July 22, 2020

  • Who Knew?

    Who knew? From Wikipedia:

    "Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone[1][2] (born March 10, 1974)[3] is an American entrepreneur who is the co-founder of Twitter, among other Internet-based services. Biz was the creative director at Xanga from 1999–2001.[4] Stone co-founded Jelly, with Ben Finkel. Jelly was launched in 2014 and is described as a new kind of search engine with the core assumption that for every question there is a person with the answer. Stone was Jelly’s CEO until its acquisition by Pinterest in 2017.[5] On May 16, 2017, Biz Stone announced he was returning to Twitter Inc. in an unannounced role."

December 15, 2019

  • Christmas 2019

    Peace, Christmas Peace

    Nothing in life
    is ever one-sided,
    but this current strife
    has our country divided.

    Not since the years
    of the Vietnam War
    have political fears
    hurt relationships more.

    But it's Christmas!
    Relax, get some sleep.
    Our families need us--
    the battle will keep.

    In World War I,
    in the midst of the fray,
    a truce was begun
    on a chill Christmas day.

    One soldier voiced
    "Silent Night" in the cold,
    then both sides rejoiced
    in that carol of old.

    Divided, we fall;
    let the arguing cease.
    Descend on us all
    sweet Spirit of Peace.

    2019 Cheri Neuman Herald
    Merry Christmas old friends!!

December 1, 2018

  • Christmas 2018

    With a Grateful Heart

    For diamonds of dew
    on a spider's web
    that strikingly catch the eye,

    for that double bow
    a special treat
    that colors a dreary sky,

    for a special friend
    with stalwart heart
    that's always standing by,

    for Cardinal birds
    and butterflies
    they say are sent from Heaven,

    for our Savior's grace
    and sacrifice
    that mended what was riven,

    with a grateful heart
    give thanks, rejoice!
    for gifts that God has given.

    2018 Cheri Neuman Herald
    Merry Christmas Xanga friends! I'm grateful for you.

December 18, 2017

  • Christmas 2017

    And Grace Will Lead

    Some days the world seems bleak,
    a colorless landscape, all uphill,
    whose horizon stretches so far
    we cannot speak, and home
    seems impossibly out of reach.

    Yet, hope ensures--
    that small bird
    that finds the will to try again,
    endures, when strength is gone
    and sleep almost seems the fairer answer.

    Drawn steadily toward infinity,
    the harvest ripe, the reaper ready,
    face upturned to the beckoning dawn,
    and grace will lead us home.

    © 2017 Cheri Neuman Herald

    Merry Christmas! Wishing you the hope ensured by grace.

December 16, 2016

  • 16th Xangaversary

    The 24th is my 16th Xangaversary. We fledgling Xangans came here from Geocities or Angelfire by invitation of a fictional PR person, "Bianca Broussard", who said she liked our writing. Instead of a thumbs-up, we awarded e-props to each other for liking a post. We read each others poetry, short stories, and rants. There were artists and photographers here, too-- good ones. Much of the writing was excellent, as was the camaraderie. We old-timers refer to ourselves as "relics", and I guess we are. Some of us keep in touch. Our Xanga is dying, but until it is extinguished, I'll keep the light on. Merry Christmas, old friends.

December 4, 2016

  • Christmas Poem 2016

    Mary Was Willing
    I am the Lord's servant, May your word to me be fulfilled.-- Luke 1:38

    From Judah's kingly tribe,
    perhaps from Levi's, too,
    came a humble woman willing
    to do what God would have her do.

    An angel brought the news
    that Mary was the one
    to bear the savior of the world,
    God's only begotten son.

    Her reply made no demand
    of proof his words were true;
    Mary was willing,
    how about you?

    2016 Cheri Neuman Herald

    Merry Christmas, Xangans!

December 27, 2015

  • notforprophet , I did read your post

    nfp, I enjoyed your post on the history of Xanga with the link to Biz Stone's (Genius) interview. I'd have commented, but the comments are closed. Just as well, there were a whole bunch of Asian spam comments.Happy New Year to you wherever you are!

  • 15th Xangaversary

    The 24th marked 15 years for me here at Xanga. I think we were some of the first bloggers. It was mainly a community of writers, poets and artists. We shared our work with each other and like pen-pals became long-distance friends. Most of us have gone on to other social media sites, but they're not the same. Some of us still keep in touch. I'm glad of that. I continue to post my poetry here; I publish little of it elsewhere. The world seems in too big a hurry for long posts, and memes and funny cat videos have replaced much of real writing. I miss what we had here. It was very good.

November 29, 2015

  • Christmas 2015

    Let's not debate cups,
    the color thereof--
    this is the season
    of brotherly love.
    Let donkeys and doves,
    ellies and hawks,
    Christians and Jews,
    Muslims and monks
    come together in reason;
    politics cease,
    and pray to their maker,
    "Unite us in peace!"

    2015 Cheri Neuman Herald

    * Coffee chain Starbucks' "red cup" is causing some controversy. This year's holiday cup has some users praising the minimalist design; others think the cups are a "war on Christmas".

December 26, 2014

  • 14th Xangaversary

    The 24th marked my 14th year here on Xanga. While I mostly keep up with family and friends on Facebook, this is still where I go to publish my poetry. Several of you "relics" are here as long, or almost as long as I. I'm glad that we can still connect here.