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Looking in the Mirror

Updated on September 23, 2013

Home is Where The Heart Is



The old Fireside has gained some dust since it was last started; thus I return like the old man winter who is fast approaching to welcome you back once again. I cannot promise any consistency over the next while, but I do want to touch base with each of you again as I have missed having my "Fireside Chats."

Thank you all who sent emails, finding me on FB, phone calls, helping us stay in touch through the various social media sites we find ourselves involved in. It has been such a blessing to know you are as you do.

It has been a busy time this past 6 months getting much accomplished around the house and yard. Everything on the to do list has been completed except for one task. Painting the dreaded fence. When this house was purchased 5 years ago, I was so very impressed with the fence closing in all of the backyard. Now fast forward 5 years and the fence has deteriorated with the harsh weather conditions of summers and winters and the many variations. It is a double sided 1x6 inch fence and just under the 6 foot height restriction. Now comes the hard part with the roller and brush, easy enough but with all the crooks and crannies well it has become a chore. So, the new sprayer will come out the first day the winds stop threatening to tip me over. I do want to get this finished and soon. You see the To Do list has started again... smiles.

So for you who find your way here welcome. The fire is crackling away in the corner and here we are again. I have plenty of seats and yes even a few snacks. The ever trusting Quigley is right here to welcome you, as well. Find a comfortable chair, if you have a chill grab a blanket and curl up with something hot to drink... know that you are each dearly loved. I hope you find a blessing here and please take one home with you.



Busy Times

With all the extras being done I still found the time, to publish 4 novels. The first is a three novel series named "Arctic Island Mist." This series was part of the Nano-write challenge last November, the challenge is open to anyone to complete 50,000 words or more in the month of November.

Well I sort of got ahead of myself with this series and completed a total of 170,000 words by the closing day. Rather than call it one book, it became three full length novels. They have been very successful and getting some excellent reviews. I have made contact with many great readers who have emailed with their opinions. Thank you any and all HP readers who have supported me.

The next book is called "Smoothwolf" a 2 book series. The first I have into print and the second is soon making its way to the publishers to be printed. Again well received. I have another finished called "Cross Claims" and another close to half finished called "Voices In The Stone."

I guess what I can say is I have been busy... smiles... Good to be back here again.

Words can Be Barbs


I have followed many of you over the period of the summer and reading the comments, and I see a growing trend where people are lashing out at each other. Some of the comments have been downright nasty and cruel. It concerns me what I read, are we not suppose to be a group of writers who are caring, loving and supportive.

Many have left here and other social media sites because of the inconsideration. I have seen it in the forums, but now I see migrating over to where people share from their hearts about things the passionate about. It is part of whom they are, do we need to be ashamed of what we write.

The haters write about hate and they do a terrific amount of bashing in their circles, but every once in a while they migrate out into their worlds. It is here they attack and run. What a shame to think of some of you wonderful writers spending hours creating what you do only to have it ripped apart by these one line writers.

It is happening all over social media where people hide behind keyboards and do their bid to break others. What a shame as people are feeling violated. I have had my share and find the best way is just ignore them. I wish I had an answer to the anger in the world today.

Where Accountability Begins


Back in my day this is the place you found yourself if you were rude and obnoxious with people. It is where justice was learned and whatever the behaviours were which earned you a coveted amount of time here with an authority figure. Did it hurt, certainly? Did you repeat the offence no. Trust me it would take a long while to forget a stout willow stick creating a red welt across your bare backside? Interestingly some very powerful lessons were learned, and you became very respect and very quickly.

Our justice system all across North America is being whittled down to a fraction of nothing these days. The Charter of Rights has overpowered common sense when we deal with the violators. The simple and easy route for them, only commit suicide after the deed. How spineless is that, I mean really do you really need to take out several other to be able to end your own life. What do you suppose sparks another to fly planes into buildings, walk into a school, a mall or a movie house and just open fire on the innocent. It is happening all over the world, and it is something that is hard to stop.

Yes, there is usually a note, a website left as a clue. Generally it is caused by a lack of love, parental guidance or simply a lack of acceptability by others. The media break everything down to the smallest detail. I was appalled after the Boston Marathon bombings that I highly respected anchor desk reporter posted links to website teaching others to make these things. Now how intelligent is that, how responsible is that.

Not A Game


All human decisions are to made with thought, taking others into the realm of what our actions will do to those around us. Far to often in our lives we see where angry and bitterness seem draw others into the controversy. Yet we as people it seems never stop to consider. We have become a Me-Me society. Fail to agree with my belief system and you react. Let a few wackos pull off playing judge and jury and they kill many innocents caught in the circle of death. All for what?

Please everyone and or anyone reading this think twice about what you say and do. Rather than create additional pain to others maybe take the time to do and say something nice to someone. Trust me in the long run you will be far better of a person by not attempting to be a hero in some cause that will get you nowhere. Play nice and you never know someone will someday show you what true love is all about.

