Album Review:  “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”
Nov13

Album Review: “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”

Tenth Avenue North, the Christian rock group who wrote famous songs like “By Your Side” and “Losing” are back with brand new music. On October 9, 2018 the band released an EP titled “The Things We Are Too Afraid to Say.” This is an emotional album written by lead singer Mike Donehey and the group’s guitarist Jeff Owen. The album consists of six songs. One of the songs, “Afraid,” was on their previous album, “Followers.” “Afraid” is a powerful song about how our life circumstances bring us down. It proposes that we are so afraid of what will happen in the future or the next day that we let fear rule our lives. Written by Donehey and his guitarist Owen, this is a cry for help. One of my favorite songs from the album is called “Counterfeits.” This song is all about how people fill their hearts with things that are not worth it. In the song, the singer says, “I want the truth, I want the real thing. I want the genuine to hold to the light.” He wants more than a fix. This song really spoke to me. I used to always run away from Jesus because I thought he was not good enough, but He is the only thing that we need. “Love Anyway” is another great song. When someone does not think the same way as we do, sometimes we do not love that person. However, God does not just call us to love people who have the same beliefs and opinions as us. He calls us to love everyone, no matter what. This song does a great job of showing this. In the song, Donehey says, “Show me how to love them how you love me.” This is a great song, especially for today’s world. I had the opportunity to see Tenth Avenue North in person this year for a early Christmas present. They were amazing and are easily my favorite Christian band. When I found out that they were releasing a new EP, I was so excited. I read an interview from Donehey about the album, and he said, “It’s a collection of songs that say, we don’t have it figured out and we’re not exactly sure where we are sometimes…” I think that it is great that he says that he does not know everything and that he is not perfect. These are great songs about living in sin but always having...

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Fall Fashion
Nov13

Fall Fashion

Fall is all about bundling up in warm layers and embracing the cool, crisp air, and it is a great season to bring out the cozy clothing. However, here in Texas, this season can be very unpredictable in terms of weather, so it is good to be prepared and bring layers of clothing in case of a weather change in the middle of the day. As the season continues, indulge in warm cups of coffee, grab a good book to read on a park bench and follow these fashion tips to make the most of autumn. 1) Andrew Ortega, Fort Hood resident The 80s are making a comeback, and what better way to get in the fall spirit than with a classic flannel sweatshirt? Pairing it with a simple T-shirt is a good complement, and if the weather becomes too cold, you can always take the flannel off and either place it around your waist or hoist it over your shoulder. If you don’t have earthy tones, darker colors work just fine. Plus, a beanie is always a good investment for that perfect hipster fall vibe. 2) Maegan James, sophomore nursing major Wool and denim are good pairs, both of which will keep you nice and warm in the cooler days of fall. Boots, especially warmer, darker colors, are always a nice addition to autumn attire. Similar to flannel, stripes are a lovely pattern to wear during this season. 3) Alexandria Hazard, junior business management major Hazard wears ripped jeans, tan boots, a floral sweatshirt and a tan T-shirt. When wearing an un dershirt, make sure to wear a basic colored garment so the top layer can stand out more. To accent the shirt, she has a gold dreamcatcher necklace. In addition, she is wearing a gold watch. Earthy tones such as tan, beige and mossy green are perfect for fall, and the gold accessories make the outfit come together as a whole to give it some shimmer and shine. 4) Elyssa Childress, junior nursing major Maybe it’s not cold enough for a beanie, but you still want to wear a hat. A sun hat is a great accessory for those hot fall days. Childress sports this rich, red wine hat that goes well with a white, high-necked sweater and a flowing, darker-colored jumpsuit. When choosing an outfit, contrast can be your best friend. Don’t be afraid to wear both dark and light colors. Just remember to keep the fall colors in mind – browns, dark greens, reds and oranges. Think about the changing colors of the leaves in the trees, and change your outfit accordingly. 5) Peter Zuniga,...

