whoever you want to be…

Vegetarian children – your decision or theirs?

When I was pregnant with my first child I expected lots of questions. ‘Do you know what you are having? ‘What would you prefer’ ‘Are you sure it’s not twins’ … Continue reading

June 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Search for Inner Peace

When I found myself wedged between a filthy tube door and a sweaty man’s armpit for the fifth morning in a row on my daily commute to work two years … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fuel for the fire

On the front page of the Times website today you could see this: “A fish in a barrel:  ‘Chloe Smith didn’t deserve Paxo’s Newsnight stuffing’ VIDEO: Defending her boss, she … Continue reading

June 28, 2012

Nora Ephron: “Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.”

I wanted to write something about Nora Ephron yesterday, but I was too upset. I never met her, but I always thought that one day I would. I can’t believe … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 6 Comments

Tying the string, by Anne-Marie Taylor

Home. It’s not just a place – home is a feeling, something material and intangible at the same time. Not just bricks and mortar, we each build our notion of … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · 9 Comments

Harry is eight and I am freaking out, by Keris Stainton

I’ve always been fine about birthdays. The boys’ birthdays, I mean, not so much my own. I have a moment of “Wow, 5? Really?” or “I can’t believe Joe’s 3 … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

How do you feel about “girls”? Plus bitches, liars, housewives, and TV’s other names for women, by Diane Shipley

Girls are everywhere on TV these days, comprising the title of Lena Denham’s much-hyped HBO show: popping up in the names of new and returning programmes like New Girl, 2 … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 15 Comments

A Quacking New Way of Life by Helen Redfern

I’ve recently taken to going to bed armed with a chicken coop catalogue and a copy of Keeping Chickens and Other Poultry by Vivian Head. It’s laughable, I know. See, … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 8 Comments

We’re all going on a… Staycation?

The double-dip recession means staycations are still a popular choice. I’m not a fan of the word but I do like the idea. Mainly, I must admit for financial reasons, … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Nappy Ever After: Second Time Around

I only ever thought I’d have one child. When my daughter was born, seventeen years ago, I decided that I wouldn’t have any more babies. Not because it was an … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner

Picture the scene if you will. It is September 2008, and I am going for my first ever run. I cannot say that I’m particularly good at it – I’m … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Can A Sex Toy Change Your Life?

Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Melissa Macfarlane, I own a company called Voluptasse which Sex Toys and Lingerie and I am also a writer of Erotic Fiction. … Continue reading

June 20, 2012
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