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  • All Up in Your Face(book)

    I am a proud member of the Freshmen Class of Facebook. In those early days, back in 2004 and 2005, the site was new and exclusive (it required a .edu address to sign up) and cool. And the first day I stalked an on-campus crush using the “people search,” I knew it was going to change my life forever. One small step for me, one giant leap backward for all of womankind. There were, of course, other...
  • How Low Can You Go?

    I’ve had some pretty cool jobs and I’ve had some pretty bad jobs. All of them have been memorable. Take, for example, the day I sunk to a new low while selling sandwiches in Ireland. My typical sandwich route through a business park in Galway wasn’t bringing in the euros anymore and it was time to start soliciting anyone, lest I lose a free lunch every day. Desperate to wear that incredibly...
  • Super Bowl, Super Sad

    The wound is still fresh, the pain still very real. I put on a brave face at work but I often find myself in bed at night, staring up at the ceiling and thinking, “What if?” Such is the life of a Baltimore Ravens football fan. For those of you who don’t follow professional football, nearly two weeks ago the Ravens lost the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots. It—along with the news of...
  • Puppy Love

    The day your first child is born, everything changes. Colors get brighter, the world gets bigger and your heart explodes with an unconditional love you didn’t even know was possible. Such was the case on that emotional day last June when I held Señor Peepers—a prairie dog I adopted in Utah—for the first time. I signed the papers, cradled my baby and felt an incredible surge of joy I hadn’t...

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