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Rerouting my pity train

Since I’m turning 30 in couple of months I’ve been combing through the archives of this blog trying to remember what I was like when I first started writing here in 2009. I wrote my first post, about doing laundry, in September that year, just months after I turned 20.  I recently stumbled across a […]

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Tips for Effective Public Speaking

For many employees, especially leaders in highly visible positions, effective public speaking is just another part of the job. Whether it’s addressing the media, motivating employees, making an innovative pitch or speaking to the community, watching a talented orator deliver an effective presentation can be both inspiring and intimidating – especially to those of us […]

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Office Productivity

Office productivity sometimes feels elusive, especially when we lose our focus, let our priorities get muddied or allow petty drama to consume our thoughts. We humans love our shiny objects, but luckily there are ways to overcome those silly distractions and boost office productivity. In the weeks leading up to my wedding, I received a […]

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It is Christmas.

It’s Christmas today. I wrote this villanelle in October of 2009 for a poetry class.  I originally posted it here.  I know it’s not great. I don’t remember the grade or feedback I got on it. But I like it and it’s the time of year when you should appreciate the small things that make […]

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Merry Today

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, […]

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Heroes Behind the Badge

I’ve written about Law Enforcement a couple times on the blog, most notably here, about Scotty Richardson, and here, about my husband.  One of Mike’s friends and coworkers created an event on Facebook for a documentary viewing in January here in Aiken. Disclaimer: most of this information is stolen verbatim from their website.  The documentary is […]

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The Sleep Study Conspiracy

This post was contributed by my fabulous mother, Pat Rice!  This is Anna’s mom and I snore. Loudly. As in roof rattling, clear the room, wake the dead loudly.  Or so I’ve been told.  I happened to mention this to my family practice doctor during my recent physical and the next thing I knew, I […]

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Loving Football

I feel I should preface this post with, no, I am not pregnant. I’m not sure if there is some natural progression of hormonal overhaul that happens when you reach your mid-twenties, but even on days when my feelings ought to be in-check, I find myself fighting back tears over things that generally should not […]

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Mean Girls

I see so much bullying on Facebook, and usually from people who try very hard to appear confident and mature.  It is disheartening.  What is the point of being mean to people?  I know sometimes everyone loses their temper or says things they regret, but 10 young adults ganging up on one person via Facebook […]

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Dinner Party

Sara exhales deeply and her breath falters as her chest falls back down.  To say she was dreading this dinner party would be the understatement of the century.  She stares at the picture in her hand and wonders how her mother ever let him push her so fast in the little red “goey.”  Her heart […]

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