What We Can Learn From Parks and Rec

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I’m a huge fan of the television show Parks and Rec. If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s a comedy on NBC that is shot documentary style, like The Office. It follows the lives of the Parks and Rec department of Pawnee, Indiana. Not only is it a very funny (without a laugh track) show, [...]

I Admit it, I Live in a Bubble

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I’ll admit it, I live in a bubble. The nice, safe, sheltered place where I’m insulated from the outside world. My circumstances mean I don’t get out much, I rarely watch television, and I don’t have much time to goof off on the internet these days. I’ve never seen Seinfeld. Or Friends. I’ve never watched [...]

I’ve Got Frank Sinatra’s Storage Unit Contents For $10,000

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There’s a show about a family pawn shop business that my kids and I are hooked on. It stars an old man with his signature lid fedora who says, “In my day” a lot. There’s an eager-for-daddy’s-approval 50ish year old son, a late 20 ish son of the man with the daddy fixation, who tantrums [...]

I’m Going To Make Up My Own Word Today

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From here on in and forever, I will use any word I want to, made up in any way that fits, because I just saw it done on national television in a one on one discussion of North Korea. When recently interviewed by CNN and asked about the situation and motives behind North Korea’s leader, [...]

How to Buy a House, Part II

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I watch a lot of HGTV, so I know a thing or too about buying houses. On those shows people look at three or four homes before they’re ready to make a decision. That’s maybe one day of looking. Once they’ve spent a day looking, the next day they make a decision about which of [...]

I Heart The Doctor

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I never thought of myself as a fangirl. Band geek? Of course. (In case you were wondering, I played the flute and NO, I did not go to band camp.) School nerd? Absolutely. (Totally not a humblebrag: I graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA.) But a fangirl? Not really. And then in the summer [...]

5 Things I’m Too Old for Now

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I’m 24 years-old now, and though that apparently makes me an adult in the eyes of everyone but the rental car industry, I sometimes forget that I’m not a teenager anymore. It happens every so often, like when my ID gets the once over at the liquor store, and I have to remind myself that [...]

MU Teen: You Can’t Please Everyone, So You Might As Well Please Yourself

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Recently, a tell-all documentary on “pyjama culture” shocked the nation. Basically, it followed the lives of two fifteen-year-old girls in the rough end of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. It explored controversial topics such as dropping out of school, drugs, crime and teenage pregnancy. It was strange to think of a culture so different, consisting of violence, blackouts [...]

Little Orthodontia on the Prairie

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In the opening credits of Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning, a picture of Laura Ingalls fades to reveal a picture of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Though it appears her transformation to womanhood was just removing a couple of rubber bands from raggedy braids, long time viewers knew Half Pint needed serious orthodontia. I [...]

Time Apart

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I was a “latch key” kid. There was a club for us at school. We learned survival skills: don’t open the door for strangers, don’t tell people you’re home by yourself, don’t use the stove, and, God, you miserable children, you’re so brave surviving the sad reality that your mother is not at home like she’s supposed [...]

9 Signs A Mother May Be Losing Her Mind

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Whether she’s a  new mom, a veteran mom to teenagers, or that brilliant, gorgeous skinny CEO that drops her babies off from a Porsche, trust me, she thinks she’s losing her mind. Every mom I know has done at least one of the following (and I’ve done most of them this week): Completely forgotten a regular [...]

Dr. House’s World vs. The Real World

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I love medical shows. I am unnaturally attached to medical shows. It’s a sickness, really. I will watch a medical show to the end. Take E.R., for example. Set in Chicago, it was fast-paced, emotional, gruesome at times–and there were some great story lines. I loved it! Even when they jumped the shark, I was [...]