I AM WOMAN...by b. Malin

OVER THE RAINBOW...

"I am Woman hear me Roar"...sang Helen Reddy so many years ago. Recently I heard that song sung once again on Colin Stewart's site, "Let's Talk Music and Cinema". And who doesn't know our Famous "Epigramman" on Hub Pages...If not Check him out, you're in for a real Treat. Ok, so as Helen sang, "I'm just an Embryo, with a long, long way to go"...It got me to thinking. I was once just an Embryo...Now really who thinks of themselves that way? Me. Just Humor me for awhile...and I'll share my Hub thoughts with you.

Now really you say... and I say, YES, REALLY...I know, none of us can picture their Parents in Love, or making Passionate LOVE together. Ew...But they did! And I'll go you one better, our KIDS our "Light of our LIves" feel the same way about us! I know my own father thought I'd had an "Immaculate Conception" when I told the family I was going to have a baby.

So there I was a few years later, as well as having had another "Immaculate Conception"...Hey watch it, that's my late father you're snickering about. ANYWAY, there I am with a Toddler by my side, and a baby on my knee, in my Bell Bottom Jeans, A "Hippie", a Flower Child..Singing at the top of my Lungs..."I am Woman, I am Invincible...I am strong". And I would tell my Sons, as they grew up... "You can do Anything"...and thank goodness they believed my words, and Helen's (I must give credit where credit is due) and grew up they did, into Wonderful, Strong, but Sensitive, young Men.

I did a little research and found out that Helen Reddy needed another song for her first album and co-wrote "I Am Woman" with Guitarist, Ray Burton, another Strong, Sensitive, Male. Bet you didn't know that! Well, I'm willing to admit that I didn't.

"If I have to, I can Face Anything"... Helen sang...and most woman have in their lifetime...Be it in Love, Birth, or the Death of someone close......and if we live long enough... we become, "Not a Novice any Longer". "I am Strong, I am Invincible". "Yes, I've come along way as a Woman, but I've still got a Long, Long, way to go, until I make my Brother Understand"...That's you guys...But deep down I think most of you do. In the End, we Mold one another.

Now when I hear the Song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...it always makes me cry...Especially the line, "If Happy Little Blue Birds Fly over the Rainbow, Why than a Why can't I". Someday I will leave this world, and I think I'd like these two songs Sung. Maybe by those who are still standing...after all I'll probably be at least 110...scratch that...make it 120! So Sing Everybody Sing!

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub. I have always thought of myself as strong until recently, I get too emtional sometimes having to deal with R/A. Now I have some very good meds' that are helping no end.

I'm hoping my emtional strength will now slowly return .

Your writings have given me a push in the right directon, thank you.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful, Joyce.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I think my favorite part of that song is

You can bend but never break me

cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

I cry whenever I hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow too. My dad used to sing it all the time.

Enjoyed your hub!


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Lovely hub, that song by Helen Reddy brought back some beautiful memories of the 70s. I was in college then and a budding feminist who became more ardent over the decades. They do not make songs like that anymore!


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debugs 4 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

I am woman and I have got two ovaries. When they start to fail I get hot flushes and hot tempered and begin to hate all men BUT by some miracle I keep loving my per dog or cat. I am woman and I am strong an because I am woman men better say "you are right" at every argument. Men should deal also with the fact that women have problems.. because of men! LOL


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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

Nice sentiment, I often yearn for the older music genre. It's soft and wonderful messages, evoking, tender, compassionate. It makes you wonder about some of the current culture of music and the messages contained therein.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

B, I do understand . thats why I love women. they are the other half of man.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great hub my friend and I love the sound of your roar, and your sense of humor, and the fact that when you write it's like listening to a conversation that we are having. You have found your writer's voice and it is a pleasure to listen to.

bill


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

I am singing along with you, b. Malin!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Joyce, my heart goes out to you. Your Emotional Strength will return...you are a Good Woman and a Wonderful Writer.

Thank you so much for your Thoughts, as well as your Votes, so appreciated!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I really wish you never told me that my parents had to have sex in order for me to be conceived. I had been avoiding that fact for over 35 years. THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME...

Nice hub though!


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Standing ovation, not ovulation, OVATION. This was well written and enjoyable Thanks.b. Malin


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

I remember both those songs very well. I've sung Somewhere Over the Rainbow, but not I am Woman (doesn't fit my voice type)-but I've danced to it. I must admit that I trust my cat a lot more than I trust men...(actually, people in general cannot be trusted as much as we can trust our pets).


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Very good! I hope we men have grown some since Helen sang that song. I just watched another Mad Men episode and it is embarassing to see the way women were treated when I was a young(er) man.

