The Queen's Proclamation




August 2009
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....

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

Recent studies have shown that laughing can, indeed, be good for our health, both mental and physical. I find it fascinating that our modern science is just now "proving" what was written as fact, in the scripture above, so many years ago.

The word "medicine" in Proverbs 17:22 actually means "heal," like a medicine.

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the U niversity of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The study, which is the first to indicate that laughter may help prevent heart disease, found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.

In an article "Laughter is the Best Medicine," at
we find that:

     ● Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension
       and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

     ● Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and
        increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your
        resistance to disease.

     ● Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
        Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve
     ● Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and
        increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other
        cardiovascular problems.

And in an article, "The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter," at we find that:

Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.

Some of us come into the world as "born laughers." My mom and her siblings were born laughers. And I'm thankful that I and my siblings inherited that trait. We'll laugh at just about anything, and some of the time this gets us into trouble. I remember my mom's older sister saying her husband used to get angry with her because she laughed at "everything." He told her he believed she'd even laugh at a funeral.

Guilty. I've done exactly that.

But sometimes we get so wrapped up in life and the everyday stress of just getting through the day, it's hard to find anything funny.

So maybe we need to start planning a little time each day to watch a funny sitcom, read a joke book or find some way to get a good chuckle. We might see our health improving, along with our attitudes.

Okay, I'm off to watch one of my favorites―Reba!

A Word From Pat

August, already? That's really hard to believe. Maybe because we've had such a cool, rainy summer here in Nashville, it doesn't seem as if we've had a summer at all. But I think that's about to change, since we're supposed to be in the low to mid-nineties this coming week. Okay, this is where I say, "YUK"! Gimme the cool and rainy!

I've had a busy summer.

I worked most of July at the office where I fill in when someone is out. And if you read the July issue of The QP, you know that I dogsat my granddog and fell totally in love with her, although she did add to my "stuff to do" list. Also, I got talked into being the Events Chair for the local chapter of the Women's National Book Association, and later they asked me to be Vice President. Without seeking professional, psychological help, I agreed. So I've been going to meetings like crazy, trying to gear up for the coming year's agenda.

And on top of that, I'm trying desperately to finish book number 9, which is another nonfiction.

For all my fiction-lovers, don't despair. I'm working on two more romance novels.

And added to that, my husband, Joe, has changed companies that he works for and that has added stress to his life, which adds stress to mine, even though I try to just laugh my way through it. *Big grin here.*

Everyone have a wonderful and safe August.



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Click on the Bookbuzzr graphic to browse an excerpt from Pat's newest 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.)

Please share the 10 Steps book widget above with friends through email, Facebook, MySpace, & other web media. Browse and share excerpts from Pat's other books online at


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

Recently my fearless publisher, Dr. Peggy Elam, did an interview with Plus Model
on t
he subject of Health At Every Size (HAES). Below is the first question
and answer from Dr. Elam.

Please read the entire interview. You'll get some wonderful insight and wisdom on this
subject, plus see photos of Dr. Elam and Zelda Pudding, her book designer. [Ed. note:
Zelda Pudding is the name of my dog, and the pseudonym I use for book designing.
I wanted a moniker that ensured I didn't take myself too seriously. With a nom de plume
like "Zelda Pudding," how could I?]

[Jennifer] What is HAES?
[Dr Elam] Health At Every Size is a weight-neutral approach to health and well-being
that's been called the peace movement in the war on "obesity." HAES respects the
diversity of body shapes and sizes and recognizes that health is multidimensional,
encompassing social, spiritual, occupational, emotional and other factors besides the
physical. On the physical plane, HAES encourages eating in a way that is nutritiously
balanced and pleasurable and engaging in enjoyable physical activity without weight loss
as a goal. 
Some people who do practice HAES may lose weight, some may gain weight, and some
may remain in the same weight range. HAES isn't against weight change per se but
rather the pursuit of such change itself and the emphasis on leanness as a primary
arbiter of health, because both are counterproductive.
Linking health to slenderness reinforces prejudice and discrimination against fat people,
fosters eating disordered behavior, and fails to address the health needs of people of ALL
sizes—fat, thin and in between.

Read rest of the article here:

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, author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance & Self-Care.

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.

Browse and share excerpts from Pat Ballard's books online.

Listen to Pat on the June 1, 2009 Health At Every Size radio show
on Radio Free Nashville.

Listen to a Feb. 11, 2009 Conversation with Pat Ballard
(blog post with link to 50-min mp3 recording of Pat talking about her journey to
self- and body-acceptance and -love, her writing process,
and why a truly Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life starts with loving your body,
no matter what it looks like.

Read an interview 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

Join Pat, her fearless publisher, and several other Pearlsong Press authors in a free Pearlsong Conversation teleconference call Wed., August 12, 2009 at noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central. During the call Pat and other authors will discuss creating fat friendly fiction and fat-positive characters. See
or email pearlsongconversations @ for details.

New from Pearlsong PressPat'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.

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 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.  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

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


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