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October Morn

Updated on October 23, 2013
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God is pitching a perfect game here in the late innings of October.

He's fanned every maverick cloud, whether cirrus ash gray or cumulo-nimbus off white, that has daringly shown its face long before the insomniac rooster's crow.

The first elongated doubloon of gold peers over the horizon--tentatively, at first, and then, as if emboldened by its sparkling kindred--streaks across the sky, turning velvet purple and violet into an orchestrated explosion of vanda orchids, carnations, bougainvilleas, and birds of paradise. Ribbons of fuchsia, late to arrive but making up for it in a hurry, add subtle highlights to the grand bouquet.

Disney's pyrotechnicians could never touch this. And admission to this theme park is always free.

Flirting with My Old Ways

I wipe the remnants of sleep from my eyes and put on a cheap pair of shades.

Ambivalence tickles at the edges, always playing me before I begin. Ten months into this walking program...and I'm still manufacturing self-resistance when it comes to challenging my senior body with exercise. I know that my proclivity towards stubbornness will prevail in this naggingly familiar civil war. But at some level, it's amusement for a tired old man still looking for distractions and excuses.

Enough of this prattle! Let's do this!

And with that first step, I enter a yet unwritten novel.

My Mind Comes Alive When I Walk

With a couple of outs in the inning, God calls a timeout and heads for the dugout.

What? Since when does God have to call a timeout?

Well, He is God, after all, and He can do anything He wants. It's His ball, and--come to think of it,--it's His ballgame.

Oh, He just wanted to turn the cosmic flat screen on and watch Marshawn Lynch run 33 amazing yards, with five defenders riding him for the last three yards, unable to stop the Beast Mode locomotive from invading the end zone.

God high fives Assistant Manager Gabriel and grabs a handful of Skittles (you gotta be a Pacific Northwest local to understand this candy reference, or you can Google Marshawn Lynch and Skittles). Almost to a fault, but definitely to a virtue, God has a soft spot for underdogs, and this football season, He's turned the perennial lowly Seahawks into Big Dogs!

Instead of popping the Skittles into His mouth, He winds up and pitches them at supersonic speed into the atmosphere.

Here on earth, I watch as the gradually amplified morning light turns the black and white TV show into peacock-proud living color! Sure enough, there on most of the trees are the melted remnants of Skittles, turning the drab autumnal green into a wondrous display of Kodachrome. The otherwise wallflower trees swell majestically, happy to have delightfully ornate pajamas, even if only for a season, before they go naked and dormant in the harsh onslaught of winter.

A Great Song to Listen to as You Read the Remainder of this Hub

Where I Trip Over My Philosophizing

The summers of my life sprint by faster and faster the older I get. I am definitely in conflict about that, experiencing the same kind of bittersweet reluctance in accepting that I've come to the end of a good book or am now reading the rolling credits of a movie that aided and abetted my escape for the last two hours.

I am thus grateful for both the concept and reality of Indian Summer. Whether one perceives it as a gracious extension of vacation season or a casual transition into the Fall (from grace?), it gives me pause to contemplate the possibility that my life can have that definitive mini-interlude between the final two stanzas.

You see, it's gone by so fast that I need this time. To catch my breath. To find my bearings. To determine what the hell (sorry, God!) it all meant and continues to mean. To think about it. To dream about it. To try, sadly, to recapture some of it. Perhaps. Even. To write about it.

You wouldn't know it from my real world activity, or lack thereof, regarding writing.

When I walk, I write volumes. It's at the point of transference that I stumble miserably.

Most of the time, it's silly rambling, much like the character of this personal essay.

Sometimes, it's all about talking to myself, creating new goals that I just know I'll never meet yet need to keep lying to myself because, well, that's how I stay motivated. If I can meet just one out of every twenty goals I set, I'm still further ahead than when I died to my former self decades ago.

The gorgeous turning of the leaves remind me that I'm still dying to former things. Otherwise, I fail to be born into new things. This fresh Eureka! moment brings both joy and sadness. I pass a huge lot where the trees have been especially graced with Joseph's coat of many colors, and I almost forget that it's a cemetery.

One of My All-Time Favorite Christian Songs

Of Weeds and eBay

It's no accident that I sell on eBay.

If we are indeed created in God's own image, then it follows that we do our best when we aspire to be more like our heavenly Dad.

This is the part where I used to kick myself for being fallible. It's a dangerous place to be because I remember all too well how dwelling on my imperfections fed my multiple addictions, energizing a vicious cycle that, once triggered, was intensely difficult to intervene upon.

Decades ago, with a lot of professional help and tough love, I cleaned up. But there were big holes to fill where darkness once resided.

One very cool way that some fellow strugglers and I encountered came during a recreational therapy class.

We learned how to tie flies...or, as we expressed in our early tongue-twisted attempts...fly ties!

I was never confident about my ability to do things with my hands. My youthful successes were in academics and cerebral performance. So the challenge of learning how to craft artificial insects was indeed daunting. I definitely wanted to skip out on those crafting classes.

But the stubbornness alluded to earlier in this article won the day, and I eventually not only got the hang of it but, in channeling my obsessive-compulsive drive towards a positive end, became a master fly tyer.

One day, while having coffee with the guys, I proposed that we form a consortium and sell our flies in bulk amounts and at wholesale prices. They all thought it was a great idea, and for weeks after that, I engaged in a blitz campaign of marketing. I called every fly shop that was listed in a toll-free directory. Out of a hundred calls, I scored a couple of potential customers. A manager at a gun shop in Tacoma bought our huge inventory of flies. That first success was a huge therapeutic demarcation for my buddies and me.

Later, while checking out a sporting goods store in Walla Walla, I met a fly dealer from Idaho who contracted with me on the spot to tie an unlimited amount of matuka flies (resembling baby perch). I was stoked. My friends were ecstatic about the voluminous order that would definitely keep us in the green for a good while.

Gradually, I branched out on my own and began selling my flies on eBay. From coast to coast, and to a few international customers, I must've sold about 10,000 flies.

