws.  Kids will love the variety of wildlife exhibits including a walk-through limestone cave.  There are also plenty of hands-on activities in the children’s area.

Got a little one who favors the cowboy ways?  Why not spend Spring Break at a guest ranch where they can ride horses, try their hand at roping and enjoy cowboy cooking?  Oklahoma offers several guest ranches to choose from, but take a look at the Hitchin’ Post out in the panhandle, Double J Ranch in Shawnee or Tatanka Ranch in Stroud to get you started.

If you are looking for variety, then the Oklahoma City Adventure District may be just the place for you.  Located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44 in the heart of Oklahoma City, this entertainment district includes the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, the National Softball Hall of Fame, Remington Park Racetrack and Casino and more.  While in Oklahoma City, make sure to stop by the Pole Position Raceway for anraceway adrenaline rush you won’t soon forget.  Zip around the indoor racetrack of Pole Position’s 85,000 sq ft facility and race each other across the finish line in a faster-than-lightning go-kart.  There’s no way to get bored with all this entertainment in the neighborhood.

For more fun Oklahoma activities visit the “TravelOkaloma” website.  It is a great resource for places of interest in Oklahoma.

Note: The above article is from the Oklahoma Travel Website.


Wake UP!

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What’s the legend of Valentines Day?

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Well, if you haven’t noticed it is Valentine’s Day. Many of us celebrate this day by expressing our feelings to our love ones with gifts of flowers and candy, all in the name of St. Valentine. But I was wondering what is the origin of Valentine’s Day? My husband thinks the card, candy and flower […]

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Greatest Generation

February 10, 2014

I’ve been thinking about the Greatest Generation lately. After recently finishing Fannie Flagg’s novel “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” and the release of the movie ”Monuments Men”. The Monument men and women is an amazing story about art and history. In Flagg’s novel a good part of the story is about WASP Women Airforce Service […]

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Year of the Green Wooden Horse

January 28, 2014

The Lunar Calendar is about to launch another constellation and a new set of opportunities for all of us under the Moon. A horse year is expected to be energetic and fast paced so get ready to gallop into the future with these tips. Start the year with a clean house, a clean car, manicured […]

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January 14, 2014

I am going to disclose right up front that I am not a financial planner or financial expert. But in helping many of my clients prepare to search for a home I often find myself using my many years of corporate management finance experience to guide them. It is not uncommon for me to share […]

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