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Riveting reviews: Mystery books for fall
Nov13

Riveting reviews: Mystery books for fall

As the days get shorter and the weather cools down, it is the perfect time of year to settle down into an over-stuffed arm chair and pull out a good book. I’ve been a mystery book lover my entire life. I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book in the library at my elementary school. After that, I read the Boxcar Children mysteries, and then mysteries such as The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Wren Wright. Now, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite mystery books as an adult. “Predator” by Terri Blackstock What it’s about: Krista Carmichael’s 14-year-old sister is murdered by an online predator. Carmichael makes a fake online account on the social networking site GrapeVyne to bait the killer. When the killer makes Carmichael his next target, she must join forces with the creator of GrapeVyne, Ryan Adkins. Will Carmichael’s faith in God be restored? Will she be able to find the predator, or will she become the next victim? Why I recommend it: We live in a world where almost everyone has a social media account, most likely on multiple platforms. After I read this book, I updated my settings to make all of my social media accounts private. The story will keep you interested. Carmichael and Adkins are likeable characters, and I enjoyed seeing the development of Carmichael’s faith. “Thr3e” by Ted Dekker What it’s about: Seminary student Kevin Parson gets a chilling phone call from a man who calls himself Slater. Parson is given three minutes to confess his sin to the world or his car will blow up. He panics, finds a parking lot and vacates his car. Three minutes later, his car explodes. Slater continues to give Parson more riddles and more threats, each involving the number three. To find out Slater’s identity, Parson must confront his past head-on. Why I recommend it: This book has one of the best plot twists I’ve ever read. Normally, I have a hard time enjoying a Ted Dekker book, but I couldn’t put this one down. Dekker is considered a Christian writer, but his Christian themes are very subtle, and I really liked that about this book. The Restoration Series by Terri Blackstock (“Last Light”, “Night Light”, “True Light” and “Dawn’s Light”) What it’s about: Imagine what would happen if a plane fell out of the sky and your car suddenly stopped working. The electricity cuts out, and cell phones, computers and even radios are completely useless. The crisis is worldwide. During this crisis, the Branning family must decide whether to share their resources with their neighbors or hoard their possessions. Will...

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Falling in love: Date ideas for you and your boo
Nov13

Falling in love: Date ideas for you and your boo

Looking for ideas for fall themed dates? The Bells has you covered. Check out the following for some great ideas sure to make your girlfriend or boyfriend swoon. Pumpkin Patch: Fall is the perfect season for a romantic date to a pumpkin patch. You can go on a haunted hayride, take pictures among the pumpkins and even buy a pumpkin or two. Pumpkin patches at family farms can be so much fun on a crisp fall day. You could take your pumpkins back to campus to decorate or carve them. You can even make a competition out of it and have your friends vote on their favorite design. While decorating your pumpkins, treat yourself to some homemade caramel apples that are sticky sweet or apple cider that is sure to get you into the season. Haunted House: Spooky couples will love this idea. There are a ton of haunted houses in the area begging for couples who want a fright to come by. This option is a little more on the pricey side. However, it is a memory you will cherish forever and never forget. Just make sure your partner is down for a night of frights before you take them. A Picnic Date: Picnics are always a great date idea. After all, what’s better than a date involving food? A perfect place to have a picnic would be at Burt Pond, a great date spot that is conveniently located on campus. Grab a blanket and some sandwiches from SubConnection or pick up Italian food to go and enjoy a relaxing meal by the pond. Bonus: You could even stay out to watch the sunset. Scary Movie Marathon: Meet up for a scary movie marathon and watch all the classics. Townsend Memorial Library and Redbox have lots of good movies to rent and watch. Make some popcorn and enjoy a good scare together. Not a scary movie person? You can always watch good Halloween movies from your childhood, like “Halloweentown”, “Twitches” and “Hocus Pocus”. Go Coffee Shop Hopping: There are so many coffee shops in the Belton area, all of which feature delicious seasonal drinks and treats. Go on a romantic journey from one coffee shop to another. Visit one shop per day for a week, or go to as many different shops as possible in one day. What better way to spend time together than by sharing a cup of joe? Find a free souvenir, a napkin or a stir stick, so you can take from each place a memento to cherish your coffee shop hopping date experience...

