Interview: Paula

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Meet Paula....

Paula, also known as fpherj48, is one of the strongest, most balanced and inspirational women I know.

The Beat Goes ON -- Surviving a Heart Attack will give you an idea of Paula's amazing instincts, written in her one-of-a-kind style.

How to Weigh ADVICE is just one example of how Paula freely shares some of life's lessons she has learned along the way.

Oh, she also has a bizarre and wicked sense of humor as you may find in The Latest Rage and Other Insane FADS.

Please join me in this wonderful glimpse about Paula, by the fpher herself... and you won't be disappointed if you check out some of her writing as well:

The times I feel most relaxed are....

*** First thing, in the early morning hours, when I've just been awakened, by my Border Collie, "Taz," who pounces his 65 pounds on me and sticks his cold, wet nose in my ear. I feel "relaxed," but it might actually be a dazed stupor, until I have my "snap out of it" cup of coffee. Then, I like to use the beginning of a brand new day, to find a peaceful place to sit and simply, "BE," in the moment. There are no distractions and I block out any negative or stressful thoughts. Instead, I think about having a happy, productive day and decide what wonderful new project I'll begin.

I think I'm fairly relaxed just before I fall asleep for the night too.....but truthfully, it's probably utter exhaustion.

The times I feel saddest are..

**.When the news of the world begins to creep in and forces me to be aware of continual crime and corruption that tears away at the very fabric of our lives, day in and day out. I am especially saddened by the violence, unrest and hatred that pits man against himself, in our streets, at our borders and even in our schools. These egregious realities overwhelm me with sadness and a sense of dread, for all of us.

Something I'd like to teach others......

***I can only hope, that each day, through how I choose to live my life and share the wisdom of those lessons I have learned, I am able to teach others what really matters. I hope that I teach through example, the importance of tolerance and generosity. I would be pleased to know that I have taught even one person, how to persevere during difficulties, repair their broken pieces and go forward with strength and purpose. Most of all, I want to teach people to find happiness everywhere, to laugh and make others laugh. Daily life should never be a continual series of sad, serious dramas...It's such a simple thing...smile, say something funny and watch the magic happen........

My secret passion ...my dream job....

** I won't allow myself to disclose some things. My "secrets" belong to only me. Those who know me well, will know my passions, simply by paying attention....Don't you think we all expose our passions in the things we say and do? A "Dream job" is past tense. I guess at times, it was a dream come true......I mean I worked for it, and chose my career for all the reasons I felt were important to me at that time in my life.....so I feel fortunate that I was able to do something I enjoyed, that made a difference in the lives of others. Retired now for 10 years, we do not speak the word, JOB. What I do now, is at worst, perhaps a personal responsibility and at best, sheer pleasure. I will alway enjoy an occasional challenge, as well.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone ...

** Oh, dear Maria, "Hate," is a mighty heavy word. I'd have to say the gift of discipline I gave my 4 precious sons, was something they didn't exactly appreciate on a regular basis. LOL. They hated that I was always there, asking questions, keeping tabs, checking homework and knowing their friends. They hated most, the "eyes in the back of my head." My mantra was always the same..."I'm just doing my job guys and one day, you'll Thank me. And they have, simply by being amazing men, husbands and fathers. I have been duly redeemed and rewarded. Amen.

The gift I could have done without ..

**..I can tell you it wasn't a tangible gift, wrapped up with a bow....Rather, a gift in spirit. I'm convinced I was given the gift of uncanny perception and strong intuition. I sense and "feel," much more accurately than I see and hear. This may seem a wonderful blessing, but at times it can cause discomfort and disappointment. I easily pluck liars, manipulators and phonies from the herd.....and see to it that they're quite aware they cannot get past my radar. This might
be something I'd have been better off without. Isn't it said that "Ignorance is Bliss?"...

If you peeked in my junk drawer, you'd be surprised to find ...

**That I am possessed by a family curse of junk collecting. The thing is, we don't believe it's "junk." Actually I have worked diligently to break the cycle of this curse, or should I say, the "re-cycle?" Maybe not all parents from the depression era were SAVERS....as in, "Throw nothing away, because you never know when you may need it." My parents were big believers in this. Well, I have evolved, dear Mom and Dad in Heaven, forgive me for this. I now know there is NO reason to stockpile bread wrappers, empty boxes & manuals for items that no longer exist...nor dead plants....No, I can assure you, they are not going to come back to life. I have rid myself of all but one innocent junk drawer and have been working on closets, the basement, garage and the attic. One day, I shall be JUNK-less and free!!

My date from Hades ....

Hmmmm, it's been a very long time since I sat on the auction block. Let me think...a date from hell? Oh heck, I'm pathetic. I'm just trying to buy some time here, before I sum it up simply for you. In my single days, the only difference between some of the guys I dated and Charley Manson was......Charley was already locked up.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story ....

*** I never considered long distance trips or extended stays with family, as vacations. To us they were "visits." Always positive and a lot of fun and of course, funny things happened, I usually make them happen.. I had one actual, get-away, relax, see the sights, buy souvenirs, "vacation," when I spent a week in Oahu. It was perfect. I was with the love of my life. It doesn't get any better than that.

A life goal on my bucket list....


**To pack up a Winnebago, hop in and GO! Drive cross country, stop where ever we choose, do whatever would be fun and interesting & meet some great people. I would keep a daily journal and take hundreds of pictures. Continue to travel until the winds blow us back home. Then I'd settle in, to write a book about it all, for my children and grandchildren to keep as memories of Gram and Gramps.

What I most look for in a friend.....

**Character, Intelligence and Authenticity. Beyond these things, he/she must have a finely-tuned sense of humor. I cannot imagine a great friendship without lots of laughter.,

Something I will never part with...

***The dozens of photo albums and journals that contain the images and memories that represent the tale of my life, thus far.....The names and faces and events of my precious family and treasured friends, as well as the stranger or two, I've met along the way. Memories of all those people, places and times that touched my life and left lasting impressions. My favorite walks are down Memory Lane.

A life lesson I will never forget....

++ Never put off an opportunity to spend time with someone you love. No excuses, no apologies, no empty promises.....Drop everything and go. Just do it. Spend quality time with that person who means so much to you. Walk and talk for hours. Dance sing and celebrate together. Hug them til they beg you to let go. Do not ever allow yourself to discover the tragic reality that" Tomorrow may be too late."

The worst part of getting older...

**My prized and infamous "Get Up and GO"..............Got Up and Left.

A writing lesson I learned the hard way...

*** I'm truly hard-pressed to think of anything I learned the easy way. A writing lesson hasn't happened yet. Or, it may have and perhaps I wasn't paying attention. It would be just like me to miss a golden opportunity to learn something important, because my head was up my.......Oh well, there's always next time. ....

