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Interview: Becky Katz

Updated on September 5, 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.


Meet Becky....

I remember meeting Becky Katz when she visited HubPages, leaving heartfelt comments on our writing, especially fiction. We have become closer as we spent each day together at Emerald Wells Cafe.

The Cafe regulars were thrilled when Becky joined HubPages and began writing in her own unique style. I consider Becky a 'slice of life' writer. She can relay both family fun and hardships in a relatable and engaging manner. She is currently working on a fictional series, Finally, a Family to Love, that is charming and authentic about her family's ancestors.

Becky has one of the kindest hearts in HubVille. She is forever promoting new writers to help them feel welcome. She has showcased some of Hubpages greatest writers of fiction, including Docmo and Will Starr.

Today, October 3rd, happens to be the anniversary of Becky's Momma's birthday. I cannot think of a better date to showcase our Becky. Hope ya'll enjoy!

The times I feel most relaxed are ....

I have several things that I feel very relaxed while doing. I love to get in a car and just drive, all by myself. Crank up the radio and just drive. I don't care where I am going. I traveled quite a bit by myself before I got married and don't ever feel threatened or in danger. When my mom died and we drove back for her funeral, I drove her minivan back by myself while Dennis took the kids back early for school. I enjoyed the drive immensely and relaxed and got my mind straightened out on that three day drive. It restored my sanity and equilibrium.

I love it when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet. I don’t hear anything but the occasional snore or sleep talker and the dog comes in to lie on my feet.

I also feel very relaxed when I go camping and we all sit around the campfire, staring into the flames and being mesmerized.

The times I feel saddest are...

I get so sad when I read about children and animals being abused. They are so innocent and loving if we just give them a chance to be. I also feel sad when my husband’s PTSD is affecting him badly. He gets so upset that he can’t sleep, eat, or even think properly.

Something I'd like to teach others...

I love to teach others about antiques and have done it with quite a few. People used to come to my store because they liked to have me tell them about the history of the item they were looking at. They liked to know about what they were buying.

I also want to teach people that even when life is giving you fits, there is always something good that will come out of it. I am an optimist and pessimists drive me nuts even if I did marry one.

My secret passion ... my dream job....

My dream job isn’t even a secret. I love antiques and know quite a bit about them. I have owned an antique store and would love to be back in the business. The chance to be around all those beautiful things with all of their history is just too good to be true. I love to feel them and rub my fingers over things to feel the textures. People find it hard to believe but I can feel the difference between old glass and new glass. I love the old finishes that furniture had then. It feels so much more vital.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone...

I will go to ridiculous lengths not to give a gift that I don’t like. I have hunted for months for something else instead of... I have to like it in order to give it. I guess I am just selfish that way. I want to feel pleasure giving something that I like.

The gift I could have done without...

I cannot think of one which would not hurt someone’s feelings if I told about it. I could have done without the gift of my husband having PTSD but I don’t think that is what you mean.

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

I have a bunch of little puzzle toys. They were given to me by my children and my mother and I cherish them. I have sat and messed with them so much that I know how to do every one of them by rote. The closet question the guys got was more fun. I have all kinds of strange stuff in my closet. How many women do you know that bought themselves an entire set of power tools?

Uh... now I know one, Becky...(LOL)!

My date from Hades....

Back in my younger days, before I got married, a date took me to an opera. I do not care for opera. It just is not my thing. It was a nice thought but I am not a terribly cultured person. I am more country.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story....

The funniest one is when we went camping and Dennis and I were sitting up on the top of a bank watching the boys’ fishing below us. Rodger caught a fish and David came running up the bank yelling, “Mom, dad, Rodger caught a fish and it has PINK LIPS”. It was the hot pink rubber worm sticking out of the sunfish’s mouth. He was just so amazed at the pink lips.

Worst would have been the time it poured the whole week we were out camping and the tent flooded during the last night. Have you ever tried to sleep in a wet sleeping bag on a floating air mattress? I rolled off during the night and fell in the water, which was about six inches deep and really cold.


A life goal on my bucket list ....

I want a house of my own. It doesn’t have to be fancy and I will even build it myself. I just want to not have to pay rent or ever move again. I hate moving, I have too much stuff.

What I most look for in a friend...

