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Top 10 basic interviewing tips for journalists

June 2, 2024

Knowing how to interview is more than a journalistic tool for getting great stories. Knowing how to ask and listen is actually an essential life skill. My top 10 tips […]

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9 tips for writing like a journalist

June 1, 2024

  Writing like a journalist can change how you express yourself. The way you tell your stories will get so sharp, so clear. So uniquely you in expressing voice. And […]

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Respecting our relationship with money

How childhood shapes our relationship with money

May 6, 2017

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, […]

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Daily gratitude makes every day worth living

Daily gratitude makes every single day worth living

April 15, 2017

Five years ago, I lacked confidence. I didn’t trust my creativity. So I decided to practice gratitude. My thinking and feelings started changing in surprising ways. Today, daily gratitude makes […]

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meditate now

If you want to feel better, meditate now

April 2, 2017

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 […]

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How to research: the basics, fake news & more

February 25, 2017

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 […]

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How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

February 4, 2017

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 […]

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