In memory of Patrick Meadows and Stephanie Shepard
Letters to and from Patrick from over the years. I am attempting to remove last names in the interest of privacy. Many of his old letters are undated. When that happens I make an educated guess (in terms of posting dates for this web site) but I could be wildly off in some cases.
In response to a YouTube video called Rules for Rulers, Patrick responded on 16 Nov ‘ 16:
Pretty good video. But democracy has one big problem.
If you can keep people dumb with entertainment, and make them think what you want, you control everything without giving true rewards in proportion to the value of the normal person – if they can’t think, they won’t get what they want or need, but will blame it on somebody else.
It’s like dictating what you have to think.
Oh well, I don’t know why the mob prefers football to understanding life a little bit.
Fred Young and Patrick were fast friends, deep friends, unending friends, for many years. Many of his letters, and those to him from Patrick, reflected their mutual zest for life, appreciation of the arts, and passion. Patrick had saved this obituary in his files, important enough to keep after downsizing most other things. I present it here to add context to the many letters that have been (and will be) posted. Continue reading “Obituary for Fred Young”
A long letter to Fred in which my father ruminates on his writing, his muses, his psyche, his hiding from feeling. I am basically a survivor with suicidal tendencies, he writes, that is, no one will be able to destroy me, except me myself.Continue reading “A Survivor with Suicidal Tendencies”
A letter I wrote to Patrick in 1966 describing the things I received for christmas, including a Johnny Seven OMA. Ah, the things that were important to a 10-year-old. Continue reading “JP’s Christmas Gifts”
Here’s a letter to Fred (written in France) that lists his itinerary for much of the rest of the year. In it Patrick refers to several short stories and potential publications. Continue reading “If I Had a Patron Saint”