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Writers Must Make A Human Connection With Their Readers

Updated on October 10, 2013
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I was humbled the other day by a comment I received from one of my followers. She stated that she loved reading my articles because through them she feels like she knows me as a human being. She said I am so very real to her, that my words have given her an insight into who I really am. I was gratified by that comment because my goal in writing has always been to make a human connection, to somehow form a bond with my readers, to allow them to see me as a real person and not just a crafter of words.

Of course, as is my nature, I began reflecting upon her words. The mere fact that she found me unique said a great deal to me because by extension, if my being real to her was worth noting, it must mean that she rarely sees that in others. In truth, I can say the same thing. As I have grown older, I have seen less and less candid behavior in my fellow man, and more and more guarded behavior. Why is that? Am I the only one who sees that in society today? If I am correct, why is it that people are building taller walls around themselves? Why is there a need in many to camouflage who they are?

WHAT IS A WRITER?


“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”~Anaïs Nin

This article began as something completely different. This was to be a celebration of my 200th article on a site called HubPages, but somewhere between the idea and the actual writing, the article took on a different purpose.

Writing has always been a mystical voyage for me. When I read good writing I am transported into another time and place, and I am mesmerized by the words I read. The great writers, to me, are the ones who have that uncanny ability to make words come alive. They are able to reach inside of their readers and tug at their hearts, elicit tears and happiness, and twist the reader’s guts around their little fingers. They can paint a picture using language, and after you read their work you are reminded of a time in your life, emotions you once experienced, and you then re-live those moments all over again.

Writing is about passion for this writer. Writing is about connecting with the audience on a visceral level. As I stated earlier, I see less and less human connections in my everyday life today. There seems to me to be a reluctance to let other people inside of our guarded towers. During a time in our history when so many people are struggling, we are seeing more and more shrink away from connections, when in fact human connections are exactly what we all need.

We are a pack animal by nature. Since the days when we crawled inside of caves we have sought out companionship. We gain strength from having others nearby. We are able to find strength, compassion, empathy and understanding in our relationships with others. We are able to experience love through others. These are all at the very core of being human, and during these tough times I am reaching out, through my writing, to make more and more human connections.

THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHY I WRITE

Let me share a couple comments I have received on articles I have written; perhaps then you will gain a better insight into my motivation for writing.

“Thanks for touching my soul - I was also adopted as a baby and had a marvelous set of parents. I also wondered about my origins and the circumstances. You have opened up my mind onto a higher plane by your loving letter. It is the middle of the night and for some reason I couldn't sleep. Now a fountain of tears have washed away my tensions and I feel light and ready to sleep sweet dreams.”

I don’t know about all of you, but a comment like that feeds me for weeks. “Thanks for touching my soul.” That’s why I write! That’s why I spend hours in front of the computer straining for just the right words. Through my words someone was touched on a human level. Through my words someone had their tensions eased for a brief period of time.

That’s why I write!

“Bill, this is a beautiful, eloquent, and yes, disturbing piece of work . A story of the human conditions that rock one to the very core, as well it should. Though we now tout our once shunned war veterans as heroes, I believe we see only what we wish to. See only that with the honor we bestow on them, we somehow make up for their experiences. It is not often that the pain that will stay with them always is even considered. You have brought to the for front of our thoughts, the devastating cost to one's soul, when taking a life.

I for one am greatly touched by your beautiful work of art. With tears still in my eyes, I thank you for your superbly emotional look into a terribly sad subject.”

That’s why I write! The lovely lady who wrote that comment has since become a very dear friend. We have shared much about ourselves in emails: we have been a support for each other. None of it would have happened if I had not written words that somehow reached her.

THE BOTTOM LINE

I will never become rich writing for this site. I guess it could happen that I will be “discovered” someday, and money will follow that discovery. However, I did not write 200 articles with that in mind. I wrote that many articles because I have a passion for writing. I wrote that many articles because something inside of me compels me to reach out to others, through my words, to make a human connection.

Writing affords me a platform from which I can reach a maximum number of people. Writing allows me to spill my guts and expose my heart. I never have to worry about whether my writing is relevant because there are seven billion people on this planet and each of us has similarities that far outnumber our differences.

It is truly miraculous what we writers can do with our words. Just as painters and musicians do each time they practice their crafts, we have the ability to shrink this world just a bit. We have the ability to toss aside the carefully-constructed walls of protection and reach an audience on a very personal level. It is the human experience at its most basic level: Two people, reaching out, making a connection and being human.

That’s why I write!

