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The PO's Last Gasp? Or Is There Hope After All?

Updated on July 18, 2017
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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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Seven Years A Grave?

I've been writing on HubPages for almost 7 years now, and it has been quite an experience for me. Some good, some bad, but mostly confusing for an old dirt farmer/ freelance writer. It isn't the same place I first joined, not by a long shot

You should have seen some of the crap HP allowed on here at the time. Indian Auntie hubs—mostly unattractive women in diaphanous garb one wouldn't want to see anyway—and pure spam, some of which received millions of views pretending to be actual complaint departments of well known companies. Yes, we honest authors complained.

Anyhow, I've gone from making dollars a day to now earning pennies. I feel like a ball because I've been bounced from the main HP domain to sub-domains and back to the main domain again. Figure for yourself if they know what they're doing.....I sure as hell don't know and doubt they do either.

HP staff have never been too good at dealing with their writers. I suppose they'll never change until it's too late... like the other now extinct writing sites. Cut me some slack will ya, I'm prohibited from posting in the forums you know. I ask too many hard questions and upset their tea service, I suppose.

At any rate, I felt like a good spring story would possibly raise the hopes of the faithful—and the others of us of a more cynical bent—for the coming year. Yeah right! So, the tale.....

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My True Garden Story

I've come to a conclusion concerning gardening. It is an inherited genetic trait. Not that you can't be a good gardener without the gene, it's just harder to not garden if you do have it. I practically grew up in a garden, a vegetable garden for the most part, but my mom made sure there were also some flowers to grace the table with.

Everyone I knew had a vegetable plot of some size or another, even the town folk. Here in southern Georgia not growing your own produce was as unthinkable as not attending church on Sundays. Besides, you had to have something to give the preacher when he came calling, which he did frequently during the two garden seasons we enjoy down here.

Like almost everyone else around here, my parents were farming people, as were their parents, and so on back down the line. Mom and Dad were both born and raised during the Great Depression and knew how times could be tough. They didn't have much money during most of their younger years, but they always had plenty to eat. Perhaps you've heard the song "A Country Boy Will Survive," well everyone ate good out in the country, even in those terrible times

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Shortly after my parents married the U.S. became involved in World War II. Despite the fact of my father being in the middle of growing his first tobacco and corn crops, he and two of his brothers were drafted into the army. The younger of my uncles never saw action during his service, the older went to the South Pacific with all of it's many Japanese held islands.

My father , a simple country boy who had never been far from home, was suddenly sent to Fort Benning and from there to Texas for his basic training. "They weren't nothin' to basic training" he would say, "us farm boys was used to following a mule's rear end from dawn to dark and a twenty mile hike weren't anythang." Then he would tell how he and another Georgia farm boy carried this yankee friend of theirs, a city boy, almost half way back to keep him from having to repeat the hike.

Dad, and thousands of other equally disoriented young Americans, were then placed on transport ships to England. He would tell about the nightly bombing raids in London and the people seeking shelter in the subways. He was witness to a V-1 buzz bomb dropping through the clouds and causing devastation to the ancient city. As a young man used to hot sunshine and blue skies, he would say this of England, "I was in England for six weeks and never did see the sun shine.

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D-Day was on and my father's company were among a group heading to Normandy for a section designated by the name Omaha beach. I never wanted my father to see "Saving Private Ryan" and he wouldn't anyway. He just wasn't the movie watching type. He went on from Normandy with Patton's army to Paris for the liberation of France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, entered into Germany, and helped free some of the remaining Jewish prison camps.

What kept my father going through all of this terrible ordeal? This was one of the few questions he would respond to concerning the war. Like many of his fellow warriors, he chose not to talk about some aspects of being a soldier during this war. But when he did respond to the question you knew how serious he was about the ordeal.

His answer was always the same. "Wherever I was at night, foxhole, tent shelter, or curled up beside a stone wall, whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting I would think about the garden I would have when I got home. I would imagine how warm it would be and how green everything would look, the taste of familiar foods grown by my own hands, and this would help me relax and drift off to sleep."

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He told about having to eat green apples and horse meat when their supplies were cut off and about the struggles of the native population trying to cope themselves. He had to think about something fresh and growing instead of the death and destruction reality offered. I guess you could call it country boy therapy. Whatever, it seemed to work for him.

