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  • Lauren and the Purple Crayon

    When I was in pre-school, my grandma came in for Grandparents Day. That afternoon, our teacher asked us to draw a picture for our guests. While all of the other students excitedly drew elaborate houses, families and animals—which I find hard to believe since we were 4 years old, but so says my grandma—I plucked a purple crayon out of the box, drew a single line on the paper and...
  • Viva Las Vegas!—And Celine Dion

    Fresh (but not fresh-faced) off the amazing 2011 NAA Education Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, I thought I would share some of the things I learned: 1. You can only read so many People magazines while waiting at the airport. My original flight was scheduled to leave just before noon last Wednesday but, lucky me, it was overbooked. Despite expressing to the airline staff that I had to...
  • Potty-Mouths R Us

    Is it me, or does it seem that profanity and expletives have become more common in regular business interactions? And there are a few residents who take those choice words to a whole new level when they are not happy with the service or the answers you provide. What to do when a very disgruntled resident decides to rapid-fire every nasty, dirty, rude, crude and foul word in your direction to...
  • Compression Stockings and Discounted Rent: All in a Day’s Shopping

    The other day I saw a Groupon for two varicose-vein treatments and compression stockings. If it didn’t have an expiration date, I would have considered buying it. I know my family’s history with those unsightly things and it’s safe to say the future of my calves isn’t looking pretty. Then there’s the Lasik deal I stayed up until 1 a.m. mulling over last month....

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