EVIL DOLLS APPEAR IN THE FILM ‘ANNABELLE’ – At The Movies With Kasey

When I was a kid, I collected dolls with my mother. I loved them, but my brother thought they were creepy, which made me love them just a just a little more. I am not afraid of dolls, but demons really scare me. Annabelle: Creation tells the origin story of the evil doll using many of the same scare

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DIVERSIFY YOUR INVESTMENTS… BUT CONSOLIDATE YOUR PROVIDERS

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren’t two (or more) heads better than one?

Before we look at that issue,

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HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THE LEGACY YOU DESIRE?

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month.” So it’s a good time to think about the type of legacy you’d like to leave.

Of course, “legacy” can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how you will

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NOT A HORROR FLICK – At The Movies With Kasey

If grief is love with no place to go, then A Ghost Story is a beautiful, self-indulgent, flawed portrait of one man’s love for his wife and his home. A Ghost Story delivers plenty of haunting images, but is so slow and so pretentious, I wanted to walk out a couple of times.

The film focuses on C

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IT’S A SWEET LOVE STORY, OR THREE – At The Movies With Kasey

It has become a trope for characters in films and television shows to want their lives to play out like romantic comedies (i.e. Mindy on The Mindy Project). It is less common for someone to turn their own love story into a romantic comedy, especially when the result is sweet, hilarious and genuinely

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FEELS LIKE A PLAY AND LOOKS LIKE A PAINTING – At The Movies With Kasey

At the end of The Beguiled, as I was thinking, “what did I just watch?”

I heard a man mutter, “That’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen.”

Clearly, this latest film from Sofia Coppola, which earned her Best Director at Cannes, is not going to satisfy everyone. I found it, well, beguiling. It

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WHAT CAN INVESTORS LEARN FROM THE ALL-STARS?

Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you’re a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you’re an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars, including these:

•Alertness

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DECLARE YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY

We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach

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WONDER WOMAN: SO MUCH TO LOVE – At The Movies With Kasey

Wonder Woman was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, and it lived up to the expectations, both at the box office and in terms of quality. The movie delivered nostalgia without being too corny and presented a fairly nuanced portrait of a heroic woman and her mission to save people from

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A RELATIONSHIP DRIVES THE PLOT OF THIS MOVIE – At The Movies With Kasey

When I reviewed The Circle, I suggested that the book must be better than the movie. I read the book and can confirm that the film was a weak adaptation. I might have to read Everything, Everything, because if The Circle was a bad adaptation, this movie was a bad draft of an adaptation.

In Everything,

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THE RETURN – A Book Nook Review

The Return: Northkill Amish (Book Two)
By J. M. Hochstetler and Bob Hostetler
Sheaf House Publishers
PB, 230 pages

Beginning where the first book left off, this historical novel follows the lives of Jakob Hochstetler and his two sons, Joseph and Christian. Having been captured by local Indian tribes

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DON’T LET YOUR INVESTMENTS TAKE A “VACATION”

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here

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WHAT DOES CONSERVATIVE INVESTING MEAN TO OLDER INVESTORS?

If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean?

For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over

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I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

This Memorial Day all of us should be encouraged to remember and appreciate the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Though I never saw action, I am both proud and privileged to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Memorial Day is both a solemn occasion, often involving

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‘HERE GOES NOTHING’ – The Book Nook Review

Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
By Kendra Broekhuis
Thomas Nelson
HB, 273 pages

Kendra Broekhuis is an introvert, so when she feels challenged to show love to her neighbors after she and her husband move to a Chicago neighborhood, she’s apprehensive. A busy

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‘SNATCHED’ IS A RENTAL – At The Movies With Kasey

The pairing of a beloved comedic actress of an earlier generation and one of comedy’s biggest names today in a mother-daughter adventure comedy released Mother’s Day weekend without any of the saccharine frills that usually accompany that holiday seems like it should be a hit. Right? Instead,

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IS YOUR PORTFOLIO “HEALTHY”?

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to other areas of your life – such as your investment

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READ THE BOOK-BEFORE THE MOVIE – At The Movies With Kasey

Since the election, tech and media companies have asked hard questions about their roles in our democracy. The Circle picks up these same questions, as well as those about privacy, sharing, and the value of all those likes, hearts, and emojis.

The Circle takes place at a fictional tech company of the

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MOVE FROM ACTIVITY TO INTIMACY – The Book Nook Review

More: How To Move From Activity for God to Intimacy With God
by Greg L. Hawkins
Multnomah Books
PB, 206 pages

More is a dangerous book. It is a book that asks of its reader to shed any shallowness in his or her relationship with God and to dive deeper. Hawkins presents steps toward a consuming intimacy

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SAVING GEN. ANTHONY WAYNE STATUE

A few years ago the Park and Recreation Department leaders and Mayor Tom Henry announced the restoration of the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue and the plan to relocate it across the street on the Court House Green. The press reported: “The move of the statue is an effort to give more visibility to the

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EVOLUTION: SCRIPTURE & NATURE SAY YES! – The Book Nook Review

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!
By Denis O. Lamoureux
Zondervan
PB, 184 pages

Denis O. Lamoureux shares his experience of living in an “either/or” dichotomy of creation and evolution as a Christian and –at one time—an atheist. Soon after becoming an atheist, he came back to his

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DON’T GET SWAYED BY THESE INVESTMENT “MYTHS”

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:

•You

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SUSPENSE AND HORROR – At The Movies With Kasey

In The Void, a police officer, Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) drops an injured man off at a barely functioning hospital, to be cared for by nurse-his wife, Allison (Kathleen Munroe)-and her trainee, Kim (Ellen Wong). Meanwhile, a teenage girl, Maggie (Grace Munro) waits to be seen by Dr. Richard Powell

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A SUSPENSEFUL YET UNSETTLING FILM – At The Movies With Kasey

In the last month, I’ve reviewed a couple of monster movies. King Kong: Skull Island considered the impact of man on the environment. Life featured a scary Martian life form. In The Zookeeper’s Wife, however, all of the monsters are human.

In The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and

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