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Column - March 21, 2008

Diablo Views: Staring for a living

by Natalie O'Neill

As a kid, I would always get caught staring at people. I'd be studying the lines on an old man's face or the way a teenage girl flips her hair, when our eyes would meet - and I'd be busted.

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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2008 at 8:22 am

Dear Natalie,

Thank you for staring deeply into our diverse, fractional cultures and at our cast of characters. In your reporting, you have displayed people in the events of our region, communities and neighborhoods. Always well-said, your stories created a starting point for our own continuing interest in stories around us.

Best wishes,


Posted from halbailey@yahoo.com

Posted by Erin's mom, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Congratulations, Natalie on your career success, and living the dream. It looks like you and Erin will be crisscrossing the country about the same time. We will miss you out here in the West--so don't be a stranger!

Posted by Lisa Wright, a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

Posted by request of the author

Dear Natalie,

As you escape all the "legitimate" quotes from the self-proclaimed leaders of our region, take with you a continuing willingness to challenge such self-importance. Your writing, with our thanks, was a mirror for attitudes by such self-importance and allowed a majority of readers to judge what was legitimate and what was too political.

Job well done!

Lisa Wright
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

Posted from Diablo Vista e-exchange via halbailey@yahoo.com

Posted by sallybreads@yahoo.com, a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2008 at 7:00 am

Hi, Nattie!!
Congrats on your new job and I loved your last column in Daville.
Grandma Anne loved hearing from you.
Aunt Sally
Hope you can come this June to cape May - Heidi and I have reservations for June19-21.

Posted by jenni brooks, a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

you are a incredible journalist natalie. keep doing what you are doing with all that people watching... you are already on your way to achieveing your dreams. love your work, can't wait to read more and more!