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The secret to building a killer network

(The photo is of me and some beautiful friends who are part of my network, but not part of this conversation.)   The following is a not-that-heavily-edited reproduction of a chat that I had with my friend, in which she wanted to brainstorm but I ended up...

What people get wrong about teaching

I find myself teaching a lot nowadays. Here is what I am learning about teaching. The most common mistake made by new teachers is assuming that students are there for information. So, it's easy to get stressed out thinking you have to come up with, put together...

I am a total FRAUD

  Friends, lovers, countrymen -- I am forcing myself to write this post because I must open up a valve. I'm going crazy. You see, it's been a while -- a long while -- since I have written something that I wasn't submitting to an editor. On the one hand,...

What I Learned from Drawing One Black Woman a Day

(This essay is my contribution to Sas Pethetick's International Women's Day Project, Voices Rising.)   The biggest anxiety attacks happen at 2 AM. One evening, like many evenings before, I sat at my desk, paralyzed with fear and a nebulous dread, the persistent and dire sense that something is...

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$3,800 goes to NAACP & ACLU

I've been procrastinating writing this post because it's almost been too overwhelming and I don't know how to begin to talk about it. Except, well, how about just the basics? I decided to draw one black woman a day to celebrate Black History Month. I decided to create...

7 surprising truths about creativity

Surprising to me, you see.   ------ 1. Do it all for the joy. It's okay and normal to enjoy and feel energized from validation and praise. I actually think that trying too hard to rise above that totally human impulse can be a form of self-abuse. You're not Siddhartha Gautama, and I don't...

Sri Lanka: I went away to hear myself

I spent a week with a friend in tropical paradise. I felt the same way I do whenever I visit tropical paradises -- delight and bliss at the richness of warmth and sun, green and color, wonder at the fact of being somewhere wildly different...

Mid-October Notes: Life hurts and I’m mostly okay with it

  [caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Piet Mondrian liked to depict trees, and was clearly a monster. Who would pare down a tree to this level of abstraction but also impressionistic precision. I just get so angry thinking about it[/caption]   1. Life hurts and I'm mostly okay with it The...