free writing workbook
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. 

 

Know the history Chinese immigrant women

Why the shocking history of Chinese immigrant women makes us powerful

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Trump’s anti-immigrant policies are terrifying but not new. That’s why I’m calling on the ancestors for help.  The early history of Chinese immigrant women is an American story of survival. They were banned for looking different and being poor. They were aliens — exotic freaks who dressed in strange, long robes. Sound familiar? And yet, here I am, an Asian …

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How to research: the basics, fake news & more

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Dread doing research? Fear no more. This post is for you. And teachers, if you’re doing a unit on this sleep-inducing topic, I’ve gathered some useful links for you. They will help keep students awake. Maybe they’ll even get woke! Getting woke means being aware of race issues and how the world really functions. Now more than ever, research gives us …

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How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

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A lot of smart people worry about how to use hyphens and dashes. Sadly, their insecurity makes them nervous about writing. I’d say 60%-80% of my college students need help with this issue. But once they learn the basics, they find such freedom in expressing themselves. So let’s figure out how to use hyphens and dashes. It’s time to boost …

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How writing saved my life: Part 2

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Note: Welcome to Part 2 in my 3-part series about how writing saved my life.  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 …

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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, writing and how writing saved my life. Everyone needs to write — everyone. By the time we get to Part 3, you’ll know why your words are so important, too. Okay. Here we go… My Chinese immigrant parents expected my birth to make them lucky. Instead, they felt cheated. They …

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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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