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Happy Birthday, My Dear Friend! A Tribute to Ruby Jean Fuller, a.k.a Always Exploring

Updated on November 12, 2016
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Birthday Tribute from Surabhi Kaura And Friends. 1 min, 56secs.


“I think the key to growing old gracefully, is by doing what you love to do, mine is writing.” – Ruby Jean Fuller.

One of the best accolades one can have from work, does not necessarily come from the manager or employer, but from the clients themselves. There is nothing as satisfying as a client telling us how kind; how caring; how nice we are; to see or hear them recommending us to their friends. I guess that’s why employers ask their employees to send out so many of these surveys, that we see on line.

They want to know if their employee was good, kind, efficient, satisfying …, as ultimately it makes good business sense to do so.

There is another kind of Love that really excels in the Customer Care Department. It does not have to rely on pleasing the boss, but it is so loving, so charming; so spontaneous, that it can also be funny. Like the clients I mentioned above, friends also feel this Love and respond accordingly. I feel that our Ruby Jean Fuller, a.k.a, Always Exploring, here on Hub Pages, displays such wonderful and inspirational attributes.

A great many excellent Hubbers say such nice things about her, which in itself, is a tribute to her goodness; her self-esteem; her inner beauty, poise and charisma…not to mention she gave herself to a caring profession, as a Registered nurse.

One of the most loved Hubbers here, Billybuc, is a vibrant devotee of life; a lover of all things wholesome, natural, beautiful, artistic …and speaking about Ruby, he had this to say:

“Life is just so strange. Just when you say "ah-ha" and decide you understand it all, another curve comes your way and sets you spinning for clarification.

I grew up thinking friendships were nurtured, one on one, face to face, proximity being the key, and then I joined Hub Pages, forging special bonds with people I have never met face-to-face and probably never will.....and Ruby is one of those people.

Ruby is like apple pie.....a fine chocolate....a roaring fire on a winter's night.....a plush comforter on a bed....she is everything I enjoy about people and yet continues to peel away layers of herself, showing me more things about her to enjoy.

I am honoured to call Ruby my friend. Happy Birthday, Ruby!” -Bill Holland.


Ruby has many, many assets, but one I most certainly admire, is her cheerfulness. It is such an admirable virtue. Cheerfulness gives us everything. Like the childlike heart, even if we are eighty or more, it can make us feel like seven, and is highly engaging, to those who come in contact with us. Old minds are fossilised, but the heart of the child is eternal, like the birthless and deathless Love, playing in Infinity’s-Garden. (Some paraphrasing from Sri Chinmoy’s writing’s)


Ruby’s heart is vast, and she has served nobly in God’s Heart, by her compassionate and soulfully self-giving approach to hospital patients, for a good part of her life.

“The Heart’s vastness is founded upon oneness, says the great visionary Sri Chinmoy, and oneness is always expansion.”

Ever active and very much alive, Ruby writes engaging, humorous, poetic and excellent Hubs here on Hub Pages. Here are a sample of what some hubbers have to say:

“My goodness this was amazing... a bold triumph... it'll stain my heart for years to come... brilliant...” – Frank Atanacio.

Ruby is also humane, a woman of conscience, and her friends notice this admirable quality. This is expressed beautifully, in the words of Marcoujor below:

“Oh Ruby,

Lenny has left his paw print on my heart...and your writing leaves tears in my eyes.

It is truly wonderful to have you back inspiring with your tales of humanity, love and hope - more, please.

Love you and hugs, mar.”

Faith Reaper, another dear friend of Ruby, had this to say:

“Awweee, Ruby, this is the sweetest most heartrending story I have read of late! You have certainly written it so well and it is memorable, something all writers dream of ...for their writing to be memorable...” (In response to the story of a little neglected dog called Danny, who found happiness with the homeless, on the streets of L.A.

