On Being in Limbo by Angela Caldin

Many commentators on the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 have described the situation of the friends and relatives of those on board as being ‘in limbo’. Starved of news and without any plausible explanation of what had happened, feeling neglected and overlooked, they found themselves in a state of continuing uncertainty which led to deep frustration, anxiety and despair. What is Limbo? The word limbo derives from the latin limbus meaning a hem or border or something joined on. The concept of limbo was developed by Peter Abelard in the… Read More

A Word of Goodbye! By Trevor Plumbly

When you get past three score and ten, you start to consider the shuffling off process a bit more seriously; it tends to focus your mind a bit when the funerals you go to are for friends rather than elderly relatives. Conversations with old friends (both senses) often include the previously unthinkable, that some of us will conk out in a relatively short period and all of us eventually. What’s interesting is the difference in attitudes: some refuse to even consider the prospect of death as if not discussing it will delay… Read More