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Interview: Mary Craig

Updated on September 18, 2016
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In an English course at Villanova University in 1981, Maria interviewed her mom, who likened her to Barbara Walters. She never looked back.

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Meeting Mary

Mary Craig, aka tillsontitan, and I have become friends over the last couple months.

I was first introduced to her insightful and wise writing in the wonderful series: The Journey - Chapter 5: A Look at Aging. As I review her impressive profile of hubs, I know there are many more pieces that I plan to read on a rich variety of subjects and life experiences.

I was so personally pleased when my pick, yes, none other than our 'Cruella' received the 2012 Hubbie for Best Avatar. Congratulations, Mary, this was well deserved!

Hope y'all will enjoy the following peek into the thoughts of the fabulous tillsontitan:


The times I feel most relaxed are....

I answered this question three times before I came up with an answer that really answers the question and makes any sense. I feel most relaxed in the evenings when my hubbie and I are home just watching TV, or I'm reading or writing. It's not just the alone time but the end of the day serenity when things are starting to wind down and you know it is soon time to go to bed and do whatever it is you do there...usually ending up with sleeping. I sometimes watch TV in bed, or read until I can't keep my eyes open.

Another time I feel really relaxed is when I'm floating in the pool. The cool water lapping against my raft, the sun shining down on me and no phones, no TV, nothing to interrupt whatever I choose to think about. It's such a great opportunity to write in my head and get things ready for when I'm in front of my computer...or to just empty my head and fall asleep on the raft!

The times I feel saddest are..

Whenever I see someone hurting. It can be a family member, a friend, or a total stranger but it really gets to me when I see someone hurting...even if its their own fault. I just don't like to see people in pain, any people, any pain. We have so much to be thankful for and so much we can share, I always try to do what I can for others.

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." Proverbs 15:30

Leaving also makes me really sad...whether its my grandchildren or a friend or other family member it always makes me sad to leave them. I love having family and friends around and it makes me sad when they leave. Sometimes after they're gone it seems so quiet and lonely, like there's something missing.

Something I'd like to teach others...

Love and Laugh! Sounds silly I know but a life that is filled with love has no room for hate and a life that is filled with laughter has no room for tears. Jokes, humor, whatever makes you laugh...children, grandchildren...surround yourselves with those things that bring you love and laughter.

I probably should have answered something about learning how to write or what to write about but I know in life there is more than hub pages...yes, even I, the HP addict know that! I spend hours a day on HP with my husband in the background saying, "you on there again?" but knowing he loves me and will put up with me because he does makes me laugh inside. Love and Laugh! Don't take life too seriously or it'll get you down.

My secret passion ... my dream job...

Its funny how that changes as we age. As a small child my dream job was to be a teacher. I would line up all my dolls in chairs and I would stand in front of them and teach! As I got older the change wasn't significant, I wanted to be an English teacher but I wanted to write too. I used to send five/six page long letters to friends and family!

Then my true secret passion was to be a singer..not necessarily my dream job but more a passion. The closest I came (after singing in school) was belonging to a folk group in church for thirty years. We had fun and even got to sing as opening for Paul Anka at one of the big, old hotels in the Catskills. Rehearsing and spending the day at the hotel was fun...Paul Anka didn't even give us the time of day. We did get a free meal out of it and had a lot of fun.

Most hated gift I ever gave someone ..

Believe it or not I can't think of anything. I am a bit 'anal' about gift giving. I start thinking about the gift months before time...I start buying Christmas presents in July! I'm always looking for the perfect gift, something I know they'll love, even if its something they may not use or need but I know they'll love it. I try to fit their personality or buy something I know they've been wanting. I love the look on their face when they open a gift and I know they really like it! (Especially the grandchildren.)

The gift I could have done without ..

If this doesn't make you laugh, nothing will. I don't want to reveal the exact person who gave this to me but will say it was a close birthday I was gifted with a box of cake mix and a DISPOSABLE cake pan. Really, I swear. My sister-in-law and I laughed and laughed about this gift. We tried to figure out why I got it as a gift but couldn't come up with an answer. I really didn't need a disposable baking pan and surely I had enough cake mix!

If you peeked in my junk drawer, you'd be surprised to find ...

This is more embarrassing than anything...I keep cards from people's funerals and they are in my junk drawer in the front corner. Unfortunately as I age the stack gets bigger and bigger. Occasionally I take them out and stop and think about each person they represent and remember something special. I know, strange, but that's me.

