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Interview: Nellieanna Hay

Updated on November 19, 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 Nellieanna

Nellieanna Hay is, without a doubt, the most self - actualized person I have met on HubPages.

To me, Nellieanna is ageless. She is filled with the wisdom of a grand elder with the charming curiosity of a child. She is both comfortingly old-fashioned and thoroughly modern in her manner of thinking.

Nellieanna's poetry is reflective of a life well lived. Her style is filled with love, hope and beauty, written in a graceful and flowing manner. Like the author, her work is timeless, thought - provoking and reaches the heart of the matter.

You will have the opportunity to meet Nellieanna and hear her beautiful voice in this amazing interview. Enjoy and take a moment to read her poetry for yourself...!

The times I feel most relaxed are....

Ah, but I'm seldom uptight. Physically my most relaxed position is stretched out full length, sans pillow. Emotionally, it's probably right after completion of a project: a painting, a poem, a hub, taxes, paying bills, a challenging email; that feeling of relief and accomplishment is both exhilarating & relaxing.

The times I feel saddest are…

I'm seldom sad, either, so measuring degrees of it is not so easy. When I'm sad, I'm thoroughly sad. I can be touched by many things to feel pity or empathy, a sense of revulsion at man's inhumanity to man, sympathy when people are helpless victims of meanness, crime or natural disasters, and especially when people are victims of horrendous cruelties. I wish it were otherwise and it makes me sad.

Something I'd like to teach others...
to have abiding hope, to see setbacks as challenges for improvement and to give themselves & each other benefit of the doubt.

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

Oh dear. Now, at 80, it's living to an active, vibrant 100 and beyond, still writing and sharing what I've learned in my own special way, still independent and self-reliant and going for more.
Secret passions have developed over the years.

At 12, it was either to be an astronomer, philosopher, ballerina or femme fatale.

At 20 it was to become a successful fashion designer.

At 22 it was to be the best wife and mother I could possibly be.

At 40 it was to BE - me!

At 50 it was to become a National Sales Director in Mary Kay.

At 60 it was to run my ranch well and fulfill my heritage

At 70 it was to help my beloved George live out his life as joyously as possible and to join him in it.

The bottom line has always been, - to be myself and all I could be with the greatest good and least damage to those around me.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone ...

Come'on. I don't give hateful gifts. If I slipped up & inadvertently gave a horrid gift, then, because I don't give gifts to hateful people who would say so, I'd never even know!

The gift I could have done without ...

In a way, almost all gifts are "extras", barring baby shower gifts: -most are not actual necessities. So, technically, one could 'do without' them all! Anyway, I don't think I ever got a gift I'd have preferred not receiving, though of course, some fit my tastes and uses better than others. I don't use some personal products I'm given, but still, the gifts I most treasure are those given with love, whatever they are. I just display them if I can't use them and remember the kindness involved.

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

Tools! I adore wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, heavy-duty staple guns, grommet appliers, levelers. . . . The tool love crosses over into sewing and cooking tools, all kinds of electronic parts and tools, of course, but the surprise element is more probably the building tools I love and keep in my own supply. I lend them out only conditionally and follow up on retrieving them to my domain. :-)

My date from Hades ....

Dating? Are you kidding? Wow - do I remember that far back? OK; - once I was so timid I could think of nothing to say so I started singing a grade-school song, "A little Dutch boy and a little Dutch girl. . .sat dreaming on a hill. . .Said the little Dutch girl to the little Dutch boy, 'when will you say, I do? and the little dutch mill went 'round and 'round and 'round went the little Dutch mill". No telling what my date thought I was implying! All I clearly remember is that there was no follow-up call or date.

Another time on a date to a movie, I wore a hoop skirt I'd designed (way before they were in fashion). We sat in the balcony where the rows are steep and close together. My hoop nearly strangled the person in the row below. The embarrassment was visceral.

On the other side of the equation is one guy who might fit the description but I'm too charitable to mention him, am I not? I will say that he had two left feet and needed coaching on any & every level.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story ....

I've never been on a bad vacation. But let's see; - a funny story on a (tenting) camping trip was when we took our two cats. They did OK till there was a thunderstorm. Panic in the tent! Camille crawled into my sleeping bag and buried herself at the bottom. Toulouse unzipped the tent and got out into the dark and the rain and we barely found him, drenching and unforgiving. After that, we went shopping for an RV! No more tenting for the Hay family!

A life goal on my bucket list....

An ocean liner cruise to the Mediterranean and all the ports of call, with stopovers in the Greek Isles, Switzerland, N. Africa (if it's peaceful), Spain and Portugal -- and wherever else we drop anchor.

What I most look for in a friend…

Mutual sharing, honest listening, honesty, self-reliance, humor, sensitivity, good disposition, ability to work out differences with civility and mutual respect - and delight in the friendship.

This expression of friendship was given to me by one of my dearest life-long friends, calligraphed on a decoupage plaque she made and gave me many years ago, and which still hangs in my kitchen. The quotation expresses what is, to me, surely one of the most endearing traits of true friendship:

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” ~ George Eliot

Something I will never part with…

Ahem - at 80 I'm very aware that I'll part with everything when I go no matter how much I may value it, except my spirit. I'd like to leave a legacy of love and honor, and possibly my poetry. Main thing is to 'have' what matters, not to cling to "somethings" which are destined to be parted with.

