I made my first post here at Passion on Janurary 8th, 2000. I had read here longer than that, not feeling worthy to post anything. When I saw the atmosphere of kindness and honest critique, however, I couldn't resist posting my little poems. I was almost 15. Encouraged by being here, I wrote more and improved my craft. I also made very wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with, even though I'm a bit busier than I was as a freshman in high school. I spent the hardest years of my life here, and I truely believe the people here helped shape me into the person I am now, a decent person, just like them. I was still 15 when I became one of the moderators in the teen forum. I wasn't the best moderator, but I was honored to be asked to look after the members. To help them when they were confused and to explain the guidelines to them.
It is now 2004. Thanks to Passions, I was able to learn to do some complicated poetry. I'm a freshman in college now, and I'm no longer an active moderator. I don't get to come here very often. I rarely post, but I read more than some people may think. I think it's sad and sickening what is being done here now. There have been several episodes of different members causing some 'drama', but they were always isolated and delt with. We are a community of artists, passionate people with many different backgrounds and beliefs. Thats wonderful. I always thought of this place as sort of a utopia, where people who were so different could come together to share a common denominator and, in turn, learn about themselves and about the world and people around them. I used to wish that the whole would could be as we were..
What happened to that? People come in.. some people that I don't know personally.. people that I don't want to judge but I can't help but wonder why they're doing what they are doing. They are upset because they don't get enough attention, or they don't get the type of attention they want. They're upset that the moderators do so much, or that the moderators don't do anything.
Ron.. you are the most diplomatic and overall saintly man that I've ever encountered. Most of you will never know (I don't even think I really know) all the things that this man does so that we can have a place to come together to share our talents. The same goes for the administration, these members who write, post, take care of us, and have real lives on top of that. I've always admired them so. Even on the moderator level, and I'm sure on the administration level, there are diagreements. Every time you see a poem pulled or edited, there is always a lengthy discussion on the matter. The moderators are here to help.
If you feel hurt by somebody, thats fine. Email them, talk about why. I'm sure they didn't intend for you to be hurt.
I'm a music major. I go in to my lessons, or to just sing in front of other majors, and when I finish, they tell me things. Good things. Bad things. Always with the utmost respect. They do this because they think I have a talent that is worth refining.
Where did we lose that?
Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee