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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! 

Fly In The Ointment

Blog Posted:1/8/2010 6:23:00 PM
I'm sure it's not as if you haven't noticed, my friends, but looks like we have our "unpleasant visitor" back again, posting foul, and rude remarks under the name of "Garden Willow", and also "Trudy Just". My goodness now,.... aren't those such mild sounding names, to be spewing such vile language? Anyway, just to let any newcomers be aware, , we have (most likely) the same person who shows up from time to time, trying to undermine the Soup's commitment to good poetry, friendship and kindness. Please don't let one person upset or get under your skin too much. Whoever he/she might be...isn't worth raising our blood pressure! We will notify management...and hope to be rid of this nonsense once again....let's hope management is alert and on hand quickly! As Vince said last time.....HE'S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKK!!!!!!
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  1. Date: 1/10/2010 7:48:00 AM
    should hold a contest to write about this rudly person whom ever they are turn them into joke of day maybe they'll get hint lol not sure if this person stopped by my place yet but will use the eye method also think they should have an ignor listing

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  1. Date: 1/9/2010 8:10:00 AM
    Andrea, go right to the bottom of the page.. you will see in very small print..terms and conditions, FAQ's, contact us, about us...

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  1. Date: 1/9/2010 5:40:00 AM
    Hi Carrie, Just posted a quick blog then I saw yours. I'm sure there's a way of tracing these but being technology challenged, I don't know how. Team poetry soup should be up on this and taking action, legal action, against the attention seeking one.Wishing Bill and You a great 2010. Vince

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  1. Date: 1/9/2010 12:26:00 AM
    By the way, Carrie, how does one send a post to management?I'm not seeing anything at the top of the screen like "how to contact us" Just wanted to know in case I decide to join as a premium member or if I have some question. Thanks, Andrea ps. Yeah, I saw one of Trudy's nasty posts to some poor newbie. She is much worse than the guy going around here saying rude little things to some people.

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  1. Date: 1/8/2010 10:28:00 PM
    I just send an email to poetry soup about this "Trudy Just". I was appalled at her titles and her language. I believe these kinds of writes fall under subject matter and content not allowed and I believe she should be removed from the site. Yes, indeed let's hope management makes the appropriate measures. Thanks for bringing it up here. Best wishes, Caroline.

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  1. Date: 1/8/2010 8:46:00 PM
    Curious as a kitten, I had to have a looky at this wierdo. But I left no comment and I will block if they leave me any kind of comment, as I did before. It is definitely the same person as previously and he/she did not miss anyone, really hates the top poets. I was thinking, hey, my name was not mentioned, then there it was. I am a you know what, bad word, starts with a B... wow, that's a lot of hate coming out. I think this should be reported to the police. This person is seriously ill. And it seems our admin is lost in cyper space somewhere,seems no one is at the controls...thanks so much for bringing this to our attention

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  1. Date: 1/8/2010 8:39:00 PM
    Carrie...I would also BEG eveyone who reads this NOT to post a comment of any kind...the last time this happened he/she got in the "top 100" just from the negative comments!! (my own included)...Ignore, ignore! - Tim

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  1. Date: 1/8/2010 8:30:00 PM
    I think they must have cracked the CAPTCHA thing. I don't see how they posted that many poems within a few hours if they had to type letters in everytime. Unless they had all tose titles already typed somewhere. Some people feel compelled to hack a site and flaunt a blatant disregard for rules just because they can. It is a shame. Those are the same kind of people who create viruses and spyware. The site needs to have a quick way to report abusers and a way to block them from reading your poetry.

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My Past Blog Posts

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
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
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
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
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM
Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:29:00 AM
Spring Break from School
Date Posted: 3/23/2010 10:54:00 AM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/20/2014Out of the BadlandsFree versecowboy,
9/20/2014Heaven ScentHaikubeauty,flower,grandmother
9/18/2014I'm an 8Ottava rimanature,rain,
9/16/2014Good BonesNarrativefamily,home,memory,nostal
9/14/2014Taunting the DragonNarrativelove,lust,senses,words,
9/12/2014Cruelest WindsEthereeautumn,introspection,life
9/10/2014Autumn HarvestRondeauautumn,
9/9/2014The GiftDramatic monologuesun,
9/8/2014Into The SunsetFree verselost love,
9/7/2014My AddictionTerza Rimabooks,happiness,
9/6/2014Dying StarLyriclost love,sad love,
9/5/2014On Halloween NightFree versedark,holiday,horror,scary
9/4/2014Golden ThreadsRhymenature,seasons,
9/1/2014Above the MantelEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,
8/29/2014Breaking the IceTankalost love,sad love,
8/29/2014The Grand CanyonAbecedariannature,places,
8/29/2014A Day In The Shade--ZeugmaTrioletfishing,happy,
8/28/2014A Girl From DarfurProse Poetrydeath,holocaust,horror,sa
8/27/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnFree verseautumn,inspirational,intr
8/26/2014Letter to a HeroFree verseloneliness,missing,soldie
8/25/2014The CrossingSenryugoodbye,lost love,
8/23/2014The Witch Next DoorRhymepeople,
8/22/2014Quote MeFree verseinspiration,introspection

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23 warning signs that you are severely addicted to poetrysoup dot comList satire,silly,
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