My favorite movie and why..

.**You know, these question are not easy to answer. I'm breaking a sweat here, Maria! I love so many movies for any number of reasons. I especially like "Armageddon" and "Crash." Since you insist I choose one, it would have to be the movie I have watched a ridiculous number of times. That movie is "Creator," Peter O'Toole, Vincent Spano, Virginia Masden, David Ogden Steirs. This movie has a very special place in my heart and never fails to refresh my spirit. .

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading/ about ?

** Books have been my best friends since I was only able to look at the pictures and make stories up in my 4 year old head. The walls in our home are lined with book shelves...all filled to the max. Simply for the sake of having a book in my hands, I'll read just about anything. I do, however have serious preferences. I'm a non-fiction fan....True Crime, Biographies, True Court Cases and anything on Behavioral Science.

What would be a subject/ genre that you would like to read more/ about...

** It wouldn't hurt me one bit to increase my knowledge of History, both U.S and World History. So many of the history hubs I have read here at HP have impressed me as well as educated me. Alastar Packer, Wesman Todd Shaw, UnnamedHarald and several more of our talented History buffs, tell a great story. I'd say these writers are responsible for sparking my interest in History, at this point in my life.

Can you take us to a favorite piece of writing on HubPages by you that does not get much traffic..

.** In a word? No....LOL.....Seriously. Some of my hubs get a lot of traffic, some, less. I have this attitude about my writing. If people read my hubs, I am flattered and grateful. If they do not, so be it. You see, I would write even if no one ever read a thing I wrote. I don't know what that says and guess what? Right! It just doesn't matter to me what that says. "Hub traffic" does not define me, my life and surely not my worth. To me, my hubs are like my children....I love them all. I am completely happy just roaming around hubpages reading, learning and meeting some of the most wonderful people in the world.....YES...we get to become friends with people from everywhere....and what a wealth of knowledge and experiences we can share with one another. I write my hubs when the spirit moves me. I'll tell you what, Maria, I trust you to choose one of my hubs that YOU like. Remember now, all the other hubs that you pass over, will be hurt and feel slighted. My hubs have FEELINGS, you know! But don't let that stop you....lol

At the risk of hurting the feelings of your other hubs, I fell in love with you as I read your series that begins with: "The Journey to the Woman I Am Today".



What song makes you want to pack up and leave the party...?

The party is over so soon? Well, Maria, it's OK. I can take a hint... Play this favorite of mine as I walk out the door, will you? "Good Night, My Love", pleasant dreams and sleep tight, my love. May tomorrow, be sunny and new and bring me closer to you...... (Jesse Belvin/ 1956) Bye bye! The pleasure has been all mine, Maria. Thank you.

What a sweet way to end this interview and this fabulous series in general... Thank you for this perfect selection, dear Paula!

Jesse Belvin: Good Night, My Love

Thank you, Paula....

Hearing this The Supremes song, "Buttered Popcorn" made me giggle aloud and think immediately of you, dear Paula...!

You are a true Sista: loyal, honest, funny as heck and a giver of your heart and soul without blinking...

© Maria Jordan (revised June, 2015)


The Supremes: Buttered Popcorn

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marcoujor 11 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Love you too, dear Paula - merry, peaceful Christmas.


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shyron & Maria......My goodness~~ I'm precious & beautiful ?? Careful! I need to get this head of mine through doorways! LOL

There are a few people I'd like you ladies to TALK to!!! LMAO I love you both.


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marcoujor 12 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Shyron,

Sorry I'm just getting to thank you for checking out our precious Paula...

... always lovely to see you and hope all is well.

Love, Maria


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

Maria my beautiful friend, thank you for sharing Paula's confessions with everyone, I think this was written before I joined HP, but I enjoyed it anyway. Paula is such a beautiful person and I wish I had read this sooner.

You did a fantastic job.

Blessings and Hugs.


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marcoujor 20 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks for stopping back, dear Peg...always wonderful to see you.

Happy, peaceful Easter to you and Paula too. Love, Maria


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PegCole17 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Back to revisit this one about Paula. Such an outpouring of support for this great interview.


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Ho ho hope ya'll have a merry Christmas, no matter what list we end up being on...

btw I heard 'naughty is the new nice...' Love ya'll, Maria


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sorry girls......Maria, Martie, Sha, Linda Sue, Vcki (even you!....gasp!) I just left Santa's office. He was checking his naughty/nice list.......I have bad news for all of you.


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Merry Christmas to effer, to Sha and to all a good night...Love, Maria


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sha & Maria.......Fancy meeting you ladies here on this old corner!


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Sha,

Thanks for stopping by an interview of one of the coolest and funniest ladies in HubVille - besides you, that is...!! Love ya both, mar


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

I'm so glad Vicki added a link to this interview in today's post, Paula and Maria. Obviously, I missed it the first time around.

Maria asks some pretty thought-provoking questions. You did a great job of answering them, yet leaving private stuff private. You're a woman who stands strong in your convictions. That is a wonderful quality.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I believe Miss Sammie is doing just that. Thanks, my dear friend.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"Happy 86th. BD, Miss Sammie!" Keep us all happy & Safe, please.....Thank you!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Miss Sammie has sent you twice today to make me smile...my girl is 86 today in heaven. Love you so very much, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You ladies have brought tears to my eyes and a song to my heart! Nuff said!....Love you!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Wonderful to have you drop by, Suzie and I know Paula will be thrilled as well.

I agree that effer rocks. She has had a beautiful and positive effect on many of us!

Have a great week. Hugs, Maria


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Maria,

What a fantastic interview with one of my favorite hubbers Paula! A truly amazing lady whom I have so much respect and love for and who has been a real friend. Thank you Maria for this wonderful tribute so richly deserved. Votes +++++ shared!

Paula you rock, always close in my thoughts you have had a very real positive effect on this Irish lass make no mistake and your answers here to Maria's probing Q's are duly noted!!! lol


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Three of my bestus gal pals in one place and a working Internet...all is well in my world!

Hugs and kisses to effer, Linda and Martie. Listening in a rather loud manner to Sade SOLDIER OF LOVE and dedicating it to all of us...!!

Love, Maria HELLen Theresa


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"You make me happy, when skies are gray....You'll never know dear, how much I love you...Please don't take my Sunshine away"...R.I.P precious Kaylee Anthony...........


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..."


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hugs, back to you, Martie. Thanks honey.....I need hugs. Love ya, Paula


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Xxx..... giving effer a hug, and one for you as well, mar :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Till.....Sometimes, we have only the time and strength to say the very most important thing. I Love you............Effer


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

"I Second that Emotion..."!

