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A Writing Challenge: The Woman on the Mountaintop

Updated on February 3, 2015

Credit Is Due to Annart

I was blown away, recently, by a writing challenge that was issued by my friend Ann. You can find that challenge by following this link, or simply clicking on the article that I have added to the right of this page.

Ann simply shared a painting with us and asked us to tell a story based on the painting, and the response was something special. Talented writers took the challenge and rose to the occasion, weaving tales that were first-rate. So I’m stealing Ann’s idea and issuing a similar challenge to my writer friends.

The photo you see is one I took several years back of my wife, Bev, standing on top of Pinnacle Peak in the Cascade Mountains. It is one of my favorite pictures of Bev because it perfectly captures her spirit and love of nature. I invite you to take part in the challenge and see what wondrous story or poem you can create based on this picture.

Let me give you my own interpretation, based on the personality of the woman I love.

The woman on the mountaintop
The woman on the mountaintop | Source

The Woman on the Mountaintop

Her energy spreads forth across the great divide, to the valleys, the forests, the mountains and beyond, becoming one with them, melding with them, finding peace in them. Instinctively she understands that we are all one, all a part of this grand circle of life, so as she looks out over the vista, she is in essence looking into her soul.

How can it not be so? Dust to dust, or so the good book says, and we know it to be true. We fill our bodily vessel with life, and when it ends, our vessel returns from which it came, and so it goes, seven-point-two billion vessels of life, all returning, all being born again in another form, all perpetuating the life cycle.

She hears the cry of the hawk, she sees the gentleness of the fawn, and she feels the clouds as that hawk flies, and the ground as that fawn walks, for we all share the senses, and we all experience the same input, our personal receptors categorizing, labeling, and enjoying. Animal or man, man or animal, we are living creatures walking this same planet, and the woman understands the sanctity of those creatures, for she is one of them.

All creatures are precious to her
All creatures are precious to her | Source

Empathy in Person

She cries at the death of a baby quail, and cries when one is born. She will not kill a living being. Spiders are safe with her as she gently removes them from her home and places them lovingly outside, murmuring to them to have a good life.

She reaches out to those in need, as she did to me seven years ago, as her supply of empathy and compassion is seemingly limitless. This is a woman who calms those who are storm-tossed, and this is a woman who believes that, by giving, we always receive more. Ask anyone who knows her, about her nature, and they will say the same thing: she is gentleness personified.

And I am a better person for knowing her.

The face of love
The face of love | Source

And When the Day Is Done

She leaves the mountaintop on a physical level and follows the trail to the flatlands, but the mountaintop will remain with her for the years that follow. When her days have finally ended, and she is but a memory to those who knew her, she will always be seen upon that mountaintop, arms stretched wide, welcoming life and all it offers, and giving the same. And those who knew her will smile, and remember her smile, and know that life is easier lived now because she walked through their lives and touched them.

And Now It Is Your Turn

Poets? Creative writers? Do you accept the challenge? If so, the title of your essay/story/poem will be “The Woman on the Mountaintop.”

Remember, please, that this is a writing exercise. In the spirit of Ann’s challenge, this is an opportunity to spread your wings and fly with creativity. Try out some new similes and metaphors. Paint pictures with your words, and toss out the inclination to use clichés and coin new phrases uniquely yours.

We will never become the writers we were meant to be if we do not do these things, so now is your chance to test-drive a new phrase or creative approach. Don’t be afraid. There are no judges here. You are with your peers, all eager to learn from each other, so give us something dazzling to learn, please.

