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The Noon Whistle (Article) - 12/23/2005 5:47:14 PM
Hi Andrew, I saw that you were one of my trackers so I checked out your site. I love The Noon Whistle - it reads like poetry. I see you're from Chicago - one of my favorite cities.

When a Panda Sneezes (Article) - 11/26/2003 11:42:33 AM
I love Panda Bears but I'm really sick of Brittany Spears and Madonna and I could care less who's wearing what at the latest award show.

The Eight Day Solution (Article) - 11/12/2003 6:20:08 PM
Darlene, Thank you for the comment. Yes I did think of "Eight Days A Week" when I was writing. The Beatles were simply ahead of their time :). Good ideas resurface and eventually become reality (hope I'm gone if this idea ever comes to pass), ha ha. As far as the factory workers, it would be tough for most of them. They would have to come after me from Mexico, China, India, and all those other places to which we have exported jobs. We Americans are being left to become hamburger flippers, WalMart greeters, and unpaid poets.

The Eight Day Solution (Article) - 11/12/2003 4:16:01 PM
Hmm... does that mean The Beatles were seeing into the future with "Eight Days A Week?" ;) Interesting article... but get ready to relocate if this ever really happens-- thousands of factory workers will be out to kick your a**! ;)

The Eight Day Solution (Article) - 11/11/2003 9:22:57 PM
... my head is spinning; i'll keep monday, thank you :)

The Eight Day Solution (Article) - 11/11/2003 1:34:44 PM
hey...i happen to LIKE mondays; that day i am off work! LOL

When a Panda Sneezes (Article) - 10/21/2003 1:11:20 PM
Hi Andrew! Yes, the news is re-washed by one after the other because the real stuff is too alarming for us to handle. There is simply too much horrible things going on. However, I just pointed you'll to something we all should be aware of in my latest article. Now they are going to start again with Diana. Heck maybe i will even write something on that! :)

Let us not Rush to judgment (Article) - 10/13/2003 7:54:05 PM
We always like to rush to judgement unless we are being judged. It's the way of us poor humans, isn't it?

Let us not Rush to judgment (Article) - 10/13/2003 2:59:47 AM
A most interesting Piece. But then because i am a raving mad radical...LOL. i would say that someone in the public arena should set twice the example, and if they stuff up. should get twice the sentence

Let us not Rush to judgment (Article) - 10/12/2003 10:10:39 PM
Nice rant, Dennis, I mean Andrew. Scott

Let us not Rush to judgment (Article) - 10/11/2003 9:32:04 PM
... great article andrew. rush goes into rehab and the kid gets 7 to 35 years for possession of an ounce or less of pot. what a great country we live in; but on a lighter note: five 7.5mg lortab on the street ... 25.00 bail for possession of a control substance ... 500.00 rush in a state issue striped suit ... priceless

Let us not Rush to judgment (Article) - 10/11/2003 8:39:25 PM
hahaha, wonderful write, I enjoyed from start to end.... wondering what I should say since i am black and we all know what Rush would have to say about me commenting on him,roflol

How to do "To Do" Lists (Article) - 9/27/2003 11:19:19 AM
As one List Maker to another I fully appreciate this all encompassing article. My lists are of a smaller nature than yours, but indispensable to my daily life just the same. Incidentally, I abandon each urgent list every day and transfer undone items to the current upcoming 24 hours. That is a lot of hours so I try to get a few items crossed off in this time span, Indeed I get so much pleasure from the actual crossing out, that I ALWAYS begin my list with two or three items that I have already done (such as brushed my teeth, drank my coffee) in order to have the immediate satisfaction of immediately crossing them off the list.

How to do "To Do" Lists (Article) - 1/19/2003 6:28:52 AM
... number one on my 'to do' list: read andrew!!!

An Invitation to the White House (Article) - 6/10/2002 6:55:45 PM
That's how I used to feel when I first started getting those letters telling me how much I had won. Then found that even in order to enter the chosen few in a special lottery I first had to send a pretty big order along with my credit card details. PS. Remembering your interest thought I would let you know that I've been out of action, but have at last posted another Classical Composer article :)

An Invitation to the White House (Article) - 5/26/2002 8:21:05 AM
... hummm, sounds like a good time for working girls and the unemployed; why not sigh up for that credit card and take the first ten ppl who comment on this very humerous article. i esp like your tongue placement* as you write about life through the eyes of Andrew. * in cheek :)

When Words Step Out For a Walk (Article) - 5/25/2002 5:58:05 PM
I think I know where my words step out now....They are off visiting yours! Finally I understand...Mine have a tendancy to show up at 3 am when I am sleeping and a new character becomes and refuses to wait till morn, so I am up writing and trying to get them on paper so I can sleep....

