Interview: Linda Bilyeu

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Meet Linda ....

Linda Bilyeu, also known as Sunshine625, was voted as the Most Helpful Hubber in the 2012 Hubbies. And I, for one, could not agree more...!

Thanks to Linda, I have:

  • Learned to embrace my inner Rock Star...!
  • Remembered that really cool people usually have a beautiful perspective on happiness.
  • Reflected greatly on why I am so glad to be a woman...!
  • Been inspired to take on the 30 / 30 Hub Challenge once and the 30 / 60 a couple times more...!
  • Learned to keep the occasional drama in a big community in its proper place...!
  • Realized that pimping is a good thang in HubVille...!

Linda has a fun, upbeat and creative manner of writing about all sorts of subjects, from soup to nuts. She has a passion that is embraced throughout her work, which is truly like a ray of sunshine...!

If for some reason you are not one of Linda's 1060 followers, you are missing out...! If you already are, I know you will love this interview as much as I do:


Sunshine hanging out with Will and Kate
Sunshine hanging out with Will and Kate | Source

The times I feel most relaxed are....

after my medication has taken effect or when I'm asleep, on most nights. I seldom relax. I'm a high strung, hyper-active person. Relaxation is an eerie feeling to me.

The times I feel saddest are...

when someone I care about is hurting or in pain. I have a disorder called "Excessive Empathy." You won't find this disorder in the medical books. It's an ailment that quite a few people possess. There is no known cure. You learn to adjust.

Something I'd like to teach others..

how to be more considerate towards one another. It's a simple process. Eminem explains it best: "It doesn't matter if you are black or white, gay or straight, fat or skinny - be nice to me and I'll be nice to you" See how simple that is?

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

I'd like to be Ellen DeGeneres. Just for one week. Besides being the funniest person on this planet (well, at least my planet) her voice is heard. She could make a difference in so many aspects of our existence. Whether with bullying, sexual gender, politics, animal cruelty, what makeup looks best on you or which celebrities are hot at the moment. Ellen covers all genres. I would like to be her for just one week. My "real" dream job would be to win the lotto and own my own island in the Caribbean and enjoy the good life. Damn reality keeps calling me back!

Most hated gift I ever gave someone ...

not the most hated, but definitely the most perplexed. I gave my daughters sterling silver charms for Christmas. I purchased them on Ebay, but I placed them in a Tiffany box that I purchased at a yard sale. They were so disappointed when they found out they weren't really from Tiffany's. Was it wrong that I laughed until I almost cried?

The gift I could have done without ...

An iron for Mother's Day.

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

Chocolate. My emergency stash. Need I say more?

My date from Hades ...

I was about 17 years old and was on a first date with a guy who I met via a friend. We drove out to the beach. He talked too much about himself. Hello? Wasn't it all about me? I decided it was time to go home. He had a sports car and drove about 90 miles per hour the entire way home. I was petrified. 30 minutes after dropping me off he called to ask me to hang out the next day! WTF? A short time later I found out that he was a member of the Young Republicans at Hofstra University. This might explain why I have never voted Republican.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story ....

The year was 1995. Hubby #1 (I'm only on #2 now, for those who are keeping count) decided to take a vacation to Las Vegas with our little ones who were then 5 and 9 yrs old. Well, if one kid didn't have jet lag or carsick or have a belly ache the other one did. It was a memorable Thanksgiving weekend. We had planned to renew our vows, we opted out. Instead we agreed to a divorce the following year.

Can I get a Yeehaw...?
Can I get a Yeehaw...? | Source

A life goal on my bucket list....

To perform on stage with Keith Urban or Tim McGraw! Either one will do! Heck, I'll even take a threesome!

What I most look for in a friend...

Dual-sided conversations, honesty and having each others back. I don't want to hear all about you. I don't want to hear lies and fabrications. I don't want a knife in my back. It's that simple.

Something I will never part with...

That would be my BFF. I can't imagine how I survived before my BFF entered my life. I don't ever want to go back there again. Being without my iPhone would be like hell on earth!

Linda and Mohan (Docmo) demonstrating the HubHug Maneuver
Linda and Mohan (Docmo) demonstrating the HubHug Maneuver | Source

A life lesson I will never forget....

To be your own health advocate. To not always accept what your doctor says as the final word, but to do your own research. Doctors are human, they make mistakes.

The worst part of getting older...

Needing to wear reading glasses. Other than that the older I get, the better I get. Don't we all? A writing lesson I learned the hard way... To make your titles Google friendly so that you benefit from their search engines.

My favorite movie and why...

"Crash" this movie is so underrated, yet it taught me so much about humanity and racial issues. How quickly we could judge one another due to appearances. To fight for what you believe in, never to accept NO for an answer. It also taught me to not drive if I'm upset or crying!

