Ian Stclair

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15 Quotes From the Founder of Modern Zen That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Ever heard of Hakuin Ekaku? If not, then you’re in for a major treat of wisdom today.<p>Ekaku lived in Japan in the 1700s and is considered one of the …

What America Stood For

"Where people are desperate, it is still America they count on, whether they love or scorn it, and America they blame when aid does not come."<p>After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election in November, a foreign ambassador accosted one of my deputies at the State Department, where …

Political Science

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel more fresh or more timely, dealing as it does with reproductive rights, with the sudden accession to power of a theocracy in the United States, with the …

Literature

After Great Pain, Where Is God?

These days I find I’m more alert to the grief and sorrow around me than I once was. In part it’s a product of my age, of youth giving way. I’m guessing my situation is not that different from many of yours.<p>Last month I checked in on a childhood friend whose 13-year-old son committed suicide last …

Acquainted
Emil Michael

How to live with an ageing parent - and not go totally mad

The Christmas Eve before last, Rachael Marsden popped to the annexe next door to see her mother, Barbara, now 89, and found her semi-conscious on the floor.<p>‘She’d had a fall so I called an ambulance and she was blue-lighted to hospital and given 12 units of blood,’ says 53-year-old Rachael, a …