Wishing You a Happy New Year on My Third Anniversary with Hubpages

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A Joyful Toast to the New Year


Recently, I received an e-mail from the Hub Masters reminding me of my anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since I first began this journey. I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the members of our community who have made this such an enriching experience.

We hubbers live around the world, and are many moods and styles. We not only share our stories, knowledge, and insights, we support and encourage each other. Last year, I dedicated my anniversary hub to some of the many writers who inspire, delight and inform. This hub is a continuation of that tradition.


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~ "If they looked closer, they would see…there’s so much more to me.” ~

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Mckbirdbks (Mike)

The versatile and creative Mockingbird.
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A 2nd Street Playhouse Mystery, The Artists (3) -- by Mckbirdbks

Mike, this story has what it takes to keep my interest big time...both the script and the big picture. I am so happy you are weaving your poetry back into your work, as well as your charming illustrations. And the music, good sir, has just not missed...so nostalgic and perfectly suited for the storyline...you have the total package here.

--- Marcoujor (Maria)

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Marcoujor (Maria)

Genuine and compassionate focus on others.
Genuine and compassionate focus on others. | Source

Holiday Musings on Wawa, Nike and Veterans -- by Marcoujor (Maria)

Maria, I always feel better about humanity's chances after reading your words. It is so nice to know there are people who truly care about others....and you are one of those people my dear. You just have a giving heart.

--- Billybuc



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Drbj

The wit and wisdom of the flower heart.
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Weird Animals – The Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog -- by Drbj

This was brilliant, drbj! I love the line: “We carry tiny little blowguns and use them to shoot poison darts at our enemies.” I learned so much, I thought it was the red ones that were most dangerous but it’s the yellow! Well who would have guessed? Loved it!

--- Nell Rose


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Nellieanna

Grace, eloquence, and the infinite mind.
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Vibrant Horizons -- By Nellieanna Hay

Your phenomenal, panoramic photos are matched only by your magical poetry, Nellieanna. What a beautiful, wondrous place you have shared with us. Thank you for this pleasure.

--- Drbj

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BillyBuc (Bill)

“Helping writers to spread their  wings and fly.”
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The Five Basic Elements Of A Short Story -- by Billybuc

Where do you start? At Billybuc's hub page. Then, you read his hubs, this being a perfect example. We can only hope Bill Holland’s Writing 101 is a non-ending class as the information is more invaluable than we can describe.

--- Tillsontitan (Mary)

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Faith Reaper

The beauty of faith and focus.
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Writing From the Heart -- by Faith Reaper

Darling Faith Reaper - you always write from the heart and it comes through with such sincerity and joy! I think the dearest things about your messages is that they are inspired and inspiring, but never 'preachy'. You've cheered my day with both your words and your lovely pictures!

--- Nellieanna


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Frank Atanacio

The Master Detective
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A Good Interrogator -- by Frank Atanacio

Excellent storyline. Yes, once the interrogator loses control, that's it! Your creative writings always take one right into the scene ... a sign of a great writer, YOU!

--- Faith Reaper

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Always Exploring (Ruby)

Exploring all things, great and small, with courage and an open heart.
Exploring all things, great and small, with courage and an open heart. | Source


Flash Fiction: The Old Country Road -- by Always Exploring

Ruby, I am sure you have a book in you working its way out. This story had it all; suspense, drama, a tornado, a happy ending. The story was perfect.

--- Mckbirdbks (Mike)


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Nell Rose

The unique crochet of the Irish Rose.
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Strange And Bizarre Tales from Historic London -- by Nell Rose

I'm big on introductions and hooking the reader, but in this case the title was all you needed for the hook....then we all got a bonus from a well-written article that was funny and fascinating. Well done Nell!

--- billybuc

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Audrey Howitt

A singer of dreams.
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The Skin of Trees -- by Audrey Howitt

This is a beautiful poetic piece that is felt and understood. A small drop of sorrow fell from the sky, the tree gave you comfort, protecting you from the sorrow, feeling safe within the arms of the tree..Loved it.

--- Always Exploring (Ruby)

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Tillsontitan (Mary)

Oscar winning and more.
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The 35th Academy Awards - 1963 -- By Tillsontitan

Till, wow another one of your great hubs.. To kill a mockingbird.. my favorite book.. and Peck did a fantastic job with the black and white.. I thought it was the best movie I have ever seen in its category.. thank you refreshing my memory lane.

