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Goodbye 2015: Happy New Year 2016 (Make It the Best Year Ever)

Updated on January 1, 2016
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John has many years writing experience including a Writing School course "Writing for Profit." He has written text for children's books etc.

2015 ended on a high with our multi-cultural Christmas. Countries represented: Australia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Germany.
2015 ended on a high with our multi-cultural Christmas. Countries represented: Australia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Germany. | Source
Gingerbread Xmas tree made by Kathy
Gingerbread Xmas tree made by Kathy | Source

Goodbye 2015

Well, another year is coming to an end and I know for some of us it has been quite a journey. A number of my friends and colleagues have experienced hardship, sickness, lost loved ones and pets and suffered other traumatic events and understandably may be happy the year is almost over.

For me personally the year ended on a high with a positive December that culminated in a wonderful multi-cultural Christmas celebration with our eldest son Daniel, his wife Widya and their extended family. All trials and obstacles of the rest of the year were forgotten as we enjoyed the festive season and each other's company.

But whatever you say about the year 2015, you would have to include the word "eventful" in the description.

I originally included a list of memorable world events that made headlines in 2015 in this hub but it was difficult to find good news amongst all the terrorism, disaster and war related news. I wanted this hub to be inspirational and uplifting so I gave that idea up as too depressing and deleted that whole section, replacing it with the following brief list of literature published in 2015. I also included this tranquil scene below.

A tranquil sunrise/sunset scene for your viewing pleasure.
A tranquil sunrise/sunset scene for your viewing pleasure.

Notable Publications In Literature 2015


  • 13 - Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train


  • 16 - Tom McCarthy: Satin Island
  • 24 - Dean Koontz: The City(with bonus short story "The Neighbor": A Novel


  • 3 - Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant
  • 9 - Pam Ayres: You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection
  • 13 - Margaret Atwood: The Heart Goes Last
  • 24 - Harlan Coben: The Stranger


  • 21 - Toni Morrison: God Help the Child
  • 28 - Claudia Amengual: Cartagena


  • 19 - Neal Stephenson – Seveneves


  • 2 - Stephen King Finders Keepers


  • 14 - Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman
  • 28 - China Mieville: Three Moments of an Explosion:Stories



  • 1 - Jonathan Franzen: Purity
  • 15 - Raymond Carver: Beginners

The Carriage Driver
The Carriage Driver

We are all led to believe that there is life after death... The hereafter or afterlife holds many mysteries for all of us. There does not seem to be any clear measure of what lies ahead. This work presents the instances where a person’s life has led to a carriage ride to the Promised Land




  • 3 - John Irving: Avenue of Mysteries
  • 3 - Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
  • 3 - Johnathan & Jesse Kellerman: Golem of Paris
  • 17 - Robert Hughes : The Spectacle of Skill: Selected Writings


  • 1- R L Stine: Goosebumps the Movie (The Movie Novel)
  • 2 - Mary B Craig: Lights in the Tree
  • 3 - James Lee Burke: House of the Rising Sun

Light in the Tree
Light in the Tree

A delightful fairy tale about a young girl with vision problems. Ann thinks the lights in the trees might be fairies, but due to her eyesight she's not sure. As she watches them night after night she begins to become convinced they are fairies and not just reflections of the moon as her mother told her.

My copy of Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
My copy of Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough | Source

Rest In Peace

Some famous writers, authors, and poets we lost in 2015.:

  • Jackie Collins - best selling author (Sept 19)
  • Lionel Gilbert - Australian historian, author, and academic (Jan 28)
  • Guenter Grass - Nobel literature laureate, novelist, poet, playwright (April 13)
  • Phillip Levine - former U.S. poet laureate (Feb 14)
  • Colleen McCullough - author "Thorn Birds" and "Antony and Cleopatra" (Jan 29)
  • Sir Terry Pratchett - fantasy author (March 12)
  • Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine) - crime and thriller writer (May 2)
  • Ann Rule - true crime writer "The Strabger Beside Me" (July 26)
  • Robert Stone - novelist, author "Dog Soldiers" (Jan10)

May they all rest in peace.

Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks | Source

End of Year Birthday Wishes

  • 31st December - Happy 50th birthday to writer Nicholas Sparks, author of international bestseller The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Dear John as well 17 other novels (seven of which have been made into movies).

Happy New Year 2016

Have you accomplished all you set out to achieve in 2015?

Add any tasks/wishes still outstanding to the top of your list of goals for 2016.

Plan your year so that you achieve at least one set goal every month.

Promise yourself small rewards for attaining each significant goal.

