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0 posted 01-03-2009 01:53 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

This is part of an introduction Ron wrote for "Voices On The Web" found on this link below.  It is interesting for our new members to read how this site was conceived by our wonderful benefactor, Ron Carnell.
January 3, 1999, is the official birthday of Passions. That was the day I registered the domain and moved our growing poetry collection to a new web server from a sub-directory on my personal site. We had 151 visitors the day I registered the new domain, a record high for us. In the process of moving the site, I also added nearly a thousand classical poems, from 75 of the greatest English speaking poets, and put together a new Greeting Card section. By the first week in February, we were up to 376 daily visitors and I was ready to add the nearly seventy new poems submitted during our first month of official existence.
If you would like to read more about how Passions In Poetry got its start, here is the link for you:

Voices On The Web Introduction

I bet if you had these statistics updated today by Ron, it would just amaze you on just how BIG this site has become not only in members and visitors, but also in respect by its piers.


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1 posted 01-03-2009 02:00 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I have always wanted to be the "first poster" one day, and I am just so honored it is today.

I found that little colored ball thingamajig on the main site that shares the statistics of our site, and brother - look at this!

Netpoets Site Meter

Happy Anniversary Ron and Passions In Poetry.

You have indeed changed many peoples lives for the better, and assuredly forever.  That m'friend is not an easy task to do, and one you must be very proud of.

You quoted this also in your introduction:
Read the words of a poet and you find understanding. First about them, then about humanity, and finally - about yourself.

This home without a wall,
Our haven without ends,
A circle we all call
Our Family of Friends!

Is unique in so many ways!  This world would not exist were it not for you!  Thank you.

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2 posted 01-03-2009 04:00 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Happy Anniversary, Ron!  And, Happy New Year, too.  Wishing you the very
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3 posted 01-03-2009 04:32 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Happy Anniversary - it was a small site in the beginning but it had a HUGE heart...growing by leaps and bounds it retained the original concept of a place to call home. But the heart grew and today it is the ONLY poetry forum on the internet with where writers can come for honest, sincere critique and unbiased review.

With open arms, I give you a big 10 year hug!

Congratulations Ron and Passions in Poetry!
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4 posted 01-03-2009 08:37 AM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

Happy Anniversary

thank you!

I never let one moment define me,
I define myself by all moments and how they teach and touch me......02  

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5 posted 01-03-2009 08:40 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Thank you for providing so many people with an opportunity to share thoughts and dreams, with the Prose and Poetry Forums, and the Alleyway for those whose need to vent regularly.
I've made many new friendships since joining in 2001 and continue to enjoy meeting new people here.
Thank you, and Happy Anniversary to Passions In Poetry!!!
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6 posted 01-03-2009 08:56 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Thank You once again~~

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7 posted 01-03-2009 09:34 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

It is amazing to me the power of friendship that resides in Colon, Michigan that has had such an incredible impact on my life, and I've never met him. But I will always be humbled by him. Thank you Ron many times over for your positive infulence.
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8 posted 01-03-2009 09:52 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

PiP, PiP, hooray! PiP, PiP, hooray!

Thank you, Ron, for giving kindred spirits a home where we are all free to express our poetic selves. Yes, Passions In Poetry/pipTalk truly is a Circle of Friends and I am so thankful for the day that I happened upon this passionate site. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would never have written as many poems as I have, if it weren't for the encouragement, motivation, and support of my fellow pipsters ~ and our family is growing larger by the day!

The words "Thank you" truly are inadequate in expressing the degree to which I appreciate all that you have done and continue to do.

Oh, and Sharon! Thank you for this informative tribute to Father Ron and to the home that he built!

May 2009 be a year of continued growth, harmony, and esprit de corps. (n.
1. the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed).

With very warm regards,

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9 posted 01-03-2009 09:59 AM       View Profile for HopeS   Email HopeS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HopeS's Home Page   View IP for HopeS

Thank you Ron for this wonderful place to share heart to heart and friend to friend

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10 posted 01-03-2009 10:20 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Thank you so much, Ron, for making this all possible! Happy Anniversary!

