Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Low-Fat Love 101: Facebook during Challenging Times

Facebook has become a meaningful part of my life. Years ago I wouldn’t have predicted that, but the world has changed, and personally, my life has as well. After more than a decade as a college professor I left academia to be an independent researcher and author. Since I now work from home, Facebook is […]

Low-Fat Love 101: 5 Signs it’s Time to Cut the Cord on a Failing Friendship

One way that we accept low-fat love is by participating in unhealthy friendships. Since I wrote about positive female friend types in “The Codes of Female Friendship” back in September, I have had some requests to write about toxic friendships.  I actually covered that topic on a radio show I used to host, it has […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Pop Culture as a Gendered Landscape

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Literacy, Self Esteem

I haven’t posted a new blog for a couple of months because I have been finishing up a couple of book projects that have taken up my time. I hope to get back to monthly blog posts here but in the meantime I’d love to share what I have been working on, which in many […]

Low-Fat Love 101: A Single Gal’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Empowerment, Self Esteem

New Year’s Eve can be a difficult time for many people. In this spirit, for New Year’s Eve 2012 I wrote an op-ed called “The Single Gal’s Guide to New Year’s Eve” which was published in the Montreal Gazette and then picked up by numerous online blogs and media sources. I’m sharing that article here […]

Low-Fat Love 101: 10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving over the Holidays without Relatives or a Partner

Many consider Thanksgiving the kick-off of holiday season. For many, it’s a difficult time. Holidays are touted as a time for family. Commercials, made-for-television movies and the images we see throughout popular culture and our own communities all reinforce that happy holidays are spent around a large dining room table with extended family, or snuggling […]

Low-Fat Love 101: The Codes of Female Friendship

September 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Empowerment, Role Models, Sharing Feelings

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship lately, especially female friendship. I have the most amazing women friends, and as cliché as it sounds, I can’t imagine my life without them. They are such a value-added in so many different ways. Some of them are going through tough times which makes me think about all […]

Low-Fat Love 101: The Economics of Romance

September 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Finances, Finding Your Voice, Sharing Feelings

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about social class, identity and intimate relationships. My latest novel American Circumstance, explores appearance versus reality; how our lives and relationships look versus how we experience them and the role social class plays in all of this. In the book I tried to provide a backstage view to the […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Listening to Our Kids’ Music

Just a couple of nights ago I took my 12-year-old daughter, Madeline, to a One Direction concert. We bought her the tickets more than half a year ago as a much hoped-for holiday present. Madeline is obsessed with One Direction. No exaggeration; she is absolutely obsessed. Her room is plastered with their posters and filled […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Art and Ego

Recently I was doing an interview about my new book, Fiction as Research Practice, and I was asked a question that made me pause. We were talking about the arts, writing and challenges publishing when the interviewer asked: what role do you think ego plays in the life of a writer? The question came on […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Always Bet on Yourself

I have loved writing since I was a child so I feel very fortunate to make my living as an author. This doesn’t mean that there haven’t been, and won’t continue to be, many rejections along the way. I have learned some things from those experiences that may be of value to others pursuing a […]

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