Meet Nellieanna Holdeman Hay (Nellita): A Tribute To My Very Dear Friend For Her 7th Anniversary on Hub Pages
Felicitations, my Dear Friend, Nellieanna
When I first read the words, and bathed in the designs immortalised on Hub Pages by Nellieanna, I was fascinated by their beauty and charm. For the first time, I was able to say to myself: “Here is a poet who is not only exquisite, aesthetic and ethereal, but also writes with a clarity and purpose, that can only come from an effulgence of Light, of Divine beauty.”
In that sense, I felt that she was quite similar to me, indeed, perhaps the first that I had come across so far, and so I felt enthralled and proud to be reading her work-- words of such beauty, eloquence and loftiness, that they made my Heart sing with Joy. Here are two excerpts of Nellieanna’s writings:
Couple in Love
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Twist a rainbow
'Round the day
And that is where I'll be.
Drop a moonbeam
In a stream ~
It will not seek the sea.
But - drain it dry,
To bring it near~
The moon, the stream
Will disappear. –Nellieanna Hay, 1973.
Life is Change
If there is no change - then, no life.
Clinging to it or skirting around it
trying to hold onto the past or fix the future
loses it. – Nellieanna Hay
Just Who is Nellieanna?
Nellieanna Holdeman Hay, was born on the 2nd February, 1932. The daughter of Albert and Elsie Holdeman, she was the youngest of a total of four siblings, the others being sisters Ruth and Harriet and Brother Harold. She has two lovely children, Steve and Dyane, who themselves have children and has given Nellieanna grandchildren and great-grands as well.
As a child she loved Art, and followed her mother, an excellent artist, as she painted from real-life scenery. So in a way, we can say that the artiste and painter in the young girl, was already in the making, at quite a tender age.
Nellita describes herself as an ageless multi-faceted woman, an ‘artist of life’ who loves to write about it. I was looking at the qualities of one of the zodiac sign on her most precious website, and some of them seem to fit her so well! One full of charm and magnetism, fearlessness, diligence in all things, resourcefulness and of course a sharp mental and spiritual application to the joys of living.
I would add goodness, empathy and soulful service. Nellieanna has commended so many poets here on Hub Pages, and indeed gave them credit, including myself, on her Profile, highlighting our prose or dedication to her, with sweetness and with Love.
Nellieanna and George
Nellieanna has written roughly 244 Hubs, but has 872 followers, a tribute to her Art both in design and eloquent words, as well as her innate beauty, and peerless Heart. She had the honour of being voted Poet of The Year by members on Hub Pages, in 2013. Alas! Our dear friend has since suffered from Carpel-Tunnel Syndrome with her hands and fingers being restricted. So sadly we don’t see too much of her work.
Nevertheless, she is still busy on other social media, and indeed with her own ranch, living up to the luminary Sri Chinmoy’s adage that ‘old age is a new page.’
Nellieanna was married to and lived with her loving husband George Hay, who sadly ‘took flight’ as she puts it, ‘to continue his timeless journey’ on September 5th, 2008. He was, by all accounts, a truly wonderful man. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific, including Iwo Jima. He was a graduate of Texas Tech, with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and retired from the City of Dallas Water Department, in 1987.
George and Nellieanna met at a Company she worked for. He was an Industrial Engineer and they liked each other instantly. An accomplished writer, poet, designer, music lover, painter, teacher and artiste, Nellita grew up in Terrell County, Texas. She still runs a Farm called The Flying Dutchman Ranch, almost singlehandedly, I might add, and she has also worked as Sales Director, for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Assistant Director for Morgan Building Systems.
Nellieanna loves her country, and here – in her own words - I would allow this great passion and admiration, to speak for itself:
“America! My beloved country! My forebears came here before it was an independent country, to find respite from difficulties back in the countries from which they migrated and then were ready to build on their new lives here. In Dad’s case they were fleeing religious persecution and hoping to establish sanctuary to worship and live accordingly. In Mother’s case, they were seeking more opportunity, both to practice their beliefs and to expand their horizons.