Things are getting better I think.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh yes I am right with you. Whatever happen we survive and each trouble or tragedy just makes us stronger. Love that song, think I have it on one of my hubs somewhere. I doubt Helen realised just how much that song would touch us all.

We can all fly if we have the courage to do so, and as for flying ove that rainbow I am not ready yet, I still have a lot to achieve.

A beautiful uplifting and inspiring hub.

Voting up all thway.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I always loved Helen Reddy's song. I love lyrics that speak of strong women with courage.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this..I saw Helen in person in the 70's in Vegas, she sang. 'I am woman' I identified with her then and i still do. GO GIRLS....Cheers


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Excellent b. malin. Somehow as I read along this song leapt into my mind. I hold this to be true now that I understand the power of words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Oc-s6ig1mk

TFP


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Songs used to mean something. And say something. Today, the singers promote with video and bling, and say nothing to remember. However, I do remember Frank Sinatra doing some non-sense stuff. Nice hub, b.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Mine too Susan...It's such a great Song. Helen said when she co-wrote it, that she wanted to write something Women would feel pride about themselves...and she succeeded.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is in a Class by itself...I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Hub.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You are so right GmWilliams, it was a Pride Song for Women and we LOVED it! It stood for who we were. I'm Happy that your Enjoyed my Hub.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Sounds like you've got your Battle lines draw Debugs... you sound like a Strong Woman... And You seem to know where you stand...Right ON Girlfriend, Right ON!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

True, Felina, so very True. I guess Music goes in Cycles with the times. I'm glad you liked my Thoughts in this Hub.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

How very Beautiful Cleaner...you could do a Poem on that line alone..."I love Women...They are the other half of man...Please write more!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Oh Bill, Thank You, your words of Praise mean a lot to this Writer...Especially coming from another fine Writer, who I Enjoy, and Respect.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Dexter, I'll bet you've got a pretty good Voice...So SING Man, SING!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

A.A. I'll bet you have Loving Parents, who were was very HOT for one another before you were born...So you're WELCOME!

Glad you liked my Hub in spite of learning those FACTS of LIFE!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I get it, I get It Hubert...After all, I AM WOMAN. But still a very Funny Comment. Thanks for Enjoying!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You are probably right Flora...Sometimes our Animals are more Trusting and Loving than the Human Counterparts. So glad you stopped by. I lost where you are...e-mail me please...so I too can leave Comments too.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I Love the Show Man Men...It's a Hoot! Xstatic, I do feel men have grown since those times, and I too believe Women and Men have come along way...with still aways to go! I'm so glad you Enjoyed my HUb and my Thoughts.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, Women are so Strong...bond her with a Sensitive Male and the skies the limit...maybe. Helen wrote that song so that we should feel pride and proud of whom we are. Yes, Rainbows are a Long way Away...Not Flying there yet!

I'm so glad you found my HUb Beautiful and Inspiring and of course I humbly thank you for the Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I think most of us Women writers on Hub Pages are STRONG...Don't you agree Breakfastpops. We are the Rocks, the men could Roll without US!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Mmm Froggy, I'll have to check it out. I'm so Glad you found my Hub Excellent...that means a lot!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Anndavis, You are so right...things were less complicated when Helen sang, what would become the National Anthem for Women. I also always Enjoyed Sinatra. I'm glad you liked my HUb.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, Thank You. How can we Not identify with this Wonderful Song...Which seems to have a Life of its own! I'll bet you Enjoyed seeing and hearing her in Person. Thanks for sharing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

In the words of another song, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! we are women so hear me roar, or yell all depending on the circumstances! love those records, great hub, cheers nell


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for reminding me about Helen Reddy and her great song, b. Malin. I haven't listened to the song in years, but I love the lyrics. They are so strong and passionate.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Inspirational and empowering review of a song that will always be a woman's mantra! Your style is one of a kind and so enjoyable to read.

Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria


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

Hello b., you sure know how to pack a room. Everyone has shown up to sing and no talking animals.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Loved Helen Reddy, b., loved 'I Am Woman,' and love this hub. You help women to feel invincible!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

B - You brought new life to this ageless song! I saw it on Colin's site, and passed over it, thinking i knew it all, but - i'm going to listen now..I think of the times then - and it makes the message in this song even more..incredible..ahead of it's time. Thanks for reminding me. btw..i have 'over the rainbow - by 4 different artists. it makes me cry too!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell, Thanks for your Thoughts and Comments...Yes, We are Women! So Glad you Enjoyed, and Cheers Right back to You too!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Yes Helen Reddy made us Proud to be Women, we are Strong, and Invincible, and Passionate. Always good to be reminded of that in her Song.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Marcoujor, Thank You for those Wonderful Comments...I Try, I try...and when it all comes together...I am one Proud Woman!