An Invitation to the White House (Article) - 5/25/2002 5:54:42 PM
Simply wonderful.... If it seems too good to be there...

When Words Step Out For a Walk (Article) - 5/18/2002 9:52:27 PM
Thank you ...I know what you mean ...SMILE

The Life Starts Here (Article) - 5/15/2002 6:43:32 AM
Excellent. Wherever you go there you are.

The Life Starts Here (Article) - 4/22/2002 6:25:13 AM
... the time is always right for a new beginning. nice read, mr. r.

The Life Starts Here (Article) - 3/25/2002 11:35:39 PM
You read the sign right the first time. Interesting.

The Life Starts Here (Article) - 3/22/2002 11:14:39 PM
A great write. And how right you were to read the sign for what it came to mean for you.

Disappearing (Poetry) - 9/10/2006 4:11:46 PM
Sometimes home is the best place..but I can only enter my door.. Great write..

Disappearing (Poetry) - 12/3/2005 5:39:58 PM
As Child Lying In Bed I Could Disappear Into Ceiling Simply Staring At Imagining Drawings On Ceiling Being Apart Of Them,i.e. My Mother Came Into Room-She Could Not Find Me! TRASK

Disappearing (Poetry) - 11/29/2005 8:24:30 PM
And now I found you!! Now you see me now you don't poetry!! Well done Sir!! Love Tinka

Disappearing (Poetry) - 11/27/2005 4:59:05 PM
a nice magic trick or just a fun OBE .., either way was fun getting there ...

Disappearing (Poetry) - 11/27/2005 11:36:20 AM
I like this funny little poem of yours, Andrew. lifted me from present circumstance. Dawn

Disappearing (Poetry) - 11/27/2005 9:57:13 AM
Great write whether fantasy or astral projection;-) Good to read you again!

Disappearing (Poetry) - 11/27/2005 8:58:00 AM
long time no read. loved this!

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 8/26/2004 6:58:13 AM
Like weeds. Yet you've found the magic in these trivial things, too. Bravo.

embracing Tuesday (Poetry) - 8/11/2004 10:40:22 AM
agree with JudaAce this is well coined!!!

embracing Tuesday (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 3:29:28 AM
you need an eight day week to keep a long distance lover satisfied ... very well crafted ...

embracing Tuesday (Poetry) - 8/8/2004 9:16:18 PM
I love this write, Andrew! Your use of language here is nothing short of perfect for this write. It packs the right kind of punch and even in its feels like taking a trip with someone...a fast and furious one, no less. Very nicely done! Ann

embracing Tuesday (Poetry) - 8/8/2004 8:10:40 PM
This is a nifty turn of words. I really like the repitition of rhythm and how the tempo picks up at the end.

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 6/12/2004 9:16:55 AM
I do like it. It makes me think. Love and peace to you, Andrew. Regis

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/31/2004 9:18:39 PM
Most of the writes I comment on, I do enjoy..... Thanks for your comment on the sketch

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/21/2004 6:49:55 AM
This was quite the image! I enjoyed the fun in it! Lisa

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/21/2004 5:48:27 AM
A fanciful tale that grows more delightful with each read, but I dont play pretend anymore. :)

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/21/2004 4:41:54 AM
raisins in the moon with cheese on the side --love these lines.

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/21/2004 3:59:43 AM
hahaha. I don't know if i should have laughed or not...but the ending was humorous to often how i feel about my own writing. This was good stuff...and i like the idea of being a flat stone skipping across the water...what a ride that would be!

Skip Me Along the Water (Poetry) - 5/20/2004 10:48:18 PM
I do like;-)! Good to read you, it's been a long time!

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 12/4/2003 12:36:26 AM
a poet is a very unusual creature ...

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 12/3/2003 8:36:10 PM
Possibly both. Never forget that e.e.cummings, whose Wasteland is considered a milestone in world literature, had to have Ezra Pound critique and proof the entire manuscript before publication. Pedantic? Interesting choice of descriptive terms, Robin.