Her poetry: Ruby is also a wonderful poetess, and finds time to do some reflective pieces, as well as her other sterling works. Here is a more recent reflective piece here:

I wish to offer this poem to Ruby, in honour of her birthday:

The Soul of the Rose


Next Hub: The Epic Of The Bedpan

 "HUMOUR: MY ONLY SAVIOUR." - Sri Chinmoy.
"HUMOUR: MY ONLY SAVIOUR." - Sri Chinmoy. | Source

Come! Sweet Longing! A Sonnet And Loving Tribute to Ruby

Sweet longing!

You who played the role of Sleeping Beauty for eons;

Awoke cascading rosebuds in my Heart,


The strong wafts of thy aroma drunken me,

And I swoon at the portals of perennial Bliss.

Cover this sweet inebriation,

With thy umbrella of sanctuary;

While I taste the quintessence of your music,

In the sweet serenity of a lovers Delight.

Come! Let thy ceaseless flames,

Burn with the Love of Surrender,

Lighting candles in a Soul on fire,

Calling out His name.

-Manatita, The Flame-Weaver. © Copyrighted 22nd February.

Quotes from Nellieanna and Ruby's Sister

“You have two choices, either you live to be old or you die.” – Ruby’s Sister

Nellieanna's is a response to my choice of poll on gracefully surrendering to old age, and is as such pertinent.

“Oh, yes. Surrendering in many ways is the essence of spirituality, and also, it can be appreciated, many times in many ways, a practical response to the nitty-gritty of living. One need not buck and fight every challenge, unless it's a worthy one for a worthy cause.

Many people feel personally challenged by trivial things, or by things profound beyond their own ability to change or have effect, when real issues they can and need to address go wanting. “ – Nellieanna H Hay, A Child of Beauty.

-Manatita, The Flame-Weaver. ©Copyrighted, 21st February, 2016.

Quotes on Love

"My love throbbingly says: “God is all blessing.” God’s Love smilingly says: “My child is all gratitude.”

Love radiates the life of harmony,
brightens the joy consciousness and sharpens the sword of intuition.
Love is always ready to meet man’s every soulful demand.
Love conquers all that is unlike God.
It is, indeed, supreme over all.....

No time-born desire can rend my love of light.
My love of light flies beyond the widespread net of death.
Mine is the love that has the birthless origin and the deathless end."- Sri Chinmoy

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." - John 15: 12.

Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday to You! 2 mins. 30 secs.

Birthdays And ageing

Are you proud at 21 and sad at forty?

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Ruby's Special: Elton; Michael; Ruby and my Poem. 3mins. 20 secs. Gratitude to Adam Thornton, (Video), and Parichayaka, (music).


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      manatita44 24 months ago from london

      Ha ha. I'm always on a roll. But I know that I have just about 10 -12 or so quality admirers, and I usually do one an a half to two a week. Frankly, Writer's block, God's willing, is strange to me. I suspect my reading for some 60 years and even more importantly, my meditation without fail for 33 years daily, has given me the intuitive capacity.

      Still, I would generally wait and not rush, as I'm doing now. So you can catch up my sweet. If you are at Ruby's, though, then you have a few more. But I think you jumped, no? Because the 'pooh' one is later.

      Anyway, just feel like writing. In a great mood, but just so you know, I really appreciate you guys, my quality followers. Have a great weekend.

      Thank you, too, Ruby. We make quite a Team. I have felt like 'soft' inside when I read or listen to the videos here. Have a great weekend!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Shauna, I find myself returning to this magnificent piece quite frequently. I an amazed at the beauty within. Thank you again manatita...Hugs..

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You've been on a roll, Manatita. You're showing up in my inbox much more than the other hubbers I follow!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You're catching up, my Sweet. I really thought that you'd seen a few more. Now I'm about to post even another one. I'll take a rest then, so you can catch up. (smile)

      I am always grateful, Shauna.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What an awesome birthday gift, Manatita! Ruby, please accept my belated, but everlasting wishes for a wonderful birthday and every day.

      Manatita did an amazing job of showcasing your loving spirit. Congratulations to all who brought this tribute to life. Well done!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Mike. Your comment humbles me. Thanks again manatita. God bless.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you Ruby, I will return soon. Much Love.

