free writing workbook
Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

Go see David Henry Hwang’s “Dance and the Railroad”

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The other night, I sat in a beautiful, darkened theater on W. 42nd Street, sipping a Rum and Diet Coke while watching a play that first moved me 32 years ago. Re-acquainting myself with the long-forgotten dialogue and specific scenes was like suddenly reconnecting with an old friend. The experience was wonderfully intimate and rejuvenating! Back in 1981 when “Dance …

In praise of the suburbs, or, why I’m never moving back to NYC

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I never thought I’d lived to see the day when anyone would call my life in the suburbs a hot trend. But that’s what The New York Times is saying, so it must be true: Hastings-on-Hudson, which is where I’ve lived for 13 years, is featured in an article entitled “Creating Hipsturbia.” Loved the story! In fact, I ripped it …

5 ways to embrace the Year of the Snake

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As we slither into the Year of the Snake, I have been dragged against my will into its call for reflection. The most enigmatic creature of the Chinese zodiac is all about carefully contemplating solutions — and I have found one. For me, the challenge ahead is simple: I can NOT give in to inertia. I really didn’t want to …

How to drink scotch like a real badass Asian

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I’ve always enjoyed Johnnie Walker Red. As a kid in Chinatown, it was the liquor of choice served during most of the 10-course Chinese restaurant banquets that we attended. But now I’m approaching my snifter in a much classier way, thanks to a recent whisky-tasting party. The venue was a Manhattan pop-up, a Johnnie Walker House created by the brand’s …

3 Tips for surviving the holidays as a single person

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What a relief. After a dozen post-divorce years of figuring out how to deal with the holidays, I actually had a very happy, stress-free Thanksgiving. Now I’m sailing into the Christmas season feeling very serene. And grasshoppers, there is no turning back. This relaxed positivity is totally new. The initial phase as  a single mom was quite frantic. It seemed …

Jeffrey Yuen’s Classical Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Lately, so many people have been asking me for holistic health solutions that it’s time to give you a proper introduction to my Chinese medicine go-to guy, Jeffrey Yuen. More than two decades ago, I met Jeffrey in Chinatown and started taking his classes. Today, he’s a great family friend who still constantly inspires me. Thanks to him, I have …