My date from Hades ...

.I said my junk drawer was embarrassing but this is worse yet! I can't remember that far back. Its been so long since I've had a date (I've been married 45 years) that I can't remember any bad dates. I'm not even sure I had one, I got married at 19. So, I don't have an answer to this question.

My worst/ or funniest vacation story ....

Ah, unfortunately there are many of these...seems most of our vacations have an ironic or humorous twist so I guess I should pick a worst.

It was a vacation to Lake George with family. We were staying at a campground in a tent with our four kids and my mother and brother-in-law and sister-in-law were staying in a nearby hotel. (We couldn't afford the hotel.) Anyway, my in-laws took the kids to Great Escape so we could have some alone time. While we were enjoying our alone time in our tent, someone stole all the money out of my pocketbook which I had a left in the van. The police insisted my kids took the money, which we knew wasn't true... the people in the camp site next to us had mysteriously left (while we were in the tent). Anyway, we decided to go for a ride to calm me down. While we were gone a storm came through and leveled our tent and soaked everything in it (a freak storm that didn't touch anyone else's tent, honest)! We spent that night in the hotel room with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their three kids....that was four adults and seven children in a four person room! It was quite cozy to say the least. I have to admit though by that time we were all laughing about the events of the day.

A life goal on my bucket list

Travel. We've done some traveling but I've always wanted to see more. There is so much to see right here in the U.S., never mind how much there is to see in Europe or anyplace else in the world. I've only been to Europe once, Ireland, and the age of things amazed me. I actually stood where Druids stood! I'd love to see the Grand Canyon, the desert out west, and so on. I would have to say that is my entire bucket list - travel, anytime, anywhere!

What I most look for in a friend...

to be there. A friend is the one, who when you get arrested and are in jail is sitting next to you saying, hmm, how did we get here! Seriously, just someone who understands you, knows you in and out, and loves you anyway. Someone you know you can always talk to and feel confident about spilling your guts to because you know they care about you and not about sharing your life with the rest of the neighborhood! I have been fortunate to have several friends like that in my lifetime. They are few and far between so when you have one you really should treasure them.

Something I will never part with...

My photographs. I am a pack rat when it comes to just about everything (I'm very sentimental) so this question is difficult for me but if there was only one thing I would be able to keep that would be it. Several times when we've had the discussion 'if your house were burning down and you could only take one thing out what would it be' and my answer is always my photo albums (of course I have tons of them...) I love taking photos and have so many of family and friends, children and grandchildren growing up, weddings, births, baptisms.... So many memories all in a photograph.

The worst part of getting older ....

I guess its knowing you're getting older. You know from early on things will change when you get older but you also know there's not much you can do about it except try to keep yourself in good shape...mentally and physically. Some things are more difficult to do and your memory is a challenge. You can remember things that happened thirty years ago, you can remember the words to every song you ever heard when you were a teenager but you can't remember where you put the damn car keys!

As you get older your friends and relatives begin to die and your mortality begins to stare you in the face. You know, no matter what, the end is going to come and you're going to have to leave the ones you love so I guess the worst part of getting older is knowing your getting older.

My favorite movie and why..

I have to laugh, I thought this would be a question about my favorite book and I was prepared to answer that and I see it got switched to my favorite movie. I love movies. I especially like the classics but picking one is almost impossible for me. Its like asking me to pick my favorite child. Each one is different and offers a unique perspective. Some are good because they are funny, some because they are sad, and of course some because they teach a life lesson. There are those that tell a true story of some phenomenal feat or accomplishment and you are just amazed by other's resourcefulness, and some are just good movie adaptations of books like "Gone With the Wind". I like comedies because they make you laugh and take your mind off of things, but I like drama/mysteries too because they keep you thinking throughout the movie. I like war movies that depict the brave hearts and actions of regular, ordinary men....and so, it is hard for me to narrow the selection down to just one.

What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading/ about ?

Anything and everything. Kind of like movies, I like to read about everything. Fiction has it's place and is enjoyable but non-fiction is educational and sometimes contains the WOW factor! I've loved to read for so long as I can remember and will read anything you put in front of me. I was once hooked on historical fiction and read everything I could find about Napoleon Bonaparte.

Then there was my Sci-Fi/Fantasy stage when I read Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, Robert Heinline, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ann McCaffrey and every Dragonriders of Pern book she wrote, and I could go on...I was hooked on that genre for a long time.

