Monthly Archives: September 2013

Neely’s News 2013-09-30 04:10:33

“Please don’t stomp here. There are seeds and they are trying,” reads a sign in the yard. In up-and-coming author Julie Fogliano’s book, And Then It’s Spring, the reader follows along in the process of waiting for spring with a little boy. This beautiful book explains the way in which the world works. Along with […] Continue reading

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Is Music the Most Important Component of Film?

For a long time, I have wondered this. As a music performance major, I happen to be naturally drawn to exploration of the soundtrack of any given film as much as I am analysis of individual characters or the plot. In fact, I feel as though music provides the most essential component to the atmosphere […] Continue reading

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Sentimental Sunday: Wonder

There are few problems that children in America today will face at school that are greater than the problem of bullying. As someone who was on the receiving end of intense bullying throughout middle school, this book resonated with me deeply. The negative consequences of bullying are vast, and the effects of bullying can lead […] Continue reading

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The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes!

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer is one of my favorite book series of all time! I read the first 15 books when I was ten years old, coincidentally, the same age as the protagonist Abby. Since then, there have been five more books written. The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes is a […] Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings a Community Experience

My experience watching Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring truly enhanced my experience with the novel overall. Throughout all of the remediations we have encountered throughout our lessons on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed the movie version the most. I enjoyed it the most because of the community atmosphere that […] Continue reading

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“Bring him down to our level” – A Look at the Dark Knight

While the Fellowship of the Ring has an excellent way of telling a story, it is not the only way. To enlighten myself on an alternative to the romance circle, I chose a movie that I felt would be very different from the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring, and compare them […] Continue reading

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The Romance Spiral

The Romance Circle Spiral The romance circle is common in all great epic stories. It starts out in childhood, then there is the threshold where the voyager leaves home for the first time, then the initiation, then the dedication to the quest, then the underworld, then the harrowing of Hell, then temptation, and lastly recognition. However, I […] Continue reading

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Video games and poetry – are they really all that much different?

As dorky as it is, I’ve got to say that I probably get excited when our class is assigned a poem more than any of the other forms of media we have been studying this semester. While we can a gather a ton of insights from any of the works we have looked at so […] Continue reading

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Can you hear the people sing?

Les Miserables is a fabulous movie, and from what I’ve heard, also a fabulous musical. The music is phenomenal, the story is powerful, and the emotion is almost overwhelming. After I first watched it, I stumbled out of the theater awe-struck by its beauty, certain that it would win every sort of Oscar imaginable. Andrew […] Continue reading

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The Matrix: Neo Complex

When I was a kid, I was a bit of an oddball among guys (or so I thought).  I didn’t really agree with many of society’s tenants. I thought watching sports was silly, hurting others was pointless, and I didn’t understand the irrational, egotistical drives of other men (it was testosterone). As a result of […] Continue reading

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