Recent Reviews for Ronald W. Hull
Verge of Apocalypse Tales (Book) - 10/17/2012 6:05:50 AM|
What terrific reviews have been given to your book, Ron. Congratulations~! Diana
American Mole: The Vespers (Book) - 10/8/2012 6:06:58 AM
On one level, this is a cracking adventure yarn to rival any of Ian Fleming's, featuring nasty gizmos, exotic locations, more graphic sex than James Bond ever manages, and a deadly quest by hero JJ Olson to bring down the Baddest Of The Bad Guys who is seeking world domination beneath the cover of Roman Catholic ministry.
At a deeper level, however, the story is an allegory betraying a profound concern for the future of a post-9/11 United States in which politicians are failing to grasp the nettle of international terrorism and radical sects are running out of control threatening to destroy the most cherished American values. These and the wonders of the natural environment Ron Hull describes with compassion and a haunting nostalgia.
The book is meticulously researched, carefully crafted and engagingly written, although there are times the reader might wish for a slightly crisper pace. That said, however, it is easy to envisage the two sequels Dr. Hull is planning — there must be plenty more villains out there to grapple with. A great read, Ron!
It's in the Water and Other Stories (Book) - 7/24/2012 7:06:47 PM
EXCELLENT! I couldn't stop reading this once I started. I have to get this book, this is really good stuff.
It's in the Water and Other Stories (Book) - 1/9/2012 7:42:59 AM
"It’s In The Water And Other Stories"
Some of the works in Ron Hull’s book remind this reader of the artistic clarity of a Norman Rockwell painting sharing the character of rural America in another era. Ron’s pen relates with the same astute observations that Rockwell’s brushes provided. However you must end the comparisons there. Ron also writes with the intrigue of Rod Serling and the imagination of Gene Roddenberry. This book provides ample diversity to satisfy a wide range of readers. Perhaps it is Ron’s unique background that gives him the imagination and creativity to entertain a wide range of readers. He has finely honed powers of observation and a knack for giving the details and providing great dialogues required to support a story and maintain a reader’s curiosity. Surprise endings are perquisites in many of his stories. “Good Karma” and “It’s In The Water” are my personal favourites from the diverse selection. Buy the book and then enjoy. Jon Michael Willey - author/poet
American Mole: The Vespers (Book) - 6/1/2008 5:22:31 PM
Ron, congratulations on the new book. I will be looking for a copy to purchase. God bless. JMW
War's End (Book) - 9/18/2007 6:39:33 PM
I never even got to this page last time I was here. It's amazing how you fired out these Three novels in so a short span and with each one your writing has grown in power and boldness of plot. I may give up novel writing altogether after reading yours--I envisioned a thriller plot like this for my "The Golden Flute" but frankly in 15 years failed to bring it off. I'll have to read this one too now! Now you've given me more reading to do! Stop writing incredibly adventuresome, exciting themed novels. But thank God, I hope you have a positive conclusion for all of us at the end of your adventures similar to K.E. Your incredibly prolific. You deserve major publication!
Alone? (Book) - 9/18/2007 6:32:01 PM
Now that I've read K.E. and reviewed it here and at Amazon, I'm hoping and willing to tackle "Alone?" If it delivers the growth promised in K.E. it is bound to be the next step in your thoughts on man's plight. And let's hope that even without an "Alien" Rescue, you maintain a positive vision for our future! You know, the prophcies are self-fulfilling in a way. And I'm sick of the whining complaining negative Techno-crap authors with their so called "Tintillating Violence;" envisioners writing junk that inevitable pollutes people's minds from keeping Positive Faith in man's venture in civilization. That ought to be every Sci-Fi's Prime Directive (as what is thought eventually becomes what is) Sadly, it isn't. Most commercial Sci-Fi is not only not as entertaining as its 50's and 60's forebearers but is just so much negative baggage on our society--it's a wonder we haven't all sank beneath the sea of Despair from that Dark garbage. I don't need it to be entertained and I'm looking forward to Alone? and then: "War's End." Thanks for your Positive Visions of our future. Quite an accomplishment for a POD listed author to tackle that challenge and still write an engrossing story! (see my review of K.E.)
The Kaleidoscope Effect (Book) - 8/12/2007 7:09:18 PM
Review: The Kaleidoscope Effect, by Ronald W. Hull
This novelette or short novel is a compact but evolving and transforming story reaching from man’s primitive roots as a hunter/gather just emerging into technology (i.e. read: “The Copper Age) to modern times when man’s quest for tools to shape his world is also shaping his demise and the rest of the biosphere with him. Mr. Ron W. Hull, who has spent his life in or interested in the sciences, writes with a smooth and concise style that never overindulges in description or tangents at the expense of the story, yet he puts a very human face on his theories of how man may evolve out of his crisis and his own views on just who and what ET life may be. He does a lot of character drawing starting with a Copper Age character named Albere, who is imaginatively based on what he thinks the life of that “Iceman,” was like; the one they found frozen in an Austrian Alps slope about 10 years ago. As each chapter closes and goes to the next he doesn’t make any attempt to artificially link the scenes spun out over the millennia; and at first, it’s a little vague as to what he may be driving at (and wondering just what he means by the K.E. effect. Yet soon, certainly by chapter six the story picks up and now in modern times with what turns out to be a character named Dr. Albert Repaul, he exposes that he is linked by DNA to that very iceman that is left frozen in the glacier back in the remote B.C. years. Now imagine, as Mr. Hull does for you, that perhaps with our knowledge of just how vast and old our Universe is, that some type of Alien Intelligent Life had long ago since evolved well beyond even our own capacity today and had been seeking or aware of us for millennia (if not even millions of years) before our present era. Not so impossible when you understand that Mr. Hull well knows the science behind our universe: that many stars found so far away (such as towards the center of our galaxy) or perhaps even the next galaxy are so old as to have been able to foster intelligent life that may have even come and gone past us long ago.
Sanely, he knows that any beings capable of traveling the long, deep eons of Space could only do so only if highly evolved and had conquered many of the evil tendencies that would have annihilated them as a race long before they would become capable of such a venture. They would need to have powers and knowledge that would seem almost magical even to us today, or at least verging on the realm of religion. He calls these beings part of the great Collective, led by two high beings named Dom and Seala. Such a Universal Explorer type mission would of course require the equal participation of many highly evolved species. Their mission: to seek out evolving planets in dire danger of crisis that need their help or the precious life forms face extinction (usually from self-inflicted defects). Knowing how life requires such narrow and special conditions to arise, he knows that life could not just be found anywhere in galaxies. Civilizations would of necessity be abundant but widely far-flung in the Universe. And therefore too precious to waste and allow to face Extinction: therein the Universal Mission of The Collective; Rescue Fragile Life at all costs.
Amazingly, this vast theme plays out in just about 80 pages. Quite a challenge for any writer let alone a science fiction one, and the perfect length for an E-Book. (I know I couldn’t read one online much over that). Any criticisms of his style, perhaps not enough physical description here and there; of the Alien cultures, or the ships they traveled in, or even the climatic event of their intervening in Earth’s affairs; criticisms must be balanced against the fact that such would require a novel of considerable longer proportions.
Much is left to imagination, but in a way this is right and good. I myself don’t begin to think that any being capable of traveling the vast Space and Time to other inhabited worlds would do so by accelerating a “Tin Can” spaceship to infinite speeds. That’s plain silly: you might explore near space in a metal ship, but the vast reaches would require beings of such a high order that the technology would verge on mystical to us, even though Mr. Hull allows they’ve been traveling towards Earth for millennia.
