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We Were There: A Moment with Bill Reflection About Writers

Updated on January 13, 2015

We Were There

Pen and paper in hand, we have trudged through the calendar of our times. We are the observers, the recorders, the dispassionate, and passionate, voices of the generations. Recorded history would not exist if it were not for us. The stories passed down over the decades come alive through our talents. The laws, the decrees, the judgments and the injustices, none can escape our witness. This is what we do. This is who we are.

We are the storytellers. We suspend reality and transport others to a time and place never before seen. We wrestle with nouns, with verbs, with adverbs and adjectives, mixing and matching, always in search of the perfect sentence, the perfect marriage of imagination and stark fact. This is what we do. This is who we are.

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In Selma

We were there on Bloody Sunday, witnessing the billy clubs, the tear gas, the pain, frustration and agony. As thousands marched, sang, chanted and cried, we recorded their every move, each of our words saved for posterity, a written account of history for generations to read.

We spoke to the survivors. We spoke to the instigators. We spoke to the main characters and those in the wings, each important, each with a story to tell, each, in their own way, a part of that history. Then we moved on to the next cry for justice, the next town, the next scene, wherever mankind rose up and demanded that the playing field be level, we were there.

In the Congo

We were there to witness the atrocities. We heard the flies buzzing as they feasted on the bloated bodies. We were revolted, repulsed, disgusted and sickened by what we saw, what we heard, and what we felt. How could it be so? How could mankind, meant to soar with the angels of kindness, create so much destruction and misery? Is there any sense in it? Are there any lessons to be learned by the wanton taking of human lives? Has life been devalued to such an extent, we asked?

There, before us, lay mothers, fathers, and children, their hopes crushed, gashed and torn asunder. There, before us, the blood of families mixed with the water-starved earth, and red mud appeared, a permanent stain on humanity.

And we recorded it all!

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In Every Small Town Around the World

We were there for the bake sales, the Christmas school pageants, and the Friday night football games. We witnessed the jubilation when touchdowns were scored and new babies were born. We watched as people went about the business of living, going to and fro from work and from play, harried, relaxed, patient and frantic.

We watched as stores opened for business. We applauded school graduations. We mourned when loved ones were gone, and we recorded each event, every triumph and yes, every defeat, because that is what we do. That is who we are.

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Across the Landscape

We took you on wondrous voyages to see the spectacular world we live in. From the Andes to the Alps, the Rockies to the Appalachians, we were there. From the amber waves of grain to the parched savannah, from the quaint Wales village to the frozen tundra, from the jungles to the rain forests, we were there and, by extension, so were you.

We traveled to Borneo, to Topeka, to Dubai and Dublin. We recorded the devastation of natural habitat and the loving restoration of the same. We were the eyes and the ears of our readers. What we tasted, they tasted. What we felt, they felt. We raised awareness about the environment, the town criers demanding that a world take notice.

From 9/11 to Paris

We were there as the smoke cleared and the horrors became apparent, and we gave witness to it all. We sighed in relief with the survivors, and we mourned those taken from us, and we vowed to never be silenced, never go down with lips sewed shut, for to do so would tarnish the memories of those who had died horrific deaths in the name of ideology…in the name of lunacy.

Where there was terror, we were there. Where there was intolerance, we were there. Where there was blood-splattered evidence of man’s inhumanity towards man, we were there, because that is what we do and damn it all to hell, that is who we are.

From Kitty Hawk to Canaveral

We were there when man tossed aside his chains and took to the skies. We were there when earth-bound man soared to the heavens and looked down on Earth from the lunar surface. We were there when speed records were broken, when universal secrets were unearthed, and when the status quo was shattered by yet another phenomenal discovery or invention.

We were there as mankind continued to grow, to postulate, to discern and to break free. We were there as the impossible became possible, as dreams became reality, and as limits became unlimited. We stood in awe at the achievements of giants, and we looked, in wonder, upon a little girl in her elementary science class mixing chemicals and vowing to discover a cure for cancer.

Even the Mundane Was Recorded

We were there to record grandma’s recipe for meatloaf, and we wrote 1,500 words on the best sights to see in Calais, because that is what we do…that is who we are. We taught you to quilt, to wet-felt, to lose weight and to fix your alternator. Click your mouse, Google us up, and you’ll find we are there, how to this and how to that, best ways this and best ways that, the top ten of music and the worst of sports, all by us, all done with loving care, because that is what we do and that is who we are.

