South Carolina on my Mind

Greetings, all.

Recently I had an opportunity to visit my younger sister at Fort Jackson in South Carolina to see her graduate from US Army basic training. It was exciting for more reasons than just one – to see her succeed through something so difficult, to visit a state I’ve never been to (two, counting my quick jaunt through North Carolina, but we’ll get into that later), and to stay on a military base, something that I, as a girly girl (or so people often categorize me), never thought I’d do.

I figured I’d relive my trip vicariously through my readers, and recount my thoughts on the entire southern experience. Get comfy ya’ll (they say this often in South Carolina just humor me).

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5 (More) Documentaries Worth Checking Out

There are two things I do extremely often: Work on my writing, and watch films (usually with a glass of pinot, but I digress). Because I’m such a cinema-holic, I usually cycle through films and television series pretty quickly, so I’m always looking for new material to intrigue and entertain.

And lately, I’ve been on a serious documentary kick. I’ve written previously about some choice documentaries to check out (seriously, if you haven’t you should), but I’ve decided to add a few more to that mix.

But these documentaries are a bit different than the ones I’ve shared before. The point of a documentary is to give you a glimpse of a world you aren’t familiar with – they’re here to break your bubble, in a way, to let the bigger picture in.

In this world, there’s a lot more lurking just beneath the surface – dark psyches, urban legends, and things that go bump in the night. And nothing is scarier – or more fascinating than – human beings themselves.

These documentaries offer a look at the part of human nature we don’t like to talk about. The taboo, the nerve-wracking, the tormented and the often terrifying side of ourselves – and the world that surrounds us.

Here are my recommendations for the least snore-worthy documentary films that fit into this described category.

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The 2017 Women’s March & Why It’s Important

Normally, I’m not a very political person. I usually just try to worry about what I’m going to have for dinner that night, and or what I’m going to do on the weekend.

But lately, I’ve found myself very politically involved, and I’m sure you know why. The election of President Donald Trump has split the country in two – liberals vs. conservatives, mostly. It’s horrifying and sad to watch, but I’m not here to talk about that.

I’m here to discuss the Women’s March taking place today across the globe.

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Remembering William Peter Blatty: The Man Behind “The Exorcist”

Many of the included source links in this post feature images from the film that some may find scary or disturbing. Keep that in mind when clicking (As in, not at 3 AM when you can’t sleep).

There are a few things I was afraid of as a kid. The dark, spiders (okay, still afraid of that one), and the cover to my mom’s DVD copy of “The Exorcist” (1973).

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Still freaks me out. The Exorcist (1973). (c) Warner Bros

I’ll admit it. Just hearing the infamous “Tubular Bells” theme from the movie when she watched it around Halloween used to freak me out.

It wasn’t until I was older that I even watched this cinematic classic about a 12-year old girl possessed by a demon. And I have to admit, it still gives me chills whenever I see it.

But the film is second to the book in fear-factor. I read it on the beach two summers ago after coming across it on sale in the bookstore, and it stuck in my mind for a week after.

There was quite a lot of talent involved in writing a book filled with terrifying imagery, powerful symbolism, and possessive of an uncanny ability to send chills down your spine, making its author is one worth remembering.

But even people with great talent can’t live forever. William Peter Blatty, author of “The Exorcist,” passed away  on January 12th, 2017, at the age of 89.

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Make 2017 The Year of Giving: Google’s One Today

2017 is a new year, and I’m sure 99.9% of the population is super stoked that 2016 is over and done with (count me in that figure).

So to fit in with new beginnings, I’ve made it a personal goal to try and give to charity more. Why? Because charities are made up of people who are trying to do as much good in the world as possible, and they need all the help they can get.

It can be troublesome, though, to drop what you’re doing during your busy day and search for a charity relevant to your interest. And if you’re like me, you don’t have hundreds to give away – you have your own bills to pay, after all.

Enter Google’s One Today.

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Is This Thing On? Hellooo?

Hi there everyone! As you know, I took a year off of blogging to figure out how to live life post University.

And I’m happy to say that I’m nowhere near figuring that out yet…

But I’m back anyway! Many happy returns abound.

I’d like to thank those who stuck around and patiently waited for my return to this blog, you’re patience means a lot and I’m happy that I got so many inquiries as to when I’d be back!

There’s a lot that I can’t wait to share with you, and I have tons of new post ideas. Stay tuned while I work to get this back up and running, and enjoy all of the new content to come.

In the meantime, why not check out some of my favorite posts:

Love,
Vikki

Meet my new addition!

Hello everyone! First I would like to apologize for the unexpected hiatus from blogging. I have been extremely busy recently, and time slipped away from me. Thank you for your patience! You’re the best!

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My cutie Kita, the American Eskimo!

One of the biggest reasons for my hiatus from blogging is due to a new addition to my family. I recently added an American Eskimo Puppy, whom I have named Kita, to my family. She is currently the center of my world, seeing as she needs to go outside every hour due to her lack of bladder control and constant love of cuddling!

I have been researching American Eskimo Dogs for quite sometime, but they aren’t as popular or as well-known as some other breeds, such as the Labrador or Golden Retriever. However, my new, deep love for the breed has cemented them into my mind as one of my favorites.

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