Hey, someone dropped this Baton - Inspiration

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The real story begins here with this beautifully orchestrated pieces of writing that capture the essence of the Love2Light, Project Good Words uprising.

Love: Project Good Words Musical Challenge

http://marcoujor.hubpages.com/hub/Love-Project-Good-Words-Musical-Challenge

Love: Running With The Baton

http://martiecoetser.hubpages.com/hub/Love-Running-With-The-Baton

Ode to love- Running with the baton

http://alwaysexploring.hubpages.com/hub/Ode-to-love-Running-with-the-baton

Ode To Love...Running with the Baton - A Continuation

http://gennaeast.hubpages.com/hub/Ode-To-LoveA-Continuation


Faith Reaper added:

Faith Without Borders: Project Good Words on HubPages

but I seem to have run out of links




Preface


Jo Goldsmith what have you gotten me into now? And believe me I am smiling when I say that. As of this writing, Project Good Words is in its twenty-sixth week. It is Jo’s brainchild and as we can see it has taken root and is spreading throughout the halls of Hubpages.

It was not long before a fine poet named Shyron Shenko joined Jo in the project and added her special poetry to Jo’s commentary.

As the word spread Maria Jordan our own marcoujor launched a tribute to Jo and published her Love: Project Good Words Musical Challenge. And the theme has spread.


These beautiful hearts are a hard act to follow. Yet I follow.

Inspiration

Low Tide

By Michael Friedman

The tide roles in

Foamy, soaking, sun blazing

Sandy loam, easily impressed

Sandcastle afternoons

Dripping ice cream and soft pink skin

Sail craft glide by laughing

Evening breeze, light jackets

Bonfires and gritty hotdogs

Roaring surf

Night fisherman desperate

To catch the last of the day

No whisper of tomorrow

Boardwalks empty, huddling close

Our sky, star freckled

Our tide goes out

Stop stalling

We all can agree that there is no shortage of personal challenges in this world of ours. At every turn there is some life event that turns us upside down just to shake us up or worse. O.D.T.A.A events I call them. The acronym for One Darn Thing After Another.

Story after story has been presented here on Hubpages containing the adversity that their authors have endured. With our words we reach out our hands, we seek contact with others that have been knocked off their perch and through will power, determination and shear strength of character have pulled themselves out of their tailspin and lived to tell about it. Their stories inspire us all. Their stories fuel us with their courage. We find ourselves inspired by their courage to face our own adversity, “You ain’t so bad, you ain’t so bad, my Mother hits harder than that, you ain’t so bad, you ain’t nothing.”

Insert Rocky theme song here.

We can be inspired to be brave. Ask any soldier if that is true or not. There is certainly individual inspiration, yet there must be mass inspiration. How else can you explain a military bayonet charge?

I may have strayed from the goal line.

We can be inspired to obtain goals. Many have expressed their goals to have their work published. The corporation known as Amazon has provided the place; any of us can hang our titles there and hope they are seen from the far off distant galaxy known as Centaurus A.


In the famed words of Lewis Black, “But it’s hard.” But not if you are inspired; not if you see each obstacle as a small hurdle to be surmounted as they are found in your path. Not if someone runs a few paces ahead and kicks each obstacle out of the way like an offensive guard (yes, I looked it up) four paces in front of the quarterback running down field toward the goal line. The quarterback gets the applause and cheers, but the offensive guard may have inspired a few broken tackles.


The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public. - Phyllis Diller

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Writing Inspiration

In our hearts there are songs. Writing for public consumption takes a bit of metal. Will our words be judged harshly? Will we attract scorn? Will Random House offer you a contract? The bits and pieces of our lives mix and blend together in our subconscious then in an unraveling cocoon of energy we produce, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in a frenzy of writing prior to rushing off to our jobs at the local café.

Once in line at an estate/book sale there was a young woman waiting behind me. After a few moments with her standing there I could hear her pencil furiously leaving its markings on the page. I turned and looked; she quickly clutched the three inch x four and a half inch note pad to her chest so I would be unable to see any of her words. I smiled and turned back around, her inspiration safe from my prying eyes. I can only assume she was inspired by the back of my head.

Inspiration is like butter, it should be spread everywhere. - Orville Redenbacher

Inspirational Philosophy


Just days after my heart procedure my sister and her husband took me to lunch at a local restaurant. We had just finished and stepped outside and her husband stopped for a smoke. I watched a car pull into the intersection and stop. In a moment or two traffic was fighting to get around her and I realized she had stalled the car. I started walking over and my sister walked along beside me. Other drivers now had stopped and together we pushed her car to the curb. My sister asked, “Should you be doing this?”

My response was, “Yes, I should.”

Inspiration - Gipsy Kings

Mason Williams - Classical Gas (Acoustic)

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I have asked snakeslane, who is renowned for her poetry and humor, if she wished to write on the subject of inspiration. Her computer fights her so we shall see if she can join us in this crusade to emphasize the good words in our lexicon.


Thanks to all who stop by for a read.

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, it's not Friday...but I sure have stumbled upon some mid-week INSPIRATION and sorry, gang, I am gonna have to pat myself all over the back for this one...LOL!

Mr. Mike Friedman, I would say that you have delivered and then some in the INSPIRATION department....!

Your poetry is superb! Your thoughts give me much food for thought and even more reason to admire you as my dear friend. And your songs are fabulous...the Gipsy Kings are a delightful surprise...!

Love that you passed the baton to snakeslane and she will be worth the wait, I am quite sure.

Awesome job...Voted UP and UABI and sharing! Hugs, Maria


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Mike--I wish you wrote more poetry--beautifully done! And snakeslane is an excellent choice! Bravo!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. You are so funny. Yes indeed a pat on the back is in order. I hope this short message lives up to the expectations that appeared in your comment stream on your musical challenge. It is so nice to see people rally around such a good idea presented in the 'Goods Word Project'.

I too hope snakeslane is able to participate. Thanks for the votes, etc.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Audrey, what a very kind thing to say. That is very much appreciated. Let's see, 'The Poet Detective', 'Café Poetry', oh, I guess I will have to give this some thought. Thank you for stopping by to read my contribution to the 'Good Words Project' challenge.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mike.....I'm so grateful I read your marvelous INSPIRATION, like only you can share. You're so wise and talented.

I don't know how to thank you...because I truly need Inspiration. That Maria sure gets around with her baton......she found me too.

She's kinda sweet and wonderful and as some of us know, difficult to say "No," to...

All that you say is so undeniable, Mike. Have you always been this smart? (you don't have to answer that)......UP++++ tweeted. & where's your Pinterest icon?


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Here, again, you've given us examples of the word beyond the definition. Your story about helping the woman in the car was truly an inspirational moment that made me understand why you and your writing are both enchanting and simply irresistible. Well done on this creative work and on passing the baton to a supremely worthy candidate. Voted completely up, even funny, for the remark about the woman in line behind you.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Faith Reaper emailed me to alert me to your hub here. An inspiring piece about inspiration! Thanks.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello fpherj48 what a nice surprise. Yes, mar seems to have spread the net far and wide in the 'Project Good Words' efforts. She must have known that all of our spirits needed lifting. Thanks for the votes and Tweets, etc. I am inspired.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Inspiration flows throughout your hub. Your poetry is beautiful. I'm not surprised that you helped the lady with the stalled car, that's just you. A great addition to the ' dropped ' baton.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg, your comment brings a big smile to my face. I consider your words very high praise and I thank you. I suspect one day you will be reading a novel and the author will be talking about the back of my head and you will say, "Ah Ha". You are such a valuable part of my community here.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello shanmarie, I guess I am going to have to share half the profits from this article with Faith Reaper. It is only fair. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by this afternoon. Thank you very much.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby, You are so kind. Yes, we would all feel better about ourselves if we would lend a hand more often. I am sure you do the same. Your writing includes kindness after kindness to both man and the little critters that frequent your backyard. Good to see you this afternoon.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi fpherj48 I guess I have to go in search of my Pinterest icon. Thanks


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mike, I love the various avenues you took to give us your take on inspiration. It just goes to show that inspiration abounds; we simply need to recognize it and let it take flight.

Your writing ability comes forth in this piece. Beautiful and well-spoken. I love the music choices as well. Mar will be proud, I'm sure!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Shauna good to see you. Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes, sometimes you have to turn your head a little to one side to find the right angle. The 'Project Good Words' challenge has taken on new life with an infusion from Mar and I hope to see many more of our friends give us their take on the many words that Jo selected in her ongoing series. I did have to hunt around a bit for the music. Mason Williams - Classical Gas is a carry over from my youth.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, Dear Mike, after a long day this day, I finally arrived to your wonderful and truly inspirational hub here! I feel so inspired now. Your writing is beautiful and written from one who is oh, so very wise ...you.

Your poetry is superb. Such a treat to read. I love Classical Gas, as my son can pick up a guitar since he was a teen and just play that piece like no one else I've heard. He was accepted to a Magnet school here for just his musical gifts. He played that song for them, and they said ... you're in.

Up ++++ tweeting, G+ and sharing

Blessings for a wonderful evening.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Faith great that your long day of work has ended and now you are home and can relax a tiny bit. Your son sounds like a talented young man, Classical Gas has always been my favorite. Thank you for spending some of your time with me here this evening. Your compliment does not go unnoticed, you are very kind.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I certainly needed a dose of inspiration and you my friend were just what the doctor ordered. Damn you're good! When I began reading I could feel myself at the beach...feeling and seeing just what you wrote.

Your heart, dear Mike, is overfull and how lucky we are you share with us.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Good morning Mike! Listening to 'Inspiration' while enjoying your twirling with words. Yes, computer is working, and yes, I am working on a piece. And I thank you, and this fine group of talented writers for always being there!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello tillsontitan, I am so glad that you found a breath of inspiration here in these words. We are all in need of a little break from our day to day. Jo Goldsmith's project of spreading good words and marcoujor's adding her own musical boost have made a splash here at HP. Your visit is very much appreciated. And thanks for all the votes.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning snakeslane. I am glad your computer feels like cooperating for this project. I know you expected a little more time and there is no rush with your piece. Your writing has inspired so many now that I felt you a perfect choice for this 'Good Word'. Have a wonderful warm day.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

Dear Mike,

There are no adequate words to describe how beautiful this is. I can just see you being there to help push the car because you are the epitome of a gentleman. Thank you for always being there, with your inspiration, friendship and for just being the wonderful YOU, you are. hugs!

Shared, Tweeted and Up into the hands of the muse who allowed you to write that amazing poem. :-)


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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

This is lovely, every bit of it made me smile; the poems, the quote, the bit about you pushing the car...voted up and sharing!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Jo. You are the founder of this beautiful movement here at HP. marcoujor brought new life with her addition of music and mirth and there are ripples reaching an ever widening audience. You and Maria should be very proud to foster such good will with your Good Words. Thanks for the social media sharing and the hugs. And the poem was just a bonus.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Kaili Bisson thanks for stopping by to say hello today. That I delivered a smile to Canada makes me smile. It just may be that all of us are inspired by a day at the beach hence the whimsey of poem. I appreciate your visit.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Project Good Words? How wonderful! Your poem was amazing, with its beautiful and flowing descriptions. And your anecdotes were darling. Indeed--inspired by the back of your head. LOL. I really enjoyed this read!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Victoria Lynn, good to see you. "Project Good Words' is the brainchild of Jo Goldsmith and for weeks she has selected a 'positive' word and written about it. marcoujor picked up the idea and added music and the threads are spreading from there. Thanks for the compliment regarding the poem. Have a great evening.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Oh, my poor heart, you brought me to tears with this hub of yours, Mckbirdbks! While reading from beginning to end, allowing every sentence to sink into my mind, it reminded me of the time I was boots and all a church goer. Every Sunday I would listen attentively to the message of our reverent, and I would feel it sink and at the end I would feel satisfied, and whatever expression I wanted to put aside as special was at the end so perfectly part of a message that was in its entirety special. Food for the soul, is what one calls a hub like this. I have to read it all over again to count the calories... :)

Voted up and totally awesome...


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. I heard you were busy so thanks for taking your break with me. If tears were brought to your eyes, then you must have needed to spend some of the pent up emotions inside you. I must be careful if people are going to actually pay attention to what I write. This was an interesting challenge and I hope many others take up the challenge when mar asked them. Thanks for your time, the votes and the high praise.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a pleasure to see you pick up the baton, Mike. Your poem, “Low tide,” is wonderful…I love the metaphor of carefree summer when tomorrow and high tide are not yet on the horizon. “The Poet’s Will” is one that will definitely be part of that “stream of words that will remain.” With “inspiration,” you have combined sage humor, wisdom and compassion in ways that are delightfully engaging and very unique. This was an enjoyment to read…and share! Thank you, Mike. :-)


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna. Thank you. The baton came my way, as you know I play it safe and write fiction, so writing a straight forward piece is a challenge all in its own. Some people are naturals at nonfiction. (Peg comes to mind. ) I am pleased that you enjoyed the article as I was at a loss how to approach the subject. Enjoy your weekend.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Really nice addition to 'passing the baton.' Your poem at the beginning is beautiful and very inspirational. Adding your thoughts and emotions to this article is a beautiful thing too. The last poem is just as beautiful as the first. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. You did a great job!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks suzettenaples. I am much more sure of myself with fiction rather than nonfiction, so this was a challenge for me. It is for a good cause, the Good Words Project and the Good Words Musical Challenge. This adds some spice to the Hubpages community as one after another joins in which helps the bond we all share.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Mike, what a wonderful hub, and your words totally inspire, amazing how you helped that woman with the car after your procedure, I loved your poem too, wonderful, nell


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Nell - what a nice surprise. Thanks for the compliment.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Mike, I am a little late to the Good word project but have been catching up on them, now. I love the way you took this challenge and made it your own. Great poetry and perfect music, too. Thank you!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

btrbell - hello my friend. Never to late to read any of the Good Word Project articles. Both mar and Jo have done such a wonderful thing in keeping the momentum going for this act of positive spirit. It is so necessary to counter act all the negative we face.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Sad but true....


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Mike, you have gien me inspiraton beyond belief. I cannot tell you how much or how for two weeks from today.

Bless you and thank you.

Voted up across the board and shared

Shyron


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Shyron. I am glad you found some peace of mind visiting this hub. You poetry has inspired so many. Thanks for the voting and sharing, that is very nice of you.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

I had to read this one again, mckbirdbks, and it was like the first time. You certainly have the talent to inspire all your followers.

Sorry about that typo. Reverent should have been reverend. But , of course, you knew :)


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for visiting today. That is very much appreciated. It is a gift to see you here.


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL......OK, since I believe in synchronicity, I was led to click on your hub for a definite reason. I commented once 4 months ago, but as per my "habit" I simply will re-read comment sections.

So.....I get to your reply to my comment....LOL.....and from the sky comes the Christmas Spirit of my mother. Your first words: "Hello fpherj48...what a nice surprise." OK Mike, so I'm a little dense....& my mother says to me (in her very exclusive manner)...."Oh, hint hint, daughter dear....I see I'm not the only person you love whom you tend to ignore." When I would walk into her home to visit, her favorite remark was always, "Oh, Hi honey....awwww, what's wrong, is my poor baby LOST?" (Yes, you can all stop wondering where I get my sarcasm from )

All this intro Mike, just so I can tell you that you may rest assured that I really love you and your wonderful talent.....even when I'm far away & you don't literally SEE me. My mother could not be convinced of that, but I know you'll be fine.

