Saturday, July 05, 2014

The modern lighting system at Alabaster Caverns is a big improvement

Several years ago, the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom, Oklahoma, got a new modern lighting system. It's a big upgrade over the very old system I remember from when I was a kid. Colton and I finally made the short trip to snap some photos.

The main cavern entrance. It's a long walk with a lot of steps. 

















Almost finished! 

The ride back to the main office. 

Get up close with a caged rattlesnake in the back office. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Little Sahara State Park has a new viewing platform

Colton and I made a trip to the Little Sahara State Park to see the sand dunes, just south of Waynoka, Oklahoma. There's a new viewing platform with history and interpretive panels, binoculars, and a great view of the dunes. It's handicapped accessible, and looks great. 


















Don't try driving your street vehicle, even a pickup truck, out on the dunes. Leave that to the specially-equipped. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 #SMTulsa conference summary via Storify

Cheryl Lawson did this terrific story summary of my SMTulsa talks using a tool called Storify. I thought I'd share it here with you.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What makes us get involved?

Catholic church
Michael Jones left this as a comment on my article Small Town Survival of the Fittest at Small Biz Survival a few months ago. I just ran across it again today, and I think it's worth giving some thought.

"I like your emphasis of getting personally involved. Your post is timely for me. The leader of a small catholic college in our small town (7000 population) gave the invocation at Rotary today . . .he asked God to make us grateful . . .and then explained that being grateful moves us to action and giving back to our community. A good thought to contemplate. Thanks for your post."

Being grateful moves us to action. 

So if we help each other be more grateful, are we helping our communities? 

Worth thinking over. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

That's not real

Out my airplane window
How damaging is the phrase, "that's not real [whateverthetopic]." Like, "that's not a real small town" or "that's not real work."

I was having a conversation about small towns. The other person said, "Retail isn't real economic development."

The more I think about that, the more it worries me. Who decides what's real? I'm thinking absolute statements of what qualifies as "real" crowd out the search for relative solutions.

I know I can only do one thing for small towns. I can help make more prosperous entrepreneurs, and then they can help the town with more resources to decide for themselves what's real.