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Review of Alaska2004  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your photos of Alaska.

*Exclaim* Hi Jace! Oh my gosh! That looks like it was a fantastic trip! You caught great moments on camera. I've never been to Alaska, but I was able to get a good sense of what it looks like from your variety of pictures.

Wow! You even had little floating ice burgs there! The flowers were pretty, and the girls look like they were having so much fun. I don't know about those animals...Are elks friendly? It looks like you might have been pretty close to them! LOL

I thought it was a nice touch to write an introduction before the album. Nice work in putting this one together.

I've had friends who have been to Alaska and they told me about dog sled rides and other fun moments. This is the first time I saw a photo album of such a trip. Thanks for sharing the winter fun! *Delight*


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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your Crockpot story.

*Exclaim*Hi Happy! Oh gosh, I loved your crockpot tale. I never made a peach cobbler in a crockpot, so now I am looking forward to trying something like that.

I use my crockpot a lot, too. I started years ago at a time when my daughter was in her high school varsity sports. I'd set it up early, and it was ready to eat after her games, or when the rest of the family was ready to eat while my daughter and I were still out. Your story brought back great memories. *Delight*

I would have loved to see a more detailed recipe following your story. Perhaps you might add one there, and space it out so it will be easy to read and follow. With that said, I will surely look up desert recipes in the future. Up until now, I have only made entrees in my crockpot. Thanks for the winter fun! *Smile*


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Review of An autumn walk  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your Autumn poem.

*Exclaim* What a wonderful poem to read during this season when our weather changes along with the leaves.

I enjoyed your descriptive words. I could imagine the sights and sounds of a true countryside walk. I was impressed that you described the sound of crisp, fallen leaves as similar to that of paper bags. It shows fresh ideas in poetic writing.

I smiled as I imagined the squirrels hurrying up an Oak tree. We've all seen that before, no matter where we live. *Smile*

The mist from the valley floor, described as ghostly, was perfect! Gosh, I hate driving in fog, but it is going to make it seem more eerie next time when I remember how you described it as ghostly! *Bigsmile*

I'll have to admit that you lost me a bit in your third stanza. I had to look up, pipping, but I still couldn't figure out what you meant here: Nearby, mushrooms thrust furled fists. A pipping. / Long-tailed tits arrow across the fiery sky.

Other than that brief stumble, I thought you did a really great job. I especially enjoyed the ending where you hinted at winter. It was a nice way to end the poem.



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Review of Painting  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your story.

*Exclaim* Hi Jacky! Thanks for sharing this great story. I was captivated throughout the entire piece. The beginning hooked my attention, as I was truly curious to find out how Alex solved the problem.

Your descriptions were spot on. I understood why the back porch was different from the front porch, and why it was going to be a much bigger painting job.

Oh my gosh! I'm not going to ruin the ending for anyone who might come across my review, but I absolutely loved the ending! I always wanted a Bengal Cat! *Wink*

I would definitely suggest editing to add something more to the genre part. Perhaps, Comedy and Family. You mentioned there that it was a contest entry. Maybe you might consider adding what the contest challenge was. For example, 'The challenge was to write a story about home improvement'.

I enjoyed this piece! Have a fun weekend! *Smile*


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Review of Knock, Knock  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your scary story.

*Exclaim* Yikes! I seriously have goosebumps up and down my arms! Is that a normal reaction to your story? Your writing succeeded in giving me chills. I normally don't read scary stories - I thought the animated Coroline was too scary for me! LOL
I saw the, "Knock, Knock" title and I thought there would be a joke punch line somewhere in there, but instead it was like a scary campfire story like the ones we would hear at Halloween! I guess the give away is in the 'dark' and 'death' genre notes. *Laugh*

Nice work in absolute suspense from the beginning to the end. Gosh! I could imagine peering through the peephole and looking out into the darkness. I used to be the person who simply swung the door wide open, but one time in my life, there was a creepy guy there in the darkness. (I was expecting a late Amazon delivery at Christmas time.) He was all decked out in a hunting outfit, and wanted to know if, "I took his kill". I lived in a nice development where there was no hunting. It pulls in the brief introduction of making a person think about what they would do.

So I can imagine not seeing the mystery 'shrouded in the mist'. Your choices of words added to the chilling suspense of your story. Nice work.

Have fun this weekend! *Smile*


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Review of Fortresses  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your philosophical poem.

