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Hawaiian Odysseus' OHANA--Outstanding Hubbers And Niches Award
My Fabulous Five
Like the petals of the lovely and delectable plumeria blossom, the five Hubbers I am paying homage to in this article individually and collectively contribute sweet blessings on a daily basis to the HubPages community as well as the entire global village. The sweet fragrance of their combined Hubs permeate Hubsville and create a mystical Shangri-La ambience that only serves to encourage, inspire, and motivate countless others in the genesis of literary efforts par excellence!
The criteria I used? Simple enough.
Which Hubbers provide me with ample, enjoyable, and unique content? You know, significant literary meat that I can sink my teeth into, swallow at will, and enjoy the resulting emotional warmth, intellectual sustenance, and spiritual caffeine for hours, sometimes days, later.
In addition, which Hubbers continuously and faithfully drop by to visit, whether via their own Hubs, comments left on mine, questions asked or answered, or personal messages? In a coconutshell, which Hubbers constitute a dynamic social presence here on HubPages?
Finally, which Hubbers, in my less than professional and always quirky Hawaiian Odysseus manner, have that intrinsic je ne sais quoi , that special chemistry, that elusive magic, if you will, that destines them for the next level ?
The five writers I picked may or may not be familiar names to you, dear reader. But mark my zealous HubPages words, these Hubbers' faces will someday grace the home page of HP as part of the elite penmen that make a huge difference on this wonderful writers' online haven.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my fabulous five !
Three Georgie Lowery Hubs
- My First Mud Mask: Product Review Gone Awry
For the love of peanut butter... why is my face burning? And what's that smell?
- Top Ten Best Tribute Songs
Tribute songs are a popular way for musicians to memorialize those who have passed on. This is my list of the top ten tribute songs of all time.
- Buying Clothes When You're Losing Weight
When you're overweight, buying clothes is depressing. But, when you're losing weight, it's a whole lot more fun. There are some things you should think about, though, when you're transitioning into smaller sizes though weight loss.
Hey, there, Georgie Girl! Georgie Lowery
I had not been on HubPages for very long when I decided that it was high time to become a Hub Hopper. At first, I would read every single Hub that I encountered in the process and post my comments. It didn't take me long to realize that this was burning me out.
So I became more selective, and by that, I mean I started looking at the pictures. No kidding, this Playboy style of reading was very productive for me. Here on HubPages, writers really put some careful thought in selecting the photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, cartoons, etc., that best complement their final drafts. I approached each Hub the way I walk into a thrift store or an estate sale. What visual images lured me with their siren calls? (I'm Hawaiian Odysseus , remember?)
One day, when I was using the Hopper like a television addict uses the remote control, a face flashed before my eyes. And not just any face, mind you, but a woman's face, and it was smeared with what looked like mashed AVOCADO ! I love avocado, so I had to take a second look. Plus, there's a huge bit of fool in my makeup, and I wanted to find out more about this foolishly intriguing Martian female.
And that's how I discovered Georgie Lowery.
To know Georgie is to love Georgie. She has a lot of moxie and pulls no punches with her writing. For example, she has no qualms about sharing her weight control issues with the world, and--by the way--assessing her progress through the latest profile pictures, she has been liberally shedding the extra pounds. I am so very proud of her.
Through reading the plethora of Georgie's articles, I'm busting the myth that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Georgie will be the first to tell you that I learned a few beauty tips as a result of reading one of her enjoyable Hubs.
Three benisan85745 Hubs
- Laughing my pain away...
- Been around the block, and I, I, I, I....
- Huh? Me No Understand You Meester!
*names have been changed to protect the innocent Jobs in Hawaii in your teens, when you are nothing more than a professional mid-day sleeper and pakalolo smoker, tend to deal with the touism part of island living. In other words, you want to...
Ka'imi'loa No Ka 'Oi benisan85745
Let's face it. None of us enjoy pain. Whether it's mental anguish, soul angst, emotional discomfort, or plain a$$-kicking hurt , pain is not what we'd consider a welcome companion.
What if, however, there were no medications or quantities of drugs--not even the illegal stuff--that could effectively stop the pain for 24 hours straight?
How would you live your life?
How would you ever find a way to go to sleep at night?
More importantly, how would you ever find the motivation to wake up each morning?
Fortunately for most of us, we don't have to worry about these nagging questions.
