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500 Articles ~ Tomorrow, Bring It On!

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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500 Articles ~ Can You Believe It?

Well, here it is, my 500th article on this writing platform. who would have thought? Certainly not me when I started here 11 (going on 12) years ago. I think I published two articles in the first year. Although the majority of what I have written here is poetry, I have also written essays, short stories, flash fiction, informational, and even recipe articles.

After that initial year, my time here has had its ups and downs, with periods where my muse was inspired and I wrote four or five articles a week, to others with a month or two of blank pages. On average, now, I have settled into a comfortable routine of about one item per week, with the occasional creative burst.

Thank you to all who read my work, especially those who also take the time to comment. That is quite a big deal as it is not nearly as easy as it once was. Anyway, I still enjoy writing here, despite the changes, and I am looking forward to writing at least another 500 here as long as the site keeps keeping on.

I was about to write a poem in response to Brenda Arledge's wonderful weekly word prompt "Tomorrow" and realised this would be my 500th article. I could have attained this milestone a little earlier but I have deleted an old article or two over time. With that said I hope you enjoy "Tomorrow, Bring It On!"

Sunset over Murgon

Sunset over Murgon

Tomorrow, Bring It On!

Tomorrow's full of promises,

of wonders still to come.

No matter what has gone before

let's beat the future's drum.


Plans can't be relied upon,

nothing yet to come is sure.

But always be the optimist,

invite fortune to your door.


Just as Nature welcomes spring

to awaken and renew,

you must embrace tomorrow,

It's your new beginning too.


Some say, "tomorrow never comes,"

but that is just not true.

For today was once tomorrow,

and yesterday was too.

Sunrise: Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Sunrise: Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Tomorrow holds surprises,

a sense of the unknown.

Through forces outside our control,

your fate's already sown.


Just accept what's written in the wind,

You can't change what's carved in stone,

Ancient prophecies of elders,

Or the fortune-telling bones.


Don't spend today in worry

about tomorrows woes.

For all you know your stresses

will never even show.


So let your life take its course,

live one day at a time.

and dream of a great future.

that's the message in this rhyme.


Joker: Image by Alexandra ❤️A life without animals is not worth living❤️ from Pixabay

Joker: Image by Alexandra ❤️A life without animals is not worth living❤️ from Pixabay

500 ~ The Card Game

500 or five hundred, also called bid Euchre (but not to be confused with another game of the same name) is a trick-taking card game that is an extension of euchre that also borrows some ideas from Bridge. For two to six players, it is most commonly played by four players in teams or partnerships but can also be played as a three-player game, using a dead or unplayed hand.

Unlike poker and most other card games, the Ace is not the highest card. The Joker is the top card followed by the Jack of whichever colour suit is "trumps." The suits that can be called are from lowest to highest: Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, No Trumps (if you have the Joker in your hand.) If a player has a really bad hand they can call "Misere" in which case that player must endeavour to lose every hand.

500 started in America prior to 1900, promoted by the United States Playing Card Company, which copyrighted and marketed the rules in 1904. It remained highly popular in the United States until around 1920 when auction bridge and contract bridge became more favourable.

Image by Henryk Niestrój from Pixabay

Image by Henryk Niestrój from Pixabay

500 continues to enjoy popularity in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and in other countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada. The US Playing Card Company now has headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky. Five hundred is still regarded by some as the national card game of Australia and America.

I grew up playing 500, which was taught to me by my parents, uncle, and grandmother. It was a family tradition and whenever we got together you could be sure a game of 500 would be "on the cards" for that evening's entertainment. Unfortunately with the passing of those mentioned the tradition has also died, though we do occasionally play with some friends.

I did teach my eldest son to play, and he enjoys it, as does my wife. So, if we can manage to get another family member to learn the game and participate maybe we can resurrect the tradition. It is hard to entice anyone to play cards today with electronic games, the Internet, and smartphones, but you never know.


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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 02, 2021:

Hello Doug. Thanks for reading this. We all write at our own pace so there is no pressure. Aim for 200as your first milestone and once you reach that it should inspire you to write more.

