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The Little Dragon and the Black Samurai

Jim Kelly (left) and Bruce Lee (right) on the set of Enter the Dragon/ via Kung Fu Tea

Anyone who knows me well knows that Bruce Lee movies never get old to me. In one of his films, Lee …

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A Lifetime in a Year

The Slow Rush cassette design/ via Reddit

It was my first concert. Of course I was in the nosebleeds. And in all honesty…I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

The lights dimmed until it got dark and then on

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Goodbye

The Businessmen’s Goodbye by Catrin Welz-Stein/ via Society6

The following is a poem that I wrote shortly before graduating from high school. I’m sure it was written as either an English or Creative Writing assignment. From a first glance I …

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Know Thyself

مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَهُ فَقَدْ عَرَفَ رَبَّهُ

“Whoever knows himself, knows his Lord.” – Classic Arabic Proverb

Life of Pi (artwork by Niken Anindita)/ via Pinterest

What comes to mind when you think of the term “self -knowledge?” Have you considered …

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(Part 6: Afterword and Afterthoughts)

Initially, my take on the storyline of The Joker was only going to be limited to what now corresponds to Parts 1 and 2. I thought it was pretty cool that there might have been …

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(Part 5: Redness)

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In “Part 4: Yellowness” I mentioned that there were two last things that needed to take place during the citrinitas stage in order for Arthur Fleck to complete the alchemical journey. One of them was …

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(Part 4: Yellowing)

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Also known as xanthosis, citrinitas (yellowing) is sometimes considered to be an independent stage of the alchemical process, while other times, it is grouped together with the final stage of alchemy, rubedo. In The

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(Part 3: Purification)

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Once Arthur acknowledges his existence, he moves into the next stage of the alchemical process which is known as albedo (whiteness). This phase is characterized by separation, clarification, and purification. The insights gained from the …

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(Part 2: Putrefaction)

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Todd Phillips’ The Joker is a story about the alchemical Magnum Opus (the Great Work) undergone by the man known as Arthur Fleck.

Surprised? Let’s rewind a bit…

Because I have a curious mind and …

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I Never Heard Him Cry

(PART 1)

Ever since I learned about Stanley Kubrick and the meticulous detail that he put into his works, I have not been able to watch films with the same blissful ignorance that I once used to. Sure, not every …