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My Hometown Kmart Shuts Down

The store where I worked my first job, the Kmart in West Columbia, is scheduled to close its doors for the last time this weekend.
Life

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

My first job was running a cash register at Kmart, a company that I've watched slide into financial trouble over the years. During my five years working there, I moved up from cashier to checkout supervisor and service desk employee, which meant I ran the front desk, handled customer service...
TV & Showbiz

My 25 Years in Television

Yesterday, I celebrated a milestone: I have worked in the TV business for a quarter-century. Wow. Does that make me feel old. As I look back at my 25 years in television, I think back to the first time I walked into a television studio. I must have been about...
Life

Can You Believe the Challenger Disaster was 30 Years Ago?

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its flight, taking the lives of seven crew members and reminding the world how short life can be. It's hard for me to believe that it has been 30 years since the Challenger disaster. I suppose that's normal when we realize...
Life

Chosen Family: My Early Christmas Vacation

I've always believed that you can tell whether you are having a great vacation when you completely lose track of what day it is. That's the kind of vacation — an early Christmas vacation — I've had over the past week. I spent several days with some close friends for whom the...
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