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Jae-Ha Kim
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Columnist, Chicago Tribune. Blogger (travel, celebs, racism, K-pop, food). Followed by Olympians, rock stars, my husband & (hopefully) YOU!
Columnist, Chicago Tribune. Blogger (travel, celebs, racism, K-pop, food). Followed by Olympians, rock stars, my husband & (hopefully) YOU!

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My interview with "Dr. Ken" star Suzy Nakamura is already online at various sites, including the +Chicago Tribune and +Los Angeles Times. Her favorite destination?

"I really love Bali, Indonesia," she says. "I’ve been twice and it’s one of those magical places that you never forget. You are surrounded by art and nature everywhere you go. I stayed on the southwest side in Canggu and it was pretty easy to hop over to Ubud, or a beach in Kuta, or shopping in Seminyak, or dinner in Denpasar. I was in awe of the rice paddy fields. Who knew you could be moved by agriculture? I sure didn’t. But I was humbled or moved by something every day I was there."

(Syndicated by the +Tribune Content Agency.) +ABC Television Network

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I loved her as Wednesday Addams! I had a wonderful chat with Christina Ricci. Read more about the talented actress in the +Chicago Tribune. (My column is syndicated by the +Tribune Content Agency.)

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Before retiring, Mark C. Lee flew on four NASA space flights, traveled more than 13 million miles, circled the globe 517 times and did an untethered spacewalk. In 1992, he and his then-wife, Nancy Jan Davis, made history by becoming the first married astronauts to fly together in space. Based out of the Houston area, Lee -- an engineer -- spoke about what it was like to view the earth from his unique perspective. For more information about the space program, check out NASA's website (https://www.nasa.gov).

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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -- Aristotle
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Adventurer George Kourounis got married on top of a volcano. How about you? 😛

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sns-201701240000--tms--celebtrvctnct-a20170124-20170124-story.html
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Based out of Miami, journalist Kimberly Brooks is co-anchor of "Nightline on Fusion." The TV personality -- who got her start working at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios -- is also the host of Fusion's latest documentary, "O Girls," which checks in on the progress of five of the young women who were amongst the first to graduate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Read more in my syndicated column, which runs in outlets such as the +Los Angeles Times, +Chicago Tribune and +Orlando Sentinel. (Syndicated by the +Tribune Content Agency)

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TL;DR: I don’t want to do your work for you.😛

🚫Do you know what I don’t want to do?

LOOK OVER anything that will ONLY take me a MINUTE. Though this may not be the intent at the time, those four capitalized words are almost always code for: Write my resume, write my essay, write my child’s homework, write my child’s college admission papers, proofread my screenplay, write my book proposal, edit my book, edit anything I’ve ever written, write my biography… The list goes on; and the requests have been getting more frequent as friends of friends are asking me for favors.

Can you imagine asking a hair stylist friend to cut your hair (for free), because it’ll only take a minute; or your teacher friend to tutor your child (for free), because it won’t be much work at all; or your bartender friend to man the bar at your daughter’s wedding (for free), because you know he’d want to be there anyways; or your auto mechanic friend to tune up your car (for free), because he’s so good at what he does; or your doctor friend to give you a physical (for free), because you’ve been friends forever.

People have used all those becauses on me, as they asked me to do favors for them. And it’s always quickly and when they’re panicking, because they procrastinated for months and expect me to come to the rescue immediately.

Except for one person — who I hadn’t had contact with for years when he popped out of the woodwork to ask for a “small favor” — I have said yes to every single request, regardless of whether I had my own work deadlines or just. didn’t. want. to. do. it. I have moved my schedule around to accommodate other people’s requests for (sometimes) outrageous favors.

I suppose you could say that I should just appreciate knowing that I helped people. Of course. That is why I helped.

I may have even received a thank you from the occasional person, but I was also yelled at for not getting material to people fast enough (trust me: a two-hour turnaround on the day that you request a freebie is fast enough); I have been blamed for children not getting into the university of their choice (I’m pretty sure they did that on their own); I have been called selfish for turning that one person down (that one didn’t bother me at all, because he was a jerk); I was questioned about my use of grammar by one person, who told me that her secretary said that I was wrong (I wasn’t); I’ve been nagged at by a “friend” who wanted me to write her a job referral RIGHT NOW (believe it or not, it’s difficult for me to LIE about what a good employee someone is).

Would I have been happier charging people for this work? No, because this isn’t the type of work that I choose to do to make my living. If you want me to write about pop culture for a magazine, I will accept (for the appropriate payment). If you want someone to help your kid get into Harvard, do not ask me to look over anything. Hire a professional who specializes in this and who really wants your business (and it is a business — you will have to pay them). You don’t want an overtired, overworked and resentful me saying, “Okay,” because I don’t want to hurt your feelings. Seriously. You get what you pay for.

Happy New Year. Truly.

http://www.jaehakim.com/jae-ha-kim-blog/the-art-of-saying-no-aka-you-get-what-you-pay-for/

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"I do miss Chicago, but I don't miss the winters that much," "Criminal Minds actor Joe Mantegna tells me. "I know there's a cold snap coming through Chicago and I remember what that was like. I still have a lot of family there, as does my wife. I was there (in 2015) for Christmas. My hiatus normally falls in the April to May timeframe, which are nice months to be there. I always come every June to see the Cubs and (I have thrown) out the first pitch. I go to visit my mother, who turned 101 in September."

Read more of my interview with the Tony Award-winning actor in the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sns-201701031100--tms--celebtrvctnct-a20170103-20170103-story.html
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