3 things my dog taught me about life

  For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Josh and I adopted a rescue pup named Murray 2 months ago. Murray has been the light of our lives. He’s well-behaved, sweet, inquisitive, fun-loving, loyal, and loves everyone he meets. In the 2 months I’ve lived with this 12-pound bundle of awesome, he’s taught…

How much do you let YOUR age limit you?

If you have a TV, there’s a good chance you know Dr. Robi Ludwig. On any given week, her Insta game could make you look like you’re standing still (me included). On Fox Business, CNN, HLN, Investigation Discovery, HuffPo, Nightline and too many other outlets to name, the New York psychotherapist digs in on a…

Kisses aren’t contracts, presents aren’t promises

 For all of you struggling with relationships, whether you are in one or not, I present this poem. Wow. I forgot how powerful this is. I found this today in one of my journals. It resonated so much – mostly from my time specializing in being in not-too-fulfilling relationships in the past. For the past year,…

Have a teen/tween who wants to learn journalism?

Hi all – I’m really excited to announce I’m going to be part of a new day camp in the DMV called All-Star Adventures Summer Camp! I’ll teaching journalism August 8-12 – and at the end, the students will stream their newscast LIVE on Facebook! I’ve got some amazingly interesting co-instructors who will be teaching DJing, rocketry, art and…

Cooler than Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

I met Steve Simmons around January 2014. I did a story about how the now-retired naval officer lost the use of his legs due to debilitating muscle failure. This came months after Steve served a humanitarian effort aboard the USS Ronald Reagan after the nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima. Steve went from a strong, fit, P90X-workout-maniac to a…

Moms, sex traffickers are looking for YOUR 12-year-old daughter

When I first got to WUSA9, I interviewed Andrea Powell. She is a blonde bad-ass crime-fighter, and pimp-chaser. Not many people you can say that about. Andrea started her own non-profit called Fair Girls, in the DC area, to help survivors of sex trafficking. She’s now one of my friends. I learn so much from…

This is what happened when one woman stood up against body-shaming

Have you ever heard someone say something wildly unkind? Maybe they were talking about someone’s weight or looks in a supremely hurtful way. Did it make you cringe inside? I know someone that would casually make hurtful comments about peoples’ weight and it always stopped me in my tracks. I would take exception and try…

Be kind. No exceptions. Cashier Ishmael Gilbert was.

An extremely worthy Facebook post with an important message has gone viral and that makes me smile. 19-year-old Ishmael Gilbert was ringing up shoppers at a Target in Indiana when an elderly woman came up next in line. She wanted to pay for her purchase in all change. This caused some people on the growing line…

#90Seconds of a Mom’s Struggle With Addiction

I met Abby Kay Perrin of Virginia when she responded to WUSA9’s question on social media – what are you grateful for? The TV station launched this campaign around Thanksgiving, giving our viewers (and us too) the opportunity to express our gratitude – such an important thing to do, in my humble opinion. Abby wrote…