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100 Hubs! My Path as a Writer

Updated on August 13, 2013
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This One's For YOU!

This is my 100th submission here on HubPages.

Appropriately, and with great appreciation for all of you who have helped me from Day One of my journey on this remarkable literary platform, I am dedicating this article to YOU.

With no excuses or apologies, it's taken me fourteen months to get to the century mark. My progress as a writer can best be described by figuratively alluding to an aerial shot of a marathon.

You will see at the front of the pack about a dozen or so elite runners. I'm definitely not one of them.

At the rear, you will see the walkers and the most conservatively-paced joggers. I'm not there, either.

In fact, you'll have a hard time spotting me. I'm smack dab in the middle of the pack, a place I'm comfortable being in, having realized a long time and several pounds of excess baggage ago that it's perfectly alright to be right where I am.

On HubPages, writers of all calibers find a warm haven of acceptance and support. Those just starting out are deemed as special and as important as those who are five-year veterans. Those bringing up the rear will be greeted during the endurance run as endearingly as those running like gazelles.

And the greater majority of us, the ones creating the bulge in the middle, the average writers aspiring to become good writers, the good writers aspiring to become great writers, the unpublished Dad always thought I could write a novel writers...why, we just keep plugging away with our writing muses and best friends--Consistency, Perseverance, Diligence, Vision--encouraging us every single step of the way.

All who enter and take up residence in Hubsville are already winners.

Yes, there will be those who drop out along the way. Sadly, every marathon has its casualties.

And, yes, there will be the frauds who join the race for purely self-serving reasons. Eventually, their covers are exposed, or they come to realize just how very difficult it is to pull the wool over a cohesive community.

But those of us who sincerely and diligently work at this craft of writing are eventually surrounded by a loyal circle of friends who--on the drop of a dime--will come running to offer assistance or feedback.

My fellow warrior workhorse writers, this one's for you!

2-Year-Old Kalaunuiohua Enjoying Coconut Water--"It's what you need, Uncle Joe, to write the next 100 hubs!"
2-Year-Old Kalaunuiohua Enjoying Coconut Water--"It's what you need, Uncle Joe, to write the next 100 hubs!" | Source

Infancy to Age 4

I was the first grandchild on both the paternal and maternal sides. As such, I received a lot of attention at an early age. My parents were very young, still teenagers themselves, bringing limited skills to this business of parenting. Dad worked hard in the sugar cane fields while Mom tended to the humble home and took care of me in the plantation village of Kealia on the eastern coast of Kaua'i.

Mom sang lullabies and Christian songs to me, and in the evening, after Dad had washed away the island soil, smoke from burning fields, and residue of weed poison from his body, he'd strike up one-way conversations with me.

On the weekends, they'd take me to a movie. I was an infant and have no recall of these events, but I would listen to my parents' accounts of those early days, and over the years, I never forgot my early roots.

I learned to write the alphabet at the age of 4. Armed with all those wonderful letters that had interesting lines and curves and nuances, I practiced writing on paper, in the dirt, in the sand, and--yes!--on the walls of our home. The house was so old and dilapidated that I don't think my parents were that concerned about my lack of discretion.

Published at Age 5

My father showed me a page from the Sunday issue of The Honolulu Star-Bulletin featuring poems and short paragraphs written by Hawai'i's children. He encouraged me to write and submit something. The payment for published submissions was $5, a good amount of money in 1957, and a Junior Press Agent card from the newspaper.

With my father's help, I submitted two poems--Mother and Anahola.The latter poem was the birthplace of my father and a favorite area for camping, picnicking, and fishing.

My father helped me by suggesting key words, and I then added my own childish spin as to how the words should be organized and connected. I can't remember if the poems even rhymed or not, but what I do know is that they were rich in imagery, at least from a little boy's perspective.

Approximately three to four weeks after submitting each item, I received a business envelope with the official Honolulu Star-Bulletin logo in the upper left corner and my name and address squarely in the middle of the envelope. With heart beating hard and fast, I pulled out the congratulatory business letter with the enclosed $5 check made out to me and the impressive orange-yellow Junior Press Agent card.

At the innocent age of five, I was a professional writer...and I was hooked for life!

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Inspirational Writing at Age Twelve

In the seventh grade, I applied for and was accepted into a private school for children of Hawaiian ancestry--the Kamehameha Schools Preparatory Department. Since the school was located on the neighbor island of O'ahu, I boarded in a dormitory.

The regimen of the school was highly structured and disciplined. We had a strict dress code and wore uniforms consisting of white shirts, khaki pants, and polished black shoes. On Sundays, we were required to wear long sleeve white shirts with black ties smartly tucked into the middle of our shirts.

In the evenings, just before bedtime, we had Christian devotional readings. During this period of my life, I was fascinated with finding pertinent Bible passages and writing two or three paragraphs about current events or things I remembered from my childhood that were relevant to those scripture verses. I wrote several of these and kept them in a small notebook, sharing them at evening devotions.

I truly believe this particular writing niche paved the way for my future writing as an adult where I enjoy connecting the dots between things we normally take for granted and their spiritual object lessons.

Kilauea Volcano
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Writing Poetry and Light Verse from Ages 14 to 17

I returned to Kaua'i to attend Kapa'a High School between 1966 and 1970.