Just what Mary said, effer...Hugs, squeezes and love to you both! Maria


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Effer, what a beautiful comment! You are loved and supported by your family at home and your family here! Take the time you need and know we are waiting to hear the roar of those front gates when you re-enter.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Oh effer,

I am so happy you took a moment to say HI...be patient and gentle through each step and keep that beautiful sense of humor we all love.

You are correct in that you are surrounded by love of family and friends.

We will welcome you back' when and as' you are ready.

Have a peaceful night. Love, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Linda Sue and Maria.......I would come out, if i knew where I was.....but I'm in a maize and a haze......You know I'm an admitted HP addict.....and complete, cold turkey withdrawal, is considerably painful. I believe I've also admitted to being Directionally dysfunctional....and this maize thing is a real bitch.

I miss all of you so much. I even had to send my love via the forums.....like, my God, I've resorted to advertising my devotion, just for a "fix.".......Addiction is a terrible thing, eh?

I'm up to my a$$ in the office....file cabinet.....paper work, phone calls, appointments...sorting, organizing.......Jim was very meticulous about his record keeping.....but there's just one tiny problem. I can't read his writing.......(sorry honey, but you know it's the worse chicken scratch in the world....sometimes YOU couldn't even read it!) How bad? His brother is a Dr. and he can't even read it.

But...being "busy" is a real blessing. My family and friends are an even greater gift. I may feel very sad and empty right now.....but I know I am loved and being given support and genuine concern from so many wonderful people.

When I get back to you guys....you'll know it. I promise I shall make a THUNDEROUS entrance through the front gates!! Love you girls....to pieces. Effer


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

"Here comes the sun(shine)"...thank you, dear Linda for dropping in...

I am believing that our effer is reading our comments here and there...and will show her beautiful face when she is ready. Time is one of our most precious gifts...

and so is your friendship. Love you both, MM...Maria


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Effer...come out, come out where ever you are.

Do you think Paula will stop by to say hello MM? :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

On this Sunday, I am sending much love and many hugs to two of the sweetest ladies on HubPages, dear Mary and our lovely Paula.

Love and hugs, Maria


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I can't believe I didn't comment on this Hub before, but I don't see it. We never meet one another here, but we share a common bond and love. I am sending love and hugs to you both today. Mary


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

teaches, Thank you so much for your visit and ever so kind words.

Martie, Those hugs are right on time...I know I appreciate them and suspect Paula may as well...you are so cool.

Love to each of you and heck, some hugs of my own, Maria


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Maria, I came to give you and Paula a ton of hugs to share. Take us much as you need whenever you need it. I've got unlimited hugs for you in my heart.... Believe me, my hugs are healthy energy-boosters and smile-provoking....

Of course, you both know the power of a smile, even when you look in the mirror and force yourself to smile...

Love you lots!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Paula is such a wonderful person and her wit and humor make the community lively. Your tribute to her is excellent.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Linda, How lovely to see you...it is always wonderful to have a ray of your sunshine, even at nighttime!

Audrey, And it is awesome to see you as well, my dear friend!

Love to you both and a special hug to effer...Love always, Maria


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Was just thinking about fiffer this evening and came back to visit again. So glad that I did. What a simply wonderful and entertaining account of a lady we all love to love!

Maria, you really know your stuff. May I say "You're Awesome" !~!

Audrey


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Howdy MM and Effer! Thinking about you both and sending you some sunshine!! :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I actually think you are both "drop dead gorgeous"... So, yes, I do think you look very much alike, my Sista!

Hugs and HI to you both, Maria


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I love Paula's new picture in here. I think we have some common ancestors. We kind of look alike, don't you agree, mar?

((((hugs))) to you all!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hugs to you both and have a peaceful weekend, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria.......J. & I thank you & Geoff...sincerely.


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Thank you, Maria. She sure does have excellent taste in friends as you are one of them. Your kind words are making me smile as I write this. I hope you both have love and laughter every day of your lives. You deserve it.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Now I know my new pal, Honey, is cool...effer dear! I know what excellent taste you have in friends...!!

Thank you both for making me smile this evening...I will continue to focus on positive, beautiful people like the two of you...Love, Maria


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Same to you, Effer! Hugs!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

HoneyBB.......All I can say is....the feelings are mutual!! Thank you dear. I wish you and yours a very wonderful Holiday Season!


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

I love effer and what a beautiful tribute to her here. She was one of the first to welcome me to hubpages and what a wonderful, warm welcome it was. She drops in on me every now and then and either has me rolling on the floor laughing or at the very least grinning from ear to ear. Thanks for sharing so much of her with us. Voted across the board. +++++


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Effer, I love your EFFUSIVE ENERGY and EVERYTHING ELSE about you.

Love you and Linda and Hugs to both, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lookie here! Two of my BESTEST FAVORITEST FRIENDSEST IN THE WORLDEST!! SUNSHINEST AND MARIAEST! THE SUPERLATIVE TWINS.........LOVE AND HUGS......EFFER-EST!!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Having you here, Linda, is the icing on my cake! Love you both, MM


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

My SFAM and My MM. This interview is perfection! :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks for MAKING me smile with your kind words about Paula, moonlake.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Enjoyed reading your hub on Paula. I enjoy reading Paula's hubs also. Interesting and voted up.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

LORD, So LOVELY to know all is well...Glad you LANDED here to PRAISE Paula...Hugs to you both, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

We all MUST have some child in us, Lord.....it's the part of us that keeps us asking, "Why."......so the adult in us, can seek for answers!.....


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Last Interview with a thoughtful mom and admired writer. Love her cunning style and her humor. PAULA you put a smile on my face all the time, and I'm not a kiddo anymore (WELL... sometimes) Great answers from a wonderful lady; thanks Maria for this series.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Paula in PA...?? PRAISE the Lord...I will be PLEASED as PUNCH to meet up with you both...

BEST-able is my new favorite word! Hugs to you both, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria......Dexter is hug-able......Sharyn is Love-able........and you are

just the very BEST-able!!.........do NOT tell me that's not a word. I refuse to believe it.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sharyn.....Well, I don't normally share my depends with anyone...but you? No problem!! Just so you know...mine are the triple thickness.....a bit uncomfortable, but socially preferred over wet pants.

We'll have to meet in PA. Not too many places around here that still allow me in........well, except for the Dining Room at "Shady Rest"......I have a friend there. She invites me to dinner every Sunday because she thinks I'm her Great Grandmother from England. I've told her repeatedly that I'm from Italy, but she forgets..........See ya, Sharyn!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dex, You DEFINITELY know how to DEFINE DECENCY and DELIGHT in your remarks to Paula.

