Melinda’s Brew: Rey of Sunshine

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A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.

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Melinda’s Brew: R2-D2 – A Labor of Love

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There’s something to be said for building something with your own two hands. Usually, there are trials and tribulations that crop up along the way, but that’s neither here nor there. When that last nail is pounded into place, when that last screw experiences its final turn, when that last dab of paint is applied, you can breathe a sigh of relief, step back to admire your work, and even go as far as to pat yourself on the back for a job well done [even if you’ve had to start over a time or two 😉 ]. That can describe Greenfield, Wisconsin’s Steve Schmidt. Well, sort of.

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What You Need to Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Coming April 14 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galactic Nights makes its debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14 — nicely timed with Star Wars Celebration Orlando — and will include celebrities, special attractions, and more. Vanessa Marshall (Hera, Star Wars Rebels) has been tapped as host for the “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show,” which will take you behind-the-scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A pre-show will be hosted by the hosts of The Star Wars Show, Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni.

There will also be a “Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt” open to guests of all ages, and BB-8 will make his debut at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney Parks Blog has compiled a list of what you need to know if you plan on attending.

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BB-8 Will Greet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starting This Spring

The Disney Parks Blog announced something very cool this week: This Spring, BB-8 will begin greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You can read the full announcement below:

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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The Star Wars Show | 20 Years of StarWars.com, BB-8 Force Band Obstacle Course, and Dr. Aphra #2

This week on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s Lynne Hale stops by to talk to guest host, Pablo Hidalgo, about the 20th anniversary of StarWars.com, Sphero’s Battle-Worn BB-8 runs through an obstacle course with the aid of a force band, and we get a first look at Marvel’s Dr. Aphra #2.

See all that and much more in the video below:

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Core Worlds Couture: Loungefly Bags Review

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

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Time to lounge around, Star Wars-style! This week, I’ll be reviewing two Loungefly accessories: The “Loungefly x Boba Fett Brown Crossbody Bag,” and the “Loungefly x Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 Mini Dome Bag.”

Loungefly is known for their wide variety of contemporary whimsical items, including bags, t-shirts and other licensed accessories. In addition to their online store, you can purchase their products through several other websites, as well as specialty boutiques, or even conventions.

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A Quart of Oil With Joe2-D2: My Thoughts on The Force Awakens

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I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens about one dozen times in the theater, and a couple more times at home. As I’ve viewed the film, there have been little things that stood out to me.

Spoilers ahead!

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Elite Stormtroopers! Han Solo! Poe Dameron! The Force Awakens! Marvel’s Star Wars Comics in July Feature It All

STWPOE2016004_MAIN STWVADER023COVER_400 STWARS2015021_MAINFrom elite stormtroopers seemingly inspired by The Clone Wars to Han Solo’s adventures in galactic space races to Rey’s discovery of a greater galaxy, Marvel’s Star Wars comics in July offer a taste of travel, adventure and even a bit of fear.
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Chopper, BB-8, and MORE! These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For!

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

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Me, with my Sphero BB-8 and Force For Change T-shirt

Robotics have enthralled the human psyche since the ancient Egyptians developed a steam-operated animatronic statue (1), so it’s really no wonder that the Star Wars saga has always been at the forefront of delighting our hearts and souls with its wide array of droids. From our first introduction to the comical and endearing duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO in 1977, to the absolutely loveable BB-8 in the 2015 release of The Force Awakens, we have undeniably been smitten by these amazing gizmos.

Why are we so enchanted by droids? What is it about them that draws our hearts and souls into their animatronic grasps? Obviously, there are also scary robots and destructive robots, but this piece will focus solely on the positive attachments we feel.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Behind the Scenes and Around the World with BB-8

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: ANA's BB-8 themed jet lands in Los Angeles in celebration of in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on March 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
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Need more BB-8 in your life? Who doesn’t? He’s the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s in demand wherever he goes, and he’s adorable. From his humble origins as a design concept, to visiting NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and jet-setting around the globe with Japan’s ANA airline, here are a few bonus clips and images highlighting the one and only, BB-8. Enjoy!

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