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Three Hundred Roses of Love. Monday's Inspiration 66. Celebrating Bill Holland's 300th Writer's Mailbag.

Updated on September 17, 2020
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Gratitude to Li-Jen Hew, for her short but amazing video.

Congratulations, a song by Sri Chinmoy

“Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

Brother Bill, Sister Beverley.

We hoist your supreme glories banner high.

In you, for you, our blue gold, satisfaction-sky.” –Sri Chinmoy

Note: Congratulations is one of Sri Chinmoy's four universals, the others being Welcome, Thank You, and Farewell. Naturally, we add the names of the individuals to whom it is sung.


Quote From William (Bill) Holland Plus Introduction

“Many writers toil in obscurity their entire lives. If I can, in some way, encourage writers to continue with their work, I feel I’ve done my part to promote the Art of Writing.” – William Dale Holland

The above exquisite quote, by no lesser person than Bill himself, sums up his very selfless efforts, to serve us writers, in bettering ourselves in this noble craft. As such we can see why, one of our beloved friends on Hub pages, inspired by Bill, gives us this eloquent and sublime sentiment:

“When you love you see clearly, without selfishness and self-interest. Through love, you can also recognize within your friends all those qualities which brought you close to them. Their characteristics that make you feel good and complement yours, but even things you would like to help them change or improve, not to satisfy your selfishness, but for their own progress and prosperity.

After all, we approach and connect with people, not only to receive from them but also to give, to help, and to see them improve and become more beautiful and happier. The truth is that what we offer can provide us with much more joy and happiness than what we get! That's why love is always a blessing both for the giver and the receiver! Bill's mailbag series is an excellent example!

I am grateful for all 300, and I wish for all of us to be blessed with many more. My friends are my mirror. Thank you, my brother, a prayer of love and gratitude to you and family, for all you help me to see! Peace always! - Sean

This message of love and soulful service, is echoed by Ruby Fuller below:

“Bill was one of the first writers to read my poetry. He always encouraged me by saying gracious remarks. I found out later that he didn’t write poems, so now I know he was welcoming me to HP. His tips for writers are priceless, and his stories are among the best.”

Bill Holland
Bill Holland | Source

William Dale Holland, a.k.a Billybuc

The above-mentioned writer, reminds me of not only a garden of flowers, but a meadow of Love. In this field, as with any flower-garden or valley of worth, the rose is the core symbol of redolence and sacrifice, spreading its wafts freely and lovingly to all. Bill is that rose.

I have written copiously about Bill, who has recently published a most memorable and immortal memoir by all accounts and so my work in this Hub, is purely to celebrate another milestone – his 300th Writer’s Mailbag -- just one more of his many accomplishments here on Hub pages. To learn more about Bill, it may be best to buy the book, failing which you can see some of my links at the bottom here.

I will say, though, that Bill is a remarkable example of someone who has stared the abyss in the face … encountered his demons with courage and resilience; have surfaced on the sunrise-horizon- beauty of the dawn. This is just so he can share the secrets of the nightingale’s eloquence with us, in and through some magical words. No easy feat and to have it from the eye of the tiger, so to speak, is well worth reading and seeing.

Bill is a confidante, a counselor, a superb writer, a free-lance Journalist and teacher, farmer and wonderful husband by all accounts, to his immaculate wife Beverley and most importantly, an aspiring pilgrim in this school of life … a decent human being. What more can one ask for? Shauna L Bowling – a dear friend of Bill – expresses it thus:

Bill is selfless. From day one, he's been all about helping writers to spread their wings and fly. Bill and I have garnered a friendship during the eight years we've been HP contributors. He helped me land my first online paid writing gig and has helped me with personal issues as well.

The fact that he has posted 300 Mailbag articles is testament to what he has to offer the community and how much he's respected. Bill has overcome his own demons and lives life with love, compassion, joy, and wonder. I'm proud to call him my friend.” - Shauna L Bowling

In this Hub, I have sought to show, through poetry, video and prose, some of the people who really matter in Bill’s life: His family and friends, as well as those who are intimate and close; animals and the eco-system, his humanitarian endeavours, as well as some of us here on Hub pages, only a tiny section of his nearly 2,500 followers, who adore and admire him and all whom he cherishes.

