AN SSBBWs WORLD
Information and rants about living in the real world as an SSBBW
As SSBBWs, we live in a world built for smaller people. Each day we face challenges to fit in, or even to just fit. While education and information are powerful tools, our best resource is each other. Let us know your tips or rants about this subject at email@example.com.
Each month we try to profile an SSBBW to help inspire those SSBBWs who haven't yet gotten that they are wonderful, caring, sexy, special people. We are always looking for more great and wonderful SSBBWs that feel they can be an inspiration to others to be profiled. Send us a mail if you are interested!!
This month we are profiling a 48 year old from Florida. Click here or on her picture to read about her.
Click here to see our new resident advice columnist come to the aid of three individuals.
Obesity In the News.....
College's too-fat-to-graduate rule under fire - http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/30/lincoln.fitness.overweight/
Obesity: Are drugs the answer? - http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/3109078/Obesity-Are-drugs-the-answer
Western Diets Turn on Fat Genes: Energy-Dense Foods May Activate Genes That Ultimately Make Us Obese - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091130121433.htm
Study: Alaska's obesity rate among worst in US - http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/113009/sta_530459355.shtml
Tis the Season for Celebrations.....
Christmas - December 25
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25. The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. The birth took place in a stable surrounded by farm animals and the infant Jesus was laid in a manger.
The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. In Dutch it is Kerst-misse, in Latin Dies Natalis, whence comes the French NoŽl, and Italian Il natale; in German Weihnachtsfest, from the preceeding sacred vigil. The term Yule is of disputed origin. It is unconnected with any word meaning "wheel". The name in Anglo-Saxon was geol, feast: geola, the name of a month (cf. Icelandic iol a feast in December).
Christmas is celebrated all over the world and in different ways in different countries. New traditions are always being started including the famous Santa Claus. To see how Christmas is celebrated around the world visit www.history.com and for the evolution of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) see these pages.
For an excellent history about christmas visit www.newadvent.org.
Hanukkah - December 11 - December 19
Hanukkah (Chanukah) also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. This year, 2007, it falls from sunset December 4 to sunset December 12. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judas Maccabee in 165 BC after the Temple had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria and overlord of Palestine.
It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.
Kwanzaa - December 26 - January 1
Kwanzaa, a week long celebration of the African-American heritage is observed from December 26 to January 1. It was started back in 1966 by Ron Karenga while living in California as a way "...to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."
Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols that represent specific values and concepts that reflect the African culture. These symbols/values are:
- Mazao (The Crops)
These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.
- Mkeka (The Mat)
This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.
- Kinara (The Candle Holder)
The Kwanzaa candles and harvest This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans.
- Muhindi (The Corn)
This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.
- Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)
These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs.
- Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)
This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.
- Zawadi (The Gifts)
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.
For more information about Kwanzaa visit the Official Kwanzaa Web Site.
No matter what you are celebrating this season, SSBBW Magazine wants to wish you all the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2008.
|"The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
in a little cruse - lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
let that nourish my flickering spirit."
~Charles Reznikoff, "Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays"
|"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place."
Letters to the Editor...
We've received a few letters to the editor lately and would like to post them here. If you have anything to say we'd love to hear from you too, so send us an email.
I found your site merely by accident on a search for dating sites. I took quite some time looking at the great information you have to offer. I wanted to share that I found your site to be a wonderful and sensitive place for beautiful large women and their admirers to share and learn. I have always been attracted to a full size woman and can appreciate all they have to offer. I have found society to frown on this, yet my views and feelings are the same. I am sure it is hard for people to understand what the attraction is. I feel that God made a real woman with soft, full curves and a sensual and real personality which adds to her already great beauty. To me, the warm touch of a soft woman, with her heart as big as can be, is a love not often shared in our superficial world. Society dictates what beauty is through our media, magazines and photos. I find this to be truly a tragedy that negatively impacts how women feel about themselves.
Myself, always appreciating a large woman, I have met many wonderful ladies through the years, many of whom remain great friends. I am in the retail industry and help them often and I enjoy this challenge very much. I was so happy to find your site which offers help, encouragement, and appreciation. I felt the need to share this with you and wish you well in your journeys. I plan to spread the word to others I know that may appreciate your site and the great inspiration and information line it offers.
Thank you again for all you do here, know that there are those out there that appreciate your great work.
Respectfuly, John [FA]"
"Hello, I wanted to tell you that I am a FA, and am proud to be one. I love big women no matter how big they are. The feel of them is so refreshing and pleasant to be with. But sadly, I do not have my own BBW, or SSBBW to make me happy. I'm searching and to no avail. But I still admire, and love BBWs, and SSBBWs, and I thought my voice should be heard. Thank you for hearing me." Mark [FA]