Polishing The Stone

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Polishing the Stone


We might'nt have defined it,

But it emerged in words

As magic designed it, -

Saying what we feel.


If we write it down to salvage it,

A process starts to shape and make it real.


All the while it's churning

Uncov'ring its reveal,

Transcending finite limits, earning

Truly magic form!


We probe and polish, push and pull,

To get it right, to let its beauty ring.


Else we could ne'er define

The finer, deeper rhythmic peal

That sets it, lets it dance and sing our truth,

At last, disarm.



______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Finding raw natural stone to be polished ~
Finding raw natural stone to be polished ~ | Source

Raw Materials

Spontaneous when I write or do other creative projects, in that initial state, the results seem just fine as they are. Yet when they are to be presented as 'finished' poems, articles, or hubs, I find they need polish through editing, coordinating, 'fashioning', - not contrivance; instead, it's simply enhancing their inmost truth and beauty.

It is similar to techniques used in the taking of Nature's geological wonders, - rocks, minerals and crystals, - to probe their intrinsic character by subjection to intense physical processes, as nature had done with them so far, so as to take them into a next manifestation of themselves as lovely smooth stones, semi-precious gems or real gems, as the character of the material of which they're made allows.

Once stones are polished, they await their 'settings', be it in items of jewelry, room furnishings, or in various displays or museums.

So it is with polishing the semi-raw creative work of the poet, writer, artist, musician, sculptor, - even the builder, scientist or mathematician! Ultimately we refine the work we've created to a polish to be shared. Within the process, It may evolve, though it must neither fall short of or excel its own inner core of excellence, beauty and truth, at risk of becoming something else less authentic; so, less unique and valuable.


What media is this, asks she; -

What muse, what maze, what mind?

Does "master" dwell within the page

To liven every line?


Is poet taking holiday

From suffering and pain?

Or is it truth that always was

Deep inspiration's gain?


But what about the anguish?

Correcting any word

Requires complete redoing.

OH, pain such loss incurred!


A little change of media

Large difference can make

In what old muse reveals

Of which I may partake.


Inscrutable but beautiful,

Those other phases, verses,

Become kaleidoscope profound!

In prism, still rehearses.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


"Sonora Sunset" ~ rare  polished rock
"Sonora Sunset" ~ rare polished rock | Source


Whenever I'm at odds with them,

Be they rhymes or beasts,

My best-planned feasts

Resist their tasks,

And search for other planes.


No nourishment emerges,

No pleasure is received.

It's put off-sync; - no harmony

With Universe or sine,

Out of kilter, chaos reigns.


Then comes that melody,

Ah - centered; - what I need!

Complete, integrity,

Fulfilled I flow and know

Of where I am to be.


Circumference may be the way

A center is achieved.

But more it is a 'play' of fools

For kings to be empowered

And verities believed.


I hardly missed a step

While out of time and space.

I know not how I simply knew

To have returned to find

The now, the whence, the place.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Moss agate
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♦♦ ~ Historically - no, pre-historically, - the carving of stones for tools and adornment was widespread among human tribes. Later, in the Middle Ages, grinding wheels were developed for improved shaping and polishing, which have led to polished rocks becoming collectibles, decorator items and even 'pet rocks'!

♦♦ ~ Polished pebbles and slabs are used in the creation of pieces of useable art, such as tables, benches and lamps. Tumbling rocks in polishing sand and other invasive materials grinds their surfaces to smoothness and gloss. These polished rocks, depending on their sizes, can be made into articles of jewelry or other art forms.

♦♦ ~ Terms for these are 'rocks' or 'stones', used interchangeably. Especially beautiful and valued stones are often referred to as 'gems' or 'gemstones'. Scientifically, however, these categories are unrecognized, but are merely common trade names to distinguish them from the more ordinary stones. In some instances, the naturally occurring crystal forms are so much more valued that they seem to comprise a class in themselves and require little processing to emphasize their innate beauty. Of course, some such precious crystal stones are expertly 'cut' along their own cleavage lines, to enhance their appeal and beauty, which, as in most areas, is in the eye of the beholder!

♦♦ ~ There are also claims and beliefs that rocks and crystals hold magical healing powers, many such claims coming down from ancient times.



Polished Chrome - Journeyman


That amber bead

No accident

When swallowed

In that night.


Nor incidence of chance,

The books and songs

Which beckoned me

To flight.


Impelled, compelled,

It had to be;

By truth infused,

My muse refused to stay.


Unknown, unsung

Too long a time,

Burst out the dim

To fly on light of day.


The scraps and pieces lie about,

At times they fit or not.

There is no urgent reason

To soon expose the plot.


I like a little mystery,

A game of hide and seek.

Don't know too much too soon;

Just steal a little peek.


If sometimes I see

Too little or too much,

Yet what is real remains,

Distilled of life I dare to touch.


If lived before is good,

If never more to be,

If only now is mine to live,

Thank God that I can see.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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♦♦ ~ Of course, there are other kinds of ancient displays of use of rocks for artistic expression, as well as by polishing and shaping them into objects for many uses. Near my ranch country, there are amazing petrographs, as well as remarkable canyon and cave wall pictographs, for example.


But, after all, we find ourselves here on this planet made of rock, out of which we, ourselves, are formed and where we have been and continue to be 'polished' and adapted for living here, along with the Earth's other creatures and life forms! We've well learned to use our personal and external resources to create beautiful things from raw materials, in order to supply our needs and to fulfill our purposes. The possibilities seem nearly inexhaustible.

May we learn to always use them for the better things, needs and purposes, starting once more in 2014!

© 2014 Nellieanna Hay

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I have been patiently waiting for you to release your next hub Nellieanna, and now I realise why it was a long time coming. You spent a great deal of time and effort on this wonderful hub. Delightful and versatile selection of poetry, accompanied by beautiful images, video, and such informative information on rocks, crystals etc. Such an interesting read, and as usual voted up.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Nellieanna, you portray the growing of a human, the development of art and the overall metamorphosis of life beautifully in this hub.

All good things come to those who wait!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are incredibly good! Anything I say after that pales in comparison.

bill


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

This is a true gem but not surprising from you Nellieanna. So well presented and created and one for me to vote up, across and share without a single doubt. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here my dear friend

Eddy.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear John - ah! What could be more gratifying than for a reader and friend to be anticipating my next hub! I sometimes do that for particularly favorite others’ hubs but hadn’t contemplated anyone doing so for mine! Thank you!

As for this one, it had been rattling around for awhile, even to the point of naming it and setting it up as a hub, but it hadn’t quite firmed and developed till quite recently. It’s typical of me to ‘do the thing’ by first going through all the motions strictly mentally before starting the actual work, - but even that hadn’t taken much shape. I’d merely a general concept of what I visualized, nothing 'rock solid'! ;-) But finally, building on a life-long love affair with fields relating to Earth Science, as well as to actively creative fields, it did begin to take actual shape. I’m pleased that the result worked out & appealed to you!

Thank you for the vote!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Shauna, thank you! In each observation,you’ve captured the premises of this hub precisely, especially with “all good things come to those who wait”!! Yeah! :-) Hugs.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Bill. Gosh. Oh, my! Coming from the Hubpage prime expert on writing well, those words are high praise indeed! Hug you! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Eddy, thank you, my dear! I appreciate the unconditional votes so much!

Yes! Sharing our hubs on here is such pleasure and it also gives opportunity to improve our work in the process!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Well, I attempted to follow this hub, but I have multiple interruptions and this one is not so easy to just read, as some of it is not so straight forward. That might just be my three little distractions, though. ;) Hopefully, I won't forget to come back soon, but not going to promise. Just wanted you to know I'd been here.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Nellieanna,

How ironic you have written on polishing the stones, as I have been doing just that in my most recent artistic endeavor! I know these are beautiful metaphors for life. You never disappoint in delivering your masterpieces of poetic expressions, and I am so thankful to be blessed to read them.

