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‘A Speck in the Sea’: Lobster Fisherman Recounts His Amazing Tale of Survival Alone, Adrift in the Atlantic

If there’s such thing as a worst-case scenario, lobster fisherman John Aldridge found himself smack dab in the middle of it early one morning on July 24, 2013.

Aldridge was alone on deck of the Anna Mary at the time, his longtime fishing partner Anthony Sosinski was asleep below, as the boat motored 40 miles out into the Atlantic on autopilot from Long Island’s Montauk harbor.

Before reaching their first string of traps, the 45-year-old fisherman went to work dragging a massive 200-pound ice chest across the deck with a metal hook placed around the cooler’s plastic handle.

Then it happened.

“I was pulling on it with all my might and the handle snapped,” Aldridge, whose story of survival is chronicled in the recently-released book A Speck In The Sea, tells PEOPLE. “Everything started going by in slow motion.”

Because the stern of their 44-foot vessel had no transom, he stumbled backwards and immediately plunged into the chilly ocean, then watched as the Anna Mary sped away from him in the darkness. His fishing partner was still fast asleep.

“I’m screaming, but nobody heard me,” he says. “All of a sudden, I was alone watching the lights fade away. There was nothing in the ocean but me.”

Aldridge panicked as his heavy rubber boots began to fill with water, so he yanked them off, emptied the water out and transformed them into a makeshift life vest. It was just after 3:30 a.m. and he began to shiver as the 72-degree seawater drained the heat from his body.

In the moonlight while treading water to keep afloat, he could make out the dorsal fins of two blue sharks circling him.

“They kept swimming back and forth on the surface,” recalls Aldridge, who clutched his pocket knife, telling himself he’d fend the sharks off with the tiny blade if they tried to attack. “I just kept spinning around in circles, trying to see them when they disappeared under the surface.”

It didn’t take long for Sosinski to realize that Aldridge had fallen overboard when he awoke at 6 a.m., nearly three hours after Alridge had plunged into the sea. He immediately radioed the Coast Guard and announced, “This is the Anna Mary. We’ve got a man overboard.”

It quickly became a race against the clock. The Coast Guard calculated that Aldridge could survive roughly 19 hours in the water before hypothermia would set in, causing his body temperature to plummet and his muscles to give out. Few people, Sosinski learned, survived even half that long under the conditions Alridge was facing.

As a Coast Guard helicopter scanned the water from above, Sosinski put the call out to other fishing boats in the area, asking for their help. But finding him was like looking for a needle in a haystack since it was unclear exactly when and where Aldridge had fallen into the sea.

But after about two hours, Sosinski spotted the broken handle on the cooler and pieced together what happened. Factoring in the tides and currents, he did some calculations and came up with a “guess” regarding where he believed Aldridge might be. Before long, 21 commercial fishing boats were in the area, desperately searching for a man that many believed might already be dead.

But Aldridge was still very much alive — and fighting to stay that way. His brush with the sharks and the panic that followed quickly forced him to realize that his only hope of survival was to keep his mind calm and focused.

“I realized that I needed to get into a whole other mindset to keep myself from freaking out totally,” he says. “So I just started setting goals for myself. Instead of being so overwhelmed by the whole situation, I broke things down into different categories. The first thing I told myself is that I’ve got to stay alive until sunrise. And once I make it to daylight, I’ll figure out the next goal.”

By daybreak, he spotted a buoy and used his knife to cut it free, eventually tying it to another buoy he encountered after hours of treading water and being pulled along by the currents.

As the morning dragged on, he stayed afloat using the buoys and his inflated boots. In the distance, he spotted a number of fishing boats and realized they were searching for him. “But no one was seeing me,” he says. “I was just a speck in the sea.”

The hours passed and, despite his focus, Aldridge realized he was tiring. If he wasn’t rescued by sunset, he planned on tying himself to the buoy in the hope that someone would find eventually his body. “I was running on heavy adrenalin,” he recalls thinking. “But I knew my body was deteriorating.”

Two more hours passed and the Coast Guard rescue helicopter that had been searching for Alridge for most of the day was nearly out of fuel. When Aldridge spotted it overhead, he started “waving and kicking like crazy.”

By the time he was plucked out of the sea, his body temperature had dropped to 93 degrees. He credits his survival to his rubber boots—and his ability to control his mind.

“I got a crash course in positive thinking,” says Aldridge, whose odyssey is now being made into a feature film. “But positive thinking really freaking works. I’m living proof.”


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Terrifying And Ambiguous, ‘It Comes At Night’ Sculpts A Tale Of Apocalyptic Tensions

Horror movies are often bathed in red. Blood oozes from the Overlook Hotel’s elevator in “The Shining.” A crimson-cloaked figure stalks the central family in “Don’t Look Now.” Freddy Krueger’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” sweater matches the tint of his victims’ gore. The sludge pits in “The Descent” are speckled with a foreboding scarlet. 

It Comes at Night,” opening in theaters this weekend, brandishes a red door at the end of a slender hallway. The only portal leading in and out of an isolated home in the woods, it provides security and alarm. Open it at the wrong moment, and whatever apocalyptic sickness that’s seized the world could seep in. Keep it closed, and resources will run out. 

Equal parts family drama and end-times horror feast, Trey Edward Shults’ first film with professional actors ― following last year’s superb micro-budget psychodrama “Krisha,” which starred the 28-year-old director’s relatives ― is a boiling, 91-minute labyrinth that grows more ominous by the minute. Fuse the simmering paranoia of “The Witch,” the post-apocalyptic dread of “Night of the Living Dead” and the domestic tension of “The Others,” and you’ll get “It Comes at Night.”

“I actually didn’t read it as a horror at all,” Christopher Abbott told HuffPost at the movie’s junket earlier this week. “When I read it, I though it was a heavy family drama with some creepy moments.”

Abbott and Riley Keough play a desperate couple seeking shelter after their truck breaks down. Fleeing an epidemic that’s never detailed, they land at a home sporting boarded windows and a skeptical family that doesn’t leave once the sun sets. The latter clan ― played by Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and standout newcomer Kelvin Harrison Jr. ― are the narrative’s spine. They don’t know exactly what’s happened to the world, but they’ve entered full-blown panic mode. Their house, their rules. No one exits alone, the red door remains locked, gas masks are mandatory whenever potential threats loom. There’s always something lurking beyond that door, at least in their minds.

“Who told him to put a gas mask on? No one,” Harrison said, referring to Edgerton’s patriarch, Paul, who is hell-bent on protecting his wife and 17-year-old son. “They decided that on their own, and that’s what’s kind of messed up about it. Is anyone actually sick?”

Characters break these rules as often as they keep them. What resonates is not the apocalyptic trivia ― it’s how everyone deals with it. Delusions. Hallucinations. Knee-jerk reactions.

Like the best ambiguous horror tales, “It Comes at Night” conceals enough information to send its audiences down similar paranoia spirals. Paul agrees to house this rogue family, but are they trustworthy? Will teenage Travis’ voyeuristic interest in the couple align with his burgeoning, inhibited sexuality? Will whatever vague peril haunting the forest that surrounds the house infiltrate the families’ newfound shared domesticity? 

The script, written at the start of 2014, “spewed out of” Shults after his semi-estranged father died. Through this story of two clans processing their hysteria, Shults processed his grief. A cinephile completing a two-picture deal with trendy indie studio A24, Shults channeled some of his favorite movies ― “There Will Be Blood,” “A Woman Under the Influence,” “The Shining,” David Lynch’s catalog ― in developing the stylistic menace suffused throughout “It Comes at Night,” shot in upstate New York. He knows some viewers will be frustrated by the lack of finite information about the disease that may have seized civilization, but he hopes the film will play like the aforementioned gems: richer, deeper and more meaningful upon second and third encounters. In the meantime, horror stalwarts will be treated to a production that expands the genre’s finest tropes into a coming-of-age trance built on nightmares, yearning and that sinister red door.

