How Would You Handle Being Interviewed?

How Would You Handle Being Interviewed?

An adrenaline shot excites my heart, but my throat tightens; I’m unwilling to talk. Why is someone interviewing me? I’m not planning to re-join the ranks of the employed anytime soon, so this can’t be a job interview. But maybe I’ve become a famous author, or...
What Distraction Uplifts When Life Gets You Down

What Distraction Uplifts When Life Gets You Down

I quit Social Media in 2017. It was too good and so bad. Months later, we adopted our white German shepherd from a dog rescue. When we met him, after a short get-to-know-you walk on the lead, I opened his mouth and put my hand inside. He froze and gave a crazed roll...
The Road to a Healthier New Normal

The Road to a Healthier New Normal

Some still had their ties on, their flabby florid faces jiggling with each laboured step, blood-shot eyes squinting at the setting sun. All but two wore suits, bulging bellies bursting over spindly legs covered by expensive, tailored fabric that gathered warm, red...
How Important is Your Baggage

How Important is Your Baggage

In a child’s bedroom peppered with an explosion of popular tiny plastic toys, tucked at the back of the walk-in wardrobe, I keep a large, battered, old trunk. Its clasps are so rusty that I hurt my fingers when I try to prise them open. I put this decrepit trunk in...
Stories by Numbers

Stories by Numbers

Following the recession of the early nineties, I felt the weight of parental expectation to ‘make the most of your potential’ and choose a proper job. Unlike their wishes for me, my parents’ careers had veered from law to fruit farming and hypnotherapy meandering back...
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