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The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

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Running away from home for a 10-day painting vacation in France came with a price — $9,079.80, to be exact. But it’s what I wanted to do. I had a great time. Plus, I learned the value of letting go. “Me first” is my new mantra! Everything was new. I’d never gone on a vacation by myself before. Never went …

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My day of creative reckoning

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This 10-day painting trip to France is more than a tra-la-la fun vacation. I say this because we just went through the first critique of our work — and it felt like a deep therapy session. As you know from my daily postings about this adventure, our instructor Frank O’Cain, a master¬†teacher with laser vision. Even though I barely know …

My favorite student texts from Spring 2015 semester

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Relief, at last! The sweat of herding college students through Spring 2015 is over. We’ve made progress along the path to enlightenment. The final grades are in. Which means that as I enter my first free week of the summer, I am nostalgic about the most trying moments. To give you an idea of what my world has been like, …

Fight gun violence: Moms Demand Action march

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A new experience: For the first time ever, I carried a sign and participated in a march. It was liberating, necessary and — now that I know what marching feels like, it will certainly happen again. Why now? Guns. I’m heart-broken and furious about the killing going on in this country. Every day brings new headlines about the murder of …

New study on Asian Americans & their $ issues: Making America Work

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What are the economic realities of being Asian American? For the many answers to that question, a new report was released today. It’s filled with interesting details, including comparison numbers for Latinos, blacks and whites. With a population of 17 million, Asian Americans account for 6% of the people living in the U.S. — as well as 6% of the …