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The Long Haul

NE OF THE FLATTERING (AND TERRIFYING!) parts of starting a new job is that all of a sudden, people seem interested in you and your thoughts. It usually starts with the simple stuff. Oh, man, where to start … but for these purposes, I’m Andrea Valdez, the new When I’m in Texas, I say Houston, but when I’m in the world, I claim the state. I spent two years running magazine’s website, and prior to that I spent 10 years at , but I really love talking about that one summer I baked fancy dog treats. Then it gets a little deeper: That’s both an easy and hard question to answer.

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