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Interview: Gail Sobotkin

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.


Meeting Gail

Gail Sobotkin, aka Happyboomernurse, is a glue stick in our hub community. She is supportive, compassionate and as nurturing as any nurse I have ever worked with ....

Oh wait, Gail is a nurse! And she also happens to be a passionate and multi-dimensional writer and an amazingly inspirational photographer.

To me, my friend, HBN, is solid evidence that one can be equally right and left brain focused in skills, abilities and sheer talent.

Please join me in this interview with Gail, which is just as thoughtful and meaningful as the lady herself:

Winter Sunset at Hilton Head Island
Winter Sunset at Hilton Head Island | Source
Lewes, Delaware in Springtime (one of Gail's favorite DE beach towns)
Lewes, Delaware in Springtime (one of Gail's favorite DE beach towns) | Source

The times I feel most relaxed are ....

after a foot massage from my husband. The man has magical fingers and hands.

The times I feel saddest are...

when someone I love is very ill and/or dying.

Something I'd like to teach others...

that retaining and cultivating a child-like joy and sense of wonder is possible and highly desirable no matter how old you get or how many adult issues and challenges you're faced with.

My secret passion.....

dancing on an empty stretch of beach. It's amazing how uninhibited and freely I can move when I think no one is looking and I have the rhythm and sounds of the ocean to dance with.

My dream job....

retirement because I get to choose what I want to "work" on and still have a steady, though modest, income.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone....

I gave a beautifully illustrated, modern version of "Jack in the Beanstalk" to a 4 year old boy whose name was Jack when I went to visit his grandparents. He excitedly tore off the gift wrap but his little face scrunched up in disappointment and disgust as he declared. "That's not a toy! What kind of gift is this????" His Grandma handled the situation beautifully and got him involved in the story by focusing on the name Jack, as she started to read it. LOL

The gift I could have done without....

a pair of diamond earrings that my husband gave me at my 40th birthday party. Household money was extremely tight and after the party I said, "But we can't afford this.." He raised his hand to silence me and answered, "Yes we can. I made some sacrifices (sold some of his own treasured things) so I could get them for you and I don't want to hear another word of protest. Just enjoy them."

What a sweetheart... talk about Gift of the Magi...!

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

a small pack of Peanuts (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy) characters tissues. I had no idea they were in there until I opened the junk drawer to answer this question. The item is strange because I'm 60 years old and don't have any grandchildren.

My date from Hades....

when I was 16, a 17 year old boy from my church asked me out on a movie date. He proudly picked me up in his mother's brand new car and after driving just a few miles we got involved in a fender bender. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the poor boy was devastated and terrified of facing his mother. He begged me to go back to his house because, "Mom thinks the world of you and will believe you if you tell her it wasn't my fault." It truly wasn't his fault so of course I went home with him. Fortunately, his Mom took the news about the car fairly well, but I still felt bad for both Mother and son.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story....

My then divorced sister sometimes went on vacation with us when my son was young. On one trip to the Jersey Shore we went directly to the beach and a few minutes later Sis started complaining that her eyes were burning and that she thought she got suntan lotion in them. We tried to rinse her eyes with drinking water but they still hurt so my husband drove her to an urgi-care center while I stayed with our son. They were gone quite awhile and upon returning my husband walked onto the beach himself.

"Where's Jeanne?"

"She's in the car but can't walk out here."

"Why not?"

"Come see for yourself. Now, she's gonna be alright but...." We'd reached the car then, and I saw Jeanne leaning back in the front passenger seat, both eyes and the top of her head covered with thick bandages. The good news was that the doctor didn't expect any
permanent damage to her eyes. The bad news was that she needed the bandages changed 3 times a day so that her eyes could be flushed with a special solution and treated with drops. I was glad she was okay and took care of her, but I was a homecare nurse at the time and changing dressings and helping Sis with activities of daily living and walking, wasn't exactly my idea of vacation! We laugh about it now but back then it wasn't funny for either of us.

Oh Gail, can we ever leave our Nurse's cap at home ...(LOL)?

Fred and Gail
Fred and Gail | Source

A life goal on my bucket list ....

go up in a hot air balloon with my husband.

What I look most for in a friend....

a sense of humor, honesty and trustworthiness.