We Are Writers Hear Us Roar

This is what we do. This is who we are, and hundreds of years from now, our words will still be read, and knowledge will be gained. So it goes. So it has always been. Our voices matter. Our opinions and reflections are vital.

Never forget that. Never devalue what you do. The world needs us, and that fact carries responsibility. We must always do our best. We must always demand perfection from ourselves. We must always rise above mediocrity and remember that we are a part of a much bigger picture.

We paint history with our words. We speak for those who have no voice.

We are writers.

Be proud!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marilyn. I had this strange thought once that if computers suddenly failed worldwide, it would cut down on our competition because there would be few of us who knew how to write in cursive. :) We can always hope, right?

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good afternoon, Billy; what an excellent article. Recording history, our thoughts, dreams, set-backs and triumphs that the job of writers. Through the ages, they offer us their observations and opinions on their world.

      I am saddened that the library at Alexandria was burned...yes, I still lament that. Books, scraps of paper and our minds are all we need to create, but how quickly some of this wonderful knowledge is lost. I am concerned about the lack of writing done today...oh sure, we all write on a computer, but I know that us old timers could go back to pen and paper and perhaps even write it in cursive. Ah, well.

      Good job as usual. ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally, and you are never late to my party. I'm always happy that you find the time to visit me. If you take on the challenge I look forward to the quality results.

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Better late than never. Sorry, I just had to get that wet felting tutorial finished today.

      I love the sound of this challenge. I hope I get a chance to tackle it tomorrow. Great challenge, almost irresistible.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm betting that bottom dollar that you are correct. :) Thank you as always, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The more we write, the more we will achieve, and bet your bottom dollar, that's where we will be.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you again, vkwok! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, vkwok. Thank you my friend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Whether just through watching the news or actually being there, we are witness to the big events of the world. And we each have our own views on them that must be shared. Awesome hub, Bill!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Whether just through watching the news or actually being there, we are witness to the big events of the world. And we each have our own views on them that must be shared. Awesome hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cristen, I don't think you need any incentive to make noise, but I'm glad you liked this. Thank you, as always, for being here.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Beautifully written. I couldn't agree with you more. Writers should be on the front lines not just be transcribers. Makes me wanna get out and make noise. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I love that...the guardians in our time. Beautifully stated my friend. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you my dear friend. I'm just giving back what was freely given to me. I love you guys and always will.

      blessings and hugs, with a sprinkling of love, coming your way

      bill

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Excellent and to the point. Yes we are aware of all that passes but we are only the guardians in our time.

      Graham.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      We are so blessed that writers are ever present and have carefully recorded what happens as it unfolds and then as they take another look at the event years later.

      You have once again taken us to those moments in time that will be with us as long as we walk the planet.

      You give this community and the greater community beyond this site, encouragement and tools to use to pursue our dream of sharing what we experience with others.

      You are helping us to become better writers and to take a look at ourselves and become better individuals.

      You ROCK Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! Here's hoping many a writer hears the message.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Never devalue the work that you do. I particularly like that important statement.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh well indeed, Ann. I do it about once a week. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Don't know how that happened! I saw that I'd managed to hit the 'post' twice and thought I'd deleted one! Ah well.....

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I thank you again, Ann. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you for the kind words. I wanted it uplifting and hopefully it is. We all need a boost from time to time, my friend. You give me one every day, and I thank you for it.

      Happy Evening to you, Ann.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This has given me a tremendous boost today, bill, so thank you. It's a

      beautiful piece and encourages me to learn from mistakes and move on.

      You've written this with care and wisdom and the message is powerful but then that is what you do so well.

      Have a great evening, bill.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This has given me a tremendous boost today, bill, so thank you. It's a beautiful piece and encourages me to learn from mistakes and move on.

      You've written this with care and wisdom and the message is powerful but then that is what you do so well.

