4th Hubpage Anniversary -Happiness

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My photo at a DAR meeting.
My photo at a DAR meeting.

How I Began

Today is my fourth Hubpages anniversary. When I arrived here I had done very little online writing, although I always loved to write, and I am usually reading two books at once. I wrote stories, editorials that frequently were published, kept a journal, but I had a lot to learn.

I was fortunate as some people who are no longer writing here helped me along with many suggestions. My writing improved, and I did 30 hubs in 30 days, then, 60 hubs in 60 days. I made friends with people and loved to write. I didn’t see any money for the first few months, and at that time we were paid my Google, not Hubpages. Hubpages has changed a lot in these four years, by adding classes for new-comers and so forth.

Red Rose

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Experiences along the Way

I designed a genealogy webpage after taking a class, but it was a lot of work to keep up with so I let it go. I am almost done with a book and have also done a lot of freelance writing because if you pick your topics carefully it can be a good source of income. I have recently written some magazine articles and hope they will sell. I think Hubpages has taught me so much, and I have continued to expand my writing to other areas also.

Another Happiness Quote

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Satisfaction Definition

Satisfaction has many meanings; not all of them are happy definitions. For instance, one states “the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin,” and “reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.” This sounds like justice and obviously the person committing the sin or the injury is not the one who ends up satisfied.

I was thinking of satisfaction in a positive light. Some of the synonyms are:

  • Happy
  • Gratified
  • Fulfilled
  • Appeased
  • Quenched
  • Pleasure

Self-evaluation

I was thinking about my life as it related to writing this morning, and I concluded that I am satisfied with my progress. I am happy most every day, even though I do have a tendency to over-commit. I get some direct orders that take time, and I have not given Hubpages as much attention due that issue. I don’t want to lose my friends on Hubpages, and I love to read the Hubs of all the many gifted writers. I am going to try to rearrange my time a bit differently, so I can spend more time here.

When I thought about the fact that I was satisfied with my writing progress, of course, I had to look up the word satisfaction. I will say I have not moved ahead as quickly as I would like, but I do have an elderly mother to care for and my husband also had a stroke a few years ago, so his abilities are limited. He is actually doing a lot of the cooking now, and that is HAPPINESS for me.

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Satisfaction

Happiness Quote

“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

A Job Well Done

When I think of a job in terms of satisfaction, I think of the sense of accomplishment. I personally believe happiness has a lot to do with your expectations also. Is my writing a job, a career or a passion for me? Typically, jobs hold more appeal when they pay well. It takes a lot of work before writing pays well, and it does not work that way for everyone. I think careers are more about advancement and moving up the ladder of success. A passion is what writing is to me, regardless of the amount of money I earn each month.

See Yourself

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Does Happiness Depend on Others or on Me?

Happiness is subjective, and generally people judge experiences as positive or negative. It stands to reason positive experience bring happiness into our lives, and the absence of negative experience certainly add to happiness. Can I take constructive criticism and use it? I sure can and do. If someone gives me a poor review, I can decide whether I believe their words are true and make some changes.

Or, I may decide I simply disagree with them, and know that everyone has a right to an opinion. I do not have to take a negative review personally. Misery is an option I do not often choose. I tend to be pretty straight forward in my views – kind of like the saying “what you see is what you get”.

Bob Marley-Don't worry be happy

Happiness and Satisfaction Poll

Are you happy and generally satisfied with your life?

See results without voting

Summary

I may have rambled a bit, but on my anniversary I think it may be okay. It is good to share and do a self-evaluation now and then. Some flowers or perhaps some candy would be fitting for this anniversary.

© 2013 Pamela Oglesby

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Comments 110 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Happy Anniversary, Pamela, and congratulations! You are one of the Hubbers I have always respected and looked up to, and my respect is not won easily.

Your poll at the end was an interesting one for me. I am happy nearly 99% of each day, but am I satisfied with my life? I don't think I have ever been satisfied....I am always searching, and I truly don't know what it is I'm searching for. :)

Anyway, I'm happy for you on your special day.

bill


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Happy Anniversary Pam!

I have been following you for almost 3 years now. Hard to believe how fast the time has gone by.

So glad to have met you through HubPages and I look forward to reading more from you in the years to come.


