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Updated on August 28, 2016
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Still Spreading Sunshine

Another Sista is "50"...!

Daisy Mariposa has written the exemplar tutorial of Poetry Forms, first in a growing series, which has been a true inspiration to me.

At my request, Martie Coetser detailed the technical procedure for formatting a haiga in How to get text on a picture with Microsoft Publisher. I knew I wanted to select the haiga form of poetry to honor Sunshine 625's 50th Birthday!

Martie was kind enough to make this a true Sista Act. We worked on our hubs together and you can see hers as well here...

Welcome to "50", Linda...!! Hope you like this little 'LIST' I whipped up for you too...! Love, MM

PS - Showing us all that '50 is Nifty', Sunshine has written her first book: "Haiku by Sunshine", hitting the press in May, 2015. Loved it and think you would as well...



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The Beatles: Good Day, Sunshine

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Women are Beautiful....

  1. Monday feels like a fresh start..
  2. Be your own foundation. Girdles are not an option.
  3. Sometimes a hug and silence is all it takes.
  4. Take time every day to play with a child or a pet for your inner child.
  5. When you are carded, giggle and consider it a compliment.
  6. Character and decency are natural beauty enhancers.
  7. Always travel with a navigator and a sense of humor.
  8. Self care is not selfish.
  9. Take time to weed. Weeds cannot hear you.
  10. A traffic jam is an opportunity to reflect and be peaceful.

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Sunny and the Sunglows: Talk To Me (1963)

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Women are Funny...

11- Cool how oldies make me feel young...!

12- Dogs are smarter than most people.

13- Play music, not noise...and dance when it moves you.

14- It's better to give someone flowers when they are alive.

15- Laughter is healing.

16- We are more alike than different.

17- Dessert is not a dirty word.

18- Neither is 'no' for that matter!

19- Your body tells you when you need to sleep.

20- You don't have to know it all. Just listen.



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Chris Cagle: Maria

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Women are Wise...

21- A country love song is the best way to go.

22- Keep your mental agility. Read, write and do puzzles.

23- Look up at the stars. You will find answers.

24- A bubble bath makes it all better!

25- If it hurts now, it will hurt even more later.

26- Sleep on it. Then listen to your calm heart.

27- Do cash over credit, every time.

28- Chocolate will never let you down!

29- Pack a pillow and slippers for that road trip.

30- Always trust your instincts / the hairs on your neck.

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Tim McGraw: Just to see you smile

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Women are Talented...

31- It never hurts to smile.

32- Be yourself. There is no one else like you.

33- Stop... breathe... stretch your mind and body.

34- The best gift you can give is your time.

35- The eyes do not lie.

36- Most trends come back ...look at Psycho and Bates Motel!

37- Speak up now! You're an elder...!

38- Life is precious, never to be taken for granted.

39- Take a walk to listen to yourself think.

40- Need and want are completely different.


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Carrie Underwood: Stand By Your Man

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Women are Special...

41- Give the younger generation a chance...Underwood can sing Wynette.

42- Everyone carries some burden. Try to understand.

43- Take frequent breaks. Do something that makes you smile.

44- Sneakers or flip flops are your best bet.

45- When you don't have time, just say so...

46- There is nothing like a cup of tea to calm your nerves.

47- Every day that you wake up is a good day.

48- It never hurts to say 'thank you' and 'I'm sorry'.

49- Your birthday is the first day of your new year!

50- A 'staycation' can be the best getaway of all.


© Maria Jordan (revised January, 2015)

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Cher: Sunny

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      Maria Jordan 9 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You're always welcome to visit, dear Shyron - lovely to see you and thanks for the morning smile.

      Love and hugs to you, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      No matter how many times I read this

      It is beautifully written

      And beautifully said

      With Beautiful drawings

      And music to fill my head

      Where Birthday wishes for Sunshine are said

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      Maria Jordan 9 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, Shannon - always great when you stop by and visit.

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      Just now seeing this. It was on the side with the "related hubs" when I was replying to a comment on my latest hub. I'm also just now getting to know Linda, but I can already say that this tribute of yours seems to fit her perfectly, Maria. What a lovely gesture and a beautiful piece of work.

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      Maria Jordan 12 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You are the sweetest, dear Shyron and your visits are always appreciated.

      Love you, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Maria,

      I really must say

      I could read this every day

      It has much to say

      *

      Blessings and Hugs to you dear friend

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks again, dear Gail. Wishing you and Linda a peaceful Sunday.

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Glad you included the link!

      Hugs,

      Gail

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Gail,

      Thanks for your return visit and the glowing endorsements of this amazing "breakout" book by Sunshine. I've included an Amazon link above.

      Love and hugs to you both, Maria

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Maria & Sunshine,

      Saw the link to this hub in today's, Marcoujor's Inspiration Station post celebrating the release of Sunshine's first book, "Haiku by Sunshine," and came back to enjoy the images, wisdom and poetry I knew were in this hub.

      Hope readers who enjoy this take time to buy, and read, Sunshine's beautiful book which is available through Amazon.com.

      Love & Hugs to Both of You,

      Gail

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      And two years later, you are still one of my favorite people, SUNSHINE..!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Wow...hard to believe this hub is two years old already. Two years that flew by. Two years older. Oh my. Still one of my favorite hubs! :)

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      YEAH and a happy weekend to you as well, dear Sunshine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Weekend, MM! :)

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, PhoenixV...so happy you stopped by! Have a great day, Maria

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      PhoenixV 2 years ago from USA

      I happened to notice that dock in the water shaped or made like an acoustic guitar, that is the coolest thing I ever saw, I got to have one. Great life tips too!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Welcome, Jodah! Thanks for looking me up and I am greatly looking forward to reading your work as well.

      Thanks for the votes & share and have a great day.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi marcoujor, I have seen your comments on a lot of hubs written by my friends, so just had to check you out. This is the first of your hubs I have read and I am impressed. Very well done. Voted up and shared.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for taking me up on my offer, Shyron! As you can see, I love a good party...!

      And yes, Linda is a country and western music lover (as am I...), so I thought the guitar pier picture was perfect!

      Have a wonderful day! Love, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I am back and have bookmarked this, it is so awesome. I just realized the guitar in the first picture is a pier. And you Maria are an awesome artist.

      Happy belated birthday to Linda.

      Love Shyron

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, dear Shyron. Please stop back any time.

      Have a peaceful night. Love, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Wow, Maria, I will be back to read some more, as time permits.

      I love this and all the art that went into making it.

      Hugs

      Shyron

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Nice to see you, Perspycacious and so very happy your Mom is still doing so well. How blessed you are to have her.

      I suppose all cut flowers are dead. Come to think of it, Mom did prefer potted plants, always smarter than me.

      I made a practice of giving her flowers every week from the time I got my first job at 16 up until her death at 82, so I don't believe she ever thought I was rushing her to heaven. I would give anything to hand her a bouquet today but I can wait until I see her again.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      14- It's better to give someone flowers when they are alive.

      Most flowers I give are dead but just don't know it yet, sort of like some people. I don't know what my Mom age 105 would think, if all the "someday" funeral flowers arrived while she is still doing so well!

      Of course, most people are just dying to get into Heaven.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      AWWWWWWW :-)

      Love Linda

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "That's why I'll always be around...", dear Sunshine - even if I am a minute or two late in responding (LOL)!

      Linda, You are never late when you arrive at one of my shindigs...I can officially be your 'big sis' as well, since I just turned 52...!

      May two 'lovely Lindas' have a wonderful evening.

      Love, Maria

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Sorry I'm a little late to the birthday party Maria-what a lovely and heart felt tribute to Linda's 50th birthday. There are many of us celebrating that one. Sis and I turned the big '50' in January-Yikes, almost at 51 now. Anyway, this is such a special birthday gift for Linda. The fact that you all got together to give her this variety of goodies says so much about your friendship. Hit every button, Voted Up and Sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are the sunshine of my life...(Sing it MM!)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy, peaceful Sunday, Sunshine. You know more than enough to get by...and that seems jiggy to me! Hugs, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Rays are being emitted as I write this comment. The rays will continue to replenish as needed. They never expire. That I'm aware of. Yet, contrary to what some people might assume, I don't really know it all.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You are adorable and clairvoyant...I needed some sunshine today!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm really enjoying the perks of AARP! :)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Funny, I feel a total connection to you, Sunshine.

      Hoping you and yours have had a wonderful Sunday! Hugs, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I totally feel a connection with this hub! I wonder why? Could it be Chris Cagle's video (love it), Johnny Depp (yum), maybe it's Sunshine (she's a cool chick) OR maybe it's to visit MM (she's an amazingly awesome friend!) xoxo

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Vinaya, You are welcome to stop by as often as you like. Your comments are always appreciated.

      Nice to see you, Jamie and thanks for stopping by as well.

      Hoping you are both having a good weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      A well put together and enjoyable hub from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing your talents. Jamie

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Maria,

      I came back to this hub for a second read. Whether I'm with my mother or away from my mother. I always celebrate her birthday. My mother became 50 two years ago.

      Your thoughts on "50" are beautiful.

      God bless you.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Randi,

      You are such a sweetie...you are everywhere and I am forever behind. I have gotten no recent notices of your website so will need to swing by and do love to see you as well, dear friend. Linda will be tickled too!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      How did I ever miss this gem!? What a beautiful piece of work! Love, love, love!!! Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Still shining, lovely Linda...hope you are having a sunny day!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stopping by to share some rays of sunshine! :)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks and good to see you, girishpuri.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great tribute with wonderful list, God bless Maria.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hope you had a wonderful birthday Debbie, and you remain in my prayers.

      Audrey, Your feedback is as beautiful and lovely as you. I thank you for this morning smile and I know Linda does as well.

      Love to the three of you and have a peaceful day, Maria

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Maria ~ This tribute to our Linda is magnificent! And so is the beautiful lady that wrote it. A true 'masterpiece.' The reflections are positive and just wonderful to read. You have brought a whole new meaning to the word 'thoughtful.'

      Love and hugs ~ Audrey

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      What a wonderful birthday hub.. Happy ?birthday to all .. I wish I was 50 again.. lol.. I will be 62 in a few days.. I think I need prayer...lol

      Blessings to you all and happy birthday to Linda sunshine

      Debbie

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      So lovely to see you, Sue. Thanks and Happy 4th of July to you & Linda.

      Vinaya, With your photographic and poetic expertise, you would be a natural for haiga...hope to see you try this beautiful form.

      Thanks and hugs to you both, Maria

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Maria,

      every poet on HP is talking about Haiga. I have not attempted but I love reading/viewing this visual poem.

      Your thoughts on womanhood are beautiful.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Maria,

      A beautiful birthday tribute to Linda.

      Voted up +++

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      It really ain't too bad, Linda...keep it going strong, girlfriend!

      drbj, You are a honey and I will see you both soon after I come back from a couple days next week. Hugs, Maria

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Love your fascinating hub, Maria, your 50 reflections and your beautiful tribute to Linda. Excellent job, m'dear.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for all the birthday wishes! So far 50 ain't too bad :))

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi to all,

      Thanks for keeping the party going as I have been finishing up a summer class.

      Gail, Haiga is right up your alley with your beautiful photography talents. You need to try your skilled hands at this poetry form.

      Vincent, I am sad to not see your handsome avatar but so thrilled you stopped by to wish our Sunshine a happy birthday.

      Joe, What a truly sweet comment and honestly, you are a sweetheart too! Thank you, my friend.

      Vicki, Great to see you, Sista! Thank you for the acknowledgement of Martie and Mike's awesome work. That is the beauty of friendship and this community.

      Thanks for your gracious remarks, James and for stopping by.

      Genna, Your comments always make me smile and I am appreciative of your observations of my first (joint) effort at haiga with the adorable, Martie!

      Thanks, Rasma...always so happy to see you and hear your feedback.

      Hoping Linda is stretching out her birthday fun for a long, long time to come...I will be away for the weekend at a conference and will catch up with the party next week. Hugs and thanks to all, Maria

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. Loved that list of 50. Agree with a good deal of them especially the one that oldies make you feel young. Loved this. Great haigas and music. You and Martie have done a great job. Hugs to you both.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Haiga…Haiku with imagery. Haiga is the perfect word to describe this. You have included all the art senses and emotion with your Haiga style I think is wonderful! The list of 50 things is full of charming and sage advice by one who has lived life and understands it well. I really love this camaraderie and joint effort by you and Martie -- true sistas. :-) Once again, Happy Birthday, Linda. Voted UP and much more.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful tribute to a friend.I love the notes list.Yeah women are very special and very talented.Voted up!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Beautiful work, dear Maria. What a lovely project and gift for your delightful friend! It is a dazzling display of your accumulated knowledge and wisdom gathered over the short years that you have lived. Lovely music, profound tips for the years ahead - what could be better for a 50-year old?! Great work by you and Martie - and let's not forget Mike too, with his amazing computer skills.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      You've taken life...and have made poetry out of it. You have then gift-wrapped it and given it to your friend.

      The thing is...so many more of us were blessed for having been at the right place at the right time.

      Thank you, Maria! Lots of hugs and aloha!

      Joe

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      What a wonderful selection of videos and Haiga my friend. You have done Linda proud for turning to her 50th year, may she have many many more. Hub love to the both of you from Vincent.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      What a clever and beautiful tribute birthday hub to Linda for her 50th.

