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Top 5 Lesser-Known Live Music Venues in Houston

When most Houstonians think of live music venues, big names come to mind, like the House of Blues, White Oak Music Hall and the Toyota Center. But these big venues don’t offer the same down-home feel as these five lesser-known, intimate venues. 1. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Situated on 2425 Norfolk, the iconic Mucky Duck serves up live entertainment and classic Irish pub fare. The intimate venue hosts popular local acts, like Peter Case, Ordinary Elephant, Mindy Smith and more. Along with live music, the pub also hosts open mic nights on Mondays and Irish board game nights. All shows are 21 years of age or older, but children can attend if they are accompanied by a parent. The Mucky Duck hosts children’s programming throughout the…
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Where to Get Inspiration For Your Writing

Contributed Post Everyone, well many people at least, like the idea of becoming a writer. Sitting in a cafe, with a pen and paper, creating notes that will eventually come to a solid piece of work? It’s a romantic image, for sure. But let’s not forget that one of the reasons why it’s such a highly valued craft is because it’s difficult to do. The world would be a poorer place if anyone and everyone could be an outstanding writer. So what differentiates the can-do’s from that can’t-do’s, when it comes to writing? It’s all about the inspiration. While inspiration is elusive, there are places you can look for it. We take a look at a few places below.  Pexels – CC0 Licence Your Past…
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5 Common Mistakes Beginners Make When Learning An Instrument

Contributed Post Pixabay – CCO License When learning an instrument for the first time, you can expect to make a few mistakes. Many of these mistakes are learning opportunities, however some mistakes could have a negative impact on your motivation and your ability to play. Here are just a few of the mistakes that you should try to avoid when learning an instrument. Splashing out on high end equipment You don’t want to be spending thousands on your first instrument. If you decide you no longer want to play that instrument, you’ll have wasted all that money on a high-end instrument. Many instruments also take a lot of abuse from beginners, so you don’t want anything too expensive that you could break. On the flipside,…
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What You Need to Know About Family Law Mediation

Family Law Mediation Why choose Mediation? Mediation is a structured negotiation process where you and the other party come to the table to resolve and create a solution that finds some middle ground between both parties’ ideal outcome. The goal of mediation is not to win an argument. It is to achieve a favourable settlement that suits both ends. Otherwise, the parties may choose to litigate proceedings at Court, which can often leave both parties feeling unhappy with the result. The mediation process is conducted with the assistance of a third party, known as the Mediator. The Mediator will not make decisions on behalf of the parties. However, the Mediator will actively assist the parties in the negotiation process with the goal of reaching a…
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The Bad Driving Habits We All Should Avoid

Contributed Post When you learn to drive, it’s as much about understanding the rules of the road as it is knowing how to get from A to B. This is why, in many countries throughout the world, drivers are expected to pass a written test, as well as a practical one. For many people on the road, however, these tests happened years, if not decades ago. Over this time, it’s not uncommon to develop habits that put yourself and others at risk. Do not get me wrong, no one likes to think too much about the possibility of getting involved in a car accident. However, there are plenty of steps you can take to avoid getting injured on the roads. That being said, sometimes car…
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