Arthritis in my neck and lower back eventually prompted me to retire from fly tying. My eBay reputation was stellar by this time, so, at least on a part time basis, I kept reselling fly tying materials and supplies purchased from out of state vendors.

Today, I primarily salvage other people's castaway items, literally speak and write value into them, and resell them on eBay. By doing so, I emulate in the natural what God has done with my life in the supernatural.

When God casts His Skittles (grace) upon mankind, He is no respecter of persons. In other words, He wants people from all walks of life to be successful. My human bias and personal fantasy is that He has a special soft spot for people who have struggled or continue to struggle with various issues.

On my October morn walks, I never fail to notice and acknowledge the weeds along the trail. As fallible as I am, that's one thing I can do to be a man after His own heart.

I'm Headed Home

My walking program is going well, thank you. With a little over two months left, I am on pace to meet my goal of 1000 miles for the year.

I vividly recall how I literally gasped for air and was bent over at the waist as I climbed a short hill with a 25-degree incline on January 1st of this year. Ten months later, I'm rapidly striding or running up that same hill as I engage that last mile before returning home on this particular route.

On paper, on the bathroom scale, and in the recesses of my mind, I can see the significant differences between the couch potato and the walking spud. I have reveled in negotiating and thus knowing on a more intimate basis the Walla Walla Valley areas that are within a 7-mile radius from my home.

While each walk is a novel adventure, what I love most is the joy of that last half-mile or so when I know I've made it safely and that I'm returning home.

I rage each day against the dying light. But in the last minute of my life here on earth, the best parting gift I can give my beloved family and friends is to go out with a smile.

How's life treating me these days? As Dave Ramsey would say,

Better than I deserve.

Aloha, friends! Thanks for going on a nice walk with me!
Aloha, friends! Thanks for going on a nice walk with me!

© 2013 Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    Unfortunately, HP doesn't compensate good writing. It compensates smart SEO content writing. That's why I left for a place that does. Thank you for your gracious comment. I just wanted you to know why I left.

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    October Morn is a beautifully written hub your work is outstanding and and always with a great message.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kikalina

    Yes, this was by far one of my favorite ones to write.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Thank you so much! Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Hawaiian style) to you and your loved ones as well!

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Joe! Great success on eBay!

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    kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

    What beautiful images. Great job with this hub.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @nanderson500

    Thanks for stopping by, Nick, and sharing your kind comments. I haven't been writing on HubPages for quite some time now but am still walking. My overall goal for next year is to simply maintain the exercise program...which in itself can be challenging enough. Today, the Seahawks can get the job done, and I am looking forward to it. Enjoy the game, and thanks for making this year's NFL season very enjoyable. You've done a great job--not just having that awesome picking percentage, but with the fine analyses and HP writing. Aloha, and have a wonderful and memorable holiday season.

    ~Joe

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    nanderson500 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Great pics! Glad your walking program is going well. I walk frequently and it definitely helps me get some exercise and fresh air.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Mary! I'm blowing Bubbles like a 6-year-old...LOL! Also been very busy with my eBay work. I am so very grateful for your most recent hub and the thoughtful acknowledgment. That post, my friend, was one of your very best. Congratulations, best wishes, and a very Happy Thanksgiving! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Heidi!

    Thank you for stopping by! I wish you, too, my friend, a very memorable and joyous Thanksgiving! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    Okay my fine feathered friend, where is the other site? Number two, you had better take care of yourself physically or I will have to send out the minions!! God bless and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    Hello Joe! What gorgeous pictures! Also glad to hear you're making progress on your goals. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Phyllis!

    I'm blessed...I've said it before many times, but it truly is worth repeating: God salvaged me from the dung heap of life and reclaimed and restored me to an entity of value. In my eBay work and in my writing, then, I just follow His example, I take, respectively, castoff items and words and do my best to infuse them with value. If what I do and if who I am touches the lives of others and enhances a renewed awareness of their priceless worth, then I am doubly blessed.

    Thank you so very much for your gracious presence and comments. Have a wonderful weekend, Phyllis!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Blond Logic!

    I do carry an iPhone with me because I have a really cool and free app called iRunner on it that gives me a very accurate reading of how far I've walked. With this camera, I've been able to capture some very nice scenes that help me recall significant aspects of my walk. But no recording devices for me. I return home, enjoy a nice shower, prepare a cup of coffee, kick back in my computer chair, close my eyes, and conjure up the impressions that I've received during the walk. Sometimes there's a common theme that sews it all together nicely. Sometimes, I just ramble with the free fall of thoughts. The times I am most challenged is when there's this imaginary and metaphorical block of granite standing in the middle of my path...then, it's all about chipping away at that massive stone until I find my "David" or "The Thinker" within. More often than not, I just get lucky.

    Aloha, and thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @mperrottet

    Hi, dear friend! You'll be able to read my responses to others in this comments section and thus be able to catch up to speed with me...which isn't saying much for this slow-moving Hawaiian sea turtle. Actually, those critters move much more quicker than I do, so I shouldn't disrespect them like that. Ha-ha! Thanks so much for identifying with my words here. I truly enjoyed participating in and writing this personal essay. Many times, as I walk and craft how I might capture what I'm experiencing at the time, I think of my friends here on HP and get excited about what I'm going to share with them.

    God bless you!

    Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @JayeWisdom

    Love your profile pen name!

    Thank you, Jaye, for your thoughtful words. I like that you read this piece aloud. My writer's voice is something I hear in my brain, and it truly is always my intent that people read my work as if I'm speaking it to them in person on the ol' front porch. I connect with you and all the other kind readers who give up a portion of their day or evening to spend time talkin' story with me.

    God bless you and your lovely pet, and know that you are dearly appreciated, loved, and respected by this Hawaiian man.

    Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Thank you, dear Mary, for your gorgeous writing--in the comments as well as in your hubs...I am dallying in literally, at least for the time being, greener pastures as well as being super busy with the eBay work. I will, like you, continue writing for HP but at a greatly reduced pace. I wrote a post for another site comparing earnings...and as I read back the comparison and contrast, it became a NO BRAINER awakening. In my quasi-retirement phase, I need to be able to do more for my family, so I need to engage in activities where I can pragmatically see a better return. No knock whatsoever on HP or any of the beautiful writers here...just a knock on my wooden puddin' head to accept: It is what it is. Just keeping it real, my dear Mary, I earned in a little over two weeks on this other site what it took me 10 months to earn here the first payout...and another 9 months for the second payout. You can see why I'm leaning heavily to the other site like Lee Marvin on that horse in Cat Ballou.

    I respect, love, and appreciate you and your kind and gracious words here. The main thing I wanted you to know is that aside from a fainting spell a couple of weeks ago while jogging (waking up to see a lovely young woman standing over me asking me if I was alright was a nice touch), my health as I perceive it (which could be erratically skewed but it's still my perception...) appears to be status quo.

    Thank you, my friend, for reading this piece, and for sharing a part of your heart with me. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    Joe, you never cease to amaze me. You are truly an inspiration and totally awesome being sent to us to awaken the soul. Every time I read one of your hubs, I am motivated to go out and mingle with Nature, to enjoy the beauty that God so gracefully allowed me to be a part of.

    With all my heart, I thank you for being you and for sharing these inspirational walks with your fellow beings.

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    Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

    From couch potato to walking spud. I love it.

    It is amazing the variety you were able to pop into this one. God, baseball, confectionery,youth, death, exercise and Ebay! I think I missed a few out of that list.

    It is refreshing to read something where a soul has been laid open .

    Obviously you take a camera on your walks, might I be so bold as to suggest a mini tape recorder? I have heard these are used by many to voice their novels whilst exercising.

    A beautiful piece of writing.

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    Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    Your feelings about life going by so fast and trying to determine what it all meant brought tears to my eyes. I know that they say when people die, their life flashes before them, but I'm finding that as I get older my life is slowly being replayed. I guess I feel as if I'm being given this time to evaluate and learn from what I've experienced. Seems as if you may be going through the same thing, as you so beautifully express in your writing. Keep walking and keep writing - you have a special gift for touching people. Sorry you're not writing more on HubPages these days, but I'll try to catch up with you on Bubblews. I joined there, but just haven't been writing much these days. Anyhow, voting this amazing piece of writing up, awesome, beautiful, interesting and useful - and sharing!

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Joe - I'm glad this essay was shared and back on my feed again. It's a good one to re-read, this time aloud so I could hear your glorious words. You are one of those writers whose prose reads like poetry while still accomplishing everything prose is meant to do.

    The leaves may have fallen now, but the beauty of that October morning lives on in this hub, as do the thoughts you fashioned into this essay after you arrived back at home.

    I hope the weather is still allowing you to walk. Take care....

    Jaye

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    Joe no matter where you roam I hope you always find your way back here. I've been watching but you somehow slipped this masterpiece in without me catching it...hmm does that fit in with your "God as pitcher" theme? I prefer not to know what inning I'm in but admit I am envious of your 'stubbornly' sticking to your exercise regime.

    Your photos are really beautiful, you've captured the color and light in a charming way.

    Now my brother, that said, I am sad to hear HP is not treating you well. I can't believe it with all your wonderful writing and eBay, and family, and just, well, darn good stuff!! I suppose I should be upset about lack of income from HP but I haven't had time lately and still love all my friends here. Maybe Christmas joy will bring luck with it!

    Stay well my friend.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Shared too.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Joelle, your good wishes mean the world to me. Regarding my reference to you as a young mother, in amazement, I stand corrected. You have such a youthful writing voice, and that is a genuine compliment that you can take to the bank! : ) See ya around!

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    By the way, thank you for the compliment of young wife.... I am married since 37 years... and my kids must have around the age of your kids ;-) But I am still young at heart :-))))

    Good luck with your projects and eBay! I moved two of my articles from HP to Bubblews a while ago.

    Have a nice weekend!

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Take good care of yourself, Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle!

    Thanks so much for your sweet concern and mindfulness. I'm doing fine...just been very busy with eBay and writing for Bubblews. I'll continue writing here but, at best, sporadically. I love the people here, but I just wish things could have worked out better for me on the Hub income side. As a young wife and mother, I am confident that you understand the value of prioritizing where we invest our energy when it comes to providing for one's family. If you ever frequent Bubblews, look me up and check out a comparison I did about my personal earnings re: HP and BB. Aloha, and God bless you and your family!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Christy!

    Thanks so much for reading this hub, one of my favorites, and for your gracious comments. I have been swamped! And I bet life has been very busy for you, too...which makes me all the more grateful to hear from you. Wow! Can you believe 2013 is in its last few weeks? My, oh my! Have a wonderful Friday and a terrific weekend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Just coming back to this hub to make sure that you are fine on the health side :-) It's been three weeks since you wrote a hub so I am a little worried!

    Take good care of yourself, Joe!

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    Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I have to vote this one up and awesome! Firstly, I am taken with such beautiful photos from October. Secondly, your words are wonderful - they show your gratitude for the day, for live and for God. I am seeing you more online lately and it is wonderful to see that smile of yours shining! Take care!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill!

    Thank you very much for stopping by. If you were away a few weeks, chances are good that this equates to more excellent travel hubs from you. Over here, aside from the evergreens, the trees are pretty much naked earthy-colored skeletons holding vigil over the communities of Walla Walla and College Place. I'm trying to take good advantage of these "nicer" days and walk as much as possible. We may be due for snow shortly, and that would create some challenges, both vehicular and pedestrian wise. But I hope to keep truckin' along. My very best to you, Bill, and may you accomplish all that you set out to do this week and have fun along the way. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. I was away for a few weeks so I missed this one. What a great read on a fall afternoon. I love the photos. Here in New England the leaves have all but fallen but your photos are a pleasant reminder of my favorite season.

