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Recipient #3 of the Coveted Lollipop Award Is....

Updated on October 09, 2013
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You didn’t think I would tell you right away who the new recipient of the coveted Lollipop Award is, did you? Seriously? Not a chance. First, you have to suffer through my emotional babble.

The best thing about HubPages is the people. They are caring, colorful, cool and, great writers too. They are extraordinary people. But you know that already because I keep writing about it in my hubs.

When I think about the people here on HP, my thoughts turn to happy times as a child. Do you remember being a kid and getting a brand new box of 100 Crayola Crayons for Christmas? Do you remember the excitement you felt at having all those beautiful colors at your fingertips? That’s how I feel every time I log onto HubPages. Hubbers come in so many colors, textures, and shapes. Like an old box of crayons. Some are well-rounded from their collective years of living and writing. Some appear slightly worn but are still finding their way into the creative art. And finally, there are the ones that have barely been out of the box. They stand out because they still have the waxy new points just begging to be put to paper.

Okay, I’ll stop but only because I know I’m driving you nuts.

A cool new tradition on HubPages

So, a new tradition has begun here on HP and it’s the coolest thing ever. Chris in Hawaii created the Lollipop Award, an award presented by a hubber to another hubber. Now don’t go getting all excited. It’s a virtual award that you brag about but you don’t get to keep it. My friend Bill Holland was the first recipient and he will tell you that you can revel in its glory and boast about it but - you have to pass it on. To receive the Lollipop Award is a great honor because it means that another hubber has noticed your contribution to the HP community and thinks you’re making a difference. It’s better than money or flowers or trophies.

Chris in Hawaii, the creator of this cool award, offers this description of the Lollipop award.

“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...”

The Lollipop Award I received from Bill Holland
The Lollipop Award I received from Bill Holland

The honor

I got it! I got it!! I got the Lollipop Award from my friend and mentor billybuc (aka Bill Holland). Bill is the epitome of “good people”. He is passionate, bright, funny, and has a heart as big as the universe. He is the unofficial Ambassador of HubPages and for him to think I am worthy of the Lollipop Award is HUGE in my humble opinion! Bill Holland reduced me to a sniveling, snorting, “ugly face” crybaby when he announced that I had been given the Lollipop Award. I will never be able to adequately express what it meant to me but Bill, you know my heart and I humbly thank you.

It's easy to say hello; hard to say goodbye.

Okay, so here comes the tough part.

I can’t keep it. Chris’ rule says I have to pass it on and I can tell you that this is a lot harder than you think. When you have developed relationships with so many awesome people who are also amazing, creative writers, how do you choose?

Bill tried to make his dog pick but that didn’t work so I’m not going to bother.

Putting names in a basket would be the easiest way because then I could disavow being responsible for the choice. So, no, I won’t take the easy way out, I’ll do it the way I am suppose to, unlike Bill who used his Quija board. I’ll pull up my big-girl-panties and take responsibility for my decision.

There is some comfort in being only the 2nd recipient of this award because I know the Lollipop Award will have a long life and will eventually make its way to every virtual mantel in the HP community. All of my awesome HP friends will eventually feel what I’m feeling because they are ALL deserving of this award. How’s that for a cop out?

Can you tell I’m stringing this out, trying to hold on to the Lollipop for just a little longer?

Okay, I’ll do it. Here we go.

rcrumple (aka Rich)
rcrumple (aka Rich)

Announcing...

The third recipient of the coveted Lollipop Award is…..

drum roll please…..

******** rcrumple ********


rcrumple (aka Rich), joined HP about the same time I did. As a follower, he leaves insightful comments that make me think a little deeper about what I’ve written. As a writer, he is growing by leaps and bounds. If you’re looking for some hilarious reading, check out his series of “Nooze” hubs. They crack me up. But Rich is more than a humorist. He’s a poet and lately, he’s written some very creative hubs with some surprising twists. I love that he is stepping outside his comfort zone and he’s doing some really great writing. I think he more than meets the criteria for the Lollipop Award as he is a thoughtful commenter, a great writer, and a man who deeply cares about others. Drop by his profile at http://rcrumple.hubpages.com/ and congratulate him on being recipient #3.

All good things must come to an end.

And now, I reluctantly pass the torch to a very deserving writer. I hope it will bring Rich as much joy as it has brought me.

