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“The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” Henry Kissinger

“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”  Henry Kissinger. President Nixon’s National Security Advisor. 1973.

On 11 September 1973 a coup topped the democratically elected President of Chile. For today’s briefing for the Time Patrol:Briefing Room

 

Two Weeks Until . . .

publication of Nine-Eleven (Time Patrol). 

There are coincidences in history that, if you wrote them as a novel, would be unbelievable. But since I’m using actual history as the template for my Time Patrol books, I can use those coincidences. On 9-11-2001, the same day as the attacks in NY, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, the largest aircraft in the world set a record that still stands for cargo lift to altitude. On 9-11-9, the Roman Empire suffered its greatest defeat. More Romans might have died at Cannae, but Hannibal never followed up his victory, so in terms of history, it didn’t have much effect. The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest on the other hand stopped the Roman Empire at the Rhine River.  Then there is the Mountain Meadows Massacre, on 9-11-1857, a dark day in our history, when 120 emigrants on the California Trail were murdered in cold blood by Mormons. One event, 9-11-1776, held the potential to entirely change our country’s history; indeed to keep us from ever becoming the United States: when Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met with Admiral Howe, to British Commander to discuss the possibility of peace. This happened right after George Washington lost the Battle of Long Island.

CGApprovedFor those interested in history, in learning about events both large and small and arcane (is the house on Staten Island where the peace conference was held haunted?) the Time Patrol books cover it all.

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“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.” Life & Story-telling

indexSomething I tell my wife is: “It’s going to turn out how we least expect.”

Because that’s life. And that is also a key part of story-telling.

There once was a very poor man who lived in a kingdom. All he had was his son and six beautiful horses. One day the king rode by and saw the horses. The king offered to buy the horses for a very large sum of money. The man refused. His neighbors told him he was crazy not to take the money because the king’s offer was a very good thing. He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”


Two days after the king made his offer and the poor man turned him down, the horses broke out and disappeared. His neighbors looked at the poor man and said now he should feel very bad because he not only didn’t get the king’s money, but he also no longer had his horses. He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”


A few days later, the six horses came back with six more wild horses, just as beautiful. The poor man’s neighbors said: “What a good thing you didn’t sell them to the king. Now you have twelve horses.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”


While trying to break in the six new horses, the man’s son was thrown and shattered his leg, crippling him for life. The man’s neighbors said. “What a bad thing those six new horses are. Now your son is crippled for life.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”


A year later, the kingdom went to war with a neighboring kingdom, a war everyone knew they were destined to lose. When the levy came for young men to go fight, the poor man’s son wasn’t taken to go because of his crippled leg. The man’s neighbors said: “What a good thing that your son is crippled so he doesn’t have to go and die in this foolish war like our own sons.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

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