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

On Being a Parent by Angela Caldin

A young mum said to me the other day, talking about her children, ‘I can’t wait until they’re 18 and then I won’t have to worry about them any more.’ She said this in all seriousness and first of all I thought that perhaps I hadn’t heard right. But then I realised that her children were small and that her worries were those associated with small children. She had no idea that as time went on and her children grew up, the issues would change and become more and more intractable. I’m… Read More