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Updated on December 3, 2015

Lifelong Joy of Reading and Recent New Joy of Reading Hubbers

It's such a pleasure to meet so many really talented, inspired, humourous, and informative fellow-writers! When I joined, (at the invitation and for the sake of one writer I already knew who had become a member), I could not have imagined or expected the sheer pleasure it's given me since that first day. The abundant joy of finding, not just an occasional, but many people with something to say and the ability to express it well is almost too good to be true! I pinch myself frequently to be sure I'm not imagining all of it!

But how many of us hubbers take advantage to avail ourselves of it fully?

Do we read and comment on others' hubs faithfully? I confess that at first, I didn't realize that part of the package! I saw that people were reading my hubs and commenting, but I was naive enough to suppose they were the official welcoming committee or something! I was thrilled, of course! Gradually it became clear how it worked, that I could also become a follower and a fan and that I could read and comment on their hubs and that they actually valued what i commented! L'il ole me! WOW! I just had to tell them I appreciated it, I was so thrilled!

So my next question is, how many of us take the time to go back after we've first commented on some one's hub to see what has since been added? While we're there, do we take a moment to read the responses of others who've commented and, of course, note what the author wrote in response to OUR comments? Oh, I know that at times we are so rushed, we do well just to make the rounds. But isn't it a bit like stopping to smell the roses, not just tov observe them in passing?

Often times a small valuable discussion will have developed among the comments! This all really is good stuff! It's just too good to waste even a comment! As I wrote in one of my first hubs, our hubs tell a lot about ourselves; and I'm coming to realize that our comments do, as well. It's an education and it broadens one's horizons to expose oneself to so many intelligent responses as much as possible! This is truly a network that works! So very valuable!

HubPages makes it convenient, too. We can program our profile settings so that we receive email notices announcing new hubs from people we follow and comments on our own hubs so we can just pop over and read them! Then they even list our "hubtivity". which shows where we've gone to post comments on others' hubs - among listing other activities of interest. This is a great help if we don't want to miss those second followups to see what's happened since the first ones.

Yes, yes - I know, It's time-consuming to follow up consistently, but what a rich exposure to good writing and thinking among our hubber-associates! Besides, if one needs a some good "strokes" to get one's spirits up - they're almost always there waiting. Who among us can't use a few more of those in our days? We do seem to find time for the things we've learned to value. :-)

You know, we could be reading some of the the best selling authors of today and of tomorrow!  Some of them may become the classics to future generations. Heck - maybe YOU or your first "fans" will be! And we knew them "when?" - NOW! What a privilege!

I'm so impressed with the quality of writing and thought, as well as the talent for humor and fun among us. And the quality of news around the world and at home is really professional.   It's downright amazing, in fact!

The Good Ole Days

Remember when people used to read the newspaper from cover to cover? Well, perhaps some of you don't remember and maybe some of you still read it! I actually have some friends who do! Of course they have no computers! They read a few magazines and special interest books, but the newspaper is their real current events and editorial exposure, not that newspapers don't provide a lot. They used to supply the bulk of what people knew about, in fact. And perhaps they were the precursors of the social networks, chatrooms, and blogs of our cyber world.

We read the Editorials, the Letters To The Editor, the Business and the Sports sections, the "funnies", "Dear Abby", the editorials, the fashion and food news, the Horoscope, and even the Want Ads. We did the Crossword and Word Jumble. We couldn't get enough. Couldn't wait till Sunday when there was the Parade Magazine or other special picture suppliement. Gosh, some of us cut out the grocery coupons and coordinated them with the grocery ads for the greatest savings!

You'd read the "breaking story" on page one and then there would be follow-up stories till it was concluded, You'd be eager to get that paper in the morning and see what had happened that day and the next. Now we're so spoiled with the glut of news, we can hardly absorb it all! You'd race to the front porch to be the one to grab it and bring it in, maybe you'd get up early, soon as you heard the "thud" when the paper boy rode by on his bike and threw it!

We've Come A Long Way!

We still have our beloved books - both the ones we hold and whose pages we turn, but online books. And now - we have something else of great value! HubPages! A flow of wonderfully varied, well-written articles and stories from an array of different perspectives and interests, including different parts of our world! We even get to actually know the authors in this community and know some of their profiles and many other things they share with us.

I only regret being unable to read more of them! I so thoroughly enjoy reading all I can get read and the interesting comments others write about them, too. Sometimes it almost seems like an imposition to have to pause to do chores. And this is almost never wasted time or effort - as so much TV viewing turns out to be.

I don't know about newspapers these days. They're sort of desperate to get readers now. Our Dallas Morning News started giving away a small paper in hopes of attracting readers. But we stopped subscribing years ago - before the decline in circulations - when we were spending half our time at the ranch without one, as well as without the Internet! We got satellite TV and that was our only connection with the outside world unless someone called us long distance or vice-versa. (serviced by the Big Bend Telephone Co. - no cell phones work consistently out there). But there is something so real about it without all the conveniences!!

A Token Of My Esteem!

Well - it just occurred to me what a privilege it is to read others' reminisces, good advice and tips on myriad things from news bulletins to the most tender thoughts - all so well written! I couldn't help but feel moved to write a little about it - and to thank each of the folks who allow me to follow them and those who follow me.  It's equally a privilege when they offer constructive criticism or direct me toward an idea on the subject I hadn't considered.

I've been online for a lot of years and have enjoyed some wonderful friendships and good times, but honestly, - - never so many really bright, interesting, outstanding people as I've met and am meeting here!   It's truly an honor!  Thank you!!

I find that I can't seem to conclude this without mentioning some of the wonderful Highly Esteemed Hubbers to whom I owe much in getting acquainted and settled here. I find that there are so many! So I'm going to start with the first folks who welcomed me and helped me.

It's a bit like deciding which special mementos to "put out" to see and enjoy. The ones displayed are no less beloved. So my very first filter is for those who welcomed and encouraged me even before I'd written a word.

In truth - for my list of favorites - see my followers and fans - there are none I value less than others! And several who were the very first to comment on my first attempts at writing hubs. I am so indebted to you! But then those who have become friends later on are special to me, too!

So I'm going to mention the two persons who welcomed me even before I'd found courage to write a word:

Fist, the one for whom I was already a fan before joining, who told me about Hubpages. His work is well worth following and he is a published writer, too -> Thanks to Merlin Fraser

The very next person I was to encounter was my first fan and the person I've looked to for example, encouragement and inspiration. He's every one's favorite but he truly has been mine from Day One! He writes some of the wittiest and most erudite hubs online. If you're not already his fan - you will be if you check him out here -> Thanks to De Greek

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, AshlyChriten - Thank you for visiting my Hubpages. Thank you for the lovely praise. You may or may not know that I'm almost 84. So I totally key-in to how greatly times have changed over a lifetime! The times, indeed, are ever-evolving, as you say! It's my belief that there is at least one mini-evolution over which one has real 'say' - one's own. Its influence is totally up to the level of hearers evolutions. But, as writers, we have audience and some of our hard-earned experience and lessons may click with some of our readers.

