HubNugget Welcome to Newcomers

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A sincere and warm welcome (and in my case a goodbye from the position of "Elite") to all the recent arrivals to HubPages. If you dream of writing as a profession or as a part time occupation, or even as a part time amateur, you have come to the right place to get a push-start on your dream, to be inspired and to be guided by like minded persons as yourself, persons who also have the writing bug. And perhaps in turn for you to offer your own inspiration and encouragement to your fellow Hubbers.

Like most of us here, you probably want to write that book that is said to reside in each of us. I can tell you that I have started mine and I have already prepared the list of the people I shall thank on one of the first inside pages of the book, for helping to set me off on my writing adventure. And I can also tell you now that besides thanking the close friends I have made here who have advised, guided and encouraged me to write, a large ‘thank you’ has already been allocated to HubPages for providing this platform from which I have been able to overcome my fears, doubts and insecurities about writing.

It is a statistical fact of life that the possibility of getting my book published is minuscule, but preparing the thanks in advance is something I feel to be a necessity, because without HubPages I would never have reached the stage of even trying to write it and I would always have been left with the unanswered question “Could I have written it”?

The reasons why my possibilities of getting published are limited, are not insignificant in number and are varied: I may not have sufficient talent, I may not write what others want to read, I may think more of my abilities than my abilities would warrant and so on. Having experimented on my fellow Hubbers over the last ten months, I am ready to face any or all of those potential embarrassments, knowing that through trial and error here I have reached my actual starting level as a writer and this is what I can offer. If after all my experiments I am not good enough, then I shall have to accept it and simply write for my own private pleasure.

You will come across some truly talented writers here who have not as yet been published, but whose time no doubt will come if there is any literary judgment or justice out there. You will also come across many GOOD PEOPLE who are truly worth getting to know. I shall give you some links to a miscellany of such persons in the hope that you will meet them and make friends with them, as I have.

You simply MUST meet Nellieanna, who writes poetry from a heart that is kind, generous and loving. You will also find poetry written from the kind hearts of epigramman, VioletSun and saddlerider1, as well as others. Of course most poets write from the heart, but the heart of some of them is full of anything but love and kindness, so you would do well to be careful.

For prose and further poetry, I would suggest that you follow the people I follow myself as a start, some of whom are the following, but in no particular sequence:

Habee (a woman I am shamelessly in love with), Mentalist acer (who is so much more clever than I, yet still puts up with me), Gypsy Willow (a Queen amongst her sex who should have been named Loyalty), Feline Prophet (a pearl of knowledge and kindness from whom you can learn as I have, if you want to learn how to write), Lee B (a person who loves literature and one of my first fans)' tonymac04 (full of knowledge and kindness), Shadesbreath (you can learn how to write from him, as I have), Pam Roberson (a huge talent and a kind heart), JamaGenee (she simply cannot hide her talent and her huge heart), drbj (intelligent, great humor and a great writer), akirchner (known as The Insane One, so find out for yourself why), Shalini Kagal, (a talented and kind person, a Goddess amongst women), msorensson (kindness personified and a Pearl amongst women), Christopher Price (a man of cutting wit at times and a truly friendly person), Winsome (a brilliant writer), Tatjana-Mihaela (a loyal and supportive friend, ACSutliff (too talented for her own good), Denise Handlon (always kind), jrsearam (always ready to join in the fun), Christoph Reilly (excellent writer). William F. Torpey (never short of wit), Zsuzsy Bee (amazing talent), cameciob (a clever and observant talent), James A Watkins (if you love history, he is the man for you), _cheryl_ (clever and gifted), Joy At Home (a mine of information), sunflowerbucky (a truly clever girl), glassvisage (kind and considerate), jcwin228 (generous to a fault), frogdropping (clever and captivating), Jane Bovary (can always come up with a kind word), christopheranton (never afraid to voice his opinion), wilderness (useful advice and cutting wit), Cris A (talent, kindness and generosity personified), dianacharles (always kind and supportive).

The above list of good people and good writers is random and it is not exhaustive by any means. I have, however, left out worthy writers because I could not think of them at the time of writing, or because they are the type that if you compliment them they simply ignore you for the reason that in their own minds praise is simply their due. I find that attitude annoying and I am sure you will too, so I shall not put you through that trial. As you discover good writers yourselves, please let the rest of the members here know, so that they will also judge for themselves.

