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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 →

Saruman: A Tragedy of Pettiness

As I mentioned in my post last week, I had the opportunity to listen to the excellent audio books of The Lord of the Rings narrated by Robert Ingliss. It was wonderful to get to live in this world that... Continue Reading →

Concerning Hobbits: A Letter to My Past Self

Concerning Hobbits A few weeks ago I decided to listen to J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, foundational, Lord of the Rings trilogy on audio book. It was probably my third time reading the books, and probably my second listening to them. I... Continue Reading →

Just the Way You Are

It’s Easter this weekend, so between family obligations and general merrymaking I don’t have much time to write. While I have a couple of pieces I’ve been meaning to put together for weeks now, I thought that I would keep... Continue Reading →

Living in the Past

I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I studied history in college, and I went into detail about why I enjoyed that. In my experience, when people learn that you love history they tend to have one of... Continue Reading →

Shotokan Karate: A Love Story

It’s hard to say what exactly inspired me to get into martial arts. I could tell you that it was because I had always felt scrawny and had low self-esteem. Maybe it was just because I had seen a few... Continue Reading →

How I Would Remake the Lion King

Last week, trying to find something to satisfy my one-movie-a-week rule, I resolved to finally watch the remake of the Jungle Book that John Favreau directed. I have been a huge fan of Favreau ever since he was totally not... Continue Reading →

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