Stardust

By Maria Norseth Garli . . . In the beginning of the first of the pandemic years, I stumbled into a crisis. An identity crisis, an existential crisis, a crisis in my marriage, in my motherhood, in my body and soul, a crisis that reached its first peak at the initial lockdown here in Norway, which was in March of […]

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 […]

Images of (Im)permanence: Wayfaring with chalk’s messaging media in the time of Covid

By Kim Lenters . . . In this photo essay, I invite you to accompany me, as I revisit Prince’s Island in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with photos collected on daily walks in May through July, 2020, during the unfolding, early days the Covid-19 pandemic. As an educational researcher interested in the socio-material practice of literacy, such murmurations are of great […]