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Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 6/1/2015 9:32:07 AM
You have lived forever, haven't you, Ed? Seems like it, anyway. I was surprised to see you write a story. I enjoyed it. After reading your story, I suddenly miss living by the ocean. Although I've always wanted to surf on a surf board, I never did. However, I did surf with my kayak on/under 10 to 12-foot waves on Melbourne Beach in Florida after a storm back in 1999. Learning how to time my ride was excruciating. The first 15 or 20 attempts were like hmmm--I can't think of anything quite as rough and tumble. But when I finally got in the curl while pointing in the right direction, WOW--what a ride!!! Scott

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 5/30/2015 3:46:41 AM
Yes, thank you, Ed, for sharing this fun packed euphoric and youthful romp culled from memory of soul still hungering for life's next wave. Like a dog on the porch dreaming of the golden days, in our hearts and minds you have kindled here a longing of youth where we still dream of catching that rabbit, or catching that wave, or catching that pass. The exchange of time and age for youth has passed us by, but in our hearts we are always welcome back like Shoobies, for each day is summer again!

Where the hell am I...? (Short Story) - 5/19/2015 6:59:19 AM
Interesting write...your words painted quite a picture....perhaps it was from a "leftover" Woodstock re-run from the corners of your mind ? Don't you just hate those " daytrips?" you did mention bunk..were you in Nam ? later...

Woodstock Memories... (Short Story) - 5/19/2015 6:53:41 AM
Dude I was there..but not doing drugs..I was a volunteer, ( 2nd year pre-med).. helping the less fortunate " outta their minds "...and yes we lost a few... Although this write helped me to understand your " Life after Life " poem... You really are a " WEED "...my metaphor for survivors... enjoy UR day..kj

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/26/2013 7:35:28 AM
I went to Lake Michigan for my Summer fun... Always, Deborah

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/20/2013 6:14:50 PM
I relish the memories of summers on the ocean shore. Yes, we love it, don't we? Love ya! Jane

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/20/2013 6:51:40 AM
Great story, Ed.

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/20/2013 6:11:12 AM
Thanks for the accolade. And thanks for writing about shoreline life that I know little of except that I am now known as a “shoobie" for my infrequent trips to the shore, bringing everything I would need. I believe the best shorelines are those without concessions. However, locals and those unprepared probably find these beachside businesses useful. The shoreline is a national treasure that should be accessible (and is, as far as I know) to everyone and not just those who are rich enough to buy Malibu beachfront or live there. I only body surfed once. It was after I was paralyzed at about 24 with a friend who was an avid body surfer (we had small inflatable floats) and supplied me with what I needed. We went to a famous surfing spot near the point at Santa Cruz. I believe it was July. The sun was bright, but the air temperature was only about 75°. The water temperature was about 55° and shocking. Needless to say, I couldn't stay out very long and took a long time warming up because the beach sand was not very warm. While I was out, I couldn't seem to catch a wave after many tries all afternoon. Finally, I caught a wave and had a good ride in until the wave overtook me, I landed in the sand, and the wave rolled over me. This seawater was terrible. I can only describe it as being in a sewer pipe. That was my only experience with surfing and it was memorable. We got drunk and my friend, by the abandoned boardwalk and roller coaster, made a stupid move by sliding down a wooden rail to the beach and collected a large splinter in his leg just below his groin. We couldn't locate an emergency room that was open in Santa Cruz and opted instead for a nurse friend who tried to cut it out with my friend drinking more vodka, but he couldn't take the pain and had to wait until the next day, skipping work to get it removed by a doctor. The end of a perfect day at the beach. Ron

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/20/2013 3:51:07 AM
You did not mention "Man of War". Were we only blessed with them on the Texas coast? Good story. Though I do think that all shorelines should be free to go onto, be it beach, lake, or river. Some of us grew up too poor to have been able to pay for access. Write another story. L

Growing up at the shore... (Short Story) - 8/20/2013 12:45:22 AM
Don't usually comment on stories but this one rang a bell with me as it was something I had done also on rare occasions at the beach. A memory that does not fade with time.

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/19/2013 8:03:34 AM
yes...and a great story my freind..kudos budd

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/18/2013 2:57:42 PM
Great job! Love ya! Jane

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/17/2013 3:11:06 PM
I have had stories come to me in dreams too, Ed. "Daddy's Girl" posted here is one of them. Nicely done and thank you for sharing. Love and peace, Regis

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/17/2013 7:55:14 AM
Well, I'll be Stephen King dammed! If Ed did write a short story! You certainly have picked up on that kind of aura that he writes in. Seems to be a bit of mix of your childhood with the childhood of a kid today. Certainly could use an editor if you want to get it published somewhere. I'm proud of your accomplishment. Keep having those dreams and writing them. You'll feel a lot more fulfilled than writing daily poetry [?]. Ron

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/17/2013 5:21:48 AM
This completely surprised me. Keep paying attention to your dreams, cause this way good, my friend. L

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/16/2013 6:17:25 PM
ED... WELL DONE MY FRIEND ! AND... THE GRAMMAR WUZ MORE GOODER TWO ! DUH?

