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‘I dread Christmas. My husband won’t get jabbed’: The families split over Covid vaccines as they plan holiday gatherings

We talk to three people faced with moral crises over reconciling family festivities with the risks posed by coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas is meant to be a time filled with joy, but for many families it can underline divisions between parents, children or siblings and bring unresolved tensions to the surface. This year adds a particular issue to that dynamic – whether or not individual family members are vaccinated. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Make Food.com’s Green Chile Spinach Dip Recipe for Parties!

  If you are having holiday parties or a get-together for football games, you should make this dip. It’s pretty easy, and it turns out GREAT!.  This recipe for Green Chile Spinach Dip is from Food.com!     This recipe isn’t hard to make and it’s also easy to tweak by adding other ingredients and […] The post Make Food.com’s Green Chile Spinach Dip Recipe for Parties! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Food, Cooking, Family, Featured, Uncategorized, Lifestyle, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Marketing Strategy, Natural, Beverages, Art and design


How a writer found himself in a missing person story

While working on a book about missing persons, Francisco Garcia received a message that turned his life upside down. Here he reflects on love, loss and the enduring promise of reunionDespite the cold, it had been a decent day. Late March is sometimes like that in London. More winter than spring, the grass often still frozen half solid underfoot. It’s rarely a time that speaks too loudly of renewal. This year wasn’t any different, as far as I can remember. The occasion that afternoon was a friend...
Tags: Books, Family, London, Spain, Life and style, Culture, Facebook Messenger, Francisco Garcia, Peckham Rye Park Back


Tim Dowling: my laptop’s new lease of life has landed me in a stew

Carrying it under my chin like a teenager, I’m convinced I can use it, watch TV and cook dinner all at once. I can’t …Three years ago, I bought a laptop, days before flying to America, because the old iPad I had long used for working away from home had just died.Compared with the other technology in my life, this laptop was like something from the future. I’m not an early adopter. After my phone was stolen on a train, I went in search of the least-desirable model available for purchase: recondit...
Tags: Family, America, Life and style, Tim Dowling


Do I need to leave my partner for the sake of my fragile son? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

It’s all about your partner, your son, your dad, your friends. But you need to find a way to include your own needs in whatever you decideI am 62 years old and semi-retired. I’ve worked hard all my life. In my 30s I had a son; it was just the two of us for a long time. My son had mental health issues in his teens and has autism; I am still friends with my son’s father, and they have a good relationship.Ten years ago I met a lovely man and we moved in together. My son went to uni; the expectation...
Tags: Family, Relationships, Life and style, Society, Autism, Carers, Annalisa Barbieri


You be the judge: should my husband spend more time with our baby?

We air both sides of a domestic disagreement – and ask you to deliver a verdict• Have a disagreement you’d like settled? Or want to be part of our jury? Click hereSince our baby was born, Tom has not changed his routine, and is out most nights playing sport Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Children, Relationships, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Tom


Samantha Willis was a beloved young pregnant mother. Did bad vaccine advice cost her her life?

When the UK’s jab programme began, expectant mothers were told to steer clear – so Samantha decided to wait until she had had her baby. Two weeks after giving birth, she died in hospitalIt was typical of Samantha Willis that she bought the food for her baby shower herself. No fuss; she didn’t want other people to be put out. She even bought a cheese board, despite the fact that, because she was pregnant, she couldn’t eat half of it.On 1 August, the care worker and mother of three from Derry was ...
Tags: Family, UK, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Derry, Samantha, Samantha Willis


How we met: ‘I told him my father had died and he said I’d never be alone’

Jackie, 79, and Colin, 81, became pen friends in 1958 during his army service in Hong Kong and met two years later when he was home on leave. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaryAt the end of 1958, Jackie was living with her parents in Kent and working as a filing clerk in London. Then a friend asked if she would like to write to a British soldier who was stationed in Hong Kong: “She knew a soldier out there and he wondered if any of her friends would like to write to him,” sh...
Tags: Hong Kong, Family, London, Marriage, Relationships, Life and style, Kent, Jackie, Colin, Jackie Want


A new start after 60: ‘African dance helped me escape the bullies. Now I teach it’

