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The Legend of Korra: a Worthy Sequel


The Legend of Korra focuses on the next installment in the Avatar Cycle. As young Korra–who is the Avatar, and is able to bend three of the four natural elements–proudly displays her abilities to a small group of adults, she shows that she’s clearly capable and very headstrong.

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Hamilton comes to Disney+!

Today’s the day, everyone!

If you’ve ever wanted to see one of the most amazing plays in history, now’s your chance!

Hamilton tells the story of one Alexander Hamilton, a man who was self-made, and self-taught. He learned how to become a part of history by taking control, and by being a little full of himself sometimes.

This is one of the plays that I got to see in New York with my family. It was positively amazing!

Here’s to Hamilton Day,

Meghan B.

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The Wonderful World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a huge part of my childhood.

Growing up, my dad started reading the books to me when I was quite little. When the first book was published, I was around six or seven years old. By the time the book series ended, I was still listening to Dad read Harry Potter to me, even though I could’ve read them on my own.

I also listened to Harry Potter voraciously on my own, using the Jim Dale audiobooks to listen to them on my own. I would often draw scenes from the books, or in later years, be knitting.

I had the first five books on cassette tape, and the last two on CD. #throwbacktohe90s. Now, I’ll be listening to those same books on Audible.

As an adult, I want to return to the world of Harry Potter. The magic, the mystery, and the adventure (as well as the Quidditch) keeps me wanting to return. I remember being obsessed with wizarding world, and still am, Muggle that I am.

I miss re-reading the series, and will soon be returning to Platform 9 and 3/4.

I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good,

Meghan

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New Blue!

Blue October has released a new single called “This is What I Live For,” off of their upcoming tenth album of the same name. With a slower tempo, intimate lyrics, and strong beats, “This is What I Live For” is a solid single.

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Rediscovering Classical Music

Lately, I’ve been getting back into classical music.

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Darkest Dungeon

Ruin has come to our family.

Darkest Dungeon opening.

Darkest Dungeon is one my favorite dungeon crawler games. What makes this game special is how you play the game. You not only face down various monsters, but your band of heroes are effected by everything around them, including the amount of light–or lack thereof–in the dungeons. What’s compelling is the gothic Lovecraftian setting, and the sharp, clever writing.

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Oh My My

Blue October has released a new single.

“Oh My My” is a narrative song about falling in love with someone. It’s catchy, fun, and cheerful. The speaker is a guy who has been struck dumb by the sight of a sad, but pretty, woman. He’s a “sucker for your oh my my”, her dangerous side, and promises to catch her when she falls. He hopes that she’ll return the favor.

I’m excited for Blue October’s new album What I Live For to drop. I love when they come out with new music!

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The Power of Books

Guten morgen, dear reader!

I recently read a wonderful article about a woman who helped bring joy and escape to a group of children during the Holocaust. Helen Fagin, a Holocaust survivor, talks about how books save lives in a letter which can be found in The Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader. In her letter, she describes how books were carefully hidden and read only once a night, to keep from being discovered.

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Dessa

Dessa is a female rapper. She’s also known as a member of the rapping collective Doomtree, a group out of Minneapolis. What drew Dessa to Doomtree was “their raw aesthetics and unique sound” (Wikipedia).

“Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations” (Dessa Wanderer). Dessa’s latest album Chime was a favorite of NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2018.

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A Beginner’s Guide to A Little Life

  1. You will become obsessed with the characters. That’s a given.
  2. Be prepared to cry. Have Kleenex at the ready.
  3. If you don’t love the name Jude, you will be the end of the novel.
  4. If you don’t feel bad for these characters, then you’re heartless.
  5. You’ll feel the aftereffects of the novel days, years afterwards. It’s that powerful.
  6. You’ll want to re-read the book, even though it’ll destroy you again.
  7. You’ll want to visit New York and find the streets mentioned in A Little Life.
  8. You’ll want to buy an actual copy of the book. I know I do.
  9. You’ll probably become obsessed with everything related to A Little Life.
  10. The emotional roller coaster in other books pale in comparison.
  11. The 724-pages fly by.
  12. x = x.
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The Answers (1998)

First albums make first impressions. The Answers, Blue October’s first album, is raw. If this album were a hand, the knuckles on the hand would have scrapped and raw skin. This debut album is an example of what it means to be young and living with mental illness. Weaving in narratives about family, lacking the ability to give yourself advice, and tales of depression, The Answers is a boxing glove that packs a punch.

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London Spy

Two young men fall in love. Then, something awful happens.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Two angels are bowed reverently on the red curtain. The curtain almost looks like a tapestry, or a mural on a wall.

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Moon

Sam’s an astronaut, and just two weeks before he’s due home, he starts to hallucinate.

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New Music Downloads

I do listen to other bands than just Blue October.

I love indie rap, Rammstein, Blind Guardian, Imogen Heap, Atmosphere, Dessa, Doomtree, and tons of scores by famous composers like John Williams, Philip Glass, and some up and coming composers, like Hildur Gudnadttir. I hadn’t heard of her until I watched the show Chernobyl which had me struggling to fall asleep without the lights on. What Hildur Gudnadttir does for music is thrilling, leaving you shivering with tingles from how powerful her music is. She’s a master at writing music, creating top-notch scores.