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Yesterday – a day of mixed emotions

6 Mar

Yesterday started off as a great day!  I was still on a high after a very successful speaking engagement at a new book club in town.  Over 40 people came out to hear me speak and buy a copy of the book my story is in.

Yesterday was also the day that my blog rolled over 10,000 hits.  I had been waiting and watching for that milestone for a few months now and I was excited and happy to see it happen.

Later in the day my happiness turned to sorrow when I learned of the death of Darcy Pohland, a reporter at WCCO in Minneapolis.  I have done two stories on fire safety with Darcy over the past three years and I could always count on her to make it happen.

Not only was she an outstanding reporter, she was also a very vibrant and bubbly human being.  Her enthusiasm for life was infectious and I loved being able to get to know her alittle bit more each time we did a story.

For those of you who live out of the WCCO viewing area, what you don’t know is that Darcy was also a quadrapalegic.  One of the few, if not the only QP reporters in the country.  At the age of 22 she dove into a pool and broke her neck … changing the course of her life forever.

For many people this type of accident would be devastating and hard to recover from.  I’m sure it was extremely difficult for Darcy as well, but you would never know it.  She never let her limitations stand in her way.  It is said that her favorite word was … perseverence.  That is something she had alot of.

Thank you Darcy … thank you for telling my story … for helping me to get the word out about fire safety … you loved the University of Minnesota just like my daughter did … probably even more.  I’m so glad you got to experience the new Goopher stadium.

I didn’t know until yesterday that you were as passionate about figure skating as I am.  I wish I would have brought my camera when we did our stories so that I could have captured a moment of the two of us together.

I’m sure you are now even more bubbly than you were when you were here … you no longer need your chair.  I would like to think that you and Liz have found each other and are dancing and singing with JOY.

You are one of a kind Darcy and I don’t think there will ever be another reporter who can tell my story and the stories of many others the way that you could.

Job well done my friend … you will be missed.

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Today is the day …

20 Sep

Wow … it’s September 20th … the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind but yesterday has to go down as one of the best days of my life.  My day was made by 7:30 am (if you don’t know what I’m talking about read my blog entry from yesterday).

I went to Van Cleve Park yesterday and did a story with Darcy Pohland of WCCO TV.  My two best girlfriends, Julie and Jeanne, came along and Julie drove.  It was an absolute beautiful day.  We got to the park with time to spare so I could walk them around and show them Liz’s house and show them the memorial tree.

Darcy arrived and we taped for about an hour.  It was like having a conversation with someone I’ve known for a very long time.  We went over to the house and decided to knock on the door to see if anyone was home.

A very nice young man answered the door and agreed to come out and talk to us.  Do you know what happened at this house 5 years ago Darcy asked him?  I have no idea was his response.  Tell him Kim, Darcy responded.  So I did.  He was very shocked … the landlords never told us that he said. 

We went on to talk about fire prevention methods.  We were very happy to hear that the landlords had installed a smoke detector in every room and they are hooked into the electrical system so they can’t be dismantled.

Another HUGE improvement was that the house is no longer a duplex … which means there are now two exits … the front exit and the back exit.  This is crucial because when Liz lived there, the only exit from the house was in front through the porch … which is where the fire started.

I was so happy to see this progress has been made.  If you want to watch the story the link is:

http://wcco.com/education/speckien.wencl.heiden.2.821583.html

Well, I wonder if Liz has any other tricks up her sleeve to amaze me today — time will tell … expect the unexpected … and live in JOY!