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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.

My Hunting Hobby

Blog Posted:2/4/2014 1:47:00 PM
I'm a hunter, but mostly for wild mushrooms nowadays.  It adds an additional layer of interest to my hiking and puts some delicious food on the table as well. I've been doing it over 35 years now, here in Georgia, as well as in Italy when we go. Here's some photos, all of mushrooms I have collected within a 10 mile radius of my house here in Woodstock. Nam, nam, nam...

ChanterellesBlack Trumpets
Lion's ManeHen of the Woods
Honey MushroomsSummer Mix, mostly Sweet Tooth
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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:53:00 AM
    You make me hungry looking at all these beautiful mushrooms Roy...I dearly love all sorts of 'shrooms ! and I would LOVE to have all these available to me in the woods...maybe I should get a mushroom book and head for the woods!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/5/2014 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your best bet is to find a local club or someone in your area to learn from. Mushroom identification takes time. There are a few excellent genera that are easy, however. Morels and chanterelles are a good starting point, then boletes, which have a few simple rules. Stay AWAY from gilled mushrooms until you become experienced.
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:35:00 AM
    mmmmm....I love mushrooms

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/5/2014 1:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some of my best morel collecting was in the Ozarks, around West Plains, MO. I lived in Rolla, MO and then St. Louis. Fished in those clear streams for trout and smallmouth and gigged suckers in season.
  1. Date: 2/4/2014 8:42:00 PM
    Those honey 'shrooms look tasty! Mebbe fried in unsalted butter with garlic?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/4/2014 9:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What isn't tasty prepared that way? But yeah, and they are plentiful, too. Love to see a fellow connoisseur.
  1. Date: 2/4/2014 8:39:00 PM
    Cool, Roy! I once found the motherload of golden morels! Was dryin' em all over my apt! Lotsa "death caps" up here in the woods...I bring a couple field books with me....many false positives! My girls make me eat'im first! Jimbo (cool photos!)

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/4/2014 9:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Boy, I wish I could find more of them down here! They are the best, excluding truffles. I'm so envious of the harvests from the upper and middle Midwest and Canada.
  1. Date: 2/4/2014 6:29:00 PM
    wow, wow, I think I've seen that hen of the woods it keeps coming up on the buried stump of I tree I cut down which is under mulch! man I'd be too scared to eat any of those!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/4/2014 8:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah, there are several polypores that resemble it, but it grows only next to the trunk of living oak trees in the wild. The Japanese name is Maitake. Sometimes you can find the cultivated version as a side in upscale restaurants nowadays.
  1. Date: 2/4/2014 3:24:00 PM
    This is sure an interesting thing to hunt for. I've never been terribly fond of mushrooms but I like the ordinary ones on pizza. I remember our church youth group when I was very young went out one evening hunting mushrooms and the joy in cooking them up.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/4/2014 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I pretty much don't buy mushrooms anymore as I can usually freeze enough to last me. On top of that, the cultivated ones just don't compare in flavor. Not even close.

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
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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,

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Fav Poems

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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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