Monday, May 9, 2016

Thoughts Become Action

I stumble over the words as I put pen to page. The words are on the tip of my tongue, yet they will not flow through the ink and present themselves to the world. 

“There will be days like this”, they say. I will say there are probably more days like this than not. Life impedes creativity and blocks the light that hides behind the screen of fate. When this happens, I always feel a “pep talk” coming right behind the self-doubt.

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world is moving so fast today that sometimes it’s difficult to know whether you are coming or going. One minute you have everything under control, the next you are grasping for that lifeline hoping to survive the storm. Situations arise every day that can make or break us. It is how we react to those situations that determine our success.

It is so easy to look at a situation and reason a way around the obstacle that brings you to a screeching halt. As soon as you try to put those thoughts into action you may find the solution is not as simple as originally appeared. Our thoughts may look good on paper, but once we put them in motion, the thought may not be as fluid as originally assumed. 

We all experience situations such as this from time to time. Putting our thoughts into action can sometimes be the most challenging step in succeeding or reaching a goal. Be comforted in knowing you are not the only one who stumbles at the auction block. Get back up plot a new course; review your situation and act again and you will meet the challenge with success as you finally reach your goal.

So now I return to the “A Dangerous Truth” where I will see how life continues to unfold for the characters as time unfolds before them and brings them to their destiny.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Storm Is Brewing

This morning I turned on my computer and stepped away for a moment while the programs loaded. When I returned good, old Windows 10 had once again given me an image to contemplate.                  
I wasn’t sure what I would write about, but when I saw the image in front of me, it became clear. I saw before me nature unfolding dramatically. I saw in the distant a storm brewing. The clouds were accumulating; gathering as if preparing a scheme, planning its attack. As the clouds became darker and darker, the rumble began. The orchestra of sound was escalating and bringing to life the air that had become stagnant. The change became more than clear as the lightning struck the rocks below.                                                                                                                                                
The clouds rolled in faster and faster, and the sky grew dark, and the rains fell. The pitter patter of rain slowly became a pounding that drowned out the sounds of the birds as they scattered to find a haven from the storm. The lightning followed by the booming crash of thunder that resonated across the sky; the vibration absorbed by the earth below.
As I studied the image, a thought came to my mind. This scene that played out in front of me was so similar to the life we are experiencing today. As we sit back and study, the course of recent time we see the parallel between the storm in the sky and what we are living through right now. The stormy energy has been brewing for a long time. Humanity is about to unleash its wrath just as the lightning emitted in the sky. The booming anger of humanity is drowning out the beautiful sounds of nature. We can’t see the forest through the trees because we have become so focused on negative energy we can’t let our guard down and let in the light.
What a comparison. Think of it. As the clouds accumulate and absorb the negative energy; humankind is absorbing all the surrounding negativity. Negativity begets negativity. It grows like a plague unleashing itself on society and kills the kindness we have been ignoring. The storm in the sky unleashed on the earth, and we have natural catastrophes all over the globe. On a human level, we are doing the same thing. We have unleashed the negativity on each other, and there is very little peace.

I believe the calm before the storm is long gone now. We are amid a storm is out of control. Maybe if we change our energy, it will affect the surrounding energy. We as humans have a responsibility to love and protect. We have forgotten that as we sling negativity at one another. Maybe it’s time the tides turn. If nature can do it, we can as well..

Monday, May 2, 2016

Who's Up For The Challenge?

Today I manifest the reality of the truth that will set me free.

What, you say?

We live in a world that tells us how to think, what to believe and how we should act. People constantly tell us we should be politically correct. I’d like to know what the definition of politically correct is. Some tell us to be considerate of others. We should be mindful of their feelings and be accepting of their beliefs and behaviors. While I think this is a good idea, I’d like to know why being politically correct is so one-sided?

I’m sure you think this conversation will turn into a debate, but I must tell you that would be a wild assumption. I believe we should accept others and be tolerant of every individual. I’m just curious who set the boundaries for “political correctness”? Whoever they are, I think they are narrow-minded. I think they have forgotten the people who want to be conservative and have moral values different from the belief system that is being forced on them in the name of political correctness. The bottom line is this. We have political correctness because the government is determining how we should behave and just like everything else the government does they have messed up that.

