image optimisation - making the most of your images on social media

Image Optimisation • making the most of your images on social media

When I blog, I usually spend more time finding and formatting a photo than I do writing the post. I pay careful attention to my…

dear survivors duggar tragedy

Dear Survivors • a letter to the women of the Duggar tragedy

Dear Survivors One of my friends once wrote that everyone has at least three disasters and one apocalypse in their lives. I don’t know you,…

the silent treatment

The Silent Treatment • being ignored or being spared?

Every few days I scour the pages of seek.com looking for a job. It is a bit like looking for a date on RSVP. I…

I know what I want

I May Not Know What Every Woman Wants in Bed but I Know What I Want

I’ve been blaming my changing tastes in the bedroom on my midlife hormones, but to be honest, I’ve been this way for a long time. You…

xyz is for the end

XYZ is for The End • #atozchallenge

April is my least favourite month – the month where there are more bad things to remember than good ones. I should have known undertaking…

w is for writing

W is for Writing • #atozchallenge

For a writer, aside from blogging, I haven’t been doing much writing lately. Now that my principle procrastination tool has been taken away from me…

v is for vision

V is for Vision • #atozchallenge

I’ve often wondered if all the hours I spent reading under the blankets with a torch when I was a kid contributed to my bad…

u is for universe

U is for Universe • #atozchallenge

Although I don’t believe in the concept of God as a supernatural being with an interest in the thoughts and action of human beings, I…

t is for trauma

T is for Trauma • #atozchallenge

I read in a book once about the difference between a traumatic event and a terrible one. I’ve spent the last couple of hours trying…

s-is-for-sexuality

S is for Sexuality • #atozchallenge

I was taught at church that having sexual desires and/or attracting sexual desire was a sin. They gave it a special name — the lust of…

r-is-for-rain

R is for Rain • #atozchallenge

It’s been raining since Monday. A low pressure system off the coast has been beating down on us relentlessly, bringing with it winds gusting up…

q-is-for-querulous

Q is for Querulous • #atozchallenge

I‘m not sure if it’s age, rampant hormones, or too much time on my own, but these days I find myself becoming more and more querulous.…

the-practice-of-self-love

The Practice of Self Love • #1000speak

Art is a practice, medicine is a practice, and architecture is a practice. Photography, painting, meditation, dance, writing, and yoga is a practice. What makes these particular…

p-is-for-piano

P is for Piano • #atozchallenge

My childhood pastime of choice was ballet. I started lessons with Miss McAlpine at a studio above a Chinese Restaurant in New Plymouth when I was…

o-is-for-orgasm

O is for Orgasm • #atozchallenge

Unlike other days, it didn’t take me long to come up with a word starting with O. Orgasms are a subject near and dear to…

n-is-for-needy

N is for Needy • #atozchallenge

It was my husband’s day off and he seemed in a pleasant mood. Mid-morning — late enough for him to be awake and early enough…

m-is-for-memorial

M is for Memorial • #atozchallenge

The 15th April, 2010 was a day not much different to today. The autumn sun had slipped lower in the sky, making the day cool…

l-is-for-longevity

L is for Longevity • #atozchallenge

Before I was married, I spent most of my time sampling a smorgasbord of lovers, without feeling any need to restrict my appetites to only one person. During…

k-for-kissing

K is for Kissing • #atozchallenge

When I first met my boyfriend on the street outside my house five years ago, he hugged me and then kissed me on the lips.…

j-is-for-journey

J is for Journey • #atozchallenge

He is walking up the road in front of me, wearing the heavy boots he never took off, black jeans and a backpack slung over…

i-is-for-invisible

I is for Invisible • #atozchallenge

Women of a certain age complain loudly about being invisible. They report being ignored in shops and restaurants, eyes glancing past them as though they…

h-is-for-harmony

H is for Harmony • #atozchallenge

A long, long time ago, before many of you were born, Coca-Cola screened a television advertisement featuring the song, “I’d Like To Teach the World to Sing…

g-is-for-gender-roles

G is for Gender Roles • #atozchallenge

As soon as the taxi dropped me at home, I telephoned my mother to let her know I was safe and sound. “How long were…

f-is-for-fat

F is for Fat • #atozchallenge

When I decided to enter a body-building competition in my forties, there was something the trainers and seasoned competitors forgot to tell me. They forgot…

e is for excommunication

E is for Excommunication • #atozchallenge

The pastor stared at his hands as if he were avoiding looking at me. “Are you sleeping with him?” he asked. I wondered for a…

D is for Dad • remembering Bob

D is for Dad • #atozchallenge

He’s my dad but I like to call him Bob. When I was a little he used to say “When people say ‘Bob’s your uncle’,…

C is for children • an ode to my ovaries • head-heart-health.com

C is for Children • #atozchallenge

I am fifty years old and my ovaries are on their last legs. They manage to muster up enough effort to squeeze out a tired…

B is for Beauty • head-heart-health.com

B is for Beauty • #atozchallenge

If I had a daughter, against all advice to the contrary, I would tell her she is beautiful. I would also tell her she is…

a-is-for-anti-aging

A is for Anti-Aging • #atozchallenge

The advertisement promises: Triple anti-aging action: anti-wrinkle, firming and radiance boosting. When it comes to younger looking skin, we all want immediate results, but also improved skin…

letting-go-of-the-past--#1000speak

Letting Go of the Past • #1000speak

When my husband took his own life, he took part of mine with him. I was angry at him for a long time. In one moment…