    You gaol in in-sight and you are heading for the finish line. Well done. I never doubted for a moment that you would reach your goal. Hope you had a great weekend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    My friend, first of all, I'm glad you and yours are safe. I pray that your country will be able to heal in time. As part Filipino, I am confident that the strength and resolve of your nation will be most evident--as it has demonstrated many times before--in the aftermath of the storm. We may fall down at times, but God gives us the determination and perseverance to get back up again. Thanks for your kind words. Aren't you on Bubblews, too? Aloha!

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    JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    This is indeed a splendid hub. Simple yet extraordinary. I really enjoyed reading your hub and along the way realized that you are such a great writer.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bradrick!

    I enjoy reading your articles, whether sports-related or personal essays, and I shall continue to do so. Thank you for being such a courteous and respectable young man. I mean what I'm about to write here as a high compliment, my friend--you and Russell Wilson are cut from the same cloth. Seattle is enamored by its young QB who happens to be a wonderful Christian man. The tone and genuine appreciation for all that life has given you in both challenges and successes, Brad, comes through loud and clear in your writing, both on and off the field : ). Aloha, my friend, and may you revel in the gift that is today.

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Lisa!

    Thank you so much for always sharing such beautiful and gracious comments. I am lounging on the aftermath of your delightful hub that I just read...and savored...moments ago. You have such a commanding presence in your writing...so warm, so captivating, so compelling...I felt as if you were hugging me. I delight in your literary sharing, my friend. Aloha, and may you enjoy your gift of today.

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Absolutely sir, and you're very welcome. It's okay though, I've gotten over Bubblews now. I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you on eBay. I have a few things that I've procrastinated about selling on there for a long time. Maybe I need to go ahead and try and make that happen.

    I agree with you about the community here on Hubpages. There are truly some great people on here that make this experience worth it, even if the earnings aren't that great. I can truly say that I've come across some people on here that I consider to be friends, and you're one of them. No need for thanks, especially the way that you've supported my writing on here. I appreciate you a lot for that, and we'll definitely be keeping in touch. Have a great day.

    Bradrick.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Joe,

    Beautiful, beautiful HUB! Please forgive me for not acknowledging its profound meaning sooner. Novemeber already! Aloha. Peace to you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Brad, thank you so very much for your gracious comments. The heads up regarding the other literary site is also very much appreciated. Hopefully, they're getting their act together. I'm very sorry for the unfortunate experience you had there.

    I will continue to craft articles and personal essays for HP as time permits. Happy to report that things are going well on eBay, and I'll continue writing about those experiences.

    The very best thing about HP is the camaraderie of fellow writers. I've met the finest human beings on this site, both creative and courageous in sharing their hearts through literary pursuits. You, sir, are one of my favorites. : ) Thanks for all that you've given me in my time here.

    Aloha, Brad, and please let's keep in touch!

    ~Joe

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Well it's night now, so I'll reply back by saying good evening to you sir. You're always welcome, and I really appreciate your kind words as well in respect to my mother and grandmother. Thank you so much.

    You don't have to apologize for not responding back so quick. We all get busy from time to time, so it's okay. So you're giving Bubblews a shot? That's cool. I tried it out earlier in the year. Like many others, the lure of the easy earnings are what lured me in. I reached the payout mark on there, but never received my payment. I tried contacting the site several times, and never received a reply back. I took down all of my articles, and began posting them elsewhere.

    I have quite a few aquintances that received payments from there, but I know a few that also never got theirs either and like me, they followed the rules on there. Not saying all of this to discourage you, just don't want to see your hard work go unrewarded. I hope you do well on there. I hope you don't think that you're a poor writer on here. You're honestly one of the best that I've come across on here in my opinion. I'm not earning much on here myself, but I'm at a place where I'm okay with Hubpages.

    Speaking of the Seahawks, I have Russell Wilson as my quarterback in one of my fantasy leagues. He's been doing pretty good so far, but I'd like to see him cut down on the interceptions. His skills as a runner often makes up for the points loss on interceptions, but I don't want to be worried about that with the fantasy playoffs approaching so closely. You should be proud of your team though. They're doing very well, especially with the help of that crowd they have.

    Thank you again so much for the amazing words, and God continue to bless you in every aspect of your life.

    Bradrick

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning, Brad!

    How very kind of you! Thank you so very much for those warm and heartfelt words. You are a credit to the wonderful mom and grandma that you had, powerful and benevolent matriarchs who instilled in you the living Word of God and how to conduct yourself as a gentleman and live peacefully with others. You have my respect because you bestow it so graciously on me and others.

    I apologize, my friend, for not getting back sooner to you. Honestly, I've been working hard towards getting my first payout on Bubblews. Ironically, I earned there in 1 week's time, mind you, what it would have taken several months for me to earn here. Without a doubt, the quality and quantity of writing here on HP far excels the average fare of what one would find on Bubblews. My writing quality, subjectively if not objectively speaking, hasn't downgraded with the switch...it's just easier to write shorter pieces when one is rewarded far greater. I think I'm a good writer, but for some reason, I'm not making the money that many others are making here on HP. I take full responsibility for that--it could be my particular niches, my lack of social media marketing skills, maybe even what others may be perceiving as poor writing, or a combination of all these things and more. But I'm only human, and as a husband and father that wants so much to contribute to the family income, I have to do what is pragmatic for me.

    I love writing for HubPages if we only address the spirit of writing itself. I think HP fails, however, in its financial scheme with its writers. It wasn't always like that, but it is now.

    What I truly love and appreciate are the writers here. You and so many others have been so kind and gracious and patient and supportive with me, and I hope in turn that I've exemplified what a good neighbor is and does for his community. That said, there are bills to be paid...a reality that I accept and therefore need to address in the best manner possible.

    It's kinda like what the Seahawks will need to do in the coming weeks. Some facet of their game may not be working, and they'll find themselves falling behind their opponent. Someone will have to step up and be a leader. Invariably, as is the case with any championship team, that someone emerges and heroically inspires in both word and deed the team to play at and then even beyond its capabilities.

