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Danielle Nottingham has traveled the globe covering pivotal stories of our time as a CBS correspondent. From the death of Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama's run for President, debates, primaries, NFL coverage, red carpets, and hosting entertainment news and lifestyle on NBC--she's done it all.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this story. My father wasn’t an integral part of my life, but my Uncle Sam was. Anything I could imagine, he supported. When I wanted to play on the tennis team he and I played often to get me up to speed. He bought me my first racket, outfit, and sneakers. He exposed me to things that I never would have experienced without him. He loved me and encouraged me always. He made me feel loved and important. He didn’t have a child until later in life so he doted on me. I often tease my cousin that she may have been Uncle’s baby girl but I will always be Uncle’s baby. When he was on his deathbed, he did not pass until I told him it was ok. I felt him slowly slip away as I held his hand. I will always be grateful for his love and adoration. But more so for all that he taught me.

    • Hi Evalyne!!

      Thank you so much. It takes a village doesn’t it?? My uncle played tennis also! Love you story, uncles are definitely something special. I know I always have a friend.

  2. Beautiful! My maternal uncle was my favorite guy! My parents separated (never divorced) and my father lived in another state. My uncle was an excellent role model as a father, uncle, and son. He allowed me to ride around with him and talk him to death LOL! Unfortunately, he passed from cancer many years ago. I still miss him a lot and I have tried to live a life that honors all I learned from him. Blessings!

    • Thank you Felisicia for sharing, it’s so beautiful to see how relationships between siblings carry over to their children. Blessings to you too!

  3. Awesome read! My stellar rock was my dad, been missing him from 2017. Dad though me that I worthy of love and respect!

    • Thank you Cheryl! It’s always comforting to know that I’m not alone. Knowing you are worthy is so important!

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