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!

Shining a light on mental illness, yet...

Dr. Pierces
We watched the movie "Silver Linings Playbook" tonight. I was thrilled with the needed attention it brought to mental health issues (primarily bi-polar & depression), yet was troubled by one recurring theme. By the time we meet the male protagonist, Pat, he's been in a mental hospital for eight months and...
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Looking, comparing and taking a long overdue break

Yesterday, I stood in the drug store waiting for a prescription to be filled. While I waited I walked down the magazine/books aisle and noticed that our First Lady was on the cover of  Vogue . Although I have no idea for certain, I can guess that this shot was...
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Reducing pain in the world

A few days ago I read an enlightening post by Jenny Copeland, PsyD on the  Health At Every Size blog   In it she talks about our culture's widespread and extremely harmful normalization of "body judgment."  I was aware of the obvious increase in weight stigma but did not have...
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What a state of mind...

Yesterday I awoke really early, feeling at long last semi-normal. YES! The flu was finally behind me--my body had mended and I could enjoy it sans pain and discomfort!  I was able to begin the day with my yoga routine, cycle a bit and looked forward to walking with my...
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