The Poe-fect Crime

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When you hear the word “detective”, who comes to mind? Sherlock Holmes? Nancy Drew? Dick Tracy? Scooby Doo? All are certainly worthy of the title. And I think you’d be hard pressed to find many people who don’t consider Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes the quintessential deducing detective.

We first meet Sherlock in 1887. His premiere case is “A Study in Scarlet”. But 46 years earlier, the world was introduced to the very FIRST literary ‘detective’ — C. Auguste Dupin — in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”.

Poe has been called the “father of the detective story”, inventing a sharp-witted, observant ‘detective’ character before the word “detective” even existed.

Edgar was born the 19th of January, 1809, and to celebrate Poe’s 207th birthday, I spent part of yesterday afternoon curled up with my gorgeous Canterbury Classics edition of “Edgar Allan Poe: Stories and Poems”, rereading “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, and finding myself surprised at just how shockingly similar Sherlock Holmes is to Monsieur Dupin. Continue reading

The Case of the Politically Correct Makeover: How “Updating” Classic Heroines Insults Real Women

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Charles Edward Perugini

A friend shared this article with me yesterday, and I have to admit, it upset me. A lot. So please, take a few minutes to read it, and then come back. http://flavorwire.com/555722/what-do-nancy-drew-and-anne-of-green-gables-have-to-offer-the-age-of-peak-tv/

I am not a feminist. Not by a long shot. In fact, in many ways I’m about as anti-feminist as a female can get. Now, “feminism” can have different meanings to different people, granted. But today, that word has become synonymous with a certain image and set of ideals that, quite frankly, I detest.

I have no desire to living in a world where all men are considered chauvinist pigs, and women who don’t want to act as men do are considered “old fashioned”, “out of touch”, and “repressed”.

I don’t believe that a woman who wants a husband and children is any less of a “real woman” than one who chooses to go to medical school and is happy being married to her career. Now, I do believe that there are certain jobs that women are NOT best suited for and shouldn’t do, the same as I believe that there are certain jobs that MEN are not best suited for and shouldn’t do.

Spotty PerformanceI also believe that it’s wrong to hire a person just to fill some sort of stupid PC quota. If it’s not right to hire a woman just because she’s nice to look at, then it should also be unacceptable to hire a woman simply because society says that if you don’t hire ‘x’ number of women, then you’re somehow discriminating against them. Hiring a woman or man based on what society feels promotes “equality” rather than competency, qualifications and ability, is not equality, and it benefits no one. Saying “You’re hired because you’re a woman and we need more women in the work force” is no different than hiring the prettiest girl at an interview because she’s easy on the eyes.

This brings me to the aforementioned article. What Do Nancy Drew and ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Have to Offer the Age of Peak TV?Nothing good, if the information in this article is correct. Continue reading

Holy 50th Anniversary, Batman!

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Whether you were a kid in 1966 or you were born in 1986 like me, chances are you know exactly what I’m going to talk about, and I haven’t said more than four fairly gibberish words.

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At 7:30 PM on January 12, 1966, hoards of eager children tuned in their TV sets to ABC, ready to witness the birth of a new era of television. How could anyone have known that this colourful, campy, kooky, comedic trip to the streets of Gotham, was going to be a hit, and would effectively mean the demise of much beloved black and white series like The Munsters and The Addams Family? Continue reading

“The Greatest Gift”

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Make no mistake, the “Greatest Gift” is Jesus. But the title of today’s post is in reference to my favourite Archie comic story of all time.

Is there anyone who’s never owned/read/enjoyed an Archie comic at some time in their life? For nearly 75 years, both children and adults alike have followed the (mis)adventures of eternal teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie, as they loved, lost, sang, and danced their way through the little town of Riverdale, USA. Continue reading

The Twelve Songs of Christmas

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One of the first signs that the Christmas season is upon us, is of course the sound of Christmas carols — on the radio, in the stores, in your home as you decorate your tree. In many places, you can even hear the pretty jingling and soft crooning floating down the main street of town.

As many of you know, music is not a huge love of mine. If I never heard another bar or note as long as I lived, I would be completely fine with that. And while Christmas is my favourite time of year, I’ll admit it … I don’t listen to much Christmas music.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. No. I do. In fact, I’m going to share with you today my 12 favourite Christmas songs. It’s a mix of both classic and modern. In the right setting and situation, I’m sure that I’d enjoy these beautiful melodies enough to want to play them endlessly during the holidays. And that time will come. But for right now, I’ll settle for just an occasional listen as I write you a blog post to celebrate the season. Continue reading

Lost & Found in Translation

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

~ John 1:1

When I was a little girl, my first Bible was a King James Lawson Falle Baby’s First Bible. It’s hardcover, and came in a protective sleeve box. Both the box and the Bible’s covers boast the most adorable illustrations. On the cover: Three little lambs, two white, one black, and on the back: A lamb staring at the cross.

This special edition has a few full-colour, full-page illustrations, a dictionary concordance (which I can remember loving even when I was very young), and my personal favourite, the words of Christ in red. I think every Bible should have Jesus’s words set apart in red.

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I still have this Bible, and as the box itself states, it’s a lifetime keepsake. Continue reading

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Trish Biddle

As November rolls around, Americans all start thinking about turkey.

I start thinking about turkey too, sort of. But the turkey I’m thinking about is the one I’m going to stuff and eat for Christmas.

There are many, many reasons that I love living in Canada. Among them are universal healthcare, clean air (up here in the North, anyway), and Thanksgiving in early October. Why, you ask, am I so happy to celebrate this holiday a month and a half earlier than my red, white and blue neighbours? Simple. As soon as the pumpkins have shrivelled up and I’ve sported my Remembrance Day poppy for two weeks, I start seeing lights.

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The Joy of Painting

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While you may not know his name, you’re probably all familiar with the bearded TV artist known for his gentle, soft-spoken manner, and iconic afro hairstyle. His show, “The Joy of Painting”, aired on PBS from 1983 till 1994, a year before the artist’s untimely death at the age of 52.

Even non-artists enjoy watching Bob paint. There’s just something mesmerizing about his quiet and peaceful approach to painting. And while his paintings are actually quite crude in execution, they’re absolutely beautiful, and it’s a true joy to watch them take shape as Bob patiently explains each step with a smile and a few words of encouragement.

We don’t make mistakes. We have happy accidents.

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