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Beautiful Heart Writing with Words

Updated on March 14, 2016
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Welcome

We have hit -30 degrees Celsius this morning and for those who are in the US and none Celsius scale that equates to -22 degrees with a westerly wind of 5 mph. Canadians understand the word in more ways than one but at the end of the day it still equates to the word COLD. Of course I can recall a bone chilling -72 below once while I lived in the Yukon here in Canada. Trust me nothing moves at that temperature.

With that said I welcome you to the Fireside and please help yourself to anything warm including the afghans Mrs. Quill has spread all over for your comfort. Even Quigley will be willing to cuddle in close in this weather. The outside pee trips are restricted to being very fast.

Please gather and get comfortable, greet your neighbour . We have several new people who have joined us. Introduce yourself and welcome them to our gathering here at the Fireside. Lets seek out what the Father has lain on my heart today. That being the subject of writing. Not only writing in general but writing from the heart. You see the heart is the key to connecting with each other. When our words touch another then we are writing as we are called to write.

Flip on the video and allow the music to encourage you to write from the heart...


Sit back and listen

Wilderness

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Words

What makes a writer, a question which could open a can of worms in many circles depending on where you hang your hat these days. But really where is the magic line officially drawn in the sand that takes a person from someone who say journals to actually calling themselves a writer. Personally I think it is all in being able to connect with the one person you are trying to reach and that is the reader. What are the words they read which will hold their attention and gives them the desire to continue reading.

Writing is not all about placing the punctuation in the right place at the right time. Set aside all the rules and regulations and focus rather on allowing the reader into your life in such a way they feel welcomed with the words you have been given. A brief glimpse into your private world. A world you allow them into with what you have to say.

I love to read. I especially love to read about something that has passion for living. Something about taking the challenge in life head on and coming out the winner. Reading of the success or the failure of others. Forget about the fancy words, the proper grammar, order and structure. They are all only window dressing.

A thought is born in the wilderness of the mind and hopefully your are able to bring them into words that come from the heart.

Visualize

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What is Pleasing

My background is Landscape Design and Construction, Plant Pathology, Horticulture and Arbor Culture. My major was Golf Course Design and Construction. I branched out into smaller projects after the industry became saturated. This is one of the projects I designed. I wish I would have taken a picture of this vast expanse of weeds and rough terrain before I started. A virtual dump site filled with construction material of concrete wood and weeds as high as your waist.

The first order of business was to create a plan of what the finished product should look like and make the presentation to the client. I recall the day I presented the concept. I was met with laughter. My response at the time was allow me to do this and if you are unhappy then what I have completed is a gift for you and your family.

Writing is much like that. A few words jotted on a napkin. A thought rattling around in the mind. Maybe something from your past which can be adopted to a short story. Maybe even into a novel. Characters are developed, shaped and presented. All starting with a thought.

You the writer have been given a gift. A gift to tell a story. It is your story and your calling to share it with others. It is much the same as taking a wasteland of ideas and bringing together to create something pleasing to the eye. A place where the mind and imagination of the reader come together freely and experience allowing their own emotions to be felt.

Hidden in the Depths

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What is Hidden

Creating is being able to live in the moment you are writing about. I love fly fishing. There is something about a new stream and the unknown at what may be lurking just around the corner. This picture was taken in a very remote location in the mountains of Alberta Canada.

An elderly gentleman shared with me the location one day telling me it had large Brown Trout. I recall stopping that morning and feeling my heart drop. The stream looked so barren. It was later in the day the Mayfly Hatch started and the water surface began to break. Small circles as the fish started to feed eventually with the water exploding all around me as they began the feed.

The rock just over my left shoulder is where I caught a 6 pound Brown. Just in the small eddy on the downstream side. The feeding only lasted 20 minutes but the satisfaction of tying the right fly and presenting it properly, still brings a smile to my face as I write this.

The same with writing. There will be days when you write something and it will fall on its face. Maybe this hub is one of those writings. If so, my condolences in advance. If it is something you enjoy then I thank you in advance for coming along and resting at the Fireside.

