Recent Reviews for Edward D. Phillips
Of Computers, Geeks, and Pakistanis (Short Story) - 8/22/2013 8:27:25 AM|
Thank you for a most enlightening article. I have had my bouts with foreigners trying to speak English. When I was using ViaVoice for the Mac, all of the outsourced customer service reps were Scottish.
After the partition, Pakistani and Indian schools didn't teach English anymore, so the people picked up English anyway they could, primarily for business purposes. When I was in Pakistan, most people spoke English, but with a very strong accent. I have also experienced looping forwards. It is the modern Catch-22 of customer service.
Computer geeks have long bemoaned the cost of software upgrades and created open-source applications like Linux and Apache for free. Unfortunately, most people don't know about them and they get little use despite of their advantages. I'll look into Apache.
When I mistakenly upgraded my iMac to Lion from Snow Leopard (operating systems costing very little to upgrade) I lost Office 2004 because it was no longer supported. Apple could no longer put up with Microsoft's predatory upgrade pricing and created iWorks instead with all of the same applications, but with different names. You can still open any Word or Excel or PowerPoint file and work with it, much easier, in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, for as little as $49, and save them in all the Microsoft file formats… .doc, .xls, .pps
, etc., to be used for a long time without having to upgrade.
Isn't computing fun? At least we don't have to put up with some of the problems we had earlier with viruses that killed computers long before for their time.
Of Computers, Geeks, and Pakistanis (Short Story) - 8/21/2013 12:30:22 PM
Many thanks for the information. Cannot imagine a new computer but have to recognize that mine (3rd Latitude 620) is not only growing scarce, it is hopelessly obsolete. These are surely the kind of adventures aging folk do not need, even when it does challenge our brains and keep us young.
Of Computers, Geeks, and Pakistanis (Short Story) - 8/21/2013 11:43:04 AM
I would like to know what you ended up buying and how you made the decision. And yes, it is very frustrating that Word has to be bought separately and expensively. It would be different if it was cheap.
The Mark Twain Robbery, Part II (Short Story) - 8/3/2013 5:52:52 AM
Okay, you got me. But I told others how to find the answer quickly. I'm giving you 5 min. here for I rush off for a full day selling books at the Abilities Expo in Houston all day. Yesterday, I had to drive my so-called helper––almost blind and feeble––all the way back to Galveston so I was on the road for over two hours. And going back today.
So I promise I will check on those two links when I have time to read a page and search the last chapter.
Still, I thank you for enlightening us on how we should treat the wayward in our society from the perspective of one of the most humorous and enjoyable writers the world is ever seen. You should be so funny.
The Day Mark Twain was Robbed by Masked Gunmen (Short Story) - 7/31/2013 6:41:57 AM
This article or personal story is dear to my heart. One could only wish to write for everyman like Samuel Clemens. I, too, have touched on places that Mark Twain lived and worked. San Francisco, Twain-Harte, where I stayed while skiing at Dodge Ridge in 1966, Virginia City in 1968 returning from a three day weekend to the Baja Peninsula and Elmira, NY while on a two-week trip from San Francisco to Expo 67 in Montréal and return.
I have read Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, but not Roughing It. If I want to solve the mystery you propose, all I have to do is a Google search rather than searching through 79 chapters. ;-)
Once, when I visited Reno (for cheap breakfast, not gambling) there was a terrible windstorm. As I drove out of town I noticed a marquee for a drive-in theater. The movie playing was Gone with the Wind. A number of the letters were blown off by the wind, but I could still make out what the movie was. Later I saw it pictured in an article. But I got to witness the event right after it happened… Quite a coincidence.
The Day Mark Twain was Robbed by Masked Gunmen (Short Story) - 7/31/2013 5:49:33 AM
I am going on to Amazon to buy this book, which I have never heard of. Great article, and thanks for reminding us all of a great, great, author.
The Day Mark Twain was Robbed by Masked Gunmen (Short Story) - 7/31/2013 4:39:07 AM
Not sure I liked this because it ties so many places and lives together and strings them out. I know (of) too many of the places and characters, so you've made me feel something more than 130 years old. On the other hand, I'm in damn good health for that age and enjoyed your journey very much on several levels. Well done.
The Day Mark Twain was Robbed by Masked Gunmen (Short Story) - 7/31/2013 1:13:17 AM
Great little story. I could not wait to get to the end. Unfortunately the answer did not await me, but it was OK. Nice clue with the 79 chapters to help figure out which novel.
Where are the Real Golfers? (Short Story) - 5/28/2013 9:23:07 AM
My pick would be Bob Jones. He played for free. Granted he was a lawyer and could afford it, but there's something quite astounded about winning major golf tournaments as an amateur.
We now have a slew of no-name, no score, no personality, former college golfers out on the PGA raking it in for chasing a little ball around the court on four day weeks when they want in beautiful locations with fantastic weather. Their beautiful wives and children are well cared for and will receive the advantages of their obscure fathers who just happened to play games for a living. Just another part of the trickle down society.
What about Lee Trevino?
Where are the Real Golfers? (Short Story) - 5/27/2013 1:33:08 PM
Great piece; well done! Thanks for your nice review on my newest story; it is much appreciated!
Where are the Real Golfers? (Short Story) - 5/27/2013 12:57:43 PM
Amen... I agree with every word you wrote...
When a Love Affair is Over (Short Story) - 5/8/2013 7:56:24 AM
LMAO! (Laughing my ask off)
A nice little analogy except for a couple of places where it falls apart, unless you are spraying that hose of yours on her hot manifold that might possibly get a little scream from the steam generated.
I've been threatening when mine turns 60 I'm going to turn her in for two 30s. Whoops! I guess I changed the subject…
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Arms (Short Story) - 4/10/2013 1:43:23 PM
"We will not be dictated to by fact checkers."
I just loved the grandeur of that line, a stunning moment of learning that perhaps those who deny evolving from apes may well not have.
Bravo on this as well.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Arms (Short Story) - 4/10/2013 5:41:00 AM
I won't touch this one with a 10 foot)with a 10 foot blowgun!
You just had to correct my ignorance of the Constitution and how long it takes to load a muzzleloader, didn't you? ;-)
Ireland: It's a wee bit of Heaven, and then some (Short Story) - 3/14/2013 8:26:01 AM
Hilarious....I just sent this to a poet friend of mine who is also an Irish singer/storyteller....Thanks for writing this...
Ireland: It's a wee bit of Heaven, and then some (Short Story) - 3/13/2013 6:41:02 AM
Ron: According to my hit counter I get lots of readers but not many commentators. I guess commenting on my writing is a lot like playing a bad round of golf--it takes a lot of balls!
Ireland: It's a wee bit of Heaven, and then some (Short Story) - 3/13/2013 6:17:26 AM
Begosh and begorrah! What a tale ye be tellin'!
Somewhere as I read this, like my brother told me after my first novel, “You wrote yourself into this.” I would say that without having traveled to the Emerald Isle, you would not have been able to write this. And I don't doubt that you may have run into a Danish beauty there while enjoying the bed and breakfast fare. So, while you claim it is fiction and purely humorous, I sense a bit of your reality.
Oh and by the way, did I tell you that it's very well written, entertaining, and well researched––especially if you've never been to Ireland, like me.
