Easter. My Special Earrings

Easter. My Special Earrings

By Chiara Santin . . . I love jewellery. Inexpensive second-hand jewellery which I can carefully match with my daily outfit. They live in my bedroom in different pots according to colour. After carefully considering who I am going to meet, in which context, and what I am doing, I decide how to dress for the day. Then I chose […]

Our Windows Looking Out Into Our Small Worlds

Our Windows Looking Out Into Our Small Worlds

By Chiara Santin . . . It is strange to look out from my windows and realise that I can only see a tiny fraction of the world. Yet this is what I can now get to know so closely. It’s pretty much the same everyday, and yet I can start noticing small changes, little differences and previously unnoticed details. […]

Pandemic Disease and Systems Theory: An Ecological View

Pandemic Disease and Systems Theory: An Ecological View

Ray Becvar, Retired Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Marital and Family Therapy, University of Louisiana, Monroe . . . Stan Amaladas, Baker College, Flint, MI . . . In this paper, we focus on the relationship between the pandemic (we shall treat it as a noun even though it is an adjective) disease called Covid-19, and people, through the […]

The Voices of Uncertainty

The Voices of Uncertainty

By Priyanka Savita . . . Illustration by Aparajita Shrivastava It’s everywhere, it whispers in my earsIt’s unsettling it’s eerie it’s uncannyI don’t want this ‘new normal’ to stayDespair is holding my hand but I want to break freeThese are difficult times. It never leaves me alone the voices of uncertainty enters the room to accompany meThey are everywhere. They […]

The Invisible Hitchhiker

The Invisible Hitchhiker

By Julia Jude . . . The invisible assailant Closed our Schools Workplace Universities Shops Places of worship Crushed movements As countries rushed to close their borders Catchy slogans cooked up by spin doctors Poured on to our screen Stay at home and protect the NHS Stay and home and self-isolate Stay at home and shield the vulnerable Stay at […]

Art Cards

Art Cards

By Morna McDermott McNulty . . . Statement about the artwork These collages (each 4” x 6”) were made our of paper, magazine images, and original photographs taken by the artist and transformed into “art cards.” I made these “art cards” during the second week of quarantine as a way to cope with the stress of the unknown future for […]

Through a glass, darkly: Reflections on a pandemic

Through a glass, darkly: Reflections on a pandemic

By Paddy Palmer and Hugh Palmer . . . One side of the glass Paddy Palmer,  16th  April 2020 Three weeks ago, I gave my son a big hug before he left me here in my residential are home.  I thought I would see him the next day but it wasn’t to be.  Lockdown arrived.  Suddenly I found myself wondering […]

Lockdown Moon

Lockdown Moon

By Karen Partridge . . . I was forewarned of the events of this year when my young adult daughter returned home for Christmas, and suddenly and totally unexpectedly, was admitted to intensive care with life threatening sepsis. She began to recover just as the pandemic was taking hold. Hard to know how to process such a startling personal encounter […]

Silence

Silence

By Tanja Kuhnert . . . Praxis für Systemische Beratung, Köln . . . Do you hear this? Silence . . . . . . No cars No trains No airplanes No people speaking while going along the street . . . . . . like the earth is standing still and waiting – like the earth is breathing in […]

Soul Dipping

Soul Dipping

by Joanne Hipplewith . . . “… to be able to respond to the background ‘it’ differentially as we do, what must be in the nature of the ‘flowing stuff’ that we are immersed in?… what, actually, is our experience like initially, such that we seem to draw on a ‘common world’ in our efforts at communicating our experiences linguistically […]

I Wait

I Wait

By Rukiya Jemmott . . . Corona virus, corona virus, corona virus You cannot see it, or hear it or feel it, And then it has you, it holds you, it hugs you, it crushes you. My sister is dying. I wait I wait I wait I am a key worker, I must work, and help my families and I […]

Lockdown Mass

Lockdown Mass

By Paul Hibbert, University of St Andrews . . . Kyrie Between a moment unpursued,And an end that comes at last:Alone in empty longing, shatteredDays of sorrow will not pass. Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison And the bones that you have brokenIn these times will not rejoice.Chosen one, your tortured storyFinds each day another’s voice. Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison Futile, futile, repetitionDrags a […]