Fans, Fiction, and Representation: A New Hope

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There’s something about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that feels both delightful and urgent, as if it were both a joy to create and a story that must be told at this particular moment in history. People who lined up to see the film when it released last December—and then immediately bought tickets to see it again—are now buying the DVD or Blu-Ray or streaming version so they can watch The Force Awakens for the fifth (or tenth) time at home. They’re also creating fanart, writing their own narratives, and celebrating the idea that the Hero’s Journey has been opened up to a new group of heroes.

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Daily Prompt: Capable

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“Capability”  defines our worth, how much and what we are able to achieve in life. To be capable of doing something simply means the ability to perform and complete a task successfully. How much one is capable of doing something depends mainly on skill and expertise, but also things such as age, in some cases gender and of course, circumstances. One may be otherwise capable of doing something, but due to the prevailing circumstances he/she is not able to. In that case, we would consider that person to be capable but unlucky.

Obviously, being capable is a good thing. The more capable one is, the better for his/her overall personal development and standing in society. However, this does not mean that a person incapable of performing something is completely worthless. Not everybody is perfectly able to complete every task bestowed upon them and one should be given appropriate time to learn and grow.

To be capable, we all need to be patient and keep honing our skills and be open to acquiring the ever-increasing pool of knowledge that the world has to offer. 🙂

Kayaking at Eco Park

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to witness a slightly windy, but perfectly sunny day to go out for an outing with friends. Having nothing to do after the semester exams ended last week, I suggested that we pay a visit to Ecological, otherwise known as ‘Eco’ park situated in Rajarhat on the outskirts of Kolkata. It is hardly a  40 minutes distance from my home and moreover my friend has his own car so it would be no big deal for him to pick me up. With Sumit and me joined another school friend of his, Akash who studies in Chennai but visits Kolkata, his hometown every new year.

So, at around 2 in the afternoon I was picked up from my place and then with Akash in the backseat we drove straight to Eco Park for an enlightening afternoon.

It is quite a picturesque location, with green grass and long sidewalks all along and was pretty decently occupied with holiday-makers and even a large group of schoolchildren. However, after paying 20 rupee fee we walked in and started making our way to where the rides and activities were going on.

There is a large water-body to be found at one side of Eco Park on which you will most likely find large floating Zorb-balls, transparent balloons into which one could fit oneself and jump around in the water as a form of recreation and excercise. 017020

We, the three of us, initially decided to try out Archery, a non-water sport but one which requires great skill nonetheless. Each of us could target the board a total of 5 times each and so after buying the ticket worth 50 bucks, we took turns to shoot at the aim.

Although none of us shot successfully at the bull’s eye, I got pretty close to one of the centre rings at my third shot.

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After those 5 rounds, Sumit suggested that we go Kayaking! I was surprised to find it as one of the sports available in that place, it being one of the not-so-regular activities found in India. Akash didn’t wish to take part, so it was just Sumit and me who ended up sitting in a 2-seater narrow and long kayak made of wood most likely. We “set sail” and went all around the water body for a duration of 30 minutes. It was probably the most funhat day with us rocking against the waves yet making our way through with the paddles. We did get the hang of it by the end!

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After this particular experience, we did not stay for much longer because it was nearing sun-down. So instead we went bowling at City Centre 2, which is also closeby to Eco Park.

On the whole, I had an awesome day with some new friends I made recently 🙂

 

Mr. Moon- a poem

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The moon shines bright

In the dark of the night

Beckoning it’s beholders to dream

Of lovely days in purple haze

Sitting and wondering

What is it that life’s worth?

“Look at my craters”, says Mr. Moon

They run wide and deep

And so shall you be filled with them

And the rewards of life you shall reap.

Oh tell me, Moon-y

What is it like, to shine in the light of another?

“you let them shine”, says he to me

Till you find your own kind of lover.

Daily Prompt: Folly

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A “folly” means a “mistake”. Plain and simple.

