Notations from the very fringe of the human experience
James Strauss, Author & Publisher
James Strauss has published four novels: Thirty Days Has September: The First Ten Days, The Boy, Arch Patton: The Bering Sea, Arch Patton: Down In The Valley, and The Second Ten Days of Thirty Days Has September plus readying two more Arch Patton Adventures, along with publishing in print and digitally a weekly Midwestern Newspaper, The Geneva Shore Report
According to James, “Philosophers of significant merit and reputation have struggled with the meaning of life and the survival constructs we humans radiate outwardly while constantly denying them inwardly. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life might be a more accurate way of looking at the human condition simply because of its heavy use of humor and its intrinsic silent message that the meaning of life is simply what we as individuals mean it to be. There is no answer anywhere available, nor is there likely to be, about why we are here on planet earth, where ‘here’ for the planet actually is or, in fact, about what we or the universe are. I was thrust into a “leadership” position in 1969, which I’m detailing in my latest book 30 days Has September, during the Vietnam War. As a fresh 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, I quickly learned survival. While healing from wounds I realized my calling would be to share grounded concepts, through the writing and publishing, to think and discuss what life itself is all about. For a time, I strove for credibility until I realized that my own credibility was ‘without meaning’.”
Second Ten Days
Nguyen was gone into the night with the 106 round. I hadn’t given any thought at all as to whether the ammo box was marked with a flechette designation for its contents or not. There was no way to tell by feel, and there was no way I was going to use the flashlight...read more
I scrambled, slid and crabbed my way through the low growing debris spread like small islands of living flora all over the mud flat I was trapped on. The NVA gunners had opened up high or were trying to take out the Ontos instead of shooting at a few scavengers trying...read more
I made it back to my cave under the rock wall of the cleft I was holed up in, the one I’d spent some time hoping to get back to. I laid in the darkness, shedding outer pieces of my wet rotting uniform, and wondering about the reality of the combat I was hopelessly...read more
Has anyone noticed as we “age” reflections of the past seems to become more vivid? Good Bad or Ugly, they are filling my mind with regularity.Please enjoy and comment on the images fleeting though the mind of James Strauss
The following articles are about arrival. The arrival and satisfaction of a blissful state from which one can intelligently reflect and then positively direct one’s life.
The Meaning and Substance of Life is all around us and ever changing, depending upon the perspective of others. I write about the meaning of self, and self-application to our lives.
Ever since I was a young man, traveling seemed to be the norm. I have lived in 34 places from South Manitou Island in Michigan to Honolulu Hawaii. Now living in Lake Geneva Wisconsin, my wife and I plan each year to re-visit our favorite haunts in Washington, New Mexico, California, and Hawaii
Arch Patton: Down In the Valley