The 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released

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Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up with a family that encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta Community College right after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. After high school, he decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.

On December 27, 2016, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released. In this edition, the book’s original ending is included. The anniversary edition also includes a new introduction from Asher, an essay from Asher, pages from the notebook that Asher used while writing Thirteen Reasons Why, reader reactions and a reading guide

Thirteen Reasons Why is a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in July 2011. The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.

Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven double-sided cassette tapes used by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself. The tapes were sent to various other people before arriving at Clay’s door.The first person to receive the tapes was Justin. They kissed once after she developed a crush on him. However, Justin told his friends that they did more than just kiss, which earned Hannah the reputation of a slut at school. The second person to receive them was Alex. Alex violated their friendship when he published a “hot or not” list comparing the girls in their class. He awarded Hannah the title of Best Ass, which only escalated her reputation as a slut. He also awarded his ex-girlfriend Jessica the title of Worst Ass, in revenge for her not having sex with him. The third person was Jessica. After being compared to Hannah on the “hot or not” list, Jessica slapped Hannah and ended their friendship. The slap left a scar on Hannah’s cheek…..

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Main

  • Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen
  • Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
  • Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla
  • Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis
  • Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley
  • Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker
  • Miles Heizer as Alex Standall
  • Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey
  • Devin Druid as Tyler Down
  • Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen
  • Derek Luke as Kevin Porter
  • Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker

Hannah BakerHannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and Netflix’ adaptation of the book, 13 Reasons Why. Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, characterized by her struggle adjusting to life in an unsympathetic school environment. She is played by Katherine Langford on the television series.On the final tape Hannah recalls the day of her suicide. She decides to give life “one more try”, and visits Mr. Porter, the school counsellor, and asks for his help. She tells him about the rape, but when she refuses to disclose her rapist’s identity, he tells her that the only option is to “move on” with life. This conversation is related on Hannah’s final recorded tape. She then gives her uniform to Clay at the theatre before going to give the tapes to Tony. Hannah return home, fills her bathtub and uses the razors she stole from her father’s shop to slit her wrists. Hannah dies of blood loss and is found by her mother and father who attempt to save her by calling 911; but they are too late, Hannah is already dead.

 

Rape & Assault or Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) Crisis Hotline: 800-656-4673

In addition to its hotline, RAINN works with local rape crisis centers nationwide, providing resources, articles, programs, and events.

National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org For teens who have been abused.

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org For anyone who has been raped or experienced sexual violence.

 

 

 

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline that is free and available to anyone who is in emotional distress or crisis.

Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Hotlines: 800-SUICIDE (784 2433)

Teen Hotline Covenant House NineLine: 800-999-9999

SOS Teen Hotline: 800-949-0057

Grief Recovery Helpline: 800-445-4808

Want to feelless guilty?

The top 3 cause of Mom Gult

57 percent Binge watching a t.v school.

44 percent Cancelling. Plans when you need to Relax .

42  percent Treating your self to a little Gift on pay day.

41 percent Having Dessert

59 percent cent of you feel guilty for calling in sick to work really sick 

The other 41 are thinking starhome ,Typhoid Maryl

Guittripping someone to get what you want:

37 percent  of you say doing so doesn’t make you lose sleep at night.

Is guilt ever good?

Yes say sixty – eight percent  of you ,because you’ve used it as motivation to do things like work out after overindulging 

Bottom line?

Stop kicking yourself and kick it into gear Feel it in the bedroom -always bad Seven of to Ten women feel quiliter about pretending to be asleep when they’re not in the mood than about letting their partners do all the work during ser because they ‘ve tired.

What makes you feel guiltiers

65percent Not being able to devote enough time to your kids.

65percent Not being able to spend more money on your kids 

The Ultimate College Checklist.

 

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Using College Checklists to Plan and Organize Move-in Weekend

 

College checklists are popping up all over the internet of late; some with good advice and some with not so good advice for college bound students, especially freshmen. The worst advice I have seen thus far, is recommending that students save a little shipping money and time by “waiting” to shop over move-in weekend or during their first week of classes instead of planning and organizing their move early.

 

College Move-in Weekend = ONLY TWO DAYS

It’s a weekend, typically two fun-filled hot days, with hopefully no rain, of:
  • arriving on campus;
  • finding a place to park and obtaining a permit for the weekend;
  • picking up the keys to and inspecting your dorm room;
  • completing the required orientation for your residence hall;
  • getting your mailbox;
  • getting your student id card;
  • registering your bike or vehicle;
  • moving your belongings into your dorm room;
  • unpacking and organizing your dorm room;
  • possibly waiting for your microfridge to be delivered if you have a rental;
  • picking up your text books;
  • confirming your class schedule and locating your classes; and
  • more…

All while attending mandatory activities, for you and your family, designed to give students a smart start at college.

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Before bringing any of the following items, contact your school’s housing office and ask about the rules and regulations within the residence halls.

Many schools don’t allow things such as:

  • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
  • Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens
  • Air conditioners
  • Extension cords
  • Candles
  • Pets ¬†*Always Ask First!
  • Nail picture hangers

 

Dorm Room

 Comforter/Bedspread
Pillows
 Sheets (Check to see if they need to be a special size)
Bed risers (If your bed isn’t a loft)
 Desk/Bed lamp
 Book light
Hangers
Crates or stacking storage containers
 Microwave (If allowed in room)
 Mini-Refrigerator (If allowed in room)
 TV/DVD Player
 Fan
 Stereo/Speakers
Shelving
Facial Tissues
 Laundry basket/bag
 Laundry detergent
Stain remover
 Rolls of quarters (If necessary for laundry)
 Dryer sheets
 Trash can
 Paper plates and cups
Cups, dishes & silverware for in-room snacks
Reusable water bottle
Reusable coffee mug
 Plastic containers with lids for snacks (Bugs, otherwise!)
Delicious snacks

Personal Care

 Shower caddy
Shampoo/conditioner
Soap/body wash
Shower pouf/loofah
 Towels (Bath, face, washcloths)
Shower shoes
Bathrobe
Deodorant
 Body lotion
 Shaving Cream / Razors
 Make-up
 Band-Aids
 Feminine Products
 Cold medicine
 Hair dryer (Straightener, Curling Iron)
 Hairbrush/comb
 Cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc.
 Sewing kit (with safety pins)
 Lint brush
 Wrinkle release

Other Fun Items to Consider:

 Video Game Console/Games
Posters/art
Framed photos with family, friends, roommates
Dry erase board (For messages from friends)
Deck of cards, Board Games

Apparel

Comfortable clothes/shoes for class
 1 interview outfit
1 dressy outfit (For formal events)
 Work out clothing/shoes
 1 bathing suit/beach towel
Light jacket for early fall/spring
 Raincoat, rain boots, umbrella
 Slippers
 Winter coat
Winter hat, scarf, gloves, boots

School, Computer & Tech

 Computer/laptop
Computer/laptop case
 Wireless mouse
 Mousepad
Keyboard
 Lap desk
 iPod/MP3 Player
 Stereo/Speakers
Tablet or E-reader
 Blank discs or drives for the computer labs
Desk organizer
 Binders, folders
 Printer
Printer and ink cartridges
 Printer paper
 Pens, pencils
Highlighters
 Dictionary/ Thesaurus (Apps work, too!)
 Backpack or messenger bag
Calculator
 Day planner
 White-out
Post-It notes
 Scissors
Three-hole punch
Tape
 Ruler
 Stapler
 Paper/binder clips
 Rubber bands
Extra Phone Charger(s)

Handy Things to Have

Area maps
Safe with a lock (For valuables)
Envelopes/Stamps
Flashlight
Toolbox/Basic tool set
Batteries
 Weekend bag or small suitcase
Extra Power strip(s)
 Extra Extension cord(s)
Poster putty for hanging up decorations (Most schools don’t allow nails)
 Stepladder

If You Have a Private or Shared Bathroom with Roommates

 Bathroom rug
 Shower/bath mat
 Shower curtain
 Shower curtain/tension rod
 Shower curtain hooks
 Towel hooks
 Shelves
 Full-length mirror
Air freshener
Toilet brush
 Toilet cleaner
 Plunger

Cleaning Supplies

 Rags, sponges, scrub-brushes
Swiffer/Swiffer pads
Mini Vacuum
Cleaning wipes
 Rubber gloves
Dish soap

The Ultimate College Girl   Boy Packing List

For The Bed

‚ÄĘ Body pillow
‚ÄĘ 2 pillows for your head
‚ÄĘ Blanket
‚ÄĘ 2 pairs of sheets, one cotton and the other jersey or flannel
(hot/cold weather)
‚ÄĘ Comforter
‚ÄĘ Decorative pillows if you like them
‚ÄĘ Mattress cover
‚ÄĘ Your favorite stuffed animal from home
‚ÄĘ Clip-on bed shelf
For The Desk

