Music To Write By

While movie portrayals of newspaper offices aren’t always exactly accurate, one thing that they often get right is the noise. The characters always seem to be coming and going and talking (not actually writing that often) and while small town papers aren’t usually quite that busy, our office does get pretty noisy sometimes, between the…
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The Power Of The Press

“Newsies” was one of my favorite movies growing up. I realize this may make me a walking cliche, but I do love that movie. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the way the newsies print their own paper and use it to forward their cause. “That’s the power of the press.” the…
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Back To (my Old) School

After graduating junior high and high school, I didn’t imagine I’d ever have much reason to go back for a visit–except my younger sister’s concerts, or play performances. Even when I decided I wanted to be a reporter, I didn’t really realize how many stories I would do connected with the local schools. I don’t…
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‘It’s A Small World After All’

I’ve written quite a few full-circle stories over my career so far. Sometimes two full-circle moments are involved in one story. But I have never written a story with so many full-circle moments combined than the one I wrote recently on the Kauth family—A story that was especially special to me because it includes a…
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Red Light, Green Light

I’m not always the most patient person in the world.  Not when I’m in a hurry and I’m stuck at a red light that seems to go on forever. Of course, no one really is patient in that situation, but recently, I learned a better way to deal with the problem than my previous solution. Which…
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