STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD

With a so called “National Emergency” being declared and the continual negative comments of our leaders, it might make you wonder why people give up their home to try to come here. Following are my thoughts on those making the trek to another world. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of this article.

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A Different Road, by Rich Paschall


There are many people, especially those who live in third world countries I presume, who live in poverty, can not get a good education or good job, have infrastructure in need of building or repair, and have government leaders who only take care of the rich and those with special interests.  They have little hope of something better in their own country so they dream of going elsewhere.  If they can get a passport, a visa and enough money, many still aspire to travel to the USA.  When they arrive, all but the lucky few will eventually discover that they have moved to a country where many live in poverty, can not get a good education or good job, have infrastructure in need of building or repair, and have government leaders who only take care of the rich and those with special interests.  In…

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I AM HOME – By Rich Paschall

This is a short story with a bit of a twist. I like it when stories move in unexpected ways, and that was certainly the case for George here. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the story.

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A piece of home alone fiction by Rich Paschall


The alarm went off at 6 am as usual.  Instead of hitting the snooze bar, George turned off the alarm and got up.  It was Wednesday, trash collection day in the small Florida town.  He no longer had Ethel to push him out of bed so he had to muster the resolve to get up and take care of the chores.  Jack, the faithful terrier, got up as well and was running around George’s feet as he tried to go through his morning routine.  Terriers do not lack morning energy.

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After he got dressed and made his way to the kitchen, he started the coffee.  Ethel used to take care of this while George took care of the hyper active dog, but his wife of 40 years was gone now.  George had to make his own coffee.  George had to do all the…

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THE TELEVISION WESTERN

The Great Western Theme Songs

When I searched for the top television westerns of the day, I got a few Netflix series. That’s it.  No, there is not much out there anymore. At one time, television westerns were a mainstay of programming, especially in the early years.  The 1950’s relied on movie and radio series westerns and in  many cases their stars.  The successful shows invited series of similar content to arrive.  The 60’s and 70’s brought us many original westerns.  Since then, they have seemed to ride off into the sunset, never to return.

With the early westerns came some great theme songs.  I considered many shows with great opening and closing tunes when I compiled my top 10 western theme songs.  I wrote down this list (in no particular order) before paring it down to 10:
The Lone Ranger
Gene Autry
Wild Wild West
Bonanza
Have Gun Will Travel
Rawhide
Wyatt Earp
Lonesome Dove
Maverick
The Rebel
Gunsmoke
Zorro
Wagon Train
The Big Valley
The Roy Rogers Show
The High Chaparral
Cheyenne
Bat Masterson
Jim Bowie
Death Valley Days
Sugarfoot
Bronco
Fury

Which of these shows made my top 10 theme songs?  Saddle up your horse and head on over to teepee12.com (SERENDIPITY) to find out.  You will also get links to the top 5 songs in case you need to relive the days of yesteryear.

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NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS – RICH PASCHALL

There is political news, fake news and alternative news. There is entertainment news and celebrity news. Maybe we should try “no news.” Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to continue reading on SERENDIPITY.

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Avoiding Stress, by Rich Paschall


Recently I attended a talk at work regarding avoiding stress.  We are in a deadline driven business and there can be a good deal of stress, so a talk on dealing with and reducing stress seemed like a good use of my time in a busy day. The speaker was Dr. Scott Cabrera of Higgins Sports and Spinal Rehab.  This caught my interest as I have had a variety of spinal issues and could not help but believe that some of them were caused by stress.

As I expected he had charts and a skeletal figure so he could explain to us about the spine.  He showed how we can often tense up and this is bad for the spine and the nerves connected to it.  We saw how nerves ran from the spine down the arms and legs.  Tension in the back could be the…

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LIBERATION: A MUSICAL THAT ALMOST WAS – RICH PASCHALL

Sometimes rather than write a commentary on something, a short story or a Top Ten list, I write a true story from my life. This is one of those stories. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of this reminiscence.

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“Just imagine how awful we’d feel,” I told Betty one day, “if we got to the end of our lives and never produced our play. Especially if we really could have.  We’d always regret it.”

That’s how I pushed Betty to produce Liberation.  I knew she wasn’t entirely convinced, but that was her way.  She was critical, skeptical of everything. It was her strength.

Twenty years earlier we had done summer theater together.  After rehearsals, we’d adjourn to Betty’s apartment to tell jokes, sing songs and laugh our way to midnight. Those times would become our “good old days.”

