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Monster Movie: Aliens (1979) Coffee, Cats, and Headbands in Space

This week’s assignment, as you can tell from the title of this post, watch and respond to the 1970 movies, “Aliens” with Sigourney Weaver.  This is the second on my list of horror movies to view this semester. Hubby declared he is done watching with me (yeah, we will see!). …

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Monsters: World War Z: Tools & Talent: We are Critically Low on Talent!

Thankfully, World War Z saved my Zombie week! It took me a little bit of processing to really understand what it was about World War Z that resonated with me. You might thinking, serious? How in the world can a zombie novel resonate with anyone? Well, I’ll tell you because …

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Borghese Gallery: Bernini; Emotional over Art

One of the highlights of my trip was standing in front of  Bernini’s sculptures.  Works of art I’d only studied from book, and honestly never thought I’d be able to see in person. I’ve never been one to become emotional over art but I can no longer say that. I …

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Monsters: Night of the Living Dead (1968) Movie

I am not a big fan of horror movies, but this semester we have six movies to watch. I’ve not seen any of them despite that they are horror classics. Digging into the movies-first stop Night of The Living Dead. My first impression was I was never going to get …

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Traveling with the Boys: Villa Borghese

First stop when we entered the beautiful park (Villa Borghese) was for Panini. For Matt, that meant a hot dog sliced longways on a hard panini-like bread. So far, still not thrilled with his food in Rome, but adding a couple of Snickers bars and he was good to go. …

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Walking with the Boys in Rome

I’ve been working on my MFA studies, and writing but I still want to share (and remember) our overseas adventure so I am slowly but surely getting to posting some pictures of our travels.   We walked and we walked and we walked. Did I mention we walked? We decided …

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Monsters: Back to Barker—The Yattering and Jack: A short-story review

Clive Barker had done it again in the short story “The Yattering and the Jack.” I loved it! The story appears in The Book of Blood, Volume I. From the first paragraph, Barker captivated me and pulled me into the narrative. The Yattering is a low-ranking demon tasked to drive …

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Monsters: Stephen King’s Cycle of a Werewolf

This week’s read Cycle of the Werewolf was quick read. A series of stories taking place in the small Maine town of Tarker Mills—one for each month. King follows a year path of a werewolf stalking the townfolk. As in traditional werewolf tales, the beast follows the cycles of the …

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Monsters: Couldn’t Rip My Eyes From Rawhead Rex!

After a few not-so-thrilling experiences with the horror stories we are reading for class, I finally hit one that I couldn’t stop reading! Clive Barker had me hooked from the first line of “Rawhead Rex.” “Of all the conquering armies that had tramped the streets of Zeal down the centuries, …

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Rome: Campo Di Fiori and Pineapples

Just a few pictures of Campo Di Fiori, which was right around the corner from the first apartment we stayed in Rome. This was Matt’s favorite morning spot to grab his pineapples! That kid has a pineapple addiction. But there are worst breakfasts to ask for than fresh pineapples from …

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