Learn to love and you will be loved in return many times over and earn the respect you like all of us do.

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hugs Rasma ... to you and Sid from Quigley and I here in the soon to be frozen Canada... Time for a few more logs on the fire... great to see you again...

      Much Love

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi aviannovice... great to see you again and I must tell you my dear we are all so very proud of you and the recognitions you have been receiving for your work of late... congratulations.

      The sprayer is still awaiting, the strong winds here have been all but impossible, maybe tomorrow.

      The Canada Geese have all been well fed here in the north and I see massive flocks already moving in a southerly direction. They have all been warned in advance to not be dropping bombs in your direction...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hugs from Canada sweethearts2... the Fireside is always open, stay as long as you like and I do hope you always feel welcomed.


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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia... thank you for the kind words and the wonderful comment... great to have you visit...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Rolly so nice to hear from you. I hate negativity and I tend to shy away from unpleasantness. Oh I sure hope we can remain a group of caring and creative friends here on HubPages. Passing this on to my followers. Hugs.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Cristina... CrisSp... always a pleasure to see your smiling face and the kind, caring words you leave. We all love you dearly and those who have been blessed with love from the sky... well we just know the true meaning of love...

      Many hugs from the West

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Miss Neil... great to see you as well, it has been a long while it seems since I sat and rambled on. Trusting all is well in your world... heading over to play catch up...

      Love from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi bravewarrior... I could not agree with you more. I see the anger rise up far to quickly and discussions turn to horrible results before the eyes of everyone. Such a shame as we are here to love, not hate... it is so sad when it happens.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... great as always to see you here again, thank you for reading my ramblings here again. I really do need to catch up on all the great writers here...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Suzette

      I watched what happened at the base and the great loss and like many the questions just keep flowing. It is hard to fathom the whys and what could have been done to stop it. I just pray for all those effected by such a tragedy... so sad....

      Hugs from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Each of us as individuals can care for one another like we always do. Friendship means more than many other things. Best of luck with the paint sprayer, and may it make your job so much easier.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mary... it feels good to be back and as always thank you for the kind words and the share... stay well.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Susan... Thank yo so much for the comment and it is good to be back... at what capacity it is still unsure but here anyway... you are so right about loving one another... when we hurt someone we need to step back and sincerely look at ourselves...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      A cozy fire and true words of wisdom and love. A place of warmth in what sometimes feels cold and unaccepting, I think I'll cozy up for a while.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's good to hear from you again, Rolly, and great to read the important points that you've raised. Congratulations on the books that you've published.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So happy to see you back at the fireplace Rolly *hugs*. Congratulations on your huge accomplishments in publishing those books. Like you, I am ON and OFF HP and still enjoying it.

      And as far as negative vibes are concerned...I say, Amen to your words and to bravewarrior's comments.

      Love from the sky~

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Rolly, good to see you. It is sad that people are just being nasty to each other, especially the trolls who hide behind the internet because they are plain cowards. But on a good note, congrats on your amazing books and achievements! Wow! How do you manage to write so quickly and not get stuck in the 'writers block' stage that I always do? lol!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, I guess I'm fortunate. I've only had one reader leave a negative comment and that comment was critical of my upbringing and presumptuous at the very least. It was completely inaccurate at the very most. I opted out of an FB poets' site because of this one person. I stay away from negative people. If I read a hub and I don't have something good to say, I simply choose to not comment at all.

      We writers need to be supportive of each other. Offer constructive criticism, yes. Bash, no. And if you have something to say that you wouldn't want made public on your post, have the courtesy to contact the writer privately. Chances are your input will be better received if you don't make a public spectacle of the issue.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      YOu have been really busy...and I would love to sit in front of the fireplace and chat away. I also have been involved in some new projects and have written little on Hubpages. Good to see you writing..and I know you will get that old fence painted...

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Rolly: How wonderful this 'fireside chat' is. It is so good to read your thoughts. I write this on the day after the Navy Yard massacre in DC. You give us some wise words and thoughts about that. Yes, it is lack of love, acceptance and inclusion - that is why these people kill - that is their motivation. How insightful of you to relay this in such beautiful words. If we want this to stop then we have to be more tolerant of others. The air is crisp here in Ohio in the mornings and the evenings now, and fireplace fires are a nice addition to our lives in the evenings. So relaxing and peaceful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I've voted everything but funny Rolly and for many reasons. First, because I am so very happy to see you back. You have been missed. Second, because your down home wisdom is always so right on and hopefully enlightens a sad, worn heart or two. Third because I am so thrilled at your books...printing, and their success. I have had a rough six months so my time on HP has been devoted to fulfilling my quotas and keeping on with friends and followers. I am sorry I did not follow you to FB or any other social media.

      A very warm welcome back to you and Quigley and I look forward to more fireside chats! Shared this hub so others will see you're back!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's sad that our world has so much negativity in it. I wish people would stop and think about "Do unto others .... as you would have others do unto you."

      Congratulations on your new books. Great accomplishment.


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