Whenever she is down, Genny Jones knows that ‘shaking her boombsey’ will lift her mood. On turning 60, she set out to spread the message far and wide‘In Africa, when a baby is born, you dance. When you reach puberty, you dance.” Genny Jones grew up in Sierra Leone, and her childhood was full of “reasons to dance”. At 15 she moved to the UK and still, she says, “Dance was always at the back of my mind.” This year, shortly after her 60th birthday, Jones qualified as a teacher of African dance.“My ...
Tags: Family, UK, Africa, Life and style, Society, Dance, Depression, Sierra Leone, Jones, Genny Jones, Suzuki Liana


‘I took a DNA test and found a new family’: the drama and joy of meeting long-lost relatives

After years of searching, DNA tests, social media and old-fashioned tenacity have played crucial roles in reuniting fractured families. Here, six people tell their storiesI used to go by Larecia Whitehead, I changed my second name to Buford – my real father’s name – when a DNA test led us to each other after decades apart. For most of my childhood, Mum told me another guy was my father, a man I never knew and who left us when I could barely walk or talk. I was never convinced. Then, at 15, a gir...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Genealogy, Buford, Fastforward, Larecia Whitehead


‘I grew up watching my sister on TV’: the drama and joy of finding long-lost relatives

After years of searching, DNA tests, social media and old-fashioned tenacity have played crucial roles in reuniting fractured families. Here, six people tell their storiesI used to go by Larecia Whitehead, I changed my second name to Buford – my real father’s name – when a DNA test led us to each other after decades apart. For most of my childhood, Mum told me another guy was my father, a man I never knew and who left us when I could barely walk or talk. I was never convinced. Then, at 15, a gir...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Genealogy, Buford, Fastforward, Larecia Whitehead


‘I considered having kids with Brad Pitt’: Melissa Etheridge on music, motherhood and coming out

Eighteen months after she lost her son to opioid addiction, the singer-songwriter has released a new album. She talks about her troubled childhood, the happiness she has found with her wife – and her refusal to grieve‘Helloooooh! How are you? I’m good, I’m good.” It takes me about three seconds to warm to Melissa Etheridge. The American singer-songwriter has been through hell in the past few years, but you won’t find her moaning. For someone who has endured so much – Etheridge lost her 21-year-o...
Tags: Family, Music, UK, Country, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, LGBT rights, Blues, Parents and parenting, Brad Pitt, Melissa Etheridge, Al Gore, Beckett, Etheridge, Inconvenient Truth Continue


The agony of choosing termination for my baby who had foetal anomaly

There is a silence around the death of a baby, and a greater hush around the issue of termination for foetal anomaly. Laura Doward shares her life-changing experienceI’m looking at my name, handwritten in capital letters, neat as a button. Considering asking for another form to rewrite it, make it shakier.“Foeticide,” the doctor is saying. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Abortion, Parents and parenting, Laura Doward


Dan Savage: ‘When politicians leave sex alone, I’ll leave politics alone’

Dan Savage is the world’s most influential sex columnist, who regularly offends both conservatives and liberals with his radical views. On the 30th anniversary of his column he tells Eva Wiseman how, for all the controversy, what he’s really interested in is how to make long-term relationships workDan Savage is not easily shocked, but recently, well. A few weeks ago he got a letter. A 24-year-old man wanted advice – he’d taken his partner, bisexual, older, to meet his parents for what both thoug...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Sex, Relationships, Life and style, Seattle, Savage, Eva Wiseman, Dan Savage, Seattle Savage


‘Without what made me “me”, I’d be a shadow of myself’ – portraits of life on the autism spectrum

When photographer Mary Berridge’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s, she began to see his world in a new light. She set out to capture a series of everyday – and exceptional – stories, one image at a timeI have been immersed in the world of autism since my son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Graham had many of the traits of autism from when he was a baby: speech and motor skill delays, sensory sensitivities, anxiety in big social gatherings and more. He had seen professionals for evaluatio...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Autism, Parents and parenting, Graham, Asperger, Mary Berridge


Celebrate the Holidays with the Scent of Christmas Morning: Jo Malone London

Stevie’s Notes: Fragrance is part and parcel of the holiday season. After all, we all want our homes to smell good  and also we want to smell good too.  I adore Jo Malone’s fragrances. I have 3 ( maybe 4..??) Jo Malone scents. I love how rich the scent is and it feels quite luxurious […] The post Celebrate the Holidays with the Scent of Christmas Morning: Jo Malone London first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Featured, Holidays, Shopping, Women, Christmas, Lifestyle, Holiday, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green


