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  • Remember (We Lost) the Alamo

    I made my first trip to Texas a few years ago. I was in Dallas for a conference and my roommate met me afterward for a little road trip.  After passing what seemed like 15 different dead animals on the side of the highway—I swear I saw an ocelot among the roadkill—Steph and I arrived in San Antonio. First order of business: margaritas and Mexican goods. We made our way to a tourist haven on the...
  • Oh Hair No!

    It’s always awkward when someone gets a haircut. It seems rude not to acknowledge it, so you have to start by asking the obvious: “Hey, did you get a haircut?!” When they say yes, there’s only one appropriate response: “It looks great!” It could be the ugliest haircut in the world—a mullet or a rat tail or a Kate Gosselin—but you certainly can’t say so.  You may even find said haircut socially...
  • Jenny’s Great Adventure: Why I Love My Apartment Community

    Five years ago, I rescued a tiny kitten that was about to be put out to pasture. She was a mere five weeks when I got her, and I named her Jennifer (nicknames include Jenny, Jen Jen, and JJ). I’ve always been a dog person, but I found myself in the mood for a pet and happened upon her. I’m very fortunate because JJ is a pretty stellar cat in terms of cat temperament. She is friendly to a fault. I...
  • How Likely Are You To Get Burglarized?

    Certain states in the US are more vulnerable to crime than others, but unless you have easy access to the facts, how do you know whether your property is located in a high risk area? From Alabama to WyomingOverall, there is some good news—figures released by the US Department of Justice and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports show that between 2000 and 2012, burglaries in the US fell by 8.0 percent...

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