Follies are things that all of us commit every day…well, almost.  Sometimes a folly happens and we don’t even know it. It may be as simple as forgetting to do a daily chore or giving your grandmother the wrong pill after lunch. Whatever it is, follies do make us improve ourselves, if we recognize their presence, that is; and ultimately help us better ourselves with each passing day so that we do not commit that same mistake, error or wrong again!

I do not think there is any such thing as a ‘big’ folly. Follies usually refer to small or tiny mistakes that do not cause any major harm to others, but they are mistakes nonetheless and must be corrected or apologized for.

…Sorry for any follies that I might have made while writing this piece!

 

How to Find and Support Trustworthy Journalism

Josh Stearns

If you are hungry for news you can trust, journalism that helps you make decisions about your community, reporting that holds power to account, then this is for you. This is my personal advice for people who want to support journalism that matters. It is just a starting point, it is not comprehensive, and it’ll become stronger and more useful if you add your ideas to it. Use the comments to add your list of newsrooms you subscribe to and support.

Now more than ever, it is important to our democracy that we seek out and support good journalism. Every person is going to construct their media diet differently, so any list I create will be incomplete. My goal here is to provide a framework for you to find the news that will challenge, inspire, inform and engage you.

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The perfectly relaxed cat

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When I saw the picture of a lying cat as the cover for the daily post on “relax”, I immediately thought of placing two pictures of my own house cat Matilda as a reply, specially because she’s the perfect example of somebody who is as relaxed as can be about life…she spends 18 to 20 hours of the day lying supine in a particular corner of the staircase and does not have a care in the world as long as she gets her daily meal and a comfortable place to rest in. Don’t we all wish life was as simple as this! These photos were captured by me recently for a university project.

The lyrics to JB’s “Cold Water”

Everybody gets high sometimes, you know
What else can we do when we’re feeling low?
So take a deep breath and let it go
You shouldn’t be drowning on your own

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

Cause we all get lost sometimes, you know?
It’s how we learn and how we grow
And I wanna lay with you ’til I’m old
You shouldn’t be fighting on your own

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

I won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

[MØ:]
Come on, come on
Save me from my rocking boat
I just want to stay afloat
I’m all alone
And I hope, I hope
Someone’s gonna take me home
Somewhere I can rest my soul
I need to know

[Justin Bieber & MØ:]
You won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
You won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

[Justin Bieber:]
I won’t let go
I won’t let goEverybody gets high sometimes, you know
What else can we do when we’re feeling low?
So take a deep breath and let it go
You shouldn’t be drowning on your own

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

Cause we all get lost sometimes, you know?
It’s how we learn and how we grow
And I wanna lay with you ’til I’m old
You shouldn’t be fighting on your own

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

I won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

[MØ:]
Come on, come on
Save me from my rocking boat
I just want to stay afloat
I’m all alone
And I hope, I hope
Someone’s gonna take me home
Somewhere I can rest my soul
I need to know

[Justin Bieber & MØ:]
You won’t let go (I won’t let go, no, no, no, no, no, no)
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
You won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

[Justin Bieber:]
I won’t let go
I won’t let go

I find these words ring so true for me and people my age. It is a song about friendship and being faithful to the person you love (or persons)..

I am grateful to Major Lazer and JB for coming up with a song like this. Lol!! (Basically because it restores my faith in humanity).

Peace!

Undone

Elan Mudrow

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There is a letter hiding

Inside this envelope.

Addressed in handwriting

As if etched….on

A print I recognize…..

Familiar marks I wished, at times, I never knew

Other times, I wished I had known better.

So are our lives…..represented

By this letter……

A relationship of a paper receptacle

With its four corners, glued folds

A flap that awaits closure

With many words waiting to be

Understood

You have added, perhaps

A final voice inside this letter.

An ending I search for

Mixed with the anxiety for the loss

Of the sound your words make.

And the question is

If I open this letter

Will reading it stir up all those summers

heated in our veins, or

Will its therapy send a cool breeze

To pacify all the seasons we have invested

In? ….Surely, the wind is unpredictable.

If the breeze picks up,

As it has done many times

I run…

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