September 28, 2023

An eventful summer is turning into a whale of a busy fall.

I haven’t begun to document our recent trip to Canada, and there is so much to document. My quest to run or walk 500 miles in 2022 has been derailed by injury or arthritis or some combo of the two, even though realistically I’ve already surpassed 500 by a lot when you consider how much I actually move day to day.

And I’m starting a graduate school program. At 51.

It’s the Digital Audience Strategy program at Arizona State University, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The motivations were many: stay on top of my game, make new connections, think more critically. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m enthusiastically all-in on this adventure — and it begins Aug. 18.

I should note that I also have some University of Oklahoma news to share soon related to JayMac, the university’s alumni association. If you’re a journalism graduate from OU and not connected to your school, I want to help make that happen for you. Message me here or find me on social. The day before I start my graduate program with ASU, I’ll be in a meeting with my OU JayMac colleagues and OU’s Student Affairs to look ahead to the new year, all with an eye toward helping Sooners get connected to people and opportunities and the right people who can help connect them to the right opportunities.

It’s funny, but it was just five years ago that I bought this cap from a Love’s in Chandler, Arizona, while my girlfriend (now wife) and I were on a Spring Training trip to the desert.

A cap that, btw, was manufactured by a company based in Norman, Okla., ‘Top Of The World.’

This is such a small world.

Boomer Sooner!

And, yes, Forks Up.

It’s going to be a busy fall, but a fruitful season.

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