January 8, 2017

Hi {!firstname_fix},

Last night I went to an epiphany party which was good fun. It is traditionally when we take down Christmas decorations but I love seeing my truck decked out in lights with the lighted dog sitting in the cab, so I think I am waiting a little more before I take it down.

I slept late this morning and then went out for breakfast. Took the paper and read it while I ate. It was a nice morning, slow and relaxing and afterwards I went into the bookstore and got a great book for cold evening reading. I love winter except for ice.

It feels like an inner time of quiet. I am not so called to be off playing so can relish the quiet at home.Today was especially lovely. I spent some time looking at who has taken what classes and planned out the schedule for you so you can think ahead about what you might like to learn. Our moving the step one and two classes into the groups has worked so well, I have planned to get the step mentors each class curriculum, so you can look for that treat coming up in the future.

I will focus more on doing the more complex topics and working with people directly in signature consultations. We have been finding that the 90 day directed tutorials are working beautifully in creating focused change. I think everyone who has done them is incredibly pleased with their progress. What most people have done is scheduled an initial hour and then used that time to assess whether doing more would make sense. If it does, we simply subtract that fee from the signature fee.

I am reworking how we do the classes and will write about that more in the next few weeks.

I had planned to write about coming back after a holiday discombobulation. As I thought about it, I realized that the task is pretty simple. Do the food, be honest with yourself and simply start where things unraveled and work back to your level. I am including my story of Clowny for those who have not read it yet. It is about renewal. Go slow, take care, and love the process.

Register for Radiant Ranch here in New Mexico this May. 

Upcoming Classes
No new classes this week while I am planning the schedule for Winter.

Doing the food will balance you, and you will know exactly what to do to heal yourself.

Testimonial of the Week
Yep, it all starts with breakfast. I can't speak for anyone else, but I think I kept looking for the "quick fix" rather than do the steps. When I finally, honestly admitted the quick fix wasn't working, then I was finally willing to do whatever it took to do the steps, THE WAY KATHLEEN WROTE THEM. And isn't that a concept (smile). I kept wanting to do them MY way, then wondering why it didn't work.

So, breakfast, breakfast, breakfast. You are on your way.

Radiant Recovery Store
George's® Restore is my proprietary formula based on whey protein isolates and milk protein isolates to create a taste, texture and flavor that is very pleasant. We have maintained the use of isolates rather than concentrates, which ensures that the product has a highly bio-available amino acid profile. This shake is made in such a way that the amino acids get into your system really quickly. This is why so many people refer to George's® Restore as 'soft' and healing.

There are no added sweeteners, chemicals or hidden flavoring. The cows eat grass and live happy lives in New Mexico pastures. Restore is perfect for kids, and ideal for pregnant and nursing moms. Everyone who tries it loves the taste. It is great for a post-workout snack. Take it to the gym with you and mix it in your shaker bottle to drink on the way home.

Many people use George's® Restore to up the protein level of other things. You can add George's® Restore to baking, soups, muffins, etc. Our cookbook called Radiant Recipes gives a lot of ways to do this addition. Restore does not have flavoring in it (even though the picture is chocolate) so you can add whatever you like.

Please send questions and suggestions. I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better
                    Radiant Kitchen

Cabbage, Apple and Cheddar Slaw

By Naomi Muller,

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, preferably sea or kosher, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 medium cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
  • 3 apples (any variety),unpeeled,cored and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup grated Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
In a blender, combine vinegar, sesame oil, mustard, soy sauce and cinnamon; blend
until smooth. While blender is running, slowly add olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.

Add enough dressing to coat salad well and toss together until well combined.
Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our
online Radiant Recipes site.

Radiant YLD

Sometimes we do special classes for YLD members. A while ago
we did the class on clothing and feelings. My was that an unexpected delight. We thought we were going to look at redesigning your wardrobe as you are losing weight. Instead we explored all sorts of feelings about self esteem and not having a *markdown* life.

I am never bored with the fun of YLD. The chats are the highlight of my week. I love meeting with our members from Europe.

Someone asked me if people are actually losing weight doing YLD. The answer is *yes*  but we just forget to talk about it because so much of the program is designed to heal Fat Terror and take the charge out of WEIGHT LOSS as the meaning of life.

