A Christmas Story – Toys For Kids

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�D�nde est� Boots? (Where Is Boots?): Cuento para levantar la tapita (A Lift-the-Flap Story) (Dora the Explorer (Simon & Schuster Spanish)

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�D�nde est� Boots? (Where Is Boots?): Cuento para levantar la tapita (A Lift-the-Flap Story) (Dora the Explorer (Simon & Schuster Spanish)) (Spanish Edition)
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A Story of Revenge

A Story of Revenge


Edward? Jax? Jacks, twenty-four years old, is doing post doc work at the prestigious Isaac Newton University in northern California. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, Samantha? Sam? Yeager, who is enrolled in the Fine Arts program at the same school. Jax is focused on just three things in his life: his work, his ailing father, Moe, and Sam. He does not see or feel the ill-will that permeates the lab. His fellow workers: Carl Chambers and Norm Harper, are envious of him, a feeling that only grows with each success Jax has. They must act quickly to sabotage Jax before an upcoming awards banquet, then, again, two weeks later at his marriage ceremony to Sam. First accused of plagiarism and disgraced, then charged with the manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance – both events orchestrated by Carl and Norm – Jax is convicted and sentenced to prison. During Jax’s incarceration, Carl and Norm succeed beyond their wildest expectations, establishing a billion dollar company built on the prior work of Jax. Carl patiently and deceitfully turns Sam against Jax and the two marry just months after Jax is sentenced. Jax languishes in one of the worst prisons in America for fourteen years, where he is beaten, raped, his heart calcified. He must stoop to murder to stay alive?so often that even his god deserts him. He is left to wallow in misery and treachery and the filth of his tortured soul. But not all the time is lost. There he works with Doctor Oscar Fielding in the prison hospital where he learns of the doctor’s scientific discoveries. And from Mike Schmidt, a fellow prisoner and former golden gloves champion, he learns how to defend himself mentally and physically. But after a severe beating, Doc decides that Jax has to escape. In a carefully planned operation, Jax not only escapes but adopts a new identity. From there, he takes on the role of? God’s Winged Avenger. However, setting himself up as judge, jury and executioner puts Jax on the path to hell.

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The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear

The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear


The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear solves a mystery in the history of the Teddy Bear. When the Steiff Company of Giengen, Germany created what we know as the classic Teddy Bear in the fall of 1902, the first to be made of mohair with movable arms and legs, no one would buy it. After being presented to toy buyers in the United States and Europe, no one was interested, partly due to its cost, size, and weight. Then along came a toy buyer, in the spring of 1903, who saw it on display at the Leipzig Spring Fair in Germany, and bought 3,000. According to the Steiff Company, they have no document that reveals the buyer’s name. The only record they have is the amount of the sale, though they know he was an American representing an American company. Having financial troubles at the time, Margarete’s small shop of handmade toys was about to be taken over by its creditors, so it was this sale of the little bears that saved the company. Not having that many toy bears on hand to fill such a huge order, however, many townspeople were enlisted to help so that the shipment would arrive at its destination in time for Christmas. As revealed in The Untold Story of the Teddy Bear, the first true history of the Teddy Bear, the author’s grandfather was the American buyer, representing Carson Pirie Scott & Co. of Chicago, who placed that first large order of Steiff’s new toy bear and gave it the name “Teddy,” now referred to as the “Teddy” bear. The author tells the dramatic story of her grandfather’s life and the difficulties he had to overcome, before becoming a successful international buyer, and the remarkable story of Margarete Steiff, founder of her little company of handmade toys. The text also documents the history of the now famous toy bear, in advertisements and editorials, from the time it arrived in the United States in 1903 to its sudden rise in popularity by 1907. Included is the story of the revival of handmade Teddy Bears after World War II, with color.

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Strange Companion: A Story of Survival

Strange Companion: A Story of Survival


From Google Books: Fiction ? General, Fiction / General, Nature / Birds & Birdwatching, Survival ~~~ From Wikipedia: Birdwatching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons, unlike ornithologists, who engage in the study of birds using more formal scientific methods.[1][2] ~~~ Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation (e.g. natural disasters) to save themselves or others. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food, shelter, habitat, the ability to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants, and cure any present injuries. Survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancient humans have used for thousands of years. Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and many other outdoor activities all require basic wilderness survival skills to handle an emergency situation. Bushcraft and primitive living are most often self implemented, but require many of the same skills. ~~~ Many skills are environment specific and require training in a partic
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Jock Collection: Hoosiers / Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (Unrated) / Rocky (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)

Jock Collection: Hoosiers / Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (Unrated) / Rocky (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)


Hoosiers”- Nominated for two Oscars and hailed by “Sports Illustrated” and “ESPN” as one of the best sports movies of all time, this triumphant tale of a high school basketball team’s long-shot attempt to win the state championship is filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and breathless excitement! Featuring “fast-break cinematography that catches the pace of the game” (The Washington Post) and powerful performances from Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper, “Hoosiers” is “a winner” (Boxoffice)! “Rocky” – Nominated for 10 Academy Awards(R) and winner for Best Picture, it’s the film that inspired a nation! Audiences and critics alike cheered this American success story of an “everyman” triumphing over all odds. Featuring a dynamic musical score, a thrilling fight sequence and four Oscar(R)-nominated performances, this rousing crowd-pleaser will send spirits soaring. Fighting for love, glory and self-respect, Rocky(R) scores an exultant knockout! Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going no where. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it’s his one shot at the big time – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner. “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (Unrated)” – You’ll dodge, duck, dip, dive. and laugh out loud watching Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller settle their differences in a winner-take-all dodgeball competition. Under the painful tutelage of legendary ADAA champ, Patches O’Houlihan (Rip Torn), Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) and his Average Joes take on the Purple Cobras, led by egomaniacal fitness guru, White Goodman (Stiller). It’s an over-the-top underdog tale filled with hilarious sight gags and balls-out fun. Audio Commentary, Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Trailers.

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DC Shoes Story Snow Jacket – Insulated (For Boys)

DC Shoes Story Snow Jacket – Insulated (For Boys)


CLOSEOUTS . With extra body insulation, internal pockets and cuff gaiters, DC Shoes Story snow jacket helps him create mountain memories that will one day be tall tales. Available Colors: LIME GREEN, BRIGHT GREEN. Sizes: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16.
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Andrew McMahon Reveals the Real Story Behind Something Corporate’s “Konstantine”

Andrew McMahon is the voice of a generation—at least, he is for pop-punk die-hards in the early 2000s. This year marks two big anniversaries for the songwriter: Jack’s Mannequin’s debut album, Everything in Transit, turned…


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My Mom’s Breast Cancer Story Doesn’t Have a Happy Ending

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was the most terrifying moment of my life. I soon had to accept that we were never going to celebrate kicking cancer’s ass at a walkathon or share an inspirational story of survival. But I did learn that I could love being with her until the very last moment.
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Toy Story Game Time Invitations (Pack of 8)

Toy Story Game Time Invitations (Pack of 8)


It’s time for a party with all your favorite pals… and toys! Invite your best buds with the help of your most beloved toys, Buzz and Woody! These invitations read, “It’s time to power up!…Get ready for action-packed fun!” and then have assigned places for you to write the date, time, and place of the party. Save the date character stickers and plain white envelopes are also included.
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Kids Toy Story Buzzin T-Shirt

Kids Toy Story Buzzin T-Shirt


This Kids Toy Story Buzzin T-Shirt has Buzz Lightyear and a whole bunch of aliens on the front.
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The Creepy Ways American Horror Story: Hotel Connects to Season One

Let's face it: Most of the time, we're too terrified by American Horror Story's on-screen antics to hunt for the sneaky hidden clues that reveal the seasons' intricate connections. Luckily for us, creator Ryan Murphy…


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Infant Take Me To Story Time Cute Tshirt for Kids

Infant Take Me To Story Time Cute Tshirt for Kids


Story time is the best time of the day, do you agree? Nothing to worry about besides what happens at the end of the book! But then you’re off to bed! Have you tried a Crazy Dog T-shirt yet? Just Wait until you slip on one of these super soft tees. You’ll instantly fall in love! Not only are they printed on super soft cotton but the tees fit great too. Try one and you won’t go anywhere else! With over 900 designs Crazy Dog is the online destination for your favorite tees. Many of our designs are available in mens, womens, and youth sizes and come in a variety of different colors. Check our store to see them all!

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The Bridge Story Uomo Man Wallet Leather Black 12 cm

The Bridge Story Uomo Man Wallet Leather Black 12 cm


Story Uomo purses and bags are made from high quality leather. Allow yourself to be won over by our high quality leather products. Dimensions: . 12x10x1cm (WxHxD) Material: Italian leather Features: – Your comfortable daily companion with practical partitions – Sections for banknotes and receipts, coin pocket, credit card pockets – Embossed logo on the front – Credit card pockets: 8 – Coin pockets: 1 – Bank note pockets: 2 – Identity card pockets: 1 The Bridge The Bridge originated as a small workshop in a suburb of Florence in 1969. Since then The Bridge has developed into a high-end bag manufacturer but with the same high level of skilled craftsmanship. The perfect balance between technical innovation, craftsmanship and the search for new high quality materials has led to the worldwide success of The Bridge brand. Thanks to the constant improvement of their range, The Bridge now offers a wide selection of briefcases, handbags, suitcases, purses and much more. The unique quality of the worked leather is thanks to the longstanding collaboration between The Bridge and ‘Il Gabbiano’ tannery. The effort over the years which has been put into the careful choice of natural tannins, the hand working and the amber rolls used to provide the satin finish has enabled The Bridge to build up a prestigious worldwide brand. It’s thanks to the individual steps of the manufacturing process that The Bridge’s exclusive leather achieves its intensity, distinctive colours and beautiful shine. The briefcases, handbags, suitcases and purses from The Bridge are soft yet sturdy and have the enviable feature of becoming yet more beautiful over time. Buy the handmade briefcases, handbags, suitcases, purses and accessories from traditional Italian company The Bridge at Styleshop 24.

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Harry Styles Falls Again Because It’s The Story Of His Life

Reuniting his butt with the floor once again, Harry Styles took another tumble at a concert in Toronto on Thursday.

It’s just the latest chapter in Style’s epic battle against gravity, which seems to have been going on for a while now:

Recently, during a time we assume he wasn’t falling to the seat of his pants, Styles and One Direction released the video for their new single. It’s called “Drag Me Down.”

Yeah, “Drag Me Down.” Has there ever been a more appropriate song title in the history of music?

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The Unauthorized Full House Story and More Picks to Watch, Read, Stream, and Listen to This Weekend

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Benjamin – A Loving Story about a Family and Their Dog and His Lasting Impact on the Animal Kingdom

Benjamin – A Loving Story about a Family and Their Dog and His Lasting Impact on the Animal Kingdom


Our task must be to free ourselves. by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein As all dog lovers know, a pet dog’s main purpose in life is to give its owners unconditional love. Those fortunate enough to have a pet like Benjamin also know this love comes with boundless energy, goodness, innocence, incredible intelligence and lots of great and often humorous stories. Benjamin chronicles the life of one dearly beloved pet’s journey through life with his humans. This book is the cornerstone of The Benjamin Project, an educational and fundraising initiative in Benjamin’s memory (www. thebenjaminproject. ca). The vision for the Project includes a children’s picture book; a lesson plan and materials for one hour of classroom time at some point in the grade school curriculum about ‘Rescues’ and the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership; an educational app for people of all ages; a casual and fun clothing line; and an army of advocates for the Benjamins of the world such as dogs, cats, horses and endangered species. All net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to animal charities and to education on responsible pet ownership.

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Major American Horror Story: Hotel News: Find Out Who Every Actor Is Playing

Attention all of you American Horror Story fans: The tight-lipped Ryan Murphy brought most of the cast of AHS: Hotel to the stage at the TCAs this morning and finally revealed major details about the…


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I Transitioned From Female to Male as a Teen. Here’s My Story

Lots of people are confused by me. First I was a girl who liked girls, and then a boy who liked girls, and now—finally—a dude who likes other dudes. I get it—it is kind of confusing. The best way I’ve heard it explained: Gender is who you want to sleep as, and sexuality is who you want to sleep with. It took me some time to figure out that last part.


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The Love Story Of Peter Pan And Tinker Bell, As Told By Peter

“Second star to the right!” She called out, laughing.

Her voice carried easily over the autumn wind as we flew above the confusion of lost boys, giggling girls, and parents trying desperately to remember. We were not flying very high, but the lights and people seemed so small and far away that, for the moment at least, the world below us looked like a miniature toy carnival.

“Second star to the right! That’s what it feels like!” She said, and she took my hand in hers, kicking her feet in the air as if running and, throwing her head back, laughing. The wind turned her long hair into a ribbon of fiery gossamer, trailing out behind us.

“No hand holding.” Said the bored voice over the speakers and she dropped my hand with a petulant huff that carried frustration layered with a relief at the easy excuse to let go.

It’s coming soon, I thought sadly. Our reason for being here. Our Goodbye.

Moments later, we slowed, seats gently rocking into one another with creaks and groans as the great spider of machinery lowered its chain web of swings back to earth.

“That is the only ride I want to go on!” She said, jumping out of her seat and launching at me in a fiercely quick hug. She was as exhilarated as I was anxious.

“Let’s go explore,” she said. Then she twirled around, waving me to follow before skipping off on her tippy toed wings into the confusion of cotton candy.

***

Tinker Bell came to me in the midwinter of my twenty seventh year.

I had left Neverland long ago by that time. My life was one of goals and deadlines, of power and responsibility, of control over one’s own destiny. I had grown to see the mantra of “never grow up” for what it was: a cartoon fallacy. I walked away from childhood willingly, eagerly, and as happened so frequently in the stories of the aged, before I realized what I had left behind.

The eternal minutes of years cast my soul into a new body, one that was much larger and slow than my soul remembered. That body was led by a series of unfortunate events to a bleak hospital wing where it paced in the hallway like a madman. As I waited for Death to visit my family as it had when I was a child, I recognized it immediately as the worst and best night of my life. It was in that ward, on December 27th, when she appeared as if by magic, right when I needed her most. I remember the time as if the clock is still hovering in front of me bathed in a pall of blue light. It was 7:04 PM. On that exact day, at that exact time, I looked into the soft, brown eyes of the girl who would become my very deepest love.

When I first kissed her, when she finally- after what felt an eternity- floated into my arms, the rest of the world dimmed, its color draining away for the brightness that was this magical fairy. On that day, I forgot the foolish and false importance of wife, house, and job. I forgot the goals of adulthood- or that there was even such a concept as strange and foreign as “grown-up.”

On that day, I met my Tinker Bell, and she called me back to Neverland.

***

Screams descend from the rickety roller coaster and the caramel scent of kettle corn settles in my throat like a coating of pitch, think and cloying and making me feel as though I am suffocating on sugar. Tinker Bell floats before me, laughing in the rush of kids who call and shout to their friends. She acts for all the world as if this were the only place she was meant to be.

I want nothing more than to be away from this wretched madness. I want quiet. I want space so that I’m not shoved in the back by a dramatically gesticulating seven year old who will just die if he doesn’t get funnel cake. I want to be lying in the dark with Tinker Bell’s head on my chest, listening to her slow dreaming breath as I hold her, gently kiss her head, and try desperately to sleep for a few more minutes before the wine-dark dawn descends. I want to be anywhere but here. But more than that, I want to be with her. And here with her is better than anywhere without her.

