In the fourteen years since my first successful diet—at age fourteen—I’ve
lost and gained more than 350 pounds.
Some people have tried every kind of diet—Weight Watchers, Atkins,
grapefruit, Zone, Sugar Busters—and I have, too. I’ve usually lasted about
three days on each. My big weight losses—thirty-five pounds, forty pounds,
fifty pounds—were usually on diets of my own devising: either extremely low
calorie or extremely low fat, the latter of which was introduced to me by my
freshman-year college roommate.
As she felt a strong attachment to the scenes of her childhood, and an interest in the people among whom she
spent the greater part of her short life,--an attachment which is evinced many times in the course of her
memoranda,--it may interest the American reader to know that Liskeard is an ancient but small town in
Cornwall. The country around is broken up into hill and dale, sloping down to the sea a few miles distant, the
rocky shores of which are dotted with fishing-villages; in an opposite direction it swells into granite hills, in
which are numerous mines of copper and lead. There...
Whatever value this publication may have, lies in the fact that it offers a typical case--a small cross section of
the army that freed the slave and saved the Union.
The Editor of the Commission's publications has asked me to state briefly something about myself. I am one
of the multitude of "hyphenated" Americans, born across the water but reared under the flag. I am a
Cambro-American, proud of both designations, and with abundant heart, loyalty, and perhaps too much head
pride in both.
THE opening entry in A Last Diary was made on March 21, 1918; the closing sentence was written on June 3,
1919. In The Journal of a Disappointed Man the record ended on October 21, 1917, with the one word