WARNING: This may be the cheesiest post I have ever written. But these things I'm feeling are real.  Don't be a grinch, okay? ;-) I'm not usually one of those people who gets excited for Christmas before Thanksgiving even hits.  For some reason, this year I've gotten into the spirit…

The year was 2002. I was an exuberant teenager ready to attack any opportunity that came my way as a writer. Back then, I considered myself solely an entertainment journalist.  I dreamed of writing for Rolling Stone or working for MTV. Those were the outlets I turned to when I…

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