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Writers are the Recorders of History, So Do It Well

Updated on July 18, 2014

The Recorders of History

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill

Ancient Greece had them. They would sit on the courtyard steps in Athens, wearing their white tunics, and chat with the philosophers and politicians, the common man and the powerful, and record it all so that other generations could learn.

Ancient Rome had them. They could be found at the chariot races, telling of brave feats of daring, and they could be found sitting at the feet of the Emperor, recording his every decree.

They could be found in the piney woods of Georgia, jotting down grandma’s recipe for apple pie, and they could be found in the dingy apartments of London, calling for political change.

They spoke to political giants and to the commoner. They spoke to the rich and the homeless. They walked the backwoods of Massachusetts, calling for massive change, and they walked the woods of Yosemite, calling for environmental protection.

They wrote about racial injustice in a small southern town, and they wrote of economic collapse on the Oklahoma flatlands, and wherever man struggled, and wherever man succeeded, they were there.

They were the writers of history, recording the events and customs of each generation, and where, oh where, would we be without them?

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They Are Still Alive Today

It is a noble calling, passed down with the years, and they are among us today, doing their thing so that the next generation can learn. You will find them in Hudson, Florida, and Charles City, Iowa. You will find them in Wales, and you will find them in South Africa. They are housewives and businessmen, single parents and happily married, without a home and living in luxury, roaming our countryside with pen and notebook in hand, looking for the next story, creating the next story, and reveling in the thrill of the next story.

They are paid pennies and they are paid grand royalties. They work in relative obscurity and they work on a national stage. They answer to a voice few can hear, and that voice drives them forward, word after word, thousands each week, and the weeks turn into years, and the years turn into a lifetime, and when the last word has been written, and they set their notebook down for the final time, they know they have been a contributing member of an elite brotherhood.

They are the writers of each society, and theirs’ is a sacred quest.

You are the writers of our society, and yours’ is a sacred quest.

And may God bless you all!

Whether You Are A….

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.

Jim Rohn

Whether you are a writer of news or a chronicler of the human condition; whether you write travel articles or recipes; whether you are a teller of stories or a struggling poet; you are the carrier of tradition. You have taken the baton from Steinbeck, from Angelou, from Thoreau and from Muir. You accepted the responsibilities of Breslin, Lee, Rousseau and Locke.

You have declared yourself to be a writer, and in so doing you have agreed to carry an eighty pound knapsack for the entire journey of your writing career. Yes, it is a heavy load, and yes, you will stumble from time to time, but it is a load worth carrying, and it is a load that must be carried.

Society needs you, today and in the future. Those who do not write rely on those who do, and that means that seven billion souls rely on the work of a few million, and you are one of that few million.

So write!

And write well!

And when you have written well, learn to write better still.

That is your quest.

That is your job.

That is your calling.

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Responsibility Is Calling

No excuses now. We have come too far, you and I, and old friends do not fabricate b.s. to placate each other. Here is the simple truth for all writers: writing carries with it a responsibility, and that responsibility is to be the best writer you can possibly be. I don’t give a rat’s patootie if you write recipes or DIY how to articles. I don’t care if you are a storyteller or a poet, and craft writer or a political firebrand….you have a responsibility to be the best writer you can be.

If you are not willing to do that, then get out, because society deserves better.

Years ago, I was pitching in a high school baseball game. I was cruising along, mowing them down, and in the 6th inning I was leading 2-0 and had only given up two hits. In other words, I was on cruise control and life was good. With two outs in the 6th, a batter hit a ground ball over by first base. The first baseman gathered up the ground ball and then turned to toss to me, since it was my responsibility to cover the bag. I wasn’t there. In a perfect example of a brain fart, I had forgotten to rush over there, and the batter was safe.

No harm was done, and I struck out the next batter, meaning that we only had one more inning and victory would be mine. Our coach, however, did not see things that way. He yanked me from the game, and when I asked him why, he told me that I had a responsibility, and I had failed the team by not doing my job well. We ended up losing that game 3-2 as the pitcher who replaced me gave up three runs in the seventh.

I have never forgotten that lesson.

Do my job well or hang up my cleats.

And now I say the same to all of you: do your job as writers well or hang them up. Society needs your best effort.

