Month: June 2019

The prison nun

1 June 2019 Mary Clarke had a privileged upbringing in the glamour of Hollywood. She was born on December 1, 1926, in Beverley Hills, California of Irish immigrant parents. Her mother died in the course of her fourth pregnancy. Her father was a successful sales executive, and Mary inherited his compassion and generosity for less …

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Saving face

1 June 2019 To be fair it was nothing life-threatening, not that a leaking eyeball as a complication of glaucoma surgery is anyone’s idea of fun. But it meant my mother required specialised treatment that wasn’t available to her in central Queensland, necessitating her being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital ophthalmology unit. …

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A time to embrace

More than a few years earlier, the reputed writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth, wrote:

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born and a time to die…
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance…
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces…” (Eccles 3:1-2,4-5).

Procrastinating over a needle

Will I? Won’t I? Will I? Won’t I? At the start of each flu season many people toss up whether to get the flu jab. Excuses include a dislike of needles and it’s a waste of time and money because “my immune system will cope”.

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