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Hello Friends of the Soup.   I am constantly learning from all of you, and writing is something I love, but never made time for until now. I have always been a California girl, born and raised in the southern part of the state, now living in upper Northern California. Surrounded by mountains, and beautiful scenery, I have great inspiration.   I think I have always loved to create, it comes from my Dad, and his dad, I suppose. Although my mother was the rock of the family, my Dad was the dreamer, and a cowboy at heart. I grew up with horses that he raised, and memories of him singing around a campfire on trips we took. He wrote poetry, and his own songs, and played guitar.  His father did the same thing when my dad was a boy.  My grandfather was a trail guide, in the early l900's in Yosemite Nat'l Park, where my dad lived as a child.  My purpose in life has been family. I am married to my High School sweetheart,  we went to college together, I taught school for awhile, then raised two fine sons (both H.S. teachers) and a beautiful daughter.  Have 5 grandchildren who we adore, and fortunately they all live fairly close by.  I've had a small catering business, but now we are both retired, live in the country on a couple of acres, with rangeland behind us.  We are down to one dog, after a mix of this and that!  No horses, although horses, cattle, coyotes, and all kinds of wildlife live behind our place. Our kids are gifted musicians, and one son writes poetry that blows me away, some which has been published. I love poetry and piano, all music, movies, camping, our little cabin in the mountains, but especially my family.  And I love Poetry Soup..and all the wonderful company here! 


Fresh Start


Blog Posted:12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM

In reference to several blogs below, and to those of you who have said it better than I can, I applaud you! I agree whole heartedly with the warm words of Mandy, F J Thomas, and others,  that peace, harmony, and friendship can only exist here if we work harder to maintain it.  Keeping a lid on anger, harsh comments, innuendos, and sarcasm, could help immensely to keep Soupers from leaving this site.  Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago, that so many of us made it a vow to extend our hands in friendship, instead of hostility?  To quit taking sides, when a dispute began.... and to think before adding fuel to the arguments?  

Tomorrow begins a new year, and a fresh start.  A clean slate, where old grudges have been wiped away.  If not........more and more Soupers will leave, discouraged, and disillusioned   Or is it time for many of us to start deleting our poems and looking elsewhere? I hope not

A New Year    A Fresh Start?    Can We?   Will We?    Let's hope so

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  1. Date: 1/26/2014 9:04:00 AM
    Hello My dear, how are you doing today my name is Miss Cynthia, i come across your profile today which looks nice to me and i pick interested in you and to have a good relationship with you. I will tell you more about me and send my pictures to you as soon as you reply my letter to my private email. (majercynthia269@hotmail.com) i will be waiting for your mail because I have something very important to tell you,lots love

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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 2:07:00 AM
    You are an amazing woman Carrie..One for all and all for one B-)

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 11:37:00 AM
    Yes, Carrie ... Let's do it. I promise: I'll behave. Happy (and peaceful) New Year.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 9:15:00 AM
    Happy New Year, Carrie.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 8:26:00 AM
    Morning Carrie, I hope they can, or this site will be left to those who cannot. What a sad thing that would be. It is okay to voice concerns; but that was taken way past a reasonable point here :(

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 7:55:00 AM
    Happy, happy New Year to you, your family/love ones and to each and everyone here my dear friend, Carrie! Biggest hugs to all! This is our second home/community. May we continue to live together with love, peace and harmony this year and the years ahead. Wishing everyone all the best of happiness and blessings in life! love lots and biggest hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 7:54:00 AM
    - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 2:57:00 AM
    Hi Carrie yep I will put my name to this if people can stick to poetry I would certainly stay here…particularly after all of the messages I have received….David

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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 12:44:00 AM
    Kudos for the anti-negativity comment Carrie. I do believe a positive attitude helps to keep the bar high. Poetry soup is a haven for the "want to be", and belonging to that group, I for one appreciate it. So I raise my glass to the team and all the good people who keep them wanting to keep on keeping on.

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 9:56:00 PM
    Best Wishes to all. Let us Keep the Poetry Palace, peaceful, joyous and inspiring to all

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 9:51:00 PM
    Amen

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 7:26:00 PM
    It is so encouraging to see such positive forces still prevail. Thank you all for your warm response, and Happy New Year to you all !! I do believe your kind words will always outweigh, outsmart, and outlast any negative words that fly across our pages. Love to you all!

