full moon will grace us on Friday the 2nd.
A great night to howl at the moon with Stray at
Puzzles or Hound at O'Brien's.
now for some unusual, fun & whacky
-African American History
-Children's Dental Health
-Get To Know and Independent Real Estate Broker
-Pet Dental Health
-North Carolina Sweet Potato
-Plant the Seeds of Greatness
-Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket
-Wise Health Care Consumer
-AMD/Low Vision Awareness
-Bake for Family Fun
-IBoost Self Esteem
-Patient Recognition 1-7
-Publicity for Profit 1-7
-Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend: 1-7
-Women's Heart 1-7
-Children's Authors and Illustrators 5-11
-Get Paid to Shop 5-11
-Consumer Protection 5-11
-Funeral Service Education 6-10
-Just Say No to Powerpoints 6-10
-School Counseling 6-10
-Freelance Writers Appreciation 6-10
-Love a Mench 6-12
-Congenital Heart Defect Awareness 7-14
-Rejection Awareness 7-14
-Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps
Us From Getting Dizzy 8-14
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8-14 Link
-Winter Olympics XX: 10-26
-Celebration of Love 12-18
-Heart Failure Awareness 13-19
-Random Acts of Kindness 14-20
-Great Backyard Bird Count 17-21
-Second Honeymoon Weekend: 17-19
-Eating Disorders Awareness 2/26 -3/4
-Pancake 2/26 - 3/4
-Telecommuter Appreciation 2/26-3/4
& Women in Sports 1
-Robinson Crusoe 1
-Women's Heart Health 1
-African American Coaches 2
-Groundhog Job Shadow 2
-Self Renewal 2
-Four Chaplains Memorial 3
-Wear Red 3
-Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA
-Super Bowl XL: 5
-Pay A Compliment 6
-Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor's 7
-Dump Your Significant Jerk 7
-Leadership Success 7
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8
-Laugh and Get Rich 8
-Be Electrific 11
-Shut-in Visitation 11
-Pro Sports Wives 11
-Satisfied Staying Single 11
-White Shirt 11
-Lost Penny 12
-World Marriage 12
-Black Love 13
-Get a Different Name 13
-Ferris Wheel 14
-Call In Single 14
-Have a Heart 14
-Race Relations 14
-Quirky Alone 14 Link
-Susan B. Anthony 15
-Gum Drop 15 Link
-My Way 17
-PTA Founders 17
-World Human Spirit 17
-Chocolate Mint 19
-Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo 20
-InterMother Language 21
-Single Tasking 21
-Inconvenience Yourself 22
-Curling is Cool 23
-Introduce A Girl to Engineering 23
-For Pete's Sake 26
-Spay Day USA: 28
-Floral Design 28
-Tooth Fairy 28
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this issue we bring you news on Pals getting
married, Pals having babies, Pals who've moved and
Pals who are visiting. We also bring tidings of
DOG DAY, celebrating 325 years on January 31st.
The party will be at the LooKout.
We're in the home stretch of winter. Spring
is almost in sight. To help beat those winter blues
you can join us in song and merriment at any of
our regular weekly venues.
marks "Pay A Compliment Day" on
the 6th, "Darwin
Day on the 12th,
Valentines Day on the 14th, Gum Drop Day on the
15th and, would you believe, is also Cherry Pie
Day is February 2nd but did you know that
this observance, also known as Candlemas
goes way back in history to biblical times when
Law of Moses stated that parents were obligated
to bring their first born son to the church and
make an offering to God on his behalf? This typically
took place after the baby was 40 days old. Based
on the belief that Jesus was born on December
25 it is thought that Mary presented Jesus to
the Temple in Jerusalem on February 2nd, following
his 40-day period of purification after he was
what does this have to do with groundhogs and
shadows you ask? You did ask right?
see, there was a medieval superstition that all
hibernating animals (not just the groundhog) came
out of their caves and dens on Candlemas to check
on the weather. If they could see their
shadow, it meant that winter would go on for another
6 weeks (and they could go back to sleep.)
A cloudy day indicated that spring was just around
England, France and Canada, the farmers used to
watch for the stirring of the "Candlemas Bear"
as a sign that springtime was coming. In
Ireland, it was the hedgehog. In Germany it was
the badger. The return of hibernating animals
meant nature was giving them a sign. A change
in seasons was being announced! And, anyone
whose livelihood or survival depended depended
on the changing of seasons paid very close attention
to all signs.
early German settlers, known as the Pennsylvania
Dutch, brought this custom to the United States
and gave rise to the legend of Punxsutawney Phil,
a groundhog in Pennsylvania believed to be a century
is loved so much, that U.S. troops were actually
assigned to guard him as of February 2, 2002.
weather researchers have determined that the groundhog
has been correct only 28% of the time. Hmmm...more
paws for thought.
