The story of how one very sick puppy taught me the power of unconditional love

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When I was five years old, I was obsessed with the idea of having a puppy. I wanted a playful, lovable companion who would sleep by my side and brighten each and every day with a tail wag and a bark. I wanted this more than anything, and one summer day, it seemed The Universe was on my side.

My family and I were at the park, and a man with several adorable poodles was advertising puppies for sale. Apparently, two of his older dogs had just welcomed a new litter into the world, but he did not have the…

A Little Bit Of A Rant, so I Apologize In Advanced.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Poster | Owned by Disney

I have a lot of thoughts on the recently released Disney+ Series, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. While it provided a lot of relevant social commentary and spread a lot of much-needed awareness, I feel that it failed to truly nurture the characters in its title.

The show was more of an exploration of racism and how it has existed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the times of the original Captain America. It also explores the societal repercussions of Thanos’s snap, using it to metaphorically bring light to injustices and inequalities in our own world.

As stated prior…

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Recently, I decided to watch two highly anticipated animated films with the same noteworthy featured creature. The first was Raya and the Last Dragon, released on Disney+ a few months ago. However, it just recently became available to streamers without additional costs. The second was Wish Dragon, released on Netflix a few days ago.

Each of these films had a dragon — artistically designed with Asian roots in mind — at the center of its plot. Both sought to bond this dragon with a main, human character and delivered wholesome messages to watchers young and old.

The close proximity of…

Bringing literature and location together to determine if the suburbs are a place worth exploring.

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The suburbs have always been a strange and mysterious place.

They pop up around the world like parasitical infections, rifts in time and space with no history and no foreseeable future. Usually, on the outskirts of major cities and on the heels of the countryside, they claim their spots as messy combinations of the two.

Little is known about the suburbs, and their identity forms mostly due to stories written and spoken about them. Most of these stories come from current or previous residents, and they either confirm or complicate the way their geographical neighbors view them.

So… now I…

“After appearing multiple times as a plot device and a classic bad guy, Loki is offered a path toward redemption. A path he can control.”

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As many of you probably know, Loki was recently dropped on Disney+. I have been absolutely in love with his character from the very start of my Marvel journey. Introduced to him in Avengers, I was intrigued by his mysterious and (you guessed it) mischievous allure.

In movies to come, I remained interested in his plot arcs, because I felt his development was handled well for the most part.

He grapples with self-doubt, self-hatred, an inflated sense of purpose, and — ultimately — a fear of being insignificant. However, in the end, it seems that he overcame a lot of…

You can write about things you love, and others will love it, too

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As I hit one hundred Medium followers, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on my Medium journey so far. There’s been plenty of ups and downs, but I am so grateful to hit this milestone.

I’d also like to reflect on how much Medium has paid me since I began my blogging journey, and share some tips on how you can write about what you love and make some money too!

In addition to that, I’d like to put forth some suggestions on how to be kind to yourself, and how to nurture your happiness. Profit is wonderful…

Life is full of uncertainty, and we may never understand the meaning of our existence

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We humans are interesting works of art. We live out our fleeting days twelve hours at a time, going about business we’re either too sure or too unsure we actually care about. We fool ourselves into a false sense of enlightenment, when in actuality, we are wandering through a reality we know very little about.

Though most won’t admit to it, we spend most of that wandering wondering: Why are we here? What is the meaning behind this lucid-but-lost existence? These are inquiries that make us question everything we’ve ever known, everything we’ve ever been taught.

They scramble our souls…

“Gatsby was so stuck in the past, specifically at a time of great abundance, that he could not bear to believe in the present. This problem is one that is commonly shared by mankind, as it is obviously easier to focus on a pleasant past than live in an undesirable present and look to an unpredictable future.”

“The Great Gatsby” Original Movie Poster (2013)

The Great Gatsby is a brilliant work of American literature written by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald in 1925. It was made into a film in 2013 by Baz Luhrmann, and starred Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role of Jay Gatsby.

The majority of the story follows Nick as he traverses through the wealthy world of West and East Egg, Long Island, and New York City. Dazzling audiences with the grandeur of the 1920s, this masterpiece is emotionally and morally charged in more ways than one.

Carraway’s longtime hero and idol, Jay Gatsby serves as a significant focal point. Gatsby lives…

Gazing upon Bucky Barnes, I felt my heart skip a beat.

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all stared at a screen, hearts in our eyes, gazing upon a character that is anything and everything we could want in a partner. However, despite their pre-written perfection, the sting of reality always has a way of creeping in.

Naturally, we are drawn back into this plane of existence by the call of real duties. School, work, family, friends, and so on and so forth.

The world refuses to let us live in a fantasy, but do we have to surrender? What can be learned and gained from a fictional romance? …

“It’s a perfect cross between a notebook and a traditional tablet. It has the classic, enjoyable, and addictive feel of a pen on paper, with the organization capabilities of a digital device.”

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As a writer, I am quite familiar with owning dozens upon dozens of notebooks. Some are only filled to the halfway point, while others contain an overflowing amount of disorganized scribbles and ramblings. It is very difficult to keep the mind compartmentalized, especially with the hectic and busy lives so many of us lead.

That’s why I craved a source of structure, some way to bring order into my daily life. I needed one device capable of housing all of my schedules, calendars, notes, and journals. I was done shuffling through endless pages and scrolling through my chaotic cell phone.

Valentina Eve

Sci-Fi, Superheroes, Romance, and Life 💕 I’m a Reader, a Writer, and a Lover of All Things Escapism.

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