Perspectives: The Conclusion & Verdict

The Conclusion

This is the final 'Perspective:' hub of the series - of this original series with this writing team. I don't ever want to wish anyone any manner of heartache, but I do admit I hope this news is just a bit sad for some of you . . . because I hope we've been offering hubs that you've appreciated, even looked forward to from month to month.

The Team


I introduced this scheme, a group of writers publishing their perspectives on a common theme, to a number of my own personal favorite writers here at HubPages because the idea intrigued me personally . . . it was my great happy delight that they agreed to join me in this writing experiment. It, of course, would not have been the same experience with other people – I treasure that my experience in this exercise was with these particular people. What HubPages saw was what we each published on the 15th of every month for the last year – there was much going on behind the scenes throughout this entire adventure.

Emails back and forth were just about constant . . . enlisting a new guest writer each month, selecting a new theme for each month, and hammering-out all the details of exactly how and when to publish, etc. I will not hesitate to admit that, while the original idea was mine and I put the group together, had it not been for Maria & Martie & Shauna the whole thing would have fallen apart early on I’m sure. I’m not too bad with the idea part of things – the actual diligent work that needs kept up with in order for things to run properly and for more than a few minutes, that I tend to fade away from. When I faded away from that here, with ‘Perspectives:’, my team instantly swooped-in and did the things that needed to be done and kept things afloat. I am endlessly thankful to my cyber harem for that.

Our team is disbanding because each has or is moving into other areas of internet writing opportunities and formats . . . building their own websites, publishing their own blogs, etc. This gives me the opportunity to thank them each publicly.

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Grief can Heal

Vicki

Vicki was a late-in-the-game addition to our team, and she fit in with us all so snuggly that she was instantly one of ‘us’ . . . there was no period of adjustment required. Vicki both easily adopted our way of doing things and easily contributed to and offered suggestions for our improvement. Not everyone would have felt comfortable to participate in decisions, to just go along with things or to propose change, and not just anyone would have been so instantly received as a full-fledged member of the team by a team that had started the team and been at it for awhile – I think it speaks a great deal to Vicki’s character and principles that we all so readily counted her an equal member of our group.

Mohan

Mohan regularly kept us all wondering from month to month if he was going to publish, either on time or at all . . . even wondering if he was still alive. A very busy, transcontinental life often had Docmo abruptly appearing at our publishing deadline – and then aggravatingly posting a hub that was not short of stunning . . . both in the ideas that he shared and in the style of his writing. Our man of mystery, Mohan always made us wonder why we had been unsure if he was going to publish, when from month to month he was often the best of us.

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Bravewarrior's Feathered Pen

Shauna

Shauna was one of my very first followers here, and no one has been more consistently encouraging to me about my writing. I think nearly every hub I have published has a comment from Shauna, and often hers is the first comment. It was a treat for all of to get to know Shauna better . . . she’s a very special woman and will always be special to me.

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Marcoujor's Musings

Maria

Maria is one of those people who is so much more than many might think. First, you can see that she’s as pretty as can be, then you recognize her real talent as a writer – but if you get to know her apart from her published material, if you get to talk back-and-forth with her, you more and more discover how much there is about her to be impressed by. And, if you actually get to talk with her, like actually hear her voice, what a great big giant treat – I’m not kidding, here; Maria might just have the most beautiful to listen to female voice on the planet just now . . . like, knees buckling beautiful.

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Martie's Foyer

Martie

And I think all the group would agree there is something about Martie that makes her, kind of the indispensable backbone of the team, something naturally encouraging, warm & personable, and just notable about her. I think you can see it in her hubs . . . each hub is like a full magazine dedicated to the theme, with various aspects covered, photos, personal illustration, conceptual arguments, etc – a sort of weight, even humble authority, just seems to radiate from her work. And, again, there’s so much about her that you begin to recognize more and more . . . I wish you all could hear her sing traditional Afrikaans songs, accompanying herself on the piano – what a treat.

Me

And this is me, before a year of writing alongside these ungrateful miscreants . . . all I ever did all day long was smile, I was happy, very pleased and contented with my life nearly all the time . . .

. . . and this is what they've done to me. This last year, dealing with these no-account chuckleheads day after day, has changed me . . . I've gone from all light and full of cheer to severe, practically brutal, downright vicious. I'm worn-out, weary of mending everyone else’s hurt feeling and tending to everyone else’s troubles.

