A twenty-second hug for Mother’s Day

Dear Claire,   I listened to an interesting podcast the other day on NPR, our national public radio station here in the US. It was an interview with twin sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski, whose new book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (or in the UK, Burnout: The Secret to Solving the Stress…

A postcard from Rome

Dear Sam,   I hope you've had a good break over the Easter weekend? We spent some of the time doing jobs around the house and I'm still on a mission to clear our clutter , so I was able to use some of your tips for  recycling what you usually can’t - they were very useful! It hasn't been…