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

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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 …

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Danny Boy Jazz Leadsheet

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St. Patrick’s day is coming up so I thought I’d share a nice jazz leadsheet to Danny Boy that I arranged a few years ago for my band, Chico’s Paradise. This chart can be played in any style at any tempo. If you’re going to play it super fast, some of the moving chords can be left out. Download the …

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The Golden Rule of Making Great Music

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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 …

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Calvin and Hobbes: The Last Adventure

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(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 …

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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 …

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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 …