Hubbers: We Are Our Stories

The Writing Bandit a.k.a. Wanted Man a.k.a. D. W. Corn
The Writing Bandit a.k.a. Wanted Man a.k.a. D. W. Corn

Prologue

Life never comes with a ribbon wrapped around it—if it did, that ribbon would likely be tattered to shreds by the time we hit our stride as adults.

Disappointments, hurts, pain, heartaches, and brokenness happen to everyone. We all have to deal with the vagaries and vicissitudes of life. One of the building blocks of my theology is that life is hard.

We become the culmination of our experiences. Our character and viewpoint is shaped by joys and sorrows; laughter and teardrops. We carry scars; we lug around the baggage of bad memories.

We love, we hate, we win, we lose. We each spend long, lonesome hours traversing the valley of the shadow of death.

As D.W. Corn—an alter ego of mine who requires his own story—has said, “Life is what it is, process and preparation for the next turn in the road.”

I sincerely believe that we grow, learn, and experience hope and healing when we connect and share in each other’s stories. We are our stories; we each carry around the stories of our lives, oft-times never realizing the treasures we possess.

The prologue concludes here: This essay is about some Hubber friends who, if the ebb and flow of time and chance would allow, I’d like to meet. This certainly is not an exhaustive list, but rather, a starting point. They’re presented boy, girl, boy, girl in alphabetical order based on the first letter in their moniker.

50 Caliber

50 Caliber a.k.a. Dusty a.k.a. Old Desert Rat is a veteran of Vietnam whose story inspires me. He includes some of his story in Hubs, but also, he lets little tidbits of it slip out in his comments.

By the way, he writes the most genuine and interesting comments. Sometimes they make me smile and other times, I am simply amazed at his insights or blessed by his memories.

50 Caliber has effectively dropped out and plugged into solitude. Some have surely remarked that he’s eccentric, but not me. He’s done what many of us wish we could do.

Dusty lives in a remote area of Arizona surrounded by a wild slice of raw, unbridled beauty. His home is subterranean, though I highly doubt he ever suffers through any bouts of Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Some summer evening, I’d like to sit beside his campfire, sipping something fine while twilight bled into darkness and stars began dotting the desert sky. We’d tell a few tall-tales, and yak our way around life, politics, memories, music, along with a smattering of God-talk.

Breakfastpop

If ever in need of an idea for a unique recipe, don’t burn too many brain cells trying to come up with one on your own. Simply stop in to chat with Breakfastpop a.k.a. BP, and surely as quick as quick can be you’ll have what’s needed.

BP is a social commentator who’s figured out that humor is required to make sense out of the peculiar lunacy of current events. On each visit, she treats her guests to a drink or some munchies prepared special for the occasion. 

Once settled in, she takes on jokers masquerading as public servants or the great pretenders in the mainstream media with a wit that is contagious. While reading her observations on political issues what typically occurs is this: A small grin enlarges to a smile then becomes a chuckling laugh that hangs around for awhile.

Her weekly POP Awards are must reads. The recipients are all well-deserving, with some of them worthy of lifetime achievement recognition. 

Just once I’d actually like to be in the audience when Chris Matthews or Al Gore stepped up to accept their POP Award so I could BOO and HISS, while giving the originator of the award repeated high-fives. 

Hmrjmr1

Big John a.k.a. Hammer Jammer 1 was one of my first followers, though they were referred to as fans back then. He’s a veteran, which among other things, means that he ought to receive thanks for his service.

He strikes me as a big tough guy with a tender heart and an easy smile. In Old West jargon he’d be one you could depend on for steady leadership when the wagons had to be drawn into a circle. 

The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book is his ongoing series drawn from recipes gathered over the years by his mother. What a sweet way to carry on a family legacy. I’ve found only one problem with the recipes—during this past Advent I think I gained five pounds by simply reading the various special seasonal goodies. 

Big John is an independent thinker who has no trouble laying out the perimeters of where he stands. His writings reveal that his views have been processed in the blender of experience and common sense—they’re solid, clear-eyed, and without nuance, which is good because I don’t do nuance. 

His take on happenings in the political realm are always interesting. He’s someone I’d enjoy sitting down with for one of those solving all the world’s problems bull sessions—maybe around his kitchen table while having a slice of Chocolate Carmel Nut Cheese Pie.

