Archive for September, 2007

New Bishop Coverage
September 28, 2007

Good morning. We are busy here today getting ready for the installation of Pittsburgh’s new bishop.

Bishop David Zubik is from this area…. and returns here from Green Bay. He will be Pittsburgh’s 12th bishop.

The ceremony starts at 2:00 and we will break into programming for full coverage of the event.

Mike Clark, who knows Bishop Zubik well, will join us live from St Paul Cathedral. Mike has wonderful stories to tell about our new Bishop…. including one he just told me: When I asked Mike how he got to know the bishop so well… Mike said he was at an event and Bishop Wuerl came up to Mike and said there was somebody who wanted to meet him. It was Bishop Zubik who told Mike he started his day on the treadmill watching Mike and me on the morning show. It really seems just like yesterday to me when Mike and I were getting into work at 4:00 am to anchor the morning news.

Hope you’ll join us today for our coverage. I’ll write more here later including my thoughts about the new Bodies exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center and I’m going to have our producer Tom show you around the control room. For now though, I have to get ready for the Bishop’s installation.


Open letter to Arnold Palmer and "Bill"
September 26, 2007

Dear Mr. Palmer,

I was robbed! I was bidding on that wonderful item you donated to the Polo for the Cure event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You offered to donate your time to take an 8 X 10 portrait with a family and then autograph it. I was bidding away… but at the last second when I had to go up to the mic to announce the bidding was closed…. this man named “Bill” swooped in and stole it from me. Since it was for a great cause I can’t really complain. However, when you pose for this please make a strange face.
Thank you,
P.S. My dad thinks you’re great. He’s a golfer, too. I was bidding on the chance for you to meet him so he could tell you how much he’s always admired you.


Dear Bill,
Now we’re even!
; )
P.S. Enjoy the picture of your three boys with Arnie, I’m sure it’s something they’ll never forget. Email me a copy and I’ll post it here.
Here is another picture from that day: The skydiving show at half time. People got to bid on the landing for three skydivers and the person who picked the correct three numbers on which the skydivers landed… won $1,000. The woman who won donated the money back to the Leukemia Society. How wonderful! What a beautiful day for a beautiful event.

If you are interested in joining us next year…. contact the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to buy a tent or tickets.

Cool London Art
September 22, 2007

Isn’t this cool?
This is obviously in London by the River Thames by the Tower Bridge.
The Discovery Channel commissioned the art statue to promote a new show.

Another Collins Moment
September 17, 2007

Since I got so much great response from my last Billy Collins poem …. I thought I’d take a quick minute to post another one:

This one has extra meaning to me because right after I had Ally…. our neighbor’s dog would bark all day and night. It was particularly bad about 5:30 in the morning when a few joggers would get going. I was up all night already with the two kids…. and about 4:00 am was the time I could finally drift into a deep sleep. Then, that dog would start.
Ally would wake up.

I came across this poem during that time and I’d wonder if Billy Collins was going through the same thing when he wrote this:

Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House
Billy Collins

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

Bowling Birthday
September 17, 2007

Happy Birthday to our beautiful friend, Destiny.
She has a rockin’ party every year… this year we all went bowling.
Also, thanks for all of those hand-me-down clothes!!!!
Destiny: You are beautiful on the inside and out! XXOO

Bill Deasy CD/Good Book
September 17, 2007

Here are a couple of ways I’m spending my free time:
First I just got a copy of local singer/songwriter Bill Deasy’s new album: The Miles.
He’s great. It’s great. I highly recommend it.

I’m still trying to figure out my favorite song. Right now it’s between, ‘I Wish There Was A Way’ and ‘Standing By The River’.

You can click here to order a copy.
Also, I just started reading this new book: The Chrysalis.
I’m only a few pages in… but so far I like it.
The author, Heather Terrell lives in Pittsburgh! I had no idea when I started reading it.

I’m only about 70 pages in…. but here’s the premise: A hard working lawyer named Mara is trying to become a partner in a big law firm. She’s been given a big case to prove herself. She must argue that a beautiful painting from the seventeenth century does not belong to a Holocaust survivor so a big auction house can start the bidding. Of course there is a love story developing in the middle of everything that’s starting to get complicated. The book goes back and forth between three different centuries from the artist who painted “The Chrysalis”…. to a man who bought it before WWII ….. to present day.

Now that I know Ms. Terrell is from Pittsburgh, I have an extra reason to hope it’s good….. I’ll keep reading and let you know.

