Circuitous Karma

Lori is the mother of a High School buddy of mine. She is 91, is a character, and has a full & rich social life. Her Son, my buddy Doug committed suicide 10 years ago, while ‘getting used’ to “anti-depressant” medication. Lori’s Husband died 20 years ago from a heart attack.

Lori and I have been friends for 45 years. We talk at least a couple of times a month. I used to stop by and visit frequently. Lori reads avidly and is a member of a local Book Club of her peers that are rapidly diminishing in number.

One of our recent discussions embraced the phenomenon of ‘Past Lives’, prompting me to send her his first two books on the subject by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
After reading the first book, Lori called me yesterday to tell me how fascinating she had found it and we discussed the subject matter.

The discussion embraced the story of James Leininger.

“James Leininger’s parents want their 8-year-old son to have a great life — his own life. But for the past 5 1/2 years, the Louisiana boy has been reliving pieces of the life of another James — Lt. James McCready Huston, a World War II fighter pilot from Uniontown, PA who was killed near Iwo Jima more than 50 years before James was born.”

James Leinigner’s story is published in the book: Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot (Of course I have now sent her a copy.)
As James’ story goes, in a former life as Lt. James McCready Huston, USN,  he flew a Corsair Fighter off the USS Natoma Bay, and both he and the Natoma Bay were in the thick of the war against the Japanese from 1943-1945… including being a part of Task Force Taffy II who, being vastly outnumbered in the Battle of Leyte Gulf from 23–26 October 1944 during the US invasion of the  Philippines. During this engagement Admiral Halsey was suckered North by a Japanese diversion with the vast majority of US Naval Forces while a two pronged attack on the US Invasion Forces by the Japanese was barely thwarted by the vastly inferior numbers of remaining US Naval Forces (Task Forces, Taffy I, II, and III). The crucial engagement is known as the Battle Off Samar.

F4U Corsair (1942)


In researching the Natoma Bay, I came upon one of those ironic twists of fate: The EVENTUAL fate of the USS Natoma Bay, as expressed in the last sentence of this little FYI tale…

USS Natoma Bay CVE-62

Sister Ship: USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

USS Natoma Bay (CVE–62) was an Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy.
She was laid down as Begum (MC hull 1099), on 17 January 1943, by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington, under Maritime Commission contract, named Natoma Bay on 22 January 1943; launched on 20 July 1943; sponsored by Lady Halifax, wife of the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States; and commissioned on 14 October 1943, Captain Harold L. Meadow in command.

Post-war activities

On 20 June the escort carrier headed for Guam for partial repairs, then continued on to the United States. By 19 August, when she arrived San Diego, the war was over. During September and October she underwent repairs, alterations and general overhaul, after which she reported for duty as an “Operation Magic Carpet” transport. During November and early December she carried servicemen from the Philippines to California, then after detachment, 29 December, she was transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Decommissioning and disposal

Reporting 20 February 1946, she decommissioned 20 May, berthing at Norfolk. In October 1949, she was reassigned to the Boston Reserve Group. Reclassified CVU–62 on 12 June 1955, she was declared unfit for further service in 1958 and her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 September.

She was sold on 30 July 1959 for scrap to the Japanese.


All Our Tomorrows

Ten years ago we had:

Steve Jobs
Bob Hope
Johnny Cash

Today we have:

No Jobs
No Hope
No Cash

Yesterday we had:

A glimpse of salvation, but then Obama appointed all the Wall Street criminals to all the key financial positions in the Government.

Tomorrow we have:

An absolute conviction that we are fucked for a long, long, very long time.

What Uncle Sam has our kids doing in Iraq:

Video obtained secretly from within the US Army and decoded by Wikileaks. I never heard of this outfit which has nothing to do with Wikipedia, who has a comprehensive article on them.

These videos are not for kids.
These videos will occupy at least 1/2 hour of your time.
These videos will remain with you forever.
If you have never gone into a War Zone, here is a look through the keyhole.
Two Reuters Reporters doing a story were destroyed by a US Apache Gunship, along with numerous Iraqi civilians and children.
The Reuters Reporters camera was mistaken for a weapon by the Apache crew.
The US Government and Military has taken no accountability, or action, except against the Army Private who leaked the gun-sight video and radio traffic recordings.

Live long and don’t forget to vote.


The Hanging Boy

The Hanging Boy

The Hanging Boy - Nick Bantock

I was recently introduced to Nick Bantock through his double trilogy of Griffin & Sabine. His works are filled with illustrations of his artwork. The work entitled The Hanging Boy is from The Golden Mean, the third work of the first Trilogy. It is not displayed on his website. This particular work struck me with force. It stirred my imagination and conjured up many thematic motivations behind its construction.

My curiosity led me to a search of the title, which led me to an article of fiction here on WordPress: The Hanging Boy by Tom Upton which I found to be eerily fitting to Nick Bantock’s collage. This revelation led me to set up camp here on

In the collage above there is the image of The Hanged Man from the Tarot Card of the same name combined with The Boy.

It is the look in the eyes of the boy that, for me, is the gateway to many possible stories, perhaps in different timelines of what we know as reality.

In those eyes I see trepidation. Of what? Therein lies the tales.

Join me in an exploration.

What do you see in The Hanging Boy?