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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.

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

The Pedicure Virgin - Roy Jerden
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
How to make an image out of a long poem
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 12:58:00 PM
How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:03:00 PM
Too Subtle?
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 12:31:00 PM
Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM
Punctuation and Capitalization in Poetry
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
About Poem/Poem Notes/Inspiration, etc.
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Bawdy Limericks II Judged
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 2:48:00 PM
To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
User trying to set a password
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 2:48:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Limerick Contest
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:56:00 PM
Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
Age Test
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 8:44:00 PM
A couple of not so burning questions
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 12:23:00 PM
Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested
Date Posted: 3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Images for my Spring sonnet
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 7:56:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/15/2014The Empty QuarterAlliterationearth,nature,stars,
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Pussy RiotChastushkahumor,
8/23/2014Matryoshkan MultiverseHaibunhumor,
8/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - FootleFootlehumor,
8/10/2014The New OneBlank versedark,
8/5/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta WheyQuatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
7/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star TurtleHaibundeath,journey,stars,
7/13/2014Blood on the SaddleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/8/2014Willow: A FableRhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
6/28/2014Dante's PathQuatrainspiritual,
6/11/2014Bill's DrillLimerickhumorous,
5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/7/2014Jonah Falcon He's NotLimerickfunny,
5/6/2014The Well Traveled LinguistLimerickhumorous,
5/5/2014Raise the MastLimerickhumorous,
5/4/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkleLimerickage,funny,
5/2/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His PurposeRhymehate,religion,slam,

My Photos

Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
Slow Movin TightsBalladme,red,women,
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,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

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