Here is another point to think about as you go about your day, mixing and matching words in that unique style that is yours and yours alone. Long after you are dead your words will remain. Whatever you are writing now has a forever shelf-life; your words are, in a very real sense, your legacy for generations to read and learn from. Long after you have breathed your last breath there will be people who will connect with your words, generate emotions from your words, and yes, be changed by your words. If that doesn’t fill you with a passion for writing I’m not sure what will.

I now walk on a road that was paved by giants. Thousands came before me, breathing the passion into me, and teaching me the importance of writing. I am now the protector of that road, the living continuation of that legacy. It is a responsibility I take very seriously. I do not have to be a giant in writing; I simply have to be the best that I can be.

That is why I write! The human connection! The legacy! The passion!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

"Helping writers to spread their wings and fly."

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a lovely hub. We so often don't look inside. I know many people some of which I consider dear friends and others acquaintances. I am always amazed at how people view life. Many with a bag over their heads in denial of life. I have a dear friend who does not face up to problems and therefore has many health issues. Important to look at ourselves, face our quirks and try not to take ourselves seriously. A well thought out piece and I am going to reread it. THUMBS UP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are fast this morning. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a meaningful comment. I grow from input like yours. Thank you young lady; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Just started reading your 200th article on Hubpages. First off congratulations are in order and second I couldn't agree more about writing being about the human connection. I feel like whenever I read a new article by you Bill, I learn another piece of the puzzle that is unique to you Bill, so you do indeed do just that when you write. That said, I try so hard when I write an article to also share a bit of myself in each piece that write too. Bottom line, I totally agree with your message here and know that each of your articles have connected to me in some way, shape or form. I yet again have shared and voted too.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      What a powerful piece of writing Bill, you speak such truth and I love that you are always so passionate, open and honest in your articles. Passion is key and I too try to get across my "what you see is what you get" persona, by being true to myself and my fellow hubbers. Awesome my new good buddy, you are a real inspiration!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      We are connected indeed billy. Your hubs are truly inspirational and have helped so many. Congratulations on your 200 hub! And we will be around, as one of your fellow hubbers that admires your work. Thanks for everything you do! We know about that straining in front of the Computer. But we get our own satisfaction when friends come and read us. Have a nice weekend Billy!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Great thoughts expressed through your Hub. I too write to connect with others. Some may disagree with me, others may agree or share similar viewpoints, but ultimately we communicate and connect. That is what the human experience is all about.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is beautiful! Such profound and passionate article...... All your articles are truly about who you are and that's what makes all your hubs so interesting! Enjoyed it thoroughly, my friend!

      Voting up and awesome..... Congrats on the 200th :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you have become such a wonderful follower and friend. You are a perfect example of why I write. Life is so short and I want to connect with as many Janines as I possibly can. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you are one of those wonderful connections that writing brings to me. I love your outlook on life and your attitude. You are a breath of fresh air every single time you comment on my hubs. Thank you for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, thank you....and I'm going to give you a preview of a future hub....sometime next week look for the next of my hubs about Hubbers who have been my support system....it will be a special one for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, you and I just met today, and so I receive one more gift from writing. This is what it's all about for me....my chance to relate to fascinating people from around the world....so very cool! Thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you too have truly become a wonderful friend to me as well and so glad to have gotten to know you a bit through your well written hubs. I am a loyal supporter and follower and truly look forward to reading your articles each and everyday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an inspirational person and for Ll you do daily.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LaThing; that means a great deal to me. Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll talk to you again soon.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy first I have to say congratulations on the 200th hub you deserve it.. Your work is always so inspiring my friend. I am so honored to be reading your book too. and doubly blessed reading all your hubs. You are funny and serious and inspiring to me.. I can tell you are a teacher. I just wish I had a teacher like you. so loving and caring and tell it like it is.. thank you Bill for being the writer that I can relate too my friend

      God Bless you my friend... sharing this wonderful hub.

      Debbie

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      You are a wonderful writer who writes just to reach out to other people.

      Your writings are wonderful and I enjoy reading them. You share your life's experiences very generously and other people can draw a lot of courage and strength from your writings. Voted way up.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      I agree with you that many people today hide their essence, or as some would say they hide "their light under a bushel." I believe that how writing makes you feel--your desire to make a connection-- is one of humanity's great purposes. For some reason unknown to me, we tend to push each other away rather than reach for each other to celebrate the light we all have within. Your writing shines on each of us and we in turn grow brighter! That is what we all should strive to do for each other. Enjoy and celebrate your growth and your light!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      CONGRATULATIONS on writing your 200th article on HubPages!!

      This is an absolutely beautiful piece!! Writers so often do not know how their woven words can touch another until they are able to see the connection in comments and through messages, that alone is more than money could ever offer.