And how many Sci-Fi novels of today have you heard of that offer a positive and enlightening theme for mankind to ponder rather than the negative Techno-Crap that is currently offered on the commercial shelves? This violent mind-puke may have a lot to do with the current state of man’s thinking, but hopefully nothing with our future course or we are all doomed even if Global Warming doesn’t swipe us off. And speaking of that, Mr. Hull has the foresight to realize the inevitable thrust of our Technological cancer may be pushing us towards Extinction and that the G.W. scenario plays into his plot—in other words we may just hope Hull is right, with any luck perhaps there are Aliens who have known about us and can help us in the near future from our plight. I would love to imagine so, but fear we may need to begin to help ourselves today. Thankfully, this novel’s positive conclusion: the Alien Universal Explorers do bring “the Relief” and set Dr. Repaul (even uniting him with his “Iceman” rescued Ancestor, Albere) and bringing a type of almost Divine Resurrection to mankind before once again the precious Life-Forms of the Universe are swept into the Deep Abyss of Time canceling millions of years of precious Evolution.
My only criticism is that this stunning “Rescue” of humankind at the end, would be put a bit more dramatically and descriptively played out by the author.
This books deserves a second edition where perhaps this could be dramatized a bit more. But then again, I have not read his sequel “Alone?” This book a 250+ page novel may well do that. I will definitely have to buy a copy now that I’m hooked on Mr. Hull’s vision of what yet may be our Future. For mankind’s sake, let’s sincerely hope it is something along these lines. Or perhaps we are “Alone?” out here.
Quite a task by this author, all completed in an 80 page short novel; congratulations!
Michael Guy, Jazz Composer/Author of "The Last Renaissance Man"
War's End (Book) - 2/16/2005 12:00:45 PM
The book proceeding on what is accessible from the excerpt and the extensive review appears to be a very well-crafted story of great significance but I have not yet been able to get the book (on top of it all I'm on a very tight budget at the moment due to projects that do not immediately generate funds but are significant in a different way). I'd like to see the entire book and have about 2 months time to read it, for I would like to comment on it as a whole.
(P.S.: You mentioned the "Howling Monkey" in a former message. I haven't been able to localise the text on the Den.)
With best wishes for good health and success
War's End (Book) - 1/31/2005 7:34:59 PM
War’s End — Ronald W. Hull (Book Review)
ISBN: 1-5913-642-3 Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc.
6”x9” Perfect Bound, 281 pages
This Tom Clancy(ish) story begins where 911 left off, with the United States still very vulnerable to terrorist attack. The unthinkable happens — Washington, D.C. is leveled in a nuclear blast, taking a large segment of the established Federal Government with it. Those individual officials lucky enough to escape the conflagration are thrown into turmoil, but soon establish lines of control and calm a terrified nation. The new president sets up a clandestine training program she calls Freedom’s Lancers. Its purpose is to develop a super secret cadre of young spies of the highest educational caliber with a mission to seep into the fabric of society in scores of countries across the globe. These highly dedicated undercover agents are to ferret out and report on illegal arms shipments and other activities of a detrimental nature to the free world. Where possible to do so without compromising their secret identity, they are to effect countermeasures. In addition to intense academic studies, their training includes every aspect of the most modern electronics, armaments, guerilla warfare techniques and martial arts.
The protagonist of the story, Ali Jaheed, is an immigrant with close ties to his family in Pakistan, which makes him a prime candidate for the Freedom’s Lancers program. His intellectual and physical profiles more than qualify him for the program and he is inducted at the age of seventeen for his college education followed by a twenty-year hitch with the Lancers. His career path will take him into lands untamed by western standards, lands that harbor the haunts and escape routes of Osama bin Laden and a large contingent of gun-running, dope dealing thugs, as well as ruggedly independent indigent peoples that scratch an honest living from these inhospitable lands. Into this cauldron Ali plunges with gusto and finds deep friendships and lethal enemies, some of which are one and the same. There are adventurous life threatening experiences at every turn — as well as romance in many delicious flavors.
Dr. Ronald Hull has created a magnificent story here, one that keeps you excited in your linear search for the next adventure to leap from the pages. One has to wonder how Dr. Hull could amass such detail and plot as he does from the confines of a wheel chair. The book reads as if Ron were himself present and reporting from the trails of Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, and even that of bin Laden. The answer has to be that he avails himself of prodigious research and a vivid imagination, not to mention an overload of tenacious energy. This is fiction with pizzazz.
I did find a couple of minor negatives. I believe the book would have been even more focused and compelling early on if the short chapters 2, 3 and 6 were excised. They showcase some of the author’s impressive command of military armament and demonstrate the dangers of post-blast operations in a radioactive area, but in my opinion they tend to dilute the main theme through exposition of a few characters, most of whom are ancillary at best. They delay getting to the heart of the real story with background not necessary for the plot. There were also a number of places that a rigorous line editing operation would have corrected and made smoother.
In my overall assessment of War’s End these are small irritations that will receive attention by the author before the second printing and will have little negative significance for your enjoyment of this great book. I highly recommend it for its thrilling action adventure motif and style. It should also appeal to those with a desire to explore the virtues of a different and perhaps more effective way to accomplish the security goals of freedom loving societies — security goals that hurling vast armies and armaments at will-o-the-wisp terrorists exercising their suicidal and hit-and-run tactics apparently don’t accomplish. Four stars for this book! It could be screenplay material!
© 2005 R. Leland Waldrip
Alone? (Book) - 10/29/2004 10:07:45 AM
Alone? Book Review
“Alone?” by Ronald W. Hull — Paperbound 5” x 8” 283 pages
In this ambitious sci-fi work the author Ron Hull explores the probability of non-earth intelligent life in the universe. He examines the possibilities that a superior life form is spying on us, or standing ready to influence the course of man’s endeavors, or is envious of our earthly possessions or biological wealth.
He begins with a few story threads in pre-history and history and brings them into the present, deftly weaving a fascinating cast of characters. The earth is caught up in the throes of human overpopulation with an almost utter dependence on fossil fuel. There is the inevitable global warming, and an attendant increase in the intensity of weather extremes and natural disasters. Humanity searches desperately for a savior, mostly in the form of alien intervention.
Against this backdrop, the scientifically oriented Repaul “family,” with secretive disregard of authoritarian rules, engages in activities they believe will advance the interests of humanity. Techniques that perfect DNA of tissue samples from the past are used to clone children who are not only specimens of superior intelligence, the deletion of genes that cause aging renders them immortal. As an added bonus, they are enhanced with electronic implants for heightened capabilities.
The family siblings’ choose careers of space exploration. One brother is a mystic spiritualist and becomes the head of the Saganites (Carl Sagan’s followers) in search for a superior extraterrestrial intelligence. Another brother and sister become the heads of organizations that set about colonizing the planets. All will need every ounce of their innate superiority to face the dangers they encounter, both on earth and in the far reaches of space.
The author paints an absorbing picture of the dawn of a brave new world, with sexual activities totally out of Victorian bounds and communication advances carried to extremes as great as those of the natural disasters depicted. Literally scores of brush strokes wend their way from present day facts into scenarios of the future. They are daubed with a bold hue and tint that spurs a spirit of cooperative inventiveness in the reader’s mind.
This is an excellent tale that not only is interesting, it has great insight into problems we as humans face, and offers the author’s remedy for many of them. His style reminds one of Michael Crichton. It pulls the reader along to the next adventurous moment or discussion of the next technical marvel. The ending, which I will not reveal, leaves one hoping for a sequel. While this book is a great achievement for the author and an eye-popper for the reader, a smoother product would have resulted had the services of an independent copywriter/editor been employed. With this rather insignificant quibbling, I would highly recommend this book to sci-fi buffs and inquisitive readers everywhere.
© 2004 R. Leland Waldrip
The Kaleidoscope Effect (Book) - 7/29/2004 5:16:03 PM
Has the makings of a Sci Fi Classic Ron
There is a lot of interest in this paranormal subject matter !!
