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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PASSIONS IN POETRY!

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1slick_lady
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50 posted 01-06-2009 09:20 PM       View Profile for 1slick_lady   Email 1slick_lady   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit 1slick_lady's Home Page   View IP for 1slick_lady

ROFLMAO at Karen

yes “our secret”
anddddd here I am too
but as it turns our the best secret is me and you darling
smooooooooooooooch

and Karen on a day without much to smile about you made me smile

and THAT’S what this place really is all about….

never being alone
Mysteria
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51 posted 01-06-2009 09:29 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

True you are Helen!  Being snowed in the odd day, this was a great place to just sit and hang out.

Kacy, I found you, and loaded you on the Webshots link.   Just found one picture though.
Elizabeth Santos
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52 posted 01-07-2009 02:16 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since I was surfing the net in the middle of the night and came across an amazing poem written by a man named Sy. Then, as I read other poems and the responses, I could feel the love, the respect and the admiration among this small intimate and passionate circle of poets. I mustered up the courage to post a poem and was so warmed by the poets who opened their hearts to me at a time when life was a little rocky, and those friendships have only grown over the years.

Then when we started to get together, those passionate poets exceeded any expactations of who I imagined them to be, and through the years some of these friendships have grown quite strong, to the point that I consider my PIP friends among the best of my life.

The HOOT 'N NANNY on Cape Cod was an unforgettable experience. What a privilege to hear Kit and Balladeer recite their poetry together - an amazing experience. Since then, Falmouth has become almost like a second home to me, in ways that only "Cellar Dwellers" can understand. A trip to Ft Lauderdale afforded me an opportunity to meet our beloved "Pepper". I got to know 2 of the PIP Musketeers, (Toerag was missing), and to again hear Balladeer recite some of his incredible ballads. The "Meter Man" still ranks high on my list of favorite poets, as do other poets from the pioneer days of PIP and ones who later came aboard.

The fact that I do not participate much any more (due somewhat to health reasons) does not diminish the admiration, affection and warmth I feel when I am in the company of PIP poets.

I am so fortunate to have had a chance to meet Ron and to get to know this gentleman poet, who has  dedicated so much time to all of us, and whose efforts have had such a great impact on my life. A "thank you" is not adequate to express my appreciation, so it is fitting to state publicly that the PIP forum helped me to develop as a poet and has enhanced my life to the point that I feel a great sense of fulfillment in my writing, especially the song lyrics, and this in turn helps me to cope with a very ruthless and debilitating disease.

I am so blessed to have had you, Ron, and my dear PIP poets in my life.

Thank you Sharon for this marvelous thread and for all the kindnesses you bestow on a daily basis. You are the heartbeat of PIP and I love you.

Liz
(waving to Marge, Denise and Martie)


Fort Lauderdale Fest - 2000


Here's Nan barging in again - but it's only fair.. These pictures are from Liz's trip to Fort Lauderdale in 2000.  They're hers to share, and share she shall...


    

[This message has been edited by Nan (01-07-2009 03:11 PM).]

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53 posted 01-07-2009 04:39 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I can remember Liz and me in jammies in her bed - yup - having a girl bonding moment we were, watching a movie called, "Witness," about the Amish, while I was right there in the heart of Amish country.  What a fabulous place!  

Let's also not forget my encounter with her, as I discovered "Intercourse!" Intercourse, Pennsylvania that is.            


Then driving to town, I saw an Amish farmer in the field, driving a plough with what I thought were Clydesdales.  We laughed so hard, as I had never seen a regular farm work horse before, and couldn't figure how they could afford them.            

I have SO many fond memories of sharing time with Liz and her wonderful family, and enjoying her absolutely beautiful home.  I learned first hand from that family's matriarch what "family" actually meant.

Don't let this lady fool you - she can go to the washroom, and return with a 8 stanza sonnet to post.  She spits them out like sunflower seeds.

Lord love you Lizzie, and keep you safe.  You are one of the best people to ever cross my path, and had a huge influence on my life.

Stay well.

_____________OH WAIT!  A couple more things _____________


p.s.

Of all the things that have come out of the meetings of poets from this site, and all the poetry produced, this has to be my all-time favorite.  Each time I read this every single second spent with all of you is revived.

For our newer members - now this is poetry...

THE WIDOW'S WALK - Kit McCallum and Balladeer


I am pretty sure Ron has more copies of this poetry book somewhere in his closet for sale       so here's the link if anyone wants to buy a copy.

TO PURCHASE VISIONS ON THE WEB
  

Some of the best poetry to date is in this book, but he may even have the first two books also for sale, not sure?  Ask him if you are interested.      


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54 posted 01-07-2009 06:24 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Thank you all for sharing your lives, friendship and love for PiP in this thread.  I am avidly reading each post and feel like a voyeur as I peek at all the pictures.

for each of you.

Alison
Christopher
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55 posted 01-07-2009 08:58 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

A big thanks & hug to Sharon for letting me know this is here... and for making me feel a bit older than I did this morning!!!

I've thought long and hard on what I would wrte in response to this thread. At first, I thought I would explain how I landed here among some of the best poets in the world. I realized, however, that isn't what makes PiP important to me. So the next thing I thought of writing was how Passions has changed me and changed my life (I mean both of those literally, by the way). That seemed the way to go... but when I thought about it some more, I realized that to do the story justice I would nearly have to write a book. And, since I'm already in the middle of a novel, perhaps it's a story that would be best told later... besides, it's all here for anyone who would care to see how Passions teaches us to be better people. Most of you already know that anyway.

Some people make the mistake of thinking this website is about writing and reading. They're the ones who don't stick around. The rest of us who've been here for ten, eight, six, four, two years know that Passions is about life, people, respect, learning, growth... all those intangibles that lead to a much richer, happier life - writing just happens to be our medium.

