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Award-Winning Newpaper Reporter & Columnist / Former Radio Program Director, Music Director & DJ / Freelance Writer, Copyeditor & Proofreader / Community Organizer
Award-Winning Newpaper Reporter & Columnist / Former Radio Program Director, Music Director & DJ / Freelance Writer, Copyeditor & Proofreader / Community Organizer

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"Difficult takes a day,
Impossible takes a week..."

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The front page of tomorrow's +The Boston Globe: "Make It Stop." #GunControl #Media 

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On tomorrow's episode of "Saturday Club," we cover a Bill Clinton rally in New Mexico and talk about the stupefying new changes at Tribune Publishing, which owns the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune.

Remember, new episodes are released each Tuesday, and downloading is FREE! Subscribe in iTunes and bookmark today! #Podcast   #Journalism   #Media  

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In Episode Two of "Saturday Club," Jett travels to Albuquerque and gets caught up in a mob-scene at a Donald Trump campaign stop, while our Saturday is spent at a couple of local wine festivals. We talk about The New York Times' strategies to survive the print-to-digital transition, whenever it may come.
The show is available in iTunes as a free download, with new episodes released every Tuesday. Check it out and tell a friend about us! #Podcast   #Journalism   #Media  

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‪#‎ICYMI‬: In the premiere episode of the brand new Saturday Club podcast, photojournalist Jett Loe and reporter Damien Willis cover a Bernie Sanders rally in Southern New Mexico, and talk about how journalists are using Facebook Live and Snapchat as reporting tools.

The first two episodes are already available, and the third will drop on Tuesday. Check out the new show, subscribe for free in iTunes, and learn more at!

[You can also listen on the web, or download MP3s directly for FREE, at] #Podcast   #Journalism   #Media  

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So, here it is... The OFFICIAL launch of our new podcast. I've teamed up with my buddy, photojournalist +Jett Loe, to examine the rapidly-changing landscape of media. From print and digital to virtual reality, new innovations in storytelling are being implemented all the time.

The show, "Saturday Club," is loosely-based upon our weekly adventures. However, we tend to look more broadly at the national landscape, and the role social media platforms will likely play in how you stay connected with what's happening in the world.

You can check it out, and find a link to subscribe in iTunes, at We've got the first two episodes already up. It's free to download, and new episodes will be released every Tuesday.episodes released every Tuesday. Check it out and tell a friend about us!

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Our time was brief
Like the tart taste of communion wine
Grapefruit's bitter aftertaste
The flare of wasabi
The pop of a flashbulb
Dilation of pupils
The fear of a fishtail
Recovered from
On a winding country road.

Brief, but cotton candy, raspberry jam Sweet
Goodnight kiss sweet
Like a winning lottery ticket
Sweet, like late spring's honeysuckle nectar,
Sweet, like holding hands in a hospital,
Dalai Lama sweet, rice pudding sweet.

When you left
I started sleeping through sunrise,
Stepping on sidewalk cracks,
Obeying street signs.

It would be nice to have you back.
I miss speeding,
And the creeping pink of daybreak.

~D. Willis

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When you see me by myself, don't get it twisted... I AM my team.

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‪#‎MyLatest‬: "Deebo met his match," said 'Tiny' Lister, upon meeting 9-year-old Dasani Clarke of Las Cruces. He told me this is the first time the character actor and retired professional wrestler has ever been to Las Cruces.

"The people are really nice, and so many of them know the characters that I've played in movies — 'The Dark Knight,' 'The Fifth Element,' and most of all, everyone has been talking about Deebo from 'Friday,'" he said.

Read my story about today's Las Cruces Comic Con here:

(Photo: Jett Loe — Las Cruces Sun-News)

#TinyLister   #Deebo   #Actors   #Friday   #ComicCon   #LasCruces   #AngelBatista   #DavidZayas   #ComicCulture   #ComicBooks   #Cosplay  

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Chef Thierry Marceaux owns Le Rendez-vous Cafe in Las Cruces. Ten years ago, however, he was the executive pastry chef at the legendary Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, a block off Bourbon Street.

I sat down and visited with Thierry yesterday for more than an hour, exactly ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We talked about the looting, the week he was stranded in the hotel, and the death and destruction he witnessed as he prepared three meals a day for the hotel's 200 guests who had no place to go. (Some of the wealthier ones used their cell phones to call private helicopter companies to evacuate them.)

We also talked about how he ended up buying a restaurant in Las Cruces, which is frequently described as a "hidden gem," or a "local treasure."

His is a tremendous story, and conveys a degree of chaos, lawlessness and panic that America hasn't seen in recent history. "The city was out of control," he told me. "Jewelry stores, Gucci stores, French designers — they were all looted. A policeman was shot outside the hotel. It was very dangerous. People were wading through the streets, holding huge flat-screen TVs above their heads."

I hope you'll read the story. #HurricaneKatrina   #TenYearsLater   #Reporting   #Journalism   #NewOrleans   #LasCruces   #NewMexico   #NMTrue  
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