Thanks for the Votes across the Board, and Hugs right back to you Girlfriend.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I know Mckbirdbks, I'm so Surprised, and of course pleased that Everyone has such nice Singing Voices...Hey are you making fun of my Talking Animals?...Mmmm?


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Drbj, Invincible, Invincible...Hey, I spelled it right twice! Our gal Helen Reddy gave a voice to all us Women, she made us INVINCIBLE!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn, Don't you feel you've have grown so much as a Woman, since that song was first sung...The lyrics are as timely today as they were then.

The other day I heard "Over The Rainbow" sung with a "Calypso Beat" and I Love it...so Timeless...and so Sentimental.


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agaglia 4 years ago

b.Malin, Wow. hear you roar! This is a good hub. thanks! Check out my hub: woman of capacity, which expresses similar sentiments.

You are so right that thinking of our parents - or our children! making love is just so -eww!. But I remember crying tears of joy when I found out "my baby" was going to have a baby.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I haven't heard Helen's wonderful song in years and Over the rainbow makes me emotional these days too!

A wonderful hub, thank you.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Agaglia, I did check out the Hub you mentioned, it was Good, But I truly Enjoyed "Snow White Out" that one really shows your Talent for Poetry.

I loved your Comments to me on this Hub, so glad you stopped by.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lesley, I hadn't thought about "I am Woman" until I joined "Let's talk about Music and Cinema". I played it a few times and knew I wanted to write a Hub about it, in my style for all us Women. I'm so glad you Enjoyed.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub and I love it. Up up and away and here's to so many more.

Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed Elddwen. As Women we needed a Song that Expressed Us all in the most Wonderful way! Thanks for the Up, up and away my Friend.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I remember the song well, but not all the lyrics. Good reminder to stay strong in who we are, to realize our potential and accomplishments, no matter how small they may have appeared at the time. I have heard it once said...'a woman is the glue that holds man together.' Or something to that affect anyway. : ) Good hub. Had to make it up and beautiful!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Enjoyed your hub thoughts about women and men. I always loved the words to the Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" song because they are so empowering and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has been a favorite song of mine since childhood.

Glad you added the part about planning to live to a ripe old age. I was getting scared there for a second when you said you wanted the above songs played at your funeral!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail, Hopefully my "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is still pretty FAR away! I'm so glad you Enjoyed, and also loved "I am Woman"...It Empowered us all, Thank you Helen Reddy for such a Wonderful Tribute, to hand down to our Daughters, and Granddaughters.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Girltalksshop, Loved your Comments...as Women we wear so Many "Hats", though out our life time... Lover, Mother, Friend, and most of us do it oh so well.

Thanks for Enjoying, and a Special Thanks for your Votes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

B Malin, I remember hearing this song from time to time, but I never knew who wrote it or sung it. Great history. Some of the best songs in the world were almost never wrote. A great song for women. Always a joy to come over and visit. I hope you have a great day, lover man as well. Best wishes to you both:)


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi B. "I am woman, make me stronger" possibly I should listen to my own words more lol You have written a great and interesting hub my friend. I adore that song, "I am Woman" for the sentimentality and truth that is written throughout it. You have certainly picked a good topic this time, as always. Net :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric, So Glad you enjoyed the History Lesson of this Famous Song...Which Every Woman knew and sang with Pride.

Thanks for your well wishes, and ours to you and yours as well.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You are such a Strong Woman, Bluestar, don't doubt yourself for one moment. Of course as Women, we still have a Long, long, way to go...But I LOVE the journey, and know it will take us far. So glad you Enjoyed my Spin and Topic, Girlfriend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A simply fantastic hub b.Malin! "I am woman..." Oh yes!

I remember when Helen came out with this song. I quickly learned it so I could sing it for my next performance. And you'll never guess what song I chose to close each show with...that's right..."somewhere over the rainbow".

You are such an inspiring woman and everything you write is like finding a treasure chest. And I went wild when I read, " In the End, we Mold one another.

How profound! If I had a real diamond, I would send it to you because that is exactly what you are. I'll see you around at 120+ ( but I'll get there long before you do.) :-)


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

"I Am Woman" was an anthem for women of all ages at the time. Women's liberation was in its infancy and left some women confused about their roles. Thanks for the trip down memory lane; it was enjoyable.

Voted up and SHARED.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh, B., this hub is just a inspiring as that iconic song, which will always be one of my favorites. Yes, “I am strong…not a novice any longer…but I’ve still got a long, long way to go.” We also have the sensitivity and yes, beauty within, to treasure, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “In the end, we mold one another.” Being a woman is such a marvelous thing. :-)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vocalcoach, You always have the right words to say and I say back, humbly, Thank You! Mmm120...I think my dear Friend that I will be First to reach that TENDER AGE...and I'll be waiting for you, to wish you another 120!

