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When You Share Your Heart and Your Life -- A Touching Interview With Our Beloved Deborah Brooks

Updated on August 19, 2012
There she is. Isn't she adorable?
There she is. Isn't she adorable? | Source
Thanks for the sangria!
Thanks for the sangria! | Source

We caught up with Debbie Brooks! Today! She was writing and polishing her Interview series, and her prolific poetry. Actually we are already behind in commenting. She must be like us: One hub written, one down from her resourceful brain.

We wanted to ask her questions that we all could have asked. So we decided to go straight to business. One thing is sure: Debbie can make you smile, dance, get closer to God or...yep! also cry. So this is a warning. You will need some Kleenex after reading about our beloved Debbie.

"Hi Debbie! How are you?"

"Oh, Hi Joseph. So good to see you my friend.! Let me clean my glasses and put my next hub on hold."


Her first words and her beliefs

Do you think, we are here with a purpose Debbie? I mean... I feel weird at times...

I believe so Joseph! Our Savior, our Lord is always there to help us. It is so good to know hubbers like you and Faith Reaper and Michelle Travis obey the Lord and write about HIM.

That was a quick start Debbie! Let's go straight into action. For instance, huh..! (She gave us a glass of Sangria). How was life in the sixties for you? Maybe 70's?

Oh My Life in the 60's.. wow!! I loved the 60's and 70's. I had great time. I loved the mini shirts. I had good legs then..(widest smile)

Please Debbie don't start us!! Can you imagine Janine Huldie and Billy and Josh smiling??

I know! I wore short shorts and when the bikini came out I never got to wear it though my dad would have killed me. But I did have a two piece Yellow bathing suit I had on when I met my first husband. He fell in love with me..LOL.. that still makes me smile...sorry! That Music was the balm. I was in Love with the Beatles. Can you see me screaming for them?

I believe you Debbie! Passing out like a gruppie and all...!

 Hahaha! I was into dancing. I was very good and I miss it. I had the world by the tail. Now seriously: if I only knew then what I know now..LOL

The day our Deborah got married
The day our Deborah got married | Source

First Marriage and... "as the world turns around"

How did you meet your husband or your kids' dad. Feel free to tell us... We just want to hear from the real source.

As I said, I met my husband when I was sunbathing in my yellow two piece bathing suit. He was cutting his front yard with his dad's riding lawn mower. He was home from the Navy; on a visit he had just gotten out of bootcamp and was going to be stationed on a ship out of Pugent Sound Naval Ship yard out of Bremerton Washington State.

Wow Debbie. You must've have a good rear view mirror. You know what we mean?

You are funny!! Our favorite song was "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," that's where he would sit writing me love letters.We got married and divorced three years later and then I met the boys father. I had my two wonderful sons by then. He was not a very nice man to say the least. So we divorced and you are right: my first husband and I met again years later and we married each other again.Wow what a story!!!

Bad girl! You were something else (kidding)

Music Maestro. 'At last' By Etta James


We are bold to ask this question, so everyone will ponder:

Have HP or your hubber friends saved your life?

Oh yes, everyone is so kind..! I dont know if people lie to me and tell me my hubs are great, but if they are keep the lies coming... and just let me do want to thank everyone for being so kind and good to me when you do not have to be. I was in a bad way when I started writing here at the hub.You and so many have taught me so much. Yes you have saved my life. God knew what he was doing when he put me here... thank you!! Thank you all!

Beloved Deborah's mother
Beloved Deborah's mother | Source

We know you love your mom so much, like any of us. What would you say to your mom today and tomorrow?

Mom (tears, pause) I want to thank you for being the best mom anyone could ever have. You were a real living angel. You put up with my foolishness and loved me no matter what. I want you to be proud of me.. and... with tears I miss you so much. But I know you are not in pain any more and... I know you are with Jesus!! And thank you for all you have done for me.I pray that I will make you proud now and in the future. I know you would have liked my book of Poetry I wrote and my novel that will be released soon. I wish you could read it. But I will read it to you at your grave, when I get to go home for the first time in September since you have died last year in July (2010).

Just for a little break: ABBA, "Dancing Queen"

Debbie's dad and mom
Debbie's dad and mom | Source

Debbie, you really made me cry with that speech...! Going into a diffent direction Debbie!

Fathers. Aren't we blessed of having them? Is your dad doing better? We know he misses your mom...

My dad has been so lonely and he has met a woman. My Father is getting married next month.

Yikes! Breaking news!

I am going home for his wedding. I feel funny about it, but I do want him to be happy. Enough said about that..(forced smiles this time...huh?)

Forget it Anderson Cooper. No more talking about it...because she said so!

