Land of the Midnight HubNuggets

The Arctic winds are a-blowin'...

It's cold - VERY cold. We're breaking out the dog sleds and Arctic gear for everyone...No, that's not true. It is, however, rather chilly, but that is to be expected in my neck of the woods, at this time of year. Thank goodness for snow tires, and walk-behind blowers.

Digging out the winter woollies has also set me thinking about a family friend, a doctor, who, on hearing from my grandparents that we were living in Aklavik, amused himself by writing and illustrating an arctic saga - an epic adventure all in verse, about my sister and me, "Mickey Took-a-Look" and "Little Babushka", as we mushed across the frozen north in search of polar bears.

We're not quite ready to load up dog sleds, but all this snow has reminded me of another writer of poetic northern adventures.

Northern Lights - photo credit: borealis2000.com
Northern Lights - photo credit: borealis2000.com

With apologies to Robert W. Service and his many fans...

There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun by the scribes who strive for gold;

The Arctic trails hide SEO tales that would turn your printer cold;

The Northern Lights have seen great sights, but the greatest they ever did see

Was the vote by the scribes of the Hub Pages tribes that crowned "HubNuggets" McGee.



Now "Hubs" McGee was born far from me, in a land where writers grow;
Why he left his home in that place to roam 'round Hub Pages, we all know;
He'd a knack for prose, and was quick to compose a rhyme or a serious theme;
Though he'd often say, in his plaintive way, he had "recurring keyword dreams."

Some photos for our new coffee-table book

Jason models the up-to-date equipment that Simone and Maddie have supplied for our Arctic trek
Jason models the up-to-date equipment that Simone and Maddie have supplied for our Arctic trek
The Gals seem confused about the directions: "I'm sure the line shack is over here somewhere..." "No, wait - isn't it over there?"
The Gals seem confused about the directions: "I'm sure the line shack is over here somewhere..." "No, wait - isn't it over there?"
Patty waits patiently for an elusive HubNugget to surface
Patty waits patiently for an elusive HubNugget to surface
Yes, Zsuzs - it's a lovely igloo, but I don't care, I'm not spending another night on the trail.
Yes, Zsuzs - it's a lovely igloo, but I don't care, I'm not spending another night on the trail.
Ripplemaker's brand-new LORAX HubMobile made for a fast return trip
Ripplemaker's brand-new LORAX HubMobile made for a fast return trip

The HubNuggets Team...

On a wintry day we were mushing our way over the Hub Pages trails

In search of gold - the kind, we'd been told, was the true HubNuggets Grail.

Our unending quest gives the team no rest as we scan pages untold;

Searching far and wide, reading day and night, to uncover HubNugget gold.

* * * * *

We'd heard a tale from an elder, frail, of a fabulous cache ahead,

So we pushed along to our mushing song while the North Lights played o'erhead.

Our intrepid team, in the starlight's gleam, made a striking sight to see;

So some snaps we took, for a future book on, of course, "HubNuggettry."

* * * * *

Jason Menayan hales from Marketing Sales - and round the Hub trails roams,

With Manager Maddie, and Hub Staff "fixers", Fawntia and Simone;

Such an awesome crew! Soon we'll add a new scout to ply the deadline trail,

You can rest assured "Hub gold" is secure in the hands of our ladyjane.

* * * * *

Patty, Master Scribe, of the "Inglish" tribe, wordsmith, and creative find;

She's a style that's bold, and a nose for gold, of the best HubNuggets kind;

Yet she pens, with ease, any hub you please - and treks where the Hub-winds blow;

For you know that where the hubs are, there this HubNuggets scout will go.

* * * * *

Mush over, and see Little Zsuzsy Bee, that discerning raconteur;

Herding ducks and chicks with a hockey stick - she's Canadian, that girl.

But her hubs display both abandon gay, and mighty talent, too;

And she has a nose, so the saying goes, for to catch HubNuggets, too.

* * * * *

Ripplemaker swings on her goss'mer wings through Hub Pages, to and fro,

Spreading joy and glee, positivity, as she lets new hubbers know

That their hubs will be there for all to read in our contest of the week;

Yes, behind the wheel of her HubMobile, she's a ripple spreading streak.