“I love movies that have an openness, movies that don’t sum up everything for me,” Shults said. “[With time], I see different things about them or I interpret them in a different way. That’s my jam. I think this movie is intentionally designed that way. There’s some tough subject matter in it.”

It Comes at Night” is now in theaters.

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In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Good’ Men Are Not The Heroes

Warning: Some spoilers ahead.

There are three leading men at helm of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show that centers more frequently on the horrific experiences women endure in a theocratic dictatorship known as Gilead.

Each male character probably consider himself a “good” man: The commander (Joseph Fiennes) would argue that any his so-called faults ― and there are many ― pale in comparison to his devotion to a greater future, which he is engineering for all of humanity. Nick (Max Minghella) would claim powerlessness, for he is, after all, just a driver, incapable of truly saving the woman he’s falling in love with. He might be a spy for the men who’ve made this hellish existence reality, but he chooses not to inform on Offred (Elisabeth Moss), or June as she was once known.

And then there’s Luke.

Luke, played by British actor O.T. Fagbenle, has escaped the dystopia that’s ensnared his wife June and turned her into a sexual slave for fearful misogynists. He reluctantly crossed the U.S. border into Canada, nearly dying in the process, eventually finding his way to a settlement known as Little America. By Episode 7 of the series, he’s lost his partner, his daughter, and ― unable to be the savior he’d probably imagined he could be; escape was his only means of reuniting with his family ― he’s stuck in limbo. In Canada, he’s begging officials to update him on the status of June, to help him locate her and their daughter, rescue them, bring them to safety. 

In Margaret Atwood’s book, the source material for Hulu’s series, Luke is but a figment of Offred’s memories. The Luke of the TV adaptation, however, has been given a heftier storyline, a little bit more agency in this stomach-churning universe that’s made life an existential nightmare for nearly everyone involved. Still, showrunner Bruce Miller and the series’ writers held back ― they didn’t turn Luke into a hero. In fact, even in Offred’s memories, he’s the imperfect feminist ally. He, like so many others, turned a blind eye to the creeping acts of sexism and violence around them. He wasn’t painted as a key member of the resistance; instead, when the world was falling apart, he attempted to quell June’s fears with the standard motto of masculinity: “I’ll take care of you.” These murmurs of imperfection are hardly indictments. “Good” men can be patronizing, the series makes clear. “Good” men can be fail to be heroes. 

Ahead of Episode 7, which was released on Wednesday, HuffPost spoke to Fagbenle about his character’s evolution. Check out our conversation about male feminists, Little America and populism below.

What was it about the character of Luke that drew you to the show?

To be honest, my first draw to it was the source material and the script that’s so profound, so important, so beautiful. And then to work with Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Miller, Reed Morano. I was like, I’m a fool not to be a part of this journey. But Luke is the one guy you meet outside of Gilead, and represents the counterbalance to the men who’ve bought into that system. I was really intrigued by that.

We experience Luke in two ways throughout the series ― first, through Offred’s memories, which seem dream-ified, maybe a little bit idealized; second, through the scenes that show Luke’s perspective on what happened during and after he and June are separated. As an actor, did you approach these scenes differently?

I think I had to approach each moment as if I was there and responding to everything, because there’s no real way of me playing someone else’s dreams, that you don’t know about. I just have to play my truth in that moment and hope that reads. For me it was more of a continuum.

Having read Margaret Atwood’s book, were you happy about the ways Bruce Miller adapted Luke’s character for the show? Were you excited about anything in particular?

You know, I’m an actual fan of the book. I can’t recommend enough to your readers to actually go and read the book. Don’t worry about spoilers, just go and read the book, because it’s amazing. It’s nourishment for the soul. So as a fan of the book, I’m very protective of it as well. What’s amazing about what Bruce and his extraordinary imagination has done is it’s taken the book and I think in ways fulfilled it visually. In terms of Luke, he’s taken scant lines, little whispers of Luke from the book, and helped create something ― along with Lynn [Renee Maxcy, who wrote Episode 7] ― and expand on Luke and the world in such a satisfying way. That’s one of the things I enjoyed so much about reading the script, because I have so many questions about this world and I’m so excited about this world. I’ve still got more questions I want answered and luckily we live in an age where there is a medium that can help fulfill my infatuation with the novel.

Episode 7 is such an intense episode for your character. How did you conceive of the emotions Luke’s going through at the time of his and June’s separation, when he’s forced to cross the border into safety himself, leaving his family behind?

I think the two main tools actors have are the imagination of what other people have gone through, to connect with and through research, and there’s one’s own experience. I think what was challenging about Episode 7 was trying to draw on everything I could to try and navigate my way through each scene. Fundamentally, that’s when you’ve got a great script and a great director and a great crew and actors opposite you.

Did Bruce Miller or any of the directors/producers prep you and the rest of the Episode 7 cast on what this “Little America” represented to the story? In terms of what morale would be like there, what quality of life looked like, what the goal of the establishment was?

There were discussions about that. Luckily, Floria [Sigismondi], our wonderful visionary director, her and I would sit in this cute vegan diner in Toronto and hash over our ideas about what Little America was and how long Luke had been there and what he’d been doing ― why he was there ― and kind of emotionally fulfilling what that place is. Ultimately, I think for Luke and others like him, it turns out to be a very well-funded and resourceful place for refugees. And unfortunately, a lot of the refugees in our world don’t get such a haven.

A lot of Americans today are drawing pretty frightening parallels between the show and what’s happening in politics today ― as a Brit, do you see parallels between the show and real life beyond America?

There are so many things to take from the show. I think there’s questions of populism and charismatic leaders, and what happens when we abandon logic and empiricism about fundamental principles about creating a society, and instead, attach ourselves to fear and xenophobia and non-rational principles. And we can see consequences of that in lots of societies around the world. We can see the consequences of that inside families. I think there’s lots to be see in terms of the dynamics between the powerful and the powerless ― how structures can maintain those and normalize those, to the extent that we actually think those imbalances and inequalities in our society are inherent in them, when actually they’re not. They’re created by powerful people to maintain their power. It’s important for all of us to recognize and fight against those forces.

Another one of the interesting aspects of “The Handmaid’s Tale” show I wanted to talk to you about is how the show is able to explore this idea of “good” men as “bad” feminists. There are a few scenes that stick in my mind: For example, when June and her college friend Moira are panicking after they’ve been fired from their jobs and lost access to their bank accounts, Luke says to June, something along the lines of “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you.” He doesn’t mean in it a malicious way at all, but it is, in a way that Moira points out, dismissive of what’s really happening. Later on, when Luke asks June if she and Moira ever fooled around in college, it’s posed as an innocent question, but certainly a problematic one ― and you can tell that’s the case by June’s incredulous and amused response. Ultimately, the show allows Luke to be this imperfect character. So I’m wondering, when you were preparing for the role, was this something you thought about? About how a lot of “good” men would potentially fail to become heroes when a regime like Gilead first took control?

Right. We all fail and we all have weaknesses. I think that’s what helps us relate to characters we see on TV or read in books, is that we recognize our frailties within them and maybe don’t feel so alone. We get learn from their mistakes. Talking about that scene, when he says “Don’t worry, I’ll look after you,” I really love that scene as well, because it’s tough sometimes for men to know how to talk about feminism. It’s also sometimes hard for people to talk about the prejudices against minorities ― any number of things that you’re not necessarily experiencing yourself. But that doesn’t mean the conversation can’t take place. I find that very interesting, because we see how difficult it is [in the show] and also how incumbent it is on men ― and all of us, really ― to become more aware of the historical and present social context of what you say. The context of Luke saying, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you,” is insensitive and betrays a lack of understanding about what real women around him are going through. It’s so exciting to be able to explore those things and share them with people who I’m sure can relate.

Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season. What are you most eager to see as the series moves beyond Atwood’s book?

There are so many questions raised in the book. I want to know ― and this is personally, I don’t know if this will be in the second series ― I want to know about the colonies. I want to know more about the outside world. I want to know more about Canada and the world outside of Gilead. And, of course, just give me more Elisabeth Moss, please. Because I could watch her for weeks, months.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is Unequivocally A Story By, For And About Women

With the much-awaited release of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” only four days away, much has been said in the past 24 hours about who the story, in both its book and TV show form, is for.

In Saturday’s New York Times review, executive producer Bruce Miller discusses spearheading the show as a man when its creators initially wanted a woman to do so: 

“Offred spoke to me,” Mr. Miller said. “She’s in this nightmarish situation but she keeps her funny cynicism and sarcasm. She finds really interesting ways to pull levers of power and express herself.”

But Mr. Miller wasn’t a shoo-in for showrunner because producers were looking for a woman, he recalled. “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been a seminal right-of-passage novel for many young women for over three decades; a feminist sacred text.

“It’s sacred to me, too,” Mr. Miller said. “But I don’t feel like it’s a male or female story; it’s a survival story.”

At the show’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, the starring actors placed a heavy emphasis on the show being a “human” story and not a “feminist” one

“I think that any story, if it is a story being told by a strong, powerful woman… any story that’s just a powerful woman owning herself in any way is automatically deemed ‘feminist,’” said Madeline Brewer, who plays handmaid Jane. “But it’s just a story about a woman. I don’t think that this is any sort of feminist propaganda.”

Elisabeth Moss, who plays the show’s main character Offred, echoed Brewer’s comments

“It’s not a feminist story, it’s a human story, because women’s rights are human rights,” Moss said. I never intended to play Peggy [from ‘Mad Men’] as a feminist and I never expected to play Offred as a feminist … I approach it from a very human place, I hope.”

Atwood has since responded by neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the cast. 

“It’s not only a feminist story,” she said. “It’s also a human story.”

While the show doesn’t need to be labeled as “feminist,” and while it’s fine that a man who loves the story spearheaded its televised iteration, a story that a woman wrote about the forced subservience of women and their subsequent survival deserves to be owned by women. We get to claim it. 

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian fiction, sure, but it’s one that has women storming to their local libraries to grab a copies of the book. Last month, women dressed up as handmaids and protested anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate gallery. And, at this year’s SXSW festival, women wore handmaids costumes and roamed the streets of Austin, Texas, as performance art. Even though the book was written more than 30 years ago, it is resonating with women all over again.

Rebecca Traister wrote about reading the book in the era of President Donald Trump for New York Magazine in Februrary. “[T]here’s no question that reading about Atwood’s imagined dystopia is far scarier today than it was, I suspect, for adults living in 1985,” she wrote.

For anyone who has read the book, there shouldn’t be much surprise as to why women feel so connected to it in this current political and social moment. After all, it feels closer to reality than the show’s creators wanted.

Moss, who also serves as a producer, acknowledged the eerie and terrifying parallels between Offred’s nightmarish journey and Trump’s America.

“We never wanted the show to be this relevant,” she told Entertainment Weekly in December.

The relevance of story is easy to spot.

In the dystopian theocracy of Gilead, where “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set, women’s bodies are policed and controlled by the male-run state. Handmaids’ only purpose is to bear children ― they have no rights, no freedom, no lives. Women are not trusted with their own bodies. 

America now has a president who brags about grabbing women “by the pussy.” This week, a lawyer in Tennessee said that women are “especially good at lying … because they’re the weaker sex.” A Missouri congressman said last year that becoming pregnant after a rape is a blessing from God. Rooms full of men make legislative decisions about women’s bodies. A panel of men in Maryland decided that rapists can continue to have parental rights over the children who were conceived by rape. And abortion access is under threat across the U.S. 

But the beauty of “The Handmaid’s Tale” ― something that Miller misses and perhaps what women connect to most deeply ― is that it is inarguably, explicitly, a story of women’s survival and audacity. 

The first time I read the novel, in the fall of 2015, I cried. Not because its content was so traumatizing. (It was.) And not because it felt so eerily similar to what was happening in our political landscape. (It did.)

I cried for lines like this:

 “We learned to whisper almost without sound. In the semidarkness we would stretch out our arms, when the Aunts weren’t looking, and touch each other’s hands across space. We learned to lip-read, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, watching each other’s mouths.”

And lines like this:

“I keep on going with this sad and hungry and sordid, this limping and mutilated story, because after all I want you to hear it … By telling you anything at all I’m at least believing in you … Because I’m telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are.”

Atwood’s beautifully constructed prose is at its finest when she is portraying the sheer resilience of my fellow women.

In the wake of the presidential election, the resilience of women is what has kept me going. Women are resisting, calling, volunteering, donating… and living.

And like the fictional Offred ― whether Moss thinks she’s “feminist” or not ― we intend to survive.

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What Critics Said About ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Back In The 1980s

In 2017, Margaret Atwood is ascendant. The New Yorker has dubbed her the “Prophet of Dystopia.” The upcoming Hulu adaptation of her most well-known book, the feminist speculative novel The Handmaid’s Tale, long in the works, has turned out to be almost ludicrously well-timed to the political moment. Atwood, who has also written chilling speculative fiction about other timely issues (such as climate change), seems prescient to rattled liberals in a post-Trump election world. Everyone wants her thoughts on what’s happening and what’s to come.

The media can be fickle, however. The Handmaid’s Tale has become an oft-studied and -cited modern classic, but its initial reception didn’t necessarily foretell its induction into the canon. The New Yorker, per a perusal of its archives from the time, didn’t review it at all; The New York Times published a sniffy takedown by Mary McCarthy. At the time, the Christian Science Monitor described the book as mostly well-received by critics; meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle suggested that reviews had been poor enough as to make Atwood “defensive” during an interview with the publication.

We dug through the archives to remember what critics were saying about The Handmaid’s Tale back in 1986, when it was published in the U.S., and we found everything from tepid reactions to outright pans to glowing odes. The concept of a dystopia premised on the theocratic oppression of women, perhaps unsurprisingly, has always been polarizing.

Below, check out a selection of the original reviews of The Handmaid’s Tale:

The Ecstatic:

“Just as the world of Orwell’s 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood’s handmaid. She has succeeded in finding a voice for her heroine that is direct, artless, utterly convincing. It is the voice of a woman we might know, of someone very close to us. In fact, it is Offred’s poignant sense of time that gives this novel its peculiar power. The immense changes in her life have come so fast that she is still in a state of shock and disbelief as she relates to us what she sees around her.” 

-Joyce Johnson, The Washington Post

“[A]mong other things, it is a political tract deploring nuclear energy, environmental waste, and antifeminist attitudes.

“But it so much more than that ― a taut thriller, a psychological study, a play on words. It has a sense of humor about itself, as well as an ambivalence toward even its worst villains, who aren’t revealed as such until the very end. Best of all, it holds out the possibility of redemption. After all, the Handmaid is also a writer. She has written this book. She may have survived.”

-Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

“Margaret Atwood’s cautionary tale of postfeminist future shock pictures a nation formed by a backlash against feminism, but also by nuclear accidents, chemical pollution, radiation poisoning, a host of our present problems run amok. Ms. Atwood draws as well on New England Puritan history for her repressive 22[n]d-century society. Her deft sardonic humor makes much of the action and dialogue in the novel funny and ominous at the same time.”

