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Musings from My Sister: Politically Aware Toddler

It's a proud day in any woman's life when the closest thing she'll have to offspring evolves from a tiny, needy infant into a walking, talking person. My oldest nephew, now aged four, is an undisputed genius. He, of course, ...
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Technical Difficulties: TEDxAshburn

These days, the phrase "technical difficulties" is met with oversized eye rolls and heavy sighs. The HealthCare.gov debacle has us all biting our nails waiting for a vintage cartoon with the caption, "We'll be right back!" to appear on our ...
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The Art of the Interview

Reporter: Thanks so much for talking with me. I had trouble finding your bio information, but I did go on IMDB, so I’ve got that, but I still don’t understand what the show is about. Me: Oh, I can send ...
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My College Application Essay

My earliest memories all begin with a flickering light then the comforting words of my brothers cooing in my ear, "Kill the ork! Kill the ork!!" I did. And I do. From the time I could hold a controller, I ...
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Photos of Things Other Than Me: Rachel Carson Greenway

It's the end of September and the very first week of fall on the east coast. A mere five minute walk from where I'm staying just outside of DC is the Rachel Carson Greenway which traverses the Northwest Branch Trail ...
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The Art of the iDump

Friday marked my return to Tony Award winning Signature Theatre. I hadn't performed on stage there since Sunset Boulevard a few years ago, so after an encore and a standing ovation for Einstein's Girl, I felt pretty darn good. Then I ...
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Konfessions of a Klepto

“Nostalgia is funny. You tend to miss things that were never any good.” -David Zack I have only stolen something once in my life. It was sort of intentional, sort of not. Let this serve as a warning to all ...
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Musings from My Sister: Rent-a-Kids

I like to sleep in. I enjoy leaving sharp objects within reach. When the cat has a hairball, sometimes I let it sit there until it dries. These habits don't square well with having small children in my home. This ...
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Memory Flaws & Perfection

One of the great pleasures of living in a major metropolitan area is being able to escape the chaos of the city by disappearing into a museum where you can find inspiration and a better understanding of yourself. Having lived ...
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Where to Live

Since 2005, I’ve resided in twelve apartments in four cities: Los Angeles, California; Pisa, Italy; Denver, Colorado; and Washington, DC. Perhaps you’re longing to stray--take this quiz to see which (if any) of these towns might be right for you. ...
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