And finally, thank you, Ann, for the great idea. Of course, I expect Ann to take part in this challenge. Fair is fair, right?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      I think you are a hard act to follow. It looks a true moment of freedom from everything. She is away from all the mundanes of life. Great photo and great words by you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Carol. You are so faithful...you don't even write here, and yet here you are...thank you again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love that picture! Always have since I first saw it. It is like the picture that is worth a thousand words! Right? I am so swamped now with work trying to beat cold weather I am not sure I will get to meet this challenge though I would love to! I will see if I can is all I can promise! Out of all the challenges this one interests me most I must say whether I do or don't! Great challenge. ^+

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks, Jackie. I love this picture too, for so many reasons. Get your work done and thanks for even thinking of taking the challenge.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I love the description here and yes I can totally tell how in love you are with the woman in this picture even if I didn't know it already. Bravo and with Carol you are a hard act to follow indeed! Happy Wednesday, Bill :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ditto. You are a tough act to follow and I'm not even going to try. I'm happy to read about the love you have for your lady.

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

      Bill, I vaguely remember attempting to write about this lovely image of Bev once before, I can see why this is one of your favourites. I'll have a little think to see what I can come up with. Take care now, my best to you both.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine. She is something special for sure. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! I think you would like Bev. :) I know she would like you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I hope all is well in your world. Blessings to you always.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A wonderful work of art... perfect tribute to the fabulous woman you adore. Pure honesty....raw truth. Deep emotions pulsate off the page, Bill. I could hear the breeze whispering to Bev. UP B&A sharing

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      It's a beautiful image Bill and will inspire many wonderful stories and poems. It's not only the scenery but also the way Bev is interacting with it. Wheels are already turning inside this thick head. I'll be back later.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you and Bev would get along fabulously. Maybe one day my friend. We'll call ahead before we appear in your driveway. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cam, you are a story-teller for sure. This should be no problem for you, buddy. I look forward to seeing the results of those wheels turning. :) Thanks my friend.

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

      A very eloquent respectful ode to your fine lady. A great challenge and inspiration.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I think we are all better people by your allowing us to know her through your wonderful writing. I'm sorry I can't accept your challenge because I'm fighting my own demons right now (a 77-page humdinger I'm working on and others of like kind when I finish this one).

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is also my favorite picture of Bev. I feel what she feels, sees what she sees, although I imagine her experiencing that moment with her eyes closed . My favorite line in this story is the second sentence of the first paragraph. That epitomizes what I imagine Bev doing when I see this photo.

      It's been a while since I've accepted a writing challenge. Perhaps when I finish my current assignment I'll give this one a shot.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric. I wish you could meet her. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carry on with your demons, MizB. Thanks for the visit and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you always do quite well with challenges, but I also know how busy you are. Thanks for considering it....I hope you try it but understand if you don't.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      So beautiful painting of the "woman on the mountain top" using your wordcraft. I am so much impressed with your description of her. I find no words to applaud you.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      That would be a WONDERFUL surprise! Better call way in advance....because if I've moved by the time you get here...you & Bev will be surprised to be in some stranger's driveway! Gotta keep track of me....I move quickly and stealthily....LOL

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I really enjoyed your story about the woman on the mountaintop. Bev is such a beautiful person. The challenge is tempting, but these days I'm spending on top of a little mountain of my own. I wanted to read something inspirational before heading out for the day and you certainly delivered on that expectation. Good luck to all the writers who take you up on your challenge. I'll have to check back later for more reading. I'm looking forward to seeing what they wrote.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Oh no, a short story is boiling in my brain. Man, I just need to quit my day job so I can write all day long.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, that is applause in itself. Thank you, sir! I greatly appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, if I wait long enough, maybe you'll move closer to Washington. I'm a patient kind of guy you know. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, yes, you have your own little mountain and i love it. I hope you find many years of happiness in your new place. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, I know you can do it...I hope you do it...and I quit my day job and still don't have time for all the writing I want to do. LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful description. Bev sounds like an amazing person to know.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love this kind of writing challenge. One of my first teachers as a child who encouraged my writing used these kinds of prompts for our class. A few years ago, I had a writing expression class and we did this kind of exercise. Iwill get started shortly.

      Your wife is a beautiful woman.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well done Kindred. I could feel the love. I will accept your challenge. Can I use your photo? Nothing I have compares.

