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Son Of Hubber : A New Chapter

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Randy Godwin is a true southern male who enjoys writing about the past in his part of the world. I hope you enjoy my Tales of the South.

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Honor Among Thieves? Yeah Right!

It is a perfect time to try out the new Stellar Hub Template I suppose. I’m not even to go into what the word “stellar” means either. It should be entertaining to fool around with the template this time around, so I’ll just let my imagination flow.

I’m telling you one thing though, I’m still angry about HP putting their “Related Search” ads on my hubs during the time my codes are displayed. I charge that they are compromising the agreement they made with us by doing so. I cry foul!

Look out for more of their tricks to get around keeping their word and you won't be disappointed. It can only get worse instead of better since they've apparently gotten away with it. They will surely see this as an encouragement to do even more draining away of our earnings. Count on it.

Son Of A Batch

Greetings Hubsters. Once again it is time to create another place to vent and complain, as well as, visit friends, poke fun at other people and ourselves, and of course, solve the problems of the world.

Once again I’m going to place this hub under the Creative Writing classification to help ease it through the so-called QAP. But bear in mind the word “quality” doesn’t mean the same thing on HP as it does everywhere else.

In fact, the word "quality" is very subjective on HubPages with apparently only those on HP staff using the word to describe what they desire as a hub.

No, they are fooling no one except those who don't know any better. And really, these are the sort of people HubPages wants right now. It is what it is.

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The Town Common

There wasn’t much a 14 year old boy could do for entertainment in the small town of Clear Springs Georgia in the summer of 1921. The dusty red clay streets and almost deserted stores made the rural hamlet seem like a ghost town during the noon hours.

I--I being Dickey Cross--was dozing in the shade of the awning which graced the front of my grandfather’s grocery store. When I heard the sound of an approaching wagon, I quickly awoke to the sight of an old caravan style wagon pulled by 4 beautiful horses.

The two lead horses were pure white in color with the two hindmost creatures being as dark as ebony. The wagon itself was painted a bright green color, with yellow spoked wheels to complete the color scheme.But all this paled in significance to the driver of this remarkable assemblage.

A beautiful, dark haired lady wearing a burgundy dress held the reins, controlling the great beasts with hardly a struggle. Her wonderfully dark eyes looked in my direction, sending a thrill through my soul. Her smile made me blush, even before I returned my own expression of delight.

Consulting With The Gypsy

“Vere is ze town common?” she asked in a foreign--but still enticing--accent. I stammered a bit until I finally pointed to a vacant lot on the edge of town. Clear Springs didn’t actually possess a town common, but we used the vacant lot for various revivals and medicine shows which occasionally passed through. “Right down yonder, thuh other side o’ the barber shop, Ma’am,” I managed to say through my grin.

I couldn’t tear my eyes from her face with her olive complexion contrasting with the large gold hoops adorning her ears, moving as she tilted her head, as did the long dark curls framing her perfect face. The red of her full lips, the white of her teeth when she smiled, made my heart hurt. She was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen in my rather limited time on this earth.

I didn’t notice the sign painted on the wagon until she drove away. SISTER DAGMAR the sign read, and beneath it in smaller letters, FORTUNES TOLD. Of course there was a representation of an open palm rendered faithfully in pink beside the words, there always is.

Dagmar set up her wagon, staying 5 days and then moving on to the next town. I believe every adult female visited her during that time, along with a few men folk too, if the truth be known.

There was always a short line of ladies waiting for their turn to have their fortune told, or to ask for advice from the mysterious beauty. They invariably came out of the wagon with a smile on their faces, with their heads held high, and seemingly happy with themselves all at once. Yes, the Clear Springs town common had quite a spate of business that summer.

Brother Rhymes'Tent Revival

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The Faith Of Man..er..Woman

Two weeks later a tent revival was set up on the vacant lot--or town common, as we now referred to it--and it was an overwhelming success as far as saving souls was concerned. Brother Rhymes--the revival preacher and owner of the huge tent--seemed to know everyone and their problems, just as if he’d lived in Clear Springs himself.

It was his first time entering the small burg though, causing quite a stir among the religious and heathen alike in Clear Springs. He was a very handsome and charismatic man, was Brother Rhymes, with some suggesting it was this effect which caused so many members of the town’s gentler sex to reaffirm their faith in the almighty. He wore his hair long, to his shoulders it was. Dark as a raven's wing, it shimmered under the lantern lights as he strode the wooden stage, looking intently into the congregation's eyes as he preached his message of sin and redemption.

It did seem as if most of the men folk weren’t affected by the preacher quite as much, furthering the rumor around town about Rev. Rhymes' power over the fairer sex. When the tent revival finally left after two weeks of saving souls, Brother Rhymes was richer in spirit and pocketbook too, as the collection plates yielded up a bonanza for the pious reverend. Clear Springs would never experience such a forthcoming of religious fervor for decades to come. Some thought that was a good thing. My father and I were among them.

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It'll All Come Out In The Wash!

One reason he thought as he did was because a few years later I went with Pa to Macon to visit some relatives, and to conduct some business at the same time. We were eating at the hotel when a couple came strolling through the door and was seated at a nearby table.

Pa suddenly started chuckling softly and was obviously trying not to burst out in uncontrolled laughter, not completely accomplishing his intention, but he covered up as best he could.

Yes, it was the gypsy and the preacher sitting there, and without the disguises they once wore when on the circuit. There was no mistaking those dark eyes, those red lips, the gentle laugh the former palmist exhibited for all to admire.

The former preacher too looked the same, even without his somber wardrobe worn during his short visit with us further south. His former long dark hair was now trimmed neatly, a slim mustache made him even more charming than when he played the part of the preacher. They smiled and laughed together easily, as if life was simply a game to be played. And I suppose for them, it really was.

No, neither Dad or I ever told anyone back home about seeing them. The gypsy was sent into town early to gather info the faux-reverend would later use to manipulate the church folk into giving up their coins. Her talks with the town ladies revealed much her partner-in-crime could use to convince them of his personal favor with God. You had to admire them for their gall.

Pa said, “No need to ruin everyone’s feelings of joy, not even the handsome couple who was the cause of it.” Pa was always right about such stuff, so I readily agreed to keep their secret. Besides, Mamma would've worried herself sick about it.

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      savannahinmrpjoy 4 years ago

      I have been browsing blog posts on this site for a very long time and I figured it was time to join. I never really actually submitted to a online forum in the past so this is a huge action for me. So I am quite happy to be right here. I absolutely adore clothing and fashion items and shopping is really definitely one of my interests. I likewise really love to read and spend hours resting in the sun at the seashore. Heading out is truly high on my list of activities. Thrilled to be here!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @Worst--There's a new hub in town. See the link above. This one got too full. Of what? Well, you know.....

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm glad I never understood poetry.

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      worst-of-hp 4 years ago

      PoetPhil has summarized his forum flaming experience in the form of a poem. Here is the intentionally broken link

      http://

      poeticphilosophy.hubpages.com/hub/Righteousness-Prevails-Poem

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      no hidden meaning there. PDS, I think you should challenge him to a poem-off.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      If I say no it is likely to be a major interfamily incident! I need to come up with some good excuses, and use them carefully. But my mind always goes blank!

      Anyway. I've half-cleaned the kitchen already. Shouldn't take me so long to get the rest of the flat sorted. And they are going to buggeroff on Sunday to see museums, I shall not join them cause I'm deeply bored by such things.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Agree with PDS, say no.

      Or say you have a massive flea infestation from the geckos (regardless whether or not they get fleas)

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Okay guys. A new hub for you to critique,fill with your words of wisdom, and stuff.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/A-Poisonous-Clique...

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Just say no.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Pita cousin and his even more boring partner are back from holidays, and ofc they are demanding to spend the weekend here. I truly hate this! They were here a lot b4 they went on holiday and am thoroughly fed up with them.

      They also have this obsession with sleepovers. They want to sleep here and every time I am forced to visit them I have to fight to come back home and sleep in my own bed.

      Why? Why does this happen to me???

      I need to sit down and systematically invent a list of lies about going away for weekends, it's just way too much trouble to try and come up with something on the spot.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Happy Friday, all!

