A conversation with a national service volunteer


After selling her computer and car, Samantha packed everything she could fit in to an AmeriCorps-issued bag and boarded a flight to California.

Samantha is a 23-year-old who went to Indiana University and is now doing a program for a national service, AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps. She is a project specialist.

While trying to narrow down a choice of major, she decided to join AmeriCorps and jumped in to the decision without hesitation. She had thought a lot about joining the Peace Corps when she was in high school, but AmeriCorps was an option that had a shorter commitment and seemed more lax.

“I couldn’t decide what I wanted out of life,” she said. “It was difficult for me to narrow down an area of interest for a major and I knew I didn’t want to work as a receptionist forever; service seemed like a viable option in the meantime, while I figured out what I wanted.”

Samantha said it has become clear what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Her goals are clear and she has decided on a major moving forward with her education.

Although she will be all over the United States for the next several months, Samantha is currently located in Queens, N.Y. She said a lot of what she is doing is paperwork.  She is doing paperwork to prepare the road system affected from hurricane Sandy. Even though it’s six months out from the disaster, there are a lot of things that need to be done.

“It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes, but this work still needs to be done,” she said.

Samantha said there have been mixed public views on what they are doing. She said a lot of people along the way to New York didn’t know how to take them.

“They would ask us what we’re doing and not really understand,” she said. “It’s been amazing because the second we got near the coast and mentioned we would be doing Sandy (hurricane) relief, people on street corners and Starbuck’s baristas would tell us thank you. They have been genuinely grateful.”

The best part of her job, she said, has been learning so much about herself. She said she didn’t expect it to be as hard as it has turned out to be.

“I’ve learned how I work with a team and how to define myself,” she said. “You’re in a situation when you’re in a uniform all day, everyday. You don’t define yourself by what you’re wearing or what you have.”

Along those lines, Samantha said the people she has met along the way have surprised her.

“You don’t have those defining characteristics, like an iPad or your Sperry’s, so you have to get to know people on a very basic level of being in the same program,” she said. “My best friend on my team was homeless for a period of time and I don’t think I would have been friends with him without this opportunity. The friendships I’ve made have been great.”

She described the hardest part has been being around the same group of people 24/7 saying, “The same four people share a room, beds, drive to work together, share a desk at work and do physical training together.”

She describes the scariest things she has ever done is volunteering for AmeriCorps.

“Volunteering for something and not really having any idea what it was going to be like was scary,” she said. “I had to leave all the comforts of home.  Even when I moved away from home before, I had a plan, freedom and my things. The not knowing of this program and jumping right in is scary.”

In her time off she has been writing, traveling. She said she has visited Central Park, the Museum of Natural History and more.

Best advice she has received while preparing AmeriCorps was from her father, who she described as her inspiration.

“Before I left, my dad told me ‘this is the time of your life. You’re going to make memories and meet friends you’ll keep the rest of your life,’” she said. “It’s true and I try to keep that in mind when I’m having a hard time.”

After Samantha finishes her time working for the service, she hopes to finish her degree and is thinking about focusing on pre-law, international studies or policy analysis. She said she started at Indiana University and would like to finish there, saying, ‘It has been fun to tell people I am from Indiana and went to IU, especially during basketball season.’

Advice Samantha has for those hesitant and scared to do something is not to overthink it.  She said it’s unnerving to take a leap of faith, but the feeling is liberating

“I went to somewhat of an extreme, gave up my job, apartment, relationships and sold my car, all to join a program I knew very little about,” she said. “I had hesitations and was scared but more than anything I felt relieved. Don’t overthink it, just jump.”

Advice she would give twenty somethings following their dreams is to go for it.

“What’s the worst that could happen? You could fail. Good. Fail. Fail hard, be miserable. Then get up, wipe your tears and do it again,” she said. “What’s the best that could happen? You could succeed and get everything you ever wanted. How will you know if you don’t do what you want to do and follow that dream? It’s worth it.”

Samantha also said people should be decisive and direct about what they want. She said making your own decisions and being as open and clear about things you want out of life will eliminate all the other clutter.

“How will anyone – a friend, your parents, your boyfriend, your coworkers, how will they know what you want if you don’t tell them?” she said. “People will recognize you know what you want and you go out and get it.”