Yearn to enjoy the year ahead and make it fruitful.

Never dwell on the past and what you failed to accomplish the previous year.

Every day is important. Use the time you are given, don't waste it.

Write something every day. Aim to publish a certain number of hubs each week, month, or in the year.

Yesterday is gone, let it go An look forward to what lies ahead this new year.

Entertain yourself. Take time out to have fun n do things you enjoy.

Always remember to tell your friends and love ones how special they are.

Read! As many different forms of writing and genres as possible. The more you read, the more you will learn and the better we you will ultimately become.

My Writing Goals for 2016

One goal I set myself at the beginning of 2015 was to publish my 200th hub. I achieved that by 5th August with my hub "200 Published Works (If I Can So Can You)", now with the completion of this hub I have 240 by year's end.

My aim for 2016 is to reach 300 published hubs. I feel that is a good challenge, but certainly attainable. Another resolution is to start exercising more to get rid of the extra weight I have put on overindulging over Christmas (hopefully also doable). I'd love to hear what goals you have set yourself for the coming year. Please share in comments.

A small portion of Christmas dinner
A small portion of Christmas dinner | Source


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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good point about the music. I have watched a few movies recently that seemed to revert back to using old songs in their soundtracks rather than the newer offerings. It is a shame Ann Rule died too.

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      Gavin Heinz 23 months ago from Austin TX

      I think its gonna be a good year for many things, alas, us movie critics face some very hard threats. And musics getting worst and worst by the moment. At some point, no one will watch movies or listen to music. Signed ZOIDBERG.

      Why did Ann Rule die WHY

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      John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the lovely comment Besarien. It is wonderful to hear that one's work is appreciated even if it isn't successful at generating an income, it is more important that others get something valuable from it. There are a lot of wonderful writers here at HubPages, despite what you may assume by reading the comments in forums degrading the quality of the writers still here. I hope you have a wonderful New Year too.

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      Besarien 24 months ago

      What a great hub! Celebrating New Years with so much international participation sounds like a lot of fun! I'm so glad you included your own and billybuc's works on the list of notable literary events. You are two of my favorite writers and are in stellar company there with many others I admire. I hope 2016 is the best year yet for your literary endeavors. The happiest of new years to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kalinin, round numbers are great to use as milestones. I need to write at least three a month too. Good luck on reaching 100.

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      Lana Adler 2 years ago from California

      My 2016 HP resolution is to get to 100 hubs. Love round numbers like that :) I figured, if I write 3 a month, I'll be there by November. But it depends on how busy I am with other stuff. Good luck on reaching 300! Now that's a cool round number :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It means a lot to a writer to hear that others looks forward to reading what they write. Thank you Francia, I am honoured by your words. Leonard Cohen's words and voice touch something in the poet in me..and Terry Pratchett was an amazing man.

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      franciaonline 2 years ago from Philippines

      Since a few days ago when I came to know your site, I have looked forward to a free time in the day that I can read one of your hubs. I always learn something from your hubs. Your year-end summary of your favorite things came as a gift to a reader like me. Leonard Cohen's "Stranger Song" is a poetic delight. Listening to Sir Terry Prachett's interview and the other videos on him was mind-broadening. A lot of gems here in your site, Jodah. Thanks!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sometimes it is best not to make resolutions aesta1. I think I saw you have 83 hubs already so 10 should be quite achievable. Good luck, I look forward to reading them.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have stopped making New year resolutions but I just keep doing what needs to be done. I have accomplished two milestones already and this has encouraged me. I would like to write more hubs, compete at least 100. I think this is achievable.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Surabhi, yes 2016 has begun well for me especially with writing hubs. I have written three up in one week. I look forward to what the year promises. I hope all your goals are achieved this year.

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      Surabhi Kaura 2 years ago

      I wish you all the very best, Jodah! May you achieve all your goals. 2016 is here with a new hope... a new sunrise!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Dream On, "Life Changes with the Energy of Chakras" sounds like an interesting book. My wife and I are contemplating a big life change around the end of this year. It is a little scary but also exciting and I am sure it will be good for our growth in the long run. I will comment more when it actually happens but we will spend a good part of this year preparing for it. You are taking a good step by appreciating your friends and life even can't go wrong there.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      All my life I have struggled with change. I love changes for the better but many times I see changes for the worse. What I feel was the wrong reasons. I am reading a book called Life Changes with the energy of the chakras by Ambika Wauters if you get a chance I would appreciate your views. It says if we want to grow we have to make change even if we don't feel it's o.k. Because we always need to grow and growth is a good thing. I always thought as long as we were doing the right things growth would come naturally. It says our soul needs lessons and more understanding so we have a mix of good and bad times no matter what. Interesting and it gives me food for thought. My plan for the new year is me trying to appreciate my friends and life even more than before. Thank you for reading and sharing your opinion and powerful influence on the world.Have a great day.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You have the right approach to beginning a new year Dream On. Using your pool metaphor, if you try to enter the cold water of the pool slowly you may decide against it, you do need to just brave it and jump in. That way you acclimatise quickly and start enjoying it straight away. Have a great year.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Six days into January already. To me it's like going to the edge of a pool and putting one foot in. I have been in a pool many times will this time be any different. I remember so many good and fun times now it's time to jump on in. I was right. Another beautiful year. The waters cold at first but you warm up quick. May every day be more exciting than our last. Enjoy the swim. Thank you for helping 2016 become a banner year.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That sounds like a wonderful goal Deb. Glad it has started off well, and I hope you get some pics of rare birds you haven't photographed before.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My not-so-simple goal is to get better pictures of birds, and more species that I have been unable to photograph due to not being in the right place at the right time. I got a couple of decent ones already this week, so I am well on my way.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your constant support and encouragement Frank. Yes, all good things for the world in 2016...bad news is banned. Peace!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the great comment Ann. Hope you had a great festive season and it sounds like you have big plans for the New Year...pushing the boundaries on your writing. I can't wait to see where that leads. I have more physical books to read than I can manage in my life time. Before I started writing and reading so much at HP I was managing to read two books a week, now I am down to about four per year. We have to stay optimistic about the future of the world.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Jodah, great Hub letting 2015 off the hook for many bad things that happened, dwell on the positive, I understand bless you and have happy 2016.. no more terror attacks.. no more craziness... right? LOL peace to you and your family

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      An uplifting hub indeed, John! Great illustrations and I love the lists you've included; good to see your books and Bill's and those are the ones I must follow up. My reading list is huge at the moment, the pile of physical books is growing as well as ebooks! That's one thing I've got back to doing much more of so I intend to increase my reading this year too.

      My writing is taking a slightly different turn in that I want some challenges so I hope to branch out a bit more, push the boundaries of expression and imagination - we'll see!

      May 2016 be a great year for you and your family and let's hope that the world will start becoming a better place with less doom and gloom (I'm not overly optimistic but that's what I want to see!).

      Ann :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, thank you for the very positive comment. The year finished off wonderfully for me. I am glad you have a number of goals to strive for this new year. I wish you well in achieving them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub with positive thoughts!

      It is so good to hear that you had a great year, and you enjoyed your holidays with your family. Lovely pictures and a great write including so many aspects.

      A great way to wrap it all up, especially for those who may have missed some of these publications you posted.

      I believe in looking forward and moving on and there are many goals for me to achieve in this New Year.

      Wishing you all the best! Thank you!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I thank you drbj. Glad you enjoyed and happy new year.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Jodah, for the memorable and creative New Year acrostic. May your New Year be happy and healthy for you and your loving international family, and may you reach all your goals.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Vellur, glad you enjoyed this hub. Yes the list took awhile but it was interesting to write. Thanks for reading.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A wonderful hub, great acrostic poem. The notable publications list must have taken a lot of time and effort to compile, thank you for sharing.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Missy. The year had its ups and downs but the Christmas period was great high was a good way to new year. Hope yours was joyful too.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I'm so glad you had a great year, and your holiday was happy and festive with your family all around. What a good-looking group I must say.

      This was a great way to wrap it all up, especially for those who love to read and may have missed some of these publications you posted.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Larry, have a great New Year.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great year in review!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you Cris. Thank you for the kind comment and well wishes. I know about your difficult family circumstance in the latter part of 2015. I hope life gets back to normal for you now and you can enjoy the year ahead

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your kind comment Shauna. All the best for your new job and for your search for happiness. May this be your best year yet.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes I hope so too whonu. Thanks for reading.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Such a wonderful hub to start off the year. Congratulations on your own attainment and I wish you more success in your future endeavours.

      I haven't set my goals yet for 2016. I told myself, I'll let it go and just follow the flow. I was kind of derailed during the last quarter of 2015 due to some unexpected circumstances. So, this year, my only aim is to have a balanced lifestyle.

      Happy New Year to you and yours John.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      John, this is an awesome hub. I'm so glad it finally got published! Thank you for sharing the good rather than dwell on the ugly that happened in 2015. We've had enough of that, don't you think?

      I love your goals. I'm starting a new job in a week or so. New job, new year, new chance for happiness.

