ThinnyMinny Gets a PepTalk!
Get shakin' or turn into bacon!
Get off your butt to get out of a rut!
When the going gets tough, strut your stuff!
Crummy mood? Put down the food!
Less talk, more walk!
Forget the funk-- move your junk!
Feel like a... Read more
Have you ever watched a little one get all caught up in the excitement of learning and mastering a task--taking that first step, putting the puzzle piece in the right place, realizing that letters make a familiar word?
When the world is new... Read more
Roll of the Dice?
Have you ever heard of a tragic scenario and thought, "There, but by the grace of God, go I?" Maybe it was of a head-on collision that killed numerous people because a driver was using a cell phone. Or maybe you heard about a child who drowned... Read more
Don't Know Much About History
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
When I first started listening to the 24-volume audio set of the book, JOH... Read more
NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS
NO MORE PENCILS,
NO MORE BOOKS.
NO MORE TEACHERS'
When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at th... Read more
The Evil Eye
Many years ago when I was traveling in Turkey, I encountered a good luck charm I had never seen before: It was a blue and white sphere shaped to look like an eyeball, and everybody had one. A Turkish friend told me that it was the "evil eye." ... Read more
The Best Makeup
"Joy is the best make-up."
When I was younger, I rarely wore makeup. It wasn't because I didn't need it; it was because I thought, "What's the use?" I was so overweight that it seemed to me like an exe... Read more
If my mind were as creative with problem solving as it is with coming up with excuses, I'd be set.
I remember some of the excuses I used to use for not exercising: people would make fun of how I looked, my feet hurt, it's too hot/too cold,... Read more
I'm LATE, I'm LATE for a Very Important Date
"Relaxation is the best strategy when you don't have time for it."
Do you remember in "The Little Engine that Could" there is big old steam engine that just can't get up the hill? The tired old steamer cries, "... Read more
Oprah, You've Got Balls!
I know Oprah is a smart cookie and that she carefully considered the consequences of baring her soul on national television. But I couldn't help feeling protective of her because she was opening herself up to a host of criticism.
And I was... Read more
Don't Ask for a Light Load...
Today I read a quotation that resonated with me:
"Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back."
Sometimes we look around and see how other people seem to have it so much easier than we do. It stands to rea... Read more
Today was my last day of summer school, and now I have a month off!
I am very excited about having the time to regroup.
Top on my list of priorities is getting focused on my exercise and diet. I am thicker around the middle than I w... Read more
The hardest part of school is not necessarily the part that you learn from books. Sometimes it's what you learn about yourself.
When I was obese, I never told anyone my weight. I missed a lot of days of school by pretending to be sick so ... Read more
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
I have always been fascinated with the fact that when a broken bone heals, it is even stronger than it was before the break.
Isn't that incredible?!
I think that all kinds of "breaks" can heal like bones. At least I am choosing to bel... Read more
Dust Off the Pity Party
"Dust off the pity party, throw away the party favors, and let's get shaking!" I saw this message posted on a friend's spark page, and it might as well have been written to me in flashing in neon lights.
I am kind of sick of making excuses... Read more