Storytellersrus is a popular hubber and writer par excellence who lives in scenic and unpolluted environs above the mile high city of Denver in Colorado, USA. She celebrates her 58th birthday to-day, 12th of February 2011.

We’ve never met, nor spoken to each other. But I have got to know her fairly well from her many interesting hubs and occasional email exchanges.


Storyteller’s family hails from Norway – which has the amazing record of being No. 1 on the Human Development Index in eight years out of the last 10. Little wonder then that she herself is such an evolved and fine human being with so many diverse interests and talents.

At first glance, in some of her pictures posted on her hubs, she comes across as a beautiful, fiery red head Viking. In others, her eyes give her away as they twinkle with merriment and compassion. If you see her previous profile picture (a favourite of mine) you can almost hear peals of laughter ringing out of it.

She finds joy in simple things, even in collecting heart shaped rocks. In her own words:  “The best way I know to pray is to walk the open space. I find God in majestic Ponderosa Pine battling beetle rot beside rutted roads where neighbourhood children build jumps for mountain bikes. I find God in the distant Rocky Mountain upthrust and in the delicate warble of a lark bunting.”

She is fond of music and, much like her mother, enjoys listening to it as often as possible. Some of her favourite songs have been listed in this hub. John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High doesn’t figure in that list. It has been one of my favourites since I first heard it very many years ago. Now that I have got to know and befriend Storytellersrus from that area, it seems even more special. I particularly like this version on You Tube because of the scenic views.


She keeps a very busy schedule, being not only a hubber, but also an examiner of young adults’ writing, tending to a tidy and very warm home, taking keen interest in community matters and social issues. She loves animals and dogs in particular. She enjoys taking her wheaten terrier, Finnegan, for a jog and walk twice a day in the beautiful hundred acre wood which is located behind her home. She brought comfort and joy to her father in law during his last months by sitting long hours with him, listening to his nostalgic stories. Meticulously and purposefully, she even planned his funeral service. Similarly, she has been tending to her mother in law with the love and care that would usually be expected only of a daughter.

A devoted wife to her husband, she has been extremely encouraging and a pillar of strength for him when his business in oil has languished during the last couple of years. She is also a doting mother to a handsome young man and two very attractive young ladies. From what I’ve gleaned about the children, they are all very well brought up, with high moral character and the right values – a rarity these days. Credit for this must surely go to her.

Her Hubpage statistics show close to 900 followers and 143 hubs even after she has deleted many times that number. Why she deleted so many hubs, I don’t know. Some of my favourites – like the one about the flowers in the hundred acre wood and the ones about her nephew’s adventures as he cycled through the length and breadth of the country - also seem to have been consigned to the bin. Though all her hubs are very well written, here are some that had touched or moved me and have not (yet) been deleted:

A letter she wrote to her late dad.

How she crashed a glider.

A day in the life of her dog, Finnegan.

Her ‘day of retirement’ – as the youngest was about to fly the nest.

On Amazing Grace.

Once, when we were just getting acquainted, she described herself as a triple Aquarian INFJ. INFJ, I learnt from a google search, is an acronym for Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging personality: A person whose primary mode is inward looking and intuitive, while the secondary mode is external or outward looking, where she deals with people and things based on her feelings about them. INFJs are said to be gentle and caring individuals with a highly developed sixth sense (ESP.) They are artistic and creative by nature. It is also a rare human – less than one percent of humanity – that is endowed with this personality.

It was probably the INFJ in her that coined the year gone by as her year of grace. The hubs which she wrote to celebrate the theme are especially sensitive. She loves poetry, where her artistic and creative nature shines through the words she strings together in various genres of verse. I commend these hubs of hers to everyone who appreciates skilful writing with a deft turn of phrase.


Let me end this hub by wishing you, dear Storytellersrus, the very best of everything on your birthday. May your eyes always twinkle, and may you always be blessed with good health, happiness, love and belly-full laughter.

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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Happy Birthday, ST! Here's to a super year ahead! And thanks Jaspal for letting us know with this wonderful hub!

