A Solid Foundation from a Good Mother

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The Foundation

Dear Mom,

I guess I got my roots in the early years playing Scrabble and Chinese Checkers. I learned how to play by the rules but watched others try to cheat. I also appreciated the value of trying to win fairly.

I had no idea that my biggest challenge would be to try to win when the perpetrator was breaking all the rules and I could only use my wit and grit. I know that you are the strongest woman I know and I thank you for passing that life-saving trait to me. Your no - nonsense approach to things has made me fairly fearless, or at least able to bluff my way through things. I know you must have been frightened and angry when told by your doctor that you were pre-diabetic. But considering family history, we went to class and you mastered all nutritional information, thus making insulin unnecessary. And you mastered the glucometer! You look great with those dropped pounds as well, accepting and mastering this and any challenge! I am so proud of you.



(Mother's Day, 2007)

Speaking of Challenges ....

Taking some excellent advice from Vinaya Ghimire, marcoujor decided it was time for her "to put my money where her mouth is..." in the interview department.

In fact, I thought I would share my interview responses with you here:

The times I'm most creative are ....

when I first wake up in the morning between 5-6AM, no matter what is on my agenda. I am usually filled with energy, creativity and a desire to conquer the world... by 9PM or so, not so much!

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The times I'm most joyful are...

when I am at peace. Whether family, friend or critter, there is nothing like spending time, doing anything, with those you love. This includes 'me' time because we all need to love ourselves and take care of ourself.

Something I'd like to learn to do...

Well my latest answer is something of an artistic design! Recently two good friends have encouraged me to try my hand at drawing. I do love a challenge and will keep you posted.

My secret talent...

I can play the piano, pretty amateur, but I enjoy the fact that I can read music and do the basics. It is a beautiful accompaniment to my amazing singing voice...hee-hee!

Best gift I ever gave someone ...

Trips to Nashville, Georgia and Atlantic City with my Mom. The look of joy of her face as she saw relatives, explored new adventures while relaying her past memories and her joyful, childlike excitement with boat rides, casinos, fancy hotels... just the memories of it all. There is nothing like the gift of your time.

Best gift I ever received from someone ...

My wedding ring and what it stood for, now almost 25 years later.

If you peeked in my closet, you would find ...

"law and order". It may not come as a shock that I am quite organized and my closet is no exception. I have been ribbed by my some gal pals for having pink hangers for spring and summer and maroon, for fall and winter... "Hello,... us gals need to keep it together and we start in the closet!"

My dream dinner date ...

a picnic (spring, summer, fall) or a fireside dinner in the winter with the man I love. Music is a must, I'll pick! Accompanied by a lot of laughter.

My favorite vacation spot .... paradise destination ....

a private beach, lotsa peace and quiet, unlimited beverages with pretty umbrellas... oh yeah, with Aunt Baby!

Something I got rid of and never missed ....

the belief that I had to be remotely perfect in appearance or attitude! I highly recommend this philosophy... it seriously makes you feel light as a feather and like there is nothing you cannot do...!

Something I fear...

the possibility and reality of the evilness that man can exhibit towards one another. It makes me feel helpless and that may be my biggest fear of all.

What I most despise in others ...

An inability or unwillingness to listen to another viewpoint; being quick to judge without knowing or caring about all the facts; people who assume they know it all when they really know nothing of importance. What all of these statements have in common is what I hate most of all : ignorance.

What songs tell us the most about you ....

I have selected songs that capture my essence in other interviews, which I have linked to this one. There are three songs that summarize me through my life's journey. I have already shared: Annie Lennox's "Lifted" and John Lennon's "Imagine".

The song that I will share with you now is the Beatles: "Long and Winding Road".

I am most moved by these timeless songs that make me pause, reflect, shed a tear and regain perspective, all in less than 5 minutes. How can you beat that for inspiration...?

The Long and Winding Road (original) / The Beatles

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Some advice to my younger self ....

Girlfriend, you do not have to get a "100" on every test. Mom was right, "do your best and love what you do. It would be a boring world indeed if we were all the same or perfect."

The best part of getting older...

I'm starting already (oops, some of you have noticed...) I can pretty much say anything I please and feel any way I want to feel... no one has to listen (news flash!) and no one has to agree... it's all cool!

Best advice to a new writer...

Be true to yourself in what you write about. Be receptive to constructive critique in the polish and publication of your work. We all have much to learn and many are even willing to teach.

My favorite book and why...

My best friend gave me a compilation of Shakespeare's stories and I treasure it. Foregoing all the trendy and predictable electives in college, I took anything Shakespeare... and loved it so. King Lear and Romeo & Juliet are my all time favorites.

What subjects / genres are you best at writing/ about ?

I feel most comfortable writing about people and life experience, whether real or fictional. My fiction is eerily realistic as I need to think of an actual person when I am writing. And, I would switch up circumstances and details to protect the innocent, of course...!

What would be a subject/ genre that would challenge your current writing efforts? Or are you perfectly happy with where you are...

I am never perfectly happy, in that I will always be receptive to an appropriate challenge. I would be very awkward with anything of an extreme nature, such as dry factual medical information or very erotic, amorous expression.

Well, that's about all there is ....

Oh, I almost forgot, I need to select a Temptations song for myself. That's an easy one, of course..."The Impossible Dream".

I am a sucker for a show tune and no one can croon this one better than these fellows. I loved playing this song (much to my sister's horror and damage to her delicate ears...) on the piano as a child

I know the words to this song by heart and find them, still today, to be inspirational and empowering.

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible!" (Audrey Hepburn)

© Maria Jordan (revised October, 2014)

The Impossible Dream - The Temptations & The Supremes

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thank you for re-visiting this interview, dear Peg. I appreciate you taking the time to support me through the happy and sad days - a true friend.

And yes, we have said goodbye to some fine writers over the months and hello to some cool ones as well.

Hope you are having a peaceful week. Love and hugs, Maria

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Looking back at all the beautiful responses to this interview, I'm missing so many of these wonderful writers who make it such a wonderful world of support and friendship here.

Your interview series stands the test of time and reminds me that there are so many new writers out there who would speak their world and be known.

What an enchanting insight to the Maria that we all adore. You have shared the best of gifts - the gift of your time.

Love you and thinking of you today. Peg

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Shyron,

Thanks ever so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.

How lovely to be called u-nee-que by you, you sweet thang! I cannot help but start my day with a smile because of you!

Have a peaceful day. Love ya, Maria

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Dear Maria, what can I say but wow? I love everything about this especially the music.

You are u-nee-que, and I am so honored that you are my friend.

Blessings and ((((Hugs)))))

Love Shyron

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Sweet Randi,

After reading your latest, beautiful tribute to your daughter, I can see why this appealed to your heart.

I appreciate your visits, kind comments and perspective so much. Thank you, my friend, and have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Maria

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a great hub! So enjoyable to read! I loved the letter to your mother and being the horrible voyuear that I am, I truly enjoyed all the "getting to know Marcour" tidbits! Thank you, my friend!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Rema,

Your comment means so much, as I know what a wonderful relationship you have with your dear Mother.

Hope to be by to visit your writing soon. Hugs, Maria

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Maria,

I loved the way you have written about inheriting great values in life from your loving mother. And everything about yourself. Lovely hub. A very engaging hub, I must say. Cheers and hugs, Rema.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Nell,

What a lovely thing to say as I have been greatly enjoying your writing, especially your humorous side of late! I am so happy that we are buddies and look forward to getting to your corner much more as time permits.

And dear Mary,

I honestly feel the same way about you. Glad to see you back at the Cafe and am overdue for a stop in your hood. School is zany but will get around...

Hope you both have a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Mar you really are a great writer so deliciously inviting...loving reading your hubs:)

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, reading your hubs makes me realise just what a good writer you are, such a natural, I have trouble finding the words sometimes without looking and feeling stilted, but you, you just flow and are so interesting! jealous now! haha! wonderful hub and fascinating too, nell

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear carter,

How very nice of you to take the time to visit and get to know me a bit better. That is so kind of you.

I am very much enjoying my trips to your hood as well. SYS and have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Really nice way to get to know you Mar...good to meet you my friend...cheers

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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

. . . yes, well, they better not either, because if anyone tries to say that I'm . . . hey, wait a second!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Oh Sha... you are sweet! If I find that Car51, I shall let you know...!

