The Hobbit Character Profile: Tauriel

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By Jake M.

Middle Earth, a world well known to fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, features a vast variety of characters including elves, dwarves, humans, and hobbits. My favorite character is less well known to the average fan because she’s not written into the story in the books, however, moviegoers might recognize her name. Her name is Tauriel. She’s an elf that lives in the region known as Mirkwood which is part of the Woodland Realm. Her character role is well developed and empowering which is a fresh look for a series that is dominated by male characters.

She is introduced to us in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, the second film of the Hobbit Trilogy, after she rescues Bilbo Baggins and the dwarven company from the giant spiders of Mirkwood. Her story is largely based around a love triangle between Kili, one of the dwarves, and Legolas, the son of Thranduil, the King of the Woodland Realms. She first shows affection towards Kili while the Dwarves are imprisoned in the palace and will develop a deeper relationship with him after rescuing the Dwarves a second time and tending to Kili’s wounds. She is forbidden by Thranduil to have a relationship Kili because he is a Dwarf, which ends up pushing her closer in love with the dwarf. Legolas, who is also interested in Tauriel, develops an uneasy friendship with her, after he takes his father’s side. Aside from the love story, she is also a sharp shooter with a bow and master sword wielder. Though her story ends after Kili’s death in The Battle of the Five Armies, the final movie in the Hobbit Trilogy, she is a much needed character. The open-endedness of her story gives headway to potential fanfiction pieces for writers like me.

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The Importance Of Being Positive

“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

-Anonymous

Having a positive attitude energizes us, boosts self-confidence and inspires others. At SEEDs for Autism we create a supportive, positive environment where our participants can THRIVE! We asked some of our participants to share their thoughts on the importance of being positive.

DANIEL Z

Being positive is a good thing because it’s contagious.

BRIANNA

Being positive is an essential part of happiness! It’s not thinking about the bad! To feel good about something! Positivity feels great!

BRIAN T

Having a positive attitude is doing positive things and like saying good words too. A positive attitude is thinking about positive things.

Featured Product: Sunny Citrus Goat Milk Soap

Our Home Essentials department is a favorite with the participants at SEEDs for Autism. This is because of the wonderful scent of soap being made! Our Sunny Citrus Goat Milk soap captures the fresh scent of bright summer days filled with uplifting, invigorating citrus! We asked SEEDs participants to write about this wonderful item which we have selected as our featured product for July!

HOW DO WE MAKE SUNNY CITRUS GOAT MILK SOAP?

Camille
We make Sunny Citrus goat milk soap by using all natural ingredients like goat’s milk, citrus scenting oil, and yellow Brazilian clay.

Matthew
Our soaps are carefully made with all-natural ingredients as a learning experience for people with disabilities to learn about working in an environment for making and selling products.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOAT MILK SOAP?

Camille
Goat milk soap is good for your skin, it’s all natural, and it has a lot of vitamins. Goat’s milk soap keeps your skin moisturized and it won’t dry out your skin. It’s good for people with sensitive skin.

Matthew
Goat milk soap is useful for dry or sensitive skin, or other conditions. It’s perfect to keep skin healthy.

8 REASONS TO BUY SUNNY CITRUS GOAT MILK SOAP
by Justin M. and Sonja

  1. It smells like oranges
  2. You will smell like summer
  3. All natural ingredients
  4. Handmade by students at SEEDs
  5. Supports our program
  6. Great way to start the day smelling good
  7. Feels refreshing
  8. Makes skin clean and soft

You can purchase our Sunny Citrus Goat Milk Soap at the SEEDs for Autism boutique or visit our online store. Click HERE to start shopping and help support this life-changing program!

Star Wars Character Profile: Mara Jade

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By Jake M.

My favorite series of all-time is Star Wars. Beyond the orginal movies and the prequels more than 30 books and comics were written to expand the Star Wars universe. Many of those stories and characters have been forgotten due to the new movies released. Disney, who owns the rights to Lucas Films, decided to write their own storyline, which caused the orginal follow up books to Return of the Jedi to be cast away. Personally I like reading the older books. My favorite character is Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara is my favorite because of the depth her character offers. She served as an assistant to Emperor Palpatine, a smuggler, and a Master Jedi.During her time as a servant in the galactic Empire she was sent on missions to purge rebels and any jedi who survived Order 66. Prior to the death of Palpatine, his parting words to her were kill Luke Skywalker. As soon as the Empire fell she no longer had the will to carry out her mission and ironically became Luke’s wife. After her marriage to Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker was trained in the ways of the Jedi, working her way to the rank of Jedi Master and was tasked with training other force sensitive people the ways of the Jedi. Her intriguing story came to an end after she was assassinated by her nephew Jacen Solo. She is a supporting character in the Book Survivor’s Quest which is about her marriage with Luke and their struggle to save the Jedi order.

History of the Playstation

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While I’ll always remain a loyal Nintendo fan I am also a big Sony fan as well, and today I am going to tell the history of the Sony Playstation brand. It all dates back to 1986 when Nintendo and Sony had a joint venture. Nintendo had already been producing floppy disk technology to compliment cartridges that they had been planning to use for the Family Disk system. Nintendo had approached Sony about making a CD based add-on for the SNES titled either the Playstation or SNES- Cd. Sony had even planned on developing an SNES compatible console, that would play not only SNES cartridges but CD ROM ones that Sony would develop as well.  

The product nicknamed The PlayStation was set to be announced at The Consumer Electronic Show in 1991. However Nintendo decided to pull out of their deal with Sony and instead decided to partner with Phillips. Nintendo would eventually partner with Philips to develop the Philips CD-I. After the falling out between Sony and Nintendo they had briefly considered partnering with SEGA to develop a stand alone game console, but that never saw the light of day. 

In 1993 Sony began to rework the Playstation to target a new generation of hardware and software. The Playstation was ahead of it’s time with the hardware. For starters the system used Cds instead of cartridges. The system also used full motion video with a lot of its games giving them more of a cinematic feel. The controller for the system was different than any of the other video game controllers. For starters, the controller’s d-pad was different: the d-pad for the PSone used four directional buttons. The buttons on the controller were also different as well. The buttons on the controller were a green triangle, a red circle, a blue cross, and a ping square. The controller also had an L1 R1 button and L2 and R2 buttons.

On December 3rd, 1994 the Playstation launched in Japan. On September 9th, 1995 the Playstation launched in North America, and September 29th, 1995 the Playstation launched in Europe. The Playstation was immediately a success. In North America the system sold 800,000 units within 4 months. The Playstation launched with 10 titles which were Battle Arena Toshinden, Espn Extreme Games, Kileak: The Dna Imperative, Nba Jam Tournament Edition, Power Serve 3d Tennis, Raidne Project, Rayman, Ridge Racer, Street Fighter The movie the game and Total Eclipse Turbo. The launch price for the Playstation was $299 US.

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