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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:04:00 PM

    I was late in finding this poem on Craig's behalf, ....and find it fair and worthy of our good friend, and like the others before me, I would gladly support you as a fair moderator, if you would consider it. We need a calm, level headed, and fair minded person to listen. Respect you have rightly earned. Thank you for this support of our friend, Craig.... He did not deserve to be singled out.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/2/2014 4:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, if asked by the soup I would consider being appointed.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 6:49:00 AM

    Richard, Thank you so much, and all here. I support what Chris has said below and I especially believe that if you were willing that you would be a consensus shoe in for one of the moderators. I had planned on posting all of this yesterday but someone in my house demanded equal time LOL! Please read my blog and thanks again to you and everyone!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/2/2014 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Craig, I am off to your blog.
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 11:18:00 PM

    Hullo, Richard. I missed-out on this poem, especially considering how supportive Craig was with me. Even though Craig's account has now been unlocked, I still support your post in a belated manner. I think you should be a moderator on this site. You seem fair and straight-forward, without beating around the bush, which could help extinguish problems as they start, instead of them becoming large and ugly.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/2/2014 12:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad to see him back as well. Thanks for commenting and adding your voice.
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 10:52:00 AM

    I'm finished here , bye to you all, nice knowing you

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You said you were sorry if I was hurt during the exchange. But I didn't see that as an apology for saying what you said. I was just asking if those accusations are within the bounds of what is acceptable. .
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't know if your goodbye above means you're leaving the soup, but please don't feel you need to leave because of me, I have already decided to take an indefinite break. I wanted to resolve things here first, and I guess this is as resolved as it will be, so I'll say goodbye and nice knowing you, too. Take care.
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 7:20:00 PM

    I do not feel the need to apologize to anyone for defending my right to free speech, I will not be cohersed into withdrawing my opinions once posted. My only apology goes to Rick, so sorry this happened in your home.

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry, but I have to wonder if publicly saying someone is trying to "manipulate" and "coerce" is within the bounds of what is acceptable? These are words that would have incited a rage, had I used them, with anyone.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/1/2014 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now this is more like it, the language of reconciliation. I too believe in the freedom of expression yet feel it can be accomplished with consideration for the feelings of others. I have a great deal of respect for both you and Becca and Ironicaly I think you are both closer in thought than you realize. A big new years hug for both of you.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 1/1/2014 9:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Becca, We have used harsh terms in this little discussion, whilst I realise you are a woman who goes where angels fear to tread (not implying you are not an angel) lol, we are on the same side in Rick’s petition to free Craig.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 1/1/2014 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    However this petition is about more than the man, it also serves as the right to speak freely within the bounds of what is acceptable. I am profoundly sorry if you were hurt during our exchange of views, and sincerely hope we can make up and unite in the fight for better attitudes in the soup to prevail. Take care, Richard
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 8:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I apologize again for saying that you were being patronizing. That was, of course, my opinion, but I shouldn't have said that publicly. Sometime opinions should be shared privately. I'm only sharing here, because you've said some things publicly, that I want to respond to. Again, sorry to have upset you so much, I hope you'll forgive me.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard, all I said to you was that it would be gentlemanly of you to remove your comment (only because I found it a bit "patronizing" but maybe that word was a little harsh.. it just struck me as kind of ... critical, maybe?) I didn't mean to step on your "right to free speech" and I'm sorry I asked. But saying that I tried to "coherse" (coerce?) you into something, seems a little harsh.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 11:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This was not what I was had in mind when I posted this poem. It is time for everyone to take a step back and realize people's feelings are more important than who is right or wrong.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 8:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're right, Richard. You're entitled. Sorry I said you were patronizing.
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 4:39:00 PM

    i respect craig and his values to the fullest.. he is man of principles , hence i wish we could have him back soonest... thanks, rich for your concern...TPS , hear us out; let us begin this new year with peace in our hearts... huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 5:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Amen to that Nette. Happy New year to you as well.
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 4:29:00 PM

    Happy New Year, Craig!! If you champagne, don't drive ... and if you drive, don't champagne!! : D

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy new year to you as well.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/31/2013 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy New Year, Richard!
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 2:51:00 PM

    I vote Richard Lamoureux for moderator! You seem to try to be fair. Thank you so much for this poem. Did you notify TPS that it is here? If not, do you mind if I make them aware of it?

