Words That Matter

This week I turned in my notice. Next week, I prepare to leave. Today, I reminisce on the kindness of strangers.

Words That Matter (WEB)

Through the years I have gotten a lot, and I do mean a lot, of hateful emails and even a few pieces of snail mail. It used to phase me, but then something magical happened: I got some kind pieces of mail.

I’ve kept each email that thanked me and encouraged me, because there were some days when I needed to be reminded that I wasn’t the worst journalist in the world.

Reporters embarking on this crazy journey take my advice, hang on to the good and let go of the bad.

With that, I want to share some of the kind words sent to me over the years. I know it’s self indulgent, but it’s my blog and I’m going to do what I want to do!

To everyone who wrote: Thank you.

Thank you for the respectful article you wrote about my Mother for the Daily News. Well done! My Mother was the wonderful person her friends told you she was — and she was so much more. We will miss her dearly. When I spoke to her last this past Sunday she reminded me, as she always did, that “no one knows the day or the hour that their time on this earth will end.” As her neighbor Mrs. Polk said, “it was her time.” Thank you again for the professional coverage.

Good job, Angel V.

My mother/caregiver, Mrs. Black, and I certainly enjoyed your article about the Brain Injury Connection that appeared in the local newspaper today. Thank you for giving such positive insight into a world of mostly misunderstood individuals –people with brain injuries.. Appreciatively, I Remain…

Mr. Conner, Recently, I have had the pleasure of being interviewed by one of Northwest Florida Daily News Reporters. I would like to congratulate you and the entire newspaper staff for this young person who wase truly and extremely professional, enthusiastic, courteous and  dedicated to her profession.  What a tribute to your staff and the newspaper owners. I would like to thank you for having Angel on your staff.

Angel, thanks soooo much, the article was amazing, and thanks for putting the haven house in the daily news, it’s an awesome place and my nephew is 4 months clean and sober, so when he gets out of there in the next year he will know how to “do life” with out drugs like his mother wasn’t as fortunate to do so as she died 9 years ago due to an overdose, this place and Charles has given me great hope, thanks again for the article! God bless you in your career

I’d like to nominate Angel. As one of the most prolific writers in the newsroom, she turns out an impressive number of concise, endearing features and hard-news crime stories every week in addition to keeping an eye and ear to the public safety beat. Thanks for all your hard work, Angel!

Nice article – we enjoyed it.

Very good.

Your article about this 3 year old moved me.  I have two handicapped children. One was born that way, the other after returning from the Persian Gulf in one piece was hurt by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident.

Thanks for all your stellar coverage of beach safety, including highlighting the flag warning system and your recent story commemorating the anniversary of Black Sunday. It is so important that we do not forget where we’ve been.

Excellent article, Angel!

Good article on the Miss Captive Queen.  I am a past Captain Billy Bowlegs (Capt 55, 2009 – 2010).  I am also on the Board of the William Augustus Bowles MUSEUM and Historical Foundation and Chairman of the Mobile Pirate Museum committee.  We plan to contact Sheila to attend one of our future events and to interview her for our Museum.

I just wanted to thank you for the very nice article that led to a fabulous weekend for me.  We had a wonderful time and I was actually something of a “minor celebrity.”  Our friends, Arlene and York LeCorgne, evidently make great publicists.  Saturday afternoon, I met and had my picture made with Captain Billy and his queen as well as many other members of the Krewe.  This was just intended to be a short visit and a little trip down memory lane for me and it turned out to be almost as much fun as I had back in 1956. Thanks again for your kindness.

Good job on the profile of Dave Urie! I really enjoyed reading it

Just wanted to thank you for your story Wed regarding my journey back into music.  Received many nice compliments  and all said it was very well written and well presented.  Thank you for taking the time to cover this.   I hope someone was inspired to take up something they thought was lost to them .

