What looks like a charming mythical trilogy about her three cats is really a debate about the big existential questions of life, says Ashland author Tarra Light — such as: Are we are victims of pre-destined forces? Or are we powerful and creative beings who trounce negativity and shape life as we wish?
We, of course, as it turns out, are those powerful beings and it’s vital we start using those powers — especially now as we are at “a pivotal point … facing a dangerous course ahead” and must overcome the “programming” by the media and many other sources, thus learning to use free will and make better choices, she says.
Her just self-published book, “Cats, Ghosts and Gremlets” will be the focus of a free reading-signing and discussion at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Gresham Room of Ashland Public Library.
Her characters Tom and Kria are a couple who unexpectedly become homeless (as she did once) and, as fate would have it, get a gig housesitting, with their cats, in a haunted mansion, whose owner disappears to study with an American Indian shaman, unexpectedly leaving behind her two teen sons, who are acting out rebellion and violence because they are negatively programmed.
These characters represent forces in our society which could overwhelm our main couple, but they heroically engage the chaos and — as author Light seeks for humanity — hold up the lamp of hope for an enlightened, harmonious and peaceful society. To do this, she says, we must face our own past wounds and take responsibility for ourselves, and the fact that we create our own realities.
“We must set the future free so we aren’t imprisoned by past belief systems,” she said in an interview. “To move forward and create a better world, we need to release our victim consciousness and powerlessness.”
Exploring similar themes that love heals all evil and opens all possibilities, Light penned “Angel of Auschwitz,” telling her past life as Natasza, a Polish Jew, who, using her angels, attained “a cosmic understanding of the interplays of dark and light,” forgiving her Nazi jailers and providing hope for prisoners of the Holocaust. It was published in 2009 by Frog Books of Berkeley.
Her cat trilogy, called “Cats Can Save the World,” offers as the first book, a seeming children’s tale, “The Princess of Freedom,” which teaches values for kids “that will set humanity on course to a healthier future … forgiveness, tolerance, so we may overcome our differences and live in peace … as caretakers of Mother Earth,” says the book blurb.
A promo for her upcoming talk, “Freedom to Choose,” notes, “We live in perilous times. The choices we make now will steer the course of humanity for years to come … Let us not forfeit what is left of our democracy by making choices based on fear.”
John Darling is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.