      I'll be in HP for 6 years in 2 or 3 months, and this hub was written when I'd been here a mere couple of months. I was a slow starter here, having most of my lifetime of writing held close to my breast.

      I joined because when Merlin invited me because he's perceived that I am a writer, I was aware that I could follow and encourage his writing here. I'd met him in a non-writing ordinary group, where his talent at writing was apparent (& largely unappreciated) , and I knew he had published the first of a trilogy of mystery novels. For all I knew then, HP was part of that development, somehow.

      My intention was not to share any or much of my writing here, but just to see how it was, as a gesture to Merlin. Before I'd published a thing on HP, DeGreek, who followed Merlin, immediately followed and fanned me and his followers quickly were following me and awaiting my first submissions. I was so bowled over by it all, that I soon wanted to be a part of it! So, naturally, one of my earliest efforts was this enthusiastic support of the unique Hubpage mutual support feature!

      DeGreek is an outstanding writer and still is in my corner, encouraging my efforts here and in other venues. Such can be the reach of the contacts one makes here.

      I'm not sure whether I knew how to tag names back then, but looking at the raw work behind this hub, the tag seems to call up Merlin's Hubpage url. Whether or not I knew to type it in, I'm not sure. His url has changed since then (and he is virtually inactive here nowadays) but asking for the original url transforms it to his current url, hubpages.com/@merlin-fraser. The way Hubpages is designed, it's possible that merely typing the user name of a Hubber or clicking the person's name which appears in blue and is underlined automatically prints a live link to the person's Hubpage url. Certainly, if you know the person's HP url, typing it will create the tag. But Hubpages strongly supports cross-references of its members.

      I wish you well in your continued writing and sharing it. I understand about the difficulty writing an autobio. So much from which to choose and on which to focus out of all that's contributed!

      My previous experience to joining was the creation-from-scratch of my personal website in html, so I'm not sure how technological I was here, before I knew what was automatically supplied by Hubpages.

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      Ashly Christen 2 years ago from Illinois

      I can almost hear your voice reading this to me

      it makes me think of how times have changed so much since I was a kid and are ever evolving

      and such a lovely name!

      ps how do you tag names like you did there with Merlin?

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Kim! I guess it's clear that this hub was among my first hubs on HP, over 3 years ago. I was entranced - and have remained so. The friends I've made and the excellence of their writing is a constant inspiration.

      Nice to have you aboard! I've just gone over to take a peek at your hubsite and read a couple of your good works! :-)

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Nellieanna,

      It is as if you read my mind. I am a relative newcomer to HP, but already, I feel as though I have met some of the coolest people. I love the fact that I am interacting with writers from all over the world and forming friendships that feel so natural.

      Thank You!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Isn't it amazing? Especially for someone like myself, who grew up LONG before such communication were even dreamt of! To maintain any sort of distant relationship, even of only a few hundred miles, required many hand-written letters, a few (expensive) long-distance phone calls and even fewer actual in-person visits! Now we have as much instant contact as we wish (and can handle! haha). My kids, grandkids, & great grenads up in Indiana and Ohio, thousands of miles away are on Facebook, cell phone & texting, chat - at the push of a button! Even more remarkable are the many friends all over the world, equally available! I pinch myself often to be sure it's not a wishful dream!

      Then, with Hubpages came even more wondrous communication and interrelationship! Those of us with the writer's 'bug' can intermingle and share our stuff, which possibly the 'average' person online wouldn't 'get'. There are differences more pronounced and similarities closer than mere location or nationality. The internet - and in our case - Hubpages allows us to explore those more readily than anything ever has - surely in the history of the world! It gives me literal 'goose bumps'! :-)

      Thank you so much for your visit and lovely comments, dear Qudsia!! Hugs. . .

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      I love this Nellie and oh how right you are. There was a time when we hardly knew each other and with the distance we probably never would have, then the miracle of internet, computers and hubpages made this all possible.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Angela, that is a most delicious compliment, - to read my words as though they were being spoken. It is very much the way it feels to me when I write as I'm mentally speaking them in my head. Thank you!

      I'm just delighted to welcome you aboard. You will do very well here. I know what you mean about getting out of the comfort zone. HP has really prompted that for me! My creative juices always flow, but I didn't share the results very much. I didn't intend or expect to contribute much when I joined Hubpages. I merely joined when someone I knew who had just joined invited me & urged me to. I thought it might help him to have another follower. Next thing I knew, though, I was galloping along myself! I love to write so much, and found it was wonderful to share it!

      I'm delighted to follow you, too! Thank you!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I really love the way you write I almost feel like I am listening to you speak. Yes being new here I have had a very warm welcome from very kind people! I also have had the opportunity to read some great writting and see beautiful pictures. I also have read some articles in return for other hubbers that I would not have picked to read and feel that reaching out of my comfort zone has taught me some things and got my creative juices flowing. Thanks again for the article.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ronnie - thank you for a wonderful comment! This was among my first hubs published. And I really was hesitant to get involved at first. It won me over.

      not to worry about having a production quota, either for publishing hubs or visiting them. Only you know know much interest you have and time on which to pursue it! You so sound quite busy at the moment. But even the most active Hubbers sometimes must take a hiatus for other demands in their lives.

      I certainly hope that it's the time factor which has led to questioning if you fit in and not that you've had any negative experiences on Hubpages. I confess I have had no negatives. It may be one of those instances of finding what one is expecting and what one is putting forth oneself. We do get from most things what we put into them, don't you think?

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Nellie,

      You write better than I can breath! I confess being at odds with hubpages, questioning if I fit in. I have partaked in some of the brief commentaries that sparked my interest. To be honest, I do not have a great deal of time to spend on my PC; preparing to sell my home and move closer to one of my sons. If hubpages can tolerate my sparse sharing, I'll stick with it.

      Ronnie

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Welcome back!! My son, when a teen, considered "Greensleeves" his favorite song. Amazing, huh? He's no teen now - more like AARP-qualified. haha

      I'm delighted you're finding Hubbers interesting, helpful and friendly, -but not at all surprised. I do love my hubber friends and "family" - because they really are that. One dear gal who lives in South Africa has designated me her Cyber-Mom! I have a real-life beloved stepson who has become a member during the past couple of months - in which time, he has been adopted into this cyber family. My 'daughter' here has several 'sistas' who have adopted him too, you see.

      Otherwise, I've met face-to-face only one hubber, who was going to be passing through my city. I knew him in HP as an honorable person, so I invited him to give me a call and we'd meet for coffee, which we did; - and the restaurant indulged us to sip coffee and talk like two life-long friends over it for several hours, But I literally have friends and cyber-family from all over the world - places I'd never get to visit - with whom I feel close kinship, love and literary connection.

      It's also a self-perpetuating network, where one meets new people and is met while visiting hubs and from that may come a connection which 'takes'.

      I'm not into the money-making part, but there is ample help from fellow members if one wants to learn more about how to go about it. However, it seems to require much more quantity of writing, with specific attention to what the advertisers are searching to find. The quality is expected to be OK, but the key words and set up of a hub is probably more the factors that make a difference. Mostly it is what is way down my list of personal priorities.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Certainly I agree with what you say Nellieanna. One should enjoy all aspects of the HubPages experience, and I've met online with a number of hubbers, who not only have real talent and originality, but who also have been generous and helpful in their HubPage community activities, and their comments. Even though I have not met any in real life, some I feel I know as friends and valued writing colleagues.

