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Award Ceremony: The 6th Coveted Lollipop Award at

Updated on June 8, 2013
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Ladies and Gentleman, to the 6th Coveted Lollipop Award Ceremony at, the most popular site on the Internet for writers and readers of all topics and genres! | Source

A special welcome to our guests of honor -

The Creator of the Lollipop Award,

During the very first official unofficial Lollipop Award Ceremony Chris bestowed this most coveted Lollipop award on our second guest of honor....., the esteemed initiator of the H.O.W. Movement.

As requested by the creator of this Lollipop award, it became Bill's responsibility to pass the award on.

Oh, Ladies and Gentlemen, the word responsibility might be interpreted as autocratic and dictatorial, but it is merely a token gesture of respect to the creator of this most coveted sucker, the Lollipop of all Lollipops, and also to all previous receivers of this yummy ala sweetness. It would be such a shame to disdain this crème de la crème award at the time of one's favorable public reputation....

(..... Water... wAtEr..... WATER! Oh boy, I am choking behind this podium for all to see! Dear me, my embarrassment knows no boundaries!)

Forgive me,

Ladies and Gentleman, for saddling you up with such a nasty cough-attack. As you know, this kind of choking in one's own words is a Master of Ceremony's biggest fear....

Anyway, billybuc decided to pass HubPages' most coveted Lollipop Award on to our next guest of honor, Linda Crist aka Irc7815, ...

Please be seated, Linda!

Then Linda bestowed the honor of treasuring the Lollipop for a few days on the one and only rcrumple aka Rich.......

Oh, excuse me for a second, Ladies and Gentleman, can you hear me? I think this microphone in my hand just gave up the ghost. But don't stress, we'll fix it in a second on the beat of.....

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Thank you,

Miss Little Millie Small for delighting us with your most famous song, 'My Boy Lollipop'.

And now, Ladies and Gentleman, our fifth guest of honor, the most adorable

4th recipient of the Coveted Lollipop Award, marcoujor aka Maria Jordan, the author of the most enchanting book, Kylie's Blossoms - a book that was once a series published by her in HubPages where writers of all genres have the opportunity to support and encourage each other to achieve the highest goals in the world of writers -

My granddaughter, Dané, thrilled by Kylie's Blossoms

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With all guests of honor now comfortable on the padded seats for V.I.P.'s, I would like to thank marcoujor again for making me the 5th recipient of the most Coveted Lollipop Award. Well, I am actually Number 6, but Number 5 had to abdicate due to circumstances beyond his control. (And, indeed, 5 is my lucky number!)

And now it is my responsibility - no, privilege - to give this most coveted lollipop to Recipient #6

Thank you,

Alexandra Stan!

(Oh boy, I am waving hot flushes off my cheeks.. Perhaps I should have told her that this ceremony is supposed to be highly sophisticated, meant for those with savoir-faire!)


Ladies and Gentleman, with Alexandra now behind the curtains, where she will definitely change into a normal girl going to bed with a splitting headache, let me assure you that I could give the Lollipop Award to any one of the writers I know in HubPages. All of them truly deserve this most coveted award that was given to me by marcoujor. And yet, it was not difficult for me to make up my mind.

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But what exactly is The Lollipop Award?

In the words of fellow-hubber Chris In Hawaii, the opus of this highly acclaimed and prestigious award, it shall be passed to:

"... someone that is loved by many, respected by all, and brings everything to the table in everything that is written."

This unofficial HubPages Lollipop Award is a virtual lollipop. This is the only award of its kind on the planet, and the only way to receive it is to have it awarded to you by the current Lollipop Award holder.

The award is given to a Hubber who you feel is deserving of some special recognition, someone who embodies all that is great about HubPages, a hubber who gives and not only takes.

(Thanks again marcoujor! I feel so frightfully honored because you've regarded me in such a high esteem when you passed this award on to me. I actually feel like keeping it.... Fortunately I know another most admirable and respectable hubber who will, just like me and you and our precursors, treasure this award with the humble respect it deserves. Also a last thank you from me to Chris in Hawaii, for giving birth to this brilliant idea - the Most Coveted Lolipop Award."

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Just a few quotes about Ideas -

  • "Everything begins with an idea." - Earl Nightengale
  • "Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are just produced." - Alfred North Whitehead
  • "It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas." - Charles Peguy
  • "A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow." - Ovid
  • "A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one." - Mary Kay Ash
  • "The new idea either finds a champion or it dies. No ordinary involvement with a new idea provides the energy required to cope with the indifference and resistance that change provokes." - Tom Peters

The hubber of my choice is -

the most accomplished poet, writer and commenter. Reading her hubs is like touring an aesthetical wonderland where every poem is a clear image like jewels exposed in a box of crystal glass.

This lady is –

  • Noble
  • Elegant
  • Ladylike
  • Lovable
  • Incredible wise
  • Energetic
  • Always collected
  • Never narrow-minded
  • Nice par excellence
  • Absolutely awesome

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I've chosen the Queen of Poets at HubPages as the 6th recipient of Hubbages' unofficial Most Coveted Lollipop Award -

The One and Only,

Nellieanna Hay

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© Nellieanna Hay

Thank you Nellieanna,

for being such a remarkable role model for all women, writers and poets. You are ageless and multi-faceted, indeed.

May your wisdom, knowledge and sophisticated nature, so clearly noticeable in all your hubs and comments, encourage and inspire thousands in the years to come.