      Have a great evening, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Timetraveler...much-appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friend. What you write is important, and I want every writer to know that. Have a fabulous day in Texas.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Bill.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      This is so awesome, Bill. It was the perfect way to start my morning along with my first cup of Joe. You sure know how to get those creative juices flowing for us writers. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I'm so glad you like this message

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you are right, as a species we are slow learners, and that is discouraging to say the least. Be proud of your writing, Jo. You are a good one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you so much. Your comment encourages and supports me, and I thank you for it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa! It encourages me to continue when someone says one of my best. It means maybe I'm improving.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. Write today with new resolve. We need your words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary, and as you might surmise, I believe this with all my heart. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Faith. I think a good many writers feel that they aren't important...and that is so wrong. We must always hold our heads high and be proud of being a writer.

      blessings to you and yours

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writer learn from each other and without writers learning won't go on so freely. I like your message here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unfortunately, despite all the documentation, heart breaking images and written evidence of man's inhumanity to man we go right on making the same mistakes. But yes, when the first caveman picked up that stone to scratch, record and convey his thoughts and feelings, we were there, and how amazing is that? Bill, you never fail to inspire, another brilliant write.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow!!! It's wonderful and a great masterpiece about our writers, Bill. You have made our heads so tall with pride. You always keep us inspiring and elevated. Thanks for this great work.

      Voted up and awesome. Sharing it also.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Passionate, endearing, true, encouraging, challenging, inspirational. One of your very best. Definitely one of my favorites. Amen and Amen. Sharing! Theresa

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely and very inspiring hub and a great description of the importance of writers, Bill.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      We are writers hear us roar! I was just about to shut down the computer when I saw this hub. What a way to end my day with the encouragement and faith that writers do rule. We owe it to ourselves and to each other to keep on writin!

      Voted all but funny and shared. Words so beautiful and inspirational they need to be shared.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Inspirational and motivational to keep all writers mindful of just how important our words are to record, report, provoke deep thought, raise awareness and to take us away from reality at times!

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Maria. I try!

      love,

      bill...and Happy Tuesday to you as well.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Beautiful and inspiring, like you, dear Bill. Happy Tuesday! Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, whonu, and you do it well.

      Thank you!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks Bill...it makes what we do worth a lot. We inspire others as well as each other. whonu

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much and yes, it would be a terrible words without writers or the Arts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, thank you, and welcome back to HP. Good to have you with us once again.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I could tell you what a talented writer I think you are, but I've told you that before! I had goose bumps as I read your words.

      It would be a terrible world if we didn't have writers to record our past and present world.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      As always, an excellent hub! Thanks for sharing with us. I've been busy in school for awhile but I'm back on HubPages and I'm looking forward to reading more of your fabulous articles. Blessings!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If anything, Alan, it will serve to confuse the HP administration, and I have no problem with that. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, something like that is perfect...thank you my friend.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      What I meant was, one was a duplicate of the other. Don't want to take up space on your 'tower' with duplicates, do you.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Billybuc ur reflection really reflected esp.. the 911 to France.. we are indeed scribes here us roar...something like that

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smilealot, I am so happy to hear you say that. Thank you! Never forget the value you provide to readers around the world, now and to infinity and beyond. :)

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      There is never a shortage of motivation, inspiration and creativity in your articles Bill, and this one is certainly no exception. As you say Bill, writers are the recorders of all historical events, significant or otherwise, but I also think we provide a necessarily diverse and unique perspective of those events in a way that other mediums cannot....you are right to make us all feel proud of what we do:-))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WOW indeed, Heidi! Write on, my friend, and never think for a moment that your words are unimportant.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that, dahoglund, and good for your boss. He had the right attitude for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is all meaningful, Maj, and I think that's very important to remember as we toil at our desks. Thank you and carry on what you do.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I've been doing that myself quite a bit of late. I refuse to think it's because of my old age. Delete you? Never!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ruby. I'm proud to be a writer and I want everyone else to be as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Marlene, because that's the message I wanted to share. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you again, Alan.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I love hearing your reflections on history. Oddly, I had no idea Churchill sat out some of the bombing from Boston. How did I miss that? It would be funny if it weren't so.....so.....questionable. :) Thanks for sharing all that....what an incredible history for a writer to tap into.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      And to think what stories we could have learned if more of our ancestors had the ability and authority to write! Thank goodness writing isn't just a skill for elite scribes and monks anymore. WOW (Write On, Writers)!