Alone? (Book) - 7/18/2004 12:49:27 PM
From the excerpt Ron.." Alone "gives the distinct impression of being a very original and thought provoking novel that asks to be read .
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The Kaleidoscope Effect (Book) - 2/16/2003 3:20:49 PM
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 12/17/2013 1:51:28 PM
I always love reading a great story, and this is definitely one of them with a little mystery and suspense all nicely twisted together, making you want to read more.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 12/17/2013 1:17:53 PM
Dogs are very loyal and protective. I have a poodle, FiFi, and she stands guard day and night, protecting the house from strangers and deer.
The Present (Short Story) - 12/12/2013 7:09:44 AM
What a wonderful, uplifting story. I love the way Jeremy never feels sorry for himself despite his dire circumstances. And libraries are indeed magical places. How appropriate that the librarian is the hero! Librarians and teachers are priceless treasures, just like Jeremy's gift!
A Veteran's Story (Short Story) - 12/7/2013 1:00:29 PM
YOu were nice enough to review my story, so I wanted to repay in kind. This is a nice tribute to a service man...in a time when those who serve our country are foremost in our minds. Especially at this time of year. Well done.
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 10/23/2013 12:58:52 PM
This is a great story, Ron! Your writing invites reading. The plot was very "Twilight Zone" in its feel, but it also feels true. Your comedic tone plays well off the sensual litl of the story and the danger, too. Loved it. I will read a few more of your stories for the pure enjoyment. Nice work.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 9/10/2013 9:45:16 AM
Dogs rule and I have a great affinity for them. I had two Maltese dogs who literally grieved with me after my wife's death (see "Lilliput and Gulliver" on my website. Enjoyed the story, well-written.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/14/2013 9:54:52 AM
very good tale and they do get that protective
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/13/2013 11:56:08 AM
Nice remembrance, Ronald. I've had many dogs in my now seventy-nine years and, of course, and all, as humans, each had and has his or her own personality. But the one trait these wonderful, God given creatures shared and, for the two that rule the house my wife and I live, in is love. Neither Bonnie or I are the kind of people that would say: "I/we can't get another dog because It's too hard when we have to put one of our "kids" to sleep. We do love and we do, terribly, miss our "kid", but life with-out a dog and the love of a dog, to us, is even more unbearable.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/10/2013 4:45:26 PM
Animals have better instincts than man-Enjoyed Ron.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/10/2013 4:08:48 AM
Thanks for the nice story.
One never knows what a dog is thinking or it might be better to say "not thinking."
Thanks for the story!
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 8/8/2013 3:11:44 AM
Love this tale with all its mystery and its mixture of fast-moving excitement with soft sensual contrasts. Very nicely done!
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/8/2013 2:46:04 AM
I would trust a dog before 'most' humans. Dogs have no ulterior motives hidden away. What you see is what you get. Not many people like that.
The story you tell is poignant and shows a dog's unwavering loyalty ...and it shows a wonderful family of animal lovers.
The video brought tears to my eyes.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 4:31:11 PM
I have known several dogs who were especially protective of their owners or their kids. When owners treat their dogs right they have a friend and guardian for life. Cool story! M.True
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 2:55:34 PM
This is very touching. I believe I would trust a dog before I would trust some people.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 10:01:40 AM
Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story, it was beautiuflly written.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 8:25:20 AM
I have been a dog lover since I was old enough to know about them. The first dog I remember was named Scooter because she got one of her hind legs caught in a trap and eventually gnawed it off and made it home. She could only scoot on the only leg she had around until she healed up. Dogs are smart, and yes, protective, loving with unmatched sincerity. I enjoyed reading this Ron. I may just have to get your memoir.
A Dog's Protective Instinct (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 7:47:26 AM
Nice story, Ronald...dogs are incredible creatures, and for the most part much more intuitive than most humans I've encountered...
Scanned (Short Story) - 8/4/2013 8:34:00 PM
I especially enjoy your stories. This is my second read on this one because of all of the connections you were making between the current state of technology and the future. The Boomers, including myself, like Moses, will most likely never see this promised, perhaps, feared new land. However, it is easy to believe that there will certainly be a technological renaissance like none before or else a catastrophic disaster starting the whole evolutionary process all over again. In either case, change is always the constant. M.True
Bermuda Weather Humor (Short Story) - 7/16/2013 8:11:56 PM
Very clever short. I got a kick out of it!
Scanned (Short Story) - 7/16/2013 8:08:11 PM
Fascinating story and very well told, Ron. The truly disconcerting aspect of it is that this story may not be considered as fiction for much longer.
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 7/12/2013 2:57:19 PM
Very strange, but very well written! Well done, Ron!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 7/10/2013 6:21:11 AM
very well written as always from you
2012: Verge of Destiny (Short Story) - 7/9/2013 5:34:23 PM
Change is the only constant. 2012 may well have been our tipping point. We may have crossed that line in the sand, still too stubborn to acknowledge that greed has become our master. We are the blind leading the blind. Write On! M.True
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 7/9/2013 4:42:40 PM
Great California "Urban Legend". Good description of some very "familiar" places. I used to do the solo drives while on leave from the Navy - Alameda - in the 70's. Quite the adventure. Nice writing!
Hitch Bitch (Short Story) - 7/9/2013 6:01:50 AM
A tale most of hope remains yours. Well told.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 12/12/2013 7:25:47 AM
I enjoyed reading this article of yours, thank you for sharing your views. I cannot say I am against any organised religion as it obviously serves some peoples needs. I can say I am against the dogma and rules and rites they feel is paramount to their group/belief. These have been the very instruments that have bound people and disabled them to make a free choice, but I guess this in itself has served them. I tend to lean towards spirituality, which to me is just another way of believing in more than we can see. I enjoy Gregg Braeden's writing, a sound scientist with a wide knowledge of energy.
I look forward to reading more of your writing. Barbara
The Good Atheist (Article) - 10/11/2013 11:50:32 AM
A good well written article. I am always interested in articles about atheism. Why does one become an atheist? I did not become a Christian until I was 45 years old but I was never an atheist. I was an agnostic. You seemed puzzled about what that means. I never claimed God does not exist. The true agnostic simply feels they don't know whether God does or not exist. I did not see evidence for or against the belief in God.
My wife has been a Christian since she was young. She is a beautiful person. A few years after I became a Christian she felt called to become a Methodist Minister. At the age of forty. She did, so over the next 30 years we served churches as pastor and spouse. She was very good. I was very disappointed in the people in our churches claiming to be Christians. The Biblical meaning of Christian is very special to me and becoming a Christian changed me very powerful ways. All good. I make no claims to be better than anyone else. Becoming a Christian and learning the truth preached by Peter and Paul has made me more aware of my failures.
I am not good, whatever that is supposed to mean. Jesus said there are none good other than God. He did not want to be called a good man. You can be good in the sense I believe you use the term without believing in God. I have known many atheists who were good people:kind, generous, charitable, etc. I believe you are probably such a person.
Being good is not a qualification for church membership. Too many church going people are not good people in any sense of the word. Attending a church every Sunday, carrying a Bible, does not make one a Christian. The Pharisees did the equivalent of that and Jesus denounced then as hypocrites. Very religious men but not good people. You have met many modern religious Pharisees. Such people have missed the point of the Gospel. It's all about the peace and joy they comes from caring about others and sharing their burdens and troubles. Faith in God gives some of us the power to do that.
It is possible to be religious without being Christian. Many do that. It is also true one can be Christian without being religious. I have lived that way for forty years. Don't equate Christian with religious. The number of atheists in the USA is probably increasing while the number of church going people is decreasing. People are rejecting Christianity because of the image of religious people, most of whom are not actually Christians. Strange but true.
