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Updated on June 19, 2013
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H.O.W. or Humanity One World is a newly formed group of writers who are concerned about human rights and social justice. Through our shared concerns for humanity, we found each other. Individually, we represent every race, religion, age, gender, culture, and socioeconomic status. Collectively, we represent the human race and that is the tie that binds us.

Humanity One World is a conceptual idea born of compassion. Conceived by Bill Holland in Olympia, Washington, Bill, like many of us, agonizes over the violation of human rights and lack of social justice in our world. As a group, we believe we can create positive change through the power of the written word. We are the tellers of stories and activists who use our passion for writing and for mankind to promote awareness for issues of homelessness, hunger, child neglect, slavery, environmental destruction, oppression, discrimination and many other ills of our society.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” - ― Albert Einstein

Diversity

The topics of our concerns are as diverse as our personalities.

  • Some are fed up with a political system that feeds the excesses of greed and power and still neglects the basic needs of the veterans of our military. They may tell the story of a 47 year old decorated Marine who is sleeping on the street. A traumatic brain injury left him unable to work and he lost his job and home. He waited eighteen months for a determination on his disability claim before he had to forfeit his permanent address that was on file with the Veteran’s Administration. Is this how we repay our veteran’s? The answer is a resounding – no!
  • Another writer in the group will share concern for a group of Indians in Virginia with a well documented history dating back thousands of years who are still fighting to be recognized by the Federal Government. They are celebrated and recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia but it isn’t enough. Is it justice that they need permission to be Indians from the very group that stole their land, stripped away their right to speak their language, and denied them an education? The answer is a resounding – no!
  • A common theme among many of our writers is the problem of hunger. Our perspectives vary. One might be concerned about the money and food that is exported to feed the hungry in other countries while our own go hungry. Another may be concerned that the food industry is so regulated that restaurants and other food service industries are forced to dispose of perfectly good food at then end of the day rather than offer it to food pantries. In a world where so many enjoy an excess, is it okay for children to go to bed hungry? The answer is a resounding – no!
  • The stories of human tragedy abound and yet society suffers from NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome. For the person who has a good job, plenty to eat, and money in their pocket, it seems these problems do not exist. When drilling strips the land of its natural resources and leaves fresh water polluted, it is someone else’s problem. When children are abused or neglected, it is someone else’s problem. Until they have to step over a body to get into their house, violence is someone else’s problem. Is this acceptable? The answer is a resounding – no!

We are a movement, not an organization.

H.O.W. is a movement. We are going to push forward, calling attention to the problems. We are peaceful warriors for change who are not going to wait for someone else to fix it. Our mission is to reach out and touch as many people as possible through our passion for the human race and for writing. It is not a passive movement. Recognizing that there are also millions of people in the world who want to help but may not know how, we will offer ideas and suggestions. We will attempt to right the wrongs of our society, one person at a time. We will create a network of dedicated, bright minds who do not see race, religion, or geography as obstacles. Our network will embrace diversity and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit of helping and healing. We will promote compassion and caring, frugal living and healthy choices, and most importantly, involvement in the process. We will build bridges instead of walls and our diversity will be our strength.

How Can You Find Us?

You might ask how we plan to succeed. The obvious answer is through networking. Our tools will be our ability to communicate, motivation, and, the Internet. We will take advantage of social media to spread our message. As a group you will find here on Facebook. Those who are involved in the kick-off of H.O.W. can be found individually on Hubpages.com where we first connected through our shared passion.

What You Can Do To Help

The time has come for us, as a society, to stop waiting for someone else to fix it. Divided, we will only become weaker and our problems will be multiplied. We invite you to join us and here are some things you can do.

Networking:

  • Become our friend on Facebook and share us with your friends.
  • If you write, join us at Hubpages.com. It’s easy to do.
  • Share our writing with your contacts on Google+, Pinterest, and other social networks.