‚ÄĘ Mug or cup for pens/pencils
‚ÄĘ Lamp
‚ÄĘ Wireless mouse and mousepad if you prefer it
‚ÄĘ Laptop case
‚ÄĘ Calendar
‚ÄĘ Stapler and extra staples
‚ÄĘ Three-hole puncher
‚ÄĘ Tape (scotch, masking, and duct–
‚ÄĘ Power strip

‚ÄĘ Graphing calculator
‚ÄĘ Printer, ink, and paper
‚ÄĘ Comfortable chair if you’re picky

For Decoration

‚ÄĘ Rug, as big as you can fit
‚ÄĘ Picture frames, canvases, posters, and other wall decor
‚ÄĘ Over-the-door mirror
‚ÄĘ Floor lamp
‚ÄĘ Light bulbs
‚ÄĘ Command strips
‚ÄĘ Command hooks
‚ÄĘ Tension rod and curtains if you really want to make it homey
‚ÄĘ Dry erase board and markers for your door

For The Closet

‚ÄĘ Over-the-door shoe rack
‚ÄĘ Thin hangers
‚ÄĘ 2 or 3 baskets or bins for storage of off-season clothing
‚ÄĘ Scarf hanger
‚ÄĘ Belt hanger
‚ÄĘ Jewelry hanger

For You To Eat

‚ÄĘ 4 microwaveable bowls
‚ÄĘ 4 microwaveable plates
‚ÄĘ 4 forks
‚ÄĘ 4 knives
‚ÄĘ 4 spoons
‚ÄĘ Your favorite foods (oatmeal, soup, cereal, crackers, fruit–
whatever you like!
‚ÄĘ 2 coffee mugs
‚ÄĘ 2 reusable water bottles
‚ÄĘ 1 travel coffee cup
‚ÄĘ Britta pitcher and filters
‚ÄĘ Electric kettle if you’re a big tea drinker
‚ÄĘ Coffee maker or Keurig
For You to Clean

‚ÄĘ 2 rolls of paper towels
‚ÄĘ Pack of napkins
‚ÄĘ 2 packs of Lysol or Clorox wipes

‚ÄĘ Windex wipes or spray
‚ÄĘ Small, lightweight vacuum
‚ÄĘ Dish soap
‚ÄĘ Dish scrubber or sponge
‚ÄĘ 2 dish towels
‚ÄĘ Large trash can
‚ÄĘ Trash bags
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For Entertainment

‚ÄĘ Television
‚ÄĘ DVD player
‚ÄĘ DVDs
‚ÄĘ Your favorite few books
‚ÄĘ Deck of cards
‚ÄĘ Board games
‚ÄĘ Headphones
For The Bathroom

‚ÄĘ 2 full-sized towels
‚ÄĘ 2 hand towels
‚ÄĘ Shower shoes
‚ÄĘ Towel wrap or robe
‚ÄĘ Shampoo
‚ÄĘ Conditioner
‚ÄĘ Body wash
‚ÄĘ Shower pouf or washcloth
‚ÄĘ Face wash
‚ÄĘ Body lotion
‚ÄĘ Face lotion
‚ÄĘ Razor
‚ÄĘ Shaving cream if you use it
‚ÄĘ Toothpaste
‚ÄĘ Toothbrush
‚ÄĘ Floss

For Laundry

‚ÄĘ Detergent
‚ÄĘ Fabric softener
‚ÄĘ Dryer sheets
‚ÄĘ Oxyclean spray
‚ÄĘ Bleach
‚ÄĘ Laundry basket
‚ÄĘ Drying rack for whatever cannot go into the dryer
‚ÄĘ Iron and ironing board if you’re against wrinkles
For Retreats & Weekend Getaways

‚ÄĘ Sleeping bag
‚ÄĘ Twin-sized air mattress
‚ÄĘ Small duffel bag
For Your happiness

‚ÄĘ Journal
‚ÄĘ Bible
‚ÄĘ Letters from family and friends to open throughout your first
week
‚ÄĘ Family photos

Medical
¬Č Acne cream
¬Č Aspirin
¬Č Antibiotic cream
¬Č BreatheEZ
¬Č Band-aids
¬Č Contact lense solution
¬Č Cotton balls
¬Č Decongestants
¬Č Eye glasses
¬Č Eye drops
¬Č First aid kit
¬Č Hot/cold packs
¬Č Pain reliever
¬Č Pepto Bismol or other antacid
¬Č Prescription medication
¬Č Q-tips
¬Č Vitamins

Around your dorm
¬Č Alarm clock radio with snooze
¬Č Area rug
¬Č Cell phone/telephone
¬Č Corkboard & stick pins
¬Č Erasable memo board & pens
¬Č Fan
¬Č Holiday decorations
¬Č Inflatable chair
¬Č iPod or stereo
¬Č Night light
¬Č Paper shredder
¬Č Photos of your family, friends,
pets
¬Č Posters
¬Č Potted plants
¬Č Snap-on lamp
¬Č Storage trunk with lock (your
place to store valuables)
¬Č Stuffed animal
¬Č TV
¬Č Yearbook

Study supplies
¬Č Address book
¬Č Backpack/duffel bag
¬Č Calculator
¬Č Calendar
¬Č Desk lamp
¬Č Envelopes
¬Č Erasers
¬Č File cabinet
¬Č Folders
¬Č Glue
¬Č Highlighters
¬Č Index cards
¬Č Labels
¬Č Markers
¬Č Notebooks
¬Č Notepaper
¬Č Paper clips
¬Č Paper shredder
¬Č Pencil cup
¬Č Pencil sharpener
¬Č Pens & pencils
¬Č Postage stamps
¬Č Post-its
¬Č Reference books
¬Č Rubber bands
¬Č Ruler
¬Č Scissors

 

Paperwork
¬Č Bank info/checks
¬Č Calling card
¬Č Debit/prepaid card
¬Č Driver‚Äôs license
¬Č Financial aid forms
¬Č Medical insurance card
¬Č Registration information
¬Č Renter‚Äôs insurance
¬Č Social security card
¬Č Student ID

Kitchen
¬Č Can/bottle opener
¬Č Coffee maker
¬Č Dorm refrigerator
¬Č Hot plate
¬Č Knife
¬Č Microwave
¬Č Mug
¬Č Oven mitt
¬Č Paper towels
¬Č Pizza cutter
¬Č Plastic food containers
(various sizes)
¬Č Plastic glasses
¬Č Plastic plates & bowls
¬Č Portable water filter
¬Č Toaster oven
¬Č Utensils
¬Č Ziploc bags

Computer
¬Č Cables
¬Č Computer (remember the
cord)
¬Č Diskettes or CDs
¬Č Keyboard
¬Č Modem
¬Č Mouse & pad
¬Č Phone cord
¬Č Printer
¬Č Printer paper
¬Č Printer cartridge
¬Č Software documentation
¬Č Speakers
¬Č Surge protector
¬Č Word processing software

Clothes
Underwear/Socks
Sneakers/flip flops
Boots
Slippers
Shower shoes
Pants
T-shirts
Dressy clothes
Sweaters/Sweatshirts
Gloves/Hat/Scarf
Coat/jacket
PJ’s/Bathrobe
Raincoat/Umbrella
Swim suit

Teacher stop freaking out about your students’ school supply list

Get ready for the school year with this list of back to school supplies for elementary school. For more lists, see our school supplies lists for every grade.

 

Pre-K Back-to-School Supply List

1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
1 Crayons – Box of 24
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
1 Markers – Box(es)
1 Hand Wipes
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
1 Back Pack
1 Elmer’s Glue Bottle
1 Change of Clothes
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
1 Paper Towels – Roll(s)
1 Hand Sanitizer – Bottle(s)
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers

Kindergarten Back-to-School Supply List

 

1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
2 Crayons – Box of 24
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
1 Markers – Box(es)
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
1 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
2 Erasers
1 Elmer’s Glue Bottle
1 Back Pack
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
1 School Box
1 Hand Sanitizer – Bottle(s)
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound

1st Grade Back-to-School Supply List

 

1 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
1 Crayons – Box of 24
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
1 Puffs Facial Tissues
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
2 Erasers
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
1 School Box
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
1 Elmer’s Glue Bottle
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8

2nd Grade Back-to-School Supply List

1 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
1 Crayons – Box of 24
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
1 Puffs Facial Tissues
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
2 Erasers
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
1 School Box
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
1 Elmer’s Glue Bottle
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8

 

3rd Grade Back-to-School Supply List
5 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
1 Crayons – Box of 24
1 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
1 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
1 Markers – Box(es)
2 Erasers
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
2 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

4th Grade Back-to-School Supply List
5 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
1 Scissors 5″ Kids – blunt/rounded
1 Crayons – Box of 24
1 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
1 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
1 Markers – Box(es)
2 Erasers
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
2 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

