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You’re spectacular

Since I snap photos of people for hire, I have run into many people who don’t believe they are beautiful.  I’ve written before about laugh lines and fat bulges that are evidence of character and experience not just something to “take care of.”

We don’t listen to our friends or loved ones, who tell us of our beauty; we believe what we see in magazines and on television and on the big screen.  And since I know a thing or two about Photoshop, I’d like to tell you that it’s all a lie!  But believe me, I can make a 40-year old woman look 25 with some good lighting and a clone tool.

I have recently found this uplifting blog called Kind-Over-Matter.  They posted this wonderful video from a Speak Out Spoken Word Competition.

Let  PrufRock tell you the truth.

I hope you listen.   SPL

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The beauty of 10 pounds

If you know me, you know that I am a bit obsessed about food and nutrition. I count calories, but I don’t always pay attention to the total. Nothing stops me from indulging in senseless food pleasures (especially if have the justification of a run earlier that day.) My will is very strong, my willpower is not. I am a little overweight, actually a little more overweight than I normally am. This winter has gotten the best of me.
I have always been a big girl. And so, I come by my food obsessions honestly.
In light of that, I read an article today that takes a little pressure off those of us who obsess, fight and lose the battle of the bulge. I almost find it irresponsible to make a note of this article, but I find the science intriguing.
According to the article,
” there’s little risk to carrying a few extra pounds. And there may even be some benefit. Indeed, people who are 10-to-15 pounds overweight appear to have no greater risk of dying than those of so-called “normal” weight. Other studies have shown that those who are overweight are no more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease. Also, being a little overweight may help stave off osteoporosis. And it can make you look younger, too.”
Link to ARTICLE in the Wall Street Journal April, 29, 2010.

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Top Food Movies

My family has been obsessed with food since forever. We’re Italian and that’s just the way it is. We have clung to several delectable traditions of our Italian forebears, but have also branched out into all types of food preparation. The things that I value most from my Italian heritage is our appreciation of food, innate hospitality and dedication to family.

We also love movies. That I have no real genetic reason for, but it’s there. We all seem to love a good flick.

So to feed our predilections, we have started a family collection of food movies. Here are the top 10 in no real order.

  1. The Big Night (Ok, so this is probably my favorite one, but the others aren’t in order.)
  2. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
  3. Tortilla Soup (Same plot as Eat Drink, but a different culture)
  4. Julie and Julia (our most recent entrant)
  5. Babette’s Feast
  6. Ratatouille (great for the next generation)
  7. Mostly Martha (No Reservations is the American version that I have not seen yet.)
  8. Chocolat
  9. Woman on Top
  10. Like Water for Chocolate

Fried Green Tomatoes can also be a good honorable mention.
The French film, Delicatessen, might turn your stomach, but has great sardonic humor. Maybe with a side of Sweeney Todd.
I have not seen it, but I have heard that Tampopo is good.