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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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  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    17 hours ago from USA

    Meanwhile, I've restored the contact button on my profile. I've forgotten why I turned it off, but I think it had something to do with Q&A. Whatever.

    Meanwhile #2, I'm amazed at the amount of traffic my article topics are getting this time of year. This applies to both HP and WWNN. I'm starting to wonder if there is some sort of cultural change going on. I'm thinking of working up the energy to start plowing through Analytics to check age groups and all that.

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    Person of Interest 

    18 hours ago from USA

    Liz. I started to send you the link, but HP's intro was downright threatening.

    Remember where WWNN is? The link to the article is at the top of the list on the front page.

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    Liz Elias 

    23 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    Para, email me the link; I'll feature it on my FB page, as well as look it over for keywords for you. That info needs to get out! ;-)

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    Person of Interest 

    30 hours ago from USA

    Liz, I've even written an article on the subject and how to deal with it. Nope, not going to spam it; everyone here already knows how to deal with it. But there are lots of people in internet land who don't. Unfortunately, google is ignoring it. I'm having a devil of a time coming up with the right keywords for it.

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    Liz Elias 

    35 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    I feel your pain, Para; I hate it when that happens. Like you have nothing else to do but cool your heels waiting for some knucklehead to finally connect you to the right department. With any luck, you get there before the battery on your phone dies!

    Even if you don't have anything else to do, that's beside the point! Maybe you were happily doing nothing at all, and planning to keep it that way!

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    Person of Interest 

    41 hours ago from USA

    Jeez, spent over an hour dealing with bureaucracy today. Pretty much got transferred all over the planet and even lost count of the number of people I talked to, but got it done.

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    Liz Elias 

    46 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    Lela, that won't be for a year or so; I've got serious de-cluttering and downsizing of 'stuff' to do. A lot of it is tools, wood for projects, crafting supplies, excess clothing, holiday decorations, and some collectibles. Plus, I have a LOT of paper records (old bank statements, prior mortgage documents, that sort of thing), that will need to get gone--probably will have to call in a mobile shredding service, so I don't blow up my personal shredder.

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    Lela 

    3 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Liz, are you still trying to sell the place?

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep Verlie, a person can get around okay without a heel bone.

    Good to hear from you Verlie! :)

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    3 days ago from Canada

    LOL Randy, hope you're okay? Take it easy!

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    It's a story and a half I've built mostly by myself with help from friends, of course. I didn't realize I was old...

    Yep, it hurt after a few a hours, but what hurt more was yelling for Beth to bring the car around after she told me not to get back on the roof ten minutes earlier.

    Smart ass women!! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    3 days ago from Oakley, CA

    12:12, Randy?! Ohmigosh!! Do you live in snow country? Seems awfully steep if not.

    Sorry about your accident; sounds horribly painful.

    Lela, I don't have a choice; there's no one else on whom I can call, (was lucky enough to get s-i-l to just show up and help with the ladder and hose!), and I can't afford to hire anyone.

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    Lela 

    4 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Wow, that's a lot of trouble to go through just so you won't have to get up on the roof again!

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Since I slid off my roof--30' and a 12:12 pitch--and blew my heel out the side off my foot, I'm forbidden to do anything on top of the house anymore. Even though I put every shingle on it by myself.....

    But that was over 30 years ago of course.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    I no longer do roofs and I no longer do bicycles. I could, if I wanted to; but the risk:reward ratio just isn't there anymore.

    Meanwhile, forums certainly been interesting the last two weeks. I don't see anything to indicate a third week, but you never know.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Giving myself pats on the back for getting a nasty annual chore done: cleaned out the rain gutters. What a task! Oh, my aching old bones!

    Had my son in law come help me with the ladder (oddly, it's gained a lot of weight since we first purchased it...)...but I did the roof crawling, as I've always done. (Hubby had a ladder phobia, due to an uncle? or grandparent? having died falling from a ladder.)

    We have the house, the studio, the shop, and the carport, so 8 total gutters to clean out. I think I wore out the seat of my jeans scooting along the shingles. (That's easier to do than standing up and getting down all the time!) At least it's all connected together by breezeways, so you can walk all the roofs without going up and down the ladder but once.

    I'm just glad the roofs are just a standard 4:2 pitch, and not steeper.