Cari Jean

Cari Jean a.k.a. CJ lives in North Dakota way up near the Canadian border. In the best sense of the description she is a survivor, someone who has overcome obstacles and presses forward with purpose.

In the interest of full disclosure, the seeds of this Hub were planted by one Cari Jean published a couple weeks ago in which she wrote about ten people she’d like to meet. It got me thinking about all my friends in this forum who I only know by their picture and the pieces of their story gleaned from their writings.

When CJ’s fingers tap out an article or tale her feelings are never in reserve. Her passion slides down her sleeve onto the keyboard and into her reader’s hearts.

She and her husband—a transplanted Canadian and hockey fan—have a beautiful five year old daughter named Faith. Cari Jean’s words of introduction to Faith’s Mom’s Blog speak volumes about her outlook and attitude: “FAITH - It’s my daughter’s name and it’s what my life’s journey is all about. I invite you to come along and share in my journey of faith and Faith.”

Some Sunday morning, it’d be wonderful for Anita and me to meet Cari Jean and her family in the foyer of the church they attend. We’d worship our Lord and Savior together, and then afterwards, share precious time at a quiet corner table in a local restaurant.

The chatter would be heartfelt and roll over much terrain. We’d hit upon Johnny Cash, Louis L’Amour, and little Laura Ingalls, and then proceed to those spiritual issues that are the essentials of life.

James A. Watkins

Along with Hammer Jammer 1, Sir James was one of my early followers. When I first checked out his pages, I was impressed big-time, and to be entirely honest slightly intimidated. 

James has a breadth of interests that is stunning—there ain’t no flies on his brain. As a lifelong learner myself, I’m an omnivorous reader and researcher, but suspect that my habits in this area pale in comparison to him.

His comments on some of my initial efforts spurred me on in ways that are difficult to explain. Until joining HubPages, most of my writing life happened in a vacuum. The pay-off for me was—and largely still is—the sheer satisfaction that comes when words get translated into view exactly how I see them inside my head. 

Sir James provided motivational affirmation. One particular encouraging phrase comes to mind on those gray, murky days when having a way with words feels more like a curse than a blessing. I’d tell you all what he wrote, but then it wouldn’t be my personal pick me up anymore, would it?

Until recently James had been on a three Hub a week pace. He’s cut back to one per week as he invests time and energy writing a book. We all ought to wish him well in that worthy effort, and be prepared to fight over who’ll be first to purchase the sure to be masterpiece on Amazon.  

Some Friday evening, I’d like to wander into a tavern where James and his band are playing a gig. It’d be a blast listening to originals along with covers from the mutual soundtrack of our lives. 

Between sets we’d hunker down for some serious dialog on history, theology, and music. The talking might become intense into the wee-hours as we crossed over all the places where those topics intersect.

Habee

Habee a.k.a. Holle is a southern gal who ought to be on a tourism poster with the caption, The Georgia Peach. I hope she receives royalties from the state because she is its proudest spokesperson and cheerleader. 

Holle writes prodigiously, covering a wide range of subjects. She is an extremely effective communicator. No matter the material, she explores or explains it in a way that a reader is never dissatisfied. 

The tendency is to devour each of her essays because they’re enjoyable learning experiences, often accompanied by a chuckle or two. She makes me want to travel to see the locales she writes about, and despite getting older and more rickety by the minute, her stories about horses stir up a desire in me to saddle up and ride.

My gut-level suspicion is that Habee and her husband Johnny would be great fun at a Saturday afternoon backyard barbecue. Anita and I could bring along some Pennsylvania Dutch dish from her heritage, while Holle dusted off a southern recipe and Johnny fired up the grill.

We’d converse about love, life, and family, proudly showing off photos of and exchanging anecdotes about grandchildren. Night would fall from the sky to the melody of four new friends laughing over the absurd ironies of the human condition.

Micky Dee

Micky Dee a.k.a. Bicycle Racer is a free spirit. Maybe Road Racer would be a better, more fitting alias. 

However he is known he is a fascinating character. He’s a Vietnam veteran, whose experiences there set him on a path. He returned from the madness—that destroyed lives and ripped apart this nation—to pursue peace and truth.

His motto echoes a first century leader of the church in Jerusalem, so truly cannot be argued over: “Either do good works or get out of the way!” 

