Reflections by James Strauss

Reflections of Life,
Past, Present and Future

by

James Strauss

Reflecting on the outrageous fortune that has smiled down upon me with all of its travel, pain, depression, elation, danger, adventure and total lack of believability.  For a time I tried to have credibility until I discovered that my own credibility was without meaning.  The meaning of life has nothing to do with credibility or believing in anything.  It has to do with longing and thought leading to the satisfaction of a mission in pursuit and a need to understand rather than  to be understood.

I came to outwardly express my feelings and thoughts so as to constantly remain actively in search at my core.  From my core to the outside world.  From my core to the Solar system and galaxy.  From my core to the universe and finally, from my core to your core.  This site is about your core and what you might be able to take from my own.

Enjoy my reflections and share yours here. Comment freely on the posts. May we grow together on this strange journey

I Did The Thing… Vietnam

I Did The Thing… Vietnam

I did the thing in a country called Vietnam. I went on from there to have a fairly wild and messy but distinguished career in the CIA. How come, after all that, and publishing my story in books and more, I am expected on such social communication sites like this, to...

Hard Rain,  Reflection of Life

Hard Rain, Reflection of Life

Hard Rain. Does it cleanse? Does it cause more damage than it takes care of by providing plants and animals with plenty of pure freshwater? Does it flood and cause disease, famine and even death? Water coming down from the sky is almost an allegory for life itself....

In The Name Of The Father..

In The Name Of The Father..

In the name of the Father... a prayer. A prayer that is as endemic to the Catholic Church as the existence and continuance of the pope. "Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;" What is a trespasser?...

The Hustle, The Escalator of Life

The Hustle, The Escalator of Life

The Hustle, The Escalator, The Rush of Life. When you put the brakes on, by going on vacation somewhere far away, traveling abroad for a while, or simply holing up and pulling the cords out of the walls with respect to electronic equipment, you discover that life...

I Don’t Know…

I Don’t Know…

Dateline: Lake Geneva, WI January 21, 2018 I don't know.  That sentence is so much more important in my life than it was when I was younger. My own inability to know or understand some things is so important to me. I live in a world where such self-analysis and...

Where is God?

Where is God?

It's not easy. It's not a road fraught with simply easy decisions. The search for meaning in my or your very tiny universe of things you or I control is very complex and constantly threaded through like a bad plaid blanket with beautiful and awful strains running...

The Journey of Artificial Intelligence

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...

A Pen in Hand, a Gift of Value,

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...

Perceptions….. STURGIS, 1993

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...

Is the Enemy Everywhere…?

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...

IN GOD’S WAY

IN GOD’S WAY

Walking along on a street called Ke Nui in Hawaii, I found myself lost on this back road in a developed area on a small island where it’s almost impossible to get lost. But there I was. My cell would not work, and I was getting tired of walking around in shower shoes, things not meant for hiking long distances.

Coming in From the Cold

Coming in From the Cold

How does one who comes in from the cold (that's what spies used to call coming home from a mission) explain to fellow Americans that they live in a perpetual state of blissful euphoria punctuated by bouts of fake fear? How does one, who's ridden the trails, bitten the...

HOME IN THE MEADOW, Debbie Reynolds

HOME IN THE MEADOW, Debbie Reynolds

And so Debbie Reynolds dies too. Her daughter dies and then the mom. For someone old like me, that mom sang Home in the Meadow. for the movie How the West Was Won. That transformation of the old English Greensleeves entranced me as a youngster and it's lyrics and...

PRINCESS LEIA, Carrie Fisher, RIP

PRINCESS LEIA, Carrie Fisher, RIP

Why am I bothered by the loss of Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia? She was the daughter of a giant actress and great crooner plus given just about everything except bliss and happiness. Her book on her life made it to the top of the best seller list. She had it all and...

FAKE NEWS

FAKE NEWS

Why the mass media broadcasts tons of 'fake news' and is not held accountable simply because there is no one to hold them accountable. Donald Trump has come closest to being a force to hold them accountable because of the fact that he has tweeted outside the...

THE KING

THE KING

Here's a direct quote from the two leaders of the current republican party in a communique meant to go out to the entire nation: “Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the...