During high school, my parents' marriage was disintegrating, and as the oldest of six children, I was especially sensitive to the emotional turmoil at the time. I became very introspective and moody, fashioning my world around the rock music of the sixties, an era immersed in war protests, the hippie movement, and a general mistrust and disrespect for authority. Since my father was a police officer and beh that were hurting the family, I experienced a huge cognitive dissonance at the time. Some days, I hated my father with a passion. Other days, I was almost in awe at his ability to be such a stud. This love-hate for the most significant male figure in my life really messed me up big time.

So I found comfort in Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, Jim Morrison, Herman's Hermits, the Beachboys, Dave Clark Five, and all the other musicians who could drown all the emotional and spiritual agony I was experiencing.

Oddly enough, or perhaps understandably, I began isolating to my room and writing a ton of poetry. One of the poems was entitled, My Father's Garden. My dad spent hours in that garden, and in my sorrow, I perceived that he loved that garden more than me, and so I said as much in my poem. As a senior citizen looking back on that vulnerable time, I see things much differently...that the garden was to my father what my poetry was to me--a safe haven, a womb a man could hide in (an allusion to a line from Simon and Garfunkel's I Am a Rock).

Dad eventually left home, and I became the man of the house, a position I thoroughly sucked at and hated with a passion. I was a kid, dammit, and I didn't want the added responsibilities! I just wanted to have a normal life. Whatever that was, it had to be better than what I was experiencing.

Again, looking back, I was a typical self-centered, self-serving teenager, insecure as hell and with my head deeply immersed up my dark side of the moon.

Always one to wear my feelings on my sleeve, I met a beautiful Hawaiian-Portugese girl from another school and fell deeply in love with her. Borrowing from Mr. Dickens, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Good because there was someone outside of me that I could totally fixate upon. Good because a passionate romance does things to one's body and soul that equate with superior healing. Bad because I turned my back on my mom and my siblings when they were in need of my presence and leadership. Bad because I had something else in my life that I could hold up against my personal life at home, accentuating the fact of how much that life looked like crap.

Yes, I was very selfish. It was a very painful time in my life. Looking back, perhaps one of the few smart things I did was to puke my pain into my writing.

Case in point: I wrote an epic literary piece comprised of several snapshots of life in the sixties. The literary form was haiku with several verses forming each snapshot page. Strung together, it was a short story in verse form entitled, Why?

The literary creation moved my English teacher so much that word of it got to a community resource center leader who then contacted the University of Hawai'i on O'ahu. At the time, UH was sponsoring a lyceum series event on each island showcasing noteworthy artistic and cultural endeavors.

Long story short, UH asked me to present the epic haiku creation at the Kapa'a Neighborhood Resource Center. I agreed to do so, figuring the exposure could help me in my bid for locally sponsored scholarships. But first, I needed to complement my creation with something visual.

I took my trusty Kodak instamatic camera and began snapping dozens of photographs, using my family members, my girlfriend, and the idyllic island scenery. I also added images of the current political drama as well as the Vietnam War.

It was spontaneous combustion, this opportunity to create without any traditional classroom constraints, and it was an effective way for me to quit dwelling on my pain.

The University of Hawai'i Lyceum Series event was a huge success. There was a picture and a write-up in the local paper. I won a few scholarships as an indirect result of the notoriety. My high school got a bunch of kudos. My mom and siblings were very proud of me. My girlfriend glowed like a Polynesian Tinker Bell.

But it wasn't enough to bring Dad back home.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

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Eventually, I went to college in the mainland. After the first quarter, I married my island sweetheart. Later that year, she gave birth to our beautiful baby boy.

...best of times...

I managed to finish two years of college before the unresolved issues surfaced--exploded would be a better way to describe it--and I experienced a major meltdown. Less than two years after getting married, as the result of hurtful choices on my part and the devastating consequences, my wife and I were separated. I remained on the mainland, and she and our son returned to the islands.

Essentially, I dropped out of life...pulled a Brian Wilson rabbit out of my hat and went on an extended hiatus. It was like falling into a deep abyss. My very soul was paralyzed. No amount of drugging or drinking could medicate the pain.

"...worst of times..."

A few years later, I resurfaced in Tacoma where I worked as a bartender at Shakey's Pizza on 6th Avenue (I can see billybuc sitting up just about now and saying to Bev, "Hey, I remember that place!").

I had finished two years at the University of Washington but didn't have any English Comp or Lit on my transcript. So I signed up for these two classes as well as organic and inorganic chemistry. In the span of just one quarter, I would actually have enough credits to graduate with an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from Tacoma Community College.

Fortunately for me, whatever raw writing talent I had at the time improved immensely for having taken the English Comp class at TCC. (Again, God is so good that even when we errantly stray, He's like this awesome GPS that re-routes us.) My English professor was just that...an Englishman. David Gilmour, English prof by day and amazing soccer athlete by night, painstakingly took me under his wing and taught me proper grammar, punctuation, diction, and all the other nuances of the most difficult language to learn on this planet. My compositions looked like bloody battlefields after he liberally marked them up. I obsessed on the goal of getting a paper returned that didn't have a red mark on it. Never happened. Even when I earned an A, it was a brilliant scarlet letter.

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You Still With Me?

Are you still with me, dear reader? Good. Thank you for your patience. I'm almost done.

Intense pain has a way of catapulting an average writer into a fairly decent writer. Even in my darkest despair, I kept on creating new ways of putting words together.

I missed my wife and baby boy so much that I began creating songs in my head, finishing them before committing a single note, chord, or lyric to paper. When I was eventually strong enough to shake off some of the funk, I grabbed the closest guitar or ukulele and finally was able to liberate the incubated songs from the depths of my soul.

In all, I must have written a dozen or more songs. Someday in the near future, when I have disciplined myself to learn how to create a video with my webcam, I am going to record these songs and post them on YouTube so I can create hubs out of them. It may be a simple enough matter, and perhaps I am only minutes away from discovering how to do this, but for now, anything high tech scares the hell out of me.

Here are other things I created in the depths of my despair and my self-appointed sabbatical from happiness:

  • More poetry, many of which were published in The Tacoma News Tribune and several collegiate literary magazines throughout the country;
  • Crossword puzzles, several of which were published in national magazines, and a couple that were syndicated in newspapers;
  • Greeting cards for the Sangamon Company;
  • Inspirational verse, also published;
  • True-life narratives that were published in The Christian Reader and Insight;
  • An unpublished play;
  • During a brief stint as a church newsletter editor, a handful of interviews and articles;
  • Reviews of restaurants and coffee shops in Seattle and Walla Walla; and
  • Two blogs.

Hiking Trail on The Sleeping Giant on Kaua'i
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Epilogue

Okay, let's wrap this all up and leave on a high note. You spent a good many minutes of your precious time reading this hub saga, and you deserve nothing less than to have at least one good thing to embrace and inspire you.

With God's abundant grace, and nothing less,

  • I am liberated from the shackles that bound me in my past;
  • The prayer indelibly engraved within my heart is this: Where once I was a curse, help me now to be a blessing;
  • I have been blessed with a second marriage of almost 31 years, and we have two wonderful adult children--healthy, successful, and each an excellent writer;
  • What came of that baby boy from the first marriage? He will be 42 next month. When he was 18, with the blessing of his reluctant mother, he made an all-out effort to find me. Nine years later, on an isolated sandy beach on The Garden Island of Kaua'i, father and son were reunited in a long embrace after 25 years of being separated! I also got to meet my two grandsons for the very first time.
  • This, then, is my 100th hub, a memorable one to mark the achievement of a major milestone in my walk through HubPages. Thank you so very much for sharing in this experience, and I wish all of you continued success here in this literary community and beyond! Me ke aloha pumehana!

Aloha from Hawaiian Odysseus!
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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prasetio30 Thank you, my friend and writer brother! I really appreciate your kind words and loyal support. You have mine as well! Isn't this a great literary community? No politics--just global connectivity! Have a wonderful weekend, and I shall see you at the next Hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Congratulations, brother. You are good example for us. Thanks for sharing your experience in writing. Voted up and success for you :-)

    Prasetio

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joe, that was so kind of you my new friend. Sending you blessings too :-) Have a good day!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @pinto2011

    Ah, wonderful! Another talented writer friend from the great country of India! Thank you so much for your followship, and in just a few minutes, I look forward to reciprocating. Aloha and mahalo from the SE corner of Washington state!

    Joe

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    Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    First of all congrats to you, as in your own words you have used this platform of expression 100 times and that too very articulately and invariably.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kevin Peter

    Thank you so very much, Kevin! I'm glad to make your acquaintance. Hawaiian Odysseus is a most appropriate pen name, and I love viewing life as a journey. It's been very challenging, but the toughest struggles along the way yielded the quantum leaps of growth. Now, in the autumn and winter of my life, I have the privilege of sharing the gems I've gleaned along the way with others. Aloha, my new friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @livingsta

    What an honor and pleasure it is to make your acquaintance, dear new friend, livingsta! Thank you so much for gracing my Hub with your presence this morning ( approximately 2:45 PM your time). I'm looking forward to exchanging Hubs with you in the months ahead. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @vocalcoach

    Oh, you're Lisa's (rusticliving) mom! Aloha and mahalo, sistah! My oh my, now I'm missing our home island so much once again! My sister and her family live in Wailua Homesteads, too. I've never hiked the Sleeping Giant, but that's on my bucket list for sure! A sister-in-law works in the accounting office at one of the hotels in Poipu. Unfortunately, I was not on the island during the time you graciously entertained at the Sheraton, but I'm sure members of my family were privileged to have reveled in your delicious talent. I was a childhood friend of your late son-in-law. We played on the same Little League team.

    This is fantastic, to have made your acquaintance on this, the world's best literary and socially linked community. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state, my new friend!

    Joe

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    Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

    I loved the way you explained your journey as a writer from childhood onwards. It was really very interesting. Best wishes.

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Congratulations on your 100th hub. What a beautiful narrative! I enjoyed reading it and thank you for sharing this with us.

    Voted up, awesome and sharing! All the best in all that you do!

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    Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    It is clear why your followers are your friends as well. I am blessed to have found you here on Hubpages. I spent several years on Kauai. My home was just above the sleeping giant. If you ever had dinner at the Sheraton at Poi Pu Beach, I was the pianist entertaining you 6 evenings a week. I was also best friends with Radios Beloved 'Brudda Kimo.'

    I enjoyed this hub so much and congratulate you on your 100th hub. What a treasure you are! vocalcoach

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Elias Zanetti

    Mahalo nui loa! Thank you very much!

    My son is currently doing some corporate work in Italy and France. I revel in the thought that at this moment, he is geographically closer to you than to his family of origin. The world has indeed become a "smaller" place because of travel AND online technology. It is a real pleasure, sir, to be your peer on HubPages! My very best to you!