A life lesson I will never forget....

Listen to and trust my guts.

The worst part of getting older...

Running short of time to do everything I'd love to do. But it reminds me to make what I do, count, and that time is only NOW anyway, at every age. Diminishing ranks in the members of my peer group.

A writing lesson I learned the hard way...

I'll never forget that big red message written by Miss Williams in a margin of one of my essays in junior high English: SWEEPING ASSERTION!! I won't claim to have always heeded that lesson, but I've never forgotten it! It does make me stop to think whether or not my serious assertions are defensible before asserting them so firmly! But if it's an imaginative assertion . . what's better than a sweeping one?

My favorite movie and why...

For a movie buff of so many years as I, this is next to impossible to answer in the singular. But since I can't attempt to mention all of them, I'll simply offer: "A Room With A View", because it's a delightful period romp with fantastic actors and characters, a wonderful sparkly romance, a subtle study of the times and people against a gorgeous background of England and Florence, based on a book by an esteemed British author, E. M. Forster. But my tastes in movies are eclectic. I could mention so many more and some would surprise you. Like in poetry, I look for quality. In movies, add good story, great acting, outstanding filmography -and effect - in a variety of genres. It started very young with me and keeps expanding. I've an enormous collection of DVDs and I only acquire the ones I'll want to watch again and again. I could list almost any of them.

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading/ about ?

Ah - again my tastes are varied. I've gone through it being all non-fiction, all historic novels, all classics, all cheap romances. What I really enjoy most is good writing. I love Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and a new (to me) writer recommended by my friend, De Greek: Sebastian Barry. I also can't resist a book about the study of the mind or customs of peoples of another time and age. My eyesight keeps my perusal slow, though, plus I prefer to linger and chew on what I read, so I'm not a fast reader, usually not nearly as fast as I am a book collector! If I live to be 200 I'll never read all the wonderful books I've acquired! My love affair with books goes back almost to infancy. Mother wrote my first words in my "Baby Book". First: 'pretty'. Then: 'book'. The rest is history.

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

hmmm. This is dangerous to answer, since I'm constantly presented with a revue of fascinating subjects written by fantastic writers among my HP colleagues, which trigger my interest and challenge my mind to read and grasp them! But danger is OK. But, then, I've difficulty reading anything cursorily, so for me, it's an investment of time to give full and deserved attention to the array of good writing here. In general, things I'd be stirred to pursue would be more about India and its amazing culture, more probes into generic abuse and scientific forefronts. But - heck. What I know is that I can pursue them if I'll just do it, what with abundant resources on every side. At times the challenge is to sort down on what really MATTERS and go for it. It seems, though, to me, - my first choice is always real people, who sometimes obscure subjects. In a showdown, I choose investing my eyes and time in people.

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

OK. I've written a lot for a long while here, so arbitrarily:

Magnolia - opus 1

Musings on Poetry

I greatly value this piece by my friend Alan R. Berry, also known as arb on HubPages:
Musings on Poetry
Speaking of greatly valuing, I felt blessed when Nellieanna shared this special reading with me for the interview, which she filmed on September 6th, 2012:

Nellieanna Reading Gibran on Love

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

I suppose that 'packing up and leaving the party' means it's because it stirs me so much that I just have to 'get out of here' WITH someone special? wow. um. This takes a little thought. A song alone wouldn't bring on that response for me, unless alone with the right "someone special" who feels it, too, a song like "Seduces Me" by Celine Dion. wow!

Celine Dion: Seduces Me

Thank you, Nellieanna...

I have told you that, in so many ways, you remind me of my dear Mother, Nellieanna.

As such, I wish to dedicate The Supremes song: "Mother Dear" to you.

Thank you for taking the time to share yourself with us, sweet woman. ♥ Maria

© Maria Jordan (revised October, 2014)

The Supremes: Mother Dear


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      You are a lady with supremely lovely taste, if I do say so myself! Nellieanna is a class act and truly my favorite writer of poetry on HubPages.

      It is lovely to see you and I am overdue for a visit to your beautiful work as well, my dear friend. Have a great night. Hugs, Maria

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      8 years ago

      I love hubs where you get to know a fellow author here on hubpages. Nellieanna being one of my fav's. Proving to be a very good friend to so many of us here and an encouragement. I love the video and its soft quality of song, matching the person who has chosen it. Voted this interview up, awesome and beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us, to give us the chance to have an indepth realization of such a wonderful person. : )

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Femme, Hope you are FEELING better and thanks for your FINE comments about our FABULOUS Nellieanna.

      Hugs to you both, Maria

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      8 years ago

      Nellieanna, our most gracious and elegant First Lady of the Hub, I can't express how much I enjoyed this from the opening graph to the end. It was as magnificent as I expected it to be. (I have a tendency to maintain high expectations with Mar's work, and she never lets me down!)

