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I Got a New (90 Pound) Puppy!

I Got a New (90 Pound) Puppy!

Maybe it’s because my boys are all becoming young (nearly grown) men, but I’ve been wanting a new ‘baby’ around the house for a few years. When a friend recently sent me the link to a rescue facility seeking adoptive parents for a gorgeous, full-blooded Great Dane puppy, my maternal instincts kicked right in. It was love at first sight. And I became obsessed; I knew Carly belonged with us. Then, I almost got my heart broken. When I called to inquire, Two by Two Rescue informed me that Carly had just been claimed

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Bikers Versus Drivers and the Biggest Job in 29 States

Bikers Versus Drivers and the Biggest Job in 29 States

We’ve talked before about the potential rise of self-driving trucks. Are they safe? Do they work? But the biggest question about the rise of the self-driving truck is literally big – truck drivers are one of the largest contingents of workers in the US. The trucking and logistics industry employs 7.9 million people in the United States – with 3.5 million Americans listing their job as professional truck driver. To put that statistic in perspective, take a look at this map, courtesy of NPR: That’s right – ‘truck driver’ is the most common job

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Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

Why I Disagree with This 4-Year-Old Girl

See that little girl down below? Her name is Hadley. And, although she may be cute, we’re going to have to disagree on a very important issue. You see, Hadley wouldn’t wish her Paw-Paw (grandfather) a Happy Father’s Day because “he wasn’t her daddy”. Her staunch refusal to recognize a very important male role model in her life landed her a guest appearance on the NBC show hosted by Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots. What little Hadley doesn’t yet understand is that biology has nothing to do with being a great dad. I didn’t

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Dispatches from Summer Camp

Dispatches from Summer Camp

Camp. It’s a rite of passage for many youth, and this year, my eldest daughter, Emily, will be going to two sleep-away ‘camps’ for the first time ever. I’ve written before about her love of singing and musical theater. This summer, Emily will have the opportunity to participate in two programs – one at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem; the other, Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City. She’ll be at the first program in Winston-Salem for a few weeks, rooming with her best friend in a campus

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Desk Sweet Desk

Desk Sweet Desk

Ah, vacation. The very word inspires thoughts of hammocks on the beach, quiet days by the river, or the family fun of amusement parks. That is, when everything goes right. Maybe it’s all of those old TV commercials about traveler’s cheques, but vacation time also seems like prime time for something to go wrong. After all, the first part of vacation involves travel, and as we all know, travel often goes wrong. From missed flights to missing luggage to a flat tire on a road trip, travel doesn’t take prisoners when things go wrong.

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The Best Summertime Diet

The Best Summertime Diet

Tomorrow marks the first of June, which means that summertime is on the horizon. And this summer, I’ve decided to go on a diet. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not about to put down my hot dogs, hamburgers, or potato salad! Instead, I’m going to try what the experts call “a social media diet” for a more stress-free summer. Social media can be a great place to find pet videos, funny jokes, or opinions about the week’s biggest television drama, but there’s also a lot of junk. And just like with real food,

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There’s No I in Team, Or Pool

There's No I in Team, Or Pool

As you may know, I’m a highly competitive person. I love to win! And I’ll be the first to admit, I used to be the sort of competitive that was unhealthy and “un-fun”. Especially on pool league nights. When it came to frustrations and disappointment, I wore my heart on my sleeve – which can make lining up a shot rather difficult! After years of playing pool that way, I resolved to make a change. After all, this is a game I love, and yet every missed shot or lost match could put me

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The Superhero of Savings

The Superhero of Savings

If you’re a regular reader of my bi-weekly missives, you know that the Matchmaker Logistics team calls itself ‘The Superheroes of Shipping.’ Truth is, we’re not just the Superheroes of Shipping, we’re also The Superheroes of Savings. Take an example that happened this Spring: In March 2017, one of our clients reached out to us, inquiring about a drayage rate from Norfolk, VA to Bensenville, IL. She told us her regular drayage company was unable to assist with the four containers arriving the following week, and she needed a solution. We asked our client

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Snakes on the Brain

I had one of those rare, but wonderful days recently, where you finish your work and are still full of energy. So I decided to tackle one of the required beginning-of-summer tasks on my To Do list – cleaning the pool deck. Off I went, determined and focused, ready to get the pool deck clean for long summer days. And then I saw it. A snake. We’ve talked about snakes before, haven’t we? I don’t like them. They’re long, they’re creepy, they bite things to death, or worse, squeeze them – blegh. Admittedly, maybe

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Way Funnier Than Face Time

Way Funnier Than Face Time

Remember the days when you had to actually be in an office to have a meeting? Today, between conference calls, email chains, and video chat apps, we can meet with clients and vendors all over the world without ever leaving our desks. Well, that is as long as everyone is actually paying attention… I won’t lie – I love the freedom and flexibility of being able to get work done while I’m on the go. But like any new technology, the benefits also present new challenges. If you’ve ever tried to join a conference

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