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading/ about ?

I enjoy autobiographies of people who made a difference in this world. I also enjoy legal thrillers. Oh, and toss in a lot of Jackie Collins! That women has taught me things I might never have known! She has been my favorite author since I was a teen.

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

Lucky Santangelo via Jackie Collins. It's about time she became a grandma!

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

Sunshine - Random Facts

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

"Crusin'..." by Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson: Cruisin'

Thank You, Linda

As expected, this interview has been much fun, upbeat and allowed us to learn even more about you.

The Supremes song: "Automatically Sunshine" seemed a perfect way to end this perfectly lovely interview. So Linda, this one's for you...♥ Maria

© Maria Jordan (revised September, 2014)



The Supremes: Automatically Sunshine

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marcoujor 5 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

The bad news is that I'm late to wishing effer a Happy Birthday here...real late ... :( That is not very swave of me.

The good news is I can wish Sunshine a Happy Birthday weekend as she is yee-hawing it up in Nashville... one of my favorite places! And a Happy 5-year HP anniversary to the gal who is my role model for swaving through life...

Late but lovingly, me


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shhhhh....Linda's napping. She partied yesterday! Beer & chicken wings!

She was celebrating my Birthday!! Hey ladies. BTW....thank you so much for the BD Cards. You're such sweet thoughtful friends!

Now that I think of it, my interview should have been sent around the neighborhood yesterday too.....IT was MY birthday! LOL! Another party tomorrow....leftovers & C&W music.


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marcoujor 8 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Oh my dear Shyron and Paula,

I cannot believe I've missed your sweet comments for so long - forgive me.

Shyron, There's none better than Sunshine...you'll love what you read. Like you, 'what you see is what you get' in the best of ways.

Paula, I'll take looking at your 'silly mug' any day of the week...always fabulous to see you.

Love and hugs to you both, Maria


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shyron...I see my silly mug next to 7 comments here. You'd think that's enough, but I can't resist the urge to say something more about my main squeeze......she's simply tooooooo much! She's too much energy, too much fun, craziness, common sense, laughs, C&W music, you name it, our Linda Sue is too much.

Funny thing is, no matter how much we get of her, it's never enough! Thanks for running this through again. Gosh, Maria wrote these BIOS so long ago, yet it seems like just yesterday.

I'm not sure, Is that a sign I'm getting younger or older? I suppose that question is my answer. HUH?


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Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago

Maria! Where was I when you wrote about this amazing person.

I will read some of her hubs or maybe over the next few years read them all.

Blessings and hugs (you know how to give yourself a hug from me)


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marcoujor 16 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hey, you two...always a treat to 'say hey' to Sunshine and Effer!

Love, MM


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hmmmm...I had to peek in to see WHO this hubber is! Yeah...she looks kinda familiar! HA! It's MY MAIN SQUEEZE!!!!! She's the best!


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marcoujor 17 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

With all that is going on in your world, you are 'never, ever' late to this party, dear Sunshine!

Happy 4th of July to you, the Cap, your family and the Effer too!


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Sunshine625 18 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hiya MM and Effer! I am a couple of months late for the party, but I think you will both agree that it is best to party all year round! :))


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marcoujor 20 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Love your comment and love you too, effer...you can stop by Linda's party any time - in fact, it's an expectation (LOL)!

Happy and peaceful Easter to you and Sunshine and all those you love!


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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK.....wait up for me! I may not always be the first to arrive, but I want to be counted. I can assure you, I am usually the last to leave and that's only if you can wake me up.

This IS another party for Linda Sue, right? She has more parties than anyone. Everyday with my SFAM is a huge, crazy party.....

This time around, I just want to say, from all of us who love her, "We are with you 100%....holding your hand and sharing our thoughts & strength. As you must know......WE GOT YOUR BACK, GIRLFRIEND!!"........Peace & Love...The Effer


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

So nice to see you, Sunshine...Hiya!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hiya, MM! :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

And dear Linda, a chance for me to congratulate you on your Hubbie for the 4th year in a row for Most Cheerful... You are a fabulous friend!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awww, I just read Alecia's comment from 23 months ago, hard to believe it's been 2 years since Gangsta Granny passed on. This interview is filled with many memories, thank you for creating it, MM. :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Happy Monday, Linda... PA needs some Sunshine so I thought of you!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

#103 goes to MM! :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

effer, If there was a Hubbie for Funniest Comment...well #102 would be my vote. Gurrrl, that Tantrum was too much...

Linda, thanx for handling the prune thang!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I reckon I'll be 103 to answer Effer, dried or soft prunes serve their purpose...to help move you along...LOL!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Damn it! Maria & Linda.....You took the numbers I wanted! 100 and 101!

Now I have to be 102....You're both mean. I never get what I want.....WAAAAA WAAAA.

