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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, The 4th Recipient of the Coveted Lollipop Award Is...

Updated on May 6, 2017
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... someone that is loved by many, respected by all, and brings everything to the table in everything that is written.

What's life without a little suspense? Live a little, people!

So, what can I tell you about the benefits of Hubpages that hasn't already been said?

Let's see... the Hubpage community is one of sharing, assisting, and love. (No, that's already been mentioned.) Hubpages.com gives writers a chance to present their wares and interests to the public.. (No, that's been said, too.) Hmmm... Hubpages.com does it's best to work within the realm of Google to ensure its writers maximum exposure to web traffic. (No, that's been mentioned as well.)

This is tough. How about this?

Hubpages.com people are some of the most intelligent writers and friendly people in the field of writing!

Okay, so that's been said! But, you know what? It's true! Take a look at some of the other websites that compete with Hubpages.com and you'll find much less commenting and supporting taking place. Read their comments and you'll find critiques that resemble the "Return Of The Trolls" instead of helpful suggestions and words of confidence.

Hubpages.com has less than its share of "those that comment without reading" and "those that just want to start an argument." They're much fewer in number and quickly recognize they don't belong in this type of environment. That type of behavior is simply unacceptable on Hubpages.com.

The Chordettes - Lollipop

Oh yeah, you wanted to know who the next winner is.

(Hold on, I'm getting there. I've caught the dreaded "Hot Air" disease that's spread by politicians in an election year. : )

So what is the Lollipop Award? No, Shirley Temple didn't hand it out on her good ship. The Lollipop award was initially the idea of Chris In Hawaii in a moment of hublove for all In his words:

“The Unofficial HubPages Lollipop Award is a virtual lollipop, but unlike the lollipops you get at the dentist's office (which I'm sure are given out with no ulterior motives involving job security), there isn't a whole bowl filled with these lollipops. No, there is only one single Lollipop Award on the planet, and the only way to receive it is to have it awarded to you by the current Lollipop Award holder.

The award is given to a Hubber who you feel is deserving of some special recognition, someone who embodies all that is great about HubPages... someone who is a giver and not just a taker, if you know what I mean...”

So, now you know.

Bill Holland (a.k.a. billybuc) http://billybuc.hubpages.com/ was the first recipient of this award, and a very deserving one at that. Bill continues to assist new hubbers get a foothold on Hubpages.com, as well as supporting as many of the experienced hubbers he can. Bill has so many trophies, and is so loving of his wife Bev, he decided to pass it on instead of making her dust it.

Another great hubber I completely respect in her writing as well as the kindness and understanding she displays as a human being, Linda Crist (a.k.a. lrc7815) http://lrc7815.hubpages.com/ ) received it from Bill last week. Linda never wanted to part with it. In fact, her fingerprints are permanently embedded in the hard shell candy coating. She is still licking the tips of her fingers in memory.

On Saturday, I awoke after a full overnight stint of writing to find I'd been awarded the Lollipop Award. I was shocked, to say the least. Of all the fantastic people on Hubpages.com, I'd been chosen.

How could this be? I'm not a writer of facts and figures. I'm a creative writer that journeys into the disaster I call my mind and pulls out tidbits to assemble into some form of entertainment. I'd even won my Hubnugget for a hub on the paranormal.

I do visit a lot of hubs and attempt to leave comments that demonstrate I've really read the hub. And, I do try to help new hubbers any way I can to get started here. But, perhaps, what I do best is to allow the reader to forget the problems of everyday life (for a much needed break) and just enjoy the world of comedy or fantasy for a while.

But, there's so many people that do so much more.

Don't get me wrong. I was exceptionally honored. But, I simply don't look at taking care of family the best I can as something worth being noted. That's what family members do without thinking of getting anything back in return! Right?

Obviously, Linda made a mistake!

So, before the mistake is discovered and Linda comes and takes the Lollipop Award back, let me pass it on to a most deserving individual.

The 4th Recipient of the Hubpages Lollipop Award is……………

Drum Roll Please!

...someone that has done a lot for so many hubbers.

Tension is killing you, isn't it? Just keep reading, I'll get there in a minute.

Who could I choose? I have about 50 people that are most deserving. Let's see, I've got to choose someone that has done their best to assist others, written quality hubs, isn't afraid to make real and supportive comments on hubs, and will represent the award in the manner it was intended.

