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Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment Thirteen

Updated on January 10, 2014
A sincere thank you
A sincere thank you | Source
I was on a lonely path until I came to HubPages
I was on a lonely path until I came to HubPages | Source
My number one follower and supporter, Bev, brought me to HubPages.
My number one follower and supporter, Bev, brought me to HubPages. | Source

Lucky thirteen! The drum beat of love continues as I take you into the list of my followers and give you a brief glimpse of some very special people.

I started six months ago next week and in truth it seems like six years. So much has been packed into this half-year, so much learning, so many mistakes and yes, so much friendship. To some, when they read the words that follow, it will all appear to be one flowing b.s. session, but if that is your reaction you simply do not know me. I don’t b.s. I don’t blow smoke and I don’t try to woo with my words. What I do try to do is reach people at the most basic of levels. I try to share my emotions and make contact as a human being. I try to find similarities upon which a friendship can be built.

Some say you can’t form friendships online. I think that is ridiculous! I have been emotionally shaken by the outpouring of love that I have received. I have been humbled by the experiences shared with me in private conversations and because of these online friendships I am a better person.

If those things have not happened to you yet then I suggest you try harder. This is a community of writers, but beneath that description it is a community of human beings, each with a story, each with wisdom and each with a desire to form a connection through our common medium. I will forever be grateful to my love, Bev, for encouraging me to take the first step and join HubPages. After that I will forever be a loyal follower of Tammy, Susan, Linda, Paula and countless others who took the time to embrace me to this group AND encouraged me to keep writing.

I do not write on HubPages to get rich! That simply is not going to happen. I rarely write “evergreen” hubs that appeal to the mass audience. No, I write on HubPages because I have found a group of people who feed my soul with the beauty of their words. Their passion feeds my passion and hopefully they would say the same about me.

Today I pass it forward. All of the love that I received early on I try to send back out now. That is as it should be. Those who simply use HubPages as a scorecard do not interest me. I like to hang with the real people and those who follow are as real as it gets.

Thanks to you all and I’m sending blessings, peace and yes, love, to all of you.

HOLLY FROM THE LONESTAR STATE

Every once in awhile someone comes into our lives who is so genuine, so caring and so compassionate that we instantly feel better about life because of their words. Holly is such a person. I am honored to know her and my only regret is in not being able to sit down with her and enjoy her in person.

Her message is real and it comes from a lifetime of picking herself back up after being knocked to the ground. Please read http://hcporter.hubpages.com/hub/Before-a-tear-hits-the-ground and then click on her “follow” button. There is a very good reason why Holly has so many followers and that reason is because she is one of us. There is no pretense in this woman, no phoniness and she plays no games. She is just the epitome of what it means to be a loving human being.

DAUGHTER OF MAAT

She says I have helped her. That may be so but I can say without hesitation that she has given back to me much more. She says she does not express her feelings that well, but I have found great feeling in her comments to me. She says she can’t write poetry but I find her prose to be very poetic.

She recently passed a personal milestone with her 50th Hub; this is one of my personal favorites . It will give you a good glimpse of the person behind the writing. She is worth following, not because she will faithfully follow you, which she will, but because she is one of the good people on this site.

A GYPSY ROSE

Gypsy Rose Lee is her name on HubPages and this is one interesting Hubber. She is a New York native who now lives in Latvia! If that isn’t interesting enough for you then check out her Hubs; she has eclectic tastes so she is all over the place with her topics, but every time I read one I learn something more.

However, my favorite Hub of hers is http://gypsy-rose-lee.hubpages.com/hub/When-Youre-Young because in it she speaks my language. She has a wonderful sense of humor, she is as loyal as you could hope for, and she is just a very nice human being. Stop what you are doing right now and go visit my friend in Latvia!

A FLOW OF LAVA

Okay, that was corny, but work with me here. Her HubPages name is Jlava73….get it? Lava? Sigh!

It should come as no surprise to any of you who follow me that I wear my emotions on my sleeve for all to see. Risky perhaps but I don’t have time to screw around and wear a mask. This lady does the same. Sadly she has not written that many hubs but many of them speak about her trials in life and about constantly moving forward. Read and then read her two-part Hub about never being alone and you will see what I mean. I consider her a friend; I consider her a good person who simply won’t give up. That, my friends, is quality of character!

