Going Back to Work After Parental Leave, 2.0

Last week I discussed my own experiences going back to work for someone else after a year's maternity leave, and Alice Harold of Mob Agenda shared her experiences of setting up a business and becoming a 'WAHM' (Work At Home Mum). Non-profit consultant Michael Waugaman also kindly agreed to talk about what it's like getting back in the game after a longer career break and ...

15 Sep 2011 09:00 GMT

September 11, 2001: What I Remember

Memory has its own idiolect. It doesn’t recall the past the way you or I would. It prioritizes the oddest phrases, while relegating the most seemingly crucial subjects.I was in my bedroom at my parents’ house in Tennessee, packing to return to Chicago the next day, for another year at Northwestern. I had a small television in that room, but it was turned off. Then I heard my mother screaming up the stairs:  “Turn on the TV! Terrorists are attacking the World Trade Center!” I tend to un...

11 Sep 2011 16:41 GMT

Sexual Positions Are Not A To-Do List

Why is it that some people are still obsessed with varied sexual positions? You'd think it was a game - like some kind of potentially orgasmic bingo - the way they go through lists and check off the ones they've tried. Does exploring sex in this way really make it in any way better?

09 Sep 2011 09:00 GMT

Going Back to Work After Parental Leave

I’ve just returned to work after a year’s maternity leave, and frankly, I’m loving it. But the adjustment has its difficulties. Here I give my tips for rejoining the working world and speak to two other parents about their experiences.The 9-5 Office WorkerLike many big city commuters, I’m a full-time employee in a busy office. I go in on the Tube and work 9-5 (ish) Monday to Friday. I intended to go back to work from the start, and my daughter g...

07 Sep 2011 08:30 GMT

'Credit Made Clearer': How Credit Really Works

As someone who has never had a credit card of my own, credit cards, loans and mortgages all scare the hell out of me. Yes, I'm a grown woman, but good god we're in a recession! (Also, I'm an immigrant who was too young to have "good" credit in her homeland when she left, and is still trying to build up "good" credit in her new place. Give a girl a break.)

30 Aug 2011 12:00 GMT

The Gay and Lesbian Manners Book

A guide to manners? Yes please! …oh and thank you!Steven Petrow’s new book Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners landed on my doorstep with an almighty thud. I was looking forward to it turning up but I had no idea quite how big it would be, it’s like the yellow pages. Do gays and lesbians need this much help with manners? Well, we’ll get to that later.

29 Aug 2011 13:20 GMT

So, What Exactly is Polyamory?

In the UK this week, there's been a hell of a lot of polyamory around. It's going on all the time of course, but this week it's a bit more noticeable than usual. There have been non-monogamous folk talking to the Metro, polyamorous women in a 

26 Aug 2011 12:13 GMT

Friends With Benefits: Perfection or Problematic?

Relationships are hard work, aren't they? Having sex with someone you can relax around and who knows what you like is really quite amazing, but the emotional drama that sometimes comes with intimate relationships can make you wonder if it's worth the hassle. That's why having a 'friend with benefits' can be so appealing.

19 Aug 2011 12:00 GMT

Do First Dates Need To Be Stressful?

First dates can be hard work. Finding an evening you are both free is just the beginning. Then there's choosing a time and place to suit, panicking over what to wear and how to act… there's so much advance preparation to ensure you have a great time with someone who may or may not be incredibly awesome.

12 Aug 2011 12:45 GMT

Socialist Celery: The Park Slope Food Coop

The rainier cherries were $12/lb, and the fava beans were nowhere to be found. The bananas, if not overripe, were also not organic. In fact, the organic produce was limited in general, and grossly expensive. It was the fanciest grocery store near my apartment, and it was tiny and woefully under-stocked. The local farmers’ markets were great, but I could not deal with the limitations of having to shop on two specific days a week, with cash only. I needed a serious change. I needed to join the ...

05 Aug 2011 13:00 GMT

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