Broken Wing

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It seems the eulogies are being rehearsed.  Look at the top left corner of this page, at the iconic WriterBeat font, it's like mother's cursive.  Remember it fondly.


I came here by invitation from Autumn Cote via LinkedIn a couple of years ago.  She reached out to me after I wrote something of a rant about the state of American society and politics.  Unusual for me as an introvert first, to accept such an invitation but I did.  If it were not for Autumn's good will and dedication, Tom C. Purcell would virtually not exist for you to accept or reject, to love or loathe.  WriterBeat is the only site I've ever written on, aside from one article on LinkedIn.  It has truly been an honor to have learned from each and every one of you, and to merely have existed in the minds of all you who read my work and who read this post, no matter your feelings and opinions of me as an author, as a friend or foe. 


It seems that in order for WB to carry on it will have to grow.  Autumn is and will always be our champion but it seems she might have to appoint associates to help in a variety of ways, not just to keep the site alive, but so it will thrive.  It might mean that Autumn would have to galvanize a group of elite special forces so to speak, to electrify the epinephrine.


To Autumn,


Breath deeply and freely, step lightly and liberate yourself from the weight that somehow landed upon your shoulders.  Whether or not you continue with WB, your place in the hearts and minds of the good people you've brought together, is secure.  You have the right to flip the switch to off, or to pass the torch to another and whichever you decide, Autumn Cote's legacy on WB is already cemented, if not entombed.


I believe that WB has a broken wing.  Broken wings can heal and WB will fly again, free as the bird it was when it was born, uninhibited, uncensored, to sing whichever song it feels like singing.  We all want WB to remain free as a bird and it if it must fly away to be free then so be it.


Billy Roper Added Mar 7, 2017 - 3:34pm
Donna Added Mar 7, 2017 - 4:17pm
Well stated Tom. It was  a pleasure getting to know all of you. This is how we grow and learn..I will miss Autumn,and this site..If it should go to the stars..
wsucram15 Added Mar 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
Guys...I know you appreciated the site for the freedom you had on here. We all did but that was a part of the problem.
Im sure she will be back, but if so, this site will not be the same as it is now. You cant expect to break some thing and it magically be operated like it once was with the same issues that brought it down.
 I am sure that kind of pressure on Autumn was incredulous, as I think back to even arguments long before you were here that just got worse and much more aggressive when you were.  Now that the site is being taken away, perhaps you understand why people fought so hard with both her and you.  There were outstanding writers on here that enjoyed the site for quite awhile.
How cool was it that you had a place to write your opinion, in an open format and if someone came on to comment your article, you could defend your stance?   Cool, the problem was..people didnt stop there...they attacked anyone that disagreed with them and not in a civil way.  I watched this digress over a long time and while this was unexpected, I only stayed for 2 or 3 writers on here.  Not that everyone isnt a great writer or contributor, because most of you are.  But this was my place also, for a long time and its gone now over pettiness.  This includes all and excludes none, well maybe one or two people.
Eventually if you rip at the core of something enough, you dont change it for the better, you kill it. 
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 7, 2017 - 5:07pm
Ahh "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister - Honestly, who doesn't turn the volume up when that song is playing in the carr?  Thanks for adding that, Billy.  I'm not ashamed that I like 80s hits!  Now I want to listen to some REO Speedwagon. LOL
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 7, 2017 - 5:08pm
Indeed we did learn quite a lot, all of us...even if we don't know it yet.
Leroy Added Mar 7, 2017 - 5:09pm
Perhaps someone could write a post-mortem on what went wrong.
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 7, 2017 - 5:11pm
Great now I'm listening to 'Drive' by The Cars.  Thanks Billy!  ;).
Leroy, good idea.  Autumn ought to write that one.
Donna Added Mar 7, 2017 - 6:29pm
Hey nothing wrong with the Cars.  Lol....I still listen to most 80s music...Tom I had no idea about lots of things until I started here..I'm damn impressed with most of the writers Autumn has brought together . 
George N Romey Added Mar 7, 2017 - 8:31pm
Tom a great post.  I was invited here in 2014.  By then I had come to realize just how unfair our economic situation had become to millions and was writing about it on LI.  Autumn invited me here and I found a home. All good things must end and many here have been my inspiration through many, many very dark days. I will miss your support Tom, we both have been handed a s..t sandwich by the establishment.
Maybe one day we will have the opportunity to hand it back to the scum buckets.  
Doug Plumb Added Mar 7, 2017 - 8:59pm
Where are you going for words now that WB will be gone ? George ? Billy ? Stone? Others ? Anyone know of a good free speech forum with Libtards on it? (no sense in preaching to the quire)
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 7, 2017 - 9:43pm
Thanks, and don't forget that you can contact me at  That goes for anyone who wishes to stay in contact with me.
I'm not sure yet.  I prefer to help this site grow and evolve of course, but f I can't have WriterBeat I'll seek a larger audience.  Stay in contact, Doug, if you will.  I'd like to know where y'all are posting as well.  There is a lot of talent here that I'd like to keep track of.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 8, 2017 - 1:34am
Very well said, Tom. It took me a while to come to Writer Beat after Autumn's invitation, but on the whole it's been a beneficial experience. Yeah, we'll just have to see what happens with this place.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 8, 2017 - 3:40am
Some people advised me Niume, Ric's there too. I registered there but for the moment.....I don't know, starting at 0 again someplace else .... I'm not sure if it's worth it. I'll think about it. It's like moving to another town and leaving all friends behind.
wsucram15 Added Mar 8, 2017 - 3:43am
But Stone..all the people are there. Its a new town but all your friends moved with you. Go to niume, jeeze
wsucram15 Added Mar 8, 2017 - 3:46am
SEF..I already subscribed...Come on post one of your great stories, Expat has George.  Others will follow like Ric.
Nicholas Schroeder Added Mar 8, 2017 - 5:32am
I appreciate Autumn’s hosting of WB, it draws a lot of flak, and I welcome the opportunity to post some of my opinions and perceptions. It certainly reveals how clueless and mean spirited way too many people (and voters) are.

