Augustin Doing Life

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ROGAN WOLF Like his better-known brother Maximilien, Augustin Robespierre was a prominent figure in the French Revolution. When Maximilien was arrested, Augustin insisted on being arrested with him and the brothers were guillotined on the same day, each having tried to…

The Ageing Anchoress

Julian of Norwich, as depicted in the church of Ss Andrew and Mary, Langham, Norfolk. From Wikipedia

ROGAN WOLF Anchorites were a phenomenom of the fourteenth century, not just in England but across Christian Europe. Women joined the movement as well as men, and were called anchoresses. The most famous person to adopt that life was called…

Trees generating trees

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CLAUDIA AZZOLA The Trees No free playing on language, nor words stretched to extremes or any reference will suffice to tell the layers of the stony, crusty greenery of mountain trees, exposed to the blast, the precipitate of the wind,…

The Cherry Tree that Survived the Bomb

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ROBERTO MALINI Nuclear weapons are holding the future of the world hostage. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the international institutions discussed nuclear nonproliferation and abolition strategies. At the same time, however, 50,000 more atom bombs were produced, bombs that got smaller, more…