      I LOVE reading your hubs as well as your comments; you are truly inspirational and one to look up to as a writer!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, friendships I have made on HubPages, like yours, are what feeds my soul. I love writing, as do you, and we can continue to feed each other for many days to come. Thank you, Debbie; you are one of my inspirations.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, your words are so kind and they make me very happy. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yoginijoy....that's a hard name to type....your comment said it all as well as my hub....I don't know why we shrink away from connections but I do know that connections and love saved my life. I will not forget that valuable lesson. Thank you for being who you are, which is a caring and loving human being.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I am not commenting on just this one hub. The hubs you write are about human experiences, problems, hopes, and healing. They are wonderful. They are inspiring. I believe that they help people, even if the people they help don't tell you that. So, thank you for the hubs you write. They are wonderful. They probably help people. That means they are good hubs. Even if they only help one, it means they are wonderful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, you are a joy! So many new Hubbers make bunches of friends, make a few comments early on. and then go about their lives and you never hear from them again. Not you! You are right there every day lending support and praise to those you follow and that is refreshing and admirable. I am so happy that we have become friends; you and others are the reason why I write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, if what you say is true, then I have already reached my goal as a writer. Thank you for your kindness; you are greatly appreciated by this writer.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An amazing hub! You are truly who you are and this is very much visible in many of your engaging hubs that made many of your followers, including me, want to visit you and read many of your beautiful hubs. Your heart and soul in the form of your words are very much connected with us, readers, in a very special way. Congrats in completing 200 hubs and here to 200 more from you! Cheers!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Bill, you've indeed made that human connection, by your writing, your openness and ability to reach out to others. Yes, I affirm that you are real when you write - you are YOU when you write. That is the best connection, the most human one that a writer can make. Congrats on number 200!

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      It is so nice to see how touchs you were by your follower and was able to express it here!

      I started off on the hub to make money I think. I blieve mu hubs are better when I am not thinking that way. The relationships I hav found are priceless. The people, not the dough moves me even more!

      I like your attitude and your "passion"

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, thank you....I am just a human being, as you are. What makes us special is the willingness to open ourselves up for the world to see, in hopes that we can somehow make this world a more beautiful place. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Michele, thank you my friend. I love followers like you who take the time to leave meaningful comments. You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, I'm going to send you a note shortly to see how you are doing. Thank you dear friend; I appreciate you more than you know.

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Wow after reading this powerful hub and realising that our writing should be carefully constructed and life enhancing and will be our legacy, I suddenly feel an urge to delete all my whimsical nonsense on hubpages.

      Voted up and beautiful. A category I suspect I don't get voted up much.

      Brilliant insightful writing

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seanorjohn, we all have our own voice....I think there is a great demand and need for whimsical....keep doing what you are doing; if you enjoy it then you are feeding your passion.

      Thank you my new friend.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill - I am also so very glad that I found you on hub. You really are so real to me - human - not just an avatar:). I do believe these connections are priceless and I'm so darn glad the 6 degrees has brought us together! You are a marvelous writer - and teacher.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub, and it is that connection found here on Hub Pages that seems to be different that other places. It is a great joy, as a writer, when someone tells you that they were very moved by something you wrote, and that is the whole point of being a writer, to move someone. Sometimes they will say that the writing has helped them too, which is awesome to know. So, it gives us reasons to keep on writing. We all have our unique writing styles, and that is what makes us different from others. There are a lot of great writers on Hub Pages with whom we feel like we know them personally, and you for sure are one of those writers. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, you are one of those people who I know I would laugh constantly around....what a breath of fresh air you are....thank you my St. Louis friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully stated Faith! It is an honor to write on HubPages....and an honor to be your peer and friend. Thank you!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Congrats on 200 billybuck, I think I speak for most of us when I say we are all fortunate that you found this site. Here's to many more!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pete; right back atcha!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on your 200th hub, Bill, and a lovely one it is. This site is a better place because you're here. I'm looking forward to reading your next 200!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, thank you my Midwest friend! Stay cool this weekend and thank you so much!

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend

      I only found you recently, but I very much enjoy reading your writing. As a reader, I am all about the human behind the words... even if the writing isn't necessarily human-oriented-- take a thing like a review of a product or movie; it carries more "weight" for me if I feel like I relate to the writer's perspective. Random words-- no matter how well structured they may be-- bore me, if the human aspect is absent. On some level, it feels parallel to an audiophile who can tell you the ways in which Mozart played by a computer lacks "soul." Your words have "soul."

      I suppose it's all about what matters to us. I remember being approached by a social marketeer who assured me he could get 10,000 people to "like" my blog. I told him I'd rather have 200 READERS than 10,000 "likers." He had a really difficult time wrapping his head around that concept... for some writers, it's just about words and numbers. For a few of us, it's about our words touching people.