So instead of my quiet darkness, we float together through the cacophony of blinking, candy apple lights as I try to draw breath through the thick air, try to smile, and try not to fear.

“What about the Ferris wheel?” I say, pouring as much syrupy happiness into the question as I can manage. “That’s kind of like the swings.”

She looks at me as if I’d just suggested that she eat a large and particularly purple sea creature.

“Ferris wheels are boring!” she groans, and just as I’m about to protest, her face makes its remarkable night-to-day change, radiating a smile that dims the lights around us.

“Let’s go see the animals!” she shrieks, grabbing my hand and skipping forward lightly, pulling me as if I’m a rag doll.

She’s always been able to pull me, magically casting me about like a toy despite her tiny size and my much greater weight, and age. She need only grab my hand and I could be lifted into the sky on her magical fairy dust laughter.

At least, that’s how it had been. Before. Lately, we flew less often. I weighed considerably more these days, and she cast me about considerably less.

But now I can feel her throwing me about, can feel the warmth of her hand in mine, pouring into my arm like sparkles, cascading down and up my spine to make my feet feel light and my hair stand on end.

The power of Tinker Bell’s touch.

I don’t want to let go of her hand. I want to squeeze it, clutch it. I want to pull her towards me and bury her in my arms, to close my eyes and breath the winter scent of her hair as I used to. But instead I look down at her hand holding mine and can see the awkwardness seeping into the corners of my vision like fire eating a picture. As soon as it had started, the moment passes, and she lets my hand fall away.

Such is life with Tinker Bell. Lifetimes of seconds, wrenched away from me as we float above the world. Together and ever growing apart.

The reek of cotton candy slowly gives way to the dark, earthy scent of straw and manure as the shouldering crowds are replaced with tiny shrieks and strollers creaking in mud ruts. Tinker Bell skips ahead with a laugh and I look at the hand she released, suddenly heavy with it’s great ring of guilt.

There is a woman wearing my guilt ring’s pair. A woman who is sitting at home doing something wonderfully mundane, like reading Jane Eyre for the 137th time, or cooking kale and lentil soup with the burner on high and way too much cumin. She is a woman connected to me by years of love and awkwardly unspoken distances. A woman humming a Lucy Kaplansky song to herself while her husband floats through a blinking, shrieking Neverland with his fairy girl.

I can feel the weight of this guilt pressing down on my shoulders and head like a wet, wool blanket, muggy in its damp, accusatory heat.

It is this weight, I think to myself, that makes me too heavy for Tinker Bell to cast about anymore. But even as I think it, I know it’s not true. It’s not my fear and guilt that is pulling her away. It is her.

She is changing.

As much as could be expected from a girl. And such is the price you pay when you fall so deeply in love with someone so young.

***

Despite my best efforts to be a better person, the sight of ducks and sheep makes me think of food.

“We could get something to eat,” I suggest, unsurprised at the slight crack in my voice that I’m pretty sure only I heard.

She speaks, and something about meat and gluten is lost in the sudden honking of a donkey who has had just quite enough pulling on that particular ear, thank you very much.

“Well,” I say, trying to make my voice into the epitome of an ironic joke, “you don’t want to ride, and you don’t want to eat. I’m not sure what we’re doing here.”

Despite my attempt at feigning humor, I sound how I feel: petulant and whiney. She rises from petting a white angora bunny and looks at me with eyes full of confusion and concern, and only very lightly sprinkled with hurt.

“I wanted to spend time with you.” She says. “Just with you.”

She tilts her head slightly in the way that has always announced a thought on the verge of a decision, then she smiles and brushes my lips with a quick and quiet kiss so tender that it feels like she is dressing a wound.

Maybe, I think, she is dressing a wound, a great wrenching wound of choices and betrayal. And my face flushes with embarrassment and that heavy weight of wet, hot guilt.

The truth is this: As much as I love my wife, her life would be forfeit for the life of my Tinker Bell. It hardly matters that she would likely say the same- she has the same conflicts and demons, the same choices. The thought of those choices fills me with warmth, and love, and wretched self-loathing.

Tinker Bell, oblivious, aware, giggling, flutters to the maligned donkey to stroke it gently, calming it in that way she has of calming everything she touches. She smiles and skips and laughs, flying from animal to animal as if breakfast never happened, as if the earthquake never shook her heart, as if her world didn’t come tumbling down around her over mustard and basil omelets and stupid-for-gods-sake-why-does-everything-have-to-be-called-heirloom tomato slices.

Unlike me, she is happy. She can be happy because she is young. Today is a goodbye, and this type of goodbye is easy for the young. In a sense, this type of goodbye is the entire purpose of being young, and it never catches the young by surprise.

It caught me by surprise, though. Springing out of no-where at breakfast- at least I saw it at breakfast. Looking back, it’s obvious now that it really started the moment I first laid eyes on her.

How long since I’ve felt the weight of her pressed down happily on my lap? How long since she carelessly threw her arms around my neck, knowing that if she lost her balance, I would catch her? How long since I had a stolen moment of her love in evening’s quiet darkness?

Yet this morning, as if the past were a mythical land where forgetting was sugar, she graced me with sweetness. This morning, she came to me and, tasting her careless love, I wept inside for its sudden bitter tinge.

It was on her tongue as well. Squirming uncomfortably on the lap she used to rest on so well. Telling jokes to laugh about instead of kissing my stubbled cheek. Sitting awkwardly, as if trying to finish a distasteful chore. She would never admit it, but she tasted the bitterness as strongly as I.

That moment on my lap, unlike countless moments before, was different. Something had changed- she had changed. From the dark closet of her young mind was pulled an invisible gown of realization that, once donned, could never be stripped from her. We both felt that garment on her, together, in that same, shimmering moment.

Suddenly, she bolted off of my lap, turning in a dramatic show to suggest that we “do something fun” and that we “spend time together.” Awkwardness darkening the scene like spilled ink.

***

And so we ended up here, Tinker Bell and her Peter, floating from the petting zoo back to the chaos of cotton candy, as I try to carry this weight of guilt and search for my happy thought that will keep me flying.

But I can’t find my happy thought because the only thought I have is that Tinker Bell is leaving me forever. The only thought I have is the knowledge that things are… different.

“Let’s go in the funhouse!” I say, less for an honest suggestion than as a dressing to staunch the flow of my tears.

“Ha!” She barks, throwing her head back. “There’s no way you’re getting me in there with you!”

I just begin the descent into the cavern of her insinuation when a voice calls out to her, using her birth name.

“Cecilia! Cecilia!”

Tinker Bell turns, smiling.

“Hi, Alexa!” She beams, and the two girls dive into a pool of conversation- about boys, and music, and Jenny McIntyre’s red suede pumps- as if they had been swimming together in the words for the past half hour.

Feeling as substantial as a ghost, I dissolve into the funhouse to join my brethren of forgotten specters. The irony of the dark cavern filled with crooked, rubber skeletons and scratchy speakers howling their silly groans and wails is actually soothing. I trudge through tight corridors lit in sickly green, barely aware of the fright that I am expected to feel, but growing ever more afraid as I come closer to the exit that will eject me back into the real world where things really are scary and confusing.

I pop out of the funhouse at the same time as two boys who squeeze roughly past on the staircase, weaving through the crowd like gazelles to bound off for another rapid adventure. When I reach the girls, who are still somewhere in the middle of a conversation in a foreign language, it becomes apparent that I was not missed.

“I can’t,” Tinker Bell says, nodding to me as if I had not just returned, “I’m here with my dad.”

“Hello, Alexa.” I say, and I note that I sound as strangely old and formal as every parent who’s ever talked with a child’s friend.

“Hi Mister C,” she says, turning back to her recruitment mission even before she hits “mister.” “Cecilia, you have to come! He asked about you!”

Tinker Bell groans and, for the first time, looks uncertain and afraid.

That, I think, is my cue. This is our goodbye.

“You should go, sweetie,” I choke.

It isn’t what I want to say. Even buried in the tomb-green lights of the funhouse, I wanted to come up with something more meaningful. I wanted to say something like: It’s all different now, you’re different. My lap is no longer your favorite seat. I can’t sleep holding my little girl as she breaths on my chest. I’m no longer your Peter Pan, my love, and it’s time for you to be another’s Tinker Bell. It’s different now, and even if you won’t admit it, I have to. That is my role, to tell you that it’s okay, that it’s time for you to fly away. But I want you to know, my sweet, magical pixie, that I will always be here for you, if ever your wings get tired.

I wanted to say this, to tell her of my love for her, to lift her in a hug and smell her hair one last time, but I’ve left Neverland. I’ve become a grown-up and grown-ups are cowards who hide their truths in platitudes, so I cover a sudden choking sob with a yawn and say:

“Go on, sweetie, go meet this charming prince of yours. I’m pretty tired anyway. Have fun and call us if you need a ride home.”

Delighted terror drifts down from the Ferris wheel as she looks at me, head tilted in lights that turn her hair into a copper flame that singes my heart.

“I love you daddy,” she whispers, throwing her arms around my neck and kissing my cheek quickly. I breath in her winter scent as she lets go and flies away on her tippy toed wings into the confusion of cotton candy.

She never turns back to see the tears fall to the cheeks of her aged Peter.

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The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

For the 4th of July, here’s the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag.

In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. “Like a science fair” project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted.

To hear him speak about it, it’s clear Heft has told this tale countless times.

Inspired by the Betsy Ross story — legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War — Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed.

“He said, ‘Why you got too many stars? You don’t even know how many states we have,'” Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.)

He earned a B- for his efforts — which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he’d gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He’d even asked his grandmother to help, but she’d refused, upset that he’d ruined a perfectly good flag.

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Bob Heft spins a yarn.

“Now, a B-minus ain’t that bad of a grade,” Heft admitted. “However, a friend of mine, Jim, he’d picked up five leaves off the ground — he’s taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple — and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really — I was upset.”

An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher — who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft — said he’d bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed.

In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later — not to his parents’ great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill — Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn’t know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss’ horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.)

On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft’s teacher gave him that hard-sought A.

Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements — over 200 in his last year — and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage.

Happy 4th!

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Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959.

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.Western literary study flows out of eighteenth-century works by Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, Denis Diderot, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. Experience the birth of the modern novel, or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification:++++<sourceLibrary>Library of Congress<ESTCID>W023997<Notes>Books, for sale by the publishers hereof.–p. [96].<imprintFull>Philadelphia : Printed and sold by H. and P. Rice; sold also by J. Rice and Co. Market-Street, Baltimore, 1796. <collation>95,[1]p. : ill. ; ?deg
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AMC Truly Proves Story Does Matter

“You really like those AMC shows don’t you?” a woman asked me recently. To which I said, “Yes, I do.” For AMC means it when they say story matters here. Also, it’s their compelling characters who give depth to their stories. Therefore, both story and characters matter at AMC.

Furthermore, it’s the stories that really capture us, when a character starts out good and ends up bad, or vice a versa. “That’s a bildungsroman,” another woman said to me a while ago. For if I hadn’t met her, I perhaps never would have heard of such a word. Bildungsroman, a German word, is basically about a main character in a novel going through moral and psychological growth. Like in the book and film Captains Courageous when the spoiled rich boy begins bad, to become good. Or in the Star Wars saga when Anakin Skywalker begins good, turns bad as Darth Vader, to be finally redeemed by his son Luke Skywalker in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

On good vs. bad, much has been discussed about the character Don Draper of AMC’s Mad Men, as the series finale aired last month on May 17, 2015 concluding seven seasons since 2007. Monster, bully, selfish, Don Draper, exceptionally acted by Jon Hamm, has been called all of that and more, all basically, to be left and free for anyone’s assertion. Nevertheless, faithful fans never intended to watch Mad Men every Sunday night expecting Don Draper to one day become Gandhi. Only because, it has been consistently shown to fans that there’s more to Don Draper than his vices, and about the show itself, all taking place mostly in the 1960s.

Such as, on the surface, it may appear that Don Draper is a selfish person. But is he truly a selfish person? In season 4 episode 12 titled, “Blowing Smoke,” the year is 1965. The start-up ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), formed on December 16, 1963 to evade a takeover by rival giant McCann-Erickson, is now trying to sail afloat. Lane Pryce asks the partners to each contribute a set amount of cash to stay in business. Don, Roger Sterling, and Bert Cooper to each give $ 100,000, with Lane and junior partner Pete Campbell to each give $ 50,000. Only Pete didn’t readily have $ 50,000, who afterwards said so to Don. Then Don says, “Pete, I’m doing everything I can.” Later, Pete tells Lane. The Englishman then smiles while saying, “Calm yourself. Don paid your share.” “What?” Pete replied. To which Lane added, “Perhaps, you weren’t supposed to know that.” Later on Pete sees Don across the hallway. Their eyes meet. Pete gives a grateful nod. Don also nods. Then both men walk purposefully away.

Yes, we’re in 2015. And $ 50,000 may not seem much to some. Still, $ 50,000 is a lot of money. Need proof? Just ask anyone with college loans.

Though in the year 1965, it helps to pause to appreciate the magnanimity of what Don Draper had done. According to dollar times dot com, in 1965, $ 50,000 had the same buying power as $ 376,301 now (bls dot gov figure is $ 375,554). Furthermore, Don also paid his share along with Pete’s, to combine at $ 150,000 then, having the same buying power as $ 1,128,904 in 2015. Also earlier in the same episode, Midge Daniels seeks Don, catching him as he just left work while in the grand lobby of New York’s Time-Life building. Don helps her out at her apartment by giving her $ 120.00 for one of her paintings, which has the same buying power as $ 903.00 in 2015. And speaking of college loans earlier, the cost of tuition at Harvard in 1965 was $ 1,760. So make no mistake, both $ 50,000 and $ 120.00 had amped-up turbo powered worth in 1965.

True, Don Draper is not a saint, for even both actor Jon Hamm and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have been known to agree, in their own words, during countless interviews. One such interview is in GQ magazine’s April 2015 edition. For on page 171 of the article titled, “Don Draper’s Gonna Die!” by Brett Martin, lead actor Jon Hamm states, “I’m the guy who lives with the guy every day, and I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,'” he says to those people who would excuse Don’s behavior. Even so, Don Draper, advertising creative director, whose real name is Richard “Dick” Whitman, is not at all the sociopath some readily claim him to be. For on Quora, titled, “Does Don Draper have some traits of a psychopath?”, Liz Mullen, sports writer, gives a sterling, thoughtful, balanced answer. The following are excerpts as she says, “He feels guilt and remorse. He feels more love for his children than Betty Draper Francis, the mother of his children. Sociopaths feel nothing.” By also mentioning his ex-wife, Ms. Mullen makes another good point in that Mad Men is not all about Don. For Roger, Bert, Pete, Harry Crane, Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway all have some culpability about them, making them all believably multi-dimensional.

Don has done bad things, but he’s no Walter White. Leading us to Walter White from AMC’s Breaking Bad that began in 2008, and concluded on September 29, 2013 after five seasons. A great show, which exceeded in every way in acting, writing, directing and cinematography.

