In Search of Awe

In Search of Awe

Consumption is a progressive disease* One benefit of pregnancy which counters the joys of lightning crotch (Google it, I dare you) is the guilt-less freedom to say no.  At first, I felt like a wing-clipped bird but now it’s as though those secret fantasies of...
With Friends Like These

With Friends Like These

What a man with Down Syndrome taught me about being human. He’s standing by the keyboard, nervous, wearing a new vest and pressed white shirt. The room is festooned with streamers and balloons stamped with ‘Happy 30th’. Guests are filing in wearing their Sunday...
Why I Stopped Reading Self-Help Books

Why I Stopped Reading Self-Help Books

In the most Freudian tradition, it began with my Dad. The Dad who was absent? No. The Dad who was reckless? No. He’s not that kind of Dad. The Dad who for Christmas, wanted not the latest James Patterson thriller, but a hefty computer programming manual for his...
Cracked Humanity

Cracked Humanity

When grace punched me in the gut We’re sitting in a huge barn, an open kitchen to one side and a coffee service area to the other.  Running down the middle of the barn are three long, sturdy tables. Over to one of the walls, there’s a smattering of white...

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