Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
"A positive attitude
may not solve all your problems,
When I was in high school
there was a particular classmate who would send me very negative vibes.
Now, I didn't know this girl and couldn't figure out why she was going out
of her way to let me know that she didn't like me. She never said anything
to me, she just glared at me a lot. This was a highly unusual problem for
me to have to deal with, as most people either liked me or were just
indifferent to me. But not open hostility!
A Word From Pat
O. C. T. O. B. E. R.! Finally!
October is one of my favorite months, as I've stated before. But this year it's even more favorite―and welcome―than ever. This summer in Nashville, TN has set records for high temperatures, and the heat has carried on through September.
The heat and the drought
that we've been in has NOT been very pleasant to me. But this past week we
had some rain, and the air has had a real touch of fall in it, so I'm
getting all excited. I'm having visions of sitting in my screened-in patio
and daydreaming while I listen to the rain, and the snap and crackle of a
fire in my wood burning stove. Yes!
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I enjoyed that editor's speech, but I still didn't read romance novels, until I heard about Pat Ballard's books. She calls them "motivational romances" with Big, Beautiful Heroines. Curious, I picked up a copy of Nobody's Perfect and spent several hours intrigued and enthralled.
In the novel, the love interests are Nella Covington and Samuel L. duCannon. Are those perfect names for a romance or what? Nella is a young woman in her mid-twenties who has long since given up trying to be thin. She takes good care of herself, eats healthy foods and exercises. The women in her family were heavy and she is no exception. But Nella goes beyond just accepting herself. In this novel, she uses her size to her advantage.
We see her save a child from drowning by using her strong arms and skillful swimming. She helps a young wife frustrated by constant dieting make herself over with makeup, a new hairdo and clothes, without losing a single pound. When the woman worries she might go back to feeling discouraged about gaining weight, Nella gives her a gentle pep talk. "You see what you can be if you want to, and it's your decision whether you spend your days looking your best, or looking your worst. That's a decision we all have to make each day. You're no different than anyone else."
Of course, romance novels have a predictable formula. That's why so many women love them; it's reassuring to know the good characters will win. After a few adventures and problems, the heroine always gets the good guy, and this book delivers that, too. But first, we have evil in-laws, a family home in jeopardy and a little boy who needs a mother. Nowhere does Nella play the helpless female. She is strong yet vulnerable, powerful yet seductive.
And Pat Ballard sure knows how to write a good sex scene. Be forewarned: this story is definitely rated R, and the heroine's large size adds to her attractiveness. What a switch from the message aimed at women in magazines and television!
Although the ending was pre-ordained
(remember, it's a romance novel), I didn't guess how the author would wrap
it up. I lost myself in the story and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of
it. In other words, I had fun. If you read Nobody's Perfect,
I predict you will, too. I also predict you will be left with some very
thought-provoking ideas about what our society's ideal body image does to
every woman's self-esteem.
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Hear―and see―Pat on the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's Sept. 24, 2007 guest appearance on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville by going to http://www.healthateverysize.info/2007/09/sept-24-2007-he.html. A photo of Pat and Peggy (or would that be the Queen and the Doc?) is posted there as well as a link to the mp3 recording of the show.
Pat regularly guests on Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. She's usually in the studio on the fourth Monday of every month. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays .
Listen to the live
broadcasts over the Internet at
http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. You can also listen to
the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM. It's free for
wireless internet enabled phones, but there's a small monthly charge for
other phones. See the
Health At Every Size show website or the
Radio Free Nashville website
for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show
live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
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