Dog Gets Final Trip To See Ocean For First Time

The plan was all set. Cassidy Williams was getting married on the Oregon Coast in August and her beloved lab, Dood, would be the ring bearer. Then came the diagnosis no dog lover ever wants to hear: Cancer. Dood didn’t have long to live. This is a family who loves their dog and wouldn’t be swayed. This would call for a change of plans. Cassidy’s dad decided to cancel his flight from Utah. Instead, he made Dood comfortable in the

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Rival Meteorologist And Other Journalists Fill In So WBDJ Journalists Can Go To Memorial

And here you have the other side of journalism. We saw the awful, dark, and twisted mind at work last week when Alison Parker and Adam Wade were shot dead while doing a live shot in Roanoke, Virginia. Monday, two former employees manned the evening broadcasts. Retired anchor Keith Humphry stepped in. Meteorologist Andrew Freiden is now at a rival station, NBC12, but he got his start at WDBJ. They were backed up by crews from CBS’ national news operation

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Construction Workers Create Sign For Special Little Girl

Just who are those workers so many stories in the air of a construction site? Hidden below the brims of their construction helmets, focused on the challenging and dangerous job in front of them? In St. Louis, two of those workers caught the eye of the “girl in the window.” 2-year-old Vivian Keith was in insolation across the way from the construction site at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, being treated for leukemia. The brightest part of her day? Waving at

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The Stumble That Humbled Me And The Fall You Might’ve Had This Week, Too

I fell this week. By that, I mean, I fell. Literally, fell. Flat. It happened as I was just starting a little run, jog, or “shuffle” as my kids call it. That’s when I spotted a neighbor watering his lawn. I turned to say hello, focusing on the pretty flowers instead of the sidewalk in front of me. That’s all it took. My big ol’ right foot caught a crack in the sidewalk and I launched. Felt like it took

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‘Butt Dial’ Saves Teen’s Life

Oh, the oh-so-embarrassing butt dial! You know you’ve done it and cringed. One teenager is giving thanks for his phone mishap since it saved his life! 18-year-old Sam Ray was working on his truck at his family home in Tennessee when he gave his dad a call asking some advice. Dad’s take? “Get out from under the truck, wait until I get home, so we can look at the truck together.” Did Sam listen to Dad? Did you skip the

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How Can My Friends’ Worst Phone Call Ever Lead To Someone’s Best?

Joy. Today, I’m thinking about joy. Joy, the name of the wife of good friend, Brian. Joy, the emotion instantly drained from Brian’s heart when he received that phone call a couple weeks ago. Maybe you’ve gotten one of those phone calls, Dear Reader. One with the worst news possible. While Brian was working out of town, Joy was involved in a single-car accident. He was on the next plane back home, staying by Joy’s side for 10 days. Stayed

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My Dog’s Getting The Last Laugh; The Chapter I Didn’t See Coming

Let me say, Dear Reader, that you are amazing. Wonderful. Clearly, you’re an over the top dog lover, like myself. The emails have been flooding in ever since I shared the latest chapter of my sweet Darla’s life in the column, “My Dog Is Teaching Me A Final Lesson.” I shared how my dog has been showing signs of slowing down, how she’s preparing me to let her go after more than 15 years together. I know, you can’t even

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Is It Just Me? Why Do I Always Do This On Airplanes?

I am that lady in Seat 12B. Maybe even stuck in that middle seat of 27D. I’m that lady you’re trying to discreetly poke your travel partner. “Check out the woman over there,” you whisper. “She’s crying her eyes out.” Dear Reader, what is it about airplanes? The altitude? The recycled air? The isolation 36,000 feet above the ground? Whatever it is, I’m a goner. Just say, “Boo,” and I’ll start crying. Watching a movie, that on the ground would

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My Dog Is Teaching Me A Final Lesson

My dog is getting me ready. She knows what’s coming in the way dogs know before we do. About a dangerous stranger, earthquakes, or bacon. She’s gently letting me know it will soon be time for her to go. It’s one of an infinite number of brilliant conversations I’ve had with my best friend. The friend who has never uttered a word in our more than 15 years together, but has taught me so much. “She’s not going anywhere,” Husband

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Mother’s Day Panic Button: I’m Messing Up Big Time; Help Me Fix It

You know those warm, fuzzy gushy feeling columns you read around Mother’s Day? I’ve written a few myself. (Like this and this.) Yeah, this isn’t one of those. Oh, it’s about motherhood, all right. But this one is more like hitting the motherhood panic button. A button I hit the other day while, don’t get too excited, sewing on a real button. A button that had fallen off one of my girls’ school uniforms. That’s when I realized– These children,

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