Monthly Archives: February 2007

carnival of eating disorders #3

welcome to the february 28, 2007 edition of carnival of eating disorders. this time around, the majority of our entries are about body image. i particularly like audrey hepburn’s beauty tips – a bit corny, perhaps, but true and beautiful nonetheless.

topic: body image

rt regales us with an interview with erin pavlina, wife of one of my favourite bloggers, steve pavlina. in a supernatural chat with erin pavlina at real women’s fitness, we read:

at real women’s fitness we have been looking more and more at ‘why women exercise’ and have found that there are some pretty terrible motivations like ‘i hate my body’, ‘i am too fat to go out’, ‘i want to look like so and so celebrity’, etc. – especially in young women. do you think these motivations are harmful for the individual and do you think it could indicate a deeper emotional problem?

barbra sundquist tells us why breasts sag at Continue reading

12-step discussion: step 2

today i’m on the run. too many things happening, including helping my very pregnant daughter move (yes! i’m becoming a grandmother! more on that soon.)

so let’s turn this problem into an opportunity and see how you, gentle reader, like it when i just present you with my notes.

it’s a continuation from last month, when we started talking about the 12 steps.

today: step two.

“came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”

believe =

designing the web

i’m still digesting the great fare at the northern voice blogging conference. as you may have gleaned already, one of my favourites there was nancy white.

in talking about how we interact with one another, on and offline, she said something that left a lasting impression on me:

“everyone is a designer!”

what does that mean?

let’s start with a few ideas …

  • everyone designs their own life
  • every participant in a conversation co-designs the conversation
  • everyone is innately creative
  • we constantly create our reality Continue reading

conversations at northern voice

conversations are at the heart of my practice. conversations are what i was hoping for when i first started this blog. conversations was one of the topics at this year’s northern voice blogging conference – i facilitated a little presentation about it at moosecamp (the first day’s unconference) in connection with the vancouver bloggers meetup.

what are the ingredients of a good conversation, online or offline? one of them, we decided, is transparency. that means there should be as few walls as possible between the conversation partners so that they have a clear view of each other. sometimes, blogging anonymously reduces this transparency (i don’t know who you are in “meatspace” – in the physical world). but there is much more to transparency. letting the other know what’s going on in our lives creates transparency, as does honesty, and letting others participate in our thought processes.

another interesting thing that came up in our discussion was that conversations create knowledge about each other but also about ourselves. even for bloggers who don’t have many readers or comments, as they are writing, they have a conversation with themselves. Continue reading

sex trade workers and free will

here in vancouver, the courts are finally dealing with willy pickton, accused of murdering dozens of women.

these were women with friends, family, children. women who laughed and told stories and wrote christmas cards.

i personally met two of them. they were also people who were addicted to drugs. they were poor. many of them were mentally ill. most of them sold sex for money or drugs.

a few weeks ago, another serial murder of women happened, this time Continue reading

thank you, body

a poem written in the early 1990’s, at a time of being very ungrounded and spaced out:

oh body, bloodfilled one,pix bodysense light body happy grounded
redeem my soul
redeem my burning, ashen soul
please turn me inside out
rescue me, body, from my thoughts.

please, hands, please, wake me up
let me fall prey to sensing
sharper glass and harder stone
and warmer skin and water wet as never before.

body. please draw me back from Continue reading

addiction: underestimating the power of cravings

addiction is pretty hard to understand if you’ve never been there. the crazed lust, the desperate longing for whatever it is that your are hooked on – from heroin to alcohol to overworking to shopping to sex to codependency – whatever it is, if it’s not your thing then all you can do is shake your head uncomprehendingly.

it turns out that even those who are addicted tend to underestimate Continue reading

a fix for both obesity and malnutrition?

research on obesity is really going places these days. a little while ago, i reported on the discovery of an obesity virus and an obesity molecule.

now, feifan guo and douglas cavener, two biologists at penn state university, have discovered an enzyme with the weighty name of GCN2 eIF2alpha kinase (let’s call it GAK, shall we?), which, among other things, has a profound impact on fat metabolism. they found Continue reading