* What People Have Said About the Blender

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 20:01:00 +1000
From: Sead Mujushi
Subject: web page...
not sure if its the music I'm playing,
the mood I'm in,
but your poem pages really turned something in me...
Keep up the excellent work...
This is exactly why I keep up this page
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 95 03:36:04 -0700
From: James Bishop
Subject: Accuse
I like it...
I do understand it.  I really identify with the last part about watching
her shadow fade away.
Good stuff, man.

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 22:06:08 -0400
From: braun
Subject: Cafe at Night
Just a note to say that your story, CAFE AT NIGHT, really hit home with
me. I thought I was FANTASTIC! I can understand exactly what you are
feeling, I had something similar happen to me.
Anyway, great writing job....and even though you wrote that it was not a
materpiece....it definatly has the possibility to be one (I think so anyway).
I also like the homepage......nice collection.
Tom Braun

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 95 09:17:19 -0400
From: Mohanakrishna Pakkurti
Hi Kirk, I am so impressed with your home page. As a resident of the Davis
Sq. area, I am also proud that a neighbor has produced such a neat web page!
Talk to you later. Do you hangout at Someday anytime?
Someday Cafe is a cool little cafe at Davis Square by my University...
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 95 20:11:58 -2400
From: B?ro X 
Subject: http://www.cs.tufts.edu:80/~kisrael/romance/index.html
Hey kirk, love your website. Hanno, buero x, hamburg, germany

Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 21:12:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Cheryl N Bautista
but i really do like your homepage and go back to it often to read it
fully.  i just read your story jake & lydia.  very sad.  don't you write
any happy stories?  oh, well.  love stories do tend to have sad endings.
just a thought.

Date: Sun, 05 Nov 95 15:02:18 -0800
From: Chemistry Department
Subject: (no subject)
:From your poem, Accuse:
I understood it completely. It was good.
Like the line from Guys & Dolls: "Chemistry?" "Yeah, Chemistry"
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 95 02:55:06 -800
From: Libby Andon
hey there kirk, just wanted to let you know that this late on a wednesday
night, you really grabbed my attention.  i was studying for midterms and
decided that i needed a break, and i found you. the writing you have, both
written by you and others, is outstanding.  i normally don't write to random
people, but there was just something telling me to write, although i cannot
place it....  maybe you'll write back, maybe not....  a daisy for the road,
I wrote back, I almost always do...
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 1995 13:43:29 -0600
From: Susan McArthur
Subject: your paradigm page
Oh my goh!  I just landed on your web page by accident
through Yahoo.  I never can remember how I get to the good
ones.  Anyway, this is not like any kind of cheesey web pick
up line or anything, but how do I meet guys like you?  Where
are they?  You're perfect.  Or just a good lier?  I mean
please!  Intelligent, gentle, a reader, like poetry/prose, like
Dorothy Parker and Henry Miller... I could just die.  I live in
Dallas and even if there are men here with these interests,
they are afraid to admit to them for fear of being seen as less
than manly.  Sensitive is a four letter word around here.
Anyway, thank you for sharing your stuff (except maybe the
Atari lists) on the www.
Well, there's at least one at Tufts University in Boston, if anybody's looking...
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 21:27:48 EST
Subject: Love your stories...
I love you writing style...I wish I could write...I just wanted to
tell you that your story of the two planets is the best....It hits
home with me b/c my love lives far away and we only see each other
ocne in a great while....thanks I love it...your page is also really
good...great place to find a bunch of different types of love poetry..
                          Malia Hill

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 95 23:48:22 0500
From: christopher schwan
hey what a nice page!
        I was feeling really confused and down and sick about the 
of love.... And for some reason the butterflies of doubt have left my
aching stomach, at least for now...  Thank YOU!

