A poem, My way of remembering Dusty

His trusty old jeep will no longer need to roam

I know many friends have written about my friend Dusty, Thinking what more could i add to make people see the true man

First let me say that Dusty started following me after i wrote a hub about my nephew who died of aids because he was a gay man.

Dusty's compassion was like a breath of fresh air

He told me he had many gay friends and was happy to share

He made no judgement. He left that up to God our maker

He could be angry when the religious right hurt me with words so vile

He came to my rescue, didn't care that he was a risk taker

He spoke of God's mercy to all of man kind. He believed everyone had a place on this planet earth

He believed every man, straight or gay had something of worth

You can see his words on my hub, " Little love was he ever shown "

I miss him terribly, yet i know he went home

To be with God, perhaps free at last to love his precious animals, no need to wander anymore

He now has no reason to take his trusty old jeep and roam

He has found that perfect place with God in his eternal home.

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Ghost32 4 years ago

alwaysexploring: You've done me a service with this poem, giving me the seed from which to grow tonight's Hub...if I can put it together in the next couple of hours. If not, we'll skip a night and go for tomorrow night.

Dusty's compassion was legendary, as much so as his his rejection of those following the Dark Side.

This page needs to see the light of day. I'll be posting a link to it on my tribute Hub, and at the top of the list at that.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Aauuww, Ruby, this is a beautiful tribute to Dusty. Here is his own words to me: ".... as for my friends..... they are gay and openly so, I have no problem with it either. If they were married I spose it would be a 35 year relation, better than most of society can do.... "

Dusty is the first online friend of mine that has passed away. So it is a bit hard for me to come to terms, and especially because I cannot physically attend a funeral or service of a kind - a reality that enables closure. Though these kind of beautiful tributes to Dustin - as he often called himself - seems to be appropriate and sufficiently comforting.

Thanks, Ruby. (I plan to follow your example after my short holiday in Durban.)

Take good care of yourself, Ruby, and just for in case you don't know, I will be devastated the day you follow Dusty, but, of course, I know I know that only God is the Master of Life and Death. Whether we believe in him or not, we cannot take this power away from Him. Love you, Ruby!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Thank you always for this lovely tribute to Dusty. It made me cry but I was doing that anyway. My tears are happy tears, tears for Dusty that he is with God and not hurting anymore. Bless you dear heart friend.


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vietnamvet68 4 years ago from New York State

HI Ruby, I just recently heard about Dusty's passing and was taken back to another time. Such a beautiful tribute you have written. God Bless and and happy holidays


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

I did not know he had passed, this is a wonderful tribute to him. I always looked forward to his comments whenever came to my hubs. He will be missed.


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

Good morning Ruby - this is beautiful. We have each in our way tried to come to peace with the shocking news that one of our own has been laid to rest. I keep reading how each of us was touched by Dusty. I think inturn that each of us touched his heart. I will forevermore think of him fishing for trout near a quiet stream and having a beautiful breakfast.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Amen Ruby


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Like the Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant, we all see Dusty for the friendship and acceptance he gave to us an individuals.

I am not at all surprised that Dust supported you through your painful loss, as he was the epitomy of acceptance and unconditional love of his friends.

Your expressions are truly beautiful and I feel that Dusty is already so aware of how he touched us. Love, Maria


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This was a lovely, touching tribute to Dusty, Ruby, and I like to think he may be sharing it with all his friends above. Blessings to you, m'dear.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Awesome words Ruby. So beautiful and from your heart, shared by so many like you who loved him. Hugs and tissues.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ghost, Happy to meet you. Thank you for liking my poem enough to link it to yours. I am thrilled. I am still in shock over his death. I knew he was ill but not near death. Thank's again..Cheers.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

So very sorry for your loss Ruby. I sent spirit hugs your way and prayers of strength to help get you through. I think we all could use one. We have our memories and this will be forever.

Shalom.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Martie, Here i go again. My face looks like a puffed up marshmallow. It seems i can't stop crying. I guess it's like you said , he is the first cyberfriend to pass away and it hurts like it's real family. I guess since he was so ill, thinking he's out of pain will bring a little happiness. Don't worry Martie, i plan to be around for awhile. I still have stories to write, and i would miss you too much, so have fun in Durban. Please stay safe. I love you too*************


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I didn't see Dusty often, Ruby, but when I did he made it count. He always left me feeling I had encountered a compassionate soul that understood. I miss him, too, just knowing that I won't be privy to anymore of his beautiful stories that always held random acts of kindness. I am incredibly fortunate to been graced by his visits and will go back often to the places where he walked in my space when I want to hear him talk to me.

