Perhaps this is what you picture when you think of pioneers.

Pioneers on the trail.
Pioneers on the trail.

Have you ever wondered what pioneers really are?

Historically speaking, when one refers to a group of people as pioneers, the image of an ox-pulled covered wagon, loaded with people attempting to settle the wild frontier may spring to mind.

People, who in search of a better life, left their homes and everything they knew to venture into the great unknown, forging ahead, inexperienced as far as what the future had to offer.


Pioneers faced challenges and hardships.

Pioneer women often would collect buffalo chips to make fires to cook with.
Pioneer women often would collect buffalo chips to make fires to cook with.

Pioneers went where nobody had gone before.

There may be many reasons someone would choose to take this challenge. Quite possibly the opportunity for adventure, a chance to start over, or simply a search for a place where one could reside unbothered by the demands of society, may have been the draw. Maybe it was just that they were in search of a better way.

Whatever the motivation was, these people were explorers of the greatest measure. They chose to go boldly ahead, “going where no one had gone before.”

You might find pioneers where you least expect them.

You may actually be part of a team of pioneers.
You may actually be part of a team of pioneers.

There is more to pioneers than meets the eye.

There is more however to being a pioneer than can be perceived by that image alone.

There are pioneers in all areas of life. They may be your neighbors, your friends, people you associate with at work, or even your own family members.

By looking closely you may see them everyday, in places you would have never expected to find them.

Pioneers, creative, courageous, and committed.

To find pioneers, all you need to do is look.
To find pioneers, all you need to do is look.

So what exactly is a pioneer, one may ask.

Pioneers are initiates. They are people who take the lead. They participate in the development of something new or untried. They may be found in a range of individuals, from doctors, lawyers, politicians, professors, to the simplest and most humble of creations, that of a small child. They are creative, courageous, and committed, never content to remain stagnant.

  • "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others." Robert Louis Stevenson

Pioneers make a difference for others.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bridges instead of walls.

Making the path easier for others to follow behind.
Making the path easier for others to follow behind.

Pioneers are bridge builders.

Pioneers open up an area; they prepare a way for others to follow. Working to improve, uplift, build, and explore places where once found, can provide shelter, strength, safety, and peace for those in need.

They may come in different colors, different races, different sexes, and certainly from different economic backgrounds. They may be parents, teachers, grandparents, soldiers, activists; definitely each could be labeled “one who is ahead of his time.”

All have one thing in common, and that is to make a difference in the life of someone following behind. They are bridge builders.

  • "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." Albert Einstein

Pioneers are inventors.

Brilliant minds search for answers to questions.
Brilliant minds search for answers to questions.

Pioneers make a difference.

Pioneers are inventors.

Their minds are never at rest, continually seeking to produce a faster, better, simpler, easier, commodity or cure. They open up new areas of research, new fields of development, new plains of art, and faster ways of production.

They are searchers, ever looking for something that can make a difference.

  • "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants." Isaac Newton

It takes Faith to be a pioneer.

It doesn’t matter what shape or form pioneers take, they all qualify to be called pioneers in three ways.

The first qualification comes in one great area that requires courage. Each must be willing to take that “leap of faith.” That chance for success or failure.

Many times they have much to lose, in some cases, even their very lives may be at stake.

Pioneers need to be able to take that "leap of faith."

Pioneers must have hope.

For this reason the very next quality they must possess is that of hope.

They hope for a brighter future, a better way, peace and understanding, and a purpose to risk it all.

They hope for change.

Pioneers are filled with hope.

Pioneers live by charity.

Finally, they all must have the gift of charity.

They may endure hardships unmeasured, rebukes from those who do not understand, and set backs at every corner, but still they press forward for the sake of others. They understand what it means to “love unconditionally.”

They are forever in search of the higher road.

Pioneers show true love...through acts of charity.

Pioneers live forever in our hearts.

Faith, hope, and charity prevails.
Faith, hope, and charity prevails.

Pioneers are heroes.

  • "The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on." Author Unknown

Future pioneers.

