By Clare Wenham . . . UK “lockdown” Day 47 . . . “You are your own stories….I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art”. Toni Morrison, Wellesley Commencement address 2004. I bought it weeks ago, anticipating a noisy, family Easter Sunday: salted caramel and vanilla, strawberries and cream.  It’s clogging […]

Absent friends in shared landscapes …

By Lorna Edwards . . . I walk our shared paths without you, marvelling at the number of seasons we have shared. Now, the bluebells of Beltane cover the earth. I think of you and I know you are thinking of me. We notice budding oak leaf, bramble and fern, birdsong, tadpole and butterfly. The landscape is vibrant with life. […]

Towards a New Post-corona Version of the Self. Escaping Bachelard’s Dual Anthropology

By Karin Hannes . . . Research Group SoMeTHin’K (Social, Methodological and Theoretical Innovation / Kreative), Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven . . . The lockdown will continue for another four weeks, so I have heard on the radio this morning. Quarantine. I am out of my public zone. My social, methodological and theoretical innovation lab is somewhere ‘out […]

On Planes that have Changed into Birds

By Szymon Chrzastowski . . . The Psychological Counselling Centre of The University of Warsaw, Poland . . . “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the word Emily Dickinson I’m very busy in everyday life, dividing my time between academic duties and conducting psychotherapy. I also try to […]

Chaos, Fear, Conspiracy and Uncertainty

By Freda McEwen . . . Chaos, fear, conspiracy and uncertainty  The overwhelming chill of the unknown   The fear of being attacked by the unknown  The evidence overtook common sense  The speculation, secrets, suspicions  were more evidential than the evidence  Impossible to reason with reason as there is no reason  People held at ransom  Imprisoned by safety  and forced to […]