As I sit, rubber-gloved, in the back garden, contents of the shopping delivery scattered around me on the grass, I disinfect a cucumber and reflect on how quickly this strange state of affairs has become the new ‘normal’.
Everything has changed.
Major shifts in my personal circumstances are coinciding with…
An unusual name. Not one I’ve heard before.
When I say it out loud, your voice lifts. ‘You’re the first English person who said it right first time!’
Surely not… the first English person in… 52 years (not 50 like your profile on the dating app states — do lies…
Love of my life… it’s easy to remember when I met you. The roundest of round numbers (in our lifetime).
The year 2000.
It’ll be just as easy to recall the end. Another round number.
The beginning of a decade, bringing with it so much new hope, to then dash…
‘For every decision you make now’,
our friend told me in the hospital waiting room,
‘ask yourself one simple question, “Will this help him to survive?”’
I stood by that guiding principle. For dear life (yes, literally), I clung to my new mantra.
But now, as I watch him slowly…
Dear Mr. Big Boss Man,
Per Article 184.108.40.206.1 of the Staff Regulations, I now tender my resignation from The Grey Sheep Mind-Control Corporation effective from today’s date because:
Here you may pause for a second, but no longer than a second. Take a deep breath.
Now, stop thinking. Just let…
Whenever one of my kids asks to invite a friend round, I get a bit nervous. You could call it playdate anxiety. My knee-jerk reaction is to say ‘no’. But I’m working on it.
I think I was traumatised in early parenthood when the first playdate I arranged turned to…
It’s hot inside
We’re cramped, heat stifles
The kids need out
Mountains from trifles
I’ve loads to do
I just need out
escape the helm
I flick a switch
The Beach Boys sing
that catchy song
Of waves and sea
Of course they’re right
it’s time to…
She was so tiny she fitted under the garage door when it was closed. Fair enough, the door was at a wonky angle. But still.
There were clues an animal was using the garage. Fluff on an old pillowcase stashed among the paint tins and brushes. …
I’ve always felt the benefits of a bit of yoga. And I’ve practiced for a variety of reasons.
Yoga is a way of getting to know a fascinating person: yourself.
Nina Anais Klein
I used to do it to lose weight and become that perfect 10 (before the days of…