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/16/2013 6:11:56 PM
Good job, Ed. Writing stories is kind of different from writing poetry because we have to character build when we write stories. I started out as a short-story writer so most of my poems seem to want to lean toward 'story poems." Keep on writing stories and perhaps one day, you will write a book. I hope I live long enough to be able to retire so I will have time to write a book. I have had one rattling around in my head for a couple of years, now, so hopefully one day I will have the time to do the research and then to the part I love the most, character development. Take care, Sherry

The RAFT... (Short Story) - 8/16/2013 5:10:41 PM
Rarely do I write full on stories, but this came to me in a dream so like Stephen King I expanded on it and wrote what I think is an interesting, and FICTIONAL piece...I hope you find it to your liking...there are parts that actually made me cry a bit while writing it, so have that hanky or tissue handy...ED

It was snowin' & blowin' (Short Story) - 4/20/2013 3:53:18 PM
Well, I in my weirdness, loved this. I love campers and you can keep the Holiday Inn! Good story. Lark

Without Warning... (Short Story) - 4/29/2012 9:10:32 AM
Be tossed and turned about is risk you take on that sea.

It was snowin' & blowin' (Short Story) - 4/23/2012 5:58:16 PM
Brrrrrrrrr!! Thanks for freezin' my, er, ah, let's just say I am having a hard time not slidin' outta my chair. Fingers are icicles, 'cet, yata, 'cet. As for whether it is fiction, hmmmm. Call it flash or sudden fiction or a long prose poem? Friction?? Don' matter. Got thrills 'n' chills & you end up safe and sound. Determined to stay that way! Bears came within an inch of a tent we pitched in the Smokies...eeeyiiiikes!! Ray and I hunkered down in the sleepingbag, praying our hearts wouldn't stop. Not a fun time. I vote for central heat and a picture-postcard view. Livin' t'tell!! Keep writing !!! xOx Phyllis xOx

It was snowin' & blowin' (Short Story) - 3/15/2012 8:46:50 AM
Two to tango to life and death, cold outside, hmm... warm inside? The brain of the beast reckoned with the camper and strange beasts inside. May be another time and the strangers in the travel trailer would be co-habituated between the beast outside and the dog/human beasts inside. Maybe you could offer a nice pic-a-nic basket to Yogi and boo boo instead of being the pic-a-nic! Provocative and well written. Super stuff, Ed. Starman

Lost in a Fog (Short Story) - 7/26/2011 3:08:10 PM
wonder how "the choice" came to be...was it that you had inner site- enough to see?? good story-thoughtful, thanks for sharing, jch

It was snowin' & blowin' (Short Story) - 7/16/2011 7:56:03 PM
ED ... GREAT STORY ! PERHAPS IT WAS 'BIGFOOT' ? YOU DID THE EXACT RIGHT THINGS ... SOUND & LIGHT ... 'RETREAT TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY' ... OR NOT! TK...

It was snowin' & blowin' (Short Story) - 7/16/2011 5:05:53 AM
funny and elusive...what hunted and haunted you and your canine companion-one will never know! loved it, jch

More sounds... (Poetry) - 6/2/2015 5:13:47 AM
. . . and round and round we go . . .

More sounds... (Poetry) - 6/2/2015 5:12:58 AM
Most of them Sound pretty good!

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/2/2015 2:12:35 AM
Blissful words and sounds.... ..I was totally uplifted after reading your words,, These are the things that make life worth living... HAPPINESS..... Diana....

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/2/2015 12:30:35 AM
Nicely spoken, nicely written, what a life>

Fun weekend... (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 6:23:35 PM
I'm glad you got to visit Sea Isle, Ed. I hope Bobbie and I can go with you and Rene to Sea Isle next Spring or Summer. Scott

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 5:34:32 PM
Sounds like a lot of goodness in you and your life. Love the poem too!

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 9:11:44 AM
Nicely done, Ed; uplifting. Love and peace, Regis

Fun weekend... (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 8:28:46 AM
People enjoying what Mother Nature provides. (I saw a guy with a thong thing on.....nice.) Love ya! Jane

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 8:09:34 AM
This is positively the best thing you have written, poet! Love ya! Jane

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 6:05:30 AM
Very refreshing from you this morning except for that grave going part at the very tip toe end. Time to go tiptoeing through the tulips again. Ron

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 5:58:15 AM
Put those sounds on a cd, and people will buy it. as for me, I'll take peace and quiet. Michael D.

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 4:26:33 AM
...the sound of adulation and cheers from your readers...clapping and shouting Braaaaavo!....take a bow...

...the sound (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 4:22:18 AM
Positive sounds you have called to order, and hopefully it will all come to pass.

Fun weekend... (Poetry) - 6/1/2015 3:54:24 AM
At least you had "Quite a few young ladies in nothing but thongs," to observe . . . Heh.Heh

Fun weekend... (Poetry) - 5/31/2015 10:52:40 PM
It's a lovely part of the world - Too often we forget to open our eyes and really see what's around us, so it's great to read of good times like these. Rx

Fun weekend... (Poetry) - 5/31/2015 8:41:57 PM
Great to hear! Fun in the Sun ... One Big Lug ... Is really a Hon !

