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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. 

 

How to compete in a food eating contest

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You never know what skills might be useful. And since I just had the crazy chance to witness a food-eating contest up close, here are tips on gorging to win. The occasion was the 2011 NYC Dumpling Festival, held this past Saturday at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Lower Manhattan. Some 3,000 people paid $20 apiece to sample an international menu of …

Google NYC has jobs, free meals and — men!

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  My NYU journalism students and I are sitting right now in our last class for “Reporting Downtown.” Yay! We’re done with homework. Then again, boo – after bonding during the spring semester, our time together is almost over.   But we’ll go out in the world with some great memories. Everyone especially loved the field trips. I used them …

Fales Library & its director Marvin Taylor are special

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For inspiration, I like visiting Marvin Taylor. Without fail,  just hearing about his life gives me new ideas for reinventing myself… Marvin is a self-described “queer” boy from the Quaker midwest. He fled to NYC and found work as a nerd librarian. Today, at age 50, he has a hot job running a very cool, private library that archives the …

How NOT to Get Arrested in NYC: crucial info from Alan Gordon, criminal lawyer

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Please help me welcome guest blogger Alan Gordon — he’s here with scary facts about how easy is it to get arrested in the Big Apple. While this could happen to any of us, “it’s open season on teenagers because they’re teenagers,” he says. Alan has written this post because “I want them to know how to live their lives.” But …

Inspiration: I want to explore & nurture like Ellen Stewart of La Mama E.T.C.

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  This morning, I’m heading out for the first day of my spring semester. I’ve got my BlackBerry, my iPad, my lesson plans…but most importantly, I’m holding Ellen Stewart close to my heart. Enlighten me, Ellen! Help me make the most of myself and my students! The late great diva of American avant garde theater recently died at age 91. …

Reporting tip: if you’re new to covering NYC, check out Tribute WTC Visitor Center

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One of the problems I face in training young reporters is that every year, they get younger. That means 9/11 ends up feeling more and more remote to them. But then, I take these newbies on a field trip that transforms everything. If people think I do a decent job of preparing journalism students for real world reporting, the credit …