Something I will never part with....

my husband, unless it's the kind of parting talked about in the marriage vows.

Butterfly Landing on Flower
Butterfly Landing on Flower | Source

A life lesson I will never forget ....

that forgiveness can be one of the highest expressions of love. My brother was an alcoholic and was estranged from his teenaged daughter due to issues related to his alcoholism. He was hospitalized with terminal alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and we notified his daughter, who was then 18 years old and hadn't seen him in 5 years. We did not expect her to come but felt she had the right to be notified that he was dying. She not only came for a single visit, but returned every day for the next few days and was holding his hand when the end came and gently rubbing his forehead with her other hand as he passed peacefully over to the other side. It taught me that as long as there's still life, it's never too late for meaningful reconciliation.

Worst part of getting older....

watching friends and loved ones get sick and die.

A writing lesson I learned the hard way...

Never write down anything you'd be embarassed to have someone else read. When I was 17, I wrote a passionate love letter (alright, I'll admit it was a bit torrid) to my boyfriend, decided it was too hot to actually give to him and after tearing it up into pieces (there were no shredders then) I threw it in my bedroom waste basket. Mom later retrieved it and pieced it back together- something I considered a grave violation of my privacy, but that she considered her parental right. Nowadays I use a shredder if I decide something I've written should never be seen by anyone else.

My favorite movie and why...

"Gone With the Wind." I wanted to be just like Scarlet O'Hara- beautiful, tiny waisted, driving all the young men crazy with desire, passionate and wildly romantic and impulsive. Alas, I was, in fact, more like Melanie, who was known more for her good-hearted, kind, gentle and loving nature rather than femme fatale qualities. LOL

OMG, Gail... you and me both...!! Nurses...?!

What subjects, genres do you enjoy reading about....

For pure pleasure I love romance novels of the type written by my favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. His, "The Notebook" is my favorite contemporary romance novel.

What would be a subject/ genre that you would like to read more about....

I love to read inspirational non-fiction such as The Chicken Soup for the Soul books, or the series you're currently writing about your mother.

Gail, thank you... that means the world.

What song makes you want to pack and leave the party....

"Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. I think it's the most
romantic song, ever and it always makes me want to get home and spend
private time with hubby.

Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody

Thank you, Gail....

Gail, I wanted to select a Supremes song that showed the love you feel for your man, and I think I did just that in the classic tune: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You".

Thank you so very much for adding your special warmth to this interview series. As you, my dear friend, would say ....

"Sending a bouquet of Hub Hugs", Maria

© Maria Jordan (revised July, 2016)

"Can't Take my Eyes off of You"


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you for DECIDING to stop by this wonderful interview of our DEAR Gail, Denise.

      Good to see you and I am overdue for a visit to your work. Hugs to you both, Maria

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Maria-this is a beautiful hub honoring Gail. It is interesting and fun to read those responses to questions I would not have thought to ask. Great job! I really enjoyed reading this. Rated up/U/I/A/B

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      It is SIMPLY wonderful to SEE you and I am ashamed at how long it's been since I have STOPPED by your hood. I will get there SOON!

      Hi to Gail and hugs to you both, Maria

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Awesome interview Maria. I just love Gail as I know you do too. Such a wonderful person. Nothing I read here surprised me. All Gail's answers are open and honest and truly beautiful just as she is.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      b. Malin,

      You are BECOMING a lovely regular in this series with your heartfelt comments. Thanks to you and Hi to Gail. Hugs, Maria

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Gail is one of a Kind. A Writer, A Poet, A Friend to all who come upon her Hub Page. One gets an Education, and some Lovely Pictures and usually leaves with a Smile. A very Talented Lady, whom I am proud to call a Wonderful Writer, and Hub Writer Friend. I always look forward to reading a new Experience that she is willing to share. She makes our Community Smile!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sweet Gail,

      Thank you for GRACING this comment stream with such a GRACIOUS and GENEROUS comment. Love you, Maria

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Hello to Everyone,

      I am so touched by the many kind and loving comments and so proud to be part of the beautiful Hubber community where support between writers is given on a daily basis.

      I didn't understand when I first started writing here that I would be not just sharing my writing, but also meeting and making friends with people who live in different parts of my country and also the world.

