Wednesday, July 2, 2008


It—that magical word.
—Joe McLaughlin, Pride of the Lion (2003)
The pronoun it is often ambiguous, but its power lies in its veil of obscurity. It is “a word that can mean almost anything—and perhaps the most important word” in one’s vocabulary. “Nay, more than a word, a symbol, symbolic of that one quality” vital to a practitioner. It is “not strength, not speed or endurance” but rather “something more, that little special something, that intangible, magical power” which, when added to one’s other qualities, makes one victorious.[1]

[1] Joe McLaughlin, Pride of the Lion (2003)

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