Tag: attitudes

Don’t Mess with My Identity

Short and stocky, he was striding through the airport looking like a thundercloud. With hands plunged deeply in the front pockets of his jeans and jaw set with a scowl, the front of his black sweatshirt broadcast the newsflash! Gender is Over Just like that, white letters on a black hoodie informed me that┬ámy being…

Mothers and Daughters

In the family tree, there is no relationship quite like that of mother and daughter. As ishshahs, we are not all a mother, but we are all someone’s daughter. No two – or two million – mother-daughter relationships are alike. They cannot be nor should they try to be. But it certainly raises the question…

Not Quite Marilyn

“Inner beauty won’t get you free drinks.” Some of the most enlightening conversations are those engaged in by other diners sitting within earshot of your own table. On two occasions in a matter of months, this type of overheard commentary un-graced the breakfast I had just asked the Lord to bless. Sadly, both times it…

Invisible Woman

Photo courtesy Yu Jinyoung’s incredible ‘Invisible’ collection at London’s Union Gallery Silent, I slip among you – The Invisible Woman. I eat your food, I laugh at your jokes, I nod and smile at words brittle as bones and nourishing as chalk. Skinless, I leak and stain but your eyes are glazed, mannequin-sockets staring spell-bound…

Household Prayer

O God of pans and dish-pan hands, Of laundry on the line, O Lord of drawers and dirty floors, O King of home design; O Prince of dust, and swept-up crust, Of soothing tears and pain, Let not the grind rob peace of mind, Or interrupt Your reign. O Potentate of fork and plate, O…