I wish you only the best of peace, happiness and good health.

Enjoy your Lollipop, Nellieanna, and then pass it on to the hubber of your choice.


A Special song for Nellieanna

Thank you, Ladies and Gentleman

for coming all the way from your corners of Hubland to attend this prestige Coveted Lollipop Award Ceremony initiated by Chris from Hawaii. While you take the time to congratulate Nellieanna, enjoy one more song I also associate with Nellieanna.

You're Beautiful (Nellieanna)

Nellieanna on her precious ranch in Texas -  © Nellieanna Hay
Nellieanna on her precious ranch in Texas - © Nellieanna Hay


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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Venkatachari, yes, this is one of many fun-activities we have from time to time in HubPages. Subtle marketing :)

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's great!!! I never heard about this before. Very exciting hub. Now I realise that our Billybuc was the first winner of this award and you the 5th one. You passed on this to our wonderful lady Nilleanna. All of you are beautiful personalities. I should need to know about much more nice people here

      Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Wow, epigramman! To start a Friday praised like this is any woman's dream. Now I would be able to fly straight to Lake Eri to give you a hug. Thank you! You are the best mirror in the world. Have a GOOD day! (7:20am SA and heading for work.)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Well Martie , I call Miss N, the first lady of the Hubs, an appropriate title I would say.

      But now instead of a card with hearts and flowers on your FB wall I will honor you with a brand new Epi-man top ten list:

      Top ten 'consummates' of Martie:

      10. you are the consummate writer

      9. you are the consummate journalist

      8. you are the consummate no 'BS' detector

      7. you are the consummate enquiring mind

      6. you are the consummate twinkle in my eye when I hear your 'voice'

      5. you are the consummate loyal friend to all

      4. you are the consummate person of integrity

      3. ....and balls, lol (even some of us men wish we had them, figuratively speaking, lol)

      2. you are the consummate beauty (hey I can't lie, 'me' have eyes, ya know)

      1. you are the consummate hubber (your pages are always world class presentations fit for framing on the Louvre Hub wall of fame)

      lake erie time 9:20pm

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      SilverGenes, it's so good to know you enjoyed this award ceremony for Nellieanna. Yes, the bonds we have developed in HubPages seems to be unbreakable. You, Alexandra, are one of my special friends, deep in my heart. Although we don't farm in each other's corners, I always know you are there and I always enjoy your conversations. Sadly, distance on earth keeps us apart. On the other hand, if we were neighbors, too many responsibilities or anything else could have kept us more apart. I do consider online friendships to be more supportive and reliable. Thank you for your heartwarming comment :)

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Where do I even begin? I laughed, I cried, and then I got to the comments and it just kept getting better and better. What a duo you two are! Nellieanna is truly a queen in my eyes and that, my dear Martie, makes you the princess. This is why Hubpages is such a great place to be. Congratulations to you both on this sweet delight!

      Yes, I'm backracking now to all the hubs I've missed. I didn't even know about this award! Oh, what fun it is to read this! Thank you both so much for your friendship... you are amazing women! Tissue time again. I'd better go back and watch Alexandra again LOL

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, chrisinhawaii! Your brain-child is growing into a giant. Congratulations!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Congrats Nellieanna! Sorry I'm so late to the party =)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Debora, it was my honor to hand the 6th Coveted Lollipop to Nellieanna. Congratulations for being the receiver of the 8th :) Looking forward to attend the 9th ceremony :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Martie what a great lollipop award hub. You outdid yourself.. I am reading everyone's Lollipop award hubs trying to figure out what in the world it .. and I LOVE IT.. Leslie handed me one and I said WOW!! thank you dear one for writing the cutest.and funniest lollipop award for a wonderful hubber like Alexandra Stan.. and thank you for advertising the book ....Kylie's Blossoms... I am definitely going to order it..

      many blessings to you


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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Genna, how glad am I because you regard my choice as 'brilliant'. Nellieanna is in my eyes the 'Darling Queen of HubPages'. The one who does not love and respect her dearly, is missing out on a most wonderful feeling. Hugs to you, too, Genna - warm and sunny hugs from South Africa.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a brilliant choice, Martie! Congratulations to dear Nellieanna…she is a wonderful role model; the writer who personifies the best, and is indeed so multifaceted in her stunning talents, her uncanny understanding of human nature…of life that surrounds and abounds. And I looooved your choice of Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’ …. perfect. Hugs to both of you. :-)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      @ hawaiianodysseus, I am so glad you enjoyed this ceremony! Thanks for attending :)

      @ Nellieanna, I bet you've decided to lose your temper (dignity) ALL the way before you've lost it. I do remember losing mine twice without any intention - involuntary reaction that had left me stoned with shock. (Oh, I did lose it hundreds of times while I was a toddler, biting my poor cousins to pieces.) But as a responsible individual the first time was when I was about 14, when I slapped my sister on the spur of the moment, and I can still not remember why - she must have uttered something terribly disrespectful. I was so shocked - my whole body went ice cold, as if I was shocked by electricity. The second time I was 23, when I saw red and threw a cup of coffee out of the back door and right afterwards the woman - one of my employees - who had pushed me over the edge. All the other times I've lost my 'dignity' on purpose with the hope to achieve envisioned success.