One restaurant has been a part of our family. Now we mourn its passing | Jay Rayner

We measured out the landmarks of our lives at London’s Y Ming. So long, and thanksMy family has suffered a great loss. We will still have our memories, of course, each one suffused with a warm glow. But the source of those memories? After 35 years, that has gone. We have lost our family’s restaurant: the one that was so much more than somewhere to eat out. It was where my wife and I went before the kids arrived, and when those kids were young, and when a treat was needed, and when a treat wasn’t...
Tags: Food, Family, London, Restaurants, Life and style, Soho, Jay Rayner, Greek Street


I’m a dad and a gig worker. I had no choice but to keep working with a newborn

As politicians argue over paternity leave, even four paid weeks off would have made a huge difference for workers like meNine months ago I was not yet a bleary-eyed dad juggling work and two baby boys, but I did know a second baby was imminent. What should’ve been a happy milestone was quickly blunted by a boomeranging lament – that there would be no taking any paid parental leave for me, a gig worker.When my first was born, just before the pandemic, I was a freelance writer in the throes of an ...
Tags: Family, Life and style, US news, US politics, Parents and parenting, MFA, COVID


What do I say to my estranged daughter after years apart? | Ask Philippa

Try to imagine events through her eyes. If you hold on to your position, believing her to be selfish, nothing will changeThe question My youngest daughter has ignored me since I divorced her mother some years ago. She didn’t even visit when I suffered from cancer and had chemotherapy. When she got married, my partner and I were not allowed to attend. I’ve never met her child, yet her husband’s father, who is in the same situation as me, widowed with a new partner, is allowed to visit and see my ...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Philippa


‘It feels almost naughty to leave’: For returned Australians open borders bring new dilemmas

The resumption of international travel pits new lives against old dreams for Australians who returned from overseas during the Covid-19 pandemicTo live and work overseas is a rite of passage for many Australians. Life abroad, however, took on a new sense of fragility with the rise of Covid-19. More than a million Australian citizens were forced to choose between riding out the pandemic in a foreign country, or returning to the relative safety of Australia.Since March 2020, it is estimated about ...
Tags: Travel, Family, Australia, Life and style, Australian lifestyle, Coronavirus


Sadie Frost and her mother get ready for a wedding: ‘I imagined this amazing princess life ahead of me’

The actor and her mother recreate an old photograph, and reflect on the ‘craziness’ of family lifeA poster girl for 90s cool, Sadie Frost rose to prominence as a Vivienne Westwood model, before starring in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The daughter of Mary Davidson and psychedelic artist David Vaughan, who died in 2003, Frost began her acting career with a Jelly Tots advert in 1968. She has since ventured into fashion (with the label FrostFrench), stage performance (one-woman pla...
Tags: Family, Photography, London, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Vivienne Westwood, Rudy, Frost, Jude Law, Bram Stoker, Sadie Frost, Francis Ford Coppola, Finlay, David Vaughan, Spandau Ballet


I am 16 and identify as an ace lesbian – but I don’t want to ‘come out’ to my parents | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

It sounds as if your sexuality and orientation will be no surprise to them, says Annalisa BarbieriI am 16, and identify as an ace lesbian (NMLNM, or non-men loving non-men). I have questioned my sexuality since the age of 12 or 13, thinking I was bisexual. I downloaded TikTok, which allowed me to explore my identity more and interact with other queer young people. Until this summer, I questioned my identity multiple times a day (exhausting and not affirming), but I slowly began to feel confident...
Tags: Family, Gender, Life and style, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Annalisa Barbieri, Annalisa BarbieriI


You be the judge: is my wife being too picky with our baby’s name?