That is most definitely my kind of theology. It may be bumper-sticker cliché, but it’s riddled with the truth that he seeks. If actually put into practice by all those who gather in church buildings each Sunday, this world would be constantly becoming a better place. 

I’d like to meet up with Micky Dee on the road. We’d each arrive at some watering hole or coffee shop at the same time—he on his bicycle, me pulling my car into a parking spot. 

Inside, we’d settle across from each other at a cozy booth, away from the hustle and bustle of the joint. Hours would get chewed up and spit out as we hashed over life and talked some philosophy.

H. C. Porter

This Lone Star beauty is what in the lexicon of my memory used to be referred to as a sharp cookie.

H.C. Porter a.k.a. Holly is a mother, writer, photographer, artist, and thinker who experiences life while others simply live it.

Holly has a poet captured in her soul. When she sets that prisoner loose, she must bleed all over her keyboard—her imagery is often gut-wrenchingly poignant. It flows straight from the well of her heart. Her hurts, hopes, dreams, fears, and intentions shine through her words.

Her love for her children is overwhelmingly evident whenever she writes about them. The pictures and snippets she’s shared reveal that they’re bubbling bundles full of energy and mischief.

San Antonio is where I’d like to meet Holly. Anita and I would enjoy hanging out and seeing all the hotspots. We’d connect early one morning, maybe at some hole in the wall café near the Alamo. It’d be a grand day of touring the sites, with Holly leading the way, along with her husband and children.

As the afternoon waned, we’d get H.C. to recommend a Tex Mex eatery, and then all settle in for a fun evening. Over a five-star meal we’d chat about matters of the heart, reminisce on the day, and build some memories to be used as writing fodder.

Wayne Brown

A cowboy from Texas, Wayne’s a former U.S. Air Force officer. Since I’m doing the writing here I’m going to give him the alias Midnight because his ramblings are good company in front of a fireplace on dark, lonely nights.

Wayne Brown a.k.a. Midnight is a straight shooter. On a site filled with exceptional storytellers he is numbered among the finest. His turns of phrase and word choices are often note worthy; his characters are real and gut-honest, coming to life almost immediately, and sticking in mind long after their tale’s been told.

If my discernment has any credibility, Midnight possesses what mystics might refer to as an old soul. Someone caught a bit out of time; one who ought to have been born a century or so earlier.

The voice that’s clearly heard in his writing is one clamoring to be on a good horse riding over ancient trails to see new country. With bedroll and gear packed, he eases along with no particular destination in mind. Just a wandering man living stories on the trail. It’s that aspect of his writing that resonates with me.

To meet up with Midnight, imagination and time travel will be required. It’d be on a cattle drive with Charlie Goodnight, or Gus and Woodrow.

The end of the day is near. Cowboys ride in and gather at the chuck-wagon. While eating plates of beef and beans, Wayne and I engage in some tag-team storytelling to entertain the crew. It’s a star kissed night, with suspense thickening the air, only to be burst by a hilarious twist at the end of the narrative that generates guffaws and exclamations.

RevLady

RevLady a.k.a. Saundra is a gentle and compassionate woman whose heartbeat is loud in her writing. She has a teacher’s talent for making complicated ideas simple. There is a practical application to her theology that is admirable.

Saundra leaves thoughtful and thought-provoking comments, which on occasion has sparked an idea that over the course of time germinated into an article for here or elsewhere. She is an encourager, so it is always a joy to read her affirming words.

Her intellect combined with vast experience on the frontlines of ministry imbues her pieces with authenticity. The perspective of Scripture presented is right on because it’s been forged in the real world where textbook answers are not always found.

She is a deep thinker, which is always guaranteed to garner my respect and admiration. There are times when I sit back to rethink her point, turning it over in my mind to meditate on its significance.

Once or twice I’ve had a knee-jerk reaction against her exegesis, but upon reflection, came to comprehend that her reasoned thinking was exact and worthy of a robust amen.

It’d be neat to show up at her home church some Sunday morning—to slip in and worship God alongside her congregation. Then as the service progressed, be intrigued and challenged as RevLady broke the Word of Life.

That’d be the beginning of a face to face friendship, but hopefully not the end. How good it would be to labor shoulder to shoulder with her in some relational ministry effort that made a difference in individual lives.

Epilogue

There they are—ten Hubbers I’d like to meet. My only complaint is that there’s never enough time to keep up with all their work.

Everyone should know that I didn’t contact any of them ahead of time or give them a head’s up. In this case I am going to stick to the canard that says it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

In closing, if you haven’t already done so, I cordially invite you to check out my new website, Wanted Man. The link is below.

All feedback will be much appreciated. And if you’re ever in need of a speaker or seminar leader, please consider me.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I am surprised and honored, my friend. I tuned in to see your latest work and there I am! I am humbly grateful to you for your gracious words about me. You are one of my favorite four Hubbers yourself. And one of the others is on this page. Thank you, brother. I'd love to have a sit down with you. And I think we just might. I like to travel. :D

ps I am proud to see you are now "elite." Don't know what it means but it sounds impressive!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Wow, James. That was quick. I just sent you an e-mail head's up. All that "elite" deal means is that I am on the HubPage Welcome Wagon, welcoming new hubbers.

Blessings.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Ken, I am touched and honored all at the same time. I am also in the company of some heavy hitters that do me proud. I think you read people pretty well, friend and you can bet that I would be quite intrigued out there under the stars with the likes Charlie Goodnight, Woodrow Call and ol' Gus. You being there would make a good time to tell a story. Thank you for honoring me and acknowledging my presence with your fantastic writing style. And thanks for that penname!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Ken,

You took me totally by surprise and I want you to know that I am profoundly moved and deeply honored to appear in your hub. I can't tell you how often I think about how wonderful it would be if we could all get together in person, upfront and personal. I must say I am thrilled and humbled to be in such good company. Thank you so much.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Wayne - You're welcome. It was a pleasure.

Just so you know how intense an impact Lonesome Dove had/has on me, my dog's name is Gus.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

BP - You're welcome very much. And yes, a gathering of the clan would be great. Between you, Habee & HammerJammer we'd certainly have some good cooking going on.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Ken,

This is excellent. I started to copy and paste some favorite parts of this to give you a smapling of the things written here that struck a chord - but daggone - I would have had to copy nearly all of it..some you have mentioned are favorites of mine as well - some I will have to go check out.

Blessings

CS


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

What an awesome tribute Ken! Really enjoyed this.. I think I found a few people with whom I need to fan! Your awesome!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

coffeesnob a.k.a. CS - Thank you. Your kind words are appreciated. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Summer - Thank you. Real glad you enjoyed it & yes, check out all of them. Blessings.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

This is a very entertaining and informative Hub. I really enjoyed reading about these outstanding fellow-Hubbers!

Great stuff, Ken, thanks.

Love and peace

Tony


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

I can't wait for Micky and 50 to get here! They are gonna LOVE this!!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Tony. Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Hope you're right, Summer. Not sure I have a plan if they don't like it. :>)


Sarah Pierson 6 years ago

An inspiring great read! I love to read about people! You did a great job in telling their stories in your perspective! Really sweet read!!!


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kathy little wolf 6 years ago from Dusty Trails, Arkansas

awesome Ken!!! I plan on reading each of these people!! I always learn from others!! wonderful idea and great for you to do this!! klw


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Sarah - Thank you for your very kind words. Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

kathy litttle wolf - Thanks. I appreciate your words. Yes, they're all good writers. Blessings.


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Ken, I always enjoy your work, and I find it a tribute to your great character that you highlight others in your hubs. You are truly inspirational. And now, I have some hubbers to look up!

Namaste friend.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Deborah - Thanks you for your generous words. You are too kind. Blessings.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

There are a lot of folks on hubpages who have done interesting things, as well as being good writers.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

7 of your top 10 are also some of my favorite hubbers (I will check out the other 3 since I entirely trust your judgment on including them).

If we are luck, one day Pop’s virtual bar may become a place for all of us to actually meet. Until then the idea of “telling the world” what we like best about our HP community should go on.


Oldyeller3 6 years ago

My mind sticks with 50 Caliber, I always enjoyed his character. You noted he has dropped-out, perhaps he needs our prayers, perhaps he's in a better place. If the latter is true then your tribute is justice.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ken, seems like your top ten are fascinating people. Dusty is one of my favorites,our minds seem to think alike.

