Richard Paul Evans - The Baby Grand - Part 1

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Richard Paul Evans

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THIS is a true story.  You might not believe it, but it is.  All of it.  I didn’t even exaggerate, which is something my wife accuses me of a million times a day. But in this case, you’ll just have to believe me when I say it’s all true.  Fact is oftentimes stranger than fiction.  And always a whole lot more painful.

Let’s be clear about something from the beginning: I didn’t want a new piano to begin with.  Frankly, I didn’t even want the one we had.  Most of the time it just sat in our house dormant like one of those revolutionary exercise machines that you bought at two in the morning because you were half asleep and they convinced you that it might make you look like Chuck Norris.


Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and fourteen other bestselling novels.  He is the winner of two first-place Storytelling World Awards and the Romantic Times 1995 award for best women’s novel.  His newest bestseller, just in time for Mother’s Day, is called The Walk–the story of Alan Christoffersen, a man who loses everything and begins a journey from Seattle, Washington, to Key West, Florida.

Actually, to our children, the piano was like a torture device in the house, something they’d hurry by lest my wife associate them with the piano and say, “before you touch that TV [video game, internet, brownie] you need to practice the piano.”

I can’t blame them for not liking piano lessons.  My own history with pianos was less than stellar.  In spite of my mother’s faith in my musical promise, my piano career ended in childhood with Schumann’s first book of annoying finger exercises.  So when my wife, Keri, announced that she wanted a new piano for Mother’s Day, I was less than excited.

“We have a piano,” I said.

“It’s a bad piano,” she replied.

How could I argue?  From my perspective there was no other kind.  So when I found myself following her into the piano showroom the next day, it was with the intent of shocking her with the prices and walking out, consoling her with a “maybe someday.”

At least that was my intent. 

Initially, our visit to the piano store went as anticipated.  Keri floated from instrument to instrument, her smile falling a little more with each inspected price tag while I smugly watched her, my wallet safely intact.  All according to plan, I thought; another fifteen minutes and we’ll be driving home piano-less. 

Then I saw it.

The Queen Anne Mahogany Baby Grand.  It wasn’t just a piano.  It transcended piano.  It was art and beauty.  It was all that was right with the world–a piece of skillfully crafted woodmongery that had fallen from some loftier sphere into this humble showroom.  It didn’t matter what it sounded like.  We could just put it in our living room and stare at it like a fine oil painting.

The salesman knew love when he saw it.  “She’s a beaut, isn’t she?” he said, sidling up to me.  “Too bad it’s the only one in the state.  It will probably be gone by morning.”

Panic gripped my heart.  What? Someone take my piano? 

For what it’s worth, I pride myself on being a sophisticated consumer.  I was, after all, an advertising executive by profession, an abuser of such obvious sales tactics

Glenn Beck: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:


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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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