I'd also like to thank everyone who participates to make this the place that it is! You are all awesome!
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11 posted 01-03-2009 10:20 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I am grateful to you Ron. I don't always behave the best lol but I love this place so much. Thank you for all that you do and what you have given us. It really does mean the world to me.
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12 posted 01-03-2009 10:37 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Of course I'm not rowdy or do I misbehave like that "poster" above me Sea...but yes, you've done a fine job with these blue pages....thanks...
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13 posted 01-03-2009 11:03 AM       View Profile for Flutterwings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Flutterwings's Home Page   View IP for Flutterwings

Ron, it's a blessing to have someone like you to allow us wana-be-poets to have a place to express our talents.
Congrats.... Maggie aka Flutterwings

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14 posted 01-03-2009 11:10 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

How did this happen?  Well - Long, long ago, in a faraway poetry site in a distant cyber land...

Excerpt #1

This story might take me awhile, so settle in folks.  It was right around the 98/99 holiday season...

I didn't miss much, but I understand that Poet DeVine and Michael Anderson, (both outstanding poets looking for a place to share their poetise), were lurking about this relatively new world called the internet and happened upon this place called "netpoets."

Much to Ron's surprise, they both posted poetry on his new domain.  (Sharon, Michael - feel free to add your take on this story).

I, erstwhile, was posting my poetic morsels over next door at the "Open Scroll," along with several of our eventual PiPsters - hoot_owl_rn, XAngelX, Desperado, Masked Intruder, Doreen Peri, Temptress, Alicat, and - who have I forgotten?  Stand up and be counted.  

Anyway, sometime in January of '99, this guy named "Ron Carnell" began to appear making random comments on The Scroll.  Something about his words struck me as being very different from most.  He had a special wisdom, and a special sensitivity that I hadn't heard for a long time.  It's all in the timing, I guess.  I waited for him to post a poem of his own, On January 17th, he posted his "Because," and I was inextricably hooked.  I knew he was a brilliant writer, and I wanted to know him as a person.  

We began a daily poetic "respartee," but Ron cheated shamelessly.  I had to write a poem a day - He just drew from his poetic arsenal that he had stashed on his hard drive!

Anyway, I immediately joined netpoets and met up with Sharon (DeVine) and Michael... Ron had a very rudimentary poetic forum set up, and we were adding our works to it regularly - but continued to post at the Scroll.  Meanwhile though, the Scroll was deteriorating in quality due to lack of adequate moderation..

Guess what happened next! Ron agreed to set up a new and better forum.  We called it the "Blue Pages" because the background was royal blue and the font was white.  It was great.. far too quiet, though - We began to invite the good poets from the Scroll.. and I'm not sure how it happened, but I found myself at someplace called the "Slam Pit".. I think - and found this guy called "Balladeer"... Take it away Mike..
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15 posted 01-03-2009 01:53 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Well, Mike's not around, and I'm only six months younger than the first of the folks...I did not come across the Scroll, but netpoets itself, titled Passions in Poetry. The Internet was still fairly new to me when it came to interactive sharing, and I did a lot of struggling not only with how to post, but how to share my quiet, shy self. I had always loved words...and I had been sharing some poems on an angelic site but found myself looking for a more varied field. Boy, did I find it!

And the people! In their words alone they were colorful, insightful, vigorous, ambitious, endearing, delightful! What a poetry home! And all because one magical man referred to as the Wiz who was making all of this happen before our eyes!

I have lost count of how many times I have personally, by audience, and privately thanked Ron Carnell for his diligence in maintaining such a remarkable website. I am so very, very glad Mysteria gave us a post on which to expound our heartfelt thanks not only for a job well done, but a heart well shared.

Thank you, Ron.

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16 posted 01-03-2009 02:37 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well, seeing we are telling our tales, here is mine.  

Back in the summer of 2001, I was debating about putting "Trooper" to sleep as he was ready, but I wasn't.  I went online to find like people loosing a pet, and found the main site of Passions, and a poem by Kit McCallum, which is the top "sad poem" now on the site. As a matter of fact, that little stinker holds the record for having the top number of readers on there!  Rightfully so!

When Is It Time?

I cried, no, actually I wailed!  I could identify with every single word, and wished I could write like that. That day, I got a paper and pen out and started to try to write.  It helped.  I was able to take Trooper to the vet a few days later.  I later found out she wrote that poem for her Misty, a beautiful German Shepherd.  

A couple of days later I read a lot of her stuff, then I found Balladeer, Michael, then Martie, and began to put the little stories I rhymed on slips of paper kept secretly away as a struggling child into poetry.  It was not "right" but it was real. Lord knows, Michael (Balladeer,) has tried to reform me, but he gave up long ago, and knows it's impossible.         Being a poet is a LOT of hard work!  If you don't believe me, here is proof:

Playing With My Feet

I have since met Michael,Kit, Nan, Ron, Ruth, Liz, Sy, Isabel, and I am sure more will come to pass.  However, Kit I claimed as my very bestest friend, and now know meeting her was no accident.  She came at a time I lost my dog, and was around to pick up the pieces when I lost my best friend too.  We have a bond that will last a lifetime and that is due to Ron building this poetry site.