A true bildungsroman character to the max! For in the online article titled, “Breaking Bad: How Vince Gilligan Created TV’s Greatest Anti-Hero,” by Sanjiv Bhattacharya on September 22, 2013 for Esquire, it stated that lead actor Bryan Cranston was blown away by the pilot script. Then afterwards, it states, “… when Gilligan explained that he wanted to change this chemistry teacher from good to bad. ‘My jaw just dropped. I told him, I don’t think that’s been done in the history of serious television.'” And after all was said and done, Breaking Bad would go on to win 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and well deserved every one.

Breaking Bad wasn’t monochromatic. Shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the story unfolds of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook, drug dealer, and killer, with wife Skyler White, acted by Anna Gunn, trying to maintain home and hearth, Breaking Bad also showcased a colorful diverse cast, like AMC’s other yet current great show, The Walking Dead. Besides Walt, Skyler, son Walt Jr., baby Holly, DEA agent brother-in-law Hank and his wife Marie (sister of Skyler), and Walt’s accomplice former student Jesse Pinkman, there are many ethnic characters such as Hank’s friend DEA agent Steven Gomez, assistant principal Carmen Molina, Krazy 8, Combo, Huell, Gus Fring, Andrea Cantillo, son Brock, Tuco, Hector and the deadly Salamanca Twins. And there’s another character, the beautifully shot desert panorama by Michael Slovis.

About Breaking Bad’s popularity, Melissa Bernstein co-exec producer on season 5’s DVD sums it up by saying, “Vince is very much about what would a real person do?” Another reason of the show’s success is that it blends humor with drama. And this leads to The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead is quality drama. For the central theme is not about the gore or survival, but about cherishing humanity. We cherish that which is elemental if it is on the verge of being lost. Lead character Rick, acted by British actor Andrew Lincoln, and his group have moved into new digs this past season 5. A walled community of spacious homes so beautiful, you’d think each could be on the cover of Architectural Digest. And it’s a show truly worthy of an Emmy.

In fact, I’ve gone as far by sending a one-page letter this past March 20, 2015 to the head of the Television Academy, Chairman Bruce Rosenblum. For within I stated, “As a fan of The Walking Dead, I implore you to please become aware of the Emmy worthiness of this AMC TV drama.” Yes the ballots are out, as mentioned recently on June 15, 2015 in USA TODAY. And Mad Men may take it all. Still, to use the words of Badger in Breaking Bad‘s series finale, he says, “Damn, man, couldn’t he [Jesse Pinkman] at least throw a brother a bone?” And so to the voters of the Television Academy, on behalf of all The Walking Dead fans, please grant the show at least an acting, writing, or a directing nomination. Long live The Walking Dead, and AMC.

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Various Artists – Runnin Wild: The Everest Records Story -1959-1962 (2 CD) (Music CD)

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Founded by ambitious ex-Hollywood sound man Harry Belock, Everest’s flagship recordings were of the Jazz and Classical variety however the label also had substantial and distinguished pop and county singles amongst its offerings. This compilation explores those cuts which include such stars as Patsy Cline, King Curtis and Jimmy Isle. The 50 tracks typify US Pop of the Pre-British invasion era. CD1 1. Runnin’ Wild – Dolly Dawn 2. Billy Boy – Jimmy Isle 3. You Say! – Ronny Douglas 4. No One But You – The Lions 5. Jay Walk – King Curtis 6. Heartbroken – Clyde Pitts 7. All Summer Long – Billy Bryan 8. Chop, Chop Hole In The Wall – The Boulevards 9. Passion Flower – Cecile Devile 10. Does My Heartache Show – Jimmy Byron 11. Rick-A-Chick – Joe Seneca 12. I Said Goodbye To My Love – Ketty Lester 13. Foolish – The Danleers 14. My Mind’s Made Up – The Renowns 15. I Can’t Forget – Patsy Cline 16. Billy Goat – The Baker Brothers 17. Independence Day Hora – Wild Bill Davis & Charlie Shavers 18. Carole – Billy Scott 19. Slippin’ And Sloppin’ (Part 1) – The Supertones 20. Yella Shoes – The “4” Deuces 21. Big Big Dream – Billy Grammer 22. You Don’t Have To Be A Tower Of Strength – Gloria Lynne 23. Trees – The Baysiders 24. Like A Waterfall – The Curls 25. I Found My Baby – The Lexingtons CD2 1. I Don’t Wanta – Patsy Cline 2. It Figures – Jimmy Isle 3. The Lone Prairie – King Curtis 4. What A Wonderful Lover – Doris Payne 5. Wild One – The Renowns 6. Open Up Your Arms – Randy Lee 7. Delores – The Boulevards 8. Slippin’ And Sloppin’ (Part 2) – The Supertones 9. Take A Dream – Jackie Walker 10. Blue Moon – The Bel-Aire Girls 11. She’s My Date – Pepe La Staza 12. Bonnie – Billy Bryan 13. Mississippi – Jimmy Byron 14. Forty Days And Forty Nights – Joe Seneca 15. Queen For A Day – Ketty Lester 16. When My Baby Went Away – The Lexingtons 17. Sheila – The Baker Brothers 18. You’ll Come Back – Ronny Douglas 19. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking – Randy Lee 20. I Know Love – Gloria Lynne 21. How High The Moon – The Raymond Scott Orchestra

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My First Time – A Lesbian Nurse’s Story

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You always remember your first time….When Nina gets a nursing job in the city, it’s the start of a new life. She can be open about the fact that she’s into girls at last, and soon she meets a woman who is more than happy to show her what she’s been missing…. Angie gives Nina a first time that she’ll always remember! Several years later the roles are reversed when nervous teenager Lola walks into Nina’s life and reminds her of her first time again. Nina is the teacher now, but Lola is a very eager pupil! The girls become lovers, but soon they are looking for new adventures, new first times…. Nina helps horny Lola make her dream of having sex in public a reality, but naughty Nina has always wanted to give a sexy female patient some very personal care…Lola is happy to play the role of innocent girl again, and very keen to visit Nina at work! A private room at the hospital is the perfect place for nurse Nina to conduct a very intimate examination, and she soon makes a diagnosis. She decides Lola has a bad case of lesbianism, but she knows just what treatment she needs…’First Times’ is a hot, sexy, romantic and fun read that you’re sure to love, but explicit scenes of sex between women make this story strictly for adults only!

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The Story Behind The Workout Celebrities Swear By

Inside ModelFIT’s sunlit Bowery studio, a group of 10 people are lifting and shaking their arms and legs in playful, dance-like moves while a Jason Derulo song blasts in the background. It’s a quiet Thursday morning in New York City, and everyone is half-laughing as the instructor helps individuals with their form between encouraging water breaks.

With celebrity clientele like Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss and Chrissy Teigan, it’s hard to believe that ModelFIT opened its flagship studio, complete with delicate flower vases and Diptyque candles, less than a year and a half ago.

It all began a few years ago when Vanessa Packer, who founded the healthy lifestyle website bonberi, started working with personal trainer Justin Gelband. Gelband, who’s known for his work with models Miranda Kerr, Irina Shayk, Erin Heatherton and more, had the fitness thing down. But Packer, who is all about maintaining a healthy diet, meditating and getting enough sleep, was trying to help him get his health on track in other ways.

While she was teaching him to limit energy drinks and incorporate green juices into his diet, he asked her to work with some his clients. Soon enough, the duo started talking about combining forces in a larger way.

“Once we became friends, we started talking about the possibility of working together — doing what I was doing with the nutrition stuff, and what he was doing with the fitness stuff,” Packer told The Huffington Post. “We wanted people to get a personal training feeling in an intimate class setting. From the inception of that thought and that plan, we opened two years later.”

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Vanessa Packer and Justin Gelband opened ModelFIT’s flagship studio on Bowery in New York City on February 25, 2014.

So, what makes people go crazy over ModelFIT? At $ 40 a class, ModelFIT isn’t cheap, especially for us non-model folks. But after giving it a try, we have to admit that it was a solid workout. Although there were jumping jacks, ankle weights, arm, ab and leg exercises involved, perhaps the best part was how little huffing, puffing and sweating the hour entailed.

According to Packer, this lack of huffing and puffing is because ModelFIT’s whole mission is about living a balanced life. If you’re a regular at ModelFIT, you’re probably eating well and getting enough sleep. Because of that, ModelFit encourages you to slow down and take your workout one step at a time, resulting in a lean, toned body that doesn’t push you to your physical limit.

Indeed, research shows that sweating buckets is hardly the be-all and end-all of fitness. While cardio is certainly important and we’re all about a good sweat sesh, there’s a lot more to it. “Being in shape means improving health, endurance, and building core muscles, all of which you can do without sweating,” certified trainer Craig Ballantyne told Women’s Health.

As for what makes the actual workout unique, it’s all about the small muscles. “We really take the time to focus on all those little muscles that in everyday life you don’t really use or even know about,” Packer explained. “Another thing we focus on is not killing yourself to get results. Our prescription for being fit and being well is not to work out for two hours a day and eat whatever you want. Our workout is a mindful workout. You have to think about the muscle you want to feel and the movement you’re doing.”

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Will ModelFIT expand all over the globe? With the success it’s seen over the past year, it certainly seems like a possibility. But for now, Packer is focused on making New York’s flagship studio the best it can be while working with Gelband to spread the word about ModelFIT’s unique, small muscle-focused workout. Want to give it a test run? Try ModelFIT at home with this 20-minute total body workout instructed by Packer herself.

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Toy Story Essential Treat Bag Disguise 19192

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Toy Story Essential Treat Bag Disguise 19192 Gender: Unisex Type: Purses amp; Handbags TV, Movies & Games: Toy Story Occasion: Halloween Color: Blue
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You Nasty Dog: A Story of Betrayal and Deceit

You Nasty Dog: A Story of Betrayal and Deceit


Used – Baby girl is willing to do anything to hear those three words I love you. She realizes the one who is telling her they love her is the one killing her softly.Cecilia doesn’t know who to trust her (bff ) best friend forever or her man.Camilla wants a man to love her wholeheartedly. She wants the passion, as well as the respect but with Gus she gets a wolf dress up in sheep clothes.”You Nasty Dog” focuses on the physical and mental abuse of Camilla, Cecilia, and Baby Girl by those they have

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The Baker Book House Story

The Baker Book House Story


In celebration of Baker Publishing Group’s 75th anniversary, now you can experience the engaging true story of how one determined Dutch immigrant founded a used book store that grew into one of the largest Christian publishers in the world. Includes more than 50 photos.
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Toy Story Bucket o Soldiers

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Toy Story Bucket o Soldiers contains 72 green plastic soldiers in variety of poses. Scaled to 12 Buzz lightyear . Film accurate working plastic parachutes.
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Toddler Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Costume Hoodie

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This Buzz Lightyear hoodie is so cool, your child is going to wear it on Halloween, and then refuse to take it off likely until they outgrow it.
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French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France

French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France


A story about dirt-and about sun, water, work, elation, and defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of French land all to oneself to till. Richard Goodman saw the ad in the paper: “SOUTHERN FRANCE: Stone house in Village near Nimes/Avignon/Uzes. 4 BR, 2 baths, fireplace, books, desk, bikes. Perfect for writing, painting, exploring & experiencing la France profonde. 0 mo. plus utilities.” And, with his girlfriend, he left New York City to spend a year in Southern France. The village was small-no shops, no gas station, no post office, only a café and a school. St. Sebastien de Caisson was home to farmers and vintners. Every evening Goodman watched the villagers congregate and longed to be a part of their camaraderie. But they weren’t interested in him: he was just another American, come to visit and soon to leave. So Goodman laced up his work boots and ventured out into the vineyards to work among them. He met them first as a hired worker, and then as a farmer of his own small plot of land. French Dirt is a love story between a man and his garden. It’s about plowing, planting, watering, and tending. It’s about cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, and eggplant. Most of all, it’s about the growing friendship between an American outsider and a close-knit community of French farmers. “There’s a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality.”-The New York Times Book Review “One of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.”-San Francisco Chronicle

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Dierks Bentley Reveals the Story Behind His Name and How He Knew His Wife Was The One

Unassuming and down-to-earth: Two qualities you wouldn't expect to be attributed to one of country music's hottest stars, but Dierks Bentley isn't your typical superstar. Shocked that Glamour would want to interview him, he not…




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Reaching, Green’s Hill Werewolves Book 3, a BBA Menage Story

Reaching, Green’s Hill Werewolves Book 3, a BBA Menage Story


Teague Sullivan is putting his life as a member of Green’s preternatural hill together one piece at a time. He’s become Jacky’s lover, given Katy the go-ahead to try to mate with the two of them, and has proven himself as one of Lady Cory’s elite guard for the hill. Now all he has to do is allow his feelings for Katy and Jack take over in order to seal the deal. But Teague’s whole life has been an exercise in living without: living without food, living without safety, living without love. Now that food and safety are guaranteed, will Teague learn that reaching for the people he loves can be just a simple? Or will his desire for the ultimate home be forever beyond his touch?

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Crayola Story Studio Colouring Story Book – Spider-Man

Crayola Story Studio Colouring Story Book – Spider-Man


Crayola Story Studio is an on-line program that gives you the ability to create colouring pages starring YOU and your favourite characters from your own digital picture. The on-line story code is included to unlock the magic of creating your own colouring pages. Print your pages at home, colour, then join them with a binding strip to create your own story book! These fantastic sets come with everything you need to create up to three colouring books including: 30 x blank story sheets, 6 x blank glossy cover sheets, 3 x binding strips and marker pens, pencils or crayons. Great for creative kids aged 6 and upwards! Crayola Story Studio kit Create stories starring YOU! Barbie, Star Wars or Cars also available Includes online story code Print off stories and colour them in!

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Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Woody [Talking Action Figure]

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Fake Foods: Fried, Fast, and Processed: The Incredibly Disgusting Story

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New – When were hungry, we are often more concerned with quashing the hunger than the quality of what were eating. This book looks at processed food, which might have started as whole, healthy foods, but are now milled, coated or mixed with salt and preservatives, and fried or cooked. Oftentimes this processed food is cleverly packed as wholesome, even when it isnt. Readers will learn how fake food ingredients can contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Fake foods

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Shocking True Story

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Used – Kevin Ryan is a writer in the much-maligned genre of true crime who desperately needs a devious, over-the-top story for the subject of his next book. How else can he keep his wife Valerie’s roots dyed and keep himself from handing out taco samples at the local supermarket? When Kevin isn’t Googling himself or spot checking his books’ stock at stores around the country or online, he’s bringing the hazards (ie, criminals and other crazies) of his job home to wife Val and twin daughters Tayl

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Taking the Intern (A Very Rough Gangbang Story)

Taking the Intern (A Very Rough Gangbang Story)


It’s Kristen’s first day at her new internship. To her surprise, she’s the only woman in the office of the young start up internet company. Her coworkers are all young, hot men, and the way they look at her stirs up feelings best left unstirred. Can the young beauty stand up to the full court press of these goal-oriented guys? Or is she destined to be taken to Nirvana?This is a multi-partner erotica story* * * Only for 18+ adults * * *About the Author: Cindy Sutton is not exactly the girl-next-door. She likes lipstick, stilettos, and uncompromising men who aren’t afraid to take what they want. Cindy loves to read and write stories about such men, and the women who can’t stay away from them.