      Almost midnight down here - time for lights-out. Enjoy the rest of your day, my dear CM.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I thought you'd enjoy it, Martie, love. It proved that, in addition to more dignity than I'd always wanted to have - (was teased about it in school) - I also had a healthy boiling point, though it wasn't normally explosive. I didn't repeat that kind of thing again because effectivity and real values are more important & satisfying than instant gratification.

      Doing it, though, helped convince me that I wanted never to fall into his trap of manipulating me to do something so foolish & contrary to my better motivations and judgment. But at that moment, it fit the situation & temperature, expressed the reality of it - and was rather gratifying.

      I NEVER saw my Mother behave like that. She was more likely to cry if she were really bothered. She hated "scolding" or being "scolded"- so raising her voice or behaving in an accusing way was totally foreign to her.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Martie, what royal (and humorous) flourish! Very creative and entertaining. I'm proud of Chris for introducing the concept, and since the first deserving recipient, each person has passed the baton brilliantly. Most enjoyable!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, I could not help laughing, 'seeing' you (of all ladies) trampling that cake. Lol! I remember similar situations in the beginning of my marriage, but after the third display of anger and frustration, I realized that it had no effect at all. So 20 yrs later when I left him, I was asked why I had never spoke my mind. Really? Speaking my mind would have meant losing my dignity without any success. (After all, I have tried all the ways in the book without success.)

      Yesterday I listened to my (new) neighbor yelling at her husband - 15 minutes of verbal abuse par excellence. And I wondered for the umpteenth time why I was never able to spoke my mind like that. Maybe the only reason was that I've never heard my mother do that. I saw her 'losing her dignity' only once. My father came home an hour or what later than he said he would - His judo club (as a hobby) kept him quite busy. My mother was in the laundry busy ironing and I was in the corridor, not actually supposed to see the drama. So he greeted her ever so nicely and gave her three sticks of dry meat as a peace-offering- not ordinary beef, but some kind of wild game. She took the first piece ever so calmly out of his hand and hurled it at the floor, then, in slow motion, the second piece went straight to the floor and also the third piece. My father was totally flabbergasted and more so when he turned around and saw me. So he asked me, "Do you have any idea what's wrong with your mother?" Well, I didn't have a clue. Many years later when I asked her she could not remember.

      Thanks for sharing your 'being-a-monkey' memory, Nellieanna! I am going to smile for months.... (You know, this could become a hub: Slamming-the-Door Memories.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for those lovely accolades.

      I've peppered so many hubs & comments with moments of the decades - my own and those before me - each with a different focus, not just forming a chronological history, that it's hard to imagine organizing them into a single hub, though it's definitely something that somehow will go into my memoirs. It's a bit like my poetry. I thought it needed to be read as one unit for a long time (so it didn't get read at all!) - and the idea of publishing it in bits & pieces seemed unthinkable; - but it turns out it works best in smaller collections, each with its own focus. The stories that fill my memory are similar in that. I've just allowed them to flow as they 'fit', though I try to keep backup copies so I don't forget them, with a thought of making them into a large collection. There are oddities about me to be considered, I guess - haha. Spontaneity rules so often.

      I've written many a letter, vigorously 'slamming the door' in words; & then left it unmailed! Relieves the pressure without burning or damaging bridges. I'm very aware of bridges involved.

      But one of my most satisfying actual reactions was when I was making my ex a birthday cake, to his specifications - white cake and LOTS of chocolate icing. His b'day that time being July 22, 1961. (we were both 29). Our living in a little house in the sultry Ohio Valley town with no A/C sets the stage for this scene.

      He was sitting comfortably in the living room with the only fan we owned turned on himself, with a clear view of me at the kitchen counter as I attempted to pile the icing between the layers of the cake (baked from scratch, of course, adding that much more heat to the kitchen, though the cake layers had been cooled).

      The delicate top layer kept slipping & sliding around on the icing on top the bottom layer, as I kept working on it, even gotting it as far along as starting to paint the sides with more thick icing, and proceed to the top of the whole thing, all the time with the whole top layer threatening to slip off. I'd hoped to put it in the fridge once I had it together so it would 'set up' a bit.

      He'd just kept sneering and finally told me I was dumb to try to do it on such a day! Of course, that was so true, but the motive was so much more well-meant than the difficulty, plus I hadn't anticipated the full extent of the problem. After all, I cooked all our meals & desserts & it was always sultry & miserable in the summertime. I thought I could handle it. If only I'd cut back on the amount of icing, it would have been more plausible, but I was trying so hard to please the monster! Typical. No one ever accused me of not trying to my fullest.

      But when he said that, it was the proverbial last straw! I saw red - I was rendered furious. I picked up the plate with the slippery thing on it and threw it as hard as I could on the floor, then stomped on it with both feet, and slid them around in it!! It was so-o-o-o very gratifying! His sneering simply increased, but at least he didn't get any birthday cake! I suppose he was gratified to be able to undo me like that. Little did he know! Next scene: Nellieanna cleaning up the mess with a smile on her face!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, oh, your comments always give wings to my thoughts. Just a suggestion: Your perceptive on all the decades since the ??'s would be so-so valuable. Please, do a hub on this.

      Definitely: What is only suggested, is sexier, more romantic, or/and even more frightening. Everything in our mind/imagination is more intense. We have a heavenly idea of a kiss, then comes the kiss, and what a disappointment! (Oh, but my days of complaining is forever over. I have finally found the best kisser in the world. Lol!) I can't remember what wise guy stated something in this line: "Success is not the result of what the author wrote, but what he left unsaid between the lines."

