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Passing The Buck: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 12, 2014

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“I don't know if it will help saying this to you... some men in this world are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us... your father is one of them.”….from “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

I watched that movie yesterday for probably the twentieth time. As a writer, I find it helps me to keep my ego in check when faced with the brilliance of Harper Lee. As a human being, I find it helps remind me of some very true facts of life.

Some men, and women, are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us.

Whew! What a slap of reality that is, eh?

Our history books are sprinkled with details of their lives; people who seem to take the burdens of the world upon themselves and rise up to speak for the masses. What could be their motivation? What could lead them to leave the relative safety of obscurity and declare to the world that they are willing to endure the slings and arrows so that others might have a voice?

Are they born differently? Is there some anomaly in their DNA that makes them do such things? Were they raised in such a way that makes it mandatory, for them, that they step out of the crowd and in fact attract crowds through their words and actions?

And what of the others? What of those who see wrongs but do not speak out? What of those who know the truth and yet find contentment in ignoring that same truth? Is there something different about them that they can embrace complacency and be willing to turn over the yoke of change to others more willing?

Difficult questions for sure.

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Is Admiration Enough?

Yes we admire them. We admire the Rosa Parks of the world, and the Gandhis. We admire the rabble-rousers and the instigators, and we sing their praises on high and we tuck the covers under our chins at night and thank whatever god we believe in that there are those who have our backs while we sleep safely.

We wrap ourselves in a flag of our choosing and say thank you to the soldiers and firefighters, the police and the medics, and we breathe a sigh of relief because they are doing the dirty work so we don’t have to get smudged, bruised and scraped. All is well in our world as long as the buck can be passed and the burden of humanity is carried by someone else.

But is that worthy of an elevated species?

“Some men in this world are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us.”

Really? Is this life some random crapshoot where some are on the front lines while others sip mint julips and cheer them on?

I say to you that it is not right. It is not right that a small minority do the dirty work for the majority, and I say to you that our current societal problems are due, in large part, because we have passed the buck far too often.

What Price Do You Pay?

Ooh, now we’re getting personal! Now we are prying off the fingernails and getting a tad uncomfortable, aren’t we?

Why do we allow others to do our dirty work while we prance about oblivious to the problems that grow as weeds in our figurative backyards?

If there is a problem of homelessness in your community, then we have allowed it to happen.

If there is a problem with abuse and sex trafficking in our community, then we have allowed it to happen.

If there is a problem with pollution and drugs and crime and hunger, then we, the community, have allowed it to happen.

And what do we say to that?

The government will handle it. The police will handle it. The social workers can handle it and the churches can handle it. Never do we say I will handle it, but we should, and we should say it daily, one person at a time, until a large crowd rises and declares that this is no longer the responsibility of a chosen few but rather the responsibility of the complacent many.

I boldly state that every single one of you reading this is affected by the societal problems of which I speak. The economy is still in the tank. Your buying power has shrunk and there may be abuse in your family. You know there is a drug culture in your neighborhood or you know there are people sleeping on park benches at night when the “good” people go safely to bed.

So I ask you again: what price do you pay?

It begins with Love

It Is Time

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.

Orison Swett Marden

Yes it is time! It is time for each person to take responsibility and to seize common occasions and make them great.

We do not need 100 more Gandhis. We need one-hundred million average people to step forward and be part of the solution.

Kindness copulates with compassion and gives birth to love. Imagine that happening a million times a day around the world. If it were to happen we would no longer need extraordinary people to do our dirty work for us.

H.O.W. can it happen you say?

Humanity One World!

Making a difference in this world one person at a time, and it begins with us.

Rosa Parks is dead. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi, both dead. “Has anybody seen my old friend Abraham? Can you tell me where he’s gone?”

He lives in each of us. They all live in each of us. Every time a citizen reaches out a hand of help, they live. Every time we rise to meet our potential as human beings, they live. Wherever there is empathy for others, they live, and wherever there is a true sense of community, one thriving from the combined efforts towards a common good, they live.

The buck stops here. It has been passed around for far too long, and the inevitable has happened. We have become dehumanized, and we have come to expect others to do that which we find too distasteful. In a sense, as Harper Lee pointed out, it has always been that way, but it does not have to continue.

Even heroes need to rest.