A look in to a few of questions:
1.) Where do you get your inspiration? My dad. He’s always proud of me and works so hard. He is a great father who gives great advice. He is my mentor, friend and greatest inspiration.”

2.) Do you feel like a badass? (after laughing) I kind of do. A lot of what I’m actually doing is paperwork. It’s six months out of the disaster. These are a lot of the things that need to be done. I’m doing paperwork to repair the road system.

3.) What do you wish you had more time for?  It might be selfish, but I wish I had time to myself. I would like to have time to read a book, paint my nails, and take a little bit longer shower. I also hope to read a book I just ordered, “Frozen in Time,” a non-fiction book about WWII.

4.) What is your dream job or what are you interested in doing? I am very interested in law and policy analysis.

5.What is your proudest accomplishment? It will be finishing school. It’s something I’m passionate and thrilled I will be able to do. I’m dedicated, driven and looking forward to that moment. 

Check out other conversations in the series here.


Eight shades of mean


On Wednesday we wear pink, you can’t wear a tank top two days in a row and you can only wear your hair in a ponytail one day a week. Oh and you can only wear jeans or track pants on Friday, which also works in with casual Friday at work, I guess.

When watching it through the likes of Regina George, Cady Heron, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith it’s funny. Really funny; like I’ve watched it 10 times funny.

In the work place, it’s not so funny. Mean girls* exist everywhere, not just prom dances and high school hallways. (*mean girls in this case don’t necessarily have to be girls. They can be mean coworkers (regardless the gender) who are well, mean, to others.

Here are eight shades of mean I’ve met through various places of work.

1.) Mimicking Molly
Molly will mimic you (almost) behind your back. Laugh too loudly? She will mimic you loud enough for you and others to hear. Drum your fingers on your desk while your lost in thought? She’ll drum an entire verse, louder.

2.) Chameleon Carl
Carl will soar through one-on-one interactions. Get him in a group and you’ll never know who you’ll get. He might act nice around nice people, but when he gets in a group of people gossiping or complaining, he’ll fit right in and act similarly to others.

3.) Pretentious Pam
Pam went to a small school and participated in 50 activities and received 1000 awards. She turns conversation of other people’s accomplishments back to that one time she won the ____ award.

4.) Insulting Ian
Ian’s the person who says just kidding at at the end of a phrase that supposedly makes it okay. He’s the person who uses a disclaimer to cover up his insults: “not to be rude, but….” Have you ever met someone so practiced in insulting he doesn’t appear to be insulting you at all? That’s Ian.

5.) Demeaning Diane
Although Diane was hired only a few months before you, she holds it over your head. Anything she doesn’t want to do, she passes it off. Anything she doesn’t think she has time for, she also passes it off no matter how busy you are. Your job isn’t half as hard as hers is. At least that’s how she feels.

6.) Selective-memory Steve
You’ve met him 10 times. You opened the door for him and took Steve progress reports when he looked busy. Steve doesn’t remember you. He doesn’t know your name. He isn’t outwardly mean he just doesn’t care to know who are you.

7.) All-knowing Annie
Annie knows everything about everything in the world and she’ll let others know that. Ask a rhetorical question? She’ll answer it. Even if she thinks 50 shades of grey is a good read and Superman is the one with Robin, she won’t be convinced otherwise.

8.) Judgemental John
You want to write a story about that? Judgement. You didn’t replace the fax machine paper? He’s judging you. You forgot to bring your lunch to the brown bag lunch meeting? Definitely judging you.

There will always be the Steves, Pams and Ians of the office. What can you do? Don’t let it bother you and make friends/surround yourself with positive people. Dont’ let them bother  you, because, trust me, they aren’t bothered by you.

And if all else fails, laugh. Laugh it off. There are too many people who are miserable and will take it out on people in the office (And don’t become a member of the Plastics clique).


A conversation with a fly-fisherman


This week I had the pleasure of talking to Eric, a 26-year-old guy who wants to open up his own fly-fishing guide service in Jackson, Wyoming or New Orleans.

Eric isn’t a stranger to twenty something life-altering changes. He packed up his blazer and moved 1800 miles away from home when he was  21 years old. He hasn’t let anything stop him from following his dreams and he plans to continue working to make them come true.

Eric, an Ind. native, who has lived in Jackson, Tucson, Ariz., and  Baton Rouge, La., is taking classes to complete a business degree so he can learn everything he needs to open his business.

