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A Conversation with Louise Mathewson, author of A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury October 21, 2012 10:47PM

Click here to listen to or download the 54-min mp3 recording of today's Pearlsong Conversation with Louise Mathewson, author of A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury. A Life Interrupted is a collection of poems chronicling Louise's recovery from a brain-damaging car accident. The book also contains a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma. Louise Mathewson holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry, Mochila Review, Boulder County Kid and Sasee magazines, and the anthologies Cup of Comfort—Vol. I (Adams Media) and Borderlines ’08 (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom). Most recently her work appears in Mentor’s Bouquet, an anthology edited by Linda Leedy Schneider (Finishing Line Press, Fall 2009). Louise has always loved to write about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, but today these experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though she struggled at first, she resumed writing as soon as she was able. Today Louise lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she continues to write and recover. Click on the widget below to browse an excerpt from A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury. For more information or to purchase, go to www.pearlsong.com/alifeinterrupted.htm. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with Lonie McMichael, Ph.D. about Talking Fat September 09, 2012 7:58PM

Click on the Podbean player below to listen to the 50 minute recording of today's Pearlsong Conversation with Lonie McMichael, Ph.D., author of Talking Fat: Health v. Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies. Dr. McMichael has a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric. She is currently teaching professional and technical writing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her first book, Talking Fat, examines the rhetorical success of the "war on obesity" while considering its absolute failure to make people thinner or to make a difference in the health of the American people. She examines empirical studies and statistics as well as the actual experience of fat people, asserting that the past decade's messages about the "obesity epidemic" are about many things--including prejudice, profit & control--but are not about health. Instead, negative messages about fat have increased prejudice and decreased health in the very people targeted for "help," while increasing profits for those perpetuating such rhetoric. Dr. McMichael argues that the current weight-centered paradigm is only hurting our society and the individuals within it, and calls for a change in policy and perspective on fat in American society. Talking Fat is available in original trade paperback & ebook from Pearlsong Press and your favorite booksellers, including Amazon/Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com/Nook,  Powells.com, The Book Depository (with free shipping worldwide) & Apple's iTunes bookstore. Listen to and/or download the Conversation by clicking here....or listen via the Podbean player below. Click on the Bookbuzzr widget to read an excerpt from Talking Fat. For more information on the Pearlsong Conversations series, links to recordings of other Conversations, and information on how you can participate in future Conversations, visit the Pearlsong Conversations webpage at www.pearlsong.com/pearlsongconversations.htm. Play Podcast Now

An ExtraOrdinary Conversation with Michele Tamaren & Michael Wittner July 16, 2012 6:55AM

----more----Pearlsong Press publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chats with the authors of ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End in this month's Pearlsong Conversation. Publishers Weekly & others have praised ExtraOrdinary as a true-life tale of transformation: "In this deeply moving and inspiring account, [Michele] Tamaren and [Michael] Wittner share the life story of a man close to their hearts. When Michele’s mother, Betty, married Herman Liss (she was 55 and he was 65), Tamaren finally had a father figure she adored. Always joyful, Herman exuded a love for life that was contagious. His sincere concern for others, his keen intelligence, and his natural grace generated hundreds of meaningful friendship throughout his life. Wittner, who first met Herman as a result of a community service requirement in his high school, became a devoted friend to the older man when Herman nearly lost the resolve to live after Betty’s death. The authors recall, in simple but evocative language, how Herman always encouraged others to follow their dreams and how deep was his commitment to treat others as he would want to be treated. Readers can expect tears to flow as Herman’s life inspires them to be better." (Publishers Weekly) Click on the Podbean player to listen to the recording of today's Conversation. For more information on the Pearlsong Conversation series and links to archived recordings of previous Conversations, click here. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation about Character Control May 20, 2012 8:54PM

In the May 20, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, Pearlsong publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. & several Pearlsong authors talked about creating—and reining in— fictional characters. Authors participating in the Conversation included Lynne Murray, author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, Bride of the Living Dead & the Josephine Fuller mystery series, Anne Richardson Williams (Unconventional Means), Linda C. Wisniewski (Off Kilter), Leslie Moïse, author of Love is the Thread & Judith, & Louise Mathewson (A Life Interrupted). Links mentioned in this Conversation: Pearl S. Buck Writing Center | Linda Wisniewski's award-winning short story "Cold Beer and Great Good" | "At the Foot of the Lighthouse (Todai Moto Kurashi)" short story by Erin Hoffman"Todai Moto Kurashi, and writing the unspeakable" -- Hoffman's reply to commenters (read Hoffman's short story first). For more information about the Pearlsong Conversation teleconference series and links to archived Conversations in which authors, publisher and readers discuss books and writing, go to the Pearlsong Conversations page at the Pearlsong Press website. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with author Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. February 12, 2012 7:20PM

