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Today I discovered that the International Space Station has lightning detectors installed.  Well technically they call it a Firestation Instrument and it includes "photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static (a proxy for the strength of the electrical discharge), and a gamma-ray electron detector."  So yea... I'm just going to call it a lightning detector. 

According to NASA: across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year... and due to the "lightning detector" they've apparently gotten TWO really cool photos from those 1.5 billion flashes.  So not a great track record but whatever, enjoy the space lightning!

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Today I discovered that the International Space Station has lightning detectors installed.  Well technically they call it a Firestation Instrument and it includes "photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static (a proxy for the strength of the electrical discharge), and a gamma-ray electron detector."  So yea... I'm just going to call it a lightning detector. 

According to NASA: across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year... and due to the "lightning detector" they've apparently gotten TWO really cool photos from those 1.5 billion flashes.  So not a great track record but whatever, enjoy the space lightning!

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Forgive me if I geek out for a second, but I recently came across an old favorite website and I couldn't stop laughing so I thought I would share.  It is called Texts From Superheroes and it is hilarious.  It is in the same mold of other famous blogs like Texts from Dog and Texts from Bennett but this one has, you guessed it, superheroes.  Some of the jokes are so obscure even I don't get them (or maybe I just don't watch the show Arrow) but even non comic books fans can see the genius in a lot of these. 

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This was posted on Facebook by several of my friends, so I gave in to peer pressure & looked it up.  To say the least, it's a great read.  I'm posting this 40% for you & 60% as a reminder to myself.  Enjoy.


#1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

#2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

#3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.

#4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

#5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

#6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

#7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

#8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

#9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

#10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.

#11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

#12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

#13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

#14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

#15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

#16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

#17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

#18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

#19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

#20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.

#21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

#22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

#23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.

#24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.

#25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

#26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

#27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.

#28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

#29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

#30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

The folks behind this list, Mark And Angel, have a blog/newsletter full of good reads.

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Moving isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time.  That being said, I have moved so often in my life that I like to think I have gotten pretty good at it.  We are in the middle of some pretty big changes at our house and no small part of that is that everyone is moving!  My mother is moving to Alamogordo, NM this weekend.  My daughter moved to Odessa last weekend.  My son and daughter in law are getting their own place and moving next weekend.  Mike and I will be selling our too-big house and moving into something too small for anyone else to live with us!
Anyway, as I have been packing up my mother’s things, I have been thinking about all the things I have learned about moving in the last (mumble-mumble) years:
  *Buy bubble wrap and boxes.  The extra expense is sooooooo worth it!!
  *If you haven’t seen it, needed it, missed it, or used it in the last year…get rid of       
    It!  Donate…Donate…Donate!!
  *If at all possible, put all the boxes into the garage or one room in your new
    home and unpack one box at a time.  That way you do not have boxes in every
    room that you have to work around,  and that minimizes the chaos.
*Rent a truck and strong guys to move the big stuff.  Do NOT rely entirely on
   friends with pickups.
*Take the time to label boxes really well by contents, room, etc.  That  helps you
   in the un-packing process.
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If you know of a band in surrounding cities, send `em our way.  This is a great opportunity for upcoming bands! 
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This May Hunter Hayes will try to break the world record for most concerts in 24 hours.  The current record is held by Indie rockers The Flaming Lips who did 8 shows in 24 hours back in 2012 across the Mississippi Delta.  Hunter Hayes is going to up that by doing 10 shows in 10 different cities.  He kicks it off with an 8am spot on Good Morning America, then hops into a car AND WILL DRIVE HIMSELF (while I'm sure abiding by all traffic laws) to the next shows,  it will hopefully end with his 10th and final concert at 5am in Philly the next morning. 

Hunter is doing this just for a spot in the history books, he is doing to raise awareness for children's hunger and has partnered with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program. Child Hunger Ends Here is issuing a challenge to break their own record for the most meals donated in 24 hours. To help them break the record and end child hunger, look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods products. For each 8-digit code entered at, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. 

Here is the schedule for the record breaking attempt and learn more at

May 9
8:00am - New York, NY - Good Morning America
9:15am - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11:30am - Worcester, MA - Palladium Upstairs (Acoustic Show)
1:45pm - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
4:15pm - New London, CT - Garde Arts Center
6:45pm - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
9:00pm - Stamford, CT - Palace Theatre
11:30pm - South Orange, NJ - South Orange Performing Arts Center

May 10
2:00am - Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony (Acoustic Show) <- Fun fact, this was one of my favorite places for live music when I lived up north. 
5:00am - Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

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You know what's awesome? Breakfast is awesome.  If I could (and if my arteries wouldn't explode from my body in protest) I would have bacon and eggs for every meal.  But apparently not everybody has bacon and eggs for breakfast (although it is still pretty popular).  Buzzfeed put together a video showing the favorite breakfast foods from Countries around the world.  I might have to take Germany up on that hard boiled egg and sausage though.  It's worth a minute to check out especially if you want to feel extremely hungry.

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Kevin Fowler's new album hit stores last week, and now you can find out just "How Country Are Ya" with this quiz.

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