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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

What a lovely gesture, Jaspal...and written from the heart!:)

Happy birthday, storytellersrus...may you always be surrounded by thoughtful friends like Jaspal! :)

Phoenixritu 5 years ago

Happy Birthday ST. Loved reading the hubs Jaspal has linked. Still have tears in my eyes from reading the letter to your Dad. The others made me smile. You have a gift, your writing touches the heart. Thanks Jaspal for introducing me to such a wonderful writer

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Jaspal 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you for reading and adding your comments, Shalini, Feline and Phoenix. Storytellersrus is indeed a wonderful person and a great writer!

Arun Chaturvedi  5 years ago

this Happy 58th B'Day greet goes out to ST all the way in the land of the Grand Canyon.. and with all good wishes for Health & Happiness in your life.. may you always have a Smile to Share..from a guy who will share the age platform on May 12th.. Cheers & God Bless :)

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Amanda Severn 5 years ago from UK

Happy birthday! I hope it's a good one, and that the snow has thawed a little!

Amreen 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Storytellersrus!! Have a great one :)

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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Jaspal. I am speechless. If you could see my face after reading this hub, you would not see the grin you love, as my eyes are red with tears, my lips are trembling and my heart has swelled to twice its normal size. When you emailed that you had written a hub in my honor, I had no idea how beautiful it was. You are an amazing writer and have such generosity of spirit, always finding the best in a person. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words.

Your forever friend, The Berb

PS I did not know I had eliminated some of your favorite hubs. I planned to edit the Where is David hubs to bring them up to date, as David is obviously no longer on the road. With your encouragement, I will look at all the hubs you mentioned, edit them and resubmit them. Thank you for noticing.

PSPS Jaspal! Do you realize you have fulfilled a request of mine, with this hub? You have written another hub!!! Now write another one and another one! You have too wonderful a voice to participate on Hubpages as reader only. And I know from your emails, that you have plenty to share with all of us.

Oh, and one more thing... I love John Denver. I was fortunate to hear him in concert twice at Red Rocks. Only last week, I mentioned to my husband how strange it was that I did not call Denver my favorite singer, when of all the songs I hear, his are the ones I know by heart.

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Jaspal 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I am so happy that you liked this hub, Beebo Beebs. Hope you had a super day. I am and will always remain your friend too, but no more tears in those lovely eyes please!

John Denver is great, and Rocky Mountain High is probably his best. :)

Rashmi 5 years ago

Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Storytellersrus! And,

thanks to Jaspal for the lovely introduction. I shall certainly follow his recommendation and catch up on all your hubs!

Best wishes always!

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dianacharles 5 years ago from India

A slightly belated happy birthday Storytellerus. I know Jaspal is a huge fan of yours since he sends me some of your hub links once in a while and I too am a fan. You share the same birth date as my daughter... Have a wonderful year and more power to your pen.

When I did the MBTI some years ago, I had a different result.In the last few years...I have found myself an INFJ..have you also experienced any changes? Or have always been so?

Lovely hub Jaspal.

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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

It is so amazing to come here and read all these greetings. I wasn't sure whether it was my place to respond, but Jaspal says it is fine, so here goes-- after all, my favorite hubbers have read this hub for the most part, and new ones I have yet to discover.

Shalini, Thank you for the greetings. I love to communicate with you; you inspire me to be a better person.

Feline Prophet, I know Jaspal found hubpages because of YOU and your wonderful hubs. I appreciate him and feel indebted to you for creating this opportunity for friendship.

Phoenixritu, I would love to know what that means. Phoenix write you? I look forward to reading your hubs. Thank you for your kind words. Birthdays are days I miss my dad a great deal, and the fact that you read this hub honoring him is very special to me.

Arun, three months to the day you will discover 58 is not so bad, as we Norwegians say! Let's hope we grow in wisdom and gratitude so that we enjoy our lives more than ever! Thank you for the best wishes- back at you!