You are such a fine writer dear one. You, yourself, as I may have stated before, are a rare and precious gem right here on HP! Your talent shines brilliantly and you are very polished.

Up and more and sharing, of course!

Much love to you in this new year,

Faith Reaper


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved this, Nellieanna. Your superb poetry reminds me of the “It” that is there, hidden, but inviting us to explore…not too much, not too little; to capture and reveal the essence of us. When we do, it reveals, in part, that which is a kind of symbiosis…the play of light and refraction of color and of elements that we hold that are another key to the mystery of our consciousness and the infinite soul. Beautiful and exquisite work, my friend. Voted up and beyond and shared. :-)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, dear Shan, I know how it is to be instantaneously unable to focus on another’s words and thoughts amid distractions! They may be too specific or too abstract; either way, they may need more focus than the momentary distractions will permit!

I appreciate your dropping by, though! There’s nothing arbitrary or required; it’s just presented for whatever enjoyment can be derived, and hopefully, it will unfold if you have a chance to drop by again. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faith, m’dear - thank you. How about that coincidence! I do hope you’ll share some of your recent artistic endeavor with us here! I’ve never personally polished stones, but I have collected raw stones and used professionally polished stones in jewelry-making, during that year I lived in Arizona in the mid-1960s. It’s among my most treasured memories, both hunting hillsides and ‘draws’ for stones and then fashioning and fitting polished stones into unique, beautiful forms of jewelry! My mind was so attuned to the beauty of these inanimate, but potent, objects in unique ways.

My husband was at Arizona State University studying Geology, Mineralogy and Crystallography at the time, and I always helped him study, so I was immersed in it. The place itself was like a vast laboratory for the study of the Earth and its amazing history. He was a General Science teacher and part of his graduate course included biology, as well. He wrote his dissertation on an anomaly in saguaro cactus, so that was another focus of that year. We were constantly out exploring the desert, which is my natural habitat! :-)

The actual handling of stones provides much ‘feeling’ for the metaphors here presented. Since for so many years, I just wrote poetry with no thought of presenting it for anyone else to read, it’s rather recent that this ‘polishing’ process has arisen and blossomed, as I have made, first, my website where a few poems were used, but more here on Hubpages where I’ve shared many of them, with all the fun of presenting them in hubs for the enjoyment of others - I hope! It’s almost as much fun as the writing itself and ties together several of my creative interests.

I appreciate that you think me a fine writer. Again, I must mention that it was not a concern whether or not I was any good at it when I wrote only for my own purposes, without thought or intent to share it. It was simply who I was and what I did! Of course, it is immensely gratifying to hear that my work has appeal or application for my friends and fellow-writers! It’s an honor, indeed. Thank you for your ‘up’ vote! Love to you, too, for 2014!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my goodness, dear Genna. Your comments are works of art in themselves! I love your ‘fine-tuned’ contemplation of my humble offerings.

Symbiosis is among the most beautiful concepts to me: - its mutually beneficial relationship in which each party is benefited! How wonderful it would be if such symbiotic connections were the general rule of human relationships, rather than the exception! Too often, parasitic is how they seem to be or become. But one must lift one’s sights to the ideals, not let them be consumed by the disasters. How else can the reality be upgraded? It seems quite possible & realistic to me, but only if it's fathomed & invited!

The play of light and refraction, too, is a rich and satisfying concept. If my poetry brings out this lovely imagery, I am truly gratified! Thank you, too, for the positive votes!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

This hub of yours is a beautiful polished gem, like all your hubs, Nellieanna.

Every thought of yours is a gem, strung up in literary jewellery.

I wish you only the best for 2014, my dear CM :)


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Nellieanna - Beautiful and intriguing, thought provoking as always. One of my very first and favorite books, was a book on rocks and gems with fabulous photographs that I got a s a birthday gift in the first grade. I have been hooked ever since.