      Check out my first HP post that I put on Bubblews instead. http://www.bubblews.com/news/958018-the-care-and-f... Hopefully it will help a soul or two.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      No EC for me.

      Have not yet reached a dollar here this month.

      Made a dollar yesterday alone on Bubblews having posted a couple of times. Made over 50 cents on Adsense from one web site yesterday as well.

      Thus, more than 6 weeks worth of current HP earnings made elsewhere yesterday for 10 minutes effort...

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I have an Editor's Choice.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      May his next iPad case shatter into tiny pieces.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      So, on my brother's recommendation I've just watched the whole first season of breaking bad. It's not bad, not that amazing either. There really are only a cpl of ideas. Middle class engaging in crime being the main one.

      Now I have a headache and a guilty feeling because, other than putting up a few CafePress products I haven't done anything. In fact I've been exceptionally lazy this month so far.

      Also generally pissed off with life because I woke up this morning to some New Zealand geezer buying 2 iPad cases making me about $18. Then he cancelled the order. I was actually expecting him to cancel one of them (because why would a normal person buy 2 similar iPad cases), but the fact that he cancelled both was cruel!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Wa, I doubt that any thinking person on this site would not appreciate your hubs. They are so well written and researched, and yet, you manage to reach whoever is reading them, whatever their level of education. I would say, for what it's worth, that's skill.

      You also introduced me to Leanne Wood- we have so very many talented, well educated and thoughtful women in politics. Alas, they are not where they should be, yet!

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      worst-of-hp 4 years ago

      anybody else think that HP's new style tips in the editor are a harbinger of yet another upheaval? They give you a warning if you have a graphic divider or a link capsule. If link capsules are now bad, why are they offered? I'm thinking HP is going to announce its retirement soon. Just like when they retired the RSS capsule, it's going to be a major pain in the ass for everyone to update their hubs to make sure their careful formatting isn't wrecked. Not to mention it's going to kill the strong network of internal links people have built by linking their related hubs together. Google is sure to reward HP for that -- NOT.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Thank you, gmwilliams!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      It's starting to look like the only places I'm posting at these days is Randy's hub and Bubblews. Forums just aren't doing it for me anymore, especially since I not only don't get paid for my efforts there, but also there was that recent no-good-deed-goes-unpunished thing. Every time I get a forum post idea, it goes on Bubblews instead.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      WriteAngled, you are an excellent writer and I appreciate your writing style. I, too, do not write about flimsy titles. I write what I will and those who understand, fine, and those who don't....well, that's THEIR problem.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Nothing wrong with realism and a healthy dash of cynicism, Hollie.

      Mark, I "throw" stuff at Bubblews, in the sense that I do not concern myself with topics that would require extensive research, photographs and all the rest. I like to think, though, that intellectually and stylistically what I place there is as well written as anything else I put out.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      EDIT: I'm an old cynic, I'm realistic. Long live Bubblews, HP, Wizzley and all the others. Objectivity is not fear, it's objectivity.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Hollie you set your future is in what you just said: "But I'm an old cynic, I'm afraid." Please son't set that for everyone else.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I'm not saying it's all crap Mark, in fact, I've enjoyed posting there. It's more about my thoughts than anything else. I'm not used to writing my thoughts-except on Twitter, in 140 characters. And to be honest it's nice and refreshing. But I'm an old cynic, I'm afraid. My thoughts don't earn, my research does, and I write for a living- supporting my 16 year old daughter and my 21 year old son who has suffered a brain injury and is still not very well. My time is money- that's the reality of my life. And I do it on my own.

      I hope Bubblews survives, I hope HP survives and I hope Wizzley survives, but in the meantime, I have to be completely realistic about where I earn and how. I'll give some time to each, and my clients and the mills, but there's no shame in being realistic and pondering where your time is best spent.

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      Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland

      You guys know I'm a fan of the site. It is the only place I am writing now. I put effort in to what I am doing and I am hopeful this will be reflected in a slowly building readership. The posts come and go - but the readership may stay. That means that gradually the posts may become worth more.

      I am definitely not slinging anything at the site. They are mini / concise articles that HP would reject. I like them and I hope others will do too. They are at least as good quality as my HP stuff and in many ways better. A thought expressed succinctly - with a point and a payoff.

