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Super Powers Re-Activate!

Super Powers Re-Activate!

As you’ve probably noticed, the Matchmaker team has been focused on superheroes for over a year now. And why not? Their stories entertain us in theaters and comic books, and their adventures inspire us to live bigger, braver lives. In 2014, we learned a lot of lessons from our study of superheroes. The best one, however, was that you don’t need special powers to be a hero. All you need is a good heart, an honest soul, and a willingness to step up to the plate when duty calls. This important lesson didn’t come

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Laughing Through the Tears

Laughing Through the Tears

It’s only the second week of January and already my beloved football season is a bust. As I mentioned last week, the University of Alabama lost the Sugar Bowl on January 1st. Naturally I was upset (I bleed crimson, after all), but I did my best to stay strong and solider on. College football might be kaput, but at least I could still root for my favorite professional team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, right? WRONG! Just two short days later, the Steelers lost their first game, shattering all my hopes and dreams. Since football in

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Eight Years Later

Eight Years Later

One of the parents at my daughter’s school was having some trouble with her daughter. “She keeps using my iPhone to download apps,” explained the distraught mom. “And not the free ones, either! Last month I owed iTunes over $100.” Maybe you’re wondering how a five-year-old could pull off such a heist. I wondered the same thing until I realized that she, and children like her, have grown up in a smartphone world. In fact, it was exactly eight years ago today (January 9, 2007) that Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone.

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Pig Skins and Diamonds

Pig Skins and Diamonds

Some people spend the first day of the year nursing hangovers. Others spend it eating collard greens and black-eyed peas. As for me and thousands of others, January 1st means one thing-the Sugar Bowl, AKA college football playoffs! While the Sugar Bowl is a time-honored tradition and a national holiday (at least as far as football fans are concerned!) I noticed something a bit different during this year’s games. It appeared that the players – including my beloved Crimson Tide – had received a makeover. In place of their usual uniforms, Nike seized the

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Just Like Riding a Bike

Just Like Riding a Bike

Here in Wilmington, NC, the Sunday after Christmas was one for the books. Sunny with a high of 75, it was hard to believe it was the end of December. Since it was such a beautiful day, my wife and I decided to help our five-year-old daughter conquer an important milestone. That’s right-Chloe was finally going to learn how to ride a bike. Our plan? Stick with a tried and true method: Chloe sat on the bike, pedaling. I held the back of the seat, holding her steady. And her mother stood in the

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Frog Legs for Breakfast in 2015

With 2014 coming to a close, I have goal-setting on my mind. I love setting goals, mostly because of how great it feels once I crush them. Sometimes I even make really easy goals, just for the satisfaction of checking them off my to-do list. “Wake up.” Check! “Eat breakfast.” Check! “Get dressed.” Check! Just like that, I’m on a roll! New Year’s Resolutions, however, are much more daunting. Although I like the idea of creating a plan for the coming year, my experience confirms what statisticians report– only 8% actually achieve what we

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One Hundred Years Ago

In 1914, one hundred years ago this Christmas, World War I soldiers in the trenches of Flanders put down their weapons and met each other in peace for a while. The trenches were rudimentary “scratches in the ground”, sometimes less than 100 yards away from the enemy. British and German soldiers could hear the other side, smell their cigarettes, and occasionally catch a glimpse of one another. In essence, the two sets of troops were living in each other’s pockets. When a cold snap arrived and it snowed on Christmas Eve, the soldiers took

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Just an Average Girl in a Barbie World?

This year, for the first time in ages, my husband and I went shopping together for our children’s Christmas presents. After 19 years of marriage, that man can still surprise me, and I was downright shocked when he told me he was willing to venture into the crazy pre-Christmas rush to help pick out gifts. You’ve heard the expression as “happy as a kid in a candy store”? That kid ain’t got nothin’ on me and Dale in a toy store! While Dale played with all of the toys, I tried to figure out

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Holiday Cheer on Wheels

Each December I find myself amazed, impressed, and, to be completely honest, a little jealous of the talent some people have when it comes to decorating for the holidays. In my home, we keep things pretty basic – a tree in the living room, a wreath on the door, and a few stockings hung over the fireplace. I was feeling good about our level of holiday spirit, until I drove to the grocery store to buy some eggnog and passed a car sporting a pair of reindeer antlers and a shiny red nose. Forget

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I’m Too Sexy for Rejection

On Friday, Bob told you about our staff retreat, where we confronted everyone’s greatest fear: rejection. Our mission was to go out during our lunch break, find complete strangers, and make off-the-wall requests. When those strangers said no, we’d learn once and for all that rejection isn’t as scary as we thought. As soon as the rejection game was announced, I decided then and there that I was going to win this thing. I would rack up the most rejections. My first stop: Pier One. I started by asking Lauren, an employee, to put

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