Tempted to tweet? Twitter is gaining popularity

I’ve joined Twitter, the semi-fledgling social networking site. I need your help in deciding “What next?”

No, this isn’t an attempt at being clever by playing off of my last post. I’ve taken a certain amount of pride in regularly blogging over the past few years. I’ve slowly added new content from other social media outlets, such as my photo album. I’ve seen a flood of co-workers and friends flock to Twitter. It allows users to post a short, 140 character message that often answers the question “What are you doing?”

I was initially hesitant to pursue the challenge of Tweeting, but I now see the benefits, especially in the news world. I’m able to send updates through my mobile phone, which can be helpful in breaking news situations where I don’t have access to a computer or can’t go on-air.

You can view my latest Tweets by clicking here or you can see my Twitter feed on the right side of this page. Do you use Twitter? Let me know what you think… but keep it to 140 characters!

Baby birds are on the way

I found this nest of sparrow eggs on my patio.

Yesterday morning, as I was on my patio, I decided my hanging fern needed a drink of water. As I was giving the plant a good soaking, I wasn’t expecting to be harassed by a little sparrow taking shelter in the fern.  This cranky bird was making some noise and kept watching me from a distance. I figured I had disturbed the bird’s home.

Upon closer inspection, I found that I had disturbed “Mama Bird’s” home and that she had babies on the way. I carefully peered into the hanging basket and discovered her nest and eggs. I didn’t get too close because I’ve always heard that the birds will leave and not return. I can remember a similar situation with my grandmother, when I was a child. One of her plants was a year-round home to chirping chicks. So what should I do? I want to watch their development, but don’t want to disturb nature’s process? How long will it take for the eggs to hatch? Should I get a birdhouse? Have you had a similar situation? Post your thoughts below.

Are we losing faith in America?

The number of Christians in the U.S. has decreased by 10 percent over the last decade, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Protestants accounted for the biggest segment of the membership drop. Roman Catholicism, the other segment of Christians, saw a shift in geographic location.

The majority of the denomination’s members is now centered in the Southwest, rather than New England. Many attribute this shift to the growing number of Latinos in America. The survey reported the number of atheists has doubled from 2001.

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Opinion: Why do women love ‘The Bachelor?’

Maybe this is one of those “it’s a girl thing,” that as a guy, I will never understand. I was amazed tonight by the number of people in the newsroom gathered around the TV to watch the finale of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor.’ I’m guilty of having my own pseudo-obsession with certain shows in the past, but I just don’t understand what draws women to ‘The Bachelor.’

We all know that the guys and girls on the show are going to fuel each drama-filled episode, so why is there any surprise over tonight’s show ending in someone dumped on national TV? I don’t think anyone’s foolish for watching the show; that’s not at all what I’m implying. I knew the show was “Must-See TV” when a my Facebook feed exploded with comments on the outcome. Continue reading

Finding the time to eat right

Eating healthy on the go isn’t easy. Do you have any suggestions for quick, nutritious meals?

Eating right is hard when you’re always on the go. Especially here in Lufkin, dozens of tasty eateries dot the major thoroughfares. I’ve decided that I haven’t been putting into my body what I know it deserves. Growing up in Louisiana, I’ve become accustomed to great food. However, just because it makes your mouth water doesn’t mean your heart won’t cringe at certain foods. It’s so easy to stop by a fast-food chain or call-in an order at a favorite restaurant. Sharing a meal with friends is an experience I seldom pass up.

I sat down with my bank statement last week and my jaw dropped when I saw that nearly every other purchase was at a fast food chain or local restaurant.  Working in this business doesn’t leave much time to spend preparing a meal at home, or taking time to plan out healthy choices. I’ve promised myself that I will change my eating habits.

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