Lynn Haraldson

Welcome to ZenBagLady, which I launched in November 2006 as a place to publish my essays about topics unrelated to weight issues, which I was doing on my former blog, Lynn’s Weigh. While Lynn’s Weigh is no more, this site lives on because there are still many, many words in my now gray-haired head that I need to let out.

Some of my Greatest Hits include:

A few other things about me:

  • I was a full-time columnist and lifestyles editor at The Clarion News from 1996 through 2002. My bi-monthly op-ed column, Been There, Done That (the grandmother of ZenBagLady), won the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill Award in 1999 and was a finalist in 2001. I also won the Marie Spencer Hutchinson Memorial Prize for Essay Writing in 1994 and 1999.
  • Lynn’s Weigh was featured in People magazine’s “Half Their Size” weight-loss edition in 2008 and was featured on CNN’s FitNation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I had the great fortune to be a guest contributor to the FitNation blog.
  • Other media includes being a guest on Oprah, Today, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, 60 Minutes Australia, local television, several national radio shows, and Joy Bauer’s Joy Fit Club. I was interviewed for the article “The Fat Trap” published in New York Times Magazine in January 2012.
  • I wrote the foreword to Dr. Barbara Berkeley’s book, Refuse to Regain: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You’ve Earned (Quilldriver Books, 2008), and for two years, coauthored the blog Refuse to Regain.
  • As a freelance writer, my work has appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Temple Medicine, Washington & Jefferson Magazine, Pursuits Magazine and Canada’s Trade and Commerce. My essay, “Leaving the Bubble” will appear in the upcoming anthology, Six Feet Apart…in the Time of Corona (Acorn Publishing, Dec. 2022).
  • In May 2018, I received a master’s degree in literature and composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • I volunteer in the prison system, teaching classes in writing and poetry, and I’m a writing mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. I am also advisor and editor of the inmate-written newsletter, The Grove, at the State Correction Facility – Pine Grove in Pennsylvania. Click here to read my blog entry, Reading & Writing in Prison.
  • My essay, Sometimes Ted Lasso Isn’t Enough, was published on the Brevity Blog in April 2022.
  • I reviewed naturalist Scott Weidensaul‘s book,  A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, on the Brevity Blog

Thanks for stopping by! To contact me, email me at lynn.haraldson@gmail.com or follow me on Facebook or on Instagram @ZenBagLady.

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