Polo for the Cure
September 17, 2007

Thanks for all the advice on my lawn. It is such a mess!
Many of you think it’s grubs… and some critter going after them. I’m sure you’re right. We have raccoons and deer and although I’ve never smelled a skunk… it wouldn’t surprise me. Thanks so much for writing in to help. It’s always so nice hearing from you. I will be sure to update you on how we treat it.
For now, here is a nice video for you to think about something wonderful:

Polo for the Cure.
This was our 14th annual Polo match to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Sally and I emcee it every year.
A team from Ligonier plays a team from Dusseldorf, Germany.
This year was the most exciting game yet…. the score went back and forth the whole time… and finally, Ligonier won with a score of 8 to 7.
Ally and I have a great time wandering through all the tents checking out the food and flowers. Zach has a great time sitting up on the announcer’s stand with the knowledgeable and funny, Coy Gupta.
But the main reason we’re there is to raise money.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, or if you have questions and need help after being diagnosed: click here for more information.
I also have some pictures of the beautiful balloon release and the skydiving show at half time. I will post those later.

Also I have a message for the “Bill” that outbid me at the last second for an Arnold Palmer photo shoot!!!!!!
Now what am I going to get my Dad for Christmas????
I am plotting a way right now to get even with you Bill. So watch out!

What did this to my yard?
September 16, 2007

Can you tell me what critter is tearing up our yard?
And any advice on what I should do?

Downtown Lunch Break
September 15, 2007

Now *this* is the way to spend a lunch break.
Sally, McFeely, Iceburg, Mike, Me and Steely McBeam.
Yes, Sally and I promised Mike we’d call him McSteamy… just to fit in with all the other Mc-Mascots. Then we decided we’d better back off of that so his head would not get bigger than Steely McBeam’s!

Lots of Action News folks went down to the US Steel building for the United Way campaign kickoff.

Wait, why is Mike in every picture!!!!
And just a side note. I put in a silent auction bid on a Premier Membership to all the Carnegie Museums. It was for two adults and eight guests for every visit to any of the Carnegie Museums. THAT IS A GREAT THING! So I put in a bid but had to leave ten minutes before the auction was over. Sally and I rode over together and we had to get back to the newsroom. I was expecting a call about 4:00 at my desk telling me I’d won…. But no call.
People at work made fun of me.
I want to know who the person is who swooped in behind me in the last few minutes to win that bid!!!!
And whoever you are… can you please invite me and my kids and their friends with you when you go?

Pumpkin Spice Latte
September 13, 2007

Today marks my first anniversary of this blog.
I’m going to celebrate with a Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Have you tried one?
It’s devine!
I’m addicted.
But it’s impossible to buy the syrup.

Dancing with…. Sally and Demetrius
September 13, 2007

You know my good friends, Sally Wiggin and Demetrius Ivory just participated in Dancing With the Stars. It’s a local fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.
Well, guess what???? After searching for a while….. I FOUND THEIR VIDEO!
They both look great!

Sally dancing

Demetrius dancing

Come back in a minute:
September 13, 2007

Hey, come back here in a minute. I’m getting ready to post the video of Sally and Demetrius dancing!
It was for that fundraiser they did last week. I finally found the video…. coming after lunch today!

Wendy eating
September 12, 2007

Our viewers often send in food. We love it.
Here is Wendy, taking a break, eating a pie from Teresa and Diane.

September 11, 2001
September 11, 2007

This first day of preschool picture was snapped just before the world changed.
It was about 8:30 am September 11, 2001 when we pulled up to the preschool and prepared to let three year old Zach go.

My friend, Lisa, made this sign for us to take pictures of our boys holding.
We had planned to celebrate after school with a McDonald’s trip.
It was a tough day. I was so nervous. Zach refused to talk to anyone other than people in the family….and I wondered how he’d do by himself. It was so emotional letting him walk into the school.
We drove off for the long two and a half hour wait until it was time to pick him up.
As soon as we got home, I turned on the television and saw what was happening in New York. And then it happened again in New York….
I called my mother.
And then another plane went down in Washington D.C…
My mother called me.
Then, Sally Wiggin came on and told everyone that it happened in our area, too.
I called my mother again.
I called Lisa and told her the McDonald’s celebration would have to wait.

I’m sure on this day many of you are remembering where you were when you heard the news.

As I look at this picture of Zach, I remember being thankful that he was too young to know what was happening in the world that day… and now I hope he never has to experience anything like that again.

Billy Collins poem
September 9, 2007

I love this poem.
It’s written by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.
I have several of his books. I think his work is amazing.

by Billy Collins

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman’s tea cup.
But don’t worry, I’m not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and–somehow–the wine.