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I'm a firm believer that "things happen for a reason." I really needed to read this today.  I hope that it finds your heart as much as it found mine.

30 Principles That Turn Good Kids into Good Adults


My grandpa had a different way of looking at things. Chances are he was a lot like your grandpa. Words of wisdom in one-liner form flowed from him just like Ben Franklin's under his Silence Dogood pen name. I once heard another adult provide an excuse for mischief done by her sons. She made the mistake of using the "Boys will be boys" cliché in Grandpa's presence. "No ma'am," Grandpa replied in a serious tone. "Boys will be men." I have always tried to consider that thought in my own family. It has been my desire to raise my children to be adults, not kids. Following are 30 principles we have tried to rely on in our family in our attempt to reach that goal. Some of them came from Grandpa. I'd like to think he would approve of the rest.

  • 1. When you are wrong, apologize. (This lesson is seldom learned by children whose parents never apologize to them.)
  • 2. You don't need to be wrong to truthfully say that you're sorry.
  • 3. Look for reasons to be happy. Then be happy.
  • 4. Be thankful for what you have. You can always find someone who has less.
  • 5. Share what you have with those who are less fortunate.
  • 6. Do some good things that nobody knows about.
  • 7. You don't need to be appreciated to help others, unless that is why you helped them.
  • 8. Take care of your responsibilities so someone else doesn't need to worry about their rights.
  • 9. Set aside some of your time to work on loved one's priority lists.
  • 10. Spend your time with those who make you better.
  • 11. Don't be afraid to ask for help, but only after you have done all you can do on your own.
  • 12. Seek sound advice. Then follow it.
  • 13. If you did everything you should have, you'll be tired by bedtime.
  • 14. Study when it is time to learn.
  • 15. Exert yourself when it is time to work.
  • 16. People need to learn to work as children so that they will know how to do it as adults.
  • 17. Accept help and give credit. (Show me a self-made man and I'll show you a mess.)
  • 18. Spend a limited amount of time fighting against things you disagree with.
  • 19. Give the same respect that you demand from others.
  • 20. Bigotry breeds bigotry. (What you send around comes around.)
  • 21. Respect other's positions, whether or not you agree.
  • 22. Spend most of your time building things you love, rather than tearing down things you hate.
  • 23. If you don't have anything good to say, find something good to say.
  • 24. Try to give more than you take in any relationship.
  • 25. Your family should be better because you are in it.
  • 26. Your community should shine because that is where you live.
  • 27. Your state should be improved by your presence.
  • 28. Your country should be strengthened because of your dedication.
  • 29. The world should be a little bit worse without you when it's time for you to go.
  • 30.No matter how good an excuse is, it doesn't change what it is.

I realize that the world is a bit more complicated than the way my grandpa saw things. Still, most of the difficulties that we deal with on a daily basis could be greatly simplified; if we only applied a couple of layers of good-old-fashioned common sense and wisdom.

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The New Year is almost here... which means it's time for everybody's favorite end of year past time.... Best of Lists!  So here are my personal favorites in a variety of Categories for the best in Country Music for 2014!

Favorite Country Music Video...
Dierks Bentley Say You Do
No surprise if you read my blog regularly that I love this video.  Dierks is supposed to be sad but he spends the whole video doing awesome things like flying planes, driving motorcycles, and drinking whiskey in a backwoods cabin.  Dierks handles heartbreak in the best possible way.

Favorite Country Newcomer
Eric Paslay

I first heard Eric Paslays name as the songwriter for Eli Young Band's "Even if it Breaks Your Heart".  He started in the in the country music biz the old fashion way.  Writing awesome songs until he got enough attention for somebody to give him a shot at his own record.  His self-titled debut album was released in early 2014 and he has been killing it ever sense.  "Friday Night" "Song about a Girl" and "She Don't Love You" were all amazing singles.  I hope his 2015 is even better.

Favorite Party Anthem
Kyle Park Turn The Crown Upside Down
Just a good song... upbeat, it lists things, the chorus says "good times"... what more could you want?

Favorite Tearjerker
Randy Houser Like a Cowboy
This one just got me right in the feels... and it would have been my favorite for Music Video as well but I don't even consider it a music video... this thing is a 7 minute long Western Movie... with a real emotional soundtrack. 