Why aren't more people reading and commenting on your work? Beats me.
PS. I read that Irish don't use the phrase above, only stupid Americans trying to imitate the Irish––Blarney.
The Eulogy (Short Story) - 2/23/2013 10:44:23 AM
Assuming that this story is true, which I have no doubt that it is. I would hate to be in your shoes (although I never put them on or take them off myself). For I have found that if I am to speak before a crowd, it is best for me to have my notes because without them, my mind seems to lose the right frame of thought and my speech fails me when it should soar. A poem is a safe way to speak. It gets you off the hook and people will compliment you because most people find poems to be daunting to write.
Thanks for sharing with us. I'm glad you got through it with a few beers to boot. Now, get back to warm weather! Don't you know that will kill you! ;-)
When Wealth, Facts, and Inheritances Collide (Short Story) - 2/16/2013 9:24:58 PM
Interesting...I suspect that had he been confronted with the facts as you state them, Tony Robbuins would have STILL found a way to weasel out of it. The rich, my friend, are different from you and I...
When Wealth, Facts, and Inheritances Collide (Short Story) - 2/16/2013 6:30:57 AM
A very well written article on a theme that you've often expressed. I only wish that more people would read your work because it is enlightening and goes against the misleading pronouncements of people like Tony Robbins. Facts are more powerful than money when people have them in their grasp, and you provide that for them.
Our Human Trek and the Eternal Questions (Short Story) - 1/29/2013 9:24:44 AM
the conversation should always remain alive
Reflections on Life: Protecting Ourselves from Terrorists and Other Killers (Short Story) - 12/25/2012 8:57:06 AM
This article deserves wider circulation!
Mass Marketing in America (Short Story) - 12/15/2012 12:01:14 PM
Gotta agree with you on this one. I've wondered for years why poeople worship sports with their pockebooks. I yearn for the days when I could climb the bleachers and watch my teams play for free. I am looking forward to your take on the rip offs being purpetrated by our corporate executives.
Knowing When to Ask for Directions (Short Story) - 11/13/2012 7:35:55 AM
quite an apt comparison
Knowing When to Ask for Directions (Short Story) - 11/12/2012 3:57:43 PM
Some members use Congress for their nursing home.
Happiness Sometimes is...Just Growing Old Gracefully (Article) - 12/5/2013 3:02:18 PM
Another excellent insight from one of the 3 smartest person I know. I am learning to need the least, and liking it.
Happiness Sometimes is...Just Growing Old Gracefully (Article) - 12/5/2013 2:05:30 PM
True words of wisdom written brilliantly! I'm 51 years old and damn proud of it. I'm proud of my accomplishments and know what truly matters in this life! Success isn't measured in dollars but goals we've achieved and worked hard for.
America's Wealth Rests on Sanctimony (Article) - 11/30/2013 10:14:22 AM
I like that word, sanctimonious. Why so many Americans believe all the patriotic crap and Spencerian "survival of the most financially fit" ideas, is beyond me. It has become a religion that allows our own people from poor families to become mercenaries for the rich playing war-games with our world, and a watchword for all those football games and other sports events creating political loyalty that is hollow in the end.
As we sit around our Thanksgiving tables, thankful that we are able to have doctored turkey to eat, the world is being raped for its resources while the rich contemplate what games they will play with us next year in their quest for ever more wealth and who is the richest.
Read Ed Phillips and wise up, America. It's time that equality means fairness to all.
America's Wealth Rests on Sanctimony (Article) - 11/28/2013 11:33:59 AM
Nope. And Thomas Paine thought most inherited wealth should go the government to be distributed as his/her heritage to every young man (and woman) as a means to go out into the world, learn about it, educate themselves before settling down to occupation, family and citizenship at say, age 30. Ergo, no 'sanctimonious' class or perpetually indentured, either. Keep those insights coming, Ed.
How to Fix the U.S. Economy (Article) - 11/22/2013 7:19:01 AM
I signed the petition after your email. As usual, well researched and to the point. I will help you get the word out so that if the infighting government can't figure out what to do, maybe a grassroots movement can take care of the problem on its own. My problem is convincing my family and friends that the current hierarchy of so-called "free" enterprise is sucking us all dry by making sure that all the money floats to the top 20% leaving the rest of us with shrinking assets and opportunity to live the so-called, "American dream" that is foisted by the money suckers as the way to go.
How to Fix the U.S. Economy (Article) - 11/22/2013 5:34:31 AM
Great ideas! Thanks for making it easy to get motivated. Petitions on the way ...
JFK and Jackie: 50 Years Later (Article) - 11/20/2013 9:47:50 AM
I very much enjoyed reading this.
Well- you wrote it.
JFK and Jackie: 50 Years Later (Article) - 11/19/2013 2:06:02 PM
I fully agree with you about the adventure and charm brought about by the Kennedy presidency. As a result, I participated in civil rights, longed to join NASA and the space race, walked 50 miles for physical fitness, and felt like I was accomplished something with the rest of the country.
Thanks for reminding us of the time of Camelot. I believe you are right about his assessment of the Vietnam War and health care for all.
Robbing America--With and Without Guns (Article) - 11/16/2013 9:45:40 AM
As usual, a great essay describing the travesty of lending money to banks at low interest who are not, in turn, lending that money at low interest rates to Joe public and small business.
For example, my helper has had a small business for 10 years, propped up by what I pay her, making it a good tax loss, but also a service to the community and a way for her to be a part of the community. She was told by a person at our bank that she could get a low interest business loan. She really doesn't need a loan , but since she knows many people in need of funds who continually ask her, she thought she would ask for a $10,000 loan. After completing the application, she was promptly turned down. While she has accumulated considerable assets and has a very high credit score and never missed a payment, it didn't matter. Banks are just not giving small business loans, thus creating a situation where jobs cannot be created by small business owners.
The Wealth of Nations (Article) - 11/11/2013 8:36:55 AM
As usual, very well researched and to the point. Unfortunately, it may be too long to be read by many, especially those having trouble managing their own money and understanding why they don't have enough to make ends meet.
Whenever I bring up the idea of redistribution of wealth, I hear the words "socialism" or worse, "communism." However, if we can be educated like you are doing about the situation we can focus our efforts on fairness and a proper social contract by rewarding those who do right and sending petitions to companies like McDonald's who have a workforce living on a poverty wage. If we reward companies that pay fairly by buying their goods and services and deny purchases to companies that are unfair, the picture will change.
The public needs to have knowledge that most wealth is inherited instead of the lie that is created by hard work. The public also needs to know that the wealthy do not create jobs and good salaries, only the small portion of entrepreneurs who develop new companies with new concepts and good salaries. We need more Henry Fords and less Bill Gates in this world.
The Wealth of Nations (Article) - 11/11/2013 5:40:19 AM
Well put. We have become a nation of a few 'wealthy' rather than a wealthy nation. "The rate of profit ... is naturally low in rich, and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations. You say it more clearly and urgently.
Economics and the Psychology of Greed (Article) - 10/29/2013 10:09:48 PM
The distribution of wealth in our country is disgraceful and getting worse. Thanks for an excellent article.