5th Grade Back-to-School Supply List
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
4 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
1 Scissors
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)
2 Erasers
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

6th Grade Back-to-School Supply List
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
4 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
1 Scissors
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)
2 Erasers
1 Hefty¬ģ Slider Bags
1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

7th Grade Back-to-School Supply List
3 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
5 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
4 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
1 Calculator
1 Tab Index Dividers
1 Package(s) of Index Cards
1 Erasers
1 Ruler
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)

8th Grade Back-to-School Supply List
3 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
5 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
4 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook Wide Ruled
2 Puffs Facial Tissues
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook Wide Ruled, Bound
4 Elmer’s Glue Stick
1 Calculator
1 Tab Index Dividers
1 Package(s) of Index Cards
1 Erasers
1 Ruler
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers
1 Markers – Box(es)

 

High School Back-to-School Supply List
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ 1″ 3-Ring Heavy Duty Binder
3 Paper Mate¬ģ Pens
3 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Reinforced Filler Paper, College Ruled, 3 Hole Punched
12 Paper Mate¬ģ Woodcase Pencils w/ Erasers
1 Calculator
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Spiral Notebook College Ruled
4 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors
2 Sharpie¬ģ Highlighters, Yellow
1 Colored Pencils – Box of 8
1 Tab Index Dividers
1 Puffs Facial Tissues
2 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Composition Notebook College Ruled, Bound
1 Flash Drive
1 Mead¬ģ Five Star¬ģ Graph Paper, 3 Hole Punched
1 Ruler
1 Package(s) of Index Cards
1 Erasers
2 EXPO Dry Erase Markers

Teacher Wish List

Teachers need basic school supplies for their
economically disadvantaged students but they can also use surplus office supplies, decorations for classrooms and
other miscellaneous items. It’s amazing how creative they can get with items you may consider tossing!

Basic School Supplies
Pencils
Pens
Paper (all types)
Dry erase board
products
Erasers
Flash cards
Book bags or backpacks
Books
Scissors (blunt tip)
Spiral notebooks
Rulers
Pencil box or pencil pouch
Pocket folders
Poster board
Washable markers
Maps
Highlighters
Glue
Crayons

Office Supplies
Clipboards
Paper clips
Paper towels
Post-it notes
Science supplies
Staplers and staples
Tape
Three-ring binders
Tissues or wet wipes

Transparencies
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Who is Azor Ahai ,Nissa ,NissaWhite Walker and Who Are the Children of the Forest? Game of Thrones.

Azor AhaiAzor Ahai¬†‚Äčis¬†a legendary figure in the faith of¬†R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Thousands of years ago, he forged the sword¬†Lightbringer¬†which he used to defeat the darkness of the¬†Great Other. This came at a price, however, as in order to unleash the sword’s true powers he had to plunge it into the heart of his loving wife,¬†Nissa Nissa. A prophecy foretells that he will be reborn as¬†The Prince That Was Promised.

Azor Ahai was a legendary hero who lived approximately eight thousand years before¬†Aegon’s Landing. It is said that during the¬†The Long Night, Azor Ahai rose up and defeated¬†the Others, wielding a sword of fire called Lightbringer.

Darkness lay over the world and Azor Ahai was the hero chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He labored for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke. He was not one to give up easily, so he started over.

The third time, with a heavy heart, for he knew beforehand what he must do to finish the blade, he worked for a hundred days and nights until it was finished. This time, he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove his sword into her living heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer.

According to prophecy, in ancient books of Asshai from over five thousand years ago, Azor Ahai is to be reborn again to challenge the Others. This will occur after a long summer when an evil, cold darkness descends upon the world. It is said that wielding Lightbringer once again, Azor Ahai will stand against the Others, and if he fails, the world fails with him.

“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”

Some readers believe that Azor Ahai reborn is the same hero as The Prince That Was Promised, while others believe that is erroneous and that they come from two distinct prophecies. Azor Ahai and The Prince That Was Promised have thus far never been mentioned in the same sentence, although Melisandre has mentioned the prince that was promised and Azor Ahai interchangeably; however, she tends to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.

Great Other

Type -Dualistic

Location  -Beyond the Wall

Notable Members- White Walkers

Nissa NissaNissa Nissa¬†‚Äčwas the wife of the legendary hero¬†Azor Ahai. In order to unleash the powers of the sword¬†Lightbringer¬†so that he could defeat the darkness of the¬†Great Other, he had to sacrifice her by plunging it into her heart.

Death

Sacrificed by her husband Azor Ahai to forge Lightbringer

Religion

R’hllor, the Lord of Light

Lightbringer is the sword of Stannis Baratheon. At the behest of Melisandre, he pulls it out of the fire created by burning statues of the Seven.

It is unknown what became of the sword after Stannis’ death at Winterfell. It’s possible that Ramsay took Lightbringer as a trophy after he found Stannis’ body, like he claimed to have done in the novels.

According to prophecy, Lightbringer would be pulled from fire by the Lord’s Chosen,¬†the Prince That Was Promised, champion of the¬†Lord of Light

 

 

 

 

The¬†White Walkers¬†are an ancient race of humanoid ice creatures, who come from the¬†Far North¬†of¬†Westeros. Believed by many to be legends, they have returned and have been seen by several sworn brothers of the¬†Night’s Watch¬†and countless¬†wildlings, though few living south of¬†the Wall¬†seem to believe they still exist and are a threat.

The White Walkers are thousands of years old, from the time preceding the¬†Age of Heroes. Born of powerful and untested¬†magic, they were created to protect the¬†Children of the Forest¬†from the¬†First Men, who had waged¬†war¬†on them ever since they had arrived from¬†Essos. However, the White Walkers eventually broke free of the Children’s control and became the most feared creatures in Westeros, posing a threat to anything living.

Eight thousand years before¬†Robert’s Rebellion, the¬†longest winter in history¬†fell on the entire¬†world¬†which lasted a whole generation. In the darkness and cold of the Long Night, the White Walkers descended upon Westeros from the Far North, killing all in their path and reanimating the dead as¬†wights¬†to fight in their armies. Eventually, the people of Westeros rallied against them and, in a conflict known as the¬†War for the Dawn, defeated the White Walkers and drove them back into the frozen Far North. With help from¬†giants¬†and the Children of the Forest, the Wall was raised to bar their return, and the Night’s Watch was founded to guard it and the realms of men should the mysterious threat ever rise again.

Powers

White Walkers possess the magical¬†powers related to ice and cold. Their arrival is usually accompanied by blizzards and the dropping of temperatures. They can also freeze anything they touch, as one froze Sam’s sword to the point that it shattered.¬†White Walkers also¬†have superhuman strength, as one managed to toss¬†Samwell¬†Tarly¬†several feet away with a single back-handed punch. The White Walkers¬†wield¬†swords and spears made from unique ice crystals.

However, one of their most deadly abilities is¬†to reanimate the dead as their servants, known as¬†Wights.¬†They are actually capable of reviving¬†any¬†dead animals as wights, as a few White Walkers have been seen riding¬†undead¬†horses. They cannot, however, revive a corpse into servitude if it has been burned in fire. Once the Wights have been risen to serve the White Walkers, their eyes turn an icy blue, similar to the White Walkers’ own eyes. Wights can only be killed by fire or by breaking them apart, and serve the Walkers without question.

The¬†Night King, leader of the White Walkers, possesses the ability to change humans into White Walkers, demonstrated at the end of¬†Oathkeeper¬†when he¬†takes¬†Craster’s¬†son into his arms and places a single finger upon its cheek, causing the baby’s eyes to glow blue and his skin to grow pale, taking on the appearance of the White Walkers.¬†Whether or not this ability extends to only the Night King, all of the White Walkers amongst his caste, or all White Walkers in general remains to be seen.

During the¬†massacre¬†at¬†Hardhome, White Walkers are shown to be resistant to fire due to the extreme cold they radiate, which snuffs out any flame they approach.¬†[5]¬†It is unknown if this also applies to¬†wildfire¬†or a¬†dragon’s fire.

According to legend, the White Walkers speak a language known in myth as “Skroth”, which sounds like the cracking of ice.

Weaknesses

White walker shatters S3E8

A White Walker falling apart after being stabbed by Dragonglass.

The only known weakness that the White Walkers have shown thus far is that they are killed instantly when struck with¬†weapons made of¬†dragonglass¬†or¬†Valyrian steel. Upon being stabbed by dragonglass, a White Walker’s body will begin to freeze into ice from the point at which it was stabbed, causing the Walker great pain. Finally, it will begin to crack and fall apart, as its now icy body shatters until there is nothing left but powder. Valyrian steel has much the same effect, but works much more rapidly, shattering White Walkers with a single blow. Valyrian steel is also capable of parrying White Walker weapons, unlike normal steel, which shatters on contact.

