#bgnow 438. Now blood sugar, reeeeally? Must you do this now? I have to wake early! And by the way, thanks Mr. Bad Insulin!! Now I NEED to change my pump site, open new insulin, and wake up at 1am to re-test. Great. No Keytones though, if i look on the bright side! 

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Eek! First time EVER putting my #SureT pump set in my stomach….this is normally NOT one of my favorite spots but my back needed a break ….we’ll see how this goes! Whats ur favorite spot to put your pump? #bullseye #ndamphotoaday #medtronic #diabetes
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MJ2 Interviewed on CNN for Larry King’s Special: “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” May 1st [TONIGHT]


              Jackie J, Aunt Mama, Leeza Gibbons, Mom, and Mollie

Recently, Jackie, Aunt Mama, Mom, and I had the opportunity to be interviewed for the Larry King Special, “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.”  They asked us to participate in this special because we have spent the past few years caring for our parents/grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

This compelling special will air on Sunday Night, May 1, 2011 at 8pm ET/5:00, 8:00, and 11:00pm PT and and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT.

Below is a link to a short clip of the two people we love so much, and describes some of the difficulties they face. Thank you CNN, Larry King, Leeza Gibbons, and everyone involved in the making of this special for shedding light on such a serious subject. Your hard work is so greatly appreciated by all who have been touched with this terrible disease. 

Twins care for parents with Alzheimer’s

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/04/22/king.twins.care.parents.cnn

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CNN: Twins Care For Parents with Alzheimer’s – Larry King Special – Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic

mj2twins:

Recently, we had the opportunity to be interviewed for the Larry King Special, “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” They asked us to participate in this special because we have spent the past few years caring for our parents/grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

This poignant special will air on Sunday Night, May 1, 2011 at 8pm ET/5:00, 8:00, and 11:00pm PT and and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT. Below is a short clip of the two people we love so much, and describes some of the difficulties they face. Thank you CNN, Larry King, Leeza Gibbons, and everyone involved in the making of this special for shedding light on such a serious subject. Your hard work is so greatly appreciated by all who have been touched with this terrible disease. 

CNN Presents: A Larry King Special

Larry King special “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic” to air May 1 at 8pm ET                

On Sunday May 1st, CNN will air the first Larry King special, premiering at 8pm ET/PT and will be titled “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” It’s being called the disease of the 21st century as an estimated 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, but many Americans still do not know much about this illness. The one-hour special will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.

King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and will include interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and  Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and  son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer’s is and how this disease affects the human brain. 

Seth Rogen, talks to King about supporting his fiancée and her family as they deal with her mom’s early diagnosis at the age of fifty-five.  He wants the world to know this is a young person’s problem too, “More and more people in our generation are gonna have to deal with it,” Rogen said.  “We’re dealing with it before most people have to,” he tells King.  “But as you get older and you see it happening to your parents, and ultimately realize it could happen to yourself and your friends, it becomes much more real and not some imaginary old person problem, you know?” Shriver, in the first interview she’s given since losing her father, Sargent  Shriver, to Alzheimer’s disease this year tells King, “I think anybody who’s not concerned about Alzheimer’s is in denial.”

In addition to visiting the Mayo Clinic, Larry King will visit the cutting-edge Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, and he will be joined by Ron Reagan. While there, one of them will take a brain scan that will indicate if he is at risk for Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, and one will opt out. Tune in and as they will share the results with the audience and talk to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Director, ClevelandClinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Larry Ruvo, philanthropist and visionary, to see how doctors are treating patients and what people can do to diminish their risk for Alzheimer’s. Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who treated President Reagan warned, “If we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s disease right now, Alzheimer’s disease in and of itself may bankrupt the healthcare system.”The special hour will also broadcast on CNNi and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT. For additional information please visit Alz.org. Exclusive content will be featured on CNN.com including interviews with actor David Hyde Pierce and Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

Taken from: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/18/cnn-presents-a-larry-king-special/ 

To view video on CNN.com, click here and to watch the video on YouTube, click here. 

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Nashville Music Guide – Producer’s Spotlight: Dennis Money Has Musical Vision for Row and Radio

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Hi Everyone! 🙂 We’re so proud of Dennis Money, our Producer/Manager that we wanted to re-post and share with all of you this wonderful article written about Dennis featured in the Nashville Music Guide!

