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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Travel fever

The  latest issue of Oklahoma Today is out, and it makes you just want to get in the car and go. www.oklahomatoday.com

The first attention getter was a Shane Bevel photo of a lonely rural road and big skies accompanying Editor Steffie Cocoran's opening column. Deeper inside was the story, about the "Great Western Cattle Trail" by Jim Logan, with more  Bevel photos of vast lands and vaster skies. The magazine is fortunately featuring more large photography as it did in its early years.

I think we've all been down those highways.

Then to surprise me was friend-poet-publisher Jeanetta Calhoun Mish's "Remembering Number 9" about trips down a rural Oklahoma highway in her life.  In additon to other articles, there's veteran Oklahoma journalist-writer Sheila Bright's selection of the weird and wonderful places in Oklahoma. Yep, it's the travel issue, including articles by my former student and Associate Editor Megan Rossman, and Managing editor Nathan Gunter about the new Myriad Gardens.

I recommended William Least Heat Moon's Blue Highways to both Steffie and Jeanetta. My son Travis takes a copy with him when he travels on his motorcycle. I guess I should read it again, but I'm already cooped up. after reading this issue.

"Wrapped in ribbons of sky,
 the allure of the West is unmistakable."
--Blurb accompanying Steffie's column.

 Need to travel. Need to write. Need maps. Travel fever.

No wonder I had to change the photo at the top of my blog.


  1. Finally got to take a look at it this weekend. There is some beautiful photos in the new issue. I couldn't agree more, makes me want to roadtrip....and I hate to ride in the car.


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