Reflections On One Hundred Hubs

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One Hundred Hubs Of Great Writing

The cursor blinks impatiently, waiting for me to begin. I drum my fingers lightly on the keyboard, waiting for inspiration to strike. Waiting for my muse to whisper profundity. I wait some more. Maybe I should do something else for a while.

I have been writing hubs for almost a year. Editing my account and updating some older hubs, I suddenly realized the benchmark hub was upon me. A thrill ran through me. So much potential, so much opportunity. So many chances to thrill readers with my witticism, wisdom and wordiness.

Wait a second. Theoretically, we all have that opportunity with each and every hub. Each hub is a new chance to write a world changing, mind altering, spirit enhancing piece of literary greatness. Or, I could just write another hub.

So I am just writing another hub. About all the things I like, and all the things that matter to me. Like politics. And poetry. And God. And spirituality. And SEX! Lots of Sex. And fitness, physical and emotional, and friends, these are the things that matter in my life, that are reflected in my writing, that influence the way I think and act and respond. So these are the things in my one hundredth hubs.

Poetry In Hubpages

My earliest attempts at writing were through poetry. As a depressed teen-ager, love sick and full of angst.  I wrote volumes of poetry,and at the time I considered myself a deep thinker, as I immersed myself in my own depths, drowning in sorrow.

I have since learned that poetry distills the essence of emotion into a few words. Deceptively simple, yet haunting in complexity. Some of the best poetry I have read comes from hubpages.

Consider the lovely H.C. Porter. Her poetry is lovely, deep and thought provoking. And a pleasure to read.

http://hubpages.com/profile/H.C+Porter

Check out the poetry of Invictus for some interesting poetry.

http://hubpages.com/profile/I%2An%2Av%2Ai%2Ac%2At%2Au%2As

Another hub favorite for poetry is Pearldiver. Pearldiver presents a unique perspective on poetry and life.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Pearldiver

MFB has been a favorite for a long time. His poetry is thoughtful, and he may be the most prolific poet on hubpages.

http://hubpages.com/profile/MFB+III

Of course, no hub about poetry would be complete without mentioning the ever popular Mickey Dee. He is a great hub friend and poet extraordinaire.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Micky+Dee

Thoughts sparkle like diamonds

twinkling in the dark expanse of mind

words come together, drift apart

refuse to form cohesion.

Poetry eludes effort

refusing to be forced.

Great Sex!

 One of my first experiences as an adult at writing that didn't involve an assignment and a grade was a book I wrote, called "The Married Girls Guide To Great Sex". While I thought this book to be a masterpiece, the girls at book club were dubious at best. To say they hated it might be an exageration, but there were definitely some raised eyebrows.

It took several years for me to discover hubpages. It seemed the perfect venue to get readers for "The Married Girls Guide". Publishing the chapters as separate hubs proved the perfect format and my married girls hubs have proven to be some of my most popular.

But there are other hubbers out there who know a thing or two about the finer things. For example, Arthur Windermere is not only a great writer, he's dashingly handsome, and some of his hubs are quite interesting

http://hubpages.com/profile/Arthur+Windermere

Rafini is another source for great reading. Check her out.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Rafini

 

Politics on Hubpages

 I have been interested in politics most of my adult life. I was the only fourth grader in the entire elementary school to vote for Gerald Ford. Everyone else picked Jimmy Carter, and my life as a republican was off to an early start.

I lapsed in my early twenties, the first time I went to vote. I only voted agains Ronald Reagan because my father in law told me I had to vote for him.

Years later, I fell under the seductive spell of Ross Perot. Listening to him speak on the campaign trail, I was overcome with optimism in the political process, and hope for the future. Then he went crazy, and dreams of a third party faded into nothing.

I spent twenty years, being brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Riley, and their ilk. Believing that any other view point was wrong, and fearful of someone changing my mind, I followed blindly.

I am glad to say, I have finally grown a spine. While I still hold fast to many republican ideals, I am willing to see the validity in other arguments. When they are valid. I believe we create our own destiny. No one can make our world better. We must each make our own world better the best way we know how.

There are some erudite pundits on hubpages. One of my favorites is Breakfastpop. Not only do you get a great recipe, but every day there is a timely article on current affairs. And Pop knows the importance of a good stiff drink when the event demands it!

http://hubpages.com/profile/breakfastpop

One of my all time favorite hub pages authors is James A Watkins. James doesn't just talk politics, he is knowledgeable about a multitude of topics, and he is a good writer too.

http://hubpages.com/profile/James+A+Watkins

Another insightful hub writer is Right Black, whose upfront style is sure to appeal to many

http://hubpages.com/profile/Right+Black

Religion...God...Spirit...Faith

 Well, I've tackled two of the big three, Sex and Politics. On to religion. Religion, spirituality, and self transformation are some of my favorite topics to write and read about.