--- Frank Atanacio


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We seem to have lost a number of very talented writers this past year. Understandably, they have spread their wings, left for greener pastures and other literary achievements, or have taken a sabbatical for personal reasons. I’m so pleased to see that a few of them have returned to write poetry, short stories and articles. They include Vincent Moore, Will Starr, Silvergenes and Erin LeFey. Others, we continue to miss – not only for their wonderful writing at the Hub, but for their camaraderie which we all cherish: Femmeflashpoint; Epigramman; Arb; Amy Becherer; Wayne Brown; Sunny Day (KimmieThompson); Hyphenbird; Xstatic; Poohgranma... and more.

We are many things at Hubpages: Teacher and student; parent and child; beloved gypsy and neighbor; the lost and the found; mentor and friend. I would also like to thank other members of this wonderful community who have contributed their talents, valued friendship, support and encouragement:

MartieCoetser; Alastar Packer; Happyboomernurse; PegCole17; Phyllis Doyle; Diogenes; Eiddwen; BlossomSB; Teaches12345; GypsyRoseLee; JustAskSusan; Prasetio30; BeckyKatz; VocalCoach; Snakeslane; Rosemay50; TheLyricWriter; Nighthag; Docmo; SuzetteNaples; Ocfireflies; Pamela99; Dim Flaxenwick; DnWW; BMalin; JackieLynnley; Weestro; W1toTalk; Breakfastpop; SunnyRiver; Jodah; Storytellersrus; BraveWarrior; Markdarmafall; Sligobay; MinnetonkaTwin; Suhail and my dog; UnknownSpy; Cat on a Soapbox; AustinStar;JohanSmulders; and many more.

Blessings to you all, and my very best wishes for a Happy New Year!




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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Genna, what a wonderful Anniversary and tribute hub to your fellow hubbers. Congratulations on Three Years at Hub Pages, it is sad that so many have left in that time, but good to see some have returned as well.

I am humbled to get a mention amongst these other wonderfully talented writers. Voted up.


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

Same to you, Genna, a great New Year and lots of success with the quill.

Bob xo


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Genna,

What a wonderful hub to wake up to...congratulations on your three year anniversary!

Thank you from my heart for the inclusion among such fabulous writers and friends.

May 2014 bring you much joy, peace, good health. I will continue to follow your writing journey. I believe your work is meant to be published for so many more to appreciate your gifts and skills.

Thank you for working with us on the Mysterious & Miraculous project. Your story is a solid contribution with much impact.

Have a lovely day. Love, Maria


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Dear Genna, a hub like this means so much more at the end of a year when tiredness forces me to ponder the sense in all that I have done during the past year. It makes me realise that friends like you, and all you have named in here, and also others I have met in Hubpages, are just too precious to leave behind in my never-ending search for knowledge and wisdom.

Thank you for improving my mind and spirit with all your creative writings :) May 2014 brings you only success, peace of mind and inner joy :)


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Suhail and my dog 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

I returned from a road trip to Michigan and Illinois last night. I opened the hubpages to find this creative article on new year greetings and paying tribute to some of our best writers and poets. Hats off to you on originality and creativity.

I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year too. The environmentalist and nature lover in me also wants to wish you a happy exploration of nature in winter.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Happy Third Anniversary Dear Genna!!! Wow, do you ever know how to throw a great Anniversary Celebration and I am not surprised in the least at your level of creativity for you are an amazing creative story writer...really one of the best on HP I have read. I am so humbled you have included me here in your fabulous celebration with such an esteemed guest list! I love how you included comments by other hubbers on your choices of hubbers to highlight. Again, very creative. I look forward to reading more of your superb work here on HP and I do hope you continue to write here for many more years to come. You're the best of the best! Up and more and sharing. Hugs and much love to you and Happy Anniversary, Faith Reaper


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

Happy anniversary to you my friend. And Happy New Years also. May 2014 bring you 'time to write' because you certainly are a first class writer. Thanks for including me with this very talented group you have assembled. It is touching that you mention those that have left who meant so much to all of us. That some are returning is wonderful. I to am sending hugs.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh ... AND Happy New Year too! You deserve the best this life has to offer. Hugs again, Faith Reaper


femmeflashpoint 2 years ago

Hi Genna!

