St Francis Bay freelance journalist Beth Cooper Howell takes a look at life in Woman on Top, her weekly lifestyle column for The Herald

My mom's life lessons


How suffering shows you the true strength and character of a person

Take time to play


My friend K has good advice to share on being happy

Build a bridge and walk over it


Perhaps it's time to stop whinging and get on with things, says Beth Cooper Howell

Spend a little TLC on yourself for good mental health


A long time ago – what feels like centuries, actually – I was involved in a most beautiful love affair. With ...

Woman on Top | Chicks with a conscience unite


After a week spent reading about horrendous events happening across the globe, I’ve come to the simple conclusion that ...

Things have never been this odd


The problem with the internet is that you can't "unsee" what you have seen

Secret to sowing and reaping joy


I used to read self-help books to relax. There was a stage, in the mid-nineties, I think, when Exclusive Books possibly ...

The best things in life are free


We don’t go on holiday much ... because we live in a holiday town tourists come to us rather than the other way around.

See the doughnut, not the hole


Ditch the self-pity because it is, without doubt, one of the most pointless emotions

Meghan’s mom stole the show


Doria Ragland is perhaps the most unlikely of heroines to emerge from the polished, PR fairytale of the royal wedding