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 3:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Please go ahead.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:51:00 PM

    'No purpose is served by blocking a good man' - I like that! I read about this - I like Debbie's idea of time out. Seriously, it is saddening to put your life into writing poems only to wake up one day to find you have no access. The thought is terrifying. I love how you've brought it up - clear, without taking sides. Perhaps when the moderators are put in place such incidences will be less frequent. Have a great day Richard! Looking forward to more from you in the coming year.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think moderators are a good idea, it is best to catch these disputes early. I am looking forward to more from you as well.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 10:39:00 PM

    Richard, I am not aware of what happened on the soup as I was away much of December dealing with my daughter's health...I wondered why I had not heard from Craig since my return ...sad if soup got rid of a great poet and person he has always helped me, challenged me and inspired me to try new forms...I am saddened by this news...awesome poem for Craig, I do hope soup brings him back! Love it Richard! Hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 8:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for adding your support, so sorry to hear about your daughter. Is she doing better?
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:16:00 PM

    Oh my goodness...Craig has never said anything but nice things to me..why in the world is he blocked?..oh please bring back one of my favorite poets..:-) :-) :-)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for responding, I a, sure Craig will appreciate these kind words.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:12:00 PM

    Let Forgiveness rule, its the only way to heal, blessings Carl

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/31/2013 8:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My sentiments as well, I feel bad for all involved.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:04:00 PM

    I hope craig returns very soon. Your poetic words of wisdom should be just common sense to everyone. I hope everyone will just take a pass on argumentative comments. Thank you for posting this.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for adding your voice Karen.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 7:54:00 PM

    Yes, I agree with the comments of the poets below. Craig is a gentleman and would like to see him back,. Richard

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 4:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry Rick L and Dr. Ram, everything is getting jumbled here. I'm sorry.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 4:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh my. I almost didn't see this because it was misplaced. "Send you another soupmail telling you who you should and should not be friends with on this site?" I have never TOLD you who you should or should not be friends with and I resent that accusation!
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 6:42:00 PM

    richard, I want to say that I enjoy Craig's poetry and it's enough punishment to have one's blog removed. Why are they suddenly booting people off the site, like they did Chris a few weeks ago? I like what Richard said below my comment. His words sum up my feelings as well.

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 1/1/2014 10:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry that had to bounce up here, Andrea. So frustrating. I'm glad Craig is back now, at least :))
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/31/2013 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Personally Becca I don't give a monkey's what you think, and if you send me another soupmail telling me who I should and should not be friends with on this site, you will be blocked. I'm very sorry this spat has taken place in your home Rick.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 6:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for responding Andrea.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:22:00 PM

    Hi Rick, I will add my support to this effort, I have argued with Craig in the past about freedom and freedom of speech, I hope he now realises just how important it is, and how it feels when it's denied, and learns to express his views in a more cohesive gentlemanly manner. Well done for taking up this cause. Take care, Richard

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 8:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I wasn't trying to "manipulate" you, I was asking straight out.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/31/2013 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes that is part of your soupmail Becca, which happens to be your opinion but not mine
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 6:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't have anything to hide either. I just didn't think we were supposed to keep on with a public dispute. But see this is what happens one tries to keep it private, the other one brings it back out. Yes, I said it would be "gentlemanly" of you to remove your comment, Craig doesn't need this kind of "support" right now." End of discussion, please.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/31/2013 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Surprised at what Becca, that I wont be manipulated?
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To see this side of you come out, Richard... it surprises me, and yet, it doesn't surprise me. But it does hurt. Take care.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No I will not soupmail you, I have nothing to hide nor will I remove what I have said in comments below as you wanted me to. You have every right to your opinions Becca and I resprct that, but so do I. Let that be an end to it.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 4:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your comment went above, and mine went above that. and I'm done with this public debate, if you want to tell me something, soup me.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/31/2013 3:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Please don't misunderstand me here Becca, this is not about blame. I like Craig, he is a man of integrety and I would welcome his return. However, he does sometimes allow his discussions to become personal and upset people when it isn't necessary. I for one look forward to further debates with him.
    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 2:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, in Craig's defense, it's kind of hard to remain gentlemanly with people who are not being ladies or gentlemen themselves. He is not the only one to blame.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As always you are a gentleman.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:14:00 PM

    wow, a very powerful poem, richard! i did not know anything about what's been going on but i've enjoyed craig's work and agree with you that he should definitely be allowed back on this site. i think you've done him a great service with your words...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hope in the future disputes are dealt with Ina different way. I feel bad for all involved.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:06:00 PM

