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Takin' the Blog for a Walk

Join Waukesha resident Brien Lee and his blog, Sir Fido, as they explore the city and report on the interesting things they find.

Email Brien at howlinblog@yahoo.com.

take your drum and beat it

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, a wee bit o Irish, YouTube

Had to wonder if I was doing the right thing, going to Irish Fest last Sunday morning just to see Different Drums late in the day. It was to be their last performance, I'd been following them for years, but weather was chilly with a cold wind off the lake. I saved myself $17.00 at the gate by bringing in groceries for Hunger Task Force around 10:00, and at least another $10.00 by throwing the bike in the car, parking on a distant street and riding in. But Different Drums of Ireland didn't perform for another eight hours and I was in shorts.

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Happy 99th

1) sound of music, A little Les talk, art, Friday Night Live, full of hot air, GuitarTown, Les is more, Waukesha, Waukesha North, YouTube

Today would have been Les Paul's 99th. In celebration, Waukesha's Friday Night Live opened the season with GuitarTown III and live music downtown on nine stages. Weather was great and the crowd really enjoyed wandering the streets. I saw at least two businesses with lines out the doors.

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lions dance with the horse

festival, YouTube

I don't know what to be more excited about: Super Bowl today, Olympics later this week or, as of two days ago, the second New Year's celebration in a month.

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Polar Plunge - the Sequel

Polar Plunge, YouTube

I was able to spend indoor time this weekend tweaking my plunge video. It's now nearly 50% bigger and 100% better. This new version will be replacing the one I posted New Year's Day on YouTube. Feel free to share.

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It's Christmas Time in the City

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Christmas, YouTube

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

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relaxing weekend

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, A little Les talk, bailey, full of hot air, GuitarTown, Les is more, ODW Logistics, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, YouTube

It's a good thing we got an extra hour this weekend. I needed it!

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my other Harley

8) my favorite things, YouTube, Harley

The new metal-flake green Harley remained housed in the garage as I rode my other Harley in Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Parade Saturday. The weather was perfect and I had a blast! I imagine it would've been even better from the saddle of a Heritage Softail Classic, or most any other Harley for that matter. (The Harley in the garage isn't ours, and my other Harley is a Schwinn!)

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'Grass is Alive and Well

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Carroll, reunion, YouTube, Grass, Food and Lodging

I was one of many hundreds enjoying a little 'Grass on the grass last night as the reunion of once popular bluegrass band 'Grass, Food and Lodging entertained us for three hours in front of beautiful and historic Main Hall of Carroll University. Storms were a comin' when I left home, but they thankfully missed Waukesha and left us with cool breezes and cloudy skies. Only two drops of rain fell.

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impressive times II

1) sound of music, A little Les talk, 8) my favorite things, art, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, John Schoenknecht, Les is more, Tom Noll, Waukesha County Museum, YouTube

The Walldogs have cleaned their brushes. The Gibson bus has traversed Main one last time and just kept going. Fifteen new ten-foot guitar creations are temporarily put back into storage. 

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Waukesha's population explosion after the storm

snow job, YouTube

If rain is snowman blood, then many of the thousand or so snowmen, women and monsters added to Waukesha lawns in the last few days are in desperate danger of bleeding out. Last I checked it was 37 and raining.

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art and alzheimer's

art, Frame Park, Riverwalk, YouTube, Farmer's Market

I thought about doing yesterday's Walk to End Alzheimer's when I heard it was free, donations accepted. If nothing else it would probably raise my awareness of the disease plus be a great two mile walk under clear skies. Because there was no WPR booth at Waukesha's Art Fest this year for me to volunteer at I registered for the walk just a few minutes after it's start. Since I had the bike with me I was able to catch up to the crowd of walkers at the Rotary Building.

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the Gig has landed

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, Friday Night Live, YouTube

Summerfest's 45th year is in the history books. Was waiting until today to go when everyone could get in free between noon and three. The weather was great today, finally cooled off and was quite bearable. Never did make it though. Didn't see anyone playing I had to see. There's always another year.

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drinking plenty of water

2) raindrops on roses, full of hot air, Friday Night Live, ODW Logistics, YouTube

With the day off I finally have a little blog time. With being so busy with work, averaging 10 hour days last week and 8 on Saturday...  and with the heat I've been too worn out to write. 

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Festival of Creativity

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, festival, GuitarTown, YouTube, Milw. Art Museum

Everything seemed so new and different. I don't recall ever visiting the Lakefront Festival of Arts before. I was blown away by the creativity.