I look for someone that is true to me and does not gossip, I hate gossiping. I also look for someone that I can have a serious conversation with but I can also giggle with. Life is too serious not to have a good giggle. They have to have a large dose of common sense and compassion. Dennis and I cannot stand someone who doesn’t have common sense. Without compassion and intelligence, they do not understand the bond that Dennis and I have. I have had women question why I stay with him. He has PTSD and can be a bit testy at times. He can usually get it under control again but they can't seem to forgive his cruelty when he is in the throes of it. They do not understand that it isn't him, it is this trauma that he went through that causes him to act that way.

Something I will never part with...

I inherited my great-grandmother’s bible, trunk, and a handmade crazy quilt. I also inherited a set of china with matching crystal from my grandmother. She used to allow me to serve tea to her friends with that set when I came to stay with her. She knew I cherished them and so made sure that I got them. I also inherited a sapphire necklace, earrings and bracelet from my mom that was a wedding gift from my dad. I have an antique silver coffee and tea set that I got from my grandfather. I absolutely love them and could not give them up. These are things that are not cherished so much for what they are as for who I got them from.

A life lesson I will never forget....

Nobody ever said life was fair. Don’t ever tell me ‘That’s not fair’. I will probably jump down your throat.

Also, don’t complain to me about having to finally get glasses when you are in your forties or fifties. My husband did just once. I have been wearing them since I was 10. I could not wear contacts either.

The worst part of getting older...

I have back issues when I walk very far. It starts hurting so bad that I can’t go on and I want to go for long walks again.

A writing lesson I learned the hard way...

Just write, about anything that you know about. As you write, you will get better at it. Proofread everything three or four times, you will find something wrong every time.

My favorite movie and why...

I love the movie “Pay it Forward”. It is about a young boy who comes up with a project for school that snowballs into being HUGE. He says to do something for someone and have them pay it back by doing something for someone else. He wanted it to be really important to you when you paid it forward also. It is a joyful tearjerker. I always feel so encouraged by it.

Oh Becky, what a beautiful choice. I totally agree...!

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading/ about ?

I read just about everything. I like sci-fi, fantasy, drama, animals, etc. I haven’t found a well written story that I do not like. I read how-tos, informational, and gardening books.

What would be a subject/ genre that you would like to read more/ about...I love Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider books. I have all of them and her son is writing them now. He isn't as good as she was but she is retiring and some of her series, she has passed on. I will read any of her books that I can get and have read most of them several times.

I also love Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series. Very good books with some very vivid and interesting characters.

Can you take us to a favorite piece of writing on HubPages by you that does not get much traffic...

I love my Halloween story, ‘The Monsters, A Halloween Story’. It was my first fiction story and I giggled the whole time that I was writing it. It just flowed out and it was just fun writing it.

Thanks, Becky ....

I selected "Never Can Say Goodbye" as your Supremes' song. You are loyal, true blue and understanding.

Thank you for allowing us to get to know you better through this interview. ♥ Maria

© Maria Jordan (October, 2015)

The Supremes: Never Can Say Goodbye


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Becky is a supportive friend...glad you think so too, Writ3r.

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      Melanie Mason 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      I am so happy to know Becky! I love getting her comments on my stories and I always feel encouraged by her cheerfulness. I have enjoyed reading some of her tidbits of knowledge that she so easily shares. She is amazing and it is nice to read a little about her. Thanks Becky!!! You're awesome!

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you for stopping by, Peg. I actually just came from reading Becky's latest on putting kids on a budget and could not agree with you more!

      Hoping you both have a peaceful weekend and see you soon at the Cafe.

      Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Hi Maria, I stopped back in today and reread this one about our friend Becky. What an example of fortitude and strength. Just finished reading her first three chapters of A Family to Love and am clambering for the next one. She is a true and forthright tell-it-like-it is kind of person and I like that. Thanks again for putting her in the spotlight in this interview.