      Congrats on reaching the 200 hub milestone! Looking forward to more...

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Billy, you certainly are consistent with your writing, having already written 200 hubs. Congratulations! You do have a way with words that reveals much about your character and thoughts.

      I sometimes write personal hubs but much of the time I write informational hubs. For instance, I have written a lot of medical hubs. I like to be able to explain illnesses with accurate information in an understandable format, because as a nurse I have often seen doctors and internet articles do a poor job of communication.

      As you write such personal hubs, on an honest level it is very easy to relate to you, your views and feelings on many topics. So, it my parting words I would say, Just keep on keeping on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denmark, what a great comment, and I agree with it completely. I suppose on some level it would be exciting to go viral, but the comments are what I love to receive, knowing that someone relates to what I am writing. I want to reach out to readers and grab them by the short hairs. If I do that then I'm successful, no matter how many numbers I rack up.

      Thank you Sir! Your words are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I will indeed, keep on! I love the way you write; you are able to explain complicated issues and make them very understandable. I do not have that ability, and that is the beauty of writing. We all have individual strengths in what we do, and we are able to reach people with those strengths.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, I could not agree more that society is disconnected and becoming more so as we speak. I am not sure there is a solid reason, I would think that there are many reasons for this. What I can say, is there is but one solution! That is to simply open yourself to others and share what and who you are.

      These things are at the core of who Billybuc is, and I am very pleased each time I read your words.

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      Emer420 4 years ago

      Very very awesome hub. I love how much you love writing. I also love that you allowed one of your followers to inspire you the way they did. This was well written and I just had to read it till the end. I love writing and this brought it out even more. Thank you for the opportunity to read this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emer, my Vermont friend, thank you so much! I think we all need to be inspired...writing is not easy and it's important for us to realize how unique we are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, that was very kind of you! I spent too many years hiding from the human connection. I can't do it any longer...I won't do it any longer. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Congrats on our 200 Hubs.

      You are a very good writer, and I think you definitely have the ability to stir emotions, and generate deep thought. Keep it up!

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc: You addressed one of my favorite topics: the love of writing. I think you hit the nail on the head with the words "passion" and "legacy." I long to complete a book to leave behind on this planet when I pass into eternity. Still working on it. I have the title and chapter titles. I'm guilty of letting life get in the way.

      That being said you continue to inspire me to keep going.

      Another important point you shared is the friends you have made. Nothing excites me more as a writer than hearing from a stranger who later becomes a friend.

      You have inspired so very many...and I think I told you that before.

      Terrific hub, voted up, awesome and beautiful...and congratulations on your 200th hub! TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT!

      God bless you real good, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skarlet, thank you, and I look forward to your 200th soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you are one of the very special people on HubPages....and in my life. You are so affirming, so supporting, and so loving. Words cannot do justice to the appreciation I feel for you. Thank you kind lady; blessings, peace and love to you always.

      bill

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Billy, you have met your goal of reaching people and being real! This hub is another example of it. You reach us writers and remind us why we are doing this. Writing is a form of caring, the form of caring that allows us to go beyond our immediate circle, to all over the world.

      Beautiful hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sharilee! Sending you warm wishes and hoping you have a great weekend! Drop me a line when you get the chance and tell me about your job search.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Every hub you write touches people in a special way either with humor, warmth or insight...I am so glad your mystical voyage has brought you here. I have laughed, I have cried, and I have reflected on many things all related to your writing. I treasure the friendship we have formed though I realize it is not as close as others you have...it doesn't matter, you are open and honest with everyone and we can't help but do the same in return.

      Congratulations on two hundred hubs! WoW, that's great.

      Voted this up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you! You are a blessing, and we will grow closer, and that is the joy in writing for me. Meeting people like you, getting to know you, sharing joys, victories and heartaches....that's what life is all about for me.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow... and what a passion, You've really given us something to think about. You are right of course, it is an amazing thing to be able to touch someone you have never met with a few words.

      I think we build walls because we feel vulnerable, society has changed so much in recent times, but we still need the warmth of friendship, maybe just the knowledge that someone else shares your pain or your joy for that matter.

      Another amazing write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tobusiness, whatever the reason for the walls, I intend to knock as many of them down as possible. Being a writer allows me to do that, one person at a time. Thank you so much!

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Interesting insight into your motives for writing. We're all motivated in different ways, some by the wish to pass on information regardless of feedback. That might sound a bit clinical, but the authors don't really need the feedback because they're complete within themselves. A bit isolated from the 'herd' maybe. Others like to read/hear that their writing 'touches' their readers. It helps motivate them. Some fall between the two chairs; they enjoy the plaudits, but that's not why they write. Me? I enjoy the comments, some being helpful - I've been put right on some by readers. It shows somebody DOES read them (almost 16,000 readers can't be that far wrong, but only a small number leave a 'mark' on the page).

