The Task of Updating My Internet Research Presentation

My Internet research presentation was born in 2009 shortly after my book came out. It was related as Taking Aim was created out of intensive research for people and events 30 years earlier. It is not historical fiction as there is nothing fictional about it. It could...

We Can Do Better With Healthcare For Our Citizens

            Long before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, San Francisco offered affordable healthcare to all residents. The Healthy San Francisco program costs are substantially less than private health insurance plans.              Tse Dong Chow,...

Where to Start: How I Begin researching my articles

I get asked a lot about how I begin my research on a new article. Well, I tell you, it depends on the topic. However, some tasks are always the same. I always begin with secondary research. What is that, you say? It is what has already been written, if anything. What...

How I became a journalist

I have never taken a course in journalism. Some would characterize my development as a news person as having been “organic.” What does that even mean? Well, I’ll just tell you my story and you can decide if it makes sense. Let me go way back to the beginning of my...

The Recurring Dilemma of Researching an Article

I’m in the middle of researching an article for Truthdig.com and I’m reflecting on the process and how not to get surprised when my research may take me to some unexpected places. And in particular, this story. I pitched a particular point of view and was sure I was...

Working from home? Not an option for everyone

Working from home? Not an option for everyone. There seem to be two schools regarding writing from home or in a coffee shop:  Works for some and not for all.  I’m in the middle. I find office settings very conducive to getting work and writing accomplished. I also am...

Don’t Stop Writing Your Book

Lately I’ve seen several posts and questions from people who are writing their first book, but getting comments from people telling them they will never get published or, if they self-publish their books will never get found for read. They will tell you their story...

New Year’s Thoughts, Not Resolutions

As long as I can remember, the phrase New Year’s Resolutions inspired guilt in me. I realize I had no obligation to answer this question or to make a “resolution” to do something different or fulfill a goal I let slide the year before. However, I do appreciate the...