WUWT and Heller snip comments they don’t like even when they are civil and science based.

Disqus bans my comments in general because of my climate change comments w/o explanation or appeal even when they are civil and science based.

Akismet tags my comments as spam w/o explanation or appeal even when they are civil and science based.

FB once suspended my commenting for 6 weeks w/o explanation or appeal based on, from what I could tell, anonymous complaints for violating “community standards,” whatever those are.

Autumn and brother are the blog site hosts and moderators and as such are free to enforce community standards and clip/censor the egregious vulgar trash talking trolls or anything else they don’t like.

The right to free speech exists between government and citizen, not between corporate employers or private individuals. Don’t like it, you are free to clean up your act, take it elsewhere or find some other willing sponsors.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 8, 2017 - 6:55am
Well I don't want to recopy WB stuff there....200 articles LOL
I'll start with African ones as I said. Maybe the public is more international there :)
Dino Manalis Added Mar 8, 2017 - 8:43am
Long live Writer Beat!
Janie Smith Added Mar 8, 2017 - 10:18am
Lovely, Tom
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 8, 2017 - 10:54am
Thanks, Janie,
WriterBeat lives.  I just got the word on Autumn's goodbye post.  She's marching onward, leading us forward once again.  She just needed a break.  So, great news!
George N Romey Added Mar 8, 2017 - 3:03pm
I'm seeing some of my WB friends on Niume.  Come join us.  Never give up fighting.
Jenifer Frost Added Mar 8, 2017 - 7:15pm
I didn't join the other site because there was no certain word from Autumn that Writer’s Beat was closing. I went with the same premise that Nick Furry advocated in the Avengers, namely to continue on here as if the world intends to continue, until there is word to the contrary. Happily the word is in and it's to continue on. I'm on enough sites. 

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