A Poem

Arts & Culture, Life & Community
Garden of Splendor by Andrea M Garden of splendor, garden of delight Do you realize your marvelous might? Power that excites the birds to sing As butterflies glide on golden wings Children run and jump and roll Adorning themselves, Small hands will hold Expressions of love in blooming bunches As bees sip on their nectar lunches No celebration would be complete Without your aromatic fete Among weeds, thistle, and thorns You stand regally beauty worn In shades of scarlet, gold, and blue Inspiring in us hope anew Garden of splendor, garden of delight Do you realize your marvelous might?  Andrea M currently resides in a shelter for the homeless
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Book Review: A Theory of Relativity

Arts & Culture, Books
Book Review: A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard Family ties can be forged in a multitude of ways. Many families are bound by genetics. Others come together through commitments and choices. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s moving novel, A Theory of Relativity, explores the often-complicated nature of family bonds and, through the story of one family’s incredible journey, shows us how family love and tragedy have equal power to change lives forever. The story opens with a tragedy so intense it’s almost unbearable to read. Gordon McKenna receives the news that his older sister, Georgia, and her husband, Ray Nye, have been killed in a car accident, leaving their one-year-old daughter Keefer an orphan. The McKenna and Nye families, reeling from the shock of losing Georgia and Ray, are now faced with…
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Book Review: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Arts & Culture, Books
A good baseball game can keep us on the edge of our seats. So can a good love story. Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding has both, along with a cast of well-drawn, fascinating characters. Together, these elements combine to keep readers eagerly turning the pages of this beautifully crafted bestselling first novel. Henry Skrimshander is a quiet kid from a no-name South Dakota town who has been unobtrusively developing into a supremely talented shortstop. One summer, while playing in an amateur league tournament, he catches the eye of Mike Schwartz, the catcher from an opposing team, who is also the captain of the baseball team at Westish College in Wisconsin. Mike sees Henry’s talent and orchestrates his admission into Westish. There, Henry’s life becomes intertwined with the lives of…
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The Avengers: The Mightiest Comic Book Movie on Earth

Arts & Culture, Movies
Arguably the greatest superhero movie of all time, The Avengers hit theaters with Hulk-smashing box office records. Marvel Studios released their latest and greatest film in May, and they did not disappoint. The film opens on experiments taking place inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, when an unexpected interruption from Loki, last seen in Thor, throws the whole operation out of order. Loki takes the Tesseract, the object of the experiments and a source of unlimited power, and threatens the world with war and ultimate destruction. This new threat forces Nick Fury to call upon Earth’s mightiest heroes and form a new super-team, the Avengers! Whether you’re a fan of the original comic books, the top-notch cast, or seemingly non-stop action, I almost guarantee that you will love this movie. The film…
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Have an Appetite for Action? Try the Hunger Games

Arts & Culture, Movies
Said to be one of the most anticipated films based on a book series, The Hunger Games tells the heart-wrenching story of a girl who’d do anything to protect her younger sister, and a society that takes pleasure in watching the suffering of the less fortunate among them. This gripping science-fiction tale is set in the post-war capitol city of Panem and its 12 surrounding districts. The story is centered on a televised blood-sport tournament in which two representatives from each district, one male and one female, fight to the death for the amusement of the rest of the nation. The story begins when heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, offers herself as a sacrifice to take the place of her younger sister, who was chosen to take part…
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Google Captures History with the Google Art Project

Arts & Culture, Technology
If you’ve been following Google news lately, you’ve no doubt heard the announcement of their futuristic augmented reality product, Google Glass, but less touted and equally impressive has been a major expansion of the Google Art Project. Though launched over a year ago, the Google Art Project has gone largely unnoticed until this past month. For the uninitiated, the Google Art Project is a virtual gallery containing detailed scans of some of history’s greatest works of art. Short of traveling across the world or catching some of the pieces on tour, this may be the best way to experience these astonishing works of art. In some ways it may even be better. These are not scans of reproductions, but high-resolution photographs of the actual works of art, showing a stunning…
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