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Brian Leekley (B. Leekley)

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I retired in 2005 from used book selling. My hobby is creative writing. My wife and I live in a small apartment in Kalamazoo. I am active in a Unitarian Universalist church.

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    • Wish HubPages had a Writing Life niche site
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      Wish HubPages had a Writing Life niche site

      13 days ago

      LetterPile, as best I can figure from the examples shown and the subcategories, is only for original works of creative writing, such as short stories, poems, memoir essays, and so on. I like LetterPile as it is. There is no vertical or niche site at HubPages about the writing life, and that seems...

    • I'd Like Feedback on My Hub: ORIGIN AND EARLY HISTORY OF THE ENNEAGRAM
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      I'd Like Feedback on My Hub: ORIGIN AND EARLY HISTORY OF THE ENNEAGRAM

      17 months ago

      HubPages denied my request to put my hub Origin and Early History of the Enneagram http://hubpages.com/education/History-o … -Gurdjieff on Owlcation even though it is free from content and structural issues. It is not a current event. It is an ever green topic. It is not a general topic....

    • Which is the more economical way to make coffee, with a paper coffee filter or w
      6

      Which is the more economical way to make coffee, with a paper coffee filter or w

      23 months ago

      Which is the more economical way to make coffee, with a paper coffee filter or with a French press?For years my wife and I have had a plastic thing made to sit on a six ounce or eight ounce coffee cup and to hold a #2 coffee filter. Paper coffee filters are cheap and readily available at...

    • Is Wochit, the online video creation platform, a useful and cost-effective tool
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      Is Wochit, the online video creation platform, a useful and cost-effective tool

      2 years ago

      Is Wochit, the online video creation platform, a useful and cost-effective tool for hubbers?This eve I followed a promotional link that that company had on Facebook. Even after reading about Wochit and seeing video examples, I'm unsure about the pros of hubbers signing up for the free trial or for...

    • Is it better to have safer oil pipelines or no oil pipelines?
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      Is it better to have safer oil pipelines or no oil pipelines?

      2 years ago

      Is it better to have safer oil pipelines or no oil pipelines?Michigan senators Peters and Stabenow are introducing the Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act to ban shipping crude oil on the Great Lakes and strengthen federal pipeline safety oversight. The group 350 says oil should be kept...

    • Copied content discovered too late?
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      Copied content discovered too late?

      4 years ago

      Long ago I had an exceptionally long hub on 7 rules of creative writing--lots longer than the optimum length of 1,500 words that I've seen recommended by HubPages. I read in various hubs that hubs should not be so long, because people have short attention spans and expect short articles at...

    • referral trackers
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      referral trackers

      4 years ago

      It used to be, as I learned and understood it over a couple of years ago, that referral trackers had two uses. One was for when you convince someone to become a hubber. When you email them the link to use to sign up, you include your referral tracker at its correct place in the link, and if the...

    • Is it always ill-advised to have an over 5000 words hub?
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      Is it always ill-advised to have an over 5000 words hub?

      4 years ago

      In their teachings on writing stellar hubs, the HubPages staff has sometimes said that an ideal hub is 1,500 words long and has sometimes said that an ideal hub is 1,150 words long. Numerous hubs by hubbers on hubbing have recommended that a hub should be at least circa 400 to 500 words long, at...

    • Rules about keywords
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      Rules about keywords

      4 years ago

      Months ago, maybe over a year ago, I read a hub about how to write hubs that said to repeat the title of the hub in the heading of the Comments capsule. For instance, if the title is How to Make a Glumpf, then the heading of the Comments capsule should be How to Make a Glumpf: Comments. I have been...

    • Are anchor text links to my own unrelated hubs useful and appropriate?
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      Are anchor text links to my own unrelated hubs useful and appropriate?

      4 years ago

      I have learned through forum discussions that including an outgoing anchor text link in a text capsule in a hub is good idea when a) the word or phrase used as the anchor text closely relates to what the hub is about, b) the webpage linked to closely relates to what the hub is about, and c) the...

    • Style tip re links
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      Style tip re links

      4 years ago

      If this is not the correct place to ask my questions, please let me know where to go on HubPages, or if I should send an email to the people running HubPages.A few months ago an expert hubber with lots of experience and success for a time offered free critiques of hubs in one of the forums. I asked...