BEAUTIFUL SNOWDROPS

The first time I saw her Hub name pop up I loved the name and knew I had to read her work. She has never disappointed me. Never! I suspect she is young although I could not give a solid reason for that suspicion. Her profile tells us little about her but her writing speaks volumes. You could pick any of her works to read and be impressed but this one is my favorite ...sorry Hubber; she is no longer a member as of 10/29/2012.

She is relatively new to HubPages and deserves a huge following. Her writing is everything I believe a writer should attempt to achieve. At times painful to read, at other times celebratory of life, this young woman is one talented writer and I am proud to be her follower.

SADDLE UP COWBOY

It is hard to imagine that any Hub member would not know this next gentleman. I am guilty of letting him slip through the cracks in this series of Hubs. It certainly was not intentional because I consider Wayne to be one of the superb writers on this site.

Wayne writes to the common man (and woman of course). He has the ability to reach inside of my mind and pull out images and memories and make them real again. With an economy of language he releases the floodgates of the human experience and that, folks, is talent.

SWEET PAMELA

Look up the word “loyalty” in the dictionary and you will see a picture of this next Hubber. Not really but hey, it sounds good! Her name is Pamela99 on HubPages and she is as regular as clockwork. I write a Hub and she is there to comment. Now, would you like to know the truly remarkable thing about that? She has been on this site for over two years and has something like 1.7 thousand followers. It’s not like she isn’t established in this community. She has no reason to follow me so faithfully and yet she does.

Read http://pamela99.hubpages.com/hub/Brain-Food-Discovered-in-Medical-Studies and you will get a flavor for her writing style. Her style is easy to read, to the point and a perfect match for those of us who need to keep it simple.

I don’t know why she has chosen to follow me considering her standing in this community but I am very grateful.

SOUTHERN BELLE

I like Crystal Tatum! I like her smile, her warm personality and the core of who she is. You can find her at http://crystaltatum.hubpages.com/hub/Trapped-A-Poem in a poem that speaks to every single one of us.

I like the fact that she is inquisitive; I like the fact that she has been writing since she was six. I like the fact that she bares her soul at times and puts herself out there for all to see. Give her a shout out and spread some Hub love to this fine writer. I would appreciate it….she would appreciate it….and you will be happy that you did.

NO MORE TIME FOR TODAY MY FRIENDS

I guess it all depends on what you want out of HubPages! Do you want to concentrate on making money? I say more power to you! Do you want to improve your craft and get feedback? I say more power to you! If, however, what you want is to make a connection with thousands of other writers on a personal and human level, then step forward and make those connections. I was saddened yesterday when a Hubber I was following decided to quit. She hadn’t received a single comment on a Hub she had worked hard on, one that was out of the box for her, an expression of who she was. She put her heart and soul into it and after four hours nobody had commented. I had earmarked the Hub to read later but unfortunately I didn’t get there in time.

I hate to see that happen. We were all busy with our own lives and this one Hubber, who just needed to hear words of encouragement, felt abandoned. Yes, there are those who will say that she needed to toughen up, that a writer has to be strong and endure those times. I agree with that to a certain extent. I also know that if it hadn’t been for a select few Hubbers who reached out to me my first month, I might have quit. We all need support; writing can be an extremely lonely profession.

That is why I am so grateful to my followers and that is why I will continue to write this series of gratitude. Hubs like this one have no chance of earning me income, but they do have a chance of expressing how deeply grateful I am for those of you who reach out to me daily.

Thank you all!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

For more in this series read the following:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-3

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-Six

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-4

To purchase one of my Kindle books go to:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=William%20D.%20Holland

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow billy am i the first? Lol...exciting....you name more wonderful writers here on the hub...i love how we are family .....you writing these hubs make us even more so...bless you Bill...debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie, for being the first and yes, your description is a good one. We all have a common bond, as a family does. We may bicker at times but we always seem to support one another.

      Blessings and peace to you,

      bill

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi Billybuc-- you are the greatest and I so agree with you about the joy of living and staying in the now--and that happiness is totally an inside job. I love the videos you are doing in your recent hubs-- it's nice to see you in person as well as to read your words. You give me courage to try the video thing myself.

