The Queen's Proclamation




July 2008
News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

“My God! How little do my countrymen know
what precious blessings they are in possession of,
and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

Thomas Jefferson

As Independence Day for the U.S. approached, I couldn't help but think about what a "young" nation ours is. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and became a democracy.

As a stand-alone nation we're only 232 years old! And yet we're a nation where people are willing to risk their lives for the chance of coming to our land. We're a nation where young men and women volunteer to give their lives to save and preserve what we have. Our troops aren't forced to fight for our nation. We don't have a forced draft anymore, so these people willingly enlist in our armed services, knowing that they could be called to war at any time.

So I want to post a few quotes in this section in honor of the birthday of the United States of America.

"The United States is the only country with a known birthday."
James G. Blaine

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." William J. Clinton

"This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope.
So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing,
and we are strong enough to keep the faith."
Lyndon B. Johnson

"America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact―
the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
Adlai Stevenson

And let's end with the other "real" meaning of the 4th of July:

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4,
not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
Erma Bombeck

A Word From Pat

 It's July! Is this possible?

June has been an extremely exciting month for me. My first nonfiction book is in print! 10 Steps To Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) is alive and active. I've already had some wonderful feedback about it.

My husband, Joe, is busily working in our flowers today. He's putting down mulch, then he's going to put down some pavers in one section to make a little path to walk on. He really is a good landscaper. The only thing I get cross with him about is when he starts trimming my trees and shrubs back too much. I keep them there so I can be in my yard without my neighbors seeing everything I do.

One neighbor told Joe the other day that our yard looks like the Bayou. Smart aleck! It does not! Maybe "Deep South" Mississippi, but that's okay. That's where I grew up, so I like it like that!

My son, Eric, and his family are going to Michigan next week, for a week. That's where some of my daughter-in-law Tiffany's people are.

Everyone have a wonderful July!



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10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) by Pat BallardNew from Pearlsong Press:
Pat's first nonfiction book,

10 Steps to Loving Your Body
(No Matter What Size You Are)

As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.

Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be,
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.

More info at the Pearlsong Press website. (All copies of 10 Steps purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)

Links About The Queen & Her Books

Pat's Place website
The Queen's Blog
About Pat Ballard
Dangerous Curves Ahead
The Best Man
Abigail's Revenge
Wanted: One Groom
Nobody's Perfect
His Brother's Child
A Worthy Heir
Pearlsong Press blog posts about Pat

Weighty Matters

The following story is interesting and makes us who know this truth already want to say "Well, DUH!"

But as usual, the authors say if it exercise won't make children (translate as "'everyone") lose weight, then they must just be eating too much!

I keep hoping and believing that eventually, after all the studies are done, we will hear a sane voice saying, "The studies show that there are some people who are just going to be fat!"

Exercise "doesn't prevent childhood obesity"
by Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor

Children are programmed to be sporty or be couch potatoes and taking more exercise has little effect on whether they are fat or not, experts claim.

Research has shown that even though fewer than half of boys and only one in eight of girls do the recommended one hour's activity per day, this is not reflected in their weight.

A study carried out on around 300 schoolchildren in Plymouth found that the amount of exercise a child does is not correlated with their Body Mass Index, a calculation of their height and weight used to measure if they are a healthy weight or not.'doesn't-prevent-childhood-obesity'.html

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in
The Queen's Proclamation. Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and email us at proclamation @ to let us know, and we'll consider yours for inclusion in The QP

The following review of
10 Steps To Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) was posted on the website by Judith Matz.

Truly Inspiring!

As a therapist, I know that the toughest part for most women in their journey to make peace with food is learning how to build a better body image. 10 Steps to Loving Your Body is a fabulous resource for doing just that. Author Pat Ballard offers her own wisdom, along with inspirational quotes from people such as Gilda Radner and Wayne Dyer. One of my favorites: "Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won't come in." (Alan Alda)

If you are struggling with weight/body image issues, keep this book on your nightstand or in your purse, and open its pages often. It will be like having a kind and gentle best friend with you who wants what's best for you and knows how to help you get there.

Read a nterview with Pat at The F-word (Food. Fat. Feminism.) blog.

Communicate with Pat via her "Amazon Connect" blog on!

Pat's romantic suspense novel Abigail's Revenge is featured on the Beautiful Portal website:
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:

 An article on Pat has been posted at:
And an EP Extra review of Abigail's Revenge is posted at 

Look for an interview with Pat on Lonnie Cruse's blog at

Calendar of Events

New from Pearlsong Press—Pat's latest (and first nonfiction) book, 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are).

See to order. All copies purchased directly from the Pearlsong Press website will be autographed by the author.

Hear―and see―Pat on the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's June 23, 2008 guest appearance on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville by going to

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 the month. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also now subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player) via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your choice.

Listen to the live broadcasts over the Internet at 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 10.

For more on the show, check out the show blog at You can also listen to or download recordings of some of the shows, including several with Pat, at

You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.

Show #1 discusses Pat's romance novels

Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality

And check out the photos from the Nov. 6, 2004 Mississippi Authors Festival that are online at The Queen's Proclamation blog and The Pearlsong Letter blog. (Click on the Mississippi Authors Festival link under the "Photo Albums" heading in the lefthand column of either blog to view the photos.) While you're visiting, post a comment on the blog!

Give someone a good read as well as support in loving themselves.
Pat's books make great gifts!


Book Contest

Top 100 Women Sites ( has been purchased by someone who is in the process of changing the site a little. I'm not sure if he is going to continue featuring the book contest.

I'll keep you informed.

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