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I Love the Fact

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J. B. Priestley

Well, I love the fact that one-hundred years from now, someone will be looking for an article about writing, and they will come across something I have written.

I love the fact that one-hundred years from now, someone will be looking for an uplifting story, and they will find one I wrote, and they will smile.

I love the fact that my name, and my work, will live on long after I have gone.

My writing is part of my legacy.

My writing is part of society’s legacy.

And I just find that ultra-cool!

And because I find it ultra-cool, I want my writing to be the best it can be. Because I take my responsibility seriously, I want my writing to be exquisite.

Somewhere out there, this very moment, a little child has been born, and that little child is going to grow, and they will love reading, and one day, long from now, they will come across a story written by William D. Holland, and that story will entertain them….and a connection will be made by two people, separated by decades, but two people nonetheless…and that connection will be magical.

Do you want to be a part of the magic?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Very true and quite a responsibility.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Brie! Thanks for dropping by. I think you're up to the responsibility. I have no doubt. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Billybuc, I like the way you broke and threw this down. The writers here on HP are so very well gifted and knowledgeable. Your hub here spreads a lot of our light. May you continue to shine on with info. Be blessed and have a soothing weekend, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you word55...I'll keep on shining on until God has other plans my friend. Enjoy your weekend as well.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I love being a part of the magic and why I most certainly come back each and everyday to be honest. Love the way you put it and seriously just proud to be doing what I do daily now. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, I want to be part of that magic! It's really pretty amazing when you think about it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are most definitely a part of the magic. Keep on doing what you do my friend, and enjoy the heck out of your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is fantastically amazing when you think of it. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Oh, Billy. You make me smile.

      Message received and marinating.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      You are a true writer. And reading your work reinforces that for me. And the lessons in life---we all have had more than our share of those. So I know you will keep it up and I don't have to say so.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I am picking up my weapon and charging into the heat of it all! Write on!!! God bless you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stew in those juices, Lizzy. :) I'm sure you'll be tasty.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, what a lovely compliment...a true writer. Thank you so much for those simple words that touch my heart. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and God bless you, Dianna. Hop on that trusty stead and best wishes.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Isn't it cool to think that what we write here on HubPages will be here for posterity? We are making a mark in history, no matter what we write - poetry, short stories, DIY, medical, legal, etc.

      History is important. Period.

      We may have hated it in school, but as we get older, we now know how important it is to preserve - by methods so the tangible pieces are still around years from now (ex Decl of Independence), to document it any way we can (verbally, memoirs, on audio, in text, on film/ video, etc) and to make it interesting to read so the next generation gets hooked sooner.

      We need access to public domain works; they are our history. Without the preservation of history, we can't write (use) the past into any of our works.

      Our present becomes history for the readers of the future to experience and learn from, just as we learned from our past history. (hmm, that sentence needs work, but it makes my point. lol)

      It's up to us to document it and "get it right." When I look at all the research I do for different articles, I rely on past history, news articles for current events, and key interviews with people who are in-the-know. Of course I hope that the articles remain evergreen so that someone learns something from them.

      Like you, billybuc, I'll keep writing as long as someone keeps reading. When the Lord calls my name, I'll be honored that whatever writings left behind might earn their spot in history.

      Your article was a thinker for me, as you can see. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, what a lovely comment on this Friday morning. Thank you, and you stated the case eloquently...so eloquently, as a matter of fact, that I can't think of anything to add to it. If this doesn't get a writer fired up I don't know what will.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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

      Just an excellent inspiring piece. I feel all giddy after reading it. Thanks

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Love that Churchill quote about writing history!

      I look at the books that have had the most influence on me. Many of them are decades or even hundreds of years old. And I'm sure the authors had no idea they would be influencing my work and writing now.

      Voted up and beautiful! Happy Weekend!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Giddy is good, Eric, and so is the weekend. Have a great one, buddy, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting point you make, Heidi....very few, if any, had any idea of their impact...and now here we are, walking in their steps.

      Have a great walk through history this weekend, Heidi!

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Funny, Bill. I never considered myself as writing part of history. This brought it home to me. What a marvelous idea! It gives a whole new purpose to writing. You'd think as much as I read the Bible, this would have dawned on me by now. And the writers of the Bible were divinely inspired!