Now, I read what's popular, what friends and family recommend and what looks good to me. Yes, I read Fifty Shades of Grey and yes, I wrote a hub about it!

What would be a subject/ genre that you would like to read more/ about..

.As I said above, I really don't have a preference. I just love to read and will read anything recommended or that looks interesting to me. Right now I'm reading Steven Tyler's memoir, "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You". I am looking forward to reading Jeanne Cooper's "Not Young, Still Restless". Wait, an epiphany, I think autobiographies are my favorite, can you apply that to the above answer and also here? I would like to read more autobiographies.

Can you take us to a favorite piece of writing on Hub Pages by you that does not get much traffic...?

At first I was going to answer with my poem for my grandson called "Ma Moon", one of my early hubs, but then I decided I think it would be "Adopted, I Wonder?" It's certainly not a masterpiece but it tells about my feelings and search for my natural mother. It is one of my most personal hubs and of course a subject near and somewhat dear to me. Its not very detailed but I think it makes good points.

What song makes you want to pack up and leave the party...?

There is no one song, it is more of a genre...I love all music but just can't get my head around rap! If I hear rap it just goes against my grain. The newer stuff has more of a rhythm and beat but the older stuff, to me, was just shouting and cursing!

Ooohhh, girl, I could personally rap someone on the head when I hear that kind of music too...

My favorite song in the world is The Beatles: "In My Life"...

OK, Mary, that's more like it... a perfect choice!

The Beatles: In My Life

Thank you, Mary ....

Mary, the song: "Make Someone Happy" reminds me of what you do for so many of us in the HubPages community. Hoping you enjoy this rendition from the Supremes.

Thank you for taking the time to share such thoughtful responses with us. You are truly beautiful both inside and out... ♥ Maria

© Maria Jordan (September, 2012)

The Supremes: Make Someone Happy


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Glad to see you here, Jodah and so glad you are part of the Hub Pages community.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you, dear you so much, Maria

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It was sad reading this, Maria, but a great reminder of what a caring and wonderful,person Mary was. She will be fondly remembered for years through her writing alone. Thank you for resharing this as I had not read it the first time.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dropped back in to reread this great interview with our mutual friend. Ah, it brings back sweet memories. Thank you for this, Maria.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      All the more reason for you to stay put, my dear Sunshine.

      Love you lots, MM

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      No matter what HP throws at us, I view comments as gold...and over the years, all of my peeps have blessed me time and time again with inspiration and support.

      I plan to feature this goldmine of wisdom and love on my you'll be better prepared - or not! You know I always pack plenty of tissues.

      Love you, girlfriend, Maria

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awe, Tills...she will be missed, yet her memory will live on with so many. We have lost too many wonderful people. :(

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      4 years ago from Carson City

      Maria....damn, girl. If this wasn't a huge bag of mixed emotions today. One of those, oh look! I-can-smile-while-my-heart-is-breaking-kind of moments.

      Read all over again, even to the comments~Until I got to Til's comment to me & the first line was a question for me. Then, it must have been a ghost who has a 5th degree black belt. I got clobbered, throat, gut & down I went.

      Love ya....Effer

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Indeed, Mike...I think so too.

      In fact, you will be seeing this on Wednesday...Thanks for remembering with me. Hugs, Maria

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

      Hello Maria - I thought I would stop by here for a visit. This is even more stirring now.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You make the journey TERRIFIC, Miss Tillson. THANKS & hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Again Maria, thank you for this wonderful journey and thank you Becky for reading!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Becky, You will be THRILLED that you gave tillsontitan's work a TRY, as she is a TERRIFIC writer. THANKS for stopping by.

      Hope you both have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Becky Katz 

      8 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have really enjoyed learning about TillsonTitan. We have a few things in common, I also cannot stand rap. I have had some horrendous camping trips where things were stolen from me (Trivial Pursuit game?), and I am fanatical about finding the right gift (I also start shopping for Christmas in May and June. I will definitely have to check out her writing.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Happy Friday and Happy weekend back at ya Maria!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      MARVELOUS, Mary... I will enjoy MEANDERING over to MEET some MORE of your friends.

      Hugs to all and have a Happy Friday, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Hyphenbird I have a feeling we will mutually enjoy getting to know each other! Thank you for stopping by.

      Faith Reaper, it would appear we have many things in common! As Maria said, Hyphenbird, you and I could possibly be three peas in a pod!

