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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SPYWARE ATTACKS YOUR COMPUTER... GRRRRR!!!


Blog Posted:1/29/2014 7:30:00 AM

WORDS OF MY POEMS, IN MY POEMS, ARE BEING TURNED INTO LINKS FOR ADS


THE WORD, GIVE, became an active link to the following:


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  1. Date: 1/31/2014 5:48:00 AM
    If you are using Chrome, go to the settings menu, Tools, Extensions. Remove the Great Arcade Hits extension.

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 2/2/2014 1:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 1/30/2014 9:29:00 AM
    I have adopted a new favorite set of two words: holy crap! Wish I could help.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 11:47:00 PM
    There is a plug-in called NoScript. It's mainly for use on the Mozilla Firefox Browser, though I know there's a Chrome one in the works. Without getting all techy in its purpose, I strongly recommend this plug-in. NoScript is just that, a script blocker. Scripts are the cause of 3rd party cookies, ads, and/or viruses, etc. NoScript blocks EVERYTHING on any site you visit, until you decide what information is displayed. So, PS as an example, you can allow scripts to only display from "poetrysoup.com" and nothing else. It's an incredible plug-in that has not given me a virus on my laptop & desktop in over 4 years (knocks wood). SoupMail me if you need more info...cheers.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 2:31:00 PM
    Try download free C.C cleaner progtamme and it might be fixed if its a virus dear..It sucks having a p.c virus..I know!!!

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Cyndi, check your extensions in Chrome. Disable them one at a time until you find the culprit, then remove it. I had the same issue. See:http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/eBasgnkdWds%5B1-25-false%5D

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Cyndi, if you don't use your computer as a storage for poems, pictures, etc ... you can use the "recovery" option. It's going to erase everything you have in your pc, virus and spyware included. Save all the documents (USB) and make a recovery. And if you don't have antivirus, you don't need to buy one, after the recovery, you can activate the antivirus that comes with your pc (free trial, usually Norton or McAfee) ... You can use the recovery many times (after the free trial expires).

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 10:30:00 AM
    I use Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus, and it is excellent. It works transparently in the background, updates automatically, and you never know it. Still, malware gets in periodically. I use Advanced System Care 7 to find and remove all such problems. They have a free version. Still it's sometimes necessary to click on settings in your browser and see what's listed for your home page and to manage search engines. It's called in-text advertising. Search the internet for more details on how to get rid of it and protect you in the future. Good luck.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 11:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    VERY VERY VERY HELPFUL! THANK YOU!
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 9:29:00 AM
    I use Kaspersky too, although...I do not have any problems with them at all. But...I do have issues when I use internet explorer. Mozilla is much safer in regards to keeping out the spam.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 9:16:00 AM
    Don't buy a new computer because of spyware. The same thing will happen on the new PC. Just invest in good spyware/virus protection.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    TPS, I put on my thinking cap, simply changed my blog title to be less ... lol.. dramatic? THIS blog could serve as a help-mate to others who have experienced or may experience this problem. Good idea? I'll check back later. See what you say. Much to do now.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hmmmm... up to you, of course! But ... er... maybe you could put up a wee blog yourself about recommending McAffee, spyware and letting soupers know if they see this, the problem is on THEIR computer NOT SOUP. Others, surely, are as computer UN-savvy as I... just a thought. Not everyone on Soup is under 40...
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, again, TPS...it's been an upsetting winter, some personal hardships. Connecting to my friends on Soup is very important to me. Posting my poetry, here, receiving feedback is a comfort and a blessing. I WILL figure this out. Should I remove this blog now?
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We spent/spend a good chunk of dollars on Kapersky. What a disappointment. Hmm... there is a computer repair shop around the corner. Maybe they can help. I earned a certificate by completing a Microsoft Office Program, lol, YEARS ago. But the web? Spyware and Trojan horses and worms..etc? I don't understand and just scratch my head.
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 1/29/2014 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You'll need to remove the old virus software before installing the new one.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Won't my old virus protection cause problems with my new one? I've heard that!
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 9:15:00 AM
    You have some type of spyware on your computer. We use McAfee for protection. It is pretty good. There are no links on the poems. http://www.mcafee.com/us/

