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  • Your Excuse to Celebrate #MultifamilyDay

    For most of fourth grade, I went to the nurse’s office at least three times a week with a “stomach ache.” The nurse’s remedy for such ailments was a large, chalky green mint that was supposed to settle your stomach.  In reality, I was a chubby 9-year-old who got straight A’s and just wanted an excuse to lie down for half an hour a day, take a break from academia and eat candy. Looking back, I...
  • Congress’s Great Awakening Benefits Industry

    I know you are as shocked as I am at the behavior of our Congress before they left for their spring break recess. Just when you thought they could do nothing more to surprise us, to stop us in our tracks, to make us question all that we know and thought we understood about our legislative process, they do something crazy. They actually brought up, debated and voted on legislation! But wait, there...
  • A Beautiful Mess

    I have notes—both personal and professional—scrawled in a smattering of notebooks, on loose sheets of paper and the occasional napkin or two with no discernible sense of order. Things are written sideways, in different colors, circled, starred. It’s very “A Beautiful Mind” meets an ugly mess. Fortunately, I can use my profession as an excuse. “Can’t stop the flow of creativity!” Otherwise, I just...
  • I'm Officially An Adult

    The mark of a true adult, I now rent an apartment with hardwood floors. OK, fine—they’re fake hardwood. But they look real, and appearances are all that really matter. Another lesson of adulthood. On the surface, they look far cleaner than my carpets every did. But, there isn’t really anywhere for the dirt to go. When I cleaned this weekend, I collected enough sand for a small child to play in....

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