      So to those of you who follow my work on a regular basis leaving helpful feedback and encouraging words, and to those of you I'm just getting to know, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      I feel truly blessed to have a place to share my writing and to learn so much from the writing of fellow hubbers and friends. I look forward to sharing many more hubs in the future.

      Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs & Love to Everyone,


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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for taking the TIME to visit, Terrye... both you and Gail are TERRIFIC. Thanks for the votes as well. Hugs, Maria

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      Terrye Toombs 

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

      Mar: most awesome! I have never read HBN, and wouldn't have if it weren't for you! Great job! :) Voted up and more.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Pam,

      It is not at all PERPLEXING why two such PERFECTLY PROFICIENT PROFESSIONAL nurses would be PALS. I am PROUD to be a nurse in your good company. Thanks for POPPING by. Hugs, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have enjoyed Gail's writing since she started writing on Hupages. Since I am also a nurse, I guess our views are quite similar. You did a lovely job with this interview and it is so nice to learn a little more about someone you admire and really like. Awesome and beautiful.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vincent,

      Thanks for your VISIT and I know Gail would VERY much VALUE the same when your schedule permits. Hope you are both having a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Maria

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      Vincent Moore 

      8 years ago

      Another wonderful and informative interview of a Hubber I follow . She leaves me such complimentary comments on my work and I am so pleased to receive them. I however need to get to know her work better by visiting more often and leaving my comments as well. What a beautiful area of the country to live in. Such beauty and much to share by way of your great photography. I loved reading this interview and a smile was on my face throughout it. What an adorable couple, a hubby who cares and loves a woman so deserving, he is a lucky man indeed. Keep writing and sharing, I will be by to read.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon Ya'll,

      Hyph, How HAPPY I am to see you and HYPER-HAPPY to say HI to Monsieur, who is my new HONEY!

      snakeslane, Cool that you think Gail and I are SIMILAR, a SINCERE and STRONG STATEMENT to be 'alpha nurses'! Thanks, SWEETIE!

      Karine, How KIND of you to stop by and lovely to meet you.

      Lucky, Gail and you have LOTS in common, so LOVEABLE in our community.

      Becky, You are BOUND and determined to BECOME more familiar with all the excellent writers in the community. You are amazing!

      Hugs to Gail and hope everyone is having a peaceful day. Love, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Well, I finally made it to read this wonderful, Beautiful interview with HappyBoomerNurse. I have read a few of her things and wonder why I have not read more. I will check her out some more.

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hi Gail...and Mar! I Love the Notebook, too...specially the movie version with Ryan Gosling (yikes and yummy!). What a great way to get to know HappyBoomerNurse whose comments and writing I've enjoyed over time here on HP's. This is such a down to earth, honest interview..I feel as if Gail could be my very good next door neighbor friend and 'over the fence' chatting buddy. I am sorry about your brother; my uncle Tom was the same and his story very similar to your botherer's....your husband's gift to you reminds me of the story of the man who sold his watch and the woman who cut and sold her hair...out of love for one another. What a kind and caring story of your life and sensibilities you've shared w/us, Gail..and, as ALWAYS!! Thank you, are such a good person. Kathy

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      Karine Gordineer 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      This interview was a joy to read! Gail has a gentle quality and compassion that even comes through in her writing. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hello Mar, what a gorgeous interview with HBNurse. The photos, music and lovely banter between you two is just so positive. I guess this is what happens when a couple of 'Alpha' nurses collaborate on something. I like your questions Mar, and I love your answers HBN. It's so true that gifts, (giving or receiving) can be tricky. Thanks for introduction to a warm and thoughtful and talented Hubber.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Somehow I had pictured Gail just this way, beautiful, gentle, talented, loving and nurturing. Oh what a wonderful human being you are Gail! When I follow Gail's photography travels, I feel just as if I am with her, the descriptions are perfect and the photography outstanding.

      Thank you Mar for this interview. Monsieur said to tell you "Bonjour".

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning to the NATURAL beauties of HubPages,

      Nellieanna, Thanks for coming back to give a NOD to my NUTTY way of NOTING these NICE comments... NEEDLESS to say, I get NERVY sometimes!

