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Into the Entrepreneurial Life of Freelance Writer Michael Kwan

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    Earth Day

    Tomorrow is Earth Day. Or depending on where you are in the world, it could already be today. Or if you’re reading this post tomorrow, then it’s also today for you. Let me start again. Earth Day is April 22 and it’s a day where we are meant to honor this humble planet we call […]

    ~~ Continue reading How to Win at Earth Day (and I’m No Hippie) on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Bill Nye at NASA

    Science is the best idea humans have ever had. The more people who embrace that idea, the better. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy as a kid. It’s not that I disliked the guy or abhorred the show, per se. It just wasn’t one of my […]

    ~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Bill Nye, the Science Guy on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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  • 04/24/17--10:00: Vlog #21: It Was a Good Run
  • Who's going to run this town tonight?

    I’m certainly no health nut. I enjoy the rich broth of ramen and the extra cholesterol of runny egg yolks as much as the next guy and my activity level can be accurately described as sedentary. That needs to change. After seeing the positive lifestyle choices that some of my friends, like Mary Sheridan and […]

    ~~ Continue reading Vlog #21: It Was a Good Run on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Toddler travel tips

    I’ve been around. I’ve eaten kangaroo steak in Australia, escargot in Paris, sulfurous black eggs in Japan, and skewered duck tongue in Taiwan. Travel, particularly international travel, is far and away one of the best ways to spend your money. Engulf yourself in new cultures and see the world through a whole new lens. And […]

    ~~ Continue reading Toddler Travel Tips to Preserve Parental Sanity on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

    The words “economic” and “economical” certainly have a lot in common. They’re practically the same word, except the second one adds -al to the end of it. They both have to do with the economy or economics in some way and both are used primarily as adjectives. While some people may argue or assume that […]

    ~~ Continue reading Grammar 101: Economic and Economical on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Martin Parr

    You don’t need good gear. I mean, once you’ve got a decent camera, that’s all you need. I’m interested in stories. I’m interested in about what you can discover and how you can convey that through photography. It’s with a not-so-subtle sense of irony that we get advice like that given by long-time professional photographer […]

    ~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Photographer Martin Parr on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    The Ramen Butcher

    Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has a vlog these days? I must be quite the trendsetter. My friend Stacey Robinsmith talks about his life in the burbs, Bob Buskirk gives us a glimpse into life in his 30s, and John Chow offers his perspective on the dot com life. And […]

    ~~ Continue reading Vlog #22: Dad Vlogging with a Ramen Butcher on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Havana, Cuba

    I meant to do this last week, but I totally didn’t realize at the time that it was already the end of April. How does that even happen? (Don’t answer that. I have a fundamental understanding of how the passage of time works.) It feels like only yesterday that we came back from Los Cabos […]

    ~~ Continue reading What’s Up Wednesdays: Wanderlust Edition on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Learning to Shut Down When Working from Home

    One of the grand advantages to my life as a freelance writer is that I get to enjoy the relative freedom of time. Deadlines still have to be met and I still have certain daily duties to fulfill, but for the most part, I can choose my own schedule. It doesn’t matter if it’s Wednesday […]

    ~~ Continue reading Learning to Shut Down When Working from Home on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Justin Simien, Dear White People

    Sometimes identity can be your salvation. It can be liberating to find your place in the world, but at some point, identity can hold you back. Who are you? How many times have you looked in the mirror and really asked yourself that question? Chances are you that you are going to face an existential […]

    ~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Justin Simien (Dear White People) on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Dan Dan Noodles

    Life can be hard. It can be stressful, frustrating and overwhelming. You can feel like it’s never enough. That’s why I am making a conscious effort to exercise gratitude regularly. And since life is so short, it is also critically important that you make the most of each and every day. That’s why you should […]

    ~~ Continue reading Vlog #23: Dan Dan Noodles and Happiness on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Disneyland

    Even before we became parents, and even before we got married for that matter, Susanne and I have been very clear about how much we value travel. It’s not about staying at the fanciest hotels or enjoying the most extravagant meals; it’s about the experience. It’s about seeing the world through a different perspective…. or […]

    ~~ Continue reading What Is the Best Age to Visit Disneyland with Kids? on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Idiomatica with Michael Kwan

    Many words in English can sound very similar, especially when they are very short words in the middle of a common phrase. You might hear these words spoken all the time, only to mishear them. When it comes time to write them down, the automatic spell check on your computer won’t pick it as an […]

    ~~ Continue reading Idiomatica: In This Day and Age on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Mila Kunis

    It is the most life-changing experience you can have, in my opinion. Everything changed. I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no desire to be in front of the camera. I find her to be the most challenging job I’ve had. Most of us know her best from her time playing Jackie […]

    ~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Mila Kunis on Motherhood on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Vancouver Science Social

    Science isn’t just for scientists; it’s for everyone. And there just might be a heck of a lot of it going on right in your own backyard. If you were following along on social media, you might already know that I returned for the second annual Vancouver Science Social last Thursday. A group of us […]

    ~~ Continue reading Vlog #24: Vancouver Science Social, Volume 2 on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Pulled in two directions

    Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in two opposite directions? That’s me, most of the time, and it’s not like either one of the contradictory desires is intrinsically any more appealing than the other. I want both, but the realization of one necessitates the decimation of the other. I fully understand and appreciate […]

    ~~ Continue reading How Do You Reconcile Contradictory Desires? on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    I need new running shoes

    Well, not really. But sort of. I really ought to get myself some new running shoes. And I really should be stretching a lot more, both before and after. My body certainly isn’t built like it used to be and that’s not to say it was anything close to resembling the picture of good health […]

    ~~ Continue reading I’m Hurting So Bad Right Now on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Anna Kendrick

    As Sondheim said, Nice is different than good. Do you need to do whatever you’re told to be a nice person? Maybe. Do you need to do whatever you’re told to be a good person? Of course not! Man, woman, personal, professional—some people have a skill for persuading you the best thing you can be […]

    ~~ Continue reading Sunday Snippet: Anna Kendrick on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Hanwoori Korean Restaurant

    Everyone says that if you want to achieve your fitness goals — whether that means losing weight, improving your cardiovascular health, or whatever else — it really boils down to two main factors: diet and exercise. Intellectually, I know that. I really do. Physically and emotionally? Not so much. Watch as I attempt to balance […]

    ~~ Continue reading Vlog #25: Courting Disaster and Grilling Meat on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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    Protagonist disease

    This problem has plagued me for as long as I can remember. And it doesn’t have anything to do with my woefully short attention span (at least not directly). I’ll recognize something — an observation, an insight, a morsel of advice — and I’ll understand and appreciate it on an intellectual level. The challenge is […]

    ~~ Continue reading Protagonist Disease and Other Deceptively Obvious Observations on Beyond the Rhetoric.


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