Viewpoint: Precedent Historical Repetition

History is repeating itself. The age of Humanism is slowly marching off the world stage, but what comes next?  Precedent historical repetition says that sooner or later another nation will rise. After all, the human race has lived through the rise and fall of many great nations. History is repeating itself.

The situation among the cultures is precarious. The Iron Curtain is slowly rising out of its sleep and finding its home among nations that want to protect their economy and the pure ethnicity of their race. Cultural diversity is leaving the stage. History is repeating itself.

The rudimentary ordinances of nature are being disobeyed. What was once one plus one equals two is now one plus one equals whatever makes you feel good. History is repeating itself.

Over one million people are on the run. The number of people who have died so far on the ground, in airplanes, in the seas is heartbreaking. Men talked, yet children cry, children die, women cry, women die. History is repeating itself.

In every corner of the world, there is tumult. Philosophical antagonism demands closed borders.  An antagonism based on supremacy, it has plummeted us even nearer to a world war. It enacts to dominate, to make all men and women think alike. This antagonism has no mercy, no understanding, and no love. History is repeating itself.

“What are you doing, Child?” The Prophet asked.

“Watching the New Year come in over the earth.”

“Oh, that’s nice.”

“No, it’s not nice Prophet. It’s sad.”

“Why, Child. What do you see?”

“In every corner, I see children starving, women crying, human life wasted. Prophet, don’t people ever read about the past?”

“No, Child. That’s why History repeats itself.”


Happy New Year Everyone,

Alles Gute Zum Neuen Jahr Alle,

Bonne Nouvelle Pour Tout Le Monde,

Feliz Nuevo A Todo El Mundo,

Felice Nuovo Per Tutti,

L’Shana Tova,


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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

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Viewpoint: A Commentary on Christmas

The woman was heavy laden with child, and her husband looked at her with concern. Of course, he had to go. The census was mandatory. As he regarded his wife, he knew the journey would not be easy.

What is a few hundred miles or kilometers today? Catch a train to Hamburg from Frankfurt, Germany, and you arrive in four and a half hours, a plane ride from Augusta to Atlanta, Georgia is fifty-five minutes. However, this man did not have these comforts. His Mercedes-Benz was a donkey.

He observed his wife as he pondered over the trip ahead. Leaving her behind was not a consideration; in her was the hope of the nations, the salvation of the human race, and a shiver went through him as he thought of what could happen ahead. Thieves and robbers on the route and a desert where the temperature dropped at night were between the two cities, and ninety miles on a donkey was not a one-day ride.  He figured he might be able to travel 10 miles a day, but even that would be hard considering that she was heavily pregnant with child.

Today the significance of this event has been revised; the hardship erased. The importance of this Child’s birth has fallen into abnormality.

Soon, it is Christmas.

For me personally, it is the time when I reflect backward to that birth in Bethlehem with Thanksgiving in my heart.

His birth changed History;

His birth changed my life and gave me a vision with purpose;

The Son of God came to earth so that I could have the right to be accepted in the Beloved.

Merry Christmas to you,

Buon Natale a te,

Joyeux Noël à toi,

Frohe Weihnachten zu Ihnen,

Feliz Navidad a usted.

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia


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Got this email from an old Golfing Friend – Part TWO…

Good Morning Everyone,
Here’s a reblog from Chris thestoryreadingapesblog on golfing, especially for all of the golfers out there.
Have a great week.
Pat Garcia
Pat Garcia

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Fairway Humour Part 2

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Monday Funnies…

Good Morning Everyone,

My, have I missed the MONDAY FUNNIES while participating in NaNo. It took every bit of strength that I had to stay focus on what I was doing, so I didn’t laugh much at all.
So, here are the MONDAY FUNNIES for this week. Sit back and enjoy and pass this along. Chris doesn’t mind reblogs.

Have a good week, People.
Pat Garcia

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Walking can add minutes to your life..

This enables you at 85 years old
To spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
Home at $4,000 a month.


My grandpa started walking
Five miles a day when he was 60.
Now he’s 97 years old
And we have no idea where the hell he is.

I like long walks,
Especially when they are taken
By people who annoy me.


The only reason I would take up walking
Is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning,
Before my brain figures out what I’m doing…

Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’,
I wash my mouth out with chocolate.


I do have flabby thighs,
But fortunately my stomach covers them.


