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The Man Behind the Dream

The Man Behind the Dream

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the great works of a man who sought to teach us about equality and justice. One of the most powerful things about Dr. King’s work is the way in which he humanized so many things, urging each of us as individuals to reflect on what we can do to bring equality to our world. We’re all pretty familiar with the most iconic aspects of Dr. King’s activism, his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and even his writings from a night spent behind bars, “A

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Ugly is the New Cute

Ugly is the New Cute

Were you invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this year? If you haven’t heard, ugly is the new cute. What started as an ironic hipster trend, with young folks mocking the tacky tastes of their sweater-wearing elders, has come full circle. Now, manufacturers are intentionally making and selling ugly Christmas sweaters and ugly sweater DIY kits to meet the demand for over-the-top holiday horrors. These parties have become so popular, Time.com dedicated an entire article to the history of this relatively new tradition. Even the Royal Family – yes, the Queen and Prince

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Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

Doctors report that every slice of bacon you eat takes nine minutes off of your life. I did the calculations, and based on this information, I should have died in 1792. Let’s just say that like any normal person, I love me some bacon. I bring it home. I fry it up in a pan. And, yes, I eat that marvelous, magical food whenever I can. But even though bacon is really close to my heart (Don’t go bacon my heart….I couldn’t if I fried….), I don’t believe bacon should be in everything. Here

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Penalty Kicks and Goofy Hats

Penalty Kicks and Goofy Hats

Although I’m not much of a gambler, I have been known to make a sports wager or two – particularly when my team (The Pittsburgh Steelers) is playing against Bob’s team (The New York Giants). These bets started with a Giants-Steelers game several years ago. Bob and I were both so convinced our respective teams would win, we agreed that the loser would spend an entire day wearing the winner’s team hat around the office. Unfortunately, I lost that bet and had to wear a Giants cap for one dreadful day. But, I got

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Keeping Track of the Holi-Daze

Keeping Track of the Holi-Daze

It has become a trifecta of shopping holidays: Black Friday has passed, and so has Small Business Saturday. Hopefully you took Sunday to rest up, because as you may know, today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year! It’s Cyber Monday, the internet’s version of Black Friday. Not that I’ll be spending my day purchasing holiday gifts – I’ve got plenty of work to do since I’m just getting back from vacation! You may have been hunting for deals this weekend, but I was far away in the woods, hunting for

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Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

It’s that time of year again. While the rest of you are defrosting turkeys, preparing for visits with family, and trying to determine which local grocery store is open on Thanksgiving Day for last-minute purchases, I will be in the middle of nowhere turning out lumberjack-style breakfasts for my family and friends as their official Camp Fry Cook! We don’t exactly rough it – we have a camper and a roof over our heads, but there’s no plumbing, no cellphone service, and certainly no big screen to watch the game. Without entertainment like TV

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When The Stars Don’t Align…

When The Stars Don't Align...

If you’re a regular reader of my Monday morning missives, you know how I feel about Keith Urban. That blonde hair, those good looks, that smiling face – just as good as that first cup of coffee on a Monday morning! I’m happily married, as you know, so I’m not eligible to date a fella like Keith. Plus, he’s married too. Naturally, a gorgeous superstar hunk like Keith Urban is married to actress Nicole Kidman. She’s always beautiful, always graceful, and always manages to be connected to some of the most gorgeous guys around.

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No Obstacle Too Great

No Obstacle Too Great

I’m not the first to say it – kids don’t play outside enough anymore. YouTube,TV shows on demand, and endless computer games are tough competitors against good old fresh air. The playgrounds aren’t even the same as they used to be! The tall, metal slides and monkey bars have been replaced with small plastic slides, and short, safe climbing walls. Everything from the merry-go-round to the tire swing – all of those perennial favorites – have been deemed unsafe. As a mother of two boys, I can appreciate safety regulations, but I’m not the

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Halloween On Wheels

Halloween On Wheels

Happy Halloween! One of my favorite things about this holiday is that it enables everyone to have a good time. No matter where you’re from, you can find a good neighborhood and knock on doors for candy and a fun scare. Costumes level the playing field where creativity, not cost, determines who looks the best. Recently, I stumbled across some of the most creative costumes I’ve seen in a while. These kids use their wheelchairs or mobility devices as part of their costumes, making some truly next-level outfits that are one-of-a-kind. (Check out Magic

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Rack ‘Em

Rack 'Em

As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It seems the whole world has turned pink in well-deserved support of the lady warriors who fight this devastating cancer. The women in my Birmingham Ladies APA Pool League all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and we wanted to make sure we did something too. This month we had planned to do a bake sale with the theme “Everything Must Be Pink!” We were originally just planning to wear our best pink shirts to the sale when an idea

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