*Exclaim* Hello Don! I loved your poem about building inner strength. It seemed very inspirational and pretty.

When I think of true poetry, my mind wanders to poetic words such as those you wrote in this poem. Fireflies, lightning bugs, and stars complete a scene of enchantment.

Your first stanza reminds me of the saying, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade'.
You, however, introduced a fresh new modern play on that, with the peppermill! Nice opening.

I heard a song the other day, Some Beach by Jimmy Buffet. I think a band would love your poem to put into a song! I particularly enjoyed your last stanza about the sandcastles.
It was very upbeat and would make someone feel great about the life experiences which they tried. *Smile*

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Review of Trinkets  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your collection item.

*Exclaim* Hi Clear! Thanks for sharing your Trinket collection item.

It was very thoughtful of you to share your trinkets, and highlight some of your friend's ports at the same time.

I never go out of my way to find trinkets, so it was fun to see a lot of them featured here.

So sad to hear about the passing of your cat, Sabrina, but it is sweet that you have the memory of her in a trinket. It's the purrrrfect name for a black cat. I watched all of the Sabrina reruns (when there was no more of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and your cat reminds me of that cat. I think its name was Salem.

I like your other 'cat' trinket, too, of your neighbor's kitten. I used to have a cat named Penelope which looked a little like that.

What a fun week to view your trinket collection - during our site party! I feel like I received party favors!

Thanks for putting this together, and have a great time this week on WDC. *Delight*


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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your recipe item.

*Exclaim* Oh my gosh, is it dinner time yet? I LOVE Mexican food, and your great item made me hungry! LOL *Laugh*

Your picture is fabulous, and I felt that it complimented your poem, recipe, and information well. I'm impressed at how nicely it all went together.

I enjoyed your Cinquain form. The first stanza showed the process, of chopping prep and baking. I liked the emos which you found! It was a perfect touch!

The next stanza made us see how yummy the Chicken Enchiladas were! Nice work with creating a structured poem to match your recipe.

Your recipe is great! In my opinion, it seems clear and easy to follow. Oh, and, of course, it seems easy to make! I never thought of adding a carton of Campbell's Mexican Style Tomato Soup. I never even knew that existed. You know I'll be thinking of you the next time I'm down the soup aisle!

As I mentioned, the directions which you adding sounded quick and easy to me. I'd never know from the great picture how easy the actual recipe was, but you made me want to try this. I hope you did well in the contest. *Smile*

Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have fun this week!


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Review of Nature  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* Hi there! I hope you are enjoying our site festivities!

I'm glad I came across your pretty poem! I love structured poems, and I found yours really intriguing because of the syllable placement. It reminded me of a haiku, but longer.

I felt that you succeeded in telling a whole story in just a small place. Your reader can experience what this hiker witnessed as he walked up to the valley view. It seemed so pretty, pristine indeed, with the untouched land, gentle river, and wildlife, too.

All of that couldn't have been easy to write while sticking to a strict pattern, but you did it effortlessly.

Did you consider adding your cover photo at the bottom of the poem? I realize the poem speaks for itself, but the cover image is so pretty.

I like how the poem and information at the end is centered. I would also make the font a pretty green color. Nice work! *Smile*


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Review of The Jesters' Lie  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your fun poem.

*Exclaim* Hi Jim! I thought I'd stop by to review one of your items during our site party.

So bye, bye Miss American pie! Here we hear about the Jester again, and his 'lie' about doing fine, when there is more than meets the eye. I liked how you opened with a play on Healthy, wealthy and wise. It set the theme of this poem well, and gave me an idea about what might come.

You succeeded in making your readers feel the suffering that Jester is feeling. Your poetic words followed his path of doom. I like the twist about how his defeated soul, finally at rest, starts all over again.

I really enjoyed the rhyme pattern of your mysterious poem. I see that, even with words which have trouble rhyming perfectly, it all still flowed in nicely. Great job.

Nice touch, by the way, of adding links to your previous 'Jester' themed poems at the end.

Enjoy the festivities! *Smile*



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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your recipe item.

*Exclaim* Oh my gosh, Lovina, I'm definitely going to try to make this! My family and I love Mexican food, and this dish looks fancy, fun and easy to make.

Congrats on being a winner in the Chef contest. Your item was well presented, written well, and I'm sure it's mouthwateringly tasty too!

