Currently at work on a dystopian novel set in the near and far future. The collage to the right, “There Are Choices,” was inspired by my work-in-progress novel. Stay tuned for excerpts.
rfablog.com| 2015 – 2017 | Randy Floyd Architects | blog content, writing, editing
Who’s Minding the Climate | April 2013 | Oklahoma Gazette | Cover story
Oklahomans tend toward the folksy and poetic when talking about the mercurial qualities of the state’s terrain, weather and geography. It’s a relationship forged living amid volatile weather in a place that, per square mile, boasts the most ecosystems in the nation, where ecological disasters of epic proportions, such as The Dust Bowl, take place. Oklahoma bears the scars of the Dust Bowl paradoxically, celebrating the courage and perseverance of those who lived through it and simultaneously obsessing about whether lingering impressions from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath sully the state’s image. But we’re all clear on one thing: The Dust Bowl remains in the state’s collective memory as a cautionary lesson about our relationship to the land. Now, almost 80 years after that record-breaking catastrophe, a wealth of scientific studies and 97 percent of scientific experts say Oklahoma and the world face yet another ecological challenge, climate change, that — like the Dust Bowl — is caused in part or in whole by humans. Unlike that earlier disaster, however, the effects of climate change are hardly limited to state or regional boundaries. Full story.
Once Upon a Time on Paseo | May 2012 | Oklahoma Gazette | Cover Story
Nestled between N.W. 28th Street and N. Walker Avenue, to N.W. 30th Street and N. Dewey Avenue and encompassing an elegant, curving street and fanciful Spanish Revival architecture, The Spanish Village shopping center made its debut in 1929 on the cusp of the Great Depression.
In those early days, Nichols couldn’t have imagined that 83 years later, the area known simply as “Paseo” would have morphed quite so dramatically. From shopping center, to a decaying inner-city neighborhood that seemed destined for the scrap heap of urban ignominy, to Oklahoma City’s oldest artist community, the little district that could is now one of the state’s most distinctive destinations. Full story.
A Way to the True West | 2011 | Special to the Daily Oklahoman for Oklahoma Tourism | Feature story
In southwest Oklahoma where mountains meet prairie and transcendent light graces the land, you can journey deep into the heart of American Indian and Western history. Traveling the back roads along scenic highways and through charming small towns and main streets you’ll find Oklahoma’s rich heritage, history and culture is quintessential America, a fusion of the ancient, iconic and modern just waiting to be discovered. Link to story requires a subscription.
Oklahoma Indian Country Guide | 2010 | Oklahoma Tourism | Project manager, writing, editing
Oklahoma’s first comprehensive Indian Country Guide includes profiles of the state’s 39 tribal nations and 90-plus American Indian destinations. Collaborative project team included Oklahoma Tourism, American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association, as well as colleagues and staff from Oklahoma’s Indian Nations. Link to guide online.
Is this a Grape State or What? | 2006 | Oklahoma Today magazine | Cover story
Tom James likes ranging the rolling hills and bluffs near the towns of Haskell, Porter, and Coweta, all just a few miles south of Tulsa. The Arkansas River snakes its way around these small communities, pockets of tenacity lying alongside metropolitan areas and suburbs that stretch outward like fingers into surrounding farmland. Link to full story.
The Joy of Food | 2005 | Oklahoma Today Magazine | Cover story
In a feverishly busy world, the quiet humility of a small farm, the unpretentious service of farmers and ranchers, and the grueling and demanding work of growing and preparing food for our tables is often reduced to rhymes in children’s books or nostalgic stereotypes. Because consumers are out of touch with the land and disconnected from the people who grow and raise our foods, we are unconsciously consuming vast quantities of prepackaged items.
What we sacrifice for convenience is taste, flavors, and textures. But consumers are the most powerful agents of change in our current food system. Somewhere deep within the human psyche is a yearning to experience food’s rich heritage. As those seeds of yearning grow, the paradigm shifts ever so slowly and slightly. The table is the gathering place where differences are put aside and we commune once again. There, light shines not only on the meal we share, but perhaps even more importantly, on the fellowship we share with one another. Link to full story.