“Know that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” With these words, Lent began. I marked my congregation’s heads with dust, looked them in the eye, and told them that — in the grand scheme of things — they were not long for this world. To put it at its starkest: I told […]
Amanda started stockpiling a fortnight days ago. “My son thinks I’m panic-buying,” she said. “But it was just an extra six — I don’t have room for any more. I know someone who bought about 100 in his last order.” She feels a little embarrassed now, as the government has made assurances that supplies will […]
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I’ve been aware since I was diagnosed five years ago that my leukaemia could kill me. My version is chronic rather than acute, so I’ve never had that sudden blind panic of imminent death that a cancer diagnosis can lead to. More of an extended — five year long, so far — musing on when […]