Author Archives: Rick Vale



Rick Vale

GARBAGE DAY GOSPEL
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GARBAGE DAY GOSPEL

Because ”THE BLOG” is always written on Wednesdays, and Wednesdays used to be “garbage day” at my old house, and because I’m always the most sensitive to what God is...

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June 18, 2024
A RICH MAN
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A RICH MAN

It was a tragic story, to begin with.  He was a young father, in construction.  He was a high school jock who hadn’t lost his physical peak with age.  His...

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June 11, 2024
MICHAEL
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MICHAEL

Each June I think about my friend, Michael.  Michael was a conductor, chorus master, lecturer, author, musicologist, accompanist, and my vocal coach when I performed opera.  He was also, more...

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June 04, 2024
INSIGNIFICANT
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INSIGNIFICANT

In the last few days I have had the remarkable pleasure, and privilege, to be in Rome and see the almost 2000-year-old Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Arch of...

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May 28, 2024
FRAMES & PHOTOS
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FRAMES & PHOTOS

When my parents passed away in 2013, I had a lot of boxes, furniture, and “memories on film” to go through.  “Memories on film”/photos.  In this new world of digital...

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May 22, 2024
SONO QUI | I AM HERE
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SONO QUI | I AM HERE

When I travel, which I love to do and am doing now, I am constantly surrounded by the beautiful tapestry of life: on all sides, families and children.  As I age,...

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May 15, 2024
THE HILL, AND GETTING OVER IT
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THE HILL, AND GETTING OVER IT

Another “trip around the sun” is coming up: and I am continually “feeling” my age.  Now that I’m officially on the “other side of the hill” birthday gifts are intangible moments,...

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May 07, 2024
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BURGERS?
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HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BURGERS?

A BLOG by Rick Vale “I don’t believe in God anymore,” I overheard her say to a friend on the phone, while we were both in line at KROGER, “I just...

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April 30, 2024
ENIGMAS by Pastor Ken Rickett
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ENIGMAS by Pastor Ken Rickett

THE BLOG by Pastor Ken Rickett: “ENIGMAS” Not only do I have an infatuation with large jigsaw puzzles (1000-3000 pieces), but I also spend hours in puzzle books which have...

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April 23, 2024
JUST AN INSTRUMENT IN THE ORCHESTRA
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JUST AN INSTRUMENT IN THE ORCHESTRA

When I was a High School student, I played percussion in the local symphony orchestra and the High School band/orchestra.  In the band, I played a variety of drums, but...

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April 16, 2024