Don't mind me....I was just rehearsing my Toddler Tantrum. How'd I do?

Should Meryl Streep move over or what?

Ha! You should see me dance and hear me sing. I tell you, I was born for the stage. And WHERE am I? THIS stage: The stage of aging by the minute....the stage where the only magazine I get is AARP......the stage where it's past my bedtime after the 6:00 news.....

Ladies....Do either of you know if prunes have the same effect if I eat them dried or soft? Love you......The Effer


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

101...and so lovely to see you, my dear Linda!

You have a way of making me instantly smile... :)))))


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I noticed this hub had 99 comments...I'm stopping by to make it 100! :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

OMG, I missed this opportunity to wish my gal pal, Linda, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on her special June 25th day...

...but every day is a celebration of our friendship so I'm right on time for that! Love you, MM


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

This was such a fun interview to do for and with you MM...thank you again for making me shine along with you :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi you two gorgeous women,

My notice must have shut off for this, for heaven sake...but it is lovely to see you two visiting and having such a happy time...you are indeed both true blue and sincerely honorable pals.

Have a peaceful evening and love ya, Maria


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Love you Effer! You always know the right thing to say when I need to hear it the most. Don't argue with me, you know I'm right! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

02/20/14 I merely want to repeat what I said nearly a year and a half ago about our Miss SS......(can't believe it's been that long since Maria did this series!)

.....and just add this: The best thing about having a woman like Linda Sue as a friend, IMO...IS she is the Real Deal. I can count on her, I can believe her and trust her and feel safe. Why? It's simple....Linda is a no-drama, no BS kind-a-gal.....She says what she means and means what she says. Also, she has enough energy for both of us and that appeals to my lazy side!!

As someone who has shed a whole lot of toxic (alleged) friends in her day......I fully appreciate her attitude. I'm never letting her go!

She makes me laugh... a lot! Have to love a friend like that. Sometimes we even "bicker" back and forth for hours.....and end up laughing over our disagreement, when I finally give up and admit she's right!! LMAO! Well, she usually IS!

She's simply a GEM!.........UP+++


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow, it's hard to believe this interview was brilliantly created 17 months ago! Just as awesome as the many other times I had read your words and the kind comments. Thank you! :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hey, you two...so much Tom foolery and I love it...!

Hoping Paula and Linda had wonderful weekends, as well as a Magnificent Monday!

Love to you both, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Awwwww..SHUCKS! You're ON to me!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Forget that once a year Effer! You are a natural born nut. Just the way we love you! :-)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thank you so much for the intro to this hubber...."Sunshine"......I see her around a lot, but have never met her. I hear many nice things about her. MAYBE, I'll look her up.............................................

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Somedays, I feel like a NUT......once a year, I don't!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Weekend MM! I hope you enjoy every minute of it! :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Duh...with you for a subject, interesting is an understatement!

Have a super Sunday - Love you much, MM


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Stopping by to say "Hiya MM" ... very interesting interview ;)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks so much, eddy!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Another wonderful interview. Voted up.

Eddy.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Linda, YOU will always be exciting, so why shouldn't your interview?

Audrey, What a sweet thing to say...

Hope you are both having a wonderful and cozy weekend. Hugs, Maria


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You just always make me smile--loved this!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi MM, My interview is just as exciting today as it was a few months ago. Few months?! Oh my where has the time gone?! I'm wishing you a happy weekend! Eat, drink and be merry! Xo


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Peggy, Your POINT out PERCEPTIVELY what makes the two of you such special Sistas to me... in the words of Tammy Wynette, you both...

STAND BY YOUR MAN...!

May you both have a terrific Tuesday. Love you, Maria


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Maria. Wonderful meeting Sunshine625 and getting to know Linda through your investigative skills and musical associations. Wow. How could I have missed all these great writers? Nice to meet you Linda. What she said about doctors is so true. They are indeed human just like us.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow, Did I really reveal all this info about me? Haha!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

LOVELY that Lucky and Linda have met... thanks to you both for stopping by. Hugs, Maria


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you Lucky Cats! :)


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

I haven't yet gotten to know Sunshine625. This interview has inspired me to do so.

I love that you quote Eminem and "love the boys in the band!!!" This is very cool! Thank you Mar and Sunshine.

PS...hahaha..love the photo...haha! Perfect!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Linda, Just had to LINK Rich's (rcrumple) fabulous tribute to you to this interview! You are both so LAUGHINGLY LOVABLE!

Have a great weekend to y'all. Hugs, Maria


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you Writer20 for your comment. I appreciate your compliment.

Mar, thank you again for adding the photo of Docmo and my meet-up in Orlando. It's a memorable memory! :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Morning, Y'all,

Linda, This is becoming your ROSE GARDEN of beautiful comments from those who love you.

