Living with disapproval

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I recently experienced a big dose of disapproval, and wow, it hurt. It came from the place where I would most expect it: my family. I recently got engaged in a fairly fuss-free way. No ring. No proposal. A simple agreement between adults to marry. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, and in light […]

Dear Aunty Em: Shades of grey

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Dear Aunty Em,  So my friend has been happily married for years. She’s always had a bit of friendly banter with this person in her life but apparently she has missed all the signs that he was totally keen. She hasn’t been getting a lot of attention from her hubby and I think old mate […]

Dear Aunty Em: Crazy step mum

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‘My arsehole ex-husband has knocked up a young Asian lady. They are having a baby and I worry about our son and what to do. The young girl thinks she’s my son’s mother. She assaulted him on New Year’s Eve. What do I do?’ – Worried Mama Dear Worried Mama, Whoah, I am out of […]

Dear Aunty Em: Drainers

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‘How do you stop seeing people in your life who are drainers? How do you cut them off and out of your life?’ – Tired Dear Tired, The thing about electricity is that it requires a circuit to work. The energy flows in a loop. The best relationships are like this. The giving and taking […]

Dear Aunty Em: Feels

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‘How do I have feelings?’ and ‘How do I stop having so many feelings? – The Feels Dear The Feels, I suspect you are two sides of the same coin; a coin called depression and anxiety. Numbness, or inability to feel, is one of the signs that you could be suffering from depression. Feeling too much […]

Dear Aunty Em: Making lurve

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‘Closing our eyes whilst making love seems perfectly natural and acceptable, but there are times one wants to hold a lovers gaze. Is it arousing, confronting, beautiful or weird?’ – Eyeballs Dear Eyeballs, Like all things in sex, it totally depends on your partner. Some people cannot get enough of bananas up their butt while […]

Dear Aunty Em: Customers

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‘No names to be mentioned, but why is society – in particular retail customers – more demanding now than, say, 10 years ago?’ – People Suck Dear People Suck, There was a wonderful time when people drank instant coffee and sat down to watch one of the four TV channels available. They drank cask wine and ate […]

Dear Aunty Em: Gaydar

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‘I made a comment or three about being wary of dating guys who turn out to be gay and my assistant asked me if I had had a scarring experience? No, I answered but I live in Sydney where there seem to be confused people dating all over the place. My old neighbour was a […]

Dear Aunty Em: Younger

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‘I’ve started dating someone nine years’ younger than me – don’t tell anyone! I feel that I’m too old and he’s got his life ahead of him and he wants to party. The problem is that we like each other more than either of us has liked anyone before and we click. What should I […]

Need to know: Saving apps

Marie Antoinette and I have one thing in common: we have the financial management skills of a piece of seaweed

I am as good at saving money as Kim Kardashian is at keeping a low profile. I suck at it. The good news is that there are some new apps that help fiscal degenerates like me to budget, save and invest. The top apps are able to consolidate all of your finances and present them in […]