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Top 10 Random Rantings of a Skinny Bitch

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Yesterday we introduced you to the book, Skinny Bitch, and today we bring you the Skinny Bitch herself, Rory Freedman. We were lucky enough to meet her at an event we told you about back in November while chowing on some Indian food. So listen up, here are her rants:

1. A few nights ago, my friend and I went to see an indie film called Shortbus that we knew almost nothing about. The little blurb we read mentioned that intricate relationships of strangers were weaved together in New York City. (And it was playing at the Laemmle on Fairfax and Beverly for only three bucks.) Well, you can imagine our surprise when the opening scene of the movie had a guy giving himself a blowjob!

I haven’t yet wrapped my mind around the movie and I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it. But at the very least, it was thought provoking, and definitely the raciest film of 2006. (Think porn meets indie. Literally.) And I have to honor the courage of all the actors, who really put themselves out there for the world to see.

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2. Okay, don’t think I’m a total perv, but I’ve gotta give a shout-out to a classy but kick-ass online sex boutique that launched this year: Secrets of the Ladies Room

3. Now that I’ve got your attention, I can segue into boring health stuff. If you take yourself too seriously to read Skinny Bitch ,go get a copy of The China Study. The China Study is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. And its author spent four decades of scientific research, education, and policy-making at the highest levels in our society. It’s one of the best health/diet books that hit the shelves this year. And surprisingly easy to digest.

4. If you’re too simple or stupid to read an entire book, Gliving.tvis the place to get intelligent, digestible, usable information. They’re the premier “Contemporary Green Lifestyle Network,” without being stuffy or boring or overly technical. They know that people care about food, fashion, health, and the environment, but don’t want to be hit over the head with boring blah blah blah all day long. If you’re too self-absorbed to care about the environment without asking, “What’s in it for me?”, this is the site for you.

5. One of the chefs featured on Gliving is Julie Novotny, a young Skinny Bitch who started her own business, Kookie Karma. Kookie Karma is a line of cookies and snacks that taste friggin’ great, but are actually healthy! For that and having the balls to start her own biz, Julie Novotny and Kookie Karma get the Skinny Bitch stamp of approval.

6. Where’d she get those balls? She must’ve seen the movie, The Secret. It’s about the Law of Attraction and how we can each manifest whatever we want (or don’t want) with our thoughts. Check it out to attract all the good shit you want in 2007. It’s powerful stuff.


7. And one of the most powerful women on the planet lives and works about forty-five minutes from Los Angeles. Lorri Bauston founded Animal Acres, (pictured, left) a nonprofit sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Animal Acres is a quick jaunt out of the city and into farm country where you can give a pig a belly rub, kiss a cow, and watch chickens and turkeys mingle like single Angelenos. Daryl Hannah, Thora Birch, Charlotte Ross, James Cromwell, and Jorja Fox are among the many celebrity supporters.

8. I’m a huge supporter of Animal Acres, too. But I also can’t get enough relationship advice from John Gray, author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. I read the book for a second time this past year and again marveled at his insights about men and women. If I had a boyfriend, I’d dazzle him with all I know now.

9. Come to think of it, I am so ready for a boyfriend. Especially since I did the Landmark Forum this year. If you live in La La Land, chances are someone you know has tried to get you to sign up. And chances are you decided not to because you thought it was a pyramid scheme, a cult, or some other stupid-ass thing. Unfortunately, it’s hard to articulate exactly what Landmark is. It’s kind of self-helpish, sort of philosophical, and definitely a fun mindfuck. But it’s really none of those things. Just check it out, you cynical douschebag.

10. I can be cynical, too. Every day, I get about two hundred useless E-mails forwarded from friends—trite, dumb shit that makes me want to pull out all my hair. So on Thanksgiving, when I got a forward from my friend, Tracy, who feels the same way I do about hug-o-grams and parking lot safety tips, I paid attention.

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The E-mail was about the Hoyt family. Doctors told Dick and Judy Hoyt that their son, Rick, was a spastic quadriplegic, and would be a vegetable his whole life. They said he couldn’t understand them, couldn’t communicate with them, and they suggested they put Rick in a “home” and forget about him. But the Hoyt’s refused to listen. And they decided to raise Rick the same way they raised their other children. One day, a group of Tufts University engineers designed a special computer for Rick (which they created using $5000 the Hoyt’s raised in 1972) that allowed him to use his slight head movements to type. Finally, the Hoyt’s had proof: Rick could understand and communicate.

Years later, Rick told his dad he wanted them to participate in a five-mile benefit run for a local lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair. And after the race, Rick told his father that while they were racing, he didn’t feel handicapped. Fueled by his love for his son, Dick Hoyt proceeded to give Rick that feeling again and again and again. Watch this incredible video (with your speakers on). Cry your eyes out. And vow to be more like Dick Hoyt in 2007.

Top photo by Tim VanOrden