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CD Richards
Location: On walkabout
Gender: Male
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: June 2015
I live in The Middle of Nowhere, Australia. I share my little piece of the Earth with one extraordinarily patient female of my species, six Shetland ponies, nine alpacas, six sheep, four goats, a dog and a variable population of feral cats, rabbits, possums, rats, mice, snakes, spiders and other assorted critters (still working on the partridge in a pear tree).

In my spare time, I like moonlit walks on the beach, candlelit dinners and avoiding cliches.

I don't generally bite (much), so please feel free to say hi any time you feel like it.

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CD Richards: Muted. You're no fun. It seems hate-filled rants are OK, replying to them is not. So much for your concern for free speech.

Will we be hearing from the rest of the tribe, or just the angry 14-year-old megaphone and Little Miss Sunshine?
March 30, 2020 at 1:52AM
    EveLovell: Please stop stalking us. You've been asked politely before by my sister and now myself. You were less than 3 minutes in your last troll of us, so we know you are a stalker. You are of no interest to us, we have read you before, you write a lot in the forum, so it isn't hard to know you. And we won't agree, so please leave us alone. And we will happily leave you alone.
    March 30, 2020 at 4:11AM
    CD Richards: If you are free to express your nonsense, I'm free to oppose it. In fact, I consider it my duty to be a voice for reason and intellect, which your sibling happily admitted is something that has nothing to do with your pitiable beliefs. It so happens it's easy for me when I get the inclination to switch between work and non-work on my keyboard, so I don't need to stalk you, nor do you hold the slightest interest for me. If I answered you in three minutes, you just got lucky. Stop the self-righteous and hate-filled rhetoric, and I will quite happily have not a precious word to waste in your direction.
    March 30, 2020 at 4:36AM

CD Richards: If your religion has led you to feel a need to pray that people will die as a result of this appalling pandemic, or to regard it as an answer to your prayers:

1) Your religion sucks.

2) You are in need of psychiatric help.

That's all, thanks.
March 29, 2020 at 2:07AM
    March 29, 2020 at 3:16AM

CD Richards: Favourite piece of Facebook wisdom for the week:

When you're dead, you don't know you're dead. The pain is felt by others.

The same thing happens when you're stupid.
March 22, 2020 at 6:07PM
    MissMerri: This is hilarious. But so true. Ouch!
    March 26, 2020 at 11:19PM

CD Richards: Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, baby blue

-Robert Zimmerman

Adios amigos, keep writing.

December 29, 2019 at 4:50PM
    DR DIP: Tell me this isn't so my Aussie partner in crime
    Hoping this is just a small hiatus like mine and you will be back, fresh and fired for 2020
    plus the forum needs you!

    December 31, 2019 at 1:21AM

CD Richards: From my Facebook feed:

Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshiping.

Hubert Reeves

Amen to that.
October 20, 2018 at 6:38AM

CD Richards: I'm excited that my first collection of 40 magnificent incredible superb really good poems is now available on Amazon, in both Kindle version and paperback.

Earthshine: Reflections on life

The links are in my profile, for anyone who's interested to check it out :)
October 12, 2018 at 6:25PM
    October 12, 2018 at 7:35PM
    Susanjohn: Congrats! :-)
    October 12, 2018 at 7:48PM
    michaelcahill: Well, you're on your way to riches now. I recognize some of these. Looks like an awesome collection. Congrats!!
    October 12, 2018 at 8:12PM
    CD Richards: Thanks Jan, Susan, Mike for the great encouragement :)
    October 13, 2018 at 6:17AM
    Mustang Patty: Congratulations, Craig.
    October 13, 2018 at 9:08AM
    CD Richards: Thanks, Patty :)
    October 14, 2018 at 4:36AM
    Robbie Yates: Congratulations, Craig - I know how much work it takes - well done!
    October 14, 2018 at 5:08AM
    CD Richards: Cheers, Robbie :)
    October 14, 2018 at 7:52PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: YAY!!! Good on ya! (Okay, so my Aussie accent needs work. Congratulations anyway, mate!)
    October 24, 2018 at 11:25PM
    Harry Smith: Great Job and I will check it out. Also check out my Book God's Pen - Harry Smith. I will also giv e you a review after I read your book.
    October 26, 2018 at 4:42AM

CD Richards: Whenever I get involved in conversations about the meaning of life, and where everything's headed, I can't help but feel that there's an underlying assumption that because these are 'big' questions, they necessarily need big answers. There aren't any, though. We're not here for a universal purpose, and there is no grand plan, no matter how tempting it is to believe it.

But that's absolutely fine, because it means that if there aren't any big answers, the little ones are all the more important. So every day, I take my dog for a walk in the field near my house. Sometimes I get to see a pretty sunset, but usually it's either bucketing down and I get soaked, or cold, or the field is full of mud and bugs and dog turds, and it's a pain to navigate through. Whatever the situation, though, my dog has the most ridiculous fun ever, and being a part of that little moment of joy is what it's all about. So be nice to the people and things around you -- it doesn't cost anything, and generally makes the world a nicer place to live in. Focus on the little answers.

- Dr Pete Etchells
September 6, 2018 at 1:34AM
    mrsmajor: My life, no matter what some may think of me, has been filled with the
    things that might mean little to others...a smile, when I'm not feeling well, the joy that comes with a love I have for my dog, yes I believe we can even love an animal...the beauty of a plant that has grown from seeds, that I have planted...and most of all the love of my children, and friends..
    There is but one cost for all of that, a belief in kindness, caring, and a willingness to accept that others feel the same...and should we find otherwise in the people that we meet, there will always be another person in our journey that Will feel the same...just keep on keeping on...
    September 6, 2018 at 11:25AM
    CD Richards: Wise words, MrsMajor. Personally, I find it easier to love animals than some people. But you're right, there is always someone.
    September 6, 2018 at 6:46PM

CD Richards: Excellent viewing, available on STAN:

You'll be glad you watched it.
August 25, 2018 at 10:08AM
    damommy: I'm very glad I watched it. It's outrageous how our animals are being treated and driven from their natural habitats, let alone poaching!
    August 25, 2018 at 1:28PM

FanStory wrote to CD Richards: Congratulations! Symbiosis won the contest "Six Word Poetry Contest"
August 25, 2018 at 12:13AM
    michaelcahill: Wow! I don't think I ever saw something biting every win before. Congratulations. Well deserved!!! :))
    August 25, 2018 at 12:37AM
    Gloria ....: Well, well, well and now look who is winning too many contests. LOL. Congratulations. Great post, Craig.
    August 25, 2018 at 1:49AM
    kiwisteveh: Congrats, Craig!
    August 25, 2018 at 3:05AM
    Mrs. KT: Excellent!

    August 25, 2018 at 9:04AM
    CD Richards: Thanks very much Mike, Gloria, Steve, Diane :)
    August 25, 2018 at 9:38AM
    rama devi: Congrats! A potent pleased you won!
    August 25, 2018 at 10:38AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on winning the "Six Word Poetry Contest." judiverse
    August 25, 2018 at 10:44AM
    Dorothy Farrell: Congratulations! Well done. Dorothy
    August 25, 2018 at 11:30AM
    MissMerri: Yahoo! Nice work Craig! I am so glad to see you won a ribbon for this gem.
    August 25, 2018 at 3:09PM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations on a very deserving six word poem!👏
    August 25, 2018 at 3:50PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Craig!
    August 25, 2018 at 10:31PM
    Robbie Yates: Incredible poem, and a very well-deserved win, Craig - well done!!! I am so glad you came first!
    August 25, 2018 at 10:37PM
    CD Richards: Thanks, everyone, for the lovely comments. Most grateful :)
    August 25, 2018 at 11:05PM
    karenina: Excellent write on what I, at first glance, was yet another super short poetry contest...
    YOU made it impactful! Congrats!--Karenina
    August 26, 2018 at 3:57PM
    CD Richards: Thanks Karenina :)
    August 27, 2018 at 9:01AM
    rspoet: Congratulations on the win and fine poem! Hopefully, this is not the pinnacle.
    August 27, 2018 at 8:00PM

CD Richards: I'm sorry if my out of office autoreply gave you false hopes of my swift and enthusiastic response.
July 16, 2018 at 7:24PM

CD Richards: My new "out of office" message:

Sorry, I'm currently out of the office, and can be reached by waiting until I get back.
July 13, 2018 at 1:59AM
    MissMerri: I'm waiting.... waiting.... Could you at least provide some music?? Still waiting...
    July 13, 2018 at 3:06PM
    CD Richards: I'm back - how may I assist you?
    July 13, 2018 at 5:48PM
    closetpoetjester: Yeah look Craig, I need you to hold THIS while I step out of the office.

    I however, CAN'T be reached haha
    July 17, 2018 at 12:48AM

CD Richards: Isn't it just as well we never get tired of being told what will happen to us if we don't buy what you're selling?

I do not find your threats all that scary,
for I'm sure your friend's imaginary.

