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Chuck Norris Vs. Van Damme on a Truck

Chuck Norris Vs. Van Damme on a Truck

Tomorrow is July 25th, or Christmas in July, but instead of thinking about Santa Claus and Rudolph, I’ve got sleek trucks, crazy stunts, and the coolest action heroes of all time on the brain. Do you remember the epic feat Jean-Claude Van Damme pulled off in that infamous Volvo truck commercial two years ago? The on where he did the splits between two moving trucks? It was a legendary move from The Muscles from Brussels. First of all, how many professional stuntmen are still getting work at his age – 53! We looked into

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Super-Sized Sibling Rivalry

Super-Sized Sibling Rivalry

I played Heads Up! with my kids the other night. If you don’t know the game, you have to try it! Conceived by Ellen DeGeneres, this iPhone game is the best $1 app you’ll ever buy. The whole family loves this celebrity/pop culture trivia game which is played much like $100,000 Pyramid, Password, Catch Phrase or Charades. While playing Heads Up!, I was shocked to discover that my kids did not know the Williams sisters. For nearly 20 years, the historic rivalry between Venus and Serena Williams has made sports history. It’s such an

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The Softer Side of Truckers

The Softer Side of Truckers

Although the “Superheroes of Shipping” theme on our new website features an image of me wearing tights, it would take a lot to get me in such a get-up in real life. In fact, up until just a few years ago, I’d never even worn a pink shirt! While walking down the aisles of a local superstore recently, I noticed how gender stereotypes start early and get continuously reinforced. The toy aisles were marked “Girls” and “Boys”. The girls’ aisle was a sea of placid pink featuring dolls, dress-up clothes, purses, Barbies and ponies.

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Best. Pancake. Day. Ever.

Best. Pancake. Day. Ever.

Over the 4th of July weekend, with my mother and my sister visiting, I decided to make blueberry pancakes for the entire family. My family loves pancakes, especially my youngest son, Timothy, who would live off of them if I let him. Every year, he asks for pancakes as his special birthday dinner. If we’re going out to eat, he begs for IHOP. And, if I’m stuck on what we should have for dinner, he asks for…you guessed it! My son isn’t the only ones who enjoy pancakes. Years ago, when Dale and I

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What’s That Thing Flying Through Space?

What's That Thing Flying Through Space?

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…Our New Website! While everyone was distracted by the fireworks over the Fourth, we slipped into a nearby phone booth and changed into our superhero alter egos. We’d like you to meet the Matchmaker Superheroes of Shipping on our new website! Since we take on each job as though it were as important as saving the world, we’re proud to let our capes fly. Each member of the Matchmaker team has been excitedly on board – we’ve got new bios revealing our superpowers, re-tooled informational videos, and more

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10 Things I Know About You

10 Things I Know About You

I hope you had a wonderful July 4th weekend.  After a long weekend, it can be tough, coming back to work and getting the week started on the right foot, especially if you try to do it this way!  I know what you’re thinking:  “How does she do it?  It’s like every Monday, Mary reads my mind.  I am dragging my feet today.”  Well, truth is, I know more about you than you think.  Here are at least ten things I know to be true. 10 Things I Know About You: 1.  You are

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American Coincidence or Divine Seal of Approval?

American Coincidence or Divine Seal of Approval?

Was it mere coincidence or was there a larger force at work? Decided for yourself if this July 4th story is a divine (or cosmic) nod to the founders of our great nation: On July 4th, 1776, fifty-six men signed their names to a document that would change the world. From elementary school on, Americans learn that ‘freedom of speech’ and the ability to petition are our constitutional rights, so it’s difficult to truly comprehend the bravery of that act. For those men, signing their names to such a document meant taking a terrifying

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The Generation Gap

The Generation Gap

Recently, a client’s daughter was sick, so we decided to send her a Get Well card. In the mail.  You would have thought we’d sent her something by Pony Express: Mom: Riley, someone sent you a card in the mail today. Riley: So I have an email? Mom: No Riley, you have a card that came in the mail. Riley: For real? It has a real live stamp on it? Mom:  Yes, it has a real live stamp. Riley: OMG! I’ve never gotten anything with a stamp on it before. Did the mailman bring

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Land Vs. Sea; Mouse Vs. Mouse

Land Vs. Sea; Mouse Vs. Mouse

A couple of weeks ago,  I took my family on a Disney vacation, and as you may remember, I had my doubts. We visited the theme park and then embarked on a cruise (a first for all of us).  Both seemed to have their fair share of built-in worries, from hidden costs to little souvenirs, but it turns out I had less to worry about on the cruise than I did at the theme park.  Here’s my analysis of Mouse Vs. Mouse: FOOD – Winner: Disney Cruise! At the parks, one of the best

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Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

It’s not just the season to celebrate mothers, fathers and graduates, it’s also the season for dance recitals.  A rite of passage for many kids, especially in my home state of North Carolina, I remember my own debut as a baton twirler in the 70’s. Our group was formed by my babysitter, Kelly, a pageant queen who twirled fire-y batons as her talent.  She recruited my sister and me to join her group of protégés, the Marching Kellyettes (that’s me in the green leotard on the right). At just eight years old, I was

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