This is beautifully put together, and has me smiling from ear to ear, both from the reading of it, as well as from so many awesome memories of interactions with the folks you've mentioned.

So many of the writers here are not only incredibly gifted wordsmiths, but have become cherished friends as well.

I admit to being very happy about seeing so many spreading their wings to soar independently with their own websites, but thankfully, friendships aren't defined by a website's boundaries. :)

My thanks to you for your kind inclusion of me in this, and my thanks again to you for becoming a Legacy Scribe and helping to make dreams come to life.

I pray 2014 is overflowing with blessings for you!

femme


Kim Thompson 2 years ago

Happy New Year dear Genna! What a wonderful hub exhibiting your wonderful giving heart. Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge so many talented writers and their wonderful endeavors. I miss hubs so much and my every day interaction with many but you will always hold a special place in my heart. I happy to continue to call you and many writers you listed my life long friends. May you have much love and happiness in the continued New Year.

Love

Kimmie


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Congratulations on three years on HP. That is a milestone. Thank you for including me in your list of supporters. I enjoy reading your hubs as they are so finely written. It is fun to 'know' you through HP and your writings. May we all have another grand year here at HP.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Happy Aniversary Genna. This is a beautiful hub. I see that you feel the same as mckbirdbks, some of the best parts are in the comments.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Dear Genna,

Happy New Year and 3 Year Hub Pages Anniversary!

As you so eloquently put it in this beautiful hub, this is a truly supportive community with many talented writers. Some have moved on to publish books and achieve other literary accomplishments. Their presence on HP is missed.

Thanks so much for your kind words and support.

I'm so thrilled that you contributed a story to the Miraculous & Mysterious series. It's been a pleasure collaborating with you.

Best Wishes for a Fabulous 2014.

Hugs,

Gail


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A very Happy Hub Birthday, Genna. It is a pleasure being a member of this community; people like you make each day a little extra special, and I thank you so much for your support. Well done! Here is to three more years of working with you.

bill


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Oh, my, Genna, you’ve graced your Third Hubpages Anniversary with beautiful tributes which highlight what we all enjoy about being members, - each other, as writers, friends, supporters, prompters, and many other ‘hats’ we wear in our interactions!

I’m so honored to be among those whose hubs you mention, as well as one of the commenters on another’s hub.

It’s good to see your list of those we've missed, but who’ve returned to write more here, after leaving for various reasons, too. I’ve no doubt you felt strongly about so many of our talented friends here, it was difficult to stop. You listed some of my most favorites, too!

I congratulate you on your Anniversary and all of us for having you among us for the time we’ve known you!

Much love, ~ Nellieanna


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Congrats my dear friend... Happy New Year... and thanks for the mention and making me part of your foot-prints through Hub-Pages :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Jodah

Thank you so much, Jodah, for that very nice comment. I’ve enjoyed reading your poetry, and look forward to reading more in the New Year. My best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful and successful 2014! Thank you, again, for your continued support and encouragement. :-)

@Diogenes

Hi Bob. Thank you, and to you as well! Happy New Year. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Marcoujor

Hello Maria, dear friend. You are one of the reasons Hubpages has given so many of us enjoyment, and why we continue our journey here. Thank you for being you. I wish all good things to you and yours in the coming New Year. Sending hugs and love. :-)

@MartieCoetser

Hello Martie. :-) I know exactly you mean, my friend. These wonderful hubbers that help to create this community, and the support they give to each other, really are, as you said, “just too precious to leave behind in my never-ending search for knowledge and wisdom.” You expressed this so well. Thank you for your special and kind words. I look forward to reading more of “Martie” in 2014. All the best in coming New Year. Hugs. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Suhail and My Dog

Hello, and greetings to everyone in Ontario. :-) I hope you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for those thoughtful words. What I love about your hubs is that they enable us to “look in on the outdoors,” and the magnificent beauty and wonder that nature and environment brings to each and every one of us. Thank you. Best wishes for a happy New Year.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Faith Reaper