You might want to find a way to learn the truth about Jesus and his followers. You might try reading the book Mere Christianity, written by C.S. Lewis, an agnostic, possibly atheist, who learned the truth when fortyish and became a Christian. A brilliant man.
I think atheists and Christians can be friends. I read your articles and need to find a copy of one of your books. Do you have any recommendations about where to begin?
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/28/2013 6:48:18 AM
I am not an athiest but I also am not one to say that one must believe to be a good person and do good things... one has nothing to do with the other in my humble opinion.. well written Ron
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/26/2013 8:45:20 PM
I thank God I'm an atheist!
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/26/2013 4:46:16 AM
The Samaritan had empathy, Ron, the ability to put him/herself in another's situation. Empathy is difficult to learn/teach. But it is not so hard to teach children to be afraid, rigid, judging, apart and 'special'. Nor is it difficult to codify such 'law' ... religion is the easy way to go in life ... you just pay your money, obey and let someone else decide. Non-believers (not just religious)take a more difficult, more (ultimately) rewarding path. Well said.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/26/2013 12:35:27 AM
I believe I am a good Atheist. I live by the fact that I know right from wrong, believe kindness is the way forward, and an open mind will breed less animosity. To my way of thinking, there is nothing to be gained from bias or bigotry that cannot be better gained through understanding and compassion.
Admittedly I do, as you say "pretend to pray when called upon", but this is more out of respect for the other person's wishes than an attempt to hide my own.
Great article here, Ron. You are a man after my own heart.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 9:48:55 PM
As an atheist, I have always felt that my life had to be exemplary, since so many people will automatically expect the worst of me. Of course, perfection in all things is impossible and I have made my share of mistakes. I do feel that I have led a good life and tried to help others along the way. Being a good person and doing good things is not dependent on believing in God.
I became a non-believer at the age of 14, and I never hid it. It is important to make your lack of faith known. It can also be difficult. Many people keep it hidden because it can affect their employment and their standing in the community. For me, I had to be true to myself and damn the consequences.
Thank you for a good article. I think you might enjoy my humorous novel, "About The Rapture." It will probably never sell many copies since it is self published and has a limited potential audience, but it is something that I felt compelled to write.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 5:58:23 PM
It's good to look at things from all sides.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 3:56:54 PM
Well stated, thoughtful, intelligent. There are no significant differences between an atheist, an agnostic, and a deist. The atheist believes there is no god, the agnostic says he cannot know, while the deist says there is, but god does not acknowledge any religion, or priests or preachers, and it is pointless to pray for favors because god’s plan for the universe is perfect, so why pretend like you know more about perfection than does a perfect god? Therefore they each go about their affairs without the constraints imposed by religions. All follow the same guides: The golden rule and their own moral compass. Ed
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 1:49:52 PM
AMEN! And Carla, the churches are full of hypocrites, and the churches tax exempt but dealing out politics. If you get a chance, read my poem "I Know The Devil" for an example of MY cousin. My brother, Drew, is an atheist and very kind hearted always. You can read him on Authors Den, and he has just released a new and excellent book called "About The Rapture." Ron, thanks for bringing the subject up, and I hope more people take your advice and come out of the closet. Good article!
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 1:12:54 PM
Well I know a so called Christian, a cousin by marriage who has been in the church her entire life. She is a back stabbing self righteous whining complaining shallow person. She is the type of christian who turns people away. Plus most would really question her Christianity, even Christians, because the bible states that you will know them by their fruits. And her fruits are rotten. My brother is an Atheist and is a much more civil caring compassionate person than she is. They would think my brother were a christian and her just the devil.
The Good Atheist (Article) - 6/25/2013 12:42:00 PM
I'm an atheist, but I'll be damned (some people think so) if I know I'm a good atheist or not, Ron.
Education and Training (Article) - 6/5/2013 5:50:55 AM
Excellent article. Your point that education is different than training is correct. While the training a person receives to do a certain job is important, we all need to be "educated." Keep writing!
Hospital Hell (Article) - 5/22/2013 3:15:33 PM
wow ron -amazing you are still around--as for the Hospitals cam kill us--I would agree with you on that one--reminds me of an article I read once that said" A hospital is no place for a sick person to be"--it was about all the infections and the problems with staff being in short supply--I was for 13 years a Nursing orderly so I have an idea of the hell you have gone through--I was an Orderly at a Veterans hospital-a porter as well in taking patients to see Doctors in different hospitals-and what I have sometimes referred to as some Nurse as Prima Donnas in their brightly colored outfits being either too busy to help or over worked--I say prima Donnas because some -not all-some had the attitude that because of the position they held they were more important than the patients--glad you came out of it--tho 22 days ? I think you said-sounded like an ordeal
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/22/2013 3:06:32 PM
I hope you are right Ron tho every time I look at the environment and the way Mother Nature acts up I wonder--very interesting reading
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/11/2013 11:34:54 AM
Let us hope the power debate leans more and more in the direction of your article. Well done.
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/9/2013 12:47:39 PM
Thanks for a timely and informative article, Ron. I began the task of transitioning my home to solar power nearly a year ago. I ran into issues with my parts supplier as well as my home owner's association. I am not as optimistic as you about the timetable when those toward the low end of the socio-economic scale will realize substantial benefits. But I'm definitely on your side about the need for clean energies and the potential for good they hold for all of us. Good job. Keep us informed.
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/9/2013 10:25:08 AM
Excellent, Ron. Thanks for the optimism. It seems like there is so much push-back these days. You are spot on about the extra disposable income and freedom from utilities. Solar power vastly increased my income (savings) and my sense of independence (freedom), too. Well done!
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/9/2013 8:19:09 AM
RON... AN EXCELLENT AND SUCCINCT SYNOPSIS OF ENERGY USE !
MORE 'POWER' TO THE PEOPLE ! LITERALLY...
A Place in the Sun (Article) - 5/9/2013 7:22:09 AM
Sounds completely feasible to me, Ron . . .
Gruesome Injury––My Eye! (Article) - 4/16/2013 2:56:46 PM
:) You go Ron and tell it like it is....
Love and Light
Guns and Equality (Article) - 4/11/2013 6:57:54 AM
I'm waiting for a documentary to come out that is nothing but interviews with all types of gun owners offering the plethora of justifications for a deregulated gun market. Is reason and logic even part of their DNA?
Guns and Equality (Article) - 4/10/2013 4:26:37 AM
The USA as Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria ... combined! I like Mr. Phillips' new word, "oourage" ... it has elements of rage, courage and outrage all in one. Fitting. Nice job, Ron.
Guns and Equality (Article) - 4/9/2013 4:44:27 PM
Where do I sign up, Ron? I am ready and willing.
Guns and Equality (Article) - 4/9/2013 3:34:58 PM
Nicely said, Ron. One man with oourage makes a majority. Two of us are the stuff of legends. I want the white hat.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/19/2013 2:11:40 PM
Nobody could have said it better Ron. Nobody....
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/19/2013 12:17:58 PM
"Take My Hand", so lovely written! Merry Christmas, Ronald.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/18/2013 4:20:29 PM
Such depth of love and beauty within this poem - should it explode the consequences would be world changing.
Much thought has gone in to your poem, it reads with such a gentle pace and offers a chance of grace for our race. Superb!
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/18/2013 3:42:32 PM
Positively Exquisite, Brother!
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/18/2013 12:07:35 PM
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/18/2013 8:06:36 AM
"For you know how I feel,
when you understand,
and side-by-side we stand,
in a world we never planned."
