Category Archives: Our bodies ourselves

Fear of dementia

Dementia. It’s the elephant in the room. The big fear that we will not be able to live out our crone years in joy and wit and strength. And I think there’s something about our baby boomer generation that believes we can conquer it, even though many of us will have known the experience of caring…

Sunday Collection: International Women’s Day

Is it me or is International Women’s Day losing its meaning? Last Friday, I felt a certain ennui reading all the self-serving contributions from political and business leaders. Are we turning our backs on what the Day should represent? Corporate women The official site is sponsored by BP, another energy company, and financial institutions, with…

Are you rising?

One in three. One in three women will experience violence during their lifetimes. Screw Valentine’s Day, today is V-Day, and One Billion are Rising all around the world, to break the chains binding women to violence. Want to be inspired? Here are the women rising in San Francisco: And remember, this all started with the vision…

How do we define beauty?

I had a very strange experience today. As part of a temporary work contract, I had to choose and book two models for a photo-shoot, not something I’ve done before. The brief was clear: one woman, one man, between certain age ranges and each with a certain look. So I logged on to the model…

Being gentle

My writing schedule here at Pilgrim’s Moon is one post on Tuesday and one on Friday. It gives me a structure which keeps my procrastination tendencies at bay. And for today’s piece, I had something good up my sleeve. But life has intervened. I have a bug. One of those horrible cold/flu bugs. You know…

We plan, God laughs

To what extent are we in control of our own lives and destinies? There’s an old saying “We plan, God laughs”. Whose fault? Last week I shared a captioned picture on Facebook. It’s the blue one a few paragraphs down, with images of two women. When I first came across it, something about it made…

Shift down a gear

Warning: some dear readers who drive only automatic transmission cars might struggle with the analogy in this post. But you’ll get the point! So you’re driving happily along a two-lane country road when you come up behind another car that’s going much more slowly than you are.  You’re travelling at the right speed to overtake…

Write yourself a prescription

Do you ever have those days when you feel under the weather but don’t know why? I just had an entire weekend like that, and even today I’m a little lacking in energy. Probably some low-level bug knocking around my system. My point is: how often do we feel like this but force ourselves to carry…

Menopause: some thoughts

A woman I know is struggling with bad hot flushes (flashes if you’re in the States). She’s really fed up with it. She wants an instant cure that will relieve her symptoms. At the risk of sounding seriously unsympathetic (I’m not) I think this is completely the wrong approach. Symptoms? Women are all different, and there…

Paying attention

A wise friend pointed something out to me last weekend: the way I look is still very important to me. You know how I make a point on this site of saying I decry the way we women are expected by society to look abnormally young for as long as possible? Well it’s true, I…

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