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      Paula Weber 2 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Wow, what an awesome woman she must be, and how lucky you are! I'll gladly take this challenge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think she is, Flourish, but then I'm a bit biased. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Lori, for the kind words. I look forward to seeing your creative genius at work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course, Kindred, please use the photo. I am so looking forward to your answer to this challenge. Thanks dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you, and I agree, I am one lucky man.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      No matter how much I try, I can never turn down a writing challenge. Your love for Bev shines through, I'll just see what I can do...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I knew I could count on you to pick up the baton of challenge.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Beautiful photo, beautiful story and beautiful woman. Bev sounds wonderful.

      Thank you for mentioning me so kindly and giving my link. I'm still being amazed daily at the response to my challenge which was far greater than I ever imagined it would be. It's humbling and I'm privileged to read such responses to one image I took so long ago.

      Of course it's fair that I rise to your challenge and I will. It's difficult for me not to respond to a challenge!

      Thanks, bill, for giving us inspiration for yet more writing. I'll do my best to make it as refreshingly different as possible.

      Ann

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      Paula Weber 2 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      OK, mine is published and being evaluated. I can't wait to hear your feedback!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I read it, was thrilled, and linked it. Well done in such a short period of time. Thank you for sharing an insight into who Paula is. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, the response was quite something, wasn't it? There was some exceptional writing there, and it keeps coming in. To me, that shows the amount of respect your peers have for you, Ann.

      I would be disappointed if you didn't answer this challenge....I have a "brilliant" waiting for your response. :)

      bill

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I participated in only one challenge so far. This will possible be the second. Beautiful picture, great interpretation, wonderful woman, lucky husband!

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      Paula Weber 2 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Thank you!

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      Paula Weber 2 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Thanks for the comment. I'm new at this, how to I link it?

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Talk about inspiration! This photo has always made me stop and think because of its beauty and who is in it. Now I have to really think! I love a challenge so I have a feeling I'll be up all night thinking about what I'll be writing. Another reason HP is such a great place, we challenge each other!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I have felt Bev's beauty for some time. Initially from your videos, I believe. But she also wrote to me once, in response to the poem that I wrote for you two. I have also included her in a couple of Hubs on Mother's Love, I believe.

      To write this Hub requires sweetness of the Soul and beauty in your own heart. You could not do this without it. That's why I wrote this article over a year ago for you and Ms Dora. Perhaps you have not seen this one.

      I always call myself a servant. Something I learnt from my Teacher. Only God can help. I think of Bev this way, always serving soulfully and selflessly, offering up herself in sacrifice, only it's not sacrifice but a flowering, an unfolding, like a spinning lotus, of joy in the Spirit. You receive this and consciously you know and reciprocate. This is an awesome blessing.

      Joy to you both for showing us a benchmark for the delight of happiness in two human lives.

      Affectionately,

      Manatita

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      Keesha Metcalfe 2 years ago from The Beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica

      Wow! That was a lovely piece Billybuc! I think I'll take on the challenge myself...thanks for the invitation.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dora. I think she's something special for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Paula. Go to the bottom of the article you want to link, and click on "link to this page." Then copy and paste it to another article. It's just that simple.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Mary. I love these challenges. I just wish I had more time to partake in them all. Thank you and I hope you get a little sleep at least. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, that was beautiful. Thank you for those words my friend. I am a better human being for knowing Bev, and I'm sure others would say that as well. Blessings to you my friend, and my heartfelt thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keesha, thank you, and i look forward to your challenge response.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I've already begun my story. I don't know when it'll be finished, but you have created a spark. Thank you, my friend.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I'll have to give your challenge a try. Beautiful pic and also a beautiful tribute to Bev. You both are fortunate to have found one another.

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      W1totalk 2 years ago

      I always love these request. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm looking forward to it, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thanks for taking on the challenge. Best wishes and thank you for the kind words. I'm the lucky one for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you W1totalk...I hope you take the challenge my friend.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, like the others, I too, have enjoyed that picture of Bev standing, looking out into the beauty of the mountains.

      More importantly, I loved to read the words that your wrote about the

      woman you love. I do believe there is more oxygen in every breath that you take, because of this woman. I do believe she has given you the space to grow emotionally and spirituality and she is the pulse of life you feel in every beat of your heart.

      Oh, how wondrous it would feel to be loved to this extent.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you spoke from my heart. That's not an easy thing to do, my friend. Thank you for the beautiful thoughts....you nailed it.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Bill, your deeply heartfelt words describing your cherished love of your life, the lovely Bev, have touched my heart and then some. This is quite a challenge you have presented here for it will certainly be a challenge for anyone to top your lovely words of your beloved on that mountaintop! I have always loved that photo of Bev too.

      I have enjoyed reading all of those writing in response to Ann's challenge to her lovely painting and I will also enjoy reading all the responses to this challenge. I am working on a response to Ann's challenge at the moment, but I do hope to participate in your challenge too.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I could see your love and admiration of Bev in every line. She is a blessed woman! It is going to be quite a challenge to write an article as good as yours. I would love to take it on, if my work schedule allows. Thanks for the lovely read.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I'm filled with emotion at your tribute to Bev - your love and admiration shine through your beautiful words. I'd find it difficult to create anything worthwhile after reading this. What a challenge.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful story and so interestingly written.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      I did it, Bill. I finished your challenge and hope that I did my fictional version of your beautiful wife, justice.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It's taken me awhile to find this challenge Bill. I knew you intended to issue one but ...anyway better late than never. This is a wonderful photo of Bev. I will do my best to come up with something, probably a poem as I haven't done a lot of them lately. Have a great day.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, I love your tribute, your honor and your respect for Bev. Not to mention your pride for her!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So much to do, Faith. I know you are busy. Thank you for being here, and if you do try the challenge, I have no doubt it will be Faith-based. :) Blessings always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna, for even considering the challenge. I know how busy you are and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you travmaj! Perhaps I should have left my tribute out...but then it would have been a very short hub. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jen! I see it in the notifications. Thank you and I'll go read it right now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I was hoping someone would do a poem....I'm looking forward to your words my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm pretty proud of myself for somehow winning her love. LOL Thank you so much.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Bill I am on board. Probably be done in a few days. I like these challenges. Think about what fun it would be to collect the works after the challenges. Interesting idea. Jamie

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      I used to see this beautiful photo on your hubs and wonder who that graceful lady was ! Now I got to know her and her wonderful personality as well. What you described about Bev fits so well with the great imprints that this lovely photo leaves upon the mind of the beholder. She seems to be in such a fantastic frame of mind- a very thoughtful and serene pose as if to encompass the whole world with her gaze. Bill Sir, you are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful spouse. A well deserved tribute to a very compassionate lady. Loved going through this hub, so beautifully written,dipped in the ink of love. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie. I was hoping you'd share with us as I know it will be a quality effort. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, thank you my friend. I love the last line of your comment...dipped in the ink of love. Indeed my friend.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - When writing this beautiful tribute to the love of your life, your prose matches poetry. It's easy to understand why you love her, and she probably has a dedicated circle of friends. As you said (much better than I), she enriches the planet and all who come in contact with her.

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      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jaye. I keep skirting the poetry thing, but as long as I call it prose it is much easier to write. LOL I'll bet you even understand that silly statement.

      She is a treasure. Thank you for your kind words.

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful tribute to Bev, Bill. Thank you sharing it and for creating a writing challenge based on the lovely photo.