Enjoy!!

Dennis Money

Country songs are often about overcoming adversity and seemingly impossibly odds. That same storyline applies in real life to Dennis Money, who has recently produced sessions and albums for artists including Dolly Parton, Wayne Newton, Moe Bandy, and Bill Anderson, and scored a No. 1 single in Texas with Rio Grand’s “Beckett’s Back Forty.”

 Pretty dang amazing for a guy who was diagnosed with Diabetes at age 4 and went totally blind before he turned 30.

 Every doctor in Money’s home region of East Tennessee told Dennis he’d never see again, after a laser operation on his eyes left him completely blind when he was 29.

 “Every time they said that, I’d say, `yes, I will,’ ” Money recalls.

It was a brutally hard climb back. The first 20 surgeries were unsuccessful. He lost 75 pounds, and was forced at the time to sell all of his precious musical and studio equipment to pay medical bills. He even traded a vintage Martin guitar to a famous eye surgeon for an operation. Eventually, seemingly miraculously and with the help of prayer and faith, his vision began returning.

His eyes are now back to normal, to go along with two of the finest ears on the Row and at country radio.

One powerhouse session Dennis oversaw was for the Las Vegas quartet MJ2, a group of two sets of beautiful identical twins who will be featured on a Larry King Prime Time special on CNN at 8 p.m. on May 1, with four more airings to follow. Leeza Gibbons and Maria Shriver are also on the program. 

MJ2 & Celebrity Friends recorded “You Can’t Say Love Enough” with Dennis producing, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Those friends included Parton, Newton, Bandy, Mark Collie, Steve Wariner, and others.

Money did the recording both at his Row studio, SweetSong Nashville, and in the case of Wayne Newton, in Las Vegas.

He has become the producer of choice for countless top vocalists.

Dennis Money Studio Pic 2“One thing that makes recording vocals work,” he says in a late March phone conversation, “is that I’m still the one that thinks you gotta learn how to sing it right here in the studio. Everyone is into fixing so many things with Pro Tools nowadays, but if you’re off key here you’ll be off key every night when you perform these songs on the road.”

Getting the song in the perfect key on every song for each vocalist is crucial, he says. Dennis plays 4 or 5 instruments himself, which also helps when he works with the singers.

“We do a lot of pre-production,” he says.

Rio Grand, the Texas trio on Curb Nashville, had never scored a No. 1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report until “Beckett’s Back Forty,” co-produced by Dennis and longtime business partner Herb Graham of Graham Entertainment, took the top spot last summer.

Graham owns the Graham Central chain of clubs, both in Tennessee and Texas, and has decades of top-level experience on the Row and at country radio. 

Moe Bandy, who charted over 50 Billboard country singles between 1974 and 1989, has been using Dennis exclusively for years, on albums including the Gospel “Songs My Mama Sang” and a new 2-album live set Money recorded in Texas at one of Graham’s venues.

Whether Dennis is working with veteran stars like Bandy or a brand-new artist who’s stepping into the studio for the very first time, he applies the same philosophy on vocals: “We always wanna make sure they’re ready to go into the studio,” Dennis says. “Then I tell them we’re not gonna quit till we get it right, and if we have to stay a week we’re gonna stay at it.”

By Phil Sweetland

Source: http://www.nashvillemusicguide.net/?p=3158

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Our 22nd Birthday!!

So our day started off with sleeping in, (yay!) and then we met Aunt Mama and Mom and our best friend, Natalia for lunch together at one of our favorite hangouts in Las Vegas. It was so nice to hang out, catch up, and be with friends and family! 🙂  


Jackie, Natalia, and Mollie with our birthday dessert…at lunch! 🙂 Thank you for caring enough to make our birthday so special Natalia! It really meant a lot to us and we are so grateful to have you in our lives! 🙂 🙂


Then we went with our Mom and Dad for a quiet dinner, and enjoyed these cute little desserts…Jackie had a mini chocolate mocha something with homemade custard and I had a strawberry cheesecake parfait. 🙂


Making a wish!! 🙂 

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