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What wonder is there

If nature is not waiting

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The Carriage Driver – The Flower Wind Tea House

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The winds of time kicked up the last of the dust at the end of Fuoad’s road. The anesthesia brought him to a theater that long ago he visited once. When he arrived at the theater, a beautiful young usher escorted him to his seat. Fouad thought he recognized her, but he was old, and his mind played tricks.His first girl smiled, kissed him on the cheek and left him alone in the dark.

The curtains pulled to either side, and an eight-millimeter movie began to play. The thought that his life was going to play out for him in 8mm amused him. Fuoad looked right and left. He was alone.

The screen showed a desert village where he lived as a boy. He was assigned tending to the animals and as he grew every farmer in walking distance brought their sick animals to him. The screen showed him taking care of both cattle and camels. A noise caught his attention. A small dog ran down the aisle and jumped in Fouad’s lap. A beautiful young woman entered and took a seat in the back.

The clicking sound again was interrupted when the happiest golden retriever found him and took the seat next to him. Another lady with a regal air found a seat in the back. She kept a close eye on her golden retriever.

The reel ended, and a note appeared on the screen, ‘One moment, Please,’ Fuoad reached over and scratched the Golden Retriever behind the ear.

Again the movie began. Two parrots flew into the row and sat on the back of the seats behind the first animals. A gentleman with a patch over one eye asked permission to sit with the ladies. The screen showed Fuoad having, a fight with his father, then a rust covered freighter leaving port of his home country. An overbearing father stood on the pier watching the ship leave.

When the next ‘One Moment, Please,’ sign appeared, two young women Fuoad dated in his college days herded in a flock of rabbits. The dogs paid them no mind. The back rows were filling up; as were the seats throughout the theater. Small animals of every description roamed around. Their owners chatted and kept an eye on their pets.

The screen depicted a small wedding. The bride was young and contented. Fuoad leaned forward at the memory. He needed an embrace, and the golden retriever was happy to be there for his friend.

At the fifth reel, the theater was pandemonium. Birds flew, dogs dashed after rabbits, both rabbit and dog were enjoying themselves.

Fuoad thought he saw his wife of long ago, leaving the theater as the reel came to an end.

The owners in ones and twos came to give their last respects to the man who, after doing all he could to save them, had seen them through the final moments of their pets' lives. Many in attendance returned to their journey with their pets by their sides. In the end, Fuoad sat in the dark alone.

He was no longer in the theater. He was aware of people around him. Aware of their haste, and the clinking of instruments. A monitor that had been beeping somewhere in the depths of his consciousness ceased. He became aware of the silence.

Captain Griffin Chaffey tapped his finger on the name in the book. A name that was out of the ordinary appeared, Fuoad R. Abdell. He closed the book and checked over Nuelle again and inspected the carriage. He reminded himself that he drove the carriage. He walked Nuelle, pulling the carriage out of the stable and checked his pocket to make sure he carried an apple.

They arrived in front of Mass General. They posted themselves between the two gas lamp post, and Griffin climbed down and shared an apple with Nuelle. “We are going to have an enjoyable ride; I can feel it.”

Coming down the stairs in front of the hospital, a handsome man dressed like a desert prince right out of a movie came toward Griffin and Nuelle. Griffin stood by the step to the carriage and waited.

“Are you here for me?” This man with deep set sparkling eyes asked.

“Yes, we are to take you to wherever you want to go.”

The man paused, then took Griffin’s outstretched hand and climbed in. Griffin did not offer the blanket at his feet. The man looked perfectly comfortable and perfectly content. He had the look of a man who had found his mission in life early and then spent his life pursuing his purpose. It is a very rare look to find on a man’s face.

“Do you know where you wish to be taken?”

Fuoad leaned forward. “When I was a boy, at night the men would gather sitting on a rug and talked with my grandfather. I would sit quietly and listen. They spoke of a land in the Nile Valley where date trees and palms pulled the heat from the air and turned it into treats.

It was a land where the water was drawn from so deep in the earth that it came to the well head cold to the lips and as sweet as the nectar made by the work of the bees. The water was so valued that every drop was savored.

They spoke of a land unchanged since the Pharos and the forty days road where the caravans inched their way between the ocean of sand and life-giving waters.

They boasted that there were no women more beautiful than those that bathed in sunset amongst the reeds in the oasis. And they quarreled whether the sun draping the skies with orange and amber made their skin more brilliant. The perfume from the purple flowers along the banks drifted to those in the water.

