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Interview: Ruby Fuller

Updated on September 18, 2016
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In an English course at Villanova University in 1981, Maria interviewed her mom, who likened her to Barbara Walters. She never looked back.

Nurse Ruby
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Meet Ruby ....

Ruby Fuller, also known as Always Exploring, is a friend I would love to sit and have coffee with at a small town cafe.

Oh wait! I do visit with Ruby most every day at Emerald Wells Cafe.

I feel as though we are kindred spirits Also a nurse, Ruby is known for her compassionate and nurturing manner in HubVille. She also has a charming sense of humor and excellent taste in music of all genres.

Ruby writes with her heart. She feels life so deeply that the reader is quickly swept into the meaning and imagery of her words.

Over the months that we have been friends, I have watched Ruby unfold into a blossoming and fragrant flower. To me, she has found her voice and passion in this most creative outlet called writing.

After you read this interview, I invite you to take a trip to some of her hubs. You will quickly learn why I love our jewel of a Ruby...!

The times that I feel saddest is ....

thinking about my two sisters who have passed away, wishing I had one more day to tell them how much I loved them. I don't think I told them enough, also, I was always in a hurry to have everything perfect in my home and life, I forgot to stop and smell the roses.

Something I’d like to teach others

Hummmm..That's a difficult one. I guess I would like to teach the young Mothers that life passes so quickly and the little one will soon be gone from the nest, so teach them humility and to love all people regardless of race or gender preference and most specifically there is a God and he loves everyone.

My secret passion, my dream job.

My secret passion is to live on a plantation, be Scarlett O'Hara and make passionate love with Rhett Butler. My dream job would be nursing. I always dreamed of being a nurse when I was a little girl, and I fulfilled that dream, loved every moment of it.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone...

I wanted my son to be able to play an instrument in the school band so I bought him a trombone and a set of drums. He disliked the trombone with a passion but loved the drums. I hated the drums, quickly moving him to the basement.

The gift I could have done without....

My husband bought me a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. When in reality I was hoping for a small box to unwrap, finding a beautiful diamond or a shiny gold bracelet.

If you peeked in my junk drawer you'd be surprised to find.....

500 keys. I have no idea what they're for, but I keep them, just in case...

My date from Hades....

I went out with this person, we went to a movie, first date. He asked me to marry him. I told him NO, the next day my stepfather went to the mailbox and retrieved a small box, inside was a wedding ring! Can you imagine? I was sixteen.

My worst/or funniest vacation story...

We went to the Bahamas Islands after spending a week in Miami. It was a cloudy day. I spent the entire day at the pool. I had the worst sunburn of my life. We left the next day for the Islands. I was in so much pain I couldn't attend a luau, my best friend was lots of ice.

A life goal on my bucket list ...


What I most look for in a friend...

Unconditional love and respect.

Something I will never part with...

My picture albums. So many wonderful memories of the good times. Sigh

Ruby - forever young
Ruby - forever young | Source

A life lesson I will never forget ...

I married my second husband without knowing his heart. His hatred of people of color broke my heart..

The worst part of getting older...

Gray hair, I hate it. Why must our hair change? We're still the same inside. So as long as ' Nice and easy' is sold, they have a customer...

A writing lesson I learned the hard way.....

When I first joined Hubpages, I had this desire to write poetry. I wrote a poem (It was no masterpiece. ) A hubber came to visit and said, "Nice poem, the rhyming is not good” ) I almost quit, but something inside me got hostile and I wrote another one, he came back to visit and said, " better " HaHa

My favorite movie and why....

My favorite movie is ' Gone with the Wind ' I went to see it when I was a teen. I fell in love with Clark Gable and I don't think I’ve ever gotten over it. I love old classic movies and when I see him I have that feeling. I would never have treated him badly like Scarlett did. Hee

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading about?....

I love the Emerald Wells Café Series by mckbirdbks. I love Vincent Moore's poetry. I love drbj's interviews, plus many more....

