As a woman, having an internal examination is never something that I have gone to with a skip in my step. I was young and first sexually active in the US so I went to Planned Parenthood for my first gynaecological examinations. It was extremely well organised: I remember the table having stirrups, my bottom […]
With the divorce colouring how I saw everything as a child, you may think that I have no happy memories. But you would be mistaken. I was visiting my dad’s brother and his family. One of my cousins was 4 months older than me, so she and I were almost sisters at one point. Well, […]
When I left DJ I was determined to become a devout Christian. I went to church once a week. I carried my New Testament with me and read it regularly. If I’m honest though, without the push I was getting from DJ, I took a more relaxed view of religion. I knew God loved me […]
I’m working from home and am in touch with friends and family virtually. I’m not one for Biblical Prophecy but is this one of those Horsemen of the Apocalypse we were warned about? Stay safe and stay at home.
I might be wrong in believing that people are simple because I think I’m fairly easy to understand: all I ever wanted was to be loved for who I am. Ok, there are some ambitions thrown in but my major motivation has been for love and recognition.
At the moment I am finding it difficult to remember that everyone has their own path, their own journey, their own lessons to learn. As much as I want to treat everyone with loving-kindness and respect, I am struggling not to judge my neighbours harshly when I turn to politics. Politics is the one area […]
The first symptoms were vomiting and passing out when I was 12. It was 1983. It took six months of regular but infrequent bouts of agonising pain before someone realised that it was happening approximately once a month. Was it just period pain? Just? You mean vomiting and passing out might be remotely normal? Yes […]
While Louise is my only sister, I am not the only sister in my sister’s life. To use modern parlance, my sister is from another mister. Frank had two girls from his first marriage and after Frank died, they weren’t in touch with Louise as much as Mom would have liked… But to be fair […]
I fell in love for the first time in the back of Kmart in Urbana when I was 17. I was working freight one evening with the new guy with warm chocolate coloured eyes. I was stripping the plastic covering off the clothes and he would scoop up the plastic and take it to Igor […]