HOPE (Hawaiian Odysseus Profile of Excellence) Award--Tillsontitan
Prior to reading this hub, had you ever heard of Tillson, NY, before?
No Better Reason
What in the world would possess a Pacific Islander/Asian man, relatively new to HubPages, to begin yet another award series that pays tribute to fellow hubbers?
The HubPages gurus would graciously remind me that this particular genre of articles has no chance of enjoying an evergreen longevity. I would most definitely agree with that assessment.
The reasons I do this are several layers deep, but for the sake of brevity and holding the reader's attention, it comes down to one simple hyphenated word: win-win.
Allow me to explain.
If we're gut-level honest with ourselves, we writers realize that what we do--this passionate affair of writing--is to meet a very basic, perhaps even primal need to connect with others.
We write that others may read. Maybe, they'll even take time to give us feedback. That, in turn, motivates us to write even more. And if readers turn into a loyal following, why, that's just gravy on mashed potatoes. (Actually, I really wanted to write fish and poi, but I'm truly trying to go poly-cultural here.)
We reciprocate by reading what others have written. It enhances our perspective on issues, broadens our horizons, and ultimately shrinks our world. Cyber connection by way of our pooled literary efforts is an excellent means of punctuating our very existence. It affirms our reason for being.
For better or for worse--it really doesn't matter--those of us who are in the autumn or winter of our lives understand this compelling need to inscribe our marks on the global cave wall.
Rene Descartes philosophized: I think, therefore I am.
Each of us declares: I write, therefore I am.
Neil Diamond sang: I am, I said.
Similarly, each of us posits: I am, I write.
Julius Caesar mused: I came, I saw, I conquered.
Likewise, each hubber asserts: I joined, I hubbed, I connected.
First Honorary HOPE Award Recipient
Tillson, a relatively unassuming hamlet located in Ulster County in our country's eleventh state, is a 180-degree disparity from the metropolitan, skyscraper-congested image one immediately conjures up at the mere mention of New York.
According to the 2010 census, Tillson is home to approximately 1586 people. Almost two-thirds of its adult residents are married. Family, pride of place, and education are indelibly etched into the character of this little town.
An underlying trait of Tillson that sets it apart from most municipalities of similar size is the tendency of its residents to work at home. Whether this is a colonial issue or a contemporary avant-garde lifestyle, the featured writer in this article is smack dab in her comfort zone.
Who is she? Well, she's certainly no shrinking violet. One look at her costumed avatar on HubPages will convince you that she's definitely not shy. On the contrary, she's larger than life and, undoubtedly, large on life.
Ladies and gentlemen, she's tillsontitan...the Who cares about Snow White? I'm in charge here! wicked queen of Hubsville, the provocative alter ego of lovable and charismatic writer extraordinaire, Mary Craig.
To Know Her is to Love Her
As a Christian, I know that the very best way for anyone to get to know God is to dig into His Word.
It's my unshakable belief that the same tenet holds true for us mortals. That is, the very best way we can know a fellow writer and engage in (pardon the pun) a long distance pen pal relationship is to voraciously read his or her writing. It's especially nice here in Hubsville when the admired writer reciprocates.
Why? Because, as I'll reiterate time and again in this projected new award series, successful writing involves at its very core this huge and intriguing concept of connecting with others.
When Mary writes, in a huge reversal of her avatar character, she becomes Gretel, leaving bread crumbs throughout the lines of each article. Figuratively, she's saying to her readers, Look, I'm leaving these doughy lines along the trail. To connect with me--to truly get who I am--simply connect the dots.
Ever since I read the first of dozens of tillsontitan hubs, one of the excellent literary pieces to be headlined later in this article (Criminal Minds: The TV Show and Characters), I've been avidly connecting the dots. And at the risk of gaining a few pounds as I savor the tasty morsels, I'm getting to know and more fully appreciate this very talented writer.
Five Recommended Hubs Written by tillsontitan
- Criminal Minds: The TV Show and Characters
There are many detective and crime shows on TV but Criminal Minds is a bit different. Criminal Minds focuses on the criminal rather than the crime. An elite team of profilers spend the show delving into the mind, motive, and type of persons...
- A Commencement Speech at Graduation
We've all sat through commencement speeches from pre-school to college. How good or bad are they? Don't you wonder if you could do better? I did, but now I'm not so sure. Read my attempt.
- Photo Books: And Snapfish and Shutterfly
Everyone takes pictures but then what? Do you get them developed and leave them in drawer? Maybe, because they are digital, you don't even get them developed.....how about a Photo Book? Let a digital photo printing service help you do the work!
- Developing and Maintaining a Sense of Humor for Stre...
Not everyone has a sense of humor, I'm sure you've noticed that....everyone however does deal with stress....why not put the two together and learn to deal with stress by using your sense of humor?
- How to Become a Super Hero Geek
Do you know what a geek is? You most likely know of super heroes, but what about a suoper hero geek? Its easy to become one....maybe you're already there! Why not find out about this interesting modern-day personality?
Joie de Vivre!
I think I have it pegged...the reason I so readily gravitate to the literary style of tillsontitan.
Carefully phrasing this to avoid sounding like the other half of a cliche-ridden mutual admiration society, the thing I truly enjoy about this small town New Yorker's approach to writing is her willingness to take huge risks.
Over-the-top, award-winning avatars aside, tillsontitan is not afraid to play the fool! How dare I ever think I had that market cornered? Truth be told, I read her hubs for inspiration!
Is it a sexagenarian thing, I wonder? The fact that we know we're this close to eternity and want to experience and share everything we can with the people we love and respect...the fact that we stopped spending needless energy worrying about what other people think, thus freeing us up to tap into immense, untapped cerebral reservoirs...the fact that somewhere along the line we discovered how playing the fool was synonymous with childlike innocence and freedom...
Whatever it is, this vibrant and prolific writer is constantly in your face with her tomfoolery.
She'll jump off any cliff and learn all about parachutes during the free fall.
She'll go swimming with a great white shark and declare, Why, Grandma, what great big teeth you have!
She'll run forty laps around Tillson and call it her New York City Marathon, all the while dressed as Cruella Deville.
But don't take my word for it, dear reader. Go find out for yourself. Plug her HubPages handle in the search window above, or click the links I've liberally provided, or--if you somehow came upon this article in an internet search (hey, I'm 60 and clueless about how this all works!)--then by all means, follow the long cyber trail of literary bread crumbs.
Chances are tillsontitan will have an assortment of freshly baked cookies and a tall glass of milk waiting for you. Ultimately, when she removes her super-heroine costume and multiple layers of adventuresome persona, Mary's a lovely, down to earth, and practical wife, mom, and grandma...the kind of solid, genuine, and personable individual you'd find at the core of a small town like Tillson.
More Hawaiian Odysseus Hub Awards
- Hawaiian Odysseus' OHANA--rajan jolly
One of the most prolific and dedicated writers I've had the pleasure of meeting during my first year at HubPages is also one of the most humble human beings. I'm honored to pay tribute to him here.
- Hawaiian Odysseus' MAD COW HubPages Award
What's the knock on MAD COW anyway? This writer happens to think our bovine friend is definitely deserving of some respect and appreciation.
- Hawaiian Odysseus' OHANA--Outstanding Hubbers And Ni...
At the end of his seventh month of residence in the friendly global community of HubPages, Hawaiian Odysseus honors five of his favorite pen pals.