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Chakotay and Seven of Nine: An Unbreakable Link

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In commemoration with  Valentine's Day, I decided to write an article on my favorite "Star Trek" pairing: Chakotay and Seven of Nine. Through social media, I have seen this fictional couple bear the brunt of despise, hatred and retaliation. On the other hand, I have always seen a unique  relationship of two individuals in the future. From the moment they appeared on screen together I thought they had instant chemistry. The two characters showed that love is unconditional and just because a first meeting is not pleasant, love can bloom in the most unbeknownst manner. I hope this following article can shed light on their relationship and why they matter.  With patience and time, a spiritual person like Chakotay and a logical scientist like Seven formed a tender bond and left an impact as a tasteful and wholesome romance. Chakotay was able to understand a facet of Seven that no other crewman could. In return, she honored and respected him. Starting from season 4 through seas

A Story of Love: St. Valentine

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In 226 A.D, Valentinus (Valentine) was born in Terni, Italy. As a toung adult, Valentine made the decision to become a Christian Priest. At the time of his ordination, the Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus II took pleasure in punishing, torturing, persecute and executing Christian men women and children. In response, Valentine continued to spread the word of Christianity and baptized hundreds of Roman citizens into the Christian (Catholic) Faith.    Valentine Within time, Valentine was arrested by Roman officials and placed on house arrest. In regard to his case, a judge called Asterius was appointed to interrogate Valentine on his Christian faith. During his questioning, Valentine defended the faith he held and vowed to Jesus Christ as the Son of God. To challenge his faith,  Asterius brought  forth his blind daughter, asking Valentine to restore her sight. The judge said that if Valentine restored his daughter’s vision, he would convert Christianity and want Valentine to ba

A Ballad For Your Valentine: 20 Love Songs

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Need some love songs to put you in the Valentine-y mood? Here is a list of my favorite love songs that always leave a sentimental feeling: 1. I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos) 2. Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin) 3. All The Way (Frank Sinatra) 4. Sukiyaki (Kyu Sakamoto) 5. Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin) 6. Moon River (Henry Mancini Orchestra) 7. Love Is All Around (The Troggs) 8. Mad About You (Hooverphonic) 9. The Way You Look Tonight (James Darren) 10. Catch the Wind (Donovan) 11. Sweeter Than You (Ricky Nelson) 12. Flesh and Blood (Johnny Cash) 13. Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 14. At Last (Etta James) 15. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (The Shirelles) 16. Only You (The Platters) 17. Solider Boy (The Shirelles)  18. Tie A Yellow Ribbon (Dawn featuring Tony Orlando)  19. My Girl (The Temptations) 20. Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)                                        "Cupid shoots around his darts that bind together faithful hearts" 

Trekking the Love: My Top Ten Star Trek Romances

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Throughout 50+ years, the "Star Trek" franchise has granted its audience a vast array of relationships and love in space. From passionate courtships to ceremonial weddings, many couples brought out the best in a series. In celebration of the "love month", here is a list of my favorite Star Trek pairings: #1: Commander Chakotay and Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager) Reason? From the start, the two characters connected in a unique, yet touching way. With one electrical surge, Chakotay was able to see Seven's past as he disconnected her from the Borg Collective. As the series went on, the softening of both characters towards eachother was sweet, alongside their shared knowledge of childhood aspirations and love for exploring the unknown. The subtle glances, smirks and eventual romance showed that a spiritual person as Chakotay and a logical scientist as Seven can be a perfect fit. Notable episodes: "Scorpion: Part II", "One Small Step&quo

How to Make: Old-Fashioned Valentine's

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As we begin the month of February, here are five easy steps to making something special for your "Valentine" Items needed:  Old-fashioned heart shaped doilies Valentine stickers and/or cut outs A glue stick Pair of sharp scissors  Step 1: Take heart-shaped doilies and separate them individually.  Step 2: Place desired Valentine stickers and cut outs nearby. Step 3: Take your glue stick and rub against the larger doily. Then, take the smaller doily and stick it on top of the glued area. Once completed, place the combined doilies upside down to glue for 5 minutes.   Step 4: Rub your glue stick against your desired cut out or valentine sticker.  Step 5: After the Valentine is dried, you can add a bow, write a small message on the back of the doily, add an attachment or simply leave it plain.    Enjoy!

The Final Testament of King Louis XVI

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On this day in 1793, King Louis XVI was guillotined during the French Revolution.  Throughout his reign,  King Louis XVI remained convicted  in the Catholic faith and made multiple reforms. In addition to establishing the first blind school in Europe, Louis signed the 1787 "Edict of Versailles", granting the people  freedom of religion and press. Nine years prior, L ouis recognized the colonial "United States of America" as a separate nation from England and assisted George Washington in his plight for freedom. On a personal level, Louis had an interest in lock making and had grown into a loving marriage with his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. Together the couple had four heirs of their own and two adopted children.  Louis XVI as King of France beside a bust of his queen, Marie Antoinette Due to Enlightenment ideals, economic strain and propaganda, King Louis was overthrown by French Revolutionaries in 1789. Three years later, the king was tried for treason against h

My Voyage With Voyager

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Watching Star Trek: Voyager has changed my life. I grew up in a household with a single, disabled mother who could not work. Throughout nineteen formative years, my mother dedicated herself to raising and educating me. I did not have many role models growing up, save for her and some influential figures in my favorite subject in school, which was history. In addition to this, I have danced classical ballet since the age of four.  My first contact with Voyager came at the age of sixteen in Bozeman, Montana when I stayed with a ballet host-family during the summer. I had never cared to watch Star Trek in the past and had no "Trekkies" in my family. However, as I was settling in for the two weeks I was staying, they asked if I wanted to join them in watching an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".  After I came home, I researched the franchise and also learned about Voyager and DS9. Less than two years later, I returned to the family for another summer intensiv