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      billy, this was an inspiring hub. You so eloquently expressed what being a writer is about. And you brought up quite a few points that I hadn't thought about, like how our writing lives on and how if we don't affect one person, we might affect another.

      I enjoyed this. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it gives us a little zest, doesn't it, when we realize that what we post will live on forever. Thank you for the visit and now go out and make some history!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I agree with your comments....no matter what our writing style or approach, we all make a connection. Otherwise, we would be in a vacuum writing journal entries to ourselves...and wouldn't that be boring?

      Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Today, Bill, more than ever, I have found that out in the real world, I'd best be guarded. Not long ago, I was accosted in the parking lot of a grocery store by "The Hugger", although, unfortunately, my experience was more aggressive and earned him my title as "The Creepy Tongue Kisser". Two days later, in a different grocery store around the block, I was approached by another odd, lonely dude. I throw down the gauntlet. I am taking care of me from now on.

      I write because it is the one way I can be heard, safely, from a distance. I am not a person who overreacts, but watching the news and through my own personal encounters, I reserve my openness for here alone. And, because I do feel safe, I can be completely, no holds barred, honest.

      Thank you, Bill, for another important topic handled in your impeccably warm style.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      You mean there is a real being behind these words? Wow, I just thought you were a superb software program created to entertain and keep me out of trouble! :)

      Most excellent hub, my big bro! I'm just in it for the fame and fortune! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, nobody believes that so save it for a sucker! Thanks, Sis! You rock!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, bless you! I am a big believer in the fighter I know as Amy! You take care of yourself any way possible, and the offer is always open to email. I am so happy that I found you!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      A great reminder to WHY we write...excellent job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie, and thank you for the Facebook invite.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Boy have we connected here on hubpages and in a major way Bill, all of our words combined here, are pretty powerful to say the least.

      I love this hub here, and you know what I just got finished doing to show such a appreciation for the likes of you as a fellow hubber who writes brilliantly. Your performance on hubpages is one that demands such a thing and the attention of many many viewers, as well as followers who are here to support your righteous cause.

      You inspire all of us with your words of wisdom, human logic's, and pure reason. it appears that it is all for your insatiable love of humanity as well, I also sense that you crave for others to better themselves throughout every line you write, and besides the life examples you show others about yourself, whether it be by explaining an imperfection of your own, or by trying to show of a true lived experience that can lead others to some sort of life victory of triumph over personal strife.

      Bill you have achieved a great deal here and in a very short time, and it really doesn't matter the number of hubs we achieve in writing as you have stated here as well. Its all about the core fiber of a persons inner self, and what true quality they possess, and have to offer to the rest of the globe.

      You really make it happen here on hubpages and for folks worldwide I'm sure and in a major way. Outstanding selfless performance bro, keep it going man I'm with you all the way.

      I was blown away by this hub pretty much, and I don't have to say I will vote it up, and share it, because you already know what I will do with it. Congrat's!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, we are brothers, you and I....kindred spirits who understand what is important in life. We had to pay our dues to reach this point in life but we did, finally, reach it, and both of us are making the most of the time we have left here on Earth.

      I am proud of you....you are one of the rewards I have been given for finally getting my act together and walking the right path. It's like God was watching and waiting for me to finally get my act together and become selfless...once it happened I was given more gifts than a man can rightfully expect....gifts of friendship, compassion and love.

      Thank you my brother; it is a pure joy knowing you and growing with you. Let's get out there and see what kind of good we can do this weekend....and beyond!

