A Joyful Journey...

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 in the journey!

Andrea's Weekly Quote:

 Andrea, 18, observing our relationship during Tom’s open-heart surgery:  

                                               Blue Bird 2Fish 2

She is his advocate  
Sometimes silent, sometimes screaming    
Always watching    

They are two halves  
coming together from different wholes  
not quite a perfect match  
fitting together anyway, somehow  

Like oil and vinegar
When they are shaken no lines of separation are visible  
and then they begin to separate again    
At the last minute they hold on and don’t let go.  

They are not fluent in each other’s languages    
But like a stubborn tourist, they persist and settle in    
Almost a native but sometimes still so foreign and strange.  
--How could you?  
 --I don’t know.  

He is her sounding board    
Sometimes critical, sometimes supporting  
Always trying  

It is inconceivable that they are partners   
and yet it is so right!  
A fish and a bird are lovers       
and I know where they make their home.


Andrea's Weekly Quote:
Andrea's Weekly Quote:

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or:

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Andreas Voice Foundation

Automatically support Andreas Voice Foundation by shopping at Office Depot, Old Navy, and Target.

The book, "Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia


Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006).

Gratitude for support from:

mechnaics bank logo

Tag Cloud

eating disorders, body image personal change healing, weight loss self-hatred self-compassion, Italy bulimia Austria self-love Mothers Day Cutting, memories public ownership, health grief independence ritual Easter workplace wellness International No Diet Day breaking down walls body acceptance, social media Alzheimers Independence Day privacy, New Year Spring Labor Day recovery Resolutions dysfunctional family, NEDAW fat talk intersectionality metaphors, 4-wheel drive lessons learned challenges Eating Disorders Awareness Month extended family, Renfrew Perspectives mental illness queer body love killer stress, self-acceptance fat people, First Lady anorexia Sequoia National Forest Taryn Brumfitt love dancing at bus stop Chimamanda Adichie Lets Move! Silver Creek Falls Bailey Webber Health At Every Size® self-care, Florence white privilege binge body Nigerian Weight Stigma Awareness Week Health At Every Size®, weight preferred gender pronouns Julie Wyman competent eating mindfulness, beauty Michelangelo #Nuerofeedback4EDs high school reunion fat friendly doctors, weight stigma body positive Lindsey Averill Intuitive Eating Kenya Italians only you can be you spain American Medical Assn., judgments Body of Truth nature / nurture, Africa wi-fi baby steps shattered self-forgiveness Internet meme self-loathing health and fitness, wedding Mrs. Obama cellulite Rumi, bittersweet vulnerability, magical thinking body hatred crash diets, bride & groom Passover models Andreas Voice, fat acceptance, non-binary gender shame, healing metaphors, black & white thinking

Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia


Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006).

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or: