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Changing and Rearranging; Love at Last
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Location: Cronulla, Australia
Gender: Male
Born: 03-12-1954
Interests: surfing,writing and more surfing
Member: Eternal Account
Joined: May 2013
writes under the pen name Dip

"Terrible, insipid and snide poems. Rhymes are okay, but are mostly forgettable shrugs of language that work for a time and then are easily forgotten." Also not helped by the curious picture you have selected for your profile shot--"a smiling middle-aged guy; fit, looking relaxed, maybe losing some hair but with a sun tan and a shirt open all the way outside his nipples". Kind of smarmy in this context.
Poems from the Heart sounds like a really common title for self-published poets who really only write things to cheer themselves up when time spent in one's real life gets overwhelming. I'm sure I'm a nice guy.
I don't take my poetry seriously at all--
I've forgotten more than you'll ever know!
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DR DIP: JUST a quick courtesy call to any friends I might have left out there in Fanstory land.
My membership subscription is due for renewal this month.
I have been coming to this wonderful site since may 2013 so i am a relative newcomer
It has brought many wonderful friendships over that time and i have enjoyed the banter and fun.
I have never taken myself that seriously with my simple rhyming poetry Its all been just a bit of fun to me.
There are truly some wonderful wordsmiths on this site and the diversity of styles and attitude to writing is definitely a wonderful attraction.
To those whom i might have offended on this site with my quirky Aussie sense of humour I sincerely apologize.
To those on the forum who have been offended by my stances on certain issues be it political or religious I again apologize (I seem to spend my life saying sorry) lol
There never seems to be enough hours in the day and at present my priorities lie in other avenues I am pursuing in my current time frame.
I just feel I cannot dedicate the hours or have the impetus to dedicate what I feel is a fair time on this site anymore.
If things change I do have premier shield so I know all is not lost and i assume when circumstances change I may come back but in the meantime life goes on in Dip's world lol

Farewell my friends
September 22, 2020 at 9:42AM
    AJ McCall: Farewell, hope you come back soon! :)
    September 22, 2020 at 1:38PM
    robyn corum: Just in case you happen to pop in. You are thought of, remembered fondly, and missed. Sending hugs-
    March 19, 2022 at 9:08AM

DR DIP: THINKING OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY JIMI SAVELL Hurricane Laura was now rated as the worst in 150 years.
thinking of you and the rest of your people.
August 27, 2020 at 4:57PM


Let me tell ya about presidential loyalty
That all these guys have pledged
It?s a bit like diplomatic royalty
And everything becomes alleged

"Cover my arse" says Donald Trump
And then I'll cover yours
"If not your fired!" I have your rump
Yep I'm counting scores

If one is to bullshit you need a good memory
Be careful what you say
Otherwise your job is totally temporary
Every dog will have its day

Presidential privilege has never been so prevalent
The longer this saga goes on
Its total sacrilege it is so evident
Honesty has completely gone

I DON'T RECALL! I can't remember!
Is a common catch cry
Let?s all hope it ends in November
And we end this one big lie!

August 5, 2020 at 11:01AM
    Colin John: Glad you do not take your poems seriously Dip this is one of the funniest I had read for a while.
    August 9, 2020 at 11:49AM

cya in another life!
April 13, 2020 at 1:24AM
    DR DIP: and I am not talking at all about the corona virus!
    April 13, 2020 at 4:37AM
    jlsavell: I am sorry to see you go, but I know you are off to bigger and better things Dr.

    You have such a unique voice and it is your infectious wonderful humor, the demonstration of such a generous kind heart and a beautiful mind which can give sunshine to even the rainiest if days.

    If I may, I am excited to hear if your venture into creating your own radio spot. Braveheart you are. It is so wonderful that you are giving voice to many a talented wordsmith which can change not only their lives but the lives of those they influence.

    I know you are retired and along your wonderful journey of life you have helped many people.

    As I stated before- you have been instrumental in finding my courage to share the guarded secrets which shadow my past. I will be writing a memoir book on my journey of healing from childhood trauma to being involved in extremely abusive relationships. I am going to reveal it all and I have you to thank for it.

    Adore you wonderful friend, hear you around another venue suited to someone as tender and beautiful as you are.
    April 13, 2020 at 1:47PM
    Mary Kay Bonfante : I was wondering what happened to our dear Dr. Dip... so I looked him up.
    Dip, if you're reading this, please know that I miss you, but I'm glad you're doing alright. You're a free spirit, and I hope you will find meaning and joy in your endeavors. May God be with you, my friend. Stay safe and well.
    With love,
    Mary Kay Bonfante
    May 29, 2020 at 6:22PM
    August 3, 2020 at 9:18AM

DR DIP: I so remember once this was a writing site for poets and short story writers to share their works with those who share the passion of the written word be it in rhyming verse, non rhyming or prose plus fiction or non fiction short stories.
People made comments what they felt of each others work and would graciously say where they thought a work could be improved whetrher grammatically or poetically.
It was an enjoyavble place to visit.
Bu slowly poison tongue of political allegience and religion oozed its way into the site , especially catylized by the inauguration Of trump into the political equation
Everyone saw him as the breath of fresh air America needed.
No one bothered criticizing his track record as a bank rupt liar and charleton with a hidden agenda to better his own position in life and bring nepotism into the political occasion.
Suddenly people realized that the man liked to stretch the truth for his own benefit.
The people had the wool pulled over their collective eyes and started believing his stats of success in turning the economy and unemployment.
he does not mention the incereasing amount of homeless taking residence in the back streets and parks of California.
I so wish the economy was improving as a result of his policies.
To use the corona virus as a crutch for personal political gain is going to back fire and is outright disgusting.
The man continually is losing any respect or credibility one might have thought he had at the time of his inception.
Many now are disallusioned.
The corona virus is the great deterrent he needed to have and the more he ties to embrace optimism and light at the end of the tunnel the more he digs a deeper hole for himself then tries to justify his actions for the betterment of the people.
Next he will be stating this is the virus we had to have

just my thoughts read them while they are still up

March 30, 2020 at 6:58AM
    nor84: Dip, why don't you try the political forum? I think you might like it.
    March 30, 2020 at 9:34AM


Some people are quick to react to another's comment without completely understanding or reading it.
Knowledge pure through experiencing life itself as agains reading in textbooks and learning by rote does not necessarily denote a learned person.
AS much as I have the deepest respect for the younger generation I sometimes wish it was reciprocated.
Just because the older generation are not always computer literate or savvy does not mean they haven't experienced life before google and Wikapedia.
Just a little bit of respect for the knowledge that older folk may impart not learnt from any text book but merely experiencing life itself.

That's all I have to say on the matter
March 29, 2020 at 6:27PM
    Adelphos Vasa: It depends on how wise that generation was. There is a world of difference between knowledge and wisdom. I am afraid your generation didn't do such a good job of either, but led us down the path to sin and death and the loss. (1950's -60's gen)
    March 29, 2020 at 6:48PM
    CD Richards: Says the generation that thinks it's fun to shoot, snort or smoke substances that turn one into psychotic zombie who is a danger to anyone who crosses their path. The generation that can't communicate without using their thumbs, and even then not in anything vaguely resembling English. The generation that thinks the only thing their parents are good for is to hand them everything on a platter. The generation that doesn't understand the meaning of the word "gender".

    Oh, and yes, what I just did is called "profiling" - stereotyping everyone of some particular demographic - in this case age. It's also known as discrimination. Sucks, doesn't it?

    Maybe when people learn to look at their own lives instead of trying to make themselves feel superior by blaming others for their inadequacies, the human race will make some progress.

    The fact that some choose to see their God as one who delights in violence, death, destruction and punishment says nothing about their non-existent buddy, but everything about themselves.
    March 29, 2020 at 7:17PM
    Eve Vasa: You know nothing of us, or our goals. I don't work with fools, so I won't answer you again so don't' bother wasting your angst. And what you see now with the younger generation is a result of you not doing the 'tell', screwing everything that moves and being so out to lunch on every drug, and other issues like marriage, abortion, homosexuality, that we have what we have now but we are turning it around. G-d is having his way.
    March 29, 2020 at 7:28PM
    CD Richards: I love it when you address me to say you'll no longer address me.. I'd really rather you didn't. And still you blame your woes on someone else. If what goes on inside your head is a movie, I'm glad I'm not watching it.
    March 29, 2020 at 7:32PM
    Eve Vasa: And you are waiting for us because you answer anything we say within seconds. Stop stalking us, old man.
    March 29, 2020 at 7:41PM
    CD Richards: Wouldn't dream of it, little girl.
    March 29, 2020 at 7:44PM
    jlsavell: wow,
    Adelphos, who taught you to be so disrespectful to another's personal profile page? Put your immature thoughts on your own page, that is the respectful thing to do, or state your malicious comment in the forum.

    Dip, you should have this removed.
    March 29, 2020 at 8:16PM
    March 29, 2020 at 9:08PM
    CD Richards: If Dip wishes it to be removed, he doesn't have to ask anyone, he can delete the post from his profile.
    March 29, 2020 at 9:30PM
    Adelphos Vasa: I wasn't disrespectful, I'm just sharing another generations point of view, and I won't take it back. I believe it. And there's a comment box, so I commented. Truth is, you just didn't like what I said.
    March 29, 2020 at 9:56PM
    DR DIP: Why would I remove this?
    I am getting sick and tired of not being able to voice an opinion if people want to state there's be ever who they are its all fine by me I won't be running off squealing to Tom because someone disagrees with me.
    i think debate and opinion are healthy no matter how diverse oropposing.
    I'll give Tom a day as usual and he'll remove it. He doesn't like confrontation when it doesn't suit him.
    The problem here is profile thoughts are also the same topic thread on the forum So depending on where you respond or post gives it a completely different acceptable category.

    And I thought politics and religion were the only issue lol.

    I really don't give a rats how long one has been on this site or how short a time everyone is entitled but for stuff sake if you are going to write something make sure of your facts and above all respect everyone elses whether they are old fogies like me that have experienced life before during and after cyber technology.
    I think my thoughts were well validated and I never pointed a finger I just made an observation.
    The only thing I suggest to the newbies is before you judge or take alliances you will regret sit back and take in.
    don't just come in half cocked then sidle up to someone just because they agree with you.
    study the history of the place You all have plenty of time now to do this and then maybe before you judge another you might have a better understanding on why some people's attitudes toward others are what they are.
    Get runs on the board first put ya i phone apps and uni text books away and experienced life out of the uni lecture room.
    And while I'm at it do not tar generations that aren't yours with the same brush as if we are responsible for all the wrongs in this current why gen world who think the world owes them a living
    sure we stuffed up and in hindsight might have done a lot of things different but don't come on here with all keyboard typing fingers blaxzing as if your generation is so stuffing pure.
    You were all born with a keyboard and i phone in your hand at birth and you know how to swipe whoopy do.
    I need to stop this rant now before Tom gets the shits and deletes this.
    But before I do I am going to copy and paste this to word doc so at any time I can re post in another forum

    respectfully old fogey dr dip lol

    LIGHTEN UP!!! We have all more pressing things to worry about ATM.
    March 29, 2020 at 10:24PM
    Adelphos Vasa: Who's worried? Certainly not us. And 'yo generation was heartless on yo hits'. What a mess you left to clean up. You can dish it out, well now it's time to pay the piper. Seth Vasa.
    March 29, 2020 at 10:37PM
    Jen Vasquez: CAN I GET AN AMEN!! Well said... And many truths I read. I agree completely. I May not be well aged or old but I'm well aware.. I'm anti close minded .. and agree the youth today would not be able to function.. hold a conversation or understand real respect. Uneducated and ignorance is the sad future
    March 31, 2020 at 4:47AM

DR DIP: All one can ask around here is for consistency of the blatent hypocrisy and not pick and choose your victims.
I rest my case
March 25, 2020 at 9:58PM
    Mrs. KT:
    March 26, 2020 at 8:48AM
    Mrs. KT: Dip,
    One man's acts of hypocrisy is another man's acts of truth. Life is all about perspective...
    March 26, 2020 at 8:56AM
    DR DIP: so true
    March 26, 2020 at 7:09PM


My profile thoughts are really clear
I hope we survive another year
This virus has really changed our lives
We hope and pray that one survives

So let me express in simple verse
My heartfelt feelings we now all immerse
In our lives here every day
Stay safe and well's all I can say

And think about, those we've lost
Wealth and greed have now been tossed
It's now survival of the fittest
This is now life, this acid test

So to all my friends, on this site
Let us fight together, this awful plight
We must unite and work as one
All look forward to a new rising sun

Let's hope tomorrow, brings better news
No more sorrow, more happier views
Blessed are, the aged and the weak
blessed are the heroes of whom I speak

Who thanklessly fight on each day
to find a cure to find a way
that can rid us of this terrible disease
which continually takes us to our knees

To those who are suffering financially
To those all struggling substantially
My prayers go out with all best wishes
We'll get through this, for what one misses

That beautiful rainbow after this storm
More sunny days ahead to keep us warm

dip 24/03/20

March 24, 2020 at 12:43AM
    Jesse James Doty: This is a lovely, warm, and heartfelt sentiment. Thank you.
    March 24, 2020 at 9:07AM

"Couples caught holding hands, kissing or touching wee wees will be severely penalised"
Been married for 36 years and can't remember when I doid any of those things last!! lol
March 20, 2020 at 5:02PM
    Gypsymooncat: I'm wondering when it'll become a crime to share a bed! Let alone "touching wee wee's" lol!

    Me and my guy don't social distance, that's for sure!!
    March 21, 2020 at 6:36AM

DR DIP: Well it finally happened.
After seven years of coming to this wonderful site and posting poems every night, I've finally written a poem/songparody that has only had one review of its two complimentary certificates.
I have a good inkling why lol.

The poem did not sit well with fifty percent of the Fanstory community obviously who are Trump supporters and the other fifty percent were too worried exposing their non allegiance or non support to those who support him.
Ah politics!.... the subject that can apparently sever friendships and cause angst on a poetry and writing site like no other haha.
Personally I thought it quite funny as a parody but each totheir own.
I suppose an apology by me as usual is required.

February 14, 2020 at 4:23AM
    Eve Vasa:
    To thyself be true, Dip, and have a great day.
    February 14, 2020 at 8:58PM
    jlsavell: Don?t you dare apologize. For what?

    I don?t think I have seen it. Do not ever let doubt quieten your voice.
    February 15, 2020 at 9:26AM
    Gypsymooncat: Hey Doc, I've posted up some stuff that hasn't got many comments, and it wasn't political. Your lack of reviews could be what you think, but it also may be that its content isn't what people want to read. A wise friend said to me that sometimes people want to feel good after reading something; not have to think too hard or question themselves.

    As Eve said above, to thyself be true. Those who DO review your work honestly - I never seem to come across it by the way - are the sort of people you want commenting anyway, not just those after $$. I think you're a hoot! You say what you think, which I also like, so why worry about those who take offence?
    February 17, 2020 at 6:51PM
    Gypsymooncat: As a PS to my comment above, where I said "I never see to come across it by the way" I meant, I don't seem to come across your work. I certainly didn't mean that I never come across honest reviews! Just wanted to clarify that!
    February 17, 2020 at 8:00PM
    padumachitta: as we say in Canada..scr"" 'em if they can't take a joke! Seriously this site is often way to right wing for me...but there are some good hearts and people as well...most of my stuff gets only about 20% of the reads as reviews(you can check it from the classic site)...please kept writing politics...I got your back on this one..
    February 25, 2020 at 9:08AM
    Meia (MESAYERS): I hate Trump...I think he is the third anti-Christ?.I will have a look for that work now. You are an amazing reviewer and writer, no doubt. And not all of us are hypocrites- some of us are willing to shout our views from the rooftops and don't write reviews for money! xx
    March 26, 2020 at 6:12AM

DR DIP: Mum and Dad and little Johnny and sister, Susan were sitting down for the night's dinner.
Tonight's dinner was a big surprise for them...Mum was serving up venison which they had never seen of had before.

Puzzled, little Susan pipes up and says 'Dad? What sort of meat is this?" to which Dad proudly exclaimed " Ok Susie, I will give you a hint" "It's what your mother often calls me".
At this hint, little Johnny promptly interjects before Susan has her first bite and yells.... "DON'T EAT IT SUSAN, IT'S AN ARSEHOLE!"

(Moral: Be very careful what you call your husband in front of the kids ok dear)
February 7, 2020 at 1:54AM
    Bicpen: ... what do you call a deer with no eyes ... no idea!
    February 7, 2020 at 4:25AM
    Eve Vasa: Love your sense of humor, so funny! Jokes are a great way of looking at ourselves, aren't they?
    February 7, 2020 at 4:49PM
    Gypsymooncat: Lololololololololol
    February 9, 2020 at 11:00PM

2 days ago at was at my son's place after a massive thunderstorm passed through the area with winds up to 150 ks an hour and hail stones asbig as golf balls,
A big tree branch had landed on his roof and he asked me to come around to help him rid of it.
Little did we know it had smashed about ten roof tiles and 3 of the ridge cappings and with an impending other storm it was now vital we replace the existing broken tiles before it rained.
The roof tiles were heavily glazed terracotta in a french patten and had not been on the house long before h ebought it some 4 years ago
but he had some spares.
We had all but replaced thebroken tiles barabout three soI was confident we could replace them before it rained.
I had been warned these highly glazed tiles are very slippery when wet.
We were both about to find out!
Aaron was further down the roof and over toward the ladder below him when I first heard him scream I"MGOING I"M GOING!
I looked around to see Aaron sliding down the pitched roof which was now like walking on ice and straight over the edge It was a 12 foot drop to the concrete path below and he had nothing to grab onto as he lay on his stomach slipping down the roof like a toboggin and over the edge.
All but 10 seconds later half way between me yelling to Aaron are you ok I started sliding from the apex or ridge of the roof gaining speed on my stomach as I slid.
All I remember was me going over the edge collecting the side colourbond metal fence taking the brunt of the initial first fall off the roof with my groin doing thesplits on top of it then been spun around upside down into the fence before falling the other six foot onto the concrete below. Other than my manhood beennearly taken out I jumped up off the ground with just a few scratches
There is a moral here for everyone..never stay up on a tile roof when it starts to rain! I miraculously live to tell the story as does my son who only sustained a sprained ankle.
January 27, 2020 at 2:29PM
    damommy: Goodness! Glad you're both okay. Or relatively so. That could have ended in tragedy.
    January 27, 2020 at 2:50PM
    DR DIP: thanks Yvonne It certainly gave me a reality check

    January 27, 2020 at 10:12PM
    WryWriter: Wow! So glad you and your son were not seriously injured. Stay safe!
    January 27, 2020 at 11:44PM
    lyenochka: Oh my goodness! So glad you are okay.
    Please avoid roofs and other dangerous situations!
    January 28, 2020 at 1:10AM
    Barb Hensongispsaca: OMG I am so glad you are basically okay and still have your pride and ?
    It could have been so much worse. Save those other lives for surfing
    January 31, 2020 at 8:37PM
    royowen: I?m so glad you?re still safe Dip, God must have a plan for you. Roy
    February 3, 2020 at 2:47PM

DR DIP: As of today I will be following the rating scales and their definitions more strenuously.
I willaccept a 4 star review quite openly and never question or gribble about receiving one.
A good review with 4 stars is a good review it does not mean it a bad write.
We continually hold the bench mark at 5 or more nomatter what just to keep the peace ..Its now the accepted minimum.
The thing is what is seen in one person's eyes as just a good poem or story can be seen in anothers as excellent or acceptable and that my friends is interpretation.
Its not a matter of being ruthless or purely reciprocating its purely how a write affects the individual
Style of writeby many of our wonderful wordsmiths is now so predictable I am surely many can recognize those styles without an author's signature.
Thedash forcashattitude will never change with many but with over 800 members and some 400 active its obvious that many if not promoted to dollar status will never be read other than the two complimentary reviews.
You can deny it all day but the place is becoming a clique club for the popular and unpopular.
If one is not seen to fan as many of those 800 as possible and go on the law of averages their work will be seen by these if promoted heavily there works could belost in the backwoods forever
I am greatly in favour for that reason in increasing the complimentary certificates to at least 4.
hey this is just my point of view many will argue why change something not broken butI sincerely believe it is a change for the better. When you 'surf' the fanstory membership you would besurprised just how many wonderful wordsmiths whose work for various reasons is unpromoted are out there.
It is sad to see so many poets, purely to get page 1 and 2 exposure, actually buying member cent pumps with 'real' cash topromote their work to these pages.
This is NOT a gripe, just an observation and suggestion after spending nearly seven years coming here and STILL finding many wonderful wordsmiths hidden in the FanStory backwoods I had not realized.If one goes to the trouble to explore these backwoods one would be pleasantly surprised.
Personally I just don't have the time to spend 12hours reviewing but I love thewonderfulfriendsI have met on this site and are conversely disappoointed and saddened to see many leave or become inactive, disallusioned by the 'system'

respectfully dip
January 23, 2020 at 2:12AM
    Liz Mason: Interesting observations from a long time reviewer. I?m still trying to understand what to do and how to go about it.
    January 27, 2020 at 9:38AM

DR DIP: So here's the secret any Newbies who want tomake it on FanStory

Fan as many people as you can review for at least 12 hours a day and never show any political or religious leanings , always be very diplomatic and smile with your typing finger! lol

I have not ticked ONE box lol

January 21, 2020 at 3:29PM
    jlsavell: you are so funny!!!!
    January 21, 2020 at 5:26PM
    strandregs: Shame on you Dr. Who
    January 22, 2020 at 12:45PM
    Liz Mason: Good points but I?m writing daily and making photo books online so won?t have that time. Thanks for heads up.
    January 27, 2020 at 9:40AM

DR DIP: The road to you may seem lost and now overgrown
That track once well worn, now undefined
The path of devotion that once was, now diminished
The journey back may be fraught with many obstacles
....but love will find the way

January 10, 2020 at 3:29PM
    jlsavell: Wow
    January 10, 2020 at 8:17PM

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