    That's the kind of man I aspire to be. That's the kind of man I sense you becoming with every post and personal comment I receive from you.

    Thank you, Brad, and God bless you and all the other wonderful and talented people here on HubPages. In a silent and often unacknowledged way, they were exceptional examples and blessings to me while making it possible for HubPages to glean incredible profits.

    Aloha, my friend, and Semper Fidelis!

    Joe

    aka Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Hey there Mr. Joe! All I can say is Wow! Another fine piece of writing on your part. You are such a transparent individual when it comes to your writing. You're not afraid to let your readers delve into your heart and soul, and it shows greatly through your words.

    It's amazing to me that you've nearly walked 1000 miles this year, WOW! You should be more than proud of yourself that you not only walked that many miles, but you also set and achieved a goal that you set for yourself.

    You're a really great man, and I'm pretty certain that God has many more good years in store for you. You're really an inspiration to us here on Hubpages. Great, great writing. Voted up, rated beautiful, awesome, and shared on Twitter!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Lisa!

    It was my pleasure, Lisa. The aesthetic appeal of the Walla Walla Valley conjures up all kinds of metaphors in my mind as I go on my walks. The stroll itself is a mini-journey that parallels life itself...the unique challenges that create stress in the body, and the downhill ambling that is a respite for the legs and joints. Life comes at us in ebbs and tides, and there is ever a rhythm to it all. It has taken me all of 61 years to learn how to roll easily with all the changes instead of foolishly fighting myself. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this walk with me. Remember that you have special Hub friends who care a great deal about you. You're a talented woman, Lisa. My best older brother advice to you is to use your pain and angst liberally in your writing. Let writing be your catharsis. Sometimes "ugly in" turns into "lovely out." Aloha, my dear friend!

    ~Joe

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    Lisa Williams 3 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful! I loved everything about it. It was very nice to kick back and take a journey through your eyes! Thanks for sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Jo, in light of everything transpiring, it means a great deal to me that you are walking in all aspects--body, mind, and spirit--and continuing to hope and believe. Thank you so very much for being an inspiration to so many. Life is definitely a struggle...we just need to keep on doing our very best, even if it's something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Here on HubPages, if our writing affords an escape, a respite, an oasis...for others as well as for ourselves, then to God be the glory for providing us with a journey of healing.

    Have a good night's rest, Jo! Blessings and aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

    It was so nice to escape for 30 minutes to read this enjoyable and breathtaking journey with you on your travels. I love the photos as they are beautiful! Your words are touching and calming to my heart. I find myself with great anticipation in looking forward to each day when I walk and let the beauty of nature wrap her arms around me. The cool crisp air over in my area, allows me to refill my lungs with hope! Amazing once again Joe! I so enjoy this, and will be back once more, if only to escape the current situation for just a little while.

    Shared, Up +++ and Fb Shalom & Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Liz. My wife is kicking my butt with her sales...not in quantity but in final sales amounts. So, because my favorite football team is playing tonight, I've made a goal to list 20 things...might not make it, but I sure am motivated. It's kinda cool to be in competition with the wife. I'm really happy to hear about and see your great progress on eBay, Liz. I'm just now starting to dabble with Bubblews...it's really confusing, navigation-wise, but I'll eventually get the hang of it. Hope you and your family are in good health and settling in nicely. Thanks for keeping in touch, Liz! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Great. Now I need to go find some Skittles.

    Thanks for sharing these awe-inspiring fall photos. I sure do miss the colorful foliage!

    We moved last week, so I've been busy with things at home. Time to get my butt in gear and build that inventory!

    Congrats on all of the progress you've made over the past year! It's quite an accomplishment.

    "Talk" to you soon, Joe :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, Pearl, thank you so very much for those delightful culinary phrases. You dish 'em like I wish 'em, dear friend! LOL! I must say, your unique comments give my legs a lift as I trudge on down the road. Thank you for your faithful following, your writing talent, and the peer camaraderie. Your encouragement is the essence that nourishes this mighty oak called HubPages. Aloha, and have a wonderful new week!

    ~Joe

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Joe, my 'walking spud' friend, I am delighted that you are on track with your goals. I am also more than delighted to devour your words, as they are tasty and wondrously delicious indeed.

    You paint vivid pictures in your own profound yet amusing way. Keep dishing up these delectable treats and sharing them with all us eager diners! Awesome, my friend ;) Pearl

    Voted Up across the board.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Crystal!

    I'm deeply touched and honored by your statements. Thank you very much. This was indeed a labor of love that began as a seed of inspiration one evening and then literally blossomed during a walk the next morning. I'm glad you liked it, my friend. Hope and pray you're having a wonderful weekend! Aloha until the next hub rendezvous!

    ~Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Wow, Joe. Just wow. Why is there not a wow vote on here? Your best. I agree with Bill. You should be very proud of this accomplishment. Voting up and more, sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Eddy!

    Just got through reading and thoroughly enjoying your latest hub about the Mama and baby cats. You have such a golden heart, and you can't help but have all that love spilling out into the world and in your HP writing. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me this morning. I am deeply honored to be your writer peer and friend. Aloha, my Welsh sister!

    ~Joe

    PS Lovely profile photo, by the way! Have a great weekend!

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    truly wonderful Joe and here's to so many more. You really are so talented and I am so glad to be able to follow and be inspired by you. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Liz!

    Halloween-booed, right? Because I could never imagine anyone doing that to you or your work in any other context. : )

    Wow! You're the second young woman tonight who's mentioned a fond appreciation for Skittles. I am just going to have to invest in a bag and see for myself. Who knows? The sugar rush might enhance my writing. Ha-ha!

    Thanks so much for your gracious comments, Liz. Yes, I really had fun writing this one. The pictures certainly had a way of eliciting a certain level of playfulness in me, and after the first couple of lines, the thing developed a life of its own, and I was merely the channel through which the story played out. I know you can relate to this phenomenon, my friend.

    Have a wonderful weekend, and know how very grateful I am to be your neighbor/writer in this literary community! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yay! Now I know what kind of candy you like! LOL!

