Breaking Silence | Rossella Urru

For 179 days Rossella Urru has been held hostage in Algeria.

It’s time to set her free.

Freedom for Rossella Urru.

Freedom for all hostages, everywhere.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

May the Guinness flow, and may the wind always be at your back.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

What colour are you today?

Freedom for Women Who Haven’t the Voice

Speaking with a local Sardinian woman the other day, who happens to follow my blog, she asked me why I wrote an article on Rossella Urru and why it’s important to me.

Free Rossella. Rossella Urru is 29 years old and is a volunteer. She was abducted in Algeria on 22 OCtober 2011.

At the time I couldn’t find the right words to convey my thoughts on this urgent matter. It has taken me over twenty-four hours to get my thoughts straight, and here is my answer:

  • First and foremost, as a woman, I found it important to spread the message of Rossella Urru’s disappearance with the world. The Italian media were silent for far too long.
  • We women need to support each other, we need to hold each other up in times of struggle and we need educate the world when politicians are silent.
  • Rossella Urru may not be a child, but she is someones child.
  • It took 117 days for the Italian media to report on Rossella’s abduction. The broadcast came from the popular Sanremo (an Italian song festival). The stunning Geppi Cucciari, who is also from Sardinia, reported on Rossella’s abduction.
  • When I was a 16-year-old girl, in highschool, all innocence was stolen from me and my city. When young schoolgirls were abducted, tortured and later murdered. I imagine many of you do not know the names Kristen French or Leslie Mahaffy. Kristen French went to the Catholic school and I attended the public school. Both schools are side by side. Kristen French was abducted in a church parking lot on her way home from school. The same church parking lot I passed, almost daily to visit a school friend. These abductions, tortures and murders in my city, changed me. It gave me a voice for the women who cannot speak, for the women who endure nights of silence and beatings, I am your voice. Hear me roar!
  • There seems to be an alarming rate of missing women worldwide. Does anyone else see this? Realize this?
  • As of today, Rossella Urru has been at the hands of terrorists for 144 Days, 9 hours and 27 minutes.

We are all Rossella Urru’s and Kristen French’s. We are all women who are still struggling to survive in this manly world.

We are all freedom, unless that freedom has been stolen from us.

It’s time to stop this madness, it’s time to bring ALL the children home, safe, back in their mothers arms.

Freedom for Rossella Urru.

Freedom for the thousands of women, who do not have a voice.

International Women’s Day 2012

It’s been one hundred and three years since the first International Women’s Day was observed in the United States. Today around the world men and women will join hands in solidarity, peace and equality.

As of today, Rossella Urru has been held hostage in Algeria for 138 days, 8 hours, and 41 minutes.


Rossella Urru

When you reflect on the women in your life today, please take a moment to say a prayer for those women, in 2012, who have had their freedom so brutally taken.

138 days held hostage in Algeria. 138 days of uncertainty. Freedom for Rossella Urru!

Blessed be.

Her Beautiful Green Thumb

Her flowers always bloom with colour where mine wilt-brown and fade. Her thumb is green, alright. She knows just the right light, angled perfectly by the compass, to allow the buds to bloom beautiful shades of vibrant colours.

I can grow herbs, and sunflowers. Abundance of colours are not my thing, sadly.

Parsley, basil, thyme, cilantro and budding yellow sunflowers give me half a green thumb. To her full green thumb. She’s a wise young Sardinian friend, always willing to help and educate.

I’ve tried and tried again to grow colour, but she isn’t accepting of me. Instead I photograph her beauty in the wild and potted in friends gardens.

Do you have a green thumb?

Freedom for Rossella Urru

Freedom for Rossella Urru

La cooperante italiana è da quattro mesi nelle mani dei suoi rapitori

Rossella Urru is a 29-year-old woman from Sardinia, Italy. On the evening of  22 – 23 October 2011, she was kidnapped (along with two colleagues) in Algeria. She was working for the company International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP).

She has been held hostage for 128 days, 18 weeks, 3072 hours, 184,320 minutes and 11,059,200 seconds. (Recorded on February 27, 2012)

There is a wonderful Italian blog dedicated to Rossella Urru, where you can leave/read letters of support, up-to-date recent press releases and poems written for Rossella by family, friends and strangers.

The blog is a meeting point for the immediate liberation of Rossella Urru.

It is time to bring Rossella Urru home.

Ladies Skull | A Photo

The other day, a little
lady bug
came out to play
she stuck around
not touching ground
till she found
the skull

The $4 Million Dollar Question | Amanda Knox – Her Side

Amanda Knox. The American college girl who had dreams of the beautiful life in Italy. She’s maintained her silence, has been portrayed as a she-devil by a prosecutors and labeled loose by the Italian and British media. American media show Knox as the innocent girl who went abroad, for which unforseen circumstances happened.

She spent four years in Italian prison for the murder of British beauty Meredith Kercher.

Knox’s sentence was overturned in October 2011. She returned to her hometown of Seattle with open arms and fanfare. She’s kept her silence until now.

HarperCollins has paid Knox $4 million dollars to tell her tale of events.

Knox has sold her story! $4 million!

Is this amount just in todays economic crisis? What about the still grieving family of Meredith Kercher? What about the Kercher’s legal bills? Has a publishing house offered them millions of dollars to sell their story of a girl denied the right to live?

Knox’s family have upwards of $1 million in legal fees still to pay.

$3 million in the bank, sick.

Sometimes we forget the innocent who’ve fallen when sensational stories make the headlines.

Let us not forget Meredith Kercher, who was brutally taken while living the dream in Italy.

Are you an expat in Italy and have followed this story? Do you think Amanda Knox should still be behind bars? What really happened on that fateful night, and how much does Amanda really know? Is this another case of justice being un-just?

I’d love to hear your opinions.

Will you be reading the new Amanda Knox book?

A San Valentino Lady Hug

Go! Get your heart on, what ya waiting for?

How Virtual Tourist Opened My Eyes to Inspiration

This is a guest post I wrote back in November 2011 for Canada’s Adventure Couple – Dave & Deb it was published on their super fab site earlier this week. This was my first guest post I’ve written and was great to see my post on their site.

How Virtual Tourist Opened My Eyes to Inspiration

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Confucius.

Sometimes, in life there are too many ‘what if’ moments. Moments where we find ourselves questioning motives, desires, yearnings, personal histories, and the what if I do, do it. What then?

Confucius was right in his statement. To become a traveler, you must take that first step. After that, the adventure is yours.

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