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Perfection 101

UNITED STATES—Have you ever heard the phrase, “It has to be perfect?” Of course you have, I think we all have. The idea of perfection is something that we must all aim for, but are we creating an expectation that is impossible to achieve? Its something that many of us hear from our parents, our teachers, our bosses, our family,...

Working In Management

UNITED STATES—Throughout my career I’ve learned something of great importance: be careful what you wish for! The idea of being your own boss or working in management is not as ‘great’ as some would like to perceive. How do I know this? Well I've known a lot of people who worked in management positions, only to find themselves bumping...

Cultural Secret: What’s My Identity?

BEL AIR—What happens when a pretty Lebanese immigrant falls in love with a handsome Irish immigrant in Los Angeles? .... a slightly confused me! Born the youngest of four first-generation American children, my siblings and I shared parents with strong, independent cultural values. But in spite of our biracial heritage, my mother's Lebanese values reigned supreme in our upbringing. Cultural clash...

Money Management 101

UNITED STATES—It’s 2015, and it’s almost a given we’ve all made resolutions that might have already been broken. Then again some of us might have had those resolutions stick (at the current moment). One of my resolutions was to get my finances in order. Yes, money the root of all evil, but at the same time the one thing...

Chasing A Dream

UNITED STATES—Tell me, is there something that you’ve always dreamed about doing that has yet to transpire? Of course you have, we all do. The problem with a dream is sometimes it seems unattainable or takes days, weeks, months, years or decades before you see it come to fruition. The key to maintaining your aspiration on any dream is to...

Fighting A Crusade

UNITED STATES—We all have causes that are passionate to our lives, but I’ve recently had a particular cause that has been brought to my attention. Homelessness is a major issue in America. There are plenty of states where the issue is so prevalent some in the political arena are unsure how to tackle the problem at hand. My concern...

The Four Stages Of Dating Theory

BEVERLY HILLS—Of my eleven closest girlfriends, I had the fewest relationship problems. My ongoing examination of why they were continuously crushed by their short-lived relationships helped me discover my secrets of dating theory. I wasn't the hottest of my clan, but you'd think I was considering my dating success. They would attract good catches, but only for a limited time. I learned...

Facing A Crisis

UNITED STATES—It’s apart of life, we all face a crisis when we least expect it, but it’s how you respond to that crisis that is important to what happens next. I experienced a Christmas holiday that dealt with one crisis after another that I never expected. I’m usually good under extreme stress and pressure, but I will say, no...

Drinking Responsibly

UNITED STATES—Let’s face it, when the New Year arrives it's time to celebrate. With most celebrations, the amount of alcohol flowing will be at gargantuan levels. When I think of New Year’s Eve celebrations, I just think of people getting hammered and not in a good way. It seems whenever people have an excuse to drink, they take things too...

The Secret Danger Of Statin Drugs

MALIBU—My dad was the model of an Irish lad. Health insurance appeared a needless expense for a teenage immigrant with empty pockets and vast ambition. That was, until, as a married man, my mum’s hysterectomy strapped my dad with a $900,000 hospital bill. A common surgical procedure left my mum at death’s doorstep after it was discovered that a...
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