We are like Family here on HUb pages. I so enjoyed reading your Comments about the two songs. How Neat!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Isn't that the Truth L.L. and some Women seemed to lose their way...but NOT for long. "I Am Woman" took us all along! So Glad you Enjoyed, and Thanks so much for the Vote!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Genna, Being a Woman is Wonderful, most of the time...Helen Reddy gave us her Voice in song to believe in ourselves...and so we did! Thanks for your Wonderful Thoughts and Comments, always a treat to hear from you.


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 4 years ago

Hi Barb,

Very deep thoughts hubbing along on this one... , & going all the way back to an embryo, how very creative of u*!

Thank u* for sharing this, as it's current, yet far reaching, & so enjoyed it.

lol , Cher


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Cheryl, Thank You! Yes, as a Woman...I've still a Long, long way to go. As do you my dear Friend, in Health as well as Happiness.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Loved this. I have no idea why many men think of us women as complicated. We are not that at all. LOL Great hub!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bobbi, I know...and we are "Being Difficult" when we don't agree...And why are women treated differently (sometimes not the same respect) as men when we shop for Cars, etc.

I'm so glad you Enjoyed!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I keep tellin people that we are stronger than we think. Women are awesomely strong when the chips are down. We are the ones who will make it through. I am inspired again.

Writer20, If I can make it through hyperthyroid and menopause at one and the same time, you, dear lady can make it through. I am confident in you.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi b,

I laughed and sighed at this wonderful hub. I too remember having the babies..but four for me...a 6, 5, 3, and a baby..and making them sit on the couch to listen to me sing.hahaha I felt like the scene out of coal miners daughter where she is kicking the washer on the porch as she learns to play the guitar, but making her kids listen to her...lol

I miss those days..I was young but fun too..overwhelmed but so happy. I guess I am stronger...not so naive...and have wonderful memories too...and those days have made me who I am..the good and bad..hehe

Love this hub!

My dad used to tell me he bought me at sears and Roebuck..:)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky, I'm not sure of the Comment to "Writer20"....But OK!

Yes, as Women we are the Stronger Sex (Mentally)...we are so Protective of those we Love, and Protect without a thought of ourselves. So, dear Friend, I'm so glad my Hub Inspired you...Stand tall Girlfriend, stand tall!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Wow Sunnie, Four...I always wanted Three...I have two Sons and hoped that the 3rd would have been a girl...But it was not meant to be. However NOW, I have 3 Granddaughters!

I Loved your Comments especially "coal miners daughter"...I could picture that scene (loved the movie) . Yes, we were young and innocent...and I too am glad for the Happy Memories...those were the days!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi, B.Malin, You are woman and so am I and we will not only survive but thrive. I enjoyed reading your hub about how you seem to take each adversity and turn it into opportunity. What a picture of resilience! Voted up! Take care, Kelley


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kelle, I learned from the Best, my Mother...Though she was not able to raise me, she came back into my life when I needed her the most. She is no longer alive now, but she was Ms. Adversity, that for sure! Thanks for your Comments, and of course your Vote!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have not heard anything from Helen.

Thanks for this wonderful view on womanhood.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I know Vinaya, it's been a long time, I'm sure she is still recording...But "I am Woman" was one of her biggest hits...Every woman knew the words, and sang them loudly...The song defined us.

I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Hub!


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Thanks Malin, your song make my day.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi girshpuri, you're quite Welcome! And now I will take a look at your Hubs too!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Now these are two songs with memories attached. Who would have thought 'I am Woman' was created to fill a spot in an album - it's women's anthem!!! I loved it back then and still feel proud of my gender when I hear it now. And somewhere over the rainbow just has magic written into it so that it's just where you wish you could go.

This is a very enjoyable hub, I love your stories and your conversational style of writing. My votes and best wishes to you b.Marlin and sharing.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Fennelseed, A warm Thank You! Yes, we are Women, and we've come so far, but still I know I have, a Long, long way to go. Thanks for Enjoying and Understanding my Thoughts so well. I look forward to Enjoying your Hubs too!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

b. Malin, great hub and great creativity. Voted up and all the buttons. You are a great writer and I wish you nothing but success and happiness.

Kenneth


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kenneth, a Humble "Thank You", for your nice Comments, and of course for the Votes! I Love writing, and of course the biggest thrill is when it's Enjoyed by my Fellow Writers!


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

brilliant hub sir, the song by Helen Reddy truly was amazing

voted up!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi shalini, I am NOT a Sir...I am A Woman too! Yes, this song that Helen Reddy wrote so Long ago, still rings True for all of us Women. Thanks for your Comments and your Vote!

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