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Lady Aglow

Updated on December 10, 2012


L'day Aglow

Every day's

A beautiful


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


"I'm with her", says he,

"I need the afterglow".

Then why'd you flee?

"It's singeing! How could I know?"

He claims.

She strolls along and hums a tune

And smiles her little grin;

Upon her path that's flower-strewn,

That glow she shared with him


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Lady - A tribute to Audrey Hepburn

Love ~




You are heaven.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

things that count . . . . the simple stuff

. . . . from my archives . . . .
. . . . from my archives . . . .


Love is
The sustenance of angels
And if we mortals
Thrive on it
A little bit,
We're more divine
Than we supposed.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The perfect way

To start the day

Is in your arms.

Secretly, I do.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Quiet certainly

Lazes in its sun,

Smiling frequently.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Coming into life a blank,

Finding out 'the score';

Discov'ring it's not that at all,

It's really people evermore, -

Always, ever - are aglow.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Languid - lively;

Open - closed;

Lit-up - darkened;

Heaven knows, -

Yet always - is aglow.


Aware - confused;

At peace - distressed;

Knowing - wond'ring;

Have been repressed, -

Yet - always - am aglow.

A-glowing white,

A steaming mist,

Streaming all around;

Shimmering, glimmering

Against its verdant,

Flow'r-strewn background.

Halo of light

Straying to and fro;

Swaying, so to tease;

Blissfully playing,

Joyfully frolicking

In slightest summer'y breeze.

Touching tenderest

Dreams and fancies;

Magic sweetness

Conspires to tell,

Compelling, completing,

Delighting lovers in its spell.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



I'm not too old to blush

When caught

In my clown suit,

Blowing bubbles

Or feeding

Invisible peanuts

To imaginary chimps!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Like bubbles

Lavished on the wind

We live in ephemeral splendor,

Surrendered to our fates,

Mostly self-contained

In wispy isolation.

If we chance to touch,

It shatters us!

Yet sometimes ~

Oh! Sometimes! ~

Touching happens

Perfectly, ~

So we become,


A single membrane

Strong against

The wind forever.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Lady In Red


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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Just checked here and am pleased that you found the hub and have liked it. I'm weary but am at peace

      Thank you so much.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      How did I miss this one? I have read many of yours, but not this one. This might just be my favorite hub of yours! I know you are hurting terribly right now, yet it seems fitting somehow.It's certainly a blessing that you thought to share that last poem with me and then find the hub it is on. You are beautiful and inspiring. Hugs to you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Harish, what a splendid metaphor: - the contrast of a kid clumsily handling balls and an experienced juggler handling and keeping them in motion in the air. All ‘jugglers’ of words, paints and sounds hope to achieve that smoothness and harmony which seems nearly effortless but comes from experience. How gratifying if it’s perceived and appreciated. Thank you!

      “Confession” so describes much of my personality. I adore ‘foolishness’. It’s a sort of lubricant for the other parts of living. haha.

      “Like Bubbles Lavished”, - with it’s prime line, “touching happens perfectly”, is among my very favorites, though sometimes I’ve wondered if the visual of it is really perceived. At the time I was writing it, I literally visualized those bubbles and how they behave, usually crashing into each other and mutually bursting and vanishing as a result; but those rare times when a couple of them unite seem almost spiritual, you know?

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      Harish Mamgain 4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Nellieanna, balls in hands of a kid go heither and thither and sometimes these do not appear at all and lost. On the other hand, a juggler keeps the balls in the air, moving and spinning with an audience enthralled. What you do with words is similar and spectacular. I admire your finesse and great skill. Though I like all poems but "confession" amused me most and the parts " touching happens perfectly " is superb and evokes so intense emotions. To read your poetry and see graphics is a real joy and pleasure. Voted up.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm so glad you like it, Jo! Thank you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Nellieanna, one word, Sublime!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      There is no rush! Enjoy Poetry Café.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thank you for this.

      I am late for Poetry Café. I will return here probably tomorrow.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Manatita, Thank you for your appreciation of my work. You perceive how I love to write and put my heart into it.

      Yes, Audrey was all of that! She was also the heart of compassion, sweetness and authenticity. She debuted in American films the year I graduated from college and suddenly people pointed out a similarity of looka. Of course, I was flattered, became a life-long fan who followed her films loyally. She and Emily Dickinson have been my personal mentors in different areas over years of my life.