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 6:21:00 PM
    this is so timely as much rancor is seeping into lives of people who forget the value of compassion and team spirit... may we see the good in everyone.. it's all about attitude and a right mindset.. thank you carrie for enlightening us!... i wish you a most abundant, joyful new year!.. huggs

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Carrie, I don't have much time here today, but I wanted to just respond to your blog because it speaks to my heart. I love what tim said here at your blog and I echo his sentiments!!! Luv ya!! and happy new year, wonderful poetess(I happen to like that word and in your case, it means an extra special poet)

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 6:09:00 PM
    Happy New years Carrie your poetic verses are a fine example to all, but they pale in comparison to your exemplary behavior. Light & Love

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 6:04:00 PM
    A New Year? Yes. A fresh start? Yes. Can we? Of course! Will we? With your kind and loving words, we most certainly WILL...You are the guiding light of the Poetry Soup family my dear friend...

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 5:52:00 PM
    Happy New Year 2014, Carrie! Thank you for your benevolent presence and the beautiful, soothing elixir of your poetry. You are one of the primary reasons the good poets and people, participate on the Soup! I offer you the love of my soul! :) Giorgio

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  1. Date: 12/31/2013 5:05:00 PM
    I hope those who consider leaving because of some of the negativity will reconsider. There are many here who have so much to offer. I am thankful for being able to read so many beautiful things written by beautiful souls. Happy New Year !

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    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 12/31/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree, Karen. There are wonderful reasons for hoping that the new year provides harmony, so that our wonderful friends want to stay. Happy New Year to you too !!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Veterans Day, and a Personal View
Date Posted: 11/11/2014 7:44:00 PM
Happy Birthday To Andrea !! And A Message From Nikko !! :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:54:00 AM
Rip It Out
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Fresh Start
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM
In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM
"ODE TO JOY"
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 2:05:00 PM
POSTING NIKKO'S WORDS (Typhoon Aftermath)
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 7:38:00 PM
It's Not About Winning
Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:08:00 PM
Man vs Nature -- The Rim Fire
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM
Summer and Smoke
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:22:00 PM
Dragon Slayers Need Better Sense (or Census Takers)
Date Posted: 5/7/2013 3:33:00 PM
Hall of Shame Award....another candidate !
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
A Spring Arrival
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 1:52:00 PM
BEWARE OF THE GREEN !!
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 1:36:00 PM
Romance Is Alive and Well !!
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 4:28:00 PM
In My Absence
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:20:00 PM
Apologies For Neglecting My Souper Friends!
Date Posted: 10/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
Thank you all !!
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01:00 PM
Do You Have A Minute?...It's Worth It! enjoy!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2011 1:41:00 PM
Remembering Stanley....:)
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:11:00 AM
HAVE YOU EVER SAT ON A VOLCANO??
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
Is It Just Me...Or is it a Computer Glitch???
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:32:00 AM
"HUG YOUR KID DAY"
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM
TATTERED BIRTHDAY CARD
Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:29:00 AM