Dad said sometimes when they were tired and hungry with the snow falling heavily outside the shelter, one of the men would say "hey Georgia boy, tell us some more about your garden." Dad would go into great detail about how good the tomatoes would taste and how mom would fry a chicken better than they had ever tasted. "They didn't seem to understand about turnip greens and boiled peanuts" he said.

"I made my self hungry by describing the food and they were too, but it seemed to make us content for a while and this was the best we could hope for" Dad said. Having grown up in the deep south, he had heard about the "damn yankees" most of his life but he found out they were just people too. He would remain friends with many of his war buddies until he died.

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Every year they would have a reunion at one or the other's home town and I had the privilige to meet them and become friends with their children. He was, in many ways, closer to these men than his own brothers. Many would stop on the way to or from Florida and had the chance to eat some of the food Dad had described. Mom couldn't fry the chicken fast enough. I will always cherish those memories.

Well, he finally made it back home and indeed grew fabulous gardens. Some of my very first memories are of being there and helping plant the many vegetables we grew. It was work to me then and I really didn't care for it. My father however, always whistled and hummed as he worked in the garden. But sometimes he would get a faraway look in his eyes for a moment and I knew he was remembering something which happened during the war.

But he wasn't just good at growing garden food, he excelled at any crop he tried to produce. Although he, nor my mother, ever used tobacco in any form, he was famous for his beautiful golden harvest. Whatever you may think of tobacco, it was king then. He and my mom bought a farm and paid for it in two years growing tobacco. This was hard labor people. Tobacco takes most of a year to produce and the process is intricate

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Growing up and working on the farm with Dad I learned a lot from him. The older I got the more I appreciated gardening and growing things. In my case it was more exotic plants such as orchids and bonsai trees. I grew vegetables also as you can't buy a decent tomato anymore. But before long it was the whole shebang or nothing. Like my Dad, I needed a little country boy therapy myself and so do most of us.

My dad died while out working in the field one spring evening. He was almost 85 years old and as happy a person as I have ever known. When my mother and I found him lying on the ground beside the tractor, I thought he was asleep. He had been in much pain lately but would never stay inside the house. We knew we would find him dead on the farm someday but this was what he wanted. As he lay there he looked so peaceful and contented.

My father was not a rich man, nor was he famous, but he was loved by everyone. It seemed like he knew everyone in this area. He had given most of the local kids jobs in the summer and they never forgot this when they grew up. They would ask if their own children could learn how to work on Dad's farm like they did. For such a simple man my father had the largest attendance at the wake and funeral than any well-to-do person ever had around here.

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Although my father had fine clothes, he wished to be buried in his overalls. I slipped a pair of pliers in the side pocket and a small writing tablet and a two inch long pencil into the bib. A new John Deer cap was placed at his side, (one he had been saving) and he was ready to go. He was a truly religious man and had no doubts as to what lay ahead after death. I think for him heaven would be a garden.

After the funeral and the out of town visitors had left,(many were sons and daughters of former war buddies from all over the U.S.) I hung up my suit and headed out to the garden, only to discover my Mom and brother already there planting potatoes. It was spring and the garden needed planting and certainly dad would approve.

Planting the potatoes and making sure the eyes were pointed up made me think of dad when he would say "don't bend over in the garden granny, you know them tater's got eyes." This line was, of course, purloined by another Georgian, Louis Grizzard, for the title of one of his very funny books. For the most part though, we worked in silence because we were busy thinking about Dad.

Once I thought I heard him humming a tune, like he always did when working in the garden. But then I realized it was just me. I was also thinking about the pleasant look on his face when we found him. I wondered if he was dreaming about gardens. I think I now understand his contentment. It's in the genes I tell you.


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  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    4 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL, Para! I've said for years that we are nothing more than pawns in some cosmic game of chess!

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    Person of Interest 

    11 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Individually, our lives have as much meaning as your turtle friends. Btw, next time you're in the area, tell them paradigmsearch says hi.

    As a species, we are an experiment or entertainment for some one or some thing.

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    Randy Godwin 

    13 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    What's the meaning of life? :P

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    Randy Godwin 

    13 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    I'll ride it out, Para. What choice do we have?

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    Lela 

    15 hours ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Anybody else writing for Quora? I've been asked to ask questions for them. Yep, they want to pay me for asking questions! LOL.