      bill

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      And, that's why people love you! Every hub you write feels like a conversation over coffee with an old friend - the one you've known for a long time and with whom you could talk about everything!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I try! It's important to me to make that connection with my readers. I want to know them and I want them to know me. You might call it a mission of mine. Thank you so much!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      You truly deserve all of the followers that you accumulate. You write great hubs. Congratulations! Keep going strong,Billy. We will keep reading them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Integrity, thank you Sir! I love to write so I'm sure you'll see a few more. :) I appreciate it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have made some dear friends since i started writing. I feel that i know them, even if they have an avatar picture that's not them. It's strange in a way, we're like family. So i can relate. I feel that i know you Bill. I love to write. I can't imagine not writing poetry. It's a new life for me. I am grateful to Hubpages for allowing new writers to express themselves, not very well in the beginning but learning and growing along the way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts..Enjoyed...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is odd, Ruby, getting to know someone through this medium, and years ago I would have said it was impossible...but here we are and it does happen....and I am grateful, for you and all the other friends I have on this wonderful site. Thank you kind lady!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      It is truly good to see that there are others such as yourself Sir Bill, who write from the heart, write for making connections and spreading happiness, to seek out and eliminate negativity as much as we can. You have expressed this beautifully my friend. I'm glad I got to know you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The feeling is mutual, Doc! Thank you for being who you are!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The wonderful thing about writing is that it's a method of communicating that can reach millions across space and time. Who knows how many people will be reading this hub, and perhaps for decades or hundreds of years from now. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, it's an awesome feeling, knowing that that could happen. Thank you Sir! Much appreciated.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      This is really all left me. But don't feel sorry for me. I had a great life. Too bad I didn't write it down.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Hello Billybuc, Look at all your wonderful warm and deserved comments from all the people that you do touch. As soon as I see your name in the comments part of any hub, I smile and read your comment first - because your thoughts are always expressed so beautifully. You give me something to aim for - as your words too are intertwined with the readers' emotions. Up, beautiful and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, this is a hub that should be read by everyone who is into writing.The last line says it all and I believe a great writer manages to touch the reader's heart. This is what you do Bill.

      My congratulations to you on this wonderful milestone of having reached 200 hubs. It is indeed a pleasure to have read some of your writings. I wish I had more time to read the ones I haven't. I'm sure to do it one day.

      Voted all the way up and across. Shared this beautiful hub.

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      KatrineDM 4 years ago

      Hello Bill, this is so well presented and expressed from the bottom of your heart. You are right, it is about the connection between the writer and the reader. When you are able to touch someone else's life with your words in a way that can help them, by giving something of a great value, then in return that gives you the satisfaction and fulfillment that cannot be compared to anything else. I can see you have a right mindset as a writer, but you also have a great mindset of an entrepreneur. It's not about 'taking money', it's about providing a great value to lives of others. Money is nothing but the measure of the value you create for other people. It's an exchange of energy. With that in mind, I believe continuing this wonderful journey in a right direction will bring it's fruits for you in a long term. So keep up your great work :-)

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Billy, every word you write, in every article, touches the reader, and as others have said before me here, you are a great inspiration, support and friend to many, including me! The human connection is never so prevalent as in your work and illustrated by the amount of times I see your name appear in other Hubbers' work, every life you touch you makes a difference!

      Congratulations on 200 hubs... keep up the good work my friend, All the best from the riverbank in England, Jen

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Awesome hub Bill! I defInitejy agree with the fact that writing helps us to connect with our reaeders. You connect in a beautiful way to your audience which can be seen by your comments! Thanks for your inspiration Bill!

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      JaydenMiller 4 years ago from USA

      Hello. Well, I have not read much of your work because I am new, but you certainly do know how to make a human connection through writing. Thanks for sharing yourself with others.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Congratulations on hitting that 200 mark of hubs written. This one was an especially fine one because we got to know more of what inspires you. You not only write from your heart and bare your soul in a manner that teaches us all the true meaning of writing, but you are leaving a wonderful legacy for countless others who may take up that pen or computer keyboard to transmit their own thoughts in the future. As you indicated...words are powerful. Thanks! Up and beautiful votes plus sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, I seriously doubt it, but we will go with your fantasy for awhile longer! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CyberShelley, you are so nice! Thank you! I think, more than anything else, that people sense that I am real; I'm one of them. I go through the same pains and joys as they do, and I write about them. I'm not afraid to tell everyone that I'm human....and people respond to that. I am honored that you think so highly of me; thank you for that gift.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you are truthfully one of the nicest men on HubPages....you and Mike (CloudExlorer) are both gentlemen in the true sense of the word. Thank you Sir! I am honored to call you friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, I admire you greatly! We have never met, and probably never will, but through your words and postings I know you are a gentle spirit who wants to help others, and who sees the beauty in life. We need more people like you. Thank you for being who you are and for being so supportive to this humble writer of words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, isn't it remarkable, the connections we make worldwide through this site. We really do send our words around the world and I think that is so exciting. Thank you my friend; perhaps some day I'll visit your country and we can have tea and a scone and talk as old friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, thank you! It's take a long time for me to reach the point in my writing where I found my voice and was able to connect with others. I appreciate your taking the time to read and write a nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jayden, welcome to HubPages and thank you very much for your kind comment. I look forward to reading your work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, you are just too kind. I guess the kind words that I receive surprises me somewhat because I'm just being me....talking about my life....talking about what I observe....it doesn't seem that special to me, but obviously others feel differently. I am humbled by your remarks. Thank you kind lady!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      You are welcome. As long as you know how much your writing and your visits are appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do, Shelley, and thank you!