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here
Radiant Living
The special Radiant Living membership program is all about support for learning how to *live* as you move towards radiance. The stability of your food and the steps will form a foundation to bring you into a new way of living.

Radiant Living will allow you to share a dialogue with others – people who are asking the same questions and exploring answers boldly and with the humility that comes with doing the food.

So the dialogue will be about the big picture and the practical ideas for daily implementations of the changes you are seeking. The dialogue will meet you where you are and offer ideas that you may not have heard before. Let go of old thinking that growing up has to be hard or painful. This is about joy, discovery, fun and creativity. And, of course, LOTS of laughter.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here
Radiant Restoration

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

I was visiting my brother and we were chatting in his storage room where he has his exercise bike set up. I noticed the clown, Clowny, sitting on some magazines. It was Clowny, my brother’s doll from a long time ago. Long enough to be on the edge of collectible and antique. So I asked him where he came from. *Oh,* he said, *I was putting things away and found him in a box.* This is an important find. So I told him that I thought he should get Clowny restored. His clown suit was frayed, his cap was chewed off, his shoes were almost worn to the skin, and his nose was patched. My brother knows about restoration because he has some old Native American textiles and old maps and things. He treasures old things. He liked the idea.

We went online and googled doll restoration. It seemed as if Clowny was from the family of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. We tried a couple of Ann and Andy restorers, but the chemistry wasn’t right. We found a doll clinic in Atlanta - ah the joys of the internet and the US Post office. Yes, Linda would see him and tell us what she thought. So my brother sent Clowny off in a box.

The first message came back as a functional exploration of what needed to be done. My brother’s replies to the clown restorer are in bold.


Well, interesting project.

#1, clean clown body, as from years of use, he will dry rot most likely, if NOT done. OK

#2, replace black boot feet. Is it necessary to replace?

#3, replace head, re-stitch features on his new face, (keeping color of fabric as close to original as possible) - will not match exactly, but when dressed, one won't notice particularly. Is it really necessary to replace?

#4, re-attach old hair to new head. *I removed the "patch" to see what type nose was there, appears to be a green triangular one? Advise if you remember-am I correct, most of it is long gone, I see only faint evidence of the original for my clues. I see the stitch marks of the brows, black thread, think they were black. OK

#5, re-stuff Mr. Clown. What is his name? OK - "Clowny"

#6, Clothing: Either clean up and patch old suit, or make a new one using a fabric with the flavor of the old, but we are minus the material for the hat. We can make a new suit/hat, or restore the old, making some sort of hat to accompany the suit. Definitely clean up & patch old suit.

The old suit is mangled at the sleeve edge, but I could add a ruffle on the end of each sleeve to hide the damage on the one sleeve, and they would both match then. The hole in the center of the neck ruffle can be hidden with a pom-pom. I prefer to retain the integrity of Mr. Clown, because if I change him in a dramatic way, he is no longer (YOUR CLOWN)! I completely agree.

Once I clean the body, I remove the head and I iron the face. I trace very carefully the features, they are my pattern that I will use for the needlework for the features. Originally the mouth and eyes were outlined in black. I follow this carefully, so as not to alter what was original. I even try to hand stitch as was original to it. Great

The one problem is the hat. There is a wee bit of fabric still on the head, remove it, perhaps incorporate a tad of it onto the new one, perhaps a dot on the new hat so it adds a connection. Good

What I am attempting to do, in my own sneaky artistic way, is to restore Clowny, not make him look like he rolled outta Walmart! Oh yes.

I mark the old head, so that I can replace his ratty (but clean) old hair back onto the head, even tho pieces are missing. You wore it off, it stays that way! If I add more, not your Clown guy anymore! You chewed the end of his hat? Not nice! Yes

Okay, there you have it. It can be done successfully, little bit of magic to make it happen, but we can get the job done. Trust me, I love these brain teasers.

Please let me know what your desires are, and thank you for contacting me with your needs.

