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How writing saved my life: Part 2

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 7 Comments

My father’s fatal heart attack brought a weird peace to our Chinatown apartment. Yet, the tough-love patriarch still lived on in my head. I was 19, and clueless about making my own choices. There was only one thing to do. I decided to become an accountant. Hey, someone had to run Dad’s accounting office. It was a ghetto Chinatown storefront, …

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How writing saved my life: Part 1

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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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Inspiration from Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

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Lately, life has been about Too Many Things To Do & Feel. But today brings calm. I’ve come full circle and back to a bit of inspiration that saves me. It’s a helpful gift that I’ve shared with many friends, students and readers. So here it is again, for you…. The passage comes from a classic memoir, the bestselling Anne Lamott’s …

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Linkedin tips to feel more successful

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I’ve watched so many students and friends set up LinkedIn profiles. They go from resistant, to fascinated. By the time they’re done, they’re sporting a success glow that’s better than a suntan. The resistance to dealing with LinkedIn is totally understandable. Still, it might be time to get over it. My college students no longer groan when I help them …

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Pet peeve time: Are you first- or second-generation American?

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I am SO ANNOYED. When will people get this straight??! If you’re an immigrant to this country, then you’re first generation. If your kids are born here, then they are second generation. Many people assume that being the American-born child of immigrants makes that child the first-generation American. But if that was true, then the folks who come here from …

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5 interviewing tips that work in journalism and real life

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My parents raised me to be polite and nice. That meant keeping my mouth shut. I guess my decision to become a journalist was a form of revenge. After all, this is a job that allows me to ask lots of nosy questions and be direct. But the more I work, the more I realize that it’s NOT about the …

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