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Cinderella in Basketball Shoes

Cinderella in Basketball Shoes

We like our sports stories here at Matchmaker Logistics; we’ve made that clear by now. This Sunday, March 13, marks the kickoff of March Madness – by far the best source for great sports stories. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, don’t worry – “March Madness,” isn’t some sort of St. Patrick’s Day-related insanity. It’s the NCAA championships, running from the second week of March through the first week in April. Sixty-eight teams compete in tournament brackets, narrowing it all down to the Final Four, and from there, one champion. The nature

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Cookies for a Cause

Cookies for a Cause

Every March, I get in the spirit for that four-leaf green shape. No, not the St. Patty’s Day shamrock, the other one – the clover symbol for the Girl Scouts of the USA. It’s cookie season, folks, right smack in between “New Year’s Resolutions” and “beach weather.” Has there ever been a stronger test of will and resolve? Thin Mints (or as I call them, ‘Fatty Mints’) are my personal kryptonite. I keep them in the freezer and try in earnest to reserve them for sweet-craving emergencies. The Girl Scouts really have a good

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“Reiding” Up on NC Culture

"Reiding" Up on NC Culture

Although not a North Carolina native, I’ve lived here long enough to know what the people of this state take seriously: pigs, pork and pigskins, for starters. Pig and hog farming are big business in this state, with nearly 2,000 farms employing 13,000 people and selling 34.5 million hogs (2012 statistics). It makes North Carolina the 2nd largest pig producer in the country, after Iowa. It’s no wonder that barbecue (aka BBQ pork) and barbecue sauces are such an important part of the heritage and a hotly contested source of local pride. There’s even

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Bad News on Leap Year Monday

Bad News on Leap Year Monday

If you’re paid by the hour, get ready to gloat. If you’re a salaried employee like me, you should probably be weeping instead of leaping for joy. Nobody likes starting their Monday out with bad news, but I have to break it to you: Since February 29th – better known as Leap Day – only occurs once every four years, it’s usually not factored into yearly salary calculations. So, salaried employees, if you’re sitting at your desk today, you may be working for free! Unless you’re in Anthony, Texas today, in which case, you’re

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Freethrow Distractions

Freethrow Distractions

It’s Thursday evening, and time for me to produce another Thought for the Weekend, but I have to confess – I’m distracted. My alma mater, Providence College, plays Seton Hall in basketball tonight. With March Madness right around the corner, I can’t help but give the game more attention than my computer screen. When it comes to any pursuit that requires focus, sometimes finding the motivation to give it your all can be hard. After a long day at work, gathering up your moxie to make it to the gym, practice an instrument, or

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That’s One “NAS” Car

That's One "NAS" Car

Is your Monday morning already going a mile a minute? How about two hundred miles a minute? Grab your coffee and hold on for a quick spin ’round the Mary Monday track: In the spirit of our collective need for speed, today we’re celebrating the anniversary of the first ever Daytona 500 race, held on this date in 1959. The track, famously located in Daytona, Florida, is a two and a half mile oval, requiring 200 laps for a 500-mile race. While NASCAR sometimes gets a bad rap as a sport for rednecks (see

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An Image for All Time

An Image for All Time

Today, February 19th, marks a monumental day in American history. Do you know what it is? I’ll give you a few hints: …There’s a Marine Corps monument in its honor… ….at least two major motion pictures have been made about it in the past ten years… …and in many ways, it produced one of the first ‘viral’ images!   Give up? Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the major decisive battles of World War II. Called Operation Detachment, the five-week battle was one of the

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Politicking of the Past

Politicking of the Past

No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, or who the president is, we the people spend a lot of time complaining about American politics. When it comes to our favorite presidents, we tend to reach back to the sort you’d see on Mount Rushmore, or at least, in the Hall of Presidents at Disneyworld. I’m an Honest Abe gal, myself. Did they truly make ’em better back then? Or is that just the fuzzy goggles of nostalgia? Rose-white-and-blue colored glasses, if you will, making America’s past politicians seem better than our

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A Not-So-Modest Proposal

A Not-So-Modest Proposal

With just two days until Valentine’s Day, this is your official warning to make plans for your sweetheart! Romantic gestures require planning, especially if you’re one of the approximately six million Americans who will pop the big question this Valentine’s Day. For example, twenty years ago when I proposed to my wife on Christmas Day, I didn’t just pull a ring box out of my pocket on Christmas morning. I wrapped a large box in gold paper and put it under the tree as soon as it went up. All month long, she picked

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback

What a game, right? Or at least, I hope it was. Don’t worry- if you’ve somehow recorded the game, stayed far away from Facebook, and moved under a rock to avoid hearing who won, I won’t be spoiling it for you. I couldn’t if I wanted to! As you’re reading this on Monday morning, I’m quite certainly in bed, antacids at hand, recovering from a night of hot wings and loud cheering. Regular readers will know by now that I like to take time off for special holidays. And this Super Bowl certainly qualified.

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