From: Softly; So
     i just read "Yee & Lan" (i responded to the conversational pieces
of your note before i read "love letters") and i think its wonderful.
it made me laugh, it made me warm.
     i wish i had written it.
Kyle is a friend of mine who has produced some work I really admire. This letter meant a lot
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 15:50:03 -0800
I just wanted to comment that your collection of poems and letters 
my relationship. Thank You, and Merry Christmas!!!

Date: Sun, 24 Dec 95 12:55:05 -800      
From: fenn 
Excellent page. It is really great to know that there are still a pile 
of romantics out there in todays world.

        I was truly touched by Cafe at night,  you may not think of it as a
masterpiece, but it was.... Every night do you sit and wonder if you'll 
eversee her again? When I am apart from my boyfriend, I am always so 
anxious to see him again. I know what you were feeling when you watched 
her walk away....I could tell you I ve been in your shoes before.
                Talk to you later,

Date: Sun, 31 Dec 1995 01:13:04 +0100
Subject: Just love your page...

Hi,  I had to write. Found your page yesterday and returned today.
Incredible, you've really managed to collect some prose and poems
that says it all. I felt really down and sad, but your page made me
smile a little and feel slightly less alone. Love is everywhere...
And I must say that you're a great writer.
Thank you,
Gabriella from Gothenburg,Sweden

Date: Wed, 03 Jan 1996 23:58:56 -0800
From: adele
I am truly enjoying your web site.  I was beginning to feel that I might
be among the last of the "hopeless romantics."  Thanks.  8^)

Date: Thu, 04 Jan 96 04:49:40 -0800
From: pedro demetrion cunha
Let us be blumbt. Try reading English literature...

Date: Thu, 04 Jan 96 05:13:29 -0800
I am sorry, Kirk, I can not find any susbstance in your writing.
Forgive me if I am to direct. If one squezes your bla-bla, the juice that
one gets is quite unfulfilling. You try to give drama to it, Where is the
drama? You try to create a scenario, where is it?
One may speek of many things and say nothing.
I dunno- i have't had anyone try to squeeze my bla-bla for a long time...
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 20:21:14 +0700
From: r 
Subject: (no subject)
just wanted to let you know that whoever rick wood is he made me cry (my
name is Amy too) his poems were beautiful and i hope he finds the love he

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 12:52:48 -0500
From: Boris11685
Subject: love blender home page
I found your homepage accidently and I love it.  I'm a romantic without
the gift of self articulation exhibited by those featured on your page... 
thanks alot and I'll be back. 
What is the refresh rate? How often do you add/replace material?
I add new stuff about, oh, every month or so...
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 21:51:31 -0600
Subject: Just reading
I was just reading your poems.  Pretty good I enjoyed browsing them.  
style was nice and open.  Not quite one that I usually read.  Keep
up the good work.  I am looking forward to reading your future works.

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 96 17:55:11 0500
From: Paul Berdette
        Hi, I'm Lindsay Hiles.  I love how you weave around and choose the
right words.  Me on the other hand I am extremly blunt. 
        I think that your poems are amazing.
Sound like pretty good words to me ;-)
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 19:50:58 -0600
Subject: Neat!
Hey! What a great blender! I loved it, especially the poems. Glad to see
there are literate people on the net. I nabbed a few poems to send to
my boyfriend. Thanks so much!

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 95 12:17:33 -0300
From: Micheline Carvalho Barroso
Subject: The Love Blender
Hi Kirk,
        I must congratulate you for the THE LOVE BLENDER, I really enjoyed
it. It's hard to find such a romantic page, that's why it makes us want to
visit it all the time. The kisses' pictures you put there are PERFECT, but
I wonder if you could get even more and more pretty love stories too. 
        Look, I'd like to suggest you to include a list of romantic
movies, what do you think? It would be GREAT!!! 
Micheline... going back to THE BLENDER OF LOVE.

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 20:09:04 -0500
From: Dan Horner 
Subject: As it happens
I have been checking out your page for a while. I just noticed the poem
"As it happens" I have always thought that your page was wonderful, but
never had the desire to mail you, but after reading that poem I just had
to let you know that I think it is one of the best poems I have ever
read. I started to read it, and I found myself pulled closer to the
screen, as not to miss a single letter, and after I finished, the only
thought I could coherently make out was WOW, this is amazing.

