The Pen is Mightier than the Sword: The Traprock Blog

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The Song – Sarah Pirtle

The newest episode of The Song features Sarah Pirtle of Western MA. A multi-talented singer/songwriter, Sarah is also a teacher, an activist, an award winning author and more. On The Song she performs songs about…


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The Draft

Date/Time Date(s) – 09/27/2015 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm Location Academy of Music Theatre Categories Theater “What the hell am I going to do?” The military draft during the U.S. war in Vietnam created an…



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Mina Hamilton: energy research on fracking and more

Environmental writer-researcher Mina Hamilton has written a series of articles exploring aspects of so-called ‘natural’ gas through hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). they explore: related pipeline and compressor station construction and operation; possible gas exports via liquefied…


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August 6 and 9, 1945: Reverberations Across Seventy Years

August 6 and 9 mark the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This mass destruction of civilians (not military targets, as President Truman alleged) has reverberated perversely across 7 decades, with the spread of nuclear weapons and the persistent pressure on Japan by the United States to abandon its post-war Peace Constitution. – See more at: http://www.portside.org/2015-08-04/august-6-and-9-1945-reverberations-across-seventy-years#sthash.qMfnRjqJ.dpuf




When peace settled in, one night, a century ago

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor the Christmas Truce of 1914 spontaneously celebrated by soldiers, and even some officers, on both sides of the war.



CALLING IN A RAY OF HOPE

Stories will be shared connecting us to the power of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico on her traditional feast day to bring the strength of women’s ways of knowing and inspire each other in this era of change and challenge.