I will use my mind today to determine how I behave. I will think on my own and in the process be kind and loving and helpful and tolerant. I will decide for myself and allow others the freedom to do the same, without judgment. 

We all need to be tolerant, but it’s time to set aside history and who did what to whom. We need to forgive and move forward. If we keep bringing up what our ancestors did to one another, we can never truly love and forgive. I challenge everyone today who desires to heal and move on to take up forgiveness and make way for gratitude, which opens the heart to love.

If we forgive, we can heal and make way in our minds to grow and learn and make a better life for our children.

Who’s up for the challenge?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Energy and Dreams... and Reality That Sits in The Shadows.

I grew up in Alaska; the land of the last frontier. It really is a place that captures your imagination. The wide open space gives leave for your mind to imagine unlimited possibilities. Alaska is probably where I gained the ability to think freely and use my imagination. 

Alaska holds a fascination for many people today. Look at the programs on TV that promote and sensationalize the still untapped land. There are many places to see and much space to conquer, however besides the challenge that nature brings, you will find so much peace. 
Each time I return I feel the sensation of fulfillment, my body absorbs it like a sponge. There is an energy radiating from the earth that few taps into. We are all made up of energy. It pulses through our body and we absorb it into every cell in our being. In Alaska, you can sense the current flowing through your veins. When you sit and listen, you can feel the peace as it settles into your soul.

As I mentioned, I grew up in this land of mystery. My mom is still there. My blog today is personal as I reach out to those of you who have connected to my writing. Sometimes I think the people that read and study the works we create are the ones that understand us the best. So I reach out to you in hopes you will spread the word and assist me in my endeavor. 

My mom has decided to sell her little home in Soldotna. It is a beautiful 4-acre lot secluded from town, yet close enough to be convenient to shops and hospital. Part of me hates to see her sell, but as she gets older, it would be a comfort to have her close. We are hoping to have the house sold by the end of August of this year. I know it may be a long stretch because I know some of you are not even in the country. If you don’t mind assisting a daughter and a mother ready to sell, I would be very grateful if you could pass along the information. 

We have a website set up with information relative to the listing If you go to the site you will see pictures of the home. We all long to be close to loved ones and family as we get older. I am hoping there is someone out there that will find a connection to this little gem and allow my mom the opportunity to be close to her family in her senior years. 

Thank you all for supporting my work and giving me the opportunity to entertain you. I also thank you for helping me to assist my mom.

The website is My Alaskan House

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Ways of War" and The Answers We Seek

The human spirit is a mystery that has inspired, haunted and stumped the race for all of recorded history. You could compare the obsession to the race to space. As soon as man realized he could fly he planned and scheming on how to get to the moon; then beyond.

Religions around the world are obsessed with getting to heaven. They all aspire to this through prayer; meditation. The only problem with this is it has become a competition instead of the driving force to love one another. Instead of sharing what they learn about enlightenment, they keep it hidden; a deep secret that hides from us “because we are not ready to know”. Well, who may determine when we are ready to accept love and send it out to the world?

“Ways of War” is of a parallel to this conversation. Although it is not a religious or metaphysical novel and it does not explore the enlightenment of man, I could compare it to the competitive level. It reveals the struggle of man to control who has and knows what. It reveals the in secant need of man to have power through control. It is a novel that explores a time in history when many questioned the powers that be and to rebel. “Ways of War” is the beginning of a series that continues the quest that began when man asked “why”.

The series begins with the struggles of the Cold War. As we move into “A Dangerous Truth” we see the evil that man brought upon itself. It may have initially been unintentional, but once we open the door and the invitation’s accepted, the evils flood through it with such a force it is near impossible to close the door. I say near impossible because nothing is impossible. The human spirit is resilient and able to bounce back from anything. As we work our way through “Days of Doom” we will see the light that will save us from ourselves. Watch and wait! As the story continues to unfold we get closer to the answers, we all desire to know.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ways of War Through Days of Doom When Will We Learn?