My list is now down to 49.

I went to my cats and they said to ask Bill's dog. I went to him and said to ask Bill, who knows better than to answer his calls. (Got the monkey off your back once and don't want it again, do you, Bill? lol)

So, I've got to get the monkey off of me before I get fleas or arrested for keeping an exotic animal against the law. A decision must be made!

Okay, I'm down to five. One, I've just written a tribute to, and wouldn't know what to say to all the comments she'd receive without repeating ones just written. Another is extremely supportive, but is busy with a new grandbaby right now. I don't want to stick a monkey in the same house and wake up the baby, as I feel she'll soon get the award anyway. Another possible has two little girls that are currently driving her crazy in the world of bathrooms and band-aids. She, too, should be receiving it in the near future, I'm sure, as she is very deserving. And still another made a mistake (like Linda) and put my name and picture in a hub about top comedy writers. If I gave it to her, people would think this whole award thing was fixed!

That just leaves……….

Maria! I just met a girl named Maria!  Okay, I'll stop singing when you start visiting her hubs!
Maria! I just met a girl named Maria! Okay, I'll stop singing when you start visiting her hubs!

Maria Jordan, the 4th Recipient of the Lollipop Award!!!!!

Maria (a.k.a. marcoujor) http://marcoujor.hubpages.com/ has written well over 40… that's OVER FORTY interviews about the folks of Hubpages.com. In these personal get togethers, Maria helps the readers to get to know the writer as a real person by asking personal questions that dig deep to assist in getting the answers we all wish to know. She's interviewed the Hubpage long timers, in addition to the newcomers that show definite promise.

Maria is also known for leaving tremendous comments for the hubbers she visits. Forget the "loved it, goodbye" type of comment. Get ready to feel the emotion she brings and relish it.

Besides the interviews, her writings, (and there are many) cover everything from rock music artists to touching memories of personal stories of those that have deeply touched her life. You are aware of the quality of this person just by reading her work. She is amazing!

So, there you have it. Dry the sweat beads off your upper lip and relax your heart. Didn't mean to put you through such stress (Well, maybe I did), but admit it, Maria is definitely worth the wait!

One thing, Maria. You now have the monkey of passing this fine award on to a great and deserving recipient. It's a hefty responsibility and one that must be made quickly.

I'm glad it's you and not me!

Muhahahaha!


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Shirley Temple "Good Ship Lollipop"

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic tribute to Maria and also a chance to get to know your writing, Rich. I haven't been around much lately either but this award drew me in - how could I resist such amazing people? I loved the drum roll and even waited respectfully while it played... had a wonderful time here! :-)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - Creativity has no place on HP's ... as they're making it very clear. I wouldn't expect anything else of them. It was so good of you to make me a choice and do the interview. Perhaps, another time ... another place. You'll always be my Sis! Luv Ya!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bro,

      I have been meaning to tell you, that with sadness and resignation, I "saved" our interviews...it has now been about three months on that matter. Despite Pamela's best intentions and my excellent " next choice", I don't have to be rejected this many times, not to have been given the hint long ago. Despite my sweet facade, I am very much your little Sista!

      And YOU, my Rich, are truly a winner in all aspects to me. Hugs, Sis

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Debbie - So good to see you! No, I'm not around here much anymore. It's not that I don't appreciate my friends, just my discontent with some of the processes that have been put in place here. I will have to catch up, as I wasn't aware the Lollipop had travel to so many since I last visited. You will do fine in awarding it, I'm sure! You're a complete pro and your words flow much more freely than mine! God Bless!

      Maria - Three months ago, I would have thought I'd be with HP's forever. Then, as you are aware, double standard moderating and the hiding of our work simply made me decide to take my creativity elsewhere. I do miss many of the friends on HP's, as they are absolutely fantastic people. Still, I'm seeing that many have left, as I, or have reduced their offerings here, and increased them elsewhere. It is sad that the community was divided by those that do not understand that a writer gives so much of themselves to their work, and doesn't want it hidden ... even the Hubnugget Award Winners that were once judged superior works by those that now decide to hide them. You are a dear friend, and will always be so. I'm glad this remains out for others to view as you are truly a winner in all aspects of life. Many thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hiya Rich,

      Wowee, do things change up around here in three months... this comment stream is really like a flowing stream...?? I had to proverbially "shift my sweet gears" and buy a fresh Lollipop to pass to my Sista, who...let's face it...might as well be my twin as everyone mixes up our names, my Martie Coetser...!