      Thank you for the plug Maria! I just finished "Q to T".

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hyph, Once in a while we HAPPEN upon truly HONORABLE people... you and Mary are 'two peas in a pod' in that department.

      Faith, Can we be FLEXIBLE and now say 'three peas in a pod'? Your name is your kindest and most inspirational quality, FAITH.

      I've been MEANING to ask everyone to check out Mary's series on "Her Hubbers" from A to Z... it is split into 4 installments and is MAGICAL...

      Have a peaceful day. Hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, P.S., my husband does the same thing to me, but he says, "How's it going." In other words, are you about done yet? LOL In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Maria, thank you so much for introducing Mary to us, especially me, as I so enjoyed every aspect of this interview, and it is funny that I know we are very different, but I found a kindred spirit in her answers. I know I am coming to the party late, as it has just been crazy here lately for me. But I am here now, and so thankful to read about such a lovely person. I, too, was married at 19, and have been married for 35 years, and I could not answer that question either! LOL I was surprised by her answers, as for some reason I was expecting something else, but I do not know why. Every answer I read, I thought how beautiful is this woman. I love that scripture in Proverbs and quote it often, and I, too, enjoy laughing and loving others. I am a keeper of photos, and I always have said, if the house burns down, the only thing I want are the photos. I wish I could travel too, more here in the U.S. as well. Also, being a grandmother is the best. So, I will surely look forward to reading this lovely person, Mary's writings. Voted Way Up all across the board. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Tillsontitan is a very interesting person and talented writer. I have enjoyed getting to know you better and will go read some of your wonderful Hubs. I love that you have been married 45 years and quote the Bible. Thank you Mar for introducing a lovely lady to us.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      The Aging Chapters were so beneficial to me in so many ways Vincent, one of which, of course, was meeting and being able to follow you. Thank y0u for your kind compliments...hope I can continue to bring humor and laughter.

      Ah Vinaya, we have been following each other for quite some time. Thank your for stopping here and commenting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vincent and Vinaya,

      Two VENERABLE gentlemen whose comments and friendship I greatly VALUE... How VERY nice to see you both and thanks for your wonderful words.

      Hi to Mary and hugs to all, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      I have been reading tilsontitan for a long time. Whenever I read her works, she reciprocates nicely. She is a wonderful member in hub community. Her hubs are useful, informative as well as entertaining. I was so happy when she was awarded Hubbie Award.

      Maria, thanks for this fabulous interview.

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      Vincent Moore 

      8 years ago

      tillsonititan and I met when we both contributed our thoughts on the Ageing chapters recently. She is definitely a prolific writer and shares her thoughts freely in her magnificent informative writes. Her sense of humour and laughter is contagious and her following is growing daily.

      I love her Avatar, its absolutely stunning and the award for best Avatar well earned. Mary keep writing and sharing and thank you for taking some of your valuable to time to read my work and leave comments. I have some catching up to do with reading your work as well. Great interview by Maria as always.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Kathy, I'm so happy this was your KIND of interview. To me, it is KARMA when lovely people are able to meet and get to KNOW each other.

      Mary, Those are some MIGHTY fine words of praise and I am MOST appreciative.

      Hugs to you both, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      What a lovely comment Lucky Cats. I honestly believe in honesty ;) Can't wait to read some of your hubs as well. Maria has done such a great service to all of us by writing this series. Her sense of humor and dedication and unparalleled.

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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Mar and Mary Craig. What a nice interview..reading this was like sitting across from a good friend who wanted to share herself in conversation. So natural and relaxed and honestly wise. I have not read many of tillsontitan's hubs but will make every effort to do so after reading this wonderfully restful, peaceful interview. Whew! I needed a dose of real and kind and this is just what the "Doc" ordered!!! Thank you Mar...such a great thing you've created in this series...and Mary....for being such a genuine and sincere person. All ups...even funny...for some of the little memories shared here. K

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Mary, So sorry about your MULTIPLE viruses but MIGHTY glad to see you and your MAGNIFICENT responses.

      Arb, You are friends with two of my special lady pals from your excellent brainchild, The Journey. To be so ADMIRED by Mary and Nellieanna makes me ADAMANT to read some from your corner. Plus, you are good to mike, ABOUT time we heard from him...

      May you both have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Arb, thanks so much! Glad to know I am not alone (I have a clone) and so happy to know you are there!!

