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carnival of eating disorders on hallowe’en

isabella mori on hallowe'en: a fashion mistakeit’s hallowe’en! i’m busy being a fashion mistake – that’s my costume for this year. this picture gives you a bit of a taste of but it doesn’t show the real nice touches – the smeared rouge, the bags under the eyes, the wool socks over the leopard pyjamas under the fancy black skirt – oh well.

oh, and it’s the last of the month and therefore carnival of eating disorders time! i guess i should get serious.

okay.

(desparately trashing around trying to find a segue)

{giving up; but if you can think of a good segue, let me know, alright?}

i’ll just start now.

body image – a video that will make you cry
in this powerful post, dr. susan gregg talks about the difference between domination and dominion:

society is based on domination. the way our mind thinks is most often based on domination: black and white, right and wrong, good and evil, positive emotions and negative ones. symbolically this is represented as a line. as we deepen our connection with our spirit, with our true nature we move into dominion. symbolically dominion is represented as a sphere.

after explaining this concept a little more, she then posts a video that illustrates her thoughts in a deeply moving way. everyone who has ever had any issues with body image or any other feelings of “otherness” will know what susan is talking about. please visit her post, judgment, domination and the line.

body image – a striking difference between men and women
kelly turner presents the difference between boys and girls at grounded fitness. an excerpt:

it would futile to try and explain that if a girl asked another girl if she was going to try and lose weight to get a guy, without said girl ever mentioning a dissatisfaction with her current weight, that it would be enough to send her into a downward spiral of self hatred, body image issues and gallons and gallons of ben and jerry’s.

body image and anorexia
lola snow has a post about a mirror in a changing room:

the revelation occurred in the middle of the river island changing rooms.
i tried on nine or ten different outfits, on the final pair of jeans (which i actually had to buy because all my other clothes hang off me in various ways liable to get me arrested for exposure) i noticed. i look like a bag of bones. i look ill. my cheeks are actually sunken in. my hipbones and ribs are more obvious than my boobs. my collarbones protrude far enough to hook a coat hanger on. i actually felt a bit sick, because i feel so breakable. like one of my bones could shatter from a knock or a jar. my skin is patchy, i have an eye infection, my veins in my arms pop out like grey earthworms, my teeth are chipped and yellowed. all in all, standing under the yellow tinted fluorescent hell lighting, shivering in my too-big underwear, wasn’t a good look for me.

i looked like i am pretty close to dying.

what i found really interesting about this is that it looks like she actually saw herself in real life, not as still-too-fat as so many anorexic women do. a small victory, perhaps?

read the whole article on women’s changing rooms here

food and the sound of silence
laura collins, who was so good and hosted the carnival of eating disorders last month muses on the question of what to talk about when not talking about food and eating. what would happen if these topics were taken out of the conversation anywhere and everywhere?

well, a marvellous silence would blanket the land, certainly. there’d be a lot more eye contact, i think. the TV and radio channels would be silent much of the day and night without talk shows and news spots and commercials selling dieting and the necessity of altering our appearance. parties would be odd for a while, but we’d adjust. class reunions… well, no one would go any more because the whole point was to compare notes on aging and diets.

here is the rest of the post.

exercise: fit and fat
carrie arnold (who, incidentally, was the person who first asked the question of what to talk about if not about food) is the owner of one of the best blogs on eating disorders. check it out. her new blog header is really cool. she points out that you can be fit and fat.

a study found that half of adults classified as “overweight” and one third of adults classified as “obese” were metabolically healthy. one in four of “normal weight” adults were not.

exercise and weight loss
pretty much a companion article to the one above is dr. martin russell’s exercise for weight loss. hold on to your seats, i won’t reveal the story. read it for yourself.

that’s it for october! i really enjoyed all these posts and encourage you to go on and read them all. do you have, or do you know, a post that would be a good addition to this carnival? if so, please submit it here or drop me a line, and we can enjoy it next month, at the carnival of eating disorders on november 30.

