Dear Carolyn Adapted from a recent online discussion. DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve pretended to go to college for almost four years when I actually dropped out my freshman year. I’ve been working as a temp since then and living “off campus.” My family doesn’t know since I fake my grades, account statements, everything. None of them went to college so it hasn’t been too hard to fool them. I’ve used the money they’ve been giving me to help me afford my room and board. I know I’m going to have to come clean soon since they expect me to graduate soon with an engineering degree. I just don’t know how to do this. They are going to freak out. They’re immigrants and me going to college was their dream. I’m actually thinking of just disappearing for a while and telling them by letter. I know that’s the coward’s way out but I could come back when it’s all blown over and they’ll probably be so relieved that … [Read more...] about How do you tell your family you’ve been lying about going to college?
Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal is taking his fashion game to J.C. Penney.O’Neal’s new line of big & tall tailored clothing will land in 350 stores and online Sept. 12. The new brand, Shaquille O’Neal XLG, comes six months after O’Neal was named the company’s exclusive Big & Tall ambassador.Initially, the collection will offer m60 styles of suit separates, dress shirts, belts and ties in sizes up to 5XL in stores and 6XL online in tops and up to size 64 in suit separates. Belts will be offered in sizes up to 4XL and ties will be extra-long. Contemporary designs feature a classic fit suitable for work or an evening out. Suit separates are offered in solids as well as a blue plaid. Sport coats are available in check and windowpane patterns, as well as a black floral. The suit separates will come in solids as well as a blue plaid. Guys who enjoy color can pick from dress shirts in ultra-blue, jet black and burnished lilac, along with more … [Read more...] about Shaquille O’Neal ups his fashion game
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: Tue, August 21, 2018 5:00 AM M.O.M.S (Mothers Overcoming Mourning Support) is a group of mothers who have experienced the death of a child. They meet the first Friday of each month for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Bravo's restaurant at Memorial Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City. The group also is planning its first luncheon with a speaker for Saturday. Contact Reta at 405-317-1241. Parents who've experienced the death of a child may look as if they are carrying on with their lives as before. Some may even have times of happiness and joy. Everything may look normal, but what they say is they “feel” empty — a feeling that doesn't go away. The challenge for the rest of us is to know how to respond. We would like to say something that would make them feel better. There are no such words. So, what do we do? Following are suggestions from a grieving parent. Don't use aphorisms: At least he isn't suffering anymore. … [Read more...] about Lankard: Learning how to respond to grieving parents
BY RYAN STEWART For The Oklahoman Published: Tue, August 21, 2018 5:00 AM Do your knees ache? According to new findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, your diet could be a culprit. In a study led by OMRF scientist Tim Griffin, researchers found that the carbohydrate composition of diets increased the risk of osteoarthritis in laboratory mice — even when the animals didn't differ in weight. “We know increased body fat elevates risk, but we haven't appreciated as much how diet itself affects the disease risk,” Griffin said. “These findings give us new clues that there can be significant dietary effects linked to increased OA risk even in the absence of obesity.” Osteoarthritis, or OA, is the most common form of arthritis and the most widespread form of disability in the country, affecting nearly 27 million people in the U.S. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions bones in the joints breaks down and wears away, causing the … [Read more...] about Dietary carbohydrates could lead to osteoarthritis, new study finds
Self-management: If you have diabetes, Medicare covers 80 percent of the cost of self-management training to teach you how to successfully manage your diabetes. Supplies and medications: Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of the cost of glucose monitors, test strips (100 per month if you use insulin, or 33 per month if you don't), lancets, external insulin pumps and insulin (if you use a pump), after you've met your deductible. If, however, you inject insulin with a syringe, Medicare's Part D prescription drug benefit will help pay your insulin costs and the supplies needed to inject it — if you have a plan. Part D plans also cover most other diabetic medications, too. You'll need to check your plan for coverage details. Nutrition therapy: Medicare will pick up the entire tab for medical nutrition therapy, which teaches you how to adjust your diet so you can better manage your condition. You'll need a doctor's referral to get this service. Foot care: Since foot problems are … [Read more...] about Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers diabetes