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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Docmo, Thanks for your DECENT and DEDICATED DETAILS to Becky. Hugs to you both, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Docmo, Such a sweet compliment and I thank you much for it. It was a pleasure to showcase your stories, they are so well written. I am also glad that you get inspired by my hubs and mostly that they make people think. Thank you.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Becky is a generous, caring and amazing soul who has bene a constant support. She was so good to me by sharing my stories widely and showcasing me in one of her hubs. She has the ability to share life experiences that matter and make us think and get inspired from. This interview is another testament to her beautiful soul. Thank you Mar!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Becky, I love when you come BACK to give such personal feedback.

      tillsontitan, You write the most THOUGHTFUL comments that are truly TOUCHING.

      Thanks and hugs to you both, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Mar, It is me again. Good to see your smiling face.

      Dear Brenda, always a nice, loving comment for everyone. So nice to see you.

      Nellieanna, I believe you are right, I do love to be alone at times. I adore my family and enjoy spending time with them but then I need to get away to myself for a while. Many of us are alike in that respect. I do thank you for your wonderfully sweet comment.

      tillsontitan, I think they would be a great movie series also. On the order of Star Wars or Lord of the Ring. Anne McCaffrey writes about some really great characters and they aren't all human either. I had a teenage friend of my sons look at the bookcase and ask who the sci-fi fan was. He did recognize the author names so I know there are more of us. So nice to see you here.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I'm reading along thinking Becky and I have so much in common, the more I read the more I found...though my Mom's birthday was Oct. 2, that's close...I too hunt for months before giving a gift....and its been a long time since I found someone who loved Anne McCaffrey and The Dragon Riders of Pern series...I always thought they would make a great movie.

      How wonderful THIS series is to introduce us to such wonderful and powerful women!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Whether NIGHTFALL or NOON, I would NOT tire of reading anything you write...NOTES, comments, poems... you are always free to join our booth at the Cafe where we all indeed can talk for hours.

      Thanks for your beautiful words to Becky and hugs to you both, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I just glanced at Maria's previous comment and thought it said "Becky, Believe me, the treasure is all mine." - And that would sum up how you are to those of us who get to know you, Becky!

      I met her when she left those great guest comments on our dear friend Twilight Lawn's hubs before she decided to become a Hubpages member. She is such a valuable member and good writer - a true gem.

      Becky, I didn't learn to drive till I was 40 and was on my own & driving for the first time after 18 difficult years of my first marriage. After that, I drove alone only for so long, and scooted all over the countryside whenever the urge hit me, that it was difficult for me even to get used to the distraction of passengers in the car! But I so much share your feeling of relaxation and being able to think when driving alone.

      I suspect you and I share a literal need for 'alone time'. I love people and being with them, but I have to have my private time alone. I've spent a lot of time alone growing up and during my adult life and it's 'normal' for me. What is not normal is to be denied that time alone. I now live alone after my beloved George died 4 years ago and I never feel lonely. He and I were literally together all the time, but each of us respected the other's need to be alone at times. We were never smothered. Now I have visitors and go places with friends but I'm never smothered with 'togetherness'. I know there are folks who would think it a terrible lifestyle. But I love it. I'll bet you fully understand!

      I have a love of antiques, too. My mother was an avid collector and all "my" furniture is antique, though George's wasn't so the house is eclectic!

      Your gift-giving reminds me of George's. He was so meticulous about finding the right gift and loved to search for it. He gave me little Swarovski crystal animals each year for several years. Each one had to have the right expression, and he searched among the same-types for that 'one' till he found it! One thing he most missed when he became less independent was being able to do that.

      Well, we lack one thing in common. I do like opera, though I'm no connoisseur. I just love the beautiful arias and the stories are actually very good drama. But I like good country, too. I just love music. :-)

      I have slept in a leaking tent on a camping trip. It was also a cold rain and we weren't prepared for the "blue norther" that blew in. We were trying to stay warm by burning incense! haha.

      Something tells me that you and I could sit and talk endlessly, Becky! I love the spirit of you that shines through so clearly. By the way - I've worn glasses since I was 2! I'm virtually blind in my right eye, even so. I wouldn't know how to behave any other way. This was one major reason I didn't learn to drive sooner. Fortunately, the compensation one learns over the years of being monocular served well in driving well. I've now driven for 40 years with a great driving record.

      I hope and pray that you have your house and building it can be fun - George & I built our cabin at the ranch! But you shouldn't attempt it with your back preventing you from extended exercise. We were in our 60s and 70s at the time, but had no physical limitations. It is very demanding!