My wife and I were inspired by these words in our current situation.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 1:52:57 PM
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 12:15:26 PM
I just love those uncaring letters not even signed by a real person. Nicely done. The day politicians truly listen to us, well, they wouldn't be politicians anymore.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 12:10:37 PM
Oh, wow, Ronald, one of your best. I could see it all so clearly. Very strong poem. Such love in it.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 10:08:12 AM
Have you a tune for this? Reads like a community-building rallying cry in the style of visionaries like Luther King. A wonderful dream, Ron; we have just to make it real. And it's true, hand-holding is extremely up-building, soothing and literally connective. All barriers go down when we simply hold hands. Nice one! :) xx
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 6:32:21 AM
Love this reminder to love one another!!!
Take my hand dear friend,
Together forever, to a journey's end.
Let's skip and dance, to this rhyme,
That takes us back to another time.
We will never forget those that pass,
That shared their stories, the kind that last.
We live through others, the words they write,
Living, loving, passion, and fight.
Each new day brings memories past,
A wonderland of time, sure went fast.
Take my hand...dear friend..
Loved this one!
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/17/2013 6:31:58 AM
A very nice poem. A nice memory of days that were nice and not so nice simultaneously.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/16/2013 2:38:18 PM
Excellent Ron! Taking your hand and the hand of our sister, and brother is what it means to be real. Being real with each other is certainly a wonderland.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/16/2013 6:29:13 AM
This makes me think of the first ways we as a country tried to make everyone equal and then they wanted to be better, or richer or more powerful and ruined the original attempt of walking and standing side by side,
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/15/2013 5:38:48 PM
No better time of year than this for such a poem.
Thanks for sharing.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/15/2013 4:28:03 PM
there is always hope for this
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 5:38:46 PM
Love and togetherness, oh my I'm a kid again, surrounded by simple notions. It's nice to be young and be inspired by simple and clean messages. I remember that song too Ron. I'm getting older. Am I ever...Bob
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 5:01:39 PM
a wonderful utopian vision ... feel like i'm back in the 60's ...
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 4:00:16 PM
A universal message continuing to be unheard. But... echoes have a habit of coming back around. There is hope.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 3:36:24 PM
All you need is love.....if only.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 12:45:47 PM
Loved this one! Should be made into a song! Beautiful
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 9:35:38 AM
RON... Very apropos for the Season.
Made me think of Lenin's "Give Peace a Chance" ... also the Beatles
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" ...
HAPPY HUGS & HOLIDAYS !
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 9:05:20 AM
I like this one a lot, Ron. It seems to contain a lot of emotion. Often, when I read one of your poems, I will have my wife stop whatever she's doing, and I will read it aloud. As a result, the piece becomes more alive and rooted into one's soul. Besides, she likes to hear them, too. But that's the teacher in me. This is one of those poems that I would have my students learn and recite before the class. In college, we were taught to refrain from having students memorize poetry, that it made them hate it. Shortly after I landed a teaching job, I quickly decided that I had a mind of my own and was basically free to teach the way I pleased. Perhaps I should have simply stated, "I liked this piece." On the other hand, sometimes a piece will cause me to go off on a dissertation of sorts.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 9:03:45 AM
Are you a stranger in paradise or
a stranger with a pair of dice?
Either way, this is a great roll of the dice!
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 8:38:29 AM
This poem warms one's heart. I will save this.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 8:28:05 AM
Excellent message! Your poetry is always inspirational, and never fails in bringing thought-provoking and worldly topics to your readers. Thanks for being good to me this year and for the reviews Ron. Blessed Be.
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 7:55:08 AM
Hi Ron, a nice poem. Very appropriate for the season and all your round as well. Gob bless you, my brother....Dennis
Take My Hand (Poetry) - 12/14/2013 7:48:07 AM
This is very special, Ron. I sincerely hope when the time comes she will reach out and take your hand.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/13/2013 10:10:56 AM
Though we're on opposite sides of the political spectrum, I feel honored to call you a distant friend. But I do think that Obama and his foreign and domestic policies and especially his disputable Health Care act will --- well, didn't Obama say that he was fundamentally going to change this country -- yes, Obama is in the process of changing our America to a third rate, failed socialist country.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 12/13/2013 9:54:23 AM
Cleverly written with a message to boot... ...nicely done, Ron. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,
Just Friends (Poetry) - 12/13/2013 3:50:13 AM
Most relationships start out as friends and end as lovers, but many do not work out- Enjoyed, Ron.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/13/2013 3:42:12 AM
Ditto- Politics I hate and we all know, We the people have the upper hand when it is time to vote again.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/12/2013 11:30:24 AM
Ronald, I liked "Got My Goat." It especially reminded me of Illinois governor Pat Quinn, who "magically" gets things done---now that his job's on the line. Anyway, you hit the target on this one. Bull's eye!
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/10/2013 9:53:44 PM
Well said, Ron. I have a co-worker who keeps telling me that health care is not a "right." I keep telling him that it should be. I don't see the affordable health care act as a perfect solution, but I also don't see the other side offering any alternatives for to a system that is most certainly broken in many ways.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/9/2013 9:43:38 AM
I'm obviously not au fait with the details of the administrative process you speak of, but this well-executed piece conveys your message loud and clear! Goat is a good metaphor for a kick up the ass. Only by tracking back the money trail can you keep the main thing the main thing; all else is getting bogged down in the detail. Same over here. We've somehow got to fracture the iron grip the handful of elite Big Business has got on the politics of the world - however and wherever it surfaces. xx
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/9/2013 7:30:27 AM
Wicked world is all I know now. Nice poem though !
Slowdown (Poetry) - 12/9/2013 6:52:05 AM
Thank you for this write Ron. It does take some adjustment because for me, my body sometimes is moving faster than my mind. That is when I say slow down and give it a ticket! Peace and thank you again!
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/9/2013 5:57:25 AM
Sick of being goaded..I work with over 3000 insurance's Ron.
Obama's Momma would be very upset with him today if she were still alive. Senior care and people on disabilities are at a disadvantage with his fix all campaign to make a difference. It made a difference alright and we the people are paying the price.
Our doctors had the advantage of helping others by writing off some of their bills with their choice to do so. Now they have split billing issues and do not know if Medicare will pay certain things so they cannot give this much needed help to anyone because they have to cover their overhead.
All I can say, is God help our nation with someone else in office that can change what Obama made look good, to "make a difference" with a new leader that does not listen to the old leaders and trusts his heart no matter what the cost!
It difinitely got my goat!
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 12/9/2013 5:29:10 AM
Turkeys! Great to watch in the wild. But not a meal for this child. Let them strut gobble and fly. From me they have not to fear. Turkey for Thanksgiving! Not I! May peace and love be always with you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 8:46:53 PM
just hope your health insurance isn't cancelled or ineffective ....
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 1:31:15 PM
One of your best, young man. Now get those goats out of my front yard. They're eating my plastic flamingos.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 10:07:58 AM
Good stuff !
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 8:58:05 AM
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 8:53:36 AM
Ro this is good and it is a shame that sometimes in congress and house hypocrisy ri
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 3:13:37 AM
we all know it isn't true ,
it's all a pack of lies.
To keep the kingdom of power,
controlling all in disguise
So sadly true, for most of our so called 'leaders' today who all live in their own fantasy world, oblivious to what's really happening in this sad old nation of ours.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 2:33:42 AM
Ron, thank you for sharing your lovely poem. Nature...'tis a marvel indeed.:)
Smiles and light...