I like to think of what ever we write as being somewhat of a footprint in time. When we post it online it is there and it will remain. If what we write is a footprint in another's life well then we have accomplished what we have set out to do. We have touched another heart and hopefully blessed them in some small way.

Be Yourself

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Have Fun

Have fun while you write no matter the subject. Yes there is the serious but create an environment that is pleasing to you. A good reference library is great to have close at hand. The other is right at your fingertips online. A cluttered desk will distract you. That said I have a yellow sticky on my desktop an old one I keep recycling. "Clean your office again!" The mess I have before me right now all belongs to Quigley. I had nothing to do with making it?

A good computer and writing software is wonderful. I started using a product several months ago and love the way it preforms and allows me to have everything on one desktop. It is a freedom which has been essential in keeping track of characters and locations. An amazing program and very versatile for all forms of writing. Gone are the stacks of paper, files and notebooks and searching.

Having fun well Quigley is the entertainment for me. The winter birds at the feeder outside the window, soft music for the mood I find myself in at the time. Easy listening instrumental calms the mind for me. There are times the phone and all other techie toys Mrs. Quill points out I have can be distracting. If so move them out of your writing area. I use a Mac Book Pro most of the time and have all these devices interconnected and set up in such a way and one click and they are all shut off. I also have a iMac 27 inch set up so I can access either computer from no matter where I might be.

If you travel, net access is essential. I have an Internet stick which allows me to go online no matter where I find myself. It is very secure and certainly well worth the monthly fee for security rather than a hotel or public system.

A glimpse into my world. We all have a common interest and that is to create. Enjoy your gift. It is a powerful tool and one which will bless you and the reader many times over should you decide to use it.

© Rolly A. Chabot




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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      You my talented fellow Canadian are a true blessing to so many. You scribe from your heart and sou and our Father indeed gives you the power and gift to lay it down for all of us budding scribes to view.

      Our time is short here on earth, yet our journey does not end. Thank you for sharing your world with us in word, color and photos. You indeed live in a wonderful part of our country.

      I have travelled it often and enjoy the morning sunrises and sunsets. Thankful to be still alive and writing. Peace and blessings to you and yours always.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I enjoyed your writing today. What caught my attention the most, "when you write on line, it stays there". That reminded me to be more gentle with remarks, sometimes i am prone to state my feelings in a harsh way, esp. if it is completely against something I believe in. It is best to do what i was taught to do as a child, " If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything. " Thank you and take care..Cheers

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      Rolly...very interesting and inspiring. I need to read this everymorning before I sit at my writing space. I like the way you make things personal to you...it makes it easier to see things personal to me. What is the writing program you are using, it sounds interesting. Blessings to you my brother...Ulrike Grace

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Afternoon Vincent... Always great to hear fro you and know that you are well on Him as always. No matter where we live we find beauty... it is like a gift for us to enjoy and be in peace.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      LOL... Always... love you dearly... in that case you and I are alike... Prairie/Country raised and shoot from the hip... smiles... but you are right those loose words do come back and haunt us eventually.

      Blessings, Hugs and Love

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ulrike... it s called Scrivener, you can get the download right online... wonderful program. This is not and advertisement or an endorsement for those who may think it is...lol

      Creating that clean and simple setting is easy. Place the things that are personal to you in a neat uncluttered environment and you will be surprised at what you write. Take a treasure from the past, something means a great deal to you and write all around it... create a story with it... relive the day in your mind and just float with the feeling.

      Blessings and Hugs

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the fireside chat .. I LOVE the intimacy and words of wisdom you always share. You said, "A thought is born in the wilderness of the mind and hopefully your are able to bring them into words that come from the heart," This drew a picture in my mind and I smiled, beautifully put Rolly.

      You are a blessing to so many and your writings are always worth reading.

      HUGS!

      Mekenzie

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Quill (Sorry, just habit),

      Thanks again for allowing me to visit your wonderful world. It's always so calm and relaxing. Thanks for being the blessing that you are!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mekenzie (Buddy)... smiles. Good of you to stop and give us a smile and Quigley is still lavishing in the rub.

