Elizabeth Warren and I Have Something in Common

No More Names Rally with Mayors Against Illegal Guns at Faneuil Hall

No More Names Rally with Mayors Against Illegal Guns at Faneuil Hall

I’ve always liked Elizabeth Warren for her tireless and passionate advocacy to protect the 99% and to critique the role of corporations in politics today. Additionally, Warren promotes the Equal Pay Act and champions the rights of those in the LGBT community.

Last night, I learned that Warren was born in Oklahoma – Norman – and graduated from Northwest Classen High School, winning the title as “Oklahoma’s Top High School Debater” when she was 16. In 2011, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Although I would definitely support her if she ran for President, she has insisted to reporters that she’s staying in Washington for now. When interviewed by The Today Show on Wednesday about a possible bid, she replied, “I’m in Washington. I’ve got this really great job and a chance to make a difference on things that really matter.”

One issue she’s pressing right now relates to high student loan interest rates. She told Conan O’Brien, “The government should not be making profits off of kids trying to get an education.” I have a vested interest in seeing her student loan bill succeed. (If you care about that issue, visit Student Debt Crisis and sign their petitions!)

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren for Senate

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The Tivoli

TivoliThe Tivoli was the first movie theater I ever went to. I have vague recollections of Star Wars, but certainly remember my mother taking me and Johnna Cook to The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately, the movie was interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom because I lost a baby tooth during the showing. When The Fox and the Hound was released, Ryan, Jeffrey, and I were taken to the Tivoli to see it; I spent the entire movie sobbing, leading to my renunciation of movies with animal characters.

Once the big Carmike Five by the interstate opened in the early 1980s, the Tivoli struggled to find its place. Discount movies played there for a time, then it was unused for many years. In the early 2000s, the last time I was in the building, Laura and I went there for a Jack Ingram concert.

The Ardmore Main Street authority owns the building, and a 2009 article in the local paper reported that it’s renovating the building.

Ardmoreite article

Postcard from the Choctaw Nation

Description on back: The most characteristic feature of the French-influenced Choctaw traditional clothing is the cutout appliqué work on the shirts worn by men and the dresses and aprons worn by women. The full diamond design, probably the most common on clothing and baskets, is derived from the markings of an eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Other common designs include the half-diamond or the circles and crosses representing stickball and sticks.

Traditional Choctaw Clothing
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