We Owe $11,931,450,993,082.90 (Article) - 10/29/2013 7:18:23 PM
(Synchronicity, not having seen your latest writings until today.) Trying desperately to simplify the ongoing argument with facts. Lewis Carrol, Orwell, Samuel Clemens, Swift, used tall tales, parables, wit, wonder if any of it will ever be convincingly conveyed to the obviously frightened 49% who scream foul play before the dog has had the chance to bark. Spread the word and hope for the best! M.True
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Economics and the Psychology of Greed (Article) - 10/27/2013 7:18:17 AM
Wow, I found this fascinating. I never thought of the connection between wanting more wealth and the fear of death. I certainly agree with too much wealth in the hands of too few. The thing about the over-wealthy is they don't want to let go or change because that's a big scary step out of their comfort zone. Well-written.
Economics and the Psychology of Greed (Article) - 10/26/2013 9:43:24 AM
Based on the conservatives I know, your analysis fills the bill nicely. As usual, clearly and superbly written. We must come up with a way to break their stranglehold on positive change.
Economics and the Psychology of Greed (Article) - 10/25/2013 2:35:03 PM
Absolutely, positively the one of the best pieces of thinking I have ever read. It will be interesting to see who else comments.
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We Owe $11,931,450,993,082.90 (Article) - 10/17/2013 10:14:33 AM
You have a clear and concise way of taking 'big' problems and showing the way to viable solutions. Every American should read this article... and they will understand who creates problems and who creates solutions.
We Owe $11,931,450,993,082.90 (Article) - 10/17/2013 10:01:08 AM
You rock- as always.
We Owe $11,931,450,993,082.90 (Article) - 10/17/2013 8:11:43 AM
I've long suspected this since our social securities continue to be cut due to 'overpayments' to us. Great article.
We Owe $11,931,450,993,082.90 (Article) - 10/17/2013 4:35:45 AM
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Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 7:19:12 PM
Yes, very interesting take. We were all surprised to see this crab like creature in the air which was shown in news the other day.
Ya the roads are clogged with traffic, can wonder what all we will see!!
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 8:11:42 AM
And not from, Monster.com? I can see it now. In a Jetsons future with us all flying around in our private flying vehicles with built-in anti-collusion avoidance sensors, can we be free of the occasional bird strike or God forbid, package delivering drone strike? I don't know. I think they will have to create freeways and side roads in three dimension with right and left sides to travel in for all the junk that is going to be in the air, not to avoid traffic jams like in two dimensions, but major pileups in the sky.
Back to your poem. As usual quite unique, timely, and funny. I applaud you for your creativity. I didn't know that staid old left brain economists, had any right brain creativity until I met you--kudos!
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 7:27:03 AM
Nice write. Made me laugh.
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 6:08:01 AM
Funny - but what happens when UPS launches their own? Pre-emptive strikes, WWI style dogfights? Lasers to fry the enemy's circuitry and leave the victim flitting mindlessly about the nation's neighborhoods? And talk about opportunities for terrorists - five pounds of high-tech explosives in undetectable, unmanned, invisible, predetermined assaults would invalidate a trillion dollars worth of military, spying and 'police' defenses. Always look a gift-horse in the eyeball ... or is it eye-teeth? Oh, the humanity!
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 6:07:24 AM
Giggle...saw this on the news...technology is racing into the future...I can only imagine what my dear old Dad would have said...
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 5:41:27 AM
Santa's Wishes poem,
Regards the heart of every man,
Flying saucers delivering packages,
Santa's elves won't like this plan.
Change for a nation,
Came with a cost,
Amazon is now helping,
Saved what we lost.
My hope for all to see,
In this new change of delivery,
Is that they fix,
The medical website matrix,
As we wish "Merry Christmas" around the Tree!
Blessings my dear friend!
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 5:23:27 AM
Laughing out loud!!!! Thanks for posting this, Ed.
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 5:20:57 AM
Maybe pizza or chinese food. This may not be all bad.
They can take our trash away.
These things should be able to replace about all of us.
Can they write poetry?
Attack of the Flying Amazon Munchkins (Poetry) - 12/4/2013 12:04:46 AM
Funny. I think a may like those little things.
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 2:17:26 PM
And writers do it right.
To Us (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 10:30:55 AM
This poem is so romantic it should grace a valentine card.
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/3/2013 6:47:41 AM
You know I love wordplay, and this is as playful as they come. Some of these are uncanny in the way they match. And others are so dissonant as to be oxymorons (I hope I use that word correctly since I don't know what it means ;-)).
I sure hope this didn't keep you up all night, it's going to keep my mind spinning and laughing for the rest the day. Made my day better than a good round of golf and I don't golf.
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 7:03:26 PM
It made great orgy for the mind,for the kind whose love for the written word is more than anything else, It was sheer joy.I read it all in a single breath.Rather I forgot everything else while reading this wonderful writer's vast n prolific collection of weary words in varied style!
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 3:48:50 PM
A veritable frenetic fracas of words. Congratulations sir you have broken some kind of record. Maybe somewhere. Very clever and very funny Edward. Bob
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 2:55:47 PM
You should win something.
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 2:18:43 PM
Phronesis! where is word’s poetic stage
where we can post our words to panegyrise
that poet of our oft-unused meiosis word.
Definitions for word weary writers (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 1:35:42 PM
And slow people hesitate, bosses delegate, lawyers litigate, fast talkers reinstate. Ok, ok, no more from me.
To Us (Poetry) - 12/2/2013 9:14:03 AM
Must be a fellow hopeless romantic.
Very well done- warms the heart.
Our Song (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 11:14:47 PM
We chose each other then
Would you do it all again
As for me before I go
This is all that you must know
I never loved you more
A Love Lost (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 11:12:58 PM
hmmm..it seesm I have NEVER really LOVED!
pierced my heart...somehow the feeling IS well-known somewhere deep within me..must be a past-life thing :)))) for it sure isn't an aspect of THIS one!
Thank you for sharing your soul..
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 11:06:11 PM
One day..one day..I may be blessed enough to have someone write a poem akin to this one, JUST FOR ME!
hmmm..yeah right :)
I 'm saving this one Edward..thank you for sharing and showing me that such a dedicated and passionate love IS possible..seems YOU'RE living it! Bravo!
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 12:57:11 PM
A gentle and beautiful love poem, that will touch many hearts...
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 9:05:46 AM
So soft and serene with a thoughtful, final ending. This will have them swooning…
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 4:22:33 AM
I agree with all the others, a stunning poem and a pleasure to read.
“ Ein poetischer Traum.”
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 4:03:53 AM
This is the most beautiful love song! Every line I read was more enchanting than the one before. Stunning!
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 2:36:37 AM
Just as your heart seems to be happy doing this work, mine seems to be happy reading this!!-Roseline
To Us (Poetry) - 12/1/2013 12:30:28 AM
A delightful poetic love song. Bravo!
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 5:33:14 PM
...guess the nose knows...
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/22/2013 4:12:16 AM
that sounds very painful actually
my Husband had surgery up his snozzola
and it was painful...
Be leery of the power punchers bigger sista lol
Deep Breaths & Snore-less Nights
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/21/2013 8:15:04 AM
I guess it was not all bad news, at least she walked away.
Just think you may have missed your big chance to be a virtuoso nose flute player.
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/19/2013 6:17:00 PM
Very funny Dear Edward! Love it :-D
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 6:10:41 PM
A good chuckle. It hurt so good.
