Summary of “How the Fiercest Warrior in “Wonder Woman” Kicked Her Way Into Hollywood”

Madeleine Vall Beijner woke up face down on the floor.
“I had no idea how I had ended up there on the floor or how long I’d been laying there,” Vall Beijner recalls.
From there Vall Beijner was supposed to head to the World Championship in Malaysia.
Nearly a year after her last “Wonder Woman” scenes were shot, Vall Beijner flies to Los Angeles – her first trip to the city – for the U.S. premiere.
She and Daniel stop with their selfie stick to shoot themselves in front of the Hollywood sign for their just-launched reality show, posted on YouTube, “The Beijners.”
Seeing herself in the battle scenes on the big screen, with darker hair and no tattoos, is “Strange.” As second in command to General Antiope – played by Robin Wright – Vall Beijner’s Captain Egeria is seen slaying enemies in each of the film’s beach fighting scenes shot on Italy’s Amalfi coast, as well as in the “Throne room” when a captured “Steve Trevor” is ensnared by the Lasso of Truth.
Vall Beijner reunites with her fellow Amazons of Themyscira at the after-party, and then makes a beeline to thank Patty Jenkins for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Vall Beijner works out at an outdoor training facility in Stolkholm.

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Summary of “My Mom”

My mom’s always been sporty but since she stopped dyeing her hair she looks her age.
I’m waiting with a 24-year-old colleague that I hired straight from college who idolises me and I’m worried that my mom will hurt herself and that people will see.
One lunch, I was dragging myself around the playground when I saw my mom standing by the fence, waving big and calling my name.
The summer before I turned 14, my mom, brother and I moved to Texas.
We’d always known that some day before Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, we’d join my mom’s side of the family in the US. While our Green Cards were being approved, my father bought a house in suburban San Antonio despite our extended family living 1,400 miles away in LA. After 13 years of sardine life at high-rise altitudes, he liked the idea of spreading out.
My mom was the only one of us with a driver’s licence.
School was easy for me but those years were tough on my mom.
A senior on the bus once asked if my mom knew that we could all totally see her.

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Summary of “The Reckoning”

Part I.In the spring of 1967, when Claire Wilson was a freshman at the University of Texas, she went to the library one afternoon to track down an old copy of Life magazine.
On the advice of friends, Claire met with a woman who knew how to procure the illegal-and, at that time, often perilous-procedure.
Claire’s rescuers miraculously avoided being hit as they ran headlong toward the western edge of the mall, spiriting her to the shelter of the Jefferson Davis statue.
With the help of Claire’s father, Bell had tracked Claire down in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, outside the small town of Loveland.
Part IV.Sirak had not seen his mother since he had left Addis Ababa as a toddler, and from the moment he caught sight of Claire in her mother’s house in Riverdale, he brightened.
On their first day together, his father and Brian set out to go sightseeing around the city, leaving Sirak and Claire to become acquainted with each other.
Claire lives in Texas now, having finally, after all her years of wandering, come home.
Beside him, Claire sat in silence, staring down at her clasped hands.

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Summary of “How Isaac Hayes Changed Soul Music”

Hayes, by presenting himself with all the bravado of other soul men, but at half the volume, traded the big-voiced charisma that had defined soul in the nineteen-sixties for a more conceptual, introspective approach.
Fittingly, the cover of “Hot Buttered Soul” featured the dome of Hayes’s shaved, bowed head. “Isaac was just cool as shit,” said the drummer Willie Hall, who worked with Hayes at Stax Records, in Memphis.
Along with David Porter, Hayes wrote some of the label’s most iconic hits, including Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Coming.” Hayes wanted his own star turn as he later explained, the Stax co-founder Jim Stewart thought his voice was “Too pretty.” “At that time we were living in a James Brown era,” Hayes noted.
Hayes mentions race only once, in a mystifying lyric on the track “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”: “A slave’s on a horse every time she explores / Just heard a discussion about, uh, racial relations.” But the album’s very largesse was political: Hayes had internalized King’s death, one of the era’s preëminent signs of black vulnerability, and reëmerged as a giant.
While the song, composed by Burt Bacharach, had been a 1964 crossover hit for Dionne Warwick, Hayes wanted his cover, he said, to target “The black listening audience.” That focus comes through in his ad-libs: he doesn’t just accuse his lover of “Saying goodbye”; instead, he tells her, “You put the hurt on me! You socked it to me!” There is a delicious irony in Hayes’s decision to remake a song about wanting to go unnoticed into an epic tour de force.
Whereas the cover of his début album pictured the singer in a top hat and a tuxedo, with “Hot Buttered Soul,” Hayes exchanged old-fashioned masculine glamour for flamboyant camp.
His seizure of musical space-literalized in the LP jacket for “Black Moses,” which unfolded to reveal a full-length portrait of Hayes in a robe, his arms outstretched-made a political statement at a time when black people were being made to feel acutely unwelcome in the public sphere: patrolled by police in their own neighborhoods, maimed and killed for being “In the wrong place at the wrong time.” Hayes took up time and space as if it were owed him, and listeners responded.
How exactly Hayes emerged from poverty and trauma to fashion himself so deeply at home in the world is one of the miracles of soul music.

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Summary of “5 Expert Travel Tips from a Flight Attendant”

Between the crowds of people, the overpriced airport food, and flight delays, there are so many ways travel can go wrong.
We talked to Bianca DiValerio, a flight attendant who also blogs about her goal of early retirement at MissMazuma, about how to make the travel experience more efficient.
If not, pay to check your bags so that you don’t have to carry them all over the airport while you wait for your flight.
GET THERE EARLY. You might be surprised at how many travelers don’t show up to the airport with ample time, DiValerio says.
What to do? “Most people hit the bars and restaurants to pass time,” DiValerio says.
“One drink in the air equals two on the ground,” DiValerio says.
“Our pay starts when the forward entry door is closed,” DiValerio says.
Once you’re in the air, you want to make sure the flight attendant is your friend.

