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I was born and raised in northern New Jersey. I went to high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. I could jog to the beach from my college campus in sunny Los Angeles.

Now I’m in Stigler, Oklahoma. A town of 2,700 people in a rural part of the state, I am heading toward uncharted territories.

This is my story.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2008 10:55 pm

    Ride on, St. Stephen, ride on!
    Love it!
    And your photography and design, too!
    Peter Wolf
    P.S.: some ramblings…

  2. February 4, 2008 1:01 pm

    Wow, crazy stuff man. Congrats — the site looks sweet!

  3. Transplanted Okie permalink
    February 22, 2008 11:29 pm

    Soo…were you raised in NJ with the chickens?

    Children are reared….chickens are raised.

    Might wanta edit your about this blog info.

  4. Transplanted Okie permalink
    February 28, 2008 12:14 pm



    Wasn’t sure where I was there for a sec.

  5. Transplanted Okie permalink
    February 28, 2008 12:18 pm

    Have a question …

    Did you commute to high school or was it a boarding school ?

  6. Grusenski permalink
    April 14, 2008 1:02 pm


    Stigler, OK. No one would have guessed. If you have not recognized the name, it’s Ryan, fellow graduate of Saint Stephen’s Grammar School. I saw your mom in Church yesterday and could not help but ask where you were, which lead me to this site, so I hope somehow this post finds you.

    I teach at Saint Peter’s now, the fine subject of German is my forte. Today I had a student ask me if I knew Stephen Murphy (who coincidentally is a senior currently at Prep as well as yourself) and so I responded to this student by saying, “Of course I know who Stephen Murphy is, he is a sports editor in Stigler, Oklahoma and was a fellow classmate of mine in grammar school.”
    Now this student, whose name happens to be Matt Murphy, called me a liar. And so with 2 minutes left in class and the final activity over I brought up your blog, which I remembered from your conversation with your mother. So for the first time along with 10 of my German 1 sophomores I was able to look at your blog. It is a nice place. I’ll enjoy reading it. Keep it real and let me know how you are doing.


  7. Heather permalink
    July 22, 2008 2:21 pm

    I just stumbled across this blog, and to be honest, I don’t even remember what I was looking for now. I’ve been an Okie for all 24 years of my life but I’m spending the summer in D.C. It’s funny how we are making opposite culture observations. Anyway, I think your blog is pretty cute and just wanted to say thanks for sharing it.

  8. Michael Dodson permalink
    September 5, 2008 9:09 am


    I’m the editor of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation newspaper, for which you wrote the stopry about the female Canadian High basketball player. I talked to Linus Sr. a few minutes ago, and learned of your new position with the Obama campaign. Congratulations!!

    I would like to have you e-mail me at I would like to learn where I can volunteer for the final few days of the campaign to help with GOTV in a state in whcih there is a reasonable opportunity to reap electoral votes for Sen. Obama. Oklahoma just ain’t that state.

    Michael Dodson
    Shawnee, Oklahoma

  9. RIch Klingler permalink
    February 5, 2009 2:57 pm

    I was born and raised in Sussex County, North Western New Jersey also and don’t care if anyone wants to critique my wording. Where is N.J. are you from?


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