Angel, Love, love, love your story today on the produce stand honor system. And the desk did a nice job on the presentation to boot! Well done!

nice job on the flood story as well as the lifeguard story. You put us all to shame with the amount of work you get done.

Angel – I’m going to compliment you on the Niceville feature and promise not to use the word “nice!” 😉  Seriously, it was very well done – I knew it would be when you had all the answers to my questions. Great job!

I saw the article you wrote the other day and it was great! Thanks so much again for the opportunity to be feature, I’m really honored

I call ‘em like I see ‘em – and if that means you get a high number of my “attaperson” emails, so be it! You have a really nice writing style and I enjoyed your lead on jr. lifeguard story (“asked to be the victim.”) Good job!

Great item Angel.  Mary is in the hospital for a few days and I will take your article to her. Thanks Again

Thank you Angel, your article really touched my heart and made my Moms day, she so deserves that and so much more…God bless you.

Hope you had a nice weekend.  I just wanted to say thank you again!  The article was awesome.. and I’ve gotten so many calls and folks approaching me about wherever I go!   Katelyn was incredibly excited! Thank you for sharing her courage and spirit…with the community.   This is what we strive for… for all of our children who come to the Center..that they grow into healthy, strong individuals…   These will the children that change our world….

Wow!!! What a splash. What a thoughtful way to make a guy feel good about himself. I am very pleased with the story, and thank you very, very much. And thank you for getting the pictures to me. And thank Wendy for assigning the job to you. I enjoyed getting to know you.  A grateful friend,

I nominate Angel McCurdy for working so patiently with our summer intern.

I nominate Angel for being such a team player every day. She’s always willing to do what’s needed and does it with a great attitude. She makes us look good every day and helps keep the newsroom upbeat.

Angel should be recognized for taking on the Crestview PD news conference Friday, even though she already had two other stories on her plate. Thanks for stepping up whenever we need you!

I greatly enjoyed your lovely story about Jonathan and his novel “34/4”.  I know Jon did, as well.  Thank you for your time and interest, and for writing such a wonderful piece.  When the sequel is done you will be the first to know!

I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to speak with me the other day, and for writing such a wonderful piece about my novel. Your words were very kind, and they meant a great deal to me. I am sending Dennis a signed copy for you. I hope I have the opportunity to thank you in person in October when I’m in town.

Thank you so much for the lovely article on our efforts at the Destin Library.  Very good timing, since the Destin Garden Club is meeting at the library today. I feel sure your article will draw more people to the library to take a look , perhaps sit awhile and read the Daily News.

I nominate Angel for her limitless creativity and passionate persistence in reminding the rest of us to acknowledge our peers’ excellent work. Although her most recent effort contained a few questionable rhyming schemes, it brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. You are right, Angel, we do hold you dear!

I’d like to nominate Angel for caring about her co-workers and seeking to celebrate our successes, boost morale and even, in the case of her recent poem, infusing us with an early dose of Christmas spirit. I don’t know where heaping cup would be without Angel’s above and beyond effort, and if that isn’t deserving of the heaping cup, I don’t know what is!

For the Heaping Cup, I would like to nominate Angel. I’m not a fan of story counts, but I’m guessing that she is at the top of the list for the most stories written every week and month. On top of that, she wrote a pretty great poem urging us to nominate coworkers this week and that put a smile on my face. Well done.

I love the article.. you did a great job on it.  I am so glad that you were the one that did the story as well.  It was  nice seeing you again today and telling my story.   Hope to see you again in the near future.

Just wanted to compliment you on the wonderful article you wrote about me.  I have had  so many people respond to it and told me how much they loved it!!  Thanks for a job well  done!!!  I was so happy to see you again as well… keep in touch!

Angel, you are a gifted writer and I’m glad you were able to do Nancy’s article! Thanks again.

I wanted to personally thank you for participating in the Fire Ops class yesterday.

And it goes without saying; you always have an open invitation to spend some time with our men and women in the firehouse and respond with them to emergencies.