    (I didn't bother with the garden shed; I think that's more like an 8:12 pitch, and I don't like being up there. That one, I do from the ladder. LOL)

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Ha! I cringe when I think of what they'll find in my "estate", Lela! Gotta leave some sort of legacy I suppose. :o

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    Lela 

    6 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Thanks Liz! Made it on my first try. And so far, no new jock straps. Randy, I'm keeping yours. The relatives are going to be so surprised when they clean out my junk drawer!

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    Randy Godwin 

    7 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Liz, you missed it! A wonderful era or generation...whatever you want to call it. :)

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    Liz Elias 

    7 days ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL, Randy! I grew up in the hippie/summer of love era, right smack dab in the middle of it, in San Francisco.

    HOWever, I was so bloody over-protected by my parents (particularly my dad), that I didn't even know about it until it had passed into history and I was married with kids of my own. :-O

    @ Lela--love your new logo! Very artistic!

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    Lela 

    7 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I'm still a hippie. I miss the hipp dippy weather man.

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    Randy Godwin 

    8 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I wuz a hippie during the flower child days, Liz! What can I say....

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    Liz Elias 

    8 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Now children, stop throwing your undies around! What would Queen Victoria say?

    ROFLMAO!!

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    Randy Godwin 

    8 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Er….can I have my jock strap back now, Lela? :P

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    Lela 

    9 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Was I really 16 once? Too far back to remember. No, I'll settle for "crazy old bat lady" now. Vampires never die, they just get anemic.

    Just in case you don't get the reference. My lab specialty was blood banking.

    No, I can't let on that I'm married to a rock star. Girls might stop throwing their panties at him! Although I am tired of guys throwing their jock straps at me.

    Oh well, I do lead an interesting life. As do we all.

    Watching H.W.s funeral today. Was he the King?

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    Paula 

    9 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi there, MIss Grace...It's been a while. I don't hang out here like I used to. Now it's only about 10 hrs total in an entire week, which is considerably less than I used to. Finally snapped myself out of the HP addiction & realized I was missing out far too much of real life. There are many things I love to do besides write! So....here's hoping we can all experience only wonderful happenings in the New Year! Peace, Paula

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    Paula 

    9 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK, Dizzy.......speaking of Latin..."Mea Culpa!" My habit is to speak English Translation in clinical settings.....Thanks for the correct usage.

    I'm just very glad you and I will never have to experience it!! LOL

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    Liz Elias 

    9 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Paula--I always heard 'Delerium Tremens" (which is the Latin--and typical medical description of all diseases/conditions) "Tremors" is the English translation. ;-)

    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000766.htm

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

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

    To Paula, I love you. So-called conservatism has nothing to do with it. I see nothing wrong with conservatism nor liberalism. It is the EXTREME that I detest. To each his/her views & synopses. I took a political test on the internet & the test came out that I was a centrist. Although I deem myself a Liberal, on some issues I am definitely not. I am a person who believes in accountability & responsibility for one's actions. I am a person who believes in planning for the right results. Love & Happy Holidays, Paula.

    To Dean, You are correct in your analysis. Ed seems to be a disgruntled writer in your estimate. I don't know about that. One has to practice to become a writer of note. Just write what one is thinking & feeling- that is the key to becoming a writer.

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from USA

    Lela, I got called "miss paradigmsearch last week, so I updated my "About" in my Profile. Maybe tack on your Profile something like, My husband, who I have been happily married to for xyz years, etc.... ☺

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    Paula 

    10 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lela...You're being hit on? LOL! How funny.....you should be flattered. He can't hurt you from so far away! LOL

    Yes, I realize Hill the Pill is done for~~Bill too. I just saw the news that their planned "Speaking Tour" has been cancelled in pretty much all scheduled locations for seriously poor ticket sales. Their most recent visit in Toronto (of all places ) was a huge flop, having 85% empty seats in a large venue. The Clinton Corruption machine has finally

    ( & hopefully forever) pooped the bed. Oh Lela...you & I would have to spend at the very least, a few days together of non-stop discussion for me to explain for you, my total aversion to the woman....actually both of them. Bill the pig literally turns my stomach. They're old, worn out and need to mosey on down the road and just retire peacefully.

