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  • A Picture Says 1,000 (Sometimes Cringe-Worthy) Words

    I once came home to find my mom and brother downstairs, tears rolling down their faces. “Why are you crying?!” I asked, concerned that someone had died or my brother was deemed unfit for college after neglecting to leave a space between his first and last name on an SAT Scantron form (true story). “Because we are laughing so hard,” Chris explained. Then he showed me the object in Mom’s hand, the...
  • Born for Greatness (And Embarrassment)

    I’m a very humble person. Almost to a fault. But if I had to praise myself, I would tell you the following: I am a natural athlete. During an incredibly intense female flag football tournament in college, I leapt skyward and tore a ligament in my neck—yet still caught the touchdown pass. I know everyone is talking about Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback this year, but let’s not forget my...
  • Goldilocks and the Three Candies

    In fifth grade I convinced my teacher to let me skip a few hours of class each week to work on my own “book” project with an enrichment teacher. There seemed to be an unspoken understanding that I would never learn my multiplication tables—when it came to math, this child was left behind. So, why not sharpen the creativity I did possess. So, being the good girl that I was, I toiled away in that...
  • When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings

    Before Oprah went off the air to spend more time with her invisible boyfriend, Stedman, the talk-show queen had an annual “Favorite Things” segment. During this holiday special, Oprah channeled her inner Maria von Trapp and presented audience members with her favorite goodies from the past 12 months, as well as trendy items for the coming year. Here at units Magazine, we don’t have the budget to...

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