      (Glad you like 'my song!')

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Greensleeves (one of my favorite songs). I'm pleased you've visited here. It's one of my own earliest hubs, soon after I became a Hubber over 2 years ago. I was not expecting any of the camaraderie and mutual support I found in Hubpages almost immediately. It truly is a community; - one from which one gets back pretty much in proportion to what one invests, although the amazing thing is the sincerity and actual help one gets. It's an amazing thing.

      Time? Yes it takes time, I can't lie. But volume isn't the measure as much as the quality. Do what you can.

      Advise: don't let it be a chore. Do what you can, when you can and ENJOY it. YOU will be valued. You do have something to contribute.

      I'm honored that you're my #700, but it wouldn't matter if you were #7. I appreciate it and look forward to seeing your hubs too. Thank you!!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      P.S : And looking at your profile, I then felt I just had to follow you as well as the hub, so I could have the distinction of being No 700 !!! :-)

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      A useful hub Nellieanna for emphasising the importance of the community element particularly for new writers.

      When I find a hub I want to comment on, I always keep it tagged for at least a few weeks so I can read any further comments - it's interesting to see how the hubber or others responds to what is said.

      My problem is reading the hubs in the first place. It takes me a long time to write my own hubs (even writing most evenings for a few hours, I can only do about 4 per month) so taking too much more time out to read other hubs is difficult. And yet I appreciate how important it is to make the effort. There's nothing better or more confidence boosting than reading nice comments, so we should all make more effort to read and follow other hubs. So now I try to read at least one or two each day, and comment if I feel I have anything to contribute.

      This is one of mine for today! - Best wishes. Alun.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      SidKemp! How delightful! Good to see you visiting this place. It's one of my earliest hubs and the only one to receive a bit of spotlighting. But, as you expressed in one of your own hubs, being here (certainly for me) is not for the glory, but for the opportunity to write and share; - and to bask in and enjoy the entire experience Hubpages offers. With the wide variety of writers and interests here, it offers much! As you say - it's a good investment. However, it can take more time than anticipated, but as with other investments, especially of oneself, - costs are incidental to rewards.

      And again, you're right: - the association does fuel and inspire yet more writing! As good as your writing IS, that's something to look forward to, writing and reading!

      Very welcome aboard! Thank you for the visit!

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Nellianna - you found me, and now I'm reading you. This hub comes at a perfect time for me. I have only been busy on HubPages for two months. I do "check out" those who follow me, and I do a lot of Hub Hopping. But now is the time to stop and smell the roses, to invest my time in really getting to know and enjoy the writing of the Hubbers I follow. And this investment "takes" no time at all; it gives life and joy and wisdom and energy to write more!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Joaniebaby - I'm tickled to meet you - and to have the chance to welcome you aboard into Hubpages. Your son gave you a great tip when he encouraged you to check it out! My beloved stepson joined a couple of weeks ago and is thoroughly enjoying it.

      But I must plead 'innocent' to inspiring husband neglect!! My precious late husband probably felt some neglect at times after I discovered the internet in 1996, though my joining Hubpages was after his passing. However, we each had many interests and loved pursuing them and then coming together at the end of the day to share the best hours and our day's projects. So it can work.

      As for writing, well - never compare yourself to anyone else. YOU are unique and what YOU produce couldn't be done by anyone else! That is so valuable! Take joy and pride in it. It evolves and blossoms by doing.

      I just checked your hubsite and see that we have other interests in common. I've been a seamstress/designer all my life; - mostly clothing. But my mother did it all - including all the lovely handcrafts you do. She even tatted in her time!

      I could easily envy your lovely handwork projects! My handwork has been mostly related to the clothing I make, but I started a quilt and got it far enough along to be photogenic. I made a webpage about it, which is at:

      http://nellieanna.com/13myquilt.html

      There's no way to be bored if one has interests and enthusiasm, is there?

      Thank you for checking out my stuff & for lovely comments! My name is old-fashioned - like I am. :-)

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      I love your name, Nellieanna, and the picture on this Hub. Hopefully, someday I can write as wonderful a Hub as you. My son encouraged me to check into HubPages and now that I am spending so much time checking them out, my husband feels very neglected! Keep inspiring the rest of us.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, thank you, Ronnie, my cyber neighbor and actual friend! :-)

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Nellie,

      You'll always be my neighbor no matter where you and I live; change it to friend!

      Ronnie

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ronnie, thank you! I've visited your hubsite and joined your followers. I am so favorably impressed with your ideas and writing skill, I hope you just do your own things and know that IS having it made!

      Yes, it does seem like discussing ideas and issues with neighbors, doesn't it? The advantage here is that we came to do just that and often these days, we have fewer opportunities to discuss things at leisure with our actual neighbors. It's a real privilege - even when it is sometimes a bit exhausting! It's well worth it.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Nellie,

      Your hub was exhausting with spirit and merit for fellow hubbers. If I could match your skill of writing, I'd have it made. What I like about hubpages is I feel like I'm discussing many issues with neighbors.

      Ronnie

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Michael - I am truly delighted that you found and read this very-early-in-my-hub-life hub and approve! It was nominated for a hubnugget award, too, and set off a lovely following for me.

      I've read your profile and feel a connection. For one thing, several of my best friends here on HP are from SA, which seems to foster wonderful folks. Others of my best friends here are from the UK, as well, and/or are teachers; also delightful people. And by the way, my graduate semester at the Univ. of Texas in Austin ,after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a minor in Art and Fashion Design from Southern Methodist Univ. here in Dallas was to both start on a master's degree and to qualify for my life-time Texas teaching certification. I didn't teach, though, other than the practice teaching part of that semester, because I soon married and when we settled in another state, for which I didn't have the teaching certification, I didn't pursue it. I was a fully-stay-at-home wife and mother for 18 years there. Then I learned to DRIVE a car! Had to, in fact - at age 40! :-)

      My career after that went in other directions, from Bridal Consultant to Engineering Department Supervisor in a building company to becoming a full-time Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant and Sales Director. Then I met and married my true soulmate and enjoyed nearly 30 years of bliss till his death 3 years ago. Now I'm a happy little writer doing her own things at her own pace and enjoying every moment of every glorious day.

      I've an enormous personal webpage which I built from scratch starting in 1998 and am the owner of a Southwest Texas ranch which was a key part of my heritage and which I now manage from a distance (500 miles in fact). When my George was alive, we had much fun managing it together and even built our own cabin on it. It is so remote, though, it is not a place for a lone woman to live - or even to visit alone. It's not far from the Mexico border.

      Mostly, I'm planning to live to be 100, which is well within my telesales. :-)

      Your profile is such a delight and full of interesting facts, I thought I'd fill you in! Hope I've not bored you excessively! One thing about writers - we do love to WRITE!

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Nellieanna,

      I enjoyed reading your soft flowing words in this hub.

      In detailing the transformation that has occurred in publishing in recent years, this hub marks well the turning point to the online world of personal publishing.