In the evenings the Falcons were turned loose to retrieve meat for the traveler’s fires. Tents of all sizes and colors protected the nomads. Skins of the big wild cats made many a resting place for the weary. The sky was a dome of stars, and you could reach out and embrace the moon.

The name of this place is Kharga Oasis. A deep depression, in the vast sand ocean. A valley with all the wealth a man needs for a simple life. The old men spoke, as if, all the wealth a man needs can be carried in their hearts. His shoulders are used to carry food to his animals, and his labor is traded raising animals to feed his family. They would lift their voices in praise, and thanks for clean air and deep waters.”

Fuoad looked up at the Carriage Driver, “You are not what I expected. I had in mind, perhaps a flying carpet.” He smiled at his little joke.

Griffin tipped his hat back. “Many stories handed down to mankind tell about what comes next in their journey. If you need a flying carpet to make this part of your reward more fulfilling, then one can be provided.”

It was Griffin’s turn to smile at his little joke. “Many of the stories, maybe all of them, came out of the desert over the centuries. But tell me this, can there be different Gods for different people? There can be different journeys. We have many more roads to travel. And we have traveled centuries and millenniums, and we have trails full of discarded gods.”

Nuelle pulled from the curb, and the wheels rang out along the cobblestones. She was heading toward the castle. She would let someone else figure out how to cross an ocean of sand.

Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis

Keith Urban - Long Hot Summer

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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

The magic carpet ride that we dreamed of as children, how amazing and wonderful to think about it for a journey like this one. This Fuoad truly knew how to describe the land his Grandfather spoke about. I liked the part with the end of life reel-to-reel in the theater and all the grateful guests. Reminds me of the days when there were actual curtains in front of the screen. And to top it all off, Maria Muldaur singing one of my favorite tunes. Nice!


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg - This was the easiest music selection in quite a while. One of my favorites from 'the good ol days.' It would come on the radio in one of the first factories I worked in, just after the Army. And a magic carpet ride certainly is in order in many cases, for many travelers. You are so appreciated.


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marcoujor 4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Mike,

For real, this is my favorite installment of The Carriage Driver - you may even know why...

My eyes are misty and my heart is full at the idea of Fuoad R. Abdell finding his ever after to be so rewarding ... such a gift for all the gifts he had given to pets and their loving owners.

I suppose, in the end, we all sit in the theater of our lives - alone, yet surrounded by the memories and legacies we leave behind.

You have a gift of getting to the heart of matters in your writing...I do hope you realize this. Big hugs and Happy Friday, mar


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. I wonder if I went back through the comments on these stories, how many favorites each reader would score. I do know you have a deep love for your pets, and that this story would be sentimental for you. I agree we are all going to be faced with our memories and hopefully there are legacies associated with our names.

Thanks for the wonderful compliment. Happy Friday to you also.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago

Mike, I think this is also a favorite of mine, in fact they are all so wonderful as to make them favorites at the time.

Blessings and hugs dear friend.


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marcoujor 4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

...pretty sure Ruby and I are high on the list for having a 'number' of favorites, dear Mike. The people you write about are human, vulnerable and relatable to all of us.

The Carriage Driver series will be one of the many legacies you leave behind...but no time soon. Just keep writing for now... :)

We're preparing for a rainy, cooler weekend...translated to 'waiting'!

Oh and I love that KU song - new to me. I saw Maria Muldaur in a small pub several years ago...she's a sweetheart with her audience and yup, sang this classic for us.

Have a peaceful weekend - keep cool. Hugs, mar


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

So many of these stories are my favorites, it's so hard to select just one when each week another one seems to top the last. I now see the connection in this one to a story that Maria shared about someone she admired. What a lovely tribute to him and his life's work.

Isn't it interesting that we associate certain times in our lives with a specific set of songs, like the one you remember from the factory. A niece posted on Facebook the other day that she was still listening to her favorites from the ninties when it's already 2016. My, oh my.


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annart 4 months ago from SW England

Beautiful descriptions here, Mike! There is a serenity across the scenery in this one. I love all the animals coming in as the film is shown - I know I've said this before but I never cease to wonder at your unique ideas. Each time I read one of your stories I think it's the best!

Ann


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Shyron. A story filled with animals would surely get a lot of attention. Maybe my next series….oops, what am I saying. Haha Thanks for the blessings and hugs.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. Come to think of it, Ruby may be the winner in a count, of how many favorites have been announced. My writing must appeal to nurses, haha. The people in the stories have something in common, the lives they lived were filled with love for themselves and others. That is likely true in the majority of the journeys.

I appreciate the thought that The Carriage Driver will be part of my legacy. The folks who have spent their time reading these stories have led me to think they are meaningful.

Here in SoCal, it is a muggy morning, kind of Southern in feel. I, so far, have skipped my mile walk.

I could not think of Maria Mulduar’s name, but I knew her song was going to be used, very early in the writing. And Keith Urban, I only know the name because of our friend Linda B.

One hundred plus again today, so keeping cool could be tricky. Have a wonderful weekend.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning, Peg. Thank you. As you know, I borrow from what is going on around me for these stories. When I saw the picture of the carriage driver weather vane of Facebook, I knew I was going to produce a story from the inspiration. That held so much meaning.

People care so deeply about their pets, so it is a short step, to feel deeply with their Vet, who sees them through their pet's journey. Mix that all up in a bowl, and you have this story here.

Just as in your recent post regarding your days as a Hairstylists, and the music you selected, we draw a line from the music to what we were doing. Most of the songs that can carry me to past memories are from the mid 60’s to mid 70’s. Oh, what times. Now, your niece reminiscing about music from the 90’s tickles me.

Have a great weekend. Say hi to the girls for me.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ann. Thank you. For years, I have thought that our life will play out on the screen for us. I say that in the sense, of, ‘this is what was supposed to happen,’ and ‘this is where you were supposed to end up.’ With this story, I snuck in the general idea of the concept.

A long time ago I wrote a piece of poetry with the lines (paraphrased) ‘Do you know the day you failed? Well, I do.” Again, from that same general concept.

I appreciate, your continued support.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America

"Midnight At The Oasis" was one of my favorite songs when first I heard it.

"...and we have trails full of discarded gods.” That's profoundly true. It's such a pleasing thing to read about a veterinarian, the animals, and the owners gathering around him.

Journeys, trails, and crossing an ocean of sand. Great ideas, all.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Patty. All of our great stories came out of the desert. They have persisted for centuries and have been borrowed from heavily. Not much new. There is plenty of time to think, if you are crossing a desert of sand, and every step may be your last.

Veterinarian's have hearts big enough to tend to their patients and the patients owners. Thank you for visiting this morning.


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vocalcoach 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I often wonder how mylife would play out on the big screen. I would hope each and every doggie would have as big a part as they have played in my life.

Your stories are so very meaningful to me Mike. Each one is inspiring. This is my favorite...wait...haven't I said this about all of them?

Oh, the music of the 60s and 70s! Now you,re talking good songs.

Thanks Mike.


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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

Mike, it is almost impossible to come up with an original comment when others have said it all. It amazes me you can keep coming up with new scenarios for the carriage driver's passengers. Always loved "Midnight at the Oasis". Maria Muldaur certainly had a unique sound. Great job.


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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

Mike, your mind "boldly goes where no man's gone before." I'm not sure i that's good or bad. LOL

Kidding of course. I love your creative mind. If I were teaching a creative writing class, I would fly you up here to Olympia to be a guest speaker.

That's high praise, buddy!


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Audrey – I am sure your life would appear wonderful on the screen. You have traveled. You have taught music and singing for years. The movie no doubt would be refreshing. You make me proud as each favorite is published! I am bias, but there is nothing to compare with the music of the 60’s and 70’s. Thanks for such a fine comment.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

• Hello John. Just between you and me, it amazes me that I can keep coming up with passengers for the Carriage Driver and Nuelle. Had the series been about the little dark carriages with the drivers dressed in black, and their tails thrown over their shoulders, then the series would never be short of characters to haul away. “Midnight at the Oasis,” is just a happy song – one long time favorite.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Bill – There is controversy in this piece if people want to see it. The world is a mysterious place, we pretend to know so much, yet can’t seem to resolve the simplest issues.

Me speaking at a creative writing class – that would be something. To me, I tell the same story every week. Thanks for the high praise.


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MartieCoetser 4 months ago from South Africa

A very profound and enlightening chapter of the Carriage Driver. Yes, so many trails of discarded gods, and so many discarded lives, rejected in the name of one or another god. While the purpose of life, I believe, is to live and let live, and to serve what's alive to the best of our ability.

Excellent writing!


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. Humanity spends so much time and resources on this issue. In the end, none of it matters. People are people, both good and bad. It does seem the bad get most of the press. Taking care of each other seems to me would work. Thanks for the nice comment.


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Faith Reaper 4 months ago from southern USA

Mike,

I truly enjoyed this wonderfully written journey of the glimpses of Fuoad's life, especially the part of the animals and pets of all, playing a grand role in the scheme of life here. I do hope I see all of my precious pets from my lifetime when I enter into that place He has gone to prepare for me!