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marsh mellow

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, water, YouTube, Vernon Marsh

How long has it been? Three weeks since last it's rained? Been so dry lately the Fox is very low with sandbars showing in places.

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how I spent my weekend

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, Barefoot 'n' Bluejeans, Clinton Street Gallery, Freeman, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, J-S, Les is more, Tom Noll, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Tattoo, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Les than a week away

art, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, YouTube

GuitarTown unveiling is this week. I'm still encountering lots of Waukesha citizens who know nothing, or next to nothing, about it even though it's been in the news for months. There's probably not too much that can be done about that now, if they don't follow Waukesha news... Maybe they'll see the sculptures around Downtown in the coming months, but it does reinforce my belief that at least one of the ten foot guitars should be placed closer to one of the main roads bypassing downtown, North Street or St. Paul, to draw interest and for more visibility.

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Tom Noll says goodbye

art, 8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, Fox6, GuitarTown, Tom Noll, YouTube

I tagged along for the ride as Waukesha artist Tom Noll said goodbye to the baby he has fed and nurtured these last several months. "The Founder" has kept him awake many late nights, but it was time to turn him loose and trust you've raised him right.

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SuperCincoSaturday

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, art, Frame Park, GuitarTown, helping, Moxie, ODW Logistics, Riverwalk, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Not much going on to celebrate the Cinco-Sesqui, it's the 150th anniversary of the Mexican Army conquering French in the Battle of Puebla 5/5/1862, but lots going on here anyway.

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Hemoblogin

dripping blood, YouTube

Pouring my heart out to a dual-red donation at BloodCenter's Waukesha Donor Center early this morning got me thinking about National Donate Life Month and assorted other hemo-related topics. 

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perfect 10

art, 8) my favorite things, counting cranes, Frame Park, Freeman, Riverwalk, Hope Center, J-S, St. William, Waukesha Civic Theater, Waukesha County Fair, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

Ten days to winter's end. Today's weather was a perfect 10. This post is about 10 ten things, and it's been 10 days since my last post.

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Nothing great really happened

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, art, GuitarTown, Hope Center, helping, let us pray, snow job, St. Vincent, St. William, Waukesha County Fair, YouTube

Suffering from a touch of blogarrhea. This could get messy.

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Rhubarb Red and the power of music to heal

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember, art, Freeman, , Friday Night Live, GuitarTown, Les is more, YouTube

There's been no shortage of controversy to stir up emotion lately... recalls, street closure, mayoral antics... Interesting Sound Off in Thursday's Freeman.  Makes me want to sound off myself.

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priceless & free

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

It changed me.

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3 days in 3 minutes

Janboree, 8) my favorite things, festival, Retzer, snow job, Waukesha County Museum, YouTube

I added many of my Janboree photos in a short video. I felt the weekend went great thanks to the many sponsors, volunteers, organizers, ice carvers. . . not to mention the cold and snow. Thankfully we had enough snow for sledding and snowshoeing and cold for skating, because everyone was really getting out and enjoying it.

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Wildcard Weekend in Wisconsin

8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember, full of hot air, YouTube

It's hard to not appreciate the mild winter we've been having while out biking or walking the blog. I'm rarely ever ready for snow, so thinking positive and hoping this will stick around a while. It's so much easier to drive in it and shovel it when there isn't any. 

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I resolve to eat more herring...

dripping blood, Polar Plunge, YouTube

I resolve to make better use of landmarks.

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stiff, like the wind

Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube, HAWS, Waukesha Zombie Walk

Wind wasn't the only thing stiff downtown Saturday as close to 200 zombies ambled and moaned along a 1.62 mile route to benefit HAWS and Waukesha County Food Pantry. It was the second annual Waukesha Zombie Walk and the first time I'd seen it. It was fun for everyone, thanks in large part to dry and not too cold weather. I may have to join them next year.

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Les Talk, More Music

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Les is more, YouTube

Sue Baker's letter to the Freeman after Les' memorial dedication reminded me that there is a really great website for the Les Paul Foundation on which she serves. My first thought was "hey, the Les Paul Google Doodle is still available," and I started playing with that. In preparation for this post I took another look at the site and "hey, the entire dedication is on video!" If you have any interest at all you should take a peek.

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Everyone's got a little Irish Fest in 'em

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube, let us pray

What a pleasure it is to visit Milwaukee's lakefront on a beautiful August morning for the largest outdoor mass in America followed by a day enjoying America's largest Irish music and culture festival.

