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A Trip Down Memory Lane: What I Learned in the Hub Patron of the Arts Contest

Updated on August 4, 2015

My brother and I: 50 years ago


My other "Fiction" Hubs

The hub below is called " I Don't Do Bugs" and was based on a real life experience I had in my kitchen recently. This story actually ended up being in the horror category, much to my surprise!:


This hub was inspired by a baptism that I recently attended: Don't ask me where I get my ideas from because I have no idea where the story-line for this one came from. The only "real" thing remotely related to this story was the baptism itself!


This next hub was based on another experience I had with someone filing a restraining order against someone I know - and this is how that story played out:


And a parents worst nightmare (and yes I will write part 2 for those of you that are wondering what happened to Kristan) Stay tuned!:

Hub Patron of the Arts - The Creative Process

When I first learned of the Hub Patron of the Arts Contest, I got so excited that I could hardly sit still! This contest appealed to all my creative senses and every creative process that I love - art, photography, poetry and creative writing. Although I had not written fiction for many many years, I found myself dreaming up stories in my mind - thinking about characters and interweaving parts of my own life into pieces of fiction that had that "what if?" scenario attached to them. Like my hub on abortion: Abortion: It's just a "Fetus"? I found myself reliving a long ago abortion that had left scars on me, and I was able to express something I had always wondered about - what if my baby had really been born alive? Those "what-ifs" had always haunted me and now I was able to express my inner most thoughts in a creative and safe way.

Then came more works of fiction with similar thoughts about some real life experiences that I had gone through. The fictional story about a schizophrenic brother in "A Schizophrenic Episode". As I dug back in my past and relived some tragic moments with my own brother who has schizophrenia, I found myself wanting to share about the the "other side" of my brother - thus The Strawberry Shortcake: A Story about Homelessness was born - a true story about my brother and his struggle with schizophrenia.

It's funny how the creative process works, because as I dug even further into my past, I found some pictures of my brother that brought up some sadness - but also brought me joy as I looked at pictures of him and I growing up. I scanned one of those photos of him and I then published it in the hub. Now I look lovingly at that photo and have fond memories of my only surviving sibling.

My Favorite!


Notes of my sons cute sayings


Hidden writings and treasures uncovered

One of the awesome things that happened this month was that I found my old wooden box that held much of my older writings from over the last 25 years. I found myself motivated to not only share the Strawberry Shortcake story but to include cute sayings that my children had said growing up. The Funny and Cute Things that Kids Say; Part 1 was born along with it's sequel The Funny and Cute Things that Kids Say: Part 2. I had an absolute blast looking back at all the cute things my sons had said growing up. The 2 days spent writing those hubs gave me a great sense of joy. I found myself laughing at some of those things my children had said so long ago - and now I have actually published that part of our life for others to enjoy too!

One of the cutest things that I found in that box was a slip of paper with a little heart shaped drawing on it. One of my sons had drawn it for me long ago and it has the word "mom" next to it. Absolutely precious!. I know that if I am having a bad day now, all I have to do is go to that hub, take a look at that drawing, and I feel better!

One of the other sweet surprises was finding the copy of my unpublished book Smelly Kelly: A Childrens Book, that I had written back in 1994. This discovery was so exciting that I proceeded to not only make a hub about Kelly but I also scanned the original illustrations that I drew for the book. Seeing all that come together in one place gave me a great sense of accomplishment, and the support I have received from other hubbers has spurred me on to now consider how to actually follow through with getting Smelly Kelly published as a hard cover children's book.

I just love how the creative process works!

Original illustration for "Smelly Kelly"


This photo begat a poem


More Poetry and Odes

Come and Have a Seat on the Porch

(a photo hub that turned into a poem)

The Rose Garden at Shinn Park: Part 2

(another photo hub that turned into a poem)

Poetry was one of my first loves

One of my greatest desires for the Hub Patron of the Arts contest was to publish some poems from a poetry book that I wrote when I was 16. I had taken an awesome class in high school with an instructor that had us write a book with lots of different types of poetry forms. Unfortunately, I was not able to find that book (it's in storage - not lost but simply "buried" right now)

Not deterred however, I pressed on. Because one of my first loves was poetry, I found myself really wanting to connect to that poetic side of myself during the contest, so I decided to give myself a shot at writing verse again. My first poem that I published this month: Abused in the Shadows: A Poem, was the first poem I had written in many many years. The name of this poem was one that had been swimming around in my brain for a couple of years - and I found myself finally expressing some thoughts that I had about verbal and mental abuse.

Another interesting thing also happened during this merging of poems and photos - some of my photo hubs ended up becoming a poem entry because of something in the photo that spurred me to put verse to to it! (Then came the decision: How do I categorize this hub? Under photos, creative writing or prose?)


The Water Fountain: a photo hub

Photo category
Photo category | Source

Shinn park sky


Photo I took with special effects


I love taking photos of children


One of my favorite photos


Through the eye of the camera

Last but not least was the photo entry portion of the contest. This was a category that I absolutely loved because my "day job" is to photograph new born babies. Although I do not own a "professional" camera - I used many of my photos that I have taken with my simple point and shoot camera. One of my favorite subjects that I love to shoot is my favorite "secret spot" - Shinn Historical Park and Gardens in Fremont California. I ended up publishing several hubs on Shinn Park - even one with a video of a "ghost" that I took back in 2005: The Ghosts of Shinn Park in Fremont California.

