Extract from ONCE UPON A THOUSAND HILLS. Tense interview between sex shop worker Naomi Lieberman and Rwandan Director of a London refugee centre. I step inside the room, closing the door behind me. “Hello, I’m –” And suddenly, I stop. I’m lost for words. Even though only two words need follow. “Naomi Lieberman?” I nod. [...]
Heartbreak: how long does it take to heal?
I started writing this Blog in November 2017, just after my husband and I split up. How long will the pain last? I remember asking a friend who had been through a similar break-up. “Eighteen months,” was her answer. I remember sucking in my breath. At the time I could barely get through a single day without [...]
What do you do when you simply DON’T want to get up in the morning?
You’ve just come back from the holiday of a lifetime. Or maybe not even that. Maybe just a normal holiday, or some other uplifting event. And you’re back home. Plunged straight into real life. The pendulum has resumed its irritating, relentless swing. Back to work! it sneers at you while whooshing past, to and fro, carrying you [...]
The Trouble with Dogs and Men
What a Difference a Puppy Makes!
I’d like to introduce you to Bruno, my new, naughty, adorable, three-month-old puppy. The poor little mite was found on the streets of Krakow shortly after Christmas and taken to the Dog Rescue Shelter, where I duly rescued him. And now, thanks to the exhausting but oh so rewarding addition to our depleted household (following [...]
A Nightmare on Copernicus Street
The title for my latest blog post is borrowed from the 1980s horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, which some of you might remember. So why that particular horror film? Easy. Because yesterday’s experience truly was a nightmare, though not involving blood, guts and gore. It just involved the gory state my soul was [...]