V’s Views: Why I choose to tell people’s stories

By Vanesa Brashier

One of my earliest memories as a child was when I was 7 years old or so. My paternal grandmother, Ollie Brashier, had given me and my sisters bottles of cologne for Christmas. Each type of cologne was based on a personality type.

I don’t recall what my sisters were given but if I had to guess my sister, Angie, probably got one named Angelic because it would fit her personality, and my sister, Stephanie, who is now a Pentecostal preacher’s wife, probably got one named for her zany and funny personality. Mine was named Inquisitive.

Even though I like to imagine I had an extensive vocabulary for a 7-year-old child, I was unfamiliar with the word, so I began to hammer my grandmother with questions about why she had chosen one for me with such a weird name.

I remember asking her, “Grandma, what does this mean? How do you say this? Why did you choose this one for me?”

A little exasperated with my rapid-fire questions, she looked down at me and said, “That’s why.”

Then she explained that “inquisitive” meant I asked a lot of questions. The name obviously fit then and still does.

People sometimes ask me why I chose to be a journalist. After all, the pay is not the greatest and the hours are challenging. The reward is I get to learn about people.

Of all the people-centered businesses in the world, I chose this one. I love learning about people, finding out why they became the people they are today and how they overcame challenges. Everyone has an interesting story to tell, I believe, and I want to share those stories with others.

You just have to ask the right questions.

If you have a story idea, I would love to hear from you. Drop me an email at editor@bluebonnetnews.com or call 936-346-1051.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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