 

 

Children of the ForestThe¬†Children of the Forest¬†are a mysterious non-human race that were reportedly the original inhabitants of the continent of¬†Westeros. They were already living in Westeros when the¬†First Men¬†migrated to the continent, 12,000 years before¬†Robert’s Rebellion.

According to legend they were last seen during the Andal Invasion 6,000 years before the War of the Five Kings. In the present day, most believe that they are simply the stuff of myth and never existed at all. Even the few that do believe they once existed, such as Maester Luwin or Ned Stark, believe that they have long since gone extinct. In actual fact, some of the Children endured for a time Beyond the Wall as one group of Children came to serve the Three-eyed Raven. This group was eventually killed during an assault on the cave of the three-eyed raven, rendering the Children seemingly extinct.

The Children of the Forest were said to be humanoid, but when grown to adulthood they were no taller than human children. Their facial features are very rounded and soft, like a very small child. They also have disproportionately large and expressive eyes (like human babies), which are set wider in their face than would be normal for a human child of the same height.

They generally preferred to live in the depths of the forests in hidden villages, in crannogs of the swamps, or in caves. Thus they came to be known as “the Children of the Forest”.

They also seem to be extremely long-lived. Given Leaf participated in the creation of the Night King some twelve thousand years ago, their lifespans are clearly measured in millennia.

 

 

Three-eyed ravenThe¬†three-eyed raven¬†was the last¬†Greenseer, a human living among the last of the¬†Children of the Forest¬†beyond the Wall. Under the guise of a three-eyed¬†raven, he appears in¬†Bran Stark’s vision-dreams, following his fall and injury, prompting his quest beyond¬†the Wall¬†and guiding him to the¬†cave¬†in which his real human body resides.¬†There, Bran is trained in the¬†magic¬†of¬†Greensight¬†by the three-eyed raven.

Solar Eclipse Guide Solar eclipse party food: Portable, make-ahead dishes for an outta-this-world brunch

 

What to Look For & When During a Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21st, the umbra (dark center) of the Moon’s shadow will race across 12 U.S. states and barely clip two more, giving a dramatic look at the solar corona to anyone standing inside the path of totality. Meanwhile the rest of North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, will experience a partial eclipse.

If the sky is clear and you can get yourself inside the 70 mile-wide path of totality ,¬†you’re guaranteed an intense experience. The brief couple minutes of total eclipse give you the chance to witness some rare phenomena. But there are other unusual astronomical sights to watch for before and after totality, or if, like most people, you‚Äôll be in the much wider partial-eclipse zone.

Solar eclipse series

Get your solar glasses ready ‚ÄĒ the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21 will be a rare chance to see the moon cross directly between the sun and Earth.

The full solar eclipse will be visible¬†across the country from Oregon to South Carolina for the first time since 1918. New York doesn’t fall in its¬†“path of totality,” but you‚Äôll still be able to see about 70 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

Here’s a guide to how you can see the eclipse in the city:

What time will the partial eclipse happen in New York?

The moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:23 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. At 2:44 p.m., it will be at its maximum coverage, about 70 percent, and the partial eclipse will end at 4 p.m., according to NASA.

The full eclipse will be visible in the path of totality, which stretches through 14 states. You can also watch NASA’s live stream of the full eclipse.

Do you really need those solar glasses?

If you’re planning to watch the partial eclipse, you should wear solar, or eclipse, glasses, according to NASA. ‚ÄúThe only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters,‚Ä̬†the agency says¬†on its website.

If you go to a viewing event, check to see if eclipse glasses will be provided. You can also get them ahead of time at certain public libraries that are hosting viewing events.

Where are viewing events happening in New York City?

New York Public Library: The Pelham Bay (3060 Middletown Rd., the Bronx) and West Farms (2085 Honeywell Ave., the Bronx) branches will host viewing parties beginning at 2:30 p.m.

American Museum of Natural History: The Hayden Planetarium will show NASA’s live stream of the eclipse and hold an outside viewing when the partial eclipse is visible in New York. The event starts at noon.

Brooklyn Public Library: The Clinton Hill (380 Washington Ave., Brooklyn) and Saratoga (8 Thomas S. Boyland St., Brooklyn) branches will host viewing parties starting at 1:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., respectively.

Bungalow Bar: The restaurant at 377 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway Beach will host a Solar Eclipse Party beginning at noon.

Southwestern Mini Frittatas

Makes 12 mini frittatas

Description

These mini Italian omelets cook quickly in muffin tins. And you can play the concept endlessly. Add cubes of tender (cooked) potato, steamed broccoli florets, leftover rice, crumbled cooked sausage or bacon, whatever. Frittatas are a great way to stretch some random bits and pieces languishing in the refrigerator into another lovely meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped button mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

Instructions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mist a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a medium skillet over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter until melted. Add the onion and red pepper, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a plate, then return the skillet to the heat.

Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and add the mushrooms and oregano. Lightly season with salt and pepper, then increase the heat to medium-high. Saute for about 8 minutes, or until there is no liquid left in the pan and the mushrooms are beginning to brown.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then season them with salt and pepper. Add the onion and pepper mixture along with the mushrooms, then stir to combine. Use a small ladle to fill each muffin cup with the egg and vegetable mixture almost to the top.

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over each frittata, then bake until they puffed and set, the cheese is melted and the tops are lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then use a butter knife to pop the frittatas out of the tins. Let sit for a few more minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm, at room temp or even cold.

cubes of tender (cooked) potato, steamed broccoli florets, leftover rice, crumbled cooked sausage or bacon, whatever

PB&J muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Muffins

Description

Elvis was onto something with those peanut butter and banana sandwiches he loved so much. These banana muffins, which have peanut butter and jelly concealed in their centers, are truly fit for The King.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe, medium bananas
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice milk or other nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 10 teaspoons peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 10 teaspoons jelly or jam (use your favorite flavor)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 10 cups in a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix together both flours, the baking powder and salt; set aside. In a food processor or bowl, purée the bananas until smooth. Add the sugar, milk, oil, flax and vinegar. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until combined.

Scoop a scant 1/4 cup of the batter into each muffin cup. Drop 1 teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of each, then top with 1 teaspoon of jelly or jam. Use the remaining batter to cover the filling in each cup.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out with only peanut butter and jelly on it. Let cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week

Breakfast pizza

Description

Leftover pizza is a breakfast staple for college students, and this recipe makes the argument that breakfast pizza is a good thing for grownups, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag fresh pizza dough, or dough from your favorite recipe
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce (jarred is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 8-ounce fresh mozzarella ball, sliced
  • 4 large red onion rings (each 3-1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and cut about 1/2-inch thick)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shavings
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch round and transfer to baking sheet. Brush dough will sauce and oregano and cover with half the sliced mozzarella. Arrange the onion rings around the pizza, spacing them evenly apart.

Bake for seven minutes ‚Äď just as the cheese is beginning to melt. Remove from oven and crack the eggs into each onion ring. Cover with the rest of the mozzarella and put back in the oven to bake until the eggs are softly set, about six to seven minutes.

Remove and sprinkle with fresh parsley and Parmesan, salt and cracked pepper to taste.

Savory Roasted Tomato Tart

Description

During the summer, my husband and I roast crates and crates of tomatoes and then freeze them, to enjoy over the bleak winter. Some get set aside for these tarts, which we eat garnished with whatever I find in the fridge: chopped olives, meaty-sweet anchovies or shaved parmesan or manchego cheese. And roasting is the only hope for giving out-of-season tomatoes any flavor. Because tomato roasting takes a long time, you might as well do a large batch; they freeze really well. Use thawed roasted tomatoes to make another tart, or use in soups, stews or vegetable dishes.

Ingredients

  • 10 large Roma or other smallish round tomatoes (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the pastry
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or fresh goat cheese (2 ounces)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut out the tomato stems, cut the tomatoes in half (lengthwise for the Romas, crosswise along the equator for round tomatoes), and arrange cut side up on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the 3 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle with the thyme, rosemary and a light seasoning of salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven until tomatoes have shrunk by at least half, and are shriveled and browned around the edges. Depending on the moisture content of the tomatoes, this could take from 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Leave to cool; they’ll be less fragile and easier to handle once they’re cool.

When the tomatoes are ready, preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. On a lightly floured counter, roll the pastry to a 12-by-14-inch rectangle and cut into two 6-by-14-inch strips. Transfer the strips to the baking sheet (use two baking sheets if the strips are crowded). Prick each strip with a fork at half-inch intervals, leaving about a half-inch border unpricked.

Bake until the pastry is light gold and starting to dry out, about 10 minutes. Take the baking sheet from the oven, press down any puffiness in the center of the strips and arrange the tomatoes in an even layer (a few gaps are fine). Return to the oven and continue baking until the pastry is golden brown (be sure to check the underneath also), the borders are puffed and the tomatoes are hot, 12 to 15 minutes.

