A California native, I’ve lived on both coasts and lots of places in between. As a result, I’m pretty liberal in my viewpoints on life, have gathered a wide array of friends from vastly different backgrounds, and learned just how similar all of us really are as mankind. That’s why you’ll discover my stories tend to celebrate everyday people, their accomplishments and the amazing things they do to enrich their communities. When I’m not reporting or editing, I enjoy traveling, listening to great music, cooking up yummy eats and devouring smart books including suspense fiction and classics like my all-time favorite, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I love teaching, mentoring and working with young people. But my real passion is philanthropy, particularly when it comes to charities that help at-risk kids, the arts, literacy and nature conservation. I currently live with my wife in New England.
Goodbye Maya Angelou, A Truly ‘Phenomenal Woman’ [VIDEO]
Dear Maya Angelou, I was completely shocked when I read the news announcement that you, revered poet, author, actress and social advocate, died today at age 86. Although we never personally met, I feel compelled to say goodbye.
Make A Promise To Get Fit This Year
Have you thought about getting fit, only to let yourself down time after time? What is it that held you back? Did you simply give up or did you fail to maintain the momentum you had when you initially started? All of these are common reasons for giving up the battle to whip your body back into shape...
Be Smart About Reaching Your Fitness Goals
How many times have you started a workout routine only to stop weeks or months later? It is great to want to slim down, bulk up, run faster, or train harder. But if we aren't smart about trying to reach our goals, most likely they won't become a reality. In this third installment of our new fitness column, London-based trainer Aaron Breckell tells you how to smarten up and get fit once and for all
Enter the 2014 Million Dollar Bracket Challenge Here
It's time to dust off the crystal ball. This year, 63 intense college basketball games will fill up the college basketball championship tournament bracket – it's your job to figure out who wins each one.
5 Songs That Will Make You A Dierks Bentley Fan [VIDEOS]
If you haven't fallen under the spell of country superstar Dierks Bentley yet, it isn't because you have yet to hear his music. It seems like no matter where you go, from New York shopping malls to Texas barbecue joints, you can't escape his smokey voice and songs that beg you to sing along...
See Disney On Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After In Bossier City
Enter to win a Disney On Ice party for your family and friends this May in Bossier City, La.
Forge A New You In 2014
Getting in shape is difficult! Anyone who has ever attempted to do so knows what a challenge it is. That’s why we developed this new fitness series where we invite trainers from around the world to share their hard-won insights to help you accomplish your goal. In this edition, celebrity trainer Michael Wittig helps you change your body for life!
5 Tips To Stay On Track And Accomplish Your Goals
In our new fitness series, I've invited guest trainers to share some of their best tips and tricks for getting fit during 2014. In this feature, Seattle trainer Justin Wade dishes up five things you can do to help you find your slimmer self...
What’s In This Picture – Patterson’s Pixels [PHOTOS]
This is so coveted, many people will go to great lengths to get it. Do you know what it is? If you guessed that it is a set of engagement rings, then you were correct! But let's face it, finding romance these days is tough! And finding the perfect someone that you'd actually like to make a long term commitment to is even harder...
Christus St. Michael Makes Big Announcement
Christus St. Michael Health Systems announced its new affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Center during a press conference this morning.
What Is Happening In This Photo – Patterson’s Pixels [VIDEO]
This seems to occur every year for a limited time. What is happening in this photo? Take your best guess in today's edition of Patterson's Pixels!
Miller County Tax Collector Arrested For Theft
Melissa Barnes, the Tax Collector for Miller County, Ark. was arrested Thursday for theft of property, which is a class "D" felony.