Purpose

Purpose wakes us up in the morning… the search for it. the desire to see it through. It is also what some of us wrestle with at night… fighting sleep. How can we create a more fulfilling tomorrow?

Irma 

​The sun will always shine again.  It’s time to rebuild. pick up the pieces. take care of your neighbor. food. water. power. every family deserves that… and it is coming.  Irma took that serene, salty air peace from a rare gem that countless have enjoyed, but the Florida Keys is as wild as she is beautiful… and…

To a Fighter, with Love

I was thinking about Bryan last night. He can’t speak, but he always reaches his hand out.  to his father. to people he seems to recognize. The first time we met, he held onto my hand… then kissed it as the gentlemen do in those beautiful films of our past. It. is. just. that. simple….

Weekend in Paris

A picture captures a moment that will never happen again… a moment that has come and gone forever… But with a ‘click,’ you can give it back to the world.

MLK

I was honored to receive an invitation to speak at a ‘Guitars over Guns’ event a few weeks back inside the Perez Art Museum. The non-profit offers arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk youth. It was a community call to action and a platform for those who want to make a difference. be a part of the good….

Blue paper scrubs

There are those near losses that threaten to tear our families apart and bring us to our knees. They turn non-believers into believers who pray for the first time since they were children, and then, sometimes, maybe… more often than not, the dark is followed by light. The doctor called me to his side. I remember…

Pura Vida

Costa Rica is green and beautiful. Raw. The land seemingly only touched with a soft hand  … and graced by something or someone from up above. A spiritual place where you can truly connect with nature, your environment and perhaps who you truly are. It is a dream but not a fantasy. The bright red…

Goop

You know you need to throw away the half-eaten protein bar in your work bag when a little piece of it easily acts as an earring back. Don’t judge… I was desperate. One of my hoop earrings fell out at an active scene, and while I shockingly found it in the street an hour later…

Intertwined

Wife.   Mother.   Brother.   Child.   Neighbor.   Boss.   Partner.  Employee. Who are you beyond the titles at home and at work? Who are you in this intertwined world? While we are in control as givers and takers, we are also receivers. We are on the receiving end of others’ actions, good and bad, whether we like it…

Beep Beep

We simply drive by other people’s lives only to get a glimpse of a face… a smell… a sound… but we don’t really know what life is like for them.  How is work going? How is that new boss? What’s going on at home? Are your kids healthy? How is your mother doing? We don’t…

Love, Faith and Family

I have spent time in jail and prison. I sat across from a guy who had plastic zip ties, duct tape, sex toys, and a shock collar among other supplies inside his van. Some of the charges filed against him… confinement and battery. A lawyer chuckled after he heard what the man had admitted to me…

Gone Fishin’

It’s a big smile after a ridiculous 24 hours that felt much like Russian Roulette. Okay, okay.. maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but hear me out. Flying these days is not the same. I remember thinking it the other day, saying it, and then I realized that I had cursed myself. I could…

Nine Zero

She is allergic to grass, flowers, and the outdoors? She loves the celebrity obsessed magazines and lengthy conversations about his uncle’s, father’s boss who married her on [insert specific date, time and location]. They now have [insert number] kids who are living in [city1] and [city2]. She is a strong woman who talks about her…

Love thy ‘selfie’

Selfie (n): a picture you take of yourself; if you’re an amateur, like me, your arm is in it no matter what you try unless, of course, you’ve used a mirror or it’s this close up. Exhibit A. How many of you have taken one? Come on. I see you smiling now or laughing at me……

An Easy Dream

I miss outdoor exercise, and I’m not talking about using a busy, bike path. This winter, in Indy, has been BRUTAL. Yes, the word is deserving of all caps. I thought certain people were exaggerating when they called last winter ‘mild.’ I used to laugh and say, ‘sure,’ and I’d think to myself, I survived…

