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More Than A First Lady

One of the most influential ladies in the US, Michelle Obama, is celebrating another year of life. As former first lady, Mrs. Obama has shown nothing but kindness and has encouraged young women to believe in their futures. She is an inspiration to many and will always be one of the best first lady’s this country has ever seen.

Michelle Obama, formerly known as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, was born January 17, 1964, to parents Fraser and Marian Robinson. Michelle and her older brother Craig were often mistaken to be twins as they weren’t that far apart in age. The Robinson’s lived in the South Side of Chicago, where both Craig and Michelle shared a room together separated by a sheet. Both children learned to read at home by the age of four, acquiring the knowledge they needed to skip second grade.

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By sixth grade, Michelle started to create a name for herself. Her smarts gained her access to an accelerated program at school. There, she was able to learn French and complete accelerated courses in Biology. As a gifted student, she was able to attend one of the top gifted schools in Chicago, Whitney M. Young High School, where she graduated in 1981.

 

 

Following her brother’s footsteps, Michelle was accepted into Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. From there, Michelle went on to study law at Harvard Law School, receiving her JD degree.

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While working at her first job as a lawyer in Chicago, Michelle met Barack, who was a summer intern. Conveniently enough, Barack was assigned to Michelle as his adviser. After wooing her with his charm, Barack finally was able to gain the interest of Michelle. Within two years of dating, Barack proposed. The two were “married at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 3, 1992.”

 

 

In 1991, Michelle changed her career as a lawyer and went on to further her career in the public service field, working as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley. This is no surprise, as Michelle focused on social issues such as poverty, healthy living and the value of education. During Barack Obama’s presidency, from 2008-2016, Michelle continued to inspire others by giving speeches of great magnitudes in support of the issues she believes in.

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In 2018, Michelle wrote the book Becoming, going back to her “roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.”

Later, in that year, Michelle and Barack came together and signed a deal with Netflix to produce series and films. This deal resulted in the August 2019 release of American Factory.

Despite being the former first lady, Michelle has continued to solidify her place in the world and is still loved by many. Happy Birthday, Michelle and keep being you.

 

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Inspirational Quotes to Celebrate David Baldacci’s Birthday!

David Baldacci is a bestselling American novelist, who has currently published 38 novels and sold over 130 million books worldwide. His novels are generally true crime/detective stories such as Absolute PowerThe Innocent, Split Second, The Camel Cluband True Blue, but he’s also also published young adult novels! His books have been translated internationally into 45 different languages and, in addition to his popular writing, Baldacci is a devoted philanthropist who supports adult literacy across America.

Today is Baldacci’s birthday and we’re going to celebrate it by sharing these quotes straight from this acclaimed author’s writing!

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  1. “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” – The Camel Club. 

2. “Today might not be so good. But tomorrow, you get another chance to get it right.” Absolute Power.

3. “The human spirit was the strongest medicine on earth. And sometimes all it needed was a little encouragement to pull off a miracle.” – The Forgotten.

4. “You know what kind of person it takes to run for President? Not normal. They could start out okay, but by the time they reach that level they’ve sold their soul to the devil so many times and stomped the guts out of enough people that they are definitely not like you and me, not even close.” – Absolute Power. 

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5. “As my father wrote, one’s courage, hope, and spirit can be severely tried by the happenstance of life. But as I learned on this Virginia mountain, so long as one never loses faith, it is impossible to ever truly be alone.” – Wish You Well.

6. “But if you don’t know where you want to go, I suppose any path will get you there.” – The Finisher.

7. “It’s not the beginning or the destination that counts. It’s the ride in between.” – The Christmas Train.

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8. “Because life doesn’t work that way. You can do everything perfectly. Do everything you think you’re supposed to be doing. Fulfill every expectation that other people may have. And you still won’t get the results you think you deserve. Life is crazy and maddening and often makes no sense.” – One Summer.

9. “Depending on the situation, sometimes you can know a person better in ten minutes than someone you have crossed paths with all your life.” – The Simple Truth. 

10. “Time doesn’t really heal, it just makes you not to give a crap.” – Split Second.

 

What are some of your favorite Baldacci novels? Tell us in the comments and don’t forget to wish “Happy birthday!” to this fabulous author!

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Top 10 Magical Harry Potter Tweets!

It’s J.K. Rowling’s birthday, and, since she’s THAT author, that means it’s also Harry Potter’s birthday! Not the series, the titular character. Since he’s our chosen one, well, I’m celebrating, you’re celebrating, everyone is celebrating! And some of us have taken a break from binging the Harry Potter movies or speed-reading through the series to Tweet ‘congrats’ to our favorite boy who used to live under the stairs.

So since we’ve looked away from our pages and our screens, let’s stare at the article on this screen and look through the Top Ten Best Harry Potter Tweets.

 

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Don’t fret if you didn’t get a letter to Hogwarts, because if you were there, you’d probably have some homework like this…

 

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Not to bring the mood down, but if you want to ride the real-life Hogwarts Express that was used for the movies, then you can ride the West Highland Line. Seriously.

The West Highland Line was used for the movie. If you like it, recommend it to friends or become a member of The Friends of the West Highland Lines, a community group and media organization that seeks to direct funding toward service improvements and making sure the line stays running. If you want more information, check out our article on it here.

 

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Before we get to our final Harry Potter Tweet. Let’s take a moment to remember a star from Die Hard, a star from Prince of Thieves, a star all around, Harry Potter’s own Professor Snape: Alan Rickman.

 

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Do you think we’re going to have something as big as the VR mobile game Wizards Unite? Maybe it’s another Fantastic Beasts movie!

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Lois Lowry!

Today marks the birthday of renowned children’s book author Lois Lowry. Happy birthday, Lowry! Lois Lowry turns eighty-two-years-old today, bringing with her a long and renowned career for her writing. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lowry’s father was a career military officer, an Army dentist, and Lowry traveled the world with her family due to his station. Following World War II, Lowry’s family settled down in Tokyo, Japan at a military housing complex. She attended a military school there before returning to the United States and marrying Donald Grey in 1956. Together, they had four children and Lowry completed her degree in English literature while raising her family. Suffering from hard times during her initial writing career, such as the death of her husband, Lowry wrote about serious issues in her chosen career, children’s literature, to help sustain herself.

The cover to the Giver featuring an old man looking over some trees against a black background

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The topic of addressing serious issues in children’s literature has characterized Lowry’s writing. Throughout her books, she has written about such topics as murder, terminal illness, questioning authority, and the Holocaust. Her famous novel, The Giver deals with a young boy living a community of conformity and lack of individuality learning to question his world and rebel against the systems that keep his world in check. Lowry’s work has received praise and criticism for the themes she chooses to tackle but her work has been massively influential. Lowry has won two Newberry Medals, for The Giver and Number the Stars. She was also a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson award, the highest honor given to an author of children’s writing.

Other famous novels by Lois Lowry include Gooney Bird Green, Gossamerand Looking BackHowever controversial you might find her work, her influence on children’s media and refusing to hold back on mature themes just because of an audience’s age is something to be admired. Happy birthday, Lois Lowry! We hope its a wonderful one.

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