NYT Editor’s Choice pick, 1986 

The Ehhhh:

“Atwood, to her credit, creates a chillingly specific, imaginable night-mare. The book is short on characterization ― this is Atwood, never a warm writer, at her steeliest ― and long on cynicism ― it’s got none of the human credibility of a work such as Walker Percy’s Love In The Ruins. But the scariness is visceral, a world that’s like a dangerous and even fatal grid, an electrified fence. Tinny perhaps, but still a minutely rendered and impressively steady feminist vision of apocalypse.”

Kirkus

“Some details of Atwood’s bizarre anti-Utopia are at least as repellent as those in such forerunners as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World in 1932 and George Orwell’s 1984 16 years later. Those two novels have come to be seen as fiercely moral tracts that jarred their readers to awaken them. Will Atwood, as different from Huxley and Orwell as they were from each other, join them in the accepted ranks of those disguised idealists who image the future as a nightmare in order that it may remain just that ― a fantasy? Certainly the early reviews of her book have been mainly positive.”

-Marilyn Gardner, The Christian Science Monitor

“Margaret Atwood’s new novel is being greeted as the long-awaited feminist dystopia and I am afraid that for some time it will be viewed as a test of the imaginative power of feminist paranoia […] As a dystopia, this is a thinly textured one. […] But if Offred is a sappy stand-in for Winston Smith, and Gilead seems at times to be only a coloring book version of Oceania, it may be because Atwood means to do more than scare us about the obvious consequences of a Falwellian coup d’état.”

-Barbara Ehrenreich, The New Republic 

“[Atwood’s] regime is a hodgepodge: a theocracy that’s not recognizably Christian, that most Christians don’t accept; a repressive measure borrowed from South Africa; an atrocity adopted by the Romanians. With no unifying vision, the center doesn’t hold.”

-Alix Madrigal, The San Francisco Chronicle

“As a cautionary tale, Atwood’s novel lacks the direct, chilling plausibility of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World. It warns against too much: heedless sex, excessive morality, chemical and nuclear pollution. All of these may be worthwhile targets, but such a future seems more complicated than dramatic. But Offred’s narrative is fascinating in a way that transcends tense and time: the record of an observant soul struggling against a harsh, mysterious world.”

-Paul Gray, TIME

The Harsh:

The Handmaid’s Tale is watchable, but it’s also paranoid poppycock — just like the book. The actors are imprisoned in Atwood’s grimly inhuman design. […]

“What finally takes the cake for absurdity is a subplot featuring Aidan Quinn as Richardson’s handsome savior. It’s as if Atwood, after all that didactic scrubbing, couldn’t quite wash the princess fantasy out of her story. The Handmaid’s Tale is a tract that strives for sensitivity ― it lacks even the courage of its own misanthropy.”

-Owen Gleiberman, EW (on the 1990 film adaptation)

“The writing of The Handmaid’s Tale is undistinguished in a double sense, ordinary if not glaringly so, but also indistinguishable from what one supposes would be Margaret Atwood’s normal way of expressing herself in the circumstances. This is a serious defect, unpardonable maybe for the genre: a future that has no language invented for it lacks a personality. That must be why, collectively, it is powerless to scare.” 

-Mary McCarthy, The New York Times

“This cri de coeur is certainly impassioned, and Atwood’s adept style renders the grim atmosphere of the future quite palpably. But the didacticism of the novel wears thin; the book is simply too obvious to support its fictional context. Still, Atwood is quite an esteemed fiction writer, the author of such well-received novels as Surfacing (1973) and Life before Man (1980). Demand for her latest effort, therefore, is bound to be high; unfortunately, the number of disappointed readers may be equally high.”

-Brad Hooper, Booklist

“Offred’s monotonous manner of expression just drones and drones.”

-Robert Linkous, San Francisco Review of Books  

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This Couple’s Disney World Proposal Is A Fairy Tale Come True

When Gregory Anderson decided to propose to his longtime boyfriend, Craig Moss, he knew he wanted the moment to be, in a word, enchanting. With that in mind, he said there was only one location that made absolutely perfect sense: Walt Disney World.

When Anderson, 28, began dating Moss, 26, he was thrilled to find out that his new boyfriend was just as “Disney obsessed” as him. The guys visited Walt Disney World for the first time as a couple in 2016 and had an “amazing” time, which inspired Anderson to brainstorm ways to pop the question when they returned to the Florida theme park last month. 

Anderson’s dream came true, and in a scene that could easily have been lifted from a Disney classic, he dropped to one knee before Moss in front of Cinderella Castle during the couple’s Jan. 31 visit to the Magic Kingdom. With the help of a Disney cast member, Anderson live-streamed the proposal on Facebook so that friends and family could watch the moment back home. (Watch that video of the proposal above.)  

“Trying to decide where in Disney World I wanted to do it was difficult because I didn’t want to be obvious and I kept changing my mind,” Anderson told The Huffington Post. “His mum had known for ages, too, and she kept messaging throughout the holiday asking when I was going to do it ― so I had to lie to Craig about who I was on the phone to. It was all magically stressful!”

Disney-themed proposals, of course, are nothing new. Still, it’s particularly heartwarming to see a same-sex couple reaffirm their love with the Magic Kingdom as their backdrop. With that in mind, Anderson hopes his proposal video, which currently has over 7,000 views after being posted on Gay Star News, Instinct Magazine and other media outlets, and photos inspire other LGBTQ people to pursue their own “happily ever after.” 

“I used to believe that every relationship had arguments and fights, that if you had a passion for something you should tone it down in order to be accepted by your LGBTQ peers,” he said. “I was so unhappy trying to fit into the gay scene, that it took me a while to discover a whole new world of self-appreciation. If you’re a Disney geek, embrace it! Someday you’ll find someone just like you who you’ll never fight or argue with and don’t ever settle for less!”

The couple are planning a 2018 wedding. Naturally, the ceremony will include a few nods to Disney. “I have it in my head that it’ll be set up just like the ballroom scene in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ but that’ll probably be a little over budget,” Anderson quipped.

Congrats, gentlemen! 

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Thirtysomething best friends Kit and Bridget flee their humdrum lives to spend the summer in Positano, the infamous “Pearl of the Amalfi,” for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation filled with frivolously expensive and tantalizingly wonderful experiences-and that was just the food. Kit is in love with the cliff side resort town -and with Lassino, a pizza chef who lives there. At the prospect of spending the summer in a country synonymous with pizza and gelato, neurotically obsessive and weight-conscious Bridget is already in panic mode. But she’s ready to risk a few pounds to get away from it all for a few months. So she and Kit rent an apartment, and they invite their friends over for a visit. They find themselves with no shortage of good friends who want to spend time in Italy on the cheap. Their idyllic summer getaway flies by, thanks to a wedding, a death threat, a missing teen, a lunatic Australian, love on the rocks, a pregnancy, and lots and lots of sparkly prosecco.

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Welcome To An All-Too Real Dystopia In First ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer

Things might look pretty bleak in America currently, but at least we aren’t living in a totalitarian regime… yet.

The first trailer for Hulu’s television adaptation of the celebrated Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale arrived on Saturday and we’re already prepared to declare the upcoming 10-episode series as our new favorite TV show. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” follows a group of women living under an oppressive theocracy that only values them for procreation. In the 30-second clip, we meet Offred (Elisabeth Moss), who is forced contend with this new dystopian reality after being separated from her husband and daughter. 

 “I had another name, but it’s forbidden now,” she says. “So many things are forbidden now.”

We have an endless amount of questions after watching the teaser, but all we can think about is where are they taking Alexis Bledel?!

Ugh, this would never happen in Stars Hollow. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” premieres Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu.

