Random Reasons Why I Appreciate HubPages

Happy 4th HubPages Anniversary to Sunshine!

HubPages is a free writing site. There is no fee to join or participate. How many times during our lifetime do we encounter something that is free and worth your while? Not often, so I joined four years ago.

As we know nothing in life is perfect and HubPages is far from perfect. Sure, I hit some bumps in the road as did HubPages. But the important lesson learned is to keep moving forward.

There is no sense in looking back and wondering "what if" because chances are you can not change any thing that has or has not been done. So, move forward and learn from the mistakes of the past. HubPages is not a competition. It's a community of writers that share, support and learn from one another.

There are so many benefits from writing on HubPages, but I am not writing this article to pimp out the site. I am writing this article to pimp out Sunshine and my many accomplishments during my four year trek on HP. Some might consider this bragging, if so...all I can say to that is, "Great minds think alike!"

This fine mug was my trophy for being nominated Miss Cheerful in the 2014 Hubbie Awards.
This fine mug was my trophy for being nominated Miss Cheerful in the 2014 Hubbie Awards. | Source

Why I write for HubPages...

I am not going to bore you with stats of comments, views, hubs, how much money I make, or any of that nonsense...because to me that is not important to being successful. Success to me is how many lives you touch and making a difference in someone's life.

Even if a hub just helped one single person, that is what is most important. That is the reason I write for HubPages. When I receive an email from a reader who needs advice or expresses their gratitude for sharing my voice, I know my mission was completed with that hub.

When I become friends with that reader, that is a bonus. When I eventually meet face to face with that reader, that is the grand prize.

I'm not interested in becoming a world famous writer or a small town writer...I am interested in having my voice heard and helping others. Oh, and the free therapy that I get from unleashing the voices in my head.

I am going to share with you my Top 7 Favorite articles that have reached the most people. The ones that continue to touch other lives. The hubs that keep on giving...

One of My Articles That Made a Difference...

My husband had total knee replacement surgery and I learned so much along the journey that I felt I had to share the information to help others. And help I did!

The article also found it's way to the administrators of the hospital and we were asked to create a commercial advertisement for them. We sure did!

I also learned that the article is used by the Physical Therapy department as an educational tool. Impressed yet? I was!

Once reading about Team Cap's Knee Replacement journey many people who had feared the surgery and have been living in pain, had their surgery performed and are so thankful. Yay!

So far I've won 3 t-shirts from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Hubbie Awards.
So far I've won 3 t-shirts from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Hubbie Awards. | Source

Another Article That Is a Success

When I discovered that our General Practitioner had closed his office doors and left no forwarding address, email or phone number for patients to contact him for their records...Sunshine went into action.

I contacted the local news and the ball went rolling from there. Even if I wanted to stop how quickly this mess escalated, I couldn't. After I published the article I had patients contacting me for help via email and comments.

After my segment aired on the local news, I received phone calls from the AMA. All I wanted was our medical records. I did get them. Eventually. Never give up when you are righting a wrong. No matter how many obstacles you might encounter...go forth and prosper.

Good news is the doctor is back in action!

Me annoying? No way!

Almost weekly I receive emails or read comments from neighbors who need help in dealing with their annoying neighbors. I give my best advice. I actually wrote this article in humor mode. I had NO idea that so many people had so MANY issues with their neighbors. This article is my most viewed which is even more surprising. Why must people be so annoying?

Last year I received a phone call from a producer of the Steve Harvey Show to appear on an upcoming episode about annoying neighbors. They found my article on Google and appreciated my humor and spunk. I was honored.

I needed to find a neighbor who annoyed me or who was annoyed by me so that Steve Harvey could be our mediator! I sought, but could not find an annoying neighbor. My neighbors had no issues with me. How annoying! I passed on the gig, but it sure was nice being offered the opportunity. Either way, I wasn't able to travel due to family responsibilities. But it was a fun experience to receive the offer.

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Reaching out to those in the cancer fight...

Within this hub I have many links to articles that in one way or another have touched someone who is in a cancer battle.

I have received countless emails from fellow victims of the Big C. We are still in touch years later.

Two years ago, I started a Facebook group called Cancer Teamwork so that we could all converge into one place to find support and comfort during our times of need. Since then my group has grown to over 440 members. I have met some of my friends in person and we continue to meet for lunch dates.

