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Billybuc's Second Writing Contest....And The Winner Is....

Updated on May 11, 2013

FIRST, AN APOLOGY

I swear, I would forget my head if it weren’t attached to my neck. I got so busy last week that I forgot about choosing a winner of this contest. I know, I know, horrible excuse, but that’s all I’ve got so we are all stuck with it. J

Having come to my senses, thanks to Sha (Bravewarrior) reminding me, I enlisted Bev this morning and she promptly read all the entries and chose the winner.

Now I have to tell you, the entries for this contest were great. After I had read them I silently offered up a prayer of thanks that I didn’t have to pick the winner….all of them were that good. Bev agrees and says that she could have easily picked any of the contest entries.

So, who were the entries?

ROLL CALL PLEASE

The following were kind enough to enter a short story into my contest:

For whatever reason, I could not find WhizDom on HP, so I don’t have a link to her story. Also, Sparklea did not publish her story as a hub, so I gave you a link to her HP site so you can get to know her.

With all the preliminaries out of the way, and an abundant and heartfelt THANK YOU to those who entered, it is time to name the winner.

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AND THE WINNER IS

Sarra Garrett….and here is her entry

Reflections

By Sarra Garrett a/k/a Michelle Sargent

Walking down toward the water to check on the boats I could smell the tide as it ebbed from the previous night’s storm. The staleness of the brackish waters had now given way to a cleaner fresher aroma as if the marsh had been reborn.

The waters were calm as the last of the storm washed its self away and the marsh readied her for the new high tide that would approach in the next couple of hours. I took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. Gazing into the water at my reflection I saw the sun was already decorating the smooth surface of the marsh with flickering diamonds as the wet mooring ropes gently creaked against the wooden dock.

Several marsh ducks were taking their time paddling around the boats and under the dock looking for their morning breakfast of whatever the storm brought in the night before. Even the ducks were quiet this morning barely making their cooing noises as they continued on with their early morning swim. The world seemed to be a peace and that made one feel good inside.

Turning from the marsh I wanted to enjoy more of the new earth smells that were left by Mother Nature over night. It was such a beautiful morning and there had not been a storm for several months. The damp fresh musty smells were just too good to miss out on. The trail along the marsh gave way to a short wooded walk; a walk I knew would show me what nature gave birth to during the night.

As I barely entered the wood I saw a little bird on the trail. Feathers still wet from the storm he seemed shaken as if lost and scared. I gently picked him up and let him nestle into my cupped hands. The little bird seemed relieved to be held and gently he closed his eyes as if he felt safe and warm. Carrying him gently along I let the little bird sleep in my hands until I felt him stirring. As I opened my hands and started to talk to my little friend he cocked his head one way then another as if he understood every word I was saying to him. Placing the little bird on my shoulder he accompanied me on my morning’s journey and he started to sing has his feathers started to dry in the warming air. It was such a pleasure to have my little friend along on this journey, someone to share the little things in life with.

Dragging some downed branches from the trail I knew I was getting close to an old abandoned shack. As a girl my sister and I used to pretend this was our summer house. Long ago we even put up curtains and painted the walls. Sissy and I would have our summer tea parties and entertain our wildlife friends with stale pieces of bread and make believe tea. We would teach the birds to dance and the birds in turn would teach us to sing and we all swayed along with the trees in the warm summer breezes. Sissy and I would pretend to be aristocrats and would entertain in the finest of ways.

Moving the last branch off the trail the little shack came into view. It looked so lonely there all by itself. No one had used these four walls for tea parties in many years now. As I moved closer to the porch I could see the polka dotted curtains we had hung with wire and nails. They were all dirty, frayed and tattered now blowing through the window openings in the walls. I giggled out loud at memories still alive and the bird on my shoulder suddenly chirped jumping down onto the ground.

As I stepped nearer to the front of the shack I could see our old plastic tea party set, now a dirty pink, sitting on a stump we used as a table. The dishes were placed as if ready for the tea party to begin. Turning around I sat down on what was left of the porch and picked up one of the teacups. The little bird who accompanied me on this journey watched me intently as I giggled again lifting the dirty pink teacup up to my lips as if to take a sip of the finest English tea, pinky out of course.