      By the way, at that time of her film debut here, her look was considered quite ‘different’, not in the mold of the Hollywood glamour-girls of that era. She was like a fresh sprite who stole the heart of the nation and demonstrated her own brand of elegance.

      Yes, I will remind you. I’ve read her biography, and know of her abdominal cancer and multiple surgeries. Perhaps there may be unpublicized less-straightforward factors?

      Since you also appreciate her, you might enjoy another instance in which I featured her, with some select other amazing people, in a hub, “The Essence of Elegance” @

      Peace to you, as well, my friend.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      She was blessed with the face of God, Nellieanna.

      She was sublime, elegant, charismatic, poised, and stunningly beautiful. She radiated innocence and much purity. Alas! I believe her (Audrey's) passing was not so straightforward. Remind me.

      'Things that count'

      Brilliant in it's creativity. Hauntingly beautiful words from top to bottom.

      One of God's poet-seers. Shalom.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Marlene! Yes - it's from the heart - with visits from the mind! I'm so both right & left brain that they usually haunt each others' fields! ;-)

      Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      DDE - oh - your approval is muchly valued and appreciated. I visited your amazing profile again just now and again was impressed with your work and versatility! Thank you for your visit, comments and votes!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      James, again you give me pleasant honor. Thank you!

      If I'm still a bit elegant & stylish, it has to be in the manner of Audrey Hepburn (to whom I was compared when we were both much younger!) but when her glamour days were behind her, and her personal style remained an extension of her innate good taste, preference for simplicity and personal self-expression; not as a follower of fads or slave to fashion dictates. Actually, though I always loved to write, my main focus from early on was in design, sewing and fashion. So you touched on a 'hot button'.

      I'd be delighted to stand before you and receive a courtly kiss on my hand and a rose! It would be an honor! Lovely picture to accompany me through the afternoon! :-)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Beautiful and comes from the heart. Awesome imagery. voted up!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most creative and expressed from the heart, you have the kind of talent for such a unique form of art. Voted up and awesome

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Very awesome and neat.I love this cocktail of masterpieces.From your work,I can say you are elegant and Highly stylish ,If you stand in front of me,my lady.I will bow down to kiss your hand and hand you a rose for this wonderful poems.

      Many Blessings to you

      James from overseas.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Debbie, dear! Thank you! One thing I've so loved about Hubpages for sharing my writing is it affords the chance to incorporate other creative juices into their presentations to be shared, rather than just the black and white words on a page.

      I built a large personal website (it's still in place) which didn't focus on my poetry, having only a sprinkling of it among the pages focused on various subjects. In fact, I was quite shy about sharing my poetry except to very personal friends in small amounts. But on the website I have total freedom to design from scratch at my own discretion. It's not like HP, though, where there's more limited freedom in those ways, but so many other colleagues are here who share writing, photography and many other creative bents. I am here much more than there these days!

      Each time I publish a hub which receives kind response, it's like stroking and encouragement! I thank you with all my heart for liking it! :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My dear Nellieanna.. your hubs are simply a work of art.. it is such a joy to read them and watch your passion and flair work it magic.

      many blessings



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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello MFB - Thank you for the visit and lovely comment. When I wrote that poem about the sun ripping apart the skies, it was a metaphor for a whole life opening & rising! It's dear to me, so thank you especially for noticing it.

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      MFB III 5 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed your poetry collection, especially the one about the sun ripping open the skies to present us with a beautiful day. Lovely work. ~~~MFB III

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Chris - what a lovely comment. Your well wishes are treasures for me. Thank you! I decree that you shall have a wondrous 2013, too!

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      Scarface1300 5 years ago

      Nellieanna. So many before me have said everything I could possibly say and all speak straight and true. My poetry has only been improved by reading work such as this and I am obliged to you. Inspiration for me has many spellings and 1 of these is nellieanna. Have a Happy New Year dear lady and all of the best wishes I could possibly give for the future, I do...................... Chris

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm smiling, Mike. What a lovely metaphor. Thank you, dear friend.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      A hummingbird playing a clarinet could not flutter a more fanciful image

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Ken - - I'm especially pleased that you say that. Our HP history is almost parallel in time and we always respond to each other's work positively. I thank you for this lovely response! Hugs back!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      When I am feeling down or blue, I just need to scurry here to your magnificent hubs to set my heart aglow again. You address love like no other at the Hubs, this is a very stellar work my dear. You move so many of us and lift up our hearts. Your pictures and videos are ever so fitting for your words, blending like a symphony. Hugs

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela, thank you, dear. You make me feel so good. It's nice to be appreciated!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Delightful, as usual. I love all the poetry and the pictures. Your hub is arranged so beautifully as usual.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie, dear GF -- Thank you for the visit and your most perceptive comments.