I am wishing you and yours a Magical Holiday Season full of "surprises," just like my rare visits!!......Peace, Paula


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Paula. Setting aside, reading between all the lines, thank you for the heartfelt Holiday greetings. I am sure your Mom meant to say, “Paula you are loved, and I wish there was more time we could share together.” Your timing here is astonishing; your kind comment is just what I needed. Your comment comes on the heels of another hubpage alumni’s season greeting, someone who went ‘to pursue other interest’ which was an industry catch phrases for they got sick of the place and went elsewhere. I guess the cosmos feels a disturbance in the force. Merry Christmas to you and yours. You are appreciated, Mike


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

My mother was a complete treasure (as well as a wonder!).......How sweet you are to suggest what she may have really meant. LOL. In all fairness, my outspoken Italian mother....may have meant most of the time to express her love......but in order to translate that.....You absolutely HAD to know her.....She also meant to sprinkle a dose of guilt in a loving manner......Sometimes it worked....other times we just pretended we had no idea what she meant.....LOL Bottom line was we accepted one another both in spite of and because of our Weirdness!!! LOL


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Miss Buttinsky checking the activity on this inspirational read...

Why am I not surprised that your Momma was both outspoken and Italian...(I mean really is there any other combination...LOL), effer?

And to copy after a wise comment, Mike, "you are a complete treasure in spite of our weirdness..."!

Love, hugs and Merry Christmas Eve to y'all, mar


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Paula - Sounds like your Mother was a treasure. I am sure you cherish the memories, and try to forget the scars. There is a great deal scar tissue on this side of the country. Wishing you a fine Christmas and lifting a glass in a toast to you and yours.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. Love, hugs and Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours. We started the day by losing the electricity. Ho-ho-ho. Give Andy a treat on this special day.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

And here I came, Mike, to read your reply to me just to find these two most beloved sistas of mine chatting about. As usual they pulled my tears of laughter.

I agree with Mar. Italian and Outspokenness are twins, and sarcasm is their shade - small or large depending on the hour of the day. What will HP be without our Maria and Paula? And without you, Mike?

Sadly, we feel a bit hurt when one of our HP-'relatives' leaves to pursue other interest (have had enough of us), and even more so when we know we have given them the best of our love and support. We then have to accept that life goes on, and we have to convince ourselves that nobody owes us nothing, not even love and loyalty.

I hope you are all having a peaceful and happy Christmas day. And thank you for being you, Mike - most certainly the most reliable and supportive male hubber in Hubville. May you be blessed with good health and inspiration throughout 2015.

Warm wishes from a hot and sunny South Africa :)


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Martie Coetser, If you are now calling me 'sarcastic' in addition to 'Italian and outspoken'.........well, I 'resemble' that (LOL)!

I am mentally in 'hot and sunny' (that's sarcastic speak for rainy, damp and chilly) Pennsylvania....... but

I cannot imagine HubVille without Mike, Paula and you either...wishing you all a cozy, merry and peaceful Christmas. Love y'all, Maria


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. It is true that life can give you unexpected surprises, both good and bad. The older I get, I have learned to be waty of their existence. But when they arrive they are still a shock. Thank you for the holiday wishes and your kind words.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. And happy holidays to you. Let's see, Itailian, Outspoken and sarcastic - throw in a dash of humor and that is a pretty cool combination. California has been having sunshine - sending plenty of sunshine your way.


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ocfireflies 10 months ago from North Carolina

Mike aka mckbirdbks,

Greetings. What a fun read and filled with humor. Thank You.

Much Needed.

Blessings,

Kim aka ocfireflies


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Kim aka ocfireflies. Thank you for taking the time to read this older piece of writing. That is very much appreciated. Have a great week.

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