EASTER SUNRISEI want to wish all my friends and clients and colleagues and followers here a very, very Happy Easter.  Be happy, be cheerful and be safe!  And remember to cherish everything you have in this life!

PaTricK ThE PoeT


SEASHORE LOVERSThis is for all the lonely souls out there who have given up hope of every finding love.  Don’t give up!  If you never quit, you’re never beaten.  If you never quit, love can be found!

Patrick The Poet


I lie awake with the sound of the sea
And feel the slow-ebbing flow of high tide.
Somewhere a restless spirit pursues me:
I am not the only one who has died!
Some desperate soul not unlike my own
Wanders between the fate of sea and sand,
Who, of poignant loneliness, should have known
For such as we, this is what fate had planned:
To stroll life’s seashores without goal or aim,
And to wander for years lonely and alone;
To wait to love but without chance or claim,
Between the driftwood of seaweed and stone!–
Then to live so long without hope or faith,
Like an errant ship without sail or oar;
To possess strength and perpetual youth,
Like a child with the key but not a door,
To obtain the answer but not the truth,
This is the fate that haunts us like a wraith!
This is the roar I hear from the sea and sand!
And what these seashores of fate would have planned:
At the very moment we were flung to the tide,
The very instant our souls to death would foreswear,
At the depths of our dying or longing to have died,
(And at the heights of our suffering and despair)
Just mere seconds before we were beaten and lost!
The sea and sand would make each of us a lover,
And fate would show us seashores we had never crossed.
Then at last…two lonely souls would find each other.


Lady Magdelene

N. DIAMONDI’ve always said that most lovers of Neil Diamond’s music hardly know him at all, for most his greatest songs he never released as singles.  You have to be a serious diehard fan who buys or has bought his albums over the years to full appreciate his songwriting skills and the sensationally unique songs he has written throughout his career.

One such song is this one, Lady Magdelene, a spiritual-philosophical ballad that is very unique indeed for the most unusual examination and description it presents about the meaning of love and those who believe in it.  This is a very beautiful song, and for those of you who thought you knew the extreme depth and sensitivity of Neil Diamond’s music are in for a special treat…and a spritual-philosophical trip seldom found in popular music.  Enjoy!


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 04-17-09)

I expect no one to be bored or complaining of this week’s quotations.  Enjoyment is mandatory!


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 04-17-09)

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
–Betty Smith

It is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
–Winnie the Pooh

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
–Will Rogers

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
–Mahatma Gandhi

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
–Noel Coward

Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?”
–Bumper Sticker

God, please save me from your followers!
–Bumper Sticker

Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches.
–the Duchess of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
–Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Luck is the residue of design.
–Branch Rickey – former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
–Mel Brooks

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
–Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Wit is educated insolence.
–Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.
–Socrates (470-399 B.C.)


HAPPINESSThis is one thought about happiness of so many it entails!

Patrick The Poet



At last it came to me after the longest wait,
That was more a search for the ultimate to find,
So much to answer for what is ascribed to fate
In the mistakes one makes when strolling through life blind.

But when clarity comes the day is always clear,
And rips back the veil from the ignorance of youth.
The search had purpose, the answer was always near,
I went looking for success and discovered truth.

So out of the long haze that had encumbered me
I strove to earn the success of a truer goal.
‘Tis one that few report they ever come to see,
Which happiness brings to every desperate soul.

So like a prayer answered by the heavens above,
Was my life guided to truth and no longer blind.
Truest success came to me…and its name was love!
Dare I now ask, can happiness be far behind?

The evolution of math‏!

Teachers can relate to this. And everyone else, should too!

Years of Math 1950 – 2010

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter
girl took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents
from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel
and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register.

I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two
quarters , but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to
explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.

Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math
since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of
$20. What do you think of this way of making a living?

Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did
the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?
(There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok. )

6. Teaching Math In 2009

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la
producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

7. Teaching Math In 2013
Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor’s property.
He won’t have a gun to stop you, and the President says it’s OK anyway
cuz it’s redistributing the wealth of those evil rich Republicans!

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 04-10-09)

Some very thought-provoking quotes here this week.   Enjoy!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 04-10-09)

Was there ever such an autumn? And yet there was never such a panic and hard times in the commercial world. The merchants and banks are suspending and failing all the country over, but not the sandbanks, solid and warm, and streaked with bloody blackberry vines.
You may run upon them as much as you please–even as the crickets do, and find their account in it. They are the stockholders in these banks, and I hear them creaking their content.
–Henry David Thoreau

A witty saying proves nothing.
–Voltaire (1694-1778)

Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.
–James Stephens (1882-1950)

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it’s their fault.
–Henry Kissinger (1923-)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
–Will Durant

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
–Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion.
–Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
–Mario Andretti

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.
–Clarence Darrow, Scopes trial, 1925.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
–Henry Ford (1863-1947)

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
–Warren Zevon (1947-2003)

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
– Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
–Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.
–Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
–Georg Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
–Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
–Seneca (3BC – 65AD)


JEALOUSYMaybe no kind or form of jealousy is healthy, and should be avoided.  No matter, it’s still often unavoidable and a natural event which a truly passionate and devoted lover has no recourse but to feel!

Patrick The Poet



I would curse the heavens and abhor the skies
Whenever I must suffer them with envy,
For each day they are touched by your lovely eyes
And dare to enjoy such pleasure more than me!

When you walk the garden and inhale a rose,
And I see each of them know such ecstasy,
My heart almost withers and wilts to a close—
As only love can harvest such jealousy!

Oh, to hear your lush lips give sweet sound to air,
Or see them kiss a salty mist from the sea,
Is almost more than a lover’s heart can bear…
For every moment they are not kissing me!

So should I give in to such heart-wrenching wiles
And live this futility of jealousy?
Or should I yearn to share each gift beauty smiles,
Though as love it is neither possessed nor free?

Then I guess I should pledge to walk hand in hand
In the shadow of beauty…here by the sea.
However, while your soft feet caress the sand,
I will, of course, curse it for being happy!

Shadow Morton

The Shangri-LasWe lost a superb songwriter a few weeks ago, and his name was Shadow Morton.  He wrote very unusual pop songs, mostly in the early ’60s and mostly for a female group named The Shangri-Las.  Some of those songs were huge hits.  Here are three of them.  Enjoy!


Remember (Walking In The Sand): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zRHovccHDo

The Leader of The Pack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM_99DtI0tE

Give Him A Great Big Kiss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2nD4Z0eE3E

I double-dog-dare-ya!

I remember almost all these things, and I feel too young to!  But sometimes the past is the best thing we have…or used to have.

Patrick The Poet


You may have seen this one before, but isn’t it fun to remember all over again!

And, for those of you too young to remember, consider it a lesson in ancient history!


All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?

Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got  home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . .and they did?


When a ’57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber, or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends

and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace? Share it with the children of today. 

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?

Because we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t  because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Roy and Dale and Trigger, and Buttermilk.

as well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the  pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on. To  remember what a double dog dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes.

Blackjack, Clove, and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Newsreels before the movie.

P.F. Fliers.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…(Raymond 4-601).  Party lines.


Howdy Dowdy.

Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Green Stamps.

Mimeograph paper.

The Fort Apache Play Set.

Do you remember a time when…

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do  Over!’

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’!

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘cooties’!

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?

‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

War was a card game?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘grown-up’ life . . .

I double-dog-dare-ya!

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