In many ways, we are all looking for the same thing. It may sound ironic, but wouldn't world peace be wonderful? We have missed the boat so many time that I wonder if we even remember what the boat looks like.

Yes, world peace is the ideal humankind has searched out for centuries. The leaders of the world sell themselves on the idea of peace, yet when they are put in a position of power somehow they change. Their idea of peace is replaced by the power that overtakes them and rules their heart.

We often hear that "times have changed". And though times have changed in some regards, there are the underlying issues that keep surfacing only so that history keeps repeating itself. You will see the same struggles surfacing in "Ways of War" that have plagued humankind for centuries. Men want to control one another. They are competing for ultimate control by whatever means necessary to conquer the weak. The powerful possess the means to make the world a better place, but they squander it and end up destroying the very thing they claim to want to help. In "A Dangerous Truth you will see more of the same as those in control continue to "miss the boat" to peace. Your eyes will be opened though. You will see a shift in the energy that moves the world in one direction then the other. 

As you move through "A Dangerous Truth" you will realize that the answer to the saving grace of humankind is not steeped in power, wealth or greed, it will be realized in a far superior way, yet the answer is so simple. Wonder and ask why? As Days of Doom comes to an end it will be as clear as day. Times do change and stories are told, yet the lesson remains unlearned. When will we ever learn?

Monday, April 18, 2016

There is Light After Days of Doom

We're moving into the mind where we continually push aside the reality that exists, yet we are afraid to see it. Who knows why we are afraid of the thoughts that can set us free? 

As we move through the series that begins with "Ways of War" we start to touch on the idea that the mind is the key to our enlightenment. Yet as we continue to work our way into "Usher of Truth" we realize that even though mankind believes the mind is the key to our happiness, he can't see past his own greed and power to see the real power. The power that is hidden deep in our minds is a personal power one that is the answer to our success and failure. It is the key that unlocks our happiness and the feeling of self-worth.

All of these things will be revealed as we get closer to "Days of Doom", the third book in the series that explores the hidden potential of the mind. In "Days of Doom" the idea that the mind controls more than we could ever imagine (even though it is imaginable), brings to light the possibility as to why the world is traveling down a path that brings us closer and closer to the life that we have all been wishing to avoid.

There is hope for humankind though. As "Days of Doom" comes to a close the story will continue. It will bring forth the possibility for some of finally seeing the role our minds play in a life that some have already discovered.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Energy Exists in The Story

As I move through “A Dangerous Truth” I realize increasingly the evil or bad energy that exists in the world. There have been so many invasions on people. Their lives upset by the power and greed that permeate the globe. No wonder we had the hippie generation. It is through them that love returns to the world. 

Think about it. Within a generation the world had experienced two world wars multiple regional wars and the institution of evil all around the planet; it encourages all this to live our lives in the light of goodness and love. The religions of the world advertise peace and love and yet they kill in the name of that love. The world has been listening to the wrong drummer. We have been dancing to a tune that blindly destroys many, without them even knowing it.

This is definitely not a lesson in faith or religion. I think we should all be able to practice whatever faith or belief that our heart is prompting us toward, but as long as it only affects the person with the belief. We have so many things still to learn. 

As I tie up the loose ends in “A Dangerous Truth” the story is already continuing in “Days of Doom”. In the continuing story, you will see where my earlier statement, “no wonder we had the hippie generation. It is through them that love returns to the world” comes in to play. There is an energy born into the world during this generation. One which will be the tide that turns us all away from the evil or dark energy and steers us toward the light that will bring the world peace. It is in an ever-growing energy that will consume the world before we can be happy. It will be through a select few who are strong enough to hear the message we can truly see the light and turn from the ways that in the name of enlightenment (through science).

So watch for “A Dangerous Truth” in the winter of 2018. And look forward to “Days of Doom” as the story continues to bring forth questions and ideas that push the envelope of the human mind into an idea that few consider.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Will "A Dangerous Truth" bring "Days of Doom"?

Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is the only thing left to do. 