Bill, in case you’re wondering, it took me two hours to repair the damage caused by your death grip on the Award.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Hooray!!! I was praying for my dear friend Rich, who I like to call RC to win, as he is oh so deserving at many levels. During his Nooze series, oh how I looked forward to reading at 5:00 a.m. before I headed out that door for work to return ten hours later. So, he put a big smile on my face each and every single Monday morning throuhout that most funny series. Now, he has captivated me with his most outstanding versatile writing that really amazes me with his sheer brilliance in his writings here of late. I always tell him that I will remember him on next year's Hubbie Awards, but now he already has this Lollipop Award ----enough said. Linda, I am so thrilled at your most wise choice here. God bless you. You are the greatest of the great here on HP too, and you have so eloquently passed on this most prestigious award to the most deserving recipient in my mind.

    There you go RC!!! See .. . What have I been telling you dear one . . . I always have faith in you.

    Congratulations my dear friend RC. God bless you always. In His Love Faith Reaper

    Voted Way Up of course!!!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, you are so amazing yourself. Those last two pieces that RC wrote sold it for me. I was already a huge fan but when he stepped outside his box and showed that other side of himself, I was blown away. You approval means the world to me. Bless you too dear friend.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Came back to share!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Linda, an excellent choice and like you, I was most impressed by Rich's last two works. Those two were outside the "humor" niche and really showcased his writing abilities.

    I am proud of this choice, and I'm proud of this award....and yes, Linda, I'm proud to be your follower.

    bill

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    Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

    Wow, this is great! Lrc, this is one of the most gracious and eloquent baton passes I've ever seen. I'm sooooo happy for Rich, very well deserved. He was the first hubber to give me a comment. He was the first to reach out to me when I joined 7 weeks ago as a new hubber, trying to find my way. He showed me the ropes and expressed belief in me as a newcomer in this awesome community. Hooray! Voted up and awesome.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, I'm not counting. lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill - xoxoxoxoxo ! I'm so proud to share this elite status with you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    janshares ! Thanks for the great comment. Rich is a really great person. Let me say also, welcome to HP. You're going to love it here. I certainly do. I'm off to check you out. :-)

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    Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

    Thanks for the welcome, lrc. Hooray for checking me out, thank you. Thanks also to billybuc for the warm welcome.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Wow, Linda, what a surprise! Sorry I'm so late here! I stayed up all night writing and just got up a short time ago! This is definitely an honor and means more than you'll ever know! I can't imagine even being considered for this, little lone being awarded it! Many thanks to everyone! Now, the monkey's on my back to choose the next recipient. Let's see, who might it be..........

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Linda, I met you on Bill's award article and am thrilled with your passing the baton to Rich. He is a kind, funny and most talented writer showing us an even wider palette of his talents.

    Voted UP and FAB. Hugs, Maria

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    This is great and everyone will wait in anticipation for this award. What a great idea.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rich, you more than deserved it. You have been a great supporter of so many hubbers and you are so very talented. I am so happy to be the one to pass the Lollipop Award on to you. Enjoy it while you can because it's very hard to give up. lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Maria! I'm so glad you approve of my choice. Rich has entertained and supported us with his great skill and deserves this award. Thanks for the support and, I'm happy to meet you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    hi carol! Isn't this fun?

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    Eunice Elizabeth 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

    Linda...1st of all Congratulations on this most coveted award.

    You are sooo deserving, I truly love reading your Hubs!!

    You are such a giving writer and commentator.

    I'm off to congratulate Rich and check out his writing.

    Liz

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Awesome choice, Linda! Rich is a riot and my sole source of what's going on in this cotton-picken world. Wait a minute. If we were still a cotton-picken world, I woudn't have to opt to not read the news. But then I'd have to take off my rose-colored glasses, and that just isn't me.

    Congrats, Rich! Don't let your demon cat get ahold of the coveted award before passing it on. You never know what evil doings she'll create with her nemesis! Besides all that, the next recipient may be allergic to cats!

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    hey this is fun.

    Let this torch of knowledge via the lollipop be passed along :) Richard is a deserving candidate and I applaud him for this award!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    A great choice here Linda. Rich writes some very entertaining hubs and makes many interesting comments on others we run across.