What would be a subject / genres that you would like to read more about?

I love to read hubs about other cultures, Vinaya Ghimire, Ruchira and Sofs are wonderful. I love Dusty(50-Caliber)'s hubs about his life raising animals.

I must say that I miss Doug Turner's poetry. He hasn't been around for awhile. The one I really miss is Fay Paxton's hubs on politics. She is one smart cookie,

Oh and I love Eddy (eiddwen). Martie Coetser said that we are cyber friends and I could not agree more!

Ruby bought this picture of Elvis the day he died and cried all day.
Ruby bought this picture of Elvis the day he died and cried all day. | Source

What songs make you want to pack up and leave the party ....?

I have always loved George Jones..I would pack up and go with him anyplace. Hee I also love Michael Jackson and my man Elvis and I can't forget Elton John. There are many more, Tina Turner, Sammy Davis, Vince Gill. I could go on forever.

Me too, Ruby ... I got so lost in this list, as these are some of the best musical artists of all times. I selected two from this list and hope you enjoy them.

Music has been my companion throughout my life. My Mother loved music; our radio was never turned off.

George Jones: Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town

Thank you, Ruby....

With no difficulty at all, I selected this rendition of "Respect" to dedicate to you, Ruby ,in keeping with The Supremes theme in the series

What, you wanna hear Tina Turner's version as well? You don't have to twist my arm, girlfriend!

You are a role model of decency and dignity to all of us. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, my dear friend. ♥ Maria

© Maria Jordan (revised December, 2014)

The Supremes & The Temptations "RESPECT"

Tina Turner: Respect


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby, You have a beautiful heart. Good night. Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree Mar. He is with us in spirit. Thank you Peg. Yes all of us chicks loved and respected Dusty...

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I mean no disrespect, Ruby...but if Dusty can show up at the finale of EWC...I believe in my heart he just heard you say thank you...

      I loved Dusty's cool taste in a variety of music...and his honesty when something "didn't grab him."

      He knew how all us chicks felt about him! Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I came back and read Dusty's words and i am ashamed to say that i never listened to his highlited song to me. I am in tears. I wish i had noted his song and commented. We miss so many oppurnities to say thank you..

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Thanks for POKING your PRETTY head back here to PICK up even more reasons why Ruby PLEASES us.

      I am thinking so much of Dusty today, especially as I believe he has visited EWC in Mike's latest.

      Hoping you and Ruby both are having a peaceful night. Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Maria my sweet Sista,

      I had to stop back in and read this one about Ruby. What a sweetheart. And to read once more Dusty's musings about his time here with us. Loving what you wrote and about such a sweet "age old companion" like Always. Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for your DEDICATED following of this most DESERVED lady, Denise. You and Ruby are both so DECENT.

      Hugs to you both, Maria

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Sweet...Ruby is one of my favorite people here and I would love to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with her. I knew some of her past history, but there were several new things I've learned.

      Great job in your series, Maria. Wonderful idea-Up/I/B

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby, You are a RIOT and REGAL at the same time. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I just had to comment again and thank everyone who commented so generously on this interview. Thank you again Mar. Now, Kathy, don't you try stealin' my man, If you do, I'll get him back somehow, after all , tomorrow is another day...................

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Kathy, You have a KNACK for making me smile with your beautiful comments about Ruby.

      I sure hope we get to see a pic or two of you as Scarlett...fiddle dee dee!