* * * * *

Now Enelle Lamb's added to our clan - a scribe of high repute;

When it comes to prose, as saying goes, she's a "hubber, tried and true";

There's ne'er been mined a HubNugget find, of the gold variety,

That she'd miss in her quest to uncover the best HubNugget Wannabes.

* * * *

Miss KoffeeKlatch Gals rounds out our pals, a writer of style and flair;
Though a novice "ranger", she is no stranger to authorship's travails;
A musher steady, she's always ready to strike the open trail,
She'll spare no labor so all can savor the HubNugget gold without fail.

* * * * *

And now RedElf - this is me, myself, a HubNuggets ranger true;
I patrol HubPages in search of sages, and poets, and humor, too;
But my week's not done 'til my trail's been run down byways and paths untold,
For my team and I will search low and high 'til we've found HubNugget gold.

Enelle Lamb leads us to the line shack and the fabled cache of HubNuggets
Enelle Lamb leads us to the line shack and the fabled cache of HubNuggets

Back to our story...


Now, our "Hubs" McGee was modest. He was good, but he wanted to learn.
As the days flew by, he began to find that his hubs had started to earn.
Just a cent or two at the start, t'was true, but his writing skills he honed,
And his hubs, refined, took an upward climb, and his fans base began to grow.



But the money was not what McGee had sought: it was not the crowd's acclaim;
It was self-esteem, and a writer's dream - to be worthy to bear the flame -
Yes, the torch of the muse! Creative dues that each author gladly paid,
Through the lonely nights, through each "Please rewrite," 'til, at last, they make the grade.



So he labored on, for his heart was strong - he could see the prize ahead,
And he knew at last it would come to pass, and he raised his eyes and said,
"Hub Pages, you gave my voice a new place to grow, to speak, to play,
Now, we stand here - nine of the best alive, Hub Kings! Well - 'til next Wednesday..."


There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun by the scribes who strive for gold;
The Arctic trails hide SEO tales that would turn your printer cold;
The Northern Lights have seen great sights, but the greatest they ever did see
Was the vote by the scribes of the Hub Pages tribes that crowned "HubNuggets" McGee.

Which one of this week's Education and Science nominees is your favorite?

  • 11% William Shakespeare... secret agent and spy.
  • 32% Common Anesthesia Side Effects: How Will You Feel After Surgery
  • 7% 'I Want To Die Now'
  • 23% What Makes Research Necessary Within and Beyond the Academe
  • 23% Read to Me
  • 4% How to Write an Essay the Night Before.
56 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Which one of this week's Food and Cooking nominees is your favorite?

  • 14% How to Make Battered Chicken in Honey Sauce (or Honey and Chili Sauce)
  • 26% Sourdough French Toast
  • 6% Superfood Series Part 1: Papaya
  • 6% Why Vegan?
  • 4% Do you know how much caffeine is in your coffee cup?
  • 44% Oranges: History, Types and Uses
98 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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

  • 6% Pathway to Wellness: Busy People Manage Stress and Find Life Balance with Yoga, Meditation and Self-care
  • 43% Chronically Well
  • 4% 25 Tips to Better Your Health
  • 10% Onion,garlic and tea tree oil to treat athletes foot
  • 33% What Is the Newborn Hearing Screening Test?
  • 4% Reflection on the Death of a Friend
102 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Dog sled image by RedElf - Original photo: "1012 k sled dog days.jpg" from lidovizzutti.blogspot.com

LORAX photo credit: Field Robotic Center, Carnegie Mellon University - www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/project/lorax

The poetic form of this epic saga of the True North was inspired by Paraglider, whose limerick thread and thoughtful comments helped to make me feel so welcome when I was a newcomer to HubPages.

© 2011 RedElf

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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Great hub and its freezing in my neck of the woods and I am totally not used to it as I am from southern Texas. Making the most of it under about 7 inches of snow. Read and voted Cheers.


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

I love your sense of humor! And your poetry is catching! Talk about cold, it is like -20 below today with the wind chill! Ick!

Super hub! Voted up.

Blessings,

Laurie


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Read, voted, rated, and liked while awaiting for something to emerge from the ice fishing hole for next time.

This Hub is quite a do in itself, poetry not always easy to write.