Still, I imagine there's quite a few people experiencing a good amount of pain each day who write for HubPages. Me? Yeah, I have some personal pain I'm dealing with. It's the pain of having to deal with an ugly past. How it affects my loved ones in the present, decades after the ordeals of yesteryear. Daily, I pray for God to help me be a blessing where once I was a curse. Thankfully, the prayers are being answered in the affirmative.
But, you know, all that pales in comparison to the pain a beloved friend--like me, a transplant from the islands and someone I just recently met through HubPages--experiences. And the sadness of it all is that his pain never ever goes away.
His name is Ka'imi'loa--The Seeker --and his HubPages handle is benisan85745. Like me, he, too, has a past that he's not proud of. Like me, he finds refuge and solace in giving of himself here on HubPages. The intensity of his desire to connect with others through his writing, like me, is directly proportional to his earnest prayer for reconciliation with God and making amends with humanity.
The excruciating physical pain Ka'imi'loa has to live with on a daily basis perpetually brings him to that proverbial fork in the road several times a day. He asks himself often, Do I find a way to go on, or do I bite the bullet now?
In respect to those who appreciate excellence in writing, I have to say that I'm grateful that he finds a way to keep on keeping on. And this is where I address the key difference between Ka'imi'loa and me.
This island bruddah has introduced what I think is a unique niche to the HubPages community. When we were kids growing up in Hawai'i (by the way, I am one generation older than Ka'imi'loa), our respective teachers literally nagged and coerced us into discarding our local pidgin English dialect. The prevailing thought was that island youth could only compete successfully with our mainland counterparts if we were taught to speak proper English.
What's really sad is that a beautiful facet of our paradise culture was almost decimated by this tunnel vision style of teaching. Pidgin English is part and parcel of what makes the 50th state characteristically distinct from the other forty-nine members of the union. No one forced us, thankfully, to get rid of our flag because it resembles a Union Jack. So why were our very own mentors trying to force compliance among a sovereign people whose very survival depended upon a hodgepodge language uniting a multitude of different nationalities?
Ka'imi'loa liberally peppers his delightful and humorous narratives with authentic Hawaiian language references as well as the singsong pidgin English dialect. In that sense, he perpetuates Hawaiiana. To do so on an increasingly popular, highly-trafficked, and global forum such as HubPages is incredibly brilliant.
I once told Ka'imi'loa that he'd have made a terrific stand-up comedian. Fortunately for us, he's our in-house bed-ridden comic Hubster. If I had the finances, I'd fly to Arizona every day to talk story with him. Chances are, he'd frequently tease me about sounding like one haole . He'd be right, you know, and-invariably-I'd have to stop him mid-sentence a few times to give me the definition of a Hawaiian word or contemporary pidgin English phrase.
Treat yourself to a HubPages version of a Jamba Juice Tropical Tango and check out some of Ka'imi'loa's Hubs.
Three wetnosedogs Hubs
- Ma Jetter's Girls by Dorothy Thomas book review
My copy of Ma Jeeter's Girls by Dorothy Thomas is 1986, yet the book was published in the 1930's. A school teacher then, Dorothy Thomas resided in Ma Jeeter's Nebraska country home. The book is great for chuckles. The tidbits in this book are told...
- Inexpensive hair cut
If you are into simple styles and want to save some money, get out a good pair of scissors and cut away. With experience, you will be less nervous and get better at it and may even develop your own hair cutting tips along the way. Surely, there...
- Money Saving Mom's Budget
Crystal Paine has worked hard to produce the Money Saving Mom's Budget Book. She teaches what she learned the hard way. Setting big goals and chunk them down to workable goals. She offers a plan from no money to a workable budget. This is a...
How Much is that Doggy in the Window? wetnosedogs
There's a saying--you've heard it--about how dogs resemble their masters.
I'd like to make a point that the opposite can be just as true. There's a Hubber I know who is the personification of the phrase, A dog is a man's best friend.
Fellow literature aficionados, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to wetnosedogs.
But before I continue, I have to interject a bit of a disclaimer that may explain any awkwardness I might encounter as I continue to pay homage to this individual.
Pssst...come closer...okay, I have something to confess. I have, for several months now, engaged in a mutual following with wetnosedogs, and while it is usually easy for me to determine basic traits about the people I follow and/or who follow me, truth be told, I have absolutely no clue as to wetnosedogs' gender.
My gut tells me that wnd is a female. But my island brother, Ka'imi'loa, thinks wnd is a bruddah.
I know I could ask, but the usage of neutral avatars--in wetnosedogs' case, an image of Roscoe the dog--may very well be an indication, loud and clear, that this is a personal and private issue.