Debbie's first book signing, February 2012
Debbie's first book signing, February 2012 | Source

Sometimes we come up with different questions that we don't even know about. But, what would you put your mind into if you weren't a writer?

Wow! I know what you mean! I am good at sales. I was a Mary Kay Director. I won a free car.

You are kidding me..?

Not at all Joseph. I would probably pursue that again. If I was younger I would dance again. Hahaha!I am good at managment but no matter what, I love to write. I was even thinking that if husband and did not make it...

I would go to Haiti to work and help in what I could do.I have been to haiti in the past. So I know what it's like. Or probably live in Mexico with my son and live with the knows.. lol . I never know from day to day what my life wil be like (smile after smile). I just love life and I am so glad to be alive.!!

At her request: Love to Love.. By Donna Summer

How close were you to death? We heard that you almost died in another country... can you tell us?

Oh No we were living In Cuba!! Hehehe Oh my.. I was on a bike and going down a hill. I don't remember exactly what happened. But I was told I hit a curb and I went over the bike handlebars and landed on my head. I was in a coma for 48 hours. I had a brain concussion and ended up having to be evacuated to Bethesda MD Naval Hospital in Maryland. I was pretty broken up. I still have problems to this day from all the bones I broke.. God saved me. I could've died.

Debbie and daughter in law Gladys
Debbie and daughter in law Gladys | Source
Debbie's grandkids!! Oh my!!
Debbie's grandkids!! Oh my!!
Laura and Debbie. This is life at full throttle!
Laura and Debbie. This is life at full throttle!

Two Sons and Two Daughters in Law

Your sons, the love of your life. Can you tell us about your daughters in law?

Oh My WORD!! MY BEAUTIFUL TALENTED DAUGHTER IN LAWS. They are so precious and they love me so much. I am so blessed!! They both were born in Mexico: Laura in Mexico City (D.F.) and Gladys in Matamoros. Gladys and my son Aaron have given me three beautiful grandchildren.

I am so proud ot be a grandmother. IT IS THE MOST AWESOME JOB... and I thought being a parent was the most awesome job!

Closing the interview -- She can talk!

Before and after becoming a Grandma, what has changed in your life?

I have taken my writing serious. Life always got in the way before.

Why are you getting closer to our creator? Is a need? A way to thank him for the miracles in your life?

The Lord God has been so good to me. He puts up with my foolishness and still loves me. He is so patient with me. I do not deserve this life I have, but he has blessed me anyway.

What would you say to a great great grand daughter through the magic of the net? Always stay true to your convictions and Love with all your heart and never give up my great great granddaughter. Because God made you and you Are the best!!! God doesn't make seconds. he makes the best!! And thats what you are....THE BEST!!

Thanks Debbie!! Was it the wine? I thought she was hollering, but there she is! We appreciate your time and your sincerity beloved Debbie! There you have it Frank Atanacio!

Thank you so much Joseph.You are so awesome my friend. I am so blessed to know you.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi IntegrityYes, thanks for the votes for oour dear friend Debbie. Thanks for stopping by!

    @Hi Debbie, You always having an smile and a heart when you answer. Thanks!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    hello Integrity thank you and so good to see you

    bless you


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    IntegrityYes 5 years ago

    I voted up for sure.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lord.. My dear.. you are too sweet


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Sueswan. Debbie is a beautiful soul. She gets in trouble, sometimes, for being so kind. But in the end she is the sweetest person on earth. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comments!

    Thanks to you Debbie! You always putting a smile. even if Isacc is knocking your door.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Sue thank you I feel the same way about you.. Lord so good to do this interview on me..

    God bless you


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    Sueswan 5 years ago

    Hi Lord,

    I loved your interview with Debbie. She is a beautiful lady inside and out and I am blessed to call her friend.

    Voted up and away!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    ishwaryaazz.. thank you so much you are so kind.. Blessing and hugs to you


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Lathing and Ttoombso8, Debbie is a wonderful soul. You can tell by the way she sees life. One mi9nute she wants to make us smile, the next minute she wants to share some emotional moments, but at the end Debbie will respect everybody's ways. Hope to have Debbie for a long time.

    @Ishwaryaa22, Debbie is a beautiful person. That's why she has aged gracefully. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and she is a kind heart. Thanks for leaving a heartfelt comment.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    A wonderful interview with a talented poetess, skilled cook and engaging interviewer, all rolled up into a versatile person! An interesting insight into her world! She is an evergreen beauty, inside and outside! I never forgot her warm welcome when I was a newcomer here! Thank you for capturing her charming spirit and personality in this fetching interview! Well-done to both of you!

    Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Terrye my friend thank you so much.. hugs


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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    An interesting interview about a very interesting lady. Nicely done, Lord. :)

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lathing thank you sweet friend.. you are so awesome and Joseph is an awesome intervewer.. bless you


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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Debbie, you are precious! You are a unique writer, and a wonderful person. This was an awesome interview, Joseph...... Enjoyed reading about Debbie and her beautiful life :)

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    HappyBoomer Nurse, This interview hilarious! Debbie went along with our jokes and serious side. Thanks for leaving such a wonderful comment. And thanks Debbie!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Always exploring, you said it better. Debbie's life can make it into a movie. There is more to her, and we respect her privacy. Hope you have a wonderful day of inspiration and happy hubbing,

    @MHatter99, that was funny! You are quick, but excellent hubber in short words. Thanks for your continous support.

    @Gypsy Rose Lee, the interview was fun! Debbie was willing to take our humorous side, and I think she did good. She made us luahg and cry. Once again, you always leave wonderful comments. Great to have you with us.

    @Movie Master, You are an awesome lady as well. Your hubs are full of life and originality. Still thinking about that flight to Bristol or maybe London. Glad to see you in here.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thank you unknown spy. You are such a wonderful friend to us. Debbie is awesome and a true friend.

    @ DGHBRH, Thanks for the compliment! Debbie did most of the talking and we ran out of sangria

    @Vincent, you leave wonderful comments that can endure time and space. Thanks for being and extraordinary person. Thanks Canada!

    @Pojasd7, Debbie still looks good for her age. She can dance all she wants, even if she will have to take it easy the next day. Thanks for stopping by!

    @Faith Reaper, You and Debbie are so strong with the Lord. Is really amazing what things you both went through. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Nice to see you in here. There is no doubt Debbie changes lives with ther wonderful personality.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Mhatter.. lol parade permit.. you owe me some sangria

    Gypsy.. thank you sweet friend.. you are the best

    Movie master.. thank you so much you are so awesome

    Happyboomernurse... thank you too

    all of you make me want to cry..


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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Enjoyed this light-hearted interview filled with love, joy and wisdom.

    Voted up across the board.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    A fabulous interview lord, Debbie is a wonderful writer and lovely lady - I have enjoyed learning more about her!

    Voted up/awesome

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Loved this interview. Debbie is one fantastic, creative and just all around great lady. I'm so glad I met her here on HubPages and followed her to FB. Love her poems and that's the truth Debbie. You are the greatest friend anyone could have and I sure hope that if possible we could actually meet one day. Congrats on your dad's marriage. That is itself is wonderful. You may feel odd but just think love at this time so fantastic. Hugs all around. Lord for writing this great interview and Debbie for sharing.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Okay, you couldn't get a parade permit, so you wrote this. good job. thank you

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Hi always exploring ..Lord made me look good ..great. to. see you.. Debbie

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    GREAT interview Joseph. Debbie is sweet and kind with a beautiful heart..Thank you..

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Faith reaper you are the most awesome.. You honor me and I have to say you have the most Faith hubs they bring tears to my eyes.. the most inpirational you are. God Bless you dear


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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Rcrumple God bles you too my friend

    Rahul, my sweet son and so loyal You are the best

    Unknown spy.. you are so awesome thank you

    dghbrh oh my you are so kind God bless you too

    Vincent My poetic friend.. You honor me with your wonderful words

    poojasd7 Bless you and I am so honored

    Lord you have been so good to me

    Blessings and Hugs to you all


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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Best interview ever, as the subject of the interview is the best ever person to be interviewed. Debbie is such a lovely person, inside and out!!! She was beautiful when she was younger and hasn't change a bit, and I believe she is more beautiful than ever. One can always tell of true beauty from one's heart, and Debbie's heart is overflowing with love for all. She is an inspiration not only here on HP, but to every life she touches. Her grandchildren are blessed to have her as their grandmother. I am so glad she is up front about her relationship with the Lord, as that is what is most important in this life and to share it with others. God has given her the gift of writing and she is using it to bless others and to glorify Him. God bless you and Debbie always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Rahul! Now you made Debbie cry! I know what you mean my friend. You just keep pumping your creativity and we will see you grow with us. Takes time and dedication, but you will see the rewards. Thanks for leaving such a hearfelt comment. Your mommy is a wonderful soul!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Rcrumple, thanks for reading this interview. We had a good time though. Debbie's beliefs are deep and we know now why! Glad to see you and thanks for commenting!

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    poojasd7 5 years ago from India

    Really loved knowing our Deborah as a person. It puts smile on my face. What a journey!

