The Flawed Mother

Listening to Alison Moyet in discussion with Kirsty Young this morning, I was delighted to hear her talk about motherhood. She was asked what she is like as a mother. Her reply was that she is flawed. I thought it was a very sensitive and thoughtful response, because...

One lost earring

  I don’t know if anyone else experiences the same problem,  but I am always losing one earring. I have a box of one off earrings which do not match, and inevitably will eventually be thrown out. It made me think that I should start a trend of ‘odd earring...

The Perdita affect

I am not sure if any of you have ever watched 101 Dalmatians. But if you have you will remember that one of the Dalmatians is called Perdita. Now when she is looking for her perfect mate she watches various suitors go past, and she comments:- ‘Too big, too small, too...

Speaking without Talking

I am often struck by how many people will have relationships with partners and yet not talk to them. What I mean by this is that they will know how many sugars they take in their tea, or whether they prefer tea to coffee or whether they are vegetarian or meat eaters...

Children of Conflict

I was watching a news broadcast about the conflict in Syria and noticed a child of about three years of age singing the national anthem with his hand held a aloft. It struck me then how indoctrinated this child was already and it reminded me of the child soldiers of...

Brick walls

I have a patient who built a brick wall between her husband and herself. They each have a cottage next door to each other, and whilst they have separated and so moved into their own cottage, there had always been an interconnecting door between them. This door...