Guns, words and other powerful things

By Ruth Limkin I’m always conflicted when I hear the mantra: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” On one hand that’s absolutely correct. On the other, it misses the point absolutely. Yes, a gun usually requires a person to operate it to kill someone. However, a person’s ability to kill, harm, and maim is exponentially enhanced when you give them a semi-automatic weapon, as … Continue reading Guns, words and other powerful things

Gasping for breath: why young Australians need intentional support

By Ruth Limkin I heard something the other night that took my breath away. It did so because I had several childhood friends with severe asthma and it’s impact should not be minimised. Their struggle to breathe, the constant threat to their life, their fear that their illness would overtake them all made their burden one which deserved the very best support. No-one questioned it’s medical legitimacy. … Continue reading Gasping for breath: why young Australians need intentional support

Talking about a win for women, with thanks to Telstra

By Ruth Limkin I recently wrote about a positive decision by Telstra, who have made good first steps restoring consistency in their messaging about women. The article lead to this short interview on the ACL Political Spot so if you have 5 minutes to listen, head on over! ************ ruth@ruthlimkin.com Continue reading Talking about a win for women, with thanks to Telstra

A win for women. When actions and words align – celebrating corporate responsibility when we find it

By Ruth Limkin I discovered the Women at Telstra webpage a few weeks ago. The sentiments expressed were encouraging, particularly around developing a workplace for women that is ‘supportive’ and being ‘proactive about women’s development and gender inclusion’. I agree that that such outcomes take ‘focus and specific action’. The video message by CEO David Thodey was eloquent and authentic. The desire he expressed about Telstra … Continue reading A win for women. When actions and words align – celebrating corporate responsibility when we find it

Answers I’ve found – of dictators, documentaries and doing something

By Ruth Limkin (This is a follow up post to this morning’s article). Between Kony 2012, International Women’s Day and the new Ipad, I thought the internet might implode today. Happily it didn’t. I also thought I was possibly about to become ‘writer much hated’ when I posted this morning about Kony 2012. Happily, that doesn’t seem to have happened either (unless you’re just ignoring … Continue reading Answers I’ve found – of dictators, documentaries and doing something

Of dictators, documentaries and doing something – questions I have

By Ruth Limkin I’ve watched Kony 2012. It’s very impressive story telling, brilliant social advocacy and an issue worth creating awareness about. The film was squarely aimed at the west, tapping into common concerns about isolation, distraction and world weariness and in its place, offering connection, attention and hope. It’s a good thing to get shaken out of our self-centred complacency and the current campaign … Continue reading Of dictators, documentaries and doing something – questions I have

“He shouldn’t hit you. Ever.” A message from all who care…

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes a great and terrible tragedy dismantles a carefully constructed facade which not only reveals one awful truth, but many. This is the sorry situation in the trial currently underway regarding the murder of the three Singh siblings. Disturbingly, it appears from testimony, that the death of three children in a triple-homicide is only one of the tragedies that occurred in the … Continue reading “He shouldn’t hit you. Ever.” A message from all who care…

What’s the fuss about killing newborns?

By Ruth Limkin You’ve probably heard about it by now, as it’s been picked up in both social media and mainstream media. Two philosophers working in Australian universities published an article in the British Medical Journal, arguing that it is morally defensible to kill newborns. They contend that whether the child has an illness, chromosomal condition such as Down Syndrome, or whether the mother is … Continue reading What’s the fuss about killing newborns?

Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

This week the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, warned that Britain has run out of money, in news that would have left many readers cold. The UK is seen as a leading nation and if their financial margins are such, then it brings into stark focus the economic dilemma that much of the world is facing. Yet I was strangely glad to read the article and … Continue reading Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

The post-New York blahs

By Ruth Limkin I’ve been in a New York state of mind. My fourth visit to the city for a recent holiday was as wonderful as the first three times. It’s a captivating city even with it’s concrete overload and it’s consumerist obsession, because it’s cultural richness is vast indeed. I’ve been back in Australia for a few days, yet still fortunate enough to be … Continue reading The post-New York blahs