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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !


Blog Posted:11/18/2018 5:26:00 PM

Dear Soup Friends

I should begin by saying I am sorry that I have been away so long, and I know  that I've been negligent in checking in to see what my wonderful Soup family has been up to.  It was time to take a bit of a break, after all these years.

But today,  I come to share what has happened within the past 10 days to a community that is not far from my home. I'm sure by now, most of you have been hearing about the California fires. The worst in California history.  Near me, is (was) the small town of Paradise, a lovely, pine-surrounded community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's,  home for people just like you and me.  The area is located within an hour's drive from my home, and a place where one would take a picnic, stroll an old covered bridge, and spend a lovely spring/summer afternoon..  On the morning of November 8th, we woke to a clear autumn day, but the wind was blowing fiercely..  When first hearing our local news  of fire, we were concerned, but had no idea what would be in store for the place we had visited so often.

Since then, the news reports have been more and more heart-breaking, with a whole town destroyed and the death-toll climbing.  Fires are still burning, 14,000 homes are gone, 300 business, and worst of all,  last night's death toll was 88, and climbing, and hundreds of people are still missing.  Everyone I know is pictching in to help......each in their own way.  The heroes that have been born from this tragedy were and are, countless, and although I haven't met most of them, they are neighbors of mine.   Please hold them in your hearts.  Here is a link to a poem, (not my own), but written by someone who lost their "Paradise"   It is worthy of your time