In the February 12, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. talked with Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. about her memoir Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship (published by Pearlsong Press in December 2011), her studies of nineteenth century women's fairy tales, and her current writing. Love is the Thread traces the way one spiritual friendship can change all our relationshps. Sustained by the metaphor of knitting, the memoir centers on the friendship between two women, one snared in a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder and the other reweaving her life after an abusive relationship. The book is available in original trade paperback and ebook from the Pearlsong Press retail store, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, the Book Depository (with free shipping worldwide) and elsewhere. For more information on and links to archived recordings of the Pearlsong Conversations series of teleconference calls featuring authors, publisher and readers, click here. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with author Mary Saracino January 15, 2012 7:13PM

In the January 15, 2012 Pearlsong Conversations teleconference call, psychologist/publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. talked with Mary Saracino, author of The Singing of Swans & other books. Mary discussed how she came to write her multi-century novel rife with magical realism and feminine spirituality. She talks about the Black Madonna, which appears throughout The Singing of Swans, and Her roots in pre-Christian traditions; Lake Pergusa, a Sicilian lake whose waters for millennia periodically turned red and thus were associated with feminine mysteries; and even a spiritual meaning of the focus on 2012 "end times." In addition to her work as a writer, Mary teaches creative writing classes and workshops on the Divine Feminine, which she has studied as an independent scholar for more than 20 years. During the Conversation she reports on workshops planned in Colorado and New Mexico. The Singing of Swans is available in original trade paperback & ebook from Pearlsong Press. The novel tells the story of Madalene Ross, a thirty-year-old American who "lives in her head," cut off from her body, her heart, and her sense of purpose in the world. En route to and from her job as a computer programmer in Minneapolis, Madalene is hounded on the downtown streets by a homeless woman who asks "Got a match?" At night bizarre dreams haunt her sleep. Women fly through rooftops, chant in ancient temples, paint tongues of fire on vivid white canvases. Madalene's story is interwoven with the lives of three women: Rosalina, a priestess of Persephone in 70 B.C.E. Sicily; Ziza, a strega (Italian witch) in 16th century northeastern Italy, and Ibla, an herbalist and painter in 18th century southern Italy. Sicily's Lake Pergusa and the Black Madonna also act as a portal to the rich tradition of pre-Christian spirituality that lies beneath Church dogma. The Singing of Swans takes readers on a multi-century journey to uncover long-silenced traditions, crack Madalene's spiritual code and reclaim her soul. Elements of magical realism dovetail with historical storytelling as this compelling tale of redemption unfolds. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation about Body Gratitude November 20, 2011 8:41PM

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the U.S., publisher & psychologist Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chats with several Pearlsong Press authors about the importance of appreciating & listening to our bodies. She is joined in the 50-min teleconference call by Pat Ballard, Lynne Murray, Tracey Thompson, Bonnie Shapbell, Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. & Linda C. Wisniewski. Pat Ballard is the Queen of Rubenesque Romances & author of 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are), Lynne Murray is the author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, Bride of the Living Dead & the Josephine Fuller mystery series.  Leslie Moïse, Ph.D. is author of Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship (just published by Pearlsong Press). Tracey Thompson is the author of the novel Fatropolis, which will be published by Pearlsong Press in 2012. Bonnie Shapbell is author of the bereavement guide Hiking the Pack Line, which will also be published by Pearlsong Press in 2012. Linda C. Wisnewski is the author of Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, & Her Polish Heritage. For more information about the Pearlsong Conversations series of teleconference calls, links to recordings of previous calls, and information on how you can participate in calls, go to the Pearlsong Conversations page on the Pearlsong Press website. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with Lynne Murray October 23, 2011 10:42PM

Publisher & psychologist Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chats with Lynne Murray, author of The Falstaff Vampire Files, in this Pearlsong Conversation recorded October 16, 2011. Lynne talks about the genesis of her newest novel, her works in progress, and the humor and life-sized characters that connect all her writing. The Falstaff Vampire Files, as well as Lynne's romantic comedy novel Bride of the Living Dead & Larger Than Death, the first volume in the Josephine Fuller mystery series being republished by Pearlsong Press, are all available in trade paperback & ebook format from your favorite retailers as well as directly from Pearlsong Press's online store. Read an excerpt from The Falstaff Vampire Files by clicking on the BookBuzzr widget below. Play Podcast Now