The photo of the food is awesome. I liked the flow of your poem, too. It added to show how simple and fun your recipe is. The chopping and prep are most probably the hardest part.

The actual recipe in a pull-down menu was a nice touch. The list of ingredients should be easy to find. The instructions were easy to follow, in my opinion. Nice work, and thanks for sharing. *Smile*


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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your unique and fun piece.

*Exclaim* Hi Tidzaman! I was intrigued by your A - Z item about coronavirus. I'm glad I clicked on this because it was so much fun to read!

Although it's a short piece, I can tell that it took a lot of time and thought. Writing something with every word starting with a letter of the alphabet from A to Z can't really be too easy. I know it would take me a while to figure out something which makes some amount of sense. *Smile*

You did what you can do with a Corona Virus theme. I don't truly understand the 'meditation' part of it, but I guess it takes concentration for sure. It would be a challenge to do it again from Z to A, but with positive parts of Coronavirus in it. ...Zestfully, youthfully, Xavier whimsically vocalizes...

Nice work. *Smile*


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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your list of good things.

*Exclaim* Hi Edwin! I really enjoyed reading your list! There are great things that came from the Covid 19 lockdown. Sure, we would much rather not ever have had it, but you looked on the bright side of things. Like, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

I especially loved your line, "Garages, kitchen pantries and drawers everywhere have been purged and reorganized" LOL It's so true! I did a lot of that, and so have my neighbors. *Smile*

Yes, we've all probably also cooked and used gadgets, like air fryers perhaps, which we might not have used before.

I hope you continue to add to your well done list. Maybe we learned to play new instruments or learned a new language. Our pets love that we're home most of the time. I have done lots of walking, so I believe (as you mentioned with the bike riding) that people are learning to exercise without their use of health clubs. I learned to cut my bangs, and then I simply grew them out. Gosh, my hair got so long now! We all learned to do for ourselves. *Smile*

I found just one little typo toward the bottom quarter - " Many families are eating healthier home0cooked meals more often."

You mentioned in the introduction of your list that it generated a lot of discussions.

I hope it continues the discussions, and that people keep an optimistic attitude. This won't last forever, but people will see all the positive effects it might have brought.


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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* Hi Cosmos! I loved reading your great Corona poem. I think it represents all that we've been feeling during these strange times.

I felt the mystery of your poetic words. Indeed, this is a weird and different type of year, which none of us have ever experienced before. I found your thoughts interesting. How would we share, in a time capsule, our experiences for future generations to see? Was there a song which we heard a lot in quarantine which will spark memories? Did we try out a new item, like an ice cream machine or a bread maker? Did we learn a language or musical instrument, or perhaps we simply watched a lot of tv? You expressed similar thoughts in your poem. I would have liked to make a collection of photos which showed closed signs in places, and people walking around with masks all over the world.

Thanks for sharing your Corona poem.


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Review of Irish Void  
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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*Exclaim* Well done poem, Web. Although it speaks of sadness from our current global problem, I felt that it was a full filled poem, filled with warm and sentimental memories.

I didn't wear my green shirt this St. Patrick's Day because I had a bad case of pneumonia. I would have worn it around the house, but I did put a different green shirt on...Vomiting and fevered with pneumonia took the fun out of my original outfit. *Frown*

This was the first St. Patrick's Day that hubby and I didn't celebrate, but I really enjoyed the burst of St. Patrick's Day sentiments throughout your fine poem. You spoke of everything related to the theme... Erin go Bragh, pubs, Irish beer, Irish stew, Leprechauns and pots of gold, corned beef and cabbage, smiling Irish eyes - You hit it all!!

I thought the very best part of your poem was the delightful rhyme. Beautifully done! It made it a pleasure to read, as it flowed so smoothly.

I would center the poem, and make it in green font. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. Good job. *Smile*


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Rated: 18+ | (1.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* *Laugh* LOL What a very funny poem!

Here is your one star as requested. *Bigsmile*

I love that you had Cupid borrow Santa's sleigh. It was very creative of you to mix Christmas and Valentine's Day.

What a fun adventure! Stupid Cupid wasn't a very good shot with those arrows. ...And then the elves had to clean the sleigh afterward. Messy birds! *Laugh*

The post note at the end was a nice touch.
Five great stanzas of a fun tale. I found it very entertaining.
Good luck in the bad poetry contest.


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Review of The Dragon Awake  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review is an acknowledgment of your contest entry, as well as some of my brief thoughts.

