Oh, How I’ve Failed, Let Me Count the Ways

I want to make it clear that I’ve tried stuff throughout my life – lots of stuff. And I’ve failed many times even when I tried hard. Since I’ve failed plenty, I’ve questioned if my endeavors are worth a sometimes exhaustive, spirit-dampering effort. The answer – I know —  is that anything I’m doing IS WORTH…

Sister Fighting

I feel bombarded lately by the neon reminders – as if to wake me back up — that a convoluted fight continues for women. Specific reminders, for me at least, have been within my own area of sports and fitness. The fact that the perception of female athletes is still so skewed makes my heart…

Interview for VegetarianBodybuilding.com

I had the honor of being interviewed for VegetarianBodybuilding.com in 2015 in a piece called “A Love-Hate Relationship with Bikini Bodybuilding” after I did a competition in 2014. I got the opportunity to answer questions that meant something to me, especially one regarding feminism and bikini bodybuilding. You can check out the full interview HERE. Here are…

The Same Kits Project My youngest daughter, Mina, and I, in 2014, did a project we called the Same Kits Project. We assembled kits of feminine hygiene products for homeless women. The idea was inspired by a group of students out of the University of Georgia who did the same. It’s an amazing idea that,…

Why Vegan?

When I was 13, in 1980, I had my last meal of red meat: a Carl’s Jr. bacon cheese burger. It wasn’t very appetizing, and it certainly wasn’t an emotional farewell. It was more like: good, I don’t have to eat that crap again despite what normal convention was around me. At that age, I…

Bikini Competition Take Aways

First Bikini Competition Take Aways Standing backstage in a cramped, starkly-lit dressing room lined with warped mirrors, I stared at the other women. There was so much waiting time, I couldn’t fight the urge to take a hard look at everyone. We were all deeply, sadly orange, nervous, and not interacting. The room smelled of…