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

      Happy Birthday Ruby. You are known far and wide. That is the kind of impression you have made on all of us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm late as usual. Thank you Hari. How very sweet of you to write a poem. Thank you my friend, and thank you again Manatita for a beautiful birthday dedication!!!!!!!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Says it all, Dwight. This Hub is so full of Love and Light, I feel it instantly when ever I return. God bless you. My Gratitude for such a powerful and meaningful word in this context. Peace.

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      Dwight Phoenix 2 years ago from Jamaica


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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, Hari, If I remember rightly, I did find yours, and mighty fine it was indeed!

      Thank you, Shaloo. Yes, well-chosen quotes. So glad that you liked them!

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago from India

      A beautiful tribute! I loved the quotes in the end.

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      Hari Prasad S 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Thanks manatita for you hub, i have written another dedication for her. thanks to you and you hub :-)

      "living simple- revisited". pl check.

      - Hari

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Aaah! Hari, how sweet; cute; charming ...she'll love this small token of Love, I'm sure. A fine sentiment, Dear brother, and I thank you so much!

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      Hari Prasad S 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Many many Happy returns of the day. Happiest birthday to ruby.

      Manatita, I am in awe, you have really spent a real quality time to research and what a great hub you have made. Every letter is precious like our ruby. And video is really fantastic.

      A small dedication from me to ruby for being, a great follower and a inspiration to all of us.

      you read a lot,

      write a lot,

      bit by bit, won everyone's heart.

      no doubt, you are a hit.

      - Hari

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Ah, my Friend, ahorseback. Thank you ...thank you. Gratitude ...much.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Now this is awesome , Manatita , you sir are a true gentleman ! And that Ruby , she is a peach ! Good for you Ruby , we all love you and cherish knowing you !

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Alicia. You're very kind. Yes, she liked it. Her appreciations are quite commendable. I'm sure she did. Much Love.

      Hi Frank, thank you, thank you. You have a quote in the body of the Hub as well. Appreciate you for this. Higher blessings.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      you really know how to do a hub right.. Always is one of my favorites and you did her justice with this dedication.. bless you

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You write such lovely personalized tributes to people, Manatita. This is a wonderful birthday hub for Ruby. I hope she's had a very happy day.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Hey he ...truth be told, Marlene, God's Light is in all. Some murderers would suddenly sacrifice themselves, if the cause is great enough. I know one who changed completely at the loss of his son. So love is there.

      Still, God's Light, like that of the disciples, manifest more in some than others. Who knows the ways of the Lord? Not me! Ha ha.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from USA

      Hello Surabhi Kaura. Thank you so much for your kindness.

      And, manatita44, you always know exactly what to say to make a person feel special.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      About MarleneB, Surabhi. She's another gem. All my friends are gems. Please rest. There is always another day. Love you!

      Ah Ruby. Michael was a true genius!. Chaplin feels we use this word too much. But the God-man Sri Chinmoy would not think so, I feel. One have to give credit where credit is due, and both Michael and Chaplin came straight down from Heaven. I say this, because it can sometimes feel, like Michael wasn't appreciated enough.

      Ali will soon be in London, and they already have tens of thousands of petitions at the last count, for him to be given an honorary knighthood. How noble! Ali was a great Vibhuti, someone sent by God Himself! Another genius!

      I miss Michael too, my Sweet. His work was unfinished. God's ways are unscrutable, and again, perhaps some dark forces played their role.

      You day today, my sweet. Enjoy!

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      Surabhi Kaura 2 years ago

      Many-Many Happy Returns of the Day, Ruby!

      Sorry Manatita, I was a bit busy. This is such a graceful way of celebrating Soul’s Day! What a heart-warming Sonnet. Everything in this hub is adorned with so much Love, Beauty and Light. Let’s raise a toast on Ruby’s Birthday with merriment and cheer. God bless you, Ruby. May you have a joyful day that is filled with surprises and blessings.

      Manatita, you rock! You’re the star, buddy! It was Manatita’s idea to design the video in a creative way. How I appreciate your Noble Heart.

