Body-positive intersectional feminist. BP Type II. Diet industry dropout. Wife. Mom of 5. Bibliophile. Cake aficionado. Editor In Chief @ Ravishly. Types 17 WPM.

Joni Edelman's Articles

Attention Fatties: Stephen Hawking Has A Weight Loss Solution Just For You!

Here’s something that isn’t rocket science either, Stephen Hawking: Diets don’t work.
Joni Edelman   |   12.2.16 11:01am   |   SHARE
Christmas can be downright brutal if you're financially hard up already. (Image Credit: Thinkstock)

It's Christmas And You're Broke: How To Survive

A weekly trip to Walmart would end in tears — first theirs, then mine. Them pining in the toy aisle. Me saying no. Over and over. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to buy my kids whatever they wanted, it was that I couldn’t.
Joni Edelman   |   12.1.16 9:01am   |   SHARE
Original image by Markus Spiske, via Unsplash

8 Simple Things That Will Maybe Make You Forget The World Is Awful

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the world is a disaster right now. Aleppo. Standing Rock. White supremacy. Racism. TRUMP. Trump's TWEETS.
joni edelman   |   11.22.16 11:17am   |   SHARE
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Are My Child's Special Needs My Fault?

Day three of “no.” Let’s get dressed. No. Let’s eat breakfast. No. Time to get our shoes on! No. Quickly, let’s get ready for school! We don’t want to be late!  No. It’s maddening. How do you turn a ‘no’ kid into a ‘yes’ kid? What if the ‘no’ kid isn’t... Read...
joni edelman   |   11.17.16 11:30am   |   SHARE
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The Supermoon Is Making Me Supercrazy (+ Milli Vanilli)

Can't sleep?  Kids acting like banshees? Increase in crime rate? ER to capacity? Know any werewolves behaving a little odd? WARNING: UNNECESSARILY GRATUITOUSLY GRAPHIC GIF. ​BLAME IT ON THE RAIN. I mean... Read...
joni edelman   |   11.14.16 9:29am   |   SHARE
We need to recognize that there is suffering everywhere, that suffering is relative, that people are mostly good, that they are mostly trying their best.

Was A Vote For Trump Automatically Malicious? 

There is anger today. It is visceral. It’s on Facebook. It’s on Twitter. It’s in the streets of the cities of America. It’s at the family table where fundamental beliefs don’t always align. People are frightened. That fear has manifested itself in anger. It... Read...
joni edelman   |   11.10.16 8:54pm   |   SHARE
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Post-Election Care: What To Do After You’ve Lost Your Faith In Humanity

The bottle of champagne I had chilled and ready to pop in celebration sits untouched. My 21-year-old daughter sits near me, solemn. She has lost hope.
joni edelman   |   11.9.16 7:58am   |   SHARE
beautiful photo by Staci Sheets, beautiful body by Tara Baker

Faced With A Preventative Mastectomy, This Woman Celebrates Her Body With An Incredible Photo Shoot

I admit, I am partial. Not only do I know the woman in these photos, Tara, I also know Staci, the woman who took these photos.  I've known Staci since I was 11 (so, a long long time). I met Tara when we both worked as Registered Nurses at our local hospice.... Read...
joni edelman   |   10.27.16 9:09am   |   SHARE

Sex Drive Dead? Here Are 5 Ways To Bring It Back To Life

My favorite thing about being mentally ill, aside from the random emotional lability and people never taking you seriously because you're “crazy,” is the medication. Zoloft. Xanax.
joni edelman   |   10.27.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
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The Pentatonix Sing Hallelujah, And I Sob Like A Baby

My oldest kid text messaged me at 4:39 PM, "Go watch Pentatonix, "Hallelujah." Now." It's 4:44 PM. That is how important this video is. I need to tell you about it RIGHT NOW. In case you aren't familiar with Pentatonix, I'm sorry you've been living in a... Read...
joni edelman   |   10.25.16 5:04pm   |   SHARE