      So next time someone says "It's all crap on there". No. It isn't.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Agreed, Hollie. I do not spend more than 5 minutes on a Bubblews post. I guess I'm "throwing" it at the site, because I do not research topics or keywords. I view those five minutes as a pause from real work. If they bring in money well and good, if not, I have not wasted any time or effort.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Oh and Yes they do pay! This is a bubble from someone who used to write here and now writes at Bubblews: http://www.bubblews.com/news/953776-bubblews-back-...

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      You can backlink to your other articles, just not a referral link. I have backlinked several of my other articles in my bubbles.

      If you write your articles in word you can post them in one site and if that site does nothing for you then you can take it off that site, wait about a week and them post it to another. Writing is just not that rigid as some think it is.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I was under the impression that PDS was talking about work/reward ratio. I only throw a lot of characters at an article if I see the potential for reward. When it comes to HP, the reward is Zazzle sales. When it comes to Bubblews I'm slightly more wary- there are the stories from those who've been able to redeem what is owed to them multiple times, then it stops. No links to other sites to which you may be affiliated, no backlinks for your articles.

      No big deal if you've invested little. But on the other hand....

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      PDS I don't count the characters or words that I write. I just let it flow.

      I like your stories, but as a reader there is something missing. More visuals maybe to get the mind to want to read more...

      Your comment sounds like a punishment to your readers. Why would you want to think that you are just "Throwing" characters at something. What is it you want back?

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Lady G. Thanks for the views and the likes! 600 characters is all I'm willing to throw at B for now. Maybe if/when I become more inspired... :-D

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      PDS, I read and liked 2 of your posts. IMHO, they are a bit too short.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Don't start fighting girls, only one of us can have a lilo inflater!

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Awww, look! PDS is trying to stir jealousy among the female contributors here.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      @Hollie. Leave a light on in the tent. Maybe I'll drop by...

      Meanwhile, the Bubblews adventure continues. I wish my stupid fiction attempts would become a hit. I have fun writing them. Unfortunately, I am a rank amateur at this sort of thing.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I bought my tent and bed at Decathlon's sale. I was just lured by the fact that the bed had a sleeping bag attached, which for some strange reason I found really appealing. Didn't even think about how to inflate it.

      I hope the weather forecast is wrong WA, and the weather in Bristol is brighter for you and your daughter. There's some rain forecast for Saturday evening in the neck of the woods where I'm travelling to. Good job I have some floral wellies and a waterproof coat!

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Actually, I find the self-inflating mats a lot better. They aren't as bouncy as a lilo, but they are far more insulating. I used to freeze when I slept on a lilo.

      Hope the weather will be better for you than in Wales/SW. I'm meeting up with younger daughter in Bristol on Saturday, and non-stop pouring rain is forecast :(

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      You're a great story teller, Randy, no doubt about that. I hope you start to feel better soon, very soon:)

      Getting organised for my camping weekend :

      Popup tent, check.

      Sleeping bag, check.

      Blow up bed ch...I need a bloody foot pump- why didn't I just buy a sell inflating bed?

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, RD, I have bronchitis, too. Now I know where I got it. Thanks! lol. Must have been part of my "surprise."

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      I note that the award of an EC to one of our members "inspires to write more creative". Now I know why I have been passed over. I need to translate my hubs into Engrish!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks, WA. Staying medicated but it makes me a bit addled. Not that I'm not already addled to certain extent. :)

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Glad you're better. I hate respiratory diseases because they always make my asthma worse too.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks everyone for the well wishes! Feeling a bit better this morning but a ways to go.

      aa- thanks for reading my tale on Alastars's site and for the nice words.

      @Alastar-- Pleased I didn't mess up, but I think the photos had the right date, not me. lol!

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Just read the story now Randy, it is truly beautiful.

      Hope you get over the bronchitis soon, can't remember ever having it, but it must be very unpleasant. Especially in the heat.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      *That was suppose to... be pain of just breathing.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Randy, my hugs to you also. Please get well soon. Go to a doctor, take the prescribed medication and get lots of rest. Let nothing aggravate you. Lots of love.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Oh Randy, my hugs to you. I have had bronchitis twice in my life and 2 times too many. Your cough will last monhs. I hope they gave you something for the pain or just breathing.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Randy, you were right on the evacuation order. I thought Sherman gave it out a few days before he left on his march in mid- Nov....one up for ya bro! Hope you feel better and get a heat break soon too. We've got a little one up here .

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      I hope you feel better tomorrow, Randy. In our USA, all things medical really are a bad thing. Half the time we are left to our own devices without any professional medical help whatsoever.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Been under the weather for the last few days. Suspected bronchitis because of the symptoms. I haven't been far from the bed, and on top of this, we've had a temperature index of around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Miserable! :(

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Awesome! WTG!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Tooting my own horn with blatant promotion. Sorry guys! :p

      http://alastarpacker.weebly.com/5/post/2013/08/ala...

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      And I see someone needs help in the regular forums for a problem I know the answer to. They're on their own...

      Meanwhile, I'm still making hub Style Tips updates right and left.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      I see that the total warfare n the religion forums continues... I am so glad I cleared out of there.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Hollie and Izzy, I wrote this for you and others there too, like me: http://www.bubblews.com/account/60765-ladyguinever...

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Welsh is a beautiful language too :D

      I have two ferns which I have allowed to stay, because they are growing in the border, but they literally spring up in the middle of the lawn (if you could call it that, stinging nettles too) I really struggle keeping on top of my garden too. I now have gravel in my front garden and a few potted plants and next year if I can afford it, I'm going to lay decking (well, not me, I'll pay someone to do it) over the half of the garden. It's just too much for me to keep on top of it, and like you, it depresses me when it looks a mess.

      I have huge conifers too, I didn't plant them the previous owners did- but my neighbour to the right of me is always moaning about them. Eventually I'm going to have them chopped down but they're about 15 foot high.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hollie, ferns would be most welcome guests!

      I have brambles invading from next door, and then loads of ugly, really tough weeds that I do not have the strength to pull/dig up.

      I no longer go into the garden because it just makes me depressed.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      In the 1980-90s, I was one of the top poets in Esperanto. It was a lovely time, big fish in small pond, hob-nobbing with the greatest of Esperanto literati.

      I haven't used it for a long time. Obviously I can understand everything, but surely will have lost the poetic touch when producing it.

      The problem is, whatever language I try to speak now, Welsh come out, LOL!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I don't know about brambles but it kills wild ferns and stinging nettles- they spring up allover my back garden as it backs onto a wooded area.

      I add 6/7 heaped tablespoons to 1/2 pint of water and then add about one quarter of a teacup of bleach. It kills them.

      This was my granddad's concoction.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Esperanto, invented by a Polish bloke Zamenhoff.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      That's really nice WA, you look quite exotic, almost Romany (I mean that in the nicest possible way)

      Do you translate Esperanto/Esperanzo (not sure of the correct terminology) I was reading something about the language a few months ago- didn't really understand it, but something about it being a new/modern language. Or, at least, not as old as the rest.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hollie, are you really saying bicarb + bleach kills brambles? To the roots? What quantity of both???

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      I like pixies.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      There is a picture of me in my 30s I rather like. It looks even more vintage than the 90s

      http://esperanto.net/literaturo/autor/ungar.html

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      aa, I'll send you a picture of me and you can use that! (not) I do have a head shot avatar but it's bloody awful. I resemble a pixie.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Hollie. You are right. Check out my latest B post. I have decided to take a different tack.

      aa lite. Your description Of WMT is also my thought.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I've always understood that Webmaster Tools "impressions" refer to how many times your pages appear in the SERPs, clicks are actually ppl clicking on the search result and going to your page.

      I wonder whether my avatar, which is also my google authorship thing, puts ppl off from looking at my pages. Maybe I should find a sexy picture of a beautiful woman and pretend it's me (I don't think Google can check, although we can't be sure of anything!).

      It's interesting to see that HP have found some manual actions. I would have thought these are pretty extreme and generally Goo leaves its nasty algorithms to do the dirty work.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      They have mistaken you for somebody else, PDS!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Google says that I have also been good.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Wow! That would make a fair old difference in earnings too! Two to three times as many impressions as HP is reporting, something's very wrong.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      I have no manual action reported. On the other hand, Webmaster Tools reports 33 URL errors, of which one is "access denied" and 32 are "not found". Presumably, these are caused by HP incompetence.

