- San Francisco, California, United States
- February 02
- Author, Award-Winning Journalist, Poet, Short Stories, Humor and Art Culture
- Award Winning Investigative Journalist, Edward R. Murrow recipient, Author, Essayist, Humorist, Poet
Art & Culture, Politics, Multicultural Issues & Identity, Philosophy of Parenting, Humor & Happiness, Inspiration, Female Empowerment, Food & Family, Japanese, Hapa & Multiracial History, Poetry
The Japanese American National Museum, The Huffington Post, My Jewish Learning, The Chicago Sun Times, ElephantJournal.com,
Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Be'schol Lashon, Parents.com, Empowering Parents.com, Lakeview House International Journal- Poetry, The Jewish News Weekly ofSan Francisco, USA on Race.com, Discover Nikkei.org, Senses Magazine, Interfaithfamily.com
Babyzone.com, The Syndicated News, ShalomLife.com, and others
Current & Latest:
Speaker at "Mixed-Remixed Festival" for Discussion: "Global v. Universal: Otherness & Writing the Female Writer of Color" held at Japanese American National Museum
"Samurai Yenta" a Blog about Japanese & Jewish Culture, food and humor for My Jewish Learning.com
Books to be published book for Ithaca Press, a compilation of authobiographically-based inspirational-themed essays and stories, and a collection of Poetry
Essays published in a series of Textbooks about multiculturalism called "Multiculturalism in America: Opposing Viewpoints."
I am writing a book of poetry, as well as a compilation of short stories and essays
Radio & T.V. includes appearances on syndicated national talk radio programs, including for CBS Radio and others wherein I have discussed politics, parenting, anti-aging/health as well as comedy appearances about pop culture.
The Edward R. Murrow Award, 2 Golden Mike awards, 4 Society of Professional Journalists First awards and The Los Angeles Press Club. Awards were granted for Excellence in Reporting for both print and broadcast reporting.
Blogs & Sites :
I've Got Issues --- www.francescabiller.org
The Elephant Journal
The Huffington Post
Facebook @francesca biller
Facebook Writer/Fan Page - @francescabiller-humorist-writer-author
MY RECENT POSTS
- Knowing Maya Angelou: A Voice
for all Unbroken Girls
June 09, 2014 10:23PM
- For Happier Children, Be Happy
May 15, 2014 08:39PM
- 4o Most Inspiring Quotes about
"Writing for Writers"
April 28, 2014 09:01PM
- 10 Things Every Young & Older
Girl Should Know
April 27, 2014 12:04AM
- My Fear of Naked Yoga People
March 31, 2014 10:57PM
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feelings to set for the great
in our lives.”
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April 29, 2014 09:25PM
- “Margaret Feike, What a
wonderful thing to say, and I
pleased you enjoyed
April 29, 2014 09:24PM
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of my favorite
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- “john guzlowski, I am so
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As a young girl who only felt the comforts of solace and strength while writing, the words of Maya Angelou gave me the courage not only to write, but to write from a place that was forbidden and somehow shamed in real life.
Surviving in real life meant that I… Read full post »
On sweet and endless long summer afternoons, my father, who is an artist, used to carry large canvases into our hot and sandy living room by the sea.
Stumbling over childhood board games and forgotten toys, he magically turned our living space into a larger-than-life art studio, wh/… Read full post »
To be a writer is to suffer, to love madly and deeply, to cry when one wants really to laugh, and to laugh wildly when one feels sorrow.
And to write is to ponder longingly and endlessly, and often foolishly about why others don't understand why everything "is at once… Read full post »
Whether you are a beautiful budding woman of 11, a gorgeous Grande Dame at 111, or somewhere wonderfully and precariously in between like moi, being a woman is always interesting and even fabulously adventurous at times.
When I was 10, I was excited about everything that life had to… Read full post »
I suppose that it may stem all the way back to my winsomely strange childhood, when I first witnessed a man and woman enjoying naked yoga in my neighbor’s lofty tree-hooded backyard.
I believe this was the first time I had ever seen a penis or a… Read full post »
I cannot remember a time as a young girl when I was not in love with Shirley Temple.
One of my earliest memories is of me wearing a short, silk chiffon dress and tap dancing high upon a tabletop, pretending it was a shiny white piano of course, as I sang… Read full post »
My first memory as a nubile young girl includes long hours spent reading and sifting through books in my father's crowded library by the sea. Hot and gently bent summer afternoons, bleak wintry mornings and endless tall weekends amongst dusty classic and rare books forged my longing for living… Read full post »
As a kid, I thought that everyone celebrated Christmas the way our Buddhist Jewish family did.
You know, trying to find a beautiful tree at “half off, get one free” that we decorated with origami cranes and Stars of David’s made out of leftover matzoh.
Oy Vehish! … Read full post »
As a Japanese-Jewish American girl, I have suffered.
It's not just that both of my tribes were placed in camps because they were simply born, or perhaps hated for being smart, bold, different, and even oddly wonderful.
As a Jew, I am reminded continually that I am lucky to be… Read full post »
Maybe you aren't as weird and strange as you think, but if you are, this could be a great thing.
Because the strangest people in the world invent things, they think outside of boxes that haven't yet been made, and often, they help us all to feel less strange as… Read full post »
"How can you stand to watch so much horrible news all of the time?" my pre-teen asks me.
"And they are usually wrong anyway," she says, as she walks out of the room rolling her eyes.
Out of the mouths of babes, I think.
But I… Read full post »
As a young child, I did not realize how fortunate I was to have a Buddhist mother.
I simply assumed that all children grew up with the gifts of wisdom, sound solace and a tangible sense of calm.
But after I flew the safe nest and breast of my mother,… Read full post »
1. Not all Men are Bad
Yes, there are a few bad apples in every bunch . . . but most men are not only not bad but even quite wonderful if you give them half or even a quarter of a chance.
If you have female friends or family who… Read full post »
The ever-ironic and witty Mark Twain once said, "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place."
Little did he know how wise and truly… Read full post »
I am not by nature or nurture an angry woman, but sometimes I get a Bee in my Bonnet and simply need to allow my well-heeled anger to buzz as much as any reeling, radical and righteously raving man.
But this is one rare time when my feminine flourishing must leave me.… Read full post »
Like Obama, I too was born in Hawaii and even attended a high school not far from his alma mater.
It is likely I also shared the same rickety bus he did called The Express, which used to rattle its way through the different 1970's multicultural neighborhoods of humid/… Read full post »
Rodney Dangerfield once lamented, "I was so ugly, my father carried around a picture of the kid who came with his wallet."
My dad too carried with him a lot of acerbic wit, and often we couldn't tell if he was serious or not.
I will never forget the feeling… Read full post »
There is nothing scarier for a racist than the prospect of a smart black man.
Someone has to say it.
While the Obama camp has been publicly conscious that the President might "ever" appear as the angry black male, with all of the ugly parables and historical conclusions/… Read full post »
Until I was about four, I thought my first name was Shutup.
No kidding, and what's worse . . . I learned to like it.
I'll never forget the sound of kids laughing at me at a Los Angeles playground when I told them that Shutup was my name.
And this… Read full post »
There was a time not too long ago when I thought I had lost everything, including myself.
This was a period of darkness I had never known.
When I caught a glimpse of my own image in the mirror, I did not recognize myself as I had lost my… Read full post »
In Japanese culture, it is considered shameful to brag or boast loudly or even in whispers about one's accomplishments.
Rather, we are taught from birth that our actions speak for themselves; and that the more calm, stoic and resolute we are about our deeds-- the more they in fact matter.… Read full post »