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okay. I will deal with this for another month. Then, I'll just get a new computer with Mcaffee installed. I need this like I need a cavity! (Cyndi now going to go to something else, cause she is very very very upset)
    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 1/29/2014 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, it is not free. Costs $90 a year to secure 3 pcs. http://home.mcafee.com/store/total-protection. FREE virus protection is BAD!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    IS IT FREE? Thanks TPS... so upsetting so upsetting. THANK YOU. I MEAN IT!
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 9:08:00 AM
    This happened to me yesterday. I use Google "Chrome" on my partner's computer and for some reason, his Chrome browser itself is infested with viruses. I'm using Chrome now on my laptop and nothing like that happens. I don't think it has anything to do with the site but you may have encountered a bug somewhere that's infected your browser. Seriously, I had the exact same thing happen to me on his computer, but when I use my laptop, nothing like that happens. I'm not a computer savvy person or I would try and help you figure out what's wrong, but I am almost positive your browser has a bug. Much love Miss-Who; hope this helped <3

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 1/29/2014 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news and a herald of technological woe. They're aggravating, I know, especially to those of us more artistically minded than tech-smart. Boo! Hiss, viruses!!! >:(
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks... grrrrrrrrrrr! My computer HAS been acting strange. I think it will be simpler to just scrap this one and buy another... and I swear I'm goin' to stick a chastity belt on it, make sure every entry is BLOCKED.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 9:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THIS TAX RETURN MOMMA IS GETTING A NEW PC! That's it! And we are paying the extra fricking 100 smackaroos to have a geek on stand-by. We have an antiviral program. It's updated regularly. CRAP!!!!
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 7:58:00 AM
    I just quickly went through several new poems (sorry poets, didn't leave a comment! No time right now) NO ONE ELSE HAD THE LINK INSIDE THE ACTUAL POEM. I hope TPS comes to the blog here, because any mail they send me is classified and THIS needs to be discussed at the ROUND TABLE. Every member MUST know what is up!!!!! and !!!!!!! and !!!!!!!! and a few ? too

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    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 1/29/2014 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I've noticed when I stop at Shadow's poems, a crazy sideshow box pop's up right under the PM star on the left side, it is crazy. I don't know why. I don't question, I stay away and make sure the arrow key is touching nothing.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 7:52:00 AM
    IT IS SPAM, I'VE GOTTEN IT BEFORE.............. IT HAS SPAM WRITTEN ALL OVER.............................. LOL..............SOUP MAIL

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In the BODY of a POEM, A WORD of YOUR POETRY converted into a LINK? I'm not seeing it elsewhere right now... ADVERTISING SHOULD STAY IN THE MARGINS. Say I write a poem on the death of a loved on... what is next? Her name gets turned into a link for condoms? ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    SKAT YOU HAVE HAD THIS? What the ???!!!! NO WAY!
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 7:45:00 AM
    SENT JUST NOW: TPS, I am very worried about the site. Are we being attacked by some kind of spam? Has some viral-ad / Trojan horse gotten through? I posted a sonnet for Andrea. There is this survey that came up. I closed the survey, didn't answer it. Then I view my poem. The word Give was in red, underscored. I thought, no way, it can't possibly be a link. Then, I click on it. IT BRINGS ME TO THE SURVEY. What is this? Do you know? A bug???? I'm FREAKED OUT...

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 7:34:00 AM
    OH. MY. GOD. In the middle of my poem to Andrea, for Andrea, I get this red lined word (I removed it! Will it come back???) It was a link. It is advertising. ON MY POEM. IN MY POEM. Advertising? Alice is leaving this building, if this is the next rabbit hole... my poetry does not stand on a corner in heels and yell at cars, "Hey Mister. Would you like to spend some time?" Upset doesn't even cover the spectrum of emotion I feel right now.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/29/2014 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Maybe TPS doesn't know... I'll email them immediately. I AM FREAKED OUT!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Death in Family
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 8:30:00 AM
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
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Fav Poems

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
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MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
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Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
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FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
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Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
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UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
BeachworldFree verseplaces,sea,sun,
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