Putting the teacup back on the table, or rather stump, I stood up and with my little bird friend looking on I started to dance with the trees and sing a song just like Sissy and I used to do when we were children. Maybe it was the fresh clean earth smells that were making me giddy and childlike. Maybe my Sissy was with me as we revisited our childhood together in this moment. It was magical and I felt so peaceful and alive.

Saying goodbye to my little bird friend I watched him as he gulped down a nice fat worm for his breakfast. I told him to have all the tea he wanted and to invite all of his friends as it was now his summer house and tea party and he had a duty to entertain his friends and neighbors.

Today’s journey was about reflection, love and memories. Reflections of things past the love of nature and life and memories of people I hold dear to my heart. As I enter the outskirts of town I see before me the large town monument depicting three brave soldiers that are protected by a beautiful Angel. This monument was dedicated in the same way to my small little town as it was dedicated to reflection, love and memories.

Reflection of our town fathers, the love they had for our community and the memories we all will cherish for they never gave up on each other in the worst or best of times.

CONGRATULATIONS, SARRA GARRETT

Great story for sure. You can find Sarra Garrett here at HP. By the way, her real name is Michelle in case you want to stop by her site and say howdy.

Thank you all for entering and Michelle, I’ll have the book in the mail as soon as I get a mailing address from you.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Another contest successful and another great winner. I didn't participate this time around but the stories I'm reading from the contest are imaginative and well written. Here's to all who entered last time and this time; remember; mustering the courage to try already makes you a winner.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Congratulations to Sarra Garrett for winning Billybuc's creative writing contest with a lovely story. Sarra's description of remembrances during a walk through nature make the reader experience the setting and the mood of the narrator.

      I'll be reading the other stories later today. (Thanks for the links, Bill.)

      Jaye

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This was beautifully written and I could feel being there.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Bill wonderful..great hubber...i thought Faith Reaper had a hub in this contest.. maybe it was the first one..great idea ..

      Blessings

      Deb

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That was beautiful! I haven't read the others yet (except for one, maybe), but hers is very visual, descriptive and reflective. I felt like I was there. The imagery is amazing! Congrats to Sarra Garrett (Michelle)!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats go out to Michelle. This set of picture prompts were particularly challenging. Good job, Michelle!

      I'm off to read the challengers while you tend to your garden and chickens, Bill.

      Enjoy your day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, I love your last statement...everyone was a winner just for trying. Thank you for that my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, you are very gracious and I thank you for entering. I loved your dark story....a stretch for you and that, in my opinion, is the sign of a writer willing to do anything to grow in their craft. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you! I agree with you, it was beautifully written....a very peaceful piece of writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, Faith did enter and then she withdrew her entry.....the perfectionist in her was not satisfied, and I can certainly understand that feeling.

      Thank you my friend and blessings to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kathryn! Michelle did a great job I thought, but I'm glad I didn't have to choose....each entry was written beautifully.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sha! How did you know what I was doing today? LOL I appreciate you my friend and I hope you have a great day.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Congratulations Michelle! Great story.

      Hi Deb, I did, but I wasn't happy with it as I was with my first submission to Bill's first contest, so I withdrew it.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo for Susan -- a wonderful transport to a wonderful morning. Bravo to Bill,,,, You just keep on bringing out the best of us!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      This was a lovely story - a winding graceful tale of what mother nature has to offer if we only choose to appreciate and love!

      Good choice Bev - i've not heard of this fine writer before, but i shall be checking her out today!

      truth be told - i started to write a little story based on your last contest, but - after my son read it - he told me it was just 'alright' and - i let his words affect me..

      yes - i admit it..

      luv ya Bill-bro (and bev!)

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      suzettenaples 4 years ago

      Congratulations Sarra. Beautiful story and well written!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh i love this story, so beautifully written! I walked with Susan every step of her journey. I could almost feel the little bird in my hand. Thank you both....Cheers....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I appreciate you trying and quite frankly I liked your story very much....but I understand because I would have done the same thing if I wasn't happy with my entry.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! I'm trying my friend....I'm trying. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, it is gratifying to know that you are human. :) Here I thought you were Wonder Woman, only to find out you have frailties just like all of us. Thanks for considering entering my friend. I respect you greatly you know. :)

      love to you

      bill

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Congratulations Michelle! Very lovely, rhythmic story!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you and I really did love your story.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ruby! She really did do a wonderful job with this story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, your story was hilarious. Thank you so much for entering. Great sense of humor!