You will also come across writers who shall never be published because they do not have what it takes; only they do not know it yet. I shall not give you any links to such writers for obvious reasons.

And you will come across writers whom commerce has claimed for her own and who have joined HubPages only in the hope of making a few dollars and who follow a certain strategy in that direction by daily publishing a number of hubs designed to draw prospective buyers. Again, I shall not give you a list.

You can learn from the first group by seeing how they write entertaining and engrossing stories and by studying their style. You can also rather painfully learn from the second group by noting what they do wrong and by avoiding their boring, infantile and/or aggressive style. And you might learn how to make some money from the third group, which is fine if you are not really interested in writing.

Now for the “goodbye” part. My friend Feline Prophet, who is much cleverer than I by far, has recently made a comment on one of my hubs to the effect that I should resign from the “Elites” and concentrate on writing my book. She may have been teasing, but I have realized that she is right. By being a member of the Elites I seem to be getting a lot of undeserved followers and out of courtesy I must at least visit them to see what and how they write. This takes up a lot of time, so I have decided to resign from the Elites in order to have less work to do and so concentrate on my own writing. I suspect that my absence will not spell irretrievable ruin to HubPages, though telling our Chairman of the disaster which has befallen the house of HubPages will be difficult and we may have to revive him with smelling salts.

I thank all those who offered me unwavering support almost from the first day I joined HubPages and who have stood by me through good and bad incidents. I will not name them in order not to embarrass them but they know who they are. Thank you.

Dimitris Mita

De Greek

Now each week one of the Elites supervises the collection of new hubs to be proposed for selection through voting. The purpose is to encourage newcomers with their writing and to introduce them to each other through the process. This is my last week as “Elite” to do this and so I give below this week's selection and I ask you to participate by voting.

Oh, and one final word. Please answer the following question if you would:

If one is stranded on a desert island with Paris Hilton, would you call this a mixed blessing or an unmitigated disaster?:-)

Good luck to all of you, I wish you a gratifying 2011 and I welcome you to the wonderful world of HubPages. Have a magnificent time here!

Which one of this week's Sports and Recreation nominees is your favorite?

  • 22% Little Eyes Are Watching You
  • 14% Kayaking on the Yorkshire Coast
  • 11% Yogi Bear Campsites
  • 22% How to set up your new Cub Scout Tiger Den
  • 14% Camping with small children
  • 17% "Small Change" -- Nickel & Dime Defense
36 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Which one of this week's Home nominees is your favorite?

  • 15% 7 Tips to Know Before You Purchase Cookware
  • 29% Growing Backyard Lettuce- What a Re-Leaf!
  • 6% How I Organized My Home
  • 32% How To Be A Great Neighbor
  • 12% One Dead Spider at a Time!
  • 6% How to Make Buffet Yeast Rolls Like Golden Corral in your Bread Machine or Breadmaker
34 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Which one of this week's Entertainment and Media nominees is your favorite?

  • 23% Confessions of a Zombie Mother
  • 14% Happy Monday! and other Nonsensical Phrases
  • 6% Best Mandolins For Beginners
  • 17% An Introduction to Music
  • 17% Remember Leslie Nielsen
  • 23% Tiny Tim and the TV: A Success Story for the Mentally Challenged!
35 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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msorensson 5 years ago

There is nothing more endearing to a woman's heart than the humility of a man..

I would like to exchange my title with Shalini, please. A goddess amongst women..wow..I wonder if someone in this lifetime or the next will ever call me that, beloved friend.

Kiss.

Happy New Year to you and yours. I am honored to be a part of your fan club, whether you see me or not.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi My Melinda.... So being called a Pearl amongst women is not enough for you then? I should have thought that this complimenting of women might backfire! :-))))

Best wishes for the holidays from us too :-)


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msorensson 5 years ago

I was just giving you a hard time...You are so loved, there is nothing in women's eyes that you can do wrong...from experience, beloved friend.

Women love with such titanic loyalty they will close their eyes willingly for the people they love....Women love you.

We love you..lol..


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Oh, you are so wrong there, Melinda. There are so many things I can do wrong in women's eyes :-)))

But thank you for the kind words anyway :-)


Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

What are the elites???? Does this mean you are not going to write hubs anymore?


