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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.

All my other hobbies seem to be about food

Blog Posted:2/20/2014 2:50:00 PM
My wife Toni does most of the cooking, but I'm the baker of the family. We haven't bought bread for years. I really missed the great bread from the years we lived in Italy, so I have concentrated on reproducing those, as well as the occasional sweet. Here's some photos. Nam, nam, nam...

Rosetta and Tartaruga RollsCiabatta
Country loafGrissini
English TrifleApple Tart
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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 2:25:00 PM
    Roy....I'm comin' over to visit....;)

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  1. Date: 2/21/2014 4:02:00 PM
    Holy Grissini! I love any kind of bread and these on the pictures look yummy! What kind of oven do you have?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/21/2014 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have two small countertop ovens that I bake with. One is the Westinghouse CSV steam oven that I use for bread that needs steam. The other is a Cuisinart pizza oven. I usually use both, steaming in one and finishing in the other.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:55:00 PM
    Pizza is the one I want!!

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 7:19:00 PM
    wow your wife is one lucky woman!

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 4:48:00 PM
    i do have cravings for pizza and ciabatta at least once a week, roy, lol.. these look really good.. any plans to put up a bakeshop?.. huggs

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/20/2014 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Nette! No, no bakeshop. The quickest way to take out the fun is to turn it into work. I have considered the local seasonal farmer's market, which would give me flexibility.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 3:47:00 PM
    I was not hungry until I saw this; thanks a lot, Roy, LOL! Seriously looks delicious; I wish I was there! ;)

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/20/2014 4:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, I enjoy it and have the free time to do it, too.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 3:47:00 PM
    I was not hungry until I saw this; thanks a lot, Roy, LOL! Seriously looks delicious; I wish I was there! ;)

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 3:34:00 PM
    Wow Roy, I am a cook but do not dabble in breads and pastries very much but these are awesome!!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/20/2014 5:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You should try it, Craig. It's quite sensual, actually. The dough is a firm, yet yielding mass that warms to your touch as you knead it, fitting well in your hands. I wish I could remember what it reminds me of.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 3:07:00 PM
    Welp....there goes that calorie count for today!! THANKS A LOT ROY!! Seriously though, that is some beautiful work. I miss baking Roy; think you've inspired a baking weekend for me! ;)

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    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 2/24/2014 2:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Naw...the only bad carb is the one NOT in my belly..ha
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 2/20/2014 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL Chan; okay we have to be strong...not gonna happen though!!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/20/2014 5:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Flo!
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/20/2014 3:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL! That's what I said even before I read your comment, FJ! Dammit, Roy, I've never craved bread and carbs so much in my life! ;)

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 QuarterFree verseearth,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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