Sunday, 31 January 2016

How Fat Characters Function as Part of the Gang in Pixar Films: A Bug’s Life (1997, dir. John Lasseter), Up (2009, dir. Pete Docter), Inside Out (2015, dir. Pete Docter and Ronnie DelCarmen)

Over the past 20 years, Pixar, it goes without saying but I need a way to start this post so bear with me, has become a name synonymous with quality animation and heartfelt stories.  While an element of the fantastic is an essential part of every Pixar film, the best ones are also relatable, sensitive […]

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Between-group variation and within-group variation are different things!

The Atlantic recently published a piece that is overall worth reading (and which I hopefully will write a separate blog post about soon), Rethinking the Calorie. It’s a relatively comprehensive look at the reasons why measuring “calories in” is not … Continue reading

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Study: Fat, Stigma, and Missing the Point

One of the things that helps perpetuate stigma and hold oppression in place is peoples’s tendency, when told about someone else’s experience of stigma and oppression, to immediately engage in an attempt to try to explain it away or justify it. A comment on an article published by MinnPost about a recent study on stigma and “obesity” […]

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Fats Against Humanity Expansion Pack

I played Cards Against Humanity the other day with some friends and — whew. If y’all have played it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well — let’s just say it makes your inner feminist killjoy REEEEEAAAALLLY uncomfortable. So I thought I’d whip up a […]

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How Fat People Deserve To Be Treated

I talk a lot about how poorly fat people are treated (with shame, stigma, bullying, and oppression) and how that is at odds with how we deserve to be treated.  I say things like “we have the right to be treated with basic human respect” and “the rights to life liberty and the pursuit of […]

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the HAES® files: Love Wins

by Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD   All we need is love. In the name of love. What about love? Give a little love. Put a little love in your heart. Love songs flood the radios as we turn the calendar to February and pick out valentines. Then why do I feel like picking fights with dieters, […]

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Model Fat Bashes, Then Claims To Be The Victim

Alysse Dalessandro, a fashion and beauty writer, and designer for the brand Ready To Stare, posted an excellent article from Everyday Feminism called “11 Reasons Your ‘Concern’ for Fat People’s Health Isn’t Helping Anyone” on her personal Facebook page. Then a plus sized model and self-described “body Activist” named Ali Tate Cutler took it upon herself to demonstrate why […]

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Worst Reason to Lose Weight

Today I’m not talking about people’s individual reasons to attempt to manipulate their body size.  People are allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies including trying to shrink them and it’s not my business.  What I’m talking about is the worst reason that we are told to lose weight. “For our health” is a […]

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Dillard’s Body-Shames Teen Girl

Over 100 people told me about a Facebook post in which a mom talks about how a salesperson at Dillard’s showed us exactly how not to sell dresses to teenage girls (or really, anybody) Let’s look at it bit by bit: Dear sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall, The phone number for this Dillard’s is (316) […]

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Things “Fat” Doesn’t Mean

Reader Kele sent me this question (and gave me permission to blog about it!) A friend of mine, who is herself fattish, shared a screenshot on Facebook today. I commented that in a way I understood where the poster was coming from, but I didn’t like the fat shaming aspect at all. My friend responded […]

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Good Weekend – Corrections and Clarifications

Well, hello!  There are a LOT of new people popping in to view my blog, and I can only assume that it’s because of the article published today in the Good Weekend magazine, which is a weekend addition to the Sydney Morning Herald.  Welcome to all of those who are newly discovering this little blog.  […]

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Fatshion: Orange Foxes & a Firmoo Giveaway!

Hi friends! I have an exciting giveaway for you today! But first, let me tell you a bit about Firmoo! As you may know, I have been a big fan for a while now. Firmoo offers affordable prescription...

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When My Body Became My Friend

I had an uncomfortable epiphany on my path to body love.  I was near the beginning of my journey and I was working on getting to a place of gratitude for all the things my body did for me, instead of focusing on hating it for not looking like a Photoshopped picture of someone else. […]

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

the HAES® files: Speak Up! Finding Your Fit in HAES Advocacy

by Dawn Clifford   Ugh. Dieting season. A tiring time in the life of a HAES advocate. Coming off the holidays, we may have very few sanity points saved up. With every New Year’s Resolution proclaimed in the name of weight loss, we have two options: 1) plug our ears and pretend like it isn’t happening […]

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Supporting Women's Natural Pushing Instincts



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Losing It With Jillian Michaels

Not everyone can combine body shaming, inaccurate information about health and fitness, and cultural incompetence – but Jillian Michaels sure can. A while ago some troll signed me up for Jillian Michael’s e-mail list.  I find it fascinatingly horrifying that she seems to have no professional ethics and will say absolutely anything for money and so […]

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Anxiety and not being an asshole—AKA not letting Yippy bite the other dogs at the park

