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  • It’s High Time to Talk Medicinal Marijuana

    When I was 13, I went to my very first concert. My mom and uncle took me to see my favorite band, Third Eye Blind, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. Two minutes into the show, Mom turned to me and said, “Do you smell that, Lauren? That’s pot. Don’t breathe it in!” Confused as to how I would enjoy the rest of the concert while holding my breath, I nodded, made a mental note and continued...
  • Bacon, Wine and Life-Long Residents

    I’ve been to a million (OK, four) pool parties at my apartment community. Sure, I got some free hot dogs and a cup of lemonade, but after several summers of the same old, I have no desire to reunite with Oscar Mayer.  It’s hard to come up with new, affordable resident events, but according to July 10’s Webinar Wednesday, “Reinvent the Resident Event,” doing so is necessary to attract and retain...
  • Text Your Colleagues—Just Don't Date Them

    When it comes to interacting with coworkers, there are certain things you just shouldn’t do.  1. Date them. For every story you hear about a couple meeting at work and falling madly in love, there are 10 stories of people who met at work, and then broke up, and then had to see each other every single day for eight hours. Most people don’t want to see their current boyfriend or girlfriend for such...
  • Maintenance Mania Surpasses Miss Universe

    Channeling my mother, I climbed to the top of the bleachers before the 7th annual Maintenance Mania National Championship—held during the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego—to ensure some sort of back rest. I’m 26 years old—I need the spinal support. Settling into my seat, I admired the costumes, t-shirts and party hats many of the audience members were wearing in support...

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