Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive


  • QotD

    So my advice to women is this: If a man ever tries to use the Bible as a weapon against you to keep you from speaking the truth, just throw on a head covering and tell him you’re prophesying instead. To those who will not accept us as preachers, we will have to become prophets.… Continue reading

  • Food for Thought

    From the St Louis Post-Dispatch on the policing in Ferguson, Missouri: A “best practices” study published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin two years ago says it’s generally accepted that “crowd violence escalates if people think police offers treat them unfairly.” Furthermore, the study says, when a crowd perceives that “officers act with justice and… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Discrimination

    I ran away from home. I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States of America, because of that terror of discrimination, that horrible beast which paralyzes one’s very soul and body. — Josephine Baker Discrimination isn’t a thunderbolt, it isn’t an abrupt slap in the face. It’s the slow… Continue reading

  • Quote of the Day

    There are good questions about Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size, such as the ones asked in the panels I attended at Norwescon.  (This led to me updating my FAQ, even.) On the other hand, there’s the recent Thought Catalog article Carolyn Hall wrote on “6 Things I Don’t Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement,” which really… Continue reading

  • QOTD: Workplace Wellness

    Much criticism of “employer wellness programs” have been focused on privacy concerns and angering employees.  But now we’re seeing more practical concerns (also known as “does this even work?”). Which leads me to this quote of the day, directed at CEOs: Suppose a vendor made you this proposal: “Pay us to take your employees off the… Continue reading

  • Quotes on Clothing

    “If you don’t grow up ever seeing members of your community wearing suits or expensive clothes, it’s easy to see those who wear these things as members of an exclusive group you can’t break into.” — Kris Gale in the NY Times  “[P]erception is often reality. If you dress, act, and sound like a competent professional,… Continue reading

  • Things I’m reading

    Kath as a post at Fat Heffalump on the feedback from her recent interview by Jasmin Lill on, Brisbane blogger speaks out against online bullies. Go Kath! Closet Puritan has a thoughtful response to some of the conflation between “Fat people are more common in communities with a Walmart” and “Eating more processed food from Walmart makes… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Gratitude

    “There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude.” — Friedrich Nietzsche “Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.” — Henry Ward Beecher “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Persist

    “It is not enough to be well-intentioned; one must strive to put those intentions into action in a capable way. One must consider the effect his actions will have on others. Looked at like this, to persist in ignorance is itself dishonorable.” — Andrew Cohen “It is far better to grasp the universe as it… Continue reading

  • Saving Our Parents

    As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents. — Alain de Botton I saw this on Tumblr and … yes.  I learned to manage my money better than my parents.  I looked for the body and size acceptance my mother sought for in diet pills and Ayds.  I avoid… Continue reading

  • Series of Quotes: Behave

    Working at the Food Bank with my kids is an eye-opener. The face of hunger isn’t the bum on the street drinking Sterno; it’s the working poor. They don’t look any different, they don’t behave any differently, they’re not really any less educated. They are incredibly less privileged, and that’s it. —Mario Batali To suppose… Continue reading

  • Series of Quotes: Disease

    Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. Bill Maher Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease. William Osler I have… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Work

    Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.  — Dorothy L. Sayers Work is the curse of the drinking classes. — Oscar Wilde If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you… Continue reading

  • Quote of the Day

    Scientists who study obesity at the cellular level say genetics determines people’s natural weight range, right down to the type and amount of food they crave, how much they move and where they accumulate fat. Asking how someone got to be so fat is as meaningless as asking how he got to be so tall.… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Truth

    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” —Mark Twain “…a truth you don’t understand is more dangerous than a lie.” —Mira Grant, Blackout “I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S Truman “You can’t… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Rich

    “The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.” —Lord Chesterfield “The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton “When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’” —Don Marquis… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Love

    “Love is kind” — 1st Corinthians 13 “Love is an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment. […] “Love” may refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love of eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, to the platonic love that defines friendship, or to the… Continue reading

About Me

Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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