Friends, Strangers and Facebook

Last Saturday night the kids and I were at a friend’s birthday bonfire night party with a roaring fire, beautiful fireworks, lovely people and some delicious food.  We got home about 930pm to find the house empty and dogs and partner missing.

When I checked my phone, I could see a stream of increasingly random … Read more


Parents and Protection

We went away over half term to meet with our friends as we often do.  But this time one family was not there.  The  primary-school-aged daughter had broken her leg very badly whilst ice skating.  Her femur snapped and fractured and she was in hospital for a number of days until she gained mobility.  My
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Why kids should do chores

My kids are getting older now (10 and 14) and so are accomplished at helping out with chores.  I don’t pay them to help because I don’t get paid and I want them to understand that they are part of a mini-community called ‘a family’ and in communities we all have to pull our weight.… Read more


When bad stuff happens…form a net to hold the light

When bad stuff happens there are ripples.  Ripples beyond the specific circumstances to even those hardly involved. Who can not have been moved by the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

When bad stuff happens we look for explanations.  We want to understand how it happened, why it happened, why to me, why now, what could have stopped … Read more


Car and Life Companion

Last week I gave my car away.  I gave it away because I have a new one. I gave it away because when I looked on Parker’s price guide it was so little to be charge anyone for.

Memories

And yet the car has meant so much.  I got it in December 2005 when my … Read more


Room of your own

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf wrote ‘A room of one’s own’ (which I must re-read).  It is a long essay arguing for the importance of intellectual freedom and financial independence for women.  At the time that she wrote, this sentiment, was radical; that one could be in a couple and yet have a room of one’s … Read more


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