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      8 years ago from oregon

      What a wonderful interview. It is the comment section as much as the interview mary, which reveals the you in the life of others. I could only chuckle in the end, there just isn't anyone or anything you don't like. All books, all songs, all movies and all people. Even a disposable cake. Your interview reveals it, the comments confirm it and we adore you for it. Reading your answers make me laugh. I am married to your clone.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I am a little late in commenting on this wonderful round of comments due to two computer viruses; I can't be like other people and just get one at a time! But, I am up and running and back..

      HBN its been a joy to get to know you and see how many things we two have in common.

      Always Exploring nice to hear you share my philosophy and my favorite song, I'm going to have to read your hubs to see what else we share!

      Remaniki I am so sorry about your arthritis but so glad it landed you here on HP!

      RCrumple, my answers lack your sense of humor but I am thrilled they touched you a bit ;)

      TT just having you read is an honor. I so admire you and your hubs!

      Writer 20 you look me up and I'll look you up!

      The Frog Prince, it can be daunting answering questions you know lots of folks will be reading.

      What better combination than Mary & Mary! I love reading your hubs as well and hope our friendship continues.

      DanaTeresa we share so many things from creepy, crawly to books and movies. I'll be visiting soon.

      Rosemay I love your explanation of the birthday cake and pan. In all these years I've never thought of that!

      Nellianna I am truly honored by your comments. To me, you are the Grand Dame of HubPages!

      LaThing so nice of you to stop here. Hopefully we will get to know each other better.

      Gypsy though I have read your hubs I see I'm not a follower...I'll have to fix that!

      Martie you are amazing! Your Hubville Soap opera was hysterical and spellbinding at the same time and your hubs about Africa amazing. I am flattered by your comment.

      MM so nice to see you here.

      Brave Warrior, thank you. I see your hubs "run the gamut" and think it is time I read more of them.

      Genna I am TOTALLY hooked on your series Narragansett Lane and waiting impatiently for the next chapter. Thank you for coming by and commenting on someone you've only just met.

      Moonlake, we share so much what with nature and photos and the is a pleasure to see you here!

      Maria, I can only thank you and thank you for including me in your wonderful series. It is YOU who are the lady here with the joy, wisdom and generosity to share so much on HP.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Thank you for the visit and your comments which MENTION why she is so MARVELOUS to you and MANY others. Hugs and Hi to Mary, Maria

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      8 years ago from America

      tillsontitan~Mary is one of my favorite hubbers and I always read her hubs. Enjoyed the story of her life. Loved it and voted uP!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Genna, It is GREAT that you are getting to know Mary as well. It is GLORIOUS to see GIFTED and GRACIOUS ladies get acquainted.

      Rosemay, Nellieanna is RIGHT... I am more than halfway through The Journey and it gives one many REASONS to REFLECT.

      Hope everyone is doing well and take good care. Hugs, Maria

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you Nellieanna I will be sure to read 'The Journey' series, How thought ful of you to recommend them to me. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Maria and Mary. What a wonderful interview! I’ve only just recently met Mary, and what a delightful experience it has been. “Something I’d like to teach others is to love and laugh.” Yes! I think this describes Mary so well; such a treasure! :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sha,

      So true that these interviews can bare our SOULS and Mary has been a SHINING example...yours will be the SAME in that department!

      Thanks for stopping by and TTYS. Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      What a fabulous, true to self interview! Mary is known for her sense of humor in Hubland. This interview took us deep into her soul. What a beautiful person! And funny on top? Awesome.

      Thank you Maria and Mary for giving us a glimpse into your beautiful soul!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon to Mary and all of my kind friends who have stopped by to show some hub love to her:

      Frog, I am FLABBERGASTED that you FLOUNDERED with some of your answers... as if I could ever FORCE your mind... that's FUNNY!

      Mary has MET Mary and is just as MESMIRIZED by her as I am...!

      Dana, Thanks for DROPPING by. It is easy to keep each interview DISTINCT because y'all are so DELIGHTFULLY DIFFERENT!

      Rosemay, I was ROLLING with the 'cooking gift' (as if...??) and REALLY love this Beatles song too... that is certainly REPEATED through the comments I am finding...

      Nellieanna, Oh wow, I also had a school of stuffed animals and we studied needlecraft catalogues and magazines... Mary has opened NEVER-ENDING revelations in all of us. NEEDLESS to say, I no longer feel so alone!

      LaThing, I am so PLEASED that you love the PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES you are gaining from all these cool ladies.

