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Envelope sealant tastes bad

Experiences
I just finished writing thank-you notes, found addresses for the last two families on my graduation announcement list (“better late than never” has always been my motto), and wrote two letters to faraway friends. Wow, my hand is tired. And my mouth has that awful aftertaste that one gets from licking an envelope. I really do like writing letters, though. Handwriting is much more personal than an email, or a quick text, or a tag on Facebook. I’ve always enjoyed receiving letters because they symbolize care; if a friend, family member, or former teacher (which has happened) takes the time to write a postcard or a small greeting or send a package, that means they care enough about you to take the extra time to send a message. My grandmother…
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How original(?)

Experiences
My family is one of millions of avid Groupon users, but I didn’t know much about it until I read this New York Times article. In a world saturated with words, being original can be a challenge. Some philosophers even argue that all of the “original” thoughts have already been thought. And especially in advertising, it may prove difficult to present the same product that everyone other retailer sells in a different, innovative way that convinces people to give one company money over another. Groupon uses humorous wordplay to win over customers. Nothing punny (in fact, puns are forbidden), nothing too logical, but a short phrase that catches people’s attention. I found their employee base interesting: artists, musicians, and poets. No one has received any formal journalism training because, as…
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K-E-[dollar sign]-H-A

Music
Confession: I love Ke$ha. I know, I know. She always acts like she’s drunk or hungover, her song lyrics can be questionable (i.e. “Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack”), and her music videos are just plain weird. Ke$ha’s smart, guys. She was an IB student who almost got a perfect SAT score. She was a “dork” in the marching band. But her dream wasn’t academic; she knew she wanted to be a musician, and she pursued her dream until she achieved it. I respect that. Does her artistic persona show us whom she truly is? She could just know that the crazy, daring party girl who will “go insane, go insane, throw some glitter, make it rain” will sell, just like Lady Gaga (who is…
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How Sharpie colors should be named

Lists
Like Crayola crayons, that is - by what they resemble. The following are the first names that popped into my head as I looked at a handful of Sharpies: - Raspberry Smoothie - The Tan Slash Brown That One Can Find in Any Store - Army Green - J. Crew Dark Grey - Big-Eyed Cartoon Frog Green - School Jersey Purple - Mango Sorbet - Overcast Sky Blue - Pretty Pretty Princess Purple - Five-Year-Old Pink - That Rich Dark Red That I Love - Artificial Grass - Translucent Shirt Pink - Milk Chocolate - I Want to Seem Daring and Crazy, But I’m Too Scared [Green] - Indistinguishable Mix Between Blue and Green - The Color I Always Think Is Black But Is Really Dark Navy - The Perfect…
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Watching “Glee” reminded me of this

Experiences
My sixth grade Thanksgiving was average, at best. The usual grandmother’s house gathering with family members who crack puns at the dinner table and can’t agree on football or TLC reruns. My friend, however, went to New York and returned with a novel, a t-shirt, and a new favorite musical. Wicked, based on a novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, pushed Making Fiends and those odd Target caricatures aside to become the hottest topic in the grade. The recording company probably made a few hundred dollars from us alone. We read the novel (and its sequels) from cover to cover, memorized each breath that Idina Menzel took on the soundtrack, and quoted song lyrics in everyday conversation. Wicked was the ultimate middle school epidemic. So when the Fabulous…
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