    Deb looked so pretty in her younger days. :-)

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    Vincent Moore 5 years ago

    A great lady, a beautiful poet. She is full of passion and love and it shows brilliantly in her writing. Deb has led an interesting life and through the guidance of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ she has survived to be the person she is today. I am pleased to be a friend and follower at these Hubs and you sir Lord are of course always a class act when it comes to sharing from your heart. Great interview and a pleasure to get to know this magnificent lady and fellow poet a little better.

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    deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Debbie , you are just an awesome personality and your poems and works are really divine. Its wonderful to know about you, your life, your belief here. God bless you with all your sweet family and waiting to read many more precious hubs from you in coming time.

    Lord....its an amazing interview.....well job done.....all votes up and sharing as well:-)

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Debbie is one amazing and wonderful woman here in HP. She is very supportive and with a very kind heart. I love her and i always look up to her writings. Wonderful interview!

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    Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    Lord my friend... what a wonderful interview.. of a wonderful lady... Debbie or mother as I call her fondly is here on the hub to save souls like me I think.

    When I met here in the comments I was thinking about dropping off from the hubs but the encouragement and love I received from her kept me going I have done well for my self...

    Debbie is divine... her poems... her writings as divine as her soul.. a wonderful person who can only be admired and respected

    Hats' off to you Joseph... for such a delightful read :)

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    What a touching interview with a beautiful person! Normally, I'd make a joke about this time. Tonight, all I can say is "God Bless" to both of you!

    Great Job!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Debbie! Unfortunately we cannot lend you more Kleenex!

    @Billybuc, a pleasure to have you with us! You have a great heart too. We know William Holland very well. Take care. Come on Debbie please! (she is so cute smiling)

    @Mary Hyatt, Yes she is! Debbie is a team player and does have lots of followers. We admire her as a writer and as a person. Thanks Mary615!

    @Christy, Debbie is so overwhelmed that she had to take a break from commenting. You are becoming part of this family and we appreciate your friendship. Greetings Alberta!

    @ Tammy! Whaa a sweet comment you leave in here. We know you are a wonderful woman and we thank you for being who you are. Nice to have met you, and hope to see you succeed. Debbie is so sweet OMG!

    @Yes Debbie, you need a good shot, because you got so emotional. Do you think we are made of steel? Now we are running out of sangria in here. Thanks Debbie for being such a good sport!

    @KJfORCE, Thanks for stopping by my dearest friend! Still remembering that, "what's your take" commenting. You always leaving fun comments. We love to see you around...and thanks so much!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    kj force.. thank you.. Lord De Cross is so kind and I am so blessed..

    blessings to you


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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX




    You all are so kind.. .. I am still crying I love this so much

    blessings to you


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    kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

    lord de cross..nicely done interview....and some cool pics...thanks for introducing me to Ms. Deborah Brooks and all her achievements....

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Anamika thank you so much wow. thank you

    Maria you are so sweet.

    Billybuc you are the best,. thank you sweet friend

    Janine I am so glad to see you here

    You all are so kind and make me feel so special

    and thank you Lord again.. You are making me cry


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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Wow first of all.. I have to thank you Lord.. this is a wonderful interview.. You melt my heart.. You make me sound great and I thank you and I needed that.. tears...and second is... this what you of the best hubber and writer that you are Lord.. I thank you let me go have a drink to calm down from all this crying.. lol


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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    A wonderful interview by Lord! Ms. Debbie is beautiful inside and out. It has been a pleasure getting to know what makes this fabulous poet tick. Bravo!

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    A lovely tribute to Debbie. She is full of life and nice to learn more about here outside of her poetry.

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    A beautiful Hub about a beautiful lady, Lord. Well done. She is certainly a talented lady.

    I voted this UP, etc.etc.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Much appreciated Janine. Debbie is an awesome hubber with a heart. Well lots of women in here are so kind to us. We are blessed to have you with us as well Janine. Debbie was very open, and did answer with so much honesty. Thanks!

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    I very much enjoyed your interview Joseph with Deborah. I definitely did smile about the part with her legs and yet I was in tears reading her thoughts and comments about the loss of her beloved mother (Deborah I am so very sorry for your loss). Seriously, a wonderful interview and have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    What an awesome interview! Bravo my friend, and bravo to Debbie...she is one of a kind on HP and I am so thankful that I have met her....and you, Joseph, are a good man.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Maria! Waiting to read your ladies interview! Should be called is pouring hearts...alleluyah! Thanks Maria. You are the doll this time!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Yes she did Anamika. Maybe is her positive mind and her heart. She will be happy to read your comment! Thanks Anamika!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


    Just a little sangria and you have gotten some beautiful information from Deb... You are quite the interviewer, truly from the heart.

    Wonderful work... Voted UP and across the board! Hugs, Maria

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    Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Nice interview with the pretty Hubber Lord. She has aged so gracefully.