“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.


The Dehumanisation of Statistics

When people become statistics, they stop being individuals, and when five thousand deaths seems no worse than five hundred that’s very clearly the case. Journalists should be working in order to create more of an understanding of the individual lives lost during tragedies. Back in May the total number of migrant deaths caused by drowning in the Mediterranea[...]

Motherhood and Art: Amanda Palmer

Despite radical changes in the way we, as a society, treat women, there is still a long way to go before we fully accept and accommodate working mothers. Artists especially are deeply impacted by becoming parents, as their lives outside of 'work' has far more of a direct impact on said work. Their experiences in life, in relationships, the places they visit[...]

A Settlement Story: Jane Addams

An Illinois senator’s daughter, Jane Addams was a 27 year old medical school dropout when she and a friend, Ellen Starr, decided to travel around Europe. Both were feminists dedicated to social activism, particularly global peace, the eradication of world poverty and the improvement of the status of women everywhere. It wasn’t until the pair visited Toynbee [...]

Postcards to my Future Children

In April 2012 I was walking next to the Seine in Paris whilst peering at the wide array of vintage magazines, records and tat that the stalls were selling. I felt my euros burning a hole in my pocket, but yet possessed no desire to buy something I knew would sit gathering dust on my shelf. I thumbed through old postcards, some blank and some with long forgot[...]

The Perfect Work Environment

It was the perfect work environment.  Everything was laid out logically to avoid congestion and reduce backtracking. The design aesthetic was minimalist. The materials maintained in pristine condition. Large windows on two adjoining walls often let in enough light to work by. The entire space couldn’t have been much more than 500 ft² (46 m²), ruling out any [...]

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