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on your 4 years here at HubPages. It has helped me improve my writing a lot as well. And it's such a great community here. Thanks for sharing your 4 year journey and happiness about your journey with us. And keep on writing...!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Pam, it's refreshing to hear that you are satisfied here on HP, i've been reading so many negative remarks. Caring for your mother and husband must be difficult at times, yet you keep doing what you love , writing. I am a late bloomer, never wrote anything ever until i joined HP, now i wonder why i waited so long. Thank you for sharing....


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on your anniversary milestone at HP! The learning process can be very satisfying and it will be interesting to see where the next 4 years takes us. :)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Billy,Thank you so much for your comments and congrats. I think if you look at how far you have come since beginning with Hubpages you will see an amazing growth of new directions and the important roles you play on this site. You are a teacher, you are always willing to help the newcomer, you have published magazine articles and so forth. A sense of satisfaction would seem to be warranted. It doesn't mean you have achieved everything you want or that you have to even know exactly what your final goal is, but as you well know one day at a time is the way to go. Thanks again.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Susan, It is hard to for me to believe it has been 4 years, but you are one of the ones I remember from back in that first year. I love your cooking hubs and all the others as well. Hope we have many more years. I appreciate you comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Karen, I am glad you stopped by and thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Ruby, Late bloomers are still roses. I don't have my eggs all in one basket I guess, so maybe it is good that I write here and for other sites as well. I have always enjoyed your hubs and you have been here for a while now. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, I know I am still learning and hope it never stops. The challenge is part of the fun. It will be interesting to see what the future holds. Thanks so much for your comments.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

Congratulations Pam on your four year tenure here at the Hubs. I've always enjoyed your work and appreciated your comments on my work I use to place here. Keep writing and sharing, you are a very fine writer and many will read your articles and leave wonderful comments. Hugs


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Vincent, It is wonderful to hear from you. I have always loved your poetry and haven't had a chance to read it as much lately. Thank you so much for your comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Did those four years fly by for you, Pamela? They did for me - we share an anniversary. Congratulations and keep on doing what you are doing. Seems like a plan to me.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

Happy 4th, Pamela. You've come a long way and what a milestone with your writing progress. It's great that you gave yourself the chance to evaluate yourself and share your thoughts. Many more years on HP!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

drbj Congratulation to you also and I will keep on writing. Thanks for the comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

anginwu, I imagine you have been on Hubpages for a number of years also. Thank you for your good wishes and comments.


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jimmythejock 3 years ago from Scotland

Congratulations Pamela, I love it when Hubbers hit big milestones, Good luck for the next 4 years.....jimmy


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations, Pamela. Stay happy. You're such a great promo for HubPages and for life!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Congratulations You have done a great job on writing here and I enjoy reading your work.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow! 4 years!! Thanks for reflecting, and sharing with us, Pamela! CONGRATS!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Congratulations on 4 great years on HubPages. I'm sure you will have many, many more.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Pamela big congrats to you and Happy Anniversary ! Wishing you all the best here on HP .


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BahamasFinder 3 years ago from Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Happy 4th Anniversary Pamela99! Here's to another 4 great years of Happy hubbing! Thanks for all that you have written and shared with all of us.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Happy anniversary, Pamela! What an accomplishment! I've heard the happiness is a state of mind. In saying that, most of the time I'm happy, although there are certain losses in life that can bring me down. On the whole though, I've had a great life (complete with some bumps and bruises) but I wouldn't trade it for anything! Have a great day!!

Liz


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jimmy. Hitting a milestone makes you feel good. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

MsDora, Your comment is so sweet and I apprecite it very much.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

DDE, I appreciate your kind words and I enjoy reading your hubs also.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

midget, Time flies when you are having fun. hehe Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Gals, You have been around quite a while also as I recall. Thanks for your comments.and good wishes.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Tom, Thanks so much for your anniversary good wishes. I wish you all the best also.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

BahamasFinder, Thanks for the anniversary wishes and lovely comments. I wish you 4 years ov Happy Hubbing also.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

epbooks, It is good to feel that way about your life and we all have has some bumps and bruises. Thanks so much for your comments.


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mollymeadows 3 years ago from The Shire

Happy anniversary, Pamela! And congratulations on fulfilling some of your life dreams!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You have been such a role model to me as an inspirational and gifted writer, an informed nurse and an empowered survivor, Pamela.