Rajan, ONE PIECE AT A TIME, I am discovering so many fabulous things about you. Thanks for stopping by.

Joyce, ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM and I think of the wonderful friends I have on HP. I wish you a happy day as well.

Thanks to all for taking the time to stop by. Hugs, Maria


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful interview with Sunshine, she a great lady that leaves encouragement.

Vote up and awesome. I wish all of you happy days, Joyce.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Leslie ~ Gypsy ~ Rick ~ Vinaya ~ Suzette ~ Sunnie ~ Spy ~ Made ~ Hyphenbird ~ Rajan

Your comments and thoughts are very much appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Thank you MM for being your awesome self! ;)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful interview and glad to learn more about everyone's favorite hubber Sunshine.

Thanks for doing this interview, Maria.

Voting up and across.

Sharing it.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Made, TIME AFTER TIME Linda shows her supportiveness to so many of us. Thanks for sharing with us.

Girishpuri, THERE YOU ARE...being so kind and stopping by to meet Linda. Thank you so much.

Hyph, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD when you visit. Hope you are feeling better.

Hi to Linda and hope y'all have a happy day. Hugs, Maria


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a funny, involved, caring lady! Now when I see your Hubs I shall know they contain all that is in your great personality.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Thank you so much Maria for introducing Linda, it's great to know in detail about her, thank you so much.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Linda was the one who supported me the most when I started writing on HubPages. Without her and a couple of other wonderful people here, I wouldn't have kept writing. Linda made me believe in myself and my writing. Thank you Linda! Maria, you did a great job with this hub. I really enjoyed reading every piece of it. :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Evening, Y'all,

Rasma, Thanks for showing us a TON OF LOVE with your visit.

LOOK WHAT I FOUND ... a cool comment from Poetic Fool!

Vinaya, I'D BE LYIN' if I didn't admit that Linda was one of the first ladies I asked...!

suzette, SOMETHING THAT WILD just had to be interviewed.

Sunnie, Thanks for sharing that even CHICKS DIG IT when Sunshine is around (yes and PEEPS too...!)

spy, I'd be on THE SAFE SIDE by telling you how good it is to see you... Yee-Haw to you as well!

Have a great weekend and Hiya, Linda! Thanks to each of you for these fabulous remarks. Hugs, Maria


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Yeehhawww!!! Sunshine's inteview rocks!! (love the gift she received on Mothers Day.) hehehe .. gives me an idea what to give to my mom.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Mar,

Thank you for sharing a ray of Sunshine today. Linda is just that! Such a fun, loving, and not scared to speak her mind kind of gal. I love her spirit and writing. Once again you have out down yourself and we thank you for knowing a little more about Linda. So happy to know her here on hubs

Sunnie


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Maria: First of all a great interview with a great woman! Thank you so much for doing this. Her upbeat personality is a joy to all!

Sunshine: Everyday you bring sunshine into everyone's life here in HP and HH. Thank you for inventing HH, as it is a great place to relax and enjoy each other. Your optimisim and upbeat personality are contagious and you write with such wit, wisdom, creativity, and uniqueness. I enjoy everything you write! No one is counting husbands - you just "go girl!"


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Linda, you always amaze me with your optimism.

Maria, to tell you the truth, I was expecting Sunshine to appear on your series.

Cheers


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

What a wonderful interview and what a wonderful lady! Linda is a HubPages and Facebook treasure. She has taught me so much by word and example and encouraged me to get out there and get noticed. Pimpin' has become a good thing thanks to Linda! Great job on the interview, Maria. I'm looking forward to more!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Terrific interview as always Maria. Love her open and sincere answers. She speaks from the heart and what would a day be without at least a little Sunshine. Hugs from Riga.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Yee-Haw, AM I BLUE, Linda...? Heck no, HP is back up and I see Sunhine!

Genna, Thanks for the AMAZING GRACE of your comment.

Nell and Lesley, You have both brought BLUE SKIES with your beautiful comments.

Thanks to each of you for stopping by and Happy Friday! Hugs, Maria


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Linda is a much loved and respected member of our community, always willing to help anyone - I love her writing, especially her 'letters' and 'lists'

A fabulous interview, thank you both.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awww Nell Rose you are so beautiful and kind. You make my day...every day!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

This was a brilliant hub about our lovely linda, she is so nice. It doesn't matter what mood you are in when you sign on to hubs or facebook, she always manages to cheer me up and we have such a laugh to, great interview Maria, voted up! nell


