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Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment Twenty-Three

Updated on October 21, 2013
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Far Too Long

I’m sorry, but I got detoured between the last installment and this one. No excuses really; I just got busy with H.O.W. and trying to save the world, and forgot this important series.

Why is it important? Well, because without my followers I would be some schmuck in Olympia, Washington, writing to himself, like some love-sick high school geek who keeps a diary that nobody will ever see.

Come to think of it, I once was that geek, so maybe the simile fits.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take my membership in the HP Community seriously. Sure, it’s nice to get all those views from Google, and sure it’s nice if something we write goes viral (not that I know what that is like), but for day in, day out interaction, nothing beats the comments we get on our Hubs. I have friends from around the world, and their friendship means the world to me.

There are some members of HP who do not interact. They barely, if ever, comment on the hubs of other people. They just keep pouring out Hubs, sending them off to Google and other search engines, and they might even make money doing that. HubPages is nothing more to them than a means to an end.

I find that sad.

I like being involved on HP! I like the friends I have met and I love hearing about their lives. Why would I ever want to give that up?

I’ve been here now for eleven months. The Big One Anniversary is coming up, and I’ll celebrate that anniversary the same way I celebrate every day on HP….with my HP family.

So here are some more of my loyal followers and friends. Check them out and start following my path, the path of community and friendship on HubPages.

One of the Best

Her real name is Eddy, and you can find her on HP at http://eiddwen.hubpages.com/.

If you don’t know Eddy, you are missing out on one of the finest writers on HubPages. She has been around now for two years, she has over 1,300 followers, and she may be the best poet in the neighborhood.

More than that, though, and I can say this with certainty because Eddy and I are close friends, she is a genuinely good human being who cares deeply about others. She was one of the first to support me, and for ten months now she has been there daily to share, with me, her love of life.

If you are interested in meeting a quality human being, then I strongly suggest you give Eddy a shout out. You might need to shout loudly because she lives in Wales.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Well, there is in my house, and her name on HP is Lovedoctor, and you can find her here at http://lovedoctor926.hubpages.com/.

Why do I like Doc? I guess the main reason is because I gravitate towards people who are genuine and who care about others, and that perfectly describes Doc. Her empathy for others shines through in everything that she writes, and her comments are always detailed and filled with support and encouragement.

Doc, you have a standing invitation from Bev and I; if you are ever on the west coast we are buying you dinner. Thank you my friend, and all of you out there, get to know this classy lady and excellent writer.

Everybody’s Favorite Grandma

Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t, but I have great appreciation for grandmapearl. You can find this lady at http://grandmapearl.hubpages.com/.

The first thing you need to know about Pearl is that she loves birds. She writes about birds; she accumulates knowledge about birds; for all I know, she dreams about birds!

She also has a marvelous sense of humor and she believes in Living Simple, so automatically she gets a gold star for her down-to-earth attitude about life.

Did I mention she is a darn fine writer? Find out for yourself and tell her Bill sent ya!

GIRISHPURI

From India I give you Girish, and you can find this gentleman here http://girishpuri.hubpages.com/.

And he is a gentle man in the truest sense of the word. One of the things I love most about HubPages is the chance to meet others from around the world. Girish is one of those who I instantly respected. He is a kind man who leaves comments that obviously come from his heart. You would be well-advised to get to know this “gentle man.”

What Is a Bizwin

This lady is from England and you can find her here at http://bizwin.hubpages.com/.

She writes about fashion. I write about the human experience, and I know nothing about fashion. We have only two things in common: we are both writers and we are human beings. That has been enough to bond us as online friends and I am grateful for that friendship.

If you are at all interested in fashion then this lady is for you. If you are at all interested in having a follower who will leave meaningful comments on your hubs, then this lady is for you. If you are at all interested in meeting a quality human being, then this lady is for you.

Highland Terrier

From Dublin, Ireland, I give you a Jackeen. Yes, I know, I was confused at first too, but Jackeen simply means someone born and bred in Dublin. You can find my friend at http://highlandterrier.hubpages.com/.

So what can I tell you about this Hubber? Well, I can tell you that the profile says that they distrust politicians. Right there is a good reason to follow this person. J

Seriously, Highland has only written two hubs, but I get a visit from Highland almost daily, leaving a great comment and wishing me well. I respect that kind of loyalty. I hope Highland writes more hubs so I can return the favor.

Have a Spot of Tea in Kenya

Her name is Rosalinem, and this is where you will find her http://rosalinem.hubpages.com/.

She invites you, in her profile, to stop by so she can make you a cup of tea and visit awhile. I like that! This lady embodies everything good about HubPages. She is encouraging, positive, and supportive, and if I ever get to Kenya I’m looking this lady up.

Stop by and say hello to her; I think you will find that I speak the truth about this classy individual.

More? I’m Not Sure!

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this series. I have been writing this for eleven months, and I have tried to reach out to those Hubbers who have been so faithful to me. When I started out I knew nobody; now, my cup runs over with great friends from every corner of the world.

I promised myself when my first year was up that I would re-evaluate what I have done on HubPages, and then choose my future path from those reflections. That is where I am now, so this may or may not be the end of this series.

I know I have left people out, and I apologize for that. All I can do is say thank you to everyone. If you follow me at all, you know that my thank you is sincere and heartfelt. I love HubPages, and I hope you all gain the same level of appreciation that I have found. My only words of advice, if acceptance in this community is your goal, is to give back more than you have received. People in this community have built-in b.s. detectors. They can tell when someone is genuine or when someone is just in this for their own gain.

Again, thank you all! You have given me great happiness these past eleven months.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I just call them as I see them. It's not hard to find the genuine people at HP....the phonies show their true colors pretty fast.

      Eddy is one of my dearest friends....what a class act that lady is! As are you!

      One day Bev and I will knock on your door and I expect you to have several pairs of pants ready and waiting. LOL

      love,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - First of all, there is a particular line in this Hub that definitely reflects one of the reasons I cherish you as a human being. "People in this community have built-in b.s. detectors. They can tell when someone is genuine or when someone is just in this for their own gain." BRAVO MY FRIEND!!! Never could have said it better my self!!!

      And you seem to have saved the best for last. Eddy - what an amazing women in heart, faith, determination and creativity! Lovedoctor - I always find myself humming the song from the band Kiss whenever I read her name..."They call me Doctor love". Great lady with wonderful hubs. Girish - Very intelligent gentleman with wisdom and knowledge for all things pertaining to a healthy lifestyle. He is also a hell of a poet!

      And I thank you for introducing me to three new hubbers I will have the joy of discovering.

      This has been an awesome feat and great series. I can not tell you how many new friends I made through this series and I have you to thank. (Not so sure they will be thankin ya fer sendin little ol me their way!!!LOL)

      Love ya Billy

      Great job and an awesome feat.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, girishpuri! May God bless you as well!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thank you bill, God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, thank you and I agree, Eddy and Doc are something special! The voice of reason? I've come a long way if that is true. LOL

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Sorry to see this series come to an end. Learned a lot about hubbers from you. My tops on your list are Eddy a talented and wonderful poet and friend and lovedoctor whose hubs and comments I always enjoy reading. Will check out the others. Enjoyed your video as always. To me you are the voice of reason. Passing this on. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, it truly was my honor. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I love HP...and I ain't going anywhere else unless they kick me out....naw, they wouldn't do that! :) Thanks buddy!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy once again for honoring me in this tribute. Merry Christmas to you and Bev. doc.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Just look at the beauty of this Village, where we live, play and work !! Friends from EVERYWHERE! Are we lucky or what? bil.....your list of supporters and friends.....fellow-writers & partners in crime just grows and grows!.....Ya...Hoo!.UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Deb; it's been a pleasure writing it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This series was sure a wonderful way to meet some very nice people. Thanks for introducing these great souls, Billy. My life has truly been enriched.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, it's humbling how many people I have as friends on this site, and I cherish you my dear. I've got your back no matter which battle you choose next. Keep caring deeply and I'll keep following you.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Love your consistent and heartfelt generosity Bill! Lovedoc is an old-time favorite of mine - we 'recognized' each other on another writing site- triond - and have been close ever since...she's good peeps..

      You've mentioned a couple in here i'm going to have to check out, but - then - why am i surprised?

      You know everyone - and i'm so glad that i know YOU!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I agree that this is a great community. Thank you for the Christmas wishes; happy holidays to you as well my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Again a fine list of good writers and fine human beings most of whom I read as and when time permits. HP is a great community and thanks to you I have a list of some great hubbers.

      Voted up and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm not leaving HP; I just need to change my focus some. :) I love this community, and I love the friends I have made, like you. Happy Holidays to you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I follow some of these great hubbers you mention, and will look into the others. Your HubPage presence is valued and we only hope that you will continue to be with us through the next year. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, believe me, it is all my pleasure! Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Gonna have to check these hubbers out. In this installment, I am only familiar with 2. Better start reading! Thanks for bringing us these as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, thank you and you are a gem! I feel kind of bad sending this latest storm your way, but we were a little tired of it. :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Another great group of hubbers for us to check out. I think that about 90% of the people I follow are also people you follow (and they all follow you!). I have to chuckle because each time I think I found a new hubber to follow and I leave a comment---there is your thoughtful comment already left ahead of mine! Anyway, the point is you have very good taste and I value your opinion. If you say check this person out, you bet I'm gonna listen! Thanks for introducing us to them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is indeed! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Anytime! Laughter is good for the soul!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you made me laugh....thanks buddy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill it is so awesome of you to bring the spotlight to well deserving hubbers. You da man!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thank you very much. I just try to give back to the community that has been so good to me. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I thank you as always. Where would I be without my fellow Hubbers? I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, despite the current sadness.