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/18/2013 9:16:45 AM
Hahahaha....fun to read!
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 2:19:01 PM
Les Mis' is bloody miserable.
I enjoyed this whimsey and the spirit it's written in.
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 11:14:25 AM
I wonder how much of this "misery" was a result of your own stupidity. On the other hand, the steel rods sound like exquisite torture. Then again, you could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As far as the poem goes… You most elegantly got your point across.
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 10:15:27 AM
Really sounds painful. Awesome write, thanks for sharing and stopping by. :-)
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/17/2013 6:37:30 AM
The pain of it. I loved the last two lines. Perfect ending to your story of misery.
Les Misérables Uncorked (Poetry) - 11/16/2013 6:22:04 PM
I am so touched with emotions reading this up , my heart is now numb.Roseline
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 8:22:30 PM
exquisite sentiment captured here for posterity...
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/15/2013 12:11:17 PM
Beautiful love poem, I enjoyed the verses, We chose each other then,
Would you do it all again.
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/14/2013 2:08:39 AM
How lovely Edward, I can feel your heart pouring out!! roseline
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/13/2013 5:26:16 PM
Truly a most beautiful write of romance and reflection which most couples should really ask themselves wholeheartedly the same thing. One thing I have noticed a lot of us romance writers do a lot is take great notice of the power of a simple smile...one cannot love without it
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 3:26:45 PM
I absolutely loved it; but particularly the last line. Your poem encompassed a lifetime. Well-written, well-said.
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 1:53:31 PM
Sweetly romantic; I can completely relate. Thank you for sharing your gift, Edward. Love and peace to you,
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 9:03:34 AM
It's about time you wrote something for your loving wife. Enjoyed.
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 8:52:01 AM
So sweet!!! Beautiful sonnet to love....
The Nose Job (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 8:40:59 AM
Hahahaha...tooooo funny! Thanks for the giggles...
Our Song (Poetry) - 11/12/2013 7:01:29 AM
Ah- the wonders of romance- I can hear the singing.
The Nose Job (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 6:18:02 PM
Your post is rich in humor, clever enough to publish and an absolute HOOT!!!! I love it! More, please.
Joy L. Hale
The Nose Job (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 1:20:37 PM
He whose nose knows no's knows negation is an art best shaken not stirred, because a shakin' 'ead is odds on favorite better than a noddin' noggin any day. After all the ayes have it for the 'yes'-man! But still and all, the nose knows that to affirm is averse to negation. So your verse with its nostril humour is ahead by a proverbial nose. It's good work if you can get it, these "nose jobs"...
What I want to know is if Groucho Marx, why won't he grade my papers?
The Nose Job (Poetry) - 11/11/2013 12:20:21 PM
A man who knows the nose.
Awesome economics article too-as to why life stinks.
Turning Back Time (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 4:20:35 AM
Ron Hull: Mood killer. Dasdardly dasher of delectable dreams. Purveyor of pulverized poetry. Out damned, spot! Out I say.
Turning Back Time (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 11:01:14 AM
Before I read I was channeling Cher. But after reading I can see that your lust level has ventured on over into time. There's nothing better than stealing an extra hour for dallying when you have the time. And apparently you have time under your control. How else to explain someone of your age with such things on your mind?
Turning Back Time (Poetry) - 11/3/2013 9:43:05 AM
haha! Was that the witching hour? Or the bewitching hour? Where does the time go, eh? Oh how time flies when ... you're getting 'er done!
Your poetry never ceases to amuse me, Edward. (and I mean that as a compliment!)
If I Were King (Poetry) - 11/2/2013 3:21:05 PM
The crowning glory
to this comic story
is the lo' bit of 'ell in your apogee!
...gotta love a laugh or two or maybe three...
to solve that left right out mystery.
If I Were King (Poetry) - 11/1/2013 5:50:31 AM
Giggle...thanks for the laughs, Edward...
If I Were King (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 4:14:21 PM
Loved it. It was fun but serious at the same time. Great style.
If I Were King (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 1:09:26 PM
I would vote for you…But they never voted for Kings, did they? Guess you are on your own. As far as wine, only the best will do, lol…
Fun poem, there is truth incorporated and I like that.
If I Were King (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 12:48:57 PM
While I like Riesling wines very much, all these years I've been merely your underling, just one of your serfs, drinking cheap rotgut Rhein wine. If that doesn't knock you off your pedestal, nothing will.
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 7:21:13 AM
Giggle...great sense of humor, Edward...wonderful lyrical lilt to a "not so good" affliction...
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/30/2013 6:54:43 AM
Thanks for the mockery. I sense a great deal of your highest desire… And you know what that is… In this little ditty. Let's just say that you are hoping that she will, "knock your socks off." Wishful thinking.
The Arc of History (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 7:48:04 PM
Inspiring. Could have just as easily been written during the French Revolution. M.True
A Love Lost (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 7:41:42 PM
Again, the underlying currents, passion, love, desire, returning again and again to a time and a place, and the writer never escaping the feel of it. Your finale rolls with the thunder of a tympani drum. M.True
Where America Meets the Pacific (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 7:29:59 PM
A beautiful, masterful description of my favorite piece of real estate. I once climbed the switchback trails of Big Sur to those same mountaintops from which my idle memories took me to the scene of the ever raging battle. I am only reading this now and wondering if psychic connections can be made through a website. Eerie. I will bookmark this page. M.True
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 6:56:10 PM
I can hear this being sung in a Broadway play. Quite theatrical. M.True
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 5:04:07 PM
I'm glad you see the bright side of things. Cool write.
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 2:40:27 PM
Your talent made me dizzy here.
Much enjoyed as always.
Vertigo! (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 2:10:28 PM
As a former ENT nurse, I know how bad vertigo is, but damn if you didn't make it funny.
How Do I Hate Thee? (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 9:34:28 AM
Ed...This song came to my mind after reading your "How Do I Hate Thee" ..I was glad I felt this song shared by Jerry Lee Lewis after I read your words. Even though I disagree with some things, it usually comes full circel in life. Please enjoy this blast from the past!
You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, oh what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
I learned to love all of Hollywood money
You came along and you moved me honey
I changed my mind, looking fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
You kissed me baba, woo.....it feels good
Hold me baba, learn to let me love you like a lover should
Your fine, so kind
I'm a nervous world that your mine mine mine mine-ine
I cut my nails and I quiver my thumb
I'm really nervous but it sure is fun
Come on baba, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
Well kiss me baba, woo-oooooo....it feels good
Hold me baba
I want to love you like a lover should
Your fine, so kind
I got this world that your mine mine mine mine-ine
I cut my nails and I quiver my thumb
I'm real nervous 'cause it sure is fun
Come on baba, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
Free the Philosopher (Poetry) - 10/27/2013 3:53:00 PM
Thank you Edward for this. We are the express image of God's love making us on the inside more complicated than any created devise of man! When we realize this the whole created universe becomes available, especially the spiritual. Keep writing the worlds needs to hear more from You!
How Do I Hate Thee? (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 4:59:15 PM
Give me a break. The Tea Party is the moveon.org of the Conservatives. But for some reason Liberals are too myopic to see how they are just as guilty of the very things they attribute to those who disagree with them.
