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How writing saved my life: Part 3

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 11 Comments

During my 30s, I played the Asian babe. There was a hot journalism career and cool husband. We owned a Manhattan condo with marble bathrooms and a fireplace. By day, I ran around the city, writing about immigrants. At night, I threw on a cocktail dress and hopped into stretch limos, playing corporate wife at my honey’s business dinners. This …

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How writing saved my life: Part 1

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 14 Comments

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series about me and writing. Everyone needs to write — everyone. By the time we get to Part 3, you’ll know why your words are so important. Okay. Here we go… My Chinese immigrant parents expected my birth to make them lucky. Instead, they felt cheated. They wanted a boy. But they got …

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How to double date on a mother-daughter vacation

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Vacationing in Amsterdam transitioned my daughter and I to a grown-up relationship. For the first time ever, we traveled as two women with romantic partners in tow. Thankfully, we survived the emotional leap, and the awkwardness of our new reality. From changing diapers, I now had to treat my daughter as an adult, with an, um, private life. And, I …

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Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

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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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How to make more money in 2015

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In 2015, I plan to be powerful in managing my finances. It’s time to retire the wishy-washy worried woman act. Let’s go into the new year with confidence! I’m feeling inspired because I just read Suze Orman’s Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. She said she finds that way too many women feel insecure about their finances and …

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‘Gravity,’ Sandra Bullock, fear & getting what you want

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Sandra Bullock knows about fear. She’s had to deal with a cheating husband, divorce, single motherhood, aging, adoption. I’m not sure how losing out on the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress impacts the mix, but I’ll bet she’ll be fine.  I’m a fan because she is such a survivor. Recently, she amazed me during a pre-Oscars interview that she did on “CBS This …

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