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There is no end to how people seek the heights. Within such a continuum of mountain enthusiasts, the peakbagger is peculiarly focused on the summit-not just in classic alpine style but also in deserts, jungles, and everywhere a big mountain awaits, ticking off his lists. County high-pointing represents this obsession, providing the practitioner with all manner of rewards, perceived and tangible. His hobby is not for the timid, often entails difficulties beyond the norm, and always consumes inordinately large chunks of time. Part 1 describes the genre in five chapters. Part 2 reviews the author’s multisummer project of reaching the highest ground for each of the 414 counties in America’s west. It’s a memorable accomplishment replete with many unexpected challenges. The required perseverance and will to achieve beyond the norm is his parting message to the reader. Part 3 reviews Alaska and Hawaii county high-pointing, followed by four appendices and a 330-entry glossary of terms. With 400 pages and 236 illustrations, A Tale of Twelve Summers is both comprehensive and visually attractive.

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This long-awaited, last installment of Reverend Edward A. Malloy’s three-volume memoir examines his eighteen years as president of the University of Notre Dame from 1987 to 2005. In this candid and lively account, Malloy, or “Monk” to all who know him, shares his reflections on his presidency following the long-term leadership of Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Malloy describes his transition into the presidency, his approach to leadership, issues related to Catholic identity, the importance of fund-raising, and finding the proper balance in intercollegiate athletics. Communication issues were of paramount importance during Malloy’s tenure, and he discusses how he fostered good relationships with the surrounding community, and supported trustees, administration, faculty, and other important constituencies in the governance of the university. An inveterate multitasker, he also examines how he organized his office and schedule, worked with administrative associates, handled a busy domestic and international travel schedule, sustained his participation in numerous external boards, and kept in regular contact with alumni and friends of the university. Finally, he looks at controversial issues, providing an insider’s account of various challenges and crises, from personnel problems to NCAA sanctions to concerns about presidential succession. During nearly two decades, Father Malloy met with presidents and movie stars, sports legends, benefactors, and university employees, many of whom are mentioned in this book. Throughout this volume, Malloy’s love for Notre Dame and its students, faculty, and staff comes through clearly, along with his overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunity to lead a university where faith, community, and service are taken seriously and passed on from one generation to the next.

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After a long day at the office, the company IT guy, Justin, just wants to go home. But when he’s called on a last-minute job, he’s forced to go and fix the computer of a sultry and domineering businesswoman on the 19th floor. Alyson, a busty redhead with a soft spot for sexy nerds like Justin, has some big plans in mind. Her husband simply hasn’t been fulfilling her needs, and she’ll do anything for some action. Alyson has a desk drawer full of toys and she loves to be in control. Justin thinks he’s just doing a routine computer repair, but what kind of kinky, erotic journey will he unexpectedly undergo?

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This Designer Evening Gown Collection Is Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

With petal-soft colors, delicate lace, and frothy tulle, the gowns from Alberta Ferretti‘s limited-edition spring 2016 evening collection felt like they were sprung to life from the closet of a fairy-tale princess. The pieces were inspired by her castle too, with embroidery, golden accents, and sprays of flowers all created to mimic the ornate finishings that would have decorated a grand 19th-century estate.

The extreme glamour was completely intentional: Ferretti’s evening collection is priced approximately 25 to 30 percent higher than her signature range, per WWD, and is made with the most elegant of events in mind. In other words, add Queen Maxima’s pearl-and-diamond tiara and you’re ready to go.

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Tale Of The Rock Pieces

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To be a ten year old boy in the ancient times was definitely something no one would strive for. Being a ten year old boy, Bren knew that very well. Actually, he was certain even the experienced warriors or the skillful wizards were thinking the many dangers in their world would scare anyone of them too. As to cope with the many hordes of Brown faces, or their horrible freelancers – the cave bears, the Fiery men, the flying korks, the fish-keepers, the one-eyeds, and some of the other evil human races, was a task as horrible as the brown-skinned warriors’ cracked faces. But the most dreadful news was that Bren, the youngest one amongst his kind-hearted, but desperate people, had to save all the good creatures in the antiquity. Unfortunately, even the most experienced wizards couldn’t tell how the young boy could do that. About the Author: Ivan Stoikov (Allan Bard) is Bulgarian, lives in Sofia, the capital of sunny Bulgaria. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology, which helps him a lot in writing some of his books. Though he had many jobs in the past (telephone technician, salesman of newspapers and magazines, manager in a supermarket, consultant in a fashion house, storehouse-man, etc.), he thinks there’s no better job than writing books. “Tale Of The Rock Pieces” is his first book, but he thinks he has enough imagination to write books until the end of his days (or maybe after that too.).

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A modern take on five classic fairy tales. Each of the sweet, funny, romantic short stories can be read separately, but are linked in the collection, and wrap up in the perfect happily ever after. Stories include:”Cindi” 13,000 wordsCindi wants a perfect match-of designer shoes, that is. When her stepmother gets tickets to the Jiminy Shoes trunk sale, it looks like her dreams are coming true. Until her stepmother refuses to bring her along. With a little luck, Cindi finds herself at the sale with the shoes of her dreams, and a handsome man to boot. But when she dashes off with one of the pricey shoes by mistake, her life changes forever.”Red” 10,000 wordsWhen Rose brings her Grandmother leftover goodies from her floundering health-food bakery, she realizes she has bigger problems than Grandma’s daily fiber intake-a hot, young man is prowling around her rich Granny’s apartment. Jack Wolff seems to be preying on elderly women, but despite Rose’s protests, Granny’s not willing to give him up. And the nerve of him, Jack’s hitting on Rose, too. Can Rose save her business and her Grandma’s heart before it’s too late?”Belle” 11,000 wordsBelle’s father is sidelined by a stroke, and she’s determined to save his job as a master carpenter for the mysterious Prince Maxim. Despite her training, completing work on the Prince’s library is harder than she imagined, with the elusive prince watching her every move from the shadows. Belle’s intrigued by the intelligent, kind man who won’t let himself be seen. Is Belle the one to help him move beyond his painful past?”Snow” 11,000 wordsShawna White wants nothing more than to land a role in a musical, but she’s running out of cash while she chases her dream. Her stepmother, Veronica Midas, suggests she take a nanny job for the rich man she’s trying to land, and Shawna finds herself in charge of seven kids. But Veronica didn’t realize Shawna would be living there, enchanting Jeremy and his children. Now Veronica will do whatever it takes

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Cotton Tale Nightingale 7 Piece Crib Bedding Set

Cotton Tale Nightingale 7 Piece Crib Bedding Set


Nightingale is absolutely breath taking and beautiful, a soft classic nursery with cotton percale bumper in subtle pink, gray and charcoal. Nightingale 7 Piece Set includes the 3 Piece bedding set(dust ruffle, fitted crib sheet, coverlet), diaper stacker, toy bag, valance, pillow pack. Sheet is in 300 thread count cotton percale with matching cord and ties on bumper. Dust ruffle has underskirt of pin tuck poly satin with a double overlay of champagne tulle. The sets coverlet is soft fancy fur, lined in pink and charcoal dot flange trim. Nightingales diaper stacker in double pin tuck poly satin with overlay in champagne tulle. Holds up to 6 dozen newborn diapers, 9 x 7 x 21. Functional and adorable this special diaper stacker is perfect for your little ballerinas nursery. Never tie on crib. Wash gentle cycle, separate, cold water. Tumble dry low or hang dry. Nightingales pillow pack consist of two separate pillows. In in pink, gray, and charcoal cotton ruffled and one in fancy fur. Ruffle pillow measures 13 x 13 inches and fur pillow measure 11 x 11 inches. Pillows should never be used in the crib. Spot clean only. Nightingales toy bag can be tied to the changer and used for storage or it may be used as wall decor. This functional toy bag can store toys or supplies, up to 10 lbs capacity, 27 x 13. Never tie on crib. Machine wash cold water, separately. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Nightingales valance is of beautiful pin tuck poly satin with double layers of champagne tulle. Two bows adorn the ends of the valance. Valance can be stuffed for balloon effect or left straight. Valance measures 50 x 17 inches. Bows come unattached to valance, for versatility in decorating. You will need to attach the bows where you like them, by safety pin or sewing. What an amazing nursery for your sweet baby girl. Wash gentle cycle, separate, cold water. Tumble dry low or hang dry.