    Joe

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    Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Gongratulations on your 100th hub hawaiianodysseus and thank you for another great hub you shared with us all! My best wishes in reaching 1000 hubs too :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LKMore01

    Thank you very much, Lisa, for your sincere and uplifting words as well as for your gift of inspiration. Your participation in the upcoming marathon is very motivating, and it becomes a metaphor for my perseverance...as a writer here on HubPages and in life in general.

    Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your achievement of 100 Hubs, Joe. You were born to write. Sharing your journey you have touched and enriched the lives of your readers. We look forward to one hundred more. Thank you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Thank you so very much, Christy! I'm filled with gladness because I highly admire and respect you as a human being and fellow writer. I've learned a good deal (as recently as today, in fact) from the things you've shared. And, at the end of the day, that's what I really like about HubPages--that we can all do our part to spread valuable information and goodwill. As written about, advocated, and sincerely exemplified in practice by our mutual friend, billybuc, empathy, compassion, and love can do so much to salvage our world. Thanks for doing your part to give British Columbia a very special glow on the global horizon, Christy! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Oh Joe, what a heartfelt read! I thank-you for your honesty about the bad times and I cheered you on as I read about your publishing successes (all of which started at age 5!). I had a huge smile as I read of the reunion with your son. How wonderful! I am honored to know you, truly. I am proud of you passing the 100 mark here among your friends!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Hi! Just got back from my 10-mile jaunt this morning. I didn't want to do it, but once I got going, I was fine, and now I'm pleasantly fatigued. So nice to find your sweet comments awaiting me in my inbox. Thank you so much, KKG! There's good reason why I landed here on HubPages, and I'm reinforcing that opportune decision to join HP every time I connect with the fine writers like you via our respective work and appreciation of same. As April draws to a close, I truly believe this has been a productive and emotionally fulfilling first trimester for us writers. Have a super weekend, my friend! Blessings and aloha!

    Joe

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joe, I so enjoyed reading about your life. What a wonderful, painful, exhilerating trip. So glad you landed here so we can benefit from your wonderful writing. You truly paint a picture with your words. Up, interesting and awesome.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    I do appreciate you very much for taking time to read through my hub novel, dear Kathryn. LOL! You piqued my interest with that mention of Stephen King's book. When I have sent this message off to you, I am going to reserve it online via inter-library loan. Reading good writers' work and (auto)biographies is a great idea for gleaning ideas and inspiration. I do this everyday right here on HubPages, as I know you do, too. : )

    I think the core message I'd like everyone to get from my path as a writer is that we get nowhere in life if all we do is feel sorry for ourselves and point the finger at other people. Let's, as billybuc would say, be part of the solution, not the problem. Let's go take that half-full glass and fill it up, for goodness' sake. Life may sock us on the chin and knock us down from time to time, but a righteous individual will always get up one more time than he has fallen. I may have grass stains on the seat of my pants, Kathryn, but I'm smelling the air at 5'11" and about ready to go meet that bend in the road up ahead, know what I mean?

    Thank you so much for your terrific contributions to this literary community and for your loyal support. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I was going to give this a "quick read" - no chance in that! It was such a beautiful account of your life as a writer in many stages, and the things that you went through, that I stopped what I was doing and savored this. What a fantastic story of your life! It was as fascinating as reading about Stephen King's early career (in his book "On Writing", one of my favorite books). Thank you for sharing this with us. It's a great example of how good things can come out of the bad, and how a writer's life grows and thrives. I feel very inspired, and have enjoyed your story very much.

    Have a wonderful weekend, and may you enjoy many more hubs, and many more positive chapters in your life.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Relationshipc

    Hey, Kari!

    I just finished sending you my comments on your most recent hub when I discovered your message in my inbox. How cool is that?

    No, I no longer have that devotions book I wrote as a youngster. It may have been tied in with a class that I took at the time, and I honestly can't recall if it had to be turned in to the teacher, or if Mom still has it in the family possessions. It's certainly a great idea, though, to keep a prayer or devotional journal. Years later, when the author returns to it, he or she, more often than not, can be quite surprised by how perceptive and spiritually insightful they were during certain events in their lives.

    My mind is the journal I currently maintain, and it's a struggle at best. I love writing for HubPages because I get to free fall over the precipice and, on the way down, scream my guts out as I discover that I forgot to pack a parachute...from that point forward, there's nothing left but the writer's truth.

    I love your mind at work, Kari, as manifested in your writing. Stop and meditate upon this for a second--YOU are a writer! Your work is published on a global scale! You always knew you were somebody, but now the rest of the world knows it, too!

    How cool is all of that? Very cool, in my book.

    As you go gently...or madly...into the weekend, walk with that extra bounce, knowing full well that your words enriched the lives of other human beings.

    Ain't life awesome?

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    I’m excited about your accomplishment(s)!

    I loved reading about your life. The energy that I have always gotten from you is that you are a kind, caring, creative, and an inquisitive person...and through your words, I can see that I was pretty much right on. I also love that you have gone through a lot of growth in your life, while other people are stuck in certain places and can’t move forward or learn their lessons.