october buddhist carnival – about poverty

blog action day - poverty

the first part of the october buddhist carnival is entirely dedicated to the topic of blog action day 2008:

poverty.

longing for the begging bowl
as usual, we start with a poem. here is a translation from malayalam into in english by k p pradesh – a poem by koyamparambath satchidanandan

buddha, this earth is burning
not by lust but by hunger.
they don’t need salvation,
they are already nothing.
tongues dry up not for
want of wisdom
and the bellies burn not for
want of meditation.
it is not your lips
bursting into philosophy
that they watch, but they
stare, longingly at the
begging bowl your fingers hold…
go and beat the drum of
the weak’s awakening,
retrieve your bread, your power.

this poem can be found among numerous others in this very interesting post about poetry written in the malayalam language, one of the many languages spoken in india.

a school for untouchables
still in india, we find this:

located on the outskirts of varanasi is a small and simple school ” buddha’s smile school. the space for the students is very restricted, and classrooms are of only 3 walls and a roof.in a confined area. less than 200 m2. 220 untouchables carry of their daily studies. they sit on small benches, and share tables with at least 4 others. the classes are from the 1st grade to 5th grade. they share their classes with at least 20 other students, and as previously mentioned not a lot of space… to even stretch your legs.

go here for the remainder of the article.

a buddhist school in africa

the amitofo charity association is a taiwanese based buddhist charity organization. our primary goal is to build orphanages to care for and educate orphans in all 53 african nations. although we will be funded mainly by far eastern buddhists and well as overseas chinese buddhists, we will also raise funds in south africa and other western countries.

one of their stated goals is to assist, care for and educate children and teenagers in great need – especially orphans in africa. they are part of pure land buddhism, a school of buddhism centered around chanting the name of amida buddha.

here is more about the amitofo charity association.

defining poverty
eden maxwell looks at various definitions of poverty, for example

[a] definition of poverty when arrived at through mindfulness might also describe an itinerant yet content sadhu (holy man) who has peered through the veil and weight of possessions, denies himself nothing, knowing that he takes everything of value with him as karma.

60 million americans live on less than $7 a day
conscious capitalism asks, “can we as conscious citizens and engaged buddhists create our collective future mindfully?” and talks of a social experiment with a conscious shift to create an abundant yet sustainable human-scale economy, a global culture of peace, partnership, genuine free market, and unlimited potential for conscious living and right livelihood. in this article, a times article is cited which states that

the bottom fifth of all taxpayers average reported income was only $5,743 each. because the IRS includes a single individual or a married couple in its definition of a “taxpayer” the poorest 26 million taxpayers account for the equivalent nearly 48 million adults and about 12 million dependent children. according to the times analysis, this means the poorest 60 million americans have reported incomes of less than $7 a day! it is often noted that 3 billion of the world’s poorest people live on less than $2 a day. in the US, where the cost of living is far higher, $7 a day is only enough to guarantee a life of destitution.

more here.

the bottom billion
one of my buddhist blogging friends, william from integral options, shows a TED video. paul collier talks about 4 ways to improve the lives of the “bottom billion”. as noted on the oxford university press web site:

global poverty, paul collier points out, is actually falling quite rapidly for about eighty percent of the world. the real crisis lies in a group of about 50 failing states, the bottom billion, whose problems defy traditional approaches to alleviating poverty.
in the bottom billion , collier contends that these fifty failed states pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. the book shines a much needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized west, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world’s people.

here’s the link to the bottom billion video.

religions unite for food
people from christian, muslim, jewish, buddhist, and sikh backgrounds gather with jim morris, former executive director of the UN world food program, to create the interfaith hunger initiative.

we often think that people who are hungry must be different from the rest of us. our religious traditions teach us that all people, rich or poor, are created in the image of god. by neglecting the poor, by turning our backs on the hungry, we turn our backs on god. there is no difference between them and us. every person who lives in poverty impoverishes us all because we share a common humanity.

read more about the interfaith hunger initiative here.

more poetry
here is a fantastic collection of poems and personal accounts of poverty. it is presented

to promote an understanding of its very real effects on human lives. our hope is it develop a greater sensitivity to the tragedy, the challenges, and the urgency of poverty.