      As you may be aware, in the early days of novel publishing it was normal to share chapters of ones up coming novels with friends or an invited audience.

      I think hubpages is the modern version of this concept. What do you think?

      Thank you for a very thought provoking and illuminating read.

      Hubbers are great aren't they.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Quite so. No way to follow all the Hubbers one would like to, or even to keep up with everything written by everyone one does follow. At times, I've almost done it, but it's like learning math. If one misses one lesson, the next is very hard to get back into. haha. Interruptions in following happen and then one finds oneself "behind". i've had to give myself permission to fall short of my intention. But I don't just reply to comments or make comments in a "quickie" way, to be done with it, unless a brief message is really my honest comment for a specific situation. I think of these as conversations in which I choose to partake. So sometimes it means fewer rather than more with less substance. I don't follow people just because they follow me, unless there has been an actual contact and I don't follow people unless I've learned enough about them to want to leave a fan comment. But it shouldn't be rigid or obligatory. I prefer spontaneity.

      I greatly appreciate that you've taken time to read several of my hubs! I'm honored.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Nellieanna, this is great advice. I do consistently go back and check up on Hubs that I have commented on. Also, I would love to follow everyone. Due to time constraints though that is not possible. So I am judicious in "following" Hubbers. I don't want to become one of those who follow and are never heard from again.

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, SweetMarie - That sounds so much like my early impressions of HubPages. I thought it would be entirely different than I found it to be: - as you say, friendly and attentive. I was as surprised as you report your felt! I am still humbled by it, after a year aboard and much amazing interaction with the folks. I even met one Hub friend as he was passing through my city. We sat over coffee for about 3 hours in a local eatery, talking non-stop!

      I'm so pleased to meet you. I zotted over to your site for a moment so I'd know to whom I'm talking here. I am enchanted by the scope of your hubs and eager to read them. I just finished & published one of my own and it is after midnight, so I'm just catching up on comments before I turn in.

      Thank you for the visit and lovely comments. Hope to see you again and again!

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a lovely hub! This is one of the reasons I love HubPages - it's funny because at first, I wasn't so sure about the community, but now I love the people here and look forward to reading their hubs and exchanging comments with them. It surprised me so much at first when I had the same few people commenting on all my new hubs, I couldn't believe that anyone would pay that much attention, and now I cherish their comments and appreciate them returning.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, he is! I love this one too.

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      Marian Cates 6 years ago from Stevenson, WA

      I love the painting. I've seen other Fragonard paintings. A very gifted artist.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Marian, I'm glad you asked. When I published this, one of my first hubs, I was too "green" to include the artist, who was Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French artist, 1732 - 1806. Thank you for the visit!

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      Marian Cates 6 years ago from Stevenson, WA

      Thanks for the tips! BTW, who did the painting at the top of the story? Cheers, Marian

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      rcrawford - -I'm most pleased that you followed the suggestion to check out this one. I am truly eager for your beautiful hubs to gain momentum in followers and feedback. You have too much talent to go virtually unnoticed!! Thank you for the visit!

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      rcrawford 6 years ago from NE Ohio

      Beautifully written and inspirational. Keep on Hubbin'!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      ImChemist - so happy to meet you. I notice that you are new to HubPages. I'm pleased that you like the hub. I could re-edit it and will consider your recommendation advisedly. However there are a few things I'd like to mention. One, is that - (unlike in other venues in which bold might be interpreted as being loud or unfriendly) - here in HP, bold is one of very few font choices offered as an alternative, and is often used as one by many Hubbers with good reception by readers.

      The only other variations we are offered are italics and underlining, both of which also have the function of showing titles and quotations, and do not enhance readability as bold does. Bold doesn't happen to be my primary choice, but at times it is a welcome change of pace.

      Also, I wrote this early in my HubPage experience. where there is another personal matter which prompted my use of bold in my earlier experience here, and that is my eyesight. I had not yet composed elsewhere and simply imported the finished hub to the actual hub composition capsules. Composing elsewhere where I can enlarge the font to make it more visible for me as I'm writing, so I can SEE errors and typos more easily. Then I can copy and paste and enjoy the unadorned font.

      Lastly, this is the only hub I've written in my 10 months here which has won me official recognition!! (haha) - This makes me somewhat hesitant to alter it! So let me think about your suggestion. If you'd like to further explain your reasoning for it, I'd be most interested. Now I need to read your first hub and get to know you. Welcome aboard!!!

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      I like your hub , but you make all in BOLD try to re-edit it again, I'm just want to advice you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      It is really delightful! Thank you, new friend!! :-)

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Nellieanna- wow! Comments on comments can be gifts too! You are an extremely likable person. It blows me away that you felt the same. Thank you so much!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sueroy - how right you are. Comments are like surprise gifts and yours is no exception. My mother used to say that about letters, way back before computers and when people corresponded with "real" letters. She also said they were like a visit from a friend.

      Since I hadn't met you before, I went immediately to meet you on your hubsite before writing my appreciation for your commnets here. Having De Greek to recommend me to you (and therefore you to me!) was a strong start! (He was my very first fan and probably why I really started posing on here I hadn't intended to!)

      And then meeting you on your page is already a bonus more than I even expected. I don't know when i've so instantly LIKED someone! So - I'm most honored that you think you might learn anything from me! Your style and talent are so outstanding! It really IS like a mutual education going on all the time here on Hubpages, isn't it?

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      Comments are like little surprise gifts. It's so nice to have people not just reading your stuff, but telling you they liked it, or adding to the humor... often the comments on my hubs are funnier than the hubs!

      Hubpages is like a writer's dream vacation. You are so right when you say there are so many amazing writers on here. I have only been on here a couple of months, and have learned so much. It's like an endless (and free!) school.

      I can see that you are one of the writers that, I believe, will be part of my education! I'm so glad I found you (Through DeGreek, by the way)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      You bet, Wendy. We all enjoy the feedback on our hubs, and the back-and-forth follow-up makes it quite special. Occasionally, as you mention, if a certain topic is "highly charged" with various perspectives, these can turn into little debates, but if they do, it seems that most Hubbers are mature enough to handle it gracefully without rancor.

      Actually, the majority of topics are informative, creative, humorous, and/or nostalgic and engender abundant approval and enjoyment among readers, so that any back-and-forth discussion which develops is more like friendly conversation.

      Knowing how nice it is to get comments, we realize that the more we share our own comments on other hubbers' pages, the more mutual interest is stirred. It's one of the nicest things about HubPages! The Hubbers are pleasant folks!

      I want to welcome you, too - and am looking forward to reading your hubs. I took a peek and they look really interesting. Thank you so much for dropping by mine! I love your cute avatar and wish you a Merry Christmas too!

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      Nelli,

      I love getting comments on my hub pages and seeing what others think of what I write good or bad everyone has a opinion. I also like when people come back and answer me back after I have answered then. They remind me of little debates of certain topics. Very nice HUB. Merry Christmas

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you MFB! I deeply appreciate your approbation - you are such an admirable hubber and always a pleasure to visit!

