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. 

 

The Village Voice print edition

R.I.P. to The Village Voice, print edition

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The Village Voice print edition is about to die. This news leaves me nostalgic. In 1978, I was a Voice college intern. When the semester ended, the paper hired me as an office assistant. What an education. I learned about pushing boundaries and self-respect. At the time, The Voice was making a big, fat fortune in advertising revenue. Those were …

Respecting our relationship with money

How childhood shapes our relationship with money

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The homework was to bring in a dollar. Now, my creative writing students sat around the big classroom table. Each of them held a George Washington in their hands. “Okay, rip it in half,” I said. What happened next was so powerful. They were about to discover how childhood shapes our relationship with money. For a few long seconds, this class …

meditate now

If you want to feel better, meditate now

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I used to be scared of meditating. What if I tried it and nothing happened? Then I’d feel like a spiritual failure. But then, I learned that meditating is as natural as breathing. That’s why I meditate now. And life is better for it. Now, I breathe. When I’m in the grip of overthinking, I breathe to help myself. Paralyzing pressure …

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 …

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 …

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 …