He said accounting has been the most helpful and he plans to focus on small-business classes before wrapping up his degree.

He first got in to fly-fishing when he was 17 years old.

“I saw ‘A River Runs Through It’ and liked it,” he said. “I decided to try it before a big fishing trip to Michigan and have been ever since.”

He said his favorite part of having the business would be being able to be outside all day.

When asked what the hardest thing about fly-fishing was, he said ‘All of it. The patience is the hardest, but it’s probably the best thing about it too.’

He admits he sticks with it because it’s addicting.

The best advice he ever received was from a coworker, Dan Sowers, who helped show him all the spots to fish and how to read the water in Jackson.

The worst piece of advice he received was when he was in a drift boat in a river in Jackson and even though it looked like there was a complete log jam across the river he was told there was a wide enough gap to get through. He dropped everyone out on the bank and went through it by himself, without a life jacket, and said the drift boat was ‘like a pin ball machine going through the gap and I screamed like a girl,’ he said.

Eric said the scariest thing he has ever done is move to Jackson alone when he was 21. He said moving west is also his proudest accomplishment.

In Jackson he worked as a fly-fish guide, camp jack at hunting camp, snow mobile guide in Yellowstone during the winter and participated in activities at a ranch as well.

“What I remember the most is the campfires, hanging out with people and fishing with my friends Myles, Dan, Todd and Zach,” he said.

He said he fished every day in the summer and every once in awhile in the winter.

August or September is his favorite time to fish because it’s hopper (grass hopper) season.

“You use big flies and big fish go dumb for big hoppers,” he said.

Since moving west, he has developed more of an environmental viewpoint.

“I like stories about helping the environment, dam removal and more,” he said.

Although he said  fisherman don’t share their favorite fishing spots, he said he has fly-fished in Jackson, Louisiana, New Zealand, Michigan, Idaho and Indiana.

“The spots I fish rarely are fished, so I usually have the river to myself,” he said. “I don’t want to give my spots away.”

Advice he has for other twenty-somethings is to do what they have a passion for.

“Stick with it and don’t be afraid to go against what other people think is normal,” he said.

A look at some of the questions: 
Favorite fish you’ve caught?
A Red fish in Louisiana. it took us five days to catch it because the conditions were so bad
Biggest fish?
Also a red fish. It was probably 12 pounds.  
Do you have a favorite fish?
Cutthroat trout
What is something you had while fishing in Jackson? 
I always carried bear spray. I never had to use it, but I tested it to see what it would do one time and it was an orange plume that shot 30 feet out.
What is your dream job?
CEO of Patagonia
When did you first know you wanted to be able to fly-fish daily?
My first day in Jackson in 2007
Where do you get your inspiration ?
I really like Yvon Chouinard’s story (he founded Patagonia)
What is something scary that happened while fishing? 
I was walking along the edge once and didn’t realize the ground was brittle. I slid 30 feet down the side of a hill and landed in the water. 



What they don’t tell you in school

I’ve written a lot about college and adjusting to post-grad life and I’ve come to a conclusion. High School, college attempts to prepare you for the next step. You’re always preparing for the next grade level, test and job.

I learned a lot in school from teachers, mentors and professors, but they all left out one small detail.

 You will fail.

That’s right, I said it. You will fail. Yes, you, looking fabulous; I’m talking to you.

You’ll fail at something. You’ll fail at many somethings. But you’ll get through it.

Some of the best advice I ever received from my mother was “sometimes you just have to say f*ck it.” My mother, who is a lovely, eloquent woman, would cringe if she saw I shared those words, but it’s true.

Sometimes you just have to say f*ck it.

Twenty somethings spend a lot of time over-analyzing. We finish school, apply for jobs, get said job and hope to do well. We hate the thought of failing. It’s not something we’re used to. We keep a running to-do list in our heads at night. We come in early and stay late. We exchange a glass of wine, shot of tequila for coffee and diet soda.

We refuse to accept defeat. But you know what? We will fail. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we will be able to enjoy ourselves.

Another gem of advice my mother gave me: you aren’t married to your job, company. There are circumstances, such as the economy, when our company could just send us all packing.

Yes, we should do a damn good job at our job. Yes, we should own up to mistakes. Yes, we really should strive to succeed, but at the end of the day we aren’t married to our work and that is liberating.