Free the Philosopher (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 7:33:15 AM
an excellent wrire Ed
Peace be with you
How Do I Hate Thee? (Poetry) - 10/23/2013 8:45:34 AM
A whole lotta hatin' and that ain't no lie. Great fighting fire with fire.
I get clever hate email every day that some people actually fall for. The recent fiasco over the artificial debt ceiling is dawning on the American people just what the Tea Party is really all about.
How Do I Hate Thee? (Poetry) - 10/23/2013 3:10:17 AM
Ed, this is just plain old good. I hate to use a clique, but what a way to describe the HATERS. I don't think I have ever seen a time period when so many smiling people were trying to tear down a president, always as if they knew some private joke we weren't smart enough to catch.
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/22/2013 11:57:09 AM
Excellent..so well put together and it is true, is it not? The human engrained is one of not just individuality but beyond into ego and sometimes into the extreme into superiority. You have brought that out in a very superb manner.
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/22/2013 6:00:43 AM
Very well done. The ending says it all, doesn't it?
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/22/2013 4:24:37 AM
You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 11:12:32 PM
this enjoyable outstanding piece
was brilliantly composed
Thank you for shering your thoughts at the den
Peace be with you
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 8:06:25 PM
If once you look out
to found what you find,
be sure not to shout
until your out of your mind.
This fine piece of verse
is a wonderful parable
it might just be a curse
for those that are terrible!
You know just how to write
poems lit to ignite...
you can put up quite a fight,
and your verse has got bite!!
Always a pleasure,
your poetry's a treasure.
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 1:48:06 PM
To some, I resemble that remark.
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 1:20:19 PM
Well- I am son of Bidwell- but that is not a bad SOB.
And- I'm no horse, but I was born in a stable...family.
The World of Contrasts (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 12:54:30 PM
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/16/2013 1:56:43 PM
This is really great! Enjoyed reading this Edward...keep up the great writes. :)
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/16/2013 8:38:36 AM
Love their music! What ever happened to those days when entertainers really could sing????
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/15/2013 12:28:34 PM
I seem to remember being stuck on the MTA… or was that BART… or MARTA… Who knew. Spawned a whole bunch of imitators, but a genuine yokel bunch of folk.
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/15/2013 6:32:39 AM
Love Blue grass, was listening
to some gosple music just the other day
with blue grass rhythm
peace be with you
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/15/2013 6:26:45 AM
Think I will stick with my music, thanks...
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 3:23:09 PM
Loved it. You pegged them just right too. So well-written.
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 12:49:36 PM
Awww- I'm at work and can't listen.
This makes me want to hear these guys big time.
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 11:01:15 AM
Somewhere Between Country and Blue Grass (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 10:22:14 AM
That's just plain ol' COOL!
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 8:05:01 AM
You have a marvelous sense of humor in your poetry. Well done, my friend. This one says so much.
The Best Things in Life (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 8:02:55 AM
So well written and so well said. I loved it.
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 8:01:18 AM
Highly creative. I read it more than once and enjoyed it each time. Sure kept that smile on my face.
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/14/2013 3:37:14 AM
your writes never fail to bring chuckles...this was no exception
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/13/2013 6:37:35 PM
...nothing like an old adage because aging ads sell like nobodies business... besides, a young adage never acts its age... and proverbs beat the amateur verbs every time... even with the salary caps on! Of course, all caps are better because the lower case is lower than a snake's belly... which Mustang Sally reminded me when she exclaimed, "Look at what the cat dragged in" as I arrived after having turned 'a whiter shade of pale'... Seriously, though, you've got a hilarious sense of humour, a quick wit, and a seriously twisted but comprehensive command of cliches... coupled with a healthy tendency not to count them before they're hatched! (Cluck me, I must be dreaming! I could have sworn that cliche just laid an egg.;)
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/12/2013 2:10:54 PM
Thanks for the smiles.
And I did laugh at the wax.
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/12/2013 11:59:35 AM
There's a lot of pent-up humor in the old synapses! Some of those seem vaguely familiar, hope you aren't plagiarizing at your young age?
When I come to a fork in the road, I pick it up, dust it off, and then use it to poke myself, to see if I'm done yet.… Already.
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/12/2013 11:23:36 AM
Saving this one for other trips to the smiles shelf.
Nixed Metaphors (Poetry) - 10/12/2013 10:34:02 AM
Funny! I'm was ready to laugh; that was good.
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/11/2013 8:01:10 PM
That's a fine share of rare air... aux contraire, you say? Seriously, though, this is a rhyming masterpiece of rare delight... you take us there... excellent workmanship, mon frere...
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/11/2013 9:44:02 AM
Quite a geriatric hoot! I'm not sure exactly what you were driving at, but equating old-age with the county fair is not fair. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see Big Tex before he burned up. The smells and sounds brought back memories of my childhood and the place, while gigantic, had all the characteristics that I remember, right down to the cotton candy.
We only had a regional state fair because of our big-time promoter. My brother and I, worked concessions, and even ran one for a couple of years, making little money and not hooking up with any “carney” girls.
What was nice was catching Minnie Pearl, complete with straw hat with a price tag hanging down, in the radio tent talking to a local radio guy with nobody else around except the three of us. Also, the time the big-time country artist who sang, “Dang me, they ought to hang me,” couldn't make it, so they brought in a substitute, Reba McEntire.
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/11/2013 9:27:02 AM
So good...so many memories....so easy to identify with...Viagra for the mind....
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/11/2013 2:14:38 AM
I enjoyed this! Charming with old world appeal, cheeky and fun. Not usually a fan of rhyming, but this worked perfectly without any feeling of constraint or ill fit of words to make that happen.
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 4:23:21 PM
well done John
this is sn enjoyable read
peace be with you
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 3:54:31 PM
This was truly funny!!! Well done, Edward...
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 3:37:36 PM
Going to a fair
For me would be rare
'Cause I can't either
Afford the fare.
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 1:21:03 PM
Cleverly conconcted and witty, Edward. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 11:14:21 AM
a BLUE Ribbon write...so creative and unique...loved the rhyming rythm...perfect word choices. was a great laughoutloud piece. 3 cheers for this oone edward
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 10:41:38 AM
Well, I declare! Saddle up the mare!
Be There or Be Square (Poetry) - 10/10/2013 10:31:32 AM
I dare say you have a flair of which I was unaware.
This made me stare and care, so there.
Who Wants Obamacare? (Poetry) - 10/4/2013 7:37:06 AM
Some let a potty-mouth malaise
infect their understated praise,
others find uniquely different ways
to negate Obama's Health Care craze!
You've penned a provocative rhyme
that carries on as if in overtime,
making the profane sublime
on one thin lonely, spendthrift dime.
So what if no-one wants this act,
to close down the country is just cracked,
Republican zealots are lacking in tact,
If this is democracy, this is wack!
Everyone needs health care, that's a fact!
Anyhow, I enjoyed your didactic tract.
Who Wants Obamacare? (Poetry) - 10/2/2013 7:47:56 AM
The Tea Party people are one the worst things to happen in this country.
Who Wants Obamacare? (Poetry) - 10/2/2013 6:57:59 AM
Everybody wants Obamacare if they aren't, “already there.” And there's a whole bunch of folks that haven't made it like the fat cats funding “Hate Obama.”