      Hi to Ruby and hugs to you both, Maria

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Wow! What a great interview! As I've come to know Ruby....I can see her so clearly in this interview! Ruby, you are a woman who lives in and loves fantasy; a life of magic and experience! It's all over this interview and in your writing. I'm so sorry about your yearning for your sisters..I always wished I'd had a sister..I can only imagine the feeling of loss and missing them. I agree w/ you about Scarlet O'Hara...I love that movie, that time and , of course, THAT MAN! Yikes! Guess what? This year, I'm going to a Halloween party as......Scarlet O'Hara...hey! We're STILL on the same page. Love the interview, the interviewee and the interviewer!!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      b. Malin, BLESS you for your BENEVOLENT and descriptive comment about Ruby! Hugs to you BOTH, Maria

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Ruby, is Fun, and Warm and Compassionate...She feels deeply and is not afraid to Express her Thoughts. She is a Treat to read, and absorb...Be it something Funny or something Poignant, her message comes across. I feel both Proud and Humble to call her my Hub Writer Friend. She is always there to give a cheer across the miles, it feels like she is right here!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I know you will be TAKEN with Ruby, once you give her work a TRY, lovely to see you and Hi as well to Ruby. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Maria, this is another great choice. I must admit, however, I am not yet a follower. I have seen comments here and there by Always Exploring but have not yet met this gracious lady. I will be sure to check out her hubs after this lovely introduction!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Pam,

      Thank you for your visit and I PERFECTLY understand what it's like to be behind, as I always am... Your comments about Ruby are well PENNED.

      Have a peaceful day. Hugs, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am still playing catch up on my reading, but wouldn't want to miss this hub on Ruby. I have always read her hubs and love her writing. She always leaves wonderful comments on my hubs and she is just one of those people you like right on the spot. I loved learning more about her in this hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Girishpuri, GLAD you stopped by to GREET Ruby.

      Moonlake, Thank you for MAKING the time to MEET Ruby.

      May you both have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      8 years ago from America

      Nice interview with Ruby, interesting lady. I don't know her well but will be sure to visit her hubs. Voted uP!

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      This is great share and i am happy that i am got to know Ruby better, thanks.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Terrye, I feel TOTALLY the same way...Ruby is TOPS and so are you!

      THANKS for stopping by. Hugs, Maria

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love this interview with Ruby almost as much as I love her kind soul and beautiful writing. :) Nicely done!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Gypsy, I'm GONE with the WAY all us gals are GAGA over Rhett... I could almost GATHER a hub about it.

      And now that we have Ed, EVER ready to EMBRACE the starring role??

      Thanks to you both for your fun comments. Hugs, Maria

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      8 years ago

      Oh , if only my name were Rhett! ..........:-}

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Maria wonderful as always. I love Ruby's hubs they are always enjoyable. Me and Ruby share the love of the romantic south, Rhett and Gone With the Wind. Hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      RIGHT on, Ruby...thanks to you, I can meet Johnny (I had NO idea...LOL) and thanks to Hyph, I get to spend time with Bruce.

      I should be thanking y'all for these perks! You are a lovely lady, much loved by all of us and hope you have a great day. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had to come back and thank everyone again. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. Each and everyone of you bring a special feeling in my heart. Thank you so much. Mar. you are the greatest. Johnny Carson would be so happy to interview you. BTW I went to bed with Johnny every night. Hee

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Vincent, You are VIRTUALLY amazing in your summary of what makes Ruby shine.

      Nette, You NATURALLY have Ruby's strength in character NAILED in your NOTES.

      Vinaya, I am not surprised at how VERY considerate and gifted Ruby is. Thank you for your kind VISIT.

      Ed, It is EVIDENT how close you and Always Exploring are...EVER so glad to see you.

      Snakeslane, Ms Ruby is SIMPLY the best and I thank you fr STOPPING by to SAY so.

      Hi to Ruby and a wonderful day to all. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Mar, Ruby really is a gem, you got that right, and the interview is such a pleasant read. Thank you for featuring one of Hub Pages most beloved authors. Ruby (Ms always) won my heart right from the start. A gentle lady with a keen sense of humor and a deep sense of decency, being a dreamy poet is icing on the cake. Regards, snakeslane

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      8 years ago

      Always Exploring , Ruby and I ........we know many of the same ghosts in this life .....remember Ruby ? AWesome tribute to a perfect lady !.....Ed

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Maria, Ruby is one of the best poets on HP. I will never get tired of reading her poems. Can you believe, she gave me copyrights to her poetry when I published her interview.

