One Man’s Search For Perfectly Seasoned Chicken

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I first discovered cooking or at least attempted cooking during my middle school and early high school years. I would spend my weekends at my grandmother's house and she had every spice and seasoning in existence.

I don’t remember the circumstances that caused me to attempt to season the chicken wings, but I suspect that I was bored, hungry, and the chicken wings and spices were at the ready. So I went to work like a mad scientist getting lost in some ill-conceived chemistry experiment that was likely going to blow up in his face.

To her credit, my grandma…

5 steps to turn off your mind and relax your body before sleep

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Often when one encounters the word “meditation” it can feel stressful. Images of having to do a certain thing or feel a certain way can be counterproductive and hinder the relaxation process. It shouldn’t be a stressful experience however, as with daily practice, you will relax more quickly and into a deeper state. There are, of course, many different methods to achieve this and I will share what has worked for me, and like in many things in life, the onus is on each of us to tailor a routine that works best for us individually.

Step 1: Preparations

Like any other goal…

Your Guide to Henching

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The 1980s were a magical time to be a kid. Entertaining cartoons were everywhere on television. And because of that, entertaining cartoon characters were for sale in every toy store in the country.

In retrospect, it was really just a money grab by the studios to cash in and milk the kids' parents dry of everything last penny that they could.

Some things never really change, what has changed is the entertainment factor of cartoon henchmen over the years.

However, with this pamphlet, you too can see if cartoon henching is for you!


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Is Ukiah the correct term for a “reverse…

A Soundtrack to the Age of Unreason

And you want to listen to song #3

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Election Day will soon be upon us, and once the smoke clears and the hyperbole dissipates, we will have either a new President or nothing changes. Both options come with frightening layers of uncertainty. That should come as a surprise to no one as these times are chaotic and when nothing outrageous happens, we celebrate those small victories.

Given the strange times that we find ourselves in, we yearn for the distractions of entertainment.

What then when the entertainment we seek better describes the climate of our world better than most of us ever could?

Such are these four songs.

1) “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – Gil Scott-Heron

The Pagan Beginnings of a Modern Holiday

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It’s that time of year again. That period in late autumn when everything is dying. The leaves on the trees turn their majestic yellows, oranges, reds, and browns and wither away. The days are getting ever shorter. An almost ethereal fog overtakes the morning chill. And there’s the specter of menace seemingly at every turn. All culminating in one of the most profitable and definitely spookiest of holidays: Halloween. We know what it is today but how and where did it start?


According to ancient Celtic beliefs, October 31 was the end of the year. Upon sundown, the world of…

A Guide To The Least Film Ready Martial Art

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When we say “martial arts movies”, the average person will conjure up images of those great kung fu movies from Hong Kong during the golden era of the genre. Entertaining movies with highly choreographed sequences based on exotic styles of kung fu. Movies produced by the Shaw Brothers and starring such luminaries as Bruce Lee, Gordon Liu, or Chiang Sheng.

However, due to the popularity and effectiveness of jiu-jítsu in recent years, it has made its way to the big screen. …

Surgery is the easy part…..

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On August 15, 2020, I ruptured the biceps tendon of my left arm while deadlifting at the local gymnasium. I was using a mixed grip and while deadlifting 370 pounds felt a pop and a weird sensation in my upper arm while completing the lift.

Strangely there was no pain, which I later found out is fairly common when the tendon completely tears away from the bone. While not painful in the slightest, it was a strange feeling, the best way that I can describe it would be as if a slingshot was fired off under my skin.

….and why I’m not disappointed by it.

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It seems that some of the more popular articles on Medium are the articles about how the author has made a couple of thousand dollars in a month or two on Medium and how you can do it too. I’m sure that these articles generate even more revenue for those fortunate few who have made legitimate money with their writing and fair play to them for their success.

However, for the average writer in the Medium Partner Program, we just haven’t been able to crack the code to generate solid returns as yet. I’m here…

Ghosts of the Past, Present, and Future

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Pat this point in time I think that we all know someone that has or has had a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you are one of the lucky few that hasn’t experienced its effects firsthand then surely you are at least aware that everyone from the President of the United States, NFL players, actors, and other famous people also have contracted and battled the disease.

This has caused me to reflect on where we were, where we are, and where we are yet to be. …


✦Lifelong Martial Artist ✦Musician. ✦Thinker. Philosopher. ✦Religion/Spirituality. Shintō/Buddhist. ✦Seeker of Truth and Knowledge ✦ Writer for ILLUMINATION

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