I’m not saying you should quit your job, lose your inhibitions, move to a clothing-optional island and take up sun bathing, but I’m saying you will fail and that’s okay. When that happens own up to it, correct it and make it right.

All that anxiety creeping up on you at night as you think about work the next day? Let it go. The reel you keep replaying in your head about something that happened two weeks ago? Let it go, you won’t change it.

Like my mother says, sometimes you just have to say f*ck it.


A conversation with a TV, radio broadcaster

Next in the Collecting Conversations series is Bradford, a twenty something who describes himself as a TV/radio broadcaster with big aspirations. He is currently employed as the news director at DC Broadcasting in Jasper, Ind.

Bradford is a recent Indiana University graduate who says looking for employment for six months before landing in Jasper really slapped him in to reality.

“Everything in life is a competition,” he said.  “You have to earn what you get in this world. That was the biggest lesson I learned and it really has changed me since I left school.”

He said the hardest part of being a news director is overseeing an entire department from top to bottom.

Bradford first got in to broadcasting his senior year of high school.

He said he reluctantly agreed to try a broadcasting class after his mother told him he was an amazing talker and ought to give broadcasting a try.

“I fell in love and never looked back,” he said.

After his high school broadcasting class he said he knew right then he should get away from everything else and focus on honing his broadcast skills.

He’s had numerous internships throughout college, including one with WRTV 6 in Indianapolis.

“Through all of my internships I’ve learned to enjoy my fields and understand the challenges that go with it,” he said. “Now, as I begin my professional career, I’m truly excited to see where my career takes me and the things I can accomplish through being a news broadcaster.”

He is also looking forward to the people he may meet who he wouldn’t meet in his normal life.

He describes the best part of his job as being able to gain experience at what he does in order to get better every single day.

Through high school classes and four-years of college he received both good and bad advice from professors, students on broadcasting.

The best advice he ever got was to stick with it and never give up.

“The business can beat you down and make you question everything about yourself I you allow it to,” he said. “You have to be strong, fight hard every day and get better everyday. It isn’t always easy, but it can be very rewarding if you work at it hard enough.”

The worst advice he ever received was to make the news. He said ‘your job as broadcaster is not to make news.’

“You don’t create what is happening around you in the world,” he said. “You take what you know is going on and that is how build news. You can build and develop news from stuff you know is happening, but you can’t ‘make’ news from nothing.”

He also has developed advice of his own. Advice he would give to someone wanting to get in to journalism is to ‘grow the thickest skin you possibly can.’

“Thin-skinned people will not survive in this business,” he said. “People from every walk of life will criticize you, question you, dislike you, anything you can think of. You have to take it in stride and drive yourself to be the best that you can be everyday.”

Like any other new twenty something, it’s easy to question new careers, but Bradford said his internships and love for what he is doing helped him stick with it.

“When you love what you’re doing, it is a whole lot easier to stick with it than if you didn’t like what you were doing,” he said.

Career advice he would give a twenty something is to start looking for work ASAP.

“Getting the first job in broadcast, or in journalism in general, is the hardest thing about this business. Nobody wants to trust a college graduate with a reporting job,” he said. “It’s very challenging to get in the door. Never give in though. Fight for what you want and you’ll eventually break through.”

A look at a few of the questions:
What is your dream job?
My true dream job is to anchor the CBS Evening News and follow in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite and the man that was running the show at CBS when I was young: Dan Rather.
Scariest thing you’ve ever done?
This will sound silly, but riding on a rollercoaster. I literally thought I would fall out of the car and splat on the ground and be dead. It was the most panicked I’ve felt in my life.
Favorite book at the moment?
When the Game was Ours by Jackie MacMullan. It’s the story of Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson from the perspective of the two players. It’s my favorite because I am a competitive person by nature and these are two of the greatest competitors of all-time in my book. Learning from them through reading about it is an honor for me.
Proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment was winning an indoor drumline state championship my very first year of marching. I was the big kid that couldn’t hack it as a marcher. I was going to be the downfall of the group. Yet I wound up helping the group to win it all. Never felt so proud. I still have that gold medal too. I’ll never let that one go.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from basketball. Watching players compete at the highest level striving to be their best and winning championships is the stuff that drives me. I want to be the very best at what I do because if I’m not striving for that, I won’t last long. It’s such a competitive business.
Where do you see yourself in two years?
In two years, I hope to be better at what I do than I am today. That’s all I can ask for. Whatever works out job-wise during that timeframe is what will happen.


