Category: Stories

Does Cupid Aim to Please? Or Is He One Sharp Cookie?

February 13th, 2017

Love Is Blind, Deaf, and Dumbed-Down Chubs draws back his bow, shoots his ♥-tipped arrow, and pierces the heart of our love interest. Aww. Happy Valentine’s Day. This picture, this Hallmark moment, is the stuff of fairy tales. Rewind some centuries, though—before these fluffy stories made us go all gooey; before February 14 was known… See More

Why a Square Peg in a Round Hole Is the Ideal Fit

June 7th, 2016

Here’s to the Crazy Ones! It was a small poster that came in the mail almost twenty years ago. Apple sent it to me because I was a true-blue Mac user at a time when PCs were de rigeur. ‘Here’s to the Crazy Ones,’ it said. Woo-hoo! I felt buoyed, not because I liked being… See More

Psst! How to Curb Your Inner Critic’s Rubbishing

April 8th, 2016

SHUUUT UUUUUUUP! And that, my friend, silences the inner critic! As if … Crit does not take directions well, not even with a ‘Please, I am begging you’ tacked on the end. Hiding under the doona doesn’t work either. It’s wormed its way into your head and, ergo, into your bed. Blocking your ears? Nooo… See More

Sleeping with the Enemy? (Why It’s Worth It.)

February 22nd, 2016

Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? I’m sleeping with the enemy. And there’s more than one. Oh, I don’t know them in the biblical sense, and I haven’t seen them, as such. Then who are they? My personal demons, that’s who. Yes. I am in bed with my demons. Boomer Rumour For a very long… See More

Going Down … Are You Doing It Regularly?

November 1st, 2015

Down on Down We’re okay with ‘calming down’; we’re cool with ‘cooling down’; we’re hot on ‘going down’ —yeah baby!—and we rhapsodise about ‘falling in love’. Mostly, though, down gets short shrift. Up and Down Are Not in Opposition With our leaning towards one part of a pairing over and above the other part, up… See More

Digging up the Dirt on Happily Ever After

October 6th, 2015

‘And They Lived Happily Ever After …’ This blah-blah tagline that full-stops fairy tales embedded itself in the fantasy-loving part of my brain when I was a kid. Years later, I devoured adult fairy tales—romance novels. My hippocampus hankered for that HEA ending, which, for a multitude of women was, and still is, the most… See More

Are You a Woman with Balls?

September 8th, 2015

Above and Beyond Once upon a time, goddesses were important. By the time our stories began with ‘Once upon a time’, goddesses had become unimportant. Womankind kinda got hidden from view as man played God, and systematically worked at guiding our mindsets into an oppositional arrangement: Science over art Fact over fantasy Thinking over feeling… See More