Sharon, You are SIMPLY SAYING what I feel about effer...She is SPECIAL, SUPPORTIVE and SUPREMELY SASSY!

Hugs to y'all and Hi to Paula......Maria


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Well, not only was I extremely engrossed and entertained with this interview, the comments are simply a riot. Not surprising when we are talking about Paula!!!

You, Paula, are one of those people I would love to meet in person. I know you would make me laugh continuously and not even be upset with me when I pee my pants. Knowing you, you'd probably just quietly hand me a Depends and keep right on talkin'.

Great interview series Maria. I truly am honored to be a part of it too.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Momma! Isn't Effer, phenomenal?! Her wonderful spirit transcends cyberspace and time. I have no doubt that there is so much fun awaiting one that comes into her presence, because it certainly has come to those of us that know her online.

Great, great interview!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Audrey! The most sweet, beautiful Vocal Coach, ever!! I have personally known 2 vocal coaches in my life. One was the Dad of my eldest son's High School sweetheart. His name was "Everet" (Ev)....such a nice man, with a great baritone voice......and I don't know if you are familiar with a not-so-well-known-singer named "Clint Holmes?" Remember, "Playgrounds in My Mind?" My name is Michael, I got a nickle, I got a nickle, shiny and new...I'm gonna buy you, all kinds of candy.......? Anyway, He's from Western NY. His parents lived about 3 miles down the road from where I live right now.

His Dad worked for the Gas Co. and his Mom had been an Opera singer in England....and she gave voice lessons from her home.

Now, why did I just go on about this? I have no idea, Audrey!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OH....I guess I gathered that.....unless there was another GRL.......that I hadn't heard of......In the movie....Karl Malden play's Gypsy's boyfriend or husband?? Saw it YEARS ago.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Paula the original Gypsy was my inspiration and the movie I saw ages ago. Perhaps another look is in order. Thanks for reminding me. Hugs.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Paula, Your revelations are PROFOUND and PRETTY interesting...thanks for PROFESSING that I have soul, sweet thang!

Peggy, I am not PLEASED at how long its taking me to respond to your PERCEPTIVE and PRAISEWORTHY comments.

Gypsy, Thank you for your GENEROUS and GRACIOUS remarks.

Hugs to you all, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

When I saw your name, Gypsy, I thought of something that I think is interesting (keep in mind Im easily amused) But, our dear, sweet friend, Maria, Interviewer of the century.....put that picture of Natalie Wood at the top of the page (long story)

Well, Natalie Wood co-starred with Rosiland Russell in the film version of the Broadway Musical, "Gypsy," based on the real life burlesque entertainer, "Gypsy Rose Lee." GREAT story....have you seen it? OK....that's my big revelation for today! Hugs to you too!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Enjoyed lots getting to know more about Paula. I sure enjoy her hubs and her comments as well. Another wonderful interview Maria and hugs to you both. Paula you got hubs for the soul.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

peg....LOL....speaking of "funny," you crack me up, girl! If I woke up hearing a small voice saying anything, much less, "fpherj, fpherj"....I'd get to a Doc mighty quickly. BTW...that is a group of initials, that bring me luck. Yes, my real name is "Paula," and the "Effer" nickname....well, that came from none other than our Sunshine625....when she couldn't figure out how the hell to say FPHERJ. It has stuck....people like to swear incognito.

Those dates from hell were a long, long time ago...but definitely not forgotten!! Hey...I was the prototype for the famous non-fiction book, "Smart Women, Foolish Choices." Then I smartened up and became a foolish woman who made smart choices.. or...er...something like that. I'm with you....I simply would not date now EVEN IF I WAS AVAILABLE. EEK!! Thanks for stopping by.....I'm really glad you hear voices in your head! On the other hand...you shouldn't be. lol

Maria is a perfect soul-sista...because she's a beautiful SOUL!!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You know, I woke up with some small voice saying fpherj, fpherj, fpherj in my head and I thought, "What the hay?". What's that supposed to mean? And then I ran across this hub. You could have smacked me down with a feather. It was absolutely what I needed to read today, with the added bonus of finding an author who writes with passion, heart and soul. And is funny too, of course. So thanks to both fpherj (so glad to know your name now ) Paula, and to Maria my soul sista for this entertaining and enlightening hub. Paula, I loved your line about the worst dates you've had being like CM. You have exactly defined what would probably come up as my "match.com" companion responses (If I were dating - oh thank goodness, not) It perfectly described some of my past dates too.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

b. Malin, Thanks for BEING here to check out Paula's PONDERINGS... I always BEAM when I see you.

fpher, We shall send FLASHERS and plenty of FORTITUDE to keep you 'on track and back', FEARLESS FRIEND...! Oh, you need FUDGE and FINLANDIA too...OK, coming right up, geez...!!

Have a happy Friday night ya'll! Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

b. Malin.....Hello there and welcome to Maria's interview with"Moi".....I'm overwhelmed with all the visits and sweet comments. Thanks for stopping by!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh gosh M.T. I couldn't possibly leave all my friends here. I may have to send for emergency road help!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I've just recently started Following Paula's Hubs and Enjoy what I've read so far. She's definitely got a Wonderful Sense of Humor and a Great, Warm and Practical side. We get to meet such Talented Women Writers here. Great Interview Maria!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Paula, I meant a laptop or other electronic gadget so you can keep in touch with us. You can travel only if it means you won't leave us.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Yes...time for Night-Night.....sleep tight. Pleasant dreams......I'm done for the day too....Tired!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Jaye, I am JUST tickled that you like the pic I selected for Paula...and I am always so happy when you stop by as well.

Leslie, My scrolling is growing by LEAPS and bounds and how did you know my LEGS were aching!! Sabrina was ROBBED, I tell ya...!!

Millionaire Tips, So pleased to MEET you, THANKS for stopping by.

It's WONDERFUL to see you as WELL, Wayne!

Glad you were ESPECIALLY moved by this interview, ESCOBANA.

It's UNANIMOUS UnnamedHarald... We all think Paula is the best!

drbj, You are the DARLING of DESCRIPTION in much DEPTH, DECENCY and DETAIL.

Nell, NATURALLY I love when you stop by. Hope you are well.

Mohan, Your MIGHTY sweet, MY MAN...hoping the wedding was MAGNIFICENT, just like you...!

Paula, You are PLUMB wearing me out with your PRETTY, PLEASANT and way PAST my bedtime POINTS...Love y'all and will catch you in the morning, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Docmo...The honor and the pleasure has been all mine.....I'm in heaven when I'm surrounded by such incredible intelligence and talent, as I am here, with you & men and women who share your brilliance.

