Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3

Scene 1 Summary:  The band of Athenian workers meet up in the forest and begin rehearsing their play. Robin Goodfellow wanders in on them invisible and uses his magic to turn Bottom into a donkey-headed beast. When he comes around to read his lines the other actors freak out and run away. Thinking that they are …

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Merrill’s Marauders: Commandos in Burma, 1943-1945

I ordered Merrill’s Marauders: Commandos in Burma, 1943-1945 on a whim because I needed a few extra dollars added to my Amazon order for free shipping. It's my first solitaire game and the solo play concept is somewhat interesting. The game comes in a ziplock bag and includes a small map of Burma, 40 counters, 18 …

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Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 2

Scene 1 Summary: In the dark forest outside Athens the mischevious fairy Puck, aka Robin Goodfellow discusses the quarrel between the King and Queen of Fairyland over an Indian changeling with another fairy. Suddenly both parties, Oberon and Titania arrive in the forest with their retinues. They square off and jealously accuse each other of wanting to …

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Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 1

I continue my reading through the Western Canon with Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night's Dream. A magical romantic comedy about two pairs of lovers lost in an enchanted fairy forest filled with strange characters that cross each others path. I've always had an attraction to stories that featured Fairies, of the old European variety. The mythological …

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Reading Shakespeare: Moving on from Macbeth

I finished The Tragedy of Macbeth about two weeks ago. I took a break from Shakespeare to indulge my current obsession with the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. But now it's time to move on and continue with my Shakespeare read. Because Macbeth was a dark tragedy and this month I'm feeling rather jovial …

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Blade Runner 2049

A sequel that matched and in some parts surpassed the original in creativity and quality. It actually continued the interesting conversation on what it means to be human and added a few more questions and insights. Most of all it was gorgeous with amazing cinematography and a great soundtrack. I can't wait for more people …

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Starting a personal library.

Books have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. My grandparents collected books and had a massive collection. Sadly almost all of it was left behind after my grandfather passed away and my grandmother emigrated to the United States. I still have the collected poems of Mihai Eminescu bought …

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Games with Friends

I've been thinking a lot about friendships lately, specifically male friendships. Honestly, I've been thinking a lot about masculinity, male relationships, family, and life past the age of thirty. I came across this article the other day The Legion Lonely by Stephen Thomas and it hit really close to home. With the exception of being …

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Reading Shakespeare: Macbeth Act 5

Scene 1 Summary:  Back at Inverness Castle a Doctor and a Lady attendant watch Lady Macbeth sleepwalk, an act she has been performing nightly since her husband has been out in the field. She walks around the castle with her eyes open but asleep, the whole time rubbing her hands and lamenting un-washable blood.  The Doctor exclaims …

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Reading Shakespeare: Macbeth Act 4

Scene 1 Summary: In a dark cave the Weird Sisters are chanting vile incantations around a bubbling cauldron. Macbeth enters and demands that they give him more prophecy. They agree and show him three visions. The first is a floating armored head that warns him about Macduff. The second is a bloody child that tells him no …

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