DEAR DOCTOR: How does someone know they're dehydrated? I'm worried because my husband swears he drinks "tons" of water, but as best I can tell, he doesn't have more than a glass or so per day, even when it's really hot. He's very active and he's always got headaches, which he blames on air quality, and he's often tired. How can I persuade him to drink more water? DEAR READER: Hydration can be a tricky thing. Unlike hunger, which triggers physical signals that are pretty robust, the signs of thirst can be more subtle and easier to ignore. However, drinking enough water is crucial to both physical and mental well-being. The adult human body is made up of 60 percent water. It's the main component of our cells and tissues; it's the environment that makes the various transport systems within our bodies possible, and it plays an essential role in the various chemical and electrical processes that keep us alive and healthy. That means we have to continuously replace the water we lose each day … [Read more...] about Ask the Doctors: Dehydration takes a mental, physical toll
BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. For The Oklahoman Published: Tue, August 21, 2018 5:00 AM Q: The iconic Statue of Liberty, at 305 feet including the pedestal, has towered over New York Harbor since 1886. A visitor can walk up a standard staircase to reach the pedestal, then a very narrow spiral staircase to access the crown. But the staircase leading to the torch and its wraparound observatory beneath the 24-carat-gold-covered flame is closed. Why? A: The answer lies in an oft-forgotten attack on the U.S. on July 30, 1916, two years after the start of World War I, says Dan Lewis on his Now I Know website. The U.S., as you may remember, remained neutral throughout much of the war, but it maintained trade with Europe, and when the British blockaded German ports, “America became a ‘de facto' munitions supplier to Great Britain and its allies.” In an attempt to cut off this supply line, the Germans sabotaged a man-made island in New York Harbor known as Black … [Read more...] about Why is The Statue of Liberty is accessible everywhere but the torch?
The Oklahoma Quilt Heritage Project will be discussed during the upcoming meeting of the Central Oklahoma Quilter's Guild. The lecture will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday in the Clarence E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport, 5810 Tulakes Ave. Those attending will learn about Oklahoma's quilting history from Jeri-Alynn McGee, Loraine Leer and Sue Rose, three charter members of the Central Oklahoma Quilter's Guild, as they share historical information at the guild's monthly meeting. Visitors are welcome. The records of the Heritage Project are housed in the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. The records include collections beginning in 1800. For more information, call 405-603-7726. … [Read more...] about Lecture to reveal Oklahoma’s quilting history
OKEMAH — Peering out of pink heart-shaped sunglasses Jaimee Harris crooned of the sunshiny dreams in Jimmy LaFave's song “Island.” “Then I awoke and you were gone/I was on the island all alone/Just calling out your name/All in vain,” the Texas singer-songwriter poignantly sang the day before the release of LaFave's last album, “Peace Town,” on which he invited Harris and her roommate, Jane Ellen Bryant, to sing background vocals. “Jimmy was not only such a great connector, but he was really good at pulling the next person up, always helping the next person,” Harris said after singing in LaFave's memory during a legacy tribute at the recent Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah. “At the end of his life, he could have asked anyone he wanted to sing on that record. Instead, here he is pulling up Jane, pulling up me. It was pretty magical ... and I'm so grateful for the opportunity.” A pioneer of the influential red dirt … [Read more...] about Making ‘Peace’ with dying: Oklahoma-Texas musician recorded final album while coping with aggressive terminal cancer
State, local taxes can be imposed on internet sellers Q: How has internet sales tax collection changed? A: The U.S. Supreme Court decided June 21, in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al, that a state can require out-of-state retailers to collect the state's sales tax, in some circumstances, even if there the seller doesn't... When you subscribe for $0.99, you get full digital access to: 1) Unlock ALL exclusive articles from The Oklahoman. 2) Customize all 15 topics with NewsOK Pro. 3) An ad-FREE reading experience on NewsOK. 4) The Oklahoman for iOS and Android apps, Print Replica, Archives and Oklahoman.com. Learn more. Unlock ALL exclusive articles. Get full-digital access.* Already a subscriber? Activate or log in with your Oklahoman or NewsOK Pro account. … [Read more...] about State, local taxes can be imposed on internet sellers