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Ron & Jen’s Great Escape – Dec. 7, 2022 – Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, contributing writers

ARE YOU A CHICKEN OR AN EAGLE?

Some days are easier than others, and we have all felt that. At times the weight of the world rests on our shoulders when we tune in to the evening news. Other times, we see life on the micro level and are handling difficult issues around family, children, job, or relationships. It would be very easy in those pressure filled moments to behave like many others in the world. Become short tempered, disrespectful, undisciplined, or lazy. It’s much harder to step out of the pack and continue on with grace, patience, respect for whatever, and keep on keeping on with some sort of joy. I’ve been on both sides of that coin. I will tell you this much – I have learned, now that I’ve sobered up after 38 years, life is hard. It’s definitely not fair at times and bad things happen to good people. Just because you live right doesn’t mean you won’t have trouble or issues.

The trick is to just sit back and trust God. Give it to him. Whatever “it” is. I believe with every cell in my body that nothing happens without a purpose. There are no coincidences. All that’s asked of us every day is to do the best we can with what’s in front of us. That’s it. Some days we do it better than others, but give yourself a break! You’re human. 

I pray this new year that’s closing in fast is your breakthrough year. That your heart will want to break away from the pack. To have a desire to step out of mediocrity and rise above. A will inside to soar with majestic eagles instead of chilling with the chickens. We all have an eagle inside of us. It’s up to you to jump off that cliff, and allow God to transform you. 

PS. You can start that transformation by walking that shopping cart back to the cart holder in the Walmart parking lot. Chickens leave them all over the place. Eagles respect the worker who has to collect them, and other shoppers.

Till next week my friends,

Jen

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THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING

We all have different triggers that get us into the Christmas spirit. For some it’s seeing Santa pull up at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. For others, it’s the wonderful smell of fresh Christmas trees. For Ron, it’s the Christmas display the folks at NATIONAL GOLD CHAIN put up every year (I’m sure at serious electric expense) along Rt. 95. For Jen it’s when A CHRISTMAS STORY shows up in marathon form and when THE BIG BLUE BUG dons its red nose and rows of lights atop BIG BLUE BUG SOLUTIONS on Route 95. Whatever fires up YOUR Christmas spirit we hope it warms your heart!

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BELT  TIGHTENING

We’re all feeling the crunch of inflation. Watching grocery prices soar, prices at the pump painfully high, the cost of heating your home soaring and more folks than ever before living paycheck to paycheck. It’s forced many of us to tighten our belts. But what are Americans refusing to cut spending on? A recent poll finds one area folks aren’t willing to cut back on is their health. 70% of respondents say they won’t let their health falter while 44% won’t spend less on their health and wellness. Six in 10 say the pandemic encouraged them to rearrange their priorities with 63% saying the experience made them value their health more than they did before. How are they rearranging their priorities? By cooking at home more, staying more home in general and having good spending habits.

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YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN… CAN’T YOU?

There’s a buzz surrounding the possible return of Tom Brady to the Patriots in 2023 to finish out his career with the Pats. Brady becomes a free agent for the second time in his career at season’s end, and while he has a deal in place with the FOX Network, many pundits think he wants to play one more season…so why not finish in a Patriot’s uniform. It makes a lot of sense. He can be a mentor to Mac Jones PLUS you know he’ll be a free agent magnet and provide a big talent upgrade for the Patriots. And the best part is you KNOW he’s not going to accept Matt Patricia and Joe Judge as the offense coordinator combo!

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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.

Go here to read all Ron & Jen’s columns: https://rinewstoday.com/ron-st-pierre-jen-brien/

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