The Art + Zen of Bill Murray.

(Denver, Colorado): There’s a very pleasing and amusing little song playing on 96.9 the Cloud that both stands out and fits in perfectly with the likes of Vance JoyColbie Caillat and most of the happy pop tunes you hear on the Cloud. In fact, the song is called Happy Street and it’s performed by none other than Bill Murray. The Mark Twain Kennedy Center Honoree, Lost in Translation star, Tootsie co-star and yes, every golfers favorite movie: Caddyshack.

Yup, that Bill Murray.

Mr. Murray recently shared his genius at The Bellco Theater and last week was back on Saturday Night Live for a guest shot in it’s cold open.  So, what’s the story with his appeal? We did a little digging and it turns out, the world loves this guy because he reminds us of a better version of ourselves, without having to.

In his own words, here is some of the Art & Zen of Bill Murray.

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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE BILL MURRAY

Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light. There’s a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate . . . up and down your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile. So what’s it like to be me? Ask yourself, ‘What’s it like to be you?’ The only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself that’s where home is.

From a 2014 Q&A during Canada’s Bill Murray Day, via Rolling Stone

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HE LIVES HIS LIFE

I live a little bit on the seat of my pants, I try to be alert and available for life to happen to me. We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. You’re really living it.

From an interview on CBS This Morning

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ON BEING RELAXED

The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. The better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.

From the New York Times

Falling With Style.

(Denver, Colorado): Puddles. Nothing but puddles. Colorado’s oddly warm weather during the day and freezing temps at night are creating little morning ice patches. If you’re like the rest of us, there’s a dog to walk, a paper to retrieve and simple navigation to your car or lite rail can be a slippery slope. The best advice is to make sure you are first, fully awake and wearing sensible shoes when venturing out in the early morning hours.

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Stay Limber and Alert

But if you should slip and fall. Take the fall like you might on your mountain bike. Roll into a forward fall and remember to tuck that chin in if heading downward on your backside. Our go-to personal health expert Jane Brody adds these suggestions from How to Protect Yourself from Falls in the this weeks New York Times.

Step One: Check your footwear. Shoes and boots should have slip resistant soles. Or slip something on like Yaktrax (which come off and store with ease).

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Available at Dicks Sporting Goods in Belmar

Step Two: Take smaller steps, bend forward slightly, go slow and sure footed as possible when it’s icy or snowy (good life advice too actually).

Lastly, always have a plan if you get hurt to contact help. If you fall? We suggest you take it all in (unless you need immediate medical attention). There might be a nice cloud up there in the open air to brighten your day.

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Snap, Crackle & Shop.

(Arvada, Colorado): The Cereal Box in Olde Town Arvada is a very special and charming place. In fact, it could be described as a Special K and Lucky Charmed place! Lori Hofer and Michael Emmerson are the founders of a remarkable new find in Olde Town.

It’s bright and colorful. The Cereal Box is something to experience for children of all ages. The Cloud discovered The Cereal Box on its fourth day of business. It is a wonderful discovery. There’s a unique selection of toys and lots of perfectly chilled whole milk and tasty bowls of Americas favorite breakfast: Cereal!

In his own words Michael chatted in the Cloud this week.

What inspired you two to open a restaurant committed to well, Fruit Loops?

We opened The Cereal Box for nothing more than a smile. We just wanted to do something that makes us feel good everyday. The cereal aisle always made me smile. The smell is amazing and the package design is some of the best in the biz. Cereal brings back so many memories for people. Nostalgia is a huge part of The Cereal Box. Cereal and Saturday morning cartoons and of course toys.

Who would not want to work in a cereal box?

 

What inspires you personally?

Good people. Great friends. My amazing family and the support that got us to this point and beyond.

Tell us please about you both. Prior to The Cereal Box, what did you both do?

I was born in Carlisle, Cumbria in the United Kingdom. I’m an artist, designer, husband and father. Before The Cereal Box I was with The Interger Group in Lakewood for over a decade, as creative director focusing on designs for the MillerCoors Brewing Company. Lori is from Atlanta. She’s an experienced manager with a focus on operations, workflow process development and financial management. She was also a vice president of operations at Support 1 in Golden and she also was a manager of client services at Interger.

The Cereal Box is located in Olde Town Arvada at 5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd at a location that used to be of all things? A Yoga Studio.

Firefly Voices in the Cloud.

(Denver, Colorado): If you’ve tuned to 96.9 the Cloud recently, you’ve heard a new set of friendly voices. These voices are from Firefly Autism in Denver. Firefly is a premiere autism center providing therapy and behavioral support programs.The center features Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, in the classroom and in the home. Executive Director Jesse Ogas has shepherded an effective program for families of Autism in Colorado.

Miranda Foley and Dave Sevick

The voices include members of Firefly’s clinical staff. Miranda Foley (MS-BCBA), Center Clinical Director. Dr. Amanda Kelly (PH.D. BCBA-D) Director of Home Based Services and Dave Sevick, Director of Marketing & Development.

Sheryl Crow – from the original Motion Picture Po showcasing Autism in American family life

The program airs daily on 96.9 the Cloud and is now streaming worldwide in the Cloud. The Radio that Matters series is part of the Cloud’s ongoing health and wellness radio series that has included Jefferson County Health, Natural Grocers of Golden and Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.

Littleton Cares: The Alley’s Beautiful Scar Event Was a Remarkable Family Adventure.

(Littleton, Colorado): When you think about Colorado comfort food in the Fall, there’s little wonder about what the harvest from magical places like Pueblo have been yielding for almost centuries: Colorado Green Chili. More of a gravy actually, authentic Colorado Green (as it’s often reverently referred too) has become a staple to many a Fall meal (best served with a warm fluffy tortilla).

Comforting, calming and tasty.

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It also comes as no surprise that The Alley’s genuinely caring General Manager Tommy Scarbrough thoughtfully chose the backdrop of The Alley’s First Annual Green Chili Festival to promote funds and awareness for The Beautiful Scar Project.

The turnout was breathtaking.

It was standing room only. From the The Alley’s Main Street patio through the authentically local restaurant and welcoming bar. There were families with children. Smiling couples, singles and just happy locals filling The Alley throughout the Saturday event. There was even face painting for children (and a few brave parents) and corn hole flats in The Alley’s wildly popular food truck back patio (actually in the Littleton Post Office alley).

The event fully succeeded as billed: a family festival for a remarkable cause.

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Within the crowd, dozens of local Chili Chefs we tending to a perfect formation of crock pots as far as the eye could see. Green Chili with Chicken, Green Chili with Pork (of every variety from pulled to roasted) and one adventurous batch made with Tofu. The winner? Hands down from a selection of honorable judges was presented to Littleton resident Cameron Rogers.

At the end of the afternoon event, the room became peacefully silent as the seriousness of the moment became center stage.

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The Beautiful Scar Project is a non profit organization created by Scott and Kim Woods after their son, Caleb Calvin, was born still on December 12th, 2011. The Beautiful Scar Project’s mission is to provide families grieving the death of their infant due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death the tools to turn the loss of their much loved and desired baby into a beautiful scar.

As Scott and Kim thanked everyone for their support, it became clear that not only The Alley, but the City of Littleton cares about its people, its friends and community.

Editors Note:

There are many people to thank for this remarkable event. All of the eager Chili Chefs, Colorado Specialty Spice CompanyKingman Fine Colorado WinesElevated ImagingGinger Bee Beer and of course The Alley.

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