I consider you a dear friend on HP and congratulate you on 4-years of writing your quality work in our community...you emulate happiness, peace and goodness in all you do. Love and hugs, Maria


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Congratulations, Pamela...


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi Pamela, congratulations to you on achieving this milestone, I agree, writing is a passion, but the cherry on top is when that passion also pays. well done, and good luck for the future.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Molly, Thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Maria, I am blessed to have you as such a good friend, and I must be blushing after reading all that you wrote about me. Thank you so much and I hope we have 4 more years together. Love and hugs to you too.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jainismus, Thank you so much.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jo, Yes, it is nice to get a paycheck and that did not happen overnight. Thanks so much for your comments.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Pam. Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary. I'm sure HP's has come a long way during the last 4 years. You have many fans here and we look forward to you continuing to share your work with us.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Happy fourth anniversary, Pamela! Thank you for an interesting hub, too. I love your statement that "Misery is an option that I do not often choose". This sounds like a great way to live life.


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

Hi Pamela. You have a beautiful story, very inspiring. Your being happy and contented with everything that you have, despite being busy having to care for an elderly mother, your appreciating your husband's cooking had made you all the more blessed.

You taught me a lesson. It truly isn't about what's best in life, but how you make the most of what you have and what is there. I feel so blessed, just thinking of that. Thank you Pamela. I pray that you get really really well. Thank you for sharing your story. Happy anniversary! Hugs...-Tonette:=)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Congratulations dearest Pamela!!! Wow, four years. You are such an inspiration to me as a writer and lovely person inside and out! Thank you for sharing a bit here which is always a delight to read.

I understand about life's issues sometimes taking up a lot of our time no doubt, but when you do write, we are blessed to be able to read. God bless you, Faith Reaper


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Happy anniversary Pamela. Enjoyed reading this. Voted up


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Happi, happi Anniversary, Pamela!! Four years, wow. You are one writer that I try to check on each day to see if there is something I have not read. Your articles about health issues are well presented and researched which is important which goes without saying.

I could really hear your voice in this hub. Happiness is a choice.....we can choose it or not...Life is too short and fragile to not choose to wallow in joy!! And there are moments when that is very difficult.

Am so glad I found you on HubPages and wish for you many more years of successful writing.

As always the Angels are fluttering off to you this morning ps :) voted up, shared


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Bill, HP has changed a lot since I arived 4 years ago and many wwriters have left and new ones have arrived. It is an everychanging environment for sure. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Alicia, That saying sometimes gets my thiking adjusted when I'm bent out of shape over something that is really not that big of a deal anyway. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Tonette, I am so glad you found something in this hub that you could apply to yourself. We sure don't get all that we want in life, but it seems I get everytihing I really need anyway. I appreciate your comments. very much. Hugs.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Faith, I did write so much more regularly for the first years but not as much this year. I hope to imporve that situation in the near future. Thanks so mich for your comments as always. God Bless


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Bue, Thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Patricia, Health is really my favorie topic and I'm sure all those years of nursing are the reason. I agree with you that life can certainly be difficult, but we do have choices. I love reading your hubs and am glad we found each other. I lvoe all those angels and surely need all I can get. Sending some back to you and I appreciate your comments so much.


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agvulpes 3 years ago from Australia

G'day Pamela and a big congratulations on sticking it out here for 4 years :)

We have seen 'highs and lows' over those years and who knows some more highs may be just around the corner :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Anniversary Pamela! It's been my pleasure to read your articles and learn from you. Keep on shining! :)


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hi Pamella99, Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on your four years. You set an excellent example for all of us. I will strive for happiness and satisfaction at HubPages as well, as I come upon my one year anniversary. Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Many congratulations for your this journey filled with so many words of experiences and feelings.....many miles to go ahead my friend:-)

Votes up and sharing also.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Happy Anniversary, Pamela hope you will be here for at least another 4 years.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Happy 4th aniversary, Pamela. You are one of my most valued friends online. Your hubs are always informative and well-presented. Lovely quotes on happiness and beautiful picture of you!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

agvulpes, We certainly have seen highs and lows. I have written very frequently at times and less at other times also. I still like the people here and I wish I had more free time to read just almost everything. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Linda, I feel the same way about you. When I found you on Hubpages you did bring in a ray of sunshine for all of us. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jan, Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

dghbrh, What a lovely comment. Thank you so much.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

moonlake, You have been around for a while also. You never know about the future, but at this point I plan to stay. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Martie, my friend. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I love to read your hubs also. Thank you for your comments and glad you like the picture. I may change my posted one to that newer one if it fits correctly.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago

Congrats and hats off to you, on your many accomplisments, Pamela! Wow, 4 years on Hubpages..much success to you as you continue your writing projects! I enjoyed reading this and it has encouraged me to write more and set some new goals.

