From the waves I see them,
Three women, engrossed in each other’s laughter.
They take a selfie,
Arms wrapping each other closely,
Heads flung back
I emerge to the shingle
And cover myself in my pink towel tent
And as I do
flinging clothes into a pile
layer after … Read more
How I let the pandemic change me – relationship
This is a harder post to write because it involves other people…so I won’t talk much about them. Suffice to say that my long term relationship unravelled as the pandemic progressed and so after a decade I find myself single again in my mid fifties. I am not the only one. 63 percent of all … Read more
How I let the pandemic change me – work
My mum studied with the Open University when I was a child. I remember her being moved by the poems of Heaney and Ted Hughes. She read us the poems and who knows whether it was her passion that led me to my literature degree. She didn’t finish hers, the demands of single parenting in … Read more
How I let the pandemic change me – remember
I don’t know if any of you remember the pandemic?
I don’t mean the fact that it happened,
but how life changed
how you felt when the cars stopped,
when the birds could be heard,
when the air quality improved
when we missed loved ones
That visceral feeling of what it … Read more
Why I have let my hair go white
My dad hates it. He says that me having white hair makes him feel old. I don’t point out that he is old.
Men won’t find it attractive, friends warn,
So why have I let my hair go white?
Because I figure that if people/men don’t like it, then they are not for me,
because … Read more
Recently a few people have asked me to resurrect this short video on how and why we should get better at saying ‘no’.
If you can’t see the video embedded above, then follow this link to watch it on Youtube
Or you can listen to it on audio/podcast here