A new year, a new month and a new blogger of the month.

In 2016 we are trying something a little different with our Bloggers of the Month. We will still get to know them, learn what makes them tick and why they blog but we will also get a chance to visit some of their favorite posts from their blog archives.

We’re starting this experiment off with Kelly Roberts. Kelly is a social scientist, therapist and editor of the Red Dirt Chronicles – an Oklahoma culture blog. She is a sixth-generation Okie who lives in Edmond and teaches in Denton, TX. Weekends home with her spouse, occasional handouts with her emerging adult-ages children and Tonks the Malamute are her favorite things.

Kelly Roberts

Let’s get to know Kelly a little more:

  • Born: Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha, OK
  • Raised: Tuttle, OK
  • Educated: UCO, OSU & OSU
  • Hubs/significant other: Kyle Mickey Roberts – answers to “Mick”
  • Responsible for: Several research projects with multisyllabic titles and ridiculous acronyms having to do with intimate partner relationships (btw – “Intimate Partner Relationships” has 9 syllables)
  • Day job: Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas
  • Blog(s): The Red Dirt Chronicles http://www.reddirtchronicles.com/
  • Other passions: Big Sky contexts, adventures with close friends, cooking what I grow
  • Favorite author/books: Beware of word vomit ahead – – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, The World According to Garp by John Irving, All Our Kin by Carol Stack, Steps to Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, and currently reading “Red Dirt Roads: Sketches of Western Oklahoma” by the Custer County Truck Stop Poets. Thus far, I highly recommend! Let me quote… “In dawn light the sheen on her black hair is blue. She sits cross-legged in the clearing where once her ancestors camped in teepees covered with buffalo hide. with ceremonious cadence she builds a small fire – double handful of dried sage, pyramid of slender twigs, dead cottonwood gathered at the site…” (so good!)
  • Guilty pleasure: 90 minute massages with real lavender oil and no speaking whatsoever.
  • Favorite blogs: The Smitten Kitchen; The Brookings Institute “FixGov” blog; and of course, the blogs of my Oklahoma friends
  • Dream vacation: Antarctica for at least two weeks, preferably a month
  • On the Twitter: @reddirtkelly @RDChronicles @EveryPointOK
  • Where else to find her: LinkedIn  Red Dirt Chronicles Facebook  Every Point on the Map Facebook

Kelly was asked to share three of her favorite posts from her blog, The Red Dirt Chronicles. All three have one theme in common…the beginning, or conceptualization, of some creative journey. We are starting February off with the story of Max and Barbara.  Max and Barbara Walck were busy planting early tomatoes in their garden when we approached them for a conversation. The last stop on our second “Every Point on the Map” pilot run, we scared the living daylights out of them when they finally turned around, although we had been gently approaching and calling their names to get their attention for about 2 minutes. Once they realized we weren’t there to impart any harm, they asked us into their living room; Barbara talked for an hour while Max sat and listened.  Max was the second discussant in our project (that we know about) who has passed away since we met.  I love this post because we’re finding our way technologically, but Barbara and Max are perfectly comfortable…having found their own way together for well over sixty years. To find the rest of the story, please visit Kelly’s blog:  http://www.reddirtchronicles.com/2014/05/epotm-payne-ok/

 

 

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Sunday Potluck

January 31, 2016

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Good morning and happy Sunday, everyone. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this nice weather we’ve been having. Yesterday was glorious, and today promises to be just as good. Is there anything better than a sunshine-filled weekend in what is typically the dreariest month of the year?

This is the last Sunday Potluck for January, and I can hardly believe it. Where does the time go? There’s less than 4 short weeks until OKWB Mini Con, and we can’t wait to see you there. But until then, let us know what you’ve been up to by linking up with your blog posts from the week before right here. And don’t forget to click through to see what your bloggy sisters have been up to.



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Sunday Potluck

January 24, 2016

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Good morning and happy Sunday, everyone. It’s another one of those Sundays where I’m awake, but just barely, and hoping the coffee will bring me back to life. Last week was pretty busy, and this is the type of Sunday where I spend every free minute trying to get ahead for the next week. But first, I just need some coffee and something to read.

So, with that, I invite you to link up here on our Sunday Potluck! Add the link of your blog post from the week before, and read what everyone else has been up to.



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Sunday Potluck

January 17, 2016

Good morning and happy Sunday, everyone! It’s another cold day in Oklahoma, but the coffee is nice and hot. If you’re like me, you’ve been on Christmas break this whole time, and you have no idea what to do with yourself now that you have to go back to work on Tuesday. How does one […]

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MiniCon is coming! Plus a Giveaway

January 11, 2016

Submitted by OKWB Community Manager Mari Farthing Okay, so last week I posted on my own blog about how excited I am for MiniCon and offered up Five More Reasons Why on top of the Five Reasons that Marisa previously posted about. Can you tell we’re just a tiny little bit excited? I mean, this […]

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Sunday Potluck

January 10, 2016

Good morning and happy Sunday. The snow here in southeast Norman is melting away slowly, and it sure feels like January outside. But that’s okay because I have a blanket that just came out of the dryer, and a really hot cup of coffee. (Seriously, this coffee is hot. I’ve burnt my tongue twice.) And […]

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Listen To Your Mother OKC 2016

January 5, 2016

Contributed by OKWB Community Manager Mari Farthing It’s that magical time of year when bloggers everywhere proclaim their words for the New Year and commit their resolutions to the interwebs in order to promote follow through. If you’re reading this, you probably know what I mean. Let me encourage you to add to your list […]

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Sunday Potluck

January 3, 2016

It’s officially the first Sunday in 2016, and I have yet to give up on my resolutions. Can I get an amen? And the coffee this morning is just strong enough for me to think that maybe I can keep them up all year. Did you write about your resolutions this week? If so, link them […]

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Rebekah Loper – Why I Blog

December 30, 2015

Contributed by December Blogger of the Month, Rebekah Loper I’ll be honest – this is probably the post I have struggled with the most. For two reasons, though: I am, perhaps surprisingly, a very quiet, private person by nature, and blogging is also something I’ve been struggling feeling a little lost about lately. I’m an […]

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Sunday Potluck

December 27, 2015

It’s that time again. Link up with your posts from the past week, and click through to read what our other bloggers have been up to!

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