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

easylearningweb, I am glad this hub had a positive effect on you and I appreciate your comments.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland

Congratualtions Pamela! I loved reading this hub, and I am happy. There are not many things I would change in my life. I have met so many nice people here on HubPages since I started writing here.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Made, I'm glad you are happy and meeting such nice people is certainly one of the perks of writing on Hubpages. Thanks for your comments.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Congrats on your 4 years here at Hub pages and what a great hub to celebrate your anniversary!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Happy Anniversary Pamela, here's to many more years and hubs on here! Its great meeting different people from all walks of life, that's why I love it here, nell


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

Congratulations Pamela,

Decided to read your hub to learn what (4) years of hubbing looks and feels like. I plan to visit your hub home . I will soon be celebrating my (6th) month and that will be a milestone. I am also writing in other arenas, but HP is my favorite because of the friendships and support. You will maintain your satisfaction and happiness with your life as long as you continue to follow your heart and your passions. Voted up, beautiful and shared.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Elias, Thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, I feel the same way and you are one that has been around for quite a while also. I appreciate you comments as always.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

ladydeonne, That is a lovely way to put maintianing satisfaction and happiness. I'm glad you have 6 months in and wish you many more. I appreciete your comments. and the share.


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

Congratulations! This hub is truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing your experience here with us. Voted up.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Diana Lee, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and verry much appareciate your comments.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

Happy Anniversary, even though I'm a bit late on the scene. I have enjoyed your writing and getting to know you a bit through it. I hope you got your flowers and candy.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on 4 successful years on HubPages. I particularly love reading your health articles because the information is always cutting edge and very well presented and I invariably learn something I didn't know before.

Am glad that after four years, you're still enjoying this wonderful site and are growing as a writer.

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs and Love,

Gail


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Barbara, I had not seen you online recently and just checked your page and I was not longer a follower. I fixed that and I don't understand how that happens as this is not the first time. I followed you for a long time when I was more active on Hubpages.

Thanks for the comments, and actually I did not get the flowers or candy (not that I really need candy anyway). I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Gail, The medical hubs are really the area of my expertise since I was a nurse for such a long time and I'm still interested in medicine, but I really appreciate your comments. Thank you for the bouquet of hugs and love and I'm sending them back to you. I always enjoy your writing so much also. Thank you.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

Pamela, I've not been active here for at least six months until this week, but I had a Bubble tell me it wanted to be a hub, and I had to comply. I really have less time than ever for the major writing sites, since the book business is requiring more of me right now. But I've been sick this week and had more time for writing than usual.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Barbara, Maybe that is why you were off my list of people to follow. Regardless, I am glad to see you back. I am not here often either as I am invoved in too many things also. Thanks for the comments and hope you feel better.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Pamela, congrats on this great achievement. When I first started writing here and even now, I've always respected you and your work. I can honestly say that you put in 110% on every article you publish. Your surely one of the stars here at Hubpages and your accomplishments speak for themselves. It's hard to juggle a passion for writing and every day life, I've come to grips with that myself, so I can relate. I'm just glad I am fortunate to know such a great writer and even better person. Congrats Pamela. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

thelyricwriter, I think you are making me blush. Thank you so much for your comments, and yest, I know the stuggles of writing when you have other responsibilities, just like you do. I am so happy that you made these commits and I appreciate you as a writer as well. Thanks so much.