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi Sophia. :-)

The Elites are six selected members who do some free work for HubPages. In exchange we get an impressive title :-)

And I shall continue to write for my own account here :-))


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I have enjoyed your hubs and your wit. I wish you the best of luck on your book and I don't see any reason why you won't prevail. You certainly have the necessary skills.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Haha,I voted on the hubs without reading them,as so I shall after this comment...it seems the elite status is somewhat like a perpetual starting salaried employee,you take a paycut from hourly and work longer hours,lol...sincerly,good luck with you book and keep the HubNugget Team close for refferals to the publishers.

As for being stranded with Paris Hilton on a desert island...I'd eat her!Knowing that my family would look harder for me than any of her aquaintences,nuff said;)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

My dear Pamela, now I feel terrible for forgetting to mention a kind, sweet friend such as you. I hope that you will forgive me :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Brother Mentalist, I am now a shuttered shell of a man. You have not been reading my stories and THAT's how you managed to put up with me for so long. Now everything is clear! :-(


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks for featuring the new set of new HubNuggets, Sir De Greek.

Writers come in handy here on HubPages. Some even have multiple accounts to earn their worth, both as traditional and commercial writers.

Traditional writers don't go with the flow, as in HubMob writing, that this site introduced.

Commercial writers delve with trendy topics, as in HubMobbers. This, to generate more readers and all.

Every person has its own spark to be a writer; although, language barrier always pose as problem (that's why even I, often commit grammatical errors on my hubs, too).

For me, virtual writing can never be this interesting on HubPages.

As I mature as HP contributor, I came to know more serious writers who are ready to express their thoughts unbiasedly.

My salute for you, Sir D.G.! You inspired us all!!! :D

P.S. As for Paris Hilton; well, what will happen next can be one of my wildest dream on her. LOL! :D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

TravelMan, because I actually like to read, when I first joined HubPages I had difficulty in finding really good writers and my friend Zsuzy Bee (who is a brilliantly talented writer herself) helped me out by pointing me to a few good ones. I found her suggestions very useful to me, so I am now doing the same favor to others who might also want to search out intersting people to follow :-)

Thank you for your kind comment :-)


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Thank you for including me in your fan list with the De Greek kindness and charm, its mucho appreciated. Let me know if you were able to revive the chairman with the smelling salts. :)

Have a Happy New Year and looking forward to your book! You have plenty of talent not only in writing but in connecting.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

De Greek, I wish you luck with your book and your dreams.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

You will be missed my friend :) Good luck with your book, I expect a discounted, signed copy :D LOL

Great farewell hub, read and voted!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

My friend I knew all along you were and Elite personality on hub pages, so the Team simply saw that and offered up that status to you and you gladly accepted and therefore added your wisdom and kindness to their already Elite cast of members.

You did a fine job and added your abundant humor and creative writing techniques to the hubnuggets and for that they will certainly be grateful for. I know your time has come to spend more time on the writing of your memoirs and that my friend is very important as we draw closer to the darker hours of our lives.

I want to thank you for being one of my first hubbers I befriended and I enjoyed your writing with lots of interest. You have left many comments on my hubs and offered up accolades of my humble writing abilities as a short story and poet scribe.

I hope you will still continue to write here in the hubs as you offer such a variation of experiences in your interesting life you lived in your earlier life. You certainly have had a numerous amount of life experiences and I truly believe you must continue to share them here with all of us.

I for one admire your style, sure there have been some strain at times and controversy, however we must all face the firing squad from fellow writers and critics, we are writers are we not?

So let me thank you for being here and also making mention of my name, I will continue to follow you and enjoy you. Thank you for sharing with us always my friend De Greek.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I forgot to bestow my wish to you and your lovely wife a very healthy,loving and Happy New Year for 2011 and beyond. Also I rate this Hub up and UP some more. I forgot to in my last comment:0))


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nell79 5 years ago from United States

Your post caught my attention in the forum and though I do not know you, this hub has me wishing I did. If your book-writing is as good as this, then I'm sure you'll do just fine!

I know too well what you mean about that dream of publishment and I understand your need to step down and concentrate on it. I do hope though that it doesn't mean we won't see any more of you!

Good luck to you!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The nickle defence is used to offset a passing offence,Hub read,lol;)


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

You are such a great gentleman, Brother Dimitris! Thanks for including me in your list - I feel rather insignificant amidst such talent, though!