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      This is such a positve and moving write on the treasure trove one can find here, and how they too can add treasures in commenting and offering things worthy of comments, you have succeeded at both with htis hub, and I applaud you~~~~MFB III

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Dave! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And apologies for the tardy response. I've not been getting the regular e-mail notifications of comments to my hubs and had just been thinking I wasn't getting any till something keyed me to look & I found several. So I'm now busy tracking down any I had missed. I value every comment so much. It's like communicating with other great people who happen to be great writers as well! Awesome!

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      DavePrice 7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      You've expressed the very best of everything I have found here - wonderful writing, great encouragement, new friends - thank you for expressing everything I've felt.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU, Christopher! I much appreciate your wading through the "cascade" - on which no one would fail to notice how often my own lengthy replies to the many gracious comments help to lengthen even further. This tendency of mine comes, I think, from a lifetime of handwritten correspondence in which one replied fully back and forth. And back then, the errors could only be "whited out". Many times I found myself recopying PAGES of handwritten stuff in which some major point had been omitted or some dreadful grammatical sin had been committed. It's such a joy to be able to backup and delete, cut, copy, paste and use spell-check! LOL

      And I can't take credit for the amazing level of quality of my gracious contributors here on many of my hubs. But I'm aware what a gold mine network they really are, and so wonderful for a newer member getting acquainted in this vast ocean of talented folks! That was pretty much how I discovered many of them - as a newbie - following the trails of the few hubbers I knew before (Merlin invited me here & gave me a hand up) and those others I met soon after who were kind enough to offer me a hand (De Greek was my first follower, fan and helper!) How could I have failed to find great folks with starts like that!

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      As often happens for me here, I begin reading a harmless unassuming hub which leads me to another and another and a cascade of comments and...an hour later I am bleary eyes but satisfied and very glad for the journey.

      Thank you Nellieanna for your creations, your memories and for the fellow hubbers you have attracted to you that contribute to the enjoyment I experience here.

      CP

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      hahaha! Micky - true, very true! This was my hub which came in second on a Hub Nuggets contest, so it's been popular. ;-)

      Thank you so much for making the long trip to the bottom - and also for the very kind comment!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Nell- it's long trip down here toward the bottom. We need an elevator! Great write!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Steele Fields - Yes, the talent on here is amazing, both in quantity and quality - and variety! I was helped (still am) so I'm more than happy when I can pass it along! In your case, I'm sure you have so much "gold in them-there hills" of your own, you're a treasure here!

      Thanks for the nice comments!

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      susan beck 7 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      Nellieanna: as a fledgling hubber, your hub mirrored my own recent experiences. I have come to realize the myriad of informational and artistic talent that exists inside these cybernetic walls and am finally beginning to mine some of the gold to be found here, yours included. Thanks for 'giving back' and for your early support of my hubs. You definitely encouraged me to continue posting. All the best to you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      That is so true, Noorin! We often capture more of ourselves in our writings than in any other way. And it takes a special kind of perception to "hear" us in them, because there is so much subjectivity both in the writing and the reading of the words, plus words themselves are so symbolic of what they mean in "real" things. The word "dog" is only the symbol of that animal and thre are many kinds and shapes of dog. So someone hearing the word is going to be associating that word with his dog or one he's loved or would like to have. The one saying or writing dog has a picture of another dog in mind totally.

      Problem with writing memoirs is - I'm still making them! LOL.

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      I am genuinely sorry to know that you have been in such an experience. Though I don't know a lot about it, I am positive that your memoir would be a worth read. I totally know how hard it is to recall something that you wrote. Sometimes I forget to hit Save and end up loosing a few sentences, it drives me crazy let alone loosing it all.

      Sometimes when I read my journals, I amaze myself either positively or negatively. It's amazing how our writings capture our emotions, level of intellectuality and even level of maturity more than pictures or anything else would do.

      All the best to you.

      Noorin

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, noorin. Yes - it's amazing about sharing inmost thoughts and feelings more easily with relative strangers. It's true - an 'artist' - (in my case, just an artist of life, perhaps) - is not extinquished by another's efforts to do so. What has been captured and written down may never reappear in the identical words, but the ability to create what comes as it comes is unchanged.

      In the case I refer to, the intent wasn't to destroy an artist but a person. Deep malignancy of the other's spirit, I'm afraid. I was writing to keep myself from losing me and that was successful. Some of what was burned was just lost, but I quickly began to keep backup whenever possible. Some was from my youth, though, so once it was gone, it was gone. I've remembered a little of it, but I had never committed any of my stuff to memory particularly because I was always writing more which was more currently what I had to say.

      But part of what I learned was to hold lightly and let go. So that is a lesson worth having and if it cost a few mementos, that's just part of the price of it. I'd have to write my memoirs to explain it all.

      Thanks for your keen observations and sharing!!

      Nellieanna

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Same here Nellieanna, I wrote most of my hubs a while ago and now I am sharing some of what I have written. I was very hesitant to publishing the following articles in particular as they reveal a lot of my personal feelings and emotions -2 things that I don't usually share with others-.

      https://hubpages.com/relationships/Why-is-Tempting...

      https://hubpages.com/education/Memoirs-of-a-Techni...

      It is still ironic how I easily send those links to strangers but think a million time before showing it to a friend or relative.

      I also agree with you about poetry, its not something that I would force myself to do... just like writing, I only write when I feel like it hence, the few yet random hubs.

      I am shocked beyond explanation to know about the burning part ...=( Im sure they didn't know that it took a lot more than burning an artistic piece to extinguish an artist. As an artist, most of your assets usually lie within you, and only few are external. I hope u didn't loose much though. But I am glad u backed it up =) , another copy always helps.

      You are very welcome, any time =)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      noorin - Yes - that's exactly IT. The only real value in any of this, for me, is in being genuine, though I suppose it may have a kind of fun-value to those who enjoy playing with people's willingness to believe. Certainly when we come online and open our trust, we know it's up for grabs. But in a world full of taking I guess it seems worthwhile to still be willing to give. Besides I figured out a long time ago that "they" can't hurt one unless one accepts it as hurt. I wouldn't say it is being invulnerable, but it is having a perspective which buffers hurt. Actually - I feel more for the ones who may try to dish it out, because it is their own pain which they're attempting to extract.

      Anyway - I still write poetry - but not as much as I once did, either, by the way. There was a "peak" time when it was vital to me to write it and that was the reason I wrote it, to hang on to me, so I actually couldn't stop myself from it. I didn't share it. Now I'm sharing a lot of what I wrote then. Now, though I write poetry when it rises in me, I find I write more prose. I've become more direct and open, more unafraid to speak out, although I also realize that the poetry cuts through to the kernel of whatever it is needing expression & encapsulates it, even more than full explanation can or tries to do.

      Perhaps you'll feel like jotting down some poetry when the time is right. But I never ever push it. (Well let's just say - if I did, it would be so horrid I'd burn it on the spot!! LOL.) That's a bit ironic, because when I was at my writing peak, someone frequently burned my good stuff in an effort to extinquish it - or me. Of course, I figured out how to back it up - and it was all handwritten - still is, till now as I put it online.