the works collected here are from writers and poets of many cultures and many eras. some emphasize the tragedy of poverty in striking the most vulnerable of society. some describe long-perpetrated social and political injustices as contributors to poverty. others write that poverty is a noble existence which shows the human potential for strength and spirituality in the face of hardship.

please help them add further insights and works to this collection and send them citations for additional writings at povertynet@worldbank.org.

the post includes thich nhat hanh’s “peace is every step”:

before each meal, we can join our palms in mindfulness and think about the children who do not have enough to eat. doing so will help us maintain mindfulness of our good fortune, and perhaps one day we will find ways to do something to help change the system of injustice that exists in the world.

that’s it for part 1 of this month’s buddhist carnival. part 2 will appear some time by october 22. if you have any submissions for next month’s carnival (november 15), please send them to me here, or, if you have a hard time connecting to blog carnival, drop me a line.

blog action day 2008 - changing the conversation about poverty

carnival of eating disorders, august 2008 edition – part 2

okay, here we are with part 2 of the 19th carnival of eating disorders. part 1 was about anorexia; this one contains articles on overeating and body image.

overeating

cravings

cravings – your biggest motivator is the title of FitNChic’s article:

most people give up their efforts after a while because they feel they are depriving themselves of all the good things in life without significant results or because they have cheated once (read: ate a piece of cake!) and don’t want to start the process all over again.

but, by using cravings to motivate you, you are consciously eating (not cheating) whatever you really like once a week. there is no doubt you are going to stick to your routine the rest of the week.

well, i don’t know about “no doubt” but it’s certainly worth trying; moderation usually works much better than deprivation.

reframing

sandra ahten from reasonable diet talks about the use of reframing in dealing with weight issues:

“my doctor says i better drop 15 pounds if i want to avoid having to take a medication.”

reframed: “my doctor says i get to drop fifteen pounds in order to avoid taking a medication.” with this statement, my mind is also able to say, “whew! i caught it in time that i don’t have to treat it with medication; thank goodness it is a condition i can do something about.” i might even add: “it is only 15 pounds!”

reframing shines a light of positive attitude. reframing enables us to look for what we are willing to do instead of just rebelling against what someone or some circumstance is forcing us to do.

obesity and poverty

tiernan o faolain from american red tory has an interesting list on the connection between obesity and poverty, another issue that is often overlooked. here are some points:

# supermarkets and grocery stores move out of poor neighborhoods; “convenience” stores and liquor stores move in.
# sometimes when you’re down on your luck, you just say, “screw it,” and indulge.
# for those of us working two or three jobs to stay afloat, whole foods and PCC aren’t open 24/7, while 7-11 is.
# and even if they were, who can afford them?! health food is more expensive than the crap.
# as the salon article points out, high fructose corn syrup and other bad things are federally subsidized, holding down their cost. (talk about gummint programs!)
# historically speaking, before the enclosure of the commons forced many of the poor to work for wages in the cities’ industries (owned or invested-in by their rural landlords!), they had family farms they worked, with all that physical exertion and relative self-sufficiency to boot. here in america we never even had a chance!

read here for tiernan’s complete article on what makes poor americans overweight.

the political psychology of fat

in a similar vein, erin and philip have a series on “political psychology”. here is an excerpt:

a 2006 washington post article conservatively estimated that producing the foods that generate so much of america’s obesity, then treating that obesity, would be a $315 billion enterprise by the end of that year. in 2004 alone, americans spent $37 billion on soft drinks, $3.9 billion on cookies, and $6.2 billion on potato chips.

