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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !

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. ( 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 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 5:05:00 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 !!

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