    Anybody got a good question?

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    Person of Interest 

    17 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    And while we are at it, Maven has gone from 2.27 in January to .46 as I post this. More and more, online writing is becoming the same as flogging a dead horse.

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    Person of Interest 

    18 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, I'm glad you got through that one. I got the impression it came a lot closer than the previous ones!

    Meanwhile, I'm having another online-writing WTF moment. I think Pinterest has suddenly become as useless as Twitter and Facebook for us! Unless I'm mistaken, Pinterest will no longer display descriptions of our article pictures unless we pay them! I hope I'm wrong, but that's the way it appears to me!

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    Randy Godwin 

    21 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    At least you're staying busy! I'm still cleaning up after the storm.

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    Person of Interest 

    21 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Tuesday. Tuesday. For someone who said they where done with the online writing adventure, I sure did a lot of Pinterest spam work this morning. All WWNN directed.

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    Person of Interest 

    36 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    I made a few friends there (bubblews), too. I do believe it is also where I discovered I liked writing flash fiction.

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    Lela 

    38 hours ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Bubblews Blues. I found at least 2 good friends on that site! One in Romania, LOL! He is like my adopted grandson.

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    Person of Interest 

    41 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Ran the totals; even easier than I thought, just had to click the "all time" buttons. AdSense even displayed the 3 spikes from my 3 viral former hubs of many years ago. The grand total was heartwarming indeed, and it didn't even include the Bubblews adventure. Did I mention I miss the good 'ol days?

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    Person of Interest 

    43 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    I miss the days when writing was fun and and there were dreams of riches. Not complaining; the earnings I made in the last 9 years do no doubt add up to thousands. Come to think of it, it really wouldn't be that hard to figure out the grand total; both HP and AdSense make it easy to do customized time span reports. I'll have to work up the energy to do that some day.

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    Randy Godwin 

    44 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    I have the usual drop in views and earnings after Labor Day. Still get a monthly AdSense check though.

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    Person of Interest 

    45 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Half of October gone already. Meanwhile, forums boring as ever; HP really will have to pay me going forward. As for my article traffic and earnings, I've already selected my next article for transfer to WWNN; just got to exterminate all the stolen copies first, pain in the neck. Facebook sent me a survey questionnaire; I let them have it right between the eyes. In fact, I've joined the party: https://www.websitewithnoname.com/2018/08/open-reb... Unfortunately, Maven seems to have lost interest in the subject; nothing in over a month.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks....I think! :P

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    Person of Interest 

    2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    As long as the turtles survived, that's all that counts.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Finally had power restored this am around two. So thankful we weren't affected like some further southwest.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    However, even though my website isn't doing that great, it does look like my website traffic is going to exceed my HP traffic sooner than I thought. When that happens and if the HP CPM continues to crash and burn, it will be time to transfer my remaining HP articles to my website. Nothing to lose and I'll only have just Google as my boss, instead of having the triple set of bosses: Google, HP, Maven; plus, I get 100% of whatever earnings instead of just 60%. Besides, I need to get that done while I can still see well enough to do so; the editor actions are no longer acceptable, the moderator actions are no longer acceptable, relache making money off my work is no longer acceptable.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Both my traffic and CPM are becoming more and more grim. This applies not only to all my HP niche sites, but also my website isn't doing that hot either. Am tired of fighting Google. Moving on to other endeavors.

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    5 days ago from Canada

    Good to hear Randy, that's so ironic your stupid cousin didn't lose power.

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Made through the hurricane, but still on generator power. Those poor people in Mexico Beach caught hell. My stupid cousin rode it out there and never lost power. Lucky!!!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    5 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    What you say is so true. Asshat is one of the stupids Trump is using. I think that Asshat has been banned from the forums after his puerile tirades against Liberals, millennials, educated people, & small families. In one of the forums, I TOLD him off!

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    Liz Elias 

    6 days ago from Oakley, CA

    I wouldn't credit tRUMP with having any class at all! He is boorish, an admitted pu**y grabber, and that's about as low on the 'class' ladder as a person can get.

    He may be using stupid people, but that's all he is: a manipulator, in addition to the other adjectives I used...

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    6 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Liz, Trump has more class than Asshat. Asshat is just an impoverished loser. He is one of the deplorables which Hillary mentioned. Trump wouldn't even spit on him. Trump is just using the dolts like him. Trump derides such people, he is laughing at them behind their backs.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    6 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Liz, you made me almost pee on myself for laughing at loud. It is a shame that so many intelligent people have been banned from the forums. I miss their intelligent conversation. The forums are being taken over by...…….conservatives who either don't or won't have a clue. Don W is one of the intellectual Liberals left in the forums.

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    Lela 

    6 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Maybe he IS tRump! We've never seen them in the same room together, have we? LOL

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    Liz Elias 

    6 days ago from Oakley, CA

    He is a lot like tRUMP--a.k.a. Mr. Cheeto Twitterfingers. Incompetent, immoral, uneducated, boorish, egomaniacal, and in general a waste of skin and breathable air!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    6 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    TRUST ME, he is far from a political genius. Let's said that he is a political idiot. Doesn't know how to have coherent, logical sentences. If one disagrees with him, he goes into attack mode. Yesterday, he attacked the Millennials as spoiled & selfish because they are affluent. He attacked Jean & I because we believed in the benefits of small families. Asshat is an angry, bitter man. He then went on a tirade against only children. He must HATE his life. He rationalizes poverty & large families. He is angry & since he couldn't lash out at his parents- he is ANGRY at the world. Hillary was right after all.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    His problem stems from his thinking he's a political genius, just like his idol Trump. As Lela said, ignore the idiot!

    Thanks Verlie and Lela, I'll do may best to ride it out, but I fear more for those farther south along the gulf.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    6 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Exactly, Asshat is such a miserable, subpar man. He sure isn't worth my intelligence. In fact, my brain hurts when I try to teach him logic. If you look at the forums, he is the MOST CONTENTIOUS one there. No one respects him. Everyone thinks that he is a complete idiotic dolt.

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    Lela 

    6 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Michael looks like a real biatch. Stay dry.

    Grace, stop letting Asshats have any portion of real estate in your brain. You don't have time for painful thoughts. Just say no. Give him the finger and move on!

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    6 days ago from Canada

    Worried about you Randy! Take care.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Trying to batten down the hatches before hurricane Michael makes it to the hood. Not worried about flooding, but wind and tornadoes may make electrical power hard to get for a few days. Got my generator filled and food in the pantry, but still dreading it. Hope everyone on the gulf takes care.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Liz, I don't think so. He would further idolize poverty & doing without. In one of my forum posts, he criticized middle class Baby Boomers & Millennials. He called Millennials spoiled brats in a rant. He isn't capable of presenting things locally. He even stated that it would be great if children were born into impoverished conditions. He further criticized small families. Ed, formerly Ahorsehack is a very unhappy man. He doesn't read nor think, he just rants like a two year old.

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    Liz Elias 

    7 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Maybe if he was forced into the conditions he so glorifies, he'd change his tune! SMDH! Zero tolerance for idiots.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Me neither. I detest backward, atavistic, stupidly illogical people. I never encountered so many such people, present company excluded- I love you guys- before I joined HubPages. Here there are some people who are beyond illogical. There are people here who possess inverse logic. It is so unreal. I am nonplussed as to how people glorify poverty, struggle, & doing without, even the necessities. I have never met such people before. I usually won't associate w/such people. Asshat & others of his poverty ilk take the cake. He actually believes that children should be born into impoverished conditions. Randy, stay away from Asshat. He is an ignorant, uneducated man. He is making others uncomfortable in the forums. I have reported him several times today for personal attacks & hate speech.

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    Randy Godwin 

    7 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I've never had any use for the "Poke," as a friend of mine from North Carolina calls him.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Lela, talk about religious delusion. The Pope blamed the onslaught of sexual abuse on their favorite proverbial scapegoat, the old standby- the Devil or Satan. Yes, the Pope indicated that it was the Devil who caused the sexual abuse. They refuse to blame themselves. Religion is indeed a schizoid delusion.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Lela, it is sad that the most intelligent such as yourself, Randy, & others are banned from the forums. We need more intelligent, thinking people in the forums. There are far too many idiots in the forums. I am totally nonplussed at Asshat's remark that poverty is great. He also stated that large families are great although studies & common sense points to the opposite. I wasted hours arguing w/the idiot. He attacked Jean Bakula & I because we believe in small families of 1-2 children. Asshat is insane & he goes on rants, people are laughing at the retarded idiot. Yes, he has a degree of idiocy. He is uneducated, he admitted this. He hates people who are more intelligent, educated, & socioeconomically well off. Such a sad, jealous man.