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You Nasty Dog: A Story of Betrayal and Deceit

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Used – Baby girl is willing to do anything to hear those three words I love you. She realizes the one who is telling her they love her is the one killing her softly.Cecilia doesn’t know who to trust her (bff ) best friend forever or her man.Camilla wants a man to love her wholeheartedly. She wants the passion, as well as the respect but with Gus she gets a wolf dress up in sheep clothes.”You Nasty Dog” focuses on the physical and mental abuse of Camilla, Cecilia, and Baby Girl by those they have

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Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba Has the Most Amazing Success Story You’ve Ever Heard

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12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

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Ed Helms Destroys Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Scandal During UVA Valedictory Speech

“Never let others define you, define yourselves.”

So began a seemingly comedic speech at the University of Virginia’s Valedictory Exercises by actor Ed Helms on Friday. In front of a large audience, the comedian peppered in jokes about Netflix and student loans before turning a harsh eye on the Rolling Stone rape story scandal, which has drawn widespread condemnation and lawsuits against the magazine.

“It has been said that a rolling stone gathers no moss,” Helms said. “I would add that sometimes a rolling stone also gathers no verifiable facts or even the tiniest morsels of journalistic integrity.”

“Rolling Stone tried to define you this year,” Helms said. “As a result, not only was this community thrown deep into turmoil, but the incredibly important struggle to address sexual violence on campuses nationwide was suddenly more confusing than ever and needlessly set back.”

The speech comes a month after Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism called Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story “A Rape on Campus” a “journalistic failure” — a move that prompted Rolling Stone to retract the entire piece.

“The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking,” the authors of the review said.

During his speech, Helms also delved into the strikingly negative news coverage of the Baltimore riots, chastising many major networks for their portrayal of the protestors as “thugs,” noting “Rolling Stone’s rush to define is just the tip of the iceberg.”

“The reductive labels aren’t helping and we better stop applying them, because there are a lot of Americans in a lot of pain,” Helms said. “We try to define others with simple labels because it makes the world easier to understand.”

“This community didn’t fall for the fallacy that just because Rolling Stone was wrong everything here must be perfectly peachy,” he continued. “You all had the courage to understand you can be outraged at Rolling Stone and still ask yourselves hard questions: When sexual violence does occur in our community, do we have the best possible protocols and resources available to our students? And UVA is charging forward to answer those questions and you should be proud of that.”

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My Labor and Delivery Story

Here’s my story…

This story is about the birth of my youngest child way back in the early 90’s. It was chaos from the very first moment. Months of morning sickness and heartburn, weird cravings and more and more morning sickness, In the beginning, I was losing weight instead of gaining because I was sick all of the time. I went to my very first ultrasound with my fingers crossed for a girl and my husband rooting for a boy.

They smeared that lovely jelly on my stomach and said, “Congratulations! You’re having a boy!” and then proceeded to print me a picture of lovely boy parts. I was devastated. I wanted a girl, I have 4 brothers, 1 son and a husband. I needed some girl power desperately. When my due date came and went in the middle of the hottest part of the year I was seriously considering self-delivery. Finally, the Dr. sent me for another ultrasound two weeks after my due date.

So back up on the table, more of that lovely jelly, and imagine my surprise when not only was my baby breech, but he had turned into a girl!!! The first ultrasound had obviously been a mistake and I couldn’t have been happier. My husband not so much. I heard his gasp of breath, then him hyperventilating. The technician asked my husband if he was alright or if she needed to call a Dr. “You promised us a boy!” he said. “Sorry, no refunds or exchanges,” she said.

A C-section was scheduled for the very next morning and we were off to switch all of our football and baseball paraphernalia for ballerinas and baby dolls. All the blues and browns for pinks and purples. I was so happy, and my husband pouted the whole day.

My C-section was scheduled for 7 a.m. We spent some time with our son before leaving him with my family for the duration and went to bed early. I awoke at 3 a.m. in full labor so after a mad dash to the hospital it was time to get the show on the road.

They took my husband one way to be fitted into his gear. Which he managed to put on both upside down and inside out. They took me another way for the epidural and operating room. My arms were tied down and that was just the beginning of my terror. I finally heard the clump, clump, clump of my husband’s boots as he entered the room where we would welcome our little girl.

To say I was scared was a major understatement, I was petrified! My husband was rubbing my hand while whispering encouragement into my ear as they got started. Very early on I started to notice that the grip on my hand was getting stronger and stronger. It had moved over into bone crushing.

I raised my head to tell him he was hurting me when I saw the problem immediately. I looked up expecting to see the beautiful blue of his eyes and saw only the whites as the blue had already rolled upwards. I saw the sweat running rivers down both sides of his face as he held my hand in his death grip. I tried to scream for help, but he was much faster. He started going backward almost immediately. It was much too late for help.

He fell straight back and instead of hitting the ground like you would expect, he hit the anesthesiologist right between the eyes with the back of his head. They were both seeing stars, but the man responsible for giving me drugs was bleeding profusely from his nose while falling backward himself. He didn’t hit the ground either. Instead, he hit the machine that was controlling all of my IV’s and medication. It rolled noisily across the room slamming into the wall while ripping the IV’s right out of my arm. No more monitoring and more importantly No. More. Drugs!

Within seconds, a replacement anesthesiologist arrived to reattach the good stuff while a group of 4 men ran in to get the now unconscious husband into a wheelchair and out the door. In the middle of all of the craziness our sweet little girl arrived… and was immediately whisked out into the hallway to meet her father! He wanted more children… and that would be a definite no!

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Sexy Erotic Stories: Erotic story collection

Sexy Erotic Stories: Erotic story collection


Her First BlowjobHow To Give a Great Blow Job? Find out in this story. My Boyfriend’s Lusty CousinInstead of going out to town and having a good time, Rob’s girlfriend involuntarily goes with him to his mates’ place to play cards. However, it turns out that the situation is not so bad for her when she meets her boyfriend’s cousin, who will fulfill her every wish…With SportsmenDuring her stay at a sports camp, the 21-year-old volleyball player Maria meets young sportsmen with whom she tries to satisfy her enormous sexual appetite…Sex WorkoutBefore going to summer vacation with her boyfriend, Mandy goes to a fitness club to make her body look perfect. At the club, she meets instructor Steve, who is not only handsome, but also very well-endowed, which is something Mandy is yet to discover, and for which she will become his sex slave…On the TrainDuring her travel by train, a business woman meets a handsome young man, with whom she will experience unforgettable hot sex…DentistDuring a dentist checkup, the patient decides to bang his attractive sexy dentist, who’s driving him crazy…

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A Story is Literally Bursting Off the Page in This Intricate Fairy Tale Photograph

Alexia is currently selling a one-off print run of the incredible photograph below for one month only at a special supporter price to help fund the rest of this project. Click here to find out more and support Alexia’s work..

A storybook is merely a container — a parcel filled with wonder that, once opened by a skilled storyteller, leaps off the page and envelops reader and listener alike. This is the scene unfolding in world-renowned artist and 500px photographer Alexia Sinclair‘s latest photograph: Into the Gloaming.

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Into the Gloaming is, in fact, a whole series that is being kicked off today by the hero image above of the same name. Described better by Alexia than we could manage, she sets the stage for the storybook series in an appropriately storybook fashion:

For those not up to date on their old English. The gloaming is that time of day where the soft glow of dusk envelopes your soul. Where the nocturnal gatekeepers take control and anything seems possible. You can (at least I do) imagine secret doorways in the trunks of trees or toadstools the size of houses. It’s easy to understand why it’s commonly known as the magic hour, anything seems possible and that’s where we begin.

The stage set, Alexia did what she does better than just about any other artist in the world: she began a weeks-long, painstaking process to create a scene with so much detail you could (and should) easily lose yourself in the resulting photograph.

But don’t take our word for it, she captured the entire process on video — in more detail than ever before — for Into The Gloaming Episode 1. Ever wonder how much work goes into creating a scene like this IN-CAMERA… click play and find out:

From the actual fabric print, to the dress, to the plants, to the book, to the set, to the mushrooms, to the hand-made castle, Alexia’s attention to detail and refusal to compromise on a single piece of her imagined scene is awe-inspiring… and maybe a little nuts.

The Set

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The Dress

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The eye-opening thing about this unprecedented BTS look at Alexia’s process is seeing just how small a percentage of the work actually happens behind the camera and even afterwards in post-processing.

She literally creates her scene and props by hand, or spends countless hours searching for them high and low — the mushrooms, for example, were grown in a 600-meter long decommissioned train tunnel which prior to mushroom farming held World War II munitions for the United States Government.

The video also shows the importance of working with incredible, dedicated assistants and creatives. That hair didn’t do itself, and late nights building a castle from scratch because you couldn’t find one that was good enough aren’t nearly as fun without delirious exhaustion jokes.

Here are a few behind the scenes images of the prep process that Alexia was kind enough to share with us:

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You can learn more about the individual pieces in the photograph and what they mean over on Alexia’s blog where you’ll also find this link where you can buy a limited edition print at a special supporters price for one month only. If you love her work as much as we do, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

And if you want to keep up with Alexia as she continues to create her beautiful art, check her out on 500px, visit her website, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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I Am An Invisible Mom: A Mother’s Day Love Story For My Stillborn Son

I spent last Mother’s Day lounging on a picnic blanket under the sunny skies of the Boston Harbor — so sunny, in fact, that my husband and I sought out one of the only meager trees atop Spectacle Island for shade. It can often be cool in early May in Boston, but on this day, the heat bore down. At 16 weeks pregnant, the shape of my rounded belly under my striped sundress was only obvious to those in our inner circle who knew we were expecting. The word itself — expecting — pregnant with meaning. We were expecting so many things on that Sunday afternoon: Our first child to join our family in the fall. A little boy.


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I consider myself an invisible mom; identifying with emotions of motherhood without the visible passport. I cannot take my son to the park or feed him in the wee hours or read him a bedtime story. As a culture that values tangibles, I do not fit into any recognizable group. If I answer that I have kids (a question I’m asked all too often), it’s assumed that I have a living child. The follow-up conversation is just too intense, too blunt, that I simply cannot stand to burden the person asking such a standard question with such a heavy answer. But responding that I do not have children discredits the time I spent loving my son, caring for him and nurturing him as all moms do. That answer minimizes his life. And boy, his life was anything but small by measure of how it has impacted mine.

Us invisible moms are everywhere, part of a compulsory club of which none of us wants to be a member. But unlike other moms, there are not playdates or moms groups or school meetings for our kind. We so often live our life in isolation, alienated by very holidays like Mother’s Day, where sitting at brunch alongside bustling families is pure torture. There will be no handmade card or mother’s ring or any of the hallmarks that Hallmark make standard for this second Sunday in May.

But as a mom, even an invisible one, I have a love story. After all, that’s what moms do. We love, unconditionally.

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On an early June evening at a restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus Straight in Istanbul, we decided that we were ready to start our family. It was 2011 and we were entering our fourth year of marriage, having spent the first three years enjoying our young relationship and establishing our careers. But the summer came and went, and so did the one after that. We saw a fertility doctor, learned that things were sub-optimal but not dismal, and drew up a treatment plan. Month after month of treatments, each one more invasive than the last. Nothing. But we were great candidates from IVF, and I just knew that would work. I still felt a sense of control here — if I can just endure the physical and emotional gauntlet that is IVF, I know we will be rewarded with a baby.

And rewarded we were! In mid-February of last year, we learned we were finally pregnant. We met our baby at our four-week ultrasound where we very clearly we watched a mighty heart flicker rapidly on the screen. This heart was contained in a body no bigger than a grain of rice. Awestruck love. There are simply no words to describe the emotion of that experience; watching a beating heart inside of my body that will one day power our child. Power him while he chases the cat or does cartwheels in the front lawn or takes a nap in his sunlit nursery. Beat strongly as he walks to his first day of kindergarten or falls for his first crush or marries and has children of his own. That little flicker will be there through everything. After we left the doctor we could not stop gushing about that little flicker — our little Flicker — and thus his nickname was born.

Late on a Friday afternoon in April, we went to the doctor for the ever-important 12-week ultrasound, a date that so many circle on their calendar as the first big landmark in a healthy pregnancy. The ultrasound technician read the images, but uncharacteristically left the room for what seemed like an eternity. She returned, accompanied by our doctor, who assured us that there was likely nothing wrong. A strange shadow on the grainy ultrasound raised some alarm, but don’t panic; it’s probably just the placenta. But if we want to be 100% sure going into the sunny weekend, we can head to high resolution imaging and get a cleaner look.

It will put our minds at ease, she said.

We left in silence, and for the next hour I lay on the examination table feeling utterly helpless as an awful doctor proceeded to shake her head over and over again. All loaded sighs and furrowed brows. “Something is just not right,” she said repeatedly once she finally found her words. She arranged an appointment for first thing Monday morning at one of Boston’s leading maternal fetal medicine hospitals and sent us on our way.

We were not at ease.

We left that afternoon a ball of chaos, shaken to the core, questioning everything. We questioned God. We questioned what we did wrong. We questioned whether the doctor could possibly be right. She had to be wrong. This had to be a mistake. We talked with our families and pastors and friends over that weekend. We prayed and processed and speculated during a long walk around Walden Pond, Thoreau’s sacred retreat.

“Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Coming out of all of our conversations from that surreal weekend, it seemed that everyone had a horror story of their own or of a one-degree connection in which they received a bad pregnancy prognosis, only to point out their beautiful son or daughter playing in the next room. While we weren’t counting on the doctor we would see Monday saying “just kidding, he is perfect,” we had come to terms with the possibility of raising a child with special needs or having to manage a high-risk pregnancy. Hope rippled, but not ruffled.

We walked in to that appointment unified and resolute. But I laid down for the ultrasound, and within 15 seconds the head of maternal fetal medicine looked me in the eye and said “incompatible with life.”

The agony that followed involved genetic counselors and placenta biopsies and waiting for tests. We learned were having a boy. And his chromosomes were perfect. His heart was strong and his brain was developing. But his spine was bent and he had no abdominal wall; his feet were clubbed and he had a cleft palate. The list of issues kept growing and my hope kept shrinking until we got our final diagnosis — limb body-wall complex. “Don’t Google it,” the doctor warned. But of course I did. And I cried for days. A lightning-strike rare condition that had no genetic link, no known cause, no available treatment, and no survivors. There were so few documented cases of this condition that our doctors could assure us of nothing. I might miscarry tomorrow. I might carry to full term. Flicker might be born alive and never take a breath, or he could be born still. We were essentially sent home to wait again; but this time wait for our son to die.

Where is the love in that?

***

When I think about all the ways that people can show love to one another, it’s generally through some combination of action, word or in our culture, gift. My husband and I are not big gift people, typically choosing instead to communicate love through everyday word and action. He is a big fan of food, so a well-cooked meal prepared with his favorite ingredients is one way that I show love. Meanwhile, he knows that I do not like doing dishes, so after the meal is cooked he springs into action to clean up the mess, a definitive showing of his love to me. It is not the stuff of storybooks, but it’s how our love works. We are a family of do-ers, preferring daily service to the more abstract concepts of love and care.