Date: Fri, 09 Feb 96 13:18:04 -0800
From: Michelle Lemm

Appreciate the page.  Even in black and white, the words still have
Peace and Light!

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 01:41:30
From: Julie Iiams
Subject: Love, love, love
Your web page is truly a masterpiece and an
inspiration to all of us would-be writers and

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 96 21:11:15 -800
From: vinicius claret vieira barreto
Subject: what they say what they mean
this is great, i think very fun, and it really happen you are
vinicius claret
rio de janeiro - brazil

Date: Thu, 02 Mar 1995 22:43:18 -0500
From: "Cattle.Ken"
Subject: moo
kule site Kirk......

 Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 17:56:14 -0800
From: Gerald Brent
Subject: More very romantic letter
Would enjoy more passionate, romantic letter, prose or stories. Liked the
ones I read. jb
I'm working on it...send some!
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 96 16:41:15 -0800

Date: Fri, 16 Feb 96 20:00:19 -0800
From: caraka
Subject: just great !!
what can I say about your homepage, Kirk? just WOW
happy valentine's from Bali, Indonesia ...

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 1996 00:15:47 -0800
From: merya
Ah, how the love letter to JoJo struck a chord in me - the innocent beauty
of a friendship and trust blossoming into a love, that has lasted so long.
The portrait brought a tear to my eye, as it made me think of my best
friend, and my feelings for him;  I hope we can share a love so long. 
And the poem "Worlds Apart" by Cynthia Danziger moved me more.  That poem
could have been written by me, were I given to writing verse, because it
expresses my feelings so well. 

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 1996 09:09:27 -0500
From: Marta Sadia 
Subject: LoveBlender
Just wanted to say that I love your work! I've been putting together a little
"love book" for my husband for our 1st anniversary (coming up in May) & your
WEBsite has been a super resource!  I hope you'll continue to add new things,
and certainly, that you'll KEEP WRITING.

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 1996 15:45:42 -0600 (CST)
From: Valerie G Knight
Subject: i love it!
I think the Love Blender is a fantastic place to visit on here.  I loved
reading its contents.  I found some of the things to be very touching.  well
take care and goodbye.
                        from the hills of tennessee,
                                valerie knight

Bonjour, je m'appelle Muriel et je trouve que malheureusement l'amour se
ditiriore toujours de plus en plus.  Bien s{r, il existe toujours, mais
l'amour se transforme beaucoup trop souvent en divorce, en engueulades, en
enfants dilaissis.  Et j'oubliais que le sexe prenait de plus en plus
toutes la place. 

I wish i spoke French... anyone care to translate?
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 1996 12:50:55 -0800
From: Rob 
Nice job man!
How long have you been working on it?
I was impressed.
A couple of years off and on, I guess...
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 1996 16:15:07 EST
Hey, I was just looking around, and I just wanted to say that I think
this whole site and all the links are really great.  I especially
like the poetry section...I barely ever cry at stuff like that, and
believe me, I've spent the past twenty minutes in tears.  Anyway, I
know how much work creating sites like that can be, and I think you
did a great job and deserve some recognition!

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 18:02:26 -0800

Dear Kirk...(alias bizarre male creature with surprising sensitivity),
Your page...the Love Blender...is excellent. Having had more than my
fair share of bad scrapes with unrequited love, relationships gone
wrong, etc, I could totally relate and enjoy your page. I bookmarked it
less than thirty seconds after it loaded. Keep it up...for all of the
kindred lost souls that walk this earth in search of that elusive
Kat O'Connor

Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 13:45:03 +0000
From: Stacy Alexander 
Subject: readings for weddings
HELP!  Please!  If you have any good romantic readings appropriate for
weddings, please Email me right away. I'm getting married on Sunday.
Is this procrastination a bad sign?

