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Haunted Houses And You: An Informative Guide

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haunted3It’s the first weekend in October and you know what that means? That means haunted houses will be popping up all over the country. Now, I love haunted houses and horror movies more than most people, so I make it my duty to visit at least a million every Halloween season.

Because of my love for the houses, I’ve become an expert on what not to do in a house. Here are some things to keep in mind when you visit these houses of horror. I also have several family members and friends who are working in someone of the biggest houses in the United States, so I’ve talked to them about what you, the reader, can do to so you can avoid being ‘that guy’. Continue reading

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You Won’t Want to Survive the Night: A Review of The Purge

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Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead!

Today is the release of the anticipated thriller film The Purge from the producers of Sinister and Paranormal Activity. If anyone knows me they know that I love horror and thriller films of all kind, especially the ones by the previously mentioned producers. Their films are scary (the first Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious) and if they aren’t scary they are at least entertaining to watch if not a bit predictable (the other Paranormal Activity films).  The Purge was neither scary nor entertaining. If I had to describe the film in a single word I would have to use the word frustrating.  I was frustrated with the characters, mostly the son. I was frustrated with the plot. I was frustrated with everything.

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Medication

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Pharmaceutical companies have found a way to cure every ailment under the sun.

Are you sad?

Are you angry?

Does it hurt when you breathe?

Then have no fear because you will be made “right” again.

Take this pill.

Drink this syrup.

And call me in the morning.

But there is no medicine that can put me straight, no prescription they can write me.

There is nothing they can give me that will alleviate me of my lonely heart.

Pandora’s Box

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Wearing only Chanel and underwear,

She offers Pandora’s Box,

Hoping that the night will lead her to love.

 

Hands grabbing at unrealistic expectations of love,

Teetering on the thin line between whore and desirable,

Between being a lover and being loved.

 

Stumbling home on broken heels,

Passing the old cathedral,

Life never is what you expect .

I Will Always Remeber

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It was finally here. As much as I didn’t want it to be, it was. It was Thursday, the day of Sean’s wake.

I remember everything as if it had happened yesterday. It was the Monday after spring break; I was sitting on my bed just messing around on the Internet when I got a tweet from one of my former classmates from high school.

WTF? RIP Sean L & Andrew M

I just sat there. What did she mean by that? Andrew wasn’t dead, let alone Sean. After a quick few moments I logged onto Facebook to find out what was going on, I went onto Sean’s profile and there on his Wall after a dozen “Happy Birthday!” messages  was the first sign that something wasn’t right. Continue reading

The Girl Who Was On Fire: A Review of The Hunger Games

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There have not been many books that have caught my eye, let alone held my attention, but The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the best books I have ever read.

I first heard of the books when while flipping through one of countless gossip magazines when I came across a picture of Miley Cyrus with a caption that read since her boyfriend landed a role in the upcoming Hunger Games movie she has read the books. I generally hate all things that Miley has “acted” in, so I placed The Hunger Games into that category. Several months later my friend Stephenie mentioned to me that she had just read The Hunger Games and had loved it. We have almost identical tastes in literature, so I decided to talk to her about it. She told me that she had gone into the book thinking that it was going to be some horribly written chick lit, but instead she found a wonderfully written book with a captivating cast of characters. Continue reading

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Shake Your Underdevloped Money Makers!

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Child abuse comes in many forms. But the one that has me worried since it is considered acceptable by society is toddler beauty pageants.These “friendly competitions” are extraordinarily detrimental to these little girl’s well being, both physically and mentally.

My sister is addicted to the show, mainly to a contestant named Makenzie Myers, who is considered one of the superstars of pageantry. Yes, these pageants have superstars and these girls do whatever it takes to win the title of “Ultimate Grand Supreme”.

However, when I say the girls do whatever it takes, I really mean the moms. These mothers stop at nothing to make sure their daughters win. When interviewed about why their little girls are in pageantry, a good percentage of the mothers respond with “she (the daughter) just loves competing” or “Because she is number one.” Most mothers say that their daughter is the one who wants to compete, but what six-year-old child would want to be spray tanned and have fake teeth put in? Want to spend hours a week on practicing their smile and posture? There may be a small amount of children who want this but the vast majority of the children ages 6-months to 14 years, compete because their moms make them. Continue reading

I Will Adventure No More

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For the last few weeks or months (I don’t really pay anything too much attention), my friends have been obsessed with the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Literally, it’s all they can/will talk about.

My friends are all big gamers. Trust me, they’ve played every game under the sun. World of Warcraft, Left for Dead (1 &2), League of Legends, Minecraft, and many more that I’ve never heard of. So naturally when they found out that a new Elder Scrolls game was coming out they were more than excited.

Then I went home for winter break and went on the internet. That is when my grievance with Skyrim began. Continue reading

Teri Hatcher Struggles with Pain on the Path to Happiness

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Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher has had a year full of medical problems, including broken ribs and a “frozen shoulder,” but as she told Prevention in their June issue, it’s not slowing her down in finding love and happiness.

Hatcher’s medical problems began when she turned 45 after she cracked two ribs falling off a ladder while helping build a stage for her daughter’s birthday party.  Then, while filming ABC’s hit reality show Desperate Housewives, she broke another two ribs while pole dancing.  But all of these maladies have taken a backseat to her “frozen shoulder.”  Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, causes stiffness and chronic pain in the shoulder area and greatly restricts movement of the arm.  It’s sometimes associated with perimenopause (which Hatcher has stated that she does not have), and is found in women between the ages of 45 and 55.  The disease lasts for about two years, and then, just like magic, disappears. Continue reading