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Car51 ~ Nellianna ~ Cogerson (My HP BFF) ~ Martie (my SAA) ~ Effer (My Effer!) ~ Dexter (Obama '12) ~ Kristine ~ Becky ~ Ish ~ TT (17 dryer sheets) ~ Barb ~ India ~ Shauna ~ Docmo (Our photo shines!) ~ Deborah ~ Always Exploring ~ Injured Lamb ~ Vellur ~ Eddy ~ Martie (TY!) ~ Tills ~ Moonlake ~ Julio (Clyde) ~ drbj ~ Vincent (Yippee!) ~ Keith ~ Genna ~ Maria (My MM)

Thank you all for your comments. My family has read them and they were curious if you were actually talking about the same Sunshine they know. Haha! Y'all rock!!!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Linda and Maria! What a delightful interview…warm, funny and candid. Linda, I agree with you about ‘Crash.’ I remember when it won the Oscar, and people thought that ‘Brokeback Mountain’ had “been robbed.” I didn’t agree. Although I loved BBM (I couldn’t stop crying), ‘Crash’ had meaning that broke through so many barriers. It gave us a chance to really look at ourselves, and to examine the possibilities of humanity, at its worst and at its very best. We have such potential…if we could only give ourselves a chance. :-)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Y'all,

This sure is a fabulous collection of bright and sunny thoughts about Linda...

Injured lamb, Like the WINGS OF A DOVE, your presence is sweet and appreciated.

Vellur, IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE when I think I am caught up on the beautiful writing in HubVille. I wish to visit you soon, my dear.

Miss Martie, Thatsa bunch of HONKY TONK HABITS you're dishin out!

I can see why Mohan warned me...(lol)!

Mary, The three of us are truly JUKEBOX JUNKIES ... What an amazingly cool comment!

Moonlake, You are MY SPECIAL ANGEL in HubVille...thank you for your lovely support of Linda and this series.

Jeolmoz, Linda makes us all wanna buy a ONE WAY TICKET to the Land of Sunshine!

Drbj, Just having met you, you seem like a gal who was BORN TO BOOGIE! I can't wait to read more of your work!

Vincent, I'm TOO FAR gone to ever stop loving your musings...always enjoy when you stop by.

LET IT BE ME, Keith, to tell you that you are a wonderful writer that I need to read much more of!

You are each special for sharing your feelings about Linda and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Maria


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Great interview, marcoujor! love that Linda's a great asset to the Hubpages community! :D


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Another wonderful interview about a Sunshine who appears planting her sunflowery seeds all over the hubs and Facebook. She is a shear delight and a cowgurl supreme. She spreads joy in all the lives of her friends by being so generous and kind with her help in so many areas. She is a great promoter of hubs and hubbers, she has a passion for country music and a few sexy cowboys she writes about in her hubs. Yes indeed this writer is worth giving a big shout out of YIPPPY KYEE. well done Maria, loved this one.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Delighted I discovered you, Maria. This is a really NEAT interview about a really NEAT person written by a really NEAT writer. Thank you for this neat treat.


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jeolmoz2 4 years ago from Florida, USA

Everybody likes a little Sunshine in their day...


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great interview with Linda enjoyed reading. Another good one I will have to vote uP!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

My head is still reeling from all the comments...if this hub can't be titled "Dynamic Duo" I don't know what can! You Maria, and you Linda...what a duo! Oh and thank you Linda, for putting a name to it, "Excessive Empathy"...I've had it all my life!

Aerosmith says, "They call her sunshine, The kind that everybody knows, Yeah yeah

They call her sunshine, She's finer than a painted rose, Yeah yeah"

Our Queen of Lists reigns!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Just saying, Maria, I have eyes all over.... Don't tell the doctor!

To Linda: I saw late last night - or rather early this morning between midnight and sunrise - that you've lost a dear friend. My sincere condolences to you and all her loved-ones.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Maria and enjoy your day;.

Eddy.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A great hub about Linda. I love her work and enjoy reading her hubs. I love her smile on the photo - a smile from the heart. Great hub.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

I must say I am blessed enough to be one of Linda's 1060 followers since the very beginning of my hub journey...and I am so honored to have her following me back and give me support and encouragement. Thanks for letting us to know more about our sunshine lady...well done job!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good evening, Y'all,

Kristine, I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU how nice it is to have you stop by.

Becky, You have a HEART OF GOLD... Nice to see you.

Ishwaryaa, I'LL BE SEEING YOU soon to check out your writing.

Terrye, I'M CONFESSING that I have been called "Oprah" before.

b. Malin, I HUNG MY HEAD after laughing at your adorable remarks.

K9keystrokes, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW how much it means that you stopped by.

Sha, It's THE STORY OF MY LIFE to make amazing, beautiful and cool friends. Both you and Linda fit that description.

Docmo, IT'S A LITTLE TOO LATE at my age to worry about my SA Sista. She knows I'm incorrigible because it runs in the family.

Deb, You TOUCH ME with your heartfelt comments.

Ruby, Whenever you stop by, it's GOOD TIMES.