    Funny thing is, Cris...I have never tried those. The Seahawks fans love it when running back, Marshawn Lynch, pulls them out and eats them during a break in the action. They go wild and shower him with Skittles from the stands.

    Thanks for being such a gorgeous and lighthearted sprite! You're the best, Cris! Hugs and aloha from the ground! : )

    ~Joe

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Joe I enjoyed this beautiful hub for so many reasons. First, I had been "booed" recently and in my candy collection was two bags of skittles which, I ate after not having skittles for years. Still as yummy as I remember!

    Secondly and probably most importantly, this was written perfectly. I loved every bit of it.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Skittles! I love snacking on Skittles! I always have them in my satchel in case my energy is running low...doesn't melt even if I'm down South or in the Caribbean unlike snickers. Lol!

    Thank you for taking us along with you. I enjoyed the walk, the read and the gorgeous photos! You are very creative in playing with words. Brilliant descriptions, great metaphor. What's not to love my friend? Mabuhay ka Joe!

    Love from the sky~

    P.S. You know, you have all my votes, eh?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Let's suppose that before the Fall, there were no weeds on earth. In fact, there may be a verse in Genesis that alludes to the ground becoming difficult to till, so maybe that indeed was the advent of weeds popping up everywhere.

    God somehow finds a way to tell mankind in both word and deed: "Look! You messed up. But I will provide a way for even your mistakes to have meaning. That's how much I love you!" He's like this magnanimous GPS that rights us when we go astray. Only by comprehending the depth of His love for me was I ever able to forgive others as well as my own self.

    We all do the best we can with the simple tools we possess at any given moment. That's why I love encouraging fellow writers here on HP...deep inside, I know what it means to be truly accepted and accepting.

    Back to your son...I have no doubt in my mind that God has very special plans for him. And God gifted you with your son so that you and other family members and close friends could learn some valuable and powerful lessons.

    I'm not at all a religious guy, but I am very spiritual, and I love your genuine and gentle spirit, Brandi. Thank you so much for stopping by to share your lovely comments this morning. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    So perfectly written! And I'm enjoying the music very much. I have it playing in the background. Do you have KLove Radio where you live Joe? It's the Christian station we listen to here. They have a lot of good songs too.

    I never look down upon a weed. It's weeds that bring in the first bees and butterflies to my yard before my flowers bloom in spring. And it's the pokeweed that feeds the birds so I no longer have to buy seed.

    For everything there is a reason and a season.

    Lovely Hub as always Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Faith, you're so sweet to send a greeting on this lovely Friday morning! What a very special message to find waiting for me. I got up earlier than usual to help wipe the frost from my daughter's car. She's working her way through her second year at the local university, and on Fridays, she opens at a nearby bakery/restaurant, so I'm thankful I was able to wake up and do that for her.

    You have such a special ministry here on HubPages and, no doubt, there in your community. I'm sending up a prayer that He brings people into our lives today that we can be a blessing to. I have every expectation that we will encounter unique and wonderful blessings along the way as well.

    May you and your loved ones have a relaxing and healing (from all the worldly cares and burdens) weekend! You're a survivor extraordinaire, and God definitely showers His favor upon you so you can share Him with others. I am so honored and privileged to call you friend and sister.

    Faith, I hope these words bring you comfort and cheer today and that you have an extra bounce in your step as you meet the day's responsibilities.

    Aloha and Happy Friday, Faith!

    ~Joe

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Morning Joe,

    Enjoy yet another October Morn this morn and, yes, I do use my commute time to talk with the Lord, just as I would a friend ... my best friend. I do not consider my religious either, but just love the Lord and love to tell of the true accounts in my life where he has healed me and answered prayers and where I have seen miracles in daily life to His glory.

    Enjoy your special time with Him and rejoice!

    Hugs from southern USA,

    Faith Reaper

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aw, Faith...thank you so much for yet another special hug via the HP message service. : )

    Wow, you certainly have a long commute to and from work each day! I have a sister-in-law who experiences the same thing. I think people have to be able to get in a special zone to cope with their marathon commutes. I believe you often use this time to talk with God and petition him for wisdom as well as intercede for others. Without a doubt, connecting with God enhances our ability (and, in fact, brings us new and exciting opportunities) to connect with others. My walks through the countryside of Walla Walla are open air communions with Him. I'm not a preacher, and I'm not religious. But what I discover about myself is that I am very spiritual. A thousand sermons have graced my mind, my heart, my soul these past ten months, and every now and then I'm blessed to present one or more of them on HubPages. Jesus shared of Himself through parables. I like and emulate His example by utilizing object lessons and metaphors that come to me on my walks.

    Well, it's late, and I need to get to bed. It's been so nice to read your loving words and to have this nice chat with you, my dear Faith. Wishing you warmth and joy, and sending you, as ever, a lei of aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    What honor you bestow upon me by just sharing in this hub experience with me, Dianna! I really appreciate Bill and am grateful that he's helping so many literary artists in our HP community. I'm looking forward to connecting with you as well. Thank you for being such a sweet blessing. I wish you God's abundant favor and a hug of aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, God bless you my Hawaiian brother! I love that ... sweet aloha and I embrace and welcome a big bear hug from you any time! Thank you for sharing ... and how awesome it is to know how the Lord God has used you and your gifts to glorify Him. I think that is the only reason we are still here, to glorify Him using our God-given gifts.

    I just love all of those songs you mentioned, especially Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone ... and I have faith in you to be able to vocally handle that beautiful song, "That's What Faith Can Do!"

    I really love all these songs and I am touched deeply that you have shared all with me here ... "A Man After Your Own Heart" and it being your signature witness song and "Be Still and Know (That He is God)" and "Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone".