      Thank you for the kind words... Have you started to read Smoothwolf Two yet. I recall you telling me that you got lost in the first book Smoothwolf

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lifegate my friend... you are always welcome at the Fireside. Thank you for stopping by and it is a blessing to hear you find time to relax here.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I so enjoyed looking on your life, thank you for sharing. I have discovered if I write something and let it sit awhile (my poetry really) it sort of becomes clear to me. I knew what I wanted but somehow sitting and looking over it makes it come together the way it was born to do (the idea that was formed) and at times seems to come from somewhere beyond me, if I am lucky. I love it when it does that, and don't we really have to love it to want to continue with it?

      I remember my dad fly fishing.

      May God's blessing be upon you this winter.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hugs Polly and thanks for the comment and I agree it is good to sit on what you have written and allow it to sink in. It is amazing what you can do with something after you have had a chance to sit on it.

      Blessings as always

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Rolly, thank you for the glimpse into your world, Alberta is so beautiful, I always enjoy your photos.

      Thank you for these words - 'We all have a common interest and that is to create. Enjoy your gift' to a new writer like myself, still lacking in confidence - these words mean a great deal.

      It's been an enjoyable fireside chat, thanks for your hospitality!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning MM... always good to have you visit... Hugs. When I look around the world and the oppression we see for people who are not allowed to say or write I know we are blessed. We have been been given something special and should use it.

      You are a writer girl, a very good writer who has a great deal to share.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What expressive words. How touching for many of us writers' who worry about punctuation, grammar etc. Yes our words are etched in time on-line for the world to see. I had not ever thought of it that way, until you wrote it. Now I appreciate the words I write even more, hoping to share with others my thoughts, my life, my world. Thumbs up! :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hugs AEvans... Thanks for the comment and I do agree what we write and post is something that will live on... a footprint in time and something to hopefully be treasured.

      Hugs and Love on Valentines to you

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Rolly! You are writing all over the place and your words and wisdom are incredible. On topic, I had a conversation with a friend the other night. He was talking about one of his own Hubs and he said "eh I hate that piece because there's no reason to it and it doesn't even have an ending." I loved the story so I got a little angry and I asked him just who the he%% gets to make the rules? Who gets to be the End All on what's good writing and what that writing has to entail in order to be a good read?

      From now on I will just refer people here when they gripe about...their writing...

      (Beautiful landscape!)

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Good morning Rolly, my fellow Canadian! I enjoyed reading the insights into your life as a writer. I am happy to be following you here on HubPages! You have a natural gift for writing, so keep on hubbing!

      All the best, Cloverleaf.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Ardie... Blessings to you for standing your ground. I respect rules to a certain degree but there are times when you need to let the imagination go and color outside of the lines of the norm. Ask your friend if what he wrote came from the heart... smiles.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Cloverleaf... good to have found you again. I dropped off the HP Map again but found my way back. Been following your weather the past few days and it is a blessing to be able to sit back and not be in the middle of it... it is one of the many blessings of small town living I get to listen to the road reports from there... smiles.

      Hugs as always

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I couldn't imagine it being so cold. We live in North Carolina and it's a wonderful 64 degrees here today! I'm from South Dakota though so I know about the cold and snow! LOVE your hub :) Wonderful pictures too! Looking forward to reading more!!!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful words of wisdom about the projects we sew. I love the photos. Stunning! Well done and I hope you are staying warm in the wilderness.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tammy... Hugs fro Canada and I will be nice and toasty with the fire going.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CassyLu... welcome and great to have you with us. At -72 trust me nothing moves. It was a very rare day but still one that needed to be seen to understand just how small we really are.

      Loved NC as I worked in SC years back looking after some research and development on some logging equipment we were running in the southeast. Wonderful people down your way...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much for inviting me into your world. I love the way you described your writing process and your environment. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi homesteadbound... door is always open and hope you visit often...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is beautiful work. When I grow up I want to be able to write as well as you. Well done my friend!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Beautifully written Rolly, "From The heart" is what we all need to share. Your work and the photographs are stunning!

