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  • Get A Grip, People

    I sobbed hysterically when my parents dropped me off at college freshman year, so much so that my contact lenses were covered with bits of errant tissue fibers. This sentiment apparently was not felt universally on campus, as literal hoots and hollers could be heard from nearly every other one of my classmates who finally felt free. Two years ago, when I decided it was time to leave my job and...
  • Who I am, Who I’m Not and Who I Want to Be!

    I was listening to The Fray this morning and one of my favorite songs of theirs (though I really do like them all) is You Found Me. In that song is a verse that really speaks to me: “Who I am, Who I’m Not and Who I Want to Be”And it got me thinking about those things and how easy it is to not really know; especially in a business that wants you to be many things. It’s easy to lose yourself....
  • Calling All Manners

    My family doesn’t have the best phone etiquette. As a child, I was so petrified of calling people that I would write out exactly what I wanted to say ahead of time and recite my lines repeatedly before dialing. Once I was finally confident enough to ad lib, my mother saw fit to secretly listen in on my conversations. One night, when there was apparently nothing good on TV, I could hear her and...
  • New Year, New Problems

    It’s that time of year again. Time to gather the family around the proverbial Yule log before mocking that 14-page holiday letter you get every year from those family “friends” you can’t stand. Time to watch your mother have a meltdown when she realizes the mashed potatoes she made for the Christmas party are the consistency of paste. Time to repeatedly tell your family members that you would...

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