      Gypsy, Let's GIGGLE and keep laughter alive as Mary has reminded us... I love your GENERAL view on life as well!

      Martie, I indeed feel as though we are a MARVELOUS family all over the world, yet still close in MIND and spirit. Thank you for your MEMORABLE comments.

      Leslie, LIKE you I am LEARNING how much there is to LOVE about Mary, including her humor and musical taste.

      Hope y'all are having a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another wonderful interview Maria, I have enjoyed getting to know our lovely Mary a little better!

      The cake mix gift is such a mystery!!?

      A great Beatle song choice from Mary too!

      Thank you both and voted up.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      What an enjoyable interview!

      Tillsontitan aka Mary from Tillson, I can feel your warm heart all the way from Tillson, making me feel so comfortable down here at the bottom of the world. You are a 'natural' friend - one of those who will stick to her friends through good and bad times. You've stolen my heart! It is always so nice to see you in my corner.

      Marcoujor, you have an amazing talent to introduce people in such a way that we believe we are all family just in need to meet each other in person for a change.

      Lots of hugs from SA :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. These interviews are great Maria. I love Mary's attitude toward life and yes, laughter will get you through most anything.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful interview, and wonderful answers..... Mary has so many qualities that I see in myself! I have read few of her hubs, but I am going back to get familiar with more of her works. See, your interviews are giving us a personal look into the characters of the writers, we get to know them better.... Love it!

      Thanks Mary, and, of course, Maria - my dear friend! Hugs to you both....

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Rosemary, you'll find her a wonderful person! I met Mary when we were both involved in "The Journey - A Look At Aging" series and really related to her during that experience. Now, reading her interview, I feel even more of her warmth which strengthens that kinship.

      I really laughed out loud at that worst gift; - ahem - - - that truly does 'take the cake', Mary!! hahaha!

      I relate to your seeing herself as a teacher as a child, reminding me of myself. We had a set of miniature Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias. I'd issue them as textbooks to my imaginary students and then drill them on the facts in them.

      I've also loved books since I can remember; love biography and non-fiction, as well as good fiction. And have always written long letters (by hand) to friends and family, too.

      Mary, you're a delight! The song you chose and the one Maria picked for you are really great ones that fit perfectly.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a wonderful interview Maria and Mary

      I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Tillsontitan, Mary, but after reading her thoughts here I am looking forward to meeting her and getting to know her.

      Mary, I had to laugh at the gift of cake mix and desposable cake pan, maybe whoever intended to make you a birthday cake and simply ran out of time. Haha, love it.

      I so agree with your philosophy of love and laughter. It serves us well especially when vacations don't go as planned, chuckled at your story.

      In My Life is a favourite Beatle's song of mine too.

      Thank you Maria for introducing Mary in such a wonderful way. And as for your song choice, love it, you are the best at making others happy.

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      Dana Strang 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      What a fantastic interview with a gret lady! Such a joy to lern more about her!

      I don't know how you do it, but these interviews are always captivating and a joy to read. Looking forward to more.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      You did a fine interview on one of my favorite Hubbers. Mary has always been a true friend and supporter of mine for a long time. I admire her in so many ways. It was good to get to know her better.

      Goodnight, another Mary.

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      The Frog Prince 

      8 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Nice bio. I can understand her having to maybe answer some of this multiple times before arriving at a conclusion.

      Maria did the same thing to me. LMBO

      The Frog Prince

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Rema, I REALIZE how wonderful our community is when I meet new people like you.

      Richard, What a REGULARLY nice guy with REALLY sweet comments about Mary...thank you.

      Terrye, Your THOUGHTFUL support is most appreciated.

      Joyce, All JARGON aside, it's always a JOY to see you.

      Hoping y'all are enjoying your weekend. Thanks to each of you for

      stopping by and saying such cool things about Mary. Hugs, Maria

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      8 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Brilliant interview all though I'm not familiar with Tillsontitan, I will look her up.

      voted up awesome ans beautiful, Joyce.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Mar, this was another one of your excellent interviews. I have learned SO much about one of my favorite writers on HubPages. Great job on another great series. Looking forward to the next one! :)

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      What a grand interview! Mary is indeed a fantastic person! Great questions and tremendous answers! From Tara to the Beatles and everything between and since! Great Job!

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      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Maria,

      I am so happy to have landed here to hear beautiful things said about a very beautiful person Mary. I thank my stars for showing me the way to Hub Pages where I have met the most beautiful of people. Now I got to know about Mary. What a beautiful person she is!