      I loved that I could anticipate some of your answers, at least parts of them, and yet still learned new things about you. :)

      My only disappointment in the entire read was that blazing a new bike trail with me, through a pecan forest, didn't make the bucket list! (Grin!)

      The video inclusion was the icing on an already rich cake .... I LOVED it!!! I'm not a poetry fan, but I admit to making exceptions on occasion, for some especially talented folks. To hear you reading a poem you love felt like I was getting to be a part of something very special, and I'm thrilled that you and Mar included it!

      Mar ... what can I say? It's late in the night and staying awake to read your put-together of one of my favorite folks has been well worth it's weight in coffee. :)

      A wonderful submission about a wonderful lady.


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      Break of Dawn 

      8 years ago

      First of all - Thank you Nellieanna for inviting us into your home. How wonderful it was to listen to your sweet voice reading Gibran on Love. I shall never forget the very first hub I read of yours, because it was just so heavenly beautiful. Your words, the poetry, the layout, the lovely images. . . well, it was just so incredible lovely. I remember, I was just dumbstruck ( is that how you say it? Sometimes my English falter) Anyway, I was blown away by your talent and creativity. Nellieanna - you remind me so of one of my very best friends. A Greek-American lady, 84-years of age, who carries herself with such grace and beauty - Just like you. I admire her so, just like I admire you.

      Thank you my beautiful Maria for a delightful interview and Thank you Nellieanna for a most beautiful read.

      My blessings to both of you. Hugs!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Nellieanna, I wanted to say good NIGHT and so happy you can rest easy NOW that your paperwork is done.

      Vincent, Your VERBALIZATIONS have much VERACITY.

      Rosemay, You are RIGHT as RAIN about Nellieanna.

      AAZ, Nellieanna is AMAZINGLY AWESOME.

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

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Nellie is completely elegant in her prose and wit. When I read her poetry, time stands still. I am in awe of her work and creativity. Beautiful...

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Rosemary, dear sweet friend. Yes we have shared some lovely and deep conversations. We'd exchanged comments for some time when my precious stepson joined HP and you were among the 'sisters' who befriended him in such genuine ways that he couldn't doubt the reality and sincerity of it, though he had become skeptical in his actual life of such abundance. I've loved you for that as well as for who you are, such a beautiful person through and through! Thank you for your warm and generous comments about my interview here and my poetry and hubs. It's so good to be perceived and appreciated! I look forward to many more times of rapport and exchanging ideas!

      As I said just now to Vincent - I must get the windows closed before this strong wind blows in some rain! And I need to get myself to bed because there is no more fooling around about the taxes. I have 2 days only! If anyone sees me on here between now and Monday evening unless I can claim they're finished and mailed, (I guess it will be Tuesday in N.Z. but I'd better not think of it that way or I'll be late with mailing the thing!) - - - please give me a swift kick and stern tough love!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Vincent - your beautiful comments are like icing on a cake already laden with its beautiful design and flavor. Yes, you and I have been cohorts on Hubpages just about from our first moments on it. I was just getting my momentum going when you joined - and my first impressions were that you're so handsome - and forbidding! I was right on one count, but not the other. It soon became clear that yours is a true heart willing to share its considerable reserves with your friends & compatriot writers! I am honored to be among them. As your story unfolded, it told YOU with such truth and honesty, that many of your readers were astonished that you'd be so open. But to me, it was clearly your sojourn toward understanding it all and finding your truest voice, which you're doing with every piece you pen so eloquently. Even those that seem almost dismal are parts needing to be aired and examined - mostly by you - but you're open to the responses of your many admirers who care deeply and into whom your words reach deeply.

      I am so honored to be likened to both Emily Dickinson and to your beloved mother. You couldn't give me a greater compliment!

      Yeah - I realize that my comments do run on, using bandwidth that should be in hubs instead, but they flow in response to the person to whom they're addressed right then, like personal letters, rather than general observations or just my own thoughts needing expression. It's their context - being responses to you. I must admit I've always written lengthy letters - even when they were all written by hand. It's just the way it is. When I write, I write the way I write. At my age, perhaps I've earned the "right" to "write" as I do! :-) Thank you for your kind remarks about it!

      The "cold front" we were promised is now blowing through. It's not expected to be very cold, but may bring needed rain in the form of thunderstorms. So I must close some open windows.

      Good night and thank you for such a lovely response, my friend!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is such a sweet interview Maria and Nellieanna. I love Nellieanna's poetry, so simple and yet often deeply touching. Her pages are a work of art and lovely to look upon as we drift from poem to poem. To hear Nellieanna reading her poetry out loud makes them even more delightful.

      Nellieanna you and I have had some lovely conversations here and there of late and it has been a pleasure to get to know you a little better here.

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      Vincent Moore 

      8 years ago

      Maria once again you have dug deep into your bag of gems and pulled out one of the brightest diamonds in there. I can’t say enough about my feelings for Nellieanna. This extremely multi-faceted and talented writer/poet astounds me with her work. I tell her often that she is Emily Dickinson reincarnated through her and I truly believe great poets are channeled.

