March 2017 Upbeat Times!!!
Rosa, CA. ~ I had to make the font big enough so I could
see what I was writing this month. It is the realization that I can no longer
see the details of small type, let alone what the contents are of the fork I’m about to put in my mouth. It cracks me up! Up till now my eyes were
close to my pen & paper when drawing illustrations…but no more. I now have
the assistance of 1.50 reader glasses. Adorned around our household items, such
as lamps, are over 10 pairs of reading glasses. Mainly for my
wife, she needed them before I did. I joked about it too, because she’s younger
than I am. Thank goodness she has a sense of humor. She sure got me back
though, when, suddenly I exclaimed, “Geez! Can I borrow your glasses?” I needed them to read some small type on a legal document” She exclaims,
“See!! I told you they would come in handy!” Luckily I can see at great distances! “See that…(More Here)
February 2017 Upbeat Times
February 2017 Upbeat Times
Rosa, CA. ~ More than ever we are all in need of Upbeat
Times! “Paul, you should franchise this paper!” a friend says to me recently.
“I should!”, I respond. I’ve been thinking about it for a
long time. More than ever I realize that for the health of the world we need to
know what is working and positive answers to our most daunting fears. Another
person I spoke to says, “I never even turn on the news any more! I stopped my subscriptions to the daily newspapers and even the
weeklies, and I am frankly tired of all the bad news and complaining, issues
You cant stop all the
information being blasted at us, but you can choose most of
what you want to see and absorb. Stay informed, educated and open-minded, I
say. Yes, a lot of communications material where ever we go is mostly filled
with fear oriented material, gossip and people’s rants, issues & raves and at the same time it has bits
and pieces of positive stuff. It’s not all...
January 2017 Upbeat Times
2017 January Upbeat Times
Just Chill'in January 2017 Sonoma County, CA. ~ Every year, perhaps because of the exuberant ancestral Austrian celebrations of Twelfth Night, it is now a tradition in our house, to toast a “Happy January 27th Birthday, Wolfgang!” Better known as Wolfie or Amadeus Mozart—2017 is his 261st!--Or, as KDFC occasionally gives a shout out to “Mighty Mo!” If you need a real spiritual uplift, listen to your choice of the best recordings of Mozart’s exquisite...
by Ellie Schmidt
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December 2016 Upbeat Times
December 2017 Upbeat Times..Happpy Holidays!
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Crater Lake, Oregon is an absolute masterpiece! For the last 10 years or so, I have gone to this area, only to discover I love it more and more. In Santa Rosa, where I live most of the year, is beautiful, but somehow I end up drawn to the mountains. The massive fir, redwood and pine trees with their oversized one foot long pine cones drum up early memories camping with my mom, dad three brothers and sister. There was one year we went to camp in June(I was around 6) and there was still 10 feet of snow left around the edges of the crater. We began to unload our tents & gear and my mom decided against it...she did not want to wake up to kid-sickles in the morning. Many more years passed and we returned to observe the vast beauty of this lake with the famous dormant cinder…Click for more
November 2016 Upbeat Times
November 2016 Upbeat Times is Good News!
Rosa, CA. ~ When it rains, I think of life and think of
how the plants say, “Oh Yeah!”. I also think of Winter. I love to sit outside
the first hour of my day on the porch while drinking hot
coffee and listening to the sounds of rain. Of course, like clockwork,
my cats need to immediately jump on my lap and dry their soaked paws.
I am often caught by surprise
and end up spilling a few drops and up to a quarter cup all over my
clothes. But, that’s ok with me...I still get to listen to the rain, and the
hot cup of coffee is soothing & reminds me of those things that I am
grateful for. I am thankful that people in another part of the world have worked
hard to pick each bean by hand and that months later I am enjoying a
rich dark roast blend that starts my day off peacefully. I’m thankful that after 18 years my paper
is thriving. I really appreciate all…
October 2016 Upbeat Times
October 2016 Upbeat Times
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ I’m sure most people by now know publishers are a little different people from the rest. Well, at least, I am. The fact that I like to have a little fun is an understatement. I kind of like to have fun as much as I can...when possible. I tend to joke around with people and at times I get the strangest looks, and most often nice bursts of laughter! I love to entertain! To entertain is another (one of 4,298,328) goals of mine. Music combined with comedy, as Victor Borge did......
September 2016 Upbeat Times
September 2016 Upbeat Times
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ As time goes on, there
are more and more opportunities to become a better person and much more
well-rounded. The first important mode of self-improvement for me seems to be
to continuously learn how to become a better communicator because along with
just being upbeat isn’t enough.
With this column I have, I am able to use my
words in such a way that allows me to share with people I do not know, and that
I have not met, a little insight to who I am and what I…
2016 August Upbeat Times
Rosa, CA. ~ I understand this cliche, but it can be
confusing at times. The theme of ‘less is more’ came up in a recent conversation. ‘How is
less more?’ I said. It’s a bit confusing. If I have less, I have less, not
more. Even metaphorically speaking it is hard to grasp...but
just kidding, I do understand its meaning more than I....More here
July 2016 Upbeat Times
Upbeat July 4th ~ Happy 240th Birthday, America!
It’s a new, complicated world, obviously. When a wave of nostalgia about NYC
hits--where I relished the first three decades of my life--I feel a distinct
upbeat ripple of amusement, right up my spine, realizing that unless I am “just
chillin’” with other “golden oldies,” or, with my
curious young family members who “want to know what it was like way back when,”
the NYC I recall has not existed for a very long time. Seeing photos from their recent trips, I can
no longer identify the radically different skyline or even recognize
the huge variety of neighborhoods that I felt so proprietary about long ago....Read more by clicking picture
June 2016 Upbeat Times is the Best Ever
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ It’s great to see all sorts of media starting to add a bit more of a positive flair to their outlets. My wife says to me the other day that she heard a local radio station requesting to have the public send their good news to them so they could announce it. They still have to report daily news, good or bad. It is often the type of information we really all don’t need to hear, but it is aired non-the-less. Before the Upbeat Times was first published in 1998, most media‘s main focus was who did.....More Here!