I’ve seen a couple very “suck it up and deal, you’re not a special snowflake” blog posts about mental illness lately. The first, “Your Anxiety Isn’t an Excuse to Be an Asshole” is what inspired the title of this post. Her basic premise is that there’s too much online advice excusing self-indulgence and jerk behavior […]

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#ImFlattered Talks Back To Fashion Bashing

Smart Glamour, a clothing company, has created a campaign called #ImFlattered.  In the campaign women appear wearing clothing that they’ve been told is not “flattering” for them, holding signs with the words of the misguided people who confused these women’s bodies and clothing choices with their business (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.) […]

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Thanking all the people



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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Abortion as self-defense

I was discussing abortion with a fairly conservative friend, and an interesting parallel occurred to me. He, like most other conservatives, is big on the right to bear arms for self-defense, but generally opposed to abortion. Even if you grant that a fetus is a person, it seems odd to accept killing someone who breaks […]

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Amazon Says “Stick a Fork In Him, He’s Fat”

For today’s Say Something Sunday post I want to talk about activism that reader Wendy Dirks recently engaged in (and gave me permission to share with you.) Wendy e-mailed me about an advertisement she saw from Amazon [linked provided, but trigger warning for fat hate] http://ift.tt/1KkGqU3 video is of a yoga class made up of women […]

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Rank Incompetence: Beauty as a Social Construct and The Firemen’s Ball (1967, dir. Milos Forman)

As I said in my previous post, 2015 was a great year for films with female protagonists.  We saw a whole range of diverse characters and situations, from The Assassin to Tangerine, Girlhood to Iris.  I also didn’t realize until I looked back at my blog posts from the past year that it was also […]

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Hi Folks! I have a new project that I’ve just completed this evening! It’s called the “Keeping Your Promises Sticker Chart Pack” and I’ve detailed its purpose in both short and long form below. If you can afford to pay, I’d appreciate it if you purchased an […]

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Friday, 15 January 2016

If You Really Loved Your Body…

One of the most often used, and poorly constructed, arguments leveled against those of us who do Size Acceptance Activism, is that if we really loved our bodies we wouldn’t need to do activism because we would “be at peace with ourselves.” As a fat person I receive mistreatment at the hands of everyone from the […]

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Dr. Deah ja Vu (6)

DEJA POO:  THE FEELING YOU HAVE HEARD THIS CRAP BEFORE! If you are having that strange feeling that you have been here before, worry not…there is a very good likelihood that you have!  Every January, for the past 6 years … Continue reading

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Still Kickin’!

So, here we are, January 2016. I’m still here breathing and feeling too many things and questioning everything, but hey, I’m also still kickin’! The last month of 2015 was more of an eye opener than I was prepared for, so the simple fact that I am still here is feeling like a triumph in […]

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Thoughts about the TV show "My 600 lb life"



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Fatshion: Skinned Knees Has a New Look and So Do I!

Hi friends! So I chopped off my hair AND gave Skinned Knees a new layout. It’s been a productive couple of weeks! So ok, first the hair. I’ve had short hair since high school and a year...

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Philosophy in Blue

Although I pursue photography as a creative outlet and enjoy taking pictures of others, I hate having pictures taken of myself. That’s hard, considering I’m a makeup artist and kinda, well, have to take pictures of myself in order to sell my services. Selfies are easy, though. It’s just my face. My skills are pretty […]

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the HAES® files: Self Love, Hats and MLK: Let’s Protest!

by Tiana Dodson Each January, we celebrate the legacy of an amazing man, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood up and protested, nonviolently against the racism and injustice he felt in his day, leading others to do the same. “Every [person] of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits [his […]

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They Want Fat People To Eat Poop Now

Elaine Yu, an assistant professor and clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, will be conducting a clinical trial to see if taking pills containing the freeze dried fecal matter of thin people will make fat people thin.  If you’re thinking “How the everlovingcrap did this happen?”  let me assure you, you are not alone. Here is how […]

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Plus 40 Fabulous – The Biggest Influence From My Youth

Happy New Year!  Can you even believe it’s 2016?  It feels like yesterday that it was 1986.  It seems that the older I get, the faster time goes.  I remember spending what felt like forever daydreaming about what it would be like to be a grown up, and now I am one, I barely ever […]

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A Thousand Posts and Counting

My last post was also my 1,000th post! Holy shit! I can’t wrap my head around that! What the hell have I been writing about?!?! Ha-ha! When I started this blog I wasn’t sure what I would write about. It began as an art blog, whatever that means. But soon my fat activism became my focus […]

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The (Not So) Tell-Tale (Fat) Heart

This picture and caption combo has gone viral on multiple media platforms: BOOM, SCIENCE!  I guess that’s the end of the Fat Acceptance movement then. Bonus points for enacting the “glorifying obesity” thing in which it’s suggested that fat people who choose not to live our lives in a state of perpetual self-loathing are “glorifying obesity.”  As […]

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Visiting the Brooklyn Museum

Back in July when I went to BlogHer15 in New York, I did a lot of exploring of the city on my own. I was really worried about it initially since it was my first time in New York but to tell the...

