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Meet Bill Holland aka Billybuc: The Interview

Updated on November 26, 2014

A Challenge By My Friend Jen

I have such respect for the writers on HubPages. There is no doubt that there are things wrong with that particular writing site, but none of those things are related to the writers. I have had the honor to work with some extraordinarily talented individuals, and what was originally just a whim on my part has turned into a joyous and willing participation.

That is a long-winded way of saying that I pay attention to the writers I admire, and when they suggest something, I do my best to respond to that suggestion.

One such suggestion was just made by my friend Jen, or Availiavision on HubPages. Jen suggested (challenged) us to answer a series of questions about ourselves. In other words, she asked that we interview ourselves, and I loved the idea. Not that I think there is anything terribly interesting about me, but I hope to find out much more about my fellow writers through this challenge.

So, I accepted the challenge, and here are the questions and answers.

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BACKGROUND

I was born October 13, 1948, and spent the first nine months of my life in foster care. I was finally adopted by Dale and Evelyn Holland (I have no idea what took them so long to find me).

I was painfully shy as a child, but happy. I am a loner by nature and I’m comfortable being one, but I love close friends and family. In no particular order, I am a father, a son, a husband, and a writer. Add to that a devoted friend, teacher, urban farmer, and a lover of nature.

Roll it all together, bake at 350 degrees for sixty-six years, and you’ve got Bill Holland.

ACTORS’ STUDIO QUESTIONS (the bonus questions first)

What is your favorite word?

This one was easy for me…..quintessential! I’ve always loved the way that word rolls off the tongue….plus it just sounds so intelligent when you use it.

What is your least favorite word?

Hate…..I don’t think any explanation is necessary.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Pictures or actions of love; I’m all about spreading love, and I can get teary-eyed in a heartbeat when I see a mother with her young child, or see a random act of kindness.

What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Meanness….rudeness….indifference….apathy….complacency.

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of my wife breathing next to me first thing in the morning; second would be a little child giggling.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Loudness….I’m not a big fan of loud noises of any kind.

What is your favorite curse word?

Asswipe…..no idea why. LOL

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Forest or Park Ranger….nature is where it’s at.

What profession would you not like to do?

A policeman….it’s a thankless and dangerous job.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"Welcome, Bill. I need a writer for the Heaven Gazette. Do you want the job?"

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Challenging Questions

In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?

This is a tough one because there are few actors who I really respect as human beings…who seem real to me. I guess I would say Matt Damon. I respect his passion for life, and the fact that he does so much work for humanitarian causes. Plus he’s kick-ass as Jason Bourne. LOL

What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

This is a tough one. I guess I wish I could be an excellent writer. I’m not even close yet, and that frustrates me, but I have this work ethic that does not quit, so maybe, one day, I’ll make it.

Who is your favorite fictional character ever?

This one was easy….Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. My parents grew up during the Great Depression, and I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of survival from that time. Finch is like this perfect father, wise, brave, loving, and a man of principle. Yes indeed, Atticus Finch is DA MAN!

If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

It’s a toss-up between Thoreau and Steinbeck. I love the fact that Thoreau was a century ahead of his time, lived what was essentially an alternative lifestyle, and wrote some dazzling descriptions. Steinbeck was the Master. He wrote more exceptional sentences on one page than I write in a year. That’s the kind of writer I’d love to be.

What inspires you?

At the risk of sounding corny, life inspires me. There is so much magic and wonder around us. It’s just an honor to be alive right now, in this place, doing what I’m doing, surrounded by friends and family I adore. I’m inspired every single day.

When did you first realize you were a writer?

I first fell in love with writing when I was a sophomore in high school. A writing teacher told me I had talent, but that was a bit too much to swallow at that age. I realized, positively, with no hesitation, that I was a writer three years ago when I joined HubPages. The support and kind words of fellow writers gave me the confidence necessary to declare to the world that I AM A WRITER!

As an old fart (the dog, not me)
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And Now I Pass the Challenge on to All of You

Thank you, Jen. I had fun with this, and I hope you all enjoyed a little peek into my psyche. Now how about the rest of you? Are you willing to get a can opener and pry the lid off of yourself? We would all love to see what’s inside your head and heart.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your favorite cuss word, asswipe. It does have a certain ring to it, doesn't it? And I can definitely see you as a Forest Ranger!

      The more of my friends I see undertaking this challenge, the more I think about joining in. We'll see.....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Sha. I had my doubts but found it to be fun....and indeed, asswipe is an enjoyable word...except for the person being called it. :) Happy Thanksgiving my friend, and love always.

