In praise of groundhog days

04/30/2017 00:46:04 AM

Most weeks, we go through our days like the Groundhog Day movie. We wake up and do exactly the same thing we did the...

Happy 30th birthday, Robbie

04/23/2017 20:32:25 PM

My first memory of Robbie is as a little boy and me trying to take his hand. I’m not sure if he saw the...

And is there manners still for tea?

04/23/2017 00:47:06 AM

I meet a lot of people charged with serving the public who are confused on that point. It is only fitting, therefore, when I...

Gratitude to those people we want to punch in the eye

04/16/2017 01:00:20 AM

I come from a family of talkers. Inevitably when we get together we talk about situations and the day-to-day trials involved in being human....

The Good Samaritan Lite

04/09/2017 00:55:04 AM

Mid-week, on the home straight from the morning workout (that is 15 minutes from home and not quite at the vomiting stage), a gentleman...

Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now

04/02/2017 00:51:52 AM

Apparently, a team of brain zappers in Toronto are able to isolate cells that carry fear-based memories. Tested on lab mice, the rodents could...

Falling in love with boredom

03/26/2017 00:55:56 AM

After last year’s medical dramas which, thankfully, are now behind me (fingers crossed and a zillion Hail Marys to all the saints), I am...

Let’s name this day spring

03/19/2017 00:47:12 AM

My favourite season, spring, is upon us, and I get why it is often compared to youth with all its newness and budding young...

May we see our children grow old

03/11/2017 23:55:34 PM

­My text this week is changed from that originally intended. Being a birthday weekend for me and my twin, there was contemplation aplenty to be had...

Femvertising: powerful or phenomenally patronising?

03/05/2017 01:03:03 AM

This Wednesday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2017 is Be Bold For Change (#BeBoldForChange). We’re being asked to call...

Portrait of a lady

02/26/2017 00:43:23 AM

Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers. — Christian Dior I have a childhood memory of...

Sincerity is subject to proof

02/18/2017 23:50:31 PM

Proofing, also known as proving, is the final rise of shaped bread dough before baking. No rise is proof of, well, no proof. Still...

A rose on any day smells as sweet

02/11/2017 23:59:16 PM

After years of enduring the Saint Valentine’s Day holiday, I may finally be ready to wave the white flag and surrender. Finally listen to...

Calling time on lateness

02/04/2017 23:42:16 PM

Our adult ticks are usually rooted in childhood, like our relaxed attitude to tardiness – or not! On one of the first dates with my...

Helping my son play truant

01/29/2017 00:00:52 AM

In the beginning it was my husband who did most of the caregiving of the children — school runs, sports days, nativity plays —...

I’m not racist, but…

01/22/2017 00:00:10 AM

This week, an emboldened colleague was waxing non-lyrically about the rightness of jobs first for ‘British’ people – his narrative making it clear British...

Inspired to fly solo

01/15/2017 00:00:27 AM

Another source of inspiration for me this week came via a customer at work. A nice guy, but not someone I knew well at...

Apparently, you can go home again

01/08/2017 03:19:19 AM

This weekend I visited the village that was my marital home for nearly 20 years. Although, I certainly had no interest in actually going...

Come in 2017, we’ve been expecting you

12/31/2016 06:08:22 AM

During the hustle and bustle, and for the first Christmas since Bronnie died, I asked a question. What if I re-framed the experience? Wow! I’m writing this on...

Searching for the absence of noise

12/14/2016 10:59:58 AM

I would say my apartment is a calm and noise-free zone. Even so, when I tried an exercise of mindfulness, I became aware of...