So Then We All Must Become Heroes

You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.

Timothy Dalton

Back in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, there were, sprinkled around the world, little coffee shops where those who believed in tilting windmills would congregate. They would sit in little clusters, discussing weighty issues, and somewhere in the background could be heard the poet of the day reciting verses about social change. When the poet was done there would be a smattering of applause, and the conversations eventually wound down, and the participants in this exercise of free speech would go home to sleep off the heavy yoke of political discourse.

Some actually did more than talk. Some went out in the streets and found those windmills and put their backs to the job and pushed for all they were worth and in fact, some of those windmills did topple.

I call on all of you to topple some windmills. The ability to affect massive change is within each of us. Never underestimate the power of a small group of determined people.

In this cynical world, chances are that another Gandhi may not be recognized and quite possibly would be written off as nothing more than a crackpot if he were to appear. However, we do not need another Gandhi. What we need…..what we desperately need….is for every citizen to channel the spirit of Gandhi and perform small acts of kindness. What we desperately need is for every citizen to rise above their willingness to let others do it, and actually do it themselves.

We can do with less heroes as long as we have more humans.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      JThomp42 3 years ago

      Bravo Bill. Another awesome hub!!

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Bill, this is a good hub. Even though the world is facing a very hard time each country, there are still good people. Some who work hard for low pay in nursing homes. Nurses, and nursing aides who care very much for the men and women who live there. People in places that offer food to the homeless. People who work for free on " meals on wheels" As you know, I wrote in a hub about racism and my "father" I took my daughter to his stables when she was three. He gave riding lesson to children with disabilities. The profits they made where almost nothing, but they still did it. He died last week. But, for all of the things he gave to other people, he just did it. He gained nothing. He even allowed children with disabilities to ride for free if their parents could not afford it.

      This is only a small list. There are a lot of people who do small things to help others. They are not rich. They do what they can to help others, but it makes a difference in our world. Maybe they don't help an entire country, but even one person does make a difference.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Well put Bill and truly couldn't have said it better!! Have a great weekend my friend!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jeff! Blessings to you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! You are a doll and I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, I believe that with all my heart. Thank you for sharing that story about your father. Great example of what we could all do. Use our talents for the betterment of others. Great legacy!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are right, again. We allow what is wrong with our town to happen and then complain because it exists.

      Reading it, up close and personal, reminds me to do MORE.....

      It is my job....

      Angels are winging their way to you, Bill. As I have said to you many times, keep your voice loud and clear!!!!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, what a concept. It is pretty bad that we expect a few people to take on the worries and problems of the world. This article definitely gets me thinking. Thank you, Bill. Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Wow! You always seem to know how to grab my heart when I read your hubs, Bill. Thank you for this very beautiful article! I hope it wakes up those who have been sleeping.

      Like Michele, I do believe there are many who are doing something to reach out and help those in need. I worked with Meals-on-Wheels for years, and many times we didn't have the donations come in to feed those in need. But, many that worked that kitchen gave from their own pocketbooks... even those who had little and lived on Social Security. We may never see the differences those people made, but hopefully we'll feel them as the love is extended from one person to another.

      All it takes is a few to rise up... create awareness (as you're doing here)... and hearts will open to passing out love and compassion. Then hopefully, the domino effect will take place.

      Thank you for a wonderful hub, Bill. :-)

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Bill. How I wish I was creative. To watch a film then sit down and come up with another gem like this is amazing. Well done again!

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, my words will flow as long as there is breath in me. This is what I do my friend.

      Thank you for caring; thank you for being so supportive; thank you for being who you are.

      blessings and a hug

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kathryn and your purchase will be in the mail tomorrow. Thank you so much for your continued support and friendship.

      Enjoy the weekend; ours is going to be quite hot.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, there are some wonderful people in our world, but they are too few in number. I want to see everyone experience the joy that comes with helping others. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you for the lovely comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I thank you for the high praise my friend. I don't know how creative I am, but that movie always brings out the best in me. :)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      There are those who are doing these difficult jobs..however it was or is their choice. Sometimes we get into situations where we do have to do difficult jobs...It all goes back to taking responsibility for our actions..and not passing the blame...And so many people do that in our life and in the political scene.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I wish HP would give us another vote button "inspirational". I would certainly vote that way, but in the meantime I will post this to Pinterest on my inspriational board. Will also share all around.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Never gave it much thought. My job is basically handling matters others can't and/or will not do. I am kind of like the moth to the flame. Oh well, if there is any truth to Harper's adage -- it would be me. thank you for framing the issue for me.

