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Being is You... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 20, 2016



Can you smell the wisp of smoke in the air, ever so faint. It is a smell which lingers for the weary traveller. The one who is seeking a warm comforting fire, a place where he knows love lives. A place where he/she is welcomed. Such is the case here at the "Fireside."

The Fireside was created several years ago, it was a place for me to lay down roots in this huge web which has been created. The web has brought us all into a brand new era of enlightenment, even better a place where everyone has been given a voice.

So with that said I welcome the many old followers. You all know the routine, grab you favourite beverage, help yourself to cookies and what ever treats you can find. Help the new people in with open arms. Make them feel invited, you are the greatest asset in any writers dreams Please feel free to leave a comment, they are all welcomed.



Why Write

I have been asked this many times, specifically why write here on Hub Pages, The story is long in my case, you see I have been here twice. The first time under a pen name, this under my own name. The first time I tossed the 400 plus hubs because of the renumeration. This time I came back on my own validity.

I write not for money but for the pleasure if writing. It is a platform which allows it to happen to a certain degree. Step out of line and you are quickly corrected. I have come to the conclusion if someone other than yourself gains the profit, well so be it. In the end you have had your say. Thus I am here... here for as long as I am allowed anyway.

Why do I write? For the same reason you are here reading. Simply put it is for the voice I have been afforded. Plus the fact I am able to have a voice, I hope mine is heard, it is a simple voice. There will be times when the grammar, spelling and the likes will be wrong. What do I say, not a thing. Should you find it offensive, well I am not the highly trained writer some of you are. Care to read on, great if not well I will say my goodbyes now.

Uniform Not


Different Yes

This past summer I was on one of my many walkabouts. I was near the summit of Sunshine Mountain a very popular ski resort. Come mid August the climb to the top is well worth the effort as you are treated to some of the most beautiful wildflowers.

I recently learned this unique flower known as the Western Anemone grow prolifically starting out as a soft fragile flower of Pasque family. Its Latin name is Anemone Occidentalis. They thrive on rocky ridges. Please enjoy the video at the end as it takes you through the complete lifecycle of this tiny flower. I have since learned the North American Natives view this plant as somewhat sacred. Should you pick one you are showing disregard for life.

I think the reason I was drawn to it was it is different. Nature speaks to me in what some may refer as silly and yet when you look at the diversity of such a place as this and what it has to offer. All you can do is stand in awe and say "Yes." You see it is the diversity of people in our lives who enrich us. Taking the time to listen, to follow what is important that brings about a more complete life while we are here.

Known As The Badlands


Are They Really Bad

This area is only 35 minutes to the southeast of where I call home. It is the land where many dinosaur remains have been unearthed. As you drive along the miles of fertile farm land you come to this sudden chasm which has been carved into this amazing landscape.

They are known locally as the badlands and I suppose rightly so as they are not great for anything. No cattle graze here, no crops are grown here and they are truly formidable for man on foot. What they do offer though is a beauty all of their own.They stand out, they are different and once you walk them for a few miles the beauty begins to show. They have survived all on their own, they have created an ecosystem which supports all sorts of unique vegetation and special little creatures found nowhere else. Again it is different and can teach.



Can humanity co-exist as nature does, can our diversity be something which draws us together or drives us apart. Where are we when we have been commanded to love our neighbour. That can be a hard one at times, especially when our neighbours are so different from us. A recent post received some very angry outcries pointing the finger at what I believe in. You who dare I stand firm. I will not step down to your level. It is where you decide to be and it is not a place I belong in, it is all yours.

As writers I feel we have a duty to bring people together and share our lives. You can write on what ever you like. It is one of the reasons we stand apart from each other. In case anyone has not noticed we are as diverse as nature is. Nature has learned to simply belong, to make that foothold which gives you the right to stand your ground.

Writers are cut of the same cloth. Exercise your right to speak your truth and at the same time allow others the same privilege. If you the reader care to argue then there is a place called the forums where anything and everything is allowed. Write from the heart, dare to stand out my friends.....

