Christmas in July

Christmas in July

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Fashion is a fascinating phenomenon. What exactly it is that triggers off a trend is a question open to interpretation, but the rapid, slavish way in which trends are followed is not. So what was it that prompted so many individuals and organisations to adhere to the tradition of celebrating ‘Christmas in July?’

Cancer: a word, not a sentence

Volume 18, Issue 11

For most of my life my approach to cancer has been that of a spectator. Despite my genuine compassion for those afflicted to whom I have endeavoured to minister, I was always an outsider looking-in.

Last year, that all changed for me, when I was diagnosed with lymphoma, and was then subjected to ongoing months of treatment as a result. While that series of experiences by no means makes me an authority on this form of illness, it does afford me some worthwhile appreciation of the many emotional and spiritual challenges that you or a loved one might go through, should you be presently living with cancer or if you do so in the future.

It's the Mass that matters

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My heritage is entirely Irish. My mother’s parents and father’s grandparents were born there, and not surprisingly I have an endless fascination with all things Irish.

This is your life

Volume 18, Issue 8

Have you ever watched that TV show, This Is Your Life? I certainly have, and on every occasion I have found myself absorbed. People fascinate me endlessly, and the story of their life, as well as the recollections of those who have related with them over their journey, speaks so much about the people and the events of my own life.

To be... this is the answer

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About this time last year I experienced the first symptoms of the illness that was destined to change the course of my life. Once I was diagnosed with cancer, and once the treatment was set in train, though I did not foresee it at the time, an astonishingly different world to what I had previously experienced opened up before me.