Once I was in a poetry club headed by a woman aged about 86 that had memorized all of Robert Service's poems, plus 'The Face on the Barroom Floor.' She was quite a gem, reciting long poems at will, but she did not write anything like yours, RedElf Service McKat.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Greeting, ladyjane. Looks like a lot of the country is feeling the blues. We kind of expect the snow up here, but this winter is proving a record setter for snowfall.

Thanks so much, Laurie Dawn. Glad you stopped by to read and vote. I can only take partial credit for the poetry. Though the words are mine, the rhyme scheme (which I adore - love internal rhymes :D ) the general outline, and structure belong to Robert Service.

Thanks all for reading and voting - great crop again this week!

Hey, Miss PI! Catch anything good? Thanks for the rate, vote,like :D Thanks so much for the compliment - that is high praise indeed. I worked hard to try and maintain R.S.'s form. It was certainly challenging, but ever so much fun. Glad you enjoyed my efforts.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I enjoyed your hub very much RedElf. I've read each hub and voted. Love the photos you have posted.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Red, as usual an awesome hub. You continue to amaze me with such wonderful fun hub. Now I go a-reading and a-voting.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

I was so thrilled to be submitted as one of the top health articles! This literally made my day: thank you, HubNugget Team!


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Iontach 5 years ago

Hay Red!

Oh I'm so happy I'm in the running for this week's Food and Cooking HubNugget :D

Seriously made my day. May the best man/woman win. haha.

Thanks,

Iontach


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, carrie - glad you enjoyed it, it was great fun to write!

Rosie, thanks so much! I always enjoy dreaming up new adventures for the team.

So happy to make your day, leah! Congratulations. Now get out there and promote your hub :D

Congratulations, Iontach! Promote, promote, promote!


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TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

If you want me to be in a competition, you are going to have to lower the quality of the other contestants, please. LOL, great hubs! :D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Well said, TD, and good luck to you all!


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Vaiebhav 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

Great use of poetry and sense of humour - two of the reasons why Hubpages is such a cool place to hang out.


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

Absolutely awesome hub!!! Read and voted :D

Congrats to the nominees ;) and I'm sure glad we had that arctic gear...it's mighty cold on the trails :D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Vaiebhav, glad you enjoyed the hub. Always a pleasure to meet new folk.

Thanks so much, Enelle - yes those extra toques and mukluks came in handy.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

When the time is right we will start to write and the words will flow like silk

and it matters not if we earn a lot, or enough for a pint of milk.

For the time we spend in the never ending quest for the perfect phrase

is its own reward if we strike a chord in a heart in a distant place.

We can sweat and strain in familiar vein, toting barges and lifting bales

but there comes a time when the search for rhyme is the 'work' that never fails

to enrich our minds, for the writer finds little joy in dollar bills

which he'd gladly trade for a quiet glade and a book that warms or thrills.

There are some who search for their 'keywords', perched on the edge of a nervous stool.

There are some who rant on Immanuel Kant or the shrinking genetic pool.

There are even more who would rush to bore you with why their God is king

But the top of the tree (if you're asking me) just write for the fun of the thing.

And among the few who can simply do no wrong when they start to write

is our own RedElf who'd be hard to tell from an angel clothed in light

for the words she spins when her mind begins to conceive a skein of rhyme

are a rainbow high in the leaden sky, uplifting and sublime.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Oh, dear paraglider... What a wonderful poem! I am honored. I had hoped you might reply in verse, but this is so much more than I expected - so lovely and so kind. Thank you so very very much. You hold up the standard we strive to attain to even greater heights.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Loved it! Very well written and entertaining. I will be reading the nominations and casting my vote, good luck to all.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi RedElf, enjoyed your hub very much! Started hubhopping this morning but had to make way for some errands...but all done now! Yipppeee...

I enjoyed learning along the way. Beautiful and wonderful hubs! And I am off to try some of the recipes I discovered here in the land of the midnight hubnuggets!

Good luck to all the nominees. Have a wonderful weekend! Read and vote!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

RedElf, you have surpassed yourself. I loved it, the words flowed so effortlessly and beautifully. It was a lot of fun reading and hunting for the "HubNugget Gold."

Read, voted for hubs, voted up, awesome, and shared.