      Thank you for your keen insight here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      agaglia - I assure you, it can't always be done as one would like to. And the effort may wear thin - if it does, I won't push it. But it's among my priorities now & hopefully - it will continue to be, because it is worthwhile, I believe. Occasionally though, one does need to attend to a lot of other things. Sometimes - well - fairly often - I awaken when it's nearly morning with my laptop on my lap after getting in my required sleep. It is one of the perks of being a widow - one of the few. I can decide when and where I sleep. ;-)

      I also have MANY other real life things I have to attend to, though, so I fully understand the pressures & didn't intend to add another pressure by emphasizing the value of really following other hubbers. I can add that I'd rather REALY follow a few than to try to follow too many and do it superficially. One of my own adages is "if it can't be fun, why do it?" This should never be a chore!

      Thank you for your comments. I really want to emphasize that it wasn't meant to be a drag!! :-)

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Nellieanna, very beautifully written. In this busy world where people are bombarded with tonnes of articles every day , where writing ungenuine / artificial comments is very tempting, you have literally demonstrated the art of giving @ hubpages community. =) I unfortunately or fortunately lost the ability to write poetry long time ago but I still appreciate art when I see it.

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      agaglia 7 years ago

      Hi. yes. I agree I should go back and read what hubbers have responded to my comments. There are so many and time is so short. How can we do it? There is the bed, and the computer calls - yet I do need to get up and work tomorrow - the computer lulls me to one last hub...

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      What a lovely comment! Thank you, MA!! And I'll be reading more of yours too!

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As a fellow Poet I will be reading more of your Hubs as a Fellow Optimist; Peace and Joy:)!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, ralwus. I admit you're a bit intimidating. Something about your rascality reminds my of my first love - (me at age 7. he at 9. Well - rascality in him developed later after he'd grown a bit. Then, he was just into bicycling and wanting to rodeo - and not knowing I existed.)

      Yes, it would be true about hubbers who withdraw, though I haven't experienced it. Occasionally I consider doing it myself, though. I do have some really wonderful fans, as you notice. But I must admit I'm appalled at the mass-fanning thing I'm starting to notice more. But then, I probably go overboard on being for real. Might just mean playing myself for a fool. But at this stage of life, there's little time to play hide and seek.

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      OMG, it took forever to get here as I was reading a lot of the comments. Not enough time to read them all. LOL This tells me you have made some really great fans in such a short time, even some old timers. I am quite honored that you found me and even took notice since I am such a rascal at times. I keep up with most of the hubs I read, the ones that really grab me anyway. Shadesbreath is right about the hubbers that you really like and go missing, it does happen. there are some really creative writers here and I just can not keep up with them, but unlike Shadesbreath, I have dumped a few and I am fixin' to dump more. You know, the ones who go about fanning like crazy. Now I must read more of your writing cutie. thanks for the visit, Charlie Love and peace

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you but - in what way is it amazing, M.s Fowler?

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      M.s Fowler 7 years ago from United states

      Amazing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      But you should be able to see it, ML. Have you tried rebooting your computer to see if your profile info reappears?

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much, Nellieanna. I am so glad that what other hubbers see is not what I see! I do appreciate your taking the time to do this.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Of course, what I just now copied off your profile page was reduced to the plainest font, but it included (in appropriate font and enhancements):

      mysterylady 89 on HubPages

      Always a teacher, I love to read, discuss, and travel!

      Hubs By mysterylady 89latesthotbestmore ?more ?

      more ?

      Why Didn't I Get Fired? Harrassing Administrators A Kid's Song and the InternetI Bled All the Way to the Cemetery!Writing an Expository EssayThe Roach That Would Not DieYou Rang! My First Night in Athens

      Submit Fan Mail

      Cool Great Hubs

      Hubtivity

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      I am very glad to have found a new Hub friend, and thanks for following me,too! Please do check out my Profile page. I don't really have a profile, but I used to see a list of my hubs. Now all I see is small print at the top of the page, as well as some of my recent activities. It no longer gives my hubs.

      I am glad you are finally over Shingles. My friends were miserable.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      ML - thank you for your lovely comments. Not to worry about rambling. It's one of my virtue-vices, too.

      I have great admiration for Shadesbreath. I wonderful mentor, I'm sure! The network effect on HP is truly a wonderful feature, too. So many good people and excellent writers at the same time!

      I hope the vaccine does its job! You don't want to have Shingles!! Mine is virtually over at long last. I believe it may have been an easier bout than some I've heard and read of. But it was about 4 months of gross unpleasantness! ugh.

      I'll look at the profile page. Possibly a temporary glitch.

      I did look. It's as it always was. I don't have a lot of info about myself on it. When I came aboard, I didn't intend to be very active and just referred anyone interested to my personal website. Now that people know me through my hubs, it doesn't seem necessary to add a lot to the bio. ;->

      My hubs are all listed. I'll take a look at your profile!

      Thanks for following me!! :-)

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      mysterylady 89 7 years ago from Florida

      Nellieanna, I have been meaning to read your hubs ever since reading some of your comments, but just got around to it. I am impressed, not only with the hub itself but also with all the comments it inspired! You seem to be a very interesting, caring person. I am now a follower of yours and look forward to reading more of your hubs.

      What De Greek did for you Shadesbreath did for me. I did not really appreciate HubPages until I had the chance to banter with Shadesbreath. From comments on his hubs, I have found many other hubbers, and I am beginning to feel a part of the community.

      Before I forget, your profile page does not give your profile. My profile page changed, too. Mine does not even give the hubs I have written. I don't know what happened.

      I am sorry you had Shingles. Two of my friends were miserable with them. The first day the vaccine came out, I saw my doctor. I was the first of her patients to get the vaccine.

      I apologize for rambling.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      MT - thank you! I've just had the privilege of finding you from your sweet comments on some of my hubs. Then visited and read some of your hubs and of course, discovered you are the twin of our highly respected hubber, Healing Touch. I've signed up as your follower & asked to be your fan, too!

      I do love to interact with other hubbers. Of course one can't do all she'd like to at times - there aren't enough hours in the day! But it is so satsifying to read hubs and comments. This is an amazing community of folks who are not only talented but extremely kind & helpful! Thanks for the compliment, though just wait - you'll meet some real legends on HubPages!! ;->

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh my goodness-I guess I am not the only one impressed with this hub. You are a bit of a legend here on hubpages. That was a very needed and important piece of writing. It is so important to give back and that includes on hubpages. By the way, I found you through my twin sister who is also on hubpages. So glad to meet you. God bless!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      What lovely comments, Dream On! I have no doubt that you will achieve your desires. When the situations are the most trying, it tests ones' mettle the most. And at the same time, that's a time when one's own system needs stay flexible, which sounds like your idea of looking into a the non-profit area, which surely has special opportunities to use your skills and get good feedback, as you say - taking you toward your goals even as it may be at a relaxed pace.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I have let some time pass and I have tried to tackle my old inspirations by using new light and insight.I will try to work more diligently on achieving my utmost desires.I am trying to understand your wisdom and I take pride in your learning how to keep adapting to my current situation and still make progress.I never thought about it before but I now looking into non profit organizations that maybe can assist me in my efforts to achieve my goals.The pleasure is always mine to listen to you. Someone who is willing to teach and help others from the kindness of their heart.Have a healthy day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I love visiting your hubs, too, Billy. I tell my broker I try to keep at least a little current on what's happening by reading your hubs! In fact, I've given him your hubsite addy!