      Ruby,thanks for mentioning my name. You have always graced me with your wonderful comments. I'm very grateful to you.


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      Annette Donaldson 

      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Mar, well girlfriend, you have really done Ruby proud. All of the hub interviews are a credit to you hunnie, and just show us all again the vast space of love and support that you have in your life.

      Ruby, sometimes we lose touch with each other, and I am always anxious to catch up. You are so kind and considerate, non-judgemental but with a little tweak in those comments to kick my butt at times. I love you for that. I adore your strength of character hunnie, at times I wish I could be sitting in the garden listening to you speak, because I know it would be a tremendous privilege to sit beside you. Take care. Nette xx

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      Vincent Moore 

      8 years ago

      What more can I add here about this gem of a writer/poet. She took my heart a couple of years ago with her kindness and friendship. At first she felt uncomfortable about penning her thoughts in poetic form. However once she jumped in with both feet, her poetry bloomed and the scent of her perfume lingers with every scribe.

      Ruby is one of the finest people in the Hubs, her gifts are magnificent. She has acquired many friends here and I could never see a day go by without her penning and sharing her love for her friends, her home, her music and her love of life itself. Ruby I am truly honoured to know you and share both our work together.

      Thank you my poet for a mention in this very informative interview. Maria is an expert interviewer and she again chose one of the most giving ladies to do that with. BTW your taste in music is the same as mine. George and the King two of my favs indeed. I relate to the both of them.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Y'all,

      Sunnie, You have the SWEETEST manner of SAYING what makes Ruby SPECIAL.

      Rosemay, I REALLY RELATED and giggled about those keys as well.

      Deb, Your DEDICATED comments to this series are so kind.

      Gail, I GIGGLED at the GWTW similarities. I believe Rhett is hereby taken.

      Docmo, You have rightly DETAILED Ruby's DECENCY.

      Audrey, You have ACCURATELY outlined some of Ruby's AMAZING personality. Thank you as well for your sweet words about my name.

      LORD, Girls would LINE up to meet you at EWC...join me for a LATTE?

      Injured lamb, It is INCREDIBLY lovely to see you. Thank you for stopping by.

      Genna, Your feedback about Ruby's GRACE is on target. es, this is a GREAT song by George...

      Nellieanna, So NICE of you to drop by. I know the two of you have NURTURING down to a science and would be NATURAL friends.

      Hyph, I knew you would HIGHLIGHT the beauty of Ruby.

      Lesley, You have LOCALIZED how LOVELY Ruby is in your feedback, just like you.

      Ruby, I RELISH each of these comments as a REMEMBRANCE of why we all love you so.

      Thanks to each of you for your heartfelt comments. Have a peaceful day.

      Hugs, Maria

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I adore Ruby, she was one of the first hubbers I met here, she has always been such a loyal follower of mine.

      I love her writing and consider her a special friend, I've so enjoyed learning more about this lovely lady.

      Thank you both!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Always exploring, Ruby, is indeed one who seeks information and loves learning. What a precious heart! I feel like I could visit her home, sit down for a cup of tea, and talk for hours while being treated like royalty. Ruby, I hope you always know you are loved by me and beloved of the God who created us. Also I am glad you like Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) rather than my husband the Boss. I would not have a chance against you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh what a pleasure to finally become more knowledgeable about Ruby. Great person! Of course, paths have crossed in commenting on mutual hub friends' hubs, but we just haven't really become more acquainted, at least not enough to really count. Well, now I know I've been missing someone out I would like to really know! Such a well balanced viewpoint and attitude, enjoyment of worthwhile and fun things and such a kind, caring person! I'd love to share a coffee with you, too, Ruby!

      Maria, thank you for another wonderful interview!! Hugs to both of you!