Take the baking sheet from the oven and slide the tarts to a cooling rack. Brush the edges with olive oil, sprinkle the cheese on the tomatoes and cool for about 10 minutes, then slide onto a cutting board and cut crosswise into servings, 2 to 3 inches for an appetizer or larger for a main dish. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

Description

The toasted cumin seeds are a great contrast to the sweet dates, but if you don’t care for those you can leave them out or substitute a chunk of walnut. Or if you like things on the spicy side, you could substitute a couple red pepper flakes.

Ingredients

  • 24 whole, plump dates
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 pound Parmesan cheese, cut into 24 chunks (about 1/2 inch each)
  • 12 slices bacon, halved crosswise (to make 24 strips)
  • 24 wooden toothpicks, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes

Instructions

Prepare a grill for medium-low heat, indirect cooking. For a charcoal grill, this means banking the hot coals to one side of the grill and cooking on the other side. For a gas grill, this means turning off one or more burners to create a cooler side, then cooking on that side. Alternatively, for indoor cooking heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut a slit down the side of each date, slicing up to the pit, but not cutting the date in half. Carefully remove the pit from each date. The tip of a paring knife can be handy for prying out the pit. Sprinkle a few cumin seeds into the center of each date, then add a chunk of Parmesan. Press the date closed around the cheese (or as much as possible).

Wrap 1 piece of bacon around the center of each date, securing it with a toothpick.

Set the stuffed dates on the cooler side of the grill, directly on the grates. Alternatively, set a wire rack over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and arrange the dates on the rack for cooking in the oven. Either way, cook for 15 minutes, turning the dates halfway through. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Note: Nutritional analysis is based on four stuffed dates per serving.

Mona’s Incredible Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream (see Cook’s Notes)
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (or 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt; see Cook’s Notes)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix cheese, butter, sour cream and flour together; spoon mixture into mini muffin pans a tablespoon at a time. Bake for 10 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes on wire racks and serve.

Cook’s Notes:¬†If you choose to use self-rising flour, be sure it has not expired. The date is printed on the bag. This also applies to your baking powder; check the can or box before using. Old self-rising flour or baking powder will make your biscuits doughy little slabs.¬†The recipe is best with regular sour cream, but if you choose to use reduced-fat sour cream, the texture will be softer.

 

Back to Eden Bakery’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Description

This chocolate zucchini bread from Back to Eden has everything you want in a gluten-free recipe: It’s moist, delicious, and easy to prepare. It even comes together in one bowl! The recipe calls for “gluten-free flour mix”. We had successful results using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour, but you can use your favorite blend.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free flour mix
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk such as almond or soy
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil, such as safflower or canola
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (choose dairy-free chips to keep it vegan), optional

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil a standard-size loaf pan (measuring 8-1/2 by 4-1/2-inches at the base).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a spatula, create a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add the applesauce, milk, oil, and vanilla.

Mix the batter until it just comes together. There may still be a few dry spots. Add the zucchini and stir to incorporate it into the batter. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan before turning the bread onto a baking rack to cool completely.

Note: You can double the recipe and cook the batter in a Bundt pan for a Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Serve alone or cover with ganache or icing.

Summer Tart With Roasted Tomatoes

Description

This tart takes several hours to make but is worth it for a lunch with special guests or as the opening salvo of a dinner celebration. Both the tomatoes and the onions sweeten while they cook.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed (divided)
  • 18 medium-size Roma (plum) tomatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs, such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, chervil, sage and dill
  • 3 medium-size onions (about 1 pound), peeled, quartered and very thinly sliced
  • 1 Butter Pastry Crust in a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom, partially baked (see accompanying recipe)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet.

Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Rub the cut sides of the tomatoes in the oil in the baking sheet, and then arrange them, cut side up, on the baking sheet. If the tomatoes look dry, drizzle a little more oil over them. Sprinkle salt, pepper and the dried herbs over the tomatoes.

Roast for 1 hour, turning the pan around halfway through cooking to ensure that they cook evenly. Meatier tomatoes may take longer to roast. The tomatoes are done when they look smaller and somewhat drier. The cut sides will have browned a bit, but not charred, and the uncut sides will feel soft and pillowy. Take out the baking sheet but leave the oven on. Set the tomatoes aside.

Slick a medium-large skillet with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and warm it over medium heat until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onions, reduce the heat to very low, and partially cover the skillet to speed the cooking but still allow moisture to escape. Cook, stirring from time to time and making sure the onions do not stick to the skillet or burn, until they are tan and caramelized, with a jamlike consistency, and are reduced to about 1 cup, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Spread the onions over the bottom of the partially baked tart shell. Then arrange the tomatoes, cut side down, in a single layer of rings, starting at the outside. Overlap them enough so that all of them fit.

Place the filled tart on a baking sheet (to make it easier to handle and to catch any drips). Bake until the crust is set and golden brown and all the ingredients are heated through, 30 to 35 minutes.

Release the tart from the pan by pressing up on the bottom from below, letting the fluted rim drop. Then gently slide the tart off the metal bottom and onto a flat plate, using a spatula to loosen it.

Serve hot, warm or at room temperature, but not cold. It can be made ahead and reheated for 30 minutes at 200 degrees.

Fresh basil variation: Omit the dried mixed herbs and sprinkle 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh basil over the tart just before serving

Prosciutto-Wrapped Apricot Skewers With Gorgonzola

Ingredients

  • 8 firm-ripe apricots
  • 8 cubes (about 1/2 inch) gorgonzola cheese (or substitute fresh goat cheese or your favorite blue cheese)
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto

Instructions

Cut a slice into one side of each apricot (along the seam) and remove the pit. Insert a cube of cheese into each apricot. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each apricot, overlapping the edges. Thread apricots onto skewers or roasting sticks. Grill over a fire until prosciutto is crisp on edges and apricots are warmed through, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Egg Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup 1 percent (or higher) milk
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup assorted chopped veggies, steamed or sauteed without oil, divided (see note)
  • 1/2 cup (or more to taste) fancy shredded cheese, divided (see note)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender, combine the eggs, milk, flour, pepper and salt. Process on high until frothy. Set aside.

Generously spray a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with nonstick cooking oil. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of cooked veggies into the bottom of each cup. Top with cheese, divided equally among the cups. Then fill each cup (about two-thirds full) with reserved egg mixture.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until edges are browning and the top springs back to touch. Remove from the oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of each cup. Let rest 5 minutes and then serve immediately.

Note: For purposes of testing and analysis, I used red pepper, asparagus and yellow onion, paired with a finely shredded Italian blend of 6 cheeses. The analysis is based on 2 Egg Cups with veggies and cheese per serving.

Breakfast Pizza

Description

Leftover pizza is a breakfast staple for college students, and this recipe makes the argument that breakfast pizza is a good thing for grownups, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag fresh pizza dough, or dough from your favorite recipe
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce (jarred is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 8-ounce fresh mozzarella ball, sliced
  • 4 large red onion rings (each 3-1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and cut about 1/2-inch thick)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shavings
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch round and transfer to baking sheet. Brush dough will sauce and oregano and cover with half the sliced mozzarella. Arrange the onion rings around the pizza, spacing them evenly apart.

Bake for seven minutes ‚Äď just as the cheese is beginning to melt. Remove from oven and crack the eggs into each onion ring. Cover with the rest of the mozzarella and put back in the oven to bake until the eggs are softly set, about six to seven minutes.

Remove and sprinkle with fresh parsley and Parmesan, salt and cracked pepper to taste.

Spicy Bacon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce of choice, or more to taste (I used Tabasco.)
  • 2 slices extra-crispy bacon, finely chopped, plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon warm water

Instructions

Slice each egg in half using a straight (not serrated) knife. Give each a slight squeeze over a medium bowl to dislodge the yolk. Place the white portion on a serving plate.

With a fork, smash the yolks into a fine paste. Add the mayonnaise, hot sauce, bacon, parsley and water to the yolks. Mix well. Scrape mixture into a small plastic baggie (quart or sandwich-size) and clip off one corner. Squeeze the mixture to the cut corner and then pipe mixture into the white halves. Sprinkle more bacon bits over the eggs, if desired. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Summer’s Fresh Berry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided use
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 6 teaspoons sugar, divided use
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, capped and chopped (see Cook’s Note)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed (see Cook’s Note)
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, chopped if large (see Cook’s Note)

Instructions

Center an oven rack and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine all but about 2 tablespoons of flour with the baking powder, salt and 1/2 cup sugar. In another bowl combine milk, eggs, butter and vanilla. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry just until mixed. Sprinkle the remaining flour over berries and toss to coat. Fold berries into batter.