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Excellent write up. I too share your joy on this anniversary. Hope you will scale more heights in the future. Best of luck dear.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

sunilkunnoth, Thank for such thoughtful wishes. I wrote this a few months ago, so time is marching on, and there will be more writing to come. Thank you for your comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Congratualtions on your 4th anniversary writing for HP it has been a journey you will not forget and your experiences along the way has certainly taught you lots. You have produced a brilliant hub and I look forward to reading more hubs from you in the near future take care and keep writing and sharing


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

DDE, Thank you so much for your comments. Hubpages has defiintely been a learning experience.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Sorry I missed your anniversary, must not have been following you then, so belated wishes! It can be a very wonderful place and I only started my writing here so it sure has done much for me. ^


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jackie, Thank you for your comments. You write such interesting hubs and I know you will have anniversaries as well. I am not here as much as I was at one time, but I always enjoy getting here to read and see my friends.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

You are welcome and I hope you find more time, but I understand when you have responsibilities. Maybe holidays will free you up some. Hopefully.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Jackie. Thanksgiving will be a bit smaller and pleasant, but on Chirstmas Eve we are celebrating my mother's 90th birthday with family flying if from all around the country. I will have 23 people in my house! Her birthday is shortly after Christmas, so we are taking that opportunity to surprise as her health is not very good. It will be busy but I am so glad we will be able to surpirse her as we all love her dearly.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am very happy for you, my mom passed on about 4 years ago and I envy you but hope it is a wonderful visit for everyone and makes your mother very happy. Hug her all you can. That is what I miss so much.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Jackie, I know I will miss her horribly after she is gone. I am sorry to hear about your mother, and I think we always miss those we are so close to in our lives when they are gone. Thansks for your comments.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I missed this at the time, Pamela, but my most hearty congratulations! My 4th anniversary on HP will be in March, 2014. They've been wonderful years.

I see you're DAR. I'm qualified but just haven't applied. Several of Mother's relatives have traced it and qualified. Dad's family were here then but religious convictions would have prevented them from fighting. Both sides of my family have extensive histories. I'm currently working (on Ancestry.com) in an effort to coordinate both sides and include related individuals occurring by marriage since my parents and our own immediate family, - for benefit of my own and my sibling's progeny.

It's fascinating, and being able to begin with a lot of authenticated family information has moved it along rapidly. One of Mother's nieces, through a half-sister, has traced theirs back as far as a signer of the Magna Carta. I just don't know yet whether that individual was in the lineage of my grandfather (our common progenitor) or their mother, who died long before he married my grandmother. All of them lived in the mid to late 1800s though. I have gotten close in the historic period, though.

My father and mother were born in 1890 and 1892. I have the direct lineage traced by my full cousin for DAR and could request a copy of the others' DAR lineage. Unfortunately most of the key people are passed on, which is one thing that has prompted me to get onto more research myself while I can!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

ps - I should have mentioned that my Dad's lineage has been documented and published in 2 bound volumes, from their leaving Switzerland in the 1600s due to religious persecution, to my own children when they were growing up.

Dad's family were Mennonite, to explain their conscientious objection which would have excluded them from being directly involved in the Revolution. He broke with the church, however during WWI, due to his own ethical conviction that it was wrong to be paid as a soldier but to refuse to do the job. Fortunately he never had to put doing that job to the test, though he would have if he'd had to. The war ended before he was ever sent overseas and into battle. He kept ties with the family and friends up in Indiana, but he and mother (who was not of the Mennonite persuasion, which was another point of friction with his church) - moved away and ended up in Texas, where I was born many years later.

Forgive my rattling on about another subject altogether on your comment thread! You're so interesting though!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Nellianna, I have been doing ancestry research for about 20 years and taken a couple of helpful courses. I wish I had started when my grandparents were alive. I am in four lineage societies and enjoy it immensely. I have one line that I've trace back to Charlemange, but am still gathering proof. I want to eventually get all of the information in a book to pass on to my family. I really enjoy historical novels and studying history,which gives you a good idea of how those ancestors of old lived. I think you will enjoy the research. Thanks for your comments.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Nellianna, You have a very interesting history and having your Dad's lineage published is wonderful. Thanks for sharing all this information. I enjoyed reading it.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you for sharing your experience in tracing family history! I also love history in general and being able to visualize people living in those past eras, especially my own ancestors.

I must confess that I had been a bit lazy about pursuing ancestry research for most of my life, having ready access to the Descendant books. A little of Mother's history was included as part of our family listing in the books. I poured over Volume 1, even as a child. I was born barely in time to be included when it was published. But whenever I met anyone, I would look in the index for possible connections, either through direct descendants or allied names. I never found any, - not surprisingly, since we lived near the border in Texas and my Dad's relatives lived in far northern Indiana! Volume 2 was published later to bring the descendants up to date.

