If you are a person who can take a step back and look at everything around you, you might find that being in this line of work you hold a front-row seat to a lot of pretty spectacular events.
My family has this vision of what I do — running around, camera in hand trying to find the next big story. My husband, on the other hand, I think believes I go around talking to random people and trying to find out what is going on that we’re missing here at the paper.
But the truth is it is a combination of both ideas plus covering what we knew was already scheduled.
NEW ORLEANS — I’ll be honest with you. I was hoping for LSU and Oklahoma State squaring off in Monday’s BCS championship game.
Not LSU and Alabama.
Been there, done that.
Nevertheless, if this is what the computers, “expert” analysts and a plethora of other judging bodies have determined as the best matchup to determine who is the No. 1 college football team in the land for the 2011 season, so be it.
We all have to live with it.
I’ll also be honest with you on this, too: no matter who might have been pitted against LSU in the big game, it might not matter.
It’s certainly the season for giving — and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive.
To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity. That means you’ll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? And does it use its money wisely? Is it devoting as much of its contributions as possible to the actual work of the organization, or is it spending too much money on administrative costs? Generally, a worthwhile charity should spend at least 75 percent of its income on programs.