Escape through Reading

I’ve been beat. I’ve been defeated. I need to lay down and escape into a dream world far and far away….

I’m not used to being beat. I’m not used to being defeated. I’m not used to needing an escape.

But when the whole world seems to be ganging up on you all at once there is only one thing a victor can do. Retreat until you have lost your predators. Retreat until you can turn your predators into prey. And when you turn your predators into your prey, you can chase them down like a king lion does hyena dogs. But hyenas will in packs, attack not only a lion cub, but a full-grown lion. The lion will always succeed only when he separates that pack and nails them one at a time. Or when the pride, the pack of lions, take charge and together they all go after the hyenas.

Yesterday I was a lion. Today I am a lone hyena or am I a defeated gazelle? One will survive, one will not.

One by one a gang of predators separated can become prey. Breakup a gang and get them alone, one by one, and then the playing field changes. It doesn’t matter rather you are talking people, wolves, hyenas, lions or vampires or werewolves… or zombies.

Conflict. Emotions. The stuff stories are made of. Without conflict, without emotions there is no story. Period.

And characters, structure, and plot. And of course, setting. There are other elements to story, too.

Life. Death. Struggle. Who is going to win? The villain or the protagonist? Or what if there is a villain protagonist? There is such a thing. There may be no hero, just a villain protagonist. Think about that one while you lay your money down waging for your decided winner.

Can you name a story with a villain protagonist?

After having a rough day, lions nor hyenas nor gazelles can read to escape the events of their lives.

Reading & Writing

Many of us like to read to escape. Many of us like to read to learn. Escapism and feeling good are said to be the two reasons people read. There are many people who write for the same reason, to escape. Or to teach. Or both. I don’t ever remember writing to escape, but I do write to teach. I read to escape, and I read to learn, and I read because a good story or a good book, such as nonfiction, feels good. Fiction even feels better.  It is still escapism no matter how you dress it up or undress it. Isn’t it not?

Both feeling good and escapism are emotions. And emotions move people, they move readers, and they move animals because one of the greatest emotions of all, and probably the oldest, is survival.

We’ve all heard the gazelles and the lion story, maybe more than we’d like to. But the hyena and the lion stories are just as abundant, though no one seems to write them. You can find those stories on YouTube and on the internet elsewhere.

The gazelles, the lion nor the hyena can read. If they can none of them have told me so.

They must face life and all the bs that comes flowing down with that avalanching brown crapped mudslide that can bury them and ruin their day. There is nothing like successfully outrunning a ferocious lion and then getting buried in stuff.

A gazelle, if he is in good health, doesn’t have any problems with his legs and is fast as a whip, he can escape the lion and survive. The lion will go hungry until he chases after a slower gazelle, or some other prey, and catches it or he perishes from starvation.

The hyena may be successful if the pack chases down a lion cub, or some prey that is too weak and inexperience to outrun the team of dog-like predators. Even a full-size lion, if he is too old, too weak, or injured from some previous incident, and too slow to outrun predators that are not normally predators, may be taken down by a large pack of predator hyenas if no other lions come to his rescue. Sometimes other lions will come to defend the pride. Sometimes they do not. Nature is not a kind girl and never has been and never will be.

Nature can be a villain or an antagonist just as man can. Nature can even be a more ferocious antagonist than a human monster.

A character may struggle against both nature and human monsters.

Stories allow us to escape the struggles of life and learn from characters, good and bad, human and animal, how they survive their adversaries and villains. At least for a little while. Maybe an hour or two.

Me?

A good book and I can escape. You? Same thing, a good book helps you escape a bad day in a world that seems forever unfair. The imaginary worlds we discover in a good fiction book is much safer than the real world outside, even if it is more dangerous in the story. Only our minds, not our bodies go to these fictional imaginary worlds.

We trade our world for someone else’s world, at least for an hour or two or more.  We trade our world for the author’s world. Sometimes we never want to come back because the author’s world is such a nice place we want to stay there. But then, reality sets in or the book comes to an end.

