Crunchy Granola - YUM!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

I’ve always been a fan of crunchy. Ice chips. Toasted English muffins. Popcorn and pretzels.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants a little something special on top of her morning bowl of yogurt and fruit? Add some granola, of course!

A friend of mine knows my affection for crunch and passed along a recipe for some of the best homemade granola I believe I’ve ever tasted. It’s easy to make, has no added fat and provides the option for munching on it as is or with a variety of additions.

I like it straight.
I go for it sprinkled on top of things.
And it’s a pleasure to eat with dried fruit and dark chocolate on-the-go.

Basically, it’s become a staple in my kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Crunchy Granola
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups whole oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Combine brown sugar and water in a 4 cup microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl. Remove from microwave. Add vanilla and salt. In large mixing bowl, combine oats and almonds. Pour syrup over all and mix thoroughly. Spread onto cookie sheets and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and CRUNCHY.

History Made Simple

Lisa Rice wrote this.

I’ve sat through many history lessons/lectures over the years but I can honestly say some of the best I’ve come across were created by ABC for Saturday morning consumption. I guess they figured children of the seventies needed a little more to chew on than just Cap’n Crunch and Alpha Bits.

America’s history may not be flawless but it’s a place everyone seems to want to be a part of. To enjoy the freedoms this wonderful Republic provides is a privilege and I’m thankful to be a citizen with the ability to cast my vote.

No More Kings

The Shot Heard Around the World

The Constitution

Three Branches of Government

The Electoral College

I’m Just a Bill

The Preamble

Behooved to Move

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Voiceover coach Marc Cashman encourages his students to move behind the microphone as much as possible. Keeping both hands at one’s sides significantly hampers a read. When a voice talent acts out what they’re saying their voice will follow suit.

The videos below show this in two different ways. In the first, we see how Walt Disney modeled his animated characters from Alice in Wonderland after each actor’s performance. (Thanks goes to my peer Monte Bratten for the share.)

Conversely, voice actor Brian Hull seems to become each Disney or Pixar character as they sing Adele’s hit song Hello by contorting his eyes, mouth, body and expressions.

Taking this further, sociologist Amy Cuddy explains how our body language not only affects our interactions with one another but can also change our own minds. She’s uncovered some amazing information about power dynamics.

Voice actor or not, anyone is capable of performing to influence outcomes both socially and personally.

Now…how are you behooved to move?

The Shape of an L on Our Forehead

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Failure, obstacles, tribulation and quandaries.

Funny how those words sound depressing and even dreary yet we’ve all experienced them at one time or another.

Was it an exam? A business venture? An audition? A relationship? Put a check next to several of those for me!

The question is what do we do with them?

Learn from our failures?

Move past the obstacles?

Press through tribulation?

Fix the quandary?

If I’m honest with myself, every failure, obstacle, tribulation and quandary I’ve faced molded me into someone better.

Studying people fascinates me. One of the best resources to feed my habit is reading biographies. Take some time to discover the back-story of yesterday’s and today’s headline makers and you’re sure to unearth a treasure trove of life lessons.

The business icon, actor, musician and politician we might consider a success often traveled a rocky path leading up to it. It’s how they handled adversity that becomes intriguing.

Did they become stronger, more sensitive, incredibly resilient or wildly interesting?

I came across the video below several months ago and have found myself returning to it more than once. Usually when life has handed me a beating. It culminates with the statement, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

Put it that way and failure doesn’t sound so bad after all.

Split Seconds

Lisa Rice wrote this.

As a voice talent, I work in seconds. Especially when voicing broadcast spots. These come in :15, :30 and :60 time constraints. However, the scripts themselves can be so stuffed with words that a little vocal finesse is needed. It’s kind of like running a race with a tea cup on your head.
I previously explained how to accomplished this in a previous post. Another way of solving the problem is if the writer replaces one word with another. Say a six syllable word for a three. Syllables eat seconds.

Life eats seconds, too.

“In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.”

This quote comes from Sharon Heit. Her son Alexander was driving into oncoming traffic when his car started drifting toward it. He jerked the steering wheel to correct but veered off the road and rolled. Alexander wasn’t speeding. He was texting. You can view his last text here.

We’ve all been tempted to pick up our phone to see what the buzzing is about. Is it worth it? If someone told us to close our eyes for ten seconds and drive into oncoming traffic we’d think they were crazy.

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 28% of all traffic crashes or 1.6 million accidents per year involve drivers using cell phones and texting. Cellphone related crashes result in 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries per year.

I think of the video below when tempted to text and drive because no text is worth dying for.

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