Ricky Nelson

Dear Song Lovers:

What we have here are two very similar different songs where the idiom/saying “fools rush in” plays a major component of each.  I came upon this phenomenon about 15 years ago and always wanted to tell the world about it.  So now I’m telling you.  Why I came upon this phenomenon is simple: cause it’s my job to come upon these things!

Anyway, the general theme of each song is pretty much the same, yet each is very much lyrically and musically original and different.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: Both songs are exceptionally beautiful and were huge hits for the artists in question.  Those artists would be Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley.  Who else but two of the greatest singers ever!

Patrick The Poet

P.S.  Don’t hesitate to drop me a note and let me know which foolish song you like best.  Me, I like them equally!




THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-09-10)

lots of neat new barquotes here to read and sagacious absorb!  Enjoy.
And Confucius rocks!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-09-10)

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.

Far more numerous are those as such, who think too little and talk too much!
–John Dryden

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
–Muhammad Ali

Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

I loved learning, it was school I hated. I used to cut school to go learn something.
–Eric Jensen

The way of the superior person is threefold: virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise, they are free from perplexities; and bold, they are free from fear.

Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffin, you die.
–Stan Dale

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
–William Penn

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
–Francis Bacon

He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
–Tryon Edwards

In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.
–Robert Benchley

Military glory–the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
–Abraham Lincoln

Men harm others by their deeds, themselves by their thoughts.
–Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.




As a professional writer, there are numerous writing and editing services I provide professional businesses and individuals. One of these is writing personalized poems. Almost regardless of the subject or specifics, I can probably write you an elegant and poignant poem to memorialize that special person or event you have in mind. And I will write it in true verse, with rhyme and meter and structure and depth! Drop me a note and I’ll tell you how.

Meanwhile, here’s a poem I wrote not too long ago dedicated to the notion that in matters of the heart–no matter how difficult or hopeless–we must give of love and emotion in order to receive love and sweet emotion!


For years I’ve stood out here in the lonely looking rain,
Counting the darkest clouds in the lonely looking sky.
Searching for someone to count my tears and feel my pain,
And sooth me with a soft kiss and a brokenhearted sigh.

For I’ve looked for you in sunshine and on sunny days
Where love had seemed warm and rife and always strolling by.
But dark and cloudy years only learned to count the ways
How brief is sunshine…and how quickly sunny skies can fly!

And so, I’d walk rainy streets looking for hope and love,
Thinking if I called your name, I might hear you reply;
And we might see more than lonely looking skies above
(And find something more from this life than dreams that only die!)

For one day you’d look and know your hopes were not in vain.
You’d see I’ve lived a lifetime for you to walk on by!
Then learning I’ve counted all your tears and felt your pain,
You’d know I’ve been waiting here in the lonely looking rain
To sooth you with a soft kiss and a brokenhearted sigh.



On my Top 20 greatest pop/rock bands of all time is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Each of them alone is a legend in his own right.  But every now and then over the years when they joined forces and put out new music it was truly a seminal event.  A fabulous musical event, too!

Here are four songs from the musical icons, from a pretty great album they wrote and produced in 1988.  These are my favorites from the album, but there are a lot of other gems therein.  For sure!

Patrick The Poet




I’ve always loved dramatic photos of trains, and especially of high speed rail trains.  But the pics of yesteryear showing all the amazing kinds of trains that transported people and goods across our country through our history–these I’ve always loved the best.

Which is another reason you’ll love our book Fast Trains.  It’s filled with awesome pics and illustrations as well as bountiful stories of train and HSR travel. Entertain your children and friends for years to come and order your copy of Fast Trains: American’s High Speed Future!  Here:

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-02-10)

Another holiday weekend is behind us, and one in which we celebrate doing no work.  So let’s relax as much as we can till the next holiday weekend and enjoy some sagacious bar quotes!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-02-10)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
–Marcel Proust

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
–Thomas Jefferson

When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
–Henry David Thoreau

Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.
–Brad Pitt

It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion — these were the things that counted in a life. When you gave purely, the honor came in the giving, and that was honor enough.
–Scott O’Grady

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
–Napoleon Bonaparte

Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
–Frank Moore Colby

Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?
–Brigham Young

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
–Miguel De Cervantes

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
–Elias Schwartz

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved, by others.
–Wizard to the Tin Man – Movie, Wizard of Oz

He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.
–William Shakespeare

Work for the fun of it, and the money will arrive some day.
–Ronnie Milsap

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
–Benjamin Franklin



We all need inspiration and encouragement! Here are some words to encourage and inspire you to keep pursuing your dream and never, never give up!

So please enjoy Queen Ofir’s inspirational message to you this beautiful Friday!

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