This is a beautiful tribute, Ruby, and I know Dusty and God see the love you put into words. Thank you for sharing your emotive thoughts, Ruby. Love from St. Lou from me to you


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Ruby you've made Dusty proud and he is smiling down at you from above, heck maybe even riding his brand new shining gold jeep or riding a black stallion or a proud strong mule. I can't say enough about the tributes that have been written about him and you did a wonderful job with yours. I know you were close to him and chatted with him at Emerald Wells as did others there. He will be sadly missed here at the hubs, yet he left us a legacy to remember him by and I will frequent his hubs often to remember him by. Thank you my sweet poet for your excellent and heart wrenching tribute to our comrade. May he RIP or be giving it hell up there with all his other comrades not in arms but with beautiful angels wings as their crowning glory. Hugs


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Hpphen, Bless you for coming to read. We all will miss him. I'm beginning to feel a calmness, knowing he is out of pain. I knew he was ill, but didn't know how bad it was. Thank you Hyphen. God bless.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vet, So good to see you again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I know he always read your hubs. Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bobbi, I was shocked when i read that he was gone. Yes, he will be missed. Thank you for coming..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Mike, your comment is beautiful, fishing for trout and having a HUMONGOUS breakfast, that's him, spot on. We all will miss him. Maybe we can have a plaque on the wall at Emerald Wells cafe, maybe he will be there in spirit. I read your tribute to him. I loved it. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello snakeslane, Ditto my friend..Thank you..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, He was so honest and saw everyone as equal. I will miss his stories. His life was full. I know his dogs are hurting. Bless you for wonderful words of wisdom. Cheers my friend..


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Although I did not have the distinguished pleasure to cross Dusty's path, this hub created tears in my eyes. That is a good thing because your respect and love for your friend is so impressive and pure of heart. I send my sympathies for the loss of your dear friend Dusty.

Blessings my wonderful friend.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

drbj, I have the same feeling. I bet he's talking about the big fish that got away. Thank you so much my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. Such a wonderful community of caring people. Thank you..We all need tissues galore..Thank you. I appreciare your visit..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo, Thank you for the spirit hugs and prayers. You are so kind. Dusty is the first to leave our little community of hubbers. He will be missed and remembered as someone you could confide in and he always treated everyone with dignity. Take care..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Amy, I read some of his comments on your hubs. He truly loved your poetry. I just wish i had known how sick he was. I begged him to write more of his wonderful ' Down Home stories ' and he said that he would. Thank you Amy. I love you too...


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elijagodbaby 4 years ago from Nigeria

Nice hubs about Dusty !


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vincent, Here i go again, your words bring more tears, but they are tears of joy, just thinking about him driving a shiny gold jeep and riding a black stallion, or a proud mule, makes me happy. Thank you vincent. I read your tribute to him. I loved it..Thank you my dear poet friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Becky, I wish you could have known him. He had the heart of an angel and dry wit that made you lol. His stories will live on. He loved animals and was a proud marine who lost a leg in Vietnam. Thank you for coming by..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello elijagodbaby, Nice to meet you. Thank you for commenting..Cheers


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

God Bless you always exploring . Sorry for your loss. I never met Dusty but I sure wish I did. He sounds like an angel and now he is one.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martin, You are welcome. Thank you...Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello suzzycue, He was a good man who had a lot of respect for all of man kind. I love your angel comment. Thank you..Cheers.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

He sounds like an amazing man - i sooo wish i'd have met him! He also sounds like the republicans of yester-year - the SANE ones! I do wonder where they have gone - I did so respect them for that...

Anyways, dear - this is just a beautiful tribute to what clearly was a much-loved hubber!

i miss him and i never even knew him...(OY..)

Your heart shines here, my friend!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Leslie, You would have loved his stories. He was a simple man with a BIG heart. He was a republican. He used to send me material about Obama, i just smiled. He lived in Ariz. where they had a lot of trouble with immigrants crossing over illegally, and of course we Demos. think there is room for everyone. Best of all, he didn't hate anyone. My mother was a Rep. too, but like you say, " yester-year. "I believe she would turn over in her grave if she knew how much her party hates. I'm so glad you came to visit, now make my day, write something i can sink my teeth into..Hee Thank you my friend..