The description of that land transports us to that world of extraordinary beauty and beyond.

I love that song, "Midnight at the Oasis" and had forgotten all about it until seeing it here. Boy, that is a blast from the past!

This is a special read for this peaceful Sunday afternoon.

Blessings


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Genna East 4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh, Mike...what I can say? This won my heart in a nanosecond...Fuoad's care of animals as he grew up from childhood; the camels and cattle, birds, dogs, rabbits and so many more. I sit here misty-eyed, in love with these words. "He had the look of a man who had found his mission in life early and then spent his life pursuing his purpose. It is a very rare look to find on a man’s face." Yes, indeed. :-) Thank you! My son and daughter-in-law just saw Keith Urban last week in Colorado. Great concert. (And this is one loooong, hot summer.)


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Theresa. I am sure that all those that you wish to see in the next leg of your journey will be there for you, even the pets. (Maybe especially the pets.) There are pockets of beauty around the world. I have been lucky enough to see a few of them. Italy is a beautiful country; everywhere you turn there is beauty staring back at you. (Put that on your bucket list.)

"Midnight at the Oasis" is a joyful song. We all seem to have a notion, 'of how it made us feel,' and where we were.

Thanks for spending a few moments of your Sunday with this story.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna - Very cool that your son and daughter-in-law are enjoying their youth. And yes, it is a very long hot summer. We are roasting in 100+ days, Saturday added 60 % humidity just to add to the fun.

I have known a couple of men how claim to have found what they were meant to do and got to do it. But, I know of no one who is truly happy in how they spent their careers. (Some of the nurses here on HP, seem to have gleamed bits of satisfaction.)

You have expressed your love of animals in at least a couple of presentations that I an think of right now.

Happy Sunday - enjoy the rest of your day.


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savvydating 3 months ago

Many gods and many journeys...

I appreciate the philosophical intent behind this unusual and interesting installment.

We have a here a man who seemed to have enjoyed his life's work and made many people (and pets) quite happy in the process. So despite some rough patches, he died a happy man. It is no wonder that he felt to shyness in asking for a magic carpet ride. Fuold had done service to his life. He allowed himself to be follow his own unique journey. That's awesome and as it should be.

Another wonderful story, Mike. The movie about Fuold's life was a nice touch.


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Savvy! Happy Sunday. You caught me sneaking in philosophical content. Every once in a while I do slip into philosophical thought; this is the 53rd episode of The Carriage Driver series. Desperation has set in as the series nears its conclusion. Now, I wish I had thought of a 'way out' about 50 episodes ago. There is no good way to wrap this up with a bow.

If there is a higher level reachable in life than helping others, by being of service while you earn a living, I don't know what it is. Our hero here, was a good man, with many rough patches in his life. He was a loner, but still helped all that came to his door. There are lessons to be learned from such a life.

Thank you for your kind comment.

As for the movie - well, I hope there is a movie!


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savvydating 3 months ago

Mike.....Your final installment will be all that it should be. No rush. Take your time and the inspiration will be what you are reaching for.

Also, please forgive my typos. I do not type well on my iPhone.

Happy Sunday to you too. My amazing son is due in 45 minutes. I am proud to say that he is the type of guy who knows how to live life. His and (am quite sure) yours, will be a very good movie indeed!


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks Savvy. I just know a little about your son, from your writing. He does sound like an amazing man. With you as a Mom, that was likely half the battle.


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always exploring 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

This one tugged at ' me ' heart big time. What a wonderful way to view one's life on the screen and surrounded by people you love and the animals you cared for. Your writing is full of fantasy and joy, and I love it. I am late. I was in the process of downloading the new windows 10 when my laptop crashed, what happened is a mystery. I took it to my computer guy and it took him a week to get it going again. I will never download windows 11!!! I must say that this is another favorite of your installment's. I dearly love animals. Thank you...


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fpherj48 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mike....I don't visit often and when I do, I'm reminded why I approach with caution. Your stories pull at my heart like no others I read here. Whether the authentic beauty & sweetness or the sense of loss that I know so intimately remains a haunting pain. I do recall you telling me, almost as if in warning that your series may not be for the faint of heart.

The tears quickly welled in my eyes and even the emotional comments from your devoted readers, added to the heaviness.

But because of the magic you perform in each episode, a smile always joins my tears........You're a One and Only, Mike. Love your choice of songs.......Paula


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby, These stories are designed to bring the reader along a path. The first stepping stone is sorrow, then joy, and relief that a loved one is alright. Being taken care of in our absence. So, when I hear that they tugged a heart string, I think I have accomplished the purpose of the story. That is all that one can ask for when putting pen to page.