Why do you read?

Do you read to learn or to escape, or both, like I do? Or do you have some other reason?

Till next time, ~Cliff

Vagrant Winds of War

The Homeland Wars
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31 January 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) Americans must be ready to once again go to war to save our nation. This time the war won’t be overseas. It will be right here in the homelands. It will be the Homeland Wars. Our nation’s history is rich with the bravery and the courage of men and women who fought to defend her. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. And there is no one, no one on this planet that is going to change that, not near or from afar. We will fight for America or die trying to save her. No force, foreign or domestic, shall ever remove our liberty by war or by law. No opposition shall commit tyranny upon us, not by political or by corporate slavery or by injustice. We as Americans are ready to fight and ready to die to offset any force that threatens our freedom and independence no matter where that force originates from.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the creed of our nation. It is the ideology of who we are as Americans. It is the ideology of who we are as a people. We shall never allow anyone to come here and take that away from us. We shall never allow anyone from within to destroy that basic concept of who we are as a people. We The People.

I will repeat what has already been said:

“We will die on our feet before we will live on our knees.”

We are at the hour of decision. That decision depends upon the behavior of others. Let no man or woman ever mistake our conviction to remain a free people with liberty and justice for all. Let no one make the mistake to think that their liberty means it will allow us to be held in tyranny. Liberty and justice for all do not tread on anyone. It compromises fair and just equality. And that is who we are, a fair and just people born of equality, not preference or favoritism to a few, so the few can be masters over the many, but true equality where all people are truly equal and survive on and by their own merits. The value of their life.

Peace is our greatest aspiration.  But the might of war is our greatest strength if we need to go there. And we will go there to defend the principles of our nation and the traditions that made us strong out of the dust and ashes and the smoke of wars that were fought by our ancestors to bring our nation to its greatest standing in front of all nations upon the planet Earth.

Since the Civil War of the 1860s, this nation has never been more so divided. Our division will certainly bring us to a homeland war if we cannot quell our differences and find compromise and commonality. The same number of people who think a homeland war cannot come to America is the same number of people who thought World War I or World War II would not come. Both wars did come and so will the homeland wars of America if the winds of war do not change. The majority may think otherwise. But war can and will come if conditions are right for war. War will come if both sides don’t try to defuse it. It will be a war nobody wants. A war, nobody can hope for, but a war nonetheless.

We must find unity, not division if we are to survive as a nation. Otherwise, one side is likely to utterly destroy the other side. Will our side win or will our side lose?

The answer is blowing in the vagrant winds of war.

Author’s Note: The video that accompanies this essay, Story of our National Anthem, originated by Robert Surgenor, is debated by a divided audience as to the authentication of the storyline of the video. Some say it is false, other demand it is a true story. For the purpose of this essay, its authenticity is irrelevant. It is a good story. It is a great story. Rather the story is fiction or nonfiction, is irrelevant because it is indeed a great story.  A story told by a good storyteller. It is a story about a people who stand their ground against overwhelming odds and ferocious enemy forces, regardless of the predicted outcome. They stand for who they are as a people. If they die, then so be it, they died for their cause. And that is what we, as a people will do if war comes to the homelands of America. That is the essence of this story and this essay. That is the essence of what an American is. That is the essences of defining an American. That is the essence we must find within ourselves as human beings if we expect to survive our current world and domestic problems. There is nothing more that needs to be explained. We are Americans!

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The Eyes of the Eagle

Beer & Pizza Celebration

Today marks the anniversary of something I celebrate every year on this date. It is the fourth anniversary of a mission in which someone reached freedom and independence.

In a daring escape from deep within the territory of international terrorists and Sharia Law stronghold, one young lady enslaved by a patriarchic society braved the enduring breakout to reach freedom in another country thousands of miles from her homeland.

