Journalist, entrepreneur and student - Boston College, University of Otago. Buddhist. Expert adventurer and consultant for conducting business in Asia.

As I was meditating early this morning I began setting intentions for the day. There has been a lot going on in my life academically and spiritually, so I visualized the word “fresh” with every breath in, and “productive” with every breath out. Upon deeper consideration, these words hint at the very essence of being human. With every breath in, every meal, and every sip of water, we are refreshing our physical body. With every breath out, and every act of creation, we are sharing our energetic life force with the surrounding world.

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Art by Duong Ngoc

Soon, a calmness enveloped my emotions, and I reached a brief moment of realization: “What I should do is nothing, but what I can do is everything.” My relationship with productivity has always been quite chaotic, for I am merely an easily-distracted human being. Confronted with this clarity, however, I realized that there was no need to place such intense pressure on myself to be “productive,” because it is in our genuine human nature to create. …


A Journey on Our Earth and Into Our Consciousness

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Vvandering, my second musical album, was released October 20. Stream it on Spotify or any other streaming service!


A mindful journey turned spiritual

It has now been a full month since I started meditating every day, and I have a lot to share. Although I had experimented with meditation before, and loved it, I was never quite able to cement it into my daily routine. After experiencing a spiritual awakening while camping in the New Hampshire White Mountains, however, a lot changed. I discovered a newfound happiness in being alone with my thoughts, a genuine compassion for all other living beings, and, most importantly, an understanding of the Buddhist concept of emptiness. I faced the difficult parts of my ego: shadows my conscious mind actively attempted to suppress. …


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There’s wisdom deep down,

Its gaze is quite alluring…

The siren reels in.


The lazy pursuit of answers obscures the real truth

If one thing has stayed the same throughout recorded history, it is that the world is constantly changing. The story of civilization is one of constant rebirth and growth, contributing to the overall entropy of reality. If we look back, however, it becomes apparent that many of the modern luxuries we enjoy are relatively new concepts. Instead of hunting for our next meal, we can simply know it will be there. This simple fact is what makes it possible to expand our consciousness. …


Examining humanity’s relationship with the built environment

There are certain places in our built environment that evoke strong emotions of longing; a sort of loneliness that is somehow amplified by the surrounding architecture. Places that were designed to accompany many people, but in the present moment, there is only one: You. There is a word to describe such places, and it is ‘liminal’ — situated at a sensory threshold. Liminal places are often where transitional movement occurs. Essentially, these places exist only for the transit of a person between places or states of existence.

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It can be easy to forget our roots as humans — our intimate connection with nature, not as something separate, but as something one with us. The built environment often encompasses our entire perception of reality, obscuring what it truly means to be alive. Even when we separate ourselves from the physical built environment, a monumental task in and of itself, it is only more difficult to separate from the metaphysical built environment. Before I go any further, I will clarify that by ‘built environment’ I am referring to every structure, both physical and intangible, created by humans. We assign these structures an inherent reality within our perception, and based off this reality, we assign an inherent importance. It is this assigned reality and importance that leads a young student to believe their exam grade is a matter of life or death, when in reality, the school building and the entire grading system are simply figments of human imagination. In reality, the only matters which are truly life or death are those pertaining to food, water, and shelter. Human society would be unable to function if each person focused only on securing his own food, water, and shelter, and thus we must assign a reality and importance to creations like school and grading systems. Just because we have assigned this reality and importance to these things makes them inherently real or important. …


Reporting back after two weeks on an American college campus, during a pandemic

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The world is burning! March 13, 2020

Greeted by a dismal, masked-up campus, I arrived for my senior year at Boston College, not surprised by the anxious, yet strict vibe circulating. Nearly six months ago, with the initial surge of Coronavirus cases rising, my classmates and I were told to pack our bags and leave campus by the end of the weekend. Considering it was only Wednesday, however, and class had been canceled for the rest of the week, I found myself caught in what can only be described as a 5-day mosh pit. …


Lessons learnt from three weeks on the road in Coronavirus America

Sitting here in Denver, Colorado — my third time in the city since departing Connecticut three weeks ago — it is finally time to take a look back at this rollercoaster of a journey. At the end of May I purchased a 2001 Ram camper van and began making preparations for an ambiguous cross-country trek. Perhaps I had read too much Jack Kerouac during quarantine, and now that I am writing this article near Alameda Ave., ‘6 miles out of Denver’, I believe the parallels to On The Road are too perfect to ignore. …


A bankrupt ghost corporation earned a $55 million contract to make N95 masks it may never deliver.

Disclaimer: I have reason to believe the person behind Panthera Worldwide LLC, given investigative journalism efforts by publications such as Business Insider, took advantage of contacts within government to defraud American taxpayers. James V. Punelli has not yet been accused of any crime, and is thus innocent until proven guilty. All information provided here is publicly available.

You may have heard about a contract recently awarded to Panthera Worldwide LLC, in which the bankrupt company would procure heavily marked-up N95 masks. Well, I decided to take a closer look at the executive who was interviewed, James V. Punelli. I bought a background report on Whitepages, expecting to find nothing. Let’s just say that if I ended up finding nothing, I wouldn’t be writing this article. While the connection between James V. …


Restaurants could potentially make the best PR move in decades

While the Coronavirus pandemic continues, and worldwide lockdowns refuse to budge, the hospitality sector is among the worst hit of all industries. Many restaurants, struggling under tight lockdown restrictions, saw initial revenue decreases up to 40%. As a result of these falling sales, multinational franchises — notably, The Cheesecake Factory — have announced they will be unable to make rent payments during the crisis. Meanwhile, unemployment levels have broken historical records at staggering speeds, with the rate now scraping 13% — the highest since the Great Depression. Government stimulus checks have now begun distribution, but many claim the $1,200 is too little, too late. The unemployment rate isn’t the only comparison that can be drawn to the Great Depression, however. …

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