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I'd like to mention the passing of Jim Reilly.
October 28, 2008

I haven't made an entry for a while. Things have been very busy here at DOOL. We've added new writing staff members--most notably my new co-head, Chris. Yeah! Chris and I have been synching up with Gary as our new and very wonderful executive producer and coming up with some fun storylines for the near future. There's a new direction to the show and a new energy and I hope the fans are enjoying it as much as I am. If you're an EJAMI fan, I urge you to hang in there for the long haul. We've got a long way to go with Sami and EJ and our new character, Rafe. We also have another new actor on the canvas and I'm excited about his interpretation of Brady, who will be factoring into the Nicole side of this grouping. This "dueling pregnancies" story is driving now and we've got a lot of twists and turns coming up. It's going to be a fun ride no matter who you root for as a couple. I'm sure you all think you know where the story is going but I think we have a few surprises up our sleeves.

At home, things are crazy, as always. You'd think, with two kids gone, that I'd have less on my plate, but that's just not the case. I just got back from visiting Connor in Florida for parent's weekend at BEACON College in Leesburg. It was a wonderful trip. We went to a dinner/dance fundraiser together and he forgot his dress shoes, so in true Florida style, he went in a dress shirt/pants and flip flops. He's so handsome now, as some of you may have seen in PEOPLE Magazine. We spent some time in Orlando at one of the resorts and had a lot of fun. I can't wait for him to visit home at Thanksgiving.

Jensen got the flu bug going around USC and sweetly gave it to me. But she's better now (she recovered much quickly than I did) and she's loving college. She's getting involved in the election. I'm proud of how she's so excited to be voting for the first time. She's taking that responsibility very seriously and doing some campaigning for her candidate of choice. (I can't say more because Jensen likes her privacy.)

Adelle is playing volleyball. She is really into the TWILIGHT series of books. She can't put them down. She is anxiously awaiting the movie.

Helio is running cross country and navigating the difficult waters of 7th grade. He's so sweet and handsome and continues to be a real leader with his peers.

As for other events of note, I'd like to mention the passing of Jim Reilly. He was, and will always remain, an amazing force behind the history of DAYS. I was lucky enough to write for him during the "Buried Alive" storyline--one of my favorites. Of course, I think he will most be remembered for having Marlena act completely out of character when she was possessed and then again when she was a serial killer. Two very popular and successful storylines. Jim's imagination was crazy and it was an adventure working for him. He will be missed by the entire daytime community.

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