Showing posts from July, 2017

The Sounds of Advice #53: Weather Emergency Safety Tips

Safety tips for weather emergencies (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods)
Sandy: I haven't been in an earthquake since I was little, but it was a little scary. Thankfully, my dad knew what he was doing and we were perfectly okay. I put together things you can do before, during and after one. I hope you find all of this information helpful! :)

What to Do Before an Earthquake:
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
Learn first aid.
Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
Don't leave heavy objects on shelves (they'll fall during a quake).
Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

What to Do During an Earthquake:
Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
If you're indoors, stand against a wa…

Random Acts of Kindness Promo

What does kindness mean to you? Would you go out of your way to help another? Or has someone gone out of their way for you? We can change the world with these simple acts of kindness, by simply helping another person in their time of need.
In this book you will find stories to enlighten, inspire, or move you, as you read about the spontaneous and planned acts of kindness bestowed upon others.
All proceeds from this book will be donated to Rock the Cause. Rock the Cause is a Minnesota based charity that uses the power of music, community, and social media to create a new generation of stewardship for other non-profit causes.

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The Motherless Daughter

By Michaelle Madrid 
"When a mother dies, a daughter's mourning never completely ends. Motherless women have always intuitively known this." Hope Edelman
"There's a sense we share of being adrift in the world." Irene Rubaum-Keller, Therapist (mother died when she was 7.)
Adrift, that is a good way to describe how isolating it is to grow up without my mom. Out all alone, on the ocean, on some makeshift raft. My mom passed right after my fourth birthday. I remember the day my dad told me she was gone. We were in the car and he was upset and crying. I remember we were leaving my paternal grandparents home where we had been staying after having just lived a short stint in east Texas. My mother and father were divorced and he had full custody of me at the time of her passing. Being so young at the time, I was easily distracted from her, her death, and my maternal side of the family. 
It didn't take long for the sdistractions to fade and memories or lack there of…

The Sounds of Advice #52: Summer Safety Tips

Summer safety tips, staying hydrated, elderly care, pet care in the heat

Aisling: Summer Safety Tips

1. Always apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside, even if it is cloudy. Don't forget to reapply when needed! 
2. Never leave children alone near any pools or bodies of water. 
3. Take a CPR course just in case. You may just save someone's life!
4. When using bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc..always check to make sure they are in good working condition to prevent accidents. 
5. Always wear safety gear when using bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. 
6. Make sure to wear a life jacket when you're on a boat, also make sure it is the correct size for your weight. 
7. Drink plenty of water, especially on hot & humid days. 
8. After coming inside check yourself for ticks.
Sandy: We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, tak…

Rock and Roll Saved My Soul Volume Two Promo

Has music had a positive impact on you? Changed your life? Or even saved you? For us, it has.
In this book, you will find a collection of stories, letters, and poetry about how music has personally changed our lives. Each story is unique, each story is true. Filled with emotion, passion, and love for the bands and songs that have touched our lives.
All proceeds from this book will be donated to Rock the Cause. Rock the Cause is a Minnesota based charity that use the power of music, community, and social media to create a new generation of stewardship for other non-profit causes.

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T-Bird, an Excerpt from Second Chance

There once was a Chihuahua named Tia And she had a sister named Mia She went by many names  And she loved to play games  My little dog, Tia

Now Tia was afraid of thunder And she’d find something to hide under She loved her treats and she loved to eat And she loved everyone she did meet My little dog named Tia

Water was her enemy
And bath time was always a tragedy
She would always sleep on the bed
And she wanted to be a human instead
Our little dog, Tia 

Second Chance, formerly known as Rescue Me is gathering stories and poems to relaunch the series. If you submitted before to one either of the published anthologies or one of the few that never made it to print, you will need to resubmit your pieces if you'd like them to be included. We are also accepting new submissions as well. Details below.

The Sounds of Advice #51: Self-defense tips

Self defense tips, staying safe in crowds, at events, in unknown places, etc.

