Category Archives: Our bodies ourselves

N’est pas un parfum pour les femmes effacées

What is she talking about now, I hear you ask! Well I was walking past the Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics counter the other day just as a customer spritzed herself with Rive Gauche. In a giddy breath, I was transported back to those heady days of the mid-70s. For me they were an uneasy marriage between…

Taking a fall

Two weeks before Christmas, on a Monday morning, I had a nasty fall in my kitchen. Why am I telling you? Because there was something about it that foreshadowed for me what it may be like to be old and frail. And that got me thinking about vulnerability. But first, the fall. It was, perhaps,…

Sleeping late

First, I want to say how grateful I am for all the comments on the blog and privately that I’ve had from readers keen to see this space continue when I raised the question of its future recently. I’m really touched by your enthusiasm. So we will definitely keep going. I will write when I have…

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…

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