Author Archives: Merlin

Sunday’s Wisdom 334: The Limits of Bloodshed

“Blood isn’t always the answer.” – Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 1, Episode 4, “The Whole World is Watching” For as long as humans have existed, we have struggled to survive. It is … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #333: Greater Worth

“A jewel has brilliant fire, but it gives no warmth. Our hands are not so soft, but they can serve; our bodies not so white, but they are strong; our lips are not perfumed, but they speak the truth. Love … Continue reading

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War of Mortal Gods… NEEDS EDITING!!!

I am just going to get this part out of the way: It’s “refrain,” not “reframe,” as in “please refrain from doing that.” And it’s “lest,” not “less,” as in “don’t irritate me lest I smite you.” And it’s “cosmivore,” … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #332: Rise Above the Hate

“Oh, I see, so the white man give you a couple a stripes, and suddenly you start hollerin’ and orderin’ everybody around, like you the massa himself! Nigger, you ain’t nothin’ but the white man’s dog!” “And what are you? … Continue reading

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The Poetic Deaths of the Homunculi in FMA: Brotherhood

Two words: poetic death. In the whole of storytelling, there are very few things that are truly more satisfying than seeing a villain get their just deserts in a truly poetic manner. Of course, the most common idea is simply … Continue reading

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What I Like and Dislike About She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

I never thought that, of all possible titles, Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power would ever go on my list of shows to watch. And then came YouTube, with all the clips to be found thereon. Considering that is … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #331: Giving Symbols Meaning

“Symbols are nothing without the women and men that give them meaning.” – Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 1, Episode 1, “New World Order” This show just started, and it’s clear that the idea … Continue reading

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Villainous Heroes and Heroic Villains

Heroes and villains. We like to think that the distinction between them is clear and simple. That is how most stories we tell go. Yet, we also like to play with what makes a hero and what makes a villain. … Continue reading

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WandaVision or Wanda’s Vision?

The COVID fracas has delayed pretty much everything since it started a year ago, but Marvel has finally succeeded in airing their first Disney Plus show. There was a whole lot of speculation surrounding this show, which gave rise to a … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #330: Eye to Eye

“If we listen to each other’s heart We’ll find we’re never too far apart And maybe love is the reason why For the first time ever we’re seeing it Eye to eye.” – from “Eye to Eye,” from A Goofy … Continue reading

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