    You are a special person with a heart of love that seems to overflow out of you, making this world a lot brighter and a nicer place in which to live. Thank you for being you. I have an hour commute to and from work into the city each day during the week, so I am slow sometimes in commenting back, except maybe via my phone at lunch or on breaks, but usually not until after I arrive back home in the evenings. So, just wanted you to know that I will always comment, but it may be late into the evenings or very early in the mornings ... but then there is the weekend! : )

    Hugs and love from southern USA,

    Faith Reaper

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    I caught this reference from Billybuc and I am glad I visited today. What a wonderful inspirational post. Yes, God's skittles are the best and they are so beautiful. Lovely photos and words. Vote up and will connect to follow your posts. Be safe, strong and God bless.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Carol!

    No matter what roads we travel, my friend, it's always nice to see you. Hope this finds you in good health and spirits, and that you're blessing others with those wonderful multiple talents of yours. I remember your heartfelt hubs and your unique art and always thought you were so deserving of acknowledgment and appreciation. Yes, indeed, there are those who miss your presence here on HP...but you know something, the most important thing is that your creative muse finds that perfect wave to ride. Keep that river of life flowing, Carol! Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha, your words gifted me with a nice chuckle this morning, Sha! A big shout out to you and your brother all the over on the other side of our beautiful country! So...your brother ties saltwater flies? Wow! Those command good prices, and yes, indeed, they are especially beautiful and can easily stand on their own merit as collectible pieces in shadowboxes. It is amazing what man can do with bird feathers, animal hair/fur, and a few synthetic materials! Thank you for stopping by and connecting with me via this hub! Aloha, dear friends!

    ~Joe

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    carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

    I haven't been here much on HubPages but got a nudge from BillH and thought Iwould read one of my favorite writers. Enjoyed this a lot and thanks for starting my day off.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Your words sing in this piece, Joe. Very introspective, peaceful and accepting. I enjoyed this very much.

    My brother ties flies, too. He specializes in deep salt water flies. They are absolutely beautiful. Some of them are sold in shadow boxes - they're that pretty. His flies are known all over South Florida for catching the big ones on the commercial fishing boats. It was cool to hear you were once a tie flyer too. (yeah I get that mixed up, too. It' not hard!)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Faith!

    I really like that you truly "get" where I'm coming from in my writing, and I appreciate your appraisal of the different "ingredients" I used to make this delightful stew. The walking...the writing...the friendships here on HP...these are all such powerful healing agents that help me build spiritual connective tissue.

    Thank you so much for the quotation from Ps. 37:4. How very, very true!

    Years ago, and I might write a hub about this someday, when I needed God's intervention in my life in a huge and powerful way, I asked Him to rescue me from the lion's den. I earnestly prayed that where once I had been a curse, to help me now become a blessing in the community. I promised Him that I would serve Him the rest of my life.

    What I didn't know at the time was the way in which He would call upon me in the years to come. Long story short, where once I sang for rock bands and in hula troupes, He now called upon me to provide special music for His glory. "People Need the Lord" was my very first Christian "breakout" song in the late 90's. Shortly after the dawn of the new millenium, "A Man After Your Own Heart" was my signature witness song. There were others...like "Be Still and Know (That He is God)" and "Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone".

    But there's one song that I'd love to master someday, and I'm vocally challenged to really let go with this one. It's a song that could easily be God's special dedication to you...and I think you may be very well acquainted with it. It's "That's What Faith Can Do."

    In ways both big and small, what you do here on HubPages really matters, Faith. Thank you for sharing, exemplifying, and teaching me in your humble and benevolent way what it means to be a blessing in this community.

    Sweet aloha and a big bear hug from your Hawaiian brother!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pamela!

    I am always intrigued by your three-residence reference. What beautiful locales--each in its own right as well as collectively. What a blessing!

    Pamela, I must confess that I'm such a chaotic and haphazard writer. My organizational preparation is virtually non-existent. Writing for me is akin to my ancestors getting into a canoe and simply following the tides and the stars. Pretty soon, once I get past the turbulent waves breaking near the shoreline and the treacherous reef, things settle down and I soon find myself cruising. I actually envy those who can write prolifically. They certainly have their own unique system down. Not me! : ) I drift too much and more often than not get stuck on a sandbar.

    What I am good at is taking seemingly unrelated events and throwing them hodgepodge into a pot. Sometimes the results are disastrous, similar to what Victor Frankenstein came up with. Every now and then, the free flowing thoughts fire up on all cylinders, and I end up with a nice gem. Today's hub was a wonderful case in point, one that I enjoyed writing and now, even more so, re-experiencing along with my fabulous writer peers like you. Thanks so much for stopping by, Pamela! It's always a delight to hear from you. Aloha and mahalo, dear friend!

    ~Joe

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Ah, now, dearest Joe, what a uniquely you hub, and by that I mean wonderful in every possible conceivable way! Yes, I agree, it is truly a masterpiece. From your lovely and profound thoughts you place here on these pages using your written words, to all of the brilliant colors of the season ... to your choice of music ... just left me with a great sense of peace and serenity. So, thank you for placing your thoughts down in writing. Oh, while scrolling down this hug and when that stunning red tree popped up right in front of one's eyes, as if growing right on the page, was brilliantly placed for added effect and drama as to God's magnificent creation ... and I am including you as part of His magnificent creation when I write such.

    Voted all the way across and sharing, of course!

    "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."

    Hugs and much love from southern USA,

    Faith Reaper

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    I sure do agree with billybuc -- this is a masterpiece. I enjoyed every moment of it. It reminded me of how I used to like to create while I walked.....but I know for sure I did not remember one-tenth of it by the time I got home. You seemed to have created a steady stream of thoughts, insights, similes and metaphors and then managed to remember them all when you put pen to paper at home.

    Inspiring!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jackie!

    Thank you so much, my Lady Antebellum HP friend! Glad you loved and appreciated the video instrumental. I thought it was a perfect complement to the text and photos. Hope and pray you have a relaxing and restful evening. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Jaye, my dear friend, even your comments are masterpieces. Every now and then, I come across a writer who is a throwback to another era...and you are definitely one of those gifted ones who are vessels for the classic literature that was highly sought after at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Thank you for your most gracious comments, and thank you even more for simply coming along for an October morn stroll with me.

