How to write a bio about yourself or someone else

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When I talk to my students about how to write a bio, they groan. Everyone hates writing bios. But if you’re going somewhere in your life, at some point, you will need that bio. Really, you can do this. Even though folks find the process intimidating, my basic how-to’s can help you out. In my writing classes, the first assignment …

Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

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If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

Books to help us write smart at work

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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 is such a beast. It’s …

Don’t be a perfectionist: 5 steps to recovery

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I just rewrote my book manuscript for the third time — and it was total agony. The final, two-day push was a marathon effort involving very little sleep, six slices of pizza and lots of cookies. Did I mention that my normal diet is dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free? Haha! The past week was super-stressful because I was delivering the draft …

Finally! I’m back to blogging

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Many thanks to all of you who are reading this! As always, I am deeply grateful for your company on this blog. Thanks too, for your concerned emails, which inspired me to pull myself together and show up here today. In answer to your worried questions, I’ve actually been fine these past three months. Of course, from my last post, …

Why I’m unplugging for a whole month — yikes!

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Time to tame my laptop and iPhone…I’ve decided to unplug for the next four weeks. What a scary thought: no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the constant checking of email. In the process, I hope to create a more intimate life and explore the meaning of privacy. At the end of 2012, I unplugged for the first time, for two whole …