 I write because I desire to write more than anything else. I write because it is an outlet that brings me to challenge myself and push myself to the brink of reality where I jump over the edge into the abyss of the unknown. As I fall into the darkness, a light comes on and I create. The spark that ignites the imagination, lights up a region of my mind awakened and excited by the challenge and the rush as I fall faster and faster. Until just before I hit the ground I realize I have created an idea I can run with. I then hit the ground running, never looking back only looking ahead to the final page that will bring life to the characters that entertain and amuse.

I continue to challenge myself every day as I open my mind to the continuing story of “A Dangerous Truth” The novel has passed the halfway stage and is in its final stretch. I will soon work on the cover in anticipation of the second completed work of the series. 

It all began with “Ways of War” where I introduced the characters into the dark world as it existed after World War II. The Cold War brought about the fears some of which still prey upon us today. As we moved through “Ways of War” and out of the Vietnam Struggle, we move into a time when the government used men; soldiers as test subjects; unwittingly. “A Dangerous Truth” brings out of the shadows the evil that has haunted our nation for decades. I unveil these little horrors, and the truth ushers in a realization that many still need to heal from the dangerous truth. Our brave men have returned to American life only to have their needs pushed aside and not addressed. This causes further strain on our nation and as I address these issues others, you’ll see others pushed to the back of the closet and given a label of shame by our government. 

It will surprise you to find that as “A Dangerous Truth” exits stage left you will I will leave you with a haunting question. You find that answer in “Days of Doom” where we move into our current generation and issues. As we move out of “A Dangerous Truth” you will question some of what we label as mind control and brainwashing. It will push you to the edge of a reality we know where you will ask, “Could this be true?” Some things are stranger than fiction.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Writers Block - NO, NOT AGAIN!

My Blog will not come today.
My mind is blocked, it's lost it's way
I have so many things to say
But life has gotten in the way
Do not despair, don't go away
The blog will return in a couple days
Tracy Gregory

Monday, April 4, 2016

"Ways of War" Makes Way For "A Dangerous Truth"

As I slowly creep closer to the completion of “A Dangerous Truth”, I become more intertwined with the characters that make up the story that picks up where “Ways of War” left off. 

Each character has an important role to play in the book. While Anna remains the central character, she slowly makes way for those that will make up the continuing saga of the powers that be. Who are they? Who makes up the powers that be? That is a question as unending as the circle of life. The tides turn and time changes and as they do the powers that be, shift and change too. One moment you are looking over your left shoulder, the next moment your enemy is at your right hand. Take care who you trust as you try to figure out who your friends are. 

The picture I paint is a picture that makes its way through history. Not my history, but the history of time and events that affect our neighbors as surely as they affect us. The story remains historical fiction so you recognize that the times and events are actual events, however; the people are not. There are many events within the history of our great country, which live in the shadows. This series represents a side of our country we must learn from so we can avoid making the same mistakes. I am hopeful this tale will lead you to think and reason. I am hoping it will inspire us all to be better than what we have been. 

Watch for “Usher of Truth”. Keep your eyes open as Anna opens hers to a reality she was hoping to avoid. It will surprise you where the events of “A Dangerous Truth” take you. You will end up asking yourself the ultimate question. Is that really truth or fiction?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Conspiracies of "Ways of War"

Life is one big conspiracy!

When you wake up in the morning and begin your day, are you sure you’re living your day and not dreaming it? What are the chances you are waking to an alternate reality? How do you know you are not living a dream?

Scary isn’t it?

It makes you stop and think. What if the lessons taught your whole life are wrong? Someone has taught you to wake up and live your life; go about your day, then end it by going to sleep. You go to sleep to regenerate your mind and body so you can repeat the process. Maybe you are dreaming about your day and living your night.

Well, now we have that weird experience out of the way we can continue with the statement life is one big conspiracy. That I think is more believable than thinking you are walking through your dreams in an alternate reality. As you work your way through “Ways of War” you may wonder where the conspiracies begin and real life ends. It’s both frightening and amazing what a man will do to attain power. It is equally frightening to sit back and wonder, who will be next!

I think I have been spending too much time doing research for “Usher of Truth”. My mind is a jumbled mess of mind mush. How’s that for an alliteration?