DOG DAY - Wed. Jan 31 at the LookOut (celebrating
202 Sparks St.
a bonus paw between Jan.18 to Feb.22 to
celebrate the NEW Thursday show!!!
to Trisha, Kathleen, Terry, Liam, Moe,
Barb, Shanon, Jason, Scotty, Lexx, Glenn,
Jenn, Ky, Katie, Cris, Coco, Susan, Richie,
Laura and Richard for earning your bonus paws.
if you already received a paw for Cock &
Lion for the Saturday show you are eligible
to earn a bonus paw until the last Thursday
41 York St.
Join the dog for a great howl at the moon
The Lookout features a fabulous balcony overlooking
the Market as well as a fabulous market overlooking
the balcony ;)
WED. JANUARY 31 at the LookOout
Celebrating 315 years.
1145 Heron Rd. (Ottawa
Fridays - w/Hound
- w/Dog 9:30-1:30
the party happens every weekend!
1475 Richmond Rd.
Mondays w/Hound & Stray 9pm-1am
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1am
Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.
344 Richmond Rd.
1982 St. Joseph Blvd. (Orleans)
Last Thursday Every Month
Party: THURS. FEB. 22
246 Queen St. (Ottawa
is still closed for repairs.
Check schedule for latest news. [schedule]
As soon as Swizzles reopens we will resume
great nights of Karaoke we've all come to
know & love!
8:30pm -12:30 w/Dog -
Tuesdays 9:30-1:30 w/Stray- Library
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog -
Your Head Straight by 2008"
parents to peers to People Magazine, the moment
you open your mouth to sing the critics start lining
up to offer opinions. How you process their comments
will play a great role in your future as an artist.
In his autobiography, Barry Gordy, founder of Motown
Records, observes that most stars are either super-smart
or super-dumb. The super-smart are too intelligent
to let negative criticisms get to them and the super-dumb,
well, they don't know they've been insulted. So
where does that leave the rest of us singers of
average intellect? Often, we are overly sensitive
to criticism about our voices. That's a shame because
some observations can be very beneficial for developing
skills and honing an artist vision. To separate
the constructive from the destructive, think of
each comment thrown your way as a letter. Then,
just as you sort your mail at home, start separating
the important stuff from the junk.
two mailbags in your mind and label them, "What's
So," and "So What." "What's
So" is a place to put the truth. Use this bag
to hold the comments regarding any current reality.
Your range, for example, may be something you felt
needed expanding and so you began a program of vocal
exercises. Any comments concerning range, therefore,
can be helpful in monitoring your progress. It's
like getting a bill in the mail; even though you
can't pay the whole balance you acknowledge the
situation and keep working. What hurts, though,
is when someone exposes something you have yet to
address. If you have always wanted a higher range
but haven't done anything about it, comments regarding
your lack of high notes will sting. Don't shoot
the messenger, get off your duff and start practicing.
The only criticisms that can hurt you are the ones
you agree with.
"So What" bag is where you put all the
junk mail. Any comment that does not directly help
you should be stuffed in here and dealt with at
your leisure. Every day I hear sad stories from
people who were told long ago by teachers, friends
or parents that they couldn't sing. Decades have
past and these comments are still haunting them.
The only response that I can possibly offer is,
"So what?" It's not that I don't care;
it's just that I can't change the past. At some
point all the items in this bag will have to be
acknowledged, but many will not require a response.
Noting the source of a comment is important. You
certainly don't need to dwell on a remark from someone
who doesn't support your goals. Understanding the
sender's perspective may also help turn a destructive
comment into a constructive one. Ironically, most
negative criticisms from parents are just awkward
attempts to keep you from getting hurt. Also, plenty
of people interchange the words "voice"
and "music," so clarify whether it is
your singing or the song that's being criticized.
If, after all this scrutiny a comment is still bothering
you, it's time to admit that you agree with the
observation and take some action. Even if all you
do is switch the mental bag the comment is stored
in, at least you know it's now a work in progress.
today, get in the habit of sorting your mail quickly.
Un-filed criticisms tend to float around in our
hearts and eat at our confidence. Avoid the automatic
defensive retort as well. Emotions make us say unfortunate
things, especially to ourselves. In truth, there's
no need to respond to any comment other than to
acknowledge you heard the person. Singing requires
you find yourself, which can take some people a
lifetime. Never mind what others are saying about
you, the value of a criticism is observing your
reaction. What matters will continue to bother you
until you address it and what doesn't matter is
quickly forgotten. It takes time and practice to
empty those mailbags, but in a year you should arrive
at a mental state where you are not concerned with
how others judge you. And that, my friends, is when
you really begin to sing.
Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private
and video lessons. To contact him, call: (800)659-6002.
Visit his website at: www.voicelesson.com
with the kind permission of Mark
Serving Your Singing Fix!
& PONY sound
Shows for February 2007