Get involved locally:

  • Volunteer at a food pantry.
  • Visit a Veteran’s facility and ask about volunteering.
  • Get involved with Big Brothers or Big Sisters.
  • Visit a nursing home and share your talents.
  • Recycle and share your excess with the less fortunate.
  • If you have mechanical skills, offer to renovate wheelchairs for veterans of bicycles for children.
  • Clean out your closets and donate the best you have to a charity.
  • Offer to help an elderly neighbor.
  • Volunteer to help clean up the banks of a river or stream.
  • Plant an extra row of vegetables in your garden and give the harvest away.
  • Become a voice for the voiceless. Let your elected representative know they aren’t doing their job. Make an appointment and visit their office. Make it personal. They work for us.


Stay Tuned - Great Things Are Ahead

In the months ahead, the writers of H.O.W. will offer thousands of ideas for how you can help. Find the ones that fit your skills or touch that place within you. We can make this world better by helping each other. It all comes down to people helping people.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You are such a passionate writer my friend. I am proud to stand with you in this movement. Who knows how many we will reach by doing this; from a small acorn seed.....

    Thank you for responding so quickly. I appreciate you more than you know.

    hugs,

    bill

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    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

    Perfectly done and right on target Linda! Your hub carries a powerful message and We hope to get viral. let me add you to my humble hub. You did a wonderful job! Cheers!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, I was so happy to help with this. Like you, I so often feel helpless. This was good for me and I am sold on your idea. I have submitted a link to Digg, Delicious, Google+, Pinterest and, have sent to my local paper, as well as a local writer that I am hoping will help. Let's see if that little acorn sprouts some racing slicks and speeds away. :-)

    Hugs to you to my creative and inspirational friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Joseph, you are too kind. Thank you so much for youru wonderful compliment. I agree with you and hope to see this movement go viral, as you suggest. Now that I have accomplished my assignment for the day, I have a little catching up to do but will be visiting your hub shortly. Thank you for jointing forces. I am proud to be associated with such caring folk.

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    safiq ali patel 4 years ago from United States Of America

    I like your hub and I love the topic of the hub. At the turn of the century I was passionate about human rights. However, into almost 2013 I am a little cynical about human rights. The reason being where I am based in the United Kingdom terrorists and extremists have used our human rights legislation to campaign for lesser sentences, to claim benefits and to avoid extradition even when they the extremists and terrorists have committed horrible crimes against huge numbers of people.

    I support your mission all the way. I fully believe that we must learn to love all humanity, all people not just those immediate to us.

    But I am a realist and where I reside there are many who are using jobs that require support, love and compassion to abuse people. I might give you the psychiatric nurses who are mean to be looking after a patient who instead use their job as a way of getting close to a patient to allure, abuse, isolate and humiliate a person or persons whom they are meant to be compassionately helping. I am all for love and compassion to all people. But I am painfully aware of those who sit in jobs and roles where compassion is due only to use their jobs to oppress and make suffering worse. Of course I shall help the effort outlined in the hub here. But please let us all be careful too. Humanity for the humane. Do killers, anti-semetics, occultists who eat human body parts, transvestites who hate and kill gays really deserve human rights. It's all to easy to embrace universal values of love and peace to all people. But hiding behind the veil of love and peace are many monsters. Let us all do our bit for human rights. But let us also be careful and aware that while we go on our mission of love someone beyond the door could be waiting for us with a pick axe. Be human, believe in human rights but don't be dim enough to believe everyone shares these values no matter how convincing a tale they tell. Good luck. Love and peace from safiq.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Safiq, thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I do not deny there is evil in the world but I believe there is much more good. As you might have guessed, I choose to be aware but still embrace hope, love, and peace.

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    JodiGreen 4 years ago

    great article! One issue in humanity is equal access rights to healthcare in America! Would you mind reading my article and letting me know what you think? https://hubpages.com/relationships/The-Same-Health...

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    An outstanding hub with a very worthwhile goal. I commend you and Bill and others who are involved.

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    Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    A wonderful concept. As a worker for and with those individuals who need help to gain a foothold in society I applaud your efforts. Redressing the injustices in this world is a long term job - writing is a universal tool that can help many people understand why and how these injustices arise and equally, how they can be put right.

    It's true we must never lose sight of the basic human right for all : justice.

