A selection of the best columns written over the past three years in a continuing series for The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica, CA. These columns touch on topics that concern us all: women’s potential in our changing world, the idiosyncrasies of society and the challenges created by advancing years. Each topic is illustrated with a touch of nostalgia addressed with humor in a vignette drawn from the author’s checkered past.
Starving Hearts is a novel about one woman’s struggle with anorexia and bulimia. The book won ninth place in the National Writer’s Club competition under its original title The Struggle and has the imprimatur of ANRED (Anorexia Nervosa & Related Eating Disorders). It describes how Susan Talberg overcame an addiction to food by recognizing the powerful forces behind them and her need to control the mother who uses her daughter as a whipping post.
Fanny is all of us. She is that secret part of us that says, “Why do others achieve the things I want with so little effort?” She is that tiny place in our hearts that believes dreams CAN come true if you insist that they are worth the effort. And too, she is that green streak in us that says “I want in on The Good Life” without realizing the cost of that life that looks so exciting, romantic and easy to live.