Today Marks 80 Years in Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Death

Tragically, on this day, 28 March 1941, 80 years ago, world renown author Virginia Woolf, filled her pockets with rocks and committed suicide by walking into the River Ouse where she drowned. She was only 59.

Twenty years later, another great author would take his life, too. On 2 July 1961, Ernest Hemingway, committed suicide near the Sun Valley community of Ketchum, Idaho. Hemingway was 61.

Facelifts & Makeovers Have Begun

As I mentioned in the previous post, I would be doing major overhauling and makeovers to most of our social media content, websites, blogs, and publishing sites. That time has come.

While presenting a cleaner, clearer, neater, and less cluttered appearance to promote my books I hope to make a better visiting experience for fans and readers of my content material. It will be a slow process, but an important one.

Much of the content in the flagship’s website media group will be archived here on this subordinate blog.

Please be patient. Some of the posts, pages and content to this site will be closed to the public as we rejuvenate our media group. We will be in the ready position for a massive and aggressive publishing experience that has been spearheaded by years of hard, laborious work. We will soon be ready to present this updated experience of publishing adventure to the public.

We will still be blogging and publishing in this platform as well as several others. But some of the posts and pages will be in private status as we archive massive content from multiple platforms and sources.

Some of the content will be password protected. Select individuals will have access to evidence and material of litigation nature for legal processing in civil and criminal matters and for legal presentations, for craft concern or content, manuscript materials for such groups as beta readers, editors, proofreaders, cover designers, social media and writing coaches, quality control consultants and graphic artist assistants and the like. Please DO NOT ask for access of these protected areas of concern as the only way to access them are though invitation only, with purpose and for specific and limited people for limited time.

Some of those password protected materials will be available for craftsmanship of select individuals in a various stages of study, beta review, proofing, or some other reason, such as students in craft study with consultation with writing coaches or for specific reasons to have access to private content that is not yet published or intended for publication.

Too, communication with global rescue teams or SAR units exchanging vital information that is timely and urgent and of which could be delayed using alternative encrypted communication resources. Sharing between teams is enhanced.

The reason I have to mention this is because some of the private material, or password protected material will or could be visible to public viewers in headline nature and could trigger curiosity while most will not be. The reason for that is because those needing access will not need a link, but simply visiting the site of interest. I’m sorry for the inconvenient, but i do not control the technology… just yet.

Explosive shall be the new experience. I’m excited. I hope you will be, too!

I will be posting, and bringing new ideas to the long idled sites in the media-group network.

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~A Double Feature~

Now for some relaxation R & R…

In the fall of 1983 I was sitting in a bar in Malta, New York, just outside Saratoga Springs, having a few drinks with my buddy and classmate, a U.S. Navy SEAL on an elite team. He was co-captain of our wrestling team. He was home on an emergency leave. It was not a good time for either of us. We both had losses. Grave sadness. He had more than me. At home and at sea.

It was during Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S. invasion of Grenada.

He lost several members of his team in the predawn hours of a covert operation. They were lost at sea in stormy, turbulent conditions when they jumped from their helicopters off the shore of Grenada with full and heavy combat gear and equipment. They were the first to go into the war zone, their mission was to take down any resistance that could threaten the forces of the incoming invasion. Their bodies were never recovered. Had he not come home for the emergency on the home front he too, might have been lost at sea, never to be recovered.

Sometimes bad things that happen are good things for some people. If one can understand such statement. It is a phenomenon of life.

Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge movie gave a fictional side to the story of American military rescue operations to liberate trapped Americans.

Later during Operation Just Cause, and Operation Nifty Package, the 1989-1990 U.S. invasion of Panama the Navy lost four more SEALs with nine injuries in an ambush.

Noriega, a Panamanian political and military leader was eventually captured and brought to the United States for trial.

Hundreds of causalities, military and civilians, occurred during that operation that lasted over a month long to capture Noriega.

Looking ahead to some of the media group series there will be many war stories and military operations told in storytelling fiction and nonfiction. When it comes to the history of war and combat there is never a shortage of storytelling action and adventures.

Back in Malta, in 1983, while sitting at that bar with my SEAL schoolmate, and wrestling co-captain, was the first time I had heard Red, Red Wine version as it was sung by UB40. That was the year they released it, so, it was a brand new song, as it was playing on the jukebox. It remains a favorite of mine till this very day. And, when I hear it, I think back on those good times and bad times. I mourn and rejoice at the same time…. is that possible? I think it is.

One of my all-time favorite artists, Neil Diamond, wrote, performed and recorded Red, Red Wine in 1967. It was the A side of a 45 with Red Rubber Ball, another oldies favorite on Side B.

Now for some real R & R….

A military slideshow of Operation URGENT FURY, Operation Just Cause and Operation Nifty Package are presented below. Enjoy!

A Marine Corps Sea Knight helicopter sits on the beach after being disabled during the Grand Anse rescue on 26 October, 1983

U.S. Invasion of Grenada 1983, Operation URGENT FURY Liberation of American Citizens by Multiple Combat Special Forces and Special Ops Teams.

4 U.S. Navy SEALs lost at sea, never recovered.

Scenes from Clint Eastwood’s Movie Heartbreak Ridge, Grenada Invasion

United States Invasion of Panama, 1989-1990 was code named Operation Just Cause. The operation was led by 48 U.S. Navy SEALs with three platoons from Team 4, Golf, Echo and Delta. Four U.S. SEALs were lost in ambush attacks with nine others injured. Members from every U.S. military branch were involved in Operation Just Cause with high causalities. Resistance was heavy. The purpose of the invasion was to liberate 35,000 Americans endangered by threats of the Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, secure American-owned bases, properties and other interests including the Panama Canal, combating drug trafficking and securing human rights. Operation Nifty Package was a United States Delta Force and U.S. Navy SEAL joint operation to capture Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega. The operations were all successful. After more than a month of fighting, Noriega was taken into U.S. custody and brought to the United States, tried and convicted.

Below, U.S.Navy SEAL Team 4 just before Operation Just Cause and other slideshow images of U.S. Navy SEALs.

Scenes from Operation Just Cause, the U.S. Invasion of Panama 1989-1990.

A dramatization based on actual events.

Thanks for joining me. I appreciate your visits.

Cliff Harrison, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 28 February 2021

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!