Doug West from Missouri on April 02, 2021:

That is great! I better get busy I don't even have 200 articles.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 29, 2021:

Thank you Mary. I am happy you enjoy my writing. Yes we need to embrace the future and look forward to tomorrow.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 29, 2021:

What an achievement. That's worth a toast. They're great articles, too. Like your poem on embracing the future.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 29, 2021:

Hi MsDora. Entertaining, encouraging and informative are words I am honoured to have associated with my work. Thank you for your kind words.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 29, 2021:

Congratulations, Jodah. I've gotten great entertainment as well as encouragement and information from your work. You manage to include wise lessons as you did in this poem. Best to you going forward to the next 500!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 28, 2021:

Hi Mel, yeah I know, I’m slapping myself on the back here for writing 500 articles but I like reaching milestones, especially ones like this that I could never have imagined reaching.

Maybe 500 was the US national card game in the 1920s when it was most popular. A little before your time, though you would think the game would still be known.

Oh, that time time/space continuum passage you refer to:

Some say, "tomorrow never comes,"

but that is just not true.

For today was once tomorrow,

and yesterday was too.

Thank you for reading and for for your well wishes. Another 500, I doubt it, but let’s see.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on March 28, 2021:

Another masturbatory, self-congratulatory milestone hub, which I enjoyed thoroughly. If I can ever slog along to my two-hundredth hub I will probably write one too. This was enjoyable on so many levels, informative on the subject of the 500 card game which, if it is the national card game here I was never given the memo, and also your wonderful poem. That line about the weird space-time continuity between yesterday and today was beautiful, though I already forgot the exact words. Maybe I had one of Pamela's silent strokes while reading it. Great work and I wish you at least 500 more!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 27, 2021:

That's so kind of you

Higher Blessings :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2021:

Thank you so much, Misbah. You are very kind. Don’t underestimate your own writing. I can see it improving with every article.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 27, 2021:

John, You really have an art to use words.

In Fact, You do wonders with words. This quality is something, I wished I possessed

I wish to see 1000 articles badge on your profile

Blessings Always

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2021:

A lot of other writers here have written more articles, Ravi, but 500 is a lot for me. You are right that there have been a lot of ups and downs, especially with all the changes here over time, but I still love writing here, and the community spirit. I am glad this inspires you to keep writing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2021:

Thank you Devika, if you keep loving it, I will keep writing it.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 27, 2021:

Congrats John,500 is a big number and I can really visualize the ups and downs you would have had while reaching that number on this platform. In fact, your achievement inspires and eggs me on to continue writing my heart despite sometimes feeling low and not wanting to do so. Thanks for sharing your all-important inspiring milestone and spelling hope in tomorrow for other writers like us.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 27, 2021:

Hi Jodah That is great and keep at it you are writing beautiful poetry. I love it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2021:

Cheers Shauna. I have never played Rummy either. There is also another card game called Cooncan 500 that is totally different again. Thanks for liking the “tomorrow” poem as well. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2021:

Your words are very kind, Vidya. It is wonderful to hear that my writing is inspirational. It is one of the reasons I love to doing it. Take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 26, 2021:

Congrats on 500 articles, John!

Your "tomorrow" poem is spot on. Love the message in the rhyme.

I've never played 500. I've played Rummy 500, but it doesn't sound anything like what you described about the game.

I hope you find someone else who knows how to play so you can restart the tradition.

Have a great weekend, John. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life!

VIDYA D SAGAR on March 26, 2021:

Congrats, John on reaching this milestone of 500 articles on HubPages. You are a great poet and writer. This time you have combined prose nd poetry very beautifully. Writers like you are a great source of inspiration to novices like me. Keep up the good work. Your sentence prompts for writing poetry is a very good idea too. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2021:

Thank you Harriet. I hope i never get tired of writing and sharing also.

Harriet Dionela from Taguig City, Philippines on March 26, 2021:

Congratulations! Happy 500th. May you never get tired writing and sharing your works!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hi Liz, thank you for always reading my work. It is good to know my poetry resonates. Take care.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 25, 2021:

Congratulations. Excellent poem, as always. Your poetry really resonates with readers. A fitting way to celebrate your 500th article.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Oh that recipe article was just an experiment to see if it would generate views and I wasn’t expecting to write any more. It was, in fact, my highest performing hub for around two years.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thank you Mr. Happy. Any comment is a good comment no matter where you have to leave it haha.

I appreciate you taking the time to read the article.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Linda, I always appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you for the kind words. The next article i write will be the beginning of the next 500.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on March 25, 2021:

"So here is my first ever (and probably last) recipe article." - Haha!! Come on now, You didn't sound very optimistic there!