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - What a magnificent essay! It contains not only many important truths for a writer, but it holds your heart and soul as well (as it should touch our own). This is one I will bookmark to re-read and relish the words and the concepts...and probably more than once or twice. It's definitely a keeper! And it's no doubt one of your works that will be read a hundred years from now. I hope you will publish a print collection of your essays. They belong in libraries and schools, as well as the personal libraries of individuals.

      Voted Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Blessed be the authors of family memoirs. So much is gleaned from family histories, including names, dates, places and the customs of the times. What really frustrates the official writers of history is to find a handwritten document refuting exactly what is being taught from a textbook in school.

      Bill, you named some big names whom most of us know and respect. We Ozark Mountain Southerners look to a couple of little known historians to keep our tales alive. S.C. Turnbo kept a running diary of stories about his friends, neighbors, and otherwise in the mid-to-late 1800s Ozarks. While his writing style is quaint, nobody disputes his history. The other is an autobiography called Life in the Leatherwoods by John Quincy Wolf. This is a story of his life written in snitches and chapters. After Mr. Wolf’s death, his papers were organized and published into the book by his son, Dr. Quincy Wolf. It is a beautiful history written by a man driven to chronicle his everyday life and the times while he was alive.

      I guess my point in telling this is to write it down, no matter how trivial, because someday even the smallest tidbit of information may be of vital use to someone. That's what these guys did and today we are richer for it.

      Just taking your wonderful hub and backing you up.

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      Trisha Roberts 2 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      Such a lovely hub. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure many of us on Hubpages do try our best to write well! Beautiful hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, we are the voices of our generation, and I find that soothing. Thank you for your thoughts. Now sit down and write some history.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, you are so nice. Thank you! I love the fact that I am recording thoughts related to my generation. It does give me the incentive to do my best always. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      howtopam 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hi Bill;

      Long before I had ever read the Holy Scriptures wherein it is written "do all things as though you were doing them unto the Lord" I learned that if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing well! This teaching during childhood was ingrained deeply within me and I have carried it with me since reaching adulthood. It was likely my striving for the "never obtained" perfection that got me promoted everywhere that I was employed. However, as a supervisor I soon learned that my strive for perfection was not the subordinate's common view. This is when I realized just how much of a minority those who are willing to commit and apply themselves to their craft really are.

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      Donna Brown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      When I started reading your hub, I was thinking about Dan Brown and how even in fiction he has rewritten history. It is certainly amazing to realize that in most cases, the winners are usually the ones who get to tell history from their angle. It should be the objective of writers to allow all of us the privilege of seeing both sides of any conflict.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      You walk the walk and that makes me want walk along, too.

      Thank You! There was such a natural rhythm that I could have seen

      this presented as poetry.

      Beautiful and V+ for all of us sharing the same journeys.

      kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a fine job of backing me up you did, MizB, so good that I have nothing to add. You are so right of course....blessed by the authors of family memoirs.

      Thank you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure you do, Trisha. Hopefully others will as well. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, a great reflection, with a great deal of truth in it. The numbers are few indeed, but I'm hopeful we will see a reversal of that trend. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great observation, Donna, and I agree with you completely. Thank you.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. The Churchill quote is tip top. So short and to the point. Thanks again for your in depth observations and advice.

      Graham.

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      lyns 2 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub on writing and it's needs, and how writers are actual a part of history. Never look at writing in the eyes which you brought to light in this hub, writers are very necessary not matter what they write about. My favorite words of explaining writing is it's like a picture being painted in words telling the story. Love this hub, Thank you for sharing it with us here. voted up/plus. Have a great day

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. Coming from a fine poet like yourself, I am honored. Have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Graham, and that has always been one of my favorite quotes as well.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lyns. I think it is important that we understand the importance of what we do. We are the voices of our generation, and that carries with it a responsibility...as you well know.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Valleypoet 2 years ago

      Inspiring hub Bill...and I agree it is a magical thought that someone, somewhere, may connect with your work decades later :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friend...let's continue to be part of the magic, shall we?

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The best from you and you know exactly what to write about and draw the attention of your followers.

