Yin

Awaken to a nightmare, lost in the heart of darkness, a forest of monoliths. Ambivalence turns to fear, heavy shoulders setting as even breathing air becomes too much.Dawn seems so distant and remote, a figment of an imagination.The world is turned upon itself, choked and constrained by its own impossible madness. A sliver of light…

Prelude

I took a sip of black coffee and looked out the window. The day was still young, already humid and hot from the night’s downpour. It was roughly 4:30 in the morning, the starry night sky starting to turn to light once more.  I sighed deeply, rubbing the back of my neck. It had been…

Summer Tempest

The night sky lights up like the 4th of July, lightning striking from the heavens. Rain pours heavily and large puddles form in the potholes of the dirt driveway. The wind howls, blowing my hair aside as I sit by the window and admire nature’s dance of the elements. Since childhood I’ve held a strong…

The Art of Steak: A Beefy Wonder

  The air is wafting with the smokey smell of a charcoal grill. It’s summer, you’ve got two beautiful steaks laying on the grate like artworks on display. You salivate, eager to enjoy these savory delights being caressed by the flames dancing beneath them. It’s at that moment, as you sink your teeth into the…

The Body, The Temple

The Human body is like a temple, in that it’s something sacred and to be taken care of. One should tend it as well as one tends to their children or to their art; Neglecting one’s health is not only detrimental, but an insult to one’s body. Tell me, would you deface a church or…

Militarizing Police

Terrorism has been a topic that’s been sensationalized regularly in the media. The Munich Massacre during the 1972 Olympics against Israeli athletes, the hijacking of Lufthansa flight 181 in 1977, the Iranian embassy siege in 1980, destruction of New York City’s world trade center on September 11th, 2001, a sudden attack at the Boston Marathon…

Technology: Benefits and Complications

1822, Charles Babbage began developing the “Difference Engine”, considered to be the first automatic computing machine. It was capable of computing numerous sets of numbers and delivering physical copies of the results. Fast forward to mid 1930, the “Z1” was constructed by Konrad Zuse in his parents’ own living room and became the first functional…

Necessity of War

The history of humanity has been rife with bloody conflicts arising from abounding causes; World War One sparked from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the War in Afghanistan resulted following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in a hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Vietnam was invaded to curtail and contain the spread of…

Perceptions, Opinions

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born dictator that ruled Germany with an iron fist. It was his terror-driven leadership that resulted in millions of Jews dying in concentration camps; It was his desire to expand his Third Reich that sparked the world’s most destructive conflict. It was Hitler, a once aspiring artist that turned to politics,…

Art and Why It’s Good

I grasp my pencil firmly, making gentle, precise strokes as I finish adding those last few details to the face of a soldier I’m drawing in my sketch book. After spending a couple hours drawing, I stop, admire my creation and the time and effort I have put into it. I feel good; Like I…

“Never Forget”

It was a miserable morning in the outskirts of Stalingrad. I stood by the fire my comrades and I had made up in the early hours of the day. I took one last drag from my cigarette before putting it out under my left jackboot; We had already eaten and were getting ready to form…

The Frigid Days

Here in the northeast, winter is a season that consistently arrives with mixed emotion. Children enjoy playing in the soft snow, artists might admire the silent tranquility of a frosted night while looking out the window and motorists think begrudgingly of Floridians while driving in poor weather conditions. As a child, I enjoyed the snow….