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"The Silent Whisper" © Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on March 6, 2013


As always I welcome you to my home and while you are here please make yourself a part of it. Feel free to take a seat, help yourself to coffee, tea and of course hot chocolate and what ever snacks you can find. Sorry the pickings are a little slim these days, still battling this silly infection I have. Good thing I can speak this way because the voice is all but gone. My wish is you leave a blessing and take one with you whenever you decide to leave. The Fireside is all ready, please help yourself to a comforter and get comfy. Of course there is always the ever present Quigley, any spelling or grammar errors belong to her...she also doubles as a vacuum so any crumbs are hers. Her reward for all her efforts. Above all know be comfortable here and know that you are loved.

I have noticed a very subtitle and yet obvious change in Social Media this past few years. The trend seems to be heading in a good direction where people are actually reaching out and sharing wit us total strangers after that certain level of trust has been established. I like many I think find this to be a very good platform to just simply say hello and share what ever is on my mind or heart on any particular day.

It was not all that long ago if we wanted to say something to the immediate population we had to either stand on a soap box or go through and editor of a local newspaper. Today we have this amazing platform called the Internet. We are truly blessed to be able to have freedom of speech and we can reach out say hello to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. What a wonderful gift it can be.

Of course there is the ever cautious world we live in as this as well can be a place of the predator, the professional con artist but such is the real world as well. We just need to be ever aware when a red flag appears> Learn to recognize them.

Hopefully you are all settled in... Hugs from Canada


Quigley The Terrible

For those of you who are new this is my Editor, Manager and yes Socialite. Like a piece of gum stuck to your shoe, she follows where ever I lead. The slightest mention of the word "Treat,Truck ride, or her name and she comes to life again. One of her favorite things is to go with Dad to the Taking Box at the drive through. You see that person on the other side has great potential and she is always a big hit at the window.

So everyone this Quigley, Quigley this is everyone. Have no fear there is not one mean bone in her body. Toss a ball all day and you have made a friend. She loves a puzzle to get at her treats. One of her favorites is an old pocket off a pair of cut offs. A great place to hide a treat deep in a buttoned pocket. It the end it will be all slobbered upon and she gets the prize. She is a Havanese breed from Cuba. She was suppose to be a boy dog but as it turned out I lost the choice. The compromise was she was given a boys name. She did not care one bit. It has raised many a good conversation.

Now she is looking for a pet and a crumb so be ready. Now back to why we are here... sorry I get sidetracked easy.


Love from a Distance

Is it possible to come to know another from a distance never once having met another person. I think we see it happening each day here in this community and on many other social networking communities. We see relationships that are formed on many different levels. Can the words we write reach into the others world and have an impact. Can they change the perception they have of themselves. Can long lasting or short term friendships be formed.

They can and they have for many of us. How many reading this can attest to the many long emails and conversations we have had on the phones. I can for one, for some you know me very well for others the friendships are held at a distance. No matter what the form they take they are profound really and we are in an ever changing world of technology that is far reaching.

Many of us feel secure in this world of the Internet. You see it is a world we can turn off and on at our discretion unlike the real world where often we need to face our demands and the demands placed on us. Please do not get me wrong here about who we are really. The point is that we all feel safe here in the community we have formed. We are comfortable with the people we involve ourselves with. Some of you have shared with me the fear you have with meeting real people for the first time out in public. I think we all have the same fear sometimes.



We All Find It Somewhere

My Dad was the greatest mentor I had for communicating with others. No matter where he was he would simply turn and start to talk to people. He was confident and had a smile and a way about him that attracted people.

The key to his success with people I feel was his openness to simply be himself and love unconditionally. There would be times when I would sit and listen for the longest while to him chattering to a total stranger until he sparked an interest in them. Then he would take the conversation and just roll with it.

One thing I have learned over the years is that we all seek love and understanding. See Dad was like the Mother Teresa in so many ways. Often I would see that same person come up to Dad later and carry on a conversation like they had known each other for years. It was a gift he had.

For years I ran from a painful past until I was able to spend much time alone in the wilderness of the far North and face the demons head on and again take control over that which controlled me. It was there I once again got connected and found peace. We all have them, the key is how do we deal with them.

We are Fragile


Journaling and Sharing

I was likely one of the first to get a computer and I found it to be the greatest source of placing some of those past demons to rest. It was a place I could sit and write for hours and sort through the hard stuff as well as the many wonderful things in life.

