“Not a good idea mummy,” my toddler tells me.
October 15 is the last day for any new submissions to the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee in respect of PE1637/H.
“What did that nasty Dr Mack just do to you?”
Delusion rules in politics these days.
Lindsay Razaq: School should be challenging but enjoyable – my lesson from being told by teacher to do LESS homework
I arrive at my Urdu lesson early to find a group of parents furiously scribbling down tips on getting their children into the area’s best private schools.
Catherine Deveney: There will be no standing ovation from me while questions about powerful men’s behaviour remain
Opera, I always thought, was the music of the elite, as relevant to me as foie gras to a fish and chip tea.
Through the fog we could see a cairn drifting past to our right, perhaps 100m away and on slightly higher ground than where we were. Was that the summit?
Anne Dyer: It is not just that words themselves can hurt -they can make people pick up sticks and stones too
Words matter very much. They have the power to build people up, and the power to pull them down. Words must be chosen carefully.
When you live in a place like the Western Isles, which is such a magnet for global nosey parkers, er, I mean tourists, you have to sort of fit in with what they have read.
Westminster MPs returned, some dragged screaming and kicking, to work last week.
“Look mama! Men jumping in the sandpit,” my toddler shouts.
Chris Deerin: Whatever the opposite is of being ready for the first born flitting the nest, that was us last week
We packed up the car last Saturday and headed off to Glasgow for the day. Not an uncommon family outing, but this time with a difference: we returned home that evening a child lighter, and for good.
What happened to Donald Trump? He had such lovely parents.
Lindsay Razaq: Green beans, supermarket tantrums and why we all need to be a bit nicer to each other
One of the allotment regulars waves to me as I push my daughter’s buggy up the steep hill to our flat.
Applications for an intriguing new job were due to be submitted last week.
As a child I dreamed of being invisible.
I find myself thinking a lot about how technology is changing our lives and what that means for our courses and our students.
One of the nation’s foremost political scientists said to me last week: “Boris Johnson is so bad he’s made Jeremy Corbyn look like a statesman this week.”
It is one of the more painful parts of being a vet, the upset of seeing families go through the agony of losing a pet.
Lindsay Razaq: Let sleeping monsters lie – why I for one never want to know the ‘truth’ about Nessie
“Nessie ‘relative’ spotted in Kenya”, read the headline.
Susan Brown: When respect is replaced by browbeating and bullying, we can no longer consider ourselves a democracy
Imagine. A beautiful summer's day and you and your mates decide to go for a swim in a wee lochan close by.
I was standing on one leg in the middle of a park swirling my hands around my head as though I was balancing imaginary plates or trays of drinks.
Catherine Deveney: I’d love to take a wee holiday from being a feminist – but there is always too much still to say
Next week, around 400 people will gather in Piccadilly for the midnight launch of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s Booker nominated sequel to her dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
A couple of weeks ago, on a weirdly hot day, I took a group of walkers to the top of Ben Vorlich in Perthshire.
Bishop Anne Dyer: There is no other word for it – the system for looking after our older people is in crisis
I hesitate to say it, but when it comes to the provision of social care for the elderly, unwell, and physically most vulnerable people in Scotland, we are facing something of a crisis.
It is not that my eyesight is worse. It is just that I need new glasses.
There’s a bang and a few seconds later the living room door inches open.
Few pieces of public art have become so instantly iconic as sculptor Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Festival, Jackie Kay, Scotland’s national poet, called for action to transform public attitudes to race in Scotland.
Catherine Deveney: Bravo to the female athletes who “just did it” to force action on sponsorship deals
The first time I saw the “Run Like a Girl” adverts for Always, I had a lump in my throat.
James Millar: If vegetables were the funniest thing at this year’s fringe, politicians were the most absurd
Some jokes write themselves.
Iain Maciver: You may as well just click ‘like’ on organised crime and drug dealing as fall for obvious social media scams
There are online and telephone scams being attempted everywhere all the time.