Meet Jeff Smith … Thespian, Educator, Adonis & Goofball

Jeff Smith has a chest you could land planes on. There, I said it. And the fact I lead with that nugget will likely ensure y’all read the rest of this blog. See, once you get past the fact that Jeff goes to the gym 392 times a week, it’s much easier ...

Meet Lyra Puzon Bristow … Educator, Gracious Galpal, Matriarch and Make-up Maven

When Hurricane Lyra blows into a room, it’s probably time to batten down the hatches. I quickly learned that 20+ years ago when we first crossed paths working at – of all places – Pizza Hut. When we met, Lyra was still in high school. She was a cyclone of ...

My Day With Cindy Wilson – Part III

If you know me … you know that being a reporter is engrained in my essence. I’m perpetually inquisitive. I’d make an amazing interrogator. So imagine how much self-restraint it took not to pepper/inundate/blitzkrieg Cindy Wilson with a litany of questions during our tour of Athens. Instead, I listened … ...

My Day With Cindy Wilson – Part II

Athens, Georgia is a quirk-tastic college town … quiet and sweltering in the summer, overrun with hundreds of thousands of students the rest of the year. In fact, UGA was chartered way back in 1785 – making it one of the oldest colleges in the nation outside of Ivy League ...

My Day With Cindy Wilson – Part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBRr_TqLDf4 I still remember the day when I discovered The B-52s. I was a wildly awkward, burgeoning pre-teen who was mesmerized by anything kitschy and colorful that came across MTV’s airwaves. When I spied the band’s new video for “Legal Tender” – I was instantly smitten. This was my siren song. ...

Meet Dana Wright … Talk Show Host, Matriarch, Gadfly and Galpal

True story … I met Dana Wright randomly at a regional Emmy ceremony more than ten years ago. We sat across from each other at the same table that night. She was a whirling dervish of conversation and charisma. I spent much of the evening convinced she was clinically insane. ...

Meet Paul Finney … Healer, Acupuncturist, Veteran and Chatty Cathy

Back in the day, Dr. Paul Finney was fairly certain he was going to run his father’s brick and tile factory. After all, he had just graduated from Stanford with his degree in engineering. “I was fascinated with electrical and mechanical things,” Finney said. “That turned into a fascination of ...

Birthday Wishes

I learned a few valuable lessons on my BDay weekend this year. Thought I’d take some time to share them with you. If I stay out past 1am more than two nights in a row now, I can’t function for close to 72 hours. Like my body shuts down … in ...

Meet Anne State … Journalist, Do-Gooder and Cat Lady Extraordinaire

Ever been introduced to someone and immediately hit it off with them? Perhaps you sensed a cosmic connection – or felt like they were a kindred spirit? Well, for me, that person was NOT Anne State. In fact, it’s safe to say we couldn’t really stand each other for the first year ...

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 ...