Betty Ming Liu’s new oil paintings: photos!

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Sometimes, I don’t feel like expressing myself in words. Hey, even a blabbermouth like me can get tired of talking and writing. So thank goodness for oil painting. In this post, I’d like to share some of my recent work — and invite you to my first group art show! My canvasses serve up delicious, textural colors on 6-inch and …

How to overcome childhood traumas & troubles: new possibilities for a new year

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Happy Lunar New Year! Here’s an old photo from the holidays. I remember when Mom took it. We were in a Chinese restaurant. She kept telling me to smile but I refused. How could I, when the fabric of my China Doll was so uncomfortably scratchy? Besides, everyone was watching our little drama — and I just HATED being on …

Holiday season & divorce: 10 survival skills

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It’s been a rocky, post-divorce decade of searching for new holiday traditions. But this morning, I actually woke up feeling HAPPY about Thanksgiving. Is this really me???! Up until now, I’ve dreaded the seasonal festivities. After all, we’re entering The Worst Time of The Year for a Single Person. For me, this high-stress period officially runs from now until Feb. …

A night at the re-opened Taj Mahal Palace: total luxury after 2008 terrorist attack

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My three-week trip to India included a 36-hour stopover in Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, it’s the world’s most populated city in the world’s second largest country. In 2008, it made headlines because its most super-luxury hotel was attacked by terrorists. So you know I had to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. For a century, the Taj …