      Thank you for this, Curiad

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy you are there and keep sharing. A blessing to read your story.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks for following Curiad... the heart is where it all starts... smiles

      Blessings

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      rolly... an elegant and beautiful hub. well done!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks PDXK... a blessing to have you visit... help yourself to some warmth at the Fireside, it is always open.

      Blessings

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Quill for this boost. With the family issues I have been having, balancing work, and worrying about letting my followers down by my not reading their stories, I have noticed that a few of my writings have fallen flat. I have always enjoyed your work. The way you speak of God working in your life, and the adventures you have had, it has been uplifting for me. Thank you very much for your stories and prayers. (I hope to find more time soon to catch up reading the rest of your stories.) In the meantime, I will be think of you, your clan, and Fireside. God Bless

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again Tip... always good to see you here and pleased to hear you have enjoyed this. There ar times in life when priorities change and things can dwindle but with writing it is always there. It calls silently and gently then before you know you are answering the call.

      Hugs as always

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Writing should definitely be from the heart. I agree that sometimes something touches you and you can write and other times you get stuck but it's better to keep on going. This is not only inspiring but beautiful. Great hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the pep talk Rolly. Your thoughts and ideas are appreciated. You have a way of expressing yourself that makes others feel comfortable listening. You got my vote!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alecia... Thank you for stopping in and resting a little while at the Fireside... glad you enjoyed this. I agree there are those times when we do get stuck and yet when we search deep within we can find the words.

      Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sunshine... thanks for stopping around and the vote of confidence. All writers I think stive to touch others each in their own way.

      Rolly

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      Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

      "A thought is born in the wilderness of the mind and hopefully your are able to bring them into words that come from the heart."

      Your thoughts were crystal clear and I very much enjoyed this one. A nice introduction to another Canadian.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Duchess... Thanks for coming along to the Fireside... always welcome to have a new face a know that you are well known here...

      Many Hugs from the West

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      Rolly ~

      your words are so welcoming and your pictures so beautiful. When you describe your thoughts and interest and then takes us the reader into your picture, it feels like standing next to you. when you shared your fishing story I could feel myself standing in the water with a fly pole in my hand, just listening to your rendition. Such a gift you have. Peace in your stages and blessings :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Stages... first of course is welcome to the Fireside and pleased you have found your way here. Thank you for the comment and it touches me to think what I have shared brought the reader into the moment.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Tracy711 5 years ago

      Hello there, I'm so happy I found you. I was so sad when I thought you were no longer writing. I missed our fireside chats. As always loved the hub you are such an inspiration and hopefully I can be a great writer like you some day..xoxo :o)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tracy711... you are already and good to have you back at the Fireside... I so lost contact with many when I had the plug pulled with HP... lol... silly me but good to have you back.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      You really know how to draw your reader in, beautiful article, beautiful writing. I once spent a summer in Canada and fell in love with the wilderness.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Sonya and welcome to the Fireside... glad you found you way here and I do hope you enjoy your stay. Thank you for the kind words.

      What part of Canada did you spend you time in?

      Hugs from Canada

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! What a wonderful journey to your hub! I enjoyed reading this. You really deserved to have the Hub Of The Day. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Thelma... wonderful to have you join us here at the Fireside. I do hope that you find some peace and rest from your busy day here on occasion.

      Thank you for the awesome compliment so early in the morning.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      Your writing is amazing. Just simple down to earth thoughts "on paper." This is what more writers should aspire to.

      Your picture of the wilderness gave me a warm fuzzy feeling of home. The Rockies, Black hills, and San Bernadino mountains are all memories now. I am 10 hours by vehicle from the nearest. The life I lived is much further because of my current physical condition.

      This I will be sharing in my facebook group.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning wheelinallover... Thank you so much for dropping into the Fireside. Fell free to make yourself at home. I so love and appreciate everyone who drops in. Glad to hear you are a lover of the outdoors and the wilderness. The beauty of once living close to the mountains id you can revisit them through some great memories you must have. I was recently in Tuscan and the San Bernadino range was incredible to watch unfold in the morning light.

      Thanks for dropping in and looking forward to getting to know you better. Your kind words have brightened this day...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      Rolly I know you have to know this feeling. I did not live close to the mountians, I was part of them as they are part of me. My life with them was up close and personal. If I didn't catch or find something to eat I went hungry.