Oh Mickey...no one would ever accuse you of being nice (hee-hee!) Don't be afraid, my friend!

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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

. . . right? I'm fearful she just thinks I'm being nice - I'm not being nice - she's being gorgeous.

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Car 51 where aaaarrrrreeeee you??? Oh, my we're showing our age. But yes, Maria. Mickey is right. You're beautiful!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Curiad-- Thank you very much for your beautiful comment. I greatly admired your writing throughout the Journey and will look forward to reading much more of your excellent wisdom.

Dear Sha-- I not only hear you, I am singing with you, Sista!

Dear Mickey-- Oh my, I'm "pretty" alright! I'm PRETTY sure there is no one in the world like you and for this, I am grateful!! {Hmmm, Pixie, did she just compliment me or insult the heck outta me...??} Thank you for always (and I do mean always) making me smile. But I still hope Car51 will not change her mind...?

Hope y'all have a peaceful day! Hugs, Maria

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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

You told our dear Martie "I believe one day our worlds will collide",

Well I believe I can predict that day, without a bit of arrogance or pride;

For the fact is, you see,

That it's really all about me;

You'll smash into one another as you come running at me from each side.

. . . and, it's a fine hub and all, but I don't know what Car51 is talking about "best interview yet' . . ? . . I guess Car51 missed the first one you did.

. . . BUT, all kidding and miserable attempts at self-deprecation aside - Maria, you are so beautiful! I can't believe I scanned through all these comments and remark after remark was 'good interview', 'you're great', 'you're so talented', etc, etc, and nobody announced, proclaimed, just bubbled over how gorgeous you are. Wholly crap - you're stunning, you're as pretty as can be . . . I'm not kidding, I've scanned back up to look at your photo 3 times as I was writing this, seriously, I'm not kidding . . . you're so pretty.

. . . oh yes - great interview.

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Maria, now I know. I think that's all I have to say. You hear me. We are, indeed, kindred spirits!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

A beautiful interview, person and writer. I am glad I found you here and I look forward to reading more!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

"You mean all this time we could have been friends..."

Dear Mohan,

Now I must immediately see if I am "following" you! For anyone who cares to write me a review like this... oh lemme stop being cheeky, you are ever so gracious and I am seriously humbled. Thank you, dear.

Hugs, Baby Jane

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

She's beautiful, smart, cheeky, funny, clever, organised, sociable, engaging, sexy, serious, simple yet complex, gregarious, talented and passionate. This candid interview is a triumph is letting the world know more of Maria and her labour of love. We share a lot of similarities in our professional backgrounds and our love for our parents. I adore this woman. A sparkling interview as expected and some memorably beautiful pictures too. ... this one's a keeper. ( the hub and her!)

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Vinaya,

Thank you so much for your touching comments. From reading your work, I know what a beautiful woman your Mother is. What a lovely sentiment and I know that will be a wonderful day.

You were the inspiration for me to "interview myself" and I thank you for your friendship and support. Hugs, Maria

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Dear Maria,

Your letter to your mother reminds me of all the letters I wrote to my mother as a child. My mother dreams of reading those letters to her grandchildren.

You are fabulous in this interview. I very much liked your advice to your younger self.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dearest Sharon,

Like Mom, I am pretty "easy to read"... And so, I am really happy you were not surprised by my responses.

AND even kewler that you still love me (LOL)... Whew, cuz I love you too, "Mentor Sista"!

Have a wonderful day! Love, Maria

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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh, I just love you Maria. Now as I read this, honestly, none of your answers really surprised me. Your are so beautiful inside and out. I am so lucky to call you friend. Big ole hugs coming your way!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Vellur and Shalini,

You both honor me with the beautiful things you have said about Mom. I am so blessed to have been given the gifts of her strength and wisdom.

Hoping you are both having a peaceful week, Hugs, Maria

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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

indeed mothers are really special and i loved reading this hub, your mother to be a really amazing lady

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Awesome insight to an awesome person. Your mother is a fantastic woman and guess she passed it all on to you. Voted up.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Sunnie,

Thank you for your beautiful and humbling comment. I could return this identical remark right back to you and am amazed that you think "I" am like the energizer bunny! That is way cool, girlfriend.

