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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Sometimes, monsters are not always as they seem. Not all monsters are vicious, gruesome beasts set on scaring you, or eating you, or causing you harm. Some monsters are far worse. Monsters that make you face the reality of your situation. Monsters that make you see the truth for what it is. Monsters that make you accept the inevitable, even though it hurts. Sometimes, these monsters, the monsters within, are the scariest ones of all.

A Monster Calls is beautiful and raw, a gripping tale that will hit you where it hurts. It is a story about personal truths, acceptance and heartbreaking loss. It is a story that will make you question why you’re reading it in the first place. It is a story that will make you question why you didn’t read it sooner. It is a story that pulls at your heart. It is a story worth reading.


cover imageI came across Vikings quite by accident. Browsing the shelves at the Maple Library one day, I noticed the cover first. Intrigued, I flipped the DVD over, read the back, and proceeded to check it out. I was hooked within minutes, and four seasons later, I’m still hooked!

Inspired by the life of Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings is a historical drama that follows early Medieval Norsemen as they raid, trade and explore the world. Wanting more than just the life of a farmer, Ragnar rises to fame by sailing to and raiding England, gaining the title of Earl, and eventually, King. He will easily become one of your favourite characters. The story itself is exciting and entertaining, and does a great job of exploring the ethics, religion and social structure of the Vikings, their enemies and their allies.

       Great content, great actors, great theme song! This is must watch TV!

The People’s Champ

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Everyone who knows me knows I have a very strong, probably unhealthy, obsession with a certain celebrity.

No, it’s not Ryan Reynolds. No, it’s not Robert Downey Jr. No, it’s not one of the Hemsworth brothers.

It’s….. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson!

I think what I admire most about him is the fact that he seems so genuine, so down to Earth. Coming from humble beginnings, he understands the importance of family, friends, work ethic, and striving toward accomplishing any and all of your dreams. He is someone who is so very thankful to be where he is today, and to have gotten there by working hard and remembering where he came from. He is also great with his fans. From a shout out on social media, to live meet and greets, he lets them know they are much appreciated. To top it all off, he’s got a KILLER smile! To quote a fellow colleague: “HE’S ELECTRIFYING.”

While he wasn’t always in acting, that is what he is most known for now. Here are a few of his works that “Rock.” I hope you enjoy them.


Central Intelligence

The Tooth Fairy

The Game Plan


San Andreas

Pain and Gain

AND HE SINGS!:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNNUk8oOg4I