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What can I say except that I just love this woman. :-) Ruby is a fav of mine. Not only is she wonderfully talented, she has a warm and genuine heart. Maria said it best: “…a friend I would love to sit and have coffee with at a small town cafe.” I so enjoyed this interview because it brings out Ruby’s grace, humor, and candor. That George Jones song is a favorite of mine as well.

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      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      What a great interview that we got the chance to know her better...Always exploring...Ruby...a familiar name in my hubbing life that encourages me much with her warmth and sincere's really my pleasure to have her support me every now and then...thanks for the sharing Maria...and of course, thanks Ruby...cheers!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Wonderful interview! Rubi is a cool friend to all of us. Absolutely sincere and heartfelt. Thanks Maria! Y'all have a wonderful time at Emerald Wells Cafe. Voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Maria, your interviews are so much fun. How wonderful it is to get to know our hub friends in a personal way. I swear - you're better than Oprah!

      Ruby is a favorite for me. An interview like this gives us a chance to express our love and appreciation. You are providing a way for hubbers to take a peek in to the heart and soul of their favorite writers.

      I laughed out loud at the "500 keys in the drawer".

      "She feels life so deeply that the reader is quickly swept into the meaning and imagery of her words. " You've managed to say it all with this marvelous line.

      And I don't think I've ever told you what a beautiful name you have. "Maria." I just love saying it! Thanks so much and voted up clear across and sharing everywhere!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Maria for bringing another wonderful interview. Dear Ruby has been a constant supporter who always makes time to read my work and leaves warm and wonderful comments. she is a gentle soul full of verve and humour, she writes like a charm and is always very encouraging to others... Its nice to find out some more about Ruby through your questions. voted up, of course!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Yes, Ruby is a jewel in HubVille, and her kind and caring heart is very much appreciated.

      It was great learning more things about her in this wonderful interview.

      Ah, another nurse who imagined herself as Scarlet O'Hara and it sounded like she had some Scarlet in her when I read about the first date proposal and wedding ring offer that she had at age 16!

      She is also so supportive and considerate of others.

      Am on my way to read the hub she wrote about her nephew.

      Sending Hub Hugs to You Both,


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh my word.. I love Ruby, always exploring.. she is so nice and her hubs awesome.. great interview here.. Mar.. you are so good at this.. great hub

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Another awesome interview Maria. I love Ruby's sense of humour. had a chuckle over the 500 keys and love her take on the song that makes her want to leave the party.

      Ruby you are so funny and always the life and soul of the party.

      Enjoyed all of the music chosen, good listening.

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      There is so much to say about our friend Ruby..I had to laugh when she said some of us feel so real to her..that's because we really are true hearts behind the keys and have formed such a wonderful friendship with this lovely lady..WE LOVE YOU RUBY!!! Ruby is a sweetheart and so loyal to all, encouraging along the way. I am so blessed to call her friend and fellow hubber.



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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I just wanted to come back and thank everyone again for kind comments, Mar I did really love the music. Thank you so much..Cheers

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon, Y'all,

      Spy, Thanks for being the first friend to STOP by!

      Sunshine, You are the SWEETEST thang...

      Angelia, You are ARTICULATE in all that makes Ruby shine!

      Faith, I love when you FREQUENT my hubs. You are FANTASTIC!

      LaThing, You are LOVELY to say the LEAST...

      Tammy, Thanks for always making the TIME to be so supportive.

      Alecia, I am ALWAYS gonna love 'pink' thanks to you!

      Rich, You have RIGHTEOUS taste in ladies and music.

      Bill, I BELIEVE Ruby is a favorite of yours and I am not surprised.

      Paula, You are PERFECTLY POISED in your sweet feedback

      Mike, It's MIGHTY fine to hear your remarks to our Ruby.

      Martie, You and your cyber-twin are MARVELOUSLY wicked!

      Becky, Your comments are BEAUTIFUL.

      Janine, It is always a JOY to see you when you stop by.

      AAZ, I knew you would be here to give ACCOLADES to Ellie Mae.