It's very interesting that the Affordable Healthcare Act was commandeered by the Tea Party as a way to “get back” at the president's success. In a sly move, they labeled it, “Obamacare,” as an affront and to make sure that they were laying all the blame on “him.” True to his nature, the president just adopted the term as his own, thereby nicely defusing the shock value originally intended by the hatemongers.
I love it.
Who Wants Obamacare? (Poetry) - 10/2/2013 4:24:58 AM
Is there a market for used underwear?
I want Obamacare!
Truth from Within (Poetry) - 10/1/2013 8:44:49 PM
Great verse Edward. I am always a sucker for these types of messages. I just love lessons learned. This piece was fun to read and serious at the same time. Two elements that can be difficult to mingle but you mastered it here. Good one my poet friend.
Who Wants Obamacare? (Poetry) - 10/1/2013 7:14:22 PM
Scratch a teabagger, and you'll find someone named Koch...Those poor deluded fools don't know they are being played like a p;rize sucker on a fishing line.....
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 9/29/2013 7:23:24 AM
Wonderfully woven! Carefully crafted!
Autumn and Us (Poetry) - 9/26/2013 11:11:07 PM
A masterful poem. One of few things I miss about Indiana was the blazing colors in her autumn leaves. M.True
The Best Things in Life (Poetry) - 9/26/2013 11:02:10 PM
A very poetic expression of faith. M. True
Searching for Love (Poetry) - 9/26/2013 8:16:09 PM
Thank you Ed
for This poem, it was a pleasure to read, yes with that touch of classy elegance.
Peace be with you
Searching for Love (Poetry) - 9/26/2013 11:34:42 AM
I would call it, “To Be Loved.” The word trolling makes me think of stalking, and that's not a good thing when it comes to love.
Searching for Love (Poetry) - 9/26/2013 5:05:16 AM
I think one of the human drives for some of us is just to share a love of poetry with like minds. Maybe that is being noticed and being loved. But really, I have thoroughly enjoyed, for the first time in my life, having contact with other people who have this drive to put things in words.
Searching for Love (Poetry) - 9/25/2013 7:18:10 PM
Perhaps you have it, certainly sounds sound, for one sounding out truth, but I cannot help but think that your visual has it backwards: the touch of poetry, true poetry, turns everyone into a lover. I may be a bit biased, of course... still this one is a keeper! Nicely conceived and wonderfully delivered, Edward. She's a beaut!
Leadership Pledge: American Style (Poetry) - 9/23/2013 8:23:05 AM
Nice words and philosophy. Yes, it would be nice to live in a really fair and equal world.
Leadership Pledge: American Style (Poetry) - 9/23/2013 7:59:18 AM
Another sterling write. I'd like to send on to all my contacts… Unfortunately, I know very few CEOs.
I'm with you all the way on this one. Where are our Henry Fords today? There are a few of them around and some companies owned by the employees, but we've got to get off this “greed is superiority” kick or we all will go down the tubes with the captains of industry.
Leadership Pledge: American Style (Poetry) - 9/19/2013 4:03:56 PM
Would this pledge were true, Edward. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Leadership Pledge: American Style (Poetry) - 9/19/2013 3:11:17 PM
Going on my Facebook page much truth here....
Leadership Pledge: American Style (Poetry) - 9/19/2013 1:58:05 PM
Excellent. I'll take the pledge.
The Best Things in Life (Poetry) - 9/18/2013 12:56:30 PM
While there's no really “up there” or “down there” for that matter, except what we hatch in our minds, you have crafted a mighty fine poem here.
The Best Things in Life (Poetry) - 9/17/2013 7:36:25 PM
I like this poem Edward.
I like it a lot.
Because in this life, we only get one shot.
The best times of my life has been when I can share some fun with another person. These days I like to help out elderly or teach skills to youth. I don't need money to do that and that's the truth!
Peace be with you,
Autumn and Us (Poetry) - 9/17/2013 8:14:10 AM
Autumn and Us (Poetry) - 9/17/2013 8:06:48 AM
What a wonderful ode to the season I love the most, next to spring. You must be reminiscing like me unless you somehow leave Florida during these fall months because, while the leaves may fall and turn brown there is nothing spectacular about a fall in hot humid climates like yours and mine.
Autumn and Us (Poetry) - 9/17/2013 12:44:14 AM
How beautiful is that? The scheme of things rises high to the power of perfection.
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/10/2013 5:40:53 PM
One Christmas day I went to work, feeling fine, then I got to work and started to be sick, flowing from both ends & had to go home...on my way home I was stopped by the State Police in a Christmas day DUI sting...I was freezing and wouldn't open my car window more than a crack...I told the cop I didn't drink anymore and was sick enough to puke on him right there...he thought I was kidding and continued to talk to me, so I did...hope he enjoyed my breakfast the second time...what does this have to do with your poem, nothing, just a memory I guess that rambled out of an old mans thoughts...e (enjoyed your write, Ed)
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/10/2013 7:05:33 AM
I like the image of them throwing away the key and the mold. Never again to open your cell, I'm told.
And the last two stanzas… A real downer. Was it age profiling?
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/10/2013 4:52:00 AM
Giggle...crime doesn't pay, my friend...this was cute...thanks for the smiles...
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/10/2013 4:40:04 AM
Thanks for the ^&d.k(* memories. Mine were in Arkansas, arrested in a 1960 speed trap in a town whose 'jail' was an alley park bench. Waited there in the middle of the night while the only cop rousted the Justice of the Peace who fined me $16 I didn't have. What were they going to do with me? Sent me on my way with a promise to pay come Monday when I could get to my bank. Cleverly done, Edward, and a very dangerous thing these days, to know how to count backwards, or what century we live in.
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/9/2013 6:18:16 PM
Lark: I admit to having taken poetic license with the actual facts in the second half of this rhyme. The truth was far more outrageous but not nearly as funny. (I was charged with doing 51 mph in a 30 mph zone with my cruise control on and set to 30 mph). Now we know that not all the stupid cops are in Arkansas.
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/9/2013 4:56:09 PM
You know, law enforcement people aren't usually smart enough to appreciate your intelligent humor, that's why they do what they do. That was a horrid experience, but hilarious write.
Sobriety's Not What it Used to be (Poetry) - 9/9/2013 12:30:06 PM
Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. Its not fun hearing the steel doors clang shut behind you, I know. I hope it was more "just visiting," so to speak than having the keys thrown away on you.
Hang in there
A Message for Bashar (Poetry) - 9/6/2013 10:11:31 PM
Forget politics. Syria is an open and shut case of a dictator using chemical warfare against his own people. I think we can greatly reduce his ability to repeat that kind of atrocity in 30 to 60 days. The nearest parallel is Libya. It was over in 7 months. Our casualties: ZERO. Our cost: ZERO. Our leader: Barack Obama.