      I pray for your Dennis and his PTSD, dear Becky, though I understand that it is a very difficult road to recovery. You're an angel to be so understanding. I can see why you need to get away and drive at times by yourself. He must love you dearly for your patience and forbearance.

      Thank you for sharing yourself so generously; and thank you, Maria, for sharing her with us.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Ya'll,

      Becky-- BELIEVE me, the pleasure is all mine.

      Rich-- No need to be RED faced as we all strive REALLY hard to keep up with READING.

      Fred--Now Becky is indeed FABULOUS at FINDING that time to give amazing FEEDBACK to all of us!

      Brenda--You and Becky are BOTH BLESSINGS to me.

      Hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Ah, our Becky is just as wonderful and authentic in person as her online persona suggests. I love the picture with all the grandkids. That makes my heart feel full. Becky, I shall pray for a forever home for you and your family. Some folks wish for millions of dollars. Your precious heart just wants a home and you certainly deserve that. Bless you Becky my online friend.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Morning Maria, this is a beautiful day. While the grandchildren are enjoying a view of the wall, I will see what I can find on HubPages.

      rcrumple, I have seen your name too and I will be checking your hubs out soon. You are not the only one with a red face. I have laughed at your comments often, so I am not sure why I have not read your hubs.

      Fred, I am so happy that you value my critiques and comments. I do try to make relevant comments when I read. Some days I am just not up to it but still try. I appreciated you letting me know about your nature site and always enjoy it. Time for another visit there to see what is new. I always enjoy them.

      Anne McCaffrey is the bomb and her Pern books are not the only ones. I have all of the Pern books and working on the others. Acorna series is fun and the Brainships are inspired. I hope you have checked them out also.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful piece, Maria. Of all the readers on HubPages, I know the odds are that for EVERY piece I publish (and I publish daily, or nearly so), Becky is Most Likely to Show Up.

      And beyond just showing up, there's real red meat in her comments. She rarely gives me even the slightest bit of constructive criticism, but when she does, it's always both valid and helpful--and has several times resulted in my SERIOUSLY upping my game the next time out.

      Small wonder that when I started a WordPress site featuring some of my overflow Cochise County wildlife photographs, she was the first person I told about it--knowing that (a) she'd provide input and (b) that input would be reliable.

      What did I learn about her that I was new info to me? Mainly, that she's an Anne McCaffrey fan. The Dragonriders of Pern, threadfall, and of course Ruth, the white dragon, can never have too many readers.

      Voted Up and More.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - Have seen Becky's name in comments many times but have been negligent in visiting her hubs. My face is red. I will get to know her much better very soon. Great Job!

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      A.A., It is so nice to find you here. Thank you so much for the nice compliments. I am so sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Two of my grandchildren are staying the weekend and I have been kind of busy. Haha.

      Lord, I am sorry but he will not get better, he might keep from getting worse but it was too long before they finally started getting treatment for it to go completely. The sooner the treatment starts, the better the outcome and his didn't start for thirty years after Vietnam. I am so happy that you enjoy my hubs and I always enjoy seeing you.

      mar, As usual you are the perfect hostess. Thank you.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      AAZ, Your comment shares an AWESOME ALIGNMENT with Becky and ALWAYS good to see you

      and LORD, I also LOVE when you LOITER in my hood...LOL!

      Thanks for your kind comments to Becky and Hugs to all, Maria

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      I missed this one! Becky I hope your husband gets much better. Your writing is so sincere, and we have been enthralled by your answers. What a wonderful soul you have. Hope to get to read more of you. Thanks Maria, again! The music is perfect, and sorry for the rap!

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I understand the family and life struggle's that Becky contends with, as I have lived it also. She is sweet, sincere, and completely genuine. She will tell you EXACTLY how she feels. Thank you for sharing.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Becky, You are the BEST kind of lady with your gracious remarks to all.

      Gypsy, I am always so GLAD to see you.

      girishpuri, I am enjoying GETTING to know you so much, as you are also important to us!

      Alastar, You have a beautiful way of expressing APPRECIATION for Becky's talent.

      Randy, It is REALLY good to see you and your fondness for our Becky.

      Have a great night and thanks ya'll. Hugs, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hello my dear friend mar, cheerleader to us all.