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      I want to thank Bev and Bill and everyone who has commented with regard to my entry in this contest. I am so thankful and in awe that I won. I guess I do have talent lol. I love to write and it's such a nice escape from the 'real world' as everyone here knows. Thank you all so very, very much!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      hmmmm...she's not a hubber?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You did a great job my friend. You deserved to win. Thank you for that beautiful entry.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I'm not sure but I think she is. :)

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      So, when are we going to have another one? lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sarra...didn't I include it? Sheez, my memory!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarra, Michelle...the link doesn't work...it says that site does not exist????

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Try this one, I just published it as a hub.

      http://sarragarrett.hubpages.com/hub/Reflections-W...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks my friend, but they might nail you for duplication...I hope I'm wrong. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful story! Congrats Sarah for a well deserved win.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful story. Congratulations to Sarra.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      What a beautiful gentle story, like sunshine after the rain. Congratulation to Michelle on a job well done.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      How lovely - to the winning writer, who deserves it well! And thank you to Billy, for introducing several writers I've not met before, through the contest. Now I will be able to look into each of their works!

      I know two of the writers who entered, in fact, Jaye Wisdom and Wayne Barrett; and know they are both outstanding writers! I can well imagine how difficult it would be to choose a winner. Good for Bev!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks for the opportunity of experiencing such wonderful contest, which more than a contest it was, for me, a great motivation of letting my thoughts free.

      Congratulations to Sarra Garrett, she did a great job. I will go to her page and let her know.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Congrats to the winners.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susan! She wrote a beautiful story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for dropping by, Bill. Have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that's a perfect description of this story. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, that's why I don't do the judging. I would not be able to set aside my friendships and judge responsibly. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you did a wonderful job with your story. It was beautiful my friend, just like the writer of the story.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Huge congrats to Sarra and must say this was a wonderful story and so well deserved. Sorry I am late Bill, but just now catching up before heading to bed in a bit. Hope you had a wonderful Saturday (we totally did--just busy though, but a good busy). And also wanted to say Happy Mother's Day once again to Bev!!!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Congrats, Sarra! Bev did a great job in picking the winner. Really enjoyed the story..... Reading those words made me feeling like I was there! Very descriptive! Thanks Billy, for sharing this with us! And sorry, I haven't been around lately and have been neglecting all these wonderful hubs of yours. Will see you around..... Take care, Friend :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - This is such a wonderful opportunity that you've opened up for writers. And my congratulations to Sarra and to all who entered your contest.

      And Happy Mothers Day to Bev!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this recap.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great choice Bev made Bill. The story just made me step into it and took me along all the way through. Passing this on. Happy Mother's Day to Bev and a great Sunday to you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill and Bev,

      Congrats on another great choice in Sarra (Michele). Was keen to enter but time was not on my side. Great picture prompts that I agree were more challenging than the first but great to read this interpretation. Well done to you all, Bill for the concept, Sarra for the writing and Bev for the judging! Happy Mother's Day Bev!!!!!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I don't think I've met Sarra Garret/Michelle. Congratulations! It's a beautiful story. Bill and Bev, you made a good choise. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I read her entry during the contest period. She deserves the win! Thanks Billy, for your continual encouragement to us writers.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well chosen and well achieved to Sarah Garret you have created an impressive hub and an interesting thought here thanks

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Well deserved winner!!! Great choice, Bill!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Congratulations to Sarah. Good reflection of a past and can relate to the memories.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Where else but in Hubville could one so talented encourage others ;). Your contest idea, Bill, seems to bring out talents and folks we have not been aware of. Beautiful, peaceful story Michelle.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! You are never late. Have a great Mother's Day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, no apologies necessary. It's always nice having you stop by and I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! Michelle did a wonderful job on this story.

      Happy Mother's Day to you my friend.

      blessings and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! Sorry I missed you last night.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Michelle did a wonderful job for sure.

      Happy MOther's Day to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Suzie, thank you my friend. Yes, Michelle did a great job with this one. The prompts were much harder...on purpose. :) Thanks again and Happy Mother's Day to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Made! I hope you drop by and visit Michelle from time to time, and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, it is my pleasure. We all support each other here at HP and that's what makes this such a great site. Happy Mother's Day to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I agree completely. Thank you for stopping by and sharing in Michelle's celebration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MIchelle. I think she did a great job with this story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! It really was a very good piece of writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I hope that is true. Michelle definitely wrote a winner with this one...a beautiful reflection.

