Paul G. Ferguson's bio

Like its author, this page is still under development but in brief, I am a 51 year old, married, father of 5 (!) who has been practicing law for about 17 years. I've done many things prior to law which have helped to make my practice and my life reasonably diversified.  An accurate bio looks absurd, even to me, but these are some of the things I've done for a living or for fun: Migrant farm worker, pot washer, kosher chef, photographer/color darkroom technician, waiter/bartender, mason, carpenter, roofer, painter, musician, banker, actor (I was even a member of the Screen Actor's Guild), real estate agent/broker (I currently own Estates Realty Co.), grand prix motorcycle racing, rabid cyclist.  When I'm not practicing law or chasing kids I can be found: at little league games; brownie or cub scout outings (I'm now an Assistant Cub Master for BSA Pack 77 and on the committee for BSA Troop 7, Port Washington, NY); teaching someone to sail (TASCA), fish or drive a motorcycle; driving (not chasing) an ambulance for the Port Washington Fire Medics; doing community theater; crashing Rotary Club breakfasts; or finally fooling around on my computer.

I love good quotes and following are a few that I like ….

If you observe a truly happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony educating his child, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.”

 

~~W. Beran Wolfe

 

"The gods do not subtract from ones allotted span the time one spends in boats." 

 

~~Henry McDanly

 

Like a wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And of all that we were, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.”

~~Harlan Ellison epilogue to Paladin of the Lost Hour (a 1985 Twilight Zone episode)

"Cool breeze. Warm fire. Full moon. Easy chair. Empty plates. Soft words. Sweet songs. Tall tales. Short sips. Long life." 

 

~~John Egerton

"To laugh often and love much;  to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;  to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends;  to appreciate beauty;  to find the best in others;  to give of one's self;  to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;  to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."

~~Ralph W. Emerson 1803-1882

“Life is not a staid and stately procession  to the grave which has as its intention arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather it is intended that one skid into it broadside,  thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming 'WOW--WHAT a Ride!!!'"

~~Hunter S. Thompson

 

The following self-portrait was taken after setting up a computer cam several years ago.  I was thinking to myself   “This thing is never going to work.”  It did.


ferguson@NewYorkLawyer.com