      Happy New Year to you and Kathy, John!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Hoping that we all have a great new year my friend and many blessings. whonu

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the great comment Dream On.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      G'day Peter. Thanks for reading. 2015 was one hell of a year and I'm sure 2016 will be equally interesting but I am being optimistic that it is more good than bad. Glad to hear you are going to try and be more active on HubPages again. Look forward to reading your hubs.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Jodah At the end of my day no matter what happens I ask myself did I make one person smile, laugh or just forget their troubles for one minute. If I can answer yes then I am proud of myself and what I did. We can't fix all the troubles that we see. What we can do is make are good times even better. I see the news and wonder is this what life has come down to. A series of tragic events and people that make the wrong choices. Then I answer no. We are picking out the bad apples from a bag of apples and saying look at the worm. Wow that apple is really rotten. Yes there will always be a couple of banged up and even bruised apples. Now let's look at the shiny good ones. The fifteen great apples that all taste incredible.That make me come back time and time again. Begging for one more bite. I even love the ten apples that have little flaws. They are special to me. They may never be perfect but they surprise me with their goodness. A little like myself. Damaged but not that bad after all. I hope you have a day filled with happiness and wonder. How more smiles could I squeeze in before this day is over. I love a good laugh right before bed. Then tomorrow when I wake up I know the last thing I remember made me so happy. Oh now I know where I left off and I pick myself up and I am ready for the world. Thank you for making me happy. Taking the time to do so much. When so many people are happy doing so little. To me family makes the world go round. Not just my family but every family that works together and helps each other. Not on the big silver screen. The one no one sees hidden behind four walls and quietly continues on with their day. Hugging each other. Yes loving each other. Even brothers and sisters getting along.

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      Peter 2 years ago from Australia

      G'day John and may I extend my best wishes for the New Year to you and your lovely family :)

      Unfortunately I have a feeling that there are more rocky times ahead for the world, especially in the financial circles (imho:too much low interest credit being accessed )

      On the brighter side I plan on extracting the 'digit' and getting back into HP and re-activating my creative side ! If I still have one that is. lol

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      tsmog, it is always good to hear that your hubs/writing inspires or encourages someone. There is certainly more to writing than one generic robotic style. Thank you for reading this and also for your kind comment. I look forward to reading more hubs by you this year also. Happy New Year.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      An encouraging Hub for me Jodah. Pointing out the many publications and authors is like saying there is much, much more than one 'generic robotic style' of writing. And, it points toward there are many life experiences, which may be inspirational, leading onward to a writing experience. Thanks!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Dream On, thank you for checking out this hub and for your kind comment. You are so right about trying to focus on the good and not the sadness and I am glad that I changed this hub from the original version to make it more positive. Sleep well.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      You have done a wonderful job wrapping up the year in such a unique way.It takes a very special writer to see through all the mishaps and sadness and find the good. I was once told the more we talk about the things that are wrong with life the more we believe that's all there is. If we mention the problems and then talk three times more about what's good more good will flow. Thank you for sharing your talent. A perfect ending to my day.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Phyllis, good to see you as always. Glad you enjoyed the hub. I think it turned out better than it would have been in its original form. I have never actually read any of Nicholas Sparks' books but love the romantic movies made from them. Will have to make it a New Year resolution to read some.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Venkat and for the tip about the image. I wrote the caption for the original hub before I changed the content. Now the hub was passed I didn't want to risk getting it defeatured again by editing immediately. I'll change it now.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Fantastic, Jodah ! I love you acrostic Happy New Year poem and enjoyed reading the hub. As always, your photos are great. And the information on authors is very nicely done. Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors - I have read his books and they are great.

      Thanks for working so hard to bring this great hub.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Interesting facts about books and authors. Your tips for making it a best Happy New Year are very great and touching to heart. The images are awesome. And finally, I am very happy that the hub got published now. If you don't mind, I think you may want to change caption below the beautiful image of sun rise (or set?) as it looks your old caption.

      Wish you A Happy New Year and my best wishes.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mel, your comment just alerted me to the fact that this had been accepted for publication. I tried to publish two days ago but it didn't pass the "duplication" test. I practically rewrote the whole hub. yes, sad to hear about Ann Rule. It sounds like she was a "real" person.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Wonderful sentiments. Sad to hear about Ann Rule. She once wrote me back a lengthy reply to an email I sent her on a point of contention I had with her in her Green River Killer book. We had an amiable debate, and she said I was a perceptive reader. She didn't seem all full of herself, as many famous authors might be. Anyhow, wonderful hub and I wish you success and happiness in 2016!