My spiritual path as a child was somewhat broken, like my life. My aunt and uncle made sure I was baptized in the Church of Christ, to save me from the firey pit of hell. I remember them pleading with me to bring my mother to church, lest she suffer eternal damnation. Well, I've never been much of a proselytizer, so I guess my mom could be in trouble.

I spent about fifteen years in "CHURCH". The christian kind, where nonbelievers are banished, where bad behavior is frowned upon, and large families greatly encouraged. This uptight religious model filled me with fear of misstep, lest I too fall away. My relationship with God was based on fear of what he would do to me, and doubt that he could love someone as bad as I. Not that I behaved (or behave now) in a particularly bad manner. I knew that he knew what I had done in the past. And he knew my evil thoughts. So I too was certainly doomed.

Now. Now. Now. My relationship to God has evolved. I believe that he is a God of love, who loves all his children, not just certain ones. Much as I love my eight children. They are all different and I love them all. We are all different, and he loves us all. We all reflect the beauty of our creator.

There are some great spiritual writers on hubpages. I love the astrological interpretations of Jean Bakula. They offer some great insight on why people behave the way they do.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Jean+Bakula

For some good christian writing, check out Judah's Daughter.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Judah%27s+Daughter

Spirit Hugger is a beautiful person, who shares the depth of her learning with other hubbers

http://hubpages.com/profile/Spirit+Hugger

 

 

 

Ha Ha. That's Very Funny

 I think I'm funny. I am mostly alone in this opinion. Sometimes I am witty. Sometimes wry. Droll. Amusing. I am often sarcastic, which is not considered funny by the victim of my humor. I like puns, which could make me punny. But funny? Not usually. However, there are some very funny people here, who I love to read.

One of my favorite writers who always makes me laugh out loud is akirchner. She is hilarious. And I am not prone to exaggeration. Well, not usually.

http://hubpages.com/profile/akirchner

If I make the mistake of drinking coffee while reading the hubs of Stan Fletcher, I will invariably laugh so hard that the coffee sprays out of my nose and all over the computer. My husband really hates the way our computer keys stick together these days.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Stan+Fletcher

Humor abounds in the hubs of habee. Not only is she funny, but she makes great social commentary as well. And her recipes are great too.

http://hubpages.com/profile/habee

 

 

 

Great Writers Abound

The thing I like most about hubpages is the myriad of great writers found here. It is a pleasure to read well written, well thought out hubs.

lmmartin is not just a great writer. She is a lady, a friend, a person with a heart the size of Texas. Actually, Alaska. Her heart is the size of Alaska, but warm. And her writing tips are actually helpful.

http://hubpages.com/profile/lmmartin

Another of my favorite writers in Ken R Abell. His writing is profound, thought provoking and challenging. He is a wise man.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Ken+R.+Abell

There is a reason Patty Inglish has a ranking of 100. Her hubs are consistently great. It is always a pleasure to plunge into the depths of her writing. Her hubs are thoughtful, informative and well constructed.

http://hubpages.com/profile/Patty+Inglish%2C+MS

The authors listed here are just a few of my favorites, hopefully you will find some that you enjoy. The topics listed here are some of the ones I like to write on. Hopefully, you will read some hubs you enjoy.

It has been a great year for me at hubpages. I look forward to more writing, and more hub friends. "By God Woodrow, it's been a hell of a party."

Namaste Friends.

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GioiaMulas profile image

GioiaMulas 5 years ago

WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Its a very beautiful hub thanks


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

May you live to write your millionth hub :-)


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Why thank you, Deborah. What a lovely compliment. Great hub! rated up. Lynda


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh my gosh Deborah - I clicked on here to congratulate you on a milestone and here I was being touted as hilarious! That is so sweet of you....I like to think my LIFE is hilarious and I am just running a commentary on it...rather than crying!

Thanks so much for the high praise and wishing you thousands more....after that first hundred though don't get discouraged because it starts to feel like what? ONLY 105? Only 110?

I have no clue how I got to 492 (I think) and I'm trying for 500 by this week. But then I'll do the same thing all over again....ONLY 501? Only 505? I have discovered that it pays to not think about the numbers (until you get close to some milestone) and keep on trucking.

Thanks again for the lovely kudos....I am humbled! I love nothing better than to make folks laugh though so you do me a great honor!


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Gioia, thank you for stopping and reading.

De Greek, Thanks for the great wishes. I plan to live to one hundred and eleven, so I have lots of time left. But I'd better do more than 100 per year!

