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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

Malapropisms and Mondegreens Contest Judged
Blog Posted:7/19/2013 2:39:00 PM


Malapropisms and Mondegreens 
Contest Judged:  7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Roy Jerden

Well, I took more time than Craig to get these results back, but I was still jet-lagged coming back from Paris. We were there for a week and got to celebrate Be Still Day and the French Revelation, saw the Eyefull Tower, the Louver and Moan Elisa, Versay, and took a crews on the Sane. My wife ate some ex-cargo, I had a knees wash salad and we all had real French Fries which they call palm fritz.

If I ever do a contest like this again, I'll loosen up the requirements and include homonyms and the like. Only one contestant actually used any mondegreens, but hopefully more people now know what one is (for all intensive purposes). Ideally, the best malapropisms or mondegreens are transparent and don't require an explanation, but it's tough when you are constricted by meter and rhyme.
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  1. Date: 7/22/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Just came home from a weekend away, and see my poem actually made it in spite of the most outrageous verses!!! Thank you for "getting" my efforts, Roy!! I'm not sure most even knew what the heck I was saying! (neither did I !! ) LOL !!! But thank you very much. What a fun challenge !! Congratulations to all the warped minds who are able to do this..!!!!!

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 8:57:00 PM
    I surly do soap that no one is defended by these comets...

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:55:00 PM
    wow! I think Tim's gone crazy... LOL :-)

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 7/21/2013 8:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You lot THAT light, Brenda! You letter relieve it...I'm lazy like a box!
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:13:00 PM
    Please do not read this comment

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:05:00 PM
    And Abdulafeez!...What can I not say?...I'm speechlessly...Great humorless on replay here!

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:01:00 PM
    Wow Tim!...This is the best one I've read so far...

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:00:00 PM
    More! More! More! Hea-THER! Hea-THER! (whistles, applause)

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:58:00 PM
    Even MORE congratulations, Carrie

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:57:00 PM
    More congratulations Mandy!

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:55:00 PM
    Many congrats Constance!

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:54:00 PM
    Congrats Suzette!

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:53:00 PM
    Only three comments? This was a unique and challanging contest Roy and only three comments? Hmmm...Forgive me Roy but I just can't resist...

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  1. Date: 7/20/2013 4:14:00 AM
    Near Toy - I am so thankless that you secluded my poet on your sinner's list...Configurations to all the other dinners two

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  1. Date: 7/20/2013 12:07:00 AM
    Thanks for my place Roy it was a tough one xx

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:02:00 PM
    Thank you for a very fun contest, Roy. It brought back many happy memories of days when we tried to copy the lyrics of songs on seven singles (75's). English being my second language and being slightly dyslexic, made for some hilarious interpretations. This contest came naturally to me and I am pleased by the honoured bestowed upon me. In your next contest, you might consider including spoonerisms - it could be fun. I would like to draw everyone's attention to the hilarious comments left by our very esteemed Rim Tyson (Tim). Regards, Su

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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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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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