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Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment Eighteen

Updated on August 31, 2012

Why I Love HubPages

It is once again time to say thank you to some special people in my life. The one thing I know for sure about HubPages is that there are some wonderful people on this site who are incredibly faithful. For the benefit of the newcomers, I will tell you that I was a newcomer eight months ago. I was nervous and unsure of my abilities, and I doubted seriously if HubPages was the place for me. Why would anyone read that stuff I write? Why would anyone even be interested enough to comment?

I have gone back and read some of my earliest stuff and quite frankly it is junk. I guess I could fix it up so it reads better, but I like to keep those first couple Hubs around as a reminder of how far I have come. The other reason I enjoy looking at those dogs is because there are several people who, despite the poor quality of the writing, took the time to encourage me and make me feel like I belonged on this forum. I see those early comments and I think “that’s why I love HubPages.”

This is a community of writers who support each other. I’m sure there are those who just write on this site to make money, but man oh man, that is a slow “get rich” scheme. For me, I’m in it for the long run, and I feel a responsibility to reach out to others so they know that they belong. I like the “paying it forward” tradition, and today I’d like to pay it forward to some Hubbers who have been supportive of me. Maybe, if you get the chance, you will take the time to visit their sites and make them feel welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks to all of my supporters!
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TRIPLE A MOM

Wendy is her real name and she is a smiling bundle of energy who loves being a mother. She is also relatively new to HubPages but she has made herself an active member very quickly.

I guess what I love about Wendy the most is her positive attitude and her eclectic writing style. Check out http://tripleamom.hubpages.com/hub/Keys-History for a great history of the Florida Keys, but you could just as easily read other Hubs about parenting, children activities, or saving money. She is loyal, intelligent, and personable. That’s the trifecta in my book!

SUZETTENAPLES

From Naples, Florida, comes our next guest, Suzette by name, and she is a joy! Suzette is a retired school teacher who put in her time for decades, and now soaks up the sun in Florida, but continues to teach through her Hubs.

I saw this hub http://suzettenaples.hubpages.com/hub/Faeries-Brownies-and-other-nymphs and thought she was going to give a recipe about brownies! Nope, she was teaching again, and like all of her Hubs it was fascinating. Stop by and see her and tell her Bill sent you.

CARLY

Have you ever met someone and instantly felt a kinship to them? Well, that’s how I felt when I first met Carly about a month ago. There was something so genuine, open and honest about her, that I wanted to know her not only as a fellow Hubber but as a friend.

And today we are, and my respect for her has only grown. Carly is an art therapist and she will gladly explain that to you in http://carlysullens.hubpages.com/hub/What-Is-Art-Therapy. Read it, leave a comment, and then do yourself a favor and get to know her. How often do you get the chance to meet someone who is so real?

VELLUR

From Dubai comes Vellur, and in her profile she tells us that her passion is writing! How cool is that? Read her Hubs and that passion will shine through. One of my favorites of her Hubs is this one, a very uplifting message http://vellur.hubpages.com/hub/Get-Up-and-Get-Going.

I can’t categorize her Hubs; she is all over the board, covering a wide range of topics, and every single one of her Hubs is terrifically done. She and I started just about the same time and I have come to respect her greatly.

MIDGET38

On HubPages she is known as Midget, but to her friends she is Michelle, and I can tell you this with complete sincerity: she is about as faithful a follower as anyone could ever hope to have. I am not making this up: I usually post my Hubs at 7:00 a.m. each day….by 7:05 a.m. Michelle has read and written a comment. I could set my watch by her time, if I wore a watch. J

I gravitate towards inspirational Hubs and this is a good one http://midget38.hubpages.com/hub/In-the-turbulent-sea-of-humanity. I love the message, a message of positive affirmation for human beings. Come to think of it, that pretty well summarizes who Michelle is.

TOBUSINESS

Meet Jo from the U.K., and in the process meet a fine, fine writer. Do you want something romantic? Give this one at try http://tobusiness.hubpages.com/hub/If-Today-Was-All-We-Had. I read it and had to take a cold shower.

Seriously, she just showed up one day on my doorstep and started commenting on my Hubs. Then she came in for a glass of milk and a short visit. Pretty soon we were friends who support each other on every Hub.

