January 21, 2020

Are Hufflepuffs Misunderstood?/The Blind Side

I’ve watched my wife cry while watching The Blind Side about three times now. It’s one of those movies that she just NEEDS to watch once a year, especially since becoming a mom. The story of The Blind Side is based on a true story about a kid named Michael Oher, who grew up in a bad part of town. After getting a chance to attend a private school, Michael gets adopted by a family who has other kids who go to the same school. The mother, played by Sandra Bullock in the movie, takes care of Michael like he was her own. He plays football and is a man among boys at the high school level. He ends up playing in the NFL for seven years as an offensive linemen. Remember that the average NFL career is around two to three years.  What does he or the movie The […]
January 16, 2020

Acupuncture Systems vs. Theories of Energy Flow

When talking about acupuncture, the difference between a system and a philosophy can be vast but also greatly blurred. The easiest way to explain this is through the five elements. The law of the five elements is an acupuncture philosophy that mirrors life. It is thousands of years old and predates acupuncture as a medicine. The five elements follow the cycle of the seasons, and break down the year into five phases of time that have five different types of energy flow. The cold absoluteness of winter (Water element) is energy that flows straight down, like rain. Water energy represents the life stream where all energy begins and ends. It’s where ideas germinate and conclude as wisdom. It helps knowledge move forward from generation to generation. The exciting burst of growth of spring (Wood element) is energy that forcefully goes out from the center in opposite directions, like how a […]
January 13, 2020

New Years – The Holiday of Rebranding

writer’s note* This article was supposed to be posted closer to Jan 1st but technical issues caused the delay. It was 7:05pm on New Year’s Day and my wife and I were about to make the hardest yet most unimportant decision of the day. What should we watch tonight? We had been up late the night before and out all afternoon visiting family with our two young children. They were just in bed and for a rare moment, we snuggled and spaced out looking at our phones. We both wanted that movie that hit the spot; the one that was stupid enough AND we had already seen. This way, we didn’t have to pay attention to every detail but could still enjoy it.  We settled on Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle as it checked both boxes, plus, it had been enough years since our most recent viewing that […]