The advantage of exercising every day
Is so when you die, they’ll say,
‘Well, he…

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Monday Funnies – Is there a Doctor in the house? Cartoons…

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning I have laughed until tears were streaming out of my eyes. In fact, there is still a big smile on my face. Why? You ask.

Well, I read the MONDAY FUNNIES that Chris posts on his Story Reading Ape Blog.

This week the funnies are all about doctors and some of them tickled my funny bones because there’s some truth in them, and without realizing it, I found  myself laughing at myself.

So grab a coffee and take a minute to sit back and laugh.

Have a great week and for those of you who don’t know it, I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I don’t mind you sending up positive affirmations that I’ll make it through and reach my goal of sixty thousand words.

Pat Garcia

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The Seventy-Nine-Words Story Challenge

amercian-bald-eagleHello Everyone,

I don’t know when it happen, but I remember reading the MONDAY FUNNIES, one morning and bursting out with laughter. I was hooked on the funnies. Laughter is not typical for me before eleven a.m. If you ask the people very close to me, they will tell you, Pat is usually unapproachable before eleven.

Honestly, as a writer, I find myself experiencing highs and lows.   It’s a writer madness that takes hold and motivates me to write what I see as I write about the world I live in during the early morning hours.

Thus, Chris Graham’s, CHRIS THE STORY READING APE’S BLOG has become a necessity in my life. It touches the humor within me, and laughter comes bubbling out.

Recently, Andrew Joyce, an author, sent out a dare, a seventy-nine-words dare to writers and it has been running on Chris’s blog as the Seventy-Nine-Words Story Challenge. Each week, stories are chosen as the best submitted. This week, one of my stories from The Child and The Prophet (a W.I.P.) was among the ones chosen and to be very honest with you that makes me happy.

To read my story and the stories of the other participants, please go to the link below. It’s only 79 words, and drop a line on Chris’s blog and let him know you were there and me too, of course.

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Monday Funnies with AUNTY ACID…

Good Morning Everyone,
I’ve returned from my travel to Italy and Northern Bayern in Germany, and of course, it is Monday, and time for the Monday Funnies published on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. There is something electrifying in the Monday Funnies; they not only make you laugh but force you to jump up and do a happy dance.
The last one about the lipstick takes the cake. I couldn’t have said it better.
Have a great week!
Pat Garcia

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Good morning everyone,

It’s raining in my part of Europe. I woke up this morning and the raindrops were beating against my window pane.

So, all the more important it is to start my week with the MONDAY FUNNIES with MAXINE. This little old/young lady will make the tears come in your eyes with her way of looking at life. Her wisdom amazes and after laughing your head off, you can’t help but wonder at the hidden truths she expounds upon.

Thanks, Chris, for your wonderful blog.

Pat Garcia

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


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The Creative Blogger Award

wpid-wp-1441063655909Many thanks to Ajoobacats for nominating me. It is an honour that I accept. Please take the time to drop by her blog and read some of her fantastic book reviews.

Rules for The Creative Blogger Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

According to the rules, I should list five facts about myself, so here goes:

  1. I am an ExPat American living in Europe, and I love it.
  2. I read voraciously. In fact, I forget to eat when I’m reading.
  3. I love music:  playing my piano, and most of all, I love singing. Most days I wake up with a song in my heart.
  4. Even though I sing Gospels, Spirituals, Blues, Jazz and Soul, Classical music is my favorite because I’ve learned so much about how to breathe, and how to control my own voice.
  5. I love to get in my Beetle and drive across Europe. It’s exhilarating.

Now for my nominees:

  1.  Aurora J. Alexander
  2.   Gwynn Rogers
  3.    Susan Scott
  4.  Samantha Mozart
  5. L.W. Smith

Should you decide to accept the nominee please list the five rules in your post.

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Pat Garcia

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Hello everyone,
I’ve been pretty busy writing and have missed passing on the Monday Morning Funnies from Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Forgive me. Although it’s Tuesday, here’s a nice way to put gas in your week. Take a few minutes to laugh. We all need it.
Pat Garcia

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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Good Morning Everyone,
Chris has done it again on These are great, and they will pep up your week, especially if you have the Monday or Tuesday blues.
Enjoy, laugh, and have a great week.
Pat Garcia

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What Jony Ive’s ‘promotion’ to Chief Design Officer really means

Good Morning Everyone,
Interesting news at Apple. One of my favourite people, the creative spirit behind Apple, has been promoted.
Congratulations Jony Ive.
Pat Garcia

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Its, A Mother’s Day Poem


Durable, flexible, intelligent,

Best workhorses ever created.

