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Who Is The Chubby Lady IN THE PICTURE?

When I see my fifty-something self in pictures, I cringe and my inner voice says, “Yikes, who is the chubby lady?” The ironic thing is that I use to be a teenage-fashion model. When I was very young, thin and FABULOUS, I looked at pictures of myself, cringed, and my inner voice said, “Yikes!” I’ve…

Plantar Fasciitis

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis. You only understand if you’ve been there. The pain. Standing hurts. Walking hurts. The podiatrist said, “It’s common in runners and people who are overweight and wear bad shoes.” Since running isn’t in my vocabulary, I’m assuming he put me in the second category.  He said, “No…

Just Keep Swimming

Three years ago, after my husband, Ron, and I both had back surgery, our doctor recommended that we have “aqua therapy.” It was soothing doing our exercises in the warm salt water pool. We enjoyed exercising in the water so much that we eventually joined a local gym that had an aqua aerobics class. After…

Add A Little Spice To Your Life & Your Water

Water is important for our bodies to function well. Mayo Clinic advices that “even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.” I’ve been working on “spicing up” my water. Adding cucumbers to my H20 make me feel like I’m at a spa, on other days bits of ginger definitely perk it up, and…

When Did I Stop Being Barbie & Become Mrs. Potato Head?

Mary Pierce, Author of When Did I Stop Being Barbie & Become Mrs. Potato Head? “Barbie had the hair, the legs—and let’s be honest, the breasts—of our dreams. She had the clothes, the house, and the cars of our fantasies. Hers was the life we wanted. She even had our dream man.”  #learningtolivebeyondbarbie


“Grandma,” Six-year-old Ever said,”You’re white and soft and sweet. Just like a marshmallow!”

The Fatal Gift of Beauty

Thou who hast the fatal gift of beauty. – Lord Byron The news shows are full of reports on Anna Nicole Smith. Because of her beauty she poised for cameras, married a billionaire octogerian, and became a celebrity. Her beauty was fatal. Her pretty face opened the doors to modeling, money, and more. She became…

Anita Renfroe’s Comfort Loving Barbie

I’d like to see a “Comfort Loving Barbie.” They could accessorize her with sensible shoes, white cotton granny panties, elastic waist jeans and a flannel covered hot water bottle.  —Anita Renfroe, Comedian Tonya & Anita Renfroe

Get Real!

A few years ago, my son, Zachary, accompanied me when I spoke at a large church and he worked at my book table. He had never been to one of my speaking events and was amazed that so many women sat and listened to me for 45 minutes. (I can barely get his attention for…

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