All of this happened because of HubPages.

Will You Marry Me?

This hilarious hub about fun ways to propose marriage is quite popular and my second most viewed hub.

I wrote it on a whim during a time when my daughter's friends were getting engaged and I was hearing about unique proposals. I thought what happened to just having fun! Hence, this hub.

I have heard from readers regarding which suggestions they used and they had success! Yay! I'm honored to have assisted with their special memory. I always remind them to find the humor in every situation...that is a way of life for me.

I even sold a few engagement rings via Amazon due to this hub. I consider this a winning hub all around!

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A Tweet from Craig Wayne Boyd

As a viewer of the NBC hit show The Voice, I knew I had to write a tribute hub when Craig Wayne Boyd won the title. Craig is by far my favorite contestant from The Voice.

When I wrote the tribute I had no idea I was about to embark on a whirlwind ride! I tweeted the article. Then my Twitter blew up! If you are not familiar with Twitter, blowing up means that my article was shared and favorited so many times that I lost count. I gained many more followers too. Craig was already a follower from back when he was a contestant on the The Voice! Go, Sunshine!

There are Yallers (fans of Craigs) all over the world. In almost every state there is a Yaller Team. I received so many comments and messages thanking me for the article and that it was the best article written about Craig! Craig himself even read it, retweeted it and thanked me for the article!

I continued to make contact with his personal assistant. We messaged back and forth on Twitter until we just decided to talk on the phone instead. What a pleasure it was getting to know Andie. She is a sweet woman.

I suggested that since Craig was going to be in town soon that he might be able to stop by the Cancer Center where my husband gets treatment and he could perform a song for the patients. You'll have to read the article I wrote for Craig to know why I suggested this. His assistant, Andie, went to work on her end. I went to work on my end. I contacted the Cancer Center, they said absolutely, YES! I then contacted my news media outlet to do a segment, they said NO because The Voice is on NBC, not ABC. I said FINE and got in touch with my contact for NBC.

It was at this time that Andie called me back to tell me the somber news...the one day that Craig will be in town, he had no extra time for an appearance. He tried! I tried! Andie tried! But time was an issue. He had two radio shows in Tampa and then had to be in Orlando for a soundcheck by 5pm. He would have had to drive to the other side of town for the Cancer Center, then back through rush hour traffic to get to his show. We were bummed, but everything happens for a reason. Andie did say that Craig could call me to say hello...I passed, that man is on a tight enough schedule without having to deal with Hyper Sunshine too! :)

I'm thankful that I was able to reach out to so many other Yallers and that Craig was kind enough to acknowledge my article to him. Team Yallers Rock!

The Naked Cowboy's posts on Facebook

Naked Cowboy
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A Shout-out from the Naked Cowboy!

Recently my daughter and son-in-law spent 6 months in NYC working and enjoying the Big Apple.

The evening before they were due to return to Florida, I reminded them that they haven't sent me photos of The Naked Cowboy who struts his stuff in Times Square.

There was no way they could leave the city without hooking up with the cowboy and sending me some photos. Michelle and David came through! I proceeded to create a tribute hub to The Naked Cowboy.

The Naked Cowboy has a Facebook page. I took a chance and sent the article to Robert via a message.

He read my article and he liked it! He shared it on Facebook and posted his appreciation on his Facebook page.

I introduced many people around the world to a hard working cowboy who entertains tourists in all types of temperatures, in doing so, he became a millionaire.

It is very exciting when you write about a celebrity and they like the article enough to share it with their fans and family! Thanks, Cowboy!

If at times you feel stressed out, take a few seconds to watch this video...

Thank you, HubPages!

Even though HP has had moments of ups and downs, it is still a great site. During my time as a writer on the site I have witnessed quite a few changes...for the better.

What better place to meet up with fellow writers? What better place to have your voice heard and make a difference in someone's life? What better place to have a little fun? Answer: HubPages!

Thank you, HubPages for the writing platform. Thousands of writers have a place to share their creativity and express their thoughts and at times, expose their hearts.

Wishing y'all much success. Keep shining!

Message from HubPages...

I'm going to treat myself to a banana split!
I'm going to treat myself to a banana split! | Source

Why Do You Write?

