The Queen's Proclamation




April 2010
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....

April is National Poetry Month. So for that reason I'm going to feature a couple of poems in this issue of the newsletter that were written by Peggy Elam, the publisher of my books and this newsletter.

I want all parents and/or guardians of children, and especially mothers, to read the following poem very carefully. Then read it again and understand that your children, especially your daughters, are listening to you. They're forming their life's visions, dreams and beliefs through your visions, dreams and beliefs.


In the bright white light of the dressing room
I look down at my dimpled knees and thighs
and suddenly I am a child again,
looking up at my motherís billowy white body
brushed with bedroom shadow
as she changes clothes.

I could have seen you as a goddess,
fertile and growing, strong-limbed and -willed,
but you felt you took up too much space in the world.
Told to condense, not expand, you struggled
to contain your abundance.

What you felt of yourself, Mother,
you passed on to me. If only we had known
That limiting the body bound the spirit instead.
Oh, what could we have become?
What could we still be?

Peggy Elam
(originally published in Radiance magazine,
Summer 1999 issue)
Hi everyone!

Well, I know a lot of happy people here in middle Tennessee, since spring has finally made itself known. We've had a few really excellent spring days. The sun has finally come out and proven that it still can shine as brightly as it ever has. I think some folks thought it had mildewed and molded.

Early flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are busily building nests and the bees and wasps are coming out of the woodwork. And I know it won't be long before the spiders start to try and sneak into my house. I've started to "feel" their presence, so I know there must be one or two already inside and watching me. I can just see them rubbing their little front legs together and laughing their little maniacal butts off just knowing how I'll react when I see them.

Family is well, and I've been having some real good feel good days.

Everyone have a wonderful April.

Don't forget to check out my latest book, which is a free download. If you enjoy it, pass the word around:

Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Download it at




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Click on the Bookbuzzr graphic (if visible on your computer screen) to browse an excerpt from Pat's 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.)

You can also browse and share Bookbuzzr excerpts from 10 Steps to Loving Your Body, Something to Think About and Pat's other books online at


Weighty Matters

Continuing with the poetry month theme...

Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels*

...except sweet butter and honey on fresh hot bread,
iced tea beneath an oak tree in July,
guacamole, chips, and margaritas,
melted cheese on almost anything,
brownies, ice cream, and caramel,
the taste of your loverís skin.

Who are they trying to kid?
Their kind of thin comes from denial
of what feels good, tastes good, and worries
the neighbors:
Their kind of thin feels ephemeral.

A womanís body seeks
the earth
respect for the natural
and takes root in the listening to appetite.

Freedom tastes better than thin ever will.

*Line from a weight-loss industry ad.
Peggy Elam
(Originally published in Radiance magazine,
 Winter 1999 issue)

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 comment about Pat's books was posted by Barbara Chabot at the Bookbuzzr website at "I love reading these novels and stories! They are about real women in a world that is ever changing! Thank you, I have really enjoyed your books so far and look forward to more in the future!"

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

Listen to the mp3 recording of Pat, her fearless publisher, and several other Pearlsong Press authors in a Pearlsong Conversation about
creating fat friendly fiction and fat positive characters

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 Happy Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life
starts with loving your body,

no matter what it looks like.

Calendar of Events

Now available from Pearlsong PressóPat's newest book, the nonfiction Something to Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image, & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances. It's a FREE PDF ebook that can be downloaded at or via the link at the beginning of this newsletter.

Pat is now co-hosting Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. 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 many of the shows at

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


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