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/31/2015 3:47:31 PM
Healing blessings to you Ed. May your spirit be uplifted and your pain be relieved. sonya ki

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/31/2015 3:24:11 AM
Keep On, Keepin On - and find a hobby or two; Busy minds and bodies - help take away the blues.

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/30/2015 9:30:07 AM
Just remember, each day you wake up, you're still,on the right side of the sod. Best wishes, Michael D.

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 7:16:29 PM
Thank you all, you've made me cry and while I find myself at times wanting to be just dead, I read of you all and feel that I just might have some time left...thank you friends,all...-e-

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 5:40:30 PM
I send you my empathy and hope you can get on your bike for a short ride or two, and as you feel better, longer ones. Love and peace, Regis

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 1:52:39 PM
Spasms, pain and sufferings, the inequalities professing themselves again, and sheep are shaved and shorn, finally put out to pasture to die. Good news is that you are here to spit in the face of death. Modern medicine is a miracle when you can afford it it is another. This verse you write is full of might, and I wish you the best in your fight, the cure is not out of sight, just going for the highest price. So there Ed, there is no more to said, so glad you are not finished yet! -- starman

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 12:10:26 PM
Just remember that modern medicine never stops striving for better medicines and treatments. Keep the faith, hon! Love ya! Jane

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 7:59:15 AM
We all gradually come apart at the seams. I feel your pain, especially the leg spasms that kept me up last night from sleep for two hours. At least I don't have sugar dissolving my essential organs. I'm not going to give you advice as to what to do except to say that there may be ways you can alleviate that pain. You are much too young to be going through it. Ron

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 7:46:48 AM
I have helped support a few surgeons but nothing as bad as you have experienced. Old age for some is not what it cracked up to be.

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 7:24:42 AM
seems like the seams only seem like they are being rent. The best part of every day for me Is waking up above ground. coolest thing to be found you need to look around you ain't gone yet

Coming apart at the seams... (Poetry) - 5/29/2015 6:31:54 AM
I hear you loud and clear, Ed. I, also have old age problems, but nothing as severe as you have had to bear. I now it i difficult, but even when you say you are "whining just a little" you come of strong. Please Ed, stay strong.

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/28/2015 5:16:56 PM
ED, Try doing one thing everyday, make yourself do it...time to change a medication. I will be praying for you. Always, Deborah

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/28/2015 12:45:02 PM
I'm sorry, too. But it's hard to come up from depression. Just work on it one day at a time. Ron

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/28/2015 7:03:52 AM
Best wishes, hang in there and give my regards to Mary Jane. Michael D.

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 8:55:33 PM
Ed, it's warm weather - get out and enjoy if only to sit outside and observe nature. Hope you feel better fast.

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 5:09:45 PM
Hang tight! Bunker down if you need to. I understand. Love ya! Jane

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 4:55:19 PM
Keep in touch with your doctor before it goes any further.

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 4:28:03 PM
I am sending you best wishes, Ed (and prayers too). Love and peace, Regis

Sorry... (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 4:23:25 PM
Yep! Light up a fat one, man. Nothing I can say about this depression you are dealing with. I can only hope it leaves you soon.

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/27/2015 8:43:48 AM
if a book can do that to you, more power to it. Just don't get stuck to the pages. Ron

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/26/2015 1:57:34 AM
At least you're no longer having sex with you Teddy Bear - I guess books are better!

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 6:54:03 PM
Very nice write about a great author. I will have to read this one as well. If you want to read an all time favorite that I could not put down try, "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 6:36:46 PM
Really enjoyed this ED! Always, Deborah

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 6:10:15 PM
Glad to hear you are reading and this should help your insomnia... Always, Deborah

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 8:16:52 AM
I really enjoyed Stephen King's earlier books (they were not so long and convoluted). I gave up reading him about ten years ago. I sometimes wonder if he uses ghost writers now. But that's me. Enjoy your reading, Ed. Love and peace, Regis

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 6:33:40 AM
I am one of Stephen King's "constant readers" and I have gone through this with each of his books. I understand. Love ya! Jane

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 3:13:39 AM
Oh, I've read this book, and it does draw the reader in quite fiercely . . .

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 2:20:31 AM
The writer has done his job.

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 12:55:14 AM
Just got around to commenting on this, i've often wondered what it will be like after death, i think I know, I think i do.

Almost sexual...? (Poetry) - 5/25/2015 12:52:27 AM
Very fitting, it's good reading, i've read most of his books. They grow on you very much so, Ed.

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/24/2015 9:04:54 AM
I'm just glad I don't have one of those. Well done, Ed. Love and peace to you, Regis

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/23/2015 12:41:19 PM
I've got one too, and it's brand new. We overfed the old one, till there were no blades to chew. Michael D.

