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Author(s): Lillian Henegar

The Art of Small Resurrections: Surviving the Texas Death Chamber by Walter Long

Reviewed by Lillian Henegar

During the first few months that I had this Pendle Hill Pamphlet (#408, August 2010), my copy became marked up and highlighted throughout, including penciled notes in the margins and scraps of paper with notes on them. Every time I pick up this essay by Walter Long, I find myself lost in his rich and personal language, meditating on the ideas and concepts he presents... Read more.

Author(s): Elizabeth Boardman

99 Tactics of Successful Tax Resistance Campaigns by David Gross 

Reviewed by Elizabeth Boardman

Released in January 2014, this new book by David gross is as carefully researched and engaging to read as his previous books, American Quaker War Tax Resistance and We Won’t Pay.

The question "How do tax resistance campaigns succeed in meeting their goals?" is answered with concrete and vivid examples drawn from tax resistance campaigns over thousands of years of history... Read more.

Author(s): Diana Forsythe

When we are led to speak in Meeting, we try to do so in a way that everyone can hear. It is our custom to rise and to speak slowly and loudly so that messages are audible to all.

Author(s): Mary Klein

Dear Friends: Our First Amendment right to free expression is sometimes called the “crown jewel” of the Bill of Rights. That somewhat oxymoronic metaphor – a fundamental democratic principle sparkling like a diamond in the coffers of a monarch – reveals an uneasy tension between our democratic freedoms and the worldly powers that guard them. Yet even though any government must place some limits on individual freedom, the expectation is that those limits will benefit the common good. In the... Read more.

Author(s): Sarah Hawthorne

Dad was tight-lipped about the war years and only occasionally referenced his having been “stationed in Guam.” In sorting through my Dad’s papers to write his obituary in August 2013, I discovered his certificate for Distinguished Service as a Navigator in nine successful air flights, 1943-1945, to drop bombs on Japan during World War II. I stared hard at the aged photograph of the young crew in uniform, standing proud in front of their Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Renown for its ability to... Read more.

Author(s): Warren Ostrom

Find a lesson plan here, for using this article with children in First Day School.

I love my country. I love the many people whose paths I have shared: farming and fishing families on Puget Sound, children of engineers, migrant workers I picked strawberries next to, my college classmates, those I was in the Army with, the thousands of struggling, often heroic families I met as a social worker. My... Read more.

Author(s): Helen Bruner
Tonight
bright green has drunk the earth
into itself
oceaning inhabitants

The young men
have no moss
protecting them

One glassy owl hooting
in her gleaming tree
distracts

They fall to war, some break –
shattered bits of jade
splinter from the chain

Only ageless crickets
celadon themselves
and older men no longer green
are left to try to sing.

 

Helen Bruner is a member of... Read more.

Author(s): Perry Hutchison
Our roads and rails in disrepair,
whole fam’lies without shelter;
while fossil fuels befoul our air
as if it did not matter.

It’s nothing less than villainous
that Afghans we condemn;
let’s spend our dollars fixing “us”
instead of fighting “them.”

 

Perry Hutchison is a member of the Fanno Creek Worship Group of Multnomah Monthly Meeting, Portland, Oregon (NPYM).

Author(s): Bill Lovelady
At Siegen, a single Panzer halts Allied ammo convoy for 30 minutes

Speak English, soldier boy,
she said, your German is atrocious.
I want no compliments from you.
Some American shot my brother;
I haven’t heard from him for months.

I waved you over here
because I want an American son
to teach him to hate Americans.
You will remember when you grow up,
whether you want to or not,
there is a possibility... Read more.
Author(s): Bill Lovelady
The boys of my neighborhood
dreamed of escaping middle Texas.
We wanted to see some exotic land,
such as Kansas or the Sooner State.
Simple rules seeped by osmosis
into our unformed brains.
At our most eloquent,
we said, “Fair is fair.”
We played vicious games:
no television, few radios,
no soccer, no Little League.
We graduated from marbles,
hide and go seek, red rover,
and kick the can.
We played one and over,
flip... Read more.

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