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Post image for How my students talk to me with Twitter

Oh, those crazy kids! Twitter is taking off with my college students in surprising ways. They feel it’s fly to tweet. They have no twouble being coherent in 140-characters or less.  I truly believe tweeting is a twerrific 21st century skill, and not just for journalists. There’s something for everyone here. One summer, my daughter’s […]

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Post image for Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]

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Post image for Happy holidays from the land of Betty, with photos

Well, we made it through another rollicking year! Thanks for being here as I dealt with my work, family, relationships and creativity. With your support, I’ve gotten to a very good place. The best, as they say, is yet to come. Meanwhile, it’s a relief right now to take stock and…just relax. The fall semester […]

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For the last three months, I experimented with unplugging from social media. My motivation was very practical. I walked into the down time holding an ambitious to-do list. But unplugging turned into a re-wiring of my entire life. This post is about how I lost and then, found love. To recap: On Aug. 22, I […]

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Many thanks to all of you who are reading this! As always, I am deeply grateful for your company on this blog. Thanks too, for your concerned emails, which inspired me to pull myself together and show up here today. In answer to your worried questions, I’ve actually been fine these past three months. Of […]

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Post image for Finding myself: 3 reasons why we can all learn to draw

I just took a drawing workshop that changed my life. Oh sure, I’ve sketched before. But sitting very, very quietly with pencil and paper was a new level of intimacy with myself and the world. If you’ve ever fantasized about being more art-y, read on, because we are all capable of drawing — and accessing […]

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