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Photos at your fingertips

Posted on 11. Oct, 2012 by .

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Ever seen a Joe Duty photo that you absolutely love? What about a picture in the paper of your kid? You know it would look great in a frame on your mantle. In an effort to share our photos with others and get prints to those who so desperately want them, the Messenger has set […]

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Animal tales

Posted on 20. Sep, 2012 by .

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This guy lives in our parking lot. Or nearby. He was the Messenger’s unofficial mascot for a couple of weeks. We would go to our vehicles at lunch time to find him resting in their shade. Or walk out the back to find him playing at the bottom of the steps. Even in the rain, […]

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Harnessing a pinball machine of ideas

Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 by .

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My mind is a pinball machine. Countless ideas bounce from corner to corner, and sometimes it feels like all I can do is grab at them as they whiz past. Although I prefer to work more methodically, I also recognize that sometimes you have to let your mind run and just work with it. This […]

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Are you a Pin-a-holic?

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by .

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Do you find yourself wasting hours perusing beautiful images? Bookmarking recipes and craft ideas to try later, knowing you probably never will? Do you drool over outfits that you hope will somehow fall into your closet or find yourself giggling at “humorous” images reminiscent of book fair posters? If so, then you, too, have discovered¬†Pinterest. […]

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An Olympic distraction

Posted on 02. Aug, 2012 by .

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“Mom, why do you have to go to so many meetings this week?” my 7-year-old asked. “Why so many phone calls?” I explained to her that I cover county commissioners and this is their “busy season” (a.k.a. budget season). “What? Don’t they know it’s the Olympics?” she asked, exasperated. I have wondered that very thing […]

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Summertime snacks and Reunion recipes

Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by .

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Summertime food may be my favorite. You know how some things just taste better in the summer? My favorite summertime snack, or meal if I get carried away, is mango salsa. We first had it at a friend’s house a few years ago, and we’ve made it ever since. Simple and sweet! The ingredients include […]

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Shooting a zombie flash mob

Posted on 12. Jul, 2012 by .

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They were on the stairs. At the front door. Behind the elevator. Approaching the information desk. 40 of them. In groups of two and three, they walked with slow, deliberate steps, quiet except for the shuffle of their feet. “They” were the extras in a photo shoot Wednesday morning, and their every movement had been […]

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Lunch at the senior center

Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by .

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Every day my job is different. It’s one of the things I like most about it. You can come to the office with a plan and it change instantly with the tones of a police scanner or inspiration for a great feature story. Day in and day out there are surprises. Some are good; some […]

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Anger management in the newsroom

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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Watch the video at this link for some insight into how reporters feel sometimes. Kermit captures it so well.¬†He’s also convinced me that I should wear a trench coat more often. It would likely push my journalism career to the next level.    

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