Anzac Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

You Are So Beautiful

Today is the day of the diva. Jean Paul Gaultier, Shirley Maclaine, Paula Yates and Barbra Streisand were born today. And my gorgeous middle child.

Happy 10th Birthday Mrs Moo, I love being your mother.

A TED talk I loved

This woman talks about the power of vulnerability and believing that we are worthy. She went to a therapist and said, “No family stuff, no childhood shit.” This is brilliant. “Practice gratitude and lean into joy. To feel this vulnerable…..”

Brene Brown on vulnerability

Love song dedications

I’ve got a big love….

Caitlin Moran

I’ve just finished reading Caitlin Moran’s marvellous book How To Be A Woman. It’s funny and discusses a lot of questions that modern, Western women are asking. I recommend reading it if the fact that women earn less than men annoys you and also if, to quote Caitlin Moran, ‘you have a vagina.’ But my favourite quote from the book is her view of feminism:

‘….Greer uses the words ‘liberation’ and ‘feminism’ and I realise – at the age of 15 – that she is the first person I’ve ever seen who doesn’t say them sarcastically, or tempered with invisible quote marks. She doesn’t say them like they are words that are both slightly distasteful, and slightly dangerous, and should be handled only at the end of tongs, like night soil, or typhus.

Instead, Greer says ‘I am a feminist’ in a perfectly calm, logical and entitled way. It sounds like the solution to a puzzle that’s been going on for years. Greer says it with entitlement and pride: the word is a prize that billions of women, for the span of human history, fought to win. This is the vaccine against the earlier pioneers’ failure. This is the atmosphere that would sustain us all in space; the piece of equipment we’ve all been missing. This is what will keep us alive.

…The word feels more exciting than swearing. It is intoxicating. It makes my head swim.’