It is a journey we all need to take in life if we are to grow. Fail to do so and we fall short of the greatest reward in life, getting to know the forgotten self. You see it is what I see happening on social media. We write about what we are passionate about.

How do we write, well that is up to each of us. I like to write from the heart. The grammar and speling may not reach a standard expected but the words I share come from within. It is what I see happening all around us. Share from the heart my friends and grasp the golden ring. Words from the heart will have a flavour of love and be packed with emotion that will warm another.

Above all be sure your words are truthful. Thank you for the visit to my ramblings. I know for many of you this will be nothing new coming from this keyboard, many have heard it before but it is what is on my heart today.

Something wonderful happens deep within when we share a little of ourselves with others. It is like my Dad turning and saying hello. Welcome to the world of the Fireside and of course I thank you for the visit.

I will be starting a new series soon in regards to Landscaping and yard care, some tid bits I have picked up over the years in the industry. After all we are all heading into spring and maybe something I will share will be of help. My background in in Turf Management. Golf Course Design and Construction, Horticulture, Arboriculture and Plant Pathology. So stay tuned and lets see if we can find some humour along the way.

Keep in mind a well kept yard and garden are a preservation of space, even if it means covering your yard in concrete and painting it green... As always know that you are loved. Save up your questions, I am a green guy and love to look at alternatives to chemicals that do far more damage than we know.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb... sorry to hear of your loss. They are like a part of the family and when we lose them it is about the same. I am sure there will be another Bruno out there looking for a loving home.... sometime all we have to do is take the final step of bringing them home...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rolly I have two black cats.. spoiled rotten .. I love my babies.. they sleep with me.. I have a dog named Bruno.. he loved me . we walked every day.. nothing ever tried to hurt me when Bruno was around.. he got killed .. I got hurt so bad that Is till haven't gotten a dog..

      thank you for listening..

      I love your fireside chats.


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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Deb... thanks for the comment and the blessing you have left. Quigley is special indeed. Each animal that comes and goes from our lives are special. It had been years since I had a dog then one day decided it was time. She has been a blessing in so many ways.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rolly... I love Quigley,.. so adorable.. your hubs are so special the fireside and cup of coffee and your stories your thoughts make us all feel so special...Bless you Rolly for your thoughts and prayers.



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      coffeesnob 5 years ago


      We sure do need those prayers and I thank God for you! Keep grinding!

      Love ya


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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi coffeesnob my friend... something happens every once in a while when I grind my 454 beans in the morning. I think of you and hubby and offer a prayer of love and peace. Good to have you at the Fireside again. Like always the door is always open...

      Special Hugs my friend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... you little sweetheart you... thank you dear, you are so special...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... finally getting caught up here and so good to hear from you again. You are such a blessing to us all with your many gifts, encourager is the one I see the most.

      Glad you enjoyed this and the message it carries... keep up the fight in the South and I will the north and all in between never give up hope...

      Quigley passes along a lick or ten...

      Hugs, love and blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sannel... Thank you for stopping in and saying hello. It is always a pleasure to have you visit and I do love our chats. We are getting warmer here finally and there may be this thing we call spring happening soon. Been having fun with this new series, there will be nothing in any specific order like my ramblings... lol

      Hugs and love from Canada to your Sweden...

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thanks for the comment and yes they are coming I have started a few actually.

      The world is ever changing and yet with a simple act of kindness in this video we can help it along...

      Hugs for your loving heart my friend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC ... good to see you again. Hope all is well with you and yours. Glad you enjoyed the hub...

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi drbj... you have that right she has mischief in her. Have to love her though no matter the time of day, early mornings or late at night she always has a greeting and or a toy in her mouth. Fast Quig's is what I call her because she does not share that well. Likes to make you work for her offering...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mary... glad you enjoyed this. Quigley my hard working, low paid Editor is at my feet again and has been here the better part of the night. She is a sweetie alright. I so love this video when I first saw it, well it had the same effect on me...

      Hugs and Blessing from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MartieCoetser... so glad you could stop in and thank you for the comment and Quigley flops her small tail against the floor when I say someone spoke about her. It is such a hard life she has... smiles...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eddy... always love having you visit and rest assured this can always be a landing spot for you... we just love you my friend. Your words come from the best place ever and that is your heart...

      Blessing, Love and Hugs from over here...

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      coffeesnob 5 years ago

      Rolly, thanks for sharing your heart. Something wonderful happens for you when you share, but also for your readers. Blessings, brother.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hiya Rolly, check out my latest, surprise for you! lol!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AudraLeigh ... Good to see you here and taking a break from replicating all those numbers. I think you need an award after you are completed. Thanks for sharing the journey.

