JAMES R. OLSEN
A BIT ABOUT ME
I have been called a Renaissance Man by the prior chief of staff to the governor of Montana. I have worked with my hands. I am an engineer, manager, business owner, activist.
I worked my way through the boring stuff of textbooks in the Uniform Commerical Code, astronomy, beginning accounting, federal acquisition regulations because I needed to know it – and the stuff of visual perception because it was interesting.
I researched my way through the academic literature on wildfires, biolab safety, highway capacity and safety because certain governmental agencies needed scrutiny.
I read history, studied religious history because I was fascinated by it.
I thought about how to manage a group of people who are working on something more complicated than a single human being could understand because I wanted to be good at it.
A few years ago I decided to be a writer. My engineering work already had me trained in research. My goal is to bring well researched, exciting narratives to readers of non-fiction.
While I was paid a lot of money to get very large development programs on track, I also taught people about the I Ching. As I was working on spiritual growth, I was writing about the intense violence of Pearl Harbor because my mother was there. From these extremes came the two books below.
But, I am always an activist, seeking to change things for the good on the ground. So, at this point in my life, my passion is writing and activism.
I Ching of a Thousand Doors
A meticulously researched narrative in everyday language show how to use the I Ching and get the most out of The Book of Changes no matter what your viewpoint. Shows how divination with the I Ching is merely an extension of your everyday experience, allowing you to tap deeper into your subconscious to bring forth what it already knows using the I Ching. Answers the questions, What is Yin-Yang and the Dao? How did Confucius get his words in the I Ching?
Practical narratives, illustrations, mixed with Poetic Prose and surprisingly beautiful prose from Ancient China get your heart as well as your mind engaged with The Book of Changes. Key phrases explained, showing what it meant and what it means.
A Book You Can Buy
How America go it wrong when others were getting it right
The events in Ravalli County are a microcosm of the Americas’s response
to the COVID-19 Pandemic as individuals and institutions try to navigate
uncertain and conflicting data — anxiety, news, politics, trust, mistrust, health,
and livelihood drove America to implement one of the worst public health responses in the world.
This book uses the events in Ravalli County, the author’s official comments to the local health board, decisions made using uncertain data to discuss how to look at data to illustrate how to do the best you can in the face of uncertainty. Insight into how politics, propaganda techniques, bias affects the information we read, and how to poke through the headlines for a layperson to understand scientific literature.
~~~ Rooted thoroughly in the scientific literature, it is made accessible to the lay reader ~~~
Jesus of Nazareth
PEARL HARBOR Chronicles
Minute by minute account from both sides
What were they thinking? How did it happen? — drawn from authentic accounts
The true story the Final Warning Message with never before revealed facts of how it could have gotten there on time told as the attack on Pearl Harbor unfolds in an accurate, meticulously researched, minute by minute account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Research in collaboration with Valarie Jean Anderson.