Pattrick A. Lewis

I was born in Vidor, moved to Orangefield, then moved back to Vidor again just in time to graduate high school. I sang in the choir, played in the band, dated some girls, drank some beer and then later joined the Mormon church. After high school, I left Texas, moved to Las Vegas and played in a rock band before I joined the army. Once in the army I made some friends, drank some more beer, had some fun and met my future wife. I stopped drinking beer, became a good Mormon, got out of the army and became a Mormon missionary. I quickly returned home, got married, moved to Las Vegas, started college, started a family and worked as a house painter. After my son was born, we moved back to Texas, tried to stay employed and joined the Coast Guard when money got too tight. In the Coast Guard – we moved to Baltimore, had a daughter, made a few friends and got transferred to Alabama. Working in the Coast Guard in Alabama we made some friends, enjoyed our small children, moved into a nice house and felt secure. In 1995 I left the Coast Guard, moved back to Vidor, worked for a law firm and served in the Mormon church while going to college and raising my family. In 1998 my third child was born. In 1999 I left Vidor, went to work in Houston for another firm and eventually came back to work for a beauty pageant until the end of 2001. Moved back to Houston to work for the same big firm, bought a house in Pearland, built a pool, made some friends and left the Mormon church. I drank some more beer, made some cool non-Mormon friends, had some eye-opening experiences, made some money, and traveled a lot. My two oldest kids moved out, I got divorced, then later married Heather. These days, I am the Marketing Manager for Abbott & Associates in Houston, Texas. I don’t drink as much beer now, and I don’t get as crazy as I used to. Life is not always easy, but it’s almost always good.


Why I Am A Democrat

My good friend, Bobby, asked me this simple question: Brother may i ask why you choose the Democratic party over Republican, i respect your educated opinion. Blast me if you must, no shame in my game. I replied that I'd be glad to tell him why, but it would have to...

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On NFL Players Kneeling During Anthem in Protest

There is no behavior that you could exhibit that would change the way I see the flag or other symbols representing America. Every time someone buns an American flag, it changes nothing for me. If someone flies the flag upside down, it has no effect on my respect for the flag, and it makes it no less special to me. Basically, other people’s behavior towards my flag literally causes me no emotion whatsoever. So here it is… do whatever you want. My patriotism is my own. You are your own patriot. Stop letting the behaviors of others lessen the importance of our American symbols.

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Cruz Throws All Eggs in NFL “Kneeling” Basket

Where does Ted Cruz stand on things like free trade, military growth, foreign policy, or civil rights? I guess we'll never know.  As his 2018 senatorial candidate opponent, Beto O'Rourke, gains in the polls, Cruz has only one drum to bang, and he's banging it louder...

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IS FAITH A GOOD THING?

Is faith really a virtue? Is faith something we should present to our children as something good to have? So many books and movies are devoted to the idea that if someone doesn't believe in something because there's no evidence, then somehow that's a bad thing... and...

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QUESTION: Where do you stand on Morality after Mormonism?

QUESTION: Where do you stand on “morality”? After Mormonism… what became the basis for your ideas of morality? It took me a while to flesh it all out. But I finally think I found the basis for my moral compass since I no longer look to religion, scriptures or group pressure to determine what constitutes moral behavior. To me: “Moral” is synonymous with “Wise”. If a decision is “wise” then, chances are, it’s “moral”.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Be Investigated by Special Counsel

President Donald Trump apparently wants Hillary Clinton jailed. He’s been saying it since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign, often joining in the throng of chanting fans and political zealots shouting, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”, all while pretending to lead the band with an invisible conductor’s baton and that big, knowing smile on his face while the crowd screams the mantra over and over and over… So there’s that.

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The Beatles & Halestorm – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

My daughter, Natty, loves the Beatles. She always has, at least ever since she discovered YouTube, Napster, iTunes, and could manage her own music playlist.

There’s a song that I love by the Beatles called “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” that features intense, dark chord progressions that support a very repetitive theme. And at first glance you may consider the song as being redundant overkill (after all, how many times can someone sing, say or scream “I want you!! I want you so bad it’s driving me mad!!”?). To say that the lyrics are redundant is an incredible overstatement. 

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My Earliest Memory

I think my earliest memory is early 1970, believe it or not. I was probably 2 years old. The reason I think this is my earliest memory is because I once described the memory to my mother, who instantly recognized the place and description of what happened was...

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