Abuse and Addiction Are Devastating: I Choose Not to Be a Victim

Lauren Sherry shares a poignant family story of abuse, addiction and violence, and argues that such suffering needn’t necessarily lead to the misery of victimhood. From an early age I knew my dad was an alcoholic. He’d had an odd relationship with his parents. While I was raised smothered with affection, by contrast my dad Read more

A Casualty of the Great War?

S&C Contributing Editor John Oke Bartlett revisits a family mystery of war, trauma and Christmases past. Nana didn’t talk much about life with her first husband Victor Nash. According to my parents’ marriage certificate, Victor had been a director of a London wine company. He volunteered or was called up for the Great War, which he Read more

This Bike Could Change the Life of A Little Girl in Portsmouth

This child’s tricycle is like most others, with one important difference. It could change someone’s life. By Laura Stanley, with Sarah Cheverton. Alyssa Mae, her 2 sisters and her parents, Zoe and Colin, are like most other families in Portsmouth. Zoe has a part time job at Cottage Grove School and Colin works at Elite Read more