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Question of the Day #48: Music Your Parents Listen To

Gina: EVERYTHING, literally
Kate:Mainly rock music 
Melissa: My parents raised me and my brother on Classic Rock and Oldies. My dad's favorite is Jimi Hendrix, but the ones that stuck with me are The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Wendy and Lisa (They were also part of Prince's band). My mom's favorite is Paul McCartney and while he's one of my favorites too, the ones that stuck with me are Manfred Mann, The Temptations, Petula Clark, Lou Christie, The Monkees, Dave Clark Five, Judy Collins, The Kinks, I could go on and on.
Renee: Everything
Aisling: A variety
 Twinkle: Old Classics
Sid: My mother is a big fan of county, that's almost all we listen to together. My father is very into classic rock. I'm pretty sure this is where I get my strange music tastes that ranges from country to heavy metal.
Arminta: Mostly bands and artists from the 60s and 70s. A lot of rock music. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Gra…

The Sounds of Advice #41: Suicide, Speak Up, Reach Out

Today we are lucky to have two guest columnists with us! 
A message to those considering suicide: 

Aisling: I don't know your name.
I don't know your story.
I don't know your favorite color, or what you find exciting or boring.
I do know that if you need me, I am here.
I don't know your pain.
I don't know your sorrow.
I do know that your loved ones would want you to have every tomorrow.
Suicide won't fix the problem.
It may seem like your only escape. It may seem like you will always be in a dark place.
I can tell you, because I know, years from now you'll look back on this.
As you do you'll smile as you shed a tear or two & you'll realize that you made it.
You are strong, not weak.
You are loved, not alone.
Suicide is not the answer.
I don't know your story and I don't know your name.
I do know that without you, life wouldn't be the same.
Kate: I've been in your shoes before, many times. I know that you're hurting and just wan…

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul: The Concert Experience, An Excerpt

Three Days Grace By Sandy Ashley
My son, ex-husband, my bestie and I planned a few months ahead to see Three Days Grace in Pocatello, Idaho. I was pretty excited because I didn’t have to drive three to five hours to get to the show. For once I wasn’t super early, but I think that had a lot to do with having my son with me.
When he was five I took him to see Owl City in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well, we were there at around one or two o’clock in the afternoon. The show was way later and he was a trooper with all the waiting before and then of course the waiting before the show started after doors opened. I felt pretty bad, so I didn’t want to do that to him again either.
Once we finally got in line it was after five in the evening. We were anywhere from fourth to sixth in line, which I still thought was pretty good. We got shirts and stuff before doors opened. It was much easier than trying to buy stuff after the show. Well, after that JJ and I raced to the car to let him get his shoes becaus…

Real Love: I Thought I Loved Him

I Thought I Loved Him By Kate Marie Robbins
When you think about abusive relationships, most people’s minds immediately jump to physical abuse. But there is more than one kind of abusive relationship. They can take on many forms. The one that’s hardest to see and even harder to get past is when the abuse is emotional or mental. More often than not, we’re less likely to talk about emotional abuse and even less likely to leave, because by the time the people around you who care see what is going on, you’re so brainwashed into believing everything your significant other is telling you. This is my story.
Before I begin, let me point out that this was a long-distance relationship. When I first met him, he was very attentive. We spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other. It was nice to finally have someone interested in hearing what I thought about things. We texted constantly and would Skype when we were both home and free. But he was also battling both depression and anxiet…

The Sounds of Advice #40: Car Organization

Organization ideas for the inside of your car: 
Aisling: Purchase hanging storage with multiple pockets that can hang on the back of the front seats. Keep a small garbage bag in the front and/or back so things don't just get left on the floor. Keep reusable cloth totes in the trunk of your car for groceries and other things so you don't have plastic grocery bags going everywhere.
Sandy: If you have a lot of snacks in your car you can get a zip lock container or something like it, to put them in. That way you keep them in one stop. Works great for road trips as well. :) for kids they have the organizers that hang on the back of the seats which help as well.
Kate: Use a shower caddy to store oil and other fluids Keep another shower caddy to hold out-the-door meals/snacks. Especially good for kids! Use climbing carabiners as bag hooks Turn a tissue box into a grocery bag dispenser Use a make-up bag to create an emergency kit Turn an ice pop maker into a console storage organizer Buy a cer…

Random Acts of Kindness: An Excerpt

The Domino Effect of Kindness By R. H. Ali
If people were a little kinder And hearts a little softer, Maybe this world would be a little better For the generations coming a little after.
Living in the hustle and bustle With no time to hear the leaves rustle, Everyone is for themselves in this earthly world Which we will all eventually leave behind, if truth be told.
All the material things will fade into dust But not the impact we made, or the things we made just; It is our duty to be kind, honest and truthful, And to have a pure heart and mind without being boastful.
When our eulogies are being said Commendable acts of kindness is what should be read; We will be remembered by what people see So let’s try to make it a good, kind legacy.
Kindness of the heart and soul Is what people should on their parchments scroll, With random acts of kindness which becomes our legacies Without any harm or worry about felonies.
A divine art it is, to be kind Pure of the heart, soul and mind; A smile, a laugh, a happy tear C…

Question of the Day #47: Pet Peeves

Gina: Not that I can think of.
Kate: Lip syncing
Sandy: I can't think of any.
Melissa: Only that Kurt Cobain is dead. 
Renee:Needless repetition like Rihanna
Aisling: Not that I can think of
Twinkle: None
Sid: None that I can think of, besides when they're not nice to their fans.
Arminta: No
Heather: No
Lori: None
Radeyah: Nope