      Yes, I'm both lover & fighter, though I prefer them uncombined. If personal love is characterized by in-fighting, something is amiss and usually involves one's own short-sightedness & misjudgment in being there. I have BTDT!! haha.

      Fighting for others' rights and for principles of what's right & opposing what's wrong is a life-principle I champion, though there are various ways of implementing that. Mine's generally non-combative, though effective because it suits my personality. I'm pleased that you notice it! I think you know that I greatly admire yours!

      Knowing; -- it's vital to know oneself and live by, for and with that; - not someone else's take on it.

      I'm unsure how it related to my hub, but am interested in your mention of it & questions about it. So, in my opinion, if one doesn't have a personal love (temporarily or permanently), it certainly doesn't define one's love-spirit or ability to love nor does it leave one with being the personification of love's contrast (unless that's what IS in one's heart), nor does it justify assumptions that one's spirit or character can or must be defined in such negative terms! Again - it's knowing oneself and love is an abiding quality of one's own spirit & character, however it's expressed externally, including being 'silent' about it for personal reasons. Perhaps others may perceive heartlessness, intolerance, & cruelty if one doesn't personally exhibit & respond as they expect, to them; but such is their own perception only, no reflection of oneself.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      what an intelligent, courageous poem, Nellie! i love your fighting - and loving - spirit - it shines from every word! If we don't have love - or - the ability to love - where does that leave us? Heartless? Intolerant? Cruel? Hmmmmm....very interesting!

      voting and sharing with the hub-munity!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      OH, Rasma! That's so sweet of you. Thank you for the visit,votes and support. Hugs.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Just wonderful words, music and pics. Loved this. Passing it on.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear CD - Thank you, pet! I'm smiling at your choice of the poems. You're ever in my heart too. Glad you enjoyed the videos - I love them.

      In Indiana, my second oldest granddaughter gave birth to her second child early today;- a little boy, still unnamed - last I heard.

      She posted a pic of my eldest greatgrandchild/son holding my youngest greatgrandchild/son. Nice!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, too beautiful, Nellieanna.... I'm taking this to bed with me now at 1:30am. Especially this one:

      "The perfect way

      To start the day

      Is in your arms.

      Secretly, I do."

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      (Secretly I always wake up with you in my heart, my dear CM!)

      Also beautiful videos :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      No, no, Martin - Thank YOU!

      I so appreciate and value that you like the hub and its design! Hugs.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow! What a great hub. Not only the beautiful and well thought out ideas; but the pictures, the artwork, the layout. What else can I add? Oh yes; thank you

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Valleypoet -- My pleasure!

      I've only recently met your work on HP - but it's enough to embolden me to say 'It takes one to know one!' Those of your hubs I've read so far are certainly among the most worthwhile here, and express talent as well as a lovely human spirit! Thank you for the visit here and the lovely compliments!

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      A hub like this can only have been created and written by not only a talented poet and artist, but by a simply lovely human being...this was a wonderful read, and experience...thank you Nellieanna:-))

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dr. BJ - I'm especially honored. I love that you see both the soulful & the philosophical in my poetry. I appreciate you so! Thank you for this visit and these comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Cat! (morning's slipped by here!) I love your choice of words to express your impressions of my hub, from hope to whimsy! How gratifying to have caused your smile and thought of a butterfly's dance! I'm honored. Thank you so much!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopher - Your good opinion matters to me greatly. Thank you for the appreciation of my little treasure-trove here and for your compliment about Audrey.

      I confess that I was compared to her when we were both young, though she was three years my senior, an aristocratic European multi-linguist; having a rather dysfunctional home life, after which she was victimized during the Nazi regime & suffered malnutrition for her participation in the Dutch Resistance. So - in total, our backgrounds could hardly contrast more! (I've some Dutch, German & Swiss heritage on my Dad's side, though! :-)

      But obviously, the comparison for a young Texas girl was lovely for me when it emerged almost as soon as she began appearing in American films in the early 1950s. It was a delightful & inspiring 'connection' from then on. Her life throughout expressed a graceful, bright, cheerful, kind, compassionate & humanitarian heart. Her death at only 64 was a loss to us all.

