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Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS the journey!

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A self-evident truth Six months before Andrea's death she experienced an almost three-month emotional reprieve. Although not gone, the bulimic behaviors decreased and Andrea felt strong and confident. In a journal entry she reflected on how she was...   ...enjoying this experience of being stable. It’s a new one for me. Emotionally—I am doing damn good—I don’t...
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Recent books that inspire & Andrea's words Two months. Please forgive my silence. When focused on the completion of a project, I tend to let blog postings fall by the way side. I am forcing my mind to lift from its focal point to share two important and newly published books, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and...
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Andrea on relationships... It is so easy to get discouraged when a relationship ends. To elude being hurt again it is common to slip into a pain-avoidant approach with the thought, "I'll never let myself love like that again." Andrea understood the need to remain open to possibilities. After a break-up with a boyfriend,...
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Andrea's Quote: February, the month of Valentines ... also happens to be Eating Disorders Awareness month, thus we have a number of speaking engagements around the country. Tomorrow I'll be co-presenting at the EDRS Conference in Santa Rosa. In this talk I share one of Andrea's sweetest sibling journal entries: Jocelyn is a...
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