I was so disappointed in college that my only choices were biology and chemistry. I would have greatly preferred any earth science. :) When I visited the Smithsonian, my family had to tear me away from thee mineral exhibit.

A lovely hub. Hope all is well. Stay warm in these cold days. Theresa


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

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Dearest Martie - thank you! I’m humbled, realizing that every thought of mine isn’t much of a gem, - if any, - but hopefully, many of those I expose here may somewhat meet that criteria, if it's not too fussy. ;-) But I blush.

I confess that I do simply love thinking, though. Once someone told me "You think too much" and I was startled! How on earth would that even be possible, I thought! Besides, it FEELS good to exercise the ole brain! Many quiet, private moments are exhilarated by realizing that one has had a valuable thought or has resolved some little puzzling prick or even an ordinary dilemma. Voila!

Having the opportunities to ‘just think’ without endless distractions is such a blessing, and one of the perks of getting older, I think. It brings so many mini-AHA moments! Of course, many of them vanish as quickly as they come - which harkens back to that hub (or several hubs) on the subject! It’s a little like chasing the rainbow, keeping up with even one’s own thoughts, and then, there are so many valuable ones being shared by others! How can anyone ever be ‘bored’?? I’ve never understood that!

Love to you and yours. I so enjoy all you have to say and also - seeing yours and your beautiful family photos on FB. You ‘did good’! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Theresa! We have this in common! After a year in Arizona, when returning to Indiana, I had to retrain my eyes up from the ground, wherever I walked! Indiana’s woods' floors provide eye-candy in the form of little mosses and flowers, but it seemed that everywhere in Arizona, the ground was like discovery of a gold mine!

One of my favorite memories - well, several of them which I think I may have mentioned before - were the class trips to Washington, D.C., which I was privileged to chaperone in the 1960s. There is so much to see in that unique city and surrounding areas, but those Smithsonian mineral exhibits were like magnets to me. Fortunately, the students were also drawn to them, but the tour guides didn’t allow enough time for them, in my opinion! I’ve always wanted to go back and just camp in that area! Nowhere else can one see such mammoth chunks of rose quartz and every imaginable crystal form. It’s just breathtaking!

Surely glass-artist Dale Chihuly steals many of his designs from Nature’s own phenomenal artwork!

Thank you so much for your most interesting comments! I agree that biology and chemistry, while interesting, don’t match the fascination of the Earth Sciences, especially Crystallography & Mineralogy. One doesn’t always become adequately exposed to the amazing secrets of ‘rocks’ around us which studying them provides!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

ps, Theresa - yes - you keep warm over there, too! Our weather has been like a see-saw. It's in the down position now - very cold and due to be even colder for awhile. At least, this time, minus the ice and snow! whew! I feel so sorry for those folks who have so much of that right now!


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Good evening Nellieanna.

One after another your hubs are testimonial to familiar saying "a lot will be expected from everyone who has been given a lot. More will be demanded from everyone who has been entrusted with a lot," - a gemstone of a human soul.

(Significant, almost scary to me ). As if humanly impossible , yet presented in each original invention , creation, product or even art of writing such is coming out of your treasury, is being seen fully manifested of that what one genius has been entrusted with.

Awesome and beautiful.

Have a beautiful enjoyable week.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Michael, you shouldn’t heap such praises! I’ll get a ‘big head’ and will no longer be able to write another word! Thank you. But you are such a boost to my morale that I shall have to try to live up to it! Hugs.


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Nellieanna dear, good afternoon . Certainly we are here making you jealous of our -30's F , but that's OK.

