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  • 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...
  • Are You Experiencing Technical Difficulties?

    In every office there’s one person who doesn’t have a clue when it comes to technology. If you’re sitting there with your typewriter correction fluid thinking “not so, Lauren,” that probably means that person is you. While most of us thrive in a world of gadgets and gizmos, there are some who are intimidated by technology, clinging to card catalogues and typewriters and simpler times. You know...
  • Don’t Choke When It Matters Most

    My mother has a history of ordering the one bad meal on the menu whenever we go to a restaurant. This combined with her propensity for choking—typically on a particularly sharp shell found in her crab soup, gristle in her cheeseburger or a small but debilitating bone in her fish—always makes for a memorable evening out. We’ve had a lot of experience with this, but one instance stands out due to...

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