Aisling: In this day & age it is important to know and practice ways of self defense. There are several ways to do this. 
1. Carry pepper spray with you. 
2. Carry a whistle with you. 
3. Practice a martial arts such as Taekwondo. This will not only teach you ways to defend yourself but also help keep you healthy & fit as well. 
4. Always go places with a friend or loved one. 
5. Keep your cell phone charged for emergencies 
6. Always be aware of your surroundings 
7. Never accept a drink or food from a stranger. 
8. Trust your gut. If the people or place around you doesn't feel right, get somewhere else asap. 
9. Always check the backseat of your car & underneath of your car, anywhere someone can hide. 
10. If you get separated from your friend or loved one in public, have a safe spot to meet up at planned ahead of time.
Michaelle: 1. Take a picture of yourself and those in your group. If parted from th…

Fighting Chance Promo

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. this equates to more than 10 million women and men per year.
Domestic violence isn’t just about being physically abused. It’s also about the emotional and psychological side, too. Come on a journey with others who have experienced domestic violence and are willing to share their stories, to show everyone else out there that they have a chance.
Fighting Chance is a book of stories and poetry for those who have dealt with domestic violence and are sharing how they stood up to it and have moved on with their life. It wasn’t easy for most of us. And some of us still may struggle with it, but we want to reach out to others who may be going through something similar and let them know you don’t have to put up with it. Find your voice and fight back.

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A Strong Woman

By M. Rainwater
Yes! She fights back and did come back stronger. She is on a mission and it's not over yet!
Who is she? She is our only surviving parent and only surviving grandparent to our three children.
At first, she let us know, but didn't want to worry us. She kept most things to herself and tried her best to do it all on her own. We are almost a two hour drive away. She knew we were battling our own demons as she was fighting an enemy that so many know firsthand or at least very closely due to a family member or close friend that also knows this modern day enemy.
This enemy can be a small spot that soon branches out into many and can spread just as quickly or even more swiftly than a wildfire. The Enemy, cancer. Multiple surgeries and chemotherapy over a series of weeks to months two different times. Poisoning the enemy to cure, but at the same time that poison is just as caustic to what it is supposed to be healing. After making it through the poisons, the waiting to see i…

The Sounds of Advice #50: Lyme Disease

Today we are doing something a little different with the advice column. Today we will be talking about Lyme Disease. What it it is, how it's treated, and how to prevent it. 

1. What is Lyme Disease (Aisling):
Lyme disease causes a rash, often in a bull's eye pattern, and flu like symptoms such as fever, headaches and cold chills. Joint pain and weakness in the limbs can also occur.

Most people with Lyme disease recover completely with appropriate antibiotic treatment. For those who develop syndromes after their infection is treated, pain medications may provide relief from the symptoms.
2. Causes (Michaelle):
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection passed through a tick bite. Some deer have a bacterium in their stomachs that should a tick bite them, the tick can pass the bacterium to humans through a bite on the skin. There have also been some cases reported of the same bacterium being passed through mosquito and spider bites as well, but it is primarily carried by ticks.


July Band of the Month: Dead Sara

Dead Sara is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, consisting of Emily Armstrong (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Siouxsie Medley (lead guitar, backing vocals), Sean Friday (drums, backing vocals) and Chris Null (bass guitar, backing vocals) currently best known for their single "Weatherman" from their debut eponymous album Dead Sara (2012).

Dead Sara received the "Best New Rock Group" award at the third annual "Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Awards 2012” on August 26, 2012. They were also nominated for a Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award as "Indie Artist of the Year" 2012  and were voted the 98.7 FM 2012 Close to Home Artist of the Year, defeating No Doubt in the final round.

"Weatherman" topped Loudwire's "10 Best Rock Songs of 2012" list, beating several major bands including Three Days Grace, Stone Sour and Deftones.And both Emily [5] and Siouxsie  were nominated as top ten finalists in the vocalist and guitarist categories…