“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard

The life section covers all aspects of actual living as well as accounts of inspiring stories of perseverance and a look into the workings of our mind and the effect it has on our perspective.


Strange Days: The Traveller's Insight

‘Remember, remember always that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists’ - Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today it’s nearly impossible to start a debate on immigration without arousing feelings of racism. The two topics are strongly related and that is probably why immigration became a problem. History has, over the y[...]

Travelling Mother and Daughter: Interview with Isabelle Von Coels

German-born Isabelle (Isi) Von Coels was twenty six years old when her daughter, Kim, was born, and throughout Kim’s childhood, Isi travelled as a single mum to South America, Australia and other places around the world. Kim recently had her own child, Xahli, and spends time between Isi's home in Portugal, New Zealand and Glastonbury, UK. Now Isi is a grandm[...]

Funding Calais

On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

Remember Me: World Alzheimer's Month

September 2015 is the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme is Remember Me. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Two remarkable debut novels published last year spotlight unforgettable characters who happen to have dementia. In Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is[...]

City of Migrants: Toronto

In 1847, Toronto was Canada's largest city, boasting a population of 20,000, largely English and Scottish Protestant. Between May and October of that year, more than 38,000 economic migrants fleeing the potato famine in Ireland, many of them typhus-infected, disembarked at Toronto. Although the majority of immigrants moved on to other cities, Toronto would r[...]

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