      And, thank you MarleneB, my Dear. I will look you up soon when I reach home. Om Namah Shivaya.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The monkey made me laugh but I got pretty emotional after that and forgot to mention it. You know me, a day without laughter is a wasted day. I also watched the video again and this time Michael sang happy birthday to me. I loved it and oh how I miss him. Thank you again. Peace, joy and love.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Well, my Sweet Angel, HAPPY SOUL'S DAY!

      Would you like the handkerchief? Ha ha. Actually, am not good technically and we are in the same boat. I got help, making sure it was as close as I wanted it to be. Poor Surabhi, I gave her headaches. Ha ha. She's like me, my Sweet. All Heart and sacrifice.

      You didn't seem to notice the monkey and you know what. Not really my style, but I thought of your vocation, your strong sense of humour, and hoped it would be ok. It's good to laugh. Chuckle.

      When people say they like my poem, I always re-read them. I seem to get so much from them myself. This poem is in the last video with Music. Sublime. Adam has done a most inspiring job. He is awesome, but worked within the restrictions that I gave him, and again, changed at the last minutes, because you tube would not do some things, hence Vimeo.

      Your day, my seven year old. Cry, cry ...shed tears in the Soul. How blessed! Love ya! Peace.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Miz, ha ha. Actually, while we can all appreciate that this is a very common statement, the good don't really die, but sparkle in Love. The cold in Heart; the callous, the blind that see, the scarce in Love ...they die young.

      I like your husband, though. Funny, and laughter always helps. Thank you so much, my Dear Miz.


      I hope that you saw your input. Appreciations ...much Gratitude ...much. Enjoy!

      Dee, thank you so much ...for your fine contribution to Ruby here. God bless your loving Heart.


      I'm sure the person would love to hear you say so, to read your input. I think she has disappeared. I hope that all is well. Much Love Marlene. Thank you for supporting Ruby's hub and being here for her special day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      From the heart, just the way Ruby always responds to all of us. This is just a beautiful way to end the week. Happy Birthday, Ruby! Manatita, as my father would have said, you done good!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from USA

      The poems, messages, and videos all came together beautifully for a lovely tribute to such a wonderful person. By the way, the Happy Birthday song in the first video was put together very well. It was a lot of fun to watch.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      What beautiful tributes to Ruby! Happy Birthday to the dear lady, and thanks to you for highlighting her fine qualities!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, I forgot to mention your beautiful sonnet to me. It is like a fresh breath of air on this sunny day in Illinois. Your words soothe and inspire. You are a jewel sent to Hub Pages to lift and give love and hope to all who believe in a better tomorrow. I love you my dear poet.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am speechless, plus I can't see for the tears clouding my eye's. Imagine Stevie wonder singing happy birthday to me. The videos are precious. ( How did you do that? ) Everyone who knows me is aware of my technological impairment. Hee. Manatita you are so sneaky, finding all the pictures, you had to go back to find them, and you made my day. Thank you dear poet. Surabhi the video brought a mixture of tears and joy. Thank you my dear poetess. And lastly, Adam Thornton for putting the videos together. Thank you so much. And, you have some of my favorite stars pictures. Who could ask for more? Elvis, Michael, Tina, Elton. My heart is full of love to all who helped me celebrate this day. God bless you all.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Manatita, this is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. She has earned it and has our love and friendship. On aging, my husband said that he knows now why "Only the Good Die Young". The rest of us grow old for punishment with aches, pains and illnesses of the aged. Love and light to you.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Chuckle, chuckle ...That makes two of us .. ha ha Dear Chitrangada. Ruby will see your lovely comment, and she will know that you appreciate her. There are so many other lovely Hubbers that I wanted to include! Like you, they can express their feelings here.

      Deepest Gratitude for a first but very nice comment for Ruby's birthday. P.S. Both the first and last are tribute videos.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and lovely tribute to Ruby Jean Fuller and what a lovely video! The messages from fellow hubbers is equally beautiful.

      Please include mine as well---Wish you a Very Happy Birthday Dear Ruby Jean Fuller! Stay Blessed!

      In answer to your poll, I love to age gracefully and I am still young at heart--Lol!

      Thank you manatita , for this wonderful hub!