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  • Dealing With Difficult People

    How many times have you worked with or for an individual who was so dramatic and emotional that you found it hard to get your work done? Some people are so self-absorbed that they don’t hear anything you say unless it is about them.  What’s worse is a power hungry boss with these traits. Managers like this stop at nothing to get accolades and compliments. It is not of the question for these...
  • Love You, Dad

    There are certain childhood memories that you take and exaggerate with each re-telling, until one day you genuinely believe that blown-up version you have created is the way it really was. Some—namely, my mother—would argue that is the case with each of my blogs. I assure you it is not. But I will admit that the events of one particular November day (or maybe it was March) in 1999, when I was 13...
  • Scaring the 'Boo' Out of Me

    I came downstairs last Friday to find three diapers and a note waiting for me on the living room chair. I was at my parents’ house in Maryland for the weekend and my brother, 13-year-old cousin and I had decided to make the two-hour trip to Pennhurst Asylum, an old mental institution turned haunted house. My mom knew the Huggies would be necessary for when we inevitably lost control of our...
  • Forget the Cheese Plate—Book Julia Roberts

    I used to be obsessed with Julia Roberts. This wasn’t a restraining-order level of obsession and there was no real stalking involved—mainly because I was 13 at the time and could not drive a car—but let’s just say I was intrigued with America’s Sweetheart. So much so that in the space of two years, I accumulated nearly 30 magazines in which Julia graced the cover, read her biography...

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