work skills

Post image for How to write a bio about yourself or someone else

Writing a good bio isn’t that hard. This is great news because everyone needs a decent bio. But since most folks find the process rather intimidating, I’m going to share some basic how-to’s that have worked well for my students. In my writing classes, the first assignment is usually the bio. Most students groan because […]

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Post image for Books to help us write smart at work

Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication […]

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Post image for Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]

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Post image for ‘Gravity,’ Sandra Bullock, fear & getting what you want

Sandra Bullock knows about fear. She’s had to deal with a cheating husband, divorce, single motherhood, aging, adoption. I’m not sure how losing out on the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress impacts the mix, but I’ll bet she’ll be fine.  I’m a fan because she is such a survivor. Recently, she amazed me during a pre-Oscars interview that […]

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Post image for Asian Americans & therapy: Chat with Dr. Michi Fu

As you all know, I’ve been in therapy for years and it’s been great. This post airs some of the general — as well as ethnicity-specific — issues that I’ve struggled with. If you’ve been thinking about getting help, hopefully the interview below with Dr. Michi Fu will get you off the fence. Michi’s specialty […]

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Post image for Finding myself: 3 reasons why we can all learn to draw

I just took a drawing workshop that changed my life. Oh sure, I’ve sketched before. But sitting very, very quietly with pencil and paper was a new level of intimacy with myself and the world. If you’ve ever fantasized about being more art-y, read on, because we are all capable of drawing — and accessing […]

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