      Dust, Your DETAILED feedback is as DELIGHTFUL as if it were a hub.

      Car51, Thanks for COMMENTING on Ruby's CHARACTER and COOL avatar name.

      Ruby, I am so RELIEVED you love your songs and REALLY happy you are pleased with all of these sincere and beautiful comments about you.

      Hope y'all have a peaceful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      8 years ago

      I love Ruby's self-assigned name -- Always Exploring! What a wonderful way to live life -- with a genuine respect for others, a thirst to keep learning, and an interest in a variety of subjects.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Aye Maria, I see I've gotten behind in my reading but I caught on at a perfect space in time!

      Ms. Ruby is one of my favorite people, I'm not sure if I ever picked up on her being a Nurse, but if I needed a nurse she would be a blessing to have.

      I do believe beyond any doubt that we are not of a mistake in meeting, any of us. We have by design a spiritual coarse that out of millions we meet and I seem to feel an enrichment with those that draw me near.

      I find often there are seemingly things that don't matter, but I believe they do. I have ring after ring of keys that go to something, and I can't toss them 'cuz there are boxes of locks in the shop and the keys that are for vehicles are often interchangeable, I bought a hard top for my jeep and full doors. It had no keys, but low out of my selection there were 4 keys from the 80's and a 64 Chevrolet that worked on all.

      I listen to music as we did back when there was no TV, and my preference is back ground music from an old tube type Radio, called "Radideo" that is on 24/365. I often get a song that pops into my mind as I read, and I don't know why any particular song pops up, but I got this one as I read:

      A song that I've not heard in 30 plus years, the same artist who "got a brand new roller skate key" but it was after listening to this that it popped up that it was Melanie that did both songs.

      I like George Jones and this is the first that I ever heard perform the song "Ruby" other than Kenny Rodgers and I like it much better done by George.

      I spose I need to sit and think about a hub to write of an adventure with my critters, we go on so many I need to pick one where it went so wrong it was funny a week later and there are plenty of tales of the rescue dogs that are dumped on the back dirt roads that pull some funny stunts as they get washed up and Vet checked with shots and neutering.

      Ms Ruby is a gemstone with a good heart and we share a common path that was akin to crossing a rope bridge over a gorge of stone and at the mid point the ropes were cut Leaving us to climb out wondering what had happened.

      I look at time on the counters and see numbers from none to three years as I approach my 4th year and out of the sampling of 5 people, I was surprised as to the numbers of 1 year the person seems like Ms. Ruby, that I have known them forever. It dents my Faith into thinking perhaps we are reincarnated to move on in relations with certain folks. In truth, my faith tells me that our journey was written from the beginning of time it's self, that means that there are carvings in my heart for all who give me the feeling that we are "age old companions" that set aside different Ideas and focus on the commonality of the great commandment, "Love one as you would want treated the same" and in the end the place prepared for us is not of the flesh but of the Spirit where we will all meet up in this practice session called life, as it leads us to life eternal to be spent in

      Peace, Love and Understanding,

      May the Blessings Be,


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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Ellie May is the sweetest person I know. I adore her and her writing. I promised to take her out dancing, but in order to do it right, I got to get some Brylcream. I need to get my hair like George Jones in order to be seen in public with her. Beautiful women can be demanding at times...

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Maria for introducing me to Ruby and think I may need to get to know her better. I sat here reading and shaking my head to so many of answers to the questions in agreement. Kind of scary, but do think we think very similarly. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Mar, I can hardly express my appreciation to you. It was so much fun having you interview me. Your questions were so easy for me to answer. You have that kindred spirit to make everyone feel special. Thank you Dear one. Omg, The videos are out of this world, and did you know each video has twelve of my favorite songs. I have this feeling that i will be here listening and dancing to my hearts content..Thank you again my friend.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Another stupendous interview. So glad to read more about our friend Ruby. The keys have me laughing. I used to move a drawer full of keys around the country and finally threw them out just a year or two ago. I have no idea what they were for and one, I know was from an apartment I had when 18.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Always Exploring aka Ruby is one of my first and very special friends in Hubland. I actually call her my twin. Since the beginning I felt connected to her. I honestly believe that human emotions somehow bond humans in a fourth dimension where they are rewarded with the ability to empathize with others. I've seen Ruby grown into the fine poet she is today. She never fails to deliver a heart-touching message.

