6th December 2017 Helen

Disclaimer: The links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. As usual the content and opinions are my own. These days it feels like you’d really have to dig deep to find positive news stories about being a woman.   We’re collectively painted out as one extreme or another – the broken victim or the shrill woman; the virgin or the slut; the wallflower or the provocateur. ‘Women’s sections’ of newspapers talk about thigh gaps – not pay gaps; telling us when we’re…

26th November 2017 Helen

There are little changes to the routine. Moments of relative calm. Fewer hands pawing at me. An occasional meal without a spill.  Less things to wipe.  Ever the optimist I feel hopeful. Hopeful that the madness of early childhood is coming to an end. Hopeful that the tedium that accompanies those early years is giving way to a different type of tedium – maybe even an easier one. Here are the 10 tells I’m an optimistic parent. 1. I’ve started buying the Weekend Newspaper. To childless me it was a given. Picked up on the way to brunch in the…

3rd May 2017 Helen 7Comment

I’m a happy married, mother of three, who is desperately seeking to fill an empty chasm in an otherwise very nice life.  In case my husband is reading this (unlikely but sure I better cover all bases), he needn’t worry – while I’m looking for something new but I’m not (yet) in the market for a new husband. No, today my needs are different. Today, I’m in the market for some political inspiration. And things are not looking good. You see, I’ve officially had enough of listening to news of far right eejits; far left eejits; and bog-standard-eejits. Not for one moment to…

5th October 2016 Helen 7Comment

Tuntunterrah…. It’s World Breastfeeding Week. Of course while it’s a great thing to promote the most natural way to feed a baby, it’s a crying shame that it’s even necessary. But the millions of billions of cash spent by the formula industry undermining women’s belief in their bodies has done the trick and dedicating a week to encourage mammals to act like mammals is utterly necessary, so here’s my twopence worth. Again. On the experience and merits of breastfeeding, I speak as one who has retired from milk production.   Earlier this year, aged 23 months, my last baby was finally ejected from the milk…

20th September 2016 Helen

I like numbers – they make sense of things for me.  They show the truth about how things are.  Presented plain and simple they tell no lies – that part comes later when they are wrapped up in words. So here are a few numbers for you…. Over the last 35 years, over 166,000 women have travelled from Ireland to access abortion services abroad.  That’s roughly equivalent to the combined population of of the cities of Waterford and Cork. Today, like yesterday and the day before, more than 9 women left this Country to access abortion services. Today, like yesterday…

14th February 2016 Helen 4Comment

I’m a bit meh about Valentine’s Day. It’s all very nice and that but – maybe a bit like I find the ‘in your face’ sexiness of Fifty Shades oh-so-unsexy, I’m less than excited about the slightly embarrassing obviousness of it. That said I have had some truly memorable Valentine’s encounters.  There were, of course, many years of telling childish fibs about stacks of cards that had never actually arrived.   In my late teens I had the Dawson’s Creek style overly-elaborate, rose-filled Valentine’s that only a (well-intentioned) teenage boyfriend could have thought was a great idea.  In my twenties I traveled with a…