It was a wonderful selection of hubs to choose from. Good luck to everone. Don't forget to vote.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A great humorous hub and I enjoyed reading it.


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

RedElf - Evidently all of the cold and ice is good for the composition. It is not often that we can read a very effective "advertisement" in poetry form. Wonderful stuff.

Gus :-)))


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

cardelean, thanks so much! so glad you stopped by to read and vote.

Glad you enjoyed the hub, ripplemaker. I love reading new hubs every week, and always add to my store of goodies from our nominee's writing.

Gals, this was one of the most fun round-up hubs to write - challenging, but fun. Certainly makes the writing of it worth the effort to hear how much everyone is enjoying the hub.

Thanks so much, friend Hh. So nice of you to stop by to read and vote. So pleased you enjoyed my efforts.

Gus, my friend, the snow and cold's not good for much else some days, except increasing sales of snow tires and hot chocolate. So pleased you enjoyed my verses. Thanks for stopping by.


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mecheshier 5 years ago

Wow! Fantastic article. Great info, beautiful pics, and masterfully articulated. Thank you for the Hub.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

You are most welcome, mecheshier, and too kind. Thanks so much for reading and commenting :D:D:D


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

Wonderful poem by Paraglider! Such great comments on a great hub! Well worth the re-read :D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much - paraglider's poem is marvelous! He is certainly a master wordsmith!


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workwithadrian 5 years ago

The HubNuggets for the win! Long live the Nuggets!!!!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by to read and vote wwadrian!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Being an urban musher, you got me at "dog sled" - too CUTE. Absolutely wonderful presentation and the pics of the staff are marvelous of course...who knew that they were so RUGGED?!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, my! How funny that you should have chosen to parody that particular poem from Robert Service. My father used to recited bits of that now & then--the stanza I recall was along the lines of, "...now shut that door; it's the first time since I left Tennessee that I've been warm..." I'd not thought about RS in years!


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Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

Thanks for great hub.

Beauty of Arctic ... so alien to us who never get temperatures below 20s. Aurora is the most beautiful natural phenomenon I have ever seen. (may be because other things we have are so common)


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Poetry in motion, at it's finest...

Love my seal fur coat (imitation sealfur of course) soooo cozy and warm.

Read and voted, of course

Congrats and good luck to all of you nominees


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, akirchner - an urban musher - how wonderful ! Yes we are a "ruggedly handsome" bunch, aren't we?! :D:D:D

DzyMsLizzy, my grampa used to recite poetry to us. Grandma gifted me with a lovely little leather-bound memento of Grampa - "Songs of the Sourdough" She said it had been one of his favorites.

Sun Pen 50, thanks so much. I grew up with the Northern Lights, but they never cease to amaze me.

Hi there, Zs! Glad you liked your duds. They sure spared no expense outfitting us this trip :D:D:D


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Iontach 5 years ago

Wednesday is approaching! *pulling out my hair here* haha.

I'm so excited being in the running for food :)

Thanks again and best of luck everybody!

Cheers,

Iontach


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

:D:D:D


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I've read all the newbies hubs which were mostly excellent and I vot4ed. Of course, your hub was most entertaining.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Pam - so nice of you to stop by to read and vote.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the winners in each category!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a wonderful sense of humor. In New England, we are experiencing an arctic-like climate this season, so I immediately related to those photos. Seriously, if it is not snowing, we are facing night temps at close to zero. Take care!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Genna, those temperature are pretty harsh for your neck of the woods. Our temperature here just dropped back to -30 Celsius (that's about -22 F), around where it normally stays for most of our winter. :D Happy Trails!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Great information, images and humor which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, sligobay. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub - it was tons o' fun to write.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Better late than never, glad I made it here today. Very well done and beautifully desiged just beautiful! :) Katie


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, katiem. Always lovely to see you.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

RedElf, wonderful hub! I didn't make it to vote this time, but loved your hub, all the same. From a former Yukoner!

Take care ...


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

prairieprincess, it's indeed a small world. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

You are so incredibly creative and I love your style of poetry. I had a good time seeing all the names of hubbers I follow. Thanks for a fun and informative hub.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Minnetonka Twin! So pleased you liked my remake of Robert Service's classic, and found some great hubs to read :D:D:D

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