How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

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U want 2B a better writer?

Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well.

Our brain works a particular way; so what rules do we need to know to write the way the brain best understands?

To find out the answer I gave Steven Pinker a call.

Steven is a cognitive scientist and linguist at Harvard. He’s also on the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Steven was recently ranked as one of the top 100 most eminent psychologists of the modern era.

His latest book is The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. And it’s great.

Below you’ll learn:

  1. The two key elements that will improve your writing.
  2. The biggest mistake we all make — and…

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Congratulations Eric and Patti!!!

Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to find his/her happily-ever-after….I’m truly happy for Eric and Patti!

Wasn’t able to take their photo. Empty batt 😦 But truly blessed with their vows and their love story 🙂

IMG_8088.JPGHanging out with Karla, Louise, Keit and other MBA friends:)

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Hellokeit Yee!!! #friends !

Trusting His Blueprint

With a cup of tea beside me, I try to reflect on how the series of events in my life are interconnected. There seems to have some unnecessary circumstances in what I wanted to be. Shall I consider them as parts of the process?

Yes, I received a comforting meal from a friend when I wasn’t able to withdraw money from the bank because the ATM didn’t dispense anything the other day. Yes, I received a hug, word of encouragement and insights that day, too. Yes, I had a heated argument with my siblings, delayed projects, misunderstanding with co-employees, unappreciative friends and all that. But what?

I believe these are no chance encounters—only God’s arranged master plan for me. Will I consider ordinary encounters that appear as coincidences as God’s loving hands?

Surely yes. I may not be able to see what’s God overall plan for my life but I believe that each specific directive and series of vignettes which purposes may be hidden for the moment are all parts of the mystery.

In time, my life will be revealed and understood. I hope.

That one day, I will be able to look back and see how my experiences fit together like a perfectly crafted puzzle. I have yet to learn obedience and willingness to agree to His master plan in a mysterious ways He sets it in motion. I have yet to learn to trust completely and not to feel anxious and believe God’s promises and tuck them in my heart. Yes, I believe God’s plan for me are great.

Yes, there are times that I’ve been pondering about my future plans and feel perplexed. This lead me think about Moses, who went from the pond, to the palace, to the pasture, to the pinnacle, to the view of promised land before entering the Promised Land.

Yes, there is a time for everything and a season for every activity in heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

And God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6)

Lastly, I believe that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).

10,000 Reasons by The Katinas

I’m loving this song…

Learning the guitar chords….

Chorus:
C          G
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
D/F# Em
O my soul,
C             G    Dsus4 D
Worship His holy name.
C        Em
Sing like never before,
C D  Em
0 my soul.
C              D        C/G G C/G G
I’ll worship Your holy name.

C         G           D       Em
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning;
C            G            D     Em
It’s time to sing Your song again.
C            G              D           Em
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,
C2         G                Dsus4 D  G   Gsus4 G >> Chorus
Let me be singing when the even- ing comes.

C       G                D        Em
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger.
C       G               D         Em
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind.
C        G                D       Em
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing;
C2           G              Dsus4 D  G    Gsus4 G >> Chorus
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

C       G           D            Em
And on that day when my strength is failing,
C         G            D         Em
The end draws near, and my time has come;
C        G                   D        Em
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending:
C2           G                 Dsus4  D  G  Gsus4 G >> Chorus
Ten thousand years and then fore – – vermore!

Coda:
Em   C            D      Em
I’ll worship Your holy name.
C            D       G
Yes, I’ll worship Your holy name.

Lyrics credit: http://www.praisechords.net

Let yourself be loved!

There are times because of our independence, we shut people off. We refuse what they can offer. We refuse their love.

This is not because we do not like what they have to offer.

This is not because you have better things than them.

This is not because you do not like them.

Then, what’s holding you back?

To receive love?

To receive kindness?

To receive help?

Think about it….

Let yourself be loved.

Ask.

Just ask from Him to remove the barriers…

Learn to be more open and vulnerable.

Learn to trust and accept.

Learn to be vulnerable and gentle.

Just embrace love.