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Dedicated to Valerie Haper, actress and John Denver, singer! Who were just wo, of hundreds who launched the Hunger Project, In 1976! Original title was a Salute to Valerie Haper. But it was not adequate. It was more about life and the power we all go do soothing! Panagiota Romios ................................ ................................ Valerie~ Free of your disease, you have left this earth. San Francisco, so wonderfully pristine in 1976. is when I first met you, both embroiled in the transformational mix. A commitment to a "world that works for everyone." The seminars and events we attended had far deeper purposes than just having fun. I didn't realize that in those seminars, I would learn that I was the cause of my own problems. Yes...every single one! We got to experience that life was not to be lived, just for me! That's the most vacuous way to get to eternity! The true prize was serving our fellowman! And acknowdging others as often as we could. Became the hallmark, the gift, we held in our hands. I never knew the magic of that world we lived in, It was so distant from "it's all about me world" and the empty prizes it delivers. To live for me being top dog, gives me chills and shivers. Along came John Denver, with a unique idea. How about ending world hunger. What? Was he smoking some good California pot? But he was the start of the Hunger Project. And hundreds of us got it off ground John played his guitar, what an inspiration. And people looked at us like we were crazy, when we enrolled them in the Hunger Project. I remember my daughter who was just nine, working with us, too. Her contribution to humanity was more than fine. Valerie! I remember you at an acknowledgement dinner for one of one stalwart women. We dressed in formals, our dates in tuxedos. What a thrill to meet high on a foggy hill The Mark Hopkins Hotel, in an evening that remains In my heart, so beautifully regal! Dinner, sitting down, served with total grace and elegance! And we honored the guest that night for all her contributions to make the world work for everyone. I was in awe, that night, as after dinner, giant sliding doors opened, and there was a full orchestra. We all were Cinderellas dancing at a ball. Ah, such a night, Harvey Korman was there, I had a picture taken with him, next to an elegant chair! This night may, indeed be gone! But my comitment to make a world that works for everyone is alive within me still. And to not be so selfish, egotistical and small. That here at the Soup not about winning every contest and climb any Best wall. While commenting to only best, and ignoring the small? I maybe writing less, but there are many poems of mine, crying for more readers. Other poets, too experience this! I seek those out especially with few comments. Indeed I have said this before~ it makes no sense to me only post to thosd that have 25 comments ot more. ~~~,Acknowledge more! Its a great gift.~~ Dedicated to Valerie Harper, RIP Panagiota Romios September 3, 2019

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Date: 9/3/2019 2:14:00 PM
Lovely dedication to your friend Panagiota, we all want to make the world a better place, but evil, greed and selfish people get in the way. Yes, we see that everywhere. Tom
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Date: 9/3/2019 2:26:00 PM
Tom, my friend. Evil has been here since Eden. Wanting to make the world better is a noble thing. Being with others who act on that want is another. It was really hard to get my idea experience of those days across. We can overcome the toads in life. I have seen it done. But new toads grow.PS a friend in Florida emailed me, he said all it is doing is raining! Alas the news! Ugh. Armageddon is here per them, Actually, what purveyors of doom they are.., Always negative. Best,Tom, Panagiota
Date: 9/3/2019 1:31:00 PM
- My thoughts fly back in time in this wonderful writing, Panagiota - It's not always about winning or reaching tops, but about being good enough or getting better in your own eyes ... - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 9/3/2019 1:42:00 PM
I can tell that clearly about you, Thank you. Panagiota