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I’ve lived in several states like Texas, Maryland and Wisconsin but when I came out to California for college and met my husband in the Napa Valley I married him and never left!  I’m most proud of the three amazing kids I’ve managed not to screw up and I love seeing where life is taking them as they move into adulthood.  But other things that make me happy include running half-marathons, bike riding, and BBQ’s in the summer. 
Then there’s this whole radio thing – I’ve had such a great time connecting with the listeners and making their day by playing a great song, sharing relatable stories about what I’ve seen, heard or read and  especially being able to tell them they’ve won a fabulous prize from one of our contests!  Every day is unpredictable and I’m thankful we can experience our days together on Napa Valley’s Sauvignon Rock.

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Posts from March 2014
by CJ on THE VINE posted Mar 22 2014 10:26AM

Dogs Just Wanna Give Love!

Napa Valley radio has been around since at least the late 50's or early 60's.  With the station in the community that long, you're bound to run into someone who "used to work at the radio station," much to the amusement of our general manager Larry Sharp.  My husband is one those who got their start in radio in Napa so I asked him if the station mascot was there back in the 70's when he was hanging around.  "Yes," he said.  "I think it sat in Tom Young's office."  "Did the dog have a name?" I queried.  "I don't know," he said,  "But he's been hanging around for a long, long time."  Over the years said station mascot has amused many a child and adults too, who've come through the station doors.  The latest is this look alike from Napa Humane.  Aspen visited last Thursday during the Thursday morning segment on GMB.  Aspen's beackstory is heartbreaking, but one that I sincerely hope ends with second chances.  This beautiful white bulldog was discovered on a pile of rags in American Canyon two days before Christmas, emaciated, full of bugs and scabs.  Napa Humane has brought Aspen back into full health, and she was looking for her forever home on Thursday, as the featured pet of the week.  I've heard it said that dogs who are rescued from the streets, and showered with love, food and treatment are the sweetest, full of gratitude and a heart full of love and loyalty.  That came through in the few minutes that I spent with Aspen.  She was gentle, patient, curious and lovable.  I hope she's already found her forever home, but you should check with Napa Humane.  You won't regret bringing this darling into your lives.  But if she has been adopted, there are many more lovable animals looking for their second chance, and your chance to give it to them.

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by CJ on THE VINE posted Mar 5 2014 8:30AM

Make Room By Letting Go

I don’t like giving up … whether it’s a much sought-after goal, letting go of a toxic relationship or changing my perception of what is “acceptable” behavior and values.  I’m sure my attitude is deeply rooted in both my upbringing and the influence of the Mid-Western work ethic based on where I lived as a pre-teen through high school.  You can imagine then, how unprepared I was when life slammed doors shut, the actions of others forced me to accept that those actions were not only hurtful but destructive, and some of my core values were challenged by choices and consequences made outside of my control.  The details of my own experience don’t really matter – I imagine we all have our own stories of disappointment, disillusionment and new direction.  You probably wonder how the photo reflects the content in this blog … so I’ll tell you.  Yesterday was Pancake Day and Fat Tuesday.  Last night my band performed at a church Mardi Gras celebration.  The photo is a selfie of the group before our performance.  The faces in the picture represent friendships I would have never made if I hadn’t been willing to let go of disappointment, unhealthy relationships and an openness to changing how I should live out my values.  Today is the beginning of Lent, for those who practice this discipline. It is grounded in the suggestion that we should give up something as a reminder of the sacrifice made on our behalf.  Sometimes the sacrifice is for our own good, perhaps we’re striving to let go of something forever, while other choices are only temporary, through the duration of the six weeks before Easter.  For those who don’t observe Lent, (and even for those who do) I would advocate that we can practice the discipline of “giving up” at any time.  The struggle for me, of course, is discerning the difference between letting go of something because it’s a good thing, or hanging on to something, because it’s worth the cost.  But it’s a struggle that I’m willing to tackle … and the friends in the picture are a visible demonstration as to the positive results that can take place when I take that next step away from something familar but bad, and towards something new but much better.  Letting go can be very hard to do, but when you can find the courage to walk away, you will allow room for something even greater to take its place.

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