Our future generation of leaders.
Our future generation of leaders.

Future pioneers- press forward in faith.

How grateful we should be for the pioneers in our lives, for those who have come before, making us a stronger, a healthier, a happier, and a wiser people.

To understand our future we must embrace our past, with gratitude, and give back to the present.

To all the pioneers of the future, a charge to press forward in faith is forever given.

You don’t have to push a handcart,

Leave your fam’ly dear,

Or walk a thousand miles or more

To be a pioneer!

You do need to have great courage,

Faith to conquer fear,

And work with might for a cause that’s right

To be a pioneer!

We are marching, ever marching.

We are marching, ever marching,

Marching onward, ever onward.

We are pioneers;

Ruth Muir Gardner, 1927–1999

  • "It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before, to gain strength for whatever lies ahead. It is good to reflect upon the work of those who have labored so hard and gained so little in this world, but out of whose dreams and early plans, so well nurtured, has become a great harvest of which we are the beneficiaries." Gordon B. Hinckley

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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wow, this is one inspirational Hub! I love the idea that we can all be pioneers in our lives and that our children have such great potential. We really do need to redefine our idea of who the groundbreaking individuals are in history and in our current lives. What gave you the idea to write this? It is just wonderful!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

How much positive creative energy went into this Great Hub about Pioneers! They were people with courage. They were people with their own dreams.

Why in our schools they never teach the history in such an interesting and tempting manner? I am more than convinced, that our children would have liked it very much. No more dry, ultra boring history lesons!

Thank you very much for this wonderful hub and I'll come back to write some more thoughts about, how I had dreamt about America and freedom of mind, once.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I come from a long line of pioneers... both literal pioneers, that actually crossed the ocean to come to America in search of their dreams...pioneers that crossed the plains in search of religious freedom, and pioneers who made changes in their lives so that we, their posterity could have a better life. I have always loved pioneers..and will always love pioneers. I hope to tell some of my pioneer tales in future Hubs. Thanks for coming to visit.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Your comments are so kind. I can't wait to hear of your own "American Dreams"...please do share. I too feel that the subject of pioneers can be discussed with so much more enthusiasm than it is. Modern day pioneers are all around us, and a comparison with our historic pioneers and our modern ones could bring an understanding of the past and be beneficial in teaching towards the future. I believe that you can't enjoy the shade of the tree until you remember the roots that allow the tree to stand. Pioneers are my roots. I hope to continually water them so as to produce wonderful fruit on the tree. Thanks for leaving your thoughts here.

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ldsagent 8 years ago

great job on this hub in the doghouse! i love visiting your hubs and getting such great information.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


As you can tell, I am a lover of pioneers. This was a joy to write. I simply love to enjoy my pioneer heritage and thought it would be fun to share. I simply think that we are all pioneers in some way or another and should rejoice with them in our accomplishments, don't you? Have a wonderful day!

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Such a wonderful salute to the pioneers of all time and in all places. I loved the videos too. We all have much to thank pioneers for--and since I too have some ancesters who crossed the Atlantic and the Great American continent to settle, I offer particular thanks for that. However in my family and many others, necessity was the mother of invention. As my father used to say "dukes don't emigrate" and those who pioneered in my family did it for very pragmatic, non idealistic reasons. Whatever the reason,pioneers are the people who think outside the box and are able to grab an opportunity when it comes along. They see what others don't.

Great job, doghouse--a wonderful inspirational hub.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Your compliments to my Hub are very humbling, as I see you as a very seasoned Hubber. In my family, like yours, necessity certainly was the mother of invention. My pioneers came for many reasons, but none of them ever brought much in the way of worldly wealth with them. They were hard working, God fearing people who were not afraid to seek for a better life. I know many pioneers today who do the same sort of thing, but do not necessarily have to leave their homes to do it. I bet your family has some incredible pioneers also. Don't you even think some modern day ones?

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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California


This is such a lovely Hub. Yes, whenever an individual sets off on an unknown path to them, they become a pioneer for those whom they lead and influence.

