• To educators

    Maria Vella

    We live in dark times, fellow educator. By educator, I am referring to you parents; you who live next door to someone; you who work with people; and especially you, who are a teacher. In this letter I am not judging what a journalist has done and how she carried ...

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  • Just when we think it cannot get worse…

    Sara Zingariello

    … it does. There are no answers, just more questions. I sit here, writing this reflection just hours after a terrible event has reshaped our identity. We are not the same people we were yesterday, or perhaps we are but we can no longer hide behind a wall and pretend ...

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  • At a loss

    Jean Claude Attard

    Losses take different shapes and forms. It is when trying to make sense of these losses that we come at a loss for both words and, perhaps, even meaning. Muted and dreary as we are, we ask questions about ourselves we cannot answer (Why me? Why now? What is the ...

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  • Lil min tassew qed naqdu?

    Fr Michael Bugeja

    Meta spiċċajt minn kappillan San Ġużepp Ħaddiem Birkirkara, kien hemm min iddispjaċih u kien hemm ħafna iktar li ħadu r-ruħ. Fost dawn tal-aħħar kien hemm min straħ tassew li fl-aħħar seta’ jċapċap fil-knisja għax iċ-ċapċip fil-Knejjes ma narahx f’postu. Kemm-il darba, minħabba f’hekk, kien jerġa’ jibda jberren f’moħħi il-ħsieb li ...

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  • Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

    Pietre Vive Malta

    The title is an old testament quotation (Ecclesiastes 1:2) offering the foundations for a type of painting called vanitas. These essentially consist of still life paintings which flourished in the Netherlands throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The aim of such paintings was to deliver a morally-driven message by putting ...

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  • Il-Festi u x-Xorb

    Aġenzija Sedqa

    Issa anke mal-festi qabdu?! Lanqas tista’ tixrob xarba bil-kwiet (insomma mhux eżatt bil-kwiet, imma taf xi rrid ngħid).M’għandhomx x’jagħmlu jaqaw? Ara naqra, x’fiha ħażin li xxarrab naqra griżmejk fil-marċ u waqt il-purċissjoni? Mhux kulħadd jixrob? Aħna l-Maltin hekk imdorrijin. Li kien għalihom dawn iħassruhielna festa bil-qabda prietki kontra x-xorb. Għax ma ...

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  • From ‘doing’ human to ‘being’ human

    Christine Galea

    Recently I came across a very interesting book by American author John Bradshaw.  One of the quotes which really grabbed my attention was “we are human BEings and not human DOings”.   This led me to reflect upon how important it is to keep our priorities in order and on the ...

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  • Sacralising Feminism

    Jean Claude Attard

    Defining feminism is controversial. Not even self-acclaimed feminists seem to agree amongst themselves about what feminism is. Gloria Steinem famously claimed that “Feminism is not about a piece of the existing pie… It’s about baking a new pie.” The writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organiser argues that feminism is ...

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  • How much is too much?

    Christine Galea

    We might as well face it… the wedding season is in full swing! Indeed, May and June are reputed to be two of the most popular months for couples to tie the knot. And why not? The weather is normally absolutely beautiful during late Spring and the scorching summer heat ...

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  • A much-needed election silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would ...

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