Why Duke faculty was dead wrong to tell Chinese students not to speak Chinese

Why Duke faculty was dead wrong to tell Chinese students not to speak Chinese
News regarding the Duke University professor who warned Chinese students not to speak in their native language got under my skin. If you are unfamiliar with the story, here are a few tidbits: Two faculty members (allegedly) complained to the professor that Chinese students were speaking Chinese in student lounges and study areas. Those two... Read more »

That time I made (almost) everybody cry at a Toastmasters meeting

That time I made (almost) everybody cry at a Toastmasters meeting
* As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4.*  Him: “Remember that time you made everybody cry at Toastmasters?” Me: “You weren’t... Read more »

'Are you mad at me?': The Toastmasters art of handwritten letters

'Are you mad at me?': The Toastmasters art of handwritten letters
* As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4.*  “Are you mad at me?” I remember being asked this twice—and the first... Read more »
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Love a good story? Check out Chicagoland's 'Do Not Submit' and Toastmasters

Love a good story? Check out Chicagoland's 'Do Not Submit' and Toastmasters
When I turned 30, I asked my older brother, “Is it weird to you that I’m 30? I’m really grown now.” His response: “No, you’ve always been old. Your body just finally caught up with your brain.” I laughed about that for hours. (I’m still 5’3 so my body stopped growing taller in eighth grade. But as... Read more »

Common name conundrum: Make your website design stand out from others

Common name conundrum: Make your website design stand out from others
Imagine being born and raised as Ashton Kutcher, and then an actor named Christopher Kutcher decides to go by his middle name “Ashton.” You want to make your own website design stand out, but you know people will focus on the name. Now whenever you’re directing people to your website on social media or even... Read more »

How technology is influencing the future of interior design

How technology is influencing the future of interior design
Usually when a homebuyer starts the process of house hunting, she walks into the home pondering how to make it her own. Whether she hires a professional interior designer or brainstorms on how to do the work herself, technology is continuing to make the future of interior design more convenient, economical and eco-friendly. Remove the... Read more »
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A look behind the 'belief-driven buyers' who support Colin Kaepernick as the face of Nike's 'Just Do It'

A look behind the 'belief-driven buyers' who support Colin Kaepernick as the face of Nike's 'Just Do It'
There was a time in consumer history when a company could just tell you to buy something because it’s the best, the warmest, the coolest, the most comfortable, etc. It didn’t matter what the politics were behind the owner, the board, the employees, or even the consumers. It was just about getting that tangible item.... Read more »

Celebrities are not zoo animals: Let Geoffrey Owens work where he wants!

Celebrities are not zoo animals: Let Geoffrey Owens work where he wants!
When I first became an entertainment reporter and blogger, I was used to meeting artists backstage and taking photographs of and with them. So the first time I went to Comic-Con and one particular actor (who has been in the entertainment game since the ’70s) refused to take a photograph without a fee, it annoyed... Read more »

TREF president's take on 'first African-American owned, crowdfunding platform' for urban neighborhoods

TREF president's take on 'first African-American owned, crowdfunding platform' for urban neighborhoods
Assuming the black sections of your childhood history books included more than a blurb about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Carter G. Woodson’s connection to Black History Month, you may have already heard about Black Wall Street. Before the race riot in 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home for an elite group of African-American entrepreneurs, including... Read more »
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5 lessons I learned as a first-time homebuyer

5 lessons I learned as a first-time homebuyer
“You don’t get any money back from renting.” This is the kind of remark I heard regularly from homeowners over the years when tax season rolled around. When you rent, your landlord or property owner makes money back. You? You’re basically paying for storage and a place to cook and shower. If anything is in... Read more »