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      lyns 2 years ago from USA

      Hello my friend billybuc, you are welcome thanks so much for the reminder of how important we all are as writers and this great peace of writing work you have shared with us all, you have a great weekend as well. 718142p lyns

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lyns!

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I honestly think that is my favorite article you have written... after many outstanding hubs. Thanks, so much, for the reminders... and sharing them! ;-)

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I love how you say our writing is our legacy. I don't know how many people will ever read my novels and, of those who do, I don't how many will discover the moral or inspiration of whatever book they do read. My hope is that at least one person reads at least one book (whichever they choose) and finds something positive and uplifting to help them through whatever they're facing. I may never know if that happens, but if it does I'll consider worth all the time and effort I put into the work.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      To be the best that we can be--at all things I think--Happy Friday!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      A very motivating thought. We should take this seriously and rise to the historic occasion. Thanks for the push.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is a very nice compliment my friend. Thank you and happy weekend to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, let me put your mind to rest...it is all worth it, regardless of the numbers. You are adding to our history as a civilization, and I think that is a priceless gift that you give.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Audrey, and Happy Friday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very gentle push, Dora, and you are welcome. Thanks you and happy weekend to you.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. One of the things that fascinates me about writing here is exactly what you just shared with us. I feel like I am recording my own history every time I publish a hub. And I actually get a chill thinking that years from now someone will be searching for information on visiting someplace and will read an article that I wrote.

      Before my grandmother passed away years ago we tried to get her to record many of the wonderful things that she did in here life. Well, it never happened and today many of her stories have slipped into oblivion. I really feel like I am recording my history, just in case anyone is interested years from now. Great hub Bill, have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is a crying shame that your grandmother passed on with that history...but you are making up for it, my friend, and I know she would be proud. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Again a great article that I need to share with our authors on facebook and also onto several writer groups i belong to. I,m commenting from my tablet which is not as easy as it is from my computor, but at least i get to your latest post from my google+

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Thank you, billy. Thank you for building my confidence and helping me to feel that what I do is important. You are the best..... Voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting and awesome!

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Bill,

      As always - an excellent article, but I really liked the way you dressed it up with some fantastically, powerful quotes. And I loved the example of responsibility from your High School baseball game.Of course, it all should be a warning to us to continue improving and carrying out our responsibility, for which now there is no excuse.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Way to go, bro....as Sha says, "It IS quite amazing" and an AMEN to pop who claims, "You are the best." We ladies know great inspiration and validation when we see it!

      I admire your wisdom and the generosity of passing it on to your fellow-writers. Personally, I fully appreciate your straightforward honesty and "tell it like it is," attitude. In all my years of experience, I have never once discovered a better way.

      Gosh Bill, "a hundred years from now........" That's a Hell of a thought!

      You, Bev & Crew members be sure and have a wonderful week-end!...Up+++ pinned & tweeted

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thank you for all the shares. I hope this fires up a few people. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, what you do is most definitely important, and I hope you never stop doing it. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, I hate to see a natural gift wasted, and I know you understand that. Time is short and we have words to write...so carry on and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sis! Times to short to b.s., don't you think? Those who think they should wait to write that novel inside of them just might be greatly disappointed one day...do it now....do it often...and leave a legacy.

      Busy Saturday, Sis, getting a home built for the quail and rabbits, but I'm almost done. Have a good one my friend.

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      Sandy 2 years ago from Florida

      Inspiring! Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like your perspective, Bill.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      So, so true. We capture the past like no one else can.

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Uplifting.I want to be a part of the magic :)

      “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Truly, one of the best hubs I've ever read. Being part of that magic carries a significant responsibility. “Do my job well or hang up my cleats.” I loved the metaphors, and I love this hub. Up ++ and shared.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, I find it ultra-cool as well that someone will read my writing when I'm dead and gone. That responsibility is also why I'm writing my grandchildren's legacy of their life and some of mine, whilst I am with them. I hope they benefit from it.

      Great stuff here, bill. One of your best and so, so inspirational!

      By the way, just to make you jealous, we're having a great time in France and the weather is warm and sunny.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, I find it ultra-cool as well that someone will read my writing when I'm dead and gone. That responsibility is also why I'm writing my grandchildren's legacy of their life and some of mine, whilst I am with them. I hope they benefit from it.