Wish you and your lovely lady a joyful and prosperous New Year - and I look forward to reading many more of your entertaining Hubs - and of course your book, which I have no doubt will be published!

As for the Paris Hilton question - this site is not the sort of place I could express my real feelings about her, so let's just say, a blixed messing, with the emphasis on the unmitigated disaster! Ha!

Love and peace

Tony


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Marie, thank YOU for your friendship. And I am afraid that the Chairman is a lost cause. The tragedy was just too much for him :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals & Enelle Lamb, thank you VERY much for putting up with me all this time as a fellow Elite :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Ken, thank you for your kind words and your wishes. We return them with affection :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi Nell 79 and thank you for taking the trouble to comment. I shall be around and you will get fed up with me... Happy holidays :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Brother Mentalist, as always, you are right :-))


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matherese 5 years ago

Thank you very much for this page and the information about the best hub writers. I am new on Hub pages and I saw your post in the forum.

I am here to learn and I want to learn from experience writers. Eventhough I've not read any of your hubs yet, I will start from today.

Wish you all the best with your book.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Tony, a rather interesting wish my Godfather used to use and I apply it here to everyone:

May you live as long as Abraham and may you be as rich as Isaac... :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Matherese,I wish you a wonderful time here. If you get to know my friends, you are sure to enjoy HubPages :-)

Thank you for taking the trouble to leave a comment :-)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I look forward to seeing your book in print, Dimitri, and to reading your memoirs! The HubNuggets Team's loss will be of great gain to some lucky publisher (and to you and your wife, of course).


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

RedElf thank you for your good wishes, but don't listen to gossip from saddlerider1. I am not writing my memoirs but a novel :-)))

Thanks for putting up with me :-))


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LeeWalls 5 years ago from United States

I wish you well. You spoke as one who knows much about writing without realizing you may be writing to someone who already has their manuscript.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

LeeWalls, until I came across HubPages I only wrote business letters. But the kind people I have mentioned have helped me to progress to another level, and for that I am grateful to them. Newcomers could benefit by meeting the same people :-)


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Many thanks for the endorsements of everyone. It is bound to boost the confidence of us all, and best wishes to you in every thing that you do yourself, especially the book. Just make sure you let us all know on Hubpages when it comes out. I suspect it might be a very good read.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Dimi, dear, you will always be Elite to me - meaning the 'choice part' or member of 'superior group.' You are a classy act. And thanks for the favorable mention. :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I'm not sure why I just now discovered this elegant tribute to some fine writers and an especially endearing account of your activities and progress. For whatever odd reason, I didn't get a new hub announcement. Thank goodness Ken mentioned it to me and recommended that I come read it and of course, I'm glad I did. I'm quite honored to be mentioned among the outstanding writers and friends on your list which surely includes many of the best writers on HP! Thank you for including me. Your kind praise touches my heart.

I'm delighted that you're seriously focusing on your writing the book, which I've no doubt will be supremely readable and full of wit, experience and good thought. I look forward to reading it! You were my first fan here when we sort of encouraged each other, boath being relative newcomers. So seeing your stellar progress warms my heart.

I wish you and Natali the very best New Year in 2011, full of love, joy and much satisfaction!

I definitely vote this up and awesome.


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Has it been ten months already? And what a legion of fans and friends you've made in that short time, DG. I think I better go into hiding before they come after me with a hatchet for suggesting you spend more time on your book, and by default less time here! :D

As always, thank you for the kind testimonial...and now, do go write that book! :)


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

De Greek, as a fellow elite I am sorry to see you go however so very proud of your reason - to write your book. Go forth and make us all proud of a fellow hubber. It's been grand knowing you and although you won't be on HP as often until your book is published (and it will be), I look forward to my email notices with any hubs you do manage to write.

Hope 2011 brings you everything you wish for and my best to your family. Ciao for now, Marie.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

De Greek-how sweet that you mentioned me...thank you, and most unexpected. I am so thrilled for you that you will be concentrating on the writing of your book. I'm looking forward to hearing more about that. Best of luck to you and keep us posted. :) Now, I'm off to read and vote. You've done a wonderful job as an elite, these past several months.