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      I might create my own hub about this topic. I'm glad to see your photos. Nice meeting you Sir Bill

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      No wonder why I think we get alone, because your curse word answer alone made me smile more then you know, think it is surely up there on my list, too. Bill, just so glad to call you a friend always and do hope someday we can meet in person, but until then this mini interview helped get to know you that much better! Thanks my friend and have a great day now :)

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, you are an open book to people who approach you in a respectful way. I'm not sure I can ever come out from the shadows.

      I want you to know that you have taught me much about life and rising above the challenges. You have given me courage to attempt, counsel to

      believe and abetment to continue my writing efforts.

      And, this, being the day before Thanksgiving is a perfect day to thank you

      for all that you have done to help me.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Pinoy, and I hope you do this as well. Blessings to you always.

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      The more I learn about you, the more I realize we have so much in common! Your article was interesting & enlightening, and I'm so glad you decided to become a writer!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Janine. I thought you were gone for the holidays...I appreciate you being here this morning.....maybe one day, when I'm on a big book-signing tour, we can get together in New York. Until then, thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, DJ, now I have tears in my eyes. Thank you dear friend. I am like a proud papa knowing that you are writing your book. I just think that is so fantastic, and I'm very, very proud of you for taking on that challenge. I cherish friendships, DJ, and yours is certainly on that list. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Country-Sunshine. Now that I am a writer I can't imagine doing anything else, but it sure took me a long time to get around to it. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I love your swear word! lol! its great seeing into your thoughts, and yes Matt Damon would make a great you! lol! I always love your hubs, you teach us stuff that we really need to push us, well me! lol! and now I know more about you, so wonderful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell. I can't give a reason why I love asswipe so much, but it sure feels good to say it. LOL Happy Wednesday to you, my friend, and thank you for your loyalty and friendship.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      This was wonderful getting to know you better. What a great idea this is. We should all incorporate this into our profiles so everyone that visits can glean a little bit more about the people we are. Take care and all the best to you. Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I agree with you, it would be fun if the whole community did this. I'm glad you like it, and thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I would have adopted you and your potty mouth in about a minute...the more I learn about you, the more I love...

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and dear Bev! Love you, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Maria, my mom used to say that..."Bill, watch your potty mouth." Too funny! Thank you dear friend, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      love,

      bill

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      It was good to read this, Bill. I enjoy this series of interviews by various writers. Your favorite word is a winner. My father wanted to be a Forest Ranger but went a more practical route in order to support a young family at the time (a wife and 3 kids, as he was just out of the service in the Vietnam Era). I grew up always hiking, camping, bird watching, etc. Nature rocks. You're right.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this interesting look at your life, Bill. The interview challenge is a great idea! I enjoyed learning more about you and your likes and dislikes.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, you are so open about yourself and I think that is why so many people are attracted to you. It's bold to be so open, still, it's such a great quality. Nice to know you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Flourish. Your father did what he had to do, and I respect that. We don't always get to follow the desired path; sometimes we just have to do what is right.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it, Alicia. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Marlene. Openness did not always come easy for me, but I much prefer it to the secret life I once led. It's a pleasure knowing you, too.

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

      Self introspection is a hard nut to crack when opening it up to the whole world. Well done friend.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Wow....billy as a policeman born 1948, billy you are a relic! :-)

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      What a nice interview! Although I did see the challenge, I'm a pretty private person and don't know if I could do the questions justice. I'll play with it over the holiday weekend and maybe I'll give it a go. .. I enjoyed reading about you. Who says writers aren't interesting?!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I enjoyed the interview.. the tale from your fresh beginnings to the deep upbringing you did a fantastic job with this interview and I enjoyed knowing you... so good to meet you my friend :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      That's great! Still, you've said so much more, to my mind, and better also in other Hubs. Are you holding back?

      Easy to read and very sincere Hub. Namaste!

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      OrhanGokkayaTR 2 years ago

      Billybuc, you inspire me with your writing!

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      Donna S 2 years ago from Southern California

      This is wonderful, thanks for sharing. I'm relatively new and didn't realize this challenge was floating around but really enjoyed reading about your life! Very inspiring indeed!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Eric. It's much easier to do once you get used to it. :) Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive....LOL...you got that right, buddy. Older than dirt. :) Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Rachael, it wasn't me who said that. I think we are all fascinating. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. The pleasure is all mine. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I've said so much in the past, I just decided to give you all the light version...let calories. :)

      Peace to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, OrthanGokkaya...that's very nice of you to say.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Social Minds, thank you for stopping by. I enjoyed this challenge because I think it's important that my audience know me as a person. I hope you try it.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Haha, awesome Bill. I enjoyed it very much. The thing is that I cannot write too much about myself. But I want to thank you nevertheless for what you did. Really great :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great interview Bill. You're an open book, that takes guts! I'm afraid I still linger in the shadows, only coming out in poetry. Life is good and you're an inspitation to we hubber pals..Happy turkey day.....

