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Spilled Ink: The truth about being a bookseller and 10 ways to be a better customer

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The Barnes and Nobles store that I work at by night. Photo by Willa Smith. People always ask me what it’s like to work in a bookstore. I’ve even had customers ask me if I like working at Barnes & Noble, and they’re always surprised when I tell them earnestly, that I do. Because I’ve…

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Ending the Relationship

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A few months ago I made the conscious decision to end my relationship with my dad. I had felt this way for almost a year before I actually acted on it. For most of my life, my dad and I never had the typical father-daughter relationship. Ever since I was very young, my parents always had…

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Where In The World Is… World Geography?

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I remember it clearly. Like most bad things that happen in our past, it was on a Monday and it was in the 7th grade. Our french teacher pulled down a map of the world and asked us if we knew any french speaking countries. Of course I did, I knew stuff about geography. My hand shot…

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Minimum Wage

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In the recent State of the Union speech that President Obama gave, Obama mentioned that one of his goals this year is to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. He may have brought this up after many fast-food employees unionized in late 2013. Some corporations are upset about this announcement by the President,…

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Giving (Late) New Years Resolutions A Shot

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This year, I resolved to run for at least 30 minutes every day. I’ve been on and off the fitness bandwagon for years, and this year I was going to stay on. Of course, that requires getting on the wagon in the first place. It was New Year’s day and I had all my running…

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The media, bad news, and what can be done to help

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If you flip on any news channel, or look at the cover of any newspaper you will see bad news. By the looks of the media the world is a place of constant doom: A murder on Apple Street, a devastating car crash, and wallabys have been found to occasionally sacrifice their joeys when in…

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