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There is something blissful about waking up early and you get a lot done too

By Nina Steele Growing up, my mother used to be up very early to do the housework. She was up around 4 am, sometimes even 3am.… Read the rest

There is this assumption that because you have no children, you must have lots of money lying around

By Nina Steele A relative of mine tried to get hold of me the other day. He rang a total of 8 times. I didn’t answer because I knew what it would be about.… Read the rest

A hilarious encounter that reminded me why living your life trying to please others is a bad idea

By Nina Steele A few weeks ago, I was loading the boot of our car with my grocery when a woman approached me. I happily talk to strangers whenever I have the chance and I smiled when she said hello.… Read the rest

Why so much obsession with mobile phones?

By Nina Steele My husband and I recently spent a week in Zermatt, Switzerland. We had a wonderful time there hiking in the mountains.… Read the rest

There are limits to what you can do in the garden when you suffer from hay fever

By Nina Steele In a recent article, columnist Grace Dent, who is childfree, bemoans the fact that her garden is in a sorry state.… Read the rest

Say what you like about marriage, at least it protects you against some of the vagaries of life

By Nina Steele Two days ago, the Ivory Coast lost one of its most talented artists, aged just 33. His stage name was DJ Arafat (Born Ange Didier Houon).… Read the rest

Companionship can be whatever you want it to be

By Nina Steele Years ago, in my work with the elderly, I had the opportunity to meet a lady in her 80s. She lived with her sister and had done so most of her adult life.… Read the rest

Family finds a wife for man who died childless so as to continue his lineage

By Nina Steele Yes you heard it right! This I understand from a short clip from BBC Africa, is Igbo custom. For those not in the know, the Igbo people are an ethnic group from Nigeria.… Read the rest

Have the courage to live your best life no matter how big the sacrifice

By Nina Steele I was reading an article the other day about people who have chosen a life of solitude, away from the rest of society.… Read the rest

I love a good laugh and Patricia Routledge in “Keeping Up Appearances”, always delivers

By Nina Steele Patricia Routledge was born on February 17, 1929. She has never married and has no children. Of that, she said in a 2001 interview: “I didn’t make a decision not to be married and not to be a mother.… Read the rest