Monthly Archives: November 2014

Trendy Tuesdays: The Battle for WondLa

Breaking down gender barriers, questioning man’s treatment of the environment, and creating an understanding of the concept of family: three trendy topics today’s adults love to discuss at length but that are most often glossed over with children. If these issues are brought up with children, they are very likely pared down to the simple statements, […] Continue reading

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Sorry if this gets cheesy : My personal experience with Gone Home

In our discussion of Ready Player One’s cheesy ending, we all pretty much agreed that is was a bit heavyhanded and overly cloying. As one of my fellow classmates noted “ It’s a nice sentiment” but its sentimentality felt forced, empty and unrewarding. Gone Home’s ending which could also be critiqued as sentimental on the […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: This Book Just Ate My Dog!

This wonderful book by author-illustrator Richard Byrne details the series of small disasters that occur when a young girl’s dog suddenly disappears in the middle of the page. When she decides to take her dog on a walk, Bella discovers that her dog has vanished, and right into the gutter of the book. She tries to […] Continue reading

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Where will gaming go next?

By Carly Vaughn In what has to be the best idea ever, Nashville has a new classic-gaming-themed bar/restaurant called Two Bits. It’s right on Demonbreun Hill and I had no idea it was there until this weekend. As a concept, it’s one I’ve seen before. There’s a bar called Penn Social in Washington DC with […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: I Like Myself!

This week’s Free Friday is Karen Beaumont’s, I Like Myself!, illustrated by David Catrow. This is the story of a little girl’s proclamation that she loves herself no matter what, both inside and out. It is an uplifting book that will promote confidence in children and adults alike. She begins on the surface, explaining that she likes all […] Continue reading

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Cool Ad by Covergirl on Girls and Coding

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Gaming Has Positive Effects On Your Health… So Where’s The Hype?

By Sparling Wilson In class, we have discussed how video games incorporate many different philosophical, artistic, historical, and social issues across their many forms and types. For some games, relaying information or a critique to the player is the end of goal, while others incorporate these elements more subtly to make a deeper and more […] Continue reading

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Video Games and Nightmares

by Julia I used to babysit for two boys who were really into video games. They were both also very creative and liked making up stories, which I think is one reason they enjoyed some of the more mature video games so much–for the storytelling elements. One night when I was putting the younger brother […] Continue reading

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Free Friday: My Name is Not Isabella

Today I wanted to review My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberryand illustrated by Mark Litwin. I came across this book on Amazon. You can order the hardcover for $11.19 or you can download a free copy for your kindle. If you have young children, I highly recommend purchasing the hardcover version of this book! […] Continue reading

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I know it’s a little thing, but…. really?

By- Chall As we all know, I am a huge fan of Skyrim and other similar games. In fact, Skyrim is the bar I set for all RPG game releases I’m interested in. Skyrim holds some of the best ratings for any RPG in history. Most, if not all, game review sites, blogs, and channels […] Continue reading

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