Barbie Perkins-Cooper, Author

A Writer and Photojournalist's Blog


Dearest Readers (and WW too): While I know and understand about social distancing, quarantine and the lack of being able to attend my weekly workshops at Weight Watchers, aka – “WW,” I am getting more than perplexed about losing weight. Why? Simple! I miss the ability to see others and share our stories. Unless you’ve …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for July 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – July 10, 2016 – The artists behind this month’s top workout tunes could easily pass for the lineup of a great, summer music festival. Kicking off the day, you’d find upstarts like Shawn Mendes and crossover favorites like Tegan & …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for June 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – June 1, 2016 – The summer possesses a strange magic that allows it to draw pop songs out of the woodwork—even from acts that aren’t necessarily pop acts. Even if the season itself isn’t pulling the strings, music lovers are …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for May 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – May 6, 2016 – This month’s tops songs provide an excellent mix of college radio favorites, Top 40 hits, and clubland remixes. Starting with the outliers, you’ve got the latest from guitarless wonders Fitz & The Tantrums and the throwback …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – March 1, 2016 – This month’s top 10 list draws heavily from the Top 40 chart and club scene. While this reliance on pop tunes and big beats might make the list seem one-dimensional at first, there are just enough …

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Dearest Readers: Today, I would like to share a medical procedure I had just after New Year’s Day. January 19, 2016 – to be exact. A few years ago, I started having a bit of difficulty when swallowing. Suddenly, my throat would tighten; I could feel a bit of a spasm. I slowed down the …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – February 1, 2016 – February’s top picks play more like summer workout mix than a winter one—thanks to a wealth of pop and dance favorites. On the pop side of things, you’ll find the latest from Taylor Swift and Jason …

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Dearest Readers: The new year of 2016 is here, and here with this new year, I am somewhat behind. Behind??? Yes, definitely. As an active blogger and writer, I like to be on ‘top of things…’ ‘Ahead of the game.’ And I do not like to procrastinate. Here it is — Friday, January 8, and …

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My thoughts regarding “Oprah” and the changes are simply this: Those of us who are overweight have had difficulty with belief in ourselves…We have the tendency to cater to ourselves via comfort foods, sweets…temptations…etc…when we should be caring about ourselves. Instead of negative thoughts and “I’m done with Weight Watchers” posts, what we should do is say this — “We are good…We are worthy…We are strong…and together…We Can Do This!”