    I loved your story about connecting bible passages with your life. That sounds like something I would do! Do you still have that book to reflect on?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ignugent17

    Thank you so much for your loyal support, my friend. Writing can be such hard work, but the rewards--including the wonderful feedback that I receive from great writers like you--make it all so very worthwhile. There's also the healing, therapeutic aspect of writing--like the purging of one's soul--that I need and enjoy so much. Have a wonderful evening, my friend, and I'll see you at the next hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @jhamann

    Hi, Jamie! What a milestone! I'm so glad I finally reached it. That said, and while I am reveling in the achievement, it's no time to lose momentum. Knowing my lifetime traits of sitting on my laurels and procrastinating, I made it a point to begin on my second hundred right away. I see you're close to reaching your 200 mark already. Good for you, my friend! Thanks for stopping by to share in this experience. Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages and beyond! Aloha!

    Joe

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey in writing. You shared great information and made your readers smile and laugh.

    Have a wonderful day of writing! :-)

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

    Congratulations on your 100th, and what a well written 100th it is. Jamie

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Mary, I'm deeply moved by your passionate words of appreciation and conviction. Just read billybuc's wonderful article about establishing value for one's readers in niche writing. Like you, I have a handful of niches, and I treat each one like my own children. Each has a distinct personality, and I, as a parent/writer need to be intuitive and energetically present to infuse value and substance into each child/niche.

    My writing has definitely improved since I became a member of HubPages fourteen months ago, but it was because I learned early on to stay open, receptive, and sensitive to the lessons that so many gifted writers like you and Bill and Karen could share with me via words and examples. Thank you for your presence here in this community and, specifically, in my personal writers' circle, Mary! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Where do I begin? I guess with congratulations on your 100th hub, but that seems so lame after reading such a beautiful hub. You are a man of such depth and warmth.

    “We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” In spite of it all Joe, you have seen the rainbows! God bless you for your wonderful journey and where it has brought you and for sharing it with us.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    Very nice! It is 7:13 AM as I write this, so Dobro jutro! Aloha kakahiaka is the Hawaiian version of good morning.

    Joe

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Hello hawaiianodysseus Good morning in the Croatian language ''Dobro jutro'' in pronounciation Dob-ro Yu-tro glad I can be of help have a lovely day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Thundermama

    Hi, Cat! As I was sharing with one of our HubPages peers, it was important to get #101 out because of my tendency to have a sort of letdown after reaching a milestone. As a kid, I loved baseball; as an adult, I remember how terrific a coach my father was. I put those two facets together to form the hub that would begin my journey to number 200. Whenever I reach an impasse in my writing, however, it'll be this very special 100th hub that I'll re-visit for some instant motivation. Thank you for your loyal support.Cat! You definitely have mine! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rainpurplewine

    Ah, yes. mindfulness...that's the key to being content and grateful! Thank you for your kind words and for sharing in this 100th Hub celebration with me. I meant what I said at the top of the article--this one's dedicated to you and all of our peers here on HP! Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages and beyond, Elizabeth! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

    Congratulations on reaching this impressive milestone in writing. I so enjoyed reading this hub and getting to know more about you. You certainly have a gift for words and for learning from your mistakes. Happiness and gratitude radiate from this hub like rays of sunshine. Such a pleasure to read. Look forward to seeing a video soon.

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    Elizabeth 4 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

    You are a wonderful and talented writer and your history speaks for itself!! Congratulations on your 100th hub,it's truly an accomplishment. I agree that you are exactly where you need to be in your journey,and that's a beautiful realization. Love and Light!

    rainpurplewine.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ryanjhoe

    Thank you, Ryan, for your kind and uplifting comments. I'm definitely going to keep plugging away. Knowing my lifelong propensity to relax too much after reaching a milestone, I pushed myself to get #101 out yesterday, thus maintaining--for once!--a semblance of momentum. Working on 102 as we speak. Aloha, my friend, and best wishes for your continued success here on HP and beyond! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    Thank you so much, Devika! I am honored to know you as a fellow inhabitant of this big blue marble and as a gifted writer here on HubPages. If and when you remember, please teach me how to say, Good Morning, in Croatian. Have a wonderful day, my friend, and know that you are appreciated! Aloha! Joe

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    ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

    Congratulations on your 1ooth hub, that's an achievement buddy! Hope you'll be more successful over time. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Incredible journey and the many challenges you have faced helped you be the who you are today. A talented and strong-minded person. Life is what one makes of it and you have proved that to yourself. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub with Hubpages. Voted up and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    So scary to write about certain things, but the feedback thus far assures me that it's worth the risk. Since you left on your trip, I've hooked up with billybuc, and that has been a godsend. Between the two of you and a handful of other great and challenging writers, I feel like I've upgraded my writing game a few notches. Thanks so very much for your faithful support, even when you're on a trip. You know that you have mine as well at all times. Aloha, Karen!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Hawaiianodysseus,

    It is only the best of writer's that are confident enough to share their innermost thoughts with the rest of the world. This piece was amazing. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I think your articles are so good they could be combined into an anthology. You have a very unique writer's voice. I thoroughly enjoyed this, from beginning to end.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Lisawilliamsj

    Hey, Lisa! Good morning, and thank you so very much for sharing in this experience. I'm glad my writing enables others to conjure up images that help to make the passage(s) easier to identify with. Writing is a universal sharing, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it all. Have a wonderful day, my friend, and remember: You have everything it takes to exude confidence--youth, intelligence, creativity, beauty, and charisma! I'm a loyal fan and am willing to be of any help along the way. Thanks again for your uplifting words!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LoisRyan13903

    Good morning, Lois! Ah, the sun is out after all that rain yesterday, so I will definitely be going on my walk in less than an hour. Thank you for reading my hub and your caring comments. It's wonderful to have loyal writing friends like you to cheer on as well as be encouraged by...the social connection is a huge payoff for me here on HubPages! Have a great day, and I look forward to participating in your next hub creation. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Lisa Williams 4 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing journey you have been on! I could just picture you as a little boy painstakingly writing your award winning poem! Thank you for sharing this beautiful well written glimpse into who you are! I definitely voted up!

