I wanted to share this story with you, especially if you haven't seen it in the Wilmington area. This story is about the power of giving blood. Donations are at a critical level across the nation, and we wanted to put a face to the need.
This is a story about the Mayo Family. Zack needed lots of blood and blood products in one year. You can see how their experience changed their outlook. The Mayos started holding blood drives to educate the community on the need.
We went to CVS, Office Depot, Rite Aid and Staples. Thanks to Sanah Sayani for finding a good portion of the deals. There are so many great ones this week... which end on 7/28/12.
I wrote out all the breakdowns on foxwilmington.com.
I just stopped off at CVS to grab a few things and came across a sock desert. Apparently, these Leggs socks were not a big seller, so now CVS has them on clearance for 87-cents. Say whaaa?
HERE'S A SECRET: I usually wear mismatched, holy socks under my knee high boots... so these new socks will really come in handy! Or if you're one of those people who like to give socks for Christmas, you'll be set for this year!
If you live in Wilmington, these socks were bought at the CVS on College and Oleander.
In case you missed it earlier this week: Frances Weller brought actor Giancarlo Esposito into the studio on the same day he found out he received an Emmy nomination for his supporting role on Breaking Bad. Esposito plays Gus Fring on the show, and if you're a fan, you know he's one tough dude!
Esposito is here to shoot NBC's new show Revolution, so hopefully he'll be here for a while! Here is he talking about his Emmy nomination, a potential history-making win, and his new role on network TV.
If you are on Google Plus, there's no doubt you've heard of the popular show Geeks of the Round. It's run by DeAno Jackson, a very active Google Plusser who likes to talk about all things geek in movies, TV shows and games. He LOVES Breaking Bad... so I wanted to see if I could get Esposito to wave or say HI in a hangout I started:
As I've said before, now is a great time to buy school supplies. I mentioned this in a Money in a Minute segment with Southernsavers.com founder Jenny Martin.
This week I went to Staples and Office Depot. Staples is continuing its penny deals. You do have to make a $5 qualifying purchase to get the penny deals, but most of the time, it's fully rebate-able.
And now with Easy Rebates, you might as well. When they say *easy*, it means *easy*.
I am now out-of-pocket about $1.30 for $14 worth or products from Staples. I bought mechanical pencils, pens, folder dividers and legal pads.
At Office Depot, pencil sharpeners and folders were 10-cents and crayons were 50-cents. In all, I spent $2.80! I can't wait to donate those to a local supply drive!
No matter how much we love working as journalists, we always look for inspiration. Writing is a craft that's just impossible to master. It's subjective, yet, there are standard practices.
Thankfully, there are journalists like Andy Choi who keep the conversation going. Andy recently enlightened a handful of us in a Google Plus Hangout.
Andy is currently a reporter and anchor at WISC-TV in Madison, Wisc. In 2011, he was honored with a national Edward R. Murrow award for his writing compilation. Most importantly, though, he's just a great guy.
[Watch Andy's work]
He shared his thoughts on his reporting process, how he finds a focus and how meeting small goals helps him remain positive. I think he knocked it out of the park, especially for it being his first G+ Hangout!
Right now is the best time to start getting deals on school supplies, says Southernsavers.com founder Jenny Martin.
She says that starting the second week of July, you'll usually see penny deals at the office supply stores. This is great if you've got kiddos who always need things like crayons or glue.
I actually am only out of pocket 31-cents for all of this! It normally would have been about $14.50, so it's a ridiculous savings (nearly 98%.)
The paper was only a quarter, thanks to the Staples Easy Rebate. Everything else was a penny. I really wanted 25-cent mechanical pencils and the $1 pack of Sharpies... but they were sold out. I think I got some insight though when the next shipment comes in! So, if you love your Sharpies like I love my Sharpies, you're in luck.
This was taken in Myrtle Beach on July 10th. It was covered by our sister station WMBF.
WMBF News spoke with one of the people in the video. Sarah Brame claims the video was taken from their beach house in Cherry Grove, and the six to seven foot bull shark stole their five pound red drum catch.
Ripley's Aquarium Marine Biologist Shannon Hughes says the video definitely shows a bull shark, and that they are actually fairly common in South Carolina waters. Hughes says bull sharks are the only kind of shark that can survive in fresh water, which is why they can make their way into streams and rivers inland.
Sometimes simple words speak to you in profound ways. Thanks to Maria Quiban from Fox 11 in Los Angeles, I recently had an "aha" moment.
Quiban interviews celebrities and entertainers in her daily Google Hangouts. I happened to be looking for an Andy Griffith connection when I saw her Hangout appear. This day she was interviewing Marissa Jaret Winokur... you may recognize her from Dancing with the Stars or her most recent show, Retired at 35. She also won a Tony Award for Best Actress for her work in the musical, Hairspray.
Winokur told us she didn't enjoy singing as much anymore because it gave her anxiety. She said after she won her Tony, there was added pressure to perform perfectly. She said it cheerfully, but it felt like a sincere moment between friends.
So I asked her, "What do you do to get over anxiety?"
She said sometimes you just have to do it. She added, "I can't be afraid of what I can do."
I don't think she was trying to be profound, but what she said really spoke to me. I can't be afraid of what I can do. It's so easy to give up before we even start, simply because we're uncomfortable. The possibility of having an awkward moment at work, at home or with friends, often keeps us from being true to ourselves as much as we should.
My friend calls it "corrupted information" or "being in the ditch." Have you ever been so nervous that you tell yourself you can't do something? I used to be that way about public speaking. I thought people expected me to be an excellent speaker just because I work in TV. It made me even more nervous. But, that's corrupted information. I can't be afraid of what I can do.
And neither should you.
I have to admit, I didn't know much about Marissa before the hangout (first-name basis now), but her energy and her words will leave a lasting impression. It's funny how life just happens sometimes.