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Five years writing on Hub Pages-My thought's

Updated on March 14, 2015
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

Anyone with the slightest desire to write, " Go for it, you may find joy as I have. "

My first thought when I received notice from Hub Pages that I had reached my five year anniversary was, " Five years, how can that possibly be? Time has flown so very fast. "

A friend, Ann from Alanta, Ga. mentioned Hub Pages and asked if I had ever thought about writing. I actually laughed out loud. " Me writing? Never in a million years. "

Then just out of curiosity I visited the site and saw that it was easy to sign up and thought again, " Why not. no one knows me. I'll give it a try. "

I must admit my first attempts were pitiful! My grammar and spelling stood out like gold on ebony. I thought I had so much to tell, so I started reading and learning. There were occasions when HP refused to publish my hubs due to quality, or shortness, but I was determined to put my feelings on paper. I found by putting my thought's on paper it was a great cartharsis for relieving stress from hurtful events from the past.

I was reminded one day ( kindly ) that I was not the only person in the world who had been hurt. That remark clicked with my psyche immediately, and I began storing my past safely away.

I love to rhyme. I started writing poems. ( Which were not masterpieces lol. ) As my writing progressed along the way, my desire for writing expanded into fiction and short stories.

The friends I have made on HP are cherished beyond words. Their encouragement has known no boundaries. I feel so very blessed and lucky to have filled a void in my life after thirty four years of nursing.

I might add in conclusion, " Anyone with the slightest desire to write, just go for it, you may find joy as I have. "

Before I finish I want to mention the friends on HP who have helped and encouraged me every step of the way. Starting with Michael Friedman, AKA ( mckbirdbks ) who was the first to encourage me to keep writing. Thank you Mike. He is the author of ' Emerald Wells Cafe ' The best book in the whole wide world.

Among the very first was a gal from Africa, Martie Coetser. We clicked from the ' get go ' and never looked back. Along the way I have met the most caring and giving friends on the planet. Maria Jordan AKA ( marcoujor ) is a friend who keeps on giving. Bill Holland AKA ( Billybuc ) who so generously gives of his time to help writers spread their wings.

Many of my dear friends have left HP and I miss them very much. I know I have not mentioned everyone that I love and admire, but you know who you are. Thank you all for a wonderful five years of friendship.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Deborah. I love to write. I love to rhyme. Thank you for your kind comment..

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      Deborah Demander 22 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great reflections on five years. Congratulations.

      Thanks for hanging in there.

      Namaste

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Linda. I agree, time passes so fast. I am not a pro. I never wrote anything until I joined HP. I do love writing. It opened up a whole new world to me. I love all my hubber friends too. Thank you so much my friend...

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy anniversary Ruby-I recently received the same notice as you. I too have been writing to five years. Isn't it amazing how fast the time goes? I assumed you'd been writing longer than me because your such a pro. I can't imagine not writing for HubPages-it changed my life in so many ways and I love my friends here. Keep the hubs coming my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you peach purple, Cam, and Lady E. I am thrilled with all of your comments. So glad to be among great friends...

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Congrats Ruby, I am always fascinated by your Writing.

      Have a great week, :-)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ruby, I am so glad you stuck around and kept writing. Your participation here is helps Hub Pages be the incredible community it has become. Here's to another five years.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Congrats, i had been here fiveyears too. A long milestone

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      drbj, your comment warms ' me heart. Five years has passed so fast. I miss all the ones who left HP, esp. Epi. Remember how we went to his page daily to get our poetry fix? Thank you so much for kind words about my journey of writing. I love it and feel blessed to have friends like you..Hugs....

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Congrats on your 5-year anniversary, Ruby. Me, too, although it seems like yesterday that I joined. In the aforementioned time span, I have seen your writings become more and more polished and worthy. Trust me, m'dear.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. Thank you. I am having fun. I love to write stories and poetry. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rangoon House. Nice to meet you. Thank you for coming by...

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Congratulations Ruby!! So very glad for you! Keep up the work and keep having fun!

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your five years, especially five happy and rewarding years.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. Thank you for supporting my writing. Your encouragement is awesome. Glad to see you back writing again....Blessings..

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Cheers on your 5 years! :-)) That is amazing how time does go by so quickly. I have enjoyed your work and reading your thoughts and insightful and educational articles. It has been such a blessing to call you friend. And I am so thrilled that you have come so far.

      Many happy and inspiring days ahead! ((((((((((((( Ruby )))))))))))

      Up= Beautiful, interesting, awesome and Blessing to read. to encourage to keep going. :-))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur. I'm glad you enjoy my poems. Thank you so much for telling me....

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on your five years here at HP. Love reading your poems and enjoy them. Looking forward to reading many of your writings.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. Nice to see you. I can't imagine it took me so many years before I started to write. I dearly love it. I'm thrilled that you enjoy my style. Thank you so much......

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well, Ruby, congratulations on your five years. I enjoy your writing.

      Like you, I wanted to write and decided to give hubpages a go; I'm so glad I did (at about the same time as you!). You're right, many here are so friendly and supportive.