This pragmatist’s orientation toward doing love made loving Flicker incredibly difficult in those first few weeks after receiving his terminal diagnosis. If he was sick or injured outside the womb, we would have taken him to the best doctors and nursed him back to health. If he was hungry, we would have fed him whatever it would take to satisfy and nourish. If he was scared, we would have wrapped him up in safety and reassurance. But with him in the womb sick and injured, we simply could not do a thing. No doctor could fix him. No nutrition could fortify him. No physical touch could comfort and re-assure him. I was so powerless, a feeling that absolutely slayed me. Love became abstract, which was something all-together unfamiliar.

Eventually, though, I came to important realization: I was simply a mom living out unconditional love without reciprocity. What all moms do.

But to say that I had no tangible way to experience love with Flicker would not be truthful. Shortly after our diagnosis, a dear friend brought us a truly wonderful gift — a fetal heart monitor — which allowed us to listen to Flicker’s heart flicker, pulse, thump and gallop any time on demand. Flicker’s flicker became my lifeline to him, urging me to get out of bed each day and live life with him. It would be a life robbed of so many experiences, but a life nonetheless. I talked to him throughout my workday. We went on walks almost every night. My belly grew and it was impossible to conceal his little life from the public. I began writing to him as a way to process and reflect.

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I will not deceive in claiming that this time was all rainbows. It was very, very hard at times. A sentiment about parenthood to which I think all moms, invisible or otherwise, can relate.

Before I met Flicker, my idea of balance was more aligned with the notion of steadiness. That is, not allowing myself to get too low or too high so that I can maintain a somewhat consistent state of general well-being. This trait had been one of much ribbing and confusion amongst my family, most of whom have never been quick to attach themselves to the concept of moderation. My mother does everything unapologetically BIG — talks, laughs, cooks, loves, projects, exaggerates, misbehaves — it’s what she’s known for and what draws people immediately to her. Let’s just say the apple does not fall far from the tree when analyzing the rest of the family. Consequently, my bent toward practicality and boundaries has always been a source of mystery.

But in this new normal of carrying a terminal pregnancy, steadiness was simply not possible. I also do not think it would have been healthy to repress the urges to feel the extremes. Our day-to-day was about living in the present; taking in whatever good, bad or otherwise greeted us in the moment. We learned to toe a narrow line that represented the collective average of this unpredictable oscillation between darkness and light. Dark: A horrible appointment with the NICU doctors where we were reminded of realities of his diagnosis in cold, heartless medical parlance. Light: A light-hearted beach day on Cape Cod with good friends followed by a scoop of the best homemade ginger ice cream I’ve ever had. Dark: Waking up on Mother’s Day knowing that I am going to be a mom to a boy in Heaven. Light: Spending Mother’s Day afternoon on Spectacle Island as a family, picnicking, reading and resting on a shaded hill overlooking the Boston harbor. Dark. Light. Dark. Light. And on and on we went. Over time, I gained an understanding of what this place of equilibrium felt like — seeking out joy without any tinges of guilt amidst this backdrop of sadness.

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***

Every morning for the next three-plus months before I would get out of bed, we turned on the heart monitor and listened to Flicker. His heartbeat became our language; we could hear his, he could here mine. Beautiful. But on July 23rd, there was no heartbeat. I was 27 weeks pregnant, and I was furious. God, you were supposed to give me more time. He was supposed to be born alive. We have been so faithful. We have cared for this life and nurtured it the best we could. We have bonded with him and feel so cheated. Where is the love here?

But in a point of reflection more than nine months later, I can say that Flicker’s death was surrounded by so much love. His delivery was simply miraculous — there were some very scary potential scenarios, a near guarantee of a complicated c-section and just so many unknowns. But he came so very peacefully, no surgery, no complications. When they brought him to me to hold, it was clear that his earthly body had simply failed him. Had he been born alive, I just know he would have been in extreme pain, which would have been traumatic for both him and me. Instead, he passed away in peace, knowing only the protection of the womb. He would never have to confront bullies or naysayers or doubters. He would only know love. Of course, I have no way of knowing if Flicker felt the love that enveloped him during his brief life, but it gives me peace to imagine that he does. So that is what I am choosing to believe.

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***

Motherhood is wrought with questions: Will he happy? Will he succeed? Will he have my husband’s thick hair? Will he play tennis like me? Will he love us? Will he love others? Will he contribute to the good of the world? Will he…..

I experienced the uncertainty of motherhood too, but my narrative is just a little different. I will never get answers to these questions, and will never experience the great gift of watching Flicker navigate through life here. But one unequivocal given in motherhood is that moms love their children, unconditionally. By that definition, I am a mom. Just an invisible one.

Today I wish all moms, invisible or otherwise, a very happy Mother’s Day.

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Emily Miller knew her life was about to change forever the day her mother said, “I’m pregnant.” She’d hear those words again and again-and with every pregnancy Emily’s father changed from bad to worse. For years the Miller family suffered through his rages. It took a terrible loss for the family to regroup, and all the love Emily can muster to save her siblings. Bartlett’s powerful short story, “Abused: A Daughter’s Story,” grabs hold immediately and doesn’t let go. This heart-tugger’s hero, Emily, displays amazing resilience and strength. I know I’ll remember this story for a long, long time. -Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef and Manor House Mysteries L.L Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author who writes the Jeff Resnick Mysteries, which Booklist called “Gripping!

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Charlotte Smith had already had more than her fair share of fabulous dresses and adventures. She lived life to the fullest in London, Paris and New York before falling in love with Australia and making it her home. Then she discovered that she had inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. When the boxes started arriving, they were filled with more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, from Dior and Chanel originals to a dainty pioneer dress. But when she unearthed her godmother’s book of stories, the true value of what she had been given hit home. This wasn’t merely a collection of beautiful things; it was a collection of lives. Women’s lives. Tiny snapshots of our joys and disappointments, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic. This is a book for any woman who knows a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. Charlotte Smith is Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney which is also home to The Darnell Collection, the 5000 piece vintage collection Charlotte inherited from her godmother, Doris Darnell. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States, Charlotte has a degree from Hollins College in Art History and has lived and worked in America, England, and France for Impressionist art dealers. She moved to Australia in 1998 and opened a shop selling French country antiques. Charlotte has one daughter. Grant Cowan has worked as an illustrator on magazines like “Harper’s Bazaar,” “Glamour” and “Red “magazine. He studied fashion design and lived in London before moving to Australia to teach fashion illustration. Grant is a freelance fashion illustrator and works with fashion schools in Sydney.

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Actress and comedian Jane Lynch knows a little something about Lisa Kudrow’s career before Kudrow landed the iconic role of Phoebe in the beloved TV series “Friends.”

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Indecent Rendezvous (Short Erotic Wedding Story)

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Olivia just wants to get through her sister’s wedding in one piece, but then she runs into Jase, the best man of the groom and subject of all her erotic fantasies. She doesn’t think Jase has noticed her before, but he proves his attraction to her in a long night of lust and ecstasy. Soon, her boring weekend turns into a heated one, full of pleasures she’d never even dreamed of. Warning: This 7500 word deviantly erotic short story contains themes of BDSM, big boobed women, and straight sex.

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Old West Gunfighter’s Forgotten Memoir Found. Reveals True Story of Kill Or Be Killed Shootouts In The Real Wild West. Recently discovered memoir by one of the Old West’s most feared (but virtually unknown today) gunfighter’s and lawmen puts you behind a pair of Colt .45 six-guns and immerses you in the real life man-on-man fast draw shootouts, hell-bent-for-leather outlaw chases and narrow escapes from renegade Indians in the Real Old West. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to strap on a six-gun and have a face-off-in-the-street gunfight where only the fastest gunslinger walks away then this rare eyewitness account of what it was like to live and die in the Real Old West is a must read that you can instantly download as an eBook. This memoir has been painstakingly preserved just the way it was written almost a century ago on a ribbon typewriter using what would be considered politically-incorrect language today. So don’t expect Zane Gray or Hemingway. But what you can expect is having the same experience if Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton invited you to: “Hang up yer shootin’ iron, pull up a chair and sit a spell” .with him on the front porch of his Perkins Oklahoma home and listen as he describes in vivid details his colorful life as the Old West’s most UN-famous, famous gunfighter, hired gun regulator and lawman. “The book is great. I have read other so called real west books and a few magazines, but this one tops all the others.”- Franklin Foster, Warwick, R.I.

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Story without End

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Marcus recently left a senior executive position and is adjusting to his new life as what a friend has labeled him: a Renaissance man. During this period of adjustment from profit- and process-driven, almost manic, activity to a more leisurely pace, he is researching many interests to keep his brain active in order to maintain his sanity. Among other things, he is traveling extensively, with his camera, finding and enjoying many different experiences. He is based in downtown Chicago and from there stays busy by working for some local charities and remains in touch with the world of business through the almost compulsory consultancy work expected from retired executives. This aspect of his life is as near as he ever is likely to get to the state of normal. His friends keep reminding him about the need to become grounded, a condition he never wants to be in full time. He finds travel and writing pleasurable ways to pass the time, but do they feed the inner man? As a financially independent and self-labeled man of the world, he thinks not. He has therefore set out on a quest to see if true love exists and if there is a soul mate out there just for him. He has been close to true love a few times, but so far he has not experienced the really deep emotional connection with another person that he believes exists. He has yet to see it or find it, which is why he has set out on a mission to see if he can find real deep, true love. To record his adventures and emotions, he decided to write three books to help him find what he is looking for. The first book, 21 Days to Love, has been published. It explains the beginning of his mission, which started with an intense and powerful love affair with Tina. That relationship ended, and shortly afterward he met Anastasia. They went on a twenty-one day journey and fell in love with each other a little, or maybe a lot. This second book details his confusion at deciding who he is and where he is going, as reflected in the title-Story With

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This story was written and performed by Randy Brooks for the live, personal storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession With True Life Tales) on December 13, 2011, at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas.

The theme of the show was “Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

“Randy tells a hilarious story about his childhood Christmas spent with his idiosyncratic family and how it led to his writing ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,'” says Oral Fixation creator and director Nicole Stewart. “Read the story he wrote about those fun days, and be sure to watch the video below to see him sing his famous song! It’s our holiday gift to you.”

I’m tempted to say that when I was growing up in Kentucky in the 1950s, Christmas was a simpler affair. But of course it was simpler — I was a kid! I had no responsibility but to sit and wait for Christmas to happen. And as far as I knew, it was simple for adults, too, since I was under the impression that Santa Claus took care of everything.

But Christmas really was simpler for the male gender back then because some believed that the women would take care of all the cooking and the cleaning. After our holiday meals, the women would clear the table and disappear into the kitchen, while the men set up a card table in the living room in front of the black-and-white television. Beer and cigars appeared, and Granddaddy and his brothers — Uncle Lewis and Uncle Henry — commenced playing cards with one eye and watching football with the other.

Sometimes I’d climb up in Granddaddy’s lap, and he’d let me have a sip of his beer. He always drank either Schlitz or Oertle’s ’92. I never had to acquire a taste. I liked it right away; it tasted like Granddaddy. As he became more involved in the card game, I became more involved in the beer — until I fell asleep in his lap.

All of us grandchildren called my grandmother Dot-Dot. “Dot” was short for Dorothy. As a toddler I added a second Dot, and it stuck. The real mystery is why anyone ever called her Dorothy in the first place since her name was Katherine.

Granddaddy suffered a stroke when I was just seven. Uncle Lewis and Uncle Henry passed away around that same time. But Dot-Dot lived on into my young adulthood.

She was a funny little thing. As time thinned her hair, she took to wearing a luxurious wig of a brunette color not found in nature among women her age. A true Kentuckian, she liked her bourbon. A memory lingers of her leaving our house one night, giggling, with wig askew, and my dad asking if she was sure she was OK to drive.

This was my mom’s side of the family. I never knew my dad’s parents as well. We would pay them an obligatory visit on Christmas afternoon, and I would receive a little dress shirt and bow tie or some gift similarly repugnant to a young boy.

Granddaddy Brooks died of an overabundance of Southern cooking while I was still quite young. His widow, my dad’s mother, was a repository of ailments. My most enduring memory of her is that she would sit at the dinner table going, “Ooh… ooh… ooh. Well, honey, aren’t you going to ask me what’s wrong?”

The other fixtures around my childhood Christmas table were Great-Great-Great Cousin William and his wife, Aunt Edna. They were a colorful duo. Cousin William was vice president of a distillery (and believed in bringing his work home with him). He and Aunt Edna would have a drink or two before leaving their house, another couple at our house before dinner, and by the time we all sat down at the table, they were attacking each other like Republicans and Democrats. Cousin William liked to bait Aunt Edna by speaking ill of Sam, their dachshund. Truth be told, I think he was secretly fond of Sam, but he never failed to get a rise out of Edna by saying that he had a good mind to “slip Sam the needle.” Edna would spit out some venomous response, to which Bill would reply, “I think maybe I ought to slip you the needle, Edna!” The rest of us would laugh heartily, but nervously — never quite certain whether we were witnessing performance art or mayhem in the making.

A recurring story of Aunt Edna’s had to do with their courtship. Coming home from a date on a moonless night, the porch light was burned out, and Cousin William couldn’t locate the keyhole to open the door. Aunt Edna said, “I told him, Bill, if that thing had hair around it I bet you could find it!”

But back to Dot-Dot. If memory serves, she passed away in 1982. My mother tells me that Dot-Dot was a harsh taskmaster, a former school teacher who expected perfection from her children. But as the oldest grandchild, I could do no wrong. Dot-Dot and I had a special relationship.

About five years after her death, I stumbled upon a Merle Haggard song called “Grandma’s Christmas Card.” As I listened, I anticipated that Merle was taking us where so many country songwriters did during that period: singing the praises of some beloved figure for two verses, only to reveal in verse three that the beloved figure had passed away.

I thought, “Merle, if you were half the songwriter you think you are, you wouldn’t manipulate your audience like that. You’d break the news in the first line of the song that Grandma was dead — and then if you could still come up with three verses and a chorus, you’d really have something!”

So I climbed in bed with my guitar and wrote my own Merle Haggard Christmas song. I dredged up those childhood memories of the Christmas poker games with Granddaddy and his brothers, and most of all, Dot-Dot, with her wig and her whiskey. Had she lived just five years longer, I’m sure no one would have gotten a bigger kick out of the song that resulted. And whenever it’s played on the radio, I suppose that, in a way, my relatives and their idiosyncrasies live on in other families’ Christmas celebrations. Merry Christmas, everybody.


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Once upon a time in Greece, fate left a young girl an orphan. Her stepmother was so hateful that she counted every drop of water the orphan drank But with the help of Nature’s blessings, the orphan was showered with gifts: brilliance from the Sun, beauty from the Moon, gracefulness from the Dawn-and even a tiny pair of blue shoes from the Sea. When the prince comes to visit their village, he only has eyes for the mysterious beauty. Children will love this fanciful folk retelling of the Cinderella story, accompanied by luminous watercolor illustrations by Giselle Potter.