      They provided my food, clothing, and shelter. From age six they also provided the tools necessary to survive. I still wonder today how many people have taken home arrowheads, axe tips, and stone knives believing they had been "made by ancient Indians" though which were in reality created by me in my youth.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again Dennis... Mountains to me are alive much like people and each offers something unique and individual for adventure and exploring. You are so right when you say they give life. Bend and drink from a stream and the water is pure and cold. Eat a fish from them and the taste can not be matched in the finest of food establishments. It saddens me to think of all the youth and even our generation has missed out on in touching the hand of nature and creation.

      I smiled when I read your comment "Made by ancient Indians." So true I know a few Cree tribes in the north of the Yukon who still live off the land in the traditional ways. Their tools, way of life, morals and values are driven by the Creator who provides all they need. To me that is living...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      What a wonderful read and I now look forward to many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi eddy... what a great surprise to find you here again... it has been a log while. Glad you enjoyed my chatter here... trust and hope all is well with you and yours...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Rolly,

      "You see the heart is the key to connecting with each other. When our words touch another then we are writing as we are called to write."

      You have a wonderful ability to connect because your words come from the heart.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sue... the spoken word, the written word, our actions towards each other and ourselves are all so very important.

      Thank you for this heartfelt comment, you have touched this reader.

      Hugs from Canada

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I am loving all your words...the photos are beautiful. I've been with HP for 7 months now and why, I only came to know about you now?

      You are full of inspiration. This is a wonderful read. Definitely thumbs up and another one worth sharing.

      Alberta is in my bucket list...soon, I hope!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisSp... First allow me to welcome you to the Fireside and I do hope you fine some rest and peace here.

      What can I say other than sp glad you found your way here. Glad to hear that Alberta is on the bucket list. We have much to offer here, a little bit of anything for everyone.

      Thanks for the encouragement...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your Fireside chats are all inspiring as well as a joy to read. I'm glad I discovered this one just before bedtime. Lovely thoughts to end my day with.

      Thank you my friend for always placing that wonderful and special feeling of well being in your beautiful thoughts. Hugs.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Vocalcoach... do hope you had a good rest and the day is bright and sunny. Thanks for the comment and it warms the heart knowing these few words have brought some peace...

      Hugs from Canada

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this hub.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning Qudsia... welcome to the Fireside and I do hope you find some rest and peace here.. good to have you join on the journey of words...

      Rolly in Canada

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It's 2:03 a.m. and I stumbled upon your article, a beautiful trip to Alberta where I can't be, but, in your words and experiences, Rolly. Or maybe one day I'll be there and remember most what you've told. What a handful of inspiring messages and lessons learned from you! Landscaping is in the heart and hands of the creator. Well sculpted talent. The photographs are beautiful. You are surrounded with amazing beauty of nature. Love the scenery very much. You live a good life. Keep that smile on your face always, Rolly!

      I enjoyed and love this work of yours. Double thumbs up!!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning coffeegginmyrice... Glad you found me at 2:03 am. A nighthawk I see... Its 2:24 am here now after a few hours sleep I got the official slap awake again. My sign to get up for awhile... silly the way sleep patterns run.

      Glad you enjoyed the travels through Alberta... great place to live or visit. Hope you stay dry and out of harms way over the next while with the storm moving up the coast...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness Rolly! The picture of your landscaping project is simple astounding. I am mesmerized by it. I absolutely loved the way you compared writing to the things you are passionate about. Surely without the heart, there would have been no writers. :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi QudsiaP1 and thank you for the lovely comment. The landscaping was a real challenge but in the end well worth the effort.

      The heart is the key to writing and what we want to say...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a "heart warming" story. I just felt like I was sitting by a fireside; a nice cup of coffee, with maybe a liquour to add some spice - on this damp, rainy, chilly night. I had promised myself to come back here, and tonight I did at the right time - to see your fireside chat. Thanks for the entertainment.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning craiglyn ... I do hope you were able to stay warm and dry last night and please to hear the Fireside may have helped.

