4TH OF JULY TRIBUTE TO MY FRIENDS AT HUB PAGES
Love, Life, Happiness
Dear Hub Friends,
As the celebration of our nation quickly approaches; this 4th of July, when we are thankful for our freedom; while we recognize that our freedom of expression is such a gift; one our forefathers fought long and hard to provide us then and now; I want to share with you, my friends and fabulously creative writers, how thankful I am for having ‘met’ you. The words you’ve written, the ideas, thoughts, honesty, and self exposure I’ve found in the volumes of beautiful work here are a big part of what I am extremely thankful for, today. To have come into contact with such “human” human beings; intelligent, wistful, opinionated, irate, loving, yearning, building and creating people who have colored my daily life in such a big way.
I look forward, each morning with my cup of rich, dark, freshly ground coffee, to sharing this time with my Hub friends. First thing I do is wake up my computer and direct it to Hub Pages. What is Chatkath up to? How has she shared with us, today, ways in which to appreciate our lives? This woman who sacrifices much so that she can help her animal friends! What has Sharyn to say this morning; in all her sage and vulnerable words which are often so honest, so poetic and powerful? She does not fear bearing life's foibles and missteps. I respect her for this. Has Bobbi another opinion with which I relate so strongly? What a fearless writer she is! Dim Flaxenwick! Sweet, vulnerable, open, truthful, self analytical words come from this tender writer. Always with a twist of 'light at the end of the tunnel' in the closing lines. I think of Dim as an open book. Epigramman!!! So profound and, at the same time, his words so simply written. He has a natural ability with his astounding verses and clever words. Mr. Eman shares selflessly; He is surely one of a kind! Immeasurable! JY! Always a student of this man’s fantastic writing; always learning something new, something exciting and thrilling! Alastar…wandering in the outposts of our existence, questioning with such an open mind; whose sensitivity is quite touching and who writes on so many and varied topics! Multifaceted!! Truckstop Sally! A writer and woman who has shared so much of her gift(s) with others both here on Hub Pages and in the” real” world with students who need such an attentive and caring teacher. Marie..marcoujor…what a friend I’ve found in this fabulous writer….warm and loyal as well as imaginative in her writing; a “got your back” kind of friend! She’s seen the worst and made it the best! AA Zavalla! His writings for college assignments are without compare! Detailed, erudite!, outlined and explained so even a novice such as myself can follow; as well as being sensitive to the nth degree; a lover of love.…DzzyMzLizzy…what a talent and intelligent writer who loves knowledge and kitties…that’s a win win in my book!, Lorlie! I started reading Lorlie's hubs long ago and realized what a vulnerable, sensitive and amazingly intelligent talent she was/is. An "old soul." VietNamVet68...oh, that you have lived through so much and come so far…with love in your heart and a beautiful gift of words to impart to those of us who did not see ‘that’ part of this life…Sunnie Day! WOW! What an AUTHOR! Yes..you’re THERE !! SD possesses the gift of love for all…And Eiddwen, with a beautiful, sweet and sensitive soul who exudes love to all and who shares so much of herself with us. Amy…my hub pages sister and soul sister who, through so many challenges, continues to create the most profound, moving poetry about real life experience…what a talented woman! Teylina; she who wanders in the physical as well as fantasy world…so much to experience ! Devil may care attitude which is very much understood by this writer. Always Exploring..what a wonderful wit and way with words which seem to come so easily in poetic verse. A natural and a delightful writer!
There are many more wonderful people here who I am just beginning to know; who have taken the time to visit my efforts and who have, kindly, offered words of support and recognition. I am so deeply grateful that you’ve chosen to read my words and follow my work…you make the act of putting oneself ‘out there’ easier and not so scary! I know I will get to know you more and more as time goes by through your heartfelt, exciting, thought provoking and interesting work
I am making every effort to keep up with all the incredible creations which have been shared here on Hub Pages. The more authors I meet, the fantastic photographers, painters, sketchers; artists all; the more I want to indulge myself by reading all day long; visiting each and every one of you to be sure not to miss a single word or image you’ve placed on Hub Pages for us. This is like an “all you can eat” diner…there is always more we want; more to consume; more to digest…all tasty bits of lives, loves, experiences, questions, musings and more…by the delightful authors of HP’s.
When I feel alone, lonely, removed…I come here to this ‘home’ away from but within my own. I open up the world through the eyes of my fellow hubbers. I no longer feel apart; I feel a part of something. Inevitably, I find that one of my favorites has written a story; a poem, verse or thesis which resonates with me. I devour the words; feel what the author is trying to communicate, and come away, satisfied. Sometimes saddened, sometimes enraged, sometimes hopeful, sometimes encouraged and sometimes discouraged….and ALWAYS feeling as if I’ve learned something new; seen another’s point of view, considered an alternative possibility … having opened a new door…to have found an answer to or, perhaps, be spurred on to ask another question.
In the midst of so much which is uncertain in the world and in personal lives; finding solace, bonding and friendship here on Hub Pages has, oftentimes, quelled a building emotional turmoil; filled in the blanks and stilled my beating heart. And, so often, reading words here has done just the opposite; brought me to tears, caused outbursts of roaring laughter, made me sit back in awe, encouraged me to ask and question and brought me, literally, to my knees in thankfulness for heartfelt honesty, for placing yourselves in the "line of fire," for speaking and standing up for your beliefs and others', for baring souls and sharing the spectrum of emotions.
So much has been inspired by my fellow writers; ones whom I’ve grown to rely upon in comments and who have “stuck” by me and whom I feel as if I know..and the new writers who I am just beginning to enjoy.
I want to say, Thank you! For having that little extra special “it” that brought you here to try out something new…to being open and willing to fail or succeed…for being uniquely you! By the list of those whom I’ve remembered here, it is easy to see how very varied and interesting are the offerings you’ve written. Amazing!!
Well, with this, I will publish this…with huge apologies to whomever I may have skipped..,.believe me, everything is in such an uproar right now, with papers, books, boxes, cats, dogs, and life spread every which way but loose…well, loose, too!!!!!! You are not overlooked or forgotten or un appreciated…I am just cluttered and in an upheaval!
Happy 4th of July, my friends!!
Kathy aka Lucky Cats