. . . sorry, I can’t hardly treat myself seriously – uh, I wrote for ‘Perspectives:’ too.



The Verdict

I wrote, in the original ‘Perspectives:’ hub, introducing the experiment to folks here ~

“What we think and how we feel about things is defined, not by the things themselves, but by our perspective of things. The particular perspective we are each informed by is defined by our individual temperament, our personal experiences, and our private philosophy of life. That of course means, everybody's perspective is their own, it is how WE see things, what WE conclude, why WE react as we do, etc. It is incumbent upon each of us, if we are to be reasonable people, to recognize that there is the reality of how a thing factually is, and there is the perception of that reality that is particular to each one of us, and that our perception is not necessarily concordant with the factual reality.

It might seem a fatal disadvantage to have our personal perception of things standing between us and reality, that everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things, that we don't simply observe reality as it factually is but that instead we interpret reality as our private perception of things presents that reality to us - but the truth is, I believe, that this normal human condition enables us to benefit from a reliance on others, it schools us in not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, it is what compels us toward relationship. Because we don't all see everything in just the same way, because we each have our own beliefs and opinions, the wise person comes to recognize that he needs his fellow man.”

I hope, and I believe I am, a wiser man, and a more companionable man having worked with these people. This team, as well as a great list of guest contributors who were each absolutely our teammates, have delighted me and improved me. As we all head-off in different directions, the team members have challenged each other to keep in touch. Writing, writing about real and consequential ideas, reveals people to each other, draws people into one another’s life, provides in a brief and distant relationship a kind of intimacy that even years of actual contact does not always supply. I am better for knowing these people – and I am thankful for knowing these people.

We are concluding the first year, and the first team or writers, of the ‘Perspectives:’ series – if anyone is interested to carry-on this work, to investigate this very special writing experiment, to practice a compelling and educational writing exercise, please do get in touch with me. Of course, anyone can certainly write whatever they want to write and call it whatever they want to call it – but I would be happy to bequeath ‘Perspectives:’ to a new team and remain on as a contributor emeritus . . . perhaps some of our past guest writers, some new folks, anyone who might be interested to share their own perspective on a chosen theme . . ?

© 2013 MickeySr

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I have voted every button and more! What a great team you have put together and yes, in spite of myself I'd have to call you a Master. You have mastered this Perspective series and humorously dealt with comments and quips. Mohan was ever present, even when he wasn't, but you Master carried the load.

This group of ladies is not only talented but lovely in body and soul. Their compassion and warm hearted concern for everyone is nothing short of remarkable and their writing each unique and special.

What a wonderful thing you have all done and what a wonderful group you all became. I have no doubt you are a wiser man for this brilliant experience!

Pinned and shared so others can jump in and follow every member of this very perceptive team!!!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, Mickey, you have me all in tears now at 2:00 am. I'll be back with an appropriate comment. In the meantime just know you are adorable :)


Vickiw 3 years ago

Oh Mickey, dear leader, your farewell is so moving! It has been a privilege and a blast with all of you. Unfortunately the harem is a pretty lively bunch, and static isn't a word we relate to easily. Thank you so much for the opportunity. This is a sad farewell. Don't forget to visit us, cueball.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Mickey - this warm, heart-felt and perceptive tribute to each member of your Perspectives team is a tribute to you in your ability to gather them together and keep them cohesive and productive! Of course, each of them separately is productive anyway, but cooperating month after month to bring out the quality overview of a single subject from each of their - and your - perspectives is a Grande Triumph! You all have my admiration and love. I so enjoyed being a guest for one production!! Thank you!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Mickey,

The verdict is in...you are guilty of being one of the most complex, yet charismatic characters I have ever chanced spending such a collective series of chapters with.

The Perspectives experiment has been enriching, mind bending, adventurous and most of much fun with our entire team and our fabulous string of guest writers. Thanks for including me in "your baby" and I do hope you keep in touch with your unruly harem.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

tillsontitan ~ I can't tell you how much we've all (the 'Perspectives:' team) appreciated you and your enthusiasm for our little series . . . you are exactly who we have been writing for and whose comments we have most earnestly watched for. Thank you so much for your ongoing and genuine attention . . .

. . . want to enlist with a new team?


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Mickey, you were one of my first on HP. Being chosen for the team was an honor. We all grew so close in this past year and I think we all have you to thank for that. We might not have created lifetime friendships otherwise. We had a blast insulting each other via email and then sharing ourselves through recorded messages. We have a bond that can't be broken.