A Message for Bashar (Poetry) - 9/6/2013 6:29:04 PM
Rarely do I get political in reviews Ed. Beside the fact of this place in the earth, this outpost of insanity in a perfectly insane world as it is, seem not to be the particular place we should stand up to evil. You know that voice that tells you...no not here. Russians
manning missile sites, slowly filtering ships from the Black sea, truly evil people on either side, in a country that was never a signatory to any chemical weapons treaty. Unwilling allies. Seems like they have all lost their nerve. If you want to end the threat of chemical weapons in this place upon the earth, you have to go in and take them. Boots on the ground. Images of world war 3 dance in my head my friend. One we're in, we're in. May not be a good exit from this one. I keep hearing rumors in the news of Al Quaida setting up Assad for the fall on this one. Maybe I'm a nervous little Nellie on this one Edward, but it doesn't look so good to me. I pray the Lord will protect us on this one if we do jump. We'll see what happens. Bob
A Message for Bashar (Poetry) - 9/6/2013 11:27:31 AM
Just another place for the US to show its power...no more war, let them deal with their own countries problems...e
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 9/5/2013 11:33:54 PM
Nice cheery poem well written.
The Midnight Visitor (Poetry) - 9/5/2013 11:32:18 PM
Great words and story Edward; really evocative, gripping and entertaining.
A Message for Bashar (Poetry) - 9/5/2013 7:26:59 AM
I wish there were a better way, but in order to limit collateral damage––and I mean more innocent people in the path of mighty destruction coming from almost nowhere––I think that drones could do a better job of pinpointing where it hurts the most… right in the arrogant ass!
A Message for Bashar (Poetry) - 9/5/2013 5:29:47 AM
Very powerful statement, Edward...well done...
Obama's Finest Hour (Poetry) - 9/2/2013 6:47:00 AM
History does not need another war, unfortunately it is not up to me but the hand that rules the cradle of justice. The men that have gone before us sacrificed so much, for us to see not to rule with an iron fist!
Penned nicely Ed!
Obama's Finest Hour (Poetry) - 8/29/2013 1:00:20 PM
I hope you are right Mike...I really do for the sake of the USA.
Still - I really liked YOUR poetic expression.
Obama's Finest Hour (Poetry) - 8/29/2013 10:01:28 AM
Great tribute to what I consider two amazing men...
Obama's Finest Hour (Poetry) - 8/29/2013 7:27:23 AM
Yes, as president, Obama has many opportunities to shine. He also has many opportunities in the form of pitfalls to avoid. The dilemma of chemical weapons in Syria reminds me of Kennedy facing off with the Soviet Union over ABMs in Cuba. Scary stuff.
Obama's Finest Hour (Poetry) - 8/29/2013 3:25:17 AM
So true. Providence alone will judge us. Fine tribute.
Time Well Spent (Poetry) - 8/25/2013 7:04:11 AM
I can't wax as poetic as Roger, but I certainly admire the economist who ventures off into physics. You have done justice to this slippery concept, time. And you have inspired me to tackle the subject in a poem someday myself.
As others have noted, and I believe you have too, as I age, time seems to move more swiftly. But I still find waiting to be excruciatingly slow. But I know that you and I will not be sitting, “counting flowers on the wall [paper],” any time soon because we will be busy writing and creating wonderful poetry like this.
A Flight of Fantasy (Poetry) - 8/25/2013 4:13:45 AM
I often write to music myself. Whether it influences me or not is purely subjective I believe. Of course when I was very young I did homework by music. It follows us always unless we are tonedeaf or somthing. One of the necessary ingredients for a rounded human being I believe. Good write Edward. Bob
Brittle Bones (Poetry) - 8/25/2013 4:06:18 AM
Now that I'm older, I look back at all the times I silently mocked my elders as they complained of aches and pains and how hard things were. Knowing it just gets worse as I grow older. The wealth of complaints has only started for me I'm sure. The irony of aging descends upon us. This cruel joke of nature can only be endured or joked about. Your excellent rhyme pattern has brought out the humor and made for an enjoyable read Edward. Bob
Time Well Spent (Poetry) - 8/24/2013 3:20:19 PM
I hope you don't mind, but your poem's an inspiration, and I cannot help but be infected by its righteous rhythms and rollicking rhymes! You've got a wonderful style, and I could read you for a mile; here's my response in verse, I've varied the rhyme scheme, but it's a rejoinder. Like I say, I hope you don't moind 'er.
But is there a rhythm and rhyme, too, to Time?
Will seconds lay waste to all who come first?
Or is she in truth just a circus-act mime,
going through the same motions as if she were cursed?
She makes not a sound as hours go around
like some roulette wheel just out for a spin,
often mistaking figure for ground
in her zeal once again, once again to begin.
But you've put a spin on her motions and ways
that quite separates boys from men.
And if Time always wins in all of her plays,
'Now' will, as you suggest, soon be 'Then',
just as boys will be boys, and men will be men!
Thanks for the inspiration, Edward. Always a pleasure reading your poems.
How I Joined the Mile High Club (Poetry) - 8/15/2013 8:39:03 AM
Hahahahahahahaha!!!! This was FABULOUS! Of course the title drew me quickly into the poem...giggle...and the finale was perfect!!! Awesome job, Ed!
How I Joined the Mile High Club (Poetry) - 8/14/2013 11:08:24 AM
I love this!! You had us all flying.
How I Joined the Mile High Club (Poetry) - 8/14/2013 9:33:56 AM
At first I was thinking, oh no, not you Ed. Then I became totally absorbed. This is brilliant!
How I Joined the Mile High Club (Poetry) - 8/14/2013 7:10:51 AM
Man, what a let down! Beautifully crafted poem though. Filled with intrigue and anticipation. You're becoming quite a poet if I must say so.
Reminds me of the scene in one of my novels of an initiation (James Bond style) into the Mach 2.5 club. Alas, we can't do that anymore on a simple New York to London flight. To be resourceful, we have to spend $zillions to hitch a ride on one of Virgin's flights into near space… And then, there may not be room to do the deed.
How I Joined the Mile High Club (Poetry) - 8/13/2013 6:20:13 PM
I should be able to join, I have been quite HIGH, quite a lot in my life...
Truth from Within (Poetry) - 8/10/2013 4:28:45 AM
great reminder write for anyone reading....but I DID have to smile widely at ron's quote froom james coburn
Truth from Within (Poetry) - 8/10/2013 4:03:34 AM
Being someone that throughout life has habitually broken the rules on a regular basis, this could quite easily been written as a warning to me.
However, they do say, old habits die-hard.
Therefore, with that in mind, I considered how I would have written the first stanza whereof it applied solely to me.
This is how it goes.
If you want to see your tomorrows
just take a good look at your past.
You’ll find the answer in your sorrows
and all such sins that you’ve amassed.
Truth from Within (Poetry) - 8/9/2013 1:26:56 PM
A wonderful and beautifully written poem about living right. Everyone should read it.
On the other hand, I still like what the wise old man James Coburn said in Waterhole #3, “Do it unto others before they do it on to you.” ;-)
Truth from Within (Poetry) - 8/9/2013 12:03:54 PM
Wow. I do not even want to tell you how much this has made me stop and think about something I was about to do. May not have solved my dilemma, but will make me think even more before I make a move. Very timely and relevant.
Gentle on Our Minds (Poetry) - 8/8/2013 7:12:33 AM
One of the early things I remember about Glen Campbell was his unique ability on the 12-string guitar...he was remarkable. Thanks for stirring that pleasant memory.