Spoon batter into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining sugar over the top of each muffin. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until muffins are light golden brown. Muffins will not test done with a wooden pick because of the fresh berries. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing. Serve as desired or remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store muffins in a tin or a glass-sealed container for up to three days. (Plastic will make the muffins sticky.)

Cook’s Note: Any combination of fruit will do as long as there are 3 cups.

‘Wonder Woman 2’: Everything we know about the sequel

It will still be a solo outing, taking place (tentatively) during the Cold War, around the 1980s, when relations between America and the Soviet Union were prickly. That means there‚Äôs no actual war ‚ÄĒ¬†just lots of spying and snooping and accusations and Reagan talking smack about Gorbachev and vice versa. Instead of Diana Prince running through trenches and straight into No Man‚Äôs Land, she may simply be ‚Äô80s-era James Bond, only in duds reserved for a Bond girl.

Geoff Johns (the president of DC Entertainment) is¬†developing the script¬†with director Patty Jenkins, who is in talks¬†to return. Jenkins return, however, isn’t¬†official yet. Chris Pine, who played¬†Steve Trevor in “Wonder Woman,” is reportedly optioned by Warner Brothers to appear in the sequel, which is interesting information to know if you’ve seen the movie.

Chris Pine‚Äôs Steve Trevor will be back as well, though we‚Äôre not sure how. For one thing, he died ‚ÄĒ

5 Villains We Want to See in WONDER WOMAN 2

 VILLAINS WE WANT TO SEE IN WONDER WOMAN 2

The first Wonder Woman movie used Ares, the God of War, as Diana’s primary antagonist. And while Ares was definitely a worthy villain, we would shy away from using another God as the next big bad for Diana. Wonder Woman’s rogues gallery may not have the deep bench of Batman’s enemies, but Diana’s comic book foes can offer her more personal conflicts while also challenging her in different ways. The best villains are always the ones that the heroes can’t easily defeat, and we’ve picked five who could give Wonder Woman the fight of her life.

Circe

Circe is an ancient, immortal sorceress of incredible power. Over 1,200 years B.C., Circe was a princess of Colchis, but according to her own words, her subjects objected to her killing her weak husband. Driven out of the kingdom, she found refuge on a small island,¬†Aeaea, and began to accumulate considerable magical power–but it was limited to the island. She used the¬†Sirens¬†to lure seafarers to the island, but it was not enough to sate her lust for power. The goddess¬†Hecate¬†would answer her prayers, desiring for Circe to be the instrument of Hecate’s own revenge against the Greek gods. She made Circe a proposition: immortality, eternal beauty, and incredible power in exchange for her soul (Hecate’s soul would go to Circe). Circe agreed, and after the exchange, Hecate’s body was destroyed. But before she died, the goddess made a prophecy: “Upon the death of witch and the birth of witch, Hecate, by name and choice, shall repossess her soul.” Circe did not pay much attention to the prophecy at first, elated by her incredible powers. She razed the kingdom of Colchis in a single day and developed the power to turn people into animals. The terror of her name and power quickly spread throughout the ancient world. Circe, driven by Hecate’s hatred, fanned the flames of sexual alienation: men and women had always distrusted one another to an extent, she merely fanned such flames, sewing suspicion and betrayal wherever she went. When the¬†Amazons¬†were born, Circe was wary, but¬†Ares¬†assured her that they were his to destroy. The ancient Amazons were brought down by¬†Heracles, and¬†Antiope¬†led half the Amazons against Athens–but the city was not destroyed, as¬†Theseus¬†and Antiope reached a peace–and then were married. Circe found¬†Ariadne, the former wife of Theseus, and used her powers to let the angered queen slip into Antiope’s bedroom and murder her as she slept. This would prove one of the key events in the history of the Amazons of¬†Bana-Mighdall:¬†Pythia¬†and her Amazons blamed the murder on Theseus, while Theseus blamed them for the death of Antiope.

 

Powers

  • Magic: Circe is a goddess-level sorceress, known as one of the most powerful sorcerers on Earth and has been for centuries.¬†Circe has nearly limitless magical power. Circe‚Äôs primary powers are her abilities to tap and manipulate the mystical forces of the universe. She has demonstrated the ability to project her image, voice, and energy bolts over long distances. Her most popular ability is her power to alter the forms of mortal, but not immortal, beings. With a gesture, she can transform men into animals, with the resultant form usually appropriate to the attitude, appearance or personality of the victim.
  • Projective Animal Metamorphosis: Her most well-known and principle magical feat is, with a gesture, to turn objects and people alike into various sorts of animals, called¬†Beastiamorphs. She has an especial preference for subjecting men to this transformation. In these forms, they are subject to Circe’s will and often in a tranquilized state, unable to resist her.
  • Matter Transmogrification: She can transform objects and beings into whatever form she desires.
  • Reality Alteration: Her sorcery allows her to manipulate reality to a degree.
  • Immortality: As the child of a¬†Titan, she is granted ageless immortality, though she can apparently be physically harmed by a sufficiently strong attack.
  • Alter Minds: She can alter minds and control them utterly.
  • Magic Blasts: Can fire destructive magical energy blasts.
  • Magical Shields: Able to erect physical barriers of magical energy of great durability and strength.
  • Clairvoyance: Circe also seems to have limited clairvoyant potential, mostly demonstrating a mystical awareness of guests on her island and the presence of other immortals in her company. She was able to detect Hermes in an invisible state when he visited her.
  • Illusion Casting
  • Teleportation: Capable of tapping even cosmic energies, she can teleport between dimensions such as from Earth to Olympus.
  • Necromancy:¬†(formerly)¬†During her time in Hell, she gained the limited ability to manipulate the dead to do her bidding, but has not often demonstrated these abilities since her return to Earth. She is a sufficiently skilled necromancer that she was able to return Hippolyta from the realm of the dead.

Abilities

  • Charisma: She has the ability to seduce others with her natural charm.
  • Seduction: With her ability to seduce others with her natural beauty, Circe is an excellent master manipulator.
  • Alchemy: She can create potions to transform individuals or to grant power comparable to that of the Greek gods.

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Moly: An herb called¬†Moly¬†disrupts Circe’s magic.
  • Immortality Immunity: She is unable to use some of her more basic magics on immortals. Instead, she must plot and plan different strategies to affect immortals such as¬†Wonder Woman¬†and other gods in creative and indirect ways.

Equipment

  • Grimoire: The source of Circe’s spells.

In addition to her command over magic, Circe is a master manipulator and extremely ambitious about amassing even greater power. She may actually be too much for Diana to handle in the second movie, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if Circe is held back for a potential third film. But at some point, Circe has to be in these movies. She’s far too important to the Wonder Woman mythos to be left out.

Dr. Barbara Minerva, alias Cheetah is a British archaeologist who had garnered a reputation to go to any lengths to secure an artifact. Born as the heiress of a vast fortune in the ancient family site in Nottinghamshire, her life would change dramatically following an expedition she led into a dense African jungle. She was searching for the legendary lost city of the Urzkartagan tribe. Deep within the jungle, her team was betrayed by their guides and ambushed by the Urzkartagans. Only she and one other, Dr. Tom Leavens, escaped by diving in a river. The two of them found the lost city while it was in the midst of a ritual. One of the other members of their team was sacrificed by the high priest, Chuma. The ritual had been intended to restore to health the ailing woman who was regarded as an avatar for their cheetah god. Before the ritual could be completed, outsiders attacked the village, slaughtering everyone but Chuma, who was saved by Minerva. The two were buried within the cave that was the temple to the god Urzkartaga by a grenade blast.

Chuma explained that the ritual would have turned the old woman into a cheetah god. The ritual, which could only be performed on the full moon and required a blood sacrifice, restored the woman to youth as well. She had been centuries old at the time of her death. Minerva demanded the ritual be done to her so she could have her chance at power and immortality. When Chuma explained there must be a sacrifice, Minerva murdered Dr. Leavens, who had returned just long enough to free them from the cave in and forfeit his life. After she had killed him and drank his blood, the ritual began. Even as Chuma worked tirelessly, the invaders who had destroyed the temple were returning. The ritual complete, Minerva was transformed into Cheetah and slaughtered all the invaders. After the slaughter, she reverted to human form and took Chuma with her back to England.

Unfortunately, there was an unforeseen side effect to the transformation. The sacrifice had called for a virgin and Minerva did not qualify. Hence, rather than grant her youth and vitality, after the transformation she became weak and frail. Only on the night of the full moon, when she became Cheetah, was she strong aga Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist who got close to Wonder Woman. Barbara had ulterior motives for getting Wonder Woman to accept her as a friend, and Diana understandably felt betrayed when she discovered that Barbara only wanted to steal her golden lasso.

Barbara’s cursed transformation into the Cheetah has also been retained in the most recent reboots from DC, and so has her friendship and rivalry with Wonder Woman. Cheetah is also one of the few foes who can truly challenge Diana on a physical level. Despite their past, Wonder Woman still views Cheetah as a lost friend more than an enemy. And while their battles have the potential to be dazzling on the big screen, it’s the very human connection between the two women that would be very compelling to see.

