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Hope Meets Mercy

Updated on November 4, 2014

The Story Continues

Welcome back to my series about a child named Hope. This is simply a creative writing exercise. It may or may not become a book. For now, it is simply a vehicle used to transport, to you, some important truths about life. I hope you continue to support it and enjoy it.

This is how it all began for Hope……

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

Meanwhile, there was a young woman…Mercy….

“The last of the sun’s rays sparkle upon the water and lead to the lone figure at the water’s edge, as though nature itself wished to spotlight the young woman. Her face is bathed in gold, and worry creases her brow and gives her the appearance of one much older than her seventeen years.

Even though she is young, there is wisdom in that face, a wisdom born from experience. Her childhood was not easy, no walk in the park, giggling over nonsense, whiling away the hours in frivolous pursuits childhood, but rather a childhood of seriousness, of heartbreaks, of loneliness and disappointments.

But she is not bitter. Strangers pass her in the street and marvel at her gentle smile, the way her mouth gives just a hint of amusement, while her eyes embrace those she meets. Hers is a welcoming smile, a glad-to-know you smile, a life-is-better-for-knowing-you smile, and even on the coldest of days she brings warmth to those in her proximity.”

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source

The Meeting

Word spread throughout the land, from mountaintops to the seashore, from the slums to a street named Wall, of these two girls, one eight, one seventeen, and rumors began to circulate that soon they would meet.

Just as an avalanche begins with a single flake of snow, so too the speculation regarding this meeting gained momentum, from quiet whispers to shouted proclamations. Lawmakers buzzed about it, and consideration was given to naming a special day in honor of the historic meeting. Housewives told their children as they tucked them in at night, and grizzled news editors, cynical from years of covering horror and inhumanity, considered the ramifications of such a meeting, a meeting few had dared to consider as even possible.

Could Hope truly be meeting Mercy soon?

Where would they meet? How would the crowds who wished to attend such a monumental meeting be controlled? Would there be hysteria? Would there be riots? What would it do to the social fabric of this country if these two girls came together?

The Hope and Mercy Watch began. Television crews camped out in front of the homes of Hope and Mercy. The social media was overflowing with discussions, comments, and speculation. Facebook was in danger of shutting down from the sheer volume of posts about Hope and Mercy. At the pinnacle of The Watch, it was estimated that three billion people around the world were obsessed with the possible meeting.

A girl named Mercy
A girl named Mercy | Source

And Then, Suddenly, Without Warning….

It happened!

No, it did not happen at the White House, although it is rumored that the President was greatly disappointed and offended at the supposed slight, and wondered why the two girls did not react positively to his command to appear before him.

No, it did not happen at one of the many palaces around the world. The meeting of Hope and Mercy did not occur in any courtroom or legislative chamber. Some corporations were convinced that Hope and Mercy would one day enter their boardrooms, where crucial economic decisions were made, but as the days went on, it become apparent that it was not possible for Hope and Mercy to appear in a corporation.

Instead, in a small fishing village on the coast of Oregon, one day the residents awoke to bright sunshine in the middle of January. This same village had been devastated the year before by a massive tidal wave, and it was still a struggle for many of the townsfolk to do anything other than just survive from day to day. But on this day, the sun rose steadily in the sky, and temperatures threatened to break all-time high records. Buds appeared on the plants and trees, and hibernating animals poked their heads from burrows in confusion.

As the clock struck noon on this day, a young girl walked hand-in-hand with a teenage girl down the main street of business, and in their wake came all the children of that town, for children recognized Hope and Mercy much sooner than the adults. Like a tsunami, word spread, so that by the time the two girls reached the city park, a throng consisting of old and young, skeptics and believers, had gathered.

As if pulled from the sleeve of a magician, helicopters arrived with news teams, and the National Guard roared into town in transports, for the government was facing the unknown and that always breeds fear and great caution among those in power. It is one thing to hear of Hope and Mercy, and quite another to actually face them, so the air was electric with emotions.

The Mayor and Police Chief Arrive

Flanked by a phalanx of policemen, the mayor and police chief arrived at the park and hesitantly approached the two girls, who were smiling radiantly and accepting thanks from the townsfolk.

“What are you doing here,” the mayor asked.

“You need us,” Hope replied.

The police chief stepped forward, scowling. “We are doing fine without outside interference. The government is quite capable of handling any problems in this community.”

“You need us,” Mercy stated.

For a moment the elected officials conferred, and then turned back to the girls.

The mayor spoke louder, with more confidence, so that the entire crowd could hear. “There is no need for you here. We are providing food and housing for our citizens. We have temporary housing for everyone who lost their home last year. We have soup kitchens open every day for those in need of nourishment. What more could you two possibly do for our people?”

Hope motioned for one of the bystanders to come forth. It was a middle-aged woman, her hair unwashed, her face sallow, her posture speaking volumes to those who saw her.

The child of eight reached out and held the hand of the woman.

