25 Jul


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

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

1. Rhyme Scheme with “4 Letters”
2. Avion Blackstone with “Black Ice”


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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.


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


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.

FAT ACCEPTANCE? “HAES” (Health At Every Size)?

2 Jul


TOPICS:  Fat Acceptence and HAES Movements

Today on the Backstage Pass Radio Program, I’ll be co-hosting the show with  good friend of mine.  Author Dagny Kight, of www.powerfulhunger.com, will be discussing a very topics that will likely ruffle some features.   We originally scheduled the program to talk about two very popular artcle we saw online, invited the authors and (surprise) were ignored.  Here are the  individual articles were were ininitially discussing:






From these articles, we then found ourselves smack dab in the Fat Acceptance and HAES Movements, and decided to feature today’s show on that.

We’ll be discussing The Fat Acceptance Movement and the HAES momvement.  Here’s some info from both:

FAT ACCEPTANCE:  http://www.naafaonline.com/dev2/

Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms. NAAFA’s goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life. NAAFA will pursue this goal through advocacypublic education, and support.

—obesity research should be focused on improving the quality of life for fat people instead of weight loss

—the media and educational materials aimed at children should include fat positive role models

—public and private organizations and government agencies involved in recommending public health policy should consult the NAAFA for guidelines in protecting the interests of fat people

Where they appear to want to take choices away by defining these choices as unhealthy

—insurance coverage should not cover weight loss treatment including prescription drugs and surgery

—weight loss surgery should be “discontinued” as based on the usual inaccurate and old statistics

ASDAH’s HAES Principles reject judgments about health and any discourse of individual responsibility

HAES now rejects what is called “healthism,” the defining of what’s considered healthy or unhealthy. Again, HAES’s position is totally subjective and, I think, meaningless. How can we discuss health if we refuse to define it? I remember well a post by Marianne Kirby that argued we can’t judge a person who chooses a candy bar over an apple because we don’t know what informed their choice and we shouldn’t define foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy” as those definitions would extend to the people who choose the food.

Dangy and I woulod LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to join in the discussions You can call in at either  347-857-2052 or call into the show directly with Skype.  We welcome and thank you for participating in the discussion.

I write, will you read?

29 Jun

I haven’t posted an entry here, on my “regular blog”  for quite a while now (sorry)!  I’ve been super-busy with the radio show on Mondays, The Dress Addict Promotional Giveaways, and also writing for the Wellesse Vital to Health Blog.  I feel very fortunate to be part of the blogging crew there as I think Wellesse does so much good for the community!



Generally, I just write about my life as a gastric bypass post-op.  (For those of you new to the blog, I had gastric bypass surgery on 3/25/2008).  I try to talk about topics that may be helpful or useful for others dealing with similar experiences, but I am ALWAYS open to suggestions. I would love for you to stop by, take a read, and comment on things that you might have opinions or experience with.  If you have any ideas for important topics for me to cover, I’d love for you to contact me either on Facebook or via email at info@divataunia.com.

In the meantime, I’m going to start recording more videos on my YouTube channel.  If you aren’t already a subscriber, please stop by and say hello on my YouTube channel!  I’m “divataunia”  (shocking, I know!) on there:  www.youtube.com/divataunia.  Again, if you have anything you’d like me to talk about, just drop me a quick line.  BUT I’ll give you a little secret heads-up:  I’ve gained back 10 lbs.  I know that having accountability with my community online always helps me find my reality check and get back to my happy-place weight.  10 lbs.  I can do this, and having you there for the ride will really help.  :)

Monday, July 7th Radio Programming

26 Jun



Please note: there will be no program on Monday, June 30th!

 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  and at http://www.backstagepassradio.com (just look for the blog entry with the correct concert date).  Our artists this week:

MONDAY, July 7th @ NOON, PST

1. 95% Harold with “I Remember The Beatles”
2. Queen City Heist with Tangerine Dream
3. Derrick Givens with “If You Can See”
4. Andy Sizemore “Feel It In The Air”
5. Sarantos with “Why”

Stay tune and bookmark this page: more music for this episode TBA!

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16 Jun


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).  Our artists this week:

1. Lore City with “The Days”
2. Blu Collar Glomeration with “Arkansas Ambush”
3.  Blu Collar Glomeration with “Miz Daisy”
4. Beatsboy & Linda with “In My Heart” (NOTE:  Download the song for free HERE!)
5. Derrick Givens with “If You Can See”

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