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Helen Brown

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How A Mastectomy Improved My Sex Life

(16) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 5:10 AM

When I booked in for a mastectomy, I assumed our sex life was over. Even though the surgeon promised his reconstruction job would have me looking better than new, my reservations were almost overwhelming.

Transferring fat from my belly to create a new right breast would leave me with a...

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The House I Haunt

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Downton Abbey it was not. Carpets were threadbare. Wild cats fought and made raucous love in the basement. Bees took over the attic and made so much honey it poured down the upstairs bedroom walls.

Our parents were the only staff. Mom grumbled about trying to keep such a monster...

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How To Stop Apologizing For Everything You Do

(47) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 5:43 AM

I could swear my grocery-laden supermarket bags are getting heavier. Walking home the other day, my right arm started to hurt. As I stopped near a corner and lowered the bags onto the footpath, there was a rattle of wheels and a flash of silver.

Looking up, I caught a...

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Rock Star Cat Revisited

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 10:15 PM

I was nervous about seeing Bono again. Chances of him recognizing me were zero. But the impact one small scruffy street cat can have on a human being is surprising. Bono was one of the main reasons I needed to return to New York.

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Thoughts for Mothers' Day: Strong women breed strong daughters.

(10) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Strong women breed strong daughters. Sooner or later the younger woman has to define her own territory and rebel.

I did it to my own mother by scampering across the globe to marry an Englishman at the age of 18, giving birth to our first child a...

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The Happiest Goodbye: New Beginnings for Bono the Rescue Cat

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:23 PM

I woke with a mop of cat in my face. Bono's owlish eyes gazed unblinking at me.

Closing my eyes, I pretended to sleep. The feather duster of Bono's tail brushed my cheek. He mewed urgently.

We had a big day ahead. A...

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How Bono the Rescue Cat Became a Rock Star

(6) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Bono refused to budge from under the bed.

Nobody said it was going to be easy. The whole point of fostering this cat was to accustom him to human company so he'd have a chance of finding a permanent home.

He glowered...

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A Rocky Start: How Our Foster Cat Bono Nearly Broke Our Hearts

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 2:41 PM

As I slotted the key in the heart-shaped locker of our apartment building, I turned and glanced at Lydia on the step below. Gripping Bono's carry case, she wiped a tear from her cheek.

I was surprised. As a trainee psychologist, she deals with harrowing human stories every day. How...

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Welcome Bono: How Fostering a Cat While Visiting New York Can Be a Key to the City's Heart

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:52 AM

Bono was the strangest looking cat I'd ever seen. Apart from his enormous head, shaggy feet and the feather duster tip of his ridiculously long tail, he was entirely shaved.

Dancing across the floor of the Bidawee shelter, he resembled a tiny black lion. I couldn't decide if...

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Homeless in New York

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Lydia and I trundled our suitcases out of the hotel and caught a cab to the building where we were to collect the keys to our "pet-friendly" apartment.

Magazine sections of various publications had assured us renting an apartment from a subletting website is the new way to travel. Had...

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I Married My Cat...And My Husband!

(22) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 11:15 AM

A certain beautiful princess once announced to the world there were three people in her marriage. I have to confess something along the same lines. Except one of the three people in our marriage has four legs and a tail.

Being wedded to a man and a cat at the...

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