Brother Dave.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've been reading most of these people's hubs for a couple of months now, so I really enjoyed what you wrote about them. They're all deserving of praise, as you are.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Thanks for stopping in & sharing. You are so right.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Petra Vlah - Thanks for visiting & sharing. Yeah, if we're lucky, that'd be great time of laughing.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Oldyeller3 a.k.a. danyeller - By saying he dropped out, I mean he's got off the merry-go-round or out of the ratrace or whatever metaphor works best.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Dave. Glad you checked it out.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

sheila b - Thank you for your comments. Your words about me are too kind.


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

If they don't like it.. well, just stick your tongue out. Works like a charm.. promise! ;)


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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

What a beautiful way to honor other hubbers! I already follow some of them and fully agree with your honest opinions/descriptions. As for the others, you have introduced to me to new people and for that I am thankful.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Ken Dude- I've dangled a few participles and mixed a few metaphors but I don't think I've seen any vagaries and vicissitudes of life. Come to think of it I think I gave a vagary five bucks the other day at a freeway ramp. Don't know about the vicissitudes though.

I really appreciate that you've included me with all these great folks here. I'm unfamiliar with some. I know that Habee is smart as a whip and has more hubs than I can count. I know that RevLady is smart as all get out and loves Jesus. I know I'm afraid to talk to you or James Watkins. You both make me look like a born-again-idiot. But thanks for including me with all these folks!

Well except for 50 Caliber of course. Never did care for that guy. You know he and I are twins. Yep! But by the time I was born our folks were too poor to have children so our neighbors had me. We went to different schools together. But I came home from school one day and everybody had moved away. 50 and I have so much in common- We were both in the Marine Corps. We both carried a machine gun. Of course he knew how to use it. We are almost identical. Yep! Well except that he says he's six feet four (he's really not over six feet three and a half) and I'm five feet six. (He's always been jealous of my height) 50 Caliber rides a Harley-Ferguson and I ride a bicycle. Yep, people have a hard time telling us apart! We have to wear name tags quite often.

Where is he anyway? I bet just as soon as I post he'll show up. He's always trying to upstage me! I like to say, "Jesus said the Golden Rule is The LAW". He'll come back with,"JESUS SAID"WHAT EVER YOU DO FOR THE LEAST OF MY CHILDREN YOU DO FOR ME". See- that's just the way he is.

Oh well- thank you very much Ken. I was unaware that you had done this until Summer told me. I'm so glad Summer is here! You know I love Summer. Summer is so warm. Summer can melt the coldest heart!

I'm out of here Ken! God bless you Sir! But for heavens sakes- get a shave!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Summer - Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. :>)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Chaotic Chica - Thanks for stopping in & sharing. Glad you met some new Hubbers.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Micky Dee - Those vagaries & vicissitudes will get you every time. :>)

Glad you made it here. Right after I published it, I contacted each one via HubPages e-mail, but apparently those messages got lost in cyberspace or something.

Very happy Summer gave you a head's up. She's a great poet. Makes me cry. Imagine a poet from Duluth, MN. Love her attitude. It's what we used to call tough.

Maybe you, me & 50 can hang out together in the Arizona desert some time. Until then, take care. Keep Hubbing, keep pressing on & keep enjoying life. Blessings.


Pachuca213 6 years ago

What a wonderful hub, an a great tribute to your fellow hubbers mentioned. I do agree with you 100% you are your stories.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

Ken, I am truly honored to be on this list. What a day it would be to tour the sites in San Antonio. Although we must make time for chatting while watching the sunset out at the lake... Makes a great atmosphere for any type of conversation. Although, I would probably find a baby sitter, or my husband and I would spend the majority of the time chasing toddlers, attempting to explain to them why biting and beating one another is not showing love for one another, lol. :)

Again, I am humbled to be apart of this list, it has lifted my heart and placed a smile upon my face after a trying day- Thank you

HC Porter aka Holly


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It was great to see some of my favorites in this post... Big John, Habee, and James et al... Nice post!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Ken - Much thanks my friend for including me with such a group of extraordinary Hubbers! I fear the praise is too high but you did get it right about the kitchen table, it's the place in my house where all the problems are solved, local, national, and international, none too small or too big to see the light of day at the table.

As for those pesky vicissitudes, keep your eye out for them they tend to hang out under dangling participles and bite you like a snake in the grass if you step too close!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Pachuca213 - Thank you for visiting & sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Holly - Glad you got here. Good to see you. Watching the sunset over a lake is always a good time. We have a pair of grandsons about your children's age so we're still in the game as referees.

