Lindsay Nicholson It's only when you confront imminent mortality that you appreciate the blessings of an ordinary day at the office.
Benjamin Law My body may be young, but my soul is that of an irritated pensioner named Beryl.
Jo Stanley No matter how happy we might be, it's impossible to summarise our life into a tidy top-three achievements.
Jane Rocca Turning 60 does not have to mean joining the sensible shoes and slacks brigade. Meet three women who walk on the wild side.
Adele Levine As the non-biological one of two mums, Adele Levine will take any praise she gets (even a Father's Day card).
Pip Lincolne Pip Lincolne is never happier than when she's making something from nothing.
Amanda Hooton It's nice to have friends who can convince you there's still time to become rich and famous.
Benjamin Law There are all sorts of names for people like me: an Australian child of migrants who can't speak his parents' language.
Kasey Edwards Yes, we're talking about the same Spanx that makes body-shaping underwear for hiding women's lumps.
Nelly Thomas Telling fat people we're ugly and toxic isn't going to suddenly make us want to slim down.
Jenna Price if you get to 26 and both your parents are dead, you will spend a lot of time worrying about your own life expectancy.
Living with narcolepsy
Alanna Kellam My life differs in often silent but profound ways from my peers. I live a part-time life.
Latika Bourke Journalist Latika Bourke writes about the teenage Indian mother she never knew.
Kate Doak A few months ago, a shiver went down my spine. It was a feeling that, as a young transgender woman, I never thought I'd experience again.
Natalie Reilly It seems to me that all a girl has to do is call shit out and look plain doing it to be considered hateful.
Diane Thomas I was a "universal reactor" – allergic or sensitive to everything on earth except porcelain, glass and steel.
Amanda Hooton "The inside of the dress seemed to be ominously scratchy. And scratchiness to a child is sartorial death."
Benjamin Law I don't have time for people who snicker at bad English while getting tattoos in foreign languages they can't even read.
Cathryn Hein Starting your life from scratch means losing a lot. But you can also lead to profound gains in unanticipated ways.
Clementine Ford I like the company of women. Given a choice, I probably value it more than the company of men.
Kellie C. Murphy "We didn't need you to feel sorry for us. We never pitied her, and we never pitied ourselves."
Joel Meares Everyone’s journey out of the closet is different, and it’s important to hear – and welcome – all of them.
Kasey Edwards It’s arrogant to assume you know a friend better than they know themselves, so leave the therapy to the experts.
Nelly Thomas All credible researchers and qualified health professionals will tell you that the so-called "personal safety" strategy we force down the throats of young women is irrational nonsense.
Judith Ireland It's one of the most pervasive forms of sexualised violence so why isn't street harassment taken more seriously, asks Judith Ireland.
Kay Kerr "I'm not a Zooey Deschanel character, I was born with a complex neurological condition."
Andie Fox "For some couples, I sensed my new state was perceived as dangerously contagious."
SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN "I wanted to do something to give back. I wanted to use my pain to help others in the same situation."
Susan Orlean "I was shaken up realising that the way my life turned out was just a series of tiny, incremental bits of chance and choice."
Amanda Hooton I made this vow about a week ago, and it's going okay so far.
Natalie Reilly Unfortunately, when you're a theatrically-inclined person, it can take a moment for people to catch on.
Benjamin Law Changing from one sex to another clearly involves an enormous physical and emotional upheaval, but for the long-term partners of transgender individuals the process often has an equally profound impact.
Evelyn Lewin Evelyn Lewin speaks to three women who donned their backpacks and came away transformed.
Sudarsan Raghavan 'If you don't feel shame, I feel shame for you,' a man told her when she went for her licence. She passed. He didn't.
Louise Pascale Under-funded crisis shelters are doing the best with the little they have. But it's a daily struggle.
Jana Hocking I have a confession to make. I fed my mother hallucinogenic mushrooms.
How do you adjust when suddenly, without warning, you’re someone’s mum or dad?
Author Lionel Shriver's parents have been besotted with each other for 61 years, inspiring her to hold out for her own happily ever after.
Danielle Binks Before she met my uncle, my aunt Helga was in an abusive relationship for 13 years and it took her another 31 to be comfortable with even the idea of marriage.
Leonid Bershidsky Barbie is not going down without a fight.
Kasey Edwards New research suggests that not all envy is dastardly; some of it might even make you a better person.
Erin O'Dwyer The psychological trauma from growing up in a hoarder's house.
Barton Goldsmith After a breakup, it is not uncommon for past partners to do some trash talking about their exes...
Your children are watching you, mum and Dad. Who do you want them to be?
Breaking up with alcohol
Bryony Gordon What it feels like to break up with alcohol -- and how.
Carly Findlay For years I’ve apologised about my skin interfering with others. And now I will stop.
Lisa Pryor I threw away my wedding ring. Not the marriage, I should clarify. Just the band of scratched white gold that has been with me for the past nine years.One morning it was there. Then in the afternoon I reached for it absentmindedly and felt nothing.
Benjamin Law Last year, I decided to host Christmas lunch myself.
Clementine Ford Our bodies and minds are much better equipped to deal with grief than we might imagine.
Years after she told it, Alexandra Cameron is still struck by the power of a fib.
Libby Hakim talks to people who have culled their way to an incredible lightness of being.
Benjamin Law God help me, I will defend the right of our PM to wear his whatever he wants while swimming.
Alice Williams Is it time to let go of that lingering half-friendship?
Behold the 2014 Furry Friday collection of cats enjoying Christmas time.
Dom Knight Dom Knight thinks it's time for men to drop their guards and show some affection. Tony and Stephen are forging the path ahead.
Friends with exes
Mia Timpano "The final time we broke up, we promised to be 'best friends'. This was by far the worst and most damaging incarnation of our friendship."
Grief at Xmas
Rachael Oakes-Ash You'll be surprised what a difference it makes.
Letters behind bars
Nicola Cameron as told to Annabel Stafford Aussie Nicola Cameron has been writing to an American prisoner since 2006.
Brittany, as told to Alice Williams "I never thought of it as being deceptive, because why should anyone care?"