Good News for Recovery + Life (May 2015) The Face of Unconditional Love It has taken nearly half my life to realize unconditional love is a very ach

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Good News for Recovery + Life (May 2015)


The Face of Unconditional Love


This is the face of unconditional love for me. I see it daily. It is always filled with the same love and trust, the same devotion and utter innocence. And every time I see that face gazing at me, I feel unconditional love just welling up inside me. I don't have to do a thing!

It has taken nearly half my life to realize unconditional love is a very achievable experience that I really can have.

I can receive it. I can give it.

However, being me, at first I tried to tackle unconditional love the same way I try to tackle everything new - the hard way.

I tried to give it long before I knew what it felt like to receive it (no experience = no ability).

I also tried to find it with people first (in a word - whoops).

And I tried to find it in big chunks rather than in fleeting moments (which was all I could sustain at first).

Later I learned it is much easier to find unconditional love in nature before seeking it amongst my own kind.

It is even easier when you have nature living in your house with you (this is why I always recommend the addition of a pet to a recovering person's - and any person's - support team).

Only after practicing receiving....and then giving....unconditional love with nature, and then with my pets, have I been able to begin to attempt it successfully with people as well.

Slowly, surely, over time and with the constant daily encouragement and reminders my parrot, Pearl, and my tortoise, Malti, offer me, I have been able to slowly open up and trust and love certain people around me in a new, deeper, more truly loving way.

And whenever I falter, or forget, I always know exactly where to go to remember again.

With great respect and love,



This month in Good News:

Inspiration for Recovery & Life from "Beating Ana"
Love & Feathers: "Covert Nesting"
Mentoring & Recovery Blog: "My New Style Role Models"
Animal Mentors: "Desert Places" by Robyn Davidson
3 Great Live Events to Choose From!
About Me, Pearl & Malti
Take Good News & Pass it On
Free Mentoring for Eating Disorders Recovery
Reprints & Reposts


Beating Ana: Inspiration for Recovery + Life

Remember that the #1 healer is unconditional love.

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E.E. Cummings


Covert Nesting


Nesting season has almost arrived, so it is time to select my super-secret secondary covert nesting site….

Regardless of whether you plan to nest outdoors or indoors, when a nesting site is compromised (or even suspected of being compromised) you need to have a backup plan.

This is called “covert nesting.”

With covert nesting, you take your flock and retreat to a second, super-secret and secure nesting site, which comes complete with round-the-clock security services.

Note to the manly manbird of the nest: Here, it can be a good idea to keep your secondary nesting site a secret even from your chosen ladybird, to reduce any risks of a security breach.

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My New Style Role Models


Watch the "Advanced Style" film trailer by clicking on the image.

In my last post, I shared my delight at discovering the modeling industry is experiencing somewhat of a….well…makeover.

In a nutshell, women ages 50-90+ are suddenly everywhere.

I LOVE it.

The more I researched, the more I discovered that there is a backbone, a foundation, to this sudden surge of interest in the over-50 set.

His name is Ari Seth Cohen, and he runs the blog (and now book and now movie) Advanced Style.

Cohen says the inspiration to create Advanced Style came from his closeness with his two grandmothers. He wanted to share their wisdom and beauty with others through photography.

When I popped onto his blog this morning, I was delighted to notice he is now photographing fashionable men of the same age as well.

All I can say to this whole movement is – it’s about time.

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Animal Mentors: "Desert Places"


by Robyn Davidson (author of "Tracks")

Robyn Davidson is officially one of my favorite beings.

For starters, she really likes her alone-time.

She also seems to take camels with her wherever she goes (camels are fascinating).

She loves nature and wildlife and animals.

She has a huge heart for the people she meets, even when those relationships - due to language or other barriers - become tremendously frustrating.

And she is a fabulous writer.

So when Robyn takes a trip, it is like I am taking that trip too (minus all the dirt and creepy-crawlies and pottying out in the desert).

Her first book, "Tracks," has since been made into a major motion picture. And while I enjoyed the film (especially all the parts with camels in them), the book is the true gem, so rich in detail and straight from the author's own trip memories.

I have to mention I have also lived in India, albeit in far different circumstances than Robyn recounts in "Desert Places." I learned so much about the country and its residents that I never knew, even though I too spent more than half a year there.

If you love stories about books, animals, and travel, you just might find a new favorite in "Desert Places!"

==> To learn more about the Robyn Davidson: CLICK HERE


3 Great Live Events to Choose From!

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About Me, Pearl & Malti

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Me. Pearl.

Hi! Thanks for reading "Good News" - I hope you enjoyed this month's edition. :-)

If you want to learn more about my recovery story, I invite you to read "Beating Ana: how to outsmart your eating disorder and take your life back." In this book I share all the things I did to recover from my eating disorder.

While writing "Beating Ana," I also founded MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community and a companion to readers of the book.

My newest book, "Love & Feathers" (Fall 2015), is all about how my parrot has taught me to love myself and my life and live each day to the fullest!

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The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E.E. Cummings

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