Japan

I’m honoured and excited to be touring Japan September 19th-25th to launch the Japanese edition of Cleo. It will be a privilege to meet and speak with parents who lost children in the devastating earthquake and tsunami at Sendai in 2011. From there, I’ll be travelling to Tokyo and Nara. Cleo has taught me that […]

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How a Mastectomy Improved my Sex Life

  When I booked in for a mastectomy, I assumed our sex life was over. Even though the surgeon promised his reconstruction job would have me looking better than new, my reservations were almost overwhelming. Transferring fat from my belly to create a new right breast would leave me with a permanent scar the shape […]

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Who’s Sorry Now?

 I could swear my grocery-laden supermarket bags are heavier than the weights my trainer used to recommend. Walking home the other day, my right arm started hurting. As I stopped near a corner and lowered the bags onto the footpath, there was a rattle of wheels and a flash of silver.  Looking up, I caught […]

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Santa Paws

Jonah has been chasing me around the house telling me it’s time to get in the Christmas mood. He loves all the sparkly decorations and I’m embarrassed to say he adores dressing up in his Santa costume. With his love of tulle and jewelry, we’re pretty sure he was a drag queen in a previous […]

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I’m a Fairy Grandmother

Five year-old granddaughter and I had an unexpected sleepover last Saturday. Her dad was in bed with a cold and her mum needed a break. I glanced at the kitchen clock. We had enough time to squeeze in a movie before bedtime. She’d only been to two before-a princess one, and Paddington Bear with a scary […]

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Looping the Loop

Strange how life can loop back on itself. A few months ago, when the editor of Yours magazine, Lisa Sinclair, phoned to ask if I’d write a column for her my reaction was instantaneous. No thanks. Having been a columnist in New Zealand for more decades than I cared to remember, I assumed the world […]

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Un Friends

  We live in dangerous times. I must be on constant look out for Enemies. Scribbler’s no help. In fact, she makes a point of befriending my foes. Take this roaring monster, for example… Though she knows I hate it, she insists on taking it out of prison and letting it roam around the house […]

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