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I have always enjoyed these hubs....I have become followers of many, and have already knew many....but I think it is always interesting to hear another persons view on others. You have pointed out many things that I never knew about them.

      Bill, you always manage to make all your hubs interesting....

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Outstanding as always, Bill. I have visited with some of these wonderful people; but not all. I will continue to follow your lead and check them out. This is a wonderful series you have done, my friend. I salute you as being the finest person on these pages, and the acknowledged leader in understanding the population of Hubpages, and offering kudos to other writers here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Toknowinfo, it's always a pleasure and honor to have you visit, and I mean that sincerely. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      K J, what a nice thing for you to write. Thank you for that; you are oh so right about athletes and actors. Today's athletes disgust me for that reason.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, anytime my friend, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, we do what we can do; I think your reason for being gone was pretty damn valid. :) Thank you my friend and I hope things are improving for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Martin; thank you as well.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I am always so humbled when I read anything you write. You express yourself with a sincerity that matches your actions. I have enjoyed each of these installments and all of your writings. So as you start to re-evaluate I will be awaiting what you do.

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      K J Page 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      How rarely people reach out to say thank you to those who lift them up and carry them forward. Most athletes, singers and actors believe we exist to support them and make them great...they forget we follow because we appreciate and enjoy...thank you for being you...

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Bill, I appreciate it and may take you up on your offer. Merry Christmas to you brother.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Another great tribute to those who help you! I have to apologize for my absence as of late. I'm good on the computer for only a short time each day because of my recent medical problems. I'm so far behind in my email notifications it's sad. Hopefully, this will soon be remedied. I know several of the folks you've mentioned and they're great folks to say the least. Great job, my friend!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this tribute to faithful fans.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome Doc!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, believe me, it was my pleasure, and I am proud to be your friend here on HP. Thank you for all that you do for this community! You are appreciated by me! :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Billy, thank you for your kind words & honorable mention. I admire and respect you as a writer and colleague. I am humbled that you and Bev would invite me for lunch and of course I would be more than glad to meet you guys if I'm ever in your area. I am familiar with some of the writers on this list and will check out some of the other hubbers too. voting up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie; bless you, today and always.

      bill

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Merry Christmas Bill.. You choose some great hubbers.. Eiddwen is one of my favorite just like everyone else.

      God Bless you

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, it is my pleasure. Don't be surprised if you show up in one of these as soon as I resurrect this series. I am one very grateful Hubber!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, it is my pleasure. I am very lucky to have met so many fine people such as yourself, and I look forward to our friendship growing in the months to come. Thank you, sincerely, for your support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I know that you are going to be a wonderful addition to the community. You are off to a great start, and I look forward to knowing you better in the months to come. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarah, I agree with you, it is very rare these days. I was shocked when I first joined HP. I never expected the reception that I received. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I never forget my followers. I just run out of time to thank them all individually. I doubt this series is dead, but it feels stale to me right now. I need to back off of it for awhile to give it new life. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful supporter, but more importantly to me, thank you for being who you are. Happy Holidays to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, thank you for your heartfelt comment. If I can every be of help, drop me a line with any questions you have. That's how I learned when I first came, and thank God there were some very kind Hubbers who will willing to help me learn the ropes. Happy Holidays to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you stated it perfectly. This is a special place for me and I will always cherish my time here. Thank you for being a wonderful supporter; you are greatly appreciated by me.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      It's so kind of you to write about the people who have influenced, inspired, or befriended you. This is useful for hubbers who need direction into who they should drop in on. Thanks for sharing.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I am truly touched and very pleased to be counted among your friends and family here on Hubpages! You have been a huge part of my support system as well, and your loyalty is so very much appreciated.

      You have never ceased to amaze me with your informative and awesome articles. I have learned so much from them. We definitely share a lot of things in common, not the least of which is being nearly the same age!

      Thank you for this wonderful surprise my friend--you have made my whole year!

      Pearl

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      So true. The people here are so supportive and friendly; a close-knit community. I rarely ever miss a day here. Even if I have nothing to contribute, it's fun to see what everyone's up to. Sort of like catching up with friends. My only regret is that I didn't come here sooner.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      This is truly wonderful Billy. I hope to form the same relationships you do through hubpages. Many hubs I've read seem to really have created a great community through here. It's very rare to find these days :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wait, what about me? You forgot about me? Lol! Kidding, of course and deep in my heart I don't need anymore of those accolades and special mentions. It's good enough to be part of this great community that allows me to express myself and be myself.

