A Star (Polisher) Is Born!

by Carol Hess on February 20, 2012

Bring on the balloons! Strike up the band! Set off the fireworks! It’s a celebration! Star Polisher the business opens its doors today! Overweight women rejoice! Star Polisher is your community, your place. It’s all about and for you.   It’s Your Place to Visit When – You want to stop letting a number on a scale tell […]

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Categories Community, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game, Weight Loss

The Annual American Worship at the High Altar of Food

by Carol Hess on November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving – the American holiday that glorifies food like no other day in the year.  Yesterday I found myself in the grocery store before 8 a.m. so I could beat the crowds and buy the ingredients for the dish I’m contributing to our yearly worship at the High Altar of Food. And then last night […]

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Categories Community, Weighing In (Rants & Raves)

A Love Letter to My Body

by Carol Hess on October 31, 2011

Dear Beloved Body, Please don’t drop dead from shock!  I know you aren’t used to me addressing you that way.  I’m finally realizing how beautifully you function and what a hard-working, wonderful vehicle you are for my soul. I haven’t made your job easier, have I?  I haven’t stretched and moved you enough.  I haven’t […]

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Categories Body Image, Community, Personal Empowerment, Self Care, The Art of Star Polishing

These Women

by Carol Hess on October 5, 2011

I still see them in my mind’s eye.  A parade of Barundi women walking along the side of the dirt road, dressed in colorful fabrics artfully wrapped around them in a way no white woman seemed able to master.  Their posture was remarkable – so erect from years of carrying wood, water, and food on […]

by Carol Hess


Categories Community, The Art of Star Polishing, Weighing In (Rants & Raves)

Remembering Ten Years Ago

by Carol Hess on September 11, 2011

Remembering, mourning, and praying for a safer, saner, more loving world.

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Categories Community

Urgent! Children Are Dying

by Carol Hess on August 9, 2011

Children are dying in East Africa.  Every single second, innocent babies and children who did nothing wrong except get born in the wrong part of the world at the wrong time are dying because they didn’t get enough food to eat.  Will you please do me a personal favor?  And I say personal because it […]

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Categories Community

The Women’s Tree

by Carol Hess on April 16, 2011

 One day, as I was leafing through an ancient National Geographic in a doctor’s waiting room, I gasped out loud.  The other patients glared at me, and I smiled apologetically.   But I couldn’t help it.  I had just seen a photograph of a village in Africa, and I knew that place.  I had walked between […]

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Categories Community