Showing posts from 2017

The Sounds of Advice #67: Best Advice Given From Family

Sandy: Best advice I got from a family member is just to always think positive and be myself. I do struggle with being positive, but I am always myself because I know there is no one like me in the world. 
Kate: To  always be your unique self

Joseph: Don't do drugs

Jen: That I should get a divorce. And to go big or go home.

Rhi: Always be yourself and don't care what they say about you

Colleen: When my son was young he told me not to kill anyone because he didn't want me to go to jail. And my family always tells me to never give up in my battle against cancer.

Charity Spotlight: Rock the Cause

Rock the Cause Records is a Minnesota Based 501(c)3.  Our Federal Tax Exempt EIN is 260591013.  Our mission is to create a new generation of stewardship for other non-profit causes. We achieve this goal through concert events, volunteer drives, educational workshops, and through music downloads on our record label.
Rock the Cause is recognized internationally as the preeminent nonprofit organization that combines giving, advocacy, and activism with music. Founded in 2007, Rock the Cause has partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, producing both large and small charitable events, raising millions of dollars annually, and generating thousands of volunteers, donors, and advocates for their partner organizations. 
Rock the Cause educates, empowers and inspires others to make a difference.  Its initiatives are not just events, but are based on ongoing engagement that combine concerts, new media, digital music downloads, volunteer drives, and fundraising events in partnership w…

Thankful Thursday

8 ways to be thankful —
1. Open your eyes to gratitude. Find one thing to be thankful for as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. You can be thankful for your eyes, another day, your breath, a new chance — anything to help you breathe in the present moment. Don’t think about yesterday, or worry about tomorrow. Give yourself a gift of a brief moment spent in “Thank you for…” and be grateful.
2. Honor the small. If you are one of the people in the world who is lucky enough to experience running water, stop and be grateful. Running water is a miracle and simply, quite wonderful. Water does so many wonderful things for us. It can wash our clothes, clean our hair, keep us alive, cool us down, warm our bellies — feel the water you use today and be grateful.
3. Look at you. When you see your reflection anywhere today, be grateful. You are an amazing, living, breathing being that is like no one else on this earth. Your body carries you wherever you wish to go. Be grateful for all the parts…

The Sounds of Advice #66: Snow Day Fun

Sandy: Snow days are usually more fun for the kids than parents. Lol if you have kids old enough you could take them out to build a snow man, go sledding and enjoy the snow. Hot chocolate is a kid fav on snow days. Also a good time to hang out and watch movies. Could even stay and and make paper snowflakes or do anything art related. Read books together too.
Kate:  1. Make Use of the Snow: Might as well embrace the snow. Toss your kiddos outside with a shovel and have them shovel the driveway and sidewalks. If they have extra energy and can stand the cold, suggest they shovel the neighbor’s driveway too.

2. Hot Chocolate Magic: Provide your kids with bowls, scoop up the snow and add it to your sauce pan. They will love watching it melt into chocolate goodness on the stove top with you.

3. Maple Syrup Goodness: This makes another sweet snack for your kids. Boil real maple syrup for 10 minutes, stirring often. Then carefully take the syrup outside. Have your kids find a smooth, clean area …

Final Murder Mystery Solution

The “Fallen” Scientist – Solution:
1) Doctor Madori
2) Five of the six stolen lab capsules were broken open and poured into the tea bag.
3) Lucille LaBoux was having an affair with Chris Madori. Doctor Madori became jealous and decided to do away with the competition.
Chris Madori married his wife, Doctor Susan Madori twenty years ago. Chris, fed up with the marriage, began to have a passionate affair with Lucille.
Lucille convinced Chris to kill the Doctor after her boss had made millions with the new drug patent. Lucille promised that she and Chris could get married one day, after the estate was passed on to Chris. As a token of affection, Chris gave Lucille the Madori family heirloom…a locket. (The Doctor, soon to be dead, would never miss it!)
Madori recognized Chris’ infatuation with Lucille and, feeling threatened, decided it would be better to get rid of Lucille. The Doctor hid the Hydrochlorozinian-based Diabetes capsules in the vitamins, knowing that Chris would be unlikely to di…

Thankful Thursday

Nightmare Before Christmas, my family, my friends, and my dog, Cooper. -Bodean R.

My kids. -Debbie K.

I'm thankful for life, my son, my home. -Arminta D.

What are you thankful for?

The Sounds of Advice #65: Rainy Day Blues

Thing to do on a rainy day for both kids and adults:
Sandy:  Rainy days are fun. If your kids are in the 5-7 range and a lot of puddles you can take then puddle jumping and come in and warm them up with hot chocolate or a warm bath. You can also play board games, watch movies or play video games. We love Mario cart in our house. Yesterday is was really rainy and we played a board game with my 13 year old. The 5 and almost 2 year old chased each other around and the 4 month old just hung out. Lol you could also color in coloring books as well. Cause who doesn't love to color?!?!
Kate: My favorite rainy day activity is curling up in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. Or a binge watch session on Netflix. But I think the best part of a rainy day is once the rain stops. Put on those rain boots and jump in some muddy puddles, just like they do on Peppa Pig! 

Thankful Thurday

Pizza, video games, coffee, beer and tennis -Jimmy R.

Robert Mueller -Eric D.

Heath and happiness -Daniel R.

I'm thankful for the smiles and loves I get from raising my perfect Zen, my youngest grandson. -Mickie K.