I love having an understanding that I am a pioneer for my own children because of the choices I personally have made to "turn" away from past history, which could have easily been perpetuated in my own life and my children's lives -- in choosing at age 17 to be an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

Choosing to live and teach the principles of the gospel myself and to my children - has set a course for each of us, that has now improved all of our lives beyond description. I know that it was my choice to become a pioneer into my own future... that now richly blesses all of us. I cannot begin to imagine my world now, if I had not done so.

As an adult I have always felt that this decision of mine at 17, was the best and boldest of all choices that I have made, because of the repercussions of that choice.

I now find so much joy, in watching my daughter's as mothers now, continue the trek with even greater faith...



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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Absolutely, doghouse( and thanks for the sesoned Hubber compliment-- I still feel like a bit of a pioneer at hubbing :-)) Anyway, you make such a good point in this hub that the word pioneer does not just refer to the Wagons ho! crowd. The children of today are the pioneers of tomorrow and certainly, being a pioneer is a mindset more than anything else and you spell that mindset out so clearly. Vision, courage, and the willingness to trust the future are the hallmarks of the pioneer.

Scott Chester 8 years ago

Pioneers are great! This kind of reminds me of a speech I had to give on (or near) Pioneer day last year. I talked about being a pioneer by joining the Church a few years ago and blazing down trails that I had certainly never seen before and building a path for my family to follow, hopefully.

Don't forget about all those inventions from pioneers. I don't know where we'd be without the wheel...

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I know from your beautiful comments that you are truly numbered among today's pioneers. I understand your love for the church, as I too share that same conviction in my heart. Similar to the choices you have made to walk in faith, differently than your previous way, my father made that same decision. I will ever be grateful to him for his courageous act as a pioneer for my family. I know your children will call you blessed, honored, and label you as a humble pioneer. For me there could be no greater compliment than to be numbered among the pioneers.

Don't you think you have provided a wonderful future for your children by your bravery? I do.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Yes, children are the future pioneers aren't they? I actually work with a group of Young Adult age "kids" who are most certainly pioneers. I love to associate with such giants, in fact, at times I feel it is they who lead me. It has been encouraging to be surrounded by such awesome youth... it gives one hope for a bright future. Thanks for your additional insights on pioneers...

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


You are most certainly a pioneer, and a really courageous one at that. Your decision to join a new church much have taken a lot of strength and conviction, but you seem to have taken to it like a duck to water. I am sure you are a pioneer for your family to follow.

I love Pioneer Day... I can't wait to write a Hub about it! lol Most people probably don't even know what that is... unless you live in Utah...

And..yes, the wheel was a great invention, a pioneering effort to say the least... so many more topics to cover..I love pioneers! lol

Thanks for coming by.

Zac 8 years ago

I've always thought of pioneers in many of the ways described above. They are the determined in the face of adversity. Whatever the challenge ahead may be they are the strong who forge ahead because they believe in the cause they are persuing. We have an amazing world built by pioneers.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I concur with all of your thoughts. We do have an amazing world, because of pioneers. Just think of all the things that have been developed because someone dared to adventure into the unknown. I too think that pioneers were strong, not only in character but in purpose as well. Stretching and growing, is work, but the rewards can be eternal, especially in the face of adversity. Thanks for you input.

Bocadike 8 years ago

I give thanks almost daily for the pioneers that came before me and those modern pioneers in the various fields that can empact my life. Thanks for this great hub all about PIONEERS!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I was thinking a lot about Pioneers, today. Maybe even more, because it was Sunday. Pioneers, hard times, courage, long travels, scarcity of resources, fearless minds, vast lands, high mountains, freedom of mind, independence, the list continues...