Gentle on Our Minds (Poetry) - 8/8/2013 5:51:05 AM
You are certainly of great writer of tributes and you couldn't pick a finer person to write a tribute to (maybe Pat Boone? ;-)). While I was reading I couldn't get “Galveston” and “The Wichita Lineman” off my mind… Such catchy tunes and rhymes will always stay with me. I'm so glad he came out and told us about his plight early. It's also good to see that Mohammad Ali is still with us and still joking and that Michael J. Fox is back on TV this fall.
Like John Denver, by the time I get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell will always remain, gentle on my mind, like yours.
Gentle on Our Minds (Poetry) - 8/7/2013 5:23:35 PM
Excellent poetic tribute Edward! So many new musicians could learn from Glen Campbell. Now I hear that he is not doing too well. Alzheimer's has taken it's toll. God Bless you Ed for this tribute as Glen was one of my favorite singers of all time.
John Michael Domino
Gentle on Our Minds (Poetry) - 8/7/2013 11:51:41 AM
It is so nice to see a tribute to someone who is alive, and he deserves it. It is Gooooood.
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 8/7/2013 8:01:58 AM
how great is this! i want to hear you sing it :}
Gentle on Our Minds (Poetry) - 8/7/2013 7:43:28 AM
Nice tribute to a well-loved talent!
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/31/2013 1:53:00 PM
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/26/2013 6:54:44 AM
OMG! You've written a golden oldie! I can't wait to see a bunch of old codgers singing this song on YouTube. It seems to have a melody already built into the words. You are not only a mean economist, you are a talented poet and songwriter, too. Kudos to you!
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/26/2013 4:25:08 AM
I'd LOVE to hear this put to a lively melody!!! Awesome!!!!
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/26/2013 4:11:08 AM
Too true - thanks for the laugh.
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/25/2013 4:44:10 PM
Clever and funny write, Edward. Enjoyed!
Love and blessings,
Our Golden Years (Poetry) - 7/25/2013 12:13:35 PM
Fantastic. Wish it wasn't so darn accurate "in parts." Funny, funny.
Stairway to the Stars (Poetry) - 7/22/2013 4:42:31 AM
Beautifully penned!!!!! This is so uplifting...loved the lyrical flow to your wonderful phrasing...
Stairway to the Stars (Poetry) - 7/20/2013 11:55:58 AM
oh my WOW! Edward....scrape the floor with your bows...was like hearing pavrotti hitting the 'big' one...I can feel the thunderous building crescendo of words...arms out stretched over throngs of cheering people as you gently set us back down with a hushed reminder of truth.
without doubt this was one of your best ...it highlighted and did justice to your incredible talent. however i'll have to admit everytime I see your name I gear up for a funn fun read...this one caught me off guard, waiting for the fun to jump in. Kudos...pat
Stairway to the Stars (Poetry) - 7/20/2013 8:13:36 AM
Great last line. It's a 9.999999999!
Stairway to the Stars (Poetry) - 7/19/2013 11:12:31 PM
What a GREAT way to end a poetic song! This is your BEST Edward! BRAVO!
May peace be with you, love surround you and blessings abound you,
Stairway to the Stars (Poetry) - 7/19/2013 8:17:29 AM
Just incredible to be able to put these thoughts into words. More, more, more, please.
Remembrance of things past: 1963 to 2013 (Poetry) - 7/18/2013 5:00:18 AM
Been there, done that ... I too dislike the 'country of laws' mantra. So was the ruthless Confederacy, Final Solution Germany and Greco-Israel. Generally meaningless but lethal words. I like your lawless freedom to tell the truth and you've told it well in this poem. No senility here.
Remembrance of things past: 1963 to 2013 (Poetry) - 7/17/2013 7:58:24 AM
You covered the ground very well. “They” used to be called the Silent Majority. And, for the most part, they still are… Twittering and Facebooking away their little lives being very good consumers of the Pap their puppet masters are marketing and profiting from. We are creating laws that are impinging on our basic freedoms and equality. And no one is watching the hen house while the foxes sneak in and out and gather up all the golden eggs while they dirty the nest, the only nest we have.
I sense no senility here, only wisdom. As for me, I hope my light burns out before my critical thinking turns to blind obedience to the muddling middle.
Remembrance of things past: 1963 to 2013 (Poetry) - 7/17/2013 6:07:01 AM
Oh, this is good, and the last two lines say it all. It really is "folly to be quiet." Too many complacent people are one reason we are in this mess.
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/11/2013 3:38:01 PM
Wonderful!!! "like a mystery inside an enigma"...brilliant! So many captivating phrases! Loved it!
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/11/2013 2:17:12 PM
Wow! A great recollection of a surrealistic series of events.
Peace, love and abundant blessings,
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/9/2013 4:27:03 PM
Alas, I have no answers to these questions who, like dancers, nag your waking mind. But of the verse you now rehearse, so wondrous strange I find! The tone is calm, it's like a balm, it soothes and strips away pretention, to pull my soul towards its goal, a wholly new dimension.
Forgive my weak and feeble rhymes, in homage to your own I write. This is an inspiration, a poem so rich in lore, so lyrical and image-clad, with so much more in store... I hope it is continued ... yet to be told... yet to be done... what has gone on before...
Well done, Mr. Philips.
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 10:39:31 AM
I believe she is Lady Liberty, and you believe she is being threatened by the coming upheaval that you are trying desperately to stop, but no one is hearing you, like a dream, a very bad dream, that keeps coming back, again and again and again, until it consumes your spirit––and you know what that means.
Let me find you a girlfriend so you can dream about her instead. ;-)
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 8:29:31 AM
Some dreams I've had are so real it scares me.
A Flight of Fantasy (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 6:27:45 AM
Love the way you have brought about the fantastic world . You live in the world you weave for oneself!. Excellent thoughts Phillips.
A Recurring Dream (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 5:18:11 AM
If my analyst is right and dreams are preparation for pending 'confrontations' then your sleep cannot be quieted until the deed is done and 'mystery' resolved. I hope it is soon and that this 'mare is overkill for your needs ... or that the dream is 'just a dream, just a dream ...' Skillfully done.
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 7/6/2013 8:51:14 AM
I don't know about anyone else
but I think I will still wanna get my
love groove on when I am 90ish plus
Ole Folks & Obscenities Forever
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 7/2/2013 9:42:52 AM
I enjoyed reading your hilarious poem today. I pity for the
girl who has to marry him. (smile) just kidding, "Old or Elderly
people need and find love too.! There's nothing wrong with that,
It made me laugh.
A Flight of Fantasy (Poetry) - 7/1/2013 3:02:36 AM
Phillips is simply Phillips. Poetry has a role t play, as Phillips just did here.
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 6/28/2013 8:15:12 AM
Everything was hunky dory until you got to the pregnancy part. That blew it all apart like a rotten fart.
Still, I can't help shed a tear for the beautiful poem written for the lovely young couple. Sniff, sniff.
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 6/28/2013 7:15:15 AM
So funny! Love these breaks from reality, or is it?
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 6/28/2013 4:27:34 AM
Hahahahahha!!! Hilarious! I sang right along....giggle...awesome!!! Thanks for the laughter....
You're Gettin' Married in the Mornin' (Poetry) - 6/28/2013 12:23:23 AM
Wow Ed, if this is true your friend has big guns!