Pass the Chex Mix

What makes a party isn’t the beer or the munchies or the decorations.

It is the conversation.

Over the weekend, I went to a pair of college graduation gatherings celebrating the bright futures of an OU Sooner and OSU Cowgirl.

In Norman, I listened to Danny Hilliard, an OU vice president and former state legislator, talk about his daughter’s passion for teaching. Rancher Tom Forster raved about spotting a group of bald eagles at his cattle ranch.

A day later in Bixby, I met appreciative readers of therhettnetwork (always a thrill). Octogenarian Art Edelhoff waxed elegantly about how life gets better with age. A few hors d’oevres away, his wife, Peg, detailed the glue necessary for 63 years of marriage.

I also sidled up to Charles Hardt, a few years removed from nearly three decades of public service with the City of Tulsa.

Hardt praised his relationship he had with reporters of the Tulsa World, one of whom described him as having “perfect gray hair.”

Collecting good stories takes a willingness to listen.

And everybody, if you take the time, has one to tell.

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