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Lost Dreamer
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Somewhere near the Rainbow

0 posted 2000-06-10 09:55 PM

I was just curious how people happened upon Passions and what were your initial feelings after you did?

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Poet deVine
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1 posted 2000-06-11 05:54 AM

I was posting on the old forum. Had really only begun to do that. I met Michael Anderson there. There was someone named Ron Carnell who responded to my poetry and invited me to submit a poem to his site. It was called "Passions in Poetry". I did. And it was accepted! Gosh I was proud of that! I watched the site grow, submitted another poem or two and watched in awe as the quality and quantity of work transformed the site into something spectacular! I got the first newsletter and loved every line! Ron started a forum there and though I checked it from time to time, I never really joined in (believe me I was too shy!). Then I posted one poem on Open Scroll. And hated it! Didn't like the responses to most of the other poems there as a lot of them were rude. My posting at MiningCo stopped. Then Ron invited me to see the 'new' forum he was creating, it was the old 'blue' forum. I checked it out and began to post there. I think it was the smallness of the group that I appreciated. I was able to relax and feel accepted. (This was in March of 1999) When Ron opened this forum to the public one year ago this month! I came here and the cliche goes - the rest is history!  Good question!!
Lost Dreamer
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Somewhere near the Rainbow
2 posted 2000-06-11 07:26 AM

Thank you, Sharon  

Now I figure I should tell how I came to this wonderful place.  

I was posting at Open Scroll with Nan and Doreenperi when there were these poets who were making the place a bit uncomfortable. Nan knew Ron had this site and was about to open the blue page so she told us there would be a better place soon. Once it opened I moved over to it with them. Then Ron started these forums which I did not join right away, I think the format at first kind of scared me. I watched on the sidelines for a while till I was ready to take that dive into the new forums. This place had only about 100 member's if even that many when I joined, imagine that. It did not take long for this place to grow and grow and grow and I became so addicted to it, it's like my second home.

[This message has been edited by Lost Dreamer (edited 06-11-2000).]

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In the space between moments
3 posted 2000-06-11 10:22 PM

How did I find our passionate family?  Well, I was surfing the net, looking for internet card sites (which was my obssession for a while).  While looking I came across a link to this site.  I was curious about it since I had just begun to write poetry a few months earlier.  I came, posted in the open forum (back in #1), and loved it!  The forums had only been open 10 days before I arrived, so it had a very close knit kind of atmosphere, but I loved it like that, and I love it now!  

 *Krista Knutson*

"Thought is real, physical is the illusion..." Albert from ~What Dreams May Come~

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4 posted 2000-06-12 11:15 AM

me, i was searchin for a place to submit poetry the old stuff i had written that i was proud of yuh cuz i was one a while back posting at this site around '95 and i just loved it you could post and the page hit counter would kinda make yuh feel that people were actually reading your stuff..then the owner of the site one day said what about a response page..o man i peed in my pants i was excited yuh and so every day when i was in the comp room in college i would sneak a peek at the response page and lo and behold after about a month i got a response and it was warm fuzzy and after about a year of that i had like a total of 5 responses to my some 30 poems. it was so cool anyways in '97 i finally got my own puter i used it to get married you know meetin girls on aol..worked for me i moved from dallas to ft worth and pawned my computer for an engagement ring..finally in january of '99 i got my new computer with i think tax return yuh know file real early kinda tax return and i was havin fun yuh fun fun playing diablo and games until round june i got those creative juices burnin in me and i searched for a web site you know the kind with responses bout 5 in a year kinda sites...i found those bulletin boards i posted and got minimal reviews some nasty some not..but twas one fateful day i found the forums and nan was my first contact on this icq thing i'd been hearin about she was sooo cool yuh (think she mite still be so even) and i met the other main stays like scary dreamevil who wierdly became my best buddy on adventures of the web (he the one to take over the world, me the screwy sidekick) and one day nan said come look at the blue page..didnt like it much was too addicted to the forums yuh and here i been ever since the end the end the end

 in a canyon in a cavern excavatin for a mine
dwelt a miner forty niner and his daughter clemintine!!! yeehaw!

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5 posted 2000-06-12 11:42 AM

Well, I was searching on the 'net (duh) for poetry web sites, and this happened to be one of the links the search engine provided me with. I had started seriously writing poetry recently, and decided to submit some of mine. This was in early March '99 (around the same time PdV joined), and I used the old forums, and then when these were opened I switched over to these ones. I've been here for a little over a year now.


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I'm leaving the cat a note
Quick call me a ferry boat-getting out of town!

JOY 14
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6 posted 2000-06-12 04:40 PM

I was surfing around after recently getting the internet here at home.  I found a link site for different writing and poetry sites and clicked to get to Passions.  I registered at the forums the end of September '99 and have been here ever since.  Not in a million years though did I think I'd stay and be a part of this family of friends.  

Usualy I'll maybe find a site and visit it on and off for a while or just go there once, but this place, well, we all know there isn't any site like this out there thanks to Ron (where it all started)!  
I'm certainly glad I didn't leave, and I don't plan to any time soon either.         