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This reminds me of the time I worked on a weekly paper, whatever happened to them. People made fun of the weekly hometown papers but my boss by his attitudes and actions, made it clear that we were there to report about the ordinary people doing ordinary things. He would print nothing if it did not have a local angle of some sort.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I'm with you all the way. Sudden realisation that my words count too. Whoever we are, where we are, our nationality, culture, what we see, experience, all of it is meaningful. Great reminder Bill - thanks.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      (So good it went in twice. Sorry about that Bill, clicked once too often. You've got the 'delete' button. Best, Alan)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never been so proud to be a writer, as I am today, after reading this uplifting piece. Your words made me soar in mind and spirit. You mentioned every event that's happened in the last 50 years that either made me mad or filled me with pride. Bravo my friend..

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "This is what we do." Can you imagine a world without writers? I can't. We capture life. That's what you helped me realize today.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      ...And we were there in the Blitz, when cities across Britain blazed (the Luftwaffe even dropped bombs on Dublin), when Coventry, Bath and York were bombed, and when the 'Doodlebugs' came down - but we didn't hear the V2 when that came down. (We were told they were gas explosions from ruptured mains in the streets, so as to avoid panic and a mass exodus from south-eastern cities).

      'Britain can take it', Winston told the world from the safety of Boston (not the one in Lincolnshire, that was too close to the Dutch coast).

      When we started dishing it out Goebbels called our bomber squadrons the 'Murder Groups, especially when the Dams went... As for Dresden, we were there as well, by night. The USAAF were there by day but it wasn't FDR who carried the can for that. Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris was the one with the broad shoulders. Like Dowding, after the Battle of Britain was won, he was shuffled out of the way before V E Day. No kudos for the Bomber Boys, or the seamen who risked life and limb around the coast of Norway to supply the Russians (the Russians sent them medals every ten years out of gratitude). The Burma road was another forgotten theatre of operations, as was Italy. D-Day took the limelight after El Alamein.

      The world is full of forgotten heroes, 'who were there' when the shooting died down. Most of them were hushed up, told not to talk about it, just in case the 'Russkies' got wind of something they weren't supposed to know, or the Germans and Japanese (our new allies against the Soviets) were offended.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      ...And we were there in the Blitz, when cities across Britain blazed (the Luftwaffe even dropped bombs on Dublin), when Coventry, Bath and York were bombed, and when the 'Doodlebugs' came down - but we didn't hear the V2's when they came down. (We were told they were gas explosions from ruptured mains in the streets, so as to avoid panic and a mass exodus from south-eastern cities).

      'Britain can take it', Winston told the world from the safety of Boston (not the one in Lincolnshire, that was too close to the Dutch coast).

      When we started dishing it out Goebbels called our bomber squadrons the 'Murder Groups', especially when the Dams went... As for Dresden, we were there as well, by night. The USAAF were there by day but it wasn't FDR who carried the can for that. Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris was the one with the broad shoulders. Like Dowding, after the Battle of Britain was won, he was shuffled out of the way before V E Day. No kudos for the Bomber Boys, or the seamen who risked life and limb around the coast of Norway to supply the Russians (the Russians sent them medals every ten years out of gratitude). The Burma road was another forgotten theatre of operations, as was Italy. D-Day took the limelight after El Alamein.

      The world is full of forgotten heroes, 'who were there' when the shooting died down. Most of them were hushed up, told not to talk about it, just in case the 'Russkies' got wind of something they weren't supposed to know, or the Germans and Japanese (our new allies against the Soviets) were offended.

      Nice piece of writing, by the way Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emese, thank you! We all need a shot of inspiration occasionally, and that is what I hoped to provide.

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Thank you for this article! Beautiful; well said, an ode to writers everywhere. It's a good piece to re-read whenever we loose confidence in our work. It does matter, and always will.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita. I wanted inspirational and evidently I achieved it. Peace to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I aim to please.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I agree with you completely, but then I often do. It is nice not having a publisher determine what is fit to print, and I love a good discussion/debate, as long as it is respectful. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clearly it is, Zulma, and I would be greatly disappointed if you didn't hit the "publish" button when you finish that next article. Thank you!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Passionate or impassioned piece, Bill. We are here all right, and yes, we were there. We've seen it all, and documented much. We've also remembered and painted much.

