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She is the Sunshine of our lives: a birthday tribute to Linda Bilyeu

Updated on June 21, 2013
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She is smart. She is classy. She is sweet. Definitely sexy. No, she is definitely not anonymous, but none other than Hubpages very own ray of Sunshine, Linda Bilyeu.

Since I met this fine lady slightly more than a year ago -yes, time flies- she has always been a source of strength, help and support for myself and all the other fine hubbers we interact with.

As her birthday approaches, it is timely that we offer her a tribute for the positive influence she has had on the Hubpages community and all of us who call this wonderful writer our dear friend.

What makes this lady stand out in the hubbing crowd?

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It is Sunshine’s positivity.

There is definitely fitting reason why Sunshine is named the way she is. She emits positive, glowing rays in the direction of those she meets, without fail. Those who know her will tell you that all her posts and interactions are doses of goodwill and faith! The List Queen frequently makes us lists that tell you how to Free Your Mind of the negativity that surrounds us.

Yes, she has added a positive aura to the article writing community.

It is Sunshine's creativity.

She certainly shows this with the whimsical lists she creates and the way she manages to come up with humorous fan letters to her favorite musicians. She tells endearing stories as well. Do read this charming tale by her on Chuck the Duck.

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It is the resilience of Sunshine.

This lady remains persevering in the most trying of times, supportive of family and friends and battling difficult obstacles with them. Determination, daily, is evidenced through her writing.

Those of us who know her will attest to her fortitude and perseverance in fighting the good fight when it is necessary.

It is Sunshine’s humor.

Sunshine, or Linda, is always ready to do something different and inject humor into the lives of everyone. She has the ability to turn something ordinary into something funny and anything but.

Even when she makes New Year’s Resolutions, they are with a Twist!

Sunshine, a true Keith Urban Fan.

It is Sunshine’s honesty.

The lady tells it as it is. Her frankness shows itself as she puts matters forth. She tells us how she has survived two years on Hubpages in a thoughtful and reflective article.

It is Sunshine’s helpfulness.

The List Queen gives helpful, smart tips that everyone - yes, everyone - will find useful. As Singapore goes through a trying, hazy and hot period, I find this article on 50 ways to beat the heat and stay cool very apt indeed.

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It is Sunshine’s thoughtfulness.

Linda never fails to look out for others. She reaches out to other writers with useful advice and

always bears everyone in mind with the most helpful tips around. Do take the time to read about how she constructs Useful To Do Lists.

Linda, You are the Sunshine of our lives. Happy Birthday!

It is Sunshine’s musicality.

Though I am miles and miles away from where she is, I can feel her ability to simply make anyone get up and dance. She is musical - Keith Urban fans will say yes to that - and has an ear for a good tune. Here she is with a showcase of the Zack Brown Band.

It is Sunshine paying it forward.

Sunshine puts others first. She is ever paying things forward and has a heart even for the most distant of strangers. She does little things for others, always with a heartfelt, beautiful smile. She would not have written this lovely article on showing kindness to others otherwise.

A Clerihew

A Clerihew is a short, 4 line biographical poem that was founded by Sir Edmund Clerihew Bentley. It is short, usually whimsical or shows the subject from a different point of view.

The rhyme structure is AABB, and its four lines are irregular in length. Lines are humorously contrived to achieve a rhyme. Here is a Clerihew tribute to Sunshine 625.




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Most of all, I would just like to say a very happy birthday to this fine lady, and Sunshine - thanks for shining your rays on us and just being who you are.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      A birthday tribute to Hubpage’s ray of Sunshine, Linda BIlyeu.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi midget,

      What a fitting tribute to a class act! You said it all so eloquently. Congrats and Congratulations Linda on all your achievements and birthday wishes from across the big blue pond! voted up, awesome, beautiful, shared!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great tribute. Happy birthday to our Hub friend. And you are special too for being a good friend to her, Midget!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Absolutely beautiful tribute to a beautiful lovely, lady!! Happy Birthday Linda and here is to many more now, too!! Thanks Michelle for doing this wonderful article up in honor of our Sunshine and so happy to know and be friends with her. Have of course voted way up and shared all over, too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I'm glad you wrote this Hub about Linda, cause if I tried to sum up all her attributes I would fail! You did a fine job. Sometimes there are not enough adjectives to describe someone as wonderful as Linda. She is "one in a million" to all of us here on HP. I admire her in so many ways.

      Voted UP and will share.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LINDA

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      Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Happy Birthday Linda! That's a beautiful picture of you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a wonderful surprise!! Sunshine's rays are beaming with happiness!! Oh my, I should turn a half century more often!! Thank you Michelle:) Also, thank y'all for your thoughts and birthday greetings! I still have a few more days in my 40's...woohoo!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Happy Birthday, Linda. Great picture, by the way. I do enjoy reading your work. Have many, many more wonderful birthdays!!!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great tribute to a fine fellow HubPage writer! Great job! Happy Birthday Linda and may your path always be strewn with sunshine. Up and beautiful votes.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Happy Birthday Sweet Linda,

      A great tribute for a beautiful lady---thanks for writing it.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

      Happy Birthday

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One of my earliest supports and I will always be grateful to Linda for the help and support she has given me. She is one classy lady for sure.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Well Michelle, you've done a splendid job of nailing all the marvelous qualities of our Sunshine! Everyone who knows her thinks of her as their best friend because of her wonderful personality and "givingness" (that's a new word I just created). God bless and I hope her birthday was a happy one.

