10.04.2017

GUITAR LEGEND STEVE HUNTER HAS A NEW CD!!


Our dear friends Steve and Karen Ann Hunter have released a new album 
Guitar legend Steve Hunter's “Before The Lights Go Out”. We have our copy and just keep playing it over and over. Steve's unique guitar style is such gorgeous music. Thank you Steve and Karen!! xoK

Here is the official press release from Glass Onyon below:


The Deacon Of Rock Bites Back!

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter’s latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter’s releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.”

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on “Mojo Man,” Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On “Under The Bodhi Tree” is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the “Telling Stories” album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.


Says Steve, “This album was a real joy for me on many levels. A big part of the inspiration and motivation that kept me going; was from all the people out there who had faith in me and encouraged me through the entire process with their donations and comments. It was really a wonderful experience having you all be a part of it. It’s my deepest hope and desire that you all enjoy the music on this album as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you and God bless!”

Watch the album sampler video: 



Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies” album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” his “Intro” to Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith’s version of “Train Kept A Rolling” Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper’s 2017 album “Paranormal” making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

Order your copy today!

Click link above or icon below 


Tracks:
1. On The Edge Of Uncertainty
2. Mojo Man
3. Summer’s Eve
4. Cinderblock
5. Softtail Deuce
6. Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
7. Ice Storm
8. Under The Bodhi Tree
9. The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails (vocal Karen Hunter)

For more information:
http://www.stevehunter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/steve.hunter.54

HAUNTED BATTLEFIELDS AROUND THE WORLD


We are sharing a cool article from Llewellyn Worldwide for a month of Halloween themed posts

There's something about taking your last gasp of life while gunning for your fellow man that has produced thousands of haunted battlefields all across this planet. There are more than 160 instances of this just in the United States alone. But what about the rest of the world? Do they also have these haunted locations steeped in dark history? The answer is a resounding yes! Rich Newman, author of Ghosts of the Civil War, explores this phenomena. Read More Here

THE MAGICIAN: SKILL LOGIC AND INTELLECT


Everything is possible today. The Magician's bag of tricks contains creative tools which shows that you have the ability to not only conjure up brilliant ideas but you also have what it takes to implement them. Don't be afraid to try new things, especially concerning communication or shared finances. Focus your energy on the task at hand to ensure the best possible results.


The Magician is associated with the planet, Mercury and carries with it skill, logic, and intellect. The number of the Magician is one, the number of beginnings. The Magician is the bridge between the world of the spirit and the world of humanity. His right hand holds a staff raised toward the sky and his left hand points to the earth. He takes the power of the Universe and channels it through his own body and directs it to the physical plane. Above the Magician’s head is the symbol of eternity and around his waist is a snake biting its own tail, another symbol of eternity.

9.18.2017

LOCAL DJ IS A MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST!!

Peter C. Cavanaugh

The Michigan based film "Local DJ: The Story of Flint Rock n' Roll" was recently awarded Finalist status in the highly regarded Moondance International Film Festival for 2017. The Michigan feature documentary was included in the honor among films from Ireland, Turkey, Iran, Singapore and Australia.


Local DJ: The Story of Flint Rock n' Roll follows the life and times of Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame DJ/Promoter/Executive Peter C. Cavanaugh as he made his mark as a pioneering broadcast programmer and concert promoter throughout much of the later half of the 20th century.


Told mostly from within Flint, Michigan - the one time capital of the industrialized world, "Local DJ" is a remarkably paced film highlighting Michigan Rock n' Roll and its stars like: THE MC5, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, and The Stooges!


Written, Produced, Directed and Edited by Jim Baade whose other film "Flint's Best Rock" won Best Documentary at the "2013 Flint Film Festival". Both of Baade's films are housed within the Library and Archives of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.



9.02.2017

BERRY GORDY MANSION HOLDING HUGE ESTATE SALE/AUCTION!



