The cycle isn’t going to break itself

In the wake of Lyra McKee’s death, there were immediate calls for an end to violence; Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill were both quick to condemn the taking of life. But I am fearful we are in a similar cycle to the US gun debate: A massacre takes place. There is national mourning. There is impassioned debate, …

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We prefer to hear what we have heard before.

I’ve only discovered Wendell Berry lately; I asked the Facebook hive mind where I should start, and ‘Jayber Crow’ was the recommended beginning. Berry describes his novel as the ‘life story of Jayber Crow, barber, of the Port William membership, as written by himself.’ I don’t want to summarise the story, but a little background …

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It’s not about screens, it’s about what screens replace.

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a local charity as part of a campaign to raise awareness (and encourage limits) on the amount of time young people spend looking at screens. Most of us agree children spending long periods of time on one type of screen or another isn’t healthy, however, there …

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