      Great stuff here, bill. One of your best and so, so inspirational!

      By the way, just to make you jealous, we're having a great time in France and the weather is warm and sunny.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Hankscita!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much Flourish!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, Michele, and I love that fact.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, I love that quote...so true....throw ourselves. Love it!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you so much for the kind words my friend. You brought a smile to my face.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, ultra cool is very good, yes???? LOL Enjoy that weather my friend. English weather is calling you. :)

      Thank you, Ann.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again, Ann. :)

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

      Writers also create myths, that is, write the epics, tales, and parables that shape and express our collective ideals. The story of George Washington and the cherry tree; the story of the Little Prince; the story of the prodigal son; the Bhagavad Gita; the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table; To Kill a Mockingbird; This Land is Your Land This Land is My Land; ....

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very thought provoking, Bill. Thanks for sharing another inspirational hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, spoken like a true lover of books and all thing reading-related. Thank you kind sir.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia and Happy Sunday to you.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Very inspirational hub, Bill! I'm definitely going to try my best!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Don't know why that came through twice! I'll blame it on the French wi-fi! They're only foreigners after all! Did I just say that? No, not really!

      Ah, well, just like New York, your hub is so good they named it twice!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love the message here Bill. You are correct, we writers do have quite a responsibility don't we. I'm sure we all want our writing to be a legacy that lives on long after we were gone. I know I want my legacy to be a favourable one and hope future generations enjoy at least some of the things I wrote. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you will, vkwok, and I know you do. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Ann, you are going to French hell for that statement. LOL Thanks for a great laugh.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, John, and I hope you had a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very inspirational hub, with wonderful quotes!

      I do feel responsible and I do want to leave a mark.

      Thank you for sharing this motivating article!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I'm sure you will leave a mark my friend. Thank you!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Billy great hub, but.. yes there is a but.. I believe all writers write what is most exciting.. so instead of history it really becomes His story.... yeah?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course, Frank, but we have a history of stories...we are the story-tellers, are we not? I love our legacy, and the legacy you are leaving is a rich one. Thank you.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A wonderful piece of inspiration for those of us struggling with the value of our pursuits.

      Very well put

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Larry! I appreciate it very much.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Gosh, Churchill wrote history so Hitler did too. The history we leave certainly make a mark. My contribution will not change the world. Thinking of Stieg Larsson, all that hard work to finally be published posthumously. It's so bittersweet.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travmaj, change the world or not, your writings will be a part of our recorded culture....hopefully you'll be recognized before Larsson was. :) Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Magic is right, because after all those newspaper articles, there will be more for me to stand by with. There will be pictures and stories from a degreed ornithologist coming from all over the world, and to me, I will live on forever...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Deb....you will live on forever, and isn't that just the most remarkable thing?

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      Aliswell 2 years ago from Iowa

      And, to me here lies the Crux of my problem with writing....So Many Damn words shaped into phrases, sentenced, paragraphs, and hopefully completed project!!

      What possible good comes of my feeble attempts to express what wants to escape from the neurons' firing of my brain into an accepted linguistically form of communication??

      I have yet to understand my place in Artist/Therapy/Monetary,etc. Writing.

      I have just recently re-entered my attempt at journaling my life in response to a request from my 96 year old Aunt (4 years ago). Sad, but it has been over a year since my last entry and now, 5 days back into it, I am pitifully Only at the 24th. Year of my 69 Year life.

      Her health and Life Essence is quickly leaving her, and Just Now, while punching these words out on the Tiny keypad of my iPhone, I well up as to how Friggin Hard this So Called Writing Thing Is!!!!!

      I Love Your Posts Bill!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aliswell, the fact that you are tearing up tells me you have the heart and soul of a writer. Let that heart and soul find the right words....

      and thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      While I find this article really interesting and valid for writers, I do find it hard to apply to most of the things I write. I mean, I always try to do it well, but I'm just not convinced that my recipes or craft projects will be looked upon with interest 100 years from now. Who knows, maybe they will, but I have my doubts. That being said, I always try to do my best.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, for your sake, I hope you are wrong. I think what you do has value, and I'm willing to be others do, and will. Here's hoping.

      Thank you my friend.

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