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The Micro-History

One of my personal ambitions in life, more of a dream really, is to write a micro-history. This is a unique form of historical monograph that addresses the life of one individual or of one event, and uses it to... Continue Reading →

The Adventure Zone: The Wonder of Wackiness

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time to write today, so I thought I would do something brief but close to my heart and give you a recommendation. I was recently replaying an old video game that I loved... Continue Reading →

The Angevin Empire: A Family Drama

Regardless of what you think about the current state of politics in the United States, I at least take comfort in the fact that Jim Comey’s reference to Thomas Becket has made my degree in Medieval History relevant. It has... Continue Reading →

The Stoic Superhero

Somewhere along the way in the last thousand years, stoic philosophy has gotten something of a bad rap. To be called “stoic,” is something of a mixed bag, implying that you are calm and composed but also unfeeling, cold, and... Continue Reading →

Listening to “Nothing,” Benedick and Beatrice

William Shakespeare was, if anything, probably the greatest adapter of other works who has ever lived. Very few of Shakespeare’s plays are original plots, and his most famous pieces are all either retellings of other stories or dramatizations of history.... Continue Reading →

In Praise of the Bowtie

Recently Guy Ritchie, one of my favorite directors, went onto the podcast the Joe Rogan Experience to publicize his new film.  During their discussion of film-making, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and their shared affection for custom knives, Rogan started ribbing his guest... Continue Reading →

In Jerusalem, Within the Ancient Walls

About two years ago I was talking to a good friend of mine about all of his plans for future travel . He rattled off the usual suspects like Rome and Paris, and then threw out a couple less well-known... Continue Reading →

Poems to Live By

There's something strange about quotations and motivational sayings.  They are typically just a brief snapshot into some more complex work or topic, yet they transfix us somehow.  I saw a great post a while back that was a picturesque image... Continue Reading →

Thursday Night’s Alright for Fighting

It’s Thursday night in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym, and there’s a feeling of anticipation in the air. It’s what the gym manager jokingly calls, “Fight Night,” when the last hour of class is dedicated just to sparring. All around the... Continue Reading →

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