You may be thinking at this point that I'm making too big an issue out of something trivial, but I'm merely pointing out one of the characteristics of HubPages--the usage of avatars--that may very well raise this same question for you at some point in your HP sojourn.
Okay, this long disclaimer notwithstanding, let me accentuate the point I really want to make. Simply put, wetnosedogs is a wonderful writer whose two core niches happen to be mystery book reviews (nice segue from one mystery to another, wouldn't you say?) and the facets of life that most of us would easily overlook.
What's truly endearing about wnd's Hubs is the casting of Roscoe and his fellow canines (and Felix, the lone feline in the mix) as models for the digital photos that complement the articles. A bit of rustic chic creates a cute and heartwarming metaphorical bookmark for HubPages readers, and wetnosedogs wields this appealing literary flavor in just the right dosages.
In my heart, what really draws me to read wnd's Hubs as well as respond so favorably is this individual's propensity for being such a faithful follower. While it is statistically true that most followers do not regularly read all or even most of the Hubs of the authors they follow, I am amazed that just about every Hub I've written since wnd and I became mutual followers of each other is graced with a positive comment from wnd.
Semper Fidelis personified...that's the essence of wetnosedogs.
If you're looking to slow the pace of a rat race lifestyle to a comfortable stroll through the Alabama woods, take it from me, you'll find wetnosedogs a faithful companion as well.
Three kashmir56 Hubs
- Has Your Dog Been Displaying Wolf Like Behavior
I have been wondering since my dog passed away a month ago about some of the things she use to do, and why she did them. So I began to do some research to find out something about the different things she has done throughout her life. Because I have.
- For Some Reason Here on HubPages I Always Get The Fe...
All My Followers ! When I first found HubPages it was just because a search on Google brought it up but it had nothing to do what I was searching for. I was curious to know what this HubPages site was and clicked on it. I found it was a writing...
- The Making of The Abbey Road Album Cover
Has the Beatles were working on their last album they were looking for some good ideas for this album cover. They always put much effort in their album cover has they did on the music within that cover of that album, only once did they ever...
Massachusetts is a Great Spelling Bee Stumper...It's Also Home to kashmir56
In the virtual community of HubPages, you don't have to lock your doors. For a guy my age, I love that old school quality about HP.
You won't be able to walk more than a block before getting waved at by one of your neighbors.
A group of four young boys are getting in one last game of marbles before dashing off to school. Just a hundred feet to the north, a couple of girls are skipping rope.
There's old Mrs. Daggett walking home from Mr. Kim's neighborhood grocery store. And who's that handsome man carrying her groceries for her?
Why, that looks like...it is! It's kashmir56!
I chose the above way to introduce kashmir56 to you to accentuate the fact that Tom (his given name) is a real gentleman, a kind and sincere man who spreads a lot of cheer and encouragement to others here on HubPages. Given the tendency for today's social tsunami protocol to be more about numbers rather than personal integrity and true connection with others, it certainly is refreshing to find someone like Tom who is blessed with both social networking savvy and authentic social connection.
Tom's comments on my Hubs reveal a genuinely caring and empathetic soul. Sometimes, you can quickly discern when some commentators are cleverly parroting back just enough of your Hub to make it seem as if they'd read the entire article and were truly engaged in sincere social discourse. Not so with kashmir56. He takes time to discuss specific points while sharing anecdotes drawn from his own similar life experiences.
Tom has over 400 followers and is himself following over 500 individuals here on Hubpages. In two years, he has written 43 Hubs. I mention these numbers to underscore the fact that there isn't just one set rule as to how a member navigates his or her course over the HubPages passageways. For Tom, what appears to have worked and continues to work for him is an emphasis on developing genuine friendships. Building social bridges first, according to Tom's apparent strategy, then enables his big rig semi-trailer Hubs to keep moving forward.
kashmir56 enjoys writing articles about his Christian experience, his love for dogs, his enthusiasm for the Beatles, and his great appreciation for HubPages and the friendships he's made.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then reading, enjoying, and emulating your style after Tom's while simultaneously tweaking it to fit your unique personality and writer's voice might very well lead to your success on HubPages.
Three Karen Hellier Hubs
- 12 Reasons Why I Love My Husband
This is my second marriage to a wonderful man. 12 reasons why I love this man who gives me unconditional love.
- Teach a Coupon Class For Fun and Profit
Ideas of how to teach a coupon class and make money at it.Great couponing tips included.