Happy New Year to you and your family.


cookingdiva 5 years ago

Wow, I am just getting to know people here and surprise that my hub 7 tips for cookware purchase was nominated. I did not know, what a pleasant surprise. Good knowing you.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Well, De Greek, I finished reading and voting. Wow-what a difficult selection. They were ALL great. Tough choice this time around.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

A novel - how wonderful...though I am sure your memoirs would be just as exciting! You were funny and challenging, Dimitri - I enjoyed your occasional "curve balls" :D:D:D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Christopher, thank you, but you are not getting rid of me that easily. Like everyone here, you are are getting a free copy of that book if it ever gets published, as punishment for encouraging me :-)))

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DRBJ, I have made notes on your comments on my writing and you were right about the over description, so I have made amendments. Thanks for the help :-)

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Nellieanna, thank you for your kind wishes and we reciprocate. We look forward to seeing you when you come to visit us :-))

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Friend FP, how can I thank you enough for all your help and kindness? It cannot be done, so I shall punish you by sending you a free copy of the book, if it ever gets published :-))

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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MPG, I forgot to mention you and my good friend Pamela99, but I am sure you will forgive me, Thank you for all your support :-)

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Hi Denise, it was a pleasure to mention you, but I did forget some other friends and I feel bad about that. But they have never held a grudge against me in the past, so why would they start now? :-))

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Cookingdiva, I just did the editing in this case. All the choices belong tot he other Elites, but you are welcome :-)

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RedElf, curve balls? Moi? :-))


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Bostonfamily 5 years ago

De Greek I just found you :) I am still getting use of hubpages and thank you for norminating my cub scout article.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I'll miss you Sir DeGreek and am sorry to see you go. Best of success with your book. Sir De Greek and De Wife here is wishing health and wealth to you in the new year and beyond.

Read all the great choices of the week and voted for my favorites, which as always is not an easy task.

Congrats Hubnuggeteers on the nominations. Remember to promote your hubs in all the right places. Good luck.

Great hub

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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wearing well 5 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

Well Done on your success here at HubPages and for spending so much time reading all the nominated hubnuggeteers articles and stories.Only just found you and will miss you too :(

All the Best for publishing your special book :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Bostonfamily thank you for passing by and good luck with the nomination :-)

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Zsuzsy Bee it is I who must thank you for all your support and kindness. I'll be around :-)

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wearing well, no need to miss me, as I shall be around trying to impress you with my wit :-))


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MommaKJ 5 years ago from Middle America

Wow! Thank you so much for nominating my hub and including me in such a wonderful group! I am truely honored. Looking forward to writing and reading more hubs and getting to know everyone better. God Bless and Happy New Year.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

We bid thee a fond farewell

From the depths of our inkwell,

Aim to write or just to sell

An answer,your heart will tell.

ooOOoo

sligobay


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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MommaKJ, good luck with the voting :-)

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sligobay, good one, you made me laugh with "from the depth of our inkwell" - thanks, but I shall be around for some time yet :-)))


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okmom23 5 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

I wish you the best of luck with your novel! Thank you for all of the time and hard work you have dedicated to Hubpages. You will be missed!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Okmom, but I am not dead yet and I shall be around trying to show off :-)))

Good to see you and thank you for passing by :-)


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

You will be sorely missed as an 'Elite,' De Greek, but your reasoning is quite sound. I look forward to your novel and wish you the very best!


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cameciob 5 years ago

De Greek, I have no doubt that you will succeed, one way or another. Some people cannot get by unnoticed. And thank you for including me on the list. Now I have to prove it with every hub.

Happy New Year, De Greek!


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ACSutliff 5 years ago

Your last HubNugget! What an amazing and emotional experience this must be for you. It takes a brave person to prioritize and go after a novel. Bravo and good luck. With all of your concentration and devotion behind your novel, I'm sure it will be a success.


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

You frightened me, sir, with the comment you would be leaving the bulging forehead group of elites; I assumed that meant you would no longer be on HubPages either.

Thank goodness you clarified that later - I would hate to lose you and your writing. I enjoy your work too much to let that happen.