Eyes pained.

Backs flogged.


These its,

These puny its have no value.


Mouths starved.

Necks choked.

Shoulders bruised.

Torsos kicked.


These its,

These puny its have no voices.

Legs spread wide.

Ears boxed.

Faces slapped.

Hair unkempt.


These its,

These puny its have no value.


Who are these its?

Forgotten and unacknowledged,

Running, pleading, fearing for their lives.


These its,

These puny its have no voices.


The brunt of war carried in their flesh.

While men pat themselves on the back for heroism.


These its,

These puny its have no value.


Oh, women of the world,

I know today is Mother’s Day,

But your its are being attacked.


Bellies impregnated by rape,

Faces scarred by encrusted, scabrous hands,

Disfigured bodies with lost limbs,


These its,

These puny its have no voices.





Shot down,

Their psyches damaged.


These its,

These puny its have no value.


Hands grabbed,

Bound and cast to the ground,

Legs spread wide and raped,





Their Psyches branded.


These its,

These puny its have no voices.


Oh, women of the world,

Today is Mother’s Day,

But these its are our sisters,

Shouldn’t our voices become theirs?

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This poem is dedicated to every woman trapped by war at this moment wherever they are, in whatever country.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Pat Garcia







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Apple Has Done It Again!

If anyone were hoping that the innovation and drive to be the best would diminish at the Apple Corporation, or that the quest for perfection  would cease to exist  and reduce itself to the status quo of  waiting and copying what everybody else is doing in the digital world,  or even thought that the Apple company’s ability to create and invent continuous high performance devices that would outdistance their competitors  had ended with the departure of its founder, found out on March 7, 2012 that they had been living in a world of make-believe.  Reality hit everyone  with the unveiling of the iPad 3, and the explosion that blasted out was loud and clear and could be heard all around the world. Apple has done it again!

Not that Apple ever gave anyone the impression that they were lost or wringing their hands for new ideas after the sad departure of its founder, but it was generally assumed, in my opinion, by many of Apple’s competitors that they now had time to catch up and  breathe and set their own distinguishable mark  in this highly competitive field.  Some of them probably saw themselves sitting in the front seat on the number one spot, taking over the number one position as the best tablet PC ever–that is until the presentation on March 7, 2012, when Apple threw many of them into a frenzy and sent many research and development people from the different companies back to the drawing board to begin again.

With the introduction of the iPad 3, Apple has shown us again, who is the King on the road among  tablet  PCs in this Post PC era.  The iPad 3 with its HD 1080p resolution, which is even better than the HD on your television, with its image stabilization and its voice dictation, is more than enough to astonish any consumer.

However,  Apple did not satisfy themselves with marginal development. No,  they  stepped out and put a power punch behind the iPad 3 that will take its competitors a little time to recover from. It was their knock out punch as they presented the iPad 3 with its Retina Display,  and threw us into the future with its next generation wireless 4G with DC-HSDPA , LTE, and HSPA+,  and let us not forget to include the fact that they kept the 3 G, so that is also 3G compatible all over the world.

The Apple family of geniuses then crowned the moment with its new A5X chip––the new quad-core powerhouse.  One can only say, “Wow!”

The iPad 3 goes on sale on 16 March in several major countries. A week later, there will be a roll out to other major countries. So please do not panic, there will be enough iPad 3’s for everyone.

I am personally looking forward to its release.  Having already  invested in the first generation iPad, I hesitated to invest in the iPad 2, because I had the feeling that the iPad 3 was going to be a bomber, which it was. The blast was felt everywhere.

As they say in the neighborhood that I grew up in, “they done done it again!”  It is not the best English in the world, because it is slang, but very appropriate for the presentation event of the iPad 3 held on March 7,2012,  “Apple done done it again!”

So, Apple,  thanks for setting the record straight, when it comes to Post PC Era devices you are simply the best!


Pat Garcia

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Monday Funnies – Ever had days like these??? Part TWO…

Good Evening Everyone,
Here are the MONDAY FUNNIES from TheStoryReadingApeBlog. To say that they are fantastic is an understatement. So, take a minute to sit back and enjoy.
Pat Garcia

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

If not, you haven’t had a computer long enough

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Monday Funnies with MAXINE

Hello Everyone,
To start your week off, if you already haven’t, The Monday Funnies with MAXINE.
Get a cup of coffee and relax. Take a minute to laugh.
Pat Garcia

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