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Today I picked up a bottle cap in the park. I know, give me the Nobel Peace Prize, or get me on Ellen. Whether my good deed deserves a pat on the back or not, it made me think about something that stuck out in Cobra Kai.

Good deeds are…


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Quarantine has crushed our friendships, our physiques, and for most of us, our happiness. The thing is it doesn’t have to! We can combat our new normal with simple tricks in our daily lives. We can get strong. We can build relationships. We CAN be happy!

The most common phrase…


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Quarantine and working remotely have done a number on every aspect of our lives. Limited socialization, ample snacking, and an endless stream of bright light in our faces. That’s not the worst of it…

The office chair tragedy is real. Since we have worked remotely, our coffee breaks, staff meetings…


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“The greatest teacher failure is,” Master Yoda said to Luke. The Jedi Temple was burning down behind them. All seemed lost and Luke was defeated. “We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”

When The Last Jedi came out, the world was divided. Had…


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The dreaded resolution. The change we have to make to become better people and improve from previous years. Then, like clockwork, they disappear from our minds. We lose sight and we wait for next year, then the next, then the next. They get lost, but they don’t have to…

2020…


I look at myself in the mirror every chance I get. I count the abs, or lack thereof. I pay attention to muscular outlines and whether my veins pop out enough. I poke and prod my body to see if it’s “dense” enough. These are my habits, and usually it’s…


Learn from your favorite pastime: video games!

Mashing buttons and scoring points isn’t the only thing you do in video games…

1. Video Games Teach You to Love Communities

The Holidays are NOT my favorite time of the year. They never have and never will be. Why?

I like discipline and structure, both of which are fairly…


This is your Cobra Kai SPOILER WARNING.

Karate Kid has inspired underdogs since the 1980s. I was one. Daniel LaRusso and Mister Miyagi were two pals I knew I could turn to. They inspired me to get back into martial arts when I had quit too young, and they taught…


For all my creative writing majors looking for what not to do in their next workshop submission, watch Wonder Woman 1984

Why? Well…

Superhero movies don’t work when they rely heavily on grandiose fight-scenes and fan-service. Justice League was a sad attempt and Dawn of Justice was even worse. Thankfully…

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