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Why I Write on Hubpages and the Power of Facebook

Updated on October 25, 2010

  What’s the point of my writing articles on Hubpages, for the local paper, or the rough draft of a novella? I think I finally know.

  I want to touch people. I want to have someone, somewhere, for some reason enjoy my efforts. I want that person to smile, to laugh or maybe even tear up. I feel compelled to try.

  I have a presence on Facebook and although I don’t use it much I did ask Joan Parker, wife of the late Robert B. Parker, to be my friend. She accepted and I was looking at my page there yesterday and found that she was friends with Heather Menzies Urich. Her late husband, Robert Urich, played Spenser on TV in the series Spenser, for Hire.

  After Dr. Parker died, I wrote a short fan fiction piece here on Hubpages about his wake. I asked Mrs. Urich to be my friend and last night when she accepted I sent her the story. She replied with a comment of four words: “OK tears...good work.”

  Hooked! Someone I do not know, who probably lives on the other side of the country, and who has never heard of me was moved by something I wrote. That’s what it’s all about, Alfie.

  This morning I began to wonder about Heather Urich? Other than Robert’s wife, who is she? I saw on her Faceboook page she was friends with Angela Cartwright and I went to Google to find out. Those of you who are Sound of Music fans may now line up to give me my well deserved beating! Oprah has a reunion show coming up October 28 so be sure to watch it.

  Heather Urich also spearheads The Robert Urich Foundation for Cancer Research and Patient Care which supports research and treatment of sarcoma. Mr. Urich might well have turned to writing later in life. I base this opinion on the short piece he wrote there. You can read it at the link below.

  Below is the website for Heather Menzies Urich. There is a huge amount of information about her life, The Sound Of Music,her time with Robert and the Foundation. You can donate to the cause, buy photographs or simply show your support. It is fascinating to visit and fun to see the old and new photographs.

Lately, I have used the power of Facebook to search out individual people that I know who might enjoy one of my specific Hubs. Of course, I hope they look around for other bits of my brilliance once they land here. It has only recently dawned on me to search out complete strangers. All hail the power of Facebook!

  Some of my Hubs are meant to reach out and touch, others not so much. I suppose writers in general are people looking for acceptance, for assurance, and for a place to fit in. Perhaps I have found mine.


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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina


      Avery Brooks WAS Hawk much like Sean Connery will always be 007. I was influenced more by the books than by the series but enjoyed them both. Ace Atkins is going to continue the Spenser books and I am anxious to see how that goes. He is an excellent writer too. Thanks for commenting and you're right about connecting with a reader. That's what it's all about. Might I suggest my hub "The Night The Klan Ran"? See if you like that one.


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      trusouldj 6 years ago from Indiana

      You just reminded me why I signed up for Hubpages. I was starting to forget. Wanting to write and sad because I had no outlet besides my countless 5 subject spirals in the basement.

      I love to write. But most of all, I love the feeling having someone appreciate what I've written; the closest thing imaginable to birthing a child and having him/her grow up to become a grand citizen.

      And as for Spenser ... Fascinating how a show that was only on for 3 seasons could strike a chord in so many people's lives. But then that was the magic of Robert Urich. Amazing enough by himself, but the combination of Mr Urich with Avery Brooks as A Man Called Hawk ... extraordinary.

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      Kathy 7 years ago

      Thanks for the link, "Spenser". One of the things I hope to do after retirement is catch up on my Hub reading. I think you-know-who should retire, too. She's given her share and more! Wishing you great success.

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, Phyllis. You have some impressive hubs, yourself.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 7 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      resspenser, very good hub. You are so right in that one of the reasons to write is to reach out and somehow, at some level, touch someone, somewhere. That is one of the main reasons I love to write. If I can touch one person with my writing, then I am happy. If I can touch or help more people, my dreams of being a writer are fulfilled and I continue to grow in many ways. You expressed this feeling so well in your hub.

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina

      And I you. Politics is just politics, don't sweat it. I sure don't.

      BTW, I wish I was smart enough to understand the poetry you put on hubpages, but mostly I don't. LOL:)

      I really liked the last one, but wish I knew the backstory.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What a sweet hub. I know we don't agree politically but I do appreciate you as a person!

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina


      Thanks for reading this one. Heather is from Canada. Apparently, a whole bunch of nice folks come from up there!!

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      You got it! It's all about communicating. Nice hub respenser. Lynda