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  • In Which I Give Thanks for Taylor Swift

    As I sit here at my desk eating a doughnut and stretching my stomach for the impending Thanksgiving feast, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. 1. Dancing With The Stars. Aside from host Tom Bergeron being an absolute delight, I am currently obsessed with dancing partners Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish—or, as we in the seedy underbelly of competitive ballroom like to call them, Janelskiy....
  • Capitol Update: Parity Achieved

    It appears that after eight years of missteps and missed opportunities, the Republican Party has finally figured out its campaign strategy, tactics and infrastructure. That starts with candidate selection and oversight, brings in better polling and message testing and finishes with strong and accurate get-out-the-vote operations. Add in the muscle and money of third-party groups like Americans...
  • #WTHill: Fight For What You Believe In While Looking Good

    I randomly asked a coworker what ‘gladiator’ means to her and she replied Russell Crowe. Photo courtesy of DreamWorks PicturesIt took me a minute as that is not what I was expecting. I was thinking more of the "gladiator in suit" a la Scandal. Courtesy of ABC StudiosBut it got me thinking, what’s the difference? Just because one wears protective armor and the other in a well dressed suit, they...
  • A Friend Til the End

    My first apartment was in New York City. The walls were purple, the peephole had an empty gold frame around it and we could see an ugly naked guy from the window. There was a lot of laughter, a few tears, and, most importantly, friends. Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel may be fictional characters, and their purple apartment may have just been a set, but to me and millions of other...

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