Gift of feedback via video link

By Dawn Thibert . . . Heads bobbing in disconnected squares Waiting for the show to begin Some faces, some names, some pictures Passive on mute Dropping out Are you still there? Voting with presence Silent discontent Secretly grinning When words make sense Electronic fugue straining, reaching through Speaking into space Distorted voice How do words land? Denied subtle gestures […]

The power of context(s)

. . . by Chiara Santin I love the Italian Alps and the calm lakes where I was born; I missed them, but I now experience nature as beautiful and comforting everywhere. I have been searching for a deeper connection with nature in the UK during this pandemic. I got to know the natural tracks and beautiful spots in nature […]

Dear Band Aid: An email from “Africa” (via an African-Caribbean Black British Londoner, aka Jasmine Chin)

By Jasmine Chin . . . WARNING! Reading this letter may take away a treasured relationship to a much loved, favourite song. Read only if moving towards discomfort is something you choose to do…. From: J Chin <Jasmine.Chin@Londoner.disconnectedfromafricanheritage.tier4.thewest > Sent: 21 December 2020 18.34 GMT To: Bob & Friends < BandAid@charityheadquarters.tier4.thewest >Subject: Tiresome & inescapable racism at Christmas Dear Band […]

pandemic interruptus

By Kenneth Silvestri . . . challenging the need to be interdependent our innate force of searching for a synchrony to avoid misinterpreting nature which gives clues of our injurious ways  of trying to outsmart her gifts of guidance that are right there always skirting our subconscious,  which is regardless continuously archiving everything we have ever seen or heard in […]

Vaccine hopes and dreams

By Sarah Helps . . . June 2020 A Sunday morning lying in bed with papers, coffee, comfort, sunshine, nowhere to go and nothing of usual life to do. Radio 4 plays a news story about a call for volunteers for the Oxford vaccine trial. I want to do something, to act, to help, be useful, to be less bored. […]

Surge

By Jenn McKinney . . . We have entered a second wave. That’s what the airwaves say. It has entered us. This wave is gathering strength. Intense waves of emotions grow. When will this tide turn? Soundwaves announce a conspiracy. “Let’s carry on with ‘normality’.” Or “Protect! Stay in!” Waves of grief for those who’ve lost Rise and fall in intensity. […]

Excerpts from a Lock Down Journal 2020

By Joanna Law . . April My daughter came to me this morning. She will be 17 in May. I was watching The Andrew Marr Show and listening to Sir David Attenborough, then Michael Gove. It made for difficult listening. I put it on pause. I’m getting to know when my daughter wants to talk, but it takes a while […]