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Lola Berry Says “Fat Bitch” Like It’s a Bad Thing

Lola Berry is a nutritionist and author from Australia.  According to her website: Once you see Lola Berry, you’ll remember both her and her message! She has a whole heap of fresh ideas and a talent for presenting them in a way that inspires people to actually use them to better their everyday lives. Her “inspiration” […]

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Debating Health at Every Size and Weight Loss

I’m often called upon to debate the research around Weight Loss and Health at Every Size – sometimes it’s as a professional speaker in an organized panel or debate, sometimes it’s at the doctor’s office when I’m insisting on evidence-based treatment, sometimes it’s when someone has posted some weight loss thing on my social media […]

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Fatshion: Windy Days and Plaid Shirts

Hi friends! How are you doing on this fine Caturday? I have been a busy bee lately thanks to my medications. They have really been helping with my mood and motivation, but sometimes a little too...

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Drive-By Fat Shaming

Today I’m not talking about the kind of drive-by fat shaming where people moo at us from their cars (though they do, sometimes they even throw eggs, and it’s super messed up.) Today I’m talking about the small incidents of fat shaming that happen daily, often as casual asides. This post was inspired by my attempt to watch the […]

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Friday, 8 January 2016

I Was Wrong – The Most Ridiculous Diet Show

A couple days ago I wrote that ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” might be the most ridiculous diet show ever. Friends, I stand corrected.  A&E gives us a show so absolutely, batshit ridiculous that it may require adjectives that have not yet been coined. In the show “Fit to Fat to Fit” trainers will […]

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Year in Review: 2015

Well, here it is, my ranked list of 2015 releases I saw.  This was a really incredible year for female characters.  While I tend to see arthouse releases and be biased in favor of films that focus on women and other traditionally marginalized characters, without really trying, 9 of my top 10 films  featured female […]

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Dealing with Unwanted Weight Loss Compliments

A reader wrote in with a question that I’ve been asked before by a number of people who have lost weight unintentionally – through illness, or grief, or some other reason, and I thought I would address it today: Now my friends are asking me for tips on how to lose weight.  I don’t know what […]

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Little Book of Big Babes Giveaway!

OMG! I’m beyond excited to share this post with you. It’s part fat fashion, part fabulous femmes, and part giveaway for TWO of you! Yay! But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. So almost a year ago, I was contacted by Rachelle Abellar, who is AMAZING! Not only has she written an amazing self-care zine but she also founded Pacific Northwest Fatitude. She’s an intersectional feminist of color and I absolutely adore her. So when she contacted me to be a part of her upcoming project featuring fatshion bloggers, I knew the only answer could be YES YES YES! Then something even more amazing happened. I found out that my dear Ilse from Full Figured Potential was contacted to be a part of it too! Naturally, we got together to shoot photos for Rachelle. It was a super fun day and the photos came out beautiful. You can see some of the ones Ilse shot of me in this post and some of the ones I shot of her in her blog post about the book here. We shot these actually right before I modeled for these photos for Aurora Lady. So it was a double photo shoot day for me! But back to the book The Little Book of Big Babes is an amazing compilation of beautiful fat babes showing off their amazing style. I couldn’t be more proud to be included in this anthology among so many other amazing babes, including people like Ilse that I hold near and dear to my heart, people I have followed online for years, and new folks that are inspiring me with their fat bodies and their rad clothes! So this is the first time I’ve worn this outfit. I have sheer and lace shirts that I always feel too self-conscious to wear. Shooting with Ilse meant a very safe space of queer femmes in her back patio. I also knew I wanted to wear something that showcased my body type because this book is all about being a fat babe. I just had to! And amazingly, wearing this helped me gain a bit more confidence when it comes to wearing things out of my comfort zone. Because fuck flattering, right? Here’s some outfit details if you’re wondering: Blue cat eye glasses: Zenni Optical Blue lace crop top: H&M, thrifted Striped high-waisted shorts: Mode Plus Black cut-out flats: Ross If you want to get in on this fashion bible, you can purchase it here. Please consider supporting Rachelle’s hard work plus the hard work of everyone who contributed! Even if you don’t identify as fat, it’s the perfect fashion bible for anyone of any size. Be inspired, check out different types of body types, and revel in all of our beauty. We’re worth it! And now for the part you’ve been waiting for! I am giving away two copies of the book for my amazing followers! All you have to do is enter via the widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway I can’t wait to see who wins! Best of luck to everyone!

