An iconic photo from the Vietnam war. Do you remember this time in history? What does it mean for you? Leave a comment below!
I found an interesting article regarding 10 quotes that everyone should apply to their lives. This got me to thinking, do I have a quote that I live by? Do you?
“Most of us live by a motto, whether it’s one we’re taught or one we’ve developed over time. For example, a close friend of mine lives by her two self-created rules of “Don’t be a jerk” and “Be a homie,” which I wish I had come up with first. However, with all the great quotes out there (especially on Pinterest), it’s difficult to embrace just one as your day-to-day mantra. Here are 10 quotes you should consider adopting in your everyday life…”
In early 1994 I was working alone in my office and listening to the radio. Things were slow and my mind was wandering. Reflections, a 1967 song by Diana Ross & The Supremes played. It had been the theme song for the television series China Beach. A spark flashed through my mind! The theme for a book was coming together. Reflections was ironically followed by the 1970 song Run through the Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Both songs were popularized during the Vietnam War Era. The intro music to Run through the Jungle sounded like war jets streaking overhead. In my mind they were heading to a Vietnamese target. My first novel, Dark Side of the Looking Glass, was already a glowing flame of excitement.
My mind relived those terrible scenes broadcast live to television audiences. Reflections of them reminded me once again of my brother who was sent over as one of the early “advisers” in 1962. Then my mind went to family and friends sent over to fight, especially to my best high school friend who was drafted in 1965. And finally of you, stranger, and to all those who didn’t make it back. My thoughts turned inward. I had not been drafted; I never volunteered for duty; and I never went into the service. I never had to go to war—but my brother and family and friends did.
Drawing from my 1960’s military work and that 1994 epiphany while listening to twenty-five-year-old songs on the radio, I began my first novel, Dark Side of the Looking Glass, a Vietnam inspired fictional fantasy. The words and the music took my mind deeper into the jungles of Vietnam and the war that had raged for many years so long ago—and to the many casualties from it. For a few minutes I was lost in the war.
The songs and music of that 1994 day of reverie spoke directly to me of a bygone era—of a horrible history—about those who served, and me. Reflections reminded me of looking into a mirror, much like looking into a crystal ball. But a future was not foretold, only the past dark images of the Vietnam War and its aftereffects illuminated the silvery finish; images that emanated from somewhere on the other side—from deep within the hellish memories of a sad time in our American past.
Perhaps unnecessary self-imposed guilt for having escaped that personal hell created the “inspiration” for my book. Too many had gone to war all those years ago; too many families were torn apart by it; and too many questions were left unanswered from it.
Reader, would you share with us how you and your family handled life after war?
During my book signing event at Grassroots Books here in Reno, NV, I sold my book to a fellow author from Colorado. Since that event in August, Dean K Miller has published a short story entitled, “The Odyssey of a Monk” which will be free on Amazon Kindle the 10th – 12th this month. Check it out.
Hello again! My 3 days of selling and signing my book, Dark Side of the Looking Glass, at the Reno, NV VA Hospital was a great opportunity and successful venture provided by the Veterans Canteen Service. My appreciation goes out to the Canteen Chief, Terrence Battle and his staff who were most helpful in arranging and setting up my station. Based on presence and comments, we must have one of the top VA hospitals in the states. Spoke to a lot of our nation’s heroes. What an uplifting experience it was for so many to stop by my table and talk to me about their part in our country’s wars — Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan — and places of military insertion action. One even mentioned he was in the Grenada campaign that many will not be familiar with. My appreciation goes out to all of our Vets!
Friday, September 19th was National POW/MIA Recognition Day in United States. Please never forget them!
Here is an interesting site for our Vietnam Vets that was sent to me by my best high school friend who was in Vietnam in the middle 60’s. A character in my book, “Dark Side of the Looking Glass” is loosely modeled after him. http://www.virtualwall.org/index.html
Just to let everyone know, I’m currently working on #2 & #3 books in a trilogy of “Dark Side of the Looking Glass.” Will be sharing more of Jack Gabriel’s missions in Europe and Africa as well as following Sam Michael as he searches for answers to his brother’s (Col. James Michael aka Jack Gabriel) MIA status.