You can imagine the work and devotion Mike put into Kylie with me. Wait until you see his other illustrations for all (12) months... each more precious than the next. We will make sure you get a copy for all of your support and friendship.

Way overdue in visits to your blog and will be catching up as my August is a bit of a catch-up month. Hope you are well.

Love you,


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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Mar,

I so enjoyed your interview. I feel as if we have known each other many years verses a couple. You are like the energizer bunny whose basket is filled with lots of love for so many. You never tire and are forever giving of yourself, thinking of others. That is what I admire about you most of all as your heart seems to never runs dry. Congrats on your Kylie Series and I love the cover. The stories are so beautiful and sweet. Mike did a great job with the cover. Wishing you the very best in all your put your hands to do. May God richly bless you and guide you.

Love and hugs my dear friend,


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Tom,

Thanks for stopping back. This weekend is shaping up to be very peaceful and hoping all is well with you also.

I am anxious to spend some time now catching up on the writing of my dear friends and will be by to visit you soon. Hugs to you, mar

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend hope your weekend is going well . Have great Sunday and a wonderful week !

Tom.......Hugs ! :-)

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear b. Malin,

You give me my second reason to smile by your fabulous remarks and visit. You are a funny and genuine lady, so happy that we are friends.

Hope you have a very peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Hyph,

You are the sweetest thing... thank you for taking the time to visit and make me smile from your kind and generous heart.

See you soon at the Cafe. Hugs, Maria

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b. Malin 4 years ago

Maria, you've done an Excellent job, interviewing yourself. We now have a Wonderful Insight to the real You, and You, my Friend, are an Awesome Lady, and Hub Writer. Lots of Warmth and Charm. Thanks for sharing yourself so Beautifully.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I am so glad you interviewed yourself. laugh It is lovely to know you better and this is a great transition from the Men to the Women interviews. You are talented, beautiful, loving and everything I expected you to be.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

LORD, Darling,

Your comments touch my heart and I thank you.

I want you to know that the gals' series will be called: "Fall in Love with the Women of HubPages" and will begin on September 1st... running through "at least" October.

Heaven only knows (oh, I do!!) what I plan to do for my Winter Challenge! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Maria

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Maria darling, you have shown the best from you! We have been in touch with you, and have been lucky enough to know Mrs. Sammy's daughter. We are just months apart, so we have witnessed a century with so many changes, like your mom did. Thanks for pouring your heart in this interview, and hope to read your, it's raining women in HP! before this fall....or before Dec. 21, ya know?

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Y...E...A...H... whether an owl or an earlybird, my girlfriend Yvonne is an APPRENTICE...! I am ever so proud of you and you are most deserving as you are one of the best writers in our community!

A million thanks for your support, friendship and for stopping by with your beautiful remarks! Hugs and CONGRATULATIONS, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Vincent,

Your comment blows me the heck away. I have resisted calling you my cyber-Brother because of my jealous Sista (LOL). I am gonna have to take my chances now.

You are quite a man. I know that when something is awry, I have to but let you know and you will handle it. You also allow "the nurse" to take care of you when you are not feeling your best (we'll forget about that story you told when you were a wee lad in the hospital bed, OK?!). In my books, this makes you a cowboy and a gentleman, with a wild sense of humor. This is a wonderful combination...........................

along with being a heckuva fabulous writer.

So, thanks, Bro... and Sista, eat your heart out!! Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear tammy,

A million thanks for stopping by with your sincerely lovely remarks.

I am so very much looking forward to showcasing you, my dear girlfriend, in my upcoming series for the HubVille Ladies. It will be as beautiful as you...Have a happy Friday. Hugs, Maria

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Great to read this Maria! And I echo everything Vincent has written above.

I love your advice to new writers to be true to yourself. So important in a world where the desire to make a fast buck seems to overtake so many.

And I so envy you your ability to get creative at 5 am. I do occasionally manage that, but with teenagers in the house my routine has become somewhat more owlish lately. You have inspired me to make changes to my routine!

And good luck with Kylie's Blossoms.

