The crowd in the courtroom sat silently as Jennifer Pinckney detailed her ordeal in a calm, careful voice. It’s a story she’s told countless times; first to police and then to reporters. Now her story will help jurors decide the fate of the man who killed her husband. Jennifer Pinckney doesn’t like the limelight. She … More #CharlestonStrong

A Mother’s Gift

  ( My mom, Caroline Maggio, with her namesake, my daughter, Caroline “Carly” Brown in 1991)  I have a little plaque in my kitchen that reads, “Mothers hold our hands for a while, but our hearts forever”. I lost my wonderful mother to Alzheimer’s almost 6 years ago. But the lessons she gave me are … More A Mother’s Gift

The Trouble with Tegna

Ladies and Gentlemen, buckle your seat belts and hold onto the bar! Tegna is the new corporation in the driver’s seat in TV newsrooms across the country. Austin’s ABC affiliate, KVUE, is one of the stations Tegna is “restructuring”. That’s corporate speak for saying so-long to seasoned veterans, both on and off camera. I’m grateful … More The Trouble with Tegna

A Life Well Lived

Some people on the planet are so famous they’re known by a single name: Ghandi, Sting or Madonna. In our little spot on Earth, that person was Papa, my sweet, loving, father-in-law. He never gained fame or fortune, but he was the richest man I’ve ever met. He was wealthy in the ways that count. … More A Life Well Lived

Happy 2015!

Plunging into the icy waters of Barton Springs is my tradition on New Years Day. But this year, I wimped out. I’m a diehard swimmer, but drizzling, freezing rain kept me cozy inside my house today.  I think of my yearly dip as a declaration of starting anew, casting caution to the wind, jumping right … More Happy 2015!