Remembering Concepcion Picciotto, Anti-Nuclear Peace Activist

On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons guest-blogger Lee Karen Stow shares her recollections of meeting and photographing life-long anti-nuclear campaigner Conception Picciotto. Concepcion Picciotto said she spent 35 years of her life outside the White House in Washington DC to “stop the world from being destroyed”. Living in the familiar…

Remembering Bertha Von Suttner on the International Day of Peace

Guest blogger Lee Karen Stow highlights the legacy of Bertha Von Suttner, the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Prayers and messages of peace hang from the branches of The Peace Tree at The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. I…

Words Matter: Trans People, Suicide and ‘Deadnaming’

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day writer Michelle Green shares her thoughts about the recent suicide of a young trans boy, Leo Etherington, who died earlier this year and whose death was recently reported in the media.   This week we heard about the heartbreaking death of Leo Etherington, a young trans lad who committed…

How ‘trinkets’ become family heirlooms.

Guest-blogger, Jasmine Brammer, from Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Melbourne, Australia explores the process by which personal objects associated with deceased loved ones become heirlooms. When a loved one dies, their possessions don’t have to be antiques or expensive heirlooms, or itemised in a Will or Trust to gain the title of ‘treasure’. This can…