Category Archives: Work

Get Back Inside the Box

The children in my family have a long-standing gift-opening tradition. After excitedly ripping away the paper on the giant something-or-other our parents painstakingly tracked down, funded and gift-wrapped just for us, we marvel at our new possession for the requisite … Continue reading

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The Dos and Don’ts of Foolin’

The scene is Christmas Day 1991. Snow falls in the Chicago suburbs as an eleven year old girl in red snowman socks (that she still owns) wakes up at 7AM and runs to the tree to scope out the loot. … Continue reading

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Adverbiably

With the proliferation of abbreviations, emoticons and emojis masquerading as words in our emails and text messages, we somehow seem to be wordier than ever when it comes to our conversational tactics. In particular, we have been plagued by the … Continue reading

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How to be Brilliantly Vague: Corporate Jargon Part 2

I once had a professor who enjoyed incorporating unnecessarily lengthy words in his lectures. At first he sounded brilliant and I hung on his every really long word. Alas, this was a class in accounting rather than rhetoric, so it … Continue reading

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Modern Tourism

When I was a kid, my parents took me on a week-long road trip from Chicago to Boston. It was disguised as a learning experience, but I’m pretty sure my dad just wanted to play golf across half the country. … Continue reading

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How to Seem Super Smart

In sixth grade, I won the class spelling bee because my esteemed rival tossed a “c” at the beginning of the word “kindergarten.” My victory proved once and for all that I was the smartest kid in the entire class … Continue reading

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Kreativ Blogger Award – Paying it Forward

I recently received a lovely unbirthday gift from fellow blogger (and clever commenter) armchairauthor – a nomination for the Kreativ Blogger Award. My duties as a nominee are simple: first I am to tell you ten random things about myself … Continue reading

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