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DML: Typically, I’ll post a person’s email and then respond. Today, I do it a bit different.

Today is my 49th birthday and I’m taking the morning off to spend with my son before we cover the Broward County School Board elections later this afternoon.

Dennis and I have been working around the clock for the past 10 days nonstop.  It’s been tough work.  If we were not ankle deep in dead fish, we were either driving hours at a time or reliving the horrors of February 14 when 17 people were gunned down in a high school.

Despite the hard to stomach issues we’ve been covering, these past 10 days will go down as one of the best periods of my life. The time I got to spend with my oldest son, who is now a man, has been priceless.

The best birthday gift I’ve ever received has been this chance to work with him one on one at my side.

Earlier in our trip he was deceived by someone he and I know, resulting in our main camera to break.  He was devasted and felt terrible for me because he knows I cannot operate long term without a replacement.

The camera costs $6k, and he begged me to let him pay for a new camera by cashing in all the savings bonds he has received as gifts dating back as far as his baptism and first birthday.   In trying to kill the conversation, I told him the bonds didn’t add up to $6k.  He then offered any small savings he has put away. He said he would work for free.  I told him no, it was not his fault that the camera was broken. He was deceived in an exchange for a free ride.  It was not his fault that he got caught filming a dishonest person amid an unexpected rain storm.

He wouldn’t stop begging me to pay for the camera.  I told him it was nonnegotiable, and then I said it was time for us to go home — the rest of our planned shoots and interviews could not be carried out correctly without a main camera.  He pushed back and begged we stay using our cheap backups.  I could tell he did not want to give up, and he felt so bad that he started to cry. He knows how important the Parkland film is to me.

We figured a way to rig our cheap camera to make it more stable and capture decent audio. So, I agreed to stick it out, but knew that the cost of a new camera would force me to cancel the tail end of our trip to the Florida Keys.

We had planned to go down for 5 days to assist in a massive cleanup of waterways that remain polluted with debris one year after Hurricane Irma.

I told portions of this story when responding to emails last week.  Hours later, without my asking for any help, donations from TEAM DML came in to help pay for the camera.  I showed my son the emails of support from our readership and the money sent to us.  He was blown away by the love and generosity.

We did not raise $6k, but we did raise a few thousand dollars which will be a big help.  I still had to cancel the Keys trip because the September budget will be eaten up with the amount I have to pay for the new camera. However, the donations made it so our next small trip next month to interview people for the Parkland film did not have to be cancelled.

And so here I am at 6:45am writing this from my hotel room.  My son is sleeping peacefully and I’m reading all the emails that include a “happy birthday” message. There are too many emails to list, and I don’t want to leave any message out.  Therefore, today it will be just this message from me to all of you.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for the birthday wishes, and for continued support be it emotional, physical, financial, clickable, etc.  You folks make me feel so special each day, and I truly am the luckiest man alive.

I also want to thank my writers and editors Katrina and Anneta who have been filling in for me on DMLNews. Without their nonstop commitment, creating new films this summer would have been impossible.

Love, DML

PHOTO OF THE DAY

65 COMMENTS

  1. Happy Birthday DML! I hope you and Dennis have a fabulous day together today! Do something special for yourself today and celebrate! Blessings to you today and throughout the coming year! God bless you!

  2. Happy Birthday DML you’re blessed with a fantastic and caring family. I’m a born and raised Texan but have lived in Malaysia going on 29 years now but I get to follow you via your Facebook and your News App. I will be following the parkland school elections closely I pray they vote out the greed and evil so there is hope for the safety of the students. Once again thanks for what you do and once again Happy Birthday. I’ll be celebrating my 66th on the 30th and it would be a great present to see the school elections go the way it needs to go to protect the kids.

  3. A lovely post. You are one lucky Dad and husband to have such a wonderful gift…your loving family!
    May you have a blessed birthday with your son today. The memories continue for Denny to cherish.
    Happy Birthday!🎈🎂🎉🇺🇸❤
    Be safe!

