Time Has Flewn

Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, died 25 years ago today.  Of all the great memories I have of his books, the best by far is from the days when “Miss Twelve” lived with me.  She was thirteen but obsessed about being twelve, hence the nickname.  From her first night here, Green Eggs and Ham … More Time Has Flewn

Blackened Swans

In 2003, days before the Allied invasion of Iraq, Natalie Maine was performing on a London stage as lead singer of the Dixie Chicks.  She is quoted as saying to the audience, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that … More Blackened Swans

Rocks and Hard Places

If I had to pick a pivotal milestone during my daily experiences in Cambodia, I would probably pinpoint the boat trip with Mum and Ruth in January 2014.  It was my first holiday, three months into my assignment with Medecins sans Frontieres.  Since landing in Phnom Penh I’d been bombarded by sights which did not … More Rocks and Hard Places

A Tale of Two Cities

In 1843 a survey was conducted in London which found that only 26 of the city’s 2,400 hospitalised patients were children.  Yet in the same year, of 51,000 deaths recorded in London, 21,000 were children under the age of ten and one third of London’s children died before their first birthday.  Clearly there was a … More A Tale of Two Cities

Imperfect Equals

In October I wrote about the elderly woman caring for her three orphaned grandchildren, who walks the streets scavenging for recyclables to sell in order to feed the family.  I will call her Belle.  Back then I shared this photograph of her at home with the children. Since then a friend has been donating AU$35 … More Imperfect Equals