© Rolly A. Chabot

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    • Rolly A Chabot profile imageAUTHOR

      Rolly A Chabot 

      18 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Vocalcoach

      It appears I have fallen far back on posting here and or getting back to thank people for their comments. Not sure what the answer is other than drop all the other social media sites I write on... Hugs

      Life is so full of discovery, it is all around us and free for the taking. I suppose one of the many reasons I can learn no matter where I have gone or plan to be in the future... Life is great is it not....

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      22 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb...

      You are so right, nature has so much to offer in its raw beauty. Each has its own opportunity and beauty to be enjoyed. Thank you for the comment and you inspire people with you gift to capture nature at its finest...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      22 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shauna...

      Thanks for the gracious comment, warms the heart. Sadly in the world today the meaning of respect has changed a great deal.

      As a writing community we all have the right to speak what is on our minds. For those who may be offended they are better to stay within their own boundaries and belief system.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 

      22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I always preferred to admire flowers in their natural habitat, be in the cultivated flower, or the seed head of a weed. They have their own beauty. Nature is meant to be shared with everyone.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      23 months ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, I'm sorry someone disrespected you. You're one of the most gentle people I've encountered. I'm glad you stood up for yourself.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      23 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Rolly

      Your Fireside Chats are entertaining, educational and well...this one is sheer joy! I love discovering new places to visit and you make it all possible. Fabulous photos. Your introduction is brilliant (I second every word.)

      Joy and peace to you dear Rolly.


    • Rolly A Chabot profile imageAUTHOR

      Rolly A Chabot 

      23 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Thorn058...

      First of course welcome to the Fireside I hope you feel at home here with us. Thank you for stopping and leaving a comment, like everything in life writing becomes a journey of recalling some of our past...

      Hugs from Canada

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      23 months ago from Grand Forks, ND

      It was a very nice fireside to sit a spell and listen, thank you for sharing both why you write and some piece of your journeys.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      23 months ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Eric...

      So glad to hear you and your son had a great trip and were so involved in nature. It does restore the soul, we get recharged if we spend enough time out in what we have been given.

      I understand your frustration you speak of. Glad you are stepping beyond it.

      Hugs and Blessings and welcome home Bro

    • Rolly A Chabot profile imageAUTHOR

      Rolly A Chabot 

      23 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby...

      So glad you enjoyed the video and yes they are amazing little creations and I so admire the way they come full circle.

      I can appreciate what you are saying in regards to where funding should go. Statements such as the one the gentleman said is wrong and thank you for speaking up. I am a firm believer that once you gift another you have done what you are called to do. If you place conditions on the the gift, is it really still a gift.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      23 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi seafarer Mama...

      Thank you for stopping, always a pleasure to have you here. Thank you for the encouragement and yes it has been sometime since I have been around... alas it is like coming home again....

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful piece. My son and I spent a few hours watching cicada nymphs turn into adults the last few days. Nature is so fantastic in it's symbiotic diversity. I get and admire the diversity of people in general. But some diverse human activity really bothers me -- I am getting a grasp on that and am beginning to just notice and not get invested. I reckon that teardrops and laughter do kind of go hand in hand.

      You renew me as a writer thank you.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile imageAUTHOR

      Rolly A Chabot 

      23 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy...

      You always have hind words... thank you. So glad you took the time to read my few humble words... Trusting all is well on the urban farm...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The video is amazing, I have never seen the flower before, but it is a survivor like many of us. I write for the same reason you do. I love it. I went to church this past Wednesday to a business meeting concerning money donations to various organizations, one member wanted to give to our local police department. I wanted so badly to say, " Then will we give to The Black Matters fund? " I'm ashamed to admit that I was afraid because the member doesn't hide his bias toward the Indian or blacks. One member asked to give to a Indian tribe, one that we've always given to. This one member who wanted to give to the police laughed and said, " They will drink and gamble it all away. " That's when I did speak up. It is so wrong to lump a group of people together, when are we ever going to stop doing that? I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I hope you will continue to write on HP. Thank you. Hugs.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      23 months ago from New England

      I love the spirit of your fireside chat posts and enjoyed the slide show of the Pasqueflower life cycle. So happy that you have continued to share your wisdom here on Hub Pages!

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      Bill Holland 

      23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, my friend. You just said things most of us feel but have not found the words to articulate. I love your reasons for writing, and I love your willingness to allow others their voice.

      You are a good man.

      Hugs from Olympia


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