      Gypsy Rose Lee, I wish you as much luck and fun using your drill as I have using my drill, circular saw, sabre saw, sander, and reciprocating saw. I have so much fun redoing things and making things. My friends all think I am nuts but they admire the results. Better than waiting for a man to come do it for me.

      girishpuri, It is so nice to get to know you also.

      Alastar, Glad you are enjoying my story. I think that anyone who goes camping often has run into the wet sleeping bag in some form. They are never fun but always memorable. Keep God close and he will take care of things. Just take care of what you can and let God worry about what you can't. Blessings

      Randy, Awww, so nice of you.

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      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      A nice tribute to one of HP's nicest persons, as the comments here certainly attest. Thanks for giving her a bit of due. :)


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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      That's it Nurse mar! Becky is a wonderful 'slice of life' writer as her new fic series on the 1880s family shows so well. It was also wonderful getting to know this remarkable lady better. She and I have a lot in common as concerns some life experiences and how we feel about certain issues. Speaking of life it's giving me fits right now but Becky's word to the wise is a needed reminder. I have the greatest respect for Becky and Dennis, and Becky, the wet sleeping bag experience, oh yea, here too lol! Thank you Marie for another gem of an interview.

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Maria, thank you so much for introducing Becky, this is wonderful to know the important fellow hubbers, thank you so much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Another super hub Maria. Great to get to know Becky. I'm on her side to stand by children and animals. Amusing to read about her camping experience. Another thing we have in common is that she might have bought herself a whole set of power tools but I did at least buy myself a power drill when I moved to Riga. Hey you never know. Hugs

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Faith Reaper, that is such a nice comment. I am so happy that you have such a good opinion of me. Thank you for this. Bless you and yours also.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Becky, Thanks for coming BACK to leave such gracious remarks to everyone.

      Pam makes POWERFUL POINTS about why we want to be your PAL.

      b. Malin BOASTS BEAUTIFULLY about your personality.

      Ruby and Rosemay RECOGNIZE what a great friend you are to all of us Cafe REGULARS.

      Martie and you are MARVELOUS Grandmoms in a MEANINGFUL MANNER.

      Car51 makes CREDIBLE COMMENTS of Becky's CORE.

      Faith FINDS Becky to be FIRM in her FOUNDATION.

      Thanks so much to each of you for stopping by. Hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA


      Writing from the heart is the best as Becky has stated, and all others here agree. I have seen that first photo on another hub, and it just speaks volumes about Becky and her genuine love she spreads around everywhere. This is an excellent intereview of a really genuine person. I am blessed to know more about Becky through her inspiration and presence here. Voted Way Up across the board. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      b. Malin, so nice of you to leave such a wonderful comment. I truly appreciate you visiting my hubs too. Your wit is always evident.

      Ruby, My journey into HubPages has always had you in it. I appreciate you definitely.

      Martie, 6' tall is not adorable, thank you anyway. Our babies are our joy, aren't they? I really love your humor also.

      Rosemay, I love ya girl. Lots of hugs.

      Car51, It is so nice meeting you too. I always like to meet hubbers that I haven't met before.

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      8 years ago

      What a lovely interview with an honest gal with a real gift for writing! I enjoyed meeting Becky and look forward to reading her hubs!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Becky is indeed a special lady. She is very family oriented and shares some wonderful stories with us. She is also very helpful with wise advice which she has learned from the school of hard knocks. A strong lady who just 'Gets on with it' no matter what.

      Becky I hope you achieve all your hearts desires because you deserve the best.

      Love and hugs

      Thank you Maria for this wonderful interview with our friend.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Becky is adorable, always friendly and warm. I find her a kindred spirit in grandmotherhood.

      Thank you, Mar, for another most enjoyable interview :)

      Voted up, ayoba and pinned ...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It is nice to learn more about Becky. Becky writes great stories, revealing her trials and happiness along her journey. I was particularly impressed when I learned that she home-schooled her children, a feat not many would undertake..Thank you Mar..Another terrific interview.