      Never heard about Haiga: Haiku with imagery and always wondered how to get text on a photo image.

      Thanks for sharing this info and hope you're having a great summer and finding a way to keep cool.

      Sending Hub Hugs & Love to You and Linda,

      Gail

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well, good and happy evening to all of these wonderful Hubber friends, who have gathered here today's wish our SUNHINE a fabulous 50...! This is reason to make my heart sing...yet I am not at all surprised! Thanks to each and every one of you...

      Pam, it was actually Martie who did the photography and I am so grateful to her. She did a beautiful job and I will learn this skill yet!

      Sha, It takes a considerate person to recognize it in others, my dear.

      Daisy, Thank you for your inspiration, motivation and friendship.

      Car51, Happy belated "half"...how could I have "slipped up"??

      Peg, You know you had me going back up and re-looking those particular numbers...LOL. So happy you loved the music, which I had a blast with...

      Mickey, I 'almost' want to take back everything I've been saying about you...oh, what am I saying...forget that!!

      Oh my dearest Sista, Martie, Thank you for rescuing me from him! Please dry those tears...we did a beautiful collaboration and I love your hub so much as well. Thank you for being such a solid partner in this labor of love for our Sunshine!

      Bill, Thanks for your kind words and visit, which mean so much.

      Ruby, Please dance away...it would not be a party without you, dear!

      Ishwaryaa, So lovely to see you and thanks very much.

      Always happy when you stop by, Nette and glad you enjoyed.

      Jools, I knew you would appreciate this tribute to Linda. Thanks for that cool compliment.

      Faith, I should have known ' Terri' would find Chris Cagle cute...LOL! Your remarks are always so warm and wonderful, like you!

      Paula, " Suck-up"... Yeah, you got his number!! I LOVE that you know that words...why am I not surprised, oh cool one?! See you at the par-tay.

      Tom, You are a honey for stopping by...thanks, 'kid'!

      "Old enough to know better, young enough not to care"...LOVE this, Becky...thanks!

      So good to see you, Ruchira...thank you for stopping in!

      Sunny by Cher does have a bit of a ring, Mike...? I was happy to find that one myself...I do love all her songs and know Linda does as well.

      Mary, Thank you for such a beautiful comment...well, except for ugly ole Mickey...but I guess he just cannot help it?! You are all class, lady!

      And Linda, finally our Miss Sunshine...hoping your day has been filled with all of your favorite thangs...now as far as #9...lettuce keep this comment stream PG rated ( the corn has ears)! Happy, happy lovely lady...!

      Hugs and smiles to you all, Maria

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well now, how appropriate. Linda is the Queen of Lists and yet you have come up with a list of 50 that is incomparable! Each one is so spot on my friend. Women are wise, talented and special, and the three women involved in this hub epitomize that....you, Martie & Linda...what a powerful trio. Such wisdom. Again Linda, Happy Birthday.

      Speaking of wisdom, it appears Mickey has joined the woman's club..."Those men who left us safety and poetry and positiveness were men who heeded the women in their lives"...you're learning Mickey!

      Job well done Maria.

      Voted all the way across, except funny though you had much humor. Pinned and shared.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Happy Birthday Linda. Maria this is a heck of a list. It is packed with a lot of wisdom. You give your friend great respect by this work. Sunny by Cher, I did not realise she had done this one. Your music fit your theme perfectly.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      wow!

      Maria such a beautiful tribute to Linda. Loved reading about it.

      Happy Birthday Linda once again :)

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      The fifties are a good age. Old enough to know better, young enough not to care. Happy Birthday Linda. Beautiful hub Maria.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Maria my friend i have enjoyed reading this wonderful article, and all the fifty reasons as well. I remember being fifty, but that's some years ago. Happy Birthday again Linda, said it to you on Facebook too !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Maria and Martie....and Guest of Honor, Birthday Girl, Linda Sue.....This is Fabulous. I just couldn't love you all, any more than I do! The Best Friends, ever......So loving, so talented....so REAL!

      Your list of things we learn by the age of fifty, is perfect.

      "Talk to Me!!!!" one of my most favorite, from '63.....I sang every word, right along with Sunny & the Sunliners......closed my eyes....and my 15 year old self was dancing with a handsome young stud muffin, my head, resting on his shoulder, like we danced in the '50's-'60's......and just think, Sunshine, in '63, you had just entered the world! Look at all you've accomplished in these 50 years!.....and how many people love you.

      Mickey Sr.......Flattery will get you......everywhere. Maria, you did tell me that he's a suck-up, didn't you? If all men were as charming as Mickey......just think of the continuous Love/Peace Fest!! Oh brother. Enough.

