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You still need journalists

I’m not oblivious to what’s happening with journalism. 

I can accept that the traditional newspaper format isn’t as popular as it used to be, and I can accept that the Internet plays a big role in the future of journalism.

I cannot accept, however, that journalism must be reduced to the 140 characters of a tweet. Or that we should use Facebook posts as legitimate “sources” of news.

Social media certainly plays a role in journalism. Otherwise The Times wouldn’t have its own Facebook and Twitter accounts. But if you’re only getting news from your feeds, then you’re missing out.

Ever since The Times launched it’s full news website in 2008, we have used a paywall system, meaning only subscribers can access complete stories and content. Certainly, anyone can read the headlines, but we’ve always valued our product and don’t want to give it away for free.

Last month, after reading what seemed like the thousandth complaint on our Facebook page asking for free content, I got on my soap box. I …

She's my motivation

Thanks to my beautiful daughter, I am getting re-motivated.


The winter brought on a nasty case of the uglies for me. I was tired, moody and unmotivated for several weeks. Luckily, my healthy eating habits helped me drop 10 pounds during the cold and dark months, but I know it could have been better.

For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to get rid of the blahs and get motivated again. Slowly, I've been pulling myself back up and into a better routine. But it hasn't been easy. 
Today, I realized I need to look back at what got me motivated in the first place. Last April, when I got serious about my health and started Weight Watchers (again) with Kyle, it was Kenlee that made the difference. As she was eating more and more solid foods, I was become more and more concerned with what we were eating as a family. I was afraid and downright ashamed of the idea of feeding her the same meals we had on the table. 
I wanted to model a health lifestyle for her. I wanted to s…