breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

By Ruth Limkin Graham Clarke is a friend. After reading my recent post about Tomic, he tweeted something very kind that made me laugh out loud, saying “A dose of @ruthlimkin is like stepping on my bathroom scales – uncomfortable but a worthwhile reality check.” It made my day. So, if you’re up for a dose of breadandjustice regularly, there’s now an app for that! It’s free, and … Continue reading breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

By Ruth Limkin There’s a very big problem with the Christian church and its public role in Australia. I realised it once again last night when I read the latest report about how the church was interfering in society. Reports in the Herald Sun said, “The Salvation Army has helped rescue three young women trafficked from Thailand and forced to work in a Sydney brothel. A … Continue reading The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

By Ruth Limkin I’m intrigued. Today I read the following statement by a NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, “It is simply wrong that individuals can accumulate an unlimited number of deadly weapons with next to no scrutiny.” Shoebridge is introducing legislation into the NSW parliament to limit the number of guns that can legally be owned. It seems the magic figure is three, although why he … Continue reading How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

What the Captain did, and why we detest it

By Ruth Limkin Francesco Schettino is not only the shamed captain of the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia, which fatally ran aground off the Tuscan coast. He is also now the inspiration between a new hashtag on twitter – #trippedandfell. The hashtag sprung from the disbelief at the Captain’s claims that he didn’t deliberately abandon ship while there were still hundred of passengers on board, … Continue reading What the Captain did, and why we detest it

The art of living spectacularly

By Ruth Limkin It seems that we’re switching on to the idea of switching off. Last week, the Hurstville Mayor encouraged Australians to turn their mobile phone off on Australia Day and spend it with friends and family. Now the Courier Mail has reported the increasing trend of holidaymakers who are ’embracing resorts that ban mobile phones or have no reception in an attempt to disconnect, … Continue reading The art of living spectacularly

“Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

By Ruth Limkin Warning: the following is hard to read. Don’t plunge into this post without first readying yourself to do so…. Her name is Srey Pov.  When she was 6 years old, she was sold to a brothel. The brothel owners spread her legs apart, tied her naked to a bed, and sold her virginity  to a Western man. Recalling her rape that night, … Continue reading “Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

The secret santa present that nobody wanted

By Ruth Limkin There’s always one. Whenever there’s a secret santa, there’s always one gift that no-one wants. When it gets opened, the person who chose it has that “I guess I need to look happy anyway” look on their face. Everyone watching the gift being opened breathes a sigh of relief, grateful that they didn’t end up with it. Such was the case this … Continue reading The secret santa present that nobody wanted