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/23/2015 10:49:33 AM
This is a good one, a great allegory for the garbage disposal representing the alter ego of the Jersey Devil. Brilliant! Ron PS. And I thought it was really your alter ego… Dag nab it

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/23/2015 7:21:34 AM
You really had me going there! LOL!!! 'Love it! Love ya! Jane

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/23/2015 4:47:14 AM
Ed ... nice Pic ... could be the Joisey Devil's Twin ! i.e. Ugly M.F. ......

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/23/2015 2:23:10 AM
Yes but maybe the name was apropos

Lack of civility... (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 5:57:33 PM
Hah! Had me going Ed until you ruined it by coping to garbage disposal. Heh.Heh

Sleepless in Jersey (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 9:45:40 AM
ED, exercise will help you sleep and if you start conversing with people that will help your loneliness. Always, Deborah

Sleepless in Jersey (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 8:09:49 AM
I agree with the other Ed. Changing your environment like going to the beach or walking through a nearby park, and walking… Exercise… And going to bed at a very regular time every night, and then getting up when you stop sleeping (and taking a moonlight walk?) will get you on the right track of a routine of sleep. Also eat routinely and try to avoid caffeine or other stimulants that tend to keep you awake. I'm sure your kidney situation is also causing problems that I can advise you about, and your medications. I'm sleeping a good seven hours a night, but often get to bed later than I'd like and wake up too soon. And, once in a while have drowsy periods during the day. It's only normal. Your problems, like the cartoon above, are probably more common than anyone realizes. Ron

Sleepless in Jersey (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 7:25:03 AM
I can relate! I sure hope you get a good night's sleep soon! Love ya! Jane

Sleepless in Jersey (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 4:04:22 AM
That is a horrible was to have to function, Ed. I have to have my sleep, or I cannot deal with the next day well at all.

Sleepless in Jersey (Poetry) - 5/22/2015 3:21:55 AM
Walk, Walk, Walk - it's good for the soul, and for sleeping later.

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 7:09:40 PM
Afterlife makes no sense except as carrot for rewarding what should be normal decent behavior. The stick always wins. Cuz p

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 2:08:53 PM
YO ... PEACE-NIK ... HAVE A PIC OF EWE IN UR TIE-DYED SHIRT ... FROM OUR LAST MEETING ... PEACE-SIGN TO YEW ... IS MY FRIENDLY GREETING !!!

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 8:00:38 AM
Of me you did, bemuse. "We don't need no puking shells to be a peace-nik! Does we?" Ron

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 7:44:34 AM
Peace out! I still have my puka shells and wear them often. I've been a member of NORML since 1973. Rock on! Love ya! Jane

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 6:50:24 AM
If you are happy within yourself ED, then you should have peace---life's clues will come. Always, Deborah

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 4:35:14 AM
May you live out your old age peacefully, serenely happy and enjoying the things you alway enjoyed.

Clue's to Peace...? (Poetry) - 5/21/2015 3:18:21 AM
Ahhh . . . We've been down similar roads, Ed, except for the grass. I am fortunate. I have found peace. I am living peacefully. I am very happy about that.

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 8:52:51 AM
Everyone has their own feelings about this. I'll leave it at that, my man! Love ya! Jane

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 7:37:32 AM
Most young people, and you were included back then, do not spend a lot of time thinking of these things. They find much to do in the here and now. I read a lot about finding lost loved ones. I think that's a nice pipe dream. And even worse are those that have regrets for not connecting with so-called loved ones before they "left." There's a lot of fear and anxiety in these wishes. I prefer living the best I can and the most, devil take the hindmost… ;-) Ron

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 6:32:52 AM
I'm with Ruan, enjoy what we have here and when we go to the next plateau only then we will know the true meanings of life and death.... Always, Deborah

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 5:51:23 AM
Yes, Virginia, there is an ... "After-Birth" ..... and ... Ewe ... are ... IT !!! P.S. ... I'm getting yew a nice Xmas Present ... a Ticket to OZ ... so You can get a ... BRAIN !!! The Wizard is waiting ... with "Baited Breath" ... LUV ... CUZ ... "Sir Cur ... The One-Eth" ...

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 3:33:47 AM
I believe in an afterlife, Ed, but it does NOT involved streets of gold and the fraudulent "God."

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 2:37:07 AM
The ten commandments are not just a jumble of words of do and do not. If you don't believe there is a God who will judge us then your fate will be in for a surprise.

Or not... (Poetry) - 5/20/2015 2:10:09 AM
It is possibly the most perplexing and frustrating question there is - Where do our loved ones go? Is there a place or a state of being to go to - or is this it? We will never know. Best make the most of what we have here. Rx

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 5:20:37 PM
I believe there's more...we are energy, and energy cannot die... But for today...I'm studying Bluebells in the Rain...beautiful! Diana....

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 7:05:09 AM
I can't say it any better than Ron. Let us live for today, and do the best we can. Michael D.

