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Help ReStore, and help yourself

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An arm of Habitat for Humanity sells donated building materials, appliances, and furniture and uses the money to advance the cause of affordable housing. In addition to the money raised, jobs are created and a bunch of useful stuff is kept from the landfill.

You probably knew all that. 

Anyway, a new ReStore, as the retail operations are called, is opening in West Roxbury, and they're looking for a manager. Follow this link to check out the particulars.

Could it be more basic?

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A basic fact of life is its necessities: Food, clothing, and shelter. Gotta have those to live, right?

I focus on the first of the three, of course. A recurring thought I've been having recently is also pretty basic: We cavalierly call a favored class of this necessity, this building block of life, "junk food." And, for most people, it's an everyday choice.

Willingly, so many of us freely build our health on a stream of junk.

We think we're so smart.



On sale at Harvard

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A huge difference between the traditional and self-publishing routes is where the books sell. Authors on the former path can expect to have their books sold in thousands of bricks-and-mortar locations, by virtue of their mainstream publishers' solid distribution deals with very large retailers.

Talking about fat

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I point you to a pop-culture-filled discussion on obesity over at designobserver.com. Obesity is an topical outpost for the site, which comments from a design perspective. Business reasons brought me, just in time, to two posts in recent days by design heavyweight (but very fit person) Jessica Helfand on the over/under nature of problem eating. 

Proof approved!

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If you and I are hooked in via the Fat Boy Thin Man Facebook page, or my personal FB page, or fatboythinman on Twitter, then you may already know this: We approved the proof of the paper version on the book last night! I ordered 100 copies to start, to be used almost entirely for promotional purposes.

Now that I actually have the book and am no longer hoping to see it "sometime soon," we can set an official release date, and I'm aiming for the latter half of October. I hope to be able to announce a date, well, "sometime soon" — next week, maybe.

This just in

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One way I'm trying to spread word of my book, "Fat Boy Thin Man," is by reaching out to people who have portfolios in the field, ask them to read an advance copy, and offer an opinion. This is, of course, how authors get blurbs for their back covers.

Child obesity and sleep

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Frequent readers know that my bottom line is that food addiction is real, and that ignorance underlies its lack of acceptance in mainstream medicine and popular culture. So it's fair to say that anyone doing research on obesity (the main, but not only, result of food addiction) is a friend of mine, and that's essentially true.


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