Favorite 2014 Country Album
Kimberly Dunn Forever On The Run
I might be biased on this one because I listened to Texas Country Artist Kim Dunn's album right after she had given one of the best Live in KICKS studio performances I have ever heard.  But I popped in her CD into the car while I was driving around doing errands after work and it was so good I had to bring it inside and finish it when I got home.  Check it out on iTunes, and since it was released later in the year you might not have heard a lot of it yet so it's looking like a great 2015 for Kimberly Dunn.

Favorite Country Song
Roger Creager River Song
I can't even tell you why this was my favorite song of the year.  And to be perfectly honest I didn't really care for it when it first came out.  I didn't hate it or anything but I just didn't pay attention to it.  Then one day after we've been playing it a bit (and summer was getting into full swing) it played and I somehow knew all the words already and I sang along to the entire song.  Yes I sang it loudly and yes I was in the studio (Luckily we have good soundproofing).  The song had crept into my brain and it's still there now.  It didn't hurt that when Creager came to town he played one of the best live shows I've ever seen, just when it had gotten out of my head he stuck it right back in there with sheer force of showmanship.  Kudos... kudos.

Those personally were my favorites of the year.  Let me know what you agreed with and what you definitely did not agree with, or just what your 2014 favorites are!
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The Reporter-Telegram’s Stewart Doreen had a chance to sit down with Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole, “Mike and Dana” of KICKS (FM 99.1). The morning show royalty are headed for retirement after more than two decades broadcasting in the Permian Basin. In fact, today’s show will be their last.

Over the years, few have done it like Mike and Dana. They were honored as “Broadcast Personalities of the Year” by the Country Music Association in 1996, The Country Radio Broadcasters in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music in more

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This week, we've all been thinking about all the years with Mike & Dana... so here's my story with them.  Almost 20 years ago, I was hired by Mike to do evenings.  After a few months, I moved to the midday slot.  About that same time I found out that I was pregnant with my second child.  After my little man-cub was born, I brought him to work with me for several weeks until I could get him into a daycare program.  I'll always remember having my little baby there on the counter in the studio in his baby-bucket.  Mike has a way with babies and loved to hold him.  That sweet baby is now a senior in high school.  Wow.
Fast forward to 2001, I had moved to Wichita Falls for a job opportunity when I got a call that things were moving along in West Texas to bring a new station on the air... that station being KICKS.  What you may not know is that Mike & Dana did a whole bunch of work behind the scenes to get KICKS on the air.  Everything from the colors of the paint on the walls, to the sound-proofing on the wall, to the beautiful cabinetry in the studio.  Mike & Dana helped build this station from an empty store front.
Through all of the years they have shared their lives with all of us, and I'd like to think that we are all better for it.  Radiothon's, toy drives, food drives... we've done it all.  It won't be the same without them.

I personally wish them well.  Thanks for all of the years waking up West Texas.  I hope you enjoy spoiling those grandbabies & sleeping in.

God Speed Mike & Dana, may your lives be filled with the laughter & love that you've shared with all of us.
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I don't know if you noticed this or not but over the next year there are an amazing amount of amazing movies coming out.  I obviously haven't seen any of them yet but I am going to call them amazing based on their trailers.  Since just Thanksgiving we seem to going through a Movie Trailer Renaissance... a Trailerssance if you will.  At least a half dozen upcoming mega movie blockbusters have released Trailers recently and every single one of them set new standards for what a Trailer should be.  If you haven't watched them yet you're in luck because I've embedded the best ones below.

Let's start with arguably the biggest teaser trailer ever... it's been viewed over 60 million times since it was released on Black Friday... Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
New Lightsaber!  Scary Storm Troopers!  X-Wings flying over water!  Was there a plot? No.  Was there any character information? No.  Am I more excited to see this movie next Christmas than I am about breathing oxygen? Yes. 

Next up, a reboot/sequel/Paleontologist dreamscape... Jurassic World aka "If Disney World had Dinosaurs"

This next trailer was technically released before Thanksgiving but only because an unfinished copy was leaked online so Disney decided to release the full HD version early.  It also wins the award for greatest franchise synergy because the song that is in the background is from Pinocchio but this particular cover will give you nightmares about robotic puppets.. It's the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

My 4th and final favorite recent trailer broke the mold of what a trailer should be.  It's not a series of clips, it doesn't contain any graphics... it doesn't even have a voiceover.  It's just one really intense uncut scene from the movie that gets you completely captivated in less than two minutes.  American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood.

