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Sixty is the new serenity

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 14 Comments

I survived turning 60! And I’m here to report that tipping past the half-century decade offers new options for fabulousness. To enjoy it, I just need to get out of my own way and embrace (more) change. For instance, I’ve always been one of those people who also feared turning 20, 30, 40 and 50. I was afraid these milestones …

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Fighting for Hillary with Moms Demand Action

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The moms handed me a red T-shirt emblazoned with “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” They also gave me a tote bag filled with campaign buttons, including my favorites: “Moms Demand Hillary” and “Buck the NRA.” From there, I hit the streets for an inspiring experience during the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Between pestering strangers and canvassing with …

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How my Asian mom made me nuts: a love story

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Mothers get blamed for everything. So if you want to know why I turned out this way, just look at my mom. She was a diva in denial who did and said crazy things. Figuring out where she ends and I begin has become my life’s work. If she hadn’t left this world in 2010, she would’ve been celebrating her …

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Open letter to Chinese American moms #blacklivesmatter

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If you’re reading this and you’re not Chinese, American or Mom, please stay — and welcome! You are essential to the conversation too. It’s just that I feel a need to talk directly with a group that looks most like me, to reassure us that we are not alone. Dear Chinese American Moms, I am reaching out to you because …

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Happy Father's Day

Accepting my dad for who he is

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This year, I’m giving my dad a very special Father’s Day gift: unconditional love. So what if he’s been dead for 41 years. Remember, parents never really die. Besides, it’s never too late, right? My father crushed his family — Mom, my kid sister, me — with tough love. As a cranky Vietnamese-Chinese immigrant struggling with survival issues in America, …

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Reflecting on fear, back pain, new projects & the healing power of poetry

betty ming liu Health, Writing how-to's 12 Comments

Ouch. Ouch. Easy, girl. Earlier this week, wrenching my back led to three, solid immobilized days in bed. Even though I’m up again, recovery is slow. The back is tender. So am I. Three painful, prone, motionless days took me to a deeper truth. I had to deal with not just physical crippling but an emotional one. Lately, I’ve been stressed about …

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