GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK

Letting seniors go a few years before retirement is more common than you may know. In some cases, it is just an easy way to “help” the budget.

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Thanks for your service, Rich Paschall

He had been in the business for almost 40 years.  The last twenty-seven of those with the same company.  He liked his job and thought he was good at it.  In just a few more years he would retire.  Everything seemed to be on track.

When Carl started in his career, orders were processed with typewriters.  Carbon paper was used when multiple copies were required.  Details of international orders were sent overseas by telex machine.  Everything was done manually and file cabinets were stuffed with files of all the orders and shipments.

Carl made it through all the changes.  At first he thought an electronic typewriter with memory was just about the coolest thing.  Fax machines took the place of telex machines and world-wide communication was getting easier.  As the decades went on, technology and communications advanced faster and faster, but Carl kept right…

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SPRING INTO FALL

What does Fall feel like to you? I shared these thoughts last year after Labor Day. It was hot here again this year on Labor Day weekend, but this time I was in Colombia were it was…well, hot. Autumnal Equinox is a day earlier this year than last. No, I can not explain it.

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It Feels Like Football, Rich Paschall

While many consider the Labor Day weekend (which includes the first Monday of September) to be the beginning of Fall, others think of it as the last gasp of summer.  I prefer to think of it along the lines of the later.  That was much easier this year as that three-day stretch was among the hottest days we have had here in the Midwest all year.

Rushing the seasons is not on my list of things to do.  In fact, in a great upper Midwest tradition, I prefer to hang on to summer as long as possible.  After all, the season here is not long enough as it is.  Anyone who has been freezing in the upper deck of Wrigley Field in mid June will understand this completely.  We need our summer.

Those walking down the avenue in October and finding people in shorts and flip-flops…

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SOMETHING THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME

When I saw that David Archuleta was in a group of volunteers in Louisiana helping flood victims, I thought of this profile from just two years ago.  Currently David is writing music, recording, and even making some concert appearances, mostly in western states closer to home.

A pop star profile by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog What comes to mind when I say “rock star” or “pop star?”  Do you think of your favorite singers?  Do you hear their mu…

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TOP TELEVISION THEME SONGS

What are your Top Ten television theme songs for drama shows? Can you add to our list from last year?

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Drama Division, by Rich Paschall

You have clearly been waiting patiently for the coming of my next top 10 list.  Well, wait no more.  I have diligently gone through the memory banks to produce a list for you.  After compiling a hefty list of TV theme songs, I find that I had to limit the category.  Out went the novelty songs like The Addams Family and Gilligan’s Island.  Out too were the comedy themes of note like Welcome Back, Kotter and the theme from Cheers, where everybody knows your name.

We could not include your cartoon favorites or even the great pieces written for news broadcasts or special events.  The Olympics theme that NBC gets to overuse with each Olympics is a stand out piece introduced in 1984 and easily recognizable now.  I could make a case for a hundred songs if I did not find a theme for…

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DEAR LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

Last year, I wrote to the Leader of the Free World, but I have not seen much progress in the areas that I mentioned to him. Perhaps he did not see my letter, so I thought I should send it again.

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A Citizen’s Open Letter, Richard Paschall

Dear Leader,

There are a number of problems in the world I would like to call to your attention in case you have not yet had time to notice them.  First, there is this whole thing about poverty.  The world is full of wealth and wealthy people and yet there are those without food, shelter and medicine.  Worse yet, successful corporations and wealthy businessmen get additional tax breaks that in no way benefit the poor.  Isn’t the government for all the people?  How about a little protection for the “little people?”  There seems to be no reason for people to starve.  Wouldn’t a “more perfect union” seek to help more than the top one percent?

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We seem to struggle with the issue of providing health care to the populace.  I know you have tried to get medical…

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HATE, ANGER AND SOCIAL MEDIA

With the presidential campaign going strong, it is a good time to share this again. Some seem to be working overtime at filling social media with posts that simply are not true. Unfortunately, there are many who believe whatever they read.

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A Firestorm of Misinformation, Rich Paschall

There are always items in the news that bring out the social media commentators.  There’s the economy, Obama Care, and campaign finance laws.  There are Pipelines and Trade Agreements.  There is religious freedom and freedom of speech.  It is that Freedom of Speech thing that lets the haters and misinformers run rampant on the internet.

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It seems a lot of people have time to create graphics with so-called information and historical quotes (internet memes).  Some are very artistically created with nice pictures of a president or other important historical person in the background.  If you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter enough, it seems some of these historical figures are speaking out of both sides of their mouths.  One…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

There have been a few updates to this article and I am pleased to share it again. Do you post old pictures on Thursdays? #tbt

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Keeping Old Memories Alive, Rich Paschall

Let’s face it, there are a lot of annoying things about social media.  Even worse than the stupidity being spread, making us dumber by the day, is the proliferation of new games, rituals, groups, pages, chats, instasomethings, broadcast thyself and say nothing.

You Tube channels (I have 2), Google +, tweet and twitpic and twitchat, YouNow, Ustream and the list for You is growing.  You can write it, sing it, chat it, pin it, post it, paste it, repost and reblog it.  The glut of personal pages and activities is beyond gluttonous.

Among the millions of pages and posts lies some golden moments if only you can find them.  Sometimes it is like finding a needle in a haystack, but sometimes a needle is found.  Perhaps you put the golden needle there yourself, hoping others will find it.  If you look hard enough, you may find gold too.

I have used…

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SUNDAY IS FOR PREACHING

Some of the priests I knew would write out their Sunday sermons and then use them again then the next time they came to the same week in that particular liturgical year.  In a three year cycle, they may use some sermons just once in three years, while certain holy days might get basically the same sermon every year.  In that green spirit of recycling, I offer a past sermon I preached on SERENDIPITY.

A sermon on smoking and other pastimes by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog I was thinking about this recently because of people who passed. A few weeks back I wrote about Betty, a friend and co-aut…

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SPEAKING A NEW LANGUAGE

I have a good friend who insists I learn Spanish. I encourage him to improve his English. What if we could know these languages instantly?

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What if you could wake up tomorrow and be able to speak a new language?  Suppose you did not have to work at it at all.  There would be no boring repetition of words and phrases.  You would not have to study rules of grammar.  You would not have to learn to conjugate.  You would not take home lessons to write out.  The language would just be there at your command.  Your speech would be fluent and your understanding clear.  What language would you choose?

My best guess is that most people would consider a language of their ancestors.  If they came from Poland, then Polish might be their first choice.  In a city like Chicago, with a large population of Polish immigrants and descendants, this would make perfect sense.  If you have a relative that speaks the language, wouldn’t you be pleased to…

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IT IS SO ORDERED

A little over a year ago, the Supreme Court ruled on same sex marriage. Here’s what happened.

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Equality and the Supreme Court, Rich Paschall

While the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was expected by some, it was a total shock to others.  Nevertheless, people took to the street to celebrate their activism.  Many had demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court in recent weeks. People carried signs and waved rainbow flags.  Politicians made speeches about what the Supreme Court should do.  There were articles and editorials.  The rhetoric on the topic hit new highs (or lows, depending where you are) and social media exploded with cute (or not so cute) graphics (internet memes) in support of one side or the other.  None of this mattered, nor should it have.

In the Spring of 2013 when two landmark cases were about to be decided (Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144 and Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307), the Sunday Night Blog offered an opinion on another important…

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