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Kianna’s story: Day 3 …

Relax. I’m not starting a daily recap of The Life of Kianna Allene Brown, although I’m sure my digital Journal here will occasionally offer incredible tales and recaps of milestone moments of her life – at least until she figures out what’s going on here and she learns to say, “Now Grandpa, don’t quote me on that.”

I’m not changing my focus because I have something better to write about, but the inspiration this little princess has poured into my heart will now be channeled toward completing two other works-in-progress, my unfinished novels “Chasing the Devil” and “Gone.” Jackson’s Journal, of course, will continue to occupy this section of Cyberspace. Look for a guest blog on Saturday by my friend and fellow fictionista Lamar Henderson.

And speaking of focus, I’ve had none this week. In fact, I’m sure I’ve had conversations and encounters with co-workers, friends and sources on my news beats that I can’t even remember. Today is Friday? Huh. The only day I remember this week was Wednesday. I’m pretty sure I’ve had a couple of bylines in the Tribune this week, but don’t ask me which stories bore my name.

As far as telling Kianna’s story, I can’t really do that, because she will write it herself – with the direction of Kishia and Darnell, of course. That was the 7 pound, 3 ounce epiphany that came to me when I held Kianna Thursday afternoon at Boone Hospital. As she snoozed peacefully, I wished hard that her eyes would open. I whispered, “There’s so much I want you to see.” The random images flashed through my mind: Sunsets. Coots diving into the mud at Eagle Bluffs. Meteor showers at 3 a.m. The glow that has radiated from Grammy since Wednesday. Any Pixar movie. The tears that come from her daddy’s eyes every time Kianna sounds the least bit uncomfortable or hungry. The first leaf buds of spring.

My wish list for Kianna is incredibly long and maybe, probably at some point, I’ll help her see some of life’s most wonderful sights. Maybe I’ll be the one who helps her figure out something that gives her an “Aha!” moment. I’m going to support others to share those unique moments with her. She’ll see most things, for a while, through her mommy’s and daddy’s eyes. They’ll be the ones who show her the way. Along the way, Kianna will discover that the greatest discoveries are made on her own. And if I’m the kind of Grandpa that I know I’m going to be, I’ll be anxious for Kianna to show me the wonders of life as she figures them out or stumbles onto them.

“Grandpa, did you see this? Grammy, look at that?”

And whatever this or that is, when we look through her eyes, it will be as if we’re seeing it for the first time.

That will be Kianna’s story – not what she learns from Grandpa, but what she teaches Grandpa.

Not how the world changes her – but how she changes the world.

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Resolutions, Part 1

Here we go, a list of 42 new year’s resolutions, and an innovative way to keep from a complete self-sabotage; in other words, to avoid the epic Resolution FAIL of 2011. (Kept only eight of 42 resolutions). If it’s a repeat from ’11, I’ll note it in parentheses.

The key for 2012: Options. You’ll see what I mean.

#1. Limit my daily intake of Diet Coke to 32 ounces. With an option for 32 additional ounces. (See what I mean?)

#2. Catch a fish in Hinkson Creek. (15)

#3. Draft a 30,000 word non-fiction work. Maybe start that memoir?

#4. Play in the rain. Option: monthly, if possible.

#5. Draft a script and lyrics for eight songs for “The Tribune: The Musical.” (7)

#6. Lose 15 percent of my body weight. No questions, please. I’ll let you know when I’m there.

#7. Learn tablature guitar method.

#8. Make an origami mobile for Kianna.

#9. Sing Kianna to sleep and read her the book “Grandpas Are for Finding Worms.” With an option for multiple opportunities.

#10. Add four new foods to my diet.  (18, modified). “New” will become official when consumption occurs a  minimum of twice a month. Suggestions? (Anything green and/or leafy will probably be new).

#11. Blog everyday. That means WordPress (this one) or my Tribune blogs, “North County News” and “Charting Health.” (This announcement just made Tribune web editor Ginger “little g” Stringer all tingly).

#12. Catch a fish at Eagle Bluffs. (16).

#13. Kiss Kelly every day. (22) With options for … more kissing, of course.

#14. Find David Riddle, my high school English teacher. (29)

#15. Revisit and photograph all my old Wiffle ball fields in Belle, Mo.

#16. Ride my bike 10 miles per week. With an option for unlimited mileage.

#17. Write six short stories of 1,500 to 3,000 words. I’ll keep you posted.

#18. Learn to fly fish.

#19. Multi-layered resolution: finish novels “Chasing The Devil” and “Gone,” and begin prequel “Dixieland” during National Novel Writing Month in November. It’s a trilogy, so it’s one project, really. Option: Just. Do. It.

#20. Sleep in my hammock. Option: Multiple opportunities.

#21. Limit my Fantasy Baseball draft participation to 20 teams. With an option for 10 more.

#22. Cuddle a baby sloth.

To be continued …

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