    Please know that I have no problem conceding to the fact that DJT is an outrageous B.S artist. Some times, I am so stunned by what he says, I can't hold back the laughter.....WHAT? The reality is, I could never have a blind devotion to anyone, surely not a Politician! I am an uncomplicated, upfront individual & strive to be honest to myself & others. Scream at me, insult me or ignore me but do NOT lie to me. I have always found that is the purest form of insult to one's intelligence & common sense. I don't know who owns this quote that I like but it's: "I'm not angry that you lied to me, I'm very sad that I can never believe you again." But again, I continually repeat that I trust NO politician. The very nature of their position REQUIRES them to lie (unfortunately)

    It seems that you and I and millions of our fellow-Americans will breathe a huge sigh of relief when our treasured country may get back to some semblance of peace and normalcy. Can we hope for that? We should all be over-saturated with the chaos and craziness.

    Leave your picture! It's adorable...you look about 16 years old!! Peace, Paula

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    Lela 

    10 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Hillary is over and done with. I still have a hard time seeing what people disliked about her though. Though accused many, many times of lying and worse, she never told anyway near the whoppers that DT tells. And she never murdered anyone either. Strange that people think of her that way.

    Anyway, my icon will have to go again. Now I am getting hit on by a colon/rectal surgeon from Thailand! Will the madness ever end?

    And yes, WB still makes an occasional appearance from time to time. He goes straight to the ignore pile.

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    Paula 

    10 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    and just for the record, it's Delirium TREMORS. Very dangerous situation. I have witnessed clients going through this horror.....must be closely monitored by health professionals. Sad that people do this to themselves.

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    Paula 

    10 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dizzy... No offense taken. I'm not fragile.

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    Liz Elias 

    10 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Paula, my observation was in no way aimed at you; it was aimed squarely at DT and his cronies. BTW--don't you find it interesting that his initials stand for a disorder suffered by alcoholics going cold turkey? (Delerium Tremens...just sayin'...) LOL

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    Paula 

    10 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well gang....I can easily understand your feelings. I shouldn't have to repeat myself here as I've made myself fairly clear a few times in various posts~~~I am in no way a DT fan nor follower & certainly not a devotee. I DO see the same things you see (and that anyone should be able to see). The reality for me is that I never liked the man from way back when. I never expected him to suddenly become a different person and actually assumed he'd be quite controversial. I have also openly admitted, due to our horrendous "choices,".....what I knew for certain was that I'd have voted for John Wayne Gacy before ever stooping to vote for HRC, the blatant criminal. (We all have our opinions)

    Dizzy honey, I am by no means an "extremist" of any sort and not "hardline" That's just not my personality. The only things I am fanatical about are my 14 grandchildren. The fact is, I registered as Independent for many years (voted for both R's & D's through the years) I folded under the pressure of so many people telling me to "Sh-- or get off the pot....PICK A SIDE!!" All I needed to do that was to have HilLIARy run for office. Done!

    Time will tell what happens next. I'm paying less & less attention to any of it. Not good for my health!

    Lela....I recalling that certain troll who seemed to have it out in a bad way for you and me specifically.....if memory serves me, the initials were WB? He was a real piece of work! Saw a comment from him a few months ago, but he's more or less faded from view, THANKFULLY. There are actually worse than him though. Just how can any creep pick on such sweet, lovable ladies as you and I?? (Silence from the gallery!)

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    Liz Elias 

    10 days ago from Oakley, CA

    The main problem with extremist "conservatives" is that they tend to blame the results of their policies on "liberals." BAH!

    Ironically, "conservative" and "conservation" emanate from the same root word. Yet, there is usually nothing much to do with conservation within the idealogies of hard-line "conservatives." They're all about money at the bottom line, and the economy and the environment be damned!

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Everything with Ed was "liberal" if he didn't agree with it, Dean. I've witnessed it for as long as I've been here. Perhaps he'll find a forum friendly to his rants..

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    Dean Traylor 

    11 days ago from Southern California

    I think Ed/ ahorseback's main issue was that he was a disgruntled writer desperately looking to scapegoat someone for his failures. For him, DT emboldened him to lash out at those he probably believed were preventing him from succeeding. Once that happened, he blindly followed Trump -- most likely living in denial of how crooked DT was. In addition, he most likely, believed "dem leebrils" were the cause of all his heartache. If I recall, he had nearly a thousand hubs -- all poems, yet had 10 thousand or more views over the years he was on this site (I guess nobody ever told them that poetry doesn't have high readership here or on other sites). I had my dealings with him in the past; I will not miss him.

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I do have a suit, and it's hanging in the closet where it belongs, Lela! :P

    I don't think Ed had dementia, but he defended DT so loyally, I sometimes wondered if he saw the same news we did.