I simply could never give back as much as I have received from you and our shared community.......Thank you for coming by to read my interview with our very Special Lady, Maria! Is she not a precious gem?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

So glad you love me Nell....feeling is mutual...In fact, since you're getting a brand new bath and kitchen...I've decided I'm moving in!! Just one thing...at Tea Time, I prefer coffee.....Oh, yes, and I do love scones!! lol


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

It's about time .. I knew this would be coming and it's oh so sweet when it has. Paula has been another of those strong, funny, creative and incredibly supportive women I have had the pleasure of meeting here in Hubland. It is great to get to know her more through your interview Mar. The answers reveal her multifaceted marvels and her delightful personality. I love me some Daisy- May !


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Maria, what a fantastic choice you made here! love paula or effer to bits! lol! she is one of my favorite hubbers, and that says a lot because I love em all! haha! she always leaves great comments too, that make it so personal and special, so yes we love the effer! voted up! nell


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

drbj....Have crossed your path and exchanged with you....more than once, I'm sure. But a quick trip to your site, tells me I've been hanging out in Clueless County again....sitting in the park with the rest of the folks, watching the crowds go by......recognizing no one. What a sad schmuck I am.

Thank so much for coming by to read Maria's Interview.....!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Unnamed Harald......Yes, you and Alastar and Wesman have ignited a flame for History......which never even came close to the fire in school....oh yuk......History class was for writing notes to fellow students!!......I guess our History teachers just didn't have the FLAIR, you guys do! ..........


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Escobana....I am pleased to meet you. Of course I cruised to your site ....and what do I find, but an amazingly beautiful, obviously talented woman from Valencia! Bueno! Your hubs are beckoning me. I look forward to getting to know YOU.

Thank you so much for stopping by Maria's Interview. Hasta Luego, amiga mia! Buenos Noches!

Maria......You brought me a bonus too!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Karen...please guard those tid bits carefully....I may need to ask you to tell me who I am...some day....when they've tucked me away in the "Home.".....


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wayne....I am sincerely honored by your kind words. It is beyond my expectations to be graced with a compliment from such a Genius.

Funny thing.....my husband has said that I always seem to "find that one damned small thing that no one else would ever notice!" It's the look on his face and the tone of voice that tells me he just doesn't mean it quite the same pleasant way that you do........gulp!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

M.T. If I do not take a GPS....No one will ever see me.......ever again. Only the Great OZ can know where I may wander, clueless and crying.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jaye.....A "tag sale"....is that where you run around the yard holding up an antique lamp and if someone TAGS you, it's theirs? I wanna play!

I'm safely assuming it's a yard sale? I hope you had good weather and great revenue! It has RAINED here in WNY...non-stop for 4 days. Dark, dreary and cold. But, we certainly can't complain, considering what the rest of the east coast has suffered.

Always good to see you, dear Master of the Short Story!....I know it should be "Mistress,"....but I just don't think that word is the word to use!.........Bless you, Jaye Wisdom!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What fun, Maria, to get to know more about Paula from this intimate, inimitable interview and her ingratiating responses. Thank you.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What a great hub about a great lady. I am very flattered Paula has enjoyed my history hubs enough to mention me in her interview. I think many of us who toil in the history genre are always secretly pleased to "convert" those who have been turned off by history subjects at school. It makes us try harder to make it interesting. I like her self-deprecation-tinged-with-steel style and have enjoyed her many interesting and honest comments


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

"Hub traffic" does not define me, my life and surely not my worth.

Somehow this sentence caught my eye, while reading through this lovely interview! Great job. Congratulations to the both of you!

Paula truly is an inspiring woman and it was great to get to know her a little better:-)

Up, shared and Awesome!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Paula always has an angle that no one else noticed and she delivers it with a bit of humor. Her writing is fresh and crisp and carries that same edgy humor that seems to seep from her great personality. I really enjoyed the additional insight. Thanks for sharing. ~WB


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Well done interview of a wonderful lady. I have enjoyed Paula's warmth and charm here on HubPages. I hope she takes an electronic device with her when she drives cross country, and stops at my house as well. Voted up.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

OMG - am i THAT late?? Where is my notification? I have to find this out through the grapevine? Hmmm..

Now that i've caught my breath and unlocked my 'scroller's cramp' i'd just like to add that i gotten to feel very close to Paula in a very short time. She and i share many core values - and at least one secret that i can think of..lol..

This is a fabulous tribute, Maria - no surprise - and gives me many tid bits of information about our friend - AND some interesting hubs i haven't yet had the pleasure of reading!

(how're your feet dear? lol)

Sharing forward...sigh - now i gotta scroll all the way up again - GO GO GADGET FINGER! lol


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thanks, Maria, for shining your spotlight on Paula/fpherj, one of my favorite people/writers on HubPages. While taking a brief break from preparing for a tag sale, I allowed myself one HP read this morning. This was it! I enjoyed reading Paula's answers to your interview questions (written in her inimitable style), and I will return later (post-tag sale) to comment at more length as she deserves. Voted UP and across the board.

Jaye

P.S. I think the Natalie Wood photo was appropriate. Paula's own picture proves she's discovered the Fountain of Youth, and we can only hope she'll write a hub to share that secret with the rest of us.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Maria...and this is exactly why I adore HubPages!! It's the Honeymoon phase...people can't get enough of me! My real life friends have had more than they can stand!!! ROFLMAO! Too late now....I know where they all live!!.........Bwahhhhhhhhhh!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Tillie-Dillie!! I would have replied sooner, but got my head stuck in the doorway. Jim had to pry me out.......took a while. So...Not only are you a queen....you also like Queen. Of course you do....why would that surprise me? LOL.

Well...I can tell you "Where we begin"....where we began...right here on this wonderful site! The BEST thing to happen to me in a long time.....and how great can it be that we leave DownState/UpState?

New York awaits our coming together. We should probably meet near a reputable psyche center. I need people I can relate to......Love you GF!!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

A friend just congratulated me on my number of hits and I told them it was because I published Paula's interview... This chick is so popular that people cannot get enough of her...she is like the EAST SIDE STORY for Chrissake...!!

Oh effer, you sweet, sassy, silly, and funny as sh******it lady, thank you for the effusive , effervescent and efficacious feedback. I love your effrontery! I will buy your crafts...!!

Daisy, It is DOWNRIGHT fantastic to see you here!

Lovedoctor, You have been LOYAL to the series and I appreciate your LOVELY comments to the LADIES.

Rich, Thanks for your RESPLENDENT RESPONSE to this RIGHTEOUS interview, you RASCAL!