Do you have a favorite trailer I left out? Let me know! 
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The time has come for Mike and I to say goodbye to our friends and listeners in West Texas.  We are retiring this Friday and moving to our beloved cabin.  It is a very bitter-sweet time for us.  We have loved being a part of this amazing community for so many years. 
When our grandchildren (Gabriel and Gwendolyn) were born this summer, it truly changed our world.  We want to be able to spend as much time as possible with them.  But we will miss you all.
We have been privileged to be a part of your lives for the last 25 years.  We have watched your children grow and have children of their own.  You have been a part of our biggest, most treasured moments. 
We love this radio station, Kicks 991.  We started with one listener on July 15th, 2001 and you helped make it grow into what it is today.  Kelley, Derrick and Dre will continue to do an amazing job and we hope you welcome whoever takes our place in the mornings with open arms.  Give them a chance to make the show their own. 
The staff and management of Kicks 991 really believe in live and local radio and they have a heart for community service.  You  couldn’t have a better community partner than Kicks 991.  Keep listening, there are great things happening here!
Please stay in touch with us on  we will love hearing from you.  Be well friends and THANK YOU for 25 great years!
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Mike and Dana Announce Retirement

“Genuine Country KICKS 99-1 Morning Team Retire”
For Immediate release                                                                                                       
December 12, 2014                                                                                                     
Odessa-Midland, Texas—“Mike and Dana,” KICKS 99-1 Morning Show Personalities and John Moesch, Vice President/General Manager of Brazos Communications West, LLC, today announce the planned retirement of “Mike and Dana” at the end of this year.  Their last on-air show is December 19, 2014.
“Mike and Dana” are long-time Morning Show Personalities at Genuine Country Kicks 99-1. The couple have more than twenty-five years on radio stations serving Odessa-Midland and surrounding communities, fifteen of them with KICKS 99-1.
Mr. Moesch said, “We’re thankful for the many years of entertainment and service Mike and Dana have given KICKS 99-1 listeners and the West Texas communities we serve. Mike and Dana have been contributors and volunteers to our radio stations and to the many non-profit and community organizations that make West Texas a place we are proud to call home.  Mike and Dana are talented entertainers and gifted communicators.  We’re excited for them as they explore a new phase of life. They’ll be missed greatly, but will always be welcome at KICKS 99-1.”
Mike and Dana were honored as “Broadcast Personalities of the Year” by the Country Music Association in 1996, The Country Radio Broadcasters in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music in 2007 – the only broadcast team to have won all three awards!
Dana said, “It’s been a good ride, 34 years of my life.  Being on the radio is not about being famous, rich or seeing the beautiful sunrise every morning.  Being on the radio is talking to friends every day.  It’s about introducing great new Country Artists like Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown to listeners. It’s about talking to listeners who were kids in 1989 when they started and who now have kids of their own.  We’ve shared our lives together.” 
Mike said, “Radio and KICKS 99-1 have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of listeners and the communities we serve. It has given us a unique platform to help people.  We don’t do all the hard work like many other dedicated volunteers in West Texas, but we make sure listeners know who’s doing the heavy lifting, and how to get involved and be able to help. “
Dana began her radio career at KBAT-FM in 1980 before moving to KNFM-FM, KGEE-FM, and then to KHKX-FM, “KICKS 99-1” from 2001-2014.
Mike Schuff started on air at WTRX-FM Flint, Michigan in 1973. He was a talent at KGEE-FM Odessa-Midland, Texas until he joined KHKX-FM “KICKS 99-1” in 2001.
The couple has served as volunteers and board members in a number of organizations. Their most high profile participation has been with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which they’ve hosted annually for 22 years.  The KICKS 99-1 CMN Radiothon has raised over One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) for Odessa’s’ Medical Center Hospital.
Dana has been active as a board member with Children’s Miracle Network, The Crisis Center, and the Recording Library for the Blind. Mike has worked with Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society’s Roundup, and The Children’s Miracle Network. 
Mike and Dana plan to make their home in New Mexico where they will enjoy their grandkids, feeding the deer and sleeping late.
For more information contact:       

John Moesch   VP/GM
West Texas Radio Group                                     

Mike and Dana Schuff
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Ermergherd!  We got the preliminary line-up for Texas Thunder 2015.... and it is AWESOME!
Check out the video...

