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Brad Paisley
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Brad Paisley, ‘Wheelhouse’ – Album Review

Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' delivers a familiar mix of humor, life lessons and scorching guitar solos, but it does it in a way different from any of the other eight albums the 'Beat This Summer' singer has released. He took his old formula, balled it up, lit it on fire and tossed the ashes in the garbage. The result is a meaty and ambitious project that doesn't always click, but clears new ground when it does.

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To the Wonder review
Magnolia Pictures

‘To the Wonder’ Review

It should be impossible for a movie to be both enthralling and boring, but somehow 'To the Wonder' pulls it off. It contains sights -- of picturesque Oklahoma sunsets and impossibly serene European beaches -- so beautiful they awaken you to the glory of the world around us. And it also contains passages -- of Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko running and twirling through fields, and then rolling around in bed, and then fighting and screaming, and then running and twirling in that field again -- so repetitive and tiresome that they nearly lull you to sleep.

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Joe Diffie
Photo from YouTube

Where Was Joe Diffie?

I will tell you up front I am NOT a fan of Jason Aldean's new song "1994". Not at all.

HOWEVER, I like the fact that it brings attention to Joe Diffie!

But WHERE WAS JOE at the ACM Awards last night?

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John Moore, Getty Images
John Moore, Getty Images

Across The Board Cuts to Federal Programs Leaves Local ‘Meals On Wheels’ Unable to Deliver to Some

Doing what I do for a living, which is keeping up with the news and such, I read a lot of well, stupid things, which happen in government, however, this really makes me mad. The federal cuts that are causing some many problems are causing Spectrum Generation to create a waiting list for Meals On Wheels. Now, it has been a BIG point of with Spectrum Generation that they did NOT make seniors wait for this service.

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Card Outside 2
Photo by Sharon Buck

Would YOU Send This Card?

I had to stop at KMart this morning for a few things and I wanted to get Chad a card that said I love you. What I DIDN'T expect was finding THIS!!!

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GI Joe Retaliation
Paramount Pictures

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Review

I stand before you, humbled, and tasked with explaining, in comprehensible terms, just what the heck 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' is all about. Attaining comprehensibility, however, is a chore the filmmakers didn't wrestle with, doubling-down on pure adrenaline and big movie star charisma. It's a risky move and sometimes it works. Sadly, this is not one of those cases.

While there are chuckles to be had (I mean, that Cobra Commander helmet is just too incredible to dismiss) there isn't enough whiz-bang in this film to fully deflect the utter lack of a story or absence of intriguing characters. It is, surprisingly, the lesser of the two 'G.I. Joe' films, with Stephen Sommers' 2009 'The Rise of Cobra' featuring much more team spirit, pep and fun.

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Open Road Films
Open Road Films

‘The Host’ Review

Cartesian Dualism lights up the screen in 'The Host' as Saoirse Ronan's alien-possessed soul loudly thinks, "don't you smile at him! Uch! You are not goin' there!" Then she leans to smooch #TeamIan. And who said there was nothing deep happening in mainstream cinema?

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Maggie Rose
RPM Entertainment

Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’ – Album Review

'Cut to Impress' by Maggie Rose is one of the more entertaining listens of the year. Fans will either embrace the dark, swampy sound the singer creates with producer James Stroud, or they'll be terrified by her bad girl persona and downright chilling stories. The album is no teddy bear.

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Thank you card from Sarah Jewett from Mahalas Day Spa

The Power of Thank-You, It Still Means a Lot

Being thankful is never out of style. Yesterday, I was in Al Certified Auto Repair in Augusta. I just happened to be there as Jon Leach, the Executive Director of the Children’s Center in Augusta, stopped in to give ACAR a thank-you for supporting the recent Chili-Chowder Challenge. Then today I found wonderful card in my mailbox.

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Yes, that is me, hanging out with Stephen King, back in the day, at a party at his Bangor, Maine home. Gosh, how much younger we both looked.
Yes, that is me, hanging out with Stephen King, back in the day, at a party at his Bangor, Maine home. Gosh, how much younger we both looked.

Gun Violence is Addressed by Stephen King

I love Stephen King. Not so much for his writings (I will address my issues on his books later in this note), but for who he is. He is a man of great personal success and a man who has shown he still has a heart, is grounded, compassionate and gees, kinda reasonable.  Today I apply those descriptions of Mr. King on the issue of gun control.

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