November Band of the Month: Tiki Bandits

Hailing from the frothy surf of Mohave Beach (aka Kingman), Arizona, Tiki Bandits first unleashed their punishing brand of aggressive oldies a couple of endless summers ago. Frank Voodoo, of Glow Skulls fame, is your MC, tour guide, and crooner-in-chief. The lovely Triple B – Beach Bunny Becca, formerly of Arizona's Safewerd, wields guitar stage left, singing tunes guaranteed to make the cholos cry. On guitar stage right, we have local Mohave Beacgroove hangs ten and shoots the curl like Surfer Joe wishes he could. Cuca Escobar, a veteran of Vegas Beach rockers The Broads kicks, punches and spits out the backbeat. Whether it be Huntington Beach, Tijuana, Albuquerque or Dallas - SURF'S UP when Tiki Bandits hit the stage, and you know everyone's gonna get . . . lei'd.

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The Fallen Scientist (And Last Week's Solution)

Solution: (1) Lilly’s sister, Anne Kincaid.
(2) Lilly and Anne were playing a prank on the boys. Anne made them chase after an imaginary killer, then stabbed her sister for real.
(3) The fake knife had its handlegrip facing the feet, while the real knife was turned the other way.
Explanation: The police noticed the discrepancy between Mark’s and Larry’s description of the knife’s position in Lilly’s chest and that shown in the crime scene photos. Someone had obviously removed the knife and reversed it. Or stuck in a new knife, one with a blade.
Anne was brought in for questioning. Eventually the 17-year-old confessed. For years, she had been jealous of her sister. Lilly got everything: praise and attention and, most galling of all, a first rate education that their parents had saved years for.
It was Lilly who had thought up the prank. They would lure their boyfriends into the old mansion and then scare them with a murder, just like in the movies. Anne instantly saw how this fake murder coul…

The Sounds of Advice #64: Charity Spotlight

Empowering lives through HOPE.
HOPE Coalition is here for the really tough stuff, serving the abused and disadvantaged–victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homelessness. Simply put, we restore hope. We rebuild lives.
As the only agency in two rural counties providing domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault programming and services, there is, sadly, no shortage of people in need of our assistance. Currently, we serve over 1,700 people each year in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, MN, and in Western Pierce County, WI. Additionally, the Haven of Hope, our domestic violence shelter, accepts women and their children from anywhere in Minnesota, and occasionally from out-of-state if needed for safety reasons.
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There help to find home for dogs, cats and other animals so that they don't have to be put down like a lot of shelters do. I know this is huge with me because I know that all animals can found a place, it's just harder if say t…

The Ghostly Killer (and Last Week's Solution)

Last week's solution: 
(1) The murderer was Henry Alfonso aka Burt Camfurt.
(2) The method was poisoning by absorption through the skin.
(3) Alfonso did it to prevent Stork from showing photos of him and his lover Greta on nationwide television.
Upon arriving at work this morning and reading today’s script, knowing how many criminals had been spotted and captured as a result of this show and fearing the same fate, Henry Alfonso, now known as Burt Camfurt, rummaged through the flora around the Hollywood Reservoir and discovered some monkshood growing amid the underbrush. He was quite familiar with it, both from the term paper he’d written in college — ‘The Healing and Poisonous Qualities of Common North American Plants’ — and because it was the same poison, native to the Rockies of New Mexico as well as Southern California, that he had used to murder his wife. He ground the leaves up into a syrup with the mortar and pestle he always kept in his makeup bag and stirred the syr…

Creative Wednesday: Mormo

By Sandy Ashley
I wasn’t the best kid around, but I certainly wasn’t the worst either. I knew a lot of kids at school that were way more misbehaved than myself. I was bad enough to be visited from Mormo once though.
     It was a few years ago. I was causing trouble at home and at school. I was always playing jokes on people—just about anything I could think of. Although, I never took it to the level of anyone getting hurt. I liked jokes, but I hated seeing people get hurt. I did sometimes get the jokes recorded and posted them on YouTube.
     I had recently played a joke on my mom. I put some tape on the spray nozzle in the kitchen sink. When she turned the water on she would get sprayed instead of the water coming from the faucet. It was a classic, harmless joke. At least I didn’t think it was that bad.
     My family were the only ones I could record. I was at the kitchen table and was leaning back in the chair with the back leaned up against the wall. It was perfect to record mom ge…

The Sounds of Advice #63: Talking to Children about Violence

Sandy: I always tell my kids that violence isn't the answer. It will only make matters worse.

Sit with your child or children and tell them what violence is. Let them know it is wrong and what can happen with it. Bring up big events that were violence related. If need be show them articles on it if need be. Just make sure that they understand what you are telling them. Ask them questions to make sure they understand.
Kate: 1. Encourage your kids to talk about what they see and hear.
2. Limit exposure to violence.
3. Reassure your child.
4. Stand firm.
5. Let your kids know your standards.
6. Offer tools to cope with feelings.
7. Talk about groups.
8. Educate your kids.
9. Control your own behavior.
10. Seek support.

The Unresolved Murder

“Henry Alfonso disappeared from Albuquerque after the mysterious poisoning of his wife three years ago,” said the aging former matinee idol Ronald Stork as he stood before the TV camera, the picturesque Hollywood Reservoir, sycamore and pepper trees to his rear. “Cut,” yelled 25-year-old director Dick Dearhart. “We’re losing the sun.Need some fill. Take five, Mr. Stork.”
The TV show “Unresolved Murders” was often shot here only two miles from its Burbank home offices. The Hollywood Hills passed for Kansas and Idaho, the Rockies and upper New York state, and the travel time saved a bundle.
Producer George Mongrove, 32, was always watching the bottom line. Three days ago, furious that Stork had threatened to walk if his salary wasn’t tripled, the aggressive Mangrove had threatened to replace him with a younger host. Stork said in that case, he’d start up his own show to compete with this one.
Today, in front of the crew, they were both pretending the argument had never happened and were ch…