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LexiBoost: Vote!

By Kate E. Stephenson Vote (n. & v.): 1. a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or body of individuals. 2. the means by which such expression is made, as a ballot, ticket, etc. 3. the right to such expression: to give women the …read more →

First Date

LexiBoost: “Blandiloquence” Flattery will get you everywhere…

By Andrea Pettite Blandiloquence (n.): mildly flattering talk He sat across from her at the table, nervously tapping his foot, making her smile with his blandiloquence.  The seemingly innocent bandying about of flattery will get even the most shy of women to open up and talk.  Alas, the art of …read more →

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Huffed and Puffed and Blew Our House Down

By Kate E. Stephenson Well, Hurricane Sandy didn’t actually blow my house down; I am one of the lucky ones. Many homes, businesses, transportation systems, and lives have been destroyed because of this devastating unprecedented storm. I myself have been out of power in my house since the storm began …read more →

Lexicon Book Club

Book Talk: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

By Eileen Ramos Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nominated writer for NBC’s The Office who also stars as the recurring character Kelly Kapoor, a self absorbed and selfish Indian airhead.  In her memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Kaling writes about her childhood, how she got on …read more →

On the Hunt

On the Hunt: Cover Letters: Don’t cover up. Stand Out!

By Eileen Ramos The first thing you should know about cover letters is to never address the letter as “To Whom This May Concern.” You should always try to search for the name of the person who will interview you.  If you know that your interviewer is the vice president …read more →


Lexiboost: “Inane” Don’t be silly

By Eileen Ramos Inane (adj.): 1. Lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly. 2. Empty; void. Don’t write or create something inane. Make the idea solid and sensible before you execute it. There are of course times when you can be silly but a lot of the time, creation is a …read more →

30 Day Life Challenge

LexiBoost: “Dystopia” Grim Gotham

By Kate E. Stephenson dystopia (n.): a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. Some days you look around and wonder what kind of world is this? The news anchor reports the nightly mayhem and death. Your RSS feed tells you stocks fell again and the …read more →

Frustrated Businesswoman on the Phone

LexiBoost: “Rankle” Irritating Job Requirements

By Kate E. Stephenson rankle (v.) 1. (of unpleasant feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind; fester; be painful. “You don’t have enough experience.” Doesn’t that one statement rankle you? How can you possible get any experience if no one is willing …read more →


Lexiboost: “Hitch” There’s a time limit for everything

By Eileen Ramos Hitch (n.): A temporary interruption or problem Not all problems last forever, many are just hitches. And once you recognize that there is an expiration date on these temporary problems, the more relaxed you can allow yourself to be. You will figure a way out, just wait …read more →

negative thoughts

Lexiboost: “Felodesan” The man in the mirror

By Eileen Ramos Felodesan (adj.): felonious against oneself. About actions that no one but you can injure you with. It’s time to stop sabotaging ourselves and boost our self-esteem. Stop putting yourself down for things you did or didn’t do. It’s counterproductive and it will only derail you from your …read more →