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Lol..don't think i don't have a few idee's up my sleeve, but - i'm heading to flo'da tomorrow to see my fyrfytr..

canNOT wait..lol


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Ruby... the entire hubbing community is in mourning especially those who knew the man behind the words. Crusty, yet soft spoken, short but he walked tall, quiet and yet when he spoke he did so with authority and conviction.

We mourn with you my friend...

Hus and Blessings


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Heart rending and beautiful ;I know our dear friend is watching over and loving all the tributes. Take care Ruby and i wish you a wonderful day,

Eddy.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Such a wonderful and touching tribute to Dusty. He will really be missed. Hugs.


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Very original Ruby. So much heart. I love your writing because you never know what you will read next. Voted up. :)


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dearest Ruby,

Thank you for writing such a beautiful hub in memory of our sweetest friend Dusty. He was full of compassion and love and we were so blessed to have known him.

God bless you Ruby,

Love,

Sunnie


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I did not know Dusty but is evident that he left footprints of love upon the trails of many hubbers. Sympathy to you each in the loss of this friend.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello again Leslie. Have a wonderful time in Fla. I owned a home there after i retired and i loved it. I lived in a village called Tara. It was a theme from ' Gone with the wind ' I lived on Plantation drive. I would still be spending my winters there, but i developed an allergy to the pete moss that grows on the trees. Your idees made me lol. Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rolly. I wish you could have known him. He was much like you, lived and learned and shared.. Thank you for coming.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy. I read your tribute to him and it brought tears. Thank you for coming. Cheers my poetic friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gypsy. Thank you. I'm thrilled you liked it. Yes, He will be missed. The first of our little community to lose one of our own. Thank you.. Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Caroline. Thank you. I feel the same about your poetry. You have such a variety of emotions and i can always relate. Thank you my friend..Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sunnie, I was so shocked when i learned that Dusty Had died. I had just received an email from him teasing me about loving president Obama. It is really difficult for me to let go of someone i admired. Thank you Dear friend..Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello frogyfish, He did leave footprints, what a beautiful comment. Thank you..


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A beautiful tribute Ruby.

Dusty was a man with a big heart, a big appetite and a very sweet tooth.

Here is part of a comment he left on for me

" I may have a recipe for "Mississippi Mud" if I remember there is 2 pounds of sugar and chocolate between the mud and topping. I do have a strawberry cake that is loaded with sweets and they are best when they fall a little floor stomping or oven smacking causing the "Tilt" lights like a pinball game to light up my eyes as I sneak a peak to see the center caved in to a moist mess of sugary goodness!"

I just know he will be up there now enjoying some such dessert and smiling.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Well said Ruby. We are all God's children.

Graham.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ruby-I'm so sorry for your loss. I am also sorry to say that I didn't know this hubber...it appears that he was a gracious and compassionate human being. I am glad that he is free of pain now. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to him. God bless you. ((((Hugs))))


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Aw, this was so beautiful and is another tribute to Dusty that shows the depths of his compassion.

Thanks for sharing it.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rosemary, I an still laughing at his comment to you. He did love to eat. Ha. Thank you for brightening my day..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Graham. Yes we are. Thank you for coming by..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Denise, He was a regular at Mike's cafe, ( Emerald Wells ) we would go there and have good food and music daily. You should join us, we have a ball. Thank's for coming by. Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gail, I'm so glad you liked this and yes, he was very compassionate. He will be missed. Thank you ..Cheers.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Yikes Ruby! This felt like a family member who left actually the building. Dusty is at ease now walking that paradise that he always talked about. He lived thorugh wars and pain. His soul is at rest now. Thanks for writing this eloquent and emotional tribute.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Joseph, Thank you so much. Your words are soothing and really appreciated..Cheers..


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

A wonderful tribute to a man who so obviosuly touched your heart, i am sorry to hear of your loss, he sounds like a man who brought much light to those around him


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well it takes a beautiful person to write about a beautiful person.

I had the honor and privilege of getting to know Dusty through our comments to each other in just the last four months - our paths had finally crossed and better late than never.

