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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 4 – Grit


    Grit. It’s the thing that keeps you going despite setbacks and frustrations. Even before my current shoulder challenge, my boss and I frequently discussed the characteristics of grit. We have similar philosophies on the topic, and lately, our talks have helped me through some of the difficulties regarding the new way I have to approach work, so I found it particularly bizarre that an Instagram ad came up in my feed for Best Self (a success journal), and a blog post entitled “5 Ways to Build Grit.”   Crazy timing, huh?

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 3 – Attitude Matters


    I took this iPhone photo on Monday, while prepping for my news day, but didn’t post because an abundance of outside garbage seriously twisted my attitude into Debbie-Downer-Doldrums. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day Two – Slow Down


    There’s something soothing about late afternoon, watching clothes blow on the line, and while yes, there are things I should be doing–unfinished projects (hello skirt two-years in the making), life planning, food prep, novel reworking, and kitchen floor cleaning–sometimes it’s best to sit back on a Sunday and simply watch clothes blow on the line. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day One – Mindfulness


    Let’s talk about being mindful. But first a word about My Life in Black and White

    I’m stupid about challenges. I really like them–the whole having a plan to execute, a daily assignment. A Facebook friend posted a seven-day “My Life in Black and White” challenge, and of course, anything involving photography gets my blood pumping, so here I go, my modification of the challenge, making my own rules to serve me best–by adding in an element of self-reflection. (more…)

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  • Magic Wheelchair


    July 31, 2017 – People often ask how we–as news people–cope with reporting on people’s worst days, how we stay positive in a world of negative, how we find joy in what we do. I always say it’s the people we meet, whose stories we tell–good or bad–that make the job rewarding. (more…)

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  • Jail Escape


    January 26, 2017 – Talk about a wild crazy couple of news days! We had an exclusive Tuesday. A big one.

    First let’s go back to January 2016, when three prisoners escaped from Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana. (more…)

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  • Bum Shoulder and a 4 Our Heroes Shoot


    Friday July 21, 2017 –  As you may know, I’m a television photojournalist. For twenty-three years I’ve covered news for NBC Los Angeles, not only around Southern California but also the world, loaded down with a beast of a camera–which leads to where I am now, with a bum shoulder. But hey… I’m adaptable, right? (more…)

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  • Feeling disconnected? Me too! Site crash!!


    July 16, 2017 – Howdy friends! If you’ve cruised either Motor Dolls or my author site this week, you may have found disconnected pictures or wonky formatting. There’s a reason why. (And no… it has nothing to do with this randomly placed photo of my tailgate I took today…) Talk about a major site crash! (more…)

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  • Hillbilly at Heart


    I blame my love of vintage house-dresses and boots on my half-hillbilly blood, courtesy of my daddy. (more…)

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  • Spring


    Let’s take a break for Spring with a few iPhone flower photos, shall we? Is that why “Spring Break” is a thing?  A moment to break away from the stress of life to stop and smell the flowers?I’ve had my fair share of flower-smelling lately. Since January, I’ve been off work with a shoulder injury… …and to keep from losing my mind in the house all day, I’ve been taking a lot of hikes, and GUESS WHAT??? Spring has Sprung! The California wildflowers are OFF THE HOOK this year. And the variety!!