The former Berry Gordy aka The Motown Mansion in Boston-Edison and Detroit will be auctioning Motown music memorabilia and other items as well in October. The Mansion finally sold earlier this month for $1.65 million, 918 West Boston Boulevard will be open for a huge estate sale.

The sale will be in October. Aaron Siepierski, owner of Aaron’s Estate Sales, The sale of any historic or Motown items will be auctioned off live and it will be broadcast worldwide.


This sale will take place in a two parts!

ACTUAL ESTATE SALES EVENT: The actual estate sale will run three days in October and it will have a variety of wonderful articles for sale, home furnishings, antiques and one-of-a-kind original Motown Records Company items acquired from Berry Gordy by the current owner.


LIVE AUCTION EVENT: The Live Auction will take place at the residence and will occur after the second day of the estate sale. This event will be open to international bidders to acquire exclusive High End Antiques, Historical Detroit Objects and Motown Paraphernalia. All Motown items will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity!


They plan to have on hand, several Motown artists who will be available to autograph the Motown items, making them instant collectibles for the Motown fans!

To sign up for emails regarding this estate sale or auction click here:

9.01.2017

KIMMER'S TOP 5 MATCH 3 MOBILE GAMES!


1. My number one favorite game right now is FISHDOM! It has super fun and colorful graphics. The theme is about decorating your on aquariums.



You buy fish,decorations,plants, and sea people like Poseidon, Neptune and Mermaids from Disney. I am on level 102 and am totally addicted! Free download on Google Play Apps Store 


2. Gardenscapes is fun and challenging! The theme is about playing levels to complete tasks to restore your garden at a mansion. You also have other tasks such as your virtual pet puppy and a kitty.  Take a look.



3. Toyblast is a really fun game and has interesting levels with great bombs and missiles you use to blast blocks out of your way..


Toyblast has really cute animation and yet it is a really tough game to play. Take a look:



4. BEE Brilliant!


BEE Brilliant is totally a blast to play...your targets are bees and baybee bees too.  You conquer levels, compete in tournaments and win lots of prizes. Love this game! Take a look:



5. Angry Bird Blast


Angry Birds Blast is great fun and so colorful! Has the best graphics of the 5 games I picked today.

Each level has a goal such as releasing 14 red birds, or seven blue birds and five orange, etc. If you meet the objective, you complete the level to win prizes and coins. Take a look:


SUPER COOL NEW GAME: JAWS™ PINBALL HAS A NEW TRAILER!


Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…take on the terrifying great white shark in Jaws™ Pinball!

Based on the blockbuster film, this virtual pinball experience lets you relive your favorite moments with a game play twist. Turn the tides by playing as the shark in several game modes or start modes based on select movie scenes!

Jaws™ Pinball will release in the upcoming Universal Classics™ Pinball collection for Pinball FX3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and for Zen Pinball on iOS, Google Play and Mac. The collection also includes tables based on Back to the Future™ and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial™

Jaws Pinball Table Features:

Find and defeat the great white shark threatening Amity Island in Quint's Main Modes!

Terrorize Amity Island's local residents and visiting tourists in the Jaws Main Modes!

Keep the ball in play during the Raging Sea mode as the table becomes unsteady and the sea takes control!

Start different multiballs, play fast-paced frenzy modes and max out your score!
Set sail as night falls or navigate just before sunset!


CHINA GLAZE FALL 2017 COLLECTION: STREET LEGAL




Here is a really gorgeous nail color collection from one of my favorite nail polish companies, CHINA GLAZE

You can purchase these colors from Sally Beauty or Ulta


8.31.2017

22 NEW PHOTOS OF HARRY BENNETT'S LODGE


One of my long time readers, Mark Richards of Grand Rapids, visited the Harry Bennett Lodge and sent these photos to me! I love this stuff don't you?

Mark and chatted via phone and he told me he was stunned by how run down the Lodge is now.  Well it has to be really expensive to maintain and who would for have the money for that?