Lynda, You are a wonderful woman. I think you should hear that often.

akirchner, I am honored that you stopped to read. I like your philosophy of laughing at life. It's the only way to go.

Namaste friends.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Deborah,

I love the way you write about your faith, but keep such an open mind about other people's beliefs. I am deeply honored that you think my Astrology hubs are spiritual, you are so very kind. I am sure you will accomplish your 100th hub, after all, you are Superwoman. In many more ways than one! Keep up the great work.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the recognition. I am honored.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Thanks for the reading list. Strange that I only know one of the hubbers mentioned. Maybe I will sift through and find someone good enough to read on a regular basis. I have been horrified at the percentage of writers (especially those who think they can write poetry, simple prose and stories) who have difficulty understanding basic grammar and spelling; yet they receive comments of "Wonderful", "How deep", "Truly beautiful".

Call me bitter, but I love the English language, and I hate to see it being murdered.


Jean Bakula 5 years ago

Deborah and Twilight Lawns,

I was on the hopper the other day, and someone actually wrote a very short hub on how to make chili cheese dip, with Velveeta cheese. You cut up a pound of cheese in chunks, open the can of chili, put both in a bowl, and microwave for 5 mins., stirring once. I was incredulous. Are we supposed to vote down things like that? I feel kind of bad, but no effort was made for a hub.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Jean, thanks for your constant support and encouragement. As for your second posting, with situations like that, I usually look at the hubber info. If it is someones first or second hub, I might offer a suggestion such as, "good start on a hub. You might try adding a video, or more information to make it more complete..." If it is a persons 20th hub and they have a pattern of short non hubs, I rate down and hop away!

Twilight lawns, there are a lot of writers will little grasp of proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. If the thread of their story is interesting, I try to slog through if. If rubbish, I move on. Some are non-native English speaking. Some just never learned basic grammar. The best we can do is write engaging hubs which are properly written. Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for reading, Pop!

Namaste Friends.


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Bilalnr 5 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

Thanks for sharing Deborah Demander!!!


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emilybee 5 years ago

Another funny person?! I love funny so I will be following you. Nice hub and great work.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Great job on this hub. Congrats on the 100, wowwee.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Deborah-had to read your '100' reflections-I'm coming up to mine this weekend (May 8th) and have been 'mulling' it over for some time now. Congrats.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks for all your congratulations'. Denise, good luck on your 100th hub.

Namaste.


writeronline 5 years ago

Hi Deborah, I enjoyed this. It's directly informative about other writers / hubbers that you admire (and I'll be checking them all out, esp the humorous ones), while at the same time, through your open writing style, it's revealingly informative about you. We 'see the writer', not just the words. I like that.

Gotta rush, I have 87 hubs to write to catch you....


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

writeonline, thank you for stopping by. I have enjoyed your hubs so far, and see a lot of potential for your work at hubpages. Thanks for the feedback.

Namaste.


writeronline 5 years ago

Hey, thank you Deborah!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Congratulations. Keep writing I'm looking for you to reach 500 next.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals, thank you. I look forward to writing the next 400!

Namaste.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a great hub this was. Not only informative and generous about other hubbers but shows off your own talents extremely well. I look forward to reading more of your work. Many thanks.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thank you for the kind comments Seeker7. It has been fun at hubpages so far.

Namaste.


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Joy56 5 years ago

i want to write again, and i am looking for some inspiration, and i naturally came here. Thanks for your lovely work.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Joy56, I hope you find your inspiration. Thanks for your kind words.

Namaste.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am deeply honored to have been mentioned by you in this Hub—especially considering the high company you placed me in. Thank you ever much for including me in such a pantheon.

I always enjoy your comments and your writings here on HubPages. Keep spreading the love.

Namaste

James


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

James, I am honored that you stopped by. Thanks for your inspirational work.

Namaste.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Hi Deborah - I see you have been busy wirting and linking hubs ;0)

I like it keep up the good work


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Next time I'm looking for some inspiration I know where to find it!

I really enjoyed your writing and will definitely come back and read some more of your hubs.

Sannel


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CapstoneTrends 5 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Awesome, really.


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rosettaartist1 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations. I'm so new to all this that your words are encouraging.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I am writing about "one hundred" on hubpages and through my research came upon this hub. What a delightful celebration of your one hundred hubs and an interesting tribute to your followers. I hope you don't mind my mentioning this hub in mine.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Scarface1300 3 years ago

A great and very informative piece of writing and I shall definately check out the poets on your list. Regards.................. Chris


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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

Just woww. I hope i pen the same some day :)


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Deborah Demander 18 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Akriti,

With diligence, you can achieve whatever you wish. Stay positive, my friend,

Namaste


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Akriti Mattu 18 months ago from Shimla, India

:-) sure

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