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Maria I am delighted to find this interview of the one and only marcoujor. Yes indeed she is a woman with a confident, kind, loving, generous and glowing nature. You have always left stirring comments at my Hubs, they have made me at times look deep inside myself. Your support has been overwhelming, your laughter and great sense of humour has often been a great start to my many melancholy days.

When I've read your comments to others, I often left with a smile or grin on my face. You know how to uplift a person who is struggling within. I appreciate the emails you have copied me on, thinking that they would interest me and of course they always did. Maria you are the sweetener in my morning coffee and my sugar in my sweet tea.

I am so impressed with your achievements and your talent as a writer. I often visit your site, not always leaving a comment, however visiting for some comfort to my soul. Your work moves Vincent and I am delighted to call you friend, you are a class act indeed.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

A beautiful hub on a beautiful subject. I enjoyed reading your interview and getting to know you better. You are one of the warmest and classiest ladies I have met on Hubpages. Bravo!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Rosemay,

Thank you for always saying the most thoughtful remarks. I knew you would especially appreciate Mike's illustrations because of his work on The Candy Wrapper and I appreciate your kind remarks about my Pearls of Wisdom.

As far as good friends go, it takes one to know one. Always love to see you and have a wonderful day. Love, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Josh,

I must thank Vinaya for the idea as he interviewed himself after he did a series with us gals this past March.

Thank you so much for complimenting my best girl. She doesn't feel very pretty "she said to tell you" as she is shivering in her paws right now... with our little weather event. Mommy still thinks she's gorgeous though. And I love that y'all have four pooches!

I always appreciate your visits and have a great night! Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Lesley,

Your remarks are most sweet and supportive. I appreciate them, as I always do your visits to my work. Your friendship is amazing.

Have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Gypsy,

You are the warmest, kindest lady and I am way overdue in my reading of your awesome writing as well.

I wish you could see this big clown of a scared pooch laying all over Mommy's feet in bed (it's pretty tight) because of a thunder and lightening storm we are experiencing...but I shall give Aunt Baby your kitty's kind message soon.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for your sweet comments.

SYS. Many hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Rui,

I am so honored to meet only the second apprentice I know on HP...congratulations.

Thank you for this comment. I must admit I have never had my aestethics complimented before and it feels wonderful!

I will very much look forward to checking out some of your writing.

Take care and see you around, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Pamela,

How nice to see you and how remiss I have been in visiting your wonderful writing. I will need to rectify this soon as my Summer Challenge draws to a close.

I suspect we have much in common with our Nursing backgrounds. I am so appreciative of your generous and supportive comments.

Hope your summer is going well and SYS. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Peggy,

Thank you for such a beautiful comment. I am so thrilled to have you in my world. In fact, after your last hub and comment, I am heading to Texas for dinner and a fabulous conversation. What an awesome invite! Until then, have a peaceful night. Love you, Sista!

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Maria this was a lovely surprise to find this morning.

I enjoyed reading this and getting to know you a little better. Your wardrobe sounds just like mine, colour coordinated and in its place. Lol

Seriously your hubs always leave that 'feel good' factor. I love your Kylie series and so pleased to see that you are publishing 'Kylie's Blossoms' , loving the cover illustration by Mike. And your 'Pearls of Wisdom were a treasure to read.

One awesome lady to be able to count on as a friend.

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania


Beautiful interview Maria! And an awesome idea to interview yourself with the same questions. I feel like I know you just a little bit more which is exciting! Also that dog is too gorgeous! My family owns four dogs! Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself here Maria, I enjoyed reading it!

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I enjoyed your interview Maria, your words are always full of your endless energy and enthusiasm - I love that about you!

And now we know a little more about you, thank you and a big vote up from me.

Congratulations on your very successful 'raining men' series.

Hugs, Lesley

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

One fantastic interview with a truly beautiful and great lady. A shall we say self-portrait awesomely done. Sid sends his sincerest meows to Aunt Baby. Hugs from Riga.

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Rui Carreira 4 years ago from Torres Novas

Great Interview! I loved the hub aesthetics too... nice and sober while looking "comfy".

Voted up!

Hope to see you around

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Mar, I loved this interview. You are such a talented, well rounded woman and I love the way you seem to tackle new projects. I love trying new projects also and I feel a kinship in our similar views. I also am at my best by 5 AM and I love the Temptations. This interview was so revealing and interesting. It is so nice to learn all these new things about a Hubber who is an excellent writer and always so kind to other people. Rated up and across the board.

