Tag: shirley stott despoja

Freedom of Religion

Someone at the Door

Freedom of religion, or to be without religion, is basic to equality and peaceful interaction in a modern nation.…

Wiser counsels

Keeping on top of things

Shirley Stott Despoja muses on a lack of wiser counsels in the third age, the authority of a female voice and the expectation that seniors will volunteer their …

Rose Arch Lights

Waiting for my entitlement

It was the year of the ‘screw you’ Budget delivered with a puff of cigar smoke in our faces. That was 2014. Nice things happened in 2014, but not much in public…

Childhood

The Wars of Childhood

These ABC TV interviews are mostly light-hearted, but when Dr Emerson spoke about rows between his mother and war-damaged father, the mood darkened.…

Modest Proposals

The reasonable time for talking about grandchildren is 10 minutes. Keep it to that and you have a no-lose situation.…

Third Age: Old is bold

I sent my federal MP a postcard with a copy of my quite angry Third Age column about the Budget. The card had a picture of an old woman in a protest march carry…