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Is “Stupid” the Right Word?

Is “Stupid” the Right Word?

When I hear someone make a comment that opposes my worldview, there is immediately a feeling of irritation because they dared to think differently than me. How do they not see that they are wrong? I want to cry out, “That’s stupid!” Even worse, in…

Letter #1: Girl, Stop Apologizing

Dear Michele, It is past midnight as I write this, and I should be sleeping. But I had to first write to you about this one book, which I recently picked up: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. I read this title and felt as…

Book Review: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

Book Review: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

We are All Good People Here. The title beautifully captures the essence of this book. Each character in this book would claim that they are good people trying to do what is right. Except, as this book brilliantly demonstrates through the lives of Daniella Gold…

BOOK REACTION: The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman

BOOK REACTION: The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman

“What are you laughing about?” my brother inquired curiously as he passed by me sitting on the couch reading and chuckling to myself. I put up my index finger in the air to signal him to wait because I could not peel my eyes off…

“Which box would you check? What have you done to earn your box?”

“Which box would you check? What have you done to earn your box?”

These are questions Jose Antonio Vargas, in his memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, presents to the reader. At twelve years of age, he was flown from the Philippines to California to live with grandparents. At sixteen years of age, he found out,…

Letter #3: About Book Proposals

Dear Michele, Speaking of book proposals, I recently started working on my very first one. And let me tell you, this may be the most challenging part of writing a nonfiction book. Being a complete newbie, I realize there is plenty that I have yet…

Letter #2: Girl, finally writing back!

Hello, Ninah! I took your recommendation and read, Girl, Stop Apologizing. You’re right—she reveals a lot of tendencies women have of making excuses, apologizing for trivial matters, and she points out reasons why women don’t reach their personal goals. When will women stop taking on the role…

REaction to Ninah Nova’s Book Review & More

REaction to Ninah Nova’s Book Review & More

Currently, I am reading The Wrong End of The Table; it is a delightfully humorous book that is also an eye-opener for a USA-born person like myself. And of course, Nina Nova has written a lovely review of Ayser Salman’s work.

An Unfinished Poem Titled “Be Yourself”

An Unfinished Poem Titled “Be Yourself”

You are young And people shout: just be yourself! And you think What do they mean? I am already me, am I not? So you stare at this strange, empty advice You take it apart and put it back together Be-your-self, be yourself Muddled and…

Book Review of “Leaving Lisa”  by Jackson Coppley

Book Review of “Leaving Lisa” by Jackson Coppley

Clever. Leaving Lisa is a cleverly woven sci-fi story that is suspenseful, with technology that seems realistic.