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A Story is Literally Bursting Off the Page in This Intricate Fairy Tale Photograph

Alexia is currently selling a one-off print run of the incredible photograph below for one month only at a special supporter price to help fund the rest of this project. Click here to find out more and support Alexia’s work..

A storybook is merely a container — a parcel filled with wonder that, once opened by a skilled storyteller, leaps off the page and envelops reader and listener alike. This is the scene unfolding in world-renowned artist and 500px photographer Alexia Sinclair‘s latest photograph: Into the Gloaming.

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Into the Gloaming is, in fact, a whole series that is being kicked off today by the hero image above of the same name. Described better by Alexia than we could manage, she sets the stage for the storybook series in an appropriately storybook fashion:

For those not up to date on their old English. The gloaming is that time of day where the soft glow of dusk envelopes your soul. Where the nocturnal gatekeepers take control and anything seems possible. You can (at least I do) imagine secret doorways in the trunks of trees or toadstools the size of houses. It’s easy to understand why it’s commonly known as the magic hour, anything seems possible and that’s where we begin.

The stage set, Alexia did what she does better than just about any other artist in the world: she began a weeks-long, painstaking process to create a scene with so much detail you could (and should) easily lose yourself in the resulting photograph.

But don’t take our word for it, she captured the entire process on video — in more detail than ever before — for Into The Gloaming Episode 1. Ever wonder how much work goes into creating a scene like this IN-CAMERA… click play and find out:

From the actual fabric print, to the dress, to the plants, to the book, to the set, to the mushrooms, to the hand-made castle, Alexia’s attention to detail and refusal to compromise on a single piece of her imagined scene is awe-inspiring… and maybe a little nuts.

The Set

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The Book

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The Dress

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The eye-opening thing about this unprecedented BTS look at Alexia’s process is seeing just how small a percentage of the work actually happens behind the camera and even afterwards in post-processing.

She literally creates her scene and props by hand, or spends countless hours searching for them high and low — the mushrooms, for example, were grown in a 600-meter long decommissioned train tunnel which prior to mushroom farming held World War II munitions for the United States Government.

The video also shows the importance of working with incredible, dedicated assistants and creatives. That hair didn’t do itself, and late nights building a castle from scratch because you couldn’t find one that was good enough aren’t nearly as fun without delirious exhaustion jokes.

Here are a few behind the scenes images of the prep process that Alexia was kind enough to share with us:

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You can learn more about the individual pieces in the photograph and what they mean over on Alexia’s blog where you’ll also find this link where you can buy a limited edition print at a special supporters price for one month only. If you love her work as much as we do, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

And if you want to keep up with Alexia as she continues to create her beautiful art, check her out on 500px, visit her website, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Tale of Tales Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly Movie HD

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It Wasn’t a Fairy Tale for Someone on Dancing With the Stars Disney Night: Here’s What Happened Backstage

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The Revenge Game: A Tale of Domination and Seduction Part 1

The Revenge Game: A Tale of Domination and Seduction Part 1


I’m just an average guy, who, like any other red-blooded male, appreciates and loves beautiful and sexy women. I love the way women smell, look, feel, taste, even their sexy voices are so alluring and arousing. The way they move their hips when they walk in those high-heeled pumps that make their legs look so shapely and tighten their asses and push out their tits. The guy who invited those high-heeled shoes should have a holiday named after him. I’ve been with my wife for a little over four years now and I have never once cheated on her in those four years. I was a senior in college and she was a senior in high school when we started dating. A year after she graduated high school, we were married. She was going to college at the time and was balancing her school work and planning a wedding. But, she pulled it off. After I graduated from college with a degree in business, I joined my dad’s stock brokerage firm and immediately began making money. It also helped that I had a trust fund, so that paid for my wife’s college and our beautiful new home. My wife graduated college this year and was taking a break, and then she is going to put out her resumes. But, I digress… Present day… So, yeah, I’m laying here tied to a bed blindfolded. I bet you are wondering how I got to this point in my life. Well, that’s not my wife over there dressed in a black leather dress. That’s my wife’s best friend. I bet you’re thinking I’m having an affair with her. If only it were that easy. Actually I wish it were that easy. Then I could just slowly slip away. But, Kendra, that’s my wife’s best friend’s name, pretty much owns me now.

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Lollipops & Roses Musical Mobile by Cotton Tale Designs

Lollipops & Roses Musical Mobile by Cotton Tale Designs


Part of the Lollipops & Roses baby bedding collection, pink shimmer hearts circle a tan velvet heart under a canopy of pink angel toile trimmed with a pink shimmer ruffle in this musical mobile. Each heart is trimmed with organza ribbon and the mobile neck is sheathed in warm tan velvet.
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Going Down: An Erotic Tale of Murder

Going Down: An Erotic Tale of Murder


On the surface, Tyhedra Crawford seems to have it all. She is beautiful; the owner of a very successful business consulting firm, so to her money, expensive cars, the finest clothes, and worldwide travel are a part everyday life. But Tyhedra has a very dark secret; she is a sexual predator and a serial killer. At night she cruises bars in search of her prey for the evening. Tyhedra lures unsuspecting men for a night of no-strings-attached sex, and once she’s had her fill, she kills them.

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A Mouse Tale Official DVD Trailer (2015) – Drake Bell, Miranda Cosgrove Animated Movie HD

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North Shore Music Theater’s A Christmas Carol Proves Dickens Tale Still Resonates

Generations of us know the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” having been raised on it in one form or another. From Alastair Sim’s tour-de-force performance in the quintessential 1951 film version, to Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (now being adapted for the NY Stage sans Magoo), Bill Murray in “Scrooged”, etc… The list of remakes of Dickens tale is longer than Jacob Marley’s chains!

This past weekend I went to see the perennial stage version at Bill Haney’s North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT). Now in its 24th year! Once again I was blown away by the high caliber of theater that the adorable Mr. Hanney and his company have assembled. The production swept me up in the story and made me realize just how and why “A Christmas Carol” will never be dated or out of fashion, a realization that is almost bittersweet. More on that later…

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Of course behind every “Bah Humbug” there had better be one hell of a great Scrooge to utter the classic epithet. For my money in the cinematic world Sir Alastir Sim will always be the definitive Ebenezer Scrooge with George C. Scott running a close second.

Clearly “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” is the catch phrase at NSMT with stage veteran David Coffee, now in his 21st year playing the part of “the wicked Ol’ screw.” Mr. Coffee could have given Patrick Stuart a lesson or two in the art of “Scrooging.”

(If you missed Mr. Stuart’s lackluster TV version count yourself lucky!) Playing a role for over two decades could easily lead to a very staid and static performance, but clearly Mr. Coffee adheres to what the great actor William Gillette (who played Sherlock Holmes over thirty years) stated: “The important thing to remember about acting is the illusion of the first time.” His performance is just as fresh today, and I had audience members next to me who confirmed that. Coffee brilliantly infuses all the blustery, curmudgeonly, miserly ingredients inherent to the part, and when the magical transformative moment arrives he leaves the audience:” as happy as an angel, as merry as a school-boy, as giddy as a drunken man.” Bravo, Mr. Coffee!

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David Coffee (Ebenezer Scrooge) and Freddie Kimmel (Jacob Marley) in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at North Shore Music Theatre from December 5 – December 21, 2014. Photo © Paul Lyden.

Also of note, Cheryl McMahon as Scrooge’s saucy housekeeper, Mrs. Dilbur. McMahon shares an incredible chemistry with Mr. Coffee, and no wonder! She is celebrating her 21st year alongside him in this production. I especially enjoyed the subtle insinuation of a possible future romance between the two upon Scrooge’s transformation.