Okay, breaks over, back to research.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I Remember When - A Tribute to our Veterans

I remember as a child my uncles coming to say goodbye to us as they went off to Vietnam. They left on separate occasions and I remember little of the details, however; I recall I was young and knew nothing of the politics or protests of the time. I felt scared for my Uncles as they went off to this foreign place so far away. It scared me to think of what might happen to them; that I may never see them again. They didn’t seem that old as it was. How could they be old enough to go to war? I thought. I guess the government had not considered that.

     How foolish we are as children. I guess the government didn’t think of that. As an adult, I laugh at that reasoning; the reasoning of a child not yet of school age. I realize and have for a long time now that war waits for no man, not even a young man, a boy really. As we’ve seen in the wars of the world overseas and here at home, no one considers age and wisdom are when they decide that people should sacrifice their lives for a belief or ideal. It is a shame that in the instance of my uncles and hundreds of thousands of others the war our government sent them to fight was one of futile insignificance.

     Our government sent our young men off to a place that many consider beautiful today, but was once a place of death and destruction. So many men have given so much of themselves for a cause that had no relevance to us. Oh, I know communism was the cause, yet now that little country is no threat to us. Sometimes I think our government has such a desire to share what we have they fail to see the forest through the trees. Just because it is what we want and have worked so hard to attain, and just because it may be what another people in other countries want doesn’t mean they are ready for it. Our forefathers were ready. They had had enough and wanted something better. I do not believe the people of South Vietnam (so-called at the time) were ready for independence and freedom. They were not ready to do it on their own, so they were not ready for the responsibility that freedom brings.

     Our family was fortunate. Both my uncles came home physically unharmed though I would never know if there was any emotional scarring. I only knew years later that one of my uncles received the Bronze Star for valor. He has since passed away and he never mentioned it, never spoke of his heroism. I do not know why, maybe because of the stigma attached to that police action, maybe he wanted to forget. I will never know.

     For many years I pondered this dilemma and the degradation of our men and women who struggled with the stigma of being inhumane and for putting so many people in harm's way. While, right here the same people who criticized and ridiculed those men and women were doing the same thing in their own way. Yes, there were many peaceful protests yet in other areas, we saw violence and chaos. Some violence caused by our government, but our young people protesting in the streets inflicted even more. Now if you think about it they were no better than the men who went off to fight.

     It is now many years later and the war, conflict or police action in question still haunts our minds and hearts as we continue to help the world in their desire for freedom. We now use Vietnam as an example. We use it as a learning experience hoping we don’t repeat our mistakes of the past, somehow what I see today just shows we have not learned enough.

     For years I have remembered and wondered and hoped. As an adult with the past being brought back to visit or haunt us, I recall all these feelings and am compelled to defend these men and women. I feel a desire to honor and respect them in a time when as we continue to fight the world's battles, to give credit to our military who our government once denied because of the stigma placed by not only protesters but the press who sensationalized and promoted the war at home while making our military out to be the enemy.

     I hope to pay tribute to our brave men and women who stood up and did their duty to their county when it was not popular to do so. To my uncles, their friends, the husbands, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, and daughters who were not only brave to fight the enemy overseas but also braved enough to face the enemy at home not only on their return but for many years after. A million times I thank you and I have unlimited amounts of respect for each you. It may be many years later, but it is heartfelt and though I may have been too young at the time to realize the consequence of our government's actions I am sorry for all you have lost over the years and I pray, you may have been able to find peace in your lives today.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ways of War Excerpt - Chapter Two

“Our country is soon to be tested yet again. I can sense it as I listen to the buzz and watch the news unfold in Southeast Asia. Prepare yourselves gentlemen for the next war. Mark my words it will be just a matter of months, not years before we throw ourselves into the middle of a battle between communism and the desire to live as a free people. We will be a part of this war and will use it to our benefit. We will use it as a tool to test our theories, perform additional experiments, and create an opportunity to work on the inside as we fine-tune this program.” An anxious