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Fat Feminism, missing women and conversations unspoken



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Fixing The Biggest Loser’s Ad

The Biggest Loser is coming back.  A television show that it an ode to physically and emotionally abusing fat people, stroking the ridiculously inflated egos of the so-called “professional” trainers who dole out the abuse and become millionaires in the process, it has even inspired one trainer who declined to be on the show (because he […]

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Fatshion: Polka Dots & Pops of Green

Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an outfit post, right? I was going through a really tough depression the last few months and so I was a big hermit. I hardly ever got dressed to go out unless it was to therapy and really, how many outfits of me in leggings and a sweatshirt do you need to see? Not that those kinds of outfits are valid and necessary for visibility but I personally don’t need to show you that. *wink* So this is an outfit I wore last October to attend an event at Goodwill OC. You can read more about the event here! A little over a year ago, I started making jewelry. The idea was to make some prototypes of cool unique items and potentially sell them. It hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet but the green ring above is one of my favorite prototypes that I’ve made! You can buy one like it on my etsy, Magpies for Moons. Keep an eye out too for more pieces! I’ve been inspired lately to make more! So I am really excited to share that I am starting school today. I will be attending a new college and beginning a horticulture program. I have long wanted to live in the forest but never thought it was possible until recently. I will share a post soon with more info about this but please wish me luck. It’s a huge career change for me and while I feel pretty good about it, I am an anxious person in general so I’m a little scared! It’s pretty obvious that these photos weren’t taken recently right? If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I chopped my hair off. I will debut it here soon but in the meantime, you get to enjoy me with long hair still. And even though the temperature hit the mid-sixties today, there’s no way I would be caught dead in a sleeveless dress and bare legs now without tons of layers on. Layering is my favorite part about Southern California winters so you better believe I’m living for it now. But back in October, well, the temperature was still very warm here in LA. I didn’t really even need that jacket, but fashion, people, fashion. *wink* Cute little story about these shoes. I bought them on Ebay from an international seller and I got my normal size. They were WAY too small. I ended up reordering them in a half-size larger and they are still kinda snug. But I love them so much. They are the perfect shade of green and that little tassel is the perfect pop of preppiness. I love wearing them with black pants and a button up or with other dresses too. I just basically love them. I can’t believe I’m still posting outfit photos from months ago. I took a new set yesterday so as soon as I catch up with two more, you’ll get to see my new hair (unless you already saw it on my Instagram). Until then, friends! Outfit Details: Blue cat eye glasses: Zenni Optical Blue denim jacket: Mode Plus Black and white polka dot dress: Ross Green loafers: Ebay Bronze skull ring: H&M Green square ring: Handmade, Magpies for Moons Thank you for reading and catching up with me. What’s new in your beautiful life?

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What Size We’re Supposed To Be

I’m honored to be included in a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer called “Retool Weight Resolutions, Ditch the Shame.” The piece is written, bravely and candidly, by a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and is also a self-admitted former fat-shamer, and  it reminds me that people can and do change when it comes to […]

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The Importance of Chores



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Monday, 4 January 2016

Liberation

2015 was a year of major changes for me. Outside of finally getting my septum pierced (a thing I’d been dreaming of for years!), I finally got my first tattoo. I also decided to finally live life as queer. I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with y’all before, but there it is. I still […]

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Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement - Now Out!



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ABC to Air Most Ridiculous Diet Show Ever

Ok, it may not be the most ridiculous, but this one is definitely a contender.  It’s well known that most people can lose weight on most diets in the short term, and almost everyone gains it back long-term. In fact there is no study where more than a tiny fraction of people are able to maintain weight […]

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Speak For Yourself Oprah

When Oprah first bought stock in Weight Watchers last year I blogged about it and said “while Oprah has every right to join Weight Watchers, be a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, buy stock in Weight Watchers, get “I Love Weight Watchers” tattooed on her ass or whatever, that doesn’t make long term weight loss any more […]

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Weight Loss surgery and dieting



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Women’s Health Announces the End of the Bikini Body

Earlier this year Women’s Health Magazine conducted a survey and asked their readers what words or phrases they would like to see less of in their magazine. Now editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird has announced that we will no longer see the phrases “bikini body” or “drop two sizes” gracing the cover of their magazine. In a letter to […]

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Roundup: December 2015

Happy New Year!  This past month was largely focused on catching up with 2015 releases for my end of year list. (Minus the first week of January grace period I’m affording myself on account of not having the time for and access to 2015 releases that a full-time professional film writer would, you’ll just have to wait […]

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Happy New Year

I just want to take a moment to wish you all a happy new year! I hope you rang it in safely and that you have some time to recover (I’ll be at work by the time this post goes live.) Thanks so much for reading my work and all of your comments. I love […]

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