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The Marvel Movie for your Zodiac Sign.
If we're being honest, everybody and their granny has seen a Marvel movie or, at the very least, knows about the MCU. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating the Box Office year after year, ever since Iron Man first graced the big screen. Despite how awesome these movies are and how life-changing they've been to so many people, for many of us it can be hard for the worldwide phenomena to feel personal sometimes. With millions of adoring fans for every side character, it can be pretty daunting trying to find your special MCU film.
10 Unique Pipes That Double as Home Decor
There's no gentle way to say this: the majority of mainstream cannabis pipes are absolute eyesores. You know exactly what I'm talking about. Nearly every corner store has a case packed full of gaudy glass pieces, their surfaces swirled with neon colors and embossed with 420 emblems. No big deal if you're a twenty two year old still fueled mostly by Four Loko and 7-11 snacks, but - especially in the era of Alexa family drop-ins and Zoom live classes - some of us would prefer a bit more... subtlety.
Vampires: Literature and Pop Culture
Looking into how most supernatural characters are perceived in literature, it strays far from what pop culture has seen as a being who is sickly pale with an unstoppable bloodlust. Although there's a comparison to the common supernatural being in both literature and pop culture, there are various characteristics that would set them apart. The regal interpretation within William Polidori’s The Vampyre and looking into the Salvatore brothers of L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries these comparisons of vampires can also be separated by their complete differences based on the author’s perception. Withing William Polidori’s The Vampyre, this short story is described as a man of high society rather than going into the normal depiction of a typical vampire; an individual with pale skin and blood lust but can only appear during nightfall (one that fits the description a Nosferatu vampire). Although this has changed during the times of literature that tells of certain aspects of the horror or supernatural, Polidori gives this being the physicality of a high ranked nobleman in Victorian society "His peculiarities caused him to be invited to every house... though its form and outline were beautiful, many female hunters after notoriety attempted to win his attention." (Polidori)
Dear Miss, my High School Teacher. Thank you for seeing me. Years too late, these words come together to help me express myself in a way I thought I would never feel strong enough to. You called yourself just a teacher, as if you were nothing more than another leaf falling from a tree in Autumn. You stood in front of the class as if it were your calling in life- treating each student as a precious and beautiful example of what a dedicated teacher can do to shape a young life. I stand here today as an example of your dedication to your profession and to each student, your touch on my life forever entwined into my personality, my spirit and the ever-changing person I am.
Stardew Valley changed my life
The global pandemic has forced all of us to rethink our daily lives, re-evaluate what we hold dear and what we crave in our entertainment. It has affected me in ways I didn't think were possible. For one, the boredom and loneliness had me thinking about trying a cutesy farming RPG with ancient graphics. Little did I know that it would change my life and cause me to change the way I see retro gaming.
5 Great Books I Read in March '21
It has been one whole year since lockdown started here in the UK and now, I feel like everyone has really found their special books. Whether it be the realms of fantasy, classic literature, dining with Dracula in the gothic or even in the helpful images of the comic book - there are books out there for everyone and I believe a lot of people have tried to find their own interests when it comes to literature.
To My Girls
To my girls, The assignment is to write an open letter to the strongest woman I know. But how can I choose just one when each of you is so incredible?
7 Lessons I Learned From Practising Martial Arts
I started to train martial arts 16 years ago, I knew this art of living will shape my life forever - and accompany me in every step I take. I am eternally grateful to all my masters for teaching me the art of living - through the practice of martial arts.
How To Laugh, Learn, Vomit and Scream In 22 Minutes
There are a shockingly large percentage of the population that has never seen this piece of high definition mastery created by the great Mike Schur. It's bizarre to me for a few reasons.
- Third Place in If This, Then That Challenge
5 Stranger Towns to Visit After Hawkins...
I know. I KNOW. It’s been over a year since your last visit to Hawkins, Indiana. You miss Dustin. You’re itching to fly down Maple Street on your tricked-out BMX and what you wouldn’t give for a burger from Benny’s. Hawkins felt like home for three seasons so it’s no surprise that we’re experiencing a sort of homesickness for this strange little town. It all comes down to the milieu.
5 Ways Vocal Is Making Me a Better Writer
You could argue that the biggest draw of Vocal is their monthly and weekly Challenges, which lures writers to join the platform with significant cash prizes for the top entries.
Going Green isn't Radical
It’s been a long day. You slump onto your couch, exhausted. You open up your phone in search of relief, a meme, and a few wholesome updates from your friends on social media. Upon starting the app, a depressing video reveals itself at the top of the screen. A slow symphony fades in, piano and violin lamenting together. A scarred turtle appears, wincing as a good Samaritan dislodges a straw from its nostril.
I am what British actress Emma Watson calls “self-partnered.” Once a clingy, insecure, co-dependent girlfriend desperate to secure a ring on my finger, I have since morphed into a single, insecure, somewhat independent woman who neither wants nor needs a man.
Dear Little Girl:
For you, the baby girl who's just new to this planet and in the process of discovering its wonders. You're already worthy of this world. You're a miracle of life, you're pure light, and you deserve all the love in the world!
My experience on Wheel of Fortune
My fascination with words began, presumably, as soon as I left my mother’s womb. I believe I may have been peering beyond my blankets to read the brand name of the scissors cutting my umbilical cord.
Do You Know How Fast You Were Going, Ma'am?
Kate isn't a bad driver. She really isn't. I just don't like being in a car with her if she's driving because of a bad experience a few years ago.
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Why I Swear By Trying A Shampoo-less Haircare Routine
Then you have to use a ton of conditioner to make your hair feel soft and smooth again. Detergents found in shampoo are just stripping your oils. We all despise being mid-wash to realize we're out of conditioner, or going to our local drugstore and contemplate the countless shampoo-conditioner combos that are all shouting the same things.
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Why I Won't Go Back To Using Drugstore Shampoo After Using This Detergent-Free Hair Product
You know, the kind that you routinely have to coax into submission with the help of a curler or an extra durable hair band. Throughout my life, I’ve had all the haircuts you can think of: a shoulder-length chop with side-swept bangs, a layered chin-length bob and laidback, flowy waves. I’ve tried most products: hair spray, leave-in conditioner, leave-in everything. But really, years of experience have taught me to just stick with what I know best: a choreography of shampoo and conditioner. Rinse and repeat.
Listen, Learn, Grow
This edition of Verified finds us on the cusp of April, and in the Greater New York area where we are, Spring has certainly sprung. As much as we would love to take the optimistic tone of the chirping birds, crocus buds, and increased accessibility to the vaccine, that would be disingenuous of us. The fact that a gradual return to "normal life" in the U.S. has lead to the return of mass shootings is impossible to ignore, as is the frighteningly pervasive problem of anti-Asian violence.
To the Woman
To the woman who Smiles at the man Who makes the snide remark As you walk down past The street that takes you To work which pays your bills