Making the Most of Mother’s Day

//www.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2003/12/30_t/ba_ruzicka02_t.gif' cannot be displayed]Following the example of Marla Ruzicka: “I grudgingly admit that the big things I wanted when I was a young adult were fame and fortune. Yes, I can rationalize that I wasn’t alone in my youthful lust for more, more, more for me, me, me. But then there’s the audacious northern Californian, Marla Ruzicka, whose stirring death in Iraq last month, at age 28, was an elegant reminder of how stuck we can be in our boundless self-interests.

It’s as if her bigger-than-life role as a long-time advocate for the victims of war was a giant finger poking at the tightly woven cocoon many of us have spun (consciously or not) that insulates us from acknowledging the ravages of armed struggle on the lives of ordinary people in other lands. Yes, she did the heavy lifting for a lot of us.” — Rebecca Ephraim (Alternet)