Hello, dear Faith. I chose Nellieanna’s comment to place next to your name and photo because it represents what so many of us think and feel whenever we read one of your superb hubs. You are a gift, Faith; and one we appreciate more than words can say. Thank you for those wonderful comments. Sending love and hugs, and best wishes for a truly wonderful New Year.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Mckbirdbks

Hello, Mike. My friend, you are a special person. You give so many of us exceptional encouragement in so many ways…your work with Mockingbird Books, and your treasured, ongoing support. We are also enriched with your unique talent as a compelling and gifted storywriter. You are a rarity that is cherished. Hugs, and all the very best in the coming New Year. You deserve it, my friend. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Femmeflashpoint (Angelia); Kim Thompson (Kimmie); Happyboomernurse (Gail)

Hello, wonderful ladies. :-) I am honored by your comments; thank you. Your works on the hub and other literary accomplishments, and your encouragement of others, have been cherished more than you know. Your work with the legacy scribes and the Mysterious and Miraculous series (along with Alastar, Mike and Maria), is magnificent in that it truly does help “make dreams come true.” “Knowing” you and working with you all has been a joy and a privilege that I hold dear, and will cherish always. Blessings and best wishes for success and happiness in the coming New Year. Love and hugs.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@SuzetteNaples

Hi Suzette….thank you! I enjoy your hubs as well, and look forward to many more in the New Year. I appreciate the visit, and kind words. Have a wonderful New Year. :-)

@BeckyKatz

Hi Becky. Quoting some of the commentary was, for me, the one of the best components of creating this hub. There were so many wonderful comments to choose from. Thank you those nice thoughts. It’s good to see you. Happy New Year!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Billybuc

Hi Bill, and Happy New Year! So many of us look forward to reading your hubs, and value your ongoing encouragement. Your articles are superbly written; thoughtful, with engaging humor and chock full of valuable insights and information. Tillsontitan (Mary) said it best: “...we can only hope is a non-ending class as the information is more invaluable than we can describe.” Anyone who says, “Those who can’t write, teach,” never met Bill Holland…for you do both beautifully! I don’t know where we’d be without you, my friend. Thank you!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nellieanna

Hello, dear Nellieanna! This is a writing project I enjoyed immensely. What I especially love about your comments is that they have substance, candor and grace…all elements we see in your exquisite and unique poetry. I am honored to have known you on this fascinating journey. You have given so many of us enjoyment and enlightenment through your brilliant work, and will always be one of my favorite poets. Thank you for being here, my friend. :-) Sending love and blessings for a wonderful and fulfilling New Year.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Frank Atanacio

“…part of your foot-prints through Hub-Pages.” I like this. :-) Reading your short stories is always a highlight of my Hubpages experience, Frank. I, and so many others, always look forward to them. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. My best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful and prosperous New Year!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Congratulations Genna on three years at HubPages. Isn't it crazy how time flies by? I am so glad you found this site and have graced us with your wonderful heart and writing. Happy New Year Genna and keep the hubs a coming.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you for such lovely words, dear Genna. They can be applied to you!

The list of those you mention whom we all continue to miss here includes one whose hubs and comment threads were where I met YOU: our beloved arb, Alan Berry, for whom I”m ever grateful for that introduction and whose work is always interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking. I continue to remember him fondly and hope he'll be back among us. For any of your readers who haven’t met him, his work is available on his hub site and is well-worth reading!

Genna and readers ~ I wish you and yours the happiest of New Years and all the coming 2014! Big warm hugs!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub Genna and thank you for adding my name. I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year and send lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful Genna. Thank you for including my comments. There are so many wonderful writers on Hubpages and everyone feels like family. It is remarkable how we are able to open our heart's in cyberspace. I will soon be here four years. I miss so many hubbers who have left. Here's wishing you a Happy New Year. I love everything you write, your stories, your poetry and i love your gentle heart.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Should be my third too. Hope they don't forget me! Happy anniversary and Happy New Year.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Minnetonka Twin

Hello and Happy New Year! Thank you for those kind and supportive words. Yes, it is amazing how quickly time flies – and maybe a little disconcerting, too. :-)

@Nellieanna

Thank you, dear Nell. :-) I couldn’t agree with you more -- Arb (Alan) is a wonderful writer and friend. I truly miss him, and hope that all is well.