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    Lela 

    7 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    The total truth, Randy. There is no way to get through to a tRump cultist. They should all be totally ignored at all times.

    I think many people are starting to ignore the Orange ignoramus. He needs to be prosecuted for his crimes. One day, this will happen.

    Grace, I am PERMANENTLY banned from the forums, which I am HAPPY about. Hahahaha.

    The place to fight these delusionists is at the ballot box. Willie Nelson rules! VOTE THEM OUT!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Randy, wasn't arguing about Trump. Jean & I was discussing the benefits of small families & the detriments of large families. Asshat trolled his way into the forum, personally attacking me & Jean. Asshat indicated that large families are great although children in such conditions don't have the socioeconomic & educational opportunities. Asshat even stated that children don't need parental attention which I strongly refuted. Asshat is a miserable, jealous person.

    Asshat then stated that socioeconomic poverty is great. Asshat then stated thank God for poverty. I stated that poverty is an aberration which should be eliminated. I was discussing poverty in America. Asshat indicated that poverty was & always shall be. Just because something exists doesn't mean that it can't be eradicated if it is negative. Asshat has a subpar intelligence. Not to worry, he is the laughing stock in the forums. People don't respect him at all. I said that to him in my forum. People are laughing at his idiocies. Asshat is beyond stupid. He can't even write properly. A first grader can write better than he did. Did you ever read his so-called poetry? Subpar to the core!

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    Randy Godwin 

    7 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Grace, I'm in the last month of my 3 month ban caused by arguing with Horse, Onus and wesman.

    You cannot teach a Trump fan to think. Bottom line!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Hello all, how are you doing? Randy, why haven't you been in the forums lately! Ahorseback left HubPages & returned as Ed Fisher. He is beyond stupid & clueless. I talked about eliminating poverty in America. He stated that poverty is a great thing-what an asshat! No wonder people in the forums hate him. He is a total moron! Arguing with him is like arguing with a wall. A wall is far more intelligent than Ed Fisher a/k/a Ahorseback. He stressed that poverty is the greatest thing ever. He personally attacked me & Jean Bakula because we are pro-choice & believe in family planning. He hates people who are more intelligent than he is. He is an EMBARASSMENT to HubPages & the forums.

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    Debra Allen 

    7 days ago from West By God

    Well I came back to read someones article and got totally confused with logging in several times. One per subject or title for ONE site? INHO that is ridiculous.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    8 days ago

    I don't know if you tried this. Try giving the Amazon capsule a title that has words in it similar to the title.

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    Lela 

    8 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Thanks for the copyright info.

    Also, I tried putting in the Amazon text link, and sure enough, it got removed. That kind of sucks.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    9 days ago

    You can always edit your article and select copyright.

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    Randy Godwin 

    9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I don't believe I've ever used that button. Am I screwed? :o

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    Liz Elias 

    9 days ago from Oakley, CA

    I am still seeing the copyright notice button, Lela; in fact, I just used it today for my new article!

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    Lela 

    9 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I suppose not, but I did get that one question about it not too long ago.

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    Randy Godwin 

    9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I don't know if it's even necessary anymore, Lela.

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    Lela 

    9 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Also, I don't see the copyright notice button add on anymore.

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    Lela 

    9 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I'll try an inline text link, then. See what happens.

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    Randy Godwin 

    9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I feel you guy's pain! The eds remove the capsules and Google puts their own ads selling the same type of products on the hubs. Staff said Google hates Amazon ads without the writer properly vetting them in the hub, but Google has no such rules for themselves. Horse shit!

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    Liz Elias 

    9 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Grr...first they 'disliked' the Amazon capsules, and took that away, stating that they "preferred in-text links," but now they're crabbing about that as well?

    I don't like the way they look! If they looked like an 'ordinary' link, it would be fine, but with that big "A" in front of the link, it is disruptive when reading the article! If they're going for that look, they may as well have just left the separate capsules. I certainly liked that better!

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    Robert Sacchi 

    9 days ago

    Good question. It seems they find links to Amazon abhorrent. Considering Amazon is the only reasonable chance an author has of making money to speak of it seems unfair of them to behave this way. HubPages ended its relationship with Ebay because they weren't making much money from them. It would seem the relationship with Amazon will go the same way if HubPages continues acting this way.

