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  • Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer

    My oldest group of friends—the girls with whom I went to high school—are rather…competitive. Specifically with board games. During an incredibly intense round of Taboo, my one friend’s boyfriend snapped a wooden stool leg in half. They broke up shortly thereafter. Another friend’s husband removed his wedding ring during a similar disagreement. I’m happy to report they are still together. I’ve had...
  • 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 May Be the Next Olivia Pope

    Full disclosure: The majority of my political knowledge stems from watching “Scandal.” Which is to say, I know a lot.   Fortunately, the 2015 NAA Capitol Conference was a valuable experience for government affairs directors and Shonda Rhimes bingers alike.   Tuesday kicked off with world-renowned photographer Platon, who has captured the essence of everyone from Prince to Putin. The charismatic...
  • Bottom of the Barrel

    Public apology: I’m sorry for the things that I said. It was winter. See, I don’t deal well with the cold. And I’m not even talking Minnesota cold. I mean Virginia cold. But hey, it’s still cold. This winter felt like a particularly rough one, my only consolation to the below-zero wind-chill presenting itself in the form of a couch and a family-size package of Oreos. Much like a bear, I choose to...

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