 

Powers

  • Cheetah Form: Barbara is able to transform into the Cheetah, an ancient enemy of man.
  • Superhuman Strength: As an avatar of a god, Cheetah possesses great strength.
  • Superhuman Durability: Cheetah’s physical durability is enough to withstand blows from the likes of Wonder Woman and Superman. Cheetah’s durability doesn’t protect her from bullets, lasers, or other piercing attacks.
  • Superhuman Speed: Cheetah possesses greater speed than Wonder Woman, enhanced even further by training with¬†Zoom.
  • Superhuman Agility: Cheetah’s body coordination is incredible able to tag very fast superheroes and super-heroines such as Wonder Woman.
  • Enhanced Senses: Cheetah’s senses are a lot more powerful than a normal human.
  • Claws and¬†Fangs: Cheetah’s claws and fangs are enchanted and allow her to cut almost anything. Even the flesh of super-humanly durable metahumans offers little resistance.

Abilities

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Cheetah is very adept at hand to hand combat obviously able to go one on one with Wonder Woman repeatedly.

MEDUSA

Medusa¬†is the chief of the¬†Gorgons. She could turn people into stone with her eyes, a punishment from¬†Pallas Athena¬†for making love to¬†Poseidon¬†in a temple of the goddess of Wisdom. She was eventually beheaded by the hero¬†Perseus.Through the actions of a jealous¬†Hera, Medusa’s two gorgon sisters¬†Euryaleand¬†Stheno¬†were set free from their prison on¬†Themyscira, and immediately schemed to ressurrect their sister. Having only her head, they needed¬†Circe’s help. She refused, but after¬†Poseidon¬†promised her she would be reunited with her daughter¬†Lyta, she agreed.She first attacked the¬†White House¬†and battled¬†Wonder Woman, who was there on a diplomatic mission.¬†She returned and attacked¬†Themysciran Embassy, turning¬†Martin Garibaldi¬†to stone. An angered Wonder Woman nearly killed the gorgon, but when Medusa called out to¬†Ares, challenging her in his name, she had to accept.The battle took place at¬†Yankee Stadium, and Ares transmitted a video feed of the fight to the world. Wonder Woman had to fight blind, first using a cloth and later blinding herself with snake venom. Wonder Woman was victorious and Medusa was decapitated.Medusa’s head was given to¬†Athena’s takeover of¬†Mount Olympus, being used to turn¬†Zeus’ champion¬†Briareos¬†to stone.

The head later came into the possession of the Morrigan.

Medusa is one of the Gorgons and her gaze can turn her victims to stone. One of the more recent incarnations of Medusa to appear in Wonder Woman showed a willingness to strike at those closest to Diana. She also proved to be an extremely formidable fighter.

To defeat Medusa, Wonder Woman would probably have to be willing to make a few major sacrifices. But that’s the thing about Wonder Woman. If it means saving innocent lives, there’s no price that she won’t pay. Medusa is one her few foes who can drive Diana to desperate measures

Powers

  • Unique Physiology
  • Flight
  • Longevity
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Gorgon Gaze: Medusa can turn living beings into stone statues with direct eye contact.

Abilities

  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
  • Swordsmanship

 

 

She was Dr. Doris Zuel who was suffering from a fatal blood disease. In a desperate bid to save herself, Zuel planned to transfer her life-essence into the body of¬†Wonder Woman, who was in a coma and being kept at the experimental medical facility where Zuel worked.Unfortunately for Zuel, the experiment was only halfway through and was interrupted by¬†Wonder Girl, in which Zuel was declared dead. Subsequently Zuel’s assistant, Branson, discovered Zuel’s essence had been stored in the transference machine’s buffer module, and put her in the body of one of the test animals, a gorilla named Giganta.

Desperate to return her mind to a human body, Zuel/Giganta abducted a comatose, beautiful red-haired ‘strong woman’ named Olga from a traveling circus. She apparently succeeded in transferring her mind into Olga’s body, and most likely, Olga’s mind into the body of the gorilla (although the fate of Olga, the gorilla, and Zuel’s original body have never been revealed). Giganta now possesses the ability to grow to gigantic size – Olga already possessed this power when Zuel stole her body.The source of the ability is unknown, though it may stem from the shaman who placed Olga in a coma prior to Giganta’s attack. Whatever the case, the ability appears to be mystical in nature, as Giganta has been shown aligned with the forces of magic.

Following her transformation, Giganta allied herself with Queen Clea and the modern version of Villainy Inc. in an attempt to conquer the lost world of Skartaris. After their defeat by Wonder Woman, Giganta has also been a member of the united villain front known as The Society.

Powers

  • Size Alteration: Ability to increase her size from roughly 6’6 to several hundred feet in seconds.
  • Superhuman Strength: Above average in normal form, superhuman when gigantic.
  • Superhuman Durability: Her durability is higher than an average woman but it is not superhuman until she begins growing.

Abilities

  • Genius Level Intellect: Giganta is also a brilliant scientist who now retains her full intelligence at any size from normal to maximum.

Weaknesses

  • Diminished Intellect¬†(formerly): Giganta becomes less brilliant the more she grows

 

Donna Troy is a young woman created through a magical clay ritual, intended by the Amazonian sorceress Derinoe to be the successor of the late Hippolyta.

Shortly after her creation, Donna Troy was told by Derinoe that she was to be Themyscira’s savior for enemies both outside and within, and was named the new Queen at the council of Amazons.¬†Donna Troy believed that the island should belong to women alone, and as such, the¬†Sons of Themyscira¬†had to be killed. This brought her into conflict with the former queen,¬†Diana, who had sworn to protect these men.

Donna Troy isn’t an enemy who can be defeated by mere physical might. To triumph in this battle, it would take all of Wonder Woman’s heart and will.

Powers

  • Amazonian Physiology: The Amazons are a race warrior women that have received gifts and blessings from five¬†Olympian goddesses:¬†Artemis,¬†Athena,¬†Demeter,¬†Hestia¬†and¬†Aphrodite. Donna Troy possesses the same potential powers as an average Amazon. These include:
    • Enhanced Intellect: A gift from¬†Athena, the Amazons have the wisdom to be guided by peace and justice.
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Superhuman Agility
    • Immortality: The Amazons were gifted immortality. The people of Themyscira lived forever, though could be killed in war or in an accident. Those who followed¬†Antiope¬†and¬†Phthia¬†and became the¬†Bana-Mighdall¬†lost their immortality.
    • Self-Sustenance: So long as Donna Troy stays on Themyscira, she does not require food, water or any other form of nourishment to maintain her health and vitality.Although they are not susceptible to the throes of hunger, this does not mean that Amazons don’t consume food for enjoyment. The Amazons frequently hold great festivals wherupon food is served.

Abilities

  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
  • Photography

Equipment

  • Bracelets of Submission
  • Donna Troy’s Lasso¬†(formerly)

Transportation

  • Discordia

Weapons

  • Shield
  • Sword

Vandar Adg¬†was a caveman and leader of the¬†Blood Tribe¬†who was born¬†50,000 years ago. A mysterious meteor crashed to the ground, bathing him in radiation, and granting him incredible intellect and immortality. An observer from the¬†Bear Tribe¬†would later approach that same meteorite and become Savage’s eternal nemesis, the¬†Immortal Man, possessing the power to resurrect as a new persona every time he is killed.

He took the name Vandal Savage but he was banned from the Blood Tribe after losing a fight to Bruce Wayne, who was lost in time. His first mark on history came when he and a select group of people successfully undermined and destroyed the lost city of Atlantis. That group of people became known as the Illuminati, with Savage serving as its leader, then and ever since.

In the 26th Century BCE, Nabue, a Lord of Order, created the Scarab of Kha-Ef-Re with the help of a time traveler from the 20th century. This was an attempt to overthrow Savage, who was at that time the pharaoh called Khafre.

Powers

  • Unique Physiology
    • Immortality
    • Enhanced Intellect
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Speed

Abilities

  • Genius Level Intellect
  • Leadership
  • Martial Arts
  • Seamanship
  • Swordsmanship
  • Tactical Analysis
  • Weaponry
  • Firearms

Weaknesses

  • Blood Sacrifice: Savage renews these powers through the consumption of his enemies’ blood. Savage must also harvest the organs of his blood descendants to sustain his immortal life.

Dr. Edgar Cizko,¬†Dr. Psycho¬†is a telepathic criminal and sworn enemy of¬†Wonder Woman. He was once a psychologist who was often mocked and ridiculed by his peers for his studies in psionics and the power of the mind, even giving him the moniker “Dr. Psycho”, causing him to swear vengeance on all who mocked him.¬†He later developed vast psychic powers that allowed him to enter and sometimes shape people’s dreams, control minds, and project illusions.