At this precise moment in time, 1806 hours, on 8 August 2014, the Eagle landed in the United States of America. She was liberated from the evil forces that had enslaved her since birth. She had dreamed of such liberty as a little girl. As she laid her head on her pillow in her bedroom, a sea breeze was gently blowing against the curtains through her open window. She dreamed of a hearing the rolling thunder of the rotor blades of U.S. helicopters chopping through the sky coming to rescue her. She never let go of that dream. It was well more than a decade she suffered. By her mid-teens, she endured torture and was persecuted because she rejected an ideology that enslaved her and stripped her of her life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As she matured into a young woman, the threats against her increased. Then, four years ago today, aboard the Eagle, she touched down on the soil of freedom and independence. She had reached the land of the free and the home of the brave, safely. Guardian angels would forevermore protect her from the forces of evil like no other protection could.

Coming within hours of imminent mutilation, torture, and a slow and barbaric execution, she was extracted from harm’s way. After more than forty-hours of an enduring flight with an initial flight path directly over hostile combat fields and urban fighting between Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and Iraqi warriors, where missile downing was imminently possible, the eyes of the angels guided her onward from harm’s way to safe harbor. Three planes had recently been downed by missiles and other hostilities, at least two of them full of civilians. It was a nerve-wracking journey with harrowing episodes every moment of the way. Trying times. Danger. Setbacks. Excitement. Fatigue. Anxiety. But at last, the Eagle made safe passage into the skies of freedom and independence, the skies of the United States of America, where the eagles soar high in the eyes of liberty and the face of justice.Transfered Copy from Computer 2 300

Today, at 1806 hours, victory calls for a renewed celebration. Beer and pizza! It’s an annual ritual.

There is another cause for celebration. As we leave the Freedom and Independence Month of July where we celebrate all month long the 4th of July and the freedom and independence movement of our humanitarianism mission we find ourselves still celebrating and extend the feast a few days more into the 8th of August with this day being every part of the celebrating. (Then it is back on strict, strict, dieting. Fasting and Ungh!)But there is more…

From Slavery to Freedom

Soon to be released will be the Freedom and Independence series of books, the 4th of July and Beyond,is part of that series, explaining our movement, our operations, and missions, worldwide.

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From Domination to Independence

My great friend, Cristina, another survivor of evil forces, just celebrated with me and friends, our LEO birthdays, on the delayed 31st of July. Both of our birthdays were in the last week of July, four days apart. We also celebrated the launching of Sunrise Mountain Publishing with friends and the publishing of Book 3 in the series. Book 1 has since also been released and Book 2 is within hours from release. Two other books will follow those releases soon. As we celebrated multiple occasions, we enjoyed Mediterranean Cuisine at Shsish Kabob House on West Flamingo Road having an enjoyable meal with a pleasant waitress from Bulgaria.

Just a few days ahead of today’s 4th anniversary, the Clifford G. Harrison DIY Library, released Book 1 three days early of schedule. The Secret Weapons, Book 1 in the Revolutionary Eradication Systems series, A Standalone Introduction SHOPTALK Edition Book 1: Just Bugs & Social Problems.
A Standalone Introduction SHOPTALK Edition Book 1: Just Bugs & Social Problems

Keep abreast of the books published as they roll off the computer into the public arena. They should be issued quite rapidly now we have launched our publishing house. Thanks for visiting.

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Today, I Educate the Teachers, the Editors, the Grammarians and the Grammarists and all those with Lexicons
Nobody seems to know what the word orthonym means. It means; when a writer uses a pen name or pseudonym and then he writes under his real name, he is writing under his orthonym.  The real name of a person who uses a pseudonym is an orthonym.  J.K. Rowling is the orthonym of Robert Galbraith.  Washington Irving is the orthonym of Jonathan Oldstyle; Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, (even though the author is past tense, his work is still in the present tense), Stephen King is the orthonym of Richard Bachman. It’s great to learn something new, isn’t it? Books and reading teach you that!