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Minnesotans = Little Houses?

This is sort of an old quote by now (back from mid-May), but I can't stop thinking (and chuckling) about it. This from Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue (a horrifically thin, brittle-looking woman): “I had just been on a trip to Minnesota where I can only kindly describe most of the people that I saw as little houses."

Little houses! Here in Minnesota? Gack. People with breakable bones probably shouldn't throw stones....

Weight is a huge issue in our society, obviously, and is something I think a lot about when writing my books. I know thinness, or lack thereof, is a huge concern for tween, teen (and adult) girls. Life presents a constant struggle to find the balance between too thin, not thin enough, and nowhere near thin. It's not easy, ever, and my goal with my characters is to let them deal with weight and health and fitness and eating and snacking and sweets as something that is a part of real life, but isn't the most important part of real life. Because it's not.

Not to use the quote to make a really lame metaphor, but the "house" you live in is not what makes you who you are. It's what's inside - good books, friends, jokes, and you! - that really matters.

Yes, that's totally cheesy....but I just wanted to get it out there....again.....it can't ever be said enough.