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Time Travel; Do You Believe

Updated on February 29, 2016
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Nostalgia; It's What Gave Me The Idea For This Hub

© 2016 Missy Smith

Again, I must thank my good friend Bill Holland for his inspirational short stories that are such a pleasure to read. :)

Recently, while reading another short story from my friend here on Hubpages, Bill, I started getting that feeling of nostalgia. His story of how family life was like in the great depression, and the things' families had to struggle through to get by is very interesting to read. However, what interests me the most about his story is how the people from the past really stuck together. They struggled through the hard times and knew how to maintain a sense of happiness. They were people of virtue back in those days, people who loved deeply, and had extremely focused values of God and Life. I even know this is true, if you are my age, and I won’t mention that number, but if you are my age, you had grandparents who may have lived in these times. They told you stories through the years about the struggles and the lifestyles, and if you listened closely, you held on to those stories in your memory banks, and you now feel lucky to have heard them. I believe my friend Bill even gives thanks to his own grandparents for the inspiration for his heart-warming story that I have so enjoyed reading. I always anticipate the next installment.

The Only Picture I Possess of My Beloved Pops.

Papa and Granny Allen
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Reminiscing About Another Wonderful Person Who Also Inspired This Hub; My Papa Allen

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to live in the 1920s, 30s, and even the 40s. My own grandfather was in World War II, and though he was a fairly quiet man, and would never tell us little ones of a war, in which he actually lost a sibling to, myself, being the observant child I was, always could see a little pain through those big blue eyes of his.

Oh my goodness…my Papa was the best. He loved us kids, and you would always see that smile of his, never a frown. Even when they were carrying him out on a gurney taking him to the hospital, he stretched his arm to us kids with a smile and told us, “don’t worry, Papa will be back.” His life, his struggle, was hard, but it made him a strong family-oriented man with appreciation for the little he did have. However, my Papa died before I ever saw him again, he never returned home. I was five years old. Those days of walking to the corner store holding his big old hand, and getting excited because he always bought us a treat of candy corn were forever gone, tucked safely into my memory, maybe just so I could tell you this story today.

He would also fix us peanut butter spoons heaped so high I was smacking to get my tongue loose for what seemed like hours.To this day, I will get a glob full of peanut butter on a spoon, and it satisfies my hunger all day. And here's a little tip I learned from him; if you ever run out of milk for your cereal, if you have a can of carnation cream stuck back in your pantry, just mix some of that with a little water and pour it on your cereal. That’s how my Pops fed us our cereal, and it was yummy! No doubt, he found many ways to make life work being poor back in those depression days he lived through.


The Little Green Purse

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Anyway, he never really told stories, but my Granny told a few, and then there were also my dad’s family, his Grandmother and Aunts who lived in this same era told me some great stories as well. Very different ways of life than my mom's parents, but the same when it came to family togetherness. I should mention though, that I did get a story out of my Papa without him even speaking a word. When his only sister passed away, my mother inherited this old purse of hers that was still stuffed with aged letters and things from the past. It was the one she carried while her brothers fought in the War, and it became clear to me why she never discarded it or its contents. It was an amazing story packed away in that little green purse. I remember just sitting with my mom for hours looking through old letters from my Papa. It was almost like I could hear his voice explaining how things were going over there, wishing they could all be together once again. The hopeful words of my Papa, and I understood why he never spoke of that time again. It was beautiful in faith, sad in longing. I’ll never forget it.

Speed; Is It The Key To Time Travel?

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Two Brilliant Minds That Somewhat Think Alike; Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

All this I just wrote about here, is a little nostalgic and reminiscent, but brings me to the part of this hub, where I finally would like to address time travel. Time travel has always been an extremely fascinating topic to discuss, and read about. There have been so many theories through the years, from the great Albert Einstein's theory to just as brilliant Stephen Hawking's theory. Einstein and Hawking had a similar theory in one respect; they both felt that time is measured by speed.

A Great Painted Portrait of Stephen Hawking

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The Stephen Hawking Theory:

Hawking believes that time flows one way, and that way is to the future. Hawking’s theory is based on the time machine actually being the big black hole that gapes in our universe. The closer you get to the black hole the more you get sucked into it. This black gaping hole has a great effect on time. It seems to slow it down immensely, which is why his theory is that it is a natural time machine. Hawking’s theory goes on to say that a spaceship could very well orbit this big hole of gas and matter if it doesn’t get sucked in. His thought process of how to do this is to aim the ship straight off to the side of the hole to miss it; keeping in mind, that speed and the correct path would be crucial to pull this off. Otherwise, whoever attempts this feat would be lost forever. However, if done precise, the spaceship would be pulled into orbit in just the right way. Stephen believes if speeds are kept at the correct and steady interval that the ship would then be safe, and the brave people on board would now be in a time warp of their own time being slowed down. As they would keep flying around, they would only be experiencing half the time to us here on Earth, which means time travel would be taking place. Hawking's beliefs are; if the crew circled five years, ten years would actually pass where we are. As his theory goes, when the crew returns, we here on Earth would have aged five years more than them. Therefore, they have returned to a future Earth.

A Presentation of Hawking's Theory

The One and Only Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein's Theory:

Now, Einstein’s theory is based on speed as well, but it’s based on the speed of light instead of orbiting around the black hole at a certain flow of speed. Einstein’s theory is called “The Theory of Relativity.” So if someone was racing in a spaceship, but then someone else in a different spaceship came from behind with the lights on full beam, the initial spaceship would only see those lights and both people in the spaceships would be traveling at that lights speed, no matter if the primary spaceship is going faster. I guess you can say it’s all very relative. However, to me, it’s a little confusing, but extremely interesting.

A Presentation of Einstein's Theory

A Little Theory of My Own

There will constantly be different theories on time travel; physicists, and scientists alike, will continue to explore this interesting thought. I can say that, I do think Einstein’s and Hawking’s theories are on the right track. Think about it; As technology has increased, does it not now feel like we have sped up through life? Years get shorter; our life is moving faster than ever before. We barely have time to explore and experience. My theory of how speed changes time is through invention of technology. It has sped us up into a world of less time. What I can’t figure out is how time travel fits in with it. However, I have experienced deja-vu many times through the past five years. So much so, that I actually wonder when the next episode of it will come around again. It does feel like an unreal coincidence in time.


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Going Somewhere In Time

More Time Travel Talk

All the theories above are very interesting, and maybe the more logical way of viewing time travel. However, I still want to believe in the power of putting an old suit on from the era you want to visit, and then laying back and telling yourself you are in that place, at that time, over and over again until you get there. I want it to be just that simple. I’m referring to the way Christopher Reeves traveled to the past in the movie “Somewhere In Time” and if I got to travel through time, since I have expressed nostalgic feelings and reminiscent thoughts of the past, the past is where I would want to travel.


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There are many different ways people have thought about time travel, and they make movies and shows of the way they see it in their minds; The Time Machine, Back to The Future, Star Trek. Television shows such as; Quantum Leap and Dr. Who. Time travel is and always will be one of the biggest fantasies for everyone, but as Hawking did say, it’s not really practical thinking. I think I agree with that. I suppose it might be something that could actually exist, but it’s been too much of a mind bender for even the smartest people to figure out.

The Speed of Anything Reminds Me of Time Travel Since I've Read Hawking's and Einstein's Theories

An Intro To My Narrative Poem

Keeping with a nostalgic theme through time travel, I have written my poem with these two thoughts in mind. I’ve added some people I wish I could meet, and places I would like to visit. I hope you find my poem a captivating short tale set in poetic form.

Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara

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Movie Poster of Gone With The Wind

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Clarke Gable as Rhett Butler

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Indians In The Wild West

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Cowboy on The Wagon Trail

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Mahatma Gandhi At Prayer Meeting

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A Generous Smile

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My Journey Back Through Time

© 2016 Missy Smith

Take me away to a portal

palace, and let me breathe

in scenes of nostalgia.


I want to wake up in a

peaceful era. Maybe meet

Rhett Butler and Scarlett

O’Hara.


Old Hollywood days, what

a dream; I wonder if I could

slip into a “Gone With The

Wind” scene?


Then I will jump back into

that mystic realm, where

I find myself off to another

distant land.


I open my eyes. I'm on a Wild

West wagon trail, seeing

mountains so high and

dodging Indian arrows.


I meet a dreamboat cowboy

who saves my life, then I

kiss him hard before I say

good-bye.


I don’t look back as he

yells, “Don’t Go” I’m

laughing out loud as I

leap back into the portal...


having the most fun blasting

off, causing confusion, and

a little chaos. But no harm

done as I come back around.


I’m sitting crossed legged

by Mahatma Gandhi himself.


A beautiful sunrise comes

up over the mountain. I

catch my breath. I feel I’m

in heaven.


Gandhi then tells me not to

let the sun that shines inside me

fade, my purpose on earth is

to be brave bursting rays.


I start to turn and take off

once more, but he grabs

my hand and puts it to his

heart.


And with the most generous

smile, I’ve ever seen, he tells

me never to forget where

his friendship will be.


The last thing I remember as

I turn to go, is beautiful

butterflies flying around.


I startle back up. I'm in my

bed; “that dream was so

Real” I tell myself.


As I’m about to get out

of bed to check on my

children, I think I can

feel something frantically

moving.


I throw the covers back, and

that’s when I see, a beautiful

butterfly that encircles me.

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This Song, To Me, Has A Nostalgic Feel To It. I Love It.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hello Deb, Out of all the time-travel moments I fantasized while writing this, I believe the Ghandi one would be the very one I would most want to visit. I think it would be an inspiring experience.

      Thank you, as always, for stopping by and putting in your thoughts on this hub.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey Audrey, I'm so glad to hear that this hub gave you some thought-provoking moments, and some bittersweet ones as well, as we both miss our Papas. Many Blessings to you, and thank you for taking time to read this piece. :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey RJ, I really appreciate you taking time to visit and read this hub. Have a wonderful week. :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      I sometimes giggle a little when I read your comments, Frank. I can always tell that you wish I would leave all the talk out and write only the poetry. However, I do like a thoughtful piece that brings a good story to introduce my poems. Not always, of course, but sometimes it's a fun thing to do.

      I must admit; I do wonder if I should be offended at times by your resistance of my thoughts? Lol. The fact is though, I don't get offended easy, and do realize everyone will not appreciate the lead up.

      In saying that, I do appreciate your kindness in always coming by to share your thoughts. You are a good friend, Frank. :)

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I really liked this, as Ghandi returned with you, but in another form.

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Time travel is fascinating as it quantum mechanics --you have given me much to think about--and you make me miss my papa a bit--hugs

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      Ralph Schwartz 18 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Quite the nostalgic journey Missy - I think we all secretly wish we could take a peek at things firsthand in another time. Thanks for sharing

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      I do really enjoy reading your poetry after the hub details and et al.. Entertaining my friend :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey Manatita, and I would just like to say that I do not disagree with your view on God's reasons for these two very intellectual, brilliant, people. Although, radically different in their perceptions on life, they do possess a similar "opinion" on how time travel "might" exist.

      I understand that you like to stick with a certain energy in everything you write, Manatita, and I admire your work in that way. It's always about a spiritual guidance and positive energy; nothing at all wrong with that. I enjoy it! It's your style of writing you choose. However, I don't always stick to the status quo of things. I don't consistently concentrate totally on the spiritual side of a conversation. Not that it is not a great thing to do, but I like to bring logical theories into a discussion sometimes, you know the "what ifs" and then leave peoples personal beliefs out of the equation.

      In this instance, I don't believe that the fact Mr. Hawking's is an atheist has anything to do with his theory, as it wouldn't play a part in Einstein's either. It's based on their scientific knowledge and outlook on time travel, and how it may be possible, but probably not too practical in the grand scheme of things.lol. I was only feeding my particular curiosity by writing this piece, and yes taking my own trip back in time to visit days with my Pops.

      I understand that you think it not useful to re-live the past even in thought and memory. I think that most would agree with you; the best way is to look forward. However, I also do not know how anyone could actually do this. The past is a part of us, no matter bad or good; we've lived there at one point in our lives, so we can either visit it and find peace with the not so pleasant memories, or either live with still knowing about them and becoming bitter for not talking them out or finding a freedom there. As for the good memories, I find it really great to reminisce back to those. It can give us a peace for our future travels to the other side. To know that we will get to be with those lost loved ones again. Nevertheless, this is merely how I think, and just my opinion.

      In saying this, I hope you did enjoy a little piece of this "theory based" hub of mine. lol. Thanks again, Manatita.:)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Swalia. You are very kind. :)

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      Different slant and some nostalgia, although it developed into a very interesting look at Time. Professor Hawkins is a scientist and Albert Einstein was a Scientist-Seer. Radically different, since Hawkins has been credited with being an Atheist also. Both sent by God, yes, but for different reasons.

      Seems to me that there is always a Constant, and we move in that Constant. (God, Consciousness) It can appear to be the same or ahead of us, and it has the capacity to as it's always evolving; adjusting as is necessary, but still Absolutely perfect.

      Things will be that way, as there is only Canvas (Spirit), nothing else, and all happens within Spirit. In that sense it's not really useful to look the past. Yogi's simply need to bring them into the NOW. Again, in the theory of Re-incarnation, we may sometimes have been, the very people we would have liked to meet.

      Nice informative Hub and poetry.

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      Shaloo Walia 18 months ago

      Beautiful poem in the end, Missy! What a delightful read at the end of all the intellectual and scientific theories :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      It has changed so much, Dana. I believe life has lost it's true value in most peoples' eyes; maybe not on purpose; perhaps just from becoming too busy, and focusing on collecting things more than collecting memories. There seems to be no more time to be a real person anymore. Well, that is, if we don't slow down and let go of the unnecessary stuff. I just watched the movie "The War Room" the other day. I loved it! It is one I would recommend everyone to take time out and watch. I don't know if it would change many minds, but it would show others the true meaning of how we should think and feel about life. We are lost here!

      Thanks Dana. Your comments are appreciated. :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      No offense to anyone else who has ever written a comment on my hubs, but I think yours, ValKaras, is my very favorite of all the comments I've received thus far.

      This comment made me, again, nostalgic, as you reminisced and told your stories of your past. I am honored that you shared such lovely memories with me; I truly am. And then your epic ability to bring in Buddha, and the other colorful characters in for a time travel through your imagination. I say; Let this be a hub, who cares!! lol. I loved it.

      As soon as I can get to your page Val, I will look that hub up of yours and read it with a smile upon my face. I don't know if I will be able to give such a comment as you just did, but I know I'm going to find it extremely valuable to have read. Until then...thank you! :)

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      Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Yes, I also think on the old days and wish I had been born in a time much simpler than the one we are in now. When I heard stories from grandparents and older friends it just reinforce what is so apparent -change of the times- change of the heart. Loved the poem.

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      Vladimir Karas 18 months ago from Canada

      There are two lonely things I have in common with good old Alby : we both have an incredible passion for mystery of everything, and we like to baby-talk to those closest and dearest to us. Even at this age of 71 I may say something every day to my family in that tone, or borrow the voice of a cartoon character.

      The boyish spirit behind this peculiar behavior just might be one of the reasons people are giving me some 10-15 years less than my chronological age. (The photo in my bio was taken when I was 69, if you would care to see it).

      Well, talking about age, I feel this strange combination of being millennia old, and also a boy, reluctant to be 8 or 16.

      For it's all somehow in me, Missy. As I was climbing Mayan pyramid and touching those walls, and looking around myself, I "lived" with those spirits still hanging around, "felt" those times, as if re-living a past incarnation.

      Then, my poor childhood after WW2 in a European country devastated by destruction , with horses and carts rolling down the dusty roads...the aroma of those meadows where I was chasing butterflies and would get stung by a bee, too busy playing as to care.

      So many memories to enjoy in the theatre of my mind. The only time travel that I would have either a knowledge or ambition to talk about is exactly this one - through the many decades of my life, somehow mixed with all those intuitively created pictures of those far away epochs. It's strange what memory and imagination can do, so that we don't know which one is which after a while. In one moment I am having a nice chat with Buddha, and then he may turn to that most mysterious man that I know the Count de saint Germain, the French nobleman who, in words of French philosopher Voltaire "Knows everything and never dies".

      So, many of those faces share the spot beside me in the park bench before I realize that I am talking to myself.

      You asked about "coincidences". On a day when you have nothing better to do, you can read my hub "My strange experiences and coincidences" (something like that). Just to show you, Missy, that you are not alone in that department.

      But, before this comment turns into a hub, I might as well end it - with one warm, and cordial, and friendly "thank you for having written such a nice hub".

      (Here comes my wife..."Yeah, what's up doc?")

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey Faith, I just watched "Somewhere in Time" last month. I hadn't watched it in a very long time, and I have to say, I still loved it, and probably even more than I did back in the 80s. The scenes were gorgeous. I think it must have been digitally remastered; it was just so vivid with color and very pretty. Jane Seymour is breathtaking in that movie, and Christopher Reeves a picture of a perfect chiseled man. I want to watch it again now. lol.

      Thank you for expressing how much you liked this hub. I will try to keep them coming. I have been surprisingly grabbing lots of inspirations lately. It comes and goes. I hope it keeps rolling, and I hope I find my next inspirational subject soon.

      Peace and blessings to you as well.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Cool hub and amazing poetry, Missy! I have always been fascinated by time travel and love all the movies, especially Somewhere in Time, and shows over the years. I think your theory is the best theory on time travel. Time is speeding up. The years are rolling around faster and faster it seems. I do think it is because of technology too.

      I would love to go back to the 30s or 40s ...I love the styles of that time period. I love watching the old movies and seeing how they dressed.

      Keep these gems coming.

      Peace and blessings

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      Clive Williams 18 months ago from Nibiru

      nah....she cheated

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Shucks, I just saw a minor hiccup in the last poll I posted. I put "your" instead of "you" somehow. It's the little mistakes that drive you crazy. However, I can't fix it or I lose the votes. So, now you know. lol.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Of course, John, I remember your poem about your Grandpa's chair. It's in the e-book I purchased from you. I remember thinking how similar in ways our stories were; you, being four, I was only a year older when my grandfather died. You said your sister was being born, and my youngest sister was actually due to be born at the time of his death. He always said he was going to make it home, and be there when she was born, but it just wasn't meant to be. I do believe he may have been there with a sprinkle of magical angel dust though, because my sister got blonde hair from his side of the family, and she was built like his side. Tall structure, and she has those big hands of his too.

      You know I should have mentioned the "The Time Traveler's Wife" I loved that one. I actually have the DVD. Great stories through the years of time travel. I love them; they stir whimsical feelings and what ifs.

      Thanks for the great comment.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a delightful hub, Missy. Anything 'time travel' related excites me. Some of my favourite books, TV shows, and movies have that theme. "The Time Traveller's Wife" is a great movie and book, the one you mention "Somewhere in Time" is a beautiful love story. Then there is "The Time Machine" a classic both book and movies. "Quantum Leap" with Scott Bakula was also one of my favourite shows, as is "Dr Who." Even my wife's favourite series "Outlander" another great time travel story. Your poetry was a pleasure to read also, as was the story of your Papa Allen. My grandpa died when I was four, but had a big impact on me. It's hard to believe you can remember so much from such a young age. I wrote a poem about him called "Grandpa's Chair." Thank you for this wonderful hub.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Bill. Your stories have inspired me for sure. :)

      As far as the time travel theories, I am like you; I am willing to believe anything is possible, but like Mr. Hawking says the practicality of it ever happening is far fetched. There are just too many things that would have to be on point to attempt his theory.

