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An Open Letter to Steve Hartman

Like clockwork every night at 6 pm you could find the rest of my family and myself watching the CBS Nightly News. My sisters and I would be doing our homework quietly on the living room floor as our parents watched the news. My childhood home was and will always be a CBS News House. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Charles Kuralt, Katie Couric, Scott Pelley and yourself to name just a few. My parents were not the kind of parents to shelters us from the real world. We saw the good, the bad and everything in-between. They also knew that it was important to keep up with the world around us and to stay informed and do our own research on topics. As an adult, I’m grateful for that among other things. A family favorite segment growing up was the Charles Kuralt’s – On the Road Series. A light hearted, feel good segment to start off the weekend right. My sisters and I would stop working on our homework and watch it every week. As you know from 1998 you have been the one filling those shoes. From your award-winning feature series, Everybody Has a Story […]
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Goodbye Grandpa Tyler

One of my earliest memories of my grandfather was when I was no more than three years old, I was mad because it was raining and I couldn’t play outside on my swing set. He told me “you gotta put up with the rain if you want to see the rainbow.” He knew I loved rainbows so we just stood and watched it rain and sure enough there was a rainbow at the end. It was almost twenty-three years later that I found out that he stole that quote from Dolly Parton. Memories like that are what we all have of my grandfather. He didn’t say much at times, but when he did it was to make a point, a joke, or just something he thought was funny and wanted to share it with someone. As a family, we started to call these grandpaisms and I would like to share a very small sample of them with you. While holding baby Rose in his arms he said to her – “Use all you cuteness now because when you get older nobody is going to give a crap.” A comment he made about people posting photos of food on bookface. Yes, […]
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Grandpa The Gamer

Like most people my grandfather’s age they don’t always embrace the latest and greatest techlogy. It’s not to say he was living like a cave man before he moved in with my parents. He had a HDTV, VHS/DVD player, microwave and a beta player. Yeah you don’t see those around anymore. He’s never own a cell phone or an e-reader/tablet…until now that is. This past Christmas my dad and step mom Cathy gave him a tablet. The look of confusion on he face when he opened the gift. Just screamed what is this? The main use was to get him to read off of it. He loves to read (it’s sometime we have in common) one of his favitote authors is John Grisham. My grandfather reads about 100 pages a day; so he burns threw books very quick. And the e-reader was to keep up with him. Now that he has 24 hours, 7 days a week access to the Wi-Fi and doesn’t have to leave his La-Z-Boy recliner. Means there isn’t a day that goes by that he’s not on his tablet doing one thing or another. I thought I never would say this but my grandfather has an […]
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Jason

“If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got” – Kurt Cobain, Nirvana The day after Christmas I got a phone call from my sister Amanda saying that there is a rumor on facebook that “Jason your old boyfriend died.” I didn’t believe it and told her I’m going to investigate it and get back to her. After I got off the phone I went online. I couldn’t believe it but there it was the first obituary on the list was Jason’s. That’s when it hit me he was gone. As the day went on some of his friends would text or call and we would talk about Jason the good and the not so good. But all in all we were feeling the loss and pain of a life. On Jason’s last day alive I got some wonderful news at work. I’m up for an award for an ad that I worked on. We’re Jason’s world was the lowest and darkest of his. One person’s perfect day can be the worst day for someone else. Two things that […]
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Q & A Part #2

After writing this column for six years now; I have come to the realization that I have an eclectic, eccentric, out-ofthe-box thinking, and a down right weird following. In the past few weeks I have gotten many emails with the subject line reading “Question”, “Just Wondering” or “A Quick Question” So I think it’s that time again that I share a few of those questions along with my reply. And some are just too funny not to share. Question #1: I know you wouldn’t be a bird, but if you could be an animal what would you be? Answer: Wow, Um… I guess I would be a chimpanzee. I have always loved chimpanzee, monkeys, and orangutans. I have been known to spend some serious time watching them at the zoo. You get to swing from vines, sleep in treetops, and eat the freshest fruit. What’s not to love? Question #2: What TV show do you have to watch? Answer: As I’m writing this I realize that I might watch way too much TV. But I really enjoy Bones, Glee, New Girl, Revenge, True Blood, Sherlock (BBC Version), The Office, Duck Dynasty, Robot Chicken, Revolution, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. Many of them I am […]
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