      See it is examples like this I am speaking about, you and I have known each other for close to two years. I know a great deal about you and Micha and you about me. I can easily call you friend because it is a relationship that has been built.

      Once established then you begin to care and you reach out and offer encouragement, maybe a hug or a kind word. You do so because the other person cares. You just have this understanding that is hard to explain.

      Hugs and Love from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi cam8510... Welcome to the Fireside... what a wonderful thing to say, thank you and yes we certainly can.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Rolly, you are so very endearing. I will be more than happy to bring the mustard,relish and buns for the party! The answer is truly simple ----LOVE. Stand firm and keep fighting that good fight of faith dear one who loves with his loving heart to all. "What can mere men do to us . . .?"

      Thank you for blessing me this lovely day with such loving words and hugs.

      (((Hugs))) and love back to you from southern USA.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sannel 5 years ago

      Hi Rolly and precious Miss Quigley!

      As always you make me feel so welcomed and right at home, sharing a cup of herbal tea with you and Quigley, and chatting the hours away. Oh, and I love listening to your sincere and enjoyable ramblings, my friend. They are filled with love and wisdom. I'm so looking forward to your new gardening series. Even if I can't do much gardening work anymore, it will be interesting reading about it. Enjoy your day. I truly hope you feel better by now.

      Hugs to you and Quigley from Sweden.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel much the same as you Rolly. I have met some wonderful people who are friends and though i have never seen them, i feel close and have genuine love for them. The video moved me. Thank you for sharing. I will be happy when spring arrives, i love to work in my yard and garden so i will be waiting for your tips.


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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... ah by golly by gee I have fallen in love with you and all you are saying. Like you I have been around for about four years now on HP. I have written under two other personas and have done battle with HP over one thing or another. When I started HP seemed to be a good place to get attacked especially if you held any kind of value. There were several on here that took out their anger on a regular basis. They actually made it so bad for many of us we closed our accounts and moved on. I started as "Quill" and then left and came back as "Quill Again." Each time having my works pulled. I just checked and it was close to 400 hubs.

      Do I like the changes I see, yes as we as writers are all being held accountable. Might explain why I have been flagged so often. My faith offends some, my stand offends even more but I do stand firm writing under my name, if you do not like it well I guess you can leave because I am staying.

      You see there is an alterier motive in my madness. The earnings I have, well I was figuring that by 3013 I should be able to host a party with my earnings. I should be able to afford quite a splash as long as everyone else brings the mustard, buns and the relish.

      Really at the end of the day it gives me a place to say hello to those I love (Including you). It is a much safer place and a place I like to call home. Heck the 40 dollars and 33 cents I made last year added to the previous years and I think I am up $13.60, Look out world here come the big spender... lol

      Can you make money who cares, can you receive love in return, certainly. The real bonus is I can say to those who have fallen off the radar is I love you and thank you to all who have blessed me ob=ver the years. It is for you I write... Know that you are dearly loved....

      For those who object to my faith or stand I may take on issues, well I have a few words that should tell you loudly. "Blow it out your ear." Don't like it, get over it. Stick around and pester me and a swarm of bees would be more compassionate... Oh listen to me blather on and on... lol

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... it is a strong voice, a respected voice, a clear voice that speaks for the many who never speak. It is a voice that resounds like an echo through a canyon that answers back and sticks where it is intended. We never know really who hears but we write and write you do.

      Thanks my friend for the visit and be sure and take that girl Bev out for a special treat. Steak and Lobster or a hot dog off the corner stand. One rule is that you love like there is no tomorrow...

      Love and Hugs from Canada

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing the photo of Quigley. She looks like a lovely dog. I loved the message on the forest photo! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice, too.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have always enjoyed your ramblings. Hope you are feeling better. I drink green tea every day and I have had no cold or flu in years. I add ginger root (just a little stewed) and herbal teas sometimes too, just doesn't hurt, you know? I take a day with the coffee maker and make enough to do me a couple weeks with just a little honey. I fill clean jars full of the hot tea and most even seal. I only drink hot tea now and then but I am sure either is good, full of antioxidants.

      Take care.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You are a sweet philosopher, Rolly, and I enjoy reading your writings. Quigley is a beautiful pet with a hint of mischief in her eyes. Right? The video was perfect to get your point across. Trust me!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Nice to meet you, Quigley!