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish October 16, 2011 7:21PM

Monday, October 10, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville This episode is the last of the Radio Free Nashville HAES shows, as Dr. Elam (a.k.a. PegE) & the Queen (a.k.a Pat Ballard) take a break from weekly broadcasting. You can still listen to the archived shows online at www.healthateverysize.info, www.pearlsong.com/audio.htm & via the Podbean Player. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Happy Being Fat" by Big Dee Irwin, "Women's Bodies" by Rebecca Riots, "Even Free" (Kristi Martel), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole), "Choose Love" (Fortunate Sons), "The Flame" (Beth Neilsen Chapman) & "Phenomenal Woman" (Ruthie Foster). Bonus points if you recognize the source of the farewell above. We're not planning on leaving the planet yet, though. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with author Lauri J Owen October 09, 2011 11:36PM

Monday, October 3, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show This episode features the recording of the September 2011 Pearlsong Conversation with Lauri J Owen, author of the paranormal romance saga The Embers Series. Fallen Embers & Blowing Embers, Books One & Two of the series, were published by Pearlsong Press in 2010 & 2011. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "Hottie" by Jana Stanfield. Play Podcast Now

TV Talk & More Salvos in the War on Fat People October 03, 2011 8:02PM

Monday, September 26, 2011 Health at Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville This episode began with PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) sharing the news that October 10, 2011 will be the last Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville. The show may continue as an occasional podcast, and the Pearlsong Conversations teleconference series (recordings of which have often been played on the HAES show) will continue as usual on a monthly basis  & podcast. (For more about the Pearlsong Conversations series in which authors and publisher chat with readers, fans and each other, click here.) In the rest of the show, Pat & PegE talked about TV shows, recently reported research on restaurant menu labeling, & an odious billboard campaign aimed at fat kids in Georgia. Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin), "The Boob Fairy" (Deirdre Flint), "Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style" (Candye Kane), "Chubby Man Blues" (Les Kerr) & "Fat Boys" (Uncle Bonsai). Play Podcast Now

Healthy Hearts & Vessels in Fat Bodies September 25, 2011 1:56PM

Monday, September 19, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville This episode features PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) discussing research finding that many fat bodies have healthy cardiovascular systems -- and many slimmer bodies don't. Recommended books include Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health by Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, Ph.D., Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic by J. Eric Oliver, Ph.D., The Obesity Myth (revised edition retitled The Diet Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health) by Paul Campos, & Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss -- and the Myths and Realities of Dieting by Gina Kolata. This episode's music: "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Phenomenal Woman" by Ruthie Foster & "Fit, Fat & Fine" by Whole Lotta Love. Play Podcast Now

Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tales September 18, 2011 6:51PM

Monday, September 12, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville No actual snails were discussed during this episode. PegE ( a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) discuss Pat's adventures in puppydom & news that Allergan may stop manufacturing the Lap-Band bariatric ("weight loss") surgery device decide because of deaths and injuries associated with it. (Or, as the Business Insider headline says, "because it keeps killing people.") Read the article here. Music for this episode includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Women's Bodies" by Rebecca Riots, "Even Free" (Kristi Martel) & "Introduction to Belly Dancing" (Deirdre Flint). Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with author Karen Blomain September 12, 2011 10:40PM

September 5, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show Pat (a.k.a. The Queen) & PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) took the Labor Day holiday off, and scheduled a prerecorded interview with Karen Blomain, author of The Season of Lost Children, to run as that day's HAES show broadcast. There were some glitches with the recording that aired on 9/5/2011 -- some blank periods and a double show ID/intro -- which have been edited out of this podcast/archived version. The interview was part of the Pearlsong Conversations teleconference series, in which Dr. Elam wears her publisher's hat and talks with one or more Pearlsong Press authors, readers and fans. To learn more about the Conversations -- how to participate in one -- visit the Pearlsong Conversations page on the Pearlsong Press website. You'll also find links to other Conversation recordings there. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "Introduction to Belly Dancing" by Deirdre Flint. To read an excerpt from The Season of Lost Children, click on the BookBuzzr widget below. Play Podcast Now

