Do These Pictures Make Me Look Fat?


In the past several weeks, I’ve had the privilege, and the pleasure, to do presentations and readings from my book, Learning to Float: Memoir of a Caregiver-Husband, in several locations around Western Washington. I have enjoyed all of them — Orcas Island; San Juan Island; Whidbey Island (do you note a pattern here?) Attendance varied in quantity but not in quality. Everybody was attentive, interested in the story, full of intriguing questions. Some books were even sold, making the bookstores happy, and the possibility of some additional dates discussed.


I felt really good about it all until I saw the pictures. Then, that stereotypical question of the marital sitcoms came into play — do these pictures make me look fat? Of course, I know the answer because I have weighed myself; I have seen myself nude in a bathroom mirror. My answer — absolutely yes, ,or yours (undoubtedly the same, if you were being honest,) of course, has nothing to do with the quality of my writing, the value of my presentation, or even my own self-esteem. Yet, while I discount the inquiry, I nonetheless spend time writing this post and putting it up. However much I deny it, the question ahs some juice, even though I can’t think of any value of any sort, it has So, let’s just assume I ask the question because I thought I needed some words to go along with the pictures, and this is what came to mind. (Hmm, maybe I should pay attention to what I eat and drink between now and my next presentation. . . . Naw! What fun is that!)

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There are more opportunities in the coming weeks to determine for yourself if doing book tours makes one fat. I will be at the Jewish Family and Career Services in Louisville, KY on Monday, June 29th ( and at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA on Wednesday, July 8th ( See for yourself.. Make your own determination — did those photos make me look fat!

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