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Gender: Male
Born: 1964
Interests: Fishing, Bikng, Dodgers, Lakers
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Joined: March 2012
I started writing in my teens. Like many before me I wrote about lost love. Nothing like a broken heart to inspire you to write. Since then I earned a Bacheror's in Psychology and a teaching certificate. I have worked with children my whole life, directing childcare sites for the YMCA and Child Development Centers. I recently got let go from my work. With the economy the way it is and so many people out of work, parents do not need childcare. This maybe a blessing, because now, I can focus on my real dream of becoming a writer. My style was influenced by Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, and Alice Cooper. Oh yah! And God. I have been working on a project called, "Looking Through The Eyes Of God In A Mirror". It is kind of a "Rock Opera" that has been in my head for the past 30 years. My picture is that of Mel Gibson. I thought it appropriate since this is what you like when you look through the eyes of God in a mirror. LOL.
Jim Morrison-I am the lizard king. I can do anything!
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squid152: As I go into dark days beware what you might read...
November 2, 2012 at 9:34PM
    DIS-illusioned: Why, 'cause it may not be legible--lack of light and all? :-p
    November 2, 2012 at 9:40PM
    Celtic~Soul: Dis, I think you need a hobby. You're spending waaaaay too much time in the forums... :-DDDD

    Hey, I know. How about taking up writing? nyuck-nyuck ;-)
    November 3, 2012 at 10:39AM
    DIS-illusioned: Writing? Me? Pfft--never!
    Profile Thoughts tend to inspire. To what end? ... I do not know. Hmm! ...
    November 3, 2012 at 11:48AM
    William Walz: Misery loves company.
    November 3, 2012 at 12:38PM
    jjstar: Yeah, totally agree, least the profile thoughts make me think about writing...and William, at least it's positive misery...:)
    November 3, 2012 at 3:33PM
    squid152: In one hour we gain an hour.

    November 4, 2012 at 3:19AM
    Louisiana Poorboy: Hi Squid, I have an agreement with the gators. They knock on my door and I toss out a literary critic.
    November 9, 2012 at 11:13AM
    artemis53: Like that one, Poorboy. We do the same in Florida. Now if we can train 'em to get golfers...
    November 13, 2012 at 10:52PM
    Saucey: Can't wait to see what will be birth from the deep...
    November 20, 2012 at 11:38AM
    pRINCEssStar : Long live metaphorical mark and tammygail my friend.
    December 23, 2012 at 8:18PM
    dancerwriter: Dancerwriter-about my writing- I wondered ifyou knew whne you rated my poem
    " Fabric Of My Dreams", you said you were gave me a six star, (I was delighted, thank you)but it came through on my poetry as a five star. Could you please clarify this rating, as I told Tom, but have had no reply. Six stars are precious. Regards Lesley J.
    January 10, 2013 at 6:02PM
    fairy77: Hi Squid,just wondered how you are?Have a great weekend.Drop me a PM.thanks beth hugs.
    January 12, 2013 at 11:38PM
    hollyinvesuvianite: Hi Gary- I am wondering if you are doing alright- Your friend, Holly
    February 3, 2013 at 6:45PM
    jellyshark: squid's been in the hospital, try to get his numbers right, because of all the alcohol, his livers in a fright
    February 17, 2013 at 4:35AM
    Treischel: Hope he is doing OK. Been missing him.
    February 23, 2013 at 10:14AM
    jellyshark: In a hospital bed for four weeks, and a nursing home for two, what's next for squid the poet, it's an answer I wish I knew...
    March 14, 2013 at 3:10AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Wishing him the best. Thanks for the update~Debbie
    March 14, 2013 at 3:35AM
    Treischel: My prayers go out to him that might recover.
    March 18, 2013 at 11:52AM
    jellyshark: Holly, Debbie and Treischel, I have forwarded your thoughts and prayers to Gary, a few times. He's been very ill, with some serious health problems. When I mentioned your names he perked up just a little bit. I've known Gary since we were 12 years old in 1976 (junior high school), kept in close touch all these years. I've been visiting him about twice a week for the last 6 weeks (since his hospitalization). His liver failed, and he had ammonia in his brain, which almost put him in a coma, brought on by years of alcohol abuse, all while not visiting a doctor when he should have. He wrote of depression, but it was so much more than that. Alcoholism does not discriminate, be it rich or poor, smart or dumb, alcohol does not care. Gary's friends have tried over the years to get him to drink less, but he made his own decisions, and one needs to help themself before others can help one. Last year Gary tried to get me to write poetry on this site, but I told him I'm more of a reader than writer. My two previous posts here were in poetry form for Gary. He's been bedridden for over 6 weeks, requiring 24hr care, with no signs of improvement. His motor skills are shot and he has trouble speaking and he can hardly even sit up on his own or feed himself. It is all so tragic, his friends are very bummed. Gary's got a step-father, and that's about it, other than us, his friends. Gary's writings have always been on the dark side, especially his more recent stuff, now it all falls into place, yet makes no sense at all. I wasn't going to post this, but after much thought, I had to, as much as it pains me. He loves you and he loves writing, it hurts him, you, and me that he hasn't been on this website. It's been forever since he's laughed, let alone smile, keep him in your prayers. I will give updates, and please feel free to message back. tom
    March 19, 2013 at 4:17AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Teardrops flowing. I knew alcohol was involved and that combining it with depression in no good. I tried it years ago. Let him know I think of him daily and wish him the best~Debbie
    March 24, 2013 at 10:09AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): For Squid 152