Warmest wishes to you and your family, Nellieanna, for a wonderful and fulfilling 2014!

@Eiddwen

Hi Eddy. Thank you for that special comment. Sending love to you and your family in Wales! Happy 20114! :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@AlwaysExploring

Hi Ruby. You, my friend, are one of the hubbers who make the Hubpages experience special. I always look forward to your poetry and stories, and your encouragement of others. My best wishes for a happy and fulfilling New Year! :-)

@Jackie Lynnley

Hi Jackie. Don’t worry; they won’t forget you. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you as well!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Congratulations and a Happy and Healthy New Year....


DnWW 2 years ago

Beautiful, Genna! Very impressive. Congratulations and Happy New Year, dear lady.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Breakfastpop

Thank you, and my best wishes for a Happy New Year to you as well. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Dnww

Thank you, kind sir. Hugs and best wishes to you and Molly for a wonderful 2014. :-)


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Well a Warm Congratulations to you dear Genna, on your 3rd year on Hub Pages...This was a lovely Tribute to all. I'm FINALLY back after 7 months...Selling the House, moving, settling in...I never thought I'd be Normal again...Moving is a Bitch!...But now we're Loving it...even this COLD spell, I'm NOT complaining...


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Oh my Goodness, thank you! Sorry it took me so long to get here! lol! seriously, that's lovely, and yes the writers on here are absolutely the best including you! I hope you have a wonderful New Year and congrats on your hub birthday!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@B. Malin

Hi Barb. We are all so pleased to see you back and that the move is finally over. :-) Have a wonderful 2014!

@NellRose

Thank you, Nell. I hope you have a wonderful New Year as well, and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

You and other hubbers like you, are the reason I stay on HubPages. Congratulations on your 3rd year birthday at HP. I love your message and share in this post. I wish you the best in 2014. Blessings, dear lady.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you! I enjoyed writing this hub immensely. Best wishes to you in 2014. :-) Have a wonderful weekend, Teaches.


Vincent Moore 2 years ago

And a very Happy New Year to you Genna East. I appreciate my name being mentioned, yet sadly as an ex poet here. I have moved my work to my own site where I achieve a higher ranking on Google than I do at the Hubs, duplication is not allowed and I fully understand that.

However saying that, I too reached my third year and was rewarded with a bond of friendship from many. Poetry once flourished at the hubs, sadly it ranks very low at present. Although a smattering of poets have remained, I chose to leave. I try to read and leave comments here and there for some of my favorite hubbers and you my dear are one of my favorites. I wish you all the best this year and many more years to come. Keep safe, healthy and always in love, peace and blessings from me to you this year of 2014.


SilverGenes 2 years ago

Genna, it may take a while but the word spreads way beyond the Hubs when someone we admire is celebrating a New Year, an anniversary, and this wonderful community! Even though I haven't written here in quite a while, I still come in to visit. So many Hubbers have become good friends! Reading this was very moving... so many have come and gone! The way you put the comments beside the writers made me reach for the tissues (but in a good way). What a wonderful, warm, and joyful way to look over the year. Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary, Genna!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Vincent Moore

Hello, Vincent, my brilliant poet friend. Thank you for that beautiful comment! I am so very pleased that your work is published and is gaining the attention your brilliant work deserves. You are one of the reasons I initially stayed with Hubpages…I will always treasure your support, encouragement and inspiration. Be well, my amazing friend, and may success, love and fulfillment always be yours. Happy New Year! Hugs. :-)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Silvergenes

Hi Silver. :-) Thank you for those very special comments. Celebrating my Hubpages anniversary embraces all of those wonderful writers and friends that have made this experience such a treasure. Life always brings change and understanding. Sometimes we have to “let go" in a sense and move forward to other horizons. But this is part of life’s amazing journey of discovery. It is so good to see you. I wish you all of the best the New Year has to offer! :-)


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glassvisage 2 years ago from Northern California

This is a great tradition! I enjoyed reading this. You are a very prolific writer and I wish you continued success as you write and explore further on HP :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you! I wish the same for you. :-)


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FlourishAnyway 17 months ago from USA

This was a nice way to mark the occasion. So many have spread their wings, haven't they?


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Genna East 17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you! I enjoyed writing this tribute. Yes, they have. :-)

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