Win or Lose, Andrew Zappley is South Jersey’s MasterChef Junior Hero

February 25, 2015 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

West Deptford’s own Andrew Zappley.

While I haven’t been doing weekly recaps of MasterChef Junior Season 3 as I have in the past, I’ve still been avidly watching the series this season. In fact, I think this has been my favorite edition of MasterChef Junior overall as there was such a great bunch of kids this time around—including one young chef from my own area, Andrew Zappley of West Deptford, New Jersey…

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Cheap LP to Mp3 Record Players: Are They Worth the Hassle?

February 17, 2015 | Posted in VINYL RECORDS | By

There will be a learning curve I used to wonder why anyone would want to bother with an LP to Mp3 record player, why would you not just listen to the vinyl you have? Analog always sounded warmer and truer

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Zombie, Illinois: A Novel by Scott Kenemore

February 17, 2015 | Posted in HORROR, PARANORMAL | By

Zombie, Illinois by Scott Kenemore.

The zombie apocalypse has come to America. In fact, it seems to have originated somewhere here in the mid-west, near one of the largest cities in the United States: Chicago…

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The Budos Band’s Burnt Offering: Their Best One Yet

February 16, 2015 | Posted in MUSIC | By

The Budos Band is a Daptone Records Afro-soul unit, perhaps known best for their organic freewheeling live shows. Where diverse music lovers from rock, jazz, and soul can all meet and dig this hip shaking unit. How do they do

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Book Review: Captive Prince Volume One by C. S. Pascat

February 16, 2015 | Posted in FANTASY, LGBT THEMES | By

Captive Prince: Volume 1.

In the kingdom of Akielos, Prince Damen is a hero to his people. He is the rightful heir to the throne, but he is not without his enemies—including his own half-brother…

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Book Review: The Towers of Tuscany by Carol M. Cram

February 14, 2015 | Posted in HISTORICAL | By

The Palazzo Pubblico at the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy.

Sofia Barducci is the daughter of a highly regarded painter in the medieval Italian town of San Gimignano. When she was younger, she learned how to paint and draw from her father, and though the lessons were often hard and grueling she developed a fine talent herself…

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Running a Fan-Fiction Secret Santa Exchange

February 13, 2015 | Posted in FAN FICTION | By

The Avengers: One of the biggest media and comics fandoms today.

Within media fandom, one of the most popular holiday activities is to participate in a Secret Santa-style gift exchange. More often than not, these exchanges revolve around fan fiction, where participants receive a story they’re requested in return for writing a story for someone else…

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Caravaggio in Naples: 3 Paintings You Must See

February 12, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

"The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula".

The legacy and triumph of the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi o Amerighi da Caravaggio–known most commonly as simply Caravaggio—has become increasingly recognized in recent times…

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Sting’s The Last Ship: Why Did It Fail on Broadway?

February 10, 2015 | Posted in MUSICAL THEATER | By

The Last Ship: Original Broadway Cast Recording

After a brief summer preview in Chicago, Sting’s long-anticipated musical The Last Ship premiered on Broadway in September of last year. Dedicated fans and lovers of musical theater alike were excited to see how the legendary singer-songwriter could bring his music to the Broadway stage…

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MasterChef US Season 3: Where Are They Now?

February 8, 2015 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

"Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food" by Christine Ha, winner of the third season of MasterChef US.

The third season of MasterChef US aired on FOX from June through September 2012. Now that several years have passed since that time, fans of the show might be wondering what happened to some of their favorite contestants from the series…

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