Now that Christmas and the new year are very much in sight, I’ve put together a list of my personal highlights from 2017. This year included difficulties, like losing our wonderful Grandad in September and our darling dog just a few days ago. But reflecting on positive experiences doesn’t take away their significance.
I’d love to hear about the best parts of your year too. Here are mine:
How many times a day do you say sorry? Once? Five times? More?
Perhaps ‘sorry’ is verbal padding, part of the way you string sentences together. It can, as writer Sloane Crosley observes, be ‘an entry point to basic affirmative sentences’. For an excessive apologiser, even simple questions or requests are accompanied by that short yet weighty word.
‘At last we’ve arrived at the season in which we are all given license to be unremarkable.’
This piece on why autumn is boring and great resonated with me.
November has been pleasantly familiar. Bright, crisp and suddenly dark.
As we enter the final stretch of 2017, I’m sharing a mini gluten free Christmas guide.
Rather than advice about preventing cross contamination, here are some festive food and gift suggestions for coeliacs.
For sixteen days each year, my older sister and I are the same age. Today she turns twenty-five.
Family members often exclaim, ‘How did we get two girls so incredibly different?’
It’s easy to laugh about the broad categories we fall into.
In this age of email overload, it may seem odd – even ridiculous – to invite more updates to your inbox.
But carefully picked newsletters deliver convenient and curated writing, podcasts and articles that you might not otherwise find. I’ve discovered that I prefer subscribing to scrolling through Twitter.
October brought grey skies that turned pink at dinner time. Crunching leaves. Meals shared with family.
It meant catching up with friends over mugs of tea after too many months, and smiling at thoughtful cards. Enjoying the scent of candles and the sweetness of the last bite of birthday cake. Anticipating what’s next.
I’ve shared five benefits of being a part-time postgraduate student with Times Higher Education. You can take a look at the article here.
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Five years ago I was an uncertain fresher studying English and History at the University of Southampton. Now I’m halfway through a part-time MA in Cultural Management at King’s College. I’ve gone from the Brontës to business plans.
Would I make the same choices again?
Yes, absolutely. Arts education can be incredibly interesting and rewarding.
During the summer I asked a few friends and contacts to share their perspectives on the value of studying for an arts or humanities degree.
Here are four key benefits: