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Faded Photographs: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on April 29, 2015

Opening the Album in My Mind

Faded photographs, triggering a shotgun of memories in my mind. The corners are torn and bent. The colors muted, black and white are now gray, reds and blues bleed into each other, leaving me with shapes and faces but not the vibrancy I remember, as though time has robbed them of their life force.

Dates scribbled on the back along with names and places, all to guard against the inevitable fade to black of human memories. What was his name? Where was that taken? Why were we there? All avoided because we took the time, at the time, to write cheat notes for ourselves and for those who will inherit these albums when we are gone.

The passing of the torch in photographic splendor. Look at the scene, close your eyes and it all comes to life, the years erased as you catapult once more to a time passed. The senses come alive as you remember the sounds, the smells, the touch, and the wonder of it all once again spreads over you like your favorite comforter on a cold winter’s night.

Faded photographs.

Family Reunion, Charles City, Iowa
Family Reunion, Charles City, Iowa | Source
My dad, Smoky, and yours truly
My dad, Smoky, and yours truly | Source

A Time of Youth

The family, all gone now, sitting in a circle of love, smiling, holding hands, enjoying the kinship. Uncle Ike, Mom, Dad, Grandma Chapman and Aunt Viola, with little Billy in the background grinning in gap-toothed splendor, feeling grown up and loving every moment of the reunion.

Me and Smokey, Smokey and me, painting a fence with Dad on a warm summer’s day, then off to play ball, hit it, catch it, chase the orb under the bright sun, the warmth of youth spreading through me, endless days of fun in the sun and no thoughts of them ending, but end they did for Smokey, cancer at thirty-five, the sun faded and the last flyball nestled softly in his glove.

There’s Judy, remember her? Hunting for berries in the field out back, cute sun dress and cuter smile, the promise of beauty in the future, turned out to be a heartbreaking fox but then, a friend, a girl friend, five years old running in the tall grass, playing tag, giggling with frog in hand, blessed are the innocent for they shall inherit all that is good in this world. Where is she now, I wonder? Lost track over time, as so often happens, marriage, loss, triumphs, aches and pains, but at that moment, all was right in our world, forever young.

Bobby and Pete, Jessica and Sharon, now just names but then, comrades in adventure, one for all and all for one, grabbing life by the short hairs and holding on for the ride of our lives. Where did they all go? Whatever happened to them? So important they were, year after year, into adolescence, helping to form me, mold me, support me, the foundations upon which the next fifty years were built.

A would-be Major League player
A would-be Major League player | Source

The Teens

Karl throws the perfect spiral and the pigskin nestles in my arms, both of us grinning our asses off as the touchdown is scored and immortality is ours. Denny and I at the drive-in in dad’s car, one eye on the movie, one eye on the girls one row down, blond hair under the lights, the warm breeze caressing their teen years, our loins swelling with desire but not yet knowing the key that will unlock the mysteries.

First job at the bowling alley, holding the first paycheck, so proud, thinking about the purchases that paycheck will pay for, records at Woolworths, new jeans from Sears, root beer floats and a new skateboard. That’s me in the baseball uniform, before the big game, pro ball just a few more shutouts away and then the world will be mine, fame, fortune, silly little dreams that were not meant to be but oh, how marvelous they were at the time.

Eva, the first girlfriend, not to be mistaken for a girl friend, two different things, folks, the difference between holding the key and knowing which lock it fits in. She was a Svenska flicka, a Swedish girl, bright-eyed, shy, devoted to me, and she opened doors I never knew existed. No idea where she is now, gone like so many others, but still very much alive within me.

Top down in the Camaro, cruising to the beach, give it a wax job, joke with the comely beauties, hope for the best. Frank is there, joking his ass off, we all laugh like time will never end, but eventually the sun sets on that time, sliding into the horizon as the darkness settles upon us and adulthood approaches.

Rock festivals, Monterrey, Beatles, Cream, Airplane, Who, Hendricks, Joplin, Eagles, life in the fast lane. Swaying as one to the melody, rockin’ it hard, pass out, wake up and do it all over again, but a price must eventually be paid and who knows what the Piper will charge when it all comes due?

College-bound, higher learning, or so we thought, the school of hard knocks waiting for us, but at that time, in that place, far too busy sowing wild oats and growing strong. Protests, sit-ins, peace out, bro, and love one another, the idealism flowing freely and the cost of it all yet to be tallied.

My prize
My prize | Source

ADULTHOOD

That one there? Yours truly with college degree in hand, a license to make millions and buy up the world. Fell a little short on that one, didn’t you Billy Boy? We turn the pictures and see proof of a working man, an eclectic man, a restless man, going through jobs, women and thrills like they are interchangeable and meaningless.

Standing on top of a mountain, cocksure grin, flexing the muscles, Frank standing nearby, above the tree-line where the peaks kiss the stars, and immortality seems to be within reach. More cars, more women, a marriage, step-children, smiles and laughter at first, a distant longing at last, so many years ago; so many tears ago, divorce in the rearview mirror.

Snowmobiles, ATVs, riding hard, riding fast, no limits, no fear, no damned sense, chase your tail and clueless once you catch it. Whoa, a son, now thirty, standing there in Ninja Turtle outfit, so happy, so proud, so full of love.

Partying with Leo. Partying with Diane. Partying with Alan, Merci, Liz and Skye. Dancing here, drinking there, looking for answers once again. Tip that bottle up and out comes blissful nothingness, but the piper continues to demand his pound of flesh, and the once-bright eyes of hope are now clouded in despair, and that damned camera catches it all.

Surrounded by my first class of students, then another, and another, twenty years of classes, thousands of students, trying to instill what? Knowledge? Wisdom? Experience? The pictures don’t capture success or defeat, just the look of a man determined and the looks of children hopeful as their teacher once was.

Bev!

Bev and me!

Me and Bev!

Mountains, lakes, on drives, by the river, walking the hills, mugging for the camera, at Yellowstone, at Rainier, on the train, in the car, smiling, always smiling, loving, always loving, happy, always happy, skipping, prancing, cuddling, romancing, supporting, cooperating, understanding…..loving!

Writing, gardening, pondering, the muse, the muse and I, searching for the next word, the perfect paragraph, a touch of immortality, the bolt of lightning, always on the quest.

And what’s this?

What comes next?

Turn the page!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I do hope you are correct. I still have much to accomplish before the plug is pulled.

      Thank you and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think we'll be all turning pages for a number of ears, and I know I'll still be smiling with what I find out there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The same for me, Sweetie Pie. Thanks for adding that....totally right on!

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love to think about the history behind black and white photographs. I always want to know what the people were thinking or doing in that moment in time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loving memories indeed, Word...thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Lawrence. I appreciate you always being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you so much. I'm traditional all the way when it comes to photos. I don't know exactly why, but digital just doesn't do it for me.

      I hope you have a marvelous week, dear friend.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Very interesting read Bill, you made such a wonderful story from a photograph. How cool is that? A pic tells a thousand stories or more. Surely, back in the day of Polaroid and Insta-matic Cameras we acted as if we'd live forever and if we're lucky enough, we will in one way or another. Anyway, loving, fond memories Bill. Keep 'em up.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Great reading. I loved the trip down memory lane that you took us on Bill. Thank you

      Lawrence

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved the photos and walk down memory lane with you and your family and friends. You are so right – those faded photos in albums we placed them in so lovingly and carefully, vowing never to forget the times we spent with loved ones. Then we tucked those older albums away somewhere – among many others –until we find them later with the crib notes jotted underneath or along the side. Technology now insists that we can store our photos on mobile phones and digital photo albums to be later retrieved in a nanosecond. (Maybe I’m old-fashioned stubborn, but I prefer the traditional albums…something about touching the paper that awakens the senses, like reading and turning the pages of a book in 3-d, appeals to me more.) Your inspirational article was such a pleasure to read, Bill. And there is a fascinating memoir in these words and memories that I think many would enjoy reading.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I appreciate that very much.

      Pax vobiscum

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It truly is an amazing life, Suzette. Sad that some never do realize that fact.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank yo u Besarien. I'm always grateful when you stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      I guess I should have added to my comment above that your look back to days gone by evokes much emotion and is beautifully written.

      Peace and blessings

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful reminisces of a life well lived. I love perusing the photo albums doing just what you did here. It is an amazing life we discover among the mundane daily routine of our lives. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      This makes me very sad that I am no photographer! Very sweet reminiscence on the nature of life and time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Kim. I aim to please. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I always enjoy your reflections. Thanks for that...totally agree my friend.

      Have a great weekend with that family of yours.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      "Eva, the first girlfriend, not to be mistaken for a girl friend, two different things, folks, the difference between holding the key and knowing which lock it fits in." I love this sentence as well as all the pages turned in just another Bill classic. Up and shared my friend.

      ~Kim

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think that is why I like the feel of my camera so much. It is the actual recording of new memories. And for some reason that gives me new hope.

      But I also kind of like the record I keep in my mind more as it fits my whims better.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kailey! I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love how you described your life, so far. Beautiful, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Frank. That's why I write them, to establish a connection for all of us. Thank you, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I hope you can find them. Surely in this high tech world they are somewhere within reach. Thank you for visiting and sharing your reflections.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I do enjoy these types of hubs.. makes me reflect.. simply want to thank you for that and of course this hub..blessings sent

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      Wow!

      Your thoughts make me wanna go back and cherish all those people who touched my lives. Dunno where they are inspite of this high tech world, but sure when I peep in they have created a small corner in my neurons or heart via some incident.

      Thanks for making me walk the path of gratitude via your beautiful journal, Bill.

      xoxo

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, if you loved it then I loved it. :) Your memory was similar to mine. I would drag out the pictures when I was a kid and go through them on my own. Drove my mom nuts with questions...who is that...where is that....why were they doing that? LOL I'd forgotten about that. Thanks for that memory, Sis! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I'm turning it as we speak and I'm dazzled by what I see. :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh billbro.....You have my attention. "Memories" The albums and extra boxes filled to the brim of those black & whites. ( and later, the color photos too) I could sit and go through them for literally hours.

      In fact, I just remembered something LOL.....When my sister and I were supposed to be doing our Saturday chores, Mom would catch us in the dining room with pictures sprawled all over the place. We would laugh and talk about our long-gone relatives and places we had gone on vacation....

      I just recently said to my son that all I can do is HOPE that they will find these pictures as priceless & treasured as I have. Otherwise...OMG....there goes the snap shots of most of my life! The only pictures we have now are the ones in our computers!!

      I love this article bill. So, what else is new? UP & pinned

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Photographs bring back memories and it is great way to look back on our lives. A bright future awaits you my friend when you turn the page! Thank you for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, you had me smiling with your recollections. Thank you and I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Zulma. A writer connects, words to emotions. That's what I try to do and I appreciate you mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Venkatachari M. If I have brought us closer with my words then I am a very satisfied and happy writer. :) Blessings always, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Down to earth...that's me, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Clive, and it is for sure, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I have a fondness for the black and white myself. I even have some of the old tin photos, which I'm sure you do too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. The old photos are all that's left now. I'm glad I'm the guardian of them, and I'll pass them on to my son when it is time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great idea, Brian, about sharing the album with family and friends. I like that. Yes, my friend, those notes on the back are priceless. I have several and I am clueless about the people in them.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Bill. This one was beautiful. I have an old steamer trunk filled with old photographs. It's wonderful to go through the years in pictures, to see the faces of those we lost, to see the changes in all of us. Our family albums make me smile when I am sad, pictures of people with silly hats and wigs, people playing on the beach or sitting around a table. So many of the pictures are the same but the people change over the years. Thank you for sharing your lovely memories.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      OMG, Bill. I think it's time you put these 'reflections' into book form. This one actually had me in tears. So many memories. Not your memories, obviously, but the emotions they conjured up. There are just no words. Best one yet.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Awesome, Bill! I wonder how you put all those in words. I don't find words whenever I try to write something of my memories or anything.

      I am very happy to experience all your feelings and all about you through your writings. It makes me more closer to you. Thanks for sharing all these moments.

      Voted up and awesome. And wish you all my best wishes.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I am always amazed at the memories that coming flood back whenever I take a look at old photos. They truly take us right back to that moment. I love photo albums, but it seems more photos are on the computer and such ...

      Thank you for sharing.

      Peace and blessings

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful journey through your life Bill..memories are so special. We need those photographs to bring the times so clearly back to us. As usual a down to earth, honest piece of writing that you do so well.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      billybuc the baseball star, its nice to have good refelctions

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I love old photographs. When my last parent passed, I asked for all the old black and whites... my four younger brothers were happy to oblige... they just wanted the colored ones of themselves... I'm happy... I suppose they are, as well. Thanks, for the memories! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Audrey! I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow Bill, your life just passed before my eyes. I love the old black and white photos, you know, the ones with something scribbled on the back. There's just something about them that stirs the memory banks. I wonder if years from now people will look back at digital photos in the same way? Great trip down memory lane.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      How about a picture book, a sort of annotated photo album -- just enough copies printed to give to close family and friends? Learning from experience is a lifelong class with lots of memories.

      It's so important to jot those notes on the backs of photos. My mother had a stroke that left her unable to converse, and one day when I brought out a box of family photos dating to and past her childhood and she held one of an elderly woman to her heart and jabbered meaningless phonemes with joyful excitement, there was no note to tell me who that woman was whom my mother so loved.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      You know, turning the page is the name of the game I think--great write Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great reference, Mary. So true! Thank you for that and thank you for always being here.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How quickly we are hurled into the future. Thankfully we bring our memories with us, some good some bad, but now all a part of us.

      Your wonderful synopsis reminds me of the pace of the song "We Didn't Start the Fire"....or did we?

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lizzy! May your trip down Memory Lane bring you as much enjoyment as it brought me.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Having just received a box of old family photos from hubby's mom, this was a very deep and emotional read, Bill. Touching, and oh, so relevant to so many of us. My story, of course, is very different from yours, but the underlying emotions, expectations and responses are common to us all.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It truly is, Larry. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pop. I've lived, from time to time, the pessimistic life. I much prefer optimism.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always turning pages, Manatita, and looking forward to what I find. Peace my friend, and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So do I, Chris, but for some reason I doubt that they will. Opening an album is magical to me...kind of like reading a hard copy book. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I certainly had some lessons that needed learning back then. I just chose the hard way of learning them. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Linda. It was all worth it, my friend. It was all worth it. :)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Just amazing the power a simple image can have on us.

      Great article.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I love your optimism....

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Reminiscences can be wonderful, I know. So you're turning the happy pages of a book, eh? Or perhaps a book of life's experiences of which some are quite touching ..heart-warming .. joyful. Peace, Bro.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill I love the walk down memory lane that covered some of the same territory I remember. Old photographs, what can replace them? Will the digital ones have the same impact down the road? I hope so. Blessings on you and Bev.

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      Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

      It is great looking back. I do wish many time that I could of known then what I know now. Seger, Eagles great music. Always some of my favorite.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Bill, you never disappoint. This is so beautifully written. Thank you for allowing us to follow you on your trip down memory lane. Most of all, I love your glimpse of the future. The bumps in the road might have skinned your knees, but those scars formed the person you are today--the person who loves and can be loved and appreciates life. Blessings to you my friend on this day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! My life may not have begun with Bev, but it will certainly end with her. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I smiled all through your description of the cream soda. I could almost taste it.

      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my trip back in time.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. I'm always uncomfortable with the word "wisdom," but I'll accept it gladly. I appreciate your kindness and support.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is interesting to think back, Sha. So many people who were so important at the time, now gone. Like you, I wonder. :) Thanks for the kind words.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautifully nostalgic. Lots of emotion (all kinds), laughter and memory of words spoken all surface on the faded photographs. What a treasure, especially for you having your "prize" in both picture and reality. Pleasant read as usual.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Faded photographs, each one tells a story. We all have them, even me, but I can't bring myself to look through those old photographs, perhaps one day! However, I enjoyed going through yours so thank you for that.

      Mention of root beer and I was a captive audience, my own fix being cream soda, a glorious green color when bought in South Africa, ( not the white one I tasted once in the UK, trying to rekindle that taste) which came from drinking it served with large scoops of vanilla ice-cream and eaten with a teaspoon to make the event a long lasting pleasure.

      Thanks for sharing your memories

      Sally

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It was interesting walking down memory lane with you, Bill, you have a lot of history under your belt, and it all comes down to wisdom. You have learned the hard way through your experiences, and now you are using them to help others make better decisions. Thanks for all you do!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful reflection of your life, Bill. And so eloquently put!

      I often wonder about people from my past, especially my childhood. I'd lived in so many places by the time I graduated high school, I lost touch with every one of them. But I still think about them and wonder if they do the same.

      Yep, it seems we've all turned the page. More than once.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you almost got gobbled up by the HP machine. Glad I looked back and found you. I'm a lucky man, Marlene. I've got Bev and I've got friends like you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I greatly appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do it, DJ. Nose to the keyboard and grindstone. I'm behind you all the way, cheering you on.

      I'm sorry about your neighbor. I'm excited for your book.

      And i'm thankful for you.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you drbj! I do love the old pictures....there's nothing like them. Certainly not digital.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, twice in one week. I'm honored and happy. Does this mean???? Could it mean??? Will you be writing soon?

      One can always hope. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I'm glad you enjoy these snowballs of philosophy. LOL I love that phrase.

      Have a superb day my friend.

      bill

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AWESOME! I like the way you write and share such great memories of your life.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      You always write from the heart.

      I do so enjoy your thoughts and memories.

      Great job, Bill!

      I feel an urgency to finish this novel.

      We drove in Thursday to our home up north.

      Thursday night our next door neighbor died.

      He was the same age as me.

      My priorities have dramatically shifted.

      If I achieve nothing else, this novel must come together to find its

      completion.

      Nose to the keyboard!

      DJ.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Surely, Billy, the camera and photographic film were two of the best inventions to ever come down the pike. Thank you for sharing this compendium of sweet photos. I was immersed in your every lovely recollection.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill this is awesome, billybuc at his best! Photos are such wonderful captures of the moment that really do trigger the memory. I love leafing through all the various family albums of my grandparents, my parents , our family and my own. Thanks for the memories Bill. xxxx

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, thank you so much, and if this gave you some inspiration then it was a win-win for both of us.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      A wonderful romp through the past with all its wonders and all its pitfalls. We've all been there, done that, I suppose. It taught us many lessons and hopefully we learn, we grow, we pass it on.

      I love these hubs of yours which roll and grow into a snowball of philosophy, bill. Such is life and long may it continue.

      And you know how much I love old photos!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It did indeed, Jackie. It did indeed. :) Thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This sounds like the beginning of a memoir that should be written. I'd read that book. And, after all that living, you ended up with the greatest prize a man could have - Bev as a companion.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, thanks for sharing those photos and your memories of your past with us down Memory Lane. Thanks for this boost of inspiration. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It did indeed, Jackie. Thank you my friend. It's always nice having your visit.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love the saying, "All's well that ends well." and when we are lucky enough to have that chance then the bad served a purpose, didn't it?

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love the saying, "All's well that ends well." and when we are lucky enough to have that chance then the bad served a purpose, didn't it?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Lea. I enjoyed writing this and going through the photos while I did. A pleasant trip back in time, and now it's full speed ahead into the future.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a wonderful travel through time! I cherish every photograph which locks a ribbon around memories...I Especially love the backgrounds in the photos of buildings now torn down... but live on with the photos. I felt this hub was like a movie reel zipping along Billy Buc's road of life. Thanks for the trip and God bless sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I am a happy, contented and blessed man. Who could ask for more?

      Happy Wednesday, Super Mom!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Love this and as much as you took that look back, you also gave a glimpse into a beautiful future, too. Happy Wednesday, Bill! ;)