Breaking Point

nor shall any state deprive any person of life.. without due process of the law. Black Lives Matter

On a cool New Jersey summer night, I find myself walking home from my boy’s house after a long night of basketball talk. This was mostly how I spent the summer after my Junior year of high school—hanging out with my friends and talking about sports or video games before walking home. The walks were never too long, the town my parents moved to was only 1 sq. mile. This particular night, I was half a block away from my house and before I knew what happened, police cars surrounded me. In the b…

John the Ripper

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Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist but if the NSA wanted to know everything about you, they can and they will. Unless… you protect yourself a little better. Besides the government, there are most definitely people that want to pry into your personal life. Either for laughs or to be creeps. Wouldn’t you want to protect yourself from them? One place to start and one I always preach is your passwords. Passwords are the Severus Snape’s of the world. They go around trying their hardest to pro…

Time Pressure

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Does it seem like life is blowing by? How is it almost June? How? My friend (more like a brother) Sheik and I were in the midst of our weekly call when I asked him why time seems to be flying by. When we were younger we spent a lot of time together at church, learning about Christianity and spending a lot of time playing basketball. Time seemed to move slower and those memories are burnt in my mind. His hypothesis is that as we get older we become occupied with the responsibilities that come…

The Last Dance

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I saw a newspaper headline that the ESPN documentary titled “The Last Dance” became the number one documentary this year after beating out “The Tiger King.” Knowing the cult-like excitement “The Tiger King” caused, I thought “The Last Dance” must be worth a shot. I started and after the first two episodes I have come away inspired. I recommend you check it out if possible. While watching the documentary, I was constantly reminded of the Stoic philosophy and a practice Stoics follow name…

The Answer

Image taken by MJ at the Norton Simon Museum

I love the Avatar The Last Airbender series. I especially love Uncle Iroh and all of his inspirational messages. His nephew Prince Zuko is always trying to please his father and goes through hell and high water to do so. Uncle Iroh hits him with the quote “I’M BEGGING YOU, PRINCE ZUKO! It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do YOU want?” This advice could be applied to a lot of us living in a society where expectations are placed upo…

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