      Your visit is much enjoyed, as always! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Lizzie, my friend - Thank you! I'm glad you liked the poems individually! Making a collection of poems actually is such a subjective thing, one wonders if those connections one senses between them could or would make sense to anyone else, especially since it may even be difficult to explain to oneself in so many words. They're felt to 'fit' together. For me, that's the criteria. So when it's perceived by another person, it's most satisfying, along with the touching of hearts of readers. You've my gratitude on all counts!

      Most of these were written for the hub or quite recently, but some from a long life of writing poetry simply rose up, announcing, "Here I am, kiddo. I belong on here!" - and so were included.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Alan, dear friend ~ Thank you. You're right. Love is a transformation that lives beyond any transient conditions; it's a blessing for which to be eternally thankful. It expands & radiates from its glow. It's immeasurable.

      If one hasn't known love, it awaits. If one has known it, it abides. I've experienced both states of being. The latter is far best!

      In truth, the lines you mention were written before I'd known such love, yet arose from a heart containing faith and understanding from within of what it is, believing it possible, even for me & even though reality had not yet proven it: quite the contrary, in fact. Hope abode.

      A fertile heart is receptive to love. A poetic heart can sense & express it even then, from faith; that famous trio of hope, faith & love. Good stuff.

      A heart experiencing love and expanded by love can then only literally respirate it, as it abides, which it does.

      As you've said so beautifully: - it's the source 'from which to be, to dream, to write.' - I have, I am, and I do. - Only one with such a heart could recognize that. So special thanks for being you. Of course I find the sweetest nectar in the garden! How could I miss? :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sandra! wow! - Speechless says a lot! Thank you - for the visit, comment, votes and support. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Gail, you are so dear! I'm pleased to have contributed to starting your day off inspirationally by my hub! Thank you for the praise and votes. (I like your reason for sharing it, too.) Hugs back!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Faith - Lovely! Starting off your day in a good way is so very gratifying. I enjoyed making this hub too. Thanks for the great compliments, votes and support. Hugs!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Nellieanna - Some people are talented poets whose poetry stirs the soul,

      Some are profound philosophers whose innate wisdom fits their role.

      But you, my love, as evidenced above,

      Combine both those skills effortlessly to make your writings seamlessly whole. Trust me!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good morning, Nellieanna, This collection is a treasure - profound , beautiful and full of hope, and charming with its whimsical accents. It lifts me up and makes me smile just like watching the dance of a butterfly! :)

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Lovely words and thoughts Nellieanna. Thanks also for the delightful tribute to the great Audrey. You look a little like her and you both have an inner glow that shines out.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Such a pleasure to read this beautiful, beautiful piece! From L'day Aglow to Confession.... ripples through the water with the glittering droplets of poems ...... Soothing, yet amazingly inspiring! My dear Nellieanna, you have done it again...... touching the heart of your readers....

      Voting up and absolutely awesome!!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      If we chance to touch

      it shatters us

      yet sometimes

      oh! sometimes

      touching happens


      Like the humming bird in the garden, you find the sweetest nectar and ink the pages from your life. You do not write from memory, but, from a heart transformed by love and such, that it refuses departure, long after he is gone. What gift from which to live each day, with which to lay at night. What gift from which to be, to dream, to write. You may well be the pen that writes. Such poetry reveals that he remains your ink.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I'm speechless. Thank you so much. Voted up and shared.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Clicked on this looking for a beautiful, inspirational way to start my day and surely found it in this lovely hub.

      Enjoyed the poetry, inspirational quotes, graphics and videos. Voted up across the board except for funny. Also shared as spreading a treasure like this hub brings joy to one's heart, knowing it will touch another.

      Hub Hugs,


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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Nellieanna!!!

      This is sheer brilliance at its best in your written words. So beautiful and thought-provoking to start off one's day.

      Thank yo so much for sharing your amazing gift of writing with us all here. I am always so blessed beyond measure to read your brilliant works.

      The imagery, video and the entire hub gets Voted Way up ++++ and sharing everywhere

      Very lovely, just like you!

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper