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  • Born for Greatness (And Embarrassment)

    I’m a very humble person. Almost to a fault. But if I had to praise myself, I would tell you the following: I am a natural athlete. During an incredibly intense female flag football tournament in college, I leapt skyward and tore a ligament in my neck—yet still caught the touchdown pass. I know everyone is talking about Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback this year, but let’s not forget my...
  • Goldilocks and the Three Candies

    In fifth grade I convinced my teacher to let me skip a few hours of class each week to work on my own “book” project with an enrichment teacher. There seemed to be an unspoken understanding that I would never learn my multiplication tables—when it came to math, this child was left behind. So, why not sharpen the creativity I did possess. So, being the good girl that I was, I toiled away in that...
  • Pull Up To the Next Window, Please

    I’m a Millennial with a B.A. in English. Would you like fries with that? I was taught that a college degree was necessary if I wanted a good job—and then the Great Recession hit and I didn’t know if I could even get a position manning the deep fryer. I may as well have majored in basket weaving. At least that’s a trade. Fortunately—and surprisingly—my post-collegiate career path has been a good...
  • What's Your Rental Experience Like?

    Like a lot of other nerds, I watched the release of the new Microsoft Surface tablet with much interest. Being touted as an iPad killer, there was much hype behind Microsoft's reimagining of the tablet experience. The problem, of course, turned out to be Microsoft's failure in managing that experience correctly. The reviews haven't been good. Microsoft, it turns out, spent a ton of time making...

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