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The Duty of Creativity

During my graduate program and my first year of teaching, I was something of an overachiever. I stubbornly wrote all of my curriculum from scratch and diligently checked all the boxes on my lesson plans. Differentiated instruction, formative assessment, IEP accommodations, spiral curriculum, layered curriculum, social and emotional learning, multiple …

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The American privilege of tidying up (or not)

This past Thanksgiving, my mom brought an old pair of slippers to wear around our house because Asians prefer not to wear outdoor shoes indoors. The pink fabric had faded to gray and there were deep grooves worn into the soles. As my parents were packing up to leave, my …

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Mom Jeans, Mom Bod, and Other Insecurities

I went to New York last weekend to meet with the incoming and outgoing executive teams of Mochi magazine, where I have somehow found myself as editor in chief. Besides my standard imposter syndrome (I’ve never taken a single journalism, marketing, or business class, I can count my published bylines …

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2018 Year in Review

Looking Back What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Getting my vision corrected permanently! If you had to describe your 2018 in 3 words, what would they be? Really. Damn. Difficult. What new things did you discover about yourself? I have a great …

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My Favorite Things: Black Friday 2018 Edition

A couple of my favorite brands are doing cool things for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday / Giving Tuesday. Here they are in one place so you don’t have to search. Passion Planner I’ve been a faithful Passion Planner user since 2016 and while I don’t …

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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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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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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 …