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Bulimia Builds Bitterness and Bridges © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org As we stood face-to-face and quietly discussed my years of anorexia and bulimia, I was reminded of what I always knew and yet, was too distracted to acknowledge aloud. It was not that I never spoke of it before, I had on many occasions. However, this conversation helped me to realize the heartache my illness [and I unintentionally] caused more deeply. A sweet and sensitive soul stood tall, looked at me directly and said, "My sister struggles with bulimia. I would really like to speak with you about your experience." Moments before this utterance, we were discussing teeth and toothbrushes. I shared my history of stains and offered my theories. I mentioned my concern; had years of bingeing and purging damaged the enamel. Perhaps, my dentine was more porous than they had been before I began traveling down the path of bulimia. I did not know with certainty; I hypothesized. Then Douglas spoke. A minor musing evolved. My hope is I have as well. Over the next few days, Douglas and I chatted often. I shared three missives I penned on the subject. Surprisingly to me, he read them immediately. He wanted to understand his sister. She is his very close and lifetime friend. We talked a bit more. I provided three more pondering prose. The wondrous man quickly read these as well. It seemed he was devouring information. He was searching for answers. Too much had been left unsaid for too long. Sarah had been ridding herself of fodder, denying herself nourishment for a few years now. Dear reader, you may wish to peruse Chapters One through Six, of my life as an anorexic, bulimic, a person. Please do. The Beginning. Bulimia and Becoming [Chapter One] Bulimia. A Bit Becomes a Binge...
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Giuliani Attacks Ron Paul; Disputes Theological Theories Ron Paul on CNN talking about the debate 5-16-07.mpg © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org I marvel at the ignorance, the ability to "ignore" information or the lack of knowledge expressed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. While the Mayor may wish to accentuate his actions during the September 11, 2001 clean-up operations, how can he negate a lesson that we all learn over time. "What we do unto others, will be done unto us." Rarely, if ever does any being attack another without what they believe to be reason. Even if the broadly "accepted" theory were true, "they hate us for what we have," I doubt the rage would be quite so deep. Often, people strive to obtain what they covet. America has "played" in the Middle East for decades. We want their oil. However, when humans feel victimized, they react. As theologians might remind us, it is "an eye for an eye" often motivates brutal aggression. To state that he, Giuliani has never heard the contention Congressman Ron Paul made during the May 15, 2007 Republican debate is ludicrous. Where might the Mayor have been in the last six years? For that matter where was he as a child. Did Mayor Giuliani merely walk onto the scene of a crime against humanity and declare this is unwarranted, unprovoked, and unnecessary? What some think of as "just," may seem unreasonable to another. The person inflicting pain thinks his or her behavior is apt. The individual or group attacked has a different perspective. The roles are often reversed simultaneously. Ultimately, we must acknowledge that every [wo]man has a reason for each reaction. If only we might walk a mile in the moccasins of others before we engage militarily. Cable News Network contributor Roland Martin phrases a similar thought...

A being that believes . . . "thinking is the best way to travel!" [Mike Pinder, Moody Blues]

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