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My name’s Patrick and it’s my job to round everybody up and get you to like this page and feel all warm and fuzzy when I talk about this amazing book that’s coming out soon. It’s called “Meet The Odds Maker.” And amazing is just one word to describe it. The book is written by a really swell guy and brave individual named Ted Hasson. And you’ll meet him soon here.

His book is a true story, torn out of the pages of Ted’s own life, and a drama like no other you’ve ever read or witnessed. It’s going to be a spectacular read and a tremendous success. And you’re going to love me for telling you about it and preparing you in advance for its debut!

It’s coming soon, trust me! Meanwhile, please give our page a like, share this message with your network, and stop on by in the few upcoming weeks for announcements and earth-shattering news. We can’t wait until millions of people Meet The Odds Maker. It’s going to inspire your life…or my middle name ain’t Bugs!

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THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 06-25-10)


Here are some profound bar quotes to help us sweat out the last month of summer!  Enjoy.

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 06-25-10)

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
–Gilbert K. Chesterton

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
–William Jennings Bryan

Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.
–Sean Connery

He is the purest figure in history. [About George Washington]
–Sir William E. Gladstone

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
–Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.
–Camille Paglia

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
–Phillips Brooks

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
–John D. Rockefeller

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
–Maya Angelou

If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.
–Zig Ziglar

There is no liberation without labor…and there is no freedom which is free.
–The Siri Singh Sahib

John F. Kennedy once held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation, and at that time, he made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
–Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
–Thomas Jefferson



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Learn how to build a fundraising campaign on WordPress. Creeklife’s CEO Mark Contorno has great tips and info for you. And Creeklife has great opportunities for you, the environment and $$ you can earn and jobs. So come join us and make a difference to your life, pocketbook and the environment!




Our entertaining book Fast Trains continues to sell and be used to get the word out on high speed rail and the wonderments of train travel. It’s great that people in the industry support HSR and love reading a fabulous book on the history of trains and really, really fast bullet trains.  But if more regular Americans read our book and about the millions of jobs and other benefits high speed rail could bring to America, maybe high speed rail would get built in America.

Check out our book on our amazon page.  It’s really a wonderful read and filled with beautiful illustrations that especially children will enjoy, as well as entertaining stories to get you wanting to ride trains and super-fast trains as never before!

On Train



It’s my pleasure to share one of my poems with my network this evening.  What we have here is a romanticized tale that claims true love survives death and soul mates who are meant to be together will be forever!

As it is, I can write you a poem to perhaps win your lover back or restore a lost friendship. Or a personalized poem or speech to make you a winner at your next professional appearance or social event or private party. Weddings, birthdays, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, graduations, or a homage to you best friend or someone you love. I write personalized poetry and professional speeches for most every occasion. Memorable words to help create unforgettable events and life experiences. If interested, drop me a note and let’s chat!


Oh, how did you end up here buried in the ground?
The remnants of things called atoms and molecules?
The night is so dark, and devoid of sight and sound,
Where has life gone from the lives we squandered as fools?

The grass is so smooth and manicured, yet so bereft
Of what endures above where death would now recline.
Yet if your soul be here after your life has left,
I would reach down and pull it up to be with mine.

Or if I could, I would but ask and beg of time
To endure unalone what endures forever.
Then I would take to the grave this enduring rhyme:
“Here now rest in peace…two loving souls together.”





THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 06-17-10)

Here’s a great bunch of sagacious quotes to start this week off right!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 06-17-10)

Ignorance is like the itch — the less you have of it the better off you are.
–Harry Mendelson

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Benjamin Franklin

Fortune is like glass–the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
Publilius Syrus

We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.
Alexander Herzen

This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.
–Alighieri Dante

The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.
Coventry Patmore

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
William Shakespeare [Merchant Of Venice]

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
–Jim Rohn

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.
Colin Wilson

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
–M. F. K. Fisher


This ought to inspire everyone to mutiny and great enterprise this fine, sunny Poet’s Day!

Patrick The Poet

“7%” – Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’.

I’m in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.


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Our book Fast Trains only too well presents numerous narrative stories about the many benefits of High Speed Rail that include a rebuilt infrastructure, a tremendous decrease in pollution (and dependence on oil) while bringing tens if not hundreds of thousands of jobs to America. Here is a map showing significant routes where HSR could be built and running to great passenger, transportation and economic profit and success!

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