      So lovely to see Robin, Pam and Debbie...Congrats to our current recipient and best of luck as you ponder this sweet decision!

      Hugs to all, Maria

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Richard.. I have missed your wit.. you ARE the funniest and the most delightful and you choice one of the most wonderful hubbers Marie.. she is most awesome.. I am reading all the lollipop awards hubs .. Leslie did me the honor of awarding me # 8.. and oh my goodness. I have no idea what to do with it..lol.. so I am reading and pondering and laughing and I love it.. so Richard do me a favor.. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME to know what int he world do I do next? lol..

      Many blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Pam -

      You're really too kind. I just try to get people to leave their troubles behind and smile a while! lol I've seen you at Maria's hubs many times and knows she appreciates it greatly. She's seriously a great asset to the Hubpages community! Many thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Robin - Really good to see you here! Thanks so for your kind words. Please check out Maria's hubs. I'm sure you'll find them not only interesting, but really helpful in getting to know many of the hubbers a whole lot better. She works so hard to get them the spotlight they deserve. Thanks for the comments!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Your humor is fantastic and I always enjoy your hubs so much. Clever topic again! Maria is fantastic and I have always read her hubs. Lollipop award is top notch!

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats to you, Bill and Maria. Have to look her up and read her material. This is what's so much fun on the hub (lip smacking lollipop good).

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - So good to see you! I'm thinking Docmo crunched and hasn't had a chance to get to the store and buy a new one! : ) Keep On Smiling, Sis!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith, Peggy, Sha, Rosyel and the sweetest, Rich,

      Thank you for keeping this tradition alive with your warm and supportive comments. I sent Docmo...the 5th recipient a quick note reminding him he had hung onto that lollipop long enough to finish...and he had better name a successor LIKETY SPLIT...with a fresh piece of candy! hee-hee...

      Have a sweet and peaceful weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rosyel - Chris in Hawaii started this a few weeks ago. I can't say enough good about any of the winners so far, except myself, which I still consider a mistake, and my choice, Maria, is an absolutely fabulous individual. Take some time and read her interviews and you'll see first hand what she does to get hubbers the recognition they deserve. Many Thanks!

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice! I didn't even know there's such an award here. LOL! Congratulations to all the awardees! Keep up the great work! ^_^

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Shauna - Good to see you! What can I say about Maria that you haven't already stated. She's just an absolutely fantastic person and extremely well deserving of the award. I didn't unwrap mine, being a diabetic, so it's safe coming from me. After than, I know nothing ... I know nothing! lol Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rich, Maria is so deserving of this award and to give her a dose of her own medicine, Shirley Temple's 'Good Ship Lollipop' is the coup de gras! Maria is truly amazing. She's the female equivalent of billybuc to HP. I don't know how she juggles everything on her personal plate and still finds time for us! I certainly haven't figured out the formula since I quit my job and write full time! Maybe because I'm no longer an accountant???

      Anyway, rambling aside.... Maria is the perfect choice for the lollipop award! I just hope there's a new one passed on each time or someone's going to get sick before they reach the stick!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Peg -

      So good to have you stop in! Maria is definitely a fantastic individual. Choosing her was really a no brainer for me as she's helped so many get recognition in her interview hubs, and writes other fantastic hubs, too! I know both her and I appreciate your kind words. Many Thanks!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Nicely done and congratulations to you RC on this achievement and for passing it along so valiantly to Marcoujor. The suspense nearly killed me as I sped-read to the great reveal. Then what a delightful surprise it was to find this dedication to Maria who is well deserving of the Lollipop Award in every category. It is a pleasure to read her work and even more so to call her a friend.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Praise God dear one, Maria, you and your family are okay. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nell, Rajan, Suzie and sweet Rich,

      Sorry it has been a few days since I have touched based as we are still getting back on our feet from Hurricane Sandy... We are grateful to have our electricity back ... Our township has postponed Halloween until Saturday night for safety due to down trees and generators.