      Great Job Michelle. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Well Michelle, you've done a splendid job of nailing all the marvelous qualities of our Sunshine! Everyone who knows her thinks of her as their best friend because of her wonderful personality and "givingness" (that's a new word I just created). God bless and I hope her birthday was a happy one.

      Great Job Michelle. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Michele......Not a single argument here! You have said it all so well. Linda Sue, a.k.a. our one and only "Sunshine625," is like a shining star, that drifted down to earth, to brighten our lives.....to bring us smiles &laughter...and teach some real common sense!

      Sunshine was my very first Hub-buddy, two years ago....and our friendship grew and strengthened, with each day. I would only go on and on, telling why I love her so. Last year, in honor of her birthday, I wrote a Haiku and threw a Heck of a Party! The party's ON again this year!! Michele....see you there! Bring your dancing shoes!

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY....SFAM!!! and many, many more!! UP++++

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Michelle,

      No one has better described Sunshine as you have done on this hub. I loved your description: "She is smart. She is classy. She is sweet. Definitely sexy."

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Linda truly is the Sunshine we need here. She's an amazing person. I can't disagree with anything in this hub. Wonderful reading!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a beautiful very well deserved and accurate birthday hub! Linda's support and great sense of humor has made my year here amazing!

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      Deonne Anderson 3 years ago from Florence, SC

      midget38,

      This is a lovely and fitting tribute to your friend and fellow hubber, Sunshine. She is blessed to have you as her dear friend. You also have some of the attributes of Sunshine. I appreciate it so much that you have shared some of my hubs with the HP community. You are among those who have made my stay here at HP a happy one. Thank you.

      Happy Birthday Sunshine!

      Glad to meet you. I can't wait to read some of your hubs recommended by your friend midget38.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Michelle, This is awesome...just like the lady you wrote it for...great job!

      Happy 'soon to be' Birthday, Sunshine! Love, MM

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Suzie! Thank you for sharing.....glad to share our common thoughts on Sunshine!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks....she is one fine lady for sure!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, we've all enjoyed Sunshine's friendship, Janine!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Mary. Yes, she is a class act who is hard to keep up with!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing, Anamika.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      And a very, very happy day ahead for you, Linda!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      She's great, isn't she, Cyndi!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Peggy, yes, she is an absolute joy to know!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Glad to share, Bobbi!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for commenting, Faythef!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful word coinage, Mary, totally agreed!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      We'll all be there and winging it, Paula!!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Heh heh! And all so true, Vinaya!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      A befitting tribute to one of our most helpful & caring fellow-hubbers - Linda madam! No wonder that she is one of the fewest superstars of HubPages. She is indeed a unique asset to HubPages. Well-done!

      Happy Birthday, Linda madam!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vinaya.....couldn't think of better words to describe her.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Made!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, she's done so much for all of us! Thanks for sharing, Healthylife!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      A pleasure, Lady Deonne. Do get to know her, she is a sheer joy to be around!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Maria!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ish. Her giving qualities make her stand out. Thanks for sharing!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      You missed out one. She is an Angel. :-)

      Even when I don't visit Hubpages on Facebook, she still posts my Hubs and keeps intouch on Twitter. Such a lovely lady and God will continue to bless her and her family.

      I hope I haven't missed her birthday. I'm guessing it will be within the next 24 hours. Usually we get a Facebook Alert.

      Beautiful Tribute. Well done Michelle. :-)

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Fabulous tribute to our Queen of Lists.

      I can't imagine my life online without seeing Linda coming and going on my homepage.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The countdown begins ... 3 more days ... Sunshine 625 :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Yay and a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Me too, Martie!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yup!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing, Audrey!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Linda is such a delight and always smiling no matter what cards she is dealy. I wish her a belated birthday on this lovely tribute.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This is true. She's had some very tough times, but smiles and fights through it all! Thanks for sharing, Pamela!!

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      Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Yay! This makes me very happy :)! Sunshine is a ray of sunshine and an awesome friend to have in this Hubbing community. Awesome job Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Alecia!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Nice tribute. Well done, Michelle.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deb!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, how neat! What a beautiful tribute! To be so lucky! :-)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vicki!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Michelle! Stopping by to spread sunshine! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I am so lucky to have such a wonderful cyber friend! She is everything you mention PLUS much more!

      Everyone loves Sunshine625, our own Linda.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRIEND.

      I'll share this around once again, Mary

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Had to just stop by and say Happy, Happy Birthday today to Linda!! Have a wonderful day and enjoy :)

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hope you had a wonderful birthday Sunshine625. What a lovely tribute from your friends here on Hub Pages.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Happy Birthday Sunshine. Best wishes! A very nice tribute. Lily is precious. She has gotten so big.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I am catching this post late, but I agree with every word written about this lovely lady. She is truly our sunshine! Great write up, Michelle.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Hey Linda! Happy belated b'day!!!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Yes she is, Mary!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janine!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Peg.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Lovedoctor.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dianna!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Tis the season for Sunshine's birthday...again...!! :)

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wait!! We have 12 more days yet!! Who is trying to confuse me??!!

      Well it's OK with me if we're starting early, but I don't think I can party for 12 days in a row!!

      WTH???

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      Mary Hyatt 23 months ago from Florida

      There are not enough words to describe this lady! I admire Linda very much. I wish I had the attitude she has. I am lucky to have her as a friend!

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