The Lighter Side of Large


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The Lighter Side of Large

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Aging Gracefully

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So someone forwards me an email with “Then & Now” photos of famous film and television stars. I think whoever created the email wanted to shock readers in how much these stars have changed from being in their prime to being, well, older. But instead of prompting me to think, “Look how old they look!” I thought, “Look how great they look!”
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15 Minutes of Fame

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Ain’t technology great? Now we can share our happy, exciting and even most embarrassing moments with the whole world with the tap of a key. Laptops, smart phones, emails, texting, photos, videos, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Skype: the possibilities are endless. 
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Grow some Balls!

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Today, I’d like to discuss something we all need, and that’s balls. That’s right, balls. I’m not talking about footballs or bowling balls or tennis balls. I’m talking about testicles. Cojones. The Brass. Now you’re probably asking, “WHY, oh WHY, Bella, are you bringing up this topic?”
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Personality Power

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I had a great time yesterday hanging out with friends (male and female) and talking about anything and everything. The conversation took a heated turn when one friend, “Haley,” mentioned a book she is reading which describes three types of men. I and the other female in the group, “Rhonda,” urged her to tell us more.
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The Numbers Game

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Have you noticed the glut of self-help books which have a number in the title? It’s a marketing ploy which has been around a while and doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
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Go Figure

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I read four articles on four different actresses this week which left me shaking my head again at how women are labeled according to their figures.
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Love Your Body

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A round of applause goes to Plus Size Model magazine for their recent “Love Your Body” issue. In an effort to put a stop to body shaming (i.e. celebrities being criticized for being too fat, too thin, too this & too that),
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The New Woman

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So plenty of us have had to deal with the “the other woman” – you know, the person with whom our ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends cheated on us. As if finding out you’ve been cheated on isn’t heartbreaking enough, actually seeing this person makes the misery even worse. You compare your looks and personality with hers, angrily asking, “What does he see in her?” and “What does she have that I don’t?” then later shed tears that somehow you failed, didn’t measure up to the task of keeping his interest. Never mind the fact that he’s a cad with no sense of fidelity; you think that somehow you are to blame for his wandering.
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Bullying – Power Play Which Knows No Age Limits

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I get sick to my stomach every time I hear about another incident of bullying in schools and online. The numbers of news reports on bullying, of parents getting involved when schools do nothing, and “bullycide” are staggering.
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Giving Thanks

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A lot of my readers are in the U.S. and are celebrating their Thanksgiving holiday this week, so I want to focus this post on being thankful. It’s easy to focus on our problems and what we don’t have, which causes us to miss the blessings we do have. When we do recognize those blessings, it causes us to see life in a whole new light.
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Weighing In

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Lately I’ve been watching a lot of 1980s television shows on DVD and online. Two things strike me. One is how early to mid-eighties fashions have cycled back into style. Seriously, you can buy a new outfit in a store and then hop in a time machine back to 1983 and look perfectly on trend.
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You Are What You Think Part 2

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In the last post I talked about the lies we tell ourselves and how they harm our realities. These lies are based on assumptions about other people and what we think that they think. Sometimes wrong thoughts/lies are rightly called, “stinking thinking.” It’s made up of “I can’ts” and “But what ifs.”
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You Are What You Think

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You are what you think. It’s another phrase we’ve heard repeated but one we don’t take to heart or put into practice. There are tons of self-help and spiritual books on the market which convey the same message, but I think most of us just don’t take time out of our busy lives to stop, sit, and think about what we think about.
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Judging a Book by Its Cover

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s a short yet powerful saying at which we all fail. Every day. Unfortunately, with the advent of the Internet, the whole world can share with our failures when we post them online or on Facebook. For example:
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Settling

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Once in a while I look around at my life and take stock of all I have. I’ve been blessed with great kids, good health, a lovely home and a job that’s fulfilling. Having a marvelous boyfriend is the icing on the cake. I really can’t complain.
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What If We Were Real?

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Continuing the topic of songs, have you heard the song “What If We Were Real” by Christian Gospel artist Mandisa?
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Denial

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Have you heard that American country song, “Cleopatra, Queen of Denial”? It came out about twenty years ago but its painful lyrics still ring true today:
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The Return of the Lady

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In a previous post, I opined about the lack of manly men on television and the big screen and how I longed to see the return of manly characteristics in real life and how we should raise our sons to exemplify these traits. I also promised to pick on the ladies about ladylike traits, so it’s our turn.
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The Return of the Man

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I’ve been watching lots of old movies and TV shows lately and noticed a huge difference between male characters then and now. I hate to put it this way, but a lot of male characters are just . . . whiney. Crippled with issues. Whimpy. Rude.
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