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)

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