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Becky is a Delight to read, always a Fun time, at her Hub Page. Her Story telling is Wonderful and Honest, which makes for an Excellent read. When she comes to my Hubs, I'm always Happy to read what she had to say. To Sum it up...She is Truly a Neat, Hubber, & Writer, & Friend, who writes from the Heart...What more can I say.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      s'lane, yes, I am the one who started that. Old one was too long. I love to help you whenever I can. I always enjoy the amazement when you get it right. I really appreciate the wishes for me. I hope for those things also.

      Wayne, I guess I am going to have to come read all your fiction again so that you will write some for me. Last time I caused you a bunch of responses. LOL

      drbj, My daughter always giggles when she sees you name. She is a teenager, what can I say. Your encouragement is so welcome. I do not have the most inflated ego after all. I really appreciate your wonderful comments, here and on my hubs.

      MM, my family is so important to me, I don't know what I would do without my babies. They are such loveable little hooligans. I so appreciate your encouragement also. Having just started writing a year ago, I am still not confident with my writing. Your nice comments help a lot.

      writer20, I thought I was pretty much an open book. Now I see that I have been holding out on you all. I am so happy that you like my stories. Thank you for visiting.

      Sunnie, My cheerleader. I so appreciate your encouragement and promptings with my writing. I hope someday that we will finally meet. I would move to Texas in a heartbeat if I could figure out how to pay for it. So glad you like my writing.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      billybuc, I really appreciate you coming by to visit and leave such a nice comment.

      Peg Cole, Always good to see you visit this or any of my hubs. Now all I need to do is remember these stories and get them written up. I make notes now to remind me of them and when I get enough on a subject, I write them. Wish my memory was better. haha

      moonlake, I am married to a Veteran and have many in my family. I was taught to honor them as they have given so much for us. I appreciate the comments.

      mck, I have always loved to read, I guess it was bound to rub off when I finally got to writing. I know how it should sound in my head and just try to make it come out right on paper. Appreciate the comments.

      fpherj48, so many of us have a lot in common. Whining and complaining doesn't get anything done except annoy me, so why do it. I have other things to do. My children learned it and now my grandchildren are learning that I won't put up with it. I just do what has to be done to get through things and hope it all works out. I am happy to get to know you also.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a wonderful hub about Becky. I love antiques also. I have inherited a few and treasure them. This interview is so delightful and Becky sounds like the type of friend anyone would adore. Voted up and awesome.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon, Y'all,

      Becky, I am BEAMING at all of the BEAUTIFUL and sweet comments that are coming your way. You know I am always here for you.

      Linda, I am LEARNING to LOVE your wonderful comments.

      Gail, Your remarks are GORGEOUS about our friend with a heart as big as yours!

      Bill, You are a sweet, funny and BALANCED man. Thank you.

      Peggy, I am PARTICULARLY PLEASED you stopped by considering how busy you are to remark on Becky.

      Moonlake, You are MIGHTY sweet and supportive. Thank you.

      Mike, The Cafe is our MEETING place, where we all have made such MARVELOUS friends. And The Cafe is you, so thanks!

      Paula, How many twin Sistas do you have cuz I know I am PARTIAL to you as well. Glad you PERUSED by to meet Becky.

      Snakeslane, You write the SWEETEST SAYINGS about our friends. SINCERE thanks for STOPPING by.

      Wayne, It is WONDERFUL to WALLOW in your feedback! Thank you so much.

      Drbj, You are a DARLING and I have no DANG idea why it took me so long to DETERMINE this.

      Lesley, I LOVE when you LINGER in my hood LISTING so many LOVELY things about Becky.

      Joyce, Just fabulous to see you, my friend.

      Sunnie, You are SUCH a SENTIMENTAL lady. Love everything you have to SAY!

      Have a peaceful day, y'all. Hugs, Maria

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      Dear Mar,

      Becky is one of the most lovely of persons I have ever had the priviege to meet. She is real and genuine, something you always look for in a life time friend. I am so proud to call her one of my closest friends. I pray all of Becky's dreams come true. She is love!

      Thank you for showcasing Becky! She also is a wonderful writer who writes from her heart.



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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Happyboomernurse, My babies are so precious to me and I can not understand anyone that does not feel that way about children. They bring joy, and wonder to our lives. They sense our love and return it. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great interview for wonderful Becky, now we have learned more about her . She writes good stories.