      It always feels so cozy to come back here and say HI... Hope you are all well. Hugs and have a peaceful night, Maria

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Suzie -

      First, let me thank you so much for your extremely kind words. They mean a great deal, believe me. Maria is definitely a worthy and most deserving recipient. Her efforts to help those on HP's get the recognition they deserve are endless! Thank you so much for stopping in and commenting! Much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Richard,

      Well, well, well! I did not know t'was you who received no.3 so firstly MEGA CONGRATS!! What a well deserved recipient you are. In the short space of time I have gotten to know you and your excellent work, You are a much loved and respected creative spirit that pushes the boundaries through such exciting work. You are also a wonderful commentator and I always love reading your original comments on my work and on others!

      Well done on leading us on a suspense filled journey to no.4, a lady who definitely fits the bill and more! Congrats tenfold Maria!

      Apologies for being late to the party Richard, VU, votes a plenty and sharing on !:-)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rajan - Maria is truly a great individual and an amazing hubber. She continues to do interviews acknowledging the great people here on HP's. Just a remarkable individual! Thanks so for your kind words!

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

      Richard, excellent choice of Maria for the Lollipop award. After all the build up to the excitement of revealing the name....finally another worthy successor.

      Full marks to you my friend.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Nell - Maria is well deserving of the "Lollipop Award" as you know. She does so much for all hubbers and her interviews are a great way for all to get to know some great people. You were right there... oh, so close... as you too do a tremendous amount. I'm sure it'll be coming your way shortly! Many Thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Yeah, what a great award! the Lollipop! there are so many great writers on here who spread the hub love and you did a great job!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Colin - So easy to do when it's with one so sweet and generous as Maria! I'm sure you'll agree! Many Thanks!

      Tess - So good to see you! I can't take credit for the idea. That was all Chris in Hawaii. I just passed it on after being the 3rd recipient. I only attempted to do it a eloquently as Maria definitely deserved. She's a sweetheart to so many and an amazing person! Many Thanks!

      Maria - I have a hub for you anytime you need a lift, for sure! You've only missed one hub of mine. Much of my material is now going on my blog. You're always welcome! People love you, lady! I couldn't have chosen a more worthy person!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I needed a sweet fix and thought I would visit, Rich... These comments are RIGHT up my alley as they all REFLECT what a fabulous choice you will always be. Thanks again and I am behind in my READING in your corner.

      Have a great day. Hugs, Maria

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      How SWEET!!! A lollipop award from Rich. A lollipop will never lose its sweet substance on how it gives someone a heart of a child. I remember the lollipops from my dentist (just like you mentioned here) and why do they give lollipops away when sweets are not good for the teeth?

      Well this Lollipop virtual Award is worth it. The recipient can still savour it. Hope it doesn't melt too far in time for the next lucky hubber.

      What an inventive idea, Rich! Love and enjoyed this hub and the passing on of the Lollipop Award, lol! Before I forget, I'd like to say CONGRATULATIONS boys (including you) and girls!!

      Funny, awesome and interesting!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....thanks for sharing your hub love .

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Myz - Thanks for the comments! Glad you enjoyed it! Maria's a very worthy award recipient, to say the least! Many Thanks!

      Julie - But it's already been given away! lol We'll have to see who Docmo picks now that Maria's given it to him! Many Thanks!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      This award just cracks me up. Me me me!! LOL

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

      Whew!!! I really njoyed reading this hub Rich!!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Liz - Thanks for stopping in! Maria is a very deserving winner, to say the least. The sharing she does, as well as, the many interviews she showcases all the great hubbers is a tremendous asset to HP's. Many Thanks for your kind words!

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      Eunice Elizabeth 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Congrats on the much coveted Lollipop award !! Best award bar none because it is passed on with much thought. All deserving recipients...excellent job on building great anticipation on the hand off !

      Congratulations again !

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Deborah -

      So good to see you, my dear!

      Maria is absolutely fantastic and well deserving of this award. She's done so much for so many people. I'm so glad you agree with my decision!

      Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! Greatly Appreciated!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Richard awesome choice you are so nice my friend.. giving love to other hubbers..

