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I work as the Business Manager in Health Care at a Retirement Centre in Ontario. I really enjoy the residents and my job. I find their stories to be enlightening.
My son died at age 11 devastating our family. I never understood why he had to die and it broke my heart. My sister lost her battle to cancer and my husband died suddenly from a heart attack. Six months following Jon's death my best friend died from cancer. She was the one who was there for me through everything.
This site helps me express some of the feelings I had during those painful experiences and realize life is good.


Crazy Lines

Blog Posted:8/7/2014 11:34:00 AM

I am trying to fix a poem and nothing I do will fix it. Is it me or are we still having problems with the line spaces on the poetry. I have edited several times to fix this and nothing works.

Am I missing something?

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  1. Date: 8/9/2014 12:27:00 PM
    Try again now.

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  1. Date: 8/9/2014 8:29:00 AM
    Roy's idea worked for me. Cut and paste the poem to Notepad, format and copy and paste back. Microsoft Word was what I had always used and when it started going crazy I tried the Notepad and it's all good....

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  1. Date: 8/8/2014 7:47:00 PM
    Hmmm, yes edits work in Chrome but not in Firefox. It's all beyond me.

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  1. Date: 8/8/2014 2:35:00 PM
    No, it is still a problem. Please make sure you have updated to the latest version of your browser. If that doesn't work, download Chrome. No one using the Chrome browser is having this issue. It is the fastest browser.

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    PoetrySoup Avatar Team PoetrySoup Date: 8/8/2014 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What's strange is that we are NOT experiencing any of these problems on our end using any browser; IE, Firefox, Safari, nor Chrome.
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 10:08:00 PM
    Nope it's still hinky, they don't know why yet.

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 8/7/2014 10:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    even if you type directly into the poem box [not cut/paste] it still insists on posting it double spaced
  1. Date: 8/7/2014 9:35:00 PM
    Me too - it is incredibly frustrating when your four line poem is six lines long and a haiku five lines.

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  1. Date: 8/7/2014 4:52:00 PM
    I have tried microsoft word - never had an issue with it until about a month ago then i had to reformat each poem and it worked - last week i couldn't reformat at all - still cant - i have tried word, notepad and typing directly into the box - still no joy - the site are aware but still no improvement; Hope things work out for yiou using Roy's suggestion. Hugs jan xx

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  1. Date: 8/7/2014 12:59:00 PM
    Try this: Open Notepad or a plain text editor (not MS Word or a word processor). Put your cursor on the poem editor in PoetrySoup. Use Ctrl-A to select all the text. Use Ctrl-X to cut all the text. Go to Notepad. Use Ctrl-V to paste all the text. Fix the poem. Use Ctrl-A to select all the text. Use Ctrl-C to copy it. Back to the poem editor. Use Ctrl-V to paste the text.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 8/8/2014 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I suspect that the HTML renderer that they use is interpreting a CR(carriage return) as a new paragraph. Typically word processors use both a linefeed (LF) and a carriage return(CR) when you hit the Enter key. A simple text editor like Notepad uses only a linefeed when you hit Enter, so you are not passing carriage returns back to the poem editor. The key is to completely clear out the poem editor field before you paste into it (Ctrl-X). That way there is no left over formatting to mess you up. BTY, plain text editors like Notepad do not allow any formatting.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 8/8/2014 1:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ok, I have actually tried this before-- and just the other day, pasting from word (with formatting) worked for me, now when I posted something though, formatting won't stick? Even with pasting it in notepad. Urrgh. Have you been successful with posting from notepad with formatting? What's the secret?
    Bateson Avatar Betty Bateson Date: 8/8/2014 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, that worked!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/7/2014 10:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you know so much!!! geeez

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