Remember When… An Old-Fashioned Love Story

Once upon a time, romance was found in chivalry. Love came from something much more virtuous than mere sex or physical attraction; it was discovered in respect, nobility, honor and charity for one another — ideals that crossed even the most difficult of boundaries, where there could be no doubt it was meant to be. Though it may still happen today, it has become rare to witness this type of love except maybe for the idealized version showcased in entertainment. Nicholas Sparks has tapped into this idea many times, but the most beloved version of this tale, The Notebook, made it clear that true passion for love often lies in an older generation. It’s a shame, because there is something so pure about a love that transcends time and space. Dancer and choreographer Bridgette Borzillo also understands this, but where Sparks taps into this idea with a fictional narrative, Borzillo digs into the truth behind the concept for her new dance production, Remember When… An Old-Fashioned Love Story.
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

From my understanding, Paul Blart: Mall Cop didn’t set the cinema world on fire back in 2009. It did make a ton of money (and did leaps and bounds over its counterpart, Observe and Report), but from the reaction to the film from both critics and the public, there didn’t seem to be much demand for a sequel. But money speaks louder than words in Hollywood, and since Adam Sandler (through his production company, Happy Madison) likes to keep his good friends employed, I guess Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 was inevitable. And though the premise for the follow-up is sound (having the main character leave the confines of his world to explore new territory is a staple for sequels to movies like this), adding a new chapter to a film that ran mostly flat doesn’t make for a better movie. Read Full Review

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Ten Ways to Tighten Your Writing & Hook the Reader

Bryan Caron:

Very insightful stuff. Great post for any writer (beginning and veteran alike).

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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When I used to edit for a living, I earned the moniker The Death Star because I can be a tad ruthless with prose. Today I hope to teach you guys to be a bit ruthless as well. Before we get started, I do have a quick favor to ask. Some of you may know that I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so I’ve taken on our dojo’s blog to see if we can try out new and fun content and am using the moniker Dojo Diva.

I posted about how hard it is to begin and the fears that can ever keep us from starting. The way others try to stop us from doing anything remarkable. I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories, so I hope you will stop by and get the discussion going.

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Movie Mayhem – Furious 7

Unlike the super-charged excitement surrounding this month’s biggest film (not to mention the biggest film this year to date), April’s slate of films has started with a whimper. Over the past two weeks, only two movies have opened in wide release, and in order to keep my anti-Nicholas Sparks streak alive (that’s right friends, I am lucky enough to have yet to be Notebook-ed), The Longest Ride was never an option. So unless I wanted to avoid the cineplex for two weeks straight (or go see an independent film or two that didn’t interest me in the slightest), the only other choice was Furious 7, the new addition to a franchise that has never been high on my must-see radar. I still have yet to see Tokyo Drift (although I am a big fan of Lucas Black) or Fast and Furious (which would be the fourth, for those keeping score), I only saw The Fast and the Furious (with those pesky definite articles, that would be the original) when it hit cable, and I’ve probably only seen bits and pieces of 2 Fast 2 Furious. (Bet you can’t guess which one that is!) I probably wouldn’t have gone to see Fast 5 if it hadn’t have been for my friend, but it was then that I understood something very pivotal about this franchise — it’s like a drug; once you’ve submitted yourself to its high-gloss stunt work and expanding story arc, you can’t keep from coming back for more. I went to see Fast and Furious 6 on my own accord two years ago, and even though I roll my eyes more often than not when it comes to everything about this series, I gave in to Furious 7 and its high-octane absurdness. Read Full Review

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The Championship Deals Compete

Along with the NCAA basketball tournament, the Phoenix Moirai March Madness Promotion is down to the final two champions, which will duke it out tonight for extreme supremacy. It has been a long hard fight that included a few major upsets (I think Kentucky may still be burning — I didn’t know calendars were that popular anymore!) to reach this point, but none of that matters anymore. All that matters now is which deal will take the ultimate trophy. So what deals are competing for the March Madness Promotion championship? See the Champions

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Movie Mayhem – Get Hard

Let me get this out of the way up front. I didn’t like Elf (GASP!) and here’s why — Will Ferrell. I’ve never much cared for him as a comedian or actor. There just doesn’t seem to be anything natural about him. Unlike some of the greatest comedians of all time, such as Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Gene Wilder, Lucille Ball and Charlie Chaplin (to name a few), Ferrell has a tendency to overachieve for laughs. At times it feels as if he’s willing people to find his “wild and crazy” antics funny, and at other times, he outright begs for it with forced buffoonery, something the greats never had to do. When it comes down to it, it’s all about honesty, and whether or not Ferrell is honest is beside the point — when on screen, it doesn’t feel honest; it simply feels he is acting the way he thinks people want him to act — with insufferable over-the-top insanity. The interesting thing is, this outrageous persona mostly works in Get Hard, albeit only because Kevin Hart brings honesty to an otherwise labored construction. Read Full Review

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Here Are Your Final Four Stellar Deals

Phoenix Moirai is officially down to their final four amazing deals. Based on all of the nail-biting upsets and routine wins, number one seeds Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke join seventh place seed Michigan State in the last remaining battles before the championship. These four teams don’t go head-to-head with each other again until Saturday, April 4, so for the next full week, enjoy great savings with these terrific deals: Check out the remaining deals

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We Are Down To Our Elite Eight Deals

The NCAA tournament has found its elite eight college basketball teams, and with them, Phoenix Moirai has eight elite deals left for you. We still have plenty to offer business men and women, writers and brides, as well as those who just want something special to give your friends and family. But don’t wait to take advantage of these terrific deals; by the end of the weekend, four of them will end their long, maddening journeys. See what deals are still in the running

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Movie Mayhem – The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Back in January, I may have surprised some people when Divergent slid into the number five spot on my top ten movies of 2014. It’s not necessarily because they thought the movie was awful; it just may not have been good enough to be that high on the list. But I stand by my placement, believing Divergent kicked off the series with moxie. It did an excellent job at setting up all of the characters, signaling where the series would be going next and wetting our appetites for more. Now we have more, and though I know for certain it won’t make it into my top ten list this year, The Divergent Series: Insurgent is still a very good follow-up that leads perfectly into the first installment of the last chapter in the series. Read Full Review

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Sweet Sixteen Deals

The NCAA tournament has been pared down to the best of the best, leading to the sweet sixteen, and the deals on graphic design, writing and videography services that Phoenix Moirai is offering alongside them are just as sweet! There are still plenty of fantastic discounts for writers, business men and women, entrepreneurs, bloggers, engaged couples, and anyone looking for specialty items that make great gifts for family and friends.

Check Out the Sweet Sixteen Breakdown

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