Date: Sat, 23 Mar 96 18:08:50 -800
From: Mike Kavander
I just visited your home page, pretty interesting.
Any ideas on where I might find some poems to be read at my
wedding this summer ?
Mike Kavander
Wow! Two wedding requests in a row! Well, everything I have I put on my Blender... I immodestly suggest my own "Yee & Lan" but perhaps that's just me...
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 01:29:10 -0500
From: Joey Del Fierro
I really liked what I've seen so far. there was so much that touched me
very deeply, some seemed to almost hit me as if it was an emotional
hammer. keep up the good work!

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 19:54:52 -0500
From: Bud Vzatek 
Subject: Selection
Great collection! I truely enjoyed them all,

Date: Wed, 03 Apr 1996 21:29:46 -0500
From: Paul Varjak
Subject: Great stuff
Your site pulled me in and hit me right in the heart.  The poems are
moving and your ramblings include questions I'm been asking myself over
and over again.  I'd love to hear more thoughts about the "one partner"
assumption.  I'd also love to see some poetry from anyone out there
agonizing over falling in love with someone new, even though they're
already married.  So much to struggle with...

Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 03:41:39 +0000
Subject: Just saying........
Dear Kirk:
I loved the Love Blender. It's really what I've been looking for. A
place to go to see stories, and other things about love. The only
thing I'd like to say is, I think there should be a way to let people
put there feelings there, share their stories.That would make it wide
P.S.-I love you stories.
Well, there is Heart on Sleeve corner... what more should I add?
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 13:41:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: noe
Subject: poetry
Well, Kirk...I hate to tell you this, but poetry is far superior to plain
old prose. In fact, the best prose is that which is poetic, but the best
poetry is that which is farthest from prose. 
I disagree, finding prose to be much more true to life, in poetry the words try too hard to control you... but I see where you're coming from...
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 96 00:52:27 -700
From: Deborah Hanley 
Subject: Romance
First off, thank you for sparking some interesting debates!!!
My friend agrees with you regarding the group of possibilities for
everyone whereas I don't know but what keeps me going is knowing
there is someone out there who is my soulmate.  Someone who understands
everything without explanation.
Is kissing between friends ok?  a unanimous vote :NO!!!!!!!!!!
I love kisses just as much as the next girl but I've seen that
kissing amoung friends is just painful and usually ends up with someone
getting hurt.
We have lots more thoughts on the subject but I'm guessing you
get lots of mail so we won't keep you!

Date: Mon, 22 Apr 96 14:11:21 -0700
I really like your poems. Irelate to them well.
Crystal Shindle
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 18:36:04 -0700
From: Jaques
I really think that love causes pain and that you shouldn't say you love
someone and you really don't cause what I think love really is , is a Rose
that comes and goes which when you lose the love the rose dies and when
you gain the love it comes and if u just newly plant a seed and find a
love one that the rose will grow so I truly think love is a way of leading
to pain or a happy life!! 

Date: Tue, 07 May 1996 20:34:13 EST5EDT4,M4.1.0,M10.5.0
From: lparlon
I just found -  Yee and Lan: A Romance    on the internet and
really love that story.  Did you write it or where did you find
it?  I would like to know in case there are other stories like
thank you,
Yee and Lan kind of just happened, and I'm always on the look out for stuff like it, to add to the 'Blender...
Date: Wed, 08 May 96 12:28:47 -0700
From: Maria Teehan 
I think this program is really boring! This is a waste of time and money.

