I’m pretty sure I can never do enough Thank You Thursday posts, but here is one more, for the wonderful people responsible for Calming Manatee and my even more wonderful friend Ellen for sharing a link to their fine site on Teh Facebook. Here is my new favorite:
Health At Every Size Manatee for the WIN!
and I have put perhaps my all-time favorite, the one Ellen posted that made my whole evening last night, behind this cut for brevity or some such.
Photo by the kindness of a stranger and Peter’s iPhone. In case you don’t click through for the caption on Flickr, here it is:
Gay people can, and Tracy and I did!
On pi approximation day 2011 around 4pm, Tracy and I got married at the city clerk’s office in downtown Manhattan. At T+16 hours, we told our families. At T+40 hours, we went to cheer for all the people getting married who previously could not.
Weights are lifted that I did not even know I was carrying, party people.
Big huge thanks and love to everyone who has ever been supportive, including but by no means limited to everybody who sent nice messages on Facebook and/or Twitter when I was being all giddy on said media about graduation-related activities. Steinhardt faculty kickline FTW forever! And so on.
“I act like I have faith, and like that faith never ends/ But I really just have friends.” —Dar Williams, “My Friends”, End Of The Summer.
Seriously, youse guys, I haven’t been following Tara Parker-Pope’s Well blog for the New York Times super-closely or anything, but on several occasions now it’s been hard for me to ignore the fact that her reporting keeps taking a remarkably reasonable view of health and weight, most recently in a post that’s, well, downright critical of the all-too-popular misconception that weight changes are a simple function of calories consumed and burnedâ€”especially for a mainstream publication like the Times (albeit only on one of the paper’s blogs, not in its printed pages, but still). Here’s my favorite part, with boldface emphasis from me on the ideas that were SO EXCITING to see:
â€œIâ€™m not saying throw up your hands and forget about it,â€ Dr. Friedman [Jeffrey Friedman, head of Rockefeller Universityâ€™s molecular genetics lab] said. â€œInstead of focusing on weight or appearance, focus on peopleâ€™s health. There are things people can do to improve their health significantly that donâ€™t require normalizing your weight.â€