Author: Michael Kwan

Just a Blogger

As a writer, I know as well as anyone about the power of the written word. We’ve all heard that the pen is mightier than the sword. And this is just as true when you turn that pen upon yourself. These words have meaning. They have impact. So, what happens when you — consciously or unconsciously — choose to diminish or qualify that impact? How does that affect you (and how other people perceive you)? Earlier this morning, Rebecca Bollwitt posted a Facebook status update that really struck a chord with me. Locals know her best as Miss 604;...

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On Posting About Your Kids Online for Fun and Profit

By now, you may have come across the story about the mommy blogger who refuses to stop writing about motherhood. Her original article, published in the Washington Post, basically stated that she can’t stop, because mommy blogging is her livelihood. It’s what pays the bills. But here’s the thing about posting about your kids online. Eventually, they grow up and find that stuff. And so will their peers. And future employers. A Generational Gap The story of mommy blogger Christie Tate isn’t unique. It has, however, become an increasingly prominent issue as the children of these mom and dad...

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Sonnet Sunday: Alone Together

Although surrounded by other people My challenges, my fears, my world, unknown The circumstances are just deceitful It is really just me, myself, alone; Alone together in today’s cohort Feeling isolation with such forlorn Quiet time to myself I must purport That is, that is for what I truly yearn; Vivid cacophony inside my head A great many voices, but all my own Brooding on mistakes past, failures ahead Self-indulgence, I guess, I must bemoan;       Forever Alone? That’s not just a meme       For what is true may not be how it...

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Struggling With Enough

I’d been thinking about writing this post for quite some time. In fact, I’m fairly certain I’ve kept a note somewhere in my Google Keep for over two years, jotting down some of the ideas I had. But I hesitated. And I procrastinated. I put it off, because I wasn’t really sure I wanted to write it, let alone share it with the rest of the world. But enough is enough, so here we are. Feeling in My Gut And I mean, it’s not like I haven’t touched on this subject at least a few times before. I’ve spoken...

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[VLOG] My Guiding Words for 2019

New year’s resolutions may be filled with optimism and positivity, but they oftentimes don’t work. Not to mention that circumstances can and do change over the course of a year. To that end, I’ve been setting “guiding words” for myself these last couple of years. While I feel like I’ve come up short, they’ve served me well. And so, as we flip those calendars, I’ve come up with some new guiding words for 2019. Here’s the vlog. New year, new me? Not exactly. More like new year, mostly the same me, but hopefully a bit better and more balanced....

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Sunday Snippet: Marie Kondo

Filled with despair, I looked at the contents of each storage unit and had a flash of revelation. I didn’t need most of the things that were in them! Although I thought that I had been tidying, in fact I had merely been wasting my time shoving stuff out of sight, concealing the things I didn’t need under a lid. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things, and some new and “easy” storage method becomes necessary,...

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Foodie Friday: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (Port Coquitlam)

Aside from a few hours in Miami and a brief layover in Dallas (where I never left the airport), I’ve never been to anywhere you might call the American South. As much as I would like to think I know about southern barbecue or southern fried steak, my exposure has been… limited at best. It’s also absolutely true that eating at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Port Coquitlam is not at all equivalent to visiting New Orleans or Baton Rouge. But it’ll have to do. At least for now. (Side note: It really bothers me that Popeye’s Chicken is officially...

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Hump Day Haikus: One Year Later

Okay, okay, okay. I promise this is the last “look back at 2018” post. We’ve already looked at the BTR year in numbers, like the number of books I read (33) and blog posts I published (203). We’ve also looked at some of my favorite things from 2018, like my favorite album (Black Panther OST). And now, one year later, we look at the weekly Hump Day Haikus series. As a quick refresher, I’ve been trying to pursue some sort of creative challenge the last couple of years. In 2017, I wanted to post (at least) one photo to...

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(Some of) My Favorite Things of 2018

No, you don’t get a car, and you don’t get a car, and you don’t get a car. Instead, today’s post — and the final one of 2018 — will highlight a few of my favorite things from this year. These are categories that weren’t featured in my BTR Year in Numbers post last Friday. Go ahead and give that a read if you’re curious about my favorite movies, books and blog posts. Onward! Favorite TV Series of 2018 To be totally fair, Atypical isn’t exactly a “new” show for 2018. I’d known about it for some time and...

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Sunday Snippet: Richelle E. Goodrich

Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love. With the new year comes the opportunity for renewed focus and direction. It’s all symbolic, of course, as December 31 and January 1 are entirely arbitrary. That’s partly why I’ve moved away from new year’s resolutions and toward guiding words instead, even if I don’t live up to them as much as I would have liked. At the same time, I feel like we all...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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