2016 Upbeat Times is Good News!
Rosa, CA. ~ Even
though Mother’s Day publicly is shown to be celebrated one day a year, I am
calling every day Mother’s Day.
Every day, mom’s are busy
with one thing or another, with kids, family and life in general. They have
mothers and their mothers had mothers and their children one day to will be
mothers, if they are girls of course. Even for those women who do not even have
their own biological children, kids sometimes adopt theses
suragate moms as a mom they never had.
There is always a need to be nurtured...no matter what
Rosa, CA. ~ There
is something about the first warm days that arrive in March & April. The
smell of the grass, wind and rain. The first rogue tomatoes that pop up in the
garden...Even the blossoms on the peach trees, cherry & apple. It is
amazing. I feel fortunate to work out of a home office
most of the time. At times, it is hard for me because I get distracted with
everyday life happenings. I want to do everything simultaneously. For example,
preparing dinner, playing with the animals or when…
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March 2016 Upbeat Times is Good News!
Rosa, CA. ~ Broadcasting
live from Coos Bay, Oregon on KWRO is another world in itself. A few days
earlier I had just finished the February issue of this paper and my good
friend, Cam Parry of Coos Bay invites me to co-host his show again. This was my
fourth time and it’s a whole lot of fun and feels natural. The whole other world part is all the people I met who came to the studio.
Pretty much the entire group of individuals were involved with something that
had to do with ....
February 2016 Upbeat Times
February 2016 Upbeat Times is good News!
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ I don’t know about a lot of you, but 18 years really doesn’t seem that long of a time. I’ve been publishing this paper for 18 Years? I guess I have. I put together the first issue of Upbeat Times ‘Shopper’ back in 1998 and went out and talked to people about my concept. I really started it, because I wanted to work for myself. I had worked very hard for others with my full dedication. I’m sure I .....click on paper and go to page 2 for more!
January 2016 Upbeat Times is Here!
Rosa, CA. ~
Old Father Time again gets the boot by a frisky toddler wearing only a
banner—imprinted: 2016! “Out with the
old, in with the new.” --Sometimes an early clean sweep is most desirable.
Here, Ren and his trusty plumber Doug, of RTB Property Management, came
to our rescue on Black Friday at the unheard of hour of 6:30 pm to rescue us
from a kitc
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Good News Fly's Fast!
WHO READS US?
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Who reads us? We’d like to really know! We know there are a lot of you, because most of our newspapers disappear each month rapidly. We spot people with our paper all over the globe too. But, we are asking this question because we would like to hear from more of you! Tell us what you’d like to see more of and or what ideas you may have! Send your positive stories. Success stories. Stories of inspiration, and we’....click here or the cover to read more!
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Upbeat Times October 2015
Heather Caulfield Wins Cover Contest: Click on Paper to Read!
About Heather... pg 3Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Sonoma County, CA. ~ Heather Caulfield is a soulful vibrant figurative portrait painter who innately captures the essence of ones being. Her style is a union of classically trained old master techniques merged with an urban heart, delivering rich detail and strong emotion. Figures lounge in ultra worlds of color and modern day scenes. The feminine form, rock stars and mystical spiritual universal truths are favorite subjects. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, she started painting with oils in her youth, studying traditional methods. Now residing in Sonoma County, CA, she expolores her creative craft and paints live, and shows her work at various venues. To view her paintings go to Facebook.com/CaulfieldART
2015 September Upbeat Times is Here!
September 2015 Upbeat Times
Evolving with Enthusiasm
by Paul Andrew Doyle... pg 3Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Have you ever met someone who drove you crazy because they were full of life and enthusiasm? Well, you’re not alone. I’m not talking about myself, just for the record. But, the truth is, we are out there among all of you. An individual might say it is unrealistic to be optimistic and enthusiastic all the time. They might be partially correct also. Like the golfer who aspires to shoot the perfect game of mostly birdies, some pars and ...Click paper to read full paper
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UNDER THE STARS by Shekeyna Black
Glen Ellen, CA. ~ The hills of Sonoma are alive with the sound of music, thanks to Transcendence Theatre Company! The innovative musical theater endeavor was instrumental in saving Jack London State Historic Park from closure a few years ago, due to budget cuts by the State of California. During that same time, a group of performers took to the road...read on!
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2015 July Upbeat Times is here!
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ It’s that time of year again to take some time off and enjoy the great outdoors for some much needed R & R. I looked back over some older photos and was trying to think, ‘What reminds me of Summer?’
Cherries do! I remember picking cherries for hours in 100 degree weather out in Sebastopol, Califonia. My end goal was to sell them. I wanted to be like my parents and run my own business. I had told my mom about what I wanted to do and she told me to get the card table and then to make a sign that…..Read the Full story Here. Paper available July 1st!
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2015 June Upbeat Times
The June Upbeat Times is sure to please with yet more awesome jokes, quotes, facts & stories. Our writers and advertisers are the best! Click on this issue to read! Now you can click on the websites in the stories and or e-mails and send your favorite writer a special note!
Good News! May 2015 is Ready to Read!
May 2015 Upbeat Times is the Best Yet!
The Upbeat Times is glad to bring you yet another fun paper with new guest writer Anne Cowden and many more. Since we are in the process of becoming Upbeat Times, Inc. Our site will be basic so we can properly implement the new look and logo..Much like it is now! Please call me, Paul Doyle, Publisher with any questions at: 707-494-1767