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LET­TER of the MONTH I re­ally loved the in­ter­views with Sally Field (right) and Sir Ian McKellen ( AWW, Oc­to­ber), and cried over the ar­ti­cle on elder abuse. When will peo­ple re­alise that our par­ents gave up a lot to give us our op­por­tu­ni­ties and that our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to care for them in their ad­vanc­ing years? I be­lieve we have de­vel­oped a gen­er­a­tion who ex­pect to re­ceive re­wards rather than earn them. A sad re­flec­tion on so­ci­ety. B. Cooke, via email. PAY­ING THE PRICE I agree that san­i­tary items should not be taxed ( Axe the tax – In Brief, AWW,

Oc­to­ber), and women need to also make a stand at the other end of their cy­cle. HRT med­i­ca­tion is not sub­sidised and the av­er­age cost is $45 per month. Some women are un­able to af­ford this and go through menopause feel­ing an­gry, anx­ious, sleep de­prived and hopeless. It seems women are be­ing pun­ished fi­nan­cially at the be­gin­ning and end of their re­pro­duc­tive life. Hope­fully we will see change soon. Anony­mous, via email. CON­FES­SIONS OF A MAN Wait­ing for my wife at the shops, I was bored enough to pull your Oc­to­ber is­sue out of the trol­ley for a mind­less flick. To my sur­prise I ended up so en­grossed I for­got my an­noy­ance that our ice-cream was melt­ing. My heart wept for the Mor­combe fam­ily and their loss. I was shocked to read of the wife who was killed by her hus­band’s hit­man, and I felt pride at our ef­forts to as­sist farm­ers in need. Here’s to all the men tak­ing a sneaky peak at The Weekly! C. Bousles, Wallsend, NSW.

I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life. – AU­THOR UN­KNOWN P Bell, Forster, NSW.

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The win­ner of our Pearl of Wis­dom this month wins a 12-month sub­scrip­tion to The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, val­ued at $86.40. Your postal ad­dress must be in­cluded in all cor­re­spon­dence. Please state clearly if your let­ter is not for pub­li­ca­tion. See Con­tents for the lo­ca­tion ofBauer Me­dia Ltd’s Pri­vacy No­tice. LAUGH­TER THROUGH THE TEARS Your ar­ti­cle about Jeanne Lit­tle (left) sparked vivid mem­o­ries about my own grandpa who suf­fered with Alzheimer’s ( A life lived in tech­ni­colour,

AWW, Septem­ber). Katie’s mes­sage that if you didn’t laugh, you would cry is ex­actly what my mum used to say. They are right. Laugh­ter was the best medicine at times to cope with the dis­ease that snatches peo­ple away. J. Pater­son, via email. DON’T STOP DANC­ING I loved read­ing about Eileen Kramer ( Amaz­ing Aus­tralian, AWW, Oc­to­ber). A lovely re­minder that age­ing be­gins in our minds. It was won­der­ful to hear Eileen still writes, dances and re­cently chore­ographed a new work to cel­e­brate her 103rd birth­day. Her life­long pas­sion for danc­ing and her op­ti­mistic na­ture have kept her young at heart. There is a les­son in her story for us all. J. Mack­ender, Sun­bury, Vic.

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