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Say these 4 things to change a relationship

betty ming liu Relationships 6 Comments

For most of our lives, my younger sister and I had A Difficult Relationship. For this, we hold our parents responsible. They constantly compared us to each other, pushing us to be twin success stories. When we were little, our mom even dressed us in identical outfits. We grew up feeling competitive and judgemental of each other. Then a year ago, …

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Cooking with Kian: The only Chinese cookbook you’ll ever need

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Just in time for Feb. 8th’s Lunar New Year! A new Chinese cookbook has me serving up elegant dishes that are shockingly simple to make. What an emotional bonus. Finally, it’s possible to be authentically Chinese without torture. Never before have I paid so little for such high-quality therapy. My go-to resource is the recently-published “Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential …

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Indian cooking spices up mother-daughter bonding

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When my daughter and I take cooking classes together, the power struggle and bickering stops. Our generational divide closes as we surrender to the instructor and the magic of food. Our latest love fest? Indian cuisine. The adventure also marked our first visit to the new digs for Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). This venerable cooking school trains professional chefs …

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How to vacation with a dog in Vermont

betty ming liu Money, Relationships, Travel 12 Comments

Summer’s flying by! The headlines? Daughter home from college. Boyfriend moving in the last of his possessions. Blog under major renovation. Writing, gardening, cleaning, adjusting…and, vacationing. With a dog. The latest dog in my life is Roscoe, a mellow, old shepherd. He and the bf have been together for more than 14 years. They moved in as a package deal. …

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Photos: How to visit California on a budget

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Now I know why my friends who move to California never come back. The sights, the scenes, the food! Of course, the Golden State is also quite expensive. But good buddies who live there made the trip both affordable and memorable. In September, my bf and I spent five days in the San Francisco Bay Area. Proud to say we …

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Books to help us write smart at work

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

Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication is such a beast. It’s …

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