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Reform Magazine | January 24, 2018

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On the pilgrim way

On the pilgrim way: ‘I have been struggling with sadness’

24/11/2017 |

Sheila Maxey wrestles with sadness

Death and dying seem to be all around me, echoed in the falling leaves and morning mists. I have been struggling with sadness and loss, and trying – perhaps foolishly – to make some kind … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘How can they live with a history like that?’

31/10/2017 |

Sheila Maxey explores war and worship

We are just back from 11 days cruising through Ukraine, down the Dnieper River and then up the Danube. Each morning at 6.45am I joined other early birds and sat silently in the bow … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘Memory is a precious but unreliable gift’

22/09/2017 |

Sheila Maxey on the gift of memory

Memories can be such a rich pleasure but also a ball and chain. A friend of mine feels that she cannot take certain steps in her life because her husband (dead for nearly … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘Was it irresponsible to get “Wayfromit”?’

25/08/2017 |

Sheila Maxey on getting away from it all

Going away on holiday nowadays raises new questions. Can we still cope with being away from home comforts – eg a chair that is easy to get out of, steps we are … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘I find myself unreasonably angry’

30/06/2017 |

Sheila Maxey on dealing with unhelpful anger

Sometimes I just long to be allowed to withdraw from all the clamour and suffering of the world – and I find myself unreasonably angry with those who force me to pay attention … Read More

On the pilgrim way: ‘They talked about when they were young’

26/05/2017 |

Sheila Maxey hosts lunch for octogenarians

‘How’s your Alzheimer’s, Bob?’ I asked an 85-year-old relative as he arrived at our house for a family lunch for the ‘oldest generation’. It was a serious question. Five years ago, at a large … Read More