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    KDuBarry03 4 years ago

    Congrats, Rich! Wow, I just heard of this today and this sounds like a great and fun award :) Yes, Rich is definitely well deserving of this award through his funny and yet informative articles. Great job!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Liz ! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I can't tell you how much it meant for Bill to think of me or, how proud I am to pass it on to Rich. Thanks for the visit!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, I couldn't agree more. I love Rich's Nooze too and the last two pieces he wrote really are incredible. So glad you approve of my cjoice.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Ruchera! I agree, this is fun. Thanks for the visit.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    xstatic! Hi! We agree. Rich is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm glad you like my choice.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello KDuBarry. Thanks for the visit. Rich is deserving and I'm so happy to be the one to pass the torch to him.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    I wrote," Let's see what Lisda does..." You didn't let us down! Rich is an excellent choice. His News article allow gets me rolling. And now he is branching out his talents. Thank you for the write and the great choice.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey MH! Thanks. I thought it was a good choice too. I loved his Nooze articles too and those last two were a really cool change in his style. Wonder who is next?

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    Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

    I love following this cool Lollipop award game, I think you've done wonderful here Irc7815 just getting your chance to take good momentary lick of it and even if its a virtual Lolli LOL.

    Bill and his dog definitely made the right choice here because its pretty obvious that you also have dug your teeth deep into the hubpages community here, you have the spirit of sharing, and oh yes RCrumple was an awesome candidate.

    I know he will enjoy getting his licks of the Lollipop, and I think his hub is going to blow the sockets out of this place haha!

    We will see right IRC, thumbs up on all levels and sharing indeed!

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda, there's a tremendous amount of Hublove here! Faith Reaper, Bill, Janis, Maria, Carol, Liz, Shauna, Ruchira, Xstatic, Keith, Mh... I can't tell you how much your kind words are appreciated. Again, a humble "Thank You" is all I can offer in return, plus my visits to see everyone's great efforts here on HP's!

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    I haven't been here quite as long as some of you...'pioneers', but - i plan to be one day! lol..

    i love Richard, his writing - and mostly his king, caring heart - and i congratulate him as a most worthy recipient of this award...

    Now, i need to find out more about the person who honored him with it - that would be you, Irc7815..

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Cloud! You are very kind. It is easy to sink your teeth into this community. The greatest people on the planet write for HP. You, yourself, are amazing. If I had one-third of your technical knowledge and ability to communicate it, I would be dangerous. lol Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the fun.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good moring rcrumple! Were you up all night anwering comments? lol Enjoy the ride sir. You have earned it.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hell ImKarn23! Welcome! Welcome to HP and to my little piece of it. I hope you found something here of interest. Rich deserved this Lollipop Award, most definitely. I'm glad you agree. Thanks for the visit.

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    Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

    Congrats to all of the Lollipop award winners -- all deserving and very, very talented. The idea of the award is a jewel and I'll follow it with interest. Best/Sis

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Angela. It was so much fun. Can't wait to see what happens next. Thanks for your comment.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up. Great choice for the Lollipop Award. Rich or rcrumple is a terrific and very talented hubber and I love reading his hubs. Congrats Rich.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Gypsy Rose Lee. Obviously, I agree with you. :-) Thanks for stopping by and adding to rcrumple's fan club.

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    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

    Finally I found it! Congrats to Richard and Linda. Awesome tribute to great fellow writers. This encourage creativity in passing on the torch. Great choices and well deserved. Enjoyed this read thoroughly!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Lord De Cross - thank you so much. This is great fun and certainly does encourage creativity. Chris should be credited for an ingenious idea. It is humbling to say the least. But I am equally proud. :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing the hub love with us.

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    mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    The news of this award is sweeping through Hubpages. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement. There should be a new Hubpage symbol to acknowledge such a honor. Maybe a lollipop symbol placed on your profile page will suffice until that time. Bravo

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks so much mckbirdbks! What fun this Lollipop Award has created. Chris has created a delightful monster. :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Irc - I thank you for infusing doses of your wonderful humor while handing off the baton. I hadn't come across mckbirdks - but thanks to you I have a new hubber to research.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi shiningirisheyes. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and passing of the Lollipop Award to rcrumple. He so deserved it.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Mike, Leslie, Angela, Rasma, Joseph, mckbirdbks, Shiningirisheye... Thanks so much for your kind words. Linda did a great job and is a fantastic person. Thanks to all!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Just think Rich, about the time you catch up, Maria will publish her award and it will start all over. :-)

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    Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

    Linda- it is lovely to meet you here and see a fellow recipient of the lollipop award. This is so well deserved as your wonderful words and generosity show here. Great hub and Rich is a deserving recipient. Voted up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Docmo! Thank you for the visit and delightful comment. I am so new here on HP that I hardly feel worthy but I am having so much fun. The people here are just amazing human beings as well as great writers. I think the idea of the Lollipop Award was brilliant and am enjoying meeting new hubbers as a result of it. I look forward to getting to know you and hope you will enjoy your time with the sweet, sticky mess as I did.

