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Finally vaginally

Finally vaginally

What a great birth! I almost didn’t believe they existed, so elusive as the natural, drug free, vaginal delivery been (this is my third birth: no1=induction, no2=planned C section). I mean, it wasn’t orgasmic, but it was pretty brilliant (in between contractions at leastand the…

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Redesigning

Redesigning

I’m tinkering with my website design this next week or two. Subscribers: I do hope you don’t get any weird emails as I publish the things I need to make it work. If you do, please just delete them – but don’t stop being subscribers….

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Change your mind

Change your mind

What do we mean, when we talk about having a ‘mind’? Our brain, our self view, our life force? Read the full words that are in me series here What do we mean, when we talk about having a ‘mind’? Our brain + our subjectivity?…

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50 places to put drawings

50 places to put drawings

In the first of a series called Canvas, I look at where drawings look surprising, where they look good, and who’s doing the quirkiest ones  Tshirts (like this one from Magma with a David Shrigley design) Wallpaper (like this funky birch tree design) Tattoos (like these by…

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Growing radishes amid leaf mulch and dogmess

Growing radishes amid leaf mulch and dogmess

Learning wild gardening – here’s the first field report from my Berlin urban guerilla garden. There’s beauty in the detail Not paradise yet Since I started an urban garden with my daughter, I’ve mainly picked out dogmesses and fallen tiny pears from the tree we’ve…

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Mirony #7: Mindfulness ironies

Mirony #7: Mindfulness ironies

‘I’m an abysmal example of non-judging’. * * * Got more mironies you’ve noticed? Click on the pale grey dot with a plus sign, below this post, to open the comment thread. * * * Read more on Illustrated Guide to Life about: Mindfulness – for…

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5 helpful things to say to a new mother

5 helpful things to say to a new mother

When I was a new parent, you could guarantee I’d take most things the wrong way. But some people knew that, thankfully. Here’s how to help a thin-skinned parent I’ll never forget the kindness of a friend who filled out my child benefit forms for me…

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Gadget gifts to say ‘Thankyou for having my baby’

Gadget gifts to say ‘Thankyou for having my baby’

When did getting diamonds as a ‘thanks for having my child’ become a convention? Here are three alternatives My friend asked for an emerald upon the birth of her daughter as a ‘thank you’ from her partner. Fair enough. But I felt I’d done pretty…

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‘Everything is temporary’

‘Everything is temporary’

In the first of our ‘Words that are in me’ series, Godelieve van Eekelen describes how a zen Buddhist phrase gave her hope ‘Everything is temporary’ I hope this phrase doesn’t make you feel sad, as there is a downside to everything being temporary: not…

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Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me

I’m sending this card to myself in advance. Birthdays give me the willies. They are too full of evaluation. Here’s some love instead I’m usually a bit emotionally sensitive on my birthday. I think my “nobody loves me everybody hates me think I’ll eat some…

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