Your response didn't leave me since. Though my way of expressing is less apprehensible than those of " English speaking " writers and commenters .In my best attempt I say what knowing is right and correct. You are here now , - we interact- commenting to your publishing is just fair to be labeled as coming from a " genius " , not by any means to " heap " praises, or wanting you get disabled. What I was pointing to is this universal principle in which every single person is " given" talents, potential, gift to use and to be productive. By my understanding you aren't wasting any of them ... Besides , why wait until we are gone from here to let history recording "how great they were ". Our time belongs to us we are to tell the world the gift they have in you and many others who aren't recognized by " Hollywood" though they shine brighter and are creating better world by their worthiness.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Michael, I apologize that my response made you question or feel badly about yours! It was not my intention. I was simply acknowledging that your gracious praise was noticed for its ‘high’ quality. Perhaps my idiom was a bit too obscure!

From my own experience and observance, a person’s own self-awareness of his or her talent simply feels like just being oneself, no more, no less. I suspect that many highly praised & feted folks must feel embarrassment at the contrast of that with their own self-awareness of ‘just being’.

Of course, it FEELS good to express whatever is within oneself at the fullest extent, even though, as it’s happening, it only feels like just being natural, almost unconsciously. Even so, when it seems to ‘measure up’ to one’s own best expectations, that is a good feeing, and when others are pleased by it, that is a good feeling, too.

I suppose my silly remark that I might get a ‘big head’ and be unable to write was simply that I am aware that being overly conscious of my efforts might interfere with their natural, spontaneous outpouring. But really, in my case, that’s not likely, since I’m sort of past questioning myself too much and am - (as they say) - ‘comfortable in my own skin’. I’m realistic about both my possibilities and my limits, as I should be by now! I’m going to be 82 in just a little over 3 weeks! It’s high time I’ve taken the accurate gauge of myself and have it in balance. But I guess anyone could become overly self-conscious if her focus were too directed on her self-importance. As I say, that is highly unlikely, at this stage of my life!

I agree that each of us is given whatever talents we may possess to be expressed as best we can. Thank you for saying you consider I’m not wasting mine. There are surely better or worse ways they might be used, but I feel a kind of destiny to direct mine as I do, which is where I am and with whom I’m associated while I am alive and can do so.

Your words “. . . why wait until we are gone from here to let history record ‘how great they were’. . . .Our time belongs to us . . . . “ express how I feel about it extremely well! I want to praise others’ talents, too, while I feel uncompelled to take ‘center stage’ or to seek fame. It feels more real and alive to me to just BE and share among my own circle of influence, where it is quite gratifying that it is accepted and appreciated personally!

One of my tenets (which has little to do with talent, per se) is that each of us has a contribution to make in the ability to shine one candle into the darkness, so that if each chose to do so, the darkness would be fully lit! But each of us has only the one to shine, which may (or may not) inspire others to shine theirs. So, again, we are in agreement. That single lit candle has no “Hollywood” value, but when it is unlit, its collective negative value is muchly apparent as we look around and see the effects of darkness of the the soul. The main thing anyone can do about it is to keep his or her own candle lit and encourage others to do so with theirs. Darkness isn't crushed by punishment. It is simply changed by light.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

We must always polish in order to 'create' effectively. Those that do will always have something on the back burner, and may return later to wile away at a completed piece later. I have been honing my photography, as of late. It is coming together, which will improve my writing as well. The two tend to go hand-in-hand, I think.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Deb - yes, your work always shows its consistent polish, as well as its inherent integrity; both are essential, I think.

Your photos do indeed enrich and complete your writing. Thank you so much for visiting mine and leaving a most useful comment!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A beautifully written and thought of hub on polishing stones I have many myself and enjoy keeping them shiny and bright.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, DDE, and thank you for visiting and for sharing your interest in polishing stones! They are such fun!


Vincent Moore 2 years ago

Your verse like the sparkle of the polished stone glitters and rewards all who read them a gem so true, so bright. Yes indeed, I remember when I was that piece of coal, a man, a father to me, my mentor and now my Muse entered my life and took this young diamond in the rough and polished him, wiping away tears, sadness and abuse.