Amanda, the weather outside is so beautiful I have returned from the store wearing only a t-shirt and khakis, despite the appearance of winter. The snow is melting into concentrated snow banks which will freeze tonight. It feels like spring! Thank you for wishing it so!

Amreen, thank you. Do you write for hubpages or are you a friend of Jaspals? Either way, I appreciate your read. Jaspal makes me sound palatable, lol.

Rashmi, thank you so much! If Jaspal has his way, I will add many hubs in the next few weeks. It is always gratifying to have readers and I look forward to reading your comments.

dianacharles, Jaspal sends links??? He is a true friend. I appreciate this about him and also appreciate that you read his suggested hubs! Power to your pen... what a lovely hope. Thank you! I have not noticed that I have changed from INFJ, but I fluctuate between INFJ and INFS, as the last two are about 50/50. I think when I was younger I might have perceived myself differently which might have resulted in an ENFJ, but I masked my self perception because I thought introverts were somehow bad! So this might have provided a false reading? Interesting question.

Thanks again, Jaspal. I appreciate you. Oh and did you write tonymac? He emailed me... you are too sweet for words. I know, I know, enough with all the kudos. But everyone here will attest to it anyway.

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Jaspal 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Story, you'd mentioned tonymac's name, so ... :)

I like your interpretation of Ritu's name! I used to pronounce the i in the first syllable of Ritu as in rip and with a soft t at its end! She's a great writer herself, and I guess she'll clarify which variation she prefers.

Phoenixritu 5 years ago

ROFL on the Phoenix Write You - sounds fine, any which way. The name is Ritu actually, but the Phoenix is my inspiration to live. I am not much of a hubber, more of a blogger and writer. Do visit my blog (linked with my name) if you so wish.

Amreen 5 years ago

Storytellersrus.. Yes I'm a friend of his! And Oh you all write so well!!

Happy Hubbing to all you Hubbers and a very Happy Valentines day as well!!

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

What a thoughtful thing to do Jasmal. i will check stotytellersrus out, but she gave you a ticking off and i'm going to do the same. You need to sit down and go through that wealth of experience and WRITE SOME HUBS. PLEASE. As you have such a wonderful mastery of the English language. Cheers from your English/Aussie mate.

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Jaspal 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You must check out Storyteller's hubs, I am sure you will love many of them.

That's not a ticking off, that's appreciation - and I thank you for the same. But writing is really not my forte - what does one write about, and what does one say on that subject?

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

What about all your army experiences, surely it's not all classified? You write so beautifully that any topic would suffice. Good luck though. Keith.

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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

I guess I arrived a little late to this party... I love Storytellersrus! Glad to have found you!

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was deep and meaningful. You have truly shown your abilities and talent here, Jaspal, in noticing the finite details that most of us miss. Then to present each one in such an enjoyable fashion! I was so glad to see another hub from you and delighted to read about StorytellersRUS. Wonderful!

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Jaspal 4 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Haha ... Welcome to Storytellersrus club, CrazyGata. Keep rocking, the party never stops here! :)

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Jaspal 4 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Am so glad you liked this hub, PegCole. Storytellersrus is indeed a wonderful person and I enjoyed writing this short piece on her. :)

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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Jaspal, I have been unable to write for weeks now. I am managing my mother in law's move to California and have logged 100 hours in eleven days, since I brought her to Florida. There is such sadness inside me, but in my characteristic dissociative way, I have clicked into logic and let the tears accumulate like congestive heart failure, clogging the lungs.

Rereading this hub at your suggestion renews and encourages me at such a transformative time, when I feel so empty. It is like hearing my eulogy- loving and beyond real.

I cannot believe others continue to read this, except for the extreme talent with which you, my writer friend, have expressed such miraculous observations. It amazes me that you continue to believe in me and not in your own articulate writings.

I love you, friend. Thank you so so much.

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Jaspal 4 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I'm happy, Storyteller, if my words bring back to you even a small part of the immense joy and happiness that you spread amongst all those who are fortunate to be associated with you in any way. :)

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