    The two things I carry with me are a Discover credit card in my right sweatpants pocket and an iPhone in my left hand. The iPhone comes along for two reasons--it's a lifeline to my wife or emergency services should I need to get a hold of either party, and, secondly, I have a great app on it called iRunner that measures the distance I walk/jog precisely because it utilizes GPS readings. It even provides me with a map of where I've walked. If I can ever figure out how to transfer that map to a Hub, I'll include it in one of my future articles.

    No, I rely on my physical impressions and brain of diminishing capacity (ha-ha!) to recall the events of my walks. Capturing the scenes in photos definitely helps me remember a few key phrases I conjure up as I walk.

    I had lots of fun writing this one, and I'm so happy that you and others are responding favorably to it. My HP friends--what a terrific group of people!

    Aloha, dear Jaye, and I'm off to read your hub!

    ~Joe

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    A very enjoyable read and really loved the falling leaves instrumental. So relaxing. Up and sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Suzie! Hey, there is potential for us to be friends and mutual HP followers. I'm so glad you stopped by to read this and share your gracious comments. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Lena!

    Yes, the life of those trees really transcend the photographs. My walks have helped me realize that there's so much life in the earth that we take for granted. Helps me realize how insignificant we really are...that said, our connections with each other and the world we live in enables us to be grateful for the very significance of being here at this very moment in the universe. Thanks for weighing in and being a part of this hub, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    So glad that you're a walking buddy of mine, Joelle! The most precious thing about writing here on HP is the connective tissue that serves to inspire and make better writers of us overall. My walks over the past few days were most enjoyable due to the fantastic weather. Everywhere I looked, it's like I wanted to have an indelible image of this or that so I could bring all that energy into whatever I would eventually write. In the end, because I don't use outlines or notes, it developed a life of its own after the first sentence. Glad you liked it, my dear friend. I had so much fun developing it. Should be interesting to do a followup once winter hits this valley. Blessings and aloha to you and yours this October evening!

    ~Joe

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Joe - You worked your magic with language again, painting metaphorical word pictures of the gorgeous autumn photos that grace this hub--amplified proof that you encounter inspiration in natural beauty while on your walks. (Carrying a mini-recorder and speaking your thoughts into it as you walk is a good way not to lose any errant ideas. You are probably already doing that....)

    You've walked 1,000 miles in a year! Rather than giving in to your initial resistance, you begin to put one foot in front of another...then another step...and another....Persistence defines your walking success.

    1,000 miles--quite an achievement, Joe, as is your writing (139 hubs in only 20 months, and all of them excellent), as is your record as a superb eBay seller who is kind enough to share his secrets for selling success with others.

    And let's don't forget your stellar record as a family man. Whatever the demons that were exorcised in your youth, you're a force to be reckoned with now, an excellent role model for your son and daughter, not to mention others in your extended family (including the "others" on HP who read your writings and find inspiration in them). All in all, I'd say you have a lot of which to be proud.

    I agree with Bill--it's time for you to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!

    Voted Up++++ and shared

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Bill, I meant what I wrote to you this morning. I was so inspired that I finally got off my butt and did something about it. See...that's the beauty of remaining here on HP and establishing and maintaining these fantastic connections with other writers. I appreciate and heartily accept your kudos, my friend, as long as you put a feather in your cap for your adeptness in motivational writing. Your high praise means the universe to me. And, as you might have guessed, any baseball or football references were totally my personal shout outs to you! I'll go to bed with a smile tonight because I honestly do feel good about this one. Aloha, good buddy!

    ~Joe

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    suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Billybuc is right. Wonderful Hub in every way.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you so much, WND! I still huff and puff, but usually when I'm trying to haul this Studebaker bod at breakneck Corvette speeds. Ha-ha! I so enjoyed writing this particular hub...true to my "ramble as I amble" mentality, I traveled all over the place with this one but, in the end, arrived safely at home. : ) My very best to you and the canine pals! Have a great evening, and, as always, aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I'm always amazed, dear Kathryn, that a fresh Hub shows up in the HP mainstream quicker than the default message says it will. Thanks for being the first to read and comment on this one. I thought of you as I wrote this, sending good wishes your way as you prepare for and settle in at your new address. Looking forward to your future hubs, especially any that involve walking paths you've established. Have a relaxing and restful evening, my friend. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Lena Campbell 3 years ago from Maryland

    I love this hub and the pictures of the trees are more then just pictures

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    What a great hub, Joe! You write beautifully and you have a gift for taking beautiful pictures!

    I don't know when we start to be in the Autumn of our life... may be I am in denial myself :-))) But if we look as gorgeous as those trees that you photographed.... let's hold on to those beautiful coloured leaves as long as we can and have fun during that period of our life!

    Let's continue to walk and keep in shape :-)

    Thanks for sharing this very beautiful hub, Joe!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I was going to click all of the votes, but in the end I only pressed "beautiful" because that perfectly describes this journey. This, my friend, is a masterpiece. Joe, I bow before you. Truly your best work. From the metaphors to the descriptions of God's work to the reflections about life and death.....you can sit back and be proud of this one. I know pride is something you avoid, but make an exception in this case.

    Aloha my fine writer of a friend

    bill

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    Your pictures are gorgeous. What a lovely lot to look upon. Alabama leaves don't have the same vivid colors as they turn.

    I enjoyed this walk with you and poor guy, didn't realized you huffed and puffed when you first started walking.

    You have written a splendid hub, and that is nothing new. Happy to know you continue to walk and feeling the great effects.

    Take care of yourself.

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Voted up and across, my friend.

    "Walking spud". That term makes me laugh.

    I enjoyed this walk very much, and the photos are beautiful!

    I have never heard of tie flying before. But I am glad that you have found E-Bay to be good for selling so many things, even after you stopped selling the flies.

    You strike me as the kind of guy that won't stop once he gets the notion to do something... persistent. I'm glad that you keep up with your walking, even when you feel resistance to it at first.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful walk with us, and have a great night.

    ~ Kathryn

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