Chandelier

22 Aug

Today a good friend of mine sent me this video of Sara Bareillis (whom we both love and saw in concert) singing Sia’s Chandelier.  It couldn’t arrived on my computer at a more apropos time.   Today I am searching for peace while I struggle to make it through the day.  It shouldn’t be this way, I have a lovely home, a loving husband, two great little dogs, and musical instruments all around me, but the struggle, the sentiment of the song, it’s all too much.

If I were to guess, most people would say that I’m an upbeat person, which I am.  But something gets in.  Without you knowing.  Something gets in there and eats away at your heart and your mind, and you fight so desperately against it.  Constant struggle, constant doubt, constant grief.  I need to be happy for him.  I need to be happy for them.  I need to be happy for me, but I’m holding on for dear life, and I don’t know.  I just don’t know.

Mental health, it gets ignored – put on the back burner.  For anyone who doesn’t suffer the way we do, it frustrates them/you, they don’t know how to help, what to do, what to say.  It’s like a cancer that creeps into your heart and without any warning, attacks your well-being in only an instant.   People often deal with this through liquor (luckily not my choice), medications (even more unluckily for me as it is), and various forms of self-harm, which breaks my heart

I’d love to romanticize it because I’m a musician and an artist, and isn’t that what all great artists go through?  No. No, they don’t.  The great artists hold on for dear life and claw their way out – to the other side – where there’s peace.

I’m holding on for dear life.  Won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. “

Sara Bareillis does a heartfelt version of this song. She changes just a few of the original Sia lyrics ,and I’m going to take the liberty to change just a few for myself as well. Lyrics are below the photo.  You can also click on the logo to hear Sara’s version:

SARA

CHANDELIER:

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop

Throw ‘em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

Sun is up, I’m a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, pop

Throw ‘em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight
Oh, I’m just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight

LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES PLAYLIST: SEPTEMBER 2014

15 Aug

PROGRAM PLAYLIST

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Lunchtime Concert Series will be on break from Monday, August 18th, and returning back on-air on Monday, September 8th at the regular NOON, PST!

Join Diva Taunia every Monday for a lunchtime music concert series (NOON PST), featuring some of today’s up and coming musicians and songwriters. If you like what you hear, we encourage you to stop by their website or social media pages and let them know!  All links can be found on the blog at www.divatauniablog.com (just look for the blog entry with the correct concert date).  On each playlist below, you can click on the date to br brought directly to that concert show link.

Our playlist this month:

Monday, September 8th, 2014:

1.  Ghost On A Bridge by Michael Bilotta
2.  Love Is In The Air by  IKE OKANI, AMERICAN DUB MAFIA & ZIGGY SUZUKI
3.  Get Skull Funked by Now and Because/Frixos
4.  Don’s Techno Mash by Don McPherson
5.  I Am Not A Man by
Lena Fayre

Monday, September 15th, 2014:

1.KRM with Show Me The Way featuring Rylee Harper

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ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN

12 Aug

I thought I’d do a quick round-up of my recent articles posted on the Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Blog and Vital to Health Blog at Wellesse.com. I’d love for you to stop by and read some of my articles, and commenting would be even better!  Also, if you have a topic idea that you think I should cover, please leave it here in the comments or shoot me an email at info@divataunia.com. Thanks!

 I’ll also be posting some information about some contests being held right after the blog summary:

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The Awful Art of Comparison – published on 07/24/2014

Clap Along Now – published on 07/10/2014

Dancing For Cardio Exercise – published on 07/01/2014

Fighting Perimenopause – published on 06/19/2014

SHAPE Magazine Article Musings – published on 05/27/2014

Fat Acceptance vs. Your Value – published on 05/14/2014

Grainy Weather – published on 04/28/2014

Where Do I Fit In?  Average, and that’s OK!  – published on 04/14/2014

The Shape of Things To Come – published on 03/31/2014

Additions and Subtractions to Your Diet After WLS – published on 03/21/2014

Pizza On The Brain – published on 03/04/2014

The Unsolicited Advice Syndrome – published on 02/21/2014

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery – published on 02/04/2014

What Would I Have Done Differently? – published on 01/27/2014

CONTESTS!

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And coming soon:  Wellesse and I will be hosting a WELLESSE IRON CHEF Contest!  We give you four ingredients, you give us your best and most creative recipe to win a prize package from Wellesse!  I’ll keep you posted on that one.  :)

Bariatric Wednesdays Radio (8/6 @NOON PST) – Guest Host Dagny Kight

31 Jul

 

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 Read Taunia’s articles on the Wellesse Vital to Health blog!

Every first Wednesday of each month (always at noon, pst), our show is dedicated to bariatric, weight loss surgery, and weight loss topics.  This week, my good friend Dagny Kight will be filling in as host for me. Dagny is an active health and wellness advocate and the author of Powerful Hunger.

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Today’s program is all about well-known sayings and what they mean to you, or how the make you feel, and we’d love for you to discuss this on the show.  The phone line and live chat will be open that day, or you may leave comments on the blog here.  Examples:

  • We’ve all heard “Diets don’t work.” What do you think most people think of when they hear that phrase? Do they take it literally? What does it mean to you?
  • .A widely-recommended weight loss strategy is “Think like a thin person.” How does that make you feel? Do you think it’s a legitimate strategy for losing weight? How DO thin people think??
  • When people hear “Weight is not an indicator of health” they often interpret that in different ways. What does it mean to you? What do you think most people believe it means?
  • What do you think people mean when they say “Weight loss surgery is the easy way out. It’s cheating.” Why do you think people use this as an insult? There are a lot of angles to consider with this one!
  • What does “Fat Acceptance” mean to you? It’s closely associated with “Health at Every Size.” The Association for Size Diversity and Health lays out specific principles for FA and HAES but they are interpreted many different ways. Tell us what they mean to you and how you think others view FA and HAES.