It is a shame, however, that your forehead has shrunken to the point you must leave that exhalted group. You always seemed to fit in quite well!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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lorlie6

Many thanks. But you see what happens when one grows old? One forgets one's friends and I have forgotten to include you in the list. Sorry :-)

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cameciob

Same to you. I am keeping my eye on you for the very personal reason that you know! :-)))

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ACSutliff

Thank you for your kind words. Keep up the good work :-)

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wilderness

I am glad to see that you have been paying attention and you remember the bulging foreheads :-))


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, you ARE popular, I guess hahaha. For minute I though you leave altogether and I shall never be able to read your so pleasant style of writing. I really enjoy it every time. Thank you. Wish you all the success in the wolrd with your book and I am sure it will be successful.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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HH, again I am put to shame because I forgot you. Please forgive me :-)


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Dim - Thanks so much for including me in your list - you are too kind and I feel honored. But what's up with you going eliteless? We shall miss your humorous hand on the till - I mean on the wheel. You bring such gaiety and amusement (don't get hung up on the gay part)....ah well...you must do what you must do. Life is short.

Best of wishes on your success with your book - I have no doubt that you will hit the mark and then you must come back and sell it to all of us shamelessly!

It is tough at the top and I understand when a man of your talent (and good looks) must put down his arms and retire to more quiet surroundings to ponder and write. Do you have a smoking jacket? I could send you one as that might help you in your writing hours. Or a good bottle of Crown?

Seriously, you will need no help at all and hopefully one day soon, we will be celebrating with you on your (continued) success!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Dear Mr. De Greek,

I will sorely miss seeing you as an uber top dog. (I loved reading your hubs with wit and humor.)

I am happy to hear that you aren't fully retiring from HP, as I will look forward to reading your future hubs. I wish you the best of luck with your book.

Thank you for your comments and support on my Stan Fletcher hubs. (I was such a scared newbie when I wrote them.)

Good luck and thanks again!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Hello, DeGreek, don't worry about it. I won't hold it against you - I just have you locked in the Tower hahaha


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Audrey, since the HubPages management placed security cameras around the till, I am forced to find an honest job... :-)))) - Thank you for the kind words :-)

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tlpoague, there are some members here who will hold it against you if you call me flattering names. Be careful! :-)))

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HH, Kiss you :-)))


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

DG- I have been engrossed in the holiday festivities so pardon my late entry! A belated Happy New Year my friend and thank you so much for the kind mention. Here's to all new Hubbers too. May you find joy, worthy comradery, and gainful inspiration!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh Happy Day! You my kind sir have a calling and yes a noble historical calling and that is to write! I'm pleased and impressed with your ability to follow your true calling as you lay down one sword to embrace the other more firmly.

As for your description of me I'm both humbled and honored you would use four such words to describe me. Your a true gentleman and I appreciate your thoughtful consideration and vote of confidence in me. I will do my best to uphold such a kind placement in the ranks of your fans, friends and followers.

I will maintain every positive thought and affirmation that you know a comfortable peace in which to write your book or dare say I BOOKS! Love, Peace and Joy! Katie :)

P.S. I have a wee confession, I started my book on the 1st of this wonderful year. I'm leaning toward an ebook and yet let us see where the pen takes us. I can't wait to read yours I know it will be great as it is great within you now!


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

After I get over the shock of your leaving the Hubnuggets team, I've begun reading the nominees. Thanks for your contribution to HP, in the form of hard work, fantastic humor and great writing talent. You will be missed on the team, DG! Best wishes for 2011!

The voting begins... congrats to all.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya de Greek, I just want to wish you success in your book and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your lovely wife. Now I gotta go a-reading and a-voting.

All the best,

Rosie


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Hillary,

Thank you very much for your constant support and for your kindness to me :-))

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Katie,

Many thanks for passing by and for your kind words. I have a target for July 2011 to finish my book and I am already behind. I have been reading the classics in order to learn a few things but once I finish one, then I have to read another and another book and so I am falling behind :-)

Glad to see that you are writing your and I wish you success with it :-)

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And girls, I have a terrible cold, my head is ready to burst, my nose is running and being a typical sick manly man,

I WANT MY MOMMYYYYYY!!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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wordscribe43 thank you for your kind words :-)

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Rosie, thank you for your support and for your good wishes. See you around :-))


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey De Greek, voted, shared and put on Facebook. I hope you have a great turn out for voting. You put together a great last HubNugget Hub. Take care, be safe and best wishes forward. :) Thumbs Up! :)


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

This was fabulous, thank you tons

kimberly


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Cagsil,

#Thank youVERY much for taking the trouble :-)

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kimberlyslyrics,

I have forgotten to include some friends and I feel unhappy about this. Thanks for passing by :-)


ssaul 5 years ago

thank you very much, happy new year to you!


