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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.


Most Recent Blog Post

Poetry Soup Notifications
Blog Posted:5/24/2013 9:08:00 PM


I'd like more e-mail notifications on PoetrySoup.

New Triggers:

When I get Soup Mail.
When someone posts a comment to a blog I have started or am following (via a comment)
Responses to a poem comment I have made.
When a contest that I have a poem entered in is finalized.

I know that folks have worked around this various ways, but it seems to me that
these enhancements would not be a lot of work. A general notification service could
be coded ( if it isn't already in place) and the hooks added to the various modules
that it would serve. 

What do you think?
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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 7:08:00 PM
    I get the system error 500 when I try putting pictures on Grrr lol Linda

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 12:55:00 PM
    I agree Roy!

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 4:30:00 AM
    yes, I am experiencing the 'system error 500' message too whenever I try to access any of my free verse poems. I've sent two emails to admin about it and have had no acknowledgement whatsoever. I'm not happy about it at all, I think it's very bad that poets are unable to access their own work and the site admin doesn't have the courtesy to respond; strangely it seems to be affecting only free verse poems...

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/25/2013 8:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Actually, mine was free verse, too. Interesting...
  1. Date: 5/24/2013 11:47:00 PM
    Roy, that's a lot of coddling you are asking for. hahaha. I think it would be nice, of course, but I guess I would be happy just to not see the system error keep coming up on some of the old things I used to enjoy doing, like going to the list of new poems by poet. good luck with getting all THIS!!!! Suz, I don't know WHY Soup does that comment on comments. It is rare that someone will remember to go back to see if you commented to what they said, especially when so few are doing it. I enjoy just commenting back to someone on his /her poetry!!

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/25/2013 1:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am experiencing the 'system error 500' message too whenever I check for new poems by poet........Is it worth emailing TPS about any of this?
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/24/2013 11:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hear you, but I don't think it's a huge task. I guess the issue is that the site is not much of a money maker, maybe none at all. But I hate the system error, too. I just had to repost a poem that I was unable to edit. Lost all the nice comments. No response from support after 3 days.
  1. Date: 5/24/2013 9:59:00 PM
    Roy: I think it would make communication easier. I often make comments but don't have time to go back and look for responses. It kind of cuts off what could become a nice friendship. I know I have commented on many poets' pages and never hear back from them and half the time wonder if they don't feel it is worth it to bother. It is kind of disjointed to jump to a poet's page and comment on a poem just to be sure they know you are returning the courtesy of a visit to your page. Do you follow what I am trying to say. SuZ

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/25/2013 1:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know you can find old blogs if you go to the poet's-page and click on the Past Blogs Tab. Seems like there are a lot of poets on here -perhaps too many to set up the types of notifications we need.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/24/2013 10:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The other thing about blogs is that once they fall off the first page they pretty much disappear from notice. The life of a blog is 3-4 days insofar as a conversation goes. I think they should bump a blog back up to the top when a new comment is made, maybe even an edit.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/24/2013 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Actually the PoetrySoup Facebook page could be used as a blog, and all the notifications are already built in but I have never seen any posts on FB except those made by PoetrySoup.
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/24/2013 9:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The same with blogs. I often comment and check back to see my comment not acknowledged but realize unless they look back they may not have known you even replied. causes some miffed feelings at times.

My Past Blog Posts

Age Test
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Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest Results
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And that's when the fight started...
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All my other hobbies seem to be about food
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The Hipster Reading List
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 5:05:00 PM
Incredible List of 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime
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Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest
Date Posted: 2/9/2014 8:52:00 AM
Requirements, Requirements, Requirements
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 6:35:00 PM
"Yesterday's Acrostic" - Contest Results
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 1:16:00 PM
My Hunting Hobby
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 1:47:00 PM
Cyborg Poetry?
Date Posted: 1/20/2014 5:04:00 PM
New Contest - Yesterday's Acrostic
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Kintsukuroi Contest Judged
Date Posted: 1/17/2014 6:44:00 PM
Criteria for judging a poetry contest
Date Posted: 1/16/2014 3:21:00 PM
A peek under the kimono
Date Posted: 1/13/2014 7:33:00 PM
When Wordplay Approaches Jabberwocky
Date Posted: 1/12/2014 8:26:00 AM
Have you ever, truly, finished a poem?
Date Posted: 1/11/2014 6:23:00 PM
For Frank - A priceless Amazon customer review
Date Posted: 1/10/2014 6:57:00 AM
Too iconoclastic, too lowbrow or just too disturbing?
Date Posted: 1/4/2014 9:53:00 PM
Date Posted: 1/2/2014 9:12:00 AM
Happy New Year To All
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 6:15:00 PM
Merry Christmas to All
Date Posted: 12/25/2013 7:28:00 AM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/1/2014My Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy TrainRhymechristmas,nostalgia,
3/19/2014One Happy Ending With Green GiantLimerickholiday,humorous,
3/18/2014Ignominious ExitRhymehumorous,
3/16/2014Well-sliced WillieFree versepoetry,
3/12/2014Life is what you make it - Act 5, Scene VIIILimerickdeath,
3/11/2014Premature ExonerationLimerickholiday,humor,
2/28/2014Going GiggingRhymefishing,
2/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin AwardsLimerickdeath,humorous,silly,
2/7/2014What Can I DoSonnetabsence,death,fear,
2/4/2014A Stone In The Cold 5Sonnetnature,
1/29/2014The Earth AbidesQuatrainnatural disasters,nature,
1/23/2014Siren's DanceSonnetlove,
1/21/2014Happy HourIambic Pentameterdrink,relationship,satire
1/9/2014I Never Said LoveSenryuhumorous,
1/7/2014San Saba SpringtimeSonnetnature,spring,
12/28/2013The WhittlersCowboygrowing up,nostalgia,
12/20/2013Cretaceous FarewellHaikuanimal,
12/19/2013Redneck SantaRhymechristmas,
12/17/2013The Tale of the China PoblanaBalladhistory,
6/13/2013Ode on a Japanese CommodeRhymehumorous,
5/24/2013The Fruits of their LaborsDidacticpolitical,
5/23/2013Damaged GoodsQuatrainabuse,
5/21/2013White Trash NostalgiaQuatraingrowing up,
5/15/2013The Conceit of PoetryCoupletphilosophy,
4/26/2013Ad AstraQuatrainnature,night,stars,

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AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
Slow Movin TightsBalladwomen,me,me,red,
That Night We KissedRondeauromanceheart,night,heart,
A Voice In The WindRhymeimagination,nature,
Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
MuseFree versewords,writing,

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