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MYTHICAL BEAST SERIES: THE ENCHANTING MERMAID

06/06/2014

Krystal Johnson

One of the most pervasive myths across the ages is the mythical siren of the sea, the elusive and enchanting mermaid. The mermaid is one of many human-creature hybrids that has captured our imaginations from century to century, from stories in ancient Assyria, to the Greek siren, to Disney films and fantasy novels today. There are even modern day religions that have mermaid-like deities. What makes this beautiful aquatic creature so powerful in our minds and hearts?

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THE RETRO TIME CAPSULE

PART THREE OF THREE: I had the pleasure at staying in a cabin that is like a time capsule of the 70’s. From retro lighting fixtures to the graphic floral wall paper, this place has never been renovated. An amazing and bizarre look into the past while my toes were planted into the shag carpet of the present.

Pictured: Owl thermometer, mossy tree, bridge, old BBQ, water fountain, clubhouse, backyard

Part One: http://thecuriousbeast.tumblr.com/post/87074026134/the-retro-time-capsule-part-two-of-three-i-had

Part Two: http://thecuriousbeast.tumblr.com/post/87074026134/the-retro-time-capsule-part-two-of-three-i-had

THE RETRO TIME CAPSULE

PART TWO OF THREE: I had the pleasure at staying in a cabin that is like a time capsule of the 70’s. From retro lighting fixtures to the graphic floral wall paper, this place has never been renovated. An amazing and bizarre look into the past while my toes were planted into the shag carpet of the present.

Pictured:

Kitchen Murals, Wallpaper, Shag carpet stairs, Upstairs bedrooms, Archways

Part one is here: http://thecuriousbeast.tumblr.com/post/87071545069/the-retro-time-capsule-part-one-of-three-i-had

THE RETRO TIME CAPSULE

PART ONE OF THREE: I had the pleasure at staying in a cabin that is like a time capsule of the 70’s. From retro lighting fixtures to the graphic floral wall paper, this place has never been renovated. An amazing and bizarre look into the past while my toes were planted into the shag carpet of the present.

Pictured:

Front door, Master Bedroom, Living Room.

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Legacy of a Vampire

 05/09/2014

By Evelyn Wranich

The moon smiles benevolently on a tiny, hidden village among the forests of Transylvania. The roads stretch out like a spider’s web among the abandoned clustered houses. A young maiden is clutching a loaf of bread to her chest while hurrying home but the night awakens an instinctual panic in her. Sparing a short glance at the bread in her grasp, she turns to keep moving only to meet the face of an unknown man.

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In a world filled with inconveniences, there has to be some justice. That justice comes in the form of adult lunchables. Make your own by buying things in bulk and sectioning them off for the week. From simple to inventive, these delicious mini-buffets can get your creative juices flowing.

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04/25/2014

To some of us, insects are a nuisance at best. To others like Ian Wright, they are an artistic expression of the world. Ian is a biologist and a macro-photographer. Studying insects both scientifically and artistically, Ian can give us a solid case why these creepy crawlies are so fascinating.

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My Kind of City

04/08/2014

Rosalinda Palomino             

If the wind blew a certain way, we could smell the stench of the Stock Yards. I didn’t know until much later, probably not until college, that we lived across the street from the infamous Stock Yards, the setting for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. If you’re not familiar with the book, he exposed the corruption of the meat packing industry in the Yards and the horrific working conditions in the factories.  The Stock Yards closed in 1971, but that familiar smell lingered in the air throughout my childhood until we left there in the late 80’s.  

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THE WIND RISES: MIYAZAKI’S LEGACY 

03/31/2014

Krystal Johnson

He is a director, producer, animator, and screen writer. He is an illustrator and a mangaka (Japanese for professional manga styled cartroonist). He has a career encompassing six decades and has helped bring to life over a dozen animated films of critical acclaim. He is Japan’s Walt Disney, and has inspired animators, artists, and storytellers around the globe.

He is Hayao Miyazaki. And on September 6th, 2013, he announced his retirement.

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DESTINATION: AWESOME

The Crystal Caves of Mexico

Sara Miller 03/12/2014

The crystal caves in Mexico look like something out of Supermans’ Fortress of Solitude. With the sheer magnitude of these crystals, it’s truly amazing that Mother Nature still produces something SO humongous and otherworldly after all these years.

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