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The Surname Problem

  My lovely cousin Scott recently visited the grave of my great-great-great-grandfather, the last of my Drysdale ancestors to be buried in Scotland, before his widow and children emigrated to New Zealand in the 19th century. A cousin of my Dad’s had done the sleuthing to find the unmarked grave in the 1970s and wrote […]

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New Year’s Guide to Modern Cloth Nappies

You can tell by the volatile weather, road closures and slow news days that it’s the middle of the summer holidays (in the Southern Hemisphere, obviously). When I was a kid, we spent every summer at a campground or two somewhere around the country, in our trusty Camp-O-Matic. And every summer, we would visit a […]

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Single #3: Getting Ready to be Single

Sure, most adults eventually marry or enter long-term partnerships, but even more adults in the West spend a considerable period of life as a single person. Actually, I’m just guessing about that, but it’s probably right. I read that nine out of ten American women will be widowed, given statistical life expectancy. Even among Christians, […]

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Imperfect is the New Perfect #2: Born Perfect?

One of the perils of parenthood is believing we’re in charge. I’m talking about how we can overestimate the influence we have on our kids. They look like blank slates when they come out, right? Gunky, wrinkly blank slates. Ready for us to clean up and write the story of their lives on. But of […]

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How It Is #5: A Stranger In My Head

This is the fifth post in a series reflecting on my experience of postnatal depression. Feel free to head also to How It Is #1, How It Is #2, How It Is #3: What to Say and How It Is #4: On A Bad Day, and feel free to pass any of them around, if they’re helpful, using the share […]

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Making Room #2: Blighty and Back

Sleeping in 22 different bedrooms in ten months: not bad for a baby, right? Our baby, SBJ, has slept overnight in 22 different places as we’ve been on the move around New Zealand and around the world. More than two thirds of those are instances of gracious hospitality from friends and family – sometimes for […]

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Wanted: Rainbow Baby

Just like reading the comments section of any Guardian opinion piece, shopping for baby clothes makes me world-weary. Every time. In every single shop I’ve entered, a good 90 per cent of baby clothes come only in blue, pink, beige or white. The remaining 10 per cent in the boys’ section comprises camouflage and trucks. […]

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How It Is #1: My Story of Postnatal Depression

The clicks surprised me. On my first real post here, I mentioned postnatal depression (PND), and linked the term to a useful Kiwi resource website on PND, Mothers Matter. That link is still the most clicked on this blog, so I’ve decided to write a bit more about my experience of PND, in case it’s […]

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