      Debbie

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mohan - You are well worthy of the award, my friend! Maria made a great choice when she picked you. I understand your feeling of shock, as I was in the same state of being. Keep it a few days and then make your selection. We all know you won't disappoint with your selection! Many Thanks!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Rich well done on your award and what a great choice for your own award.. I ma now in complete shock at being chosen as the next recipient and have the unenviable task of picking the next... Thanks Rich for your funny, fantastic hub!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Rich, Whew...thanks for the warning! I just handled one of the most RAMBLING comments of my HubVille career on the "announcement hub"! Thanks for your visit and support of my successor...sweet!

      Shiningirisheyes, SIMPLY wonderful to meet you and I will look forward to STOPPING by your work as well.

      Real, You are REALLY the REAL deal...OK, maybe I'm being REDUNDANT but I REALLY mean it...thank you!

      Have a good night y'all. Hugs, Maria

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Kelly - Glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for the comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That's hilarious...you guys are killing me with this...! Ha! I'm just an all day sucker...lol

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      shiningirisheyes - Maria is definitely someone to get familiar with. She does a great job in all of her efforts, as well as, introducing hubbers to the HP community. She's absolutely fantastic! Thanks for your kind words. Greatly appreciated!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Your humor is fantastic. I am fairly new here and appreciate your introducing me to what sounds like a wonderful hubber.

      I will be making it a point to visit her page.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - Good Morning! I'll be looking forward to seeing who you've selected for this honor! I know you're used to answering multiple comments on your hubs, so get ready for the onslaught! lol Have a great day!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Y'all,

      Xstatic, It is eXCELLENT to meet you.

      Tirelesstraveler, THANKS for your kind words.

      Linda, I appreciate your gracious comment and will LOVE checking out your writing as well.

      Rich, I am heading out to class this morning. Although I have RELISHED my sweet Lollipop Award, later this afternoon about 3PM EST, I plan to publish the announcement our our next RECIPIENT.

      Hugs to y'all, Maria

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Linda - You're only too kind. I sincerely appreciated the honor. But you know me by now, I love to see people laugh! Please take some time and get to know Maria. She's a fabulous person and has helped so many here at Hubpages. I know you'll enjoy her hubs! Thanks ever so much for everything!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I don't know how I missed it but I didn't get a notification that you had pried this little baby out of your own sticky hands. Let me make one thing clear -

      I did NOT make a mistake. You more than deserved this delightful little sweet treat.

      With that said. Let me contratulate once more and then I am off to introduce myself to the lovely Maria who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet. Take a bit of a break and revel in your accomplishment.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      tirelesstraveler - How good of you to visit! Maria's an absolutely fantastic individual. I can't imagine being in one of her classes. It would make me want to attend, which would've been an oddity for my college days. She really does a great job getting hubbers recognition so they can move forward to their goals. I appreciate your kind comments! Many Thanks!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I am certainly going to have to remember the drum roll. It was the perfect touch to lend drama and anticipation to the affair. Voted up and awesome. Very good choice.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - So good to see you today! I managed a 30 minute nap or so, and then made it until 5 this morning before having to crash. You have so many fans that love you! Just shows people really do appreciate the love you spread!

      Faith - Have a great day!

      Jim - I really appreciate your backing on this decision. Maria is a gem that stands out so brightly, it was a very simple task with one so deserving. I did my best to keep the suspense going. lol Many Thanks!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      An outstanding choice, Richard, and you did well to draw this announcement out too. Maybe an Obfuscation Award for you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      RC, thanks so much from this "grandmother" . . . things have settled down a bit as far as the grands, and maybe getting back on a regular routine for me; however, this weekend, we will have my two granddaughters up. Well, I hope you have a great day, and I have to get ready for my long day at work at all. But will see you this evening in my catch up time here. God bless you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wow, it's already morning and I am heading back to the classroom...but not before saying Good Day to Rich and my other REALLY sweet friends... Sir, that sounds like a lot of hours to be commenting, glad you got a SNOOZE...

      Sue, You are a SWEETHEART.

      Leslie, The more I LEARN of you, the more I LOVE!

      MHatter, You are MIGHTY kind with your supportive visits.

      Faith, A FINE congratulations to you...I am anxious to FIND a moment to check out our corner to catch up...