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    JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

    Congratulations. I hope you sucked on your lollipop long enough to enjoy it before handing it over to Rich. That does not sound cool.

    Now your name is among the chosen few. Well done.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    this is the coolest. I read about it first on Billy's hub. and now I see you are passing it along. It is indeed an honor to receive accolades from our peers. When fellow writers leave us compliments especially this big it is very humbling. Congratulations to you and to rcrumple ...I have already congratulated Billybuc. And I will go to see what rcumple's writing is about ..thank you for sharing this with us.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi jpcmc! I'm sorry for the delayed response. I just can't keep up some days. :-) But, thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed the Lollipop and was so honored to receive it. Rich was an easy give-away. He so deserved it. Thank you again for your message.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello pstraubie48. I'm so glad you visited me after reading about the Lollipop Award. I was blown away. There are so many deserving writers here on HP and I hope the Lollipop travels the road to each and every one. Thanks so much for your sentiment.

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    Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    What a great idea. More meaningful than the HP badges. I found the award through you today. I'll have to watch where it goes next. It will be a great way to find new HP writers and people.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Laura! Thanks for the visit. It was great fun to receive the Lollipop Award from Bill. I passed it on to rcrumple (http://rcrumple.hubpages.com/) who passed it on to marcoujor (http://marcoujor.hubpages.com/) who passed it on to docmo (http://docmo.hubpages.com/) and at that point, I lost it.

    It's really fun though so chase it down. Thanks again!

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    Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Okay, yeah, who has it now? That is as much fun reading it as tis. What a wonderful hub and marvelous idea. So fun to come across another excellent hub. Congratulations!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Ruby. This was great fun. The last I heard, it was awarded to Docmo. I think it has disappeared. :-(

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Ruby. This was great fun. The last I heard, it was awarded to Docmo. I think it has disappeared. :-(

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Oh how delightful.. the more I read about these Lollipop awards the more I love it.. how outstanding... I am reading them all so I can know what it the world I am supposed to do with it.. lol.. but hopefully it starting to come to me..

    I can see why billy is crazy about you.. you ARE very delightful.

    Leslie honored me.. I am so FLABBERGASTED!!!

    How can I ever top all these wonderful hubbers and these delightful Lollipops? lol

    many blessings

    Debbie

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Deborah Brooks, you are a member of an elite club now and it is a heavy responsibility for sure. Your reputation preceeds you though so I know you to be more than capable of passing the coveted Lollipop Award to another worhy recipient. To answer the question of "what am I supposed to do with it" - well, for starters, kick back and enjoy the sweetness and the attention you so deserve then, get rid of it before it gets sticky and you can't pry it from your fingers. Congratulations to you!!!!

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    SilverGenes 4 years ago

    I'm playing catchup, too, and can hardly wait to read more hubs! Congrats on being a winner, Linda, and big congrats to rcrumple as well! "Ugly face crybaby"? Sadly, I know exactly what you mean LOL.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi SilverGenes. Isn't this fun? I think Chris was a generous genius when he created this award. It is such a great way to introduce those we admire to others. I was so humbled when Bill passed the Lollipop to me and I have met some amazing writers who are even more amazing people as a result. Enjoy the ride!

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    Jessica 3 years ago from Dallas, TX

    Hey there, so sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like someone has stolen this hub and published it here (not hyperlinked because I don't want to give them a backlink):

    www.financeforpeoples.com/recipient-3-of-the-coveted-lollipop-award-is.html

    Apparently Hubpages is unable to help us despite the fact that this particular site has stolen THOUSANDS of hubs . I started a forum where you can find more info including the owner of the site if you'd like to file a complaint, and please feel free to join the conversation.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/111219

    Best of luck :/

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Jesebellamina. I'll check it out.

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