      Nellieanna became a friend and follower of mine almost weeks after I joined as Saddlerider. She is one of the few female writers at the hubs who I truly believe understands and knows me better than myself at times. I feel my mother’s presence when I often read her comments she leaves in my scribes. Her comments can most often become a Hub for the length alone as she expresses her thoughts so we can fully grasp what she is sharing with us.

      Nellieanna is a gift to me with each word she leaves me. She has comforted me when I was in deep sorrow, she has made me grin and even laugh out loud. She uses her empathy very well and builds me up with her words of sincere kindness. I am truly blessed to have her as my friend and I would be remiss by not adding you to my group of female colleagues who I have a deep and admirable respect for. Thank you Maria for sharing this beautiful soul with the rest of the writers here at the Hubs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      NATURALLY I couldn't agree with you more, my sweet Nellieanna.

      Thinking of you and hoping this task is not too much of a NUISANCE.

      Have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      b.Malin - you described that perfectly! Our interaction goes way back and deep but seems at times to be a little erratic. I have so much awe and respect for your talents and experience, I always feel honored when you can drop by! I'm aware of my amateur status, compared with your professional, but, still, you are gracious and encouraging! Thank you!!

      er - - duh - - Maria - - er -- I still have to buckle down & finish the taxes. But, you see, I keep my priorities straight. I couldn't focus on that till I'd acknowledged my gracious friends who commented here!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Y'all,

      Nellieanna, A million thanks for your NICE, NURTURING and individual comments to everyone. Hope those NASTY taxes are done...

      Vinaya, Always a VIRTUAL treat to see you, my friend.

      Moonlake, You are MOST gracious in your visits and comments.

      b. Malin, You're the BEST... Appreciate your remarks always.

      Hoping y'all have a beautiful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Nellieanna, is such a Talented Lady, so this was such a Wonderful Hub to read, and learn more about her, Mar. As usually you have done an Excellent Interview in capturing her. We Follow each other...Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all our Hub Friends...So It's always a Treat when she makes the time to stop by, and I do the same. She always write such Wonderful Hubs and her Comments are Priceless!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Moonlake, you've been on Hubpages about twice as long as have I; we also share many outstanding Hubbers which we follow and who follow us. There's something prophetic about that, even though we've missed meeting except in both commenting on someone's hubs - up till now!

      I'm so tickled to be introduced here on Maria's lovely interview and hope we see more of each other! I intend to follow you to be sure I do! Thank you for your comment here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Vinaya - Thank you for your kind comment. I regret not having availed myself of your marvelous hubs, either! I've just looked at them and see so many I want to peruse! I've long been fascinated with & have felt a kind of connection with India and its culture, so I have much to which to look forward on your hubsite! You've obviously a keen and deep understanding of all of that and human nature in general .

      We follow and are followed by many of he same Hubbers, which tells a lot about our likely kinship! I look forward to following you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      (continuing through Maria's last acknowledgements of commenters)


      Debbie, dear new friend! We seem to have much in common. Just having shared the experience of achieving and being Mary Kay Directors at the same ages in our lives is an enormous connection - seems more than coincidence. Now here we are Hubbers writing on Hubpages! We've already found much common ground and I appreciate your gracious comments so much! Thank you


      Ruby, you are such a beloved and highly respected grande dame of the Hubpages, I'm honored to receive your praise! Makes me, indeed, feel like a winner! I'm glad to introduce you to that era of Celine's lovely songs. There were several with that same deep kind of subdued passion during that time. When I first discovered it in about 1997, it activated something deep in me & I played it over and over, like a silly teenager! I was new to the internet and everything was so new and wonderful! Thank you for your generous praise!


      Genna - I'm amazed at how long we've been fellow Hubbers on here! I was scrolling back through some of my hubs and looking a the comments and yours were among the early ones, soon after you'd joined when I was still 'wet behind the ears' here! We've followed and shared some favorite Hubbers and still do! There seem to be invisible links between us. I especially enjoy the things from my interview you noticed and like! And I may copy and frame "80 going on 35-40"!! It would make a great hanging in my office or kitchen where 'real work' must be done - & frivolity temporarily suspended. ;-)

      Thank you, beautiful lady!


      Dr. BJ - wow. You know that yours is a comment I absolutely depend on arriving on my newly published hubs - and I'm never disappointed. You always pinpoint the essence and core of what I was trying to express, with such lovely precision, appreciation & validation. You're surely one of by very most favorite Hubbers and I'm humbled to be regarded by someone of your discernment - and good humor! Hugs.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Next - continuing with my pleasure, with Maria's 2nd acknowledgement of the commenters:


      Kathy, dear Hub friend! I'm bowled over by your lovely, gracious response to my interview and Maria's presentation of it. That you perceive my intention to remain and become calm, gentle and serene no matter life's challenges and the desire to share what I've gathered from my experience with others in a spirit of humility, simply says so much for your own sensitivity and caring spirit. When started on Hubpages, I'd been rather reticent to share or impose my poetry or too many of my ideas on others, especially publicly! The loving reception I've received from my efforts have encouraged me to do so with very little self-consciousness or deliberation, pouring out as it does in response to others and to my own inner promptings. Anyway - at this age, I figure I won't be sued or incarcerated even if I overstep the boundaries, though I repact them highly! I'd have to be abrasive or inconsiderate and I hope I'd be told if I were. So far, so good! hehe.