      Of course, Nellieanna, although you are flexible and able to accommodate changes, you stand/sit so firmly on your beautiful standards like a queen on her throne. I've never seen you given up, not even for a moment, one of your sophisticated standards. You are a master when it comes to disassociating yourself. This is also one of my defense mechanisms, though I still tend to be a monkey, throwing a couple of bananas at the scoundrel(s) before I disassociate. You know, like slamming the door on my way out - oh, I did it once, and it was SO-SO nice. But my way is normally to write a letter/hub/story, 'killing' the scoundrel.

      I've spotted Rosemary's talent to become a remarkable writer in fiction (any genre) the day I've read her first poem. Her talent to describe, to paint a scene with words, is really amazing.

      Thank you, Nellieanna, for making this 'after-party' of the Lollipop Award Ceremony such a nice, memorable function. You are such a lady, making me so proud to be your CD :) Have a wonderful night/day :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Oh Nellieanna I would not be a screenwriter, The credit goes to Martie. It is all down to Martie's wonderful writing and her ability to put me right there in the front row. But thank you for the compliment :))

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie - wow. Thank you. I'm so honored! Your opinion is valued highly.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rosemary - your expert 'scene' description of the presentation and acceptance is really vivid & outstanding. Have you ever thought of being a screenwriter? Thank you for the congratulations and accolades.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela, dear - that's so encouraging for me and Martie's work truly is outstanding as you say. Thank you for it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma - I appreciate your support and Martie truly outdid herself! Thank you so much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Martin - And I thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      HoneyBB - Happy Birthday, fellow Aquarian! Reminds me I must update my webpage tribute to the sign! Hope you had a lovely day!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dearest Svetlana - I was the one who was being naughty! haha. My mental image took me to Alexandra's licking or sucking on the lollipop, you see. And being tongue-in-cheek. . . . But I wasn't implying you were being naughty.

      Your observation that the evolution of sense and non-sense are linked - like the two sides of the same coin - is so true.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie - first I must clear up an American slang. A 'nip' as Ruby used it is a small sip of hard liquor, so she referred to the hot toddy, I imagine.

      It's interesting about the moralistic background you mention in your youth. Wow.

      Morals were sort of taken for granted in my upbringing. Guess being the 'baby' was part of it. They didn't think I would ever grow up enough. haha. My mother, born in 1892, would've preferred some other kind of song than Alexandra's, but she wouldn't have been judgmental. She had more antipathy to what she considered the 'noise' of 'modern' music - like Frank Sinatra - haha. She called it 'monotonous'. But the beat she preferred seemed quite monotonous to me! So much for tastes!

      Of course there simply weren't explicit words or references in songs then & music wasn't so ever-present. We gathered around the radio on Saturday night to listen to "Your Hit Parade' and put coins in juke boxes when we stopped for a coke on a date! My home didn't have a radio except the ones my brother built in the basement. I went to my friend's to listen to it.

      My college 'heyday' in the 50s was pretty formal & stuffy, but it followed an open-minded 40s, during when I lived through my teens. Then came to wide-open 60s but I was an isolated housewife then.

      The school from which I graduated High School & started college in 1948 was VERRRY conservative, though. They forbade "mixed bathing" (co-ed swimming!) among other absurd rules. Alexandra's song would not have been allowed. haha. Many other things of those eras has changed much.

      I've always read so much, including some supposedly 'racy' novels, (racy for their day). But racy novels are not new. "Madame Bovary" was written in 1856 by an author born in 1821; and it's pretty raw. Jane Austen's stories really subtly concern sex & money. Shakespeare was no prude. "Forever Amber" written in the 40s was a biggie when I was in my teens, then came "Lady Chatterley's Lover", - written in 1928. Movies in those days had strong censorship but so much was always suggested, which in its way is sexier.

      Anyway, I was pretty much left to form my own standards. Oobservations of available life & adjusting it to what I thought I wanted of mine & felt to be OK allowed me to be, as you say, 'open minded & flexible' but still having my own standards. For instance, I've NO use for crudeness or vulgarity, but that doesn't apply to everything sexual by any means. The line (for me) is distinct. But if something crosses it in my presence, I simply disassociate myself with it; I certainly don't try to bring down hell & fury on the offender. After all - it's my line & I happen to prefer subtlety myself. It's sexier. heh heh.

      Poor big toe!!!!!! Toes are so very sensitive, too! Bricks are so unkind to them.

      I truly appreciate the honor of the Lollipop award and all the sweet comments! It's a darling tradition!

      All American whiskey isn't bourbon! Just that which qualifies to those very strict standards. There are many other whiskeys produced in this country. It is an interesting subject for a hub, but my personal knowledge & interest is not enough plus one can't post quoted material of any length on a hub. But I'll have to check in to the Mampoer and Witblits processes! Sounds interesting.

      Hugs, dear Martie!

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      kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My dear Nellieanna:

      I was not naughty, not in the least, I was simply non-nonsensical.

      "The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of non-sense."

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi ImKarn, I am so glad you are in agreement with me - Nellieanna is the greatest :)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      @ Pamela, we are privileged to have Nellieanna in our midst. But don't forget about yourself, dear lady. You are also royalty in HubLand.