One such writer, has summed up her inspiration and aspiration below:

“Sir Bill Holland is such an amazing kindhearted, encouraging gentleman, who always inspire me to spread my wings to voice out through my skills. If it wasn’t for his gentle push through uplifting generous words, I wouldn't have continued writing on Hub pages at the beginning.

My heartfelt thanks to him for taking the time to be a blessing to me, although I have never met him in person, he is indeed an inspiring teacher and someone I aspire to be like one day.” – Rochelle Ann De Zoysa

The Woman on the Mountaintop

Beverley Holland
Beverley Holland | Source

My Empress of the Sun. (From Bill to Bev)

Sometimes Your effulgent Light radiates,

That is all. Nothing needs to be said to spoil it.

Your incandescent smile blends in synergy, like

The sun, its rays an ornament of beauty,

Decorating thy allure with magic!

Rolling my Heart open, like a robe, the moon

Sprinkles your beauty, like a cascade of shooting

Stars. I absorb them into my Essence, like one

Inebriated, drunk with the wine of thy sweetness;

Your radiance speaks to me silently, whispering softly to my soul.

Gazing at you upon this holy crest of the mountain,

I see a shining pinnacle of charisma; of my enduring

Happiness -- A soaring bird, the contours of your silhouette,

Evocatively haunting, like a Mozart’s symphony,

Blending into the sacred vistas of my Spirit.

I know I’m a lucky man, rising, like Joseph from the well;

Like a prodigal returning home. Only you are my Light-house

And my royalty, steering a heart weeping rivers of Joy.

I look at you lovingly, my paragon of splendour, not unlike the

Magnificent skyline of the heavens, upon which you gaze.

Hands above your head, the pure white clouds whisper to your Spirit.

The blue skies kiss the peaks of the undulating ridges,

Cascading wonder to the fauns … the eco-systems beneath your feet,

You -- mesmerized in the Sacrament of the Present Moment -- as if

Singing a ballad, to the glory of supernal Love.

They say perfection is a work in progress, sweet Melody,

But if you aren’t flawless in this timeless capture, then what is?

Now I know why the immortal Helen, Queen of Troy,

Caused Menelaus, King of Sparta, to launch one thousand ships!

-Lantern Carrier, 10th March, 2020

Some members of Bill's family

Maggie | Source
Tobias | Source

Maggie and Tobias

She’s always there to greet me.

Spirit blending with my shadows, she senses

The worst in my abyss.

Snuggling up to me with heaven’s radiance,

She wags and rolls, grabbing hold of our memories,

To bring me joy: A ball, a stick … a sweet loving gaze,

Or a tug at my jeans, to indicate that she wishes to sit

On my lap. Sometimes she barks, rushing into the foliage,

My elephant load now lightened, just to see her play,

My aroused curiosity, seeking to see her bounty for the day.

I watch her rest upon the log, her brown body alert, cautious,

Using her discernment at every step, taking in the new buds of sunlight.

Not so our Toby, her canine friend. The woods have made him

Adventurous, eyes scanning for the next buzz. He likes people, eyes

And tongue wagging as he approaches, seeking to make friends.

The silence of the light has descended upon him; he reaches out,

A benchmark of true devotion, loyalty oozing from a tail

Swinging with delight, trusting, vibrant, like a stream in full flow.

“Bow-wow!” He says excitedly, reminding me that a dog is a man’s best friend.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th March, 2020


More contribution from Hubbers

“Twas you Manatita, who introduced me to this phenomenal writer called Billybuc! He seemed to be writing, commenting and being read more than most. It has been my delight to follow him. I habitually read his articles even if I'm a week late. He offers so much! Instruction, inspiration, motivation, creativity and more.

The mailbag is God-sent, dishing out weekly morsels for the writer's soul. Three hundred applause for all the answers Bill has given to inquiring minds! You deserve this honor, Bill, and Manatita thank you for setting the pace!” – Dora Isaac Weithers.

