The other day I posted this picture of my coffee cup flirting with me on my KTVN Wendy Damonte Facebook page and it struck a chord with a lot of you. Nearly 200 liked it and dozens more commented. But one comment stuck with me for 20121024-191211.jpgseveral days. It came from a woman named Brandy. She wanted to know why nothing like this ever happens to her. Well, Brandy, I bet it does. You just have to be willing to see it. Let me explain what happended moments before I took this picture.  When I got back into my car (from walking the kids into school), I saw a bunch of steam blocking my view through my windshield. My fingers were just about to wipe the condensation away, when I stopped to take a second look. It appeared slightly like a heart. But it took a third look for me to actually drop my hand and sit back and see what was in front of me. Life is so busy, I think we miss a lot of things. We have to wipe the window to get to the next appointment.  But signs


Kristen’s Pinecone of Hope

are everywhere and sometimes, it’s simply in HOW we see them.   My co-anchor and dear friend, Kristen Remington, saw a pine cone struggling through the brutal winter months in Reno, clinging to the tree through wind and snow storms, as a sign of strength, courage and perseverence.  Because inside her home, her husband was battling cancer.  And if that pine cone could survive, so could Leonard. In her Facebook post she wrote, “Pastor Art at the Rock Church once challenged me to “find miracles in the mundane”… I think this is an example of that. It may look like just another pine cone to most people… but to me, it’s HOPE.” 

20121024-211235.jpgAnd other times, we have to tell people about signs. Like the time I was mountain biking with my Little Friend Lynn right after her daughter’s wedding. She was saying how sad she was that her father had just passed away and missed the wedding. She went on to tell me that she and her dad always shared a love of dragonflies. We both wept as I told her a magnificent blue dragonfly hovered over her throughout the ceremony. See, Brandy? Signs are everywhere. But just like with love, you can’t go looking for them but you have to be willing to see them when they are right in front of you. Like a blog post written just for you. Sometimes they bring us to tears, other times they brighten our day and sometimes they make us go to the bar.  Like on my 40th birthday, I’m pretty sure Lake Tahoe was telling me to have a martini.  I did.


Golden Martini on Lake Tahoe


About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.


  1. Lindsey says:

    I am going to keep my eyes and heart open to signs and see what I find! Thanks for sharing as always!

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