      A last thought, I never did think that way about what I do. It is not so much a choice as a "just the way it is" deal.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I remember reading an interview of Rosa Parks where basically she said that the reason that she didn't go to the back of the bus was because she was tired of always having to go to the back of the bus. Some times the most heroic thing we can do is to stop doing what others expect of us.

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      Mike Pugh 3 years ago from New York City

      Compelling, provocative, soul revealing to the naked soldiers, the anxious firemen seeking to put out the blaze, the men in black suits and those who wear no body armor and are trusted into a hail of bullets at war.

      This is the stuff that real Iron men and women are made of Bill, you have written a monumental piece here that is worthy of national acclaim my good friend.

      I really dig what you're putting out here in this hub article and will try to communicate such a powerful message as you so elegantly put it here. Yes I know I've been Gandhi like in my own life, Yes I know I have aimed to fight the battles no one else seems to care of doing, Yes I've also been the POET type to do it as well (None of it matters though in the end).

      Fighting online a spiritual war of sorts is something of a new age cause, and you and I know how tough it is, how hard it has become to get anyone to think otherwise opposing their online commercial lifestyle, the need to be entertained and to purchase stuff they don't even need mostly.

      I feel that the denominating fact of this life online and off today is, most people will not care after time goes by and even if they have a small change of heart & mind. Mainly because far to many people have conformed to these ways of not caring and in order for them to progress in a competitive, self consumed, overly controlling society. Not every society worldwide functions as such, but in those places that exist in which do function as such, you're powerful hub here so does apply.

      Bravo Bill, keep fighting the good fight, and we shall keep trying to help magnify your cause online and you never know someday it will come that you yourself was looked upon as the Gandhi type. Gone down in the record books for rallying the crowds in the millions. Then the cycle shall repeat itself once again as it does over and over again as the millenniums continue to add up.

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      Mike Pugh 3 years ago from New York City

      I know you're not looking to become him (Mr Gandhi - opps sorry for the misspelling up there :), but I understand you are seeking for the worlds entire populous as a whole to wake up, and for humanity as a whole to begin to show they care.

      I personally believe this shall take a miracle in my honest opinion and it will only happen when God feels that us humans are ready to accept such massive change, and it will definitely not happen by force or by the influence of other humans. (look at all the religions of this world and what they've done in such attempts)

      This is my opinion though bro, and isn't in anyway a factoid or actuality of what shall come to pass, but its just a rough guestimation :)

      Sharing activated bro!, and more power to the poets, the writers, the artists, the photographers, and all the millions of creative types like us online whom are all here to bring world change and a much better view of this world to the online viewers as well as off. For we are all only human and showing that we all truly care for the likes of each other as well as for this great planet known as Earth! is the path we hope the world shall be leaning towards, thank Bill for sharing your thoughts on it all.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      You keep walking the line.Bringing people to the edge to search inside of ourselves to find what really matters in life L O V E .As always a great inspiration and it was nice to hear your wife and almost see her.(lol)She is such a beautiful woman that brings out your brilliance.Thanx for all that you do.Have a great weekend and here's to finding our world filled with Love.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They do indeed, Carol, and yes, those who do the difficult jobs choose to do them...and isn't that remarkable? :)

      Have a great day my friend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you so much! You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, the good ones never ask for recognition, but I will say thank you nonetheless, for all that you do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, an eloquent statement by you and that sums it up perfectly. Thank you for that insight.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, it is an uphill battle for sure, and honestly I don't know if my words make a darn bit of difference. This consumer-driven society can't see the light of truth with their collective heads tucked up their butts, but if we don't shout the truth then it will never be heard.

      That is my calling, buddy, and I'm going to keep pushing on those windmills in hopes that I at least shake loose some foundations.

      Thank you my friend and brother.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, more power to the poets and writers for sure. If we do not sound the rallying cry then who will? I love this community of artists and free-thinkers. Where would we ever be without them?