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    LoisRyan13903 4 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

    Excellent Hub. It is great to have goals in mind. I was about age 15-over 30 years ago when I had the desire to write. And conratulations of reaching 100 Hubs. I am slowly nearing 2o

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ARUN KANTI

    Good morning from SE Washington state, my friend! Thank you for joining me on this path. Each writer has a story, and perhaps a threshold of pain that serves as a core of his or her unique voice. I'm glad that you and I can connect at a level that respectively motivates us to continue writing and honing our skills. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend, and I look forward very much to reading your next contribution via HubPages. Aloha! Joe

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

    Congratulations on your reaching the 100th hub in a short time. You have a wonderful voice that transforms your lifelong experience and wide knowledge. Your presence gives me the needed impetus to keep on writing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. God bless

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KawikaChann

    Hey, bruddah Kawika! Thank you so much for gracing my hub with your presence and comments. I am really homesick, especially in the aftermath of a nice trip to the Big Island. Two of my brothers remained on Kaua'i to work on a canopy for bruddah Kuhina's fishing boat. I wish I could have seen them, too, but it at least gives me reason and motivation to make that next trip to Kaua'i, hopefully in the not so distant future. Airfare is so expensive, yeah? So I'm saving my HubPages pennies. At this rate, it'll only take about 50 years! LOL! Nah! I'm envisioning these first 100 hubs to be the big brothers for the 900 to follow, a goal I've set before my 70th birthday, Lord-willing. By the way, FYI, I love Joel Osteen, and next time I'm in the islands, I'm going to do my best to make it to one of the New Hope churches that are simply thriving because of the love and acceptance that is being preached. Anyway, I digress, bu it was because of the word you used--favor--that I was instantly recalling the many sermons Pastor Osteen has preached about God's abundant favor. Anyway, if I ever have the golden opportunity to meet you someday, we could talk for hours about what He has done in our respective lives. Aloha and mahalo, bruddah Kawika! I'm so grateful for your visit this morning!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Rusticliving

    Wow, Lisa! Your lovely and endearing words, especially what you've generously shared about Keith, warms my heart on this cold and rainy SE Washington day. I am instantly filled with memories of Little League and Pony League baseball games, riding bikes, helping him fold newspapers, and the quirky way he had about setting his mouth and chin in an upside-down U...he definitely was a good boy and a good man. I'm honored to have been his friend. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lisa, for eliciting such nostalgic recollection of those golden "small kid" days when life was oh, so much simpler! : ) Hugging you back big time and sending thoughts of sweet aloha your way! Thank you so much for your loyal support. Joe

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    KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

    Aloha bruddah,

    I really enjoyed this piece, and I was cracking up because you look soooo familiar. You have a most beautiful voice that translates your knowledge and experience of life. Though I don't know you, I have come to know you through your writing. Understanding your struggles and success as a writer, I am only encouraged to persevere in my craft.

    My family and I have been away from home since 2004, when we forsook all, and followed Him. Now in the NorthWest, we are counting on His blessings and favor, and are planning to head towards Kauai to call our home - Honolulu is too insane. I like go fishing. So...

    I need someone to proof my 900 page manuscript... Nah nah nah....lol. It was great reading you. God bless. Upvoted/awesome/following. Peace. Kawi.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Congratulations my dear Keala. What a great milestone. Still working towards my 100th and will happy to see that come to fruition. I keep thinking to myself how much Keith would have loved reading your hubs and would say "Everyone may call me SUPER, but Keala is my Superman".( He would have been so proud of you and your writing) After he had his first stroke, part of his rehabilitation was painting. His beautiful talent shone through from his spirit and I truly miss him for that. I feel so blessed that I can reflect on so much just by knowing you were a part of his life. Keep writing... Hugs and Aloha UP and across..and shared. Lisa♥

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    Hi, Brad! You always write from the heart, and that's why I find it so easy to connect with you. Thank you so very much for your kind and empowering words. I have a lot of respect for you, gleaned from the things you've shared via your writing. Your mother and grandmother passed a lot of fine lessons on to you, and you took that core of learning, tweaked it with the choices you made and the events life presented you with, and generously passed it on through your writing. Hope and pray your training is going well. Have you thought about the 5K yet? In any event, whether it's a literal or figurative race, keep on giving it your ALL, and I shall do the same! Aloha, Brad! See you at the next hub!

    Joe

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    What do you mean are we still with you? Of course we are lol. I always enjoy reading your hubs Mr. Joe. The way that you draw comparisons is amazing, and always captivates me. You also have a knack for sharing your personal experiences in a way that makes the reader feel like they've known you their entire life. At least that is how I feel when I read your work.

    I wasn't even thought of when you received your first $5 for publishing, but I bet that was a thrilling experience for you. It's great how all of your life experiences made you into the great writer that you are now, and yes I said great. You are a great writer in my eyes, and an invaluable asset to Hubpages.