Jo is everything that is great about HubPages! Pay her a visit and she just might invite you in for a glass of milk!

A Moment With Bill

TOKNOWINFO

I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know this Hubbers name. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know where she lives. I do know that she is a counselor and a mother and that she has been on HubPages for two years and has close to 1,000 followers. I think that says quite a bit about her right there.

I can’t give you a brief capsule summary of her work because she jumps around from topic to topic, writing about whatever interests her at the moment, and doing it each time with talent. Read this one http://toknowinfo.hubpages.com/hub/Children-and-Eating-Habits and see if you don’t agree with me.

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SO MANY MORE TO GO

Time has run out for this installment, but check back in a couple weeks and I’ll have another for you. I already have the names chosen for the next one, and the next one, and……

I am a lucky man! I love what I’m doing and I love my friends on HubPages. I really think we should have a HubPages convention on the West Coast. We could have it at Stephanie’s house in Bend, or Candie’s house on the Peninsula. I’ll name a date and we’ll all just show up at their house with drinks and food. Wouldn’t they just love that?

By the way, my first follower….http://kingmaxler.hubpages.com/…she just happens to be the love of my life, Bev!

Leave some comments….become part of this community….who knows, you just might like it!

Until next time, thank you one and all, for continued support. I hope you feel I give as much as I receive!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Yes indeed Bill this hubpages community loves you back bro and in so many ways, and paying it forward is the best way to show you care for the likes of others here. You my friend are my top supporter here on hubpages and I will always find my way back to my good friend that you are.

      Your wife is lucky she has you Bill, but more then anything you are truly lucky to have her support in every way as a hubber, and my wife does the same for me in everything I do web related that is, LOL.

      I dont know all of these folks here, and I will get to them in due time, as you know I took a Youtube rest break, and will be back as soon as I sense a pulse over there as well. See you soon, and don't stop for nothing Bill, we got your back bro!

      Awesome installment, keep them coming man. I loved it! thumbs up! & out!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      OMG, Bill. I can't believe you mentioned me again! What a lovely surprise. I chuckle now when I hear you say you didn't know if you belonged in this writer's forum. I remember your hesitant comments in the beginning. You are one of the best writers here on HP and so enthusiastic! You are the teacher, here, Bill. You teach us about life with your own life experiences. I have learned so much from you! You are so supportive and encouraging. And, I love the passion you have for the wrongs in this world. It is amazing what you have done with that indian reservation story. Why, you got the media on that and hopefully some good will come to that reservation because of you. Thank you for all you do for HP and the love and encouragement you heap on us writers. I enjoy your hubs so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you take all the break you need; you do more than most and everything you do is high quality. And speaking of giving back to the community....I have learned a few things from you buddy!

      I'll keep doing what I'm doing, you keep doing what you are doing, and we'll back each other up the entire way.

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I just have this need to say thank you each and every day. I love writing so much, but I also love the friends I have made on HubPages! It's a thrill for me to meet people like you, and they are all over the world! I just find that amazing and so gratifying. Thank you so much for being the person that you are!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I honestly don't know how you do it! You have 994 followers. I don't know how many you follow, but I do know you're right there for each and every one of us. At the drop of a dime, no less! You also promote new hubbers, you have your FB string going on and I know you have many clients for whom you have (paying) deadlines to meet!

      Yet you still find the time to help Bev in the garden and actually take quality time with your love.

      You are the most caring man I've met. I really am amazed how you find the time to support and fight for others given all you have on your plate. What is your secret?

      It doesn't matter. I love you because of who you are.

      Enjoy your weekend. I hope you and Bev take advantage of the 3 day weekend (what's that to a freelancer, huh?) and spend some quality time together.

      Love Ya!

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love you too and thank you! I'll tell you the secret....I am driven to make up for the lost years when all I could do was tip a bottle upside down. I have time to make up and dreams to chase, and I just try to do as much as I can....as for helping people, and I don't want this to sound trite...but I wouldn't be alive if some special people didn't reach out to me....and I sure as hell wouldn't be on HubPages if some people hadn't supported me early on....so now I need to give back.

      I hope you are well my friend; I feel for you because I know how frustrated you are.....if I can be of any help please let me know.

