Author: Michael Kwan

Vlog #49: Return of the Dot Com Pho

You know what they say about great friends? How you might not see one another for ages, but once you do, you can pick up right where you left off? That’s exactly how I feel about the crew at Dot Com Pho. We’ve been hanging out for years, talking about everything from making money online to the latest tech toys over piping hot bowls of Vietnamese rice noodles. And we finally got back together again.   It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a whole year since we last had one of our “official” lunch meetups. For the...

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Sunday Snippet: Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920)

I have no University education but I have undergone the ordinary school course. After leaving school I have been employing the spare time at my disposal to work at Mathematics. I have not trodden through the conventional regular course which is followed in a University course, but I am striking out a new path for myself. I have made a special investigation of divergent series in general and the results I get are termed by the local mathematicians as “startling.” Let me start off by reiterating something that you’ve surely heard during those Saturday morning cartoons. It sounds pretty...

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5 Life Lessons From Daniel Tiger (for Adults)

As much as I’d like to say that I’m keeping up Mindhunter, Ozark and Black Mirror, the truth of the matter is that I spend much more time hanging out with PAW Patrol, Dinosaur Train and Peppa Pig. It comes with the territory when you’ve got an inquisitive little toddler on your hands and you get tired of reading the same book for the 57th time today. You come to be just as familiar with the characters and content, and then you start to recognize that you can learn a thing or two too. That’s exactly the case with...

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Grammar 101: Patience for Patients

It likely comes as little surprise that many of the entries in this Grammar 101 series discuss homophones. These are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. You’ve got peer and pier, for example, or grisly and grizzly. Today, we’re tackling a similar conundrum with “patience” and “patients.” Do you know when to use which word? As mentioned, a big part of the confusion has to do with the fact that both “patience” and “patients” are effectively pronounced exactly the same way. They also have tangentially related definitions, partly because the word “patients”...

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Vlog #48: Deep Cove Serenity Retreat

As we rush our way through life, frantically darting from one task or responsibility to the next, we often forget to stop and do nothing every now and then. We forget why we are doing what we are doing. We just don’t take the time to breathe and to be present. I needed this reminder. I needed some quiet. So, I went ahead and lost myself in Deep Cove.   A couple of months ago, as you might recall, I questioned whether or not I am going through a midlife crisis. A good friend reminded me that I (likely)...

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Sunday Snippet: Anna Akana

Looking back now, I can see that my anxiety stemmed from my desire to sabotage myself, to punish myself. My stage presence was getting better, my jokes were becoming more polished, and I was building a community of people who soon became friends. But I couldn’t help but find a way to undermine myself. A part of my brain would whisper to me: “You don’t deserve this. It’s not fair that you’re happy while Kristina’s ashes sit in your parents’ living room.” I will openly admit that one of my biggest vices is YouTube. It feels so much easier...

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19 Random Facts About Me That May Surprise You

Yes, I know. Here we go again. There’s this thing that’s been floating around Facebook for the past few days where people are answering a series of 19 (who picked that number?) questions about themselves. At least a couple of my friends have participated thus far, and while I’ve revealed more in a vlog during the summer, I thought I’d go ahead and give this a go as well. Do any of these random facts actually surprise you? 1. Do you make your bed everyday? Hahahahahahahahaha. No. 2. What’s your favorite number? I’m not sure I really have one....

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Life Goals

You blink your eyes and another month has passed us by! Where does the time go? It’s probably in the same place where you find “extra” money and “missing” socks. If you’re looking to get a better handle on the situation, as we all are, take a gander at some of these blog posts to help you achieve your life goals. Let’s kick things off with a fun one, just in time for Halloween weekend. Whit Honea of City Dads Group had the chance to chat with the author of XplodingUnicorn about parenting in the zombie apocalypse. Yes, you...

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Vlog #47: 35 Thoughts on Turning 35

When you’re a kid, you look forward to your birthday every year, because it probably means that there’s going to be a party, cake and presents. When you’re a teen, you look forward to your birthdays too, because you’re that much closer to getting your driver’s license or reaching the legal drinking age. As you get older, your outlook starts to shift. You might come to dread your birthday, because every year is one year closer to the grave, one more year of squandered opportunities. So, how do I feel about turning 35? Well, it’s complicated. In a vlog...

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Sunday Snippet: Eddie Cantor (1892-1964)

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. By now, we’ve all come across the all-too-familiar expression that has been attributed to everyone from The Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane to Kung Fu Panda giant tortoise Master Oogway. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why we call it the “present.” It’s been said so many times that it’s almost lost its meaning. But on some level, I think we all (should)...

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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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