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Random Acts of Flowers!

Have you ever attended an event, like a wedding or funeral, and wondered what happens to all those flowers after everyone goes home?  What about flowers in grocery stores and flower shops, that are not longer fresh enough to sell?  In what may be the ultimate in recycling, “Random Acts of Flowers” takes those flowers and repurposes them into something beautiful and inspiring!

Think about the joy you experience when you give or receive flowers.  That’s the joy that volunteers with “Random Acts of Flowers” get to experience regularly.  

The non-profit began in 2007, in Tennessee, by Larsen Jay.  After a near fatal accident Jay credited the daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements he received as being a crucial element to his recovery.  Once able to leave his room, Jay noticed many other patients sitting alone, in rooms devoid of flowers.  He began going around the hospital gifting some of his floral arrangements to other patients and was struck by the effect it had on them  That’s when the seed for “Random Acts of Flowers” was sewn.

 

Today this wonderful non-profit has expanded and now has five branches around the country, including Evanston, Illinois.  Teams of volunteers do everything from refreshing the flowers that have been donated, then creating them into beautiful bouquets and arrangements and finally bringing them to patients.  Nurses and caregivers in healthcare facilities and nursing homes identify patients who seem in need of an extra emotional boost.

And science bears them out.  Research shows that patients who receive flowers recover more quickly and require less post-operative pain medication.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-augustin/health-benefits-flowers_b_2992014.html

As we head into the holiday season WCRX FM is once again “Committing To Our Community”.  If you’d like more information you can check out http://randomactsofflowers.org

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Roger Waters The Wall – Blu-ray review

 By Taylor Jarrad

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This fall a lot of DVD and Blu-ray collections are coming out. The Beatles 1 which features a collection of their music videos and live performances, Frank Zappa’s ROXY The Movie which is a live performance of Zappa and the Mothers live performance at the Roxy Theatre back in 1973. But there’s one movie that overshadows both of those, Roger Waters, The Wall.

The documentary revolves around the end of the 2013 The Wall tour.  It gives fans the chance to witness The Wall like they never have before, with more lights, lasers and puppets. Waters shows that just like fine wine, music can become better with age.

All throughout the movie Roger Waters takes a road trip around Europe to visit war memorials, something personal to him since he lost his father in World War II. You start to look deeper into another side of this musician that created this famous 1979 album.

Through interviews with Waters and other significant people in his life you can see the pain and torment that hides inside his soul. He shares with us  why this movie is based on his own personal struggles and explains what it was like growing up in a post World War II era without a father. Waters also reunites with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason as they share personal stories of the original tour of the Album.

“All in all we’re all just bricks in the wall” so check out this amazing rockumentary personally written and produced by one of the world’s greatest bass players, Roger Waters.

Roger Waters The Wall comes out December 1st on DVD and Blu-ray.  You can order it at https://rogerwaters.com/sde/