So, that was a MUCH longer hiatus than I anticipated! I am so sorry – and I am so thankful to the people who wrote to check on me. It’s been an eventful couple of months on the in-person life front.

Nothing too heinous. But a whole lot of stress, which hit me right in the old depreshuns. And when I’m depressed… writing is hard.

I’ve been easing back into it though, including a gig over at – I’m proud to be involved over there, y’all.

And I especially wanted to link here to my newest post there – because I’m talking about the time I posed naked for cancer. Which is, if any one thing can be the genesis of something, the real and true origin of this blog.

I am so glad to see you again. And I hope you’ll come chatter with us on this post:

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  1. Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Yay!! Back to regular posting then?

    • TR
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Probably not daily – there’s just no TIME – but definitely back to posting. I’ve just missed it way too much.

      • Posted February 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

        Yay! I’ve been enjoying your posts at xojane, but the comments section sometimes makes me want to cry.

        • Christine
          Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

          Oh so much this!

  2. Lonie Mc.
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    So glad to have you back, Marianne! And congrats on the writing at xojane (I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it). I have missed your voice. I don’t have many heroes, but you are one of them.

    • TR
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Lonie. The really important thing about community is that everyone doesn’t have to do everything all the time – and I so completely needed this break. I’ve been ready to come back for a while; I’m glad I got to do it on this note.

  3. Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Welcome back!

    re: your xojane post

    :D Life-drawing modelling (also known as “nudity for the elderly”) was a huge part of my initial journey into fat acceptance! There’s something incredibly amazing about standing around in the starkers for an appreciative and polite crowd that does wonders for one’s sense of perspective. The artists were always happy to have a range of different models rather than just drawing the same body type again and again and again. And different poses too! The poses I did that people liked the best were interesting and different ones, rather than standard “flattering” ones.

    I don’t model any more and I’d probably have to work up the nerve to do it again (even more pounds and stretch-marks later – the self-hate abates, but is never quite cured), but it’s definitely something that I recommend people consider if they are trying to figure out how to get comfortable in their own skin.

    (Heaters are essential, however.)

    • TR
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Life drawing is a great thing for some people, definitely! It can be hard, depending on people’s schedules, unfortunately. I think it’s so great for artists to have the chance to draw other bodies, though – because models are so similar in body type.

      Being naked gets chilly!

  4. Nicole L
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Huzzah! Welcome back! You’ve been missed, but I’m glad you took the time off to take care of yourself. :)

  5. Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Yay, it’s so good to see you back on the internets! I am sorry you were depressed, but I and glad you’re feeling better now and hope that you continue to feel better. <3 Depression stinks.

  6. Emerald
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see you’re back, and hope you’re feeling better now. Depression sucks…but good self-care (and sometimes that means NOT doing stuff) can sometimes mean it doesn’t suck for quite so long.

  7. Posted February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back! We’ve missed you terribly.

    But do put yourself first. If you need another break, take it and use it well.

    (dances at the thought of more Marianne posts)

  8. Posted February 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back! Glad you missed us as much as we did you, and so, so happy to hear you’re feeling less depressed. Heading over to xojane directly!

  9. Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    yay for being back! i missed you :)

  10. JupiterPluvius
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see you here. I have been digging your xojane stuff!

  11. Dominique
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Welcome back, we missed you! very nice post on xojane.

  12. Melody
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Yay, you’re back!

  13. Matilda
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Marianne, you are so awesome! I started a journey of body acceptance a couple of weeks ago and was googling to find BA blogs and found yours. So glad you are back to posting!! I look forward to reading more from you.

  14. JessDR
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back!

  15. Jane
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    So . . . really glad to see you bad, and really hoping life gets less stressful for you!

  16. Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back!! So glad to see you posting again. However, I echo others here, it’s good you took the time you needed. Loved the xojane post – you ROCK Marianne!

  17. Posted February 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to share a link to the post I put up today which links to your xojane piece. :)

    Welcome Back Marianne

  18. Posted February 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your return!

  19. Lucy
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I saw the limes pictures.I just wanted to say, I think you are beautiful. I wish I could be in a place where I could look at my body and say, ‘I look ok’, I guess it’s a work in progress. I am glad you gave the middle finger to the man who was negative about your body, you deserve a whole lot better (like your husband!) Thank you for all that you do.

  20. Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back!!!

    This line is so awesome:

    “You may not want to look at me, you may not want to see me, but that doesn’t mean I have any obligation to hide from you. My body is out in the world; my body is what my body is. I am not ashamed of it.”

    Rock on, Girlfriend!! I’ve only recently gotten comfortable looking at pictures of myself and not instinctively flinching. And I’m always fully clothed when there’s a camera around. My goal is to reach the level of body confidence you displayed in that post and in those pictures.

    I’ll say it again: Rock on, Girlfriend!!

  21. thirtiesgirl
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back, and glad to see your writings at xoJane. Yay!

  22. Denise
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Adding my voice to the “I’m so glad you’re back” chorus.

  23. Bekky
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Welcome back! I’ve missed reading your posts so much!

  24. Heather
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    So glad you’re back! I really enjoy reading what you have to say.

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