Take care, keep pressing on, keep Hubbing & keep smiling through all those trying days.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

carolina muscle - Thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

John - You're welcome. Good to see you here. Got you e-mail. Good luck with the change in computers. I've found that there are usually a glitch or two that has to be worked out.

Take care, keep Hubbing, keep pressing on & always keep the powder dry.


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I shall use this as an introduction to others on HP whose work can inspore more subjects from my mind. Thanks for the primer you provide here!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dobson - You're welcome. Glad you stopped in & got introduced some fine folks.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

WOW!! Ken, I'm so honored to be featured in your hub! I didn't get your emails. Wonder what happened to them? And how could I be mad at such a wonderful guy?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Holle - Obviously, IMHO it's a well deserved honor. Glad you were touched.

So what'll be cooking on the grill?


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Nice round up of some great Hubbers. Hollie, James and Dusty I already virtually knew a little


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

ethel - Thanks for visiting & sharing.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Ken,

An exceptional hub and deeply touching to the soul. You do have a way of writing that descibes so perfectly my thoughts and sentiments about the human plight.

"Disappointments, hurts, pain, heartaches, and brokenness happen to everyone. We all have to deal with the vagaries and vicissitudes of life. One of the building blocks of my theology is that life is hard." "We love, we hate, we win, we lose. We each spend long, lonesome hours traversing the valley of the shadow of death."

The truth of these statements brought tears to my eyes for it does describe life for all of us. The beginning of life is the beginning of a struggle that continues until we breathe our last breath. We did not ask to be born, or poor, or tall or short. We did not ask to be a part of one family as opposed to another. We just woke up one day and learned that "Life is what it is, process and preparation for the next turn in the road.”

Now, regarding your mention of me and my hubs here: I hardly know what to say. I am so surprised and caught up in a flood of emotions that I am unable to express in words. That you should grace me in this special way is stunning to say the least and to be listed among so many others whose talents far exceed mine (including yours), in humbling to my spirit. Just to know I am being thought of in kind ways is elevating and motivating to the spirit and a gift I so treasure.

Please accept my sincere thank you Writing Bandit a.k.a. Wanted Man a.k.a. D. W. Corn, a.k.a. Saundra's dear friend, for this unexpected honor, lovingkindness and thoughtfulness. It means more to me than you can imagine. All glory to God!!

Forever His,


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

Ken.. I never meant to make you cry! I will work on happy things to make you smile! As the hubs of yours I have visited have brought me at least that and usually more. I wonder what they do call tough nowadays? Duluth has the qualities of Atlantis, at times magical and melloncoly, it's no wonder poetry is breed here.

Micky I love you too! My crazy uncle! I just love that you give money to the poor! So if your my uncle does that mean that 50 is too? You tell him he owes me 26 years worth of birthday cards and due to the stark reality of the economy at least $20 bills rather than the measly $5.. haha, kidding of course!

Blessings and cheers to all these amazing authors and the many more who have yet reached aspiration.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saundra - Thank you for your always encouraging words. And you must receive my sincere you're welcome--I meant every word I wrote. Keep Hubbing, keep pressing on, keep smiling & keep preaching it, sister. Peace & blesssings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Summer - The fact that your words can make me cry is high, high praise. Be encouraged.

I grew up near a small port city on Lake Erie. In Chronicles, Dylan describe the Duluth of his childhood & I had to stop cold. I could have wrote the paragraph about my hometown, word for word.

So, is there a little lakeside cafe that serves fresh caught perch dinners in Duluth? We could meet there to laugh about life, compare notes on our latest writing efforts & generally have a good time. We might even shed a few tears caused whenever kindred spirits connect.

Take care. And many blessings to you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo Summer and Ken- I'm a little worried about our uncle and brother 50. I haven't heard from him. I'm giving him till sundown and then I form a search party!


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

Duluth has held many memories, is often beautiful and sad in the same given moment- at least for me.

"They're selling postcards of the hanging

They're painting the passports brown

The beauty parlor is filled with sailors

The circus is in town

Here comes the blind commissioner

They've got him in a trance

One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker

The other is in his pants

And the riot squad they're restless

They need somewhere to go

As Lady and I look out tonight

From Desolation Row" Dylans ode to June 14, 1920

I live 2 blocks from the memorial built to pay heed to a horrible lynching here in Duluth, he has been remembered here, though shamefully I admit to forgetting his legacy from time to time. Perhaps I will hub about it? I am off to read of his Chronicles! We have several dinners like that here, all along the shore and nestled near the canal and aerial lift bridge- it would be a good time, I promise! Blessings Ken, and thank you for your encouragement, it means much.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Ken - I am a little shocked right now. And also moved to tears. I appreciate your words so much.

