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  • Productivity By the Pint

    I once interned at a publishing company in Bath, England—and by interned, I mean sat at a desk in a basement that felt only slightly warmer than a meat locker and politely declined approximately 39 cups of the Brits’ beloved tea each day. There, I learned an important lesson about creativity. Each morning, the head writer would meander into the office around 10 a.m. in jeans and a wrinkled t-...
  • 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...

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