Denton’s Struggle for the Individual Voice

“It’s stressful and it makes it to where I can’t sleep at night,” Sergeant Scott Jenkins’ voice cracked through my phone late on a Friday night, “But for someone in their thirtieth year in law enforcement, this has been a really important assignment.” An undeniable sense of pride shone through the accumulated exhaustion of his … Continue reading Denton’s Struggle for the Individual Voice

For Want of a Favorable Reality

The coal industry of West Virginia had found themselves in a crisis. Coal had become unimportant to the economics of West Virginia. Well, that really wasn’t the crisis; exports could take care of that. The real crisis was that the people living near their operations were starting to know just how unimportant the industry really … Continue reading For Want of a Favorable Reality

Where Does Fracking Leave Oklahoma’s Future?

This is part three in a three part series on fracking in Oklahoma. Read part one here and part two here. For the past two weeks, I have written about the state of fracking in Oklahoma and the socio-political quagmire that surrounds the issue. The impetus for all this digital ink was the ban that … Continue reading Where Does Fracking Leave Oklahoma’s Future?

When the Facts Cease to Matter

This is part two in a three part series of social factors on fracking in Oklahoma. Read part one here. Anybody who follows national politics will know that there are many, many times in which facts do not matter. Emotions and dogma often carry the day more than evidence and reason. In other words, often … Continue reading When the Facts Cease to Matter

What’s so Different about Oklahoma’s Fracking?

This is part one in a three part series on social factors on fracking in Oklahoma I rather distinctly remember a graduate student at Kansas State asking me about my opinion on hydraulic fracturing during my undergraduate career. He was specifically probing me for an anti-fracking stance. At the time, I was a sophomore in … Continue reading What’s so Different about Oklahoma’s Fracking?

America’s Blood Stone

Last week I was holding a freshly dried Roundtree and York blue stripped button down shirt when I had a sudden realization so severe that my vision began to fade to the soft gray light that signals the onset of a loss of consciousness. A connection was made that was so visceral, so astounding, that … Continue reading America’s Blood Stone