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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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There’s an Art to Being a Bell Ringer

The Salvation Army has been putting bell ringers outside stores for years, and even though the Red Kettle Campaign is in full swing there's still time to volunteer.

Have you noticed some of the bell ringers are doing more than just ringing bells this season? They're making it fun, interesting, and sometimes a little weird!

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Do Something Amazing With Thanksgiving Leftovers

One of the repercussions of creating a huge feast is having an enormous amount of leftovers.  You might be bound and determined to eat and eat until you're sick, but even then you and your family might have a little green bean casserole to spare.

So we don't feel totally guilty about our gluttony, here are some unique and productive ideas about what to do with all the leftovers.  

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does. There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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Adult Women Have the Worst Road Rage in Texas

What is the worst spot for road rage around Tyler?  Somewhere on The Loop?  South Broadway because everyone is trying to eat and shop and it's crowded?  Everywhere?

Whether it's a residential street, a highway, or a parking lot, a new study says women are hit the hardest by road rage.  Surely not! But the reason behind it will surprise us, and make us feel better, girls.

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