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  • That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

    I once read a review for a hostel my friends and I were considering staying in during a trip to Venice. “If you love prostitutes and drug dealers mingling outside of your window, this is the place for you!” I was equally horrified and intrigued. I didn’t think I liked those things, but wasn’t traveling all about expanding your horizons? Of course, we all pushed aside our desire for a good story—...
  • It Can Wait Until Morning

    Here’s a shocking fact: When people get work emails after they’ve left work, they get angry. WHAT?! This news comes from a study released in February from a management researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington. In the UT-Arlington study, “Hot Buttons and Time Sinks: The Effects of Electronic Communication During Nonwork Time on Emotions and Work-Nonwork Conflict,” researchers surveyed...
  • Oh Come, All Ye Grillers

    In sixth grade, my Catholic mother decided to spice up the Christmas season with an Advent wreath. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas, with an additional candle lit each Sunday of the season. And yes, I did just pull that explanation from Wikipedia. Admittedly, I was most intrigued by the color of...
  • Your Excuse to Celebrate #MultifamilyDay

    For most of fourth grade, I went to the nurse’s office at least three times a week with a “stomach ache.” The nurse’s remedy for such ailments was a large, chalky green mint that was supposed to settle your stomach.  In reality, I was a chubby 9-year-old who got straight A’s and just wanted an excuse to lie down for half an hour a day, take a break from academia and eat candy. Looking back, I...

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