    Congrats to you on reaching your milestone. You weren't far behind me, as I reached it a few weeks back. Your motivation and determination here on Hubpages is a gift for us to all follow and strive for. Keep up the awesome work sir, and continued success to you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Rajan, my friend, you just made my evening with your kind and supportive words. I liken our work on HubPages to the climbing of a huge mountain. Every now and then, we have to stop and catch our breath, but always, always, there is a good friend with an encouraging word to spur us on. I appreciate you so much for being that kind of friend. I hope that you and yours will have a wonderful weekend! Aloha, Rajan, and I'll see you at the summit! Joe

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

    What an awesome journey you've had my friend. Difficult at times yet it made you such a fine writer and person. I truly enjoyed walking this path of your life and I truly wish you publish your works for all of us to enjoy the joy of reading.

    Here's wishing you more strength to keep writing, educate and entertain us.

    Aloha, my friend and have a wonderful day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Anamika S

    It's a quarter after midnight here, so I'm guessing that it's about a quarter to 1 o'clock in the afternoon in Mumbai. Thank you so much for your visit to my hub and your lovely comments. You are quite the prolific writer, so I'm all the more honored that you took the time to share in this hub experience. Wishing you the very best, my friend!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @donnah75

    Hi, my friend! One of the things I really enjoyed in high school was my participation in thespian activities. As a sophomore in high school, I was a cast member in Carousel. As a junior, I played a prosecutor in The Night of January 16th...a really cool traveling theater that used community members in three different locations on Kaua'i as jury members. The play had two endings, depending on the jury's verdict. In my senior year, I had the lead in Pajama Game at my high school. In a quirky turn of events, I also played a second Gaylord Ravenal in a rival school's production of Showboat. At UW in Seattle, I was cruising up the U-District, saw the lights on at this hole in the wall dive, entered and discovered that they were reading/casting for The Crucible and got the lead role. I am sharing all of this with you, Donna, because of your extensive experience, but also to underscore one of the things that you already know about acting. It's a fantastic analgesic balm for the pain in one's life. The magic of being someone else in a state of suspended make-believe helped me get through some very difficult times. I'm happy to report, my friend, that I am perfectly content these days to revel in real life and share these experiences in my HubPages writing. Thank you for your loyal support! Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Hi! My day just slipped away, due in part to my long walk this morning and some busy work on eBay, but I'm finally here and responding to these awesome comments.The 100 hubs was a happy milestone, and I wanted people to know a little bit more about the writer behind the persona of Hawaiian Odysseus. With me today, what you see is what you get...but the journey getting to this point was quite an adventure. Still, what charges my battery each time I sit down to write is knowing that I have two groups of people that I address--the general audience out there, and the loyal supporters like you who sit right there in the front row...with Felix, Roscoe, Bella, and Jenny curled up on the carpet. How's that for motivation? Thank you for stopping by,WND, and I'll be seeing you at the next mystery story hub!

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    Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    You are talented! Wish you many more milestones here.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Hey, Stephanie! You get malasadas? LOL! I miss the Big Island and the good fun time I had over there with family. Thank you for your loyal support. Just hearing from you via the hubs you write or the comments you share builds an emotional bridge for me that keeps me connected to the islands. By the way, those KTA stores are nice! Reminds me of the Big Save in Kapa'a where I worked as a courtesy clerk after school. See you at the next hub, Stephanie!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Wow! This day got away from me, and I'm only now getting to my comments. So nice to find one from you, Tom! Thanks so much for your loyal support! I am looking forward to writing my next hundred hubs, that's for sure. That's why it's important for me to keep walking...the fresh air and exercise help me to generate more ideas. Have a great rest of the week, my friend! Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Hi, Joelle! Yeah, sometimes the comments mechanism here on HP goes haywire! I actually did receive and just thanked you for the first entry you made. Thanks for sticking with it and writing me a second note, just in case. : ) I do appreciate you and your positive contributions to this writing community, Joelle! Looking forward to your next article! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim! At the end of the day, all of our travails make sense in the light of who and what we've become. Through your hubs and your class bearing in the way you share of your time and self when commenting on the work of others, I can see you've learned a lot from your hard knocks. My intent was for others to pull back the curtain and see a little bit more of the behind the scenes stuff that catalyzes my writing. To that end, I'm honored that you took the time to read and share in the experience with me. Thanks for your loyal support, my friend! Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Hi, Joelle! Thank you for your loyal support and uplifting words! As I look back on my life and reflect--a little bit more wisely, I hope--upon the "downs," I realize that the universe keeps bringing us the same lesson to learn until we finally get it...and then it brings us another lesson until we get it...and so on. Pain is just a catalyst for us to dig deeper in the process. Ultimately, we get to be more loving and compassionate to each other and ourselves. Thanks for stopping by to read and share in this experience. Aloha! Joe

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    Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

    Congratulations on 100 hubs. Life isn't always kind, but the bumps in the road shape us. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Such an awesome, heartfelt hub.

    From the big five dollars to your 100th hub, well, it is no wonder that your hubs are so talently written, Never putting one to sleep, but having the reader what to read more and more.

    You made it in life and you are on your way up for more.

    Happy 100 hubs and you know I am looking forward to reading the following 100, 200, etc.

    Thanks for writing this gracious hub.

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Congratulations on passing the 100 mark and on a life well-lived. Aloha, Stephanie (Voted up, awesome, beautiful)

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend congrats on the 100th hub and many more to come. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us,it was a awesome read, and now i found out that you are composing song and may put them up on youtube as well, Rock On my friend.