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4th on the 4th

8) my favorite things, full of hot air, YouTube, 7) I simply remember, 2) raindrops on roses, 1) sound of music, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, art, bailey, Carroll, Christmas Clearing Council, Clinton Street Gallery, contest, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, diggin' dirt, dripping blood, festival, Frame Park, Freeman, Friday Night Live, helping, Hope Center, Janboree, John Schoenknecht, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, Moxie, National Night Out, politics, Race for the Cure, Retzer, Ride of Silence, Salvation Army, say uncle, Spring City Grass, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, water, Waukesha County Museum, Waukesha Food Pantry, Waukesha North, Waukesha Tattoo, Workforce

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old man's pride

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, Waukesha North, YouTube

I had 112 decibels of pride for my son's graduation. Sorry if you temporarily lost your hearing.

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graduation day

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, Waukesha North

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Northstar Spangled Banner

YouTube

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no crane no pain

YouTube, Retzer, 8) my favorite things, counting cranes

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Have you hugged the earth today?

YouTube

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Rotary's Rotary

YouTube

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State of the Union

politics, YouTube

Extremely busy yesterday. Worked overtime but managed to get home for the speech. Glad I did. I got a lot out of it and agreed with most of it. It was well thought out and delivered. It was good to see our Republican and Democratic Representatives sitting together for once, and good use in the speech of the occasion. The speech was motivational. It layed down what had to be done if we wanted to be competitive in the new world marketplace, and what we had to do to keep our heads above water.

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nine is fine

full of hot air, YouTube, 8) my favorite things

Nine hot air balloons got together for a Sunday afternoon of winter flight before the Packer playoff game. Enjoyed a little tailgate chili and met up with friends I hadn't seen in months. It was a very good day.

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Happy New Year!

YouTube, water

I thought it was a little crazy to see a lawn mower yesterday when the temperatures were in the 50s. That doesn't compare to the crazy thing I did today when water temps were in the thirties, air temps in 20s and a 30 mile an hour wind with a one degree wind chill.

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forget flying sleighs

YouTube, J-S

5 kids hurt when school bus goes airborne. The article in today's Journal Sentinel sounded like it came straight from a video game: "... hit the ice... swerved off the road ... continued into a ditch ... hit a driveway, went airborne for about 80 feet and skidded to a stop.

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Can I get a trompe l'œil tattoo?

art, Waukesha Tattoo, YouTube

The ribbon was cut for Waukesha's newest mural Saturday. The second mural added to downtown this year was completed just in time for winter and debuted during snow flurries. Artist Adam Nilson of Nilson Studio painted the illusionary mural and wielded the scissors to cut the ribbon. Mayor Scrima was there to say a few words as were George and Rachel Wang, Barry Jaeger and Rich Cseri of Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge.

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Northstars in NYC

1) sound of music, YouTube

In case you missed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Congratulations to North's Julie Mullen for being awarded the Bob Hope scholarship award and North's Marching Band for the matching $5000.00 amount. I know that money will go a long way.

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101 Parade Memories

helping, festival, YouTube, Waukesha Tattoo, 8) my favorite things, art

The weather was great for Waukesha's 48th annual Christmas Parade. As a matter of fact everything was great. It was well worth missing a Packer / Viking game. It was only yesterday I signed up to wear a costume in the parade. Good thing too, may have chickened out if I had too much time to think it over. 

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the life of the puppy

YouTube

I visited our potential future dog yesterday. I thought we'd wait until our financial stability improved, but it's been too quiet around here. The family really wants a dog for Christmas.

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signing over my rights

YouTube

My copyrights.

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Walkin' Without the Blog

YouTube, water, , 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 4) when the dog bites

We've had a week to console ourselves over the loss of our pet. Thanks to all that emailed and comforted us. He was but a poor dog, but he was one of God's creatures and a member of our family.

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A Blog's Prayer

6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, let us pray, YouTube

 

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Hail to the Chief

2) raindrops on roses, YouTube

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Craic

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, helping, St. Patrick, YouTube

There was plenty of good craic going on last Sunday in the Cultural Tent at Irish Fest. It was the 30th anniversary of Irish Fest so I thought I'd help out for once. I volunteered four hours at the Shamrock Club's table signing up new members and selling Shamrock Club 50th Anniversary pins.