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I absolutely love getting to know people better. I'm so glad you answered this challenge. Your favorite sound- your wife breathing beside you in the morning-is beautiful.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      I very much enjoyed reading this Billy and it was a great interview. You make it seem very easy! Perhaps in years to come circumstance might allow me to do the same. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      Sally.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. I appreciate you taking the time to read my little interview.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks, Ruby. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love getting to know people too, iris. I think we are all fascinating. :) So glad you enjoyed this. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I hope one day that happens, Sally. In the meantime, thank you for being here and for the well-wishes for Thanksgiving.

      I wish you a pleasant remainder of the week. I'll be back Friday I think, although we are having Thanksgiving dinners both Thursday and Friday. When I return I should weigh an extra ten pounds. :)

      bill

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My favorite English professor suggested I use the word, distinctive, rather than "unique" - which I have found very useful. But, I think this essay actually deserves the word: "Unique!" Thanks for sharing, for sure! ;-)

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Loved the interview Bill, and now I really feel like I know you. Thanks for being one of the better inhabitants of planet earth.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you so much. I can happily live with "unique." Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, those of us who follow you religiously pretty well know where you're coming from. But there's always more to a person. It's no mystery why so many of us are drawn to you. A wonderful interview my friend, totally enjoyed the voyage into your psyche.

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      I have to agree with you Bill, quintessential is a great word. An excellent interview, we have all got to know the man behind the words a little better:-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Jo, thank you, sincerely....it's been a great voyage here at HP, and it really is because of people like you. People reaching out and supporting people...that's what it should be all about. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smilealot, love your new choice of names. Thank you, my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill, I truly love this little peek into your psyche. I thought that I already knew all there is to know about you, but I did not ... so delighted you have taken this interesting challenge. I love your favorite word and your favorite cuss word LOL ... that is a priceless one there!

      Thank you for sharing more about yourself here. The more we know, the more we love.

      Well, I better go now and get my giblet on for Thanksgiving hahaha

      Blessing for a lovely Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for in this life, do we not!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Very pleased to meet you and sharing more of your admirable thoughts and feelings so honestly. Love the energy and the philosophy. I'm in awe of the ability to self interview - my worst nightmare I reckon. Also in awe of your ability to keep writing so succinctly and so frequently. You seem to have more 'time' than anyone I know. Thanks again - Maj.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and beautiful interview of yourself. Very nice to be more intimate now with you. I already see you as that Forest Ranger sitting there holding your pet. So you are already one.

      Thanks for sharing all this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you, Faith. I'll make this quick as we all have things to do...Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours, Faith!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Maj! I don't know about the time thing. I think I'm driven by my lack of time left on this earth. :) Blessings to you, my friend.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great interview Bill especially for those relatively new here to get to know the master :) Your openess and honesty always shines through in everything you write. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nice to meet you, Bill. I love your passion for life ("life inspires me") and your dedication to your art. Repeating: You're a blessing to know. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      It was nice getting to know you better, Bill. You strike me as being a modern day Atticus Finch. ( I loved Gregory Peck in this role.)

      I don't know if I will take up this challenge. Your interview is upbeat and easygoing, while mine would be a real downer. We have enough negativity in the world and I refuse to add to. Have a great Thanksgiving...damn it, my cranberry sauce just boiled over!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so interesting!

      Although I believe I can understand a person through his/ her writings. But this definitely enabled me to know you better. And you are an inspiration!

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      There you go again, drawing us in to one of our favorite writers and what has become one of my favorite people. There were a few things about you that were new to us ;)

      I chuckled at your cuss word as my new favorite is dumbass...seems we are both headed in the same direction with that one.