      Hope y'all have a lovely day and hugs for the house, Maria

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Faith Reaper - So good to see you "grandmother with a new baby." Yes, you were on my list. : ) I knew you'd support her as she is an absolutely fantastic person and does so much to get hubbers acknowledged by the community. Thanks for all you do Faith! God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      RC, yes, you had us on pins and needles right to the very end ---very clever as usual, and what an awesome one, Maria, who deserves such an honor as the next recipient of such a prestigious award no doubt!!! Well done. I know you would do it up just right.

      Congratulations Maria - so well deserved - you are the best of the best dear one! Voted Way Up God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mh - Glad you enjoyed this, my friend! I'm glad you agree with my choice. Maria's fantastic in every way, to say the least. Very worthy of this and so much more! Many thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Leslie - I'm humbled by your words. Maria is a tremendous person, as you know. She's really done a lot for so many people with her interviews and such. Very deserving! Thanks for everything!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      So funny! Thanks. This is one way to get people to read the whole Hub (entertainment and laughs). Excellent choice.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Linda made no mistake - if you are not deservant of a lollipop - i don't know anyone who is!

      Sigh..i see the lollipop award is going the way of the HubbadaDay..sigh..

      lol..i am soo kidding - i just had to stick it in - considering the timing..etc..

      Congratulations to Maria - i've enjoyed both the pleasure of her company and the beauty of her words!

      Great choice, R!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Sue - You're only too kind. I'd forgotten I'd put that quote in there. It's been my motivation for years. If people would just take a few minutes each day to escape the problems and realities they face, they could relieve themselves of so much stress. I just do my best to help the succeed at that. Maria is absolutely fabulous in every way. There was every reason in the world to award her this, and none not to. She's done so much for so many that it's time she got recognition for it. Thanks Sue!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - So glad you're back! These folks LOVE you! Feel the hublove! You deserve every bit of it, lady!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Victoria - Sorry, I'd been up writing and commenting for over 30 hours straight and took a little nap (actually passed out in the chair, lol) Maria is fantastic. Her humor, her sharing attitude, just everything about her is quality (except for her liking this "crump" stuff, where'd that come from? lol) Thanks so for commenting!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Richard,

      Congratulations on your Lollipop Award. Well deserved.

      "But, perhaps, what I do best is to allow the reader to forget the problems of everyday life (for a much needed break) and just enjoy the world of comedy or fantasy for a while." You certainly do Richard, you certainly do.

      You made a wonderful choice by passing the lollipop to Maria. Her interviews are top notch and she is very supportive and caring of other hubbers.

      Voted up across the board.

      Take care :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Y'all,

      Back from my night class and Rich, the comments are RAUCOUS and RIGHTEOUS...

      Gypsy, You are such a GOOD pal, thank you for being you.

      Janine, Thanks for JUGGLING your time to leave such sweet comments.

      Mr Archer, Your visit to my work is MIGHTILY APPRECIATED and I look forward to doing the same soon!

      Joanveronica, JUST lovely to meet you as well.

      Ruchira, Your REMARKS are REALLY wonderful.

      Your remarks are COMICAL and ENTERTAINING, Cloud Explorer.

      Dwachira, I will do my best to select a DESERVING DESIGNEE for the next winner... Nice to meet you.

      Victoria, VERY awesome to see you! I love the name CRUMP, btw...!

      Have a peaceful night y'all. Hugs and thanks, Maria

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great choice of a wonderful, supportive hubber. She is very deserving. I loved your write-up, Crump (may I call you that?). You are too, too funny. I love your style. :-)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      carter06 - You're only too kind! I couldn't agree more that Maria is a very worthy recipient. She's brought so many people hublove by presenting them to us in her interviews it's amazing. And, she's still going. I saw she published another one today before she knew she was getting the award! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      SkeetyD - Good to meet you! Really glad you enjoyed the hub. I know both Maria and I appreciate you visiting! She's very deserving of the award. Give some of her hubs a shot while you're here and I'm sure you'll enjoy them! Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      What a fab award...and such good choices for this prestigious award!!!

      Congrat's to Maria... def a worthy recipient!!!cheers

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      You are my type of crazy person. LOL! This hub was great, it was funny yet beautiful and informative. I had no idea that there was a Lollipop Award. Thank you for teaching me something new and the laugh

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      No problem! lol It happens to us all from time to time. Just shows your human, my friend!

      Many Thanks!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Ah man there I go again getting things mixed up, dazed and confused and all, no wonder why my communications process sucks LOL.