    For quite a while
    Life‚??s downward spiral
    Depression gets worse
    A drink seems no curse
    For some time it hides
    Misery inside
    ‚??Til worsens your lot
    with cycle it plots
    Destroying who we
    And had planned to be
    Work recovery
    You have poems many
    Please keep in your mind
    Peace you seek to find
    Simpler way to live
    You‚??ve still much to give
    Each poem you create
    I appreciate
    Poetry you love
    And your God above
    Will help bring you back
    You‚??re presence we lack
    Take care, my dear friend
    Soon to be here again

    From someone who has been there...
    March 24, 2013 at 11:12AM
    inmemoryofsquid152: I just found out that Gary has passed away,as another friend like jellyshark, Gary has been a friend for many years and truly will be missed, i hope he is at peace now and spending time with Hemingway and the other great authors/ poets that meant so much to him, We miss you Gary until we meet again my friend
    March 31, 2013 at 9:41PM
    Maureen's Pen: RIP Gary - Thinking of you my friend.
    April 1, 2013 at 8:13PM
    hollyinvesuvianite: I have just been able to get on here now. I am so saddened by this. I was really hoping that he would pull through. Thank you, Tom, for passing on thoughts to him, and for being there for him. I will miss him very much. He really tried to bring people together on this site. Holly
    April 10, 2013 at 5:27PM
    LilHippie: Hi Gary, are you okay? Been away from FS for awhile. Hope all is well with you! You are too precious to not be around.
    August 20, 2013 at 2:46PM
    LilHippie: Oh my God, I just read further down. To all Gary's family and friends, I am so terribly sorry. He was an awesome person. His writing was exceptional and he was a great guy to talk to, with a great sense of humor. I am deeply saddened. Deeply saddened. RIP Gary, you were loved here!
    August 20, 2013 at 2:48PM
    MM lives on :) : God Bless you buddy, Gary your soul is now set free from this worry on earth, my deepest sympathy for all those who loved this kind man. I wish his poetry could be salvaged and published or some form for us all to remember him by.
    August 25, 2013 at 11:33AM

