COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - For a holiday as over-commercialized and drawn out as Christmas, people can grow tired easily, bored and cynical about the annual celebration. Green and red become cliché. Aside from the true meaning of the holidays, the spirit of celebration can become stale, old and predictable for those who crave variety and unorthodox stimulation.
WATFORD, England - There was a break in the action - the cast and crew of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were milling about waiting for the next set-up on a summer day here in 2009 - and Daniel Radcliffe sat back in his seat and admired the life of a fugitive.
Asperger's Syndrome, or AS, is a common condition part of a larger subset of developmental disorders collectively known as the autism spectrum. Individuals who have AS are often very intelligent and have focused and narrowly defined interests, but have difficulty understanding and interpreting social cues, such as tone of voice and body language. Often they seem aloof, uncaring or even rude, when in reality they simply don't understand. They must be taught the social skills that their typically developing peers learn naturally, which can be a laborious process.
It's been eight years, and I still haven't received my letter.
Hagrid, if you read this, Katerina Marcotte is still waiting. You are welcome to burst into her house at any time.
I've had a good 12 years of preparation, though. Jumping off beds with broomsticks firmly between my knees, attempting to fashion a wand out of yard waste and crafting a Hedwig costume out of feathers and stapled-together pieces of printer paper have surely proved good witch practice.
It's difficult sometimes to make an argument for photographic art. After all, it's a field that mirrors reality, meant to replicate life via the "human experience" channel. Far too often, though, "the human experience" theme is portrayed in photos lacking imagination, making it more akin to "the dry, uninteresting experience."
The latest photography exhibit at Polyester gallery, 1618 Harney St., is anything but dry or uninteresting. The show, titled "If These Walls Could Talk," (showing through Nov. 27) offers a refreshing glimpse of human existence in private moments.
Contemporary poet Matthew Zapruder read in the Dodge Rooms of the Milo Bail Student Center on Nov. 3. He visited UNO as a part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series, which welcomes poets as well as authors of fiction and non-fiction to travel and read their works.
The UNO Health Fair, presented by Student Health and Mav-Rec Wellness, was held last Thursday in the newly renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.
LOS ANGELES – After seven films in seven years and nearly $750 million in worldwide box office, "Saw" is ending with neither a wimper nor a bang.
"Saw 3D," advertised as the final installment in the pioneering horror-torture series, opened to $24.2 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate.