A Grown-up Who Grew Up With Harry Potter

Relive this masterful tale of wonder and magic.

The Half Price Blog

I was a junior in college when the first Harry Potter book was released. Needless to say, the series was not on my radar then, and it remained stealthily outside those bounds until I began substitute teaching after college. That’s when I first saw 12 and 13-year old children toting around the same book.

I finally asked, “What are you all reading?”

I got the definitive answer, “Oh! YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THESE BOOKS!”

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From First Lady to First Woman President? What Firsts Can Mean for Public Policy

Sage House News: The Cornell University Press Blog

By Barbara Perry, co-editor of 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton

June 27, 2016 was a landmark day for women, with the convergence of the presidential campaign and the U.S. Supreme Court’s final day of its term. Almost at the very moment that Hillary Clinton, wearing the mantle of the presumptive presidential nominee of a major American party, and Senator Elizabeth Warren were debuting their “sister act” in Cincinnati, “the Supremes” were handing down a landmark decision on abortion that would bolster women’s rights across the country.

clinton-warren-cropped.png Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren’s pioneering “sister act” may signal significant shifts in public policy towards women.

The sight of Senator Warren, in a public job interview for vice-presidential candidate, and former Senator and Secretary of State Clinton standing side by side, their arms raised in a previously male-candidate victory pose, was striking. Should a Clinton-Warren ticket materialize, it could generate the kind of excitement…

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“You Have No Power Over Me” : Why the movie Labyrinth matters

YOU’VE got the power of voodoo

Views From the Tesseract

I was a kid of the 1980s.  I was a SF/Fantasy loving kid who ate up movies and books with the full glee of a kid creating their pop culture references for the first time.  I was there to watch Elliot lay a trail of Reeses Pieces for E.T.   I was there to sob as Artax was swallowed in the pits of Despair.   It was Inigo Montoya I invoked whenever I picked up a toy sword.  I watched The Navigator, Explorers, Legend, the Dark Crystal, Ghostbusters . . . the list goes on.   And then there was Labyrinth (1986).

Labyrinth was the first movie I ever saw in the theaters without an adult.  My best friend and I went to see it for my birthday and dined on huge tubs of popcorn, gigantic cups of Cherry Coke and nachos with hot cheese. (movie food was cheaper back…

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Interrupting Bernie: Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left

I love Bernie as a contender for President, but this article hits the mark on what he and all of us need to address today and moving forward.

Change From Within

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. The women, co-founders of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, took over the microphone and refused to relinquish it. Sanders eventually left the stage without speaking and instead waded into the crowd to greet supporters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. The women, co-founders of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, took over the microphone and refused to relinquish it. Sanders eventually left the stage without speaking and instead waded into the crowd to greet supporters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

You know, I’ve always liked Bernie Sanders. I appreciate that as a U.S. Senator, he has been willing to speak the truth about many important social issues, but he’s also a U.S. Senator, which means that he is only going to be as progressive as his electorate allows him to be.

That said, I’d generally been pretty disappointed with the lack of racial justice analysis in his economic inequality platform as…

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58. Bryan Innovation Lab #105architecturalinspirations

Sustainable design encouraging future generations to think sustainably.

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58. Bryan Innovation Lab #105architecturalinspirations

Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School

The Steward School in Richmond has become a leader in innovative education by providing their students with the Bryan Innovation Lab. Beautifully designed by 3 North, this unique learning facility promises to spark generations of innovators. The Bryan Innovation Lab has flexible indoor and outdoor classroom spaces designed to be adaptable as needs change. Upon arrival at the facility you walk through an outdoor classroom that teaches kids about growing food and managing storm water. There are multiple rainwater storage tanks, cisterns, that feed the raised gardens along side a bio-retention pond that is teaming with wildlife. Students can grab a snack on their way to class right off a vine while hearing frogs and birds in natural habitat. There are (2) 2,500 gallon cisterns that collect run-off and supplies (5) 300 gallon cisterns.

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Why It Matters That Inside Out’s Protagonist Is a Girl — Not a Princess

There’s only 1 female character for every 3 male characters in family films, according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

TIME

Jurassic World may have bestedInside Out at the box office this weekend, but the Pixar animated movie set a different record. Inside Out had the highest-grossing opening weekend of any original film — a movie that wasn’t based on a book or comic book and that wasn’t a sequel. That may sound like just a nifty accolade, but consider this: Pixar successfully pitched audiences on a movie about the personified emotions of an increasingly depressed 11-year-old girl they didn’t know named Riley. (Oh, and Riley isn’t a princess.)

That’s no easy feat. Hollywood has long subscribed to the notion that movies with female protagonists don’t sell. Only 12% of protagonists and 30% of all major characters in the top 100 grossing movies of 2014 were women, according to San Diego State University’s Celluloid Ceiling Report.

The problem is even more dire among children’s films, which are often based on…

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Building a creative next generation – Check out our Maker Space

Inspiring home-designed Maker Space

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Building a creative next generation – Check out our Maker Space

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It has taken me a while and of course it is not done, but the maker space is now functional.

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We have a partial basement in our home that is perfect for a “maker space.” A maker space is a mix between a shop, a craft room, and an art room. The one I created for our girls has been under construction for almost a year (in other words, I started it a year ago and then made no progress). Over the last couple of weeks, I was able to schedule a trip to IKEA to get the tables I needed, found two perfectly durable workbenches, and found some time to dedicated to the construction. I still have big dreams of building in a storage area for our seasonal decorations and other odds and ends that are kept…

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