I have learned since coming to this site, nothing is ever by accident, it is all part of some journey we are all set to take.  I am just grateful I listened to my heart, went online and found this place the day I did.

Ron, when I said you have changed people's lives forever, I was not kidding!  Some day I will explain that further to you, maybe even today, but I for one, owe you big time.

I don't "write" as much as I used to due to priorities in life, but I do keep up a poetic journal for my grand kids to read one day, and knowing you, meeting you, and having you as a friend, is one of the highlights in that journal,and my life.  

Thank you SO much for all that you do for everyone here, and around the world.  Sometimes we have no idea why we are going where we do, but sooner or later the reason will come to us.  I personally think this site had a lot to do with your Mother, just as I was led here by my dog.  We just need to listen more to our hearts instead of our heads.

One day, yes one day, you and I will ride in that hot air balloon.      
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17 posted 01-03-2009 04:33 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Dear Ron,

When I first came to PiP two years ago, I knew that I had been directed (thank you, Divine Chaos) to a special place.  I had belonged to MSN Groups in the past and, well, they always seemed to end up in dissention and negativity.  

I had no idea how much this place would grow on me and become a part of my life.  One day, I decided that I no longer needed a name to hide behind - I can be myself here.  So, away went the old "aziza" and in came the very real Alison.  I have never regretted that decision.  It's nice to know that when I log into PiP, I am with people I have grown fond of and enjoy reading their thoughts and poetry.

Ron, who knew ten years ago what Passions in Poetry would become?  I have no idea.  I only know that when I see the people who have been here for ten years - when I read their comments and poetic offerings, I often leave knowing that I have gained something special.

I know I am a new comer to PiP, but I also extend my appreciation to you for what you have created and how you maintain your vision.  Thank you.

Happy 10th anniversary to PiP - and my thanks to all who worked and dreamed to make it this very special place that it is today.

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18 posted 01-03-2009 05:44 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Happy Anniversary Ron!
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19 posted 01-03-2009 08:28 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Thank you, Mysteria, for starting this opportunity to tell Ron how very much this place has meant to us.  I'd never have known many had it not been for him.  My late daughter, Whtdove, pleaded with me to join back in '99, and I've never been sorry.  

No words can express the releases I've found during tense times, by reading a humerous post, the warmth received from members when each of my youngest children died, the faith sustained by posts in Spiritual Journeys, and the pleasure found in reading so many posts.  My cousin, Wayne, in Florida, is in frequent touch via e-mail, still thankful for all the Pipsters who prayed for him before he received his kidney transplant 9 years ago.

There's no way you'll ever know the far reaching wonders that have taken place due to your kind generosity, Ron.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

God bless,
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20 posted 01-03-2009 11:27 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Well, my goodness. TEN YEARS???? Where does the time go?

Happy Anniversary Ron ... and Happy Anniversary to ALL Passions Poets!

After reading some of the stories that have begun in this thread, I started off on a little quest to see if I could find my first note to Ron or Nan.  I wasn't successful there, but if memory serves me correctly, I found Passions in Poetry (the main site) after the loss of my old Shepherd that Sharon mentioned (love you Sharon), and after contacting Ron by posting a few poems at the main site, I stumbled into the old blue pages, where Ron, Nan, PdV, Balladeer, Michael and others were playing.  I remember being a bit of a voyeur, lol ... shy and just watching. I eventually contacted Nan and she coaxed me out of my shell to join the forums.

Ron, the main site and the forums were a saving grace for me. I think you may know that.  I can't even remotely express the impact this site and the friendships I have made here ... have affected my life.

I may not have the same time as I used to, to join in here daily, but I am "always" here in spirit one way or another.  To this day ... I owe my sanity, my happiness, and so much more ... to the love and friendships I have found through this site.  

Ron ... grrrrrrrreat big hugs are coming your direction. Ten years of hugs. Happy Anniversary!
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21 posted 01-04-2009 01:47 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

To continue Nan's story....