      I think as far as my writing is concerned, it comes down to simply not thinking negative or giving up on something that I love to do, and then believing I can get better if I just keep going. Furthermore, believing that I have something to say, and saying it well. Maybe I do that.

      Peace to you too, Bill

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Are you sure you just didn't have a bad dream that she was cheating out of your own guilt of something you had done, Clive? LOL.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Well, I'm not too pleased with some of my early writings here, but I haven't deleted it. The reason being, one day I'll go back over it and fix it, or I won't, but hey; it is what it is. lol. I will never claim to be a perfect writer; a perfect anything for that matter.

      Thanks, Paula.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Missy, if I even partially inspired this fine piece of writing, then I am quite pleased with myself. LOL I agree with my literary sister, Paula, that your writing has blossomed here of late. Beautiful work consistently.

      As for time travel, I am willing to believe in the possibility until proven otherwise. Of course it's possible....maybe even probably. What we don't know is a massive chunk of knowledge.

      peace, my friend

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      Clive Williams 18 months ago from Nibiru

      i have time traveled before. I went into the future and saw my girl cheating and left her in the present.

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      Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "To keep going~"writing"~ is what we're all about Missy!...I had to laugh when you mentioned some of your first writings here.

      About a year ago, I spent some time going over my earlier work. What a HUMBLING experience. YIKES! I deleted several. I recall reading them and saying, "OMG, who the HELL wrote this garbage??"

      Sure, I had been writing for many years prior to coming on board here, but it was less "creative" writing and more for business & tutorials at work. BIG difference! Just before starting here I wrote a monthly column for 4 yrs for a local magazine geared toward SENIOR CITIZENS! YUK! I'm glad I was able to lie to myself and decide I am NOT a Senior citizen, regardless of my age!! LOL

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey Paula, and thank you for being the first one to read this hub and comment; I do love to read your thoughts.

      Yes, I think even I can see a significant change in my work from when I started HP up until now. I do believe I am more comfortable with the process. I like that there are no time constraints, no deadlines, like when I freelance and write articles. I like that I can try on several different hats, and I really don't have to stay with one specific niche. Although, I'm pretty set on keeping poetry a part of anything I post here. I may leave it out on occasion, but I do love to write poetry.

      Time travel is very, very, fascinating. I love every show and movie I've watched through the years about it. I mentioned the movie "Somewhere In Time" and that is one of my favorites. The show that used to be on television called "Quantum Leap" was also a favorite of mine. There was a book I read years and years ago about a lady who traveled through time back to the wild west, and though I cannot believe I can't remember the name of it; that book has always stuck with me, and is the inspiration for the wild west part of my poem. I hope I can figure it out one day; I would love to read that one again. I believe it was a Lavyrle Spencer novel.

      Theories are always interesting, and when you think about traveling back in time, we do tend to reminisce about the past, even venturing further back to eras we didn't experience and wonder what they were like. However, I don't believe anyone will ever figure out a theory that would be safe enough to try or possibly work for that matter. It will have to remain a fantasy land.

      Thanks again, Paula. Your comments here are always so encouraging and help me to keep going. :)

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      Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow, Missy! I simply love stories about years gone by and walks down Memory Lane. Sometimes I think I may hold on too tightly to my thoughts of yesterday, but I can't seem to want to stop.

      Before I say more, I am impressed with how you have "blossomed" here at HP. Your work continues to get better & better. I sense part of the reason, besides your serious talent, is that you've settled in and feel comfortable here. That's good!

      Time travel is a fascinating concept to fantasize. I'm sure I've wished this were possible many many times. We have to come to reality & know we can only go back in our dreams & imagination.

      The rest of it is forward. Hawkings & Einstien are only 2 of the many incredible minds I would love to have met.

      Your story, photos, polls & poem have made me smile. Peace, Paula