Fishy Hands

I spent hours with some of the most beautiful animals I had ever seen. Word of choice: majestic. But they “gotta eat.” (Checkers commercial nod. Yes, I’m a dork.) So… When I arrived at work, my first priority was breaking a part a block of chum, that was nearly the size of a double sink, with my…

Fancy Schmancy

My first trip to Detroit was inspired by lawn seat tickets to a Lauryn Hill concert many moons ago. My second trip…  involved a chair up against the door of a hotel room that I definitely did not book. It was a layover gone wrong, very wrong. The airline, which I will not name, because I’ve…

In a Nutshell

Monday through Friday can quickly become interesting, shocking, scary, plain boring, frustrating, inspiring, pleasantly heartwarming or all of the above. The news biz is something else. I love asking, “Can I come by… now?” Some of you are quite busy. Some of you desperately want the p.r. Some of you graciously rearrange your schedule and…

Butterflies and Rainbows

I was trying to think back to the time when I realized life was.. well life. It can get ugly fast. I remember joking with one of my friends the other day, saying, “why didn’t our parents tell us this???” It was one of those moments where you laugh hard, stop and think “hmm, this…

Let’s Fly Away

I thought I might as well opt for co-pilot off the bat. At least I could watch and listen if we happened to plummet thousands of feet. Little planes have always made me a bit nervous, or rather the thought of them, so an 8-seater was no exception. I think of two words: ‘tuna can.’…

Ah, sunshine

I think one of our producers just wrote it best: “A dreary, damp day across Indiana.” Looking any better by you?? Likely not… so here’s a little natural TLC courtesy my parent’s yard in Miami. Had to take some pics when I was in town. They even have baby bananas growing! Yum.

feliz cumpleaños a mí

I just had a birthday, and no, I’m not telling you guys how young I am! Isn’t it funny how much we want to be 10-and-a-half. Eighteen. Twenty-one. We want to be older as if it’s a ticket to real life… no obstacles… freedom. Then, you’re squirming in your late twenties, and the questions start rolling in:…

Pink

Sometimes we all need to just stop talking, and instead, listen… learn… and love harder. I walked in honor of my grandmother and aunt, two beautiful survivors; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk, Fox59 team, Indianapolis, October 20. An email from my aunt, JoAnn Forster… I was 39 years old, no history of breast cancer…

A Little One-on-One

This past Sunday… instead of some football watching, I threw on a fleece, headed down a few trails and stopped in a public garden. I know, I know… possibly shameful amongst football enthusiasts, but I have an excuse! I desperately needed a one-with-nature-kind-of-moment. It’s my special, green sanctuary, and I get lost in it. Here…

It was Friday

I remember the look on his face as he whispered the words. I remember staring intently at his lips as if I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. I gave him a quick smile.  The kind of smile you give a friend after you’ve done them a favor. No need for even a pause….

A Warm Heart

What is it about old friends, the really good ones, that just warm your heart. I recently had one of those moments at the dinner table: We were talking, laughing… and for a moment, just for a moment, I found myself on the outside, looking in, with a big smile on my face thinking, this is…

Forgive Me For I Have Sinned

It has been too long since my last blog entry. What can I say? Every bit of that time has been filled with a lot of ‘life.’ A redo would likely kill me. Today, I’m curious about forgiveness. We’ve all heard the line, ‘forgive and forget.’ Being able to do that is supposed to show…

Her Lifeline

She wanted something that many of us fear but all of us deserve: the truth. Corinne Walls wanted the truth even if it put a little hole in her heart, and I think it did months later. I heard her tears through the phone as I told her what I had learned. In some ways,…

Biker games? Yes, please.

Army infantryman Tim Senkowski lost both of his legs, most of the muscle in his right arm and buttock among other serious injuries in an I.E.D. blast last October in Afghanistan. On patrol, a good friend, who was a few feet away, stepped on the bomb. It was a fatal mistake and one that would…

Turkey, Lettuce and Life

Saw this quote on a magnet in Whole Foods. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it…