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Cheryl McMahon (Mrs. Dilbur) in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at North Shore Music Theatre from December 5 – December 21, 2014. Photo © Paul Lyden.

The audience upon being seated sees only an illuminated crutch against a stool on the stage. Once the show begins, the audience is taken on the journey by a handsome young man who walks with a slight limp and the aid of a cane. Yes, we are seeing the story told through eyes of a grown Up Tim Cratchit, played to gentle perfection by Tommy Labanaris.

This production had other wonderful stand out performances I would be remiss in not mentioning. Including Russell Garrett as Bob Cratchit who brings a lovely warmth and kindness of spirit necessary for Scrooge’s long suffering clerk.

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David Coffee (Ebenezer Scrooge) and Russell Garrett (Bob Cratchit) in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at North Shore Music Theatre from December 5 – December 21, 2014. Photo © Paul Lyden.

Another stellar performance was given by Scarlet Keene-Connole as Scrooge’s young sister, Fan. This kid is going places! I had the pleasure of hearing her sing at the after party where she knocked “I’m The Greatest Star” out of the park (Lea Michelle, eat your heart out!) Mr. Hanney if you are thinking ahead a few years, maybe, “Wicked” starring Miss Connole as Elphaba! Yes?

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Scarlet Keene-Connole with Huffington Post Blogger Peter Mac as Judy Garland at NSMT’s Out At The North Shore after party for A Christmas Carol. Photo Credit Tess Brady

Experientially I must point out the lavish costumes as crafted by Paula Peasley-Ninesteen. From the beautiful ball gowns to Jacob Marley’s decrepit corpse like couture, Peasley-Ninesteen’s costumes are a Victorian etching come to life. Additional kudos to Gerard Kelly for his impeccable hair and wig design. Further, the marriage of Howard C. Jones’ scenic design added to Jack Mehler’s lighting design with Leon Rothenberg’s sound design all combine to provide the shows surreal Dickensian quality.

Many forget that Dickens subtitled his tale “A Ghost Story” and NSMT lives up to that in spades. When the ghost of Jacob Marley flies into Scrooges bed chamber the effect is absolutely terrifying. Freddie Kimmel conjures up Marley’s ghost wailing in agony, of an eternity chained in limbo, magnificently. As the ghost of Christmas Past Leigh Barrett offers a beautiful soaring Mezzo-Soprano. I was most impressed by Peter S. Adams as the ghost of Christmas Present, who dominated the stage on stilts, while belting out a carol in a luscious and rich baritone. Extremely effective as well is when Scrooge learns of his imminent death by the ghost of Christmas Future. Under a black veiled death shroud we learn (in an inspired twist) that it is actually Young Ebenezer!

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Peter S. Adams (The Ghost of Christmas Present) in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at North Shore Music Theatre from December 5 – December 21, 2014. Photo © Paul Lyden.

The production flows seamlessly under the direction of its adaptor Jon Kimbell. Additionally, Kevin P. Hill (NSMT’s dashing Artistic Director) collaborated to add some new touches to this year’s production. Brava to both gentlemen for making it shine brighter than one of Scrooge’s schillings.

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The striking Resident Artistic Director Kevin P. Hill with Huffington Post Blogger Peter Mac as Judy Garland and NSMT’s Owner the stunning Bill Hanney at the Out On The North Shore after party for A Christmas Carol. Photo Credit Tess Brady.

As I mentioned earlier the fact that this story still resonates is in many ways bittersweet. How many Bob Crachitts do we know? Over worked, underpaid and struggling to provide for a family. Especially those with sick children trying to make ends meet in an age where health insurance is often an unreachable goal. It is a sad commentary that in 2014 there are still “Scrooges”, who have not had the benefit of visits from ghostly apparitions to knock some sense into their money bag of a brain or their icy cold hearts.

NSMT’s “A Christmas Carol” has once more instilled Dickens belief in me to honor Christmas in my heart and keep it all the year, and allow the spirits of the Christmas Past, Present and Future to strive within me and not shut out the lessons that they teach.

Cliché though it may be: God bless us everyone!

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John Mac as Bea Arthur with David Coffee and Huffington Post Blogger Peter Mac as Judy Garland at NSMT’s Out On The North Shore after party for A Christmas Carol. Photo Credit Tess Brady.
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12 Reem Acra Gowns Worthy of a Fairy Tale Princess

Sadly, my regular life involves zero need for formal ball gowns, but that doesn’t mean I can’t flirt with a few. Reem Acra‘s pre-fall collection was just revealed, and there are a ton of beautiful, dreamworthy creations that would completely work for a fairy tale princess.





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My Very Own Fairy Tale Personalized Story Book

My Very Own Fairy Tale Personalized Story Book


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A Taste of Hebrew for English Speaking Kids: A Trilogy (Picture Books for Children): The Hebrew Alphabet; Counting in Hebrew; Colors in Hebrew: A Rainbow Tale

A Taste of Hebrew for English Speaking Kids: A Trilogy (Picture Books for Children): The Hebrew Alphabet; Counting in Hebrew; Colors in Hebrew: A Rainbow Tale


A Taste of Hebrew for English Speaking Kids – Three Book Volume. Kids of all ages: Enjoy the first three books in the series.”The Hebrew Alphabet for English Speaking Kids”Counting in Hebrew for English Speaking Kids”Colors in Hebrew: A Rainbow Tale.”Did you know that bilingual children are better at problem solving? This is one of many reasons for exposing your children to more than one language. Multilingual kids have also been found to be better at learning, planning and self-control. So why Hebrew? Understanding and speaking Hebrew will give you and your child a lifelong connection to Israel and the Bible. Enjoy and Shalom!1) The Hebrew Alphabet: Book of Rhymes for English Speaking Kids- ENHANCE YOUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE. INTRODUCE THEM TO A FOREIGN LANGUAGE- This first book in our “A Taste of Hebrew for Kids Series” in our Smart Kids Bright Future Children’s Book Collection focuses on the Hebrew Alphabet. In this book, the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are illustrated and spelled out in English and in Hebrew. In addition to the letters, 22 basic Hebrew words that are appropriate for young children are taught in a fun way. The words that are selected, one for every Hebrew letter, are written in Hebrew, transliterated and translated to English, and depicted with an attractive illustration. Finally, each Hebrew word included in the book is incorporated into little English rhymes that will help kids and adults not only to recognize the Hebrew Alphabet but to learn foundational words in this beautiful language. In addition, the book also offers a Hebrew Alphabet chart, a transliteration guide, and proper pronunciation help with ‘sounds like…’ examples. A bit about the history of Hebrew as well as fun facts about this beautiful language is also included.2) Counting in Hebrew for English Speaking Kids (Children’s Books with Good Values)The Counting in Hebrew Picture Book for English Speaking Kids is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches kids to count in Hebre

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Mom’s Movie Minute – Dolphin Tale 2

Mom of 2 Angela Hoover thinks Dolphin Tale 2 could make a splash with your family. Get the bottom line in this episode of Mom’s Movie Minute.
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Retro/Micro Beer Jerseys LLC Men’s Fish Tale Leavenworth Jersey

Retro/Micro Beer Jerseys LLC Men’s Fish Tale Leavenworth Jersey


Men’s Fish Tale Leavenworth Jersey by Retro/Micro Beer Jerseys From its home in beautiful Olympia, Washington, Fish Brewing Company has been hand-crafting ales of Northwest proportions since 1993. Founded by Crayne and Mary Horton and a few dozen local investors, Fish began operations humbly. With a 15-barrel brew house, two 15-barrel fermenters, and one dairy tank, we brewed for our neighbors up and down Puget Sound. Growing steadily since, Fish is now an award-winning craft brewer with distribution throughout the great Pacific Northwest and beyond.
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M & M & Me (An MMF Menage Tale)