ALWAYS good to see you, Nellieanna!

Thanks to each of you for these wonderful comments to and about Linda. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, I agree with each of you.

Love, Maria


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Awgeewillikers!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I must say Linda is my kind of woman. Ellen De Generes is so special and talk about dress, jeans and boots, the only way to go. I loved reading that she was nonjudgemental. I have this feeling, ' What you see is what you get ' Honesy is a BIG plus for me. I hope to follow her. Thank you Mar. You know the best people in Hubville. Loved it and the music ' ain't bad..Happy to meet you Sunshine


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Oh Maria... darling.. thanks for including my pic with Linda here. You're such a sweetheart. Don't tell Sista I called you such endearments. You know she has that fiery South African streak.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Maria.. You just interviewed one of the best hubbers around.. Linda sunshine was one of the first to be so nice to me when I first started at the hub. and she has helped me in so many ways. she docent even know how she has helped me.,.. this is a awesome wonderful interview.. another great job Maria.

Debbie


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

An amazing interview with an amazing woman. Linda pretty much inspired my renaissance in Hubland . Her generosity, her warmth, sense of humour, dedication, sheer spirit, hyperactivity all just blow my mind. She is a 'Force of Nature'. Meeting Linda and Dave at Orlando airport was a delightful experience for me. I'm proud to call her my friend and the more I talk to her and read her work the more I find we have in common too... I too suffer from ' Excessive empathy syndrome', love John Grisham, share the love of our BFF... that's the delight of knowing Linda she can connect instantly and stay connected. Voted up all the way and tweeted. Thank you Maria, you are doing a wonderful job with this series!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Holy Mackeral! I am so treated by this interview! I laughed the whole way thru! Linda, I know Lucky Santangelo! What a personage, huh? Holy Shit, how did I not know you before now???

Well, I'm going to put an abrupt end to that! I'm going to your profile page and stroking the follow button. Yes, I said stroking. You and I have way too much in common. We speak the same language!

Thank you, Maria for bringing this vixon - I mean lady - into my world! Whoo hoo!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

No one is more hubhuggable than Linda! What a wonderful tribute to a lovely person!

Cheers~


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Mar, what a Terrific Hub on Sunshine, and that she is...to know her, is to Love her! And that Reading Glass Thing...how well I can RELATE. Thanks for the insight to a very Special Lady and Hub Friend...She makes the World a little Brighter.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Mar, I feel like I just watched an Oprah interview with a ray of Sunshine! :) Great job and it's always fun learning more about our fellow hubbers. Really enjoyed it. Voted up and more.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An entertaining interview with one of the most popular hubbers ever! After her random facts hub & her interview with Vinaya, I knew more about her thanks to your engaging interview. She is truly a caring, supportive and helpful hubber! I considered myself fortunate to have met her through HubPages and enjoyed reading her fun hubs! Well-done to both of you!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wonderful interview with a happy lady. Good to see happy people on here as it picks me up. I am terribly sorry that you lost a friend recently Sunshine.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Sunshine625/Linda Bilyeu is a helpful Hubber. It's a pleasure getting to know her better. What a great interview. YOU ROCK, Linda!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Again, Y'all,

Car51, I GOTTA KNOW how you keep up with all your commenting!

Nellieanna, I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE and never met a gal like you!

Cogerson, Crash really reminded me that LIFE IS A PICTURE...so cool that you stopped by.

Martie, You are ALWAYS ON MY MIND... Your comments are the best!

Paula, Your visit and wonderful remarks put me on TOP OF THE WORLD!

Son, I feel that I could SKIP A ROPE in glee at seeing you... Miss you!

Thanks and can I hear a Yee-Haw, Y'all! Love ya, Maria


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Momma! Sunshine is da bomb! What a great interview of one of the most supportive people one could find on HubPages! If the world had more people like her...!

Congrats to Sunshine on a great interview and congrats to you as a fabulous interviewer!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I thought I might start out by saying that there isn't anything positive that I haven't already said about Our Miss Sunshine, at least a hundred times. .....But that's not exactly right. This woman is full of surprises and brings us a new gift, nearly every day. She is tireless. The best part about that is .....she uses her time and energies to spread love and cheer and compassion everywhere she turns.

Linda Sue is not only my very first connection here at HP......she's the reason I'm here at all! She and I met via her famous letter to Jose Baez. The rest is history....in more ways than two! I love her like a sister, and I say that sincerely. This lovely Lady is the epitome of "What you see, is what you get." She is true to herself and puts the REAL in REALLY AUTHENTIC. In a world full of frauds and phonies......she's not only Sunshine...she is an enormous breath of fresh air! I could say more...but anyone who knows our C&W Queen, already KNOWS anything I would say......She is THE ORIGINAL Rock Star............SFAM & Maria TOO.....I love you both! The Effer.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

While I am munching a slab of chocolate, looking at a couple of autobiographies of people who made a difference in this world, I must admit that I identify with Sunshine625 aka Linda Bilyeu. Though I am a Drama Queen while she is the Wizard of Kewlness.