squid152: I have just been informed by FanStory that it is against the rules to promote The World in this way. I asked them, why? It belongs to all of us. I told them to deduct any points I have earned from posting it. I am not happy! The whole purpose of the project was to get away from selfishness! If these are my last words on this site, I want them to be Thank You and God bless.
May 17, 2012 at 3:29PM
    redrider6612: Ah, I wondered if that was going to be a problem. When you post something, you have to check "yes" in the box by the statement that says the post is your own original creation (or something to that effect). I don't think they will kick you off the site for one violation, so don't worry about it.
    May 17, 2012 at 10:26PM
    DALLAS01: Too bad. It was a nice idea and I enjoyed what I read.
    May 18, 2012 at 12:12AM
    LilHippie: Sorry. Truly. Loved the community of it best of all.
    May 18, 2012 at 12:58AM
    LilHippie: And don't speak of last words! We will all miss you, including FanStory, believe me. No talk of last words, older female hippie rules!!! Unless it goes by college degrees, then you got me. Damnit!
    May 18, 2012 at 1:00AM
    squid152: The world is still alive I see, Keep adding to it!
    June 23, 2012 at 3:48AM
    Nhala: WORD UP MAN
    word up
    that is sooooo beyond ridiculously, ridonkulously, irrefutably, INCONTHIEVABLE tru
    July 28, 2012 at 12:39PM
    squid152: What do mean man? Talk to me.
    August 3, 2012 at 1:36PM
    Nhala: oh i remember now bro, i have to dumb myself down and edit myself and censor constantly or I get banned in one night no problem, it is too bad, i love this place otherwise. ur bro in arms
    byron the raven nhala barrera george clement!
    August 8, 2012 at 6:50PM
    xotic flotsam: Posting Pink Floyd my friend? My view was during the "Dark Side of the Moon". Holy crap. What a freaky, wildly artistic show. If you can, watch "Pulse". Ya freakin' cool hedonist.
    September 8, 2012 at 2:54AM
    squid152: Smokey Robinson is doing a poetry reading here locally in L.A. California.
    September 17, 2012 at 12:33PM

squid152: Please enter a line to add to this poem called The World. Enter your text in the open box at the END of this poem way down below.

This title was suggested by another poet. I can't remember thier name, but it sounded approriate for this collaberation project. The first line is:

The world can be such a lonely place
May 11, 2012 at 1:06PM
    shelley kaye: The world can be such a lonely place
    without a friendly face....