      Thanks for stopping and leaving such a heartwarming comment...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hugs back to you too - also from Canada - but Ontario! : )

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again craiglyn ... thanks for the note and I see that you are getting hit with some of Sandy... cuddle up with a blankie and stay warm...

      Alberta Hugs

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      What an inspiring Hub, and I love the pictures!!!! Thank you for being YOU! Much love.....

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dr.... what an awesome surprise to see you here and I know that I have been blessed with the comment... you have been a special friend for a long while... I know there are times when we fail to stay in touch... it's a human thing I think with us all but know that you are loved and prayed over often... keep up the good work... "Well done good and faithful servant" comes to mind....

      Many Hugs from Canada

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      Debra Cornelius 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thank You for the warm invitation to your Fireside Chat! Love the atmosphere and warmth. You are a talented writier and I most certainly hope to visit often! ...

      My name is Debbie...DayLee is a combination of a childhood nickname and my daughter's middle name and of course the fact that I am a writer...defined as 'one who writes'. I have adapted a motta taken from a poster I once saw that said..." Some days the best I can do is pretty *darn good! Other days, the best I can do, is the best I can do."....Sums up the life of a writer pretty well I think!

      I love to find ways to slip 'creative writing' into important issues such as with my hub on the Face of Domestic Violence...the poem " All She Took"..reflects not only all she took out of the situation, but also all she took from the situation at the hand of her abuser.

      Still Wrinkles & the Penguin was simply a respond to a writng promt and my doxie who I swear could 'talk' if she was just in the mood!

      Writers write and I love the variety and challenge to present something in some way that connects with others.

      After a * cough...'half century' of stiffling the muse within because family insisted it wasn't practical, I am enjoying myself and happy to say yes...I AM a writer!

      Be blessed my friends!

      Debbie

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DayLeeWriter... no doubt in anyones mind who has read your work "You are a writer" impressive comes to mind. Thanks for the comment and the Fireside is open all hours of the day and night. Curl up with something warm to drink because the weather here is letting us know it is winter again. This part of Alberta is again a winter wonderland.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I love your attitude about writing, life and work.

      The landscape design pictured in this hub is stunningly beautiful, but becomes even more so when we realize how overgrown and neglected the site was before you transformed it into a graceful garden. Not many landscape designers would have said to a potential customer, "Allow me to do this and if you are unhappy then what I have completed is a gift for you and your family." That attitude and pride in a job well done is wonderful to behold, and unfortunately rare in today's world.

      I also loved the fact that you wrote two books, gave the first one away and because people enjoyed it they were eager to buy the second one in the series.

      Thanks for sharing so much of yourself through your writing.

      Also, congratulations on the Hubber to Hubber interview. I enjoyed learning more about you when I read it.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gail.... Thanks for the wonderful comment and know that it has touched this Canadian. Very generous words.

      I think we are all the same in our work ethics and it spills over into our personal lives in many ways. No matter what it is we do if we love it, that same passion should spill out in all we do...

      Hugs back at you and yours from Canada

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      YOU are such an inspiration....in your writing and your life. You move us to be better without preaching. Your thoughts on writing reach a personal depth things like, " allowing the reader into your life" remind us we are all one! Beautiful job. God bless.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!

      P.S. The pictures almost make me want to move to Canada, I say almost because I do not like the cold!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mary... thanks to the inspirational comment. The gift of encouragement is a precious gift and I can well imagine you have it. Thank you and a blessing to allow you in this area of our lives...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Laylafaith... Thanks for finding your way to the Fireside... good to have you join and may your time here be restful... Thank you for the comment... please do come back again...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Rolly,

      Thank you for sharing a most stunning and wonderful glimpse into your world! I agree that one's writings must come from the heart, and then it all falls together.

      Love all of your thoughts here. And those stunning photos . . . wow, you have a bit of paradise going on there dear.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... Thanks for the wonderful comment and yes I do live in a wonderful part of Canada. I does have a great deal to offer and it is very diversified. He is certainly a provider...

      A blessing to know that you enjoyed my ramblings...