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    Lela 

    11 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Thanks, Paula. So far this icon is doing well. You look very beautiful yourself! Now, if we could just get Randy in a suit, LOL.

    Whether or not Ed had dementia, he was a very alienating commenter. I learned to ignore him and his kind, but he really did not have the right to be so insulting to Hubbers.

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Paula, I'm sorry you feel unwelcome here, but this POTUS seems to have made otherwise friendly people antagonistic to each other. I've never witnessed such enmity before under any other President.

    I'm not sure ED was banned except for that I reported him for calling me a liar shortly before he left. I've been banned for the same thing before.

    I didn't hate Ed, just his way of avoiding answering any questions about his claims by diverting the conversation or simply ignoring the queries.

    At any rate, we both agree there should be something done about allowing anyone--whether they're a contributing writer or not--to post on the forums.

    I've asked Matt--head mod--why they allow this, but like Ed, he refuses to favor me with an answer. So there's that.

    Please don't feel awkward about visiting Paula, there's other stuff that politics.

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! :)

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    Paula 

    11 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello PO's, Yes, it's been a while since I last visited. I decided to be scarce here, out of my respect for all of you. Although none of you have attacked me in particular, your deep hatred of any & all conservatives, as you label them with seriously insulting & demeaning adjectives, is all I need to know that my presence is not welcome here unless & until the liberals assume control again one day...and you can all settle down and act civilized again. So be it. I was fond of the PO's before the election and in my entire life, someone's political stance has never factored into my opinion of them on a personal level. That's just me. I only stopped by to make a comment.

    It's hard to know if Ed (horseback) was banned or simply left of his own accord. The message states: so & so "No longer exists." Anyone who has actually been banned, the message clearly states "This user has been BANNED." So, unless they changed the wording for some reason, I don't think we can know for sure. But, he IS gone, which obviously thrills the hell out of you folks. I was only slightly familiar with him. He left a couple of pretty nice comments on an article or 2 of mine. That was maybe 5 yrs ago and my work had nothing at all to do with politics. So, I had no reason to think him rabid, angry, delusional, or possibly suffering from dementia. The last of which would be quite sad, so I hope not. We all have our saturation points & are free to have our say. Randy, it is inexcusable for anyone to insult our family members....That would anger anyone!! There are 2 or 3 TROLLS (not members) on here that have blown out my last nerve! They're unbearable & totally obtrusive all over our site. NOTHING is done about them despite many complaints. It wouldn't matter anyway. Those blowhards simply start all over again with another label. Very maddening. It would be great if HP admin could figure something out to deal with that kind of asshole. For that matter, any bored, unproductive, useless lowlife can come onto our site with any name they choose at any time, if they're hell-bound and determined to spew their crap. So, it's really much more like "real life" than not. We deal with all sots of creeps every day in some way or another. It's called LIFE. Oh well.

    Wishing all of you and your families a very Special Holiday Season, filled with peace & joy......Paula ,,,Oh yeah, Lela, very nice new picture!

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes, I followed the exchange even though I was banned at the time, Grace. I've already served 2 bans totaling 4 months with another month to go because of defending myself against forum trolls.

    Ed intimated my father was a coward because he was drafted in WWI instead of joining when my dad had a crop in the ground and owed money for it as well.

    My dad landed on Omaha Beach and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge among other battles. If Ed had said as much to my dad, he'd have picked Ed up off the floor by his face!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

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

    Ed just discombobulated in the end, so sad indeed. He went on complete attack mode on anything that smacks of logic. He attacked Jean & I because we stated that small families were more advantageous for children than large families. Ed LOST IT THERE!

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    Lela 

    11 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    The ad only showed up when I wasn't signed in. Maybe it's a ploy to get people to sign up or go away.

    Grace, Alzheimer's will catch up with all of us someday, I'm sure. I quite responding to him ages ago.

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    He was indeed an angry person, perhaps because he saw his idol slowly revealing his colors, and neither were red or blue, simply the most economically advantageous to himself. Sad state of things...

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

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

    Ed became a QUITE RABID person in the end. He used to never be like that. Towards the end, he became quite bellicose, attacking everyone who disagreed with him, particularly those who believe in family planning, education, & success. In the end, he advocated poverty, struggle, & large to very large families. Yes, he became DELUSIONAL in the end. Well, let us say that his TRUE colors surfaced.

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    Randy Godwin 

    12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I can't see it, Lela. No telling what kind of Ads are being shown our hubs, but then, we can't display Amazon ads without lots of hassle and bother. Doh!

