Meet Steffany Barton … Medium, Intuitive, Energy Goddess and Galpal

So picture this … It’s Halloween. I’m about to do a live TV interview with a well-known local medium. About fifteen seconds before air, she leans over to me and casually says, “Hey – you should probably come see me at some point. Your grandma is coming through loud and ...

Things I Learned in Telchac Puerto

There’s big city Mexico and touristy Mexico. There’s dangerous drug cartel Mexico. There’s off-the-beaten path Mexico. And then there’s wherever we are … tucked away near a hidden beach town called Telchac Puerto. It’s beyond secluded. And quiet. I haven’t seen a single soul since we got here -- other ...

Why I Gave Up Booze … All Over Again

Funny what a year of stone-cold sobriety will do to a person. It gave me clarity, a renewed spirit and a sense of accomplishment. But it also smacked me upside the head with delusional bravado. On January 1st of this year, I patted myself on the back – proud of my achievement. ...

I Love The 90’s (But Not Really) Concert

Scored some free tickets to go see the I Love The 90's Tour at the Iowa State Fair yesterday. The good news is ... I went. The bad news is ... I went. That being said ... I will preface this blog by saying I am a stalwart child of ...

Everyone Knows It’s Cindy

Everyone has a favorite songstress -- that one female singer whose siren song resonates with them, right? Some love Babs. Others cherish Judy or Jennifer Holiday. For me, it’s the blondiful Cindy Wilson from The B-52s. Obviously she’s better known for her weird, gorgeous harmonies with Kate Pierson – but I could ...

Loquacious

I’ve probably written 15 blogs about my mom – who I aptly named “The Bevinator” because of her take no prisoners mentality. On the flipside, I’ve only written a couple stories about my dad over the years – which is a shame. He was the quiet reserve to Mom’s over-the-top ...

Making Hi Contact

Indulge me for a minute, will you? One of the great mysteries of my life is that 90% of humanity says hello to me in passing. Complete strangers say hi. Janitors say hi. Friends … Romans … Countrymen … all go out of their way to greet me. It’s been that ...

Dafuq?

About a year in to my very first TV gig, the Director of Human Resources called me in to her office. No biggie, I thought. I’m 23-years old and practically a golden child around here. The HR gal and I had a decent working relationship … exchanging pleasantries, etc. She ...

Final Thoughts On Chile

I left for home today, but Chile will always have a fond place in my heart. It’s the first Latin American country I’ve visited for more than 12 hours. (Cruise ship stops don’t count, kids.) I’ve learned a few things along the way that won’t make me seem like such ...

My Initial Thoughts on Chile

I plunked down in the lovely country of Chile about five days ago. It’s my first visit here – and, oddly, I did zero research on the country before I arrived. No insight. No preconceived notions. So far it’s been a delightfully interesting mix of helpful locals, language barriers and ...