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  • Why You Gotta Be So Mean

    In first grade, sweet, innocent and shy 7-year-old me was sitting quietly at my desk, minding my own business. And then I got up to sharpen my pencil, took a few steps and dragged the chair right with me.  Turns out my classmate Robby Jenkins decided to tie the string of my jacket to the leg of the chair before sitting back and watching the embarrassment unfold. It was both genius and horribly...
  • 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...

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