A collection of some of my favorite stories this year

Every time I update my online portfolio, I remember how many cool stories I’ve written over the past three years at The Indiana Gazette.

While it’s true that I’ve been writing significantly less — because my efforts have been focused on the digital aspect of the company — some of this year’s story have been a lot of fun to write.

Here are some of my favorites from the past few months:

Couple gets married over Niagara in helicopter adventure

We all know I’m a sucker for writing a good love story — and this was certainly one. Plus, it helps that I went to journalism school with the bride!

For Brice, emotions guide songwriting

Biscuit, a 14-year-old, deaf beagle mix shown here before her adoption, is now the first full-time resident canine at Bethany Place Residential Care Center in White Township. (Submitted photo)

Biscuit, a 14-year-old, deaf beagle mix shown here before her adoption, is now the first full-time resident canine at Bethany Place Residential Care Center in White Township. (Submitted photo)

I’ve interviewed a few celebrities and artists over the years, but country singer Lee Brice was certainly the best interview I’ve had with one. He really opened up to me about his music. 

Region home to kayaking, canoeing opportunities

It’s always great to be able to combine my passions. In this case, I combined my love of the outdoors and the area’s recreational opportunities with my passion for writing. 

Pokemon Go craze sweeps Indiana

Remember when you couldn’t walk down the street without almost accidentally hitting a Pokemon Go player? I do. And I wrote about it. 

Shelter dog finds home at care facility

A collaboration with videographer James Nestor, this cute story about an elderly shelter pup adopted by a local care facility went viral. 

If you’re cruising around my site today, you’ll see that I’ve updated my homepage as well as my web projects section. Enjoy!

 

 

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Indiegogo campaigns I love

New technology is fascinating. So many people are coming up with awesome, innovative products.

Here’s what I’d currently fund:

Emberlight

details_emberwhiteControl your lights from anywhere using WiFi or Bluetooth. Emberlight screws into any lamp, and then you screw a bulb in to it. Then you can control that light from anywhere.

This is great for when you’re on vacation, when you’re coming home in the dark and a million other reasons.

See it here.

UsBidi

UsBidi is a a smart charger for Android and Apple devices, featuring an auto “unplug.”  As we all know, devices really shouldn’t be plugged in for more than the time it takes to get a full charge – that can ruin the battery. This solves that problem.

Oh, and it comes in pretty colors.

See it here.

 

Noke

Noke

Noke

I can NEVER remember padlock combinations. I’ve even failed to remember the ones for dummies, that have letters instead of numbers.

Noke is a wireless padlock that will unlock when a connected device is within a few inches of it.

See it here.

Stories worth sharing

In my (almost) nine months at the Gazette (wow, that went by fast), I’ve been able to interview some really awesome people. People that have inspired me, have put things in perspective for me, and most importantly, have made me love my job.

Here are a few I think have been particularly great to write:

1. My absolute all-time favorite: Cancer survivor finds solace in yard work
There’s a chance that Bev Painter is the most inspiring individual I’ve ever met. This woman took up a hobby when she found out she had cancer, and completely contributes her cancer going away to this hobby: yard work. And not just any yard work, she spends hours every week cutting the edge of the yard with a pair of scissors to make it perfect.
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2. They say you never forget your first published story. Well, I haven’t. I loved writing about this cute kid, and his story makes the list because he’s where my career started: Amusement park reporter has local ties

3. Though this wasn’t the best story I’ve ever written, I loved writing it because I met a wonderful person in the process: Winery to host local authors. After writing this, the winery’s owner, Cay Enerson, made sure that I came out to visit. My friend Lauren and I had a great time touring the grounds and sampling the wines.

4. I love writing stories specifically about people. When I had the chance to do a Q&A session with a local cancer survivor, I made another new friend within the community. Here it is: Indiana cancer survivor serving as ‘face for the race’ fundraiser

5. Most recently, I interviewed a cute kid in Indiana who’s got his life all figured out–in fact he has bigger plans than most people my age have– and he’s only five years old. Fun stories like these brighten my day: Aspiring worker already on job
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Hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!