Effects of Early Malnutrition on Later Life Health September 05, 2011 5:19PM

August 29, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville Dr. Elam (a.k.a. PegE) flew solo for this episode while The Queen (a.k.a. Pat) babysat a new puppy. She discussed recently published research examining the heart health of Dutch women who were between 10 & 17 years old during the famine at the end of World War II, and how the findings could be applied to people subjected to adolescent (or earlier) weight loss diets. As published in the European Heart Journal, researchers in The Netherlands found that women who had lived on 400-800 calories a day during the 1944-45 famine had a 27% higher risk of heart disease in later life. How many heart -- and other -- problems in fat adults that are blamed on their weight are actually caused by early life semi-starvation for weight loss? Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin),  "Big Fat Blonde" (The Rainmakers), "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Queen), "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" (Mika), "Suit Yourself" (Kate Campbell), "300 Pounds of Joy" (Howlin' Wolf), "Mister Five by Five" (Ella Mae Morse), "Fit, Fat & Fine" (Candye Kane), "Built for Luxury" (Abby Burke featuring the Manly Band), "Start the Commotion" (The Wiseguys) & "Hottie" (Jana Stansfield). Play Podcast Now

Follow the Money August 28, 2011 2:58PM

Monday, August 22, 2011 Health At Every Size show This episode features Dr. Elam (a.k.a. PegE) & the Queen (a.k.a. Pat) discussing the vested interests behind "obesity" diseasemongering & fearmongering. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Iphigenia" by Cosy Sheridan & "Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Note: There's about a minute of dead air at the beginning of the recording due to the previous hour's show ending abruptly and taking Dr. Elam by surprise. Play Podcast Now

What Not to Do to Your Child — Or Yourself August 21, 2011 9:43PM

Monday, August 15, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville After PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) praise Australian chef Julie Goodwin's turning down a lucrative dieting business contract, they discuss how some parents' fat fears fuel emotional abuse of their children. The conversation was sparked by Jean Anspaugh's blog post at Psychology Today. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "Baby Got Back" by Jonathan Coulton & "Big, Beautiful & Sexy" by Casey Donovan. Play Podcast Now

A Long Happy Life & America the Beautiful 2 August 10, 2011 3:35PM

Monday, August 8, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville Pat (a.k.a The Queen of Rubenesque Romances) was back to join PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) to discuss living a long happy life, Dances with Fat's post on Long Healthy Life, & the new documentary America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, among other topics. If you're near San Francisco Saturday August 13, see a Director's Cut of the sequel to the documentary America the Beautiful at the Sofitel San Franciso Bay at 8 p.m. The screening is part of the annual conference of the Association for Size Diversity & Health (ASDAH), but you don't have to be an ASDAH member or conference participant to attend. Director Darryl Roberts will be at the screening. Get the details and purchase advance tickets here. Tickets will also be available at the door. America the Beautiful 2 is being distributed by Warner Brothers and will open nationwide in theatres & via on-demand in October. This show's music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, " "Women's Bodies" by Rebecca Riots, & "More to Love" by Robin Mink. Play Podcast Now

A Conversation with Charlie Lovett, author of The Fat Lady Sings August 07, 2011 4:32PM

August 1, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville This episode features a Pearlsong Conversation (teleconference call) with Charlie Lovett, author of the new fat-friendly Young Adult book The Fat Lady Sings, as well as the thriller The Program, both published by Pearlsong Press. Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "Phenomenal Woman" by Ruthie Foster. Click on the BookBuzzr widgets below to read the first chapters of The Fat Lady Sings & The Program. Both are available in original trade paperback & ebook format. Note: Amazon.com links to books & music are affliate links. We get a little chunk of change whenever you click on a link and buy something. Play Podcast Now

More Collateral Damage in the War on Obesity July 31, 2011 6:04PM

Monday, July 25, 2011 Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville This episode featured Dr. Elam (aka PegE) & Pat (aka the Queen) further discussing the Journal of the American Medical Association commentary suggesting state intervention for very fat children, as well as a Columbus Dispatch report by Amy Saunders on the increase in "alarmingly thin" children & child hospitalizations for eating disorders in the wake of heightened cultural focus on weight. (Per the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as cited in the Dispatch article, from 1999 to 2006 eating disorders hospitalizations for children younger than 12 increased by 119 percent.) Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin, "You're the One for Me, Fatty" by Morrissey , "The Fear" by Lily Allen & "You Need a Great Big Woman" by Candye Kane. Amazon.com links to books & music are affiliate links. We get a little chunk of change if you click on a link & buy something. Play Podcast Now
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