Author Archives: Merlin

Sunday’s Wisdom #299: Life is Not Safe

“Life is not safe. A man might spend his whole time on earth staying safe in a basement, and in the end, he still dies like everyone else.” – Thomas Hao, Frost Burned Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs Thomas Hao … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, Aug. 8, 2020

Spoiler Alert! In one week, I will be saying goodbye to This Week on TV for I-Have-No-Idea-How-Long. There have been summer breaks, week-long breaks, and Holiday Droughts, and the immense gap between seasons, but I’ve always had something to look … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #298: Hammer and Brick

“I could’ve been them. Riley, I would’ve been them. But I’m not. Because they think a hammer and a brick makes you strong, and as much as I wanted to throw a brick through a window, I know that if … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, Aug. 1, 2020

Spoiler Alert! You know the thing about ending a series, and knowing it’s ending well ahead of time? You get to take everything you’ve built up, and systematically nuke it all. It’s like when kids build houses and castles out … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #297: The Cycle

“People arrive, so we celebrate, and people leave us, so we grieve. We do what we can with the time in between, but the cycle is always there.” – Enoch, Agents of Shield Season 7, Episode 9, “As I Have … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, July 25, 2020

Spoiler Alert! Wow. That was just… wow. Agents of Shield finally did a Groundhog Day episode, and it was exciting, scary, mysterious, hilarious, tender, thrilling, triumphant, and very, very sad, all in one. This has been an amazing show, and … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #296: Take Responsibility

“You do as you have always done – blame others for your transgressions. And in doing so, you reap the same reward – nothing.” – Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, The Rose and the Dagger This is another of those quotes that … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, July 18, 2020

Spoiler Alert! Agents of Shield only has a few episodes left, and they’re still setting up their ultimate showdown of agents vs bad guys. The final mission is easily the biggest doozy of them all. I am sad to see … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #295: We Need Hope

“Even the spirits of men and women who would stand up to outright torture can be crushed by enough prolonged hopelessness.” – Commodore Honor Harrington, Echoes of Honor Honor Harrington Series, by David Weber When Honor says this, she is … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, July 11, 2020

Spoiler Alert! Despite the gravity of the subject matter, this week’s Agents of Shield was a fairly lighthearted, spoofy homage to the 80’s movies, and robot movies especially. I suppose, as the halfway point of the final season, this was … Continue reading

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