Two and a half years ago — wait, even longer than that! — I was hired to conceptualize and edit The Frisky and the first person I hired to join me in my blogging hen house was Catherine Strawn. I had met Catherine only a month or so before, while temping in the research department of a men’s magazine. I instantly recognized that Catherine was incredibly smart and possessed a talent that should have been focused on writing and editing her own material, not fact-checking the work of others. When it came time to fill an editor position on The Frisky, she was the first person I thought of. In her time at The Frisky she has proven my initial instinct about her tenfold, which is why I am so very sad to report that today is her last day at The Frisky. Catherine is moving on to Country Living magazine, where she’ll be a Senior Associate Editor. I urge you all to check out the first issue she works on, because it will no doubt possess all of the wonderful qualities she’s brought to The Frisky — style, substance, and wit among them.
After the jump, Catherine’s fellow Frisky staffers chime in with what they love and will miss most about her, even though we’re super excited for her and the new challenge she’s embarking upon.
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We tend to think of the concept of “pain” as something physical—something that involves blood, bruises or casts. But people with mental illnesses struggle with this entirely other debilitating concept of pain, one that literally saps the life out of them. I have struggled with depression, or unipolar depression. The National Institute of Health says major depression is when a person has five or more symptoms for at least two weeks. Symptoms include: fatigue or lack of energy; feelings of hopelessness or helplessness; feelings of worthlessness, self-hate or guilt; inactivity or withdrawal from activities that used to be pleasurable; trouble sleeping or sleeping too much; loss of appetite or dramatic gain in appetite; agitation; difficulty concentrating; and thoughts of death or suicide.
For me, depression has manifested itself in all these ways. Sometimes I can sleep for 12 hours straight and still want to spend the rest of the day in bed. Other times, I can’t sleep and seem to be living on my own anxiety-fueled adrenaline. The only common thread is feeling like a human being with all the joyful parts of humanity leeched out of her. Keep reading »
Right about now, some brides are in a desperate race to shed pounds before their June weddings. And Slim Fast has come to their rescue with a new ad campaign that features fat bride cake toppers and asks, “Need to lose a little weight before your wedding?” The admittedly clever ads are definitely sexist, but reflect the culture we live in. Grooms don’t worry about their weight as much as their brides are expected to. That’s kind of funny because the only person I know who has tried Slim Fast to shed pounds is a man. He stopped using the product because it caused him to have grossly nauseating gas. And I also remember hearing that Slim Fast could cause anal leakage, so I think any bride would prefer to have a few extra pounds than to offend her guests with her stench and the possibility of a brown stain on her Vera Wang gown.
Check out two more ads after the jump. And let us know your thoughts on the ads. [BridePop] Keep reading »