One of the maternal aunts for whom I'm named is the half-sister of Mother's, my Aunt Nellie. She was a teacher and her daughters were also teachers. One of them wrote and published a small but quite helpful book in tracing the lineage about her mother, Aunt Nellie, which also overlaps mine. I have been able to use it to flesh out the sketchy research my cousin did to trace our maternal lineage for DAR. Aunt Nellie was born in 1875, and her daughter who wrote the little book, was born in 1904, so there's a 'reach' to the details of these remembrances.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, too, Pamela,


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Nelianna, You are so fortunate to have the descendant books. I would settle for a diary! It is not too difficult to get death and marriage certificates from local court houses if you choose to pursue your ancestry lines.

I hope your teeth heal quickly and that you will enjoy the holidays. I am having about 25 people at my house Christmas eve to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday, which is actually in the beginning of January. It is a surprise party for her, so I am staying quit busy right now. I have much to be grateful for.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you, Pamela! OH, what a celebration that will be for your mother and all the guests! It's been a long time since I hosted a big Christmas dinner or party. Younger generations did it for quite awhile. Now they're not so young either, so I'm invited to go out with George, Jr. and his wife for an elegant Christmas dinner which we won't have to clean up after. ;-)

Have a lovely Christmas and try to not work too hard!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Nellianna, We are very excited and some people are all ready arriving. I hope you also have a wonderful Christmas and the family i8s helping me with some of the preparation. Happy Holidays!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Sorry to get to a reply after-the-fact. But I'm sure it was lovely, and you may be resting up!

Mine was most pleasureable, too, as expected! I'm looking forward to a brand new year, - though I've no set plans for New Years Eve other than watching the festivities on TV.

I wish you a very Happy New Year!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Nellianna, I'm glad you enjoyed Christmas and ours was wonderful also, if a bit exhaustig. New Year's eve is usually fairly quite these past couple of years. We don't really like to get out in the crowds. I wish you a Wonderful New Year and I am looking forward to 2014 also.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I'm looking forward to a quiet New Year at home, perhaps watching the festivities on TV. I don't prefer crowds, either. A friend, her husband and I (and my George when he was alive) have gone out to eat, rather early, then gathered in one of our homes to await the magic hour. But her husband is bedridden now. Last year he was barely able to go. So there will be no getting together this New Year's Eve, which is better for me. The last few years, we went back to their house after dinner, so then I needed to drive home alone after midnight. I really don't prefer that.

I'll make a 'lucky' black-eyed peas meal for the new year day. Found a recipe that includes all the lucky stuff, in fact: - the black-eyed peas, cabbage, the whole caboodle. haha. Being a Texan, though - the black-eyed peas will do it.

I'm very much looking forward to a brand-new 2014. It's always good to think of a whole clean slate on which to write!

Hugs and wishes for your enjoyment of your quiet evening tomorrow and whatever your New Year's Day tradition, Pamela!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

I will have a quiet New Year also. I had to call 911 2 nights ago for my mother. She is in the hosptial and had a mild heart attack, pneumonia, and she was in congestive heart failure. I will be at the hospital again today, but she seems to bne improving. Also, my husband is sick with some type of respiratory infection. I want everyone home and I am also looking forward to having a wonderful 2014. Many people are pryaing for my mother, so even she will be 90 in a few days I do think she will be with us a while longer.

I like to cook the traditional food for New Years also.

I appreciate ypur messages and I saw your lovely piicture on Facebook. It is very becoming. I wish you a quiet New Year to enjoy. Hugs to you also.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Happy Anniversary 2013. Great article on a most significant topic. A Joyful Christian indeed!


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

manatita, Thank you so much for your comments.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pam -you sure are popular on this site. By now you may be here five years. I am excited for your happiness. You deserve it. Your article makes me reflect, so you have everyone thinking about their own pleasure scale. I love this site and all the cordiality. My happiness is about an 8. Thanks and blessings to you my friend. Audrey.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

Audry, It has probably been five years now. I haven't written as much lately and am recovering from rotator cuff surgery. I appreciate your kind comments immensely. Comments like yours make me want to write.

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