The Queen's Proclamation




June 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....

Peggy Elam and I co-host a Health At Every Size radio show every Monday morning at 10 a.m.The theme song that we're using at this point is "Freedom," sung by Suchi Waters Benjamin. The lyrics to this song hold such deep meaning that I decided to use them in this section this month, with Suchi's permission. 

 At the end of the lyrics you'll see Suchi's website and a link to her YouTube music video if you want to listen to the song.       



Music & Lyrics: Tom Benjamin

Additional Lyrics: S.W. Benjamin

We build walls when we ought to be building bridges

We lose touch when we ought to be holding on

We hold out when we really should be giving

We hold on when we’re holding on to nothing at all


Freedom from fear of certain failure

Freedom from the bar we place across every door

Freedom from things we just imagine

Freedom from all that came before


We speak out when we could learn so much in silence

We think twice when we shouldn’t think at all

We give in when we should stand and speak our truth

We give up then it’s going going gone


 Freedom from fear of certain failure

Freedom from the bar we place across every door

Freedom from things we just imagine

Freedom from all that came before


           Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom…….





Freedom from fear and failure, hunger and greed

Freedom from jealousy, pride, anger and hypocrisy

Freedom from everything you want, but really you don’t need

Freedom from glamour, illusion and insurance companies

Freedom from atomic bombs and wars and penitentiaries

Freedom from pain and sorrow and poor pitiful me

Freedom from sickness and suffering, ignorance & poverty

Freedom from all bondages, freedom just to be


Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom......

Lyrics from The Waters Edge CD © Suzee Waters Benjamin (Suchi)

website: or

   You can listen to the song at:

Hi everyone!
What a difference a month makes! While thousands of people still try to rebuild their lives after the flood, the cleanup process has been a testament to how hard and well Tennesseans work together.

The CMA Music Festival is in full swing in downtown Nashville this week. Some of the visitors were being interviewed on the news, and they seemed so astonished that there were no visible signs of the flood.

There are still loads and loads of work to do, but we've come a long way.

I hope everyone had a good May. Husband Joe and I went to Mississippi for the Memorial Day weekend. We had a wonderful visit with family, as usual.

I'm looking forward to June and July and getting a lot of writing done on my latest fiction work-in-progress.

Everyone have a wonderful June.
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

After giving this section much thought today, I've decided to use some much-needed inspirational quotes.

Almost all absurdity of conduct
arises from the imitation of those
whom we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best,
night and day, to make you everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting.

e.e. cummings

He who trims himself to suit everyone
will soon whittle himself away.

Raymond Hull

God has given you one face,
and you make yourself another.

William Shakespeare

All my life I had been looking for something,
and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was.
I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction
 and even self-contradictory. I was naďve. I was looking for myself
and asking everyone except myself questions which I,
and only I, could answer. It took me a long time
and much painful boomeranging of my expectations
to achieve a realization everyone else
appears to have been born with:
that I am nobody but myself.

Ralph Ellison

The life of every man is a diary
in which he means to write one story,
and writes another.

James Matthew Barrie

Most people are other people.
Their thoughts are someone else's opinions,
their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde

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 PressPat'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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