    In a media led world the establishment often holds sway and lives on half truths and innuendo. We see this happening the world over, in wealthy countries as well as poor. Keep watch and may your writing be inspired.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jodi, I have read your hub and left my comments there. A word of advice since you are new. Self promotion in the comment area is not well received. Write appropriate comments on the hubs you read and the writers will follow you to your own hubs. Thanks for reading this one.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jim, my friend, let's get you on board this train. You are such a good writer with a good heart. We need you. Email me and let me know if you are a facebook user.

    I appreciate your reading this one and your compliment too.

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    JodiGreen 4 years ago

    Thanks for the headsup! I am new to this site and appreciate the feedback! I will learn how it all works ;) I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    It just takes time Jodi but the people are awesome and always willing to help you sort it all out.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Andrew, thank you for your insightful comment. We are fighting a tough battle, we know. The important thing is that we are using this platform to reach more people. Change comes one person at a time, doesn't it?

    We would love to have you join us. It seems you might have a unique perspective on a specific group of people with needs. Email me if you'd like to get on board.

    I really appreciate your visit and comment.

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Up and awesome! This is a great idea and beautifully written. Thank you for being part of a wonderful group of "educators".

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for for raising awareness about HOW. As you know, there are many worth while endeavours. If I were not down, all my spare time right now would be Toys for Tots. Then I move to helping youth get into college and raising money for the SAC hospital and finish with public schools.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Randi! Thanks for the vote up and compliment. Since I was a little girl, I have felt that I needed to leave the world better than I found it. I often feel helpless and clueless to know how to accomplish that. When Bill conceived this idea, it was an easy yes from me. We may never see the fruits of our labors but I do think we can make a difference.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH, you will see better days and be able to do all the things that matter to you. Your heart is so good and you bring so much joy to others through your writing. You are doing your part my friend. Never question that. Thank you for always supporting my dreamers vision of a better world.

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    SilverGenes 4 years ago

    This hub explains the H.O.W. movement so very well! One person, one step, and the world is a better place already. Many people doing many things... well, it's mind-boggling what can happen! Thanks to you and to Bill Holland for giving so many of us some direction when we feel helpless in the face of so many problems. Yes, we can make it happen!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    SilverGenes, thank you for joining the effort. We may not change the world overnight but we can certainly reach more people with a message of hope and some option for change with our collective voice. I appreciate you reading my contribution too.

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

    Thank you for explaining this to us. It will help us help others. One step forward and more people will be helped. Wonderful hub.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Michele. I think Bill's idea is brilliant. Think of how many people we can reach by sharing each other's network and by getting the search engines to lump our hubs together. I think we have a lot of power this way. Thanks for supporting the effort.

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    Sunnie Day 4 years ago

    Dear Irc7815,

    I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful movement such as H.O.W. I loved your hub explaining what we are all about, offering many ideas for us all to help our fellow human beings. I loved this statement most of all, "We are peaceful warriors for change who are not going to wait for someone else to fix it. "

    I have linked your hub with mine as well. Thank you for your wonderful heart and I am so excited to hear the stories of many who will step out of those comfort zones, forever making a difference.

    God bless,

    Sunnie

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sunnie, thank you for reading my hub and for the link. I really am excited about the possibilities when we all join forces to do good work.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    What a great post and your message will inspire others to get on board! I love that this group is doing something to change the world. Your writing is excellent!

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    Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

    I love this idea. I am so joyful to read all this.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi teaches12345! Thank you. I think Bill's idea is phenomenal and I hope hundreds will be inspired. Can you imagine the number of people we could reach?

    I really appreciate your compliment too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Lastheart! Thanks for reading. There are some amazing people in this world and many of them are great writers. The possibilities are infinite when they join forces.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    The answer to this wonderful hub is a resounding yes! Yes we can, yes we will...Bill's idea is phenomenal and we can keep it going. Your hub is very inspiring and I like the way you challenge everyone to get involved locally. My shifts change. Like Mhatter I am concentrating on Toys for Tots and food for the holidays. Once the holidays are over my shift will go back to Sandy victims and our local food pantry.

    If we can spread this and get more people involved, we have done a good thing.

    Thank you for a great job Linda!

    Voted up, useful, interesting, linked and shared.

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    Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Great Hub Linda- You put flesh (the specifics and options) on Bill's bones (the basic concerns). The two of you are a great team and very encouraging. Looking forward to reading, writing, and participating in H.O.W. concerns and needs. Theresa

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    Justsilvie 4 years ago

    What a wonderful idea and inspiring message.