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Some sort of a first book on American history is now quite generally used in schools as a preparation for the more intelligent study of a larger and more formal text-book in the higher grammar grades. For beginners, a mere compilation of facts is dry and unsatisfactory. Such books have now given place, for the most part, to those prepared on a more attractive and judicious plan. The real aim in a first book should be to interest boys and girls in the history of their country, and to encourage them to cultivate a taste for further study and reading. This book is intended for use in the earlier grammar grades and to be preliminary to the study of a more advanced work in the higher grades. The author has also kept in mind the fact that the school life of many children is brief, and that all their instruction in American history must come from a text-book of this kind. Contents: Preface. Chapter I. America In The Old Days. Chapter II. Columbus And The Discovery Of America. Chapter III. Sir Walter Raleigh And Captain John Smith. Chapter IV. The Story Of The Pilgrims. Chapter V. More About The Pilgrims. Chapter VI. The Indians And How They Lived. Chapter VII. The Dutch In New York; The Quakers In Pennsylvania. Chapter VIII. The French And Indian Wars. Chapter IX. Everyday Life In Colonial Times. Chapter X. The Beginning Of The Revolution. Chapter XI. Lexington And Concord. Chapter XII. The Battle Of Bunker Hill. Chapter XIII. The Declaration Of Independence. Chapter XIV. The Burgoyne Campaign. Chapter XV. Washington And The Revolution. Chapter XVI. The War Of The Revolution In The South. Chapter XVII. The Story Of Arnold’s Treason. Chapter XVIII. John Paul Jones: Our First Great Naval Hero. Chapter XIX. Benjamin Franklin: His Highly Useful Career. Chapter XX. Everyday Life One Hundred Years Ago. Chapter XXI. What Our Navy Did In The War Of 1812. Chapter XXII. The Settlement Of The Pacific Coast. Chapter XXIII. Lincoln And The War For The Union. Chapter XXIV. More About Th

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Read the stunning confessional of a woman whose insatiable lust was satisfied only by one thing… her stuffed teddy bear. Erica recounts her experiences with making love to her treasured bear, including the night she let it take her virginity! Word Count: Approximately 3,000WARNING: This is an erotic short story for ADULTS ONLY! All characters are over the age of eighteen. This story contains graphic depictions of sexual intercourse with stuffed animals, sex toys, intercourse with a strap-on dildo, and the deflowering of a virgin by means of a sex toy. This is a work of fiction.

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Actor Tom Selleck was probably involved in his fair share of stunts during his ‘Magnum, P.I.’ days, but none of them quite like what he experienced in the film ‘Three Men and a Baby.’ Tom took one for the team in a baby urination scene that was remarkably realistic…because it actually happened.

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Rain on Your Wedding Day: A True Life Story of Having to Execute ‘Plan B’ Twice Last Weekend

Every wedding should have a “Plan B” for inclement weather. Unless your wedding ceremony, cocktails and reception are all planned to be held entirely inside, you just can’t risk not having alternative arrangements in place should Mother Nature decide to play a dirty trick on your wedding day.

Even if you’re all inside, you still need to be prepared with extra umbrellas and a dressing plan if it becomes not feasible to dress at home because the rain is so torrential.

I know, I know… I’m talking about one of those taboo subjects you’re not supposed to talk about – rain on the wedding day. But it happens. Here in the Caribbean, we often have short sprinkle showers throughout the day that don’t affect the evening’s activities at all, but we don’t wait to see what happens. If I plan a wedding that doesn’t have enough interior space to host all of the wedding events, we must have a backup plan and enough tenting to cover everybody if a three-minute torrential downpour happens. Even though it’s short and sweet, soaking wet dinner tables and wedding guests make for a miserable evening.

You wouldn’t believe how many of my brides and grooms actually argue with me about tenting at their venues, even when I made it clear at the time they chose it that it would have be in place to cover the guests and give us something to hang the lighting on for the reception. It’s something I absolutely, positively will not back down about. You hired me to plan your “dream wedding” and I can’t do that if we’re looking for snorkel gear for your guests at 9 pm on a Saturday night.

I wish I didn’t have a recent nightmare story to tell – but I do. Two of them actually. Just this past weekend. But because we had a “Plan B,” everything turned out alright. I hope other brides and grooms reading this will take my words to heart and learn from my experience.

Last weekend, I had two weddings back to back here on Vieques Island. We’ve had beautiful weather for weeks and the sudden tropical wave of rain that ambushed us midweek was incredible. We were socked in for a couple of days, but you never know how fast it will change back to sunshine the same way it can turn into rain in a blink.

The most important thing for a wedding couple to remember during their wedding weekend is that as long as they continue smiling and having a good time, regardless of the weather, their family and friends will keep smiling too. And that’s the moral of the two intermingled stories I’m about to tell you about two amazing couples who never stopped smiling last weekend. Hence, they both had a fabulous wedding weekend despite the weather.

Jacquie and Tim from Philly got married on Friday, following two days of activities that included a beach party pig roast on Thursday. Mother Nature smiled on the bride and groom and gave them amazing weather for their beach party on Thursday – a pretty enough day for everybody to get some tan and quite a few to get pink. But the entire group had a blast and enjoyed the pig on the beach. That night, it started to rain.

I never sleep well the night before a wedding if it’s raining – it’s just automatic for me as a wedding planner. My job is to take on the stress and worry for the bride so she can keep having fun. And to keep reminding her it’s going to be all good because we have a “Plan B” if we need it. And this time we did.

In almost eight years of wedding planning, I don’t think I’ve ever been so wet for such a long period of time. Despite the torrential rain on Friday morning, we set up for the wedding (inside and outside) as though the weather would, in fact, be clear by the time of the beach ceremony planned for 4 pm. Jacquie was pretty insistent that she wanted that beach ceremony unless it was a deluge and I planned to give her that. Mother Nature was not on the same page despite my pleading emails to her.

Stacy and Darwin from the Boston area were getting married on Saturday, so their rehearsal dinner/beach party picnic was on Friday during the monsoon. After setting up at Jacquie’s villa, I hightailed it down to the beach for Stacy’s party and the whole thing just broke my heart. When my staff is freezing and dying before the guests even arrive, it’s not a good beach day.

But the guests arrived and the bride and groom kept smiling and they had fabulous lunch and a LOT of margaritas to keep them warm. The father of the bride sent big compliments to the caterers. Horrible weather but still a great party. Yes, we had a tent set up for them at the beach. Just in case. Thank God.

Meanwhile, I had to make a judgment call on Jacquie and Tim’s wedding and by 1pm it was obvious we were going to have to move things inside their villa. Fortunately, the wedding venue was big enough to hold the entire crew for the reception activities and nobody would be sloshing around outside under a tent. Which was a good thing since it was raining sideways by the time the bride went down the aisle and we were about five miles per hour from having the little tempest declared an official Tropical Storm.

I contacted all the vendors and told them to switch locations. I called in extra staffing and asked everybody to arrive at the villa as fast as they could. We had to remove every piece of furniture from the ginormous great room and hide it all inside a downstairs bedroom. The rugs got rolled up. The tables and sofas were moved. I converted the TV room into the bar and DJ station and the dining room into mission control for our team (which worked great since they were having a cheesecake buffet for wedding cake and that couldn’t be displayed to the guests until after dinner anyway or it would melt).

We set up the ceremony in the great room because the very large covered porch was not immune to the gusting wind and rain. The backdrop for the pictures was a huge glass window facing the water – so you can see they’re in the Caribbean – it just looks like they got married during a hurricane. We nicknamed it “Hurricane Jacquie” because the bride had suffered through horrible weather for all of her pre-wedding events as well. There was a jinx on her I never figured out – she was sweet as can be and maintained a great attitude throughout.

The ceremony was beautiful and everybody was dry (except our staff) and then we quickly converted the great room into the dining room while the guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails and passed appetizers. I love this picture of the bride and groom from their balcony just after the ceremony – I think the umbrellas say it all. 2014-11-10-JaclynandTimwithumbrellasEA.jpg

After dinner, the tables disappeared and the dancing continued for the remainder of the reception. Some of the boys even braved the rain to go out to the bar cabana and enjoy cigars. Nobody – and I mean NOBODY – was letting rain dampen their spirits (pun intended). The bride and groom loved their wedding and thanked us profusely. We thanked them for being good sports and leading such a happy attitude for their entire group. Sure, the bride was disappointed she didn’t get to exchange vows on the beach, but nobody could have seen that from the way she was behaving in front of the guests. I adore her. And the groom was a doll too and so much fun all night!

It rained all night – and again, I didn’t sleep. Mentally, I couldn’t process having two beach weddings move to “Plan B” within 24 hours. I mean, I knew I could do it, but I didn’t want to break another bride’s heart. I also knew my staff was dying. Everything takes longer in the pouring rain. We have to be 100 percent more careful since all the posh multi-million dollar villas have expensively tiled floors that are like ice rinks when wet. I didn’t think we even had time to dry all the towels still soaking wet from the floors the night before.

Dawn brought sunshine and I bounced out of bed with renewed energy. Oh yes, I brought all our rain gear – but that was to scare away the rain. If you’re not prepared, you’re guaranteed to get screwed. And this time it worked. That and listening to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” over and over again to scare away the rain.

The clouds drifted by our island all day making me nervous, but at ceremony time, the weather was lovely and the sky was clear. Their beach ceremony was gorgeous and we only had a little bit of drizzle for a short period when they were sitting down under the covered porch for dinner anyway, so it didn’t hurt the party. I love this amazing picture of bride and groom Stacy and Darwin on the beach after dinner – this sky tells the whole story. It’s hard to believe it wasn’t raining. 2014-11-10-StacyandDarwinonthebeachatnightEA.jpg

Seems Mother Nature finally received my desperate requests. I’m guessing she had a backup of email from other panicked Caribbean wedding planners and just missed my message about Jacquie’s wedding. She got it for Stacy and Darwin’s wedding, thank God!!! They were such a wonderful couple too and they deserved beautiful weather after their soaked beach party.

What’s the moral of the story? Rain doesn’t ruin your wedding day if you have a “Plan B.” No, you might not have the exact wedding that you planned and you may have to be flexible and adjust your expectations, but only you can ruin your wedding day, not the weather.

My brides and grooms (both couples) never let their guests see them sweat. They never whined. They didn’t complain (except gently, in private, to me – and they were entitled!). Because both couples kept smiling, so did their guests. Granted, Stacy and Darwin lucked out with the wedding day after a horrifically wet beach party, but I think that was good karma for their great attitudes the day before at the beach.

Keep smiling and your guests will keep smiling with you. At the end of the day, you’re married and you’ll have a fabulous wedding day as long as you’ve got that “Plan B” ready to roll if you need it.

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!
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The Story of the Blue Planet

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Brimir and Hulda are best friends who live on a small island on a beautiful blue planet where there are only children and no adults. Their planet is wild and at times dangerous, but everything is free, everyone is their friend, and each day is more exciting than the last.  One day a rocket ship piloted by a strange-looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach. His business card claims he is a “Dream.ComeTrueMaker and joybringer,” and he promises to make life a hundred times more fun with sun-activated flying powder and magic-coated skin so that no one ever has to bathe again. Goodday even nails the sun in the sky and creates a giant wolf to chase away the clouds so it can be playtime all the time. In exchange for these wonderful things, Goodday asks only for a little bit of the children’s youth—but what is youth compared to a lot more fun? The children are so enamored with their new games that they forget all the simple activities they used to love. During Goodday’s great flying competition, Hulda and Brimir fly too high to the sun and soar to the other side of planet, where they discover it is dark all the time and the children are sickly and pale. Hulda and Brimir know that without their help, the pale children will die, but first they need to get back to their island and convince their friends that Gleesome Goodday is not all that he seems. A fantastical adventure, beautifully told, unfolds in a deceptively simple tale. The Story of the Blue Planet will delight and challenge readers of all ages.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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It is no secret that there is an epidemic of children growing up without fathers. Although we have been more than willing to blame men for their role, we are not as vocal about the role women have played in the experience unless we are judging them. The Jay Williams story about one man, 34 children, 17 women and an opportunity for self-reflective healing is taking that conversation to another level.

We have been frustrated, almost frantic, about young people killing themselves and each other, about young men failing out of what appears to me as an inadequate educational system, and about young women taking their clothes off to make money to feed the children they have with young men who fail to step up to the plate. We have been pointing our fingers at this reason or that cause while making little progress toward a real understanding of the issues or a lasting solution. On the surface, the Jay Williams story has brought to light all the sordid details about one person’s seeming irresponsibility, lack of discipline and wanton disregard for other people. At a deeper level, I recognize this as what happens when we are not taught that we are valuable, worthy, powerful and important. I now understand that the Jay Williams story is all about self-value, self-respect and self-worth gone awry because of the lack of effective and meaningful conversations and much-needed instruction at every level of society.

There are moments in time when we find ourselves in the midst of a sacred experience, a time of change, an opportunity for healing that can leave us breathless or totally confused. We have all found ourselves in a moment of time that started out pointing us in one direction and ended up with us either scratching our heads asking how we got here, or weeping with joy that we have arrived in the place in which we find ourselves. Life has a way of opening our hearts and minds to greater possibilities and at the same time pushing us into some pretty scary places that we would rather not visit or even acknowledge. All students of spiritual law know that we are always exactly where we need to be. This has been my experience with the Jay Williams story.

As this story has unfolded, I have sat in the midst of what happens when people cannot hear each other, when they do not know each other and when they allow the pain of their unhealed hearts to govern their choices. I have seen firsthand how we use each other as a balm to heal the places we don’t know how to talk about. It is much clearer to me why it is never a good thing to reach out for something to make you feel better when the core and roots of the issues are within you. I am also convinced that with all the advantages of the technological world in which we live, we have all but abandoned the need to teach people how to connect with one another in an authentic, meaningful and healthy way. We can build spaceships, yet many of us still don’t know how to create meaningful relationships that honor and respect everyone involved. We can earn college degrees online, but few of us will admit that we are inadequately equipped when it comes to telling others the truth about how we feel and what we really want from them. We can enlist and pay people to risk their lives on foreign soil to promote what we know as democracy, yet we will crawl into bed with people, lie to them in order to feel good and walk away with no recognition that we may be leaving behind the seeds of life that will explode into a generation of pain and dysfunction. The Jay Williams story has challenged me in new and exciting ways to listen more deeply and feel more compassionately. At the same time, it has taken me into the depths of human pain, despair and brokenness that has often been easily dismissed and judged as just another story of someone else’s issues and dirty laundry.

We are aware that there is something going on in the African-American community and beyond that is producing a generation of people who do not fit into the mold of the traditional American lifestyle. We don’t always know what to call it, but we will continue to mislabel it until we become willing to see it and talk about it as something more than a television program. We may not all agree about the causes of or the solutions for family dysfunction and the breakdown of cohesive communities, but we must become willing to discuss and address it without judgment. We have embraced a culture of diminishing responsibility by giving new names to traditional roles. Do the baby daddies and mamas not have the same responsibilities as fathers and mothers? Or, are they simply obligated to send checks, buy diapers and not attack the new boyfriends or girlfriends? How does it feel, and what is the impact on self-value, -worth and -esteem to be a child whose father is absent and whose mother wants to test his or her saliva to determine which of the several men she slept with must send her a check? How do we ignite and engage in a social conversation about the things that are destroying the very fibers of our ability to be healthy, productive individuals if we cannot look at the people who demonstrate the problems without calling them names (and attacking those who bring these stories to public awareness)? How do we make the distinction between exploitive entertainment and the possibilities of inner-tainment, programming that provides us with an opportunity to see ourselves publicly within the sacred confines of our own homes?

