Yes, I said howdy to you! I grew up with cowboys in Arizona. Is it any wonder I have settled in a small town in Oklahoma that’s a lot like the little town I grew up in? No, it isn’t a big surprise.

Pawhuska, the small town / city, is the capital for the Osage Nation. Another similarity to Payson, where the Tonto Apaches live. Unlike Payson, this town is also the county seat for Osage County Oklahoma.

I came to Osage County to pastor a little church about 15 miles south of where I’m living now. That was about 22 years ago. Today, I get to do what I want to do and only what I want to do. I’m living the “retired” life.

Between 5 websites, helping friends with technology, and cantering in my local church, I get to relax daily and think about things that could get me into trouble if I were a politician. Fortunately for those around me and myself, I’m not a politician.

I started in ministry over 40 years ago, and that is still a huge part of what I’m about. But I no longer pastor a congregation. I talk with people one on one, and when invited, in any sized group. Ministry is also service to my local community. I do as much of that as I can.

I’ve found that our Creator is as concerned about one person as all mankind. I’ve been sent to one person, my wife, as well as my community and region. To my children, as well as to your children, your parents, and your grandkids. The message I try to share is timeless.

If you think you need to try to talk me out of or in to anything, you can send me a private message on my Facebook account. But please understand, I’m over 60 and its not likely I’ll change my way of life or my way of thinking, even though I am a good listener. Feel free to try, if you must.

My thoughts and wishes for you are only for good to be in your life.

That said, best wishes to you for that very thing.

I hope you have a great day, a good life, and a very happy moment right now!

God bless.


2 Replies to “Howdy!”

    1. Darlene, I’m glad to answer your question as a resident. The Chamber and the City have pages to look at as well. In town, there’s The Mercantile, Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) opened her store, bakery and restaurant recently. It’s open Monday through Saturday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The store itself is open around 10. Just north of town is the Tallgrass Prairie preserve where the bison roam. Our local Catholic Church has historic stained glass windows, some are unique to the church – especially the window that shows the Osage receiving the Gospel. We occasionally have events at the Constantine Theatre downtown. Then there’s the Ben (“Son”) Johnson roping and Cavalcade national amateur Rodeo, the largest in the nation. There are two Mexican restaurants, Buffalo Joe’s, Bad Brad’s BBQ, the Deli at Hometown Foods, Sonic, McDonald’s, Grill 129, Subway, and a few others. To stay there’s Whiting Bed and Bath and a couple of bed and breakfasts. Also, Bartlesville is about 30 miles away and there’s a number of national hotel / motel chains there. In Bartlesville, there’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper. We also have 2 museums – the Osage Tribe museum and the Osage County Historical Museum. Pawhuska is the site of the very first Boy Scout troop in the nation. They were started by an Episcopal minister and recognized by Baden Powell himself – before the BSA started. They were not the first to join the BSA, but did later. You asked a question and I’m glad to give my best answer, but feel free to call the Chamber for more information. God bless!

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