    Shared and shared and shared.

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    Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    Great addition to this movement, and I love the illustration at the top. Voted up, awesome and shared.

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    Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

    I think this is a great movement and I have been writing about how people can change the world if we all got together and threw out the greed. I wonder though, how is H.O.W. going to show that progress has been done through their random acts of kindness?This way it shows people that together we can make a difference. I suggest that we send these articles to our local government as well and get our local government involved. One person can't change the world but together we can make a difference.

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    Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

    Well written. Making a difference always starts with one person, one step until it builds. Each step and each person are the change agents.

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Very inspiring! Together, great minds can change the world.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary, you bet we can! I knew you would be on board with this idea. What I love about it is the freedom to choose; the freedom to choose where to place your talent and effort, in the effort that means the most to you. There is plenty of work to go around and this crazy dream that Bill had empowers us to spread the message to so many more people. I love it. Thanks for sharing my excitement.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Teresa, thank you so much. Yes, Bill and I are just two old dinosaurs born of a generation that thought it could change the world but wasn't smart enough to know how. We are both dreamers and something akin to kindred spirits. We want everyone in the world to be fed, safe, warm, and happy. It's a big dream but now we have tools we never had before and life experience to boot. Maybe we can make a difference now. Thanks for being on board and for encouraging always.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Justsilvie, thank you so much. I appreciate the visit and that you would share, share, share. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    mperrottet, hello! Thanks for the nice compliment. I love Bill's idea and think it has great potential. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sarra, H.O.W. is a movement, not an organization. It's about getting people involved, not government. If the government could fix things, we wouldn't need to have the discussion. It's about me helping my neighbor or the homeless person I found. It's about getting more people involved in charitable organizations. Bill suggested we send our hubs to our local papers to get more people involved locally. The point is, as writers, we have a tool for sharing encouragement and ideas. That's what we are going to use to make a difference. Measurement? Our success will be revealed in the stories we will right about in the days ahead as we see the difference we are making. It's not really about metrics. Does that help you understand? I hope so.

    I really appreciate your visit and comment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Cyndi10! You got it, didn't you? Thanks for understanding and supporting this effort. One day, one person at a time. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Tammy, you are so right. Some of the greatest success stories started with one person who had an idea. We have a wonderful platform here on HP to launch a campaign for social change and I am excited about the possibilities. Thanks for the visit and the great supportive comment.

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    Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

    I already understood this is a movement not an organization. If newspapers are going to get involved then they will want to run a follow up story. I appreciate Billybuc for starting this as he understands my individual story. I invite you to read some of my articles. Its sad that the world has gotten to the point it has. I pray that people take this seriously and get involved in their communities to help stop the atrocities. We can't rely on our government to help, it's up to each community to take a stand.

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Linda....The concept of H.O.W. is wonderful, and you explained it superbly in this hub. You, Bill and the other writers initially involved in this movement echo a belief I cherish--that what we do as individuals can bear fruit, especially when our efforts spread out through grassroots movements and gain the involvement of thousands, hundreds of thousands--even millions of other people who share our passions and want to make a difference in the world.

    I often feel a bit helpless because I have limited mobility and physical restrictions that keep me close to home much of the time. Then I remember I'm not limited in what I can write and publish online. I'm very concerned about the issues of which you wrote. I also abhor the apathy that abounds in the world today--the NIMBY syndrome, yet I believe there are also many people who care about their fellow beings (humans and animals). Those who do have compassion should join together to make changes. H.O.W. offers a platform for doing so.

    While I have a strong aversion to Facebook after a negative experience on that network and don't want to re-join it, there are other things I can do to support the aims of H.O.W.

    I can continue to pester my state and national Congressional representatives, as well as local officials, about the important issues at the heart of H.O.W. I can write articles for HP and for my local newspaper that address problems and suggest or ask for solutions. I can continue to support worthy charities that seek to help those who need it. I can become involved in ways that don't require me to be "out and about" to be active.