America has always been a dream land for so many people born Eastern of Germany and Italy, before 1975. My personal experience maybe sounds a bit strange. We had enough of anything materially. Long holidays, good free schools, good free health system, no unemployment, ability to travel worldwide. Political system was communism -socialism, yet we were allowed to have private businesses, as well. A very strange mix, though. Yet, I missed a freedom of mind and freedom of spoken word, very much. I still vividly remember reading old translated books about American Pioneers and about American Dream. Yes, we dreamt about American freedom, strong independent ideas, vast open spaces and vast resources. (even a bad President of this great country could not spoil my belief in this amazing land which was conquered by Pioneers. It has always been the last resort for preserving the real freedom of the world, as well.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Diana, I love this hub! As always you are able to put forth great ideas that invites a new perspective to shine through. So that made me pause and reflect. Hmmmm... :) Indeed pioneers can leave a legacy of hope, of learning how to make dreams come true and building a better world in whatever place and time they are in. :) I await your other "pioneer" hubs.

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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

I love how you looked at pioneers from so many different angles. Thank you for (yet another) beautiful and inspiring hub.

My favorite part: "To understand our future we must embrace our past, with gratitude, and give back to the present."

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


May I also join with you in giving thanks to our awesome pioneers. What a blessing it has been in my life to receive of the benefits that are mine because of my pioneer ancestors. All have provided me with better opportunities and a greater chance at happiness. Thank you my dear pioneers, mom and dad!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


You have brought a totally different perspective to this Hub and I so appreciate that. Is it possible that the feedoms we enjoy in America are given to us simply because of the courage of these great pioneers. Living in the United States we as a people, I am afraid, take that very freedom for granted. Oh, what we can learn from the past and from each other. I wish that I had hours to converse with you about where you live and the challenges you have faced. Perhaps, when we did I would discover that you too are a pioneer...making things better for those who follow you. I can sense the faith, and hope that you exhibit even in your comments to this Hub. Keep the faith my pioneer friend.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Oh, my pioneer friend... I know that you are among the great pioneers in this world, simply by reading your Hubs that you have written on Hubpages. You have definitely been a bridge builder wherever you have gone. Your hope and faith shine through with every word you write. I am anxious to write more on pioneers, as there are so many to tell about. Thanks for your support as always.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Thank you for your kind comments. I guess I have achieved what I desired by writing this Hub, that of offering another perspective on the term pioneers. Pioneers really are to be found simply must look to see them. Thank you for sharing your favorite part of my Hub, what an honor to see that I have been quoted. lol I think that you are also among the list of many great pioneers simply by what I know of you from Hubpages... You are pressing forward, making a difference to so many, but most especially to your children. Do you not think that Mommy might really be another word for pioneer?

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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Truly inspirational.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Thank you for your kind words on my Hub. I think that quite possibly it is inspirational because, you may be even thinking about pioneers in your own circle who have influenced you and the life you have. I know as for myself, I can't even read about pioneers without doing that. It really does make you want to be a better person, doesn't it?

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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Great hub with a lot of inspiration! I think a pioneer is also a survivor, which immediately sets them apart, because they can face the unknown with hope and with the expectation of success.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Chef Jeff,

Great insights and additional comments to my Pioneer Hub. I know by reading your Hubs Chef, that you are very familiar with pioneers. I hope to write more on this subject soon, as the life of the pioneers themselves, is a passion of mine. I have many family stories from the pioneer journals of my ancestors that I can't wait to share. Very inspiring tales of just what you have mentioned, the greatness and survivor qualities that have set them apart for me. I also am impressed with modern day pioneers and so hope to chat more about that too. Thanks for your kind words and I am glad you have left inspired.

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Great reminders of where we've come from...and where in the world are we going???

We should parent with the ideal goal of helping our children know the importance of being a pioneer in their life....they can pave the way to new sources of energy, find ways to live clean lives that are drug free; be different and convinced of right enough to be examples for others;

purging new pathways thru our world challenges is going to take a tough breed of pioneers, maybe the likes of which we have never seen.  young kids now that may have to be strong enough to live "green" - on lean budgets, stressing knowledge and education and world relationships that have never been required of us before.  The world is so connected, we need healthy brains and attitudes to solve our problems....all pioneer characteristics. 

