Being misunderstood can be frustrating, particularly when it happens too often

By Nina Steele A few days ago, a user posted a thread on the forum about her experience as a childfree woman in her 30s. I have chosen to post it on the main section of the website as well, because some of you will identify with some of the issues she talks about.… Read the rest

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

Carmen Herrera’s husband didn’t live long enough to see her success. Theirs was a moving love story

By Nina Steele A few years ago, I wrote an article about Carmen Herrera because her story seemed so unique. She is Cuban-American. She was born in Havana on May 31, 1915.… Read the rest

Some people are so at ease with who they are that no one questions their choices

By Nina Steele A man I knew growing up, recently got married. He and his now wife have been together for many years. He is in his 50s and from what I understand, the woman is his age.… 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