      I apologize that at present I seem to be so behind in my getting to all the hubbers' hubs I follow. It happens at times and it's like math courses. If you get behind in one, it's difficult to catch up in it and all math courses to come!

      I really enjoy reading the great hubs though and they inspire so many ideas and inspirations! It's what hubbing is all about, isn't it?

      Thanks for those really nice comments!! I like to give smiles!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Well Nellieanna I am one of those that always enjoys your input and feedback. Your poetry and artwork has been brilliant as is your magnolia series. Why I always get a big smile :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you!! I'm really pleased you stopped by and left me such an encouraging comment! I'm running behind on my follow-through - but I'm getting there, - hopefuly! LOL

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      BumptiousQ 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Fantastic Hub, Nellieanna. I was smiling the whole way through. Lots of heart, lots of excellent points...

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Eileen, how gracious of you to come by and bring me such words of encouragement! I know what you mean. It's amazing to me to discover so many special people here I hadn't met before! That's sly about getting down to the bottome to leave a comment. (giggle) I've felt the exact same way trying down to where I could write my comments on some other hubs - - more than a few, in fact! There are so many good ones to read and enjoy!

      Thank you so much!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      BobbiRant - thank so very much! I appreciate your kind words and so pleased that you enjoyed the hub!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      nellieanna, what an inspirational hub this is truly amazing, I have never seen you on hubs before, so sorry I have not done so. See what I nearly missed. And lets face it we have to be keen to leave a comment because it took nearly half an hour to get right down here at the bottom. Joking, really terrific and loved your pics too. will make sure I read more of these. thanks a lot

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      This is an excellent hub. Well done, I enjoyed it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm not surprised to learn for sure that you do know how to relax & that you demonstrate and promote it! ^ :-)

      My reply was simply what I remind myself when I am caught up so in positive things I want to do and must get organized. It's then I remind ME to stop and relax. It always helps as you know! Yes - I am certain you know how to enjoy all life offers. It is that very enthusiasm which can be so intense at times which is the portal into true enjoyment! It's a bit of a balancing act and balance was something I had to master. I've been intense all my life! hehe - bet you know about that too!

      Thanks for the lovely reply and I treasure the glimpses into your mind and how it works!

      Hugs...

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I do relax and I often tell other people to do the same often.I have just shown you the way my mind thinks and a kind of a flash forward.I Enjoy all life has to offer as we speak.Thanks for a special gift or peace.Have a inspiring day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, DO, my friend!

      Two thoughts for you to-day, ok?

      1) STOP! Pause, take time out to re-lax! You're racing too fast! Enjoy the journey. The destination will always keep moving on ahead! This momen IS l-i-f-e!

      2) A valuable adage for when you are on the move:

      When faced with a mountain,

      I will not quit!

      I will keep on striving

      until I climb over,

      find a pass through,

      tunnel underneath --

      or simply stay

      and turn the mountain

      into a gold mine

      with God's help!

      ___Dr. Robdert H.Schuller

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      You make life sparkle.You take what you see before you and translate it into simple knowledge.I enjoy laughing at the silly mistakes I HAVE MADE.I enjoy the young and the vibrant youth of tomorrow.I just can't see why people don't try?I see many people who have many more talents and natural gifts than I and who don't apply themselves.I have struggled fighting for what I get.Nothing comes as easy as some others have it.I feel like I am on a different playing field.I have spent the first 28 years working hard for what I want.Thinking and believing hard work pays off.I am mistaken.You have to work smart not hard to get what you want.I should of reevaluated my path and seen it wasn't working.I was to strong willed to believe all things just take time.I can not change the past but I can the future.I will learn from everyone who has succeeded and press on.I look at all the soldiers who have fought for my freedoms and gave their life for mine.I have the passion and persistance to see a better way.You have said your husband was an inventor I am intregued by things that he may have invented.Please share?Good morning to you and your loved ones.I believe I ride on the positive energy that people share.I look and find people who genuinely care.I listen and learn because they hold life in their hands that is so powerful.They are grateful and so appreciating for the time they have.I have always felt blessed to enjoy my life.I try to understand the sick in the hospitals and those who are rendered helpless.I know there are only so many things one can accomplish in a day.I am always looking for ways to multi task to make my rewards ten fold.I am learning so much from you and I just wanted to express my happiest thoughts of ultimate joy.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dream On - We share many of the same kinds of experiences and inner promptings. I loved visiting older neighbors when I was a child too - and my own parents were much older than most, as well as my siblings. Yes, one learns much for those who have lived through much. Of course the personal futures of the elders are limited and not everything lived through before is applicable now or in the future to come. But surely there are good reasons we have memories, curiosity, ability to step into others' views enough to both enjoy and learn from them. I learn from younger folks, as well. The "NOW" which is the prime time for younger folks is valuable and brings to power the next building blocks for now and to come. But underneath that is the past and what has been created, both the good stuff and a lot of errors needing to be corrected - but with the "inside" understanding of them, in order to set them right and to not "throw out the baby with the bathwater!"

      I have to say to you that each individual - with all our weirdness and even our sameness - is what a group consists of. There is not some super-powerful group who has all the skinny that you and I can only hope to achieve. WE are the power, collectively and individually. It took me half a lifetime to finally wake up and notice that these "others" I thought so much "more" than I was were just also individuals struggling with their own doubts and demons and clinging to their own successes to keep afloat.

      When one realizes that he/she really counts and that those bizarre ideas we have stewing around really are our own treasures and only we are experts on them - and that they're probably our best bet to use in exercising our right to be and participate - then we are no longer weighted down trying to "measure up" to someone else's methods or output. No matter how convoluted my thinking IS, it works better for me than trying to adapt to someone else's which is surely as convoluted as my own but not even familiar to me or built on my own strengths as mine is!

      If you have a dream and you have throught of ways to implement it - get to it - at your own pace, with your own standards directing it. Your feel for using video to tie together the ideas you have stewing around - is practical as well as innovative in the context you have for it. I can't even begin to know or describe the way it would work - but if it's part of what you see as useful and perhaps even a pivotal factor - then just do it! You needn't justify it in order to develop it. Eventually you might have to explain it to others or even sell it to users - whatever the direction you'd be going - but you will have tied it together and made it work like a clock - so it can't be denied to be workable. You may want to study up on how it can fit in and fill a need and all that kind of thing - but your idea, your method, your vision - those are what YOU HAVE and need to run with. You know what of your talents to apply to what and when. Writing - appreciating - all of the things you've touched upon and the many more you and you alone have knowledge of and access to - can all fit as you see fit!

      And never be discouraged if you find it doesn't always work out - but you be the judge of that. Listen to your inner director, filter out what doesn't fit, but on your terms. The journey is the fun anyway! And when you're driving your own self, you're always having more fun and worrying a lot less about incidental things! Don’t turn over the wheel to anyone else and don’t worry about how well or poorly they drive theirs – which should be their focus, not you, anyway! Beware of those who try to attend to your life when theirs are surely enough of a full-time job. For some, though, it’s easier to try to run someone else than to do the hard job of running themselves. But that’s their problem!