Ever onward....Marisue

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I so totally agree with you, we as parents do need to teach our children that they must live the pioneer life. This life must include the courage to make a difference, to be true to their standards of truth and right, and to be clean. By forging ahead in this pioneer fashion they can make the world a better place and be an example for others to follow. Such a job we have as parents isn't it?

Scott 8 years ago

Awesome page, Sister Dowden!!

Having Pioneers as ancestors of mine makes it pretty easy for me to be SO grateful for the sacrifices that were made to put me where I am today. A lot of times we look at the Pioneers of the frontier being less than us because they weren't as technologically enlightened... but quite to the contrary they were in so many ways so much more than we are today! Are we pushing fowrad with faith to add to the legacies they began? We have SO much be grateful for all of the pioneers in our life that make it possible to be where we are today!!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Sacrifice is the key word when it comes to pioneers. Your question is completely valid, are we doing what our own ancestors have done, sacrificing for others? We certainly are under a great obligation to continue the legacies of our pioneer fathers. Our gratitude is what will allow us to do just that, and sacrifice. I join with you in expressing that gratitude to my pioneer ancestors, for the life that they led as pioneers is an example to me for today.. Thanks for your additional insights.

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Woody Marx 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This Hub struck a positive nerve with me.  Although I'm Canadian, I grew up in Colorado Springs where the pioneer was just part and parcel of the 'zietgeist' there...somehow it permeated everything I experienced.  I think it is a powerful spirit and a powerful idea which you have highlighted brilliantly. Thanks for the original thoughts.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


As I have mentioned before to others who have commented on this Hub of pioneers, receiving compliments from such a wonderful Hubber as yourself is truly humbling. I am glad that you have felt the positive influence for the power of the pioneering spirit. Colorado Springs is indeed pioneer territory. I would imagine you have been exposed to all kinds of things dealing with pioneer life in America. It seems that your experience there still remains powerful in your mind, something I can relate to very well. Thanks again for sharing.

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IheartBYU 8 years ago from Murrieta, CA

Again a wonderful hub! I loved how you talked about that there's more to being a pioneer then what we first think of. It also made me think of all the "pioneers" in my life. Friends and family that have sacrificed to help make it easier for me and others. I hope that I can use the examples you've given in this hub and from others and be a pioneer in my own life! And as you said sacrifice is the key! I just struggle with that sometimes.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Sacrifice is a hard thing, I guess that is why they call it sacrifice! lol You are a pioneer and will be one as you work to do the will of the Lord continually. I know you are a wonderful example to many, and may you continue to be. Pioneers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and types...I love that we as women can be pioneer women! Yep, you know I do! Press on my Pioneer friend. Thanks for your support as always!

melissa 8 years ago

wow! this was amazing! i loved every bit of it... the quote were so heart warming :) It is so wonderful to know that we can all be pioneers in our own ways.. striving to make things better. I am so greatful for the pioneers in my life and for the accomplishments they have made inorder to make the world or maybe just my life a little better. I think one of my favorite parts were "pioneers are initiatves" they are creative, courages and committed! this really hit home to me... thank you so much for sharing this with us.. it definitely touch my heart <3 -melissa m

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I am glad that the quotes touched your heart. I know that you are a pioneer by the way you live your daily life.. You are the hope for our future, our modern day pioneer woman, living righteously in a world that teaches differently. You go girl... press forward with faith!

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terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

Greetings from the tiny island of Singapore. My name is Terence and I would like you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. I see this not only as a tribute to those that had bravely paved the way for us, but also as a reminder for us to, in turn, pave the way for future generations. 

Thank you for this inspiring and thought-provoking article.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Are you from Yap? Greetings right back to you my new friend. I have just visited your Hubs and have felt inspired for the day. Such a treat, a pioneer to say the least, paving a brighter path for those who follow after you. I was hoping that both angles you speak of would be seen in my Hub, the past is amazing as well as the future...Pioneers of today...make the difference for tomorrow. Thank you for visiting as well as leaving me a comment so that I could find you!