      @ Rosemay, thanks for your delightful comment. You, too, are awesome :) Indeed, who will give any attention to a coughing M.O.C. with Alexandra on the stage? Lol!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      @ HoneyBB – First of all, HaPpY BiRtHdAy on this January the 21st . I hope you are having a wonderful day. Thank you for your inspiring comment. Nellieanna’s corner is like a paradise; I am sure you will enjoy all her hubs. 201 to date.

      @ always exploring - Good to know I’ve made you smile. If I had 5 lollipops, one would have been yours for sure. But tell me, what kind of nip cure coughs? Maybe I could add some of that to Nellieanna’s recipe as well. THEN I might not even mind the coughing…. Lol!

      @ Vinaya Ghimire – Thank you for attending our Lollipop Award Ceremony and for taking the time to leave a comment.

      @ Thank you, Mhatter99 :)

      @ Gypsy Rose Lee – Good to see you. I am glad you enjoyed the show. Hugs to you, too, Rasma :)

      @ Nellieanna - I am so glad you are happy to be the 6th recipient of this most coveted Lollipop Award, and I am also happy to know that you’ve enjoyed this ceremony, including Alexandra’s sassy performance. Lol! I knew you would not hold it against me. Your open mind and flexible perceptions are truly admirable. Just for the sake of interest: In a situation like this my own mother (born 1938) would be embarrassed and in her heart she would blame me for challenging her broad-mindedness in public. My grandmother (born 1905) would be very angry; she would ‘bless’ me as the devil’s daughter and disinherit me on the spot.

      Thank you for being so concerned about me, Nellieanna. Although I am not coughing – like the lady in the video - I do need a lot of TLC after I’ve injured my big toe. All 6 layers of skin off. (I did not lift my feet high enough on an uneven driveway of bricks, and and and…..) Everything under control, though. I will definitely try your advice for coughing the next time I need it.

      Thank you also for acknowledging all these lovely comments and accolades in here. You are so right – it is partly tongue-in-cheek but, also the disclosure of real hublove and respect. You are one of the most loved and respected hubbers in Hubland, Nellieanna, and you do deserve every bit of it.

      Re Bourbon – American Whiskey. You should publish all this info in a hub. Very interesting! Reminds me of the distillation process of South Africa’s Mampoer and Witblits.

      Take care, my dear CM!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      What a FABU-LICIOUS choice, Martie! Who else BUT Nellieanna?

      You clearly spent sleepness nights in order to arrive at this momentous decision - and i applaud you for taking your 'sweet' time!

      All hail, Nellie - the newest and greatest Lollipop Award Recipient!


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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well you certainly run a fabulous show, what a performance, I don't think anyone noticed that cough, it was forgotten as soon as Alexandra appeared on stage. And what a fabulous line up of 'Hub Stars' Then to see Nellieanna gracefully stepping down the aisle towards the stage with a huge smile on her face, well you made a wonderful choice.

      You did an awesome job Martie and it is awesome to see this Lollipop pass from an awesome writer to awesome another writer. (Too many 'awesomes' there huh!) Lol.

      Cogratulations to both of you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Martie, You picked one very special lady for this award. She is a person that all look up to as she is always a lady and so very talented. I love the way you wrote this hub. It was fun, bright and a good example of your talent. Voted up and awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Terrific hub Martie. You did a fantastic job and made a super choice. Nell certainly deserves this award her poetry is fantastic. Hugs to you both.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      GREAT CHOICE! great hub. thank you

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Vinaya! I'm happy you stopped by and you're so right. She's awesome. This has been done to perfection - as we've come to expect from our Martie!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Ruby- good to see you and thank you so much for your lovely praise. And, yes - Martie does need to care for that cough, though she relieved my mind by saying the audio of the cough was not of hers. Whew! But a 'nip' would clear out a lot of the stuff clogging up her passages, anyway.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Honey - I'm eager to get to know you, too. I just popped over to you hubsite so I'd know to whom I'm writing. You're certainly someone deserving much admiration! Thank you for your kind comments. You're so right about Martie's wonderful presentation!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Svetlana, my pet - what a delightful comment box. Yes, isn't it a lark to be eating all these cyber-sweets safely? I allow myself a couple of (real) dark chocolate pieces as 'dessert' after my otherwise rather basic foods of the day. The closest to sugar candy of my indulgence is an occasional cough drop if needed.

      'Socking on' a lollipop sounds a little naughty - especially after hearing Alexandra Stan's song. But we're all grownups here, right? I am. . . - at least in years! @@^ (glasses with eyes wide)

      Not perfect - - anything. I'm certain only of uncertainty because that's the stuff of life. Certainty stops the action that keeps life - alive. But you're right that one learns what needs to be understood and what is probably so fluid as to be best left to its own devices. And though many questions may affect one's life (only encountered on an everyday level) - many of them are unessential to living it effectively. It's amazing how many snags drift on by with the current of the stream in which they happen to be flowing.

      Oh, my now that cold and wind sounds pretty ferocious, all right. Our thermometer is like a jumping jack - quite warm one day or a few and then pretty frigid for here. The result seems to be promoting a flu epidemic of gigantic proportions. I stay out of crowds, though, avoid the vaccine & seem able to avoid it. Haven't had it in many years, the last time being also the last time I got the vaccine. I'd be in a pickle if I got really ill; I've no built-in caregiver!

      I want you to take good care of yourself too!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Faith - you must post a pic of your hair style like Alexandra Stan's. I'll bet it's gorgeous! As for her body - does anyone have one of those who's gotten out of her teens? :-)

      Thank you for such lovely words of support and praise! I so agree that Martie went all the way with her music choices. I'm just in such fine company of awardees, I hardly know what to say or do!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike - what a lovely comment for our Martie - and I'm deeply honored by your good opinion of me. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Linda (so many Lindas - & such a 'linda' name - beautiful!) - Yes I so agree - Martie is a most worthy 5th recipient and will be a tough act to follow!! I'm trying to think what I can possibly do even to be in the same league!

      I'm grateful for your congratulations and feel warmly welcomed by them!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dana Teresa - thank you for the congratulations - & for being a recent visitor to my hubs. I enjoyed when you visited and am pleased to call you a new friend. Hugs back!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Billy! Getting approval of the first Lollipop awardee is pretty special! (fanning self!)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna - I only hope I can live up to the award! Our Martie did such an amazing job of her presentation, I just have to try to!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Paula - your accolades are treasured. I'm just flabbergasted, is all!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Linda - that was a specially nice thing to say - 'the kind in kindness'. I feel kindly, but I'm sure it has its moments! I empathize with the aching sweet tooth, too, btw.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Maria - you're so lovely to say those beautiful things. I'll enjoy 'the ride' as soon as I figure out where the pedals are! I enjoyed Martie's collage, too. She must have done some serious research!

      Yellow sequined body suit????? This, I gotta see!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Whew! What a relief! But, Martie, you've been 'under the weather' anyway and need to take care of yourself! I look forward to more from you!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, Nellieanna, you are such an adorable mother! It is now half past midnight down here. I will be back this Monday afternoon/evening to reply on all comments. In the meantime, DO NOT worry about me. I was just choking on my own words - and now saving your excellent advice to be tested the moment some streptococci get the better of me. Hugs from me to you :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Maria, you as the host of the show, are awesome. Billy and Maria are great people.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      OK - here's that unsent email, written right after I first looked at the hub:

      My darling Martie - - Your crystal ball must be a huge cut diamond!  I'm so floored, I just hardly know where to begin in replying to your presentation and all the gracious comments!  Between tears in my eyes and  choking on my morning fruit, I'm a 'case'!  And to realize that you did this all while being so plagued with such a cough and whatever other symptoms surely accompany it - - well.  I'm floored.  I wish I were there to brew you up some horehound whose fumes you'd breathe and begin to decongest almost immediately.  Maybe the herb is available there - see if you can get someone to look in herb stores for some.  I'm almost out of what I collected at the ranch last time I had a chance (9 years ago!!) but even after all this time, it helped me when I felt sniffles and stuff coming on.  My horehound stash has both leaves & stems but if found for sale, it would probably be just leaves.  I just plunge some in a pot of water, bring the pot to a boil, then set it on the table (on a trivet, of course), drape my head with a towel over the pot and inhale the fumes till it's cooled & all the steam is gone.  It's like magic.  I hated it when my mother administered it when I was a kid - - so hot! - - but actually the steam is good for complexion, too!  

      Well, so much for my Doctor Mom duty, except that another good remedy is a hot toddy and it's more fun! (Mother never administered it to me!)  You know how to make that, right?  Just in case, - put some honey in a cup, fill about half full with very hot water (it will be cooled by other ingredients) & stir to dissolve the honey, then add squeezed juice of a half a lemon and a bunch of straight Black Label Kentucky bourbon - as much as you or the cup will hold, depending on which comes first!  If Kentucky bourbon isn't available I suppose any strong whiskey would do.  I didn't drink at all till I was in my 40s, though at 12 I got into some Christmas eggnog and developed a slight taste for bourbon which laced it, even though the drunken stupor and hangover which I suffered cured me of imbibing anything alcoholic, almost forever!  haha!  I also tried and was cured of any interest in smoking that same year; and it was a permanent cure.  I still can't drink much of anything, especially 'hard liquor', but I confess that bourbon is a flavor I savor!  In Kentucky, where I lived briefly & where whiskey and tobacco are major industries, they make bourbon-flavored chocolate candy and all kinds of tempting desserts with it! Jack Daniels is the most prestigious brand but I just learned in the following article why it's not technically a bourbon!   Here are some interesting facts about Kentucky bourbon, btw:

      Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Jack Daniels

      So what is the difference between the three? Well, here it is…

      Bourbon: There are six federal regulations in making bourbon:

      1)      Must be made in America

      2)      Must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels

      3)      The primary grain must be corn, 51% to 79%

      4)      Cannot be distilled over 160 proof

      5)      Cannot be entered into the barrel over 125 proof

      6)      No filtering or additives to change taste or color

      And, regarding the aging process, it has to spend time in the new white oak barrel. The time can be as little as one second. Also, only distilled water can be added to adjust the proof, which must be at least 80 proof.

      Kentucky Straight Bourbon: All the rules of bourbon apply plus two more: It must be distilled in Kentucky and then aged in the white oak barrel for at least two years.

      So why isn’t Jack Daniels bourbon? This whiskey does follow all the rules of bourbon except one, the one that says no colorings or flavorings may be added. This regulation is violated when the whiskey is filtered through the maple charcoal. This is called the Lincoln County Process and is what gives Jack Daniels its distinctive taste.

      Obviously this has nothing to do with the amazing Lollipop award! (though they make bourbon-flavored candy in Kentucky, too - haha!)  But I want you to feel better!!  Surprisingly the hot toddy is a very good medicine for colds and all that kind of malady.  It needs to be accompanies by ample rest and lots of liquid H2O, preferably with lemon juice squeezed in some of it.