… the citizen is someone who fully inhabits her or his life-starting with what and how much we eat and exercise. to put it bluntly, we-our bodies, to include our brains and the minds and souls they house-do not exist to consume garbage for the sake of corporate profits. we exist to live as strong, intelligent individuals at home in our bodies. the consumer-whose normal human emotions, insecurities and weaknesses are manipulated into eating vast quantities of processed foods and chemicals, then buying a host of gadgets in an almost inevitably futile quest to lose the weight overnight (when it was not so gained)-is antithetical to the citizen. …

and there is a simple way to start acting as citizens. we have ourselves sufficient power to bring all those who want us fat-and so lazy, stupid, hurt and sick-to their knees. all we have to do is eat less-and eat more local, unprocessed foods, especially fruits and vegetables-and exercise more. …

when george bush told us to go to the mall, he no doubt also meant the food court. we did. so the next time you’re at the food court in the mall, spend a moment as a citizen, looking around. and if you see it with new eyes…that’s a start.

body image

body dysmorphic disorder

sandra has an informative video on body dysmorphic disorder. (not only is it informative but also very well done technically, and even my cranky laptop, which often gets hiccups from video providers such as youtube, likes it)

olympics and the body

this is an interesting collection of links about how olympic athletes and the general public view and treat athletic bodies. laura’s final observations are that about the paralympics and special olympics. you may have noticed that i did not write a thing about the olympics. i did, however, have an article that related to the special olympics, and am looking forward to writing about the paralympics.

that’s it for this time. the next carnival will take place on september 30 – and it will be hosted by the very laura collins i just mentioned. laura is the mother of a someone struggling with an eating disorder and feels passionate about involving parents as much as possible.

in the meantime, if you have an article you’d like to see here, please let me know, using this submission form.

carnival of eating disorders, august 2008 edition

welcome to the august 2008 edition of the carnival of eating disorders! there is a lot of interesting material, so i’ll do the same that i do with the buddhist carnival and present the articles in two different posts. this first post will deal with anorexia. the second will deal with body image and overeating.

exorcism for anorexia?
good news – a religious cult which was curing anorexia with exorcism is in serious trouble. here are some of the strange goings-on at mercy ministries:

“the counsellor gave me a list of different demons – demon of anger, demon of unforgiveness, demon of pride, there were lots of them and i was told to go away and circle the demons i had in me or around me,” said smith.”i was really scared… they cast demons out of me, one by one, and they became quite excited and animated during the process, and spoke in tongues.

“it was the counsellors and myself and they put their hands on me and started praying one by one for each of the demons that were on the list to be cast out of me.

“after each demon was cast out i had to say ‘i confirm the demon of x has been cast out of me in the name of jesus and is unwelcome to return.’

“the whole time i was there, all i heard was that i’m demonic.

“even after the exorcism, when i had the next anxiety attack, i was told that they had already cast the demons out, so therefore i was obviously either faking it, or i had chosen to let the demons come back, in which case i was not serious about getting better.

anorexia and bulimia on social media
this post refers to an article that appeared last year but it’s probably even more important today than 12 months ago. eating disorders are rampant on social media, it says. that’s true. but so is the opposite. here on this blog, for example, we have the anorexia recovery forum where people speak actively against “the voice of ana”. for those of you unfamiliar with the term, “ana” is a sort of pet name for anorexia, as is “mia” for bulimia).

a drug for anorexia?
medusa reports on canadian research on a drug that might help some people with anorexia

a drug used to treat schizophrenia may be a new tool to help patients with anorexia gain weight and control their obsessive thoughts about food.

new canadian research has found that when anorexia patients take olanzapine, they gain weight, feel calmer and do not have the obsessive thoughts about weight and food that characterize the debilitating condition.

recovery milestones
angel has a beautiful post where she envisions recovery from eating disorders:

we have binged, starved, purged, and obsessed in an effort to manage unwelcome emotions. the solution to an eating disorder has to do with accepting our thoughts and feelings, and finding safe and responsible ways to express them. there is no magic about recovery. recovery means rebuilding trust with ourselves and others, taking careful risks to learn what is safe and good for us. when we can take responsibility for understanding our needs, and getting them met, then we will walk free.

from overeating to anorexia
in his article paul mckenna owes courtney love an apology, joshua seth says, “yes, it is possible to lose too much weight. there is such a thing as a healthy range. and unfortunately singer courtney love seems to have taken weight loss hypnosis a bit too far.” this is interesting because it brings up a host of misconceptions about eating disorders and specifically about anorexia. this is such an important topic that i’ll talk about that in a future article, some time before the next carnival of eating disorders.