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 6:50:53 AM
A most philosophical piece that I must commend you for. From my embattled perspective, the only way that we live on is through our genes. That means good old procreation. If you have dropped a son or daughter along the way, then your genes will live on in your son or daughter. Since I don't have any children, I won't live on. But that's okay. Why believe in bull ship just because you have to, to get along? Ron

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 6:44:11 AM
Wow man..far out..sounds like somebody went to a smoking party, that started . 9pm ...had a conversation with a light bulb.. & fell asleep by 11pm..Party was the best, but can't remember it... LIFE.. " Laughing Indifference Facing Eternity "...look forward to reading your other write...thanks for stopping by and commenting on my " need to be weed "..Sneeze the day..kjforce

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 5:42:13 AM
Man! I'm too busy living and am looking forward to going shopping later on today, hon! Time will take care of itself. The sun's out and right now, join me for a beach walk on different beaches together!! LOL!!! Love ya! Jane

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 4:50:07 AM
I look at it this way ED...life is short here on this Earth and therefore I believe in an afterlife. It is our learning place to learn about love etc. Always, Deborah

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 4:45:53 AM
Dear Knave Knumb Knutz ... it is called Reincarnation ... there is no doubt in my mind ... that ewe will come back ... as a ... DINGLE-BERRY !!! HO HO HO !!!

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/19/2015 1:48:46 AM
I say live life for today, Why fret about tomorrow?

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 7:51:50 PM
Great news, and i know you'll keep writing like you do.

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 7:50:35 PM
your life has been a good one so far, and continues to be so, at least I hope so, live it to the fullest, trust noone really, and keep on plugging away at these poems you write. Very interesting most of them are to me anyways.

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 6:03:24 PM
Well you seem to have many bases covered here. I can say I have tried several different religions and many different denominations of Christianity. When it is all set and done it's all about love and hate and good and evil. I like the example Jesus provided when he lived on earth. All He tells us is to follow Him and to love others with a kind heart. I can do that. So here I am, One Happy Christian! Amen!

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 3:11:00 PM
I'm waiting on the next life, Ed.

Life after Life...? (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 3:00:05 PM
yes

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 10:08:05 AM
A drink or two each day keeps the devil away (and flushes the rust out of your kidneys). I read that somewhere. :)

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 8:58:56 AM
Peace comes by handing it over to a "Higher Power," ED!... Always, Deborah

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 7:16:37 AM
You will sleep. Rest assured. Love ya! Jane

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 5:58:41 AM
My kingdom for a good nights sleep. Michael D.

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 5:48:10 AM
Just keep writing and it shall pass.

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 5:45:21 AM
I'd like to see that "self combusting." I've heard that it actually happens and it would be something to see. Maybe you could put it on YouTube. ;-) Ron

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 3:38:33 AM
Good morning Hewlitt Packard your daughter is visiting me HP printer! She's a very quiet lady no trouble at all... LOL

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 3:24:58 AM
Yep. Life must go on . . . or not . . .

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 2:43:03 AM
Poor H.P. - of all the old devils in the world, you are stuck with this one. PS: We all call him a Whiny Old Coot, H.P.

Sleep or the lack thereof... (Poetry) - 5/18/2015 2:28:03 AM
You probably can't sleep because of all the guilt you feel for picking on your saintly old brother Pee Wee again, and on your poor defenseless computer, H.P.

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 6:36:36 PM
ED, You are quite a character! Always, Deborah

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 6:32:40 PM
Sounding in a better mood...We all are addicted! Always, Deborah

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 2:59:46 PM
Cleverly concocted and humorous as well. Good stuff, Ed. I actually "saw" and clearly "heard" the persona of your computer (which is actually you). Lol! Love and peace, Regis

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 12:52:37 PM
What?

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 12:20:48 PM
Well, tell him that I'm pulling for him. Love ya! Jane

This is Ed's computer talking... (Poetry) - 5/17/2015 11:54:53 AM
From the mouths of our own inventions.

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 9:46:57 AM
I don't think so. You are hardwired to the Web. Why do I know? They did it during that last surgery to keep you from complaining when your connection dropped. Ron

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 9:32:51 AM
If you want to break that addiction, and cure your internet ills, Just go a month or two, Don't pay your internet bills. Michael D.

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 9:07:05 AM
I don't think too many would disagree, Ed. Be well, friend. Love and peace, Regis

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 5:47:21 AM
well said....nice to see you posting...xo

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 5:46:11 AM
What do we get because of the addiction? Carpal tunnel and fat asses! Love ya! Jane

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 3:58:57 AM
You have company, Ed.

Over internet-ed... (Poetry) - 5/16/2015 1:41:36 AM
It will never happen. Great to have you back again.

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 2:22:52 PM
I'll bet it was ur poor sweet lil bro Peewee ... it sure as hell t'werent me !!!

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 9:30:39 AM
I am so happy for you, Ed. Now, get those shunts! Love ya! Jane

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 7:22:45 AM
Keep 'em coming, and thanks to anonymous. Michael D.

