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Thinking Out Loud — Beautiful Butterfly

By John T. Catrett, III

The grief process has been compared to many things, but the one I like most is that of the transformation sequence of the butterfly. We grievers can find ourselves stuck inside the dubious, but familiar, security of the cocoon of grief, or we can feel “stuck” because we see no way forward. What can we do? Do we want to do anything?

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Thinking Out Loud — Giving Voice to our Sorrow

By John T. Catrett, III

A precious minister friend was dying. Loved by so many, he still shouldered his responsibility to his faithful members of the community of the redeemed. He kept a diary, and one of his entries reads, “My life doesn’t exist by itself. It is woven into the fabric of our family and friends. As I grow weaker and less able to care for myself, the fabric loses some of its strength. What I have to do is keep reminding myself that I am not dying alone, that part of my family, church family and friends are dying with me…”

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Thinking Out Loud - Congratulations, You Survived Christmas Without Your Loved One at Your Side!

By the time you read this article Christmas will be over and you have survived that celebration and also the hurdle of the New Years party! This is especially true if you have lost a loved one recently.

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Who Was the Real St. Valentine?

Many early Christian martyrs were named Valentine, which can make it confusing when trying to figure out just who is being honored on Valentine’s Day.

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Thinking Out Loud-Snowflakes?

John T. Catrett, III

No two snowflakes are the same, and grief is as unique as a snowflake. No one person grieves the same or on the same schedule as another. Nor is there a right way or correct length of time to grieve. All of us have to cope in our own distinctive way and on our own exclusive time schedule. In reality there is no ‘normal’ way to grieve, but there is one basic need we all experience during this time of loss—someone to simply observe and recognize the depths of the pain that we are going through in losing a very significant person in our lives.

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Thinking Out Loud- Major Life Changes Creates a New Normal

John T. Catrett, III

At 55 years old I was a widower, and a minister at a local church in Oklahoma, so I had to plan my return to work. But first, there were thank you notes to write, business matters to settle and some more grieving and adjusting to face. Unexpectedly, a family called and wanted me to conduct a funeral for their loved one. Instantaneously, emotions and questions flooded my heart and mind. Could I bring comfort to this hurting family while I was still reeling from the sting of death in my heart? Would my words really comfort them? What if my tears flowed with theirs? How would that help?

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Thinking Out Loud: Strive to be a Pippa

John T. Catrett, III

Nestled in the hills of eastern Kentucky near the Virginia border is a small town of Pippa Passes, population 300. The Alice Lloyd College that is located in the city adds 600 students. If you research this city and college on the web, you will find them very interesting.

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Thinking Out Loud-Life Goes On

John T. Catrett, III

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

~ Robert Frost

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Thinking Out Loud-Picking Up the Pieces

John T. Catrett, III

Almost everyone on planet Earth has been touched by grief-loss in some shape or fashion. Grief is something we would rather not have to face but it is simply one of life’s realities. More often than not, we are usually at a loss for words to comfort someone who has lost a friend or family member. However; understanding the grieving process, the signs of grief and coping tips, will help you tremendously in handling grief-loss.

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Up With Trees

Thanks to another generous grant from the Apache Foundation, Up With Trees will facilitate giving away 5,000 trees for area non-profit faith-based properties. Additionally, responsible individuals who agree to plant and properly maintain trees may receive up to four trees per household for a $20 donation.

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Friendship Church to Launch a Second Location in South Tulsa

Friendship Church, led by Pastor Weldon Tisdale, will launch a second church location in south Tulsa with services beginning on Sept. 26.

With a historically and traditionally African-American background, this launch and second location of Friendship Church is an effort to bridge the racial and economic divides within the city and surrounding areas. Thirteen years ago, Pastor Tisdale became Senior Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in North Tulsa where his father, Dr. L. L. Tisdale, pastored before him.

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‘Profiling Can Help You Become More Like Jesus,’ Colorado Pastor Says

“Profiling raises the specter of racial prejudice, ethnic cleansing, hate crimes and putting people into boxes. All of these are evil and should make us feel dirty,” says Tom Hovestol, pastor of Calvary Church in Longmont, Colo.

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Wisdom & Dignity, Choices & Control…What’s Not to Like at Methodist Manor?

All too often, people over 65 tell themselves: “My spouse and I are actually doing pretty well at the moment. Sure, we have some aches and pains, as most people of retirement age do. We have planned our retirement income so that we can lead a quite comfortable lifestyle.” Their house is a perfect place to display all the wonderful things they have accumulated over their lifetime. Yes, things are pretty good and they expect them to continue that way for the foreseeable future. So why should they change now when things are going great?

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Majority of the Minorities

Sarfraz Shaikh

There’s something about summer that reminds me of migration. A year ago, last June I moved to Tulsa from Oklahoma City. Over a decade ago in June 1999, I migrated to Oklahoma City from Panaji, a small coastal town in India.

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Business Journal Names Kevin Mann CFO of the Year

Denver Rescue Mission CFO Honored for Service

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