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Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment Six

Updated on November 4, 2013
The gratitude continues.
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I am overdue in my weekly tribute to people who faithfully follow me week in and week out on this site. I find myself approaching several milestones, much quicker than I would have guessed when I started out almost three months ago. I can say with all certainty that none of these milestones would have been reached if it were not for those who have supported me along this journey.

When I began I had self-doubts, not so much about my writing abilities but about whether my style of writing would be well-received. My writing is not what one might call designed for the masses. I do not write info articles (with a couple notable exceptions) nor do I write “how to” articles that are so popular among the internet crowds. I simply write about personal experiences and I add a dash of heart and a pinch of soul and it all comes out in very personal articles.

The danger of doing this, of course, is that one person’s personal experiences may not interest the millions who daily look for their four minutes of stimulation. Search engines are not flooded with “personal experience” searches so when I chose to write in this style I had already limited the number of readers right out of the starting gate. By taking that approach I had to hope that what I was writing about was interesting enough to entice a small number of people to read, and then read again, and keep reading so that I wasn’t writing in a vacuum of my own making.

That is why these tributes to my followers are so important for me to write. It is my way of saying thank you so much for seeing something in my work that has kept you coming back time and time again and by doing so you have filled me with joy and gratitude.

Let us now celebrate some very special people in my life.


Beware of this lady’s bite because it is so much worse than her bark. I was going to share one of Karen’s more sedate works but that would be an injustice to her. Try on and I think you will get a very clear picture of this lady and her sense of justice and her enormous talent.

As for me, I was hooked on her talent early on, but more importantly I was impressed with her willingness to follow along with me on my journey. I’m not sure how similar she and I are but I do know we share a sense of right and wrong and we support each other through hell and high water and that’s not a bad foundation upon which to form a friendship.


When you hear someone described as a nice person what do you think of? I think of this next lady, a truly nice person from the State of Florida. We have formed a bond over the past month or so and her words of praise lift me daily. Read for a wonderful look into the mind and heart of a good person.

This tribute comes with a warning, though: If you have no desire to share in her joy of life and positive attitude then I would suggest you do not read her.


From the frozen North comes my next friend. I have not known him long but what I know is worth exploring. He and I are kindred spirits who love the outdoors and nature and all things related to Mother Earth. Stop by and I swear it will feel like you are sharing a drink around a fire talking to an old friend.

His is a unique talent, one that draws you into his work and makes it feel like your favorite pair of slippers. I was honored when he first read one of my articles and I will be honored in the future when he stops by. His are must reads for anyone who appreciates good literature.


There is a certain type of person I am drawn to, those who have paid their dues in life, who have not had it easy by any stretch of the imagination, and yet exude hope and a positive attitude. Welcome to my next hubber friend, Tams R by screen name. The work I am highlighting here is not a happy story but it is a real story filled with all that is human. This is more than a story; it is an insight into a survivor who sees life as beautiful and accepts that along with that beauty there will be dark days.

If you ever want to feel uplifted then I suggest you befriend her. She can make you feel like the greatest writer on the planet through her comments. I know this because she has done that for me.


This next friend of mine has been a professional writer for thirty years and yet exudes humility at every turn. She blends different styles in her many works but I have chosen the one that I favor most; please read Marcy's work to gain a better appreciation of an artist at the top of her game.

Now for the rest of the story! Despite her many years as a pro Marcy manages to give such praise to newbies like me that we come away feeling like we really do have oodles of talent. In other words, and I’m sure Marcy would say this as well, she believes in giving back and helping newcomers in the way she was helped when she first started out in the business. If you only have limited time to devote to HubPages then I strongly suggest adding Marcy to your list of must-reads.


From Dubai comes an angel! AnGela came upon my radar screen one day about a month ago and it took me very little time to realize just how genuine she was. There is no pretense in this young lady. Her heart and soul are exposed in every piece that she writes. Want an example? Try this one and find out if you don’t agree.

I touched something in her with one of my articles and she is now a good friend. Isn’t that remarkable when you think about it, that we can become friends with others who live so far away? AnGela is the epitome of a kind-hearted soul and I am proud to walk this journey with her.


She is known as Debbie to her friends and I’m guessing she has a ton of friends, on the internet and across the State of Texas. This lady to me is all about love. Now understand, my natural inclination is to stay away from poetry, and yet every time Debbie posts a new poem I am there to read it. Go figure!

This happens to be my favorite but I could easily have picked twenty others; such is her talent. You could be having a horrible day and I promise you if you read one of her poems a smile will fill your heart.


Never fear, I’ll return in a week with some more of my favorite supporters. Luckily I have quite a few to pick from so there will be several more of these articles. I know for a fact that a boomer nurse will show up in the next installment as will a lovely lady from Nepal.

I don’t know if I can convey how lucky I feel to have finally followed my dream to become a writer. The connections I have formed with incredibly talented and caring people have meant the world to me and as I have said before, it it were not for the early support I would have given up on this site.

I do this series first and foremost because I want to say thank you but also because I want to encourage others out there to reach out to the newcomers who need a helping hand as they are starting out. This world needs more writers and poets. This world needs more beauty. This world needs more of the human interactions that I have found in my first three months.

Thank you to all who have read my works. I promise you that I will continue to do what I do, namely write from the heart and give you every ounce of effort I have in each of my writings.

2012 Bill Holland (aka billybuc)


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I am fully aware of where I would be if not for some great Hubbers who took the time to encourage me. Thank you my dear friend.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Shaun - bravewrrior and Debbie Brooks. Two writers I hold dear as well as their amazing versite writing subjects.