Sorry to hear that Windows 10 has caused such a ruckus. I switched to Windows 10, as Microsoft practically harassed me to make the change. Good that ‘computer guy’ could get it installed properly.


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Paula, Each and every one of us is vulnerable. It is with great tenderness, that you approach these stories. We all are pulled through the swamps of sorrow in our lives. It certainly is not my goal to make us all wallow in sorrow. Most that visit here have a background in the western religious beliefs and as such, we feel that promises have been made, to one and all. These stories take those promises at face value and then explore the possibilities.

I tease you about the frequency of your visits, and I should not. There is also value in the quality of the visits as you find the will to do so.

The comment section becomes a form of sharing and I very much appreciated the group of talented writers who find it in them to stop by and read my contributions.

You always add greatly to the conversation, and are very much appreciated.


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Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Just stopping by to say hello to everyone.

Mike, no worries about writing another installment. Take your time and do whatever your creative writing spirit and muse suggest. We can wait; and "good things come to those who wait." :-)


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna - I can pause once three more episodes are written. I skipped a week here, but have one ready for next week. It is set and ready. Now, just two more to match the 28 stories in the last book (even though the page count is not quite right.

I have two stories trying to develop themselves in the back of my mind. I hope to have one ready for the holiday season. It is times like these I wish I had better research skills. (Most of the stories I have written, I made up the bulk with just a few facts interlaced.) I do wish I had a finale

for this series. I had one thought on the subject, but not sure how the readers would take it.

I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are fresh for another week of 'being out there.'


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PegCole17 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas

We're all looking forward to your next creative release. Take your time and enjoy the process, Mike. We will be here.


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Peg. Thank you for such great encouragement. I don't know what I would do without you all.


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Faith Reaper 3 months ago from southern USA

Italy has been on my bucket list since I first thought of my bucket list, Mike. I do hope one day I am able to travel and I don't wait too long to get started!


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mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Faith - You will love Italy. The people are friendly, the food is a pleasure. The scenery defines beauty. It felt like home when I had my chance to visit years ago.


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cam8510 2 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Congratulations, Mike. I missed this one first time around. It is most certainly a worthy winner in the Hubbie Awards. You have terrific talent, and I for one appreciate how you share it so freely with us here on HubPages.


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Faith Reaper 2 months ago from southern USA

Woo, hoo, Congratulations, Mike! I love this hub, you and your writing. You're the best. Well-deserved hub winner on LetterPile!

Blessings always


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you cam8510. A few years back, my daughter introduced me to HP. She wrote 2 or 3 hubs, and I have not seen her here since. haha I have learned so much since joining this community.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Theresa, what a fine compliment you have offered. You are very much appreciated.


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savvydating 2 months ago

Congratulations on your win, Mike. I am not at all surprised!!


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

Congratulations on the award, Mike. Well deserved. I loved this one.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello savvy -I feel like a winner because of the friends I have made here on HP. I appreciate you.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello John - Thank you. I appreciate your support of my writing.


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bravewarrior 2 months ago from Central Florida

Congratulations on your Hubbie Award, Mike! Everyone loves this series, including me!


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Sha - You are very kind. I appreciate all the support you have shown this series, and my writing.


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bravewarrior 2 months ago from Central Florida

You deserve it, my friend. I mean what I say and I say what I mean.


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marcoujor 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

I knew this was a winner, dear Mike ~ it got my vote.

Congratulations and hugs, Maria


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Sha - a big thank you.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. That is very kind. I appreciate your support and of course that vote was nice also. It is nice that Fuoad’s story was chosen. Some life stories just must be told.


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MartieCoetser 2 months ago from South Africa

Congratulations with your hubby award, Mike. You most certainly deserved it. Best wishes for many more :)


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Congratulations on your award!! I just heard about it.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie. Thank you very much. I appreciate your support and good wishes.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Genna, thank you. Your encouragement always means a great deal to me. There are so many splinter sites spun off from HP, I am surprised any Hub got enough votes to be claimed a winner.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oops...part of my comment disappeared... Using my iPhone and I'm all thumbs. Will write more later. Hugs on the well deserved award


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

That whole thumb typing thing is beyond me. No worries, my friend.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Good for you, Mike! CONGRATULATIONS! You drove that carriage directly to the Award's Ceremony!! Hurrah!


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Paula - Thank you. I guess I'll go rent a tuxedo! Thanks for the well wishes.

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