*Exclaim*I felt that the prompt words flowed in smoothly in your long story poem.

It was creative of you, to write about a dragon who was feeling his age, making him discouraged about life. Your readers were able to understand how he pondered about his own past and present, while life went on around him.

I liked that you added a happy ending, which was fitting for the last line of a Happy New Year, as the dragon realized that he can transform.

Great title for this story poem. *Delight*


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Review of Lonely The Dragon  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review is an acknowledgment of your contest entry, as well as some of my brief thoughts.

*Exclaim*I enjoyed the beauty of your smooth flowing poem.

Although it was a small piece, your poetic words told a clear and entertaining story, while presenting well-done descriptions. Your readers will envision breathy smoke floating lazily in the air.

We had a glimpse of the lonely dragon while he pondered his current circumstances and new possibilities for the coming year.

The prompt words also fit in well.


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Review of The Crack  
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*Exclaim*I was captivated by the wonderful tale which your poem told.

I felt that the beauty of your opening stanza was a great hook. I loved how you described the warm rays of the sun, yet the dragon still felt cold.

I also liked that you spread the prompt words out well, from the top to the bottom.

The best part for me, was the surprise and happy ending in the final stanza. *Delight*


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*Exclaim*What a cute story-poem! I could imagine this turned into a colorful children's book.

I liked the first stanza the best. It made me 'see' the scene of the boy holding a bucket of fish and a shell.

Creative of you to write about a dragon family, with goals to anticipate. Good use of prompt words, too.


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Review of Mentors  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* Hi Rhychus! I found your poem on the 'read and review' list.

What an interesting contest. It sounds fun and easy for everyone. You might consider adding a link to the contest under your poem, so we can all enjoy it, and see what the theme was. I noticed, for example, you have one word highlighted in your poem. Perhaps a little might be mentioned about that word.

Great presentation! I like the clean look and the way you centered the poem.

The title goes well with the poem, which talks about how well the manners of minors can be improved with mentoring. Great work and good luck in the contest.

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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* Oh my gosh, what a pretty bird! I never heard of a Grackle, so I learned something new here.
I love birds, so I'm a bit envious that you have this one living on your property. *Bigsmile*

Nice work with this one, Jeannie. I was drawn in by your cute brief introduction and cover image. You certainly found the perfect image to complement your great poem.

I enjoyed reading all of your stanzas, which had me imagining the little birds building a nest and raising their babies. It must be fun to watch them grow. I felt that you covered the entire experience well in your poem.

I liked that you centered the poem under a pretty image. It looks great!

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Review of Ladybug Beach  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your fun poem.

*Exclaim* (((Itchybarn))) So great to read a poem which you wrote!
I absolutely smiled while I read each and every stanza! *Bigsmile**Delight*

What an awesome presentation!
I liked that you chose red font to nicely complement the redish ladybug cover image.

My favorite poems are those that rhyme. Your rhyme scheme flowed very smoothly, which added to the fun experience of reading your poem.

I also liked that your poem told a story and included factual information about the little bugs. Your readers will learn about their colors, what they look like, and about how they hate to be kept in cases!

I thought it was a nice touch to end at the beach. It drew attention back to the title.

Thanks for sharing your entertaining story. *Smile*

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Review of Invisible Strings  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your story.

*Exclaim* Oooh, what a captivating story! I liked how it began with a dream.

Maybe you'll be tempted to write a chapter book of it someday, so we can read about Elsa's experience at the Las Vegas strip!

I enjoyed reading your story. Your readers can feel the hurt and frustration which Elsa endures from her bully husband and lonely life.

I did come across just a few small typos.

Here you wrote: " "No!" She said aloud, setting straight up in bed." sitting straight up...

Here, "Elsa sit up in bed and check the clock" ...sat up in bed and checked the clock.

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Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your tribute item.

*Exclaim* Hi Elisa! I found your great item in the random reads list.

I was glad to stumble across it because it was nice to reminisce contests, names of WDC members and items which brought back memories - especially now, during our site's 19th anniversary celebration.

The brief intro is unique and eye-catching.
I like the fun atmosphere and occasional humor in your item. It's also presented nicely, with a very organized look. Gosh, good for you to have kept up with it for so many years!

Just so you know, there are a few invalid items. We can't help having those pop up from time to time, as people come and go (...and so do their great items!)

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