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Tani Brown
Tani Brown is a writer and Fulbright Fellow living in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. A tech enthusiast, wellness advocate, and native Californian, you can follow her weekly pedagogical musings on her blog, Vietscapes. Tani is a graduate of Princeton University.

Entries by Tani Brown

Dealing With Change in Your Twenties

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:36 PM

I never could have imagined I would spend my 2013 New Year's as the keynote speaker for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam People's Committee. Yet sitting there, chugging rice wine with middle-aged Korean executives from Samsung and high-ranking Vietnamese officials, I felt oddly significant.

I am back here in...

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Three Ways to Be a Better Listener

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Learning another language is like being a toddler. I live in Vietnam and I need to express myself daily: what I want to eat, where I need to go or sharing the magnificence of yesterday's sunset. The problem is I am plagued with a communication restraint because I'm barely on...

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:04 PM

"I'm so sorry."

Let me start with these three words. We've all been in this situation. Someone suffers a tragic loss, hardship, difficulty. In this moment my personal perception of reality reaches out to someone else, producing vestigial flints of sympathy and empathy.

Sympathy is innate, and it gets...

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The Honor of Aging

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:12 PM

My maternal grandmother is a bipolar 91-year-old. She was diagnosed with dementia five years ago and the slow onset of Alzheimer's is now taking its toll. Every time I visit home it seems as if a few more pages in her life book have turned. Her hair faded to silver...

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The Sweetness of Solitude

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 2:52 PM

She gave me my first C grade in high school, and I was pretty demoralized.

Standing slightly over five feet tall with a reddish pixie cut and a lean runner's frame, Ms. Creasy earned her mileage. I remember her eyes in a permanent squint -- I...

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When Truth Is Revealed

(12) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:52 PM

I have only one sacred object, and it's my grandmother Rodell's wedding ring. My paternal grandmother was Rodell Brown, and she died before I was born. I feel a connection to her, and so I make up the story of how she was gifted the ring. I imagine her smile...

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Finding Your Way Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:20 AM

On any given day I'll come across a few articles on the social network dedicated to this topic of 'The Twenties.' It's a funny thing, being in my early twenties. The twenties hubris is the tragic and triumphant comedy of errors that happens after college -- things like dating, paying...

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On the Examination of Love

(2) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 9:55 AM

The ancient Greeks had four words for love. They are storge (familial love), philia (friendship love), agape (selfless love), and eros (intimate love). By contrast, the Buddhist tradition teaches the four Brahmaviharas or the four immeasurables: metta (loving kindness), karuna, (compassion), mudita (sympathetic joy), and upekkha (equanimity). The former are...

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Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 4:48 PM

I can only recall a few times in my life when I've failed in a way I was proud of. Things just didn't go right, but I was glad they happened -- my first relationship, the final paper for my college business ethics class, and the last race of my...

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The Power of Conviction

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 5:05 PM

I wholly believe in mastering the big four: Thank You, I Love You, I Forgive You, and I'm Sorry. However, these actions are almost meaningless without conviction -- that is, doing or saying it with purpose, with the belief that it is true. Given the recent Thanksgiving holiday, I've been...

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Three Ways for Twenty-Somethings to Be Happier

(6) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:09 AM

You don't really notice it all at once, only in brief moments and stages. You look down and realize your socks actually match your shoes or you single-handedly planned a vacation. You help your mom set up her first Gmail account, and suddenly organizing your finances and calling your grandmother...

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