They were courageous, hard-working and determined. Some of Mother’s forebears fought in the Revolution for the U.S.A.’s Independence. Dad’s people’s religion forbade taking up arms, so they contributed in other ways.
Of course, my own experience of this great country began decades, nearly two centuries later after my parents had gone forth in this land to follow their own dreams, to establish their own independence and to settle in a place to call their own and to rear their family of my three elder siblings and the unexpected fourth one - me! We were all encouraged to learn and were able to get good educations, without outside hindrance, as happens in some other places.
All in all, what I love most about America is the freedom to choose, to reach one’s personal goals and the privilege to take part in choosing the leaders of the country. I’m passionate about preserving and protecting the freedoms for all its people, freedoms on which America was built and flourishes, so that future generations can continue to enjoy all the opportunities and freedoms here. America IS its people, essentially.”
More prized possessions
Schooling and poetry
Nellieanna went to the University of Austin, Texas, and studied at Southern Methodist University, obtaining her BS in Home Economics, Art/Fashion Design, Junior/Senior - Graduate - BS degree. She also went to Abilene Christian University, Home Economics and Freshman/Sophomore. She still has a fondness for music, and this song by Jerome Kerns, is one of her favourites, if not the best:
The lovely intro:
Time and again I've longed for adventure,
something to make my heart beat the faster.
What did I long for?
I never really knew.
Finding your love, I've found my adventure.
Touching your hand, my heart beats the faster.
All that I want . . . in all of this world is . . . you. . .
The haunting verse:
You are. . .
The promised breath of springtime. . .
That makes the lonely winter seem long.
You are. . .
The breathless hush of evening. . .
That lingers on the brink of a lovely song.
You are the angel glow
That lights a star.
The sweetest things I know
Are what you are.
Someday. . .
My happy arms will hold you. . .
And someday. . .
I'll know that moment divine. . .
When all the things you are . . . are mine!
- My song. My destiny. - Jerome Kerns
Nellieanna’s OASIS at nellieanna.com is a breath-taking spectacle, as well as a celebratory journey. It expresses her moods, moments, relationships, enchanting scenery, family history and intimacy … it is rather like an autobiographical choreography of her movements in time and spaces, accommodating the dance and pageantry of life’s sojourn … so far. In fact, this website is like Love – ever elusive; peerless; impossible to describe -- a visit is imperative to capture the essence or Soul of what Nellita has done and is continuing to do.
Nellita has a keen sense of all things elegant, passionate and eloquent, and is a fan of the great Ballerina Plisetskaya, movie heart-throbs Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as well as Doris Day, Julie Andrews and André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu, the Master Dutch violinist and conductor, best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Nellita loved music and also played an antique piano.
When it comes to commenting on the Hubs of her Hub Pages Friends, Nellieanna writes with much care, eloquence and empathy, taking her time to ensure that her words are guided by love and pleasantries, as well as to make us feel good about ourselves.
I believe that Nellieanna Holdeman Hay is definitely a solid treasure, not only here on Earth amongst her friends, well-wishers and admirers, but as a servant and instrument of the Supreme. Hari Om! Long may you live in our Hearts, and in the Lap of the Most High Sovereign of Perennial Love Supreme.
Is my adornment,
The gift of years.
I envy not
The blank of innocence.
I am become a woman
There's no debt against it.
The calm water
Shows no sign of strife
From its past storms.” – Nellieanna Hay.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted 20th October, 2015. Updated, January, 30th, 2017.
Andre Rieu's famous 'Beautiful Blue Danube.'
The Beauty of Memories
Do you keep a detailed account of treasured moments?
All credit and courtesy given to Nellieanna's notes to me and her magnificent website Oasis as described. More than worth a visit.-Manatita