      Credit for telling the world about Mary goes to you of course. Thank you Maria for this wonderful hub. Cheers, Rema.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Afternoon, Y'all,

      It is MARVELOUS, Mary, to see so MANY MAGNIFICENT comments in honor of you... they are all MOST deserved. Sorry I forgot to MENTION that you MIGHT get MISTY...!

      Janine, You are JUST so quick and sweet with your remarks.

      Alecia, It is AWESOME to see you so much these days.

      Paula, I am always PLEASED as PUNCH to see you... PERHAPS I just have a PENCHANT for your PRETTY PROFILE?

      Sunnie. I know for SURE that you and Mary will be SERIOUS buds in no time.

      mperrottet, It is MIGHTY nice to MEET you.

      Lynn, Thanks for stopping by with your LOVELY remarks.

      Daisy, It is DELIGHTFUL to see you with your charming DEMEANOR.

      Peggy, Your PUB is a wonderful PLACE where we can meet as friends. Pleased to see you here, Sista, and will meet up with you soon in your hood.

      LORD, Always LIKE to see you LAVISH praise on a LOVELY LADY...

      Bill, You have the BEST taste, BRILLIANT even!

      Annette, You and Mary are ALIKE in that you are AMAZING and ASTUTE... I believe you will also ADMIRE each other.

      Car51, Thanks for COMING by and CHECKING out Mary's profile.

      Sunshine, Thanks for SHARING this SENSATIONAL interview... You are SERIOUSLY awesome.

      Docmo, Your DIATRIBE of DEVOTION to Mary is DARLING.

      Gail, So GLAD you GAINED a deeper understanding and appreciation of this GENTEEL lady.

      REALLY good to see you, Ruby. Glad you also loved this ROCKIN' song and learning about Mary while REMINISCING.

      Thanks to y'all for your sincerely beautiful comments and have a lovely day. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I must admit that I am not familiar with Tillsontitan. I will say that I like her philosophy concerning family and friends, and like her, I feel the age creeping along. I enjoyed reading about the vacation when everything went wrong, being able to laugh about it later shows that she is happy and moves with the flow. I like that in a person. I will visit her. Happy to meet Mary. Thank you Mar. I love your interviews. You shine my friend..Oh I forgot. The song, " In my life " Is a favorite..Cheers

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      I have just started following Tillsontitan, a woman who's not afraid to strut and posture, as evidenced by her fabulous profile pic!

      I could so relate to everything she said in this hub and am happy to get to know her better. Like you, Maria, I'm looking forward to reading many more of her hubs.

      I love the heartfelt and entertaining way that Mary writes, like when she shared the fact that she wanted to be a teacher as a child and lined up her dolls as students. That felt so authentic as I could see that even then she had such a vivid imagination.

      Thanks Mary and Maria, for sharing this wonderful interview with us.

      Voted up across the board and shared.

      Hub Hugs,


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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Nobody told me I would need tissues when I read these comments! Thank you so much Maria for including me in your wonderful glad you liked my song and I appreciate you following me as it has been an honor and a joy to follow you.

      Janine, My Life became my favorite song when my father just said so much. Its been my favorite ever since. So much so, when my youngest son got married he surprised me and had it played when we danced the mother son dance.

      Thank you Alecia for stopping by. We'll have to get to know each other.

      Oh my dear Effer....can you write my eulogy? You have become one of my very dearest friends and I so admire your spunk and bravery and humor. It is an honor to have you write such wonderful things about me....were you drinking?

      Sunnie it looks like you and I may have some reading to do...can't wait to get to know you.

      mperrottet its great that we have become mutual followers.

      Lynn it might be our mutual love of travel that drew us to each other...hope it continues for a long time.

      Daisy its been a joy to follow you....nobody writes a parody like you do!

      Peg, I'm happy to see you here. I am so into your series The Pub! Keep it going girl.

      Thank you Lord. It is such a pleasure to follow you and read your hubs. Having that math teacher daughter makes me appreciate your math hubs all the you make them so much fun to read.

      Billy I'd like to say great minds think alike but your hubs are so awesome sometimes I think I need to take my mind out and dust it off just to keep up with you! Thanks.

      Thebluestar, thank you for reading about me. Now you know I have to go look up your hubs so we, too, can become friends.