i’ll post part 2 tomorrow, september 1. in the meantime, if you have an article you’d like to see here, please let me know, using this submission form.

light a candle for tibet – and for so much more

today, august 7th 2008, is the day before the opening ceremony of the olympic games in beijing. on this day, millions of people from all over the world will light a candle and say yes to freedom in tibet! find out more here on the candles for tibet site.

i know, this is a bit of a repeat from my post yesterday but this is important enough to repeat it.  important things need to be repeated, and thought and talked about over and over again.

what i’m thinking today: yes, this is about tibet.  about lighting the candle of freedom in the black night of oppression.

it’s also about lighting the candle of peace activism in the dim chaos of war, aggression and lovelessness.

it’s about lighting the candle of thoughtfulness and reflection in the shadowland of olympic consumerism.

it’s about lighting the candle of beauty  amidst despair and bleakness.

and because it’s also about lighting the candle of healing in nights of pain and sorrow, i’d like to invite my fellow hosts from the carnival of healing to rise up together and each to bring healing thoughts and light to the world on this special day.

here they are:

jaelin k. reece
christopher stewart
evelyn rodriguez
lucy macdonald
elisa camahort
brendan mcphillips
jacob
scott k. smith
dr. deborah serani
edward mills
hueina su
cindy hebbard
katelyn at life without memories
cardin lilly routh
clara myers
meredith
tupten choepel (tc)
mary guarino kearns ramsay
debra moorhead
jessika d’arcy
sharmila
ife oshun
eric gray
astrid lee
lola fayemi
dee savoy
jacqueline
paula g
john robben
janet dagley dagley
daylle deanna schwartz
julie meyer
jenn givler
yael ernst
joe lasiter
tonie konig
cynthia quarta

carnival of eating disorders #14 – part 1

it’s that time of the month again. yes, people, it’s time for the carnival of eating disorders.behind the mask of eating disorders

this blog carnival showcases blogs that discuss anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other issues that people have with food and body image. mostly, i point you to blogs here written by people who have personal and/or professional experience with it. i want this to be the real thing. for real people. because – well, to a large degree that’s what recovering from eating disorders is all about: to step out from behind the mask of binging, purging, starving, over exercising and self hate and move into the light of real life.

this time i’ll separate the carnival into two posts. the first part will deal with eating disorders in general, anorexia, bulimia and body image, the second one with obesity.

so here we go! thanks to all you authors of these great posts, for sharing your experience, inspiration and knowledge with us!

eating disorders – general
a while ago, “the sopranos” actress jamie-lynn sigler, 26, was honoured by the national eating disorder association for both “her fundraising and consciousness raising work for research into eating disorders.”

she has drawn a lot of attention in the media to have eating disorders seen as real medical and mental illnesses and not just a “superficial disease.”

sigler suffered from anorexia and exercise bulimia while working on “the sopranos.” in 2002, usa today wrote:

sigler cut her calories to less than 500 a day and dropped a quarter of her weight ” sliding from 120 pounds to 90. “i had an eating disorder,” says sigler, who has detailed her potentially deadly experiences with anorexia nervosa (an) and her simultaneous rise to fame in the new book wise girl. “i hated the way i looked when i saw myself in the mirror, but i just couldn’t stop what i was doing.”