      I think my huge drop in views is once again due to HP messing around with this site.

      What is very strange is while HP has been telling these last days that I have 8-25 impressions per day, Webmaster Tools is reporting 60-90 impressions per day on my subdomain. Something stinks to high heaven here.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Another bullet dodged. I got rid of all my Amazon capsules ages ago. Am now considering doing the same with eBay.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      New post on the blog urging us to check webmasters tools for manual action. http://blog.hubpages.com

      Also they are reducing kw driven Amazon capsule products to 1 on old hubs! Izzy, Randy and whoever had a lot of Amazon capsules might want to check their hubs (although my impression is Randy goes for specific products, don't know about Izzy).

      Also all new hubs can only have 1 product on an Amazon capsules. Sounds like HP found manual actions because of two many Amazon links!

      I agree that two many Amazon products could hurt, but one per module seems a bit excessive!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I just did some research and BUBBLEws has been in operation since February 2012. At what point would it be to fail? I am just curious.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Trouble is, I only know how to write for people like myself, who want critical, balanced, heavily researched information. Unfortunately this seems to be the exact opposite of what succeeds.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I guess one solution is to write articles that don't take hours or days of research, and write a lot more of them. I want to have 1000 hubs. That has to pay something.....of course I'm nowhere near that goal, and the way I'm going probably won't reach it for ages!

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Well, I'm down to 7 views on 22 hubs, many of which are extensively researched and took hours or days to write. Another account, where I write mostly crap, is standing at 22 views for 11 hubs. I think I will shortly start taking down content from the WriteAngled account and putting it on my own sites and blogs. So far this month, I have earned the equivalent of 3-4 months of HP earnings in Adsense on my own sites.

      I've come to the conclusion sites like this are a waste of time now. Even with mixed content, you are probably better off tossing it onto a general blog of your own.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Randy, just a thought but : The Poisonous Clique; the calm before the storm.

      All is very quiet on HP of late- emm.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I don't know Izzy, perhaps when the complaint is investigated properly you'll be given more answers, or at least get the details of what happened.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Yes I told the Social Worker and she said she would chase it up.

      Went up to the hospital to ask for some pads for Mum's bed. Spoke to head nurse - she was in my class at school. Learned they are available free on prescription, which is good to know, but she gave me some from the wards to keep me going. She brought up my letter of complaint about Dad's care. She said he was offered pain relief and refused. Looks like the professionals have closed ranks. Patient refusal means they have no case to answer. I don't believe them. If he was offered and refused pain relief, why did he phone me three times to tell me how much pain he was in?

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Snakeslane, Hollie. Am alive and well at 5:30 AM working on my second cup of coffee. And around 14 hubs updated over the last 24 hours. I'm sure I'll give Bubblews my regards again today; I might even go wild and make 2 posts, instead of my occasional 1. Extensive housework and yard work planned. Why is "housework" one word and "yard work" two words? I hate that...

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Can't you ask social services to speak to him again and make another appointment? If he's approved by SS then I wouldn't imagine that he'll want to upset them.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thought my little rant last night would have got it all from my system, and could start afresh today.

      Not so. Today, the bed is peed again, right down to the mattress. I just bloody washed it all - electric blanket and all - yesterday. (Yes it is machine washable!) Took Mum for a shower, now that I have learnt how to turn down the thermostat on the water, only to find she can no longer step into the bath. We tried for ages, but there is no way she can do it. So I just had to wash her down with a cloth. Not ideal at all. I have been trying to get bath taken away and a wet room shower put in its place, but cannot get a plumber. Social Services arranged one to come from 50 miles away, and he didn't even turn up on the appointed date. This town has a severe shortage of tradesmen. Life really cannot get much worse, can it?

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Well he posted another bubble, so it's possible that he's working on masterpiece number 3.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hellooo, Not seen paradigmsearch for 27 hours, sending out a search party, (party?!) thought I'd start here, hellooo...

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Well, obviously, then the 'Top 10 best of' something" is hugely more popular than any form of real information.