      Nell, Love getting to know your range of NOBLE to NONSENSICAL writing, which NEVER fails to impress me.

      Thank you both for stopping by and HI to Gail as well. Hugs, Maria

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      What a great interview, and such an interesting read, sad and funny, and so truthful too, wonderful!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Love your alliteration, - you marvelous, merry, mesmerizing, magical Maria!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear and GENTEEL Gail, You enjoy all these GENUINELY GORGEOUS comments and come back whenever you wish!

      Peggy, Love seeing your PRETTY face here and think you would do a PROUD job on these questions as well...

      Vinaya, You have been VALLIANTLY reading all my work today, linking away and I am VERY appreciative!

      Ruby, I didn't REALIZE you had just become acquainted with Gail as the two of you are so very similar... beautiful, compassionate and competent nurses!

      Hoping ya'll have a peaceful day. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great interview Mar, I just recently got accquainted with Gail. I enjoy her hubs, especially when she takes us on tours of different loactions she has visited, also her photography is beautiful, and we share a bond, nursing..Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Bravo Mar...

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Gail is one of the 20 writers I have interviewed. She is a terrific writer and even so a wonderful person. It is a wonderful opportunity to read other side of Happyboomernurse.

      Maria, thanks for this interview. Good job.

      I will link this interview with the interview I have done with Gail.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Hello Maria,

      What a delight to find out more about Gail through your interview series. I loved the foot massage comments and about the effect the Unchained Melody tune has on her. I think of Patrick Swayze in Ghost. (!) The torid love letter? Oh yes. Thankfully my mum never pasted them back together, that I know of. How wonderful to find someone with a joy for life that can express it so beautifully in her work and in the answers to your cogent questions.

      Loved this completely as I do you.


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      I feel so touched by the heartfelt comments everyone has made. We are all so blessed to be part of this supportive, loving community called HubPages, aren't we?

      I'm too overwhelmed with emotion to address each of you directly right now, but I shall come back later and do so.

      Sending a bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love to All of You,


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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Ya'll,

      Rosemay, So GLAD you stopped by to show your GRACIOUS appreciation for Gail and this awesome music!

      Deb, You will be GRATEFUL you checked out Gail's work as you have much in common...!

      Alastar, You have GOTTEN to know even more about this GRACIOUS lady as you have GRACED us with your presence.

      Gypsy, Always love GETTING a GLIMPSE of you... thank you for your visit.

      Lesley, I agree that you and Gail are GREAT women with much in common... always wonderful to see you as well.

      Hoping ya'll have a lovely day and HI to Gail. Hugs, Maria

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh Maria I loved this interview with Gail!

      She is one of my favourite hubbers - although we have never met, I know through our writing we are on the same wave length!

      Gail is a lovely, beautiful person and an inspiration!

      Thank you Maria and Gail.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Fantastic interview. Gail has it all the man she loves and it sure sounds like a life she likes lots. I agree with her on wanting to be Scarlett - a great heroine but I too haven't made it further than Melanie. Enjoyed this much. Loved the songs. Hugs to you Maria. Passing this on.

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Gail Sobotkin is a person whose very name brightens up your day when you see it. She is a wonderful lady and writer and i feel fortunate to have made her acquaintance on hubpages..You said it so well in Meeting Gail, Marie. Loved everything here- like what Gail would like to teach others and her story of the rejected gift to the lad and how his grans handled it. Yes indeed, this lady is chicken soup for the soul and then some. Beautiful Nurse mar, bless you Happyboomernurse. Oh, nice to know Fred's name now- that lucky fellow.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what a wonderful interview.. thank you.. I will check her out..



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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Maria and Gail I enjoyed this interview so much. Gail is always so cheerful and positive. I had a chuckle at the tissues, wonder how they got there. Lol

      I so enjoy Gail's 'Tour' hubs by the time I've finished reading I feel as though I have had a lovely day out. I would only like to ask 'Where are the devonshire teas?' , always expected ya know..

      Gail I can just see you dancing on the beach, you always write like everyday in your life is summer and may it always be so. And why not with a husband who gives wonderful foot massages.

