“Though we are terrorized by death, it's not different from birth, it just happens” ~ Bangambiki Habyarimana So, my dad died. And it's not been so very bad actually. It came as a bit of a shock. I found out he was dying about 32 hours before it happened. He'd known about it for a… Continue reading My Dad Died. And It’s OK, Actually.
"Being with an insanely jealous person is like being in the room with a dead mammoth." ~ Mike Nichols A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to The Imposter from My Life As Imposter. She talked about her life as a British Asian, and how she struggles with the Muslim Guilt Monster over matters of love… Continue reading By All Means Step Over My Cold, Dead Body and Save Yourself, You HARPY!
"Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I'd spend all my life without ever going to China, but it wouldn't matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit." ~ Philip Pullman… Continue reading The Family Way
I thought I'd have a go at the Weekly Writing Challenge again this week, and tell you about the most meaningful object I own. I actually own a lot of meaningful objects. Pretty much all the stuff in my house is meaningful, bar the electrical items and similar necessities, because it was either given to me… Continue reading A Few Of My Favourite Things
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.” ~Chuck Palahniuk As we need others to offer a stable reflection to keep us sane, we also need other people to help us to form our identities. A large part of our self-image is derived from the view of ourselves… Continue reading What’s In A Name?
(Getty Images/Chris Polk/Film Magic) I'm afraid I've been very remiss in my writing this week. Well, no, actually I've written loads. I just haven't posted any of it because I was unhappy with it all. I've been too distracted to write well, so I've mostly been watching Gilmore Girls through for the umpteenth time and… Continue reading Back to School
"It doesn't seem like a smart thing for me to do, and I'm pretty adamant about that, I don't have anything in me that says rush out and have kids. It's the ultimate responsibility." ~ George Clooney While being interrogated, and I mean interrogated, by a relatively new colleague as to why I don't intend… Continue reading Are You Qualified To Be A Parent?
"People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own." ~ Doug Coupland I find myself becoming increasingly irritated by the cult of the family. I don't mean the Charles Manson variety. I mean the nuclear family, the extended family or whatever it is… Continue reading The Cult of The Family