I take my hat off for Linda, because I know what it takes to keep a group of people together and contented, and to accept their coming and going as normal and NOT as signs of personal approval and rejection. I take my hat off for her for having such a sunny and positive personality in spite of so many reasons to be grumpy and moody. She is a go-getter and will not allow anybody to steal her joy. Maybe for an hour, but then she’ll be ready for the next challenge Life has in stock for her.

Oh, and like Linda, I love boys in the band too, and in particularly my son on the bass guitar. Yee-ha!

Must say Linda looks like a cat eating cream next to Docmo. Oh, never mind, she is beautiful and I am jealous.

A special request: Could Linda perhaps tell us how to please Mr. Google? What about a hub: “50 Titles Mr. Google cannot ignore.”

Linda, out of my heart I thank you for being such a reliable, kewl, consistent, supportive and helpful friend. I honestly like you.

Mar, all thumbs AND big toes up for this excellent interview with Linda.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A wonderful hub on the most helpful and friendliest hubber that HubPages has.....I was fortunate enough to have discovered Linda almost a year and a half ago. During that time frame Linda has always been a great friend.

As for your interview of her...simply awesome....I know understand her even more than before....I never knew that Crash was her favorite movie....very interesting...voting up and interesting....thanks for giving one of HubPages superstars a place to shine.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Hello Sunshine/Linda Bilyeu! What a pleasure get this chance to know you better, further enhanced by reading your other interview with Vinaya and your 'Sunshine Random (celebrity) Fun Facts'! :-) No one could mistake you for a mousey woman, and I do admire strong, spunky women - like you obviously are! I love your humor and humanity, too.

And it seems we both were once shy flowers. There's built-in empathy. I was the youngest - and, believe me, it's no cushy spot, either; - not with my grown elder siblings, anyway!

John Grisham's one of my favorites, btw. I've devoured & own so many of his books, though I confess that my reading's somewhat slacked off since Hubpages entered my life. (blush). The movies made from his books are awesome, too, and I own a stash of those, as well.

Ah! Yes, the movie, "Crash", so timely when it came out. Racism & injustice light my fire, too. That word describing the plot: "redemption" is so far a preferable outcome in such situations which could go either way. People need to get real.

Maria, your series is a constant 'keeper'!! Hugs and thank you.


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Car51 4 years ago

I love Linda's self-described possession -- "the gift of gab"!! What a nice variety of writings for her thousand plus followers to enjoy!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Yee- Haw, Y'all,

For our Linda, I am feeling some Country Songs are in order, after I've been SITTIN AND THINKIN.

Sunshine, YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE and so many others. I am glad this came out today and I am so sorry for your loss

Alecia, I BELIEVE you are the sweetest thang!

Gail, IT'S NO SECRET why we all love Sunshine!

Daisy, Thanks for TAKIN IT EASY and stopping by.

Dana, SOME OF YOUR MEMORIES (well all of them actually!) are wonderful about Linda!

Mary, YOU AND ME are on the same page about Linda.

Healthy life, I LIKE IT, I LOVE it...thanks for your comments

Bill, HELLO DARLIN. Thanks for your comments.

Midget, IT'S CRYING TIME that I have not taken the time to visit you but I will.

Rich, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, you are rather cool

Jools, Think "I SAW THE LIGHT" and the sun will come out. Good to

see you!

Rastamermaid, Thanks for sharing your FEELINGS with Linda.

Rosemay, You are giving evidence that Sunshine may indeed be THE

HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE USA!

Blessing, Thanks for sharing these PRECIOUS MEMORIES about your

dear aunt

LaThing, There will never be ANOTHER YOU... Just too cool!

Janine, HONEY, I always love your visits and kind sharing.

Pam, Thanks for joining on this UNCLOUDY DAY!

Linda, MAYBE BABY, we really can do this thang more often

Thanks to all for this amazing feedback! Woot...and hugs, Maria


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Michelle ~ Richard ~ Julie ~ Rasta ~ Rosemary ~ my beautiful niece Ida ~ LaThing ~ Janine ~ Pamela ... Thank you all for your beautiful and thoughtful comments. Life is too short to be a downer so might as well be an upper! Keep on shining!