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      That would be great Bill, I make an awesome cup of tea... *smiles*

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool, Jenn! I'll let you know when I make a couple bucks and can afford the plane ticket. :)

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Bill, congratulations on your 200th hub! Respect!

      You do have a gift for touching others through your writing. Like all good writers, you make us see the world through your eyes.

      Thank you for reminding the rest of us that we have the potential to do the same.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Molly! I consider you an excellent writer so your praise means a great deal to me. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Wow, Bill! All i can add to this LOOOOOOONG list of comments is that not only are you a great, insightful writer - but - you are a humble one as well! very sexy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, you tease you! LOL Thank you my friend; humility was a long time coming and I still have quite a ways to go....but I'm getting better and that's all that counts. I really do appreciate you very much!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You have expressed what a true writer feels about his/her task in life. We may not get rich doing this, but it fulfills our purpose in life. To share what wisdom we know with others about living a full life. Blessings to you and Bev.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have no doubt that you understand these points. Blessings to you as well and thank you!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bill

      The amazing legacy you are weaving tranfers to so many of us. We all are better for having a piece of you in our tapestry. Beauty of the written word is the best way to explain your style and I so look forward to every new article you write.

      You spot light such an important and endearing part of a writer and you carry it well my friend. Your words of leaving something behind had me reflecting on something I wrote for Dad. When I was finished I said "There you go Dad. You are immortalized for eternity".

      Your writing, talent, personable style and honest sincerity is so rare and I am better for having access to you as a dear friend.

      Love, hugs and warm days to you and Bev.

      Your forever friend,

      Beckie XXOO

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Billybuc,

      You should not be surprised by the influx of highly inspired comments, you are reaping what you sew. In your hubs, you put so much of yourself into them. Some of us write more practically or commercially. Your well seems to be a little deeper than some people's. Excellent hubs and it is always wonderful to strive for a human connection as a writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, there are some days...not many, but some...where I wish I could write evergreen hubs that garner thousands of views....and I have tried. But it just doesn't seem to be in me. The only time I feel passionate about writing is when I'm writing the personal stuff. It is who I am.

      You know how much I adore you and appreciate you...but it is true. You are a kind, caring and loving human being and I will be forever grateful for your loyalty.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      You are making differences in people's life writing personal hubs about your experiences in life. You are a great inspiration to so many people. I'm sure you've been a wonderful teacher to your students. They remember you, because my own experience tells me that you never forget a good teacher. You may have quit your teaching career abruptly, but do you know what? You're still a teacher to your followers here on HubPages. Look at those numbers you have reached - already 200 hubs, congratulations! You have almost 900 followers, thousands of comments and people admire you. We love what you're doing and I think you love what you're doing. Take care, my friend! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      200 hubs! It's amazing how you keep cranking out such inspirational work. Your articles have touched and inspired so many people, even your own son in finding his birth mother!

      I know your articles sure have inspired me personally. Your passion for what you're doing is obvious. Writing is a great way to make a human connection. Real connections. I'm so glad to have found you here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, that brought a smile to my face. Thank you my dear friend! I love HubPages but more than that I love the people who have blessed me with friendship. You are special my friend! Sending hugs from America!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I'm glad we found each other. We have the opportunity to watch each other grow as writers and how cool is that? Thank you my friend!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I'm happy if I can make you smile. I'm sending warm hugs back from a cold Finland! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I got it....thank you!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on 200 hubs Bill! What a wonderful topic for your milestone. You really have touched the lives of many hubbers through both your hubs and your comments left on hubs. We feel like we get to know you and my that is power within your words! Take care xx

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I respect you greatly because you are a kind human being, so your words mean a great deal to me. Thank you very much!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed your work and sometimes find that to label it as a hub seems a little demeaning. Then I remember that what we all write are hubs,also, and that each one represents who we are and our feelings. Thanks for another great hub, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonunuwho, someday you will have to tell me what your hub name means.

      Thank you! My writing most definitely represents who I am and my feelings. I am grateful that so many people, like yourself, have been so accepting of my and my work.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, the connection I have with you and others on here still never ceases to amaze me, I started writing on here because I have always written stories etc, on bits of paper, sending them of to be published or in my case most of the times not! haha! but the one thing I never would have thought of is the fact that I get to know wonderful people like you, and read such fantastic words, so heres to your next 200 hubs!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Bill. you may read my hub, "The influence of Friendship and Devotion", and get a clue as to why I chose the unusual hub name. I suppose at this late date, I have overcome my feelings about the transgressions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell my dear, I have to echo what you just wrote. I had no idea this would happen. I just wanted to try out a site and see what it was all about; little did I know I would be so greatly affected by so many people.