June 9, 2018 at 12:17AM
    DR DIP: mormons at the door? the watchtower? lol
    June 10, 2018 at 12:47AM
    CD Richards: Something like that :)
    June 10, 2018 at 8:12PM

FanStory wrote to CD Richards: Unhappy medium finished first in the contest "Objects of Desire"
June 4, 2018 at 12:13AM
    CD Richards: A big thank you to all those who read and reviewed my story, and especially those who gave it their vote. Most grateful! Craig
    June 4, 2018 at 1:16AM
    michaelcahill: A helluva story, Craig. A can opener. LOL!!!! Now, THAT is writing!
    June 4, 2018 at 2:45AM
    CD Richards: Hah, thanks Mike. That's what I said - "a can opener?" Well, there might have been another word or two, but this is a family time slot :)
    June 4, 2018 at 8:31AM
    Mustang Patty: Congratulations, Craig. Well done.
    June 4, 2018 at 7:39PM

CD Richards: Random thoughts on political correctness

I'm offended that you find my words offensive
And responding to you makes me apprehensive
For it never takes you long
To find what I've said is wrong
It's enough to make a bloke withdrawn and pensive

My world is rarely solemn and mysterious
I'm really bad at recognising "serious"
If you can't take a joke
We'll I'd say that's your yoke
If it makes you feel good, just call me imperious

May 28, 2018 at 6:24PM
    DR DIP: Who have you offended this time CD?
    Aussie tongue in cheek humo(u)r is not always understood. I have learnt to bite my tongue. lol
    May 29, 2018 at 12:00AM
    CD Richards: I swear, Dip... if you give people grief in response to a review (deserved or not), you're in the pooh. If you try to be nice and say "Yes, I agree with you, thanks so much for your advice", you're still in the pooh.

    Sometimes it seems like you're tip-toeing on eggshells around this place not trying to upset some sensitive soul. As if people are looking for a way to be offended. I think your last sentence is excellent advice. From now on, it's cut and paste: "Your excellent comments have been duly noted. Thanks for reviewing".

    See anything offensive in that, before I put it in the paste buffer? lol
    May 29, 2018 at 1:19AM
    DR DIP: Someone will be offended.... the buzz word in this politically correct world is personal 'attack'
    Everyone seems to think critique is a personal 'attack' on them.

    Yes, in every site, be it whatever it is, there's always a vast diversity of personalities, some with sensitive egos that need nurturing, drama Queens, grammar Nazis, smart arses, finger on the pulses, to literary geniuses.

    The world needs personalities, it needs sensitivity, it needs arrogance, it needs compassion. What one person's morals and ethics are is usually a direct reflection of how they have been brought up.
    We are all born with a certain gene handed down to us, a certain DNA that determines, our demeanour, our looks , our attitude and our personality. Sure, some of this can be taught and can have a lot to do with peer group association through those teenage years as we grow into young adults.
    We cannot always control our chosen sexuality, be it hetro, bisexual, homosexual or lesbian but we can learn right from wrong good from bad.

    Life is one big learning curve.
    Fanstory is one big learning curve. Everyone seems to gravitate toward those
    with similar taste and style in the written word.
    What is one person's trash is another's treasure. When it comes to individual taste in literature be it story writing or poetry, everyone is different and we wouldn't want it any other way.
    I suppose the analogy here is everyone's different taste in music.
    It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same music just as it would if we all liked the same style of poetry or short stories.
    Diversity is the spice of life.
    May 29, 2018 at 4:20AM
    Dean Kuch: "Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours
    for they teach us to see the world through different eyes."
    ~ Jacob Nordby
    July 5, 2018 at 2:09PM

CD Richards: Quote of the day:

"Most liberals are name-callers, so I'm not surprised."

ROFL. Well, lest I be accused of being one of those nefarious types who are out to silence all opposing views, I thought I'd publish it here. Thanks for the best belly laugh I've had in days. Isn't irony wonderful?
May 18, 2018 at 9:20PM
    Gloria ....: I've always found you most congenial in debates, Craig, so I have no idea where that came from. You always consider well-developed arguments from all sides with logic and consideration.

    If it's any consolation, I've also been accused of being a liberal despite the fact I've been a card-carrying, bona fide Conservative most of my life.
    May 18, 2018 at 11:57PM
    CD Richards: Thanks for the kind words of support, Gloria. I think the problem is that the term "liberal" has been hijacked by extremists (the kind who would wish harm upon anyone who disagrees with them). Basically, it is now used as a pejorative to describe decent folk, by those who are not. For the record, I don't consider myself to fit the mould, either. I'm far more a tree-hugging greenie than a liberal ;-)
    May 19, 2018 at 12:37AM

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