By Ruth Limkin There were few dry eyes amongst those who saw it on television the other night. I’m talking, of course, of the performance of La Vie en Rose on ‘The Voice’. It’s a beautiful song, sung so well by seventeen year old Rachael Leahcar. You can see it online here. The concept of “The Voice’ is that singers perform in blind auditions hoping to be … Continue reading What a singer who couldn’t see showed me about blindness
By Ruth Limkin Shameless plug time. I’m a contributing author for a book which is coming out shortly, and I think everyone should buy a copy (or two). My chapter looks at community development by the church and charity sector, and was an absolute honour to write. So often, the immense contribution by the not-for-profit and volunteer fuelled sectors get overlooked. I know so many wonderful … Continue reading A sneak peek of “Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor” – out soon!
By Ruth Limkin Do you ever get tired of reading about the problem with porn? I know I sometimes get tired of writing about it. There’s a reason I persevere though, and if I ever feel like my participation in the conversation is flagging, I can draw upon a recent memory which shoots adrenaline into my soul. It’s a sad memory. It made me sick to … Continue reading Can’t we just stop talking about the problem with porn?
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
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
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
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…
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?
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
By Ruth Limkin Flying to the USA recently, I marveled at how international travel is now so easy compared to many decades ago. Granted, twelve hours in constricted economy class can make you dream of the days when global travel meant long, luxurious cruising yet in reality, when that was the way world was traversed, affording such an adventure would’ve probably been beyond me. As … Continue reading When travel makes our world seem smaller: reflections from economy class