Some quotes from famous Writers

"When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, 'Why god? Why me?' and the thundering voice of God answered, 'There's just something about you that pisses me off.' - Stephen King.

"Life's persistent and most urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal." - Mark Twain

"People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk." - Stephen King.

More quotes

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King

Wisdom from the Master

“Gratitude is the safest way for us to reach the supreme destination. The moment we offer our gratitude to the Supreme, many, many undivine forces leave us. Our complaints against the path, against other human beings, even against the Supreme Himself disappear.” - Sri Chinmoy

Bill's Writings

Which writings of Bill have you found most useful?

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© 2020 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 months ago from london

    Sorry I'm late. Thank you so much, my brother. A friend indeed! Om Shanti!! - Manatita

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    Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

    8 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

    You have put it so nicely, elaborately, and artistically. Very enjoyable account.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Appreciated! Thank you so much, my Dear

    Was a pleasure to do. Stay safe.

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    Peggy Woods 

    14 months ago from Houston, Texas

    This ode to Bill Holland is well-deserved, and it is a joy to read. He is well-loved and admired on HubPages by so many of us. Thanks for doing this, Manatita!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    You're blessed. Wish I had your talent. I gave Li-jen the ideas but she helped me big time. I know little about videos and web.

    Always a joy to see you. In fact, you have it really tough, I know. We need to keep sending the higher energy, to influence the darkness in some humans. Covid 19 is, in a strange way, playing its part. As I always say, nothing happens without the Will of the Lord.

    Good to see you, Bro. Hold fast!

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    14 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    I will always be grateful and thankful to God for both of you, my dear brothers, Manatita and Bill! You have been great teachers to me since I met your luminous Hearts here. I know you also have been a blessing for many more. I pray to the God of Love and Peace for your well-being every single day. This world is desperately needing Hearts like yours! Gratitude!

    I am grateful to read your gems and learning to be Human!


    PS: Hard days are getting tougher here in Greece. I was working all around the clock for the last days trying to set up a web platform for online lessons due to the closure of my school because of covid 19. Thank God I am able now to teach my students online!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Thank you, Verlie.

    Muchisimas Gracias!

    Chitrangada Ji,

    As I would expect, a very beautiful sentiment from you. Hari Om!

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    14 months ago from Canada

    Beautiful Li-Jen and Manatita! Bill Holland's genius,generosity, commitment, and kindness summed up perfectly.

    Again, Congratulations Bill!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    14 months ago from New Delhi, India

    An excellent tribute to Bill, on completion of the 300 installments of the Writers Mailbag. This is an incredible milestone, and must be celebrated by one and all members of the HubPages writers community.

    You have covered the topic so well, about Bill, as a person, and as an inspirational writer. Loved everything about this article. The quotes, the tribute by fellow writers, and the video is icing on the cake.

    Well done and well thought of. Thanks for sharing.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Haha Dee.

    I may leave soon. Need to focus on my books. Thank you so much!


    What a lovely thing to say! My penultimate poem is for you. Check it out. Gratitude.

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    Dora Weithers 

    14 months ago from The Caribbean

    Love and congratulations to Bill! Kudos to Mantita for a tribute well-done! You are two reasons that I like it here on HubPages.

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    Diane Denison 

    14 months ago from Cincinnati Ohio

    Manatita44 You have a tender loving passion for others as you union with there feelings as they express it in there writings. You are becoming part of them and you can feel there essence. I am highly impressed with the depth of love you have for others. You have raised my curiosity and I will have to read Bill's writings

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Yes, Manju, my didi ji.

    Thank you very much.

    Bhaia ji

    So glad to hear. Please forgive me as the global news is not great, so many blessing to you and all here in fact, your family and India as a whole. Jai Sri Krishna. Jai Ram!

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    Venkatachari M 

    14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

    Manatita, your hub is a wonderful offering to our brother Bill, an inspiring writer and teacher.

    I have read two books from him, "The Resurrecting Tobias" and the Memoir titled "The Blind Shall See". Both were excellent.

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    Manju lata 

    14 months ago from Ambala City

    So beautifully explained and expressed your feelings and thoughts through this article.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Ah ha, Pamela. Awesome!

