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March 9th, 2015
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A Job Interview is Not a Reality Show

A just-released reality television show just premiered on the airwaves.  This new hour long program snatches individuals right off the sidewalk with a philanthropic motive at its core.  These folks on the street are clothed in some of the zaniest wardrobes (think Little Orphan Annie on steroids).  Once captured, the hosts provide a head-to-toe makeover.  But prior to being humanly remodeled, the captured individual in costume-like garb is paraded in front of complete strangers.  Each judges the bizarrely dressed person as to whether they would potentially have any credibility in the work environment.

by Anne Middleton

March 9th, 2015
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What if Cinderella Didn’t Wear Those Glass Slippers

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful, and more importantly, very smart girl named Cindy. Her mother was deceased and her father remarried a diabolical woman with two lazy daughters of her own. Though he adored Cindy, her wealthy father had to leave on a long trip, putting Cindy in the care of her stepmother. After an accident, her father never returned and the nefarious stepmother took control of his fortune and forced Cindy to serve her and the pair of lethargic stepsisters. Cindy spent years washing the laundry, cooking the meals and sweeping the chimney, until one day the three girls received an invitation to a gala at the palace.

by Anne Middleton

March 4th, 2015
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Hit The Road With These Date Night Ideas

It’s date night!  Time to pick up your sweetie and hit the town!  Except, you are fresh out of original date destinations. Whether you are trying to woo your lady or court your dashing dude, thinking of distinctive date ideas can be burdensome.  You’ve done dinner and a movie more times than you can count, you’ve exhausted all the eateries in town and you usually quarrel over whether to see a rom-com or an action flick. Plus, those monotonous dates are killing your budget. It’s time for some fresh, economical date night suggestions.

by Anne Middleton

March 3rd, 2015

Aging Parental “Social Security”

Those of a certain generation first became internet users very late in their life.  Yes, shockingly, it’s true.  There was a time where computers did not exist. The experience on the web of these elder statesmen is naturally limited.  Texting is still a foreign language to these “mature” adults who grew up believing the world is an honest society, populated with individuals possessing only noble intentions.  And that includes trusting everyone and everything on the World Wide Web.

by Anne Middleton

March 2nd, 2015
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Road Trips To Take This Summer

Your memory bank is probably brimming with recollections of piling into the family station wagon and hitting the highway for summertime family road trips.  Squabbling with siblings in the back seat, playing the license plate game, stopping to visit the world’s largest ball of yarn and staying in cheesy motels is how many of us bonded with our families during the school break. And, those memories still pop up in the conversation at every family reunion and holiday meal. But, with the lure of affordable plane tickets and all-inclusive resorts on exotic islands, the family road trip is becoming a thing of the past.

by Anne Middleton

March 2nd, 2015
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Spring Forward with New Balance

Spring is in the air. Wait, let me put that another way...Spring is in the air? Yes. That’s more accurate. With parts of the country buried under record-breaking snowfall and still other parts suffering staggering wind chills, it’s hard to believe the vernal equinox is just three weeks away. My grandmother used to say about the month of March, ”If it comes in like a lion, it’ll go out like a lamb.” I think it’s safe to say it has come in like a ROARING lion, so let’s hope there’s some truth in that proverb. But even if Mother Nature seems a step behind in the bring-on-the-warm-weather parade, thankfully, New Balance is never a step a behind.

by Abbey O'Bryan

February 25th, 2015
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Your Car is Ruining Your Love Life

The dating scene can be excruciating, but you can’t relinquish the quest when you know the perfect girl is out there waiting for you. Lately you’ve been fortunate to meet some lovely ladies. Perhaps your colleague set you up with someone or your Match.com profile piqued her interest. Or, maybe she swiped right on Tinder. However you met, everything seemed to be going superbly. Or, at least it did. After what appeared to be a marvelous first date, she isn’t returning your calls.   What went wrong? Maybe your conversational skills are lacking, or maybe she’s an introvert and feeling a bit sheepish.

by Anne Middleton

February 24th, 2015
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Social Media…Benefit or Liability?

You confidently strut into your interview and are greeted by a handsome executive clad in a luminous white shirt and perfectly pressed suit, sporting a silk tie and pocket square.  You smile and hold out your hand to engage in a strong, yet not overwhelming handshake when this coiffed male specimen queries you, “Nice to meet you. Has your rash from your spider bite been cured?” You stand motionless in silence with your mouth open down to your knees and your outstretched arm dangling in space, feeling exposed.

by Anne Middleton

February 24th, 2015
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Create an Enticing Patio for Spring Entertaining

Warm weather is just a calendar page away and it’s almost time to come out of hibernation. Before long, you will be able to escape the sniffling confines of your house to spend time soaking up the sun in your backyard. Before you fire up the grill and postmark the invitations to the first BBQ of the year, you need to spruce up your patio. Home décor boutiques are full of all manner of outdoor items in summery shades and cutsy patterns. But, that stuff is extravagantly priced and too delicate to standup to spring’s torrents of rain and summer’s blazing sun.  Instead, opt for hardy, resilient décor that is both long-lasting and chic.

by Anne Middleton

February 23rd, 2015
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Hair Raising Troubles

Since kindergarten, these four women have been inseparable and maintained an unbreakable bond.  They have relished in sharing all of life’s key milestones side-by-side. Their lives have been intertwined since learning how to tie their shoes, partaking in driver’s education, voting together for the first time, receiving college acceptance letters (they all attended the same university), first loves, heartaches, countless hair and make-up styles, first apartment, first job …well you get the idea. Now, after 29 years of life’s trials and tribulations, one of these young women is engaged and organizing the wedding of a lifetime.

by Anne Middleton