This story and all the people involved have touched my soul in a way that has no words. It has forced me to revisit places in my own life where I still have incomplete conversations and judgments of others and myself that need to be forgiven. Jay’s story was an extreme case of family dysfunction and broken relationships; however, the issues it has brought to light are familiar and common to many. My prayer is that the fifth and sixth installments of this story will take us beyond social media into our hearts and souls, where we can begin to face a deeper level of truth about what Jay Williams represents in all of us. My hope is that the children who sit in the same place that Jay’s children sit will give themselves permission to weep through the sorrow of it all and then tell their parents how they really feel about being the fruits of the healing they have not been willing to do. If this story is actually what I believe it to be, a wake-up call from the universe, men will stop making excuses, women will stop being angry, and people will start talking and healing the things that really matter: relationships, families and our collective investment in the future of this world. People may not agree about why I do what I do the way I do it. They may continue to question my motives, intentions and the size of my paycheck. That will not make this story or the issues it has placed on the table of public conversation go away. One man, one story, has opened the floodgates of healing, growth and a new reality. We simply must do better.

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Actress Spills Details About Her Role

Here’s a side of “American Horror Story” you’ve never seen before.

Behind all the crazy scary teasers and trailers for “AHS: Freak Show” are real people — actors who sometimes have to deal with unique challenges.

Due to a condition called sacral agenesis, actress Rose Siggins’ legs were amputated when she was young, but, given the chance, she wouldn’t change a thing. Siggins embraces her role as Legless Suzy on “AHS.”

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The Struggle to Reach Out and Tell the Climate Story

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“Nope, no. No. Nuh-uh. These aren’t good.”

I’m sitting next to one of my instructors at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism where I’m taking a course in multimedia. We’re going through a series of photographs I’d taken for an assignment and he’s critiquing them.

“The photos don’t make me feel anything,” he says.

The day before, I had gone out to shoot photos with an agenda: to find a story about climate change and how it affects people — the same thing I do every day at work. I intended to find a science person to interview about the California drought and work in a climate change angle. But that was not going to happen. The instructors had given us an insanely tight deadline for a series of assignments — all due simultaneously — and restricted the location for our stories. On top of that, I was struggling with unfamiliar equipment.

The instructors also told us not to get blocked into our initial vision. But I was blocked and I was ticked off, too. It was obvious that I was not going to have my way. I felt like I was being pressed into an assignment that was impossible to complete within the allotted time frame. And frankly, I also thought the assignment was beyond my skill set and unrealistic for me.

But the assignment was due and there was no way I was going to quit. I was out in the field, walking around, and I absolutely had to find a stranger, interview him or her and make it work, period, end of story, done. Wandering through my assigned neighborhood, I stopped to admire a well-groomed garden in the front yard of one of the homes. When the homeowner, Migdalia Collazo, walked out onto her porch, I asked if she would allow me to photograph and interview her.

During that first photo shoot, I focused on composition, color, light and context, thinking that was the route to a compelling shot. But my photos were lacking the most important element: a compelling story, something to feel.

After the critique, my teacher’s words stayed with me, reverberating in my head:

The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.

As a climate and Earth science communicator, I find this is the biggest challenge. We’re in a constant fight to capture attention, to move people, to make them care about how their behavior is affecting Earth.

To feel something.

But we get caught up with logical analysis of facts and don’t understand why many people don’t hear our stories. This is incredibly frustrating because, for us, climate change is so important, so dire, such a big deal. We desperately want to reach out and let our stories be told, to find the right way for the meaning to get through.

So from now on, I’m committed. My goal is to find a way to inspire you to feel something.

I look forward to reading your comments,
Laura

This post originally appeared on NASA’s Earth Right Now blog.

This blog post is part of the #WhyICare blog series, curated by the editors of HuffPost Generation Change in recognition of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. To see all the other posts in the series, click here.

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Offers babies and toddlers with an introduction to the Bible. This little book includes 12 best-loved stories from the Old and New Testaments – from God’s creation of the world to the resurrection of Jesus. It helps them find out about Noah’s big boat, learn what happened to Daniel in the lions’ den, and see Jesus feeding thousands of followers.

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Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption

Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption


Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isnt going to be as easy as hed imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, and mental breakdowns, to stormy weather and hallucinations, Cosgrove rides the waves, holding on as best he can to his dream of doing something grand. Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone and everything he loves, he is forced to ask himself one question: what in Gods name am I doing here? In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. In the midst of his adventures, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his future still seemed bright and expansive. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, Cosgrove keeps his sense of humor throughout his harrowing journey. Imperfect Passage is the story of one mans perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can, in his or her own way, conquer the unconquerable.

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I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales


For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States. He had a Top 40 hit with “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which gave national audiences the first taste of his insightful songwriting, at once satirical and sincere. Hailed by critics as one of the top albums of 2004, “East Nashville Skyline” was followed by “The Devil You Know” and “The Excitement Plan.” Snider’s songs took on George W. Bush and America’s recent involvement in foreign war, along with a host of more intimate topics. As good as Snider’s albums have been, his in-concert monologues are even better. His shows are a loose-limbed, informal experience: it’s often just him and a guitar. He introduces songs with stories that can run as long as twenty minutes, always displaying his charm and wit. As he’s allowed his storytelling to evolve along with his music, Snider has become not only a modern day Bob Dylan but a modern day Will Rogers as well–an everyman whose intelligence, self deprecation, experience, and, above all, humor make him a uniquely American character.

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Rob Reiner on the Middle-Age Love Story ‘And So It Goes’

Rob Reiner says his new movie was inspired by Jack Nicholson. When they were talking to the press about their film, The Bucket List, Nicholson was asked what he wanted to be sure he did before he died. He said he wanted one more great love in his life. Reiner went to As Good as it Gets screenwriter Mark Andrus to write a story about a couple with a chance for one last great romance. That film is And So it Goes, with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. He plays an irascible realtor who has alienated just about everyone he knows. She plays a singer who is still mourning her late husband.

In an interview, Reiner said that there are only three kinds of films that get financed by Hollywood studios these days:

… big superhero tent-pole franchise movies, animated films and R-rated raunchy comedies. There’s not one film that I’ve ever made that could get made today by a studio, not one, even A Few Good Men because it’s an adult courtroom drama and studios do not make them any more. And so every movie that I make, have made and will make is always going be independently financed. And the reason they don’t make movies for adults and for people which are the largest bulge of the population is because they are not usually going to the movie the first weekend. They take a while to learn about it, probably word of mouth. It takes a lot of money to release a picture. They want to get the money right away and so they want to make blockbuster-type movies. But there is a lot of money to be made if you give that audience something that they want to see and hopefully with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas the first time they’ve ever been together, they’ll be interested to see that.

The last time Reiner directed Michael Douglas, he was playing a close-to-perfect character in The American President. This time his character, Oren Little, is a bitter man who wants nothing to do with anyone, including his son and granddaughter. Reiner keeps the audience on Oren’s side by showing us “the evolution which happens in the character as he progresses through the film.”

Here’s a guy who may have had this rough side to begin with but it is exacerbated by the fact that his son had drug problems and he’s been estranged from his son. His wife passed away and he’s basically ready to check out and get out of there. He meets this woman who lives next door in this fourplex and finds out that he has a 10-year-old granddaughter that he didn’t even know he had. It’s through the relationship with them that a softer side of him starts to come out and I think you then ultimately come to like him. But it takes a while.

Reiner described the estrangement between Oren and his son.

Oren’s a lot of bigger-than-life kind of character. He talks about how he has the biggest real estate deals and he has his face on the bus bench. And I think for kids sometimes growing up if your father has a larger-than-life character you can feel diminished. And if you are person who is shy and doesn’t have an outgoing personality you can feel like you’re a failure or like you don’t live up to him, and so I think there was an insecurity with that young guy and he started using drugs as a way to feel better. And then he got into a bad place and maybe the father wasn’t as available as he might have been in those early years. I think of that generation, when the parents were more hooked into each other than they were to the children. I think that in our generation we dote on our children more than our parents did to us.

Both of the lead characters are struggling with grief and loss. But the contrast between their responses is one of the ways we learn about the different ways they approach life and relationships.

I think you have two people that have shut down a part of themselves because of loss. She is trying to reconnect with life by launching this singing career at age 65, but the part of her that thinks of herself as a sexual being is kind of tucked away. He’s thinking, “I’m gonna go away and just live in Vermont and go fishing.” They kind of do this dance around each other for a while until they start to feel like these feelings are reawakened inside of them. But then just like when you’re a young person feeling that, it’s scary. When you’re a young person you’re nervous because you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re kind of fumbling around, but when you get to become an adult you’ve had wives and husbands and you’ve been through it and you know what it’s like to have a loss and how painful it is to have a loss. You’re a little tentative about being with that person for those reasons so the dance looks the same but what at stake is slightly different.

This is Reiner’s third consecutive film featuring a character who is a young girl. Sterling Jerins plays Oren’s granddaughter.

Sterling is really gifted. She came in to read for me and I was like, ‘Whoa, who is this person?’ She was nine years old at the time and she had done a part in World War Z. She played Brad Pitt’s daughter. She had a little experience and she just stuck to it. She wasn’t intimidated at all. That’s a good thing about kids — you don’t know anything to know that you should be intimidated. You can always tell if a kid is going to be good if you look at their parents. Her mother was great and you knew that she was going to be okay. The ones that are troubled you can tell where it’s coming from.

Reiner says he never got any advice directly from his father, the legendary writer/director/actor Carl Reiner, but he learned a great deal from watching him.

When I was 14, 15, 16 during the summer when I was off from school, I would go every single day with him to The Dick Van Dyke Show and watch him. I watched him work with the actors, work with the writers. I saw the stage, the performances and where they put the cameras and all that. So that’s how I learned. It wasn’t so much from him sitting down, “Well, son, this is how you do it.”

He also learned a great deal when he was a young actor on All in the Family, playing the son-in-law of Archie Bunker.

We did over 200 shows in front of a live audience. So I learned a lot about what audiences like, what they don’t like, how stories are structured. I would spend a lot of time in the writing room and I actually wrote some scripts. And from Carroll O’Connor I learned a lot about how you perform and how important the script and story are for the actors. So the actor doesn’t have to push things. You can let the story and the dialogue support you if it’s good. I had great people around me and I took from all the people that was around.

He compared Oren to Archie Bunker.

Carroll O’Connor brought his humanity to the character even though he had these abhorrent views. He’s still a feeling, human being. He loved his wife even though he acted the way he did, and he loved his daughter. Those things come out. I don’t think anybody’s all good or all bad.

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Zonderkidz Biography/Champion Striker: The Lionel Messi Story

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Lionel Messi may not be all that tall, but he packs a wallop in his 5'' 6 frame. At age 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, and he faced an uphill battle on his road to becoming a star athlete.  An offer from Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona allowed Messi to receive medical treatment in Spain and gave him the chance to play for one of the greatest teams in soccer.  Now the captain of the Argentina national team Lionel Messi is one of the all-time greats for both his club and his country.  Nicknamed the Flea, Messi is fast on his feet and imposing on the soccer field, earning himself the third consecutive player of the year, or FIFA Ballon d''Or award, while playing forward for FC Barcelona and Argentina''s national team. His story of self-sacrifice, determination, and faith will inspire readers young and old to work hard to achieve their dreams. Five league championships, three Champions League titles and an Olympic Gold Medal are only the beginning of his accomplishments. He is a three time world player of the year and the all-time leading scorer for the world famous FC Barcelona.  The 2011-2012 season saw Messi break soccer legend Gerd Muller''s single season record for most goals scored.  Off the field Leo Messi is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity supporting access to education and health care for vulnerable children.
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Archie The Friendly Spider, Kids Short Bedtime Story Books – 4 Book Bundle

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This is a collection of 4 books plus one bonus story (exclusive to this bundle). These are childrens short stories, following the adventures of Archie The Friendly Spider as he continues on his quest to ‘make friends and influence people’ See what others say about his adventures: ***Humor and suspense make a first rate children’s story: J Chambers: Top 50 reviewer*** “The three stories are well written and include the elements that make a good children’s story: humor, suspense, and just enough danger to give the story some tension without being too scary. Also, each story is short enough to hold a child’s attention. I don’t usually comment on book covers, but the cover art is pretty cute, giving Archie a child’s face instead of an anatomically correct spider’s head, which would have been really scary.” *** Good Bedtime Story: Roberta Karchner – Top 50 Reviewer *** “I’m not certain what age group would be able to easily read this, but it makes an excellent bedtime story for kids, including my own granddaughter who is enjoying exploring the world. There is danger, but not enough to stress out little kids. And they will relate well to being small in a very big world, just like Archie!” *** Lovely wee children’s book: Niknok *** “This is a really nicely written children’s book & the story is just the right length for the age group-not too long or short. I really enjoyed & it more importantly, so did my daughters!” *** Great book for 5/6 year olds: Granny Annie *** “Downloaded this prior to going on holiday with my grandchildren aged 5 and 3. The five year old loved it – although I needed to moderate some of the bigger words. The stories are just the right length for this age group. We read it several times over!” What’s Inside the cover: Book 1: Archie Looks For A Friend The Girl Next Door A Surprise Encounter Archie Finds A Friend Book 2: Archie’s Adventures Begin! Archie Gets Attacked! Archie’s Mum Meets His New Friends Agnes Is Thrown Away! Book 3: Edinburgh Z

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‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’ Gets A Delightfully Creepy First Teaser

“American Horror Story: Coven” may have raked 17 nominations in the upcoming Emmys, but all eyes are on “American Horror Story: Freakshow” now, with its creepy new teaser released Sunday, July 13.

In the 20-second clip, the seemingly innocuous — but truly ominous — music we’ve come to expect from the series sounds, as white wings part on a small stage to reveal a sad blond woman. The camera then shifts to her rear, unveiling a terrifying clown character operating her bloody lever. Freakshow, indeed!

The Ryan Murphy-helmed Season 4 “will be set around a carnival sideshow in early-1950s Florida,” according to Rolling Stone. “Jessica Lange will return for her fourth season on the show to play a German ex-pat who runs the sideshow.”

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly in May, adding: “I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the ‘Asylum’ season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.”

Umm … that explains the clown??

Sarah Paulson will also be making her return to the FX anthology and she even revealed her character via Twitter in June: a two-headed woman named Bette and Dot.

We’re already having nightmares.
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Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Toddler Costume

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A Christmas Story Dear Santa Travel Mug: 674449095608

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A Christmas Story Dear Santa Travel Mug: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas this year is a brand new BB gun and a coffee travel mug. I promise I won’t shoot my eyes out. Sincerely, Ralphie. P.S. If the travel mug can feature my closest friend and family, that would be absolutely fantastic. P.P.S.
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I Love You Baby Girl… A heartbreaking true story of child abuse and neglect.

I Love You Baby Girl… A heartbreaking true story of child abuse and neglect.