Bye and thanks for asking Lost Dreamer

Kit McCallum
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7 posted 2000-06-13 01:14 PM

I found Ron's site shortly after it began Lost Dreamer. I had just come across a magazine article that said poetry was a "dying art". It was a horrible article and talked very "lowly" of poets of any kind.  I'd been writing since I could remember, and this silly man told me I was a dinasour! I was so disappointed, and to be honest, extremely angry at the writer. I set out to search the internet to see if I was some lost soul holding on to something that no one cared about anymore.  

I found a few sites, but nothing that caught my eye until Passions.  I submitted 5 poems to the main site in March 1999. I absolutely loved the "prequels" Ron added to each of them. I couldn't imagine anyone being able to take the time he must have, to read and summarize each one with such incredible words and care.  He had me hooked right then and there.  Now Ron, please don't tell me a computer somehow did that, or I will truly be shattered    

Shortly thereafter, I began to receive such wonderful e-mails from people all over, saying how they'd related or been touched by some of the poems I'd submitted to Passions. Each one would "make my day". I found myself responding and saving each and every one.  

I too, was far too shy for the forums initially, just happy to sit on the sidelines and watch from a distance. When I could see Passions had grown so large that Ron couldn't accept new poems for a while, I think that's when I began building up my courage for the forums.

I'm glad I came out of hiding though ... every day just feels like Christmas when I read even one heartfelt response from one reader to another. This is a lovely "home", has such a safe and compassionate feel. It's my newest addiction I fear.

I can now honestly say that I'm thankful to the ignorant writer of the initial article in question, for he knew not his subject ... poetry is clearly alive and well, and dwelling here at Passions!

Dusk Treader
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8 posted 2000-06-13 04:06 PM

I happened upon Passions the same day Krista did, because well, she showed me the forums!  There is a story surrounding my arrival and the choosing of this name that I'd rather not get into, was a very stupid inconsiderate move on my part    I posted one poem and only had Krista reply and then I left for a while.

I came back in a month or two.. And lo and behold!  A PROSE forum had appeared!  This made me quite happy as I'd been writing some stories with Krista and other friends and arrogantly thought I had talent (LOL).  I posted my first story, and from then I was a prose addict, first posting, then replying and then by some act of Ron (and Chris LOL) I was made a moderator!  And that's my story.. and I'm stickin' too it!

 Abrahm Simons

"In a moment lies eternity
And in a kiss resides forever" - Krista Knutson my bestest friend!

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9 posted 2000-06-13 08:50 PM

A friend of a friend. Literally.
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10 posted 2000-06-13 11:51 PM

Well my story is morbid actually, a dear friend lost her father and I wanted to write her a touching poem and just couldn't do it, too involved I think, so I cruised the web looking for some poetry on death and found Passions, and ironically I now moderate in the dark forum!!  Weird huh?  LOL

 I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

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11 posted 2000-06-14 01:20 PM

I was posting (and arguing, and sewing the seeds of discontent) at  Many of us began to tire of the relentless petty arguments and personl attacks.  Nan, the wise and wonderful, directed me here.

While I am better now (mental health-wise), I still seem to sew some seeds..... damn me to heck....

 Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway

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12 posted 2000-06-14 07:55 PM

I was at a  web  page  reading  some  poems  by  Gunslinger, and  it had  a link to PIP I figured I'd  check it out  and  see if  I could read  more  of his poetry  and  found  more of  his  poetry as  well as other great  poems and a  fantastic  forum to post  in  been  addicted  to this  place  everysince. I think the  first night  I  spent  hours  here  just reading poems  then the next  day  I finally had  enough  courage  to dare submit one of  my poems  
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13 posted 2000-06-16 12:30 PM

On June 21, 1999, I came to a decision to make a change in my June 25, 1999, I was ready to reach out and see if I could revive one of my "lost" loves...poetry...

Using a search engine,, I came upon a premier website, Passions in Poetry.  

The quality and character of the people in the website, even though in it's infancy, was amazing.  The honesty and truthfulness of the people there reached out through the monitor and hugged one!

Some of the characters I first came across were Alwye, Balladeer, Ron, Nan, PoetdeVine, doreen, and a few others.  What an impression they made!

And wow, were they honest!  Have a question? You'll get an answer!  Make a mistake? You will be carefully guided to not making them again!

Ron's family...what a treasure!  Could I have hoped, a year ago, to stumble on to anything more loving and caring than the people here, I could not have imagined it!  Only in my wildest dreams.

Truth be known, because of PiP, I dream even more now! And while my poetry may not be star quality, all of the folks here who take the time to read, respond, and help me and made it well worth my while to be a part of this family.  

So, Thanks, LD, for letting us share with others how we came to be here.  Long live Ron's World!


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

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14 posted 2000-06-17 09:57 AM

Hehe...well, actually, it was my first time ever on the I was at my ex's house and he was just looking around while I stared in bewilderment at this thing called the net...(my sardonic nickname of 'techno girl' is not without good reason...). He asked if there was anything I wanted to find and poetry, my passion, was the first thing that came to mind.

Thank god.

For I found (or he did) Passions.

I posted my first poem, very very nervously and then he gave me the link - although I didn't quite understand what that meant...and tentatively tried it on my own later...

Quite honestly my initial feelings were just freaked out...all of these people were calling each other 'my friend' and things - and I just thought - what do you all know each other? I truly didn't understand the concept of close friendship when you had never met a person before...

and now here I am...quite blase and sure of myself...hehe, with some of the best friends I have ever had, literally spread around the world.

and as addicted as ever...!


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