  4. Happy birthday Dennis! Have a wonderful day with ur son. Wonderful children do not “happen” automatically. They happen because they have wonderful parents. U and Miss Mary r two of the best! Have a great day! May God watch over u and ur family. I pray for u nightly. 🍷🥩🎂⚾️🇺🇸

  5. Happy Birthday to yooouuuuu♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to yooouuu!!! !!!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ ♪ Dear Dennis♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to yooouuu!!!♪♫•*…¨*•.¸¸♥♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸☺ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

  6. Happiest of birthday Dennis. Wonderful photo of you and your son. He looks so much like you. Enjoy your special day with your son🎈🎂🎉

  7. Happy birthday DML! I hope you & your son have a fabulous day! LOve & prayers to you & your family for all the hard work. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  8. 2 very handsome men. Ur a very lucky man to have him, and he’s lucky to have you. Happy Birthday DML! , take care and God bless you my friend.

  9. Happy birthday DML! A follower since right before the election. It shows how proud you are of your good looking son, by the way. He inherited your head of hair. Have a wonderful rest of the trip.

  10. Dennis, May you continue to be Blessed and enjoy a Rememberable Birthday with your son. Love the photo of the 2 of you. You both are very handsome men.
    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DML.

  11. Happy birthday, DML. I hope your day is wonderful and fulfilling. You are so lucky to have a son like Dennis and such a great family. And 49 is a great age – it makes you old enough to know what’s important and young enough to do what you want and need to do. Carry on!

  12. Wishing you the very best birthday, and a great day spending it with your son. Happy Happy Birthday DML, You and your son make a handsome family picture.

  13. HaPpY BiRtHdAy DML!
    Wishing you a wonderful day and fulfilling year ahead!
    Sounds like you and your son make a great team…love the photo!

  14. Happy Birthday Dennis! Wishing you all the best for your upcoming endeavors. You and Miss Mary have raised a wonderful son and the two of you are quite a force together I’m sure. Many continued blessings in all areas of your life and work.

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS-enjoy the day with your son. You my friend truly are the one who is Making America Great Again…..keep up the good work! Btw you and your son look like brothers!! I’ll bet you’re best friends!! 🇺🇸

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DML!!! Hope you enjoy your special day with your wonderful son, you and Mary did an awesome job raising him. Please keep up the good work, I look forward to your Walk and Talk and news updates everyday. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  17. Happy Birthday Sir from all DML supporters here in Alaska,
    it seems like everyone has said what we all think, your a great person and man, proud to be part of what you are doing for us and our country. In my in many others opinion you would make a fantastic POTUS, not only MAGA but MATVBICB- Make America The Very Best It Can Be.
    Happy Birthday again sir and may all your wish come true.

    Alaska DML Supporters

  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS!!! If you are still here on the East coast, may I suggest a beautiful place to eat for your birthday, it’s called Beach House in Pompano Beach! You won’t be disappointed!!

  19. Happt Birthday, Dennis. Hope it’s birthday of memories of you and your son working side by side that you will cherish forever. We appreciate your hard work that you, your son and family decicate to letting us see from real news articles, not fake news that the national stations and newsmagazines put out. Stay safe and stay healthy. God bless you and your family. Hope this day is a Happy Birthday you that you will always remember. We appreciate your hard work, your walk/sit and talks. You help us to see things that we don’t always see through your eyes as a journalist. Thank you and Happy Birthday!

  20. Dennis thank God you came into my life! Without you sharing your knowledge with us I would of been lost. So enjoy this day with your son & know you are very important to many people not only your family & friends!
    Have a wonder Birthday!

  21. To DML: 🎈Happy Birthday!🎈
    Your children are so fortunate to have an ever present daddy in their lives. This makes your family very rich indeed, in matters that count. So take care and be kind to yourself even more.

  22. Such a heartfelt sharing of how special a relationship you have with your son. What a fine photo of two wonderful human beings. And not bad on the eyes also!
    Keep up he fantastic search for the truth and sharing it with us!
    Happy Birthday!

  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DML. You should feel special because to all of us you are very special. Denny is a wonderful son as are the other 3 children of you and Miss Mary. I know how proud you are of them and how much u love Miss Mary and your family. It is nice to know a special husband, father and son like you. God bless and I pray I am around to wish u Happy Birthday on #50. Hugs

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS!!! It’s been hard keeping up with you as this new Trump economy is keeping me busy, but I know you are out there doing GREAT things for our country and WAKING people up!! May this new year be full of blessing for you and your beautiful family!! xo!! #MAGA #TEAMDML

  25. Happy Belated Birthday DML!🎈🎂🎈That day is also my grandson’s birthday who turned six years old. I am glad for the relationship you have with your son. My sons are 36 and 39. They are there if I need them. Keep up the good work and I always look forward to your reports.

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