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

I wish you nothing but luck both with your book and any other ventures you take on, thank you for all the support and I hope you have a great 2011


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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# ssaul

Nice to meet you. Thank you for your comment and I reciprocate your good wishes.

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# nighthag

Many thanks and the same wishes to you :-)


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prey 5 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

hey me too!

:D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Why not, Prey? Welcome :-)))


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Dimi,

The Hubpages Pantheon will be a far less lively place when they lose their one true De Greek.

Please allow this humble plebian to entreat you; do not rest on your laurels (they can be quite prickly), continue to grace us with flashes of your brilliance, words of wisdom and witticisms.

I always welcome your intelligent and erudite comments. Your encouragement and praise is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for including my name in your litany of Hubbers worth following. I will attempt to live up to the billing.

I hope you are feeling better than you were a couple days ago. If the chicken soup doesn't help I recommend hot Benedictine & Brandy...It may not cure you, but you won't much care!

Best of luck with your book. Please keep us abreast of your progress. I look forward to reading it.

Cheers!

CP


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I pushed it hard out of my mind because I thought your hint of resignation was part of your mystic charm as a writer. So sad, my friend, to lose you sooner than I thought.

I want to share to you this aphorism by my blogger friend, Smarty, "For every locked door you stumble upon, there's another one opening by itself". Good luck to the new opportunity. Hubbers like me will miss you. We love you, DG!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Christopher! I didn't know you cared :-))))

Kidding aside, I truly appreciate your kind words and I ask you to remember my favorite bit of wisdom:

"The cemeteries are full of irreplaceables" :-)))

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Lita my sweet girl, I love you too and now I feel even worse now for forgetting to include you in my list of wonderful friends I have made here. I am getting old. Kiss you and I shall keep an eye open for your hubs, in order to visit you and chat :-))

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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

This is new to me and I love to read it all and the comments.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

onceuponatime66 you are welcome here. Better late than never :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I hope you're feeling better now. I just now looked here and read that you'd been under the weather. I'm sending good vibes your way.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

I feel terrible and I want my mommyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.... ;-(


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

Happy New Year DG and thanks for the promo! JR


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, jrsearam, same to you :-))


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sunflowerbucky 5 years ago from Small Town, USA

Thank you so much for the mention! And in answer to your question, if I were stranded on an island with Paris Hilton, I would be tempted to find out if I could cash the checks my mouth likes to write, because she SERIOUSLY annoys me. Happy new year!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Happy New Year to you too, you BRILLIANT child! :-)))


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epigramman 5 years ago

...thank you for your correspondence my friend as I always look forward to hearing from you - it is so obvious that you are well respected from your peers and colleagues here at the Hub - and rightly so - you have taken the time, courtesy and effort to put this wonderful hub together - and it serves one particular purpose for me (and hoepfully everyone else too) - -

It's a small world after all - and it's here at the Hub that we can share our differences and similarities through that glorious and wise voice known as 'communication' - and thanks so much to someone like you for steering this good ship in the right direction!!!!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Colin, I understand everything you have written. Thank you for visiting


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mwatkins 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

De Greek, I enjoy your writing so much. It has made me laugh out loud and ponder life and people as well - usually at the same time. This hub I find especially appealing because I have a talented brother who is afraid to test the water with his writing skill - even though I think he is a terrific writer and tell him so, he is afraid to write that first story (hub). I am sending your hub to him to peruse and hope that you may somehow give him the inspiration to begin where I have failed to. Thank you for your sense of humor and your truthful insight. I wish you every success with your next writing adventure!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

mwatkins, you have made me feel good and I thank you for it :-)

Your brother should really make the effort HERE, because there are so many kind and helpful people on HubPages :-)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

Hay I was here and I read it :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Ahhhh... how sweet. Thank you :-)))

See, it was not difficult :-)))


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

You have made many friends on Hub Pages. I am sorry I have not followed you more closely. A lot going on.

Good luck with your book


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

gr82bme,

Very glad to meet you even now :-))


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ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

You are a fantastic writer. Hopefully by now your book is well underway :). It has been a little overwhelming to get started on hubpages, and I appreciate your links to writers you enjoy.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

ExpectGreatThings, thank you for your kind words ;-)

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