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.
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."
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.
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?"
Annette Cairnduff For the 31 LGBTI couples whose marriage was declared invalid last year, this week is an emotional one.
Nicole* In GTA 5, I would have been the character who gets left by the sidewalk, bleeding and unconscious.
Monica McInerney Monica McInerney makes a plea for tolerance when it comes to the annual family Christmas brag-a-thon.
Sudarsan Raghavan This month, I set out to find her.
CLEM BASTOW Our ability to create our own image is challenged, however, when somebody else posts a photo of us that we don’t like.
Married with children
Marina Kamenev Marina Kamenev yearns for another baby, but her husband is adamant that two is too many.
As told to Clementine Ford In honour of the global 16 Days of Activism and Daily Life's #shinealight campaign on men's violence against women, Daily Life recently spoke with family violence expert, Ada Conroy. As part of her work in addressing family violence and men's violence against women, Ada co-facilitates behavioural change groups with men perpetrating intimate partner violence. Here is part of her story, as told to Clementine Ford.
NICOLE ELPHICK "Most of us are familiar with the ‘man spreaders’, guys who feel the need to sit legs akimbo so their fellow passengers are forced to shrink into themselves to make way for the overspill."
Daniel Genis Why do people hitch themselves to convicts?
Marcia Ella-Duncan Olympic netball player Marcia Ella-Duncan recalls being called a ‘skinny, black kid’ on the field.
BENJAMIN LAW It's lovely seeing every sector of the community happily shopping together: students; families; gays; dogs; gay dogs.
Scott Hannaford "It's like a tornado that levels everything you've ever done, everything you ever were, and you've got to start again."
NATALIE REILLY In defense of the delicate ecosystem of single-sex classrooms.
Anna C. Bloomberg [Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault]
Nicki Reed Grief is an adventure on the sad edge of a cliff and there’s no healing in denial.
Judith Newman For a long time many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.
Paddy O'Reilly Paddy O'Reilly reflects on our very human reaction when confronted with physical difference.
BENJAMIN LAW The next time your dinner-party conversation is lagging, throw this friendly ice-breaker into the mix.
Lisa Pryor It takes courage to make this switch.
Stephen Lacey Now married for 33 years, a Hare Krishna couple share the secrets to their strong relationship.
Kate Allatt Stroke survivor Kate believes we should always assume a patient is conscious until we have absolutely proven otherwise.
Jenny Valentish Fiction's surprising role in helping survivors of child sex abuse.
Elana Benjamin With leaving exams looming, Elana Benjamin reflects on why there’s more to school than achieving a high final mark.
Amanda Hooton And this is what happened.
MIA TIMPANO Let's call it what it is: the term 'women's intuition' breeds a distrust for the female mind.
A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.
Nicole Cowles "Choosing Medical Cannabis was possibly the hardest decision I have ever made. But I don’t regret it."
On being different
Ivan Hinton I grew up in a small country town and from a very early age I knew there was something different about me.
Rachel Swarns She could have been the girl who poured you a cup of hot coffee, right before you rushed off to catch your afternoon train. Maybe you noticed her huddled over an empty table in the station, dozing in the lonesome hours between one shift and another.
BENJAMIN LAW Throughout my 20s, I was basically immortal. My hair was thick and ropey like some Oriental Samson, I didn't need to exercise to stay lean and hangovers would slide off me like I was teflon.
Jenny Nordberg In Afghanistan, the pressure to produce a son leads some families to disguise their daughters as boys.
NICOLE ELPHICK Matt Kulesza, a student from Melbourne, is adding some real-life familiarity to his faceless Facebook friends with his Tumblr project, 1000+ Coffees.
Patricia Pearson How do some people know when they will die? There are many things we know about dying and death that we choose to ignore.