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Game of Thrones, Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82

(LONDON) — Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series The Avengers to fantasy juggernaut Game of … Game of Thrones, Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82 R.I.P. What a loss, not just to the world of the performing arts.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 6 – Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas’s Day / Krampusnacht Can you say angelic? Book themes for Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas’s Day / Krampusnacht: A story involving children or a young adult book. I was introduced to this story by its 1980s TV adaptation starring Alec Guinness and Ricky […]

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Dinner for One

No New Year’s Eve without this one – ever!

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Grand Finale and BLACKOUT!

Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities I intend to also read a book for the Kwanzaa square and try to get as many of my as-yet missing activities done (Holiday Down Under, Movie Ticket, and Holiday Party), but since completing either activities or reads qualifies for completing a square, as far as the game itself is […]

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Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy

  Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket: – Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie. It took me about three seconds to make up my mind about this one, and I never stopped to think twice – this just had to be one of my all-time favorite stories, which also happens […]

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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (performed by Patrick Stewart)

A “Christmas Carol” for the 21st Century Part of my annual Christmas ritual – and since this year I’m indulging by way of Patrick Stewart’s splendid audio version and the TV adaptation it inspired, here’s my review of the latter … with the added note that my comments on Stewart’s performance in the movie also […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — At the Halfway Point

 Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities   Task the First: The Winter Wonderland: – Reading: A book that is set in a snowy place. – Activity: Take a walk outside and post a picture of something pretty you encountered on your way. => A Visit to Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market   Task the Second: The Silent […]

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Hans Christian Andersen: The Snow Queen

The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express, Part 2 – Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy). Alas, I didn’t have a child handy, and Holly was singularly unimpressed, so I just settled down on my couch and read […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — TA’s Reading List (& Matching Activities)

Thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting yet another great game … this looks like so much fun (again)! — I’m probably going to try pairing activities and reads whenever possible, so I’m going to include all the activities in my list below, too, in addition to my reading choices:   Task the […]

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles … and Dartmoor

“Yes, the setting is a worthy one. If the devil did desire to have a hand in the affairs of men ––”   “I have been in Devonshire.” “In spirit?” “Exactly … After you left I sent down to Stamford’s for the Ordnance map of this portion of the moor, and my spirit has hovered […]

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GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM

Wakeup Call, Williams Style 1965 was the year when, as a result of the Congressional Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, American military buildup in Vietnam began in earnest, and troop strength grew by a factor of no less than eight; from 23,000 at the beginning of the year to roughly 184,000 at the end. 1965 was […]

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DEAD POETS SOCIETY

And what will your verse be in the poem of life? “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden.) Hands […]

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DEAD MAN WALKING

Of Monsters, Murder and Divine Mercy “Sister, I won’t ask for forgiveness; my sins are all I have,” sings Bruce Springsteen in this movie’s title song while the end credits roll over the screen – giving voice once more to Matthew Poncelet and the men portrayed in Sister Helen Prejean‘s nonfiction account on which this […]

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THE CLIENT

Reggie to the Rescue You gotta hand it to John Grisham: Nobody has the various lawyer clichés down pat as well as him – in fact, it almost seems as if he invented or at least, reinvented many of them. As in most of his thrillers, we get a whole handful in The Client: the […]

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THELMA & LOUISE

A Cult Classic – Not Just for Feminists “BOOM!!” Under fire from Thelma and Louise’s guns, the tongue-wagging truck-driver’s pride and joy (and extension of his manhood) goes up in flames. Incredulous, its owner stares at the spectacle and lets off a pitifully helpless and, in its helplessness, hilariously comical tirade against the two female […]

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BOYZ N THE HOOD

How to Survive in South Central South Los Angeles – or South Central, as it used to be known: Where even today the overall crime rate is 23% higher than the national average,*  while at the same time average school test scores are 36% lower, over 40% of all kids don’t even complete high school; […]

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RAIN MAN

246 Toothpicks, “Counting Cards,” and Lessons in Love Have you ever had to communicate with someone on a different wavelength as you; for example because (s)he speaks a different language and you don’t have an interpreter, or because (s)he is unable to communicate verbally at all, or maybe just because you keep misunderstanding each other? […]

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PRIMAL FEAR

Murder and Misdirection “Fui bailar no meu batel além do mar cruel,” sings fadista Dulce Pontes in this movie’s dramatic title song Canção do Mar: “I went dancing in my little boat, beyond the cruel sea.” And it must be just like a nutshell-sized boat dancing on a stormy ocean’s waves that nineteen-year-old Aaron Stampler […]

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PHILADELPHIA

A Good Start “This is the essence of discrimination: Formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics.” (School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987) (Brennan, J.), on remand, 692 F. Supp. 1286 (M.D. Fla. 1988)). This rule, reaffirmed […]

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KNIGHT MOVES

Check – mate? A children’s chess tournament. Two boys facing each other in the final game, intently staring at each other and the chess board between them. They make their moves and register their time. Ultimately, one of them has to concede defeat. Facing “check” twice and almost out of time, he topples his king. […]

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