  • Because I have a talent, why waste it!
  • To reach out to others and make a difference.
  • Because I tried the rest and settled for the best.
  • I don't write...but I'm about to start. That duck video inspired me!
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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

There's nothing wrong with a little bragging, and it's always nice to see a tribute to Paula. Happy Anniversary, Linda!


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Linda, you have had some awesome experiences due to the articles you post on HP. I had no idea! Truly incredible. Happy Anniversary!


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Daisy Mariposa 21 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Linda,

What a wonderful article! It's an honor to know you and your husband Dave ("Cap").


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Victoria Lynn 21 months ago from Arkansas, USA

Voted up and everything else! Great article! So cool about the success of the hubs you mentioned. I didn't know you got an offer to be on the Steve Harvey show. Very neat! Great hub! Happy anniversary!


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

Yeah! Go Linda! how awesome! you have reached out and touched so many different people, well not literally if you get my point! lol! Craig was an amazing hub and well done for the contact with him, and I love all your hubs as you know, so here's to another four years!


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RonElFran 21 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

This is great encouragement about HubPages. It confirms that well written articles posted on HP can be regarded by readers as being on as high a level as any content on the web. You've had some great adventures, and have certainly reached your goal of touching the lives of people.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great hub on such an interesting topic. I like to write here though lately haven't had the time to do much. I enjoy reading your hubs, always for a good reason and shared with pride.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

I have one more year to go before I reach your milestone! You have certainly touched the lives of many people with your articles, and have also touched our funnybones, too!

Can I expect a mug like that one when I reach my 4th year, I wonder?

Voted UP, and shared.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

I agree all the way with you, Linda. HubPages is a community of writers that share, support and learn from one another. Everything else is a bonus.

Those comments of the celebrities are absolutely exciting. And also to know that a hub of yours is used as an educational tool.

You rock, Linda, and so does your SFAM :)


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

Congrats to your 3 years on HP!


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wishing you a very Happy 4th. Anniversary, GF!!!! Your Hubpages career thus far has been incredible! You never fail to blow me away with your "celebrity-like" escapades! An interview with a TV News Reporter about your disappearing Doctor, the beautiful Video with you & Cap, being contacted by notable personalities including Steve Harvey, Craig Wayne Boyd & of course, the Naked Cowboy! LOL Your hubs and letters are like magic, going viral, attracting thousands & bringing you hundreds of friends & numerous accolades.

You're my Hero & when I grow up, I want to be just like you!

I'm coming up right behind you with my 4 years and I HAVE YOU TO THANK! Well, you and Jose (Bozo) & our mutual obsession with that famous Anthony Trial. IMO, it has ALL been meant to be, GF.

Your support & patience with me when I was an HP Baby was the BEST.

You are simply an extraordinary lady, a very "Special" friend and I love you......as well as your whole family! Sending you hugs & all the very best of everything, SFAM. Here's to the next 4 years!! Love, Paula/Effer


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Bill, Sha and Daisy! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks, Vicki...I had hoped a neighbor who found me annoying would come forward to accompany me to the Steve Harvey Show, but it was a no go :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Haha! I get your point Nell. I aim to please! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks, Ron...HubPages is a great community and I look forward to another 4 years. See you around! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks for stopping by DDE...always appreciated.


darkprinceofjazz 21 months ago

I appreciate your positive attitude. I hope you are diversifying your writing to other places as well. I have learned time and time again that what looks good today may not be so great tomorrow.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Mary! I sure hope you get a mug one day...this mug was given to me by winning the hubbie for Miss Cheerful, go figure! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Martie, As does my SAA, MM and SFAM! We are all rock stars! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks, Lady G. It's been 4 years of an HP exciting adventure for Sunshine!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi SFAM! Once again we thank Bozo and Casey, if it wasn't for that sweet lil girl Caylee we never would have met. RIP, angel.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I am so thankful you are part of my life. Let's share that lemonade one day! Love you!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

DarkPrince, I have considered writing other places many times, but time is always an issue. I barely have time to write for HP anymore, but I do make the time to support fellow friends here. Thanks for the tip!


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Wow, you've accomplished quite a bit! Well done! You definitely spread sunshine on hubpages. I agree with your feelings about the site. Great people and mostly good writers.

I've enjoyed my five years here and I know my writing has improved because of it. It's a challenge to write more and to write better.

Great hub! And Paula is great too!