I also would like to thank you for the two fantastic articles in today’s paper!  City leaders often find themselves having to make important decisions that directly affect the staffing, equipment, and service level of the fire department.

I know you have to consort with some shady types as a reporter, but boy, you really took one for the team by having to associate with the lifeguard/models on the beach for the story today.    The lengths we will go to do good job ….. Thanks for your sacrifice.

Hello. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for writing the story about Mike Adam. Your efforts in helping this family have made such a difference and with all we do in our daily activities, work, grocery shopping, endless amounts of time stuck in traffic trying to get to our next mundane daily life ritual, sometime we don’t notice that we’ve made a positive impact. That we’ve truly made a immeasurable difference in someone else’s life. So I wanted to take a moment to tell you thank you for helping to save Mike. Their story and the time you took to listen to it and write about it truly appreciated and I wanted to make sure you noticed the selfless thing you did. Even if you think it was just another day on the job. Sincerely,

I just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you!  You did a wonderful job profiling our Royal Sparklers team at Beach Elite Cheerleading!  We’ve already received calls and emails from people interested in knowing more about the squad and how they can help.  I’m so glad their story touched you as much as it has all of us.  They’re such a wonderful group of people and we’re so proud of every accomplishment they achieve!  We’ve crowned them our Royal Cheerlebrities.  🙂

You make every day brighter at the Daily News. Thank you for all you do for all of us!

Wonderful coverage from an intrepid reporter. Best Always!

I would like to nominate Angel McCurdy. In what can sometimes be a stressful, fast-paced work environment, Angel is a pleasure to work with. She has a great attitude and a warm regard for all her co-workers that reminds me of all the good there is in this work family we have, even on the hardest days. Thank you for that, Angel. Also, her Thanksgiving decorations were the perfect addition to make the lunch feel special.

I nominate Angel and Wendy and Tracey and Ken for their work on last Sunday’s A1 package. It looked new and fresh and very readable. Good job, guys.

I nominate Angel for her unflagging cheer and ongoing efforts to make our workplace a pleasant one. The conference room was beautiful for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. Many thanks, Angel.

I wanted to say what a great job you did on the article about my Dad.  Some of the ladies here couldn’t believe the resemblance between us.  When I was a child, I loved to hear stories my Dad would tell about the war.  He is definitely a hero.  The day I enlisted in the Marines, I brought home my paperwork and he looked it over.  His eyes got wide and he went to the filing cabinet in the office we had at the farm.  He pulled out his induction papers and showed them to me;  Oct 23, 1942.  My induction date: Oct. 23, 1985.  When he came to my graduation, he said he got chills down his spine just thinking about how tough Marine Corps boot camp was.  (It wasn’t any easier when I went through, but don’t tell him that!)  Once again, I want to thank you for the great article.  He truly is a remarkable man.

Daily News photos have been seen around the world. A photo taken by Angel of a frozen fountain against the sunrise was shown on the on the nationally televised Today show.

Instead of wading through transitions between quotes, I just got quotes!  Much easier to read! Thanks!

Just wanted to say you’re doing great this morning; I see your stuff on Twitter, etc. Don’t write back; you’re busy. But it’s appreciated!

My dear young lady you and your young troop have have made this old 1st sgt and his lady very happy. We laughed and and enjoyed our few minutes of being famous. That to you guy and gals

It’s with sadness that I share with you the news that Angel McCurdy’s last day will be March 12. She has been a strong and inspiring part of this newsroom for almost five years and we will miss her cheerfulness, productivity and party-planning. Please join me in wishing her well!

Good luck to you, Angel.  I’ve enjoyed working with you, with mutual trust, as well.

Ah, Angel, thanks for letting me know.  Best of luck to you — you’ll be great! It was always a pleasure to work with you, too.

Just read your blog entry. Thank you for your honest and fair reporting throughout the years. You will be missed. Hope your new venture is a good one.


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