voice spoke out from the far end of the table. “What are you talking about? What will we be doing over there? What can we do there that we can’t do here? And ultimately how much will all this cost? "  The Director interrupted. You need not worry about any of that. None of you will leave the country. What I am speaking of is the opportunity to use our military to perform in a superior way to the enemy. We will prepare certain men before they leave the country that will perform specific duties beyond anything previously thought possible; the creation of a super soldier
that will outperform any other. I am working on the details regarding how we will monitor such a test so we can document the performance. Once we perfect the operation, we will create a super army that will defeat the enemy. Once this happens we can begin the real work. Again a question erupts from within the room. “If the soldier is not the work then what is?” “That need not be a concern of yours yet. I will keep you all informed as time and opportunity allow. You need to be ready.” He paused,  then continued. “I guess that’s it. Meeting adjourned. We will contact you and provide information concerning our next meeting. That is all.” With his final words he turned and left the room.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Risk of Letting Go

We all experience the stress of everyday life. We get beaten back by the same things daily; the job, the traffic, the relationships if which we have no control. They are all part of the existence we call life.  The biggest obstacle we face however is our own, barrier of negative energy. 

What would happen if we let go? What if we let go of the voices that tell us we are not good enough if we ignore the nagging repetitive mantra that sabotages our day?  Just think of the space we’d be freeing up to create and to believe in ourselves? 

So many of us feel controlled by the outside world, we listen to the media tell us how to live. We are drowning in the incessant words that make us believe we will never measure up because we don’t conform. It’s time to let go.

 It’s time to let go of the criticism of the world. Leave it to its own misery and create.  Create the job you want. Create the relationships you want. Leave the world to its own misery. You have no control or effect on the world if you can’t control or affect your own existence.  We have all heard the saying if you want to change the world, start by changing yourself. We can cause the change we want to see by changing the way we see things. Open your eyes and your heart today. Look at the world for the possibilities that exist, not the negativity created by the world. 

We all take a risk in letting go. We risk the ridicule of others who may not see the possibilities we see. Remember the ridicule you hear is not the proof you are not good enough. It is your confirmation that society has not let go. The people around you have not looked within and realized they have their own struggles. Sometimes it is easier to criticize someone else rather than to address the problems that exist for that individual. Have your own point of view. Create your own existence. We don’t live in a cookie cutter world, contrary to popular belief.

So, take a risk today. Let go. Let go of the world around you, create that job and that relationship. Write and paint; tell your story by whatever means you feel compelled. Let go; be creative. Be you.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Does Love Heal All Wounds?

When you think about the relationships you experience in your life, do you ever wonder if they are real? 

Wow! What a statement. Relationships, real… hmm

We interact with many people throughout our day. How many of those become scripted into our life? What percent of the people you come in contact with do you find written into your day intentionally? Is that something you ever consider? You are walking down the street or standing in line at the store, and someone stops to talk to you. Is it a chance meeting or is there some design behind it? It’s something to consider.

If you have read “Ways of War” you have experienced alongside Anna Windsor this idea. She is struggling through a difficult time in her life when a scripted distraction changes the direction of her life unknowingly. As you read through the story, you may wonder who experiences the more significant change. The mind is an organ that others can manipulate to unending degrees, depending on the weakness of the subject. While one may think they are using someone as a tool or weapon, it could turn out that the subject becomes the teacher. 

Sometimes when you remove the human connection you also remove the power to reason. When you remove the human element, you eliminate any bias or link to your subject. But you also remove the ability to view the life of your subject through their eyes or through the eyes of those you are trying to affect. 

Consider this. The power of love can mold and manipulate the mind. We see it every day as we read about broken hearts and relationships gone wrong. If love has that kind of power over us could it not also can undo great evils? As you read “Ways of War” you see that love has the power to heal and to change the world, maybe not instantly but over time. Watch the lives of those in the story unfold and learn the greater lesson. Love can truly heal all wounds, but only if you mind is open to the idea.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Eyes of a Stranger - Excerpt

     In the beginning, I received his letters regularly. As time passed, however, they became less frequent and finally I hardly ever received them. I worried constantly. My mind would go off on these tangents of wonder that became figments of my imagination. There were mornings when I would sit at the table drinking my coffee as my mind took on a life of its own. It would tell me that the letter didn’t come because someone had killed him and I had not been notified yet. Then I would glance toward the door wondering if it were true. I would watch the door contemplating what it would feel like to be told my husband had died for reasons that no one could define. I could hear the clock ticking on the wall. Tick, tock, tick, tock, the silence of the room was closing in on me. It became more deafening as the noise of the clock grew more intense. Tick Tock, Tick, Tock! The palms of my hands sweat as the scenario continued to run through my mind. The door seemed to get closer as the silence became unbearable and the sound of the clock was all I could hear. TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK! My heart beat faster than skipped a beat….