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    Lela 

    9 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Ok, what's the rule now for Amazon placement in hubs? I just wrote a new article, published it, and the only thing they snipped before featuring it was my one Amazon link for a blood typing test. Who do I need to suck up to to get it back in?

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I've already put that idea to her......no dice! :o

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL Randy! Maybe you should put in a call to Antique Archaeology, a.k.a. "American Pickers!" :P

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Know what you mean, Liz. My wife has been collecting "antiques" since before we were married. I could easily live in a moderate size RV, but she has all her stuff to consider. Even though we have a two story home, it's filled with stuff.

    And so are several other buildings on the farm......

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks again, Randy. Mom and I went on an info-gathering expedition today. Class A looks like the best option for space for 2, for full-time living; but still very much smaller quarters, when you're used to an 1850 sq. ft. house, with a 1200 sq. ft. workshop and an 800 sq. ft. arts/crafts studio! (Plus a couple of garden sheds!)

    I do know I have to unload this place eventually, anyway; a secondary reason being that I just don't have the physical ability to keep up with the yard work (we're on just under 3/4 of an acre).

    Next, is the issue of my (currently 9) cats! We have a few behavioral issues as it is with fights now and then...

    Yes--much yet needs to be considered before taking this step.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Liz, if you purchase a motorhome you will indeed need to tow another vehicle because you don't want to have to unhook your camper every time you need to go somewhere. Yes, you need to plan carefully.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Randy; I'm not in a big hurry. I need to be sure it's what I want/need to do, and I have at least one, if not two years' worth of clearing out excess 'stuff' to do first to downsize enough.

    I did a very minor snooping around at a local dealership today--luckily, no one around to try and 'sell' me--so I was able to assess, and discovered that even with a larger unit, I would have to do some VERY SERIOUS paring back of my belongings...

    I'm just beginning the research process and learning things now--my advance homework, if you will.

    But, my main areas of concern are: self-contained, or large trailer? (I've no experience driving with a trailer.)

    If self-contained, do I tow a car dolly, so I have a smaller vehicle for local touring? (Again with the trailer issue--but would want to save on the expense of wearing out tires just from being on-tow--hence a dolly.)

    Gas or diesel?

    Insurance? Regular car insurance company, or special ones dedicated to this class of vehicles?

    Etc. those are the kinds of things I'm tossing around at this point.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Let me know when you decide to buy the RV, Liz. I'll give you some advice on what to buy and what not to. After all, I make a fair amount of coin with my RV hubs. :)

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Lela, that's not even funny. She'd destroy the place. Let's just say she'd have to improve by about 10 to the 10th power just to arrive at 'slob.'

    Plus, she'd cause me to lose the house, because she has delusions of grandeur with her ideas of what kind of job she wants/is worth in pay, and it's never going to happen; she couldn't afford the payment.

    Besides, I'd need the equity out of the sale in order to buy my RV and hit the road...

    No, at this point, she's about to get served with a 90 day notice to get the eff out or face eviction.

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Liz, why don't you rent the house to your daughter in law? Or is that just to funny to contemplate???

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Indeed, Para; I have no intentions of making hasty choices. I might just rent the place. Who knows? In any case, you're right: much homework remains to be done.

    Besides, hubby has only been gone a month; it's far too soon to make any drastic changes.

    Also, I have his mom here with me to consider, and his daughter (whom I'd just as soon move out ASAP...this was supposed to be 'temporary' until she got her feet under her...it's been 4 years!)

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure that selling your house outright would immediately get you kicked off virtually all government benefit programs. It might even affect social security or at least make it taxable for that year or whatever. Heck, even borrowed monthly money from a reverse mortgage might cause problems; I just plain don't know. Looks like you've got a lot of homework ahead of you; hang in there.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I wonder if monthly money from a reverse mortgage is exempt from Medi-Cal calculations when determining eligibility?

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Liz. I, too, have had the RV'er thoughts many a time. I never realized you were a wild one! :D

    For me of course, no longer an option. The only advice I can give is to research the living daylights out of the RV'er life and challenges, before making such a major change in lifestyle and before making such a major financial decision.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    So sorry, Para; I hope you are able to find an escape; here's my plan:

    Once I am able to clear out excess belongings (a LOT of them!), I am looking into selling the house, and hitting the road as a full-time RVer. Even my late husband once told me that's what I should do; sell and hit the road.

