James Strauss

Notations from the very fringe of the human experience

James Strauss, Writer and Author

james straussJames Strauss has published three novels: The Boy, The Bering Sea and The Warrior and is currently readying two Arch Patton Sagas, Down in the Valley and It Was 1993, along with publishing a weekly Midwestern Newspaper, The Geneva Shore Report

“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.”


The smell of blood would not leave me. A coppery tasting mess of cloying sweet aroma that was invisible, yet overwhelmed every other sense. The sound of Stevens' body being wrapped inside a slippery wet poncho to be left, like that of the others, along both sides of...

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THE SIXTEENTH NIGHT, 30 Days Has September

The night was coming on fast, what with the west wall of the valley rising up only a few yards to our backs. The question was not whether we would make a rapid advance down the valley to attack an expected and hopefully unprotected enemy rear, but how and when we...

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Arch Patton Down in the Valley

Arch Patton: Down In the Valley


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Thirty Days Has September: First Ten Days

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The Boy: The Mastodons

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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
Substance of Life

Substance of Life is Living

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.

Politics, the game of Life

Politics with James Strauss

Mark Twain said it Best
“Yes, you are right — I am a moralist in disguise; it gets me into heaps of trouble when I go thrashing around in political questions.”
Letter to Helene Picard,
22 Feb 1902

James Strauss in front of Geneva Shore Report, Lake Geneva WI

Travels with James Strauss

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

What did I fight for……….Eve of Destruction

I didn't fight for this. I fought against an enemy in Vietnam that I thought was challenging the right of all men and women to be free and express themselves without being forced to do what a small minority wanted them to do. I didn't fight for this. I fought in...
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Cats, Gardens and Bombs……..

It's easier to write about cats, the garden and even what's going on at the local coffee shop than what is going on across America. To watch the mass media portray America's reaction to its president threatening nuclear war is quite abashedly astounding. The mass...
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The Journey of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days. The efforts to bring it into being and the dangers of it, as well as the potential benefits. My question is "will artificial intelligence wander?" We wander, as humans. Much of our work and life force is dedicated to...
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Befuddlement...... That single word best describes the New York hot shot deal-making professionals who came out of the Manhattan sticks to go to war with the Washington D.C. elites and Virginia beltway bandits. They designed a grand adventure. The money was raised for...
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What about Me?

What about me? This simple question may actually be the most fundamental behavior ruling question of our time. The entire world is headed toward one single clamoring bid to gain some sort, any sort, of attention. The explosion of communication industry tools and...
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A Pen in Hand, a Gift of Value,

June 10, 2017 Funny how the  simple gift of a pen can inspire. The motivation to go on. Do you sometimes go in actual search of that...  Or merely sit or lay and wait for that? Let go and let it be a God kind of thing? While I was doing a bit of that, the mail came. I...
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Travels to Winfield, Kansas for the Rendezvous

This past weekend I traveled to Winfield Kansas. Purpose was to scout the area and assure myself and our fans this is the place for the Vietnam Combat Veteran Rendezvous in July. Winfield is a comfortable small town, 50 miles south and east of Wichita on vis KS-15....
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Perceptions….. STURGIS, 1993

STURGIS It was 1993, and I was headed from Albuquerque to Madison, Wisconsin. I was driving a 1989 Range Rover with my family. After half the second day on the road we came upon flocks of Harley bike riders going the same way. Tens, hundreds and then thousands of...
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Coming Together….

The totality of coming together as a culture only happens very sporadically and with outside forces driving differential elements together like the fuzing of atoms. From the fuzing of atoms come a great release of energy or another form of matter entirely. What is...
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Is the Enemy Everywhere…?

Dateline March 31, 2017 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin For some reason I cannot write well this night. I am working on another segment of the Vietnam odyssey, Thirty Days Has September,  but came to the river in the bottom of that valley and then lost my way. Not then, but...
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