Please stay in touch with us. We love you, even tho we gave you a hard time more times than not.

Love,

Sha


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Too many farewells here at the hub. The Perspective series had a good run with many talented contributions.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Martie ~ "you have me all in tears now at 2:00 am"

D'oh . . . I didn't want make anyone cry . . .


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mickey....In creating this group of "too-fabulous-for-words," writers, you've given all of us, a wonderful gift, each month over the past year. I have thoroughly devoured and enjoyed each masterpiece from every one of you. This genius idea of yours, brought many of us, even closer together, and allowed such open, free-flowing discussion.

I thank you all, and send huge hugs of Farewell...but only in terms of "Perspectives!" Not a single one of you will get to see the words, "Good Bye," from me! I've fallen in love forever.....and shall STALK you, where ever you wander.......Peace. Paula


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Vicki ~ the privilege was very much mine - I had an idea, I tried to put it together, if it had not been for you guys being the 'you guys' you are, it would have been a dreadful year I'm sure. Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Mickey, before Perspectives you and I did the Hubville Soap Opera. You wrote the part of the detective. I have found so much delight in your talent as a writer and your sense of humour. Then came the Perspectives, and you once again made me proud. In your company I felt great.... well, greater than I really am :)))

Who knows what the future holds? Maybe we'll come up with another project. I will work and play again with you. You are a gentleman, a genius with a very clear and divine sense of justice and your sense of classy humour takes the cake.

I look forward to read whatever you publish and hope to see you in my foyer at the sherry fountain from time to time. I promise I will treat you like the guest of honour every time I see you.

Lots of hugs to you and your beautiful yours.

MWAH! = snog on your cheek :)))


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Nellieanna ~ "I so enjoyed being a guest for one production!! Thank you!"

Thank you - our guest writers were with us for only the monthly theme they contributed to, but you were all as much a part of our group as those of us who were there month after month . . . it wouldn't have been the same without our guest writers, and Nellieanna, you were easily one of all of our very favorites.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

If things were "healthier" here, I might take you up on the new team, however, between my father-in-law and husband, I find it difficult to sqeeuze out time to get on HP. Thanks for the invite though, it helped my head get a little bigger ;)


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Maria ~ ". . . one of the most complex, yet charismatic characters I have ever . . ."

I'm a very simple and dull man . . . just not commonly simple or dull I think - that's why we got on so well and why you struggled so much with me. If you hadn't been on our team, the entire dynamic would have been very different and I think I would have been in (even more) trouble . . . thank you and, I adore you . . . and, I still want to take you to lunch sometime.

(and, I said I'm simple - not a simpleton)


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

bravewarrior ~ "We love you, even tho we gave you a hard time more times than not."

I asked for all the endless and vicious and heartless 'hard time' you guys gave me - I did not much at all to deserve the love . . . you guys are the best.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

mckbirdbks ~ thanks for the faithful visits and the favorable review.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Paula ~ "This genius idea of yours, brought many of us, even closer together, and allowed such open, free-flowing discussion."

I was going for the vital and useful discussion bit, but never really thought too much about the potential for cultivating friendships . . . I kind of think that way, the people I know who I like I like a great deal and appreciate the benefit they are to me, but I tend to fix my attention on ideas and contemplation - the fact that this 'Perspectives:' experiment brought some folks together and built or advanced friendships is a tremendous treat to me.

And Paula, you were one of everyone on the team's very favorite contributors . . . I remember us (the team) emailing back and forth wanting to invite you to be a regular team-writer but thinking 'we can't invite every guest writer to join us permanently and we can't have a team that has a dozen writers', etc . . . but we went back and forth about it for awhile (we may even have invited you, I don't recall).


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

How sweet of you. Yes, you did extend an invitation to me...to join the group. I was extremely honored, even though my answer was simple and instant. I know myself very well.

I take "free spirit," to the outrageous level. The very best way for me to hate something, is to be "under the gun," have a deadline or be OBLIGATED. Seriously? I wouldn't commit to something as SIMPLE as a bowling league!!

Except for "committed" relationships....if something better comes up.....I'm GONE, no apologies, no forwarding address. Putting it another way....I would have made Doc look like Mr. Precise & Timely! All of you'd have wound up angry with me!.....I love you all too much to disappoint you!!...........

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