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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

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

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
Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest Results
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 5:24:00 PM
And that's when the fight started...
Date Posted: 2/21/2014 9:34:00 AM
All my other hobbies seem to be about food
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 2:50:00 PM
The Hipster Reading List
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 5:05:00 PM
Incredible List of 100 Books to Read in Your Lifetime
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 9:11:00 AM
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
Date Posted: 1/18/2014 6:23:00 AM
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,

My Photos

Fav Poems

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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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