      Blessings on thee this Thanksgiving and every other day.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      So happy to know you better, Bill. This reminds me of the Proust questionnaire that I've seen in Vanity Fair. I might interview myself, but you set a high bar for cleverness and wit. I'm sure the Heaven Gazette will really wow them once you take over.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for those kind words, Venkatachari M, and blessings to you this Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, John, and a very Happy Thanksgiving wish to you..blessings always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I love my online friends. You all give me so much support and friendship, and I am grateful daily for all of you. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I love your attitude...you refuse to add to the negativity. And that really is a choice, isn't it, one I wish more people would take. Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend. Pumpkin pie is calling my name for breakfast. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharna, thank you so very much. If I inspire anyone then I am very happy and grateful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, dumbass, asswipe, same area and same meaning. LOL I knew I liked you for a reason. :) Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Eat hardy and recover quickly. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Catherine. My dad always told me to never get into a battle of wits if I'm unarmed. :) I've tried never to be. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

      Ever since l started reading your hubs l have thought you must be a wonderful man.

      This has just confirmed it.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... an awesome idea, interviewing ones self. Bill I have to tell you it has been a pleasure reading your work and getting to know you through HP and various writing sites.

      We have much in common my friend, love what you have done here... Now to think of what I should write...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great insight into the serious and fun sides of you, bill. I like to get a picture of people's background and an honest account gives one faith in those we call friends on hubpages. Your honesty and your zest for life comes through in abundance!

      Brilliant read for the end of the week (yes, I know I'm a late arrival)!

      I've got one of these ready to roll but no reliable internet to sort it out at the moment - when we've banged a few heads together, I might get some sense out of them.... Ha, ha, pigs might fly!

      Have a great one, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a great look into your life. We actually have quite a bit in common. I was very shy as a child also and don't mind being alone although I do love my friends and family. And I would love to be a park ranger. Ever since visiting Alaska my dream has been to be a park ranger in Denali NP. It was great to learn some new things about our favorite Hubber. Hope you had a great Turkey Day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, thank you so much. I try. That's all I claim....I try to be a good person.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, we have traveled similar paths at times, just one of many reasons why I like you and respect you. I hope you take this challenge. I look forward to reading your answers.

      Peace my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wait, Ann! What's that I see in the distance? It looks like....could it be....a pig flying?????

      Thanks for hanging in there and visiting me despite the problems. Happy Weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. We are having our second Thanksgiving today with the second half of the family, so my activity on the computer will be lessened greatly. That's okay, I needed the rest anyway.

      Happy Weekend my friend.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Oh yes, I forgot! Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ann. I'm gaining weight as we speak. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing so much about yourself, Bill! And Happy After Thanksgiving!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Hello Bill,

      So nice to read a little more about you. I find you to be one of a kind. :-)

      Your curse word is priceless! And yes, the person on the receiving end of that word doesn't like it so much. But I get the reason why it is your favorite! Interesting about Matt Damon playing you. I was thinking more like Billy Crystal or Richard Gere! :-)

      Shared and up ++++ Happy Black Friday! :-)

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Bill, every time I see that photo, I'm reminded of many taken with my family in the same times and how much family meant. Thanks for sharing in these memories my friend. whonu

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, vkwok. Enjoy your weekend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I loved this piece and the idea is terrific. Now I know we have more in common. My favorite curse word is bim-ass!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo, and a late Happy Thanksgiving to you. Richard Gere...I like that choice. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop....bim-ass? I never heard it, but I love it. LOL Thanks for sharing that one.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Hello Bill. I really enjoyed this--peeling away a bit more of the onion. It seems the more I learn about you, the more I come to recognize how much we have in common. I too adore the character Atticus Finch. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is my favorite book. I've read it countless times and it never grows old. As to who could play you? Absolutely no one; you are one of a kind. But if you press me hard for an answer I'd have to say Liam Neeson.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, I love the choice of Liam Neeson, one of my favorite actors. Thank you! That brought a smile to my face.

      I hope you had a superb Thanksgiving. Now stay warm the next few day.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great addition to the self interview challenge! Well done! I love your choice of Addicus Finch as favorite fiction character . I also love Jason Bourne and Matt Damon who plays him. Very interesting and informative and thanks for sharing with us. Humorous as usual

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette. This was fun, and I'm glad people enjoyed the interview. I hope more take the challenge.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great interview, Bill. It has your signature candor, open awareness of life, humor, and much more. “Roll it all together, bake at 350 degrees for sixty-six years, and you’ve got Bill Holland.” Thank goodness! I really enjoyed this. By the way, I have always loved the word, “quintessential.” Voted up +++ and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Genna. Some would say I'm a little over-baked, but we don't talk to those people. LOL Have a great Sunday, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your life would make a great movie Bill. And, yes, I can see Matt Damon playing the role of Bill Holland. I love this interview. You've given me another stellar lesson in writing by answering the call to this challenge.