      You're one of my most beloved supporters. Thank you!


      LaThing, I so admire your profile; love it that you avoid political and religious embroilments and that you're a stay-at-home mom. I don't know you well, but your character and intelligence shine through in what you've shared in that and in your hubs. So I greatly appreciate your kindness toward me and my efforts! Thank you!!


      Effer/Paula - what a gem you are! Thank you for your lovely comments here and on some of my hubs since we've become acquainted. I, too, discovered Kahlil Gibiran in my teens and have loved it ever since. How could anyone not? I'm delighted to have met you!


      Sunnie/Kimmy! Dear friend. We met visiting our mutual friend, Ian (TwiligtLawns) who has been important in each of our hublifes. You are one of the most supportive and lovable of Hubbers whose good regard I cherish! Thank you once more for your gracious comments!


      My dear Alan - whose regard continuously encourages me. I'm pleased to hear directly why you call me 'butterfly' and relieved that it's not because I'm perceived as a flippertygibbit! :-) Of course, I knew that, but it's nice to hear what it does mean. Your beautiful words speak on a higher level and, as ever, I read them with awe. Thank you.


      Sunshine/Linda - I just love your humor, realistic viewpoint, directness, dignity, poise and beautiful spirit. Thank you so much for your lovely comments about me!


      Candie - hehe. What a cute comment! We've already shared many thoughts and visits. I like you so much! Thank you!!


      Gypsy/Rasma - I've found you to be such a deep and perceptive person since we've met and had a chance to delve more deeply. I love your poetry and taste in music! Thank you for the very special comments here. Hugs.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I seldom, if ever, group responses to peoples' gracious comments; but in this instance, it's sensible. This is the first, catching me up through Maria's first acknowledgment. It's my great pleasure! Big Texas hugs - Nellieanna


      Tammyswallow - I'm delighted to have this chance to discover you and your work! Thank you for your kind and generous compliments. I do hope I can be evidence that one needn't expect to just fade away because the calendars have piled up! My mother was my example. She was vital and vibrant from birth to death at 82. I'm going for 100, however. I've had a lot of things much easier than she did!


      Gail, it's being my privilege to meet you through Maria's interviews. I appreciate the gifts of your spirit, love and beauty more than I can say! Thank you for the bouquet!


      Janine, thank you for your supportive and lovely comments. I'm once again privileged to make a new acquaintance and look forward to knowing you better! I am so supportive of stay-at-home moms! Those precious years with your little ones and guiding them through the difficult teens can never be retracted, once they're gone. How wonderful to be the one who is right there all the time for them, teaching and loving them in all the events they go through in those early years! Trust me, there will be plenty of years later when they're aloft to catch up on the many other things a woman wants and needs to do with her own talents and life! Being a mom and homemaker can be a perfect way to stay current and abreast of your field and to discover your own interests which might not be easily found while focused in one career. At home, it's multi-directional! Hugs.


      Lord/Joseph (if I may be so bold!) - thank you, kind sir, for such a bouquet of lovely compliments! You give me courage to attack those taxes! :-) I love the sweet twist on "Little Dutch Boy"! After all, I'm partly Dutch from my father's side. I may make it my theme song! It was surely a predecessor to "Seduces Me" by Celine. Both lyrics are rather suggestive, though I was more innocent of that in the case of "Little Dutch Boy" at that time! heh heh.


      Billy, your praise is truly a jewel in my crown! Thank you, dear man! I follow your hubs with humility and a learning spirit!


      Snakes, our first encounter when you commented on one of my poetry hubs is unforgettable! You coined a term for my style (or one I'd never heard before nor since) "your cabaret style poetry ", which intrigued me; and I knew we must be kindred souls immediately, though, as I recall, I quibbled about how well my poetry fits the term! haha. You are one in a million, my friend, and I appreciate every comment you've ever made about my stuff and I always am refreshed and enlightened by yours! Thank you for the lovely things you've said here!


      Lesley, it's been my privilege to have met you here on your own interview and to exchange comments on other hubs ever since. I've such respect for you and your opinions! There is so much I can learn from you! Thank you for the lovely comments here and elsewhere!


      OK, Martie - my beloved cyber daughter! Our association quickly deepened from just fellow Hubbers into a close relationship, sharing many life experiences with which we found much common ground, as well as our dreams and hopes. We've been through much together and you never cease to amaze me with your talents, skills, and passion. You've clearer perspective in so many areas of who I am than does my own daughter, much as I love her!

      I could never reject you or your decisions for yourself. You've earned the right to make your own choices as a grownup who's done an excellent job of raising a lovely family (often on your own) and to choose what you want and need for yourself now. You're so open to learning from your experiences, which is the mark, IMHO, of a highly actualized person who realizes that we're never 'through' with life and learning!

      Thank you for the lovely things you've said about me. Love you dearly!