We worked on a variety of projects over a few summers, and developed a talented circle of friends.  Betty was 2 years my senior, always the stage manager and sergeant-at-arms.  She kept us in line during our silliest youthful moments.

Rich and Betty at Pajama Game rehearsal Rich and Betty at Pajama Game rehearsal

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HEIDELBERG GALLERY

Our Tourist Pictures

When we travel around I take some pictures with my phone.  These, however, are taken with the camera.  I get better pictures, although my Moto 5 phone gets a good quality. I think it is important to pack a camera for vacation.  I know people have phones where they can keep a LOT of pictures and get good quality.  I guess I did not want to invest in a high-end phone to get somewhat better pictures.

Our most recent trip to Germany included our first ever stop in Heidelberg.  It is a university town with great tradition.  Nestled among the hills along the Nekar River it is quaint and picturesque.  For more on this trip check our narrative and more picture on SERENDIPITY here.

Click on any picture to go through the larger versions of each. Be sure to hop over to our Heidelberg story, “Our Visit To The Valley,” by clicking on the link here

 

ALSACE IN PICTURES

We recently returned to Alsace for another tour of the region.  We have been fortunate to do this often in recent years.  To read more about it, head over to SERENDIPITY here.

Click on any picture to start through the larger versions of each. Click here to read more about our Alsace Adventure.

A TRIP IN THE NIGHT

It’s not just on New Year’s Eve that you must be careful not to stumble and fall. There are other times to beware.  Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of my roommate thoughts.

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Roommates, by Rich Paschall, a roommate in the dark


At some point you may have had a roommate other than your parents and siblings. They do not count for this consideration as you did not pick them.  You had to deal with them or endure them according to the rules of family. If you lived with a brother or sister after you moved out of your parents’ house, however, then what follows is all on you. By that point in life, you knew what you were getting into. If your brother left his dirty socks wherever he took them off in the apartment, you should have know that would happen. There’s no use to carp about it now.

My first roommate was while I was in college. We did not go to college together. We were high school chums. This actually worked out well as he was rarely around. I think that he had a…

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VISIONS OF ROYALTIES

It is not “visions of sugar plums” that are dancing in my head, but rather visions of royalty checks.  Will this be the year someone sets this to music and makes us rich?  Dream on.

A Hit for Christmas

O Christmas tree

I need a hit for Christmas
To turn the season green.
A snappy little holiday tune
Is really what I mean.
If I could just find somewhere
In my memory tonight
A verse, a phrase, some words of joy
To the world I would write.

“What is my theme?” I wonder
As I wander here and there.
Christmas songs make lots of cash
And why should I not share
In monies green and silver
But oh what shall I say?
After all I’m thinking now,
“What’s not been said of Christmas Day?”

I’ll write a Christmas Jingle.
Bells of joy will sound –
A song about Kris Kringle
Or snow upon the ground.
I’ll make a little silver.
Bells of joys will play –
A check, a smile, a royalty
With every Christmas Day.

As each and every memory
Was sailing past tonight,
I had to grab the good ones
And to add the music right.
I’m dreaming of best sellers
That every year will rock
Around the Christmas tree
And down every single block.

We then need the musicians
For piano and for bass.
We’ll add a little drummer.
Boy, we’ll really rock the place.
The perfect words and music?
I ask what do you hear.
What I hear are record deals
If we can sound sincere.

I’ll write a Christmas Jingle.
Bells play all the way.
A tune that you will download –
On CD’s that you will play.
I’ll have a greener season
And know just what to say –
“A check, a smile, a royalty
With every Christmas Day.”

Copyright Richard Paschall

Still Christmas Shopping?

For those still shopping on Christmas eve…

A Christmas Gift

Christmas shopping

I was caught
In the crush of Christmas shopping,
Fighting the crowds
And always stopping,
To find the right gift
That I can give to you
But nothing seems right.
What shall I do?

The weather is snowing.
The street lights are glowing.
Everyone is knowing,
That Christmas is near.

The crowd is in a hurry.
The people all scurry,
As they battle the flurry and
Shouts of good cheer.

But I have a task
That is not like the rest.
I must choose a gift.
It must be the best.
I’ll search everywhere.
Do what I can do.
The cost doesn’t matter,
Because it’s for you.

The Christmas Bells are ringing.
The snow begins clinging.
Choirs will be singing
Of heaven above.

As soft music plays,
On this Christmas Day,
I know I will say,
That my gift is Love.

Copyright Michael F. Teolis music and Richard Paschall lyrics.