Date: Wed, 08 May 96 12:29:47 -0700
From: Maria Teehan 
You are a freakin pervert. 
Oh well...
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 21:15:54 -0400
From: Impyrr
Subject: Re: The tender ape as homo erectus

Don't get me wrong I am a rather commited romantic myself. To steal a phrase
from Marshall McLuan(sp) & then butcher it in terms of romance let just say
that  hormones are not a starting place, hormones are the message. And the
rest as my physical anthropologist friend says, is just "wonderful &
mysterious process of chemistry". Perhaps a hardcore romantic would prefer to
call it alchemy. I still am most comfortable w/ the tender ape as homo

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 1996 13:20:36 -0400
From: Buds4chics
Subject: inside/outside

Being the progeny of a mom and dad who have a monkey's IQ compared to me, I
ended up very confused about love as well.  I realize now that the "love"
that I believe is somewhere inside me and yearning to connect with someone
outside me really needs to be inside ME just not so buried.  I spent my life
looking for a love outside me.  I thought I knew what love was when I was
looking.  Each time I "found" it, I ended up broken.  That which was buried
so deep has been released.  No longer to dwell in an existential pit just
beneath my solar plexus, my love has emerged and is now infusing itself all
over my body.  But now I ask, what is love if it's not something one finds in
others?  Where is love if it's no longer inside?


Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 01:50:29 -0400
From: Krishnaswamy Lab

Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your comments regarding love
and relationships. I should
have some interesting discussions with my friends. Thanks-

Date: Sun, 19 May 1996 20:12:32 -0500
From: "Carrie L. Flaspohler" 

I just wanted to say that these are THEE best poems that I have read. I
cried at some.                                           

Date: Mon, 03 Jun 96 12:30:53 -0700

Hi Kirk,
I think you are a sexual frustrated buck head
Date: Wed, 05 Jun 96 10:01:52 -0700         

This page really sucks!

Well hey.
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 1996 20:18:39 -0400

ik wil grag zien hoe een vrouw uit ziet. (erotic)    
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 11:46:44 -0500
From: SRoznik 

Very nice.  It's nice to see something "from the heart" on the net.  There is a
lot of
marketing and sex going on, but it is rare to see something exhibiting feeling.

Keep up the great work!  It has inpsired me to re-evaluate my work on the web.

Webbster Consulting - Web Page Design    

Date: Mon, 01 Jul 1996 21:05:47 +0000
From: Graham 

I am nothing more than a collection of images .
Held in time and only by others........

                                          Graham Thema   

Date: Fri, 05 Jul 1996 23:59:46 -0700
From: Wargod 

When you said "I see things in shades of grey, you know?"
you sounded like my best friend...the one I wish I was romantically
involved with.  The one who has confused and manipulated me beyond
normal...not something I want to sadden or burden you with, but please
explain this concept of seeing things in shades of grey...I am a black
and white kind of person.
Thank you,
The Soulseeker
I'm just never sure about anything....
Date: Mon, 08 Jul 1996 23:58:36 -0400   

Hey.. I just kind of wandered onto your site tonight. It's really great.
I wish I knew how people fell out of love too..somehow they just do
though don't they? And having friends you kiss seems like a bad idea
because you get to attatched to those kisses? Do you agree?

Sometimes i don't know if my attitudes about kissing are more involved with my desire for a better world or my desire for more kisses.. or maybe both, which kind of makes a type of sense.
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 08:37:43 -0700
From: Mike Walker 


     I love your website.  After hearing countless griping about how love
is a myth and how people treat eachother wrongly and cruelly, and all the
shallowness and bitterness that's become almost popular -it's refreshing
to see somebody out there who has kept a strong head and heart about the
all these things (the subject of love).  I know that may've sounded a bit
hoaky, but I gotta say you provide a much needed release.

Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 16:33:08 -0400            

My friend Megan and I found your page to be one of the best on the web
so far.  We agree with so many of your thoughts...if only we could find
boys like you in our town.  So many boys just want to score, it's
refreshing to find one who seems to want more than just a physical
relationship.  One question--> Are you a ska-head?  You remind us of

Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 21:08:16 -0700
From: Cheryl 

You made my heart smile!

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 18:07:31 -0400
From: Aggie Donkar 

I really like your page, alot.  It is something that hit home with me,
seeings as I fall in and out of love quite frequently.  I especially
like the poetry section.  Keep up the good work!


Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 11:51:48 -0400
From: BCella7777

I ve never been able to find so many beutiful poems at one site than this.
Keep adding.

Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 13:26:48 -0700


I like your page. I was reading your romance page and it seems like
you have things together. On the last question I think I have an
answer for you. This is from my personal experience and what I've
learned in my psychology class.

"Falling in love" isn't exactly love. It is more of a hormonal
responce to someone. Generally people fall in love rather quickly
and all it takes is being with the other person. They don't really
have to share all that much in common. After a while people fall
out of love and they realize there's nothing left in the relationship.
Then people either don't know how are aren't willing to make it work.
Or maybe they just aren't compatable. The way not to fall out of love 
is to do loving things for each other and and always say "I love you."
It helps.

Ok, I'm off my soap box now. That's my theory.

Have a nice day,

thank you for your pages.  it helps one who cannot write as good as
others or say what one would like too.


Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 03:20:55 -0500 (CDT)
From: Kent Franklin Smither 

a good way to fall out of love is to get married and have 3 or 4 children a
boring job and not enough money.
you'd be surprised how fast this works. i just commented on this elsewhere but
the reason relationships are a symmetrical is A.the samee reason people keep
trying new setups on their computer when the old on is working
fine and (2) most people presume that anyone who loves them must be in some
way a little inferior. A book you might really enjoy is"The Colors of Love"
about storge (love as friendship), eros (love as instant physical attraction),
mania (Oh you know -- Glenn Close and MichaelDouglas
but in varying degrees) and ludus (love as play) -- Don Juan. The author is
John something -- anyway
if it's still in print you can find it at amazon.com. I am fiffty an have five
children, this is my second and very romantic marriage. I still get turned on
when he sits down by                                       
me, and -- here is a romantic story.  I had a mastectomy still ugly and new and

a catheter for chemo. I was bald.
alltogether i felt like uncle fester. i was crying and i said "I'm afraid we'll

never make love again.  i feel so
awful." He took me in his arms and looked into my eyes and said "You are the
most beautiful woman in the world."
And the wierd thing is,he believes it. I know he is the sexiest smartest man I
ever knew, but that has a shot at being true. But though i was pretty once, for

him to believe I am so now can mean only that he sees me with tthe eye of love.
strange,isn't it. he has never been afraid togive himself to love, and in
return he got the dream -- the most beautiful woman in the world.
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 96 11:21:05 UT

        Just a short note to say how much i enjoyed your page. I know you
get many of these letters, so although brief i want to say how nice it is to
see a page with so many different forms by which love is expressed. I too
found love on the Internet, more than i could ever dream of, and such is
expressed through all these poems and short stories that you have here. Well,
thanx anyways, it was great reading,
                                                sydney, australia

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 96 21:27:57 -0700
From: Melinda Mc Cubbin 


     You have to be one of the most interesting and talented person at
Tufts.  I love your poetry and stories.  You should really think about
putting a picture of yourself on your page.  You rock!!


                               Mafia-Mama and Mello        

Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 13:47:49 -0400

Dear Kisrael:

As one who has pondered your questions over and over and over.....  I have
come to the conclusion that, if one believes that God has given us "free
will",  love cannot be fate.  It has to be by chance.

I also believe that our hormones confuse our brains!  I think that sometimes
what is lust is confused for love.  Lust does not last forever....love does.

My parents have been married for 63 years.  They still hold hands; blush;
kiss and are terribly miserable being separated by the necessity of a nursing
home for Dad.  Mom calls Dad "Sugar" and he just beams!  There are many "I
love you's" exchanged and they are meant whole-heartedly!   

I wish I could experience just a small fraction of the love my parents have!
 I'm 47 and have been in some long term relationships but they were all dead
ends.  I wish I knew what I was doing wrong!

Sandy Cooney             

From: Kirk (keeper of the blender) kisrael@alienbill.com
Date:5 March 1997

This is a test to make sure my comment system is 
really working.

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