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…