Like most Americans, my family tree has many roots and branches including several that once grew in Oklahoma. This is the source on my Inner Okie.
What's an Inner Okie you ask? I'm sure that it varies considerably but with me it's the peacefulness that descends upon me when I'm with my dogs in a pick-up truck, wearing my blue jeans and boots.
My Inner Okie also wishes to be fed. Legend has it that the consumption of black-eyed peas on New Years Day satisfies that hunger and grants good fortune for the whole dag-goned year.
Of course I've also pretty well Californicated so those beans require some dressing up. Our 2012 version included soy-chorizo, organic vegetable stock and fresh herbs including thyme and cilantro. Delicious!
So now well fed and with good fortune in the bank just let me say:
Y'all have yourselves a stupendous 2012!
Don the Trustee
When my mother passed very suddenly some 16 years ago, I worked as a trustee for the first time. Her trust contained walnut orchards, peach orchards and a small vineyard. One of the properties was within the sphere of influence of the adjacent city and I dove in with the neighbors and started working on annexation. Loved this work back then and still find it very satisfying today.