Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas

It’s just before dawn on Christmas morning 2020.  The first few brave birds are sending out their song into the darkness.  As I sit to write this post there are still things left to be done: a few stray presents to wrap, the soup to make for lunch and the cat is nudging me for his breakfast. … More Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas

Lockdown Reflections

1 Settling the Heart: What cold-water swimming taught me about creativity The spectre of time and space Two years ago I started cold water swimming – something that has really helped my mental health, sense of wellbeing and, I believe, has alleviated the worst effects of my chronic migraine condition.  But it was only when I … More Lockdown Reflections

Finding the Tide – how I learnt to embrace Mother’s Day

There have been 18 Mother’s Days since I accepted I would be childless and it amazes me how the day – and the hype leading up to it – still manages to stir some very painful feelings and emotions.  For sure, my level of anger has reduced over these nearly two decades and I no … More Finding the Tide – how I learnt to embrace Mother’s Day