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Inspiring Journeys

I am Paul, a Rhode Islander who is going to run a 5k and raise money for a charity in all 50 states. Come join me on my journey. I will talk about races and charities, as well as talk about life in Rhode Island. There will also be interviews with race directors, charities, other people in the health and fitness community, as well as local Rhode Island businesses.

Sep 2, 2021

Welcome to a brand new episode of Journey of the Rhode Runner. This is a very special episode. Some of you may or may not know that my father, Paul Stroessner, passed away suddenly on June 3, 2021. It has been a very difficult few months. Not only did he and I share a name, but we also shared a birthday. In honor of our birthday, my mother and I recorded this episode, reflecting on my father's great life. Despite the great loss and sorry, there are plenty of funny stories, so please enjoy!

- Paul Stroessner (1946-2021)
- Mom and Dad meet
- Vietnam
- Valentine's Day wedding
- Living in Providence
- Early work life
- Moving to Warwick
- Being active with the kids
- Lots of reminiscing
- Retirement years
- Bob Ross
- Friends
- Vacations and Cruises
- Moving to Florida
- Love of dogs
- Sami
- The Grandchildren


Episode about grief


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  • A free short story (or an early draft from a chapter of the book I'm writing) a month
  • A shoutout on my Journey of the Rhode Runner and Return to the '80s podcast episodes
  • A shoutout for a charity of your choice
  • My eternal gratitude for supporting me in my writing, running, and podcasting journey

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