    I sent a mail to TPS but he didn't answer. Does he answer our mails? I don't know. Craig's suspension is very unfair. He is the one who has been attacked, insulted, blocked, harassed ... this is crazy! A big hug to you, Craig!! Thanks, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A hug back to you Ruben. As for me I don't care who's at fault I just don't like how things ended.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 4:51:00 PM

    I am going to send a letter to TPS. I hope Craig can come back soon. I miss him. hugs, catie :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is very thoughtful of you Catie.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 3:09:00 PM

    Hello Rick my friend. Honey I don't know what has happened to cause a fuss or why Craig has been blocked from here myself hon'. I reckon I'm not up on things here...lol...I hate to think any one poet is not allowed to write for any reason so you have my support to get him back on the site. I apologize if I offended anyone but like I said I adore all the poets here and hate to think someone couldn't write here again. I hope whatever has caused this fuss can be straightened out.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 3:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are wise, it is not about sides but rather the decision to exclude a fellow poet.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 2:01:00 PM

    Richard.. .I'm reallt saddened by this turn of events...You beat me to it. I've been thinking of what to do to get TPS to reconsider....I'll join my voice here. Craig has been a great help to me and I value his friendship. This is not about taking sides but about a more judicious way to deal with conflict. If TPS doesn't come up witb something soon, more will leave. Spats happen...such harsh measures should not. BRING CRAIG BACK,.PLEASE. Thanks, Richard. Going into the New Year with a sad heart.

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/31/2013 11:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    He can't log in. I think you can read and comment on his poems, and send him soup mails. But he can't reply to your comments, and he can't read your soup mail, because he can't log in. He'll see your comments, he just can't reply.
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 12/30/2013 3:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm not sure that's the case.....He may not be able to reply or post poems and blogs.....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I thank you for supporting Craig. I think he has been unblocked because I was able to read and comment on one of his poems. I am glad the soup reconsidered.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 12:34:00 PM

    Great work supporting Craig..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Sara.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 12:10:00 PM

    I don't know why tps keep blocking soupers..If they don t like a blog ..or comments on a blog..They should just erase the blog...not the persona.Maybe tps read and consider.Tnks Richard for your consideration..I was thinking of taking a break till things smooth up on the soup..but i can t not favour this poem..to bring Craig back

    L. Avatar Rebecca L. Date: 12/30/2013 12:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dearest Charmaine, Did you see Flo's blog? Don't give up hope. Many of us want things to be smooth. I think we can have that. Hugs <3
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 12:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are sweet, thanks!
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 12:00:00 PM

    good poem Rick I keep out of rows if possible especially when I do not know the inns and outs I like Craig and his poetry Shadow x smile hug

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A big hug back to you shadow.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 12:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is not about sides but rather the exclusion of a friend from our community.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:36:00 AM

    Rick this is so very sweet of you, what an awesome poem which tells it like it is. Craig is a good guy, and like F.J. says, I have seen some awful things that are never dealt with. It just doesn't make sense to keep him away. That is, if he even wants to come back. But I sure hope he will. Thank you for this, you are so nice. Hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hope he does as well, I think he is a good guy.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:24:00 AM

    I don't know what to do or say. It seems so few have perspective or memory, if we noted how many times the second person in the drama was most always the same we could simply stay away from that person. There are thousands of people on the site to relate to POSITIVELY as one poet to another, as constant LEARNERS. This isn't a site meant for use as a chatroom [we do have a chat room!]

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 12/30/2013 9:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree. Craig was NOT the only one who kept the ill will going. I hope he returns soon. There is no argument important enough to cause this much grief.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 11:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You make some excellent observations.
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 12/30/2013 11:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I guess after thinking and thinking I'd say BOTH sides should have a childlike TIME OUT for 1 day? And Soup should take down the offensive comments. Craig is one of the few people who actually helps me. He helps others improve the poetry too. I won't loose Craig but all of you may if you don't judge actions & not simply sweet words.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:13:00 AM

    I have read many things that should not have been said; things that were deleted and replaced just prior to PS deciding to intervene, coincidentally. Things that I have screen shot b/c I have learned the behavior of some here. If you do not remove all antagonists you should not remove one YOU consider to be. He should be returned.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/30/2013 11:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for supporting him.