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    Lela 

    12 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Whoa! So glad to hear the horseman is finito!

    He really was a confused and rabid person. Hope he didn't have a stroke or something.

    Randy, can you see the GIANT ad they displayed today on this hub? Hope we are getting a raise if they are going to start showing these!

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    Randy Godwin 

    12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, he is banned! I'll gladly serve my ban if it means he's gone for good. The mods have picked me out to make a example for other posters.

    I've asked Matt why the mods allow non-writers to harass the productive writers on the forums, but so far Matt has refused to give me an answer.

    I see no reason for non-writers to be able to harass those who contribute to the site on the forums. I'll keep asking to someone with consideration gives me a proper answer. Don't hold your breath though

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

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

    Yes, he is gone from HubPages. The last time I checked his name, it indicated that there is no user by that name. Either he left of "his own volition" or he was banned.

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    Liz Elias 

    12 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Punishing the whistle blower? Tsk, tsk, tsk! That's illegal!

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, hopefully I had him banned for calling me a liar one too many times, Grace. Of course, I earned a month ban in doing so but it is well worth it if he's gone for good. Keep your fingers crossed! :)

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

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

    Ed Fisher a/k/a Ahorseback is GONE...…….VANISHED from HubPages.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Phone and internet connectivity problems. Called support, can already tell it's going to be a pain in the neck getting it fixed; it's intermittent, the worst kind to diagnose and fix. Oh well, better than being in front of a mudslide.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Para; very well written. I'll file that info away just in case I ever need to face that particular music.

    Too bad about The Big G blacklisting your article. They really ought to take into consideration accounts from the patient's perspective, especially with all the disclaimers you used! Gads!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, here's the article you requested: https://www.websitewithnoname.com/2018/02/needle-i...

    Zero traffic of course; too bad Google "blacklisted" it, as they do all medical articles on non-medical sites. This one would really have helped people, but that's the way it is.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks Para; steer me to the article--on here, or on WWNN?

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, thanks. If there ever comes a time where you have to go through this, let me know. I can put your fears at rest; I even wrote an article about the experience.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Liz, before I had my surgery to remove the cataracts, and insert new lenses in my eyes, I could read without glasses. But now I have to wear reading glasses but can see far off well. I suppose it worked out okay....

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Randy, I've never gone through anything with my eyes other than those annoying dilation drops they put in for your regular exam. (Knock wood!) I currently wear bifocals, but that's as bad as things have gotten; and if I forget to put them on, I can still see just fine to drive; I'm farsighted. It's reading that causes me issues; my arms are not long enough! LOL

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Have you went through cataract removal, Liz? Not too bad at all!

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh Para! Glad to hear about the results from the shots! But I sure cringe at the very idea of a needle in the eye! GAH!!

    I'd be like, "You have to put me under; I don't want to see or know!"

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Thanks. Ctrl+ sure saves the day.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Good news about the results of the shots, Para!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Am happy with my website traffic, but can't seem to get Google interested in more than a hand full of articles; frustrating.

    Meanwhile, had an awesomely productive business-of-living day yesterday. Planning another today, plus the HP article-transfer project continues.

    Btw, the retina needle injection shots have slowed the AMD down. So my time has been extended, unknown as to by how much.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    My traffic seems a bit lower than last year, but the earnings are a little better, Liz. I've experienced these ups and down so many times I've learned to ignore them somewhat.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    The trend the last month or so seems to be more toward blue arrows than red ones; but at least I'm still hitting payout, so I'm not in panic mode just yet...merely puzzled and disappointed.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Am not going to respond to the forum post, too hilarious. Am just going to watch and see if anything interesting develops.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Happy Tuesday. Well, I threw out the WWNN and FB icons on my profile page. Neither were driving any traffic. Besides, who needs to give the thieves a road map? Meanwhile, I just got called "miss paradigmsearch" in the forums. What a town.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I do approve, Lela!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Excellent!

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Listen to Bob's new song while watching the Mars landing!

    https://youtu.be/Sn-yESwZ2o0

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    This is fun. Yep, I sure hope everything works out.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, waiting patiently. Hope everything goes as planned!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I hope you guys are watching the Mars landing. History and all that.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Speaking of the HP forums, I've noticed they have been better lately; both as to topic choices and increased activity. Am kind of curious as to why. What could be the cause, if any?

