Queen of Spain

Erin Kotecki Vest is BlogHer, Inc.’s Social Media Strategist but I am currently disabled due to Lupus. I am a mother of two elementary school aged kids who keep me busy, even when I have treatment...apparently basketball and karate and horseback riding stop for no disease! I have a wonderful husband who tries to keep the house in order while I have an IV in my arm, and always over-do it trying to to be SuperMom. Before I got sick and long before I became a blogger, I spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB. I continues to blog on my personal site Queen of Spain Blog, and can be found tweeting as @queenofspain.

 

Dear First Lady Michelle Obama

Just before Christmas in December 2006, I reached out to you, hoping you would weigh one more thing as you and your husband decided whether or not he should run for President, and I made you a promise. I was sympathetic to your history changing decision and excited for 8 years of an Obama White house. And I promised you no matter what happened, we Moms would have your back ....more

Goodnight

I feel the need to do this. So just let me. I’m on day 7 in the hospital ....more

Assignment #3: Chipotle Social

Look anywhere today and you can’t shake a stick without hitting a company on social media. It has become part of the corporate normal if you want to do business in today’s day and age. One of the most revered brands “doing” social is Chipotle Mexican Grill who tells me via Twitter they’ve been on the ‘big’ platforms since 2009: @QueenofSpain We’ve been on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube since 2009 ....more

Spring

Both of my babies were born in the Spring. Putting me on the same cycle as Mother Nature with all her renewal and birth and other hippie dippy prose. The season always gives me hope, usually when I start anew in our garden and plant ....more

The Tale of the Mommyblogger Who Is No Longer a Mommy

I’ve started and stopped this post about a dozen times over the past 8 months. Not from writer’s block…no, that hasn’t been the issue. Not because of my health or needing time to really concentrate ....more

Dear Senator Bernie Sanders, Please Step Down

Dear Senator Sanders, Just after Super Tuesday in February of 2008 the writing was on the wall for Secretary Hillary Clinton. Despite a strong showing, it was obvious she wasn’t going to win enough delegates to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for President and I politely asked her to step aside. Flash forward over seven years and here we are again ....more

CDiff: The SuperBug Being Defeated By Poop

Clostridium difficile commonly known as “C. diff,” is a germ usually occurring in people taking antibiotics that can cause diarrhea and death. However there is an experimental treatment raising eyebrows and the hopes of those suffering from the disease ....more

All I Want is a Garden

Denial, anger, … acceptance? Or is there one between there? Meh ....more

Final Project Journalism 203

Enjoy my story on the California drought! ...more
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