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Scooby-Doo it yourself
Nov13

Scooby-Doo it yourself

If the monstrous candy displays and cardboard bins full of pumpkins at H-E-B aren’t an indication of the sugar-filled holiday just around the corner, you might want to start preparing your Halloween costume. While it may be tempting to head to the closest “Spirit Halloween” store to find a pre-made costume, making your own costume will help you personalize your 2018 Halloween look. Here are some fun DIY costume ideas featuring the grooviest gang from Mystery Incorporated. Daphne Blake: To recreate Daphne’s iconic mystery-solving style, you will need a long sleeve purple dress. Pair the dress with some pale pink tights and flat shoes. The look wouldn’t be complete without Daphne’s signature purple headband and green scarf. While there are many ways to wear the chic scarf, Daphne’s look can be best achieved by folding the scarf in half lengthwise and putting the two lose ends through the loop. Now, you’re ready to trick-or-treat in true Daphne fashion. Velma Dinkley: For this look, you will need an orange turtleneck sweater and a red knee-length skirt. Pair the skirt with orange tube socks and flat shoes. Lastly, who could forget Velma’s iconic thick-rimmed black glasses? Grab a magnifying glass and you’re ready to solve a mystery! Fred Jones: The Mystery Gang wouldn’t be complete without Freddie. To recreate his look, you will need a white polo shirt and a pair of jeans. Pair it with a pair of brown loafers and the famous orange scarf. To fully embody Freddie, you will need to tie both ends of the scarf in a loose knot at the base of your neck. Now, you’re ready to go unmask villains with your best friends! Shaggy Rogers: While Shaggy is more famous for his impressive eating abilities, he is a very important part of the Mystery Gang. For this look, you will need an oversize green t-shirt and dark khaki pants. Add a pair of tennis shoes and slump your shoulders, and Zoinks! You’re ready to go!. Scooby-Doo: Who could forget Scooby Doo himself? To recreate this look, you will need some brown felt, white felt, and black felt. Cut two large triangles out of the brown felt. Next, cut two triangles out of the white felt, making sure that they are slightly smaller than the brown triangles. Next, cut two circles out of the remaining white felt and add two smaller circles of black felt. Glue the triangular pieces to the sides of your hat, making sure they have plenty of room to “flop.” Finally, glue the circular pieces onto the front of the baseball cap. Pair the hat with a brown t-shirt and...

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First Man film review: A blast
Nov13

First Man film review: A blast

“One giant step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” We have all heard this famous phrase. Neil Armstrong said this when he made it to the moon on July 20, 1969. His story has been told so many times from movies and television specials. The new movie “First Man” tells the story again. This movie is directed by Damien Chazelle who directed the incredible “La La Land” film, which won six academy awards. This movie stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife. The movie is based on a book by James R. Hansen on the life of Armstrong. I did not know all of the hardships he faced in his life. It was so shocking. Gosling did a great job playing Armstrong. When he was up in space I really believed that he was there. Armstrong was kind of a jerk to his friends and family, as it is portrayed in the movie. This surprised me since he is known to us as an American hero who was such a good guy. Clair Foy also did an amazing job in this movie. She played a great grieving mother and wife. She always wanted what was best for Armstrong even though he just cared for himself. She was so passionate in every scene she did. This movie is getting a lot of Oscar buzz and I can see it winning a few. The score for this movie is by Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz who worked with Chazelle in “La La Land.” The music was amazing. I felt like I was in space because of it. In the scenes where they were testing out the rockets, I was at the edge of my seat. The acting and directing had me thinking that I was actually right next to Gosling as he ejected from a fiery training crash. I did think that the movie was a little slow in a lot of parts. There was just a lot of science stuff that I did not really care about. I just wanted to see Gosling in a rocket and blasting off. I also thought that Armstrong’s character could have been developed more. Minor spoiler: His family went through a hard time at the beginning of the movie, which was somewhat portrayed, that also could have been developed more. The movie left me wanting to know more about it. In spite of that, this was an overall interesting movie to...

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