Abigail Van Buren’s Photograph

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Thursday November 15, 2007 from FlickrI used to read Dear Abby every day. Despite her never-changing hairstyle from 1956, I agreed with her advice over and over. Even when I dyed my hair black and wore combat boots, I still believed in Dear Abby’s advice.

The only problem is that Dear Abby wasn’t real. Sure, there was a real person, Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips, who was the writer until Alzheimer’s took her abilities away from her. But the woman behind that never-aging face wasn’t real.

I’m real. My face changes. When I’ve been bingeing, my face changes dramatically.

I’ve decided that I don’t want to be like Dear Abby. I want you to be able to see exactly what I look like every day. From now on, Starling Fitness will have a little photo of me by each entry I wrote, just like Dear Abby did, but I’m not going to use the same photo over and over again. I’m going to take a new photo every day. Warts and all.


4 Responses to “Abigail Van Buren’s Photograph”

  1. Megan Says:


    What a great idea and a great way to connect with your readers!


    P.S. I still read Dear Abby, Miss Manners and Ask Margo (even if I don’t always agree with their advice.)

  2. iportion Says:

    It’s a pretty photo of you

  3. Adria Says:

    I think it’s a great idea! I might adopt it; if nothing else it will get me to comb my hair every day. 😉

  4. Momma Adrian Says:

    I have to agree with the other comments here besides putting your picture by your blog tends to give your posts a sense of realness that some blogs just don’t have. I commend you for taking this step and making your self real to your readers.

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