"It is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or craft. Instant success is the order of the day; 'I want it now!' I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life, and we are indignant if a car doesn't start at the first try. So the few things that we still do, such as cooking (though there are TV dinners!), knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value." (May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, W W Norton, 1973, 15.)

Mary McAleese in Sydney in September

JMaryMcAleese04The former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, will be the guest of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal in Syndey in September. There will be a forum with Maryin the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday September 7 at 2pm. Entry by ticket only. Book now. For more information about Mary McAleese click here. To watch a video of Mary McAleese click here. Mary will also be the guest of the Global Irish Studies Centre at UNSW - click here for details.