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The Sounds of Advice #70: When to End a Friendship

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How do you know when it's time to end a friendship?
Sid: I think it's time to end a friendship when it becomes all take and no give, or when it's become toxic in another way that cannot be fixed. If it's unhealthy for either of you to be in that situation, and the fact isn't going to change, it's time to let go. It hurts, yes, but it's what's best.
Kate: For me, I've always found it is when you've found you can no longer trust the person any longer and you feel that you won't ever be able to get that trust back. Unfortunately, sometimes a part of growing up is growing apart. 
Facebook weighs in:
When it becomes toxic for you. When you can't help but be insecure about everything surrounding the friendship. Those worries are real. -Jenna W.

Charity Spotlight: Trevor Project

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Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

In 1994, producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone saw writer/performer James Lecesne bring to life Trevor, a character he created as part of his award-winning one-man show WORD OF MOUTH. Convinced Trevor’s story would make a wonderful short film, Stone and Rajski invited Lecesne to adapt it into a screenplay. Rajski directed the movie and TREVOR went on to win many prestigious awards including the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.

The Oscar-winning film eventually launched a national movement. When producer Randy Stone secured an airing on HBO with Ellen DeGeneres hosting, director/producer Peggy Rajski discovered there was no real place for young people like Trevor to turn when facing chal…

Holiday Traditions

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Baking cookies -Katy R.

Driving around the nice neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights and of course the light festivals
-Kathy C.

Making and then eating lefse. -Joseph R.

Chasing my uncle around the house because he stole the whipped cream. -Liz P.

We don't do it every year, but we make gingerbread houses from scratch some years at my dad's house! -Vanessa R.

The Sounds of Advice #69: Can Men and Women be Just Friends?

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Kate: Absolutely. I have had many good friends of the opposite sex over the years. And I mean, if they can't really be friends, then what does that mean for the LGBT community? Being a pansexual myself, wouldn't that mean I wouldn't have any friends? LOL Obviously, sometimes feelings can develop, but that's not always the case. 
Sid: Ah. The age old question. If you ask me, I usually have one of two answers. My superficial/joking “Yes, because gay people exist,” or if you wanted my serious answer I would say that society is a little too obsessed with this notion that being attracted to a gender equates to being attracted to everyone of that gender. We also tend to hyper-sexualize and hyper-romanticize just about everything people do, from a really young age.
“Straight men and women can't be friends because they'll automatically fall in love or be attracted to each other.” People say stuff like this with any gender attraction, and honestly? It's a little anno…

December Band of the Month: Hands Off Gretel

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Hands Off Gretel are a 3 piece Alternative Rock/ New Wave Grunge band from South Yorkshire, UK. Launched February 2015 by Singer/Songwriter Lauren Tateand guitarist Seán Bon. Hands Off Gretel have since been described as "One of the most exciting new bands" in the 'Bands To Watch' feature in the US's Alternative Press Magazine. Back in September 2016 the band launched their first 13 track studio album 'Burn The Beauty Queen' after running a very successful crowdfunded backed entirely by their online fanbase.
"In an age of beige bands and nonchalant attitude to music, Hands Off Gretel come kicking and screaming like it's the early '90s and to be honest they are a breath of fresh air. " - Uber Rock   
The band Hands Off Gretel developed late 2014 between Lauren & Sean, after Lauren's solo band 'The Lauren Tate band' came to an end in the summer of 2014. Tate had recently denied offers from US pop labels & X-Factor fast…

Pay It Forward

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We here at RRSMS want to inspire others to make a positive change in the world. It's your turn to do something kind for another person.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The Sounds Of Advice #68: The Best and Worst Career Advice

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What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? How about the worst?
Sandy: Best work advice I got was if do something you love you will never work another day in your life.

The worst advice I got was to find any job to get out of the job I had at the time until I could find a better job.
Michaelle: 
Kate: Do what makes you happy is the best advice I've ever gotten. The worst is, it's a pay check. 
Colleen: Do what is best/easiest for you.
Gina: Work smarter not harder.