'Polar Express' Train Ride builds steam in second Oklahoma year
A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.
'Polar Express' Train Ride builds steam in state return
BRISTOW – Slade Theriot knew his pocket had no holes, so it was safe to tuck the tinkling bell inside.
After meeting Santa Claus on “The Polar Express” Train Ride, the... Read More
'Polar Express' Train Ride builds steam in its second Oklahoma trek
After a strong Oklahoma debut in 2014, “The Polar Express” Train Ride, a whimsical hourlong trek based on the 1985 children's book and the 2004 computer-animated movie keeps chugging along, already becoming a holiday tradition for many families. It takes place aboard the Eastern Flyer, departing from Bristow. Read More
"Pete the Cat" author to visit Oklahoma libraries
No. 1 New York Times best-selling children's author Eric Litwin will perform three times in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area next week.
Litwin is the author of "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" and its three sequels. He has also written the new musical series "The Nuts."
He will perform at two libraries:... Read More
Book review: 'The Fold' by Peter Clines
Peter Clines’ “The Fold” is modern science fiction at its almost finest. The novel is accessible and approachable and built upon an intriguing concept. Unfortunately, the showdown in the final third of the book doesn’t quite live up to the promising premise. Read More
Movie review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockinjay - Part 2'
A version of this review appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 1/2 of 4 stars.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ gives series satisfying but bittersweet ending
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” means war, bringing the blockbuster dystopian franchise to a satisfying yet... Read More
Science fiction stories on Wattpad inspired by 1950s, 1960s comics
Some educational comics of the 1950s and 1960s are inspiring new stories today.
From a news release: In the 1950-60s General Electric published Adventures in Science, a series of comic books that ignited a love of science and engineering in a new generation. Now, GE is bringing this spirit back to life... Read More
Book review: 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories' by Stephen King
Over all, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” is a richly realized examination of what it means to be mortal, constructed by one of the world’s most celebrated talents. Stephen King has spent a lifetime imagining what hides in the darkness; now he’s mature enough to know it doesn’t take a monster to create despair. Read More
Video: 'If the Fence Could Talk'
After the Oklahoma City bombing, a chain link fence was stretched around two city blocks, sealing off the perimeter of the disaster site. No one knew then that the fence would become one of the tragedy's enduring symbols of humanity and hope.
A section of that fence remains at the Oklahoma City National Memorial... Read More
"The Bazaar of Bad Dreams"
I picked up Stephen King's new short story collection, "The Bazaar of Bad Dreams," on Sunday.
I'm trying finish the book so I can review it for you on Sunday. I've got a long way to go, but here are my initial thoughts:
-- When I was a teenager, I loved Stephen King's books, even though there were some relative... Read More
Interview: Elizabeth Smart still tries to live by her mother's advice
An abbreviated version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman.
Elizabeth Smart still tries to live by her mother’s advice
The morning after she returned home from “my nine months in hell,” Elizabeth Smart’s mother gave her the best piece of advice she’s ever received.
“What she... Read More
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