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It does a lot more than leave ya standing around.
It does a lot more than leave ya standing around.

Blue moon magic

The Blue Moon rose on July 31, 2015. This astrological wonder hadn’t occurred since 2012 and won’t varnish the sky with its indigo face again until 2018. To my delight, the early hours of the "morning after" presented a celestial show that will have to sustain me until I can witness it again.

I’m an early riser - very early. On August 1, I woke up without the alarm around 4:15 am, drank a big glass of water and with my dog Sookie still curled up next to me in bed, read two chapters of Anne LaMott’s "Traveling Mercies." Her work reminds me to view the world differently, to infuse every breath with spirituality and to flip my inner inspiration switch on. I hopped out of bed after the daybreak dose of literature with the goal of meeting the sunrise.

I prepared a French Press full of tea to enjoy later and the Sook and I headed out for our walk. As I turned to lock the front door I was besieged with a feeling of awakening to a different locale than I had slumbered in the night before.

I had noticed the temperature was predicted to fall into the 60’s overnight, so I turned off the A/C, which I never keep below 80 anyway. I recalled how I slept in silence for the first time in weeks, sans the rattle and hum of the ancient HVAC unit that cools and heats our home. The snap of chilled air greeted me as I stood on my porch, turning the key to bolt the door. A thought danced across my consciousness; how nice it would be to live in a world or at least a city where you didn’t have to lock the doors. The next thought abruptly cut in as I realized that utopia was either very far behind or so way far ahead of me that I would probably never experience it in my lifetime.

But, something today felt different. The vibe felt singular, yet somehow recognizable. The seasons were shifting again, or at least summer seemed to be sequestering herself. The climate felt somehow more familiar to me than the oppressively hot summer days I had been enduring with forced enthusiasm. I…

"Alice, you are a bonafide style icon."
"Alice, you are a bonafide style icon." (Photo: Kyler Clark / Instagram: @CerealKyler)

5 questions for Alice Cooper

Get out your leather. Hide your children. And put on a lot of eyeliner.

Alice Cooper is shock rocking his way into the Bradley Center on Friday, Aug. 7 as the special guest of Mötley Crüe for their "Final Tour." Cooper however, has no plans of finalizing his show on the road any time soon.

In fact, this year the member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is achieving new milestones in an already legendary career. He’s reformed and recreated the infamous Hollywood Vampires for a run in September. The Hollywood Vampires was a '70s drinking club of high tolerance rock musicians with Cooper at the helm as oresident. A lot has changed since then. Instead of recreationally out drinking each other, the line up, which includes Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, will be rocking the crowd’s faces off.

A companion "tribute" record of cover songs will be released and includes featured guest appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson and more.

I recently had the very special chance to ask Mr. Cooper five questions for He chatted with me from the road, as he makes his way to the city he schooled the world on in "Wayne’s World." I got some really personal, uncensored answers that I’ve shared below.

Catch Alice and the Crüe this Friday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Doors at 7 p.m.

Lindsay Garric: Alice, you have a connection with the fair city of Milwaukee burned in celluloid history through your very famous and memorable scene in "Wayne’s World" where you instruct on the translation and Algonquin pronunciation "Mil-ee-wah-kay." You go on to expound about "one of the most interesting aspects of Milwaukee" being that it is "the only major American city to elect three Socialist mayors." So, I’m going to put you on the spot, what else do you know about Milwaukee?

Alice Cooper: Beer. Beer. Bratwurst. Cheese. All the things that make men work. Ok? Milwaukee is the man’s city, I think because, it’s you know – it’s everything that men lo…

The Lomas Family made it their life mission to save lives from opiate overdose.
The Lomas Family made it their life mission to save lives from opiate overdose.

CJ Lomas Foundation brings hope to heroin epidemic

Surviving the loss of a loved one to an opiate overdose leaves an inconsolable void. This circumstance has become all too common in Wisconsin, where according to the Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Report* drug related deaths, in particular overdose deaths from opiates - are on the rise.

The report cites, "The upward trend in mentions of heroin in drug-related deaths may reflect increasing substitution of heroin for prescription drugs among opioid users due to heroin’s lower cost and increasing availability. With no standards for consistency or dosing as with prescription drugs, heroin use carries significant risk of overdose."

After losing son CJ to a heroin overdose, Charlie and Patti Lomas made it their life’s mission to fight the heroin epidemic. On March 18, 2012 they founded the CJ Lomas Recovery Foundation 501(c)(3) nonprofit in memory of their beloved son and in fervent support of those engaged in recovery.

The Foundation is active in myriad activities like speaking engagements, facilitating education and participating in awareness events like neighborhood drug summits. It also provides financial donations to treatment facilities, sober living houses, detox facilities and recovery organizations.

Through this, it effectively provides support, education and resources not only for those suffering with the disease of addiction and engaged in recovery, but also to the people who love them – their families, spouses, significant others and friends.

But, the Lomas family doesn’t just delegate these tasks. They are in the trenches. Every other Tuesday evening, the Lomas’ open their home to families dealing with opiate addiction for their "Family and Friends Support Group."

The group is a vital and unique resource that fills an essential need in the vicious cycle of addiction and in the world of recovery. The group provides a safe place for family members to access resources and through their commonality bond in an env…

"Salad Shaming isn't new and it isn't just happening on the Internet. It happens all the time."
"Salad Shaming isn't new and it isn't just happening on the Internet. It happens all the time."

"Salad Shaming" happens

Sluts can relax. There’s yet another demographic being shamed. Kale enthusiasts everywhere are on high alert, forced to keep their green smoothies under wraps, hiding their blended antioxidant concoctions under concealment of metal coffee mugs to avoid what is generally called "Salad Shaming."

Salad Shaming isn’t new and it isn’t just happening on the Internet. It happens all the time, in real life – at water coolers, in restaurants, at parties – really anywhere folks who innocently engage in facets of healthy living like eating sensibly and working out are vulnerable to public stone throwing.

I haven’t commented on this phenomenon because I’m a lucky health nut surrounded by friends who for the most part are on the same page about healthy eating, exercise and overall lifestyle and who tend to use me as an encyclopedia of all things nutrition, health and fitness related. Although, I have been the receiver of for instance, a passive aggressive Salad Shaming email with the subject line, "Have you heard of this?" that contained a link to the Wikipedia page on Orthorexia. I’m able to recognize what was meant to be the humor in that, but my rant button was pushed hardcore when one of my fit-livin’ buddies recounted a "health shaming" incident they recently suffered to me.

Here is a generalized example of what went down in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Healthy Person is at their corporate job when a "catered" lunch is brought in to the office. Oh joy – it’s multiple pizzas from a national franchise! There must have been a deal on cheese stuffed crust mega meat pizza with free frosted deep fried cinnamon sugar sticks for dessert. Healthy Person scoots around the morning’s leftover donut spread and opts for their brown bag packed full of clean, fresh foods and sips from their refillable water bottle.

The healthy person’s co-workers observe in shock between bites of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats. They gulp sugary so…