"chopped mushrooms" are delicious in an omelette, or scrambled eggs.

"parsley but I find it best not cooked into the scrambled eggs" - Yes! It is much better if it retains it's freshness/smell and texture. It will not when cooked.

Many people do not think much about omelettes and scrambled eggs but when joining a new restaurant, one is often asked to make an omelette as a test trial. One can fail it quite easily by handing over a dry/burned/tasteless omelette and then, that job vanishes. It's the basics and one has to know the basics before trying to venture further into cooking.

Anyway, sorry to be commenting here about your scrambled eggs but it is what it is - blame Hub-pages lol. : )

Cheers!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 25, 2021:

John, congratulations. That is an amazing milestone. I loved your poem on tomorrow; your loving heart and optimistic spirit always shine through. Here's to 500 more.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thank you so much, Sakina. Your kind words are much appreciated.

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on March 25, 2021:

This is such an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations, more power to you and your words. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hi Brenda, it is good you were able to find this on your feed. It wasn’t until I was writing the poem from your prompt that I realised that it would be my 500th article..so it was a bit of a coincidence. However, I feel “tomorrow” fit in well with celebrating the 500 milestone. I am glad you liked the message in the poem.

Yes, 500 is very similar to Eucher. It has been too long since I played as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thanks Bill. I like milestones because they act as a motivation to make you strive to reach the next one. I wonder how many years it will take to write the next 500. I better start writing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 25, 2021:

John,

Congratulations! This is a wonderful achievement!

Your series Poems from the Porch shows us your talent each week.

Being able to write on any topic is quite an accomplishment too!

I am delighted you wrote your 500th article on my word prompt, "Tomorrow".

You words certainty paint the perfect picture.

I often feel like tomorrow is full of promises.

My best laid plans often go wrong, yet I remain optimistic.

Who knows...maybe tomorrow will be better.

"Today was once tomorrow & yesterday was too"

You remind us that it does exist...not to give up just yet. Embrace tomorrow with all our might.

I like how your words paint the picture of forces out of our control.

Fate is written. Accept it & move on.

Live one day at a time. Enjoy each moment along the way.

Great message!

500..Wow! The card game is a great addition to this one.

It helps to mark this special day!

It sounds like Eucher that we played here when I was younger. We had Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds & Spades but nothing called "Misere".

It's been a day or two since I played.

Great article & Great Achievement!!

Have a wonderful day!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2021:

Bring it on indeed, my friend. I do like milestones, and this is an important one for a writer. Well done, buddy! Raising a virtual toast to the next 500! Thank you for being such a supportive member of this community.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hello Pamela. Thank you. Wow, we have been here the same amount of time and published a similar number of articles. I look forward to congratulating you when you reach 500 soon. I really should delete a few more older articles that rarely get views but I always have trouble doing that.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2021:

I enjoyed your article, the poem, the 500 instructions and the rest. I have been here as long as you and I currently have 482 articles. Unlike yours mymedical articles become obsolete sometimes, so I have deleted several.

I always enjoy what you writes, so please continue writing, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hi Peg, thank you for the kind words and I am pleased you felt I did Brenda’s word prompt proud. You have a great day too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Chitrangada, it seems with both have the same view on “tomorrow.” Thank you for reading and i wish you many more milestones as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thank you Mr. Happy. Being optimistic is always better than the alternative. My two recipe articles are both egg recipes. One is Avocado and Boiled Eggs on Toast, and the other is for scrambled eggs. Here is the link to one:

https://discover.hubpages.com/food/How-to-Make-the...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2021:

Congratulations on your 500th article on this site, John. I always look forward to reading your poetry from your porch series. This was a brilliant use of Brenda's prompt word of tomorrow. Enjoy your day today!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on March 25, 2021:

"even recipe articles." - I didn't know that! I'm interested.

I am so terrible with names and numbers, haha!! When I saw the "500", I immediately thought of the movie "300". 500, 300 ... what's another 200? Haha!! Ya, numbers combined with names does that to my brain. So, I read your piece with Spartans in my mind but You know what? It works because Spartans never gave-up.

"So let your life take its course,

live one day at a time.

and dream of a great future.

that's the message in this rhyme."

"The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend on you. Our arrows will blot out the sun.”

"Then we will fight in the shade.”