      IRC let us in on this little secret here about you Winning this Award, darn I need to get my researching skills and facts straight, Yikes!

      Awesome write up bro once again.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      dwachira - It's a pleasure to meet you! Maria is indeed a most deserving recipient of this award. She gives so much to see that people get known here, as well as everything else she does. If you're not familiar with her, please visit her hubs and you'll see what I mean! Thanks so much for commenting and following this!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike - Loved the laughs! You were also in the running, my friend. You do a lot to support people on HP's and it's well noted. It's not an easy decision to make, by any means. Maria's helped so many people and been so generous of her time and efforts to advance others that I felt it was her time to deserve some recognition. She's really a tremendous person and very deserving of this. Thanks for the fun comment, Mike. Greatly appreciated!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi rcrumple,

      Ever since the start of the coveted Lollipop Award, i have been following the development with a lot of interest. I find myself having an opportunity to know and meet great hubbers. My congrats goes to Maria, the 4th recipient of the coveted Lollipop Award. May the award keep on flying and landing on great hubbers. Voted up.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      RC Bill's dog should of picked Maria LOL, nah just kidding your cat was a fine prospect for the job too.

      I myself am nothing compared to you in terms of your online comedy here on hubpages (I cannot compete), and I definitely have poor reading, commenting, and writing skills LOL, but I still try to leave impressive, sarcastic, weird, and potentially funny comments for folks, within reason because we all here to have fun Right! & to share if at all possible. (But heck no trolling folks!! or spamming or what have you)

      Any hows I wrote to much I think, and your hub here was heart throbbing to say the least, because I was misled by it to think it was in fact a Lollipop convention, then to find out you won this cool award Haha!!!!! Dropping it like its hot on super supportive Maria after Irc was a classic move indeed.

      Actually Bill let us know of it in the 3rd round of this Looney tune unofficial award show, but its so fun to follow, and to leave my silliness on the screen as well for y'all super hubbing super cool dudes and dudette's (I know it "ain't!" a word but I cannot spell LOL & plus my grammar sucks too)

      Thumbs up and getting shared RC, lovely writing style bro!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Ruchira - You know me. I have a hard time playing anything straight! lol Maria was worth the wait though as she continues to write interviews even as we speak. In fact, she published another one this morning! Glad you enjoyed this!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      haha...I liked how you kept dragging on for the winner of creativity award.

      Great accolade to another deserving writer.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      joanveronica - So good of you to stop in! Maria's a wonderful person and a wonderful person! (I like your words, can you tell? : ) ) Seriously, I just couldn't imagine a more deserving person to pass this along to. Loved your comment and appreciate your kind words! Many Thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mr. Archer - Thanks so much for your kind words! I can't tell you how happy I am about Maria! She's a tremendous asset to HP's and to hubbers as well. She does so much so well. Truly a great person! Many Thanks!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Wonderful hub! Wonderful prize! Wonderful choice! Everything related is.....wonderful! I'm so happy to have had the chance to read this! Voted up, and FABI. Also shared!

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Well done, congrats on your receipt of this award and on your choice of who is next in this line. I love this idea, and each one who has possessed it thus far is a wonderful choice. Great job!!!!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Janine - This was a tough decision as so many do qualify and deserve the award. Maria's efforts to promote so many through her unselfish hubs was the deciding factor. I just couldn't think of a person that has given so much and has received so little in return. As you know, she's such a delightful individual and always there with someone new and interesting to present to us. I really appreciate all the support and kind words. Many thanks!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      This was great Richard and finally getting to catch up while Emma is in pre-school and Lily is napping. Maria totally embodies this award and truly deserves it and couldn't agree with you more. You did have me cracking up about the bathroom and bandaids (thanks for the shout out, lol!!). Maria, congrats and you totally have my votes!!! Have of course voted up and shared all over as always!!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rasma - I couldn't agree with you more! Maria's a very deserving award winner. She introduces so many new people to all of us that have somehow slipped through the cracks, or, are simply not in the circles in which we travel. Thanks for everything!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Maria - So happy that you're happy! Happy, Happy, as they say! lol I'd tried your profile picture in the hub, but it came out blurry. So, I wrote you and said something like, "Don't ask why. I promise your won't be embarrassed." lol You must have thought some strange things! I can only imagine! Now, you know why, my dear. Couldn't happen to a more deserving person!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Joseph - So happy you enjoyed this! I challenged myself to see how long I could keep the suspense going, without turning everyone completely against me! lol Maria is a great person and very deserving of this award as you're well aware! Thanks so much for coming and recognizing her!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Well done! Maria certainly deserves this award. She write fantastic hub and does absolutely wonderful interviews. Congrats Maria. Hugs to the both of you.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lizzy - Sorry about the length, like I said, blame it on the politician's disease! lol Maria is the most deserving person I could think of. Why, I'd still be calling you LaThing if it wasn't for her interview with you! lol She really has given so much to so many, it's beyond words. Many Thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Why sneaky but sweet Rich, asking me for my photo in the wee hours this morn... I am truly appreciative and shocked at this delicious award.