What are some of your childhood memories? Could they be things like a special birthday party, a family trip, a reward for an achievement? Sarah had her own set of childhood memories, a boy tied to a chair, a dark leather belt, forgotten birthdays, being hungry, vacant eyes, and lost innocence. These are the memories that put dark clouds on her days, and caused her to cry out in her dreams. These are the memories of a child living a life enveloped within child abuse.”I Love You Baby Girl”, is the true story of the adversity and triumphs one girl faced as she fought against those that threatened her very survival. Cry with Sarah as her pain is described, wonder how she could survive the constant abuse, cheer her on as she fights back, and rejoice with her when she finally breaks through to freedom from a life of heartbreak.Amazon Reviews (4.4 of 5 stars):This is a good book with a horrific story. I applaud the author for sharing her story of triumph and perseverance. It opens the question: Why don’t we protect our children and listen to them.This is the incredible true story of a young girls early life. She was horribly abused, physically and sexually, and yet she found a way to pick herself up from that and become a full person again. If it doesn’t make you feel something then you are dead inside. I think it is an important read. Be aware of the world around you and what might be going on right under your nose.

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The Story of Viv Albertine + Joanna Hogg Triptych Screening at Lincoln Center (Exclusive VIDEO)

Herewith, the story of Viv Albertine, star of Hogg’s Exhibition, and also of her own life — begun as a “poor North London girl” and lived through London Punk, a directing career, motherhood, illness, acting, authorship re-starting her band — all of which will serve her daughter very well, by way of a life-example. Plus, film notes on Unrelated and Exhibition.


Viv Through This, or, Girl Not On A Motorcycle

I met Viv Albertine at SXSW a few years back and invited her to share her life-story on-cam, which she gamely did. It’s a story beginning with her besties (“Whenever I’m working, I always think back to that gang of girls”) during formative years in London when arthouse cinema and exhibitions were meaning-conferrers and circumstance-transcenders for “Poor North London girls”, and coursing through a life-changing decision to get a guitar instead of a motorcycle (noting she’d “Probably be dead” if she had got the motorbike — which prompts one to say: R.I.P., dear, mighty Nico); dating Mick Jones; starting a famous non-band with Sid Vicious; joining with the now-legendary (again, sadly, RIP Ari Up) The Slits; getting serious and becoming a model art student after years of not doing so, followed by a career directing and making money (“I’ve never looked so boring as when I had so much money…unlike now that I’m poor again, and I have to make stuff up”); surviving a decade of serious illness — which, in a fascinating, unintended bit of life-poetry, she notes, was an ordeal without which she might not have been the Mum she succeeded in being, followed by her return to music, subsequent to which “my marriage exploded”, an inevitability no doubt infinitely preferable to her other considered option of “Running screaming into the sea and never returning, because we lived right at the edge of a cliff…”

She concludes by noting that while her daughter sees less of her than before, “What she does see, I think, is quite inspiring.” Well done, here’s to, well, the future?

Viv Albertine interviewed by Michael Vazquez

Viv sings her life, shares needles (in song). If the butterfly double-vision is nauseating, just begin at the 4:24 mark for the live performance, followed by a full-frame repeat of the interview (after the same intro which opens this clip). This is best in full-screen — click the full-screen option in the lower left corner, to the right of the YouTube logo. After this interview, I urged her, as I do nearly everyone I speak with, famous or not, to sing her life in a book. She did (though not likely because of anything I said) and it’s been published and can be found HERE)

Albertine can be seen (though not heard very much, per the film’s theme) in Exhibition, Hogg’s latest film (see notes after this review of Hogg’s debut feature, Unrelated)

Unrelated, or, Indian Summer

In what would make an excellent double-bill, or a realistic sequel with/to Rohmer’s achingly gentle classic, Summer, Joanna Hogg’s Unrelated takes us on holiday with Anna, a woman somewhat similar to Summer’s Delphine, perhaps a decade-plus on from the afterglow of le rayon vert (presuming that she had discovered her future mate, and subsequently, the inevitable(?) anti-climax to that film’s magical last scene) finding herself about to be eclipsed by middle-age, (with menopausal infertility the off-camera, pre-film catalyst).

This life-soldier of quiet desperation is played by Kathryn Worth, who has the shy, attractive semi-mawk (that’s a compliment) of Michelle Phillips; hers is also a countenance of perpetual reticence, informed equally by reserve and more importantly, the kinetic energy withheld by same. The reserves of kinetic energy, the mechanisms of containment and the damage created from same — as well as the inevitable short-lived bursts of drama — are the bailiwick of Hogg’s triptych to date, and Kathryn Worth is pitch-perfect as Hogg’s prototypical front-line troop, in this debut film.

The drawing out of, and return to said state of reserve is depicted throughout the film by Hogg’s hyper-present visual language: a seemingly endless field of wilted, deadened flowers indicate the short bloom (and long decline) that characterizes so many human lives; knee-high desiccated reeds indicate the onset of middle age; barren, dusty paths with greenery just out of reach or off in the distance (usually up or down a hill) indicate boring trajectories and irreversible loss of youth; the patterns (“patterns” itself being a richly metaphorical term) worn in some scenes by Anna, comprised of the solid colors worn by those around her, indicating limbo; a relatively neutral-toned wardrobe which progress toward livelier colors and a subsequent return to drabs or black and white jogging clothes; bikes — solitary, positioned against walls in different directions, or nuzzling together — representing intimacy, attraction or the lack thereof; and, in my favorite sequence of this film, we see a wrecked car being towed in reverse near a road sign with the number ‘twenty” locked in a circle, and to my mind, indicating the span of one’s youth.

It’s worth noting that this image is seen after a (off-camera) car crash by a young driver, drunk on a concoction she’s not accustomed to, one of her dad’s cocktails, known as his “lethals” (the stodginess and or status-conferring properties of which they discuss at length before imbibing), in an episode making for a very well-done metaphorical encapsulation of becoming one’s parents and making, well, a wreck of one’s life. Although in a (very) few other instances, Hogg’s sense of visual metaphor can get somewhat literalist, it is always a comfortingly continual psychic presence as the film’s thermometer.

By way of a plot summary, if it must be included: a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown arrives, sans her hubby, at the Italian villa rented by her oldest friend, Verena (gamely, natively embodied by Mary Roscoe, who in Hogg’s most recent film Exhibition, again plays a life-less-ordinary-accepting everywife, equally laughable, pitiable and contemptible).

At an outdoor dinner, we see Anna standing alone on the phone, telling her partner that she needs some time for herself. She’s positioned at the end of a lawn, between her friends’ families and a railway line, as a train passes into the distance, and thusly do we ken her sense of limbo and missed opportunity, though one might also note that the train has a dual significance, inasmuch as in Hogg’s universe of eternal return — not metaphysically speaking; rather, on a more mundane scale of forbearance, life-acceptance — there will be another one tomorrow, albeit not under the same exact circumstances, not with the same opportunities, but more or less on schedule.

At odds with her slowly soul-crushing fate and needing to avoid reminders of her station in life, from day to day Anna subtly eschews her old college friend and instead accompanies “the young” (as the parents call their progeny) on toking sessions, jaunts into town and drinking games, finding some respite from her general alienation, not unlike Lisa in the episode of “The Simpsons”, wherein she has her seaside summer of friends, seeming to overcome the challenge of her existential facticity, realizing through her company’s carelessness and acceptance, that it needn’t all be so heavy — for a time, at least. The events making up the adventure of the film, I leave for you, dear reader, to discover.

The very worthwhile Unrelated (my personal favorite of this threesome) is having a one-week run at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center beginning 6/27 More info can be found HERE


Exhibition, or, “Safe European Home”, or, “Subdivisions”, or, A Room of One’s Own

When I asked Viv Albertine to tell me the story of her life on-camera, I wouldn’t have guessed that she’d soon star in a film with themes so very similar to what she’d told me that she’d experienced herself — not as a female Punk, circa ’77, but years later as a wife, or as she often describes herself, as a muted MILF, no longer able to express herself (hence, as she explains it, the explosion of her close to twenty-year marriage when she returned to music).

Albertine is mostly seen — and, apropos to this relationship-slash-character-study, not really heard much — throughout Exhibition’s very smart depiction of a couple’s life(style) and love (and lack thereof) as they live their work-(from-home)-a-day existence. Suffice to say, this is a nearly silent film entirely about coupledom, and by this I mean co-existence, inhibition, self-development. Both are artists, he more successful, she still finding her voice. The never-referred-to-by-name (in title credits nor by each other) D (Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick) are a couple who have ostensibly become what they set out to be, in an architecturally unique home.

And though they are artists, their stasis and traditional default mode of male dominance — not through the trad assignment of domestic tasks, but rather, in the drowning out of her voice whenever he asks her what she’s working on — are in many ways no different than those found in the domestic anti-climax of a trad couple, the folks they perhaps once deemed themselves different from, a circumstance perhaps symbolized countless ways in Hogg’s cinema-universe (again, in Hogg’s films, architecture and landscapes are hyper-present metaphorical signifiers of her characters’ existential stations) including a spiral staircase which was supposed to lead one to the sunlight of the rooftop, and is in fact walled-in with a trad ceiling.

Their house is a unique habitat, modularized (and made metaphorical) by sliding walls that eradicate passageways whilst diabolically reinforcing the impossibility of attaining the isolation/freedom required to get work done as an individual, and yet also impeding a genuine sense of intimacy between the couple, each always liminally aware of the Dreaded — I mean Significant — Other. Sound design is a key element in this film, at time for worse (there are a few somewhat by-the-numbers contrived instances) and for the better (the sliding walls which enclose each of them in their workspaces sound like distant, ominous thunder whenever opened, with each instance of a door-slide freezing one of the couple — usually D — mid-work, in anticipation of the subsequent interruption). And so, by way of referencing a few lyrics (Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan + New Order — at least on the live version — respectively), despite their prior rage, they are still perhaps just rats in a cage? And though they perhaps don’t wanna be like other people are, they are?

Sex is unfulfilling to say the least, and in a few tragicomic scenes, D is seen doggedly trying to masturbate, satisfying what seems to be a need for a certain kind of bondage, (ironically restrained from restrainment by the restraint of the proverbial ties that bind) while H, looking to attain intimacy, is woefully trad (or perhaps merely mismatched) in his attempts at seduction. Or, by way of a Monty Python reference, like the nuns in Monty Python & The Holy Grail, she is more game than he realizes, has needs beyond his trad sphere of sexuality.

Although their relationship — but not their genuinely tender regard for each other — seems to be wearing thin, we get a glimpse of even greener moss (I’m referencing Bombeck, not Dylan) when they visit another couple for dinner, and endure so much prattle (again delivered by Mary Roscoe, from Unrelated) that D feigns a dead faint just to get out of having to sit through dessert. They bond over this episode and he perhaps experiences a kind of grown-up realization during what seems to be a bad trip, after fleeing their back-at-home moment of domestic bliss on the couch to embark on an excursion to acquire some form of substance which apparently had created a disaster of sorts in the past, which she mentions to him as she begs him not to go, before following him on tip-toe through the streets, in a very tender act and quite moving scene which is also representative of how when one is in a couple, she or he no longer really acts alone, and this includes being lovingly protected from self-destruction.

This is followed by her (I think?) reading his work in which he seems to use their relationship as material, (specifically his frustration at her not accepting his advice, decrying that he’s reduced to merely keeping her company, to which she, in-book replies, that his comments derail her and that yes, he’s her companion) and we then see steam being released from the home as she willfully disturbs his workflow by requesting that he turn on the heat in the house.

Subsequently she (apparently now liberated to begin her work) makes like DH (the source for their initials? Nah?) Lawrence and creates portraits of a lady, namely herself, semi-nude and in a wedding veil, exercising the acts of restraint and gratification she cannot get in coupledom, and these all seem to be healthy advancements, as they evolve towards a new level of intimacy, signified by their making love, and her utilization of her (sigh) frustrated identity as a woman in a series of self-portraits.

They proceed in earnest with the selling of the house and by way of self-referential casting, we get a visit from realtors, played by Tom Hiddleston and Harry Kershaw, whose characters in Hogg’s debut film Exhibition, were on the cusp of adulthood, and are now grown-up, doing the same job as the heartbreaker-slash-ordinary boy (despite his Smiths T-shirt) in the college memory-book of the eponymous protagonists in the Mike Leigh classic, Career Girls.

And so, their phase of living amidst what they hoped would be productivity-engendering subdivisions in a design-heavy home now complete, they sell and move, and perhaps like in that classic Rush song “Subdivisions”, they’ll retreat into a lit up street and quiet nights. They throw a party, the centerpiece of which is a cake-replica of their house. In one of the film’s more literalist moments, she says, as they dish out sections of the cake-house “We should have torn that wall down long ago.” They are next seen packing [SPOILER ALERT] as she announces that she’s been asked to do a one-woman exhibition at a gallery and he is genuinely happy for her.

Whilst one might consider the ending a bit optimistic, almost instant and unrealistic (unlike the seemingly much more organically instantaneous fish-returning-to-water survival instincts-slash-resolution-by-denial of her other characters at the end of her other films, (that is, until the next wave of unresolved emotions to be endured) perhaps rather, the eponymous ending of Exhibition (a title which actualy seems to have several meanings within this film) might be cinematically inspirational for a woman or a man (though you could say this is Hogg’s most “feminist” film to date, concerned as it is with repression and voice-discovery, rather than, say, menopause, though menopause is no less a topic for feminist discourse) committed to coupledom, yet requiring that proverbial room of one’s own.

Exhibition is screening from 6/23 to 7/03 at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. More info can be found HERE

Random Notes

To this day, when I hear the name “Vivian”,
I hear Adrian, AKA Richard Michael “Rik” Mayall, yelling the name in exasperation, yet again the brunt of his Trash-Metalhead housemate’s pranks and tortures. I’m talking about “The Young Ones”, a show which during the 80s was the only bit of television I would watch (after horking up just a few bong hits, on Sunday nights in my dorm’s common room, one of the few times I would actually leave my room — and I don’t mean classes notwithstanding). Mayall played Adrian, a lily-livered, would-be subversive, to a “T”. He also delivered one helluva King Herod in the excellent British staged production of “Jesus Chris Superstar”. John Lydon (see my interview with him HERE) will be taking up that role in an upcoming production. RIP, Mr. Mayall, and thanks so much for everything.


Home By The Sea, or file under: 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, or, I’m just a hater:
Archipelago, Hogg’s second film focuses on an affluent family on holiday amidst tensions, perhaps particularly in the absence of the (presumedly very busy) husband/father, who does not travel with them. Although it accomplishes its tonal ambitions and is quite engaging, I found myself wishing during a restaurant scene — to again reference Monty Python — that they’d all ordered the salmon mousse, and for Death to arrive and say to them “You fucking British…” I’ll concede that I’m probably being a hater herein, and I’ll note that this comment is intended as levity; I rarely presume to pan films — the space is always better used suporting that which you love. All three films seen together make for a rich, rewarding experience of work by a director who will be doing much more.

Archipelago is having a one-week run at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center beginning 6/27 More info can be found HERE

File not under extra-credit, but crucial reading: Though I have not read Albertine’s book, to be certain Selector lead singer Pauline Black’s book Black By Design and Morrissey’s book Autobiography make for, some dynamite reading during warm summer days (outdoors locale optional).

File under: Still ill? Godspeed, you black emperor: Feel better Morrissey, we’re all rooting for you. Tours, release dates matter not. Maybe your next filmed meditation should be on illness, recovery and the self-knowledge engendered during same — though again, no rush.
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