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“I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.”

Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

How People With Autism Fake It

Recently, the mere anticipation of writing has resulted in instant mental paralysis and thought desertion – until this morning when I spilt an entire cup of coffee; the second one in a fortnight. To put it succinctly, I lost my shit

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Doing Autism Differently

With a lump in my throat I described my beautiful, clever, mischievous daughter and discussed all the ways we could help make her future the antithesis of my past.

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An Apologist’s Apology

Instead of building intercultural bridges as I imagined, I was adding my bricks to the prisons so many are walled up in by their own communities…

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Leaving Islam – irreconcilable differences

Previously I owned up to the deep disquiet I’ve been feeling about my faith; how I suppressed it, and how I tried to reignite my conviction.

But my quest only unearthed more reasons to hold it in question. This wasn’t a dip in devotion – it was a derailment.

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From the archives

Vanishing Point - losing my mind to anorexia

I weighed just 91lbs but the burden of anorexia was incalculable.

Telegraph poles disappearing into the sunset

Expat Lasts – A Life Of Goodbyes

Always anticipating the call for last orders expats tend to neck Life’s opportunities like it’s Happy Hour.

Marrying into a different culture – The clash of East and West

Let’s just say my husband’s decision to marry a ‘ghori’ wasn’t a cause for celebration among his relatives.


Leaving Islam - the greatest jihad?

Goodbye Islam…..this is where I continue my journey on a path you can’t follow.