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If you’ve ever spent too much time alone by the sea, it comes to you soon enough that it’s not the way it’s supposed to be.  Though the sea is hauntingly beautiful and mysterious and wildly serene at times, it’s not a place to spend great time or life alone.  I speak from experience.  So I share this poem with you.

Patrick The Poet



Now when you put your loving arms around me
Remember to hold on and never let go.
For I’ve been adrift upon a lonely sea
And love is a thing I thought I’d never know.

For the world is such a cold and heartless place
Where even the strongest can barely survive.
And though yours is a very fragile embrace,
It is more than enough to keep me alive.

For I will never keep you away from me
Nor hold on because my heart cannot let go.
I’ll keep you because I hate the lonely sea
And love is a thing I thought I’d never know.


All Aboard The HSR Fast Trains Reading Extravaganza!

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All Aboard The HSR Fast Trains Reading Extravaganza!
Our bulk book sale is kicking off soon. And you can get lots of copies of our exciting HSR/train history book FAST TRAINS at bargain discount prices for your staff, customers, friends and marketing efforts and campaigns! In the process you can help bring HSR to America! And this would be a big yeah in the yes column!!

Check out our book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00847FNNK

An amazing collection of photos!

Received this treasure trove of wildlife photos from my good friend John Taft.  And a treasure trove it is!  Enjoy.
Patrick The Poet
This is an amazing collection of photos! Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 09-13-09)

It’s Monday, and that means Bar Quotes!  Check these out.  They’re wingdingers!

Patrick The Poet


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 09-13-09)

We all start out with the same alphabet. We are all unique. Talent is not the most important thing — discipline and dedication are. Craft can be learned but desire and longing are innate. Despite the demands of school and just being young, try to write SOMETHING every day — a description, a captured emotion, a simile, a metaphor. Read, for crying out loud! A writer must read the way a ball player must go to the ballfield every day to practice. Everything is possible in this world of ours–and so’s publication.
–Robert Cormier, answering the question “What advice do you give to young people who want to be authors?”

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom is supreme; therefore make a full effort to get wisdom. Esteem her and she will exalt you; embrace her and she will honor you.
–Bible, Proverbs 4: 7-8
The moment somebody says to me, “This is very risky,” is the moment it becomes attractive to me.
–Kate Capshaw
What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
–Saint Augustine
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
–James Thurber
If you won’t be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?
–Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav
Is not this the true romantic feeling – not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
–Thomas Wolfe
Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel.
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
–Eugene O’Neill
There are days when it takes all you’ve got just to keep up with the losers.
–Robert Orben
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.
–Robert Frost
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
–Samuel Butler
Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
–Winston Churchill
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
–Winston Churchill


Let’s Start Moving Down The Track!

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Let’s Start Moving Down The Track!

This article reminds us of the immense benefits of High Speed Rail. Especially HSR from Las Vegas to California, for which we’re way long overdue. Read our dynamic, fun book Fast Trains yet? Do so, then you’re really know of HSR’s awesome benefits. I mean, what’re you waiting for? More higher gas prices?

Read this article here: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/11/consider-benefits-high-speed-rail/

Don’t Mess With Old People!

George Phillips, an elderly man from Walled Lake, Michigan, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?”

He said “No,” but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said “All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available”

George said, “Okay.”

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both; the dogs are eating them right now,” and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

(True Story)

Don’t mess with old people.

The Ventures: WALK, DON’T RUN‏

Received this recently from my good friend Jenny up in Oregon.  It’s from a time when snappy instrumental guitar and surfer music used to be really popular and the “in” thing.  For those of you who remember this group and their song, “Walk, Don’t Run,” here is a clip of them with their original drummer who is now a four star Air Force General.  And if you’ve never heard this kind of pop/rock music, here’s your chance to add to your knowledge base and to what you already listen to when it comes to good music.  Grove on…and walk, don’t run!



THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 09-03-09)

I decided to get this posted early before having to run off to attend the Skinnydipping Playoff at the Santa Monica Pier this afternoon.  So enjoy the quotes and don’t worry about me.  It’s hot summer, so I won’t be freezing my tush off today!

Enjoy the quotes, especially the first one. by The Duke!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 09-03-09)

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
–John Wayne

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made.

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.
–John Adams

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
–Thomas Merton

Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top.
–Dag Hammerskjold

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
–Thomas J. Watson

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
–Charles D. Gill

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
–Jack London

The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.
–Zig Ziglar

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive.
–Albert Schweitzer

You ever panned for gold? You take your little pan, try to pick the best spot on the water (hopefully where no one else has visited), and you sift. Over and over, you work the sediment, swirling the water. No gold. You start over. No gold. Days, weeks later, you might have a flake or two, but nothing to financially support you. Most folks toss their pan and go home. Some last an hour. The more daring spend days. A small minority last longer. You never really know how many find little to nothing because they fade away, disgusted or embarassed they didn’t reap the rewards they’d hoped for. But you also never hear about the dreamers, the ones who are hell-bent on panning until they reach their goals – until they find the nuggets. Those who enjoy the process last until they find the gold. Those who don’t quit, find the gold. Those who find more time to pan, find more gold. Need I say more?
–Hope Clark




This might be the poem you would send to someone who committed treason against your friendship and against the love you both shared.  For treason deserves, at the very least, reprimand.  And the refusal of forgiveness–at least until it has been earned.  And it is not, I daresay, easy to earn when treason and betrayal are the crimes committed.

Patrick The Poet


From the tree of grief and bitter sorrow must you eat
Wherever a great friendship or caring love should fail.
Deep are the words one must carry in bitter defeat,
Or like a dream slain, a hope lost, or where lies prevail,
Here beneath the vale of unconscionable deceit,
I loathe to say…nothing is worst than a friend’s betrayal!
So that here, now, in the auspice of this bitter night,
Here within this sad epistle truth calls me to write,
Gone now is the sure smile of your trust and noble grace!
Gone with the desire of every wanting endeavor!
Gone now is the visage of another honest face!
Gone with the true loyalty of souls once joined together!
For gone now is the glory of your friendly embrace!
Gone with my hope that anything could last forever!
So that here, now, I must curse the name of crime and sin
And look not upon meaningful things life should deny,
For bitterness of loss and forgetfulness, come in!
And stay a while!–But let me not see how friendships die!
Oh, vain righteousness is your spirit–I let you win!
While I bid thee forever an infinite goodbye!

High Speed Rail is the Safest Way to Travel!

California changes high-speed rail bidding rules | Better Roads

High speed rail is the safest and best mode of transportation in the world. This article reconfirms this delightful fact, which everyone needs to remember and tell others. Our dynamic and entertaining book FAST TRAINS iterates this too, and so much more! Got your copy yet?  What’re you waiting for?  The advent of high speed star ships!

Read the great article here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/opinion/freemark-high-speed-trains.

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