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James Patterson: Record-Breaking Writer

Dec 22, 2016

Besides being an art, writing can also be a business. While some writers focus on the purpose of their stories, others concentrate on giving the world more than just their story. Thriller author James Patterson may have been criticized many times for turning his art into a business, but this doesn’t stop him from giving back to a deserving community. James Patterson is not just an extraordinary writer—he was also an extraordinary academic. He graduated summa cum laude in both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Manhattan College and Vanderbilt University. He was a PhD candidate but decided to go ahead and jump into the corporate world. He was an advertising executive......

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Oh Christmas Carol, Oh Christmas Song

Dec 19, 2016

There is one Christmas tradition that all of us know too well, caroling. Every year, it’s tradition to come together and sing songs and carols that capture the spirit of Christmas. What many people don’t know is that there is a big difference between Christmas carols and Christmas songs. To make a distinction between the two, let us first look at the definition of the words song and carol. A song is a poem or a set of words set to music. A carol, on the other hand, is defined as a folk song or popular hymn often associated with religion. Moreover, something that is considered a carol is a song that has stood the test of time. Using these definitions, we can say that Christmas car......

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Once Upon a Time Season 2: Magic and Reality—They Just Don’t Mix!

Dec 17, 2016

OUAT’s first season introduced us to the magical world of the Enchanted Forest, where, apparently, all fairy-tale characters are connected one way or another. We were also taken to the tiny town of Storybrooke, Maine, where our fairy-tale characters are clueless about their true identities. By now, we know that the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin are in cahoots, only they know the truth about the curse. By the end of season 1, we are introduced to Belle, who has a certain relationship with Rumpelstiltskin. The curse could only be broken by one thing—true love’s first kiss. The curse breaks, but not in the way we’re used to. Everyone’s memories are returned, but they didn’t return t......

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Once Upon a Time Season 1: Whatever Happened to Happily-Ever-After?

Dec 10, 2016

For part 2 of our OUAT series, we go back to the very beginning. The first season. Warning:  The main purpose of this post is to serve as a guide when watching the series or to spark interest into watching the series, so yes, there WILL be spoilers. Lots of them. Season Synopsis The show begins with the wedding of Snow White to Prince Charming. This is then interrupted by the Evil Queen, Regina, her stepmother. At this point, it is too late for her to stop the union; nevertheless, Regina announces that she will curse all of the Enchanted Forest, leaving her the only one with a happy ending. We are then transported to a seemingly ordinary restaurant in Boston, where we meet......

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A New Era Begins

Dec 08, 2016

In 2013, fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series rejoiced upon the announcement of a new film based on a standard textbook from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Three years later, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has finally been released. Taking elements from the fictional book of the same name, the film follows the journey of the eventual textbook’s fictional author Newt Scamander. He stops off in New York on his way to Arizona for a “special delivery” with a suitcase full of magical creatures. He unintentionally runs into trouble with the American Wizarding Government after showing his powers to a No-Maj (nonmagical person; Muggle in Britain). Newt soon di......

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ABC’s Once Upon a Time: A Most Unusual Fairy Tale

Dec 03, 2016

Growing up, our favorite stories always began with “once upon a time” and ended with “and they lived happily ever after.” We were told of Cinderella, her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the glass slipper that saved her from her horrid life. We know that Snow White was saved by her Prince Charming after she ate an apple poisoned by her evil stepmother. We witnessed how Prince Phillip came to rescue Aurora with a kiss that awoke her and an entire kingdom. We know that Pinocchio became a real boy and that Little Red Riding Hood escaped the evil fox. But we were never told about what happened to them after the promised “happily ever after.” From the makers of Lost comes Once upo......

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Murder, She Wrote - The Queen of Crime

Nov 24, 2016

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE, was a prolific author of plays, short stories, and novels. She was born in Torquay, Devon, in the southwest part of England, on September 15, 1890. She was educated at home by her mother, who also encouraged her to write. Christie published her first book, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles, in 1920. It featured one of her most famous characters, Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective. By the time of Christie’s death in 1976, Hercule Poirot had appeared in thirty-three of Christie’s novels, in one of her plays, and in no less than fifty of her short stories. Christie introduced another well-loved character in 1927 when she wrote......

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It's Not about the Turkey

Nov 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is coming up, and before we dive into the preparations, let’s learn more about the holiday we’re about to celebrate. Historically, Thanksgiving is celebrated after a bountiful harvest. Back in 1621, colonists from Plymouth, England, shared an autumn harvest with the Wampanoag Indians after the pilgrims’ first corn harvest became successful. Since then, Thanksgiving was celebrated in the colonies. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held every November. The traditional Thanksgiving feast includes various dishes, such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and a whole roasted turkey. Today Thanksgi......

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