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The night I met Prince, or, the coolest moment of my life

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Relationships 19 Comments

Dear Prince, I am writing my first-ever fan letter, to say “thank you.” Three decades ago, we met in a fleeting New York moment that gave me faith in my nerd self. With your death, I see the memory through fresh eyes. By staying fabulously purple your entire life, you’ve shown me that cool is possible at any age. The …

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Reflecting on fear, back pain, new projects & the healing power of poetry

betty ming liu Health, Writing how-to's 12 Comments

Ouch. Ouch. Easy, girl. Earlier this week, wrenching my back led to three, solid immobilized days in bed. Even though I’m up again, recovery is slow. The back is tender. So am I. Three painful, prone, motionless days took me to a deeper truth. I had to deal with not just physical crippling but an emotional one. Lately, I’ve been stressed about …

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Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

betty ming liu Relationships 24 Comments

I began the Year of the Sheep by making a painful decision about Lucky, our ancient cat. My first act of the new year was to put him to sleep. Dealing with death is considered a no-no during such an auspicious holiday. But Lucky was a black cat with great vibes, enough to overcome Chinese superstitions. Besides, I miss him. Talking …

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Books to help us write smart at work

betty ming liu Money, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication is such a beast. It’s …

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5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

betty ming liu Food, Health, Money 22 Comments

Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty snack, can’t remember what it …

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Clearing gutters in a snowstorm & more, with photos

betty ming liu Money 9 Comments

Ugh, the endless snowstorms! I can find a life lesson in almost anything. But this is one I would’ve preferred to skip. Still, I am learning. The takeaway: Be thoughtful about simple, little details. They hold consequences. This is a huge change in my approach to snow. As a homeowner, I tend to resent all that white stuff. I would …

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