      SS, your name says it all about what a happy person you are but doesn't let everyone know you're also a great friend and a C&W addict ;)

      Mohan, supporting you is so're that good. I have showed your Winnie the Pooh series to so many people! Every hub you write is a gem and I am proud to be following you and even prouder to have you following me!

      Again, Maria, thank you for subjecting me to these wonderful, humbling comments.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Mary is not only a gifted writer, she is an awesome friend, a warm supporter, an amazingly humane being, one of my favorite followers who always leaves me beaming. Mar ,.. thanks for this wonderful interview that confirms my love for the Titan from Tillson. She is a darling of the masses!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mary is as sweet as apple pie! She's a very supportive hubber and friend. It was awesome having the chance to learn more about her. Beautiful interview! :)

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      8 years ago

      Great interview! Love the avatar -- well-deserved award! Just skimmed Mary's profile--wow, a ton of interesting-looking hubs to explore. Thanks for the introduction!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Another beautiful interview Maria. I don't know Mary, but reading about her I can tell that we should be friends. Thank you so much for bringing her to my attention, I will look forward to reading her hubs in the not too distant future.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An excellent tribute about one of my favorite Hubbers....Mary is a gem, and Maria, so are you for doing this great series. I love every one of them so far; keep it up. "In My Life"...another reason why I love Mary!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      This was cool! Mary supported me and even suggested to get the math hubbie award. Mary is versatile and we never know what she wrote about. I can relate to the photo album "nostalgia." I even have one taken when I was baptized and held down that fountain at 5 months of age. And curiously I love to have fun and laugh with some of my hubs. This was a revealing interview. I actually was there openning drawer and saw all kind of mementos and cards from people's funerals. Thanks Mary Craig! You are such a wonderful wife, mom and now grandma. "Now.... you are in here?" Like your hubby would say all the time.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dear Maria, This was great to get a peek at the famous Mary of Tillson. I loved her story about the camping trip and how it turned into a great time despite the events. Wonderful getting to know this great writer through your personal glimpse behind the scenes. She has a great approach to life and how she deals with things truly reveals her character.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing this fantastic interview with Mary. I've been following Mary on HubPages for quite a while. I enjoyed getting to know some of the *unpublished* parts of Mary's life.

      Mary, you are a *titan.* Please keep on being *you.*

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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      8 years ago

      Really enjoyed getting to know Mary. I love reading her hubs and she makes me feel "all that" when she takes time to comment on my hubs. Very gracious.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Nice to know more about one of my favorite hubbers. I've really enjoyed following this talented and interesting woman.

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      What a beautiful lady...I am so excited to follow her. I look forward to getting to know Mary. This was such a great interview. Mary sounds like a fantastic person.

      Thank you.


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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Mary Craig.......My "Tillie,"....."Til,"...."girlfriend,"....."Fellow-Boomer,"......I don't recall the precise date and time, but at some point, Til and I connected in a huge way....for more than one reason, or should I say, "Life Similarities."

      This extremely gifted writer is a real treasure. I truly feel blessed to have gotten to know her and especially to follow her work so closely.

      The woman amazes me with her exceptional ability to write about a vast variety of topics with such ease and completeness. There should be a bright light bulb pictured above her head......because I swear she must see and hear Hub-Potential EVERYWHERE.

      More importantly, I have realized so many beautiful qualities to Tillie's character.. She is as open, honest and sincere a woman as I have ever known. Whether she is relating to her readers, a personal tale of her life, marriage and children...even her lovely garden of flowers....or a topic of general interest and importance,we can literally feel the love and thoughtfulness in her words.

      I will close here, but certainly not for lack of more positive comments I could share, about this sweet, beautiful lady!

      Maria, I hope you never tire of the applause. No one can interview like you! I repeat.......NO ONE.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I really enjoyed this hub. It's always interesting getting to know fellow hubbers. I completely agree that love and laughter are essential ingredients to a content life. And In My Life is one of my all time favorite Beatles' songs too. Great job Maria!

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      As always, I love this series and very much enjoyed learning more about Mary Craig (tillsontitan). I have to tell you her favorite song, is truly my favorite Beatle song of all time. Even though it reminds me of a sad time in my life. When a very good friend of the family and my younger brother died in freak auto accident, he wasn't even 20 years old. Anyway, he was a huge Beatles Fan and played this song at his funeral. It was very sad, but also made me hopeful that I would never forget tho person. Sorry to ramble, but great article and have voted up, shared and tweeted too of course :)


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