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Municipal Elections / Nonpartisan Races

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Today is the filing deadline for the June 11 Tulsa municipal primary election. At this time, 5 candidates have filed for Tulsa Mayor -- Dewey Bartlett, Jerry DeWayne Branch, Bill Christiansen, Lawrence Kirkpatrick and Kathy Taylor. In the Tulsa City Council races incumbents Jeannie Cue (District 2), Phil Lakin (District 8) and Karen Gilbert (District 5) have each filed to retain their seats. One democrat, John Bomar, and five (f) republicans have filed to vie for Fred Perry's seat in County Commission District 3 -- Don Crall, Brandon Perkins, Ron Peters, and John Wright.

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Donor Retention and Engagement Scoring: More Than a Number
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

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Chick Lit Fiction

What is chick lit? Chick lit is smart, fun fiction about women of all ages, ethnicity, social status, marital status and religion. Story lines often revolve around jobs, motherhood, romance, living in the ‘big city’, friendship, dieting and much more, usually with a touch of humor thrown in. Many of these books are written from a first-person viewpoint, making them a bit more personal and realistic. The plots can range from being very light and fast-paced to being extraordinarily deep, thought-provoking and/or moving. Here are a few suggested authors:

People by Rebecca Howard

Whenever my spouse asks me what the book I’m reading is about, it is a running joke that I will respond with “people.” Generally speaking, I prefer books with a strong emphasis on characters as opposed to plot, so it’s always a little difficult to describe what I am reading.  If others disparage a book by saying “nothing happens,” chances are I will love it.  I enjoy reading about the inner world of characters and following how they navigate their ways in the world.  Books that explore the sometimes surprising, often messy, nature of human relationships are among my favorites. 

War is. . . by Rebecca Howard

Kevin Powers said that he wrote his novel The Yellow Birds in response to the question he so often receives from others about his time in Iraq—“what was it like over there?”  This question and the impossibility of its answer reveal the vast chasm between the experiences of American soldiers and civilians in the last decade.  How would a soldier even begin to describe the experience to someone so very far removed from the extremes of war?

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