And tickets are on sale NOW!  Visit Texas Thunder for details.

Here's the whole press release...

Texas Thunder Proves Bigger is Better!

Texas Thunder Rolls Into Gardendale, TX August 21-23, 2015, with Country Superstars Florida Georgia Line, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols, Tracy Lawrence, Frankie Ballard, Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Clare Dunn & Many More

Three-Day, General Admission Tickets are Available for Early-Bird Price of $120 
Camping is Available Starting at $110 for a Limited Time


Proving yet again that everything IS bigger in the Lone Star State, organizers are rolling out the best line-up to date for the third annual Texas Thunder Music Festival. The premier camping and lifestyles festival of West Texas, set for Aug. 21-23, 2015, inGardendale, Texas, will feature some of the biggest names and brightest stars in country music, including superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, multi-platinum-selling pair Big & Rich, one of the fastest rising star in Country music Thomas Rhett, “Sunny And 75” and “Yeah” chart-topper Joe Nichols, "Sunshine & Whiskey” hot newcomerFrankie Ballard, CMA and ACM award-winner Tracy Lawrence, "Tippin Point" Country rocker Dallas Smith, crowd favorite Jon Pardi and singer/songwriter/guitarist Clare Dunn. Fans can expect even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months and one HUGE reveal in March 2015!
Three-day, general admission tickets are available for a limited time for the early-bird price of $120. And grab your campsite while they last starting at just $110! For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please or call (855) 362-0535.
Set on beautiful farmland with the huge Texas sky and picture perfect pump-jacks as a backdrop, Texas Thunder brings fans a mixture of Texas and Nashville country music. In addition to top-notch entertainment at the main stage and the Texas Troubadour Saloon stage, Texas Thunder offers its patrons an amazing Texas experience including specialty and food vendors and much more. Join thousands of the friendliest people in the country and enjoy cold beer, homegrown talent and the most fun you can pack into a big ole Texas weekend.

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This weekend I came down with the flu, and several days later it is still kicking my butt.  This flu is basically Chuck Norris.


I have pretty bad allergies and come down with sinus stuff somewhat regularly, but those times I feel slightly bad for a day or two at most, take some over the counter drugs and feel fine.  Not with this flu.  With this flu I woke up Saturday morning and couldn't get out of bed for over 48 hours except to make soup and get more fluids.  Speaking of fluids... I sweat so much.  I cannot understate just how much sweating was going on. 


Plus crazy muscle aches, headaches, noseaches, all the aches.  I went through several large boxes of tissues and two twelve packs of sprite and gatorade.  Seriously it was a lot of sweat.  But it all could have been avoided if I had gotten a flu shot.  But I didn't.  The sickest I've been in years because for some reason I didn't think a super easy transmittable disease that literally everybody gets wouldn't come near me.  I'm dumb, don't be dumb like me.  

I even googled where to get flu shots for you.
Flu Shots in Midland
Flu Shots in Odessa

And if you still think of flu shots like this...

You could end up like this...
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"The Dawn of Orion, and a New Era of American Space Exploration" 

Friday morning was the first launch of NASA's new spacecraft "Orion" and 4 hours and 24 minutes later it landed safely in the Pacific Ocean in what people way smarter than me are calling a perfect test flight.  And thanks to the power of the internet you can watch it take off AND watch it land.  Launch happens right before the minute mark:


"The Dawn of Orion, and a New Era of American Space Exploration"  talk about getting goosebumps.  That epic line was spoken by Rob Navias the NASA Mission Control Commentator and winner of the best job title in history.  He also throws out another golden line during the splash down video at around the 1:30 mark.  "There's your new spacecraft, America"

Now that the first Test Flight is complete NASA begins the next part of the Orion Mission, which is eventually to take the first humans to Mars and other deep space awesomeness like landing on an asteroid.  Meanwhile here in West Texas the Midland International Air and Space Port (even though I still think it should be called the Midland INTERPLANETARY Air and Space Port)  will be offering commercial flights to Earth's Orbit and potentially the International Space Station within the next few years.  We are living in the future. 
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