We air both sides of a domestic disagreement – and ask you to deliver a verdict• Have a disagreement you’d like settled? Or want to be part of our jury? Click hereWe had a shortlist of baby names, but my wife has thrown one of them out for no good reason Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Children, Relationships, Religion, Life and style, Society, Islam


Emotional infidelity: the devastating, destructive love affairs that involve no sex at all

An affair doesn’t have to be physical to be intense – or to ruin a relationship. Guardian readers open up about bonding, betrayal and what happened nextChloe had encouraged her husband to accept the new job. “I told him: ‘Life is too short to be unhappy.’”The effect on him was transformative – but not in the way she had imagined. “One minute, he was a family guy, the next, he was always working late and going in early.” She found out why when she visited him one day at work. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Sex, Relationships, Life and style


Baby it’s you: my fight to overcome infertility

After years of trying, Martha Hayes chose to have a child using an egg donor. It raised many painful questions. But when Maggie finally arrived it turned out she’d brought all her love with herIt’s 7pm on a weeknight when my husband Chris and I open our laptops, pour two glasses of wine and start browsing through profiles of women in their 20s. Attractive, interesting, available women. It’s the spring of 2020, we’ve been living in Los Angeles for a year (having relocated from London for work) an...
Tags: Health, Family, London, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, Nasa, Parents and parenting, Fertility problems, Maggie, Chris, Martha Hayes


Stella Creasy on her lonely maternity cover battle: ‘Women should be able to have kids and do politics’

The Labour politician is used to fighting battles – but can she win her latest: convincing her colleagues to back proper maternity cover for fellow members?Stella Creasy is dodging people on the pavement as we talk. She apologises for the background noise but it’s hard finding time for a conversation when you have a newborn son, a toddler daughter, and no proper maternity leave from a full-time job as Labour MP for Walthamstow; this walk to an appointment is the only window she has. Last month, ...
Tags: Family, Gender, Politics, London, Money, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, UK News, Work & careers, Afghanistan, Health & wellbeing, Labour, Employee Benefits, Stella Creasy, Parents and parenting


My abusive ex-husband is about to visit and I don’t feel safe | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

Disengage from this visit, says Annalisa Barbieri. Explain to your children that you don’t want to see your exNext month my ex-husband is coming over from abroad to meet our son’s new baby. The whole family is viewing the prospect with alarm. He left when our son was one and our daughter four, and subjected me to all kinds of physical, verbal, financial and emotional abuse.Last time he came, he expected to be ferried about and have meals and laundry provided, and claimed to be unable to pay for ...
Tags: Family, Relationships, Life and style, Society, Domestic Violence, Parents and parenting, Annalisa Barbieri


‘I’m terrified it might be my last chance’: the rise of the pre-baby ‘stag do’

‘Dad dos’, or ‘Dadchelor parties’ – one last blow out for a father-to-be – are on the up. Are they just an excuse for a bender, or a crucial celebration for the modern, hands-on father?‘Take a moment to say goodbye to your old life.” This is what Kit Harington said earlier this year, when asked what advice he’d give to fellow new parents. The actor, best known as the angst-ridden bastard prince Jon Snow in the fantasy series Game of Thrones, regretted not having held a proper celebration before ...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Men, Parents and parenting, Jon Snow, Kit Harington, Harington


‘I’m scared I’ve left it too late to have kids’: the men haunted by their biological clocks

It’s certainly not just women who worry about ageing and procreation – and now men have begun speaking about their own deep anxietiesIt was when Connor woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom that he started thinking about it. The 38-year-old civil servant from London got back into bed and couldn’t sleep: he was spiralling. “I thought: ‘Shit, I might not be able to have children. It actually might not happen,’” he says.“It started with me thinking about how I’m looking to buy a ...
Tags: Health, Family, Science, London, Biology, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Reproduction, Men, Parents and parenting, Ivf, Connor, Fertility problems


How we met: ‘I sat down beside her on a coach. Before the journey was over I’d asked her to marry me’

Andy from Glasgow met Becky from Illinois on a Greyhound bus, defending her from the attentions of a crass man in front of them. Ten hours later, they were engagedWhen Andy boarded a Greyhound bus with his friend Steven in the summer of 1990, he was disappointed to find there was nowhere to sit together. They were in the US for work meetings and had planned to spend extra time touring the country. “I’d been in Orlando to sign a contract to write and design comic books,” he says. “My buddy and I ...
Tags: Family, Florida, Montana, Relationships, US, Life and style, San Diego, Glasgow, Illinois, Orlando, Andy, Steven, Disney World, Becky



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