The unexpected benefits of a bruised rib

Short read written in 2015. In which I discover the remarkable therapeutic features of a lightly bruised rib.   Last Saturday morning I leaned over my bath, aiming to wipe away some dust before turning on the tap. I was standing on a thin bathmat, bent almost double because the bath, being Japanese, is very deep—when […]

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Home maintenance in old age

In which I am torn between an old age of grubby indolence (tempting) with the officious whip-cracking of a body corporate.  Have you noticed a tendency of older people to stop dusting and cleaning and fixing up their homes? My sisters and I suspect that late in life our mother did zero housework. A nice helper went […]

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