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Hits Acoustic & Rarities
Hits Acoustic & Rarities
Price: $5.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars When You Close Your Eyes, Do You Dream About Me!, September 18, 2014
The compact disc has a great collection of Night Ranger's greatest hits from the 1980s. I remember their video, "Sister Christian," which dominated MTV in rotation during its' heyday. Night Ranger has other songs like "When You Close Your Eyes" and "You can Rock in America." Night Ranger was one of the band of the 1980s and their sound was unique. Their songs here are deep and meaningful too.

I enjoyed listening to this compact disc in my car and hope others will enjoy it too. I enjoy the live concert in Tokyo at the end. I wonder if the band is still playing even in smaller clubs and stadiums. The 1980s hold a special place in my heart and the music here is fine and a great price! You'll enjoy it if you're nostalgic for the 1980s or for good rock and roll music. NIght Ranger may not be front page but their songs still resonate today and will forever. They have given us a couple of classics to live by.

Galaxy's Most Wanted
Galaxy's Most Wanted
by John Kloepfer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.15
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Kids & Smarter Extra terrestrials!, September 16, 2014
This review is from: Galaxy's Most Wanted (Hardcover)
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The author and illustrator has created a fine children's novel about smart kids at a summer science camp in Oregon who must come up with a project to compete in Hawaii against kids around the world.

This book has plenty of illustrations which is appropriate for the young readers. The writing is simple and action driven. The children characters in this novel don't seem to be developed enough in this first book.

This first book sets the tone and premise for a possible series of books. The kids and friendly extra terrestrials work well together. Young readers will enjoy this series.

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence (The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins)
The Case of the Stolen Sixpence (The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins)
by Holly Webb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming & Entertaining Mystery!, September 9, 2014
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Maudie Hitchens is a London girl about ten years old. She lives in a London boarding house and helps with chores. Maisie is likable character who has become a private investigator to solve two mysteries. She has to solve who tried to drown a beloved puppy and who stole from the butcher's shop.

The writing is easy reading and appropriate literature for its selected audience. The illustrations are fine in black and white. The illustrations are lively too depicting Victorian London. I love the interior illustration of the house where Maisie lives.

You will just have to read and solve the mysteries on your own. I certainly enjoyed it.

The Walk On (The Triple Threat, 1)
The Walk On (The Triple Threat, 1)
by John Feinstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.69
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Novel Tries Too Hard!, September 9, 2014
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John Feinstein, the author, has written a children's novel with 359 pages. If you are writing for children, you should take note that less is more and simplicity is best.

359 pages is too much for an adult reader much less a younger reader. This book should be edited or broken into two books.

While I appreciate John Feinstein offering a book about high school football, he offers way too much detail. The action takes more towards the end of the book. By then, I'm not that interested. The characters aren't fully developed enough.

If he wants us to care about Alex Myers, a football player in a suburban Philadelphia town, the author needs to really develop him, his family, and his friends.

Gavin and Stacey: Season 1
Gavin and Stacey: Season 1
DVD ~ Mathew Horne
Offered by Marions Music
Price: $10.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't help but laugh and relate to this show!, September 8, 2014
This review is from: Gavin and Stacey: Season 1 (DVD)
How can you not love this show? I watched the first season which progresses the relationship from their first meeting in Leicester Square in London, England. Gavin is from Essex, a London suburb, and Stacey is from Barry Island, Wales. They comes from two different cultures in the same country. They bring their families and friends together as well.

The cast is marvelous and the writing is witty and fresh as well as believable and realistic. I picked this DVD up somewhere. I don't know why I waited so long to finally watch it but it is delightful. I love the friends like Nessa and Smithy who hook up in London too. The actors who play those roles are the creators and writers of this series.

Like most British sitcoms, they are too short without about 6-8 episodes a season. I enjoyed Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman OBE as Gavin's parents. Melanie Walters plays Stacey's lovable Welsh mother. The behind the scenes and the making of the show displays the relationships among the cast and crew.

NCIS: Seasons 1-7
NCIS: Seasons 1-7
DVD ~ Michael Weatherly
Offered by Brandon's House of Fun
Price: $213.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Ducky Honored by the Queen!, September 7, 2014
This review is from: NCIS: Seasons 1-7 (DVD)
This DVD collection is great for the NCIS fan. To tell you the truth, I bought this collection of 44 discs in a blue box at a yard sale for $5.00. I just couldn't pass the opportunity to donate this item to my local library. There are 44 discs in my collection. It is a lovely blue box with protective sleeves for each DVD. I am going through each of them one by one because I like to see before I give it away. I usually purchase only sitcoms but 7 seasons of NCIS (one of the most popular American dramas) is just too good to pass up.

I don't know if this is what is sent instead. I couldn't find any other options on this site to write my review. If you love drama especially NCIS, you will love having this collection to add to your DVD collection. Since the show is still on though, there are later seasons.

After watching NCIS, I have found that they are very creative in coming up with new crimes and mysteries to solve. Mark Harmon is sorely ignored in the Emmy race but has been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which he richly deserves for his services to television. Michael Weatherly and Sean Murray are absolutely entertaining as well as handsome. Pauley Perrette who plays Abby always makes me laugh at times with her sense of humor.

I believe the biggest error was killing off Kaitlyn Todd's character (played by the wonderful Sasha Alexander). I honestly don't care for her replacement Ziva David, an Israeli, played by Cote De Pablo. I thought Kate was just better and had chemistry with both Harmon and Weatherly's characters.

David McCallum should make the Queen's Honours List for his services to television drama. This Scottish American actor truly makes me want to watch all of the episodes. At 81 years old, he is still working and for who knows how long. His role as Ducky is always fun to watch even in a serious drama like NCIS.