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Date: 12/4/2018 4:17:00 PM
This was a wonderful yet terrible read, Carrie. I am so very sorry this happened to you, your friends/family, your town, your beautiful state of California. Thank you for posting it. I shared it on Facebook on my timeline and on my page, Poetic Juice. I hope you will come take a look if you want and I would like to invite you to join the group. Sending Love and Light, Carole Duet
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Date: 12/2/2018 1:01:00 PM
What an incredible piece Carrie: It reminds us that a fire can take away much more than the material things it consumes but it destroys precious memories. Thanks for sharing with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to all these people. Words cannot convey but this poem doeas real good job of trying to. Hugs SuZ
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 12/3/2018 12:51:00 PM
Bless you Carrie
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Carrie Richards
Date: 12/3/2018 11:24:00 AM
Thank you dear Suzanne, for taking the time to read this poem. It is one that has touched a personal place in my heart. This tragedy has hit so close to home, and it helps to share these words with caring people like yourself. <3
Date: 11/26/2018 5:55:00 PM
Oh, this is so sad, Carrie, and we have seen the horrible destruction on the news channels. The loss is difficult to comprehend, and the heart-wrenching poem your link takes us to paints the tragedy so well. Thanks for sharing this with us, and our prayers are offered for all caught in this horrible disaster. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 11/27/2018 10:13:00 AM
Prayers are a comfort Sandra, and yes, the loss is still surreal to those of us who live next door to such tragedy. But knowing how much people care, even though some live very far away, is such a comfort. Thank you for caring. God Bless
Date: 11/25/2018 2:16:00 PM
Carrie, thanks for sharing this touching expression of tenderness and tears. May the Lord Bless the people of Paradise.
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Date: 11/27/2018 10:09:00 AM
They will need your prayers for a long time to come, Ray. Thank you for showing your heart. It is always good to hear from you, in spite of smoke or sunshine. I hope all is well with you and your family
Date: 11/21/2018 12:24:00 PM
So sorry for the loss of lives and for some folks the loss of everything. My heart goes out to California and it's people. hugs my friend hope your family is safe.
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Date: 11/25/2018 10:54:00 AM
I'm late in responding, Phyllis, but thank you very much. I am very blessed to know my family is safe, but heartbroken for so many who lost so much. I hope you too, had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend.
Date: 11/20/2018 5:12:00 PM
i have not gone to this section for months as my time is limited , but for some reason, i clicked it, carrie... we in the philippines are praying incessantly for some miracle to happen so that the wildfires would some to an end... the count of missing and dead people now is astounding... i have no words... please be assured that i myself offer my devotionals to everyone in california... thank you for the link--inexhaustible! Lord, let it rain, rain! huggs, carrie
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/20/2018 5:43:00 PM
Thank you dear Nette, for your care and prayers. We have heard that rain is in our forecast, due sometime tomorrow, and we are so thankful for that good news. The downside, is that there are many who fled their homes are still without shelter, camping outdoors, until Fed or government aid can find enough housing for all the families. Rain is a blessing, but also will be a hardship to those who have endured so much. Prayers are indeed needed. And the amazing love and kindness of our surrounding community has been an inspiration I will never forget.Thank you for yours <3
Date: 11/20/2018 3:38:00 PM
thanks for sharing Carrie, such a heartbreaking situation and having seen the news I can't begin to imagine how you deal with such devastation on a massive scale:-( hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/20/2018 3:50:00 PM
Thank you for the hugs, Jan. They are welcome. We are sharing many hugs to get our neighbors through these dark days.
Date: 11/20/2018 3:15:00 AM
Thanks for sharing, Carrie. One can not even begin to imagine the pain of such loss....a place, a home, a life. May God comfort souls and help in the healing process. Yes, California has been on my mind of late. I have family there, and though I'm thankful they were unscathed, I feel for those who bear the loss of dreams and loved ones. Bless you for sharing.
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Date: 11/20/2018 3:49:00 PM
I'm glad that all your family is safe Eileen. Those of us who have been witness, but still have a life, a home and a town, feel very blessed, such a reminder to be grateful.
Date: 11/19/2018 7:30:00 PM
Please take the time to read this
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 8:24:00 PM
:) Thank you for showing such concern. Friends are a help in any storm
Date: 11/19/2018 4:25:00 PM
Oh my, that is such a sad thing. Unimaginable how they must be feeling. The prose you showed us was excellent. Someone else here at Soup wrote a poem with similar theme. Maybe it was Gregory. That one was very good too. Always a pleasure seeing you here and I hope your home will remain safe.
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 8:23:00 PM
Thank you Andrea.....I did see Greg's poem, and it touched me deeply. We are safe, just heart-broken for those who weren't so lucky.
Date: 11/19/2018 3:01:00 PM
Thank you for sharing, Carrie. My misty eyes?...must be the smoke... Warm regards // paul
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 8:22:00 PM
We all feel such sadness when bad things happen to good people, Paul. You and I both have 'smoke in our eyes'. Thanks for reading
Date: 11/19/2018 2:52:00 PM
Carrie, the poem says it all, of devastation beyond belief and how a whole town can be just wiped out,and the loss of life and dreams, thanks so much for sharing it with us~
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 8:21:00 PM
Thank you Constance, for caring so much
Date: 11/19/2018 2:30:00 PM
Thanks for sharing Carrie, this cannot be read without tears...
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Date: 11/19/2018 8:20:00 PM
As you know, Craig, my mind has been occupied with little else, but thanks again :)
Date: 11/19/2018 2:18:00 PM
Dear Carrie, I am so sorry that you have been affected by the fire in California. I am keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers at this time and always. So many tragedies in the world. Thank you for sharing this poem. It touches my heart so deeply. ~ Brandy
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 8:19:00 PM
Thank you for your prayers, Brandy. It has been a sad week here
Date: 11/19/2018 3:25:00 AM
Thanks Carrie,a case where words say far more than, pictures can ever convey.
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Date: 11/19/2018 10:23:00 AM
Thanks Brian, for reading this heart-wrenching poem
Date: 11/19/2018 2:19:00 AM
This is very sweet, Carrie, and a wonderful write ... I am praying fervently for ALL those good folks, who now need everything we can give, including love, (and most of all). Thank you for sharing, and God Bless. <3
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Carrie Richards
Date: 11/19/2018 10:25:00 AM
Thank you, Gregory, for caring enough to find your own words.
Date: 11/18/2018 6:32:00 PM
You, yours and this entire situation are in my prayers, have been since I heard this on the news and now it has a personal element to lend to those prayers. Good people are quiet, good people help, they fight fires of all kinds - it is the dysfunctional of stinking thinking that continue their noise, even while beauty burns. Stay smart and know the universe is carrying healing love your way. CayCay
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Date: 11/18/2018 6:52:00 PM
Thank you very much, CayCay.

My Past Blog Posts

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Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:20:00 PM
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Date Posted: 10/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
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