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Check (and Double-Check!) Your Baggage

Check (and Double-Check!) Your Baggage

Today, I’m flying home from some business meetings in Texas. Which means I’m spending my Friday in the least relaxing place imaginable – the airport. The TSA has certainly stepped up its game in recent years, what with our changing world and the need to be vigilant. But I have a hard time thinking of anything more awkward and uncomfortable than the TSA line at the airport. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like checking bags – it’s costly and a hassle – so I arrive at the airport wearing and carrying

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Dream Big, Dream Kind

Dream Big, Dream Kind

Today, I won’t try and paraphrase the great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., even if it is tempting. The man’s life and message (particularly his “I Have a Dream” speech) was so much bigger than this little email devoted to my Monday morning musings. Instead, I wanted to share with you a message of kindness, and why I think that’s one way to act on Reverend King’s message, on this day and every day. Each one of us, despite the differences we may see, and think, and feel, is an individual. Even within the

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A Smooth Criminal

A Smooth Criminal

Maybe it’s because I think those ‘dumb criminal’ news stories are hilarious, but I sometimes forget that all criminals aren’t that dumb. According to the FBI, small businesses lost $1.2 billion in scams in 2014! Since most of the small business owners I know are pretty sharp, it must take some smooth criminals to trick them. So smooth, in fact, that they almost got me. That’s right, friends, Yours Truly almost got taken in by one of these tricksters. It wasn’t anything as obvious as a Nigerian prince wanting me to send him money

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Why I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow

Why I'm Taking the Day Off Tomorrow

You’re all well-aware that I’m a die-hard sports fan by now, right? That’s why today is one of my favorite Mondays of the year – it’s the day that a new NCAA College will be awarded the title of NCAA Football National Champion. It might not be a national holiday, but I’m all for it, and I feel like the state of Alabama would agree! Two years ago, the NCAA implemented a four-team playoff for the National Title. This year’s four teams (in case you’re just getting caught up now) were: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan

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Is Bigger Better?

Is Bigger Better?

The day after Christmas can be a wonderfully relaxing time – enjoying visiting guests, eating leftovers, and playing with new gifts. But for many of us, it was back to work as usual, as shipping doesn’t sleep! The folks at the Port of Los Angeles were hard at work – not unloading Santa’s sleigh, but another vehicle making record-breaking deliveries. The world’s largest cargo ship, the French CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, was berthed in the U.S. port on December 26th, a sign of the new worldwide trend in massive container megaships. As long from

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Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

So, here we are folks. Kicking off the first Monday of the New Year. 2015 was quite a year and you’ve probably seen your share of recaps reminding us of the good, the bad, the ugly, the downright bizarre and the heartbreaking tragedies we witnessed in the past 365 days. I’m all about seizing the freshness of a New Year to work on myself and improve my habits, yet I couldn’t help but laugh at this meme. It’s funny because we know that we are human and that despite our best intentions to remake

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To Stay or Go? That is the Question.

To Stay or Go? That is the Question.

Advice columnist Ann Landers famously said, “At every party there are two kinds of¬†people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” It can be hard to decide what to do with your New Year’s Eve. With the holidays just behind us, it’s awfully tempting to bundle up with your new socks and jammies and enjoy your presents. If the typical Monday blues are making it hard for you to decide whether you and yours should go out and party this

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The Gift of Family

The Gift of Family

It’s that time of the year when everything’s almost magically quiet, the week before the holidays, when the office seems downright deserted. Business is slowing, phones are ringing less, and holiday parties are eating up the afternoons. It means that at long last, we’re stepping away from the hustle and bustle of work to be with our families. It’s kind of amazing what ‘family’ can mean, in this day and age. Found families, our families of choice, those people that mean so much to us, whether they’re related to us or not. I think

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Glaze of Glory

Glaze of Glory

Earlier this month, I was in the North Carolina office, seeing all my Matchmaker friends in person. It definitely has its perks! The weather was nice, I got to see everyone’s smiling faces, and I spent some time with family and friends. That Monday, I heard the rumblings of the sort of rumor that gets North Carolinians very excited. According to scuttlebutt, Krispy Kreme locations all across North Carolina honor the Carolina Panthers’ undefeated record by cutting the cost of a dozen of their delicious glazed doughnuts. That’s right: on the day after the

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Lessons from the Light Side

Lessons from the Light Side

As we gear up for the newest Star Wars movie, it’s hard not to catch the fever. First of all, it’s spreading around our office. Tickets for opening night went on sale October 19th, crashing movie-ticket websites like Fandango. Folks went to the theaters to get their tickets in hand, and some even started turning them over on eBay! Scalped tickets for opening night showings in major cities were going for up to $1500. I don’t know how I feel about all that. I’m a Star Wars fan, for sure. It was the movie

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