      Have a great weekend.

      love you,

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ah, Bill...such a generous man! i will aspire to make one of your lists one fine day! voting up!

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      Lord De Cross 4 years ago

      Bill, you caught me off guard. Wherever I go I stayed tuned to HP. Great installment putting on the spotlight people that follow you every day. Still remember your first week in here. Your writing gas become that quintassential result to our fears and unconscious longing for deeper changes in this USA. Thanks for all your efforts my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Leslie! You know....or maybe you don't....I think you are one of the more fascinating people on HubPages....I love the fire that burns inside of you....and your willingness to cut through the bullshit....I greatly respect you and I just wanted you to know that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, if you remember my first week then I am honored....it was a blur for me fueled by fear and insecurity. By the way, the fact that you and I speak the same language and care so deeply means we will be friends for life. I hope that's okay with you. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is one of my favorite series and the reason why I will remember you as the first guy who reached out to me on HP. Bring it! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, it was my pleasure! You are an excellent writer and an even better person. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm fine Bill. My freelance career has taken off, but I'm discovering that due to my time limtations, I need to back off on bidding jobs, because I'm being accepted! That may sound contradictory, but once I write for someone, they give me new assignments. They must like my output, huh? Then I get another client who wants me to write for them and I don't have the time! I'm in a catch 22. I want to write for a living, but in order to do so, it has to meet or exceed what I'm making in accounting. At 10-15 hours a week, it ain't happenin'!

      I've now learned not to bid on a job if I have something in the wings. I don't want to make promises I can't keep and I don't want to be flagged as someone who doesn't complete assignments

      Anyway, I blithered again. That is so Sha, huh?

      You're the best. I mean that with all my heart!

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      kaikai 4 years ago from TX

      That's sweet.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KaiO22liu....thank you!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, another great list of awesome hubbers, and I am going to investigate your lovely wifes hubs! lol!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Lovely, lovely tribute to all these folks and to you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell; she will appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you have most definitely a Catch 22...but at least they like your work so you have a foundation to build from. I got myself into a similar situation and finally had to say "no'.....I can 'think of worse situations for me at least.

      Thank you dear; I happen to think you are pretty special too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Audrey!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      gosh...Bill your support system purely indicates how humble you are inspite of the heights you have touched. Jai ho, my friend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      You are such an awesome hubber Bill. Another great list of excellent writers, many I am familiar with and agree with you on. Those I do not I will check out "cause me buddy bill says they're cool dudes!!"

      You are such a presence here, there are probably not many hubbers who do not know billybuc!! My Irish toast to you sir:

      " Here's to you, here's to me, the best of friends we'll always be. But if we ever disagree, forget you here's to ME!!"

      And one for the road:-

      " May your joys be as bright as the morning,

      And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,

      In the sunlight of love. May you have enough

      happiness to keep you sweet. Enough trials to

      keep you strong. Enough sorrows to keep you human.

      Enough hope to keep you happy. Enough failure to

      keep you humble. Enough success to keep you eager.

      Enough friends to give you comfort. Enough faith and

      courage in yourself to banish sadness. Enough wealth

      to meet your needs. And one thing more: enough

      determination to make each day a more wonderful day

      than the day before."

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      As always you are such a class act and just wonderful man who I am glad to call a friend. I do love this series, it it proves over and over why I truly enjoy reading your articles and getting to know about you everyday. I also feel blessed to have gotten to read so many by you already and today, two in one day!! Thank you seriously for just being you. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too as always!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, some day you'll have to tell me where Seaford, New York is....I have never heard of it.

      As for your comment my dear, you are so nice you usually leave me speechless. Thank you, and I am very happy to call you a friend as well. Have a wonderful weekend with that great family of your and thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, that was a lovely thing to say.....heights? I wouldn't have accomplished anything if not for the people who follow me....thus, this series just keeps going and going. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, only you could give me a toast that had me howling and then follow it up with a toast that brought tears to my eyes. If that isn't Irish I don't know what is!