I like optimism and You have it! Keep it. It's good.

Congratz on the 500 (better than 300 lol) and best of luck for the next 500 - cheers!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 25, 2021:

Many Congratulations John, on achieving this milestone. This is huge indeed.

I am about to complete 9 years next month, but have a long way to reach that number. I have deleted many, which were not getting views or they didn’t go to the niche sites or discover.

Good of you to associate this with the word prompt, Tomorrow. Appropriate and well expressed poem on the theme. Tomorrow for me, signifies hope for another day, full of new possibilities.

As always, wonderful work. Keep it up, and wish you all the best for many more milestones.

Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Yes, Ann, it is a wonderful song. Thank you for the congratulations too. Though we have had quite a lot of rain we haven’t been affected by flood here. They are further south...much in the same areas that had bushfires last year.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 25, 2021:

I love that Proclaimers song!

Well done, John, this is great, and congratulations on your 500th article; that's amazing. I haven't even got to 200 (even before I deleted quite a few lately) and I've been here over 10 years. I think the last two verses say it all. What's the point in worrying about tomorrow? Just concentrate on today and make good plans!

I'm not a card player but I have heard of that game.

Take care - I hope those floods haven't got to you.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely comment, Misbah. I am pleased you found the poem to be motivational as well. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hello Vanita. I appreciate your congratulations.i am glad you liked the message of the Tomorrow poem. Yes, card playing seems to have largely been replaced by other forms of entertainment. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Thank you for your congratulations, manatita. It felt like it was taking a long time to get from 490 to 500 articles, but I got there. You should have celebrated your 800. I like to acknowledge ever 100. I am pleased you found the 500 card game history of interest. Stay well.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 25, 2021:

Great Achievement, John

I am very happy for you

A brilliant response to Brenda's Prompt. I loved it!!

Super awesome poetry as always

Very motivational lines:

"Don't spend today in worry

about tomorrows woes.

For all you know your stresses

will never even show."

Thanks for sharing

Keep Shining

Blessings Always

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on March 25, 2021:

Yeah, painting black ink in the face of losers hahahaha. Mom won't allow us to use money. " It is illegal " lol

I know, what else hahaha

Vanita Thakkar on March 25, 2021:

Congratulations, John for your great achievement. 500 is a big score !! And your are heading forward with good momentum !!

The poem is beautiful. I liked to concluding message, in particular.

Good information about the card game. Have not heard about it. I don’t remember when I last saw playing cards (Ha, Ha ....)

manatita44 from london on March 25, 2021:

Excellent work, Jodah!!

You have done 'tomorrow' justice and even a bit of card history, I noticed, was added to this. Sweet!

I think I mentioned 500 three or four times in one of my recent poems. Must be the one called the Path, or one of the two on Identity

Congratulations! I have just gone past 800 and was thinking of celebrating too, but I haven't got around to it. Noble idea to remember your fans. More kudos to Brenda too. Much Love

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hi Chrish, thank you for sharing that lol. Card games with punishment wow! What could be more important than making memories haha?

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on March 25, 2021:

What a great achievement!!!!! It's awesome I'm one of those who have been enjoying the nature of your poetry Sir John. It is always more than worth it reading those masterpiece of yours po! We used to play card games with punishment hahaha it was fun! Wahhh I missed it. Sadly when adolescence hit people will spend their time to what they call " the more important " than making memories.

Blessings to you and your family Sir John! Have a wonderful night!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Tanmoy, thank you for reading and also for the wonderful comment. I am glad my words inspire you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 25, 2021:

Hi Rosina, I really appreciate you being the first to comment on this article. Thank you for the generous words and I am glad you enjoyed those lines from the poem. I hope we can find another 500 player.

Tanmoy Acharya 100 on March 25, 2021:

Congratulations! This is fantastic. I enjoyed the poem, and the prose also. You are doing great. And you are becoming a more and more vibrant inspiration for all of us!

Rosina S Khan on March 25, 2021:

500 articles- what a great milestone you have reached! And I loved the poem in response to Brenda's prompt word "Tomorrow". My favorite lines are shown below:

"Just as Nature welcomes spring

to awaken and renew,

you must embrace tomorrow,

It's your new beginning too."

And I loved to know about 500 card playing game. I do hope you can teach it to another family member and play it among a group of four. My best wishes to you.

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