Eddy, You are so ENDEARING... Good to see you!

Mary, NY is a MEGA-state with two such MONUMENTAL and MAJESTIC MADAMS that I am MIGHTY proud to call friend...some accuse me of profiling...Itsa crime!

Have a peaceful day to all ...Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Eddy...You are way too loveable! Can you tone it down a bit? You're making a wench like me look worse!! LOL.....Thanks to a sweetie!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Oh my....where do I begin? Effer is just well, beyond incredible. Though she jokes and has a fabulous sense of humor she is also an outstanding person who has lived through much. She constantly amazes me! I am fortunate enough to have been a devoted follower for quite some time and through our comments I feel like I know her well, like a childhood friend I keep in touch with through mail....can't see them due to distance, but keep in touch, know they are there and love them...that's Paula to me!

We share so many likes and dislikes that its uncanny at times. If I was ever backed into a corner and had to pick a favorite person on hubpages, it would certainly be my beloved Paula. Don't let it go to your head Paula, there's enough complimenting here to give you a head to wide to fit through the door ;) Yes GF you're the best and I know either I'm going upstate or you're coming downstate and we will meet eye to eye, person to person, and we will LAUGH.

Maria, your writing, determination, sense of people, have all shown through in this incredible series. You are an HP star! You have helped us to learn more about our friends and dedicated yourself to this community. Thank God we have you here! God Bless.

Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting...oh, and shared with my followers so I can spread Paula around....figuratively of course ;)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

rcrumple-stiltzskin!! Let me help you out.....You can know when I'm kidding or serious, by whether I LIKE you or not. If I like you....I'm definitely being "funny."......If I don't like you, I'm being funny, but the "passive-aggresive-sarcasm" screams through. If you're unable to see the DIFFERENCE....you're probably a blaring narcisist, which would be the reason I don't like you.....Follow me? Of course you do!

I LIKE you.....NO kidding.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

lovedoctor......How sweet you are! I would be honored to be friends.....it's interesting that you feel we have a lot in common. By the looks of your beautiful, YOUNG face, I'm here to tell you, I've got about a 40 year advantage on our common traits!! First thing I want you to teach me is....Hanging on to Youth 101! Deal?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy, Great idea! Actually, Southern California is a MUST! My eldest son lives there! He will probably be our last stop before turning around to head back East! Thanks for stopping by.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"Good Morning," Maria-- I'm the Real Deal, sweet, lovable, massively talented, pretty, popular---Jordan. Can you tell us why your parents would have given you such a long middle name? I mean, what's wrong with "Susan?"


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Girish....Thank you for stopping by. I am always happy to welcome a new visitor! Peace to you.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Tammy..."Queen of Crafts," I bow before thy talented hands! I'm trying to be YOU! I made some Christmas ornaments the other day!!! Yes I did, by Jiminy! My son came over and very casually asked me if I was donating all the broken toys on the table to "Toys for Tots."

I said, "Those are the Christmas ornaments I made!!" He looked at my husband, and without missing a beat, he said, "So, hey there, Jim, how's it going?" Hmmmmm. what a ya think?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Gail...."Instant love," can't possibly be wrong, can it? If it is, I think quite a few of us are in trouble. I do it all the time, as I did after reading your interview and some of your hubs! I've been thinking (which is a dangerous thing, believe me)......but, how great would it be if we could choose all of our friends, by first reading an interview or resume...and then ask them to write us a story?

"I'm really sorry, but until you've been screened by our Maria....I really can't take any chances!!" LMAO!!!

Maria....Just LOOK at the power you have, girlfriend!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub yet again Mar on this wonderful writer.

You create such wonderful hubs and this says so much about you as a person.

Here's to voting up you and also Paula.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Maria - You never cease to amaze me. Paula has got to be one of the toughest interviews possible. She's so damn witty and humorous, you don't know if she's being serious or joking! Her and I have only recently got to know each other somewhat and I can't tell you how much I enjoy her comments in my hubs! She's a dream! Of course, so are you for showcasing this great hubber! Shall I say it again, "Another great interview about a great person by a great person!"


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Excellent interview Maria. Paula; we have some things in common. I am sure we would probably be good friends.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Maria,

Once again, you've conducted and written a great interview. Well done!

*****

Paula,

When you pack up that Winnebago and drive across the country, you must stop in Southern California.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Gail, I am GENUINELY GLAD to see you and GRATEFUL for your feedback about Paula.

Tammy, THANKS for TAKING the TIME to stop by.

Always GOOD to see you, girishpuri.

I appreciate your lovely comments about Paula. Hugs, Maria


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Maria, thank you so much for introducing Paula, This is indeed a great hub, by a great writer Maria. voted up


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am a fan of Paula's and after a year on Hubpages, I do think she could be the sharpest knife in the drawer. She is an excellent writer with a very developed sense of wit. You wrote a great hub on a great writer Maria.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Great interview! I tried to leave a comment earlier today but had technical difficulties and see that it didn't go through.

I have only recently started following Paula, but I instantly fell in love with her big heart, funny, and entertaining writing style, and most of all her authenticity. She tells it like it is and yet is wonderfully supportive of others.

It was fun learning more about her in this lovely interview.

I was blown away by her hub, "The Beat Goes ON--Surviving a Heart Attack," and would highly recommend that anyone wishing to learn more about this amazing woman, read it. One senses her great strength and resilience while reading this highly entertaining and horrifyingly true story. It is also a wake-up call to women that we can experience a heart attack at any time or place and need to heed any symptoms we may be having.

Voted up across the board and am sharing this.

Sending Hub Hugs & Love to Both of You,

Gail


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

bill!!!! Ho-LEE Snickers, Batman! I skipped you! Good thing I scrolled back through this to "see" if I missed someone. Of all people.......my OWN brother! Shame on me.....

I thought we agreed not to tell anyone about our similar DNA!? Tis a fine mess you've gotten us into now, Stanley! or was it Ollie who said that?


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Ruby, I REALLY love when you PAUSE by to say the kindest things about Paula. I think the two of you would be the best of pals.

Hugs to you both, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ruby.....Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment, very much! I do love humor, yes.....I'm hopelessly into smiling, laughing, being happy and lifting everyone's spirits....except when things are really quite serious or sad......Then, I try to find solutions or just hang around to support.

Oh...Ruby......Don't take your love to town.....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Another great interview Mar. I have seen Paula's comments around Hubville and they always make me laugh. I have not been a follower but intend to be one. I love humor and she appears to laugh instead of whining when things get a little rough.Hugs to you both..Cheers.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Mhatter, I am MIGHTY happy to have MET you during this series. You are a true gentleman.