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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Glad you liked Ivor Coles. I like your pioneers too. Talking of "firsts", there's a great movie called In The Shadow of the Moon, about the Moon landings. What strikes you most is that these men all seem to have been touched by something, some great mystery, as a consequence of their extraordinary journey. It's worth seeing. Meanwhile, I look forward to more interesting hubs.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Hi CJ,

I truly did love your Hub. I am glad you enjoyed Pioneers. I loved writing it, and it is actually just an introductory Hub for more to Sort of a Pioneer Hub on Pioneers, so to speak. lol I have not seen the film you have suggested, but will try and check it out... Space after all is a pioneering area indeed. Thanks for coming to visit... hopefully we will read more of each other. lol

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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors

Great writing! You have a strong talent for inspiring your readers! I enjoyed all the different media entries. Who would have thought to include the Princess Bride in an article about pioneering!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Hi Western,

I just went and checked in on you, was worried about that baby... and couldn't believe I hadn't joined your fan club... now I am behind in reading! lol I am glad you were inspired by Pioneers. It is one of my favorite subjects.. I will be writing me soon about them, especially pioneer women... like us! lol I loved all these videos too... thanks.

Larilyn 8 years ago

Sister Dowden! This is a GREAT hub topic! I loved reading it. It's funny....and probably weird, that I have always thought I was born in the wrong generation because I was always fascinated with Church history and the pioneers, and I always wished that I had lived then instead of now. But I had never thought of it in terms of being a pioneer in the times we live in....I guess since I'm not really a trail blazer it's never been something I thought about! Thank you for writing this hub!

And as a side note, may I say how much I really appreciated the use of a Princess Bride clip? Ha ha! Love it!!!!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


You most certainly are a pioneer! Your generation as in generations of the past are pressing forward into uncharted territory. As a woman you are a positive influence for good in this world, and that is a pioneering effort for sure. I love my pioneer roots, but I seen the fruit on the tree coming into focus because of pioneers like you. I'm glad you enjoyed PB!

oberbreckling 8 years ago

Hi Doghouse there is most certainly pioneers in today's world I am one myself Ive been leading the way all my life in fact my middle name is the boss but you can see it in your children as well, my son nathan 7 yrs. crazy try anything and succeed where others couldn't my daughter 6yrs. jessica very inventive I love these thing about my kids just like the pioneers started a new age back then its still that way today always living for the challenge.~cool~cya

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Today's youth are definatly pioneers. I can recognize it as well in my children too. It is a good feeling to have raised them in such a way that they are not afraid to be a pioneer. They will be the ones to makea difference in our future, just as our past pioneers made one for us.

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Loved your hub. Can understand how the true pioneers must have felt as my mum and dad came to australia in 1923 from england with 2 younge children. Leaving all their family behind never to see them again.

But I wont go into all that for now . this was truly inspirational. And yes, now I will have to tell my mum and dads story. I wrote a small booklet on it call True Grit.

Thanks for sharing

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GoogleCashMoney 8 years ago from Mumbai, India

Very inspirational Hub. Great Work. Keep it

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


My fellow genealogist..I had a feeling this would spark some thought for you. I am very familiar with the early pioneer that left England for Australia, and New Zealand. I have a few I am looking for still! I can wait to hear your personal pioneer stories to come soon! Thank you for your kind comments... I will watch for pioneer stories to come.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Pioneers are inspirational so it was very easy to write about them and create an inspirational Hub, I take no credit for myself. Thank you for your kind comments, and welcome to Hubpages.

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TetonRose 8 years ago from Utah

Great hub! Now I may have to share some of my own pioneer stories!

I fully agree that pioneers are all around us at all times. We just don't recognize most of them until they are long gone.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


What an awesome observation, "we just don't recognize most of them until they are long gone." I hope that we can be more aware of those pioneers in our lives everyday...and pay them the honor they deserve. I am surrounded by many incredible pioneer men and women each day, young and old, who are majestic people. I can't wait to hear some of the pioneer stories you have to share!

