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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

We are in the season of madness. Everyone, everywhere shopping, driving, doing, doing, doing. Sure, let’s miss our holiday to spend the night camped out on the sidewalk, and break windows (3rd Street Promenade's Urban Outfitters) rushing in to buy, buy and see what else to buy. Let’s not forget about the people who have to miss their holidays for stores to open early for us to buy [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Hunger is a funny thing. We tend to think that it’s all physical, but it’s not. I know some of you are thinking right now, “What is she thinking about? Of course hunger is physical.” But hunger for many of us is deeply rooted into feelings of having or being enough. And the fact is that we often don’t feel that we have enough or that we are enough, so hence we are hungry. It’s not [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Being Bullied as an Adult -- Recently a story regarding newswoman Jennifer Livingston, became national news when she responded on television to address a man who had attacked her via email about her weight. (www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/jennifer-livingston-news-anchor-today-show_n_1935779.html) The man made a personal attack on Ms. Livingston by suggesting that she was a poor role model [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Taking Inventory of Your Emotional Toolbox -- What is an Emotional toolbox? These are your inner resources to help you cope well when things are difficult. Notice I didn’t say just “cope.” I said, “cope well.” There’s a big difference. I know this difference. Coping without doing it well feels like trying to survive. What I mean is when things come at you, what do you pull out [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Fat Prejudice -- This could be one of the last remaining prejudices that still hides behind, well anything. Fat is America’s crisis, as well as an epidemic as well as an excuse for food companies and food industries to perpetuate our addictions with whatever they are selling. Despite what we now know concerning how we’re all marketed items with the triple threat of fat, sugar and salt, [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Give Up Coffee??? Let’s think about our deep emotional connection to food. Food means more to many of us than nourishment. It is a friend, it doesn’t talk back, it tastes good and we actually need it. We have become intensely attached to our food. Our attachment to food is only exacerbated by too many food choices and decisions. We become overwhelmed at the amount of choices and decisions [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

How’s Your Underwear? Today I want to write about a condition that affects both women and men. It is about what is lying in your drawer right now. You know the drawer which I’m referring to. It is the drawer with those old, worn-out undergarments...your underwear. Why do we struggle with our on-going plight of ratty undergarments? What is it about those well worn items we hold on to for [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I am worried people... Every year for the past 6 or so years, I’ve run a Family Camp. All kinds of families come to meet and spend a week hanging out at 6000 feet up in the beautiful mountains. We share a cooperative liberal environment to play, sing, worship and hang out. So at camp and I promised myself to take some time and do some writing. Lately, I’ve been “over-busy” and it’s [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Delving into Forgiveness -- “The past is over…Forgiveness means giving all hope of a better past.” Jack Kornfield There are so very many thoughts out in the world about the concept of Forgiveness. Many of our influences come from religion. All religions talk about forgiveness in some way, but the concepts can be in conflict-or let’s say human interpretation can be in conflict. So [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

This Feels Bad… A member wrote a scathing letter about me to WW. This member was very angry at me and accused me of shaming them. Now there’s more to the story than that, but let’s just say that the idea of shaming someone is so totally out of my nature. I don’t even think that way-not even to my kids. I call these moments “green hair” times. It’s when you are accused of [...]

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