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“Desperation”

“Desperation” by Allen Paul Weaver III 

Here’s a piece I wrote back in 2007.  I think it may speak to where some people may feel themselves to be today.

“Desperation is what I feel… Somewhere deep inside I sense a longing, a desire to wake up from a dead dream long lived. I sense that a warrior dwells within my frame… a lover of truth and an explorer of realms unseen – my true self which had been locked away for so long, has been set free from the chains. And with each passing day I step through dark corridors of shadow and light – dust and darkness; somehow knowing that the doorway to complete freedom lingers in the distance, out of sight and just out of touch, yet drawing nearer… as the realization dawns on my mind like the morning sun; that deliverance was not my choice alone… For how can we know we are dreaming unless someone shakes us awake? The Creator of the Universe calls to me in quiet tones as my mind stirs and my eyes slowly open to blurred images receding into crystal clear hues of colors yet imagined, dwelling in a life meant to be lived.”

Iron Man DVD is Here!

FINALLY!  The Iron Man DVD is here!  Just released today!  I’ve been waiting for the DVD since Opening Day back in May.  I’ve been saving my change for months and picked it up on my lunch break.  It helps when there’s a Bestbuy right across the street. :-) (Although it takes a lot of discipline to stay away from those un-necessary purchases.  But I”m making it, thanks for asking.)

If you haven’t already sensed my excitement – I’m excited.  (Trying to look serious in the photo, instead of grinning from ear to ear!)  This has become my favorite Superhero movie to date.  Excitement aside, there’s a lot of good scenes in the movie and you gotta love the Iron Man armor!  At first, when I found out that Robert Downey Jr. was going to play Tony Stark, I was extremely upset.  I couldn’t see him as the character.  But once I saw the movie – he pulled it off very nicely.

Do You Watch Heroes?

Do You Watch Heroes?

If you watch the hit television show Heroes,(now in it’s 3rd Season) then I want to hear from you!  What is it about the show that draws you and keeps your interest?  How far does your fandom go?  Just leave your comments below.  I hope to write a series of posts about the show, people’s responses and comic book ideology – relating it to our everyday lives – so you don’t want to miss it.

Let me say a few things to start things off:

“Ordinary People with Extraordinary Abilities.”  I am a fan of the show and I must admit, that tagline and the mysterious eclipse were a huge draw for me.  I think – from this beginning marketing campaign – the show has really spoken to a deep seated need in everyday people: a need to know that even if life may be ordinary there is a chance that destiny will reveal to us that we are anything but ordinary.  Heroes asks the broad questions which consumes every human heart: Who Am I?  What Am I Capable Of?  What’s My Purpose?  Does God Exist?  What’s My Destiny?

Helping Our Young Black Men

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(‘Who Am I?’  Photo taken by Larry Reid. 2007)

What can we do to help our young Black men?  This morning, while waiting for my train, I ran into a young man I know.  We hadn’t seen each other for a while and as we caught up on things, he admitted the struggles that he faced: to make a real change in his life that would take him away from illegal activities.

He told me about some of his failings and even admitted his fear in telling me: How would I respond?  As dissappointing as it was to hear how he’s “dropped the ball” in various areas of his life, it was encouraging to hear him admit it.  My own failings came to mind as I said, “many people can’t even admit where they went wrong.  So that fact that you can is a step in the right direction because you can’t begin to overcome a problem if you don’t admit what the problem actually is.”

MORE FANTASTIC…

What if our life is more fantastic than anything we could ever imagine? But this Reality was hid…veiled under the mundane routine of our day to day existence – layered over by industry, technology, an over-stimulated media of fact and fiction – and smothered by the opinions of others living lives of quiet or loud desperation themselves?

More to life

What if there’s more to life than what meets the eye? And what if the signs are all around us, couched in our day to day existence – pointing to who we really are… to what we were meant to be… to the incredible dimension that surrounds us… which we have yet to discover?

What if we’re walking amnesiacs – currently living lives unaware of the things in our distant past, done to secure our freedom? How do we regain what has been lost to us? Or do we continue on with life as if the fantastic only happens in fantasy and fairytales… or to others and never to ourselves?

The Power of a Saiyan: Part One

Trunks (picture from Wikipedia article on Super Saiyans)
Have you ever watched Dragon Ball Z? If you have then you know about the power of a Saiyan. If you’re a guy and you’ve seen an episode you most likely love it. I have yet to meet a guy who doesn’t. My wife has tried to watch it with me, but she only last five minutes or so before she gets up and says, ‘I don’t see what you like about this." If you have no idea what I’m talking about but want to know more… keep reading.
Let me now place my disclamer: There are two versions of DBZ – the unedited Japanese version and the edited American version. I watch the edited version that used to air on the Cartoon Network and understand that the violence in the unedited version that can be much stronger. So for those who would want to watch this show – I recommend the edited version.

A World Without Comic Books

JlA Roster (Picture from Wikipedia article on the Justice League)

What would the world be like without comic books?

Does the world need comic book superheroes? I know what you are thinking… “Superheroes? You mean like the men and women in tights and capes?” Yes, but not all wear capes. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Icon & Rocket, Spiderman, Static, Captain America, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Hardware, The Hulk and all the hundreds and thousands of others. Does the world need comic book superheroes? You may be thinking that “comics are for kids.” Maybe on some level comics are for kids, but they are written by adults and often deal with very serious issues that pertain to the totality of society. Major Blockbuster movies are now based on comic book superheroes – Spiderman (1,2,3), X-Men (1,2,3), Superman Returns, Batman Begins, Fantastic Four (1,2)… and the list continues to some movies that didn’t do too well (Daredevil, Elecktra, The Punisher, Ghost Rider…)