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The pressure to fit in, the thirst to experiment with new things, and impulsiveness all make alcohol and drug use very common amongst teenagers. Even though they have started it for fun or other reasons, these substances will take control of them quickly. Before they could even realize it, they

Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving. While there is a lot you can do to ensure your safety, you cannot control the actions of other road users, meaning it’s unlikely to avoid an accident entirely.  When the actions of another road user cause an accident that leaves

The Pocket Hose® Silver Bullet™  is an expandable garden hose by BulbHead. It’s lightweight and easily transported as it fits almost anywhere. You need to no longer lug a full-sized hose around with you; just throw a Pocket Hose® Silver Bullet™ in a drawer, on a shelf, in your car,

Living a healthy lifestyle and developing healthy habits can be difficult and requires constant effort. But once you have made healthy habits, the reward is immense. Healthy habits reduce the chances of you developing heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Here are five tips for a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced

Tennessee calls itself the Volunteer State. It might not seem as glamorous as New York or California, but you’ll find plenty to do there if you take the time to explore. You’ll find both major cities and unspoiled, natural wilderness, and you might enjoy taking a vacation there this summer

Rogue Valley Messenger: This Memorial Day, Ashland World Music Festival returns. How exciting! A lot has changed in the world since the last festival—pandemic, fires, war and refugees in Europe, increased recognition of equity. So much. What has changed about the programming or focus of the festival?  Ana Byers: A

Are you looking to improve your website’s search engine optimization (SEO)? If so, you’re not alone. SEO is a critical component of any online marketing strategy, and it can be the key to attracting more visitors to your website. In this post, we’ll discuss some tips for improving your SEO.

As you journey through your twenties, you might not be able to engage in regular full-contact sports with little risk of injury like you did back in your school days, but your twenties are still a good time to live actively and be at less risk of injury.  And your

If you’re new to the online casino world, you’ve probably never played roulette before. It can be a fun and exciting game, but it’s important to know the basics before you start playing. In this blog post, we’ll teach you the basics of roulette, as well as some tips to

If you cannot repay big bills, are behind on your mortgage payments, are at risk of foreclosure, are being hounded by bill collectors—or if you are experiencing any of the above—declaring bankruptcy may be the solution. Alternatively, it may not be. Bankruptcy may help you decrease or eliminate debt, preserve

Everyone wants to learn more about health and wellness in the world, and there’s good reasons for that. Sometimes the age-old advice of eating better and working harder on the exercise bike just doesn’t work as well as it should, and we need something more to get to the health

A time might come when you have a parent who can’t care for themselves as well as they once could. It happens to almost everyone eventually. When they get to this point in their life, you will presumably want to be there for them. We will talk about a few

Are you the type of person who likes to be prepared for anything? If so, then you’re probably always thinking about what you can do to make your life easier. Well, if you own a car, there are a few things you can add to it in 2022 that will


A balm for the past two years, Jonathan Foster is a singer-songwriter in the John Denver or John Prine vein. He performs on Wednesday, April 27 in Medford at Johnny B’s. He recently caught up with the Messenger for a quick Q&A. RVM: Who are some of your musical heroes?

There was a genre in the early 90s that never quite breached into mainstream; it was there with bands like Minneapolis’ Gear Daddies and Texas-based James McMurtry. Basic upbeat guitar chords harmonized with checky lyrics fantasizing about quirky, better lives. At his most mainstream, Bryan Bielanski taps into this tone

Apparently I am the only person who shelved Lisa Loeb to the 90s. Shame on me! In the process, I’ve missed out on a quarter-century of talent. Loeb first jumped into the fray as a breakout star from the seminal 90s film “Reality Bites.” At the time, in a twist

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Vikki Gilmore’s latest release “Doubt of My Mind” was written, recorded, and produced remotely in collaboration with Mathieu LeGuerrier, as a creative byproduct of the COVID-19 lockdown. This endearing indie-folk reverie was inspired by the hardship and universal loneliness of a global pandemic, mixed with the anxiety of self-doubt that

Last week, I received an email from Ian Urbina, and it was the first I had heard of his ongoing project The Outlaw Ocean, and the outreach of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Read on for some more information about this exciting effort, and episode 3 of The Weekly Catch,

Within days of Ireland’s lockdown, BBC Folk Award winner and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards nominee Daoirí Farrell set up a corner of his kitchen as a makeshift stage and began live streaming. There was no plan to make this a regular event but with close to 2k comments and