Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
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?
(originally published in Radiance magazine,
Summer 1999 issue)
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.
Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
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Your body is a unique work of art.
*Line from a weight-loss industry ad.
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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 http://www.pearlsong.com/somethingtothinkabout.htm 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
http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. 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
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read as well as support in loving themselves.
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