Dr. Psycho was first seen impersonating a child psychologist named Dr. Charles Stanton at the Adams Junior High School in Boston, Massachusetts by mentally forcing students to improve their grades, while secretly instigating conflict by controlling the minds of Wonder Woman and¬†Hermes¬†to force them to fight and destroy all the people in Boston as his criminal masterpiece. His control was interrupted after being discovered by¬†Helen Andersen¬†who was trying to investigate the secret to the recent success in student grades, before knocking her out and holding her hostage.¬†He used his mental powers to torture Helen by putting nightmares into the mind of her unborn child to drive her insane and kill her along with her baby, but was stopped by Wonder Woman who managed to find Doctor Psycho by reading the memories of Vanessa Kapatelis, a close friend of Wonder Woman who had been affected by Dr. Psycho’s mind control. He was knocked out after trying to hypnotize Wonder Woman by pretending to be Dr. Stanton.

He somehow managed to escape after being knocked out and was later seen using his powers to kidnap and imprison Julia Kapatelis under orders from the witch Circe before warning her that a traitor was in her midst.

Powers

  • Telepathy: Dr. Psycho is a potent telepath which grants him ability to warp the perceived realities of those around him, mentally dominate others to suit his whims, and can create vivid hallucinations. According to¬†Diana Prince, he is ranked as one of the Earth’s most powerful telepaths.¬†His mind is powerful enough to overcome psychic inhibitors with enough effort.¬†He even managed to overcome and control the mind of an inexperienced¬†Saturn Girl¬†whose mental might has been said to be equal to that of Martian Manhunter.
    • Mind Control
    • Illusion Casting: Dr. Psycho can create powerful illusions that are influential enough to damage or kill others.
  • Ectokinesis: Dr. Psycho can draw ectoplasm into the physical world, which he he can shape into various beings and disguises. He was able to conjure a powerful disguise of Wonder Woman to defeat Donna Troy in combat.

Abilities

  • Psychiatry: Edgar Cizko is trained in psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has a particular talent for taking an opponent’s fears and inhibitions and turning them against them.
  • Hypnosis: Edgar Cizko is a masterful hypnotist and can use this gift on a nearly superhuman level.

 

The true origin of the First Born is a secret held by the Gods of Olympus. According to them, the First Born was the very first child of Zeus and Hera. On the day of his birth, a prophecy was recited that some day he would sit upon the throne of his father with the rest of the family as corpses around him. To prevent this from coming to pass, Zeus ordered a witch to kill the baby. Hera pleaded with the witch for mercy and instead she left the the baby in a velt in Africa, to fend for itself.

Using its nascent power, he commandeered a pack of hyenas to bring it food. He grew to adulthood, and became strong. He eventually grew into a giant man and learned of his heritage. He sired a army of Human-Hyena hybrids to take control of countless civilizations and slew a dragon to gain special armor. He eventually tried to take over Olympus only for Poseidon to wipe out his army with a tidal wave and Zeus to bury him beneath the Earth. His armies were then taken by Hades.

Thousands of years later, after the disappearance of his father he broke free of the Earth’s crust in Antarctica and was greeted by his half sister¬†Cassandraand her group of scientists. He ate one of the scientists brains to learn modern English, then lets her join him in his goal of taking over Olympus.

Powers

  • Olympian Physiology
  • Immortality
  • Animal Empathy: He could control hyenas as a baby to bring him food.
  • Superhuman Strength: He has claimed that his fists are capable of leveling mountains. he has also fought toe to toe with Wonder Woman and pried open a boom tube.
  • Invulnerability: He was able to crawl though the Earth’s crust despite the heat and pressure. He was also able to withstand the full power of Apollo (the sun god) although he was horribly burnt as a result.
  • Accelerated Healing
  • Energy Absorption: After being burnt by Apollo he was able to dismember veins from his body to use as tentacles that drain life.
  • Linguistic Assimilation: He can learn a language by eating someone’s brain.

 

 

Veronica Cale¬†was a pharmaceutical tycoon, master manipulator and bio-engineer with a triple PHD from¬†Harvard. She later became president of¬†Oolong Island.Veronica Cale is a billionaire industrialist who harbors a deep-seated hatred of Diana Prince. The reason for this hatred? Ms. Cale resents Wonder Woman’s power and asserts that the Amazon goddess makes success in the world of men look far too easy.Considering herself the real woman wonder, she grew jealous of¬†Wonder Woman, who, she felt, never had to work for her gifts. She disliked everything about the princess. She set out to tarnish her reputation, and was not too concerned about money to do so. With the publication of¬†Reflections, a study of¬†Amazon¬†philosophy, Cale started her campaign from the shadows. Using companies and straw-men, she used selected quotations from the book to spin the media against her.

Abilities

  • Genius Level Intellect
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Science
    • Medical Science

Hades is the God of the Underworld that bears his name. He has few concerns for the mortal world, focusing instead on shepherding the dead. When Athena established her domain over Olympus after usurping her father Zeus, Hades led the rebellion consisting of himself, Zeus, Poseidon, and Ares against Athena when she sent Wonder Woman to his realm to retrieve Hermes. At the climax of the fight against Wonder Woman, Ares prevented Hades from killing her and murdered him to take his power and position as King of the Underworld.Hades has fought Diana many times over the years, and they have established a strange dynamic. The beauty of incorporating a villain like Hades into the equation is that (despite the sheer amount of evil associated with the character) he is not always considered a bad guy.

Powers

  • Phantom Vision: Hades can see ghosts, spirits, or invisible beings

This weekend celebrating 30 years of ‘Dirty Dancing’

 

Baby and Johnny Castle would approve of this getaway.

Dirty Dancing

Where to stay

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Visitors can enjoy a room riverside on the Delaware at this small B&B in the foothills of the Catskills in the town of Callicoon. This weekend, Nine River Road is offering ‚ÄúThe Lift‚ÄĚ package ‚ÄĒ after Baby and Johnny’s epic move ‚ÄĒ which includes two tickets to Callicoon Theater‚Äôs showing of “Dirty Dancing” on Saturday at 2 p.m. The package starts at $169 per night and also includes breakfast. To reserve a room, call 845-887-0042.

 

Villa Roma Resort

If you want to really do it up, opt for the aptly named ‚ÄúTime of Your Life‚ÄĚ package, which gives visitors a more comprehensive (and pricey!) weekend getaway. Enjoy two nights at the Callicoon resort with breakfast and dinner included. On Saturday afternoon, Jackie Horner, who consulted on the movie and is a former dancer herself, will give a talk about her time on the film’s set. That night, there will be a live performance¬†of songs from the film and an open bar cocktail party. Rates start at $956 for two people. The kids can come along too at a discounted price: children age 10 and below are $160 and children between 11 and 16 are $210. To reserve, call 845-887-4880.

Catskill Mountains Resort

Those looking for a more lowkey package should head to Catskill Mountains Resort in Barryville, right on the border of New York and Pennsylvania. Book their ‚ÄúCarry the Watermelon‚ÄĚ package and receive a complimentary watermelon cocktail along with a room. Heads up, though, because there‚Äôs a two night minimum stay, starting at $438 a night. To reserve, call (845) 456-0195.

What to do

Catch a screening of the film at Callicoon Theater on Saturday at 2 p.m. The aforementioned Jackie Horner will also give a talk after the film. Admission is only $3 for adults and $1.50 for children, the same prices as they were at the theater in 1987 when the film debuted.

On Saturday night, head out for some food, drinks and live music at¬†Cabernet Frank‚Äôs¬†for ‚ÄúNight in the Borscht Belt,‚ÄĚ which includes a borscht-themed menu, ’60s musical hits, cabaret and stand up comics. Cost of admission is $25 per person.

Looking for more cabaret? Head to¬†Forestburgh Playhouse¬†for their late night ‚ÄúTime of My Life!‚ÄĚ cabaret show, featuring music and dance numbers inspired by “Dirty Dancing.”¬†The late night performance will be August 11 and 12, with doors opening at 10:30 p.m. There is a $17 minimum per person.

If the whole family’s tagging along, check out Oscar Brown’s Saturday night for a throwback family dinner (with dishes such as pot roast and green beans), lawn games like badminton and croquet and music from the Mickey Barnett Band, who played in the Catskills in the ’60s. The cost is $35 per adult; children 12 and under, $20. To reserve a table, call 845-747-4337. If the whole family‚Äôs tagging along, head to¬†Oscar Brown‚Äôs¬†Saturday night for a throwback family dinner (with dishes such as pot roast and green beans), lawn games like badminton and croquet and music from the Mickey Barnett Band, who played in the Catskills in the ‚Äė60s. The cost is $35 per adult and children 12 and under are $20. To reserve a table, call 845-747-4337.