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

Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

By Ruth Limkin Wall Street has been ‘occupied’ for a month now. According to the Wall Street Journal the protest movement in New York also now has $300,000 in donations, which is a little ironic considering the exact cause being donated to is still undefined. The Wall Street Journal reported the following: “For the most part, the protest action remained loosely organized and there were … Continue reading Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

Dear PETA, please put some clothes on

By Ruth Limkin It’s a little known fact that William Wilberforce, who was the driving force for the abolition of the legal slave trade, also started the RSPCA.It’s one more reason I admire him so much. The mistreatment of animals is abhorrent, and as an animal lover, I find it distressing. It’s also sociologically disturbing, as we know that people who abuse animals are more likely … Continue reading Dear PETA, please put some clothes on

When leadership isn’t leadership

By Ruth Limkin I feel sorry for our Prime Minister. Winning government didn’t actually mean winning government just over 12 months ago, when she had to sign a formal alliance with the Greens and court three independents. Can our current leader really said to be leading when news reports contain sentences like this – “The federal government is being forced to implement the pokies cap … Continue reading When leadership isn’t leadership

Good sorts, bad sports and what’s really inappropriate in footy

By Ruth Limkin I’m the first to applaud when people or organisations promote a culture of respect for women. But I’m at a loss as to why Peter Peters, the media manager for Manly Sea Eagles, was suspended for calling a female reporter a ‘good sort’. His subsequent parting of ways with the club, with redundancy package, is apparently due to more than just this … Continue reading Good sorts, bad sports and what’s really inappropriate in footy

Too busy? Time to get busier!

By Ruth Limkin Did you know that volunteering’s good for your health? Curtin University published an article on volunteering in which they cited a number of studies and sources that assessed the effect of volunteering on those who did so. The article showed that benefits of volunteering included improved mental health, with 61% of people who volunteer a minimum of five times a year reporting … Continue reading Too busy? Time to get busier!

The anomaly of angst-filled Aussies

By Ruth Limkin Aussies are generally quite a laid back lot. Yet several weeks ago I was in Sydney on a Saturday, and found myself walking through a protest against the planned carbon tax. In and of itself, there was nothing interesting per se about that – for protests are a glorious part of our democracy. The right to express our dissatisfaction is a right … Continue reading The anomaly of angst-filled Aussies

And the problem in Somalia is….

By Ruth Limkin Who hasn’t been devastated by the horrific photos coming out of Somalia? The sight of children starving, with ribs protruding painfully, and swollen distended stomachs, is truly disturbing. The question of where to point the finger, and who to blame, comes easily. The answers not so. Some journalism is disgraceful in it’s oversimplification and yet it’s almost impossible to write a comprehensive deconstruction of the … Continue reading And the problem in Somalia is….