November 26, 2008

Give Thanks Week Day 3

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There are people we’ve never met
Yet we know them well, from the net
We talk to them in words and phrases
We offer criticism and our praisesHow many of them do we really know
It is just in their words do they show
Who they are and what they do
Are their words really true

You know them better than some you can see
Because they have themselves openly to thee
You can tell who is good from one that is not
From the words they use, you can learn a lot

You want to trust them, to tell them you care
But how do you open up, do you dare
Take it step by step; you’ll know you’re right
As your friendship takes its glorious flight

It’s the latest in pen pal technology. Instead of sending letters and waiting days, weeks, and sometimes months for an answer, we hear back almost instantly. We have email and messenger. Our friends are next door, in another city, another state or even another country! We know them better than we do our own family sometimes. Tonight is a bit different because I am going to honor some individuals separately. The folks I’m listing are a short list of the people I know on the net and why they are special. I’m starting with Joyce for one simple reason. I have the most to thank her for, including introducing me to the two that are after her. This is not a prioritized list, nor is in all-inclusive. But I wanted to issue my thanks for all these kind folks have done and been for me.

Joyce is the kindest young lady I have ever met. She told me early on she believed in me. It has been my driving force. Rose, the wife also believes in me but when someone you’ve never met says it, it seems to carry more weight. I have since met Joyce and my opinion of her is as high or higher than before. She has taught me people skills (still is). From her I learned the value of faith, and from her son Shane, what true spirituality is. She did not teach me how to write, but she taught me to believe in myself and in my ability to write. I saw in her, someone I could trust completely. She can be brutal in her honesty but yet kind at the same time. I learned true compassion for the misfortune of others, especially animals. Joyce is what a true friend really is. Through her, I met Marvin Wilson and Janet Elaine Smith.

Marvin Wilson, Paize to many, is a prolific spiritual writer. His blog is an inspiration to many. I can’t list his accomplishments because I only have 160 gig hard drive. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Marv. He has come from the depths of hell on the wings of angels. In his ascent from the dregs of society he brought lessons for all of us. He does so with stark reality and a lot of humor.

Speaking of humor, the moose didn’t do it. This is a running joke between Janet Elaine Smith and myself. Her murder mystery books have more humor than Saturday night live, yet there is a dark mystery in each of them. How she can write so much is beyond me. She is among my inner circle of friends.

Carol Percer is also in that inner circle. We chat almost daily. All too often I see me in what she says and I know the errors I’ve made. I learn the hard way. But, as with my other friends, we learn, get past hurts and go on. I’m just a stubborn old coot sometimes. But, I also look forward to her IM’s every day. We have a lot in common, especially in music.

Angie Hartson is also on this inner circle. We just happen to be very close but then after 40 years, what else could we be? She is also one of the very few family members that I claim. We know each other like a book. Yes, Angie is very special.

Tomorrow I will cover a few more, but for all that I list, and the ones I missed, I am thankful and proud to say I know you. I give thanks every day for this, my closest list of friends. Covered more tomorrow will be: Becky, Katrina, Terre, and others, come on back.



  1. Oh, good, Ron Twain! You mentioned me on the first night—now I don’t have to come back! Just kidding!

    Good words, you—what did you call it?—old coot? LOL!

    I enjoyed them! You’ll be one of the many friends on my special list to thank God for this holiday!

    God bless you!

    Comment by Carol — November 26, 2008 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  2. thanks for being mentioned, very true.

    Comment by Angie Hartson — November 26, 2008 @ 2:38 am | Reply

  3. Thanks, my friend. Thankfulness goes both ways, you know 🙂

    Comment by joyceanthony — November 26, 2008 @ 5:49 am | Reply

  4. I’m honored, Ron, to be included in your list of fellow writers. And may I quote you on the line about my mysteries having more humor than Saturday Night Live? Maybe I should send that to Sarah Palin. LOL!
    Janet Elaine Smith

    Comment by Janet Elaine Smith — November 26, 2008 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for the shout out and kind words, Ron. Humbling and heart-warming to be counted among the numbers of the other great peeps you mentioned as well. this blog and your writing has grown by a quantum leap this year.

    Looking forward also to your Thanksgiving short story post!

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — November 26, 2008 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  6. Isn’t it great to make friends without leaving your house?

    Morgan Mandel/Double M

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — November 26, 2008 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  7. […] Give Thanks Week Day 3 […]

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  8. The internet is a wonderful place and the people you meet are incredible, including you, Ron. I look forward to your posts every day when my computer is up and running.

    Comment by Jean Henry Mead — November 26, 2008 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  9. I enjoy your poems, Ron, and it’s good to read about some friends, Joyce and Marvin, that I also admire and respect, and the others.

    Comment by Connie Arnold — November 27, 2008 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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