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American Folkways

  NOTE:  I wrote this post (on another blog I maintain) over a year ago: March, 2019.  I am repeating the blog post here in this more public area: skepticalbob.com. One of the explanations of the differences among us in this country is due to the ancestry each of us possesses, and how the cultural …

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Our Move from east of Norman (on Nutmeg Drive) back in town (to Silverton Circle) in 2016

Claudia and I became fans of Oklahoma native wildflowers in our landscaping when we lived out east of town from 2001, through my retirement (2004-2005) until 2016. When I retired over 15 years ago, I developed an interest in the wildflowers that were growing along the roads and highways in Oklahoma, especially the roads leading …

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Girl’s Caterwauling, or as the Music Pros Call It, Melismatic Phrasing

Okay, you probably didn’t know there was a technical term for it, but the vocal “embellishments” and “fancy-ness” that the I-wanna-be-a-star kids do on television (usually at either American Idol or when they are called upon to sing on a large, televised platform (say, the national anthem, etc).  You know, when the kid belts out …

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Trump Is Doing One Thing Well: Showing that Racism Wins in Small Town America

Just saw one of the latest pieces by NBC News on what is going on in the election: Dante Chinni, “Five Things We Learned About the Presidential Campaign Last Week“ What are the five things?  Well, in summary Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Won the Conventions College Educated White Voters Are a Big Problem for …

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Richard Strauss, Meet Barbara Tuchman

While in Santa Fe, Jon, Claudia’s cousin, and I were talking about about Richard Strauss–Jon had read and listened/watched the  YouTube video clips in my post on Skeptical Bob about Der Rosenkavalier).  At one point,  Jon mentioned a name that I hadn’t thought about in years,  Barbara Tuchman. As we were driving up to Taos, …

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An Academic Take on the Inventive Use of a Children’s Repetitive Song by OU Frat Boys

First, The Episode Itself Clearly there is a bundling together of our instant social media networking–using only the technology of smart phones coupled with cellular connectivity and nifty high definition video cameras–that magically gives us a permanent record of an OU social fraternity’s hilarious boys-will-be-boys fun a couple of nights ago: a “date night” chartered …

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OU’s Marching Band Is Still In the News . . . Negatively

Well, the fun continues at OU.  Just yesterday, a bunch of OU students who are still members of the University’s marching band–the Pride of Oklahoma–took out full page ads in several of the larger newspapers around the state. NORMAN — Advertisements that appeared Friday in metropolitan newspapers in Oklahoma and Texas targeted University of Oklahoma …

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The Campus in the 80’s and 90’s: A Broader Perspective

The 80’s and 90’s on campus in American colleges and universities were times of real social and interpersonal strife and a general shredding of the once-whole cultural fabric of the academic community.  The “isms” and their associated belief systems were–all of a sudden, it seemed–in their ascendancy: multiculturalism, postmodernism, feminism, racism, ageism, sexism, ad nauseam.  It …

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