    Vote up and more !!!

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hi Joe!

    I wrote you a first message and saw that I made a mistake.... and than when I tried to corrected it disappeard!

    Anyway... congratulations on hub no 100!

    I wish you to continue to have a happy long life with your second wife! And I am so glad that you were able to reunite with your first son!

    Looking forward reading you 101 hub :-)

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Joe, what a remarkable tale your life has been. The early success of your writing continues in the fine style you exhibit here on HP. I am glad to be your friend, and happy that you have shared so much of yourself with us.

    I too, was "man of the house" pretty much from the time I could talk I guess, living with my mom and some combination of my three much older sisters. It was no picnic, lol.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @cleaner3

    Hey, Michael! So good to hear from you, my friend! I know you can relate to how pain in one's life has a significant role in our writing endeavors. You've found a beautiful way to release and transform it in your poetry. Thanks for your wonderful contributions to this great community and your loyal support, Michael! Aloha! Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    What a lovely hub! I like your great spirit through the difficulty of life! We all have up and downs but some of us have had more downs than others and some those downs so deep that it's really hard to climb out of it!

    I am so happy for you that you were able to be reunited with your first son! I am happy for you that you have a good mariage; it makes life so much better!

    Congratulation on you 100 hub! A milestone!

    I will be very happy to continue your new hubs and new discoveries!

    Have a fantastic day!

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    cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Joe .. I am happy to say you are my friend .. What a long strange trip it's been .. Mine included as well .. We live ..we learn .. we remember. ! take the goood with bad .. but remember it all .. Congratulations on your writing hubs .. many great more to come .!

    Michael

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    Good morning, my Olympian friend! Hey, you know what's really cool? I'm seeing a photo of you and one of the hubs you wrote in the DISCOVER MORE HUBS section above. Awesome!

    Bill, I know you can relate to what I'm about to say. I'm 60+, and yet I feel like a kid a lot of times (not the body, LOL, but definitely at the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels). I was walking back home from Oregon the other day, and a thought that came to mind was: One of these days, Bill and I are going to be watching a Mariners home game in Seattle. After the game, we are going to a Starbucks or a Tully's and continue our conversation. : )

    I love and appreciate connecting with you here on HP, my friend. Last night and early into the first hour of Wednesday, I found and enjoyed your and Bev's video presentations on YT. It's a great promotional enterprise, and you've taught us that no one bears a greater responsibility or can do a better job than we ourselves in promoting our essence and our brand. I read, view, and delight in your work on two significant levels--as an aspiring writer who desires so very much to learn all that I can in the limited time I have left AND as a young boy at heart running home to tell his folks about a new friend he's made.

    Thank you for loyally making time to grace the comments section with your presence, Bill. I appreciate you, my friend! As busy as you are, have fun with Bev today! You guys are the complete team, my friend! Will be sending good thoughts your way on my walk today! Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    Good morning, Liz! I really appreciate you and your loyal support. I've read, as have you, hundreds of hubs, but you stand out as a memorable individual who has this unique and striking ability to CONNECT via both the content that you share and the uplifting comments that you give to others. It has a lot to do with your special writer's voice, but there's also other charismatic things going on. In my life, there was a lot of pain, but the really cool thing is that as I got older and wiser (I know this is such a cliche, but it's very, very true!), I found myself enmeshed in the very things that I hated about my father. This was a definite wake-up call for me because it accentuated the fact that the human experience is universal and that there is darkness and light in everyone. I look at my father with such love and compassion today, and what I see is a human being who is a SURVIVOR. I sense that deeply about you, Liz...that you're a survivor. And my heart goes out to you. Thanks for making such a huge impact in our community of writers. Aloha, and have a beautiful day! Joe

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well my friend, congratulations, but more importantly, thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. I loved it from word one to the last, and now I feel closer to you.

    Man of the house? Yes indeed, dammit, I want to be a kid. That's how I felt when my dad died when I was nineteen...and it took me a long, long time to grow up and handle responsibilities.

    Still, Joe, I wouldn't trade any of it because it brought me here, now, and I love where I am at.

    I am honored to be your friend.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! I'm looking forward to hearing the songs you wrote. What a long, strange trip this life is, isn't it?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Carol, you night owl, you! LOL! Thank you so much for being #1 here. Every so often, I have the luxury of being the first at someone else's site, and that's always a delight. You are greatly appreciated as a fellow hubber who diligently keeps plugging away, making a positive difference by way of what you share as well as the uplifting comments you bestow upon others. Thank you for your loyalty and perseverance. This hub was a milestone for me because I have an ultimate goal--or maybe bucket list item?--to reach 1000 hubs by age 70. I equate this century mark with mile 1 of a 10-mile walk...it's usually the hardest as the body/mind adjusts to the challenge, but once that warmup period is over, it's all about cruise control. I see you are over the halfway mark in your second hundred, and I am going to cheer you along every step of the way. Aloha, my dear friend, and may you have a very special and memorable day! Joe

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I am the first to read..of course it is the middle of the nite. One of those sleepless nites(not very often)...I could see the little boy with the first 5.00.. I think many of us have had our black days....I think losing a father must have been the beginning of the spiral....Parents are so important in the early years. I had an easy childhood and so far a good life...but punctuations of sadness and loss...You can read my hub on family estrangement. None of us get through this life unscathed..I am most impressed with your writing and spirit. Voting UP+++

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