      Voted up awesome and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Sunshine 625, I had the honor a couple of years ago to replace a broken pair of frames for a four year old whose parents were unemployed. It was wonderful to see her running around looking at things. I will never complain about wearing glasses, as long as I can see. I think that would be the worst thing that could happen to me. Dennis having PTSD is not his fault and no one regrets it more than he does. I wish we could eradicate it from the list of things that we have to worry about but he thinks our freedom is worth it. I appreciate your nice comment.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love Becky's profile picture with the kids, it tells what a wonderful happy family person she is as does this interview!

      I know Becky loves to read stories, but boy can she write, I especially enjoy her family hubs and old photos.

      I hope you get a house of your own one day Becky....

      Thank you both and voted up

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Maria - you are an exceptional interviewer and your interviews with Hubpages subjects are absolutely, positively brilliant. Thank you for sharing them. And Becky, you are a helluva writer, too. Trust me.

      Voted up of course.

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      mar, I thank you so much for this sensitive portrayal of me. I know I have vented with you in the past as we all need someone to vent to when we have someone that we are caregiver with. I truly appreciate your love, kindness and understanding. Thank you for being you.

      I truly appreciate all of the wonderful comments on here today and I will be back after dealing with Dennis for awhile to comment on each one. Luv ya all.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      This series really puts a personality with a name and that makes a whole person. I listen to a podcast of a poem Vincent Moore was reading recently. I thought back over the time that we had been together starting out on the HP....finally hearing his voice completed the picture. I certainly feel like I know Becky much better now. She is a lady that knows what she wants and that's good! Thanks for sharing! ~WB

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Good Morning Mar, your Becky Katz interview is such a good read over coffee. No surprises here for me, as Becky always speaks her mind with no holds barred. I had to laugh at the camping story, been in some pretty soggy situations myself. My three wishes for Becky: that she finds a car, finds a perfect place to live where kids, grandchildren and pets can run free, and that Dennis' PTSD is eased through time and caring of his beloved family. I appreciate Becky's help and encouragement with all things Hub Pages, she's taught me a lot of technical 'stuff' in the past year that has made my pages better. Thank you Mar, thank you Becky! Regards, snakeslane

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Maria.....Thank you, dear lady, for another wonderful introduction. Becky is definitely my kind of, grandchildren, hates gossips and complainers. Gosh, Becky.....Hi there, I believe I'm your long lost twin sister!! LOL I relate to so much in your interview.

      Sounds to me like you are a true woman of strength and substance. I'm happy to get to know you.......Luck and Peace.

      Maria......I hope your interview series just continue on and on and on

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

      Becky arrived at Hubpages as a reader. Her name appeared all over the place. She read everything and offered supportive comments to all of us. She is a true pioneer spirit. She mentions she loves antiques, and you can tell from the 'voice' that she is knowledgeable about the subject. With a little coaching, Becky began to post Hubs; and oh, what hubs they were. She dug through old family photos and began sharing a history rich in family lore. The she got to the recipe file, and shared treasured family food secrets with us. She is genuine in all she does.

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      8 years ago from America

      Nice lady with nice tributes to our veterans. You picked a good one Maria. Enjoyed reading about Becky Katz. Becky is like me never wants to move because of to much stuff. Voted uP!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dear Maria,

      What a great choice with your interview of Becky Katz. She has so many stories to share and does it in such a way to immediately endear the reader. And she is such an amazingly unquenchable reader too.

      I admire her management of the ongoing challenges of her husband's PTSD and love her attitude on getting through those difficult times. Thanks for sharing this great glimpse of our friend Becky.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love this series Maria! You are doing a wonderful thing highlighting these gifted writers so we can know them better. Bravo!


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Enjoyed this interview with the big hearted Becky Katz. It gives a great "portrait" of her loyalty to, and love of family, especially when one looks at the photos of her surrounded by all the kids clammering to get close to her.

      Becky and I share the bond of having spouses who suffer from PTSD and we both are concerned with veteran's issues.

      Am voting this hub up across the board and sharing it.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ooops I complained about having to wear reading glasses at age 40. You are right Becky, we shouldn't complain! I enjoyed hearing about your antique store. My dad had one for years. I enjoyed working with him there on weekends. Excellent interview. I enjoyed it, except for the PTSD. That makes me sad for your family. Thank you Becky and MM! :)


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