The World: Week 2

Joseph Nosak, Post 1 Chaplin at the American Legion from Tulsa, Ok, listens to the Tulsa Community Band during the annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Ok.

Daniel Johnson, from Mounds, Ok, kisses his son Nolan, 3, during the annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Ok.

Anna Ross-White, 8, from Tulsa, ties the ribbon from the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Morton Comprehensive Health Services clinic at the Sandy Park housing edition of the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa in Tulsa, Ok on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Kyle Gilbert, from Cowetta, Ok, has worked for Mother Nature Pest Control for 2 years. He stands for a portrait holding the B&G sprayer after checking a house in Brookside for pests on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Due to the heavy rainfall the last month many pests are trying to move inside, especially ants.

14-year old Jade Fashing and her father Jerry, both from Tulsa, change out targets at 2A Shooting Center in Tulsa, Ok on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Jade and her father Jerry are members of the center. Jade has been shooting for about three years.

Jeremy Lunsford and his father Charlie, from Tulsa, inspect Phyllis Weisrock’s roof   in Tulsa, Ok on June 1, 2016. Weisrock is selling her home to move closer to her daughter in St. Louis, Mo.

Xochitl Hilbert, from Tulsa, stands for a portrait on 4th street in Tulsa during the Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday June 4, 2016. Tulsa Pride is the longest running Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride festival in Oklahoma

Members of the parade wave to the crowd while walking down 4th street in Tulsa during the Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday June 4, 2016. Tulsa Pride is the longest running Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride festival in Oklahoma.

Over the last two weeks I have worked 90 hours, but I have loved every second of it. Again the staff at the Tulsa World could not be more encouraging or lovely. This week I covered a memorial day service, a home inspection, met a 14 year old girl who shoots AR-15s, hung out with Daniel who is blind but makes pottery, shot a ribbon cutting ceremony, and gathered with hundreds of people at the Tulsa Gay Pride Parade and Festival

Above are a few favorites from this past week. I can really feel myself developing my style here, something that my editors greatly encourage. 

I cannot wait for next week which includes the revival of the Backyard Music Series. 

Thanks for stoping by. 

Love,

Nikki


The World: Week One

I first arrived in Oklahoma nine days ago. I’m still sleeping on the floor and am without internet at my apartment, but I feel so at home here with the staff of the Tulsa World. 

My first day was very comical. Among many things I ended up giving my phone number to an ex con at a drug testing facility. My second day, however, I was right in the swing of it. I love it here so much because immediately I’m treated like a staffer. I’m allowed creative freedom. I feel endlessly supported and encouraged here. 

My first assignment was on a woman named Grace who had an illegal abortion 52 years ago when she was just 17. She was blindfolded, driven to an unknown location and given a sedative by a stranger. Now with the Oklahoma legislature trying to make having an abortion a felony, she is speaking out. She doesn’t want girls to have to resort to what she had to. 

Tom and John, my lovely editors allowed me to be as creative as I wanted with this story. They’ve been amazing. 

Other assignments during my first week included a food shoot, portraits at a community center for adults with mental illness where I met the wonderful Staci, disaster relief exercises, glassblowing classes for veterans and a huge hard rock festival in Pryor, Ok.

I’m so happy here and as I’m getting to know the community and the grid system here I’m falling a bit more in love with Tulsa. 

Here are some selects from my first week, mostly from Rocklahoma because I had so much fun hanging off of golf carts and climbing on top of RVs to make photos. Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Love,

Nikki

Grace Weber, 69, of San Francisco first moved to Tulsa, Ok when she was 4-years old. At the age of 17 she found out she was pregnant and decided she needed an abortion. She was blindfolded, driven in a van about two hours away and put under an unknown sedative. When she woke up after the illegal abortion she went back home, finished business school and never regretted it. “I think to me more than anything it is the fact that you should have the right to make a choice,” Weber said. “It is still a very personal issue no matter what you decide to do.”

Bún chả giò đặc biệt, Nhi’s special noodle bowl, includes chargrilled pork, chicken, shrimp, seasoned pork patties and egg rolls served on a bed of vermicelli noodles, crisp been lettuce, fresh mint, bean sprouts, pickled carrots and daikon. Topped with peanuts and a side of traditional house dressing.

Jeffery Cardwell, from Dallas, Tx, smokes an e-cigarette around the campgrounds at  Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016. The tenth annual Rocklahoma had over seventy bands on four stages. This is Cardwell’s first time at the festival. “I saw the line up and I was like hell yeah we are going,” Cardwell said.

Jackie Roberts, 55, rides on the back of the “rockstar shuttle” at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016. This is the first concert he has attended since 1979.

Clayton Wyrick, cheers during Willson’s first song of their set at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Dave McGarry, rhythm guitarist of  Red Sun Rising, preforms on the secondary stage at the tenth Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.

David Worth and his daughter Paige, 12, from Tulsa, Ok, listen to the Megadeath concert at the tenth Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Jeremy Roberts, 18, from West monroe, La, headbangs during the Megadeath concert at the tenth Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016. His mother got him tickets as his high school graduation present.

Fans listen in the general admission area  during the Rob Zombie concert at the tenth Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Jerralynne Wilmoth sits on the shoulders of  Shane Taylor, both from Ak, in the general admission area during the Rob Zombie concert at the tenth Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Eugene Probst, from California, enters his metal structure wrapped in plastic wrap during the Rob Zombie concert at their third Rocklahoma, the annual three-day hard rock music festival in Pryor, Ok on Friday, May 27, 2016.  Probst bought the structure from a man who had taken it to Burning Man.


Herald Underground

In our first Herald Underground of the semester, the College Heights Herald video staff and I hung out with Waco Bell at a laundry mat. Check out our little videos. 

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