Ann


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Christy Kirwan 21 months ago from San Francisco

Linda, I really enjoyed reading this. Your Hubs have brought you some incredible recognition! We are truly lucky to have you here on HubPages. :)


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Woo hoo, Sunshine. You go girl, and keep on going and making an impact in the lives of others! That is exactly why I write, even if one person is blessed in some way by something I write.

Heck, with my sometimes long hubs and even long commenting, I should be paying HP LOL.

Here's to another four years and more here on HubPages making a difference in the lives of others and having fun all the while.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, g+ and sharing


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Ann, I agree on all counts. HP offers a lot of benefits and we should be thanking them for allowing us to have our voice heard. Thanks for stopping by! Paula is awesome! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Christy! I appreciate all that you do for HP :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL! Faith Reaper...I never thought of us paying HP, but you have a make a great point! Let's not tell HP we considered that idea though! :)


DJ Anderson 21 months ago

Congratulation! Linda, this is great!

When I think of you, I think about the Energizer Bunny.

You are a true trooper and a woman who does not know the meaning of

giving up. We need many more like you.

Then you had to go and mention Mrs. Feffer. Oh, she's gonna be

flirting and flittering and buzzing around like a mosquito. I've told you,

you'll just encourage her. LOL

Love and prayers,

DJ.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Oh, DJ you made me LOL! Effer is our main squeeze, she is just so darn lovable. BTW...You are correct, giving up is not my style. with anything! :)


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

congratulations Linda(Sunshine) on four years at Hub Pages. This is a wonderful hub and I agree with all your sentiments and why it is a wonderful place to write and share your heart and soul. Wishing you well for the next four years...we done. Voted up.


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Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

It is very exciting to know about your great works and experiences, Linda. Congratulations on your milestone. I also recently completed one year here and shared it on forum with all of you. I am much pleased at your achievements and contributions to the betterment of people. Very superb presentation here. Voted up and awesome.


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a Sunshine smile maker of a hub...just like you - Congratulations, dear Linda.

You are a true inspiration and hero in my eyes. Your writing makes a difference to so many... and your love of life and optimism shines through every line!

Love you and Lady Paula too, MM


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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

Congratulations on your 4th anniversary at HP!

Your contributions have definitely touched lives of many people. Excellent presentation of this hub as well.

Thanks and wish you many more years of success and happiness at HP.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

And did you ever think four years ago that all of this would happen? Good for you and keep on writing....

Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Congratulations on your fourth anniversary here at HP. Your hubs are very helpful and informative. Some of your hubs have me in splits of laughter. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Pamela99 21 months ago from United States

Congratulations! Time sure does fly. I loved your sense of humor from the beginning and your hubs are always good. Keep it up!


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justateacher 21 months ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Congrats on your four years! Love your hubs! I have been one of your followers from early on, and have loved every minute of it!


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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

Happy 4th anniversary Linda! I did not even realize that they sent out Hubanniversary wishes. I hardly ever look at my gmail. You have written so many good articles...some serious...some fun and everything in between. You do bring a spot of sunshine into many people's lives. :))


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AudreyHowitt 21 months ago from California

First of all, congratulations Linda!! You are one of the most positive people on this site--and I know you have touched many people here--me included--I hope you are well and happy!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany

Congratulations for the 4th anniversary Linda! Keep it up. I know you are a great writer and I still have to catch up with your hubs. Take care!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Much appreciated, Jodah! Keep on hubbing with your fabulous poetry! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary, Venkatachari M! Before you know it you will also be celebrating your 4 year anniversary...have fun doing so!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, MM! Just like I told SAA, HP would not be the same with out my SAA, MM and SFAM! XO


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Your thoughts are appreciated, ChitrangadaSharan! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

PS, I read your question and immediately answered...No Way! It's been an interesting and exciting 4 year journey on HP. I am so thankful to the site for what it has done for me and for the friends I have met along the way :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Vellur...You have been an amazing friend and your hubs are always helpful and interesting! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Pam! We have come a long way and it's been my pleasure knowing you! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Justateach! Much appreciated! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Peggy, Yes...check your email. You should receive an email for every accolade upgrade or addition. We also receive a weekly newsletter. HubPages is a gift that keeps on giving! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

All is well at this moment...Thank you, Audrey :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Thelma!