      Bravewarrior/Sha - thank you! I know you mostly from observing your interactions with other Hubbers we both like, and their enormous respect and regard for you says so much. Your regard for me gives me great pleasure. I am so in tune with your closeness toward your own family. It speaks highly for your character and good personality - and what a poetic soul you are!


      Pamela, it's true - we've been connected for so long on here! You were here and well established when I published my first timid hubs and you were supportive from those early days! If I scroll through the comments on my early hubs, I'm simply humbled and amazed at the loving, loyal support from many of my followers from very early to now. And when someone confesses not to love poetry in general but loves mine, - well - nothing could be higher praise! Thank you, dear lady!


      Mike - your comments on my hubs (and others'!) are always like poetry in motion. I look forward to them with anticipation. Your mastery of metaphor and simile are always a pleasure, and here is no exception! Thank you, dear friend!


      Car51 - your presence on Hubpages sense rather subdued, so I can't know a lot about you other than what I observe! ;-) I surmise that you're a friend of our beloved Maria and support her hubs with your clear devotion, of which I'm one of the lucky vicarious recipients through her lovely interviews. That says enough to even more inspire my gratitude for your lovely compliment! I hope you might become more active on HP - if it would be your choice! It would be a treat for all of us!


      rcrumple/Rich, I don't know you well, but as your profile promises, I must notice that your hubs are quite eclectic in subjects and styles! I'm entranced & MUST spend time perusing them! (after the taxes are done and mailed!) Right now I simply appreciate your kind and perceptive comment on my interview! Thank you!


      Maria - your followers and readers are top-notch! What a lucky lady am I to be read and acknowledged by them on your fantastic interview! Hugs. (This catches me up through your first reply to these great folks, but is only a start on the whole comment thread! I'm so enjoying it and pausing to feel the love and kindness of each person! I really cannot delay my responses.

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      8 years ago from America

      Another hubber I didn't know about and now I will go visit her. Interesting hub about an interesting person. Voted uP!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Maria, I feel sorry to say I have not read much from Nellienna. Thanks for featuring another wonderful hubber. It feels wonderful to read about a brilliant writer.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Maria! I'm sure I'll sneak in some comments to relieve the boredom of tax prepartion, especially since it's contrary to my nature to ignore gracious comments! :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Do what you NEED to do, Nellieanna. You come back anytime and have a beautiful day. Hugs, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Your comments continue to astound me! I'm truly overwhelmed, my heart thrilled to receive so much love outpouring. I want to reply individually because each of you has said things so personally touching and gratifying, that I just can't let them go unanswered. It may take me a bit of time. (Procrastination doesn't pay. Now I must buckle down & finish my personal tax return and send it by the end of Monday. I got George's Estate return done and off April 15, but took the extension for my own. Mistake. Now here I am just as 'behind' as I was then. It's not a massive task, but there are some details to be addressed if it's to be done right.)

      So be patient with me, please. Believe me, I'd much 'druther be writing to y'all!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Y'all,

      Thanks to each of you for stopping by to leave such beautiful comments for Nellieanna.

      Deb, You are a DARLING.

      Ruby, You are a RAY of positive energy.

      Genna, You are GRACIOUS all around.

      drbj, You are DETERMINED to make me crazy about you!

      Hi to Nellieanna and Hugs to y'all, Maria

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Nellieanna is very special as a poet, as a writer, and as a person. It has been my extreme pleasure to follow her and her exhuberant expressions of artistry in pictures, photos, poetry and prose. Not just occasionally but continuously. May that journey continue as long as she desires.

      Thank you for this lovely tribute to her, Maria. And thank you, Nellieanna, for being YOU!

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      How splendid to see an interview with one of my favorite poets and hubbers. I am truly a fan of her poetry that so uniquely expresses her inimitable perception and point of view about life that surrounds and abounds. :-)

      I love the tools in the junk drawer; Camille and Toulouse; listening to and trusting the gut; the imaginative assertions; Celine; and so much more. This delightful woman is 80 going on 35-40, and I think she’s wonderful.

      Thank you, Maria and Nellieana. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great and interesting interview. I have read some of Nellienna's poetry and it is beautiful. I had never heard, ' Seduces Me ' By Celine. Wow, way to go Nellienna! Thank you Mar. You have a winner again..Cyber Hug to both...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh My word what an awesome wonderful hubber and poetess and all around wonderful human beings.. what a great interview.. I will check out her poems.. I was a Mary Kay Director at age 50 .. how awesome is that? such a coincidence

      thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderful hubber


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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Y'all,

      I am so happy to see these heartfelt comments about Nellieanna. Girlfriend, I could NEVER imagine you dying an old lady! Thanks for your initial impressions and hope you slept well.