“going out with my girlfriends to go to the mall was out,” says sigler. “they might decide to go to the food court and order pizza.” excessive exercise is a common strategy in both anorexia and bulimia. “i’d begin the day with an hour or so on the treadmill,” recalls sigler, “and then i’d put on an exercise video. i’d even figure out how to make doing laundry or talking on the phone use more calories.”

read more abut it here.

kristie mcnealy discusses eating in families:

a study published in the january issue of the journal archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine showed that teen girls who reported eating at least 5 meals with their family each week were less likely to develop forms of seriously disordered eating.

anorexia
an announcement about my own blog: after the comments on my post about 10 activities that help with recovering from anorexia became a little long, i decided to start a “talk area” here on this blog.  if you are dealing with anorexia and would like some support from others in the same boat, please post here in anorexia talk.

bulimia
oh so slight explains what bulimia is like – from the point of view of a person who is suffering from it. if you don’t have bulimia or know little about eating disorders, this is a very useful post to read.

part time bulimic talks about a light bulb moment: i use my dinner to decompress!

okay, so last night i had a good evening at work, but a few (normal) stresses as well. i was doing okay with my eating this week ” some issues, some of them scary, but overall well. i had no reason to believe last night would be anything but a success in terms of my sticking to the meal plan.

so i got home, cooked my dinner, which was delicious. healthy, warm, nourishing. i emerged very happy and content.

but then…. i kept going.

body image
this is a video clip of the film shredded submitted by daniel lafleche. it provides an unusual glimpse into the problem of body image for teenage males, and warns about steroid use. unfortunately, my sound is not working right now but just looking at the images, it appears to be very interesting.

that’s it for part 1. part 2, about obesity, will show up in the next few days.  in the meantime, if you have or know of an interesting article on eating disorders, please submit it here. the next edition will be out on march 31, 2008.

(image by XŤЯΣΛМ i)

carnival of eating disorders #13

welcome to this month’s carnival of eating disorders, a monthly collection of interesting posts on eating disorders and related issues such as anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, cumpulsive exercising and overeating.

it’s interesting that this carnival is right after the progressive dinner carnival, isn’t it? lots of stuff about food …

because we were so inclusive with yesterday’s carnival, for this edition of the carnival of eating disorders i’ve been quite strict with the selection of contributions. if a post wasn’t directly related to eating disorders, if it was something that we’ve all read about many times already, or if it simply didn’t strike my fancy, i didn’t include it.

the good thing is that with that approach, we have a real nice distillation of articles. here we go:

anorexia
in eating disorders and the net, the writer muses about what it was like when she was anorexic pre-internet:

my experience often leads me to wonder if i would have hung onto my relationship with anorexia (or “ana” as “she” is often referred to on message boards and blogs) if i had been exposed to other anorexics via the world wide web.

today, there are plenty of sites out there espousing the “positives” of being “pro-ana and mia”. (for the uninitiated, “mia” is an abbreviation for bulimia.) and given my personality, i know without a doubt i would have eagerly traded secrets and ideals and warped body image views with disordered eaters across the globe.

that would have been very, very destructive. in fact, i might still be too thin(or dead) today.

now, don’t get me wrong ” the internet isn’t all bad or all good. and i’m not demonizing it; i’m simply offering my opinion.

like any tool, the web is what you make of it.

another article on anorexia: laura collins talks about a 20/20 piece about an older anorexic woman that laura feels did not take into account more recent findings about anorexia.

body image
elastic waist points to a questionable quizno’s commercial:

once again, you have two possibilities in this world–you get to eat, or you can be hot. there is no in between! also, sandwiches are messy and therefore somehow defeminizing. and if you’re in one camp, you must hate/envy/not relate to the other side.

taking a more compassionate and realistic perspective on dress sizes, beauty is a commodity talks about tv actress rebecca field:

in an industry ruled by an obsession with the coveted size zero, the full-figured rebecca field is a welcome addition as a regular on october road. the actress plays plump barmaid janet “the planet” meadows in the abc series now on its second season.in real life, field has had her own experience tending bar at the olde heritage tavern in lenox, massachusetts. more importantly however, she recently took on the responsibility of spokesperson for a timely health cause that is also made evident by her role in october road.

in the fall of 2007, field signed on as spokeswoman for the non-profit group, multi-service eating disorders association or meda. the outfit endeavors to educate, prevent and help treat eating disorders, something the actress considers especially relevant.

bulimia
seventh hippo offers a little bit of information about diabulimia saying “it’s a little known eating disorder that has a mortality rate of 34.8% per year. this needs to be talked about!”