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travmaj 21 months ago from australia

Congratulations on four years - well done and your post is so positive and inspires me want to write. (have been lax lately for various reasons)

Your Naked Cowboy story was so much fun - you must be thrilled with the response. Best wishes as you step up for year five - Maj


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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Linda - Congratulations for your four exciting years on HP and for your many awards that you so richly deserve.

L - is for the love you generously share will us all.

I - is for the incredible woman you are.

N- represents how you never give up.

D- is for your determination.

A - is for the Angel you are.

Put them all together, they spell Sunshine - the sweetest woman in all of hubland.

Audrey


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

Congratulations! I just reached four years too. We must've started around the same time but I'm not as famous as you ;)

You've done a great job and your success is due to your personality and go get 'em attitude. Wishing you many more years.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

Congratulations on four years, Linda, and it's great to see all those examples of opportunities you have had that wouldn't have come your way had it not been for HP. You're making an impact, one hub at a time.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Three cheers for Audrey for her fun and clever comment! You are so sweet. Thank you! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Tills, You are more famous than you think! Thanks for your friendship and Happy 4th Anniversary to you also! :)


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

One hub at a time is my favorite way, Flourish! Thank you for your support! :)


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CatherineGiordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

Congrats. What an exciting journey you have had on HP. maybe one day, I'll have a great story to tell. I'm only in my first year. Voted up and shared because your success is so inspirational.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

I look forward to hearing your stories, Catherine! :)


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Happy 4th year anniversary! How cool on those accomplishments! Love that photo of that sunshine mug! I've only been here for six months and still getting used to HP's nuts and bolts. xo


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Kristen! You are doing fabulous! :)


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

I nice overview of some of your hubs. Keep on shining!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

I wish for you also to keep on shining, poetryman! :)


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love hubpages too, had been here for five years already, WOW


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm catching up to you PP! :)


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PegCole17 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

I love your happy optimistic approach to life and your enthusiasm for everything, even troublesome neighbors. Too bad you couldn't find one to go on the Steve Harvey show with. That would have skyrocketed your fame and fortune. As if you need any help with that. LOL. You always make me feel better after reading your work and make me smile with your great sense of humor. Congratulations on your Hub Pages anniversary. Here's to many more years of fun.


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Peg! :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 20 months ago

I absolutely love this hub! The forums can be so full of negativity, but this hub, and your others, are just the opposite. I love hubpages too. I never even thought of writing anything online until I saw an ad for hubpages in our local paper. I thought, why not give it a try, and here I am, 2 1/2 years later with 115 hubs and my own blog. It's been a real moral booster for me, who just returned to the workforce about 6 mos ago after having been a stay at home mom for 12 years. Thanks for this great hub!


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bdegiulio 20 months ago from Massachusetts

It's been quite a ride Linda. I am always amazed at what life has in store for us. Could you ever have predicted that joining HubPages would have taken you on this incredible journey? Congratulations on four years here.


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

We all deserve a smile from you Linda! Sending this around and hope you get some!


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anglnwu 20 months ago

Wow, what an incredible journey. Your success stories are awe-inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I should keep on hubbing!!


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Audrey! It's been a pleasure meeting you and reading your poetry these past few years!


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Absolutely, anglnwu...Keep on hubbing! :)


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Pamela99 20 months ago from United States

I have always loved reading your hubs because I know I almost always get a laugh or two. Bragging? Nothing wrong with tat when you ave something to brag about. You have had some very interesting experiences, and you are what one of my patient's called me one time when I was still a nurse - "A glass half full girl". You see to be able to take the toughest situations and yet maintain a positive. I think Hubpages is lucky to ave you!


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molometer 20 months ago

Linda, you said it best when you said "Success to me is how many lives you touch and making a difference in someone's life" That's what is great about his platform.


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for the compliment, Pam...that means a lot to me :)


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Amen, molometer, Amen!


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Docmo 20 months ago from UK

Linda, you shone the light on how great hubs can be - and as the only hubber I've had the pleasure of meeting in flesh here's my salute to the first lady of hubs. You touch so many hearts and minds.


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Docmo! A pleasure to see you and to have met you! :)


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

I enjoy reading stories of hubbers who enjoy being here with a positive attitude. I am grateful for the opportunity to write. This community of writers has introduced me to many talented and helpful people. Congratulations on your fourth year here. You are such an inspiration.