Mickey, I am MORE than curious when you MEANDER by with your MINDLESS ramblings... But if you are going to MARVEL about MARCOUJOR like that, MUMBLE away...!!

Vincent, I have no doubt that you have a VIGOROUS sense of humor and VERY good taste in the ladies.

Kathy, You have clearly found a KINDRED spirit in Paula and I love you both so much!

Vinaya, None of us are caught up, sweet and VIRTUOUS man. Thanks for your VISIT.

Paula, There is a POTPOURRI of PLEASANTRY PIPED through your PONDERINGS.

Hope y'all are doing well today. Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vinaya.....We are all busy little hubbers....It is next to impossible to keep up with all of our fellow hubbers. We just do the best we can. "No worries, Mate" I absolutely do not keep score! It's always good to see you. Peace......UP+++


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Maria, you have done yet another wonderful interview. I know fpherj48 through her hubs. I personally like her personal narratives. However, I admit I have not read her hubs since a long time.

Paula, I'm sorry, I have been absent from your pages. But I promise to read more than often.

Regards


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lucky Cats....Where ever you were, we're glad you're back! I'm stunned by your incredibly beautiful comment. So, why, then, would I scold you?

You, lovely young woman, are "on par" with every human being in the Universe! Understand? Just trust this "old soul," and believe it! I would not misguide you.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

And..here she is! My Sister From Another Mister.......our little Miss Sunshine, whose attitude reflects her name! There's not enough time nor space for me to rattle on about you, gf.....but I do want to give you a huge Thank you and hug...for pushing me through the Front Gate of this great cyber town we all live in!! and for your help & encouragement, the tons of laughter and your love, which I give right back to you.

Maria......I am enjoying this gift you have given me! Thank you.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Dear Mar and Paula;

After being away for a while; I returned to HP with a hub which contained personal convictions. Out of the blue a comment by "fpherj48" appeared. As I read it, I immediately became aware that I felt as if I were reading something I might have written to another. The intuitive and empathetic nature and deep understanding of my thoughts were reflected in this comment. I was stunned and elated! "This person gets it!!" I thought. I went to Paula's home page and read a bit about her and also some of her other comments. I could see that we had a great deal in common. After a short time, I asked Paula to read another hub of mine when I'd just finished one of hers; both resonated so well.

I'm certainly NOT saying that we are on par; no no no...Paula is a huge cut above; what I call an "old soul." As if having experienced this life many times over, gaining so much insight into the human condition. With a natural ability to share this wisdom with us. While I am drawn to this kind of expression; I make no claims to being anywhere near...but, trying to say how much I relate to Paula's attitude and writing.

Now, reading this interview; I am, again, amazed at the how much I relate to her opinions; in feelings, thoughts, outlook, and raw reality. Paul is so real...with many sides and facets....a whole human being.

I thank you so much, Maria...for this amazing interview; it is nothing less than I would expect of such a cool woman! And thank you, Paula...for introducing yourself to me through comments; something I value deeply. Kathy


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jools...Hello there, my friend from across the pond.....always good to see you! It is a simple thing to compliment and encourage such an amazing writer as yourself. Are you kidding? You rock, Jools!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Deborah......It takes one to recognize one....."great woman," that is !! Peace.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vincent....I would never doubt your ability to make people laugh.....not for a moment. When emotions run as deep, authentic and profound as what we can feel from your gifts of poetry.....there can be no doubt, you enjoy creating humor with just as much of an impact.

Perhaps the darkness flows from the pen........But you cannot hide that "imp," I see, twinkling in your eyes!! I would imagine you as the 'Life" of a party!!

I'm deeply grateful for your compliment.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mickey...LOL....Thanks for explaining (about Maria)...but you really didn't have to. I got a good laugh out of your opening remark...because I do GET your humor.....She is, in fact, all that you say...and more. If I should never have one other positive thing to say about HP....I loudly and happily, will always be grateful for the absolutely amazing human beings I have met and come to know.....I feel so blessed.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Paula is one of the most creative writers at the Hubs. Her sense of humor is fantastic and she and I would get along well. Yes Paul even though I pen mostly dark poetry, this poet can maike a person laugh as well. Paula has been one of my followers for some time and I am humbled by her most generous comments left at my work. She stirs my thoughts and inspires me to write another and another. Paula is another one of your great choices Maria and I am pleased to read about this very exciting personality. Paula keep writing, you have the gift and the spirit that we need here at the Hubs.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

. . . yeah, Maria's ok, I guess . . . so anyway, I've done a couple history type hubs before we met, both had small audiences but were very well received, one on George Washington (an astoundingly remarkable man who was so much more than the guy who just happened to be the first president) and one on John Newton (author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace', who lived a most striking life and is my very favorite author) . . . I'll send you links to them (I apologize, but I get nearly excited about history).

p.s. when I say "Maria's ok", what I mean is, if you like beautiful, talented, sweet, intelligent, genuine women . . . and, that's actually my very favorite kind of people.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

MickeySr......What I usually tell the hubber friends who I try to follow religiously, is....."I like you. I would read your hub, even if it was about the reproductive system of a gnat." But, a history hub would be fine, Mickey!! Thanks for visiting Maria's last interview in this particular series.......She's amazing, isn't she?!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Matterhorn....So glad you stopped by. Good to see you.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

. . . so, if I publish a history hub, am I guaranteed at least one reader?


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for taking the time to share another fine interview with us. I think it's part of what makes us a strong community.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Keith, You and Paula are KINDRED spirits, as by your KIND comment.

Ruchira, Thank you for your RESPECTFUL REMARKS to both Paula and me.

Mike, I appreciate your MARVELOUS support of this series in so MANY ways... Thank you so MUCH.

Alastar, I have ABSOLUTELY been missing you AMAZING work and now that my series has ended, I can visit what I have missed.

Paula, Your remarks are PERFECT as you PERUSE your PALS' PRAISES... have a PEACEFUL night y'all. Hugs, Maria


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ah this was most enjoyable finding out more about our good friend, Effer, Paula that is. This lady is indeed a tower of strength, and she combines that quality with a sprightliness for life that is infectious as is her comedic touch; along with her great compassion, keen insight, friendliness and intelligence. She also happens to be one heck of a good writer. And Effer, boys will be boys with their moms, but I can guarantee you there are many would have given almost anything to have had one such as yourself, regardless of the eyes in back and ears to the door. Heres to Winnebagos and history!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Car51, Where are you?........How sweet you are to say I am "worth the wait." Actually, you may be sorry you said that. I'm always late for everything. Gets rather annoying after a while!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Alecia.....North Carolina.....hope you didn't have any trouble with "Sandy!" You deserve positive comments and encouragement! 81 awesome hubs and a hubber score of 97!......You Go, girl. Love all the hubs you gave us on some awesome female singers......Thank you so much for coming by Maria's final interview! We all know she's a super star too!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Awww...there she is my special "Vee." You are the GIRL! Smart, cute, sweet, fun and.....ahhh, what else was it I was suppose to say? You should never trust as old lady to remember everything!........