diabulimia is a new phrase for a phenomenon that is not very well-known. it is another form of bulimia, an eating disorder that typically strikes teens and young adults who are type 1 diabetics.1

it seems as though there are diabetic teens who would much rather go blind and be skinny than be healthy and potentially overweight. what they do to achieve this goal is to wilfully ignore their bodies’ need for insulin. this sends the body into a state of starvation, resulting in unhealthy weight loss.

and here is a song by a man (“we want to be pretty, too”) who is dealing with bulimia.

miscellaneous
steve oliphant gives an interesting anecdote about parenting his little son who has an aversion to swallowing. of course one might wonder whether there are people whose aversion to swallowing is less developed and who then develop anorexia later in life but according to at least one report, this is not the case.

overeating
samuel bryson muses about why diets don’t work

diets themselves go against human nature, they are in themselves rather counter intuitive. yet the fact remains that even if someone really knows what their doing nutritionally and on a physical level and constructs a very healthy and reasonable diet to yield slow consistent fat loss (not just weight loss) with the inclusion of exercise and so forth that they can still fail. why is this? it’s largely got to do with the approach to the diet. here again psychology is the key word. dieting is a flawed concept.

other posts on overeating included
four reasons to eat your food slower
project weight loss
handling cravings
wish exercise wasn’t so hard?

what did you think of this carnival? did you learn something new? did it help you to think differently about eating disorders? let me know!

if you have or know of an interesting article on eating disorders, please submit it here. the next edition will be out on february 28, 2008.

progressive dinner is served!

ok, here we go! the long awaited progressive dinner blog carnival!appetizer, image by http://flickr.com/people/bucketfullofbuddha/

what’s a progressive dinner? you start out at one house or restaurant to have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, then move on to a different one for appetizers, and continue moving from place to place all the way through dessert. our good man kilroy figured we might as well do something like this with a blog carnival. today, ladies and gentleman, we are serving six “courses” of delicious blog posts from all around the world, each with a different host.

six hosts, six different ways of presentation.

here at this table, we have three attractions – yes, bloggers and bloggerettes, gentlies and ladies’ men, count ’em: 3 – and they are:

  1. the blog posts themselves, of course, gathered from the blogosphere far and wide – and believe me: this is a carnival! everything from politics to weight loss to poetry to money management, it’s all here, that and more!
  2. each post is coupled with a quote about food. the coupling, my friends, is entirely random, just like in the carnival, you never know who’s going to sit beside you in the food tent.
  3. … and … this evening, at 6pm pacific standard time until 8pm, we will have a dinner conversation here in the comment area! come one, come all, we’ll talk about everything under the sun, we’ll laugh and maybe shed a tear and laugh some more and enjoy each others’ company.

you will see each entry starting with the name of the blog, followed by the title of the article, and then paired (kind of like wine pairings) with a quote.

here, then, is our most delicious spread. have your fill!

one for your success: for your success supports stopping the war in iraq

what garlic is to food, insanity is to art. (augustus saint-gaudens)

your dose of lunacy: ‘your shivering is our way of saying “we care” ‘

food is an important part of a balanced diet. (fran lebowitz quotes)

nancy zimmermann, the canadian money coach:can i spare some change

americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it

myopic broadcast: glamorous

beer is good food

flooring the consumer: 20 year relationships

my body is a temple where junk food goes to worship

jobmob: the daniel scocco approach to setting job search goals

the political and commercial morals of the united states are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet (mark twain)

kilroy’s the gonzo papers: when splatters matter

news is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself (rose mccaulay)

things i’ve found in the blogosphere: stop the war in iraq!

any healthy man can go without food for two days, but not without poetry (charles baudelaire)

inspirationbit: dos and don’ts: colour

i have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value (geoffrey household)

riehl life: village wisdom for the 21st century: 13 longevity and healthy living secrets gleaned from my-92-year-old-pop erwin a. thompson

good talk saves the food

the lives and times: a belated two year blogiversary

dinner at the huntercombes possessed only two dramatic features: the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy (anthony powell)

urban monk: the life that has gone on before: the perils of compassion, part 2

looks are so deceptive that people should be done up like food packages with the ingredients clearly labeled (helen hudson)

are you eating with your anorexic?: adults with eating disorders

the murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums (peter de vries, american comic visionary, editor, novelist, satirist and linguist)

all tips and tricks: online, offline, what difference does it make for the bear?

mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think (tom wilson)

ali gator: news of the weird: qur’anic ringtones

ever since eve started it all by offering adam the apple, woman’s punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him (helen rowland, english-american writer)

tales of ladies, goddesses and bitches: my thoughts exactly

i am not a glutton – i am an explorer of food (erma bombeck)

fitbuff.com’s total mind and body fitness: average men – how do you measure up?

a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle (irish sayings)

religion, politics and the great pumpkin: “immigants! i knew it was them! even when it was the bears, i knew it was them.”

god gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests (danish proverb)

mysafepc.net: 5 tips for speeding up your pc

facts are to the mind what food is to the body (edmund burke, british statesman and philosopher)

telling it like it is: how to teach your children about money and money management

part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside (mark twain)

my simple trading system: stock market 2008 – third worst opening day

he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food (raymond chandler, american writer)

the agonist: american parallels

the lion is most handsome when looking for food (jalal ad-din rumi, persian poet and mystic)

hyperhydrosis: hyperhydrosis: what is it?

the disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill. (bryan miller)

weight loss dude: five gifts for those losing weight

there is no question that rumanian-jewish food is heavy. one meal is equal in heaviness, i would guess, to eight or nine years of steady mung-bean eating. (calvin trillin, american writer)

the sporadical: birdbeast in flight

a nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

diary of a second life courtesan: communication rules: the trouble with text or what i have learned the hard way

justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food. (elias canetti, bulgarian playwright and novelist)

poetic leanings: poem: silence

maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food (frank a. clark)

enhance life: if you want to be understood….

it was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods. (geraldine a. ferraro)

undercover black man: remember kennedy? (wish you didn’t?)

it is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless. (john kenneth galbraith)

dr. martin russell: reverse your but

when poets write about food it is usually celebratory. food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane. (joyce carol oates)

the ominous comma: writing prompts for the not-so-prompt

food is our common ground, a universal experience. (james beard)

balanced success: become a pioneer

a food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it. (katherine whitehorn)

the simple nickle: what does it mean to be financially secure?

i believe that if ever i had to practice cannibalism, i might manage if there were enough tarragon around. (james beard)

paradigm shifted: just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town

i’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. in fact, i’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. (rodney dangerfield, american comedian)

this wasted monologue: mike huckabee monologue

when i gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. when i asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist. (dom helder camara)

a voice crying in the wilderness: how convenient

god comes to the hungry in the form of food. (mahatma gandhi)

blog-blond: memed again!

i hate a man who swallows his food, affecting not to know what he is eating. i suspect his taste in higher matters. (charles lamb)

discover. inspiring. media. : pushing the limits of creativity for personal development and business innovation

to be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility. (eric hoffer)

the digerati life: the brand new world of peer to peer lending

if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. (j. r. r. tolkien)

jon swift: journalism 101

the trouble with eating italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. (george miller)

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so, my friends, what do you think? ready to move on to the first course at fallen words

and if you liked this carnival idea, here are a few more:

  • you’re invited to the originator of this idea, kilroy at the gonzo papers on february 15th, for the gonzo gratitude! carnival
  • JM is hosting the scribes carnival, on february 4th, at fiction scribe
  • anthony is hosting the surfer’s paradise hullabaloo! carnival at the lives and times… on february 18th
  • anja has two carnivals coming up at anja merret – chatting to my generation: the observations of life carnival on february 17th and on february 23rd, the personal power carnival
  • here at change therapy, i am hosting two carnivals in february. the buddhist carnival runs february 15th and the carnival of eating disorders runs february 28th. at alphablogs, i’m running canada 9-5, a showcase for canadian business blogs, on february 28th.