      I'm truly speechless about the award.  You do me such great honor!  I know it's partly tongue-in-cheek but it also isn't.  When someone singles me out and bestows a special honor upon me, it is both real and humbling.  Words are insufficient to express the feelings of awed gratitude and deep warmth generated. 

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm still reeling from this honor! Hardly know where to begin thanking you, my dearest Martie - and the lovely commenters! - not to mention Chris for his foresight in launching the original award - whose trail of recipients reads like a list of some of the greats of Hubpages! I'm humbled to now be among them, and bestowed by someone I love dearly and respect highly!

      I wrote you an email in response to yours hinting of this crystal ball revelation. I'm almost tempted to copy & paste it here instead of mailing it - but that's a bit cowardly & besides, it's quite a bit lengthy! Even so, it was easier to write than the response here seems to be, - with so many special crystal facets involved! The photos you tracked down are a special touch which typifies your fine-tuned depth.

      I want to assure you & everyone that I'm not the least offended at all by Alexandra's Lollipop song, though my favorite tune here, as always, is Air on a G-String! No doubt you planned it that way, Martie! Hugs. Perhaps the two tunes share more kinship than we suspect (wink, wink)! Your care & unique attention to every detail of this magnificent presentation is totally above reproach & deserving of an award of its own, all the more so, due to your horrid cough and cold! (My email discusses that at length - maybe I will include it! I could put it in a separate comment so it could be easily deleted! :-}

      I will reply more fully, and want to especially acknowledge the dear comments made, - in any case, when my feet again touch the floor & the lollipops in my brain stop spinning around! I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm floored! Thank you, loves - thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great choice Martie. Nellianna's poetry is beautiful and unique. I do wish you would see the Doc, your cough is terrible. A little nip might do you good. Smiles flowing your way...Hugs..

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      Helen Laxner 5 years ago from Illinois

      Congratulations Nellianna, What a wonderful tribute to you to have been chosen from so many people to carry this title. You sound like someone I would love to get to know better. I will be stopping by to read some of your hubs and get to know the person holding the Lollipop. This was such a wonderful idea that CrisinHawaaii started. Way to go! And have done a terrific service here and what a beautiful, funny, intriguing way you have with words. You did a great job in introducing Nellie and all the reasons why she is deserving of this award. Kudos!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Kallini, I heard your temperatures up there are far below zero, and with accompanying winds, that must be awful. I don't think I will survive one month up there. And yet, so many SAfican's emigrated to Canada.

      Thanks for attending this fun award ceremony, Svetlana, I am sure Nellieanna will enjoy The Lollipop - at some occasions even toffees are delicious and delightful. Take care of yourself in that terrible weather :)

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      kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Congratulations on your sugar feast, Martie!

      Quite a safe way to eat sugar - virtually! I love this song "My boy - lollipop!"

      Congratulations all around to the one who came up with the idea and all the recipients of this Lollipop of Honour!

      Especially to Nellieanna!

      I can imagine Nellieanna sitting in her fancy comfortable socks and "socking" (sorry, can't help it) on a lollipop listening to...

      let's her select her own music.

      The image for me has many angles, but I am not good enough writer to describe it. The world continues to turn, yet Nellieanna keeps on her own axis of "perfect certainty or wisdom".

      For Nellieanna:

      I did not mean that you have answered all the philosophical questions that there are to answer, that was clearly an exaggeration, but an exaggeration that emphasized my point - there is a moment in everyone's life when we understand that certain questions may be left unanswered without making much difference in every day life.

      I am sure you can put it better.

      Happy Lollipop Day to everyone


      the Canadian Capital of Ferocious Winds

      (it certainly feels like it for the past couple of days)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      @ Thank you so much, billybuc :)

      @ DanaTeresa – I’ve adopted Nellieanna as my mother in cyber space almost 3 years ago. In my eyes she is perfect. I love her to bits. Thanks for coming and leaving such a cheerful comment.

      @ lrc7815 – thank you, and I look forward to read many of your hubs.

      @ mckbirdbks – The vulnerability of masters of ceremonies is quite a topic of discussion. The audience sees a self-assured, vigorous person, while the person’s soul actually suffers like one lying naked on a beach under a blazing sun. Believe me, I used to pain for days after being a M.O.C. Of course, some people, like actors and comedians, get used to this kind of exposure and even addicted to the rushes of adrenalin. Oh, that collage is going to be such a surprise for Nellieanna. Thank you, Mike.

      @ Faith Reaper – I am so very glad you enjoyed this award ceremony in the honor of Nellieanna, and also so glad that you see her the way I see her. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment! Sadly, I, too, have too much ‘delicious’ body to copy-cat Alexandra’s performance on stage. Maybe if we quit chocolates…. Take care, dear Faith :)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      @ marcoujor – thank you for your fabulous comment and also for your quick response on my request to spot and report my grammar errors. What will I be without you, my dear Maria. You know only ONE error can put a writer in a very bad category.

      Okay, I must confess that I was very reckless when I allowed Alexandra to perform her Lollipop song, but really, Mar, you know me, I just could not resisted the temptation to do something daring. Just to shock authorities, you know…. Fortunately I know that Nellieanna will not feel offended.