Thanks Ron, for creating a place where I could learn from you and all the others that have played such an important part in my life. Here's to another ten!
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56 posted 01-07-2009 09:23 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well now that sure made me cry, and could very well have been the last word, but in here, somehow I doubt it.  You mean to tell me Christopher that Ron actually taught you to play scrabble?      
Nan
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57 posted 01-07-2009 10:27 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I taught Ron how to play.. So why does he beat me so often?

Nan
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58 posted 01-07-2009 11:05 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

OK - This is Mysteria's plan, and Ron knows nothing of it - (So if he gets mad at me for posting this, I can blame Sharon, right?)  She's an organizer and a philanthropist, and has the biggest Passionate heart of us all...

Sharon asked me to post the links to the books that PiPtalk (aka Ron) has published for us.  She reminds us that Ron foots the bill for this site, and considering the many thousands of pages and 15 million visits a year, we can assume that the bills are quite substantial.  Ron won't accept contributions from members, because he just wants to provide a venue for people to write.. and write we do..  Geesh - he won't even let me pay for dinner.  I sent him a lobster once.. but he thought it was a new pet, named it, and couldn't bring himself to cook it.. That's another story.

Anyway - The only way Sharon (notice how I keep blaming her?) figures that we can get him to accept anything in return is by ordering some books.  I expect she's right, so here's the only link you'll need..


Passions in Poetry Trilogy

- -

Follow this link, and all three books are available for purchase.  Last I knew, there were still some of each available.  You'll see some fun pictures on this page too.. Crates of books stacked to the ceiling (They totally filled his formerly spare room).. and the PiP mascot packing the van.  

Truly, folks - it would be great if any of you want books, just submit your orders.  It'd give Ron some exercise hiking back and forth to the post office too.  He can do it.  He's got four-wheel drive now..

Ron - if you'd rather keep those extra crates of books, you know where my eraser is..



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59 posted 01-07-2009 11:37 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

  Thank you Nan!

Now our new members can have copies - and have all their favorite poets right at home next to their bedside tables.  Awesome job!
X Angel
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60 posted 01-07-2009 11:50 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

Well my dear Ali - those things in Oregon are still in Oregon!! I'd love to ship 'em to ya sometime soon.
We go out to the farm multiple times a week now that we have a real live farm running.
LMK
xoxo
Heather
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61 posted 01-08-2009 01:18 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Nan - maybe he cheats like us?     I got the Scrabble Deluxe from the girls for Christmas, and we have laughed so hard playing.  Our rules: They have to be made-up words then we explain the definition.
The Lady
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62 posted 01-08-2009 02:40 PM       View Profile for The Lady   Email The Lady   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for The Lady



Happy Anniversary Ron!
Margherita
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63 posted 01-08-2009 04:42 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

I've lost count of how long now I have been reading and watching pictures here on this thread, but it was worth it. Thank you, dear Sharon, for the opportunity here to THANK RON for the amazing accomplishment of PIP.

Thank you, dear Ron. I wish you were posting more poems of your own. I loved the ones I read in "Reflections on the Web" very much.

Happy Anniversary!

It has been Eric (Eric P. McCarty) who invited me to join Pip back in 2003, almost six years ago. And I am really so very grateful for this place and the wonderful poets and friends I have found here.

Pip was and continues to be a precious gift in my life.

THANK YOU.
Love and hugs.
Margherita
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64 posted 01-10-2009 09:15 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Happy Annivesary Ron and PIP.
I haven't been here as long as some of you but just wanted to say that from day one I was welcomed into the passions family with open arms. This place is truely my home.
Back about the time Ron gave birth to the idea for this site I was writing my first poem, or trying to, it wasen't nothing to brag about, just a Christmas present for my wife that came to me one night while working. I posted that poem in 2002 here at passions half scared to death that I would be laughed at and made to feel like I didn't know what I was doing, but just the opposite happenned, some wonderful people replied to my poem with such positive words that it gave me the courage to continue writing.
I miss those that are no longer with us and are unable to celebrate this special time with us like Lyra, Seymour and a few others that really knew more about writing poetry than I will ever know.
Thank you Ron and everyone else that made me feel welcome here...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul
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65 posted 01-10-2009 10:16 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

I do not think many know that I was here before and lost the first password when I changed providers. I was in the same poetry site with Suthern, Passing Shadows, Long john and Toerag and a few others in the site that fell apart when they started bickering.
Kristie Sue pointed me to PIP and I have been happy about it ever since. So in reality that 2003 listed as my date of joining should be 1999 0r 2000. I do more reading than writing as I am in awe of all the talent here. But I enjoy. Thank you Ron and all the  great poets here.Sincerely,"late"
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66 posted 01-17-2009 12:49 AM       View Profile for steavenr   Email steavenr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit steavenr's Home Page   View IP for steavenr

I must confess that when I joined PiP in 2003 (at the urging of a neighbor, Patricia) I had no idea of its rich & colorful history.  After reading all the previous posts, I must say that saying, "Thank you" seems to be not nearly enough.  I am no longer Patricia's neighbor, but I know that this place is something I have been able to take with me along the way.  I appreciate the opportunity and earnestly say, "Thanks."  This place is (as others have stated) full of good people.  It is a rewarding place that makes sharing exciting.  Thank you, Ron.  Thank you all.
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67 posted 01-24-2009 11:57 AM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

A WONDERFUL way to celebrate Pip's birthday!
** I am so glad that I joined Pip in 2007, it was blast, and now, it's even better...

Wishing PIP many more years to come

to all

P.s. Thanks Mysteria for this

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