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 6:21:00 AM
What ever you decide to do...we will all be beside you! Always, Deborah

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 6:17:48 AM
That is Great ED...You have an Angel on your shoulder!!! Always, Deborah

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 5:22:57 AM
That is great news. Now you have two more years to keep us posted on the progress of moving your stage 4 to a 3 or less. All kinds of medical possibilities coming up that you can get involved in and report to us. Ron

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 4:48:00 AM
Home dialysis is far better than having to do it in a facility. Look at it this way, you'll have a lot of time to compose but they'll probably make you give up bananas.

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 4:29:30 AM
Hang in there my friend!

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 4:13:24 AM
As Kate says, Hang Tough Bro, and Do What You Have to Do.

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 4:10:48 AM
Anonymous is a very nice person, and you should be very grateful.

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 4:04:27 AM
Thank God for his generosity that will keep you amongst us for at least 2 more years.

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 3:56:46 AM
Great news, Ed! Sandie

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/15/2015 3:56:13 AM
I'm saddened by this news. Please DO take care of yourself. Praying for you... Sandie

Anonymous... (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 6:01:01 PM
Good to know you were extended.

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 9:30:58 AM
There is another choice. A kidney transplant. But that may not be in the cards for you. Whatever you decide, I wish you good luck and long life. Or as Spock said before he died: "Live long and prosper." Ron

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 8:39:04 AM
Hang tough, Edbear. We are all rooting for you and holding all your days as precious to us. A man's go to do what a man (or woman's) got to do and if it be shunts, so be it. Better to be wired up than undone, methinks. At least life would go on and the game's not over as long as there's the will to... write! Keep em coming. Love and prayers, Kate xx

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 8:03:14 AM
Some of us never know when we will die others, less fortunate, know in advance. My prayers are with you. George

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 6:35:16 AM
Sorry to hear the bad news. I wish the best for you. Michael D.

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 5:43:11 AM
Sometimes life gives us choices between two equally risky and undesired paths. My brother opted for the shunts. It tethered him to that lifeline and all of its demands until the end. I watched him die and unpleasant death--one that I would not choose. I believe the choice you make will be the right one for you. Good luck and God speed. The other Ed.

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/14/2015 5:20:50 AM
'Wishing you all the best, Ed! Hang in there. Get the shunts! Love ya! Jane

Karmic payback...? (Poetry) - 5/13/2015 5:53:39 PM
A decision only you can make. I know what mine would be. Do what you feel in your heart, my friend.

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/12/2015 12:08:02 PM
... He sure kept posh company, though... Is that dog wearing a monocle? Now he's Pee Wee and not Pee Woaaaaaaah!!, can't you just sit on him and wipe the smile from his Book of Face? :) xx

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 7:53:44 PM
I would report this major affrontery to the authorities, but anonymously! Dirty Rat Bastards !!!

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 4:47:27 PM
And so the verbal battle continues, much to the delight of your readers. Be well, Ed. Love and peace, Regis

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 8:50:11 AM
Enjoy your back and forth comments with Ed...reading the love in between! Always, Deborah

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 6:04:54 AM
Well wll well ... FAT-ASS ... TRUTH BE TOLD ... I have this exact same pic in my "Ed Family" album that yer Dear Ma gave to me when ewe were a youngun. The caption reads: "my poor lil FAT-ASS Eddie The Lesser, whom I abandoned in the Jersay Barrens, hoping he would lose weight running from all the wolves n bears." Lying about Lying is really a Double Negative n' it does not make a Positive! Why yew pick on poor lil Peewee is certainly a mystery to me. Devil who is realy an Angel ??? Duh! Now that yer pants are on fire ... just Pee yerself to put it out! But remove yer DEPENDS First !!! Cuz Cur Tom ... The One-Eth ...

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 5:35:04 AM
A bully of the story, pulpit! And get your face out of that book, it will stunt your growth and make you fat. Ron

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 5:32:10 AM
Hey it's not Throwback Thursday Matlack! LOL

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 5:07:38 AM
I can't wait to read the answer to this one! LOL!!! Love ya! Jane

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/11/2015 5:00:13 AM
Ho, Ho, Ho! Have you been smoking again??!! You evidently forgot that my nickname is Pee Wee, not Plumpy. And Payback is a Bitch; but right now I have to write my pet column for this week's newspaper. But I will be back - you rotten old Devil you!

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 3:37:45 PM
Honest Abe

Kostro's always pickin' on me...AGAIN (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 2:16:13 PM
Hah! And on and on it goes . . . Heh.Heh

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 9:49:40 AM
Let the flag of freedom fly. Michael D.

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 8:23:31 AM
That sounds really strange. I don't know who runs your complex, but I see nothing wrong with displaying someone's heritage. As far as the ISIS flag goes, that may be serious or it may be just a prank. It's really sad that flag raising and flag-waving often causes great turmoil, even when it's rather innocently done. Hope you can fly your flag and do it without incident. Ron

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 8:09:05 AM
WHAT???

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/10/2015 3:21:58 AM
Fly it high my friend!

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/9/2015 11:30:12 PM
Fly that flag proudly! Love ya! Jane

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/9/2015 2:19:17 PM
I hear you all the way, Ed. Fly the red, white and blue . . .