      Happy Mother's Day my friend.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wow, I am outta sync with this contest, as I only read the one entry withdrawn by Faith.

      I look forward to checking out the winning story and some others as time permits. Your contests are wonderful, Bill.

      Hoping you and Bev have a peaceful and lovely day. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! Michelle did a wonderful just with this, but then all the entries were great. Read Wayne's if you want a good laugh for the day.

      Thank you my dear. Sending hugs and love your way.

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, I'm following Michelle now. I've found many talented hubbers since I met you here on HubPages, and it's all thanks to you.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, Bill...I almost choked on my hot buttered buns at reading Wayne's entry... Thanks for the recommendation!

      I can hardly wait to check out Michelle and others...Love, Maria

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Going to have to read the others, but really enjoyed this one on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, it says quite a bit about you that you are willing to follow my recommendation and start following a new hubber. Thank you for being who you are my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I thought you would enjoy that one.....and I thought you might need a good laugh right about now. Thank you my dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I appreciate you taking the time to read Michelle's lovely work. Thank you!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, another awesome writer and winner of your creative contest has emerged. Although I do not have the time or imagination right now to rise to your challenge, I hope that I live long enough to do so. lol

      It is so much fun to see the results of your challenge. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, Michelle did a great job on a rather tough contest. I was very impressed.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Congratulations to Michelle! Kudos to all of the other entrants--bravo for choosing to be involved. I'm encouraged to take a very serious look at future contests, Bill. Thank YOU for hosting this fabulous method of promoting good writing and social connection on HubPages. Much aloha, my friend, and I'll see you at the next Hub!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, thank you for sending some Hub love to Michelle. I thought she did a great job on that short story.

      Aloha my friend

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Congrats, Sarra! A delightful story from the nature lover since childhood. This could have been my story in my childhood.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love it....talk about forming a connection through writing...fantastic!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      Thank you for sponsoring such a wonderful contest!

      Sarra,

      Congratulations Sarra! I was awed by your ability to take us along on your nostalgic journey to visit your child hood home and playhouse. I found myself going back in time to my own back yard. You are great at drawing your readers in and making them a spectator as well as a participant in your stories.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Wow Ladydeonne. I'm extremely flattered at your wonderful comment. Thank you so very much!

      Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and accolades. It definately does my soul good!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lady....Michelle did a great job and it is so nice of you to acknowledge that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I've got some great followers, don't I? What a blessing it is for me to be a part of this community, and to see the outpouring of love towards you and your fine writing.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Bill, You have some wonderful followers. I have some new followers now from your contest. It is so nice to have people who enjoy what I wrote. I'm so glad I could take them along on a journey through nature and life. I am blessed as well for finding HP and the wonderful people who are members here! I've met some wonderful people for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, my job is done. LOL I was hoping you would get some new followers and you have, so fantastic!

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      You are awsome Bill!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michelle, but I'm just a guy who has some very clear ideas about how we should treat people. :)

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      I think that's true for many people here. This is my place to escape.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Michelle. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, such a great idea! And what a beautiful story, very well written! Your a great hubber Bill. You are a voice of the people and I am positive you have influenced many people in your 500 articles.(CONGRATS) This is yet another example of the great person that Bill is. I applaud you Bill, I truly do. Always a pleasure. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, such nice things for you to say...thank you very much. I'm just trying to give back to this great community that has meant so much to me. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      May you keep on being as prolific as the Energizer Bunny, Bill, re writing hubs, that is. Wonderful idea and beautiful story. Congrats, Sarra.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj....this is what I do...I write....and I try to inspire....and God help me I love it. LOL

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Apologies, apologies! I'm so sorry I didn't see anything about your second contest; damn this internet wilderness - the only thing I don't like about being in the middle of France. The last few days have been ok; I'm sure it goes with the weather! Anyway, well done to you for challenging everyone again and well done to all those who contributed. Love the winning story, so gentle. Cheers to you and yours; when I get back to blighty I'll pay attention!! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, if you are loving the wilderness of France then hooray for you....I wonder what I would do if I didn't have the internet for a week. LOL

      Thank you for stopping by my friend. You are missed and appreciated.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks billy; you're very kind.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm a mixture of kind and honesty. :)

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