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Hot Diggity Dog

After a challenging 2005 summer season, Hebrew National, the hot dog company, needed to get back on track and generate strong sales. Their mission was to step up to the plate as a mainstream, national brand and find a way to attract new consumers outside the traditional kosher-consuming population.  Their solution?  Appeal to uncompromising parents who served their family only the best and were willing to pay more for it.  They created commercials intended to teach people how kosher practices ensure only the best cuts of meat….”no ifs, ands, or butts.”“Butt humor” seems to

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Marriage Tune-Up

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. If you’d told me 17 years ago that today, I’d be happily married to Dale, sporting a new pair of diamond earrings thanks to my thoughtful husband, I wouldn’t have believed it. You see, when I met Dale I was already engaged to another man. I even moved away to marry that guy, but I knew in my heart that he wasn’t the one. I broke up with my fiancé and came home to Dale. It was the best decision I’ve ever

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More Than a Thousand Words

Memorial Day Weekend 2007, John Moore, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior staff photographer for Getty Images, visited Arlington National Cemetery.  There, in “Section 60”, he met and photographed family members of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan who had flown across the county to remember their loved ones.  One of those people was Mary McHugh.  He snapped this photo of Mary at the grave of her slain fiance, Sgt. James Regan.  It was her first time visiting the grave since his funeral. Moore wrote an incredibly poignant account of his visit and the hours leading

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Camping Versus Glamping

This past weekend, my family joined two other families for a nice weekend at a local campsite here in Alabama.  My family was one of two that was camping–tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and battery-powered radios.  The other two families opted for glamping–RVs with A/C, TV and other creature comforts. Speaking of creatures, I shouldn’t lead you to believe that I am hardcore camper.  I abhor snakes, lizards and tree frogs and would prefer to camp in places where these creepy crawlers (and slitherers) didn’t exist.  But, it’s worth putting up with them to enjoy

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Lunchbox Dad

We’ve finally moved back into our house, despite the fact that our remodel is far from complete.  Currently, our fridge and toaster oven are in our garage, which is serving as our temporary kitchen.  It sure makes for an interesting morning routine:  I pour milk into the cereal and toast the English muffins, deliver breakfast inside the house, and then head back to the garage to work on packing the kids’ lunches.  I’ve always been in charge of lunches, but my repertoire consists of basics: bananas and peanut butter, Lunchables, and occasionally some reheated

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Here Comes the… Bridal Bloopers

It’s that time of the year again. Right now, someone you know is probably looking for the perfect dress, getting fitted for a tux, reserving the limo, or planning a honeymoon. This weekend, I had the honor of kicking off wedding season as a guest at the wedding of my friends, Jennifer Brown and Michael Townsend. The bride was beautiful, the groom looked sharp, and the wedding cake was delicious! As I sat at my table during the cutting of the cake, I was reminded of all the other weddings I’ve been to, and

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My Alter Ego

Bionic vision. Supersonic hearing. And “Spidey sense.” Sound like the superpowers your Mom had when you were growing up? At Matchmaker Logistics, it is the Year of the Superhero and mothers definitely top the list. Read last year’s Mother’s Day blog post where kids talked about moms and their “magic” superpowers. At Matchmaker, we’ve also been getting in touch with our inner superheroes. To accompany our sales presentation, we’ve created our own superhero avatars. In the online world, an avatar is a graphical representation of one’s self. Some people use their own photos; others

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Barenaked Brotherly Love

The year was 1992.  I was at the bowling alley on Friday night playing with my league.  Color Me Badd’s greatest hit “I Wanna Sex You Up” starts playing on the loudspeaker.  I turn around and there is my brother, Merrill, doing a strip tease for a lady’s 40th birthday party a few lanes down.  My team never let me live it down. This is a tale of two older brothers.  As the story above illustrates, my brother Merrill is crazy like me.  In his younger years, he worked as a male stripper with

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The Big 5-0

In just a few days, I turn fifty. I can still remember how excited I was when I turned five.  Technically, I should be ten times more excited.  But at fifty, there will be no balloons, bounce houses, pony rides or Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Instead, I’ll be moving my family back into our home after several weeks of temporary apartment living during a major remodel.  That’s life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are those who deny their increasing age:  “I’m not fifty. I’m just 5 perfect 10s!” or“I’m actually

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Play Ball

I love to talk football and basketball, but I also speak fluent baseball.  They’ve only won one World Series once (in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians), but the Atlanta Braves are my team. The beauty of being a female baseball plan is that I can appreciate a perfectly executed double play, but I can also appreciate how cute Dan Uggla looks in his tight white pants.  Of course, that’s not the only reason he’s my favorite player.  Check out one of his other talents in this photo. Uggla, however was not my first baseball

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