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What ever happened to that kid from The Shining?

Danny Torrance, the notorious physic child (REDRUM, anyone?) is back in King’s second installment of The Shining. Doctor Sleep follows a grown up Danny as he battles his demons, both physically and emotionally. Following in the footsteps of his late father, Danny finds comfort in the bottom of a bottle; masking his psychic abilities as well as his horrifying memories of the year spent at the Overlook Hotel. Finding the...
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February 15 is National Flag Day of Canada

Forty-nine years ago, Canada adopted its current national flag (also known as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié). National Flag of Canada Day/Jour du drapeau national du Canada is observed annually on February 15, commemorating the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. Click the following links for information on: • The Birth of the National Flag of Canada; • Flag Dos and Don’ts; and • Flag...
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Shirley Temple Black ~ 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black died Monday, February 10, at home in Woodside, California. She starred in 23 motion pictures beginning at age three and, from 1935 through 1939, was the most popular movie star in America. Shirley Temple retired from the screen at 22 but embarked on a second career, one in which her image as “friend to everyone” would stand her in good stead: that of diplomat. After marrying Charles...
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50 Years Ago Today: Beatlemania USA

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived in the United States for the first time, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, giving rise to Beatlemania on this side of the Atlantic. The appearance by The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, watched by a TV audience of 73 million viewers, marked the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The set list for their February 9,...
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Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse

The 15-day celebration of Lunar New Year began January 31, with the first new moon of the calendar year. January 31, 2014, marked the end of the year of the water snake and ushered in the beginning of the year of the wood horse. A simplified explanation of the Shēngxiào, also known in English as the Chinese zodiac, is that it’s a system which relates each year to an animal...
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February is Black History Month

In 1995, after a motion by Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Canada’s House of Commons officially and unanimously recognized February as Black History Month. In 2008, Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved. Click here for a downloadable PDF of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s poster for Black History...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman ~ 1967-2014

The world lost the distinctive voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman today, one of the screen’s finest actors, equally notable playing lead roles and supporting characters, in both film and on stage. Hoffman grew up in the village of Fairport, in upstate New York, and earned a BFA in Drama from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 1989. His performance as Truman Capote in Capote (2005) is ranked...
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This Cool Shall Pass or 73 Ways (more or less) to Kill the Chill

For those of you counting the days until spring, telling you this is normal weather and we’re really only a little over one month into winter isn’t likely to help. But the following tips might. So grab a hot drink, warm yourself by the light of the screen on which you’re reading this and perhaps learn a few new, inexpensive, unusual, and common sense ways to kill the chill. CLOTHING:...
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January 25: Robbie Burns Day

January 25, 2014, is Robbie Burns Day, the 255th birthday of Robert Burns, the man known in Scotland as The Bard. Robbie Burns Day is celebrated in Canada from coast to coast. The Selkirk Grace (below, at left) will be said across the country this weekend at the opening of countless Burns Suppers:   Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae...
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