    May 11, 2012 at 1:28PM
    Joy Graham: I long to see you smile at me...
    May 11, 2012 at 1:43PM
    Crackerberries: In hopes that one day we shall agree ...
    May 11, 2012 at 1:52PM
    barkingdog: Hand in hand with open hearts
    Hopeful that world peace soon starts
    May 11, 2012 at 6:56PM
    donaldww: These words conjoined lift spirit and redound
    May 11, 2012 at 8:32PM
    cheyennewy: Without a child to love
    May 12, 2012 at 12:35AM
    LilHippie: Without a child to love, there shines no light from above
    May 12, 2012 at 2:14AM
    LilHippie: the cold empty hand has no glove
    May 12, 2012 at 2:17AM
    hollyinvesuvianite: sparkles of flutter burst forth in a canvass of doves
    May 12, 2012 at 3:07AM
    LilHippie: to the delight of children on the beach below
    May 12, 2012 at 4:42AM
    Joy Graham: Oh to cherish this moment
    May 12, 2012 at 11:33AM
    squid152: When fairies dance and often glow
    May 12, 2012 at 11:54AM
    tinams: Where you and me and he and she contentedly shall be
    May 12, 2012 at 3:26PM
    sndsndsnd: Wrapped in the arms of all humanity
    May 12, 2012 at 4:21PM
    guinea: No longer will there be pain in our hearts.
    May 12, 2012 at 9:05PM
    Val Crisson: Love and be loved
    May 12, 2012 at 9:25PM
    Joan E.:
    My thanks for your reaching out
    Showing what being human is about
    May 12, 2012 at 9:41PM
    Bina1: Caring and sharing with everyone we see
    May 12, 2012 at 10:00PM
    pharp: Be kind and show love towards one another
    May 12, 2012 at 10:57PM
    fairy77: I liked to walk a mile in your shoes and see where it takes me:)
    May 13, 2012 at 12:57AM
    venika: Hand in hand with friend or foe
    May 13, 2012 at 1:43AM
    robina1978: Will occupy help?
    May 13, 2012 at 2:49AM
    squid152: I laugh and love, don't matter the color
    May 13, 2012 at 4:49AM
    Chris Tee: Behold the warmth of our hearts
    And spread it to all world parts
    May 13, 2012 at 6:31AM
    Joy Graham: Come sit a spell and share a meal
    May 13, 2012 at 9:50AM
    artemis53: Allow yourself the time to heal.
    May 13, 2012 at 11:43AM
    sndsndsnd: Open your hearts and your minds will follow
    May 13, 2012 at 11:59AM
    Bobbi22: With the wind at our back and our future before us
    May 13, 2012 at 1:22PM
    Tiny Owl: Let's learn from history, so not to destroy us
    May 13, 2012 at 2:58PM
    IndianaIrish: Discover the joy in life through the eyes and laughter of a child
    May 13, 2012 at 10:48PM
    cvcopac: Let the soul's portals open wide
    and take and love the child inside
    May 14, 2012 at 7:01AM
    LilHippie: Love freely to ensure not one child be denied
    May 14, 2012 at 12:07PM
    nancy_e_davis: Honeycomb: Of hope for tomorrow and peace worldwide
    May 14, 2012 at 12:49PM
    hollyinvesuvianite: The depths of our souls will flourish and all hatred will have died
    May 14, 2012 at 1:56PM
    pattipac: If we share our souls' melodious love song.
    May 14, 2012 at 5:06PM
    margaret lacey: respect people on the way up in life because you could meet them on the way down
    May 14, 2012 at 5:40PM
    sweetwoodjax: then we shall dance in perfect rhythm
    May 14, 2012 at 5:42PM
    l.raven: A world were God can look and see
    the children he loves happy and free
    May 14, 2012 at 7:26PM
    Gert sherwood: There is a land of Peace Somewhere Somewhere there is a land of Peace
    to tread its golden ways.
    May 14, 2012 at 8:42PM
    gifted$1: How, then shall we spend our days? Fractured, torn and fighting? Or loving one another, with harmony abiding?
    May 14, 2012 at 9:48PM
    kleinifer: Some will never be heard nor be seen,
    but it is time to make them feel
    like they are always near.
    May 14, 2012 at 10:29PM
    yonashalom: Whether across the oceans, deep in the mountains, or different hemispheres
    May 15, 2012 at 12:17AM
    Phyllis Stewart: The road of life is bumpy,
    pothole filled and rough,
    but when we walk with others,
    life doesn't seem so tough.
    May 15, 2012 at 4:25AM
    ennahanid: The potholes
    are of our own making
    May we follow You
    with fewer missed steps.
    A stride of confidence
    that fortifies us
    and diminishes any doubt.
    May 15, 2012 at 2:49PM
    Frank Atwood: Confidence begins in the words we speak.
    Negative words reveal negativities we teach.
    Speak positives and all doubts are relinguished.
    But too, many use words to make them look distinquished.
    May each word we speak and write, remove an evil many never seek.
    For the darkness in this world
    is revealed through the words mankind chooses to speak.
    May 15, 2012 at 6:17PM
    Starlit Ink: ok squid, herer is my line:
    So at last we will walk side by side
    May 15, 2012 at 6:26PM
    Gert sherwood:

    Ok Squid my additional line as you instructed--

    hear mysterious sound of voices that flee, from the edges of the shadowy sea

    May 15, 2012 at 6:42PM
    Doc Holiday: Before taking that midnight swim, we say a prayer or sing a hymn
    May 15, 2012 at 7:00PM
    hollyinvesuvianite: Before leaping into the unknown, our faith blossoms into petals that keep us afloat.
    May 15, 2012 at 7:32PM
    robyn corum: We can relax and enjoy the ride, knowing all of life offers us Hope
    May 15, 2012 at 8:51PM
    artemis53: And with that hope we'll find a dream
    Proclaiming it a personal theme.
    May 15, 2012 at 11:28PM
    PJJuarez: Here's my piece:
    Our dreams become shared realities
    As we weave our fabrics together.
    Forgive the past, forgive once enemies.
    Let's stand tall then dance with one another.
    May 16, 2012 at 8:29PM
    artemis53: for in such dances joy is found by ev'ry step we take, Allowing us a unity for circles rarely break.
    May 17, 2012 at 11:46PM
    Razz: Go into all the world and teach the gospel to every creature. God's truth is the same yesterday, today and forever.
    May 20, 2012 at 2:52PM
    Kingsland: We the people of the world want peace. We the people of the world want to eat. We the people of the world deserve compassion. We the people of the world need to get past hate, encourage love.
    We the people of the world need to leave greed behind and all join together. We the people of the world want unity for one and all...
    May 21, 2012 at 7:48AM
    squid152: We the pepole of The World have not shown The World anything yet! The World has just begun. A song still yet to be sung.
    May 21, 2012 at 11:38PM
    Kingsland: Put love in one hand. put compassion in the other. Mix in some empathy. Then we wait for it to flower...
    May 26, 2012 at 1:47AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): It can be pure torture to make it through each hour
    But wait we will and if we are still
    The answers will slowly come, and with great patience the seeds will grow
    Waiting is the key to getting to know
    What we reap is what we sow
    May 28, 2012 at 2:24PM
    squid152: I didn't believe my eyes. The world is still spimming, Maybe the end, is just the beginning,
    June 23, 2012 at 3:44AM
    fairy77: a few tiny steps can open many doors:)
    June 24, 2012 at 5:19AM
    kiwigirl2821: especially when a love stronger than the soul that binds us, lies shivering in a dark lonely cavern waiting for release into the light...peace walks in silent but powerful strength within us all...
    July 1, 2012 at 3:01AM
    October21: find that strength and turn it to good, love and laugh and be happy as you should...
    July 28, 2012 at 10:16AM
    Nhala: be?
    August 8, 2012 at 6:51PM
    xotic flotsam: The world creates your coast... your charge... mine, rapt... two souls harbor in one heart... Behind the door...lighthouse dock chisels my... obloquy into new raw love...your world melds into my rusted tears...shivering...the world,your world...
    Unspeakable poignancy
    Relief... Rescued... Inside my to me...answers...
    September 8, 2012 at 3:24AM
    Titanx9: Gary, just want to tell you why I hadn't been reading most of your "rat" series. I don't like rats!! I'll keep on looking at what you're posting. Peace and have a great day!!
    September 8, 2012 at 1:54PM
    squid152: The rat seams to have have takin' a walk. Don't mean he is dead though. This is not my poem. It is yours. Please add to it with your most thoughtful words. You can easily change the theme. This is a project. That was the whole idea in the first place. It aint about me and a stupid rat, Take the lead and write one line and we will all follow.
    September 9, 2012 at 3:25AM
    Meta~Mark: Right on, I have been informed that a snake lies within the grass and have deceived you my grasshopper, I want the hydras of war to seek havoc upon thir very souls at once for this failure of a woman has taken her claws of deception into you like a vulture, seek shelter now... L)
    September 10, 2012 at 11:36PM
    squid152: Here is my first line...There are rats in my attick...
    September 30, 2012 at 1:59PM
    Titanx9: Who are all the "one-time wonders" who sign on to FanStory and go around giving out "two and three" star ratings? FanStory needs to educate on how to rate and communicate before they allow newbies sign on. If you're a serious writer and the victim of this mindless rating, it can be a little maddening! Peace....
    October 13, 2012 at 6:02PM
    squid152: I just got a 2 from a newbie.
    October 14, 2012 at 10:47AM
    fairy77: oh god I got a one when I started to rhyme again and a three from a kid.I know your suffering LOL!beth
    October 22, 2012 at 11:12PM
    squid152: I would really like to do do something like this again. I felt so at one one with all of you and happy!
    November 4, 2012 at 3:23AM
    twinklepoems: I hope you do it again. I missed it the first time around!
    November 10, 2012 at 4:29PM
    squid152: Tinx9 started it. Check out my reviews for once apon a time and add your contribution here.
    December 7, 2012 at 2:39PM
    mizzkris20: Just passing through to say hi
    January 12, 2013 at 11:13PM
    Saucey: stopped by to let you know you are in my thoughts & prayers. We are lights to a dark world we are not perfect but we shine I start by getting the beam out of my eye so I can see clearly to get the splinter out of others. Love you.
    March 24, 2013 at 8:43AM

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