Increasing numbers of people – from teenagers to the very old – are experiencing the debilitating effects of loneliness. The emotional havoc it can cause is immense. Yet common enough though feelings of loneliness are, most of us would never dare admit to them
In 1964, a tall, handsome, ex-naval officer, Jean Vanier, was invited to Trosly to visit an asylum for men with mental handicaps. “It was a horrific place,” he says, “full of screaming and violence; and yet it filled me with a sense of wonderment." … He visited other asylums, equally dismal, and then decided to act.
The Scottish poet George Mackay Brown drew inspiration first and foremost from his native Orkney Islands. On the twentieth anniversary of his death, his friend and biographer recalls her meetings with him there and the long road that led to his conversion to Catholicism
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