The Sounds of Advice #39: Kitchen Organization With Limited Space

Organization ideas for limited kitchen spaces:
Aisling: If you have a lot of little things that take up shelf space, try isolating them to small bins to take up less space. The newly free space can now be used for bigger kitchen items.  Find hanging space for what you can, such as pans, pots or utensils that can be hung. This will free up more space in drawers.
Sandy: If you don't have much counter space and .ore cupboard space try to put some of the bigger items that take up space like (crock pot etc) that you may use but not all the time. We have our microwave and toaster next to each other to give us a little more counter space. We have a cupboard we are able to store a lot of pans we don't hardly use to keep the things we use more often at a closer place to reach.
Kate: 1. Maximize your under-sink storage space with a pocket organizer. 2. Make the under-cabinet vertical space work for you with the help of two Command hooks and a small basket. 3. You can also re-purpose old magaz…

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Volume Two: An Excerpt

For the Love of Music By Mj Rain

I've always been drawn to music that speaks to me. Whether the lyrics explain exactly how I feel, as if a song was written just for me, or it can evoke an emotion from me. My personal play list on my phone is as eclectic and varied as Manhattan. I can listen to just about anything, as long as it doesn't make me want to put a sledgehammer through my head just to end the monstrous agony of noise. When I want to be taken to New York inside my head, I have to listen to Jay Z. He is New York. When I want to open up my imagination and start writing, I listen to Enya. When I'm angry, I listen to Fall Out Boy. I've got something for every possible emotion. 
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls, but my heart belonged to Live. I discovered them when I was fourteen, and instantly fell in love. Throwing Copper is absolutely one of the greatest albums ever recorded. I felt like, somehow, I was understood in some unspeakable and un…

Question of the Day #46: Favorite Movie Soundtrack

Gina: I don't have one
Kate: Any of the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks, Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Sweeney Todd
Sandy: High School Musical or Camp Rock. I got to get my jam on!
Melissa: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Nicholas Hooper.
Renee: currently The Angry Birds Soundtrack
Aisling: Don't have a favorite.
Twinkle:A Walk to Remember and Pretty Woman
Sid: Oh man this is a tough question. I'd say maybe A Walk to Remember or A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff.
Arminta: Dracula 2000
Heather: Can't think of one.
Lori:A walk to remember because it has a few Switchfoot songs
 Radeyah: Harry Potter! Duh! LOL.

The Sounds of Advice #38: Road Trips

Road trip boredom busters: 
Aisling: Play different games such as I Spy or the license plate game.  Bring books on tape & music to listen to.  Map out sights along the way that you want to see.
Sandy: Music, lots of music to jam out too. Make sure to bring tablets, or coloring books, reading books for yourself or kids as well. Take breaks when you need to so you can get out and walk around for a few mins and use a bathroom
Kate: Road trips are something I haven't done a lot of recently, but as a kid, we went on vacations all the time. I did take a trip with my nephew last summer and was on a long flight a few months ago, so I'll use those experiences to talk about ideas for curing boredom. If you are lucky enough to have a vehicle with the built in DVD player, use it. Just bring more than one DVD or you'll go out of your mind by the time you reach your destination. Age appropriate toys and games are also a good idea. 
For the adults, bring a book or kindle. Handheld video ga…

April Band of the Month: Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch (often abbreviated TFK) is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released one live album and three remix albums. Singer Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine are also members of their own side project band called FM Static and Joel Bruyere started his own solo project called "The Drawing Room" in 2009. The band has sold a million albums as of February 2014.
Trevor McNevan founded the band in Peterborough, Ontario, a city northeast of Toronto, where he went to high school. Joel Bruyere, born in Brantford, Ontario, was McNevan's childhood friend who had moved away but remained in contact with him. Drummer Steve Augustine is from Hamilton, Ontario. McNevan's first band was Oddball, which featured Dave Smith on guitar, Tim Baxter on bass and McNevan's good friend, Three Days Grace's Neil Sanderson, on drums. Oddball recorded only one album, Shutterbug, which was released in 1995. Mc…

April Volunteer of the Month: Gina Dierolf

Volunteer of the Month: Gina Dierolf!!!
My name is Gina, I live with my dog Zachariah, hamster Abner, ball python Saosin, dwarf hamster Jaime, rat Stuart, my mom, sister, and long time friend. I live in what I would consider it fairly small city, considering that you can walk across it in one day if you are that ambitious. Music and giving back are a huge part of who I am, I have seen over 60 bands in my meager 25 years of living and I don’t plan on letting that number slow down. I love helping others which is why I along with volunteering to help with RRSMS I am a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line and I work with the youth in my city to help them become all they can be. I am also an avid reader and I love to create in any way that I can find fit, painting, coloring, anything really!

A message from the RRSMS Team:
Kate: You are truly an asset to the team. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the team! 
Lori: Thanks for all you do for…

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul: An Excerpt

Dear Reader,
I wanted to explain a bit about this book: where the idea came from and why we’re doing this.  Music has always been a part of my life, as far back as I can remember.  I’m sure the same is true of you.  It’s in our schools, television, movies, and the radio.  It’s hard to avoid, but who would want to, right?   I am not the first to admit that music has gotten me through a lot.  It’s been there for me when no one else was or could.  There’s always that one song, that one band that gets you on a personal level. 
For me, there have been numerous bands that have had that effect on me.  The most recent being Frank Turner.  It is this man that sparked the idea for this book.  He is an amazing musician, and just an all around awesome guy.  Upon hearing his song “I Still Believe” it got the wheels in my head turning.  The song is about how music can save your life.  I started thinking about all of the times that music has saved my life.  We all have those stories.
The more I though…