      Loved the choice of songs

      Thank you Maria for this lovely interview.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Ya'll,

      fpher, FRANKLY I am FLABBERGASTED at how FREQUENTLY you FLAUNTED those 'm' words around. Do you know how FOND I am of you?

      Nellieanna, I am not surprised that you found Gail to be NURTURING, NICE and NATURALLY talented, since you are as well...!

      tammy, THANKS for your THOUGHTFUL remarks. You are TERRIFIC!

      Sha, You are SURELY a good judge of character as Gail is a real SWEETHEART.

      Faith, I'm so glad to FINALLY be acquainted, as you are one of the FINEST women on HubPages.

      Hope everyone has a peaceful night and thank you so much for these comments from the heart. Hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      What a lovely interview of a lovely person. I do not know happyboomernurse, but I feel like I do now due this this lovely interview. She is a gem of a person. Great job on the interview. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful interview, Maria! I've seen happyboomernurse around but didn't know much about her. What a sweet person! And beautiful to boot!

      Can't wait to read more!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Another great interview Mar. I am a follower of the HappyBommernurse. She writes some very positive and informative hubs. It is a real pleasure getting to know her better. Bravo!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I am delighted to really 'meet' Gail. I've seen her comments on hubs of several favorites I visit often, but have just never gotten to know her one-on-one. Now I know I'll want to do so!

      I really like all her responses to the interview questions. They're so astute, feeling, and lively. I like you, Gail!

      I do need to say something about Scarlett and Melanie, though. Of course, Melanie's character is well understood. I was 7 when I saw GWTW in 1939 when it made its first rounds of movie houses and made its way to our one theater in Del Rio, Texas. As a teen, I read the book over and over. Back then there were no DVDs, of course, or TV stations showing movies. It did make another round or two but then went into movie archives until it was restored and became a classic on TV and on DVD. I have it in my DVD library.

      My eldest sister, Harriet, who graduated from college in 1939, looked very much like Vivian Leigh; and the likeness was so arresting, that it changed the course of her life.

      But one thing was understood about the Scarlett character, beautiful and successful as she was: she was totally self-serving. Even Scarlett's forced care of Melanie in having her baby during the Atlanta siege was done only to fulfill her promise to Ashley, Melanie's husband she coveted. She wouldn't have chosen to do that. Oh, she wasn't 'all bad', of course, but she was just about the most opposite from a caring nurse imaginable! So be happy you're more comparable to Melanie, who really, truly, was good and kind.

      Again - congratulations, Maria, on another marvelous interview!

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Maria....You Merry Mini Mischief-Maker, you! Maybe My Miss Daisy May red neck drawl...Must be replaced by Maria's Magnificent & Magical Manner of Making Memos from the Main Monogram of Most Misses Monikers!! Whew That ain't easy!! You do it so well!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon, Ya'll,

      So GLAD that there are so many GENEROUS and GRACIOUS comments about Gail and this GREAT interview. I thank you, Gail, for leaving such GIVING remarks to everyone.

      Janine, thanks for JOINING us first!

      Linda, how do you LIKE the title "LESSONS LEARNED from our junk Drawers"? Hmmm...??

      moonlake, thanks for MAKING MENTION of how nice Gail is!

      LaThing, you are a LOVER of romance and LOVELY as well...!

      Nonna, so NICE to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

      Car51, you have a CLEVER way of CLASSIFYING people's best traits. You are most CORRECT about Gail.

      Sunnie, You are SINCERELY SPOT-ON with your SUMMARIZATION of Gail.

      sen.sush, SO right you are that questions of SEEMINGLY little SUBSTANCE can SWAY our understanding of each other.

      LORD, you have LEARNED much about a true LADY and you will LOVE her writing!

      RNMSN, Thanks for stopping by with your ROCKING comment about Gail.

      Bill, I BELIEVE you are BEST at spotting true BEAUTY in others, inside and out, just like Gail!

      Paula, You are PERFECT in your PRAISE of Gail. You're a PEACH, Sista!

      Annette, AMAZINGLY insightful and I know how supportive Gail is of all of us... ALWAYS so happy to see my Irish Sista!

      Yvonne, YOU are rather lovely YOURSELF! Glad you see you as always!

      Frog, You are FEELING FRISKY (again...)!

      homesteadbound, Your comments are HEARTFELT.

