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Movies I Should’ve Watched Sooner: The Evil Dead (part 1)


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Should I have watched The Evil Dead (1981) sooner?


Why has it taken so long to finally watch it?

After watching so many rehashes of the same story I didn’t feel as though there was a point. If this was supposed to be the film that invigorated a genre, will offer anything different to those that follow it?

Well did it offer anything different?

Unfortunately not. It was sadly obvious that a number of films have used this iconic model to base their stories on since it’s release. With movies such as Cabin in the Woods, Cabin Fever and obviously the 2013 remake of the same name existing as testimonies to this franchise, it was going to be difficult to see the product that has been remade a number of times as anything other than recycled.

Does this mean I didn’t enjoy The Evil Dead?

On the contrary to…

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American Beer Day!!! – What’s your favorite Beer? – Types of Beer that are bad for you



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There are more than 2,100 breweries that manufacture beer in the United States. They range in size from industry giants to brew pubs and microbreweries.

  • The U.S. produced 196 million barrels of beer in 2009.
  • The U.S. consumes roughly 20 US gallons of beer per capita annually.
  • In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.
  • After prohibition was repealed the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.
  • The majority of the new breweries in the U.S. are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980′s, produce a range of styles.
  • Beer styles originating in the United States include:
    American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

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Drifting Apart (BLW Contributor)

A Momma's View

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The following post was written over a year ago for another expat blog. My feelings in this regard have not changed although we’ve been back earlier this year to the “motherland”. It actually only got stronger. I don’t belong there anymore. There’s nothing that pulls me back. Of course I would love to have my friends around, catch up with them. Other than that, there is truly nothing in me that misses living in Switzerland.

I find it interesting. I would have never imagined that the “split up” would be so final. I could have never imagined that I would not miss living in Switzerland. But the cord is cut and it’s such a good feeling.

The interesting thing is that even with your friends, things are no longer the same. You are not spending time together anymore. You don’t go through the same things, you don’t read the same…

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Movies I should’ve watched sooner: Blade Runner


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Should I have watched Blade Runner sooner?


As a fan of 80s Sci-Fi, why has it taken so long to finally watch?

There has never been an opportunity before now to watch it. It was much like putting the bins out in a way. You know it needs to be done, you just sometimes can’t find the motivation to get up and drag it to the side of the road.

So, does that mean I enjoyed Blade Runner or did I consider it a chore?

I’ve always had a soft spot for dystopian future movies made during the 80s so this was always going to attract my interest once I start watching it. The set design is both typical and beautiful and the story is simple enough to follow.

If this were a contest, how would Blade Runner score?

The story is sharp, the characters have real definition and…

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The Truth Hurts – Love me at my worst

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Journals: Find Your Lost World (BLW Contributor)


Breathe. See. Celebrate.

What if there was a place that you could safely crash and burn or explore a lost world without it actually creating consequential ripples in your real life?

There is. It’s called a journal.

Now, hang with me on this.  You DON’T have to be a writer to journal! I’ve always identified myself as a writer to my very core, but there are days (sometimes weeks and even months) I don’t want to write beautifully-crafted, thought-provoking, perfectly-formatted prose.

dscn9802There are many craggy mornings when, coffee in one hand and a grading “red” pen in the other, all I can do is jot down a word or phrase. Many, many of my days are spent creating lists: those strangely personalized columns of thoughts, to-dos, groceries, and lesson plans that appear on the ends of envelopes and Post-its. Some of my lists have bullets and are color-coded if I’m feeding my inner-artist…

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Life-Giving Waters (BLW Contributor)



My husband and I along with some family members went on a weekend trip to attend a wedding, and we crossed several bridges, some that crossed big rivers like the Mississippi, and some small streams. Since I have started a novel with a river symbol, I have been snapping photos of rivers and thinking about rivers.

There is just something about a body of water. A small creek runs across the property where I was raised, and as a child, I spent much time playing there.  With no houses along the creek, the water was clear and unpolluted and my family and I thought nothing of getting a drink from it.  I’ve always heard that a stream purifies itself when it runs a specified number of feet over rocks and sand.  I don’t know if that is true, but now with so many pollutants entering the stream from homes that…

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Leader of the Pack (Business Philosophy) – The ONLY way is UP


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Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas


When Worlds Collide

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


DT’s father was going blind when DT wrote this poem. The dying of the light is a reference to darkness and being blind.


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