UN United Nations... (Poetry) - 5/9/2015 1:33:06 PM
Keep the Stars and stripes flying, take them to court if the force you to take it down. George Carroll

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/9/2015 8:20:09 AM
Noting your post below, and telling you about my life membership some time ago, I certainly hope you do have a life membership because it serves very well. If you paid for one back then, like I did you should have it. If you didn't, you'll be stuck with a free membership and all that entails. In any event, good luck. I'll be watching your progress. Ron

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 6:16:47 PM
As Spock would say, There are always possibilities. Michael D.

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 4:42:16 PM
At least, take the free membership................We'd all miss you! Love ya! Jane

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 3:22:34 PM
You should be aware of the premise that AD does offer a free membership. Granted, you can only post a limited number of poems and such but you can delete and post new ones. Thus, you can still keep in touch with everyone through your unique wit and humor. Just sayin'... Love and peace, Regis

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 3:20:42 PM
I (we) lost an angel from our choir today in the most horrific of circumstances so everything is in a daze right now. I know how you feel though. Love and peace, Regis

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 12:39:21 PM
Hey, I never knew the Den had a "lite" membership so I can still post without me or anyone having to spend 75 bucks at least...Thank you Lois for relating that to me and if nothing else was to work out in th emeantime I will make use of that...so maybe it won't be the end after all...bet this new information just "thrills" those that hate my writings, LOL...-e-

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 12:37:49 PM
Say it isn't so...your humorous posts I will deeply miss---hoping some money comes your way We all love you ED and wish you could stay!!! Always, Deborah

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 12:08:52 PM
It won't be the same without you. Good luck and keep writing

iTS BEEN A FUN RUN WHILE IT LASTED... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 12:00:16 PM
I don't have a membership, and i post here when i like. Do you really need a membership to continue, ED. I'll miss you.!

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 9:36:55 AM
ED, Don't be so hard on yourself...yes you and all of us are getting older but, your life isn't over....... Always, Deborah

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 8:45:44 AM
Yes, everything slows down with age until it doesn't move at all. I prefer that we are "winding up" a good life, to just having our clock run out. Some good thoughts though, in your interesting way of rhyming, scheme. Ron

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 4:08:29 AM
spledid work ed all of us ol' guys ought to be grimpy, and crude. yes we may wonder what wwe have done, but remember there is more t0 c0me j+

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/8/2015 12:35:09 AM
"I don't eat good food".................what?????? Roll up a doobie and get some munchies going on, hon! Love ya! Jane

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/7/2015 6:50:21 PM
Good God, Gosh, Ed, i'm with you on this, think about the same about old age and my future also, of course i'm quite a bit older than you. Life is short, so live it to the fullest.

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/7/2015 6:23:08 PM
Excellent reflection and very though provoking for sure! One day we will all hit the hay. Then we will wake up and find out for real - one day. Amen

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/7/2015 3:59:13 PM
Take that last line to the bank Ed. You may be crude in some people's eyes, I have been called that also during my poetical life. We have had our disagreements, but buddy, you are aces with me.

Winding down... (Poetry) - 5/7/2015 3:53:33 PM
No doubt we all maybe surprised.

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/7/2015 8:08:03 AM
Keep on rambling, Man, as your poetic musings and digressions are the stuff of life and of comfort and camaraderie to the rest of us. We are all a mixed bag of experience and lifestyle and we each add to others what's not ours to have at first hand. Weeded or weed-less you rock... and roll! :) xx

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 9:20:01 AM
Ah yes! As it has been said, "If wishes were horses..." Thank you for sharing your personal philosophy, Ed. Love and peace, Regis

Bear with me... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:43:11 AM
Anti-depressants are out there ED---Tell your doctor how you feel!!! Always, Deborah

FIRE... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:40:02 AM
Each year thousands of forests are burned down by carelessness and arson...your verses tow the line and made a great poem. Always, Deborah

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:32:11 AM
Summer beats the winter for sure ED... Always, Deborah

Wha' happened to Spring...? (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:28:24 AM
Yes, ED you are right about Spring...we didn't even have half the rain we should have. Always, Deborah

Wipe out... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:19:57 AM
I love the crashing of the waves and just being there...loved your "Wipe out..." Always, Deborah

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:14:20 AM
Can't help you with the weed but, know that those of us who read your poetry never tire of what you write...your candor and humor we enjoy more than you can imagine. Each day is a gift to all of us... Always, Deborah

Whine & simian... (Poetry) - 5/6/2015 8:00:37 AM
Love to you ED. Always, Deborah

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/5/2015 7:20:50 AM
I really like the use of the word mayonnaise and mustard to express your moods. It will make you a poet yet! Now that I've examined your lifespan on a daily basis for eons, I think I'll be able to buy your corpse for ghastly experiments well after the expiration date, because you can't spoil… You're spoiled already! ;-) Ron

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/5/2015 6:58:40 AM
A little buzz Some added spice A spoonful of buds Makes life nice. Michael D.

