She is back, my pretty one. The long and limber, svelte and ephemeral. A barely-there hair. I don’t remember her growing, only woke to find her trapped in lips tight with the wishings of silent dreams. Back again. I greet her like a friend though there is an air of the uncanny about her. Familiar… Continue reading the barely-there hair
Debunking the Glorification of Leaving and the Fallacy of a 'Before' and 'After' Narrative So many of you read and reached out to a piece I wrote while in hotel quarantine about why I made the decision to quit a “good” job in a pandemic and move my life without any sort of flotation device… Continue reading In Praise of Staying
Is finding planet-friendly activewear too much of a stretch? This month for The Gloss, I investigate the brands that will help you save the planet, one squat at a time. Whenever I am lacking a little motivation, I dress in activewear. I find something strangely reassuring about the skintight feel of compressed leggings or the… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: Let’s get Ethical!
For more pieces like this one, sign up to my weekly newsletter, The Earnest Spoon, here. I am dancing to Alex Cameron in my once-pristine hotel room. It is still clean – I am not a gremlin – but the floor, once vacuumed to the point of appearing more leather than carpet, bears witness to… Continue reading I am dancing to Alex Cameron in my once-pristine hotel room
As a collector of words, ocean is right up there with gumption, superfluous, and kaleidoscopic as one of my favourites. Not because of the onomatopoeic evocations of its “sh” sound, not because uttering it requires my mouth to mirror the undulations of the waves that mosaic it but rather because of the pleasant associations it… Continue reading What is ‘A Drop in the Ocean’?
Creative gift ideas that cost little, waste nothing but mean everything Last month, I wrote to you of practicality. Of reclaiming the “need” of gift-giving because, in delivering essential items, we are automatically reducing hazardous waste and corporate-fuelled climate change. Yet, to paraphrase Love Actually, most of us don’t want something we need, we want… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: When Less is More
I know it’s only November, I know we don’t want to think about it, I know it feels surreal and almost sacrilegious to even mention it what with the lockdowns and low hums of recession, the rising loneliness and lowering of morale but I’m going to do it, mention the unmentionable and open the Pandora’s… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: ‘Tis the Season to be Practical – How the Humble Care Package can Save Christmas and the World
As many of us face once more into the remote working breach, continuing to bid a prolonged and indefinite ‘A bientôt!’ to watercooler chat and after-work drinks, I find myself mourning but also interrogating the hallowed structures that defined my pre-lockdown working life. One of these was my caffeine dependence: an intense and unwavering obsession… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: Boiling it Down – The Uncomfortable Truth of my Caffeine Addiction
I always believed the Internet was essentially “green”. Online resources like OneDrive save trees and the need to print, video conferencing – as we are all now acutely aware – prevents millions of miles of air travel, while the Internet’s connectivity has emboldened global climate activism. Our digital lexicon – words like “cloud”, “web”, “lightweight”… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: Lightening my Online Footprint, one Unsubscribe Button at a Time
I may be someone who religiously keeps a slab of chocolate on their bedside locker (and thus someone who regularly has trouble sleeping and/or terrible nightmares for no discernible reason). Easter is therefore a much-anticipated event for me – a welcome respite from closeted snacking and a foray into full-frontal, unapologetic feasting, unfettered by the… Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean: Carbon and the Chocolate Factory