I love this new music video! It carries a great message to kids and it stars Lauren Potter from Glee. The music video was shot in Wilmington, NC.
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One dad is cooler than your dad because he will pull a baby deer from its mother's womb and resuscitate it back to life. According to Alecia Geddings, it happened the day after Mother's Day. She was driving in Brunswick County and hit a mama deer.
Read her Facebook post
The deer died on impact, but as she looked closer, she could see something moving and kicking in her stomach.
Alecia's distant cousin, Blake Hobbs, helped cut out the fawn. It wasn't breathing. His daughter and niece (5 and 6 years old) started crying. So what did Blake do? He gave it mouth-to-mouth. Duh!
Unfortunately, the fawn died about three hours later. But, as far as the girls know, the deer is hanging out at a zoo. Still, this is why Blake Hobbs wins the award for dad of the year.
This is a sweet story. A soldier returns from Afghanistan... and returns to find a "new wife". Those were his words! Larry Shaffer returned to Wilmington on Wednesday night. He had been away for about a year.
His wife Misty says she had lost about 150 pounds altogether. She had already started losing weight before her husband's deployment.
Congrats to the couple! And thanks to the Shaffer family for their service.
Spring cleaning has surprised me once again. Today, I found an original baby picture. This is the first picture of me on record. As you can see, I had a Korean name and an identification number.
The picture itself is about the size of a passport photo. I didn't even know I had it. It was tucked away in an envelope and then buried under a bunch of papers in a rarely-used drawer.
I remember picking up this picture in 2009, when my husband and I traveled to Korea to see my biological sister get married.
Nonetheless, one of the highlights of the trip was stopping by the Holt office in Seoul.
Jim and I sat down with a social worker, and she went through my file with us. The cool thing is that she found a pre-flight report dated May 1, 1980. Basically, it was a report that said I was ready to fly to the United States. It doesn't say a lot, but if you think of it, it's the only record I have describing me as a newborn.
Most people get to share that with their moms. But, I have a gap of a few months where little is known about me. Was I a good baby? Did I do anything funny? Did I sleep through the night? A lot of moms get to share those memories with their children. My mother-in-law often recounts how my husband was an excellent baby. His younger brother, however, came out screaming and crying... and the joke is that he didn't seem to stop for a few years!
Whether it's true or not, we often rely on those stories as adults to give us some insight into our personalities.
I know my birth mother relinquished me fairly quickly after my birth and also opted not to give me a name. I don't know who named me, but I recall being disappointed when I found out it wasn't my birth mother. As an adult, I understand why she probably chose not to do that.
I wouldn't change anything in my life, but I do cherish this mundane report. It gives me a little insight into the care I was given in Korea and also reminds me there is always hope in the world. A little nameless baby flew all the way to the US, thanks to some kind folks... and has turned out to be a happy, healthy, married woman! That's something.
Everyone is asking why NBC's hit show Revolution didn't stick around in Wilmington for a second season. WECT was the first to report that the show was headed to Austin, Texas.
Ashlea Kosikowski talked with Austin's Director of Film Marketing, Gary Bond. "I'm sure the decision had to do with locations and infrastructure," said Bond. "And I am sure our deep pool of experienced crew members was a major factor as well."
Bond also told us that Austin was named this year's #1 city in the US to live and make movies by Movie Maker Magazine. Wilmington did not make that list.
(Editor's note: Not to be a drag, but our infrastructure could use some improvement. When I've covered traffic planning meetings, it often seems like the overall theme is "We don't want to build here. This isn't what the area is about.")
ANYWAY - ARE YOU SAD? SURPRISED?
Here's a list of the Top 10 Cities for Moviemakers:
1. Austin, TX
2. New York, NY
3. Seattle, WA
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Portland, OR
6. Detroit, MI
7. Boston, MA
8. Albuquerque, NM
9. New Orleans, LA
10. Atlanta, GA
San Antonio, TX
CITIES ON THE RISE:
It's spring cleaning time, and I'm going through all of that stuff in my freezer that I didn't eat during the winter. And wouldn't you know it? I found some rice cakes.
If you know a thing or two about Korean food, these are not the typical noodles you use to make dukbokki, but they taste the same. Usually, I use these little guys for soups. But, last night I was up at midnight and thought... "I'll make dukbokki!"
So, what does it taste like? It's a little spicy. It's also chewy-- the best kind of chewy--and unlike anything I can describe. It's best with a little cheese... but alas, I forgot my cheese at home. The cheese literally transforms it from typical Korean street fare to major yummy fusion food.
Want the recipe? It's so easy! Literally made this batch with six ingredients. I made it once on the Korean Kitchen.
I am so excited to report that I will be a new evening anchor for WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin!
It was so thoughtful for the staff to hangout with me during a recent meeting. The people at the station are so geared for new media and technology, and I'm just thrilled they want to have me around.
Not to be a cliched Wisconsintonian...er, Wisconsinite...um, Wisconsiner... but I am really excited about the cheese and the football. I had my first fried cheese curd a couple of weeks ago, and I nearly fell out of my chair. You're not living until you've had a few!
Aside from cheese and football, the people are phenomenal. They're just as I'd expect people from the Midwest to be - kind, giving, fun and hardworking. WISC has an incredible reputation for news excellence, and I'm just thrilled to call it home.
I am very excited, but it is still a bittersweet move. My husband and I have loved living in the Southeast and we will always carry a piece of it with us. I really like being a Southerner!
My last day is June 12th. I hope you'll celebrate my last month with me. And... what should be on our Carolina Bucket list? We'll be back, but I want to squeeze in some things before we head out to the Midwest.
Everybody's got an Olan Mills picture. Send me yours! And, I'll share it!
I've been involved with a couple of bullying initiatives lately, and I wanted to leave these with you for reference. Bullying is such an important issue in our schools but also our communities. Bullying can turn to youth violence, suicides, and do so much damage to a person.
I recently moderated a couple of discussions that I think could help. If you're interested in the subject, push play and let it go.. or sit down and watch.
YouTube: Taking a Stand Against Bullying discussion
YouTube: The Bully Project: Leaders tackle bullying in schools and communities