about me

Betty collageThanks for visiting! You might remember me from the tiger mom controversy when my blog went viral: “Parents Like Amy Chua are the reason Asian Americans like me are in therapy.” Right now, I’m working on a book that is my answer to the tiger mom and to control freak parents everywhere.

In the meantime, this blog is my special space for sharing the life skills that I’m learning as a single, divorced working mom; journalist; journalism professor; writing coach and media trainer; painter and holistic health enthusiast. I post recipes, too, along with wisdom from my shrink. As a new venture, I’m also developing a new identity for myself as a journalArtist™, which involves storytelling through a combination of reporting, drawing and painting.

I’m writing to you from my cozy house in the Westchester County suburbs just north of New York City. From here, I commute into Manhattan to teach at NYU as well as other places. You can read my full resume here. With my daughter away at college, my buddies on the home front are our three cats. The old family dog just died but she is still with us in spirit, I’m sure of it. And of course, I have you.   :)

For more details…

I’m a former nationally syndicated columnist for The New York Daily News, where I worked from 1986 to 1995. More recently, I was a digital news reporter for Newsday (2012-2013).

These days, I’m mostly teaching (NYU, The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, St. John’s University, Baruch College, Westchester Community College).

I grew up in Chinatown and will always be proud of my NYC public school education (P.S. 1, J.H.S. 65, Stuyvesant H.S., Baruch College). Later, a student loan carried me through a graduate degree (Columbia University’s School of Journalism).

As for the truly personal stuff,  in 2000, I went solo after 18 years of marriage. Very tough. But the ex- and I remain friends in raising our daughter.

Life is strange, wonderful, unpredictable.

And I’m totally rolling with it.

So if you’d like to stay in touch, please subscribe to my blog and I will send you an email alert whenever I have a new post. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

 

 

 

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