Explore the Natural Wonders of the Great Lakes

Jessica Wong

 

Luxury cruise itineraries include stops at unique North American ports, rich in history, art and natural beauty. Passengers explore destinations with the nostalgic appeal of Mackinac Island and the urban energy of cities like Cleveland and Chicago.

North America’s Freshwater Seas are a shared U.S.-Canadian waterway. The lakes, rivers and channels extend 3,700 kilometers inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior.

About one-third of the cruise vessels being built today carry fewer than 400 passengers, providing a more intimate experience. These smaller vessels appeal to veteran cruises looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Travelers disembark

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California’s Young Playwrights Explore an Uncertain Post-Pandemic Future at 36th Annual Festival

Jessica Wong
The Heil Family, Jason (left) Kim, Katrina and Tristan appear in three of the four prize-winning plays.

For 35 years, the San Diego-based Playwrights Project, which runs multiple programs for people of all ages, has been staging a statewide contest for young writers. It’s always been a fascinating window into what youth have on their minds.

This year, the 36th annual event, is, like so much else, streaming virtually. In view of COVID-short attention spans, each play this year is only 15 minutes long, and each of the three performance festival programs is no more than an hour.

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Three Friends Explore The Obscure And Potent Substance 5-MeO-DMT In This Existentially Intense Film Doc

Jessica Wong

“Are some doors better left unopened?” That is the ultimate question three friends ask themselves in the captivating documentary film 5MEO.

On a quest to recapture some excitement and intrigue in their middle years, filmmakers Boris Jänsch, Frank McCaughey and Charles Turley set out to experience for the first time the potent psychoactive substance 5-MeO-DMT. Most notably derived from the Sonoran Desert toad’s defense secretions, the vaporized material can deliver transcendent, otherworldly experiences which often have the effect of blowing apart one’s tidy idea of reality.

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explore the strange and familiar world of upside down architecture

Jessica Wong

there is a professor in every architecture department who turns every model upside down. flipping a model upside down is a quick way to discover a new perspective, a new relationship between the occupant and the built space. this simple move is commonplace during the design process among architects, though mainly while exploring more conceptual geometries. when this strategy is used at full scale to transform the most intimately familiar type of space — the typical single-family house — the resulting condition is so uncanny that it becomes a public attraction. such strange dwellings have been popping up across the

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‘WandaVision’ Shows Marvel’s Reluctance To Explore Moral Ambiguity

Jessica Wong

For the majority of the show’s runtime, there was an interesting question behind the mystery of WandaVision – was Wanda aware of the consequences of her actions, or not?  

Spoilers ahead 

That question was leading to a major conflict between Wanda and Vision, as the latter began to understand just how much the inhabitants of Westview were suffering under Wanda’s mind control Hex. And seeing as Vision’s very existence was tied into the Hex, the morality of the situation was intriguingly complex. 

But the series finale didn’t dwell on this conflict, as

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