You my dear always polish my heart and soul with your poetry. You definitely are my stardust, maybe we will meet in the Universe some day, I hope so. For are we not all atoms, simply here to lighten up the world and be tested time and time again? Keep writing my gem, you light up your readers world.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Vincent! What beautiful, bright, shining comments. Your poetic genius sparkles in and throughout them.

The history of your meeting your mentor, who is become your muse, always brightens my heart and mind! It is such a success story in so many respects. How could I not be glad that you met him and that those remnants of sadness and hopelessness were polished and minimized in the meeting and the sensitive care he gave your tender, hurt heart!

Even those bad experiences have provided fuel for your inspired writing, so they were not total losses, any more than coal dust and dreariness are losses, once the diamond is found and polished!

Of course we'll meet in the Universe because we’ve already met in this area of it! :-)

I can’t keep from keeping on writing. It’s literally what I “do”! If it lights up others’ worlds, my heart is all the more gratified! Thank you! Love and hugs!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Nelli well done hub with a good comparison of the polishing of stones to that of a writer's words, that needs adjusting and reforming. You write so well as though you are an English expert or you were a teacher.

Awesome pro-founding poems :)

I am just checking up on you, how have things been? how is life on the ranch? are you okay? how is your health? and what have my sweet lady been up to lately? Have your birthday gone already?

Take care until i hear from you


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

I didn't recognize the title when it came up in notifications,but I still follow evey hub of yours I have ever been to because they are so worth rereading. Anyway, I found my original comment and now realize why I don't remember it. But now that I have read it, I love it.

I especially love the last one about the journey, the about being at odds, the amber beads, oh...I can't choose, but I think the journey one is my favorite. :)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Lady Fiddler, Thank you. Yes, the comparison of polishing stones to polishing the output of one’s work, even though that work arises from deeply inside. In order to share one’s deepest feelings and thoughts with others in a way they may be understood, one needs to use one’s best writing tools, including mastery of the language, the subtleties of truly understanding oneself what it is one wants to convey, or even if the only purpose is to express oneself for one’s own use, whatever that may be. Often that ’speaks’ to others, as well. There will certainly be nothing contrived in what one writes for one’s own use. Perhaps that is what makes it the most appealing to others, so long as it was well expressed using one’s best language and ‘people’ tools.

For all writing, perhaps especially poetry, one’s mastery of the tools makes the writing the better. When we read what we’ve written and think, “Aha! That says what I wanted to say!”, we’ve expressed them well.

One can take courses in creative writing & learn the grammar, vocabulary, formulas and methods. But no one can teach a person to write poetry which really ‘speaks’. That comes only from within, usually without the poet especially thinking about it or trying to do it. S/he does apply the tools learned from teachers or from personal perusal and all that flows into the results, the way good painters paint, good architects design wonderful buildings that ‘work’, good teachers teach; - - any skill, craft or art which people do, needing good tools and expertise at using them, plus ‘soul’ and finally, the ‘polishing’, which removes the excess & decides what may better omitted and left to the user or reader to supply, without trying to impose too much ‘control’ oneself. There's always another vital step when what one has released into the atmosphere is received by someone else & that person polishes it with all that is in his/herself to order to interpret and magnify it. A writer whose ONLY intention is to satisfy him/herself may end up having a limited following.

Thank you for asking. I’m doing great. Busy. Just returned last night from a marathon 35-hour 1000-mile round-trip to the ranch to take care of several specific jobs, which we accomplished. It was a long distance, very fast trip, involving time and labor-intensive jobs packed into the hours while there, as well, of course, finding time for ‘tiresome details of living’, such as sleeping! haha. But this was the only 'window' for getting down there for these jobs. Will make another quick before the end of the year, in fact. Yes, a marathon. Keeps me on my toes!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi Shanmarie. Thank you for coming back by. Sounds like you had the hub checked for notifications. Yes, your original comment obviously was written under distracting local conditions.

The poem about the journey is one of my all-time favorites. I remember when I wrote it, and it was special. Glad you got some good out of it.

The amber bead was part of a real experience. Mother had a necklace of real amber beads and I did swallow one.

