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by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, commentary
I WAS A WHITE HOT MESS
When I look back on my life, or when I’ve been asked to give my testimony, one of the things I have always said – is that my life had become a chaotic hot mess of a thing. I literally came to the end of myself. I tried and tried and TRIED to get it right, just free-styling it daily hoping I’d be ok. No anchor. No foundation. Just a lot of pain from military sexual trauma, deep sadness, and a sense of unworthiness. I was dirty. Damaged goods.
That is a lie – and it’s just insanely sad I used to believe that, 100%. Some of you reading this today may be fully aware of what I mean. Some of you probably think I’m nuts, or a has-been, or maybe you think I’m full of crap. Honestly, I could care less.
What I want to do is reach someone open. Tired. Searching. Battling self.
My message this week, HOLY WEEK, is that there is a friend, a father, a healer, a counselor within reach. There is a love you’ve never known. There’s a place where you can be your most authentic self and not fear rejection. There’s a beating heart for YOU in this crazy world. This love, this hope I have found is why I live now. Why I keep fighting and praying and try. I was ready to die. I wanted to die. But God said grab my hand, Jennifer, your life is valuable and I have more for you. In my desperation I reached back. God resurrected my life. He can do this for you.
He loves you. I love you. Happy Easter my friends – Jennifer
FAVES AND LEAST FAVES
Growing up, Ron’s annual Easter candy his parents treated him to was a large Fanny Farmer chocolate covered vanilla egg with a yellow center meant to be a yolk. Remember Fanny Farmer? Robin eggs with the malted centers were Ron’s second favorite. Least fave? JELLY BEANS! Jen’s fave was ANYTHING White Chocolate while her least fave was any kind of crunchy chocolate. Jen’s right… chocolate shouldn’t crunch at Easter.
According to Forbes (Forbes?) Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs are the favorites in RI which are really just peanut butter cups in a different shape.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Peeps have been an Easter candy staple for a long, long time.
Classic Peeps are marshmallow candy made of a simple mixture of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. They include a few other ingredients, such as preservatives and food coloring, but each Peep is essentially a colorful, chick-shaped marshmallow treat – with wax eyes. Specialty products and particular colors may contain additional ingredients, but that’s nearly the full story.
A single serving of five chicks comes to 140 calories. According to Just Born, they contain no fat but a whopping 30 grams of sugar—60% of the daily value for people on a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
Ron’s tip on how an ADULT should enjoy Peeps:
– Punch several holes into the cellophane of a 5 pack
– Allow the PEEPS to get a tad stale (3 days usually does the trick)
– Dip the PEEPS (head first) in the aperitif of your choice
It’s a little play off Col. Potter’s favorite in MASH… Fig Newtons and scotch!
MORE BELT TIGHTENING
Numbers out this week show the consumer price index jumped to 8.5% in March. Analysts had predicted an 8.3% increase over the last 12 months. March’s sky high rate is the highest since 1981 when Jimmy Carter ruled the roost.
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Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.
Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.
Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.
“Ron and Jen’s Great Escape” podcast, a more lighthearted look at the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering each Wednesday and listen to Ron and Jen’s Great Escape call in radio show Friday afternoons 2 til 4 on 101.1 FM, 1540 WADK and streaming everywhere on WADK.COM.