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To My Child Two Years Later

Two years ago, the country of your birth and mine elected a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual demagogue. Two days ago, some of your compatriots resisted, while others did not. And that is how it will always be. In the last two years, children have died at schools and concerts and …

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NaNoWriMo Kickoff 2018

I am going to try something exciting and unprecedented this November: National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo for short. The official goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. But people have expanded it to all kinds of genres and lengths from poetry to book proposals. The real …

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The Ministry of Web Design (and Blogging and Copywriting and Graphics)

As the child of Asian immigrant Christians, I had a set of rather confusing, somewhat conflicting beliefs about what my priorities ought to be. “Being godly” and “serving God” and “obeying God’s calling” were obviously supposed to take precedent. (Quotation marks are not sarcastic, just indicating that these are phrases …

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Marketing Strategies for Wedding Planners

When I stepped away from teaching after my first year in the classroom, the first career alternative I investigated was wedding planning. I took a certification course through Penn Foster. I even joined the Association of Bridal Consultants. Pretty much all I ever did with that was go on two …

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Content Marketing Ideas for Realtors

I spent two years working in a variety of real estate offices on the administrative side. Along the way I saw a lot of marketing ideas for realtors, most of which sounded like a Destiny’s Child song: This shiny new loft I SOLD IT This adorable Cape Cod I SOLD …

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Waiting on the World to Change

At the end of the summer, I accidentally got hooked on NBC’s World of Dance. This is unsual because I normally watch very little TV and even less reality TV. (When American Idol debuted, I remember scoffing to myself, “That will never last.” Shows what I know.) Come to think …