An Awesome Day for an Awesome Cause

Today was a fantastic day at Wesley Community Services Organization. And I mean FANTASTIC. This whole month, Wesley Community Services has been participating in March for Meals, a nationwide push that highlights organizations that provide Meals on Wheels to  older Americans all across the country. In 2014, Wesley Community Services provided over 450,000 meals on wheels products to clients in Greater Dayton, Greater Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky (cough–I jointed the board of WCSO that December, too–cough), and we wanted to…

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Inside the New Lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center

Being a TV reporter (even a freelance one) has perks. Today, I got an exclusive first look at the new lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati, a lobby that has been under construction for the last few months. The team at the CAC poured over $1.1 million into the project, and the results are very impressive. The CAC has a brand new gift shop, welcome desk, and cafe in the old lobby space. The first floor also…

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#WiseWednesday: Three Things Worth Knowing About on March 11, 2015

Go beyond the usual cocktail small talk with this list. Claude Sitton, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist lauded for his coverage of the civil rights era, died this week. Sitton worked for The New York Times (as well as several other publications), and between 1958 and 1964 he wrote some 900 articles about the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the South. Sitton set the national standard for journalistic coverage of this critical time in our history, and many of his articles prompted…

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That Awesome Thing That You Did (and Didn’t Even Know It)

Thank you. That’s the best way to start this blog post. Thank you. Thank you so much. If you’ve visited this site in the last few months, you know that my latest book, NATURAL LOVE, came out in December 2014. It is my fourth major work to reach the marketplace, and it was a departure from the other books I have written. It also received a large share of pre-publication buzz, and has sold very well over the last three…

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KCBS Anchor “Dances” Off the Set

I saw this on Youtube and I laughed for a long time. KCBS anchor Paul Magers danced off the set at the end of one of his recent broadcasts. Just watch. As a former anchor myself, I have a special appreciation for this. One of the most important traits of a good anchor is a person who is comfortable in their own skin. You keep doing you, Paul. I also enjoy your Twitter feed.

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A Very Important “Think Pink” @Fox19

I remember when FOX19 started the Think Pink initiative several years ago. At the time, I was a full-time employee, and the station developed Think Pink as part of an overall push for breast cancer awareness in the region and the ongoing fight so many women face. Each month, on the 19th, on-air talent committed to wearing something pink as part of this awareness campaign. FOX19 also produced a number of news stories about the disease and partnered with community…

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A Day in the Life of a #MealsOnWheels Delivery Driver

At the end of 2013, I joined the Board of Trustees for Wesley Community Services, one of the largest providers of Meals on Wheels and other senior care services in southwest Ohio. I’ll be doing at least a three-year term on the board, and I’m really excited about the chance to get an inside look at an important organization in town, as well as to help lead it to an even better and brighter future. With that in mind, I…

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You Can Always Get Better

Professional development. It’s a phrase I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. In fact, in a lot of ways, I’ve decided that 2015 is a year of professional development for me. It’s the year where I hone in on key things and focus. Most of you know that I love to write novels. I love it. Telling stories has been, and always will be, part of my soul. For years I put creative writing off, always making excuses. I wrote…

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Carry On

I don’t consider myself a FUN super fan, but I love the song “Carry On” for so many reasons. It never fails to inspire me. I find myself singing the lyrics whenever I feel sad. Sometimes I blare the song on my iPod while I’m running or rock out to it in my car as I’m driving. On a really bad day, I’ll play that song over and over again, belting the lyrics every time without fail. Anyone who sees me…

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A Light in a World That Needs One

A lot happened last night after the grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. There is no doubt that we, as a nation, have a long way to go. A long way. It’s easy to despair right now. It’s easy to be angry. Hurt. Confused. Afraid. Frustrated. No matter what you believe about the case, those emotions are being felt by people of all walks of life today. I’d like to…

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