      I agree with you about the Internet. We are indeed comfortable with the people we involve ourselves with. My hero is Google. In spite of all his intimidating schemes, he does provide answers for my questions.

      Great conversation!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share Rolly and your Father sounded a brilliant man that I could have related to I am sure.

      When I log into HubPages it feels like coming home .My story I shall always share and it is already helping many.In a weird sense it sort of makes sense of it all. I know that I fit i know that I belong.This is my legacy.

      From beginning to end I loved this one and was again transported back to your fireside. A wonderful visit and I now look forward to the next one.

      Take care Rolly and enjoy your day.


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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning dear Anna... you are welcome for the tea and the time you were able to just be yourself. Anytime you need to get away the door is open, ust make yourself at home and know that you are loved...

      Hugs and Blessing to you

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi M. Ruiz... what a pleasant surprise to find you here with us this morning. Welcome to the Fireside, I do hope you have found some peace and maybe a little joy while you sat. You are welcome anytime...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dana... thanks for the note and yes being and inspiration to all who have come to know you and love you for your writing, your wit and ever present encouragement to all of us. You have come a long way Dana since you first appeared on the scene. Not only has you grown but your writing has as well... proud of you Dana and a pleasure to call you friend...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... Thanks for the comment and the visit. The tea was made special for you, just the way you like it. Glad you are bold enough to simple say hello... good on you Nell.

      Hugs from across the Pond.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Rolly we have all found something here on HP...voices, friends, courage, a life long dream, each of us something different and yet we share the love of writing that has brought us here. It is people like you that keep us here. We all love Quigley and he gets virtual pats and hugs all the time. That video had me bawling!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      AudraLeigh 5 years ago

      Yes, I think we can "come to know another from a distance ". The written word...I think it tells the real story about someone. Because they are their words, nothing around them can distract them from the whole story . Also, it gives the person time to tell it. Say hi to Quigly for me:)

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      Rolly, thank you for the reminder that for good or ill, we do communicate here, and we have the power to choose words that build up and encourage our brothers and sisters. You are an excellent example.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rolly and Quigley too!!!

      Thanks for the hot chocolate this night and introducing us to Quigley. If you do not know, westnosedogs, the hubber, you should meet, as her Roscoe helps out so very much with her book reviews, and I am sure Quigley and Roscoe would get along.

      Since joining HP, I have been welcomed and loved and have loved in return, and found deep friendships from around the world. Sadly, some have left HP, but still keep in touch.

      I started writing here on HP, just telling my true life experiences as they really happened, and when I try to go off and write about something I really have not experienced, then it does not turn out well. It is, as you say, writing from the heart, attracts people, when you are genuine, just as you are here.

      It is very possible to make deep friendships long distance, as I have found here on HP!!! It is true, when we reveal of ourselves by writing from the heart, then the beauty happens. I have seen it, and I know it.

      Thanks for sharing from your heart.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs from southern USA, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on, Dude! I found my voice at HubPages. I found a community who wanted to hear what I had to say, a very loving, accepting community of like-minded human beings. I love it here and I love your work my friend.

      hugs from Oly


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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Hi Rolly, These days I have been hungry for easy, simple and peaceful words. I have been seeking for a corner to sit with a blanket and listening to stories. I found the place with this hub. I can say that my decision to be part of a special group in Hubpages has been a great one. Thank you for the cup of tea.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very nice words. Voted up, across and shared. I really relate to these words. Nice to know there are people like you out there.


      M. Ruiz

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is lovely. Your ramblings are beautiful. I relate to everything you just said. So much so that if I were to quote my favorite part, I would be quoting nearly everything. There is something about what you chose to say and the way you said it that makes me feel warm and welcome. Like I could sit with you by the fire side....

      Your exploration has made me think of f=so many things...I used to journal a lot. Then it got less and less. Now I write and I chat and post in facebok. It almost feels like journaling. I have also progressed from insanely shy and self consious to open and honest. The latter is so much better.

      I have made so many friends in this world of social media. Most of them have come since I have started sharing my writing. So many good honest and caring people. Some that I have come to love. Unfortunately there have been a few bad eggs that have taken advantage of my openess and giving nature and I feel like I have become more guarded. The good has far outwieghed the bad.....

      Thank you for a wonderful lovely and warm read.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi rolly, I feel like I know so many people on here, some are closer than my friends believe it or not! lol! I do stop and speak to people as I go about my day, sometimes they look at me as though I am mad, but after a while they smile back thank goodness! hope you are feeling better? take care, nell


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