What You Need to Know about Washington State’s new “Distracted Driving” Law

Free drawing below! On May 16, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the updated “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act” which goes into effect in mid-July. The law drastically increases penalties for using your smart phone while driving and strengthens the widely ignored existing Washington state hands-free law. What does this mean for you? It means it’s time to …

The Golden Rule of Making Great Music

People remember feelings, not sounds. There are two kinds of musicians: the kind that make good music and the kind that make bad music. Since good and bad are simply a matter of opinion, there is no universal recipe for “good music”. However, there is something that all good music has in common: the listener connects with it. Rhythm is …

It’s Never too Late to Succeed

A New York Times article just came out about a study that shows success is not age related. The article was in part based on large scale study that was recently published on ScienceMag.org The idea might be counter intuitive when you think about the great discoveries and successes of our time. A lot of names that we know such …

Calvin and Hobbes: The Last Adventure

(Authors note: Bill Watterson did not write or give me permission to write this story. I wrote it as a memorial because the “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips were an integral part of my life from the start when I was a teenager to the finish. I found other versions of Calvin’s last story online and was inspired to write …

Webroot Review: the Last Anti-Virus You’ll Ever Need

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[updated June, 2017] Webroot SecureAnywhere has been my first choice for anti virus and malware protection software for several years because it works and it doesn’t slow down my computer. The reason I’m pushing it right now is that a relatively new class of malware called “RansomWare” takes over your computer and threatens to delete all your files, pictures, and …

The Day of the Chin, or, Strangling Chickens and Yummy Griblets

Mr Big Chin and the end of civilization.

I nearly lost my place in the music when the unmistakable sound of someone strangling chickens rose above the normal din of crowd noise and vulgarities in the bar. My first thought was that I didn’t recall there ever being chickens in the bar. Alcohol can bring out the inner demons, or clowns, in the gelatinous petri dish of bar …

A Review of the Umcka Cold and Flu Remedy

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I wanted to post a review of Umcka, a homeopathic cold and flu remedy, because I’ve had unexpectedly good results with Umcka. Umcka reduced the severity of my last three colds and they were over in days rather than weeks. The active ingredient in Umcka is Pelargonium sidoides root which originate from traditional South African medicine where it’s been used …

The Talent Excuse: Don’t Mistake “Talent” for Focus and Desire

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A perceived lack of talent does not hold you back, what holds you back is believing that talent is the same as desire, dedication, discipline. Do you believe that people who are great at what they do were born that way? If so, it’s a convenient method of letting yourself off the hook, isn’t it? You’re giving yourself a pass …

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Don’t Let Your Son or Daughter Quit Piano Lessons

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Reality is that the sky is blue, water is wet, most kids quit piano lessons, and letting that happen is one of the biggest mistakes a parent can make. Treat piano lessons as a daily fact of life. Like eating dinner and going to school. Make piano a part of the routine, not something extra. That 30 minutes of practice …

Why You Need to Replace Your Electric Shaver Blades and Foil

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Using an electric shaver is great. Electric shavers are fast, easy, painless, and convenient. Until they aren’t. When your beard is tough as iron wool and grows a quarter inch in three days, it’s not always easy to find an electric shaver that works as advertised. Instead you get a bristle pulling torture device. Find Replacement Blades and Foils Now …