I would LOVE to meet you and Anita. If you ever came to North Dakota I would take you to the western part of the state where I grew up and have my dad hook us up with some horses so we could go exploring in the Badlands.

Thanks so much for including me in your list - it really means a lot to me, coming from one of the best writers on HP!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Micky - Maybe 50 unplugged the satellite dish. I hope to see him pop in here soon.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Summer - Desolation Row came up on my Pandora mix this morning. I cranked up the volume & sang along. A truly, truly great song. I did not know about that memorial. Another reason to visit Duluth.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cari Jean - You are very welcome. You are a fine writer with compelling voice. A horseback ride through the Badlands sounds like a dream. Take care. Blessings.


poetlorraine 6 years ago

Amazing, cannot believe i have not met you much before, this hub is beautiful.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

poetlorraine - Thank you. Glad to meet you now. Blessings.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, wow! I'm deeply touched and honored. There is something out of the blue and upside my head. I write very little and read a lot, the rest of these folks seem to work much harder than I. I'm Familiar with each and everyone of them. James Watkins hooked me on the pages, he's an intimidating writer of a magnitude I'll never realize, Micky Dee got me to stay, a month or so back I had drafted my notice to publish and he made me rethink it and so far I stayed. I'm glad or I would have missed out on more of your hubs, Summer and her way of touching my tear ducts, Mick's ability to find me when I don't leave a note on the refrigerator door letting him know I went out to play. I would have been here sooner but I had an adventure to some 97 degree days and wishing I'd passed and stayed home, still not sure why they called me out, but it gave my new dog "spare" some flight time, it'll take a hub to tell it all. Old Yeller, I don't get the comment? but I always welcome prayers. Mick sent out a search party for a search party. So I guess next time I leave town I'll leave a note! Thank you for the kind words, and the hubs you write as well I enjoy them much. God Bless and much Love and Peace.


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

How perfect then that I brought it up! Talk about syncrinosity! Yes all the more reason to visit Duluth, I will write a hub soon about it. I am getting ready to move from here at the end of the summer, and was planning a secret series.. perhaps. Blessings Ken, and 50, I'm glad you were found ;)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dusty - Good to see the heat didn't do you in. You're welcome. Thank you for all your insightful comments & words of encouragment and/or affirmation. They alwyas go straight to my heart. Take care. Keep Hubbing, keep pressing on & stay out of the heat. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Summer - I'll be looking for that Hub about the memorial. And best of luck on all the relocation issues you'll be working through.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Ken, such a fine attribute to friends of whom you have yet to meet. You are indeed an inspired encourager to the body of Christ, which in these times we need desperately. I also am an admirer of some of these fine writers and concur with your admirable praise. Then there are the others that I desire to get to know, that you have brought to the forefront. You brought a huge smile to my face and heart as I read your hub and the many comments from all. Micky Dee caused me to laugh out loud; a pleasure. Blessings in all your endeavors. St.L.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

St.L. - Thank you for your far too kind & generous words. I am greatly encouraged by them. Glad you enjoyed this. I had lots of fun writing it. Blessings.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

All exceptional writers and surely worthy of having been noted here, as well as a couple I am not familiar with—so I'll have to check those out.

Great hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Springboard - Thank you. Glad you stopped in & enjoyed the visit.


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joaniemb 6 years ago from New York

I am not here very long. I enjoyed reading about fellow hubbers. What a great tribute to them.

Thanks I really enjoyed.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

joaniemb - You're welcome. Thanks for stopping in & leaving tracks for me to find you. Blessings.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

What a wonderful list Ken. I share in your admiration of several of these talented hubbers also and look eagerly forward to their next and newest writings. Cheers! Peace.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

AM - Thanks. Glad you stopped in & enjoyed the visit. Blessings.


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deedeelaw 6 years ago from Deborah's Musings

I have enjoyed your hubs very much. I will have to check out some of the hubbers you listed. Good read.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

deedeelaw - Thank you for reading. I'm glad you have enjoyed my Hubs. Blessings.

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