Thank you MARK!!  Grand Rapids folks who need a home inspection visit Mark's website. click on the logo or HERE


Harry Herbert Bennett (January 17, 1892 – January 4, 1979), a former boxer and ex-Navy sailor, was an executive at Ford Motor Company during the 1930s and 1940s. He was best known as the head of Ford’s Service Department, or Internal Security.


LOST LAKE

While working for Ford, his union busting tactics, of which the Battle of the Overpass was a prime example, made him a foe of the United Auto Workers. He was fired in 1945 by Henry Ford II, and died in Los Gatos, California, on January 4, 1979, of an undisclosed cause.


He had various residences in Michigan, including Bennett's Lodge near Farwell, a log cabin style house in East Tawas, and Bennett's Castle located on the Huron River in Ypsilanti.


Bennett had a lodge built for him in Freeman Township, Michigan, on Lost Lake. The house is constructed of brick and concrete block with concrete siding fashioned to make it look like a log cabin.


It has wooden floors and wall paneling, a 128-foot (39 m) long porch, and a stone fireplace. Chairs and sofas for the house were custom made by the finest craftsmen and upholstered using the highest grade of leather that Ford acquired for use in their most luxurious automobiles of the era.


The swimming pool beside the house provided more than the usual entertainment to Bennett and his guests: The pool was constructed with a viewing room (complete with wet bar) adjacent to the pool.

LODGE PORCH INLAY "WOODEN" TILES

A glass window looked into the pool under water, so Harry and company could enjoy watching their female guests swim. (creepy)



Since Bennett was always paranoid of being under attack, he included many security features in the lodge. The lodge was surrounded by a moat full of pointed posts.


The bridge over the moat was kept loaded with dynamite. The lodge itself has many custom features. Hidden behind a hinged bookcase in the study is a secret passageway which leads to the dock. Every step of the staircase in the passageway is a different height from the others to make tripping pursuers more likely.


Bennett would practice running down the steps so that he memorized their spacing to give him a head start if pursued. There is also a hidden room which was home to a central point in the ventilation system, where conversations from multiple rooms could be clearly overheard.


The roof of the building featured a guard station parapet at one end, complete with a fireplace to keep Bennett's men warm while on 24-hour armed watch when Bennett was at the lodge in colder months.


Bennett also had a private airfield with an airplane at the other end of Lost Lake. In the event of an attack, Bennett could take the secret passageway, emerge by the dock, take a boat across the lake, and escape by airplane. The attack never came.


The lodge and property was purchased by the Boy Scouts of America, Clinton Valley Council in 1964. Lost Lake Scout Reservation now stands on the site. The lodge is abandoned, as the reservation is now closed. Much of the furniture remains, but the pool has fallen into disrepair. Trees have been planted on the airfield.  The Lodge has since been abandoned and it is 90% in ruins.











8.26.2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE AUGUST 2017 PHOTOS AND VIDEO


The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a total eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.

As a partial solar eclipse, it was visible on land from Nunavut in northern Canada to as far south as northern South America. In northwestern Europe and Africa, it was partially visible in the late evening. In Asia it was visible only at the eastern extremity, the Chukchi Peninsula.


Prior to this event, no solar eclipse had been visible across the entire contiguous United States since June 8, 1918; not since the February 1979 eclipse had a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States. The path of totality touched 14 states, and the rest of the U.S. had a partial eclipse.




Self-proclaimed “armchair aeroscience geek” Liem Bahneman managed to capture the Great American Eclipse from an unusual and amazing perspective: he loaded cameras onto a high-altitude and shot what the total solar eclipse looks like from the edge of space. The 9-minute video above is what one camera recorded over Central Oregon.

Bahneman used a total of four cameras on his near space stratospheric balloon: three still cameras (including a Ricoh Theta 360) and a GoPro shooting video.
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