I LOVED Oregon Trail when I was in college the first time. I played it so much, I used to have dreams about needing to fix wagon wheels. We were allowed to play it in the Mac Room (that’s legit what Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada called the computer lab back in…

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We’ve taken more photos in the last year than have ever been captured in two hundred years. In fact, we just passed the anniversary of the first photograph recorded. Sure, there have always been societies dating back tens of thousands of years that have used and utilised the ability of impressions in stone and bleached…

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Don’t let your mind be alone too long. This might need a bit of explanation. You see, for those of us who suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and other emotional stresses, syndromes, disorders, whatever you want to term them as – spending any significant amount of time just thinking, overthinking and worrying generally leads…

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Title: The Authorities Author: Scott Meyer Published: September 28, 2015 Pages: 328 Genre: Mystery/Comedy Kid Friendly Rating: 12+ The book opens with a non-sexual scene involving an adult toy, but it is mostly PG-PG-13 on balance. Contains some violence, mostly in the form of suspects resisting arrest.

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I don’t really associate Jonah Hill or James Franco with serious films. I do know that they are both trying to go that route, and if the movie is anything like the book, True Story just might be their ticket. I only wonder how long it will take Franco to re-release the book with his face…

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Title: House of Echoes Author: Brendan Duffy Published: April 14, 2015 Pages: 384 Genre: Horror, Mystery Blurb (What Made Me Read the Book):  Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at…

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Title:  Fangirl Author: Rainbow Rowell Published: September 10, 2013 Pages: 445 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Kid Friendly Rating:  14+  language is used, but not all that much. Characters that are over 18 discuss losing their virginity. Click here for the Common Sense Media Rating. Synopsis: Cath is a fangirl. It really does not get more simple than that. She LOVES…

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Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Published: 2011 (e-book); March 2013 (audiobook); February 2014 (hardcover) Pages: 369 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ for some coarse language; however, there is enough realistic science in the book that I would hesitate to discourage any mature science-minded kids from reading it.

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Title: Guardians of the Galazy Director: James Gunn Release Date: August 1, 2014 Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure MPAA Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 121 Minutes Starring: Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Zoe Saldana as Gamora Dave Bautista as Drax Vin Diesel as Groot (Voice) Bradlet Cooper as Rocket (Voice) Kid Friendly Rating:  In our house we have watched this movie probably 1 million times….

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