My 2013 Year in Review

What a year 2013 was! This year allowed for more personal and professional growth (My beat changed two times this year from nondaily columns and Suburban Digest to Features/Fitness with some news stories). I became happier with life, love, my marriage and career. Some relatives and friends experienced deaths, new jobs and promotions, and important relationships were restored through love and the power of God. I always end the year on a positive note, believing the new year will be better than the last. I declare more personal and professional growth in 2014 with some additional blessings I have prayed and hoped for that will come to pass (God willing).

I planned to do a special blog post today, but the stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for me. I like it, and I hope you will enjoy what I produced on here so far. Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a happy, blessed, healthy and prosperous 2014! 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Ridgeland High to host blood drive

Ridgeland High School Ambassadors are working with Mississippi Blood Services to host a blood drive at Ridgeland High this Friday. The blood drive is not only for students, teachers and faculty to sign up for, it’s also open to the community. The blood drive takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school gym. To sign up, contact Ambassadors sponsor Erica McGee at (601) 898-5023.

Retirement community in Ridgeland to host fundraiser for CARA

Chateau Ridgeland, an independent retirement community, will host a Santa Pets & Pictures event to benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA). From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Santa will be available to take pictures with pets for a $5 donation. Chateau Ridgeland will also be accepting pet toy and treat donations and homemade doggie treats will be available for sale. All donated items and proceeds go to CARA.

It’s free to attend, and holiday cookies and hot cocoa will be provided. Contact Chateau Ridgeland (located at 745 S. Pear Orchard Rd.) for more information at (601) 956-1331 or visit