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you for joining me and for sharing. You da man!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, I wake up each morning to love, and try to spread it each day. That is who I am, as it is who you are, and between us, that's a start in the right direction. :) Thank you my friend and have a love-filled weekend.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      A great article and valis points. Would that everyone would believe, agree and follow through. Hopefully, each article will set at least one more person in motion. Thank you! Have a great weekend!

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful hub. May your words go on to inspire our world to spread the love. Truly words to live by. Sharing this on Facebook and with my followers. Thank you for writing this hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, thank you so much for sharing and for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Randi! Greatly appreciated! Hot weather is arriving this weekend so I'll be able to commiserate with you as I sit and sweat. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "They all live in each of us" and now it's our turn to continue what they started. Thanks for revving the conscience one more time.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      "Kindness copulates with compassion and gives birth to love". What a profound statement! Wow. Your words certainly are finding their way, Bill. Awesome hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dora, and thank you for the kind words.

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Great article and well spoken words and I agree with you to a point. I'll do what I can to help others where I can but I'm not about to go it alone.

      In today's world of instant communication of nearly all peoples on this planet when will we realize that it has never been easier to come together.

      When will the good people come together and tell governments that they are employees of the people. Not the other way around.

      Do governments really think that people are stupid or couldn't do their job. Why are people in negative equity? Why aren't bankers in jail?

      We don't need a hero or a leader. We simply need to come together and tell our so called leaders what they are going to do.

      That would be a new age democracy and the internet makes this so doable yet it is not happening.

      Then again I talk to trees so I could be talking out my ass.

      Have a great weekend Bill.

      MJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! I changed that at the last minute...it once said fornicates instead of copulates, but Bev thought the first choice to harsh. I'm glad I listened to her. :) What would I do without the women in my life?

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...MJ, you never disappoint.

      As for governments, they no longer represent us and I am amazed that more people do not understand this and stand up in protest. I think the day is coming but things will have to get much worse before it happens.

      With any luck I will live long enough to see the people take back their lives.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend and good luck coordinating that Italy move.

      bill

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      YOU are the Everyday Hero you are speaking of and you don't even realize it. YOU lead; YOU inspire; YOU teach us how to better ourselves and the world around us; YOU are that hero you spoke of so elequently. What are we to do but follow? If we have a soul, morals, a heart, or any compassion we can do nothing less than follow your lead. As I have stated numerous times Bill: you are deserving of a higher post in this land. You come from the common man; your feet are firmly planted in reality; you have the knowledge and the compassion and the drive to make the world a better place than it was when you found it. We all must have the same drive and determination. If we do not, this world will continue to fall, to sink into the depths of Hell. Many will not need to die to visit Hell; it is coming to them.

      Thank you for another inspirational hub about H.O.W. we can make a difference, and that we MUST make that difference. We simply must come together as a people and take control of our lives, of our world, of our future. If we fail to do so, there will be no future left to worry about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you paint a bleak picture of the future but one that is quite realistic.

      Thank you for such kind words. I'm just a guy who knows what life could be like if we all made an effort....it just seems so easy to me, buddy, but so many don't see it. I'm just trying to hold on to a sliver of sanity and hope that others will hold on with me.

      Have a great weekend my friend, and don't stop believing.

      bill

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      Shinkicker 3 years ago from Scotland

      Nice Hub Bill. There is far too much apathy in society. It's probably worse now than it's ever been. I think people don't believe in their own power anymore.

      Voted up!

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Yesterday I posted a video on Facebook that I found. Two young guys wandering around giving out water, bananas, and T-Shirts to homeless people.

      I think if I had the money to buy 10 or 20 H.O.W. T-shirts, I could then get some foodstuffs and do the same. How many of us could do something so simple?

      Mark

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Food for thought Bill--it is being kind and compassionate and giving in the ordinary things that is difficult and important I think--

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      I sure do not believe that there are men born to do my job, nor anyone else's job. We are all to do our part. God tells us in Proverbs 31:8 that we are to, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

      Enough said.

      Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I, like you, Bill cannot understand people who have nothing to say about nothing! That is what is wrong in America today. (People in other countries are dying standing against their gov'ts and it is not slowing them down!) If we keep quiet our government owns us! If we have no thoughts about anything, what are we worth? As you can guess I often go out on a limb and I sometimes ask myself why when it seems no one else will. There are still a few of us though Bill and I hope you get many recruits to stop taking a back seat! I will link this on one of mine, one of your best! We have to stand for something! ^ & sharing.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      I couldn't help but think about the 'bystander effect' as I read through this. I think a lot of people do care, do have a pain in their hearts and maybe a tear in their eye, but they think someone will do something and so they don't. I sometimes wonder if it takes some personal struggles to truly appreciate the struggles of others and I don't imagine many go through life without some struggle from time to time, but I refuse to believe the only way to want to do good for others is to have to have had bad for yourself. I do think there are just genuine, nurturing, caring souls out there, regardless of their inspiration or motivation. How can any one human simply not care?

      Get 'em to care... then get 'em to do something about it! That's what you're doing... as always!

      Have a wonderful day Billy,

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shinkicker, I do believe apathy drives me crazier than any other societal characteristic. Thank you for the visit and your observation.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are obviously speaking to the choir. Do you know that we have sold a grand total of eight tshirts so far? Eight! All those Hubbers who believed so strongly in H.O.W. and we have sold eight tshirts.

      I do not understand. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey interesting that you said it is difficult. It sure seems that way as I look at society today. Must be very difficult indeed. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have no doubt that you do not believe it, but evidently there are millions who are quite content to let someone else shoulder the load. Those are the ones we need to convince.

      Thank you as always and blessings to you on this fine Friday.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Yoda Bill,

      How right you are, stop passing the buck and start making a difference one by one. Truth and logic my friend. Enjoy your weekend with Bev and the growing brood!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I will probably die not understanding how so many can care about so little. We are losing our rights and few even realize it, let alone do anything about it. As long as I have a voice I'm going to keep rallying the troops. :)

      Thank you kind lady and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I have nothing to add to your observations. I think there are a great many people standing around....good people...just waiting for who knows what before they act. I hope they get tired of standing around and decide to get moving soon. I'm tired of howling at the moon. :)

      Have a great weekend my warrior friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Suzie! Hot weather ahead and that means very little work. :) Say hi to the Mickster for me.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Well said sensei....every human can be a hero though. You don't have to be superman or recognized publicly to be a hero. What about the boy whose father goes to work everyday and at night and on weekends he is a volunteer firefighter? What about the members of Habitat for Humanity, and the people who get a new house because of them, etc. We can all be those heroes as you have pointed out so well. Keep it up Bill! Have a great weekend.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      So many people are working so hard behind the scenes for humanity, but they are overshadowed by the herd mentality of the ones who make the news. I'm afraid those who are crying the loudest are the ones who are contributing very little to society. Political correctness won't let us change that. Voted up++

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub Bill. If each person brought a little something to the table, it can help tremendously.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 3 years ago

      I want to be a part of the solution today. You mentioned the solution in your Hub. We do not need to be grandiose by accomplishing heroic feats every day. We need to step up and help each other - in a kind and loving way. Thank you for sharing this important message with us. Voted up!

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      I agree with you and Marden. Passing the buck is an evergreen topic and you have covered it thoroughly :) Voted up!

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Bill, you are a mover and shaker- a radical of bringing back integrity. Further than that you demand we all take a look within and bring integrity, truth, witness, purpose and kindness to our daily words and actions. I shudder with the abundant apathy and isolation existing in our world.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I will let your words stand alone. No need of me adding to the truth. Thank you and enjoy the heck out of your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you speak the truth. I hope one day that those behind the scenes are recognized for the great good that they do.

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, that would be an amazing revolution. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, you said it perfectly and I thank you. Best wishes and blessings to you this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice, Martie...an evergreen topic. I like that. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, I do too...shudder that is.

      I'm the nagging squeak in the bike tire that drives everyone nuts until they finally pay the price and fix it. :) I'm just going to keep on squeaking and see what happens.

      Thank you my friend. I have missed you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      When i read a hub like this, i always think i could do more, and i will. I know some wonderful people who give to the needy. Sometimes that's the only way some can help. We all can serve in the soup kitchens, most women know how to cook, yet they share little. Passing the buck, something to think about....

