Sundays Are For Reading: Retellings

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

What if Alice was from Wonderland, got abandoned in our world, and convinced she was crazy and that Wonderland never existed, but then she finds it again and has to reconcile everything she believes? Well, there's a book series like that called 'The Looking Glass Wars'. What happened after Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole and someone first discovered her missing? Well, Gregory Maguire ... ... more

Media Spread Hot Take: Pepsi Sues Over Potatoes? It Happened Months Ago?

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

What is the world coming to that a company like Pepsi feels the need to sue poor, Indian farmers over the potatoes they are growing? Yes, you heard me right. This massive, multi-million dollar company tried to sue farmers because they dared to grow potatoes that are the same strain of potatoes as those used in Lays potato chips. Since when can you copyright a potato? Let alone any other type ... ... more

The Best Spooky Board Games to Play This Halloween

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Sometimes you’re too old for trick-or-treating, but you’re also over the Halloween party scene. Most Halloween parties are the same year to year so it’s nice to switch things up, so you don’t get burnt out. One great alternative, if you’re also not in the mood for a scary movie marathon, is getting some friends together for a game night, but with a SPOOKY SEASON twist. You could still even ... ... more

Trey Kennedy Knows We're All Basic Witches in Fall

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

One of the most popular videos to make its way around the internet last year was by a YouTuber by the name of Trey Kennedy. He is best known on his channel for sketch videos depicting relateable scenarios like all sports fans be like, all middle schoolers are like, or all mom's during back to school time. But one video of his in particular made the rounds on Facebook and other platforms last ... ... more

Everyone's Loving 'Joker' Except Jared Leto

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

The critics have seen it and the reviews are out: Joker is riotous success. Breaking box-office opening-weekend records for the month of October, people have been flocking to see the gruesome, gritty, reality-based take on one of Pop Cultures most recognized characters. Reports have flooded in regarding audience members who have had to leave mid-movie due to it's gruesome nature and other's ... ... more

More Female Athletes Making History

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

As of today, October 8th, 2019, Simone Biles is officially the most decorated female gymnast in history. She celebrated her 21st World Champion medal win in Suttutgart, Germany yesterday, beating out the former record of 20 held by retired gymnast Svetlana Khorkina. On top of that, 15 of her 21 medals are gold, which is a world record in ALL of gymnastics, not just for female athletes. Biles ... ... more

#WritingWednesday: Allow Room for Limitations

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

The fact of the matter is: some days writing is going to be harder than others, some things you're not going to relate to enough to write about, and sometimes that story just isn't going to click. Recognizing your limitations and the things that just don't work is healthy. Don't waste your time on a project that isn't coming together. Don't beat yourself up over not writing five full pages ... ... more

Kid President Isn't Such a Kid Anymore

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

The accidental hit web series, Kid President, took the world by storm in 2012. Robby Novak and his brother, Brad, made a fun video together one day of Robby dressed in a suit, calling himself Kid President, and adorably telling the world how he was going to make it more awesome... often involving corn-dogs. The singular video gained so much popularity that it turned into two, then a third ... ... more

The PS5 is Coming, But Not as Soon as You Think

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

The announcement was officially made. The PlayStation 5, which will be called exactly as such, will be coming to stores near you for the holiday season. Don't get too excited though, it's not THIS holiday season. The PS5 won't be ready for us until Christmas 2020 so start saving your money now because I can only imagine how expensive it will be. Sony is promising the console to be worth the ... ... more

Don't Invite Snoop Dogg to a PG Event

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

So, The University of Kansas invited Snoop Dogg out for their annual kick-off basketball game over the weekend. School officials and the athletic director thought they were doing a cool thing for the students, but were taken aback when his show was less than family friendly. I'm sorry, but we are talking about Snoop Dogg right? Apparently, the school tried to take extra precautions with ... ... more

Podcast Recommendations: Trivial Warfare

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Do you love trivia but don't have enough opportunities to get a team together and go play? Well, fill that hole in your heart with this amazing trivia podcast! Trivial Warfare, as their tagline goes: 'Takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you. Because it's not just trivia, it's war." The game is played with regularly rotating group of four hosts and guests who are members of ... ... more

Sundays Are For Reading: DNF-ing

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Life is too damn short for a lot of things, especially things you just don't want to do. Life is too short to waste hours sitting in traffic. Life is too short to go to events you won't have fun at. And life is too short to read books that are not good. Don't be afraid of the DNF. DNF stands for 'do not finish.' This is advice I need to take myself because I have the hardest time DNF-ing ... ... more

Allyson Felix Blows Past Usain Bolt's Gold Medal Record

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Allyson Felix, runner for Team USA, earned a gold medal this week at the IAAF World Championships. The win comes with the additional honor of making Felix the athlete, regardless of gender, with the most gold medal wins. She overtook the well-known Usain Bolt's record of 11 gold medals in receiving her twelfth. If that weren't already impressive enough, the win comes just 10 months after ... ... more

Marvel News Roundup

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

It seems like we can’t go a week without being bombarded with some kind of news about Marvel and the MCU. They’re invested in so many projects with hands in so many pots that it’s hard to keep up with it all. It’s especially hard to keep up when some things are confirmed, some things are just speculated, and others are out-right fabricated (although the fabricated one’s are often easy to pick ... ... more

'His Dark Materials' Could Be HBO's Next Great Show

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Let's be honest, following up Game of Thrones with anything close to as good was always going to be a big feat. Yet, with the polarizing nature and outrage over the series finale, there seems to be a little bit more room to fill the space with something that will satisfy viewers, and 'His Dark Materials' could be that show. Based off of Philip Pullman's series of the same name, the show will ... ... more

So, Today Was October 3rd.

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

We all know that pivotal moment from Mean Girls, the moment that changed the entire tone of the movie, the moment when Aaron Samuel's asked Kady what day it was, and she told him, "It's October 3rd." Well, I'm kind of annoyed because no one asked ME what day it was today, and I needed that life changing moment today. But seriously, I will NEVER understand why this one moment from the iconic ... ... more

Adidas Dropped a New Empowering Breastfeeding Ad and It's Everything

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Breast feeding, let alone public breast feeding, has been such a stigmatized and weirdly taboo topic for years now. For something so natural to be shamed as indecency is appalling. Mother's should be able to use their bodies to keep their babies healthy no matter the time and place if that is what is necessary for their child. Adidas' new ad campaign, in collaboration with Pharrell Williams, ... ... more

I Tried oVertone... Worth It.

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

I've been a little skeptical about oVertone since the hype started to build up around it. A hair dye that's not actually a hair dye and is just a conditioner? Preposterous. Someone even once tried to lecture me about using it when I dyed my hair a deep red-purple, and I was like *pfffff* what do they know? Well, apparently a lot because oVertone really works. oVertone is meant to be a subtler, ... ... more

#WritingWednesday: Switch Things Up

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Not every medium of writing is going to be well-suited for all people. Some people are great short story writers, some people are great poetry writers, and some people are great article writers. Part of the writing journey is finding your niche and figuring out how to make it work for you, but that doesn't mean you should never try anything else. Writing in different mediums, be it essays, ... ... more

'The Simpsons' is Predicting the Future Again

Kelli Dolan Haverhill, MA Haverhill

Over the years 'The Simpsons' has been known to get eerily close to animating real-life events or scenarios long before they happen. A few examples include: the three-eyed fish found in Argentina in water from a nuclear power plant; Siegfried and Roy getting mauled by one of their own tigers; and the Ebola outbreak. Creepy right? There's a lot more than that, but some could be argued by ... ... more