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It’s not too late in the season for a day trip, no matter where you are. Here’s one of ours. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of our adventure.

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Day Trip, by Rich Paschall


While most people would like to go away for vacation, it is not always possible to pack up and catch a flight to England or Ireland, Germany or France, Mexico or Colombia.  In fact, it may not even be possible to take a trip for a few days to another domestic locale by train, bus or automobile.  If your time off of work is mostly given up to obligations around town, you may wish to consider a day trip.  This could be one overnight, or just somewhere close enough to visit during the day, and return home by nightfall.

A lot of stairs to the top

When my “old friend” and occasional travel companion came to visit for a week, we each had a list of things to do together, and some with others.  He had dates and I had social and medical obligations to attend.  When…

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HOW HEMINGWAY FELT – RICH PASCHALL

This is a short story of a man who thought, perhaps incorrectly, that he was out of options. Click View original post at the post to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the story.

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The Final Sentence, by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


In a cold and sterile room, Ernie sat on the end of a table. He waited in brutal silence for someone to enter.  He studied the floor intently through his boredom.  The light-colored tile was clean.  He could find no dust in the corners, although he examined the areas closely.  One small window that could not be opened allowed a little sunlight to fall to the floor.  The counter along the wall was clear.  The cabinets were labeled with the contents.  And a small chair awaited an occupant.

Ernie did not feel well.  He had not felt well for months.  Perhaps it was longer.  He had been somewhat in denial until recently.  His body could no longer ignore what his brain had tried hard to conceal.  The persistent aches and acute pains had become a fact of life.  Now there was this, the reason for…

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THE GRAND EST REGION – RICH PASCHALL

When we look at vacation photos, we always wish to travel again. While we dream of the next vacation, we look back at the last one.

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A Visit to Strasbourg by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


Just across the Rhine River from Germany, in the northeast corner of France, lies the capital of the Grand Est (East) Region.  It is the largest metropolitan area in Alsace and home to the European Parliament, the legislative body of the European Union.  Because of its central location in Europe and proximity to Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as “Allemand” (Germany), it is a major confluence of architecture, culture and cuisine.

Gare de Strasbourg

Whether you arrive by train from Paris or other city or town around France, or come via the Lufthansa bus from Frankfurt, Germany, your first stop will be at Gare de Strasbourg (or Strasbourg railway station).  You can get a nonstop train from Paris, but you may find it easier to fly to Frankfurt and take the bus direct from Frankfurt airport.  Having made this trip many times…

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HOTTER THAN FIRE – RICH PASCHALL

It’s still summer and it may be hot where you are, so we have some hot dance tunes to recall.

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Hot Summer Dancing, by Rich Paschall


Summer is in full swing, just like your dance moves.  The nights are hot and the days are sweltering.  We can tell by the sweat running down your flushed face that you are not just a Hot Child in the City, but that you have the Dance Fever.  It happens to many so do not be five alarmed.  In The Heat of the Night, you just have to get up and move.  We are not handing you a Hot Line, just our top ten HOT dance tunes.

If our lasttop ten list of Dance Songs did not get you out of your chair, we think these will do it.  They are hot, really hot.  In fact, they are so hot all the titles tell you so.  Yes, they all have heat (or fire) in the title.  Since you have heat in your shoes, get up…

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Market Days, Chicago

Each August Chicago has a celebration we call Market Days, also known as North Halsted Market Days for its location.  It runs for a half mile stretch of Halsted Street through the area known as Boystown.  It has been given this designation due to the number of gay bars, shops and restaurants in the area.

Both sides of the street are lined with food booths, beverage booths, arts and crafts.  Some community organizations have booths to promote their cause.  Along the way you will find 4 stages of entertainment.

On Sunday night I started at the south end and walked toward the northernmost stage to see MAX.  On the way I could see people of all backgrounds and colors.  It is refreshing to see such a varied group of people (many thousands front to back) all enjoying a night of entertainment together.  It is not just an LGBTQ crowd, but rather all orientations are on hand.  It is easy to tell that as you walk through the crowd.

Unfortunately the Bud Light Stage was a lighting disaster.  Almost everything was backlit in such a way that you could not see the artists’ faces.  Maybe they will learn to do better next year.

