Green Festival Expo — photos of new food & home products

betty ming liu Holistic health, Loving food, Money issues, Traveling 4 Comments

For three intoxicating hours at Green Festival Expo, I stuffed my face on organic food samples and marveled at hundreds of new products. This was heaven for impulse shoppers, which meant I went home with a bunch of excitingly odd items to try out. This annual weekend event continues through today at New York City’s Javits Convention Center (April 24-26). …

My messy kitchen drawer, with photos: why cleaning at home is good

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 16 Comments

I’m always wondering what to keep and what to discard. Over the years, the issue comes up during changes in everything from career and relationships to personal goals. Letting go and moving on can be super difficult. So the other day when I opened my kitchen drawer, I was reminded of the fact that transitions can take time. In 2005, …

4 reasons to avoid sugar

betty ming liu Holistic health 11 Comments

If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely zero health benefits. In fact, it …

Art trend: Collage, from Picasso to Facebook, Twitter & more

betty ming liu Inspiration, Making art, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

I just saw an art show with a theme that will instantly improve your sense of creativity and might change how you view your daily life. But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page….raise your hand if today’s insane, fast-paced culture spams you with too much information, makes too many demands and leaves you overwhelmed. Oh, I …

Improving vision naturally with Marc Grossman

betty ming liu Holistic health, Inspiration, Making art 17 Comments

Seeing things clearly can be such an emotional issue — literally. I learned this from my holistic eye doctor, Marc Grossman. He’s the guy who taught me that my severe nearsightedness is all about letting go, while people who are farsighted have issues with focusing. We first met when I was 39. I desperately needed reading glasses. Squinting at cereal …

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

betty ming liu Inspiration, Loving food, Relationships 6 Comments

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 …