Nah...I REALLY mean it! I know it and so do you!! Peace, Vee!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Linda...Hi there! Will you look at that? I believe I said pretty much the same thing you just said, after I read your terrific interview!! Here's to our future sharing!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

mar, you have capped this series with another remarkable person who has struggled and yet remains victorious over the ups and downs that life surprises all of us with. It seems good humor has served her well.

Congratulations on the finale of your premier series and for topping it with such an interesting hubber.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Carol......Happy to see you here and appreciate your sweet comment......I believe you are a very good listener, not to mention the fact that if you know someone's "sign"....you have an inside track!! Thanks to you, I am now studying my life as a ram! LOL


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Whew...STORMY WEATHER...Paula, Natalie, Olive, Miss Piggy, whoever the heck you are PURTY PRINCESS PAL-O-MINE...I am so PLEASED that you have chosen to PARTAKE in the PARTICIPATION of this interview on this Mischief Night after Hurricane Sandy has PUMMELED through the East Coast. Our PRAYERS are with everyone who is still suffering the effects.

Carol, Your COMMENTS are CARING.

Linda, You will LOVE getting to know Paula and her writing.

Victoria, Your remarks make me feel VALIDATED.

Alecia, I am APPRECIATIVE of your visits and kind remarks.

Car51, Thanks for your COMPASSION and CONCERN.

Deb, I always value the DECENCY of your remarks.

Jools, Your comments bring much JOY to all in HubVille.

Sunshine, Thanks for bringing your SUPPORT and warmth to us today.

Bill, Love your BROTHERLY comments to Paula, BLESS you!

Audrey, Your feedback is AMAZINGLY warm, thank you, ANGEL!

Martie, You have MOTHERED us through this storm...MANY thanks for being such a MARVELS friend.

Joyce, It is JUST lovely to see you, my friend.

Hoping everyone is safe, cozy and warm. Hugs to all, Maria


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Gosh reading about her made me respect her more now.

Paula is a dignified woman with poise and a certain flair that her karma hub made me draw towards her.

Jai ho to Maria for framing such beautiful questions and Paula you aced them!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I love Paula's work and her comments; always so inspirational and heartwarming! great interview, marcoujor! voted up and sharing :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

It was so good to read your great interview to realize how good Paula is.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

UN-freaking-believable, Maria! I suggested Popeye's Sweetheart, "Olive Oyl," or Kermit's chick, "Miss Piggy." So whose picture do you place? Natalie Wood......a "young," Natalie Wood, at that! You positively slay me........LMAO.

However, The reality is, since Miss Wood (gorgeous as she was) has been deceased for quite some time now....Rest her precious soul, I suppose, at this point in time ....she DOES resemble me.......S I G H.

What shall I do with some of the crazy women here? It's too late for me to run now, I'm much too devoted to you all! I love you.

I shall return, to leave my personal thoughts to each and every magnificent Hubber who has come to pay respects.........LMAO!!!!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I don't like fpherj.... I absolutely adore her. I see a lot of myself in her, and more after this interview. Paula is Aries like I; typical Aries woman are strong and independent. But like any other woman we want a man to be stronger than us, one we can look up to, and so we sometimes 'fall' for the Charley Manson's. We actually don't 'fall' for them, we simply see them as a challenge. But boy oh boy, the day he goes to far he will wish he was locked up. We don't play dirty, we just slam the door very-very hard in his face, and our guardian angel makes sure that the door knob hit him right where he doesn't wish to be hurt.....

Maria, it is so good to see you and fpherj up and about after Hurricane Sandy went all over you. Thank you for this most enjoyable interview :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Maria ~ I have loved each and every tribute and interview. This is my favorite. I bow to you, give you a standing ovation and a beautiful array of yellow long-stemmed rose with a satin bow.

As the curtain descends on the final fantastic interview presented by the marvelous one-and-only, marcoujor, I thank you from my happy and fulfilled heart for the treasure trove of magnificent writers you have selected to feature.

You could not have chosen a more worthy, beautiful and talented member of our hub family to end this series. How I love fpherj48!

Thank goodness there are always "re-runs" to view again and again. Votes up, across and sharing!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well gosh, Maria, you just happened to choose one of my favorite people on HP.....Paula, and I know you will see this.....you may well be my kindred spirit....heck, I'm adopted...maybe we are brother and sister from different parents. LOL Okay, that's weird...never mind.

Paula is one of a kind, and I like her for so many reasons, but the most important is that she truly cares about people. Second on my list would be the fact that there is no b.s. in Paula; she tells it like it is and I greatly respect that, as opposed to some backstabbers I have met on HP.

Hooray for Paula and hooray for Maria for writing this.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hey my Effer, my SFAM! We need to hook up and watch Crash together, that's my favorite movie. Maybe in Jan.? ;) We sure do talk alot which is obvious from your answers. I really appreciate "your gift!" I know one thing for sure, you are my gift that keeps on giving! :)

Well done MM on a very successful interview challenge. Your Women of Hubville rock!! Love you ladies!!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Maria, great hub about one of my favourite hubbers, the wonderful Effer :o), I love her hubs and I love that she encourages me when she comments on mine - she's a one off and we love her for it :o)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow what a great woman Paula is.. I did not know she had survived a heart attack. she is full of wisdom. another great interview..

voted up

Debbie


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Car51 4 years ago

Well, you weathered the challenge well -- the 30th interview of Effer was worth the wait! As the storm subsides, may we all know peace and tranquility!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I enjoy reading Effer's hubs and talking to her through comments. She's always positive and encouraging. I love this interview and couldn't help but laugh about her dating days with some Manson-like men. Awesome job, Maria!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great tribute to a wonderful lady! Paula is one of my favorite gals around. Her warmth, her humor, her positive spirit--so infectious! Great job, Maria, on capturing this wonderful friend. Effer is awesome! She does write some amazingly inspirational hubs. I love the one you linked! Many votes!!!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Well, you have introduced me to another hubber I have yet to meet and want to learn more about. Great hub!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I enjoyed this and have found Paula to leave caring and meaningful comments on some of my hubs. Lovely tribute ...One of the statements that resonated with me was how people would know her passions by knowing her. I am always amazed at how so many people are not really listening to you. I always listen and people are amazed at how much I know about someone. Anyway great hub and votes UP++++

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