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      There are so many ways people can give to others, and I believe there are many who find the ways and follow through. I have made it a habit in my life, and once something becomes a habit it is just part of life. I think we just have to focus on what we, as individuals, can do, and encourage others to develop the habit. The goal is to be infectious! The best targets are children - yay for teachers and parents who set good examples.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we cannot expect others to do what we ourselves should be doing. Well said!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Truly inspirational hub! Thanks for making people think---- If each one of us go out of our way to help others, the world would be a much happier place. But sadly that does not happen.

      It gives immense satisfaction in doing whatever we can, for the needy--to bring a smile to someone's face. No other pleasure is as satisfying as the 'Joy of giving.'

      Thanks for sharing this inspirational hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's always interesting that people like you, who always give, feel that they can give more....while some never give at all. Why is that? :) Thank you for all that you do my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, yay indeed for parents and teachers who show the way. I think there are quite a few adults who could benefit from going back to school and learning from great teachers. :)

      I hope you have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! Let's hope others will listen.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chitrangada, you are so right. Giving to others and helping others just feels good.....and yet so many will never know that wonderful feeling. Sad for sure.

      Thank you for the visit and kind words. Peace to you always.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      HubPages probably does not know how much it needs you, Bill. You are its HEART and SOUL. Trust me. Beautiful message - I will try to keep it in mind.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Wise words as always, my friend. We are contemplating a move BACK to the city - have been for awhile. Partly because of the isolation I, in particular, feel. But mostly because I want to be part of a community and do good things as part of a community. I see Peace rallies in my future. LOL

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      just-about 3 years ago

      What a wake-up call this hub is - it reads wonderfully, and I've read it through more than once. It reads like a speech and a rousing speech at that. What a contrast to an article I read yesterday about how humans are programmed to become addicted to celebrity . . . . the aspirations of want and need are skewed somehow. How wonderful to be reminded that not all humans have such a skewed view of the world - that there are among us those humans who are programmed to make a difference for the common good.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thank you so much....I am really appreciative of your support and kind words. I'm just happy that I have a "voice" that people relate to. :) Have a great weekend my funny and loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, never let it be said that you don't embrace change. LOL Every time I hear from you there is another change occurring in your life or plans. Good for you lil Sis....change keeps us on our toes and excited about life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      just-about, thank you very much. There is a speech quality to this one....when I get on my soapbox I have a tendency to sound like that. :) There are some very good people out there who are determined to make change happen and for the better. I'm trying to rally the others who would prefer to watch reality television. LOL

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Hahah...this is the year of change for me. And that's okay. I'm doing what I want to be doing. And I go through this once every 5-7 years, I've noticed. LOL. We moved into this house almost six years ago, and it's time to change things up a bit. Interestingly, I've decided to stay with teaching, but had to change up the job...I started my master's four years ago and it's high time I finish. so...they're changes, but, they've been in progress for a long while. :) But yeah, I was at that one teaching job for five years. I DO think I've found my forever-job at this private school, though. I keep pinching myself: how could such an awesome place exist?

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      Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

      Another thought provoking hub, Bill.

      Gotta stop the blame game to progress. We should at least try to do things that come our way...and not rely on leaders cause this is our life and no one will hold our hand unless we mature enough to walk on our chosen path.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Unfortunately I believe the kind of people who allow these things to just happen aren't reading these kinds of articles. Good job.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow... this is inspiring and thought provoking!...We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the role we play in it. Sometime it's the small things that makes the difference. This world needs more love, more empathy, more understanding, and a few more Billybucs? :)

      Great job, have a wonderful weekend.

      Sharing to spread the words.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      A very great hub!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      A very great hub!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Harper Lee writing + Gregory Peck acting = Inspiration for Everyman!

      Thank you for this rallying call of a hub, my friend! While walking today, I passed fields of wheat that were transitioning from green to the color of straw. Up close, it looked like nothing exceptional was going on. But when one's eyes panned the entire region, the fields came alive in the wake of each passing breeze.

      None of it would have been possible had each stalk remained immobile.

      When each stalk moved just a tiny bit, the result was a panoramic ballet.

      You are a stalk refusing to be immobile. May we all have the courage and the willingness to join you in this universal dance! Aloha, my friend, and thank you for another beautiful work of art!