So they came to agreement to proceed. And then something started happening. Here is Linda’s next note:


I'm alive and kicking. Clowny and I are having a great time. He is presently in his "birthday suit", because his "suit" is soaking in chemicals and coming out remarkably clean. I'm impressed. I removed his hat, and there is some fabric there. I believe the original had a rolled stuffed brim all the way around like a skinny donut. The hat possibly might have come to a point like a clown hat with perhaps a pom-pom attached to the end, or was a dome attached to the donut like brim. I'd bet on the clown pointed version with or without pom-pom. You ate it, what was it?

1. Shoes. The original will not hold up to restuffing, but I will use the old ones as a pattern, "age" the black fabric so it will not "bounce" off his legs visually. As I force the stuffing into his feet, they will not hold the filler, they will split apart, too dry rotten. I need that foot support to stuff the remainder of the legs.

Another thing. I'll bet "Mom" made Clowny and I also retain the stitch integrity, as I open up each leg/hand compartment individually at the side seams, I do not undo the original hand stitching, but go into the machine stitching instead. Whatever set of "loving hands" did the work, those stitches remain intact.

Each compartment is emptied before cleaning is attempted. Nasty old stuffing is removed, patching is done before the "bath", detailing, afterwards.

2. I was thinking about the head all day long, as it is so important to his originality. I am going to "patch" him from the inside, support the torn face from the inside, and try to hide as best possible, the damage. It will show, but it will not be as obvious as the "patch". Once I put the nose back on, which is totally gone, less a few telltale stitches, it will draw attention away from the rips. He will just look well loved, but original too. There is plenty of thread in the mouth, also, someone tried to paint it red at one point.

I think we are in agreement in that saving his face is paramount, and we both give the Walmart approach the "boot"!

I just had a couple of dolls come in that were "restored". They were the total pits. As I was speaking to my customer, I was systematically ripping the wig off one of them and the look on her face was hysterical. I was speaking very matter of factly, waving around this wig as I spoke. Too funny. Something as inappropriate as that wig, bit the dust immediately.

The fact that the "white" of his suit is coming clean is great, then the additional hat fabric will not stand out. I will also trash the pom-poms to give them a little AGE.

His body is VERY fragile. Saliva, tears, grease/grime, acidity, etc., break down the fibers. The face is the MOST fragile part. The body must be cleaned SLOWLY, any stitching is done without any tension, as it would rip right out of the existing fabric.

I believe you will be well pleased with the end result. I love the abstract part, the challenge, to see what I can pull off. Personal challenges engage my mind, oddly enough, easy stuff bores me to no end! In over 30 years, I never thought that there was something that I could not fix. What is really weird is that I'll accept a job period, and figure out HOW I'm going to fix it LATER, go figure! Guess the abstract/artist thing gels. Not a clue.

Anyway, we are rolling with Clowny, he is sleeping, I covered him up, he was freezing! Wait till I "operate", and screams of agony resonate from my studio.

My brother and I started talking about when he had Clowny. I knew he had him when we were in Tucson because I remember seeing pictures of him carrying him. As we talked, we both had this image of Clowny in Milwaukee, just after I was born. Clowny when Peter was in the snowsuit and Mom had a new baby. And we talked about the fact that Clowny was a homemade doll, not a Raggedy Andy type fellow. It seemed to fit, maybe a Midwestern doll from a church sale. We hung up.

I was smiling thinking of that little funny dolly. Then Peter sent these emails along and the idea that *Mom* made the doll stopped me cold. It is possible, I thought. My mother’s mother was an incredible seamstress. She made all sorts of doll clothes for my mother by hand. Tiny stiches, little dresses with smocking on the front, little knickers and undershirts to match. So my mother learned to sew. And that winter she was at home, not working. She could have made Clowny. Somehow that idea just fill me with peace. Sort of like Mom’s loving being restored.

Linda seems like my kind of woman. She does dolly restoration...I do people...

Here are her words again, I think they apply to all of us.

I mark the old head, so that I can replace his ratty (but clean) old hair back onto the head, even tho pieces are missing. You wore it off, it stays that way! If I add more, not your Clown guy anymore! You chew end of his hat? Not nice!

the body must be cleaned SLOWLY.....

I hope you like this story as much as I do.

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