Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I teach at a Christian university; swearing in the classroom isn’t forbidden or anything, but it’s not the norm. Read More Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

Why I Don’t Care If My Daughter Gets Fat

Ruthie is three.

She is a healthy toddler. Her brain is perfect–a neurologist confirmed that in 2012 when she was exhibiting some strange growth patterns that needed to be checked out. Read More Why I Don’t Care If My Daughter Gets Fat

Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner

[TW: weight, body image, gastric bypass]

I have”¦ mixed feelings about Skinny, Donna Cooner’s debut YA novel about a teen who undergoes gastric bypass surgery. On the one hand, I’m glad it exists. On the other, I wish it weren’t quite so preachy. Read More Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner

The Weight

TW: Weight issues

One of the first things I do every morning, after I’ve tended the Snoop and poured my first cup of coffee, is work with my tarot cards. (I’m a witch, by the way. Which I’ll probably get to eventually, as soon as I can figure out what I want to say about it.) Some days, I have very specific questions, others I just ask for a general feel for the day, anything I need to know, keep an eye out for, whatever. Read More The Weight

Is Worrying About Your Weight Thwarting Your Happiness?

What would you think about, do, be, create etc. if you didn’t think about your weight?

If you never worried about your clothing size, the size of your thighs, the size of your belly, what might be different? Read More Is Worrying About Your Weight Thwarting Your Happiness?