Do I Really Have To Give Up Drinking?
My choice to drink less has nothing to do with “seeing the light” in terms of my health, or because I’ve managed to avoid the dangerous lure of addiction that runs through my family tree. It is not even based on the advice of my doctor – although I’m sure she would back me wholeheartedly.…
I’m A Feminist, So Why Won’t I Let Myself Age Naturally?
I’m not proud to admit that I’m not grown up enough yet to come out as an old person. If I was a good feminist, I would feel more proud of this ageing body of mine and what it has achieved, rather than falling prey to the ridiculous beauty standards expected of women my age.
Here’s Why I’m Embracing The Menopause Belly
Despite eating less, dosing up on turmeric and exercising like Jane Fonda on Speed, there are many days during the month when my belly looks like I’m five-months pregnant
It’s Obvious To Me Why Women Are So Tired
COVID may have killed more men, but it is women it has hit the hardest. We are holding things together, but we are breaking as we carry the emotional and caring burden.
There’s Nothing Wrong With Contentment
Recently, a friend of mine was dealing with a family crisis. She admitted to our group that she wasn’t coping and was struggling to do it all – support the child who was struggling, balance her carer responsibilities with her home life, and job hunt in a market that eschews the over-fifties. And when another…
‘What Do Men Have To Do To Stop Women Accusing Them Of Rape?’
The headline of this post was prompted by a question my son asked me during one of our many conversations about feminism. And as we’re currently watching The Morning Show (known as Morning Wars here in Australia) – the main storyline of which is the Me Too movement – it prompted me to examine it…
Middle-Aged Women: We Need To Be More Selfish With Our Time
Have you felt really exhausted lately? I know that excessive tiredness comes with the territory of menopause and living through a pandemic, but what I’m feeling at the moment is more like a heavy weight pushing down on me, squeezing every drop of energy from my body. And I know exactly what it is –…
COVID-19 Is All Fun And Games Until You Start Looking Like Your Grandmother
I’m sitting at home, dressed to the nines with nowhere to go. Dressed to the nines during COVID-19 (?), I hear you ask. Thanks to Far Kew for this wonderfully appropriate image Well…yes. But I do have two very good reasons for such crazy behaviour: The first is that like many of you, I imagine,…
Middle Age: Time To Stop Worrying About Our Bodies And Start Focusing On Our Brains
I’ve had a mixed reaction in my circle about my decision to shed a few kilos. There are those friends who have been supportive – in that they understand the need to manage my weight gain through menopause, if possible. Then there is the other “life’s too short to be miserable” camp, who don’t believe…
I won’t be getting sober anytime soon but I am “drinking smarter”
Photo from Damir Spanic on Unsplash I was a grown-up last weekend. The old man and I went on a date night to a swanky restaurant and I chose to drive. In my last post I talked about the necessity of making choices in middle age, and prior to last night, I would have looked…
5 Life Lessons To Take Away From “The Sopranos”
We’re grieving in our household because we’ve just completed the final series of The Sopranos. The Sopranos boxset available at Amazon. But before any hardcore Sopranos fans jump in with an “I told you so” assumption that our grief is linked to THAT final episode – trust me, it’s not. The old man loved the…