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very insightful and interesting hub. We must know where we came from to truly appreciate and understand where we are going.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thank you Sweetie Pie, you are so right. Looking back, planning ahead and living now are three important steps of pioneering!

Lauren 8 years ago

Growing up i LOOOVED reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books aka Little House on the Prarie. There are actually over 25 books about the women in her family going all the way back to scottland i think. i read all of them and i was obsessed. We even took a detour in our vacation one year to go to the house where she wrote the books. My dream was to always wear a bonnet. i really wanted to dress up as her with a calico print dress and bonnet for halloween, i don't think it ever happened. But when i started learning about Church history and how it was the same era i was in love. I love the work and the glory books those are amazing and i even like the movies. I just like the whole "pioneer" era i guess. But as i was ready this i started to think about how there are so many pioneers today, and loving the olden day pioneers just gives me more motivation to become my own. I'm not sure if i have become a pioneer in my own life yet, but im certainly trying. My parents definitely are both being converts to the church and owning their home and raising their kids in the church, i guess i just need to try a little harder to become my own. I can't really think of anything different i would like to pioneer into but this has given me the thought to start looking. Hopefully i will find something to pioneer in so i can use my faith, hope and charity because i know i have plenty of all those!!!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I too was a fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think I read all of her Little House on The Prairie books as well as watched the TV series religiously! lol Michael Landon was the perfect father! The Work And The Glory series is another one of my favorites because it really did get people interested in the pioneer movement and church history. Recognizing the fact that your parents are pioneers is awesome, for they truly are. You my friend are a courageous pioneer woman yourself. Anybody who is pressing forward in righteousness today is, at least in my book, definitely a pioneer! Thanks for your great comment!

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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

You did a great job on this hub, In the Doghouse. It is a reminder of how great nations are built, what we can be, and what we need to be, thanks.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Thank you for your compliments to the Pioneer hub. Our nation and many other nations were built by the pioneering spirit, it is part of change. I hope that we also have the courage to press forward in the same way with faith to make a better world for those who will be following. Thanks.

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

In the Doghouse this is one hub that makes me appreciate the past, be grateful about the present and hopeful about the future. i love the way you put things in perspective. hats off!

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Now these are not just pioneers but these are real celebrities who really should be celebrated!

Excellent hub ITG, highlighting amazing people who can so easily be forgotten!

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

What a fantastic hub....I don't think there's a compliment or a heart-warming reaction I could uniquely add to the sincere, warm, appreciative compliments that you've already received. But I'm right there with them. The hairs on my arms tingling a bit, and with a heart that feels a bit swollen from the best rush of emotions....such a wonderful hub.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Thank you for visiting this Hub about Pioneers. I know that you have been a pioneer yourself in so many areas. Michelle has been influenced by your many inspirational teachings. Pioneers are a wonderful gift that is given to the world. The futures pioneers must uphold the strides that have been made by the past!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


Thank you for your gracious comments. I do also agree that those who have been mentioned in this Hub are pioneers of the greatest degree who should never be forgotten! These people have certainly made a difference in the lives of others. Many unmentioned pioneers must also be celebrated. I hope that this writing has done justice for them as well. Thank you again.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

desert blondie,

Thank you for your added compliments. I do not take credit for your swollen heart and tingling, that is, I believe, from remembering your own pioneers blessings. I am glad that I could stir your memory and help you for a brief moment recall the beauty of the pioneers in your own life. Thank you for your kind remarks

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shibashake 8 years ago

Now this is what I call some good quality karma! :) The pioneer spirit is such an important part of our lives and society; we should really think about it and talk about it a lot more. Sadly, many words, including pioneer and the pioneering spirit has been co-opted by politics and marketing, which tends to numb people towards the true meaning of the word. Thanks for making us *feel* it again!

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author


I am humbled by your kind words. I am a lover of pioneers and the pioneering spirit. I do have a respect for these wonderful people who have made our lives so much better, even when it was a sacrifice for them to do. I hope to find more examples of pioneers to write is simply good Karma! :)

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