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/5/2015 4:34:00 AM
All you need is mustard and killer weed..............not bad! Love ya! Jane

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/5/2015 3:41:32 AM
WoW! I'm famous. The New Jersey poet extraordinaire has included me in the list of those who visit this site and read his words . . .

Expiration date... (Poetry) - 5/5/2015 3:24:13 AM
Thank You to all my reviewers, commenters,& computer commuters who pass through and leave me a smile & make me feel oh so much better...specifically I wish to thank, geez, I feel like I am receiving an award, Mr. Ed Kostro who has covered the expense for this sites usage, Jane, Jerry, George, Regis, & Ron Hull whose comments are constructive and useful for me, oh and not to forget the worst of them all, that crazy guy from Maryland, Tom Hyland, my cuz cur...I know I have missed a great deal of others but I cannot even remember them all at this time...suffice it to say thank you all so much and it has been an honor to know & read of you all...-ED-

Wipe out... (Poetry) - 5/4/2015 3:22:08 PM
Jones Beach is my ocean

Wipe out... (Poetry) - 5/4/2015 1:40:23 PM
HaH! I loved going to Jones Beach when I lived in New York. Beautiful place, and although I am basically a land-lubber I can, and do, appreciate the oceans, seas, and especially the Gulf of Mexico . . .

Wipe out... (Poetry) - 5/4/2015 1:32:16 PM
Get out to the beach!!! Get some ear plugs. Love ya! Jane

Wha' happened to Spring...? (Poetry) - 5/4/2015 8:53:50 AM
We've reached close to 90 here. It will be 85 today and I have a window open with a nice breeze. It's still spring time here, and won't be summer until we have continual close to 100° days, every day, with no let up even when we have rain. Ron

Wha' happened to Spring...? (Poetry) - 5/3/2015 10:19:41 AM
Could do with a bit of your sunshine...storm, rain and chilly here in UK today... Diana... .

Wha' happened to Spring...? (Poetry) - 5/3/2015 8:59:38 AM
I get such a breeze off the Lake that I need to close my windows at night on the north side of the house! Love ya! Jane

Wha' happened to Spring...? (Poetry) - 5/3/2015 8:30:18 AM
I've been running my AC for about a month. Hate summer. Bad on my emphysema.

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/3/2015 3:44:59 AM
Summer? Oh yes, that's when the rain is a bit warmer. No-matter, have fun fun fun in the sun sun sun. Hmmm. The Scot's are always to blame.

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 4:55:33 PM
A fellow from Jersey named Ed, Lives by the sea it is said; Akin with the briny, He gets all whiny, When the tourists get in his head. There! A limerick just off the top of my head for you. Lol! Love and peace, Regis

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 2:40:57 PM
Pound a sign into the ground and write this upon it. "Stay the hell off my beach!" It's just that simple. Love ya! Jane

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 12:18:42 PM
bitch ... Bitch ... BITCH !!!

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 8:50:43 AM
Now I know why you are so whiny. Those tourists… Have stolen your peace and quiet down by the briny. Ron

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 8:13:38 AM
Each summer you get on this, and yes I understand tourist can be very destructive to your pristine beaches, et al. Still, they come bringing money which keeps the city's budget in good shape. If I lived there I might be singing the same blues song, but I somehow pretty much doubt it. My take on it would probably be the tourists were a necessary evil, filling the pockets of most store owners and litter-bugging the beach.

Summer Doth Approach... (Poetry) - 5/2/2015 5:41:24 AM
I empathise with you on the invasion of your little isle by tourists who dip in then out ..changing your environment in the process...and not understanding this is your home ALL year round... ...Allergies are horrible things too...and their symptoms difficult to cope with.. Scots heather...? As I'm from UK I'm interested here...do you have it growing in your area? Diana...

FIRE... (Poetry) - 5/1/2015 6:33:21 AM
I like how you got out of your usual and moved into describing a phenomenon that we all know so well, use, honor, and fear. To be cleansed by fire is terrible indeed. Ron

FIRE... (Poetry) - 5/1/2015 5:44:55 AM
From the frying pan into the fire. Michael D.

FIRE... (Poetry) - 5/1/2015 4:46:56 AM
Fire in the hole!!! Eh . . . Can be taken a couple of wa7s . . .

FIRE... (Poetry) - 5/1/2015 4:40:26 AM
If controlled as in a campfire or fireplace, it's great. But take California, for instance............your last line applies! Love ya! Jane

Bear with me... (Poetry) - 4/30/2015 4:39:14 PM
which spook is ewe on the pic? yew need to get a friggin' hobby... Dick! bitchin' n' moanin''' cussn' n' groanin' BARE THIS !!!

Bear with me... (Poetry) - 4/30/2015 4:36:56 PM
Chin up and let people know you have a pair!!!! Love ya! Jane

Bear with me... (Poetry) - 4/30/2015 4:35:10 PM
Sorry life has turned bad for you, Ed. Yes, I have noticed you are hardly ever around during the day anymore. I guess I can't relate, but I can wish you better days ahead.

Whine & simian... (Poetry) - 4/27/2015 7:50:55 AM
It's your party, and you can cry if you want to. Michael D.

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