A conversation with a writer


I’m happy to introduce my first interview of the series Collecting Conversations. First up to the plate is Andrea, a 25-year-old freelance technical writer who writes textbooks on Microsoft Office software. She has a writing degree from the University of Tampa and hopes to be successful at creative writing one day.

The best part of her job is she gets to work from home and doesn’t have to deal with office politics. Also, Andrea’s name can be found on Microsoft Office software textbooks. Cool, right?

After years of writing before, during and after college, Andrea has a lot of knowledge to share on the subject.

Andrea doesn’t remember the exact moment she began writing, but she remembers being young.

“I’ve always been a reader. As a kid I would carry books with me everywhere I went (and I still do),” she said. “I guess one day I decided I wanted to try writing.”

She enjoys both fiction and poetry. Ultimately she wants to write fiction but she loves poetry and doesn’t want to stop writing it.

Her proudest writing accomplishment has been having poems published in an online journal.

“To me having my own work published is a much bigger accomplishment than getting my name on a book I wrote for someone else,” she said. “I will always remember the first time my own words were published.”

She has learned she can survive writing boot camp.

Andrea finds it harder to start writing than keep writing. She recalls her first year of college as a writing major and refers to it as boot camp, saying it was hard to be vulnerable.

“You spend a lot of time writing your deepest most intimate thoughts and then listen to everyone bash it to pieces,” she said. “If you can take that criticism and weed out the crap and let the rest of it help you then I think you’ll have a much easier time to keep writing.”

She doesn’t keep a writing schedule but wishes she did saying, “I’m just not to the point where I can sit down and say ‘I will write now.’ It doesn’t work that way for me.”

She has learned it’s hard to make time for writing.

“Life gets in the way of most things, but I think if you really have a passion for it, you will make the time,” she said.

Her childhood has been her biggest inspiration. She said she remembers random, insignificant moments from being a child and turns those moments into a story or poem.

She learned not to give up.

There comes a point when most people who have dipped their feet in to writing want to give up. Andrea said she almost gives up everyday, but by sticking with it, her writing improves.

“I’m a perfectionist who could spend an entire day rewriting a sentence,” she said. “I stick with it because nothing makes me happier than that moment when I find the right words to express what I’m trying to say.”

We ended the conversation with advice she would tell other writers or aspiring writers.

“I think you can’t be afraid to write in a medium or genre that you don’t like. I never thought I would ever become a technical writer but I actually enjoy it and it helps my other writing,” she said. “I would also say to really get into poetry. So many writers seem to want to write fiction but never get in to poetry. Learning how to write poems help make your fiction stronger, they go hand-in-hand.”

A look at a few of the questions:
What is the best advice you’ve ever received on writing?
I had a professor tell me that words fail and that once you get over that it becomes a lot easier. I didn’t get it at first but now that I do I’ve had a much easier time writing.
and the worst piece of advice you’ve received?
I think most advice is bad when it comes to art. I’ve been told to not write offensive things, which to me is ridiculous. Life is offensive.
What is your favorite book, short story and poem?
My favorite book of all time is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I read it all of the time and each time I find something new to love. My favorite short story is a tie between White Angel by Michael Cunningham and Dance in America by Lorrie Moore. And my favorite poem is This Hour and What Is Dead by Li-Young Lee (honestly I love anything by him).
Best movie you’ve seen lately that was adapted from a book?
Stand by Me is my favorite movie of all time. It was adapted from a Stephen King story. I did just see The Perks of Being a Wallflower and thought it was an amazing adaptation. I love both the book and the movie.



Life advisors at 18?


When did High School seniors become miniature Buddhas covered with hair?  Are they normal students during the day and superheros at night?

Or, maybe is it the fact they are simply teenagers who look toward their futures with optimism, hope and refreshing determination.

I was typing in forms we got from the high school for the education page of the newspaper and some of them said things like “I love ____ because he’s a stud” or “my favorite band is One Direction, they’re so cute,” etc. but  there were also some really insightful answers. My favorite six:

6.) Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to do. Also, don’t let it stress you out.

5.) Try different things to find out what you enjoy doing.

4.) It’s never too early (or late) to start preparing and planning for your career

3.) Explore your options. Ask questions and at least try the thing you have doubts about because you’ll never know if you will change your mind.