      What I love most about your hubs is the way your authenticity and gratitude both shine through. The world needs more of this. Thumbs up:-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Writing isn't about getting rich - it's about the chance to express yourself as you are! And Hubpages and the support community do it all the time. Ola!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ola, Midget, and you said it every bit as well as I did. Thank you!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      They say the true measure of a man is the company he is associated with. It appears you are surronded by some wonderful hubbers. There are some great writers on this list.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Roberta, I was trying to remember if you had been featured in this and I don't think so....I inevitably forget someone along the way since I am far from organized with such matters. Anyway, thank you so much for your kind words and for being such a faithful follower.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am blessed and I tell you truly, Tammy, that I would have quit within the first month if it hadn't been for your kindness and those like you. Thank you!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill, once again an awesome tribute to your friends! This is a great community, and I am sure these hubbers will be greatly honored that you have respected them in this way!

      "No, I write on HubPages because I have found a group of people who feed my soul with the beauty of their words. Their passion feeds my passion and hopefully they would say the same about me."

      What an incredible paragraph of wisdom and insight Bill! :) All my votes for you today!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Billy, it has been your words of wisdom and encouragement, that have helped me to press on. You speak from the heart, it is so rare these days. Please carry on with your inspiring hubs. It is always a pleasure to read them.

      Graham.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      And once again, great video, just finished watching your video...Life is too short to waste your time! :) Thanks Bill!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Wow Billy! This tribute to many great Hubbers is wonderful

      I am surprised and happy at the same time. I do not stand so high, I just try to keep it simple. I love following you because you are the real thing. What you see is what you get. This is the kind of man I respect. I am following more people than I often have time for, but the Hubbers are all so unique.

      I have never gotten as honest as you about my some of the pain in my past life, except in some small ways. Maybe I will have the courage to write that hub someday. Thank you so much for mentioning me in such a flattering way. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I am humbled by your words. I am grateful and happy if I have given encouragement. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, you are a good man. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, it is I who thanks you! I might as well just be writing a journal if it were not for Hubbers like you who show me encouragement and appreciation. It took me years to work up the courage to be open and honest about my life, and I may have quit if not for you and others who accepted me for who I am.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you Billy. You deserve the respect you receive on Hubpages as a man of integrity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela...:)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      You have been leaving such beautiful comments on my interviews that it's obvious you have much heart!

      I will enjoy reading your work as we love many of the same people in this fine community.

      Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Billy, oh billy, I probably can't feed your soul with my words because I'm not that type of writer. But I will feed you some of my homemade Reeses pieces, among some other crazy experiments from my kitchen.

      What a beautiful tribute to some of the greatest hubbers that I am grateful to have met. And I like the video too! :-) HP has been a great experience...but I have to disagree with you on one thing. I do want to be rich and become the next Hundrednaire on HP LOL. yaahh!!! :-D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! I think it's important to encourage and support. I know it helped me greatly when I was starting out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Turtle, that had me laughing, and I will gladly take those Reeses pieces from you. LOL Thank you my friend and I hope you are doing well.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey GM Bill! I love starting me day reading about the other writers on HP. I don't use Hub to get rich either - ER well I would if I could! Lol. Since that didn't pan out yet I'll keep on reading and making friends too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I know we shouldn't have favorites, but if we did, you would be one of mine. I love your sense of humor and your attitude about life. Thank you my friend.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Billy, Now I know I've made it! To be included in one of your hubs is truly an honor. Clearly, your hubs speak to many. You're a true gentleman with a positive message and we're all so glad you chose to be a part of this community. All my best, Crystal

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, I love your tribute hubs. We truly are in a great community!! :-)

      Votes and shared!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Sorry I'm late to the party...hubby is home today and he seems to think he's more important than my online time. pshah! I follow almost all of these wonderful folks, and want to thank you, once again, for highlighting some awesome writers. I will definitely be visiting the few that I haven't heard of. VUM. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, tell that husband of yours about how priorities work in life. Sheez, he needs to get a grip on reality.