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DeborahNeyens 20 months ago from Iowa

Happy Anniversary, Sunshine. I am so happy to have you as my friend. Thanks, Hubpages. : )


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Marlene! :)


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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Right back at you, Deb! :)


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Easy Exercise 20 months ago from United States

Sunshine625,

I love HubPages - it is a fantastic community and for me, it allows to learn and grow. There are so many new and exciting technologies and software and this world is richer with Google at our fingertips and various apps on our smart phone.

The best thing about HP is people, the team and of course the Hubbers.

I too, will need the knee information someday - hopefully not soon but I know a reliable spot to seek out objective answers.

Thank you for sharing and being here at HP.


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Jeannieinabottle 19 months ago from Baltimore, MD

We really have been writing on HubPages a long time, haven't we? I am always surprised at the hubs that get the most attention, too. I also get a lot of hits on my hub about annoying neighbors, too. Who knew? :-) I am glad we write on HubPages together. :-) Voted up and awesome!


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Time flies when we are having fun, Jeannie! :)


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CrisSp 19 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I'm pretty sure I've read this before but whether I've left a message or not, I don't remember (so, please excuse me) and I usually don't leave messages when I'm reading on my iphone. Typing (on iphone) is just not convenient for my clumsy fingers. :)

You've always been helpful and that smile...that smile is really contagious! May you continue to spread that sunshine in you in and out of HubPages.

Congratulations is now in order!

Love from the sky~


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, CrisSp! I understand about commenting while on a phone...it is not that easy to do! Your message is appreciated! :)


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indanila 19 months ago

Wow, I stumbled upon your hub profile page and began smiling as I read the titles of your hubs. What a breath of fresh air. Looks like your time spent here at Hubpages has been worthwhile. What an inspiration. Voted Up!!!


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks for stumbling by Indanila! :)


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Molly Layton 19 months ago from Alberta

Congratulations for four years on Hubpages! I see you've changed many lives here. I'm going to check out your hub on proposing.


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Molly!


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

What an awesome, enjoyable and encouraging hub! Congratulations for the 4 years on HP. Well done! Voted this up, funny and awesome.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I appreciate Hubpages because of the WONDERFUL writers.....they're absolutely awesome people! Like our Miss Sunshine, for instance....who's BIRTHDAY is in 5 DAYS.....June 25th!! YEAH! Get ready to Party!!


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Sunshine625 17 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Oh no, Effer. I am so not ready to party. I should be though. Hopefully I will be. Not sure.


DJ Anderson 17 months ago

Did someone say, Party?? Publix's makes an elegant butter cream frosting six lawyer cake. In between the layers are more frosting with a raspberry jam. It is light and fluffy and people will be asking for seconds, but I lie and tell them there is no more. Then, later into the night, I get a super cold glass of milk and a big fat slice of this divine

creation. Cause' if you are having this cake, I deed to be packing my bags "To Orlando or Bust".

DJ.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Not being able to make up your mind is a sign of.......of.........Well, you know!


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Sunshine625 17 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

OMG, DJ ... that cake sounds like heaven! Raspberry Jam is my favorite. I still can not understand why that "p" is in raspberry, any takers?


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Sunshine625 17 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Uh oh, Effer. I will enjoy my birthday regardless of the chaos that surrounds me at this time. At least I think I will.


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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I also enjoy writing at hubpages because the community members are helpful and kind.


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Pamela99 16 months ago from United States

I have not been writing nearly as much as I used to, due to a multitude of personal problems, however, I still like Huppages and you are one of the reasons.

I know when I see your name I am probably going to at least get a giggle to two. Your hubs are fun and many are informative on a variety of topics. You and Cap have been in my thought and prayers numerous times, even though I probably seem to be way in the background of your life.

When I think of you I smile, and not many people have that effect on me. You went through such a horribly rough time with such grace, and I think I can learn a thing or two from your attitude.

I typically write to help people also, as nursing was my career, and so many doctors do not say things in a way their patients understand. I try to simplify diseases in my writing. I am glad you wrote this hub and congrats on your Hubpages awards!


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

Congrats Linda on winning most Cheerful Hubber, you are the best!


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Sunshine625 15 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Nell. I am so happy for you winning two hubbies! You rock!

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