Dragon Tales is an American animated pre-school children’s television series created by Jim Coane and Ron Rodecker. The story focuses on the adventures of two siblings, Max and Emmy, and their dragon friends Cassie, Ord, Zak, Wheezie, and Quetzal. The series began broadcasting on the Public Broadcasting Service on their PBS Kids block on September 6, 1999, with its final episode airing on November 25, 2005.

90s Nostalgia | a result of re-watching far too many 90s teen flicks and shows recently, and yearning for the ‘simpler times’ of cartoon show re-runs, push-pops, cassette players, grunge, and pre-tech lifestyle. 

tonight, tonight - the smashing pumpkins, every you, every me - placebo,  cruel to be kind - letters to cleo, malibu - hole,  all apologies - nirvana, so it goes - the verve, sweet surrender - sarah mclachlan, across the universe - fiona apple, lucky - bif naked, high and dry - radiohead, fade into you - mazzy starlinger - the cranberrieserase/rewind - the cardigansgetting scared - imogen heap, i miss you (remix lp) - bjork, gorecki - lamb, eden - hooverphonic, roads - portishead, bullet proof…i wish i  was - radiohead, bittersweet symphony - the verve



I tell my daughter about home.
I show her pictures and I tell her about the first time I kissed a boy at Vilsonovo
It was fall and chilly and he gave me his jacket and walked me home and spoke to me in our language.

I tell her about all the places I scraped my knees, the cherry trees I climbed and how mama always knew because I would show up at home with red stains all over my hands and mouth.

I show her pictures of the streets I walked with my friends and the bakery we used to go to.

I tell her about the masjid where I learned my Surahs and talk to her about the old imam and the power of his words.

I show her my school, and I tell her about my friend Amina who had to drop out to take care of her sick father.
I picture her face and her curly red hair.

I walk her through the streets of Sarajevo…all the way up to Ferhadija.
I tell her about one cold winter in Sarajevo, how the snow was falling as if the world was coming to an end and it would never fall again. That day, mama and babo took us on a ride through Sarajevo and we listened to Dino Merlin until we fell asleep.

I tell my daughter about home, the fresh air when you wake up and the sound of adhan that carries us.
I laugh and tell her the stories of my childhood. I tell her about the beauty.

But I never tell her about the pain. I keep that hidden. I don’t tell her about the Roses of Sarajevo and I skip the bridges that people were murder in. I stay quiet when Grbavica is mentioned and I never talk about Markale.

Look at this beauty, I tell her. This is where your mama grew up, I tell her. But I don’t tell her about the grenades nor the shellings that we endured. I don’t tell her about the snipers, the bombs, nor the war. And I never talk about the fear and the hunger.

She is a child, after all and all children deserve a childhood, even the children of Sarajevo who, like her mama, had it destroyed by the evil of this world.


I just realized that most current cartoons rarely show the characters at school. School used to be one of the most common settings for cartoons and even if the show was fantasy-themed, it was assumed that the characters would be in school at some point. Danny Phantom, Fairly OddParents, Kim Possible, Jimmy Neutron, Codename: Kids Next Door, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Doug, Hey Arnold, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Invader Zim, The Weekenders, ChalkZone, and more all spent a significant amount of screen time at school. Even Spongebob went to boating school; even Avatar had a school-themed episode. The only current cartoon I can think of that shows school at all is Star vs. The Forces of Evil.

Just a weird observation of how pop culture changes.

You can see that both Takano and Onodera are trying to make things work. But even though love each other, their relationship is anything but healthy.

There are things going unsaid on both sides, missing pieces of a puzzle in a way. We know a lot more about what Takano’s life was; about his transition from Saga to Takano, how he worked elsewhere before Marukawa, how him and Haitani have bad blood between each other(even though I feel like something isn’t being shared there…). Onodera on the other hand has ten years unspoken of, not even the readers know of them. Things like this need to be shared, especially between the two of them. In times like Chapter 11 and Chapter 14, when there were glimpses of hope at a complete, unrelated to work conversation, they were cut short. This was because of Takano’s inability to keep it in his pants lack of patience when it comes to things with Onodera. Ever since he stopped trying to get a confession for kicks, he’s been pushing things to the point where everything done all out of order. Onodera isn’t exactly innocent of keeping them from moving forward either. In fact, he’s really the biggest obstacle.

The thing keeping the two of them from moving forward, hopefully onto a much more healthy relationship, is a confession, and we have had plenty of those from Takano’s end, but Onodera’s are far and few between. The few attempts that Onodera has had at confession have failed, whether it be due to rain making things a little too loud to hear or being interrupted in the midst of it. Even without saying it out loud, he’s trying to get his feeling across through his actions. Even with “his personality”, he wants to settle things, cause I honestly see their whole situation as one huge draining mess, especially on top of their work. Takano is getting more desperate, and Onodera is becoming more open, almost onto telling three people of his feelings. I’d say that’’s pretty good progress for someone who was so adamant about his feelings, or rather lack-there-of in the beginning of this one year countdown. He still has his moments, that tsundere uke trope is never going to get old in some author’s eyes… I know that a confession isn’t by any means going to just magically change their personalities, Onodera especially, but it will hopefully allow a huge weight off their shoulders and grow into something great as time goes on.

In the end, both of them need to work on things,  especially with how and what they communicate to each other. I feel that they’ll never move forward without sitting down and having a talk. One that doesn’t necessarily need to turn into the chapter’s “obligatory smut scene”.

Tribute to the Magic Tree Bookstore

Ownership of “The Magic Tree,” an independent bookstore in the western Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, is changing hands. MuggleNet held two Harry Potter book release parties in coordination with The Magic Tree, and have compiled stories and details of The Magic Tree’s impressive 30 year existence.