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/8/2013 1:33:39 AM
Everybody's got an angle. In "flatland" you only touch the edges and try to figure out what angle or degree another is. All the goats have been gotten so I'll wait for one to be born.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 1:40:10 PM
Well, I finally agree (with Jerry) that Obamacare is despicable, because I just found out that it is definitely not AFFORDABLE. A crap policy would cost me $406.00, more than half my SS check. But guess what, in most states Medicaid would have helped me. Not good old Texas with the rich cronies running the place, because they chose not to expand Medicaid for people like me who worked hard all their lives before getting laid off for good. Cruz is an aggressive loud mouth, only out for attention, and in this state he will probably get elected. Sad. Got my goat long ago.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 1:32:32 PM
vote - Some actions do speak louder than words. May your words stir many to action. M.True
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 1:12:14 PM
You tell 'em Ron. Say it like it is, brother. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 12:37:24 PM
I see that you are afflicted with the same politician viruses as we are here in Canada. A most meaningful rant well-expressed, Ron. Thanks for sharing. Love and peace,
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 10:40:57 AM
AMEN RON ... AMEN !!!
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 8:56:52 AM
Gets all four of my goats!
In England, the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions, was Guy Fawkes!
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 8:46:14 AM
I read what you sent and Obamacare is still despicable.
Got My Goat (Poetry) - 12/7/2013 8:40:39 AM
That would get my goat too.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 10:25:58 AM
A lovely poem, Ron; a tribute to the resilience of nature. When rains come upon the desert, it will (depending on which desert) become an ocean of blooming flowers. Thank you. Love and peace,
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 7:02:01 AM
Two Turkeys could only hope for a drunk red neck piston ring,
Then you'd hear bottled boom, bottled bling.
Seems like turkey's (politicians) is all the parties want,
Cause all the left overs are about different stunts.
The Thanksgiving tune would be next year,
To the the tune of nintey nine bottles of beer.
Singing yankee doodle's new sound,
The turkeys (politicians) calling the bawl's (boo hoo) new foul.
Remembering a famous man's quote...now you know the rest of the real story...good day!
Enjoyed the reading Ron!
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 1:40:21 PM
Most apt and timely, Ron; although I feel sad for the turkey. Well done! Love and peace,
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 12:22:01 AM
Poor old turkey - I don't eat them. Too sad.
...but oh, so well written.
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 7:26:14 PM
Ron, you well penned at talking turkey ;)
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/30/2013 8:48:39 AM
Very well penned, Happy Thanksgiving-roseline
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 6:01:58 PM
Thanks Ron for this poem it is beautiful. I had a butterfly bush at my old home and it attracted all sort of beautiful butterflies. The Monarch
butterfly made its flight all the way from Canada to Detroit, Michigan!
Their marking are wondrous and if not Kings and Queens of their realm, they should be! Peace!!!
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 3:30:34 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, Ron!!!
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 10:28:54 AM
happy turkey day! M.True
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 10:24:07 AM
There’s nothing herky jerky
About this turkey trot.
I would go on a mission
Even sign a petition
To keep your head off the chopping block.
Maybe you could spare just a couple of toes
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 9:21:28 AM
Now that's turkey talk, and not just gobble-ly goop.
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 9:10:20 AM
have a great thanksgiving
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:59:15 AM
QUITE APROPOS RON !
GOBBLE... GOBBLE... GOBBLE...
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:54:14 AM
Funny poetic lines during Thankful Thanksgiving time! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend that's full of many blessings and great dressing.
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:53:01 AM
Well now, that's mighty generous of you, Mr. Turkey Guy. I will think fondly of you as I gnaw into one of your drumsticks. Uh huh. Sho will, Tom.
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:21:51 AM
Truly a fine write and Happy Thanksgiving!! Laura
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:08:01 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, Ron !
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 8:03:56 AM
You nailed this one Ron,Ya gotta feel for that Tom for sure. Have a great day my fried and write on
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 7:59:39 AM
When Thanksgiving and the turkey dinner memories die, may the reason we celebrate it live on, Love!
Turkey Talk (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 7:50:28 AM
Thanks, Ron. Wishing you the same. Jan
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/28/2013 5:47:01 AM
Another example is the rose. If left to itself it will still flower in the spring and at least one to two more times after. Just as love a flower will bloom anywhere Ron. Bob
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/26/2013 11:27:20 PM
I somehow missed this beautiful rendering of yours on the magic of flowers. Today when i saw it in the popular list up there on top , I got it. I too have been always in awe of the stregth of a flower. I had written about this in my poem summer blossoms that is some time before my works got noticed . I started writing sometime last March or April.
Lovely poems and lovely title flower power, like horse power!!
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/25/2013 6:32:50 AM
Beautiful. Your poem is so simple and so powerful
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 9:40:24 PM
Sure am appreciating the "Slowdown"
since retirement..Thanks for Your Poem
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 2:24:32 PM
flowers has power indeed, your poem is put together and crafted nicely, Ron.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 10:29:31 AM
Beautiful words match the flower and nature theme. Nice.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:48:09 AM
Loved it! The resilience of a flower, yet it's ever so gentle. 'Once again raises hopes on high' - words to give us all strength. I too am amazed at how well plants can survive against so many odds.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 6:16:00 AM
excellent write Ron
domesticated flowers are spioled
watered now and then
my love for flowers wild
is that they tend themselves
and still brings us joy
thanks for sharing this piece
peace be with you
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/24/2013 3:49:45 AM
Power to the Flowers - especially the ancient, lovely, wild ones,
I hope that they can continue on, with all the damage we've done.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 7:14:13 PM
Yup! That's just the way it goes! Great reality shown here.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 6:54:30 PM
Of all the seasons I love Spring because the flowers once chilled by winter's cold are given warmth by the sun and come alive again to sooth our tired souls and give us once again their beauty and fragrance. Well done!
Love and blessings,
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 4:32:27 PM
For anyone on a fixed income, to bring home each week a bouquet of flowers is to increase the reward 20 fold.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 2:37:25 PM
this one, Ron
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 2:21:44 PM
A powerful, well crafted poem with rhythm to dance to and I am looking forward to the spring already. M.True
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 11:49:31 AM
And the flower, once again raises hopes on high,
for there is no more powerful favorite under the sky.
Than the flower.
yup..that about cuts it!
Love it..am saving this one..thanks Ron :)))
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 11:35:29 AM
We have nothing as exotic as your Butterfly Bush here in the UK, though we do have them in the enclosed butterfly houses, but generally outside ours never grow to more than a foot high and certainly do not like the cold.
We have a plant-growing wild here, called the Wayfaring Tree, which is probably similar to your Hobble Bush.
Here are a few lines from Brewer’s Phrase and Fable.
Wayfaring Tree' What ancient claim
Hast thou to that right pleasant name?
Was it that some faint pilgrim came
Unhopedly to thee,
In the brown desert's weary way,
Midst thirst and toil's consuming sway,
And there, as `neath thy shade he lay,
Blessed the Wayfaring Tree?
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 10:09:51 AM
Heh.Heh Edward called it . . . Yes, Ron, flowers are tangible proof of endurance. Then again do is kudzu. Back to the flowers, The flower children of the sixties put flowers on the map like none had ever done before. Your treatment of flowers is very astute and informative. Enjoyed the read.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 9:43:51 AM
Reminds me of the flower children of the 60s. At a “crash site” near Boulder Colo. the girls had flowers in their hair when heading toward San Francisco. Many of those returning from SF had rolled up mattresses on their backs with a pasted on sign advertising “Massage $5.”
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 9:34:23 AM
It's kind of neat how just the word Spring, invites new life, you captured all the seasons and the reasons Ron. Good piece for sure
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 9:23:21 AM
flowers and nature are my favorite things
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 8:54:59 AM
I love this - I instantly thought of the Flower-power movement back in the 60's, everyone wearing their flowers to symbolise the power of nature to reinforce positive thought. It is one my 'happy' memories.
Flower Power (Poetry) - 11/23/2013 8:46:32 AM
Than the flower. A lovely poem.
I have a butterfly bushes by our sidewalk. Walking by and
viewing the butterflies and the sweet perfume is splendid.