    Thank you for writing from your heart about this important movement and to each of the "founding" writers of H.O.W. who already "walk the talk." Thanks to Bill for the force of his writing that moves the hearts of so many who read his hubs and provided the impetus for H.O.W. I look forward to reading the hubs this movement generates and to whatever contributions I can make to the whole.

    Jaye

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    wow now this is most awesome write.. I am so glad to read this.. I am so proud of everyone that is participating and writing about the injustices. and that you are letting everyone know how to find us.. Blessings to you

    Linking this to my hub

    Debbie

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK, Linda...what about a little Native American HUMOR between two passionate advocates?

    H.O.W??? "Me know HOW, me wants to show you!!"

    The perfect name for this movement...and it looks to me like we've got all the right moves, too! Wishing us luck and a powerful punch!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jaye, we are all doing our part and each of us will contribute something different. That's as it should be. We are only limited by our minds so write away. That's what it's all about. Thank you for such a heartfelt comment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Debbie, thank you. Thank you for reading and making my heart swell. We have a lot of work to do but gosh, look how much passion we have. We can make a difference! I appreciate your comment and that you would share this.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Paula, I expected no less from you. lol I'm with ya!

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    Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Excellent article describing the movement and inspiring others to join. I'm proud to be a part of it. I also like your practical suggestions on ways to help others. During the hurricane there was an elderly couple in their 90's and the neighbor was trying to get them help since they lost power and were freezing. None of the organizations such as the Red Cross came through. She finally reached out to other moms in our town and within the hour they had a generator,electric blankets, and a warm meal. I believe people can make a difference. Thanks for the motivation!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi healthylife2! I think we try to complicate far too much in the world and that change can happen when a simple act occurs. People make a difference by acting on one problem and setting an example for others to follow. Can you just imagine the possibilities? What a story you have shared. I sympathize with organizations too, when the need is so great and decisions have to be made regarding how to do the most good with the fewest resources. That's why I feel so strongly about individuals helping their neighbors or community.

    I appreciate you today!

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    I am so proud of this hub thoroughly representing this magnificent and powerful movement. I am also proud to be sharing company in the movement with such fine individuals taking the time to do their part.

    Great job!

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    skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    lrc Well it was no mistake I landed on Bills hub. From there I have read several H.O. W. articles. Job well done guys. I would like to believe for the most part people are willing to help others in these days we live. Sometimes it is so difficult in one household they may have lost hope and feel they have nothing to give. Yet to give away and there are thousands and thousands of things that can be done (as you pointed out) is seed planted in the garden of life and in return we are blessed and cup running over blessing! It is the law of sowing and reaping. WE reap what we sow.

    We face spiritual forces of evil versus good. We know the evil that prevails in our country let alone other nations. Lust, Greed, Idolatry, Abuse on and on. I do not need to go there. It is obvious in this fallen world we live in.

    The good news is there is a God who sits on the throne. All things are possible for those that believe. God is the super power and He can make this project to grow in leaps and bounds. Of course we do have our part. It is no mistake Billy came up with the idea. God moves our hearts. I am willing to help more as a result of all of your writing. During the holidays I think people tend to reach out more which is wonderful but each day we need to love our neighbor as ourself. Faith moves mountains but if we have faith and no love it is impossible to move mountains. Our nation was founded on Biblical principles and that is getting watered down and twisted and devised. Many have turned from God or deny God. There is an enemy in this world the evil one that hates God. God is way larger and when He is for us then who can be against us? God says repent and I will restore your land. HOW could point many back to God. That is my hope and prayer. God is love and He can do all things. He works through His people.

    There is no better way to rid of self and self seeking motives then to help another. There are thousands and thousands of needs. I pray the HOW grows and Gods hand moves mighty on the works. After all He is the creator of the universe. I pray our nation comes back to God. The project points right back to God and his design. To love one another.

    I will be happy to participate, write and link out. I pray many lives are changed as a result. I pray many seeds are planted to the love of God. That is what it is all about. Your project points to a loving God. Thank You.

    Skye

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    shiningirisheyes - I agree that there are some incredible hearts that have stepped up to help. Like you, I am proud to be associated with each and every one. Thanks for such a warm expression.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Skye - what a pleasure to have you visit with such encouragement and support. As you have so eloquently said, there is plenty of work to be done and we need every voice. Welcome to our mission.