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      Karen Kay 2 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Still thinkin'.... I so want to do this! Thanks Billybuc! (and Bev, for being his muse!)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Alicia. She is a pretty special woman and easy to write about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DreamingBoomer, I hope you join in, and I'll tell Bev you thanked her. She'll like the reference to being my muse. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      challanges like this and the one ann-art has created awakens the creative beast in almost everyone who participates.. its so good to see these challenges going forward and it's so fun to read as well good luck my friend...:)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, here is the link to my response to your writing challenge. It is called Let It Go. It's a Rom-Com.

      http://cam8510.hubpages.com/hub/A-Floppy-Summer-Ha...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Bill, just letting you know my response is done:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Woman-on-the-M...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Frank, and I am blown away by the responses. We have some seriously talented people here on HP. Thanks, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll read it in a few, Cam, as soon as I get my day organized. Thank you so much for partaking in the challenge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John. I'm heading there now to read it.

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      Karen Kay 2 years ago from Jackson, MS

      All done! here is link.... cut up so it won't be "live"

      dreamingboomer .hubpages.com /hub/ Gitanas-Song-Woman-on-the-Mountaintop-Challenge

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Read and appreciated, DreamingBoomer...thank you and a job well done.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Bev is such a lucky gal to have you loving her as you do. She must be an exceptional person in every way.

      I won't even try to meet this challenge, because I'm not a writer in the real sense of the word.

      I enjoyed your Hub very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary. I consider myself to be the lucky one..she truly is an exceptional person.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      You have interpreted the photo so beautifully a great tribute to your lady love. An inspiring challenge to take wings and fly.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You can breeze through any challenge given to you! This was a great written story Bill!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Bill, though initially hesitant, I couldn't resist the temptation to take part in this lovely game. Being an amateur, I also want to learn and grow. So I have responded to your sweet challenge. Here is my link. https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Womans-Treasur...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vellur. She really is a marvel and I really am lucky.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. Like any writer, the key for me is to improve.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, Harishprasad. I saw your article, commented on it, and linked it to this page. You did a marvelous job despite your claim to being just an amateur.

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      Jen 2 years ago from WV, USA

      Hi Bill,

      I saw your post and couldn't help but be inspired by this photo. Here is the link to my take on what it says to me. Keep inspiring!

      https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Woman-on-the-M...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, thank you CP...I'll go take a look now and then link yours to this one.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Your love for Bev is just so clear here--Beautiful Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey. I hate to think of my life without Bev. :)

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      zonawin 2 years ago from zonawin

      All creatures are precious to her.. i agree with this word.. so deep in my heart with this word..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Crisantonio. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much zonawin...I am so happy that you enjoyed my description of a beautiful woman in my life.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Oh my friend what a beautifully written love letter as it really does deserve that title.

      Your descriptive words of Bev, the mountain , scenery and wildlife all blending together as it should be . . . Kudos my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Irish! This one was special to me. I'm glad it came across as such. :) Hugs dear lady.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I agree with carol7777, you ae a hard act to follow but, as soon as I fullfil my promise to Jo_Goldsmith11 and Annart your challenge will be my next project.

      P.S. Bev is beautiful inside and out.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Shyron. I won the lottery the day I met Bev. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I believe that Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Shyron!

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      This reminds me if a hub I did awhile back called Precipice for Change or something like that. Guess I might have to do a new one to properly take the challenge, though. ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Darn it, Shanmarie, if you hadn't told me you could have just changed the name on yours. LOL I hope you do another one. I look forward to reading it. If you do take the challenge, kindly drop me a line and let me know so I don't miss it.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      I will take it because I have an ide. I will let you know when it's done. In the meantime, if you want to read the one I mentioned, here it is.https://hubpages.com/literature/A-Precipice-For-Ch...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shanmarie...I'll check it out.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Here we are again, holding up this comments column...

      Well, now I've got here, what was I going to say? Ahh! Gottit! A response to your challenge here. Nice little (twofold) surprise for you.

      alancaster149.hubpages.com/hub/STORYLINE-13: WOMAN-ON-A-MOUNTAIN

      Enjoy the read

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Alan, what a pleasant surprise. Two responses for the price of one, and since they were free, that was quite a bargain. Thank you, sir, for a job well-done...twice!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Bill, this is a beautiful contribution from Chitrangdasharan you would like to add to the expanding ocean of responses. http://chitrangadasharan.hubpages.com/hub/The-Woma...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Harishprasad...somehow I missed that one.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      OK, Bill, I am still trying to figure out what is this Hubbers' Challenge all about.

