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  • Making Your Community The Happiest Place on Earth

    A few weeks before my 12th birthday, my Uncle Mark called me. “If you could go anywhere in the world for your birthday, where would it be?” he asked. “Hawaii!” “Uhh…pick another place.” I thought for a second before the obvious came to mind—Disney World! “Guess what,” Uncle Mark said, “we’re going.” I knew he was lying and I told him so, but he insisted the trip was happening. The more...
  • You Can't Be Too Safe

    I don’t shop often, but when I do, I buy in bulk. The 23 pudding cups and seven tubes of Aquafresh still in my closet—compliments of a shopping spree at Costco—are a testament to this. So when a guy came into the office last year to talk about self-defense—and, of course, to peddle safety-related products—I thought ‘why not add some pepper spray to the mix?!’ As the gentleman began pulling the...
  • Rescuing Your Reputation

    I was looking through someone’s Facebook album the other day and came across 17 identical pictures of a flower. Enraged by picture six, I wanted to contact this acquaintance and politely explain that I have absolutely no interest in seeing a daisy they found on the side of the road one time, let alone 17. Now, a field mouse sharing a biscuit with a panda bear in the emergency lane, or a three-...
  • Let the (Family) Feud Begin!

    During one particularly reclusive winter break in college, I spent the majority of my days watching re-runs of Dawson’s Creek, eating croutons straight from the box and playing online “Family Feud.” Why I didn’t have a boyfriend I’ll never understand. I had always enjoyed watching “Family Feud” growing up and felt—as most viewers do when watching any game show—that I could do 100 percent better...

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