“What is your name?”

The woman smiled and said her name was Elizabeth.

“Elizabeth, I want you to float above me, please. Just let go of my hand and leave the ground.”

The woman was obviously confused by it all, and the crowd began shaking their heads in unison, so ridiculous was the request of the young girl.

“I cannot do that. I don’t know how.”

“Then take my hand and we’ll do it together.”

The woman once again held Hope’s hand and then, to the astonishment of all who were there, Hope and Elizabeth rose from the ground to a height of ten feet. After several seconds they returned to the ground, and Hope turned to the mayor.

“That is what I can do for you, sir.”

Mercy then spoke. “Mr. Mayor, you have taken care of the basic necessities of life, and we commend you for it, but these people need more than that. Ask the survivors of Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katrina. People need more than food, water, and shelter. They need Hope. They need more than handouts to regain their lives. They need Mercy. Do you not see that? Do you not comprehend?

“Hope provides these people with the will to continue despite overwhelming obstacles. I let them know that people actually care about them, that they are not alone and never will be. Food, clothing, and shelter do not do these things; you do not do these things.

“Wherever people are in need, Hope and Mercy must appear. Having said that, you will have to excuse us. We are needed elsewhere.”

The child and the teen made one last trip through the crowds, touching everyone, assuring them that all is well, and then as suddenly as they appeared, they were gone.

As long as there are Hope and Mercy......
As long as there are Hope and Mercy...... | Source

But They Are Never Really Gone

Hope is never absent. Mercy is in each of us. To see them, we only have to reach inside ourselves and become willing. We must be able to see life as they see it, and love people as they love them.

A small town in Iowa digs out of the rubble of an F5 tornado. Many have died because of nature’s monster, and many are still missing. The citizens wander around dazed.

As the clock struck noon on this day, a young girl walked hand-in-hand with a teenage girl down the main street of business, and in their wake came all the children of that town, for children recognized Hope and Mercy much sooner than the adults. Like a tsunami, word spread, so that by the time the two girls reached the city park, a throng consisting of old and young, skeptics and believers, had gathered.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      As always beautiful message and truly loved when Hope finally got to meet Mercy today. Thanks Bill and hoping you are having a great day so far!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine. Today is all customer day, so it will be tedious but at the end of the day it will also be over, and I'll have more money. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Hope and Mercy make a good pair. They go hand in hand. And you're spreading their love, Bill. As long as they keep walking down the main streets of business, their message will be heard. One day, every human on Earth will be touched and absorb the power of Hope and Mercy.

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      David Warren 2 years ago from Nevada

      Refreshing as always, I will have to go back and read the earlier parts now.

      I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you David. It's always good to see you my friend. I hope you have been well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that is the wish....and the Hope....we just have to keep spreading the word my friend.

      Thank you!

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      larry kitzmann 2 years ago

      I applaud and envy you your optimism my friend as mine is no longer. Sure hope that small town in Iowa wasn't by chance Carson Iowa.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I'm not sure hope is optimism, but thank you, and no, I have it on good authority that it was not Carson. :) Thanks buddy.

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      Larry kitzmann. 2 years ago

      Whew glad to hear it wasn't Carson as we still have some crops to bring in even at this late date.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, according to my sources, you are safe until July, 2015. :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your stories of Hope and Mercy contain beautiful and very important messages, Bill. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. I think the message is an important one, one we need to hear often.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I love the way that paragraph comes round to the end. Great writing, bill.

      Loved to see the meeting of the two; it brings hope and mercy to us all.

      Happy Tuesday evening to you, bill!

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      A beautiful write Bill! Well done my friend!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ann, and I appreciate the use of your picture.

      Tuesday is progressing nicely; I'm taking care of customers and trying to make them happy.

      Enjoy your evening my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey. This doesn't seem to be a terribly popular series, but I enjoy it. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Where there is Mercy there is Hope. You've done an amazing job of bringing these two together. Beautifully done.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Beautifully written. I recently learned the term "magical realism" to describe a genre of fiction. You have written in that tradition and done it very well. I enjoyed reading your story. I think your words will stay with me for a long time.

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

      Wonderful to bring Hope and Mercy together and to where they are needed. Just reading brings more into my life today.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      NICE JOB.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your story is beautiful. I also enjoyed the videos. I'm particularly moved by the Green Wood Coalition. Watching that video makes me want to start something to do more for people in the community.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      If only we could truly instill Hope and Mercy. Certainly they live in all of us but many, like the mayor do not recognize them.

      I like Cam's term magical fiction but I Hope this is even more than that!

      Voted all but funny.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Jo. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be writing about these two young ladies, but I have enjoyed it.

      blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, thank you very much. Magical realism? I like that. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Eric! I happen to love these two girls. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori. I hope all is well with you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know what you mean, Marlene. It was definitely inspiring. Thank you as always for your kind words and support.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Mary, I do think it is in all of us. Now we need a magical pill that will make that a reality. Still working on that. :) Thank you, Mary!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Beautiful! Long live Hope and Mercy - we all need them

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I believe in giving people Hope and Mercy. I have enjoyed your personification of these emotional characteristics. Your words ring so true.

