OPINION: I have crawled under the covers and literally wept actual tears about our democracy.
OPINION: Next time we have an election let's replace the shouty debates with a series of potluck dinners.
OPINION: What gets some politicans out of bed is not the drive to make the world a better place, but to score points, bully, smear, divert, and inflict pain.
OPINION: If I were in charge I would be proposing an immigration policy, for example, that closely resembled a Bloody Mary.
OPINION: Frank may have forgotten where the story begins and ends, but the details between are all true.
OPINION: In this US supermarket, I feel like a Russian housewife discovering for the first time that there is a place where they don't queue for potatoes that ran out yesterday.
It's overwhelming to meet your heroes, often they're dicks. Not Robin Williams, writes Michele A'Court.
OPINION: Columnist Michele A'Court met Robin Williams about a year ago. "How's Christchurch?" he asked.
OPINION: Michelle A'Court cares about a woman's right to be safe in our neighbourhoods.
OPINION: In a parallel universe, Road Safety NZ says normal drivers out at night "are pretty much asking for it". Sound familiar?
OPINION: It is hard being a woman. There are lots of rules, but none of them are written down in a list.
OPINION: It is useful when imagining the future to have a look at the past.
OPINION: When our Nanny Kitty died, all 11 people she brought into the world were there to lovingly farewell her from it.
OPINION: If we really want to change our abortion law, we need to change the way we talk about it amongst ourselves.
OPINION: John Banks owes a debt of gratitude to Miley Cyrus - she's set the standard for what we think of as bad behaviour.
OPINION: I love that beginning-of-the-day version of ourselves we carry round in our head.
OPINION: One of the many endearing things about our cat is that he has never forgotten his roots.
OPINION: It is entirely possible I have missed the right moment in my life for getting a tattoo.
OPINION: Lapsed Woman. That's the box I would like to tick next time I am required to state my gender.
OPINION: It is not the done thing to bang on about your charity work, writes Michelle A'Court.
OPINION: Anyone who tells you that it's easy to be a family and celebrate milestones after a divorce is telling lies.
OPINION: We are quite forgiving. We like good people. We like baking. Is this the essence of being Kiwi?
OPINION: We're not interested in the royals' policies - mostly, we're interested in what they wear.
OPINION: We have forgotten how to be sick. No, scratch that. We have forgotten how to get better.
OPINION: I have just spent 10 minutes discovering the best selfie comes from holding the camera high and saying "prune".
OPINION: My eco-stay meant no fresh sheets or towels, no vacuuming, no new loo roll or soap.
OPINION: Sister city Adelaide is lovely, but Christchurch is where people genuinely enjoy social interaction.
OPINION: Apparently there's nothing more valuable than good parenting - unless you're asked to value it in monetary terms.
OPINION: People who didn't know Charlotte Dawson shouldn't speculate on the choice she made.
OPINION: Sex sells, right? Stick a lady on it and you'll shift more than a feminist can shake an angry stick at.
OPINION: I use the F-word even when no-one is listening. My thought process has expletives in it.
OPINION: Paula Bennett can speak for solo mums, John Key can talk about wealth and Gerry Brownlee is a superb Transport Minister because he looks like a truck.
OPINION: It's always bad after any gathering of fringe dwellers, but it is worse after Christchurch.
OPINION: Inspired by the trend in boutique political parties, I am thinking about starting one of my own.
OPINION: The most traumatic thing about being on a plane that has made an emergency landing is being interviewed about it afterwards.
OPINION: Chin up. This is the worst day of the working year - the first Hump Day of your first week back.
I am optimistic that 2014 and I are going to get on just fine, but it's predecessor 2013 is another story.
OPINION: A dear friend of mine cheerfully avoids Christmas, preferring a solitary celebration.
OPINION: Somewhere in the Canadian snow last week, my Christmas humbuggery melted.
OPINION: We were there when the batons rained down. My friend, Rona, was beaten till she bled. She was 70.
OPINION: Easter's meaning hijacked by bunnies so let's not have Christmas suffer the same.
OPINION: Best guess is that this week is the last time you will get to think clearly and sensibly about Christmas.
OPINION: My daughter's waters broke at the exact moment I was checking in for my flight across the Tasman to be with her.
OPINION: "We are tired of the constant criticism about the way we dress, as though what we wear says more about us than our behaviour."
OPINION: From time to time - and I know you will understand this - the world gets much smaller.
OPINION: We may not be ashamed or embarrassed about what happens in our living room or how our body looks, but we'd like to choose who gets to see it.
OPINION: With all the twerking and celeb sex tapes, young women are getting the idea they can use their sexuality to get a job.
OPINION: Last Thursday I had a public whinge - not here, it was on the wireless - about waiting for an ambulance that didn't come. This week I'd like to offer St John a written bouquet.
OPINION: There is a dude in Saudi Arabia who says driving a car hurts women in the ovaries.
OPINION: Faced with trying to get work in a downpour, I decided that public transport is sexist.