One doesn’t see a lot of real amber. I can see how it would naturally pique your interest, since you work with beads, making lovely jewelry. Amber has other uses, as well, & it is fraught with legends. You may already know all about it. it’s fascinating; I never tire of looking into it & being awed by it.

Some 'official' information about it.

Amber - noun - Hard translucent fossilized resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in color.

Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

I find good in much of what you write, that you have shared anyway. I still do. You will forever have me as a fan.

The journey poem is meaningful to me because I try to look at life that way. The good, the bad- it's all living. I would not appreciate the good otherwise. And it makes things easier when I am struggling.

I also just thought of this song: Miley Cyrus - The Climb - Official Music Video (H…: http://youtu.be/NG2zyeVRcbs

Actually, I only know the basics of most gemstones, but, yes, they are fascinating. There is much about them to find of interest, from the scientific information to astrology. But I can't believe you swallowed one! Of course, I picture bigger beads or cameo-size pieces when I generally think of amber.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

It was not a large bead. It went down smoothly.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Sorry for getting back here so late things have been a lil wacko with me lately am here there and everywhere. Please don't tell me a Marathon as in the race where you walk run to your final destination ? No you did not do that did you? Or was it a marathon in your vehicle up to the ranch? 1000 miles are you kidding me ? We don't even have anything near those miles in my whole country wow. But i know Texas is or alomost is one of the largest state in the US it goes to show how tiny my country is , rather island.

I know you are a busy person and very active for your age but please take it lightly you are scaring me don't do too much hard work. You have accomplished a lot in your tenure on earth so please relax now. Obviously i'd hope you had help to do the work/cleaning etc on the ranch :)

I am happy to know you are up and moving around please keep in touch and take care for now sweedy.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hope your rushing is modifying! Take care of yourself!

No, no. I use the term "marathon" figuratively when an activity or task is lengthy (in time &/or space), intense, and challenging - or any combination of those. In that particular case, it was a lengthy trip from North Texas to my Southwest Texas ranch (close to the Mexican border as the bird flies), which was traveled with few breaks & those only to refuel en route. I pack healthy snacks which suffice us for food for the entire 2 days. Usually return home in better shape than we left it.

I wrote a detailed description of what-all it entailed, but will save it for my memoirs! haha. Suffice it to say, it fit the definition of ‘marathon’ and then some! It's also exhilarating and supplies some missing elements in my life! It's an intrinsic part of my life from pre-birth onward.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL oh i wanted to know what you doing on a marathon if you wanna kill yourself lol. Well yeah I've heard of those lengthy trips in the US and other big countries i surely do not envy you. I get upset after a three hours drive here i feel like if i'd never reach. So i must say you have a lot of endurance i wish your ranch was much closer to you though.

I am so so these days as am through with one thing another tries to knock me down but i guess God is trying my spirit like he did Job.

My car is giving some trouble at present and its sending me coo coo because you know most men always think women are stupid and try to outsmart us especially when it comes to mechanics. That car is acting like a new born baby that wants to be underneath its mama's paps all the time.

Have a swell day sweedy and safe trip back home if you're not there yet :)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

Actually the trip goes fast. We're both very busy people so it's a chance for my manager and I to get to talk and look into ideas. It would be nice if it were nearer so we could make it more frequently.

When my George was alive, we sometime needed to take 2 vehicles, so we could leave the ranch pickup down there, so we each drove one. We talked back and forth on Walkie-Talkies. It was before the advent of cellphones as we know them now.

Del Rio, the nearest town other than ghost towns, is 100 miles away. I was born there and could enjoy living there, except I'd know virtually no one and this house is free of mortgage or rental. So it's wise for me to live here. My manager has a family and they would not want to move to Del Rio for a number of reasons and roots where they are. So it will likely remain as it is.