      Thanks Sis!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I love them to, and I will forever be grateful to you for your kindness six months ago.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Crystal, you have definitely made it! I respect you greatly and I wanted to find a way to show you that respect. I'm glad you liked it my young friend.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I follow some of these hubbers but not all - they all sound wonderful! You give back with this hub series and we all appreciate that Bill. xx

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, thank you, and I appreciate you as well...always have...always will.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I always enjoy reading about the hubbers you highlight as there's always at least one who is new to me and has some fantastic articles. You do a great job of bringing attention to some deserving writers!

      I'm sorry about the hubber who got discouraged about not getting comments. That's kind of tough as I do know how much those encouraging words meant to me as a newbie - and how much they still mean!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you and it did bother me that she quit. I took that personally because I remembered how important it was to me early on that someone reach out and comment. Sigh! Well, thank you kindly and I do appreciate you.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I feel the same as Stephanie there are always some hubbers I have not heard of but will check them out. The others I follow I agree with you. Always enjoy reading about your list of hubbers. Voted UP.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      Thanks for pointing me in the direction of some great new people billybuc, because if you think they are great, and if they are anything like YOU, I will be meeting some more incredible people here on hub pages. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, you are so gracious! I don't know what I have done to deserve such a loyal follower but I'm glad I did it. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moonlake, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you and I hope you enjoy your new discoveries.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      You had to just do a video. Now I want one too. That is pretty cool though.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Rasta, good to see you. We just started doing videos and they have been well-received. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Bill,

      It is my privilege to follow and learn from you. I thank you for including little ole me in this edition of your brilliant give back series. I agree too that so many folks today are so unhappy and that happiness is a choice.

      I have found inspiration in your Hubs and by the genuine and sincere way in which you give back and encourage others. I guess a side-effect of true happiness is kindness :) what a pleasant side-effect it is too.

      PIPO contributed to some of my own attitude changes based on your sharing in your Hubs. I have few words to adequately express how I appreciate you and your messages and I just hope that your success will be far reaching so that you will stay for many years to come.

      Thanks to you I will get to meet some other great people today. Thanks for all that you are and all that you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava, it is my pleasure. I receive so many gifts daily from people like you; it just feels good to give back some of that love and gratitude.

      You are special; don't ever forget it.

      bill

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love these hubs..I find new great people to follow!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And they deserve to be followed. Thank you Julie!

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow!! Ijust can't believe it! Sir, this is an honor to be included on your list. There are so many hubbers out there, but you have chosen me on this lucky 13 hub support system.. Im so very glad! Thank you thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Snowdrops, you certainly deserve it and you are welcome. I'm glad you liked it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, in all honesty, I came to HP because I thought I could make money. Once here, though, the payment is much richer than coin or paper. In fact, you are one of my first!

      HubPages is a world-wide ongoing convention of fabulous writers. We share, learn, laugh and cry together. We're free to attend as and when we may and can do so in our pj's!

      HubPages to me is where I can be myself and truly be appreciated. I've made more friends here than I have in the physical world in my entire lifetime!

      We are a blessed, talented group of people. And we learn in the process. I wish I had the time to delve into the tutorials to enhance my hubs, but it really doesn't matter just yet. That's no longer why I'm here. I'm here because of the tremendous amount of talent, support and most of all the LOVE!

      I think 13 just may be your lucky number, my friend. This is the best in your tributary series yet!

      Lots of Love,

      Sha

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      Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

      You're such a great man Billy to write tributes to your followers. And I am honored as one of them. They are really great writers too. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lot, that is very kind of you. Thank you so much and I am humbled that you follow me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck, Sha, you said it better than I did in my hub! Cut that out! LOL

      You are one of the special ones my dear; I love having your friendship and support. Here's to many more years together.

      love,

      bill

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Wow! I'm so touched Billybuc! This is such an honor! To be included by you in this list of wonderful authors means so much. Again, Billy, you have helped me! I was feeling a bit low today, and this made me smile, and totally made my day, if not my week, and month! lol

      I intend to check out everyone else on this list as well, several of these names are new to me. Again, thank you so much for such an honor. It really means a lot, especially today. :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      D, it is my pleasure and you deserve to be mentioned. Now you can pay it forward and give recognition to others in some way.