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 11/30/2003 8:39:51 PM
Andrew, thanks for sharing this. Thought-provoking it is. I think he meant both.

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 11/30/2003 7:47:24 PM
There's poetry and then there is "poetry" I have both kinds....sadly to say I have more of the normal...sit down and write a sonnet type....but to really write....I MUST feel it....when I feel it...I know it is I think perhaps he meant life...feeling... and then writing...that's what makes the most sense to me....thanks for posting this very interesting article...floria

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 11/30/2003 5:43:56 PM
I opt for his meaning 10-15 years of writing poetry. I think many don't realize what true poetry is, and I agree with him that it must be what you feel, anything else is just mere words.

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 11/30/2003 5:26:32 PM
i think its a bit heavy, as far as poetry is concerned i think we´ve just got to realise the poem, i suppose in his own pedantic way of the times that´s what he was getting at

What is a Poet (Poetry) - 11/30/2003 2:38:18 PM
Nobody-but-yourself sounds selfish and introspective. I think it is okay to write to yourself in your own language until you get it right, but when you publish--put it out for others to see--you must communicate. The "gems" are rare. You must write a lot to achieve them. Others will find them in the rough.

Living Near the Tracks (Poetry) - 11/24/2003 3:45:26 AM
We all feel trapped at times, and yes would that i could escape. Alas do we not make our own Bars? Well done Robin

Living Near the Tracks (Poetry) - 11/22/2003 4:03:40 PM
... this evokes nice train memories, and the notion of trains running "with too much sympathetic frequency" is delightfully original; however, i think the beginning could be stronger: the "and" implies that i have missed something, and i dont see a correlation between the trains and the crib cage stanza.

Living Near the Tracks (Poetry) - 11/21/2003 10:45:57 PM
For several years as I grew up I lived in a shack by the railroad track so I can relate. Thank you for this offering. Love and peace, Regis.

Living Near the Tracks (Poetry) - 11/21/2003 10:15:11 PM
Or you can ride the rails again, out to California, looking for gold, panning in the stream, hoping to recapture your soul. Good write!

A Week for Kicking Dogs of War (Poetry) - 9/27/2003 11:05:04 AM
You have such a unique and thought provoking style.

New and Bigger Sins (Poetry) - 9/27/2003 11:00:44 AM
Wow. I love this laid back tongue-in-cheek lesson in the triage of morality issues.

New and Bigger Sins (Poetry) - 9/16/2003 10:49:00 AM
... sin lives in the mind of the beholder, so best we be beholdin' to no one. nice poem, but i can think of lots of sinful things one could add to laying late in bed on sunday. :)

New and Bigger Sins (Poetry) - 9/15/2003 6:37:37 PM
Sins are made everyday, theres bigger sins that what you did by sleeping in, great write. Nancy

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 9/11/2003 3:14:35 PM
An excellent poem. I love it. Greetings.

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/5/2003 7:28:00 PM
{{{{{{{{{ Andrew }}}}}}}}}} Oh sweetie.. I had forgot all about this beautiful poem. How touched I am to be able to read it again.. And save it this time. I am home now. Was in the hospital because of blood on the brain.. Am still pretty sick, but at least I am home with Iris.. That makes such a huge difference. Its so good to read something of yours again. You have been missed. *KOTC* Melanie

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/5/2003 2:26:03 PM
Beautiful tribute to our den sister Melanie... My prayers are being sent along with your's and everyone else's... Trixie

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/5/2003 12:44:47 PM
(((beautiful))) with all of us praying, and with God's mercy, our prayers will be answered (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/5/2003 10:17:18 AM
Melanie is also in my prayers now too, and may her miracle come soon. Very lovely and touching piece! ~Nikki~

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/5/2003 9:25:31 AM
wonderful tribute to a very special person here at the den, our melanie! she is in my prayers. please be wishing for a miracle for my twin, karla; she is struggling financially, and she has bills that are overdue and she can't pay them, as her paychecks don't cover the bills. (((HUGS))) and love, your texas friend, karen lynn. :(

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 9:22:45 PM
... only a truly pure heart could write such a lovely poem of hope and encouragement. when you say, 'i believe' it rings true.

