Kaitlyn Mauck

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Tune in with me to hear about musicians and authors coming to our area as well as some local upcoming events. I do my best to help those I interview spread the word about what they create or what it is they're trying to share - since for many of them, it is their passion.

I have been working with Prettyman Broadcasting as well as The Martinsburg Journal's Weekender providing information about things going on around town. Although I don't particularly follow sports all that closely, you may often find me fangirling over Doctor Who, The Walking Dead and LoTR, or discussing local authors, movies or theater productions that may have things/be going on in our area. 

If you would like to be featured - only on my blog, not on the radio, I'm not in charge of that - then feel free to email me at kaitlyn@prettymanbroadcasting.com

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Posts from March 2014

Stop and Smell the Flowers


The more I think about where I want to go in life, what I want to see, who I want to become and whatnot.. the more I realize how horribly impossible it is to decide on any of that. With Life, you’re better off pointing your arrow in the general direction you’d like to head off in, and letting it fly off through the fog. Now don’t get me wrong, there are people who have spent years planning how and when exactly they’re going to end up where they know they wanna be in 5 years. But what happened to just rolling with the punches? Letting loose and just sort of working things out as they happen? People tend to get all up in a bunch because some smaller event popped up that they had no control over, that threw off their overall plan. and by “threw off” I mean “delayed the next step from occurring for a little bit” which really isn’t worth getting so worked up and stressed out about, is it?

Think about it; you’ll spend more of your life here chasing after your dreams and doing the things you want to do, so why not take the few moments to just be okay that something didn’t go exactly as planned and figure out a new way to get to what you’re after? Having a sour attitude about these events only makes them more difficult to work through and you could miss something beautiful all because you decided that staring angrily at your shoes was the best way to pass the time. Things happen that people can’t control, every day. It’s just a fact of life that you don’t get to call all the punches.

Now whether you believe in such a thing as divine purpose or a higher being, I don’t particularly care, that’s up to you. But personally, I think that everything happens for a reason. If something doesn’t go as you had planned, it’s because you don’t really know what’s best – as much as everyone likes to believe they do – you really don’t. You didn’t get that promotion you’ve wanted so badly? It’s okay, something better will work its way to you. A family member/friend needs your help but it’ll push off your plans for a year? So what. Help them.  People don’t seem to realize what one act of kindness can do for a person.

Would you rather get everything you wanted done, finished on time and ready to go on through your life, but have no one to call your friend? because you were never there for anyone besides yourself? Okay, congratulations, you reached your goal, but who are you going to celebrate it with? Often when we chase after something we want for ourselves so badly, we become one track minded and closed to anything else that may rise up around us. We won’t notice the scenery changing, the landscape rising up all around us, or – like that old saying goes – we won’t stop to smell the flowers.

Always stop to smell the flowers. You never know what wonder could be hiding amongst their petals.

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One Man Performance Coming to Town

Mercy Killers, a one man performance written and produced by actor Michael Milligan, will be coming to local areas March 28th - April 2nd. This traveling show brings to center stage the problems within our country's healthcare system; why it doesn't work very well for people who are self-employed or work in the art fields. Mercy Killers follows main character, Joe, as he goes through describing the premises of his wife's recent death and the struggles they faced with her medical bills. Inspired by a couple of Mike's own experieces with people he's close to having their lives destroyed by medical debt, this performance is bound to open your eyes. 

For more about show times and locations http://mercykillerswv.wordpress.com/
For more about actor Michael Milligan http://mercykillerstheplay.com/home/

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Renate Soever: WWII Survivor's First Book

Renate Stoever tells the world her family's story of survival during World War II, the struggles, lucky moments, incredible miracles and many changes they faced as their home town got destroyed. Her book is available on Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes and Noble.

To find out more about the author and her story, check out her website at http://escapefromplauen.com/

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Fighting a Disease That "Doesn't Exist"
Andrea Caesar has been battling Lyme's disease since she was 11, though she was only diagnosed a couple years ago while she was 36. After years of combating strange, unexplained symptoms, this author and mother of two finally has an explaination for all the painful and debilitating symptoms that have been hovering over her for the past 25 years. In her book A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" Andrea chronicals her life since Lyme's entered her life and the process of treatment that she's still going through today, 2 1/2 years after diagnosis.

Check our her website where you can learn more about her or purchase her book if you so please at http://www.twistoflymebook.com/A_Twist_of_Lyme/Home.html

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Camera, How I Love Thee
Something people don’t know about me – I’m a huge photography enthusiast. Whether I’m snapping shots for a job or simply for my own enjoyment, anything and everything having to do with photography interests me. Sadly I’ve never owned my own digital camera… until recently - forget my iPod, that thing is only useful when the lighting is good. I’m so ridiculously excited about my camera that I don’t want to put it down and I want it tag along with me everywhere I go.

The one I finally decided on was a Samsung NX 2000 and boy does this thing have features! 20.3 megapixels, 3.7” touch screen display, a practically endless number of setting options for any type of photo you feel like taking, 1080p video recording, and you can edit your photos right there on the device. Re-reading that sentence makes me feel like I’m down playing the darn thing because it just does so much.

Originally I purchased – well, attempted to purchase the camera from Best Buy. Two words for that experience: Never. Again. Not only could they not manage to shuttle the thing in from Winchester in the time they said they would, nobody seemed to know anything about it. It was like I’d just donated $476 for no reason, because a week later the device still wasn’t in my hands. So I got a refund and took myself where I should’ve gone in the first place – Amazon. $413 and 3 days later, I’ve got my camera and a sweet starter kit that came with lenses, filters, tripods, and a bunch of other accessories. Thank you Amazon, you rock!

Now that that’s out of my system: Here’s a few of the photos I’ve taken recently with this lovely piece of equipment. Like I said, this camera is fantastic. I am so excited about using this everywhere I go and can’t wait to see what other pictures I’m able to put together as time passes.

Check out Photography Blog for an indepth review.

Enjoy the day everyone!

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Berkeley County Library Events

Recently I got to interview the Director of Development for Martinsburg/Berkeley County Public Libraries, Kelly Tanksley. She gives us the scoop with what events and activites are going to be coming up in the month of March for the county's public libraries - including a little bit of info on the new building that's currently in progress in Hedgesville.

For more information on the upcoming events, see the library's Calendar and to see what's happening with ongoing and upcoming projects, see their Projects page.
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