Making Peace with Your Past

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called Painful Anniversaries where I related how several past events still cause trauma and flashbacks. They are a mild form of PTSD and until we give ourselves time to heal, we will just be stumbling from pain to pain. Recently, I watched an archived short interview with Major […]

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Living History

Every year until last year, during the Labor Day weekend, Civil War reenactors would take over the Huntington Beach Central Park. They had set up makeshift tents and booths while in costume. Many of them are avid amateur historians: some love that era of American history while others have connections to both sides of the […]

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Cast No Shadow – Book Review

Cast No Shadow by James Swallow My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cast No Shadow is the continuation of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It occurs seven years after the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis which precipitated the events in the movie. I strongly suggest people to watch the movie first before reading […]

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Being Mentally Strong –

Recently, I finished Amy Morin’s book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Morin’s definition of “mentally strong” is NOT about your IQ or other intelligence factors. It is NOT about mental health versus mental illness. Rather it is about your resilience, attitudes, and healthy self-evaluation. In fact, there are now up to 8 types […]

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Thoughts at Twilight

What do you think is the toughest time in a day? Some would argue that the most difficult times in a day at the office. Others would say dealing with screaming kids or fighting with your spouse or partner. All that could be true, but I want to point out that being alone with our […]

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The Agony of Defeat?

The Olympics are almost over and the closing ceremonies are tonight as I write this post. Throughout the last three weeks, the world was watching their nation’s respective Olympic teams on TV and all devices. We saw many victories, records broken, and of course, the heartache of defeat. One thing that came to my mind […]

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Susan’s Story

This post contains spoilers from the Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since I read C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, I have been fascinated by the different layers of storytelling. On one layer, it is a barely veiled retelling of the Book of Revelation from the Bible. Lewis loved allegories and The Last Battle does not disappoint. […]

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Fatherly Advice, Part 3

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day despite the pandemic. Even as we slowly but surely recover, things are still not quite the same. For some, this Father’s Day is rough because we lost out father to Covid-19 or complications from the disease. That happened to my friend Nadia. Or we had lost our […]

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