      You are a kind man recogizing so many and I thank you as I look forward to reading the others you've listed here.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PH, you are a good person! I'm just giving back to those who have given freely to me these past four months. Thank you my friend!

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great new installment in a wonderful series. It is so encouraging to see people who are supportive and people who are appreciative of each other's efforts. Quite uplifting actually. :)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA


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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You got it, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Sha, tell Florida hello for me!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You truly made my day, my friend! I'm bragging over here in Florida!!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you deserve to be among them all and I greatly appreciate you, more so every day!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Billy! Thank you so much for your inclusion of me in this installment. I'm honored to have exuded the feelings you've so beautifully portrayed of me! Wow! (I know, I'm being redundant, but sometimes the simple words say it all!). I will be sure to read the other hubbers you've touted in this installment.

      Have a wonderful day, my friend!


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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, thank you; I hope you visit these fine writers who are also, in my opinion, quality people.

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      Great intro's to hubbers that might have taken a while to find. Awesome.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jpcmc, thank you! HubPages is a great community and I am grateful each and every day.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Great collection of hubs. It truly pays to have great friends on hubpages. Yuu're definitely a friend to many!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, my pleasure; we meet some quality people on this site, that is for sure, and you are most definitely one of them. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I'm glad you stopped by and read this one in particular. I am inspired and encouraged by writers such as yourself so the feeling is mutual.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You have mentioned some of my favorite people, Rolly and Debbie, just to name a couple..Thank you my friend...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy buc.. that is so nice.. I did not know you did this.. I am so glad I opened this hub up and read it.. You are most awesome. You make me glad that i write.

      Blessing to you my friend


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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pannonica, I would be a pretty lonely writer if it weren't for people like you who continually read my stuff. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I would just be a voice in the wilderness if it weren't for some pretty cool people who follow me faithfully. Thank you for being one of those people.

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      Pannonica 6 years ago

      Bill, Amazing. This is one of the reasons why I love hubpages. Where else you could find someone who takes time out of their day to thank others for their help and support.

      Some of the hubbers I have come across, the others I will check out.

      Continue writing in your inevitable style, I love to follow your experiences in life and waiting to discover your next step.

      Great hub, thank you.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a great way to say thank-you to your friends! Indeed, we can not get to where we want to be without our friends :)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, thank you. These are quality writers all who have the unique ability to bring beauty into our world. They deserve support and admiration!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, thank you as always and I wish you a peaceful and love-filled day as you continue to add to the beauty of the world through your words.

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      Lesleysherwood 6 years ago

      This is lovely and echoing another comment, what a brilliant way for us all to get to know each other. Thank you.

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      KatrineDalMonte 6 years ago

      Well done Bill as always. A great appreciation of your friends who support you and care about you. Take care and best wishes :-)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Marcy, you deserve all the accolades that you receive. You are highly regarded on this site as you should be and I'm just grateful that I found you, or was found by you, and we can now travel this road together. Thank you my friend!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      You are too kind, Billy! Thanks for the very sweet words - I love your hubs and the heart and tenderness your writing shows. I will try hard to live up to your example, and to the compliments you've given me here!

      Voted, and cried a bit, too!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And so it shall be, Deborah!

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      I would be honored, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, I'm glad you enjoyed this and I am fairly certain you will be on the next installment so stay tuned.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tams, whatever the nature of your dark days, I wish you well and hope things turn around for you soon. Thank you sincerely for following and for your very kind words. Take care of you and I look forward to the day when happiness returns to you.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fashion, you are very welcome and I hope you like HubPages!

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for introducing us to more great writers. I know some of these people, but there are a few names that are new to me who I will check out. And, by the way, I recently discovered Imkarn and agree wholeheartedly with you - she is one funny lady!

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      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      Wow Bill. I am honored. Your time could not have been more perfect to say these kind words about me and my writing.

      Experiencing a few dark days here and having a difficult time finding my way through the clouds.

      I believe there is a reason (though we may dislike the mountain we must climb to determine what that is) but a reason nonetheless for everything.

      Many times we find our way to some of the most amazingly beautiful things, people and places because of a light once thought a necessity in our lives is suddenly shut off.

      You are an amazing writer. You speak with your heart and from your pain and experiences, both good and bad.

      You open your life up to allow others to learn.

      From you, I learnt an entirely different way of seeing someone I had all but excluded in my life. For that, I am eternally grateful as I get an unforeseen opportunity to love that person in a new way with new eyes. I only pray he will awaken and see it through his affliction with alcoholism.

      I hope to be out of my muck here soon and get back to regular commenting and writing.

      Keep it up! I'll catch up on all your writings.

      Thank You!

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      FashionHouse 6 years ago from In Between Here And There

      Since I am new, I must check these out. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana, I will do that and we will travel this journey together. I promise it will be one hell of a ride. :) Thank you so much my dear!

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      Dana Strang 6 years ago from Ohio

      Another beautifully written tribute. You describe your friends with such beauty and sincerity that I can't help but want to rush off and meet them. What a wonderful community this HubPages is and how lucky I am to have crossed paths with one of it's finest members. Keep writing from the heart. Your stories enrich our lives with every word. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Natasha I love it when you stop by to comment. Thank you once again and I hope you enjoy these writers as much as I do.

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      Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I love it when you publish one of these because I get to discover all sorts of new, great hubbers! I always check out the people you mention because experience shows me the people you write about are well-worth investigating.

      Voted up and useful!

      Thanks for another informative list.


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