      Thank you, sweet Bill for being exactly who you are.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you, Audrey. I'm just a guy who has lived a long time. I was bound to have a few experiences along the way.

      I appreciate you.

      love,

      bill

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Interesting to read sir Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you rdsparrowriter....I appreciate you.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It was sure nice to learn more about Bill Holland. Thanks for the info, and the fact that you ARE a writer!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I say those four words with pride, as should you....I AM A WRITER

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Always good to know more about the one and only Billybuc... and his Jason Bourne alter ego? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, we can always dream, right? It costs nothing and sometimes those fantasies are quite enjoyable. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for sharing more of yourself with us, Bill. We really don't often realize how lucky we are until later in life looking back. ^+

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Jackie. Thanks for reading this bit of fluff about an average guy who feels very lucky and blessed.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I wouldn't want to be a policeman either--capital Y as in Yuck! Great to get to know more of you Bill!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading about you and your life. You have always struck me as a person I would like to be friends with; I think we would get along great! I'm very choosy about my friends, too!!

      I would so like to just sit with you and talk to you, one on one.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading and getting to know more about you, thank you for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, Yuck with a capital Y. Thank you....I'm not sure there is anything else all of you don't know about me. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is such a kind thing for you to say. I've often dreamed of being wildly successful, and going on a nationwide book tour, and on that tour I could meet all of my HP friends and chat with them. I think that would be the best trip ever. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Vellur!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible you! I learned a lot about you and thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, DDE! You were busy this morning commenting and I appreciate it.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      O Bill, promenading along the interview you have disclose more than we knew about you proving once again that you are indeed a human . If nothing else, than it is a loving nature you and me having in common, carrying our friendship into gratuitous joy. Thank you for telling us " all ", now we know everything about you,- reading between the lines...

      Voted up and interesting.

      You are a gift to humankind, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I'm not sure about that, but I try to be. I'm just a human being who is trying to get this thing called life "right." Thankfully, I've learned some valuable lessons along the way, so I don't make the same mistakes that I once did. :) I'm happy with that.

      Thank you kind sir! Have a wonderful evening.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      You would think that after 800+ articles we would know you very well, but I did learn a thing or two. Park Ranger? I'll bet you would make a great one and it would give you tons of things to write about.

      Maybe that is why we get along so well, both Matt Damon and Thoreau fans. I always admired the way Matt Damon handled fame; he seems uninterested in it. He is also ridiculously intelligent and not just a pretty face. He's one of the reasons I studied English. He was an English major at Harvard, dropped out just shy of graduation, and won an Academy Award on his first try. Hey, anything is possible with a little brains and guts.

      I wish we would all live like Thoreau. His words are more important now than ever before. I keep a copy of Walden and Civil Disobedience on my night stand. I enjoy reading portions of it when I need a little perspective.

      Great addition to the interview challenge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, I like you more with each day. Any fan of Thoreau and Damon is a friend of mine for life. Everything you said about those two is true. I find it amazing that Thoreau spoke about problems we now face...he was light years ahead of his contemporaries in intelligence and compassion....and Damon...I'll go see any movie the guy makes, just because of who he is.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Bill, I hesitated reading anyone's responses to the challenge initially since I was pondering if I was going to jump into the thick of it all. But now that I have my answer I am going back and showing support to all of those that were more courageous than myself to jump in without thought. I really chuckled at "asswipe" because of the extra emphasis exerted with its use. Plus I could imagine you saying it with great frustration. I am glad that you really can identify as a WRITER as you have an awesome fan base, we definitely see your quality. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Michelle. In truth, I rarely use my favorite cuss word. I am disappointed in myself when I have to stoop to that level. :) As for my fan base, there is no doubt that I have great followers, and I am very grateful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Nice to find out more about you Bill. My curse word is a little stronger than yours though.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Glimmer, we would get along fine.

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      BillyBuc, you're very entertaining! lol I absolutely enjoyed reading your self-interview.

      This is what stood out to me most: "I am a loner by nature and I’m comfortable being one, but I love close friends and family." Same here, my friend :)

      Thank you so much for sharing! God bless you*

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mothersofnations, there was a time when I thought less of myself for my loner tendencies. Now I know it is just who I am, and that's just fine. Today life is good, whether I am alone or with loved ones, and that is a wonderful place to be. :) Thank you kind lady.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I knew a bit about you already, but found some interesting new aspects of your preferences here. All good and always a pleasure to read more about your beliefs.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna. I'm pretty sure you all know most of what makes me tick.