      Joe

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Human nature can be destroyed, and in a way, Billy, I think it has been done. Many people were killed for being movers and shakers. Was the fear of retribution what came down upon the average person? Were they worried about their families and if it would reach them? There are many questions to be answered, to see where common decency and the love of our neighbors failed. If you put that question out, I think you'll get your answers. Then you can tailor make that to the solution. Next!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I taught in private schools for eighteen years, and there is no comparison between them and public schools. I'm very happy for you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Ruchira. Why is it that many people don't understand that simple truth?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylinda, I do believe you are correct. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you are a very kind person. Thank you...I agree that we need more love, empathy and understanding. :) I hope you are enjoying your weekend my friend. It is hot here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok...always nice having you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you again, vkwok. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, what a beautiful comment. You must be a writer. :) What a picture you painted and you are so very right.

      Wheat fields and corn fields....I never get tired of seeing either of them, and it is panoramic for sure.

      I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love your logic. I think we all, eventually, have to destroy our SELVES and rebuild using only the finest materials. A strong foundation and hard work should do it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What you say is so true, Bill. It's up to us to act as individuals instead of always relying on others to do what needs to be done.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      You feel the truth and then use your skills to spread the word.

      Inspiring and honest. I think that a time of change is perhaps in the wind for us all.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes indeed we need to be human, to let the feelings of concern for others, surface to the top, to bring in the much desired change in society.

      Awesome as always, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I hope that time comes soon. We will all be much better for it.

      Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, let us hope that you are correct and that the wind is a gentle one. :) Thank you and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I hope the truth in your words becomes a reality soon.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, your eloquence is touching and inspirational! Have you ever published the H.O.W. articles in a newspaper? I'm just curious. You should have your own weekly column and byline; your words deserve to be read and digested by millions!

      I hope you are having a glorious weekend, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, the weather is, indeed, glorious here although a bit too warm for us rain lovers. LOL There is no pleasing us, but your comment did please me very much. Thank you my friend. I am touching base with newspapers but it's slow going and not encouraging...but we keep moving forward. :)

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I agree---every human who cares makes a difference!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, thank you. I hope you had a great weekend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Bill so true we all have to care and love and learn to give unselfishly and perhaps one person at a time we can start making a difference. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, that is my hope. I hope I live long enough to see this happen.

      Thank you and have a great week of writing.

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      A truly honest and remarkable hub. I tip my hat to you sir.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, thank you for the kind words. It's good to see you again and I hope your writing is going well.

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I try to write, but I find myself lacking confidence in it. Another set of rejection letters and another week where I go back to the editing board to see how I can fix it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you hang in there and keep trying.

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I feel like my stories aren't really being told after I've edited them so severely. It's painful. As odd as it might sound, each story I write is a small piece of me and when I edit them like I have been, it is like cutting into my own flesh. I love them the way they came out in rough drafts, even by the 5th draft... but now, they aren't the stories I want to tell. *Shrug*

      I suppose I lack the true talent that published authors have.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, I agree with your first comment and disagree with your last one. :) Respectfully disagree of course. :)

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I have enough rejection letters to paper my apartment inside and out. I keep editing, but it doesn't seem to help. You've read some of my rough drafts, do you feel like they deserve to be printed and sold? I don't even care if they sell. I just want my stories to be told, even if there is no one willing to open them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, you are a good enough writer to be published. I have read some horrible writing that has found its way to a hardcover. Do not give up!

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I'll just have to keep editing and hope for the best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, I think so, and I hope so. :) I hate to see writers discouraged and giving up....who knows when the miracle will happen?

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      A lot of people have suggested self-publishing, but I just don't feel comfortable doing it that way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, after two years of rejections for my first novel I finally self-published in hardback. I'm glad I did because if nothing else it helped build my platform. Everything builds off of everything else and I have a long-range plan that I don't deviate from. One book is just part of that overall plan. :)

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      One book is my plan. Lolz.

      I've now written 600 books... and none of them will see publication. I only want one book published. Not because I doubt the other stories, but because this story, the one I want published, means more to me than all the others.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Phoebe, I am rooting for you to get it published. :)

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I have the rough draft here on hubpages... though it has been altered recently... it's called "Cold World"

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoebe, I will try to stop by this afternoon and take a look.

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      Thank you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Phoebe. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Passing The Buck: A Moment With Bill Reflection great words here and so much for thought

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I appreciate you reading one of my older hubs.

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