Sy Tabin had been a golfing buddy of mine for years although we knew little about each other off the golf course...that's the way golfers are. He also became a customer of my pest control company. One day I was over at his house and saw a lot of poetry pages scattered around. Sy told me that he wrote poetry and posted it on a site called the Slam Pit. He asked if I had ever tried writing poetry and I told him I had a poem or two lying around but didn't post anywhere, at which point he suggested I try the Slam Pit. He said there was one lady there named NanciNess who was pretty good. So I posted my first poem on the internet - at the Slam Pit. It was the Small Pain in My Chest poem. The comments were less than generous. Nobody liked it at all and it got a lot of criticism. Ok, no big deal. The I posted The Robot. The reaction was worse. As one responder put it, "What's this place turning into - a *^&^^%%@#$% rhyming pit???" I then decided I was wasting my time there and didn't plan to post any more, not anywhere on the net. I had always written poetry only for myself, anyway, and a few friends. I didn't need criticism from people who regarded English as a dead language.

Then something happened. I got a message from that NanciNess person Sy had mentioned and it said simply, "If you're ready to play with the big boys, come over here", followed by a link. So I checked it out, which was the blue pages of PIP. I read the poetry and it was good. I posted mine and the responses were good....and, more than that, the PEOPLE were good. There were no axes to grind, no critics who got their kicks by tearing down what they could not duplicate. Even  when Wendy commented that my poetry was too Reader's Digesty for her taste, that was fine. I just sat down and wrote "Reader's Digest Poet" for her   There were writers who wrote like I did - Fred Hobbs, for example. There were good free verse poets and sonneteers. Everyone respected everyone's work. It appeared to be a very comfortable place. Ron, the owner I knew little about, actively participated and it was always special to have him comment on a poem of yours.  Ten years ago and I remember almost word for word a comment he left on my False Reality poem. That's how special it was to hear from him.

The rest, of course, is history. The blue pages became too small and the current PIP site came into being. We have had thousands of people come, go and stay. We have seen marriages and funerals. We have shared prayers for those in need. We have also had our squabbles, as any family has and yet we have endured. My three marriages combined (and possibly a couple of Ron's) do not add up to as long as Passions has survived. That say something for Ron, who has never lowered his integrity or standards, and all of the members here.

Is it all such a big deal? A poetry site lasting ten years with no end in sight? Yes, it is. My poetry is currently taught in Chinese high schools because of PIP. Many of our poets have received recognition for their talents, thanks to having PIP showcase their efforts. Our words have been read by tens of thousands of people we will never even meet, thanks to PIP. At Sy's funeral I told the congregation that Sy's words would be read by someone somewhere in the world for years to come...and it's true. Lives have actually been changed. Not bad for a poetry site, no? As for myself, I can guarantee you that I would not have written 1/10th of the poetry I have, had it not been for Passions in Poetry and the encouragement of so many friends here.

Ten years? It's been a lifetime. I often wonder how life could have existed before cellphones and microwaves. I feel the same about PIP. We never fully realize how an act of ours might affect so many people we may never even see but, Ron, I hope you have some small idea of how your action of creating and maintaining PIP has  made such a positive difference in so many lives and so many people you will not even meet. I would call that one hell of a legacy.

"Thank you" sounds so inadequate but that's all we can offer and you have never even asked for that. May the legacy continue on....
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22 posted 01-04-2009 12:22 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

I just followed Nan and Ron over here from the Open Scroll ;o)

I had my fair share of battles with Balladeer and LngJnAg (sp?).

I was (am) in awe of Nan's amazing poetry skills.

I can't believe it's been over 10 years knowing some of the people here. It's been a short, long 10 years for me!

I don't post here much, but I do stop by from time to time.

I am always here in spirit though.

Much love and hugs and kisses to my friends.


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23 posted 01-04-2009 01:55 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Happy anniversary, Ron and PiP.  It has been a wonderful ride, though not without some bumps along the way.  Still, what a legacy, eh?

Miss Ness, thanky kindly for the reminder.  Oh, and XAngelX, you'd never guess what I found the other day: the rough transcript for a project of mine some 15 years ago. Of Lightness and Dark: A Progression, 157 early works.  Oh, and the initial drafts for two one-acts.

Those things I thought in a box in Oregon, but it seems I left a copy with my folks. *chuckle*
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24 posted 01-04-2009 03:31 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Just an idea but it would be grand if we  had ..just for this year..a 10th anniversary forum..where we post some of our favorite work from the last 10 years. To sort of highlight the past..or if not that..then some designation on a poem that it is a 10th Anniversary Repost...? Just a thought.
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