      I'm glad I made you smile! :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      OH this is amazing! I followed some of the mentioned hubbers, they're really good and talented..a true writer. Thanks for sharing this Billy! All the best.

      votes and ups! and shared!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      thanks for the share and insight. I follow all these. I wonder why.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, it's my pleasure and thank you, once again, for supporting me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, I'm pretty sure I know why! :) Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      If the adage "You get what you give" were measured in "bucks", Bill, you'd be a multi-millionaire. I count myself fortunate to have crossed paths with you. Love this awesome series!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I love this series too! It's so important to give back, as you well know. I consider you the great friend I have never met. Thank you dear lady!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you so much for the mention Bill. I feel like I've just won an Oscar but it means so much more because it comes from a fellow Hubber's and friend's heart. I never thought that I would discover so many talented and wonderful people when I first found HubPages. Now I know I've found the right place because I've learned that this is family. I'm so thrilled I could cry. I look forward to each and every one of your hubs and your videos make me feel as if we're chatting on the phone. Every time I open my e-mail there you all are and all of you are wonderful. Looking forward to many more hubs, interesting comments from everyone on HubPages. Hugs to you from Riga.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my dear, it was my pleasure! I appreciate your support so much; you always have such nice things to say to me. I just wanted to say thank you and tell the community that I think you are something special. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      thanks for highlighting these hubbers for us. I do follow some of these wonderful people and will have to visit the others you posted. You are really bringing the community together through this series.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I considered at one time doing my Top Ten Followers hub but I was afraid I would hurt some feelings of those left off....you would be on that list. I thank you sincerely for your following and friendship.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great writers you have mentioned in here. Time to meet some more. Thanks for writing these installments Billy! Our Community appreciate your being in here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, it is my pleasure. I have received far more than I have given on HubPages.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Awww, Bill, I appreciate the thoughts, but I think you have a lot of loyal followers and all so wonderful. I still echo the thought: Billybuc for president!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, bite your tongue. I wouldn't last ten minutes in politics. I think I'll stick with HubPages! Thank you my friend!

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      Holly 4 years ago from Lone Star State

      I can not believe I missed this one Bill. Thank you, you have me crying here at 345am... I am honored to be your friend and your follower, and I appreciate every ounce of support you selflessly provide to many people here on hubpages. It is not often that I run into positive, motivating individuals, but I am surely glad that I can get to know you better through your writing and through random FB conversations. Perhaps one day we will have that opportunity to sit down and chat... (perhaps once some of our non paying customers pay their bills :) ) Have a wonderful night/day Bill... and thank you so very much for including me on your lucky 13 hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Holly, I didn't realize that you hadn't seen this yet. Usually I try to keep track and make sure that the ones I write about have seen it, but you slipped through the cracks. I'm awfully glad you found this one; it makes me happy to know that you read my words about you, someone I admire greatly. Thank you for everything you provide to all of us on HubPages....more importantly, thank you for being the person you are.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      You set the bar a little high for me with this installment, Bill. No wonder folks are dropping in with high expectations! I do appreciate your good words and I will surely try to deliver on them. I think you have launched a mighty fine journey for yourself her on the Hub. You write from the heart in all that you do and it shows through. You have a real caring about people and that can only help around here. You'll never run out of fans to write about...I am pretty sure of that!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I'm glad you found this one; I remember after I wrote it that I didn't think you had seen it, and then I promptly forgot about it. Sigh, old age! Anyway my friend, I'm just trying to be me and give back the way I was taught to do some many years ago. I think you understand perfectly what I am talking about. :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am sorry to hear of the lost hubber but four hours isn't much time. But guess who was my first comment??? You!!! I feel bad having never realized this hubber was on here and I may have been working, getting dinner ready or being attacked by my dog. Whatever the reason it still makes me feel for her.

      You've continued to choose some fantastic people. Gypsy - such strong faith and always so funny, Jlava - wonderful unique talent and snowdrops always impresses. I am not leaving the others out, just putting them on my list of "must reads".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, the reason I remember that Hubber so well is because she said she was going to try and write from the heart like I do....she was going to open up and see what the reaction was....and there was no reaction. I got to the hub about an hour after she had posted that she was disillusioned and quitting. It made me feel bad; I know it wasn't my responsibility, but it still made me feel bad.

      And so I try to do better for the newcomers. :)

      I'm glad you was your first comment; that brought a smile to my face.

      Thank you Beckie!

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