      Thanks for the cough drops. Let the attack be a lesson to me. I should not talk so much in the shoes of a Master of Ceremony. But again, I cannot ever resist the temptation to speak my mind. I promise I did not take your yellow sequin body suit. Not this time. Lol!

      @ Sunshine625 – I love your words: “Nellieanna puts the kind in kindness.” Thank you. Oh, the mere word ‘tooth ache’ makes me shrink. And still, I love my chocolates, lollipops and whatever’s sweet.

      @ fpherj48 – organizing award ceremonies was part of my job for 20 years, and oh, not one of them was ever perfect. If the microphone did not give the ghost, the aircon would, or the lights…. Or a cell phone in the audience would spoil a precious moment. It is absolutely amazing how many unforeseen crises can spoil a ceremony. Fortunately the audience seldom notices any disasters, and if they do, the good and the better always prevail. Thank you for your kindness, fpher.

      @ bravewarrior – Being a ‘Monster’ of Ceremonies is one of the things in life I don’t like to be. I will organize everything, even the toilet paper in the dressing rooms, but standing behind the podium is absolutely exhausting. My experience: The attention of the audience is like a magnet pulling my spirit out of my body, and then I am compelled to perform the duty like a machine. Only an hour or two later, during introspection, I actually feel and enjoy the event, and deal with a regret or two – something I should not have said, or should have said. Gosh, I am so glad I am done with this kind of stress. Thanks for attending, Shauna!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Martie, I must say that you are a most excellent Mistress of Ceremonies to say the least!!!

      Thank you so very much for the invitation to the most grandest of presentations of the 6th Coveted Lollipop Award no doubt! The Opening Ceremony was superb with "Fanfare." And I really loved reading your perfect choices of quotes on ideas.

      Oh, Dearest Martie, you are such a champion to continue on with your duties here with such a terrible cough ----You deserve, and I am sending you a most tender loving hug or (((HUGS))) from southern USA.

      Wow, what a line-up of entertainment you have chosen here, with Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop" and then . . . Whoa . . . sassy Alexandra Stan's "Lollipop!" A funny thing, I just changed my hair style and it looks exactly, I mean exactly, like Alexandra's. However, I am sad to say, the "delicious" body . . . oh well LOL

      I cannot imagine a more perfect choice for the 6th Coveted Lollipop award, being the requirements as set out . . . than our most gifted, wise and precious Nellieanna!!!! Nellieanna's writings are like the rarest of the most precious gems on this planet, coupled with her stellar comments ----none can compare! I learn so much just from her comments, as she is so very wise and kind in all of her communications to others.

      Nellieanna you are truly a beautiful person inside and out. I love all of the photos of you presented here at this wonderful ceremony.

      Martie, you have honored our Nellieanna here in every aspect extraordinarily. Bach's, "Air on a G String," and James Blunt's, "You're Beautiful," are, once again perfect choices for our lovely Nellieanna.

      I knew our lovely Maria chose the perfect winner of the 5th Coveted Lollipop Award by choosing you dearest Martie. So please take a bow, and enjoy the astounding applause to both of you amazing women, Martie and Nellieanna. BRAVO!!!

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Martie, as the Master-of-Ceremony, you really shine. I marvel at the talent you have. Now for Nellieanna she is enchanting in a world like ours that is a beackon. The collage is such a good idea.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Martie, you have demonstrated your worthiness of being the 5th recipient of this coveted award. This was brilliant and fun and classy too. Maria certainly made a wise choice when she passed her award to you. Congratulations again!

      Nellieanna....CONGRATULATIONS to you too. Welcome to this elite group of recipients.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      WONDERFUL! What a great little history of the award and intro. I felt all those feelings with you, along with great anticipation of the announcement!

      Fantastic choice! I have recently been introduced to Nllieanna and her hubs. What a beautiful lady, wonderfully talented too.


      Hugs all around!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray! Excellent choice! Martie, great presentation; loved the awards show.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You did a great job on this hub Martie. I could just see you behind the podium. And who better to receive this coveted award than Nellie! Bravo!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie......You definitely know how to present an award with style and class......and who better than Nellieanna?.....Your choice is perfection.

      This ceremony, of the passing of the coveted lollipop, has brightened my day. I feel honored to have been invited to attend!

      Bravo to you Martie and CONGRATULATIONS, Nellieanna!! We all applaud you.....Our lovely Queen of Kindness......UP+++

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Oh my what an introduction and an honor for Nellieanna!! Congratulations to a fine woman who puts the kind in kindness!! I think I might have an aching tooth from all the sweetness in this tribute!!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      PS...Here is a BAG of cough drops...that sounds like a "little" more than an allergy...?? Will you please put down the...

      Oh has someone seen my really tight yellow sequin body suit, Millie?? I was going to wear it to Nellieanna's party...

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh my word...I have thrills, chills, and yes, almost spilled my coffee at the racy song of the sweet and saucy Alexandra...

      Sista, you have introduced Hubber Royalty to this coveted award in my humble opinion and you have done our Nellieanna proud...

      This is a beautiful, elegant and most appropriate presentation to a lady who delights, inspires and sparks our creativity by her very presence.

      I love the way you have incorporated the quotes on ideas...OVID really struck a nerve with me for some reason. Martie, you make me realize that " if at first I don't succeed, I need to keep at it...". And you, dear Sista, have never let me down!

      Nellieanna, enjoy your sweet ride...I love the pictures of you, especially the collage! Voted UP and across the board and back again!

      Love, Maria