      Mary C, you have a MAGICAL MANNER of expressing the sweetest things.

      Peggy, Totally agree with Gail's PERFECTION in her work, with her PHOTOGRAPHY being a great example.

      Martie, Your remarks are MEANINGFUL, reminding me we always want what we don't have in the GWTW character comparisons. Thanks for pointing out Gail's MANY fine qualities.

      Genna, You are GENEROUS and GIVING in your supportive feedback.

      Mike, Glad you MADE note of Gail's MARVELOUS travel hubs.

      femme, You are an interview FANATIC and I love your FRIENDSHIP, my lovely Angelia.

      AAZ, ALWAYS a delight when you drop in...

      Joyce, It is JUST lovely to see you today... will be by to visit soon.

      Thanks to each of you for taking the time to show some hub lovin' to our Gail! Hugs to each of you, Maria

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful interview with both of you.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Gail is an HP treasure. Always supportive and visits on a regular basis, like you expect someone from Delaware would. Been privelaged to read her work and call her friend. I still owe her dinner at Sambo's...

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      8 years ago


      I am flipping-THRILLED to see Boomer in the spotlight!! Yes, without doubt, I think she is awesome, both personally and professionally.

      She is very deserving of this, and in my estimation, is one of the most awesome writers on the Hub, or anywhere else. Fiction, or non-fiction, Boomer delivers each piece with clarity, and readers are easily absorbed into her short-stories and articles.

      My only complaint with her work here, is the same complaint I've always had with Will Starr's work on the Hub ... there isn't ENOUGH of it, lol!

      Thank you for pulling her onstage, Mar! I'm all for round after round of standing ovations!


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

      Hello mar. I always enjoy stopping by Happyboomernurses Hubs, it reminds me of days gone by. She strools the streets and avenues of quaint New England spots and takes us along to enjoy a weekend away. Her photography is always sharp and accompanies her photoessays so well. Her selections are interesting and she shares here getaways with joy and humor.

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      A wonderful interview, Maria and Gail. I know that Gail is retired, but we desperately need more nurses like her. And what a wonderful hubby! This was a delight to read. Thank you, ladies! :-)

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Happyboomernurse is one of the jewels in HubPages..... and this was my thought before I saw Sunnie calling her a diamond. Many of her hubs made a deep impression on me. Mar, you've explained Gail's forte so well ~ She is "solid evidence that one can be equally right and left brain focused in skills, abilities and sheer talent."

      All thumbs up for this lovely interview. Gail's honesty - revealing her beautiful soul - touched my heart. I want to point out the irony in one of her answers - She was/is 'Melanie' wishing to be just like 'Scarlet O'Hara'; I was/am Scarlet wishing to be just like Melanie. I bet most of us nurtured - and still nurture - a wish to be like one having the qualities we don't have.

      Maria and Gail, I enjoyed this interview AND the beautiful music, and I am going to enjoy it again :)))

      Oh, and BTW, how I envy you, Gail, for having such a wonderful hubby.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a terrific interview about one of my favorite people here on HubPages. Gail is everyone's idea of the perfect nurse. She is caring, compassionate and smart and it shines through in the hubs that she writes. She also has great attention to detail. Just LOOK at that flower photo with the small butterfly! Up votes and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Every time I read one of your interviews I think, "this is the best one yet"...I keep thinking this over and over....keep 'em coming. Your writing and your interviewees information only brings everyone closer here in Hubville. Happyboomernurse says it all...her hub name is not only appropriate but right on! Thanks for another great one Maria.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      What a great interview. I don't get here as much as I used to or as much as I'd like, but you have always been an inspiration to me, Gail. You are a beautiful person, inside and out. And Unchained Melody has to be one of my all time favorites as well. When I hear it I always have to stop, close my eyes and just let it soak into my soul as I too think of hubby. Great interview!

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      The Frog Prince 

      8 years ago from Arlington, TX

      A foot massage? It was hard to get past that sentence. Oh my...

