Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Review


Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lately, I have had withdrawals for a new Mystery Case Files game. I love the not only the mystery in the hidden object games, but the  storyline of the Ravenhearst games. Of course, the spooky atmosphere that prevails from the graphics and characters scattered throughout the games are also a fixation. I love spooky, what can I say?

The first in the series Ravenhearst revolves around Emma Ravenhearst, the mistress of the old the mansion also named Ravenhearst. As the detective, you unlock puzzles, and hidden object games to find pieces of the diary, which delves into the life of the Emma and her untimely death.

Although, the first story is intriguing Big fish Game creators become more and more creative with the additions of Return to Ravenhearst and Escape from Ravenhearst. The story becomes darker with each discovery and the creators use real actor to portray in the cut scenes which enhance the spooky feeling when playing the game. I love playing in the dark and I admittedly scare myself during game play. I give this game five hearts because of its creativity and great puzzles within the game. So go ahead give it a try if you haven’t already. The game is available on PC and Mac so no one is left out. If the game’s story nabs you, Mystery Case Files also has a book series for those who are into the story as well as the game. There are four stories to indulge in: Stolen, Vanished, Submerged, and Unearthed. I haven’t read them yet, but when I do you will be the first to know.

Rating:

♥♥♥♥♥– Love it!!!!

To Ring Or Not To Ring? That is the question.


Wedding ring, Byzantium, 7th c. AD, nielloed gold.
Wedding ring, Byzantium, 7th c. AD, nielloed gold. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weddings, marriage, and babies are the things that many people look forward to in life. Regardless if male or female eventually a good percentage of people go on to marry sometime in their life. Oh, the feeling of bliss, of upcoming nuptials. There is a symbolic gesture from the beginning with the gift of the engagement ring which eventually becomes the wedding ring. The ring worn by both people in the marriage tells the world, “I belong to someone and they to me”. Sigh.

Then comes my 19 year-old teen saying that when he marries he will NOT where a ring. Gasp! My mind was blown away, when he continued his diatribe to marriage by insisting he would not wear a ring, but his wife would. Oh the shock of it all was almost too much to bare. I couldn’t believe that the one child of mine whose sensitivity was so palpable at times would make such a statement. After I got over the initial shock I asked him why he didn’t want to wear his wedding ring. His statement was as simple as his announcement, why? He and his wife knew they were married and that was all that counted.

Well, I suppose his statement was true enough. Wedding ring or no wedding ring  a couple was still married, right? Why did we even have wedding rings in the first place? Wedding rings have been in existence since Egyptian times. Whenever I meet someone my eyes usually falls first to their ring fingers. Are they married or are they single. Why? Because, encroaching on someone else’s person is not the thing to do. I believe that both parties should wear a wedding ring. The wedding ring symbolizes a couples love for each other. Of course, some people don’t feel that they need to announce to the world they are married and I suppose this should be okay too, right? To each his own?

Sigh, to ring or not to ring? A traditional symbolic thing which tells the world you are loved. Are there women out there that would rather not wear a wedding ring? Are the old traditions becoming stale? My son told me that wearing a ring would not change the love he felt for his wife and that his love for her is more important than a piece of metal. He makes a good point as children often do and as parents we are quick to dismiss. It is the love and bond between a man and women that is the most important thing, and even the best ring cannot change a true love bonding. Maybe todays world is too focused on the ring and not enough on the actual marriage. Maybe the divorce rate could be lowered if tradition was not the main issue of a marriage proposal, but instead with thoughts of spending a life time together.

Marriage contract
Marriage contract (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

 

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

 

Regrets and Redos


Season 1 DVD cover (Region 1)
Season 1 DVD cover (Region 1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In life comes regret and wishing we could do things over that we feel have caused things to get out of hand in our life. But can we redo our regrets? Can we change the path of our life by fixing a wrong we did in the past? Well according to, Being Erica, we need to be careful what we wish for and that we are the sum of our decisions.

Honestly, until watching the Canadian television series “Being Erica”, I didn’t realize how many people might be paralyzed by their regrets. I thought back about troubled times in my life and realize that some of my decisions or non-decisions have been because of regrets. Of course, there are some regrets we can resolve such as, apologizing for the mistake or if too much time hasn’t passed, to go ahead and right the wrong. Unfortunately, many do not realize their regret until the regret is far into the past. The lingering effect totaling the sum of our person and how we may continue to do things. But do we have to let regrets rule us?

Erica, our protagonist on the show gets a lucky break and meets a therapist, Dr. Tom who helps her travel back in time to change the act, in which Erica feels has  changed the course of her life. What’s the catch? The catch is that although Erica may change what she feels is her regret, the act itself is not always what changes the course of her life. The moral of this story is that many times people need to consider that we are blinded by our own worth. Nothing is as simple as it seems and dwelling on the past prohibits us to move on to the future. I identify with Erica and her obsession with her past regrets and the possibilities, that if we could have made a different decision in the past, our futures would be different. Of course, reality check! Yes, the decisions of our past affect our present but it doesn’t have to rule our future path.

I thought about the past and what if this and what if that, but looking at what I have now and the experiences I have had the chance to have are from some of my regrets. I learned that the next time I had the chance to do something I would; and I have. Sometimes that second chance doesn’t come around, but unlike TV land we can not ( at this time at least ) go back in time. So we do what we must and keep on trucking because life regrets and the world does not slow down for anyone.

 

Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.

JOHN O’DONOHUEAnam Cara