Robinson Crusoe HubNuggets

"The night was thick and hazy

When the 'Piccadilly Daisy'

Carried down the crew and captain to the sea;

And I think the water drowned 'em

For they never, never found 'em

And I know they didn't come ashore with me."

ripplemaker pushed salt-laden hair out of her eyes, and absently brushed caked sand from her sunburned arms. It had been hours since she had washed up on this lonely beach, hours since the freak wave had capsized the HubNuggets Teams's out-rigger canoes, dumping them into the storm-lashed waves - hours since she had seen any of her friends, and she wished desperately she could get that stupid poem out of her head!

"Isn't that just lovely - nothing for miles and miles but miles and miles of nothing." ripplemaker scuffed her sandaled toe in the soft white beach sand, and stared out to sea. "... and this island is so small I can walk around it twice in less than an hour. It is tall, though," she mused, glancing over her shoulder at the green slopes of the single mountain rising sharply out of the tiny patch of jungle directly behind her.

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Marooned on a Deserted Island...

"At least I won't be thirsty. " A dozen or so coconut palms clustered together at the foot of the mountain where a clear stream splashed its way down from rocks above to form a crystal pool of fresh water. just in front of a snug, dry cave.

Oh! 'twas very sad and lonely

When I found myself the only

Population on this cultivated shore;

But I've made a little tavern

In a rocky little cavern,

And I sit and watch for people at the door.

"Good grief, this poem was funny when I memorized it back in Grade 4, but it sure isn't now!" Suddenly, ripplemaker noticed a dark spot on the horizon. The spot grew steadily larger, resolving itself into two very wet and bedraggled kitties clinging to the broken mast - all that was left of their out-rigger canoe.

"Are we glad to see you," exclaimed RedElf as the cats scampered gratefully ashore.

"Too right!" Enelle Lamb swept off her hat and held out a salt-stained parchment. "We managed to save the first batch of HubNuggets when the storm struck. Let's read and vote on the nominees for Politics and Social Issues - then we can make some plans."

Which one of this week's Politics and Social Issues nominees is your favorite?

  • 17% Food security means changing what we eat
  • 30% Medical Advocacy for Your Loved Ones
  • 13% Stereotyping- "A Class Divided"
  • 17% When is "The Right to Know" Wrong? Should Criminal Records Be Made Public Knowledge?
  • 17% Royal Navy Frigate HMS St. Albans (F83)
  • 7% Why our reaction to the bullying 'phenomeon' is not only ineffective but potentially dangerous to the youth.
30 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Gal Friday?

ripplemaker and the kitties avidly devoured the first six nominated articles and immediately plunged into heated discussion.

"Hey, you three - give me a hand!" KoffeeKlatch Gals clattered ashore, sloshing sea water from her cup and saucer as she struggled to drag a semi-inflated life-raft out of the reach of the curling surf. "I think I saw someone around the other side of the island before I hit that rock. Then, my raft started losing air and the current washed me up here."

As ripplemaker and the kitties helped Gals haul the raft up the beach, above the tide line, Enelle spotted something under the rear seat.

"What's this?" Hauling out a soggy knapsack, she quickly unbuckled the straps and pulled out a damp parchment - another list of six more HubNuggets nominees, this time in the Travel and Places category.

"Gals and I will make a fire to dry this out while you and Elfie check out the other side of the island."

Which one of this week's Travel and Places nominees is your favorite?

  • 10% Jacarandas in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 8% Information about Southeast Asia
  • 5% Fun Things to do This Summer
  • 28% Gardens of Charleston
  • 38% Travel to Gui Lin Guangxi China, Explore the Li River area and the Karst Mountains in Gui Lin
  • 13% It Is Jeep Season: Take A Fun Virtual Wrangler Ride
40 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

More castaways...

ripplemaker and RedElf lost no time in heading around the very small island. Sure enough, they found not only Patty Inglish MS, but also ladyjane1. And not only were they safe and sound, they had somehow managed to hail a passing yacht. The crew was busy setting up a delicious picnic on the sandy shore, while Patty, ladyjane1, and the yacht's owner relaxed in elegant lounge chairs.

"And I thought only cats landed on their feet," laughed ripplemaker.

"Pull up a chair and enjoy some HubNuggets nominees," called Patty, waving a parchment with a list of nominees in the Books, Literature, and Writing category.

"Our new friends have invited us to spend the week cruising with them," added ladyjane1.

"Well, this is one for the record books," said RedElf. "We've barely been marooned, and we're already rescued. You get started reading while we go get Gals and Enelle! I can hardly wait to start our cruise. Jason, Maddie, and Simone are never gonna believe this one!"

Which one of this week's Books, Literature, and Writing nominees is your favorite?

  • 30% Sweet Mother (A Horror Short Story)
  • 10% The Writers Corner; F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain & Walt Whitman
  • 4% The Five Paragraph Essay
  • 20% Who Was Alice Bailey?
  • 20% Together, We Watched it Burn
50 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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The HubNuggets Team

Special Thanks to...

Charles Edward Carryl, American poet (December 30, 1841 – July 3, 1920) for "Robinson Crusoe's Story"

RedElf (HubNugget Team Member) for all her hard work and help!

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

You are most welcome, Enelle! Happy to help out! I'm really looking forward to that cruise!

Congrats to all the nominees! Get out there and promote your hubs!

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

You and me both!

Go nominee's go! Promote, promote, promote! Congratulations :D

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prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

I like that there are many good writers here! Congrats to the nominees. I voted and I like the section about travel the most.

Nice hub and congrats as well to Hubnuggets team!

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

My favorite marooning adventures are those bolstered by good reading and punctuated with quick rescues. What a fun adventure- and what splendid nominees! I've cast my vote and can't wait to see who wins.

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks prettydarkhorse :)

Mine too Simone - we do have some great adventures!

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kat11 4 years ago from Illinois

There are so many talented people now writing on hubpages good luck to all the nominees this week. Those that are new might want to try writing on this month's contest. Good Luck to all of you!

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

That's a good idea kat11 :)

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Enelle, Once again we all landed on our feet. And a cruise, I can't believe it.

Good luck to all the nominees. Get out there and vote and promote.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Great nominees, as usual! Thanks for giving me some great Saturday Morning Reading material!

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Gals, that comes from hanging around cats so much LOL

Marcy, I always enjoy the Saturday morning read!

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mjkearn 4 years ago

A lot of great interesting reads here. Congratulations to all nominees. Voting done, may the best hub win,


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pennylu 4 years ago from Georgia

Kat11, are you talking about the "recipe" contest? I think that will be a challenge for this brand new hubber, but it looks like fun.

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CyberShelley 4 years ago

What a marvellous basket of talent here, I have voted and wish all of you good luck, some very talented people here on Hubpages.

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Here!Here! I second that wish!

Congratulations to all the nominees :D

whowas 4 years ago

Hi Enelle and the Hubnugget team,

Thank you so much for nominating my hub for a hubnugget award - I'm surprised and delighted. There was a lot of good writing in the running and so I am especially honored to have gained one of the accolades.

Now I must live up to it - a task I undertake with great gusto and enthusiasm!

Thanks again and all the best of everything to you all.

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Congratulations whowas - we look forward to reading your new hubs!

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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

The poem is still stuck in my head. LOL What a delightful scare we had... Congratulations to all the nominees! Thumbs up for putting this beautifully Enelle. Love and light.

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pennylu 4 years ago from Georgia

I just want to say congrats to the winners! And, thank you, all, for the nomination and votes. This was a great experience!

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