      Maria and Ruby, here's to another excellent interview!

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      8 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ruby is such a fun loving soul. Her presence 'always' lights up the Cafe. Her writing encompasses far reaching deeps of emotion. I will 'always' remember her poem, 'A poem, Another adventure, Westward bound'.

      I jusr looked over she work listed on Hubpages. She puts such care and effort into the layouts. She is an artist, getting her due.

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Maria....Always happy to attend your parties where we socialize and get to know one another. I have read "always exploring," over the past 14 months and know Ruby as an excellent writer, with heart and soul...not to mention a fine sense of humor.

      These interview hubs have become a serious "high light," Maria. I look forward to each one.

      Ruby...wish you peace and love......everyday!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful profile about one of my favorite Hubbers! Ruby is such a gentle, loving spirit, and you captured her perfectly. Well done Maria!

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      I've seen always exploring around the hubs, but don't believe I've had the pleasure of reading any of her hubs. That will soon be a statement of the past. Sounds like a great person with much kindness in her heart. Great Job!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Another great interview. You ask excellent questions Maria, and once again you've gotten interesting and unique answers. That date from Hades definitely is a stand out moment!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I am just getting to know Ms. Ruby and this is a wonderful way to learn about her. What stands out about this interview is that this poetess has a very big heart. This is a very enjoyable read! You have done a wonderful interview.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is beautiful, Mar! Another greater Hubber friend! I love Ruby's poems! She has a deep style..... This was a wonderful look at Ruby from your window. Love her answers, specially the one about teaching others, and missing her sisters, Awww! Great job dear Ruby, and you too Mar..... Hugs from here! :)

      Voting up and everything......

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Great interview of Ruby a.k.a. Always Exploring. I love her writing and she is always exploring to encourage others. I love what she wants to teach others and her dream job as well. Her bucket list is spot on with mine! What a very beautfiul reveal of Ruby, and I am so glad she did not leave HP after that first terrible comment!!! That, in an of itself, is very inspirational. I just meet Dusty a.k.a 50 Caliber, and I too just love his stories of his awesome life. Ruby is one hubber who is very involved in the hubbing community. Voted Way UP In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      8 years ago


      The spy beat me here, lol!!! Great minds thinking alike? (Wink!)

      I lovedddddddd reading Ruby's information! LHM!! She's got nearly all of my favs as her own!

      There again with the great minds thing, and great taste added to it!

      She has my absolute sympathy being married to a racist. It would be a terrible thing to fall in love with someone only to later realize they had such a foul thing living in their heart.

      As for music ... if I were around, she'd send me to the basement. I play drums too, and nearly every drummer I know plays them better than me.

      I can also sympathize with the hair color change that comes along for at least most of us. Mine is going from high-blonde to medium brown and every time I get in front of the mirror these days, I wonder who it is I'm looking at, and what have they done to my hair?? I'm estimating grey hair can cause the same angst and perplexion ....

      Now I have to go read the two hubs Ruby mentioned about why some women are allowed to conceive (I've wondered the same thing myself) and the other about her nephew. I believe they'll both be sad stories but about people whose stories deserve to be told.

      My compliments again, Mar. A beautiful introduction to a wonderfully talented lady.


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous interview! What a sense of humor and awesome outlook on life. I laughed out loud at the drawer full of keys, the vacuum cleaner and the date from Hades! Thank you Ruby and Maria for the entertaining and insightful hub!

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Ruby is a loyal follower and i am glad that i got to know her better.


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