    Maybe you can do a review, no? I think Peggy did one, if I remember rightly. Yes, she did. Thank you so much for saying such supportive things about my Hub. Stay safe and well. Peace.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    14 months ago from Sunny Florida

    The various facts you wrote in your article about Bill are so true. He has been an inspiration to many people. The poem for him to Bev is so beautiful. You were truly inspired.

    I finished Bill's memoir not long ago and it is excellent. Bill is a very interesting man and you reflected that quite well in this article.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london


    You remain a darling. I'm so happy to have a friend like you

    May you be protected in this current climate. Peace.


    Thank you so much, Bro. Isn't it what you would expect from an Archarya? om Shanti!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london


    There are people supposedly close to Bill, who didn't answer my email shout for a tribute, even a second time!

    Your's is so immaculate, that it more than makes up for it. I offer you my Heart of beauty for this wonderful and pretty accurate sentiment for Bill. All my Love.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    14 months ago from Southern Illinois

    This is a wonderful offering to a man who is always ready to give a helping hand to writers. The roses are so beautiful and so is your heart Manatita. God bless, Be safe, stay healthy.

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    Denise McGill 

    14 months ago from Fresno CA

    I agree with everything said here. Bill has been inspirational and encouraging to me. I covet his friendship and his critiques of my work. He is constantly and selflessly giving his time and help to the less experienced and less fortunate. Perhaps all the stresses and anguish that came before have colored the tapestry of his kindness toward others or perhaps, it has always been there. Either way, I'm grateful that he is here for us.



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    MG Singh emge 

    14 months ago from Singapore

    Wonderful tribute. Shows you in another dimension

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Thank you, Lorna.

    Good to see your contribution here. I appreciate you very much!

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    Lorna Lamon 

    14 months ago

    An inspirational and fitting tribute to a wonderful writer. Heartfelt.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Thank you, Sha.

    The words, even the ideas and sense of presentation are easy. The video is my weak point, but I am extremely grateful to Li-Jen for bearing with me and my constant changes to get it right. The artistic touch I needed there. My gratitude for your help, of course. More peace to you. Stay safe!

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    14 months ago from Central Florida

    Manatita, this is such a beautiful tribute to Bill and his 300th Mailbag. You obviously spent a lot a time putting this together. I was honored when you asked me to participate. Bill is a beautiful human being who makes this world a better place each and every day.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london


    Thank you, thank you.

    A mighty fine sentiment for Bill and I indeed! Hare Krishna!


    I knew Bev was and is the visionary (Sweet chuckle) Actually, I see you as one, Bro. Yes, you have a great and good family here. More kudos to you.


    Appreciated. Thank you so much!

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    Linda Lum 

    14 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Sweet verses about this man we have all come to know and love. I can't think of one more deserving of such a lovely tribute. Well done.

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    Bill Holland 

    14 months ago from Olympia, WA

    You have managed to bring me to tears this morning. Thank you, all of you, for the video, for the kind words, the poetry, the quotes, but above all, thank you for the love. Eight years ago Bev dragged me, cussing and screaming, into the world of HubPages. Little did I know that I had arrived home and my family was waiting for me.

    Love to you all, and profound thanks!

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    Shaloo Walia 

    14 months ago from India

    Wow...What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to one of the finest writers here on hubpages! Bill is not only a fine writer but an amazing human being too.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Thank you, Devika,



    I think I can safely speak for Bill here. How are we so young? Our Hearts. Also our passion for what we believe in and our faith in the knowledge there is no fixed goal ... every moment is an opportunity for progress and we don't waste time.

    Finally and most importantly, we believe in Love. Hope this helps.

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    14 months ago

    Hi Manatita, you are a such a good friend to Bill. You inspire others to celebrate friendship. I hope to continue this tradition of celebrating someone's life and success, just like you. I feel grateful you chose me to make the video for Bill, someone you introduced to me and I'm happy to have met him. Well done on the creation of this piece and the sweet poems for Bill's family. Bill deserves this tribute. How are both of you still young?

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    Devika Primić 

    14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    A wonderful write up here to a helpful writer who shares his work in a straight forward manner.


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