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Wisdom By Charlie

Wherever my career in journalism eventually takes me, I just hope I end up like Charlie Skinner from HBO’s “The Newsroom”. PS: Sam Waterston is the best.

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Putting the man in mani pedi

I decided to get a manicure and pedicure today, something I hadn’t expected to do when I woke up this morning. It was an impulse decision — due in part to the fact that I actually have fingernails for the first time in a long time! I torture my nails… I chew, pick, bite. It’s […]

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MONDAY MOVIES: “The Brothers Grimsby”

Just watched “The Brothers Grimsby” — a raunchy comedy all about family.The movie is centered around Nobby, a fun-loving family man searching for his long-lost brother. It turns out that his brother, Sebastian, is a government spy; when they finally meet, it’s at the worst time for Sebastian, and as you can guess, it goes […]

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Celebrating Jackie Parks

Two days ago, I was one of many people helping to celebrate the career of Jackie Parks at both KERO-TV and in Bakersfield. Jackie is leaving 23ABC News to head to Maryland, where she will anchor the news at the same station as her husband, Todd Karli, who anchored alongside her in Bakersfield for many […]

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4 Men, 4 Different Incomes

I’m always fascinated by how people make money and spend money. My parents always taught me to be thrifty and to save as much as I can. I’m probably a little cheaper than I should be, but I’m happy with my finances, and I appreciate spending a little extra money on the little things that make […]

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Morley Safer, 1931-2016

60 Minutes has always been a special place for me — the format hasn’t changed much in decades, and yet it still remains a sacred ground for storytelling and journalism. That’s thanks in part to Don Hewitt, who created the show and knew the best way to keep it relevant was to hire the best storytellers […]

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TUESDAY TUNES: “Summertime”, Billy Stewart

I don’t know about you, but it feels like summertime where I live! And I discovered this song just in time to get the summer season into high gear. We all know the Gershwin classic “Summertime”, but Stewart’s cover features scat singing, tight drumming, and a blaring trumpet section that builds into a crescendo unlike any other […]

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TUESDAY TUNES: “Paracosm”, Washed Out

I’m hooked on a new album! Thanks to Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” feature, the app knows me well and recommended a tune from Paracosm by Washed Out. I didn’t want to stop there — I went to the full album and now I can’t stop listening to it. From the first moment, I imagine walking into the woods (thanks in […]

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Being in a bunker for 15 years may have been the best thing that ever happened to Kimmy Schmidt. The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (streaming on Netflix) is a hilarious and insightful show that features a fictional character — the show’s namesake — who survives being held captive by a charismatic cult leader and celebrates her freedom by moving to […]

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Inspiring Words Not Found In The English Language

Hello, everyone! Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’m in the middle of a Marketing Management course in my ongoing MBA effort, and it’s sometimes hard to escape to the blog. But the good news is: This is my escape, my happy place, and I’m grateful to be back even if for […]

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