Only One Thing Wrong with Her

In an email from my Mom:

She can deal with stress and carry heavy burdens. She smiles when she feels like screaming, and she sings when she feels like crying. She cries when she’s happy and laughs when she’s afraid. Her love is unconditional. There’s only one thing wrong with her. She forgets what she’s worth! Pass this to every beautiful woman you know. Remind her that she’s unique. I love you girl :). In twenty-five minutes something will make you super happy, but you have to tell ten crazy girlfriends you love them, including me. L-o-v-e-y-o-u. Today is ‘love u day’ send to everyone u love.

I’ve read a few versions of this over the years. I always like it.

Your Ruling Goddess

From iGoddess – your ruling goddess, how you are influenced and your food choices:


Mar 21 – Apr 20

Look to any battlefield and you’ll find an Athena-girl with her sword held high. She is generally ambitious, busy and burning the candle at both ends.

Defender of causes and endlessly energetic, you can benefit from food that is hot and spicy. Eat plenty of red food to keep your passionate energy fired up.


Apr 21 – May 21

Health, heart and hearth – these are the three key words that keep Juno girls excited. When her family is happy, she is happy.

Rich foods, heavenly sweets and lots of hearty carbs. Yep, anything tasty and substantial is likely to be on the menu for a Juno gal and her family.


May 22 – Jun 21

According to legend, Persephone shares her time between frolicking in the sunshine and hibernating in the underworld. She is the queen of balancing high and low energies.

Limit any metabolism spikes by grazing on tapas, appetisers, snacks and a variety of bite-sized foods. Eat smaller portions more often to maintain your energy levels.


Jun 22 – Jul 23

As the quintessential child of nature, Diana gals love the wild. They also like being wild, and feel at home connecting with Earth.

Promote the nurturing qualities of Mother Earth by preparing raw and organic foods. These are your comfort foods, so relish nutritionally-rich meals.


Jul 24 – Aug 23

Pele is the volcano goddess of Hawaii, and as such can be occasionally volatile – even if things appear calm on the surface.

Just like your namesake, it’s not uncommon to have a mountainous appetite for food fit for a queen. Pep up the menu with a flaming desert.


Aug 24 – Sep 23

Practical and earthy, the Hestia-girl’s home is her castle. She is intrinsically connected with the source of life: Mother Earth.

If not in your garden attending to your fresh herb and vegetable patch, make sure you enjoy scouring the local grocer for the yummiest organic food.


Sep 24 – Oct 23

With the goddess of love as their patroness, Venus-gals are naturally attracted to decadence, fun and the finer things in life. They love immersing themselves in beauty.

With such an abundance of choice, take your time to decide what you really want to eat. You’re drawn to bright colours and textures so aim for fresh fruit and salad vegetables.


Oct 24 – Nov 22

Bast is the Egyptian cat-goddess. It is no surprise therefore that she bestows qualities of playfulness, poise and feline sensuality.

The spicier the better! Food is meant to be enjoyed – take it beyond “functional” and make meals an expression of your creative spirit.


Nov 23 – Dec 21

This Welsh goddess is known for her white mare and her association with the dream world. As such, Rhiannon inspires wanderlust, (usually by adventurous means.)

There is no end to the exciting and exotic foods for you to try. Of course, the best place to eat is in exotic places – the more romantic and far-flung the better.


Dec 22 – Jan 20

Demeter gals excel at pursuing justice and getting projects completed – sometimes at the expense of their own wellbeing.

Keep the energy levels firing with hearty meals. Go for stodgy, filling and stick-to-the-rib foods that will keep you going and going and going.


Jan 21 – Feb 19

Hathor women are open-minded, adaptable and expert shape-shifters. They transcend boundaries to keep their lives interesting and full of magic.

Yes, sometimes it is unfair that you have to eat earthly food – if only you could eat the fare of angels from plates made of clouds! Go for divinely inspired concoctions instead.


Feb 20 – Mar 20

Oshun is the beautiful African river goddess that inspires her women to strive for their best. Anything’s possible with Oshun’s gifts of love.

Ahhh, with the ocean as your mother, how can you resist a magnificent seafood banquet? Dive into a wide range of oceanic delights.

Mermaid or Whale

From something forwarded to me in email this morning:

Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern,
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.) They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them … where is IT? Therefore, they don’t have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.

P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