Posted by: an acre of oklahoma | July 15, 2010

Nowata Neighbor’s Tomatoes

Today I was out weed eating my ditch by the country road on the west and my closest neighbor to the north stopped and ask me if I had any tomatoes, I replied, “Only little ones right now.” She got out of the car and opened the back door and reached inside to pull on some of the reddest biggest tomatoes. I said, “There is nothing quite like a home-grown tomato!”, to which she replied “It is like eating sunshine!” I agreed whole heartly and thanked her for her kindness.

That is what living in Nowata is all about, folks! Neighbors being kind and considerate no matter what one another’s politics or biases. We as a community need to come together and move Nowata forward and beyond such negativity, narcissistic leadership, dirty politics, good old boys network and revenge agendas. Let’s ask all our government leaders to be called to the same values we are called to when being a Nowata, an Oklahoma and an America citizen. Bring the sun light into all of our actions and lives!

To our Nowata City Commissioners:

Code of Conduct

Let us act with integrity! Open our hearts and minds to listen to our neighbors and engage local residents and businesses in a professional manner and respect all of our partners and the communities they serve.

Let us strive for simplicity! Reject processes that overcomplicate and do not add value to our community, therefore, ensuring that the benefits of efficient practices are passed on to our citizens and communities. Let’s endeavour to overcome barriers to progress that truly benefit everyone.

Let us celebrate success! Have a can-do attitude and strive to achieve the very best which ensures that we are helping our employees and citizens accomplish great things. Let’s work with all of our partners to always have added value results in all our endeavors.

Let’s be passionate! Let’s always promote a creative, team-oriented and productive environment for all concerned. Teaching through our example of how to meet each employee’s and citizen’s needs and encourage innovation in all.

Let’s be accessible! Ensuring that we are accessible and accountable to our employees and citizens we serve. Let’s undertake intelligent engagement and consultation practices. Let’s avoid negative actions and dialogue with whomever we meet.

 Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am Lord.

UPDATE: A current city commissioner’s sister/ex- fire chief’s wife made a negative name calling and disrespectful comment about my recall action on this blog post; first I approved it because true character shows at the least expected times. However, since that approval I have decided to unapprove the comment. Word up people! My Blog, My Right, My Decision. Deal with it!

I started this blog in reponse to a VERY negative blog/chat room about Nowata that was being conducted in 2007. It has always been positive and it will remain positive! There are so many good things about Nowata that negativity has no place here, it is not welcomed and will never be welcome. Any reasonable, respectful, meaningful comments will be approved.

Thanks to all my readers for reading this blog and thanks to everyone who has made respectful comments!



  1. Suzan
    Your comments concerning Nowata City Commission is so true. We all need to learn that respect is a two way street that requires both parties to participate.

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