      Coming to this hub, you wrote, "Spiders are safe with her as she gently removes them from her home and places them lovingly outside, murmuring to them to have a good life."

      I am glad there is someone who is like me when it comes to spiders :-D I am really honoured to know that there exists a loving soul like Mrs. Holland.

      A great hub indeed! I will like to take up the challenge, but I have three themes to build my work on. Let us see, what finalizes in my mind.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, because of Bev, I now pick up spiders and place them outside as well. The best thing that ever happened to me was meeting this woman.

      I look forward to your response to the challenge my friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! I wrote a poem in response to your challenge. I hope you like it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I will go take a look at it now.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Bill,

      I think you missed reading one by Ghaelach:

      http://ghaelach.hubpages.com/hub/Grandpa-and-Me

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did, Suhail. Thank you! I wish writers would let me know when they respond to a challenge like this.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Took me awhile to finally get it posted, but it is up and ready now. Thanks for the challenge!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it very much, shanmarie...you did a great job on that short story/flash fiction. Thank you!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great challenge, Bill. Your lovely Beth is lady I admire....we would be great friends, I think. :-) I've been absent from HP for a couple of weeks and am now getting caught up with everything. Reading the answers to this challenge will be my weekend task of delight.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhh...I meant to type, Bev -- not Beth. Darn those pesky typos!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I figured, Genna. LOL

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Having read so many lovely responses to your challenge, inspired by the lovely, Bev...I came back to the man who started this awesome exercise in HubVille.

      Thanks for being patiently PERSISTENT...your Good Word is up after this coming Monday, which I will share with our vocalcoach...

      Wishing you and Bev a peaceful Thanksgiving. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the heads up, Maria. I'll work on "persistence" on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your work was an excellent read. Thanks for teaching me a little about Bev.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Deb. She is a joy and I know you would like her.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I just came back for a reread, and to say I think it is wonderful so many people have joined in your challenge. It must make your lovely wife, Bev, very happy to know how that photo of her has been shown so many times. It is an exceptional photo. I think it would make a great painting.

      I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary. I have always loved this photo. I didn't realize how good it was when I took it, but when I got home and downloaded it, I fell in love with it.

      We are having our second Thanksgiving today, so I need to go do some work. Thank you!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Bill,

      I accept your challenge and will be working on a reply to it in between email and unfeatured Hubs. I will try to finish ASAP.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Kevin! Let me know when you post it so I don't miss it.

      Merry Christmas!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I sure will Billy. I usually try to do it just before I publish it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds good, Examiner!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Billy,

      I am about to publish my entry for your "Mountaintop" challenge. I do not know when it will go through, I am just letting you know.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kevin! I appreciate you trying the challenge. I'll be on the lookout for it.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      That is long list and I have come in late. I think tht I will attempt this one too. I will start on it tomorrow but I am not sure when I will have it finished because I don't even know where to begin. Well a thought just popped into my mind and I think I have a start. I do know that I will not meet the writing skill that you have. What a wonderful tribute to your wife. That was such a great write.

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie. As you know, writing is not about matching someone else...it's about being true to your writing skills and voice, so I look forward to seeing your results.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Billy,

      When I commented last night I forgot to give you the link, I apologize. Here it is: https://hubpages.com/literature/billybuc

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kevin!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      Does your wonderful challenge have a time limit on it? I am only six months behind! : )

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, no, there is no time limit on it, according to Linda. Go for it!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love Linda's new challenge about the country road and your response to her challenge is phenomenal, but what about this Mountain Top challenge here ... is it too late, or is that what you are saying on any challenge really if it is not stated about a deadline?

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, Faith, I was confused. Yes, you can respond to this challenge for sure. It would be wonderful to see your creative mind in action. I'm looking forward to it.

      blessings this beautiful weekend

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