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Maria, dear dear Maria,

I have waited so long for this intimate look into the real Mar that we have grown to know and love through your writings about others. It has been a genuine pleasure to discover that many of the things which make you happy also make me smile. I love what you said about your wedding ring. I feel the same way about mine.

Thank you from my heart for letting us peek further into your world.

Voted all the way up and beyond! I ADORE the pic of Aunt Baby as a pup. The two of you are beautiful!

Much Love


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Oh how cool, Nellieanna, Miss Sammie always said she "had eyes on

the back of her head"... and now, darn it, I find myself saying the very


I am so happy "you're in" and I'll be in touch soon!

Have a peaceful night. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Ruby,

Thank you so much for your honorable comments, my friend. You are

a woman after my heart as well. I love both your style and your

musical tastes.

See you soon at the Cafe. Much love, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Tom,

You are such a wonderful friend and I thank you for this beautiful

comment. I especially appreciate you acknowledging my love of a

challenge and that you called me "Zeppelin-like"... That is no doubt

one of the kewlist thangs anyone has ever said to me!

Have a peaceful night, Kashmir... Hugs, Maria

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

No one squealed. Momma-like, I have eyes in the back of my head.

Sure, Maria. I'm always up for an interview -- especially in the summer when things are slow. hehe Thank you!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Joyce--

You know Michael Friedman as our 'mckbirdbks' or, if you don't, you should...

Please see my comment to him above and let me know if I can help get

the two of you in touch. I know you will be so happy you did.

Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author


You are a rascal. But we knew that... Your interview is like no other

and I would have expected nothing less. Thank you for my song...


Have a wonderful night, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Nellieanna,

OK, who squealed that I LOVE TONY THE TIGER and my Frosted Flakes. In

fact, he recently celebrated his G...R...E...A...T... Birthday!

Speaking of GREAT, 'Sista Momma', we both have some pretty excellent

taste in 'family and friends'... and a million thanks for that sassy

audio message!

Hey, could I 'sweetly twist your arm' into an interview...? Of

course, my Sista from SA has already said YES. Lemme know. Hugs,


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Becky,

Please take the pressure off... there is time with the upcoming

series. Even the guys will tell you, I am a "no pressure" interviewer

with my timeframes.

A million thanks for your visit and kind remarks. See you later at

the Cafe. Hope to read some more of your Vietnam Vet memory stories

soon. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author


You tricked me. I had to read that sentence a couple times...hmmmmm.

Either way, I really like the fact that I found someone to put up with

my "fairly fussy" requirements with a neverending source of patience,

humor and most of all, talent

As I read the rest of my comments, I see that Joyce (writer20) is

interested in talking with you so I will also mention your name in my

response to her. I hope this draws you all kindsa business... Mr

Friedman, you are quite able as an illustrator, an editor and oh yeah,

you write some pretty amazing stuff as well.

Thank you for helping my dream become an actuality... Mom will be

smiling down on Christmas day, That means everything to me. Hugs,


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author


I just looked up sweet in the dictionary and found a picture of you...

(hint, hint... remember that, it's killer for a reverse pick-up


Seriously, you are the best. I burned my brownies I was crying so

hard. More ingredients on the way... Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Deb,

You have been absolutely beautiful in your support of this series and

are a wonderful, gifted poetess.. I would love you to be part of my

upcoming series and ask that you contact me (FB or HP e-mail) if you

are interested. It would be fabulous.

Have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Car51--

Leave it to you to make me feel special. I am just ever so grateful

it was not you that was exposed to my horrific poundings that made

poor Sister "DM" run out of the room at practice time... oh, thank

goodness! I think she's deaf now... or pretending to be.

Oh well, thank you for always being a big part of my dreams, even

though I can be a bit impossible at times. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear snakeslane--

You are so cool... I was gonna invite you to the Cafe to chelax as I

have "zilcho energy" and there you go, making me feel positive! Thank

you for your visit, your kind words and for being my friend along this

"Long and Winding Road".