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Frame, Fox and Fun, part III

Badgerland Skiers, Frame Park, YouTube

I used to think I'd never want to be a Badgerland Water Skier; soaking wet in cold air and water. Hours spent in preparation and practice. The Fox River isn't exactly Lake Michigan. Oops, bad analogy. But on second thought . . . when considering that most of the 90+ member Badgerland team is young, strong and good-looking, I guess I really wouldn't mind being one that much.  

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when the blog takes me for a walk

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, art, Clinton Street Gallery, YouTube

Funny thing about letting the blog do the leading; he doesn't always look both ways or use the crosswalk. Don't even talk to me about the shortest distance . . . apparently you've got to cover a lot of territory to pick up a story's scent trail.

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Frame, Fox and Fun part II

Badgerland Skiers, Frame Park, YouTube

I'd seriously considered going back down to the Fox River the next day to watch Badgerland Water Skiers perform the show in costume which I'd watched them practice for Tuesday night. It'd been a while since I'd seen the show and, judging by the practice, they'd gotten a lot bigger and better.

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thewonderfulWaukeshaweekendweatherthatwas

1) sound of music, festival, Freeman, St. Vincent, YouTube

If you were bored, then I really feel sorry for you. Seems the only things not going on this last weekend were an Art Crawl and the County Fair. Even the weather was interesting.

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Pure Color

YouTube, art, contest, Clinton Street Gallery

Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping a friend set up her first ever gallery exhibit. Ryan Peters' Clinton Street Gallery on Waukesha's Main Street is in a prime spot.

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10 to 1, had some fun

YouTube, Retzer, counting cranes, 8) my favorite things

 I joined the Friends of Vernon Marsh and the DNR for a nice canoe trip down the Fox River through the marsh today. From 10:00 in the morning till 1:00 this afternoon we enjoyed overcast yet cool, dry and calm weather for this first river outing of the Friends group. The DNR provided seaworthy matching canoes and a way for us to get back to our vehicles. Saw or heard a few of the more common birds, and some not so common ones. Saw snowy egrets, yellow-headed blackbirds and a cormorant, among others.

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ain't gonna study war no more

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, let us pray, YouTube

Down by the riverside the Memorial Day services were as good as ever. A good crowd turned out after a raincloud had passed through earlier in the morning. 

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"I LUV U"

1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 3) whiskers on kittens, 4) when the dog bites, 5) when the bee stings, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, art, Carroll, counting cranes, Culver's, Dad, dripping blood, festival, Freeman, full of hot air, helping, J-S, Les is more, let us pray, politics, Retzer, say uncle, Sprizzo, St. Patrick, St. Vincent, St. William, Tim, UWW, YouTube

It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.

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La Fheile Padraig Sona

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, St. Patrick

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peace and percussion

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

Once again the entertainment was spectacular at the Irish Cultural Heritage Center's Milwaukee Irish Parade Afterparty. For one thin dollar I was treated to some of the best Irish entertainment this side of the Mississippi. Have yet to see the parade though, billed as the largest parade of any kind in the state and the first Irish parade to be held outside the original 13 colonies. The parade was started in 1843, before even Milwaukee was a city and Wisconsin a state.

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L'chai-im, l'chai-im, to life!

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, YouTube

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i Had Fun

Carroll, 1) sound of music, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube

The name of one of the many great bands at JanBoree Jam said it all. I loved i Had Fun, but Colour, On My Way and Lifeline Called Comet all earned my applause. High Five Heroes earned more than a high five... I ordered one of their soon to be released CDs. Nine bands for eight bucks? What a deal! I really can't say enough about the talent and energy we experienced at North H.S. Saturday night.

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red hot hot dogs

J-S, YouTube, Dad

I love hot dogs, both eating and watching. The Journal Sentinel pointed out a couple good examples within the last few days.

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cold bath

YouTube

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CNN Heros

YouTube, 1) sound of music

Managed to catch a portion of the CNN Heros of the Year rebroadcast last night. It's an excellent way to highlight and honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others and for good. Carrie Underwood sang an amazing version of her song Change. It's like the song was written for the occasion. She did such a great job that I'd like to share it with you.

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not another big fish story

YouTube

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a tropical staycation

1) sound of music, YouTube

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Stars shining in Friday night's rain

YouTube, 1) sound of music, 2) raindrops on roses, 8) my favorite things

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bailing water with the bucket list

full of hot air, YouTube, 8) my favorite things

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the women of Irishfest

1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, festival, YouTube

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Vaya Con Dios Les Paul

Les is more, YouTube, let us pray, 1) sound of music, 6) when I'm feeling sad, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things

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good/bad weekend for flights

YouTube

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for YouTube to enjoy!

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