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A Few Things to be Thankful For

A Few Things to be Thankful For

As we celebrate the new year with great hope for a respectable 2019, it is a practical tradition to reflect on the past and make a few plans for a better tomorrow.

Last year at this same time, I joined with many of the more than 7 billion people on earth and paused for a moment of reflection. We now find ourselves doing the same thing again.

Last year I wrote about our beloved dogs and the fact that on the Chinese calendar, 2018 was the year of the Dog. We now enter 2019, the year of the Earth Pig.

I like pigs just fine and remember a friendly little pig named Pumbaa that my niece had for a while and it seemed happy and somewhat doglike.

While working on a story in the summer of 2018, I interviewed Lindsay Gutierrez, Ms. Veteran America 2017. She has an amazing story of military service and post-service work that will likely be a considerable part of her life. She cares and proves it with her actions. Lindsay and her husband also share their home with a pig named Pearl.

Lindsay’s interview was one of many that I will not forget. In the development of a broadcast special that Honored Women in Service I was amazed at all we learned and the richness of the stories.

Over the years, we have had the honor of producing a variety of stories about our veterans. The Carolinas have a history of service and patriotism which is evident in our public displays of respect.

The Carolinas benefit greatly from the work of the American Legion, our nation’s largest Veterans organization. Because of the efforts of the American Legion World Series that now has its home in Shelby, North Carolina, we have had regular access to the games and what it takes to bring it all together.

This accessibility has provided the opportunity to get to know the people and reasons behind the American Legion and The American Legion World Series. It has been this process that has allowed me to see and more importantly feel why this organization and its work is so important.

In 2018, we spent time with Black Beard and the people in Bath, North Carolina, as we explored some of history’s mysteries. We will share our findings in a 2019 broadcast.

We were among the more than 25,000 Big Foot enthusiast and curiosity seekers in the town of Marion, North Carolina for the first Big Foot Festival. The event’s extreme success was a bit of a surprise for the organizer and the townspeople who were expecting 2,000-4,000 attendees.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we have history. Some 4,000 years ago, Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year. Later, the Romans picked up on the idea and nowadays everyone seems to be part of offering up a well-meaning commitment to be better in the new year.

As for me, I commit to sharing more stories that hopefully inspire, encourage and in general produce a feeling of happiness.

I will continue to love my dog even though he is getting old and grouchy. I will endeavor to be kinder to people who have pet pigs because not everyone understands.

I will honor our veterans without prejudice because a veteran is a veteran is a veteran.

Happy New Year everyone.