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Posting from the media center

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I can't say this is the first time I've ever watched a debate, mostly because I feel that might draw great amounts of criticism/judgement from anyone who reads this, considering that I am 24 years old. 
However, this is the first time that I've really, actively, wanted to be involved in it all. Not the political side, mind you, but the media side. 
It is awesome. 
Sitting in the media center, which was rather unexciting yesterday, I'm surrounded by a buzz of activity. The whole place has come alive within 24-hours. 
There are journalists here from around the world. You can hear accents abounding and lots of chatter. There's a buzz growing as the moment for the debate to begin gets closer and closer.
… Being here is an experience that one can't replace. There are so many journalists glued to the television, watching the answers and banter between Vice President Biden and Senator Ryan. The two men are engaged in quite a debate. Certainly more heated than last we…

What's your passion?

"Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night." ~ Terri Guillemets
It's bright and early and the newsroom is abuzz with sounds. 
Most people don't realize that reporters, at least at our daily, are expected in to work by 7:30, 8 at the latest. I, unfortunately, am one of the latest.
But the sounds. For a writer, I'm a big fan of sounds. Some days, it drives me crazy. I can hear everyone, from our Features editor interviewing on the phone, to the Advertising ladies discussing ad issues, to the Sports guys in the back talking about last night's game. 
Today, I'm loving it. Of course, I'm also not stressing or on deadline at this time of 10:05, as I've finished what I had to do and it's in the hands of layout people at this point…but I am loving it.
There's something about being in a newsroom. Sometimes it's deadly quiet in here. But when the place buzzes, it's awesome to experience. 
This is a big part of what I do…

The Adventure

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"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life." ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
I'm a firm believer that life is an adventure. Sure, it may not be like the adventures we see in movies. Those are always filled with magic and mystery, danger and death. In those stories, the heros and heroines struggle to survive, face insurmountable odds, and somehow manage to thrive and usually fall in love.

That's not reality. And our adventures are often far from that.

If our adventure was like that, all women would be curvy, but the perfect ten, and all men would be insanely handsome and well-built.

But, again, that's not reality.

Reality is dealing with bills and stress, fighting our parents/spouse/children/co-workers, spilling coffee on ourselves on the way to work. It's running late for a meeting or getting a ticket for speeding.

But it is also spending time with our families. Impacting a life. Meeting some…

Visit to West Liberty

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“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
I've never been to war. I've never witnessed towns, villages, or cities being blasted by gunshots or bombs.

The closest I had ever come to witnessing such destruction was my visit to Famagusta last summer while in Cyprus. Famagusta is a city in the occupied Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has basically been left untouched after everyone fled it when the country was invaded over thirty years ago.

That visit left an image on my mind that I hope I never forget.

Another lasting, war-like image to add to the memory bank (and the photo albums) is the devastation I witnessed when visiting West Liberty two weeks after a tornado struck. It’s a small community, not unlike my hometown of Liberty.

While there were no deaths in the city limits, there were seven reported deaths in the county, and many were injured throughout as a result of this tornado. It was one …

A dog-friendly vacation

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter
When traveling, there are many things to take into consideration. If you happen to be a dog owner, things become more complicated. When there are four dogs in your combined family of six, things are a lot more complicated.

For my family, this is a reality. My parents have an older, smaller dog (we believe she's a Rat Feist, but aren't certain), named Jenny. We joke that she's more of a cat or a person than a dog, as she takes up no space and causes little-to-no trouble.

I have Luna, a medium-sized dog. She's a mutt, but we believe that she's a Lab mixed with a Blue Heeler. Luna's a people-dog, loves them almost more than other dogs, and is a bit of a chicken. Despite the fears, she seems to be a fairly happy dog.

Finally, my brother and sister-in-law have two dogs. Jaxby, the oldest, is the only boy-dog in the group, and looks like a teddy bear. They were told he was a yorkie mi…

Homemade Laundry Detergent [and other home cleaning stuff :)]

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New adventure! We decided to try to make our own laundry detergent using a recipe we found through the local Homemakers' Association. More details on all that later.

We made it and, so far, it seems to be alright! And it's cheaper this way!

Here it is, three-ingredient detergent:
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
2 Cups Ivory soap flakes (we had to make our own, hence the cheese grater)

~Mix well.
~Use one tablespoon per load, two if it's extra soiled. :)

A world without dreamers.

*I'm not certain when I wrote this, all I know is that it never posted. I will try to figure it out and make sure it goes in the correct place. 
"A dream is a wish your heart makes." ~ Walt Disney?
Today, I was asked what I plan to do when I graduate. It's a fair question; I should be finished with my graduate degree by this May and ready to "face the world." As this is my third graduation, it's not the first time I've heard that question. And I can guarantee it won't be the last.

My response was, much like it usually is, I'm not really sure. The looks I get when I answer are always, well, interesting. It's not that folks are disappointed, it just seems that this is never what they expect. I guess they suppose that a master's degree would insure me a job at some major broadcast corporation. Or some equivalent.  And it might, if that's where I wanted to go.

But the reality is, I haven't thought beyond school. I've been in s…