- Hub Pages is Helping Me Follow My Dream
Writing for Hub Pages is helping fuel my dream of becoming a writer. My dream is to work from home as a writer, and Hub Pages is helping me reach my dream through earnings money online.
Ms. HubPages Personality Karen Hellier
Karen Hellier is the sole reason I'm working on this Hub in the early evening of the third of October, 2012, instead of tending to my eBay business.
A few days ago, Karen issued a Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge via one of her Hubs. Because of my admiration and respect for Karen and a fondness for her delightful writing, I took up the gauntlet. Three days into the challenge, and still not finished with this second Hub (yes, I have some cramming to look forward to), I'm feeling that same kind of deadline anxiety that accompanied being the lead actor in my high school musicals, waking up in a cold sweat as I struggled to remember my lines.
Thankfully, my impulsive nature is matched by a stubborn commitment to finish what I started. By hook or crook, but mostly by the black nectar of caffeine, I will accomplish my mission.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet the Princess Grace of Hubsville, Karen Hellier.
Karen is a prolific writer, yet one never senses any urgency or ambitiousness in her writing. With utter sincerity, I once gave Karen what might arguably be the highest form of praise one writer could ever give another. I told her that reading her wonderful writing was akin to hearing her voice...as if we were sitting across from each other in a coffee shop and casually having an exchange of words. And the voice I hear when I read her work isn't pinched or racing or simply all over the place...it is shy yet moderate, then increasingly confident, and always...always the voice of one who is pleasantly smiling.
If we who are members of HubPages were to select a Welcome Wagon committee for new members, Karen would be my first nominee. It's hard enough to pound out Hub after Hub (as of this writing, Karen has published 116 Hubs in just eight months, the equivalent of almost a Hub every 48 hours); yet Karen also finds time to write sincere and meaningful responses to others' comments as well as read and comment on their writing. The excellent quality of both her article writing and her social commentaries exemplify her proclivity for being personable, accommodating, and accepting.
What is most endearing about Karen Hellier--a quality that comes out in her writing, her social networking, and Christian lifestyle--is her deep love for and commitment to her children and her second husband, a true friend and stalwart support for many years. I mention this because women who work professionally as well as maintain their domestic responsibilities and who still find time to wrestle with the painstaking transition from visualized Hubs to finished product Hubs have got to have knights errant for husbands. If there's one thing I know for sure about Karen Hellier, it's that she is deeply and forever in love with and appreciative of her man.
That said, I imagine there are millions of women similarly situated who are thinking about joining HubPages. (I wish I could just have 1 percent of them signing up under my referral tracker. Ah, an old guy can dream, can't he?) These women and their significant others would do well to read Karen's Hubs and use them as primers for developing their writing skills and long term success stories here on HubPages.
And lest I forget, gentlemen, you, too, would be treated to the creme de la creme by reading Ms. Hellier's written gems.
More Hawaiian Odysseus Award Articles
- HOPE (Hawaiian Odysseus Profile of Excellence) Award...
The birth pains of a new year spur Hawaiian Odysseus into action with yet another of his hubber tributes--the first of many HOPE awards he hopes to sprinkle the calendar with over the next twelve months.
- 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.
Epilogue...and Just Enough of a Hint That There'll Be More!
Okay, so there you have it, dear reader. If you've followed me, you now know a little bit more about the Hubbers who have influenced and inspired me the most.
It was great fun writing this Hub, even if it did involve an extra amount of stress. Good things can occur as a result of increased challenges in one's life. In any event, it was a blessing for me to write this Hub, just as it is my earnest prayer that it will be a blessing for each of the five Hubbers featured herein as well as all of our collective readership.
If I regret anything, it's that I wish I could have had the time and energy to expand the numbers. As I labored over the drafts and corrections for this Hub, I thought of several others who have made a significant impact in my HubPages experience.
On the flip side, reading these words is like diligently watching the rolling credits following a Stan Lee Marvel Comics superhero movie. You just know that there'll be a segue glimpse of the next heroic epic.
I won't make promises I can't keep, so I won't hold myself to any set time as to when this will happen again. But I'd love to drop a few Hansel and Gretel crumbs, just the same.
- A pair of South Africans I'd love to have coffee with
- Someone in Hawaii
- Is there a doctor in the house? (No, but there's a nutritional expert in India!)
- On the border of two eastern states
- A champion Canadian writer
That's it. The credits are all done. You can leave the movie theater now. Don't forget to take your box of popcorn and unfinished cups of Coke with you. Aloha!
Talkin' story on the ol' front porch!