"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.)

'In Iraq Christianity is a Dark Tunnel'

JIraqChristians"Since the invasion of the Islamic State last June, our life has changed radically. Even today, the Christian refugees in Ankawa, the Christian suburb of Erbil, have no money: they cannot withdraw money from Kurdistan banks, as their assets are frozen in Mosul or Qaraqosh. Many families have not received their salaries for several months, and when they did, it was only a partial payment. Read more