APRIL LOVE OR APRIL FOOL?

Here are my top April songs. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY to view the list.

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April in Paris, by Rich Paschall


One April early in the 21st millennium, I actually was in Paris.  I thought it would be exciting, even a bit romantic.  I am not sure my travel companion saw it in the same light.  Although he had never been out of the country before, he did not seem overly excited about the trip, much to my chagrin.

At the time I was working for a freight company that had acquired a nice collection of gifts for Christmas.  Since they did not have something for everyone, they raffled off the gifts they had.  The top prizes were the airline tickets.  Of course I had hoped to win the Air France vouchers, but doubted it could be so with such a large group.  There were other nice prizes and I would have been happy with any of them.  When they called my name for the tickets…

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National Poetry Month Continues

Have you been reading your poetry?  Why not?  After all it is National Poetry Month.
Since you have not been out looking for poems, I see I have an effort from long past on the shelf. I am pleased to share it with you.  

You Were the One

You were the one
with the sparkling eyes
Alive whenever they
looked into mine,
But they no longer shine
like they used to do.
Now the just give me
the blues.

You were the one

You were the one
who smiled with ease,
Knew when to laugh,
knew how to please,
But you no longer smile
like you used to do.
Now it just gives me
the blues.

I still see the places
we spent so much time.
I still pass the inns
where we wined and we dined.
And all of these things
that remind me of you
Are all of the things
that give me the blues.

You were the one
with the tender touch,
That made me feel good;
that I wanted so much.
You no longer touch me
like you used to do.
It’s loss just gives me
the blues.

You were the one
with the right things to say,
That had soothed my soul
almost every day,
But your voice doesn’t sound
quite the way it used to.
The words no longer
ring true.

I still see the friends
we cherished so much.
I still have the gifts
you gave me with love,
But all of these things
that remind me of you,
Are all of the things
that give me the blues.

Copyright Richard Paschall

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry month.  Herein you may find my humble contribution, based on ideas taken from Shelley’sOde to the West Wind.”

The South Wind

Not from the West as they had said
Or from the North as we had thought,
But from the South you gently came
Bringing the comfort we have sought.

Your presence felt upon the earth,
Though you arrived and were not seen,
An angel on a cloud of hope,
In answer to a summer dream.

Oh hear – the wind is blowing,
A spirit moving everywhere.
Glad are we that you are near us.
Glad are we that you are there.

No storm’s commotion you announced.
No lightning broke the evening skies.
No rain had fallen down on us,
Or stole the glow of our sunrise.

The year has come alive with song,
And peace will rest within my soul.
A life of happiness abounds,
More precious than the world’s gold.

Oh hear – the wind is blowing,
with power more than it would seem,
Destroyer of the world’s pain,
Preserver of the world’s dream.

You waken nature from her sleep
With a voice that softly sings
The seeds we’ve planted start to grow
In the courage that you bring.

Play thy lyre, play they tune;
Let us hear your melody.
You drive away unhappy sounds
To bring us love and harmony.

Oh hear – the wind is blowing;
A message calls to you and me.
Listen close and you’ll discover
The trumpet of a prophecy.

Copyright by Richard Paschall

THE FAILURE OF DEMOCRACY – RICH PASCHALL

Did your state have a primary? Did you vote? Did the majority vote? For my thoughts on voting and the recent Illinois primary, click on “View original post” at the bottom and follow over to SERENDIPITY.

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The Illinois Primary, by Rich Paschall

The weather was a bit cold and the skies were partly cloudy when I went to vote in our primary.  Our political future is mostly cloudy with a 98 per cent probability of discontent.  I guess that is nothing new for a primary, but in the current political climate, I was hoping for a better atmosphere.

The voter turnout was astonishingly low despite the massive amount of money spent on television ads and the large quantity of social media madness.  A friend of mine who always votes immediately took to Facebook to tell all the non-voters to just “stfu.”  If you don’t know what that means, you can consult your urban dictionary.  We are trying to keep a “G” rating here.

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“I am surprised,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr of the low turnout.  The county estimate late in…

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CAN’T STOP THE FEELING? – RICH PASCHALL

Do you have any energy left after last night? Then get up and dance. Here’s a top ten list for you. Click on “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the songs and, as the Bee Gees would say, “Keep on dancin’, and a-prancin.”

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Let’s Dance, by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


When I was younger, so much younger, we used to go dancing.  Believe it or not, we fell hard into the disco era and found our way to bars and clubs where we could dance for hours.  There was plenty of Hustle as we would slide, turn, spin and merengue across the floor.  The period was brief, not just because we are older now, but because the flood of disco received a quick backlash and we moved onto other styles of music.  That did not stop the dancing.  It just changed the beat.

