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  • Community and Workplace Safety – It’s Not a Dance

    Safety is a lesson we learn from early childhood: Mothers remind us to pick up our toys from the hallway or warn us against placing a hand on a hot stove. Like our personal homes, the multi-unit communities in which we house hundreds or even thousands of residents have hazards that could cause a minor scrape or even a life-threatening injury. No community or leasing office – no matter how small...
  • Dirty Little Secret

    Disclaimer: If you are a potential love interest, please stop reading. My name is Lauren and I own 36 porcelain dolls. I have a problem. I began collecting them as a young girl and continued to do so until the age of 20, when my mom stopped enabling me. The dolls were taking up too much space and, more important, creeping people out. Friends would walk into my childhood bedroom for the first...
  • Going Down The Road Feeling, Uh, Scared

    If someone had told me twenty years ago while I was hunkered down in graduate school that in the future I would have to dodge drivers on the highway who were massively distracted due to the use of a computer that fit in the palm of their hand that they were using WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD, I would have told them they were crazy! But, here we are in 2011 and that is exactly what is happening...
  • Start Any Fires In Your Apartment Lately?

    When I was in seventh grade, my mom thought it would be a nice idea for our Catholic family to light the candles on an Advent wreath every night before dinner during Advent Season. The first night I had the honor of lighting the candle. After striking a match—and making the mistake of holding it completely vertical—the flame started to quickly burn its way towards my fingers. Naturally, I...

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