Read more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatauniaradio/2014/08/06/guest-host-dagny-kight–bariatric-wednesdays#ixzz394PSgXnY

 

UPCOMING LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES PROGRAMMING

25 Jul

PROGRAM PLAYLIST I’ve been away for a few weeks with my family visiting me from Boston, and haven’t been on air for my usual Monday lunchtime concert series.  Thanks to all of you who tuned in and sent me notes, and apologies for not making an announcement before now.  :) Not to worry, though!  I’ll be back on-air for my usual Monday Lunchtime Concert Series next week with some great new music!

Programming for Monday, July 28th @ NOON PST www.backstagepassradio.com

1. 95% Harold with “I Remember The Beatles”
2. Queen City Heist with “Tangerine Dream”
3. Richie Luna with “Celebrate”
4. Andy Sizemore “Feel It In The Air”
5. Sarantos with “Why”
6. Daniel Evans with “Nothing Going to Stop Me”
7. Fox & Mew with “Dark Night”

Programming for Monday, August 4th @ NOON PST www.backstagepassradio.com

1. Rhyme Scheme with “4 Letters”
2. Avion Blackstone with “Black Ice”
3. Siri Dyal with “Suma Luv”
4.  Dillon Ryan with “That Monster”
5.  Paris DuPre with “Instagram Girl”
6. Michael Bilotta with “Our Common Home”

Programming for Monday, August 11th @ NOON PST www.backstagepassradio.com

1. konsumprodukt with “Pura Sangunga”
2.  Sampahh with “That Guy”
3. M00kie-M00k M00-Y0U with “Delusional & Crazy”
4. The Swavy One with “Bounce”
5.  Michael Bilotta with “I Am Leaving”

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50 SHADES OF “CRAP! DOUBLE CRAP!”

24 Jul

It’s no secret that I vehemently hate the book “50 Shades of Grey.”  I think it’s the most dumbed-down, ridiculous piece of crap ever written.  I got about 20 pages into the book and wanted to immediately set fire to it.  It’s poorly written, and it’s fan-base makes me fairly sad:   middle-aged married women LOVE this shit.   I know many bright, intelligent women who read the whole thing, and I can’t help but ask myself  “were they drunk the entire time they read it?”   I honestly don’t think I could have read any more even if I was blitzed out of my head.  And offered a thousand dollars to finish it.  Plus a year vacation.  It was THAT BAD. The premise is absolutely ridiculous as Dave Barry hilariously recounts in his Opinion Piece on Time.com (dated 3/14/14)  entitled “Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey“:

As the book begins, Anastasia has somehow managed to complete four years of college, during which time she has had—despite being so physically attractive—no romantic involvement of any kind with anybody. In fact, she’s still a virgin. Also, she does not own a computer nor does she know how to operate one. She has no e-mail account, and seems to be only dimly aware of how the Internet works. At one point she says, quote: “Holy cow! I’m on Google!” That’s right, Anastasia uses the expression “Holy Cow!” Also, when she gets upset (which is often) she says: “Crap!” When she gets reallyupset, she says: “Double crap!” In short, Anastasia is a totally believable and realistic depiction of a normal twenty-one-year-old female American college student as she might be imagined by a middle-aged female British author who has lived her entire life in a cave on another planet.

ANATASIA

This girl has NO IDEA she’s attractive. She also has NO IDEA what Google is. Hooray for women’s lib! Let’s all pretend we’re virgin nymphs that try to navigate our way through that pesky world of technology!

It was irritating enough to see my Twitter and Facebook news feeds fill up with women gushing over how much they loved this book and now?  Now there’s a movie, sure to spurn a whole new crop of DOUBLE CRAP! on my social media feeds. Like today, where I saw numerous women posting about how they could have found someone “way hotter to play Christian Grey.” Really?  THAT’S your problem with the movie?!?!   Ugh.  Just shoot me in the temple.  It would  be way less irritating than having to sit through this movie. Or hearing about the movie.  It’s such an insult to women everywhere, and I’m just completely dumbfounded over it’s popularity.

Let this be fair warning:  I’m going to be doing a LOT of blocking on my news feed.  Then I’m going to check my email, use Google, and then I, the female, will initiate regular married-people sex with my husband who appreciates my intelligence, wit, and firecracker sass.  And here’s a partial list of a bazillion other wonderful books that you could be spending your time reading:

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

And some of my favorite classics:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

 

Dagny Kight Uncovers Lew Louderback and the beginnings of Fat Acceptance

5 Jul

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Uncovering the History of Fat Acceptance: Lew Louderback’s 1967 Article

Lew Louderback was darn angry. He was a fat guy with a fat wife and fat people were being discriminated against and unfairly judged quite severely so he did something about it. He unleashed a scathing critique on the treatment of fat Americans that appeared in a national magazine. He exposed some pretty awful truths. And they were true. At the time, no one would have ever read anything like Lew’s article. When you read it, you should be stunned that it was published in 1967. It will also strike you that way too much of the bias and vicious cultural trends that Lew describes are pervasive throughout American society 47 years later. With this article, Llewellyn “Lew” Louderback did not know he was writing the first chapter in the history of fat acceptance.  Click to continue reading…

 

Author of Powerful Hunger

Dagny Kight – Author of Powerful Hunger

 

 

 

This article was painstakingly copied from microfilm at a local library by the author, Dagny Kight. To continue reading, click here.

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