“The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.”
“I can’t imagine a person being a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything’s he got.” -Walter Cronkite
Think back to all the hard workers from our neighborhood.
Really think about it.
The Ironworker who got up at the crack of dawn to build the city.
The cop or fireman…putting on the uniform every day to protect and serve across New York City.
The schoolteacher at Holy Name who had to teach the daily lesson and deal with us kids.
All the shopkeepers across 9th avenue opening their business to serve the neighborhood. (Is John still delivering for United on that bike?)
Work ethic. That’s what it was always about. Whether it was the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s…
Today in 2017 the same holds true. Nothing’s changed.
Nothing gets done without the work.
That’s one lesson I wish I learned back in the day.
My work ethic was poor. Below average for sure.
Thank God that changed. I even was able to teach the timeless lesson to our 17 year-old daughter Taylor.
She’s taken it and ran with it…We watch her every day. Whether it’s getting up early for school (by herself) and most important, going to her after-school job. (Saturday’s and Sunday’s too).
Just the other day she said to me, “They took me off Sunday’s.”
I said that’s great you get a day off now.
“NO DAD, I WANNA WORK!” She replied.
Have a great day!
Woke up this morning, what did I see
A big black cloud hanging over me
I switched on the radio and nearly dropped dead
The news was so bad that I fell out of bed
There was a gas strike, oil strike, lorry strike, bread strike
Got to be a superman to survive
Gas bills, rent bills, tax bills, phone bills
I’m such a wreck but I’m staying alive
Took this off Facebook. A friend posted:
So suicide is the number one silent killer of good people!
So if it’s a killer, it should be a big concern.
But it’s not!
September is Suicide Prevention month.
May I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares?
Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my family and friends just for moral support. I know some will!!! I did it for a friend and you can too.
Suicide is no joke. I don’t know why we keep it a secret? Last year at our high school we had two young ladies take their lives. What a tragedy. It happened just one month apart. A freshman and a senior. I know people who have had a family member take their life. You probably do too. We need to come together and help each other. I don’t even know where to start. Oh wait, here’s a good place to start; let’s start being nice to each other. And most of all, reach out to someone. Call a friend. E-mail, or even send them a text message.
You never know who you can help…
As a writer, I am always looking for inspiration.
Growing up in Windsor Terrace it’s not hard to find material to write about. And it helps to have other writers to read (both good and bad) to be inspired to write.
Have a look at some outstanding work by our guy Pat Fenton.
Click the link below for a wonderful piece in the Irish Echo on a documentary they are putting together about Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin.
We hear a lot about “bullying.”
In schools mainly.
Is the definition of a bully different with each individual?
Were there bullies in our neighborhood back in the day?
Did you get bullied?
Were you a bully?
Here’s a story below on bullying today in school.
Our guy from 17th street, Pat Fenton:
The following is taken from BroadwayWorld.com
Nancy Manocherian’s the cell will present the World Premiere of STOOPDREAMER, a new drama about the lingering effects of gentrification, by Pat Fenton. Featuring an immersive staging by director Kira Simring, previews begin September 4 with opening slated for Thursday, September 10 as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Theater Festival 2015. NOTE: this limited engagement is produced on an Off-Broadway contract.
In 1945, Robert Moses began a massive roads project that would displace 1,252 families (a large percentage of them Irish) from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Now, seventy years later, haunting memories persist as three stoopdreamers gather in the last remaining Irish saloon from that era. In STOOPDREAMER, drinks are poured, stories are shared and secrets are revealed as this trio of Brooklynites imagine a future that might have been.
STOOPDREAMER stars Jack O’Connell, Bill Cwikowski, and Robin Leslie Brown with a production team includes Gertjan Houben (production design), Chris Steckel (assistant production design), M. Florian Staab (sound design), Siena Zoé Allen (costume design), Samantha Keogh (Dramaturg), Louisa Pough (stage manager) and Jane Davis (assistant stage manager
Patrick Fenton was born in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick’s Day. After eight gritty years as a cargo loader at New York’s Kennedy Airport, Fenton quit to take a civil service job as a Court Officer in Manhattan’s courts, and to continue a freelance writing career as a journalist that has brought him publication in magazines and books, including the New York Times, New York Newsday, The Daily News, New York Magazine, and The Irish Echo. He has worked as a New York City taxi cab driver, bartender, and radio host. He is the author of “Confessions of a Working-Stiff,” an account of a cargo handlers life, which was published in 1973 in New York Magazine. Fenton’s writing has been published in numerous writing anthologies including, “The Irish, a Treasury of Art and Literature,” and the “Book of Irish Americans.”
Kira Simring is the Artistic Director of the cell. A professional director for over 15 years, Kira has worked closely with writers to develop and realize their work. For the past two consecutive years, Kira has been granted The Best Director Award by New York City’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival.
Nancy Manocherian’s the cell is dedicated to creating works to mine the mind, pierce the heart, and awaken the soul. the cell is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work.
Origins 1st Irish Theater Festival is the only festival in the world dedicated to Irish playwrights. The festival, now in its eight year, has presented the work of 122 Irish writers. This year’s festival will take place in ten venues across Manhattan and will run from September 1st to October 4th. http://www.1stirish.org
STOOPDREAMER runs September 4 – 27, Wednesday – Saturday at 7pm and Saturday & Sunday at 3pm. the cell is located at 338 W 23rd St, between 8th & 9th Avenues — accessible from the C & E trains at 23rd Street. Tickets are $25, available at 800-838-3006 or http://www.thecelltheatre.org.