Hey Mar, we make a heck of a team! We should do this more often! :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Sunshine has always been one of my favorite Hubbers as she is so upbeat and fun. It seems she always has such a positive attitude. I really enjoyed learning more details about her from this hub. She is like the glue that keeps us all from splintering apart sometimes. Awesome hub!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Beautiful interview and have to tell you Linda truly has been a wonderful friend and inspiration to so many, including me. She has a just a wonderful spirit about her and you completely let that shine her in your interview of her. Also, was not surprised that I related to more than one of her answers here, because I truly think that Linda and I have quite a lot in common. Thank you truly for doing these interviews and great job as always. Have voted, shared and tweeted as always!!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Woohoo, HubHugs to both of my HubFriends!! Beautiful interview.... I believe I also have 'Excessive Empathy' disorder; see, Linda, we have another 'thing' in common :))

Would have love to see the looks on your daughters' faces - Tiffany Boxes, lol.... I would do something like that with my girls, haha!

Love the songs... Great job Maria, and Linda!


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blessing980306 4 years ago

Amazing hub to point and right on!I have known Linda for 40 yrs.I am 40 lol she is amazing person who has over come so much.She is a fighter she will not give in.I am proud she is my aunt.I learn from her to be a rock star love your self no matter what.Fight for what you believe in, giving up is not in her vocabulary.Way to go on another great hub!:) xo


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

this is a fun interview maria and Linda. Sunshine is as sunshine does. A darn good pimp too, although I don'y get over to FFB often enough to thank her. So a big thank you now Linda for all your pimping. I always think of Linda as the 'letter lady' or 'The list lady'. You want a list?, things to do / note to do, things to love or hate , or reasons why we should appreciate something. You name it and Sunshine has a list for it, there is not a list exists that Sunshine hasn't written. And it is such a pleasure to see Linda on your list Maria.

A while back I published a poem with the line ' Sunshine comes to chase the gloom' and who was first to comment with "Sunshine is here to chase the gloom!! " that made me smile which is what Linda is so good at, bringing smiles to others.


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Simply beautiful hub about a "Simply Beautiful Person!"

Keep shining Linda ; )

Respect


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Maria, great interview about Linda. The more I find out about her, the more I know we'd get on, though getting me to listen to country music might take some work. Pouring down here in Mexico so this piece of sunshine was most welcome :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Maria -

Linda's one of my favorite people in the world. Mom is always there when you need her, and her smile if felt in every conversation. A great person, a great interview, and a great interviewer!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A fun interview , Maria, and Sunshine, I agree with you...let's all be considerate to one another!! A great hub. I share here on HP, tweet and pin.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Dana, Thank you for sharing me with your non-hubber friends! I hope they are still your friend afterwards!

Mary, You are too kind and such a great find as a friend!

Healthylife, I've learned so much from you also. Thank you for all you do to teach your fellow hubbers.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Alecia, I could watch Crash every week and still miss something in that movie because there are so many lessons to learn in it.

HBN, I'm still working on the Excessive Empathy trait. I'm learning. Good thing we are never to old to learn!

Thanks Daisy!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Maria, you continue to do a marvelous job with these interviews. It is so nice to learn something new about our friends. Thank you for this and great job!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you Maria for an awesome interview! You've made me shine! I so appreciate the time, effort and excitement you put into this work of art! Much love to you my friend.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I really enjoyed learning more about Linda. I look for the same thing in a BFF and have also learned to be my own health advocate. Her hubs are so entertaining and useful but even more important they are straight from the heart. When I see one of her new hubs I always check them out!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a great day to read this great Hub about our dear friend, Linda. I know she is feeling pretty unsunshiney today because of losing a friend, but I hope she knows how much she is loved around here! She is a true inspiration to me and everyone else.

Thanks so much for interviewing our good friend and fellow Hubber. I voted this UP and will share with others.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

What a fantastic look at one of my favorite hubbers. Forget that. One of my favorite women! From the second I have known her Linda has been an amazing force and constant ray of sunshine. The real kind. The kind that your know is there ready to break through even when the clouds are passing over.... great interview that brings out the many sides of a lady that loves Keith urban yet quotes eminem. I was hooked from the intro to the end.

Fantabulous job ladies. Hubhugs to you both! Xxxxps.... sharing with my nonhubber friends who I am sure all wonder who the heck this crazy Linda aka sunshine lady is I keep raving about


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

Maria,

You've done it again! What a great interview with caring, helpful Sunshine.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Oh what a fun interview this was of the bright, shining and talented Sunshine625!

She has such an awesome, upbeat energy and active imagination, plus a unique way of seeing and saying things.

I definitely suffer from what she termed, "Excessive Empathy," and it took me many years to learn how to feel empathy only in the moments I'm with someone and then let go of any sadness, fear, etc. that I experienced with them.

Voted up across the board and shared.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I know Sunshine's going through a lot in dealing with the lost of her dear friend, Gangsta Granny and this couldn't have come at a better time.

Crash is one of my favorite films as well. It tells the story of the darkest parts of humanity but still encourages us to do better.

Thanks so much for another great interview Maria!

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