When I was a young boy,
Said put away those young boy ways
Now that I’m getting’ older, so much older
I long for those young boy days
(- John Mellencamp)

We may not be going down to the Copacabana anymore, but we can still do our Neutron Dance. …

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HOT, HOTTER, HOTTEST – FICTION BY RICH PASCHALL

Soon the weather will be warming up again. Just how hot will it get? Here’s a possible look ahead. Click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the story.

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The Greenhouse, by Rich Paschall

It was another hot February day in the nation’s capital.  Many people had flooded the city’s cooling centers to get away from the unusual heat, as well as the “rolling black-outs.”  Even some of these air-conditioned locations would go without power for a few hours a day. It was unavoidable.  Just a few structures, as well as most government buildings, were exempt from the power outages.  There were a variety of factors straining the power supply in many regions of the country.  Heat seemed to be the main one.

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When the 21st Century was coming to a close, the President at that time had to admit the impact on the earth that was caused by human factors.  When elected, he continued to insist that climate change was a hoax, just as many Presidents had done before him.  The 45th President eliminated the Environmental Protection Agency  The 46th…

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SEND IN THE FEDS – RICH PASCHALL

The feds were not sent by “45.” Perhaps he got sick of tweeting about us. Nevertheless, the murder rate fell by 15 per cent in 2017 over 2016. Chicago police say violence is mostly gang related. By no measure is the Windy City near the top of the list of murders per capita. Why don’t we hear as much about the other cities? Click on “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY and some additional thoughts.

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The Streets of Chicago, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


When I was in Medellin, Colombia, someone had brought up the name of Pablo Escobar when we were out for food and drinks.  Escobar was an infamous drug lord who had lived in the Andes mountains near Medellin.  My friend commented unhappily that they have to keep telling people that Escobar was killed in the 1990s, meaning he does not live there anymore.  I told him I understand. We have to keep telling people that Al Capone no longer lives in Chicago.  The crime boss died at his home in Florida in 1947.  Sometimes the truth does not help you to shake your reputation.

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At the present time you may hear that Chicago is the murder capital of the country, just like in the Capone days.  The leader of our nation has said that crime here is “totally…

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A PAIN IN THE NECK

Last week I had “Gone Fishing.” What would motivate me to run off at this time of year and abandon my post? Here’s the story. I am home now. Click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the article.

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When Pain Decides, by Rich Paschall


There are many powerful motivators in life.  Money is at the top of some lists.  It certainly seems to be the main motivation for many leaders of corporations and governments.  Doing good, rather than doing evil or even just doing nothing, inspires people to do good works that will benefit their community and their world, however large that may be.  Fear can also be a motivator to get you to do things or to avoid people, places, things .  What motivates you to act in a certain way?

Pain is clearly a strong motivator.  People will generally avoid things that cause pain.  At least, they will when they know better.  My earliest memory involves broken glass.  I was barely more than a toddler when glass broke on the floor and my father and grandfather were yelling at me to stay put.  This of course frightened me and I ran…

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BOND REBOOT

Bond 25, as the working title is known, is tentatively set for November 2019. Daniel Craig will return along with some of the actors featured previously. Here is a look at the Daniel Craig years so far. Hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the entire article.

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The Daniel Craig Years, by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

After 20 James Bond films and 40 years, EON Productions finally had something that eluded them from the start.  They obtained the rights to the first Ian Fleming novel, 1953’s Casino Royale.  The story had been adapted into a 1954 American television drama and a 1967 comedy spoof, but had never been given a serious big screen treatment.  The chance was at hand when Pierce Brosnan declined the opportunity to go on as 007.

The change to a new Bond also meant another change in attitude at the studio now run by the daughter of original Producer, Albert R. Broccoli.  Other studios had given their heroes a new start to great success, so why not Bond?  Comic book characters had moved away from cartoon portrayals to serious action heroes.  It was time to move Bond away from the comic quips and amazing…

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A TALE OF THREE JAMES BONDS

With another Daniel Craig feature somewhere in our future, here’s a look back to the beginning, the very beginning. I guess you could say it’s The Look of Love. Read on and you’ll understand that reference. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom so you can follow over to SERENDIPITY for the rest. You do play baccarat, don’t you?

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Casino Royale, By Rich Paschall


When Eon Productions, maker of all those James Bond movies, finally made a film based on the very first Ian Fleming novel, fans of the super spy may have wondered what took them so long.  The novel, published in 1953, introduced us to the Cold War spy with a “License to Kill”, but why no movie?  In the book as in the films (plural, follow along), Bond’s mission is to bankrupt the evil Le Chiffre of the Russian secret service by beating him at cards at the Casino Royale. Le Chiffre is desperate for the money, but confident he will win.  His own life will be at risk if he loses.

The book was a hit in the UK, but sales in the US were slow and this set into motion events that would keep a serious adaptation of the novel away the big screen for over 50…

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