    As to trolls, I always remind myself that the troll is either some young kid or an adult with psychiatric issues. Either way, we know they are not worth bothering with. As far as I know, I haven't fed one in a long, long time. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to a productive week; both real world and website activity.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Grace, and hope you're enjoying the holidays as well :)

    She must have had a several months ban as I just finished myself. Oh well, we just have to deal with it I suppose!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 

    2 weeks ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Randy, Happy Holidays to you & to the ENLIGHTENED ones. I am calling you all the ENLIGHTENED ones because you all ARE. That is the good news. The bad news is that Hasta La Vista, the troll is BACK. I thought she was banned from HubPages. Egads!!!!!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    An odd thing happened to me yesterday. I read a single sentence somewhere and it triggered my writing an entire new article. It's finished and ready to go. So I guess my writing urge isn't dead after all. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that it has absolutely no earning potential whatsoever, so I have no inclination or motivation to publish it. Maybe someday an at least semi-relevant news event will come along and I'll make my move. Until then, it will just sit in my collection. Back to the HP article transfer thing.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    2 weeks ago

    I have seen a lot of interesting videos on YouTube. One bridge might be to add DIY videos to Hubs. Thanks for the tip Lela.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Robert, I think everything will go video. People want to see celebrities, or those they see as celebrities.

    Nobody reads anymore. We need to start our own channels in some sort of niche area. We can write our own material, but someone with star power has got to deliver it in tv formats.

    Also, I just updated my Jack Reacher page, and another author you might like is Douglas E Richards.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    2 weeks ago

    Do you foresee another outlet on the horizon?

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Actually, I do believe the days of the independent internet writer will come to an end sooner than we think; the corporations and search engines will see to that. In the meantime, we'll wring out every last cent we can.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Idk, Para, I think the whole internet thing is just a passing fad.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Meanwhile, what with me not writing anything new and my previous experience with HP throwing my articles off their niche sites, I'm already preparing the most likely candidates for transfer to WWNN for when my January mandatory updating to get the 2019 date displayed comes around. Quite involved, what with the DMCA killings and the total reformatting. However, I got over a month and am proceeding at a nice relaxed pace.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    If traffic is good in January, I'll probably break out a new avatar in celebration. Won't be the green cat or blind dog Won't be the lightning pic either. Those days are gone for all of them and all the other kindred ones. I've already got a pretty good idea of what it would be. And when it shows up on whatever remaining articles I still happen to have, HP won't cringe nearly as much as they no doubt did with the previous ones.

  • Austinstar profile image

    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I'm thinking of going with a monogrammed L

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Lela--not sunglasses; a party mask! ;-) Covers your face from the eyebrows almost to the bottom of the nose! ;-)

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    It sure isn't because of 'clean living,' living, Lela!

  • Austinstar profile image

    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    LOL, Randy, I don't know how, but somehow you look whiter than me.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    I think mine is perfect. Readers think it's just another usual internet glitch or don't even notice it at all. As a side note, I think we should have separate avatars for the articles vs forums.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes. my photo was professionally taken by my wife at a friends house at an annual party in the hills of middle GA. More than likely I was highly intoxicated.....among other things. The shades helped cover my eyes...or I may have been asleep at the time. I don't remember for some reason.

  • Austinstar profile image

    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Liz, I did try sunglasses, lol. Just made it worse. I need something professional looking for credibility.

    Like Randy.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Liz, we all ate too much yesterday as is the tradition. Love the meme! :)

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Lela, use a photo of yourself in a pretty masquerade mask; all shiny sequins and such. ;-) Shouldn't attract either trolls or f**tards. :-D

    Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful day, filled with too much to eat. I know I'll be hitting the Tums this bedtime, and sleeping half sitting up to forestall problems with my GERD. :( But, it was all delicious, and worth it! LOL

    Saw a meme on FB yesterday: "Don't forget to set your scales back 10 pounds..."

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I'm considering using a photo of the back of my head. Something to think about anyway...

    HTG to you and Bob, Lela! :)

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Happy Thanksgiving ya'll! I tell you whut, though. I am so tired of trying to find a decent photo of myself to use for a profile. If I use a really good photo, I get hit on by the catfishing trolls, if I use an ugly photo, I get smashed by the righttardsnowflaketrumplovingconspiracythreorywomanhatingdelusionalcrowd. What to do, what to do?

    Happy freaking Holidays to you all!

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Merry Thanksgiving to you too, Para! Gotta eat lots of stuff today. I hate it...… :P

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