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  • Dancing to a Different Reflection
    Dance Dimension's recital was well into its second hour when Ginny's mind began to wander. She had lost count of the ballerinas, gymnasts, and tap dancers who had graced the stage since her four-year-old daughter, Lindsay, had performed.So she decided to amuse herself by reading the names on the program. Ginny was almost finished with the roster for the tenth act when her mother leaned over and whispered in her ear.
    By Kellie Mincer Rosenfeld
    From Radiance Spring1998.

  • Educating Mommy Or, How My Toddler Taught Me To Trust My Tummy
    Iíve worked on my body image and food issues for at least thirty of my past thirty-seven years. Like everyone else, Iíve done the diets: fad diets in the 1960s, college-student poverty "diets" in the 1970s, Weight Watchers in the 1980s, with even an short stint as a lecturer. Three years ago I discovered Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating (Geneen Roth) and Overcoming Overeating (Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter). It was because of these books that I stopped dieting and began trying to eat when I was hungry and accept my body at the size it was.
    By Jane Dwinell
    From Radiance, Winter 1992 issue

  • Freedom
    My grown daughter Peg and I were sitting on porch chairs one hot afternoon, looking out at the garden. Sheís in her thirties and is fat, though I never use that word. When anyone asks me about my daughterís weight, I always say, "Sheís probably about seventy pounds over what she should weigh" but I never add that she might be more.
    By Helen Bigelow
    From Radiance, Winter 1993 issue

  • Mothers & Daughters: Healing the Patterns of Generations
    Early one Sunday morning my four-year-old daughter, Veronica, was twirling around the bedroom, displaying her vibrant, plump body. Her face radiated total self-confidence. As Veronica finished dressing, she matter-of-factly queried, "Mommy, Iím cute, arenít I?" I smiled and hugged her. As Veronica hugged me back, she said, "Mommy, youíre cute, too!"
    By Diane M. Ceja
    From Radiance, Fall 1992 issue

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