      I love your style and your enthusiasm. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it all.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DJ. I just received it and sent you an email. I am glad we are gonna be e-mail buddies. Should I be boning up on trivia? Hee..

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Hey, Ruby,

      I just sent you a private e-mail.

      No hurry.

      You can reply when you have time.

      DJ.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree. I thourghly enjoyed your recipes and now your stories about your culture in India. I learn much from your writing. I know I will never get to visit India, but through your hubs, I'm learning about a land that is foreign to me. Thank you so much for your continued support...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will. What can I say to convey how much I love your stories? You are unique. I would know your writing anywhere. I am proud to call you a friend. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. You have been a friend I admire deeply. I am always happy when I see that you have written a story or poetry. Your encouragement means the world to me. Thank you for comments that are heartfelt. Hugs my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I know you go to NY. to study and attend poetry workshops. Have a great time. I wish only the best for you...Smiles..

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      First of all, congrats for completing successful 5 years herein Hubpages. Writing enables us to express our thoughts taking the time that we need. It's definitely a medicine for hurt and lost minds.

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome!!

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I'm a big fan of Ruby Jean, and always will be! Congratulations on 5 years!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on reaching your 5-year anniversary with HP, Ruby! This is quite an achievement. I am so pleased that you persevered and didn’t give up in those early days. I agree with Bill Holland in that HP is much richer because of your presence and your gifts. You have grown so much as a writer. And I am proud to call you, “friend.” Hugs. :-)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      What a sweet thing to say! I'd love to meet you. I would go to NY in four weeks, but God did not chose to put you in this crazy place. He he..:)

      Actually, my Teacher held it in high esteem, and I am a devoted student. Much peace, my loving Friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. I was blessed the day I found you on HP. You are a poet Laureate, and you brighten the days with your beauty and loving heart. Thank you for being a shining light to many hubbers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Venhatachari M. I must say you are a familiar face on my hub's and I value your support. Thank you so much...

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Ruby, congrats. I believe that I have done a little over five, too.

      Keep on being your good Self, and may the Mother Supreme continue to bless you and find you worthy. In Love and Light.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello CMCastro. I agree. We are a clan of sorts and we love supporting each other. Thank you for dropping by..

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      That's great, Ruby. Congratulations on this happy occasion of your 5th anniversary on HubPages. It's nice to see you grow so wonderful a writer from your uncertainties. Now, I can see you very good at writing all kinds of hubs with such niche content and better skills. Wish you many more happy days and great occasions here.

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      Christina M. Castro 2 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I have to congratulate you on your efforts of never giving up on your writing. My writing experience is one uear less than you on hubpages. Glad to be a part of the writer's clan. We all have to support fo one another.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira. I remember you were one of the first to interact with me. I always enjoyed your hubs. Good to see you back on Hp....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tim. So glad you stopped by. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. twenty more years. I hope so! Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Larry. Thank you. I'm looking forward to writing and reading the many great hubs here on HP...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Homeplace Series. I agree, let's hang in here and write-write-write. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      DJ. I remember well the night you found me. We had a blast with trivia about Berry Manilow. Your comments on my hubs humbles me. I never ever believed my memory srories would touch anyone as deeply as you conveyed they did you. It's funny about the comment, " everyone gets hurt. " was not said to hurt me. He just wanted me to know I was not alone. In some strange way it helped me get my mind off me me me me and think more about others. I am so glad to have you for a friend. You make me laugh and you have a heart. What more could I possibly want? Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha Martie, we've come a long way baby! And didn't we have a blast after we dried our tears and began to travel? We went to so many exciting places in your private jet. ( With your one leg pilot. lol ) I had a blast when you took me to Africa and we went dancing! A night to remember. I miss Epi..sigh.. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you Martie..Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mary. It was my lucky day when I found you on HP. I love your stories. Thank you. Here's to many more years of enjoyable reading...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. That always sexploring has got to go..lol..DJ also told me about that. and yes, our hub of friends are the very best. Love your play on words. Thank you so much...

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      Happy Fifth Anniversary, Ruby :)

      I too could not done without you, and many more writers who have helped me on my writing journey.

      Thank you!

      xoxo

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I wouldn't know what to think if I didn't see you on every hub I write. Thank you for your loyal following...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. I had to learn to turn lose when someone leaves. I tend to get close and when they leave it leaves me feeling sad. Thank you for always being here...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. It is amazing how we all connect through our writing. I feel like I know you personally, yet we've never met. Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello peachpurple. I echo your WOW. Happy to see you. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. It was a great day when I found you on HP. Your love of music shines brightly. I must say that I can sing a little better from your voice tips. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy. Your thoughts echo mine. Thank you so much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I think we do share many interests. I am thrilled you enjoy my writing. Thank you so much..

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Congratulations! An achievement. I have always enjoyed your articles and interaction. I have and continue to learn. Hats off with a nod while looking forward to more and the growth that will follow along.

      tim

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Phyllis. Thank you for the heartfelt congrats. Love seeing you on my page...

