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The One Rule in Vegas

The One Rule in Vegas

There’s only one rule in Vegas, and I’m about to break it. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, right? But I can’t help it! That place is crazy, and I can’t possibly keep all of the juicy details of my Las Vegas trip to myself. Besides, aren’t you all a little curious? I know I would be…. First of all, I have good news – I did not end up on the evening news tangled in a zip line and stuck, screaming, over Freemont Street. My friends, however, decided to

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Flyin’ High in Sin City?

Flyin' High in Sin City?

That’s right, readers! This week, your very own Mary is off to Las Vegas, Nevada. The City of Lights, to some…the City of Sin, to others…but for me? The City of Semi-Professional Pool! My husband, Dale and I, play pool with the American Poolplayers Association (APA), regularly competing in local and regional tournaments. At our most recent regional tournament, I didn’t make it to the finals, but Dale got all the way to the final bracket, going undefeated after his first match. After an intense, nail-biting final game (that I couldn’t watch, I was

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Hashtag Happy Ending

Hashtag Happy Ending

At the beginning of March Madness, Bob wrote about Cinderella stories in the sports world. But for this Carolina girl, the college basketball season had a less-than-happy ending. For those of you who missed the most exciting, nail-biting national championship game in history, UNC’s Prince Charming, Marcus Paige, made a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in the game, tying Carolina and Villanova 74-74. But Villanova then scored its own 3-pointer right before the clock ran out, winning the title of 2016 NCAA Champions. If only I could re-write history, I would have had Carolina

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An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

I’m not one to be ashamed of convenience, especially on a Monday. Lord knows, I take advantage of any modern marvel that makes my life a little easier. Forgot to pack my son Timbo’s lunch? Those prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lifesaver. The boys want a cooked breakfast every day? We stock up on frozen boxes of pancakes or waffles – I say let them pop breakfast in the toaster if they want something hot to eat on a busy morning! But recently I came across the kind of convenience I

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Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

I was traveling this weekend from Alabama to North Carolina, so I had plenty of time to reflect on Bob’s Thought for the Weekend about vanity plates. Last month, during my trip home from a visit to our Wilmington, NC headquarters, I was rear-ended. I should have had my own vanity license plate: UR2CLOS! The state of Alabama gets a lot of flack from the rest of the nation. And while its residents may be short on some things, we’re certainly rich in love for our sports teams, our families, God, and country (quite

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Technology Face Off

Technology Face Off

Good morning, class! Last week, we reviewed ‘selfies’ and ‘photobombing’ as our new vocabulary words, but in today’s world, new terms in technology and social media pop up every day. Did you know, for example, that LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is now considered passe and the hipper way to laugh online is Ha or Haha or even Hahaha? Looks like it’s time for another lesson…. This week, we try and stay ahead of the curve by catching up to a trend that’s still in its early stages – have you heard of face swapping?

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Photobomb Squad

Photobomb Squad

First, there was the selfie. Although the concept has been around for ages, the term ‘selfie’ didn’t really hit the scene until 2005. By 2012, it was a part of the general lexicon. Time magazine named selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year. Then in 2013, the Oxford Dictionary added selfie to its online dictionary. By 2014, the term ‘photobomb’ arrived on the scene, in large part, thanks to an adorable stingray. For those not in the know, it’s a simple enough concept – what’s supposed to be a normal, nice

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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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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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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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