Category Archives: Translight Themes

How to Support Our Troops, pt. 3

“Gifts of War” They came here clean, our springful youth, their vigor a joyous stride, their hunger a welcome shout. The work they broached as determined troops was sold as a noble cause, was labeled a valiant crusade. But who … Continue reading

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How to Support Our Troops, pt. 2

One weekend there was a big “Support Our Troops” demonstration at Window on the Bay Park in Monterey.  I prepared for the rally by making seven or eight large signs that drew attention to the Bush cuts in veterans’ benefits, … Continue reading

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How to Support Our Troops

As we pause to remember and thank the men and women who have served our country in peace and war, it might be good to reflect on what the phrase “Support Our Troops” means.   To some people it might mean … Continue reading

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Intimidation Segue pt. 4

And the flip side? What happens to the psyche of a people who are the target of pogroms and a holocaust?  To what length will survivors be willing to go in order to maintain permanent control over their future?

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Intimidation Segue pt. 3

What happens to the psyche of people who are subjected to relentless intimidation?  In my case the intimidation was minor, being followed around by nameless individuals – not exactly the stuff of nightmares.  But it made me feel powerless, made … Continue reading

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Intimidation Segue pt. 2

To learn more about the conflict in the Middle East, I read the book “A Season of Stones” by Helen Winternitz.  “A Season of Stones” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991) is a haunting look at the effect the establishment of Israel … Continue reading

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Intimidation Segue pt 1

I participated in many vigils to protest the impending US invasion of Iraq.  At the end of one vigil, as people were drifting away, an acquaintance pressed a magazine into my hands.  “This has an excellent article you should read,” … Continue reading

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Intimidation, part four

Some people have reacted to the trilogy “they never read” with extreme dislike.  I believe that for some of them, that reaction is caused by the way the trilogy presents the possibility that a person who has been abused and … Continue reading

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Intimidation, part three

So who were these people?  I’d guess a nosey little girl and her boyfriend looking for some fun through the power trip of spying on someone else. I have to admit, it was fun to purposely follow that SUV to … Continue reading

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Intimidation, part two

I got in front of her and slowed again.  This time when she passed me I took a look at the young man beside her.  They were about the same age, nothing particularly remarkable about either of them. He also … Continue reading

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