2.) Once you find your knack, learn as much as you can about it.

1.) Try everything. Explore. You aren’t going to find what you love to do unless you experience different things.

Well played, you wisdom-filled 18-year-olds. If this can’t brighten your day and pull you out of the Monday blues, I don’t know what can.

“A generation of kids choosing love over a desk. put those hours in and look at what you get.” 


Signs you shouldn’t take the job


Post grads have something (okay, several) things in common. One large commonality is job searching. I have been on my fair share of job interviews over the past year and have noticed some things that have really caused me to reconsider the job and ultimately turn it down.

1.) It’s not offering enough money

Yes, a little is better than none. If you’re looking for a different job while already employed you don’t have to stress about this one too much, but if you are jobless you will be tempted to take whatever you’re offered. However, if your salary will barely allow you to pay rent let alone purchase anything besides ramen noodles and gas for your vehicle, it may be time to turn down the offer.

2.) You guess the job would sort of be okay

That’s not good enough. Yes, we have bills to pay and  trust me I know, but I’m a firm believer in people being motivated to do better in a job they like. If you take a job you don’t like you will most likely be miserable. That being said if you are unsure but think you could actually enjoy it, by all means give it a shot. There is nothing wrong with trying something out to see if it is the appropriate fit. It’s also incredibly empowering knowing this job, is the first of many and you can leave it.

3.) You or others applying for the job notice something is not right about the company

Before I accepted my current job I was applying to companies in different areas. One of the interviews was for a telecommunications position at a company I will not name. Well as I approached the building I wasn’t sure about the position. I looked at a plaque displaying the floor the elevator needed to take me. The name of the company was on the plaque but it was written with a sharpie (that should have been the first red flag). I arrived at the floor and saw it was cute but very sparsely decorated and I don’t know why my first thought was if they wanted they could be moved out of the office in a matter of minutes. There were no distinguishing factors displaying the company or what they did. As I was sitting in a chair getting ready to be interviewed I noticed three other people whispering and looking around. I went over and joined them and talked about how we all knew something about the place wasn’t right. It seemed like a scam and we ended up being right.

4.) They are unclear about the position and what you would be doing

Some companies will spend ten minutes using vague words to describe the job description. Ask questions about responsibilities, salary, anything basically and if they don’t answer them or avoid any hard-hitting questions it might not be the job you’re looking for. I went to an interview where they told me about the position and the company and by the end I was still unsure of what they actually did. When I asked questions they said they would get to that later and never did. The interview continued to go downhill, I became uncomfortable and left early.

5.) Current employees go out of their way to tell you how much they hate the job

I went to an interview and it went pretty smoothly, but as I was leaving one of the current employees was trailing behind me and told me about the large work load and how the job isn’t as together as it had appeared that day. I’m not suggesting anytime an employee says something negative about the job you should turn your nose up at it and leave it behind, but it’s definitely something to take in to consideration.


Modern role models

There is something so charming about actresses Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey. Quite frankly it could be because they have their sh*t together.

It’s refreshing to see Wiig, 39, Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, thriving in movies, television shows. It’s even more refreshing they aren’t in tabloids for drugs, alcohol, ending up in jail or “clubbing.”

They’re intelligent, gorgeous and hilarious role models.









Week favorites

Here are some of my favorite things I’m reading, watching, looking forward to etc. at the moment (meaning this week, not this exact second).

Book I’m reading: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


What just played on my Itunes playlist: I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight by The Outfield


Favorite inspirational sayings this week (I have two)



Last magazine I purchased: March edition of Vogue; Beyoncé is on the cover


Workout of the week: Complete body workout, a five-disk DVD collection by Jillian Michaels

Favorite Dr. Seuss quote (in honor of the March 2 birthday): “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


Favorite “not impressed” face: President Obama and gymnast McKayla Maroney


Last movie I saw in theater: Snitch


Essie nail color: Butler, please


Indiana University basketball will face Ohio State on senior night. Derek Elston, Christian Watford and Jordy Hulls are pictured below.


And the moment that touched my heart this week: A high school basketball player threw the ball inbound to the opposing team’s manager, a boy with a developmental disability, so he could score a basket. It was a moment of true sportsmanship. The manager made the basket and the crowd rushed the court. It gave me chills.