The Sins of the Fathers

God is bloody well unfair, I thought as a child on the Sunday morning our clergyman read Number 14:18: 'The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation'.


Faith and Infertility

Many, many years ago, a childless old age pensionner chanced to tell me that if I ever experienced infertility, I should accept it gracefully because God knew better than I did. Her words went in one ear and out the other because I never, in my wildest imagination, would have expected not to fall pregnant. But when a baby didn't come along, that old lady's words came floating back to me.


Jealous Mothers Competing with their Daughters

What do you do when you realise your own mother is trying to steal everything your little sister holds dear? It's not a new thing. My mother has been insanely jealous of her youngest daughter, Dwyn, since she was born. But this week I caught my mother snuggled up to Dwyn's partner, Steve, as they shared a fag in the back garden. Her hand was on his thigh. That's when I knew. Mom intends to seduce my sister's partner. It wouldn't be the first time.


Fertility Only for the Rich?

How glad we all were for Gordon and Tana Ramsay when they welcomed Baby Oscar on Wednesday. But having a family hasn't always been easy for the celebrity chef. After years spent bending over hot stoves, Ramsay was left with a low sperm count and he and Tana sought medical assistance in starting their family.


Angry Step-Mothers: Good Women Pushed Too Far

'All manner of suspicions' have attached to step-mothers since the Roman times, according to Michael J. G. Gray-Fow. More recently, the Brothers Grimm and Disney have made it very clear: stepmothers are mean, vicious and angry. But we're never told why. It's just assumed that Lady Tremaine is Cinderella's 'evil' stepmother because she's intrinsically 'evil'.

Or is she?


Not Being Angry at Abusive Parents is No Virtue

My Mam's mother was abusive. My Da's mother and father were both abusive. But neither Mam or Da were angry at their abusive parents. They're a little sad. A little hurt. But not angry! Surely not. That would be wrong. That wouldn't be nice. No, they love their parents — their distant, dysfunctional, cold, neglectful, and abusive parents.