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Last minute madness before the trip to France

betty ming liu Art, Travel 11 Comments

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 …

#Ferguson. Hear the black man’s cry. Our cry.

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

If we’re going to talk about the national outrage called Ferguson, we must include certain key facts — information that isn’t getting enough play in the news media. The race-and-politics numbers are depressing Two-thirds of Ferguson’s residents are black. The mayor is white. Five out of six City Council members who run Ferguson are white. The city has 53 police …

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How to write a bio about yourself or someone else

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

Writing a good bio isn’t that hard. This is great news because everyone needs a decent bio. But since most folks find the process rather intimidating, I’m going to share some basic how-to’s that have worked well for my students. In my writing classes, the first assignment is usually the bio. Most students groan because they worry about sounding like …