Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Mistakes

July 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image

 Updated and graciously re-posted from Gürze:   We are sitting in a circle, a dozen high school students and I.

What is it … ?

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications: In a conversation with my husband the other night I asked him the names of his elementary school teachers and what he most remembered about them.  He did far better than I, recalling all but his third grade teacher.  When it was my turn I was struck not so […]

“Either stop living or get fat”

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Dieting, Featured, Self Esteem

Updated and graciously reposted from Gurze Publications…In an interview at the close of Paulo Coelho’s  The Witch of Portobello, he explains that his goal in this book was to elaborate “on the feminine side of God.”  I find myself drawn to Coelho’s novels because he “writes to understand himself.”  In reading his words, I often […]

My food choices: A private affair

Updated and graciously reposted from Gurze Publications… A while back, my partner Tom and I took a much needed vacation—a few days in glorious Carmel Valley with nothing to do but read books and rest.  Although a delightful time, one event stands out in my mind. On our third night we visited a newly opened […]

Responses from our brain

February 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Eating Disorders, Featured

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications:  A while ago I met with an amazing local artist and author, Lynn Tuft. We sat in her charming cottage at the top of a hill that overlooked other rolling mounds of majestic greens. The sky was a clear, piercing blue. We talked about her work with youth…how […]

Wasteful worry

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications:   Occasionally I receive emails from a physician, whom I’ll call “Sue,” giving me an update on her life.  She and I have never met—we live in different states—ours is an email relationship.  She suffers with bulimia but no one in her life knows:  not her family, friends […]

Let go of the bag!

December 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Eating Disorders, Featured, Recovery

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications.  During our travels to Philadelphia my husband and I had to get from Terminal C to Terminal A at the airport. As we jumped on the up escalator I lost hold of one of the two suitcases that I’d been wheeling behind me. This errant bag proceeded to […]

Thoughts on mental health

November 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Addiction, Eating Disorders, Featured

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gürze Publications: In the San Francisco Chronicle there was an article by Martha Woodruff titled, “Let’s treat addiction like the disease it is.” Ms. Woodruff was writing about an HBO executive who was seeking treatment for a substance abuse relapse. Woodruff asked, “When is this country going to relax its […]

What do you say?

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gürze Publications:  Katie, a blog reader, wrote me with some excellent questions. She asked in part, “… When you see an obviously anorexic young woman at the market, do you say anything? How do you feel about this? The feeling I get is helplessness.” These are thought provoking queries and […]

Perfection: “The most grand and painful of all mirages”

August 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, Loving Your Body

Graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications:  I once read an article excerpted from Courtney Martin’s book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters.  It was a five page, extremely well-written commentary on her generation’s obsession with food and fitness and our (women’s) drive for perfection.  Martin talked about how so often the place where this drive gets played out […]

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