Oh, let's still meet, OK...? SYS. Hugs, Maria

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Martie--

Thank you for being so supportively loyal, the first to comment,

usually my first to go to when something is amiss in HubVille. I am

thinking you could almost write a soap opera... oh wait a minute, you

did that, and so well!

I believe one day our worlds will collide and oh wow... will the

shenanigans begin or what? In the meantime, I surely appreciate you

each and every day and value your wickedly sincere friendship.

I will surely keep you posted on kylie's Blossoms and thank you for

your sweet thoughts on that as well. Hope your day has been

spectacular. Hugs, Maria

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Mar, I loved your interview, somehow i knew you were my kind of woman. I love your enthusiasm, the fact that you are continuing to learn new projects is wonderful. Your tolerance toward others is commendable and inspiring. ( I am sure Miss Sammie is smiling. ) Your chioce of music is another plus, I love ' The Temptations ' And you've proven that nothing is impossible. Best Wishes My Friend....

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, yep you're just like i pictured your honest and beautiful inside and out and a true friend and not afraid to take on a challenge .

Vote up and awesome,interesting,Beautiful,special, groovy,cool,Zeppelin-like and a wonderful friend !!! :-)

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful hub, I love your interview and it's very interesting. Looking forward to more.

Is Michael Friedman illustrator on-line? Because I need someone to design a cover for my Undercover Detective story.

Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

sheesh - much ado about virtually nothing! I thought that was a live link - wrong. So, anyway - here's the plain vanilla (but live) one:



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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Go Get'm, Tiger!

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Fascinating Maria and BTW I just sent you the answers to questions I was asked. I'm late so spank me. Lightly though because I like it :)

The Frog Prince

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Mar, I regard you as an outstanding, courageous, brilliant, beautiful, caring woman to whom I feel allegiance, at least partly for your loyal, beneficial relationships to folks I value highly! This peek into YOU and your life is a treat for me! I'm looking forward to more actively following your writing and other interviews! Hugs!! Go get'm tiger!

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is a wonderful look at you. I am so glad you interviewed yourself. Now I have to quit procrastinating and get it done. Love ya girl.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I can’t decide whether I like the interviewee or the interviewer better. Lol You have poured your heart into the Legacy series about your Mom and topped it off with this insightful interview. The ‘Raining Men” series seems to have been a hit, based on the number of emails to hit my inbox. I want to thank you for being a part of the Kylie's Blossoms project and wish you every success.

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Beautiful interview from a beautiful woman. The toughest and most intelligent woman I know. Beautiful...

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

You are an impression writer and a great person. I love all your interviews and this one is excellent.. this is a way I get to know every all the different writers here on the hub.. blessings and hugs


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Car51 4 years ago

Congratulations on the best "interview" yet!! I can imagine you plunking out "The Impossible Dream" on the piano as a child, but better yet-- actually living out that dream is far more wonderful! Along the many long and winding roads, may all your dreams come true!

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

I am impressed with your relentless energy and enthusiasm Ms Mar. I also appreciate the pearls of wisdom that adorn your every page. And an upcoming book of Kylie stories is something to look forward to! Congratulations to you and editorial assistant/illustrator mckbirdbks. Also, you picked one of my all time favorite Beatles' songs here, thank you. Regards, snakeslane

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

A double surprise! This interview with my dearest online sista, Maria Couchara Jordan - the best sister and friend on this planet and the introduction of her writing project, Kylie's Blossoms.

What I like the most of this wonderful, sparkling, highly intelligent, open-minded, wise, caring, compassionate and always-positive woman, is her honesty, sense of humor and her self-confidence. Maria knows herself and she knows she can handle any situation just the way it should be handled plus the consequences, and therefore she is able to love and understand all others.... and naturally she will despise the evil and even the selfish egoists.

Knowing Maria and enjoying her friendship and support, is one of the most wonderful privileges in my life.

The other surprise ~ Kylie's Blossoms! And what an awesome front page! Can't wait to hear more of this.

Marcoujor, this was a super-great interview with yourself. I enjoyed it from A-Z, but of course, I enjoy you more. Meeting you in person, is a wish in capital letters on my wishlist.

Hugs and snogs and more hugs from me to you - and a biscuit for Aunt Baby :))

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