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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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Miguel de Cervantes: Soldier, Slave and Scribe

Nov 17, 2016

Miguel de Cervantes is one of Spain’s most renowned literary figures. But other than his success in literature, Cervantes was also a prominent military figure. Most of the early details of his life remain unknown because of the lack of available documentation during his time. Most of what is known about him comes from his own works. He is the fourth of seven children, and he was born September 29 in a town twenty miles from Madrid. Their family moved town to town often, and although he studied under Jesuits for a time, he did not have formal education in a university. He also studied under the tutelage of Juan Lopez de Hoyos, an Erasmist intellectual who referred to Cervantes as h......

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What? Geronimo Stilton Is a Woman!

Nov 10, 2016

If the name rings a bell, then you had probably read the Geronimo Stilton series like me. As a kid, it was my go-to read. I credit my love for reading to this awe-mouse-ing body of work. Even now, as an adult, I still love to read those books! In case you don’t know, Geronimo Stilton is a book series featuring the adventures and stories of a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City, Mouse Island. The Scholastic site describes it thus: “Geronimo Stilton runs the Rodent's Gazette, the most famouse newspaper on Mouse Island. His true passion is to write books, which all became best sellers! He also likes to read books, listen to classical music, and play golf, and he collects antiq......

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The Ballad of Bob Dylan

Oct 25, 2016

The Swedish Academy has recently announced the new awardee of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This year’s recipient is Bob Dylan. Dylan’s win received both negative and positive press online. Some were surprised as to why a musician won the most prestigious award in literature. Others agreed with the Swedish Academy’s decision and defended Bob Dylan as more than deserving the award. Regardless of the noise, Bob Dylan has already made his mark. He is, after all, a living legend. For starters, Bob Dylan’s original name is Robert Allen Zimmerman. He was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1961, following the tradition of Woody Guthrie, he began singing protest songs in c......

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