M & M & Me (An MMF Menage Tale)


Jess is not looking forward to a night out with her husband Matt’s old friend, Milton. But all that changes when she discovers that Milton is her every sexual fantasy and Matt is okay with sharing her for the night.This 6000 word story contains graphic m/f and m/f/m sex, including oral and anal.Excerpt:I start walking down the hall, pretending nothing is out of the ordinary. The men catch up to me quickly. Four hands are undressing me before I can take another step. Matt unzips my dress. Milton slips it off my shoulders and down to the floor. His eyes slide up back up my body and I see him smile, surprised that I wasn’t wearing any underwear. Those four hands all over me. Exploring like they’ve never touched a woman before.I start unbuttoning Milton’s shirt as I kick off my shoes. I’ve been dying to see that body unclothed. I am not disappointed. He’s built like an Olympic swimmer, all muscles and shoulders. I run my fingers down his abs, unbutton his dark-wash jeans and pull them down with his boxers just far enough that his fully erect cock is on display. I push him gently against the wall and stand tip-toe so that his shaft is between my thighs when I press myself against him. “Hold that thought,” I whisper, and turn around to undress my husband, who had been watching intently.“I want to watch you f*** Milton for now, baby,” Matt says, “Just enjoy yourself. I’ll take a turn in a bit.”Milton needs no more encouragement.

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Was There Really a Need For ‘Dolphin Tale 2’?

Now we have a sequel to the popular film Dolphin Tale. The question is why? The first movie was pretty complete in its story of a dolphin named Winter who had lost her dorsal fin. Her rescuers created a prosthesis for her and she adapted to it beautifully. And she lived happily ever after – end of story. No, no! Not when that movie made a good bit of money and there was surely more loot in that dolphin. So now we have Dolphin Tale 2, the story of Winter when she got depressed over not having a dolphin friend.

All of the cast from the previous movie are back including Ashley Judd, Harry Connick,Jr., Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson. The question is why. They have very little to do in this film. Their characters are basically just there to give support to the two kids who have leading roles. These are Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff who play Sawyer and Hazel.

Sawyer works at the Clearwater Marine Hospital where Winter lives and is cared for. Hazel is the daughter of Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick) who runs the hospital. They are devoted to Winter and become most upset when Winter shows signs of being depressed because she does not have another dolphin to pal around with. They have a solution but it is not one the adults are willing to use.

The storyline is one children should enjoy, and it will entertain the adults that accompany them. It is not high drama but it is sufficiently interesting. Supposedly this plot is also based on a true occurrence and that fact also interest.

The two young actors are very good in their roles and the dolphins play out the roles they have been given. Even the adult actors are fine, though they are given little to do. Judd is appropriately maternal while Connick is a bit stiff as the head operator of the hospital. Freeman gets to play the amiable man who helped fashion Winter’s prostheses.

The film is rated PG for mild drama with the animals.

There probably wasn’t a real need for a sequel to Dolphin Tale. It had told its story pretty completely.

However, since they were determined to make another one they did make it as appealing as possible. Children will once again delight in a story about dolphins being so human-like they need a friend, and will enjoy the fact that good humans are there to provide them with love, care and attention.

I scored Dolphin Tale 2 a sequeled 6 out of 10.

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Technical Difficulties: An Erotic Office Tale

Technical Difficulties: An Erotic Office Tale


After a long day at the office, the company IT guy, Justin, just wants to go home. But when he’s called on a last-minute job, he’s forced to go and fix the computer of a sultry and domineering businesswoman on the 19th floor. Alyson, a busty redhead with a soft spot for sexy nerds like Justin, has some big plans in mind. Her husband simply hasn’t been fulfilling her needs, and she’ll do anything for some action. Alyson has a desk drawer full of toys and she loves to be in control. Justin thinks he’s just doing a routine computer repair, but what kind of kinky, erotic journey will he unexpectedly undergo?

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Illustrated)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Illustrated)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with chamomile tea. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers’ rejections but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time. The book has generated considerable merchandise over the decades since its release for both children and adults with toys, dishes, foods, clothing, videos and other products made available. Potter was one of the first to be responsible for such merchandise when she patented a Peter Rabbit doll in 1903 and followed it almost immediately with a Peter Rabbit board game. By making the hero of the tale a disobedient and rebellious little rabbit, Potter subverted her era’s definition of the good child and the literary hero genre which typically followed the adventures of a brave, resourceful, young white male. Peter Rabbit appeared as a character in a 1971 ballet film, and the tale has been adapted to an animated television series. The book includes original colored illustrations by Beatrix Potter and a FREE audiobook link for download (which can be downloaded separately using a PC/Mac) at the end of the book.

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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle


The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. It was published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1905. Mrs. Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of the Lake District. A child named Lucie happens upon the cottage and stays for tea. The two deliver freshly laundered clothing to the animals and birds in the neighbourhood. Potter thought the book would be best enjoyed by girls, and, like most girls’ books of the period, it is set indoors with a focus on housework. Potter’s pet hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, and Kitty MacDonald, a Scottish washerwoman, were the inspirations for the eponymous heroine. Lucie Carr, a child friend of Potter’s, was the model for the fictional Lucie. Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny make cameo appearances in the illustrations. The Newlands Valley and the surrounding fells are the sources for the backgrounds in the illustrations. Mrs. Tiggy-winkle has been described as one of Potter’s most positive creations, but critics consider Lucie an artistic failure. Although Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is set in an identifiable place and time period, the tale is mythologized by reaching back to an age when household chores were performed manually and without the aid of modern mechanical inventions. The simple dwellings, rustic pathways, and stone fences enhance the tale’s timeless aspect and suggest an unchanging countryside and its way of life. Mrs. Tiggy-winkle became a popular character and the subject of considerable merchandise over the decades including nursery ware and porcelain figurines. The tale has been published in braille and the Initial Teaching Alphabet, and has been translated into French, German, and Dutch. In 1971, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle became a character performed by Sir Frederick Ashton in the Royal Ballet film, The Tales of Beatrix Potter. In 1993, the tale was adapted to animation and telecast as an episode of the BBC series, The World of Peter Rab

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Swept Up by the Sea: A Romantic Fairy Tale

Swept Up by the Sea: A Romantic Fairy Tale


Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate. The only problem is, no one at the rough-and-tumble seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic books. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul and she will even arrange her won kidnaping to prove it. Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of reluctant pirates, a jilted fianc e, a reclusive master shipwright, and an old professor with a magical secret that could kill them all. Join the strangest assortment of characters you ll ever meet on the Nine Seas as they set sail for treasure and romance

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit


Peter Rabbit, his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and his mother are anthropomorphic rabbits who dress in human clothing and generally walk upright on their hind legs, though they live in a rabbit hole under a fir-tree. Mother Rabbit has forbidden her children to enter the garden of Mr. McGregor: it was there that their father met his untimely end and became the ingredient of a pie. However, while Mrs. Rabbit is shopping and the girls are collecting blackberries, Peter sneaks into the garden. There, he gorges on vegetables until he gets sick, and is then chased about by Mr. McGregor. When Peter loses his jacket and his shoes, Mr. McGregor uses them to dress a scarecrow. After several close encounters with Mr. McGregor, Peter escapes the garden and returns to his mother exhausted and ill. She puts him to bed with a dose of camomile tea while his sisters (who have been good little bunnies) enjoy bread and milk and blackberries for supper. In a 1904 sequel, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Peter returns to McGregor’s garden to retrieve his lost clothes.

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The Simpsons Episodes, Season 12: Treehouse of Horror XI, Homr, Day of the Jackanapes, Children of a Lesser Clod, a Tale of Two Springfields

The Simpsons Episodes, Season 12: Treehouse of Horror XI, Homr, Day of the Jackanapes, Children of a Lesser Clod, a Tale of Two Springfields


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