Happy Father's Day

Accepting my dad for who he is

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This year, I’m giving my dad a very special Father’s Day gift: unconditional love. So what if he’s been dead for 41 years. Remember, parents never really die. Besides, it’s never too late, right? My father crushed his family — Mom, my kid sister, me — with tough love. As a cranky Vietnamese-Chinese immigrant struggling with survival issues in America, …

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Let’s share immigrant stories as #MoreThanALabel

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I’m thrilled that America’s future social workers have asked me to join their campaign against immigrant discrimination. To stop the name-calling, abuse and violence, they are using a very 21st century weapon: the hashtag. #MoreThanALabel is the brainchild of social work graduate students at Simmons College. They want us to attach #MoreThanALabel to anything we post on social media that refers …

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Time to tidy up!

Summer clean-up with my blog subscribers (that means you)

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I owe you all huge thanks. As my blog readers, you’ve just made two big dreams come true. Those of you who subscribe — or who plan to subscribe after reading this post — are super-special. The ability to reach you personally via email is blogger gold. Your loyalty makes you royalty. So to treat you right, I’m here to …

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Last minute madness before the trip to France

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I spent the morning packing, which means I am currently in full-bloom panic. I have about 40 pounds of art supplies; doesn’t leave much room for nice clothes. Oh, well! Can hardly believe that the 10-day painting trip to France is about to begin. Monet’s garden is calling to me… Going into pre-departure mom mode has me especially frantic. I …

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Taking on NaNoWriMo

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During November, I plan to write every day until I churn out 50,000 words. I will do it along with writers around the world who have set the same goal for themselves. The official name for this month-long creativity marathon is National Novel Writing Month. Better known as NaNoWriMo, it was founded in 1999 by some would-be novelists from the …

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Rock your writing! 9 easy storytelling tips

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Some people are born storytellers. The rest of us can learn how to do it. And the good news is, we really can improve! Tip #1: It’s all about the 5Ws. Stories need facts. The basic facts are the 5Ws: who, what, when, where, why. Usually, the 5Ws are joined by an H-factor: how. Every story has multiple Ws and …

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