Lady Mary Ann
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 4:32:39 AM
A great fun read as usual.
Sometimes, slowing down has its problems.
I really, tried
to run as fast
as though to catch
I’ve now forgotten
what I was
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 6:58:24 PM
Whoever said, "I'm so slow, i thought i was first", I agree.
Very well done.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 6:49:13 PM
Very cute,especially since i'm a huge batman fan. I must have missed this when our computer was down. Do you Know how Catholics make holy water They take a big kettle of water over a roaring fire, and boil the hell out of it.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/20/2013 4:52:45 AM
Common sense is not so common it seems. Well done.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 10:22:57 AM
finally, someone gave procrastination some positive light and significance. but, not forgetting how long it's gonna be. thank you.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 9:15:19 AM
Loved it! Great fun to read, Ronald...neat phrasing...
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 4:58:36 AM
Great use of words.
Delightful poem with a wonderful rhyme and meter.
A message that carries a powerful punch.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 2:04:56 AM
Nice entertaining poem with good pace and rhymes, and containing relevant messages.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 1:01:15 PM
Very well done.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 9:02:24 AM
Give up Time it is bad for your health. Tangle yourself in the tempo of your heartbeat instead! M.True
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 6:17:52 AM
Everyone has pretty much said it, and it is a wonderful
word play and a reminder to us all to slowdown...
I take life slow, sometimes I think I'm in reverse :)
Wonderful ditty Ron it almost could be a song!
Love and Light,
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 4:38:04 AM
When I finally slowed down, I finally began to enjoy life once more.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 4:16:30 PM
Good one, Ron. Thanks for a hearty chuckle.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 2:16:55 PM
Well done Ron! We were just talking about naps the other day in church. I can take one at the drop of a hat. My friend is worried because her husband naps too much. Well that's OK because we just slow down. I enjoy these slower paced days. I like taking it slow and easy. Enjoy the pace for that's when you REALLY KNOW that you are OUT of the RAT RACE! Amen my dear friend...
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 1:09:35 PM
Exhilarating romp with word play that really had a timely message. Thanks, Ron. Well done.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 12:39:48 PM
Confucius say: "Make Haste Slowly!"
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 11:33:28 AM
I enjoyed reading your wonderful poem today and it does makes sense
hey don't be to hasty for nothing because haste makes waste. I feel
like this also slow down and take life slow and easy and everything
is gonna be alright, life will be much better and longer for anyone
who tries slowing down. Good write.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 10:15:12 AM
Bought me a new set of wheels, so now I'm movin' and a groovin' at a faster pace with ABBA in my face, and Gloria Estefan cooing in my ear. It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life...and I'm feelin' good!
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 10:14:54 AM
Interesting. You made me feel that fast pace. Good time to put this piece out also, what with the Holidays nearing and everyone zooming here, there, and everywhere.
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 9:17:55 AM
No doubt we are in a fast-track world, Ron. Everything is in a hurry and the Internet has made it worse. Still, I love the internet and have, for most of my life, if not, have been a rushing guy. I understand the need to slow down, pause, take a deep breath and mull instead of diving into the matter at hand without analyzing it. Good one . . .
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 8:59:47 AM
now you need one for those of us who need to pick up the pace a little
Slowdown (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 8:38:22 AM
There is a much needed message for me in this poem. Thanks! I needed that!
Don't Call Me Ronald (Poetry) - 11/13/2013 11:10:49 AM
I appreciate the wit and humor in this poem, Ron. Love and peace,
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 8:31:01 AM
Very nicely done, Ronald...all the elements of a bluzzie ballad or country song...
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 10:43:39 AM
Great job- and the picture is perfect.
I could relate all too well to at least the feelings.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 9:52:45 AM
Bittersweet and compelling; you share a sad and recurring theme of this world/life, Ron. Love and peace to you,
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/10/2013 3:24:20 PM
Beautifully written Ron our past love or loves are only a prelude to the future bright and yet to experience. Thank you, Peace!!!
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/10/2013 9:37:27 AM
Once one falls in love the friendship is over. I'd love to hear the music to this!
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/10/2013 3:28:19 AM
Sounds like a great song, indeed.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/10/2013 1:19:15 AM
Friendships that gets caught in the love mesh. At first they feel so right. We open ourselves up; then boom! The end. Friendships last and are kinder, than our perception of love. It's sad how the friendship is forever lost.
You sure have weaved the bitter/sweet scripts we live by, and the pain of unrequited love.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 9:45:26 PM
Lovely and lyrical...sad...those days won't come again but this song with bitter sweet memories for sure spring our hopes !!!
Best wishes and thank you for giving us a wonderful read :)
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 8:37:55 PM
A wonderful write Ron,emotions and rhyme, facts of lost love and more being philosophical about it -Rose
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 2:12:35 PM
a great write, but i try to never say never.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 1:39:23 PM
It's beautiful, Ron. It reminds me of Rod McKuen poems. Haunting and touching. A perfect poem to be read at the turn of the season.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 1:17:14 PM
Sad but well done, Ron.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 12:06:29 PM
Sad poem, Ron. It has a flip side to it, however. You have the memories. You can reach back and and draw from them. You can relive the good times even though it is bittersweet because you also recall the bad time. Life. It sure isn't perfect, is it?
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 12:05:06 PM
While I strolled through autumn beauty a few times in my youth with a lady by my side, this is not anything that happened to me. Oh, I've lost loves a plenty, but they were usually one-sided, mostly infatuation. I don't recall ever falling in love with a best friend, because all of my girl friends were merely acquaintances and my best friends were all guys.
I wrote this because I thought that it would strike a chord for many, and would make a nice song, and, I believe it has.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:45:49 AM
I think i could use a love like this for the Fall, but would want it to continue in my life to make my life more joyful and full. not meant to be i suppose though, Good write.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:37:00 AM
There is a sadness about this piece that seems to short-change friendship. So great and valuable a thing will always be, if we raise it to that rank. I hope there is another chapter for you ... and us.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:30:44 AM
It's sad when a mere friendship morphs into something special, only to take another turn down the road. As usual, you have managed to teach us all how to turn our feelings into the art of poetry. Only a person with kindness in their heart can write like this.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:26:45 AM
There is something said about intimacy sometimes ruining a good friendship and often times that is the case with many. I have to wonder...is it perhaps the expectations become greater once friendship turns/evolves/progresses to a couple becoming lovers? This sounds all too real but it is pronounced in this write that is so well written...one cannot help but feel it as a memory flooding in. Excellent work, Ron.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:25:00 AM
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 11:23:39 AM
Great subject, great logic, great rhyme and rhythm.
I think it lacks what most of mine lack -- artistic flow.
Read several of Ruan Burke's poems. She is a natural at
adding "pzazz" that distinctive poetic touch that separates her from the pack.
If you don't agree, that's OK. We'll still be friends (I hope).
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 10:46:56 AM
Appreciated how this starts out with the "friend" as the central focus, goes through "lover" and returns to "friend." Well done.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 10:40:19 AM
I enjoyed reading your well-written romantic love poem today about Friends. At some point in our lives, I believe that some of us have experienced eaxactly what the verses in your poem are stating: I remember when those days will never come again, when we were but just
friends and we became lovers. Oh yes, I remember a love like that.
Just Friends (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 10:28:24 AM
This one hit me from all sides, through many losses from many directions, whether it was from death or just the influence of others. The reason why folks used to stay together(back in the day) was their isolation from outside influences, when we needed each other to survive.