      I expect to see all of you lovely people at the big Birthday Bash....it's going strong, all week!............UP++++

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I absolutely love your list! Bravo to you for coming up with 50 reasons why it's fab to be 50! I haven't thought of any yet except for the perks of AARP. Lol

      Chris Cagle, Johnny Depp, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Cher...thank you all for coming to my party thrown by MM!

      One question...#9, can we smoke it? Lol

      Thank you for the smiles & giggles!!!

      Thank you fellow hubbers for your birthday wishes!!

      Xoxoxo

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how awesome, Martie is a great teacher at putting text on a photo, as you, dearest Maria, have done it so beautifully here!!! What a lovely tribute to another "Sista" who is 50 - we welcome you, Linda . . . Sunshine, to the wonderful age of being 50, which is the new 30! hehe At least that is what I am saying.

      My dearest Maria, you know the meaning of what a true friend is, as you love on all of your friends, who are blessed to have you as a friend!

      I know Linda loved all of these songs here, as I know she especially loves country music, and that Chris Cagle, woo hoo there! : )

      That is a great list of 50 things to be mindful of and rejoice in when turning 50 no doubt!

      You both are beautiful, Maria and Linda!

      Happy Birthday and I pray it is the best ever Birthday so far for you Linda!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great tribute Maria to HP bestest gal! Great poetry and I love the 'Women are..' lists - you are a talent!

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      Annette Donaldson 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Maria, I once feared getting older, but always wanted to be wiser, guess this comes from being older:) I love the advice you have offered and wish I had seen it when I was 50, now I am nearer to 60 (I know don't tell anyone). Lovely tribute to a talented, lovely lady. x

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A lovely birthday tribute to one of the most genuine and supportive fellow-hubbers - Linda madam! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm listening to Cher sing' Sunny ' and i feel like dancing. I love this happy birthday tribute to Linda. The things you learned about being fifty were so in tune with a happy life, sometimes we forget that a ' staycation ' getaway is the most fun. Martie's art work is beautiful. Happy Birthday Linda....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very lovely, Maria, just like the person who wrote it. Happy Birthday to Linda; she is lucky to have a friend like you.

      love,

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Maria, maybe I am deep down in the dumps, but whatever, this hub of yours opened the sluice-way of my hidden tears. These 50 things we learn/become/start to practice at 50, are so true. They say life begins at 50, and how can it not be, because we acquire a brand-new perspective on life and all its issues. What was important before, is all of a sudden no longer important, and what was unimportant, or just not part of our thoughts, all of a sudden become important. I agree with each and every statement you have made in here.

      I love the songs you have chosen, and really, let us not be shy, but your poems are beautiful with so much meaning especially for our mutual best friend, Linda, and those pictures I have selected go perfectly with your poems. This was a great project, and only because we are so in tune, and also when it comes to our Linda.

      Happy birthday, Linda! May you never stop shining :)

      Thanks Mar, you are a magnificent partner, friend and sista in cyberspace :)

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      MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Women are inspirational - there's no way around it, in many observable and measurable ways this is a man's world . . . but those men who have not either had good women in their lives or have not had the wisdom to learn from the women in their lives are the evil men of history, the ones who brought disorder and left behind hurt. Those men who left us safety and poetry and positiveness were men who heeded the women in their lives . . . women are inspirational.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sweet tribute to Sunshine625 with gorgeous pictures, text and incredible music. Loved that one by Cher to her Sonny and of course what birthday celebration would be complete without a taste of the Beatles? Love your observations on number 9, 10, 12, 19, 27, 31, 32, 47 - who am I kidding? They're all fantastic. Voted way up, up and away!

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      Car51 4 years ago

      Fun, light, lyrical -- lovely tribute to celebrate the Golden Years! Recently celebrated my half birthday -- way past 50!!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Maria,

      This is a terrific birthday tribute to Linda Bilyeu and her 50th birthday. Great job!

      Thanks for linking to your interview of me and to my Poetry Forms article. I am honored to be mentioned in this great Hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, this is sooooo creative! I love your advice for we who are 50 (and older!). You're always thinking of others even with your busy schedule and what life has thrown your way recently.

      I hope Linda is spending today her way. Happy Birthday, Linda!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Maria, You obviously learned how to write on picture very well. This hub is awesome and the pictures remarkable. The music was also perfecct. Job well done! I am glad to see Linda getting some much deserved attention as she is always the one to smile and make us all laugh. Absolutely beautiful and awesome.

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