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Our Town Mourns

October 8, 2011

The last eight days have been some of the most emotionally draining on my small town of Carterville. We lost not one, but two beloved kindergarten teachers within days of each other. Mrs. Lynn Byrnes, 72, died September 29. She experienced complications after a surgery. Mrs. Byrnes fought and appeared at times to be recovering. […]

Has Facebook Killed the High School Reunion?

August 8, 2011

I recently attended my 20 year high school reunion.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  When I was a kid, 20 years seemed like such a long time.  Now, it goes by in a flash.  That’s a cliche of growing up.  “Where did the time go?” we always ask. In the 20 years […]

Do You Know Juno?

March 30, 2011

Regular readers of my blog know that about 15 months ago my family lost a beloved member.  Our nearly 12 year old Blue Tick Coon Hound, Spot, had to be put down after a bout of Canine Vestibular Disease and what was most likely a brain tumor. Spot’s death left us all feeling sad for […]

Gone, But Not Forgotten

March 25, 2011

March 25, 1985 started off like any other day.  But little did I know by that evening my life would change forever. It was a Monday.  Eight days earlier I had turned 12.  I was loving life as much as you can at that age.  I was wearing a mouth full of metal, soon to […]

Go Jump in a Lake

February 18, 2011

    How many times have you been told to go jump in a lake?  I’ve heard expression, and I’ve taken it literally.  And in the cold too. But it’s all for a good cause. After a two-year hiatus, I am once again doing the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Southern Illinois.  The event […]

It’s My Job…

January 26, 2011

For those of you who don’t know, I am a morning news anchor and reporter at a television station in southern Illinois. It’s a position I’ve held here for more than 7 years, and I’ve worked in three other television newsrooms since June 1996.  I’ve been an on air reporter since November 1997. Through the […]

Extra, Extra: Read All About It!

December 2, 2010

Blogging has become a popular hobby these days.  In fact I have two different blogs.  I also have lots of friends who like to blog on a variety of topics.  So, today I’m going to share some of their works with you.  If you blog and I forgot to mention you here, I apologize. Beauty […]

A Shocking Experience

November 30, 2010

My job has provided me with a lot of amazing opportunities.  Fun things.  Neat things.  Sad things.  Even sometimes painful things.  Case in point, earlier this year I “grappled” with a professional MMA fighter.  The moves he performed were legit, but we were in a controlled setting I knew he wasn’t going to really hurt […]

Dear Facebook Friends…

November 8, 2010

As many of you reading this already know, I’m a Facebook junkie.  I had been on the Myspace bandwagon and then all the sudden Facebook seemed like the place to be, so I rode that wave.  And my original intent on getting onto Facebook was to reconnect with old friends and keep family members around […]

A Diva is Born…

September 21, 2010

Snakes and snails, and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.  Sugar and spice and all that’s nice; that’s what little girls are made of. Lisa and I knew that about boys.  We had two of them.  Ethan was almost 5, and Mason was about 3 1/2 when we decided to add […]