A long time ago, so long it’s BC (Before Children), I decided to write a novel. I took a year, battled the muse, created so much stuff that it can be hard to store and that’s just the paper-trail, not the electronic dump! And then I put it aside, got a job and went on with life. That was that.
The problem is, that though I can stuff all the chapters in a cupboard to gather dust, I can’t remove them from my head. My characters haunt me. Every now and then, they will pop out at an inopportune moment (is there an opportune moment I wonder?) and insist that I need to get on with it – they’re not getting any younger. . .
Continue reading “Living in My Head”
Christmas has always been a special time for our family. It’s a tradition we enthusiastically embrace, even though we’re not exactly church-goers. In fact, I would go so far as to call us unbelievers, or even atheists.
But spoiling the magic of Christmas? Not on our agenda. Christmas is too important a tradition for us to abandon.
Continue reading “Celebrating Christmas, Preserving Ritual”
Sometimes, self-care is a must. And today, I’d like to share with you one of my adventures in – er – self-care.
About a year ago, I decided I needed a few extra items in my wardrobe. I had a pile of material, (alas, the remains of a only once-used baby carrier that J rejected instantly – she hated being wrapped as a baby, so my pre-birth plans of no prams went out the window and the material went back into storage), so I thought, why not make a skirt?
Continue reading “The Purple Skirt”
Have you read any “When I was a kid …” memes lately? I have. And I must admit, I get a little annoyed at them. The ones that basically state, ‘When I was X, we did Y and came out OK’.
These memes tap deeply into the idea that people, particularly this generation of children, are a ‘cotton wool’ generation – too protected for their own good. In many ways, I think it’s also a deep reaction against what is seen as too much protection, too much worry, and an overemphasis on safety.
So I thought I’d have a more detailed look at the whole idea. Continue reading “Cotton Wool or Common Sense”
It’s that time of year when it’s worth reviewing how last year has gone. Pardon it being a little late, but these stats are hand-cranked.
OK 2013, here we go … Continue reading “2013 in Review”
Today I thought I’d go in a different direction to usual. In the course of homeschooling, sometimes I come across really cool ideas when looking for lessons that I wouldn’t otherwise have known anything about.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we could fix the problems of global warming, not by cutting down on our lifestyle, but through replacing old products with new ones? Cheaper ones? More humane, more economic, safer products? Well. here are three that I think could rock our world.
Continue reading “Three Inventions That Could Change Our World, By Not Changing Us”
I have decided to write a piece on how to read articles on science. Because, quite frankly, most (but not all) science journalism sucks. The more mainstream the website / newspaper / TV the news appears in, the more the contents are awful and removed from reality.
It doesn’t matter what the topic – climate change, GM foods, vaccines, or ‘gee whizz we’re going to the stars!’, journalists by and large are science and maths illiterate, and will usually get it wrong. Even the good ones are prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.
The thing is, it’s really, really easy to make sure you’re getting the truth. And this is how to do it:
Continue reading “How to Read Science Journalism”
Over half a year ago, my sister asked me to be the Matron of Honour at her wedding. The trick? The trick was it was an Edwardian theme, and I was going to make my own dress.
Continue reading “The Edwardian Fishtail Dress – Part 1”
This is in part a review, and in part an extrapolation on the book “Status Anxiety
” by Alain de Botton. This book offers a fantastic look at the things that make us anxious. It gives a rather gripping explanation of why people can feel scared and anxious. This book made me ‘furiously think’.
Continue reading “The Status of Mum”