For months before my third child was born, my son, then five, was adamant about his preferences.
Ron Ferguson: ‘The kind of people who drive me nuts are crazed optimists who insist that if we believe harder we will ward off reality’
Twenty or so years ago, journalist and leading broadcaster Sheena McDonald had it all, so it seemed.
Chris Deerin: Never mind the horrors of ‘no deal’ when there is three for two on dried noodles to be had
It was two months ago that my life changed for the better. I’d dropped a daughter off at her new Saturday club and decided, with no real optimism, to explore the industrial estate where I was bound to spend the next hour.
The SNP is best understood as the IRP – the Independence Referendum Party. It exists to create the ideal circumstances for a vote on Indy.
What do Elton John, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kim Kardashian have in common aside from being well-known names if you are a follower or fan of celebrity culture?
This month saw an important Highland anniversary.
My uncle sits at the kitchen table, his newspaper spread out in front of him.
David Knight: Eat enough of the bad stuff and you can stop worrying about managing the apples and pears
I perfected the art of walking downstairs backwards while enjoying a flying visit to catch up with relatives in Birmingham.
James Bream: Falling back in love will take more than a minor facelift when it comes to Union Street
There is one thing most Aberdonians will all agree on. We all agree that Union Street is frankly a bit sad.
Shelley Shingles, Showbiz correspondent and Miss Fetteresso 1983
For the last few days I have been somewhat grumpy.
The girl’s face, I remember, seemed blanched and was framed with straggling waves of dark hair. She was young but her pale skin had the grey pallor of sickliness, her hooded eyes surrounded by dark circles.
With Boris Johnson taking the reins in Downing Street my daughter moved on to the fourth Prime Minister of her lifetime.
Sometimes I see stories in certain newspapers and I think that’s a daft one they had left over from the beginning of April.
We sometimes remember a thing for what we might wish it to be and not what something actually is.
I bustle through my grandparents’ front door, shopping bags in tow.
Susan Brown: Selfishness makes it easier to attend dreaded medical appointments than make simple changes to benefit all
Being a woman of a certain age, I get the regular letters the NHS sends, dropping through my letterbox, encouraging me to be screened for this, that or the next thing.
“It smells so clean!” he said excitedly.
Bishop Anne Dyer: Don’t blame God for the “biblical” weather – we created this crisis all by ourselves
In the last few weeks there have been incidences of extreme weather across the UK.
The original copper of the Statue of Liberty is famously green now, tarnished with the vagaries of time, but the lamp of Libertas, of welcome, still supposedly gleaming and lifted to the world.
The UK will be leaving the EU on Halloween "whatever the circumstances, no ifs or buts", was the message from the prime minister’s official spokesman on Monday morning.
Iain Maciver: The best things come to those who wait – the rest are welcome to drink synthetic Scotch
All I did was tell people to take a little time out of their busy lives to fill in a form and they may get some cash back from their bank if they were oversold PPI. That’s all I wrote here last week.
I have a friend of an ornithological bent whose feathers are ruffled at the mention of seagulls.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
It was, as President Trump might have put it, a "beautiful deal".
Eleanor Bradford: One series of Love Island was enough for me – but it is not without valuable lessons for younger viewers
What can a dating programme involving a bunch of image-obsessed twenty year olds possibly teach us?
Some don’t like it too hot.
What will happen if the United Kingdom government opts – as now seems probable – for a ‘no deal’ departure from the European Union on 31 October?
Catherine Deveney: Sergeant Rees-Mogg of the vocabulary constabulary is on a mission to use words to divide us
I always thought there must be some esoteric purpose to Jacob Rees-Mogg but for the life of me, could never work out what it was.
James Millar: If Scotland is to be the climate emergency saviour, it will take more than pointing fingers at London
The Green New Deal is the current buzzword of internet lefties.
It’s as if the previous 12 years didn’t happen.
If the pessimists are to be believed, nobody reads newspapers anymore, and print on paper is in terminal decline.