      I love that second toast; I had never heard it before. It really is a beautiful toast....anyway....thank you Suzie! I am humbled by your words and grateful for your friendship.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      As always bill, you always show your gratitude to other Hubbers on here! I'm with Julie: one of my favorite series. You've stuck with me all the way through since I started and that's why I consider you a great Hubber and friend! :) Glad to see Michelle on this list!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, truth be known Michelle kind of fell through the cracks and somehow I forgot about her....no excuse but there you go. And of course I stuck with you; you are a good person and an excellent writer. I stick with winners!

      Thanks buddy!

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Bill you are amazing. A heart of gold for sure. I have loved reading these because if you like a hubber they are bound to be good and I have followed many thanks to your advice. I am VERY honored to be mentioned here. This is definately a great community. Can't wait to get back in full swing after school starting!!! Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wendy, it was my pleasure! It is just a small gesture of thanks for all the times you have supported my hubs. I appreciate you greatly. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, I am so pleased that I rated high enough to be included in your hub. I am surprised you don't know much about me, I freely talk about myself, but pretty much only if I am asked. My name is Rhonda, I live in Long Island, New York. I am 52 years old, but most people mistakenly think I am about 40. I am a petite woman, with the gift of being able to eat my favorite food everyday without gaining weight (I love almost every flavor of Ben and Jerry's icecream). I am a gemini. I am very friendly. I love to travel and cook and I am an animal lover. I have 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds, and fish. It was important to me to be a stay at home Mom when my kids were little. After my kids got bigger I went back to school for my masters in mental health counseling, but my undergraduate degree is in accounting. But being a Mom is my favorite and most important contribution I can make to this world. I love to learn, I love to write, and I have many interests and hobbies. I am a pretty humorous person, more so one on one, than in my writing. And each time I write a hub, I enjoy Billy, that you have left me a comment. I find you a blessing on Hub Pages, and am very glad we have become hubber friends. Thank you will all my heart for all your comments, and for honoring me by mentioning me as you have.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      toknowinfo--I am an LCSW and am glad Bill mentioned you. Found your page and can't wait to read some of your stuff.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy You have to be the sweetest man and hubber.. You are so good to us.. thank you from the bottom of my heart

      sharing

      debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie, but I'm just giving back that which was freely given to me.

      Peace and happiness to you my dear,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, that was a lovely gift; thank you for telling me so much about you. Now I truly feel like I have a connection with you.

      I love that being a mom is your greatest contribution, but my goodness you are accomplished in so many other ways....I think you won my heart with the Ben and Jerry's reference. :)

      I appreciate you greatly my dear; thank you for the friendship and for being who you are.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      My friend, my mentor, my soul buddy, I am honored that you mentioned me and you put me in such amazing company. I always love your installments because you give a snippet of these amazing writers that I might not of found other wise.

      Some of my favorite hubbers are because you alerted me to them. I appreciate the shot out! I feel like I need to go clean up my profile in case it get any visitors, LOL.

      Thank you dearly my friend. But more importantly, I am just glad to know you and read your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly my friend, I only mention quality people, and you were a pretty obvious choice. You have that indefinable quality about you.....well, you know! Thank you for just being who you are.....you mean a lot to me.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What?... I'm not going to read this, just because my name has already been mentioned. :)) By the way, these are good supporters of mine also.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Martin, thanks for reading it anyway....you do know that you were already in one of these, right?

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, I am glad that you know more about me. I was hoping not to bore you in talking about myself, but at least now I am not an enigma.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Rhonda, you are definitely not an enigma now. Thank you!....and please call me Bill....

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Another terrific installment as always Bill :) You are a unique addition to HubPages!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Another beautiful hub from ever so caring person! :)

      Very well said, I am following some of them and will 'start' following the others. Any friend of Billy is a friend of mine :))

      Love the community here, Thanks..... Voting up.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      I think that it is Absolutely Awesome that you show such gratitude to those that encourage and support you!!! Michelle has definitely been a huge supporter for me as well!!! I am not familiar with the others mentioned but I will be sure to check them out!!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I echo everything said by Suzettenaples. You're a kind and very generous man, thank you for the mention here. I cannot begin to express my appreciation for your constant support, I don't know how you manage to support and encourage so many writers here on HP, but I'm so glad you do.

      I've been meaning to give Bev a visit, must do it today. Take care my friend, love and best wishes to you and Bev.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another fantastic hub tribute to some really great hubbers. You're right Bill this is one really terrific community. Here's to many more hubs to share and passing this on.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bill...shucks....wish I had caught this earlier! .thank you so much! It's a pleasure being a follower.....my apologies for not catching this the first thing because I'm down with a flu!!

      This comes as a pleasant surprise......and thanks a lot! You really do cherish your followers and deserve them indeed!(and next time, I'll be the first to come in!!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I'm going to hope that unique is good! LOL Thank you my friend and have a great weekend in South Africa!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, LaThing, what a nice thing to say. They will appreciate your following as they are all good people. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, I hope you find the time to do so; they are fantastic Hubbers and nice people! Thank you my dear and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you so much! I will send along your greeting to Bev, and I wish you a wonderful weekend in the UK.....and you are very welcome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! If you can't tell, I love HubPages and I'm so glad I'm a part of the community.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I had a laugh over the fact that you missed this one....after me saying you were always the first....but the time difference got you on this one since I posted it six hours later in the day. I'm glad you liked it because you deserve my thanks.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Billybuc rides again! These are wonderful hubs about wonderful people, and what inspired me to write the "My Hubbers" series. We are all in this together and sharing each other, each other's hubs...that's what its all about. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are so supportive....if I could do a Hubber's Hall of Fame without hurting feelings, you would be in it. Thank you my dear friend and have a great weekend.

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      great hub bill! it is indeed nice to stop once in a while, think of the journey traveled and thank the people responsible for making it a success, I cannot agree more!

      Beautiful , voted way up! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shruti! I am nothing as a writer if not for those who support me. Including you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What what wonderful tribute to great writers here on Hub Pages. I will have to check them out, as some I have not heard of or read their work. You are special to give thanks to others who support you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! I am so appreciative of those who take the time to follow me; this is just my way of saying thank you....and I say thank you to you as well.

      Peace and happiness always

      bill

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc thank you very much for your mention am honored to be on your list. I enjoy reading your works and each one is a gem with precious lessons to be remembered. Thank you once again, you made my day :).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very happy that this made your day Vellur; you are a gem as far as I'm concerned. Thank you!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Bill you have too many followers to name them all, just remember we all love you, no matter who you name. Your hubs are great, they teach us about different things. You don't repeat your hubs like some of us do:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Michele, thanks! There are times it feels like I repeat myself and get stale. I really appreciate your comment and your following. Have a great weekend.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      As I have gone over the comments? Everything has already been said and is so true!! Great job my Friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well done my friend. These are my favorite hubs. Such a joy to learn a bit more about those wonderful folks who make up our hub family. A great tribute to your supporters and to you Bill!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, as a newbie only 3 short months ago, you were the first to reach out and welcome me. You have no idea how much that meant to me. I had never published anything beyond a letter to the editor of a local newspaper and a little newsletter that I formed as part of my non-profit organization some years ago. I had no idea what I would find here but I wanted to give it a try. 50+ hubs later, I can say it has been the best thing I've ever done for myself. I have a long way to go but the community here is incredible.

      Personally, I think Hubpages should name you it's AMBASSADOR. You are more than paying it forward sir!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love that you honor all these people. I also remember you being there when I started and had not a clue. Still don't have a lot of clues but I can still email you and nag a little bit. You always answer me right away..and I cannot tell you what that means. Sometimes you can feel lost here and have to reach out. Thanks billybuc..you are one great person.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I so enjoyed reading this “A big thank you” and the tribute you have written. Hubpages is a wonderful place to be. Although my work and personal life pulls me away from time to time, I always come back, just like a homing pigeon. Billy, you are one of the reasons HP is such a delight. The support and encouragement from fellow hubbers, and the friendship and understanding shine in your words. :-)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Maybe I don't frequent HP as much as I'd love to. Well, because I have a life outside HP too and that's what pays my bill. Lol! I write because I'm passionate about it and I'm not bothered (yet) about my few cents earning.(: Of course, it'll be nice to really see them grow. But I frequent here because I love reading and I try to catch up and read as much as I can whenever I get the chance. And time permitting, I always look forward to reading your hubs because: 1. They are very inspirational, 2. They are useful and beautiful 3. They are sincerely and honestly written.

