Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

By Ruth Limkin I have a small magnet on my fridge. It’s from Alcatraz Prison, and lists Regulation 5 – “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege”. I bought it as a humourous reminder of a holiday and of a wonderful day exploring what is now a tourist attraction. However, I also bought to remind me … Continue reading Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

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

Women without a voice and what we can do about it

By Ruth Limkin Last night I read about four women from the one family: Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir Mohammad, 52. All four women died at the hands of close relatives less than two years ago. The household patriarch, along with one of his wives and his son were all found guilty yesterday of their murder. In a world uncomfortably … Continue reading Women without a voice and what we can do about it

No Christmas for Adam

There is no Christmas for four year old Iraqi Adam Eashoue this year. Adam was murdered while attending church in October this year, when extremists burst into the building. They killed two priests, took the congregation hostage and then murdered 50 of them, including Adam and his father. A report yesterday said that, “… the bloodied hand prints of murdered members of the congregation remain on the walls … Continue reading No Christmas for Adam