    • Cookies
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      Cookies

      5 years ago

      When I go online to the hubpages.com sign-in page, and then when I sign in, which cookies that appear in Firefox - Tools - Privacy - Show Cookies (or in the cookies list of whichever browser I am using) are normal, expected, and essential to the functioning of the website for hubbers, or at least...

    • backward comments
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      backward comments

      5 years ago

      I just looked at the comments to one of my hubs and found that the comments are backwards.  The newest comments are at the top and the oldest comments are at the bottom instead of in the proper order with the oldest comments at the top and the newest comments and newest replies at the...

    • Does a dressing made with olive oil, cider vinegar, and Italian seasoning need t
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      Does a dressing made with olive oil, cider vinegar, and Italian seasoning need t

      5 years ago

      Does a dressing made with olive oil, cider vinegar, and Italian seasoning need to be refrigerated?Given that none of the ingredients were refrigerated before combining them?

    • What is a weed?
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      What is a weed?

      5 years ago

      What is a weed?What is the difference between a weeds and wild flowers? Between weeds and edible wild plants? Between weeds and ground cover? Between weeds and native flora?

    • Arguments against programming a link to open in a new window
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      Arguments against programming a link to open in a new window

      5 years ago

      Some months ago a hubber I follow shared a hub that advocated adding the HTML attribute and value target="_blank" to links, saying that that keeps a reader at your page even while a link takes hir elsewhere in the Web, because that added code makes a link open in a new window. I shared...

    • What are the pros and cons, and the evidence for and against, the paleo diet?
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      What are the pros and cons, and the evidence for and against, the paleo diet?

      5 years ago

      What are the pros and cons, and the evidence for and against, the paleo diet?There are a few HubPages questions and hubs about it, but none seem to exam the question in depth . They seem all to be promoters of it, repeating the theories behind it and giving anecdotal evidence. I'd be interested in...

    • Why or why not connect HubPages and Facebook?
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      Why or why not connect HubPages and Facebook?

      6 years ago

      When I log into hubpages and go to the "my account" page and then click the "Profile" button that is in between the "Hubs" and the "Earnings" button, in the menu that appears one of the choices is "Social Networks". Clicking that brings a page that...

    • What are some good home-made cat food recipes?
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      What are some good home-made cat food recipes?

      6 years ago

      What are some good home-made cat food recipes?Cat food for our cats is a big part of our grocery budget. They eat regular cat food, nothing special, and we watch for sales and coupons, but the cats go through a lot of cans and bags of cat food.  I wonder if there are recipes to make cat food...

    • Can HTML tags be used in the summary of a hub, such to make a book or program ti
      2

      Can HTML tags be used in the summary of a hub, such to make a book or program ti

      6 years ago

      Can HTML tags be used in the summary of a hub, such to make a book or program title italic?If so, do the HTML tags count in the 500 characters count? If not, is there some way to format text in the summary? I don't see Bold, Italics, Underline and so on button options. The lessons I found on how to...

    • Was Jesus a moral relativist?
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      Was Jesus a moral relativist?

      6 years ago

      Was Jesus a moral relativist?When I read the Gospels, it seems so to me. Jesus keeps saying things like, "Judge not, that you be not judged" (how you will be judged is relative to how you judge others).  Am I right in suspecting that the relativism of morals is a theme often stressed...

    • Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?
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      Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?

      6 years ago

      Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?Which is better to say:One should watch what one eats.Everyone should watch what they eat.You should watch what you eat.People should watch what they eat.Watch what you eat.They say to watch what you eat.Everyone should watch...

    • Linking to a Pinterest board from a Hub page
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      Linking to a Pinterest board from a Hub page

      6 years ago

      I am working on an as yet unpublished (as of 12-30-2011) hub about Marquette, Michigan. I found some relevant photos online that allow commercial use, and I'll include the best of those in the hub. I also found some good, relevant photos that I can't use because the license says no commercial use,...

    • Do you advocate feral cat spay or neuter and release programs?
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      Do you advocate feral cat spay or neuter and release programs?

      6 years ago

      Do you advocate feral cat spay or neuter and release programs?With no-kill shelters, foster homes, and adoption for cats that are just lost or abandoned and not feral.

    • Quiz widget
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      Quiz widget

      6 years ago

      In my third hub page,"Introduction to Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA," at <snipped - no promotional links in the forums> I included a quiz module.  At the bottom of it is a line with a tiny picture of a gear and the words in blue in small print, "get this widget". If a...

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