      The Frog

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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Great interview Maria and Gail. It's lovely to see 2 of my favourite hubbers in one place!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Maria, you know why I love and treasure you don't you? You should do. Only you have the grace and consideration towards other people to make an interview written by you i like being a fly on the wall. Gail is a beautiful lady, whose warmth and common-sense has carried me on many occasions. At times, a quality shines out from a person that you don't really know an awful lot about, Gail has many of these special qualities, not to mention the ability to touch hearts with her kindness.

      Gail understood my raw emotion from writing my memoirs and told everyone how she felt about my life in the simplest purest and sweetest way that only she could. I am honoured and so pleased to call her my friend. Don't ever change girls, nurses do it for themselves and others lol xxx

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      OH...Yes, " of the sweetest, kindest women I've had the pleasure to exchange words with. I can easily say, Maria, she deserves to share that title I gave you....of "Angel on Earth."

      Just look at this interview! Every one of Gail's responses are aglow with love, kindness, compassion, unselfishness ...and a beautifully strong bond with Fred. Wonderful. Long happy marriages are to be admired and respected. They do not happen by accident!

      Gail is a genuine, honest and open gal who just cannot be resisted!

      Another fabulous interview Maria.....My love to both you and Gail.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail just happens to be one of my favorite Hubbers so I really appreciate this hub and learning a bit more about her. Thank you Maria, for a great interview, and thank you Gail for being who you are.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      What a wonderful interview on one of my favorite hubbers! Gail, you know you are a rock in our HP Community and we thank you!!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Listening to the Righteuos Brothers I began to wonder, how many Hubbers were born after that song? These series are getting better and "Better." I honestly have to check on Gail's hubs, shame on me. There is so little time when we still have a day job. Nevertheless, HBN was kind enough to share her love for her hubby and let us get into her comfort zone. No! We didn't want to find out what you wrote on that torrid letter to that BF. Was almost in tears for your niece's decision to forgive your brother. We are humans after all and we will have to depart... forget it, that is a sad statement. We did love your dancing on the sand with no worries. Thank God you didn't go as far as Martie, whose best relaxing moment was not suitable for airplay (?) Thanks Gail and thanks MARIA J. This was so awesome! Take care ladies!

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      8 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Maria, thanks to you I have come to know that my new hubber friend 'Happyboomernurse' is such a magical and popular person. I see so many interviews of her...! Lovely job you have done in this hub, unfurling the apparently insubstantial but revealing details that round off a person's image and make him/her real and dear to the reader. I am so happy to get a closer look at this lovely person, whom I have just met and had liked at the very first encounter. Voted up - beautiful and interesting too.

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      Morning Mar,

      Thank you for writing about one of my most treasured friends and hubber. Gail is a diamond, a precious soul whom I respect so much. She offers such support to others always leaving the most profound comments. Her compassion and knowledge in many areas make her such a "go to" person. She is always willing to help or lend an ear. I hope many will get to know Gail as she is a wonderful human being and we are blessed to have her here on hubs. Great Job Mar,



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      8 years ago

      I loved reading this interview! Gail sounds like a warm caring nurse, who is a loyal friend and loving wife! Will enjoy reading some of her work on Hubpages!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Aw, Maria, you've done a fabulous job putting this interview together and I'm so touched by your kind and loving words. Also enjoyed your comments, some of which made me chuckle. Not surprising that us steadfast and dependable nurses harboured secret Scarlets in our hearts! LOL

      You chose the perfect song, of course. It really captured the essence of my first dates with Fred.

      Thank you for being such a great friend and supporter, and for including me in what I know will be another great interview series.

      Will proudly share this.

      Hub Hugs & Love,


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      Dee aka Nonna 

      8 years ago

      What a great interview and look into one of my favorite hubpage writers. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it very, very much.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful interview! Gail is a wonderful, sharing and caring lady..... Love her answer to the song.... She wants to be home with her hubby, Awww! Awesome..... And the song you picked, Maria, is one of my favorite!

      Another great interview,..... Hugs from here :)

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      8 years ago from America

      Great interview. Gail sounds like the nicest person. Enjoyed this hub voted uP! Shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      HBN really rocked this interview. It was fun, interesting and I love the story of pack of tissues in the junk drawer. Well done! :)

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I am totally loving these interviews and getting to know the women on Hubpages just that much more. Thank you totally for doing them and for sharing them with us. I have of course voted up, shred here and tweeted too!!


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