Monday, March 14, 2016

Skeletons in The Closet of Time

Ways of War is a story told during a time in history that looks similar to what we are experiencing today. As the story unfolds, you will see it tells the tale during a time of great change in the United States.  The time I refer to is the sixties and early seventies. Our country was going through growing pains again. Some issues on the minds of Americans were civil rights, women’s rights and the Vietnam War to name a few.

 Ways of War hinges upon the Vietnam War in particular. Not because it was more important than any other issues, but because it is something that touched me on a personal level. We said goodbye to family members; we worried about them and were fortunate enough to welcome them home.  The effects of that era left their permanent mark. I have always felt that those men who fought got shortchanged in their service. They did what their government called them to do; whether by draft or volunteer. They were neither thanked nor rewarded.

There are so many things to say about the Vietnam Struggle. There are several things that people fail to understand. Some misunderstand because they are ignorant of the facts while others didn’t understand because they were too self-involved to pay attention. No matter what the political view, there will always be debate over that time in history. Regardless of the policies and politics, our military should always return to the open loving arms of those who stayed behind. 

I believe many learned from that time in history. Unfortunately, there is still much to consider. Ways of War is just a subtle reminder of a time long past and a lesson we are still learning from. It is a story told intertwined with other events. Some of which you may not know of. Our history is dark. We are a great nation, yes. But as with any nation, there are skeletons in the closets of time. The cost of progress is paid with human life. No matter how you look at it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

The human brain is one of the great mysteries of the world. It is an organ detrimental to human life. It can allow us to do great things. It also can destroy humanity.

We as human beings are curious by nature. We want to know how everything works. I know some will say the knowledge to understand the human brain is the key to unlocking compassion and the ability to help people live a better life. While this may be true, it can also be said this same knowledge is more likely to destroy us.

Man can love. We see it in our families and in our communities as we lift each other and help each other succeed in our desire to proper. If you look closer, however, you also see that beyond our immediate families and local communities there is a greater desire to unlock the mysteries of the mind to gain power!

As you work your way through “A Dangerous Truth” you will see the reality of the desire to win the race for ultimate knowledge! Watch as the secrets of our world are unlocked and spilled at our feet. Beware of those advancements touted in the name of a better quality of life. If we review our history, we see that nothing comes without great sacrifice. The understanding of the human brain is no different. Be wary, watch you, children. Be diligent and know the people closest to you; the ones you have lived with and grown to love, may have a secret, a secret so deep even they are not aware of it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Creative Vision

The creative vision is singular. This seems like an odd statement to make about a craft that many closely judge and critique. But if you think about it, the initial phase of a story is the single thought born of the author that tells the tale.

The single thought then cascades into what becomes a story that many will (hopefully)enjoy. The storyteller doesn’t assume the catalyst of his or her creation to be the entertainment of others, but of the creative genius he/she imagines exists in the mind.

This becomes the driving force in the continuation of what becomes a completed novel, poem or play. The author takes a single thought and brings it to life on the page. With, each page, the suspense builds until the climax brings the reader to the edge of their seat. Then slowly; methodically and with great care, the author ties up the loose ends and brings the tale to completion neatly and with great care.

What a wonderful way to express our creativity. What adds to the wonder is that this singular vision; this small glimmer of light streams through the imagination of the creator and ultimately shines brightly on the world. Then offers not only entertainment but the hope of escape from the everyday to those that desire to travel to strange new worlds and experience the lives of people that only exist in the mind.

We should celebrate our creativity. Creativity adds intrigue and interest to the lives of those who are too busy to stop and allow their minds to imagine. 

Here is to your creative genius!  Thank you for entertaining the world.