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Coastal Getaways

New Smyrna Adventure Level: Moderate, New Smyrna is a sleepy little surf town with a lot of history and charm. If you’re in need of a low-key, out of the way spot with a beach, you can’t go wrong with New Smyrna. It is one of the best kept secrets on the Florida east coast. And if you surf, or are looking to learn, NSB (as the locals call it) is a great place to set up base. A collection of surf and clothing shops, hip eateries with organic and local ingredients, and local excursions will keep you busy (but not too busy) and will allow you to while away the afternoon. No doubt you’ll

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Fashion/Noteworthy/Visual Art
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Symbolism du Monde: the Red Dress

Unlike the little black dress, which Coco Chanel deemed imperative for every woman’s wardrobe, the red dress is something more special and distinctive. Owning a red dress is not a necessity, but rather – a privilege. The most feminine of colors has inspired more than one artist down through the ages – from Renoir’s and Gaugin’s paintings to Cliff Richard’s famed ballad to Christina Dodd’s novel Danger in a Red Dress. The reason behind such a prominent declaration of

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Literature/Travel
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To Catch a Thief in Casablanca

We arrived in Morocco a bit tired, yet curious and excited to experience everything the country had to offer. I greeted the group with the pronouncement that our adventure had now officially begun. Of course, I had no idea how ominous my words would be… Well, let me back up for just a moment… I am a travel coordinator for a firm based out of Sofia. As someone who travels a lot with large groups, I am always a bit antsy before a trip. I tend to sit and fret about all the things that could go wrong, and plan…

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Literature
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A Study In Emerald: Sherlock Holmes With a Sprinkle of Cthulhu

The mystery fans among us have likely already noticed the resemblance this short story’s title bears with
one of the genre’s most beloved classics, A Study in Scarlet. A Study in Emerald is Gaiman’s pastiche of the
work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes. Gaiman takes the characters
we all know and love, and he does what he does best: baffle the reader.

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Film & TV

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The documentary genre is often overlooked, a shame given that there are so many beautiful and informative stories told in the documentary format. Recently Amanda LaFevers caught up with some films (and filmmakers) at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It turned out to be a rip-roaring event all around. The 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest documentary film festival in the country, took place in historic downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Documentary fans flock to Hot Springs from surrounding cities and states every year to experience new documentaries and meet the amazing filmmakers behind these…

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Film & TV
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The Rise of Women in Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an adventure that would go on to inspire generations was born. The original Star Wars movies boasted great male protagonists and antagonists. While the past film and television adaptations included an assortment of intriguing female characters, it’s only within the two most recent movies that we’ve seen women take center stage. How have these female characters evolved over time from subplots in a larger story to inspirational powerhouses with stories of their own?  Leia Organa Leia is undoubtedly the most iconic female in the entire Star Wars canon, and perhaps…

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Guest at the Pub

Fashion/Guest in the Pub
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Guest at the Pub – Ivan Donev

ONE MODERN PHILOSOPHER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION His designs have been worn at the Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, and Film Independent Spirit Awards, to mention a few. Among his clients are singer-songwriter and actress Mýa, TV personality and producer Padma Lakshmi, Grammy Award winner singersongwriter Daya, CSI: Miami’s Sofia Milosz, Miss Italy Giulia Arena, top model Jacqueline Lara, actress and model Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey (daughter of the six marque of Bristol), and many others. These days he designs exclusively for his own haute couture line Ivan DONEV, teaches fashion at several universities, and participates annually in a…

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Falchion Magazine

Fashion design guru Ivan Donev reveals his unique path to international success and enlightenment. Also in this issue: Technology and the quest for immortality Symbolism, original poetry & art, mythology, literature, travel, iconoclasts, and much, much more!

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Original Fiction & Poetry

Ten Timeless Lessons from the Bear of Very Little Brain (part 2)

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Illustrations by E. H. Shepard

So far we distilled five of Winnie-the-Pooh’s timeless lessons pertaining largely to knowledge, self-knowledge, and the way we interact with the others. Let’s get on with the other five insights straight from Milne’s masterpiece, dedicated to all children age 4 to 104!

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