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Monthly Archives: September 2013
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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