      Thanks for your vote of confidence, by the way!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I am once again rereading your comment.I am a far cry away from being a fellow Mensan.I Dream more and only wish I could do what you do.I have never ending spirit an inspiration that burns inside me and won't quit.I am a true believer of finding what ever you love in life and going for it.I have had many setbacks along the way but I try each day to turn them into accomplishments that I didn't see.I often talk about things many friends and family don't share opinions and the same views.I have tried and will continue to make my mark on the world.I use to spend a great deal of time with the seniors in my neighborhood when I was younger.Other kids would want to go out and play and I wanted and begged for any story to be told.I thought then and I still think now our future is in the experienced gifted seniors who have lived and enjoyed so much.They are able to live and tell about it.Why would I waste my time making the same mistakes over the years when I can learn from you and many others.I know life is short and you never know when that last day has come.I will search for answers with every person who is willing to teach.I will listen and understand your years of knowledge and apply what I can to make my life GRAND.I will learn from the wise and open my heart up to the world and see what surprise unfolds before my eyes.I am blessed to have talked to you and I have great respect for the time you have written on my hubs.I never put off today what I can say in the moment.Unfortunately work gets in the way and I am working on that one..I write all the time and even if the ideas are not complete I feel I will return to finish what I have started some day.My life is an ongoing book and everyone I have ever known is in it.I have done endless hours of voice recordings.Thinking that if I had someones voice I have the closest thing to them.I have something so unique and special that know one else has.This is before people were using video cameras.I have referred back to those voices of people who have passed and I often think they are as close as they could ever be.I wish I was more capable of doing more back then.I often beat myself up for not knowing a smarter better way.Why didn't I see that.No one else seems to care and says yesterday is over and done.Move on.Well if history repeats itself and I enjoyed all I HAD THEN.I want to make my future 10 times better and this I think is the way.By appreciating every thought and keep the positive thoughts coming.By surrounding my self with the most exciting,inspirational,heart throbbing,incredible people of all time.I am sorry to make my comment so long winded but I sometimes feel I am on a roll.I hope we can stay the best of friends and continue to share ideas and new thoughts.I usually scare away my friends by now by being to excited about life and the living.I tend to turn people away then turning them on to life.They just want to live each day and believe it is the same as yesterday.I believe it is so far from the truth it is not funny.I want to breathe life to all that need it.Thanks again for your time and all your thoughts.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      It's amazing how much we seem to have in common. I'm a bit addictive/obsessive too and have worked to keep balance as needed all my life - but I love being intense, too. So it's a balance of balancing! LOL Moderation in all things, including moderation!

      I also read like that. I read all the comments and digest them too. I read books in a similar fashion - every word in the intro and preface - all the footnotes and references. When I run into an idea which seems to have more background than I recall - I go back and find it. So hub reading is very much the same. I always seem to discover new and exciting things when re-reading. But also - reading new ones beckons. It's very consuming and rewarding.

      I cut out all but the basic programmng on TV. I have AT&T Uverse for TV, Internet and land phone, so I do use TV too. When on my laptop - the TV is right here across the den, so if there's something I want to see, I can multi-task. haha. I love "Boston Legal", for instance, which is no longer "on" prime time, but reruns are shown in the middle of nights on weekends I didn't get hooked till it was no longer prime time, so it's all new to me. More often than not, though - I've fallen asleep before it finally comes on!

      Anyway - it's a pleasure to know your mind and how it functions. Phenomenal! Are you a fellow Mensan, by chance? If not, you should be.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I thought I wouold try to read one more of your hubs before tearing myself away from the laptop and giving my eyes a rest.I loved the hub and I would like to say I fall into a different category.I have a very addictive personality and when I find something I like I find it very hard to stop.I love the hub pages so much and the information it brings.I find I not only reread on the comments that I have posted but I read everyones comment on every hub before I post.I have to tell you on your hub I was on two weeks ago comments forever.I enjoy the interaction so much of how people react to the hub that I just read.Do they see it the way I do.Do they see something I missed and then I will go back and reread the same hub again.I have not only cut down t.v. time but it is almost eliminated.Once you start getting the fever t.v. doesn't compare or hold my interest long enough.Well I just want to say my hats off to you for all that you do.Have a wonderful day and hub away.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - time marches on! I enjoy appreciating good old memories but I embrace today even more. It's a joy to meet so many wonderful folks here. I'm delighted to discover you, too. Thank you for this visit and for following me. I certainly want to follow you and keep up with your interesting articles!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Nellieanna, This was a beautiful hub. I miss some of the old ways but love Hubpages also and all the new people I have met. It is a new day. Thanks for sharing all that history.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm smiling - first about the Gemini reference (!!) and also that I wrote you fan mail praising your wise and witty comments. Great minds think alike!

      Sometimes the special folks on Hubs are so great and also so many it's almost too easy for someone we really enjoy to be barely touched as we're visiting all those we have chosen to follow! It's so satisfying to be able to keep up with these outstanding people!

      How great to find it's not too late to make it more official when that's happened!

      I really do try to keep up with all notices of new hubs and comments and I found out recently when I had company for a week just how quickly they accummulate when not attended to! I want everyone to know that when you have a full-time job elsewhere, obviously you can't always keep up here & it's totally understandable!

      It's my ideal, sort of my "way", to want to contribute fully, but of course it's not always possible. Even without a full-time job, life is full and we can't always be everywhere simultaneously. I hope this hub didn't sound like I was insisting or judging!! It's just so meaningful when people come, read and comment on one's hubs! As you say - it's what makes this forum so enjoyable! We could all write in our little corners but it's so good to share and be acknowledged.

      I truly appreciate your compliments. I hope to not be trite. It's hardly worth the bother unless one is trying to express original ideas with some sort of value & readable style, is it?

      I was an extremely shy person for the first half of my lengthy life when writing was always easier for me. And I did it a lot. Lots of practice!

      Thanks again, Petra! I truly appreciate you!

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      You have listed on this hub most of the reasons I enjoy being on HP. It is the community and the potential to meet people from allover the world that first attracted me and it is interesting people like you that keeps me hooked.

      I have noticed you by reading the comments you left for others and I was impressed by your wisdom and your generosity of sharing knowledge as well as giving new perspectives. Not once have you engaged in banalities and platitudes and that alone have made your comments valuable and added to the hubs you commented on.

      I also appreciate the ease and coherence with which you are expressing yourself, but after finding out you have a Gemini ascendant I am not surprised in the very least.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Igoofed - I was coining a word but I meant Hubpaging! Thanks for calling my attention to it!!! At times like this I'm tempted to play the aged card! lol

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      susanlang 7 years ago

      Forgive me for sounding small Nellie, but what does your term " hubbaging " mean?

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks sooo much, Susan!! I'm having my granddaughter and her two teenagers from Indiana visiting! Am really enjoying them - but am behind on my hubbaging - writing and reading. I really appreciate you!