      Pleasure to know you bill and all of the great hubbers out there. Love. Laugh. Live. ~

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hey Bill, ever since I arrived to Hubpages, there have been just a handful of people who have made me feel very welcome and you're one of them. When I read what you write, I can tell its very heartfelt, honest, and with a touch of humility. I naturally gravitate towards that kind of person and writing and I want to thank you so much for being a man of your word and responding to comments, even the ones from me that may not seem like the most endearing. I have been looking for people to help me in learning how this all works as I honestly am trying to figure this all out but this is all so new to me. I find your hubs to be a breath of fresh air in the help department. I also like the fact that you've been there for so many to help them along as I know it's a chain effect, from one hubber to another. Thanks a lot for being you. God bless.

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

      Billy, a great series, I hope you will return to it again, you did a wonderful job of promoting some brilliant HP writers to a wider audience, and I for one, are very greatful. I've met some amazing people here on HP and I love that writers can participate as much or as little as they are comfortable with.

      Although I love the support, and getting to know new writers, not all of us can devote the time we would like to the social side of HP. I know people are here for many different reasons, whether it is to write beautiful verses, promote books and ebooks write interesting articles that can touch, inform and motivate others , some are simple finding a way to earn some money, it is all valid. This place is special because it allows us to experiment to find what we are really good at, some of us may even manage to make a difference. Our aims may be different but we respect each other and that makes a wonderfully nurturing community.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Carol! I don't know any other way to write. :) I appreciate you so much; I hope you know that. Have a great Sunday in Arizona my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hey Bill: As always a lovely tribute to those who you have grown to know and appreciate. You just have that winning way about you..and to think we only know you from what we write..and that is a daunting thought for all of us. I always enjoy your hubs...some are a bit serious and maybe enjoy is not the best word. But I am always left with a new point of view on something. Thanks for always writing from your heart..which is a truly big deal.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Teacher; I feel the same way, or I would have never lasted this long here. It is a pleasure knowing you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you Kindred! I'm not leaving HP...I hope I didn't give that impression. I just need to alter my time allotment and concentrate more on me this next year. You'll have me around as always, prodding and rousing. :) You are a bright spot in my life and we have great times ahead of us.

      love,

      bill

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I stay here on HubPages, not because of the money, but because of the people. The wonderful people here like you, Bill. People who are supportive of their fellow writers and genuinely care about the others in this community.

      I have read some of the people you mention here, and I will have to check out the others.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, LOL...the offer is always open my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Dear Bill,

      Although I so admire your gracious heart....you can keep the rain!

      Thank you,

      Randi

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Each of your hubs in this series has introduced me to writers I might have missed without them. From that introduction, I too have formed new friendships that mean the world to me. Like you, I love this community and I want to maintain the friendships that have developed. You have amazed me Bill. I have a hard time keeping up with all the writers I want to follow. You have managed it and I honestly don't know how.

      I can't predict what the new year will bring but wherever you go, whatever you write, I will be right behind you, eager to see what you will create next. In you, I found a kindred spirit and a friend forever. That, is exactly what hubpages does best. Now, I'm off to read some new hubs and make new friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randy; this is a great community and we will receive more than we give if we are willing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I may do another one of these, but I won't be sure until I re-evaluate after the first of the year. I have so many things I want to accomplish in writing....and not enough time of course.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzzy; I'm not going anywhere; just changing my focus on time and subject matter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle; I wish you a very Happy Holiday season as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary, and I appreciate your kind words. I know I'm a better person, more enriched, because of this community and people like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, gracious words indeed, and I thank you sincerely. As for the rain, enjoy it. We have more if you should want it. We are always happy to share! :)

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      So good of you to mention those affecting your time here, Bill. I too have a few friends I've made here and appreciate their time giving input on my work. One of the best parts of this site.

      SSSSS

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful choices here and couldn't agree more, especially about Eddy. She is such a down to earth lovely woman and is someone I do consider to be a friend, just like you, too. Thanks for sharing a few more also that I need to check out and thank you for continuing this series. Have of course vote up and shared all over!!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are welcome Bill. It was indeed a pleasure to read your fine work. All the best in the New Year.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hello Bill, again, you have thanked a great list of hubbers and my blessings as you decide on the path to take at these crossroads faced by everyone. All the best to you in this Yuletide season!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I agree with you. I love the community here on HubPages. You are right: a person could just write and send their article off to Googleland, and not even care about other Hubbers if they liked.

      I enjoy meeting wonderful people like yourself from all walks of life and from different countries. They all add to my life.

      Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This was great..."if acceptance is your goal, give back more than you receive" wonferful advice in most walks in life! Thank you, Bill. It is always special to walk away from a hub with more than you started and I always walk away from your hubs richer than before! i also enjoy the opportunity to visit more hubbers endorsed by you! Have a great end of the weekend! I am getting a taste of your weather with 3 days of rain:( Up+ and sharing with the hub community!