Honoring Elisa–The Elisa Project

*Post and pictures by C. Y. Cooper.


The first time I heard of eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa, was when Singer Karen Carpenter of the group THE CARPENTERS passed away in 1983.  Up until that time, I was unaware of the problem and I’m quite sure some my high school and college classmates suffered from these maladies.  When a person (man, woman, boy or girl) suffers an eating disorder, there’s a strong desire to be thin and they see themselves as overweight when they are actually underweight.  They tend to restrict their food intake causing damage to their general overall health and this behavior sometimes leads to death.  Eating disorders are not just for the young/teenagers.  Research has shown that eating disorders can follow a person into their adult life for decades.

Dr. Stephanie Setliff, Dr. Jean Kilbourne and Mrs. Leslie McCall co-founder of The Elisa Project

THE ELISA PROJECT, founded in 1999 by Leslie and Rick McCall, has a mission that is dedicated to fighting eating disorders through education, support and advocacy.  The McCalls started the THE ELISA PROJECT after losing their vibrant, beautiful 20 year old daughter, Elisa, who struggled with bulimia and depression.  In her personal journal, found by her parents, after her death, Elisa, wrote in detail about the struggles she was going through during the last six (6) months of her life.

THE ELISA PROJECT recently held its 11th annual Life Lessons Event at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas to raise funds for the ongoing work of the organization.  Over 31,000 individuals across the United States are served annually by The Elisa Project’s educational, case management and advocacy programs.

The keynote speaker for the event was acclaimed author, filmmaker and speaker, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, who spoke on the topic:  Falling in Love with Food: Connection & Disconnection in Food Advertising. 

Dr. Kilbourne pointed out in her address the power of images portrayed in the media with current public health problems such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction and violence against women.


For the past 15 years THE ELISA PROJECT has been diligent and focused in educating school aged students, parents, adults and professionals on the warning signs of eating disorders along with the importance of healthy nutrition and positive body image.  Those interested in becoming involved with THE ELISA PROJECT can contact them at www.theelisaproject.org or call (214) 369-5222.



Tame Fear–Live The Life You Want

As women of a certain age we have always told others not to be afraid. We’ve told them they could do it, gather up the courage and go for it. It has become second nature for us to give encouragement–to be the head cheerleader cheering them on.

When others have faltered we have pushed them to get and keep trying. We have instilled in them the sense that they could indeed tame and conquer the wild animal name Fear.  As they struggled we told them they could start that business, go back to school, travel alone, write that blog–do anything if they worked hard. What’s holding you back from “living your life”?


Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Tame the wild animal called Fear and live the life you want.

Hollywood of A Bygone Era Showcased At Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum

The works of one of the most compelling artists of the 20th Century is currently being shown at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.   “AMERICAN EPICS: THOMAS HART BENTON AND HOLLYWOOD” highlights over 100 of the Missouri artist’s works. Besides some 30 paintings on display there are also murals, drawings, lithographs along with several movie posters and book illustrations.
To find out more about this wonderful museum and all the exhibitions and activities going on go to:  http://www.cartermuseum.org/.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
This post was written by Carol Y. Cooper

Something Different For Valentine’s Day

Okay it’s a commercial holiday, but what do you want for Valentine’s Day?  Candy, flowers, jewelry–what?  What are some ideas for different gifts?  Let’s share.  This way you can get what you really want, and give us some great ideas. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Let’s be different this year–I was!

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Get The Women 2016

As I always say “I love smart women”, and on Saturday, January 30, 2016 I was in a room filled with them. The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Division held it’s kickoff.

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Ms. Yolanda Harper is the chair of the Women’s Business Division, and she is determined to showcase outstanding women in Tarrant County.  If the kickoff is indication of the energy this young lady brings to the organization then she is set for an exciting tenure and the FWMBCC has a new star.

The networking started from the time each lady checked in with professional headshots taken, and then a delicious breakfast served. The laughter, good conversation and networking made for a fun filled time.

To keep the event going the speaker of the hour was passionate about women in business. Mrs. Tonya Veasey entertained, informed and inspired the audience. The audience saw themselves in her story.

For at least an hour after the program there was more networking and exchanging of ideas.  Rememberthisisyourbestyear”. Get out and network.