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Video: Interview with Chris Formant and Bright Midnight

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Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan, Peter Ham; all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really? Gantry Elliot is a relic of rock and roll era still writing for Rolling Stone magazine, covering classic rock and roll and struggling for relevance in the age of hip-hop and electronic dance music. Even though he’s an encyclopedia of music trivia, Gantry can’t compete with the new kids on the block and is now reduced to watching the clock tick down on his once dynamic career. But Gantry’s…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Stir Those Christmas Feelings

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The decorations, the yummy food, family bonding and the pep in everyone’s step is what I really love about the holidays. Another thing I can’t get enough of each December? Christmas books. There’s just something about reading a sweet holiday story by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa in my hand that stirs warm feelings of contentment. Thanks to that Christmas spirit, I’ve rounded up my top five new Christmas-themed books for this week’s Heat Index that will surely put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas, Bryan Mooney (Lake Union Publishing, October, 2015) “The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England…

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Finding an Island of Hope in a Sea of Depression is The Happiness Quest

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There are many ways to try to visualize major clinical depression, a disorder that affects one out of every five women and one out of every eight men. The picture I always found most accurate comes from a scene in the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away. One moment, he’s on a plane, safe and comfortable. He’s flying through a storm, but it’s being navigated. All is well. Suddenly, the wind roars through the cabin, the plane plummets towards its doom, the captain and crew scream in confusion and terror. The plane crashes into the sea. Hanks’ character is underwater, but through a stroke of fate, he makes his way to the surface, along with an inflatable life raft. He climbs…

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