The powers that be were smart to create some light hearted moments and characters with a sense of humor. I don't know how much longer this show will go on though as it has been over 11 seasons and going strong.

Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase
DVD ~ Sandy Dennis
Price: $8.39
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Teacher Should See This Film!, September 7, 2014
This review is from: Up the Down Staircase (DVD)
I wished that they added more to this DVD than just the film and the trailer. Bel Kaufman, the author, was actually in the movie but only briefly. There are plenty of familiar faces that are sadly no longer with us in this film like Eileen Heckart, Sandy Dennis, Ruth White, Sorrell Brooke, Florence Stanley, and Jean Stapleton. Frances Sternhagen plays the librarian who thankfully is still alive. The film is set in New York City.

The film is done on location and in New York City studios. Sandy Dennis plays Sylvia Barrett, an idealistic new teacher, who was just hired to work there. She deals with the reality of urban schools. Even though this film is about 50 years old, it is still relevant about the problems plaguing urban schools. The high school here is grim and depressing more like the unemployment office. Who would want to learn there?

The teachers don't have to stay but they do out of loyalty. When Sylvia Barrett considers leaving for a private school, you can tell that she has had enough. Sandy Dennis was the perfect actress to play the role. Ruth White was great in her role too. Jean Stapleton plays the school secretary. Florence Stanley plays the devoted guidance counselor.

This film is based on the experiences of the author, Bel Kaufman, who has a cameo here. The cast is excellent even the actors and actresses who play the students in the film. There is a realism feel about like in the city during hard times. There are some students who sleep because they have to work nights. There is a student who does a heartbreaking act in the film.

If you're interested in teaching or just want to see a good film, you should check this film out. I would have liked more offered on the DVD perhaps a tribute to Sandy Dennis, the Oscar winning actress, who could move you to tears or make you laugh.

Mead Trapper Keeper Snapper Trapper Binder, 1.5-Inch Capacity, 12 x 11.75 Inches, Red (72680)
Mead Trapper Keeper Snapper Trapper Binder, 1.5-Inch Capacity, 12 x 11.75 Inches, Red (72680)
Price: $15.81

3.0 out of 5 stars Make a Folder and Binder in One for a Change!, September 7, 2014
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This binder could be useful to those who use binders. I just keep thinkings that loose leaf paper can easy break away and get lost in the hallways at school. The top and bottom of the trapper keepers should have protection to protect lost papers.

I believe the binder is just fine and nothing special than other binders. There are sides to hold paper and the button locks it. Again, I keep thinking that the binder would be better designed to protect the papers like a folder and binder in one. It's just a suggestion for the new school year.

ALF - Season Three
ALF - Season Three
DVD ~ Paul Fusco
Offered by Super Fast DVDs
Price: $9.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tonight Show Starring Alf?, September 7, 2014
This review is from: ALF - Season Three (DVD)
I didn't realize that when I picked this DVD up that they were edited for syndication. Still I don't mind. I watched every episode with a delight and a smile at the end. I enjoyed the Tonight Show starring Alf as host. Long before DVDs and instant watching, syndication was the way to see all the episodes.

There are five discs for 27 episodes. Alf was a hit in the late eighties on NBC and probably could have had a couple more seasons but the cast members were disgruntled over the long taping sessions and a puppet getting the best lines. I loved the cast and the crew for bringing some family entertainment.

If you want to remember some fond memories, the third season has Kate Tanner having a baby. Alf gets into all sorts of messes and trouble while trying to keep a low profile. If the cast and crew are reading this review, they have given light hearted family entertainment sorely missed almost 30 years later on television. Thank you, cast and crew of Alf for giving us the laughs and tears over the years.

This is family entertainment that everybody including children can watch and ask "What's that?" It's a VCR where we put tapes in to watch movies and television and phones were still on chords. I get nostalgic for the 1980s for the music, television, and the culture of the time period.

I deducted a star because these episodes are the syndicated versions and should be full complete episodes that aired and perhaps more clips of the show behind the scenes.

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
by Suki Kim
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.18

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking Memoir of Life in Pyongyang!, September 3, 2014
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Suki Kim, a Korean American writer, takes a teaching assignment in Pyongyang, North Korea. She teaches English to the sons of the country's elite. She teaches with other Christian missionaries at a state run university.

The author had always planned to write about the experience so she was deceptive while her Christian missionary colleagues have their own motives for being there in a predominantly atheist country.

Once there, the author like other North Koreans is monitored, restricted, censored, and watched at all times. Suki must hide her flash drives from her counterparts who approve of their lesson plans.

Regardless of the author's motives, this book is a necessary read about North Korea. Suki gets male only classes where they are well behaved, disciplined, and stellar students. For most teachers, these classes would be a dream but not in North Korea where their computer technology lags behind the rest of the world. In North Korea, they are misled about everything. They worship their dictator and his dynasty.

North Korea is perhaps the most oppressive country in the world today. Prisoners in actual prisons have more freedom than Pyongyang do.

North Korea has succeeded in keeping their own people oppressed, paranoid, hopeless, and helpless without their fearless leader. The North Koreans are suffering not just physically from malnourishment but psychology and emotionally as well.

While I read this memoir, I realized the plight of the millions of innocent North Koreans. Suki has written a memoir where its just heartbreaking. It is obvious that she loves her students and wishes more for them. She wasn't free when she was there too. She couldn't leave the campus without a guard.

North Korea is lacking not just nourishment but culture as well. Suki's students are deprived of the outside world much like a prison. Their leader and their politicians have made it impossible for the future of North Korea.

Still Suki holds out hope for the future. I hope this book brings a change for the future.

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