    There's a reason for that strategey: Medi-Cal, California's medicare supplement program for us "po' folks," sends letters about every 6 months, stating that they will come after your estate to get reimbursed for all the money they spent on your medical treatments. It's a bunch of BS, because that's like SS; included in your income taxes, so it's not even their money!

    Nevertheless, my plan is to make sure there's nothing left for them to take! I'll set up the RV to pass directly to my kids, perhaps as co-owners. If they don't want it, they can sell it. But it will be a nice nose-thumbing and middle-finger salute to a miserable bureacracy.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Thanks, but not going to happen. Am trapped due to multiple reasons.

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I hope you find a peaceful place soon, Para.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    There have been 2 major crimes within blocks of me this past week, that doesn't include the school. This town is really going down in flames. I desperately need to get out.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Those kids apparently didn't have a dad like mine.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    What a town I live in. Saw video of high school kids in a brawl and even attacking a cop. No particular cause or protest, just the norm around here.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Hark! Came across an old draft. Doubled it in size, added a pic, and published it. I guess my writing urge isn't dead after all.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, visitor traffic was fine this week. But my earnings were totally squirrelly. I hope it's not the new norm.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    You get all kinds, Lela. It's all part of being a great writer. Sometimes one has to tolerate the little people.:P

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Strange, I was just asked when my Top 10 Texas Foods article was first published. I wonder what that's all about. It does have a copyright stamp on it for 2011.

    Still proves my point that in general, people don't really read or comprehend anything, I guess.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Jeez, straight AdSense has really been mean to me these last 2 days. Heading back to HP Ads sometime tomorrow.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Forums were fun there for awhile, but back to boredom.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Never make a living from it, but it's nice finding a hundred-dollar bill laying on my back porch every now and then.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    At least you have some good news about your site!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, straight AdSense fell on its face for me yesterday. Hopefully today will be better. Was kind of thinking I might cross the finish line again this month, but that is looking extremely iffy. Meanwhile, the ol' website is moving right along; in fact it's doing darn good for a non niche site.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Thinking I'm going back to switching to straight AdSense on my high-traffic days and HP Ads on my low-traffic days.

    Meanwhile, haven't written anything new in a month; just occasional updates.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Always better for me with AdSense.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Giving Maven/HP a break and not posting this insight in the forums.

    I think I know why CPM is drifting downward. The more websites that Maven signs up, the fewer Ad Program advertisers to go around for the rest of us. There will come a point where straight AdSense is the permanent better bet.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    My CPM keeps drifting downward. Contemplating another stretch at straight AdSense.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    HP must have a reason for their paranoia, so I've decided to start manually signing out after each visit going forward. Besides, forums are boring again; so no reason for me to drop by as often.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I seem to be having to sign in somewhat at random, myself. Weird, and annoying.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I sign in every 24 hrs. as usual, Para.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Meanwhile the government bureaucracy problem appears to be solved. However, that particular office has flat out lied to me before; so we shall see.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Speaking of cuss words, I'm inventing a few. I now have to sign in virtually every time I go to HP; in other words, several times every day. HP must be having one heck of a hacker problem. I'm wondering if it's just mine and a few other accounts, or is it the whole site and happening to everybody.

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    Lela 

    4 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    How can we give you new cuss words? The goatf%#(ing censors will redact everything!

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    Liz Elias 

    4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I hear you, Para; I just got done fighting with Social Security over a mess that probably took their computers all of 3 seconds to cause, but they are telling me, "30 - 60 days" to fix it!

    Anyone have any brand-new, super-obnoxious cuss words to toss around??? My standard supply is running thin. (And I do mean thin, given that I have no problem swearing like the proverbial sailor if the occasion calls for it...)

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Necessity is the mother....

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I'm getting victimized by the government bureaucracy again. I suppose I could just crumple up all the paperwork in the bathtub and light it. There's probably enough to keep me warm for days.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I always figured you for former Boy Scout, Para! We didn't have such a group down here in the swamps. They just threw us out in the woods with an axe, some hot dogs, and a pack of gopher matches, and we survived….most of the time.

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