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Poet deVine
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since 05-26-99
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Hurricane Alley

0 posted 07-22-2000 06:51 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

With this post, I reach another milestone at Passions in Poetry. My 8,000th post. I am not looking for congratulations (in fact I almost closed this thread to replies so I don't get them!). Without such an abundance of good writing and intriguing discussion here, I would never have reached this achievement. So the congratulations belong to you!

I've been here for a little over a year and continue stand in awe of what the Passions Forums have become. No other poetry forum has the talent or the spirit that we have here!

A lot of members have come and gone...I remember one named elvira who challenged herself to read every post in the Open Forum..and that was just Open #1..I doubt anyone could do that today since we have eight times the poetry now!

Many names of friends from the past come to mind: Wolfgang, Green Polar Bear, ~one voice~, Red Letter, DreamEvil....

And many names (too many to mention) are becoming new and valued members and friends..ah! Friends! Now there's a subject that is dear to my heart. I've made so many here that my heart is almost bursting with joy at the thought of their names. And as each new member joins us and I talk to them, I know that there is always room in my heart for another friend. You are all my friends, whether we've spoken or not.

There will be some changes in the future as we cannot remain as we are today (Ceres is straining to keep up, bless her computer heart!). Our membership has grown so quickly that it's hard to keep up! I know I can't read every post anymore..that task flew out the window when the 2000th member registered.

On a personal note: I am a recluse by nature and shy when first introduced to people. I don't like crowds or parties and am always the first to leave! I've always been this way! So this year has been odd for me. I've never interacted so much with so many people for this long!  

But my love for your writing, my love for you and my deep admiration and respect for Ron has kept me glued to my computer. And for that I also thank you. You have broadened my horizon...deepened my faith...made me laugh..made me cry....made me think...and made me grateful that I am here.

To all of you, my Passionate Poetic Friends, I say


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X Angel
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since 11-07-1999
Posts 1592

1 posted 07-22-2000 07:00 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

Well dear, you are a wonderful part of this home and I love ya bunches  
So glad we are all here together
Congrats there!
Dark Angel
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since 08-04-99
Posts 10270

2 posted 07-22-2000 07:03 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Sharon, you are a beautiful and caring soul  
You are right.... the wonderful writings here
are truly amazing.
As is your poetry Sharon, which in the past year I have had the pleasure to read  
Congratulations on your 8000th post. *hugs*

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since 01-09-2000
Posts 665
San Diego, CA, USA

3 posted 07-22-2000 07:48 PM       View Profile for Little_Spyro   Email Little_Spyro   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Little_Spyro

I thought you said you closed this topic? Well, I'm glad you didn't!  

I'm very proud to be here at Passions (even though I am back at extremely diminished capacity from my old days, the first month and a half I was here... ) When I first came, I could just barely keep up with all the poems being posted in Open #6, and could single-handedly reply to everything in the used-to-be-slow-and-small Corner Pub. I could even easily come up with welcome poems for all the new poets posting there. But it's like the Pub has swelled from the size of Nowheresville, population >10, to something respectable like Los Angeles (population A Whole Lot). You're absolutely right, the Passions Forums have become something else...and even though I can't keep up even with the Corner Pub (whose description is now invalid--there is a HUGE crowd posting there now), I'm still proud and happy to even look around at this great place Passions in Poetry has turned into.

And even though the poet-posters are the ones that deserve the congratulations, a whole lot of that has to be for you, Sharon! (Don't mind if I call you that, do you?)
It'd be nice if you'd come back and moderate the Corner Pub sometime too, if it's not too much...

This is one proud little dragon!

Congrats again,

Little Spyro T. Dragon
Member Caelestus
since 06-25-99
Posts 67715
Listening to every heart

4 posted 07-22-2000 11:17 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

So, you don't want any congratulations.  Ok.  
Would 8       hugs do?

But you shy? Shyer than I? Pshaw, I say! You, who initiate so many interesting fetishes, I mean, fancies, oh, no, I really mean topics!

Sharon, it is us who need to thank YOU [and Ron and Nan and 'Deer and...] for making this the place it is!

So, fudge! [Oh, that's a food topic!] Congrats to you anyway, on the first half of your 16,000th post!


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

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since 02-29-2000
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5 posted 07-22-2000 11:19 PM       View Profile for Jester59701   Email Jester59701   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jester59701

Happy 8000th Sharon!
I'm so glad to be your friend! I'm sure that I would have long ago given up and lost interest in poetry, if it had not been for your encouragement and friendship. Thank you for being you, 8000 times over.
                           Jesse  ':~)
Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

6 posted 07-22-2000 11:36 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan


Hey Guys... Don't tell her I said so - but - She's telling you the truth... She was really shy about joining these forums... Honestly - She was...

...and in retrospect - This place certainly wouldn't be the same sans the deVine one....
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since 02-02-2000
Posts 677

7 posted 07-23-2000 12:23 AM       View Profile for AVANTI   Email AVANTI   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for AVANTI

poet de vin...
It must feel really good to be around so long
and so much...
That is big of you to thank us...
but this milestone that you have reached is your doing!

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

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since 06-16-99
Posts 3968
In the space between moments

8 posted 07-23-2000 12:25 AM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

No Nan, it definitely wouldn't have been the same place without her....

Sharon, you're such a light, such a grace within our little (well, actually huge) home here. Your constant encouragement to me and to others like me is something that I truly cherish, as well as your friendship. Happy 8000!!!

*Krista Knutson*

"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back."
-Barbara DeAngelis
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since 08-31-99
Posts 3430
Oregon, Originally From Alaska

9 posted 07-23-2000 12:59 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

You Miss PDV...I would have never thought you as shy...that surprised me!!! I am super is really hard for me to be soo open in here but I love it here so I try!! Well, I agree with Little Spyro I'm glad you didn't close this thread!!!     No, it wouldn't be the same around here without people like you around here!!  By the way congratulations on your 8000th post!!     Take Care!!! HUGS!!

"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again.  To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown

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Member Rara Avis
since 07-17-99
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10 posted 07-23-2000 01:39 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Sharon...this awesome place wouldn't be quite so awesome without you in it, my friend.

So, thankYOU ok? And you seriously deserve these replies.

I'll keep it brief for you...


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since 11-23-1999
Posts 15611
Lansing, MI USA

11 posted 07-23-2000 01:56 AM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

       first of all. . . you're welcome!!  

Second. . . you know that these forums would not be the same without you. . . your very presence here makes this place hum. . . you inspire us all. . . you make us smile, you make us think, you make us cry. . . we are the ones who are blessed by your very presence every day. . .

Those of us that have gotten to know you, see a woman that is full of life, intelligence and creativity. . . someone who, even though she is VERY shy, goes out of her way to make EVERYONE feel welcome here. . .and for that, you are to be commended. . .

Ok. . . I'm done. . . I know that you're probably shaking your head right now and wondering why I'm saying all of this. . . it's all true and you know it. . . this wouldn't be the same place without you. . . and I'm glad to have the chance to tell you. . .


That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

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since 07-31-99
Posts 3167
United Kingdom

12 posted 07-23-2000 06:07 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Oh eyes started raining, then my mouth curved up into a smile and then this little rainbow appeared...  

I wonder just how many of these members lives you have enriched, purely by being you...I bet it comes closer to the number of posts I have made and that's no small feat...

You're a pleasure to know Sharon, you make me laugh when I really want to cry, if I'm upset you listen and still make me smile and if I'm feeling devilish you make me cry with laughter but always I feel like I'm a little bit special after having talked with you...

Ooops...sorry but I cannot tell a lie..  


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Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
Posts 9561

13 posted 07-23-2000 12:16 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well thanks goes to everyone!  And especially YOU, who has come up with so many great ideas!

I have to say I'm glad you found this place, and you posted. That I found it also and that we've become friends! I think I've met more caring people here on Passions than in my life! That's saying alot.

Sharon CONGRATS! You deserve it!
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Blue Heaven

14 posted 07-23-2000 09:55 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

Seems like longer but it is just recently that I discoverd PIP... it is you and several of your friends who kept me coming back again and again until now, I no longer feel like a visitor. Thank You!


Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
"Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely".

Member Seraphic
since 08-22-99
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15 posted 07-23-2000 10:19 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This place certainly wouldn't be as wonderful without you, Sharon! Congratulations on 8,000! I wish you millions more!  

Member Rara Avis
since 08-02-99
Posts 9130
Purgatorial Incarceration

16 posted 07-23-2000 10:39 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Sharon... Sharon... Sharon... You know, that name keeps popping up, but I can't seem to remember who it is...

My friend, if Ron is the Zeus of Passions, the you my lady are the Aphrodite. Your spirit is felt by all and there is not a one who can resist your "shy" charms. I know that personally, you've contributed a lot to who I am now (Don't blame her everyone, she contributed to the few good parts!)

In parting, hugs friend, and thank you for being... well, you!  

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