Category Archives: Family

Half and Half

Someone asked me last night how long I had been living here in the Netherlands, and I replied: “35 years”. “So, for half your life?” he asked. And up until that moment I had not thought about it, but he’s … Continue reading

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A New Arrival

It’s been almost a year since we had to have our Labrador, Kai, put to sleep. We miss him a lot, although our other Labrador, Watson, seems much more sanguine about it. In the beginning we didn’t actively think about … Continue reading

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RIP Kai

We had the older of our two Labradors put to sleep this morning. He was 14 years and two months old, which for a Labrador, is a long life. I think we can say that he had a good life … Continue reading

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The UN Goes Bollywood

The UN Human Rights Office has made the first ever Bollywood music video for gay rights as part of their Free & Equal initiative:   With my Indian ancestry, I thought it rather charming and sweet…

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Mellow Fruitfulness

At the moment, we’re seeing Keats’s poem “To Autumn” come to life all around us. We’re harvesting our fruit trees and shrubs. This year we have a bumper crop of plums, pears, elderberries and blackberries, backed up by a reasonable … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

I travelled to Scotland last week for a funeral. It was not an unexpected trip, but one that came too soon, nonetheless. David, my niece’s husband, was diagnosed with a brain tumour a year ago, and he died peacefully, with … Continue reading

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Parenthood Is No Place For Perfectionists

While still shaking my head over the idiocy of David Jones, who claims that two same-sex partners cannot provide a warm and safe environment for their children, I came across a new book written by Andrew Solomon: Far From the … Continue reading

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