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A Poem: Ice Stars

Ice Stars
My lover painted the world with stars for me,
He gave me diamonds that die each night.
How I wish I could save the stars
Put them in my pocket to treasure and keep.
My lover painted the world with stars for me,
In glittering grass and frost on the car.
Cold to the touch,
The black is so deep
The sparkles so bright,
The stars taste like snowflakes.
Precious ice gems
Melt on my pale fingers.
I inhale the chilled air
And long for my love.

Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians Yesterday I went to see "Rise of the Guardians" at the theater and loved it. I fell immediately in love with the main character, Jack Frost. Of course, the animation was a glory to behold. Every scene I wanted to just pause and take in all of the richly designed animation. The beauty of this animation was just breathtaking. Rise of the Guardians was purely fine art.      The action was fun and fast paced, with plenty of dazzle and excitement. The characters where original with great design- not a single flunk character. The humor was fairly good- not side splitting but enjoyable. As an added relief, none of the funny parts were crude or inappropriate.      This is a great movie for all ages, I went with my family, and all of us teen kids enjoyed it along with our parents. The target audience for this CGI cartoon was probably far younger than teens, but when watching it the only thing that reminded me that I (as a college student) wasn't the target  …

The Problem with Snow White Syndrome

Someday my prince will come
Someday we'll meet again
And away to his castle we'll go
To be happy forever I know
Someday when spring is here
We'll find our love anew
And the birds will sing
And wedding bells will ring
Someday when my dreams come true…

Now look, I don't mean to hate on Snow White here. But something needs to be said...

Yah see, all people have a void. To quote Blaise Pascal, "What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself."

Essentially, we all have a void, that should be filled with God. But the sad thing is, some girls (and I guess guys too), even…

Movie Review: Hugo

One evening I came in from playing with our dog, and to my surprise, saw the  DVD menu of Hugo on the television screen. I was so happy, because I love watching movies and though I knew little about it, I suspected this would be a good one. Well I can tell you one thing, I was right!
     This film is absolutely spectacular. The camera work, the settings, and lighting are incredibly beautiful and superb. I fell in deep romance with the colors and lighting, it’s worth watching just for that. Set in 1930’s France, the movie has a bit of a Steampunk air, which for this movie I like very much, as it is not in the least overdone. Though there are not a whole lot of brightly-lit scenes in this film, it is not gloomy.
Normally, before I see a movie I know a lot about it. But with this… all I had seen was the trailer, which told very little as to what the movie was even about. So in case you know nothing about this movie, as I did, here is all you need to know: it is about an orphan boy who …

The Phantom of the Opera

Written by Gaston Leroux and first published in 1909,The Phantom of the Opera is a classic tale of a dramatic romance triangle that is sure to entice you.

When the story began, it wasn’t very spectacular, and I didn’t really understand everything that was going on, but as I read I began to be enthralled by it. The writing style is wonderful, the characters are well-written, and the storyline is of quality. This is now one of my classic favorites, so much so that I bought a glorious black and red hardback version all for myself! *drools lovingly*

You would think from the movies, songs, and the musical that this book would have a lot of…ahem, kissing and such. But in fact, the only most explicit thing is a single kiss on the FOREHEAD. However, something you may want to know is that there it a bit of violence. Some hanging, swords and guns, a torture chamber (not exactly what you would think though). A couple profanities are in the book, but not as many as you will find in the f…

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom (with Elizabeth and John Sherril) is definitely a winner. I read it for book club at the suggestion of a friend, and was immediately drawn into it by the first-person narrative. It is a biography, but it reads like a story- a story of a Christian woman and her family living in Holland, who become leaders in an underground operation to protect the lives of Jews from the Nazis. I expected it to be depressing, what with the horrors of a concentration camp that Corrie was forced to suffer; but surprisingly, with Corrie and her sister Betsie’s optimism and relationship with God, I found it to be very inspiring.

I have not seen the 1975 movie version of The Hiding Place, but it looks good, although not necessarily perfectly accurate.

This book admittedly does not start out with a lot of action, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The beginning of the book, before the German occupation, is very essential for reasons of showing contrast, and …