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Summary of “Haruki Murakami Remembers His Father”

My father belonged not to the 20th Infantry Regiment but to the 16th Transport Regiment, which was also part of the 16th Division.
As a private second class in the 16th Transport Regiment, my father boarded a troop transport in Ujina Harbor on October 3, 1938, and arrived in Shanghai on October 6th. There his regiment joined up with the 20th Infantry Regiment.
Soon after starting at the Seizan school, my father had discovered the pleasures of haiku and joined a haiku circle.
My father graduated with honors from the Seizan school, and, in March, 1941, he entered the literature department at Kyoto Imperial University.
Right after my father was released from service, the Second World War broke out in the Pacific.
If my father had not been released, if he’d been shipped off with one of his former units, he would almost certainly have died on the battlefield, and then, of course, I wouldn’t be alive now.
On June 12, 1945, after he had entered Kyoto Imperial University, my father received his third draft notice.
Two months later, on August 15th, the war ended, and on October 28th my father was released from service and returned to the university.

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Summary of “Frank Ocean Makes Moves Like Nobody Else”

In 2012, the year he released his major label debut album, Channel Orange, and was nominated for six Grammys, he revealed in a Tumblr letter that his first love had been a man, an unusually open admission for a black male artist at the time.
To book studio time, he worked various odd jobs before heading to Los Angeles, where he began writing songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy.
As to whether he had any release dates in mind, he simply answered, “No.” One thing he made certain: He’s on Frank Ocean time, and so are we.
My cousins would be at the house with me for that time.
I’m working with a string arranger right now in Rio, and every time we go back and forth, because I don’t put things on the Internet, I have to send a drive with someone to Rio, or I have to go myself.
Because technology for a long time has dictated what the format is, and as punk as we want to be, we’re all kind of existing as recording artists inside of a technology, whether it’s the software we record and edit our music on, or whether it’s the medium that we press our music to distribute it.
I’ve never been in a band or had a songwriting partner or been with a group, so it’s always been a lot of time on my own writing and doing the work.
I’ve been trying to make time to do more of that sort of thing, and be in spaces where I’m not the expert.

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Summary of “Hello, Forgetfulness; Hello, Mother”

What had eased enough for her to proceed? My father said he didn’t know what allowed him to hustle my mother into the car, but he wasn’t going to count on these sudden and unpredictable openings anymore.
For five years I’d make a flight reservation from Michigan, where I lived, and the day or two before my departure my father would call and say Your mother doesn’t want to see you.
A few weeks before she died, my sisters, in conjunction with my father, told me I had to come regardless of whether my mother would want it or not.
To my knowledge my mother never confided in anyone else what her fears might be.
At the time my sisters and I wondered, or I should say worried, whether what had happened to our mother would happen to us.
Inside, invisibly, change is happening, and I don’t know if it is what my mother felt, but I’m not denying its existence, I’m not pretending to be something I’m not.
Did my mother feel as if she were floating underwater or if not fully underwater, as if she were floating on the skin of water and the water was lapping up to cover her ears? At night lying in bed undergoing the adjustment of still hearing my own head too loudly and waiting for the rain sounds to soothe me, I realize how anxious I am, how encased I am now in my own world of sound, and more removed from my husband lying right next to me.
Though my mother has been dead for a long time, I’ve never felt closer to her than I do now.

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Summary of “Why I Don’t Believe In Work-Life Balance”

Do you get drained trying to find a balance between activities in your life and career?
When we talk about work-life balance, we talk about the prioritizing between work related things and lifestyle related things.
Research even shows that people who believe they don’t have time for their personal life, feel drained and distracted at work.
Ninety percent of his time goes to family, work, and himself.
You want to leave early and you finish up work at 5.30pm. It’s 6.30pm before you get home.
Plus, we spend most of our free time thinking, worrying, and talking about work.
If work is holding back your personal or spiritual growth, find different work.
If work is fucking up your relationships, again, find different work.

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Summary of “The Tech Generation Goes to Wilderness Therapy”

Before his parents sent him to Summit Achievement-a wilderness therapy program based in rural Stow, Maine, where I work as a guide-John would spend hours locked in his bedroom, playing Fortnite, sending Snapchats, and cruising Instagram.
Summit Achievement has been operating as a therapeutic wilderness school for teens ages 13 through 20 since the 1990s, but it’s only recently that we’ve seen such an influx of clients suffering from tech addiction.
Wilderness therapy aims to tackle those compounding side effects by taking away the temptation of technology, increasing movement, and introducing the healing element of nature.
Forty years later, two programs-Outward Bound USA and Brigham Young University’s “BYU 480 Class: Youth Rehabilitation Through Outdoor Survival”-provided a structure upon which many current wilderness therapy programs were built.
Today, wilderness therapy generally looks more like camp with licensed clinicians.
There are 15 accredited wilderness therapy programs in the nation, plus dozens more wilderness-focused schools and courses.
While most programs share a similar approach to address problems such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and tech addiction, many differ from Summit in that they are considered full wilderness programs-there is no main campus to go back to each week.
At Summit Achievement, teens and young adults embark on a grueling recovery program that consists of a four-day backcountry expedition each week for an average of eight weeks, with three days of school, daily chores after each meal, weekly group and family therapy sessions, a mid-stay family visit, and zero screen time.

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