      If I wanted to know about a product or service, I would never use "top 10 of" as a search term.

      It is frightening that people do. And in huge numbers.

      I have noticed for the longest time that in order to succeed on Hubpages you need to cater to the lowest common denominator. Sad but true. Luckily I don't have time.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      ATexan was reincarnated as Buck Steiner, Izzy. Now Buck's been banned from HP again. I tried to email him, but so far no reply. I hope he's okay.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      That is the sad reality of writing on a site where your audience is other make-money-online writers, Izzy. The important thing is not to care about it but use while it is still functional.

      Don't worry about ending up on the funny farm, most ppl in the world today are clinically insane.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Tonight I feel that I will end up in the funny farm. And that's not funny, at all! I saw 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and OK they were the criminally insane but the likeness is frightening.

      When I have totally lost a grip on reality I will be posting like mad on Bubblews about what I had for breakfast, and will be insanely rich.

      That is why their format cannot last.

      But hey get it while it is going! No-one wants to read about sick hens, except friends. Go friends!

      I guess that half a dozen posts about expected earnings would earn more than a dozen posts about hens.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Get it all out of your system, Izzy! If you can't tell your friends your problems then what are they good for? I hope things work out for you soon as we are all pulling for you. :) I've not been editorially chosen yet, but HP knows how sensitive I am so I'm sure it's merely on oversight on their part. :p

      Presently working on a new chat hub but I can't seem to get inspired for some reason. This one has gone on longer than the others without a new chapter in the ongoing saga. I'll finish it up in the next few days, I promise. Snake's Honor.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I agree whole heartedly with Hollie on this Izzy. You deserve a break and if you can get it you best durn better. Kids are pains. My two daughters live within 1 1/2 hours from me and they don't come visit at all. I have to practically beg them to come here. It's crazy!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      I was OK with Mum for what seems like forever, but couldn't have been more than a few months. It's only been 5 months since Dad died. I have never been allowed to grieve, because when I cried, Mum asked what was wrong? I couldn't do the late night, cry in front of Youtube videos stuff, because I had to get up the next day. I can't even have a late lie because I always wake up in pain, sometimes long before it is time to get up.

      I am sick fed up with everything, except the hens and maybe Keil too. This old lady looks like my Mum. The resemblance ends there. I need someone's arms around me. There is no-one. Heyy, except you guys, thank for the support:) Much needed!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Sod the cleaning! If you manage to get two days a week to yourself, use them however you want, because those days will be about you and whatever you feel like doing at the time.

      I really don't think they are judging you, Izzy. I think that they are thinking about budgets and priorities, sometimes sprinkled with some compassion, sometimes not.

      Kids can be arseholes, you can only do your best. He just doesn't get it, he hasn't been on this mortal coil long enough. He'll get it eventually!

      Take whatever support you can get, sod the cleaning and what you think you should do, do what you feel you want to do.

      But above all, try to stay positive. Looks like help is on the way :)

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      On a note where we might share more common ground, after an initial loss of traffic, enough to bring a blue arrow, traffic is now rising exponentially on the one hub that is EC on this account.

      The hub in question is a long and detailed one, with no end of social media - graphs, videos, tables etc, but all that really matters for the moment is that it has that much-valued HP domain juice. The photos are not legally acquired, even though they are linked back to their source.

      Hope springs eternal from such deviations.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you Hollie :) The voice of reason, as always.

      Guess I am feeling down because its summertime and family are visiting. I am sick of hearing "How are you managing?" because I am not.

      All my family live too far away to help, but my daughter told me she had seriously considered dropping out of her university midwifery course to help. But she still has two small children, so that wouldn't have helped me at all.

      She's only one of six of course. I guess I made a few mistakes along the way. My only son told me on the day of my father's funeral that he didn't understand why I was so upset, because my Dad was an old man anyway! I never want to see him again. My only son is an asshole! One day his own Dad will die, and maybe then he will understand (but then, his Dad is an asshole too).

      The two days a week help is a lifeline....I need it. The doc (specialist, not local) had told me months ago she was recommending this care. When it didn't happen I thought they had all forgotten. Seems there was a waiting list. Funny how everything is moving after the Alzheimer's people got involved?