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 4:25:25 AM
A perfectly eerie write for All Hallows Eve, with images that leap from the page. Best, Elizabeth
Silence's End (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 4:16:29 AM
When I read this poem last night the worst kept echoing in my head. A great piece will do that to you.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 11/8/2013 8:16:59 AM
Quite the tale, Ron. Most apt and timely. Love and peace to you,
Oceans Away! (Poetry) - 11/7/2013 11:19:26 PM
Yes, we need to appreciate our surroundings more, the ocean and wherever we reside or go to and don't leave trash behind. Would make a more beautiful place
My Butterfly (Poetry) - 11/7/2013 11:16:30 PM
Oh my, i do so love yellow and this poem is excellent. Makes me want to have someone in my life to take care of and do things with. Which i don't now since 2007 - very lonely it gets day by day.
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/7/2013 3:12:33 PM
an excellent write Ron
enjoyable reading as always
Peace be with you
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 7:15:11 AM
Magnificent piece of poetry taking you to worlds completely unknown except for the imagination. Where creativity begins! Peace!!!
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 3:37:00 AM
We are all but Warts on the Bunger of the Universe.
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 9:17:26 PM
Scary good, Ron
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 9:11:16 PM
With a gift of gab,
spinning tales as
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 9:06:50 PM
never could fathomwhat halloween is all about. Good you decided to write and it is so well done, Enjoyed-Roseline
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 3:10:41 PM
Move into another room, and
forget what you went for..
as your mind only focuses on
what is Now in your view...
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/2/2013 9:21:31 AM
Most apt and timely; thank you for sharing, Ron. Love and peace,
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 11/1/2013 5:49:39 AM
This was so much fun, Ronald...next year you simply MUST write something for Halloween...
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/1/2013 5:08:54 AM
This is a combination of the natural combined with a metaphysical perspective of the universe. You have written it in such a understandable way that makes it really enjoyable.
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/1/2013 3:42:39 AM
Different for you, seems to me, Duke...but while different, the same...good to see you writing & able to get it posted...e
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 11/1/2013 2:20:03 AM
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 11:43:37 PM
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 11:39:58 PM
Nicely done, Ron.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 8:09:06 PM
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 5:04:54 PM
Stomp! Wack! Took care of that!
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 4:56:24 PM
Fabulous! You took me on a whirlwind of darkness ride.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 4:50:44 PM
Holy Guano Batman! Much of this also happens here in Dullsville, the Exact Geographic Center of the Middle of Nowhere!
Duke LaRance - the Drugstore Cowboy Poet
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 4:11:44 PM
Amazing poem. You caught me up in the 1st line. So well written, but it was the last 5 lines that really hit me. Excellent poetry, my friend.
All Hallows Eve Vespers 2013 (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 4:03:12 PM
RON N DOOKER...
PAR EXCELLENCE' !
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 3:22:38 PM
Ole Doc Hull did another fine poem create,
The vampires of Gotham melted & made into insect bait,
Batman & Robin did a job that was great,
The remainder of the vamps will in hiding till next Halloween, wait...e
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 12:55:37 PM
Fun story! Happy Halloween! M.True
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 12:22:28 PM
So goes this once a year festivity, providing us with another 364 days until the 365th and my windows give soaped again.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 10:22:50 AM
What do you mean by this" . . . "so I have posted my weekly poem early for the occasion"
Today is Halloween, Ron!
Anyway, I liked the infusion of my two favorite comic book heroes into the dastardly shenanigans of the evil which abound tonight.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 10:20:46 AM
Ronald, I absolutely loved this. My kind of poem. Loved the quirky side of it. Isn't it wonderful how we get hit suddenly with a creative work? Really enjoyed reading this.
Holy Horror! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 10:11:14 AM
Was it Justin or Miley in the role of Robin?
The whole world has got to know.
I hope it was Miley cause when she swings on that ball
She has so much more to show!
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/30/2013 2:25:47 PM
who?, when?, where?, how?
truly a kool write Ron
Peace be with you
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 5:43:30 PM
I get and I like it confusion is the key? Great expectations awaits tomorrow. Peace!!!
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 9:38:03 AM
Really cute, though barely understood... Or is it just me at age seventy-nine that takes a postit into the bathroom with me to remind me why I'd gone into the bathroom.
Oceans Away! (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 9:16:46 AM
The enviornmental people will love this one Ron! I like the way you made the awareness of polution to the seas a visual loss to mankind.
I hope we don't destroy much more of it ...I really like shrimp scampi and fried mahi mahi....
You are terrific my friend!
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 6:28:32 AM
Perfect rhyming. Hard to understand!
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 4:44:44 AM
Giggle...Sure was fun to read...
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 4:26:09 AM
I don't get it, I just don't get it, you are too weird for words, did I say I don't get it...:-) e
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 3:22:49 AM
I think I do; but I'm not really sure.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/27/2013 4:24:12 PM
well at least you provoked some thought because as I read it, I was re=reading to try to figure out what the h??? YOU WERE TRYING TO SAY, UNTIL I got to the end. Good for you Ron,
Methane Rising (Poetry) - 10/27/2013 3:34:20 PM
more like the sky is rising, not falling. A great primer. M.True
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/27/2013 7:13:34 AM
lol, well it certainly confounded me. Ingenious. Well-done. Made me smile today. You're quite the poet.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 8:13:11 PM
A very done well nonsense poem Ron. Skillfully executed nonsensical poetry can be a real challenge to do well. This was definitely done well and cleverly. Forgetfullness is a plague upon us all in bad ways and in good. Bob
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 6:12:54 PM
Fascinating misuse of words, Ron. And probably more difficult to do than correct text. Must have been a doozy of an illness.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 2:52:39 PM
Many days I stay confused, and it worsens the older I get. I figure most people my age (I will be 70 Decemberr 1) could probably say the same thing. Sometimes my forgetfulness is funny, so I have learned to laugh at myself. Recently, my wife was in the bathroom, standing at the lavatory, putting on her face for the day. I walked in, with my left arm behind, laughing. She said, "What have you done now, David?" I brough my arm around for her to see. I had two watches on my left wrist. That's just a sample of my daily absentmindedness. No need for me to continue. You get the point. Loved your play with words here. You're quite good at it. The sad part is: I understand most of it. But that certainly doesn't make me a better man than you. Quite the contrary, Ron.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 2:39:23 PM
Holy shit balls! Whatever you've gotten
it sure is rotten
Let's hope your lose it
and not confuse it
it's an abomination.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 2:27:18 PM
And I cannot pretend to understand, because I don't want to be a better man, or any kind of a man. So I will keep the secret that I completely relate.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 1:01:00 PM
I am not a better man than you are, Ron; however, some of this I "get." Thank you. Love and peace,
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 12:14:07 PM
Yes. Agreed. And...musical rhythm never had such a good finger snappin' time as with this piece.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 11:48:58 AM
It sure is a sight of your scene.....but you are still you. I love your mind!
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 11:11:36 AM
Not bad at all Ron, maybe you should pray that you will come down with this illness more often? If it is contagious I should come over and catch it because I am running on emty….
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 9:22:12 AM
Cool rhymes and wordplay Ron, nice nonsense.
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 8:26:26 AM
It is we who understand each other well. Well written . We all go through these situations quite often,you are still lucky
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 8:26:07 AM
RON ... SURE GOT ME !
I M NOT ONLY CORN...FUSED N CON...FOUNDED BUT ALSO BEGOTTEN !
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 8:15:08 AM
Whatever the the hell it is you're trying to say here, Ron, I must agree with you half-heartedly and all the way; I guess. ;-)
Unbegotten (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 8:02:08 AM
Hah! Why the hell not, Ron, why the hell not? You have described my life for the past couple of years in regards to not remembering what the hell I was doing ten minutes ago or what I was thinking. Yes, some people think poetry should confound, but you see, I understand this bit of whimsical outpouring of yours, but I'm not a better man, I'm just there with you.