      By and far, HubVille is filled with the kindest and most supportive folks around... I have my thinking cap on...as I teach these next few days and will pass the "sucker" soon...hmmm?????

      Jools, You are a JOY maker

      Bill, You are a BLESSING.

      Mary, I am truly MAD about you...hoping we can MEET one day!

      Paula, You too, PAL... It's such a PEASURE having you in my world.

      Linda, Three in a row...LOVE you LOTS, MM!

      Btrbell, If you are BUDDIES with Rich, I know you're cool!

      Martie, MY Sista who is in MY heart always.

      Lizzy, You are a LOVABLE LADY.

      LORD, Thanks for having a LAUGH with us!

      Have a sweet day y'all. Hugs, Maria

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This was fun and the waiting was going down to the last paragraph of this hub. Well elected and I missed your Lollipop award. Has too much catch up to do lately. Congrats to both RC and Ms MJ

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Woohoo, way to go Maria!! Richy, I missed your coronation..... Have to find that hub!! But you picked the best one.... I was just thinking as I was reading your looonngg hub to get to the bottom of it all, that if I had to pick someone then it would be Maria, since you and Bill were already on it :)) (does that make everyone happy, LOL) ! Great choice and a great hub. Enjoyed it!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Martie - Maria is just as you say, "Beyond Awesome." She's been through a lot, but always does her best to give to others. So pleased you like my choice. Thanks for all your kind words! Much appreciated!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Maria aka marcoujor is beyond awesome. She is a true altruist, always trying to increase human well-being. If not in real life, then in Cyberspace. She finds pleasure in the success and happiness of others. Congratulations with your indisputable best choice, rcrumple, and with this well-presented award ceremony.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi - Glad you enjoyed this! I just do for others what I can because I appreciate them. I've never asked for anything, as I tend to enjoy the feelings of seeing those I support grow in the community. I'm still a newbie here, too! lol Maria's been doing this for a long time and has helped so many more people than I could ever hope to. She's what HP's is all about. I know you're going to enjoy her hubs. Many Thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great fun hub! There was no mistake when you received it! Linda knew exactly what she was doing! I look forward to checking out Maria's hubs! Have a great day!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Linda - Thanks for the congrats! It happened Saturday. Being a borderline diabetic, I had to pass it on quickly before I broke down to temptation and crunched! lol Of course I was going to make y'all wait a while. You wouldn't expect me not to tease a little, would you? lol Maria really deserves this and a whole lot more. She's a fantastic person! Thanks for the comments! Greatly appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Paula - So, are you saying I'm cheap? lol I have to keep my wife from getting jealous! Besides, what ever happened to the expression "It's the thought that counts?" lol Just passing the award on to one extremely deserving, as you know. Maria's done so much for so many, it's time she received some recognition for all her efforts. Love your comments. Many thanks!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Julie - Thanks for your kind words. Maria's done so much to help hubbers get known through her interviews, she deserves it greatly! Many Thanks!

      Bill - Thank you, my friend! Glad you enjoyed the hub! Maria is truly worthy of the award, as you say. She demonstrates what hubbing is all about! Thanks much, sir!

      Mary - There's so many great people on HP's, it was extremely difficult upon who to decide. Maria stood out from the crowd, though! Thanks so much for all your kind words and support! Means a lot, really!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats RC! I didn't know you were #3!!! I thought I'd never find out who #4 was going to be, talk about making us sweat it out! Geez!! Congrats MM on #4! Yeehaw to you!!!!