      To continue with my descriptives that remind me of you and our friends:

      Kathy- kind

      LaThing- loyal

      Paula- pointed and precious

      Sunnie- sweetly supportive

      Arb- astute

      Sunshine- strong

      Candie- charming

      Gypsy- generous

      Hoping each of you have a beautiful day. Hugs and thanks, Maria

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Maria I absolutely enjoyed this interview with Nellieanna. She writes the most wonderful poetry and I love to listen to her videos. Puts me in another world entirely. Thanks for letting us get to know her better. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      You all leave me breathlessly wondering how I'll ever live up to such sweet compliments. I'll take your sweet thoughts to bed with me, as I'm finally getting to it at nearly 4AM, up to my old habits of being unable to stop, even though I'll be asleep almost as soon as I lie down! I love sleep but it cuts into my awake time! :-) I'll be back and try to do justice to each lovely comment, though. You do make me feel loved! Hugs.

      Candie - Great idea! We'd have a fantastic time! I'd love to have someone to hang out with! :)

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      Candie V 

      8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Nellianna! I'm available for adoption!

      Love this interview Maria! She's a warm and amazing lady and I'm pleased she's visited my little hublet a few times and I enjoy it every time she does!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I was listening to Nellianna's video while reading the interview. This entire hub is as sweet as candy! :)

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      8 years ago from oregon

      She is indefinable and indescribable unless you subscribe to the absurd notion that language can illustrate all things. Many of you know I refer to her as butterfly, but, I have never revealed the why. Because our hub writings are like tended gardens which house the secret us, spilled like seeds in fertile ground . We plant them here and watch with hope that they will bloom and not wither from lack of read. Like a butterfly she validates my garden and has with every seed I’ve ever left. Not once has she ever neglected a single seed, not even the bad ones. I adore her poetry. I am captivated by her immovable spirit, but most of all, I have always been a sucker for radiant butterflies. They add so much to any garden.

      A wonderful interview Maria and I suspect, a hoard of beautiful winged butterflies will decorate this garden, as they should.

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      This interview was so precious. I just think the world of my fellow Texas friend who is lovely and as beautiful as they come. She carries herself with such dignity. Nellieanna is as gifted as they come when it comes to her poetry. When she comes to visit, she leaves her mark, her footprint on your day, your life, and the words stay lingering for such a long time. I am so honored to know Nellieanna and claim her as one of my dearest, sweetest friend.

      Love you Nellieanna and love you too Maria for asking just the right questions. I just knew she was a tool kind of gal! hehe


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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Maria...Your intro to Nellieanna is nothing short of exquisite.....and rightly so, for such an elegant and sweet woman. She has such grace and dignity. I have recently read some of her beautiful poetry.....and loved it, of course....She read from Kahlil Gibran, a book that I received from my mother many, many years ago, when just an 18 year old girl. This is a very touching interview...........Nellieanna is a shining example of a very young heart, regardless of age....UP+++

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Among mere words, letters & symbols are there any to convey a deep but inexpressible sense of all at once - being totally gratified, humbled, grateful and even vindicated by a lovely gesture inspiring more lovely gestures such as these on this page have expressed to me? I can't begin to find any words that are adequate, but to tell you I am touched and teary to be given such kind exposure and responses. If I could, I'd hug you all! When I can see out of these eyes through the mist, I want to tell each of you how richly you've blessed me with your special kind words and sincerity which shines through from them. Makes me feel that maybe I'm doing something right!

      From this honor I could easily feel like Emily Dickinson, Miss America, The Statue of Liberty, Joan of Arc, and that worthy woman described in Proverbs 31, all in one, - though I know how far short I often fall of each of those representations of womanhood. I feel very good to be me, though, which is well - I'm "in here" for the duration!

      The word 'lady' is honorable to me, though it has various nuances. These references to it make me think about them. Once I heard something said in a movie to the effect that, "A lady is how someone is treated". Perhaps partly so, but I believe that a lady must BE and know who she IS, not just a reflection of someone's opinion of her, good or bad. Good opinions are deeply gratifying, though! Thank you, thank you!

      These wise quotes say some of how I feel about being a lady:

      'My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent. '___Ruth Bader Ginsburg

      'I don't want to die an old lady.' ___Edith Piaf

      Same here! ;-)

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh, so beautiful, The person and the interview!... Nellienna, seems to be a beautiful woman, inside and out! She is full of inspirations and zeal in life. Loved her little reading video...... You are a joy for all of us, Nellienna. Thanks for this wonderful interview. I will be visiting you more often, and Mar, you are doing a great job bringing out these wonderful writers! Hugs to you both..... :)

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      What a BEAUTIFUL picture of a beautiful person.. Mar, you have discovered and shared a gold mine of beauty and grace in this interview with Nellienna. I have always so admired the gentle, wise, intelligent and soothing/caring words from Nellienna; in her comments and her many amazing articles. If I were to say that there is one among all of us who is in touch with the greatest and most deep essence of our beings, I'd have to give this recognition to Nellienna. She has experienced this life and, through her travels; both literal and figurative; has become an astoundingly calm, gentle and sweet voice in our world here on HP and, I have no doubt; among her friends and associates. Nellienna has given me much to think about in the short time I've come to know her.....she is one who is thoughtful and contemplative and one who considers before sharing her thoughts. Her beautiful poetry, prose....stories and humor; along with depth of understanding, is outstanding and a gift to those who have come to know her..or who have spent time reading her words...Thank you for a beautiful hub, Mar, and thank you, Nellienna...for being you. Kathy

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Y'all,

      I am not surprised to see so many supportive comments so soon. I will say thanks to each of you, knowing that Nellieanna will be doing the same. I will share what descriptives come to mind about both you and Nellieanna.