Thank you Ruby for being the angel of beauty that you are to all of us - you inspire us and just make us feel better about ourselves. George Jones sits here strumming his guitar with a tear in his eye and singing a lullaby to you Ruby my dear ....... sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:54pm with our first snow on the ground - and it's staying.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I meant to give my condolences on this tribute to Dusty, when I noticed you had published it Ruby, however my sentiments are not late... a sad loss of a 'real person' is always tragic... I think you best summed up 50 Cal... in your opening paragraph:

"my friend Dusty"

Much respected RIP Dusty... and thank you Ruby for your heart and words... take care... PD


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi ruby, this is such a wonderful tribute to our Dusty, I was so shocked when I found out that he had gone. I remember spending a whole evening just reading his hubs and smiling, he didn't realise what a great writer he was, such a shame, take care nell


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

What a beautiful tribute to Dusty. I didn't know him but feel like a got to know him through your beautiful poem. He sounds kind and compassionate and it sounds like he had a positive impact on so many. Thanks for sharing!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Epi, I am so glad that he found you. He enjoyed poetry. He was a natural. He supported me when people hated my hub about Homosexuality. He sent me jokes almost everyday. I will miss him terribly. Your words bring peace. Thank you my dear Epi friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello pearldiver, So good to see you. You are never too late to honor a man of merit, which he truely was. Thank you for coming. I love it when you visit. Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, He was a great philosopher, yet he didn't think so. He had a warm heart. I know he is with God. thank you for coming to read my tribute to a great man. Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Healthylife, So nice to meet you. Dusty made an impression on me when he was not judgemental. He loved people and God. I only wish i had known he was so sick. Thank you.. Cheers..


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Dear Ruby-My eyes fill with tears as I read this precious tribute to our beloved Dusty. I was so touched to hear about how he came to your aid when you were being treated harshly by critics. He was a good man with a extraordinary soul and we will miss him dearly. God Bless and know that he's watching over the hub gang.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda, So nice to see you. Yes, he was a good friend. My eyes still fill when i think about him being gone, but your words make me smile, Dusty watching over the hub gang. Thank you so much for cheering my day..Warm Cyber Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Ruby, it's good to share in each others' respect and love of our Dust, with our sense of loss at his passing. He was such a whole person, wasn't he? I feel deprived that he's gone. Hugs to you.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nellieanna, He really was a whole person, very compassionate, never judgemental. I was unaware of his heart condition. I knew he had lost a leg in Vietnam. I do miss him. He sent me jokes often. Thank you for coming by. Hugs to you.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You have a way of making me cry, darn it! What a beautiful tribute to Dusty! He touched you deeply and his message transcends through you. I couldn't think of a better person to carry on his gracious message.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Fossi, here we go again. We met on line crying, remember? Did you know Dusty? I can't remember if he was around before you took a leave from HP. He was a Vietnam vet who lost a leg, he told the best stories, he loved animals. I really do miss him. Thank you for sweet words..Cheers my friend.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I know what you mean. I can't help it cause your words really reach down to the soul level! I didn't know Dusty, but he sounds like a wonderful man! Sorry I missed out... He's probably read your hub already and is smiling down at ya! Take care sweetie! :O)


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Aha Fossi, Thank you. I hope he is smiling. you make me smile with words so sweet..Cheers my friend..


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have thought of a wonderful tribute and I am so glad you created this hub.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE, My, you are reading so many of my hubs today. Thank you so much. I am happy you liked it..Cheers..


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Ruby... well done and you are so right about Dusty... what struck me the most was he was known by all and I know forgotten by few... a great amount of wisdom was passed on by him... Thank you for sharing this...

Blessing from Canada


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rolly, He was the most complete person. He judged no man. I loved him, but i loved his absolute commitment to make all people equal. Thank you for coming to read my hub about Dusty..


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up and a beautiful tribute. I am getting acquainted with Dusty too late, through the many hubs remembering him as an admirable man of integrity, principles, and compassion.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello B. Leekley, He was all that and much more. Thank you for coming by to read my tribute to him..Cheers..


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

It was a lovely tribute to your friend......Lovely read.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, Thank you for a lovely comment..Cheers.


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Susan Recipes 2 years ago from India

Heart touching hub always exploring. A wonderful tribute to a friend.


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida

You know, the last time I looked Dusty's profile is still here. He certainly left a mark on a lot of our hearts. I don't think he realized what a wonderful writer he was.

I loved interacting with Dusty: he was truly one of a kind.


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, so sorry I missed your comment so long ago. Thank you for coming....


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. It's difficult to believe that it's been two years since I wrote this piece. He was a good man and a friend. His comments on my hubs were always lifting. He was a fun person and I still think of him sometimes. I didn't know his profile page was still listed. Amazing. I agree, he was one of a kind....Thank you...

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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