      "If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be."

      DJ.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      These two angels give me hope. I am not surprised that the mayor did not welcome their appearance. They persevered and that is a beautiful thing, as is your writing. Up, awesome and beautiful.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun… with very serious overtones. Thank you, so much, for sharing these "writing exercises" with the rest of us! ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful creative writing, and the message within is full of hope and mercy. Now, if only the greedy people in charge of so many would open their hearts and see the need. I voted this morning, on the ballot was a question , " Do you think the minimum wage should be raised to $ 10.00 an hour? I hope it passes...

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent Bill! Wow!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, jptanabe. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DJ. I'm not sure if the series will continue, but I've greatly enjoyed writing it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop....I have greatly enjoyed this series, and it is heartwarming to know others have as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Bill. I had a blast writing them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, obviously the people who wrote that question make more than ten bucks an hour. :) Thank you dear friend. You were the inspiration for this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Will. That means a lot to me coming from an excellent writer like you.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Only a politician could think Hope and Mercy are not needed because housing needs have supposedly been met. This was a lovely union of both characters and messages to humanity.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rhonda! Tonight we'll swap one group or worthless politicians for a different group, and then life will continue with barely a hiccup. :) Does that sound cynical? LOL

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      Stephanie Hicks 2 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This is beautiful on so many levels, but what was especially striking is the fact that my cousin's two girls (ages 4 and 2) are named Hope and Mercy, respectfully. They are a family of deep faith, missionaries in fact. I could not help but read this with my two little cousins in mind. Powerful writing my friend! Best, Steph

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      Yes, and Amen ' People need more than food, water and shelter ' indicates once again of the spiritual reality our being need for existence. Hope is a vital part within us nurturing our purpose to be merciful after we already have obtain mercy.

      Continue, please messages of this nature my friend , to return as many as possible to assume new vitality...

      Voted up and useful.

      Peace wit us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Steph! How odd that you have cousins by those names. Special indeed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I have enjoyed this series greatly. You are right, we need more messages like this to feed our souls.

      blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful Bill. I knew Hope and Mercy coming together would be an event worth waiting for...and it was.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, I actually cheered when I saw the email announcing Hope and Mercy were meeting. The meeting was all I could have asked for. Another brilliant read.

      I don't suppose Hope and Mercy would consider adopting a brother into their family? Maybe? Possibly? :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful hub and you always write such amazing hubs. The true meaning of life.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, the title is awesome, and so is the entire script. What a heaven-to-earth event you have created. Excellent!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Such a beautiful thing when Hope and Mercy walk hand-in-hand. When we extend mercy to others, then we spark hope into the lives of others.

      I am so thankful that His mercies are new each and every morning, in my case ... for I certainly need it. And in turn I am mindful to extend such mercy to others.

      Have a lovely day Bill.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! It is heartwarming that so many have enjoyed this series. I hang with a good group of people.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, you devil, I was going to end this series, and now you've given me food for thought. Who knows my friend. I suppose it is possible that they adopt a brother, 'eh? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. It's been a pleasure writing this series about Hope and Mercy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dora! I'm so happy that others have enjoyed this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. It really is a marvelous thing when hope and mercy walk together in a person....and then we pass it on, and who knows what can happen then? :)

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Devil? Moi? (hee-hee) I was just wondering is all. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yeh, right, Zulma! LOL I'm already working on it, thank you very much.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      One of the best hubs I've ever read, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, vkwok. That means a great deal to me my friend.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You, Bill, are hope, to all of us. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Denise. That was very sweet of you.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      What a beautiful story and one which I can easily relate to. You my dear friend are a wonderful writer/teacher and also a great storyteller. I shall never need to return to re read this story because it will remain within me forevermore. I vote up and share onto my RB page A Brand New Dawn. Thank you Billy my dear friend for all you give.

      Here's to a long tie to come of hubsharing.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thank you so much. I love this story and the mini-series....I think there is one more to come next week. Anyway, I am so happy that you enjoyed it.

      Many more years indeed my dear friend,

      billy

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bill, a day will arrive when you win the Pulitzer. I'm not blowing smoke...simply stating a fact. I've run out of adjectives in describing your creativity and imagination which we carry with us in mind, heart and soul. We are lucky to witness and share in these wonderful gifts. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Genna, I'd be happy if I found a publisher who liked my work. LOL Thank you so much. I am humbled by your praise.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, these simple things are within us all, and it is so easy to spread...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So very easy, Deb, so why don't more people spread them? :) Thank you and have a wonderful week of writing and picture-taking.

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      Janesa 2 years ago

      I'm imrsepsed you should think of something like that

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janesa! I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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