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nathalie emmanuel as artemis hansen

Undisclosed Desires

She instinctively reached out for him, her ranger. Behind her closed eyes, she realized he was not there. The room was dark, but she could see the lights from the street below filling the room. The clock on the wall stated that it was 5:43 AM. Max - senior-aged at this point but forever a puppy - snuffled in his sleep at the movement of his mistress. She whispered in the dark, "Herc?"The lines in his face are deeper, craggier if that were possible. But it was him. He was leaning against the floor-to-ceiling window frame, cool to the touch…

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The Hero’s Journey: The Benefits of Children’s Films

Fairy tales have been used to advise and guide children for generations. On a deeper level, so have urban legends. Fairy stories frame their cautionary tales by grounding them in fanciful situations. The lessons they teach children are hidden behind the guise of magic, fairy godmothers, and spinning wheels. Any child born in the twentieth century and beyond will be exposed to fairy tales as told by the Walt Disney Company: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Cinderella, to name a few. Not many adults choose to look past the musical numbers by examining the metaphors implied by…

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My Favorite Movies for Every Year I’ve Been Alive

There's a meme (don't you love them?) asking people to choose their favorite movies from every year they were born. I decided to get in on the action. You can too. This list was a test of conviction for me. 1985 and 1987, as well as 1997-2001 (coincidentally, my high school years), were the most difficult, only because they had some excellent flicks. 2011 was impossible. I couldn't find anything I liked. I had to go back through the list a few times before I found my choice. Click on the titles to purchase or rent on Amazon. '83: The…

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Tony Toni Toné

Taste the Sugar Rush

In case you're just joining us, the Best Year Ever mixtape is a nine-year tradition. It's been so much fun to look back at what I listened to over the years. I'm ending 2017 strong, and today, it's my end of the year mixtape to close out what has ostensibly been a peculiar year. I pulled the list with help from my last.FM profile. I lost much of my data towards the end of summer because of iTunes and my last.FM desktop app wasn't syncing correctly. So, I used my most played for the past 90 days instead, which I…

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My picture of a chandelier at Mission Santa Clara

Slanted Suitcase: Mission Santa Clara, Mission Santa Cruz, Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission Soledad

The one thing I miss about Northern California is the ability to make day trips. It's easy to get in your car, be in the mountains, be in the farmland, be in the ocean, be in Disneyland, be in the desert, all within hours of each other. I don't miss the commute during rush hour, though. Not ONE bit. One of my goals in life is to visit all the missions in California, which I did a big chunk of them with my friend A and T during various trips back and when I lived there. For example, I went…

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