      Blessings from Alberta

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Your words are so special and so right.. be true to your self and write with love. and I love a glimpse into your world. it is absolutely beautiful

      many blessings

      Debbie

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Debbie... Thanks for the kind words... sorry I have not gotten back to this in so long... I have been working out of town all this past week and looks like it will be much the same the next few months...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Rolly, you are a God gifted writer, your thoughts and vision towards writing is clear, God bless you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good afternoon girishpuri... welcome to the Fireside and thank you for the comment. Very kind of you. It is always good to stop and think of the words we leave behind us and if they bless or curse another.

      Hugs from Canada

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      What a truly wonderful read, I am so pleased that I stumbled upom your writing. I shall certainly be here again. Thank you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Acaetnna ... first and foremost welcome to the Fireside and so glad you found your way here. Always love to have a new face and I can tell your smile will be appreciated here.

      Hugs from Canada

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rolly,

      This is a wonderful hub to read and I will be back to read more. You life sounds so fascinating with the places you lived, explored and traveled.

      Your writing will reflect all the wonders of the great outdoors. I will check your books out. Are they at Amazon?

      I voted Up+++

      Have a wonderful holiday with your love ones.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bobbi... Thank you for the kind words, they humble me knowing this hub has touched another. Nature has so much to offer and experience and have been blessed to be a part of something far greater than words can explain.

      There is an inner peace in all of us which begs to be fed, the quiet, the solitude and the peace we all crave and desire. I found it no matter where I have lived...

      Yes all my boos are available at Amazon... just type in my name Rolly A. Chabot and you will find them...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      What a beautiful Hub!! In your title, you have indeed addressed the piece.

      "You see the heart is the key to connecting with each other. When our words touch another then we are writing as we are called to write." - Rolly A Chabot.

      Such a beautiful quote and why I have been writing all my life: to serve, to inspire; to awaken - a kind of Light-Bringer to the Heart.

      You are a true artist, like me. Whether through the Quill Collection landscapes, writing, music, fishing ... and all this is a gift and comes with joy in the heart. I loved the video. Funny thing, I kept waiting for the rose to change. Sorry it didn't. Another time perhaps.

      Much love to you, Rolly. Happy New Year!!

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi manatita44... welcome to the Fireside and I do hope you are able to visit on occasion, here you will find family... so welcome.

      Your words have touched me as they are filled with much kindness and inspiration to write on. I thank you for making my day brighter...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Rolly A Chabot, Sir.

      Thanks for your gracious invitation to the Fireside, more to me as the Father's Spirit-side bringing seeking soul to your feasting table. This article is overflowing with basic to advanced informations I want to learn, and to know and to move on to the next level. By your permission i would like to follow you to receive share of your blessings offered through your writing. Thank you and may good Lord bless and protect you always.

      Voted up,useful, beautiful.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Michael-Milec

      Welcome to the Fireside and I thank you for the comment, it is indeed a gracious surprise. Writing becomes a passion if one choses, all it requires is the first step. I look forward to seeing your first hub...

      Blessings

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely have fun...when writing...this is so filled with so much for those especially who are just embarking on this journey of sharing their thoughts with others.

      It is a journey no one really understands till they dive in. It is such a great outlet...a wonderful way to reach out and express our feelings.

      Well said.

      And cold...ummm, I live in Florida now so it was 80 yesterday on our beautiful Thanksgiving but I lived in South Dakota where we would have lots and lots of snow and cold cold cold..when it was 32 F I did not even wear a coat!!!

      Take care.

      Angels are on the way...and love the music....ps

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi pstraubie48

      You are so right when you say have fun. Part of writing I have found is to free the mind to speak what is on the heart. There is an unexplained freeing of the mind, body and soul when you can express yourself hopefully in a way that will bless another.

      At one time I journaled daily of my adventures, sadly those journals have been lost but writing has brought many back to life.

      Living in Canada and the far north I have seen temperatures which go beyond human comprehension. -83 below one Christmas eve where the human mind and body can not fathom. I am happy to say I have survived by a roaring fire and the grace of God.

      Write on my friend... write on.

      Hugs from Canada

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 2 months ago from India

      Truly enjoyed your writing .. a very talented piece of hub.

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