      I always pick up something from you billybuc and on this hub, it is to go back and read some of my earliest hubs because as you said and I quote: "quite frankly it is junk." (: I'm pretty sure this applies to me considering the time I joined HP--it was during one of those moments of weakness and vulnerability.

      I love your way of paying forward and giving back to the community -- the HP community....long live billybuc.

      Thanks for being an inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JThomp....thank you Sir! It's good to be a Hubber!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you are just too nice! I love my Hub family and can't imagine not belonging to it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, thank you my friend! I did not know I was the first to reach out to you, but I'm very happy that I did. You are an excellent writer and I am happy that you have stuck around and become a part of the community.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you! Now you understand why I do this; I reached out to others eight months ago and they embraced me and made me feel like I belonged. That meant the world to me and now it's my turn to do the same.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I am the lucky one! I had the opportunity to meet another Hubber today and it was like we were family, like we had known each other for decades. I think that is so cool; this community is the best!

      Thank you Genna!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I am almost embarrassed when I read my first four hubs; but I had to learn the hard way, and luckily there were people who were patient with me and gave me room to grow. If not for them I would have quit early on because quite frankly I had serious doubts whether I could write or not.

      Thank you my friend; you are a blessing to me, as are all the Hubbers I know.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      You never cease to amaze me Bill! I was so enthralled with this series that I had to go back through each of the 17 previous hubs to take note of the marvelous community members whom you have acknowledged. I agree, they are truly talented, kind, generous, considerate, bright, spiritual, oh what the heck, you name it, people. And...it is clear they respect you as much as you respect them.

      Your dedication to the craft and to this site has earned you the accolades of your peers.

      I have met some unique and talented people here at HubPages and I am so grateful you, my friend, are one of them!

      Carry on, Carry on!

      Bruce

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      These are wonderful picks Bill!! What you said about Michelle is spot on, she's awesome! ^_^ voted up and sharing

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't imagine reading a hub without a thought from you, you bring us the impossible to the realization that we can do whatever it takes to make this world a better place. I am honered to follow you. You make me smile and yet you make me act to help. God bless you my friend..

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nice work, Billy, and what a great way to get people's names out there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I will, indeed, carry on. This is my passion now, much the same as booze was for so long; only difference is that writing won't kill me. :) Pretty big difference! I appreciate you my friend, and I look forward to working together on that project.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, I'm glad you are friends with Michelle; stop by the others and you will find more MIchelles. Thank you my friend and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, what a lovely thing for you to say. You just made my Sunday morning as I sit here with a big smile on my face. Thank you my friend; have a restful Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Avian, support is so important in this community. It gives us appreciation and encouragement, and I think that is very important for a writer. Thank you my friend!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A lovely tribute billy to some wonderful writers here on HP.

      I too read some of my early hubs and cringe, I'm embarrassed when someone comments on one, but like you - I keep them to remind me how far I've come with the help of my followers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Movie, I will read one of the old ones every once in awhile...it's a great ego buster. LOL Thank you!

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      I know the people you honor are standing a little taller and smiling a little brighter. Great hub, again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dee; I hope you are right!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Another great installment, you'll never cease to amaze me with your kind words billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, thank you, but honestly, this is just my repayment for those who helped me when I was floundering early on. I appreciate your kind words Sir!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      I plan on visiting the hubs of those you mentioned. I already read from suzettennaples and she is excellent.

      What a lovely tribute to this forum.

      Above and beyond that, it is cool that you met the love of your life here on the hub:-0)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robin, my life is just very rewarding right now. Of course, I have paid my dues, but the positive far outnumber the negatives and I love life. I thank you for your kindness; you are one of those people I would really like to meet at the HubPages Convention....if they ever held one. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      More awesome hubbers that I'll have to check out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am lucky Glimmer; this site has given me riches beyond my wildest imagination! Thank you!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Tobusiness was the 2nd comment I received when I started here. You were the first. She is my buddy from across the pond! Carly Sullens always grabs my attention with her informative and intersting subject. Again, I thank you for the other writers I will be visiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tobusiness is a very sweet person....I believe her name is Jo....and she is incredibly loyal.

      You are welcome, Beckie, and thank you!

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