Star Trek: New Earth — Belle Terre

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{4.5/5} “But he couldn’t imagine spending his life here, either, no matter how beautiful it was. Space was too big, with too many mysteries to explore. He didn’t mind guarding this colony for a while, as long as they needed him and the Enterprise. It was a challenge unlike any he had had before. But […]

Star Trek: Wagon Train to the Stars

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{4.5/5} “Only with great bitterness did he cling to the tiny thread that this is what he counted on McCoy to do, this kind of seething honesty that burned every decision down to its core. Kirk depended on the doctor’s natural dissent to read the handwriting on every wall.” Star Trek: New Earth — Wagon […]

DaCapo Choir’s “Following the Moonroad”

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I attended DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Following the Moonroad.” Here’s the program: Past life melodies — Sarah Hopkins Lamentatio — Leonard Enns* Tabula Rasa — Don Macdonald Peace — Carlyle Sharpe Vient le jour — Robert Ingari* Following the Moonroad — Christine Donkin* The Moon is a Stone that Shines Flight of the Fugitive Slave […]

KW Symphony’s “The Four Seasons”

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I attended the KW Symphony concert titled “The Four Seasons.” Here’s the program: Denis Gougeon — Le Jardin Mysterieux Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale” Antonio Vivaldi — The Four Seasons, op. 8 The first piece was an appetizer. The Beethoven and the Vivaldi are 2 of the […]

Ancillary Mercy

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{5/5} “Anaander Mianaai is at war with herself… That war may reach Athoek, or it may not. Either way… We must see to the safety of the citizens here ourselves. All the citizens here, not just the ones with the right accents, or the proper religious beliefs.” Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, published in 2015 […]

Murdoch Mysteries (season 12)

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{5/5} “‘I took a second job.’ ‘You? You barely have enough energy for one.’” — Higgins & Crabtree Murdoch Mysteries season 12, aired in 2018-19 William and Julia move into their own home, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Higgins resigns after Brackenreid gets upset at how much work time he’s spending planning his […]

Planet Earth (season 1)

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{5/5} “Running directly at the herd is a ploy to generate panic.” Planet Earth season 1, aired in 2006 David Attenborough takes us on a tour of the planet. Polar bears, caribou, and wolves in the Arctic, and penguins in the Antarctic. Seals and sharks in the ocean, and birds in the sky. Elephants, dogs, […]

Ancillary Sword

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{4.5/5} “The poet had been executed fifteen hundred years ago — her version of the event had cast Anaander as the villain and ended with the promise that the dead Nakaaia would return to revenge herself. It had been almost utterly forgotten inside Radch space, because singing it, possibly even knowing it existed, could easily […]

First Man

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{5/5} “When you get a different vantage point it changes your perspective. I don’t know what space exploration will uncover, but I don’t think it’ll be exploration just for the sake of exploration. I think it’ll be more the fact that it allows us to see things that maybe we should’ve seen a long time […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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{5/5} “Sand is overrated. It’s just tiny, little rocks.” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, released in 2004 Joel ditches work one day and meets Clementine on the beach. She seems a bit unusual but over the course of a few encounters he warms up to her and they begin a relationship. Sometime later when […]