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Busy. Frustrating. Exhausting. This is how Tulsa parents describe 2020, a year of navigating COVID-19 exposures, school and childcare closures, and varying degrees of loss.

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In Oklahoma, which is short thousands of certified teachers and is ranked 34th nationally in teacher compensation, public school teachers are already asked to do more with less. What do you get when you add a pandemic? 

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For Reasor’s Store Director Everett Ford and his team at 2429 E. 15th St., managing the demands of the pandemic has become a new normal, but its onset in March was a challenge.

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To say 2020 brought Tulsa unprecedented challenges is, in many ways, an understatement. As of Dec. 21, 350 Tulsa County residents had died from complications of COVID-19. Difficult decisions became the norm. News alerts communicated near-constant warnings about the global pandemic that made …

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While some of us binged on Netflix and others perfected their baking skills, Booker T. Washington High School senior Sophie Raskin harnessed her creativity during the pandemic to write, record and release her first EP. “You Told Him” is a collection of four original songs, showcasing Raskin’…

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Gaidama, a Tulsa-based online store, creates a type of compression pants designed for women in grappling sports

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While we eagerly await the end of this pandemic, there are a few things I hope linger long after the virus has been subdued. Drive-thru library service, curbside booze sales and ice-cream delivery, to name a few. Thanks to Tulsa’s nonprofit Circle Cinema, we can now add “festival take-out” t…

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“With CLIFFDIVER, it’s just so close to my heart because I grew up listening to this music,” says Briana Wright of her new collaboration with the Tulsa pop rockers. “This was one of the first styles of music that I loved and knew everything about. I was an emo kid in the late ’90s.”

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Tulsan Shelley Brander builds knitting empire one stitch at a time.

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Masks aren’t going away, so start the year off with a new one in a fresh,

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November saw the release of Red Fork Distillery’s newest spirit: Reverence straight bourbon whiskey. It is the fifth installment in the distillery’s line of Tulsa-made and inspired spirits.

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As with every year, Tulsa lost priceless links to its history with the passing of the individuals profiled here. They were civic leaders, artists and musicians, beloved sports coaches, and those who ministered to our health and our souls. Take a moment to remember them with these brief tributes. 

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Forty-five guests gathered Nov. 12 at Cox Business Convention Center at the first Dine and Wine, an event hosted by ASM Tulsa (CBCC and BOK Center).

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Saint Simeon’s marked its 60th anniversary with “Western Days 2020: Cheers to 60 years,” a video premiere event Sept. 15. The virtual celebration recognized six decades of excellence in senior care and “Heroes and Saints”: the dedicated frontline staff at Saint Simeon’s.  

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Esther Wright’s business connects Tulsa to her hometown’s traditions. 

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When Marine Corps veteran Kenneth Franklin lost his warehouse job in February and his home in May, his situation seemed hopeless. 

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A Q&A with Mental Health Association Oklahoma CEO Terri White

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Each year in this space, I typically share that the January issue is one of my favorites. As we are a magazine named TulsaPeople, I like shining the spotlight on Tulsa people who deserve recognition — specifically a Tulsan of the Year, and significant Tulsans who left us during the past year…