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Marathon Monday: Running Wardrobe Refresh

Every year, right around Easter, the weather gets nice down here in North Carolina. Really nice. That’s when I break out my warm-weather running clothes from last season and think—Whoa, what the eff? Were these pants always this tight? Ugh! This madness must end! I feel this way every. single. year. Winter kicks my ass, but so what…

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Good Friday, 1986

It’s Good Friday 1986. I am in sixth grade at St. Wenceslaus, a weird and quirky Catholic school on the northwest side of Chicago. My classmates are working-class descendants of Polish, German, Mexican and Filipino immigrants. There’s a first-generation Peruvian American in my class, too. We are the model UN of Catholic schools, and our…

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Spring Break

I’m on spring break. I know you miss me. Want to sign up for some newsletters? Curate your life a little better? Barking Up The Wrong Tree — happiness Give and Take — live a better life Amplify Talent — be a better HR and talent pro There you go.

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Spring Break

I’m on spring break. I know you miss me. Here are some “group” HR blogs you can read while I’m gone. The Talent Advisor Portal Fistful of Talent Performance I Create TLNT Voice of HR Blogging4Jobs Red Branch Media  

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