      Gail- genteel

      Janine- joyful

      LORD- lyrical

      Bill - bright

      Snakeslane- sweetheart

      Lesley - lovely

      Martie- maternal

      Sha - strong

      Pam -pleasure

      Mike- musing messenger

      Car- charming

      Rich- righteous

      Hope y'all are having a lovely day and Hi to Nellieanna. Hugs, Maria

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      What a wonderful person Nellieanna seems to be. So charming and yet so real. And such a great interview with her. The video was delightful. Great Job, Maria!

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      8 years ago

      How wonderful to learn the widom of this "Golden Girl"! Thanks for sharing her interview!

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

      No one lights up a path like Nellieanna. Her work is a warm rain. Her work is a sparkling diamond mine. Her work is a welcome summer breeze. She is an artist, writer and poet. Her presentations are decorated in grand fashion.

      Nellienna reading your work is a gift. mar again you have presented an All-Star here at Hubpages.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nellieanna has been one of my favorite authors on Hubpages for as long as she has been here. The words you wrote at the start of the hub were perfect. When I think of Nellieanna, I think of a talented lady, with emphasis on lady. She write poems with little flowers strewn about that are so enticing. I do not love all poetry, but I certainly love hers. This was a delightful hub to read. Well done.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful, upbeat lovely lady! Thank you for this most awesome interview. Nellieanna you are a true inspiration and the epitome of all that is woman and her wonder!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I loved Nellieanna since the day I've met her in HubPages in the comment section of my first hub. It was a kind of déjà vu; she was the replica of the mother-character I created in my short stories since I've become a published writer in the '90's, the one with the wisdom and best advice.

      Meeting your famous, most respected and admirable 'character' in CyberSpace, no longer in your mind/imagination but actually there, communicating with you in her own authentic way, is a kind of paranormal experience not easy to explain with words. Much easier to simply adopt her as your (real) mother in CyberSpace, where we are all spirits/souls. I definitely live in two worlds - in real life and in CyberSpace.

      I love Nellieanna as I love my mother. I admire and respect her. For me she is an idol - the embodiment of a perfect woman - graceful, sophisticated, wise, always calm and collected, treasuring love, beauty and all that is good. She covers the ugly with wise words, bright colors and music - she covers her personal heartaches and sad realities with love while she beams peace and joy for all to see and sense. I love the artist in her! I love all of her :)

      Nellieanna, thank you for meaning so much to me and all of us :)

      Maria, and you are my sista in CyberSpace! Between you and Nellieanna I feel like a spoiled little girl daring dangers and all kinds of no-no's without fearing rejection.

      This is a very special interview going straight to my treasure chest :)

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have only recently become acquainted with Nellieanna and have enjoyed learning more about this lovely lady - she is one very classy lady, a wonderful writer and much loved and respected hubber.

      Thank you both!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Mar, Thank you. Nellieanna is an inspiration. I feel very fortunate to have met her here on Hub Pages. Her work is stellar, and her enthusiasm contagious. Pick a page, any page of Nellieanna's and you will be immersed in a refreshing atmosphere of gentle poetic musings and rich offerings of original exquisitely crafted artwork and amazing musical selections. That Nellieanna is now doing live poetry readings for us is icing on the cake! Wonderful interview, I love this woman's sense of humor, pity the innocent guy that got caught up in her hoop skirt, he probably never even knew what hit him! Too funny...

      Good work, voted up and across. Regards, snakeslane

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellie is timeless and a treasure here at HP! Bravo for a wonderful tribute about a woman I admire and like very much! Great job Maria!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Here we go inspired...


      Wish was that little dutch boy

      woulv've kissed her with so much joy

      Smiling and about to cry

      seeing a wonderful woman that kept that... timeless smile"

      Nellie Anna, you easily could've replaced so many actresses with that awesome and charming smile. Your wisdom and charisma goes beyond any explanation. We hope to have you for a long time here in HP. Seduces me by Celine Dion? LOL!

      Beauty is in her heart and her kinbd soul

      knowing that she have left a mark on us all..

      Nelly Anna, shying away my thoughts

      You were blessed since you came from up above...

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, another wonderful interview here and I too would have never guessed that Nellieanna was 80 years old. God bless her and she truly is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for once again sharing about another beautiful lady here. Have of course voted and shared too!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      I have just recently become acquainted with Nellieanna's beautiful writing, poetry and hubs which are so carefully rendered that they feel like opening a gift of spirit, love and beauty.

      I loved reading this interview and learning more about this extraordinary woman.

      Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

      Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love to Both of You,


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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an excellent interview. I would never have guessed in a million years that Ms. Nellieanna was 80 years old. It goes to show that we can still be radiant and beautiful at any age. Her youth shines right through. I am just getting to know her poetry and it is exceptional- full of wisdom and humor. This is a fabulous interview!


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