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The Transition of Ron's Websites

Posted on September 8, 2021 by Rob
updated December 19th, 2021 Background: Ron Carnell was the brilliant and charming founder of the poetry sites listed below. With his recent passing, we are respecting his wishes to transition these websites to a new home. As discussed ... Continue Reading →

pipTalk Forums back as 'read-only' site

Posted on December 19, 2021 by Kit
posted December 19th, 2021 Forum Update - Happy Holidays to our PipTalk Family They say you can’t go back in time, but I would disagree, For when I read our pages blue, you’re “all” back there with me; I wonder if you feel the same ... Continue Reading →

IMPORTANT NOTICE-Ron’s Poetry Forums and Websites

Posted on August 15, 2021 by Kit
With Ron’s recent passing, many are wondering what will happen to the poetic legacy that Ron created through his websites and forums. One month ago, Ron was wondering that exact same thing, and he gave me permission to share with you, ... Continue Reading →

In Loving Memory of Ron Carnell (Jan 24, 1950 – Aug 10, 2021)

Posted on August 10, 2021 by Kit
My Dear Poet Friends, It is with a profoundly sad and heavy heart, that I share with you that we have lost our cherished friend, our fellow poet, and the founder of PipTalk, Ron Carnell. Ron passed away this evening, Aug 10, 2021, ... Continue Reading →

A Birthday Present for Passions

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Ron
Passions in Poetry celebrated its 15th birthday last week and, starting today, she'll be strutting around in the brand new clothes she received as her principal birthday gift. Yep. The site gets a whole new look as she heads into her ... Continue Reading →

Fifteen Years and Counting

Posted on January 4, 2014 by Ron
On January 3, 1999, at about two o'clock in the morning, was born. Zzzrrrp. Wrong. Rewind. Okay, that particular date and time is when I officially registered the domain,, with Network Solutions. In truth, ... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Email

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Ron
Kimberly Kirberger, coauthor of the popular Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series of books, is an old friend of Passions in Poetry. Kim had already published two of our authors ( Best Friends Forever by Angie Belanger and Company ... Continue Reading →

Welcome to pipNews

Posted on July 24, 2011 by Ron
Welcome to the 2011 Passions in Poetry web page design! Yea, okay. It doesn't look all that different, does it? And for now at least, the only place you'll see the new design is here, in our (also new) News section. Still, there are ... Continue Reading →

Attack on America

Posted on September 12, 2001 by Ron
September 12, 2001: The poetry submissions at Passions have been shut down for a long time now. I am in the process of completely rewriting our software, to better handle the heavy load we've unearthed, and I've already bought a new ... Continue Reading →

New Poems Added

Posted on August 9, 2000 by Ron
August 9, 2000: Surprisingly, there's not a lot to say about this update. For the first time in a long time there are no "new" features, per se, to discuss, just an extension of what has been here for some time. There's lots of new ... Continue Reading →

Voices on the Web

Posted on July 10, 2000 by Ron
July 10, 2000: The good news is we have LOTS of good news. The bad news is we don't have any new poetry posted yet. But we will have. Very soon. Many of you have written to me over the past few months and already know the story. For ... Continue Reading →

Huge Poetry Update

Posted on December 20, 1999 by Ron
December 20, 1999: Finally! We have a new update, with nearly 1,000 new poems added to Passions. Including some real gems! Yea, I know it's been a while. Too long! But this update includes a lot of new features that will, I hope, make ... Continue Reading →


Posted on June 14, 1999 by Ron
June 14, 1999: Many of you will see today's update of the web site and say, "Well, it's about time!" And rightfully so, too. Passions has been plagued by a rash of technical problems in the past sixty days, some of which we've talked ... Continue Reading →

The Update that wasn't

Posted on May 11, 1999 by Ron
May 11, 1999: Today will go down in Passionate history as the Update that was not an Update. Uh, guess that needs some explaining? On April 30th, I received a very rude surprise when I visited our site. It was running like a dog. I ... Continue Reading →

Updates. And changes. Again.

Posted on April 15, 1999 by Ron
April 15, 1999: As usual, this update to the web site brings a few changes to Passions. Many of those, though, are under-the-hood changes that you'll only notice subtly (faster loading pages) or won't notice at all for a few more weeks ... Continue Reading →

There's a whole lot of new News today

Posted on March 17, 1999 by Ron
March 17, 1999: The first thing I want to do is thank everyone for the tremendous amount of patience you've extended me in recent weeks. We've had a veritable avalanche of poems submitted, and I know some of you have been waiting a ... Continue Reading →

Change is a good thing. Mostly.

Posted on March 2, 1999 by Ron
March 2, 1999: It really seems strange to call 85 new poems a "partial update" of the web site, but that's exactly what it is. I have hundreds more to add, and hope to have most of them ready to post by this coming weekend. But the ... Continue Reading →

Busy, busy, busy!

Posted on February 17, 1999 by Ron
February 17, 1999: It's been all of two weeks since our last update, by far the longest I've ever gone without adding new poems to the web site. Now, before you get out the horse whips, let me explain. Part of the problem has come ... Continue Reading →

More Poems Added

Posted on February 2, 1999 by Ron
February 2, 1999: It's hard to believe it was only a month ago (tomorrow) that I registered the domain name with InterNic, and slightly less than two months (Friday) ago that we received our first poem submission on the ... Continue Reading →

You Want the Good News First?

Posted on January 20, 1999 by Ron
January 20, 1999: I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is only a minor setback, a temporary one, and the good news more than compensates for it. The bad news is that Excite just dropped the old Passions web site from ... Continue Reading →

Our New Facelift (and Domain!)

Posted on January 9, 1999 by Ron
January 9, 1999: The face lift which began over the Christmas holidays has continued in earnest during the first week of the new year. We've moved things around just a bit (Special Requests can now be found on this page, instead of ... Continue Reading →

What's New?

Posted on December 31, 1998 by Ron
December 31, 1998: Happy New Year! If you haven't noticed yet, we've had something of a face lift over the Holidays. While you were shopping and drinking eggnog, I was slaving over the keyboard (okay, and drinking a bit of eggnog, ... Continue Reading →
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