The Alligator and the Pickled Worm

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Every year in Elementary school we were tasked with the creative endeavor of writing and illustrating a book. It was in those early years that I learned something pretty life-changing. I was a 1st grader at Cass Elementary, and I had just written a fantastic adventure starring Alli the Alligator. This feisty little crocodile was […]

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“Excuse me,” there is No “Thank You” in China

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Traveling has always been important to my family, as stepping outside of one’s bubble forces one to see the beauty and depth of the very large world. It impresses one to be slow to judge, quick to remember that someone may be approaching life from a different paradigm.

This truth was something we experienced often on our trip.

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Who are you calling Millennial?

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Last night, my dear friend Steph (a producer for a national talk show) and I got into a discussion about the Millennial generation. She had joked that I was on the oldest end of the definition, thus I should be a leader. I immediately steeled up. I am NOT a Millennial.

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When I’m in Starbucks, I’m an Angeleno

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Like many in Los Angeles, I am a transplanted Angeleno. I am an Angeleno by default. I didn’t set out to become one with Los Angeles, nor do I think I have (or will ever) give over fully to this insanely non-committal city. That being said, as I sit in a local Los Angeles Starbucks, […]

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So, What Do You Like About Your Job?

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As I’ve been moving at a bit of warp speed for the last few months, I decided it was time to dial things down a bit when my most recent project wrapped. To keep myself busy, I’ve been working on life enrichment projects, these ones based in career development.

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Maternal Musings While En Route to My Mother

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As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I’m touched by a few maternal thoughts… Last week, I received an email from my mom that my grandmother was nearing the end of her life. Her brain, which has been overtaken by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease over the last 10 years has given over to her body, which is […]

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Getting Crafty: Not So Terrible After All

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I haven’t been able to draw much more than a worm since.

Likewise, my painting skills and crafting skills need a bit of refining. So when I came across a particular DIY craft on one of my favorite design blogs, DesignSpongeOnline, I bookmarked it and decided it was going to be my “visual arts” challenge for early 2011. The challenge? Create a chalkboard globe.

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Adventures in Learning Spanish (Again)

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In a continued effort to keep my mind sharp and keep myself culturally relevant, I’ve decided it’s time I brush up on my Español.

I have always been one for language — the language of music, grammar studies, and mastering the English language have been paramount to my personal development.

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Lessons in Sleep Deprivation

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I need sleep.

I have not received more than four hours of sleep for the last five days, due to a very intense shoot schedule for the TV pilot I’m helping produce.

I’ve learned a few things in my fight against sleep deprivation. Bleary-eyed and far from bushy-tailed, here are my top ten lessons of work-induced sleep deprivation.

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How I Plan On Celebrating Chinese New Year and My 30th Birthday

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This year, the start of the Chinese New Year coincides with my 30th birthday, Feb. 3, 2011. Being a Caucasian-American of mostly English descent, sporting milky-white skin topped off with strawberry-gold locks, it’s fairly excusable that the majority of my knowledge of the Chinese New Year came from the local Chinese restaurant’s placemat and a […]

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