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When does being a helpful parent become unhelpful?

When does being a helpful parent become unhelpful?

Luba Kassova | November 29, 2022

“I freaking loved that alarm clock. I loved what it gave me – which was power and agency over my own little life.” In her new book The Light We Carry, Michelle Obama shares an incomparably valuable gift she received from her mother:...


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Humanity’s most universal bias and why we should talk to our children about death

Humanity’s most universal bias and why we should talk to our children about death

Luba Kassova | October 07, 2022

Whether and how much to talk about death with our children has been a point of debate between Richard and me for years. “We talk to them about death too much”, Richard would remark. “We mustn’t focus on it so frequently....


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The symbolism of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

The symbolism of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Luba Kassova | September 02, 2022

It is Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral tomorrow. His death this week knocked me for six. My life would have been so much more restricted had it not been for this man. Although some argue that the corroded communist regime was ready to fall, and that if...


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It is 132 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. But who’s counting?

It is 132 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. But who’s counting?

Luba Kassova | July 06, 2022

Not many are counting anymore, which, unfortunately, is what Putin is relying on. The story of the most consequential war and humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II is slowly but surely losing public attention globally, sliding down the home pages...


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The seductive but dangerous pull of being the queen of the house

The seductive but dangerous pull of being the queen of the house

Luba Kassova | June 28, 2022

“To be a mum is to be divided Your energy Your time Your heart You trade freedom for love” Olly’s mum on motherhood. From “Bump”   To be a mum is to be divided. To be a mum is to be divided. To be a mum is to be...


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The painful cost of being spared the truth

The painful cost of being spared the truth

Luba Kassova | June 02, 2022

Recently, I was sat in a middle seat of an aeroplane on the outbound leg of a trip abroad. To my right sat a man separated from his family by the aisle.  As the plane was taking off, the man leaned forward, turning his head towards his daughter who...


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Has progress towards equality for women stalled?

Has progress towards equality for women stalled?

Luba Kassova | May 10, 2022

The last few weeks have been devastating for women’s rights, dignity and emancipation in two of the world’s most developed countries - the UK and the US. A series of events have exposed the extraordinary levels of objectification of and contempt...


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Learning to live with grief

Learning to live with grief

Luba Kassova | April 27, 2022

A version first printed in dir.bg news publication in Bulgaria A defining characteristics of our lives during the last two years of pandemic has been the growing feeling of yearning intertwined with grief. Yearning induced by the multiple micro losses that...


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Will Smith, Self-sabotage and the Shadow

Will Smith, Self-sabotage and the Shadow

Luba Kassova | April 12, 2022

Have you ever felt elated at having achieved something truly wonderful, something you have worked towards for a very long time, only to brutally quash it in a momentary act of self-sabotage? The shocking and violent incident instigated by Will Smith when he...


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Transforming shame into dignity

Transforming shame into dignity

Luba Kassova | March 30, 2022

One act of bravery can transform an ordinary person into a hero in the blink of an eye, disrupting the status quo and prompting admiration (or condemnation) from those who witness it. It can take just one act of courage by a lone revolutionary or a small...


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