      Thank you so much; you are a peach!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you whonunuwho...I will do that.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      And I am glad you write. Your followers win. Nice hub, my friend!

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      Congrats on #200, as well as on those lovely comments! Some writers touch our world in a way that makes us feel a little more human, and you're one of them.

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Bill, you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents and your passion. Please never stop.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Writing is a way of expression. It's an outlet for everyone. Thanks for this hub.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much pickles! It's been a great ride so far!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jelly, that was a lovely comment and it means the world to me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, I think I'll keep doing this for awhile; thank you ever so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      beingwell, you stated it perfectly. Thank you my friend.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another heartfelt hub, how do you do it? The comments you mention must give great satisfaction.. It clearly illustrates that you are indeed helping others with you efforts.

      Voted up and more.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I have no idea how I do what I do.....I've been given a voice and I just try to use it.....I appreciate you greatly, Sir! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      As a poet, I look again and again at the issue of touching the heart or writing for the head. Both are acceptable --and in some camps, one is preferable over the other. But elitism always feels lonely to me--and so, again and again, I write for and from the heart--or try to. And I think you do do. I think that is why you are successful here and perhaps in other parts of your life as well--when the inside and the outside of our lives match, I think we are often in good shape--

      Thank you for touching my heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, that was a beautiful comment. I try from time to time to write evergreen hubs, but my heart just isn't in it. I need to be reaching people on a human level; there has to be some meaningful interaction between me and my readers. Otherwise, I have lost the purpose of my writing.

      Thank you.....so much....lovely words.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH bill.........speaking of "connections!!" I have been DIS connected for close to 11 days...........First I had computer issues for which I needed to rely on a Geek to repair.......because all I can do is totally destroy a computer further.........3 days and $115.00 later, I then discovered I had a HubPages "glitch" which prevented me from, posting comments, publishing a hub and a number of other hair-pulling situations........I am using this opportunity to vent....could you tell? I don't know if HP is working on it slowly, at all or what! There are a few hubs that I can comment on..........The past 2 weeks would be a real pain in my AAAAAAAAAA except, during this time, I have been presented with a new grandson.......HE is Exquisite!! TTYL....I hope!!.......I'm sure everyone is wondering what the HELL happened to Effer.......especially since I live so close to Niagara Falls!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you came to mind last night and several times before that....I missed your rapier wit commenting on my hubs....I'm sorry for the problems but so happy for you for the new grandson...CONGRATULATIONS!

      Stay away from the Falls, please. Not that I think you would jump but you might trip!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG!! Who told you how clumsy I am?? I demand to know!! My Dad did not call me "Grace" for nothing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I have so missed you...LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a wonderful turn you took, Bill. I have no idea what you originally intended for your 200th hub, but I know all too well how intent can be turned by a fleeting circumstance or thought.

      You have you touched so many with your honesty, love and genuine concern. I know you've touched me and have become a friend for life. You are a giver, dear man. The world needs more like you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there are days when my mind just takes off on its own and there is no holding it back. The day I wrote this was one of those days....I'm having another one today. Love it when that happens.

      You are so kind and supportive....I'm glad you included you early on in this series....you mean the world to me.

      love always,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      And you mean the world to me, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I guess we'll just have to remain friends then, huh?

      love you

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      I have suddenly found a new hero, A real life hero who can connect with people! U are truly an inspiration to me sir! Felt every word of it, like u always want!Thank u :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, you are such a kind person! Thank you my dear; if I inspire you then I am a very happy writer. Thank you and may peace and happiness be your companions always.

      bill

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A deep insight into the heart of a writer

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, thank you my friend! I greatly appreciate it!

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i agree with you on that Bill that we will not get rich on writing in this site yet we still get rich through our friends who inspire and are inspired by us...keep on...be a light to others...

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      So true Raciniwa! I feel very blessed to be connected to a great group of human beings through Hubpages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raci, so nice to see you again my friend! Thank you and I will continue on HP because I love the people here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I feel the same way. Thank you for the visit!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      what a beautiful and thought provoking hub. You truly are one of a kind! A great heart with endless love you share in the style and content of your writing. voted this up and tweeted! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you so much! Such kind words, and they bring such great appreciation and gratitude. You made my day!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Bill, I am thankful for Hub Pages, because it has led me to such wonderful friends like yourself, and now I am gratified in believing that there are still those of us, who may make a difference in this rough world in which we are a part. Thanks for being a friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonunuwho, what a kind comment. Thank you my friend. I love HubPages for the very reason that you mentioned, and I do believe we can make a difference with our writing...I have to believe that. :)

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