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A glimpse into the future

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It’s quiet this morning. None of the usual arguing over shoes and hair bands. No asking for pancakes. No un-flushed toilets. Just silence, sweetened occasionally by late spring chirps. A clock ticking, car whirring, tummy rumbling. Waiting. The girls were all away this weekend. The youngest two at Brownie camp (oh the tears, that’s a […]

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Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

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I’ve just finished Quiet – The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a fabulous feel good book for introverts and I can’t stop thinking about it. The premise is that while introverts make up 1/3 to 1/2 of the population, society is biased towards extroversion. Introversion is […]

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What do you get your 84-year-old father for his birthday?

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My dad turns 84 tomorrow. He moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Los Angels in the 50s to be a tennis star (really). His claim to fame is winning a set off the Number 1 seed of the time. Like many first generation Americans, he was the first in his family to go to university, studying […]

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Mayfly

Seize the day! (and the Mayflies)

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Princess

When children grow up #sob

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We spent the weekend at hotel in Cornwall that is very popular with families and goes to great lengths to help entertain the kids. The weekend culminated in a Saturday night fancy dress disco. My girls, aged 6, 7 and 9, even talked me into buying some pointy damsel hats from the NHS shop we visited […]

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Red nose

I changed my mind mummy

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Broken clock

The world stops when you find a lump

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Staring down at the radiology request, a few handwritten words seemed to jump upwards off the page to the sky: Gritty. 8 mm. URGENT. Surely this wasn’t about me. A month earlier I found a lump. My GP couldn’t feel it, but she sent me to get it checked out. I wasn’t that worried at the time; if my GP […]

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Desert

The dry spell

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I suffered a dry spell after our second child. A major one. One I imagine the Sahara Desert to be like. Long. Flat. Never ending. I just didn’t feel like it anymore. I was too tired. It didn’t hold my attention. I would crawl into bed after a day of wiping drippy noses and picking cheerios off the floor […]

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Coins

Can you see the two sides?

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Brontallo

Interrupted travel plans

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