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  • Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer

    My oldest group of friends—the girls with whom I went to high school—are rather…competitive. Specifically with board games. During an incredibly intense round of Taboo, my one friend’s boyfriend snapped a wooden stool leg in half. They broke up shortly thereafter. Another friend’s husband removed his wedding ring during a similar disagreement. I’m happy to report they are still together. I’ve had...
  • 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...

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