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DESTINATION: FRIENDSHIP

This gives the details of where I would travel every year if I could. It is a destination like no other.  Click “View Original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY online magazine and the rest of the story.

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A Trip to Alsace, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


In the eastern part of France, along the Rhine River and the borders of Germany and Switzerland, lies the region known as Alsace.  The colorful history and culture of this area could never be told in a brief post. From ancient time to the present, the land has been part of the Holy Roman Empire, the Frankish Realm, German Empire, Kingdom of France, Nazi Germany, modern-day France and others.  The fusion of cultures and languages makes the area a fascinating trip through history, tradition, architecture and cuisine.  A prominent feature of the region today is the wine vineyards.  A trip down the wine road is a delight.  I have done it often.

Green alternative

Although you can take a flight to Paris and go on to Strasbourg, the largest city of Alsace, by train, the more efficient and cheaper transit may…

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WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL? – RICH PASCHALL

As I contemplate my next great adventure, I look back at the vacation thoughts shared last year on SERENDIPITY. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to teepee12.com for the rest of the article.

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When Your Destination Is Not A Place, Rich Paschall


Where would you go if you could travel anywhere at all?  Where would your sense of adventure lead you?  Would it be around the world or around town?  Perhaps it would have to be domestic.  You could go to St. Louis and see the Gateway Arch and the mighty Mississippi River.  You could go up river to Hannibal, Missouri and see Mark Twain’s home.  From there you could head east to Springfield, Illinois and see Abe Lincoln’s wonderfully preserved home, maintained by the National Park Service.

Gateway arch

You might have one of the great wonders of North America in mind.  So you could head north of Buffalo, New York to Niagara Falls and ride the Maid of the Mist right up to the Falls, or you could climb down the cliff to a point where the water falls between you and…

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SOUP AND SANDWICH – RICH PASCHALL

With the most recent story of Harold, the great planner, up on SERENDIPITY, it seems a good time to look at the first story. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to teepee12.com for the rest of this episode.

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There were many stories about Harold, the great planner from the Midwest who retired to an orderly life in Florida.  This was the first.


Everyone who knew Harold would agree; he was an orderly man.  Everything about his well-ordered existence was, well, “orderly.” That would perhaps be the only word to describe it.  He firmly believed in the adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”  That did not just include things, but it also included time.  Harold ran on a strict schedule and parceled out his time for maximum efficiency.  He was dependable, likable and predictable.

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Harold had been chief mechanical engineer at a plant that made small motors for big applications.

This work demanded designing a wide variety of parts for the many specialized applications.  Harold was up to every task.  He drew his special parts the old-fashioned way at his drafting table.

He kept copies…

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WHO’S SORRY NOW?

“If sorry seems to be the hardest word,” then perhaps you need to say it in song. Click “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the entire list. Listen and share.

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Top 10 Songs of Regret, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

OK, you have really messed up this time and you do not know how to say you are sorry.  After all, “I’m sorry” does not always work, especially if you have used it too much.  You may have thought of every clever way to apologize but it just is not working.  Even when you added in flowers and/or candy you are not getting the message across.  Our advice to you is to add music.

You have probably heard the saying that “music soothes the savage beast (or mate),” so there is no harm in giving it a try.  There are plenty of apology songs and if you are into Country and Western music, the possibilities may seem endless.  The C&W world has a lot to apologize for apparently.  There is a word of caution in our dishonorable mention, however.  Sometimes nothing…

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TRAVEL ON

Are you traveling this summer? Is your personal gnome planning the trip? Click “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY to see where my friend Tom has traveled without actually going there.

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Where To Next? by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


Perhaps you have seen the commercials or print ads for a popular travel planning site that features a garden gnome. Yes, a garden gnome!  If you have done any travel planning online, then they may have popped up on your computer too.  The internet is smarter than we are and knows when to send us a picture of a garden gnome.  For years I thought the ad campaign was silly.  I could not imagine why a lifeless gnome was speaking to us from various locales from around the world.

Then a friend recommended the beloved 2001 French film Amelie to me (aka Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain) .  Actually, he checked it out of the library, gave it to me and told me to watch it.  Amelie was busy in her life solving the problems of others while neglecting her own.  As…

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