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The Real Miracle On 34th Street

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:08 PM

*Disclaimer:For those of you who responded to kindly to my initial article "Miracle on 34th Street' chronicling Weston Keeton's transplant surgery in December 2013, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The article opened many people to the topic of organ donation.

How did a 31 year-old...

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The Moving Story of a Real-Life Miracle on 34th Street

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:50 AM

We've all heard of the Miracle of 34th Street, and will probably see it at some point this month. We watch the film to rekindle that feeling of awe and that belief in miracles each of us experienced at Christmas at some point in our lives, before life jaded us....

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What a Taylor Swift Concert and My Best Friend Moving Across the Country Have In Common

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:15 PM

My best friend, Geri, is moving across the country in less than a week. Specifically, she will be 2,692 miles away in her new apartment in San Diego with her boyfriend. I will be here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where we both grew up and lived for 24 years. Except for...

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Throwing Warm and Fuzzy out the Window

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:39 PM

While browsing the card aisle trying to pick out a card for my mother on her special holiday, I began to feel overwhelmed. Most of the cards spouted messages of thanks for always being there, for always showing the right path in life while being an amazing role model. As...

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Sanity or Self-Esteem?

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:44 AM

When I went in to see my dermatologist last week, I didn't think I'd be reduced to tears by the end of appointment. Yes, I do have a slight phobia of doctors (my finger nails are usually bitten down to the numbs and I pop a prescribed Xanax or two),...

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 7:13 PM

Last Saturday night, my house was discombobulated. Strands of colored Christmas lights covered the floors, snow man figurines were lined up on the coffee table and garland was draped over the loveseat, nearly tripping each person passing by trying to get to the bathroom. In the middle of it all,...

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Living With the Medical Elephant in the Room

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed while home from work Monday afternoon, I came across a tweet saying that it was World Stroke Day. A day where people raise awareness for the devastating effects strokes have on 795,000 people annually in the United State. After the tweets -- and...

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Why You Shouldn't Discount Your 23-Year-Old Social Media Manager

(13) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 11:27 AM

The 20s are not easy time in a person's life, especially in an economy that has the stability of a house of cards. For the past three or four years, there have been countless books and studies focused on the plight of the millennials. My generation also is the first...

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Moving on From Being Dark and Twisty

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 1:49 PM

During a recent conversation with a boy I'm seeing, we were discussing hair colors we previously rocked in our younger years. I made a passing comment that my jet black hair was during my "dark and twisty" phase. Taken right out of the playbook of Meredith Grey, those words resonated...

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My Tribute to My Grandfather Is My Writing, Which Was His Gift to Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 4:46 PM

My grandfather would have been 83 years old today. If he were alive right now, I would probably be putting the final touches on his birthday cake and trying to rush around to find the last-minute perfect gift. Most likely, it would have been something for his kitchen, since 90...

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Knowing Yourself, Not Just Your Expectations

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:53 PM

Congratulations to the class of 2012. After four years of pouring over textbooks, dealing with roommate drama and fighting with your college's financial aid office, your college career has come to an end. This pomp and circumstance is the grand finale of the marathon of education, for most. Rehydrate with...

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Life After College -- My Crash Course into Adulthood at 22

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:56 PM

It's a term that's been quite popular over the last few years: quarter-life crisis. The whole concept may seem absurd to older generations, who believe that twenty-somethings have it all. Sure, we may be wrinkle-free and have less cellulite, but I've come to realize that the twenties are a crash...

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Bullying is Much More Than Child's Play

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 12:54 AM

Bullying may seem like child's play to some adults or as just one of those areas that everyone goes through. With the recent outburst of cyberbullying, and teenage suicide deaths around the country, it is about time that people understand bullying is not just a kid thing; it's a serious...

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When The Recession Hits Home

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 9:43 AM

Like every other American, I have heard the word recession too many times in the past two years. I've seen it featured in every news report, spotlighted in every newspaper, and witnessed its effects in everyday life. It seems that each week, someone I know loses his job or is...

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When Counting Sheep Doesn't Work

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2010 | 1:34 PM

Pulling all-nighters in college is not an out-of-the-ordinary activity. During my academic career, I had to pull a few during finals week. The morning after my body feels like it was hit by a truck and it takes multiple Red Bulls to get through the day. I don't mind staying...

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