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Yelang Valley of Masks

For 20 years, 76 year-old Song Peilun has been transforming an ancient valley in Guizhou, China, into a beautiful village of monuments. When visiting the United States, Song discovered striking similarities between the Native Americans and Guizhou ethnic minorities. After seeing the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, the world’s …

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Fine Feathers by Elizabeth St. Hilaire; used with permission
Social

Artist Study: Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Decorative calendars are one of my favorite things, and the Paper Paintings calendar that has been hanging on my wall for 2016 contains art that truly deserves recognition. Flipping through the months this year has been a source of great joy to me, because each time I am greeted with …

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Literature

Book Review: Something Happened

  Something Happened to Bob Slocum. Something Happened (it could’ve been his big brother and Billy Foster’s skinny kid sister, his shriveled mother’s last words, or maybe his mentally handicapped son Derek) to give middle aged Mr. Slocum a crippling apprehension of closed doors, a tendency to steal identity, and …

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Science/Tech

Hope For Our Oceans: Bio-Degradable Six-Pack Rings

Saltwater Brewery, a Florida-based brewing company, along with New York-based ad agency We Believers, have made a revolutionary effort in preserving marine life. Together, they have replaced plastic 6-pack rings with ones that are 100% biodegradable and are also safe for wildlife consumption. These eco-friendly rings are made of wheat …

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Film

Movie Review: Leap Year

Directed by Anand Tucker, Leap Year is a 2010 American romantic comedy that has become my new standard for unrealistic love stories. Anna Brady (Amy Adams), a real estate stager, is a quirky red-headed control freak with severe obsessive compulsive disorder. Impatient that her boyfriend Jeremy Sloane (Adam Scott), a cardiologist, …

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Dodo Birds
Science/Tech

Dumb and Dodo

Is calling someone a “dodo” not an insult after all? It seems that science has potentially butchered another good snub, which disappoints me, but it may be good news for one of my unfortunate friends. Long inhabitants of the island Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the flightless dodo birds led …

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Literature

John Steinbeck on Innocence

Despite the tendency of being associated with ignorance, the state of innocence has long been valued for purity and puerile simplicity. However in the realistic fiction novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck challenges his audience to contemplate his controversial interpretation of innocence. Reflected in the story’s symbolic setting, character …

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Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep are released in Yosemite National Park
Science/Tech

Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Released in Yosemite National Park

Known for their agility on rocky terrain and giant coiled horns, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep have roamed western territories by the thousands before settlers arrived. Adult bighorn sheep, or rams, stand over three feet tall and can weigh up to 220 pounds; females, or ewes, weigh up to 155 pounds. …

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The Nature of Claude Debussy
Literature

The Nature of Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is remembered as a legendary French composer who revolutionized Impressionistic music. Debussy’s ability to imprint misty snatches of color and emotion still fascinate audiences today; the melodies of Clair de Lune, The Girl With Flaxen Hair, and Menuet are familiar to all. So what is the man …

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Ray Bradbury author
Literature

Bradbury Stories: 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales

Bradbury Stories: 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales, a landmark collection, presents a beautifully crooked world to get lost in. For romantics, idealists, risk-takers, and complete maniacs, Bradbury’s stories look deep into the nature of a certain insane species (humans). My Top Five from the Collection: 1. The Beggar on …

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