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12/20/2014 Ode to a Blockhead Free versecar,funny,
12/14/2014 A Skylark Christmas Versebird,christmas,snow,winte
12/10/2014 Bob Cratchit Clerihewchristmas,people,
12/9/2014 The Sugar Cube House Narrativechildhood,christmas,loss,
12/8/2014 Charade Versemoon,
12/7/2014 Do You Listen Didacticencouraging,inspirational
12/5/2014 Wrapped in Love Rhymefriendship,holiday,
12/4/2014 A Christmas Snow Rhymechristmas,snow,
12/3/2014 Migration Iambic Pentameterpeople,
11/30/2014 The Ballroom Rhymeart,dance,
11/30/2014 A Broken Monoku Monokubereavement,farewell,good
11/26/2014 THE HILL Free verseangst,earth,natural disas
11/23/2014 In the Dark of the Strand Free versedark,film,history,militar
11/22/2014 November's Quilt Crystallineautumn,november,tree,
11/21/2014 Frozen in Crystalline---Number 3 Crystallineanimal,nature,snow,winter
11/20/2014 Wind Songs Rhymeearth,nature,wind,
11/13/2014 Timeless Ode animal,horse,pets,
11/12/2014 Jobs: No Pleasure in the Measure Sonnetfunny,work,
11/10/2014 Outside The Box ---For Chan Free versededication,
11/9/2014 A Bountiful Duty Cinqkuautumn,holiday,thanksgivi
11/9/2014 This Is For You Free verseencouraging,friend,friend
11/8/2014 In Negative Light Versedark,eve,nature,night,
11/5/2014 I AM Free versebio,heart,introspection,j
11/3/2014 Intangible Free versechange,childhood,conflict
10/31/2014 Dust From The Past Rhymeage,memory,people,sad,
10/30/2014 A Moment, Luminous Crystallinebeauty,flying,imagination
10/27/2014 Somewhere Beyond Verselonely,loss,lost love,lov
10/27/2014 Something Came In The Night Narrativegrowth,introspection,stre
10/26/2014 Easiest, Cream-Cheesiest Hor's D'oeuvre-iest Epulaeryufood,
10/22/2014 Portrait of Nature Free verseearth,nature,
10/21/2014 Lady Kathleen Prosebio,friend,history,people
10/20/2014 Respecting the Universe Sonnetintrospection,nature,spir
10/18/2014 Around the Corner Rhymeautumn,nature,winter,
10/17/2014 Silver Streak I do not know?travel,
10/15/2014 Lost Iambic Pentameterlost,memory,old,remember,
10/10/2014 November Dreams Sijoautumn,nature,
10/10/2014 Lynx Eyes Free versenature,storm,
10/7/2014 Reach For The Stars Acrosticlove,marriage,romance,
10/4/2014 The Raven Waits Free verseimagination,mystery,
10/3/2014 crossfire Free versehistory,holocaust,loss,re
10/2/2014 Sentinel Free verselight,night,
10/2/2014 Summer Acrosticseasons,summer,
9/25/2014 Old Wounds Iambic Pentameterfeelings,introspection,sl
9/24/2014 The Bakery and a Buttermilk Bar Free versenostalgia,teen,
9/23/2014 Vixen Of The Mist Verseimagination,sea,
9/20/2014 Out of the Badlands Free versecowboy,
9/20/2014 Heaven Scent Haikubeauty,flower,grandmother
9/19/2014 Quietude Chokanature,
9/18/2014 I'm an 8 Ottava rimanature,rain,
9/16/2014 Good Bones Narrativefamily,home,memory,nostal
9/14/2014 Taunting the Dragon Narrativelove,lust,senses,words,
9/12/2014 Cruelest Winds Ethereeautumn,introspection,life
9/10/2014 Autumn Harvest Rondeauautumn,
9/9/2014 The Gift Dramatic monologuesun,
9/8/2014 Into The Sunset Free verselost love,
9/7/2014 My Addiction Terza Rimabooks,happiness,
9/6/2014 Dying Star Lyriclost love,sad love,
9/5/2014 On Halloween Night Free versedark,holiday,horror,scary
9/5/2014 Insomnia Chastushkafunny,sleep,
9/4/2014 Golden Threads Rhymenature,seasons,
9/1/2014 Above the Mantel Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,
8/29/2014 Breaking the Ice Tankalost love,sad love,
8/29/2014 The Grand Canyon Abecedariannature,places,
8/29/2014 A Day In The Shade--Zeugma Trioletfishing,happy,
8/28/2014 A Girl From Darfur Prose Poetrydeath,holocaust,horror,sa
8/27/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Free verseautumn,inspirational,intr
8/26/2014 Letter to a Hero Free verseloneliness,missing,soldie
8/25/2014 The Crossing Senryugoodbye,lost love,
8/23/2014 The Witch Next Door Rhymepeople,
8/22/2014 Quote Me Free verseinspiration,introspection
8/22/2014 Neverland Narrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
8/21/2014 Oblique Free versedream,emotions,loss,sleep
8/19/2014 Transient Iambic Pentameternight,sky,
8/18/2014 Enlightenment---The Story Teller Haikupeople,war,
8/18/2014 Drat My Footle---A Fat Kaboodle Footlefunny,vanity,
8/15/2014 View From The Top of the Trail Free versejourney,life,
8/14/2014 Taking a Risk Rhymeanimal,humorous,storm,
8/14/2014 Dramedy of Errors Proseanger,heartbroken,lost lo
8/13/2014 Student Drivers Footlecar,
8/12/2014 Teetering Free verseintrospection,life,
8/11/2014 Beyond The Sun Lyrichappiness,love,
8/7/2014 Chariots of Fire Versefantasy,
8/6/2014 Barn Owl Free versebird,nature,
8/5/2014 Skylark Dreams Versebird,children,dream,
8/5/2014 tug-a-war Haikuanimal,dog,
8/4/2014 lines of discontent Haikutravel,
7/29/2014 Unfettered Words Free verseautumn,introspection,loss
7/28/2014 Shell of a Nomad Free verseanimal,introspection,natu
7/27/2014 Under The Skylight Versepassion,
7/26/2014 Destiny's Woman Sonnetmythology,people,
7/26/2014 Kate's Place Rhymecowboy,people,
7/25/2014 an empty bottle Senryuloss,mother,
7/23/2014 Sympathic Moon --- Tritina Versebaby,mother,
7/22/2014 Strange, Not Knowing Who Terzanellefriendship,grief,inspirat
7/21/2014 Fish Fodder Limerickfunny,
7/17/2014 Scent of Childhood Rhymechildhood,
7/16/2014 A Tap on Memory's Door Verseimagery,memory,
7/7/2014 Conversation with the Sun Sonnethappiness,sun,
7/3/2014 Dancing Raindrops Acrosticanimal,rain,
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