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An Open Letter to Julian Delphiki Jr.

Dear Julian Delphiki Jr. (Bean), Bean, you always made completely logical decisions, never letting your emotions affect your goals. I found it intriguing how you observed the world around you. Bean, you survived for years on the streets of Rotterdam… Continue Reading →

Sports, Tribalism, and Mercenaries

As I write this, I am driving to my older sister’s FTC Robotics World Championship in Houston. This is one of the few times a year when I watch sporting events because, to me, sports on the national level are… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Never Giving Up

Author’s Note: the following piece is a practice STAAR essay to “explain the importance of never giving up”. I have improved how I “show not tell” and worked on my introduction and conclusion. I really like how mine turned out… Continue Reading →

Why Harry Potter is so Good

In the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling keeps her world balanced. She doesn’t introduce new magical concepts at key points in the story. She doesn’t give create characters with important roles without previously developing them. There are plenty of plot… Continue Reading →

Red Notice

I recently read an amazing book called “Red Notice” by Bill Browder. He was a businessman who invested in Russian companies just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Shortly thereafter, many formal government-owned businesses were being privatized. When these… Continue Reading →

The Phantom’s Lair

The Phantom’s lair underneath the opera house was dark, cavernous, and candle-lit. This was a place that no one else could get to, a place where the ridicule and hate that had followed him all his life could be left… Continue Reading →

Winter and Christmas Memories

I love the winter. Here in Texas, it’s just cold enough to necessitate bundling up a bit, but even in the middle of December we get days in the low sixties. In addition, I greatly prefer cold weather. When it is… Continue Reading →

Sunset Poem

Sunset Every evening, When the Sun goes down, The sky is painted with a colorful crown. The vivid hues spread over the endless plain, The clouds reflect a youthful pink, Gone in a cosmic blink. The colors darken, To a… Continue Reading →

Thing Explainer

Randall Munroe, The author of the “What If” book, also wrote a book called “Thing Explainer“. It uses only the most used thousand words to explain things from rocket science to your cells and nuclear reactors. The “Thing Explainer” is… Continue Reading →

My Hero’s Journey

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