I appreciate your concern, of course and wish you the best of days and the upcoming weekend.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

How sweet of you Nellie i wish some day i can visit a beautiful ranch with lots of horses a farm house etc. I love the country like feeling and always wanted to be a cowgirl lol. I've got a genuine leather waist coat with fringes and two cows sticked onto the pockets which i have out grown, sometimes i still wear it indoors although it looks like I've borrowed it. I want a horse so badly but not enough land for him to run and be free. Earlier this year i bought a toy barn that came with plastic houses from "breyers" its good stuff ;) i need to buy more collections i am kinda obssesed with horses its my favourite animal. Its sad that i cannot accompany you to the ranch. If i do not get my horse here i will get one over in the glory land, how about tons of them.

Keep sweet and well take care of yourself now grandma :)

PEACE & Love

Please send me back the link to your site.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

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Hello. I like horses, too, and grew up with quarter horses on the family’s headquarters ranch. They are such intelligent animals and those ranch ‘work’ horses were SO wise and very large. As an infant, I was switched back and forth on Mother’s and my much older brother’s saddles when they regularly rode the fences to check for any areas where the livestock could get out. I’ve many treasured memories about the horses. I must caution that being an authentic cowboy or cowgirl involves intensely demanding work and very little glamour! haha

But nowadays, few, if any working ranches use horses for the necessary activities. 4-wheel drive vehicles and rugged pickup trucks do it. They might have a horse for personal riding, but that, too, is rare. Of course, there may be commercial ‘dude ranches’ which have horses for catering to tourists and, of course, race horse farms in Kentiucky and other states in the northeast areas of the U.S. do nothing but raise and breed thoroughbred race horses. The history in my father’s family in Indiana was that his father, whose religion forbade racing sports, loved thoroughbred horses so passionately that he had some which he used for work on the farm, back when they ploughed the fields. The family history record mentions that he supplied some horses for the Queen of England’s stables.

So first of all, there is a vast difference between a ‘farm’ and a ‘ranch’, though some owners of small farm tracts try to sound more important by calling their tracts ‘ranches’. Actuallly both farms and ranches have their individual importance. But there is usually a vast difference in size, use & function of personally owned farms and ranches. Nowadays many large farms are corporately owned and operated, however.

If I may request a preference, I don’t wish to not be called anyone's adopted grandma. Thank you for thinking of me that way in a kind way. My family with 19 grands and great-grands and I will appreciate your kindness in refraining from referring to me as your grandma. I trust you will understand. :-) You are a precious dear, sweet, highly valued friend. Hugs.

My site is http://nellieanna.com/directory.html for the directions to its many pages.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

By the way, I thought you'd enjoy a few of my webpages which highlight the ranch. The first http://nellieanna.com/attic3.html features early days on the Headquarters ranch before I was born and when I was a kid. The 'continue this page' link takes it to more about it, including an old photo of the original ranch house my parents built in the early 1920s, which has been added on to now. The second page is one of several pages about my ranch in recent timhttp://nellieanna.com/ranchvisit.htmles and included a photo of the cabin my George & I build on it. The other pages about the ranch are linked at bottom of each of the pages about them.


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LadyFiddler 24 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Good morning okay no problem sorry for using the term grandma was just a form of respect in that sense knowing you are a nice , respectful lady but i understand your point and reason and have no problem adhering . So it will NOT occur again and forgive me if it sounded offensive to you.

Have a lovely day :)


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Nellieanna 24 months ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, m'dear. I appreciate your respect for my preference, which is what it is, rather than its being offensive. Nothing to forgive. It's cleared up.

Hope you are having a great day too, and a very Happy Christmas and New Years!


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LadyFiddler 24 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Yeah no probs...... I am not into Christmas at all if you are all the best to you.


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Nellieanna 24 months ago from TEXAS Author

I'm not really into it except for a generally nice feeling of good will. But I'm not even slightly into fighting crowds shopping and all that.


Bojan 21 months ago

Glad I've finally found soeithmng I agree with!


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Nellieanna 21 months ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, Bojan. It must be a relief! Thank you for your visit and comment.

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