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Five years young on hubpages, you have twenty more to go :-)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congratulations on 5 years and looking forward to many more.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing. Let's each hang in there, here, for a very long time! ;-)

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Congratulation!! Five years. Wow!! That is a long time.

      Hard to believe that someone told you that you were not the only one who had been hurt. How insensitive!! Are they still on HP?

      One of the writing that captured me was "Dancing for Pennies". Ruby,

      that about broke my heart. I was sending private e-mails, saying you have to read this article by a writer by the name of Ruby Fuller. From

      that day on, I was hooked.

      You have the ability to make people laugh or cry with different works.

      And, you can take a tiny memory of a person in your past and turn out

      a beautiful tribute to someone. It is like you have lived many lives and are now sharing those lives with us. Your characters are totally believable.

      You have many friends here, and it is obvious that you are loved and followed by many. I count myself lucky that I found you, late one night,

      and I can now call you, friend.

      Again, congratulations, and here's to five more years!!

      DJ

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      My dearest Ruby - my 'twin' - indeed we have clicked from the ' get go ' and never looked back. Together we have conquered our bad memories and grown as writers. I can't imagine Hubpages without you. You were also the first fellow-hubber who have sent me a private email, and I remember how surprised I was - all of a sudden you were so much closer.

      Here's to the next 5 years :) Love you, Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. What can I say that really conveys my love and respect for you. I think I've told you that if I were twenty years younger I would take another course in nursing just to be your student. You have inspired me in so many ways. Hugs dear one..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello rebeccamealey. Thank you for the nice compliment. I appreciate you..

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Well dear friend, five years! How wonderful...for you and for us! I love reading your hubs, your poetry and short stories always keep me interested. Our friendship here will last a long time.

      Congratulations! Here's to five more!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula. I am so glad we are neighbors. The only ' beef ' I have with you is you don't write enough. I love your comments on other hubs. I actually laugh out loud, esp. when you call yourself granny. Thank you much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. When I first found you on HP I knew you had a heart for giving. Your tips on writing fiction has opened my eye's to new adventures. Your comments of encouragement helped me try new techniques. When you said, " read read read " I got the message. Thank you so much, and I ' ain't ' goin' away...

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Congratulations on your five-year anniversary, Ruby! It's amazing how our hub (pun intended) of friends have grown from this site. I always look forward to notifications in my inbox that alwaysexploring has published a new hub. It sounds like you've come a long way!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations! Sharing your experiences with us is such a great way of showing appreciation. All my best to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      five years and still up and running.. bless you it's true many who start off with you fall out and sometimes you missed their interactions.. have yourself 5 more great years.. go ahead on me :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Happy Five Years, Ruby! That is so awesome. It is a beautiful community of writers where many loving friendships develop through our writing, which is a beautiful thing to me. I look forward to many more years of reading your work. God bless

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Congrats , five years is indeed a long way, i had reached five years too, nothing much to say except a big WOW!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Just look at you Ruby! You've blessed our HP family for 5 great years of marvelous writing. Thank you for the support and encouragement you have sent my way for the past 5 years. I wish you many more beautiful years here. You're the best!

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your milestone anniversary. HubPages seems to have staying power and has been good to so many of us through the years. May your anniversary be just the start of many more to come!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good for you Ruby, congratulation on joining the "5 Year Club". Your hubs are some of my favourites of the many on here. We seem to have many of the same interests and thought on writing. Keep up the good work. Hope the next five years are even more fruitful.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hey, Ruby - congratulations and best wishes for many more great hubs from you.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I am so grateful to Mike and Martie who introduced me to you, sweet and precious Ruby.

      You are a dear friend and a writer who makes us all feel a bit more hope and inspiration.

      Congratulations on this milestone. Thanks for your kind mention.

      Love and hugs, mar

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Five years! Happy anniversary. You are a top hubber, plain to see!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow, Ruby....FIVE years! Good for you. Congratulations. You are surely a special member of this Community and I'm happy to be your neighbor!! Peace, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Thank you so much for friendship through thick and thin. ( Pot holes ) Hee. I have been so blessed having you as a friend and helper. If it were not for you, there would be no blue highlighting, remember you emailed me step by step directions and at the end you sais, " You can do this. " It is people like you that make writing fun. Thank's for the hugs...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well happy anniversary my friend. I know that HP is so much richer because you are here, and I value our friendship. I'll make you a deal: I won't leave if you don't leave. :) Thank you for your friendship, Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. What can I say? We have great writers who encourage us and tell us when we could do better. That's what friends are for. I consider you one of them my new friend. Thank you so much.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello my friend. Near the top of the list of things I am proud of is that I encouraged you to keep writing. The world is a better place because of the love you spread with your insights, humor, and caring heart. Nice song selection. Thanks for the acknowlegemet and shout out. Hugs on there way to you. Perhaps not as good as angels, but hey -

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congrats...five years that is awesome. And there are such lovelies here to encourage and read and cheer us on....you mentioned some I enjoy reading often...

      Keep on keeping on...write about it and we will read....

      Angels are on the way ....ps