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Bloggers Photo I was born and raised in northern California in the land of the glorious redwoods. My father worked in the lumber industry and my brother and I had a simple but wonderful childhood. Off to the big city to become a nurse and all these years later I still am. I was married for many years, have 2 grown boys and 2 young grandsons..Jordan and Elliot. Me proud? You truly is the best thing about growing older. On my own now and enjoying all that I can cram into my life. I love music.. am a life long member of The Friends of Jose Carreras..poetry and music are my loves.I am a bear with me while I figure this all out.


Most Recent Blog Post

My contest..Im so sad...
Blog Posted:8/25/2013 9:13:00 PM


  Hi there, I'm slowly judging my CLOUD contest.. I'm so sad to say that there were many entries  that did not follow form in any way...some were quite good and it hurts me to have to eliminate them. For the life of me, I cant understand why  such a simple thing as using the form requested is not followed. I have run into this before, but for some reason it is really getting to me this time.
 Well, hope to have my contest judged in the next couple of days...BG
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  1. Date: 8/28/2013 9:06:00 AM
    It's just that old rebellious spirit that is so prevalent throughout the land, the world. "You can't tell me what to write! I'll do as I please." So, Barbara, don't feel guilty about disqualifying entries, unfortunately that what judges do looking at all sides of the issues. Personally, I don't think an explanation is required, unless someone asks why. Then tell them as nicely as you can -- these are the rules and these are the consequences. And as for lazy people who don't read the rules, fair enough; been there often enough.

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 7:14:00 PM
    My apologies... I'll read more carefully from now on. Jack

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 2:30:00 PM
    Hello Barbara, just checked mine and I am pleased to say I dont have to sit in the naughty corner. I know the feeling when judging a contest already out of 13 entrants I have 4 that have absolutely nothing to do with the contest. ..Seren

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 10:38:00 AM
    Hi, Barbara. It seems that this is a never-ending problem. Just judge the entries that have followed your rules. Have a great day.

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 5:32:00 AM
    There's really nothing to be done about 95% of the time even contacting them does not work. Many times if I think a verse has great potential and is now say at a 6-8 in my ranks I tell them too..this is great why not elaborate here or polish the punctuation etc NOPE their verses are too precious to them, change in anyway is upsetting to some poets. Don't let it get to you [we need to remember it's not about us it's about them!]

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 4:25:00 AM
    His Barbara, I just launched my new contest two days back and what I specifically asked was to submit poems in any form except Free verse from three lines to 14 lines. And LO...the first entry I received is free verse with more 20 lines. Wish you good luck in judging...

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 12:19:00 AM
    Barbara, I sometimes feel that way with my contests too. I have already forgotten the form you asked of us in this contest and can only hope I followed what you asked. Sometimes we just get in a hurry and don't read instructions as well as we should. I really hated the times I did that in contests I entered in the past! It's really a quandary sometimes to know just how strict to be with one's rules. I think I have that problem every time I judge!!! good luck!

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My Past Blog Posts

Clouds Completed..
Date Posted: 8/26/2013 8:12:00 PM
My contest..Im so sad...
Date Posted: 8/25/2013 9:13:00 PM
Look Up! Cloudy Contest...
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 9:06:00 AM
What the heck? WHY?
Date Posted: 6/14/2013 10:21:00 PM
WHY contest finalized.
Date Posted: 6/5/2013 2:34:00 PM
A new contest...Why?
Date Posted: 6/1/2013 9:04:00 AM
Date Posted: 7/19/2011 6:53:00 PM
River Runs Through It Contest Finalized!
Date Posted: 7/3/2011 8:52:00 PM
New Contest...A River Runs Through It
Date Posted: 6/26/2011 7:51:00 PM
Asking for Your Prayers
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 8:13:00 PM
"Nobody Knows It But Me"
Date Posted: 3/24/2011 3:26:00 PM
I Have A Headache
Date Posted: 2/25/2011 6:07:00 AM
The Dance is Over
Date Posted: 2/12/2011 9:24:00 PM
" DANCE" update
Date Posted: 2/10/2011 10:47:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 7:54:00 PM
Apology Contest Results In!!!
Date Posted: 12/30/2010 9:57:00 PM
WOW! That was fast! Apology Contest FIlled
Date Posted: 12/29/2010 4:36:00 PM
New Contest..Apology Accepted
Date Posted: 12/24/2010 8:04:00 AM
TIME contest completed !!!
Date Posted: 12/5/2010 11:11:00 AM
Time Contest
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 11:59:00 PM
Date Posted: 11/27/2010 9:27:00 AM
TIME for a new contest.....
Date Posted: 11/26/2010 9:01:00 PM
Giants..Giants, Giants......!!!!!
Date Posted: 11/1/2010 7:48:00 PM
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