      A great piece for those trying to touch and uplift the lives of others. Peace.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Inspirational, indeed! Thank you! ;-)

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      Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great article! : )

      It's really nice to see people putting out their opinions, even arguing over different perceptions is something good (as long as we do it respectfully) because there is always something we can learn from one another.

      The other neat thing about independent writers is that there is no publisher behind us telling us to tone it down, or that the subject will not sell, etc. We can write about whatever we think is important.

      Thank You for putting this piece of writing together.

      Cheers! : )

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow. We are AWESOME! Thanks for this. I'll think of this the next time I'm struggling with a story and wondering if it's really worth it. Clearly, it is.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, well said yourself. Very nice....not the catastrophe part of it, but most definitely the thought that what we do is vitally important, now and in the future. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stages, what a beautiful comment. Thank you for sharing your dreams with us...just beautiful!

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      A good friend of mine and I were discussing the recent terrorist computer hacking and speculating what chaos we would experience should our main power grid be shut down. Without power we would be without food gas heat phones computers and the list goes on and on. But as writers we can still pick up pen and paper to let the world know the real story of the incredible adventure, the real truth of the tremendous suffering and the ultimate joy of a new beginning. That is something all the computers and gadgets cannot take away because it comes from within our soul and safe from the destruction of the world.

      Well said my friend. Blessings to you.

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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Bill this was beautiful and so eloquently put. One day in heaven I will break free from the chains of my grammatical prison. There I will share my stories with the great writers, writers like you Bill. I will also meet the greatest writer of all time, and for that I am super excited. Blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you summed it all up perfectly....but I am sure you already treated this craft with respect...so carry on and have a superb Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, take two aspirin and lay down for awhile. That head will shrink back down soon enough. :) Thank you my friend. I do think we are important to civilization, and that importance should be reflected in the quality of our writing...and I know you agree. :)

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, this is inspirational, beautifully written, and humbling.

      Our words can elate and they can crush, so they must be used wisely.

      As authors, our words can be an escape--with an imagination and a book one can travel to another time and place. As journalists, our stories are a witness for those who cannot speak for themselves.

      When we have returned to the dust of the earth, our words will continue to be heard, so we must do our very best to use them well.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      What a wonderful and uplifting way to start the day, bro. This is all so very true......downright factual. We ARE special....important, in fact vital and necessary. Without us, there is no history of anything! I love the way you think and fortunately for your dedicated readers....you write as you think!

      I was going to run errands, but thanks to you, bro.....I can't get my head through the doorway. That's fine with me! Thank you...UP++++pinned & tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I've always believed that the cream will rise to the top. I think we are in agreement, buddy. :) Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truly inspirational. I think even with this huge influx of written words that the best will stand out and stand the test of time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you are speaking for me, and I thank you. This dependence on computers will eventually bite us in the behind. I love the old traditions and I don't want to see them lost.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Sally. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts this morning.

      bill

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      The world needs writers to pass on our knowledge, heritage, and even our folklore, Bill. So much has been lost because oral traditions of cultures were never written down, so writing is vital. It does concern me that everything is going electronic.

      Our local schools are now discontinuing cursive because society is saying it is obsolete. They are giving electronic communications as the reason, citing computers, ipads, texting, and email, but one good solar flare could take out our systems permanently and we would have to start from square one. I would hate to have to go back to oral tradition because nobody could write. So let's hear it for the writer and the printed page! Loved your message, my friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Oh, the written word, so much more than just a footprint which we leave behind on the sand. We sure do have a responsibility to make our words matter lest they too get washed away by the waves.

      Always good to read your words Billy,

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love that...Whisper Down the Lane methods...so very true. Thank you...I'll be thinking about that all day, as will Toby!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your thoughts, Carol. I love how you described it...all true.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Diva...greatly appreciated my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I can see this as an introduction to writing for eager students who want to make a difference in the world. I can see you (and Tobias) on stage spilling your heartfelt message onto willing ears.

      Life would not be life without writers. There would be no books from which to learn; only Whisper Down the Lane methods of learning about the past present and future.