Adventures Outside of Campus

Gardner Webb may be located in the middle of nowhere, but it is about 1 hr away from both Asheville and Charlotte and about an 1 and 1/2 away from Greenville. So yesterday, two friends and I left Gardner Webb for Asheville and decided to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was so beautiful. We drove underneath rock tunnels and saw a bear and we ended up driving for part of the trip in the clouds. Below are some pictures relating to that adventure.

Afterwards, we took a quick stop in Asheville and explored Malaprops where I did the “blind date” book thing. You just get a book that is wrapped in brown paper and have to pick a book based off of the adjectives and you never know what book you are going to get.

Love, adventure, and discover are at the heart of The Signature of All Things, which soars across the globe from America to Tahiti  to tell the story of a brilliant women named Alma Whittaker. Born in 1800, the daughter of a charismatic botanical explorer. Alma quickly comes into her own within the world of plants and science. But as her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falling in love with a man who draws her in the opposite direction-into the realms of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical.

Written in the bold, questing spirit of the nineteenth century. Gilbert’s spellbinding tale takes the reader to unexpected places as it tells the story of a remarkable women with an unquenchable sense of wonder.

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Sunrises of God’s Creation

So this morning after leaving my dorm for breakfast, I was able to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. One of the things I love the most about my school are the beautiful sunrises and sunsets they have. This is the first time I have been able to see the actual sunrise. It reminded me that God will always be with me no matter what. I think seeing the sunrise on the first of February was quite special. It told me that today will be a good day. God is one of the reasons I have been able to thrive at school.

Beautiful Musical Songs

Musicals have a collection of beautiful musical songs. They tend to be either love or heartbreaking songs. There is a wonderful connection when it comes to those emotions.  For example, sometimes the song is a heartbreaking love song. This list also includes songs that are neither love or heartbreaking songs.

  1. On My Own
  2. I’m Not That Girl
  3. For Good
  4. A Little Fall of Rain
  5. I Dreamed a Dream
  6. Bring Him Home
  7. A Heart Full of Love
  8. All I Ask of You
  9. Music of the Night
  10. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  11. Think of Me
  12. Something to Believe In
  13. A Whole New World
  14. Beauty and the Beast
  15. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  16. Something Good
  17. Edelweiss
  18. I Should Tell You
  19. Till There Was You
  20. Somewhere
  21. One Hand, One Heart
  22. Some Enchanted Evening
  23. Younger Than Springtime
  24. This Nearly Was Mine

The Beauty of Life

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful

-Unknown

Life is beautiful in so many ways. Life is not perfect, but that is part of what makes life beautiful. Everyone goes through these tough times, but those are times that can help us grow as people. Life is like this gigantic roller coaster with twists and turns and ups and downs and filled with so many emotions. Life is really beautiful now especially because we are in the middle of Christmas season. My life has been filled with many wonderful memories and tonight I will create another. I am seeing Nutcracker and at this production, I cannot wait to see all of the new costumes.

Without the bad times in life, how will we know what the good times in life are. The two are interconnected and rely on each other. It can be hard to understand the messiness and chaos of life at times. I know life is beautiful and I do the best I can to live in the moment. Living in the moment is very difficult. There is so much to life. There are ways you can make life even more beautiful. You can just spend time out in nature to really see the beauty of life. You can make the most of every situation and just spend some time off the computer. You can color if you want or you can just try something new. I may be young, but I understand the beauty of life. Life is what you make of it and is worth it even when the dark times hit.

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Love in Musicals

Out of all the topics I have come across in musicals, the most common theme I discovered was love. I have come across many different kinds of love, but the one that comes to mind is romantic love, which can include unrequited love or anything around those lines. I feel as if love is the most common theme because it is so universal and beautiful .

The thing about musical duets is that they usually are romantic duets. Out of all musical couples, my favorite is Elphaba and Fiyero because Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character and it fascinates me how they eventually got to be together. I just love how mystical and magical their love song is, which is “As Long as Your Mine”. Other musical couples include Marius and Cosette, Christine and Raoul, Emelie and Nellie, Simba and Nala, Pippin and Catherine, Tony and Maria, and Mimi and Roger.

Because the theme of love is so common throughout the entire musical world, it does show how important the emotion is. Even though there are so many different musical duets, each brings something different to the table. The fascinating thing about love in musicals is that it usually dealing with young love, which brings this incredible world of innocence. Other musical love songs I love include “A Heart Full of Love”, “All I Ask of You”, “I Should Tell You”,  and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “One Hand, One Heart”, and “Some Enchanted Evening”.

Love is the most confusing when it comes to love triangles and tragic love stories. Those two circumstances adds some kind of texture especially those love triangles. There are three love triangles that come to mind, which are the ones from Phantom, Wicked, and Les Mis. These love triangles are very different then each other and can be confusing at times. The most complicated one in my opinion is the one between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. Out of the unrequited love songs in these love triangles, my favorite would either have to be “On My Own” or “I’m Not That Girl”.

Even though romantic love is commonly associated with musicals, there are other kinds of love presented. Other kinds of love that are shown are love for a parent, love for a country, and love for a child. However the most important love in musicals are the love someone has for a musical. I feel as if the love you have for a musical exists in every single scene. That is because when you love a musical, you are willing to feel the different emotions presented because you want to see where the characters end up.

What is your thought about love in musicals?