Wishing you a Miracle! -- for Melanie (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 7:08:54 PM
A beautiful prayer for someone so special, she is in my prayers for a miracle also, thank you for sharing. Nancy

Glad to Live Here (Poetry) - 5/3/2003 8:50:22 PM
junk mail generates 40 billion dollars a year... without it the postal service could not survive and 900,000 people would be out of a job... just throw it in the garbage...

Glad to Live Here (Poetry) - 5/3/2003 7:49:00 PM
I have to agree,I hate the junk mail but the mailmen, have to deliver it,I always wonder where ones rights begin and anothers's a dichotomy! Good write!

Glad to Live Here (Poetry) - 5/3/2003 5:08:16 PM
:) Capitalism is, of course, always looking for that extra buck, Andrew, nice write on one of the tedious fallacies we face living free. I think the instructions are there so if people open them incorrectly and get a paper cut, they have little recourse to suing. :)

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/29/2003 11:15:39 AM
Excellent work !

Saturn Spin (Poetry) - 4/29/2003 9:57:00 AM
Very twisty and turney. Teresa

Saturn Spin (Poetry) - 4/28/2003 8:22:52 PM
I like the way this twists and turns. Bravo. Fine work.

Saturn Spin (Poetry) - 4/28/2003 8:22:48 PM
Oh my this one is good. Last stanza excellent Peggy

Saturn Spin (Poetry) - 4/28/2003 7:26:07 PM
are you putting a saturnalia spin on things with that last stanza?;-)well said!

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 7:25:52 PM
Very Well Done Andrew! ~Nikki~

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 6:58:11 PM
would be an interesting alternative ;) very well written!

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 5:08:59 PM
To be able to do that.....well done.

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 2:33:35 PM
Excellent write as always !

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 2:13:34 PM
call in merrymaids and keep scribbling in your personal sky

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 2:08:23 PM
... so much for your personal countertops. tell me more about that sky?

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 1:51:41 PM
They do grOW! Good write on this one! Sandie Angel :o) a.k.a. May Lu $*_*$

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 1:16:10 PM
This is well written and so very true! Very good job! - J -

My Personal Sky (Poetry) - 4/27/2003 1:15:20 PM
Andrew.. Its so good to see a write from you. I was just sitting here glaring at my own lists.. And am not sure yet who will win the stare off ;) Excellent write.. Melanie

2002 (Poetry) - 11/4/2002 12:30:13 PM
this was a well written and well thought out poem...

A Week for Kicking Dogs of War (Poetry) - 5/28/2002 5:45:27 PM
this poem left me very week ;)

A Week for Kicking Dogs of War (Poetry) - 5/28/2002 4:00:32 PM
I think you said it all. Nice write.

2002 (Poetry) - 5/23/2002 4:20:06 PM
Yes, I agree. Mankind doesn't change throughout the ages - only the trappings do. Gina

2002 (Poetry) - 5/7/2002 4:29:07 AM
... i would say we are better. we have the same stuff as our forebearers, but we also have the damnable fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [for lack of a better word i will just call it guilt] and more's the pity for that. ... very nice write, none the less; your points well taken and well stated.

2002 (Poetry) - 4/29/2002 2:44:32 PM
This poem was full of emotion. I found it powerful, and to most extents, I agree.

2002 (Poetry) - 4/29/2002 6:03:49 AM
I agree with William Manchee. Don't give! Maybe God is using all these to point us to Himself.

2002 (Poetry) - 4/29/2002 3:11:48 AM
Interesting write!!!!! Sandie Angel :o)

2002 (Poetry) - 4/28/2002 10:36:35 PM
Yes, we live in perilous times and it's hard to see the good in all of it sometimes. But it's out there, don't give up. A thought provoking piece of work.

The ladies at the poetry club meeting (Poetry) - 4/22/2002 6:21:13 AM
... "of yearbook pledges, childhood fancies, and faded vows." even in the bye-the bye towns, still the stuff of poetry. ... "God bless us every one!"

The ladies at the poetry club meeting (Poetry) - 4/21/2002 11:09:45 AM
great imagery

The ladies at the poetry club meeting (Poetry) - 4/21/2002 9:03:07 AM
Nice write!!!!! The ending was a little too sad for me, but I like the metaphors in this poem. Sandie Angel :o)

The ladies at the poetry club meeting (Poetry) - 4/21/2002 8:28:40 AM
Crystalline write--straight to the heart!

The ladies at the poetry club meeting (Poetry) - 4/20/2002 11:07:12 PM
brilliant metaphors ...

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