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…

Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…