I did alot of editing and adding of special effects to one of my favorite photos of the sun and moon that I captured together one lucky day. From these photos I ended up making a collection of US postal stamps for my Zazzle account here in this hub: Sun and Moon Photo Gallery - Shinn Park in Google Picasa.

My other favorite photo hub was of my 2 darling room-mates children who posed for me one day at Shinn. Although I used a very low resolution camera because I broke my point and shoot, I showed how anybody can take a "poor" resolution photo and turn it into a masterpiece by using Special Effects and Edits in Photobucket .

My other photo hubs that I published this month are:

The Water Fountain

How To Take Photos for Posting on Craigslist

Gazebo Photo Gallery: Shinn Park in Fremont, California

Shinn Park in Fremont, California: Water Features Photo Gallery

The Rose Garden at Shinn Historical Park in Fremont California: Part 1



A few more fun hubs:

And how could I forget the Most Interesting Cat in the World photo hub?. This was such a fun hub to do, poking fun at my classy cat Zorro - who answers to "Wussy Wussy" (it's a parody of the Dos Equis commercials on the Most Interesting Man in the World)

There is also the hub that I put together about the The Art of Calligraphy which talks about my love of calligraphy, it's many applications - and how I learned to be a calligrapher.

And beezy best not forget the "The American Urban Slang Dictionary" - this is where I fo sho got to chill and relax sending Muah out to y'all!

My Calligraphy work


My grandson and I


Wrapping up

In summary, I have to say that this month at HubPages has been my most productive ever. The Hub Patron of the Arts contest appealed to every aspect of my creative self - I even managed to crank out another chapter of my book :Dorsi: A Story of Redemption(Chapter 13 dealing with infertility) I have written over 25 hubs this month, the most I have ever published in just 3 weeks!

As writing therapy, I was also able to reveal my heart through my last hub: Dear Zach: A Letter to my Grandson. This month I have worked my butt off and my friends and family knew not to bug me because I was in that "zone" (you writers know what I am talking about) I have gotten to sift through old memories, scan in new ones, create galleries of photos of people and places that I love, talk about my distress over not being able to see my grandson, sparked my creative side by adding special effects to photos that I love - and to think about those "what-ifs" through writing fiction again.

I want to publicly thank HubPages for supporting all the writers here and always coming up with new and interesting ways to get us writers to think out of our boxes. The Hub Patron of the Arts Contest was a great way to stretch our imaginations and open our creative artistic souls. For me, this has been a tremendous walk down memory lane in so many respects. Through photos, writing, art and poetry this has definitely been a month I will never forget!

Now....can I rest?

Signing off for now, Dorsi


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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thank you Glass Visage. This was a great month - it really got me thinking about alot of things. Being able to share so much of my life and my creativity was a unique experience - one I will never forget. And I have been telling my children - that when I die - you can always "find me" by reading my hubs here. They are the best legacy I could leave to them. I wish I had writings like this from my parents...

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    7 years ago from Northern California

    Thank you so much for your fantastic contributions to the contest and to HubPages. You're such a great Hubber and it's been a pleasure to learn more about you through your Hubs!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @prairie) Thanks for coming by and yes, this contest was awesome for alot of us. I bet HubPages has never seen so many artistic creations entered at one time!

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    Sharilee Swaity 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Dorsi, wow! I have not looked at all these offerings to the contest but I want to have a look at them. That's great that it gave you such an incentive to re-explore your creativity! I look forward to looking through these pieces.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Vox) Thank you. I am trying to get caught up reading other entries too - there are so MANY talented writers here! Good luck with your calligraphy my friend.

    @Silver Genes) Very nice to "see" you here too. I am glad you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. It was SO much fun!

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    7 years ago

    I'm so happy to meet you here! There is so much about this hub that I enjoy from the little bird in the shower with the Dial soap to your loving thoughts about your brother. Zorro has such an expression!

  • vox vocis profile image


    7 years ago

    I haven't read too many contest entries, but I liked your prose works very much. You did a great job! Nice to see your calligraphy work here, too (I'm playing with it myself :)).

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @oceansunsets) I know what you mean, I was so busy that I didn't have much time to read other entries. The awesome thing though is that this contest spurred all those memories and creativity we writers have,and now there are over 1000 more hubs to look at! That will be fun reading others entries. Thanks for reading mine - I am honored!

  • oceansnsunsets profile image


    7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Dorsi, it is great that a contest like this one struck some deep chords in you. I realized in my own busyness and contest entries, I missed so much from others. It will be neat to go back and catch up on some things I missed. There clearly is a treasure trove full of things to read and see. Life is precious, and its neat to recount and recall things most precious, beautiful, and even difficult for us. So many facets of a precious lives to cover. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thank you Gary and Ardie!

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    7 years ago from Neverland

    I am very honored that I got the chance to read this hub and learn so much about you through the contest. Learning from an experience is THE best thing that can happen whether that experience is positive or negative. I love it, keep going! I will always keep reading :)

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    gary dube 

    7 years ago from India

    Its so great! So much of hard work and passion! Keep it up!


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