Touching The Moon

Where were you when Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon? It’s July 21st, the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in human history. One that, for four days, for an hour, for a moment, brought humankind together.   I was in my last year at boarding school. Clustered around a small black and white […]

Older Women and Homelessness

PUBLISHED ARTICLES: Parity Vol25-01 (April)  READ Pages 22- 24 OLDER, WISER AND FLAT BROKE By Julie Boyd March 13, 2012 Published by The Hoopla http://thehoopla.com.au/older-wiser-flat-broke/ The return of Bob Carr to the political sphere has been much heralded, as he will reportedly bring ‘wisdom’ and ‘gravitas’ due to his age and experience. Despite our woman Prime Minister […]

Jack and the Mini

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601092146/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/58196 https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 Jack and the Mini By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: The Kindness of Strangers ‘Bugger. What do we do now?’ It was my third year at University and I finally had my license. The local policeman had seen me driving for years. Country kids needed to know the rudiments of how to fix an […]

There’s a Starman, waiting in the sky: Inspired By the Moon Landing, Astronauts and a Teacher

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190602105044/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/62113 NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center   There’s a Starman, waiting in the sky By Julie Boyd ·  3 min read · From 500 Words: One Moment, This Year It was a moment in 2013 when a single sentence changed my day…and made both scientific and technological history. Chris Hadfield is on Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield was enough for me to time travel […]

Oh Brother, Crispin: How A Teacher Changed My Life

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190602105044/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/60191 Oh Brother, Crispin By Julie Boyd ·  3 min read · From 500 Words: How We Met “Mother Gerardine went to God this morning. There’s no-one else who can take you for maths and science classes any more. You’ll have to go back to doing the same as the other girls in Year 11. Go and have your breakfast […]

Vale Robin: Meeting Robin Williams

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190601144838/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/76707   Vale Robin By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: Right here, Right now Over the Golden Gate bridge if you turn right and follow your nose, you’ll end up in Sausalito, a beautiful artistic enclave on the edge of San Francisco Bay, The home, at the time, of my friend and work colleague, Jeanne. […]

Sabine’s Choice: When a Young Mum Dies to Save Her Baby

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070510/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/59750 Sabine’s choice By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: How We Met “I have to make a choice, the tumour or the baby, that’s what he said.” My friend Sabine had just seen her doctor to confirm her pregnancy. Her overwhelming joy completely destroyed the next moment by his cold pronouncement. She also had an […]

The Letter: When Suicide Takes Someone You Know

https://web.archive.org/web/20190601070513/https:/open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190601074906/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/59182   The Letter By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: The Kindness of Strangers It was a Monday. I don’t usually bother collecting my mail until Thursday or Friday as the only snail mail that arrives these days are bills. I don’t know what compelled me that day. One letter fell out of the pile. […]

The Kindness of Strangers: My Dog His Loss

https://open.abc.net.au/people/11049 https://web.archive.org/web/20190601122518/https://open.abc.net.au/explore/58197   My dog, his loss. By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: The Kindness of Strangers The man didn’t have an old face. His hair wasn’t grey, but his eyes were as desolate as the Dead Sea. He was sitting alone on a park bench outside the local village shop, staring straight ahead. Directly in […]

It’s not just the Catholic Church. But here’s why I left it- at 10 years old.

I left the Catholic Church, in my head, when I was 10 years old in my first year at a Catholic Boarding School. The day I was ‘confirmed’ by a bloke we knew was abusing kids at our boarding school, I refused to ‘kiss his ring’. That was the day I confirmed my ‘loss of […]