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      Lorenzo M Vasquez III 2 years ago from El Paso, TX

      It was a pleasure reading the interview! Fantastic job and quite inspiring. After reading this I feel like letting my writing wings open and fly.Thank you for sharing!

      Lorenzo

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lorenzo, start flapping my friend. Who knows how high you can fly? Thank you and best wishes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Feels good to learn more about you Bill, one of my favorite writers. You really like to spread love and warmth around, like the morning sunshine. No wonder your least favorite word is 'hate'.

      Have a nice day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Rajan! I try to give back to the community of writers that I love.

      Happy Friday to you!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed reading your Interview of yourself. I'm glad I met your through the Squid/Hub transfer, you are are very inspiring writer, I hope one day to prove I can also be one.

      I'm going to do this challenge but not getting very far. By reading what other writers are saying it is helping me to get a better idea of how to go about it, as I'm a beginner, only one challenge so far.

      Have a nice weekend and enjoy your family, it is a very precious thing to the heart, it brings the laughter to your soul and make you a whole person.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elsie, thank you, and I do hope you do this challenge. I think it is very enjoyable getting to know each other a bit better....closes the gap made by distance. Best wishes to you, my friend.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting Bill and off course you don't know the individual till you are acquainted with their swear words. :)

      You are definitely on the right path and also trail blazing for others. Keep up the good work.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, the swear words and few and far between now as I grow older and hopefully wiser. There are so many other ways to express displeasure, don't you think? :) Thank you for your kind words.

      bill

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I dislike your dislike word too! My least favorite word...I'm working on my granddaughters now not to use the word and so far so good. Great interview :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      There are. I am not really a swearing sort, I am more a girl whom pulls her fingers through her hair and raises her eyes skyward in a 'really?' sort of way. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Good luck with those granddaughters. My money is on you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Anna, I'm sure you do it quite well, too. LOL I can just see it.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      This was an interesting self-interview. It's nice to learn a little about the writer behind the articles that I've enjoyed so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MelRoots...not one of my best efforts, but I'm glad others enjoyed it.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Bill, once again, inspiring, thought-provoking, and funny. I accepted your challenge and wrote my own. Thanks for always keeping it real. By the way, I love what you would like to hear from God when you get to Heaven. I look forward to reading the "Heaven Gazette."

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, thank you. I'll be by to read yours shortly. Let's hope we both hear what we want to hear at the Pearly Gates. :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      I don't like loud noises either. Your favorite character comes from an excellent book choice! Good to read about you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shanmarie. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for sharing this look inside your head with all of us. I also like that swear word; it's a classic that conveys a lot depending how it's used.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kylyssa! So nice to meet someone who appreciates the finer swear words. :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billbro.....Like Sha, I've been tempted to do this self-interview. As always you inspire. I love this. All of your answers are just as I would expect. Gosh, I haven't heard "asswipe" in years..one of my sister's favorites! lol.

      I can't imagine anyone in charge of the Heaven Gazette but you. I'll bet there's a note tacked right on Heaven's Gate for St. Peter: "When Bill Holland gets here, send him immediately to my office!"

      Oh bill.....LOUD noises turn me off too! Wonder what this means? We have sensitive hearing? Hmmm, I think I'll research this!

      Thanks for the disclosure. It's always fun & interesting to get know more about someone!....UP++++

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very inspiring and brave to open up to the whole world through an interesting introspection....loved reading every bit of it. Thanks for this wonderful share. Shared and voted up ahead.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Nice to have read your own interview Billy. I only now came past this interview challenge through Suzette Walker who had left a comment on one of my posts. Its Easter so I have some free time on my hands and am now inspired to write my own.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Sis, it's your turn. I'll be expecting your offering in the next couple of weeks.

      Loud noises? I don't know the reason but I know I love my peace and quiet.

      Laughing at the heaven reference. I'll bet we can stir up some crap once we get there. Probably form a union and cause all sorts of hell for Saint Peter. LOL

      Happy Easter, Sis!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you dghbrh. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Easter Nadine and thanks for reading this. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Now it's your turn. :)

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      Denise McGill 14 months ago from Fresno CA

      Ok, I truly enjoyed reading that. I don't know about you being Steinbeck though... I always thought of him as being rather a potty mouth. Anyway, this was incredibly insightful. Maybe the challenge should be resurrected. I never heard about it but only joined Hubpages a little over a year ago. I shall have to join in on this one. Loved it.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise.....I look forward to you taking the challenge and I appreciate you finding this one in the archives.

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