It’s midway through the first month of 2017, and I’d like to introduce you to St. Michael the Archangel. If you’re starting out as a magician, he’s one of the best possible allies that you can get in aiding your work. No, really, he is.
So let’s get started on burning things up, shall we?
Continue reading Michael – Saint, Archangel, and Fiery Friend
This isn’t a review of the movie “Saving Sally” in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Fest. There are a lot of those already online, most of them praising the movie’s cheeriness and animation. And to be honest, it is a movie worth watching.
But it’s also a movie that reminds us that it’s the little lies we tell ourselves that end up burying us, even if we use them to make our world a saner place. Spoilers ahead.
Continue reading Saving Sally: A Walk Down Memory’s Aisles
As I write this, the sound of karaoke wafts through the windows like an unwanted solicitation. It’s Christmas Day, and a long weekend besides – people have every intention to drink and sing themselves into a stupor before the next week rolls around. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d be sitting here, writing about mortality and the realizations it brings. But I am.
The storm is coming.
Continue reading Mortality on Christmas Day & A Season’s Greeting
When you listen to Gordon White’s latest talk with Austin Coppock about what we can expect in 2017, one thing becomes very clear: a butt-load of uncertainty is filling the air. Plus a lot of fire. And a couple of eclipses, retrogrades, and whatnot.
So what’s a person to do? Well, you can build a boat.
Continue reading Uncertainty: Love It or Hate It, You Need It
“Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange.
Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never could.”
This is, in its own way, a rant of sorts. A form of courtesy in its own sense, opening with a timely quote from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
Continue reading Courtesy: It’s Why You’re Not Dead
A lot of people think that money (loads of it, natch) translates directly into wealth. The more of it you have, the more things in life you can enjoy: vacation breaks, exotic foods, snappy gadgets – the list goes on and on. It’s certainly hard to say otherwise: raw spending power, whether physical or digital, has always been a visible symbol of status no matter where you go.
But I disagree.
Continue reading Wealth & Its Various (Subjective) Forms
Stormweaving – the art of creating the circumstances for a perfectly logical storm to arise no matter what the odds are.
In October, I was warned that December this year was going to be quite turbulent. At the time, it seemed that bunkering down was the better option. But based on recent events, it now seems that it’s the only way left to salvage any .
It seems like a crazy idea. It is. And if you know me, it’s the kind of idea that I would espouse at wit’s end.
But here we are.
Continue reading Stormweaving In Turbulent Times
Whenever the subject of Ms. Uson’s latest diatribes pops up on my feed, the reactions always stay the same. You either like her or hate her. Most hate her. But that isn’t the point of this article.
Because whenever the topic comes around, I always ask the same question: who is her counterpart? Her rival?
There isn’t one.
Continue reading Uson & The Failure To Influence
Wow. Hi there.
I’m writing this on Nov. 29, 2016, fifteen days after I promised to myself that I would buy a website of my own. After much hemming and hawing, I landed on a good Cyber Monday deal and decided to take the plunge.
So here we are. I’ve worn a lot of hats in my lifetime – writer, traveler, explorer, sorcerer, joker, troublemaker, and more. Here’s to one more step in the great journey of life.
Who am I?
Continue reading Hello, World (It’s Me)