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Packages and Body Image
One of the less fun things about what I do is making packages.  But if I've been making you a shamble, it will be in the mail tomorrow.  I don't like making packages but I do really like sending work to people.

 Debbie and I, with Rebecca Jennison and Mika Kobayshi  have been working for, what feels like forever, on an article Body Image in Japan and the United States.  We wrote it for the Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, a well thought of on line academic journal.  It's finally both finished and up.    Writing for an academic journal was a very different experience.  The editor, Mark Selden was terrific to work with.  Even if you've heard us talk about our work a lot, I think you'll find some fresh thoughts and information in the article.

Tomorrow I get to play dragon and put together a group of stones to show some folks.  That's something I love doing.

Mood:  Tired and Elated

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::dies of stone and package envy::

But having seen part of a TV program on British soldiers wounded in Iraq, I think I'm over the body-image thing.

Well, that, and having gone to a rock concert with my son, who greatly enjoyed the sight of his mom jumping up and down dancing and singing. My very good-looking son is not ashamed or embarrassed to be seen with me. This tells me several things but I think the most important is: if a twenty-four-old guy has no problem with my appearance, I certainly shouldn't, either.

(Of course, I shouldn't even if a twenty-four-old guy did have trouble with my appearance. But the point is, like those gals in En Vogue sang, I should free my mind, not be so shallow.:))

Gosh, this is a longer comment than I thought it would be. Envy and body image are obviously ongoing struggles.:)

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