Sign in

Maria Rattray

No better time to promote, than right now…

Photo by Hannes Richter on Unsplash

A few years ago my husband and I spent some time living in Penang, Malaysia. There I met the most beautiful man, who to this day is a very close friend. We share similar concerns about the environment, about materialism, and the…

And through that, being born again…

Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash

There’s no interview. The position is challenging and fierce. It comes with no salary. It leaves you absolutely exhausted every day, deprives you of sleep, and the free time you once enjoyed, but you wouldn’t trade it even for free access to the biggest bank in the world.

Welcome to…

Celebrating the birth of a friend’s little boy…

Photo by Catherine Hammond on Unsplash

The inspiration comes from the poem, ‘Oh, the Places Youll Go!’ It’s all about seizing opportunity, and being open to adventure.

Dearest William,


Today is your day,

You’ve landed on earth

And now you must stay.

Today‘s your ‘birth’ day!

And you’re perfect, we think.

But we know that…

To look in a mirror and like what they see…

Photo by Yannis H on Unsplash

It was a Friday night. Late opening in our city, a night when it is de rigueur to shop after work, and then enjoy a simple meal out.

My husband needed some business clothes, and we went down to the basement of a large store in the men’s section. It…

You just take it in your stride…or do you? Like any other mother, your life changes trajectory, expands accordingly, and you become a voice

Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash

Unfortunately, being a doctor doesn’t necessarily prepare you for giving birth to a Down syndrome child. ‘I did not know how to teach her or how to maximize her development. The doctors who cared for me, and for Ella, did not know how to help us either. …

Learn how one doctor, Dr. John Langdon Down, inspired hope for all Down Syndrome children

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

I’m a little late to the table with this article, given that it is now 18th October, but better late than never, because I hope, in sharing my DS stories, I will create a higher awareness of DS, and promote an acceptance and inclusion, that will auger well for every…

Can the two go together? Do our bodies need REAL food?

Photo by Anaya Katlego on Unsplash

If you are at all concerned about your health, about the foods you consume, about the drivel that is tossed into the arena of what’s great for your body, might I suggest you take a look at Scottish food writer Joanna Blythman?

Joanna’s no slouch. She’s both hated and revered…

You will feel your spirits rise, and your heart glow.

Photo by Gary Francis on Unsplash

How often do we witness people who have very little, being the first to step out and, give to others?

Is it because they have suffered themselves? Or is it the heart/mind connection that stirs them to reach out and help, often at their own expense?

A few weeks ago…

This is a condition where painful fat attaches itself mainly to women’s hips and thighs, sometimes arms, often causing severe pain.

Photo by AllGo - An App For Plus Size People on Unsplash

Just for transparency’s sake, this article is not to do with lymphedema, which is explained in this article, and is a very different condition.

Nor is this written as a reference for curing lipedema. That is not my intent, though I have written this article about a friend who managed…

Maria Rattray

Changing the world one word at a time. Find me at: or:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store