The Milky Way

I used to be in the fight game. Not necessarily IN the arena, but ringside. I was ringside. A member of the leadership team of an international martial arts organization. I left that world, but not without learning some of the lessons that world sought to teach me. Managing egos, facing defeat, risking life and […]

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August and Everything After

What’s your favorite month? Mine’s August. August. I mean, it’s strange to have a favorite month, and the other eleven have their charms, but I’ll take this month. It’s an odd choice, I admit. It’s friggin’ hot. Muggy. But I like it. Maybe it’s an ode to youth, where it’d be the last month of […]

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Eudaimonism – The Highest Good

Mongol General: What is best in life? Conan: To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women. We’re all asking the same thing. When you get down to it. The reasons why we do the things we do. We’re all tough muddin’ our way to answering […]

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The Cab Ride

We were in New York City (“New York City?!”). My city. My cousin had gotten married. At the Bronx Zoo! Incredible event, complete with peacocks strutting around (the birds not the wannabe alphas). It was a wonderful reunion of sorts for us and congratulations were given all around. But it’s the cab ride back to […]

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Grains of Salt, Alex Chung

Grain of Salt, or How to Take Your Criticism

Criticism is a grain of salt. So take it with it. Much like our delicious sodium friend, it can enhance our experience or it can ruin it. If you stand up, stand out, and stand for something, criticism is a wonderful gauge to measure¬†how you are doing. It can actually be (if not feel like) […]

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Author(ity)

Writing was never hard for me until I tried to make it something I had to do, rather than something I wanted to do. This is a critical insight into my life. During my school days, I’d push off assigned reading and read tons of other books. But if one of those books ended up […]

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