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    Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    Wanted you to know I started a forum with some suggestions on tying this movement together.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106580

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    mperrottet!! Great idea. Thanks!

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Excellent write Linda. This very profound and thought-provoking piece that will inspire many to do what we each can do. Love your suggestions locally, as I have been doing such for years. My heart just goes out to those I see around the building in which I work in the city, and I was convicted several years ago, to do just that, serve the homeless in a personal ministry. It is very elementary to say the least, but a person is a person and not a piece of garbage of the street. This is one of the very first issues I had written about on HP when I joined, as it is most passionate in my heart ---to reach out to those who are hurting and just try to do something, anything each day.

    Thank you Linda for your great ideas and sharing with us all here.

    Voted Way up and sharing

    In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Faith, here I am, preaching to the choir. Your life is a ministry sweet lady. Your heart is enormous and you are a guiding light for all of us here. Thank you for all that you do and for setting the example of living with love in your heart.

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    "Some are fed up with a political system that feeds the excesses of greed and power and still neglects the basic...."

    I would say everybody and all with vision and insight are totally fed up with this.

    Excellent hub about human rights. Thank you, Irc. (Though I so often think that rights should rather be deserved than being taken for granted. For example, a raper and murdered has in fact abandon his human right of freedom.)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hllo MartierCoetser. Thanks for reading and commenting. Although I agree in principle, I think we have to consider each situation on it's own merit. If a rapist was raised in a home where abuse and neglect were the normal, is he held to the same standard as one who grew up in a privileged environment? I'm just asking not stating how I feel. I believe that all human beings are entitled to food and shelter. But I do believe that certain acts require that a person give up their right to live freely. Thanks for the visit.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Awesome job, Linda. This is so well written and so full of passion and good information. This hub should definitely get the ball rolling!

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Linda,

    Your second H.O.W. piece reminded me that I had initially read, linked but never commented on this, your first.

    This is a valuable overview of H.O.W.'s mission and philosophy. The examples of ways we can all 'do something' are meaningful. Your kind, nonjudgmental and compassionate manner resound in your writing.

    Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Shauna. I think Bill had a phenomenal idea and there are so many topics and ideas flying around now that anyone with a heart can do something, big or small. Thanks for the great compliment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Maria, first, thank you. Second, I thought of you and your students all the way through this piece, of how they will help families learn to cope, to give the meds, to flush the PIC or central line. You, and they, will teach a parent how to turn a paralyzed child, provide nutrition through a feeding tube, hold a hand during those final moments. Your work is so vital to those that are caring for a loved one. You deserve a medal!

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh, Linda, I needed to hear your comment on behalf of the beautiful nurses I have supervised and now teach. I know there is negativity in every profession/ career. We cannot turn a blind eye to that when in management positions and yet, I know there are weak, ineffective and corrupt leaders as well in the hospitals and agencies.

    I am so gratified at your impressions, experiences. I never want to sound defensive because I have seen the very best and the very worst in health car professionals.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Maria, I did 38 years in a hospital setting. The corruption is not intended but it happens at the top, where Boards and Presidents/CEO's encourage tweaking to make more money. It's wrong but it happens. Other than a rare nurse who falls prey to addiction, I've never met a nurse that wasn't in it for the love of nursing. A good friend of mine (an RN, BSN) once told me that she went into nursing because nothing made her feel better than washing someones feet. I thought it was the mot profound thing I'd ever heard. I respect and admire your profession!!!!!

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Oh I am just coming back and forth with a very sick family member, Linda and I must ask you to hug your friend for me.

    One of the most profound moments of my life was building enough trust with a homeless woman, who let me give her a "pedicure"... Which was the beginning of a journey to a kind podiatrist. My lady had been shot in the foot (me too, long story) so it is not cool to have just anyone fool with your feet. Your friend is an angel on Earth and she herself attracts the same in her friends.

    Love you, Maria

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Maria, you are precious. I hope your family will be all better quickly. I will hug my friend for you. What a story, of your homeless woman and the pedicure. I can only imagine how wonderful that was for both of you. You are an angel. No doubt in my mind at all. Prayers for your family going up from the east coast and sending love your way.

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