      Mum, months ago, was OK part of the time. Now she is never OK, she is never herself. She doesn't even remember Dad, even though they were married for 60 years this year.

      If I was young again, I could take care of all her needs, but I'm not. I have a problem with my hip or back. I can barely move myself. These people are judging me, but I have been straight up and pleaded for help because I cannot cope on my own.

      Two days a week sounds like Heaven! If I can back into my own self, I could use these hours to clean. Or I might just make some money on Bubblews. Whatever!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Izzy, it may well have done. I had to question it before I typed. Tilly nipped my nephew when he was seven and she barred her teeth, one Christmas Day, at my daughter's friend because she thought that she was going to pinch her raw hide bone (was in her doggy Xmas stocking)

      I really punished her by taking her bone and giving her "the look", and the "voice" every time she went near my daughter's friend. I've not trusted her with kids since. But she knows that I'm the boss, she doesn't question it. Keil's a bit young to work all this out yet. Tilly was around two or three years old at the time.

      You're right, you can't do it all. Your family need to help, and there's no shame in asking for help. As to not wanting to get dressed etc. part and parcel of your circumstances, but you have got a dog to care for and your hens, especially Babs, so you knew, at some level, that these animals would help you to function. That's why you got them. Then there's your mum, your biggest battle and probably the most heartbreaking.

      Take the help, two days a week is better than nothing and you deserve that time to recharge your batteries.

      As for the bathroom, and the hoover, so what? You'll get around to it when you're ready and feeling a bit better. Which you will, eventually :)

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Babs, hum-de-hum, is at that little in-between stage between dying and living a full life. She is certainly perkier than before. How often have you heard about animals (or people) seemingly getting better before the ultimate collapse? She is still hot to touch, which means she still has the fever. Yet she seems brighter and more interested in her surroundings. Ex-bats, or perhaps hens in general, don't seem to have a great will to live, so we'll see.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      At one stage when I lived in Spain,I had 11 cats. I didn't keep taking them in, we had a female that kept having offspring. I love cats! Not too happy with that lot mind you. They ate a computer while I was working in the bar. I'd taken the back of it and not replaced it. All those wires were inviting!

      I think give or take 5 years, I will be that woman who lives alone with 27 cats for company (and a dog and some hens).

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      How is Babs IzzyM?

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      IzzyM, Life is a hoot somethings. I am with you about getting dressed int he morning. Most days I don't. I wear my night shirt all day. I do have to get up though for similar reasons that you have except I have 6 cats and a dog. Hope everything works out for you.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      I missed today's news completely. I suppose I will end up reading the Daily Mail online again.

      I did see the secret lives of dogs on the TV, but I thought they said the hair had to curl anti-clockwise as well as being right-pawed.

      I did go to check on Keil to see what he was, but I forgot after I discovered he had knocked over a pint jug of gravy all over the kitchen carpet. Let's see how good the anti-stain function works now!

      So far, he seems a bit thick as border collies go. Then again, he wanted gravy and reached up to the table and got some!

      He bit my grand-daughter today. Not too happy. Then again, he is only an excitable pup and it might have been accidental (no adult witnessed it). I have told them all that Keil must be supervised when with the kids (aged 7 and 4) and I cannot do everything and be everywhere. Granny needs more and more attention each day. She is doubly incontinent and cannot dress herself properly, which is a big decline. Social Services visited today, and showed me the price plan for care (a new thing, apparently). It is pretty hefty at £14 an hour, or £150 a week for residential care (normal price £500). NHS care is free, but they do not do much in the way of helping old folk stay in their homes. Then I got a phone call from someone from the NHS care, and Mum is going to get 2 days a week at the day hospital for free. Here's hoping that is enough to get my equilibrium back.

      My daughter thinks I have a problem because I admitted that if it was up to me I would not even bother getting dressed, never mind doing anything! I am being forced into action, partly by the dog needing out in the morning, by the hens needing fed, and by my mother needing total care. I can't remember the last time I took a vacuum cleaner out, or felt the desire to clean the bathroom.

      We have a cleaning lady who sees that it is not all going to pot, on her two hours on a Thursday.

      Of course, I could get a Home Help, at £14 an hour. Yeah right!