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Getting More Sleep and Drawing Bella’s Curves

Getting More Sleep and Drawing Bella’s Curves

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This may sound glib, but in these troubled times of lockdown, all we can actually do is make the best of it. I miss being out in busy places and chatting face-to-face, but I’m phoning people more and seeking out long lost friends. All my plans have been cancelled, but I’m catching up on must-see movies and I can tour the museums of the world without leaving my sofa. Everything is closed, but…

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Sleepy Heads and Other Stories

Sleepy Heads and Other Stories

I’ve been putting together a scrapbook of some of the things I wrote about during my first 10 years of motherhood. Maybe one day my kids will read it and get a glimpse of what it was like for me when they were little? Some of these memoirs were published in my magazine, a few were just scribbled in journals, and others were posted on a blog that I was obsessively devoted to and besotted with for a couple of…

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My Earliest Years

My Earliest Years

Of course I don’t remember anything about the start of my life, so I went around to my parents’ house to ask them about it. We sat on the green sofa in the living room of their bungalow and looked through some of my old baby photos, chuckling at my chubby round face and thick dark hair, and how I was dressed from head to toe in hand-knitted baby clothes. I was born on a cold winter’s night in Hitchin,…

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What am I Doing Here?

What am I Doing Here?

I stand on Rethink Street every day of my life. My reasons for being here evolve as I get older. Now what? The landscape shifts before I have time to process the previous scene — I’m not quick enough — and it’s hard to keep my balance. But writing helps.